DONEGAL ETB SURFING AND LIFEGUARD COURSES PUT JOBSEEKERS ON THE CREST OF A WAVE

first_imgIt is forecast that adventure activities like surfing will lead to strong employment prospects in the coming years. With increasing tourism numbers, the benefits of the Wild Atlantic Way are bringing new opportunities to Donegal. A lot of work has been done this year to develop the adventure offering available in Donegal. The ‘Get Out There Adventure Charter’ has also committed to provide visitors coming to the areas with a value added experience.This is a full time course operated by the Donegal ETB (Education and Training Board) and will take place in Bundoran over 26 weeks, and will include intensive Surfing practice and Beach lifeguarding training. Anyone who is currently unemployed and receiving a social welfare payment is eligible to apply. To apply, you should contact your local Intreo/DSP office and register for this specific course (if you are not already registered) and then speak to your local Intreo Officer.Those interested should note that strong swimming ability is a pre-requisite, and that a swim time-trial is part of the interview process.Please contact your local Intreo office or email the Donegal ETB Training centre at [email protected] to register your interest for the above course. DONEGAL ETB SURFING AND LIFEGUARD COURSES PUT JOBSEEKERS ON THE CREST OF A WAVE was last modified: July 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegal education and training boardsurfing and lifeguarding courseWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

A’s encouraged by Jesús Luzardo’s progress from injury

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.ARLINGTON, Texas — There is a good vibe around the progress Jesús Luzardo is making from his left shoulder strain.Luzardo was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks for a shutdown period from any throwing. Thursday will mark the fourth week since the diagnosis on the A’s No. 1 prospect.Luzardo is still not throwing, but A’s manager Bob Melvin said the left-hander is feeling “fantastic” about his progress. Luzardo has been staying …last_img

Care and communities at the heart of social cohesion

first_imgIf unity and pride is an outcome, the means to get there is by caring for one another and creating a sense of community, according to researchers at a Brand South Africa forum on social cohesion. Unity and national pride can be achieved if South Africans care more for each other and work together.(Image: Shamin Chibba)Shamin ChibbaBrand South Africa’s chief executive, Kingsley Makhubela, looked at the academics and researchers around the boardroom table and asked: “How do we build a caring nation brand?”Makhubela was addressing a roomful of researchers at the Brand South Africa research reference group discussion on social cohesion at its offices on Wednesday, 17 August.Attendees looked to define the term “social cohesion” and sought a way to integrate it into South African society.Vanessa Barolsky of the Human Sciences Research Council proposed a social cohesion strategy based on care and nation pride. She said the strategy should include, among other aspects, a new “ethic of care, an emphasis on ubuntu, respect for and unity in diversity, and shared values and norms”.Trying to incorporate social cohesion into policy was proving to be problematic, Barolsky said. One of the factors impeding it was South African society’s tussle between individualism and community structures.The definition of social cohesion in the National Development Plan (NDP) was described in “very circular terms”.The NDP states that for social cohesion to take place, the gap between rich and poor has to close and that it can be promoted across all races and classes.Pressure pointsMakhubela said there were a few “pressure points” that made social cohesion difficult to achieve in South Africa. One of them was race relations. “We carry a lot of baggage from the past and we have no system to deal with it.”For many years, he said, business had accused the state of being corrupt while the government had said business was not transformative. But it was after international ratings agencies had taken a closer look at South Africa earlier this year that both groups realised the country was built on shaky ground. “The foundation of our democracy has flopped. We’ve built it on divisive ground,” said Makhubela.He added that the colour of our skin and the language we spoke should not determine the way we related to each other and quality of service delivery we received, yet it still occurred.Women and social cohesionWith South Africa in the middle of Women’s Month, Makhubela pointed out that social cohesion was being set back by the shocking level of gender-based violence.He referred to six-year-old Kutlwano Garesape from Northern Cape who was killed recently while trying to protect his mother from being raped. The media was lauding the child as a hero, but this was a sign that something was very wrong with society, said Makhubela. “This means that a six-year-old is dealing with adult issues. So how can we say he is a hero? He shouldn’t have to deal with such things in the first place.”Role of heritageSouth Africa’s heritage also played a part in social cohesion, said Brand South Africa research manager Petrus de Kock. The country’s history went back over 2 million years with the hominid fossils found around Maropeng. He also referred to the ancient kingdoms of Mapungubwe, Magoeba and the Modjadji Rain Queen and even Afrikaans as a truly African language. “Afrikaans was a utilitarian vehicle for people on the fringes of colonial society.”Though Afrikaans was known to have roots in Dutch, German and French, the language had also absorbed elements of Malay and local languages. De Kock said less than 50% of Afrikaans speakers were white.Furthermore, people’s behaviour was just one of the soft factors that determined social cohesion. He referred to the Rhodes Must Fall campaign as a symbol of a colonial past that had not been dealt with and a soft factor affecting nation building.Barolskly spoke of the importance ethnography played in getting people to familiarise themselves with and embrace each other’s difference. “Ethnography is under-utilised in South Africa as it can capture the ‘way of life’ of groups of people.”One of these ways of life was how communities dealt with problems, noted Barolsky. In a community, the people came together to deal with a problem on their own, whereas a Western individual structure called for external intervention to find solutions.It was for this reason that attendees agreed social cohesion needed to adopt a national and communal point of view – that took into consideration smaller towns, rural areas and townships – as most discussions on the topic were centred on individual-orientated metropolitan areas.last_img read more

Editor’s Pick: 10 Things We’re Dying to Know About Chrome OS

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web richard macmanus Related Posts center_img As founding editor of ReadWriteWeb, every weekend I’ll pick out 2-3 posts from the past week which I thought were particularly good and worth highlighting. The biggest news last week was probably the announcement of Google Chrome OS (excellently covered by Frederic Lardinois), which many people saw as the much-anticipated ‘Google OS.’ On further analysis though, there were a number of unanswered questions about this new product. Sarah Perez, one of RWW’s feature writers, wrote an insightful post outlining 10 things that people are dying to know about Google Chrome OS. You can click here to read the whole post, which I encourage you to do. I’ve also pasted a couple of highlights below…Sarah wrote:What will happen when you go offline? If the Chrome OS is all about running web apps in a browser, that begs the question – what will happen when there’s no internet connection available? Of course, Google apps like Gmail can run offline using Gears, but Gears isn’t everywhere yet. Another likely possibility is that Chrome OS will support the upcoming standard HTML5, which also offers offline capabilities. However, not all web applications will support that either…at least not immediately. That just leaves the “windowing system” running on the Linux kernel. Will it, like any other Linux OS, allow us to install software applications? That seems less likely since Chrome OS is all about the move away from the desktop to the web. The only real solution to the offline conundrum would be to bundle in a cellular data service with the netbook so you have always-on connectivity. […]Will Chrome OS Turn into an Enterprise Play? Although Chrome OS will launch on the netbook, how far does Google plan to take their new technology? To the consumer desktop? To the small business? To the enterprise? Google has already shown how competitive they are when it comes to fighting Microsoft Office, will they do the same in fighting Microsoft’s foothold as the business desktop OS of choice? If so, they may have a tougher battle ahead of them than they think. It may be one thing to get the IT guys to ditch Office software for a simplified cloud version, but ditch their OS? Not so much. The Windows desktop OS is designed to work with the rest of the Windows stack, including everything from Exchange Server to SharePoint and many others. In a client-server setting, IT admins create server-based policies that control everything about the corporate OS including browser settings, backup policies, logon restrictions, file access, permissions, updates, and so much more. What can you control when the OS is the web? Not much. And that could be a big problem.Read the full post… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more