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127 graduate from Sophia Training Centre

first_imgOne hundred and twenty-seven Sophia Training Centre (STC) students graduated on Wednesday after successfully completing the 31st Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training Programme (YEST) in a variety of disciplines.Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at the National Cultural Centre (NCC), Social Cohesion Department’s Programme Coordinator, Sharon Patterson told the graduates that the completion of their course was a stepping stone to a betterSection of the graduands of the 31st Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training Programme (YEST)future.“I am certain that many of you here today would be repeating this particular journey at some other stage of your life. I believe you will seek to move to higher levels in your respective fields of study,” Patterson said.The Programme Coordinator urged the students to be willing to always learn and never turn away from opportunities that would serve to benefit them in the future.Patterson said the Government has designed the programme to ensure it served as an effective avenue that instructed youths in self-development and as a result, the development of the country.Valedictorian Lafia Yearwood advised her classmates to apply the knowledge andSocial Cohesion Department Programme Coordinator Sharon Pattersonskills learnt during their training as they enter the world of business. She also encouraged them to continue striving for excellence.Instructor Brian King thanked both the private and public organisations who provided tours and work-study opportunities for the students. These, he noted, allowed the students to gain valuable experience. He was optimistic that there would be continued collaboration with both private and public organisations.YEST is a programme that offers youths between the ages of 16 and 25 training in cosmetology, information technology, masonry, carpentry, welding, and mechanical and other skills-training programmes.last_img read more

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Listen to Hasselbaink suggest fatigue was a factor in QPR defeat

first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink suggested after QPR’s home defeat by Preston on Saturday that fatigue was a factor in his team’s below-par display.It was a second successive loss for Rangers, who were beaten at Barnsley three days earlier.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Hope is a poor marketing strategy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The market feels like it is in free-fall and the lack of strong exports is discouraging. One silver-lining, as futures continue to drop, export demand may eventually increase. World grain supplies are still high, which could keep a cap on prices for a long time. It will likely take a supply disruption to change the course dramatically.Rumors indicate the Chinese government may drop domestic corn subsidies and pay farmers direct instead. This may lower corn prices and make China imports more difficult. However, China will still need the same amount of grain, regardless if it is domestic or imported. So, the impact of this on the market is uncertain. When will the corn low be in place?‪In the last 40 years, the year’s low was in Sep/Oct 12% of the time (Sep three years/Oct two years) and in Nov/Dec 30% of the time. Many farmers still have old crop and are hoping for a small run up before harvest. The market drifted lower all of September only to rally in October, it may happen again this year.Early yield reports are lower than some expected, but the worst performing corn appears to be maturing quicker and is located in the states that didn’t have the best growing conditions for the year. As harvest progresses north it should improve greatly. Hope = Risk‪How often do you hear a farmer say “I hope the market goes back up and then I will sell”? We all have had this thought. The thing is, hope is not a marketing strategy. Hoping the market will go back up to $4.50 on corn and waiting for it to happen, despite unlikely reasons for it to do so, is not a strong marketing strategy. In fact, it is risky. Ask a farmer who did not sell the remainder of their 2014 corn crop on the July rally. Those farmers had the opportunity for $4.50 but “hoped” for $4.75. They might be taking $3.75 today.A strong marketing plan is based upon knowing your breakeven points and determining price goals. You can base it upon market conditions, but I advise my clients to set a base-line price goal to sell a set percentage of their crop. Then if prices increase, continue to sell a percentage of their crop incrementally. I also encourage everyone to write their price goal down in advance. This can help discourage farmers from waiting, “hoping” prices will continue to increase after reaching their goals.‪Having a plan in place enables farmers to take advantage of key opportunities throughout the year. It also minimizes the use of hope as a strategy.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

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Google News Business Model Under Global Siege

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#Google#international#media#Yahoo brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Google and other search companies are under siege in various nations from news publishers and their lobbyists trying to establish more control over content. New laws and industry association walk-outs are challenging aggregators’ ability to display excerpts of news stories within search results, which could have far-reaching effects.Google’s Three-Front Battle: Germany, Brazil, FranceGermany: The latest effort to re-assert copyright control of news content is happening in Germany, where a new ancillary copyright bill, Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger, is up for debate in the Bundestag legislative body. The bill, which is supported by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, will grant publishers a year-long exclusive license for all publishers’ content – including excerpts, the kind usually displayed in Google News and Yahoo! News within search results. With that license, publishers can choose to withhold content from these results or charge Google and other search engines a fee for including the results.The Leistungsschutzrecht hit Google’s radar in August when it was first proposed, and is the subject of an online petition launched Tuesday from Google Deutschland. The site’s welcoming message warns of the Bundestag’s debate of the new copyright bill.“This would give publishers the right to prohibit search engines and other services from displaying articles within search results or else be subject to payment. For you, it would become much more difficult to find the information you are looking for on the Internet,” the site warns. A short video showing how Google Deutschland has served the German community with news and information in the past decade is also prominently featured (and even English speakers can chuckle over the how-to-spell-that-damn-Iceland-volcano’s-name gag).The official argument for the bill is safeguarding Fair Use of published content, which publishers argue Google and other aggregators are abusing. But it is also likely an attempt by German news companies to build a revenue stream in the wake of the no-paywall decisions many global news publishers made when they first put their news content online. Only a few media companies have been able to create and maintain profitable paywalls – in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal is the best example -and even fewer have been able to successfully add a paywall after initially going with free content  – the New York Times being the prime exception. (For more on the paywall issue, see Newspaper Paywalls Are A Good Thing – Here’s Why.)Brazil: The revenue issue appears to be the key. Google News, which seems to be the primary target of this bill, already has an opt-out policy for publishers who don’t want their content displayed within search results. In October, 154 Brazilian members of the Association of Newspapers opted eout en-masse when they decided that Google should have to pay them for excerpted content.The move appears to be working out for Brazil’s newspapers. The 154 papers involved comprise about 90% of Brazil’s circulation, according to PaidContent, and that could be one reason that the papers’ sites have not lost significant traffic since making the decision. This seems to rebut Google’s big argument why posting headlines and excerpts is good for content providers: that it drives traffic to the news sites.The German publishers may not trust other parties to abide by a blanket opt-out approach – leaving them to rely on legislation. Google’s response is to drum up enough public support among German voters to get the CDU and publishing lobby to back off. If that fails, of course, Google can always turn to the nuclear option: simply stop posting news site results altogether.France: That’s what Google is already doing in France. Gallic lawmakers are urging the search giant to voluntarily pay content providers for search results by the end of the year, or else the French government will consider legislation similar to Germany’s. Instead of playing the petition game, though, Google is threatening to stop posting French news results if the government gets involved. One reason for the combative approach is that France has already been playing hardball with Google by leading the European Commission’s investigation of Google’s search algorithm for possible anti-competitive practices.Playing Chicken On The Information SuperhighwayIt would seem like a no-brainer that content creators should get paid. And indeed, no one is really arguing that. All of these issues surround Fair Use arrangements that say others can use portions of content to illustrate a point or explain the broader arguments made in the original content. It’s the same thing that lets a writer like me quote another media outlet’s content. A little bit, and as long as I explicitly name the source material.But publishers object when someone builds a business model on nothing but Fair Use-derived content, which is what Google and Yahoo! appear to be doing. The publishers argue that in the aggregrate, this transcends Fair Use.But Google has scrupulously avoided directly making money with its News service. There are no ads on Google News pages, though there are ads on main Google search results pages, which can include relevant news articles. Yahoo News does include ads within its service, which bolsters the publishers’ argument.Then there’s the very model of Internet searching itself. Former Google staffer Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo outlines the point quite succinctly: The Senior Community Manager, Global Shapers Americas at the World Economic Forum, Carpenter-Arevalo calls the disagreement between the French media and Google a “high stakes game of chicken” on the information superhighway.Carpenter-Arevalo argues that the publishers’ real beef with Google and other search engines is that these services level the readership playing field in a new way. The major newspaper Le Monde, for instance, enjoys a very rich cultural and economic place in French society, right down to prim-o real estate in the newsstands on the street.“Contrast to the online world and in Google’s eyes Le Monde is but one of an innumerable and uncountable chattering voices providing information about what’s going on in France. Of course Google’s algorithm does recognize Le Monde‘s stature and rewards it accordingly and handsomely by sending millions, if not billions of clicks its way every year,” Carpenter-Arevalo writes. “Nevertheless, unlike the newsstand where the probability you buy Le Monde may be 1 in 4, on the Internet the chance you may read Le Monde may be 1 in 1000, such are the exponential ratios in the world of abundance.”In that kind of environment, he continues, Le Monde and other big players in the media world can’t help but feel threatened. This is why they believe they should be paid for the privilege of posting their content anywhere, including search results. The Loss Of NeutralityIf Google and the publishers can’t reach some kind of payment agreement, Google may indeed yank news sites’ results in the countries in question. If Brazil is any indication, that may not hurt either side in the short term. But this legistlation – and even the kerfuffle itself – could be the start of a trend where media sites content is increasingly unavailable on Google’s search results. That could make searching on Google a less rich experience and open opportunities for competitors like Yahoo and Bing grab market share by making their own licensing deals. Google’s sweet “we farm the Internet for free” days may soon come to an end.The war between news publishers and search engines could have collateral damage as well. For users, search results might no longer be truly neutral, but rather based on which media outlet was licensed to appear in which search engine’s results. It’s hard to see how that helps anyone.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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Punjab CM for preventive detention of repeat offenders in drug trade

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday mooted preventive detention of repeat offenders in smuggling and trading of drugs, amid reports that there were around 200 such criminals identified by the Punjab Police.Pointing out that the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act provides for preventive detention of such criminals, the Chief Minister reiterated his government’s “zero tolerance”’ policy on drugs and against colluding government officials, including policemen.Capt. Amarinder was presiding over a meeting of the consultative group on drugs here.Taking cognisance of complaints of collusion of police officers with drug smugglers/traders/peddlers, the Chief Minister directed the Director-General of Police to bring out a comprehensive postings and transfers policy to break the nexus between police and drugs criminals.He said: “Those involved would be liable for dismissal and compulsorily retirement. Criminal cases under under Section 29 of the NDPS Act will be registered, wherever involvement and wrongdoing is established.”During the meeting, DGP Dinkar Gupta informed that the Chief Minister’s letter to the Prime Minister seeking a national drugs policy had evoked positive response from the Centre, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah directing his officers to ensure better coordination in the matter. “The Narcotics Control Bureau has drawn about two dozen officers from other parts of the country and deputed them in Punjab to carry forward the anti-drugs fight in Punjab,” the DGP said.It was also announced that Punjab would host the next meeting of the Chief Ministers of the neighbouring States for more effective coordination of the drug enforcement efforts across States.last_img read more

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Star striker Didier Drogba retires from international football

first_imgThe 36-year-old striker made more than 100 appearances for the Ivorians and played in three World CupsDidier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football after 12 years playing for the Ivory Coast.The 36-year-old striker made more than 100 appearances for the Ivorians and played in three World Cups, most recently in Brazil this summer. He also played in two editions of the African Cup of Nations.Drogba says he is “proud … to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football.”The two-time African Footballer of the Year returned to Chelsea for a second spell at the London club this summer.last_img

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