first_imgMarketers in Liberia have been urged to be steadfast and step up to the plate in boosting the economy in the awake of the prevailing Ebola crisis affecting the sub-region.Making the plea for marketers, particularly women, Charles Naiwah, program manager of Foundation for Women (FFW), urged marketers to rise up above the deadly foe of Ebola and properly manage the business sector for the development of their nation.  Addressing the marketers yesterday, he encouraged Liberian women to be courageous in these trying times of the national economy, adding; “Don’t let Ebola put you out of business.“Let’s be serious in the fight against this virus in order to make our businesses stronger,” the FFW manager indicated.Relative to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the micro-finance organization called on residents of Liberia, particularly market women, to understand the fact that “Ebola is real and has no remedy, but early treatment can reduce the risk of death. Don’t hide any sick or dead person, he admonished, urging them to report to the health authorities anything that looks like the virus.”Control the children who  remain at home to avoid coming in contact with strangers.”It’s better to be selfish and remain alive than to be generous and get killed at the hands of Ebola.  That is why we have come to identify with you people in these communities today.”We’re partners; so Ebola will not make us fall apart. Our partners met and raised some resources to procure awareness materials and preventive gears for you in order to contain the spread of the virus. We will not sit back and allow our members to fight the virus alone.  We are with you every step of the way. We want our borrowers to fight the disease face-to-face in an effort to kick the virus out of Liberia,” Naiwah asserted.FFW made the call when the local organization that is operating in 14 of Liberia’s 15 political subdivisions  presented scores of anti-Ebola materials for 37 market women from three communities. The micro finance organization described the donation as “arms and ammunitions in the combat against Ebola.”Receiving the items on behalf of the three groups, leaders of the market women expressed their appreciation to the FFW family for the gesture.In separate statements, Madams Vera Tweh of Airfield, Emma Ricks of Catholic Junction and Marlyn Davis of Old Road Communities described the donations as “a  positive step in battling the deadly Ebola virus.””A friend in bad times is truly a real friend indeed,” Madam Davis said.She pledged her women’s organization’s fullest corporation in the national fight against Ebola, pledging,  “The materials will be used for the intended purpose.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Google#Motorola Google’s downsizing of Motorola continues.According to a report from the Associated Press, Google will cut another 1,200 jobs from the Motorola division, which it acquired in August, 2011 for $12.4 billion. Google announced in Aug. 2012 in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would lay off 4,000 of Motorola’s employees and close a third of its 90 worldwide facilities. The layoffs are a continuation of Google’s streamlining of Motorola. We noted last week that Google has had two longstanding goals with its struggling smartphone division: clear the rubble and build for the future. Here is more rubble to clear. Google has run up $1.1 billion in operating losses with Motorola since the deal was completed in May 2012, according to reports. The only smartphones that the MotoGoo combination have released since the acquisition became final have been three lackluster Droid Razr devices – HD, Maxx HD and M – that fell flat in the holiday shopping season against the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy devices and Apple’s iPhone line. What Lies AheadIn 2012, Google began the arduous process of cleaning up Motorola’s supply chain, a bloated and complex environment built up over decades of hardware manufacturing. Google’s plan was to simplify the supply line by using less key components (processors, etc.) by paring back the amount of devices that Motorola made. That included getting out of the feature (dumb) phone business and producing only one distinct series of smartphones. That goal is still in progress, but Motorola has cut back its entries into the market to just the Razr devices. As mentioned last week, Motorola still has about six months or more of product its pipeline to clear out before it can really focus its attention on creating next-generation smartphones inspired by Google’s software and aesthetics. As such, Google has replaced most of Motorola’s top executives and replaced them with their own hand-picked people such as former DARPA whiz Regina Dugan and former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki.As has been Google’s motto since it was founded, the company is collecting as many top minds as it possibly can and setting them on a task. This time, the task is not creating a better search engine or organizing the world’s information, but rebuilding a once-powerful brand that had become bloated and stagnant. It is a different type of problem for Google. Instead of building from a blank slate, it has to dissemble a mammoth organization while also keeping an eye out for the near term and long term future.It is hard to tell what type of device will come of the clear-and-build project. Knowing Google and Motorola’s particular strengths, it will likely be very thin, have a long battery life and be extraordinarily intelligent with Motorola’s “smart actions” (introduced with the last round of Razrs) and Google Now baked straight into the Android operating system.With all of Google’s amassed talent, it is hard not to get kind of excited about the first true release of a MotoGoo phone. But first, Google has to clear away the rubble. dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgAiress Padda, Adamson’s eloquent, photogenic American coach, knows things are only going to get tougher in the days to come.“We are slowly getting the consistency that we’ve been working for,” said Padda of the Lady Falcons after mangling the Technological Institute of the Philippines Lady Engineers, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES It was a far different Adamson that showed up Saturday afternoon at FilOil Flying V Center.The Lady Falcons were a picture of confidence and efficiency, with Jem Galanza leading the way with 18 points.Meanwhile, Ateneo sprung back from a previous defeat with a dominating 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 triumph over Lyceum for a 2-1 slate.The Lady Pirates fell to a 1-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ A time for change Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Gamescenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The win was third straight for Adamson, which is trying to rebuild itself from a disastrous campaign last year in the UAAP.It also moved the Lady Falcons two wins closer to an outright semifinals stint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut Padda knows better than to celebrate this early.“We need to play even better because the competition is going to get tougher for us,” said Padda, who joined Adamson in the previous UAAP season, where the Lady Falcons scored only one win. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgGood Housekeeping staffers reminisce about special people who inspired them and taught them lessons they live by even today. Read on, take out some time and make the effort to catch up with them this Teachers DayKnowing Right From WrongI remember Mrs Kiran Singh (My Standard XII English teacher who also doubled as the class teacher) to be a fair lady, who always wore the same shade of lipstick even if it didnt match the colour of her saree. Her knowledge of English was impeccable. She had just returned after a long stint in the US, which probably explained her incessant complaints to the authorities to install air-conditioning in the classrooms. From just being one of the teachers??, over time, she became someone from whos memory I still draw inspiration. At that time, I didnt believe in the concept of mentors or idols. The only people I looked upto were my parents. However, I took to Mrs Singhs way of teaching from the beginning. She would often read out and explain Shakespearean tragedies and love poems with equal fervour we would all be mesmerised. We were reading Great Expectations. Before I start the novel, I must warn you that a lot of you girls will fall in love with Pip (the protagonist), so be prepared! she announced. Probably a technique to bind our attention to the novel. It worked. She was a stickler and would be aghast if someone used wrong grammar in her class? At the same time, she once confessed to feeling like a criminal?? the moment she saw a student cry when faced with one of her famous bad temper?? day. What I liked about her was that she knew exactly what her role was she was a teacher. But, even though she never tried to be a friend?? to us, we found ourselves opening up to her. In those days, when you are in an all-girls school, in relatively small-town Lucknow, having a boyfriend was the biggest sin?? you could commit. Mrs Singh made it a point to take up cudgels for a girl who was apparently seeing?? someone, announcing in class that as long as you know what you are doing, it was fine. This was revolutionary for us back then. She had a particular way of dealing with everyone whether it was the quietest girl in class or the most talkative one, the compulsive liar or the kleptomaniac, she managed all, often going out of her way in giving compassionate counselling lessons. Looking back, one thing that I have learnt from her is to always strive for perfection. It doesnt matter what you do, you just have to do it right. Or keep trying. Else, dont do it at all. And even though its been years since I have left school, the memories of her English lectures and bright lipstick linger on?Lessons LearntIt was 4pm. I half-heartedly walked into an isolated room lined with books on grammar and language. I was sent there by the Principal to spend some overtime learning English that is because all my teachers and I never agreed on anything, owning to my not understanding a word of what they were saying. This entire ordeal can of course leave a 10-year-old feeling quite miserable. My tutors name was Sister Dora, who taught English. She didnt shun me because of my inability to express myself in the language. Instead she started talking to me, nudging me politely about what I got right and what I didnt. As the weeks went by, the quality of our communication (or rather my part of it) began to improve by leaps and bounds, and the results were there for all to see. The teachers had less to complain about and my parents were often surprised when I would suddenly launch into a series of questions typical of childhood curiosity, only this time they were in English! I was quite the hyperactive child too, which is explained by the rather long nickname Sister Dora gave me: Monkey sitting on hot bricks.?? As the years rolled by, I almost never had to face a problem with English in academics. Out of all the teachers who Ive had in my life, I think I feel most indebted to Sister Dora for teaching me a skill that precedes all others and the ability to interact with the world around me. Thanks, Sister Dora. Vishveshwar Jatain Fact And Fiction When I was given the task of writing about my favourite teacher, contrary to some of my colleagues flipping coins to decide which teacher to write on, I had no doubt. It had to be one the best people (and teachers) I had known, Miss Urvashi (sitting, extreme right in the picture), who taught me mass communication in IP University. I was never the teachers favourite??. Probably staying more out than in, I was happier being with my gang of friends, getting just more than enough marks to see me through. However Miss Urvashi made me realise that studies too can be interesting. From getting us to make documentaries on the Dharavi slums in Mumbai, to helping us understand what journalism is all about, she would always take the lesson one notch higher. On the job, her advice has always worked for me? She inspired us to think (something which we sadly miss out on in the everyday hustle-bustle of life). For her, every decision that we take in life, should have a reason, else there is no point. Contrary to what people perceive that one should always listen to his or her heart, she taught us to be more practical and follow our minds. Years down the line, I still wish I could be a little like her, in all walks of life. Priya Saini Breathing Life Into Studies Syntax and Semantics can be far from fun! However little did I know that a man called Tanmoy Bhattacharya would soon change all that for me. Returning to India after a post-doctoral stint as a research scientist in the Cognitive Science Group at the University of Leipzig, Germany, he also was involved with disability studies. He taught us to be focussed a 100 percent on the task at hand, above all. To a 19-year-old, this seemed to be a Herculean task. Lectures and diagrams aside, he also inculcated the habit of reading in us. Tanmoy Sir taught us one more valuable lesson in life: Be nice to people. It doesnt matter whether they are good or bad you just do your part. Neha Dey Teacher Talk When I think of Neha, words such as industrious, attentive, conscientious, self-starter, studious, helpful and confident come to mind. She was a brilliant child and I am sure she will always do well in life. Tanmoy Bhattacharya M iss U rvashi expl ained that sometimes life gives you difficult choices. You must always listen to your mind more than your heart. It might be tough initially, but will benefit eve ryon e in the lon g run Change For The Better Having had to transfer schools from Mumbai to Delhi (and totally hating it!), I felt an instant affinity for Mrs Rudola (who taught me Math in Standard VII and was my class teacher in Standard IX) as she was from Maharashtra! Her kindness and empathy endeared her to me and helped me through the difficult period of transition, from different cities, school mates and to a different syllabus – which now included Sanskrit! She was always encouraging, supportive and great fun to be around. When I look back and think about my school years, she is one teacher who will always hold a special place in my heart. Vanessa Fitter Teacher Talk I taught Vanessa for two years. In Standard VII, I found her to be an innocent child, who was adjusting not just to a new city (her parents had moved from Mumbai to Delhi) but also the rigours of a new system (ICSE to CBSE). She had fitted in well and was a confident child by the time the term came to an end. In Standard IX, I found she had matured into a lively and well-rounded student. Whilst Math was her bugbear, she brought herself up to speed and did very well in the board exams the following year. Looking back, it was a pleasure having Vanessa as a student and I wish her best of luck in life. Sunanda Rudola The Modern?? English Connection Coming to Delhi from a relatively conservative town (Lucknow) for my post-grad studies, my first few days as an English Honours student at Hindu College, Delhi University, were full of surprises (eye-opening and most inspiring). With my peers, I was somewhat prepared. I was warned there would be a variety: The nerds, the punks, the intellectuals, the multitalented lot, the sports stars, the creative souls, the losers, and so on… But someone I was not prepared for, was Dr Brinda Bose, who on our second day of college, graciously told us she would be teaching us modernism??. And what joy it was! Specially for me since I loved the subject. The fact that the Bengali, softspoken Dr Bose had studied at the Universities of Oxford and Boston, added greatly to the wow?? factor. Her classes were brilliant, to say the least; in no other class did I sit in row one and listen with such rapt attention. And this was only the beginning of my long association with the inspiring educator and human being, which later carved my future. In the little time I have known her, shes been a part of numerous conferences across the globe on gender and cultural studies, has edited the book Amitav Ghosh: Critical Perspectives, Translating Desire And Gender And Censorship and co-edited Interventions and The Phobic And The Erotic. She is also the secretary of the Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies… A few of her many achievements. On the last day of college, Dr Bose wrote a small note in my flowery little diary (one that I still have tucked away in my drawer), stating the faith she had in my abilities to go far, while spreading good cheer. And only recently, a picture compliment she sent me on Facebook, brought back all those wonderful memories of her and my time at Hindu College. I make sure I keep in touch with her through the Internet? A reminder not only of the good times we had in her lectures, but also the undying support she had in me. 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first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympiakos stumbled to its worst finish in the Greek league in 24 years with a 3-0 loss at Giannena on Sunday.Giannena dominated the second half on a wet pitch with goals from Themistocles Tzimopoulos, Pedro Perez Conte and Higor Vidal.Olympiakos, winner of 19 of the previous 21 titles, ended the season in third place — 13 points behind champion AEK and seven behind PAOK.For Panathinaikos, currently in 13th place, its worst season ever is not over. Its final home game against Xanthi was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch. The two teams will now play the game on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img