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The only goal of the game came from an Alan Freeman penalty during that crucial spell, and the Red Hands had no answer when the serious questions were asked. Tyrone did have points from Sean Cavanagh, Darrenm McCurry and Aidan Cassidy, but the men from the west took control, with superb scores from Alan Dillon, Lee Keegan, and Freeman. Now they await next weekend’s second semi-final between Dublin and Kerry to discover the identity of the team they will take on for the Sam Maguire Cup next month. Tyrone led by 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time, with Conor McAliskey hitting two points as they moved four ahead, but two scores from defender Chir Barrett brought the Connacht champions back into it. After trailing at the halfway stage, James Horan’s men turned up the heat in a devastating third quarter, hitting their opponents for 1-4 without reply to seize control of the game. Press Association Mayo qualified for a second successive All-Ireland SFC final with a 1-16 to 0-13 win over Tyrone at Croke Park.
MESA, Ariz.–When a visiting team’s bus pulls into Sloan Park, it cruises right past the Chicago Cubs’ minor league fields.Late last spring, Giants starter Jeff Samardzija stopped by to pitch in a minor league game in Mesa and had trouble finding his way back to the road leading to the majors. Shoulder discomfort forced Samardzija to exit that start early, and it was ultimately a lack of shoulder mobility that limited the right-hander to just 10 starts for the Giants in a frustrating 2018 …
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceNext up for the undefeated 49ers and their dominating defense: a second-year quarterback making his first NFL start.The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that Ben Roethlisberger needs season-ending elbow surgery, thus thrusting Mason Rudolph into the lineup Sunday for the 49ers home opener.Rudolph, who stands 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, was a third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State. His only NFL experience came …
21 October 2014 Sub-Saharan African countries should focus on channelling spending towards infrastructure investment and other development needs, says the IMF. (Photo: African Development Bank)The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the strong growth trends that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing in recent years to continue in the next two years, albeit at a faster rate.Releasing the October 2014 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report on 20 October, director of the IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, said the region’s economy is forecast to continue “growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5% in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating to around 5.75% in 2015′. “This growth momentum is particularly pronounced in the region’s Low- Income Countries, where activity is forecast to accelerate to 6.75 to 7% in 2014- 15,’ she said.Tailwinds to economic growthA combination of infrastructure investment, expanding services, and robust agricultural production are proving tailwind to the strong economic growth in most of sub-Saharan Africa countries, according to Marco Pani from the IMF African Department.“Growth momentum remains particularly strong in Nigeria, the region’s largest economy, and in the region’s low income countries. Recent revisions of national accounts data, notably in Nigeria, have also revealed that the economies of the region are more diversified than previously thought, highlighting in particular the large role played by services.’But in a few other countries economic activity is facing headwinds from domestic policies, according to Pani. He said South Africa’s growth remains stunted, “under the drag of difficult labour relations, low confidence, and inadequate electricity supply’.Sub-Saharan countries should continue implementing monetary policies which focus on reducing inflation. South Africa is among countries that are tightening monetary policy and began an interest-rate hiking cycle with a 50 basis point increase in rates in January this year. Another rate increase of 25 basis points was implemented in July. The moderate rate increases are to take into account weak economic growth.Fiscal consolidationSouth Africa is also one of the sub-Saharan African countries that has embarked on a fiscal consolidation and Sayeh said these countries should continue on this path.“In the few countries where budgets have become overextended and financing constraints have emerged, fiscal consolidation is necessary, but will need to avoid overly adverse consequences for the poor and vulnerable groups,” she said.On the downside, continued high growth and favourable global financial market conditions have not been sufficient to avert debt build-up and financing difficulties for some countries. However, Sayeh warned that a pronounced economic slowdown in emerging markets, particularly China, or a disorderly normalisation of monetary policy in the United States, could have a protracted impact on the region’s economies.“In that context, for the vast majority of countries in the region, sustaining high growth rates remains the key policy consideration, including to foster job creation and reduce poverty. Policies should continue to emphasize growth- enhancing measures. In particular, the focus should be on boosting fiscal revenue mobilization, channelling spending towards infrastructure investment and other development needs, safeguarding social safety nets to encourage more inclusive growth, and improving the business climate,’ she said.Ebola a threat to Africa’s economyThe Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a threat, and is exacting a heavy economic toll in the affected countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Economic spill-overs are starting to be felt in some neighbouring countries, according to Sayeh.“In addition, the baseline scenario of solid growth is predicated on a number of increasingly potent downside risks being lifted. Should the Ebola outbreak be more protracted or spread to more countries, it would have severe consequences for activity in the affected countries and larger spill-overs.’Sayeh said in the countries currently affected by the Ebola outbreak, fiscal accounts are coming under considerable pressure. Ideally, any offers of aid should be channelled through grants from the donor community, to enable the countries to accommodate higher Ebola-related spending and to help avoid an even more pronounced decline in economic activity, she said.South African Competitiveness ForumFrom 4 to 5 November 2014, Brand South Africa will host the second annual South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF) in Sandton, Johannesburg. A Brand South Africa initiative, the SACF is a strategic platform through which government, business and civil society stakeholders consult in an effort to identify the competitive and reputational strengths, and challenges the South African brand faces. Follow the conversation via Twitter @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.SAinfo reporter
Related Posts sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Features#mobile#Trends#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … And a March 2009 PriceGrabber.com survey found that early m-commerce adopters were even buying up higher priced items like consumer electronics, apparel and jewelry.In other words, when it comes to m-commerce, “if you build it, they will come.” , or so it seems. However, developing m-commerce applications is only one part of the equation. For mobile e-commerce to be successful, we’ll need to adopt a number of mobile payment platforms too. To be continued in part 2… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces There’s no question that mobile web use is on the rise. Recent reports tell us that cellular networks worldwide are seeing major increases in growth. In fact, there are even concerns that the current infrastructure won’t be able to keep up with the new demands. According to one research firm, 3G traffic in developed markets will increase by 20% by the end of 2014 but some operators will face HSPA capacity shortfalls as soon as mid-2010, if not earlier. Forrester Research also recently predicted that more than a third of Europeans will be accessing the mobile internet by 2014. With these levels of growth, we’re also seeing related mobile services getting a boost. App stores, both phone-based and carrier-based, are popping up left and right, mobile video usage is booming, and mobile ad markets are seeing dramatic growth, too. However, there’s one area that hasn’t yet benefitted from the mobile revolution: mobile e-commerce. This is part 1 of a two-part article on the mobile e-commerce market in relation to other mobile trends. Part 2 is here.The indicators of increased mobile web usage are everywhere. Just this week, we heard Facebook reporting their mobile growth had tripled from December of last year to this past month, for example. And then there’s AT&T, the carrier for Apple’s iPhone, which is seeing so much data usage that they couldn’t even keep up, having to delay the introduction of new iPhone capabilities like MMS messaging until they were ready to handle the demand. Mobile Ads Doing WellMobile-dependent markets are doing well, too, at least for the most part. A recent Gartner report states that mobile ad spending will grow 74% this year worldwide to $914.5 million. But the real growth won’t happen until 2011 when advertisers are expected to fully embrace the shift to mobile. By 2013, the firm expects the mobile ad market to surpass $13 billion with the Asia-Pacific region in the lead, followed by North America and Europe. Not only is the rise of the smartphone to thank for this trend, so is the rise in flat-rate data plans which make it easier for more consumers to afford mobile web connectivity. As more consumers go online, more web publishers begin to cater to their needs with mobile-ready versions of their websites. This, in turn, “is lifting mobile web access among non-smartphone users,” notes Gartner analyst Andrew Frank.Mobile Video on the RiseAlong with basic web surfing, mobile users are also finding entertainment via their handhelds, specifically in the form of mobile video. According to Nielsen’s latest three-screen report, the number of people watching mobile video increased 70% from last year. Nielsen, which specifically tracks American media habits, says this increase to 15 million viewers represents the largest annual growth to date. M-Commerce StrugglesHowever, not all mobile-dependent markets are doing well. Mobile e-commerce, for example, is struggling. Despite the massive numbers of mobile users, those using their phones to make purchases are still few and far between…at least here in the U.S. According to new data from eMarketer, more than 70 million U.S. mobile phone users will access the internet from their devices this year, but the m-commerce market remains immature. In an April 2009 survey by RIS News, privacy and security concerns are still at the forefront of both shoppers’ and retailers’ minds. This had led companies to drag their feet when it comes to introducing their mobile commerce plans. Says Jeffrey Grau, eMarketer senior analyst, “most retailers are either standing on the sidelines or in the midst of planning their mobile commerce strategy.”Another major problem is the lack of standardization in the mobile space. With the number of platforms now available, retailers find building a plethora of mobile applications not worth the effort. As InfoWorld recently noted, the smartphone market has become a “tower of Babel for developers.” This means that mobile retailers have to carefully pick-and-choose the platforms they plan to support in order to see reasonable returns on their investments in this space. Despite the slow growth, it appears that m-commerce could be successful if only there were enough mobile apps and shopping opportunities out there.Already, mobile payments firm Billing Revolution found that on-the-go consumers seem happy to purchase small ticket items like pizza and movie tickets, for example. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
How to install dense-packed celluloseThe cellulose video features Bill Hulstrunk and Chris White, two experts from National Fiber, a manufacturer of cellulose insulation. Among the questions answered in the video:What tool is best for cutting InsulWeb fabric — scissors or a utility knife?What’s the maximum recommended spacing between staples?What are the minimum specs for an air compressor used to power a pneumatic stapler?How can you tell whether damp-spray cellulose was installed with too much water?If studs are spaced 24 inches on center, is it still possible to install cellulose insulation behind InsulWeb? Subscribe to GBA to enjoy all of the benefits of GBA Pro membershipThe two new videos are available to all GBA readers — even those who aren’t GBA Pro members.However, many other GBA videos are only available to GBA Pro members. To enjoy all of the benefits of GBA Pro membership, subscribe to GBA Pro today or try our 14-day free trial.Here are the links to the two new videos:Dense-packed celluloseDuct Sealing and Leak Testing GBA has released two new videos: one on installing dense-packed cellulose in stud cavities, and the other on sealing duct seams with mastic.Both videos were recorded in March 2013 at NESEA’s Building Energy 13 conference in Boston. How to seal duct seamsThe duct sealing video features Eric Wilder and Will D’Arrigo, two experts from the Conservation Services Group. Among the questions answered in the video:Are any tapes durable enough for duct sealing?When should I use mastic, and when should I use tape?When should mastic be applied with a paint brush, and when should it be applied with a trowel?Can I use a fog machine for duct leakage testing?
We tend to believe that the greatest levers we have to pull when it comes to improving salesforce performance are things like compensation structures and bonuses. And compensation is surely a critical component when it comes to building a high-performing sales organization.But there are two far more powerful levers: Recognition and gratitude.I Recognize . . .One of the most powerful forces in improving salesforce performance is to recognize sales people for their successes and their contributions. Too often we make the mistake of believing that because someone is doing the job that we don’t need to recognize them when they succeed. We think we don’t need to recognize them for their contribution. This is wrong. Human beings have a deep, inborn need to be significant. They need to know that what they do matters, that it’s making a difference, and that they’re contributing.Thank You for Your ContributionThe second lever, gratitude, is equally as important. It’s important to say thank you. It’s important to express your gratitude for a job well done. It says that you notice, that you care. It also tells the salesperson that you care about them as an individual, as a person.There are some people who are money motivated. They want a monetary reward for everything they do. A few don’t care about recognition or gratitude. But they are the exception, not the rule.The struggle with always using compensation and monetary rewards is that it begins a process where everything is done for monetary rewards. Things are done for pride. Things are done for meaning. Things are done for unit cohesion, because you’re part of the team.Like everything in sales and sales management, it comes down to balance. Is there anything wrong with monetary rewards? No, of course not. But monetary rewards should be part of the strategy that also includes things like recognition and gratitude. Absolutely. And if you’re ignoring these two levers, you’re ignoring them at your peril.QuestionsAre you relying too heavily on monetary rewards alone?When was the last time you recognize someone for the excellent work that they did?When was last time you said thank you to an employee for doing a job well.?How important is it for individuals to feel significant what affiliative make a contribution?Find three people to recognize and three to thank this week.
Real Madrid president Florentino encouraged as PSG face Neymar, Mbappe saleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is encouraged by PSG’s Financial Fair Play problems.AS says PSG face the need to raise €90m from player sales this year to comply with UEFA’s law.PSG were found to be €170m short of meeting their FFP obligations, but with €80m due from their Champions League participation, it now leaves a gap of €90m needing to be covered.As such, a player sale is likely so to make up the shortfall and Florentino is ready to do business for either PSG attacker of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe.Should PSG fail to meet UEFA’s deadline, they face being banned from European competition. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Thai family suing Leicester for helicopter clashby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveA family from Thailand is suing the owners of Leicester City Football Club.The relatives of a Thai beauty queen, who was killed in the helicopter crash that also claimed the club’s owner as a fatality, is suing.Nusara Suknamai, 32, was one of the victims of the tragic crash that happened just outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester last October.The suit is against the estate of the club’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who perished in the crash.Lawyers for the victim’s family say that her relatives have not been given any compensation by the King Power Group or anyone associated with Leicester.It is reported that offers were made, per The Sun, but they were deemed far too low given the circumstances.A trial is set for November. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Wijnaldum tempers Liverpool pressure: We’re not champions yet!by Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has tempered expectations around the club this season.The Dutch midfielder does not want fans to get carried away with talk of winning the Premier League.While it is only October, the Reds have an eight point lead and have not dropped a single point in their domestic campaign. But Wijnaldum knows that things can change very quickly.The Dutch midfielder told Sky Sports: “We don’t want to think we are already champions. That would be a really wrong thing to do.”I’m sure the manager will keep us with our feet on the ground and say that we just have to think about ourselves, and try to play good and try to give 100 per cent every week.”We just have to do what we did before and look at ourselves and not look too much to other teams because we don’t have influence on other teams – we can’t control the performance of other teams.”We just have to make sure we are ready for the games that are to come and to make sure we are ready and try to have good results because we know that it can change quickly.”Then at the end of the season we will see where we stand.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say