Previous articleOpposition emerges to council plans for Malin HeadNext articleShauna McFadden qualifies for European Youth Olympics News Highland Prestigious Academic Award for Two Staff Nurses at Donegal Hospice By News Highland – May 26, 2015 Lucy McGettigan, Clinical Nurse Manager at Donegal Hospice stated ‘It is With great pride that we congratulate our two staff nurses Susan McCarroll and Liam Patton on their recent award at University College Dublin. Not only were they awarded a graduate diploma in palliative care nursing they were also awarded the Sr Francis Rose O’Flynn OHL medal for acquiring the top academic marks in the country. Singularly to achieve this award is remarkable but for both to achieve it from the same unit is outstanding and as their mentor and line manager I can speak on behalf of all the management and staff at the Hospice to say we are very proud indeed’.The course was a Level 9 graduate diploma in palliative care in UCD in affiliation with our lady’s hospice Harold’s cross. The Sr Francis Rose O’Flynn OLH Medal is awarded to the graduate with the highest grades overall in the palliative care modules. This year was the first time it was a joint award. The course required them to attend college in Dublin one day per week for the academic year and in their own time to secure placements in various work areas, to add to their experience. This is not an easy task while continuing to work full time and both having young families. The graduates now have a specialist palliative care qualification which makes it extremely relevant for practice in the Donegal Hospice which is a specialist palliative care unit.Liam’s stated It’s a great privilege to work in palliative care and I have always had a special interest in palliative care nursing. Therefore it was right to further my studies in this area .The course was intense but extremely rewarding with great support from my wife and family, my mentor Lucy McGettigan, my workplace and Dr Donal Martin’s support and of course the college itself all which made it more manageable. I feel humbled to receive this medal for my academic efforts. My challenge now as a nurse is to contribute to providing excellent standards of palliative care by putting what I have learned into practice’.Susan’s remarked ‘I have worked in the Donegal hospice for almost eleven Years. I am passionate about palliative care and cannot imagine working in any other area of nursing. The organisation and support from the college and tutors was amazing. As well as gaining new knowledge and insights, it was great to see that our work practices at the Donegal Hospice are very much on a par with other specialist palliative care units throughout the country. It was very educational carrying out placements in Sligo hospice and our lady’s hospice in Harold’s cross in Dublin. Personally I could not have done any of this without the support my family, friends, Lucy McGettigan and my colleagues at the hospice. That I received the Sr Francis Rose O’Flynn medal for academic achievement jointly with my colleague Liam was an honour and the icing on thecake. Completion of this course has affirmed my passion for my chosen area of nursing and has provided me with increased knowledge and confidence in carrying out this very privileged role.Dr Donal Martin, Medical Director at the Hospice stated ‘‘We are indeed very proud of our two staff who achieved this academic success. The fact that this is the first time ever that two staff from one unit were awarded jointly makes their achievement even more remarkable. I am delighted to support these staff in their education and hopefully support other staff who may now decide to apply to undertake further education’ Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady
Our country is very prone to knee-jerk reaction for any serious event. The root cause of most of our problems stems from our obsession with the false notion of idealism. We never let humans live like humans, and expect every man to be god and every woman a goddess. We have failed to realize, that any society is made up of human beings of all types of personality traits, which can differ widely. Driving everyone with the same stick is utter folly indeed. In the urge to transform everyone into an ascetic, we have tried to drive out the oldest profession. It has now boomeranged on us in the form of increasing crimes against women. Police are burdened in turn with more and more problems of this kind and have to hunt for women and their accomplices in flesh trade. The present situation of a population, mainly consisting of young adults at their prime, coupled with raised age of marriage, has created a vast pool of youth who are very prone to indulging in sexual crimes. Hanging for heinous crimes may appear a suitable deterrent on the face of it, however, it may create more problems in the long run.In the same fashion, our zeal to enforce dry law has also created more problems than it was expected to solve. The idea was implemented almost without thinking and poor Mahua tree was blamed for all evils, and hence mercilessly cut down on extended areas. The result was that the Mahua flowers, also used as a food item, became scarce, and a section of the population was deprived of the nutrition. Alcohol is a food item by and large and has value when used as a medicine too. The prohibition has overburdened the law enforcement agencies, to deal with a section of the population, who tried to indulge in a few drinks. The argument of monetary loss to the person taking alcoholic drinks, does not hold any water, as the amount of tax on alcoholic drinks is an astronomical figure in India, else cost of any beverage, alcoholic or non-alcoholic would remain in a comfortable band, irrespective of contents.
Pfaff Junior of the GravelCyclist.com team. Photo by GravelCyclist.comThis year has been the busiest on a bicycle since my early formative years, where I spent countless hours riding around aimlessly as a young lad. Not including my regular work gig, I lead a cycling-centric lifestyle which may be a little unrealistic compared to most. Almost unfettered local riding and travel to distant rides, races, events and writing for BikeRumor.com, along with running my own website which shares my passion for gravel cycling, GravelCyclist.comMuch like Zach’s reference in his wish list, living well, staying fit and crash-free is high on my wish list – ironically, I hit the deck during a night time gravel ride just last week, but I dodged a bullet on that one, and look forward to what 2017 brings!Well into the 2016 Dirty Kanza 200. Photo by Linda Guerrette.ExperienceDirty Kanza 200, Gravel Worlds, Bootlegger 100, Cedar Cross, Taiwan KOM Challenge and riding with Team Lampre for a stage of the Tour Down Under, were just a few of this year’s highlights. But the stand out experience for me was L’Eroica in Gaiole in Chianti, Italy. Held in the stunningly beautiful Province of Siena, Italy, Tuscany aka Toscana is like heaven on earth on a bicycle, road or gravel. Starting and finishing in the small town of Gaiole in Chianti, the 20th edition saw 7,000 cyclists ride pre-1987 bicycles over several different courses. I rode the full monty course of 209 kilometers aboard a 1987 Vitus with full Mavic groupset – my homage to former professional, Sean Kelly.Yours truly suffering at 2016 L’Eroica.L’Eroica features beautiful landscapes, the famous white gravel roads of Tuscany, amazing local food and wine and cycling culture. The rest stops are laden with home made, gourmet food and nary a cell phone in sight; rather, people milled about socializing, eating and drinking. I garnered a newfound respect for the cycling champions of old – toe strap pedals were never much fun, but gearing that is less than optimal for climbing the countless steep hills along the course made me realize we are spoiled rotten nowadays by electronic shifting, 11-speed drivetrains, clipless pedals, disc brakes, lycra shorts and jerseys – and so many other improvements. Riders like Merckx and De Vlaeminck, they were the original hard men. Without sounding dramatic, L’Eroica was my best experience on a bicycle – ever.Road / Cyclocross / Gravel BikeParlee Chebacco, post Dirty Kanza 200. Photo by GravelCyclist.comThe thing I love about gravel cycling is the pleasant lack of rules concerning bike design and regulation, especially important if you like to race. Keep gravel grass roots – run what you brung! Tyler of Bike Rumor ran the Parlee Chebacco carbon gravel bike through its paces a little earlier this year; I rode a smaller version of the same bike at Dirty Kanza 200 along with a bunch of training miles. To date, this is my favorite carbon gravel / adventure bike.3T Exploro. Photo by GravelCyclist.comHowever, I am very interested in checking out the 3T Exploro.Litespeed T5G. Photo by GravelCyclist.comTitanium is my preferred frame material for gravel; it offers reasonable weight, great ride quality over the bumpiest of roads, is corrosion resistant and can take serious abuse. I’m in the middle of a long term review on my own website of the Litespeed T5G flat mount disc brake gravel bike – the T5G has undergone some nice enhancements in the latest model, including some geometry tweaks for a longer wheelbase – very comfy – which also provides some much needed tire clearance – and the frame is hand built in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Check out this video I shot at the original Litespeed factory before they up and moved to their new HQ near downtown Chattanooga.Road BikeCalfee Dragonfly. Photo by Calfee Design.My taste in road bikes hasn’t changed much in the last year – I still prefer a traditional looking frame but definitely something that stands out from the crowd. I mentioned them last year and I’ll mention them again – I simply love Calfee Design and their unique carbon lugs. Definitely not for everyone, Calfee have updated their flagship Dragonfly road frame to accommodate the latest standards – oversize headtube for tapered carbon forks, oversized downtube, options for PF30 – while retaining the lugged look. The kicker is Calfee’s 25 year frame warranty.Slim Chance. Photo by Fat Chance Cycles.Steel is real as they say and I deeply regret ever selling my original Fat Chance Cycles Slim Chance. But, the brand has been reborn and the Slim Chance is back! Not for everyone, I love the colors on offer, especially the fade options.Enigma Bikes Exemplar. Photo by GravelCyclist.comEnigma Bikes aren’t well known in the USA, yet. The company had several bikes on display at 2016 Interbike that I was drooling over. The 6/4 painted Ti Exemplar pictured above likely won’t appeal to the raw Ti crowd, but everything about this bike was simply stunning. Derailleurs, crank and shifter blades received the custom bespoke paint treatment as well.The gorgeous Enigma Ecroix steel CX / gravel bike. Photo by GravelCyclist.comI hope Enigma appear at the next edition of the NAHBS show.Mountain BikeFat Chance Yo Eddy. Photo by Michael Allen.I ride mountain bikes all the ti… hardly ever actually. My skills aren’t so great so I stick to gravel and road. But, I love the retro look and it’s another Fat Chance bike for me, this time the Yo Eddy. I’ve been a long time admirer of these bikes; thus, a Yo Eddy, but with the latest refinements such as oversized headtube, thru-axles front and rear… and an XTR Di2 2X groupset.ComponentsFSA WE. Photo by GravelCyclist.comCampagnolo, Shimano, SRAM all have electronic gear shifting systems of some kind in production. I made the switch to electronic several years ago, and are stoked to see FSA as the latest player to enter the market with their WE system. While we have yet to see it enter the marketplace, the system has been spotted on various Euro pro bikes recently; suffice to say, I am looking forward to getting some time on this system. Finally, SRAM finally has hydro Etap in production, along with a Wifli version of the rear derailleur – this would be an amazing system on one’s gravel bike, although a clutched Etap derailleur would be icing on the cake… and repositioning the front derailleur battery for better tire clearance on a gravel bike.Lauf Grit Fork. Photo by GravelCyclist.comI’ve begun racking up review miles on Lauf’s Grit fork, paired to a Parlee Chebacco gravel bike. This variant of the fork is designed for use on gravel. People are either going to love or hate this one, as it’s look is certainly unconventional. A short travel carbon leaf spring suspension fork design with only 30mm of travel, the Lauf Grit fork promises to take the edge off washboarded gravel roads (ugh), pot holes, etc. Review coming early in 2017!GearBont Vaypor G. Photo by GravelCyclist.comBont Cycling shoes released many new goodies at 2016 Interbike, including a “gravel” version of their Vaypor S shoe – which is probably quite at home on a mountain bike as well. Touting a stiff carbon sole that wraps upward into the heel cup, the leather upper is stiffer and more durable, too. Still unavailable to the public, I’d like a pair when they’re available, but probably not in white.White Industries VBC crankset. Photo by GravelCyclist.comThe venerable White Industries VBC crankset received a big update this year, going to a much larger 30mm axle. This crankset features a removable spider offering virtually unlimited options for chainring sizes – currently being tested on my own website, I ran the 46 / 30 combination at the recent Taiwan KOM Challenge – the 30T small ring saved my day – and legs – when the mountain became seriously steep in the final 10 kilometers.Praxis Zayante M30 crankset. Photo by GravelCyclist.comAnother option worthy of consideration is the Praxis Zayante M30. Another crank featuring an oversized 30mm axle, I am running the 48 / 32 configuration through its paces right now, paired to the company’s English thread, external cup bottom bracket. Still under review, the Zayante is looking good as an affordable option for those who desire slightly lower gears, but without breaking the bank.Two Small ThingsFix It Sticks. Photo by GravelCyclist.comFix It Sticks – “The ingenious innovation that started a revolution in bicycle multi-tools.” These just got better with the option for an uber cheap $6 bike mounting bracket. The bracket mounts beneath any standard water bottle cage and holds two Fix It Sticks, at a cost of only 14 grams. Fix It Sticks also have a new tire lever add-on for their Replaceable edition.Buck!t wallet, belt and wrist belt. Photo by Buck!tBuck!t bicycle tyre (tire) belts – but not only belts – watch bands, wallets, wrist belts and earrings. These make for the perfect gift for the ciclista in your life.Enjoy your Holiday break and Ride Often!Article by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.
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HLPFI reported on July 28 that GAC had opened its seventh Brazilian office at the Acu port complex in Rio de Janeiro.”By opening offices first in Açu, then in Vitória, we are well placed to optimise the strategic opportunities that will make GAC stand out from the competition,” said GAC’s group vice president – Americas, Lars Heisselberg.Providing shipping, forwarding and clearance services, the office is located in one of Brazil’s largest port complexes, which serves as a distribution hub for a range of products and is also home to offshore support bases for the country’s oil and gas industry. www.gac.com
Mastering disclosure of sensitive information is one of the most important skills a successful leader can have. Recently, I coached an executive team through a very difficult communication challenge. An employee was caught embezzling from the employer. His behavior had legal ramifications and compromised several of the organization’s accreditations. The employee was immediately terminated, but his absence was obvious and the gossip mill quickly began churning. The organization got through the situation with minimal collateral damage, and even used it to increase cohesiveness and trust, by applying the following five principles, which are outlined in my book Conflict Without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability (Berrett-Koehler, 2017).1. Distinguish the “what” from the “how.”What you choose to disclose is very different from how you do it. Before sharing information, it is absolutely appropriate to determine whether any key principles are at stake—confidentiality, rights to privacy and any legal boundaries that must be respected. After that, the big question becomes “How do I disclose information in the most effective and transparent way?” It may mean a companywide memo or an in-person meeting. Simultaneous disclosure to all affected parties is best, and it is preferable if you can be present to answer questions and address concerns immediately.2. Never start with the information.This is one of the most important principles. Contrary to what you might think, people don’t want to know the information first. They first want to know your motives, particularly the emotional ones. Are you disclosing the information because you want to be honest? Because you want to show transparency? Because you care about how your team is impacted? Remember, people don’t care what you know until they know that you care.3. Embrace vulnerability to build trust.Disclosing information invites vulnerability. But disclosing your emotions and emotional motives is a hundred times scarier. Are you afraid, anxious, worried, excited, remorseful? It’s not only OK but necessary for you to be honest about how you are feeling because it builds trust. Unless you show your emotional cards, how can you expect your constituency to know you care? You don’t have to be bulletproof. You have to be human.4. Follow the “what” with “now what?”Disclosing sensitive information leaves people asking three questions: “How is this going to affect us?” “What do we do next?” and “What’s at stake?” Be prepared to speak to each one of these questions immediately following disclosure. Whether you are informing an employee of a promotion or letting the organization know you’ve been sued, these questions matter. You don’t have to know all the answers, but as a leader you need to have something to say. In fact, great leaders answer these three questions every day, regardless of the situation.5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.I’ll say it again: You don’t have to have all the answers, and you don’t have to go it alone. It’s OK to ask for help. The more you engage people in answering the three questions listed above, the more ownership they will have.Nate Regier is the co-founding owner and chief executive officer of Next Element, a global advisory company based in Newton, Kan., that specializes in building cultures of compassionate accountability, and a former practicing psychologist. Read more from Regier about why conflict can be healthy at work in the May 2017 issue of HRMagazine.
With the London Olympics just round the corner, there is still suspense over India’s choice for the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is yet to take a call on who will be the flag-bearer and a number of names are doing the rounds with medal winners from previous Olympic Games being the frontrunners.Beijing Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra leads the race. The IOA officials have made it clear that so far, Bindra has not ruled out his participation at the opening ceremony, but they are still not sure whether the ace marksman will accept the honour.Beijing Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra.Bindra’s 10m air rifle event is scheduled for two days after the opening ceremony on July 27, which does give him ample time to practice for his title defence. “Abhinav Bindra is surely the best choice that we have but we also need to see if he is ready to take the job,” said Ajitpal Singh, who is the chef de mission for the Indian contingent.Besides Bindra, there are just three other athletes in the current Indian contingent who have won medals at the Olympics. Boxer Vijender Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar won bronze medals at the Beijing Games four years ago, while Leander Paes also won a bronze at the Atlanta Olympics.”Olympic medallists will definitely be the first choice and Abhinav is therefore the frontrunner. We will see how things unfold and then we have other medal winners like Vijender, Sushil and Paes,” he added.advertisementPaes has already had the honour of leading the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony of 2000 Sydney Olympics.The first-round bouts for the 75kg category in boxing are scheduled for July 28 and 29. However, the draw on the opening day of the Games will reveal whether Vijender competes on July 28 or 29.But waiting for the draw might not be a wise decision and the IOA will most probably announce the flag-bearer in the next few days.Sushil also stands a fair chance but the four-member Indian wrestling contingent will be in the final leg of their training programme in Belarus when the opening ceremony stars in London.The wrestling competition starts in August and the wrestlers have decided to train in Belarus and are scheduled to arrive in London on August 2 or 3.”It’s an honour to be the flagbearer and an athlete can always come for the opening ceremony and go back for training,” said IOA secretary general Randhir Singh.With all the issues surrounding the flag-bearer’s choice, Bindra stands a better chance than others and it will all depend on how the IOA and the Abhinav Bindra athletes deal with it.