6 Jan

Manchester City man proving a big hit on loan at Celtic

first_imgCeltic forward Anthony Stokes has heaped praise on on-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti after his impressive start to life in the Scottish Premiership.While the Glasgow giants may have made a stuttering start to the season – Ronny Deila’s side sit just fifth after nine games – Guidetti has hit the ground running.The Sweden international has scored four goals in his first six games for Celtic, netting two in the Scottish champions’ 5-0 win over Ross County last weekend.And fellow striker Stokes admits that the 22-year-old has been a brilliant addition to the Celtic squad.“John’s done very well since he came in, and his goal return has been excellent,” Stokes told the Celtic website.“He has added something to the squad, a major plus. But we all need to step up now and show some form.” 1 John Guidetti last_img read more

21 Dec

Creative Meditation workshop coming to Wholegreen this Sunday

first_imgThis Sunday will see Wholegreen on Church Lane in Letterkenny host an event with a difference called ‘Creative Meditation’.Letterkenny woman and psychotherapist Maeve Peoples will be hosting this unique day of alternative meditation through art. Using creative expression, participants are guided through a simple process that allows them to tap into their own creativity and find an inner stillness.The workshop at Wholegreen Wellness promises to be an uplifting experience for all. Here, facilitator Maeve Peoples shares a guide to how people will benefit from the Creative Meditation day:Meditation has many benefits. This is something that most of us know to be true. Sometimes, however, we can find it hard to start and maintain a meditation practice. Sitting in silence with closed eyes, or perhaps crossed legged on the floor, may not work for everyone.Over the years, people have tried different forms of meditation. So when someone tells us that they find it too difficult to sit in silence, that they become restless, this is something that we can easily identify with.There are, thankfully, other options, which allow us to embrace meditation in another formats. Creating in any way – be that painting, drawing, sculpting, knitting, embroidery, dancing – can allow us another avenue to a meditative state.Creative MeditiationThese creative pursuits allow us to drop into what artists refer to as ‘a state of flow’. That’s the place when you start drawing and think only a few minutes has gone by. In reality you’ve actually skipped your entire lunch break. This state of flow gives us space to reconnect with ourselves and calm our ‘mind chatter’.Within each of us is the capacity to be creative. Despite what we may have been told in school or elsewhere, creativity resides in each of us. Often, fear prevents us for allowing ourselves to be creative. Taking time and space to draw or paint can be rewarding in so many ways.The emphasis here is not on the finished piece of art. Part of this experience is to allow us become aware of ourselves as we draw and create. Being fully engaged with the act of creating and gently allowing an awareness of ourselves as we work can allow us the freedom to create intuitively.This one day workshop lets us allow ourselves the time to reflect, be still and create. Would you like to take part?This Creative Meditation workshop takes place this Sunday, March 24th from 10am until 4pm at Wholegreen Wellness. The cost for the day is €45 and includes all materials as well as an excellent lunch. Contact Maeve directly on 0872166560 to book your place.Creative Meditation workshop coming to Wholegreen this Sunday was last modified: March 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

21 Dec

San Francisco landmark: Giants community gathers to remember McCovey

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Thirty two years ago, Willie McCovey stood on the stage on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, New York and spoke about his family.At a Hall of Fame ceremony designed to commemorate McCovey’s career and honor his on-field accomplishments, the San Francisco Giants first baseman turned the tribute around and shined the spotlight on those he felt closest to.“Like the Golden Gate Bridge and the cable cars, I’ve been made to feel like a landmark too,” McCovey said with …last_img read more

17 Dec

Details of Twitter Ad Platform Emerge

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melanson Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#advertising#news#twitter#web Peter Kafka of All Things Digital has come out with some more details, which he says come from “people who have been briefed by the company”, about Twitter’s expected advertising platform. According to Kafka, the platform will be primarily search based, distributed via third-party applications and will appear in the familiar 140 character tweet format. He makes sure to include a caveat, because there’s been a bit of confusion since reports of an “imminent” launch the other day, but the details mesh with what we’ve heard so far. “Everyone I’ve talked to cautions that the plans are evolving and that there are plenty of details to work out,” Kafka writes. “Including a launch date, though it seems as if the first half of this year is a very safe bet.”When we first wrote about the ad platform this week, it was based on an article in MediaPost, which reported that a Twitter ad platform was “imminent”. Since then, Seth Goldstein, who led the talk on which the reports were based, has back pedaled, saying he was only referring to a November statement by Twitter regarding its advertising future. Goldstein since called MediaPost’s article “speculation“, but this seems to only apply in relation to the time frame. Anamitra Banerji, head of product management and monetization at Twitter, is still on record with MediaPost as saying that the company is working on an ad platform, which is currently in the test phase.According to Kafka, this is what we currently know about the developing ad platform: Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Ads will be tied to Twitter searches, in the same way that Google’s (GOOG) original ads did. So a search for, say, “laptop”, may generate an ad for Dell. The ads will only show up in search results, which means users who don’t search for something won’t see them in their regular Twitterstream.The ads will use the Twitter format — 140 characters or less — and will be distributed via the third party software and services that use Twitter’s API. The services will have the option to display the ads, and Twitter will share revenue with those that do.Twitter will work with ad agencies and buyers to seed the program, but plans on moving to a self-serve model, like Google offers, down the road.The details jive with what Banerji told the MediaPost at the meeting in question.“We don’t think of ourselves as a Web site — essentially it’s a platform,” Banerji said. “We don’t really control the ads or the way the tweets are viewed and then consumed. We are completely open around other people innovating around us. Ultimately, publishers should have choice. But the one area of concern for us — and that’s if bad ads get identified in Twitter — it’s a problem for us in the long term. So, we should do whatever we can to encourage positive behavior.” An ad platform that leaves the appearance of advertising up to the program just calls out for a freemium model within third-party Twitter apps, where paying users could avoid seeing Twitter advertising. Or perhaps we’ll see the emergence of more open source Twitter applications as advertising begins to appear in our previously ad-free apps.So while reports of Twitter unveiling the ad platform at SXSW may be a bit premature, it seems that there is no question that it is in the works and will take on many attributes of Google’s AdWords program. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

24 Oct

MSME/Entrepreneurship Policy to be tabled by June

first_imgThe proposed Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (MSME)/ Entrepreneurship Policy, is expected to be tabled in Parliament by June. Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, whose Ministry is piloting the policy’s formulation, says in light of the 2013/14 Budget Debate, slated to get underway on April 18, and continue into May, it is unlikely that there will be adequate time on the Parliament’s schedule to accommodate the matter during that period. “We expect that we should be able to table the Green Paper by the end of May (into) early June,” he informed. The Minister was addressing the MSME Alliance public forum on the theme: ‘MSMEs Waiting to Exhale’, at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) auditorium, Trafalgar Road, St. Andrew, on April 11. Mr. Hylton said the policy represents a comprehensive effort by the government to “buttress” the MSME through interventions aimed at removing barriers to the sector’s growth and development, and enhancing its contribution to job creation. He informed that the framework entails formulation of a vision for the MSME sector, an analysis of the challenges stakeholders encounter, and recommended strategies to effectively address them. The Minister pointed out that the policy’s provisions represent the first such intervention to provide a “co-ordinated, coherent and targeted” framework of support for MSMEs. He explained that the policy’s framework was established through extensive consultations which the Ministry had with a wide cross-section of key stakeholders, resulting in the formulation of a 14th draft, based on revisions recommended. “I believe it is fair to say that after14 drafts, we would have captured quite a bit (of what needs to be revised). This has been a highly consulted document, as it should be, given the scale and scope of the activity we are addressing,” the Minister said. Mr. Hylton advised that the policy will go back to Parliament’s Economic Development Committee, which is expected to meet following the Budget Debate’s conclusion, for further deliberations. “We expect that the changes that were recommended, which have been put in place, will allow for easier passage in Parliament,” the Minister said. By Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

30 Aug

Sex Toy Company Will Pay 375 Million to Settle Spying Claim

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 15, 2017 The Canadian maker of an internet-connected sex toy has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle claims that it collected users’ data without their permission.The We-Vibe Rave, from Ottawa-based Standard Innovation, is a Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-compatible vibrator that allegedly recorded settings and usage data to transmit to the company’s servers, according to Canadian newswire Postmedia.Two women filed a class-action lawsuit against Standard Innovation last fall, claiming that the company’s data collection violated their privacy rights. Standard Innovation settled without admitting wrongdoing, Postmedia reported.Under the terms of the settlement, each customer who bought a We-Vibe and used its companion app, called We-Connect, is entitled to up to $10,000. Customers who didn’t use the app can claim up to $199.Standard Innovation said in a statement that it has also agreed to change its privacy policy and data collection practices to allow customers to use its app without supplying personally-identifiable information and to opt out of sharing anonymous data.”Customers do not provide their name, email or phone number or other identifying information to use We-Connect,” the company said in a statement emailed to PCMag.The We-Vibe website was not accessible on Tuesday afternoon, but the product’s page on Amazon offered a few for sale from third-party retailers starting at $70, and explained how We-Connect works: in addition to controlling the vibrator remotely via the internet (say, if your partner is in another city), a “Sync” function allows you to coordinate the vibrator to your music playlist.The We-Vibe settlement comes a little more than one month after TV maker Vizio admitted to a similar data collection program that spied on users. Vizio agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle those claims. Register Now » 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more