Relaunch of Men’s Shed Carn aims to attract new members

first_imgMen’s Shed Carn is inviting men and women of all ages from the Carndonagh area to come along to the ‘relaunch’ of their community-based initiative later this month.The aim of the Men’s Shed relaunch or ‘Open Night’, which will take place at the Old Co-op Moville Road premises from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, September 26, is to provide information on the exciting range of activities, projects and courses on offer at the Shed from October onwards and to encourage those in attendance to sign up or become new members.It will also aim to hear the views of the local community on what activities and projects they would like to see offered in the Shed. Conor Doherty, Chairperson of Men’s Shed Carn project, said: “Ever since the award-winning DJ and local celebrity Michelle Doherty gave the ‘thumbs up’ to our project at the official launch in 2012, our renovated premises at the Old Co-op Moville Road has represented an important ‘community hub’ for men in the local area.“Indeed, this project has been a fantastic initiative aimed at helping tackle social isolation and promote the health and wellbeing of local men – in particular in the years following the recession and economic downturn when employment was scarce or non-existent.“Importantly, the Men’s Shed Carn project has always had an ‘open door’ policy since its inception – providing local men (school leavers, employed, unemployed or indeed retired) with a welcoming and supportive environment where they have been able to immerse themselves in projects or expend their energies with a great sense of ‘togetherness’.“However, whilst unemployment was rife in 2012 when our project began, in more recent years we have seen an upturn in the economy with many of our members finding employment or moving elsewhere. “Though we are delighted with this success for individual members it has meant that the number of members has reduced, and we are now keen to reinvigorate the Shed and do all that we can to attract new and former members – widening the scope of projects and training opportunities to a much broader audience.“As part of an ongoing review, we have therefore agreed that both men and women are now welcome to join and become members of the Shed. Indeed, this follows on from a successful furniture restoration course over the last 4 or 5 years which was also attended by 9 local women – and which worked out very well and was truly beneficial for all involved.“Also as part of our new review, we have agreed that local farmers will be a key target audience in our future attempts to attract new members and to serve a wider, more diverse community.“Indeed, some of our members are retired business owners, school teachers and professionals who gain a lot from participation and membership of the Shed.“It is important to highlight that the Shed is not just for people who want to want to make things – but offers a whole lot more! “I would, therefore, welcome men and women – both young and old – from the wider Carndonagh area to come along to the ‘Open Night’ where we’ll be providing further information on our wide-ranging activities, projects and courses at the Shed.”The Men’s Shed Carn project is supported by Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP) and had been supported by Donegal ETB for some of its courses over the years. Another important supporter of the shed in the Inishowen Co-op, in whose premises the shed has operated since its inception.Inishowen Development Partnership’s Community Development and Education Officer, Denise McCool, added: “IDP have been really delighted to support the Men’s Shed Carn project since its inception in 2012 – not least in terms of their aim to help alleviate social isolation for men in the Carndonagh area and to promote health and wellbeing.“The success of this project and its positive impacts are clearly evident in the palpable sense of ‘togetherness’, ‘companionship’ and ‘connection’ created by and between the men. “This initiative has also given the men a real sense of purpose – as well as an enhanced confidence with their participation in many of the educational and training courses funded through IDP or the ETB.  Not only that, but the men involved have also given so much back to their local community, often unseen and unsung deeds.“I would, therefore, encourage as many people as possible to come along to the ‘Open Night’ on Thursday 26 September.“There’ll also be information on the night about the new opening hours of the Shed as well as further details on upcoming courses including health & safety, furniture restoration and computing.“Some of the musicians and members from the newly-established Music Night will also be performing on the night and refreshments will be provided!“It promises to be a great evening in support of what is a wonderful community-based project led by the men themselves – and which aims to see both men and women from our local area joining and becoming new members.“We would also ask people from the local area interested in finding out more about the Shed – as well as other community groups – to come along to support this valuable local initiative.“Indeed, we’re very excited about the future direction of the Shed and truly feel it offers a wide range of activities, projects and courses for many more people in the community.”The new opening times for the Men’s Shed Carn are as follows: Monday – Music Night 8-11pmTuesday – 10am-12noon & 7:30-9:30pm (for the furniture restoration course from October 1st 2019)Wednesday – 10am-12noonThursday – 10am-12noon & 1:30-4pmFriday – 10am-1pm & the Cards Night 8-10:30pmRelaunch of Men’s Shed Carn aims to attract new members was last modified: September 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Quiz: 2016 local elections

first_imgWith the local election date officially announced as 3 August, South Africans will have the opportunity to vote for the leaders that will run their wards for the next five years.But how much do you know about local elections? Take the Brand South Africa Local Election Quiz and find out.And if you have not yet registered to vote, make sure you do so this weekend, 9 and 10 April.last_img

Minister Michael Masutha on the matter of International Criminal Court and Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma and President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan discuss strengthening relations between South Africa and Sudan, 2 September 2015. (Photo: GCIS)We have called this press conference to announce the decision taken by Cabinet on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 in relation to the country’s membership to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the pending appeal regarding Sudanese President Al Bashir.The Republic of South Africa is a founder member of the African Union and plays an important role in resolving conflicts on the African continent and in encouraging the peaceful resolution of conflicts wherever they occur anywhere else in the world.In exercising its international relations with foreign countries, particularly with countries in which serious conflicts occur or have occurred, South Africa is hindered by the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2 (Act No 27 of 2002). This Act and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court compel South Africa to arrest persons who may enjoy diplomatic immunity under customary international law but who are wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and to surrender such persons to the International Criminal Court. South Africa has to do so, even under circumstances where we are actively involved in promoting peace, stability and dialogue in those countries.We wish to give effect to the rule of customary international law which recognises the diplomatic immunity of heads of state and others in order to effectively promote dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts wherever they may occur, particularly on the African continent. South Africa enacted the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act,  (Act No. 37 of 2001), which provides for the immunities and privileges of diplomatic missions and consular posts and their members, of heads of states, special envoys and certain representatives of the United Nations and its specialised agencies, other international organisations and certain other persons.However, the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002, is in conflict and inconsistent with the provisions of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act, 2001. In order to ensure South Africa’s continued ability to conduct active diplomatic relations, a bill proposing the repeal of the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002 will soon be tabled in parliament. We have already in writing informed the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the NCOP of this Executive decision.In the matter of the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development v The Southern African Litigation Centre (867/15) [2016] ZASCA 17 (15 March 2016), the Supreme Court of Appeal confirmed that in terms of customary international law, heads of state enjoy immunity against arrest. However, the Supreme Court of Appeal found that in enacting the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002, South Africa had expressly waived the immunity of such heads of state and that South Africa was obliged to arrest persons wanted for crimes committed against humanity.In essence, the Supreme Court of Appeal identified the problem which needs to be addressed. The effect of withdrawal from the Rome Statute as well as the repeal of the Implementation Act thus completes the removal of all legal impediments inhibiting South Africa’s ability to honour its obligations relating to the granting of diplomatic immunity under international law as provided for under our domestic legislation. This therefore removes the necessity at least in so far as this aspect is concerned of continuing with the appeal.Written notice to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has been submitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations in accordance with Article 127(1) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The withdrawal will take effect one year after the Secretary-General has received the notification. South African will remain obligated under the Rome Statute for the duration of the 12 months’ notice period.An application for leave to appeal the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal set down for hearing at the Constitutional Court on 22 November 2016, will now be withdrawn. This is so, especially as the Supreme Court of Appeal has removed the uncertainty around customary international law in relation to diplomatic immunity in so far as it affects heads of states and others who may be wanted for serious violations of human rights and other serious crimes but who enjoy diplomatic immunity under international customary law.South Africa remains committed to the fight against impunity and to hold those who have committed crimes against humanity and other serious crimes accountable. Our unwavering commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights throughout Africa and elsewhere in the world is further demonstrated by our continued participation in various international and continental human rights instruments.For this reason, South Africa will work closely with the African Union and with other countries in Africa to strengthen continental bodies, such as the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, created to deal with such crimes and to prosecute the perpetrators, whilst at the same time continuing to participate and honour its commitments under international human rights instruments. South Africa will continue to actively promote dialogue and the peaceful resolution of conflicts on the African continent and elsewhere.Enquiries:Mthunzi MhagaSpokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional servicesCell: 083 641 8141E-mail: [email protected] by:Department of Justice and Constitutional Developmentlast_img read more

Tilting Downstream: Differentiating Your Sales Approach With Customer Risk In Mind with Niraj Dawar – Episode 42

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:37 — 22.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSSales is the act of helping people solve problems. It only makes sense that the best salespeople are the ones who are able to best solve the problems their customers have. But how exactly do you determining if you or your competitors is doing the “best” job at that? On this episode of In the Arena you’re going to get one of the most significant parts of the equation explained to you clearly from Niraj Dawar, author of the powerful sales book, “Tilt.” Anthony digs into the concepts of differentiation and customer risk in this conversation, two concepts that can literally transform the way you do sales and the success you experience. You’ve got to hear this one.Are you asking the questions that enable you to differentiate your sales process?Click To TweetWhat are “upstream” and “downstream” activities in the sales process?Niraj Dawar makes a clear distinction between what he calls the “upstream” and “downstream” activities involved in the sales cycle because he believes that clearly seeing and understanding the difference is one of the main ways that salespeople are able to focus more on customer needs and bring the features and benefits of their products to bear on those needs. Anthony and Niraj unpack that idea in their conversation on this episode, showing you how a focus on the “downstream” side of sales (the part that’s aimed at understanding customer needs and risks) to amplify your sales presentations and approach.Why competing on price and cutting cost can only go so far.We’ve all seen the “race to the bottom” that happens when two companies with identical products or services begin to compete on price. For the sake of getting new business each begins to cut costs wherever they can, lowering the price as an enticement to the customer to purchase from them. There’s nothing that makes one company stand out over the other except the issue of pricing. How do you get out of that cycle and make your offer stand out even if the price you’re asking is higher? It’s by differentiating yourself in ways specific to the needs of the customer. On this episode you’re going to learn the key questions you need to ask in order to do that.The most important sales book of 2015, with Niraj Dawar on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetWhy understanding and addressing customer risk can increase your sales.Your customers have a job to do and they are looking to your product or service to help them get that job done. But whether or not they tap you as the one to provide what they need depends on many things beyond price. They’ve got specific risks or costs inherent to the project at hand and the better you understand what those are, the better able you will be to position your product in a way that addresses those risks effectively, resulting in the sale – and the confidence of your customers over the long haul. Find out how to move your sales process in that direction on this episode of In The Arena with Anthony Iannarino. How Hyundai increased sales during a dramatic period of economic recession.One of the stories that Niraj Dawar recounts in his book, “Tilt” is the story of how Hyundai made some dramatic decisions during a steep economic downturn that actually increased their sales when the rest of the competition experienced serious losses. The approach they took is an example of what Niraj points to as the key in making your sales offerings stand out among the competition even when financial consideration for the prospective customer are at a very serious level. You’ll learn a lot from this episode, so be sure to listen.Increasing sales even in the midst of a recession, on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetOutline of this great episode  Anthony’s introduction of Niraj Dawar and the conversation on this episode. Why Anthony felt the concepts of the book were powerfully relevant for salespeople. The difference between “upstream” and “downstream” activities in sales. Why a cost cutting effect can only go so far. Why you have to create greater value for customers in light of their risks. Questions to ask yourself to drill into customer risks and concerns. Rethinking the real value you offer to your customers for greater sales potential. Differentiating your product based on risk reduction for the customer. A story of increased sales during a recession.Resources & Links mentioned in this – Niraj’s websiteFollow Niraj on Twitter1422187179 The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: you can use to share this episodeDesigning a risk reduction strategy that increases sales dramatically, on this episodeClick To TweetThe important questions you need to be asking about your customer’s real needs, on this episodeClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

The seven deadly spins

first_imgIf the merrie folk of Nottingham, who watched India on its last stop in the World T20, could speak in one voice, it would probably belong to someone called the Old Trent Bridge regular.Dejected Indian players at the DugoutAnd he just didn”t get it. Quiet people, Indians, he said, ever,If the merrie folk of Nottingham, who watched India on its last stop in the World T20, could speak in one voice, it would probably belong to someone called the Old Trent Bridge regular.Dejected Indian players at the DugoutAnd he just didn”t get it. Quiet people, Indians, he said, ever so polite, but something just happened to them when they got near cricket. They could make a right noise, they could. Their team had made so much noise too, winning many things in many countries, cricket like a fireworks display.For an old codger, he quite liked T20 actually, so thought he”d better take a look when India came visiting. They were the T20 champions, all flashy batting, fiery bowling (the spinners, too!), acrobatic fielders, not like the old days. But then, between booking a ticket and collecting it, India were suddenly gone. Taken apart by the West Indies and, blimey, England. How had that happened? Where had the champions gone?It is hard to explain to the old boy, but whatever he”s heard about India, whatever we”ve heard, are myths churned out by the PR folk to fit an image defined as: Young, Fearless, Aggressive, Guaranteed to Conquer World. Not the most apt descriptors for guys who only beat Bangladesh and Ireland. The Old Trent Bridge regular awaits an explanation. The story of India”s T20 campaign, truth be told, is amorality”and cricketing”tale. It revolves around Seven Deadly Spins.1. THE IPL HAS MADE INDIAN CRICKETERS INTO T20 EXPERTSadvertisementThe last fortnight in England provided a grim reminder”to players and fans”that more separates the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the global game than just salaries and the presence of Bollywood.The spread of quality bowling in an attack and the stakes involved meant that neither were runs so easy to come by against the frontline teams nor were there too many second chances. For the international players, every IPL team offered one if not two gimme bowlers. The sense of accountability for performance and result was not quite as clear-cut as it was with India. “Our performance,” said captain M.S. Dhoni, “was not up to international standard” and he meant every word of it.Coach Gary Kirsten was fairly categorical too, saying that the Indians failed to generate “the level of intensity that you need to at the international game with the standard and quality of cricket (at the World Twenty20) obviously higher than what we would experience at the IPL”. Every IPL team had four overseas players, maybe the same number of India internationals but the rest were domestic players and rookies.In the World T20, every player was an international quality cricketer, with a higher level of skill and free lunches were hard to find. South African Captain Graeme Smith said the IPL had “afforded us a wonderful opportunity to learn about the T20 game”. Indeed. Everybody, it seems, benefited from the IPL barring Team India.2. INDIA ARE THE FORM FAVOURITES TO WINIndias youngsters failed to deliver when it mattered mostIndia were certainly the team causing the most commotion about and around T20 but a more dispassionate analysis of India”s T20 international form would have shown that since its 2007 World T20 Championship win, at international level it has had an adverse win-loss record, two wins from five games.Dhoni denied that the Indians had spent two years stagnating in the format, citing the batsmen”s collective collapse of “form” as the overriding reason for India”s anti-climactic performance in the World T20, saying he reckoned India needed to be at 90 per cent.”You have to be in peak form when conditions are too tough for batting, you have to be middling the ball from the go. The T20 format doesn”t allow you to settle down and it”s not like in Tests or ODIs where if you are struggling or playing to 60 per cent you can spend time getting in,” Dhoni said, somehow managing to give to the T20 format an element of romantic struggle over other forms.It sounds like a persuasive reason but it does not explain how the men who struck “form”, aka got runs in practice games and against Bangladesh and Ireland, suddenly lost it in the next three games.3. M.S. DHONI IS CAPTAIN COOL, THE MAN WITH IN HIS VEINSAsked by a friend what he considered the difference between success and failure, Dhoni had replied “results”. It is a robust philosophy that cuts through jargon, but in this series the confident, composed captain has stumbled.advertisementDhoni has a big riddle to solveQuestions about Virender Sehwag”s injury status made him irascible, producing the hokey Unity Parade, and the results that followed did him in.He only scored 86 runs (@96.92 strike rate) runs in five matches, India were outpointed and every gamble looked like empty bravado. “Give him time,” says former India captain Sourav Ganguly who wants Dhoni to bat up the order.”Dhoni”s strength is that he can clear the field but he needs to get set. He must back himself in difficult conditions.” This current condition is about as difficult as it gets.4. NEW INDIA IS A BREAKAWAY TEAM 4 OF THE FAST, THE FIT, THE FRESHCoach Gary Kirsten would like them to be, but at the moment India are none of the above. Captain Dhoni admitted that nobody on the team was a 100 per cent fit going into the World T20, but refused to accept that the fatigue of playing virtually two years of cricket had taken its toll in 10 days.Raina was clueless against short pitched deliveriesGood, because nobody bought it; the South Africans, who have been on the road too, played back to back Tests and ODIs against Australia and look where they ended up. Ganguly said, “These are guys who have played one or two years in the game”they shouldn”t be thinking like that.”With the bowlers, India failed to find the balance between getting them fit and keeping their bodies fresh. As the runs dried up at the top, the big shot was always the preferred option, over the plebeian single. Against the West Indies, the Indian innings featured 51 dot balls, 34 against the English and then 44 against South Africa. In effect the dot balls shrank a 120-ball T20 innings by around eight, five and seven overs in the Super 8s.Had the Indian batsmen taken singles off even half those dot balls, the men in blue would have entered the semifinals doing a bhangra. The failure to take singles, fielding like sluggish seals?all this is hardly new-age, this is old hat. These are not the dukes of Youngistan, this is India circa 1970s, just discovering the limited overs game. This is just depressing.Some whispers now indicate that the Indians came into the World T20 suffering from an IPL hangover. Some of the younger players continued with the IPL-style off-hour merriment, rather than switch into India mode with the necessary urgency required at a global event. Kirsten admitted, “We never really got ourselves to the level of intensity that you need to at the international game?it probably didn”t help that we had two relatively lower intensity games against Bangladesh and Ireland.”5. THE INDIAN BATTING HAS DEPTH AND EXPLOSIVE OPTIONSIt all depends on the where and the when. It took half-an-hour at Lord”s of Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Dwayne Bravo steaming in to swat away this bubble. Opposition captains, like Chris Gayle, had paid handsome tributes, saying, “We know the quality of the Indian team, they have batting through the order and most of their batters are dangerous.”advertisementIndias opening pair failed to clickWhen it came to live games, the bowlers” pitch map hit less obliging notes: India”s batsmen faced as many as 68 per centage from the fast bowlers” half and against England, it was more than 45 per cent.On the seaming, quick track at Lord”s, England captain Paul Collingwood had a simple plan against the batting line which every team had feared going into the tournament but which the West Indies efficiently overwhelmed.”We were very clear”taking wickets are important in this format of the game,” Collingwood said and fleshed out the scene a little more: “We wanted to hit the ball into the ground hard.”Before the Super 8s, the Indian openers”Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma”had rattled together stands of 42, 140, 59, 77 in the warmups and the first round on the spinfriendly track in Nottingham. In the Super 8s, over on the speedy slope of Lord”s, it was 12, 12 and 48 (in the inconsequential match against South Africa).The opposition bowlers were able to get their lengths just right to prevent being called for wides or no balls, and they preyed not so much on the Indian batsmen”s fragility against the short one, as their failure to get it away for runs. The Indian team wanted to save the hitters Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan for the last 12 overs of the innings. Marvellous idea in theory but badly scrambled in execution during a crisis. Flexibility in thinking was overridden by the desire to prove the flexibility of tactic.6. THE INDIAN TEAM HAS TRIED AND TESTED BENCH STRENGTHThe IPL”s cheer leaders (the ones in trousers that is) maintained that the event had given the Indians a battery of players who would effortlessly slot into the international team. Not so. India”s most reliable short-game performer is Yuvraj Singh with Gautam Gambhir only just coming through.Suresh Raina”s struggle with the short ball the highest level continues and the rest of the class of 2007 (Rohit Sharma, and the absent Robin Uthappa) have not backed up breakthrough performances with the consistency. Ravindra Jadeja was out of his depth when promoted ahead of Yuvraj against England. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori says it helps to play more T20 matches but “eventually it depends on the quality of the player.” India”s bench still needs to work on refining the quality of its bench.7. THE NEW BCCI REGIME IS BREAKING WITH THE PASTAspanking new office and sending out e-mails every day do not make professionalism. India came to the World T20 with 10 support staff, almost one man for every member of a playing squad.Ravindra jadejas promotion ahead of Yuvraj and Yusuf lacked cricketing logicA year-long media gag has been maniacally enforced by the Board on everyone barring captain and coach as a way of controversy-control. Yet when the Sehwag injury drama broke out, it was a free for all” the BCCI was free to let all speculation reign.The lack of a pre-determined injury protocol or the ability to swiftly disseminate information only intensified Dhoni”s war of words with the travelling press corps and led to the somewhat over-the-top Unity Parade. In another minor but telling detail, all the players turned up at a reception for the Indian high commissioner to the UK in their civvies. One senior player wore T-shirt that had US flags on it. If the cricketers believe what is suitable for a disco will do around diplomats, it is the manager”s job to correct the impression and the threads. The Union of the Unshaven at the high commissioner”s was proof that off-field management was off-duty that evening.The old Trent Bridge regular listens. Oh that. He”d seen it happen before. Cricket had been played at this ground for 168 years and the game had undone greater men, bigger names. It was inevitable that even South Africa”s slow bowling would prove to be too much for the millionaires at the end.The game has a code and it looks like these Indian boys had violated it. It is well known and echoes around the red-brick archways of old county grounds. It is not pretty but it makes perfect sense. It goes like this: “If you take the p*ss out of cricket, cricket takes the p*ss out of you.”last_img read more