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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Health Minister, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has informed that the Ministry’s children’s portfolio, including the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry, is to be transferred to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.The Minister made the disclosure as he delivered the opening presentation of the Social Policy section of the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate, in the House of Representatives, on September 21.The move, he said, is part of the Ministry’s restructuring programme, which is in keeping with Government’s reformation plans for the public sector.He further informed the House that under the restructuring programme, the Health Corporation Limited (HCL) will be closed down and its core functions of procurement, warehousing and distribution integrated into the National Health Fund (NHF).“Drug Serv, which is the pharmacy retail arm of HCL, will come under the management of NHF. This will necessitate minor amendments to the NHF Act, which we will shortly place before the Parliament,” Mr. Spencer said.The integration of the HCL and its core functions into the NHF is expected to yield results in better management of the pharmaceutical services and a much improved inventory management system, the Minister said.Expounding on the importance of pharmacy service the health sector, Mr. Spencer pointed out that the drug budget has increased by 167 per cent over the last five years, moving from $898 million in 2004/05 to $2.4 billion this year.“In April of this year, we signed contracts for over 700 pharmaceutical items. We were also able to negotiate more favourable payment terms from most of our suppliers,” he said.The Minister further informed that as part of restructuring efforts, the Ministry was also exploring the possibility of integrating the functions of at least two other entities into existing programmes in the Ministry.“Those entities that are self-financing will be taken off the budget, and shared corporate services will be utilised to reduce the cost of the bureaucracy and improve efficiency,” he noted. CDA to be Transferred to Youth Ministry CultureSeptember 24, 2010 Advertisements RelatedCDA to be Transferred to Youth Ministrycenter_img RelatedCDA to be Transferred to Youth Ministry RelatedCDA to be Transferred to Youth Ministrylast_img read more

first_imgI recently talked with my mom about getting some very rude service from a cashier at a local grocery store.  Apparently, as she began putting her items on the belt, the cashier told her, “Get back! Get back!”  My mom is very hard of hearing, so this confused her. By this time, the cashier was saying it in a very loud voice and other customers were looking.My mom asked what she had done wrong and the cashier began to berate her saying that the customer who had been before her was running to another part of the store to pick another item.  Keep in mind that when my mom got in line, there were no other customers in sight, no other items on the belt, and she had no idea that another customer would be coming back to get in front of her.My mom picked up all her items and put them back in the cart, wheeled to another cashier, and finished her transaction.  I told her that if it had been me, I would have left it all there and walked out….no way on earth I’d spend a dime in a store that treated me that way.  There are many other ways that cashier could have communicated with compassion.  Interactions like this don’t happen to us every day, but when they do, what’s the best way to react?As I thought about it, I decided that I’d like the ability to write someone up for poor behavior when this happens.  According to common law in many states, citizen’s arrest is still legal if undue force is not used.    In fact, if you see a felony being committed, you can make a citizen’s arrest and deliver the offender to the nearest law enforcement official.  While I’m not a lawyer and certainly am not authorizing arresting just anyone on the street, I love the concept that we, as citizens, can hold people accountable.  Why not in a store or workplace?  I want to be able to make a “citizen’s corrective action”.I want the ability to write people up in their workplace when their work performance is out of line. I would write down specifics of the behavior, give the employee a copy, and turn a copy in to their manager.  Then, the manager could make a determination if the employee acted appropriately or not and take action if necessary.What do you think?  Would you do this?  Why or why not?last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… There was a lot of talk last week about Google Apps Premier, the Google-supported package of web-based office products. Many people spoke about it as if it was a rival to Microsoft Office. While Google Apps Premier is clearly targeted at small business, there’s a feeling that it’s also more than suitable for enterprises. Indeed Procter & Gamble Global Business Services and General Electric were wheeled out by Google as early customers of Apps Premier.So in this week’s poll we’re asking if you think Google Apps Premier is a tipping point, where a web-based Office Suite has became a viable competitor to Microsoft Office – for small and large businesses alike. Or do you think otherwise? Let us know… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Polls#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_img Chris Howard, research vice president at Gartner, said that “four years ago, AI implementation was rare, only 10% of survey respondents reported that their organizations had deployed AI or would do so shortly. For 2019, that number has leapt to 37% — a 270% increase in four years. If you are a CIO and your organisation doesn’t use AI, chances are high that your competitors do and this should be a concern.” The sudden ramp up in using AI has led to a shortage of AI-knowledgeable employees. Major tech businesses now, like Microsoft, Google, Nvidia, and Amazon have large number of job openings for AI engineers. All companies, especially smaller ones, are having a hard time of finding and recruiting AI talent. Howard said that “we still remain far from general AI that can wholly take over complex tasks, but we have now entered the realm of AI-augmented work and decision science — what we call ‘augmented intelligence’.”center_img Enterprises now see Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as tools for their organizations. AI adoption has tripled over the last year. last_img read more

first_imgWhy Firefox Isn’t Doomed[HOT TOPIC]This has been a rough year for Mozilla and its Firefox team. Once the darling of the Web and the champion of the oppressed against Microsoft and Internet Explorer, Firefox is facing stiff competition from its primary benefactor and backlash from users. Chrome also seems to be the preferred browser of Web developers. Naturally, this means speculation about the future of Firefox. More Facebook Testing Private Messages For PagesFacebook just confirmed with us that it’s testing a feature that would allow people and Pages to communicate privately. This update was first spotted by communications agency WeAreSocial.sg. The private messaging feature would give customers the opportunity to speak privately with page owners. This is actually another Twitter-like move by Facebook. More Related Posts Bottlenose Intelligent Social Dashboard Launches Private Beta[HOT TOPIC]In the words of Nova Spivack, we are approaching The Sharepocalypse. The real-time Web sounded like a great idea, but it has become impossible to manage. The success of social media has proven, ironically, to be its biggest challenge. The services we already use are getting busier, and whole new networks are popping up all the time. Email used to be the only problem. Today, the info streams are legion. MoreReadWriteWeb ChannelsEnterpriseWhat’s in Store for SUSE in 2012CIOs Survey: Consumerism Threatens the Enterprise CloudThe Insider Threat Is Still HugeCloudFollow ReadWriteCloud on Twitter and join the ReadWriteCloud LinkedIn Group.Windows Azure Adds Node.js Support, Hadoop Preview Box Enterprise Goes to Unlimited StorageOpen Source Challenger to Dropbox and Box.net: ownCloudHackFollow ReadWriteHack on Twitter.Why Firefox Isn’t DoomedTales of Extreme Coding: Shark Week at BrightTagRequiem for SilverlightMobileThree Out of Four Mobile Developers Writing for iOS FirstWiFi Won’t Do; Why I Need 3G On My TabletStackMob Platform Exits Beta, Now Available to All Mobile DevelopersReadWriteWeb CommunityYou can find ReadWriteWeb in many places on the web, a few of which are below.ReadWriteWeb on FacebookReadWriteWeb on TwitterGoogle+ReadWriteWeb on LinkedInSubscribe to the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-upWant to have this wrap up delivered to you automagically? You can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email. Top 7 Epic Tech Fails of 2011From Netflix to RIM, Jon recounts the years biggest “Oops!” moments. If you’re having a bad day, these colossal mistakes should cheer you up. Check out the Top 7 Epic Tech Fails of 2011. Top 5 Internet Devices of 2011Remember when accessing the Internet meant sitting down at a desk with a clunky computer and CRT monitor on it and then waiting for the dial-up modem to finish making that awful noise? Those days are thankfully long gone and today we are speedily using the Web from a variety of devices, big and small. More More Top Posts: YouTube for Schools: All the TED Talks, None of the Cat VideosYouTube has launched a new initiative called YouTube for Schools, which will enable educators to open up classrooms to the wide world of educational content on YouTube without all the junk. Open Internet access in schools is tricky, with all the distractions and time-wasters out there, so Google is taking this step to make educators’ lives easier. More Jon Mitchell reminds us of all the most epic tech fails of 2011. Richard MacManus counts down the biggest surprises of 2011. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.More Top Stories Blogger Gets “The First of Many Google+ Features”Blogger has announced “the first of many Google+ features” today, launching an automatic +snippet sharing box after you publish a blog post. It only saves a few clicks, but this makes it as easy as humanly possible to share Blogger posts to your Google+ circles. Morecenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market robyn tippins Tags:#community#web#Weekly Wrap-ups 5 Biggest Surprises of 2011Richard counted down the biggest surprises of 2011, including Google+ (which ReadWriteWeb found in March). For the rest of the surprises, check out the 5 Biggest Surprises of 2011. Untethered Jailbreak For iOS 5 Coming Any Day NowOwners of iPads, iPhones and iPods running the latest version of iOS have not yet had the option to jailbreak their devices in a way that’s at all worth the trouble. For those who are dying to break free of Apple’s restrictions, an untethered jailbreak appears to be on the way. Morelast_img read more

first_imgJagmohan Dalmiya is a consensus candidate from N Srinivasan’s campAt the peak of his career, cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya’s detractors rued that such was the man’s resilience that he had it in him to swim back to the shore if thrown deep into the sea, or rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes. The 74-year-old’s almost unbelievable comeback at the head of the country’s premier cricket body has only reinforced the notion.After losing his almost vice-like control of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) midway into the last decade, the Kolkata-based businessman had to endure court cases, political pressure, corruption charges, arrest and even expulsion from the BCCI, as he seemed helpless and lonely in the face of sustained offensive by a formidable coalition of Sharad Pawar, I.S. Bindra, Shashank Manohar, A.C. Mutthiah, Lalit Modi and N. Srinivasan.Joining them was the then West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who used all his clout – both political and administrative – to oust Dalmiya from the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).But Dalmiya held on to his position in the CAB against all odds, and silently started mending fences with his detractors in the board.The businessman and ace manipulator pulled off the first surprise when sidelined president Srinivasan pitchforked him to the post of BCCI interim chief in June 2013 after the spot-fixing scam emerged.That stint was small – lasting only four months – and Dalmiya’s powers seemed grossly limited, but enough to announce to the cricketing world that he could not be written off.advertisementBorn in a business family in 1940, Dalmiya was a club-level cricketer. He kept wickets for two teams – Jorabagan and Rajasthan – in the (then) Calcutta cricket league, and switched to cricket administration after hanging up his gloves.Mentored by then BCCI mandarin Biswanath Dutt, Dalmiya cut his teeth in CAB politics, beginning what has turned out to be one of the most chequered and marathon innings in India’s sports administration.Dalmiya became BCCI treasurer in 1983 – the year India won the World Cup – and later served as its secretary, before becoming ICC chief for three years in 1997.After continuing as International Cricket Council chief for three years, Dalmiya was elected BCCI president in 2001. He was all-in-all in the board till his tenure ended in 2004.Later that year, Dalmiya hoisted his acolyte Ranbir Singh Mahendra as BCCI president in a tantalizingly close election where then union minister Sharad Pawar threw his hat into the ring for the top post.As the election ended in a tie, Dalmiya gave his casting vote to ensure Mahendra’s victory, prompting a dejected Pawar to remark that the entire process was unfair.”The umpire was the bowler,” Pawar had quipped after his loss.Dalmiya then controlled the board by proxy for a year, with Mahendra being a mere puppet. But the Pawar camp fought back by using all means to checkmate Dalmiya at his own game in the 2005 election.Months later, the BCCI lodged a police complaint against Dalmiya for alleged misappropriation of funds related to the 1996 World Cup in which India was a co-host.As Dalmiya faced a police probe, the BCCI expelled him in December 2006, that also forced him to step down as CAB president, months after a nerve-wracking election which he had won by defeating the chief minister’s nominee, city police commissioner Prasun Mukherjee.In mid-2007, Dalmiya was exonerated by the court, and he returned to head the CAB in 2008, by defeating then president Prasun Mukherjee.However, in the next few years, Dalmiya seemed only a shadow of his former self. He looked old, and his lack of full fitness was talked about in CAB circles.But the wily cricket administrator bided his time, and the short term as BCCI interim chief brought him back to centrestage, also displaying his wide acceptability in the board.This time around, Dalmiya seemed to have played his cards well, after the Supreme Court ran out Srinivasan from the race.Keeping both the lobbies headed by Srinivasan and Pawar guessing his next moves, Dalmiya deftly exploited the hostility between the two to put himself up as an acceptable candidate.At the prime of his career, Dalmiya was known as a trouble shooter par excellence. His convincing powers were such that the joke used to be that he could sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo.He now takes over the reins of the BCCI in challenging circumstances. The spot fixing scandal has taken some of the shine off the IPL.advertisementIt will be Dalmiya’s first challenge to clean up the game, while India’s poor performance in several series away from home is also an issue that needs redressal.His critics say, Dalmiya’s hands will be tied, as he is surrounded by office-bearers elected with Srinivasan’s backing. However, those who have followed Dalmiya’s style of functioning over the years, have no doubt he will be his own man.last_img read more

first_imgLearn the key metrics, tools and tactics for effective lead generation.Join this webinar series from a comprehensive overview of the lead generation process. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jun 4, 2008 10:52:00 AM, updated March 29 2016 Topics: Marketing and Sales Alignment This post contains older information, but has been left up for historical reasons. For more up-to-date information, please see our Lead Generation Hub.One of the key systems or processes need to help marketing get along with sales is a Closed Loop Marketing system, which transforms your sales and marketing process so you can close more deals more efficiently, and also provides feedback to both sales and marketing about what is working and what is not working, so each can improve over time.But, to get the right data from sales to feed back to marketing, the sales team needs to use a CRM software to track and measure their sales activities.  A CRM system is a key component to enabling closed loop marketing.Lots of available CRM systems are hosted (provided on a software-as-a-service or Saas basis), so chances are, there’s a system that fits your company’s functional requirements and budget and will not require you to buy any servers or augment your IT staff.  There are now secure, reliable and affordable options as low as $5 per user per month.Selecting the Right CRM System for Your BusinessTo make sure you choose the right CRM for your needs, do your due diligence. This means getting clear on all the processes, i.e., workflow, you go through to:Import or synchronize leads from marketing activitiesFollow-up with leads and acquire new customersSupport existing customersAnalyze what works and what doesn’t in the sales processOnce you have identified the key steps in your workflow, you should find a CRM solution that supports that workflow, and probably also has these features.Ease-of-Use – If a system is so complicated that you need a lot of training or a dedicated person to use it, it is actually a lot more expensive that it seems since it is going to consume a lot more people resources and you are less likely to use all the features because they are harder to implement.  I think the best way is not to see a free trial or a demo, but to ask your friends who use the software to show it to you and talk to you about how they actually use it and if they like it.Integration with Other Applications – You’ll most certainly want to integrate your CRM system with other applications like marketing and maybe accounting.  Your CRM vendor will never provide everything you want.  So make sure there is an ecosystem of partners that provide a lot of other applications that you can easily use.Flexibility to Support Your Business Processes – Some CRM systems are not that flexible, and you need to change the way that you work to fit their structure.  You probably want it to work the other way around.  Changing software is easier than changing a business process.Simple and Insightful Reports – One of the core benefits of a CRM system is that it takes data that was previously hard to access and aggregates it into one area, making it possible to get reports to see what is happening in the business.  The success of the CRM industry with small and medium sized businesses is mostly due to the ability for the VP of Sales to get a simple and accurate pipeline report to help manage sales.  (Most companies really use their CRM application more like an SFA or Sales Force Automation application, but that’s a subject for a future article.)Support for Growth – If you plan on growing, you want to pick a vendor that will support that growth with additional features and pricing that makes sense for you and your intended growth path. Lead Generation Quick-Start Serieslast_img read more

first_img Find and Convert, a web marketing and search engine optimization company Bernie Borges , president and chief find officer at  SEO  serving B2B clients nationwide. Photo: Twitter Visualization,  As adoption of social medial continues to explode by personal users and business users, the lines are beginning to blur among them. Well known social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn are now being used in the same sentence as Twitter, Flickr and DIGG. Isn’t Twitter a micro-blogging tool? Isn’t Flickr a photo content sharing tool? Isn’t DIGG a content sharing tool? What about YouTube? Is YouTube a social networking site? Ross Mayfield Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack When you join any of these organizations the premise of your membership is to participate in their charter. Each of these organizations mentioned offer networking value. And, each is made up of communities of like minded people. Sound familiar so far in comparison to social media? If you belong to a health club, you joined it (presumably) to exercise. On the surface, that is the purpose of a health club (or gym). If you belong to a business organization such as a chamber or local business club, each of these organizations has a defined charter. Even if you joined any of the above for pure networking, you have to play by their rules. You can’t go to your gym and hand out fliers and a business card in street clothes. You’ll annoy so many patrons you’ll get kicked out by some muscle-bound patrons. Topics: It’s very apparent to me that socializing, networking and relationship building in online platforms help to build SEO value through the propagation of content and organic link building. So, I ask why use Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter? Is each one so unique that I should spend valuable time maintaining each one? I submit there are benefits to maintaining different platforms, as long as they are different. Each one offers unique features and opportunities to interact with different communities. Since my profession is Internet marketing, in particular search engine optimization (SEO), another benefit to maintaining several profiles is the ability to spread content I produce. Such exposure can result in my content being shared among my networked communities which can result in quality links back to my website. Some content exposure can be incidental and some can be intentional. This article is a guest post by  I have developed some very good relationships at my health club that carry into my personal and professional life. I can say the same for a local non-profit business organization I belong to (TBTF). The wonderful thing about social media is that the user communities are defining them. I will offer some offline comparisons to consider as you ponder this situation. If the lines are indeed blurring among the social media platforms, I say “let them.” The more content I can produce and proliferate, the better! Originally published Oct 21, 2008 9:29:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 In both cases, my intent has been sincere. I go to my health club to workout. I go to TBTF functions to get involved, give of my time and talents and meet smart people in peer groups (communities). Because both of these examples are local to me, I occasionally overlap. I sometimes see people at my health club that belong to TBTF and vice versa. Have you noticed how many social media tools are available? Social Media The same can be said of social networking, even though the local geographic aspect is not a factor. I know people in Facebook whom I also know in Linkedin and Twitter, and vice versa.last_img read more

first_imgEpisode #24- Google has 70% marketshare and served 7.9 billion searches in December Marketing Takeaway: Be authentic. If not, you will get caught.  If your product doesn’t get good reviews, fix the product. Intro Marketing Takeaway: Search marketing is important, and if you just spend time on Google you’ll get 70-90% of what you need. https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/C2060/IMG4580.jpg” alt=”last_img” />