…persons urged to collect mailboxesTo end the scourge of animal attacks on postmen and women of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC), the Telecommunications Ministry now requires consumers to acquire a mailbox, especially during the holiday season.Postmaster General Karen Brown (left) handing over a mailbox to a Georgetown residentAt the Kitty Post Office on Wednesday, Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes announced that workers are put at risk when they venture into unknown yards to deliver mail. In some cases, they are injured by animals of the proprietors and as such, efforts have been made to distribute mailboxes to some individuals.“The volume of return mail is increasing, and we want to reduce that and we want to ensure the safety of our postmen and our postwomen who are committed to delivering mail on time.”She noted that on many occasions, dozens of mails are returned to the post office and it is unfeasible to return those mails several times before it is collected.“If they go to deliver and there is no mailbox, this piece of mail has to go right back to the GPOC and quite often, it has to be resorted…one letter or one bill could be resorted up to five times.”She stressed that this may result in utility bills arriving at later dates which can cause serious issues with the respective agencies.Hughes said, “We’re talking about all kinds of mail. We’re talking about you regular mail… registered mail, NIS vouchers, and important tax messages. Sometimes it can be a death, birth or marriage certificate; TIN certificate and at this season, Christmas cards.”Postmaster General Karen Brown explained the initiative, which would have commenced since last February, as a campaign to increase awareness on the importance of mailboxes. She noted that throughout this venture, the GPOC would have assisted small entrepreneurs in selling over 1700 postboxes across Guyana.“To date, we sold 570 boxes [on] the East Bank; Linden-Wismar area, 373 boxes; Berbice, New Amsterdam, Skeldon area was 215 boxes and the West Coast Demerara was 126 boxes…Nothing makes us happier that been able to serve you.”From this week, over 100 mailboxes will be distributed to persons who are in need of one. GPOC workers would have carried out a survey in their communities to formulate a list of persons who are eligible to receive these boxes.
Members of the group made the pitch Tuesday to the Santa Clarita City Council after furnishing petitions with more than 60percent of the needed signatures. Roney said the residents and businesses prefer amenities offered by the city. As talk of exploring governance options has reached a fever pitch on the west side, the city and county each have pledged $25,000 for separate studies of the Castaic/Stevenson Ranch/Valencia Westridge territory. The city will explore the impacts of annexation; the county will study the possibility of creating a separate city. Neither Roney nor other members of the group serve on the Castaic Town Council, which has partnered with the West Ranch Town Council to oversee the cityhood study. “They (the Castaic council) generally oppose annexation of the three neighborhoods because they label that as cherry-picking the Castaic community,” Roney said. “(But) in order to annex, you have to have a contiguous border.” Live Oak provides the connection, he said, adding that his group would gladly help circulate petitions throughout Castaic. Castaic Town Council member John Kunak attended the City Council meeting but did not speak. “The city of Santa Clarita is trying to get a foothold into the west side to prevent the formation of a second adjacent city,” he said Wednesday. “Despite this, we’re working with the city to explore annexation if it’s found to be in our best interest, but it would be an annexation of the entire community.” Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar disagreed. “I appreciate what Mr. Kunak has said, but I don’t think his perception is exactly accurate,” Kellar said. “I don’t think we can discount the representatives of those three communities who came forward and expressed a strong desire to be part of the city.” The Castaic council has narrowed future governance to one of the two options being explored, Kunak said. Its members have spoken with officials from Fillmore, Calabasas and Santa Clarita and to the county Local Agency Formation Commission, which rules on municipal boundary changes. Kunak said the consultant for the cityhood study would be hired within the next month, possibly by next week. Despite the faction, which acted on its own, Kunak said the Castaic and West Ranch town councils seem to be “moving together.” A major player resisting annexation is The Newhall Land and Farming Company, which owns raw land south of Live Oak. “We are opposed to our undeveloped property being part of the annexation,” Newhall Land spokeswoman Marlee Lauffer said. “Our philosophy has been that it is within the county, and that’s where we’re processing our tentative tract maps.” The company supports homeowners’ wishes to annex their neighborhoods, she said. The communities are under the county’s purview. Tony Bell, a spokesman for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said the supervisor strongly believes that the residents must have sufficient information to make informed decisions about their future. The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce has created a task force to study the issue before taking a stance. Some in the development and building community are concerned about the move. “Some of the companies in the Valencia Commerce Center would at some point like to have access to the (city’s) enterprise-zone funding incentives,” said Larry Mankin, the chamber’s president and CEO. “On the other side, there are arguments just as strong for not annexing.” The enterprise zone is a key state tax-incentive program, which provides tax-credit and tax-deduction benefits for businesses. The City Council plans to consider the annexation soon but probably not at its next meeting, when a controversial hospital expansion proposal is scheduled. Should the city decide to consider the annexation, the fiscal impacts must be studied. The city receives a portion of the property tax collected within its boundaries, but it doesn’t make up for the cost of providing services, said Kai Luoma, a senior city planner. “It needs to be at least revenue-neutral, unless overriding circumstances of the annexation are a benefit to the city,” he said. The council would make that determination. Timing could play a role in the ultimate decisions. The city- and county-sponsored studies are expected to be done within five months, Luoma said. Should the council consider the partial annexation, the city’s review could take about six months, Luoma said. The application to LAFCO could follow, and LAFCO’s review could take another six months. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Capping two years of preparation, an alliance of Castaic-area home and business owners made a formal bid this week for annexation to the city of Santa Clarita. This comes amid plans by the city and county to study the ramifications of annexation or creating a new city encompassing the west-side communities, including Castaic and Stevenson Ranch. “Our group is not so much opposed to incorporation as supportive of annexation because that can happen right now,” said Brian Roney, a spokesman for the Castaic Annexation Support Team. Included is only a portion of Castaic: the neighborhoods of North Bluff, Hasley Hills and Live Oak and the Valencia Commerce Center.
Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets are priced at $60.00 for reserved seating and $55.00 for general admission, plus applicable fees and taxes. Tickets may be purchased online at www.moosefm.ca, by phone at 1-250-787-7100, and in person at Moose FM in Fort St. John at 9924 101 avenue.Can’t wait til Friday? Download the Moose FM app for your iPhone, iPad or Android device and you can buy tickets right now, during a special pre-sale. Download the app and click on the George Canyon button follow the prompts and buy your tickets. This is the only way to get tickets before Friday September 5, 2014.Celebrate an evening of music hits of the past decade with award winning Canadian Country Music Star, George Canyon and his band. This much anticipated new album ‘Decade of Hits’ will highlight the show complemented with George’s personal retrospect of the last 25 years, sharing never before heard stories about his career so far. This is a must see show for George Canyon fans.- Advertisement –
However, Lewandowski came to the rescue as Bayern struggled for ideas against a Cologne team hit by injury.“We didn’t do enough and didn’t let the ball run,” Bayern captain Thomas Mueller complained to Sky.“You can’t attack against every opponent like we did in the second half — we have to do more.”With an hour gone at the sold-out Allianz Arena in front of 75,000, Bayern broke the deadlock when Mueller flicked the ball with the back of his head into Lewandowski’s path to tap home.Bayern have won 13 of their 14 games since Jupp Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti as coach at the start of October.In contrast, Cologne are waiting for their first league win of the season.Their club bosses are already planning for life in the second division with the team now 13 points from safety.In Gelsenkirchen, Schalke went second despite throwing away a two-goal lead in their thrilling 3-2 win at home to Augsburg.Argentinian striker Franco di Santo gave them the lead with a deft backheel on 44 minutes, then Austria striker Guido Burgstaller made it 2-0 just after the break.A header by Brazilian midfielder Caiuby and a Michael Gregoritsch penalty pulled it back to 2-2 on 79 minutes before Daniel Caligiuri converted the winning penalty for Schalke seven minutes from time.In falling snow in Berlin, veteran former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou struck twice as mid-table Hertha Berlin won 3-1 against Hanover 96.The 31-year-old Ivory Coast striker headed home on 18 minutes, then got on the end of a free-kick a minute before the break to make it 2-0.Hanover scored a consolation goal through Togo forward Ihlas Bebou on 65 minutes before 20-year-old defender Jordan Torunarigha scored Hertha’s third.Argentina striker Lucas Alario claimed Bayer Leverkusen’s winner as they saw off Werder Bremen 1-0 to claim fourth.Earlier, striker Mark Uth fired Hoffenheim up to fifth as the hosts left it late in their 1-0 victory at home to VfB Stuttgart.The 25-year-old Uth tapped home on 81 minutes after good work by Czech right-back Pavel Kaderabek, who reacted quickest after Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard’s attempted clearance came back off the post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (R) scores the goal despite of Cologne’s goalkeeper Timo Horn (L) during their match on December 13, 2017 in Munich © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Dec 13 – Robert Lewandowski bagged his 15th goal in 16 league games as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich went nine points clear despite struggling to beat bottom side Cologne 1-0 on Wednesday.The Poland hot-shot has failed to score in only four of Bayern’s league matches this season and has netted 21 goals in all competitions.
This year, Whittier Union officials said they introduced a “Whatever it Takes’ campaign designed to give students the tools for high school success from their first day on campus. “All of the initiatives we have undertaken on our campuses share the same goal: student achievement,’ Thorstenson said. “I am grateful to work with a staff and a board that is committed to working collaboratively to create a high quality of education for students.’ Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We are grateful to the Board of Supervisors for the recognition of our student’s and staff’s hard work,’ said school board President Jeff Baird, who was on hand with fellow board member Leighton Anderson and Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson to receive the proclamation in downtown Los Angeles. “We are very pleased with our progress on the API, and we will keep working to make our schools even better,’ Baird added. The API is the state’s measure for academic achievement, assigning scores from 200 to 1,000 to every school and every district. The scores are based on tests taken by students in grades 2-11 in the spring. Every year, schools are required to meet academic improvement goals, even within each significant student subgroup. The subgroups are classified by race, socioeconomic status, and whether students are English-language learners or disabled. The Whittier Union district’s impressive improvement on the API comes at a time when many schools are struggling to stay off the state’s list of failing schools, referred to as “program improvement.’ LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe honored the Whittier Union High School District Tuesday with a proclamation from the Board of Supervisors for showing the most gains among 80 county districts on this year’s Academic Performance Index (API). The district, which has about 12,000 high-schoolers, saw a 48-point improvement on its 2005 API, increasing from a 629 score in 2004 to 677 this year. It also exceeded state and federal academic improvement goals for each school and each significant student subgroup at every school. “This is an extraordinary accomplishment for Whittier Union,’ Knabe said. “I commend (everyone at the district) for their hard work and dedication.’ In addition, API scores at each Whittier Union high school collectively shot up 454 points from last year, officials said.
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10 May 2013 South Africa is a promising investment destination, business executives from companies from around the world said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town this week. “The [African] continent and particularly South Africa is a very promising, interesting destination for investments,” said Pedro Pereira da Silva, chief operating officer and country manager Poland and Portugal for Jeronimo Martins Dystrybucja. Pereira da Silva is one of over 600 business leaders attending the two-day forum, which ends on Friday. He said with Europe’s continuing gloomy outlook, the Portuguese food distribution and manufacturing group was looking at growing markets like Africa and South America to expand. The group has operations in Poland, Portugal and Colombia and is now looking to open offices in Africa.‘Africa as the next growth avenue’ “We are looking to Africa as the next growth avenue and we think it’s a very promising destination,” Pereira da Silva said. The chairperson of Indian mining and manufacturing group Ispat Corporation, Vinod Mittal, said his group was exploring various opportunities in mining and power generation in South Africa. “There is a lot of potential and we are focusing on this country. I think personally it’s quite good, very promising,” he said. South Africa had a sizeable market demand and its investment in the environment was promising, Mittal added. Group chairperson of the Azibo Group, Mayank Patel, said the UK financial services company was looking at expanding its operations in South Africa to the rest of Africa. The Azibo Group set up operations in South Africa seven years ago.A stepping stone “Where originally our growth and expansion plans had looked at traditional places like Europe and the US and Asia, now we realise that from a strategic perspective, that to grow and expand our business, we have to look at Africa as an expansion,” Patel said. “South Africa now is only a stepping stone for us to begin considering getting into other economies like Angola, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, so there are prospects and huge opportunities for us.” Patel said it hadn’t been easy launching operations in South Africa, but said that this was a likely experience for any company attempting to break into new markets anywhere in the world. “It’s one of those things that any place you go to, anywhere new you are going to, you have new cultures, you have to localise your business very quickly, but sometimes you can’t localise as fast as you want. It takes time but perseverance eventually pays off.” He pointed out that South Africa was well positioned time zone-wise with Europe, had a good financial services sector and was open to foreign influence and exposure. Source: SANews.gov.za
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Pulse is an enterprise microblogging platform from Neudesic. In addition to its core microblogging functionality, it features a Q&A section called Connect with Experts. Its Q&A capabilities are very similar to Quora’s. For example, users can vote answers up and down, or can ask questions of a specific individual. Like Newsgator, it can run as an add-on to SharePoint.SocialcastSocialcast started life as an enterprise microblogging tool, and added a Q&A feature earlier this year. Socialcast is, along with Qontext and SimplyBox, one a growing number of enterprise collaboration tools that can be embedded in existing applications. This means users can access activity streams, status updates and questions from the applications they already use every day. CEO Tim Young believes this will be the key to success for its Q&A feature. If users can both ask and answer questions from their standard applications, the tool has a better chance of being adopted and providing value. This helps solve part of the problem Opzi sees in terms of ingrained habits.As for routing, Socialcast monitors your behavior when using the system to determine what your interests are -accounting or Ruby, for example. When someone asks a question that’s related to your interests, you’ll be notified. It also has topic sections that users can check manually or subscribe to.Yammer IT + Project Management: A Love Affair MindQuilt is an early entrant in enterprise Q&A. Founder Daniel Kim says the company’s main competition is actually not any other product – it’s inaction. He says the company’s customers don’t ask about Opzi or Quora – instead the question MindQuilt is different from a wiki.And how is it different from a wiki? Kim says that most non-technical users don’t know how to contribute to a wiki. Also, it’s difficult to create and change a wiki’s structure. MindQuilt, he says, provides an easy interface and a simple structure for knowledge sharing.MindQuilt is promoting its routing features and game mechanics incentives key differentiators.OpziOpzi is set to launch next month. According to founder Euwyn Poon, Opzi is moving towards wiki format that emphasizes knowledge management.One thing the Opzi team is focusing on is how to harness users’ existing habits. There already a number of ways employees try to get their questions answer – such as asking the person sitting next to them or sending the question to a mailing list. Poon doesn’t think it’s a good idea to fight those ingrained habits. It will be interesting to see what the company comes up with.QhubQhub is less enterprise-focused than the other vendors on this list. It’s designed for business that want to build hosted Q&A sites. Typically, these will be public facing. It’s the Blogger or WordPress.com of Q&A sites, and is the sort of thing you’d add-on to an existing site or blog.Some companies are using it for customer service, which puts it into competition with companies like GetSatisfaction and UserEcho, which both include a Q&A feature.Enterprise Products with Q&A Baked-InBloomfire When Yammer launched its new social platform last year, expanding beyond its microblogging roots, it added a Questions app that gives users basic Q&A functionality. We’ve discovered several more vendors since we first looked at the enterprise questions and answers space earlier this year. It’s a young market, but one that’s heating up quick. There are pure Q&A vendors like the ones we mentioned before, and several other social platforms have added Q&A features to existing products.Here’s a look at nine companies that are trying to improve knowledge management through Q&A software.Pure Q&A VendorsMindQuilt Tags:#enterprise#Trends klint finley Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Bloomfire differs from all the other vendors listed here in that it is a video-oriented solution. In this way, it could cross-over into our YouTubes for enterprise list. More specifically, Bloomfire is a social learning suite. Its customers include The Kellogg Company, Overstock.com and Lifesize (a division of Logitech).One of the goals of Bloomfire is to develop learning resources that answer multiple questions. “If normal Q&A sites are a rifle, we’re a shotgun,” says CEO Josh Little. What he means is that using a typical Q&A tool you normally get a very specific answer to a very specific question. Bloomfire wants questions to serve as the springboard for users to share much more knowledge about a subject than a single answer. It prioritizes creative presentations that answer a several questions about a topic.The use of video is one way to facilitate this. Although users can leave textual answers to questions, Little says most users are more comfortable just turning on a Web cam and speaking naturally than they are trying to craft a well thought-out written response.MindTouchMindTouch, an enterprise wiki geared towards developers crafting documentation, has a Q&A feature built-in. You can see it in action at the Complete Android Guide site.NewsgatorNewsgator provides a suite of social features that run on top of Microsoft SharePoint, including Q&A, microblogging and idea management.Pulse
Related Posts ReadWriteTrip is a series that chronicles the modern challenges of tech-savvy business travelers.Business travel has evolved over the past 10 years, and nowhere is this more true than what goes in your luggage. In fact, just about the only thing you can really count on getting better in business travel is what you carry in your bag.Over the last decade, I’ve traveled a minimum of 125,000 miles each year and have learned a few tricks to making life on the road a bit more like home.You Need One Bag—At Most TwoSome things never change. When traveling, you need to optimize for space and weight. If you spend as much time in airports as I do, or even if you simply don’t trust airlines to care for your baggage (you’re right to be paranoid), you don’t want to check bags. Ever. It’s therefore critical to pack light, preferably taking just one bag with you.The Tumi Alpha Deluxe Wheeled Brief has a laptop case tucked inside which you can take out.Which “one bag” should you buy? That depends on how you travel and what you carry with you, of course, but for me this Tumi Alpha wheeled brief is about as close to perfect as possible. If I’m traveling four nights or less, this is the bag I take. It’s not cheap but it’s the single best piece of luggage I’ve ever used. Still, for overnight trips I tend to instead use my Tumi Alpha expandable briefcase. Part of the reason one bag is possible is that far more fits into it.Everything Gets SmallerLaptops have gotten lighter: The MacBook Air is the perfect combination of weight, storage and processing power for the business traveler.But so have books.Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader eliminates dead-tree weight for reading material.I no longer carry a paperback book with me. Instead I haul thousands around with me on my slim, lightweight Kindle Paperwhite. Instead of carrying around my iPad, which is both heavier and less pleasurable for reading for hours at a time, I find the Kindle Paperwhite offers the optimal way to enjoy my literature. I also love that it syncs across devices. I read to my kids while I’m traveling, and can instantly tell if they’ve been reading ahead.And thanks to the recent FCC decision allowing use of smaller devices during takeoff and landing, I don’t need a backup magazine or newspaper—I can read for the whole flight.Speaking of reading, when I’m traveling abroad, I read to my kids over Skype. Available for years, Skype lets me call home on amazingly clear lines, even over spotty hotel Wi-Fi. I’m not one for video chatting, but friends of mine use Apple’s FaceTime or Skype to keep in video touch with loved ones while traveling. Each can make do surprisingly well with not-great Wi-Fi connections.One exceptional companion for phone calls, Skype sessions, and workouts are the Bose SIE2i sport headphones. I used to carry Bose QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones, but no more. They’re too big and bulky and lack the integrated microphone that the SIE2i headphones have, and can’t survive the sweat of the gym, anyway. While I still carry the diminutive Sennheiser IE60 earphones with me, I increasingly rely on the SIE2i’s. They serve multiple purposes so well.What To WearAnother revelation for me, albeit a low-tech one, are Nike Free running shoes. As mentioned, I never, ever under any circumstances will check a bag, so getting everything into my carry-on luggage is critical. For years my running shoes were a thorn in my side: they took up a lot of space that could have been used for extra clothes, because of the construction of their soles and sides. Now my running shoes take up hardly any room at all, because a pair of Frees compresses down to a very small size without damaging the shoe.The minimalist running shoe movement is good for travelers. But so are the materials from which exercise clothes are now manufactured. Here’s a pro tip: ditch anything made of cotton. Not only is it uncomfortable while working out, it also doesn’t allow you to easily wash and dry between exercise. I take my workout clothes into the shower with me, letting the soap and shampoo wash over the clothes. After rinsing I hang them up. Modern exercise clothes dry quickly, letting me use the same clothes for several days without becoming that guy or gal that stinks up the gym.When figuring out which clothes to bring, plan for multiple use. Coordinate colors and fabrics so that you can bring one pair of work shoes, belt, sport coat, etc. You don’t want to have to bring clothes that demand special favors—a different pair of pants to wear with only one particular shirt, for example. Oh, and when you’re packing your clothes? Think “roll,” not “fold.” Rolling your clothes yields fewer wrinkles and more space.Packing For MobilityEach of these tips contributes to making you an agile traveler. With just one bag it’s easy to navigate airports or city streets, and not checking bags keeps you flexible when the occasional weather delay or worse throws your plans askew. By focusing on a few items that serve multiple purposes, be they gadgets or clothes, it’s easy to get what you need in a single bag. Or, two, if you must.Just promise me you won’t check a bag. Ever.Photo by reinis 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Matt Asay Tags:#business travel#kindle paper white#Nike Free#Trip#Tumi 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
In observance of Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day this Sunday, we would like to take the time to remember the surviving mothers and families, and honor the legacy of their loved ones who died while serving our country.Gold Star Mother’s and Family DayDuring World War I, military family households would put a Service Flag in the windows of their homes. The Service Flag would have a deep Blue Star and/or a Gold Star for each family member that was serving our country. A Blue Star represented those who were alive and a Gold Star honored those who had lost their life.In 1928, twenty-five mothers who resided in Washington, D.C., created a national organization known as American Gold Star Mother’s Inc. In 1936, the last Sunday in September was designated as the Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which has been observed each year by a presidential proclamation.Loss and GriefThere are many emotions that come with grief after the loss of a loved one. The Cooperative Extension System is there to help with support by offering resources to help cope. Here are a few:Loss and Grief – Grief Comes With Many EmotionsCoping with lossLoss and Grief – Activities to Help You GrieveFor more information and resources to help cope with the loss of a loved one, connect with your local Cooperative Extension.