Donegal companies Q-ing up for national awards!

first_imgThe National Q Mark Awards 2018 nominations have been announced and Donegal has an exceptionally high number of Nominations this year.The nominations mean that these businesses are in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland.This is a special year for the Q Mark Awards as the EIQA celebrate 50 years. Representing Donegal this year are:EUROSPAR Kee – LagheyApleona at Abbott DiabeticsCanny & Doherty’s Centra, Moville McCosker’s Centra BallyshannonTobin’s SPAR Express LetterkennyRooney’s SuperValu KillybegsWhoriskey’s Eurospar RameltonThe coveted Q Mark is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence. The Q Mark awards celebrate the success of businesses over a range of sectors that review 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time so that they continually operate best practice standards.The National Q Mark Awards, sponsored by eTravel and Virgin Atlantic, will take place on Friday the 28th of September at The Clayton Hotel in Dublin 4. The impressive black-tie ceremony will be hosted by inimitable broadcaster Jonathan Healy.With more than 450 people and 135 companies battling it out for the 27 prestigious Q Mark Awards, it is no surprise that The National Q Mark Awards continue to be known as ‘The Oscars of Business Excellence’ A National Q Mark Award is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required.Speaking at the announcement Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “Q Mark certification empowers companies to reach far beyond regulatory requirements. It measures customer satisfaction, leadership, growth, it recognises effective and efficient use of resources and has continuous improvement at the heart of every programme. “With our origins stretching back 50 years, our expert auditors and assessors are dedicated to helping our customers make their products and services even better for their customers. Reaching the finals is great recognition for the teams behind every company that has been nominated – it’s about inspiring Excellence and Celebrating Success!”EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1968. They currently audit the standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally. EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark which identifies its various certifications, namely: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centres, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE)Only businesses that achieve the highest scores at audit are shortlisted in their relevant category. Once shortlisted, all companies must complete a very detailed submission document. This submission document is then presented to an expert panel of independent judges from the areas of Food Safety, Employment Law, Academia, Business & Quality to name but a few. See www.eiqa.ie for detailsDonegal companies Q-ing up for national awards! was last modified: September 17th, 2018 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:donegalNOMINATIONSQ Awardslast_img read more

‘No room for complacency on crime’

first_img9 February 2012Despite recent successes, the government will guard against becoming complacent in the fight against crime in the country, President Jacob Zuma assured South Africans on Thursday.Delivergin his State of the Nation address to Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, Zuma said the government would forge ahead with programmes that ensured that South Africans felt safe and were safe.“The crime statistics for the period 2010/2011 indicate that our country witnessed a decline of 5% in the number of reported serious crimes compared to the previous year. We will, however, not become complacent,” he said.The government would not let up on the fight against corruption either.“The Multi-Agency Working Group on procurement led by the National Treasury, Sars and the Financial Intelligence Centre is reviewing the entire state procurement system to ensure better value for money from state spending,” the President said.Initiatives aimed at achieving this include the vetting of supply chain personnel in government departments.Security will also be improved through the memorandum of understanding signed between the Department of Home Affairs and the banking industry that will see an online fingerprint verification system rolled out at participating banks.The system will assist in fraud prevention and detection.Zuma also welcomed the Corruption Watch initiative launched by trade union federation Cosatu and the recent agreement between government and business to implement anti-corruption programmes.“These interventions will complement the work of government in combating corruption,” Zuma said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Paving the Way for Future HR Leaders

first_imgIn the Masters of Human Resources program at Rollins College, students are challenged to define and implement leadership in their personal and professional lives.  In pursuit of that goal, the current MHR cohort created this video; a compilation of answers to two questions from Rollins College students and faculty, as well as business leaders from large, well known organizations. Two questions were asked of these individuals: What is Human Resources Leadership? In a business world that increasingly values Human Resources and seeks HR’s input in business strategy, what does HR leadership look like?  What is required of us as HR leaders?  The answers are wide-ranging, but a common thread that runs through this video: strong and authentic character is far more important than any set of skills we are able to learn.  We must inspire and invest in the individuals who do our work, so that they are prepared to excel in their positions.How can future HR leaders create a better tomorrow? The world is changing more quickly today than it ever has before.  Communication happens more rapidly in more ways than used before, necessitating heightened transparency and use of technology to communicate effectively and clearly with employees.  Clear and effective communication also gives people the tools they need to excel as a team.  Leaders must accept communication well also—receiving feedback as readily as they give it.  And all of this must be done in a way that allows for data to be collected, for as Jackie Brito, SPHR shared, “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.”As Human Resources leaders, we are tasked with leading well, but it can be challenging to understand what that means and implement it in our daily lives.  In the end, however, it comes down to acting with integrity, empowering others, measuring and maintaining data, and communicating effectively.  Produced by:  Mutaib Alotaibi, Milca Bowie, Catelin Brown, Winston Davis, Charmaine Deglas, Michael Dill, Amelia Fantini, Dilsia Fernandez, Danielle Gal, Laura Headley, Amanda Hendrickson, Liyang Liu, Maria Marquez, Stuart McGilvray, Molly Pruitt, Sarah Stuart, Patrice Tait, Pieter Van Zyl, Joey Vecchione, Chris Whitlock and Garrett Yount.last_img read more

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – September 2016

first_imgA Suspected Meth Lab beneath a Walmart Parking Lot Has Officials “Completely Astounded”A giant, graffiti-filled storm sewer beneath a Walmart parking lot in Upstate New York may have housed a shocking setup: an underground laboratory used for making methamphetamine, police said.  Authorities in Amherst, a suburb of Buffalo, have opened an investigation into the suspected meth lab some 12 feet under the superstore parking lot, along a busy thoroughfare that leads to the town’s shops, according to local news reports. “I was completely astounded,” Amherst Highway Superintendent Patrick G. Lucey told the Buffalo News. “It’s like, are you kidding me? It’s just not something you run across. I’m sure it can happen. Anywhere at any time somewhere where there’s the opportunity and the motive, it can happen. But this was definitely something new.”  [Source: The Washington Post]Mother-of-Six Made Millions Shoplifting over 45 YearsThe woman is now claiming benefits says she has GIVEN UP looking for work – as she needs ‘£1,000 a week to be comfortable’  A former shoplifter who claims she made almost £2million during her 44-year ‘career’ as a thief says she has given up looking for a job that would pay enough to match the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed. Kim Farry, 55, from Fulham, London, dubbed the ‘millionaire shoplifter’ said she made a ‘business’ out of her ill-begotten gains – which has seen her jailed seven times. Her life of crime allowed her to enjoy designer clothes, plastic surgery and exotic holidays.Now she has changed her ways she says she has no choice but to claim £1,300 a month in benefits, including housing allowance, as she can’t find suitable work. ‘I don’t want to work in a shop, it’s boring. There is more to me than standing at a till. It’s not enough money for me,’ she said on the latest episode of Channel 5’s On Benefits. She added: ‘I only want to earn big money, I am not earning stupid money because of what I used to earn. You need a £1,000 a week to be comfortable.’  [Source: Daily Mail]- Sponsor – Attempt to Steal Priest’s Liquor Lands Man in PrisonA man was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting to assisting in a burglary at Blessed Sacrament, including into the priest’s residence. Devin K. Stull, 19, entered a guilty plea to one count of burglary, a second-degree felony. Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Chris Reamer said Stull and two juveniles broke into the residential area of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. The burglars ransacked several rooms inside the church, looking for items to steal, and broke a secure door, which led to a safe, which they tried to enter, Reamer, said. Court records show the burglars attempted to steal bottles of liquor before Father Jonathan Wilson, who was inside, yelled and caused the burglars to flee.Reamer recommended a three-year prison sentence, citing Stull’s criminal history as a juvenile and an arrest in November for underage consumption, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Branstool agreed with the three-year sentence and told Stull he clearly wasn’t getting the message about his behavior. “This is how people get killed,” he said of the burglary.Branstool gave Stull credit for 165 days in jail and ordered him to pay $1,000 in restitution to the Columbus Diocese to cover costs not handled by insurance for damage done to the church. The two juveniles were also found delinquent in Licking County Juvenile Court on burglary charges. A 17-year-old was committed to the Department of Youth Services for at least one year, according to court records. A 15-year-old was given a suspended sentence in DYS custody and will be on a period of indefinite supervision. [Source: Newark Advocate]Man Stole Pizza because He Said He Was “God”In an unusual retail theft report, police said a man stole a box of pizza because “his name was God and everything was his.” Police say Adam Farrell of Scranton refused to give his name when a store employee approached him and asked if he planned on paying for the pizza. Farrell continued eating and told the store employee he was God.When approached by police, Farrell said he was “God and the police was the Devil.” Police took Farrel into custody and identified his real name through a fingerprint check. Farrell pleaded guilty to retail charges before a judge and was later released.  [Source: ABC27 News]Man Broke into Ohio Jail for ProtectionA 23-year-old man called 911 Saturday from inside of an Ohio jail, saying he was trying to get to safety. Chad Saylor, 23, climbed a pipe and ultimately became trapped inside Butler County Jail, according to police. Officers found him there unharmed.“Mr. Saylor told dispatchers that people were after him with weapons and trying to kill him and he needed to get to safety. I’m guessing he came to the right place,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said on Facebook. Saylor was ultimately arrested, not for breaking into the jail, but because he had an active warrant for theft, Dayton Daily News reports. Police didn’t locate or arrest anyone else related to the incident. A few days ago, an inmate escaped from the same jail and was found a day later. “With this most recent guy successfully getting into the compound, I’d say we’re one up on the bad guys,” Jones said.  [Source: USA Today] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Facebook Tops 900 Million Users, But Penetration Rate Slows

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit dave copeland Tags:#Facebook#web center_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The biggest takeaway from Facebook’s updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission is that the company will not be able to rely on adding new users at breakneck speed as a way of boosting revenue.It’s a fact that Facebook readily concedes.“Historically, our user growth has been a primary driver of growth in our revenue,” the company said in its fourth update to the S-1 notice it originally filed in February. “We expect that our user growth and revenue growth rates will decline as the size of our active user base increases and as we achieve higher market penetration rates.”There were relatively few surprises in the document: Facebook released more details of its Instagram purchase, saying it had paid $300 million in cash and 23 million shares. It also said U.S. and Canadian users made up 50% of its revenue on the first quarter ending March 31, down from 54% a year ago.Facebook broke the 900 million user mark during the quarter, about five months after it reached the 800 million user mark. That pace had slowed slightly, as it took Facebook just three months to grow from 700 million to 800 million users. In the filing, Facebook said each of its 901 million users was worth $1.21, up 6% from a year ago.Otherwise, it was business as usual for the company that may be valued at more than $100 billion after its shares start trading publicly next month (according to Facebook, it’s current share price on private markets puts the company’s value at $77 billion). Revenue in the three months ending March 31 was up from the period a year ago, but net income fell to $205 million in the first quarter, down from $233 million a year ago. Facebook attributed the dip to higher operating costs.And if the pace of user growth and net income had dropped, the penetration of Facebook did not. The company said it had 532 million daily active users in the first quarter, up from 372 million a year ago. The company did confirm that it would trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol FB, which had already been widely reported. Facebook did not, however, give a date for the IPO, which is widely believed to be set for May 16, 17 or 24.last_img read more

UM System Board of Curators approves new nursing building

first_imgA $30 million building for the MU Sinclair School of Nursing has been approved by the UM System Board of Curators on Thursday.According to the University, the current building will be replaced with a new facility to focus on increasing enrollment in the school by 2020.About $12 million will come from the nursing school’s reserves. The rest of the money will come from private gifts, land sales at Sinclair Farm, and MU Health Care Contributions.(This story was last updated at 5:47 a.m. Friday.)last_img

De Vrij minor injury concern

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter defender Stefan de Vrij has pulled out of Holland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland with a minor injury. The centre-back had been due to start this evening in Belfast. Instead, he is not even on the bench for this game, as he is not fully fit. According to Fox Sports and Mediaset Premium, it is not a serious injury and De Vrij agreed with coach Ronald Koeman to sit this one out. He felt a twinge during yesterday’s training session and preferred not to risk further damage, awaiting more tests.last_img