Season Sellers on their ’26 Hustle’

first_imgWith 26 right around the corner, everyone is trying to make the season special for their families and themselves. Among the surplus of food, drink and merriment, there is also a surplus of commercial activity. This is a time when “season sellers” — ordinary, people who are not involved in regular business or commercial activity — join the hustle to sell anything from used clothes, shoes, teddy bears, hand bags, things that passers-by can find at least temporarily appealing to give them a feel of the independence day season. There is some profit to be made, and a means to strengthen ones financial position to make it through the holiday and beyond. The Daily Observer spoke with some of these “season sellers” to gauge their outlook on the commercial environment this season and more. Winston Rogers, 34, is actually a professional driver who has been out of a job for few months. “Joining this business was a way to keep myself busy because nothing was really happening for me and I have my family to support,” he told the Daily Observer. Since he could not find a job, he decided to venture into the slippers business this Independence Day season, with the little cash he had. As far back as the last week of June, Rogers says, he started his season hustle. He paid US $150 for a bag of slippers, spent LD $100 on soap to clean and make ready for sale. “After everything, I sell one pair of slippers for LD $500, but actually it was good.”“I used to sell two bags of slippers per week at least, but now that has slowed down and I don’t know why or whether it’s because of the reopening of schools,” he said. The Ministry of Education has scheduled the opening of schools for September, which means parents have only the month of August to prepare their school-going children for the coming semester. When asked how much profit he expects from his seasonal business, Rogers declined to respond, but said that everything is fine, despite the slow pace of business as the holiday draws closer.George Seke, another season seller who trades in the same business on Johnson Street, intimated that business is not going as expected, especially were has spent close to US $300 on shoes with the intent of selling everything before the holiday. “We are getting limited customers as compared to [few weeks] before. In fact, now we have to reduce our price just to get something for us and our families to eat at home,” said Seke. Hawa Kollie, who only started selling used clothes (do-ka-flag) during the second week of July, agreed that business much slower now, especially during the few days leading up to the holiday.Ms. Kollie, a regular season seller, said she used to buy a bale of used clothes for US$150 but this time, she paid US$165. “After selling, I generate not less than 190. Sometimes it is loss-and-gain. Some of the bales we buy don’t have good clothes that people will want to buy. She agrees with Rogers that customers are holding their money now to pay their children school fees and other things next month. Like Rogers, season sellers get better results when they set up business early enough ahead of the holiday. The few days leading up to the holiday finds the market saturated with what they perceive as “more sellers than buyers”, which forces nearly all sellers to drastically drop the prices of their goods so as to sell all before the holiday comes. After the holiday, anything left on hand goes up for auction or donation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Next Jamie Vardy? Non-League player nets Boxing Day screamer

first_imgIf a Boxing Day derby strike was worthy enough of securing all three points, see Dan Wooden’s 12th-minute strike in the National League South. The Gosport Borough player found the back of the net with a superbly taken overhead kick as his side beat local rivals Havant & Waterlooville to stay in the play-offs. Next Jamie Vardy?See above!last_img


first_imgEclipse are taking a tip down nostalgia lane this Christmas by screening one of the most popular festive films ever made It’s A Wonderful Life.The award winning classic is regularly screened during the Christmas period on TV.However, Eclipse Cinemas are giving fans of the film the chance to re-live the cinematic experience by screening it next Monday. The management at Eclipse are always thinking of quirky ideas to draw punters to the cinema and this is anther example of that.So why don’t you get into the Christmas spirit next Monday and enjoy seeing a classic film like It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen once again.    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS LIFFORD AND STRABANE was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgFinn Valley College, Stranorlar, hosted the inaugural First Year Boys One Wall Handball County Finals in their state-of-the –art gymnasium today.The college has two one wall courts and proved to be a worthy venue for the championships.Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore, was victorious in the team-of-4 competition and they will now represent Donegal when they compete in the Ulster championships in Ballygawley next week. The victorious GCU team was: Odhran Mag Fhloinn, Máirtín Mac Cormaic, Dónal Ó Conaill and Kaine Mag Fhloinn.Runners-up were Finn Valley College boys who showed a great aptitude for the game. The Finn Valley team was: Ryan McColgan, Tommy Lee Scully, Cameron Potts and Eanna McDermott.Joint third were two further teams from both Finn Valley College and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh. Finn Valley College team was: Oisin Gallagher, Jack Meadows, Jack Bradley and Dylan Murphy. GCU, Ballinamore team was: Keelan MacMongail, Eamon Ó Langáín, Seosamh Shankey-Smith and Seán Ó Dochartaigh-Mag Fhionnlaoich.A word of thanks for Mr Paddy McDaid, Finn Valley College for hosting the competition. Also to Avril McNamee who refereed and Eamon Mc Donnell who presented prizes. Good luck to the Ballinamore boys in the Ulster championships! HANDBALL: GCU, BALLINAMORE WIN HANDBALL COUNTY FINAL was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:HANDBALLNoticesSportlast_img read more

How to Make Sense of Digital Transformation 2.0

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Follow the Puck Suresh Sambandam Everywhere you look, people are talking about digital transformation — but how much is really left to transform? We all use email, depend on software to keep our financials clean, and keep our Twitter accounts active. Surely, digital transformation is just a fancy term that bloggers use to fill pages?Not quite. Digital transformation refers to the digitizing of all the data, processes, and activities within an organization. All those stacks of paper that used to keep organizations running are quickly turning into ones and zeroes in computer databases. Now, rather than hope someone knows the location of a document or file from the past, we can transfer information from system to system in the blink of an eye. We can also analyze and process that information using AI and machine learning, providing insights we never would have discovered on our own.Companies around the world are buying into digital transformation at unprecedented levels. From IoT devices to cloud tech to big data, the world will spend more than $7 trillion on digital transformation by 2021.What will that digital transformation mean for you? Whether you run a Fortune 500 company or a startup, if you want to compete in the marketplace of the future, you need to know the answer.Exploring the Digital GapThe debate over automation is split into two camps. On one side, naysayers claim that robots will take over the world and kill all the jobs. Those on the other side believe flying cars are just around the corner and robots will make our lives easier.In business, however, automation is not so dramatic. The new movement seeks to digitize existing processes to create more efficient organizations and empower them to compete in a global market. People used to write things by hand before taking their work to a typewriter. Today, we collaborate in real time using Google Docs and pay almost nothing for the privilege.Despite the obvious advancement of digital business, many companies continue to sit on the sidelines out of fear. Machine learning, blockchain, augmented reality, and other digital trends are not going away, though. That’s why the conversation around digital transformation is heating up: The more aspects of business feel the effects of digitization, the wider the gap between the advanced and the non-advanced becomes.The Benefits of a Digitized FutureRecent research suggests that different disciplines are at different stages of transformation. IT management is 79 percent digital, while business process management is only 60 percent digital. Those gaps won’t last long, though. By the time the digital transformation is complete, those percentages will be close to 100 across the board.Unfortunately, companies cannot wait until this technology is compulsory before they learn how to use it. They must navigate a digital world now. Digital transformation will provide not only new tools, but entirely new business processes. Only companies that understand how to leverage their human and automated capital can hope to compete in a market where everyone enjoys a technological advantage.According to research from MIT and AlixPartners, only about 23 percent of the 400 companies evaluated in the study had digitized their customer interfaces and business operations. However, that 23 percent enjoyed margins that were, on average, 16 percent higher than the industry average.The future is clear: Companies that embrace the digital transformation will win. What does that embrace look like, though, and how can companies today prepare for the changes?The Components of Digital TransformationDigital transformation typically refers to two distinct components: digital process automation and robotic process automation. DPA is digital transformation applied to the core processes of a business. This is the easier element to implement because companies can switch to digital processes without investing large amounts of money.RPA, meanwhile, is mostly reserved for companies with hundreds of humans performing the same tasks. Large manufacturers, data entry centers, and comparable industries can receive tremendous return on investment from RPA purchases, but for most small- and medium-sized businesses, RPA remains a bit excessive.Many people believe these concepts simply refer to the digitization of current work, but they are much more than that. DPA and RPA are not end goals but pieces of a larger whole. A company that buys an expensive new platform hasn’t undergone a digital transformation — its employees just spend more time in front of screens.Process Automation in PracticeConsider an update to a bank’s customer experience, from in-store to online visits and every touchpoint in between. Digital transformation in the context of customer experience isn’t about moving everything online; it’s about identifying areas to improve the experience: What does online banking need to do better? What about the physical experience with the tellers? Where can digitization help people on both sides engage in more efficient, intuitive interactions?For back-end processes at larger organizations, RPA is usually the answer. The name might sound complicated, but robotic process automation is a straightforward concept. Robots scrape data from one system and pass it to another, eliminating the human in the middle in order to streamline operations.Imagine next that you have an ordering system in Salesforce but that you use an enterprise resource planning system from SAP for most other processes. Today, most companies use humans to verify and transfer data from one system to the other. With RPA, you could optimize data transfers between applications without human intervention.In some industries such as manufacturing, organizations tend to hold back when new technology hits. The original digital transformation (pre-SaaS) required major investments for uncertain payoffs, but today’s subscription-based models allow everyone to take part in the revolution.In manufacturing specifically, only 15 percent of manufacturers implement digital supply chains, but 80 percent struggle to collect and analyze the data necessary to optimize their supply chains. The challenges and the answers are right there. Companies need only invest in the solution.Preparing for ChangeEven with all the chatter and questions surrounding it, this new digital transformation is accessible, effective, and necessary for companies in nearly every industry. If organizations want to survive the next decade, they must take advantage of new tools — and simply using online software isn’t enough. Businesses need to consider how they generate data and where they have opportunities to use and share that information.This is more than an improvement to work life: This is an entirely new paradigm. Just as we made the leap from typewriters to Google Docs, we are on the verge of an entirely new way of thinking. By embracing digital transformation and seeking ways to implement digital and robotic process automation, you can ensure your company remains ahead of the digital curve. Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of KiSSFLOW, a disruptive, SaaS-based enterprise-level workflow and business process automation platform enterprises with more than 10,000 customers across 120 countries. Tags:#digital transformation last_img read more

GIVEAWAY! $500 of Royalty Free Music from Premiumbeat

first_imgUPDATE: THE CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.  Thanks to all who entered. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for info on future giveaways!Take your media projects to the next level with quality royalty free music from  One lucky winner will receive $500 worth of credit to spend on royalty free music and sound is a curated royalty free music website that provides high-quality music tracks and sound effects for use in new and traditional media projects.  With thousands of tracks in more than 30 music styles, Premiumbeat music is ideal for websites, online videos, mobile apps, television, radio, feature films and other professional applications.last_img read more

More scientists coming back now

first_imgThis is primarily due to schemes such as the Ramanujan Fellowship Scheme and the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Faculty Scheme and the Ramalingaswami re-entry fellowship scheme coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT). These schemes allow “high-calibre” Indian researchers working abroad to relocate to Indian institutes and universities of their respective interest and domain, says Y.S. Chowdhary, Minister of State (Science and Technology). He was replying to a question in the Lok Sabha on India’s track record in attracting NRI scientists back to the country.However, not all researchers who return get absorbed as full-time faculty in institutions. Of the 373 scientists, who got these scholarships between 2014 and 2016, only 125 were absorbed into their host institutions. Officials, however, say the lack of absorption is often due to returning researchers not always getting their choice of institutions.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img read more

PH scores silver in lawn bowls men’s pairs

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The Philippines won a gold in the men’s fours and a couple of silvers in the women’s fours and women’s triples. Thailand came in third in the men’s pairs to complete the podium. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Playing their best, PH gals falter vs world-class Thais WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Philippines scored its fourth lawn bowl medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after taking the silver medal in the men’s pairs events Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Angelo Morales and Pancho Marcelito lost in the final against Malaysian duo Hizlee and Fairul Izwan, 20-13, in the gold medal match. ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

PSC chief Butch Ramirez calls for unity amid POC feud

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I believe that unity is vital in any endeavor. More so in this deal, that we all undertake in our own capacities to push Philippine sports to its highest possibilities,’’ said Ramirez. “As sports leaders and adults, it is our duty to show our youth that national interest always places ahead of our personal interests.’’POC chairman Abraham “Bambol’’ Tolentino offered Ramirez the CDM for this year’s SEAG, but the PSC chief courteously declined.“After some moment of introspection, and to finally put to rest all speculations, I now issue this statement to humbly and officially decline the offer. Thank you very much for considering this humble servant,’’ said Ramirez, the CDM during the 2005 Manila SEA Games when the Philippines captured its first-ever overall title.“I am a public servant. I am bound by duty to deliver what is demanded of me by the law. Whether or not I am the CDM in the SEA Games, I and the PSC will surely provide our full and sincere support to Team Philippines,’’ he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PBA D-League: Go for Gold lives to fight another day after Gab Banal’s winning 3 POC president Ricky Vargas said he got fed up with the “destabilization’’ plot against his administration and threw brickbats in a privilege speech on Monday against his detractors, majority of which came from his own executive board.On the other side of the fence, POC 1st vice president Joey Romasanta denied such claims, saying all they wanted was to be enlightened on the dealings of Vargas with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I still believe we can all sit down and civilly thresh out what needs to be straightened out. The PSC is open to host a dialogue between parties and provide neutral ground for everyone to air their side and ultimately to either sacrifice or step up in the interest of a unified sporting community,’’ said Ramirez.“The PSC Board will be diligently observing and will not be shy to take drastic measures, in the midst of these developments,’’ added Ramirez. As a result of their rift, Vargas announced before the GA on Monday that the POC will hold an election of all elective positions in January 2020 or a month after the SEA Games on Nov. 30-Dec. 11 to be held in Clark, Subic, Metro Manila and Tagaytay City.Romasanta, however, insisted that the polls should be held immediately.“We are hosting what we are working very hard on to be the biggest SEA Games edition. We are also making every possible effort to make 2020 a memorable year with our goal to win the country’s first Olympic gold medal,’’ said Ramirez.“At the same time, we are running on the fuel of our dreams to finally have the infrastructure and facilities that will show the leveled-up fervor of our country in strengthening the foothold in sports. We have our plates full and it is at this time, more than ever, that we need everyone to move in the same direction,’’ added Ramirez.Vargas likewise removed Robert Bachmann of squash as chair of the POC membership committee and recalled the appointments of SEA Games chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario, deputy CDM Charlie Ho and Romasanta as CDM of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PSC chairman Butch Ramirez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez has stepped into the crossfire between the warring parties in the Philippine Olympic Committee executive board, urging both hotheads to smoke the peace pipe for the sake of the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games and show that sports leaders are role models to the youth.“As the Chairman of the PSC, I call upon all our sports leaders to step back and take a moment to consider peaceful interactions,’’ said Ramirez a day after the tumultuous POC general assembly that has left the Olympic body in total disarray.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Seven-up Australia thrashes Taiwan in World Cup qualifying

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments Taiwan scored with their first meaningful attack, when Chen headed only his second goal in 58 international appearances to send the sparse home crowd into a frenzy.Taiwan goalie Pan Wen-chieh come off second best in an aerial collision with Harry Souttar, and then looked dazed after Brandon Borrello ran into him head-on chasing a loose ball.Irvine then scored two in three minutes, firstly a half-volley and then a header from Mabil’s cross to make it 4-1 at half-time.Taiwan’s attempted rally in the second half faded when three players were subbed off with cramp.The towering Souttar, who plays for Fleetwood Town in England’s third tier, headed two goals to make it three in two games for the Socceroos.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped PLAY LIST 01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue FILE – Australia’s midfielder Jackson Irvine (C) vies for the ball with Kuwait’s defender Fahad al-Hajri (R) during the FIFA world cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian cup China 2023 preliminary joint qualification round 2 match between Kuwait and Australia, at the Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kuwait City on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP)Australia ran riot in a 7-1 demolition of Taiwan on Tuesday to continue their runaway start to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.Adam Taggart, Jackson Irvine and defender Harry Souttar all scored twice along with Jamie Maclaren’s solitary strike as the Socceroos solidified their lead of Asia’s Group B.ADVERTISEMENT Veteran striker Maclaren also got on the scoresheet after his hat-trick in last week’s 5-0 drubbing of Nepal in Canberra.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own mancenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics North Korea holds South Korea to 0-0 in historic World Cup qualifier Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Australia, who have already had 3-0 and 5-0 wins over Kuwait and Nepal, conceded their first goal of the qualifying campaign through Chen Yi-wei’s 21st-minute header.But the Aussies were already two goals to the good by then after Taggart scored in the 12th and 19th minutes — his first goals for the Socceroos in six years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We were looking to get crosses in the box, especially early when they weren’t set, and they worked a couple of times and we got some goals in there,” Taggart said after the match.Taggart’s opener was a header from Rhyan Grant’s pinpoint cross, and he tapped in his second after slick work on the left from Brad Smith and Awer Mabil.last_img read more