Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “Many of the players are still with their mother teams, the school teams,” said Gilas Cadets coach Jong Uichico, whose youthful crew will go up against the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.“We also have players taking on roles they are unfamiliar with like JJ Alejandro or even Ricci Rivero playing the point guard spot when it isn’t their natural position. They can play it in stretches or assist in running plays but not full time. It takes away from what they do well. But this is all part of the learning process. No excuses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUndefeated teams Far Eastern University (3-0) and College of St. Benilde (2-0) also collide at 12:30 p.m, followed by the 2:15 p.m. clash between winless squads Jose Rizal University (0-3) and University of Santo Tomas (0-2).The One-on-One King of the Hardcourt pitting Ateneo rookie Jason Credo and San Sebastian’s Kevin Baytan will be held 4 p.m. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It will be the turn of National University to test the mettle of the Gilas Cadets in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Bulldogs of coach Jamike Jarin sport a slightly better 1-3 record as against the 1-4 of the Nationals, who either lack practice or can’t compete its lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Jr Blu Girls bounce back with 11-1 ripping of Malaysians The day’s penultimate game will have Adamson making its tournament debut versus Letran at 4:30 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for youth, culture, and sport, Dr George Norton has visited and inspected the National Museum and the National School of Music as he continued his assessment tours of the various departments under his purview.Dr Norton carrying out his inspection of artefacts at the National MuseumHe was accompanied by a team that included the Director of Culture, Tamika Boatswain and Technical Officer at the Ministry, Pamela Nauth.Following the completion of the visit on Thursday at the National School of Music, the Minister expressed satisfaction “…there is much to offer there in terms of music, the actual teaching process, the instruments that are available, the classes that are undertaken there, the fact that they are going to have a recording studio there shortly and right now we have calypso rehearsals taking place right there. I am certainly happy with what I find at the music school.”He underscored the importance of the National Museum, noting that the necessary steps must be taken to ensure that historical artefacts were properly preserved.“I think that we need to do some more work: the place should be air-conditioned and all the infrastructure work that was earmarked, we hope that we can get it done early, like the repairs to the roof and the rewiring and all the different showcases that we have.”According to Minister Norton, the inspections of the various departments allow him to get an understanding of what improvement are needed. He noted that it would be “impossible for him to sit in his office and know what is happening at each department without personally visiting them”.Inspections were also carried out on Friday at the Walter Roth Museum, National Trust, Umana Yana, and D’Urban Park.
Five Loreto Letterkenny Transition Year students are organising the county’s first Model United Nations conference.Lucy O’ Connell, Yasmin Sparks, Vanessa Nunan, Meadhbh Roarty, and Ciara O’ Malley have dedicated their time this year to preparing their fellow pupils, or delegates, for the conference.A Model United Nations conference is a recreation of the United Nations, where students represent different countries from around the world and try to solve real world issues. The conference will take place on the 4th and 5th of May, where each student taking part will represent their delegations (country) and meet at the ‘United Nations General Assembly’ in the school’s Concert Hall.Fruitful debates will take place and the committee are hoping that each student will come away with a richer and more knowledgeable view of the world. After participating in an international Model United Nations conference in Cork, the students were inspired to put on their own event in order to offer their fellow Transition Year students the opportunity to develop the skills they gained. A committee spokesperson said: “We think this is a great opportunity to learn more about the world around us, the issues that affect us and help inform our peers in an interactive way. It is a chance for students to learn first hand about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations.“Our hope is that next year we would be able to offer this fantastic opportunity to other Transition Year students in local secondary schools.“If anyone is interested in support/ sponsorship please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the school for further information.” TY students aim to inspire and solve world issues was last modified: April 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:educationLoreto Letterkennymodel UNPolitics
Rory Devlin North Pole Cycling Club got second place and a Silver medal in the Northern Ireland Cycling Championships in Co.Down on Sunday.Peter Williams from Juiced Orchard won the 80 Mile race by half a wheel in a fleld of more than fifty riders.A good performance also by Ted McCaffrey,North Pole and from local cyclist Joe Barr from Newtowncunningham. Aidan Noone got 6th place in the under-16 race.Recently promoted to 1st Category Rory Devlin will start in next weeks An Post Ras as part of the Donegal-LK Bikes team with 4 other Donegal cyclists.Team manager Michael Black congratulated Rory on his performance which validated his place in the Ras Team, the first time for a Donegal entry in almost 20 years.Rory also performed well in Saturday’s Red Hand Trophy in Ballymena securing 6th place. SUPER RORY MAKES CYCLING HISTORY was last modified: May 16th, 2011 by gregShare 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 cyclingRory Devlin
A meeting of residents to set up a neighbourhood watch and text alert scheme in the Glenswilly/Churchill/Gartan area will take place in McClafferty’s Bar, Churchill on Wednesday (March 26th) at 8pm.The meeting will be attended by Vanessa Clarke who will speak about the setting up of text alert schemes.The last meeting attracted more than 100 local residents and it is hoped to attract a similar number again. Although organisers admit the area has not seen a huge amount of burglaries in recent months, locals set they want to be pro-active against possible intruders coming into the area. LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR CHURCHILL/GLENSWILLY/GARTAN TEXT ALERT LAUNCH was last modified: March 25th, 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:ChurchilldonegalGardaiglenswillytext alert
Ireland’s fastest driver caught during a major crackdown on speeding was detected in Donegal, Gardai have revealed.During Operation Slowdown – the 24-hour crackdown on speeding drivers which took place from 7.00am yesterday to 7.00am this morning – 124,818 vehicles were checked throughout the Republic, 974 of which were detected speeding.The highest speed recorded was 147kph in a 80kph on the R238 road at Lisfannon outside Buncrana. Gardai also detected:90 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on the N11 at Stillorgan Dublin Dublin91km/h in a 60 km/h zone on the N52 at Woodfield Birr Offaly78km/h in a 50 km/h zone on the N59 at Bushy Park Galway Galway 76 in a 50 on the N20 at Creggane Buttevant Cork74 in a 50 on the R742 at Ballinatray Lower Courtown WexfordAssistant Commissioner John Twomey, the head of Garda Traffic, said: “We would like to thank all those motorists who complied with the law and remind road users that Gardaí will continue to rigerously enforce road traffic legislation”. IRELAND’S FASTEST DRIVER CAUGHT IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 31st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:buncranadonegaldriverfastestireland’sLisfannonoperationslowdown
Large Events Rethink Safety and Emergency Proto… If you’ve been keeping up with ecommerce trends, you might have heard that over the last few years, more and more people are doing their shopping online. In 2018, 51% of UK consumers said they prefer shopping online – this is the prevailing global trend. As a business, it is an excellent opportunity and a great time to take your business online. You’ll be missing out if your products are not available for purchase online.Setting a shop online can be expensive and complicated. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to set up shop on the internet. What would be really good for you and your business? What are the things you should be aware of with an eCommerce business? Are there other options for you? The most popular WordPress plugins of all time — used to power millions of ecommerce websites.A Brief HistoryThe WooCommerce plugin started it’s life as a product of a company called WooThemes. After unsuccessfully trying to work with Jigoshop (another ecommerce offering), WooThemes hired the main developers of Jigoshop (Mike Jolley and James Konster) and forked (created a new branch of the code) to develop their eCommerce platform, which eventually became WooCommerce.This is the beauty and nature of open-source software, where somebody can come along and develop an enhanced version of the open-sourced code (as long as they also open-source that code).WooCommerce was officially released on September 27, 2011.This new product from WooThemes become extremely popular and successful and hit 1M downloads in 2013, 4M in 2014 and 7M downloads in 2015. Such was the growth explosion of this product that Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com (the commercial arm of WordPress) acquired WooThemes in 2015.Today, WooCommerce remains one of the most prominent players in the eCommerce industry, with 62M downloads, 22% of the top 1M websites running on WooCommerce according to BuiltWith and 28% of all online stores according to WooCommerce.com.Source: BuiltWithWhat can WooCommerce do?WooCommerce allows you to create an online shop. Although this plugin’s initial aim was to create an online shop, today it is much more than that. Let’s look into a few of the online revenue streams which one can build with it. David Attard AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Create an online store for your physical goods. Tags:#ecommerce#Ecommerce business ideas David has spent most of his adult and professional life around tech, design and digital technologies. His wife says he probably spends too much time geeking out on stuff most other people would find “nerdy”. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Best Data Visualization Tools for 2020 Reviewed WooCommerce is mostly known for its ability to create an online shop.Just like with WordPress with which it integrates seamlessly, the strength of the product comes from the fact that it is so easy to customize it and create a shop which is just right for your specific needs.Selling physical products online, to both a local, but more so to an international market requires significant complexity. Setting up shipping is fairly easy — where you set shipping zones, such that shipping costs are calculated automatically at the checkout stage. You may decide that local areas can pick up the items themselves at your physical location and then ZIP codes beyond that would be calculated at specific rates which you might have already determined with your shipping provider.Even more complicated than shipping is taxes.With various US states and European countries having differing rates of taxes, testing, and setting this up yourself to conform with all legislative requirements could become quite a nightmare. The beauty of many ecommerce sites is that these complexities are handled entirely and automatically by the plugin with little to no input required. You only need to enter the country or state where the business is running from, and everything else is handled automatically.Receiving online payments is also something which used to be quite a complicated task.Get access to integration of several payments gateways such as Stripe, or direct integration with Paypal. Arranging to get fees, even accepting payments by Credit Cards, is a breeze both for you as a vendor and for your customers.By integrating with a payment gateway, your company does not need to maintain any financial data of your customers, because this function is “outsourced” to the payment gateway. Not having to keep business data (financial) and records significantly reduce your own risk and that of your clients. You’ll also reduce expenses required to meet the rigorous standards required to be able to manage and store customer financial data such as credit card details.As with most mature WordPress plugins, it might take some time to get used to all of the settings and configurations available, but you’ll find plenty of web designers and agencies who specialize in setting up your ecommerce site. But what if you don’t have any physical products to sell?2. Selling of digital/downloadable products.In this day and age, shops which sell digital products, or stuff which you download are as popular as stores which sell physical goods. Whatever digital merchandise you’re pushing, most especially if this is on a pay to download basis — is very easy to set up and its function can be built right into the product. Essentially, you need to set up a Downloadable products section and then upload the product as part of the creation of a product.If you are only selling digital information — you can upload the files, mark the product as “Virtual” such that no shipping costs are calculated on it. Then, you set the product or service as “Downloadable,” upload the appropriate files, and you’re ready to start selling.3. Setting up a services-based shop.While selling products is the most obvious scenario for setting up shop, this is not the only type of business. Companies which provide services can also set up an eCommerce based shop — though they will need to make use of particular extensions like booking and appointment extensions. You will likely want to take appointments online as well.As a business which sells services, setting up a shop online can help your business in multiple ways:Makes it easier for your clients to book your services at their leisure.Reduces costs associated with making appointments.There are plenty of plugins, which can enable the taking of bookings and appointments online, with the number of features and functions provided varying accordingly. There are plenty of other sites that help book these types of services from different vendors.4. Setting up a membership site.Such information as digital courses, membership courses, eLearning organizations can all make use of eCommerce sites as the driving force of their business.5. Setting up a subscription-based business.The final business setup which we will discuss which can be enabled using an eCommerce site as a subscriptions-based business. Subscriptions are the preferred one of doing a business today. There are benefits both for the user because the price per month is typically lower than buying a lifetime license. This kind of business also places the onus on the supplier of the product or service, to maintain the same level of service as when the client first purchased a product.For the vendor, the growth in revenue is typically faster, and the value of the company providing the service per se is much higher than companies which sell one-off products.Source: Wall Street JournalYou also need to do “less” marketing, the focus shifts to keeping your existing customers rather than attracting new customers, making sure you keep your customers for as long as possible (increasing what is known as the lifetime value of a customer). There are two primary kinds of business which can use subscriptions. The first is content-based companies, such as newspapers, magazines, and other content-intensive providers. The second is a subscription box. These are all the rage these days.Essentially, this is a concept, where a client pays a fixed price per month or another specific period, and they get a “box” of their favorite (physical) products delivered to their own home. Subscription boxes are stable in the beauty niche, but all sorts of niches can work this business model, from foods, coffees and teas, wines and other beverages, notebooks, pets, sweets, shaving blades, socks and whatever else can be delivered in a relatively small box.In reality, most physical product suppliers can create a subscription box, once they iron out the initial logistics of delivering on time and at relatively low cost. Actually, anybody can create a subscription box business, once you sort out the supply and shipping logistics.6. Other business models.While we’ve mentioned several niches in which eCommerce can operate in, there are various others which we have not mentioned. Think dropshipping, selling on Amazon, eBay, and Facebook, Fulfillment by Amazon, affiliate websites, and plenty of other options.PricesWe mentioned quite a few WooCommerce extensions which one can use such as Bookings, Memberships, and Subscriptions which are all available through the official Marketplace.Quite a few extensions are available for free, or between roughly $50 to $300, which we believe is a low price to pay for setting up shop and driving your business forward. There are plenty of others available from independent vendors. Of course, if you don’t have the know-how to set up a WooCommerce or eCommerce shop yourself, you’ll probably want to hire a developer or designer to set this up for you. Besides the setup of the actual product, one needs to factor in the price of hosting your ecommerce shop online; typically one would opt for a VPS, to ensure the shop has sufficient resources to operate as necessary.AlternativesShopifyOne of the biggest competitors when it comes to setting up an ecommerce website is Shopify, and you’ll find plenty of articles comparing WooCommerce vs Shopify, the two behemoths of ecommerce. Shopify is a SaaS (software as a service) so the concept is slightly different from that of WooCommerce, because hosting is part of the actual service, and adding or customizing means enabling or disabling particular “apps.”In general, the setup of Shopify is probably more straightforward, but one needs to stay within the “shell” of Shopify, which means that the level of customization is more limited than what would be available with WooCommerce. The pricing of Shopify is a monthly subscription which increases depending on the needs of the specific business. Shopify is not open-source.MagentoThis is another option which is available for setting up online shops, though this is typically used for enterprise-level shops, requiring extensive customization options which cannot be handled by some eCommerce sites. Magento also has an open source edition which can be downloaded and used.Wrapping UpAs you can see, many eCommerce sites are very flexible pieces of software which can be used to power plenty of types of businesses and ecommerce shops. Besides what we have mentioned above, both WooCommerce and WordPress have a robust community of support, developers, and extensions, a whole industry to help you achieve the results you require for your business.
The Janata Dal (United) will hold its national executive meeting here on July 8, an exercise which assumes significance ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls when the seat-sharing formula among the BJP-led NDA partners is likely to be a tricky affair.In a statement, JD(U) secretary general K.C. Tyagi said the meeting will take place at its Jantar Mantar office here. Political issues “The party will deliberate on the current political issues and its strategy for the upcoming elections,” Mr. Tyagi said.Led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the JD(U) had joined hands with the BJP last year, dumping the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, its allies in the 2015 State Assembly polls.Mr. Kumar’s switchover has strengthened the NDA in a State crucial to its fortunes in the Lok Sabha elections but has also made the existing seat-sharing formula among the ruling block’s constituents irrelevant.The BJP had contested 30 of the 40 seats in the State in the 2014 polls with its two allies — Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party and the Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party — getting seven and three seats respectively to contest.Big share of seatsThe JD(U) is likely to demand a big share of seats, citing its higher tally of the MLAs in Bihar.Seniors leaders of the BJP and the JD(U), however, insist that all parties will agree to a formula, to be worked out later.The JD(U) is likely to articulate its position on a host of political issues during the executive meeting.To make its position clear That it has chosen to hold the meeting of its high-profile decision-making body in the national capital and not in Bihar, indicates that it will use the occasion to make its position clear on national issues, including the Lok Sabha polls besides some State polls scheduled for later this year. The party, however, doesn’t have much of a presence in any big State outside Bihar.
A development corporation for indigenous Muslims and a tola (11.34 gram) for brides of all communities and e-bikes for girl students securing first division in higher secondary exams were among a slew of sops in the ₹1,193.04 crore deficit Budget that Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presented in the Assembly on Wednesday.The Budget for 2019-20 fiscal has provision to splurge on 160 Hindu temples and monasteries across Assam with a total annual grant of Rs 4.11 crore – a whopping 451% increase from the ₹91.03 lakh for the current fiscal. These religious places would also be provided a one-time grant of ₹1 lakh each to set up CCTV camera for enhanced security.A few mosques and dargahs are among more than 800 religious destinations to be provided ₹10 lakh each for infrastructure improvement. But the focus of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party appears to be on creating a development corporation for the indigenous Muslims, who have been demanding a council like some ethnic groups.According to the 2011 census, Assam has 1.18 crore Muslims, out of which the indigenous or Assamese Muslims are estimated to be 72 lakh. Prior to the 2016 Assembly elections, the BJP had promised to protect the identity of the indigenous Muslims against the larger Bengali-speaking migrant Muslims.Such a development council “will take up various programmes aimed at the holistic development of this section of the society,” Mr. Sarma said in his Budget speech.“Once the corporation is formed, I will immediately allocate a sum of ₹100 crore for taking up various developmental and employment-related activities,” he added.Gold for bridesThe Finance Minister announced a ‘golden gift’ for brides of all communities who customarily provide gold at the time of the wedding. The facility will be for economically weaker sections with an annual income of below ₹5 lakh.“I am happy to announce that we shall give one tola gold, costing around ₹38,000 today, to brides… The benefit under this scheme can be availed upon formal registration of the marriages under the Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 and will reach the beneficiaries right in time for the social marriage,” he said. ₹300 crore has been allocated for this scheme named after Arundhati, the wife of sage Vashisht.Mr. Sarma also announced the introduction of a scheme to provide battery-operated e-bikes to all girl students who secure first division or above in their Class 12 examinations for commuting to their places for higher studies.For parents of schoolchildren whose annual income is below ₹2 lakh, the Finance Minister announced an admission fee waiver besides providing free textbooks up to degree level. The scheme, called Gyan Deepika, currently covers up to Class XII.Free riceThe Budget had focussed attention on tea plantation workers, who account for 17% of Assam’s population and are a major vote bank for the BJP.“The government has decided to provide rice, which is presently provided at the rate of Rs 3 per kg, free of cost to 4 lakh families in the tea garden areas as well as 2 kilos of sugar per month,” Mr Sarma said.Beyond the tea estates, 53 lakh households would be provided rice at ₹1 per kg under the Affordable Nutrition and Nourishment Assistance Yojana. The current rate is ₹3 per kg, he said.“We will start the pilot implementation of this scheme from March, for which ₹377 crore has been allocated,” Mr Sarma said.
Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka said Australian Nick Kyrgios has notapologised to him for his on-court “banged your girlfriend” sledge.Kyrgios was fined $12,500 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) andfurther punishment may still be forthcoming after he jibed at hisopponent, World No.5 Stan Wawrinka during a match in Montreal last weeksaying, “(Thanasi) Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell youthat, mate”.The comment did not go down well in the international tennis circuit.Also read: Paes-Wawrinka enter Cincinnati quarters Wawrinka defeated Borna Coric 6-3, 6-7, 3-6 in Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.She is believed to be dating Croatian tennis player Donna Vekic, whomKyrgios claims fellow Aussie tennis player Kokkinakis bedded.”No, he (Kyrgios) didn’t apologise, no. But I prefer not to talk about him.Thank you,” Wawrinka was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Wednesday.”I’m there, I’m trying to do my job, Today, I’m happy with the way I fight, even if I was playing bad tennis,” he said.When asked if he was ready to draw a line under it, he said, “I’m trying toput it away. But what’s happened, people don’t see exactly theconsequence for everybody. So I’m trying to put it away”.Also read: Murray ends drought against Djokovic with Montreal win Vekic,19, spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday since Kyrgios’ infamoussledge, saying she hoped the controversial Australian would learn alesson from the outrage.Swiss legend Roger Federer, among several other leading players, criticised Kyrgios for his outburst.advertisement