Essequibians walk against unfair workplace practices

first_imgOccupational Health and Safety MonthHundreds of persons from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) joined the Social Protection Ministry on Thursday for a health and fitness walk. The event was organised in observance of Occupational Heath and Safety Month with theme, “Workplace stress: A Collective Challenge.”Persons walking in observance of Occupational Health and Safety MonthOver 120 persons from the Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force, Guyana Fire Service, Ministry of Health and Caricom Rice Mills participated in the walk which commenced at 07:30h from Mainstay Village to Anna Regina.Despite the pouring rain persons marched against the unhealthy and unfair practices at the workplace and also in awareness of the upcoming Vaccination Week (next week) celebrated worldwide.At the end of the walk everyone converged in the compound of the Anna Regina Health Centre where essential information was shared by workers of the Public Health Ministry.last_img read more

Festive gifts with a lasting impact

first_imgSeeds for a school food garden is one ofthe altruistic gifts online shoppers can buythis festive season. MEDIA CONTACTS • Roxy MitchellGreaterGood South Africa+27 21 762 7944Nicky RehbockA South African public service organisation has come up with a novel festive season gift concept that will have a lasting effect on the country’s less fortunate children and animals.The idea is being rolled out through the online Gifts4Good campaign, which offers internet shoppers a range of alternative gifts that support local poverty-busting projects.Supporters can buy gifts in the name of friends, family, business contacts and colleagues. Once the purchase has been made online, the giver can choose to send the recipient a personalised card explaining how the gift will help change lives in South Africa’s needy communities.The selection of gifts on offer include seeds for a school food garden, fish for orphaned endangered African penguins at a conservation scheme, books for a community library, a heat lamp to help hatch African penguin eggs, batteries to power a needy child’s hearing aid and horse therapy sessions for disabled youngsters.Prices range from R50 to R1 000 (US$7 to $142)Giving with a purposeThe innovative campaign is run by GreaterGood South Africa, a registered trust and non-profit organisation that connects givers with viable causes, and encourages the public to donate responsibly.A large part of GreaterGood South Africa’s focus is an online social network whereby the public can make contact with and donate to bona fide development organisations of their choice.The service is easy to use, secure and free of charge.Through its advisory arm, GreaterCapital, the organisation helps associated non-profit groups improve their sustainability.GreaterCapital experts assist such groups with research, monitoring and evaluation, developing strategies and managing incoming grants or funding.Turning inspirations into realityAll options on offer at Gifts4Good have been carefully selected to enable the targeted social development projects to get off the ground. The beneficiaries include:The Bulungula Incubator’s education programme located in an impoverished area in the Eastern Cape province. This scheme provides support for local primary schools, an early childhood development centre, a community library, weekly after-school tutoring and two school-based food gardens.The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, which needs a new facility to develop local expertise on how to hatch African penguin eggs and hand-rear chicks.The Carel du Toit Community Hearing Outreach Project, which offers free screening, hearing aids and other assistive devices to 3 000 affected children in Gauteng province.The Amado programme, which provides equine-assisted therapy to children in the Western Cape through individual riding sessions.GreaterGood South Africa screens each project thoroughly before it is added to the range, to determine its governance, sustainability and real impact on the ground. This ensures that such festive contributions make a tangible difference to those in need, in an accountable and sustainable way.Extra dose of karma“We could all use a little extra karma at the moment,” says GreaterGood South Africa’s CEO Dean Hand.“We live in an increasingly commercialised world where every celebration, tradition or festival seems to be more about what you get, rather than what you give. At GreaterGood South Africa, we call this time of year the ‘giving season’. It’s a chance for us all to give as good as we get, by doing something that really matters.”Since it began in 2005, Gifts4Good has raised R2.2-million ($312 000) for 26 development projects, ranging from a toy library in rural KwaZulu-Natal to upgrading a kitchen in a home for chronically sick and disabled children in the Western Cape.last_img read more

The Top 5 Microsoft Headlines Of 2012 – And The Real Trends Behind Them

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#predictions#Services#Surface Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img While it might be an overstatement to claim that Microsoft news dominated 2012, the company’s drumbeat of publicity around the launch of Windows 8 gave it a disproportionate significance.And Microsoft did gear up and execute on a series of milestones: Windows 8, the Surface tablet, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, and Office 2013 (at least within Surface). But what are the big trends behind those headlines? What’s really shaping Microsoft right now?1. The Headline: Windows 8Beginning in February 2012, Microsoft launched the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, followed by the Release Preview of Windows 8 on May 31. Microsoft was out in front of reporters and analysts, explaining via blog posts how it built Windows 8 and what its goals were. The company touted how Windows 8 was built for a variety of screen sizes and delved into the touch keyboard through discussions of the new apps. But Microsoft has been surprisingly cagey about Windows 8’s success so far: We won’t really find out the final results until January, when Microsoft reveals its sales numbers as part of its first-quarter results.1a. The Real Trend: MetroIf there was one word that summed up Microsoft during 2012, it’s this: Unity. The Consumer Preview of Windows 8 ushered in the “Metro” interface that will define this generation of Microsoft’s products. Flat, but bright, iconic and ambitious, with a reliance on typography rather than icons, the Metro interface (now referred to, unofficially, as the “Microsoft design language”) was quickly adopted across Microsoft’s other product lines, most notably within Windows Phone, Microsoft’s Web Apps, and sites like MSN.2. The Headline: SurfaceMicrosoft’s big reveal of the Surface tablet in the summer was a masterpiece of temptation: a slick demo, a quick hands-on with the product, then out the door, appetites whetted. Microsoft’s refusal to discuss pricing or even allow a hands-on until days before the product was actually released forced many buyers to pre-order a Surface sight unseen. That, combined with the uncertainty around the Windows RT operating system used on the base model Surface (how close was it to Windows 8? How did Metro apps work? Was Office RT really Office?) probably added too many questions to Surface to make it a real success, although it “sold out” soon after launch. Still, like Google’s Nexus line, the Surface launch taught us that consumers prefer the hardware that the ecosystem builder “owns.” So far, third-party Windows 8 tablets seem to have gained even less traction.2a. The Real Trend: Owning Your Own PlatformAs ReadWrite noted in July, a key lament of ecosystem control is designing the hardware, software and services so that all three work together in a unified whole. Apple does this with the iPhone, iOS and iCloud; with Google’s purchase of Motorola, it can do the same. Until Microsoft decided to build Surface, however, it lacked the hardware component. Time will tell how Surface fares (the price still seems a bit high) but Microsoft has all the pieces of the puzzle in place to control its destiny.3. The Headline: Windows Phone 8Living with the HTC Windows Phone 8X for a month after its October launch taught me two things: Windows Phone 8 is a bright, beautiful mobile operating system, and that it deserves more traction. Yes, there was the “smoked by Windows Phone” viral efforts. But almost more than Windows 8, Windows Phone feels modern and connected, and Live Tile integration makes it fast and easy to use. So far, the general perception is that from a quality perspective, at least, Windows Phone 8 belongs in the same category as Google’s Android and iOS. But from a sales perspective, Windows Phone 8 isn’t really close to competing with the market leaders.3a. The Real Trend: Apps And The WebUnfortunately, apps still remain the Achilles heel of Windows Phone 8 – and, if you consider Windows RT or Metro apps in the same category – of Windows 8 on PCs and tablets as well. Microsoft has made a valiant effort to convince users and developers that optimized apps like “Contre Jour” are the wave of the future, even as detractors sniff that Microsoft’s Web browsers are the least standards-compliant of all. If Microsoft can convince users that Web apps fill the bill, then it can whitewash any apps deficiency. But critics have also loudly begged for Facebook to build an app, rather than an HTML5 mobile page. So far, Microsoft is on the losing side of this trend.4. The Headline: Office 2013As the name suggests, Office 2013 is a 2013 product, at least for consumers. Microsoft began making its versions of Office 2013 available to businesses in early December.  But when Windows RT launched with Surface, one of its more potent features was the inclusion of a “preview” of Office 2013 Home and Student, that quickly morphed into a final version. ReadWrite has complained about the inadequacy of Microsoft’s Office Web Apps, but Office 2013 has been well-reviewed; it just costs more. The year ended with rumors that Microsoft would begin selling Office for the iPad and iPhone, a development that looks increasingly more likely as time goes by.4a. The Real Trend: Office 365 SubscriptionsSubscriptions. The cloud. They go hand in hand. By pricing Office 365 subscriptions more cheaply than the standalone editions, Microsoft has encouraged consumers to bury their Office payments as a recurring charge on their credit card, rather than as a major purchasing decision to agonize over. Google’s cloud services have made save-all-the-time, run-anywhere cloud office suites indispensible, and Microsoft, no dummy, has embraced the concept whole-heartedly.5. The Headline: Windows Server 2012Unless you’re an IT geek, chances are that Windows Server was one of the least interesting Microsoft announcements this year. But for IT administrators, the release of Windows Server 2012 on Sept. 4 was an important milestone. Boasting improved virtualization (Hyper-V) capabilities, the new ReFS file system, and improvements to Active Directory, Windows Server also simplified the number of versions, consolidating them to essentially three: Foundation, Standard and Datacenter.5a. The Real Trend: Enterprise Is The Place To BeFrom IBM ditching its ThinkPad and computer hardware business in favor of enterprise services to Dell’s transition away from “Dude, you’re getting a Dell,” the fact is that tech vendors are increasingly looking to stable, high-value, recurring contract services. Microsoft’s Server and Tools business isn’t Microsoft’s most profitable – that’s the Business Division, with about twice the profits of the server business – but both share high-margin subscription business models. And with more and more users turning to tablets, the emphasis is shifting to the datacenters powering the cloud services that connect these portable devices. Microsoft certainly isn’t alone here, but it’s making a big effort to be a significant player.ConclusionSay what you will about the quality, utility and pricing of the products and services Microsoft launched in 2012. But recognize that those launches pretty much all went smoothly, without major availability issues, bugs or other glitches. We’ll learn the final results – revenues and profits – in the quarters to come. Microsoft has talked optimistically about its successes all year. Come January 2012, we’ll see how well all of Microsoft’s hard work really paid off. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… markhachmanlast_img read more

a month agoRangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes away

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes awayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has died at age 43 after a six-year battle with motor neurone disease, the Ibrox club have confirmed.The Dutch international had been battling the condition since 2013.Ricksen was a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell at Rangers after being signed by Dick Advocaat in 2000.He helped the club win the domestic cup double in 2002, the treble in 2003 and was captain for a trophy double in 2005.Rangers said they were “deeply saddened” to be announcing the news of Ricksen’s passing.”The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends,” the club added. last_img read more

Katherine Webb Will Apparently Be At ESPN’s College GameDay Tomorrow

first_imgUpdate: Webb has deleted the post from her Instagram page. Perhaps she jumped the gun on the news.Earlier: Katherine Webb will be returning to your television screens, college football fans – even if just for a brief moment. Friday, Webb, on Instagram, announced that on behalf of Pizza Hut, she’ll be making a “special appearance” at College GameDay tomorrow. She’ll apparently be holding a sign – and fans can win free pizza if they enter the code on it.Webb, now a model, was the talk of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented on her looks during the broadcast. She was then the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron – they’re now married.Katherine Webb Pizza Hut College GameDayWill it actually be Webb in the flesh tomorrow? We’ll find out.last_img read more

Government to Consider Divestment of 10,500 Acres of Former Cane Lands

first_img It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops. Story Highlights The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock. This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns. The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock.It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops.This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns.Mr. Shaw, who was making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 1, informed that this is part of the 18,000 hectares of land leased by Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, which has been returned to the Government.The lands were once home to the Bernard Lodge Estate, which focused on sugar-cane cultivation, operation of a rum distillery, and eventually ethanol production.The Agriculture Ministry negotiated the return of the lands last year as part of plans to promote greater utilisation of idle arable lands for agricultural production.“We cannot continue to watch good lands lay idle anymore… . These 18,000 hectares of highly fertile, alluvial, flat and mechanisable lands represent the largest contiguous area of lands in Jamaica, suitable and ideal for this agricultural revolution,” he said.Mr. Shaw informed that he has met with SCJ Holdings, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the National Irrigation Commission and Agro-Investment Corporation, and has issued instructions for the Bernard Lodge Land Use Master Plan to be developed quickly. The plan will outline how the lands are to be utilised.Of the remaining 7,500 hectares of land to be left available for sugar production, 2,000 hectares of that will be developed as an urban community.last_img read more

The Torg silenced after wishing death to Desmond Howard

The Ohio State-Michigan football rivalry is a passionate subject for many, and Columbus radio host Scott Torgerson let that passion get the better of him. Torgerson, a co-host of “The Common Man and The Torg” show on WBNS 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, was suspended by the radio station after wishing death on former Michigan football star and current ESPN analyst Desmond Howard. The suspension is indefinite, according to multiple reports. Howard currently works as a co-host for ESPN’s traveling, live college football show, “College GameDay.” 97.1 The Fan also happens to be an ESPN affiliate. From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted Saturday: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Torgerson later issued an apology on Twitter, saying: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke. I think if you listen to the show you know that. My apologizes to those who took it serious. Total joke.” The apology arrived too late for Kirk Herbstreit and Howard’s wife. Herbstreit, an ESPN analyst, co-host of “College GameDay” with Howard, and former OSU quarterback, criticized Torgerson during “The Kirk Herbstreit Show,” which airs on 97.1 The Fan. “I think what Desmond Howard had to deal with over the weekend is disgusting and very sad,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know the reason behind it, but the tweet from an individual that works at the radio station was above and beyond, I think, what was acceptable … There’s so much more I wish I could say about that and I’ll choose not to … To me he crossed a line and that’s just completely unacceptable.” Howard’s wife, Rebkah Howard, responded to Torgerson on Twitter as well. From Rebkah Howard’s Twitter account, @pink_funk, she said: “(thanks) for the ‘apologizes’. Are you fortunate enough to be a father? Know who didn’t get your ‘total (dead) joke’? Our daughter.” Torgerson did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Tuesday request for comment. read more

Hughton issues complacency warning

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes that their biggest challenge in 2019 will be trying to avoid complacency.Brighton are sitting comfortably in 13th place in the Premier League table after amassing 25 points from 20 matches so far.But Chris Hughton has stressed the need to maintain their level of play as the second half of the season starts.“The biggest challenge is always complacency – in every game, we played in this division we are faced with tough opposition and that’s a reminder each week that if we don’t reach a level we can get punished,” Hughton told the club’s official website.“That’s always there for us, we’re still in our second season in this division and our aim is to maintain our status in the league and develop and grow as a club.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We’ve worked very hard to be where we are now, and we have to be respectful that every single game we play is a difficult one – there’ll be bigger and more experienced teams than us that will find it difficult – there are reminders every week in this league about that.”“My feeling is that we have to continue in the same mentality, the gap between ourselves and the bottom three will always be the most important thing for quite some time to develop as a team.”last_img read more

Annual Kenai Soap Box Derby Tomorrow

first_imgThe race is tomorrow at the Challenger Learning Center parking lot starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be a trophy ceremony at the conclusion of the race where first, second and third place drivers along with best of show car and a sportsman award are presented. Drivers aged 9-17 will be competing in the derby. The winner of Saturday’s race will have the option to represent the Kenai Peninsula in the Ohio nationals or claim a $1,000 scholarship. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Rotary Club of Kenai will be hosting the annual Soap Box Derby tomorrow, in the Challenger Learning Center parking lot.center_img This annual event is sponsored by numerous local community members and is a qualifying race for the National Soap Box Derby event in Ohio.last_img read more

SourceMedia Launches AccountBased Marketing Service

first_img Like many publishers in the B2B sector, SourceMedia continues to center its growth strategy around digital media and data-focused marketing solutions. The company underwent a corporate rebranding to that effect earlier this month, introducing a new website and logo. “SourceMedia ABM makes SourceMedia’s audience data actionable,” said Witte in a prepared statement. “Our deep relationships with our audience members give us an ideal platform for understanding the interests and purchasing patterns of the bankers, advisers, and accountants in our professional communities.” In an extensive interview with Connectiv’s Matt Kinsman, Marcus Whitte, SourceMedia’s VP of integrated marketing and demand generation, says, “Account based-marketing, at its very basic level, is taking a group of names that make up an account … and doing very targeted messaging to them. If you were just looking at this basic level, a lot of companies are grabbing names and doing targeted marketing to those lists. We take it one step further because in our umbrella of brands, we’ve got some really robust first party data that we can pull from.” Combining insights from machine learning techniques with SourceMedia’s proprietary audience data, SourceMedia ABM will aim to provide clients with sales-ready leads by delivering customized messaging to individual influencers within specific audience segments. The B2B publisher and events firm, whose brands in the finanical, technology, and healthcare sectors include American Banker, PaymentSource, The Bond Buyer, and Health Data Management, among many others, has announced the launch of SourceMedia ABM, a new capability that will allow clients to target individual senior-level professionals at pivotal moments in the customer journey. The benefits to this are two-fold, Whitte tells Kinsman. For one, SourceMedia’s customer data platform can now unify records for the same individual across multiple database platforms, providing a much more comprehensive view of an individual’s interests and consumption habits. Those insights can then be applied to other individuals with similar behaviors to reach them in the most efficient and effective ways possible.center_img SourceMedia is expanding its client offerings to provide the latest service sweeping the B2B media and information industry: account-based marketing. So, what actually is account-based marketing? ABM campaigns, depending on the client’s objectives, can include custom content, distribution across multiple platforms and types of content (including social media), and near-real-time reporting and engagement scoring. In February, SourceMedia relaunched its company-wide digital publishing platform to open up mobile optimization and native advertising integration, and hired AnnMarie Wills to the newly created role of VP of audience and data, reporting directly to chief digital and marketing officer Minna Rhee.last_img read more