Ms Nora Friel’s Legacy: One Year On

first_imgThis week marks one year since the passing of Nora Friel, the former Principal of Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny.Staff and senior students attended an anniversary Mass on Tuesday. Nora’s legacy continues to be strongly felt in the school and this week has served as a special time to appreciate the influence she had on so many young people.Loreto Letterkenny student Katie Gillen writes this tribute to Ms Friel:  On the 5th of November 2018, Nora Friel, principal of Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny, passed away at the age of 59 after a short illness.Nora worked in Loreto Letterkenny for many years as a Home Economics teacher. She then left and served as an inspector for the Department of Education. She later returned to Loreto as Vice Principal and became Principal in 2015.Ms. Friel was respected greatly by her colleagues and students and left a lasting memory with everyone she met.Students will remember Nora as a caring principal who never failed to remember a face and seemed to know everyone’s sister, mammy, granny or aunty. Nora’s dedication to the school and students was evident throughout. Letterkenny was left devastated after hearing of Nora’s passing and the school community was left in a state of shock and grief. The day after Nora’s passing was a sad one as, abnormally, the corridors of Loreto were silent, students and teachers collectively grieving the death of their beloved principal and friend.What happened during this time was the strongest display of community and togetherness within the school. Students and teachers comforted each other, a book of condolences was signed by everyone in the school and a memorial was held in honour of Ms. Friel’s life.Students were asked to write on a love heart a fond memory they had of Ms. Friel or what they admired about her. These were displayed on a notice board in the school and was later given to Nora’s family in a book so that they can remember how much she was loved by everyone.A year on, and Ms. Friel’s legacy lives on within the school community. Nora always saw the best in everyone and believed in them, even if they didn’t themselves. When you ask anyone about Ms. Friel, their answer is always about how much she loved the school and her dedication to the betterment of every student.Evergreen Garden at Loreto Letterkenny created in memory of the late Nora FrielQuotes in the Evergreen Garden at Loreto Letterkenny In May of 2019, sixth year students created the Evergreen Garden for Ms. Friel. This was so that Nora’s memory will always live on through the garden and that students and teachers can come to sit and remember Nora in their own way. In the garden, there is a tea pot to symbolise Ms. Friel’s love of Home Economics, the class names engraved on the ground, quotes that summarise her character and a bench for everyone to sit and talk. At the opening, there was a trad performance to showcase Nora’s love of music.A ceramic teapot in the Evergreen Garden at Loreto LetterkennyAbove this bench is a sign that quotes Mary Ward, the founder of the Loreto, “Women in time to come will do much”. This was a quote that Nora used often at assemblies and events as she strongly believed in the students and in what they wanted to achieve.Ms Nora Friel’s Legacy: One Year On was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Katie GillenShare 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:educationLoreto Letterkennyms nora frieltributelast_img read more

South Africa’s Gift of the Givers turns 23

first_img11 August 2015Gift of the Givers, the internationally renowned aid organisation that is based in Pietermaritzburg, reached a milestone when it celebrated its 23rd anniversary on 6 August.It has been congratulated on its achievement by a number of organisations and government departments.“We honour our association with an organisation that has made an incalculable contribution to the upliftment of the under-privileged, not just in South Africa but around the world,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs.The department noted the humanitarian and disaster relief work done by the NGO. “Gift of the Givers provides aid to 40 different countries around the globe. Its humanitarian services know no boundaries of race, colour, or creed.”Thanking people for their support, whether that be through donations or contribution of skills, the NGO said: “There will be no celebration, no party, no cutting of cake but only a silent prayer of thankfulness to the Almighty, for through His permission, we have managed to serve millions of people worldwide.“We appreciate the contribution of every single person, be it cash or kind, be it R1 or R100 000; be it in the form of prayer, words of support, well wishes, advice or promoting our activities through whatever manner.”Gift of the Givers workers were described as South Africa’s brand ambassadors. As part of its humanitarian aid, the organisation provides highly skilled medical personnel to those most in need.“Twenty-one years into democracy, South Africa continues to face challenges that are the legacy of centuries of discrimination and deprivation of the majority,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs. “But we have much to be proud of: we have come a long way.”About Gift of the GiversThe organisation describes itself as the largest disaster response NGO of African origin on the African continent.Based in the KwaZulu-Natal capital, it was established by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, a South African, on the instruction of a spiritual teacher, Sheik Muhammed Saffer Effendi al Jerrahi, in Istanbul, Turkey on 6 August 1992.Since then, Gift of the Givers has delivered lifesaving aid in the form of search and rescue teams, medical personnel, medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, vaccines, anti-malarial medication, high energy and protein supplements, food and water to millions of people in 41 countries, South Africa included.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Wall Street Can’t Make Sense Of Apple Anymore

first_imgTags:#Apple#iPad#iPhone#Steve Jobs#Tim Cook Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dan lyons 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Seems like only yesterday Apple was a simple company for Wall Street to understand. The products were great, demand was insane, and there was nowhere for the stock to go but up, up, up. Which is exactly what happened.Those days are over. Apple’s stock has dropped 40% since last fall, from $705 to $426. This has happened even as the overall stock market has soared to new highs.Wall Street has no idea what to make of this. Is Apple the greatest deal ever, or is Apple doomed? It depends who you ask. The opinions are all over the map. It’s actually kind of entertaining seeing Wall Street know-it-alls suddenly look so baffled.Goldman Sachs says Apple is one of the most undervalued companies in the world. By that reasoning, the stock is a steal.Citigroup says demand for iPhones and iPads is lagging, and that Apple won’t even hit its own revenue targets for this quarter.(See also Apple May Never Regain Its Status As The World’s Most Valuable Company.)It’s Not About NumbersWall Street guys will fret about how much cash Apple has, how cheap the stock is relative to earnings, what’s happening with gross margins, and so on.But Apple’s stock price never had much to do with fundamentals. Apple is about emotion. It’s about narrative. It’s about mystery. It’s about secrecy and leaks, rumors and hype. It’s about people standing in line outside stores as if they’re going to a rock concert.Apple does best when it lives in the realm that Arthur C. Clarke described when he wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”Magic is what Apple was selling when it introduced the iPhone and iPad. As long as Steve Jobs kept pulling rabbits out of his hat, customers (and investors) were dazzled.The problem is now we’ve come to expect magic from Apple. And lately Apple hasn’t delivered.Sure, Apple is a terrific, well-run company with a business that every company in the world must envy. The iPhone and iPad are terrific products, and Apple keeps making them better.But: there’s no magic.Wall Street keeps trying to tell this story in numbers. Gross margins. Net margins. Growth rates. Market share.But numbers are almost beside the point.Apple is a hits business, like a movie studio. Right now it needs a new blockbuster franchise. Whether that’s an iWatch or an iTV almost doesn’t matter. Apple just needs something. Something new, something exciting, something that gets people standing in lines outside stores again.Apple needs magic. Whether Tim Cook and his team are capable of creating it remains to be seen. That uncertainty, I suspect, is what has shaved $260 billion from Apple’s market value.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

BlackBerry Z10 Finally To Start Shipping In The United States

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#BlackBerry#Carriers Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinskicenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement BlackBerry’s newest smartphone is finally coming to the United States. According to a press release from wireless carrier AT&T, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available to consumers in its store on March 22. Pre-orders for the Z10 will start tomorrow, Tuesday March 12. The BlackBerry Z10 will be available for $199 with a two-year contract.The timing of the release aligns with what the company said during the BlackBerry 10 launch event at the end of January. The first wave of BlackBerry Z10 first hit consumers in the United Kingdom, Canada and United Arab Emirates the week after BlackBerry announced the devices. BlackBerry said that U.S. consumers would see the BlackBerry Z10 “in March.”It is nice to see BlackBerry (the company formerly known as Research In Motion) actually hold to its promises these days. The BlackBerry 10 devices were already pushed back from the company’s original launch dates three times in 2012 before settling on Jan. 30, 2013. Due to complicated review processes that the U.S. carriers impose on new smartphones (which complicates coordinating a single release date on multiple carriers), the U.S. was not part of the first wave of countries to get the Z10. But, BlackBerry said March and it has actually lived up to its word. At least on AT&T. The Z10 will also be available to U.S. consumers on T-Mobile and Verizon. T-Mobile is expected to ship devices starting this week while Verizon has not verified when it will begin selling the smartphone. Sprint is not expected to carry the device. AT&T said that it will also be serving the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 to its enterprise and government clients. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Kargil Vijay Diwas: India sports stars pay tribute to war heroes

first_imgSports fraternity on Friday saluted the Indian soldiers who made sacrifices on the line of duty, on the 20th anniversary of India’s triumph in the Kargil war. Players across different sports took to Twitter to hail the Indian soldiers.The Indian armed forces had defeated Pakistan on July 26, 1999. Since then, the day is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas.India cricket team captain Virat Kohli said: “We will never forget all the sacrifices you made for us. Respect, Love, Salute. ???? #JaiHind #KargilVijayDiwas.”Gautam Gambhir, Former Indian cricketer and East Delhi MP, tweeted: “ai mere vtn ke logon, tum khuub lgaa lo naaraa ye shubh din hai hm sbkaa, lhraa lo tirNgaa pyaaraa pr mt bhuulo siimaa pr, viiroN ne haiN praann gvaaye kuch yaad unheN bhii kr lo, jo lautt ke ghr n aaye / ” kaargil ke shhiid jvaanoN ko meraa dil se sht sht nmn bhaart maataa kii jy #KargilVijayDiwas.” India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan said that he will not forget the sacrifices made by the Indian Army.”I will never forget the sacrifices made by the martyrs of our Indian Army, the courage they showed in the Kargil war. Jai Hind! #KargilVijayDiwas,” Dhawan tweeted.India batsman Suresh Raina also paid his tribute as he wrote: “I salute the unflinching courage of our martyred soldiers & everyone who fought the Kargil War diligently, protected the nation & its people. Your sacrifices will be held in high regard & remembered today & every day. #KargilVijayDiwas.””I bow down to the sacrifice of the soldiers who reclaimed the peaks, sacrificed their lives and salute the courage and valour of the men and women who stand guard. #KargilVijayDiwas,” former Indian cricket VVS Laxman wrote.advertisementFormer Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif tweeted: ” “Kargil ke Amar Jawan, Aapko hamara Salaam”. Homage and gratitude to our brave soldiers. The nation will always be grateful to you for your sacrifice, valour and courage #KargilVijayDiwas.””All Gave Some,Some Gave All. Fallen But Never Forgotten. #KargilVijayDivas #20YearsOfKargilVijay,” wrote Indian boxer Vijender Singh on the micro-blogging site.Also Read | Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Lasith Malinga in 1st ODI vs BangladeshAlso See:last_img read more