Humble Lion looking to win first RSPL title – Williams

first_img Before that, Reno were left counting their lucky stars when referee Karl Tyrell turned down a penalty shout from Humble Lion, when a defender obstructed the forward run of Kirk Duckworth into the area. The draw kept Humble Lion fourth in the 12-team points table on 40 points, while Reno are doing their best to avoid the relegation battle. They have 31 points, two places above the red zone. “I am not altogether disappointed. Today (yesterday), I thought we played a good game. We were a little unlucky, but that’s part of the game,” said Michael Graham, the FC Reno coach. “We still aren’t putting away our chances and that is hurting us, but we are confident that we will survive the scrap heap this time around,” added Graham. WESTERN BUREAU: Injury-prone Levaughn Williams scored as Humble Lion FC earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with FC Reno at Frome Sports Complex in yesterday’s round of matches of the Red Stripe Premier League. Williams told The Gleaner after the drawn encounter that his team was in the right frame of mind to hold on to a semi-final spot. “It was a difficult game. Reno played us hard as they are battling relegation and we are seeking to hold on to fourth or climb as high as we can in the table with the semi-finals around the corner,” the attacking midfielder said. The former national representative scored in the 53rd minute to cancel out Roshane Sharpe’s 16th minute strike for the hosts. FC Reno’s goalie Joel Johnson raced off his line to collect a through pass into the area, but Williams poked the ball around Johnson before slamming the ball home for the equaliser. Williams said he was delighted to have scored, but felt Humble Lion deserved the three points. “This is just us building towards our end of season goal, which is to become Red Stripe Premier League champions for the first time. But that will not happen until we hold our position in the top four and then move from there and, of course, win the final should we get there,” Williams said. The game was there for the taking for either team, and in stoppage time, FC Reno came close when right-back Shamar Bernard struck a fierce shot but found the firm hands of Humble Lion goalkeeper Kadeem Davis. NO PENALTY AWARDEDlast_img read more

Cardiff tipped to snub bid as Fulham are linked with Carlton Cole

first_imgCardiff City are set to reject an offer from Fulham for Peter Whittingham, according to The Sun on Sunday, while West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage.It is claimed Fulham will offer £2.5m for Bluebirds midfielder Whittingham, who scored 13 goals last season.The Sunday Express say Fulham want Fraser Fyvie, 19, who has turned down a new deal at Aberdeen, while The Sun suggest the Whites are one of several clubs interested in Burnley striker Charlie Austin.There is continued speculation about Clint Dempsey’s future, with the Daily Star on Sunday reporting that Liverpool’s American owners have sanctioned an £8m bid to buy him from Fulham.The People, however, suggest the Anfield club’s offer is unlikely to be more than £6m.Striker Andy Carroll has been linked with a move to west London as part of a possible deal for Dempsey.The former Newcastle man is also wanted by West Ham, and The People say Fulham will move for Cole if the Hammers get Carroll.The People also claim that Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones is interested in signing Joey Barton on loan from QPR.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Can Radim Simek help save the Sharks’ season (again)?

first_imgSAN JOSE — Say this about defenseman Radim Simek throughout his Sharks career: His timing has been impeccable.Nearly a year after his insertion into the lineup helped turn the Sharks’ season around, Simek appears ready to try and do it again, as indications were Monday that he would be able to return to the NHL after more than six months of rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right knee.Simek returned from his conditioning assignment with the Barracuda on Monday morning and was a full …last_img read more

Good things to know about WEF Africa host Rwanda

first_img11 May 2016Kigali, Rwanda hosts the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa from 11 to 13 May 2016. The country is in the midst of an economic and social renaissance following over two decades of turmoil and uncertainty, building itself into one of Africa’s prominent emerging nations.Here is a list of things about Rwanda and its people you might not know to help you understand how the country has grown in the last twenty years.Gorillas and tourismDespite initial concerns from environmentalists, Rwanda has shown that one of its most popular tourist attractions, the mountain gorilla and other primate species are fully protected and treated with respect from locals and tourists.While prices to visit gorilla sanctuaries are considered steep, even for tourists, the majority of funds is put back into conservation projects which concentrates on increasing the numbers of endangered species. It also contributes to improving the lives of communities serving the sanctuaries. Conservation education is a high priority for the country resulting in a significant drop in gorilla poaching over the last ten years.In addition to gorillas, Rwanda boasts a rich biodiversity that includes protected rain forest and mountain areas containing a variety of primate species, plant types, mammal and reptile wildlife. It is all protected and promoted over and above global conservation standards.Bisoke Volcanoe, at the Volcanoes NP – Rwanda-, home of mountain gorillas @SavingGorillas @CASHP_GWU @GWMcFarlinLab— Jordi Galbany (@jordigalbany) September 30, 2015Coffee and economicsRwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa, with 80% of the population involved in agriculture, primarily subsistence farming. The country’s chief export is award-winning coffee and tea. Starbucks Coffee is one of the largest importers of Rwandan coffee products, emphasising support for smaller coffee growers.The country is heavily invested in microfinancing, economically developing small enterprise and encouraging entrepreneurship, particularly in rural areas. The focus of these cover a wide range of industries, including construction, transport, trade and services, production and processing of agricultural products.According to the World Bank, between 2001 and 2015, Rwanda posted an average annual growth of real GDP of 8%. This was driven mainly by the higher productivity in the agricultural and industrial sectors. The World Bank’s annual Doing Business 2016 survey selected Rwanda as the second easiest country in Sub-Saharan Africa to do business with.In the post-genocide period, Rwanda received 100% foreign aid. In 2011, that number decreased to 40%.According to the most recent McKinsey 7 Company’s report, Lions on the Move: The Progress and Potential of African Economies, Rwanda is ranked 6th on the continent.Three award-winning coffees from Rwanda showcase diverse flavors @SBUXRoastery @1912Pike— Starbucks_Eagan_Mall (@Starbucks_20688) April 22, 2016No plastic bagsLittering and dumping in Kigali is illegal so it has unofficially become one of the cleanest cities in the world. On the last Saturday of the month citizens between 18 to 65 years old gather for compulsory community service called umuganda meaning “coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome” – to clean up litter.In 2008, the country implemented a nationwide ban on plastic bags, including removing bags brought in by tourists.Rwanda banned plastic bags years ago when other countries impose taxes on plastic bags.If they can do it so can we.— Faye Peters (@fayepeters) March 31, 2016Building new generations, building a futureAccording to stats from the World Health Organisation and the country’s ministry of health, Rwanda has seen a dramatic drop in infant mortality rates over the last ten years, dropping from 152 to 76 deaths per thousand.Participation in secondary schooling has doubled since 2006, and the enrolment rate in primary education has far exceeded the set Millennium Development Goal (MDC) target of 91%.Approximately 90.6% of Rwandans are enrolled in a community-based national health insurance system called Mutuelle de Sante. Begun in 1999, the system is arranged according to household allowance so people pay what they can afford. The system is installed in all hospitals and rural clinics. Life expectancy has doubled since the late 1990s to 63 years, according to the World Bank.The country has invested in world-class road infrastructure, including a safe, reliable transport system serving as a link between its cities and rural areas.Rwanda is a leading African digital nation, with free Wi-Fi available to all on public buses, in hospitals, taxi parks, commercial buildings and restaurants, and 95% of the population have 4G access.Rwanda is ranked as the fifth safest country in the world, according to the Gallup Global Law and Order 2015 Report, after Singapore, Hong Kong, Norway and Spain.The Rwandan parliament includes the highest percentage of female ministers in the world -63.8%.According to the 2015 Ibrahim index of African Governance, Rwanda has displayed consistent overall governance improvements since 2000. It is ranked number one in Africa for Gender Equality and one of the top five most improved countries since 2000.Gallup Global Report 2015 ranks #Rwanda as the safest place to walk at night in #Africa & 5th globally. #WEFAfrica— Government of Rwanda (@RwandaGov) April 25, 2016Source: AFKInsiderlast_img read more

3 Underlying Issues Stopping Digital Adoption in its Tracks

first_imgManish DudharejiaFounder – E2M Solutions Inc Tags:#Digital Adoption Follow the Puck I am the President and Founder of E2M Solutions Inc, a San Diego Based Digital Agency that specializes in White Label Services for Website Design & Development and eCommerce SEO. With over 10 years of experience in the Technology and Digital Marketing industry, I am passionate about helping online businesses to take their branding to the next level. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Without a doubt, advances in technology have revolutionized the way that businesses operate in the modern world. Every year, companies allocate more of their budget toward adopting digital practices and tools to improve productivity and outcomes. Digital adoption, which can be thought of as an end goal of technological maximization. Digital adoption will always look a little different for every organization depending on factors like their industry and ultimate objectives. Additionally, every organization will have its own unique set of roadblocks. But three underlying issues can stop digital adoption dead in it tracks.Unfortunately, digital adoption has not been easy for many organizations. In fact, 84% of businesses that attempt digital transformation are unsuccessful. Often times, the barriers that stand in the way of digital adoption are rooted in issues with employee training, company culture, data management, and just about everything in between.Although these challenges are certainly not insurmountable, they can slow down progress or stand in the way of great results. Digital adoption is no longer optional for businesses that intend to stay competitive in today’s market. Therefore, it is crucial that every company not only identifies the barriers that stand in their way of digital adoption, but also knows how to overcome them.Let’s discuss.1. Muddled Vision of the Digital Customer JourneyThe customer experience (CX) matters more than ever these days. Consumers will be quick to jump ship to a competitor for a better one. Customer’s expectations are higher than ever before, and unfortunately, the majority of companies are not hitting the mark. According to Inc’s survey, only 7% of retailers offer end-to-end commerce experiences for a seamless digital customer journey.Omni-channel systems are essential to the digital customer experience. As business operations continue to evolve around customer-centricity, every move in the process of digital adoption needs to be done in accordance with the digital customer value proposition.Without a crystal-clear view of this, digital adoption is essentially like traveling without a destination in mind. There’s no room for guessing games when it comes to digital adoption in regards to the customer journey.Businesses must first create a customer journey map that is specific to their audience and backed up by behavioral data. This process will not be linear; the buyer’s journey is much more complicated than the simple four-step process that was taught in business school. This is largely due to the growth of e-commerce and digital consumer practices, which have essentially turned the customer journey map on its head.In order to create an accurate map for your specific customers, you will need to categorize your audience’s behavior.You will construct your customer map based on aspects like their goals, sentiments, expectations, and deciding factors. You will need to take a look at past behavioral data to formulate the typical path that leads consumers towards a conversion.What content draws them in?How long does it take from an initial interaction to a purchase decision?Where are the major falling off points?Once these questions are answered, you will be able to see the areas were digital programs can fit in to better support customers through this journey.2. Unscalable SystemsAnother reason why so many companies struggle to integrate digital programs successfully is because they are only looking at the present moment. When this happens, failing to consider how things will change can be all too easy. The standards of digitization are changing by the day – and they will continue to do so as time goes on.When you choose a system, the decision needs to be motivated by the need for scalability.Achieving digital adoption will allow your company to be more productive, operate at a lower cost, and service larger numbers of customers through automation. Therefore, your strategies need to be scalable for the long-term, but they also need to be integrated in a feasible way.This involves the adjustment to new workflows, technology, content presentation, data management, and so on. You must choose new technology carefully and be absolutely sure that it will offer the benefits that you want and need. Be sure that the tradeoff is worth it as well.In the beginning, it may take longer to transfer tasks to a digital program. This process can easily slow down productivity and use up lots of resources. Be sure to take all of the factors together and apply it to the bigger picture – and be sure that you build the correct process for implementation.3. Outdated or Inadequate TrainingEmployee training tends to be one of the most overlooked factors in digital adoption. When new programs are introduced, companies tend to cover just the basics or ask employees to do their own research and figure things out on their own. This “sink or swim” approach to training no longer flies when the bulk of business operations rely on tech systems, especially if they are highly specific to an industry or business department.Failing to train your staff to fully utilize new digital programs can almost always guarantee failure.Digital adoption, by definition, can only occur when an organization is utilizing technology to the fullest extent.Of course, introducing major changes (especially when it comes to technology) is never easy, and many employees may have some resistance towards the change. According to the previously mentioned study from Dimension Data, 54% of companies reported that members of their organization were resistant to digital adoption.In order to combat this opposition, businesses must make it clear to employees how these tools will benefit them by easing pain points, saving time, and allowing them to accomplish more. Organizations also need to keep up with the latest training formats, especially in a fast-paced digital environment where changes occur frequently.Training also needs to be more in-depth than a crash introductory course.According to a survey from PWC, employees need an average of 15 hours’ worth of training and onboarding before they feel comfortable using that technology in their day-to-day.It is critical that companies choose their teachers wisely and make sure they are totally qualified to train employees.However, a blanketed one-size-fits-all training approach is not the best choice here, especially considering that employees in different departments and roles will need varying levels of onboarding. The more modern approach here is to use contextual learning, which employs algorithms to personalize the learning experience for each employee based on their needs, experience, and current skill levels.By using training programs that utilize contextual learning technology, sessions can be completely tailored to the individual. This can significantly cut down on training times and help employees be trained in their own unique learning style. This can help to improve the onboarding experience and combat the common resistance have towards adopting new technology.Additionally, as with any new strategy, be sure that there is a system in place to check progress and measure the results. Take your employee’s feelings and experiences into consideration as well. Follow up after training and see how prepared your organization feels.Did they feel that they received enough information to begin using the systems on their own without any assistance?Are they familiar with all of the features and which ones they will need to use the most?Are there any topics that did not seem to make sense or that were not covered enough?Digital adoption is often a process of trial and error. Make sure that its impact on your employees is a top priority to ensure that systems are implemented properly from the start.ConclusionChange is inevitable, but it seems to happen even more frequently in today’s modern digitally-focused business world. As more and more companies turn to technology to improve customer experiences, it is important that they take a strategic approach to achieve digital adoption. There are many barriers that stand in the way, but this does not mean that it is impossible.By understanding the core issue of the obstacles that could hinder the process, companies can face these barriers head-on and find the solutions that will make digital adoption truly possible. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more