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Two Donegal stores are victorious at ‘Business Oscars’

first_imgTwo popular Donegal stores scooped top awards at the ‘Oscars of Business Excellence’ on Friday night in Dublin.Tobin’s SPAR Express in Letterkenny and Whoriskey’s Eurostar in Ramelton took home National Q Mark Awards.Tobin’s SPAR Express Letterkenny was named Best Service Station in Ireland with a Café and Deli for Hygiene and Food Safety at the awards, held in the Clayton Hotel. Picture caption: Annette Tobin, Irene Collins MD of the EIQA, Marian McGarrigle, Eddie Tobin and Mary Ann O’Donnell at the National Q Mark Awards at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin 4.Their nomination earlier this year put them in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland and this win means they are at the very top of the Q for highest standards of Quality and Excellence.“This is a fantastic achievement for our business. We are a single site operator with an absolute commitment to hygiene and food safety standards. We are delighted that our businesses commitment has been nationally recognized” said Annette Tobin, DirectorSpeaking at the awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said: “Eddie, Annette and the team are truly committed to high standards of operational hygiene and food quality. They have put ‘service’ back into service station. Winning this Q Mark award is a fantastic endorsement of that commitment.” Tobin’s Service Station is a family run business established in 1980 which incorporates a modern attended forecourt, carwash facility, convenience store and 90 seated café/deli. They pride themselves on delivering a consistent high level of customer service coupled with top store standards. They currently employ 37 staff and have been in the Q mark programme since 2009.Whoriskey’s Eurostar was named Best Eurospar in Ireland for Hygiene & Food Safety standards at The National Q Mark Awards.Their nomination put them in the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland and this win means they are at the very top of the Q for highest standards of Quality and Excellence.Hugh Whoriskey and Christine McGonigle from Whoriskey’s EUROSPAR Ramelton pictured with Soreid McEntee being presented with a National Q Mark Award for Hygiene and Food Safety at the National Q Mark Awards.“Winning a Q Mark award is a national recognition and confirmation of everyone’s dedication and efforts. It is a major boost for all of us” said William Toye, Head Baker in Whoriskey’s Eurospar. “This is a testament to the entire team’s hard work and dedication to hygiene, food safety and customer satisfaction. It is a firm indicator of success for us”Whoriskey’s Eurospar is a family run supermarket, situated in Ramelton, Co. Donegal with a hot and cold deli, a butcher’s counter and an instore bakery. They proudly serve their local community and the surrounding areas. The Whoriskey family have been in retail in Ramelton since 1936 and now have a total of 36 full and part time employees. Over 500 people representing 135 companies attended the glitzy, black-tie ceremony at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin 4 in competition for one of only 26 awards presented. The Master of Ceremonies was Chicago based keynote speaker, author and business humourist Conor Cunneen; Irishman Speaks. Funds raised on the night for Debra Ireland were much appreciated and celebrations went on into the early hours with live music from ‘The Swing Cats.’EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1969. They currently audit the operating standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally. EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark suite of standards which includes: 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 Centre’s, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE) and The Q Mark for Environmental Awareness (The Green Q).Two Donegal stores are victorious at ‘Business Oscars’ was last modified: October 3rd, 2017 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:EDDIE TOBINletterkennyRameltonTobinsWhoriskeyslast_img read more

A’s Matt Chapman has shoulder surgery

first_imgHe won a Gold Glove Award at third base and the American League’s Platinum Glove Award as the league’s best … OAKLAND — A’s third baseman Matt Chapman underwent shoulder surgery on Friday, his second surgery this offseason.The A’s expect him to be ready for spring training. He first experienced pain in the shoulder during a recent workout.Chapman had a procedure done on his right thumb Oct. 16.Chapman, 25, had a breakout season in 2018, hitting .278 with 24 home runs in 145 games.last_img read more

Penny Heyns: realising the new South Africa’s Olympic gold dreams

first_img“I didn’t grow up with a dream about Olympic gold,” says Penny Heyns. (ZwemZA) • Penny Heyns +27 83 255 8504 zelda@pennyheyns.com • Inspirational Josiah Thugwane • Natalie Du Toit: ‘It is important to swim your own race’ • South Africa loses punching power, not hope • Carrying the hopes of a nation • Women’s sport in the spotlight with gsport Sulaiman PhilipPenny Heyns did not know she had just made history. Standing on the podium at the Atlanta Olympic Games with the gold medal around her neck, she had no idea she  had won South Africa’s first Olympic gold medal in 44 years.It was 23 July 1996. Heyns had already broken the 100m breast stroke world record in her quest to reach the final. With her in the starting blocks was Australian Samantha Riley, her biggest competition. In Heyns’s mind, she had already won the race and beaten Riley into second place.Before the gun, before her second gold in the 200m two days later, there was this race to finish. Heyns tensed, waiting for the starter’s pistol: the crack that would release South Africa’s greatest hope for a medal into the pool.“I only found out long after the race. On the podium I remember thinking that I should feel emotional and overjoyed; instead I was feeling sad for Samantha [Riley].” Riley was Heyns’s long-time rival and a former world record holder. She picked up a bronze in that race. Heyns doubled her medal haul two days later in the 200m race, becoming the first female swimmer to win both Olympic titles. Before her triumph, South Africa’s last gold was also won in the pool: Joan Harrison’s backstroke struck gold in Helsinki in 1952.Like Heyns, Harrison was the prodigy of her day. Born into a sporting family – her mother swam competitively and her father played rugby – she was a national record holder by the age of 13. At the 1950 Commonwealth Games – aged 14 – she smashed the 440-yard freestyle record by an unbelievable 13 seconds. The Helsinki Olympics was only her second international competition. She went on to win South Africa’s first and – until Heyns’s in Atlanta – only swimming gold.By the age of 17 Harrison had retired from competitive swimming to concentrate on field hockey instead. Like Heyns she seemed to rise above the terror and expectations of competing and concentrated instead on the challenge of beating the high standard she set for herself. Finding new challengesToday, Heyns is a motivational speaker and swimming coach. The best piece of advice she shares with a roomful of executives or kids learning to swim is this: “No matter the stage think of it as just another challenge. Stick with what you know works. Do the absolute best you can on the day and remember to enjoy the moments.”Heyns grew up in Springs on Gauteng’s East Rand, and was swimming by the age of two. By the time she turned seven, she was swimming competitively. Today the pool where Heyns learnt to swim is called the Penny Heyns Swimming Pool, and it makes the publicity-shy hero self-conscious. “I am a very private person so I try to avoid the attention, but I do still get recognised and with that comes the autograph and photo requests.”Heyns retired as the best female breast stroke swimmer of the 20th century. Over her career she broke 14 world records, including an astonishing run of 11 new records in three months in 1999. She has found other challenges and only rarely misses her athletic career. She admits that she took her career and her achievements for granted, but that was a lapse of youth. “When you are young you tend to take a lot for granted. Some days I miss being as fit as I was in my younger competitive days, as well as the solitude that swimming offered. Sometimes I miss the adrenalin rush and the feeling of invincibility that youth and competitive swimming offered.”Growing up a devout Christian Heyns never considered swimming a career but felt that her God-given gift needed to be explored fully. Her deeply held beliefs also influenced which sporting heroes she wanted to emulate. “I respected, and tried to emulate, athletes who displayed good sportsmanship, both in victory and defeat. Athletes should be admired more for their character and sportsmanship – not their achievements only.”South Africa won other medals between that day in Helsinki and South Africa being banned in 1960 – seven silver and 10 bronze – but Heyns’s gold was special. For South Africa, a newly democratic country, she offered the promise of a future filled with shining achievement.Ever the competitor though, for Heyns, memory of that gold is still tinged with a little regret: “I was very relieved and happy to have won the Olympic gold, but the time in which I won was slightly slower than my world record swim from the prelims, so, in that sense both my coach and I were a little disappointed.”last_img read more

The Books That Taught Me How to Sell

first_imgI had brain surgery 90 days before I went back to working in my family’s business. At the time, I was not allowed to drive, a difficult obstacle to overcome when you have to book sales meetings—or if you need a few things from the grocery store. My younger brother would chauffeur me to appointments until the time I was frustrated by with the realization that my doctors would never release me to drive, even though I only ever had one seizure.While I had always been a reader, during my recovery, I started reading a book a day. I told my neurologist that I was sure my brain was making new neural pathways and that it was on fire. He listened patiently and then told me there was no evidence that my theory was accurate and that it was more likely I was compensating for losing a significant part of my brain. We didn’t yet fully understand neuroplasticity, and it turns out both of us may have been correct.At some point, I started picking up books on sales and business. The first book I stumbled upon was SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham. If you heard my story behind my book, The Lost Art of Closing, it was the three pages where Rackham described “the advance” as a key to success in sales. Once I understood I needed a commitment for another meeting, selling got quite a bit easier. I wrote a list of questions for each part of the SPIN model and started to work towards Implications (clumsily, I might add) and needed payoffs.The book was so helpful that I picked up Major Account Sales Strategy, Rackham’s second book—and in some ways, his better book. I had been winning large accounts in California, but I didn’t have a very strategic view or a process. Mostly I just called on people who spent a lot of money in my category. Major Account Sales Strategy provided me with frameworks for thinking about big deals. I eventually read everything Rackham wrote and multiple times.One book I picked up appeared to be new, but it was quite old at the time I picked it up. The book was Consultative Selling by Mack Hanan. Parts of the book were difficult for me, but what I learned that was useful was Hanan’s idea that you shift the conversation away from price to the increased profit the client will make by adopting your solution. The application of this idea made it easier for me to start sharing the soft costs my clients were not calculating in their overall costs.The Miller Heiman books were both beneficial, The New Strategic Selling and The New Conceptual Sale. The first had me looking at stakeholders differently, even though the evolution of my thought here shows up very differently in Eat Their Lunch, which you might expect since 34 years have passed since they first published Strategic Selling. I don’t remember New Conceptual as well, but I remember it caused me to take sales calls seriously enough to plan them.I read all of Stephen Covey’s work before my brain surgery, and even those books were not on sales, they caused me to recognize I had to improve who I was before I could improve my sales results. They also led me to read a lot more books on business improvement.Some books that were not sales-related on their face were valuable to me. One of those books was Tom Peter’s Circle of Innovation, a book that made me think deeply about differentiation and allowed me to put technological solutions long before my larger competitors could do so, grabbing a competitive advantage in big deals. Another was Michael Hammer’s The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade. From this work, I took the idea that my business existed to take care of its customers. I started to present how what I did for my clients helped them serve their customers. Pondering that idea for a while is an excellent way to get better at selling.One of the more useful and transformative books I read was Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play by Mahan Khalsa. The ideas and the dialogue in this book massively improved my ability to have conversations about the changes the customer would have to make to produce the results they needed.There were hundreds of other books on sales and business I read, all of which had some value, even if I didn’t recognize it right away. These few were core to my development and the ones I remember as changing my sales results.last_img read more

Tripura High Court rejects bail plea of CPI(M) leader in PWD scam case

first_imgThe Tripura High Court on Thursday rejected the bail application of former Minister and CPI(M) leader Badal Choudhury, indicted in the alleged ₹640-crore Public Works Department scam of 2008. Lawyers representing the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly insisted on bail citing Mr. Choudhury’s fragile health. After the bail plea was rejected, counsel indicated their decision to move the Supreme Court. Mr. Choudhury was admitted to the ICU of the government GBP Hospital after he complained of chest pain in the custody of West Agartala police on Wednesday.He was locked up at the police station barely for 30 minutes after the police took his custody upon his discharge from the private hospital where he took admission a week ago ending his disappearance amid intensive police search.Street protestsThe CPI(M) has been organising street protests for the past two days protesting the alleged forceful removal of Mr. Choudhury from the private hospital. The party alleged that police officials misbehaved with its leader at the police station.Former Member of Parliament, the 69-year-old CPI(M) veteran was made prime accused in the case filed by the Vigilance Department. The investigation was later handed over to the Crime Branch.Sources said senior police officials were consulting doctors at the GBP Hospital on taking back Mr. Choudhury in their custody.Remains elusiveMeanwhile, former Chief Secretary Y.P. Singh, who was the Principal Secretary incharge of PWD in 2008, remained elusive despite searches by a team of the Crime Branch at New Delhi and Gurugram. Another accused, former PWD Chief Engineer Sunil Bhowmik, was arrested and remanded in custody.last_img read more

Eduard Folayang, Shinya Aoki meet again in stacked ONE Championship card in Japan

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Alvarez will face top lightweight contender Timofey Nastyukhin of Russia while Johnson, widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in history, will take on hometown bet Yuya Wakamatsu in the card.In the other blockbuster title bouts, Xiong Jing Nan faces challenger Angela Lee, who is looking for to become ONE’s first two-division champion, in the ONE women’s strawweight bout while Myanmar hero Aung La N Sang defends his middleweight strap against Ken Hasegawa out of JapanThe ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix will also kick off at ONE: A New Era with initial bouts yet to be announced.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Championship is pulling out all the stops for its debut card in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotshots rulecenter_img 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ The premier mixed martial arts organization have put together a slambang ONE: A New Era fight night on March 31 that will see three world title defenses and the first appearance of ONE Championship’s two prized recruits.Team Lakay bet Eduard Folayang is set to defend his ONE lightweight world title against the same person he stopped to get the crown in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefFolayang will face Japanese icon Shinya Aoki in a long-awaited rematch for the belt four months after the Bagui0-native recaptured the lightweight throne with a unanimous decision win over Amir Khan.Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez, the promotion’s biggest signings last year, are also scheduled to make their much-awaited debut in the ONE Championship cage. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Louie Alas rues late ‘defensive breakdowns’ in first Phoenix loss

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants But the Fuel Masters faltered defensively when it mattered most.With the game tied at 92 with under two minutes left, Phoenix allowed a layup by Rain or Shine guard Rey Nambatac, an offensive rebound by Raymond Almazan that led to two free throws and an open jumper by Mark Borboran to clinch the game for the Painters, who took the top spot away from the Fuel Masters.But despite the loss, Alas said he is still pleased with Phoenix’s 5-1 record midway through the elimination round.“You have to be happy with that and at the same time improve. We have to be even tougher and not allow ourselves to lose two in a row.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sta. Lucia hopes to turn over new leaf with coach Babes Castillo in tow SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ “We weren’t able to sustain our job defensively in the last five minutes. We had three breakdowns on scrambled defense in the last few minutes,” Alas told reporters.The Fuel Masters emerged as early contenders in the Philippine Cup but Alas said his team still has some work to do if it really wants to be one of the elites in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“If you want to reach the next level, you have to be able to make stops in the crucial moments,” he said.Phoenix made a string of stops in the fourth quarter that completed wiped out Rain or Shine’s 14-point lead in the third period. Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan beats three Phoenix players for the loose ball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix took its first defeat of the season on Sunday and head coach Louie Alas felt they lost the game on the defensive end of the floor.Alas said the Fuel Masters committed too many defensive lapses that allowed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters escape with a 98-94 win in overtime in a game that featured the top two teams in the league.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more