DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is recommending that Iowa schools close for four weeks. State public health officials were notified Sunday of four additional positive cases of COVID-19 and public health investigators were unable to determine how two of those Iowans got the virus. It’s more confirmation that what’s called “community spread” is happening here.“Unfortunately, we know now that we have substantial community spread across our state,” she said Sunday night, “which takes us to the next level of response.”Reynolds recorded and released a video message Sunday evening. She’ll hold a news conference later today. Her decision on school closures is a reversal from Saturday night, when Reynolds told reporters schools should make those decisions on a case-by-case basis. Now, Reynolds is recommending that all Iowa schools close for a month.“We know that these are unprecedented times and we understand that school closures have an impact on children, families and the workforce, but this next step goes a long way to protect our vulnerable Iowans and mitigate further spread of the virus,” Reynolds said in the video. “It also protects students, teachers and staff with underlying health conditions and it aligns with social distancing recommendations to protect all Iowans.”During this emergency, Reynolds indicated state officials aim to help Iowa parents with child care, although she has not shared the details of what’s being planned. Arrangements are being made to provide meals to low-income students.“This is a very fluid situation,” Reynolds said in the video. “As testing ramps up we expect the number of positive COVID-19 cases to increase in the days and weeks to come…My ask of you is that you know the facts, remain calm and to do your part in helping us mitigate the spread of this virus.”Twenty-two positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa. Two of the cases identified Sunday are related to international travel. Both are residents of Allamakee County. One is middle aged and the other is under the age of 18. The third case identified Sunday is a Johnson County resident, but the person was not on the Egyptian cruise that led to other cases in Johnson County and investigators do not know how the person contracted COVID-19. The fourth individual is a middle-aged Polk County resident and, again, public health officials do not know how they got the virus.In other action Sunday, the governor has extended a disaster proclamation that lets Iowa grocers and other retailers refuse to accept empty bottles and cans from customers seeking their nickle deposit fees. Grocers have long complained many empties are filthy and should not be introduced in an environment where food is sold.https://youtu.be/5pIo2Veg06E
There is a sense in Spain the ceremony has become more about humiliating the defeated team, rather than congratulating the champions.Real may, however, choose to pay tribute to midfielder Andres Iniesta, who will be playing his last Clasico before he leaves Barcelona at the end of the season.“He is a player we admire, he’s not just any player,” Zidane said. “We will wave to him, congratulate him and wish him the best of luck for the future.”This meeting of La Liga´s two most glamorous clubs will have minimal affect on the table, given Barca are unassailable and Real, now concentrating on the Champions League final, are safe inside the top four.But Barca are four games away from finishing their first league season unbeaten while Real may be hoping to maintain momentum ahead of their showpiece clash against Liverpool.Zidane is still likely to rest Raphael Varane and Isco, who are struggling with calf and shoulder injuries respectively. Dani Carvajal also remains out with a hamstring problem.“Give up in the league? Under me it will not happen,” Zidane said.“We have to finish as high as possible and what matters most to me is to prepare for the Champions League final and that is done through our intensity in the matches. I’m convinced of that.”Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Zinedine Zidane says Barcelona do not deserve a guard of honour before the Clasico on Sunday because they refused to give Real Madrid one for winning the Club World Cup.Barca host Real as La Liga and Copa del Rey champions but Zidane’s side will not perform a ‘pasillo’, the tradition of players applauding their opponents onto the pitch.Deportivo La Coruna made the gesture ahead of their game against Barca last weekend while Barca gave Real a guard of honour at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2008, after Los Blancos had already won the league.But Barcelona bucked the trend when the two teams met in December, opting against honouring Real’s success in the Club World Cup as Barca argued they had not taken part in the competition.“I’m not the one who decides,” Zidane said on Saturday. “After the Club World Cup, it wasn´t important for them to give us a guard of honour.“They said they weren’t in the competition, but that’s a lie, because you get into the Club World Cup through the Champions League.“They didn’t give us one, so what’s most important is respecting what they have done. They´ve won the double and I respect that, and I congratulate them on that.“But we’re not going to do something for them which they didn’t do for us.”Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said in December the ‘pasillo’ had “lost its original essence”, adding, “I would not do it and I would not want it to be done to me”.
Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions – Preseason Rank: 7th – 2018 Record/Place: 7-7-4 (4-4-3 SLC), 6thIn his second year at the helm, head coach Christopher McBride earned his first trip to the Southland Conference Tournament with a 4-4-3 mark in league play. The No. 7 team in the preseason poll holds the second-most regular season titles in conference history (5) and is tied for the most league tournament titles (4) among active members. McBride’s squad looks to continue building up with eight returning starters and 12 newcomers on the roster. FRISCO, Texas – The 2019 Southland Conference soccer season gets underway Thursday with four evening matchups, the first of 21 opening weekend games on the schedule. Opening Game: Aug. 23 vs. Southern, 7 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 22 vs. Prairie View A&M, 7 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 23 vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Rank: 1st – 2018 Record/Place: 15-6-1 (7-3-1 SLC), t-4thAfter winning the conference tournament in just their second season of postseason eligibility, the Wildcats enter the 2019 season as the favorites to win the conference. Finishing tied for fourth in the regular season, ACU upset No. 4 McNeese and top-seeded Central Arkansas on the way to the title game, where the Wildcats defeated No. 7 Stephen F. Austin 3-1. This team features a league-high eight preseason all-conference picks and return all but three student-athletes who took the field in the conference tournament championship match. Nicholls Colonels – Preseason Rank: 12th – 2018 Record/Place: 3-15 (1-10 SLC), 12thThe Colonels look to avoid another 12th-place finish under first-year head coach Danny Free, who begins his fifth season with the program after beginning as a graduate assistant and working his way up to assistant coach, interim head coach and ultimately head coach. Nicholls brings back six starters from the 2018 team, including goalie Roosa Hurmerinta, who notched 64 saves, and Blaire Laiche and Kristy Helmers, who combined for four goals in 2018. Opening Game: Aug. 22 at North Texas, 7 p.m. Lamar Cardinals – Preseason Rank: 3rd – 2018 Record/Place: 12-6-2 (7-2-2 SLC), 3rdThe league’s coaches and SIDs picked Lamar to finish third, the exact spot they finished in 2018 with a 7-2-2 record in conference matches. The Cardinals played host to the conference tournament and reached the semifinals, where they fell to No. 7 Stephen F. Austin 2-1. Lamar placed one on each of the preseason all-conference teams in first-team forward Madison Ledet and second-team forward Lucy Ashworth. Opening Game: Aug. 22 vs. Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Rank: 5th – 2018 Record/Place: 10-8-1 (8-2-1 SLC), 2ndThe Huskies were picked to finish fifth in 2019 despite closing out last year’s campaign with the second-most points in the league, their highest finish since 2015. The longest-tenured coach in the conference, head coach Misty Jones enters her 14th season at the helm of HBU, holding a 38-21-8 (.627) league record since the Huskies joined the conference in 2013. The squad’s 12 returning letterwinners are headlined by Megan Rickert, a first-team selection at defender on the preseason all-conference teams. Central Arkansas Bears – Preseason Rank: 2nd – 2018 Record/Place: 16-4-1 (10-1 SLC), 1stThe Bears aim to defend their regular season championship after nearly running the table in 2018, entering the conference tournament as the top seed with a 10-1 mark. Winners of nine-straight to close last year’s regular season, UCA fell to eventual champion Abilene Christian in the semifinals. The Bears landed five on the preseason all-conference teams, led by first-team selections Hadley Dickinson and Connie Awuku-Darkoh. Week One Notes (PDF) Conference play begins on Sept. 20 with all 12 league teams in action. Defending Southland regular season champion Central Arkansas is set to host the 2019 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament at the Bill Stephens Track & Soccer Complex in Conway, Ark., from Nov. 6-10. UIW Cardinals – Preseason Rank: 11th – 2018 Record/Place: 3-12-1 (3-7-1 SLC), 9thThe Cardinals were just two points shy of qualifying for the program’s first Southland Conference Tournament in the first year under head coach Emma Wright-Cates. UIW returns 15 letterwinners and 11 of those individuals are sophomores or juniors. The Cardinals finished their season ranked 15th in the nation in saves (112) and the squad’s seven saves per game led the conference. Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks – Preseason Rank: 6th – 2018 Record/Place: 7-9-3 (3-5-3 SLC), t-7thThe Ladyjacks head into 2019 at the preseason No. 6 spot after finishing as the runner-up at the conference tournament for the second-straight year in 2018. Stephen F. Austin placed two on each of the preseason all-conference squads, including first-team honorees Carli Arthurs and Sophia Fondren. The program holds 10 all-time regular-season titles, the last coming in 2015, and won its last tournament title in 2012. This year is the 23rd edition of Southland women’s soccer, a conference sport since 1997. Sam Houston State kicks off first at home against Houston at 6:30 p.m. CT. Houston Baptist plays host to Prairie View A&M and Northwestern State visits North Texas at 7 p.m. Lamar hosts Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m. to conclude the opening day action. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Rank: 9th – 2018 Record/Place: 5-9-3 (2-7-2 SLC), t-10thThe Islanders, who missed qualifying for the conference tournament in 2018, are the No. 9 team in the preseason poll. A&M-Corpus Christi had a pair of encouraging preseason exhibitions, including a 1-0 win over reigning Big 12 champion Baylor in Waco. Goalkeeper Kyleigh Hall didn’t allow a goal in 180 minutes of preseason action. Opening Game: Aug. 23 at New Mexico State, 5 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 25 at Arizona State, 8 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 23 vs Mississippi Valley State, 4 p.m. McNeese Cowgirls – Preseason Rank: 4th – 2018 Record/Place: 13-7-1 (7-3-1 SLC), t-4thThe preseason No. 4 Cowgirls are coming off a tie for fourth place in 2018, and McNeese’s 13-7-1 season came to an end at the hand of the tournament champions Abilene Christian in the opening round of the conference tournament. The Cowgirls are bringing back eight of their 11 starters from last season, including six members of the preseason all-conference teams. Opening Game: Aug. 23 at College of Charleston, 7 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 22 vs. Houston, 6:30 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 23 at Colorado College, 8 p.m. Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Rank: 10th – 2018 Record/Place: 3-12-3 (2-7-2 SLC), t-10thAt the No. 10 preseason spot are the Bearkats, led by the second-longest serving active coach in the Southland Conference, Tom Brown. He enters his 12th season at the helm with Sam Houston State, bringing with him 16 returning letterwinners and six seniors. Perhaps the biggest hole for Sam Houston State to fill will be goalkeeper Christina Hendershot, who made 52 of the Bearkats’ conference-best 82 saves in Southland contests. Northwestern State Lady Demons – Preseason Rank: 8th – 2018 Record/Place: 10-10 (4-7 SLC), t-7thFirst-year co-head coaches Jess and Anna Jobe brought the Demons back to the conference tournament and look to repeat the feat in 2019. The No. 8 team in the preseason poll will also have a new look with only five juniors and seniors opposite 14 new faces. Among the returners are two members of the back line, Nicole Henry and Ashley Medawattage, and netminder Kayla Bomben. Opening Game: Aug. 23 at Texas State, 7 p.m.
Students of the University of Guyana’s Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry will now benefit from a new Study Room in addition to new offices which were on Wednesday morning officially opened.The expansion which cost some $30 million was approved follow complaints from a senior lecturer of the faculty.Approval was given in November last for the expansion on the building which now houses the Study Room and new offices.A number of lecturers of the faculty were reportedly without facility to carry out their duties and some 220 students of the said faculty were also without a studyThe new srudy room and office buildingroom.As such, following a number of discussions, a building committee was formed and the construction got underway.According to the Dean of the faculty, Owen Bovell, despite a number of challenges faced while the construction was underway, he is pleased with the end result.“We are indeed grateful for the support that was given especially from the Vice Chancellor. We had a conversation when we felt as if the building would no longer come into creation. I had a word with him and he was on the same page with me, he said no Dean Bovell, you must have this building. We worked and we got initiation of the process,” the Dean explained.He highlighted that the project was one which received tremendous support and commended the contractor for a “job well done”.According to Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, much more is to be celebrated other than the university’s expansion.“It is not only this that we are sitting and standing in (pointing to the floor of the faculty)… some of the challenges with constructional space adequacy, lecturer space adequacy, student engagement space adequacy, also mindful for some of the safety hazards, this extension involves enclosing the bottom there, it involves creating this patio, it involves creating a sanitary block, it involves creating a fire escape as safety is critical, instructional and student engagement space is critical” Griffith said in his remarks.He noted that the fortitude of the University is being celebrated in finding the money for the project. Griffith added that he was embarrassed when he previously toured the faculty.“I have been embarrassed at so many of the elect at our University but I was especially embarrassed when I did a tour of the faculty to see the condition. So we have been fixing and facing other improvements first. Even the furniture of this faculty lounge was terrible so I have to reach into the Vice Chancellor’s fund to have it fixed,” Griffith revealed. The Agriculture’s Ministry Permanent Secretary, Delma Nedd noted that agriculture is one of Guyana’s main pillars which will pave the path towards our sustainable development. She added that the expansion at the faculty will provide several opportunities for the students which will “benefit the agriculture sector”. Following the remarks, the ribbon was cut thus officially opening doors to the new building.
The leadership of the National Toshao Council (NTC) used the opportunity on Monday to condemn recent comments made by a Government Minister, who suggested that Amerindians are greedy.At the opening of the 11th Annual NTC conference, Chairman of the Council Joel Fredericks criticised Government over an incident which took place in the National Assembly.Fredericks said the organisation views the comments made by the Minister as a direct attack on Indigenous people’s identity and expressed disappointment with the Minister’s statement.“(There are) Ministers of the Government, insulting the Indigenous people and calling them greedy, also in Parliament without any consequence,” he lamented.He also raised concerns over the fact that no parliamentarian, from both the Government and Opposition, objected to the remarks purportedly made by the said Minister in Parliament.While touting the need for cohesion and unity, the NTC Chairman lamented that Amerindians are sometimes still treated as third class citizens in Guyana, but he contends that Amerindians deserve respect like every other racial group in the country.The head of the NTC also committed to rebuking any form of racial provocation and propaganda that seeks to damage the image and the identity of the country’s first peoples.“We see a member working for this Administration, openly attacking the Indigenous people’s identity, integrity and history. We advise caution because such uttering drives a deep wedge in a nation,” he added.Although the NTC Chairman did not name the Minister, he was indirectly referring to Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott.Scott during a parliamentary sitting in June reportedly said that Amerindians are greedy because they requested security in the lands they have held since time immemorial.Scott had also philosophised that sovereignty now belongs to the State, governed by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government (APNU/AFC).The Minister was debating the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) motion to halt the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the issues surrounding lands belonging to Amerindians and freed African slaves.Several Amerindian leaders and organisations have rejected Government’s decision to establish the CoI into land rights, on the grounds of lack of consultation among others.The NTC had said it views this decision as a “blatant attempt” to dispossess the Indigenous people of their lands and has argued that the two issues are unique and need to be addressed separately.The organisation said while it support reparations and repatriation of African Lands and addressing that issue with a great degree of urgency, the Indigenous lands issue cannot and should not be viewed in the same light, nor can it be addressed under the same framework.Although Amerindians leaders have met with President David Granger over this issue, the matter is yet to be resolved. No amicable solution has been found between parties.At the conclusion of the opening ceremony for the NTC Conference, a sod turning exercise took place at Sophia, Greater Georgetown, where the proposed site for the NTC Secretariat was revealed.Amerindian leaders from across the country will meet for the next several days during the conference to discuss issues facing their communities and talk about the successes they have achieved.The NTC conference opened on Monday at the Cyril Potter College of Education. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Good Governance – A brighter future for Guyana’s First peoples.”
Wazito remained second from bottom with 28 points, four away from Chemelil Sugar who play bottom side Thika United on Thursday. If Chemelil win, then both Thika and Wazito will be officially relegated from the Kenyan Premier League.Meanwhile, Vihiga United all but assured themselves of a place in next year’s top flight after beating champions-elect Gor Mahia 2-0 at the Mumias Complex to move to 11th in the standings with 37 points with two rounds of matches left.If Thika loses to Chemelil on Thursday then they will be officially relegated from the top tier while the sugar belt side will hope to maintain a slot in the play-off 16th slot. Wazito now need to win both their remaining games to survive.Wazito FC forward Derrick Onyango shields the ball away from Kariobangi Sharks defender Geoffrey Shiveka during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWazito will now need Chemelil to lose both their matches, including Thursday evening’s against Thika and them to win their two remaining games to have any hope of surviving.In their match against Sharks on Wednesday, Frank Ouna’s men did not show much of a side eager to remain in the top flight.Sharks got into the lead after 24 minutes when Shaphan Oyugi headed down between Martin Musalia’s feet connecting to an inviting cross from Bolton Omwenga who had landed the ball after a poor Wazito clearance fell his way.It seemed like a routine training session for Sharks who made no changes from their side that walloped Ulinzi Stars 4-0 in the FKF Shield semis on Sunday.They had a chance to double their tally two minutes to half time when Golden Boot chasing Eric Kapaito did well to arrive first to the ball before keeper Musalia, but his touch away from the sliding goalkeeper was too heavy rolling out of play.Kariobangi Sharks forward Duke Abuya attempts to dribble past Wazito FC skipper Oliver Kilonzo during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Ouma made changes, Piscas Kirenge coming on for Simon Mburu, but the new man did not last more than a minute as he went down, surprisingly, even without touching the ball.He was replaced by John Katua.Wazito were better offensively especially with the introduction of Edwin Lavatsa and they suddenly gave the Sharks backline plenty to think about.Substitute Sidney Lokale should have eased the pressure off his mates on the hour mark when he was picked out by a well laid down cross from Duke Abuya, but his point blank effort was saved by Musalia.Wazito brought themselves hope with quarter of an hour left when Lavatsa’s ferocious shot from a short start to a corner found keeper Gad Mathews off guard rifling into the roof of the net.Despite increased bid to land a winner, Wazito were made to pay from their own mistakes, Jackson Saleh’s attempted clearance cut out and Mwendwa lifting the ball simply over an advancing Martin Musalia.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate one of their two goals against Wazito during a Kenyan Premier League clash in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Sep 26 – Harrison Mwendwa scored an 89th minute winner as Kariobangi Sharks picked their sixth consecutive win across all competitions beating Wazito FC 2-1 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday to send them deeper into relegation.Edwin Lavatsa had stepped off the bench to score a second half equalizer as Wazito FC looked to earn a crucial point, but a defensive error late on meant their hopes are dashed with only two matches remaining.
1 Lionel Messi once again displayed just why he is regarded as the greatest ever as his fine double saw Barcelona take a huge step towards their first Champions League final in four seasons.The Argentina star beat an in-form Manuel Neuer twice before strike partner Neymar added a third in stoppage-time to seal a 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their semi-final tie.Barcelona were the dominant attacking force throughout the Nou Camp clash but looked set to be held by an unmovable Neuer in the Bayern net, Bayern’s saving grace in what was a shambolic defensive display in the opening stages.Pep Guardiola’s injury-hit side started with a back three but reverted back to a four-man defence before the break as Barca completely pulled them apart.In fact, if it weren’t for the German number one, the tie would have been all over as a contest at the halfway point, with the world class keeper making himself big to pull off two miraculous one-on-one saves from Luis Suarez and Dani Alves.However, Barcelona weren’t invulnerable at the back as Bayern went close themselves on 17 minutes when Thomas Muller beat his man on the right and whipped in a cross for Robert Lewandowski, but the Poland star slipped and sliced his stretched effort horribly wide.The visitors looked to have recovered from their appalling start as the break approached, and they continued their upward surge in the second-half, though they struggled to turn their inspired one-touch play into goalscoring opportunities as they failed to register a shot on target.Despite their smaller share of possession, Barcelona were still able to carve out chances, and shot after shot after shot aimed at Neuer eventually took its toll on the World Cup winner, with Messi finally breaking the deadlock on 77 minutes with a powerful shot which beat the giant German at his near post.Guardiola was raging on the touchline, with the goal coming seconds after his side had a penalty appeal waved away, and it only got worse for the manager on his Nou Camp return, as Argentine maestro Messi mustered more magic moments later to double Barca’s lead.The forward made it seem impossibly easy as he drifted past a clumsy Jerome Boateng on the edge of the box before darting inside and lofting an outstanding chip over Neuer and into the net.Suarez then had a chance for a third but perhaps let fly too early as he fired his shot high into the stands, but it mattered little as Neymar put the game to bed with a goal in stoppage-time.Bayern were punished for sending too many men forward, with Messi’s through-ball sending his Brazilian team-mate through one-on-one, and Neymar slotted coolly past Neuer to put the Spanish giants one step closer to a first final since 2011. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi celebrates
Nigel Clough has been sacked as manager of Sheffield United, the club have announcedThe Blades, who reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup before being beat by Tottenham Hotspur, were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Swindon and have been condemned to a fifth year in the third tier.Clough has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect, with his coaching staff of Gary Crosby and Andy Garner following through the exit door. Nigel Clough 1
Seven Donegal Fire Fighters have received Long Service Awards for which they have served a total of 150 years of service.The fire fighters received their awards from Mr. Paudie Coffey T.D., the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government at a ceremony in the Red Cow Morans Hotel, Dublin.These awards are presented every two years and include two awards, one for 20 years service and one for thirty years service. This year there were six members of Donegal Fire Service eligible for the 20 year awards and one member eligible for the 30 year award.The 20 Year Award was presented to Firefighter Vincent Butler, Carndonagh Fire Brigade, Firefighter Philip Doherty, Buncrana Fire Brigade, Firefighter Neil Gilliland, Bundoran Fire Brigade, Firefighter John Griffin, Stranorlar Fire Brigade, Sub Station Officer Don Magee, Buncrana Fire Brigade and Firefighter Robert Quinn, Killybegs Fire Brigade.The 30 Year Award was presented to Firefighter Ronnie White, Letterkenny Fire Brigade.Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Coffey said “The rationale behind these awards remains as valid as for their launch in 1992: it is the State’s way of honouring local authority fire service personnel for ‘being there’ over all the years, for being prepared to respond to calls for help, at all times, and in all weathers.” He added “I am mindful that the Fire Fighters here today provide a core frontline service which is critical to public safety and I am grateful to have this opportunity to personally express my appreciation to you for the vital contribution you make to the safety of our society.”Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Campbell also congratulated the Fire Service Personnel on reaching their respective milestones.“These awards are a great opportunity to say thank you to our own Fire Service Personnel for their commitment and dedication to keeping our communities safe in Donegal,” he said.Acting Chief Fire Officer Mr. Joseph McTaggart joined with the Cathaoirleach saying “on my own behalf and on behalf of Donegal Fire Service I would like to congratulate the recipients of the awards for their achievement and to thank them for their many years of service”. DONEGAL FIRE FIGHTERS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR A TOTAL OF 150 YEARS OF SERVICE! was last modified: November 20th, 2014 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:awardsdonegalFIRE SERVICE
The LYIT marketing students with Letterkenny Chamber CEO Toni Forrestor.Fourth year students from the Department of Business Studies at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), supported by Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, have provided Letterkenny town, business owners and the community with valuable insights into the profile of the Letterkenny visitor.The fourth year marketing students, at LYIT, undertook their marketing research project, and carried out some primary research with an aim of profiling the Letterkenny town visitor.The research was carried out between February and April of this year and it was hoped that the research would unearth retailer and customer attitudes towards Letterkenny Town Centre and the Retail Parks, in terms of their retail mix and infrastructure. Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the initiative and said understanding the Letterkenny town visitor, who they are, and their needs, enables the Chamber to support our clients and ultimately, the visitor to this area.“The students have highlighted significant information in relation to the demographics of the visitors, in addition to the main reasons and purpose of their visits. Collaborations with the institute, from a research perspective, supports local business and we are delighted to have quantitative results that will support local business. We hope that this venture is the start of many future collaborations with the institute.”Some of the key findings from this research project included learning that the age profile of Letterkenny Town Centre visitors is younger, aged between 18-35 and 35-54 years of age.Additionally, the top 3 reasons for visiting the Town Centre were, at the top of the list, for social reasons, followed by for professional services, and thirdly for shopping reasons. Visitors to the area recommended that signage is improved and that more innovative methods of paying for parking could be used in Letterkenny Town Centre. The findings also highlighted that the town centre is used as a base for tourists, with the respondents highlighting that there is a distinct lack of public transport. Additionally retailers commented on importance of managing the retail mix, particularly in the Town Centre.Their marketing research lecturer, Vicky O’Rourke, welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with local industry when designing marketing research projects, “the benefits of this research project are two-fold, after spending time studying marketing research concepts and techniques, students gain invaluable experience in managing and executing a live project, alongside this the findings provide useful insight into key issues for Letterkenny Chamber and local retailers”.Patricia Doherty, Head of Department of business said the collaboration provided their fourth year marketing students with an opportunity to ‘add value’ to the local business community.“Students undertook a research project that provided real purpose and insights into the visitor profile to the area. The information gained from this research project allows retailers to strategically plan and organise their activities to match any issues that may have been highlighted from the study. We plan to build and strengthen this connection in the future.”UNIQUE PROJECT GIVES INSIGHT INTO WHO VISITS LETTERKENNY AND WHY was last modified: May 17th, 2016 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:chamber of commercedonegalLYITmarketing students