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A 31-year-old man Lifford man has been refused bail after appearing in court charged with a firearm offence following an incident at a bar in Claudy at the weekend.Leon Kelly, of Beechwood Drive, appeared at Derry Magistrates’ Court today. The BBC has reported that police had responded to an “ongoing disturbance” at the Beaufort House Hotel at about 10pm on Saturday.It was alleged that Mr Kelly injured people, including security staff.The defendant is also accused of damaging a 200-year-old mirror which was described as “irreplaceable”.Police found Mr Kelly at a caravan park at about 02:00 where he was seen holding a gun after officers entered a caravan.He threw the weapon down after being ordered to by police.A police officer told the court that the defendant said during interview that it had been his intention for police to shoot him.The charges included assault occasioning actual bodily harm, disorderly behaviour and possession of a firearm, namely a rifle, in suspicious circumstances.Mr Kelly was remanded in custody until 19 September.Donegal man remanded after being found with gun in hotel was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Nceba Ndzwayiba and Ramasela Mokonyama collected the Diversity Award on behalf of Netcare Limited. (Images: topco.co.za) • Edna Hamilton Events Manager Top Media and Communications +27 86 000 9590 [email protected] • Maverick Awards to recognise under-35 business genius • Ugandan entrepreneur looks after women and girls • South Africa shines at 2010 SEED Awards • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • The DTI spotlights small tech businessesStaff writerThe Oliver Transformation and Empowerment Awards announced its 2014 winners at a black-tie event at Emperors Palace on 25 April. Attended by South Africa’s private and public sector who’s who, and three Rivonia Trialists: Andrew Mlangeni, Denis Goldberg and Ahmed Kathrada, the 13th annual Oliver Empowerment Awards honoured “organisations and individuals powering transformation in South Africa” and this year, celebrated 20 years of democracy. The awards recognise “companies and individuals excelling in job creation, entrepreneurship and enterprise development in the public and private sectors”.The event also celebrated the launch of South Africa 20 Years of Success: Business & Government, a commemorative book produced by Topco Media with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture. Topco Media organised the awards.Oliver Empowerment Awards winnersLeading the individual award category was Future Black Leader Simphiwe Xulu. Judges praised the Mhlathuze Water operations manager for her “value-centric leadership style”, which they said “consistently delivers business results through empowering people”.Top Black Male Leader of the Year was Sizwe Nxasana, FirstRand Group CEO, with the Top Black Female Leader of the Year award going to Boniswa Corporate Solutions CEO Lynette Magasa.In the organisational category, Eskom Holdings emerged as a multiple award winner, taking the Socio-Economic Development Award as well as the Enterprise & Supplier Development Award, in recognition of its “investment in the economic sustainability of emerging business partners”.Volkswagen was honoured with the Skills Development Award for its highly integrated development programmes that judges said “place continuous learning at the heart of the organisation”.Celebrating 20 years of democracyThe event also paid tribute to the anti-apartheid activists who attended the event, awarding Lifetime Achievement awards to Mlangeni, Goldberg and Kathrada, who, along with Nelson Mandela, faced charges of, among others, sabotage and treason, in the 1963 to 1964 Rivonia Trial.“Fifty years ago, these men stood on trial for equality, becoming one of the main links in our history that brought democracy and equal opportunities to South Africa. We wanted to recognise that, and their contribution towards SA business,” said Ralf Fletcher, CEO at Topco Media.“The culmination of these was a reflection of the opportunities that are today available to all South Africans, but were not always possible in the past.“We are celebrating 20 years of democracy this year, but it’s also 20 years of success in black business. These winners made a mammoth contribution to that. But transformation is a journey; it doesn’t stop, and it’s something that can always be improved,” said Fletcher.Honours were also awarded to leaders in the health, education and rural development sectors.Empowering leadership and innovationThe Oliver Empowerment Awards are South Africa’s “premier awards for leadership and innovation in empowerment and transformation”.According to Fletcher the awards have created a legacy of inspiration for the country’s business elite. The awards aim to identify organisations and business leaders “creating a culture of entrepreneurship, developing best practices and carving out powerful and sustainable models of business for empowerment and transformation within South African business”.Fletcher said, “The individuals here, tonight, are the driving force of South Africa’s successes. We are all here to do business together. South Africa’s business and government leaders have been instrumental in moulding the country into what it is today; a shining example to the world.”Miller Matola, CEO at Brand South Africa, said, “Leaders are forged by circumstances and each of us has to play our part. We need to build a brand nation.” He added that South Africans must build the country’s reputation and rise above difficult circumstances. Philile Dlamini and Bilquees Mahmood accepted the Socio-Economic Development Award on behalf of Eskom Holdings.What makes an Oliver Empowerment Award Winner?Nominees had to demonstrate an average annual revenue of more than R35-million, hold a valid, South African National Accreditation System-approved Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) certificate and prove the successful implementation of effective B-BBEE policies and measurement mechanisms.The criteria provided a comprehensive look at the level of empowerment amongst these companies, a requirement that sets the awards apart, said Fletcher.“By unpacking what they are doing and why they are doing it, the focus on how nominees demonstrate the effect of their empowerment programme is what really differentiates us from other awards,” he said.The Oliver Empowerment Awards winnersAccording to Fletcher, “The quality of applications this year was remarkable. We had some big multinationals up against some of our South African JSE [Johannesburg Stock Exchange] companies, so those being nominated were really our head and shoulders in business.“The winners represented a pool of local and multinational entrants who demonstrated the highest calibre of SA businesses.”The results, which recognised 20 companies and individuals, were audited by black-owned auditing firm SekelaXabiso, which also sponsored the Enterprise & Supplier Development Award.The judges, selected based on their “contribution to a culture of entrepreneurship, best practices and sustainable models of business transformation”, included Matola, Microsoft South Africa CEO Mteto Nyati, Government Communications Information Services Chief Director Donald Liphoko, South African Bureau of Standards CEO Bonakele Mehlomakulu, and Gauteng Growth Development Agency CEO Siphiwe Ngwenya.Get the full winners’ list here.
RELATED ARTICLES Passive House in the (Wisconsin) WoodsPassive House in the Woods Opens Its DoorsPassive House in the Woods Goes Energy-PositiveWisconsin Electric Cooperative Jolts Passivhaus Owner Tim Delhey Eian is a German-trained architect and Master Carpenter whose Minneapolis firm, TE Studio, specializes in Passive House design. His blog, Tim Eian is, unsurprisingly, about all things Passivhaus.The Passivhaus (or Passive House) standard, which originated in Germany, sets extremely strict performance limits for energy consumption and air tightness. Eian is a certified Passive House consultant who designed the first certified Passivhaus in Wisconsin, a project called Passive House in the Woods. (GBA has published two stories on the Passive House in the Woods project: one in May 2010, and another in October 2010.)Eian writes that his interest in building started early, at the age of 3, as his family’s new home was being constructed in Germany. He later worked as an intern with an architect, entered a carpentry apprenticeship and then earned the title of Master Carpenter (presumably this actually means something in Germany, unlike the self-bestowed label we sometimes see here in the U.S.). He later graduated with an architectural engineering degree from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Eian’s blog is a little unusual. You won’t find long conversational essays. Instead, you will be directed to several articles on Passivhaus construction that are are in the form of “knols,” or “units of knowledge,” named for the Knol wiki project launched by Google in 2008.Many of Eian’s blog entries are Tweet-like announcements of upcoming lectures he will be giving, links to newspaper or magazine articles about his work, and upcoming open house dates.I found the real meat elsewhere, at the Passive House in the Woods site accessible via a link on Eian’s blog.The project clearly represents a major effort for Eian’s company and the many experts that collaborated on it. The net-zero energy house measures 1,900 sq. ft. and has R-70 walls, an R-95 roof, and an R-60 slab. It is heated with solar energy and electric floor mats. It’s an uber-project in every way.The site gives an excellent description of how the project developed, with some snappy graphics showing power consumption, power production from its photovoltaic array, and its carbon footprint. It also includes entries from a number of project players, including Eian, the homeowner (a local physician), and the builder. If you’re interested in plumbing the depths of how these houses are built, this is a good place to visit.Here are some excerpts from both Eian’s blog and the Passive House site: A word from the builderFrom Steve Swanson of Morr Construction Services: “It has been both a privilege and an education to be involved in the discussions concerning construction details, weighing in with cost and durability concerns as well as feasibility and implementation. Our work qualifying subcontractors bids has put Morr Construction Services Inc. into the role of educator as well as overseer because many of the subcontractors are operating on a different level than what they are used to.” On the cost of Passive House building“Another important point when talking about cost of a Passive House is this one: Passive House is based on a return on investment model that negates up to 80% of operating costs for utilities for the life of the building. Over time therefore, a Passive House will be the cheapest structure one can own. While the first-day cost may be slightly inflated, subsequent operating cost are substantially lower and much less exposed to a volatile energy market. Many of the Passive House improvement will return their investment in half the life of a mortgage, or even less. Case studies in Germany have shown that the energy savings of a Passive House alone can pay for the cost of construction over the life of the mortgage.” On the plumbing system“The plumbing system is very simple. The design of the home puts most of it in one single wall that extends vertically from the basement to the second floor throughout the home. This means short waste and supply pipe runs, and an economical installation. The supply lines are copper, and continuously insulated for efficiency. The waste lines are PVC, and mostly insulated. Warm waste water is used to pre-warm the well-water that is being pumped into the hot water tank, upping the efficiency of the hot water system. Additionally, hot water is being pre-heated by a solar thermal collector on the roof. Last but not least, an electric on-demand water heater can boost the water temperature if the combination of waste-water heat recovery and solar thermal pre-heating do not make it hot enough. 85% of the hot water needs will not require the on-demand unit.“The plumbing system in a Passive House is similar to ordinary plumbing systems with the exception that pipe runs are continuously insulated, and that air-admittance valves are being used instead of vent stacks.” Living in a Passive HouseFrom owner Gary Konkol: “This relationship of the house to the sun, outside and weather has heightened my awareness of the outdoors in my day-to-day living. The large windows and grand views only add to this awareness. It is a comfortable awareness and increased connectedness to the larger world; even if it is only outside my window…“As I was shoveling this morning I saw little footprints of a mouse or vole had circled my garage looking for a crevice to gain entry. No such luck for the little rascal, he’ll just have to stay in the woodpile this winter. Such a nice perk of a Passive House, it’s built very tight and by extension, so is my garage, at least for rodents!” On the ventilation system“The ventilation system is at the heart of each Passive House. This building will utilize a Passive House certified LÃ¼fta heat recovery ventilator from Germany, supplied by Peak Building Products. It will be combined with a 600 foot PEX earth loop provided by Rehau—buried below frost on the property. This system will pre-warm, or pre-cool and dehumidify the incoming ventilation air and boost the system’s efficiency to well above 90%. The Luefta machine will supply the entire home with outside air year-round, and exhaust air from the bathrooms and kitchen.”
Tags:#AI#CRM#engagement Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Much has been made of AI’s role in serving customers, and AI-supported smart devices have invaded homes everywhere — Amazon’s Alexa was even used to order millions more Alexas as Christmas presents in 2017. Artificial intelligence is embedding itself in our technology-obsessed culture, but not every industry has taken advantage of AI’s utility.Adam Honig and his co-founders at Spiro saw an opening to use AI to drive the sales experience. Businesses utilize CRMs to compile and track the data needed to support ongoing sales efforts and pinpoint new sales opportunities. But Honig, the CEO of Spiro, says that many companies aren’t getting the data they need from these platforms — they aren’t used correctly, fully, or consistently, meaning the information these sales teams are working from is skewed.Spiro is an AI-driven CRM, complete with a conversational email interface, or an email bot, that utilizes existing data — from salespeople’s calendars, emails, and more — to lay out a schedule or to-do list for a salesperson and anticipate next moves. The AI function can process existing information more quickly than humans poring over spreadsheets can, empowering the CRM to predict how many follow-ups it may take — and what format will be most effective — to close a deal.But that’s not where Spiro sees AI’s intersection with the sales experience ending.How a People-Driven Industry Benefits From AIIt’s well-known that AI can process data better than humans can — a Massachusetts Institute of Technology startup’s software developed stronger predictive models than the majority of its human competitors did, and some predict that AI will be better than us at everything by 2060. But even then, there are limits: Eleni Vasilaki of the University of Sheffield says there’s “little evidence that AI with human-like versatility will appear any time soon.”That’s what confounds many: How could an industry fueled by personal relationships, charisma, and camaraderie be driven by AI? Sales is surely a people-driven arena, but it’s already focused on tracking metrics and moving the needle by predicting human behavior. Honig and his co-founders realized, through their CRM work with more than 3,000 companies, that the problem lies in the data being gathered.“To say that salespeople hate CRM is an understatement; most consider it a soul-sucking beast of burden that doesn’t add any value to their sales life,” Honig says. “We knew that salespeople desperately needed a CRM that would help them make more money, not give them more work. When I saw the movie ‘Her,’ I realized that the new AI technologies that were emerging would be perfect to automate non-sales tasks so they could focus on selling.”Is This the End of Sales as We Know It?Beyond increasing productivity and efficiency, automation can relieve salespeople from manual tasks, freeing them up for more high-level strategic efforts. Though many predict that AI will lead to mass unemployment as human beings are relieved of their duties, AI is designed to elevate the skill sets needed in each industry so complex, nuanced problems with big implications are solved by humans who will have to absorb those outcomes.That’s why Honig believes AI will augment, not replace, salespeople. “In some ways, AI is already replacing salespeople at a fast pace,” he says. “Amazon.com’s AI algorithms make specific purchase recommendations and provide a high level of service that’s hard for retail salespeople to match.”What that means is that to compete, salespeople selling to businesses have to be prepared to embrace solutions that make them more effective with customers. “In practice, this means using AI solutions to do things that technology can do better, like entering data, and let them focus on the things that people do better, like building rapport and really understanding the needs of a customer,” Honig explains.The Productive Path ForwardThe biggest benefit AI may offer to the sales process is its data-gathering capabilities. Whereas some salespeople operate from instinct or their “gut feeling” about a customer and his needs, sales is often now held to the same standard and expectation of ROI as most marketers and advertisers. Without numbers, it’s hard to maintain a budget, commission, or even a permanent position.Despite this need for hard data, many sales departments track information haphazardly, failing to record final contract numbers in a database or neglecting to indicate how many touchpoints a lead went through before finding his way to the bottom of the sales funnel. That lack of information may not impact that specific sales process, but it can alter an entire team’s goals and predictions. AI-driven platforms like Spiro can grab the data where it’s buried and build their own reports, adding a layer of analysis and interpretation for human reviewers. Honig says Spiro’s reports have been shown to contain eight times more data than regular CRM reports, underscoring the power of AI.The other side of AI’s productivity can be seen in its ability to look at an overview of a person’s behavior, add context, and predict future actions. “Imagine if your CRM could advise you who you should call and follow up with to drive all your leads and deals forward,” Honig says. “That’s what we do. Spiro uses a machine learning algorithm that was trained by more than 15,000 salespeople to identify the best times for follow-up, the best email templates to be used, and the best contacts to focus on.”Thanks to these insights, Spiro’s customers have indicated they reach up to 47 percent more prospects each week. A big factor in reaching more customers is having the AI predict which prospects won’t close so salespeople can focus on others. Human hope makes it hard for sales professionals to shut down a potential source of income when they can’t see where the road ends.“Artificial intelligence will do more and more for salespeople,” Honig says. “Beyond advising them who to call and follow up with, it will automatically identify similar prospects and suggest that salespeople call them. It will listen in on sales calls and provide real-time feedback to help make the pitch even better. It will learn from emails, calendar appointments, and phone calls to craft specific proposals based on what’s already happened.”In other words, Honig predicts AI will become salespeople’s constant companion, designed to help them make more money. Sales may be a people-driven industry, but AI is on a path to ensure it values data as much as instincts. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. 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zoom China’s Winning Shipping has purchased two Capesize bulk carriers from South Korea’s shipping company Dong-A Tanker (DAT), according to data provided by VesselsValue. The vessels in question are the 179,600 dwt Dong-A Leto and the 179,200 dwt Dong-A Ether and they were bought for USD 21.85 million and USD 24.65 million, respectively.Market value of Dong-A Leto currently stands at USD 19.84 million and of Dong-A Ether at USD 22.64 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The two bulkers were built at South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries’ shipyard in 2010 and 2011.Headquartered in Busan, Dong-A Tanker owns a fleet of 23 ships comprising 13 tankers, 5 bulkers, 2 containerships and 3 pure car/truck carriers.Winning Shipping, based in Singapore, has a fleet of 27 bulk carriers.World Maritime News Staff