first_imgThe launch of ‘In a World Apart’, Fergus Cleary’s autobiography will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on next Wednesday 29th July at 7.30pm.The hugely talented Fergus ClearyIt’s a trip down memory lane with Fergus as he recalls the many and varied chapters of a very fulfilling life through his work at St. Conal’s Hospital, his showband days and huge amount of charity work that he has done.“It’s includes my memories of working in St. Conal’s. There’s plenty of stories about the place some humorous, some sad” said Fergus who started work on the book just a year ago. It runs to 120 pages and also includes tales from his time in the showbands and his marathon charity lorry runs with supplies to the poor and deprived in Romania.Some years ago Fergus presented a couple of ‘one man plays’ about life in St. Conal’s Hospital and excerpts from that production will also feature in the book.“I hadn’t given serious thought to writing the book although over the years many people were saying that I should do so with all stories I had about the hospital, the showbands and the trips to Romania. So last August I just though it was time that I started on it” Fergus said.Comedian Conal Gallen will be one of the special guests at the launch of ‘In a World Apart’ in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on next Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. Fergus will also be appearing with the book at the Base Centre, Railway Road, Stranorlar on next Thursday 30th at 7.30 where he will joined by another well known comedian Aussie Bryson. The book will be on sale on the night and in outlets throughout the county.* Editor’s note – ‘The Mental’ was the name given to St Conal’s Hospital by local people at the time. No offence is intended.FERGUS TO REVEAL ALL ABOUT LIFE IN ‘THE MENTAL’…..AND OTHER THINGS! was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 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:A World ApartdonegalFergus Clearyletterkennylast_img read more

Ginwala praises Parliament’s work

first_img11 June 2003The Speaker of the National Assembly, Frene Ginwala, has hailed Parliament’s achievements, but says there is a lot that remains to be done.Delivering Parliament’s budget vote in the National Assembly this week, Ginwala said the institution was praised on the continent and elsewhere.“We have changed the legal framework of this country and in the process have transformed this society and given it new direction. We have altered the fundamental basis of our legal system to one that complies with the principles of our Constitution and human rights order,” the Speaker said.Ginwala said although the Parliament’s code of conduct, which requires parliamentarians to declare their financial interests, might need to be improved, there were not many Parliaments with such a code.According to the code, MPs must annually disclose all gifts, hospitality, sponsorships and benefits valued at more than R350, as well as shares and financial interests in companies and other corporate entities.On other issues, Ginwala said Parliament had tried to extend public participation, but there was still a long way to go to involve the general public, and not just lobby groups.“Parliament itself needs to reach out to the public directly, using radio and new technologies now available, and we are finalising plans to do so,” Ginwala said.For example, she said it was possible for the public to see and hear programmes of Parliament’s debates in a number of languages.“In addition, members of Parliament would be able to sit in studios in these precincts and respond to questions from the public,” she added.Pilot programmes are expected to be off the ground by December to make this interaction with communities possible. “We can then begin to put in place in bold the participatory democracy that is required by our Constitution.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

6 Tips for Marketing Your Video Production Company

first_imgUse these easy tips to market your video production company and build your audience and clientele!Starting your own video production company is tough work. Developing your portfolio and clientele might even be tougher. You’ve got to know how to market yourself. I spent many years as a Marketing Executive for a Fortune 500 company before I made a return to filmmaking in 2011. The principles I learned in that era can be easily applied to anyone starting a video production company.The tips we’ll discuss aren’t mind-blowing; they’re actually practical tips. You’ll find that when you’re waist deep in the hustle and bustle of owning and running a video production company, you might forget practical things like the six tips below. There are plenty of other sources of sound advice out there, so do your research!Speaking of which…1. Market ResearchI know this sounds boring, but it’s the most basic thing you can do, and you’d be surprised how many times this is overlooked. So again, do your research. When I was running my own team and we were leading up to the introduction into a new market, we spent weeks researching that very market.We knew exactly who our competition was and we knew exactly what they could or couldn’t do. By knowing their strengths and weaknesses, we were able to develop a solid marketing strategy around that. In turn, we were able to go into these new markets and establish ourselves quickly, setting ourselves apart from others.One thing that I will stress, and I see this mistake a lot: don’t undercut the competition. If you go into a market and drop your price extremely low and undercut other companies, then you’re really putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage. Your low rates could be seen as a sign of sub-par production value by clients, and you’ll potentially lose connections with other companies.2. Showcase Your ValueThere are many ways to showcase your value, like a company website, social media, and streaming services that show your reel. But the key word here is value. The thing you need to market more than anything is just that, the value proposition of your production company.The question now: what is your value? This can mean many different things… what you need to do is focus and hit a specific keyword. So, if your company does something really well above other things, such as adding professional motion graphics to your work, then showcase that. This has value to a potential client. And it also may help you gain a competitive advantage over your competition.3. Networking is KeyNetworking is another key component to creating a successful video production company. Getting out there and shaking hands and having face-to-face time with clients and other production company owners is a big deal. You’ll find that there are trade organizations online and in a major city near you. Join these organizations and put in the effort to connect with people at these events.You’ll find early on that you can land jobs by going to these events and meeting other owners who are just as stacked with work and can possibly send some work your way. This is a common practice when starting early on. But don’t just stop there. Find potential clients through your market research and gain face time with them. Talk with them and make them feel special. Talk to anyone and everyone. Be personable. Engage with clients and show an interest in their product or service.4. Request ReferralsIn this industry, no matter if you’re doing industrial, commercial or even big-budget film work, it’s all who you know and who can vouch for you. This is where client referrals come into play. If you’ve established a great collaborative relationship with your client and they’re happy with your work, then ask them to provide you with a few words about their experience. Being able to have this type of marketing on a website or social media page is huge for any start up.Be sure to provide the name of the client liaison and company name. You’d be surprised how many potential clients will contact the previous ones in order to get a reference for your professionalism. That means you’re going to need to produce quality work in a professional manner… but more on this in a minute.5. Utilize Social MediaSocial media is one of the easiest ways to promote and market your company. Just be aware that running the social media of your company takes a lot of time and effort. If you set a good strategy, you should be able to tackle the gauntlet that is social media and have it work for you.You should look at social media as a way to connect with both your current clients and potential clients. Answer questions and spark discussion. Engagement is the rule of thumb here. In between engagements, you can strategically place promotions and marketing plans. Also, as a general rule of thumb, try to build organically early on. Once you have the revenue to do so, use paid promotions.6. Produce Great Quality WorkThis really is a no-brainer. If you produce quality work, then your clients will see this and want to continue to do business. They’ll even tell others about your professionalism and craftsmanship. This doesn’t mean that you go out and quickly produce a project with no regards to prep. If you present the client with something that was never fully planned out, they’ll notice it and choose not to use you again.In order to make great work, you need to communicate clearly with your client. Plan and develop accordingly. Making your client happy about the work you’ve accomplished should be your ultimate goal. If you do this, they’ll spread the word about you. There is no better marketing tool than others speaking highly of you and your video production company.Are these tips helpful to you? Do you own a production company? Do you have additional tips to add? Share them with us in the comments below.last_img read more

NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with grind

first_imgFILE – In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, center, watches during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr called Steve Clifford in support after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches among other symptoms. The NBA Coaches Association now provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season.ADVERTISEMENT “We also have a unique group of head coaches right now, guys that are extremely competitive but have great respect for one another and provide a high level of support for each other,” Carlisle said. “Guys who are going through tough times with health and even things like losing streaks. We’ve got a very high character group.”For example, Clifford so appreciated a call he got last season from Kerr, each having gone through his own challenging health ordeal that kept him from the bench for an extensive stretch.Clifford, then coaching the Charlotte Hornets, missed more than five weeks dealing with agonizing headaches that after a battery of tests were deemed to be caused by sleep deprivation.Kerr has endured some of the most high-profile absences.He missed the initial 43 games of the 2015-16 season — including a record 24-0 start — dealing with painful and confounding symptoms following a pair of back surgeries.Kerr was sidelined again for 11 games during the Warriors’ 16-1 postseason in 2017 before returning to the bench for Game 2 of the NBA Finals the Warriors wound up winning in five games against LeBron James and Cleveland. Kerr had undergone a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5, 2017, at Duke University but was not well enough to return until June 4.He made it through last year’s repeat run to a title.“My advice to coaches who are coming into the league: Don’t get back surgery,” Kerr quipped. “That’s my main advice. Sorry, bad joke. Luke Walton, when he took the Laker job, we talked a lot about that. He told me his whole staff is really on a conditioning program and a health-wellness program. I think it’s really smart, something that every staff should try to do is just make sure you’ve got people looking after you and looking after each other.”Kerr practices regular yoga and can often be seen on the elliptical machine after practice in a corner of the gym, getting loose on a foam roller or stretching with the assistance of an athletic trainer.Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts appreciates the points of emphasis and information provided by the coaches association “whether it’s diet or things to alleviate stress.” He watches what he eats and works in exercise whenever he can, saying those two things are “the remedy for everybody.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Often, coaches are so focused on taking care of the players that they are not always focused on taking care of themselves,” said Goldberg, founder and CEO of Savorfull. “This is especially true when it comes to their nutrition.”Added Carlisle: “We view this as important as anything else we do with the NBA coaches association.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments NBA clears Cavaliers of wrongdoing in Patrick McCaw signing, waiving LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “It’s a priority,” Lakers assistant Mark Madsen said. “It’s important because think about all the late nights. We’ll get into cities at 4 in the morning sometimes. You have to stay on top of it.”As a youngster, J.B. Bickerstaff knew there were a couple of hours in the afternoon on game days his father needed for himself. Bernie Bickerstaff took a power nap that allowed him to be fresh for a long night on the NBA bench.J.B. Bickerstaff now does it the same exact way as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.The coaches association is providing support and guidance like never before, and many coaches are making a point to openly discuss wellness strategies and share ideas.There’s also a close-knit support system within this crop of NBA coaches that Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, the coaches association president, considers special.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte That hasn’t always been the case. Now, the NBA Coaches Association provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health.“Well, we’re trying. We all are trying, we all are conscious of it,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I don’t think we’re very good at it, honestly. I know I’ve tried. It’s still very hard to accomplish. The game consumes us. It consumes me at least, and it should, if you love it. And it’s just hard to turn off. It’s important. We have to do it. We should have been doing it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAfter a late arrival in Bay Area last month, it was after 10 p.m. when Rivers had the team tissue therapist work on his body, including knees and ankle — “and my brain.” He has consulted a sleep doctor, too.In L.A., Walton is being proactive by encouraging every member of his staff to stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. Recharge when necessary, however that is best accomplished for each individual. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “A lot of it is just common sense that everybody has to deal with to take care of yourself,” Stotts said. “It’s not just coaches, obviously, it’s everybody, a lot of middle-aged men need to be doing the same, and some like me, beyond-middle-aged men. The fact that our lifestyle, if you give in to it, it can be a detriment, and everybody needs to be aware of it.”Clifford is in Orlando now, and he understands better than ever the importance of taking care of himself and monitoring his own health in a business where keeping your job depends largely on winning. He took significant steps to improve his sleep patterns and overall health, this after a previous heart scare as well.The 57-year-old Clifford deeply appreciated Kerr’s call.“It was great,” Clifford said. “He was one of the guys who reached out and obviously we had the health issue in common. It was a terrific gesture.”Last season, former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue dealt with anxiety and needed a mental and physical break.“Wellness isn’t just physical. It’s mental as well,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said. “I think the position we’re in as professional athletes and with coaches in the social media age, it’s a little more difficult. That takes it to a much higher level from physical and mental … when you’ve got people talking about you all the time, on Twitter bashing you. People just have so much more access to you. It becomes a more stressful job, much more pressure on your job and so many more eyes.”Coaches are also realizing they can’t always do it alone, relying on experts to stay healthy.Golden State hired Rick Celebrini this past offseason as director of sports medicine and performance.“If you can find some help, somebody to give you a little guidance,” Kerr said, “like we have here with Rick and Drew Yoder, I think it’s a big help.”The coaches association sends out a newsletter at least once a month with guidance from nutrition consultant Stacy Goldberg, who also is always available for 1-on-1 conversations. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more