83% want to continue to work remotely when restrictions ease By News Highland – May 11, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/almamac.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The report can be accessed HERE Twitter Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ 83 per-cent of people want to continue to work remotely after the Covid-19 Crisis.A new survey by researchers at NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission of over 7-thousand-people online across a range of industries shows shows over half of those surveyed had never worked remotely before the pandemic.It found the top three challenges facing workers at home – included not being able to switch off from work, harder to communicate with colleagues and poor physical workspace.But the benefits include no traffic and no commute, reduced costs and greater flexibility.Dr Alma McCarthy of NUI Galway is the report’s Chief Author……….. WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleMcMonagle backs calls for further CCTVNext articleSlightly fewer people receive Covid-19 payment in Donegal News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2
By Indrawattie NatramAiling residents residing in the St Monica and Karawab Amerindian communities in the Upper Pomeroon RiverThe new water ambulance gifted to the St Monica and Karawab communitiesin Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) will be easily transported to Hospitals on the Coastland much easier/faster with the gift that was presented to them.Food For the Poor Guyana (FFTP) on Wednesday handed over a spanking new water ambulance along with a 40hp out-board engine to the community. The boat measuring 22 x 7.5 feet is named “ASHA” and will be used to transport patients from the two villages to Charity.According to the CEO of FFTP Kent Vincent, the construction of the boat was funded by Food for the Poor in collaboration with kind donors from the United States of America, while Courts (Guyana) Inc donated the engine. The donation is in keeping with FFTP’s month-long 25th Anniversary Celebrations.Speaking at the simple handing over ceremony the CEO said a water ambulance was a necessity for the two communities and called on residents from both communities to take good care of it. He pledged FFTP’s continued support to the community.Toshoa of the Amerindian Community James Miguel expressed gratitude to both FFTP and Courts for the health boost. Miguel said the Water Ambulance provides relief for sick people in the community and described the initiative as a “useful asset” for the community.Previously, he explained, health workers had to endure the arduous task of transporting patients, especially in the nights, by whatever means. It was explained oftentimes patients would die before reaching the Coastland.Managing director of Courts Clyde De Hass spoke of the company’s willingness to partner with FFTP. De Hass said Courts was inspired by the struggles residents go through in the community to access medical services. He also commended the efforts of FFTP in reaching out to persons throughout Guyana.Health Worker of St Monica Rozeeta Simon also expressed excitement that she would be using a faster boat to transport patients. She explained that previously it took three hours to get emergency cases to the Coast.The community was equipped with a water ambulance powered by a 15hp engine.A resident, Diane Samuels, expressed gratitude on behalf of residents and also the St Monica Village Council.St Monica Amerindian community is located some 35 miles from Charity and has a population of 1000.
The May 18 edition of the Daily Observer paid tributes to three of Liberian History writers whose names now lie in history. They are Nigerian-born Dr. Igolima Amacree, Guinean-born Dr. Alpha Bah and American-born Dr. Svend Holsoe. The emphasis placed on these men’s works is not meant to glorify them as the best writers among all, but to stress the significance of their work to the Liberian society.History as the focus of this Editorial plays key roles in nation building, sustaining culture and unity, and kindling the spirit of patriotism. In the Liberian school system, most students define History as, “The written record of past events.” This short clause has a lot of meaning as to why we study History. History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be.History is also an inescapable subject of serious study. The past causes the present, and so the future (American Historical Association).History also provides identity, contributes to moral understanding and good citizenship (Peter N. Stearns). Another commentator, Pearl Buck, said “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”Why lay these premises in support of the significance of History to society? Liberia has many young and old people who do not know Liberian History. As a result of lack of knowledge of our history, you will note that our identities are hardly known; whether or not we are Africans. In fact, writing our history has been a difficult task. Either interested writers will not have the financial capacity to publish, or they will be biased to praise one group of people and demonize another. History is meant to give people the direction to recognize where they fell short and how they can correct their past mistakes to prepare for the future. But as Liberia stands without a comprehensive volume of history, the younger generation has no knowledge about what makes them Liberian. Why should they be proud of their country and what it means to preserve their culture? How, then, do we prepare for our future in the absence of history? Unfortunately, our National Archives building is lacking in the collection of artifacts and other important historical documents. In his Tribute to Dr. Svend Holsoe, who recently passed, Liberian historian Dr. Elwood Dunn feared that the Holsoe historical collection on Liberia “may contain the only surviving copies of important Liberian state papers and historical and cultural documents.”Without readily available historical and cultural documents and artifacts, how do people trace their history and culture with appreciation and gratitude? You will recall that all children born from the 1980s up to 2000, including many elderly, have no knowledge about the civil conflict that took place in this country because no history is being published about it.In our Editorial last Thursday, we suggested that the Liberian government or one or two of our universities, for example the University of Liberia an Cuttington University, could take the initiative to negotiate with Indiana University to obtain copies of the Holsoe collection and make them available right here in Liberia.There is something unique to learn about the United States of America. A tour guide leading African journalists in Washington, D.C. said, “United States is built on history, and by our history we are able to direct our socio-economic development path.” Because of the importance of history to the Americans, he noted, everyone that played certain roles in that society is remembered by a statue. For that, you will see statutes in almost all cities in the United States. This historical pattern, he said, motivates Americans to do the best they can so that society will remember them. That is exactly what the Class of 1959 of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) did in erecting on their campus a statue of R. Vanjah Richards (BWI Class of ‘52), Liberia’s most celebrated sculptor.An African proverb says, “Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.” A commentator, Thomas Carlyle, also said, “History is a mighty dramos, enacted upon the theatre of times, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.” Without history a country cannot easily direct its step or plan its future.More simply put, how can we know who we are or where we are going, if we do not know where we come from? Let the Government of Liberia provide a budget to hire independent writers to write the History of Liberia in order to help Liberians to know themselves, appreciate their culture and history, and build the spirit of patriotism.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Paul Nkata knows his team is not safe yet(Photo by agency)Azam Uganda Premier LeagueURA vs MaroonsMandela National Stadium, NambooleFriday, 20-04-2018URA FC will host Maroons FC at Namboole as both teams seek to make sure of their UPL status come next season.Paul Nkata’s URA seat eight on the log with 5-6 game to play in the current season and their tally of 30 points means that they are only five away from relegation and a run of poor form may see the Tax Collectors suffer relegation to the second tier for the first time in over a decade.“We know we are not safe yet and that is why we are taking every game seriously, said Nkata ahead of the visit of Maroons.“When you look at the teams below us, they are fighting for their lives and picking up points steadily so we have to be on the watch out.“Against Maroons, it is not going to be easy because they do not concede alot but what plays in our favor is the fact that they don’t score that many too.“We are going to try and play to our strengths and hopefully get the desired result come the sound of the final whistle.The visitors Maroons come into the game eight points clear of the drop and although they have proved hard to beat this season, they have not won that many games and will know that they require one or two more wins to confirm their stay in the league.Match Facts;The first game between the two sides finished 0-0 at Luzira Prisons grounds and one or both teams have failed to score in this fixture in all the seven meetings since 2010.URA has never lost a game against Maroons in the league (W4 D3) scoring seven goals without conceding.URA go into the fixture on the back of a 2-0 victory over Kirinya JSS but it is their first win in the last five league games(D1 L3).The tax collectors have been strong at home of late, losing only two of their last 17 home league games(W9 D6) since February last year. The two loses have however came in their last five games, both 1-0 defeats to Vipers and Onduparaka.Maroons them selves have been not so impressive of late, winning only one of their last six games(D4 L1).Maroons have been on a stroll away from home, going into the game without testing defeat in all their last 10 fixtures(W4 D6). Their only defeat on the road this season dates back to September of last year when they lost 2-0 at Express.However, they have scored only nine goals on the road this season, a joint third lowest in the league.Comments Tags: Azam UPLMaroons FCPaul NkataURA FC
The NFL world descends on Indianapolis this week for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, the epicenter for prospective draftees, executives, coaches, agents and reporters from Tuesday through Monday.The Raiders own 10 picks in this year’s draft, including a league-high three in the first round, so this week of interviews and evaluations are crucial for Jon Gruden, new general manager Mike Mayock and the future of the franchise that will have one more season in Oakland before relocating to Vegas.Her …
Speech by former president FW de Klerk on 8 September 2010, Pestana Chelsea bridge hotel, london.“The legacy of the first African world cup – let’s make sure it’s just the beginning”.Six years ago the Fairy Godmother – in the guise of Sepp Blatter – waved a magic wand, and announced that South Africa had been chosen to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. For the first time in history, Africa – the Cinderella continent – had been chosen to host the world’s premier sporting event.Mind you, had it not been for a little legerdemain and the mysterious voting of the FIFA representative from Oceana, South Africa – and not Germany – would have hosted the preceding World Cup in 2006. President Nelson Mandela who had attended the announcement in 1999 with great expectations, remarked laconically “Ah well… there evidently were some aspects of the end game that we South Africans did not fully understand.”So, in the 2004 announcement, it was Africa’s turn. Sepp Blatter had all but promised that no more ugly first-world stepsisters would be permitted to jump the queue.From that moment the countdown started.Would South Africa be able to make the grade?Would an African country actually be able to deliver a top class world event?Would we be able to turn our third world pumpkins and mice into of the glittering stadiums, airports and infrastructure that the event would require?The world was skeptical. We heard again the old familiar choruses that precede all major global sporting events, wherever they are held: The stadiums would not be ready; security was inadequate; the infra-structure of airports, railways and roads would simply not be able to cope.The skepticism continued right until the eve of the event. In May this year YouGovStone, on behalf of SABMiller, carried out research among its network of influential people to establish their views on the coming event. The results were, to say the very least, discouraging:Only 29% of those polled thought that the World Cup in South Africa would be a great success;58% expected that there would be problems with security;57% thought that there would be transport and logistics problems; and59% thought that the average South African would not benefit from the event.Most South Africans, on the other hand, had little doubt about our ability to hold a successful World Cup. After all, we had already hosted very successful Rugby and Cricket World Cups in 1995 and 2003. In 2009 – at the drop of a hat – we had been able to step into the breach and host India’s wildly popular 20/20 Cricket Competition after the security situation in India had made it necessary to move the event.The fact is that one of South Africa’s strengths is its ability to manage large projects. We have excellent – and highly competitive – civil engineering companies that successfully participate in and manage large projects all over the world.If anything, South Africans were a little too optimistic. One of our leading real estate companies provided advice to home owners on how they could convert their homes into B&Bs and make fortunes during the four weeks of the World Cup. As a result, hundreds of expectant homeowners built luxury guest suites and waited forlornly for bookings that never came. Small entrepreneurs seriously overestimated the number of visitors who would come to South Africa for the event.Restaurateurs geared up for a bumper season – but most were deeply disappointed: not only did international crowds not descend on their eateries, their regular South African customers also stayed away in droves because for a whole month they were glued to their TV screens watching soccer!Despite all this, Danny Jordaan, the Chairman of the local organizing committee, and his team made steady progress.Magnificent new stadiums were built – and old ones were renovated and refurbished.New highways and rapid transit systems were constructed.South Africa’s major airports were vastly expanded and modernized. After years of being cocooned in hoardings and scaffolds, Cape Town’s new international airport emerged just before the World Cup like a gigantic crystal butterfly.In our major cities large clocks counted down the days to the opening match on 11 June.Our leading companies jumped onto the bandwagon and helped to sweep up national support. Government, opposition, religious and civil society leaders embraced one another and exhorted the nation to make a success of the event. Unprecedented security arrangements were made and special courts were established to dispense swift justice to law-breakers.In the process, South Africans also learned that the FIFA fairy godmother was not motivated solely by altruism. She made it clear that she – and she alone – would choose Cinderella’s ball gown and accessories. Apparently unconcerned about any practical implications, Sepp Blatter insisted that the Cape Town Stadium should be built in Green Point – because he thought it would look pretty with Table Mountain as its backdrop. The City would rather have upgraded the existing Newlands Stadium – or built a new stadium at Culembourg, close to existing rail and road routes. However, FIFA was adamant that it would either be Green Point – or there would be no games in Cape Town at all.Most of the accessories – including the flags, vuvuzelas and even Zumi, the World Cup mascot, were manufactured in Asia. Companies that were not official FIFA sponsors were prohibited from displaying their wares or advertising anywhere near the games. Our stadiums were suddenly flooded with American Budweiser beer – a virtually unknown product – and our own excellent Castle Lager was nowhere in sight.Nevertheless, it worked.For a glorious month South Africans laid down the burden of our divided history and joined one another in a magnificent national festival.The noise of our divisive national debate – of the Julius Malemas and right wing extremists – was drowned out by the discordant but joyous blare of the Vuvuzela.The only colours that were important were the colours of the South African flag. Hundreds of thousands of South Africans festooned their cars, taxis and trucks with the national flag.Enterprising university students developed and marketed socks, emblazoned with the flags of participating nations, that fitted snuggly over car wing mirrors.We celebrated wildly when, against all expectations, Bafana Bafana drew against Mexico. We commiserated with one another when we lost to Uruguay and had to exit the competition. Nevertheless, despite our 83rd ranking we did quite well and performed better than many other countries – including France – that were much higher up the international ladder.Once we had been knocked out, South Africans switched their allegiance whole-heartedly and without reservation to Africa’s best remaining hope, Ghana. Black South Africans were surprised that nearly all whites identified with Africa – with Baghana, Baghana – rather than with England or some other European country.When Ghana sadly – and unluckily – left the fray, many black South Africans returned the compliment and supported Holland, because of its historic ties to many of their white compatriots. Such were the times and such was the spirit that animated our people for that magic month in the depth of the southern winter.But as with all fairy tales the clock struck twelve.Cinderella had to scurry down the palace steps, and confront again the harsh realities of our national life. The party was over. The bunting was removed. Our national attention shifted from the empty stadiums to the continuing poverty and inequality in which too many South Africans continue to live. The vuvuzelas were silent. Strident voices again began to dominate the national discourse.Nevertheless, during those four weeks we had successfully changed international perceptions of our country. It was clear from another survey carried out by YouGovStone on behalf of SABMiller in August 2010 that there had been a major and positive shift in attitudes toward South Africa. The survey revealed thatfully 72% believed that the World Cup would have a very positive or positive legacy for South Africa – compared to only the 29% of those polled before the event, who had thought it would be a success.54% thought that it would bring great benefits to South Africa.61% said that, as a result of the success of the World Cup, they thought that South Africa would be a good place to hold global events of all kinds.42% felt more positive about visiting South Africa as a tourist.Unfortunately, since then we South Africans have been attracting attention for all the wrong reasons. On the soccer field of international opinion we have been resolutely scoring one own goal after another.First came the Protection of Information Bill that would give government broad powers to classify virtually any information regarding its activities in the “national interest”. The effect would be to stop whistle-blowers and investigative journalists from trying to obtain and publish information on government corruption and inefficiency.Then came ANC proposals for the establishment of a Media Appeals Tribunal that would ensure “responsible” and “balanced” reporting by the press and that would lay down stiff penalties – including prison sentences – for recalcitrant journalists.This was followed by reports of a new system of land ownership which would cap the rights of South Africans to own freehold property and that would require all new foreign landowners to have local South African partners.During the past few weeks we have witnessed a protracted strike by relatively well-paid civil servants who are demanding salary increases twice the current rate of inflation. All this threatens to send the government deficit over 7% of GDP.Alas, the silly season continues. Julius Malema continues to bellow about the nationalization of the mines. President Zuma and the ANC – with a weather eye on international credit ratings – continue to insist that this is not their policy. The increasingly divergent factions within the ANC Alliance continue to circle one another, hurling insults, before the ANC’s important National General Council later this month.The situation is back to normal.Cinderella is back in the kitchen, sitting on the ash-heap. The FIFA fairy godmother has flown off to her next assignment in Brazil – weighed down by almost two hundred million dollars in profits. The Afro-pessimists have returned in strength, confident that South Africa’s World Cup success was just a flash in the pan.However, we South Africans have always been much more realistic than that.We did not expect that the World Cup would change the underlying realities of South Africa – and it did not.It did not have much impact on poverty and inequality.It did not resolve the issues of race and class that have dominated our national discourse for hundreds of years.It did not bring the scourges of AIDS and crime to an end.Anyone who expected such outcomes would really have to believe in fairy tales.However, by the same token, all these developments have not seriously undermined the strengths that made the World Cup success possible.We South Africans are remarkably resilient and have a wonderful ability to confound the pessimists. Most foreigners who have visited our shores since 1652 have confidently predicted that the country could not possibly work. But we have proved them wrong.Nobody in 1985 thought that we ourselves would be able to end apartheid and find a peaceful solution to the spiraling conflict in our society. Yet we did.After 1994 Afro-pessimists doubted that a black ANC government would possibly be able to run a sophisticated economy. But for sixteen years it has done so – and achieved uninterrupted economic growth for thirteen of those years until bankers in the northern hemisphere upset the global economic apple cart.I am confident that we will once again prove the pessimists wrong.I do not believe for a moment that the ANC will be successful with its current assault on the media. The Protection of Information Bill will be withdrawn or satisfactorily amended; and the Media Appeals Tribunal will be shelved.The current proposals relating to land tenure will wither in the light of national and international economic scrutiny. Our farmers, together with government, will hammer out a workable approach to land reform.The ANC will successfully resolve the divisions within its Alliance. Or even better, it will split and open the way to national politics based on social and economic policies rather than on race.And South Africa will retain the Rugby World Cup next year. Just you wait and see!The glorious weeks of the FIFA World Cup are receding further and further into our collective memory – but some things will remain,Including our ability to compete with the best in the world;Including the world-class infrastructure that was created for the event; andIncluding the natural beauty and the warmth and hospitality of our people that the World Cup has introduced to hundreds of millions of potential tourists.As we all know, Cinderella, in her headlong flight down the palace steps, left something of her magic behind in the form of the crystal slipper that was retrieved by Prince Charming. The FIFA World Cup left us with a similar magic legacy: it is the shining vision of the brilliant, multifaceted nation we can and will become.This, I believe, is the main legacy of the World Cup: it has shown us the nation that we can become if we all unite behind a worthy vision and work together in the spirit of June/July 2010.
The Indian trio of Rahul Banerjee, Mangal Singh Champia and Jayanta Talukdar held their nerves to beat Chinese Taipei and clinch the men’s team bronze in the Archery competition of the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Monday.Banerjee, Champia and Talukdar defeated the Chinese Taipei team of Cheng Wei Kuo, Chia Chun Sung and Kang Tien 220-216 in the bronze medal match.This was India’s second archery medal at the ongoing Games after the women’s team too settled for the third place on Sunday at the Aoti Archery Range.The men on Monday started their campaign by beating Bangladesh 221-186. The next round was also a cakewalk as they beat Nepal 221-194 before losing to Korea 216-222 in the semifinal match.In the bronze medal match, the Indians took the upperhand by scoring 57 against Taipei’s 52 in the first set but the balance tilted in the third set.The Indian trio scored 53 against Taipei’s 58.But the three regained their composure in the final set and notched up 54 points against Taipei’s 50 to clinch the bronze medal.With PTI inputs
Jono Smith at Event360 asked me to share the following contest with you. Since I imagine the readership of this blog has thousands of big fundraising ideas, I’m inviting you to participate!By Jono SmithIt’s been said that “prototyping is the language of innovation.”A video of the human experience of your proposed new event concept is a prototype. Used correctly, an Excel spreadsheet is a prototyping tool. Google’s Gmail started out as a prototype. A temporary pop-up shop is a prototype. So how do you prototype fundraising ideas?Last week, The Jimmy Fund launched its “Big Ideas Contest,” a competition that encourages community involvement in the prototyping of new fundraising ideas on a large scale. Not only does this initiative “engage the public in creating the Jimmy Fund’s next great fundraising initiative to help conquer cancer,” it also inspired a judging panel filled with CEOs from such prominent companies and organizations as Legal Sea Foods, Stop & Shop, The Kraft Group, the Boston Red Sox, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and others. What a great idea to engage both the business community and the public in a collective effort to help conquer cancer.The contest is open to anyone with creative fundraising ideas and people are encouraged to think big. Nothing is off limits — events, apps, products, promotions — anything that is a feasible and viable fundraising idea will be considered. And, as if helping advance the Jimmy Fund’s mission isn’t enough incentive, there are prizes, including Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots tickets (a great tie-in for this iconic New England-based charity). For more on how to enter, visit the Big Ideas Contest site. The campaign’s tagline is “YOUR IDEA can change the course of cancer.” So what’s keeping you from making your next big fundraising idea real?Jono Smith is vice president of marketing at Event 360.
Laying a great foundation for the expansion of your nonprofit’s marketing and donation efforts can help you find success now while planning long-term goals. Below is a list of priorities to help you focus your time and maximize your impact ASAP.Photo from Flickr member one tiny sparkThanking donors creatively is one of the short-term priorities you can focus on now. Consider sending thank you notes from volunteers, community members, or a person who was directly impacted by their donation. 1. Nonprofit Website Can website visitors find your donation page in 2 seconds or less? Donation buttons should be big, bold, and above the fold.Is it easy to follow you on Twitter, like you on Facebook, and sign up for your email newsletter? Give your potential donors the opportunity to take the first step in forming a relationship with you. If they aren’t ready to give today, make it easy for them to find out more about your work.Make sure your home page has a compelling image and a statement that connects your visitors to your cause. If a stranger can’t identify what your organization does as soon as they land on your homepage, you’re missing out on an opportunity to tell your story (and a possible donation)!2. Online Donation Page Do you have a clear call to action on your donation page (donate now!)?Is your online donation form easy to complete? If your donation page has too many fields to fill out it’s likely that donors will leave the page without making a donation.Don’t confuse donors by redirecting them to a donation page that looks different than your website. Make sure your brand is consistent.3. Email Lists Is there a way for website visitors to sign up for your newsletter on your homepage? What about every other page on your website?Does your email list sign up form make it clear how frequently subscribers will hear from you? Don’t promise something you can’t deliver (or send emails too frequently).Are you collecting email addresses from everyone who attends your events? Give them the option to be added to your list.Include forward to a friend and social sharing links in all your messages. Current subscribers can help you build your email list, make it easy for them to help you!4. Email Marketing Does your subject line entice readers? Those 8 to 10 words are the most important part of the message. Make sure the subject line is clear, conscience, and compelling.Is your email layout easy on the eyes? Make sure you keep the style simple with a standard headline, subheadline layout with a maximum of two columns. Don’t forget to add images that add value to the content.Is your font choice ideal? Make sure your fonts aren’t distracting and impeding readability. Stick with one font family and use the options within that family, such as bold, narrow, and italic.Are you being CAN-SPAM compliant? Email service providers will take care of these compliance issues for you but if you aren’t using an ESP consider investing in one to help you manage lists and email campaigns.5. Thanking Donors and Supporters Do you have a way to immediately thank supporters for giving a donation or signing up for your newsletter? Most ESPs and online donation tools give you the opportunity to send an automated reply as soon as an action is taken.Do you thank donors again at a later date, reporting on the impact of their donation?Do donors have a clear understanding of what you’re doing with their financial investment?Make sure to experiment with different thank you methods such as a handwritten note, a phone call, a children’s drawing, or a special thanks directly from a volunteer.6. Social Media First, define your desired outcome: Do you want to use Twitter to connect with potential donors or develop your status as a thought leader in your organization’s issue area? Or both?Can your donors easily find you on Twitter and Facebook? If they can’t find you they won’t be following you.Is your content interesting, compelling, and unique? Are you continually asking for donations and follows and neglecting to tell your story?Want a more in-depth list? Download The Online Fundraiser’s Checklist for more ideas.
The power of imagery is undeniable. Visuals have a way of emphasizing a message and motivating viewers to act. Watch as I share some examples and walk through the best ways to stimulate and engage your supporters and donors through images.