RelatedMicrosoft Partners with Gov’t to Enhance Technology in Schools RelatedCourse on Reparation to be Taught at UWI FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsReports that several student athletes are not performing at the required academic levels for their gradesClubs or persons who detect such instances, to report it to the MinistryAthletes should leave schools with the relevant qualifications RelatedBalcombe Drive Primary and Junior High School Gets US$6,000 Donation Advertisements Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is reminding school administrators not to sacrifice the academic performance of student athletes, as they seek to boost their schools’ reputation in sports.This is in response to reports that several student athletes are not performing at the required academic levels for their grades.The Minister said he received information that many of the participants in a recently held schoolboy football camp were unable to read or write, or even if they were able to, they were doing so below the age requirement.Rev. Thwaites was speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of downtown Kingston, held at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston, on August 8.He is encouraging other clubs or persons who detect such instances, to report it to the Ministry, and emphasised that the student’s academic development is top priority.“The Ministry of Education does not support the do or die, winning at all cost approach to sports. We insist on a balanced approach with priority given at all times to students’ academic development. And, when the situation arises that students have to miss scheduled classes, schools and sports departments must provide make-up classes for the students affected,” he said.Rev. Thwaites said this will ensure that athletes are able to leave schools with the relevant qualifications, which will allow them to explore other areas.The Minister is also urging schools to emphasise the other core values taught through sports, such as honesty, fair play, teamwork, and setting and achieving goals.Rev. Thwaites informed that the Ministry has met with the relevant sporting authorities and has arrived at several recommendations for the formulation of policy guidelines.He emphasised there should be no commercial considerations to allow the transfer of students on the basis of prowess in sports.“We recommend that the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) should re-examine its rules and standards for entry in competitions and that consideration should be given to students who are challenged in one way or another, not only those who are brilliant,” the Minister said.Rev. Thwaites said that ISSA should also review its sanctions to deal with violations of its rules, adding that through its financial contribution to schools, the Association should devise a plan to offer additional financial assistance to weaker schools in order to develop their sporting programme. Academic Performance of Student Athletes Should Not Be Sacrificed – Rev. Thwaites EducationAugust 9, 2013Written by: Chris Patterson
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Embed from Getty Images AdChoices广告Wembley-born winger Murphy has been nursing a back injury, while striker Wickham has been recovering from a hamstring injury.Rangers, meanwhile, are expected to be without Jordan Hugill as well as Lee Wallace. Sheffield Wednesday have injury concerns ahead of their visit to QPR.Kieran Lee (pictured) has a calf problem and has been ruled out of Saturday’s game.The Owls also have doubts over Jacob Murphy and Connor Wickham, although boss Garry Monk is hoping they will be available. See also:Warburton dismayed by Chair’s miss as QPR lose againWigan v QPR player ratingsQPR duo doubtful for Wednesday gameWarburton: QPR youngsters need to learn
LeBron James, Kobe Bryant offer words of support for Ronda Rousey Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter United wrapped up the victory 12 minutes from time when Ibrahimovic reacted first as the ball bounced off Ander Herrera to fire low and hard past Darren Randolph from just inside the box, with replays showing the striker had been marginally offside.United had struggled to create chances before the break, but did draw one of the saves of the season from West Ham keeper, Randolph, in the 35th, before Jesse Lingard produced an equally spectacular miss.Antonio Valencia was set up at the back post after good work from Ibrahmovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but was foiled by the sprawling Randolph, who prevented the ball from crossing his line by the narrowest of margins.The rebound fell to Lingard with the goal at his mercy, but he could only direct his effort onto the post from two yards out, with West Ham somehow escaping as the ball bounced into Randolph’s hands.United remains sixth in the table, but has now moved within five points of second-place Liverpool, which was held to a 2-2 draw at Sunderland earlier on Monday.West Ham dropped to 13th.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:52Phivolcs: Taal eruption won’t trigger tremors from West Valley Fault00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ We are young Despite its numerical advantage, United struggled to break down the home side for long spells and required a number of saves from goalkeeper David de Gea to keep West Ham out.“I think it was not a very good performance,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “I think it’s very difficult to play football in these circumstances, 48 hours,” after both teams’ previous fixtures.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“Only when I brought fresh people on, Mata and (Marcus) Rashford, the team was different,” Mourinho added. “We gave width with Rashford, we gave an extra body in the creative area with Mata.”West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said his club would appeal against the three-game ban Feghouli is facing after his challenge on Phil Jones. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “I was very surprised (at the red card), I wouldn’t have been happy with a yellow. The more times I’ve seen it, it’s the other way round, it was Jones who made a more dangerous tackle than Feghouli,” Bilic said.“We are gutted and frustrated, but I’m very proud of the team and I told them after the game that if we continue to work hard and play for each other, we don’t have to worry, we’re going to be very high on the table.”Feghouli, making his first Premier League start for West Ham, was sent off after just 15 minutes in what replays suggested was a harsh decision.Manuel Lanzini brought two strong saves from De Gea before the break, while Michail Antonio was crucially denied by the Spanish goalkeeper when through one-on-one on the hour mark.West Ham was made to pay just three minutes later with Mourinho’s alterations proving crucial as Rashford beat two defenders before setting up Mata to finish from close range.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaps over West Ham United’s goalkeeper Darren Randolph who clears the ball during their English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the London stadium, in London Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Manchester United benefited from a controversial red card and an equally debatable goal to beat 10-man West Ham 2-0 in the English Premier League on Monday, earning a sixth successive victory.Substitute Juan Mata gave United the lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured victory from what clearly appeared to be an offside position, after referee Mike Dean had controversially dismissed Sofiane Feghouli in the opening stages.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Providing good customer service to all of your customers is key to building your business. Customers who receive excellent service will improve the bottom line of your business by returning to you with repeat business. Four out of five people are more likely to work with a business after receiving good service.But what happens when you get customer service wrong? The impact of bad service is much higher, as this infographic from Groovv shows. Over 95 percent of unhappy customers never complain, and those who do complain will tell up to 15 people about their bad experience.Yikes! You want to take steps to make sure your customers are happy and your online reputation is positive. Respond to complaints in a timely fashion. Handle complaints in a professional manner that treats your customer with respect. As more customers turn to Facebook and Twitter to air their complaints, pay close attention to social media so you can turn a bad experience into a good one. Check out the key takeaways from the infographic for more tips. Source: How Customer Service is Impacting Your Bottom Line and Online Reputation, an infographic by the team at Groovv.Key TakeawaysIf you run a business, customer service should be one of your main priorities. Without any customers, no business would exist. Keeping them happy is the key to running a successful, profitable business.How Customer Service Can Affect YouEighty-one percent of people are more likely to work with a business after good serviceIncreasing customer retention by five percent can increase your profits up to 125 percentLoyal customers are worth ten times as much as their first purchase on averageCompanies who make customer service a priority make 60 percent higher profits than rivalsStats the Retail and Restaurant Industries Should Bear in MindIt can be up to seven times more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep a current customerNegative interactions spread to two times as many people as positive interactionsNinety-six percent of unhappy customers will not complain, while 91 percent will simply never returnA customer who is dissatisfied will tell nine to 15 people about their bad experienceThirteen percent of people will tell 20 people about their bad experienceSeventy percent of buying experiences are based on the way the customer feels they are being treatedRepeat customers spend 33 percent more than new customersIt takes about 12 good experiences to make up for one bad experienceSocial Media and Online InteractionsJust 23 percent of companies provide customer service on FacebookOver one million people view tweets about customer service very week. Roughly 80 percent of those tweets are negative.Eighty-eight percent of consumers aren’t as likely to buy from companies who don’t answer complaintsForty-six percent of people expect brands to offer customer service on FacebookSeventy-six percent of consumers regularly use online reviews to determine which business to useCustomers who feel engaged by companies on social media will spend up to 40 percent more with them than other customersFifty-two percent of consumers trust online reviews just as much as personal recommendationsWhat steps do you take to improve customer service at your business? Share your experience in the comments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedThe Real Cost of Bad Customer Service [Infographic]According to ClickSoftware infographic, poor customer service costs American businesses over $83 billion each year due to defects and abandoned purchases. While social media is transforming customer service, most companies do a poor job of managing it. In the past, customers were pleasantly surprised to get a response on Twitter.…In “Miscellaneous”Customer Service: Why 76% of Customers Stop Doing Business with a Company [Infographic]It’s 4:35pm at work on a sunny Friday afternoon. You’ve been on hold with customer service on the phone for the past 15 minutes trying to get an issue resolved. You tried to get the problem resolved on social media earlier in the day, but no one from the company…In “Miscellaneous”Customer Experience: 10 Things Your Customers Wish You Knew About Them [Infographic]How well do you know your customers? And what can you do to make them happier? To create a loyal customer base, you need to take the steps to better understand your customer needs, beyond the sales pitch. Consider ways you can delight your customers with good service, personalization, and…In “Web design & development links”
South Africans are tipped to access affordable internet.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)Broadband pundits are predicting internet connection rates in South Africa to drop by between 20% and 25% in the next 12 months. Most of the executives who spoke at the My Broadband conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on 20 October forecast that prices will drop significantly in the next year, citing new infrastructure developments and escalating competition in the industry.Broadband wholesaler and network operator Neotel forecast price cuts of about 20%. Underwater cable operator Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani said they expect international rates to drop by between 20% and 25%.South Africans who are connected to networks are now using more broadband, a trend that’s a plus to the growth of the young industry. “You’ll see costs dropping in the next 12 months. People are using more bandwidth,” said communications company Telkom’s managing executive Steve Lewis.Since the introduction of the Eassy and Seacom fibre optic cables, rates are said to have come down by about 40%. Eassy came online this year, while Seacom has been operational since 2009.“It’s great to see that prices have come down,” said Ryan Sher of Eassy. “There’s now more competition,” he added.“As an industry we’ve been keen to bring down prices,” said Sameer Dave of mobile provider MTN.There has certainly been an upsurge of mobile internet usage across the country. More and more South Africans now have Facebook accounts. Thousands of youngsters use Mxit and other chat sites. This is a prevailing trend even in rural areas where broadband connectivity is limited, and is aided by a range of data packages offered by all of South Africa’s mobile networks.“Prices are coming down, it’s a continuous evolution,” said mobile operator Vodacom’s CEO Pieter Uys.A great number of South Africans are currently without access to broadband connectivity. Of the estimated population of 47-million, between one and four million are said to be connected. This is blamed on inaccessibility to fibre optic networks in many areas, and excessively high rates for both internet service providers and consumers.“Local tariffs are still high, they have to drop,” said Uys.Infrastructure being improvedMobile service provider Cell C has embarked on a campaign to broaden its HSPA+ 900 network across the country. It’s already covered most of Port Elizabeth, where it started in September, and is aiming to have 34% of the country on the network by the end of 2010, with 64% connectivity by 2011.“We’re really serious about bringing the internet to the 45-million have-nots,” said Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt.The provider’s services have become the fastest in South Africa at 5.23 Mbps, surpassing other internet service providers including Telkom, Mweb, Vodacom, MTN and Internet Solutions. “Cell C is number one in terms of speed,” said Reichelt.He predicts that South Africa’s broadband capacity will improve within the next 12 months. “The amount of fibre that we have coming up is unbelievable. It is good news and we have to be smart about embracing it.”The West Africa Cable System fibre optic infrastructure is scheduled to go live by mid-2011. The 14 000km-long submarine network is predicted to be the next most exciting broadband connectivity development for Africa.Vodacom’s Uys said the group has also improved its infrastructure, having replaced all their equipment in Johannesburg over the last 18 months.The state-owned Broadband Infraco will launch in the third week of November, opening its fibre optic network for usage by internet service providers, which include the likes of Vodacom, Cell C, iBurst, MTN and a range of others. Infraco is focused on widening connectivity to provinces that are currently underserved.DOC and Icasa urgedThe industry called on the Department of Communications and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to play more decisive roles in regulating the telecommunications industry. “We need a strong DoC and a strong Icasa,” said John Holdsworth, CEO of telecoms group ECN.Icasa “should stand up and take control” over the current 89 cents charged for interconnection between mobile networks, Holdsworth said. “The interconnection rate is too high.”Internet rates in South Africa remain high compared to that of many countries, despite recent industry developments.8.ta bringing competitionIntroduced on 18 October, Telkom’s new mobile network 8.ta promised to “disrupt” the telecommunications industry. 8.ta became the fourth mobile network operator in South Africa, thereby increasing competition.Like the three other network operators, MTN, Vodacom and Cell C, 8.ta is also offering data services. Industry analysts have predicted tough times ahead as the new network attempts to penetrate the market, given that Cell C, which became a third mobile network operator in 2001, is yet to reach its maximum customer base.Virgin Mobile relies completely on Cell C’s network, therefore isn’t considered a mobile network operator but a units reseller.Telkom is confident of the network’s prospects. “We really believe this will succeed,” said Lewis.The network already enjoys a nationwide connectivity through its 800 new base stations. Telkom also signed agreements with Vodacom and MTN’s to roam on their infrastructure. “We’re starting to disrupt the market,” Lewis said.He added that they want to make broadband more affordable.More competition is good for consumers, the experts agreed. “We embrace competition. It’s good for everybody, for us and the consumers,” said Uys.
Henry Vanderglas scored from the restart to stretch the Aussie lead to 21 points at 28-7. Frankie Horne and Bernado Botha reduced the deficit to 28-19, but then scored what appeared to be the match winner for Australia. South Africa, however, had other ideas. HSBC Sevens World Series final standingsNew Zealand 166 pointsSouth Africa 140England 127Fiji 122Samoa 120 Wales offered greater resistance in the semi-finals and, much like last week, ran the Springbok Sevens very close to almost register their first win in 23 attempts against South Africa, who won 22-19 at the end of a gruelling encounter. Top point scorer Cecil Afrika (SA) 385 Branco du Preez (ankle) and Neil Powell (rib) were lost to injuries on Saturday, the first day of the tournament. Source: SA Rugby The win was one of the most remarkable turnaround performances by any team in an HSBC Sevens World Series Cup final. FinalAustralia, who lost 19-5 against South Africa in the pool stages on Saturday, started in determined fashion and scored three tries to one to lead 21-7 at halftime. Hunt scored again in the corner before Sithole gathered the ball from a ruck, and with the sound of the siren in the background, powered his way through the defence wide on the right to score the match-winning try. Top try scorer Cecil Afrika (SA) 40 On Sunday, South Africa had to play the final without their inspirational skipper Kyle Brown (ankle), while Paul Delport was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half of the absorbing first half. He sustained a concussion and his condition was described as stable afterwards. Down to only two fit reserves due to injuries, South Africa fought back from being 7-28 down to snatch victory at the very end of an epic Cup final at Murrayfield, the spiritual home of Sevens rugby. It followed on their victory in London last week. In the dying seconds of the final, Sibusiso Sithole powered his way to a brilliant solo try to lift the Springbok Sevens to a magnificent and stunning 38-35 victory over Australia. Paul Treu, the SA Sevens coach, described the fight-back as unbelievable. “Australia made a good start and we had to give it everything we got. We were severely disrupted by the injuries and apart from the injured players, Frankie [Horne] also shouldered on bravely despite hurting his knee early on Saturday. “What can you say after a performance like that? They refused to give in and South Africa can be very proud of these young men,” he smiled. Earlier resultsOn Saturday, South Africa finished unbeaten and top of their pool, while on Sunday they started brightly against a powerful Samoa outfit, scoring an impressive 28-5 win as Hunt, Afrika, Brown and Sithole all scored tries. The South African Sevens team produced a comeback for the ages to capture the Edinburgh Sevens on Sunday. With the win, they claimed back-to-back victories for the first time since 2008, when they won in Dubai and George. Strong late season formIn some ways, the end of the World Series came too soon for South Africa. The team played in four of the last five World Series tournament finals and scooped three titles: in Las Vegas, London and Edinburgh. Bernard Foley, with two, and Jonathon Lance scored for the Aussies, while Steven Hunt dotted down South Africa’s only try. Delport then injured himself when he rushed to stop an attack, injuring his head in the process. 31 May 2011 Second overallWith their third victory of the season, the team finished second overall on the HSBC Sevens World series standings with 140 points, 16 behind champions New Zealand.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts frederic lardinois Thanks to a deal with Apple, books from Smashwords, the e-book self-publishing service for independent publishers and authors, will be featured in the new iBookstore on the iPad. There are already about 2,000 Smashwords books in the iBookstore today and as the company’s CEO Mark Coker told us, the company plans to add another 2,000 to 3,000 books in the next few weeks.Interestingly, Apple – which is famous for strictly controlling the content of the App Store – seems to be more than happy to abdicate control over the inventory in the iBookstore to its partners.Self-Published Books in the iBooks Store: Apple’s Deal with Smashwords Authors and publishers simply have to follow a straightforward set of guidelines for making their e-books iPad read. All of these are related to the formatting of the books. It’s worth noting that Apple will get the same feed of books from Smashwords as Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. Publishers and authors will be able to set their own prices and after Smashwords and Apple take their cut, authors will get 60% of the digital list price.Other iBooks DealsApple has made a number of direct deals with large publishing houses to supply their books to the iBooks store. Besides Smashwords, there are currently only a few other e-book content aggregators that work directly with Apple right now. One of these is LibreDigital, which Apple has certified as a trusted e-book aggregator for the iBooks store. LibreDigial works with larger publishers and has already delivered thousands of e-books from companies like Harper Collins and Hachette to the iBooks store. Who Controls the iBooks Store?Given the vast number of books on the market, Apple obviously can’t control the iBooktore to the same degree as it controls the App Store. Censoring books, too, would create a far larger outcry than banning a few apps. As far as we know, Apple is currently only filtering a few “naughty” words out of some e-books’ descriptions.It is interesting that Apple is taking a very hands-off approach here, especially with regards to a self-publishing company like Smashwords. While Smashword’s catalog includes a number of great books from well known authors who simply decided that they wanted to bypass the publishing industry and publish their own books, it’s worth noting that Smashword’s requirements for including books in the iBookstore are currently just mechanical. Are Apps Different?While it isn’t linked directly from the iBookstore’s homepage, it is also worth noting that a large selection of erotica is already available in the store – some are from Smashwords, but quite a few are from larger publishers like Harper Collings and Penguin as well. Apps with similar content to these books would have never made it into the App Store. What About Parental Controls?Given that parental controls on the iPad don’t apply to e-books and that there is no ratings system for these texts, it’ll be interesting to see if Apple will decide to create its own ratings system and force publishers to adopt this if they want to be published in the store. Apple, after all, is notorious for trying to control every aspect of the user experience on its devices. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#E-Books#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Ryan Matthew Pierson Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Self-driving cars use a number of different technologies to “see” the world around them. One of them is LIDAR, and some believe it could be the solution to the ever-present problem of light pollution that is plaguing cities.Unfortunately, the idea of driving with your headlights off and using laser-guidance as your primary and potentially sole method of identifying obstacles is hazardous.If you haven’t heard the term LIDAR before, you will likely hear all about it in the next few years. Basically, it stands for Light Detection and Ranging, and it’s the technology that enables self-driving cars to spot and track obstacles, roadways, and other critical data that keeps them from crashing.See also: China moves into passing lane with self-driving regulationsIt is one of three systems that autonomous vehicles use to do their thing, and all three of them are necessary to maintain an optimal level of safety.Cameras are another, and those require light to function optimally. These do a number of things, including helping the car to see and identify moving objects, such as people and animals in the roadway.The third is radar, which helps the car to be aware of vehicles both in front and behind it and is commonly seen in cars with adaptive cruise control.In a recent interview with Inverse, Michael Clamann, a senior research scientist at Duke University, said: “The whole point of having multiple systems on these cars is that they have redundancy. There are certain things that LIDAR is good at, there are certain things that cameras are good at, and there are certain things that radar is good at.”Will lasers set driverless cars on “kill”?If we were to take two of those systems out of the equation, you’re left with a vehicle that, while it might be able to navigate and handle basic obstacle avoidance, would leave it inherently less safe.Autonomous vehicles have a hard enough time as it is trying to predict the movements of obstacles. A deer, for example, is by its very nature unpredictable. Having headlights on gives passengers and “drivers” an opportunity to act when the vehicle is unable to accurately predict what is going to happen.Additionally, LIDAR itself isn’t perfect. It doesn’t work very well in heavy rain or snow. It needs a clear point-to-point path to objects around it to properly identify their distance, size, and shape.So, will self-driving cars help us to cut down on the amount of light pollution in our cities? Possibly, but not with the technologies currently available. Until a new generation of sensors and cameras are created, bright headlights will remain a familiar sight on our roadways. Tags:#autonomous vehicles#Duke University#Internet of Things#IoT#lidar#self-driving cars 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…