JOB VACANCY: Ulster Tyre company are seeking to recruit new staff to join their hardworking and dynamic team.Management at the Ulster Tyre Company are looking to recruit a self-motivated individual to work as a Part Time Sales/Admin Assistant.The successful applicant must be customer focused, computer literate (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook) and have a professional telephone manner. The candidate must be able to work on own initiative as well as being a key team player.Duties to include:Answering TelephonesLiaising with customersProcessing new and current ordersDealing with cashBooking CouriersOther general admin dutiesA minimum of 2 years experience in an office environment is essential. Closing date for applicants – 28th August 2015.Please submit your applicant by email to: email@example.com or by post to Ulster Tyre Co Ltd, Letterkenny Road, Ballybofey, Co Donegal. JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL TYRE COMPANY LOOKING TO RECRUIT SALES ASSISTANT was last modified: August 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:jobsnews
Cru Investment’s food and agriculturalProgramme in Malawi is part of thecompany’s Africa Invest Fund.(Image: Cru Investment)Khanyi MagubaneAn international investment company that recently set up office in South Africa is optimistic that Africa will fast become the focus of investors looking for alternatives in the wake of the recent US financial crisis.According to Jon Maguire, the chief investment officer of Cru Investment Management, although there’s been a move towards the east, Africa may not be a far-off contender.“While the world is definitely moving east in terms of population mass, places like China don’t have as much money as people think they have and their economies depend heavily on the US.”Maguire believes that despite economic instability across the world, some niche market opportunities are available in sub-Saharan Africa.One of the factors says that makes Africa attractive to foreign business, he says, is the low investment base the continent operates on.On average, he says, the value of a person (as calculated by dividing gross domestic product by the population) in the US is about $45 000 (R450 000) whereas in Africa is lower than $1 000 (R10 000)“Doubling the value of an American is difficult now and it will take a long time; doubling the value of somebody in sub-Saharan Africa is far easier and will take far less time,” he says.According to Maguire the three top problems facing the world are rapid population growth, urbanisation and climate change.He says that in a bid to solve these problems, Cru has set up a food and agricultural project in Malawi, which the company believes will generate superior returns over the next few years.The new Africa Invest Fund will invest in commercial agriculture in the southern African country with over 2 500h of land under its own control and another 4 000h in similar schemes run by the company.The fund will allow investors from the Middle East to buy into the project; thereby helping the poor communities while making a profit the same time.“Our decision to make the new fund Sharia-compliant will mean that Gulf investors, well-known for their philanthropic initiatives world over, would be participating in community initiatives to generate employment for the poor in Africa and enable them to help themselves out of poverty,” he says.Company estimates indicate that the monies raised through its Africa Invest Fund and the Africa Invest Capital Protected Plan for Malawi have generated jobs for over 2 000 people and helped 8 000 families take part in other farming schemes.Africa makes waves in the business worldA January 2008 survey conducted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has found that two African countries, Ghana and Gabon, successfully broke through international capital markets in the second half of 2007.The IMF says this demonstrates global investors’ rising confidence in sub-Saharan Africa’s economic performance and prospects.Ghana successfully entered the international capital market in September 2007 when it issued a $750-million (R75-million) bond to repay its debt.It was more than four times than what the IMF had expected. Gabon, in spite of increased volatility in the international capital markets, followed in December 2007, with a $1-billion (R100-million) bond issue to repay Paris Club debt.The bond sales are the outcome of the growing interest of international investors in the continent and in other similar emerging and developing countries worldwide.The countries, which made significant progress toward macro-economic stability and debt sustainability, have also succeeded in selling treasury bills in their own currency to foreign investors.It’s reported that by the end of June 2007, foreigners held about 11% of Ghana’s domestic currency government debt, valued at more than $400-million (R40-million). This figure in Zambia stands at about 14%.In May, Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital (RenCap) showed its boosted confidence in sub-Saharan economic gains by buying stakes in two broker firms, in one in Ghana and another in Zambia.In a statement released by the company regarding its new stake in New World Investments in Ghana and Pangaea/EMI Securities in Zambia, gave the group an opportunity to play a role in the exciting development of both countries’ financial markets and their importance in the region as a whole.RenCap’s senior banker Andrew Cornthwaite says the region, with exception of South Africa, is rapidly expanding, “There are world class businesses [out here], just without world scale. They need banking services.“So far, few have invested in local operations on the ground, with only Standard Bank of South Africa buying IBTC in Nigeria.”Cornthwaite, also head of RenCap’s global investment banking, will soon be relocating to Nigeria, where he will be overseeing the company’s existing operations. “As the financial centre of sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is already experiencing rapid and sustainable economic growth, with an increasingly liquid and dynamic capital market. This growth and development is poised to continue for several years.”RenCap has also earmarked Kenya and Angola for business expansion.South Africa making its presence feltA recent survey of emerging cities around the world has ranked the city of Johannesburg 11 out of 65 scrutinised for their growth potential.The MasterCard Worldwide Emerging Markets Index has put South Africa up next to top emerging economies like Brazil, Russia, India and China, the so-called “Brics”.Each of the 65 cities was assessed on eight criteria spanning from the economic, business and commercial environment; development; education and IT connectivity.Top South African economist Mike Schussler says although Africa has perfomed well in the index, Asian countries dominated, “It’s amazing that China had 15 of the top 30 cities in the emerging market universe.“It is really an amazing achievement and you can see Johannesburg in 11th place, with Cape Town and Durban also featuring in the top 40.”According to Schüssler, this is the second time that South Africa has seen Johannesburg ranked and the first time for Cape Town at 33 and Durban at 37.Of the eight criteria used to rank the different countries, South Africa came up tops in the business environment, which according to Schussler “is the most important”.The business environment had a 16.6% weighting against the other dimensions.Related articlesAfrican leaders unite economiesScience on the up in MozambiqueSA’s finances all in orderSA leads continent in prosperityUseful linksCru Investments Renaissance CapitalMasterCard City of JohannesburgInternational Monetary Fund
Matt Harding became famous thanks to an internet video of him dancing (badly) in different locations all over the world. His video has been watched by over 27-million people. Now he’s been learning South Africa’s World Cup-inspired Diski Dance, and practising it all over the country …Matt does the Diski on Table Mountain, on Robben Island, at Hout Bay, in Nelson Mandela Square, in Mbombela Stadium, at Boulders Beach, at the Soweto Cooling Towers, at Soccer City, at the Cape of Good Hope, in Blyde River Canyon, at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, at the Mac Mac Pools, at Lesedi Cultural Village … he’s been to more places in the country than most South Africans!Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 16 March 2010.
Outcomes are better than activity. If you can only measure one, make it outcomes. A lot of activity produces nothing in the way of results. But look for activity management to make a comeback, and know that the people who need to have their activity measured and managed are partly to blame, but not solely to blame.Technology has changed how we work, and it has changed where we work. There are now more people than ever working from home. But while they may be at home, and they may be being paid, they aren’t necessarily working. They aren’t producing the results that they need to produce. This is a problem of epidemic proportions.Many lack the discipline to work from home. To work from home takes discipline. It takes discipline to go from your warm, comfortable bed to your office and begin to grind out the most important outcomes of the day. It takes discipline to do the work that needs to be done when you have the freedom to do things that feel like work but produce no real outcomes.Most are too easily distracted. Your children are distractions. Your spouse is a distraction. Even your pets are a distraction when you work from home (My UPS delivery person rings my doorbell everytime he leaves a package, reminding my dogs of their duty to alarm me if someone comes to the door. That’s ten minutes of barking). The Internet is the mother of all distractions. When you go to an office you avoid almost all of these distractions. The interruptions at the office have a reasonable shot of actually being work-related.The work that Covery called Quadrant II work, the non-urgent but critically important work is what suffers. When you work from home it’s easy to be reactive. You take your calls, but you don’t make your calls. You join meetings but you don’t book the meetings that you need to book. You might be “doing stuff” but it isn’t the right stuff.Working from home is for hustlers. It’s for people who have the will–and the desire–to do the work that needs to be done wherever they are. But let’s make sure that employees with poor work habits don’t shoulder all of the blame.The company that allows people to work from home must be prepared to lead the workforce that doesn’t come into an office. Activity isn’t the right answer for all productivity problems, but it is the absolute right prescription when low activity is to blame for poor results.Sales organizations that are serious about producing results are going to have to require more reporting of activity and outcomes if they want their results to improve. The sales manager, a leadership role, is going to have to demand more, and inspect the activity as well as the outcomes if they want to really help the work-from-home sales force that they lead. Otherwise, the company and the manager who allows low activity and poor outcomes is complicit in the work-from-home salesperson’s failure.
Thirdy Ravena needs no introduction.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games But there are some things about the Ateneo Blue Eagle that some casual fans don’t know like what is his favorite thing to do aside from bouncing a rubber ball, or what’s the one food he can’t live without.Find out more about Ravena in this fun edition of INQUIRER 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Argentina heads for World Cup, but hurdles still lie ahead LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
New Delhi: Music app Gaana expects to achieve break-even in the next 4-5 years with 100 per cent year-on-year revenue growth and traction of paid users on its platform. The company is also planning to invest in non-music genre to increase the engagement time of users on the platform. Industry will become profitable when 50 per cent of Indian people start using streaming apps, and ‘paid music’ as a model becomes the norm, Gaana CEO Prashan Agarwal told PTI. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Our revenue have been growing 100 per cent year-on-year. We expect to reach break-even at this rate in next 4-5 years,” he added. The Times Internet Group firm expects to double the number of monthly active users on its platform to 200 million in the next two years representing around 50 per cent share of the overall market. “In next 3-4 years, we expect 500-600 million users will start using music app out of which we expect 30 million to start paying for music. This will take music streaming segment towards healthy profits. We will maintain our share of over 50 per cent in this kind of market as well,” Agarwal said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The company raised USD 115 million last year, which includes USD 100 million from Chinese company Tencent and USD 15 million from Times Internet. Besides music, Gaana is now expanding non-music content to enhance user engagement. “We are basically focussing on content from motivational speakers, meditation, workouts, comedy and story telling. This will enhance engagement of users on our platform,” Agarwal said. Gaana has also partnered with Google Playstore to launch an instant app for listeners who want to experience the app without actually downloading it. “This feature is targeted towards the next 100 million users coming online. We have registered a 5 per cent surge in app installs per day as more people are realising the convenience of being able to listen to their favourite songs anytime anywhere even before they download our app,” Agarwal said.
APTN National NewsWHITEHORSE–A Yukon RCMP detachment commander has been sent to Vancouver hospital for treatment after shots were fired during a police chase.RCMP Cpl. Kim MacKellar was injured while pursuing a vehicle near the small town of Haines Junction, which is about 160 kilometres west of Whitehorse.The RCMP says one or more shots were fired during the chase, but won’t reveal how MacKellar was injured, citing a court publication ban.Christopher Cornell, 29, and Jessica Johnson, 21, are charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and several other offences.The Whitehorse Star reported that Johnson and Cornell hugged and kissed during their first court appearance.Johnson also reportedly ran her fingers through Cornell’s hair and whispered in his ear, making Cornell smile.The two were eventually ordered separated by the Justice of the Peace.The RCMP officer, who is detachment commander in Haines Junction, was investigating a break-and-enter at Madley’s General Store Tuesday before he set off in pursuit of a vehicle.
Los Angeles: French artiste DJ Snake has shared his new single ‘Enzo’, a hip-hop anthem featuring rappers Offset, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and Sheck Wes. ‘Enzo’ has been released via Geffen Records. “‘Enzo’ out now. Offset, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and Sheck Wes,” he tweeted on April 24. DJ Snake had earlier teased ‘Enzo’ as part of his set at Coachella Weekend two. Meanwhile, he will be in Las Vegas this week for the Latin Billboard Awards, where he has five nominations including Crossover Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Hot Latin Song of the Year for the song ‘Taki taki’ featuring famous singers from Hollywood – Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B.
Kolkata: The presence of the quick response teams (QRTs) was allegedly not felt properly in the sixth phase of elections on Sunday, when eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Bengal went to polls.In previous phases, the QRTs had moved quickly to the areas where incidents of clashes were reported. But in the sixth phase, QRTs were not as quick in their movement. Various political party leaders alleged that the QRTs failed to turn up on time when there were incidents of violence in any of the eight constituencies. In previous phases of elections, the QRTs were led by state police officers as they were well acquainted with the locations of the polling booths. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter some allegations surfaced against the state police force, the Election Commission tried to adopt a separate method to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner. Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey had decided to deploy Central Force officials to lead the QRTs, keeping the state police at bay. The QRTs had faced difficulties in identifying the polling booths where the clashes were reported from, as the Central Force commandants who were supposed to give them directions had no idea about the geographical locations of the polling booths. Most of the Central Force commandants were from other states. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs a result of this, clashes broke out outside various polling booths and the trouble could not be quelled in time. Keeping in mind the geographical locations of the districts which were once infested with Maoists, the Election Commission decided to deploy two QRTs in each police station area. Each team comprised eight jawans. There were around 547 QRTs in the sixth phase of elections and 108 additional QRTs which were led by ad hoc commandants. According to sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the election officials in the state were not convinced with the idea of deploying Central Force commandants as the head of each QRT. The Election Commission has already submitted a report to the Election Commission of India in Delhi in this regard.
One of the most interesting statistical nuggets I ran into while researching a piece about NHL goalies was the improvement in leaguewide goaltending over the past 30 years. It hasn’t just been a small improvement — the league’s save-percentage leaders during the 1980s and early 1990s put up statistics that would rate below-average in recent seasons.Here’s the league’s average save percentage since the 1983-84 season, when the NHL began tracking shots against:Save percentage rapidly increased during the so-called dead-puck era of the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s no coincidence that over that period, the NHL’s rate of scoring also dropped sharply. A lot of fans blame strategies such as the neutral-zone trap and left-wing lock for triggering the dead-puck era, but more of the blame belongs to better goalies.As for why goalies are so much better now, well, that’s a subject of much debate in hockey circles. One of the most popular explanations is that the sheer size of goaltending equipment has exploded since the 1980s. That’s hard to argue when you look at how pads have grown over time. But since pad size first became a talking point in the mid-to-late 1990s, the league has gone to some lengths (no pun intended) to police the dimensions of puck-stopping technology — and it’s had scarcely any effect on save percentages.Instead, I think a bigger reason save percentages improved so sharply in the 1990s was a dramatic change in the goaltending techniques being employed.During the 1980s, the prevailing style was still the so-called stand-up method, in which a goalie largely remains upright on his skates while making saves, using his stick and skates to stop low shots. In the middle of the decade, though, goaltending phenom Patrick Roy made his NHL debut. Emboldened by recent advances in arm and chest protectors, Roy used a different technique — the “butterfly” — wherein the goaltender drops to his knees to make saves, effectively sealing off most shooting targets along the bottom third of the net.Using the butterfly, Roy was sensational — he backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup as a 20-year-old in 1986 — and it wasn’t long before the butterfly style spread throughout the league. The effect was profound. Stand-up goalies who were the mainstays of the mid-1980s were almost completely phased out of the game within a decade, replaced by a younger generation who used the butterfly or at least a hybrid technique featuring butterfly elements.In retrospect, this seems like an obvious tactic — it’s a goaltending truism that the majority of goals are scored on shots at or near ice level — but older equipment made dropping low a dangerous proposition. Once falling to the ice became safer, goalies no longer had to rely purely on reflexes, instead being able to stop a greater percentage of low shots on technique alone. It’s no surprise that save percentages skyrocketed when one of the most common subsets of shots suddenly became much tougher.One final note: Watch the Wayne Gretzky highlight reel below and pay particular attention to the goalies in the early portion of the video, when the Great One was with the Edmonton Oilers.Compared with today’s game, you can really see the difference in goaltending technique (notice how many of the goalies tried to stop Gretzky’s shots without dropping to the ice). Modern goalies are more athletic and mobile, and, yes, their pads are plainly bigger. But they’re also using a style much more grounded in the probabilities of where pucks are shot.