first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: It’s that time of year again.Time seems to go faster. Darkness arrives earlier and earlier, as families get back into the school routine.With the relaxed nature of the long summer holidays, for many, eating habits and routine quickly went out the window. It is time to get back into the habit of planning meals and set meal times, (and indeed meal days in some homes!), that comes with the school year.With childhood obesity on the rise, here are some tips that are taken from ‘Safe foods.ie’ that can make the planning a bit easier and healthier.Children don’t need the same amount of food as adults. They are much smaller than us and should not be expected to eat the same amount as we do.Try using plates and cutlery to match their size. This will give them smaller portion sizes and if they finish it and want more food, you can give it to them. If your children say that they are hungry between meals, give them something nutritious such as fruit and vegetables.Try and avoid having sugary snacks (eg. Cookie jars) freely available in the kitchen. This will save a lot of arguments when they come looking for a snack.Make ‘treats’ exactly that, a treat.Don’t let them have one every day, it should be an occasional occurrence.Keep the portions small or ‘fun sized’, and remember that ‘treats’ do not always have to be in the form of sugary food or drink. Cheese and crackers or carrot sticks can also be a “treat”. If your children drink a lot of soft drinks, try and gradually reduce the amount they consume.Switching them to cordials and then gradually watering down these to help encourage drinking of water.Get your children active.Start with adding in some fun activities into their daily routine that last between 15 and 30mins. These can then be extended until at least 60mins of physical activities are reached each day.Join in with them and don’t let things like the rain interfere. (They are not made of sugar!)Try and aim for less than 2 hours of screen time per day. This includes television, smart phones and computers.Make meal times screen-free: our appetite is satisfied a number of ways and visual satisfaction plays a role in this.If we are distracted during meal times, our bodies may not signal that we have been fully satisfied during the meal and a false hunger can follow.Encourage more sleep.Children who don’t get enough sleep may be at risk of becoming overweight.Try and ensure that your child’s room is dark, comfortable warm and is a screen-free zone.The recommended hours of sleep per night are:11 hours for children under 5 years old10+ hours for children over 5 years old9 hours for children over 10 years oldTAKE THE HEALTHY HABIT QUIZ BELOWMy child eats the same portion size as me.YES NOMy child eats sugary snacks every day.YES NOMy child has a sugary drink at least once per day. YES NOMy child gets less than 60mins of physical activity a day. YES NOMy child spends at least 2 hours per day looking at a screen. YES NOMy child gets less than 10 hours of sleep per night. YES NOIf you answered yes to 3 or more of the above, your child may be at risk of becoming overweight or obese. Small steps can change this.These are some small tips and hints that can get you and your child more active and improve their eating habits.Making small changes to your children’s diet and physical activity can make big differences in their future health.#TrainSmartFor further information on physical activities for you and your children contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO HEALTH was last modified: August 31st, 2015 by John2Share 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:back to healthBack to schoolChildhood obesityemmet rushefitness columnportionstreatslast_img read more

Donegal school children take part in nationwide art event ‘CRAFTed’

first_imgDonegal school children took part in a nationwide programme this week at the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s event, CRAFTed. CRAFTed is a nationwide, primary level programme, which supports the delivery of the visual arts curriculum.The programme works with teachers, craftspeople and students. The event aims to provide all those engaged with it with skills for life through positive, collaborative engagement.Clive Wasson some of the event around Donegal this week and captured some of the best moments.See below…Over ninty Donegal school children took part in this years Donegal Education centre and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s CRAFTed programmed their terms work with professional artists, showcased at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. Scoil Bhride Convoy students with there project and Kim Sharkey, Design and Craft Council Ireland, Carrie Lynam, Grainee Reid, Catriona McCullagh, Aoife Thomas and Ms McDaid. Photo Clive WassonOver ninty Donegal school children took part in this years Donegal Education centre and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s CRAFTed programmed their terms work with professional artists, showcased at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. Crannogbui National School students with Karen Craig, Margarette Smyth, Principal, Margareet McGirr, Teacher and Carrie Lynam, Craft Council, Photo Clive WassonOver ninty Donegal school children took part in this years Donegal Education centre and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s CRAFTed programmed their terms work with professional artists, showcased at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. Students from Castlefinn National School with Catriona McBride, SNA, Sharon Murray, Principal, Carrie Lynam, Design Craft Council Ireland, JOhnny Shields, Artis, Kim Sharkey, Design and Craft Council Ireland, Brenda Gallagher, Teacher and Anne Gilmore. Photo Clive WassonOver ninty Donegal school children took part in this years Donegal Education centre and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s CRAFTed programmed their terms work with professional artists, showcased at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. At the event are , Aoife Thomas, Artist, Johnny Shields, Artist, Kim Sharkey, Craft Council, Carrie Lynam, Design Craft Council Ireland, Karen O’kane Artist and Jeremy Howard, RCC Manager. Photo Clive WassonOver ninty Donegal school children took part in this years Donegal Education centre and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s CRAFTed programmed their terms work with professional artists, showcased at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. Croaghross NS students with Helen Hayes, Principal and Karen O’Kane, Artist. Photo Clive WassonDonegal school children take part in nationwide art event ‘CRAFTed’ was last modified: July 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Mini budget 2016: quotes

first_imgManaging a tough balancing act, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered the mini budget on 26 October 2016. He addressed issues facing the economy, politics and the global outlook. Through it all, he emphasised that there was hope and that, working together, goals could be achieved.        Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 26 October 2016 in Cape Town. (Image: National Treasury, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberQuoting the likes of struggle stalwart Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, the current Pope Francis, former United Nations head Kofi Annan, American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 26 October 2016 in Cape Town.The minister delivered an overall message of hope, stressing that goals could be achieved through a collective effort. Gordhan balanced that message by acknowledging the realities of global and local politics and economics.On the inaugural MTBPS in 1997:The first MTBPS was tabled in December 1997 under the leadership of President Mandela. Its purpose was stated as follows: “It describes Government’s goals and objectives.“It explains the economic environment within which those objectives are being addressed, and projects the total level of resources that will be available.“It analyses the trade-offs and choices that the nation confronts in addressing its reconstruction and development priorities.“In keeping with our commitment to open, transparent and cooperative policy-making, it invites the nation to share with Government the important choices that must be made.”Our goals remain to promote social transformation and more inclusive economic growth, and to achieve a much better life and opportunities for all South Africans.On achieving a collective goal:Above all, it invites Parliament and the people of South Africa to engage with the policy choices and decisions we must take in pursuing the aspirations and goals of our Constitution and the National Development Plan.On reality:The economic environment this year is unusually difficult. We have also faced other extraordinary challenges.Slow economic growth means that employment has declined over the past year. Many businesses are in difficulties and households are struggling to make ends meet.On working together:Yet if each of us contributes to our shared goals, we can achieve greatness beyond our imaginings. There is a Pedi saying: Ditau tsa hloka seboka di shitwa ke nare ehlotsa, “lions that fail to work as a team will struggle to bring down even a limping buffalo”.On growth:Members of the House, there are many other programmes and policies which are vital for our growth. With careful attention to sustainability and inclusivity, they will contribute to employment and broadening of economic opportunities. Properly designed and implemented, they will contribute to black economic empowerment and to strengthening localisation and the growth of South African enterprises.On protests:Violent protests signal unresolved social challenges. They present immense challenges to the leadership of our higher education institutions, municipalities and community organisations. Highly stressful demands are made on our police and security personnel. Destruction of property diminishes the inheritance of our children.On social grants:Taking into account the rise in food prices this year, I am pleased to confirm that an additional increase of R10 a month has been made to social grants with effect from October.On recognition of debt management:In the international capital markets, we continue to succeed in raising debt despite the tough prevailing environment. South Africa was recently recognised as the “best sovereign debt management operations and issuer” in Sub Saharan Africa by the Global Markets Publication. Debt management initiatives over the past year have reduced government’s refinancing risks and were supported by investors across all the major financial centres in Asia, Europe and the United States. The World Bank has recently commended our debt management framework, indicating that South Africa is now “better positioned to absorb fiscal shocks going forward.”On hope:We are resilient, and we have sound foundations on which to build. But it is action, to bring clarity where uncertainties remain, to address organisational weaknesses, to bring closure to infrastructure transactions and to accelerate trade and investment – that brings hope. It’s up to us.On growth:The MTBPS revises our growth expectation for the South African economy to 0.5% for the 2016 calendar year, somewhat lower than the February estimates of 0.9%. For the current fiscal year, the revised growth estimate is 1.0%.On increasing funds towards higher education:Minister Nzimande has rightly emphasised that expanded opportunities in our universities cannot rely on government funding alone. Public expenditure on post-school education and training has in fact grown considerably faster than other budget allocations in recent years, and this will continue. At the heart of the issue is that access has expanded faster than resources. As a result, many students face financial hardships that undermine their ability to succeed academically.In addition to the R16-billion added to higher education funding in the February budget, we therefore propose:A further R9-billion for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme over the period ahead, raising its funding by over 18% a year.Over R8-billion to meet the costs of fee increases for students from households with incomes up to R600 000.On local governmentIn keeping with our commitment to transparency in the public finances, the National Treasury has launched a new local government budget data portal today, called “Municipal Money”. It provides citizens and other stakeholders with access to comparable, verified information on the financial performance of each municipality. It aims to promote transparency and citizen engagement by providing information about municipal spending in a simple, accessible format.On corruption:As Kofi Annan wrote in the foreword to the 2003 United National Convention Against Corruption:In promoting development and making the world a better place for all, we are called upon to reaffirm the importance of core values such as honesty, respect for the rule of law, accountability and transparency.On the National Development Plan:The National Development Plan requires more rapid growth, and clearly this is a pre-condition for achieving inclusive development and transformation. The MTBPS emphasises that low growth is not inevitable – if we take the right decisions, inclusive and more rapid progress can be achieved.On integrity and accountability:Those who are called upon to serve in public institutions have an added responsibility to work with integrity, honesty and accountability and to ensure that their efforts are directed towards the shared interests of all South Africans.Put simply, this means that public funds must not be diverted to private ends. All citizens are entitled to demand accountability and integrity from those who serve them.In conclusion:Adapting Nelson Mandela’s enduring words:…With freedom come responsibilities,…We dare not linger, for our long walk is not ended.last_img read more

5 Free Magazines Every Small Business Should Receive

first_img Originally published May 23, 2007 2:32:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Entrepreneurship I know this seems terribly old fashioned in this Web 2.0 era of blogging, but there’s still something nice about reading a great magazine.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid reader of a number of blogs, and have been blogging myself for close to two years.  And I enjoy the conversations that blogs can create as well as the realtime stream of information the blogosphere provides.  But there’s something about thumbing through a colorful, glossy magazine with great content.. written by folks with professional editors at their disposal…ready, willing and able to fix bad grammar and other mistakes we tend to overlook… making it a little more challenging than it should be to read even the best blogs.  And as GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons once said,  people don’t curl up in front of a fire and read a nice blog.  And when you’re flying do you really print off a list of blog entries, or do you pick up an interesting magazine or two?  Before I hit the road I grab a handful of mags I enjoy so much I might even pay for them if I had to…..but I don’t.  Direct Direct is a magazine that bills itself as the information resource for direct marketers.  I’d have to say I agree, as it each month it comes packed with great stats, stories and best practices all around building, keeping and using customer lists.  It combines all this information into a slim 70 pages or so which makes it easy to carry around, and the articles are written in a way that entertains as well as informs.  And Ken Magill does a great job with his e-mail best practices articles.  Plus they have a nice companion website with tons of up to date info.Small Business Impact & Deliver magazinesI lumped these two together because they both are US Postal Service publications,  they are monthly mags that arrive at the same time, and together they amount to only 48 pages or thereabouts.  Small Business Impact covers a variety of subjects, challenges and other issues facing small businesses.  The articles are short, sweet and to the point cover everything from online marketing basics, to health care, to time management.  Just from an aesthetics standpoint, Deliver is really eye catching.  I find myself actually checking out the ads because they’re so good looking.  But going beyond its slick publishing, there are some great articles for those charged with marketing and brand building.  Articles include how today’s printing technology can impact customer relationships, and an interesting interview with Chris Anderson on how new media is forcing marketers to “keep it real”.    Streaming MediaI don’t even know how I started getting this but I’m glad I did.  This might not seem all that important to small businesses, but this magazine will prepare you for how people will be able to take in all kinds of content, and how you can use technology to put your company right in their faces, whether it be on a computer, TV, PDA, or whatever.  It comes monthly and weighs in at over 100 pages, but it’s an easy read.  This month’s issue had a good article on monetizing podcasts and video blogs, and another one on the television paradigm shift that had me thinking a bit.  Computer ShopperI used to get this about ten years ago but couldn’t take it anymore.  It was just too big and heavy to even attempt to read.  It must have gone on a diet or something because now it’s under a 100 pages.  And now I can’t wait to get it every month.  It gives me great reviews and coverage of products and services of which I need to at least be aware.  In many cases it helps me decide which way to go in terms of buying something.Now there are a ton of magazines out there you can get for free by giving up some contact information.  I probably get over 20 a month, but there’s no way I’m reading all of that stuff.  But the above mentioned and a few others (like 1to1, eWeek and BrandWeek) are easy to read, easy to carry and still packed with good information…and did I mention they are free?  You may want to check them out.  What freebies do you recommend? last_img read more

Make Media or Be Left Out of the Conversation

first_imgFinancial aid — it’s about as far as you can get from media. No way to create content in that business, right? Absolutely not, said Chris Penn when I spoke with him at the You can hear more from Chris in Even better, if you hurry, you can get one of the last tickets to the . , where Chris will be speaking on Sept. 8. in Boston earlier this month. Originally published Aug 25, 2008 9:15:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Affiliate Marketing Summit Chris is the Chief Technology Officer of the His podcast is a highly successful content-based inbound marketing strategy. It’s introduced tens of thousands of people to The Student Loan Network, and demonstrates the marketing value of great content, no matter what your line of business.last_img read more

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Stories of the Week: Social Media Zen

first_img Mashable Online Analytics Originally published Jan 15, 2010 7:01:00 AM, updated July 18 2013 While there are many out there who are to leverage Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to generate leads and customers. Sometimes “different” is better than “better.” Lesson: Soren Gordhamer Stop Trying To Be Better Than The Competition , Kipp argues that there are 7 steps every B2B company can share: Kipp Bodnar What are we doing that our competitors are not? self-proclaimed social media experts Use social media to strategically build your lead pipeline. Duct Tape Marketing Author: 2. Lesson: John Jantsch Brian’s article focuses on the benefits of value of search engine optimization 4. Author: As a B2B marketer, one of your main goals for social media engagement should be to generate leads.  Although its understandable that every industry/business should have a different social media Lesson: social media engagement Author: Rob Ousbey Build an Infrastructure to Gather Leads Lesson: Construct Workflow to Maximize Conversion Understand lead generation strategy different better Establish Back-End to Manage Data “Small Business Marketing Forecast 2010″ report how to demonstrate the value of social media to your boss of PR 2.0 Rob’s article gives an awesome breakdown of how to promote the importance of SEO involvement internally, specifically addressing the CEO, CTO, Web designer, Web developer, sales manager, marketing manager, content editor, and community/outreach manager within a company.  Rob clearly identifies tailored messages to use to explain why each role should be concerned about SEO.  Institute “Social” Sales Follow-Up and Nurturing Author: , but what about convincing them of thecenter_img ? of 3. One of this week’s top inbound marketing articles explains how you can use lessons from Zen to make the time you spend on social media more rewarding and productive. SEO is an important part of inbound marketing.  Advocate SEO involvement within your company using targeted messaging.  1. of 5. ? Develop a Content Strategy As Soren points out in his article, it’s easy to get caught up in the “social” of social media.  Therefore, in order to avoid wasting time, he offers 4 valuable Zen lessons to help you get the most positivity and productivity out of your social media experience. Expert marketers have written a lot about In addition to discussing the report’s results, Brian also highlights several other ways businesses can monetize conversations happening in social media, which include analyzing data and acquiring followers, among others. The Socialization of Small Business of that reveals lead generation (See Kipp Bodnar’s article above for tips!) as the top benefit of social media marketing. social media marketing SEOmoz Determine ways your business can monetize its social media engagement to increase ROI.  ?  Hey, as they say, don’t knock it ’til you try it! Ever think about the possibility that Zen teachings could be applied to Explaining SEO, Role by Role Social Media B2B , Soren urges us all to approach social media with a beginner’s mind, as the person who “knows” is often less open to new learning.  Other bits of Zen advice include giving what you want to receive, adding only useful content and maintaining a positive state of mind. Learn how to use social media for lead generation. Instead of worrying about how you can be The key to successful social media engagement is focus.  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Establish an Autopsy What are we doing just like our competitors that we could change for good?  Besides the fact that being better is difficult, John points out that most prospects won’t spend the time analyzing your product to discover its subtle advantages over your competitors’. Brian Solis for small businesses, citing Ad-Ology’s recent Zen and the Art of Twitter: 4 Tips for Productive Tweeting Author: 7 Steps to Building A B2B Social Media Lead Generation Pipeline of than your competition, how about focusing your energizes on figuring out how to be Download the free video Video: How to Use Social Media for Lead Generation Lesson: Therefore, John’s article advocates businesses find ways to stand out from the pack, whether it be through creating a unique experience or a totally innovative way for people to get a result.  To get started, ask yourself the following two questions:last_img read more

An Introduction to Link Building: Understanding the Anatomy of a Link

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack I recently gave a presentation on link building at the HubSpot User Group Summit (HUGS) with HubSpot customer Tom Telford of Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals. For those who were not able to attend, here’s a rundown of three important factors to keep in mind when doing targeted link building.Access 4 Essential Link-Building TipsA Quick Note About Content CreationAt the end of the day, link building is about content creation. If you don’t have content worth sharing, you won’t get link love. Even with the best link building campaign in place, the lion’s share of your links should come from people freely linking to your content. If you’re a regular reader of the HubSpot blog, what I’m about to say next shouldn’t shock you: Use a blog on your website to write about your industry. The content you create will get found and will get linked to. Understanding the Anatomy of a LinkThere are three things you need to think about:1) Anchor Text: This this the textual representation of your hyperlink. For example the anchor text for this link is “this link,” and the hyperlink is “http://www.hubspot.com.” Anchor text is important because most major search engines use it to determine what keywords are relevant to a page. For example, if you want to rank for the term “Orange Widgets,” then you should try to get as many links as you can with “Orange Widgets” as the anchor text. 2) Authority of the Linking Domain:Inbound links are important to SEO because they are a signal to search engines that you Web site or Web pages are important. Simple put, the more inbound links you have, the more authority you get. Furthermore, the more authority you have, the better your chances are of ranking for a given keyword.That said, all links are not created equal. If you were to get an inbound link from a domain with lots of it’s own inbound links, like the New York Times for example, you would get more authority transfered to your domain, then if you got a link from my friend Brian’s blog. Your goal should be to get links from high authority domains.When researching link building opportunities, always check the authority of the websites that you are trying to get links from. There are many tools online that allow you to check domain or page authority, including HubSpot’s link grader tool.3) The Page on Your Website that is Getting the Links:As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, most of the inbound links your site will receive in it’s lifetime will come naturally from people linking to your remarkable content. Those links will help improve the authority of your domain as a whole, but are often very general and do not contain keyword-rich anchor text, or point to meaningful pages.The goal of targeted link building is to improve your rank for a keyword phrase or to improve the rank of a particular page on your site.Think carefully about what pages you want linked to. For example, if you currently have a page on your site that is ranking number 22 on Google for the term “Orange Widgets.” Your goal should be to generate more links to that page, hopefully containing relevant anchor text.As links to that specific page grow, it should climb up in position in search engines. Topics: Link Building Originally published Sep 28, 2011 10:09:00 AM, updated July 28 2017last_img read more