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PRAMERICA VOTED IN TOP 25 COMPANIES IN EUROPE IN WHICH TO WORK

first_imgSome of the Pramerica Team!IT has more than 1,000 employees in Co Donegal – now it seems those who work for Pramerica reckon they’re just the best people to work for!Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited, based in Letterkenny, has just been named among Europe’s best workplaces by Great Place to Work®. Pramerica earned the Number 23 spot in the category of best large workplaces.“Earlier this year, we ranked Number 14 among Ireland’s ‘Best Workplaces’ and now Pramerica is recognized once again on an even broader scale,” said Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director and chief information officer at Pramerica Systems Ireland. “I’m proud of this recognition. It’s the talent and commitment of our team that strengthens our work environment and defines our success as a company.”The Great Place to Work® study identifies and recognises the finest employers – and therefore the most satisfied workforces –throughout Europe.Employees in each participating organisation complete a confidential questionnaire, rating their employers on almost 60 elements covering credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie in the workplace. Surveys are returned to the Great Place to Work® Institute by each individual employee to ensure confidentiality and honesty. Nearly 700,000 employees in more than 2,000 companies participated in the survey.“The Great Workplace Era is a time when all people can expect to work for an organisation where they trust their leaders, enjoy their colleagues and take pride in what they do. A time, in other words, when workplaces make the world better,’ says China Gorman, global CEO of Great Place to Work. “This era is arriving in Europe and other parts of the globe. And it’s good news for everyone.”  PRAMERICA VOTED IN TOP 25 COMPANIES IN EUROPE IN WHICH TO WORK was last modified: July 14th, 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:Great Places to Workletterkennypramericalast_img read more

Unlocking Africa’s competitiveness

first_img5 May 2011African economies have made important strides in improving their economic environments in recent years, but much remains to be done to sustain recent strong growth, according to the Africa Competitiveness Report 2011.The report, jointly produced by the World Bank, World Economic Forum and African Development Bank, was released at the start of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday.It argues that African governments must better harness the region’s resources through stronger integration into international trade and finance, improved educational systems, enhanced entrepreneurial opportunities for women, and developing their tourism sectors.“Africa must focus on the policies and strategies that are key for the sustained economic recovery and inclusive growth of the continent, such as higher education for skilled manpower and entrepreneurship development, and financial instruments that will support vibrant private sector development and regional integration and trade,” Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice-president of the African Development Bank, said in statement on the release of the report.Four focus areasThe report highlights four areas on which Africa should focus “to ensure strong, sustained and shared growth”, namely: diversifying products and markets; upgrading managerial skills and higher education; expanding women’s entrepreneurship; and reaping the full benefits of tourism.“African countries have much to gain by diversifying exports and by further opening up regional trade,” the World Bank says on its Africa Competitiveness Report web page.Despite improving over recent decades, the report finds, Africa’s share in world trade remains low, being heavily concentrated in natural resources, while intra-African trade is limited.Regional integration could also “help African countries become more competitive and resilient to external shocks”.Not enough university studentsOn managerial skills and higher education, the report states, African higher education enrolment remains extremely low by international standards, while most African students avoid science, engineering technology and business. “The result is a skills mismatch – university graduates remain unemployed, while African countries continue to face shortages of skilled labour.”The report finds the rate of women’s entrepreneurship to be higher in Africa than in any other region, without necessarily signaling economic empowerment. “This is because women are concentrated in the informal, micro, low-growth, and low-profit areas.”The report shows that while women are less likely to be operating larger firms in higher-value-added sectors, those who do so in fact manage firms that perform equally well as those run by men. “What is critical is not to increase entrepreneurship per se, but rather to enable women to move into higher-value-added activities.”Tourism riches unexploitedAnd when it comes to tourism, the report finds that Africa’s rich natural and cultural resources “represent a major unexploited endowment … The region has many advantages on which to build its tourism industry, including price competitiveness, a strong affinity for tourism, and rich natural resources supported by efforts toward environmental sustainability.“However, a number of obstacles remain to developing the sector, notably improving safety and security, upgrading health and hygiene levels, developing infrastructure and access to African sites, and fostering the region’s human capital.”In addition to assessments of competitiveness, trade performance and the ability to attract investment, the report includes an analysis of what is needed to upgrade higher education in Africa, how to best expand women’s economic opportunities on the continent, and the extent to which African countries have created environments attractive to travel and tourism.Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, said the report was “the third comprehensive effort by our three organisations to place the continent in a broader international context and to shed light on the important aspects of development in the region, which are so critical to ensure sustained and shared growth for Africa’s citizens.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Walensee 8° — Geocache of the Week

first_imgContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Traditional GC2B614 by tuxracer Grab your helmets, headlamps, and a spelunking friend for a cave diving adventure in the Swiss Alps for this Geocache of the Week. With high peaks and the beautiful Walensee it’s easy to see why people come to this location, but cache owner, tuxracer, had their eyes set on something else. Deep below the skyscraping mountains and glimmering alpine lake is a vast underground cave formerly used for mining. A perfect opportunity for an ambitious D5/T4 geocache with an Indiana Jones feel.  Got everything? Great! Just walk right past the pretty nature stuff and look around for a wooden door in the side of the mountain. If you are greeted with a rush of cool air, you’ve found the right one. Entering the mine is an instant treat. Left over from years past are rail lines, railcars, equipment, and even newspapers.  There’s a lot to explore in the mine and it’s easy to get turned around. Overall the cache takes around 3 hours to locate and get out. Keeping an eye out for a reflective arrow is key to finding the container and easier said than done. Though with 1000+ finds and 760 Favorite points, it seems like your chances are pretty good if you want to take the plunge. On your journey to the center of the earth, there are extremely high ceilings and a vast openness that makes you forget this is all beneath the surface. You’ll stumble upon rusty relics, stairs leading to new levels and tunnels, and underground lakes that’ll give new perspective as to what could possibly be behind an old wooden door.  Difficulty: 5 Terrain: 4center_img A cave diving buddyMinimum 3 hours time and nerves of steelGood sense of direction and appropriate aid Helmet and headlamp (extra batteries)Good footwear Gloves and warm clothes SnacksNo fear of the dark  For this cache you’ll need to have the following: Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location: St. Gallen, Switzerland N 47° 07.814 E 009° 17.210 SharePrint RelatedWhere Bats Dare — Geocache of the WeekMarch 15, 2017In “Community”Stone Appendix – GCR8N3 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 23, 2012July 23, 2012In “Community”Cova Tancada – GC1ZW11 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 15, 2012November 15, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

Survivor Series: Brand supremacy goes to Raw

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with first NASCAR title Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Strowman didn’t hide his confusion after the victory that even after Triple H celebrated the win, he threatened the executive, “If you ever try to cross me again, you will never play this game again.” The Monster Among Men then nailed the Cerebral Assassin with a pair of Running Powerslams before leaving the ring.It was an action-packed main event that lived up to the hype as the stars delivered for their own shows.Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode had their chance to mount their offense, but Strowman quickly eliminated the two SmackDown stars. John Cena nailed two Attitude Adjustments on Samoa Joe to take a member out of the red crew, but the 16-time world champion was the next to go after Angle connected with two Angle Slams and Finn Balor dropped the Coup de Grace.The blue side tried on its earnest to recover from the deficit, with Randy Orton taking out Balor with an RKO. But just when the Apex Predator was about to tag McMahon, the unruly duo of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn distracted the SmackDown commissioner, allowing Strowman to also eliminate Orton with another Running Powerslam to set up the 3-to-1 lead for Team Raw and the crazy finish.The main event wasn’t alone in backing up the hype as the pay-per-view delivered on its promise.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Strowman decimated fellow survivor Triple H after the red team topped the blue side in a confusing ending to what was billed as an all-star clash.Team Raw was poised to finish the match with three survivors as Raw team captain Kurt Angle had SmackDown team captain Shane McMahon locked into the Ankle Lock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTriple H, however, interjected himself in the fray and turned on Angle, hitting a Pedigree and allowing McMahon to score the elimination.Puzzled looks were abound after the incident as the WWE COO looked like he would side with his brother-in-law, but Triple H then nailed another Pedigree to score the winning pinfall for his team. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Braun Strowman stands tall for Team Raw to end Survivor Series. Photo by WWE.comOn a night where superstars from Raw and SmackDown clashed for brand supremacy, it was the red brand which came out on top winning the interpromotional duels, 4-3.But in the end, only Braun Strowman stood tall at the center of the ring after Team Raw topped Team SmackDown in the traditional 5-on-5 main event match at Survivor Series Sunday (Monday Manila time) in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asuka was the sole survivor in the women’s traditional 5-on-5 match to lead Team Raw to victory.The Empress of Tomorrow bucked a 1-on-2 disadvantage as she made Tamina tap out to a flying cross armbar before submitting Natalya with the Asuka Lock.Team SmackDown suffered early casualties as team captain Becky Lynch, Money In The Bank holder Carmella, and Naomi all bowed out early, while Team Raw lost Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox, and Sasha Banks earlier in the match.In the champion-versus-champion duel, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar fended off a gallant stand from WWE Champion AJ Styles and a sore right ankle, scoring the pinfall after hitting an F-5.SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair also submitted Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss with the Figure Eight to reign supreme in the women’s duel.United States Champion Baron Corbin silenced Intercontinental Champion The Miz, catching him on his third corner dropkick attempt and turning it to an End of Days.SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos showed that they are the better team, topping Raw Tag Team Champions The Bar after Jey Uso connected with a splash on Sheamus.The Shield also proved to be the better trio, topping The New Day in their six-man tag team match to open the show as the Hounds of Justice put Kofi Kingston in its signature triple powerbomb from the top turnbuckle.In the kickoff show, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore retained his title after pulled challenger Kalisto to an exposed turnbuckle before connecting with the JawdonZo.Owens and Zayn also trumped Breezango in a tag team match after the Prizefighter hit a Pop-up Powerbomb on Fandango, while Elias beat Matt Hardy with a Drift Away to open the night. 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Bürklin: pocket-sized thermal camera withstanding dirt and moisture

first_img Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs enhances Si479xx automotive tuner family with SDR technologyNext Rutronik: cost-effective nRF9160 development kit from Nordic “Give the customer more than they expect” is the philosophy that John Fluke built his company on — and that still drives it today. In that spirit, Fluke has revamped its entire line of industrial thermal cameras with more premium features packed into every model, providing higher value for the customer and allowing the company to reduce the number of cameras it offers to simplify the buying process.These Fluke cameras are optimally engineered to enable industrial professionals to safely, quickly, and easily find, assess, and solve mission-critical problems before they result in downtime, become costly, or even disastrous.The PTi120 Pocket Thermal Imager from Fluke offers a pocket-sized thermal camera that withstands dirt and moisture. The ability to survive a 1-meter drop offers industrial technicians a durable solution for quick temperature scans of electrical equipment, pumps, motors, building systems, HVAC and process control equipment for hot spots and cold spots that can indicate early signs of trouble.The pocket-sized and the industrial rugged form factor paired with Fluke Connect Asset Tagging and IR-Fusion technology offer a powerful combination. Fluke Connect Asset Tagging eliminates the sorting and organizing of infrared images by simply scanning the asset’s QR code or barcode. The touchscreen display offers IR-Fusion which blends a visible light image with an infrared image simply by sliding your finger across the screen.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

2012 New South Wales Country Championships

first_imgThe event will be the first time that Dubbo Touch Association will use their brand new clubhouse after receiving help from the Tooheys New Crew in recent weeks. The Tooheys New Crew will be helping put the finishing touches on the clubhouse this Thursday and Friday, before the venue is officially launched at 10.00am on Saturday morning. The 2012 event will see teams compete across seven divisions for nine titles at the championships – Men’s Open, Women’s Open/Women’s 20’s, Mixed Open, Men’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s/45’s, Women’s 40’s and Men’s 50’s. The 81 teams, representing 30 affiliates across the state, will make the trip to Dubbo in the hope of returning home with the title of New South Wales Country Champions. The Wollongong Devils will be hopeful of taking out back-to-back titles in 2012 after winning four titles at the 2011 event. 2012 Australian Open representatives Dylan Hennessey (Peninsula), Matt Tope (Wollongong) and Dylan Thompson (Central Coast) will be three of approximately 1,000 participants to take part in the weekend. The Dubbo Devils will have five teams competing in the championships, in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open/20’s, Mixed Open, Men’s 35’s and Women’s 40’s divisions. Games will commence at 8.15am on Saturday morning, with finals to be played at the following times on Sunday: 1.50pm – Women’s Open, Women’s 20’s2.25pm – Mixed Open, Men’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s3.00pm – Men’s Open, Men’s 40’s, Men’s 50’s, Women’s 40’s  To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2012 New South Wales Country Championships, please click on the link below:www.nswcountrychamps.mytouchfooty.comlast_img read more

10 months agoTorino going back to Chelsea for second loan signing

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Torino going back to Chelsea for second loan signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino are going back to Chelsea this month for a second loan signing.After the success of Ola Aina this season, Toro now want to sign his Chelsea teammate, Lucas Piazon.The Granata plan to move to Piazon this month, with plans for an initial loan arrangement.The Brazilian is tied to Chelsea until 2020, though has struggled for first team action as a Blues player.The most success Piazon has enjoyed in England was a loan spell with Fulham in the Championship. last_img read more

14 days agoWest Brom ponder futures of loanees Willock, Diangana

first_imgWest Brom ponder futures of loanees Willock, Dianganaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are keen on retaining the services of Chris Willock.The former Arsenal youngster, who Albion picked up on a season-long loan from Benfica’s B-team, is yet to feature in Slaven Bilic’s first-team but he has been scoring goals in the U23s side with regularity, says Birmingham Live.Another loanee in Grady Diangana has been performing at a particularly high level in recent weeks. They’re performances that have led to suggestions that parent club West Ham United may consider their options in the January transfer window.As is customary between sides in England, the Premier League Irons have the right to recall Diangana in January, understood to be at any time over a two-week period in January.Albion lost Harvey Barnes back to Leicester City in similar circumstances last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trelawny Community Hails School Upgrading

first_imgResidents of Sawyers in Trelawny are hailing the upgrading work done on the community’s primary school by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The project, undertaken at a cost of $21 million, included construction of a new sanitation block and reading room, erection of perimeter fencing, provision of water tanks, and an industrial stove and freezer for the canteen. Clevy Armstrong, who was one of the first students to attend the school when it opened in 1948, expressed gratitude to JSIF. He said the improvements will enhance learning at the institution. “The community boasts a splendid refurbished building to accommodate our children in a clean, hospitable, sanitary and healthy learning environment. It is also a conducive environment for our teachers, who are now more energised to work with our children so that they can learn better,” Mr. Armstrong said at the recent handing over ceremony. He noted that the community has been given a lasting legacy. “JSIF, you have made our dream come true; you have left us a legacy. We will stand by the teachers to see to it that no vandalism takes place, and that everything is maintained and kept to the best,” he stated. “We want you to know of the great significance this is to us in Sawyers and surrounding communities. This is a very valuable gift which will be highly cherished at all levels, and we are grateful to all who contributed,” Mr. Armstrong added. Principal of the institution, Shelly-Ann Griffiths, said the school is a “beacon” in the community and has vowed to protect it for the lasting development of the area. Longtime teacher at the school, Patricka Clarke, stated that the improved and secure environment will provide a boost for the 106 students and six teachers. “I am truly happy. Children will be coming to a very safe environment, bathroom facilities are here, and a kitchen, where they will get warm meals every day,” she noted. Meanwhile, Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, Linda Miller, urged the school community to take responsibility for the “wonderful, new learning environment” which they have been provided. “We are going to protect Sawyers Primary School and we are not going to destroy it. This new school belongs to the community, and we have to take the very best care of it,” she stated. By Garfield Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Football Redshirt freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin enters name in transfer portal

Redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin (12) throws a pass down the field in the first half of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter entering spring camp expecting to battle with sophomore Justin Fields for first-team quarterback reps, redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin has entered his name into the transfer portal. Ohio State confirmed the report Thursday. Lettermen Row was first to report.In the Spring Game, Baldwin completed 20-of-36 passes for 246 yards, throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions. Fields finished the game completing 4-of-13 pass attempts for 131 yards and a touchdown, adding a rushing touchdown with 38 rushing yards. Baldwin spent his first season with the Buckeyes overcoming an ACL injury he suffered in the 2017 Texas 6A State Championship game when he was at Lake Travis High School.As spring practice continued, Fields and Baldwin split first-team reps, and Baldwin was confident in is chances of playing time. “Now Tate leaves and Justin comes in,” Baldwin said. “I guess he is kind of chasing me.”With the loss of Baldwin, Fields and redshirt senior Chris Chugunov are the only quarterbacks on scholarship for the Buckeyes. Sophomore quarterback Danny Vanatsky is also on the roster as a walk-on. read more