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BUSINESS BOOT CAMP CAN TURN THAT IDEA INTO A REALITY FOR ENTREPRENEURS

first_imgBusiness Boot Camp are seeking young entrepreneurs for the third wave of the highly successful Business Boot Camp Programme.Businesses based in County Donegal will be eligible to participate.The programme also runs in the Council areas of Belfast, North Down, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus, and participants will have a chance to meet businesses from these areas. The programmes has been described by past participants as hugely beneficial in terms of growing your business and developing and learning business skills and techniques.This cross- border programme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund under the INTERREG IVA Programme.What is the Business Bootcamp Programme?The Business Boot Camp Programme is a results-focused and practical programme which aims to provide practical assistance to young entrepreneurs to consolidate and grow their businesses [despite the current adverse economic conditions.] The Boot Camp Growth Programme is aimed at young entrepreneurs who have been trading for at least 6 months and who are 16 – 35 years old.The programme aims to offer flexible and tailored business support to young owner-managers whose businesses are based in County Donegal and the COMET region.It will help participants to:Adopt Best Practice business ideas.Manage their businesses more effectively. Plan for the future with confidence.Develop the skills and the confidence to achieve business growth.The programme is therefore designed to provide young entrepreneurs with the tools, the confidence and the expertise to really maximise the potential of their businesses.What will the Programme involve? There are 4 distinct but interlinked elements to the Business Boot Camp Growth Programme. These are:How long will the Programme run for?We understand the time pressures that face all owner-managers. The Programme is therefore spread over a 6 month period starting in June 2014.Indicative dates are:Date Times Event Location (TBC)24 June 2014 11am – 1pm Information Event COLAB, Letterkenny25th June 2014 11am-1pm7.30-9.30pm Information EventInformation Event Niall Mor Centre, Killybegs09 July 2014 9.30am – 3pm Workshop 1Gearing up to grow your business Killybegs10 September 2014 9.30am – 2pm Workshop 2 – Understanding the Market place Killybegs*25/26 September OR 2/3 October 2014 9.30am Thursday to 4pm Friday Residential Coleraine*22 October 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 3 – Selling Skills Killybegs*NOV TBC 9.30am – 4pm Best Practice Visits to existing successful businesses TBC26 November 2014 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 4 – Managing Costs in a small business17 January 2015 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 5 – How to keep key Customers Killybegs*11 February 2015 9.30am – 2.30pm Workshop 6 – Marketing on a Shoestring and Using Social Media Killybegs** Provisional locations – These locations can be changed depending on the participants’ preference.How much does it cost to secure a place on Business Bootcamp?The Programme is FREE to you assuming that:1. Your business is based in County Donegal or the COMET region [Belfast City Council, Lisburn, Castlereagh Borough Council, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey or North Down]2. You have been trading for longer than 6 months.3. You are aged between 16 – 35 at the start of the Programme.Who should apply?YOU should apply if you want to:1. Address constraints to growth within your business.2. Grow / develop your business.3. Out-perform your competitors.4. Learn from experts in the field of SME and micro enterprise development.Interested …?Please contact Patricia Keane at patricia.keane@enterpriseni.com or 074 9724420/0863165820 for an application pack.Completed application forms need to be returned to us by 12:00pm on Monday 30th June 2014.We will assess your application and will be in contact soon afterwards.Please note: If your application is successful, you must be available for the first workshop on Wednesday 9th July 2014.BUSINESS BOOT CAMP CAN TURN THAT IDEA INTO A REALITY FOR ENTREPRENEURS was last modified: June 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessBusiness Boot CampEntrepreneursFeaturesnewsProgrammelast_img read more

49ers mailbag: Is Jimmy Garoppolo a Pro Bowler next season?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Our mailbag has piled up with questions ahead of the 49ers season finale Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams. Here is what’s arrived via Twitter and Instagram:What’s up with Goodwin? Will he be a part of the 49ers future? He’s regressed this year. (@Tonyferrari_)Marquise Goodwin was a WR1 coming out of camp, but after this sub-par season, he’ll have to compete with Dante Pettis for the split-end spot next camp. Goodwin’s season has been impacted by a leg injury in the season and a …last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and banquet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will celebrate Ohio’s cattlemen, hear from industry leaders and set new policy for 2019 at the OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.The day’s events will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with the Cattlemen’s Quiz bowl written test. This youth event, sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, is for youth ages 8-21 to showcase their beef industry knowledge. It is a two-part contest, consisting of written and verbal rounds. Shortly after, a Youth Beef Quality Assurance Session will start at 10:00 a.m. There will be three age divisions offered and the top three winners will be recognized as well as the top team in each group. During the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) luncheon, sponsored by Murphy Tractor, at 11:30 a.m., the 2019 scholarship recipients will be recognized and the OCF business meeting will be conducted.Following the luncheon, the “Engaging OCA’s Grassroots” session is open to members, county affiliate leaders, Young Cattlemen members, industry leaders and those who want to learn more about maximizing their involvement with OCA through events, programs and advocacy.The speaker lineup will focus on producer education.  The morning will kick off with faculty from Ohio State Department of Animal Sciences discussing their areas of research specialization. During the Annual Meeting, hear from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Allison Rivera, Executive Director of Government Affairs and Dr. Sara Place, Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research. The Producer Education Series is sponsored by NCBA and the National Corn Growers’ Association.OCA’s Annual Meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. Take an active role in OCA by attending this meeting. Members will set policy for the upcoming year, receive state program updates and Top Hand Club members will be recognized for their membership recruitment achievements.The evening’s banquet highlights county affiliate activities and six industry leaders and families and the recognition of an outstanding county affiliate group. The event concludes with the Cattlemen’s Social, featuring unique, one of a kind items that will be sold with proceeds benefiting OCA’s PAC, the be held following the banquet.Hotel rooms in the block are available until Dec. 21, 2018 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (North of Columbus off of US Route 23) Hotel rooms are available at a special rate of $129 (includes breakfast for 2 people per room). Call: 614.880.4300 to reserve a room.RSVP by January 4, 2019. Visit www.ohiocattle.org to register online or download a registration form, or call the OCA office at 614-873-6736. OCA’s annual meeting is free to attend however the breakout sessions and evening’s events are ticketed with a price of $100 for one OCA member full-day registration, $45 for the luncheon and registration only and $60 for banquet and registration only. For non-member registration information, visit the OCA website or contact the OCA office.last_img read more

‘Last prince of Awadh’ passes away

first_imgThe “last prince of Awadh” who lived in abject penury was found dead on September 2 in Delhi’s ‘Malcha Mahal,’ a Tughlak-era hunting lodge tucked deep inside a patch of forest overrun by moss and disrepair.The news of the death was broken by a section of the media on November 6, over two months after a team of police officers found Cyrus lying motionless inside the derelict 14th century structure.He was the last surviving member of a family that traced its lineage to the royals of Awadh — a claim that was never verified.Cyrus had been staying here since 1985, after his imperious mother Begum Wilayat Mahal, who allegedly swallowed crushed diamonds to kill herself in the early 1990s, forced the then Union government to provide them accommodation that behove their royal antecedents. The Begum started camping in a first class waiting room of the New Delhi Railway Station in the 1970s, demanding recognition for the sacrifice made by her family during the 1857 war of independence. Sometime in 1985, the Begum and her two children — Cyrus and his sister Sakina — moved into the lodge, which was then known as ‘Bistadari ruins’.last_img read more

Navios Partners to Expand Fleet with Capesize Bulker

first_imgzoom Greek shipowner and operator Navios Maritime Partners has continued its shopping spree as the company signed an agreement to purchase a Capesize bulk carrier.Featuring 178,132 dwt, the vessel was bought from Italy-s shipping firm Rizzo Bottiglieri for a price of USD 27.5 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The ship in question is reportedly the 2010-built Cavaliere Grazia Bottiglieri, which is expected to join its new owner during the third quarter of 2017. Following this acquisition, the company will control a fleet of 34 vessels.Navios Partners said that the Capesize is expected to generate some USD 3.7 million of annual EBITDA based on current rate environment, assuming operating expenses approximating current operating costs and 360 revenue days.The company will finance the acquisition with cash on its balance sheet and bank debt on terms consistent with its existing credit facilities.Just last week, the Greek owner reached an agreement to acquire the entire container fleet consisting of fourteen ships from Rickmers Maritime for about USD 113 million.“We anticipate acquiring five 4,250 TEU vessels on May 15, 2017. These vessels are employed on charters that have staggered expirations in 2018 and early 2019 at a net daily charter rate of USD 26,850,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners, said.The average age of the fleet, which consists of eleven 4,250 TEU containerships and three 3,450 TEU vessels, is 9.5 years.last_img read more

Parole officer who helps Indigenous offenders out of a job

first_imgAPTN National NewsA parole officer in Edmonton who helps First Nations offenders has lost her job.Jodene McIsaac has been working in the Edmonton office for eight years.But she found out recently that her contract was not being renewed. The province of Alberta says it will save $80,000 by cutting her position.APTN’s Chris Stewart reports.last_img

Statement by The Right Hon Perry G Christie Prime Minister and Minister

first_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:bahamas, perry christie, value added tax, wendy craigg Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 05 Jan 2015 – Mrs. Wendy Craigg, having completed her statutory term as the Governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas, demitted office on December 31st 2015. Of special historical significance, Mrs. Craigg was the first female to hold this vitally important post in our national financial system. Moreover, she served with utmost distinction throughout her 10 year tenure as Governor and indeed in her prior post as Deputy Central Bank Governor as well.It is particularly laudable that Mrs. Craigg, a career central banker, worked tirelessly to ensure that the regulatory infrastructure for banks and trust companies in The Bahamas conformed to evolving international standards and best practices. At the same time she also saw to it that the monetary stability of The Bahamas was maintained by the application of sound and sensible monetary policies and standards.I applaud Mrs. Craigg for these outstanding achievements and thank her for her many years of dedicated service and unblemished integrity at the helm of the Central Bank. She has been a great credit not only to the Central Bank but to our entire nation.I am pleased that Mrs. Craigg will continue to be of service to our nation as an Economic Policy Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister.I would also like to congratulate the new incoming Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. John Rolle, who formerly held the post of Financial Secretary and as such was the administrative leader of the Ministry of Finance. Indeed Mr. Rolle played a pivotal role in the implementation of recent public finance reforms, most notably, the introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) regime. For that and for his many other sterling contributions to nation-building while at the Ministry of Finance, I thank Mr. Rolle most sincerely.In a very real sense, however, Mr. Rolle, in assuming his new role as the Governor of the Central Bank with immediate effect, is returning home. He, too, is a career central banker, and as such is ideally suited to his new appointment. I wish him well and predict that he will bring to this high office the same integrity, discipline, intellectual ability and expert grasp of monetary policy that distinguished his predecessor, Mrs. Wendy Craigg. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Former PM And Deputy PM Christie and Davis Deep in Water Debtlast_img read more

TCI Youth taking advantage of positive skill building and educational travel opportunities

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 8, 2016 – Our children are travelling, and not just for summer holidays but for educational and skill building experiences – the U19 Rugby Team, the Provo Basketball Association team and 21 youngsters of the Cadet program are all off as ambassadors for the country.The Cadets left for St Vincent & the Grenadines yesterday and were seen off by none other than the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams and will be exposed to training in mass casualty management, tactical exercises, map and compass and disaster preparedness with emphasis on hurricane and tropical storms. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

WiFi 6 will double your networks range and triple its speed

first_img Share your voice The Wi-Fi Alliance wants you to look for the Wi-Fi 6 logo.  Stephen Shankland/CNET We get it. 5G is a big deal. But honestly, you likely use Wi-Fi networks as much or more with your phone and PC, so tune out the 5G noise for a moment and appreciate what’s coming with Wi-Fi 6.”While 5G is getting much of the limelight, Wi-Fi 6 will have a bigger impact in our connected lives — and sooner,” said FeibusTech analyst Mike Feibus.Wi-Fi 6, the consumer-friendly new name for the tech standard actually called 802.11ax, won’t just boost data-transfer speeds — though it’ll do that, by a factor of three or so. It’ll also reach into corners of our house farther away from network gear, better handle the crush of people at airports and stadiums, and sidestep interference from your neighbors’ noisy network. On your phone or laptop, it should save your battery life, too.No wonder wireless chip designer Qualcomm is betting big on Wi-Fi 6. The company on Tuesday showed off a quartet of processors that’ll bring Wi-Fi 6 to a new range of network equipment — and a number of partnerships designed to telegraph its clout with the technology. “Wi-Fi is ubiquitous and widely accepted,” said Rahul Patel, leader of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi chip division in an exclusive interview with CNET ahead of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. But with more devices in our houses, and activities like gaming and streaming video putting new demands on networks, there’s a network traffic jam, he said.”Cord cutting is real. What was typically one TV in the average home is now five or six different screens,” Patel said. “There’s a tremendous amount of content sourced through the home that wasn’t before. There’s a congestion problem.”Upgrades — if you payOne of Wi-Fi 6’s biggest advances is OFDMA — orthogonal frequency division multiple access, if you must know — an efficiency-boosting technology purloined from mobile networks. Another is MU MIMO, short for multiple user, multiple input, multiple output. And then there’s 1024 QAM — quadrature amplitude modulation — which bumps up data rates by 30%.Check my colleague Ry Crist’s Wi-Fi 6 explainer for all the details. But here’s what it boils down to, compared with Wi-Fi 5, aka 802.11ac:Double the range — though Qualcomm has built-in mesh networking technology that’ll let multiple wireless access points cooperate to bathe your house in Wi-Fi radio signals.Triple the speed — useful not just for watching 4K video but also for uploading from our phones.Better reliability — good for avoiding video chats plagued by stuttering.Before you get too excited about Wi-Fi 6’s improvements, though, remember that you won’t benefit from Wi-Fi 6 in your home unless you buy new network gear — or wait for your internet service provider like AT&T, Verizon or Comcast to upgrade what they likely supplied you with.Rahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm's connectivity and networking businessRahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm’s connectivity and networking business Stephen Shankland/CNET Don’t hold your breath for that. But even there, the shortcomings of today’s Wi-Fi will push ISPs to invest in home network equipment when frustrated customers call, Patel said. “The last thing Comcast wants is a loss of a subscriber to AT&T.” That’s only one side of the Wi-Fi 6 network. You’ll also need new PCs, phones, video streamers, security cameras, smart speakers and anything else that would benefit from Wi-Fi 6’s new range and speed. (Though a few phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 include Wi-Fi 6.) Qualcomm ships 4 billion Wi-Fi chipsQualcomm isn’t the only company hoping to siphon off some of your upgrade budget. Intel is already selling its Wi-Fi chips, and Patel acknowledges that Broadcom — his former employer for 13 years — is a serious competitor.But Qualcomm has a lot of power. It’s shipped 4 billion chips since 2005, the company revealed for the first time. And its strength in smartphones gives it an ability to ensure new network technology works on both sides of the network connection.Nearly every one of the 225 phone models using Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 processor also uses the company’s Wi-Fi chips, the company said. And even though Wi-Fi 6 hasn’t yet arrived in phones, even its existing Wi-Fi 5 products will be able to tap into a battery-saving Wi-Fi 6 technology called target wake time (TWT) that lets phones snooze more often and wake up for network activity less.Qualcomm’s chips reeled in Rivet Networks, a company that sells network modules to demanding gaming PC buyers.”Intel was first to market, and their hardware is really solid, so it made sense for us to introduce Wi-Fi 6 to PCs based on their chipset,” said Rivet Chief Executive Michael Cubbage. But it’ll use Qualcomm chips in newer products. “There is a lot of cool stuff we can do with it,” like simultaneous dual-band access that lets Rivet send top-priority gaming and communication data over the fast 5GHz channel and keep everything else out of the way on the 2.4GHz band, Rivet said.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices. Qualcomm Even with Wi-Fi 6’s advantages, Patel doesn’t expect a rush to upgrade access points. Most people stick with what they have in the house. But you’ll still benefit from Wi-Fi 6, he predicts, because some of its biggest advantages come in places like universities, airports, hotels and offices, where lots of people are using the Wi-Fi network.Better Wi-Fi outside your homeSome of the companies most excited by Wi-Fi 6 are those that cater to customers with hundreds of users. The top-end new Qualcomm chip, the Networking Pro 1200, can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to devices like phones and PCs.”Wi-Fi 6 … breaks the mold of existing Wi-Fi design to allow true high-density and simultaneous connectivity,” said Dave Chen, a marketing manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba subsidiary. By using multiple radios on its access points, each of its Wi-Fi 6 products can accommodate thousands of devices.Wi-Fi 6 is more responsive and predictable, too. “This does wonders where large numbers of users are simultaneously accessing latency-sensitive applications like Wi-Fi calling, 4K streaming video and even augmented reality,” he said.Qualcomm President Cristiano AmonQualcomm President Cristiano Amon says Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks complement each other. Stephen Shankland/CNET Aruba is enthusiastic about Qualcomm’s new chips — but not so enthusiastic that it overlooks rivals. It’s been selling Wi-Fi 6 network gear since the end of 2018.The upshot is that your life online should get better at home and away.”Wi-Fi 6 is really a sea change. It’s so much better at handling traffic and keeping it moving — through all corners of the home,” Feibus said. “Pick your next router carefully. If you do it right, you’re not likely going to need to buy another one for a very long time.”And one of Qualcomm’s top executives, President Cristiano Amon, isn’t afraid to raise expectations about the new technology.”The benefits are so significant that I believe this is the most significant Wi-Fi technology transition to date,” Amon said.Originally published Aug. 27, 10 a.m. PT.Update, 10:32 a.m. PT: Adds details from Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. 40 Galaxy S10E is worth every penny 20 Photos 8:29 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Comments Tags Mobile Meet the Wi-Fi 6 routers that support 802.11ax Qualcomm 5G AT&T Wi-Fi HP Intel Verizonlast_img read more

Domestic fuel price strategic concerns weigh on India as Iran oil waiver

first_imgThe US decision to end a waiver to India and other countries on Iran oil imports is threatening to drive domestic fuel prices up. ReutersThe US has offered to make available crude at concessional terms as India faces runaway fuel price rise when trade with Iran stops as the waiver on oil imports granted to India ends on May 2. However, there is cause for concern that any concession deal could come with strings attached affecting India’s strategic interests involving Iran and Russia.International crude prices have spiked after news emerged of US decision to end the waiver from Iran trade sanctions given to oil imports to India, China, South Korea and Turkey emerged. China and Turkey have taken a defiant stand but India has agreed to stop buying Iranian oil. International crude price has hit a recent high of $74 per barrel and there is a threat that it could go even higher. India’s domestic fuel prices are linked to the international oil price and an increase in international crude price could push up the fuel price and hurt Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid in the ongoing general election.The US has strong strategic ties with the Persian Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that view Iran as a regional rival. India, however, has long-standing strategic relations with Iran and cannot afford to alienate the nation, which provides the only corridor for stable access to Afghanistan and Central Asian nations like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. India developed Iran’s Chabahar port as a counterweight to Chinese-controlled Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The port is a key hub of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with economic and geostrategic ramifications. An employee fills diesel in a public bus at a fuel station in Kolkata. The spike in international oil prices has threatened a runaway increase in India’s domestic fuel prices.ReutersBeyond trade, New Delhi considers ties with Teheran as important for containing geopolitical strategies of Islamabad and Beijing. Gwadar port is considered to be part of China’s ‘String of Pearls’, a network of ports intended for Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean Region.It is not clear whether the US would meet India’s expectation of buying oil under the same lenient terms as Iran provided including a 60-day credit period. Washington has apparently asked Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to help India meet the shortfall with the cancellation of the deal with Teheran.The US is also unhappy about India’s strong defence ties with Russia. India is one of the largest arms importers from Russia and there are ongoing discussions for buying more arms from Russia. US arms manufacturers are direct competitors to Russian arms makers and they have always envied India’s cosy relationship with Russians. Though India is in talks with the US manufacturers for buying more military equipment, the slow progress has been frustrating for them. Any deal with the US for oil at concessional terms could provide US arms makers leverage in trade talks.last_img read more