JAMAICA MORTGAGE BANK LEAD FINANCIER OF UWI STUDENT HOUSING Recommended for you KIDNEY SPECIALIST RETURNS HOME, WORKING AT HOSPITALS Student invites Obama to Turks and Caicos; he says ‘Absolutely’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Carolyn Hayle, Senior Programme Officer, university of west indies Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 5 Nov 2014 – Tourism follows the ebbs and flows or ups and downs or booms and busts of the financial world… and the six to seven year cycles and the data to dictate trends in those cycles must be closely studied. Dr. Carolyn Hayle is a programme director at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and was the keynote speaker at the opening of the National Tourism Symposium. Dr. Hayle brought a riveting rally for government to pay attention to the details and try to figure out how to keep more money in the country. Dr. Hayle is a near 20 year educator and so another strong thrust in her presentation was on training as she encouraged the private sector to angle for the residual energy of their staff, so that they easily go that extra mile. Also presenting at the two day National Tourism Symposium held at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa was the Executive Director of CDEMA; he said Disaster preparedness has everything to do with tourism. Ronald Jackson reminded of the plethora of risks and said governments must formulate plans to mitigate any fall out.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 19, 2017 – Nassau – There is not enough money in the kitty to pay Police what they were owed in overtime pay; a $5.6M bill which was won at court and one that is now delayed says the #PoliceStaffAssociation. A leaked text message exposed that the funds will be late and there is no date put on when that back pay from 2013 and 2014 will be paid to the officers.The National Security Minister, Marvin Dames reportedly delivered the news, which was leaked and said, “Good evening members of the Police Staff Association. I would like to inform you that after speaking with our minister of national security it is confirmed that as hard as he was pushing to have us paid (the) next portion of our overtime money for the end of August, it won’t happen.”The text went on to say, “He has assured us that they are honouring the court ruling and by September payday, we should be getting something. With that said, again I say thank you to the hardworking officers who continue to make this our beloved country safe. If there is any concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact Sgt Sonny Miller.” Sgt Miller later confirmed the text was legit.There are 1,799 police entitled to that back pay for overtime work.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PoliceStaffAssociation read more
KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SDSU West, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — SDSU West proponents Friday praised the Superior Court of California’s recent decision to reject a lawsuit alleging improper use of the San Diego State University name.The lawsuit was filed in April by FS Investors-associated backers of the SoccerCity initiative, which proposes a 23,500-seat soccer stadium and mixed-use spaces for the Mission Valley stadium site.Friends of SDSU, a coalition of university alumni, community and business leaders, instead calls for a new 35,000-seat Aztecs football stadium and other amenities at the site.Both initiatives appear headed to the November ballot, pending legal review. Whichever receives the most votes — provided its over 50 percent — will earn rights to negotiate with the city over plans for the stadium site.The lawsuit claimed Friends of SDSU tricked San Diegans into signing a petition to get the initiative on the ballot by making it appear that the university had sanctioned the proposal. By law, the school is prohibited from endorsing an initiative.Bill Hammett, Friends of SDSU steering committee member, said the court’s rejection of the lawsuit affirms the SDSU West initiative’s place on the November ballot.He said the decision “also makes it clear that the frivolous FS Investors-backed lawsuit lacked any merit in its allegations, because SDSU West fully complies with California State Law, San Diego City Charter and the California Education Code.” Superior court rejects improper use lawsuit against SDSU West proposal Updated: 11:32 AM Posted: June 15, 2018 June 15, 2018 read more
Pooja HegdeTwitterActors and actresses making their singing debuts by crooning for a song from one of their films is definitely nothing new to the audience. One more actress adds to the list and it is none other than Pooja Hedge, the diva, who is busy in Tollywood back to back movies.The actress, recently, posted a video on Instagram and in this video, she is playing the guitar, and singing as well. Fans of the actress have been praising her for her skills and have loved her voice as she hums while playing the guitar. So looks like this video was a hint from the actress to her fans that she is going to croon a song now and become a playback singer too.The actress is currently shooting for her upcoming Telugu film for which she has paired up with Stylish Star Allu Arjun. This film hasn’t got a title yet and is being directed by Trivikram Srinivas. The second schedule of the film is underway and the producers are leaving no stone unturned in making the film the best for this film.Pooja will be singing for this song and we have heard that the makers are extremely happy with Pooja’s idea and they think that this is going to help them in attracting many more audience and movie buffs.The diva is currently basking on the success of her recent film Maharshi, a Mahesh Babu starrer. The film became a blockbuster and has collected more than Rs 150 crores.The actor has also been shooting for Prabhas’ next film after Saaho. This film is being directed by Radhakrishna of Jil fame and the actress has been shooting for this film for a year now. This film is touted to be a love story and is made in the backdrop of Italy. This film is being produced by UV Creations, the makers of Saaho, and also by Gopi Krishna Movies.Pooja also has Housefull 4 in her kitty and it is releasing on October 26. read more
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. Deepika’s strategic partnership with and investment in Greek yoghurt maker Epigamia reveals a new face of the top actor.InstagramBollywood actor Deepika Padukone’s newly announced strategic partnership with FMCG brand Epigamia reveals a hitherto-unknown face of the top artiste, who is known for her previous successful career switches. She had moved from the badminton court to modelling to acting with great panache.Drums Food International, the parent company of Epigamia announced a multi-crore strategic partnership with Deepika, which includes investment and an endorsement deal including the role of its brand ambassador, a report in Business Standard said. “Her (Deepika’s) involvement will accelerate the pace of reach for our products,” the report quoted Rohan Mirchandani, co-founder of Drum Foods, as saying.Epigamia will now look to expand into new products and enter new cities, the company said. Launched in June 2015, Epigamia is available in 20 stock keeping units (SKUs) under Greek yoghurt, artisanal curd, snack pack, Mishti Doi, and smoothies. The flavoured yoghurt brand retails in about 10,000 touch points and aims to scale up to 50,000 outlets in a few years.This is not Deepika’s first foray into the field of business. She has launched her own label, All About You, available exclusively on online shopping site Myntra and has invested in startups like online furniture rental platform Furlenco, and beauty products marketplace Purplle. Deepika Padukone has invested in Greek yoghurt producer Epigamia to which she will be a brand ambassador.Facebook/@epigamiaDeepika, who recently married Ranvir Singh, her co-artiste in a number of movies, has ridden a series of blockbuster movies to enter the top five of Forbes India’s 2018 list of richest Indians, becoming the first woman to achieve the feat. Deepika, who endorses more than 20 brands and has a brand value of $102.5 million, according to a celebrity brand valuation report by Duff and Phelps. Deepika has several high-value brands such as Coca-Cola, Axis Bank, Vistara, Kellogg’s, Vogue, Tissot, Van Heusen, Tanishq and Nike in her endorsement portfolio.A woman of many parts, the star who has delivered an eclectic clutch of roles in movies from Om Shanti Om to Padmaavat, is also into charity with her not-for-profit Live Love Laugh Foundation that helps to bring together people with depression and counsellors.Epigamia says Deepika’s investment is an extension of the recently closed Series C round of funding led by Verlinvest, a Belgium-based consumer-focused investment firm, Danone Manifesto Ventures, the venture investment arm of one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, and DSG Consumer Partners, an Asia focused VC fund, according to a statement.Deepika may be relatively new to the business world, but should easily catch up with her more successful peers because of her ability to tackle new challenges. read more
Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe final decision on the 9th wage board for journalists will be taken next month, said road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday, reports UNB.The decision was taken at a meeting of the cabinet committee formed to review the Ninth Wage Board Award for journalists and employees held at the auditorium of information ministry with Obaidul Quader in the chair.”We’ve reached a consensus on implementation of the 9th wage board at the meeting and the final decision on it will be taken as soon as possible,” he said.Before announcing the final decision, a joint meeting with stakeholders will be held on 12 June at the office of the information minister, said Quader.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, information minister Hasan Mahmud, agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque, state minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian, industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, state minister of cultural affairs KM Khalid, state minister for Information Ministry Md Murad Hasan and high official concerned were present at the meeting. read more
About four years ago, 15-year-old Anyabai won Rs 54,000 when she led her school team to victory in a state-level football match. The prize money was more than what her mother earned in an entire year. Hailing from Alakhpura, a village some 30 km from the district headquarters of Bhiwani in Haryana, Anyabai is a Dalit by caste and desperately poor by means.Her father died of a heart attack when she was just two and the burden of earning for the four-member family passed on to her mother, Maya Devi, whose life story provides a window into the struggles of people at the lowest rungs of society. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfScheduled Caste communities like hers, comprising about 16.6 per cent of country’s population, are generally an oppressed lot, particularly in impoverished rural areas where they are discriminated against by higher castes and are condemned to menial cleaning jobs that no one else will do. There are also those who have defied the system and become achievers in their own right. One of them is the fatherless girl Anyabai, who could have been a victim of the oppressive systems of caste and patriarchy, but her skills as a footballer helped her challenge both. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJust a few years after she started playing, she has already represented India twice at the international level.”She gets around Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 for playing every national match. Last year, she won around Rs 2.5 lakh by playing a few matches,” Sonika Bijarnia, her school coach said. “She manages to play two-three matches every year.”So football is not only helping her find a purpose in life and represent her country at the highest levels, but is also helping her bring her family out of the vicious cycle of poverty. Anyabai played in the U-15 South Asian Football Federation in 2017, in which India lost to Bangladesh in the finals. She recollects the final with a bit of disappointment, saying: “We lost 1-0.”Anyabai, who has a sister and a brother, is her mother’s pride. “Nobody in the entire family has achieved so much,” Maya Devi said. “I didn’t have any hopes (while) Anyabai kept playing,” she said.In 2016, she played in the Indian U-14 women’s football team at the AFC Regional (South and Central) Girls Championship in Tajikistan.”When I go out of my village, my country, there is fear about going to an unknown land. It is a very different feeling. It’s also nice that I get to make friends from other parts of the country and the world,” Anyabai said.”I used to struggle with English earlier. I try speaking the language now. There is less hesitation.”More than a decade back, when Anyabai was small and hadn’t started playing, it was really tough for Maya Devi to manage the family with just the Rs 150 a day that she got as a daily-wage worker. “This income depended on the farming season and yes, I struggled… used to borrow money and somehow managed,” she said.”I made many efforts to bring my kids up all by myself. If Anyabai achieves something in life, I will consider my life to be successful. I have worked very hard,” she said. Two years back, she was given the job of a “safai karamchari” (sanitation worker). Among the five cleaners in the village, she is the only woman. Despite some improvements, the life of struggle continues for Maya Devi and her family. She has modest dreams for her daughter. But Anyabai’s dreams are bigger. “I wish to grow up and play like (Argentine footballer Lionel) Messi,” she said passionately.The girl has plans of taking up social sciences as her subject in class 11 along with language and vocational subjects. “I will study further after class 12, but then I wish to just play and study football after that.”Anyabai recounts the village’s journey which goes back nearly a decade. The then school coach was busy training boys for kabaddi when girls began pestering him, and he was forced to indulge them by giving them a football to play with. She developed a fascination for the game. After that, there was no looking back. read more
8 min read By Naomi GrossmanIt was the yak herders in China who inspired Steve Holt to start his own business.But it was the installation of a completely new IT system based around SAP Business One that enabled Yak Pak to become the company he always envisioned.Today, the maker of backpacks, messenger bags, handbags, and other luggage is on track to hit $50 million in retail sales this year — while relocating its warehouse from an expensive, cramped location in Brooklyn, N.Y.; building a Web site that could quickly process orders; growing sales without adding costs; and outsourcing manufacturing and some sales to lower expenses.An IT System That Needed to Be FixedBefore, “technology was always working against us,” says Holt, CEO of Yak Pak. “We had dreams, but we couldn’t fulfill them.” A series of meetings five years ago between Yak Pak’s IT group and management — which then consisted of Holt, CFO Rolando Cohen, and COO Richard Haugen — made it clear that changes had to be made. “We talked about the fact that we weren’t moving a system forward, we were keeping a jalopy moving,” Haugen remembers.Information technology was the last thing on Holt’s mind in 1988 when as a junior in college on a year abroad in China, he plunked down $4,000 with a manufacturing company there to make 400 bags. The bags were eventually shipped to Holt’s dorm room, and his then roommate, Rolando Cohen, realized his friend might be onto something. By the time the two graduated from Georgetown University in 1989 and moved to New York, Cohen had convinced Holt to take him on as a partner. “Neither of us had any experience, so it was a hands-on learning experience,” Holt says.Through trade shows and sales calls on store after store, by 1995 the company was doing $1.6 million in sales and had hired some 14 employees. It was all running on a FoxPro-based accounting system, AMAS, which was initially all Yak Pak needed.”It did the job we asked it to do very well,” says Haugen. But, as the company grew, it became “quickly apparent that the systems we were on wouldn’t take us where we wanted to be.”Executives found it difficult to drill down and get reports to see what was selling and where. “We couldn’t get information to make decisions,” says Holt. “Who’s buying it? What’s selling? Frequency of orders?”Moreover, any reports that they did get cost thousands of dollars because they had to be customized. “It had a crummy warehouse model, accounting system, and nothing was integrated,” complains Holt. “Haugen had clever patches, but it was still a Rube Goldberg system.”For example, it took salespeople 40 minutes to manually enter each order and the system couldn’t handle all “ship to” locations for the new customers they were landing. The Web site was running on Microsoft Commerce Server and as the company’s Internet retail business grew, the system couldn’t keep up. The EDI requirements of major retailers were cumbersome to manage, and the need to constantly move data from one system to another was time-consuming.There was also no possibility of operating remotely, forcing the warehouse to remain in an old facility in an expensive section of Brooklyn. Similarly, as the company’s sales improved, the cost of adding sales and customer service people became increasingly burdensome because of the company’s New York City location. Also, the inability to outsource meant that small customers were being allocated the same resources as much larger ones. It was clear changes needed to be made. In desperation, Haugen called SAP. “I called the guy big guys use, and asked for something for a small guy.”Finally, SAP for Smaller BusinessesHaugen was initially told that SAP’s smallest customer did $200 million in sales, but the woman he spoke to said that she heard “something was coming up that’ll be for us.” She was right. SAP was just coming out with its SAP Business One for smaller businesses and through SAP consultant, RSM McGladry, Yak Pak became one of the product’s early adopters.Ultimately, the company’s IT investment — which was “well under $500,000″ according to Haugen — involved deploying the full SAP Business One business management integration package. Haugen noted that he relied heavily on the SAP consultants, who encouraged Yak Pak to view SAP as a platform on which to integrate other products. He did.”When we put in a system, we first analyzed all our business processes, and that saved us time and money,” Haugen explains. “We also were willing to change our business processes, the order approval process. We streamlined and changed reports around. We really stripped out everything. It was like ripping out the engine and transmission while driving. It was a lot of work.” But Haugen is convinced the effort was well worth it. “We saw a return on our investment within 11 months,” he crows. Annual estimated savings with the new system run approximately $300,000.Seamless IntegrationThe platform helped Yak Pak achieve “seamless integration” between its back end and its Web site, says Haugen. Among the applications integrated with Business One are CitiXsys Credit Card Module for credit card functionality, Altec Doc-link for document management, and Accellos Radio Beacon WMS for supply chain management.Perhaps most significantly, the new system gave the company geographical independence. Yak Pak immediately moved its warehouse to a less expensive, more modern facility in Houston, Texas. As a bonus, the warehouse is now closer to El Salvador, where the company had begun to do some manufacturing. “We were the largest air freighter from El Salvador to New York,” says Holt. “Now we ship from El Salvador to Texas and we save nearly $3,000 a week.”At the new Houston warehouse, Radio Beacon enables wireless warehouse management, and a much more efficient process was put into place so that an employee can scan a symbol on a box, confirm its quantity, print out a label, and, at the same time, create a “route” in the warehouse to easily direct others to that box. The box can be marked as shipped and delivery notes are automatically created in Business One. . “Before [our system] was WIFF, What I Find First, says Haugen.The system has reduced “mis-picks” in the warehouse by 70 percent. “Now when a customer calls we can say which box number and what is supposed to be in the box,” says Haugen, all on the phone in real time. The “ship-complete” ratio went to 98 percent from the mid 80s, he adds, and EDI requirements can now be easily fulfilled because the compliance labels are built into the system. Web customer service costs have fallen by 60 percent with one position completely eliminated. “We have a level of automation and technology that a lot of companies our size don’t have,” notes Haugen.Yak Pak integrated SAP Business One Web tools, a Web-based e-Commerce and CRM platform for SAP Business One, into the platform so that users would have to enter information only once and the data be seen among all the systems. “Everyone looks at the same set of data,” notes Haugen. “When we invoice we can settle credit card transactions in one process,” he adds. “It saves us time and effort. We used to have two people who just processed credit card orders. One was looking up transactions wile the other was going in and closing out invoices. Now it’s all automated. The receptionist just invoices the orders.”Saving On StaffingThe system also let Yak Pak put a sales and administrative office in El Salvador, where staffing is much less expensive. “Before, the thought of opening a bilingual office in another country was unthinkable,” says Holt. “It opened up the world to us.”The new system has dramatically affected the company’s staffing needs. “We have [20 percent] fewer people in accounting now than five years ago,” says Haugen, and warehouse headcount has plunged 22 percent. “It enabled us to detach growth in the sales office from the back office,” says Haugen. “A lot of small to midsize businesses have that problem when their administrative costs grow with the front office. We don’t have to add department costs when we add salespeople,” and sales reps now have 30 percent more time to sell.The office in El Salvador employs 24 sales people and a dozen analysts, designers, and producers. Salaries in El Salvador are a third of their New York equivalents, and Holt says the “quality of work exceeded the expectations,” partly due to Yak Pak’s integrated database. “In our database, [salespeople] can see where a store is located. They can see the store is located near a park. They can check the [local] newspaper to see [stories] about the store. They can see the high school football team is playing in a game. They can use that in a sales pitch and offer customized orders in the high school football colors,” Holt says, adding that “this is a Salvadorian person speaking in English to this person.””When I talk to other people in leadership positions, technology is never seen as a positive tool,” says Holt. “Others look at IT as being cost centers. We see it as an investment that paid itself off in a year. We could grow to three times our size and not need to change anything about our infrastructure.”Naomi Grossman is assistant editor of bMighty.com. 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