Cape Town ‘needs Afcon 2013 matches’

first_img17 April 2012The Cape Chamber of Commerce has urged the City of Cape Town to host African Cup of Nations matches next year, saying football is good for business, it was reported on Tuesday.Chamber chairman Michael Bagraim told the Cape Times it would benefit the city in the long run.“Soccer is good for the city,” Bagraim said. “It puts us on the map, brings tourists from Africa especially, and brings money into the coffers of even the smallest businesses.”The city missed the deadline for the signing of host city agreements last Friday, saying the costs were too high and uncertain as the estimated R27-million could balloon to R40-million.It suggested that the organisers pay 25 percent of the costs and the National Treasury guarantee 50 percent.The city and the Western Cape government would cover the remaining 25 percent.Mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, Grant Pascoe, told the newspaper the city was still interested in hosting matches.The South African Football Association is due make announce its decision on the host cities for the continental football showpiece on Thursday.Sapalast_img read more

Retail Management: Continuing Education

first_imgBuilding a successful career in loss prevention has always been predicated on the commitment to professional growth and development. Working in a business as dynamic as retail, it is essential that we remain flexible in our methods and progressive in our approach to a global retail market. As the business moves forward change comes quickly, and our skills and abilities must evolve to meet the needs and expectations of a new professional standard. But true growth must be built on a solid foundation. Especially when we consider the pace of change, we find that success is largely based on the refinement of the fundamental principles that anchor our skills and our decision making. By expanding on our foundation of knowledge, we give ourselves a stronger and more stable base to build upon. We reinforce our futures by broadening our opportunities.Continuing Education We live in a fast moving world, and both the retail workplace and work force are constantly changing, and changing rapidly. Ideas, information, processes and technologies that seemed to be “cutting edge” not long ago may now appear to be outdated as we continue to move forward at a vigorous pace; and it doesn’t appear as if it will slow down anytime soon. The entire atmosphere of the retail climate is evolving as companies try to keep up with the challenges of a volatile economy and a shrinking world. And if we hope to survive, we have to learn to adapt. The velocity of today’s business world won’t allow us the luxury of falling behind, and we can no longer assume that we’ll be able to find shortcuts that provide a means to catch up with little effort or sacrifice. We have to commit, and continually work for the knowledge and skills necessary to keep in stride. When it comes to managing our careers through these challenges, each of us is faced with a simple choice: We can stand on the sidelines and watch the parade go by, or we can get out front and lead the way. As professionals we have a responsibility to practice our trade with a commitment to excellence. In order to do so, we must continuously enhance our expertise and develop the skills that keep us moving forward. Continuing education further provides us with the opportunity to acquire new and necessary information, demonstrate a conscious, self-directed effort toward personal and professional development, strengthen our qualifications for professional growth, meet the changing demands of the business, explore new roles and responsibilities, and responsibly perform the duties entrusted to us by our companies. Today there is just simply no expectation that we can train for one job (or career) and expect those educational tools to carry us throughout our professional lives. Through continuing education, we allow ourselves the opportunity to learn new approaches to our chosen course of study or specific career path. We can expand our minds and our possibilities into new and exciting areas, stimulating our creativity and enhancing our career options. It provides us with choices, offering a vehicle for change and growth.Making the Investment An education is an investment that we make in ourselves; adding value that provides us with many professional advantages. And while the primary benefits may be fairly clear, there are also several other returns on our investment that can be just as significant:- Sponsor – • It heightens awareness and perspective, allowing us to see things from a different point of view. • The knowledge and information that comes from education is empowering and helps to build confidence. • It helps to make us more adaptable. By providing different choices it teaches us that alternative ideas and approaches might not only work, but might work even better. • It demonstrates a level of commitment. It validates our dedication to growth and self improvement. • An education provides us with options. Expanding our minds will help to expand our professional opportunities.There are many different methods that can be used to help expand our educational opportunities. But by exploring both formal and informal educational options, we can balance our choices based on particular needs, resources and availabilities. These choices should be made based on individual circumstances, finding a balance that works best for you. In the Loss Prevention profession, you have to grow in order to survive. But if you want to do more than survive, you have to cultivate that growth, and make it count.Expand Your Limits When building our educational resume we need to reach beyond the traditional limits of Loss Prevention and expand our learning into other areas of the business—as well as areas beyond the business. When it comes to learning, narrow paths only lead the way to ignorance. By limiting your scope of learning, you’re only limiting your own opportunities. You’re limiting your value and your future. Get creative, and make learning an experience as well as a commitment. You never know what you might find out about yourself. If information opens doors, education provides the key. Regardless of our particular academic venue, we have to be willing to dedicate the requisite time necessary to complete the program and remain committed to the educational process. We can always find dozens of reasons not to continue our education, but none of those reasons will provide you with the answers that you’re looking for. A commitment to learning drives the commitment to career. Find the vehicle that works best for you, and get the engines started.By capitalizing on opportunities to enhance our knowledge and education, we are making an investment in our own future. To learn more about developing your leadership skills and the certification process, visit losspreventionfoundation.org.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Increases Licensing Costs for non-Azure Cloud Vendors

first_imgMicrosoft has recently announced new licensing changes that target competing cloud vendors that run Microsoft software in the cloud. The Register summarized the license changes, saying that “many software deployments that are currently allowed will no longer be permitted on dedicated cloud services from the listed providers. Microsoft is making it harder or in some cases impossible to bring your own licences, forcing customers either to rent the software via SPLA (Service Provider License Agreement), or to purchase licences with software assurance, an annual service charge. “ Starting October 1st, 2019, the changes will go into effect, making the use of Microsoft software significantly more expensive to run on non-Azure clouds like AWS, Google and Alibaba. Rob Enslin, Google Cloud President, tweeted that “Shelf-ware. Complex pricing. And now vendor lock-in. Microsoft is taking its greatest hits from the ’90s to the cloud.” The reaction was similar from Amazon AWS. Werner Vogels tweeted “It is hard to trust a co. who raises prices, eliminates benefits, + restricts freedom of choice. “last_img read more

Study Predicts Growing Use Of Social Media In Healthcare

first_imgMen are more likely than women to turn to Facebook and other social networks for healthcare purposes, according to a survey by accounting firm PwC.Not surprisingly, the survey of 1,000 adults found that younger people were more likely to use social media than older people for healthcare purposes. Overall, nearly a third of respondents, and 50 percent of those under the age of 35, had used social media for healthcare purposes, which can range from registering a complaint to looking up informational videos on YouTube.The PwC report concluded that social media would continue to be a factor for healthcare providers and consumers, saying that healthcare is “no longer social media’s wallflower.” At the same time, however, ambiguous regulations, privacy concerns and a host of other factors all limit how patients and healthcare providers use social media to make decisions.But once these hurdles are overcome, the PwC report said, social media “will open new opportunities to improve health delivery and outcomes.”Facebook (18 percent) was the most popular site for people searching for healthcare information, followed by YouTube (12 percent) and blogs (nine percent). Related Posts Tags:#health#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dave copeland Yet social media does little to dictate which providers patients choose: just five percent of respondents said they would be swayed to choose one hospital over another because it had a social media presence, compared to the 30 percent who said they would choose a hospital based on its privacy policy.There are still some barriers keeping big swaths of the healthcare industry on the sidelines when it comes to social media, including what the PwC study called “elusive” FDA guidelines that make it difficult for pharmaceutical companies to use the platform to connect with consumers.The survey also touched on privacy and security concerns, noting that half of all healthcare organizations had a privacy or security breach within the past year, and the potential for breaches could increase as more companies utilize cloud computing and look for ways to share information amongst different providers. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Microsoft Chief Nadella Will Be Back For More Next Year At Women’s Tech Conference

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told thousands of women at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women In Computing that people should rely on the corporate system and karma for raises and promotions, the audience was understandably confused. See also: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella To Women: Don’t Ask For A Raise, Trust KarmaNadella now finds himself in hot water over the remarks, but despite the criticisms, he is planning to attend the conference for at least the next four years. After yesterday’s keynote and subsequent outpouring of criticism, Maria Klawe—president of Harvey Mudd College, Microsoft board member and Nadella’s on-stage interviewer—asked him if he would return. He said yes.“It has changed him, he’s learned something,” Klawe said in an interview. “He’s going to keep on learning. He will be much more knowledgable about women’s issues by the time he comes back here next year.”After The FirestormNadella’s statements sparked a firestorm of criticism, considering his advice was contradictory to what women have been told for years—if you want to move forward in your career, you need to be assertive and ask for what you want. The gender pay gap still exists, and on average, women earn only 78% percent of what men do.See also: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Eats Humble Pie Over Remarks To WomenShortly after we published a story on the incident, Nadella issued a tweet saying his remarks were “inarticulate,” and followed up with a statement to employees that evening in which he described his earlier remarks as “completely wrong.” Though according to one former Microsoft employee, Nadella’s advice is apparently the standard response at Microsoft to anyone, male or female, who asks for a higher salary. At Microsoft, that strategy might work. But for the vast majority of women in technology, it was spectacularly bad advice. Thankfully Klawe was quick to disagree during Nadella’s presentation. She provided the audience with helpful advice—know how much you deserve to be paid, and if you’re nervous about asking for a raise, practice with people you trust first. See also: Microsoft CEO Explains Why He Said Women Shouldn’t Ask For Raises“I thought it was important to say I disagreed,” Klawe said. “It was important to very explicitly point out that even someone who is thought of to be as successful as I am is uncomfortable doing it.”After an experience like Nadella’s, some technology leaders would be tempted to avoid conferences like this one. But Nadella, who spoke sincerely on Thursday about improving the gender balance and the importance of bringing more women into the technical workforce, will step into the breach once more.Let’s just hope he doesn’t overcompensate by preparing his script well in advance and sticking to it no matter what.Lead photo by The Anita Borg Institute, Steve Maller Photography A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… selena larson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#diversity#Diversity In Tech#Grace Hopper Celebration#Harvey Mudd College#Maria Klawe#Microsoft#Satya Nadella#women in technology Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Illinois ~ Multiple Taxes: Governor Open to Expanding Sales Tax, Wants Income Tax Hike Tied to Permanent Property Tax Freeze

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said in his 2017 budget address that he is open to legislative proposals to expand the sales tax base. He also supports raising the earned income tax credit for low-income taxpayers and making the research and development tax credit permanent. He called a Senate proposal for a permanent increase in the individual income tax rate tied to a temporary property tax freeze unfair to Illinois taxpayers. The governor proposed a permanent property tax freeze and suggested any increase in the income tax could be stepped down as the Illinois economy grows and revenues expand.Subscribers can view the governor’s entire budget address.2017 Budget AddressPress Release, Office of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, February 15, 2017last_img read more