LONDON (AP):Chelsea could have to begin the defence of their Premier League title without striker Diego Costa when the champions host Swansea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow on the opening weekend of the new season.The Spain striker, who propelled Chelsea to the domestic title with 20 goals in 2014-15, missed his side’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield last weekend with a hamstring problem. It’s the same type of injury that restricted his appearances throughout the last campaign and JosÈ Mourinho is unlikely to risk Costa’s health early. That means new signing Radamel Falcao could spearhead Chelsea’s attack for the opening encounter.Falcao’s arrival at Chelsea is an intriguing one – the Colombia international was one of the most prolific marksmen in the game until his clinical form deserted him last season during a loan spell at Manchester United from Monaco.He managed only four goals in 29 appearances in an underwhelming year at Old Trafford.But Mourinho has taken a chance on the forward, again on loan, hoping to help Falcao return to the form that saw him score 68 times in 86 appearances for Atletico Madrid from 2011-13.FIRST THE WORST FOR UNITED?Manchester United began last season with the early Saturday kick-off against Swansea and lost 2-1 at Old Trafford in Louis van Gaal’s first game in charge.The Dutchman will be hoping it is not an omen, as his team again takes part in the Premier League curtain raiser tomorrow, this time hosting Tottenham.Van Gaal could hand debuts to Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian and still has David de Gea in his ranks, despite regular reports Real Madrid are lining up a move for the goalkeeper.De Gea will have to keep Tottenham’s Harry Kane at bay, as the striker looks to build upon his breakthrough season last year where he scored 31 goals in all competitions.RODGERS IS BACKLiverpool returns to Stoke on Sunday, the scene of a humiliating 6-1 mauling on the final day of last season.A beleaguered Brendan Rodgers accepted after the game that “if the owners want me to go, I will go”.But, he remains as Liverpool manager and leads a new-look side back to Stoke, looking to banish the memories of the defeat in May.Christian Benteke bolsters Liverpool’s attack after a $50.7-million switch from Aston Villa. Behind him, Phillippe Coutinho could be partnered by his Brazil compatriot Roberto Firmino, who joined Liverpool in a reported $45.8-million transfer from Hoffenheim.Central midfielder James Milner, a free transfer from Manchester City, appears set to fill the void left by former captain Steven Gerrard, who left after 17 years for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Jordan Henderson takes over the armband.CECH MATEArsenal’s season begins at home to West Ham and Arsene Wenger can be quietly optimistic of his team’s chances of mounting a title challenge.The arrival of goalkeeper Petr Cech, from London rival Chelsea, strengthens a defence that has often lacked the assured nature of rivals such as Chelsea and Manchester City.The 33-year-old Cech won four Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge and his presence is expected to add some sternness to Arsenal’s backline.Striker Alexis Sanchez will not feature against Slaven Bilic’s West Ham. He is being rested after winning the Copa America with Chile in July.
A Corentyne, Berbice woman was on Tuesday arrested after ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) unearthed a quantity of counterfeit US currency and a bulletproof vest in her house during a raid. Reports reaching Guyana Times revealed that acting on information received, CANU ranks went to the Lot 1805 Grant Crabwood Creek, Corentyne house of the 38-year-old housewife and conducted a search.They subsequently discovered 25 US$100 bills and one US$50 bill, which were suspected to be counterfeit, along with a white bulletproof vest in the closet of the home. Additionally, searches of the premises unearthed two more sets of US$100 notes in the ceiling of the house.Following the discovery, the 38-year-old suspect was subsequently taken into custody. She is being questioned in relation to the items found.Meanwhile, the items have since been lodged at the Springlands Police Station, where the money was counted by CANU ranks before being handed over to the Police.CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford confirmed the bust to Guyana Times and explained that the matter had to be handed over to the Police since no narcotics were found during the operation.
NEW YORK – Indoors or out, Poly High senior Bryshon Nellum is hard to beat. The 2006 World Junior relay gold medalist anchored Poly to victories in the 4 x 200- and 4 x 400-meter relays for the nation’s fastest times of the year in the National Scholastic Indoor Championships at the Armory in New York City on Sunday. In the girls’ pentathlon on Saturday, Poly freshman Tara Richmond placed 14th. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the 4 x 400, Nellum turned in a 46.7 leg for a come-from-behind victory over DeMatha Catholic of Maryland, 3:16.28 to 3:16.48, to culminate the final day of the three-day meet. Nellum, the defending state 200 and 400 champion and a USC signee, also joined teamed with seniors Isaiah Green, Donovan Warren and junior Joey Hughes on Poly’s winning 4 x 200 that ran 1:27.42. Nellum also finished fourth in the 200 in 21.63 in a race in which Trenton Guy of North Carolina (21.09) and Georgia’s Justin Christian (21.15) turned in the Nos. 1 and 2 marks of the year. In 2005, Nellum and Green ran on Poly’s 4 x 200 that set a still-standing national record of 1:26.09 at the Armory. In the girls’ competition, Poly sophomores Turquoise Thompson and Jasmine Joseph placed second and third in the 400 in 54.42 and 54.94, respectively, to repeat their finishes from the 2006 National Scholastic Championships. Delilah Muhammad of Queens, N.Y., who lost to Thompson in the Simplot Games in Boise, Ida, in February, won in 54.23. Lakewood resident Joy Eaton, who attends St. Lucy’s High, placed fourth in her heat in 56.94 for the No. 10 mark. Thompson and Joseph teamed on Poly’s victorious 4 x 200 with sophomore Ashley Woodford and junior Krizia Apelar that clocked 1:39.67. Thompson and Joseph also ran on Poly’s 4 x 400 that was third in 3:47.57 behind Fort Bend Marshall (3:46.36) and Boys & Girls of New York (3:46.36).
Donegal TD Joe McHugh has welcomed funding under the Clár programme for six schools to undertake works to improve safety. “This funding is part of efforts to improve safety standards for our youngsters as they are coming and going to school but it also benefits the wider community in the long run,” Mr McHugh said.“The money can be used to cover costs associated with installing pedestrian crossings, flashing lights and speed indicators in villages and adjacent to schools and community facilities. “Measures like those keep people safe as they go about their daily business.”The schools benefiting from the latest round are Scoil Muire, Caiseal, Fanad, Scoil Fhionáin NS, Na Criosbhealaí, St Catherine’s Vocational in Killybegs, Scoil Mhuire Pettigo, Meenagowan NS, Leitir Mac a Bhaird and Red Hugh’s in Gleneely.The Clár funding includes €18,000 for Scoil Muire, Caiseal, €20,700 for Scoil Fhionáin, €45,000 for St Catherine’s, €45,000 for Scoil Mhuire Pettigo, €22,500 for Meenagowan NS and €43,650 for Red Hugh’s.Mr McHugh added: “Rural communities benefit hugely from the Clár funding programme and this latest investment will provide visible reminders of the efforts being made by the Government to do more for local communities.” Minister McHugh also paid tribute to Government colleague Michael Ring T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development for his work on the scheme and his continued focus on funding for Donegal.“The long-running support from Minister Ring for our county is reaping dividends on the ground and he deserves enormous credit for that.“Donegal has benefits hugely from Clár funding I recent years and the Government rejects any criticism that Donegal is not high on the agenda when these rural support programmers are being examined.”Six Donegal schools benefit from €194,850 in latest round of special scheme was last modified: June 29th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The island, situated 12km north of Cape Town, is poised to become a leader in green self-sustainability. (Image: South African Tourism) The South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) and the Department of Energy (DoE) have launched a pilot project aimed at turning Robben Island into a self-sufficient community that runs on green energy.By using a hybrid approach to power generation, the Greening of Robben Island project will reduce the demand on the island’s infrastructures and its dependence on fossil fuels.In 1999 Robben Island was inscribed on Unesco’s list of world heritage sites. As such it holds distinct historical meaning for South Africa and is a popular tourist destination.Initially it served as a training and defence station during the Second World War. Later it was a place of quarantine for those suffering from leprosy, and in 1961 it became a penal colony for political prisoners.Now it is to become the model for self-sustaining communities in South Africa and the Southern African region.In Saneri’s 2009/10 annual report, the organisation’s CEO Kadri Nassiep described the Greening of Robben Island as a flagship project for Saneri, and one that is expected to thrust the island into a position of energy leadership for other South African communities, especially those which have limited or no access to the national grid.Nassiep hopes to be able to reveal some of the technology in time for the 2013 meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cape Town.Renewable energy sourcesThe Robben Island team is investigating the development of micro-hydroelectric, biomass, wind, solar and possibly wave technologies, with a view to rolling them out in other parts of the country where appropriate. The team hopes to begin infrastructure installation during 2011, although the time frame is dependent on funding.Despite an earlier political hiccup which resulted in temporary suspension of the project, it is now going ahead, according to senior manager Derek Batte of the DoE.The project is expected to produce about 600KW from its various energy sources, which will replace the two diesel generators that currently power the island, resulting in an expected monthly saving of around R450 000 (US$64 500).A smart grid, currently in development at the University of Cape Town, will coordinate energy generation from the various sources and manage its distribution. All houses and buildings are to be fitted with energy efficiency technology, including solar water heating.The notorious Western Cape wind will be harnessed not by conventional wind turbines, but by vortex turbines, which, according to an October 2010 Financial Mail report, are smaller, less intrusive and operate without masts and rotors.Hydropower is used for desalination and for the production of energy. Micro-hydropower installations are capable of providing power to a small community and are found around the world. They provide an economical resource without the need to buy fuel and in many instances, complement photovoltaic systems when solar energy is diminished.The clearing of alien vegetation, bush encroachment and certain grasses, as well as household waste, will provide the biomass which in turn will power biogas generation. This takes place in an anaerobic digester and produces a combination of methane and carbon dioxide, which can then be used for heating and cooking, as a fuel source, or to drive an energy-generating turbine.Projects such as these are undertaken in many parts of the world and on different scales. According to Batte, South Africa can play a major role in this development space.A virtual model of the island is available on the Robben Island Museum website and those interested will be able to follow the project’s progress online from April 2011. The website will also provide real-time energy generation figures.Optimal energy consumptionThe Robben Island project falls under the Working for Energy programme, presented by former finance minister Trevor Manuel in his 2008/9 budget vote.This is a joint project involving the DoE and Saneri, a body established in 2004 under the guidance of the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Energy. Saneri is a subsidiary of the parastatal Central Energy Fund.Starting with a modest budget of R5-million ($717 000) in 2009/10, Working for Energy was developed to use and distribute potential hybrid, renewable and alternative energy technologies in an effort to cut down on fossil fuels, generate more power for South African communities, and reduce associated costs.The project’s budget for 2011/12 is a more substantial R25-million ($3.6-million) and signifies the government’s commitment to developing South Africa’s clean energy industry.It mirrors the successful job creation concept of other environmental initiatives such as Working for Water, Working for Wetlands and Working for Fire. Job creation is sustained through use of labour-intensive practices, helping to boost skills transfer and develop local economies and capacity.
Mathiba MolefeResources like books and other learning materials are few in South Africa’s underprivileged communities. Enter the READ Educational Trust, working to improve education across South Africa by catering to this exact need. (Image: READ Educational Trust, via Facebook)What started as a small group of volunteers in Soweto in the late 1970s has now grown into one of South Africa’s most recognised educationally focused NGOs, the READ Educational Trust.Just five years after its creation the READ Foundation had spread to all provinces in the country apart from what was then known as the Northern Transvaal.Now, more than three decades later, the NGO continues to put education and literacy at the front of its agenda, providing much-needed reading materials and learning aides to underprivileged children around the country.Highlighting the importance of literacy, READ’s fundraising manager, Lizelle Langford, said: “The ability to read and write is essential to ensure success at school or later, career advancement and tertiary study.”Over the years the trust has partnered with a number of different bodies that share their view, these include the Rally to Read initiative which aims to deliver books to some of the country’s most remote locations.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.HELPING TEACHERS HELP LEARNERSAt first the organisation visited schools and delivered books hoping it would kickstart the learning process, but they soon realised that having books wouldn’t necessarily get learners to read.“From thereon it evolved to not only giving out books, but giving training, making sure that there’s an understanding and assisting teachers in the classroom on how to teach people to read so that they can become lifelong learners,” Langford said during an interview on SABC 2.After realising what schoolchildren really needed, READ identified educator development as a key area that needs to be addressed in order to improve education around the country.The organisation works alongside various government departments to implement teacher training where it’s needed most. By improving the educator’s ability to teach, they in turn improve the learner’s chances of success.“READ is not bringing a different project into the schools,” explained Langford, “we’re helping the teachers actually deliver the curriculum.“So it’s a systemic change that we are trying to bring about and for that we need a partnership, not only with the departments but with the teachers, with the community, with everybody. Otherwise you’re not going to get sustainability.”During the training period, trainers from READ join teachers in the classrooms to identify areas that can be improved.Once these have been identified the trainers then take the teachers through multiple exercises to help improve their teaching methods. “It’s a very intensive process and it’ll probably be longer than three years before you see the product, but it’s a partnership right from the start,” said Langford.GET INVOLVEDIf literacy and education are causes close to your heart you can have a look at the READ Educational Trust’s get involved page for details on how to do so.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.Play a part and help fulfil dreams.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.
If small business wins, big business wins and ultimately the government wins too, says National Small Business Chamber CEO Mike Anderson.Mike Anderson, founder and CEO of the National Small Business Chamber, says the entrants in the 2017 Top 20 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Award prove that there are business opportunities: “You just need to have an idea and the passion to make it a reality. All our winners today are fantastic examples of people who spotted an opportunity, believed in their skill and made it into a viable business.” (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanSmall businesses were recognised for their contribution to the economy and employment at the 2017 Top 20 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Award on 9 November 2017, held at Randlords in Johannesburg. The ninth annual awards were hosted by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) in association with World Famous Events.Said Mike Anderson, founder and CEO of the NSBC: “We are astounded at the diversity of entrants this year, but equally encouraged as it shows the depth and breadth of South Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit.”He said growing small and medium businesses was vital to the local economy and its ever-growing rate of unemployment. “This type of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit will undoubtedly cultivate a much healthier business landscape for all involved.”There were no runners-up – no second place nor third place. Everyone in the Top 20 went home a winner, he said.Access to funding and finding the right technology were challenges for small business, but the winners of the award were people with perseverance, passion and persistence, Anderson said. “We look at where they come from, the obstacles they’ve overcome and how they have arrived.”There were special categories for several of the Top 20 winners:2017 National Small Business ChampionAndrei Dimitriu and his wife, Daleen, of My Online Presence. The company specialises in online software development and building custom systems for clients. It has contracts with Australian companies.2017 National Entrepreneur Champion and 2017 Innovation AwardSylvester Chauke (left) is the founder DNA Brand Architects. Here he is with Mike Anderson.2017 National Woman in Business ChampionPhillipa Geard, founder of RecruitMyMom, runs a website that connects job-seeking mothers with employers. Here she is with Mike Anderson.2017 National Young Entrepreneur ChampionBakani Ngulani is the founder of the accounting company, BN Business Solutions. Mike Anderson (right) hands over the award.2017 National Franchisor AwardAdriaan de Bruyn and Kobie Malan are The Daily Coffee Café Group. The group has 20 coffee shops across the country.2017 National Tourism AwardSiphokazi Tshiam of La Teranga Bed & Breakfast in Kokstad started her business seven years ago. The company’s services include catering, bed and breakfast, and conferencing centres. Here she is with Mike Anderson (right).2017 National Start-up AwardRuan Schoeman is the director of Lewies Future Technologies. Here Schoeman gets his award handed over by Mike Anderson.Entrepreneurs’ success storiesChauke, founder of the marketing and brand consulting company DNA Brand Architects, started his business five years ago, running it solo. Today, he has a team of 34.He didn’t take the win lightly, saying: “We are honoured. I hope it inspires my team more.”Young entrepreneurs also got some advice. “It’s possible to achieve a lot in a short period provided you bring all you have got to it. It’s not easy, but just keep bringing what you have got,” Chauke said.Samantha Adams is the director of Helping Hands Academy. She is one of the Top 20 award winnersSamantha Adams, from Athlone in Cape Town, runs Helping Hands Academy. It gives on-site first aid training.Adams started her business in 2014, offering free workshops. She now sells her services to corporates and gives training at primary schools. From a single-person business, her team has grown to ten volunteers and three first aid instructors.There were 43,000 women and 3,000 employers registered on her site, Geard said of her five-year-old business. The mothers advertised services such as administration and accounting on the site.“As an entrepreneur it’s tough and lonely at times but it’s a wonderful journey. I dedicate this award to the women on my site.“I value the NSBC for these awards – we can take stock of what we do, especially since there’s always so much to be done.”Janesha Govender (right) of the non-profit organisation Feed It Forward is a Top 20 winner. She is pictured with her husband, Avesh Padayachee (left).Janesha Govender of Feed It Forward said her non-profit organisation worked with a company in Sandton to give 250 meals once a week in Alexandra, in northern Johannesburg. Launched on Mandela Day this year, it had already distributed 2,500 meals.Feed It Forward provided a technology-based, logistical solution, said Govender. Companies often had a lot of meals left over, so instead of throwing good food away, Feed It Forward took it to people in impoverished areas such as Alexandra. “Our medium-term goal is to distribute 1,000 meals a day in Alexandra.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
family BehrensDescribed as “the ultimate geocacher”, family Behrens (aka FB) has helped geocaching bloom in South Africa. He is known in the local geocaching community for his creative and challenging geocaches (all 88 of them) and for his well-organized, highly attended CITO events.Earnst Gucken states, “In short “family Behrens” has become somewhat of a legend in our neck of the woods. family Behrens is always trying to encourage others to hide their own geocaches. He does this by leaving his micro trademark cache containers in other larger containers, with a note attached; urging others to take his container and place it. He even adds basic instructions to help a novice CO.” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the January Geocacher of the Month. Comments accepted through through February 25th. If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNorth American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community”May the Geocacher of the Month Be With You: Comment NowJune 14, 2014In “Community”December Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentJanuary 17, 2014In “Community” Each month, the global geocaching community meets three outstanding geocachers. As part of this community, your task is to help decide which one will be known forevermore as a Geocacher of the Month.These exceptional people stand out among others for their demonstrated dedication to the game we all love. If you’re lucky enough to someday meet one of them, give ‘em a high five. Each of the nominees below will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but only one will be the next Geocacher of the Month. A panel from Geocaching HQ will use your comments, community input and other data to decide the winner.Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Geocacher of the Month. Write a supportive comment below for the nominated geocacher you feel should be awarded the title. TimpatTimpat is known in the New York geocaching community for his impressive hides, supportive nature, and extensive GPS and mapping expertise. With nearly 10,000 finds and 400 hides, he is a true inspiration to all. Not to mention, his kayak geocaches are amazing.Renmin says, “Impressively, he records tracks on his GPS as he travels unknown trails. He converts them to a map file to share with others to use on their gps units. He also has supplied local preserves with trail maps of their land to which they use at the kiosks for any who hike them. Through his volunteer work in helping these preserves with better maps, he has been able to put a good face on the local geocaching community.” KoouyeKoouye is recognized throughout the Belgium geocaching community for being a dynamic, passionate, and devoted geocacher. He is a social butterfly, known for hosting great events and for attending other’s events (133 so far!) With over 7,000 geocaches and 161 hides, he is a geocaching pro.According to TREGASTEL, “Koouye has an engaging personality. He does not hesitate to share his passion with new geocachers and give them valuable advice. Many creative geocaches were hidden by Koouye which has helped spearhead geocaching in the area.”
How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Technology has always been positive for impacting businesses. Technology is the grease on the wheels that will bring growth to your business. With growth as your mindset, here are a few facts you can’t ignore namely, that the positive evolution of your business depends on the tech revolution.After the Industrial Revolution, the business world remained the same for about a century. Most people suppose that we can safely say that another industrial revolution won’t ever happen again — can we safely say that? We’re witnessing the positive evolution of the technology revolution. It’s developing, mutating, and adapting at such an exponential rate that we can’t help but get swept away with its progress. Regardless as to whether you’re ready — the tech wave has not even crested. Some people find it surprising that we’ve come this far — but looking back over the past five years is shocking. Technology has quickly changed almost everything about how businesses operate — with zero concern about the size of the entity. This unprecedented growth brings about both tangible and intangible benefits that help you increase your bottom line. As business becomes better equipped to meet their customers’ demands, they enter the growth-hacking phase. In turn, this growth affects a business’ culture, efficiency, relationships, security of confidential information and its trade advantages.Cloud ComputingCloud computing allows businesses large and small to move some of their operations to third-party servers accessible via Internet connectivity. Not only does this allow for variable data packages but also for rapid (on-demand) expansion and mobility without the fear of downtime, crashes, or permanently lost data. The cloud computing has allowed small business access to resources that would have been cost prohibitive for them in the past and has evened the playing field when it comes to competing against corporations with far more funding.Technology’s Social ImpactBusinesses can no longer afford to operate in a vacuum. With the rise of social networking, the world has shrunk even further than ever before. The social impact of technology means that people from all over the world can connect to you without worrying about things like geography, time zones, finances, or even social status. Operating in the open (as in full disclosure) also means that while in the past you could get away with offering just “okay” customer service, products and services — now a lax attitude with regards to your customers will result in a hateful Facebook rant or a bad review on some rating site like Yelp. Unfortunately, it’s also true that what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet so once you earn a bad reputation, it will stick with you for a long time. The longevity of “a bad reputation” is why businesses of all sizes must be concerned about their digital footprint and their social identity from today — forward until forever. It’s also why so many businesses are hiring community managers to not only watch for potential “bad press” but also to take a proactive stance against it when possible.A Changing Consumer BaseToday, Millennials are the main driving force of businesses, the economy, and the world. It won’t be long before they represent more than half of the American workforce and reach their peak affluence – and influence. The changing consumer base means that the Millennials will have the most money to spend and the least financial obligations holding them back from consuming it. There are more Millenials than Baby Boomers in the world today, and they have a looser hold on their wallets — coupled with a strong desire for near-instant gratification. They’re also the ones who’ve been raised on digital technology. Entering the world with a computer in their hands means the Millennial is the most wired generation. Even more incredible, they’re responsible for forcing businesses to become more tech-savvy. Shockingly, Millennials are willing to take on the responsibility to teach the other generations; they like this position — and they’re good at it.Cost CuttingA voice AI phone system is a wise way for businesses to succeed in today’s “buyer’s market.” The AI bots are much easier to use and affordable than most of the solutions that were offered in the past. Numerous tech-savvy and entrepreneurial minds can exploit this system for its advantages — and have also multiplied them exponentially — for you. You don’t need to be a multi-million-dollar company to take advantage of this tech today. These great AI bots came from minds that can create an affordable system for you in just a few weeks. While it won’t lack anything that the big competitors are using, it’ll also be so simple to use that you won’t need to hire a dedicated employee or sign a long-term service contract.ConnectivityTechnology has also made it easier for everyone to stay in touch. Coworkers and employees can always be reached within minutes via texting or video chat. You can send targeted promotional email blasts to prequalified customers who are shopping at nearby businesses. Mobile technology almost seamlessly blends with communication software today and creates a hyper-real web that’s filled with real-time information.Communicating with CustomersTechnology affects how you interact with your customers — which is essential because of the busy environment we now live in. Today’s websites must let their customers find answers to their questions even after hours. If you are in product and need to ship; fast shipment options are no longer a perk — it’s a must. Your product must be able to across large geographic areas — faster than Superman. Technologies like these benefit your clients and customers helping to catapult your brand forward creating a stronger bond with your public image.Operational EfficiencyWith technology on your side, you’ll also have a better understanding of your financial needs and how to better use resources like time and physical space. Using technology in your warehouse, lets you understand how to manage your storage costs. Today’s busy executives can hold online meetings instead of traveling to them. When you use the right technology in these various ways, you’ll save time and money. SecurityMost of today’s businesses are subject to security threats and vandalism. You can use technology to protect your company’s financial data, confidential executive decisions, and proprietary information. Take prodigious care so that you won’t succumb to hackers or be taken over by your competition. Always take (at least) the simple steps to protect your hard work, like using passwords on your computers — and changing them often.Deciding Where to go From HereTechnology is in a vast mammoth wave — and you should think of it in that way. You can either ride it or wipe out — but the one thing you definitely can’t do is ignore it. Technology is progressing at such a rapid pace today that failure to adapt not only means you’ll get left behind much sooner than you can even guess. You can find yourself becoming obsolete while other companies — who were wise enough to adopt new strategies of all kinds, using tech. Keep a clear working consciousness about tech’s offerings to help you growth hack success. Take on tech’s positive evolution in your business — including how you act and present yourself. Don’t allow other businesses to reap all the positive rewards. Adopting technology doesn’t mean that you need to rebuild your business. What embracing the available technology does entail is putting action into understanding how technology affects your business. Increase your competitive advantage — with technology — so your business will stand the test of time. Related Posts Mila Jones Tags:#business#cloud#cloud computing#Customer#security#technology AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Mila Jones is a Senior Business Consultant, with rich experience in the domains of technology consulting and strategy, she works with both established technology brands and market entrants to offer research inputs and insights on leveraging technology as a source of strategic competitive advantage. 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FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES Regional power Iran, the champion here in five of the last eight years, sent its ‘B’ team as the 12 players in its roster vie for two slots to the national team proper where they will get to play with the likes of Hamed Haddadi and Nikha Bahrami.Japan’s biggest star, Jojie Takeuchi, stayed home, according to Japanese media here, together with some of the team’s regulars as its 24-Under squad is thrown into the fire which will give coaching staff an idea on who can make it to the regular squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLong-time Gilas tormentor South Korea has assembled a team made up of a couple of national team players led by Lee Jong-hyun.Coached by 1990s national team star Hur Jae, the Koreans are also tipped to contend in the Asian Championship. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Federer on verge of Wimbledon immortality National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FILE – Like Gilas, Japan also didn’t send its best players in the Jones Cup. Fiba.comTAIPEI — It’s not only the Philippines that didn’t send its best for the Jones Cup, with the timing of the event not really friendly to two more prestigious regional contests for the remainder of the year.Asian sides priming up for the continental championship in August and the start of the World Cup Qualifying later this year, save for the host nation, have opted to send their second teams to this 10-team, nine-nation event to develop talents for the future.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim It’s no secret that Gilas Pilipinas left a lot of its best players back home – to the disappointment of Canada 150 coach Kyle Julius – as the country has put a premium on the World Cup Qualifying starting in November.“I’d be afraid to play your best team in the future,” Julius said after posting a 90-77 win on Saturday.“This is part of the program, the aim is continuously upgrade the pool of talent, that’s why we have the young guys here,” Gilas coach Chot Reyes said. “It’s important to have a lot of players to rely on in the national team in the future.”Chinese Taipei is using this tournament to sharpen its “A” and “B” teams – which Gilas plays successively starting Sunday – as even its second team is beefed up by an import in Kyle Barone and coached by Charles Parker.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet