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first_imgIt may be early days but one of the GAA’s greatest legends has said Donegal have what it takes to possibly go all the way this year.Kerry legend Mick O’Dwyer has admitted he was not a fan of Donegal’s brand of football last year.But Micko has now admitted that he is gradually growing fond of Jim McGuinness’ side. “I will admit that I certainly wasn’t a fan of Donegal last year.“But they are opening up now and when you have the likes of Michael Murphy and McFadden up front then they will get plenty of scores.“I think they could possibly go all the way to an All Ireland,” he said.Of course there is the small matter of Tyrone to overcome tomorrow in the Ulster semi-final before Donegal can even begin to think of any date in Croke Park.  GAA LEGEND TIPS DONEGAL TO GO ALL THE WAY was last modified: June 29th, 2012 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) Tags:donegalMick O’Dwyerlast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue has said that patients in Donegal and across the country are facing bigger bills under the health reform plans being pursued by the Minister for Health James Reilly.New research shows that the Government’s plans change Ireland’s health service to the Dutch health model will cost patients more and make matters worse.Deputy McConalogue was reacting to research in the British Medical Journal which shows that the Dutch model of health service has led to more inequalities and bigger bills for patients. People with disabilities and chronic illnesses find it particularly expensive now under the Dutch model. The Donegal TD claimed: “Fine Gael & Labour’s plans to introduce universal health insurance are in chaos. I have spoken to many families and individuals across Co Donegal who are abandoning private health insurance due to spiralling prices.  Nationally, more than 66,000 people abandoned their health insurance cover last year, leading to increased strain on an already overstretched public system.“With the Government now one year in office, people are wondering what happened to the commitment in the programme for Government to ‘act speedily to reduce costs in the delivery of both public and private health care and in the administration of the health care system.’“It is time that Minister Reilly listened to patients who are crippled by medical bills, and learned from independent research on the Dutch model before it is too late. People in Donegal and across the country are already unable to pay for private health insurance because of cost hikes.  We do not need to dismantle our health system further, making it more difficult for all people to access quality healthcare,” said Deputy McConalogue.  ‘DISABLED AND SERIOUSLY ILL WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE UNDER HEALTH REFORMS’ – TD was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:’DISABLED AND SERIOUSLY ILL WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE UNDER HEALTH REFORMS’ – TDdeputy charlie mcconaloguelast_img read more

Condolences for Kabul victims’ families

first_img19 September 2012President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences to the families of the eight South Africans killed in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday.“On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma wishes to express his heartfelt and sincere condolences to the families, friends and communities of the eight South Africans who were victims of a suicide attack,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement.Zuma, who was in Brussels, Belgium for the 5th South Africa-European Union Summit when the attack took place, said he was “deeply saddened by the deaths of the South Africans, as well as the other lives that were lost during this tragic incident.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.”A suicide bomber reportedly rammed her explosive-laden vehicle into a minibus carrying the eight, who were working for a local company, killing them along with a local driver.Three passers-by were also killed and two security officials were injured by the bombing that took place along the main road, leading to the airport in Kabul’s sub-district 15.Hizb-i-Islami, the second largest insurgent group in Afghanistan, has claimed responsibility for the attack.A spokesperson for the group told local media via phone that a woman suicide bomber of the group had carried out the attack in retaliation for an anti-Islam film made privately in the US and posted on the internet last week.The Department of International Relations said it was in possession of the list of names of the deceased, and that efforts to confirm their identities as well as to contact their next-of-kin were under way.“Government efforts to confirm their identities and to contact their next-of-kin are continuing, and families are receiving support through the consular,” the department said.Meanwhile, US Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips has also offered condolences to the families of the South Africans who were killed.“As we mourn the death of colleagues at the US Consulate in Benghazi, we offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the South Africans who lost their lives in Kabul today,” Gips in a statement on Tuesday.“As [US Secretary of State, Hillary] Clinton has said, there is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

OFBF policy development committee meets in Columbus

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Twenty Ohio Farm Bureau leaders are serving on the 2019 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee. The committee collects and organizes public policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and presents the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates during the state annual meeting in December.In its initial session, the committee heard from government leaders, subject matter experts and Farm Bureau staff on topics such as climate change, mental health, water quality initiatives, farm leases, trade, risk management, foreign ownership in U.S. agriculture, education, school funding and rural broadband.The policy committee consists of 10 members from Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees and 10 representatives of county Farm Bureaus.The committee is chaired by Ohio Farm Bureau First Vice President Bill Patterson of Chesterland and includes OFBF President Frank Burkett III of Massillon and Treasurer Cy Prettyman of New Bloomington. State trustees on the committee are Matt Bell of Zanesville, Mike Bensman of Sidney, Mike Boyert of Seville, Jenny Cox of Dresden, Paul Harrison of Fostoria, Rose Hartschuh of Sycamore and Chris Weaver of Lyons.County Farm Bureau representatives are Glen Arnold of Putnam County, Amanda Badger of Preble County, Veronica Boysel of Franklin County, Steve Brunner of Pike County, Danielle Burch of Columbiana County, Robert Buxton of Coshocton County, Robert Hange of Wayne County, Dale Hulit of Richland County, Gene McCurdy of Delaware County and Steven Wickersham of Marion County.Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ofbf.org.last_img read more

GroupMe Brings Brands to Group Messaging

first_imgaudrey watters Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts GroupMe, one of the myriad of new group messaging apps that has come on the scene in recent months, is introducing a new feature today that hints at how this startup at least, may plan to make money: Featured Groups.These groups will give brands an opportunity to create groups and engage in conversations with fans around their particular brand. By clicking on the new Featured Groups tab, users will be able to create and join in the conversations about various television shows, bands, and music events. The new feature is launching with five brands on board, including Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Bon Jovi, and the Bonnaroo and Coachella music festivals. Once users join these groups, they’ll be open to messages from these brands – news, marketing information, exclusive content, contests, and reminders that the show is on.GroupMe says that it was already seeing these sorts of interactions in the app, with people organizing to discuss brands and shows in this way. And the new feature follows a successful SXSW, where those who created groups got access to special information about events in Austin.That makes sense, particularly for events – media and music ones – as people are likely already creating groups to discuss these things, and GroupMe’s new feature could mean better information and better deals. This trick, of course, will be that these branded groups not inundate users with unwanted messages. The new Featured Groups do suggest that GroupMe might have found a business model. But is this a feature that will appeal to users and help distinguish the startup from the sea of other group-messaging startups? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Five Years Of Android: The Devices That Defined Google’s Mobile OS

first_imgdan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#Google#smartphones#tablets Released: February 24, 2011.Hardware: 10.1-inch screen (800×1280), 6000 mAh battery (non-removable), 32 GB internal storage, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP back camera, 2 MP front camera.Firmware: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)Google took a break from the Nexus line with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and went with Motorola for the flagship device of the operating system. Honeycomb and the Xoom turned out to be a complete albatross in the Android ecosystem, never gaining traction with consumers or developers. In fact, Honeycomb was so lampooned for being “half-finished” that Google never even released the normally open source Android kernel code and very few devices were ever made that used the operating system. Honeycomb was supposed to be Google’s answer to the Android tablet conundrum. To this point, the only Android tablets that had been released ran some version of Froyo or Gingerbread, Android versions that were suboptimal for large screen devices. Honeycomb ultimately served as the stepping stone between Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, which married the smartphone and tablet capabilities of Android and made it much easier for developers and manufacturers to create applications for a variety of screen sizes. Galaxy Nexus Released: November 17, 2011.Hardware: 4.65-inch screen (720×1280), 1750 mAh battery (removable), 16/32 GB internal storage (no external memory), 1 GB RAM, 5 MP back camera, 1.3 MP front camera.Firmware: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)In many ways, Android phones made a giant leap at the end of 2011. Screens started to get bigger (eventually much bigger) and Android got a lot smarter, easy to use and out of its own way. This was epitomized with the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. Android can almost be categorized into two phases: Android 2.3 Gingerbread and everything that came before and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and everything that came after. Starting with the Galaxy Nexus, Android smartphones have run smoother, been more secure, had bigger screens and hardware specifications that are all almost nearly double what came before.Nexus 7 Released: November 13, 2012.Hardware: 4.7-inch screen (768×1280), 2100 mAh battery (non-removable), 8/16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, 8 MP back camera, 1.3 MP front camera. Firmware: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)The latest Android firmware is version 4.2, the second instance of Jelly Bean (much in the same way that Android 2.0/2.1 were both Eclair). The Nexus 4 from LG was released at the end of 2012 with two other devices — the Nexus 10 from Samsung (below) and the upgraded Nexus 7. As yet, adoption of Android 4.2 has been minimal as it is an iterative update to what already existed in Android 4.1, with some minor feature upgrades. While many people consider the Nexus 4 to be a superb instance of an Android smartphone, it was criticized for its lack of 4G LTE, of which most new smartphones have included by default. The phone was made available through Google Play store (along with it tablet siblings) and on T-Mobile.Nexus 10 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Released: October 17, 2009Hardware: 3.7-inch screen (480×854), 1400 mAh battery (removable), slide-out keyboard, 512 MB internal storage (expandable external storage), 256 MB RAM, 5 MP back camera.Firmware: Android 2.0 (Eclair)Boom goes the dynamite. The Motorola Droid was the first true Android smartphone to be popular with the masses. It was released to Verizon with heavy marketing targeted at what the Droid could do that an iPhone could not, like multi-tasking. The “Droid Does” slogan became a popular part of the geek lexicon and was Motorola’s high water mark in the smartphone wars. The Droid shipped with the original Android 2.0 “Eclair” version but was quickly updated to a much more stable version in Android 2.1.Nexus One Released: October 22, 2008Hardware: 3.2-inch screen (320×480), 1150 mAh battery (removable), slide-out physical keyboard, 256 MB internal storage (expandable external storage), 192 RAM, 3.2 megapixel back camera.Firmware: Android 1.0The G1 (also known as the HTC Dream) was the first of Google’s flagship smartphones. At the time it was a bit of a curiosity, mostly interesting for how it introduced Google properties (like Maps, Street View, Calendar and Search) to the smartphone market. The G1 was limited to T-Mobile in the United States.Motorola Droid Released: July 13, 2012.Hardware: 7-inch screen (800×1280), 4325 mAh battery (non-removable), 8/16/32 GB internal memory (no external memory), 1 GB RAM, 1.2 MP front camera.Firmware: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)The first Nexus tablet was announced at Google I/O in June 2012 and shipped a couple weeks later. The Nexus 7 cemented the market for lower priced tablets (next to the Kindle Fire at $199) with smaller screens in the 7-inch variety. From a hardware point of view, the Nexus 7 was not the most sophisticated tablet ever to be released, but it showed that Android has the ability to seamlessly run on tablet-sized screens while also highlighting the capabilities of Jelly Bean as a tablet operating system. Google refreshed the Nexus 7 later in the year to give it cellular connectivity. Nexus 4 Released: January 5, 2009Hardware: 3.7-inch screen (480×800), 1400 mAh battery (removable), 512 MB internal storage (expandable), 512 MB RAM, 5 MP back camera.Firmware: Android 2.1 (Eclair)The Nexus One was the first Android device commissioned directly from Google to serve as the flagship of the operating system. The One was built by HTC (an altered with HTC’s “Sense” skin for its Incredible smartphone) and immediately became the sexiest Android smartphone on the market. The Nexus series has since become known as the “guide” device for new versions of the operating system. The Nexus One also marked an experiment by Google to bypass the carriers and sell directly to consumers through its website. The One was also one of the first Android smartphone to ship with Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. This experiment did not take among consumers and most subsequent Nexus devices were offered through Google alongside subsidized versions from the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. Google did not release a Nexus device for Android 2.2, with updated firmware for the Nexus One serving as the de facto flagship for Froyo.Nexus S Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Released: December 16, 2010.Hardware: 4-inch screen (480×800), 1500 mAh battery (removable), 16 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, 5 MP back camera, VGA front camera.Firmware: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)Samsung really started its rise to the top of the Android pyramid in 2010 with the release of its wide-ranging Galaxy S smartphones. Google tapped the Korean manufacturer for the next two Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus S. The device was the flagship for Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is still the most-used version of the operating system years after its release.Motorola Xoom Nearly five years ago, a smartphone came out that few thought much of. Little did people know that the device would be a harbinger for the next half-decade of mobile innovation, pushing boundaries of technology and launching a fundamental shift in how people interact with computers.That phone was the HTC G1, the original “Google Phone.” It was a clunky, bug-ridden touchscreen device with a slide-out physical keyboard. The G1 did not sell particularly well. The buzz at the time was over Apple’s still relatively young iPhone and varying BlackBerry devices, like the original Bold 9000.Let’s not say that the G1 was the beginning of the Mobile Revolution. There are neither beginnings nor endings in the turning of the wheel of technology. But it was a beginning.The beginning of the Android Era.It is amazing to look back at the last five years of Android and see just how far the devices that run Google’s mobile operating system have come. From the G1 to the Nexus 10, the hardware, software and everything in between has gone from buggy, crash-prone phones to finely tuned devices that dominate mobile computing. Google and its manufacturing partners have done well in a half decade of innovation. What will the next five years bring?Google is expected to announce a new version of its Android mobile operating system at its I/O developers conference, which runs Wednesday through Friday this week. Google refreshed its flagship Nexus line in November, and new Android chief Sundar Pichai recently downplayed expectations for major new products at I/O, a change from last year, which saw major launches like the Nexus 7 tablet.Instead, in a sign of Android’s maturation, Google will likely put the focus on devices from its hardware partners, like Samsung and HTC—a sign of Android’s increasing maturity as a platform. Let’s take a look back at the devices that brought Android to this pivotal point in its history.HTC G1 Related Posts Released: November 13, 2012.Hardware: 10.05-inch screen (1600×2560), 9000 mAh battery (non-removable), 16/32 GB memory, 2 GB RAM, 5 MP back camera, 1.9 MP front camera.Firmware: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)Samsung came back to produce the first branded large-screen (8-inches or up) Nexus tablet with the Nexus 10. The tablet was the first large screen to roll out with a flagship Android update since Motorola released the Xoom tablet with the Honeycomb release in February 2011. What will this week bring at Google I/O 2013? Will we finally see Android 5.0? Or is there another update to Jelly Bean (Android 4.3)? We will be everywhere at I/O next week bringing you news of Google’s latest gadgets, apps and developer news. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Move Up a Level

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now If you don’t know what you should be doing right now, move up a level.Level 0 – Tasks: Your tasks may be important, and they may need to be executed without failure. Tasks, however, represent the very lowest level of importance as a category when it comes to doing meaningful work that is aligned with your purpose. Tasks by themselves don’t tell you much about what you should be doing now. If you have a tough time deciding what to do next, move up a level.Level 1 – Projects and Initiatives: Projects and initiatives move you up a level from tasks. Moving up to this higher level gives you greater perspective. By determining what projects and initiatives should be prioritized, you can make a better, more informed decision about what you should be doing. With so many projects and initiatives vying for your time and attention, it can be hard to decide what takes precedence. Still need help deciding what to spend your time doing? Step up to a higher level.Level 2: Roles and Responsibilities: By looking at your roles and responsibilities, you can better determine which projects and initiatives you need to move forward. When you look at the different parts you play in life, the view from above makes it easier to decide what projects best allow you to fulfill those roles and responsibilities. You’re a parent. You’re an employee. You’re a business owner. You are a spouse. You get the idea. What do these roles command of you?Level 3: Longer Term Goals and Outcomes: The view from your long term goals and outcomes, things that will take years to bring to fruition, is a very different view than looking at your tasks. The contrast between these two views makes it easy to determine what to do next. You only have to ask if it furthers your goals. Where are you going? How are you going to get there? How do you take account for your progress against whats important?Level 4: Purpose and Meaning: If you absolutely must know what you need to do and you are confused, go to the highest perch you can find: your purpose and your meaning. Why are you here? What are you here to do? How are you going to make a difference? What does your soul tell you that you should be doing when you are sitting quietly by yourself?If you are confused about what to do, move up a level. Keep moving up until you find the answer, and then do what you know with certainty.In any business issue, if you don’t know what to do, move up a level.last_img read more

Humble Pie

first_img Originally published Feb 4, 2008 10:12:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 What did I learn this weekend?  First, I learned that even Tom Brady can’t throw a football accurately with linebackers in his face.  Second, Tom Petty might be a bit old to be trying to rock out during halftime.  And finally, yes, I learned that inbound links, website grade, web traffic and other Internet marketing metrics do not affect what happens on a football field. To be honest, I think my prediction last week was clear that it was somewhat in jest.  But still, I make a full apology to our blog readers for going perhaps a bit too far last week when I predicted a Patriots victory using Internet marketing data.  I will now eat my Humble Pie just like the Patriots should be doing.But, that does not mean that all of you reading this article are off the hook!  Why?  Because all these metrics do matter!  Internet marketing metrics matter for your business. While predicting the result of a football game might not make sense, I do think you can predict the future of your business using things like traffic, inbound links and website grade.  More people visiting your website indicates more interest in your business. A higher Website Grade comes from you doing all the right things online, which helps more people find your website.So, I will eat my humble pie. But, your assignment is to get a free marketing report at Website Grader and add to your goals for 2008 to improve your Website Grade, double your website traffic and double your website lead flow. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Articles to Start the Week: Social Media Fear

center_img is a helpful addition to CRM software, the real focus should be on the “C” in the abbreviation. Download the free webinar 5. Submit posts and articles to directories Guest post on other blogs. Author: Valeria Maltoni Leave lots of relevant comments. 7 Ways to Acquire the Right Kinds of Links to Your Site its uses for business Author: Be creative in your Twitter strategy, and don’t be afraid to try different ways of promoting your content. Jordan Pérez Órdenes Originally published Sep 20, 2010 8:00:00 AM, updated July 19 2013 Marketing Takeaway: on Duct Tape Marketing Blog get more out of your Twitter account Create profiles. Jamie Beckland Okay, so maybe you’re already using your Twitter feed to help promote your blog posts, but are you really Why Social CRM Needs to Be Less About the Social and More About the Customers social media Does the thought of Content curation is a great strategy for driving traffic to your blog, but use in moderation. Author: As marketers, he says, we need to be reaching our customers where they are, and yes, the potential of social media to help achieve this is unquestionable. However, it’s how we use this technology that matters, and that means effectively targeting your audience with the right messages for different social media. 4 Ways to Use Twitter to Support Your Blog Inbound links are important criteria for off-page SEO. Make an effort to start generating some high-quality links back to your site. Marketing Takeaway: ? leave you (or your boss) trembling with goose bumps? Photo Credit: Marketing Takeaway: Content curation is simply the practice of “reviewing and filtering articles and blog posts from across the web,” and no, it’s not “stealing” content from others. For a deeper look into the wonders of content curation, how it can work for you, and how to do it successfully, take a look at Jamie’s article. start incorporating content curation into your blogging strategy to learn how to get your company started with social media. Author: This Social Media Examiner article is all about content curation, and it’s a good one. Ever get tired of the pressure to create new content day-in and day-out? Why notlast_img read more