Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta too expressed his happiness. Mehta told PTI: “We are extremely happy at the nomination of Nita Ambani. It will raise the status of India in the eyes of sporting world, as a proud nation in the Olympic movement. It will also raise the profile and awareness of Olympic movement and Olympic sports within the country. We welcome the move by the IOC.” PTI PDS AH AH
New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) Terming as “unacceptable excuse” the denial of details on complimentary passes for hockey matches, the Central Information Commission has directed Hockey India to put in public domain such information in the interest of transparency and prevention of corruption, an official order said.It has also asked the authority concerned to provide details whether any spouse of the playing team member was in the management of Hockey India or Hockey India League “to rule out the possibility of conflict of interest”.Hockey India (HI) acts as the governing body to promote and encourage hockey in the country. It receives funds from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Sports Authority of India for participation of Indian teams in international tournaments towards boarding, lodging, air tickets, field charges, local transport, visa fee and medical insurance.Hockey India League (HIL), which is also known as Coal India Hockey India League, does not receive any government funding, according to its website and the CIC’s order.RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal had in 2015 filed an RTI application with Hockey India, seeking details on commission or other monetary benefits having been paid to get sponsors for HIL matches, and on the system of distribution of free complimentary tickets/passes for different types of matches, among others.Some parts of the the information sought by the appellant was denied by the Central Public Information Officer. Aggrieved over the response, Agrawal had filed first appeal with the body which was also declined.He then moved the Commission in October 2015 which heard the matter on different occasions.advertisementThe final order was passed by the CIC on Thursday, nearly after three years of filing the Right To Information (RTI) application.With regard to the information on complimentary passes, the Hockey India had invoked section 8(1) (d) of the RTI Act — that bars disclosure of information including those of commercial confidence and trade secret — among others.The Commission finds the contention that even complimentary tickets permitted to sponsors as ‘confidential’ with competitive commercial element is absolutely ‘baseless’ and reflects the intention of the HI not to give any bit of information about the favours they are doling out to their favourites, it said.”Especially when the HI and HIL are not inviting sponsors openly, but confined to a limited or single most choice through a marketing agent, the competitive commercial interest question does not arise at all. This is an unacceptable excuse for which clause 8(1)(d) cannot be invoked,” the order said.Hence, the Commission directs the respondent authority to put in public domain, every time when they permit the complimentary passes for the hockey matches, in the interest of transparency and prevention of corruption along with a detailed break up of distribution of complementary passes, the order said.”The people have a right to know for each match how many complimentaries are given, and whether anybody is making any money over distribution of those complimentary passes. The Commission feels that the HI has to give the break up and other details of the complimentary passes for each sponsor in each match also,” it said in its November 8 order.The CIC has also asked the respondent to provide revised information pertaining to rules/norms relating the fee to be paid by the public authority to their counsel, to the appellant, within seven days from the date of receipt of this order, it added. PTI AKV SRY
29 Niasse Share on Messenger match reports Substitutes 2 Peltier CAR BUR (s 81′) 7 Burnley Off target 12 Cardiff 7 Burnley On target 2 Cardiff 33 Hoilett Ashley Barnes appears to kiss Joe Bennett of Cardiff City on the nose. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images 21 Victor Camarasa 1 Heaton Share on LinkedIn 20 Hart Possession Fouls 4 Morrison Cardiff Burnley Goal attempts 7 Arter 28 Murphy Lineups 5 Ecuele Manga The Observer 3 Taylor 7 10 A game featuring a referee’s change of heart over a controversial penalty award, a player booked for twice kissing an opponent and two headed goals from Chris Wood was never dull. If it was a little bad-tempered at times it probably reflected the tension of a relegation six-pointer that ended with Burnley all but mathematically safe and Cardiff travelling to a freefalling Brighton on Tuesday knowing victory could still boost their slim hopes of staying in the Premier League.“If Brighton beat us it’s probably all over,” said a surprisingly sanguine Neil Warnock who had turned incandescent when his Cardiff side were awarded a penalty after a linesman spotted a handball by Ben Mee, only for the referee, Mike Dean, to change his mind.“But I think we’re going to be inundated with luck in our final five games.”The visitors had only themselves to blame for a poor first half and the game had barely begun when Wood hit the post after making a headed connection with a whipped-in free-kick from Burnley’s highly promising winger, Dwight McNeil.The 19-year-old’s dead-ball delivery and crossing posed Cardiff a litany of problems and he created both Wood’s goals. The first came from a McNeil corner met by the unmarked New Zealand striker whose perfectly timed advance encountered zero resistance from a slapdash visiting defence. Wood glanced his header beyond Neil Etheridge and nudged Cardiff closer to the Championship.The loss of Sol Bamba, their best defender, to a season-ending injury has hit them hard and their backline reverted to papier-mache mode again as Ashley Westwood found himself clean through with only Etheridge to beat. The goalkeeper, partly assisted by the distraction offered by a desperately backpedaling Sean Morrison, did well to come off his line and make an important save but he should never have been placed in that position.A series of tetchy sub-plots was unfolding involving assorted warring players. The most notable involved Joe Bennett clashing with Ashley Barnes and both players were booked shortly before half-time, Cardiff’s left-back for fouling the home forward and Barnes for appearing to kiss Bennett twice on the nose in mischievous response. (s 73′) 11 Wood 15 Bacuna Burnley players probably felt like kissing Dean following his volte face. The referee had awarded Cardiff a penalty after being alerted to a handball. After pointing to the spot and initially appearing to tell protesting players he would not be discussing the matter with the linesman, Dean then changed his mind and the decision. Replays suggested that in attempting to cut out a cross, the defender had accidentally headed the ball on to his hand. “It’s tough on Cardiff but the officials reached the right decision,” said Sean Dyche.The decision left Warnock chewing gum with a frighteningly manic intensity. “It’s one of those things,” he said. “I’ve been to see the referee but that’s between us. It’s annoying, we keep getting one kick in the teeth after another.“He does seem to lift his hand to the ball, so there is some movement there. But I can’t fault my players, they really tried hard and we’ve got to be ready for Brighton now.”It would be no consolation to Cardiff’s manager that, by then, his side had improved significantly. While Harry Arter curled a shot tantalisingly over the bar and Junior Hoilett tested Tom Heaton with a tricky 25 yard shot; Hoilett then scuffed his shot after being set up by Kenneth Zohore.“I really thought we could have won it in the second half,” said Warnock. Instead he had to endure watching more clever wing play from McNeil preface Wood heading his 13th goal of the campaign after the youngster’s cross was deflected by Bruno Ecuele Manga.Burnley have reached the nirvana otherwise known as 39 points and the Royal Dyche, the nearby pub re-named in their manager’s honour, could anticipate brisk Saturday-night trade.“The lads have been terrific,” said Dyche, whose side have collected 27 points from their past 15 games. “They deserve to stay up.” 12 Brady Share on Twitter Substitutes Match stats 18 Westwood 4 Cork Premier League 1 Etheridge Cardiff City 2 Lowton 23 Ward Topics 28 Long 10 Zohore 11 Murphy Pinterest 8 4 3 Bennett 8 Ralls Share via Email 31 McNeil 27 Vydra Corners Facebook 6 Mee (s 78′) 5 Tarkowski 19 Mendez-Laing 7 Gudmundsson 14 Gibson 14 Reid Twitter Burnley CAR53BUR47% Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook 10 Barnes 53 47 18 Cunningham 13 Hendrick Reuse this content Share on Pinterest 17 Gunnarsson
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been known to bust a move or two in the post-game locker room this season. Tonight, after his top-ranked Tigers held off Florida State, Swinney broke out one of his best numbers yet.This vine surfaced shortly after the win, and it shows Dabo hitting the popular “Dab” dance. That’s why he is kind of awkwardly tucking his head into the crook of his elbow. Here’s some more footage of Dabo dabbing.Dabo’s new moves. pic.twitter.com/9vJg8HApCn— Jeff Fischel (@JeffFischel) November 8, 2015Swinney is loving life right now, as well he should. Clemson controls its own destiny on the road to the CFP, and the Tigers just might dance their way to the final four.
Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, signs the condolence book opened at Gordon House for former Government Minister, the late Dwight Nelson, who died at the age of 72 on December 24, 2018. The official funeral for Mr. Nelson will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, North Street, Kingston, on January 31, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Dovecot Memorial Park. Mr. Nelson, a trade unionist, served as a Senator, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and Minister of National Security. Public Relations Officer, Houses of Parliament, Tashana Sewell Alcock, signs the condolence book opened at Gordon House for former Government Minister the late Dwight Nelson, who died at the age of 72 on December 24, 2018. The official funeral for Mr. Nelson will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, North Street, Kingston on January 31, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Dovecot Memorial Park. Mr. Nelson, a trade unionist, served as a Senator, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and Minister of National Security.
June 3, 2014 zoom Managers in today’s extremely competitive maritime industry need to cope with the current technical, regulatory and commercial developments.Tor Egil Svensen, CEO Maritime of DNV GL, and Neil Bellefontaine, Acting WMU President announce the new Executive Maritime Management PGD at PosidoniaThey must also be able to anticipate future developments and react in advance. It is essential that they have up-to-date skills and comprehensive knowledge, if they are to retain their competitive edge.The World Maritime University (WMU), founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, and the Maritime Academy of DNV GL, the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society, have joined forces to offer an innovative new Postgraduate Diploma.This unique Postgraduate Diploma is designed to provide a boot camp for managers.Drawing on the strengths and expertise of both partners, it covers the most important current topics in the maritime industry, taking a blended-learning approach to operational, commercial and technical issues.The Diploma will be offered in 2015 as an open-enrolment classroom-based learning program in selected worldwide DNV GL Maritime Academies.It will also be followed by distance-learning using the latest e-education systems, which allows maximum flexibility to individual participants.
New Delhi: Commuters at the Delhi Metro had a harrowing time as the services on the metro networks were briefly delayed on on three line– Red line, Magenta line and Violet lines –during the peak hours on Monday.The commuters claimed that the train took 20 minutes to go from one station to another. However, the metro official said that it’s not a major issue, and all the services will be normal shortly. Moreover, DMRC tweeted about the delay in services from Kashmere Gate to Shaheed Sthal. Apart from this, trains on Magenta Line were also running slow between Botonical Garden towards Janak puri. DMRC further tweeted that the normal services were resumed. However, during the mid day, a signalling issue was also reported on the Violet line and services were reported to be briefly delayed. A DMRC official said that, “There was a brief delay from Raja Nahar Singh towards Badarpur on the violet line due to a signaling issue at around 2.30 pm. He also added that the services were restored shortly. “Slow movement and delay in service on the Metro network have become a regular affair,” said Rajesh Kumar, a daily commuter at Kashmere Gate metro station. “The trains were running at a snail’s pace and it was distressing moments as I was getting late to home, but could not help,” he said. He also said, that confusion prevailed among the commuters when no announcement was made from the authority.
Rabat – Kanye West can’t seem to hold his tongue.After declaring his love and support for Donald Trump, West is under fire once again for controversial comments suggesting slavery was a “choice.”The American rapper–who recently lost 9 million Twitter followers after his pro-Trump tweets–continued to praise Trump during an interview with the American tabloid TMZ. Kanye with the worst take yet“You hear about slavery for 400 years. 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.” pic.twitter.com/jJwtByDuyH— Alazar Moges (@zarzarbinkss) May 1, 2018“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice!” Trump’s new BFF said.“Like, you was there for 400 years, and it’s all y’all? You know, it’s like, we’re mentally in prison. I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks,” he continued.West didn’t stop there; he continued to make his point, saying that prison is something that “unites [people] as one race.”Following his comments, Kim Kardashian’s husband was completely shut down by writer and TMZ’s podcaster Van Lathan, who gave West a history lesson.“I just don’t think you are thinking anything. I think what you are doing right now is an afterthought…And while you are making music and being an artist, the rest of us in society have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice,” he said.Lathan was very hurt and disappointed by West who has “morphed into something that is not real.”“I will combat your free thought with my free thought, because mine is grounded in the reality that I have been given and the reality that I am going to change, but I am not going to do it by pretending that the enemies are on the same team as me,” concluded the writer.West later tweeted that his comments on Tuesday had been misinterpreted. “To make myself clear, of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will,” he wrote.Alas, it was too late for the 40-year-old singer to explain himself: the hashtag #IfSlaveryWasAChoice has taken Twitter by storm, as the Black community ironically responds to “Yeezy” with memes mocking his statements.The winner of multiple Grammy Awards returned to social media two weeks ago, after a year-long silence on Twitter, following his hospitalization in a Los Angeles psychiatric facility in November 2016. In his Twitter comeback, the artists has been rapid-fire posting up to 20 messages per hour, on subjects ranging from politics to philosophy and fashion.
Milojica Kos, who was credited with serving nearly three-and-a-half years of a six-year sentence, was released from the ICTY’s Detention Unit following an order issued yesterday by the President of the Tribunal, Judge Claude Jorda.Mr. Kos, a shift commander at the Omarska camp, was arrested by NATO troops and transferred to The Hague on 29 May 1998. He was convicted along with four others on 2 November 2001 for persecution as a crime against humanity and for murder and torture as violations of the laws or customs of war.In rendering its judgement, the Tribunal said it decided “very early on in the trial” that there existed a widespread and systematic attack against the Muslim and Croat civilian population in the municipality of Prijedor between 26 May and 30 August 1992, and concluded that crimes of persecution, murder, torture and cruel treatment were committed in the Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje detention camps.The order granting early release to Mr. Kos is the second such directive, after Dragan Kolundzija was released in December 2001. The release of Mr. Kos also brings to four the number of persons convicted by the Tribunal who have served their sentences.Seven convicted are currently serving their sentences while four other accused who have been convicted and sentenced are awaiting transfer to a State to serve their terms, according to the ICTY.
Click here to view a large version. (Image Credit: Eurostat)THE NUMBER OF people seeking asylum in the European Union increased by more than 30 per cent last year, figures published today from Eurostat show.435,000 applications for asylum were received in 2013, compared to 335,000 in 2012.A total of 50,470 of these came from Syria, the largest amount from any country.The second and third largest groups were Russia (41,270) and Afghanistan (26,290).Click here to view a larger version. (Image Credit: Eurostat)Five EU states accounted for 70 per cent of applications.Germany – 127,000/29 per centFrance – 65,000/13 per centSweden – 54,000 / 13 per centUnited Kingdom – 30,000 / 7 per centItaly 28,000 / 6 per centIreland received 920 applications, making up 0.2 per cent of the total.130 of these were from Nigeria, 95 from Pakistan, and 70 from Zimbabwe.Of the 840 first instance decisions* made last year, 82 per cent were rejected.None were granted asylum for humanitarian reasons.*It should be noted that first instance decisions made in 2013 may refer to applications registered in previous years.Read: How a doctor had his asylum request rejected because someone ‘didn’t like him’ >More: Snowden offers Brazil help in investigating spying in exchange for asylum >
July 21, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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) – Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con earlier this weekend to announce the sequel to the ’80s classic “Top Gun.”Fans were surprised to see the movie star who made the announcement that coincided with the release of the movie’s trailer.Some people noticed that Cruise’s jacket in the trailer no longer has the Japanese and Taiwanese flags, like it did 33 years ago. Rumored sources say the producers removed the flags as to not offend any Chinese fans with the placement of the two rival nations flags.“Top Gun: Maverick” is expected to hit theaters next year. Posted: July 21, 2019 Tom Cruise announces new Top Gun movie at Comic-Con KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom
Tags 1:25 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Apple reportedly releasing 16-inch MacBook Pro, Netflix… 0 Post a comment If convicted, Collin Riley Howard could face up to 20 years in prison. Getty Images/Tetra Images Collin Riley Howard, a UC Santa Cruz student, was indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple charges last week for distribution and possession with the intent to distribute drugs like meth and cocaine. The twist? Howard, 18, developed an iPhone app to help him.Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 28 of last year, the Banana Plug app allegedly advertised the sale of illegal substances and allowed customers to make special requests, according to a press release Tuesday from the US Attorney’s Office. Banana Plug, which reportedly advertised itself as a game, appears to have been removed from the App Store. Players would tap tiles that swapped between images of bananas and plugs. The goal was to clear the screen on bananas. The app’s description said “We have what you want,” Apple Insider reported. The App Store guidelines strictly prohibits any app “facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances (except for licensed pharmacies).” Apple didn’t immediately respond for comment.Howard organized purchases through the app, Snapchat and posters on the Santa Cruz campus, whose mascot is the Banana Slug, according to the US Attorney’s Office. UC Santa Cruz police and Homeland Security began communicating with Howard via an undercover officer. Over four transactions, the officer requested marijuana, cocaine and more than five grams of meth via the app before officials arrested Howard on Feb.15, according to the release.Howard was released after appearing before US Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins and will have a bail review hearing Friday. Howard could face up to 20 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines if found guilty. Howard couldn’t immediately be reached for comment and it’s unclear if he has a lawyer. Mobile Applications
Dinita Thomas, warehouse manager and Erin Belitskus, development and volunteer coordinator in BBF Pennsylvania, and BBF’s Vice President Karen Dempsey welcome guests to BBF anniversary event.Brother’s Brother Foundation, one of the nation’s leading charitable organizations recently celebrated its first anniversary in the D.C. metro area with an open house that brought together more than 100 guests. Touted internationally, since 2009, as one of the most efficient charities, Brother’s Brother Foundation promotes international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational and other resources.Ruth Anderson, director, Virginia Supply Program for Brother’s Brother Foundation / Northern Virginia said the importance of the new location can be found in the ongoing need for equipment and supplies at area hospitals, far removed from their headquarters in Pittsburgh.“[Pittsburgh] receives medical equipment and donations from a large geographic area; however, because of their distance away from this D.C. metro area, which has many hospital systems with dozens of hospitals, it was important to launch a new location for collecting donations and shipping donations in this area,” Anderson said. “Hospitals are continually changing out beds, other equipment and updating their supplies. As they bring in more modern equipment and newer supplies, their desire is to recycle (versus throw away in a landfill) the old items. BBF provides a way for them to recycle and partner with humanitarian work at the same time…and prevents usable items from being put in landfills.”Since the launch last year, BBF has picked up donations from 15 medical facility locations in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. whichhad not previously donated supplies. BBF provides a service to these facilities while at the same time receiving donations.BBF is one of only three charities rated by Forbes to earn 100 percent fundraising efficiency and 100 percent charitable commitment. In addition to celebrating their one year anniversary in the area, the open house, held July 26 in Fairfax, gave potential volunteers and the larger community an opportunity to learn more about the organization.“This location picks up and ships supplies just as the Pittsburgh location does. One additional process the Virginia location is responsible for…is a major sorting function.Medical manufacturers and hospitals often donate packs of outdated surgical trays and miscellaneous equipment. Staff and volunteers open all of the trays and boxes and retrieve thousands of usable items,” Anderson said.Dorothy Hess, a retired nurse, living in McLean, called BBF’s efforts a godsend for area hospitals. Having witnessed the rise in the cost of both services and equipment during her 28 years at D.C. General Hospital, Hess said donations and volunteers become critical to providing quality medical services.“The D.C. area is full of hospitals that are struggling and dealing with patients who have chronic conditions that require more than triage or clinic services. Some of that burden is lifted when you have core materials and equipment donated,” Hess, 67, said.For more information, visit: brothersbrother.org
The picturesque hills in Kohima will reverberate with the sounds of roaring cars as the JK Tyre Hornbill Motor Rally returns to the annual Hornbill festival of Nagaland in a bigger and more exciting format.The three-day event, which began on December 2, will see some of country’s top rallyists battle for honours even as the entire town turns into party mode. The annual rally which is in its 9th year of existence have added the off road challenge as well which would take place on December 4. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe exciting off roading event making its debut in this iconic event will see top of the line drivers from the region as well as the country traversing through a course of 1.5 kms negotiating six gruelling obstacles in their bid to be crowned champions. Arguably the most exotic Northeast state, Nagaland is also organising a World War 2 Peace Rally to pay homage to its martyrs during the Battle of Kohima. Family members of the heroes will be part of a very touching rally, as they will be taken on a parade in vintage cars and jeeps towards the cemetery. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAll three events coincide with the famous Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, a seven-day extravaganza of cultural performances, ethnic food courts, handlooms and handicrafts bazaars, film and art festivals, fashion shows and a national rock contest. “We are extremely delighted to be part of the Hornbill Motor Rally once again. JK Tyre has always been keen on tapping motorsport talents from every corner of the country. The Northeast has a number of motorsports enthusiasts and I am sure this year’s competitions will be exciting,” said Sanjay Sharma, Head of JK Tyre and Motorsports. The Time, Speed and Distance (TSD) rally will be run over a distance of 55 kilometres, starting from the IG Stadium. Day 1 will come to an end at the Kisama Heritage village. Day 2 will see the Off Road Challenge while Day 3 will be marked by the WW2 Peace Rally.
All in on Jameis WinstonThe Tampa Bay Bucs are the featured team on HBO’s Hard Knocks this year, and Gottlieb thinks the biggest winner from the team’s appearance has been Jameis Winston.After controversial incidents in college, many questioned Winston’s maturity to handle himself off the field in the NFL, but he hasn’t gotten in any trouble in the NFL so far, and under the Hard Knocks microscope, his leadership of the franchise jumps off the screen.Gottlieb is believer in Winston’s ability, and no longer has any concerns that he will revisit the immature issues from college. He’s all in on Jameis Winston, on and off the field.Guests:Brad Stevens – Boston Celtics Head Coach joins the show to talk Ms. Pac Man; recruiting Gordon Hayward; his relationship with Danny Ainge; and his expectations for the coming year.Greg Jennings – FS1 Analyst and former Packers wide receiver joins the show to explain when a player knows a quarterback can or can’t play; when he knew Aaron Rodgers could play and Christian Ponder couldn’t in Minnesota.Sugar Shane Mosely – Former lightweight champ is in-studio to talk Mayweather/McGregor; his fight against Mayweather; and why he thinks McGregor will get dominated. Doug Gottlieb in for Colin:Thunder fans should worry that Russell Westbrook hasn’t signed an extensionWith all the focus on Kyrie Irving’s trade demand, and if LeBron James will leave Cleveland after next season, today Doug pointed out that there’s another superstar that still hasn’t committed long-term to his franchise that no one is talking about, Russell Westbrook.Westbrook has a five-year “supermax” offer from the Thunder on the table, and can agree to it at any time, but has yet to do it. It seems Westbrook is more than willing to see how this season plays out and if recently acquired Paul George will stick around before signing up long term.The longer Westbrook drags it out, the more nervous Thunder fans will get, and rightfully so. They’ve already seen what happened with Kevin Durant.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read November 17, 2006 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The end of the year is an excellent time for small businesses to look both backward and forward. In looking back, take stock of how your business changed over the past year. Did you meet your goals? If not, why? Did your business grow? Has your market changed?When looking forward, now’s a good time to set your goals and objectives for the coming year. Decide exactly how you want your business to evolve next year. Do you want to enter new markets? Target new types of customers? Respond to new competitive pressures?Once you’ve set your business’s goals and objectives, the next step is to map them to the technologies that can best help you meet them. In this month’s column, we’ll look at four network-based technologies that can help small businesses achieve their goals, whether it’s increasing productivity, improving customer satisfaction or reducing costs.Video ConferencingVideo conferencing provides real-time, face-to-face communications with partners, clients, contractors and employees over a broadband network. With a video camera at either end and a robust network in between, you can see as well as hear others during a conference call.Video conferencing promotes greater communication–and thus, understanding–in several key ways. For one thing, you can see the nonverbal signals you’d otherwise miss in a traditional phone call. A video conference also allows you to present far more information than during a phone call. For instance, you could demonstrate a new product as you explain its benefits to others on the call–a much better way to convey that information than standard conference calls allow.Video conferencing can also save you time and money by eliminating or reducing the need for you and your employees to travel. And your employees can take advantage of training courses via video conferencing that they might not otherwise be able to attend.Until recently, video conferencing was really only available to large businesses, which had the necessary financial resources as well as dedicated video conferencing rooms. But today, video conferencing is financially within reach of smaller businesses. You can opt for basic video conferencing solutions, such as those offered by free or inexpensive plug-ins for the Skype voice over IP service. Managed video conferencing services over a converged IP network is another affordable option.Extension MobilityMany workers today frequently travel between offices or job sites. They need to be mobile–and so does the information they require to do their jobs. Wireless and mobile technologies increase efficiency and productivity by extending the footprint of your office, delivering information and applications to your employees when and where they need it.Extension mobility is among the newer developments in wireless and mobile technology. In essence, extension mobility lets you allocate work spaces to employees on an as-needed basis, which can significantly reduce the costs associated with permanent office accommodations. For instance, instead of assigning offices, cubicles and desks to individual employees, several different employees can share the same space on a rotating basis. Extension mobility also boosts productivity, as employees have full access to all their telephony features regardless of their location.For extension mobility to be effective, you need the flexibility of an IP network. An employee can configure any IP phone on an IP network with their extension, along with all their individual phone and voice-mail settings. In effect, any IP phone becomes the employee’s own while he or she is at that particular location. When they’re done, they simply log off and the phone is available for the next mobile employee. This reduces both the cost and complexity of moving employees around as well as enables mobile workers to be productive regardless of where they physically are.Customer Relationship ManagementSince last month’s column, “Tech Solutions That Keep Customers Satisfied,” focused on CRM software, I’ll just touch on it briefly here.In essence, CRM technology helps improve customer satisfaction by enabling a business to better understand its customers, their habits and their needs. CRM software is particularly useful when connected, via software plug-ins, to a small business’s IP telephony system. For instance, when a call comes in, an IP telephony software plug-in automatically links to your CRM system. A pop-up window of the customer contact record appears on your employee’s IP phone screen, their computer screen or both. This gives the employee access to essential data about the customer who’s calling before the employee even picks up the phone. CRM technology can help your business improve every transaction with its customers. That often leads to more satisfied customers, which, in turn, means improved sales and revenue.Unified MessagingDespite all the various means of communications at our disposal today–e-mail, fax, instant messaging, cell phones and such–you’d think it would be easy to get in touch with someone whenever necessary. Unfortunately, in our hectic business world, that’s often not the case.Unified messaging is a solution that streamlines business communications, enabling employees to send and retrieve their voice mail, e-mail and fax messages from one device–either their computer or an IP phone. In addition, it can notify you on any or all your devices (phone, cell phone or computer) whenever a message is received.Unified messaging consolidates your various mailboxes (voice mail, e-mail and fax), giving you one single point of access for all your messages. With anytime, anywhere access to all your messages, you can be more productive, save time, and improve customer relations and satisfaction.So what do you need to take advantage of these four innovative technologies?A single, intelligent IP network. Solutions such as video conferencing, extension mobility, CRM applications and unified messaging require the same foundation: a single, intelligent IP network capable of handling voice, video and data. Such networks are robust enough to handle today’s applications, flexible enough to meet tomorrow’s needs, and scalable enough to grow along with your company.Top-notch security. Security threats today are more widespread than ever. And they can spread quickly. The infamous Slammer virus infected 55 million hosts per second at its peak. A secure, easily adaptive network is especially important for smaller businesses that may not have the support of an in-house security resource.Proper planning. As always, discuss any technology plans with your trusted adviser before making an investment. A well-planned and executed technology investment gives your business a solid foundation for growth today, tomorrow and years to come.
Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) have been snaring motorists on the A500. (Image: Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG)) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIf you’ve been breaking the speed limit while on the A500 today (Monday) then there’s a good chance you’ve been caught. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group have been monitoring motorists on the D-Road and in just one minute they caught three speeding drivers breaking a 50mph limit – they were travelling at speeds of 67, 68 and 72mph. A spokesman for CMPG said: “In 30 minutes we’ve captured 30 motorists exceeding the 50mph speed limit, the highest reading being 76mph.” The crackdown is one of a number of operations carried out by police to snare speeding motorists. Earlier this month, on December 14, officers were out on the A500 and recorded 28 drivers ignoring the 50mph speed limit. In that operation officers set up on the bridge near to the Sideway roundabout where the fastest recorded speed was 74mph. In addition a number were spotted not wearing seatbelts. Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive
HRG UK, the world class corporate travel services company, was named Best Travel Management Company at an award ceremony hosted by Kenya Airways last month. Kenya Airways’ Awards judged the overall annual performance of all travel management companies it worked with from January to December 2010. Of those shortlisted, HRG proved to have the strongest performance based on the volume of Kenya Airways tickets issued. On the award and HRG’s work with Kenya Airlines, Ian Windsor, Managing Director of HRG UK said: “HRG has been working with Kenya Airways to help drive the growth of the corporate business market in Africa, particularly on routes via Nairobi. As Kenya Airways offers both quality service and excellent value on both individual and group fares, the airline has been a great recommendation for our clients who travel in the region.” Bruce Watson, Sales Manager UK and Ireland at Kenya Airways said, “We have been working with HRG for several years, but we have developed a closer relationship over the last six months. Our experience with HRG has always been positive and they thoroughly deserve to win this award, particularly as it demonstrates the success of our partnership.” Kenya Airways’ awards are given annually to the airline’s top achieving agents during the past year. In addition to Best Travel Management Company, other key categories include: Best Tour Operator, Best Group Agent, Best On-Line Operator and Best Consolidator Agent. Source = HRG
Etihad wins world’s leading airline awardEtihad wins world’s leading airline awardEtihad Airways has been named World’s Leading Airline for the eighth consecutive year at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016 held in the Maldives last night.The airline also received the award for World’s Leading First Class, adding to the long list of accolades from media organisations, research consultancies and customer satisfaction surveys worldwide for its First Class service and hospitality offering.Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our commitment to rewriting the rulebook and transforming air travel is being recognised and rewarded year after year. We are proud to once again be receiving these two prestigious awards for what we believe to be the world’s finest airline experience.“The World Travel Awards is an ideal platform from which we can showcase the success of Etihad Airways and also the transformation of our home, Abu Dhabi, into a global hub of commerce, culture and style.”Last night’s awards crown a momentous year for Etihad Airways, which has celebrated a series of coveted wins throughout 2016. These include the World Travel Awards Middle East accolades for Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class and Middle East’s Leading Airport Lounge for its First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport.World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “Once again it is Etihad Airways that leads the way in global aviation.“World Travel Awards voters, from both within the travel industry and among the public at large, have recognised the UAE flag-carrier as the best in the business for the eighth consecutive time. It is a richly deserved honour.“My sincere congratulations to the entire team at Etihad Airways for their continued success and I hope to see them again as we begin our Grand Tour 2017.”The World Travel Awards are widely regarded as the Oscars of the travel industry and hundreds of thousands of WTA voters, from the hospitality industry and the general public, cast more than 1.2 million votes during the Grand Tour 2016.Source = Etihad Airways