BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live!Even though Myatt Snider has been deeply rooted in motorsports since a young age, some may only hear his name for the first time this year.Snider is part of a star-studded lineup at Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 51 Toyota in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. But while his teammates (Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson) have become well-known in racing circles, 2017 will be Snider’s first year in a large spotlight.When asked, Snider describes himself as a “Goofy kid from Charlotte.”The word nerd also gets tossed about, as Snider mentions his interest in space. Although he’s now taking a break from his education because of an increased racing schedule, Snider had been studying physics. In his spare time, he tries to get to as many concerts as he can to feed his “pretty big infatuation” for rock music.Make no mistake Snider has always had a passion for racing. Grandfather Gurney Snider was a car owner in the early days of NASCAR; cousin Jay Hedgecock has experience as a chassis builder as well as a late model car owner, and dad Marty Snider has spent many years as a pit reporter, currently with NBC Sports.As a young child, Snider took in races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and when he was 10, asked his father if he could race. It started with Bandoleros and then Legend cars. Eventually, Snider moved to late models and last year dabbled in the ARCA Racing Series.Snider has also been well-educated along the way, having worked at Joe Gibbs Racing. A senior in high school, Snider did an internship in the fabrication shop because he wanted to learn what went into full-time racing. From the fabrication shop, Snider took the chance to move around and learn other areas.“I moved over to the main shop floor where I was building and tearing down (Matt) Kenseth’s cars, and in general learning about what I could with these cars,” Snider said. “After working on Kenseth’s cars, I went to work in the CNC shop, the engineering department, just kind of worked around the place and learned what I could from everybody.”Snider will have no problem fitting in with his teammates, having known all of them in some form the last few years. Kyle Busch Motorsports will not lack personality this season.“It’s really interesting because we’ve got people from all walks of life,” Snider said. “(Team owner) Kyle (Busch) is definitely the most interesting one to work with because he’s the most experienced out of all of us, and he’s an expert on the sport. Running with him and being a teammate, and one of his drivers is such a great position because he’s such a great resource.“He knows so much about the sport of racing. So, working with Kyle is probably one of the best assets about being a part of this team. And it’s going to be a great asset to me learning how to be a better driver.”
IPGC Golf from The Tara CourtSunday, June 11, Green Valley – MedalWe had what was our smallest group ever out here for our monthly medal at Green Valley, due in no small part to the condition of the course where now even people who are members do not think it is worth playing, and now that they have cored and sanded the greens it is even less attractive to play.Kevin O’Sullivan.Not great scoring, probably as putting was a lottery, and Kevin O’Sullivan came out the winner with a net seventy five. Joe Peters was playing his last game before going over to Ireland for a few months and today he came second, also with a net seventy five but losing the count back to Kevin. We also had two more players on the same score and on the count back Don Everett came third and Peter Henshaw fourth. 1st Kevin O’Sullivan (14) net 752nd Joe Peters (22) net 753rd Don Everett (22) net 754th Peter Henshaw (23) net 75Tuesday, June 13, Eastern Star – Stableford1st John Carlin (17) 37pts2nd Jerry Sweetnam (9) 35pts3rd Jon Batty (6) 33pts4th Kevin Blake (7) 32ptsWe had four groups out here at Eastern Star, which is not too bad for this time of year. We found the course in reasonable condition and although the greens had recently been cored and sanded, but they were ok. It is excellent value for money at the moment and well worth playing.John Carlin.John Carlin certainly likes this course and he was the winner today with thirty seven points. Jerry Sweetnam again also played well on what he probably regards as his home track and came second with thirty five points. Jon Batty took the third place with thirty three and Kevin Blake was fourth on thirty two.Thursday, June 15, Burapha – StablefordBlue Tees1st Gerry Hannan (12) 37pts2nd Jerry Sweetnam (9) 35pts3rd Jon Batty (6) 34ptsWhite Tees1st Stephen Doyle (12) 38pts2nd Russell Gilroy (19) 37pts3rd Andy Featherstone (6) 36ptsStephen Doyle.We were back here again today for our usual Thursday game at Burapha on another beautiful day for golf. We played the A and B courses and as usual gave our players a choice of tees, blue or white and we had some very good scores off both.Gerry Hannan was the winner off the blue tees with thirty seven points, which at 6,800 yards is an excellent score. Jerry Sweetnam was again steady and came second with thirty five points and Jon Batty came third with thirty four.Off the white tees, Stephen Doyle had the best score of the day and was the winner with thirty eight points, which included a birdie ‘2’. Russell Gilroy also beat his handicap and came second with thirty seven and this also included a ‘2’. Andy Featherstone took the third place with thirty six points.
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They were quickest on each of the six stages near Mallow, leaving Patrick O’Brien and Aine McGuigan to battle back to runner up spot on the final stage, after losing time earlier with brake problems on their Lancer Evo, finishing just two seconds ahead of the Corolla of Adrian Hetherington and Gary Nolan.Valvoline National Forestry Championship leader Mickey Carbin had a good run to sixth place in his older Lancer, close behind the Fiesta of former title holder Michael O’Brien and Mark Donnelly’s Evo 9.Defending Naylor Engineering Hillclimb and Sprint champion Joe Courtney turned the tables on Sylvie Mullins in the MEC Mondello Sprint yesterday, winning on the last run by one hundredth of a second after Mullins took Saturday’s win by more than three seconds.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galwayman Ulick Burke celebrated his birthday in style at Mondello Park, with a pair of closely fought victories in the Patch Tyre Equipment Fiesta ST races. He was less than a second ahead of Kevin Doran in the first race, and little more that that in front of John Denning in race two. The Antrim-Cork pairing of Desi Henry and Liam Moynihan completely dominated yesterday’s Cork Jim Walsh Forest Rally, with their Skoda Fabia leading all through the day, to win by more than a minute.
25 May 2011When the world’s biggest retail company, the US-based Walmart, announced in September 2010 a plan to buy South African retailer Massmart for a staggering US$4.2-billion, eyebrows were raised. Foreign investors in Africa have tended to put their money in the riches that lie beneath its soil, where the profits are higher.In fact, the steady growth of foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the continent during most of the past decade has mostly been concentrated in extractive sectors, especially oil (see Africa Renewal, January 2005).Yet, much like Walmart, a growing number of major investors are now betting on the continent’s ultimate wealth, Africans themselves, according to the World Investment Report 2010 by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).And for all the shock that Walmart’s foray into Africa initially prompted, when it announced in December that it was seeking to acquire only 51 percent of Massmart’s shares for $2.5-billion, the transaction was still second to the continent’s biggest business deal unrelated to natural resources. Late in March 2010, a record $10.7-billion transaction took place as Kuwait’s telecommunication company Zain sold its African assets to Bharti, an Indian competitor.Investors eye new sectorsOverall, the Unctad report notes, amidst a recent slump in FDI flows to Africa (see graph): “The services sector, led by the telecommunications industry, became the dominant FDI recipient.”Across the continent, new deals involving major foreign corporations are becoming a common occurrence in sectors previously considered unattractive to investment heavyweights. Nestle, a Swiss food company, announced plans to spend $1-billion by 2013 for acquisitions in various African countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Angola. Less than two years ago, Nestle’s main competitor, France’s Danone, bought the yoghurt and desserts division of Clover, South Africa’s leader in fresh cultured dairy products.Such developments call “for reassessment of FDI in Africa, as a different picture emerges,” the Unctad report argues. Potentially, development experts note, an increase in FDI flows to infrastructure, services and retail sales could have a far more positive impact on African economies. Unlike investments in the extractive industries, investments in consumer-oriented sectors often lead to the creation of many more jobs and stimulate consumer spending.Rise of the African middle classAfrica’s booming middle class, with its recently acquired purchasing power, is the main reason behind the new FDI trend on the continent. Various researches suggest that the number of Africans who can afford to buy more than the necessities of daily life is rising rapidly.A much-talked-about report by McKinsey, a US-headquartered multinational consulting firm, estimates that the continent is home to around 50-million middle-class households (defined as those with incomes of at least $20 000), as many as in India. (The report, entitled “Lions on the Move: The Progress and Potential of African Economies”, was published in June 2010.)One in every 10 Africans, says a different study by a French aid agency, is already a “solvent consumer” – one who can afford the latest smartphones, the newest computers and dinners at trendy restaurants.The rise of this middle class is linked to the strong economic performances recorded in many African countries since the end of the 1990s. Average economic growth has been around 5 percent a year, while the average inflation rate fell to 8 percent from an earlier high of 22 percent.From 2000 to 2010, six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa, reports The Economist, an authoritative London weekly. In fact, the publication argues that Africa is the site of “the surprising success story of the past decade,” high praise from a magazine that is generally not very enthusiastic about the continent.Strong and sustained growth rates – and not only in the oil-rich countries that benefited from booming demand from emerging economies – provided a platform from which numerous households moved upwards in income.And while growth in oil-producing countries usually did not result in massive job creation, growth in other countries did create some employment, in turn boosting domestic consumption. In South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, Africa’s four most advanced and diversified economies, domestic consumption became the largest contributor to growth in recent years, says the McKinsey report.Policies, peace and governanceAfrica’s improved economic performances are also a result of good economic policies and improved political contexts, maintained the World Bank in its report Africa Development Indicators 2007. In Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania, for example, business-friendly policies opened new markets to investors. Angola and Rwanda became fast-growing economies after long civil wars.Some also argue that a continental development plan has helped as well. The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), adopted by African leaders in 2001, “did help shape a new, more positive perception of Africa,” argues Patrick Osakwe, an economist with the UN Economic Commission for Africa and co-author of a study on FDI to Africa.By emphasising the importance of good governance, Osakwe told Africa Renewal, the plan illustrated a momentous shift in the way Africans seek to interact with the rest of the world.Expanding prosperityFor a continent so long regarded by outside observers as “hopeless,” the coming years will bring more good news, various analysts say. Africa weathered the global recession better than most regions of the world, and its recent economic performance is second only to that of Asia, according to several international institutions. Over the next five years, The Economist recently projected, “The average African economy will outpace its Asian counterpart.”Such promising prospects are central to Walmart’s expansion plans in Africa. Other major Western investors are likely to follow the US giant, analysts say. One reason is that the continent’s combined consumer spending is forecast to reach $1.4-trillion by 2020, up from $860-billion in 2008. Companies from emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil are already strengthening their positions in the region.As foreign investors rush to benefit from the rise of the new categories of African consumers, prosperity still remains elusive for too many other Africans. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, 250-million people in Africa are undernourished.“To expand prosperity, African leaders need to invest in infrastructure and education, to diversify their economies, so that many more people can benefit from growth,” argues Osakwe.Others note that improving the standard of living of the poor not only makes business sense, but is also a political necessity, as suggested by the recent waves of protests across North Africa. Not addressing people’s economic rights, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay pointedly remarked this January, causes grievances “to fester and eventually erupt on a large scale.”This article was first published in Africa Renewal – produced by the Africa Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information, Africa Renewal provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today.
Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Optimized store landing pages: An important part of local search strategyAug 22, 2017 by Tony EdwardHow can brick-and-mortar stores improve the online experience for both users and search engines? Columnist Tony Edward says the key lies in strong local landing pages.How to improve your SEO with user-friendly interlinkingAug 22, 2017 by Kristopher JonesSure, backlinks are important, but columnist Kristopher Jones makes the case that internal linking is also a critical component of improving your website’s search engine optimization and user experience.The 3 undisputed truths about lead nurturingAug 22, 2017 by Seth PriceContributor Seth Price discusses how automation, content marketing and eliminating limits to follow-ups will improve the success of your lead nurturing efforts.Martech enablement series: Part 3 — Assembling your team membersAug 22, 2017 by Peter LadkaIn his third piece in a nine-part series, contributor Peter Ladka takes a look at the similarities between a race team and a martech team, explaining how to model your team to help it win in the martech enablement race.Navigating the disruptive world of martechAug 22, 2017 by Marketing Land StaffThe Martech Power Pack helps you understand the complex convergence of marketing, technology and management.Why your brand should obsess over its customers, not its competitorsAug 22, 2017 by Mike SandsColumnist Mike Sands believes brands need to take a page from Amazon and put their customers — and the data they generate — at the center of all business decisions.P&G fought online advertising, and online advertising wonAug 22, 2017 by David RodnitzkyProcter & Gamble last month slashed its digital ad spend over bot concerns. But columnist David Rodnitzky says online advertising isn’t broken, and pulling ad spend isn’t the answer.ShareIQ can now generate ad-targeting segments of users who have interacted with brand imagesAug 22, 2017 by Barry LevineThe company says this is the first image-based segmenting, and that it can also create groups of users who have looked at competitors’ images.LinkedIn officially rolls out native video uploading worldwide, but not for businesses (yet)Aug 22, 2017 by Tim PetersonLike other social networks, LinkedIn videos will autoplay without sound. Unlike other social networks, LinkedIn will break down videos’ audiences.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:AnalyticsHow to Measure Social Selling to Improve ROI, MarketoUnderstanding Analytics and Adwords Discrepancies, Clix Marketing PPC BlogBusiness IssuesMedium will now pay writers based on how many claps they get, The VergeContent Marketing5 Effective Ways to Amplify Content, Vertical MeasuresContent Types That Generate High-Quality Leads, MarketingProfsWhere to Begin When It’s Time to Edit Your Content, CopybloggerE-CommerceDo You Have the Chops to be a Top Ecommerce 3PL?, Multichannel MerchantFor success on Amazon and eBay, don’t follow others, Practical EcommerceEmail Marketing8 Reasons Why Email Campaigns Are Still the Most Effective Form of Marketing, Movable Ink BlogThe best email campaigns of the 2017 eclipse, My EmmaGeneral Internet MarketingInfluencer Marketing: 3 Top Challenges and an Overview, MarketingProfsLet’s Talk About The Brand Safety Tax, AdExchangerNo, Your Brand Isn’t Too Big for Thought Leadership, Convince and ConvertInternet Marketing IndustryMyScript Introduces Cloud Sync for Nebo App, PR WebSigstr Secures $5M Series A to Build the Next Generation Marketing Platform, Business WireZyme Hires Veteran Tech Executive Paul Carmody to Manage Products and Solutions, ZymeMarTechDigital transformation: It’s not a destination, EconsultancyIs Blockchain The Best Solution For Ad Tech’s Most Pressing Problems?, AdExchangerWalmart and 9 Food Giants Team Up on IBM Blockchain Plans, Fortune.comMobile/Local MarketingHow brands can and should be using proximity data, Mobile MarketerSMS for Business and Marketing Communications: Trends & Stats, MarketingProfsWhatsApp adds colorful text status updates, just like Facebook, VentureBeatSocial MediaFacebook and Twitter Now Have Original Content, but Can Viewers Find It?, eMarketerFacebook launched a dedicated tab for Safety Check, The VergeThe Q3 2017 Sprout Social Index, Sprout SocialVideoFacebook and Twitter Now Have Original Content, but Can Viewers Find It?, eMarketerReport: AdColony’s interactive video platform ups engagement by 43%, Mobile MarketerVideo Content Marketing: Cheap and Easy Ways to Get Started, Top Rank Marketing BlogFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Store landing pages, lead nurturing & LinkedIn video Posted on 23rd August 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Store landing pages, lead nurturing & LinkedIn video Marketing Day: Store landing pages, lead nurturing & LinkedIn videoYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019
Yesterday was of course Mother’s Day, and Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman elected to give his mother a very special gift this year. On Sunday, Wartman announced via Facebook that he was officially changing his name to Nyeem Wartman-White to honor his mother, Veronica White, and stepfather. A pretty amazing gesture from Wartman-White, who recorded 75 tackles last season, second-best on the Nittany Lions. It’ll be hard to top that Mother’s Day gift going forward, but seeing his new surname on the back of his jersey will be an awesome treat for his mom and stepfather come September.
Story Highlights Managing Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Gary Howell, says that the agency is ensuring that only deserving beneficiaries can access low-income homes.“We try to ensure that persons who are benefiting from these low-income housing solutions are first-time homeowners, so we primarily utilise persons with National Housing Trust (NHT) benefits. We know NHT has a stringent system, which ensures that once you obtain your benefit you cannot get another NHT mortgage,” he noted.“What we don’t want is a situation where because persons have the money they buy more than one of the units cash and then capitalise on it by later reselling it at a significant price. This results in persons who were really in need not getting the opportunity to purchase a unit at the initial price,” he pointed out.Qualified NHT contributors are eligible to apply for a loan to build, buy or repair/improve their home.Currently, an NHT contributor can be granted a maximum loan of $6.5 million. Managing Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Gary Howell, says that the agency is ensuring that only deserving beneficiaries can access low-income homes. “We try to ensure that persons who are benefiting from these low-income housing solutions are first-time homeowners, so we primarily utilise persons with National Housing Trust (NHT) benefits. We know NHT has a stringent system, which ensures that once you obtain your benefit you cannot get another NHT mortgage,” he noted. “What we don’t want is a situation where because persons have the money they buy more than one of the units cash and then capitalise on it by later reselling it at a significant price. This results in persons who were really in need not getting the opportunity to purchase a unit at the initial price,” he pointed out.
Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has again turned down the suggestion that Government should allow the establishment of smoking areas in business places, describing such areas as “death chambers”.Dr. Ferguson further informed that the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013 do not allow for the establishment of such spaces.“My answer to that is absolutely not. We cannot allow the establishment of death chambers and this is what a room filled with persons smoking would be,” he told journalists on Monday, July 15, during a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister.The Minister argued that in such situations, smokers are essentially inhaling their own smoke, plus the smoke of others around them. “In addition, the ventilation system can carry the smoke to other areas, which will then affect non-smokers,” he said.Dr. Ferguson noted that the regulations stipulate that no smoking can take place within five metres of the entrance or exit of a public place and its ventilation system.[RELATED: Big Fines for Smoking Ban Breaches]In the meantime, the Ministry of Health has embarked on a major public education campaign to sensitise Jamaicans on the newly instituted ban on smoking in specified public spaces.The ban, which falls under sections 14 and 15 of the Public Health Act, becomes effective on July 15.It will see a restriction on smoking in enclosed places accessible to the public; public transportation; work places; government owned and occupied buildings; health facilities, including pharmacies; sports and recreational facilities for use by the public; educational institutions; areas specifically for use by children; and places of collective use, such as bus stops.In this vein, the Ministry has launched campaigns in some major town centres across the island to educate and inform Jamaicans on the regulations.“We will also start a radio public service advertisement today on multiple stations and we are continuing on a sensitisation programme for at least the next eight months, so that persons can be properly educated about their rights and responsibilities under the regulations,” Dr. Ferguson stated.[Special Page: [Special Page: Fact Sheet: Ban on Smoking in Public Places]He said the Ministry has also invited discussions with stakeholders, including the police and the Customs Department.The Minister along with representatives from the Ministry will be part of an outside broadcast on RJR’s Hotline on Wednesday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to further answer the public’s questions on the matter.“Our doors are open to anyone who wishes to have clarification on the issues and we have begun to send out soft copies of the regulations to the media, government entities and other stakeholders,” Dr. Ferguson said.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
BERLIN — A German labour union is calling on security staff at three German airports to stage a strike Thursday amid ongoing pay negotiations.The ver.di union said Wednesday that it’s urging workers to join a one-day walkout that is likely to cause disruptions for airline passengers.The strike will affect airports in Duesseldorf, Koeln-Bonn and Stuttgart.Security staff at Berlin’s two airports already staged a strike Monday that caused severe disruption to flights.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 ($22.81) euros. The employers association BDLS says this could amount to an increase of 30 per cent in some cases.The Associated Press