7 quotes on the importance of the member experience

first_imgWithout members, you’d have nothing. Your members are by far your greatest asset. Here are 7 quotes on the importance of the customer experience.“There is only one boss-the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton“Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement.” – J.C. Penney“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” – Jeff Bezos“Know what your customers want most and what your company does best. Focus on where those two meet.” – Kevin Stirtz“Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” – Mark Cuban“Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.” – Zig Ziglar“Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.” – Steve Jobs 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Jeremy Lin, Byron Scott debate merits of L.A. Lakers’ pick-and-roll play

first_img“I’m a player who will take what the defense gives me,” Lin said. “Whatever it is, if they’re giving me the shot, I’m going to shoot it. If not, I’ll try to get someone else a good shot.”Injury updateThe Lakers listed forward Nick Young as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against Dallas because of a swollen left knee. Scott hoped Young could work out on Saturday during the team’s day off. But the Lakers decided it would be best for Young to rest. His injury has kept him out for the past six games. Helping outLakers forward Jordan Hill attended the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event at Dodger Stadium on Saturday morning, an event that helps raise funds for cancer treatment. In recent seasons, Hill also has purchased tickets and invited breast-cancer survivors to attend various Lakers’ games.Hill’s mother, Carol, died because of complications with breast cancer when he was 3 years old. Hill’s sister and stepmother also detected early signs of breast cancer and successfully received treatment.“I’m loving it,” Hill said. “I’m going to do whatever I can and do as much support as possible and be there for my mom and who ever else has had the disease.” The two have remained respectful of each other through both the good and the bad. But rarely have Lakers coach Byron Scott and Lakers guard Jeremy Lin ever agreed on much regarding both his early-season struggles and his recent success following the NBA All-Star break. Lin enters Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (40-24) at Staples Center averaging 15.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting, 5.63 assists and .88 turnovers in 25.12 minutes per game through eight contests following the All-Star break. That marks a sharp increase from when Lin averaged 10.2 points on 42.6 percent shooting, 4.6 assists and 2.7 turnovers in 25.5 minutes per game before the break.“He’s more comfortable,” Scott said. “He’s not thinking so much out there.” Yet, Lin argued he mostly feels comfortable because Scott has granted him both more freedom to run the offense and run more pick-and-roll plays. “That’s who I am,” said Lin, whose $14.9 million contract expires this offseason. “That’s what allowed me to have success in the past. That’s the reason why people are paying me money to play pick-and-roll.”Scott initially remained reluctant for Lin to play pick-and-roll because he believed the play stunted the team’s ball movement. Scott also preferred varying up the playbook to read how defenses were guarding various offensive approaches. “Everybody is stationary and it’s easy to guard,” Scott said of the pick-and-roll. “You go to that in a late game situation when you got guys who are rolling pretty good. That’s a different story. But to start the game with that is something I didn’t like.”Lin has run the play more since the All-Star break. But he said this new trend happened without having any dialogue with Scott about it. Lin also disagreed with Scott’s assessment that the play hurt ball movement.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Chelangat 10th in Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m final

first_img5.03.68 Scotland’s Erin Wallace takes victory  in the 1500m Thursday night Sarah Chelangat  ??  10th in 1500m final at Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas  #BahamasCYG2017Nassau, Bahamas  | THE INDEPENDENT |  Uganda’s Sarah Chelangat finished 10th in the final of the girls 1500m Commonwealth Youth Games on Thursday.She finished in 4.26.88, well outside her personal best in the 1500m of 4:21.62 set last month.The race was won by Scotland’s Erin Wallace, who stunned the field to takes the 1500m gold. Kenya’s Viola Chemutai could only managet silver and New Zealand’s Katrina Robinson the bronze.Chelangat is fresh from the World Under-18 athletics championships in Nairobi last week where she finished 5th in the 3000m race in 9:40.18.  Kenya’s Chepkirui Immaculate, silver medalist in the 3000m in Nairobi, could only manage 10th place.Uganda is represented at the Games by three teenagers.In Bahamas,  Chelangat who will also feature in her favourite 3000m final on Saturday, is joined by athlete Josephine Lalam Joyce, 16 who did not compete in the girls discuss on Friday and is now scheduled to appear in the Javelin final on Saturday, and swimmer Atuhaire Ogola Ambala, 16 , who featured in the boys 200m freestyle and breastroke plus the 400m Individual medley races.Atuhaire was 7th in heat 1 of 400m Individual Medley swimming on Thursday. A day earlier, he came 2nd in his 200m Freestyle Heat 1 in 2:07.97 (36th out of 39)  and 15th out of 16 in 200m Breastroke.Uganda has a rich history in the Commonwealth Youth Games, having won 14 medals in track and field athletics at the last three games in  Samoa in 2015, Isle of Man in 2011 and in Pune India in 2008.More than 1,000 young athletes will take part in the sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games between 18 and 23 July.Atuhaire Ogola Ambala carrying the national flag at the Commonwealth Youth Games opening ceremony in Bahamas Tuesday nightThe participants, aged between 14 and 18, will represent each of the 52 Commonwealth countries (or 70 participating national teams) and will compete in nine sports events over the course of six days.The 2017 Games will feature three new sports, beach soccer, judo and beach volleyball whilst dropping archery, lawn bowls, weightlifting, and squash. Cycling will also make a return during these games.UOC and Athletics official Godfrey Nuwagaba and UOC’s Jacqueline Nakiddu are leading the Ugandan team. CHAU Jocelyn Commonwealth medals for Uganda2015Apia Samoa – Two Silver, two bronze.Athletics – Peruth Chemutai silver in girls 1500m and 3000mAthletics – Janat Chamutso bronze in girls 1500m and 3000m2011Isle of Man – 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronzeAthletics – Halimah Nakaayi  400m goldAthletics – Phillip Kipyeko bronze 3000mAthletics – Zac Kiprotich silver 2000m SCAthletics –  Nancy Cheptegei 3000m silverAthletics –  Nancy cheptgeri 2000m sc silver2008Pune, India – 1 Gold, 4 silverAthletics –  Elvis Ukale silver 400mAthletics –  Alex cherop silver 1500mAthletics –  Moses Kibet gold 5000mAthletics –  Dickson Huru silver 5000mAthletics – Doreen Chesang silver 3000mTHURSDAY RESULT – Girls 1500m final 8 4 MC KOY Claudrice 3 CHEPKIRUI Emmacu.. 4.16.73 O’CONNOR Hannah .. MONROQUE Kamillah 7 13 SMITH Anna Charl.. ROBINSON Katrina.. 14 MASON Olivia Grace 4.21.81 6 4.26.88 4.22.55 4.23.74 CHEMUTAI Viola 4.28.83 VINCENT Zita Aru..center_img CHELANGAT Sarah 4.22.99 4.17.99 11 SMALL Keely Meghan SMART Melany Anna 12 4.17.19 4.16.61 RANKBIBNAMERESULT FORSYTH Anne 4.22.82 5 4.30.88 9 2 4.44.86 The 3000m race in Nairobi where Chelangat finsihed 5th. PHOTO IAAFGreat Commonwealth history for UgandaUganda has a rich history at the youth level, especially in athletics where the Commonwealth Youth Games have introduced the likes of  Halimah Nakaayi to the big stage. The games were first held in Edinburgh in 2000 with Uganda getting onto the medal scene in a big way in Pune, India in 2008. 1 DNF WALLACE Erin Hea.. 10 15 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

UEFA look for light at end of tunnel in bid to resume European football season

first_img“We may have to resume without spectators, but the most important thing, I think, is playing games,” Ceferin told Italian daily Corriere della Sera.“It is early to say that we cannot complete the season. The impact would be terrible for clubs and leagues. Better to play behind closed doors than not at all.”UEFA has already postponed Euro 2020 by a year. The Champions League and Europa League are on hold “until further notice”, with both stuck in the last-16 stage.According to Jean-Michel Aulas, president of French club Lyon and also on the ECA board, UEFA’s hope is to complete its club competitions in August, with the Champions League final on August 29.Ultimately, though, football is at the mercy of the virus and of national governments.Lockdowns in the UK, France, Spain and Italy will continue into May. Meanwhile Germany and other parts of Europe are taking tentative steps to ease measures.German clubs are desperate for the season to be finished by June 30 to secure an instalment of television money, reportedly worth around 300 million euros ($326 million).That is a central concern for Europe’s other leading leagues but, in contrast, the Belgian Pro League has stated its intention to declare the season finished.They are waiting for the UEFA meeting before potentially ratifying the decision at a meeting on Friday — UEFA had previously threatened to exclude teams from the next Champions League if domestic competitions were ended prematurely.Scotland has already declared the season over in the leagues below the top flight and could do the same for the Premiership if UEFA does not object.Share on: WhatsApp UEFA is set to hold a series of meetings this week as European football plots a path towards resuming the suspended seasoParis, France | AFP | As European countries take steps towards easing lockdown measures imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA will meet with the continent’s football clubs and associations this week to try to mark out a pathway towards resuming the season.European football’s governing body is eager to steer all 55 member countries towards a consensus. They want to finish the season, with Germany hopeful of restarting Bundesliga matches behind closed doors next month.Elsewhere, Belgium and Scotland appear to be awaiting a green light from UEFA to call an end to their seasons now.The virus has claimed over 165,000 lives globally, nearly two thirds of them in Europe, according to an AFP tally. Given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, UEFA are remaining prudent.That means firm decisions are unlikely this week, as UEFA hold a meeting with the heads of all member associations on Tuesday, followed by another with the powerful European Club Association (ECA) and the European Leagues grouping on Wednesday.UEFA’s Executive Committee will then meet on Thursday, and that could trigger key announcements elsewhere.Notably, the German Football League will hold a video call with the 36 clubs from its top two divisions later the same day as it hopes to resume playing by mid-May.“This week, important decisions will be made on how to proceed,” German FA chief Fritz Keller told Kicker magazine.“UEFA are working on a whole host of scenarios,” one source told AFP. “But nothing will be decided at the end of the meeting on Thursday because it is still impossible given all the uncertainty surrounding the easing of the lockdowns.”When football ground to a halt in mid-March, the end of June was set out as the target date for finishing the seasonUEFA has since been working on the possibility of playing in July and August if required, and president Aleksander Ceferin remains optimistic that seasons can be completed.– Champions League final in August? –last_img read more

Year of atonement

first_imgEven though the Steelers, Colts game Sunday at Heinz Field was billed as “just another meaningless preseason game” ha, ha, ha. It was a tale of almost two halves but it made the argument wide receiver Mike Wallace presents to get more loot for his services a bit stronger, after “Big” Ben Roethlisberger threw an ill-advised pass that was easily picked off. Oh by the way, after that gift the Colts went absolutely nowhere and when the Steelers “D” stopped them cold, Antonio Brown caught a pass that was little more than an extended hand off from Ben Roethlisberger and took the ball “all the way to the house.” As a team the Steelers must take this season all the way to the house in order to begin to make their mark. No one fears the guy that played in your spot last year; it is the guy in the first chair this year that concerns them. Forget about “mystique.” If you do not perform in the NFL, otherwise known as the Not-For-Long league, instead of being part of a collective mystique you might end up being a “mystery” player or the answer to a trivia question that no one knows the answer to. The Steelers have to get rid of the stigma of being beaten by Tim Tebow. More importantly, they must get beyond the stigma of beating themselves.The Steelers can no longer live on past tradition. “Mean” Joe Greene can no longer terrorize opposing quarterbacks. John Stallworth can no longer turn a simple five yard swing pass into a 80 yard touchdown. The scowl of Chuck Noll has been replaced with the sneer of Mike Tomlin.The Steelers had better start seriously rebuilding their defense, just as the Colts are rebuilding their offense. Even though Andrew Luck, the first overall pick of the 2012 draft class threw a pair of picks, he still for the most part showed great poise.Everyone seems a bit too concerned about if and when Mike Wallace will again don the Black and Gold. Well Mr. Wallace had better soon make up his mind because the clock is ticking. If Antonio Brown keeps on taking the ball to the house, Wallace might have to do a few back flips and somersaults just to get the bank teller to cash his unemployment check.This was the first victory for the Steelers. Pre-season or not, a win is a win is a win. However, as far as I am concerned the jury is still out on both the offense and defense. Neither side of the ball was exemplary. As a matter-of-fact there still seems to be a lack of experience on the starting left corner side as well as with the safety position.Andrew Luck passed for 175 yards and that is not a good sign being as the Steelers have to face the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers as warm up acts before venturing out to the oxygen deprived city of Denver minus their second best safety Ryan Clark, who by the way will not be playing because he is afflicted with sickle cell disease.What member of the defensive backfield is Peyton Manning going to carve up when the Steelers face Mr. Manning in their first regular season game?The Steelers are a team in search of an identity. They have tried a myriad of offenses and defenses but everything that they attempt has to be based on the personalities and personnel groupings that are available to them. They cannot react and be like the pass happy Colts or the soon to be pass happy Broncos. The Steelers have almost always been throughout their history been trend setters, not trend followers.When Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount first came into the NFL, it was perfectly legal for a defensive back to maintain contact with a receiver until the pass was thrown. Blount was a master of the “bump and run. He regularly stymied Oakland’s ace receivers, Cliff Branch and Fred Biletnikoff, held off Cincinnati’s Isaac Curtis so long his quarterback had to eat the ball and broke the ribs of the Cowboys’ Golden Richards.So the the NFL’s competition committee simply changed the rules, outlawing Mel’s most efficient pass coverage technique. The league soon after outlawed any contact more than five yards beyond the scrimmage line.The rules-makers insisted they were only trying to increase overall scoring all around the league but Steelers coach Chuck Noll disagreed: “They ganged up on us and are trying to win the championship through legislation. But whatever the rules, you have to adjust to them and play with them.”Nobody adjusted more quickly or effectively than Blount. No longer able to usher receivers downfield on his terms, Mel merely played behind them, appearing to be beaten, before swooping in like a starved vulture to deflect the pass or gobble up an interception. When you are the Pittsburgh Steelers they may stack the deck but they can’t play your hand.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Cutch, Pirates rally by Mets 4-2 for 3rd straight win

first_imgAndrew McCutchen, left, is greeted by manager Clint Hurdle after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh, July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – The first pitch Andrew McCutchen saw from New York Mets reliever David Aardsma sent the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star centerfielder sprawling.The second ended up in the seats.McCutchen responded from the brushback by belting a homer to tie the game in the sixth and then provided the go-ahead single in the seventh to help the Pirates rally for a 4-2 victory on Saturday.“I was just ready to hit,” McCutchen said. “Come up and in and (I) just like to bear down and be ready to hit and that’s what happened.”Justin Wilson (6-1) earned the victory in relief of starter A.J. Burnett. All-Star closer Jason Grilli worked a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 29th save. The victory assured Pittsburgh (56-36) of its best record at the All-Star break since 1975 and moved the Pirates into a tie with St. Louis for the top spot in the NL Central.“We just want to continue to keep rolling,” McCutchen said.That’s hardly an issue at the moment for Pittsburgh, which responded to a four-game losing streak by ripping off three straight wins.Three years after posting the worst record in baseball at 57-105, the Pirates can match their entire win total of that miserable season with a victory in Sunday’s series finale.“Nobody is satisfied,” manager Clint Hurdle said.No, but they’re certainly encouraged. The bullpen picked up its 21st win of the season – tied for the major league high – when Wilson bailed Burnett out of a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth. The Mets managed just one hit the rest of the way, giving the Pirates all the room they would need to rally from an early 2-0 deficit.Marlon Byrd and Eric Young had two hits apiece for the Mets, but New York’s relievers faltered in relief of spot starter Carlos Torres.A series of extra-inning games by the Mets – including a 3-2 loss in 11 innings on Friday – has left the pickings slim for manager Terry Collins.“Those guys are out of gas,” Collins said. “Those arms are hanging.”The Mets grinded their way to an early 2-0 lead against Burnett. Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled home Byrd in the fourth and Byrd added an RBI infield single in the fifth as Pittsburgh’s ace struggled with his command.Burnett surrendered two runs on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out eight but walking four in his second start since returning from a torn calf. He escaped further damage in the sixth when Wilson struck out Daniel Murphy with runners on the corners.“You never want to come out of a game, but you feel pretty good when these guys come in behind you,” Burnett said.The Pirates didn’t let the reprieve go to waste. After McCutchen tied the game with his 10th homer of the season in the sixth, pinch hitter Travis Snider started the game-winning rally with a one-out single in the seventh.Jose Tabata followed one batter later with a single and Snider scored when McCutchen’s sharp grounder deflected off New York third baseman David Wright’s glove and into the outfield.Pittsburgh added an insurance run when New York’s Josh Edgin walked Russell Martin with the bases loaded.Torres filled in capably for All-Star Matt Harvey, forced to miss a start due to a blister on his right (pitching) hand. Torres pitched five effective innings in his first major league start in nearly three years. The right-hander gave up just one run and struck out five.Torres worked as a starter in Triple-A Las Vegas this season before moving into a reliever’s role when the Mets called him up in mid-June. He hadn’t thrown more than 45 pitches since returning to the majors and cruised into the fifth before tiring.Garrett Jones doubled and scored on Jordy Mercer’s single. Clint Barmes followed with a double and a sacrifice bunt and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out. Yet Torres survived when Tabata hit into a double play to end the threat.“I was just taking it inning by inning and I thought pretty well until the fifth,” Torres said. “That fifth inning was brutal. I lost my command and I left a lot of balls up. I guess maybe I ran out of gas a little.”Torres then handed it over to the bullpen, but New York’s relievers – whose 1.76 ERA this month is the second-best mark in baseball – couldn’t make it hold up.NOTES: The Mets activated RHP Scott Atchison off the disabled list following the game and sent utility player Jordany Valdespin to Triple-A Las Vegas … Atchison is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 19 appearances with New York this season … The series concludes Sunday when Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole (4-2, 3.68 ERA) faces New York’s Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60). Cole is starting in place of Jeff Locke, who is dealing with back stiffness that will force him to sit out next Tuesday’s All-Star game … New York reliever LaTroy Hawkins was held out again due to soreness in his right triceps. Collins says the decision on whether to put Hawkins on the disabled list won’t be made until after the All-Star break.last_img read more

Round-up: QPR eye Chery, McCarthy bid, Liverpool linked with Roberts

first_imgQPR want to sign midfielder Tjaronn Chery from Dutch club FC Groningen.Aston Villa have also shown an interest in the 27-year-old and Rangers have sanctioned a move for him after receiving a windfall from Raheem Sterling’s big-money transfer.Rangers have rejected an offer of £3m from Crystal Palace for Alex McCarthy but the Eagles are expected to return with another bid and trigger a £3.5m release clause in the goalkeeper’s contract.Kalas will be loaned out againChelsea defender Tomas Kalas has joined up with the Middlesbrough squad on their pre-season trip to Marbella ahead of an anticipated loan move.There continues to be lots of transfer speculation involving the area’s clubs – The Sun claim Liverpool are trying to beat Manchester City to the signing of Fulham prospect Patrick Roberts.Meanwhile, Pinner snooker player Martin Gould has told West London Sport new world champion and stablemate Stuart Bingham helped provide the inspiration for his stunning start to the new season.And Hillingdon’s Jordanne Whiley and Andy Lapthorne have reached the quarter-finals of the British Open wheelchair tennis championship.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa drives Africa’s internet traffic

first_imgSulaiman PhilipInternet access has been hampered by infrastructure shortcomings. (Image: Sulaiman Philip) MEDIA CONTACTS • Theresa Vitale  Digital Media and Marketing Association: General Manager  +27 11 454 3534 RELATED ARTICLES • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • Getting internet from the sun • SA web users to double by 2014 • South Africa onlineJust 41% of South Africa’s population uses the internet, but 60% of Africa’s internet traffic is driven by South African business.Almost 14-million South Africans now regularly access the internet at work, through home broadband connections or on their phones; this is more than 2-million users over last year and accounts for 39% of the adult population.These were the key findings of a recent study conducted by the Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA) and Echo Consultancy. Tracked through All Media Products Survey (AMPS) figures and verified by DMMA’s official Effective Measure (EM), the number shows a larger number of internet users than previously thought.Jared Cinman, chair of the DMMA, says, “A greater percentage of South Africans are consuming media online than previously reported. This has direct implications for the media mix that marketers purchase.”One event – the 2010 Fifa World Cup – sped up internet access in South Africa. In 2008 Africa had just three fibre optic internet links. By the time the whistle was blown for the first game two more cables had been laid. South Africa has the fifth-highest internet penetration in Africa; oil-rich Nigeria has the highest internet penetration with 29% of the population with access, followed by Egypt, Morocco and Kenya.When the first co.za domain name was registered in 1992 there were just over a million computers, worldwide, connected to the web and the ability to transmit audio and video files was a novelty. Today just over 20-million South Africans alone have access at work, in school or at internet cafés.Mobile technology and social programmes have changed how the internet is used in South Africa. Social media has changed how people communicate and mobile technology has taken the internet into homes that did not have access to an internet connection or a computer.Since 2000 smartphone use in Africa has grown an average of 43% annually. Experts predict that by next year 69% of Africa’s 1-billion people will be using their phones for everything from banking to accessing social media to monitoring health and education. In 2012 there were an estimated 450-million handsets in Africa; of that number 7,9-million South Africans used their phones or tablets to access the internet. It is these users who are driving the growth of internet use in South Africa.South Africa is ranked 62 in the world for mobile broadband connections, with 26 out of every 100 people connecting using mobile devices. By the end of 2013 there will be three times as many mobile as fixed connections in the country if the annual growth of 30% in subscriptions remains the same.A cultural and economic windowExpanding internet connectivity can stimulate economic activity and improve the educational experience by improving access to culturally diverse content. This is according to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Director General Irina Bokova, speaking at the launch of the State of Broadband 2013 report in September. “It can widen access to learning, enhance its quality and empower men and women, girls and boys, with new skills and opportunities. But this does not happen by itself – it requires leadership, planning and action.”A McKinsey Global Institute study in 2011 found that internet access added 3,4% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the largest, most developed world economies. In developing economies such as China, Brazil and India the internet has boosted economic growth by an additional 7% in the 15 years up to 2011 and by an additional 11% in the five years up to 2011.World Bank figures show that for every 10% increase in mobile penetration, there is a corresponding 0,8% increase in GDP. In 2012, according to a World Wide Worx study, the internet generated R58,9-billion in sales in South Africa. This equates to 2% of the country’s GDP despite there being a massive digital and connectivity gap. By 2012 despite a network that, like South Africa’s, served cities rather than rural areas, India created 10-million jobs, thanks to the internet.It is economic benefits like these that prompted government to change policy in 2007. Since then all South African government business is conducted using free or open source software and all government tenders have open source compatibility as a priority. In a developing economy like South Africa’s, free and open source software’s (FOSS) affordable price and greater efficiency makes it attractive. It allows new entrepreneurs to set up businesses without the additional burden of expensive software costs.The open source movementMark Shuttleworth, a South African internet pioneer, has been a strong proponent of FOSS software and through his Shuttleworth Foundation, has funded programmes to roll out FOSS to areas where broadband connectivity is either non-existent or expensive. Along with for-profit company Breadbin, the foundation has set up kiosks to download business software and templates for business plans. Originally devised as a tool for entrepreneurs the system has now been adopted by provincial and national government departments.The Western Cape Department of Education’s e-learning Toaster was developed for principals, teachers and students to access information and programmes; the kiosk provides access to past exam papers, science simulations to aid in lessons and other related educational materials.The South African Department of Health has embraced internet connectivity and smartphones to improve the state of healthcare, especially in the public sector, with its adoption of the eHealth Strategy 2012. The plan envisions the use of information and communication technology to treat and track patients, track disease and monitor public health, educate students and pursue research.A major departmental initiative is the mHealth programme. Using the telecom and mobile infrastructure the department hopes to improve its interaction with patients by providing information (related to disease prevention and promoting a healthy lifestyle), informing them of test results and encouraging them to follow HIV and TB (tuberculosis) treatment protocols.As the world becomes more connected it has become more important for South Africa to improve access for its population. Internet connectivity will make the difference between people joining the rest of the world or lagging even further behind. In the words of Shuttleworth, “The computer is not a device anymore. It is an extension of your mind and your gateway to other people.”last_img read more

Rosaiah has chosen sycophancy over the law

first_imgCan the chief minister of a state participate in a protest demonstration violating the prohibitory orders imposed by his own government? Well, that was exactly what Andhra Pradesh chief minister K. Rosaiah did last week, kicking up a major political controversy.Rosaiah participated in a dharna at the Basheerbagh cross roads in Hyderabad along with hundreds of party leaders and cadres to protest against the derogatory remarks made by former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh president K. S. Sudarshan against Congress president Sonia Gandhi.What the chief minister and other Congress leaders ignored was that the area has been declared as “Red Zone” as per the police records, since it falls within one kilometre distance from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, where prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code are always in force. The place is also adjacent to the Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate and Police Control Room.But the police turned a blind eye towards the protest demonstration for more than two hours. Only after the demonstration ended, the police entered the scene and took into custody some leaders including Congress MPs Anjan Kumar Yadav, V. Hanumantha Rao and a few state Congress leaders and let them off later. They did not dare book any case against Rosaiah and his cabinet colleagues for participating in the dharna violating prohibitory orders.The opposition parties lost no time in raising a hue and cry over Rosaiah’s participation in the demonstration. Telugu Desam Party politburo member K. Yerrannaidu demanded that a case should be registered against the chief minister for violating the law.advertisement”Never in the history of the state had any chief minister participated in a dharna. Rosaiah not only set aside the protocol norms, but also violated the existing rules and regulations violating prohibitory rules,” he said and alleged that the chief minister was only trying to get into the good books of Madam Sonia Gandhi by participating in the dharna.Lok Satta Party president Dr Jayaprakash Narayana said that Rosaiah had set a bad precedent by taking part in the sit-in demonstration in violation of prohibitory orders.”Had it been any other political party’s demonstration, the police would have taken the agitators into custody for causing disruption to public life. But, they did not touch the chief minister. In fact, by not arresting the Chief Minister and others for violating law, the police has in fact lost a golden opportunity to demonstrate that all are equal in the eyes of the law,” he said.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took the issue very seriously.A delegation of BJP leaders lodged a complaint with Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, demanding dismissal of Rosaiah from the chief minister post for encouraging lawlessness.”The Chief Minister is supposed to safeguard the Constitution and implement the rule of law. If Rosaiah himself violates the law, who will follow the rules hereafter?” BJP state president G. Kishan Reddy said.Interestingly, Rosaiah’s dharna reminded political observers of a similar action by former Telugu Desam Party chief minister N. T. Rama Rao in the 1980s, when Congress workers led by the then Pradesh Congress president Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy were demonstrating at the main gate of the State Secretariat demanding the Chief Minister to provide solutions to problems in the Rayalaseema region.When the Congress workers tried to gherao him, N. T. Rama Rao got down from his car and squatted on the road for a couple of hours braving scorching sun. He did not listen to the officials who told him that it was against the rule of law and as a chief minister he had to respect the law. It was only after the police cleared the Congress workers did he enter the Secretariat.Hyderabad gets a wild visitor One has come across incidents of wild animals like tigers, leopards, bears and elephants entering human habitations; but here is a rare incident of a crocodile entering the residential area in Hyderabad.Last week, some construction workers who were draining out water from a trench dug for construction at Nanakramguda village on the outskirts of Hyderabad were shocked to find a six- foot long crocodile popping up out of the water. They wondered how a crocodile entered the area, where there are no rivers or canals in the vicinity.The workers informed the police and the local municipality officials, who in turn, summoned a poaching squad from the Nehru Zoological Park. But the crocodile played hide and seek with the officials. The area turned into a tourist spot with a large number of onlookers gathering there. It took eight days for the officials to drain out water from the trench and then catch the crocodile by tranquilising it.advertisementIt is still a mystery as to from where and how the crocodile crawled all along the road and entered the water-logged trench. The officials suspect that the crocodile might have crawled its way from Bharatammakunta Lake about a kilometre from the area.Laxman dragged into intra-Congress disputePolitics in sports is not a new phenomenon in our country. And yet another classic example of this “politicisation of sports” is the controversy over naming of stands in the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Uppal in Hyderabad, where the second cricket test between India and New Zealand was played.A few days ago, the Hyderabad Cricket Association Board decided to name the Western Stand of the Uppal cricket stadium after stylish Hyderabadi batsman V. V. S. Laxman in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the game, on the lines of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar stands at the Wankhede cricket stadium, Mumbai.Within a few hours, the Board changed the decision and announced that the Western stand would be named after Bharati Cements, promoted by Congress MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of late chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Apparently, Jagan had offered to buy the stand by paying Rs 2.5 crore. The HCA board could not afford to lose such a big money and ignore a high profile politician like Jagan. So, they dumped Laxman and opted for Jagan.The HCA’s decision irked the sports lovers who raised a hue and cry over its sudden volte face. The Rosaiah government, which is strongly opposing Jagan’s ambitious plans, also entered the scene.Having no other option, the HCA told the government that it would rename the Northern Stand after Laxman, while retaining Bharati Cements’ name for the Western Stand. 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