Perimeter Fence for Howard Cooke Primary

first_imgRelatedEducation Minister Hails Ardenne High Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams (right), hands over a letter of commitment for $50,000 to Acting Principal of the Howard Cooke Primary School, in Montego Bay, Mrs. Mavis Moses (2nd right), to go towards the construction of a perimeter fence for the school. Sharing in the moment are Principal of the institution, Mr. Dave Scott (2nd left), and Chairman of the Board of Governors for the school, Philemon Samuels (left). Occasion was a ground breaking ceremony for the fence at the school on November 7. Advertisements Perimeter Fence for Howard Cooke PrimaryJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Ground has been broken for the construction of a perimeter fence around the Howard Cooke Primary School, in Catherine Hall, St. James, to ensure the safety and security of students and teachers.Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, and Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, who broke ground on November 7, pledged a donation of $50,000 from the Community Development Fund (CDF) towards the project.She said the project is a significant step forward for the institution, and a strong demonstration of the commitment to ensure the security of the over 1,300 students attending the institution.“We (the Government) are cognizant of the fact that the safety of our students is just as important as their education. All of us have very high hopes for the school, its students and its graduates, and we want for you, an environment that is secure, quiet and which will also facilitate learning,” the State Minister said.She called on all stakeholders who use the facility to take care of the fence when the project is completed, while encouraging the parents of the students attending the institution to forge a strong partnership with the school.“You have a responsibility not only to forge a strong partnership with the school, but to make sure that your child is safe on the property. You must ensure that it (the perimeter fence) is not destroyed, nor torn down to gain access to and from the school,” she urged the audience.Meanwhile, Acting Principal of the school, Mrs. Mavis Moses, said that safety and security have always been among the challenges of the institution, while expressing appreciation to the Board of Governors for undertaking the project.“No child can learn to his or her true potential if that child does not feel safe and secure in that classroom.  No teacher can give of his or her best if that teacher does not feel safe and secure,” she emphasized. RelatedThousands of Students to Take Part in Empowerment Programme in St. Elizabethcenter_img Story HighlightsGround has been broken for the construction of a perimeter fence around the Howard Cooke Primary School, in Catherine Hall, St. James.The project is a strong demonstration of the commitment to ensure the security of the over 1,300 students attending the institution.Acting Principal of the school, Mrs. Mavis Moses, said that safety and security have always been among the challenges of the institution. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedConstruction to Begin Next Month on Diagnostic Centres for Special Needs Children Perimeter Fence for Howard Cooke Primary EducationNovember 8, 2013Written by: Bryan Millerlast_img read more

Benobikes buys out AX-Lightness to carry on superlight, ultra premium German-made carbon

first_imgWhat that means for the company is that the full staff of 30 in design, operations, and manufacturing stays on and operations have continued without interruption. What that means for consumers is that AX-Lightness bikes and components will keep being developed and produced at the ultra premium performance they are known for, all products in development are still moving forward, and the products will continued to be backed by an even stronger and more responsive company. It also means that the Benotti bikes offerings are set to get even better in the near future, as they start to build on the high level tech of AX, potentially at a more affordable price level.Now with some background out of the way, I’ll get back to digging out the factory tour highlights. So keep an eye open for that in the coming weeks… With the purchase by Nolte and his taking the role of managing director, he plans to integrate his Benotti line of bikes into the AX-Lightness group to expand sales worldwide of both bikes and components. The aim is to carry on both brands simultaneously, but to be able to produce some (or all) of the Benotti bikes in the AX factory, while still developing bikes under the AX name at the highest level, all focusing on high-end Made in Germany carbon fiber tech. Before the holidays we had a chance to go visit the designers and hands-on carbon fabricators that turn light ideas into superlight AX-Lightness components. But as I’ve started sorting through the couple of hundred photos I took on my two days of factory tours, I realized that first we should talk about a pretty important organizational change at AX-Lightness. We’d heard industry rumblings since the summer that AX was having financial troubles and had sought some form of bankruptcy protection, but had little concrete details. Now sitting down with the management team at their Creussen headquarters, we got a little more backstory and have a good sense that being bought out by fellow German company Benobikes has already gotten AX back on their feet and will actually help AX-Lightness with some sustainable growth…center_img What essentially happened to AX-Lightness was that a mixture of reliance on motorsports and some poor management practices, left them with a good bit of outstanding debt and not enough reliable sales outside of the bike industry to keep everything in the black. So over the past six months or so there was a management shake-up that saw the company founder Axel Schnura leave, while they searched for new management and financial backing. After an intense search with several interested parties, Benobikes and its owner Bernd Nolte rose to the top of the potential buyers with both a business plan that made financial sense and a forward outlook that offered the people and products of AX-Lightness a sustainable future.As we heard it, the future of AX was never really in doubt. Sure, the company was not making a profit, but there was so much value in the intellectual property, the products themselves, the design team, and the expert crafts people that it was simply a matter of selecting new management and figuring out which financial backer meshed smoothly with the existing company.last_img read more

Utah Utes basketball: Junior College transfer Antonio DiMaria signs with Utes

first_img Utah Utes campus briefs Related SALT LAKE CITY — As expected, the University of Utah basketball team signed Antonio DiMaria to a letter of intent for next season. Coach Jim Boylen also confirmed Wednesday that Chris Hines will be back with the team for his sophomore season, contrary to previous reports.DiMaria, a transfer from Casper Community College, will join the Utes for summer school and the offseason conditioning program, according to Boylen.”Antonio is a terrific signing for our program,” Boylen said in a prepared statement. “He is a talented, versatile, shooting wing and addresses our need for another scoring threat. We also liked Antonio’s experience and his solid character on and off the floor, and we think he can bring more leadership to our locker room.”DiMaria was a first-team all-Region IX and first-team all-conference selection in the Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference (WCCAC). He averaged 17 points and six rebounds while making 77 three-pointers on the year. DiMaria has also excelled in the classroom, posting a GPA above 3.0 for his cumulative career at Casper.”I developed a great relationship with coach Boylen and (assistant) coach (Barret) Peery this year, and I feel I have a great chance to succeed at Utah,” said DiMaria. “I am really excited to play in the Mountain West Conference and for Coach Boylen.”Hines, a redshirt freshman guard from Houston, played sparingly in the first part of the season, but over the last seven games, he averaged 17.7 minutes per game and scored 7.7 points on 51 percent shooting, including 10 of 18 from 3-point range.With the signing of DiMaria and the confirmation of Hines’ return, the Utes still have two scholarships open, which they hope to fill later this month during the spring signing period.e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Kaizer Chiefs back on top of SA football

first_img28 May 2013 ‘Happy and excited’“I’m so happy and excited at the same time. I think I have an even bigger challenge next season to defend all the awards that I won this season. All eyes will be on me.” Speaking after his side’s win over SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup, Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said: “If someone had told me at the start of the season we would win the double I’d ask them what how much they were drinking? But as the season progressed, we all started to believe [we could do it]. “It is a great feeling to win this award,” Baxter told the Kaizer Chiefs’ website. “When you receive a call to coach Kaizer Chiefs it brings lots of pressure especially after the club went through such a long time without winning the league. I thank the supporters for sticking through with the club through thick and thin.” ‘Immensely proud’“You’ve got to be happy to come to a club and win the double in your first year. It’s incredible and I’m immensely proud of my players.” Khune has also moved to downplay suggestions that he could sign a lucrative contract with an overseas club, saying he had not heard anything from anybody and was thus focusing on playing the next season with the Amakhosi. “We will meet soon and discuss areas that need strengthening in the team. We will be campaigning in Africa which means our squad will need to have more depth.” It was certainly a weekend to remember for Chiefs. It began with victory over SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup final in Durban on Saturday, and ended in Johannesburg on Sunday with Khune being named Footballer of the Season, the Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Season, Goalkeeper of the Season and Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament. In his first season with Chiefs, the former Bafana Bafana mentor was named Coach of the Year after the club claimed the Nedbank Cup for the first time in seven years and the league honours for the first time in eight years. ‘The culture of winning’Baxter also praised his technical team and the team’s management. He further sounded a warning to other clubs, saying: “It is very important that we continue with the culture of winning. Kaizer Chiefs are back on top of South African football after winning both the Premier Soccer League and the Nedbank Cup. Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune also dominated the PSL Awards on the weekend, putting an exclamation point on the Amakhosi’s fine season. “When I started playing against them in 1980, it was unbelievable already in those days, and it’s grown into a huge empire.” SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt, after seeing his side go down in the Nedbank Cup final, said: “They’re the biggest club in South Africa and your back’s going to be against the wall every time you play them,” he said. “They’re a fantastic football club and you’ve got to commend Kaizer [Motaung] and his family for what they’ve done here. Khune, captain of Chiefs and South Africa, told Sapa he was humbled by the awards he received. “To be recognised as the best player in the PSL, I’m so humbled,” he said. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

HeyCosmo: Automate Your Life Via Your Mobile

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez Related Posts center_img To capitalize on the growing mobile market, a company called HeyCosmo is launching two new location-based service designed for use on both the web and the phone. The first service, HeyCosmo Concierge, wants to help you save time on everyday tasks like making dinner reservations or finding an affordable contractor. The second, HeyCosmo Blaster, is a social event planning tool. HeyCosmo ConciergeThe goal behind HeyCosmo Concierge is great: save you time. However, its practicality makes me wonder. The service implements advanced telephony technology to help you complete tasks. The easiest example of this would be making dinner reservations. Instead of you calling restaurants one-by-one in order to find an 8:00 PM seating for a party of five, you could use HeyCosmo Concierge to do the dialing for you. With an automated, but customizable, message, its robo-dialer immediately contacts all the restaurants in your area (and this can be narrowed down by cuisine, too) and asks the recipient of the call to press (1) for yes, we can accommodate you, (2) no, we cannot accommodate you, etc. in response to the initial recorded greeting and question. The particular questions and how they are phrased can be specified by you. You can also record your own voice if desired. At the end of the messages, an ad will play, which is how the service makes money. After placing the call, you’ll see results return immediately, in real-time, and next to each listing you’ll see the status of the call and then how the person on the other end responded (1, 2, 3, etc.) or if there was no answer. HeyCosmo ConciergeThe technology behind this is pretty impressive, but my concern is for the people on the other end of the call. Would they think this recording is spam? Would they realize it’s just a recording and hang up? Did I just save my time at the expense of theirs? Based on the number of restaurants dialed with no response, I think it’s entirely possible that the answer in many cases would be “yes.” The reason? Phone trees. After years of navigating the annoying phone trees in an effort to reach an actual human being when dialing up customer service, there’s a profound distaste for automated greetings and messages that’s still very prevalent in our culture. And unfortunately, without willing participants on the other end of the line, HeyCosmo Concierge won’t be effective.HeyCosmo BlasterHowever, the other app by this company, HeyCosmo Blaster, might have some potential…at least among the mobile-savvy kids, teens, and young adults of Gens X, Y, and Z. Blaster is a simple social planning app. To use, you just enter in a date, time, and place to meet along with the names and numbers of your friends. Blaster, like Concierge, immediately dials your friends and presents the menu choices you specified. (i.e. “Press (1) from Meet at 1:30 PM at the mall,” “Press (2) to meet at Katy’s house at 2:00 PM,” etc.). Organizers can then see the results in real-time and pick the most popular choice. HeyCosmo BlasterAlthough the technology is essentially the same as that of Concierge, the difference here is that you can have a personal conversation with your friends, family, or other group of message recipients beforehand: “Hey guys, since there’s so many of us, I’m going to use this new mobile tool from now on to organize our __________ (Fill in the blank: meetings, study groups, classes, meetups, parties, etc.) Your phone number will also show on their CallerID, so they will know it’s you. Since your friends will be expecting the call, the responses are bound to be a notch above those that come from Concierge, which is essentially a recorded message beamed to perfect strangers around your city.As for who this service appeals to, my vote goes with the younger crowd. Obviously, anyone could use it, but with this group, mobile devices are glued to their hands, so here it has a better chance of success.Learn MoreYou can visit HeyCosmo’s web site and check out all their services here: Concierge and Blaster are both also available as Blackberry apps; an iPhone app will arrive in a few weeks.Note: HeyCosmo also has another service, HeyCosmo Prankster, which was not demoed today. As a 10-year-old, I would have loved it. As an adult, I have to say that it’s just plain wrong. Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Business Intelligence: Assisted by Enterprise Search for Unified Information Access

first_imgBusiness Intelligence (BI) is increasingly being used by businesses for synthesizing data culled from many company databases to create reports and dashboards that can identify patterns and trends.  BI has had its share of success, but it sometimes isn’t able to tell the whole story.  That’s because BI is limited to analyzing structured data stored in databases.  It doesn’t consider unstructured data.But the amount of unstructured data is growing much more quickly than the amount of structured data.  For example, there are significant sources of unstructured data being stored in organizations, particularly in documents and emails that are basically untapped by BI.  That’s not to mention information being created on blogs, Facebook pages, wikis and microblogging platforms like Twitter.  A typical ratio of unstructured to structured data found in an organization is about 80:20.  Unstructured data isn’t easy to analyze, and because of that, unstructured data hasn’t typically been included in the analysis of  BI tools.Unlike BI, Enterprise Search focuses on trying to uncover information held in unstructured data, but there are limitations as to what search can do.  While search can help identify unstructured content, it isn’t very good in analyzing what the content means. BI is based on analytics that have been built on top of the structured search SQL queries, but not much work has been done to create a similar sort of analytic framework to run on top of unstructured search results.While analysis of unstructured data still remains a stumbling block, recently vendors are trying to at least unite the worlds of BI and Enterprise search to provide a more comprehensive approach for finding business information and understanding important trends and patterns in that data.  The result is something that is being called Unified Information Access (UIA).  UIA is a term that is being popularized by Forrester, and some vendors, like Attivio, are beginning to target products in this space.Most Enterprise Search solutions try to mimic the simple one-field search method popularized by Google and are more recently also including faceted search as an option.  On the other hand, BI applications tend to have much more complex interfaces for specifying analysis criteria, often requiring many pages of options to be completed.  UIA tries to combine the two technologies.  UIA queries are built as a combination of both search terms and analysis criteria.  The results are then returned in a format that resembles a portal or mashup.  In this way, the results from the two technologies are combined and reported on within the same result screen.  One of the interesting aspects of UIA is that analytic results are supplemented with links into structured data elements.Using UIA, analytic results are improved because unstructured data can be brought in as backup information to support the conclusions of the analytics.  The approach allows a user to be able to interact with all data in the corporation, not just the unstructured or just the structured data components.UIA is an interesting idea and I’d expect that we will see more BI products try to integrate unstructured data into their analytic results.last_img read more

Napoli €60m for Norwegian duo?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Napoli are reportedly ready to pursue their interests in RB Salzburg starlet Erling Haaland with a €40m bid, as well an offer for Genk midfielder Sander Berge. There are expected a lot of changes at the San Paolo and Aurelio De Laurentiis is reported to be ready to splash €60m in total for the Norwegian duo. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, they have stepped up their interest in the Norway internationals after facing both in the group stage of this season’s Champions League campaign. Last weekend the RB Salzburg striker added another three to his total tally of 26 goals in 18 matches for the Austrian champions this term – including three goals in two games against the Partenopei in the Champions League. Previous reports have claimed the striker to have a price tag of €100m, far off the reported €40m De Laurentiis is willing to pay. They are also following the development of the situation regarding Berge’s future. The Genk midfielder has been linked away from Belgium and would be a subject of a €20m offer from Napoli. Napoli are back in action against Milan after the international break, where the Norway pair are preparing to face the Faroe Islands on Friday, before travelling to Malta on Monday.last_img read more

Your guide to creating social habits for good

first_imgI co-presented a session at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, “Creating Habits for Social Good: Use Behavioral Insights to Get Your Audience Hooked on Your Web Experience.” If you missed it, now is your chance to hear it! I’m re-presenting it as a free webinar on May 14.Here is the description:The bar is higher. As a cause website, it’s no longer enough to just be informative. You have to engage and delight your users throughout their web experience. By applying insights from social psychology and neuroscience, companies like Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook have created addictive user experiences and you can do the same. See3’s Allan Burstyn will join Network for Good’s Katya Andresen and together, they’ll explore these concepts and how they can be applied to your organization’s online efforts. They’ll cover how your organization can harness the hardwiring of the brain to achieve social good. If you’ve ever been stymied by unresponsive online constituents, this session is for you!Register here.last_img read more

Expand generosity through transparency and vulnerability

first_imgIn The Generosity Network, philanthropist Jeffrey Walker and fundraising expert Jennifer McCrea team up to show how a shift from transactional to transformational philanthropy can help your nonprofit accomplish even bigger goals. The book is a deeply inspirational instruction manual for forging connections that can move your mission forward. Beyond inspiration, this dream team of social good offers plenty of practical advice for fundraisers looking to build meaningful relationships with donors and partners. One of the most fascinating aspects of the book is the focus on understanding the emotional roots of relationship building and learning to create true partnerships with major donors and community leaders through trust. As you might expect, transparency is paramount.From The Generosity Network:“Today’s best nonprofits recognize this truth. They welcome two-way transparency, even when it’s difficult or stressful—and that includes being willing to entertain tough questions and challenges from well-intentioned supporters. Painful conversations, they’ve found, can be a path to discovery, learning, and growth.”To fully embrace the idea of transparency, Jeffrey and Jennifer say that nonprofits need to first understand the vulnerabilities of donors and partners, including:— the importance of personal or public recognition. Some donors want public recognition, others prefer to stay out of the spotlight.— the intensely personal reasons for giving. Each donor’s motivation for giving will be unique.— how much connection the donor wants with your organization. Some donors may consider their gift connection enough, while other donors crave ongoing involvement.— the experience your charity represents in the donor’s life. Has there been a life-changing experience that drives them to give to your cause?— any concerns the donor may have about giving, such as how the money will be spent or how much of a difference can be made.Of course, it’s still critically important for organizations to practice openness when forging partnerships and bringing on new donors. You can show your commitment to transparency by being open about these three factors:Your mistakes and missteps. Be as open about your failures as you are your successes. Show what you’ve learned and how you’re improving. Don’t try to hide mistakes—as we have seen all too often, this usually backfires.How your strategy has evolved. Changing course isn’t something to be ashamed of, it shows how your organization is growing and adapting along with changing circumstances.Your areas of uncertainty. Be upfront about what you don’t know or areas of weakness. This can help you identify strategic alliances, but also lets partners know you are a real organization, with imperfections like all others.The book is officially available today, and you can learn how to create your own Generosity Network in our free webinar on October 1 at 1pm EDT. Jeff and Jennifer will be our guests and will share their insights to help you build a network of partners that will create lasting results for your organization. Register now to reserve your spot.last_img read more

What to Expect from a Nonprofit Press Release

first_imgUsing an established press release distribution service will help your nonprofit get more attention. Many nonprofits and small businesses want to know exactly what they can expect from a press release before they sacrifice a dime of their precious marketing budget. Press releases are not the holy grail of marketing and promotion, but they are utilized by for-profit companies and you shouldn’t overlook them when assembling your nonprofit promotional arsenal.Make sure you have realistic expectations for how you can use them and what they can do: 1. Get press from a large news agency.The potential upside for a press release is very high. Your news release can get picked up by a large news agency or journalist or you can end up with a radio or TV interview. Large publicity like this can be a huge win for a nonprofit organization with little exposure.Getting contacted by a large news agency is a rare occurrence, so it’s important to keep your expectations realistic. The more substantial and unique your press release is, the more likely you are to obtain positive results.For many press releases, news sites will “pick up” your news release and publish it on their site. These news sites will link directly to your press release page which will further increase your overall exposure, search engine rankings, and traffic.2. Yield better search results.Whenever you send out a press release, make sure to use an established press release distribution service. This ensures your press release will have a prime location on the distributor’s site. It’s not unusual for the web page of a press release to have first page rankings in search engines within hours of publication, especially since it can link to specific keyword phrases.3. Send more traffic to your website. With traffic flowing from news sites and your press release page to your own website, expect an increase in traffic to your website for several weeks after the press release is published. Expect to receive a few hundred new unique visitors in the first few days after publishing a release.Need some ideas for press releases for your nonprofit? Here are some tips:If you’re a new organization, write a release to introduce your organization and its purpose. Use your organization name in the title of the press release to help people find your organization and help searchers find your new organization.Have a great new hire? Let people know where she came from and how excited you are!If you’re planning an event, a press release can be a great way to get increased exposure to your event and website for a few weeks or months before the event.Do you have a name of a product, service, or person in your organization that can use some increased popularity? Write a press release on the topic and use the name in the title of the press release to rank well in search engines.Ryan Bowman runs where he builds simple informational websites on a budget for nonprofits and small businesses. He also provides digital marketing tips on his YouTube Channel.last_img read more