Ramelton man Kieran Murray and his family are pictured at Dublin airport when he and other members of Transplant Team Ireland returned from the 8th European Transplant and Dialysis Championships in Krakow, Poland.Kieran, a kidney transplant recipient, fared exceptionally well at his first Transplant Games securing 3 Gold and 1 Bronze medal.His Golds were won in the 5km mini marathon, the 1500 m race and also in Golf. He won a Bronze medal for coming in second place in the 800m race. “I’m over the moon,” said Kieran.“It was a fantastic homecoming – and great to be home, especially with four medals around my neck.”Fellow Donegal man, Hugo Boyce from Clonmany, one of the more senior members of Transplant Team Ireland, also enjoyed took part in the Games.Hugo received a kidney transplant 26 years ago. DONEGAL MAN ARRIVES HOME WITH 4 MEDALS FROM TRANSPLANT GAMES was last modified: August 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:GoldKieran MUrrayRameltonTransplant Games
The Golden State Warriors fended off the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, but the 104-99 victory may have come at a price.The Warriors started strong with Klay Thompson setting the tone with his hot shooting and other teammates chipping in. They built the lead to double digits, but momentum swung to the Rockets at the beginning of the second half and an injury to Kevin Durant changed the tone of the game overall. The all-star forward grabbed his right leg in the …
It was close until it wasn’t as the Humboldt B52s scored five runs in the eighth inning to turn a 3-2 lead into an 8-2 advantage, beating the visiting Redding Ringtails 8-2 Friday night at Bomber Field.B52s’ pitcher Craig Broadman, who entered Friday’s game with an ERA north of 30, entered the game with the bases loaded in the second inning after starting pitcher Luis Pimentel went down with a left arm injury after being struck by a line drive.Broadman got out of the jam with little damage, …
11 November 2004South Africa is increasingly being seen as a lucrative market for overseas vehicle manufacturers. Now India’s second-largest car manufacturer, Tata Motors, wants 7% of the local passenger car market by 2007-8.The group’s ambitions were revealed at the launch of its Indica hatchback and Indigo sedan in South Africa last month. Tata also said it was looking into the feasibility of making cars locally.South Africa’s automotive industry has become an increasingly important contributor to the country’s gross domestic product, mainly through strong growth in the motor vehicle and component exporting sector.The industry is ranked 19th in the world in terms of vehicle production. It is responsible for approximately 80% of Africa’s vehicle output and produces 0.7% of the world’s vehicles.According to the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa), exports of components amounted to about R22.5-billion in 2002, while exports of motor vehicles amounted to about R18-billion in the same year. New car sales in 2003 were over 350 000, compared to exports of well over 100 000. Exports of passenger cars (11 267) in September 2004 where 1700 up from the same month in 2003.So bright is the outlook that Standard Bank has projected that South Africa can expect foreign earnings from auto industry exports to equal earnings from gold exports for the first time in 2004.The catalyst for this unprecedented growth is the government’s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), introduced in 1995 and recently extended until 2007 by the Department of Trade and Industry.The programme is aimed at making South Africa’s automotive sector internationally competitive through phased global integration, increasing the volume and scale of local production, expanding exports, and modernising and upgrading the industry.Tata is already investimg some R40-million in a bus assembly factory in Johannesburg, and, according to Business Day, is on a short-list to supply the government with 15-35 seater vehicles.Tata also says South Africa could be a stepping stone for the group into other markets in the region. Business Day says the company has been expanding overseas to lessen its dependency on the Indian market.Tata’s announcement follows increased interest in doing business in South Africa among Indian firms.India is South Africa’s sixth largest trading partner in Asia, with two-way trade worth more than US$2-billion a year, and South Africa recently adopted the “New Delhi Agenda for Cooperation” – a South-South co-operation agreement with India and Brazil.Tata’s Asian rival in South Africa, Mahindra & Mahindra, has also announced plans to expand into the local vehicle retail market.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Here’s a guide on how a taxpayer can submit returns and make payments to the South African Revenue Services.Taxpayers can do e-Filing for the electronic submission of returns, and electronic payments. It is also possible to e-File via your mobile phone or tablet. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterHelp with tax-related problems or complaints, as well as a range of online resources to help you submit your returns and make payments to the Receiver of Revenue.Tax problems and complaintsThe South African Revenue Services (SARS) subscribes to a service charter. However, taxpayers sometimes do not get the service they want. Issues that SARS will address include those relating to delays in processing returns, decision making and the correction of administrative mistakes, failure to provide reasons for making an adjustment to a return, failure to respond to queries, objections and appeals, as well as the conduct and attitude of SARS staff.Website: www.sars.gov.zaIf you have a problem, you should first contact your local SARS branch office. If the dispute remains unresolved, then raise the issue with SARS by:Calling the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 SARS (7277)Emailing your closest contact centre.Northern South Africa: firstname.lastname@example.orgCentral South Africa: email@example.comEastern South Africa: firstname.lastname@example.orgSouthern South Africa: email@example.comMake sure you are given a service request number, which you will need if you take your complaint further, to the Service Monitoring Office. This offers taxpayers an independent channel to facilitate the resolution of issues and disputes.Service Monitoring Office number: 0860 12 12 16Find out more about dealing with service issues on the SARS website.e-FilingThe South African Revenue Service’s e-Filing allows for the electronic submission of returns, and electronic payments. It is also possible to e-File via your mobile phone or tablet.Website: www.sarsefiling.co.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Frank Landman How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… The internet has opened up new opportunities and lowered the barriers to entry in almost every industry. But it has also given more entrepreneurs the chance to be bold and take risks. Knowing how to embrace certain risks while avoiding potentially costly ones is integral to maximizing success.The Role of Risk in BusinessRisk is defined as the possibility of losing something of value. It’s also described as the purposeful interaction with uncertainty (specifically when something of value can be lost).Naturally, most people are hardwired to be risk averse. It’s a survival mechanism that’s ingrained in our DNA to prevent us from walking into dangerous situations without some degree of safety or preparation. It’s why our ancient ancestors wouldn’t walk around the woods without a weapon and a hunting partner. They understood the risk of being vulnerable and implemented proven steps to lower their chances of being mauled by wild beasts.While you don’t face the risk of being eaten alive by a hungry tiger every time you walk outside your front door, you do face daily risks in your entrepreneurial pursuits. And even though you’re genetically trained to avoid risk, you find yourself in situations where you’re forced to confront it. And if you peel back the layers and look beneath the surface, you’ll find that close proximity to certain risks can be healthy (granted you take the proper steps to avoid the negative consequences).In the business world, we call this risk management. The proper risk management strategy helps you prepare for the unexpected, minimize threats, and counteract negative consequences through proactive decision making that increases your likelihood of experiencing positive results.6 Big Risks Internet Entrepreneurs FaceAs an internet entrepreneur in 2019 and beyond, you face a unique set of risks. And just as any business needs a risk management strategy, you need to develop your own approach to understanding and neutralizing threats. In particular, you must be aware of the following:1. LawsuitsWe live in a litigious society where lawsuits are filed with shocking frivolity and without apology. This has lead to a vicious cycle where restrictions are put in place to avoid lawsuits; lawsuits are filed when restrictive rules aren’t in place; and more restrictive rules are created in the wake of lawsuits. Lawsuits feed restrictions and restrictions feed lawsuits.As an internet entrepreneur, you don’t have to agree with the litigious nature of today’s consumer marketplace, but you do have to respect it. Whether you sell physical products, a service, or advice, understand that you can be sued for virtually anything and make a small investment in defenses that will help you survive a lawsuit.Business insurance is your best friend. In particular, you need professional liability insurance, which offsets some of the risk that comes from potentially damaging lawsuits from errors and omissions.Insurance won’t prevent a lawsuit from happening, but it can offset some of the financial ramifications of a settlement or judgment. For the small amount of money it costs each year, it’s worth having in place.2. Cyber AttacksSmall business owners and entrepreneurs know that cyber attacks happen, but generally assume that hackers focus their efforts on large businesses and corporations that are worth billions of dollars. However, this isn’t true.The reality is that hackers prefer to target smaller businesses because they’re more likely to be unprotected and vulnerable to simple attacks. They view smaller internet companies and websites as easy prey and can execute a well-coordinated attack before you even recognize what’s happening.Hackers who victimize your website can wreak havoc on your venture – leaving you with issues like:Malware. When a hacker infects your website with malware, it can leave you with glitches, exposure to future attacks, and an array of consequences that leave you and your customers unprotected.Ransomware. The rise of ransomware has been one of the hottest topics in the cyber defense field over the last three or four years. Ransomware is especially dangerous because it leaves you unable to run your website and on the hook for a ransom (which is typically a pretty sizeable amount of money).Data theft. Data breaches are, unfortunately, quite common. If you aren’t careful, a data breach could compromise the trust that exists between you and your customers, leaving you with a mess to clean up.Content hijacking. While it gets much less attention in the media than malware, ransomware, and data theft, content hijacking is just as costly and frustrating. This occurs when someone else takes your website content, media, and brand personality and attempts to create their own website or blog using your sweat equity.Smaller businesses find it nearly impossible to recover after a cyber attack. In fact, the vast majority end up failing within six months to a year of the attack. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way.Being aware of the cyber threats you face is just half the battle. You need a proactive strategy that prevents these attacks before they happen. As your company grows, it may even be helpful to hire a full-time cyber security professional to work on your behalf.3. Stiff CompetitionMost entrepreneurs misunderstand the idea of competition and, in one way or another, it comes back to bite them.Contrary to popular belief, you don’t want to start a business in an industry where there is no competition. This typically indicates there’s no market for whatever it is you’re trying to sell. And unless you have deep pockets and lots of time, you simply won’t be able to educate people on why they need your product and then convince them to buy.As the old saying goes, pioneers get shot, but settlers get rich. In other words, the first one to market is rarely the most successful. It’s the ones who follow the pioneers who generate the best results.On the flip side of things, you don’t want to start a business in a niche where there are already two or three businesses with double-digit market shares. This indicates that the marketplace is already locked up and you’ll face an uphill battle trying to break in.What you want is a niche where there’s already some competition, but it’s spread out across a handful of different businesses. This indicates that there’s demand for the product, as well as an opportunity to become one of the market leaders.Competition is good – but there’s a sweet spot. Keep this in mind and don’t get involved with an industry where your potential is stunted from the start.4. Rip-Off ProductsWhen physical products get ripped off, it’s fairly easy to step in and do something about it. But when you’re selling a service or education, rip-off brands can really put a dent in your profits and pull customers away from your business.In an online world where you put your products and services out there for the world to see, there’s always the risk that someone could come in and steal your thunder. The best way to avoid this is by (a) filing for all of the proper trademarks and patents, and (b) creating such a magnetic brand that it’s impossible for another company to come in and take your customers away without first creating an equally powerful brand of their own.5. Social MediaYou probably view social media as a business asset, but this isn’t always the case. Whether you realize it or not, social media can actually introduce your business to numerous risks and challenges.In terms of branding and reputation management, today’s online businesses face serious risks at the hands of social media. One ill-worded tweet or poorly timed Facebook post can lead to negative backlash and serious consequences in the court of public opinion.The best thing you can do is create very strict rules and processes around what can be posted, who can post, and how content is reviewed, edited, and revised prior to posting. A strict social media policy is necessary for even the smallest, one-man operations.6. Reliable EmployeesBeing able to hire a remote workforce is great, but it doesn’t come without its risks. One of the risks is a lack of reliability and accountability.Being unable to meet with employees face to face makes it harder to keep them in line, but it doesn’t have to leave your business weak and disorganized. What you need is a strong approach to online hiring that allows you to carefully vet and onboard employees so that they understand what your organization is all about.It’s also important that you manage remote employees well. This means keeping track of work activity, establishing clear expectations, promoting collaboration, encouraging employee engagement, and providing them with the right tools to succeed.Set Yourself Up for SuccessThere’s no switch you can flip or button you can press to guarantee yourself success as an entrepreneur. In fact, the numbers are against you in almost every regard. However, if there’s one thing you can do to lower your chances of succumbing to the same failures as many of your peers, it’s to educate yourself on the challenges you face so that you can implement appropriate defenses and antidotes.As you know from firsthand experience, you face dozens of risks in running a business. The key is to understand the ones that are most pertinent (and potentially detrimental) and to manage these risks in such a way that you have a better chance of being successful in the long run. Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. 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The next Personal Finance webinar will be held Thursday, March 20 at 11 a.m. ET. Dr. Barbara O’Neill will present Common Consumer Frauds & How to Avoid Them.Several groups of Americans are particularly susceptible to fraudulent practices including older adults and young enlisted service members. In addition, some frauds, such as hacked data bases, are beyond an individuals’ ability to control. Thus, everyone needs to know about common consumer frauds and how to reduce the risk of becoming a fraud victim. This 90-minute webinar will focus on three common types of consumer frauds: identity theft, investment fraud, and income tax refund fraud. It includes a description of fraud risk factors, a personalized identity theft risk assessment quiz, resources for personal and/or professional use, research findings about identity theft risk reduction practices, and a discussion of how to adjust income tax withholding to have a low or no refund for potential tax identity thieves to steal.)To join this webinar, simply go to the event page a few minutes before 11 a.m. ET on March 20 and click on the location link. Enter the room as a guest. If you have not joined one of our webinars in the past or if you will not be joining from a military installation, you may need to install security certificates. Instructions are available here. The slides and other resources for this webinar will be available here. We hope to see you online on March 20!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 18, 2014.
After more targeted content is created, Tesser says, “We’re watching the numbers to see if we’re increasing the number of new visitors who are converted to return visitors, which is our holy grail.” As well as creating content based on user behavior, Tesser says the analysis also lends itself to targeted content creation based on outside sources.He says, “We’ll see that Google news is about to provide a story with a big hit; I’ll send something out to our editorial team right away. They’ll try to optimize the links that are getting the big hit from the Huffington Post or another source, and they’ll provide related links.” As digital properties look to grow user rates, more and more often companies are relying on additional tools to monitor audiences and create user relationships. New York Media has utilized the Adobe Online Marketing Suite, powered by Omniture, to do just that.New York Media began to use the Adobe Suite in 2007 for real time analytical tracking. In October 2010, New York Media saw three million unique users visit Vulture.com after relaunching in September 2010. Currently, the digital properties which include NYMag.com, blogs Daily Intel and The Cut, Vulture.com and Grubstreet.com, as well as Menupages.com, see up to 10 million uniques a month. The blog links are on NYMag.com’s home page, and are listed on a drop down menu under “Blogs” in the top left of NYMag.com’s home screen. Grub Street can also be found on the home page of MenuPages.Jon Tesser, manager of audience analytics with New York Media, explains that the Adobe Suite has allowed NY Media “to segment the audience in ways we haven’t been able to do before.” Tesser is able to see regular visitors and what they are clicking on, as well as to identify where new visitors are entering NY Media’s sites from (be it a Google search, a social media share or elsewhere) and what they’re doing. Tesser says, “By understanding that, we can create more content from what they’re looking at.” Reporting time has also been reduced by 98 percent, due to an Adobe Suite feature called the Report Builder. By changing two dynamic data fields in the Omniture system and clicking “refresh”, the system will update a report without having to enter a new set of numbers. Meanwhile, Vulture.com has seen bounce rates reduced by 56 percent and traffic rates to the site double.
From Infinity War to Black Panther to Captain Marvel, Marvel movies keep smashing box office records. As Avengers: Endgame opens to widespread critical acclaim and monster ticket sales, it could become the biggest movie event of all time. Yup, we seriously can’t get enough of Marvel movies.But although superhero adventures now seem like the surest of sure things, it seems strange to remember the very different origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU has expanded to 22 films, reinvented serialized movies, and made more than $18.6 billion at the global box office — but when it began a decade ago it was actually quite a gamble.Cast your mind back years before Endgame, before Thanos and the Infinity War snap, before the Avengers assembled… Now playing: Watch this: The best moment from every Marvel Cinematic Universe… 18 Photos 4:23 Now playing: Watch this: Sphero Spider-Man 3 3:13 Inspired by the Marvel model, other studios have tried to create money-spinning cinematic universes of their own. Universal brought their classic monsters back from the grave with dubious success in The Mummy, while Marvel’s comic industry rival, DC, attempted to fast-track its own crossover with Justice League. But none has managed to capture the magic of the MCU.Marvel foreverAfter the success of the better-known names in the Avengers lineup, Marvel could have stuck to churning out Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk sequels. “A lot of studios would love to have four franchises they can keep doing sequels to,” as Feige puts it. “We specifically didn’t want to do that, because we wanted to keep bringing new characters to the forefront.” Click here to sign-up for our new guide to all things Marvel.And so the Avengers paved the way for even riskier titles. Even among comic fans, who could name a single Guardian of the Galaxy before that movie came out? But by then, the Marvel brand was known as a mark of quality, even if you hadn’t heard of the heroes in question. As each new film dropped, left-field directing choices such as James Gunn, the Russo brothers and Taika Waititi turned out to be pretty smart gambles. When Black Panther exploded into theaters in 2018, it quickly rocketed past a billion dollars and become a genuine cultural phenomenon. Not the most obscure comic hero but not the best-known either, Black Panther was just the latest example of Marvel banking on a character that might have been considered a gamble 10 years ago.In March, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel became Marvel’s first female lead, and there are plenty more popular comic characters where she came from. Namor, Ms. Marvel, Nova, Moon Knight and many others have yet to appear on the big screen. And after Spider-Man’s entry to the MCU, other well-known characters like the X-Men and Fantastic Four could be brought back into the fold following Disney’s deal with Fox.For now, Endgame brings the curtain down on the first decade of the MCU, causing us to bid fond farewell to some of the franchise’s founder members. Whatever happens next, let’s hope Marvel isn’t done taking risks.This article was first published in May 2018. 10 years ago today, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. #IronMan pic.twitter.com/yKgEnCiyST— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 2, 2018 Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty TV and Movies Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order I am Iron Man2008’s Iron Man, the first MCU film, was far from a guaranteed hit. For starters, the Iron Man character had never appeared in a movie or live-action TV show, putting him behind the likes of Spider-Man and the Hulk in terms of general public awareness. And the big thing at the box office back then was the gritty and grounded Dark Knight series, which self-consciously played down Batman’s more comic book-y elements. Colorful and fantastic movies like Green Lantern and Ang Lee’s Hulk were just as likely to flop as they were to hit big.As if that wasn’t enough, Marvel brought in two guys to head up Iron Man who were definitely unknown quantities. “In the late 1990s Robert Downey Jr. was uninsurable,” says box office analyst Stephen Follows, “making him unemployable to any production which wanted to get a completion bond.” Despite being an Oscar-nominated actor, Downey had never fronted a blockbuster like this — and neither had director Jon Favreau, the guy from Swingers, whose main directing experience was Christmas comedy Elf and a largely overlooked Jumanji semi-sequel.Multiple writers worked on drafts of the screenplay, only for Favreau to encourage Downey and the cast to improvise. The lack of a definite script didn’t initially impress co-star Jeff Bridges, who only relaxed when he decided to view the chaotic production as a “$200 million student film.”Troubled star Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau teamed up for the first MCU movie, released in 2008. Elisabetta Villa / Getty Images Ah yes, the money. Marvel had spent decades farming its comic characters out to other companies for TV and film adaptations, with mixed results. Even when a character hit big at the movies, Marvel didn’t necessarily see big returns. Spider-Man was off making money for Sony hand-over-webshooter, while the X-Men were raking it in for Fox. So in the 2000s, the folks at Marvel’s movie arm clawed back the film rights to their characters and borrowed a chunk of money from Merrill Lynch to make their own movies.Iron Man was the first of this new series of Marvel-made movies. “I really don’t know how people are gonna react to this thing,” Favreau admitted shortly before the film’s release. “This could be anything from a flop to … something beyond people’s expectations. You never know.” Share your voice Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen As it turned out, Downey’s insouciant charm carried the movie. Premiering on April 18, 2008 in Australia and May 2 in the US, Iron Man delivered a combination of humor, spectacular visual effects and unapologetic comic book action that made it a sensation with fans and critics.More MarvelStill, Marvel movie boss Kevin Feige had an even bigger gamble in mind. In Iron Man’s final scene, Samuel L Jackson turned up as comic book superspy Nick Fury. Not only did this begin the trend for postcredits scenes, but it also set the stage for Marvel’s other superheroes to follow Iron Man onto the big screen.The Marvel Cinematic Universe was born.But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Just weeks later, in June 2008, the second MCU movie The Incredible Hulk, opened to a lukewarm reception. According to Box Office Mojo, it remains the MCU’s weakest performer — and this was a character that mainstream moviegoers might actually have heard of. Solo outings for Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) paved the way for the Avengers to team up. Jay Maidment As Marvel’s disastrous 1986 Howard the Duck movie proved, Marvel’s comics are full of characters who could be just a little too out there for mainstream audiences. Even the most devoted superhero movie fan might have been puzzled to see familiar caped crusaders fighting alongside viking god Thor or mustachioed magician Dr Strange — and that’s before you get to the real weirdos like Ant-Man, Groot and Rocket Raccoon.Hollywood often appears a bit embarrassed about the characters it brings from page to screen — look at all the black body armor replacing capes and tights in the X-Men and Dark Knight films, for example. But Marvel went all in on the colorful capers of its superheroes, from Captain America’s World War II origins to, well, just about everything in Guardians of the Galaxy.Marvel continued to perfect the MCU’s colorful, boisterous tone in 2011’s Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. “God forbid those films had [flopped],” Feige told Entertainment Weekly, because each solo outing primed audiences for the next big gamble: bringing the heroes together.Avengers assembleIn 2012, the various heroes of the MCU met in The Avengers, shepherded by writer and director Joss Whedon. Crossover stories uniting multiple characters are common in comics, but rare in the movies — at least in recent years. “In the last couple of decades, traditional Hollywood studios have increasingly relied on sequels, reboots and remakes in order to provide what they hope will be sure-fire hits,” explains Stephen Follows. “What we’re seeing with Marvel is something else. They’re similar to a model Hollywood loved 80 years ago: the film series’ of the 1930s and 1940s.”The Avengers line-up expanded until Infinity War starred more than 30 major characters. Marvel Of course, the bubble could burst at any moment. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp all hit screens in 2018, followed by Captain Marvel, Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019. Plus, theatres are crowded by superhero shenanigans like DC’s Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam!No wonder critics like James Cameron warn of superhero fatigue. Marvel has a way to go to beat the most prolific film series of the past, however: There were 64 films featuring the Durango Kid between 1945 and 1952, an average of more than 9 a year.Even if superheroes do start to lose their luster, the general industry trend of growing global box office spreads the risk of each new super-outing. “The first crop of MCU movies relied heavily on the domestic market,” Follows says. “But as time has progressed, the international market has increased in importance.” While Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 made half their money in the US and Canada, by the time Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok hit screens two-thirds of their money came from overseas. Tags Comments Black Panther Marvel Thor Captain America Iron Man Filmmakers