MOE blunders with country’s top CAPE performer

first_img– St Roses High student now top CAPE performerThe Education Ministry on Thursday revealed that a huge error was made at the announcement of the top performers for the 2019 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) on Wednesday.Top CAPE performer, Shanomae Millingof St Rose’s High SchoolThe Ministry in a statement to the media declared Shanomae Milling of St Rose’s High School as the country’s top CAPE performer for this year, and not Michael Bhopaul of Queen’s College who secured Grade One passes in eight units, as was previously announced.Milling, who wrote eleven units, copped the first position after securing nine Grade Ones and two Grade Twos. Grade Ones were obtained in Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Caribbean Studies Unit 1, Environmental Science Unit 1, Physics Unit 1 and 2, Biology Unit 1, Chemistry Unit 1, Pure Mathematics Unit 1, Physical Education and Sports Unit 1. Whilst twos were obtained in Applied Mathematics Unit 2 and Communication Studies Unit 1.Michael Bhopaullast_img read more

Group of asylum-seekers to arrive in Donegal today

first_imgA group of up to sixteen asylum-seekers are to arrive in Donegal today.The group, made up of a number of families, will be housed in Portsalon House.The group are not part of the Direct Provision scheme but are seeking emergency accommodation. There are concerns locally that the influx of people in the locality will stretch local services.Buses will be provided to the people to access shopping in Letterkenny, etc.However, no other details of where the people are from have been released.Group of asylum-seekers to arrive in Donegal today was last modified: July 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:asylum seekersdonegalPortsalonlast_img read more

Caps top Crabs in ‘frustrating’ 5-4 loss

first_imgThe Humboldt Crabs surrendered an early 3-0 lead to the visiting Pacific Union Financial Capitalists during Sunday’s three-game series finale, eventually losing 5-4 after 14 innings and nearly five hours of play.With Saturday’s 11-5 defeat and Sunday’s narrow loss, the Crabs dropped their first three game series in a month. Crabs Manager Robin Guiver said Sunday’s loss was “frustrating,” but commended his pitching staff for a hard fought series and the Caps’ Max Goldberg who presented problems …last_img read more

Woolies expands in Tanzania, Uganda

first_img15 September 2011South African retailer Woolworths has formed a joint venture in Tanzania and Uganda with Tanzanian businessman and former franchise partner Ali Mufuruki, in an effort to accelerate its expansion into the rest of the continent.“Joint ventures with local partners is the new business model for our pan-African expansion plans,” Woolworths’ retail operations director Glenn Gilzean said in a statement last week. “We are moving away from the franchise model we had in the past.“It’s not only a better profit model for our business, but it’s also better for our customers.”Increasing store sizesWoolworths currently has one store in Uganda and three in Tanzania, and will add another store in Uganda and a further two in Tanzania by the end of the year.Woolworths aims to open 16 stores in African countries this year, taking the total number of stores to 60 in the current financial year. Woolworths also intends to open stores in Nigeria and Angola.The new stores will be larger than current ones – retail space will increase by 42% in the current financial year and by an estimated 145% over the next three years.“I am delighted to be part of this joint venture with Woolworths, to grow this market and offer our customers the choice and quality Woolworths is famous for,” said Mufuruki. “Also, new stores will create much needed employment and be good for the economy.”Major opportunities for growthGilzean said the company regarded trading beyond South African borders as a major opportunity for growth, and believed it would deliver a meaning contribution to the group’s profit.He said Woolworths was also confident about the growth prospects of its investment in Uganda, Tanzania and across Africa, pointing out that consumer spending now accounts for more than 60% of African GDP, and that this figure would increase with the growth of the upper and middle income groups.“Our joint ventures mean we can deliver customers the best retail offering possible tailored to local market needs,” he said. “Our partners bring knowledge of local trading conditions and we bring the quality, value, innovation and fashion our South African customers know and appreciate.“It’s the best of both worlds.”Larger selection of merchandiseWoolworths has refined and improved its merchandise offering for customers in selected African countries, and customers can now look forward to a larger selection of fashion and general merchandise.This includes formal wear, children’s wear, beauty products and casual wear, including the Woolworths Re: and Studio: W fashion brands which have recently been re-launched in South Africa.Woolworths has had a presence in African countries for over 10 years and currently has stores in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Young Adults and the Construction Trades

first_img RELATED ARTICLES NAHB conducted a national poll of young adults aged 18 to 25 to find out how this age group feels about a career in the construction trades. The majority of young adults (74%) say they know the field in which they want to have a career. Of these, only 3% are interested in the construction trades.Most of the young people interested in the trades say that the two most important benefits of this career choice are good pay (80%) and the attainment of useful skills (74%). Less than half cite as benefits that the work is seasonal (15%) or that it does not require a college degree (37%).The 26% of respondents who do not yet know the career path they want to take got a follow-up question about the chance they might consider a number of fields (construction trades being one of them) using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 meant “no chance no matter the pay” and 5 meant “very good chance if the pay is high” (see Image #2 below). Construction trades got an average rating of 2.1, with 63% of undecided young adults rating it 1 or 2 (no or little chance regardless of pay) and 18% a 4 or 5 (good to very good chance if pay is high). The 63% of undecided young adults who indicated there was no or little chance they would consider a career in the trades no matter the pay were prodded about the reasons for their resoluteness. The two most common reasons are wanting a less physically demanding job (48%) and the belief that construction work is difficult (32%).They were then asked if there was any compensation level that might entice them to reconsider a career in the trades. For slightly more than 20%, that number is either $75,000 or $100,000, but for the plurality (43%), there is no amount of money that could make them give the trades a second thought (see Image #3 below).A complete research paper on this topic can be found here, including an analysis of government data on actual wages for construction occupations relevant to the home building industry. Breaking Down Gender Bias in the Construction IndustryTackling the Skilled Labor ShortageFine Homebuilding Will Award ScholarshipsFrom Fine Homebuilding: Keep Craft Alive Rose Quint is assistant vice president for survey research at the National Association of Home Builders. This post was originally published at NAHB’s Eye on Housing website.last_img read more

Four Imperatives for the Sales Leader

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Each of these four imperatives ensures that your sales force is effective at the individual level. They’re all necessary to building and sustaining a high performing sales force.A Prospecting Plan that Opens Opportunities: It’s one thing to expect your salespeople to prospect. Providing your sales force with a prospecting plan and the necessary tools to build the relationships that open opportunities is quite another. I told the story here about one sales organization that provided their salespeople with “all the leads they could handle” by throwing the telephone book on their desks.The sales force needs to know and understand their real targets. They need tools to nurture and open relationships. They need ideas that create value for their prospective clients. And they need a campaign that allows them to succeed overtime by persisting (and not by merely being a nuisance).If you want the sales force to do more prospecting, then you need to provide them with the plan for doing so.Differentiation with a Difference: I can’t tell you how many salespeople I’ve asked who have no answer for the question, “What makes you and your offering different?” If they can’t answer this question when I ask, I doubt they do any better when a prospective client asks.But even if a prospective client never asks directly what makes you different, it’s your differentiation that drives a wedge between you and your competitors. It’s the differences that make a difference for your clients that make you worth paying more for. Differentiation is why your prospective client would choose you over your competitors (or the status quo).If you want the sales force to differentiate in a meaningful way, you have to provide them with the differentiation strategy, language, and examples.Effective Sales Interactions: The salesperson sitting across from your prospective client has the greatest impact on the outcome of an opportunity. That’s where you win or lose. You aren’t there when those interactions happen. You need to be certain that each interaction is effective.You need a sales process that moves prospective clients from target to close. Your process needs to create value for your prospective client at each stage of the buying journey. Your salespeople need the mindset, the skill sets, and the tool kits to create the highest level of value. And it’s certain they need business acumen and situation knowledge to create that value.If you want to make your number, it’s improving that you improve the effectiveness of the sales force.Excellent Sales Managers: Generals may provide the vision, goals, and strategy, but it’s Colonels that execute and ensure those outcomes. In sales, that’s the first line sales manager.You need sales managers that are true leaders in their own right. You need to provide them with a model for coaching their teams—and the individual who make up that team. You need to provide them with the space and time to work on the results of each individual, and you need to protect them from serving the organization at the expense of their people.If you want a high performing sales organization, it starts with excellent sales managers.You can’t afford not to have the right opportunities, the inability to differentiate, the inability to create value during each sales interaction, or a leaderless sales force.QuestionsWhat do you provide the sales force in the way of an effective prospecting plan that helps them open new opportunities?How do you help your sales force explain the differences that make a difference for your client in a way that is compelling to your prospective clients?What do you do to ensure that your sales force is improving their ability to create value during every sales interaction?Does your sales force have the first line sales managers that it needs? Are they getting the best performance form their team and each individual team member?last_img read more