Top Tips for Remote Workers

first_imgWith employees increasing looking for flexibility in how they manage work and home life and the inexorable rise of house prices and subsequent commutes it is no wonder that remote working is on most people’s wish list. If you have snagged a job with either full time or occasional remote working then here are some tips on how to make it a success for you.1 – The first tip, don’t call it “working from home”. Despite all best efforts and evidence to the contrary “working from home” sounds too domestic. It conjures up images of someone putting on the laundry, popping a chicken in the oven and answering email all at the same time. Remote working sounds much more dynamic. Same thing. Different language.2 – Set a regular routine. For most people, the problem with remote working is rarely not doing enough work but doing too much work. Anxious to prove that you are a valuable employee working all the hours most remote workers run the risk of never taking regular breaks or eating a proper lunch. The other problem with working from home is the temptation to just “quickly check email” first thing in the morning. If you are not careful you will still be sitting there in your pyjamas come 11 o’clock wondering what that strange smell is. Hint: It is you.3 – Have a proper office space. Ideally with a door. No one can do effective work if they first need to find said work under a football kit. The other piece of advice is to invest in a proper monitor and keypad so you aren’t all hunched up over your laptop. As I write this I am of course hunched up over my laptop so do as I say and not as I do. What I did invest in though is a really good, corporate grade printer. This was expensive but invaluable for reviewing contracts, reading documentation etc.. Decide what is important for you and invest in it accordingly.4 – No social media or useless gossip/ sports pages. If you think this will be an issue there is a great app called “StayFocused” it is a Google Chrome extension and it is completely free. It allows you to spend only a set amount of time on certain sites and also has a nuclear option which can block a site in its entirety. That said if you think this is going to be a really big problem for you then you may need to rethink remote working in its entirety.5 – Lean into your working style. Remote working is a great way to manage not just your time but your energy. Freed from the constraints of a cubicle work the hours which suits you best in terms of different tasks. If you are a “lark” and concentrate best in the morning then set the morning time aside for deep and concentrated work. Similarly, if you are an “owl” lean into that and do more admin tasks and meetings in the morning.6 – Define what it is you need to get done. Remote working works best when you have clear, definable tasks which produce a tangible outcome. If the work is more subjective then it becomes harder to define (and ultimately charge for).7 – Before deciding to work remotely make sure you have all the technology you need. Most applications these days are in the cloud and Trello, Slack & Google Hangouts are all great for communicating with bigger teams. Have a backup plan for what happens if your wi-fi goes down. I find the personal hotspot on my phone is super reliable and never lets me down. It is a solid Plan B.8 – Be careful not to become isolated. A few days of quiet work at home can be wonderful. But if you start to feel lethargic and disinterested it could be loneliness creeping in. Take time to meet people in person regularly. Also, if possible, visit the office and make sure everyone knows the great work you are doing.9 – Remote working is not to be confused with child minding. Tempting though it may be to combine the two and save on astronomical childcare fees that are really not a long term option. It is not fair on you, your kids or your employers. Kids are spontaneous and unplanned. Work rarely is.10 – Don’t be an asshole. If you need to leave the house and work from a coffee shop or hotel lobby to avail of their free wi-fi for the day then be considerate. This means working quietly in a corner, regularly ordering food and drink and leaving a tip. It does not mean spreading yourself out, having booming work calls on your phone and ordering nothing but a tea. As my mother says; be nice, it costs nothing. Finally, if you are interested in jobs with more flexibility that offer remote working then check out www.workjuggle.com.last_img read more

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Conversational AI tool launched by holiday company

first_imgAmi is one of the world’s newest and most advanced augmented reality customer service and sales tools that has helped Emirates Holidays improve customer experience and sales results.“Ami has been an incredible addition to our team,” said Niel Alobaidi, MD of Emirates Holidays for the UK and Ireland, which launched in Ireland last year. “She has online conversations with our customers using a natural, non-robotic tone and deals with all but the most complex of their enquiries. If there’s something she can’t answer, she knows who to go to in the company for support, such is her level of intelligence.”Ami was developed by UK online marketing company ActiveOMG, and Emirates Holidays, one of the world’s leading holiday companies, is Ami’s flagship client.She differs from other next-generation AI programmes as she acquires her knowledge by reading the Emirates Holidays website, rather than being programmed with keywords to monitor. She uses verbal reasoning to understand language and independently knows what to say and how to respond to customer queries. Because Ami understands structure, context and slang she doesn’t use stock answers to frequently asked questions and crucially, her GDPR is native.Niel Alobaidi explains; “Like any other team member, Ami is given her objectives and for us, these are to generate sales leads and provide customer support. She then taps into her intelligence to figure out how to optimise sales by asking the right questions at the right time of those browsing the Emirates Holidays website. On a daily basis, she answers questions ranging from the weather forecast in Dubai to the flight times for a trip to Thailand. She helps customers select hotels that best match their requirements and identifies resorts that she thinks will suit their holiday needs. She knows the best restaurants in Sri Lanka and the best value theme parks in Dubai.”Niel explains that Ami has not replaced the role of Emirates Holidays’ call centre staff but has instead unburdened them of the time previously spent providing information that might never result in a sales lead. “Ami frees up a lot of time for our staff, which allows them to focus on their targets of generating more sales, rather than answering questions about the weather. This has proven to be invaluable to our business and instead of fearing Ami as a possible threat, our staff have embraced her as our newest team member.”Emirates Holidays operates across almost 40 markets, but Ami has the ability to understand different vernaculars and content so does not have to be ‘retaught’ or ‘reprogrammed’ to deal with the nuances of language. This works by way of a neural network whereby algorithms are in place to control other algorithms.Ami reduces customer waiting time, is available 24/7 and her accumulated experience drives her success, which means she is constantly learning and improving.“We are really pleased with the contribution Ami has made to our business,” said Niel Alobaidi. “I don’t believe that Ami will take the place of our highly trained staff, but she complements their work and we are excited at the prospect of what’s to come from ActiveOMG, the team behind Ami’s development.”For more information visit www.emiratesholidays.ielast_img read more

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Business Showcase Prime Trust July 2019

first_imgDescribe the company – the elevator pitch …Prime Trust is a technology-driven financial institution that provides financial infrastructure solutions for the digital economy. We power exchanges, OTC desks, portals, platforms, broker-dealers, investment advisors, stablecoins, and others with smart API solutions to create world-class, compliant financial services at scale. As a trust company and qualified custodian, we provide FIAT and token custody, funds processing, AML and KYC compliance, and transaction technology. Our mission is to deliver financial services that make institutional and retail transactions in digital assets achievable, frictionless, and compliant. Our APls provide the infrastructure to open accounts, make asset deposits, initiate disbursements, perform KYC & AML, manage securities escrow, confirm balances, and pull reports. How are you different?Prime Trust views itself as a technology company first…and a financial institution second. We are the only company of our kind that has the level of technology combined with financial regulation that allows us to be a complete one-stop shop for our customers. We make it really easy for people to do business and build businesses on top of our financial services stack, and deliver them seamlessly via API for a variety of different contexts. No other trust company, bank or brokerage firm has ever done that.Why will you do well?We put our clients at the forefront of everything and they drive our agenda and roadmap. We listen to our customers, receive feedback, and build our products and financial technology around their needs and what the market demands. Businesses continue to come to us because they know that our financial technology is built to meet the demands of their business and keep them compliant with regulators. And, we will continue to innovate our product offering and anticipate and facilitate the needs of our customers. To accomplish this we’ve raised money from a core of industry investors, and have built an extraordinary team of people that are working collaboratively to achieve our goal of building a next-generation financial instutution.Where are you based?Summerlin, Nevada (8 miles west of Las Vegas)When was the company launched?Prime Trust was launched in April, 2016.What have been your biggest wins to date?We’ve raised $14M in capital, hired extraordinary executives, engineers and other team members, secured contracts with some of the largest customers in the industry, and have onboarded thousands of accounts while processing billions of dollars in transactions.Who are you trying to attract to your product?We are a B2B company, and so our services are geared towards those who are building businesses on top of our financial infrastructure. Typical customers include crowdfunding platforms, exchanges, OTC desks, broker-dealers, real-estate syndicators, stablecoins, ICOs, STOs, and financial market makers.What tips would you give to others looking to build their business?If you believe in what you’re doing enough to convince others to invest in it, then you need to go all-in and commit full-time to the venture. And never underestimate the time (and money it will take to develop software.Tell us about your team?At Prime Trust, we have some of the world’s most talented engineers, thought leaders, and executives shaping the future of finance. We’re hiring people who, perhaps for the first time in their careers, are getting to do things they are passionate about and, best of all, see their work translate into market and customer adoption almost immediately… In other words, the things they do matter.What are your plans for the future?We will continue to write fintech software and provide trust and banking services that others can leverage to build businesses across a wide variety of industries – from crowdfunding to cryptocurrency to real estate to trading & markets to funds processing and global settlements.How do people get in touch with you?Please visit www.primetrust.com to learn more about our financial services and technology.2018 was a wild ride for blockchain and crypto. This is what we are predicting for 2019. Blockchain 2019 – Predictions & Beyond https://t.co/BFNph0ybPV pic.twitter.com/f32YeB2T98— Prime Trust (@PrimeTrustCo) December 27, 2018More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home Business Showcase : Prime Trustcenter_img If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

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Korn Ferry Launches IT Services Solution to Deliver a Digital Ready Workforce

first_imgKorn Ferry has launched IT Services, an innovative solution to the growing global tech talent crisis and ‘broken’ recruitment model.The service, which will be spearheaded from the company’s Dublin office, will see Korn Ferry working with tech and non-tech companies to deliver a sustainable pipeline of talent to their organisations, equipped with the specific technology skills they require.IT Services will augment Korn Ferry’s recruitment offering, by up-skilling internal talent through dedicated professional development programmes. This will equip them with the skills required by their employer, along with training and developing the largely untapped back-to-work and high-potential career changer markets.Alistair Copeland, Vice President of IT Services at Korn Ferry, comments, “Digital transformation is as much about people as the technology organisations utilise. IT Services from Korn Ferry offers businesses an innovative and sustainable way to develop a digital-ready workforce that meets the demands of tomorrow, as well as today.”Broken Resourcing ModelIn Ireland, 18,000 technology jobs were created in 2018; far outstripping current supply.The challenge is by no means isolated to Ireland though. 2018 research from Korn Ferry revealed the global technology talent shortfall will exceed one million by 2020 and a staggering 4.3 million – almost the entire population of the Republic of Ireland – by 2030.Existing recruitment models, that depend on placing and redeploying existing IT talent, are ill-equipped to address client demands for greater numbers of digital-ready workers.Equally, third-level education is moving too slowly to satisfy business requirements. In 2017, just 4,468 of all Irish graduates entered a career in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The time it takes to adopt new technology and integrate it into the syllabus is too lengthy for the pace at which technology is evolving.Leveraging Korn Ferry’s advisory software solutions, the new offering from the firm will identify internal and external candidates, with the right traits and competencies, from non-tech backgrounds, expanding the size of the talent pool as a direct result.These individuals are put through deep technical training in the specific technology fields a client requires. In between 12 to 18 weeks, IT Services from Korn Ferry deliver technically qualified IT Talent, placing them within client IT teams. Through continued training and development, they attain industry recognised certificates and cover more relevant content than a typical tertiary degree could hope to achieve, while adding value to the employer from day one.Initially, IT services will offer Cloud, Data Analytics, Digital, Cyber Security and Software Development resourcing, with plans to expand the offering to other technologies in the coming months.Copeland continues, “IT resourcing is broken. Everyone is fishing in a very small pond, hoping to lure the same talent. IT Services is recoding talent management, addressing the supply issue head-on, diversifying the talent pool and equipping workers with the exact skills employers want. It’s smart, cost-effective and most importantly, it’s sustainable.”last_img read more

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AllForCrypto A New Cryptocurrency Marketplace for 2019 and beyond

first_imgImagine eBay, only you pay with cryptocurrencyA new online cryptocurrency marketplace is on its way to make a big impact on how users buy and sell online. Welcome, AllForCrypto! Being the first-ever online marketplace that will accept cryptocurrency only, this new e-commerce platform will be fully secure and transparent thanks to blockchain integration.We are launching our #AFCT #IEO on #shortex on the 5th of August! Don’t miss out and invest in #AFCT. pic.twitter.com/4Dbmpke8u8— AllForCrypto (@AllForCrypto_1) July 28, 2019CEO, William Leen, previously sold on eBay as an eCommerce Trader and witnessed first hand the difficulties which buyers and sellers experienced.“There were unhappy sellers who experienced fraudulent chargebacks, and unhappy buyers who never got their products after paying for them. As blockchain and cryptocurrencies became more and more popular among the masses, I thought that there has to be a better way to trade online. And then, AllForCrypto was born.”AllForCrypto gives buyers and sellers the ultimate advantage, peace of mind and transparency to trade online. Buyers and sellers can use cryptocurrency and non-chargeback fiat payments as well as AllForCrypto’s own token, AFCT, which you can buy. Cryptocurrency payments are safe from fraud thanks to the blockchain ledger. The seller is just as protected as the buyer since everything is stored on the blockchain. No payments or information can be altered.Buyers are also protected when making purchases with AllForCrypto’s escrow account. Funds are locked away for 30 days until the Buyer confirms receipt and satisfaction of the items. What’s more is that sellers and buyers no longer have to worry about tedious currency conversions for making purchases, reducing transaction costs and increasing security for everyone.AllForCrypto has partnered with some of the most credible, reliable sellers to offer top quality products to buyers, with more attractive sellers fees than eBay or Amazon, which gives the product prices a competitive edge.AllForCrypto has gathered huge popularity among industry leaders who act as advisors, such as Simon Cocking (Chief Editor of Irish Tech News and CryptocoinNews Ranked 1 ICOBench), and Krishnendu Chatterjee, to name but a few. They have built a team of very talented 11 employees who take the reigns of the startup relentlessly and bring a wealth of knowledge into the crypto, blockchain and marketing industries. AllForCrypto has already succeeded in attracting attention from over 600 users who bought and sold goods on the platform to date.Notable partners and supporters include Waves, Foundico, CryptoTotem, Track ICO, CoinCodex, ICO Spotters, CoinKinja and AirdropsMob. The AFCT token is based on Waves Blockchain Technology and is top-rated on all ICO rating sites. The token is fully secured on one of the safest cryptocurrency wallets in the industry today. AFCT token holders are assured of the value of the token even in the volatile cryptocurrency market.While the digital space is saturated with e-commerce platforms, AllForCrypto wishes to embark on a new path; one where both buyers and sellers equally benefit from the transparency, value, low cost and safety which cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have to offer.AllForCrypto will accept only cryptocurrencies, as well as its own token, AFCT, which you can now buy on Waves Exchange and due for an IEO launch, on Shortex, August 5th, 2019!AllForCrypto has been top-rated in the following ICO rating sites:– ICO Top Rate = A1– CryptoTotem = 8.9/10– ICO Marks = 8.8/10-Trackico Rating = 5.0 / 5.0-Coincodex Rating = 4.7 / 5.0-Icokite Rating = 4.7 / 5.0Visit the AllForCrypto website here: http://AllForCrypto.org/ and don’t forget to follow their social media channels which are packed with exciting updates, news and engaging content every day.FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTubeTelegramRead more about the AllForCrypto project in the Whitepaper.Visit allforcrypto.org for more details and how to get involved.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home AllForCrypto : The New Cryptocurrency Marketplace You Don’t Want To Miss If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

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Novacene The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence by James Lovelock published August 27

first_imgNovacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence by James Lovelock If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking By @SimonCocking review of Novacene : The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence by James Lovelock is published by Allen Lane, in hardback, available from Amazon here. See more reviews here.James Lovelock is the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory) and the most influential environmental thinker of our time.  His many books on the subject include Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth (1979), The Revenge of Gaia (2006), The Vanishing Face of Gaia (2009) and A Rough Ride to the Future (2014); and he is the author of more than 200 scientific papers.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974 and in 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen, in 2005 Prospect magazine named him one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals, and in 2006 he received the Wollaston Medal, the highest Award of the UK Geological Society.The originator of the Gaia theory offers the vision of a future epoch in which humans and artificial intelligence together will help the Earth survive.James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis and the greatest environmental thinker of our time, has produced an astounding new theory about future of life on Earth. He argues that the Anthropocene?the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies?is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age?the Novacene?has already begun.In the Novacene, new beings will emerge from existing artificial intelligence systems. They will think 10,000 times faster than we do and they will regard us as we now regard plants. But this will not be the cruel, violent machine takeover of the planet imagined by science fiction. These hyperintelligent beings will be as dependent on the health of the planet as we are. They will need the planetary cooling system of Gaia to defend them from the increasing heat of the sun as much as we do. And Gaia depends on organic life. We will be partners in this project.It is crucial, Lovelock argues, that the intelligence of Earth survives and prospers. He does not think there are intelligent aliens, so we are the only beings capable of understanding the cosmos. Perhaps, he speculates, the Novacene could even be the beginning of a process that will finally lead to intelligence suffusing the entire cosmos. At the age of 100, James Lovelock has produced the most important and compelling work of his life.Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence reviewedJames Lovelock’s Gaia books have been hugely influential, proposing, and then developing over a series of works the intuitive and vitally important concept that the earth we live on is a delicate, precious and smart, self-regulating entity. We have been deeply fortunate to have the benefits from this smart envelope of atmosphere that has kept us alive, in a safe temperature zone, at temperatures that have permitted us to grow and thrive. Of course with the excess of human activity over the last hundred years especially we have done a lot to threaten this amazing protective environment that has nurtured us.It is deeply impressive that, in his 99th year Lovelock had the energy, interest and passion to produce, potentially his last book, to expand on these ideas and look to where our future may lie. Many of his strongest ideas from previous books recur here, his belief in our need to look beyond solar and wind for our energy solutions, and the concept that Gaia continues to offer a protective bubble in which we have an opportunity to continue to progress in our goal to understand and better know the cosmos.Lovelock believes we are now on the threshold of a new era, hence the name Novacene, in which AI, created by us, but not our ‘children’ as such, as they achieve their own autonomy and consciousness, will come to dominate our world and beyond. He is cognizant of the risks that this brings, will we become mere batteries and ‘pets’ for the AIs amusement. Though he also suggests this may offer one route to our continued survival, as a form of organic life which helps Gaia to regulate the planet’s temperature range.You may not agree with all of the ideas put forward in this book, we feel renewables offer far more potential and scope than Lovelock sees. However it is a well argued and thoughtful book. His reasoning for why we may well be a fortunate freak result is certainly worth thinking in relation to the question of whether we are alone in the universe or not. He believes we almost certainly are alone. With the basic potentially killer question of ‘if there are aliens, then where are they?’! Why have we never seen any?In a time where climate change is rapidly morphing into climate emergency Lovelock’s book is timely, important, thought provoking and well worth reading, and happy 100 birthday on July 26th to him!More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homelast_img read more

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Rise in earlystage female entrepreneurs as highprofile business leaders support women starting

first_imgThere has been an increase in early-stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland over the past year and the call is now open for those with new businesses – or well-developed ideas – to join ACORNS 5.ACORNS is the highly successful development initiative to support female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland, who wish to start and develop new businesses or have recently started a business.The call for applications follows the launch of the programme today by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD. ACORNS is funded under the department’s Rural Innovation and Development Fund.Over 200 female entrepreneurs have taken part in ACORNS to date and 50 new participants are being sought for ACORNS 5. The programme will run over six months from October 2019 to April 2020. The deadline for applications for this year’s cycle is 20th September 2019.Any woman with a new business based in rural Ireland — or an idea for a new venture they want to get off the ground — can get more information and register their interest at www.acorns.ie. There is no charge for participation.Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, launching the call for applicants, said: “The ACORNS programme is a tremendous opportunity for early-stage female entrepreneurs in rural Ireland to help them realise their ambitions. I would urge those who have recently started or are about to start a new business to apply to participate in this exciting initiative, as it is an opportunity not to be missed. Each year, the participants give an overwhelming endorsement of the role ACORNS has played in supporting them to start and develop their businesses. I am delighted to continue to provide support to this initiative through my department’s Rural Innovation and Development Fund.”Paula Fitzsimons, founder and Managing Director of Fitzsimons Consulting, the company that developed the ACORNS initiative, said that the rate of early-stage entrepreneurial activity increased among women in Ireland in 2018 while remaining stable for men. On average, 850 women are starting a new business every month in Ireland. The rate of nascent female entrepreneurs in Ireland is now ranked 5th across Europe.“In most countries, more men than women are early-stage entrepreneurs. This is also true in Ireland. However, the ratio in Ireland continues to narrow and now stands at 1.6:1 (men to women early-stage entrepreneurs) as more women plan and start new businesses. The ACORNS programme is critical to assist this growing body of female entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground and on the road to success. I am delighted that the opportunity is being offered once again thanks to the support of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the contribution of the voluntary Lead Entrepreneurs.”ACORNS is based on peer support and collaborative learning. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn from successful female entrepreneurs – ‘Lead Entrepreneurs’.Acting in a voluntary capacity, these Lead Entrepreneurs will share their insights and experience with the group and help the participants to address the issues and challenges they face in progressing their businesses. They also act as role models, illustrating by their actions that it is possible to start and grow a successful business in rural Ireland.This year, the Lead Entrepreneurs are: Alison Ritchie, Polar Ice, Laois; Anne Cusack, Critical Healthcare, Westmeath; Anne Reilly, Paycheck Plus, Louth; Caroline McEnery, The HR Suite, Kerry; Deirdre McGlone, formerly Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal; Eimer Hannon, Eimer Hannon Travel, Meath; Mary B. Walsh, Ire Wel Pallets, Wexford; and Triona MacGiolla Rí, Aró Digital Strategies, Galway.In addition, Monica Flood, formerly Olas IT – a Going for Growth Lead Entrepreneur – will facilitate an ACORNS Plus round table for previous participants, who are committed to growing their businesses.Many past participants of ACORNS report increased exports and job creation. Progress made by the 46 participants that completed ACORNS 4 (the last cycle), which ran from October 2018 to April 2019, demonstrates these encouraging outcomes:– Combined turnover for participants is €2.3m – an increase of 43% over the six-month programme cycle;– Thirteen participants became exporters for the first time;– 19 additional part-time employees were hired during the cycle, with 26 companies planning to hire additional staff this year;– 86% said ACORNS brought about practical change within their business; 95% felt nearer to achieving their ambitions and 100% would recommend participating in ACORNS to others.Past participants of ACORNS are also invited to participate in a further development phase and to join the ACORNS Community, so they can continue to build their support network of valuable connections.If you are interested in participating in ACORNS 5 you can register your interest here: https://acorns.ie/contact/last_img read more

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Honouring Gogo Thembi at Aloe Park Primary School

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The educators, staff and learners of Aloe Park Primary made Miss TP Kubheka feel proud and honoured on May 21 when she celebrated her 70th birthday.The special programme, which was dedicated to her, included songs and items that highlighted  her attachment to and love for the school, and all those who are a part of it.Gogo Themba, as she is lovingly called, has been a part of the Aloe Park Primary family for a total of 33 years.She is loved by all and has proven to be compassionate about and dedicated to the school.We wish her many more years of healthy association with the school.Congratulations, Gogo Thembi! We love you!last_img

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Loadshedding is on for today

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith is currently being affected by load-shedding. Group 3 is currently been load shed from 12pm to 3pm, followed by Group 1 from 3pm to 6pm, and then Group 2 from 6pm to 9pm.To know your load-shedding group and full schedule click herelast_img

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Pedestrian bridge not safe to cross

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite “Any bridge should be safe, so it should be a top priority for the municipality to fix it for the community. I use this bridge every day and fear that one day a little child is going to fall off and get seriously hurt,” said a concerned pedestrian.“It’s also very dangerous at night, as a criminal could easily attack and throw someone off,” added the pedestrian.At the time of going to press, the municipality had not commented on the matter. Many pedestrians fear for their life as they walk on the Cemetery Road pedestrian bridge.The barrier poles on both sides of the structure are virtually non-existent, so someone could easily fall off into the river below.Some of the barriers are not there at all, while others are broken and dangling off the structure. This has been the situation for months now and nothing is being done about it. Being hidden away by overgrown grass, motorists sometimes can’t see the bridge as they pass by, but many pedestrians use it.last_img read more

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Update Traffic chaos after Helpmekaar Road collision

first_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Traffic is still chaotic after 3 vehicles collided in Helpmekaar Road this afternoon (Thursday).Traffic is backed up in four lanes and is at a standstill, as frustrated motorists try to make their way home after work.Motorists are driving counter-flow due to the long wait.The scene has not yet been cleared.last_img

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Power out in Group 2

first_imgSome areas in Group 2 are being load-shed from 12pm to 3pm. This will be followed by Group 3 from 3pm to 6pm.To know your group when load-shedding strikes, click HERE WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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UK journalist Syria rebels led me into death trap

first_imgAssociated PressLONDON (AP) – A British journalist claims Syrian rebels set him up to die in no man’s land near the Lebanese border, saying Friday he believes they wanted to use his death at the hands of government forces to score propaganda points.Channel 4 News’s chief correspondent Alex Thomson said the incident happened Monday in the Syrian town of Qusair, about half an hour’s drive from the battered city of Homs. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family In a blog post published to Channel 4’s website and in an email exchange with The Associated Press, Thomson said he, his driver, a translator, and two other journalists were trying to return to government lines when their rebel escort led them down what he described as a dead-end in the middle of a “free-fire zone.” A shot rang out, and he said their car made a series of panicky maneuvers before retreating the way it came.Thomson claimed that they weren’t led into no man’s land by mistake.“I’m quite clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot by the Syrian army,” he wrote in the post, explaining that their deaths at the hands of President Bashar Assad’s forces would have drawn sympathy to the rebel cause. “Dead journos are bad for Damascus,” he said.Thomson said he and his colleagues eventually managed to get back to the government side. He has since left Syria.His account wasn’t possible to verify amid the chaos gripping Syria, but in an email he insisted that there was no other explanation for what happened.“They said: `Go left.’ Road was totally blocked 50 yards ahead. They had to have known.” (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists calls Syria “the most dangerous place for journalists in the world,” saying that it has recorded the deaths of nine local and international reporters there since November.___Online:Thomson’s blog post: http://blogs.channel4.com/alex-thomsons-view/hostile-territory/1863 Quick workouts for men Patients with chronic pain give advicelast_img
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Cuban exile firework show lights up Havana horizon

first_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Told it was organized by Cuban exiles from Florida, he shrugged and said, “They must be celebrating something.”The small Florida nonprofit group the Democracy Movement said earlier that they would park their vessels 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) from Havana, safely outside the 12-mile territorial water limits.The exiles timed the show to coincide with a summer carnival that can draw thousands to the Malecon, and they called the show a peaceful display of solidarity with their compatriots.“When you see the lights of freedom, walk toward the seawall as a silent protest against censorship of expression,” said the Democracy Movement’s Ramon Saul Sanchez. “And when you’re there, among the people, think of freedom, murmur `freedom’ and if you deem it prudent, demand freedom.”Cuban authorities scaled back the carnival festivities after torrential rains Saturday soaked Havana and left huge puddles on the Malecon. Several hundred people still came out to laugh and canoodle on the seawall, and families queued up for sizzling barbecue chicken.One young girl cried out the colors of the fireworks as they exploded: “yellow!” “white!” and “green!” Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – Red, white and gold balls of light shimmered low on the horizon off Havana’s seafront Malecon boulevard Saturday night in a maritime fireworks display launched by Cuban exiles hoping to inspire protest.The fireworks were clearly visible from the coast and lasted about an hour. People who saw it said they were mystified by its origin.“It’s curious, because you don’t see that often on the Malecon,” said Jose Antonio Camejo, who was fishing for red snapper from the seawall along with family members. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Like similar previous displays, the fireworks did not elicit any discernible protest from Havana residents.But the shows are an irritation for the Communist-run government, which considers them provocative, subversive and even potentially dangerous. Cuban officials did not respond to requests for comment, but have criticized Washington in the past for not blocking the actions.In 1996, the Cuban military shot down two small planes carrying exile activists, killing four people. Cuba maintains the aircraft violated the country’s airspace, though the exiles deny that.Sanchez said he had been in contact with the U.S. Coast Guard, which has patrolled previous sea missions to guard against an international incident, and given assurances that they would remain outside the 12-mile maritime limit.U.S. officials have said they don’t encourage or condone such activities, but lack legal authority to block them.Sanchez said a second message behind the display was to demand greater Internet access on the island, which lags the rest of the world despite the completion of an undersea fiber-optic cable last year.“The Cuban government has just installed the cable from Venezuela that allows 3,000 times more technical capability of connection, and yet it has not translated into benefits for the Cuban people in terms of access,” he said. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Cuba blames its creaky Internet on Washington’s 50-year-old economic embargo.Sanchez said his group has organized 26 flotillas since 1996 including a similar fireworks show last December to mark International Human Rights Day, and another one in March when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island. A second show planned for later during the pontiff’s visit was called off due to high seas.Sanchez said the group does not accept any government money and holds fundraisers to finance its activities. A sympathetic provider let the group purchase the fireworks at cost, which came out to $3,600. The other main expense was fuel.He said the lead vessel alone, dubbed “Democracia,” was expected to consume more than $2,100 in gasoline to make the trip across the roughly 90-mile Florida Strait and back.___Follow Peter Orsi on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Peter_Orsi Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img
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Brazil designer gives world anticellulite jeans

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Suede also made a strong showing at Sao Paulo-based label Iodice, where the material vamped it up in a sexy shift dress with silver studs. Brazilian supermodel Aline Weber opened the show, which also featured sumptuous silks emblazoned with hippy, trippy paisleys.Victor Dzenk’s catwalk was swimming in paisleys, too. The designer, who hails from Brazil’s central Minas Gerais state, looked across the Atlantic to Morocco for inspiration, fielding a collection steeped in the bohemian glamour of Marrakech in its heyday.The show also included a sprinkling of menswear looks, the highlight of which were undoubtedly the Speedo-style swimsuits paired with flowing paisley-covered capes that made the beefy male models look like Superman on a beach holiday.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The jury is still out on the veracity of the Sao Paulo designer’s claim to have produced the world’s first anti-cellulite denim. Herchcovitch says five years of research into the product shows it is effective, but medical experts have cautioned there is no miracle cure for cellulite. All that aside, the models donning the denim looked like they had precious little need of micro-circulation as they stomped the catwalk.In skinny jeans and cat suits made from a patchwork of indigo and grey denim with a metallic sheen, the models looked like tough, street-wise urban incarnations of medieval knights in suits of armor. The skinny jean cum pleated skirt combos looked like what a 21st century Joan of Arc would wear, while the high-impact eyewear _ oversized sunglasses in the shape of ski masks _ conjured an urban knight’s protective visor.Besides “beauty denim,” the other material of choice on Rio’s catwalks was suede. Hand-painted or laser-cut, in earth tones or eye-popping hues, plenty of it was on display at the winter 2014 shows, which opened under unusually chilly and drizzly skies for the southern hemisphere’s spring.Brazil’s reigning queen of leather, Patricia Viera, looked to the 1970s for a collection of maxi-dresses and flares in supple, jewel-tone leather laser cut so intricately the clothes almost appeared to be made from lace. The collection also included plenty of the kinds of hand-painted pieces that have become her hallmark, including bellbottoms and skirts that bloomed with a multicolored riot of wildflowers. The highlights of the strong collection were the suede mini-dresses and fringed jackets emblazoned with oversized Hopi Indian Kachina dolls. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch claims to have made what just might be the world’s most desirable pair of jeans: whipped up from a high-tech denim that combats cellulite so its wearers can hone their beach bodies even as they bundle up for Brazil’s gentle winters.Herchcovitch’s so-called “beauty denim,” which he says harnesses body heat and turns it into infrared rays that stimulate cellulite-combatting micro-circulation, made its debut at the designer’s winter 2014 show at Fashion Rio, Rio de Janeiro’s four-day fashion extravaganza, which wrapped up on Saturday. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img ErrorOK ErrorOK Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Hungary seeks to tighten south border hold illegal migrants

first_imgHungary has received more than 50,000 asylum requests so far this year, compared to 43,000 in 2014 and 2,157 in 2012. Previously, the majority of asylum seekers came from Kosovo. Since March, about 70 percent of them are from Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq.“The Fidesz proposal would prevent those arriving illegally to Hungary from a secure country from being able to seek asylum status,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said. “It is not true that the lives of those arriving from Greece or Serbia are in danger.”Kovacs didn’t rule out the possibility of a barbed wire fence on the border with Serbia.“We hope for the best, but are preparing for the worst,” Kovacs said.Officials also said that Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein had indicated they were planning to return to Hungary at least 15,000 migrants who made their asylum request here but moved on to Western Europe before their cases were assessed.Antal Rogan, head of the Fidesz parliamentary group, said Hungary would like to return to its earlier practice, changed after pressure from the European Union, of taking into custody all those caught illegally crossing the border.In the past few weeks, Hungary’s government has stepped up its anti-immigration campaign. Billboards with slogans like “If you come to Hungary, you cannot take away Hungarians’ jobs” are being put up. Voters also have been sent a questionnaire about migration, which the government hopes will legitimize its restrictive policies. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too The questionnaire has been criticized by human rights groups for tying migration to terrorism and wilfully blurring the lines between refugees and economic migrants.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parents, stop beating yourself up BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary will take steps to tighten its southern border with Serbia to stem the rising flow of migrants and asylum seekers, officials said Tuesday.A proposal by the governing Fidesz party would allow police at the border to turn back migrants seeking to enter the country illegally.The plan is to “close the border by legal means … but this doesn’t mean building an iron curtain,” Fidesz vice chairman Lajos Kosa said. Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

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2 French soldiers arrested over Africa sex abuse allegations

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Two French soldiers were arrested Thursday over allegations of child sex abuse in Burkina Faso.It is the second case of alleged sexual abuse of minors by French soldiers in Africa to surface in recent months. French officials have said the Burkina Faso case is unrelated to the earlier one, in Central African Republic, involving different soldiers.Paris prosecutors’ spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the two soldiers were detained Thursday immediately upon their return to France from Burkina Faso. The French military has said the alleged abuse happened recently, and judicial authorities in Burkina Faso were also informed. Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “For all acts of harassment, discrimination and sexual violence, it is zero tolerance,” said Pierre Bayle, the Defense Ministry spokesman.France has troops in Burkina Faso and nearby countries as part of a large force fighting extremists in the region.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

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Googles new headquarters could be the next trend in architecture

first_img(Hayes Davidson photo) PHOENIX — Experts believe that Google’s new London headquarters unique design could be the next big trend in architecture and say the style is a perfect fit for a city like Phoenix.According to Business Insider, the style of the building is ideal for growing cities with undeveloped land that want to become the next epicenter for a business or new economic sector.Nicknamed the “landscraper,” Google’s new building will measure 1,082 feet long but only 11 stories tall. When completed it will be longer than The Shard is tall. The Shard is the tallest building in London and reaches 1,016 feet high. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 0 Comments   Share   New technology including cable-less elevators that allow transportation up, down and sideways, was cited as a reason that the new landscrapers could be a success.The expected growth of drones as delivery devices and increasingly crowded airspace over the next 20 years factors into the improved functionality of landscrapers as apposed to skyscrapers.Lastly, weather events that have been intensified by climate change can be damaging to skyscrapers especially in high wind scenarios. Tall skyscrapers are prone to swaying in high winds whereas in a landscraper, with a low center of gravity, this is less of a problem.The Google building in London’s King’s Cross will be 1 million square feet upon completion and construction is expected to begin in 2018. 1 / 11(Hayes Davidson photo) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

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Daily Crunch Microsoft admits humans can listen to Skype Cortana audio

first_imgThe Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.1. Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audioThe change comes after a recent Motherboard report that contractors were listening to personal Skype conversations and Cortana audio recordings. Microsoft is just the latest tech giant to get called out for failing to make it clear that human contractors could be listening to users’ audio recordings.When asked about the policy changes, the company said, “We realized, based on questions raised recently, that we could do a better job specifying that humans sometimes review this content.”2. AT&T and T-Mobile team up to fight scam robocallsThe two companies will today begin to roll out new cross-network call authentication technology based on the STIR/SHAKEN standards — a sort of universal caller ID system designed to stop illegal caller ID spoofing.3. Amazon launches a new program to donate unsold products from third-party sellers to charityThe program’s launch follows a series of news reports earlier this year, which found that Amazon warehouses routinely trashed millions of unsold items.Photo: Pivotal4. VMware says it’s looking to acquire PivotalPivotal is best known for commercializing the open-source Cloud Foundry platform. Its shares have struggled since the company’s IPO in April 2018.5. UPS takes minority stake in self-driving truck startup TuSimpleTuSimple, which is backed by Nvidia, ZP Capital and Sina Corp., is working on a “full-stack solution,” developing and bringing together all of the technological pieces required for autonomous driving.6. Racial bias observed in hate speech detection algorithm from GoogleResearchers at the University of Washington were interested in the idea that databases of hate speech currently available might have racial biases baked in — like many other data sets that suffered from a lack of inclusive practices during formation.7. Inside Voyage’s plan to deliver a driverless futureIn two years, Voyage has gone from a tiny self-driving car upstart spun out of Udacity to a company able to operate on 200 miles of roads in retirement communities. (Extra Crunch membership required.)last_img read more

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