CAPAM awards innovation in private sector

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon said the presentation of International Innovations Awards (IIA) is a fitting conclusion to the 12th Biennial Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM).CAPAM 2018 concluded, with a banquet and IIA ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown, on Wednesday evening. Minister Harmon commended CAPAM for celebrating innovation which explores new frontiers in the pursuit of public administration and management.“I wish to commend the International Innovations Awards ceremony that seeks to promote the spirit of innovation of the public service by recognising organisations that have made significant contributions to improving governance and service in the Public Sector,” Minister Harmon is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.This is the first time the Conference was held in Guyana. Minister Harmon said Guyana agreed to host the Conference based on its deep commitment to the Commonwealth’s programmes and activities. “It is our hope that we have been a good and gracious host, that we have properly facilitated the work and success ofMinister of State Joseph Harmon poses with the winners of the International Innovations Awards (IIA)the Conference and that we have contributed to CAPAM’s objective to improve public administration and management,” Minister Harmon said.CAPAM was held from October 22-24 at the Guyana Marriott under the theme “Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance”. Margaret Saner, former chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) and Chair of the IIA Assessment Panel introduced the Awards, noting that, “many of the finalists’ innovations speak to the resilience, determination and leadership of those involved, and often understate the challenges and obstacles faced. These people have demonstrated vision, ingenuity and sensitivity to citizens and colleagues’ needs.” She continued, saying that “some innovations were strongly community-based, while others focused on equipping the public service to better serve citizens or to enhance economic or social potential. They exemplify what is best about the public service and show what is possible even in the face of long-standing, deep-rooted problems.” The winners of the IIA were Unnayan Banka for reinventing education using technology, India, in the category of innovation incubation; Helping Elderly Singaporeans Plan for Retirement in a Digital World, Singapore for innovative policies, programmes, services, and access to services that are outward-facing and client-based in the category of citizen-focused innovation; Unified Agriculture Markets, India, for recognises innovations that are largely internal/inward-facing to government and consist of functional or whole-of-system policies or business processes in the category of innovation in Public Service Management; and InNEAvation (NEA´s Innovation DNA), Singapore in the category of innovation DNA.The awards ceremony reached its conclusion when Minister Harmon presented the overall gold medal to unified agriculture markets, India. CAPAM enables public service professionals to effectively solve challenges and pursue interests by exchanging knowledge, networking, and engaging in shared learning about leading practices.last_img read more

McELHINNEYS TO COMPETE WITH BIGGEST BRANDS ON PLANET FOR TOP AWARD

first_imgThe wonderful McElhinney’s Store.THE family-run McElhinney’s of Ballybofey has been shortlisted alongside some of the biggest companies on the planet for a prestigious international e-Commerce award.The department store’s website www.mcelhinneys.com will contest next month’s finals of The Drum Search Awards in London in the ‘Most Innovative Search Campaign SEO and PPC’ category.They will go head-to-head against global brands such as Toyota and their Super Bowl 2016 campaign, Heineken for their Rugby World Cup promotion as well as Virgin and Stena Line. Toyota’s digital agency is none other than international advertising and marketing giant, Saatchi & Saatchi, Los Angeles. The awards bring together the best individuals and companies at the forefront of internet search and Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising.Roisin Woods is leading McElhinney’s against such global names as Toyota.The theme of the McElhinney’s entry – ‘from Silicon Valley to Ballybofey’ – tells the story of how the family dramatically grew their online revenues, utilising the most advanced digital marketing strategies and technologies available.Ms Roisin Woods, Senior Manager for eCommerce and Marketing at McElhinneys, said Irish regional independent retailers can lead the way nationally and internationally.“To be announced as finalists for Most Innovative Search Campaign at The Drum Awards is simply amazing. The fact that we are shortlisted alongside global brands such as Toyota and Heineken demonstrates how much we have grown since launching our website in 2012.” She has also been appointed Chairperson for the Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) eCommerce Committee 2016, sits on the board of REI and will present Ireland as a judge at the eCommerce awards in Barcelona at the end of the month.McElhinney’s have won numerous eCommerce awards in the past four years, the latest in February for Best Search Marketing Campaign 2015 alongside their digital partner, Wolfgang Digital.Mr Alan Colman of Wolfgang said: “We have worked alongside Roisin and the McElhinney’s team for several years now and what they have achieved is outstanding. It’s brilliant to see an Irish retailer such as McElhinneys make the shortlist in such a prestigious international awards.”McElhinney’s have shipped to over 63 countries since launching their online business, creating up to ten new positions. More jobs are expected later this year when work is completed on a €2.2 million, four-storey extension to their landmark store.The massive new development will be used primarily for their internet sales business. Founded by John McElhinney in 1971, the store now employs more than 180 full and part-time staff and is a major draw to the Twin Towns. Over the years, the department store has grown and now operates from a 90,000 sq ft building, and has more than 1,500 suppliers, many of which are Irish.While his son, Martin, is the General Manager, John McElhinney is still actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business.McELHINNEYS TO COMPETE WITH BIGGEST BRANDS ON PLANET FOR TOP AWARD was last modified: May 11th, 2016 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:awardsdonegalMcElhinney’s Storeslast_img read more

1 Billion Peoples’ Interests Now Tracked by AddThis

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Data Services#web Related Posts AddThis, one of the leading link sharing services used by sites all around the web (including this one), announced today that it now offers publishers information about the types of interests their readers and content sharers have demonstrated on the other sites they have visited. The company says it sees 1 billion unique people every month, a very substantial portion of the internet, and tracks their interests with cookies.Privacy-first advocates may raise concerns about tracking like this, but for publishers interested in learning more about their audiences and the people who help distribute their content, the information could prove quite valuable. Unfortunately, the interests exposed right now are fairly general (music, education) and available only through a dashboard view to publishers. If that data were to be made available programmatically, through an Application Programming Interface (API), then some really interesting recommendations and other services could be built on top of it.We interviewed Hooman Radfar, CEO of AddThis partent company ClearSpring, about all this kind of data in March of 2009. He said at the time that an API could be coming soon. It’s still not here and today he said that was because of the overwhelming commercial interest in the company’s existing products. Will the company now start to focus on an API? ” In future releases, we will not only show more granular interests, but also make the information available in different ways like APIs, widgets, etc.,” Radfar told us today.Marketers Will Eat EverythingWe wrote about AddThis competitor ShareThis in February, 2009 and asked that company how it planned to relate to its data.I asked [CEO Tim] Schigel whether ShareThis would be sharing this kind of data it collects, in aggregate, with marketers. “That’s ultimately where we go with the business model,” he said. The company is talking with selected marketers about sharing access to market insights now, but Schigel emphasized that a few conditions needed to be respected. “We need to make sure that publishers can build trust with their readers,” he said, “and we need something unique that marketers can’t get elsewhere.”ShareThis has offered an API for some time, but that API appears to be write-only, allowing outside developers to change the way their websites share information on the platform.Can We Move Beyond Marketing?Sources of Value Beyond MarketingData as PlatformRecommendationVisualizationAnalytics, optimization, monitoring & thresholdsPattern detection for discovery of new marketsSecurityHistorical archiving. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Hopefully, one of these companies will offer a high-quality, read-API soon that will allow all kinds of service providers to build products, services, recommendations, analytics and more based on the expressed interests observed from our navigating all around the web. Hopefully the startup ecosystem will figure out how to monetize on the fascinatingopportunities presented by all this data – in a way that genuinely adds value to the lives of end users too (those of us who produced the data). Some of those uses will no doubt be in marketing, and that’s great, but hopefully many will go beyond that most obvious use-case for the data. That’s not something we can take for granted will occur – even data driven innovation is made of people. For now, the data market is moving forward slowly but surely. Want to see what’s visible via AddThis today? Check out the video below. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Karl-Anthony Towns out with concussion for 1st missed game of his career

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Patriots owner Robert Kraft denies charges of soliciting prostitute Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Coach Ryan Saunders said the streak was never discussed when he talked with Towns earlier Friday, and there was no hope of extending it once Towns entered the concussion protocol. A player can only return then once he has passed a battery of tests and been symptom free.“I’d just like to have him out there because he’s a pretty good player,” Saunders said. “So the streak, I think that is something that everybody should definitely take note of with Karl’s durability and his toughness and how he approaches the game, but from a coach’s viewpoint you’d like to have like Karl on the floor whenever you can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTowns had played in his second consecutive All-Star game before he was involved in a car accident on his way to the airport. He was cleared to fly and arrived in New York and originally ruled questionable, but after further examination he was placed in the concussion protocol.Towns had started every game since being the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, the longest streak to begin a career since 1970-71. The New Jersey product would have been playing close to home Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear where the accident occurred. Minneapolis police said they didn’t handle any incident involving Towns and Saunders had no other details before the game.Saunders didn’t know if Towns would travel with the team for its game Saturday in Milwaukee, or return to Minnesota.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 02: Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on at TD Garden on January 02, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Karl-Anthony Towns is missing a game for the first time in his career, unable to play for Minnesota against the Knicks on Friday night following a car accident.The All-Star forward was placed in the concussion protocol earlier in the day, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more