Letterkenny public engages positively with Irish Language Plan

first_imgIrish language social hubs, culture nights, language lessons and many more exciting events could be in the pipeline for Letterkenny in the years to come as the town develops its own Irish Language Plan.Over the next seven years, Letterkenny will create and implement a plan to encourage a positive approach to Irish in everyday life. The town will gain significant investment to support its role as a Gaeltacht Services Town in both the business and public sectors. Líonra Leitir Ceanainn, the body appointed to draft the language plan, held an open evening on Wednesday 18th September to gain feedback from members of the public on what they believe the plan should contain. The meeting builds on a business-focused event which was held in June. Both focus groups will lead to a public consultation in the future and a dedicated person will be employed to implement the plan and use the resources and funding that will be available.Ursula Ní Shabhaois, Cinnteacht, ag caint ag an cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairMeeting facilitator Ursula Ní Shabhaois from Cinnteacht explained that every person in Letterkenny with an interest in the plan will have an opportunity to have their say on the project.She said the Letterkenny Plan is “a local plan, by local people, for local needs”.Wednesday’s public event explored practical ways to make space for the Irish language in everyday life in a variety of ways: through learning, connecting with young people and families, through business, social events, fostering greater use of Irish in the home, in the media and in public services. An cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairUrsula Ní Shabhaois, Cinnteacht, and Bairbre Uí Chathail, Líonra Leitir Ceanainn, ag caint ag an cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairAttendees at the meeting held an engaging discussion on how an Irish language hub could benefit many groups in Letterkenny, such as a parent/toddler group, conversation groups or a book club. People commented that it would be important to have a central location or various spaces for locals to drop in for tea/coffee and events where they know the Irish language will be spoken.“A central hub would not only encourage language there but it would normalise it outside,” said Ursula Ní Shabhaois. She said a hub could become part of the plan’s long-term vision and would fulfil one of the plan’s key aims: “Creating links between Irish speakers.”Bairbre Uí Chathail, Anna Ní Bhraonáin, Mairéad Nic Daibheid, Aodán Mac Closcaigh and Róise Ní Laifeartaigh celebrating the prize draw for those who completed the Líonra Leitir Ceanainn: Suirbhé Pobail.Another aim of the plan is to make language learning more accessible to all. Bairbre Uí Chathail, Chair of Líonra Leitir Ceanainn said that she would like to see a database developed in the plan to show people where Irish is taught and where local groups are hosting events. Ursula Ní Shabhaois added that a clear pathway of learning Irish, from beginning to fluency, would benefit anyone with an interest.Other attendees suggested enjoyable ways to encourage a culture of positivity around Irish, such as ceilí nights, more pop-up Gaeltachts and working with schools to support teachers in speaking Irish. “This plan is about making things simple for people so they want to do things, not feel obligated to do them,” Ms Ní Shabhaois said. She said that all the language planning bodies in Donegal will soon be united in a forum to work together and share ideas.Anne Uí Chuinn and Susan McCauley ag an cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairAn cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairIn the meantime, the positive meeting raised many suggestions for a time of change in Letterkenny. All members of the public and businesses are invited to make their suggestions or request further information on the Letterkenny Irish Language Plan by visiting https://www.lionraleitirceanainn.ie/ or emailing Ursula Ní Shabhaois, Cinnteacht at ursula@cinnteacht.ie.Letterkenny public engages positively with Irish Language Plan was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cinnteachtIrish language planLíonra Leitir Ceanainnlast_img read more

California’s New Privacy Laws Stop Employers From Social Snooping

first_imgadam popescu Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#privacy#security#social media California residents, take note: Those nosy bosses are no longer allowed to poke around on your Facebook profile or force you to open up a personal Twitter account.Say hello to California’s new social media law, which took effect January 1. The new regulations make significant changes to the way businesses treat social media. But while some benefits are clear, others are harder to define, and could lead to legal problems later.Technically an adjustment to the labor code, the Employer Use of Social Media law is an important step to creating a barrier between the work force and management, adding much-needed do’s and don’ts to previously nebulous territory. The new law specifically prohibits private and public employers from demanding usernames and passwords to access personal social media accounts or requiring an employee or applicant to show the contents of social media accounts to bosses.While this may frustrate some managers, the new law works to protect employees, mandating that employers cannot discipline in any way an existing or prospective employee for failing to comply to demands to view social media content. But the law does not prohibit employers from accessing information through employer-provided devices or on social media accounts. And there’s still some ambiguity surrounding allegations of account misuse, which can then give employers the green light to demand to see behind the curtain. It’s Not Black And WhiteThe main challenge to the law is ambiguity and enforcement, says San Diego-based Jim McNeill, a partner at the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge and a specialist in labor and employment relationships.The problem is the notion of misconduct, which the law broadly states can be a reason for accessing social media accounts, without giving a clear definition of what misconduct is. Misconduct can be interpreted on a case-by-case basis, so McNeill thinks this caveat will end up being decided in court. “If allegations against an employee were that they were engaging in going on the Internet and accessing their personal Facebook account on work time, would that suffice to allow the employer to demand access to the account?” McNeill asks. Another problem, he added, is the use of employer-owned devices and technology – especially when employees are not on the clock. If they’re accessing personal accounts via the company-owned smartphones or laptops, where is the line drawn between personal and private information?“The interesting part there is how that’s going to interact with employee access to a site with the employer’s device, off company time,” McNeill says. McNeill believes the law can help employees make smarter decisions about what they say on social media sites, because talking trash about an employer could count as misconduct and be grounds for employer eavesdropping. But its ambiguities make navigating this new law a possible trap within the legal system. Treating Social Media PersonasIn that vein, Heather Meeker, the vice president of corporate communications for free text and mobile service textPlus, still recommends not posting “anything online that you wouldn’t be comfortable having shared publicly.”Nick Cicero, the lead social strategist at Livefyre, a San Francisco-based commenting and social engagement platform, says one way to protect yourself is to have a “distinct separation of work and personal accounts.” But with our personal lives more and more entwined with our professional personas, that can be easier said than done – especially if you use social media as part of your job. “Unfortunately the evolution of online identity doesn’t always make this an easy black-and-white reality,” Cicero laments.One solution to help navigate this ambiguous new law is detailed intra-company social policies that clearly spell out do’s and don’ts. “Companies looking to have a handle on their employees’ social media activities should lay out a comprehensive social policy as to how employees should act online. That way there is an understanding between company and employee at all times,” Cicero explains. “We support openness and individualism.”But if you work in a company that’s less open-minded, you might want to double check just how individual and open you want to be. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts last_img read more

Will big data provide a cure-all for ailing health budgets?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#Big Data#Cisco#e-health#featured#health#IBM#Internet of Things#IoT#Philips#Salesforce#top Related Posts Follow the Puck Donal Powercenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As soaring health budgets continue to cause pain for governments and medical care providers, relief may be in sight thanks to big data.A new study by Lux Research found that advanced big data and analytics technologies are poised to help rein in runaway healthcare costs. The report “Industrial Big Data and Analytics in Digital Health” determined that deeper integration of relevant data will make the delivery of many therapies more affordable.“Whereas solving many past healthcare problems seemed to be a matter of scientific discovery, health policy, or adequate funding, today’s most pressing problems are due to a lack of information – or lack of understanding of what to do with it,” said Lux Research VP Mark Bünger.“Data and analytics technologies are now showing measurable benefits to cost and patient outcomes, and partnerships like Apple-IBM, Salesforce-Philips, and Cisco-University of California in San Francisco are forming to put them into practice,” he said.The participation of enterprise big data and analytics vendors will help create several major impacts on healthcare delivery according to Lux.Big data can personalize therapy deliveryFirstly, it predicts that big data and analytics will aid personalized therapy delivery, leading to reduced costs and better health outcomes when battling the most severe diseases. It will achieve this by using such cloud-based analytics as Molecular Match that will enable faster decision-making.Lux also anticipates that artificial intelligence (AI) will create more powerful methods for analyzing huge datasets. AI will enable machine vision that can study patient scans for disease and will power robots that monitor patients.Lastly, Lux sees big data as unlocking sources of additional revenue and cost reductions for hospitals. Cost cutting will come from semi-automated systems that can target expensive medical interventions much more efficiently.Meanwhile, additional revenues will emerge as data enables improved resource allocation based on conditions and volumes of patients.The report comes as health care providers are looking for other technological solutions like smart medicines to help reduce escalating costs. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

Freelance Tip: How To Make Sure You Get Paid By Your Clients

first_imgBe PersistentImage via Iakov Filimonov.So you’ve done everything right. You signed a contract, did your job, and sent out the finished project. Unfortunately, you haven’t gotten paid, and it’s overdue. What do you do now? Well, don’t immediately vilify the client. Companies have lots of vendors to pay, and things like corporate videos and commercials sometimes get lost in the paperwork.Send them a polite email reminding them that the payment date has passed. Most of the time, they will usually respond and send the money. Things happen, you got the money, everything is great.But in rare circumstances, this isn’t the case.If the client isn’t responding, keep emailing them. Twice a week. Three times a week. Eventually ramp it up to every single business day. Make sure your voice gets heard, and that they know that you need to be paid. Remember to be respectful and not threatening. If you have the phone number of the person who set up the gig, reach out to them personally. In the most extreme circumstances, try going to the office. It’s much harder for someone to ignore you when you are standing right in front of them.Don’t Fall For Sob StoriesImage via AJR_photo.In my years of freelancing, there’ve been a few times when the client didn’t pay on time, and they responded with the “We don’t have the money to pay you” excuse. Maybe it was a startup or a local business without a lot of capital. It’s business, and it happens.Of course, every situation is different, and there is usually a solution. Try your best to work with your client, but if they won’t agree to anything, remind them that you have kept up your end of the deal, and that they are not keeping theirs. Be sympathetic, but do not let them take advantage of you.When I’ve heard this excuse, I’ve sometimes granted more time for payment. In one instance, the client paid me weeks later with a written apology and a few extras to show their appreciation. The payment may have been late, but it worked out in the end.On the other hand, one company gave me the same excuse, but they didn’t pay me, and they took advantage of my patience. These are the companies that think that if they just ignore you, you might eventually stop asking. Be very, very firm with these clients. You performed a service, and you must be paid for it.Choose Your Clients WiselyImage via Vladimir Arndt.Whether or not you get paid on time can depend on the type of business you’re dealing with. If it is a very healthy business, they will most likely pay you on time. If it’s your uncle’s friend who has a new invention that “reinvents the way we shuck oysters” that he runs out of his garage, think twice before agreeing to a contract.Trust your gut, always. If you get the feeling that job is going to be a hassle, don’t take it. Or if the client continually tells you how small the budget is for the project, be wary. These are the types of people who think filmmaking and video production is easy and may not value you or your work when the time comes.Looking for more video production advice? Check out these articles.DIY Filmmaking: How to Build Your Own Dolly for $50Should You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage?Take Your Creative Briefs to the Next Level With Adobe InDesignTips for Directing and Acting (At the Same Time)Learning How to Edit While You Shoot The freelancer’s worst nightmare is a client who doesn’t pay on time — or at all. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure that doesn’t happen.Cover image via Chokniti Khongchum.If you have ever worked freelance, you’ve probably run into this situation. You agree to terms, work the gig, and send in the final product. The client thanks you. Weeks go by. No check. You make countless calls, send countless emails, and get countless “check’s in the mail” responses. Maybe you finally get paid. Sometimes you don’t. It’s frustrating and exhausting, so here’s a guide to making sure that your client pays you for your work.Sign A ContractImage via Freedomz.Here’s something that no one ever told me as a new freelancer: an invoice is completely different from a contract. This may seem obvious, but when you are first starting out, the whole freelancing process is a little vague.When consulting with a client about the project, listen attentively and respond with your day rate and other fees, like equipment rentals, so they know what to expect. Once you reach an agreement, draft a contract that includes these very important elements:Expected completion and compensation dates. Every job will be different, but creating a set schedule has always worked for me in the past. If you let the client know when they can expect the finished product, then you deserve to know when you will get paid. Keep each other accountable with a binding contract. This will be helpful down the line if they don’t pay when they said they would — you have written proof of the agreement. If the company is on a net-30 or net-45 payment schedule for their vendors, try your best to work with them. But if you need to rent equipment with that money, make sure the client knows that you absolutely need that money before the gig starts.Contract amounts. Always include the exact total of the job. That way your client knows exactly what to expect, and you have a written agreement covering that amount. It helps to outline exactly what costs what (shooting, equipment, editing rates, etc.), so the client knows where their money is going.Revision limitations. Another freelancing nightmare is endless revision. I’ve had clients ask for 7-8 revisions that cost me countless hours. Unfortunately in those situations, I felt helpless because I didn’t establish a revision limitation in my contracts, so the client felt like they could kick the work back as often as they wanted. Clarify how many hours of revisions you will grant them before you begin charging additional fees.Put everything in the contract. Every customer will have wants and wishes, and you need to put them in writing before agreeing to a job. Asking a lot of a freelancer is okay, but you need to agree on everything before the gig starts.last_img read more