Members and officials at the end of the programThe Activating a Supportive Platform for Young Rural Entrepreneurs (ASPYRE) project has celebrated 36 young men and women’s completion of the “I Am an Entrepreneur” training in Morris’ Farm, Todee, outside Monrovia, on April 11, according to a press release yesterday.ASPYRE is a 36-month initiative funded and implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Liberia, targeting 225 youth across Montserrado County.A lack of formal jobs and the large informal economy mean self-employment is the only option for many young Liberians. Three-fourths of Liberian youth are engaged in some form of self-employment. However, the core problem is that while many young people are self-employed, they have limited livelihood opportunities that generate sufficient income to earn a living wage, the release said.It noted that the weak business environment makes Liberia challenging for any entrepreneur; however, the lack of entrepreneurial education, poor access to startup capital and weak social and business networks are key barriers impeding successful youth entrepreneurship. To address these issues, CRS is implementing the ASPYRE project.The commencement ceremony was attended by Montserrado County District 1 Rep. Lawrence Morris and CRS’ Liberia Country Representative William F. Rastetter. Friends and family of the young aspiring entrepreneurs attended the event, as did local youth leaders and entrepreneurs from established Liberian businesses.Rep. Morris stated, “Entrepreneurship is a journey; it is not about the heights reached, but the obstacles overcome. People need to be prepared to work hard and to be persistent. Projects like ASPYRE are very important to young people in Liberia.” He hopes that the project will be able to expand all over Liberia. Angie Howard of Falama, a local entrepreneur supporting the youth, highlighted the importance of discipline and education as key to success.Utilizing the positive youth development framework, the project has developed the ‘Learn, Earn, Save and Grow’ approach in working with young entrepreneurs in Liberia. Through this model, the project will work with young people to develop all-around expertise, to improve their entrepreneurial skills and provide them access to financial services, engage with private sector businesses to link youth to viable market-based opportunities, support youth to save, and create opportunities for them to grow their professional networks and social connections for positive business outcomes. The local businesses supporting the project are Falama Inc., Green Gold, J-Palm Liberia, SAMJAC Industries, and Universal Outreach Foundation (Liberia Pure Honey).Catholic Relief Services is an international humanitarian relief and development organization founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Since then, CRS has reached more than 120 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.CRS has been operating in Liberia since 1990, focusing specifically in the sectors of Emergency Response, Health, Justice, and Peace, and Agriculture, the release concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Bonagee Fun Weekend committee present the cheque to Danny Devlin of Pieta House.A cheque for €7,000, the proceeds from the brilliant Bonagee June Bank Holiday charity fun weekend, has been handed over to Pieta House this week.Acknowledging all those who had contributed in any way to the event and the fund-raising, Action for Hope representative, Danny Devlin, told the presentation ceremony that he was confident Pieta House, which provides specialised treatment for people who have suicidal thoughts and for those who self-harm, would have a facility in place in Donegal by 2017.The Bonagee weekend fund and awareness raiser included a night at the races, five-a-side football, a classic car run, a barbeque, and a bucket collection with all of the proceeds directed to the charity concerned. The committee behind it thanked main sponsors, the Dry Arch complex, along with Bonagee United F.C., and Logue’s of Cranford who sponsored the classic car run.Denise McElhinney committee member said “We want to thank all the people who supported the event in any way. We had a great turnout and we are very proud to hand over this cheque for €7,000 to such a worthy cause as Pieta House,“A huge thanks to all and to those businesses and individuals who provided sponsorship for the event.”In his address to the presentation function at the Dry Arch Inn, Danny Devlin echoed the thanks to all who had participated in any way either through sponsorship or contributions.He paid particular tribute to the organising committee for its efforts which were, he stated, very much appreciated. Apart from raising vital money for the organisation, the event had also helped raise awareness. He was confident that Pieta House would have a facility in place by next year.BRILLIANT BONAGEE WEEKEND RAISES €7,000 FOR PIETA HOUSE was last modified: June 29th, 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:BInagee Fin WeekendCllr Ciaran BroganPIeta House
A late wonder-goal from Donal Rodgers sent Dungloe reserves into the championship semi-final.Dungloe midfielder Donal Rodgers scored a late wonder-strike to send Dungloe reserves through to the semi-final of the championship.Glenties led by two points as the clock ticked towards the final whistle, but brilliant play from Ryan Greene created the opportunity and he laid to ball to Rodgers who expertly dispatched his effort.Rodgers was outstanding throughout, and he showed brilliant composure to blast the ball into the top corner past the helpless Glenties keeper. It was a brilliant game of football, that ebbed and flowed throughout, and the and large crowd in attendance got their money’s worth.In an era of blanket defences and defensive tactics the norm, it was refreshing to see two teams go head-to-head with each other in an old fashioned type game which resulted in a high scoring contest.Brendan McGarvey and Ryan Greene also found the net for Dungloe, but Dungloe had good performances all over the pitch with Robert Wehrley, Jamie Sweeney and James Boyle impressing for Dungloe.While the introduction of Mark Boyle just before half-time also boosted Dessie Gallagher’s side. Naomh Conaill played their part in what was an enthralling contest, with a number of their players performing well throughout the match.But it was the match winner Donal Rodgers who was the difference between the sides, and the popular dark haired lothario will be the toast of Dungloe tonight.Final score – Dungloe 3-10 Naomh Conaill 2-12 RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL: RODGERS WONDER STRIKE SENDS DUNGLOE THROUGH was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donal RodgersDonegal Reserve championshipdungloeGAANaomh ConaillnewsSport
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Remember when “Other” was just a rounding error in market share reports? Now in the server market, it just might be the main event, as Facebook’s Open Compute project, cloud computing, and other trends drive buyers to no-name server vendors instead of IBM, HP, and Dell. Time to short the incumbents?According to new research from Gartner, server veterans like IBM and HP took a beating last quarter, with shipments plummeting 11.5% and 5.9%, respectively, contributing to an overall 0.2% server shipment slowdown. Meanwhile, so-called “whitebox” vendors that make up the “Other” category saw a 22% rise in revenues, and now account for 35.2% of global units shipped. IDC’s market data showed largely the same incumbent malaise, with “Other” pumping revenues 14% year-over-year.It used to be that such whitebox vendors like Quanta Computer, Wistron and Compal Electronics, all based in Taiwan, could be counted on to quietly build products for their name-brand American partners like Dell. No more. As Chris Gonsalves reports, companies like Google and Rackspace have looked to tailor servers to their requirements by going direct to Taiwan’s leading ODMs, which has encouraged these vendors to start selling directly to more traditional enterprise accounts.It’s only going to get worse for the incumbents.Cloud: Friend or Foe?After all, the whole focus of cloud computing is to commoditize the server, making it a compute resource enterprises rent rather than buy. While not all workloads will move to the cloud, a big percentage will. In the cloud, enterprises simply aren’t going to care whose logo sits on a box they can’t even see.And for those who do persist in managing their own datacenters, things like Facebook’s Open Compute project may drive enterprises toward designing in lots of “Other.” While Open Compute may not matter to most mainstream enterprises, as Mark Hachman points out, it’s one more pressure point that incumbent server vendors could do without.(See also The 5 Big Questions Dell Will Have To Answer To Survive.)Ironically, the very thing that most threatens legacy server vendors could also save them, and then ruin them anyway: cloud.IBM just announced it’s getting behind OpenStack in a big way, basing all of its cloud services and software on an open cloud architecture. HP and others have also committed to OpenStack or other cloud platforms. Rather than be cannibalized by the public cloud, these server vendors are trying to extend their brands to private clouds, allowing enterprise customers to rent what they used to buy.The problem, however, is that these vendors might be too successful. A Catch-22 in the CloudWhile public clouds like Amazon’s AWS have been on a tear, they’ve still largely been relegated to test and development workloads. What happens when IBM and HP help make CIOs comfortable with the cloud? It’s possible that those risk-averse CIOs will stick with the tried and true incumbents. But it’s just as possible that once enterprises get comfortable with running mission-critical workloads on a private cloud that carries a shiny Dell logo, they’ll take the next step into the public cloud, projected to be a $131 billion market by 2017, according to Gartner. Amazon has long argued that the real benefits of cloud computing are lost when trying to replicate them in private cloud deployments. While it’s possible that IT will effectively mimic the public cloud, it’s just as possible that developers and line-of-business executives will take their CIOs newfound enthusiasm for the cloud and run with it…straight to Amazon, Rackspace, or another public cloud provider.In so doing, they’ll inadvertently be growing “Other’s” share of the global server market… and legacy server vendors’ desperation to embrace the very thing that may kill them: the cloud. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Amazon#AWS#CIO#cloud#Compal#dell#enterprise#HP#IBM#Quanta#Rackspace#whitebox#Wistron Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts Matt Asay How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
Customer feedback is one of the easiest ways for a business to learn more about what their customers want, don’t want, like, and don’t like. It’s easy to read articles online and listen to podcasts on the way to work that make educated guesses on what people want, but those guesses are often generalized and, to be frank, wrong. And why guess when you can simply speak to your customers directly?The last thing you want to do if you’re a business trying to improve the customer experience is to act like you know what the customer wants without ever asking. That’s not the right kind of impression you want to leave on your customers who have plenty of time to go online and tell everyone about how a business doesn’t actually care about the people they sell to.We’re not saying following business trends, reading articles, and acquiring information from outside sources is a bad idea — you should definitely use them as a starting point for your business strategy; however, you can’t only rely on them. Obtaining customer feedback requires careful planning. Not all feedback is useful, so we’re going to make sure what you’re getting is worth your time. Here, we’re going to break down the importance of customer feedback and five ways to obtain it. 1. Community ForumsThe great — or scary — thing about offering customers a forum is that they can come together as a community to determine whether or not your products or services are good, to help each other with common issues instead of reaching out to support, and to help the business interact directly with customers regarding issues, updates, and anything else of interest to the customers. Forums offer businesses invaluable feedback simply by having a support agent monitor and take note of any issues that arise, any good comments that tell the company what’s working, and any comments that offer constructive criticism on how to improve the product or service being offered. They can be monitored on your own website or you can set up an account on an already-existing forum in your business’ field. The more you interact with your customers, and the more you let them interact with each other, the more feedback your business will be able to acquire. Remember to monitor the forums regularly, whether they’re your own or you’re looking through websites like Reddit, so you constantly know what needs to be worked on and how you can remain authentic.2. Social MediaSocial media is essentially a massive forum, but offers much more to businesses. It’s a more personalized channel because people don’t typically think about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, or Pinterest as a place to talk to businesses. However, businesses can look at their followers, search specific hashtags, and read through comments to determine what customers think about their products. Social media should also be a business’ primary source for determining what the latest trends are. There’s an inconceivable amount of user-generated content, opinions, reviews, and sponsored content for businesses to comb through for inspiration. Reddit, as we’ve already mentioned, is a great source for content along with YouTube, Snapchat, and any other video app or messaging platform. If your business doesn’t have any social media pages, we recommend you do so because you’re making it harder for your customers to connect with you for no reason. Have a dedicated agent monitor your pages to ensure your customers know you’re actively using them.3. ReviewsReviews are another great way for businesses to obtain customer feedback. They can be found directly on a business’ website and social media. It should always be encouraged to leave reviews so businesses can determine if their products and services are good, need improvement, or could be better. Reviews are also a great opportunity for businesses to be transparent with their customers. Amazon makes a point of highlighting the top positive reviews alongside the top critical reviews so customers can get the complete picture before making a purchase. There’s nothing stopping a business from doing this as well. Creating this transparency often inspires other people to leave reviews. When highlighting customer reviews, never delete the older or more critical reviews out of fear that they might bring too much negative attention to your company. If that’s the case, it’s not the customer’s fault for pointing it out. Remaining transparent is always more important than preserving a fake image of the company. That does nothing to keep customers from leaving for a more reputable business. 4. Email and Contact FormsEmail and contact forms are similar to surveys, but they only ask people to provide businesses with basic information like name, email, phone number, address, reason for contacting, and many more potential fields. These aren’t as complex as surveys, but they’re not useless by any means. Email and contact forms, when combined with surveys, social media, and reviews, can help provide businesses with useful context. Names can tell a business a lot about who their customers are without asking for personal info. Asking for an email helps to establish a channel if an issue were to arise. Addresses also help determine how products are being used. Here’s a specific example: someone wants to buy a bike but they don’t know what kind to buy. Looking at their address can determine if they need a road bike or a mountain bike.Names and addresses in conjunction with customer feedback can help businesses create customer profiles to help them better understand what customers want. The more feedback they get from their customers, the stronger the profile becomes. Starting with simple fields in an email form can lead to so much more when taken seriously. 5. SurveysSurveys are another strategy for businesses to implement after a customer orders a product or service. They can be sent via email or, if you have a brick-and-mortar store, be filled out electronically in person on a phone or tablet. When they’re kept short and sweet, customers are more open to actually filling them out, and then proceed to offer very useful feedback. The trick, however, is to make sure they’re short, the question format is varied, and the questions you’re asking are actually relevant to what you’re looking for. You can also offer an incentive for filling out the survey so you encourage more people to fill out your survey. When surveys are too long, customers react negatively to them. Most of the time, customers don’t really want to fill out a survey after buying a product, which is why incentivizing surveys is necessary. If the survey is too long, they’ll either stop halfway through or answer the questions carelessly, helping no one. The Final WordCustomer feedback is absolutely essential for businesses looking to offer more personalized customer experiences. Without feedback, there’s no way of truly knowing what’s working for your customers and what needs improvement. Businesses should never assume what the customer wants based solely on trends and forecasts. Trends and forecasts are a great starting point, which is where social media comes in, but your business isn’t off the hook when it comes to asking for, and responding to, feedback. Businesses need to keep track of where they can potentially get feedback from. They should be active on social media, responding to questions from customers; they should create surveys and give customers an incentive to fill them out.The more transparent businesses are with their customers, the more likely their customers will respond positively to their efforts. Personalized customer experiences are a significant business trend for good reason. The way we do business has changed significantly, going from businesses telling us why we need their products to us telling them what we need and how they can improve what they’re selling. Acquiring customer feedback is a necessary step to personalizing every customer experience regardless of the size of your business. How Self-Service Technology Can Boost Startup G… With This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… Tags:#b2c#customer feedback#Reviews#social media#surveys Related Posts Reuben Yonatan Reuben Yonatan is the founder @ GetVoIP — an industry leading business comparison guide that helps companies understand and choose a VoIP system for their specific needs. Follow on Twitter @ReubenYonatan AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Man or Machine? For Better Customer Service, Us…
India will suspend trade concessions and raise import duties on 30 products from the United States by up to 50 percent, in a mirror response to Washington’s impetuous move to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.New Delhi has drawn up a list of 30 American products it now wants to target with increased import duties. The new measures will see a 50 percent tariff increase on motorcycles with engine capacities of over 800cc, while apple imports would be charged with a 25 percent levy. Imports of almonds and walnuts would see a 20 percent levy.Read it at RT Related Items
By Philem Dipak Singh Guwahati, June 26 (PTI) Five athletes, including top sprinter Dutee Chand of Odisha, breached the qualifying marks in their respective events as the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships began with a bang here today. Dutee, who recently fought and won a ‘gender’ case against the international federation at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, clocked 23:46 seconds in one of the heats to qualify for the final round of the women’s 200m race, which placed her in contention for an Asian Games berth. The AFI has set a qualifying standard of 23:50 seconds for this event. AFI secretary C K Valson said selection can be done on the basis of performance in heats. “My main event is 100m but I am happy to have done well in 200m also. I hope to win 200m final also,” Dutee said after the race. “It would have been ideal had the 100m event was held before the 200m as is the norm in international events but I cannot do much. My job is to run races,” she added. But it will not be easy for Dutee in the final round tomorrow as local star and fast rising Hima Das also qualified along with another Odisha athlete Srabani Nanda. Hima, who ran 23.22 in Poland during a training-cum-exposure trip earlier this month, finished second in her heat behind Reena George of Karnataka (24.00) as she did not exert herself much in the final stretch for a 24.02 effort under humid conditions in the morning session at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.advertisement Hima is the brand ambassador of this meet. Another Odisha athlete, Jauna Murmu, who was banned for two years in the 2011 doping scandal, won the women’s 400m hurdles in meet record timing of 57.02 seconds, better than the AFI qualifying time of 57.52. Anu Raghavan of Kerala took the silver in 57.68 while Gujarat’s Saritaben Gayakwad bagged the bronze in 58.01. “I could have run better but for the heaviness of the track due to this slight rain. I had thought of running below 56. Overall, it is a good race. I will try to run below 56 in the Asian Games and hopefully win a medal for the country,” said the 27-year-old Murmu, who took part in the 2010 Asian Games also. Asked how she motivated herself to come out of the doping scandal and resume her carrier, she said, “Initially, I was not hoping of doing anything big but slowly I got myself back to earlier form. I have left the episode behind and looking forward to win medals for the country.” In men’s 400m hurdles, all the three podium finishers — Dharun Ayyasamy (49.68 secs) of Tamil Nadu, Santosh Kumar (50.10) of AFI and Jashanjot Singh (50.64) of Punjab — ran below the qualifying time of 50.80, but only two will be picked for the Asian Games team. “Except for the host country, a country can send only two athletes in each event,” Valson said. Surprisingly, dope samples of the top finishers were not immediately taken after their races, but Valson said the NADA officials will do the needful before the end of the day’s proceedings. “The NADA officials are here and they will take the dope samples,” he said. None of the sample collectors were seen escorting the top finishers immediately after the race to lead them to the sample collection room. The National Inter State Senior National Championships serves as the selection trial for the Asian Games team. India has been given a quota of 102 (52 men and 50 women) for the Asian Games. PTI PDS AHAH
The Indian team is looking at the upcoming Test series against West Indies as an opportunity to set a benchmark ahead of their Australia tour later this year, according to skipper Virat Kohli.India on Wednesday announced a 12-man squad for the first Test against the Windies with Prithvi Shaw getting a game ahead of Mayank Agarwal.Shaw will become the 293rd player to debut for the country in Test cricket and will open the innings alongside KL Rahul.India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw to debut in 1st Test as India announce 12-man teamKohli believes this is the best chance for the newcomers to make an impression and try to cement their place in the Test side rather than play under pressure.”Someone like Hanuma Vihari, Prithvi Shaw or Mayank Agarwal have been brought in because they’ve done well in domestic circuit consistently. They should look at it as an opportunity and not as pressure. It is a great chance for them to cement their place and play for a long time,” Kohli said at a press conference ahead of the first game on October 4.Virat Kohli, Prithvi Shaw share a light moment as India get down to practice in RajkotSomeone like Hanuma Vihari, Prithvi Shaw or Mayank Agrawal hv been brought in because they’ve done well in domestic circuit consistently.They should look at it as an opportunity¬ as pressure. It is a great chance for them to cement their place&play for a long time:Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/QKUg4cxCiaadvertisementANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018Kohli, who is returning to the Indian team after taking a break from the Asia Cup 2018, will be back leading the Test side after the England series which India lost 1-4.Also read – Virat Kohli tells Prithvi Shaw the secret behind his success in EnglandBut the No. 1 Test team won’t be bogged down by the past results and is looking forward to this series as an opportunity to set a benchmark before they head to Australia for another gruelling tour later this year.Also read – We know the Indian conditions and know how to go about our job: Ajinkya Rahane”We’d like to take the series as a benchmark we would like to set. With couple of new guys coming in at the top of the order, they have a chance to show the skill set they have got and I think it is a good opportunity for them,” Kohli said.We’d like to take the series as a benchmark we would like to set. With couple of new guys coming in at the top of the order, they have a chance to show the skill set they have got, I think it is a good opportunity for them: Virat Kohli, ahead of series between India & West Indies pic.twitter.com/2kyfkOAjFVANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018The Indian team management has reportedly asked for bouncy pitches for the two Tests against the West Indies in Rajkot (October 4-8) and Hyderabad (12-16), keeping in mind the long tour of Australia beginning late in November.The West Indies play their final game of the India tour on November 11 while the first T20 between India and Australia is scheduled for November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane.That narrow 10-day window leaves India with little time to prepare, as pointed out by coach Ravi Shastri after the team’s yet another overseas Test series loss, against England, last month.It will be hard to simulate conditions during the course of the home series against the West Indies comprising two Tests, five ODIs and three T20s.Come Thursday, Rajkot will be hosting its second ever Test, following the debut match between India and England two years ago when the game ended in a draw.
eSports ‘I’m going to refuse to play with myself’ – Alli outraged at FIFA 18 rating Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 17:07 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(24) Getty eSports Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Spurs and England star is disappointed with his overall score in the new game, despite being one of the 100 highest rated players Tottenham attacker Dele Alli has expressed his outrage at his 84-overall rating in FIFA 18.The 21-year-old is considered one of the best young players in world football, having won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the last two seasons.Alli 13/10 to score v West Ham Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Alli has started the season brightly with two goals in the Premier League and another to help Spurs progress in the Carabao Cup, and has been rated among the top 100 players in the world in FIFA 18.Despite being ranked the same as Dani Alves, Sami Khedira and Sadio Mane, the England international is disappointed with his rating and claims that he will not play as his in-game version until EA Sports give him a higher score.”To be honest I don’t think I’ll use myself in the game because I don’t think my rating is very good,” Alli told the Mirror.”I’m going to refuse to play with myself until I’m a little bit more realistic!”Alli’s 84 rating ranks him as number 29 among the top Premier League players, with Spurs team-mates Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris all rated higher.The standard edition of FIFA 18 is released worldwide on September 29, while the Icon and Ronaldo editions are released three days earlier.