Richards, whose contract with Wigan expires at the end of the season, was described by chairman Ian Lenagan as one of the best overseas signings in the club’s history. He has made over 200 appearances for the Warriors since joining them from the Tigers in 2006 and is approaching 2,300 points for the club. Richards moved up to third place in the club’s top points-scorers of all time in 2012 and added to the successes of a Grand Final win in 2010 and Challenge Cup in 2011. Lenagan said: “We are obviously disappointed to be losing Pat but fully respect his decision and his reasons to head home. “Pat joined us in 2006 and he has been a wonderful player for the Wigan club and he has provided us all with some terrific moments. “He is a model professional, is highly respected by everyone and is one of the best overseas signings the club has ever made. “We know he will do all he can for the remainder of the season to play his part in trying to bring more success to the club, he will be missed and we wish him well.” Wigan coach Shaun Wane said: “Pat is not only a sensational player but also a great person and we will miss his influence both on and off the field.” Wigan’s prolific goalkicking winger Pat Richards is to leave the Super League leaders at the end of the season to return home to Australia, the club have announced. The 31-year-old Ireland international, who was Super League Man of Steel in 2010, is to re-join Wests Tigers on a two-year contract. “This has been a difficult decision to make as I have thoroughly enjoyed my eight seasons with Wigan but the time has come for my family and I to return home,” Richards said. Press Association
Percy is getting ready to be swamped with presents for needy families this Christmas.The hugely successful Presents for Percy Appeal is back for 2014! The appeal managed by Donegal County Childcare helped 270 local families meet the Christmas requests of approximately 700 children last year.And now the team at Donegal Childcare aim to match this achievement for Christmas 2014! Avril McMonagle, Manager of DCCC said the Presents for Percy Appeal has been initiated by the DCCC Team as a practical way of making a contribution to children and families in need of a little extra support at Christmas.“We have enlisted the help of a number of family support agencies to act as distributors of donations to the Presents for Percy Appeal. Not only will this make a valuable contribution to the work of local agencies working with children and families, it will ensure that all donations are targeted to those most in need of support right across the county’.If you would like to be a recipient of the appeal, contact DCCC for a full list of family support agencies in your area.If you would like to donate money to the appeal Cheques/Postal Orders can be made payable to the Presents for Percy Appeal, and sent to Donegal County Childcare, 10-11 St Columba’s Terrace, High Road, Letterkenny. Alternatively, if you would like to make an online banking donation to the Presents for Percy Appeal, the banking details are as follows: Bank: Bank of Ireland, BallybofeyA/c No: 9264 8110Sort Code: 90-47-12IBAN: IE07 BOFI 9047 1292 6481 10BIC: BOFI IE2D Please give your name as the payment reference. Closing date for all donations is Friday 5th December 2014.The DCCC Team are urging all early childhood services, schools, businesses, parents and children to get behind the Presents for Percy Appeal, to make a real difference to children in your local area. No contribution will be too big or too small!For more information to either make a donation or to be a recipient of the appeal, please contact Avril McMonagle, DCCC Manager 074 91 23442/086 2431695 or email [email protected] Keep an eye on the DCCC facebook and website pages www.donegalchildcare.com for updates on the Percy Appeal 2014.DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Donegal County ChildcarePresents for Percy
Aside from the 49ers being the only unbeaten team in the NFC, there’s something else remarkable about their game on Sunday. It will mark the first time in nearly 30 years both the 49ers and Rams have winning records heading into their NFC West rivalry game in Los Angeles.Not since Joe Montana’s three touchdown passes led the 49ers to a thrilling 30-27 win over the Rams after falling behind 17-0 in December of 1989 have both teams entered their showdown in L.A. as winners.The 49ers’ timing …
zoom China’s shipping firm COSCO Shipping (COSCOL) has been awarded a contract to transport modules weighing up to 1,800 tons from fabrication yards in Korea and Europe to the transshipment bases in the Black and Baltic seas. A fleet of 18 semi-submersible vessels and deck carriers will be utilized to perform about 60 shipments beginning in 2018 and completing in about 2020, according to the company.Under the contract, signed by representatives of all parties on September 27 in Astana, Kazakhstan, part of the work will be subcontracted to COSCOL’s Korean Partners, namely Dongbang Transport Logistics, Hanjin Transportation, CJ Korea Express and Chung Yang Shipping.Transport volumes are expected to increase to the ports of Burgas, Bulgaria and Hamina, Finland with ultimate delivery to western Kazakhstan through the Russian Inland Waterway Systems by other carriers.The transportation deal is part of a project for the expansion of a western Kazakhstan oil field.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – October 16, 2017 – Two more people were killed in The Bahamas in shootings over the weekend including last night on West Street in Nassau Police on both New Providence and Grand Bahama are investigating homicides as the killing spate seems unending. Midday on Sunday a shooting in South Beach, Nassau resulted in two men being hospitalized; one in stable, one man was seriously injured. On Grand Bahama Island, Forbisher Drive and Weddel Avenue on Saturday night was the scene of the crime where a man was found dead, police would soon confirm gunshot wounds to the head and body of that man identified as Corderold Wallace. Another shooting in Freeport has resulted in a 26 year old man being in serious condition at the Rand Memorial Hospital. The man was shot in the International Bazaar, according to reports. Related Items:#murderrate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
October 10, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 7 min read A properly used customer relationship management system can turn a tiny operation into an industry leader. Unfortunately, some small business owners don’t make full use of their CRM data — or worse yet, don’t utilize a CRM system at all.Auto dealers have begun to use data analytics to determine the right price points to attract the right buyers. But they often find their efforts stymied by one major problem: inaccurate data resulting from a lack of (or misuse) of CRM tools and a rushed process that fails to account for the right metrics.Diving into small business data analysis can feel like a Catch-22. You can’t analyze the right metrics and glean the right insights without first gathering the right data. Leveraged correctly, though, a CRM solution will help keep your contacts organized and increase both the quantity and quality of leads. According to Software Advice, 74 percent of CRM users report seeing improved access to customer data through their systems. What’s more, digging into our own data revealed that nurtured leads make substantially larger purchases than those who are not nurtured.The facts are clear: CRM users outperform their competitors. So why don’t all companies employ these tools, and how can current users make the most of their systems?The rocky road to better data.CRM solutions providers have targeted enterprise companies for years. As the adoption curve matured, vendors started creating solutions focused on small and medium-sized businesses.The difference between the CRM needs of a younger startup and an established enterprise are stark. Most systems lack the ease of use that lean small businesses require. Smaller companies barely have time to keep the ship afloat, much less dedicate precious resources to learning cumbersome systems.Related: 10 Apps and Tools to Make Your Small Business Better and More EfficientWhen team members wear multiple hats, getting everyone up to speed on proper CRM use is a daunting task. Further complicating matters, small business owners often buy tools with more options than they need and usually fail to train employees to use those bells and whistles. Fancy features such as click-to-call, document tracking, direct mail integrations and e-commerce integrations sound nice, but their high price tag might not provide the kind of return your growing company needs.Seeing the fruit of your CRM labor.A CRM system isn’t a miracle cure for sales and marketing woes, but with time, education and a commitment to learn, you can transform a basic CRM solution into a revenue-generating powerhouse.Your small business CRM system can either become a powerful tool or a graveyard where time and money go to die. Avoid these four mistakes to get the most out of your CRM.1. Capturing the wrong data.If your customer profile seems incomplete, you might not be capturing actionable information. For example, if your sales team focuses on email outreach, forms should require email addresses. But do your sales rely on email?Experian reports that companies lose 12 percent of their revenue on average to bad data. Streamline your data collection processes to reduce that number — don’t ask for data you don’t need. If you have no plans to send direct mail, asking for contact addresses only reduces the number of people filling out your too-long forms.Related: 4 Unconventional Ways To Use Your CRM SoftwareWe’ve found that phone calls are a fantastic way to begin a sales conversation. Our business development representative reaching out to leave personal messages yields higher response rates than cold, impersonal bulk emails. We still do a lot of email marketing, but because we’re able to segment based on user behavior, company size, location and other data that we’ve captured, our sales team can start relationships off on the right foot.2. Focusing on the wrong metrics.The fun parts of your data can easily distract you, but if you see a million site visitors and no form submissions, something is wrong. Eschew vanity metrics in favor of information that tells you where prospects are in your pipeline.To avoid getting distracted by vanity numbers, Baseline recommends identifying metrics that impact your bottom line, establishing standard outcomes and measuring performance against those numbers. Provide the right metrics to the right departments. Marketers don’t care about close rates — salespeople do. Salespeople don’t care about click-through rates — marketers do.We’ve used our own product to grow revenue by 2300 percent. We aren’t distracted by vanity metrics such as opens and visits; we focus on user behavior. What are our visitors clicking on? We figure out what’s working and what isn’t in our marketing strategy and constantly pivot to improve those metrics.3. Ignoring disorganization.A well-organized CRM is as helpful as a disorganized one is harmful. If your CRM data is inconsistent (or worse, missing), you can’t transform that data into revenue. For example, if a customer profile lacks information about past communications, the onboarding team might not have the information it needs from sales.Related: What Happened When This Customer Relationship Management CEO Couldn’t Remember the People In His Own NetworkBy analyzing our own data at Hatchbuck, for example, we’ve found that 86 percent of customers are willing to pay more for a superior customer service experience. Personalized customer interactions rely on relevant data to inform their development — and that means keeping your CRM data as updated, organized and accessible as possible.4. Failing to act on good data.In my experience, an alarming number of businesses don’t act on the data they capture, even when it’s good data.Quality CRM data should impact every aspect of the business from sales to marketing to support. Leveraging data allowed us to reimagine our buyer persona and start targeting the people most likely to purchase from us. Without action, the best data is as useless as no data at all. Metrics can help you understand how to create relationships, but they can’t forge those connections on their own.To illustrate, consider how companies such as Amazon, Airbnb and Patagonia treat their customers. Amazon connects people to a network of products and information they need. Patagonia provides outdoorsy types with a place to interact with each other and build community. Airbnb speaks to people who want to make new connections in new places.How did they figure out and fill such clear-cut niches? By acting on their CRM data. If all these companies tracked were conversions, they’d never have arrived as such a valuable, deep understanding of the radical buyer: their ideal customer.Successful companies don’t stop at data collection — they use their data to build relationships with customers that will last. With a robust CRM system, even the smallest companies can discover what their customers need and use that data to deliver welcome solutions.Don’t fall prey to these common CRM mistakes. Using this advice, you can leverage your data collection and turn your CRM into the engine that drives both your relationships and your revenue. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
Yesterday, the team behind GNU Shepherd announced the release of GNU Shepherd version 0.6.0, a service manager which is written in Guile that looks after the herd of system services. It also provides a replacement for the service-managing capabilities of SysV-init (or any other init). This release has been bootstrapped with few tools including, Autoconf 2.69, Automake 1.16.1, Makeinfo 6.5, Help2man 1.47.8. What’s new in GNU Shepherd version 0.6.0? Services can now be “one-shot”. The ‘shepherd’ deletes its socket file upon termination. The bug ‘herd stop S’ is no longer an error when S is already stopped. The ‘herd’ exits with non-zero value while executing an action that fails. The ‘shepherd’ ignores reboot errors while running in a container. The translation of error messages has been fixed. This release comes with a new translation that is ta (Tamil). The list of updated translations include uk, zh_CN, fr, pt_BR, sv, da, es, ta, Most of the users are happy and excited about this release. A user commented on the HackerNews thread, “I’ve written previously about how much I appreciate the Guile info manual. For a document in a relatively obscure help system (other than Emacs users, who even knows about Texinfo?), it’s carefully written with an eye to empowering its users. It’s perhaps a bit quixotic, but you get the feeling that the GNU project really wants to deliver an OS written in Scheme all the way down, totally under the control of an enlightened end user. The Shepherd project certainly fits with that vision.” Another user commented, “I hesitate to speak for emacs users, because I’m not one really, but I suspect the info format feels really comfortable when viewed with emacs.” Few users think that Shepherd might be a replacement for systemd, a software that provides building blocks for Linux operating system. A comment reads, “Is Shepherd meant to be a replacement for systemd (et al), then?” To know more about this news, check out GNU’s official announcement. Read Next GNU Shepherd 0.5.0 releases GNU Nano 4.0 text editor releases! GNU Octave 5.1.0 releases with new changes and improvements