first_imgJacqueline Molloy receives her voucher for a free family portrait at Cristeph Studio from Stephen Maguire, editor of Donegal Daily.Donegal Daily has teamed up with the Cristeph Studio in Letetrkenny to offer readers a chance to win a FREE family or child’s portrait.Every Friday in August we will be giving away a free framed portrait by well-known press and studio photographer Brian McDaid.There is no cost to enter – no difficult questions and no premium textline numbers. All you have to do is to like the Cristeph Studio’s Facebook page. It couldn’t be simpler!The winner of the first framed portrait is Jacqueline Molloy from Fintown.Jacqueline revealed she was planning to have a family portrait done with husband Paddy and son Charlie.“I’m so happy. I never win anything so I was on Donegal Daily and I thought I’d give the Cristeph Studio a like. “I couldn’t believe I won it when I got the phonecall. I’m really looking forward to getting a family portrait because it is something we can keep forever,” she said.There are lots more chances to win a free framed family of child’s portrait and al you have to do is to like Christeph Studio on Facebook here likes between now and the end of the month will be in with a chance of a free framed portrait each week – so get liking! COMPETITION WINNER! DONEGAL DAILY AND CRISTEPH STUDIO PUT JACQUELINE IN THE FRAME! was last modified: August 7th, 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)last_img read more

African airports conference tackles safety, service

first_img14 October 2014The South African government has a well-defined strategy to drive regional co- operation across the African continent, says deputy transport minister Sindisiwe Chikunga.“. Government has entered into a number of bilateral agreements aimed at strengthening both diplomatic and economic relations between countries in the region. “These agreements were primarily forged in order to drive and promote inter-regional trade, cooperation and interdependency to ultimately achieve economic development,’ she said.Chikunga was speaking at the 23rd Airports Council International (ACI) Africa Regional Assembly, hosted by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) in Durban on Monday.“We are excited that the timing of the conference coincides with October, our Transport Month in South Africa, where all modes of transportation from aviation to rail, road and maritime feature prominently in our national calendar,’ she said. The gathering of government representatives and airport leaders also placed the spotlight on the biggest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.Deputy Minister Chikunga reiterated the South African government’s unwavering support of ACI member countries battling the virus. She said the government was committed to minimising the spread of Ebola across borders.Dedication to excellenceAirports Company South Africa head Bongani Maseko said ACSA has always been proactive in achieving service excellence in line with its strategy to build an efficient and effective customer-focused business.He said ACSA would continue to focus on building working relationships with other airports companies across the globe.Ali Tounsi, secretary general at ACI Africa, pointed out that there were large service discrepancies across the continent.“There are various reasons, some of which can be partly attributed to different cultures, languages and geographical dimensions of countries. A big challenge is also the issue of safety with the African continent having the worst safety ranking in the world.“With so much likely to happen economically in Africa over the next few years, airports will play a hugely important role and need to be given priority attention if they are to help the continent realise its undoubted potential.’ Tounsi said ACI member states should use the assembly to exchange ideas and share insights on how best the industry can improve its service levels.“Air travel reduces commuting timelines and connects different countries in the region. Our passengers need to have a common experience regarding levels of service across the region and this is what the industry needs to strive towards,’ said Tounsi. ACI Africa has 59 members operating 251 airports. In 2012, these airports collectively handled 153 million passengers, 1 795 tonnes of air cargo and over 2.5 million aircraft movements.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

There’s room for improvement in CSR

first_imgMelissa JavanSkills development should be linked to corporate social investment programmes, Brand South Africa board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama tells business leaders at the 2016 In Good Company Conference on 30 August. (Image: Brand South Africa)Engaging with people involved with corporate social investment (CSI) to understand their needs and expectations is one of the guidelines mentioned in a new research report.The report, The Case for Social Investment in South Africa, suggests that if CSI budgets are spent wisely, it could generate R25-billion worth of the country’s economic activity. Undertaken by the University of Stellenbosch, the report was commissioned by the Nation Builder Trust. The trust found that the South African private sector CSI budget for 2015 amounted to R8,1-billion.The report suggests that if CSI is done effectively, it has the potential to support 63 000 jobs. It also says effective CSI could generate another R7,7-billion in labour remuneration.ABOUT THE REPORTThe Case for Social Investment in South Africa was released internally in June 2016, but handed out to delegates at the In Good Company Conference on 30 August 2016. In Good Company is part of an ongoing initiative run by Nation Builder, the conference organisers. Nation Builder is an initiative founded by Muthobi Foundation. It helps companies channel their CSI into initiatives to help build sustainable change in South Africa.Corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting in the country still has room for development, according to the report. Its findings are to assist initiatives such as Nation Builder to help businesses to achieve the best possible impact for their CSI programmes.For example, the report found that in 2014, 72 local companies listed on the JSE’s 2013 Socially Responsible Investment Index were assessed. Based on its latest reporting on CSI, none of these were rated as “excellent” for the overall quality of their reporting. Only 12 of the 72 (17%) achieved a “good rating”.One of the challenges highlighted was that the companies found it difficult to meet reporting requirements within the limited space allocated to CSI in their annual reports. “An understanding in the business of rationale for CSI is therefore is crucial,” reads the report.The assessment further shows that only 39% of companies reported on impact assessments.Apparently the companies acknowledged that it was difficult and expensive to measure and report on the effects of CSI projects and that their budgets often did not allow for this. As a result, many companies relied on anecdotal evidence of the impact of their CSI projects.THE GUIDELINESEach company’s strategy will depend on factors such as industry, resources, complexity, core business and location, says the report. “There is no one size fits all approach for successful CSI activities… What works for one community won’t necessarily work for another.”Brand South Africa board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama challenged business leaders to go above and beyond to change society for the better. Speaking at the 2016 In Good Company conference, she said: “It’s only when we create sustainable, durable solutions that we overcome challenges.”She urged corporate leaders to show the way forward by being courageous, tenacious and resilient, reported reported. “Let’s improve the social conditions and build a strong nation brand.”She suggested that skills development should be linked to CSI and CSR programmes.Corporate social responsibility programmes increase employee morale and motivation, according to a Canadian study. (Image: Brand South Africa)BENEFITS OF DOING GOODA survey of Canadian companies, included in the report, Corporate Social Responsibility: Lessons Learned, Natural Resources Canada, found that respectively 70% and 40% of respondents cited “cost savings” and “reduced business risk” as business benefits of CSR.The authors found more than 50% of respondents noted that their CSR programmes contributed to increased employee morale and motivation, which, in turn, led to higher productivity.Policies may therefore decrease costs related to employee turnover and performance evaluation, as well as increase worker productivity through better motivation, according to the report.It said more consumers were taking CSR performance into account and tended to be loyal to companies with a good record. Thus, CSR may entice consumers to buy the company’s products or services.CSR can also aid to capital. In South Africa, for example, the JSE’s Responsible Investment Index assesses CSI activities and allows investors to invest in companies with good CSR records.COMPANIES DOING IT RIGHTWhile companies in South Africa are already making a positive impact, more can be achieved by strategic and effective spending, according to the local report.It suggests companies that engage in CSI programmes should make what they are doing as effective and impactful as possible. Best practice principles include engaging with stakeholders, building partnerships, and measuring and communicating outcomes properly.South African companies putting best practice into action, according to the report, include:Virgin Active’s Future Crew Programme: It initially donated gym equipment to schools, but expanded to include training learners and adults in underdeveloped communities to become accredited coaches and trainers. Once qualified, they are either employed by schools or absorbed into the business. Community members can also train to become qualified dance instructors, and start their own income-generating studios.Discovery’s programme to train healthcare workers: It is expected to create 40 000 new jobs by the end of 2016. Discovery has partnered with Umthombo Youth Development Foundation to support youth from rural areas to pursue a health care qualification. A benefit of this programme is that it alleviates the shortage of health care workers and the unemployment problem in the country.last_img read more

One Thing You Should Never Give Up

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You can give up money. If you lose money, there is more money available to you. You can get more, and the world is chock full of it. If you have to choose to lose something, money is something that easily replaced with a focused effort on the outcome of acquiring more.Almost all other resources are equally available. You can find human resources without much trouble, as the planet is literally teeming with people, many of whom have the mindset and skill set you need, many more looking for someone to provide them with an opportunity. The same can be said for real estate, technological solutions, and darn near anything else you might need. You can give up any or all of these and still not have given up anything worth worrying too much about.The only thing that you cannot give up without paying an enormous penalty is your time.There isn’t any more time available to you than what you already have, and you don’t know how much you possess, other than knowing that you have this moment, right here, right now. That means time is your most prized possession, and it is the one thing you can invest without worrying about market conditions or inflation. The value of time is never impacted by economic conditions, political changes, or business conditions. It always holds its value.If you can trade money for time, you are making an excellent trade.The valuation of time is completely up to you. You determine what it is worth by the decisions you make with how to invest—or spend—it. If you waste time on meaningless trivialities, then you have undervalued time. Someday, you will wish you had more. If you invest in doing what is meaningful and purposeful and makes a contribution, then that respect for time makes it absolutely priceless.last_img read more

Perpetual’s win over St. Benilde forfeited

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe NCAA management committee (Mancom) has forfeited Perpetual Help’s 69-65 win over St. Benilde Tuesday for wearing the wrong uniform to the game.The Altas played in their dark maroon jerseys against the designated light uniforms, violating the league’s rule.ADVERTISEMENT READ: NCAA: Perpetual brings wrong set of uniform“Any athlete whose playing uniform does not conform with the rules, first offense is ineligible to participate in a given game,” said NCAA Mancom chairman Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOffenders of the said rule are ineligible for the said contest, although the Altas were still allowed to play against the Blazers.Here’s the NCAA Mancom decision re: Perpetual’s jersey mix-up. #NCAASeason93— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 11, 2017The forfeiture reverses the results, giving St. Benilde its first win of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR ‘Nothing surprises me now,’ says Pacquiao on WBO fight review China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The same rule applies to the Junior Altas squad in the juniors division, but the Junior Blazers emerged victorious earlier in the day, 64-60.READ: Eze lifts Perpetual to first win; St. Benilde puts game under protestThe committee was quick to react on the controversy, coming up with the decision just after last game of the day concluded.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Series gone, pride at stake for India in Oval Test

first_imgWith the series already out of their grasp, a bruised and battered India will be hoping to redeem some pride and avoid a humiliating whitewash when they take on a rampant England in the fourth and final cricket Test starting Thursday at The Oval here.Coming into the series as world’s numero uno Test team, India’s reputation took a huge beating after England crushed the visitors by huge margins in the first three Tests to snatch away the number one position from them.And for the Indians, already under severe criticism for their shoddy performance in the series so far, another defeat means they will slip further to the number three position in the Test rankings behind South Africa.But Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who suffered his first series loss as India captain, will be desperate for a turnover of fortunes as a win in the Oval Test will not only save the visitors from the ignominy of a series whitewash but also give them the required impetus before the five-match ODI series.In their Test annals of 79 years, India has suffered the shame of losing four Tests or more and a complete whitewash only thrice — 5-0 against England (1959) and the West Indies (1961-62) and 4-0 against Australia (1967-68).There have been three other occasions when India has been blanked 3-0 — twice against England in 1967 and 1974 and once against Australia (1999-2000).The good news, however, for India is that the final Test of the series will be played at The Oval, a venue known for high scores and also a ground where the visitors boast of a good record.advertisementGoing by records, the Indians over the years have lost just two out of 10 matches at this ground. The Oval is also the ground where the Ajit Wadekar-led Indian team created history in 1971 by registering the nation’s first series win on English soil.It is also a ground where Sunil Gavaskar hit that memorable 221 in 1979; Rahul Dravid scored 217 in 2002 and Anil Kumble made his maiden Test century in 2007.The Oval is also the venue where Sachin Tendulkar played his 100th Test. And if further comfort is required, the Indians can take heart from the fact that England could miss the services of its pace spearhead James Anderson in the match as he suffering from stiffness.However, going into the match Dhoni’s main concern would be the form of his famed batting line-up, which has failed to reach the 300-run mark in the six innings of the series so far.What cost India dearly is starts from their opening pair.Both Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, who played in the Edgbaston Test after missing out the first two matches due to injury, struggled miserably against the moving ball upfront.While Gambhir got some sort of a start in one or two innings, Sehwag made a King’s pair at Edgbaston.The ever-reliable Rahul Dravid is the only Indian batsmen to have shown some grit against the lethal English attack. He has so far scored two centuries in the series.In contrast, Sachin Tendulkar is yet to find his mojo and is still looking for his first ton in the series to reach the magical figure of 100 international centuries.India’s crisis man VVS Laxman is also struggling in the English conditions and young Suresh Raina’s place is under threat from Virat Kohli after making just 105 runs in six innings. India’s lower half, despite Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s pyrotechnics at Edgbaston, doesn’t offer much hope.On the bowling front, the series has so far been a nightmare. In the absence of an injury-prone Zaheer Khan and out-of-form Harbhajan Singh, the Ishant Sharma-led Indian attack looked ordinary.Paceman Praveen Kumar, who suffered a finger injury in the last match, is a doubtful starter for the game and the team management is likely to wait till tomorrow before taking a final call on him.While their English counterparts were menacing in the seam-friendly conditions in the first three matches, the Indian bowlers lacked penetration and wicket-taking ability.India’s bowling woes can be gauged from the fact that they allowed England to score over 700 runs in the first innings at Edgbaston.England, on the other hand, have been clinical in all departments of the game — be it batting, bowling for fielding.Heading into the Edgbaston Test, the performances of their openers in the first two matches was the only concern but it has been addressed last week with Alastair Cook stucking a career-best 294 and captain Andrew Strauss returning to form with a patient 87.advertisementThe home team’s middle-order is in awesome form with Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan and Matt Prior all scoring centuries in the series.England’s tailenders are not to be left behind as Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad came up with impressive performances with the bat in this series to make their lower-order one of most capable in the world so far.Barring Anderson’s fitness, England has no major concern going into the Oval Test.Even if Anderson, who has scalped 22 wickets from six Tests at this venue, doesn’t play England have Bresnan, Broad, Steve Finn and Graham Onions, who was brought in the side in injured Chris Tremlett’s place, to look upto.In Tremlett’s absence, the only question Strauss faces is whether to play Finn or Onions.To add to India’s misery, off-spinner Graeme Swann has been impressive at this venue with 15 scalps from two Tests.As far as weather is concerned, rain is expected on the first day while the rest of the days should witness a decent weather.Teams (from):India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Amit Mishra, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Abhinav Mukund, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Wriddhiman Saha.England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steve Finn, Graham Onions.The match starts at 3.30 pm IST.last_img read more

MIND to Host Leadership Workshops

first_imgThe Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6, hosts two leadership workshops at its campus at 235A Old Hope Road, Kingston 6.The June 5 workshop dubbed ‘Power and Politics in Public Sector Organizations’ is targeted at executives within the public sector, including Chief Executive Officers, Executive Directors, Directors General, and Senior Directors.The workshop is aimed at increasing awareness of power and politics in organisations and how to develop strategies to work more effectively. Marketing Manager at MIND, Shawnette Henry explained that the session will focus on areas such as: understanding power and politics in organisations and their legitimacy; personal strategy for using power and reputation management; sources of power, and how to develop power bases and increase collective power and influence. “The second workshop, on June 6, titled ‘Maximising Leadership Effectiveness’, is aimed at developing leaders to make sense of leadership in a practical, personal but challenging way. It will help leaders find answers to key issues such as who are leaders; what do leaders do and how they do what they do,” Miss Henry explained.The main facilitator for these workshops is Principal Organisation Development and Learning Specialist at the Department for International Development (DFID) in the United Kingdom, Dr. Winston Sutherland. Persons, who wish to attend may contact MIND at 927-1761 or at [email protected]: JUDITH HUNTERlast_img read more

Premier Robinson delivers keynote address at first ever Outsourcing Caribbean Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 7, 2017- Ministers of Finance, Representatives from 26 countries and over 200 Participants attended the first ever Outsourcing Caribbean Conference (OCC) held in Jamaica December 6 -7, 2017. Premier Robinson, as Minister of Finance, also had the privilege of being the Patron for the Event and of having Welcome Remarks contained in the Delegates’ Brochure.The OCC is a Regional Investment Promotion Conference of Caribbean Export Development Agency and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) of which Invest TCI is an active member.In her Welcome Remarks, Premier Robinson stated, “Globally, the outsourcing industry is growing exponentially and the Caribbean is well positioned to take advantage of this growth. Already, several territories in the region are making it one of the mainstays of their economies. The industry can have a significant economic and social impact on the region helping us to achieve our developmental goals”. She continued, “This first ever Outsource to the Caribbean Conference is the Caribbean’s indication to the world that we are serious about improving the conditions in our region to attract, retain and grow outsourcing businesses…The Turks and Caicos Islands is proud to support this ground-breaking initiative.”Premier Robinson’s Keynote Address provided insight into the Caribbean foray into the outsourcing sector and more specifically on developments in the Turks and Caicos Islands to attract investments. During her Keynote, Premier Robinson highlighted 7 reasons in support of the Caribbean region as prime for developing the Outsourcing Industry: Location, skilled labour, comparatively priced labour, labour retention, friendly business environment, high quality of life and modern infrastructure. Her call came for “One Caribbean” and for more collaboration amongst Caribbean countries. She used the opportunity to thank and commend the organisers Ms Diane Edwards, President of CAIPA and President of JAMPRO and Ms Pamela Coke Hamilton, Executive Director of Caribbean Export Development Agency.In promoting TCI as a place for investors, Premier Robinson highlighted TCI’s political stability, close proximity to the USA, easy access with flights from the UK, USA and Canadian markets, no direct taxation, well – regulated financial services sector, prime undeveloped land, effective judicial system based on English Common Law and our commitment to diversify our economy.The Conference saw panelists from across the Caribbean and North America and included representatives from critical regional Institutions such as UWI, CSEC and Caricom (CSME).Jamaica’s Minister of Finance, Hon Audley Shaw was on hand to deliver the Welcome Address.Premier Robinson also had the opportunity to be interviewed on Live Radio and for Business Access TV. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Hon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos IslandsPress Release: TCIGlast_img read more