A County Donegal man has set a new lamb shearing world record.Ivan Scott from Kilmacrennan shore 744 lambs in eight hours in New Zealand on Monday, beating the previous world record by just two sheep.Brought up on a farm he had a little shearing experience, but that all changed when he travelled to the other side of the world. “I used to do a bit of shearing in the summer, then I came out to New Zealand when I was 20 for three months and it turned into 10 years,” he said.Now based near Taupo on New Zealand’s north island, Ivan broke the record in front of 100 supporters.To beat the previous record, he had to shear on average 185.5 lambs every two hours.In the first two-hours Ivan shore 187 lambs, then tallied 189, 187 and 182 over the following sessions. And the tally could have been even higher as five lambs were rejected by the adjudicator for cuts over the course of the day.But how fit does someone have to be achieve this feat?“Physically I’ve been training for quite a few months leading up to it to get my fitness right,” Ivan told the BBC.“It was more the mental pressure which is just as hard.“You have to be dedicated and treat it like a sport. It’s a bit like climbing a mountain, you’ve just got to put in an effort.” While Ivan is already back at work, next up on the shearing front is the Golden Shears World Championship which will be held in New Zealand later this year.‘EWE’ WON’T BELIEVE THIS – DONEGAL MAN BECOMES WORLD LAMB SHEARING CHAMPION was last modified: January 10th, 2012 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:Ivan Scottkilmacrennanlambsworld champion
Earlier this week on the eve of receiving their Leaving Cert results, we chatted to four students about their hopes and nerves ahead of the big day. After a few days to allow the results to sink in, Donegal Daily approached Gavin, Síofra, Shane and Martina again to learn of their successes in Wednesday’s Leaving Certificate results.by Caoimhe Ní Chathail Gavin :Gavin is ‘delighted’ with his results overall. Having received his results from his Principal and Deputy Principal, he was very pleased with them overall and believes that he achieved a fair grade in each subject. Gavin has obtained sufficient points for his top CAO choice, Computer Science in Trinity. He does admit however that Queens through UCAS is his ‘preferred choice’. Having exceeded on all other grades, Gavin is considering getting his maths grade rechecked, as he was one grade short on Queen’s requirement for the course. He is however confident that he will be accepted either way, ‘I have an anxious wait until Monday now when the offers come out.’Síofra :Síofra decribes her first reaction as one of shock, ‘to finally see a set of letters and numbers that have been so long anticipated.’ Her loss of speech was quickly replaced with a feeling of relief, ‘tied up with all that giddy happiness.’ ‘I had done what I thought was impossible. And it was over.’ She describes herself as ‘on the edge of the bracket’ and so nothing is concrete yet but of course ‘nothing is impossible, and the worst is most certainly done.’ Shane :Shane was ‘confused for a while and too excited to try and count up my points.’ His woodwork teacher soon calculated his 515 points which exceeded the 480 points he needs for Architecture in UCD, ‘I was ecstatic’. His mum and friends outside were incredibly happy and proud and Shane himself says that he ‘can’t explain how glad and happy I was all day.’Martina Hannigan :Having opened her results with her mum in the car, Martina ‘burst into tears of happiness.’ She says she was shocked at how well she had done and was relieved that all the hard work had paid off. Languages had always been her favourite subjects and so Martina was proud that those were her highest grades. Martina is feeling positive and is confident of her place in Galway. As she says, ‘It’s now time to celebrate!’Congratulations to Gavin, Síofra, Shane, Martina and all Donegal students on their Leaving Certificate results! LEAVING CERT RESULTS – REALITY SETS IN FOR DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: August 17th, 2013 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:donegalLeaving Certificatestudents
Brentford trail at the break to a cracking effort from distance from Grant Leadbitter.Middlesbrough’s captain broke the deadlock after 34 minutes with a strike from outside the box which left Bees keeper David Button with no chance.Brentford had a fair chunk of the ball in the first half but the vast majority of chances fell the home side’s way.Middlesbrough’s on-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, making his home debut, flashed a shot just over the top in the opening seconds, Button collected a header from Belgian striker Jelle Vossen and Emilio Nsue sent a chip over the crossbar.Former Harrow Borough winger Albert Adomah was lively throughout and sent an effort just wide but Brentford couldn’t keep Boro’ at bay for long, as Leadbitter struck.The midfielder almost repeated the trick just before the break but this time his shot flew over the bar.Jota and Alex Pritchard both sent shots off target as the first half drew to a close.Brentford (4-1-4-1): Button; McCormack, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Douglas; Odubajo, Pritchard, Jota, Judge; Gray.Subs: Bonham, Craig, Moore, Tebar, Toral, Betinho, Proschwitz-Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Preston manager Simon Grayson declared that his side had silenced their doubters by beating QPR 2-0 at Loftus Road.The Lilywhites had lost their opening three Sky Bet Championship matches this season, scoring just one goal in the process.But Jermaine Beckford put them ahead midway through the first half and Nedum Onuoha’s own goal seven minutes after the interval sealed their first win of the season.Grayson said: “We’ve answered one or two critics from during the last few weeks. That will keep a few people quiet for a while.“People do tend to get a jittery when you lose the first three games. The critics have been answered.“If you lose a couple of games midway through the season no-one cares, but lose at the start of the season and people think the world’s going to end.“I said before that I didn’t think we were a million miles away. We were off the pace in the last three games but that was more like us.“The players have been disappointed with the results, performances and the criticism and they felt they had a point to prove.”Rangers rallied in the second half but Preston were worthy winners and always looked a threat on the break.“From start to finish we were good in all departments. It was a good performance,” said Grayson, whose team were beaten at home by Derby on Tuesday.“To limit a team like QPR to just a couple of chances – and we could have scored more goals – showed how good we were.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
19 June 2008Volkswagen South Africa, along with catalytic converter and exhaust systems manufacturer Eberspacher SA, have been awarded a R12-billion contract to supply the Volkswagen Group with diesel particulate filters for the next five years.“It is a coup for the South African automotive component manufacturing industry,” Volkswagen SA managing director David Powels said in a statement this week, adding that the deal was one of the biggest export contracts for a single part ever awarded to the company.A diesel particulate filter is a device designed to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine. The component forms part of the latest common rail engines manufactured by the Volkswagen Group.Volkswagen SA and Eberspacher SA, who will share the production volume, are to invest approximately R55-million in tooling and equipment to manufacture the parts. In addition, the investment in the national supplier base – 80% of whom are based within the Nelson Mandela Bay region (greater Port Elizabeth) – will be approximately R26-million.The new contract will secure more than 100 jobs in the region, with intensive training of operators and quality personnel to ensure that strict international standards on diesel particulate filters are met.The training will include processes involved, particulate filter handling and inspection criteria, quality requirements, important part characteristics, world-class manufacturing, tool change skills, effective problem solving and team work.“The skills transfer opportunities from this contract are significant,” Powels pointed out.At the forefrontAccording to the statement, Volkswagen SA and Eberspacher SA are at the forefront of diesel particulate filter manufacture, having secured access to the most modern manufacturing method, known as calibrated stuffing, which encompasses new laser measuring and sizing technologies.“This is the benchmark in the Volkswagen Group and will benefit the South African catalytic converter industry as a whole,” said Powels, adding that production would commence in November this year.The parts will be shipped to the Volkswagen Group’s Kassel plant in Germany, where they will be completed and sent to various user plants in the group’s global network.“The decision to award the contract to Volkswagen SA proves emphatically that South Africa can be globally competitive in terms of pricing and technology, even when measured against the best global players in the diesel particulate filter industry,” said Volkswagen SA purchasing division head Karlheinz Hell.Benchmark for the futureEberspacher SA managing director Henry Eksteen said the project was unique in its approach of co-operation and utilisation of manufacturing capabilities of two companies.“This type of parallel project, we believe, will become the benchmark for the future, where an original equipment manufacturer can join forces with a specific technology partner to optimise processes and, thereby, be able to gain access to global business for their region and country,” he said.Eksteen added that the diesel particulate filter technology was a rapidly advancing field of expertise, and with global emissions standards becoming more stringent, the company would strive to remain a provider of innovative exhaust gas treatment solutions through their global research and development teams.“We are very proud to be involved in this joint program with Volkswagen SA and look forward to further enhancing our presence with global platforms such as this one,” he said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grain bins are “business fixtures” that are personal property not subject to real property tax, according to a decision issued today by the Ohio Supreme Court.The court case arose when the Metamora Elevator Company challenged the Fulton County auditor’s inclusion of grain storage bins in the company’s real property valuation. Metamora filed complaints with the county Board of Revision, arguing that the grain bins are business fixtures that should not be included in the company’s real property assessment. The Board of Revision disagreed with Metamora and the company appealed to the Board of Tax Appeals (BTA).The Fulton County BTA ruled in favor of the company, determining that grains bins are personal property and should not be taxed as real property. The BTA reduced Metamora’s real property value by nearly $1.1 million, the value of the grain bins. Fulton County requested a review of the BTA decision by the Ohio Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case. The issue before the Court was whether the grain bins are “fixtures” or “improvements” that are subject to real property tax or whether they are not subject to real property tax because they are “business fixtures” that qualify as personal property. Ohio Supreme Court’s reasoningIn its decision authored by Justice O’Donnell, the Supreme Court explained that the legislature amended the Ohio Revised Code in 1992 to clarify the historically “elusive” distinction between real and personal property in Ohio. The court stated that the changes expressed a clear intent to identify fixtures as real property while defining business fixtures as personal property, according to two of th revised sections of Ohio law:ORC 5701.02(A), which states that “real property” includes “land itself * * * and, unless otherwise specified in this section or section 5701.03 of the Revised Code, all buildings, structures, improvements, and fixtures of whatever kind on the land.”ORC 5701.03(B), which defines “business fixture” as “an item of tangible personal property that has become permanently attached or affixed to the land or to a building, structure, or improvement, and that primarily benefits the business conducted by the occupant on the premises and not the realty. Business fixture includes, but is not limited to, machinery, equipment, signs, storage bins and tanks, whether above or below ground, and broadcasting, transportation, transmission, and distribution systems, whether above or below ground.“Our analysis need go no further than to apply the expressed intent of the General Assembly to the undisputed facts of this case,” said the Court, and concluded that the legislature clearly intended for the term “business fixture” to include storage bins, and therefore to define storage bins as personal property not subject to real property tax.The Court rejected the two arguments advanced by the county, that property classification cases depend upon what constitutes an “improvement” under the Ohio Constitution and that it would be unconstitutional for the legislature to classify constitutional “improvements” such as fixtures or structures as personal property simply because the fixtures might be used in business. Because the grain bins related more to the personal business than to the land, based on the definition of “business fixture” in ORC 5701.03, the Court saw no conflict between the personal property classification and the Ohio Constitution. Implications for agricultureFulton County may not be the only county that classifies grain bins as real property for tax purposes. Landowners who own grain bins should review their property tax records and determine whether the real property value includes the value of grain bins located on the parcel. If the property tax does incorporate grain bin values, consult with the county auditor to discuss the situation. Ohio law allows a county auditor to correct “clerical errors” made in the collection of real property taxes, although there is a question of whether inclusion of grain bins in the real property value constitutes a clerical error. Ohio law also provides remedies for taxpayers who have overpaid taxes; landowners should consult with a tax attorney for guidance on these remedies. Note that filing a complaint with the Board of Revision is not an option, as March 30 was the deadline for filing complaints for the current tax year.
Business managers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs offer all kinds of advice to sales managers and salespeople as to how they might improve sales results. It can be difficult to listen to advice about selling from those who have never carried the bag. The recommendations are often naïve and often ignore the realities and constraints the sales force is forced to confront. If it were easy to sell more or sell faster, your life would be as easy as the non-salesperson’s advice makes it sound.You can react to advice from civilians by being defensive, insulted, or hostile. It’s easy to ignore the suggestions from civilians without the experience base from which to offer the advice they offer. Or you could make a healthier choice and spend the time educating the inexperienced as to your real challenges.Here’s how to deal with advice about sales from civilians.Help Them UnderstandThe primary reason non-salespeople so easily dole out sales advice is because they are unaware of the real challenges we face in sales.When non-salespeople suggest that sales should be closing faster, you need to spend time educating people on your sales process, your client’s buying cycle times, and the velocity of the deals in your pipeline. The business’s need for fast sales doesn’t allow you to violate the natural laws of the sales process or buying cycle. You have to educate non-salespeople on sales cycle times so they understand what options are available when it comes to increasing speed.When civilians suggest that sales people should be closing more business, you educate them the limitations of the sales force. Increasing quotas doesn’t do anything to improve territory coverage or the sales force’s effectiveness. You have to spend time working to help your non-salespeople team members understand what is possible and what isn’t possible.Probably the hardest advice to take from civilians is advice about deal strategy. It’s hard to accept advice about how to move a deal forward from people who have never met your dream client contacts, who weren’t there through the discovery process, who don’t really understand your competitive position, and who don’t have to actually do the work of winning of the deal. You have to help the civilians on your team to understand what it will really take to win your dream client.You help yourself and you help your team when you educate the non-salespeople on your team on the realities, the challenges, and the constraints. This sets you up to do what comes next.Ask for the Resources You NeedYou don’t do yourself or your company any favors by avoiding the battle for resources. Your job is to give the company what it needs in the way of sales results, and to do that you have to ask for the resources you need.You may need to make investments that reduce your sales cycle time. You may need to make investments in a larger sales force to produce the sales results that your company needs from you. You may also need changes or modifications to what you do to serve your dream clients in order to win deals.Asking for what you really need is likely to run smack into a discussion over resources. But often that is exactly the discussion that needs to be had.Sometimes producing results means that you have to put as much energy into selling inside as you do outside. You are more likely to get what you need from the organization if you have spent the time building their understanding of what is needed and why.Engage Them in the Sales ProcessKeeping the civilians away from the sales process is a mistake. The more deeply you engage the entire organization in the realities of selling, the better results you will produce. Selling is a team sport.Instead of keeping non-selling senior management away from the sale process, ask them to engage in the process. Let them join pipeline review and opportunity review meetings. Let them understand what is being done, the challenges, and the opportunities. If you want them to see the world from your viewpoint, invite them to sit on your side of the table and show it to them. Let them feel it.Instead of keeping them away from your dream clients, ask them to join you in sales calls with your dream clients so that they get to see and feel what it’s like to work on big deal. Do some relationship mapping and send the high-level civilians from your company to call on the high-level management team from your dream client. These is work that they can do that makes a difference, and they are normally happy to do it.It’s amazing how much more you can get done and how much faster you can get it done when your whole team is engaged in the deal. They look at your role and they look at deals very differently when they have skin in the game.As a final note, go into this endeavor knowing things aren’t any easier for non-salespeople. Respect their challenges like you want them to respect yours.QuestionsWhy is it so difficult to take sales advice from non-salespeople?Are you ever guilty of telling your non-selling peers how they should do their job?How can you educate your civilian peers on what you need to produce better results?How can you help them understand more about what you need?What actions can you engage management in to help you win your dream client? 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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BaliPure ties Pocari at 1-1 LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ “My tito has the car and they’re fixing it. They should have it settled by tonight,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “She was driving and she bumped a car. She was with Grethcel and my players in San Sebastian. That’s why they were late because of the traffic. Thankfully, the battle for third went to a fourth set and they were able to make it here,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.Malabanan was with Grethcel Soltones, Iris Oliveros, and Alyssa Eroa when the accident occurred. She asked her teammates leave her so they could make it to the venue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We didn’t know what to do. We were freaking out. But I told them to go ahead and they just took a Grab and I just stayed with the car,” said Malabanan.Though the FEU hitter came it late for the game, the minor distraction didn’t really change the outcome for the Water Defenders as they extended the series to a deciding Game 3 with a tough five-set triumph, 25-15, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 15-13. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure coach Roger Gorayeb almost didn’t have a number of players for Game 2 of the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division on Tuesday.The multi-titled mentor bared that the vehicle driven by Jerrili Malabanan figured in a minor accident in EDSA on her way to the Philsports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Soltones took over in the fifth set and dropped 11 points, while Malabanan herself made her mark with 10 in the victory.“Jerilli’s mind was on another place. That’s why I didn’t put her on our first six. But thankfully, she recovered for us,” said Gorayeb.The Fil-Am spiker said that all the hassle she went through was all worth it thanks to the conquest.“It was a crazy day; getting into that accident and playing in that game. But it was all worth it,” she said.As for her car, Malabanan said that everything was settled thanks to a little help from his uncle.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments
Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Rachel Ann Daquis. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith her lean 5-foot-10 frame, flawless skin and winsome smile, Rachel Anne Daquis easily catches everyone’s attention. The highly popular open spiker for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga also happens to be a force on the hard court.A champion many times over with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, as well as with Philippine Army and Petron in volleyball’s commercial leagues, Daquis won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2015 PSL All Filipino Cup, which the Blaze Spikers won via 13-0 sweep.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View comments Yet, instead of moping, she stepped down from the national team and said she would take a “specialized training course” abroad to help her earn credentials as a future fitness guru.“It was a very difficult decision for me because I have always aspired to represent our country,” Daquis said in a statement. “I am very grateful that you (national coaches) have considered me to be included in the team lineup. But I feel that there are other more capable candidates who can contribute more effectively to the team given the other priorities in my life that I must consider.”That’s Daquis gracefully telling them: If you’re not giving me my rightful place in the grand ball, I’m skipping the party altogether.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Keeping up with Kobe That may explain the uproar in social media when she was relegated to the reserve list of the Philippine team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors tournament next month. After all, to paraphrase a classic line from the movie “Dirty Dancing,” “nobody puts Rachel in a corner.”For years, the 29-year-old Daquis painstakingly earned the tag “Face of Philippine volleyball.” During the Singapore SEA Games two years ago, giant posters bearing her image—she was an endorser for a top sports manufacturing company— adorned big malls around the Lion City’s OCBC Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDaquis has represented the country in international tournaments since 2011 and was part of the pioneering PSL-Manila squad that played in the FIVB World Clubs Championships in 2016.Fast-forward to last May’s AVC Asian Club Championship in Kazakhstan, where Daquis served as team captain of Philippine representative Rebisco-PSL and played the part well. She was on top of everything, from the team’s airport check-ins, to the daily bus rides, to the team bull sessions. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Over breakfast at Shiny River Hotel in Ust-Kamenogorsk, head coach Francis Vicente, worried sick by the bashing the national team was receiving in social media, tried to lighten the mood of the girls. After five matches in five days the team still could not buy a win against stronger clubs.“Hey, girls, have you said hello to your bashers this morning?” Vicente asked his players.Daquis offered a reply for the team in Filipino: “No coach. We have stopped checking [our social media accounts]. All we know is that we’re all very pretty!”Her remark brought the house down and conveyed the correct attitude the team, including Vicente himself, took to ward off online critics.So after Daquis was unceremoniously cut from the national team’s final roster by the coaching staff, supposedly in favor of younger and stronger open hitters, the news stunned her legions of fans, probably more than Daquis herself.ADVERTISEMENT
Vincent Kompany’s first goal in 20 injury-ravaged months helped Manchester City to a 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday, lifting the team to third in the Premier League.Kompany marked his latest return to the City defense by heading a 55th-minute opener before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero also contributed goals.”It’s always a long journey back,” Kompany told BT Sport television. “I would like to have been injured less in my career but every single time I put in the hard work I don’t really complain too much about what’s happening to me and I just carry on.”When this happens (scoring), I feel I am giving something back to the fans. I feel like I’m finally giving something back to the team as well.”City wrapped up the win with two goals in three minutes.David Silva sent Kevin De Bruyne through and the midfielder squared for Sane to sweep past Forster for his ninth goal of the season in the 77th minute. Then De Bruyne chipped the ball into the Southampton six-yard box where Aguero headed in at the far post as City eased to a second successive win.The 2012 and 2014 champions are looking to lock down a return to the Champions League and Pep Guardiola’s side moved a point ahead of Liverpool, which occupies the fourth qualification spot. Everton and Manchester United are six points further back.