Follow the yellow dots to Foy & Company this weekend

first_imgFoy & Company Letterkenny and Ballybofey is hosting a Yellow Dot Sale Event this weekend with some great offers and in-store events taking place. Running from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st March (online only on Sunday), the Yellow Dot Sale Event includes a series of in-store textile demonstrations, one-to-one colour consultations, a live cookery demonstration with Chef Brian McDermott, and lots of competitions and giveaways. There’ll also be a chance to meet the famous Dulux dog this Saturday in Letterkenny and Ballybofey! Interior designer and Dulux colour expert, Kathy Bracken is holding a number of one-to-one consultations in Foy’s Ballybofey and Letterkenny, with limited spaces still available. The interior design workshop with Adele Roche has already sold out, so if you’re interested in getting free expert advice, call Foy & Company today to book your slot with Kathy. Book a one-to-one consultation with interior designer and colour expert, Kathy Bracken from Dulux.Chef Brian McDermott will also be doing a live cookery demonstration in the Ballybofey store on Saturday 30th March from 1pm to 2.30pm, where he’ll be giving top tips ahead of Mother’s Day and sharing recipes from his new book, Donegal Table.Join Chef Brian McDermott (pictured with Ann Foy) at Foy & Company Ballybofey this Saturday (1 – 2.30pm) for a live cookery demonstrationThe Yellow Dot Sale Event will also see some great offers with 20% off items with a yellow sticker throughout the weekend. There’s also 20% off ready-made curtains and selected lines of fabrics as well as some extra special offers running across both stores with up to 70% off selected lines. Rachel McLaughlin chooses her top picks from Foy & CoEarlier this week, Rachel McLaughlin of Donegal Woman caught up with the Foy & Company team to select her top Yellow Dot picks.Her favourite was this multicoloured statement chair: “This colourful chair caught my eye as it would really add warmth and character to any living space. It’s an ideal size for cosy living spaces and the wooden legs give it a contemporary feel,” Rachel said.“Foy & Company also has a great selection of corner sofas to suit every type of space. I particularly loved this Hexham Corner Group in the Letterkenny store.”  The Hexham Corner Sofa is now only €1199.20 in the Foy & Company Yellow Dot Sale.Rachel adds: “The store is packed with bright and beautiful cushions and throws, which are great for adding splashes of colour to spaces in an instant. I love this pink cushion, which would work very well with grey, white or navy colour schemes.”Get 20% off selected lines of fabrics and accessories in The Foy & Company Yellow Dot Sale Event“I can imagine these cushions would add great colour to this luxurious chaise longue, which really stood out in the store. Comfy and elegant, this would be the dream seat for me to curl up with a good book.”This chaise longue was €499 and is now €299 in the Foy & Company Yellow Dot Sale this weekendFoy & Company Ballybofey has an excellent homeware department with all your kitchen essentials. From Stellar and Judge pots and pans to baking equipment, you’ll find everything you need to stock your kitchen. For this weekend only, there’s 20% off these handy kitchen tools pictured here. Kitchen Essentials from Foy & CoSet your home apart with Foy & Company’s range of designer and ready-made curtains. If you’re not sure which set to choose or how to match wall paint with curtains and other textiles, speak to the highly trained in-house interior designers at Foy & Company who are available for consultations for both residential and commercial projects. Visit www.foys.ie for more information. Follow the yellow dots to Foy & Company this weekend was last modified: March 28th, 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

Delight for thrifty shoppers as NCBI store reopens in Ballyshannon

first_imgCharity shop and sustainable fashion fans will be happy to hear that the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) store in Ballyshannon is reopening.A new chapter begins for the fundraising shop as Natalie Quinn takes up the reins as Shop Manager from popular former Manager Naomi Brady.The store will be full of great quality second-hand items once more, with a treasure trove of shoes, household items, books and a large selection of bric-a-brac to discover. The NCBI is appealing for volunteers to get involved with stock and customer service.Grainne Whiteside, Area Manager said “reopening the Ballyshannon shop was a priority for NCBI as it is so embedded in the local community. We will continue to sell quality preloved clothing, accessories and bric a brac. We call on anyone interested in volunteering with the NCBI shop to contact us; even giving us as little as three hours a week would be of great assistance. Pop in and see our new selection of stock”.NCBI’s chain of 115 shops play a vital and integral part in the charity’s overall fundraising efforts, allowing the national sight loss agency to provide vital life changing services to over 6,000 people each year, many of whom live in Donegal.Also by supporting shops, customers not only generate funds for NCBI services but support the drive for more environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion and furniture. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Natalie Quinn, Shop Manager on 0858211128 or shopvolunteer@ncbi.ieDelight for thrifty shoppers as NCBI store reopens in Ballyshannon was last modified: October 9th, 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) Tags:Ballyshannonncbishoplast_img read more

Community service included in Rhodes course

first_imgRhodes University students are getting involved in weekly community service, which is the practical component of the Intetho ZoBomi philosophy course.Community service, part of the Intetho ZoBomi course, has a positive effect on primary school students. (Image: Rhodes University)Chili KierRhodes University has broken new ground by being one of the first tertiary institutions to introduce a weekly community service into one of its courses.The Intetho ZoBomi philosophy course gets students to mentor children from underprivileged schools.Intetho ZoBomi, which means existential conversations in isiXhosa, prompts students to question the society they live in and form opinions on issues such as racism or patriarchy so that they are equipped to dismantle it.The course encourages discussions on current issues too, such as service delivery or sexual violence. ZoBomi became a formally recognised subject at Rhodes in 2016, before which it was only available as a semester course.For the communityZoBomi is unusual because of the way in which it is structured. It includes the usual daily lectures and weekly tutorials, but it also offers community service hours at underprivileged schools in the surrounding area.Through getting involved in the local community, the course promotes unity and team building. (Image: Rhodes University)The community service component falls under the mandate of Service-Learning, which is focused on the mutual learning experience. The aim of Service-Learning is to combine meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning and critical reflection.Students take on two roles when doing community service. The first is mentorship, guiding children up to the age of 15 on academics, goals and ambitions in life and how it can be achieved.The second is to tutor children to improve their English skills. It aims to build a solid foundation on which the children can continue to hone their English writing and speaking abilities. The focus is on English because it is the language of instruction in most institutions and workplaces.Students praise the subjectA mentorship programme is facilitated by university students for matriculants as part of the Intetho ZoBomi course. (Image: Rhodes University)Annuschka Silence, a first year ZoBomi student is delighted with the subject. “ZoBomi created a space for me to relieve the stress from other subjects, because helping people helps me to feel at peace,” she said.Rhodes student and ZoBomi ZoBomi tutor, Phumelele Nkomozake encourages students to take the course as it not only helps underprivileged students to grasp tricky concepts, but it “provides an opportunity for introspection and self-discovery”.Through this course, university students are encouraged to take a second look at themselves and see how they can uplift others who may not have the same access to the basic facilities and resources.Sources: Rhodes UniversityWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Relocating rhino to create new breeding populations

first_img24 March 2015Nineteen black rhino were recently released at an undisclosed location in South Africa to create a new breeding population of the critically endangered animals.The animals form the 10th population to be facilitated through WWF South Africa’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project and were made available through the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. Growing rhino populations is part of WWF South Africa’s five-point rhino plan.Black rhino are more at risk of extinction than white rhino due to their low numbers. Since the start of the programme in 2003, around 160 black rhino have been relocated to form new breeding populations, and more than 50 calves have been born on project sites.Management plan“We are extremely proud of the agency’s contribution to the conservation of this species,” said Vuyani Dayimani, CEO of Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. “By doing this the agency is actively contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the national biodiversity management plan for black rhino in South Africa.”One of the key objectives of this plan is to grow the national population as rapidly as possible by harvesting animals from populations that are at or near ecological carrying capacity and using these animals to create new populations. This harvesting stimulates growth in the donor population and also makes animals available for the creation of new populations.“We are really grateful for Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency’s progressive approach to the conservation of black rhino,” said Dr Jacques Flamand, head of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.Commitment“It requires a genuine commitment to conservation to entrust others with the care of such a large group of these precious animals; but this is for the greater good of the species. Establishing a new population is extremely exciting for us because this is essentially what the project works towards. To see our efforts come to fruition is very encouraging.”The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project aims to increase the numbers of black rhino by encouraging rapid population growth. It is a vital part of South Africa’s drive to reach a target of 3 000 black rhino. According to Dr Flamand: “South Africa now has significantly more black rhino than there would have been without the project’s intervention.“Founder populations released on to large areas of land have the potential to increase quickly in number. And moving rhinos from our major parks relieves pressure, allowing for more rapid growth both at source and in their new terrain.”SecurityThe Western Black rhino, a subspecies of the black rhino, was officially declared extinct in 2013 after last being seen in 2006.The recent translocation involved WWF and Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency with help from SANParks and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Six wildlife veterinarians participated in the project that saw darted animals being airlifted by helicopter to a central loading area where they were loaded into crates and prepared for a road trip to their new home.“The project was kept secret for security reasons and one of the highlights of the operation was the manner in which the different state agencies supported and assisted each other to ensure its success,” said Dayimani.As well as focusing on population growth, the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project supports security efforts on major rhino reserves. It is funded by WWF Netherlands and supported by the Ford Wildlife Fund. Founder populations for the project sites have come from game reserves managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency.Source: World Wildlife Fund South Africalast_img read more

Perdue Talks Trade at Classic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentORLANDO, Fla. (DTN) — Comparing President Donald Trump’s expected meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to conclude a new trade agreement to Trump’s recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said here Friday that a Trump-XI meeting could end “successfully or very detrimentally” for American agriculture.Trump walked away from his meeting with Kim in Vietnam because he decided the terms were not good enough, and the president “won’t sign an agreement that can’t be enforced,” Perdue told reporters after a speech at Commodity Classic, the gathering of more than 4,000 corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers and their families here.Perdue said he believes the agreement with China could double or triple exports for a wide range of U.S. products, including soybeans, rice, beef, ethanol and tree nuts. But he added that Trump wants China to agree to non-tariff items that will make big purchases possible.Perdue did not get into specifics Friday, but in the past, U.S. officials have said that improvements in China’s biotech approval process is a priority, but with agreements on intellectual property and technology transfer that affect all U.S. industry.A meeting between Trump and Xi has not yet been announced, although there are widespread rumors it will take place at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida in March.Perdue also said he hopes that an agreement with China is “imminent,” but he also told reporters that farmers may have to plant their crops while the negotiations continue.Farmers will have to make their decisions “based on market signals,” Perdue said, noting that they have always had to make decisions while dealing with uncertainty, and this year those uncertainties may include the relationship with China.Greeting a crowd that is beset with low commodity prices, incomes that have fallen and questions from bankers as spring planting approaches, Perdue opened his speech by acknowledging that “farming is tough” and that farmers are “burning through” capital they built up during the 2008-to-2013 period when commodity prices were high.Perdue also alluded to farmers’ reputation for complaining even when times are good, as he noted that when he was governor of Georgia, a farmer said he used to “whine,” but unfortunately the whine had come true.Perdue quickly added that he did not want to make light of the situation.Perdue acknowledged that some of those producers burning through capital are young farmers and said that his message to them is that their fathers and grandfathers had gone through tough times as well. He noted that USDA has direct and guaranteed loans that may be of help to them. The good years had attracted the children of farmers back to the farm, Perdue said, and if they can hang on, “I am bullish on agriculture.”Perdue also declared that the Environmental Protection Agency will issue a rule by June 1 for gas stations for year-round sale of E15, a type of gasoline that contains more ethanol than the E10 that is usually sold. Current rules do not allow its sale in the summer.Perdue acknowledged that he had misspoken when he said earlier in the week that the rule would not be ready by June 1. Andrew Wheeler, then the acting EPA administrator, told him after the shutdown the agency couldn’t get it done by the summer driving season, but with his confirmation pending, EPA found a way, Perdue said. Wheeler got confirmed this week.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dean Foods initiates voluntary reorganization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week, Dean Foods Company announced that it and substantially all of its subsidiaries have initiated voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in the Southern District of Texas. The Company intends to use this process to protect and support its ongoing business operations and address debt and unfunded pension obligations while it works toward an orderly and efficient sale of the Company.Dean Foods also announced that it is engaged in advanced discussions with Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) regarding a potential sale of substantially all assets of the Company. If the parties ultimately reach agreement on the terms of a sale, such transaction would be subject to regulatory approval and would be subject to higher or otherwise better offers in the bankruptcy.Dean Foods is operating in the ordinary course of business and remains focused on providing its customers with wholesome, great-tasting dairy products and the highest levels of quality, service and value. The Company has received a commitment of approximately $850 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from certain of its existing lenders, led by Rabobank. Following court approval, the Company expects to use the DIP financing, together with cash on hand and operating cash flows, to support its continued operation throughout this process, including payment of employee wages and benefits without interruption and payment to suppliers and vendors in full under normal terms for goods and services provided on or after the filing date.“The actions we are announcing today are designed to enable us to continue serving our customers and operating as normal as we work toward the sale of our business,” said Eric Beringause, who recently joined Dean Foods as president and CEO. “We have a strong operational footprint and distribution network, a robust portfolio of leading national brands and extensive private label capabilities, all supported by approximately 15,000 dedicated employees around the country. Despite our best efforts to make our business more agile and cost-efficient, we continue to be impacted by a challenging operating environment marked by continuing declines in consumer milk consumption. Importantly, we are continuing to provide customers with an uninterrupted supply of high-quality dairy products, as well as supporting our dairy suppliers and other partners.”Beringause joined the company just over three months ago.“I’ve taken a hard look at our challenges, as well as our opportunities, and truly believe we are taking the best path forward. In recent months, we have put in place a new senior management team that not only has considerable experience in the dairy and consumer product industries, but also in executing major turnarounds,” he said. “I am confident we have the right people in place to lead us through this process.”In conjunction with the court-supervised process, Dean Foods has filed a number of customary motions seeking court authorization to continue to support its business operations. The Company expects to receive court approval for all of these requests. The Company also intends to file bidding procedures with the court to conduct a sale in accordance with Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and work with its creditors to explore a potential stand-alone plan of reorganization.Additional information is available on the restructuring page of the Company’s website, www.DeanFoodsRestructuring.com.last_img read more

Meet the new C-level executives born of smart cities

first_imgRelated Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Amsterdam#Atlanta#Boston#Internet of Things#IoT#Miami#New Orleans#Paris#Smart Cities#Zurich How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Donal Powercenter_img Startup-land is populated with vaguely named denizens like “data ninjas”, “digital sherpas” and “chief evangelists.” However, the fast-growing smart cities space is adding new C-suite roles to the executive roster that actually have meaning.Network World discussed some of the new smart city specialists that are appearing as advisors for governments that are leading the smart cities charge.A significant new addition to city executive councils around the globe is the Chief Data Officer, who can be found in such cities as Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and San Diego.The proliferation of this new role is thanks to the greater presence of Internet of Things (IoT) technology where torrents of new data need to be harnessed. As well, more cities are seeing value in furthering open data strategies that raise complex technical and privacy issues.“The chief data officer would likely be responsible for championing and driving the use of data throughout every department in the city and for breaking down the silos of data, ensuring that data becomes part of everyone’s responsibility,” said TM Forum vice president Carl Piva. “Indeed, with the introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislation and an increasing push for a data-driven approach in cities, this role is likely to grow in importance.”Another new role is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) who is responsible for strategies that bolster a city’s ability to cope with unforeseen events that have widespread urban impact.The CRO not only plans for such natural catastrophes as hurricanes and climate change, but human-made stresses like terrorism, economic inequality and racial strife.Cities with Chief Resilience Officers include New York, Boston, New Orleans and Miami.Meanwhile, cities that are incorporating more active-transportation strategies have prioritized projects to make the urban space more bicycle friendly. And so is born the Chief Bicycle Officer.Meet your Chief Bicycle OfficerAtlanta appointed Becky Katz its Chief Bicycle Officer last year as the city vowed to get serious with its two-wheeled strategy.Katz’s role involves project development, public outreach, keeping new development cycle-friendly and implementing the city’s Relay Bike Share program.And for those that like to burn the midnight oil, an increasing number of citizens and tourists desire 24/7 access to such amenities as restaurants, offices, libraries and night clubs. And with an increasingly globalized workforce, smart cities must accommodate chunks of its population who work and play at night.However, the traditional city is designed around the daylight hours, with the nighttime often a lawless afterthought to city hall.To bridge this diurnal divide we meet the Night Mayor, who reigns over a metropolis’ hours of darkness.  Their job is essentially in keeping the peace between the day-oriented population, city hall and the elements of the public and business who prefer the nighttime hours.Such cities as Paris, Amsterdam and Zurich have already installed night mayors to keep the lively wee hours in harmony with the 9-5 world. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Time Remapping In Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgFreeze motion and vary speed overtime by using the handy time remapping feature in Adobe Premiere.Use time mapping in Adobe Premiere Pro to create cool speed changes in footage. From slo-mo to super speed, time shifts will add visual interest to your edits!In this Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial you will learn:Creating time remap keyframesChanging speeds and smoothing the speed transitionCreating a freeze frame and time reverseCreating Time Remapping Keyframes in the TimelineTo start time remapping your footage, in the timeline click on the word opacity for the clip you want to speed change.  Then, select Time Remapping > Speed from the pulldown menu.Add keyframes where you want a speed change by holding Command (Mac) or Control (Win) and clicking on the yellow line. This creates speed segments.Changing Speeds and smoothing the speed transition in Premiere ProHold Shift and drag down the yellow line (rubber band)to change in increments of 5%. (I changed mine to 50%). 2 “gotchas” to be aware of:Time remapping doesn’t effect the audio (it stays normal speed)If an another clip immediately follows this one it will trim the time remapped clip.Adobe recommends time remapping a clip without another clip immediately following it for this reason.Once you’ve added your time remapping keyframes, click and drag on a speed keyframe to smooth the speed transition.Creating a Freeze Frame and Time Reverse in Premiere ProTo create a freeze frame segment, hold Command (Mac) or Control (Win)  and  Option/Alt while dragging a keyframe.To create a time reversed segment, hold Command (Mac) or Control (PC) and drag a keyframe.Use Adobe Premiere Pro’s time remapping tools to give your footage an edgy stylized look!Was this tutorial helpful for you?  Do you have other tricks for applying slo-mo in your video edits?We want to hear from you in the comments!last_img read more

Dhoni’s bat fetches Rs 72 lakh at auction

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s precious bat, which helped his team win the ICC World Cup, fetched a whopping Rs 72 lakh in a high profile charity auction held in London on Monday night.India skipper MS Dhoni with his bat that he used during the World Cup.The entire Indian team was present to watch Dhoni’s prized bat go under the hammer as the skipper hosted a lavish dinner at Hilton Park Lane hotel, where the auction took place.Besides his team-mates, bigwigs like Brian Lara, Courtney Walsh and David Boon were also present on the occasion.Dhoni, along with wife Sakshi and Poorna Patel, came in a little earlier to make sure everything was in place.Understandably, the bat generated massive interest amongst cricket enthusiasts since he hit the winning runs of the title triumph with a crunching six off the willow.Besides his bat, most of Dhoni’s cricketing gears used in the World Cup finals were also put up for auction. The funds raised through the auction would go to his wife’s charitable organisation, Sakshi Foundation, to be used for under-privileged children.last_img read more