first_imgThomas P. O’Neill III, the son of Tip O’Neill, has talked about his father and what the Irish Diaspora Award and Donegal means to him.Thomas P O’Neill, the son of Tip O’NeillThe O’Neill roots run deep here in Donegal and all over Ireland, with generations of friends and family and it is really no surprise that Thomas feels so at home when he comes back to visit.“My links to Donegal and Ireland are very family orientated, I have friends in Ireland who I’ve known for decades and my family and I go back and fourth a few times a year. I love visiting Donegal, every time I come here I feel like I’m coming home.” Donegal County Council have been involved in a range of initiatives over the past number of years making initial contacts and discussing areas of potential collaboration and highlighting the importance of keeping the Irish Diaspora on the frontline.The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora award is a prestigious award that recognizes achievements of members of the Irish Diaspora and the global impact of Irish people everywhere.Thomas talks about poignant memories of Donegal and taking long walks along the waterfront with his father. “I have great memories of Donegal and my father walking with me by the lake at the parkway in Buncrana ands it’s just great to see how far Ireland and the North of Ireland have come since then.”The recipient of the third annual 2014 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award has been announced as senator Therese Murray President of the Massachusetts State Senate.Talking about this year’s recipient of the award, Thomas says that the award couldn’t have gone to a better person who’s doing great things for Donegal and Massachusetts links.“She comes from a very similar background as the O’Neills and it’s great to see her recognised for her Irish links. She has done wonderful things for Massachusetts and Ireland in terms of making links with the Irish Diaspora.It’s a great achievement not only for her but for all Irish Americans, giving her this award was definitely the right thing to do.”Thomas the oldest son of the late U.S. Speaker Tip O’Neill, began in politics by running his father’s campaigns and later on his own. With family history and big shoes to fill Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in public administration at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. Following his father down the rabbit hole of politics in 1972 he ran for a seat in the legislature, the same district his father had once represented, but only stayed for one term.Today Thomas P. O’Neill III is the founder and chief executive officer of O’Neill and Associates, New England’s leading public relations and government affairs consulting firm. O’Neill and Associates integrates federal, state and local government relations with strategic communications, media relations and marketing to provide custom public affairs campaigns to clients in a diverse range of industries.Tip O’ Neill was renowned for helping to change Ireland with his influence and wisdom, and while most remember him as an influential politician, Thomas remembers him just simply as Dad.TIP O’NEILL’S LEGACY LIVES ON IN DONEGAL was last modified: June 14th, 2014 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:DiasporadonegalTip O’Neilllast_img read more

Don’t Touch the Stove

first_imgSome people have to burn their hand. They have to touch the stove for themselves. You can tell them that the stove is hot and that they are going to injure themselves. You can show them that glowing blue flame is proof that it is too hot to touch, and that they should proceed with caution. You can share with them the bad experience you had when you touched the stove yourself and how you learned not to do so. You can show them your scar. All to no avail, they have to touch the stove for themselves.One the Hard WayCold calling isn’t easy. Connecting on LinkedIn and Tweeting is. The professionals will tell you that you have to make your calls. They’ll inform you that the fastest way to connect with the contacts you need to schedule with is to make a phone call. You like email and social media better, so you double down on a strategy that is “anything but the phone.” One quarter with no deals and you’re convinced you need more time. Two quarters and you’ve gotten burned wasting a half a year.Because you are not comfortable asking for the commitments you need, you mistakenly believe that you can win your big opportunity without gaining the agreements you need. It doesn’t matter that other people have made this mistake or that this commitment is a crucial element of your sales process. Instead, you have to get burned learning this lesson for yourself.You can spend time with receptive people who have no compelling need to buy what you sell. You can convince yourself that this approach is easier and will be more productive than pursuing the difficult to reach dream clients who already have a strategic partner that provides them with what you sell. But as time passes by without a win, you eventually get burned.I Promise, It’ll Burn YouThere isn’t any reason to make the mistakes that other people have already made. You don’t have to make major mistakes that cost you time—and the results that you need now–learning the hard way.If you are going to be courageous, then don’t waste that courage making mistakes that you could easily avoid by applying the courage to taking the path that frightens you. Don’t fear the wrong danger. 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

I guarantee there will be no more riots in Gujarat, says Modi

first_imgGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that his state had turned development into a people’s movement to achieve all-round success and expressed confidence that India could emerge as a great power if it adopted the same mantra  and set its goals after precisely assessing its strengths.Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the India Today Conclave 2011 in New Delhi on Friday, March 18, 2011.Drawing repeated applause from the audience at the 10th India Today Conclave for his sharp speech as a keynote speaker for the session ‘How India can develop into the next decade’, Modi said Gujarat was now focusing on the service sectors like tourism after achieving success in the industrial and agriculture sectors.Modi also gave an insight into how Gujarat had achieved success in various fields by following an approach that was both forward-looking and integrated.The biggest success of Gujarat, he observed, is that it had proved that success could be achieved by using the same instruments which have been found defective in the past, thus removing the atmosphere of negativity among the people and giving them hope.  Modi said the way to India’s future is through education. “Skills get you jobs, but knowledge creates jobs,” Modi pointed out. With this in mind, Gujarat had created separate universities for subjects like petroleum, forensic sciences and for creating teachers. He said the last Vibrant Gujarat Global Investment Summit in Gandhinagar saw participation by representatives of 33 universities from across the world, who interacted with university representatives of Gujarat for starting courses in new disciplines.advertisementGujarat, Modi said, was focusing on the minutest human and social aspects in its developmental planning and revealed that it had also set up a new university for children’s development to shape their future in an age that is fast changing. He said Gujarat had triggered a public movement in 2005 for restoring its skewed sex ratio and after five years its sex ratio had improved to 924 from 820.Speaking on Gujarat’s climate change and energy initiatives, Modi said the state was set to emerge as the biggest hub for solar power generation following the robust measures taken by the state Government. The state has a 2,200-km long gas pipeline and there were many villages that are getting domestic gas through the pipeline.After his speech, Modi was not found wanting in repartee when questions were put to him by the audience. Modi, expectedly, found himself being asked about the battering his image has taken following the riots of 2002. Did he hold a meeting of top officials, as alleged, to orchestrate the events? Modi said that the Special Investigative Team had questioned him thoroughly on the riots and he had answered them as well as he could.”The matter is with the Supreme Court and it would be proper now that only the apex court commented on the issue,” he said.Pressed further on whether he could assure that Gujarat would not see a repeat of communal violence, Modi recalled a history of Gujarat being “communally sensitive since 1736”, where not a single month passed without curfew being imposed somewhere in the state. After 2002, he said, there have been no curfews, not a single incidence of communal violence, despite incidents like the attack on Akshardham temple and the Ahmedabad bomb blasts. “This should indicate our determination on ensuring that Gujarat believes in peace and harmony,” Modi said.The question of his image was the subject of some other questions too, though in a different light. Modi was queried whether his spin doctors had consciously tried to change the image, even in sartorial terms, in preparation for a bigger role away from the state, in fact in New Delhi as the prime minister.Modi said that though he had not spent even a minute on image correction, people drew their own inferences and it was up to them to answer the question in whatever way they wanted to.  As for prime ministership, he said, “I deal in realities, not in dreams. I am concerned with the realities of my state.”Modi added that much was being made of the western attire he sported at times. “This is not an effort at rebranding myself,” he said. “I used to wear a trouser and shirt when I worked for the party in places like Himachal Pradesh, and I wear those clothes during the cold season in Gujarat.”Asked about how the measures he had so successfully adopted for Gujarat could be replicated in other states, Modi replied that each state had its own priorities and there could be no automatic adoption of Gujarat’s method to redress the ills in other states. But he said states could share their experiences and learn from the best practices that other states adopted to reach development to people.advertisementWhen the subject of corruption was broached, Modi retorted that corruption was in poor health in Gujarat and faced death. But he also added that if Gujarat, using the same institutional systems as in the rest of the country, had bucked corruption’s forward charge, the rest of the country could too.When asked about the need for electoral reforms in the light of the present electoral system breeding corruption, Modi said he didn’t believe clean governance couldn’t be delivered in the present system but there was as dire need for poll reforms. He said the biggest reform that had to be carried out was the holding of state and parliamentary elections simultaneously and at a stipulated time every time.Reminded of how the income tax department had raised questions about his meeting with western investors and how this could be construed as an example of a skewed federal system in India, Modi conceded that though the system has worked for over 60 years, there are encroachments on state turf by the Centre.”Things have changed from the time one political party controlled governance from Panchayat to Parliament and the thought on federalism in India has to factor in the changed circumstances where different powers reigned in states and the Centre,” he said.last_img read more

IT’S A REPEAT Facebook to add topicality to the newsfeed

first_imgFacebook, the popular social media site is reportedly updating its newsfeed feature to ensure that users do not miss the desirable stories of their friends. The update aims to display the right content at the right time thereby adding more topicality to the service being offered.As per the report the news was confirmed in Facebook’s blog post which noted “We have heard feedback that there are some instances where a post from a friend or a Page you are connected to is only interesting at a specific moment, for example when you are both watching the same sports game, or talking about the season premiere of a popular TV show. This means that posts that receive likes, comments and shares faster will be posted higher in the news feed.”So far Facebook has been keeping a track n the number of likes or comments on a particular post but as a part of update it will also monitor the time of the activity and trending topics to make the news feed more interesting.last_img read more

Contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate by Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson

first_imgThe Ministry of Health continues to formulate policies and programmes to reach the goal of a healthy and stable population.As part of my commitment to secure the health and wellbeing of the people of Jamaica, the Ministry of Health has crafted a Strategic Business Plan which takes into account our National Development Plan Vision 2030, this Administration’s Manifesto and international treaties and agreements such as the Millennium Development Goals in which we commit to ensuring access to affordable health care without compromising the quality of care.We have developed an Operational Plan for 2013-2014 in the context of this Strategic Plan. The Ministry has made progress in achieving the indicated health goals including improving services to the people and we have just started on a programme to upgrade the physical infrastructure of the public health sector.I have visited a number of the facilities and have seen firsthand the conditions and had the opportunity to assess the quality of services. I am very aware of the needs Mr. Speaker!While we continue to put as much resources as possible into the health sector, we are cognizant of the limitations we face given the environment of scarce resources, shrinking budgets in the public and private sectors and the IMF conditionalities.Health was front and centre in the discussions with the IMF team. As the country negotiated for an Extended Fund Facility, the social sector was critical to the sign-off by the multilateral partner. The Ministry has taken a proactive approach to implement the strategies under the agreement. I urge all of us in the health sector to band together and do our part to ensure that Jamaica satisfies the obligations – we are all in this thing together!Achievements of the Ministry of Health 2012-2013Mr. Speaker, during the past year, we have been hard at work with the support of my team and together we were able to bring a number of projects to completion. I have made a Ministry Paper available to this honourable House, which will be tabled today and which outlines our programme of work and accomplishments in detail but allow me to present a quick summary of some of our achievements.Child & Adolescent HospitalWe have now received the concept paper for the Child and Adolescent Hospital in Western Jamaica. We will be submitting this to the Development Bank of Jamaica to invite private participation after internal review.Infrastructure improvementsMr. Speaker infrastructure upgrade was done to the tune of more than $375 million on hospitals including St. Ann’s Bay Regional, Annotto Bay, Princess Margaret, Black River, Mandeville Regional, Bustamante, Bellevue, Cornwall Regional and Savanna-la-mar…READ MOREDownload the Contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate by Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Fenton Fergusonlast_img read more

Education Ministry to Launch TV Channel

first_img The Ministry of Education has plans to launch a television channel later this year Rev. Thwaites emphasised that the progress of children in school must be monitored by parents The channel will feature mastery lessons in subject areas where some schools do not have the necessary expertise Story Highlights The Ministry of Education has plans to launch a television channel later this year, featuring mastery lessons in subject areas where some schools do not have the necessary expertise.Making the announcement at a recent back-to-school ceremony held at the Alpart Sport Club in Nain, St. Elizabeth, Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites said the medium will be “entirely devoted directly and through the cable to learning good instructions in Mathematics and English”.“This is the channel you must choose for yourselves, and for your children. You can watch the other things, but try your best to make sure that you are benefitting from the best teaching that we can give. Master teachers in the areas that you might not have readily available in your small school, you will be able to get through this venture,” he told the audience of teachers, students and community leaders.The Minister urged parents to get to know teachers from the start of the new school term, and maintain regular dialogue with them. Rev. Thwaites emphasised that the progress of children in school must be monitored by parents, and that discussions should be held between teachers and parents at least once per month.Meanwhile, he challenged teachers to not just begin with the curriculum, but to ensure that they understand the children’s needs. “Make sure you know what their individual learning profiles are, make sure you know what their strengths and weaknesses are. Take the time to make up for whatever deficiency or challenge that they have,” he stated.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick Russell Wilson Set For NFC Showdown For

Photo by Getty Images.Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson led their respective teams to hard-fought victories to set up a slug fest in next Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Seattle.“I think we’re the two teams that everybody was looking at from the beginning,” said Kaepernick, the young San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback.  “It’s going to be a knockdown, drag-out game.”To set up Sunday’s clash, Wilson and a stout defense led the Seahawks to a 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. The next day, the Niners handled the Carolina Panthers 23-10 to advance.Kaepernick outgunned Cam Newton Sunday, a victory he punctuated by celebrating a touchdown in Newton’s Superman style.“Just a little shoutout,” Kaepernick said.When asked for whom the “shoutout” was intended, Kaepernick smiled and said, “I think you know the answer.”Seems Kaepernick remains upset that Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner, was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft while Kaepernick was a second-round selection. “I’ll never forget,” he said.Newton won’t soon forget the defeat in his first playoff game as a pro. He was picked off twice. “Terrible ending to a great season,” Newton said.Kaepernick, meanwhile, completed 15 of 28 passes for 196 yards in the divisional playoff win, avenging his worst statistical performance of the season two months ago against the Panthers.Now San Francisco needs its best effort of the season to win in Seattle. The 49ers  (14-4) split two games with the Seahawks this season and, significantly, lost 29-3 at CenturyLink Field in September.The 49ers were missing receiver Michael Crabtree in that lopsided loss. Crabtree only had three catches for 26 yards against Carolina, but Anquan Boldin said he drew plenty of double teams that allowed him to get open.“That’s the great thing about our team — we have weapons all around,” Boldin said. “You try to take one guy out and you still have two or three guys left who can make big plays.” read more

Inspector General audit finds problems with NASAs cloud computing efforts

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Inspector General audit finds problems with NASA’s cloud computing efforts (2013, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-inspector-problems-nasa-cloud-efforts.html CIA faulted for choosing Amazon over IBM on cloud contract Explore further Over the past several years, the Office of Management and Budget, which controls the purse strings of federal entities, has demanded that governmental agencies, such as NASA, begin transferring some or all of its data processing and storage activities to the cloud. The idea is that doing so will save the government a lot of money. In following the directive, however, it appears that managers at NASA have failed to ensure that cloud operations are undertaken with the knowledge and approval of the agencies top information officer. Worse, it appears that many of the cloud initiatives were undertaken without due consideration given to necessary security precautions that must be put in place when applications and data become accessible across the Internet.More specifically, the auditors found over a 100 NASA websites—both internal and external—had never been tested for security integrity. Incredibly, many of those same websites were found to have no security controls in place at all.Government agencies have two main options when moving applications to the cloud—set up facilities on their own or contract out. NASA, like most other federal agencies has chosen the latter. Unfortunately, the auditors found that officials at the agency in many cases failed to include security issues when writing contracts, which of course resulted in them not being put in place.Overall, the IG’s report has found that weaknesses in cloud applications have impeded the agency from reaping the benefits of cloud computing—namely reducing costs. And worse, the approach taken thus far has put NASA data at risk. Out of five contracts reviewed, the auditors found “none came close” to operating with industry standard security precautions.The auditors recommend that NASA set up an office dedicated to cloud computing and the security issues that must be put in place when such initiatives are undertaken. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —The Office of the Inspector General, led by Paul Martin, has published the results of an audit of NASA’s cloud computing efforts and has found many such efforts lack proper security. The report also notes that many cloud efforts run by the agency were operating without the knowledge of its own Office of the Chief Information Officer.last_img read more