first_imgAdvertorialThey have been one of the Donegal team biggest supporters and now Evolve Menswear are official stockists of all Donegal GAA gear.All the official clothing regalia including polo shirts, jerseys and hoodies are in stock at the leading clothing stockist. Last year’s jerseys and hoodies are probably well-worn after the large numbers of outings they underwent!And hopefully any investment in another hoodie or jersey will get the same value for money until Jim and the boys lift Sam again in September. IS YOUR DONEGAL HOODIE 10 YEARS OLD – YOU NEED TO ‘EVOLVE’! was last modified: June 21st, 2013 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)last_img read more

Public-safety plan advances

first_imgEfforts to consolidate hundreds of public-safety officers under a single department gained momentum Monday when a City Council committee approved a plan to give the new agency more civilian oversight. Still needing action from the full City Council, the plan would put almost 400 officers for city libraries, parks, the Convention Center, the L.A. Zoo, the El Pueblo Historic Monument and some other areas under a single Office of Public Safety. East San Fernando Valley Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who has spearheaded the effort, said she wants to replace a cumbersome, noncommunicative setup, which some call “the Tower of Babel,” with a coordinated effort. “Under the existing system, we are inefficient,” she said. After concerns were raised by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, city officials revamped the plan to include a civilian oversight commission and a role for the Police Commission’s inspector general in reviewing complaints and use-of-force incidents. Councilman Jack Weiss, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, called for even more involvement by the Police Commission, adding that civilian oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department has a longer history than oversight of security provided by the other city departments. LAPD personnel will train the 400 public-safety officers, some of whom carry guns, and work with them from time to time on overlapping cases. The panel heard from several public-safety officers who largely support the consolidation, though some concerns remain. “The park rangers are ready and willing to move into this new office,” said Joe Tafoya of the Los Angeles City Park Rangers. The park rangers are eager for an answer because some ranger positions have been left unfilled while consolidation is debated, Tafoya said. “We’re not fielding proper deployment now, (and) our parks are suffering,” he said. Two community residents told the panel they fear skilled rangers would be moved out of their current park postings in a reorganization, but Tafoya said there would be no such redeployment. The strongest opposition came from the Los Angeles General Services Police Officers Association, a group of about 26 officers trying to break away from their current union representation. The association, which has hired former City Councilman Richard Alatorre as an adviser, feels it has been left out of the process, said leader Donald A. Taylor. The group wants to be sure its members, whose duties include providing government security services, are treated like other law enforcement officers, Taylor said. One area of concern for Taylor’s group is a provision that would prohibit Office of Public Safety personnel from engaging in vehicle pursuits. “The pursuit policy is ludicrous,” Taylor said. The LAPD has expressed concern about allowing security officers to engage in pursuits, which are inherently dangerous and should be limited in general, said Cmdr. Mike Bostic. The LAPD and city officials will likely discuss the matter before the plan goes to the City Council, Bostic said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

VP releases commemorative coin to mark statisticians birth

first_imgKolkata: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today released a commemorative coin of Rs 125 denomination on the occasion of 12th Statistics Day and 125th birth anniversary of scientist Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. Naidu, who unveiled the coin at Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in north Kolkata in the presence of Union Statistics Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, said he felt privileged to be a part of the programme. Bratya Basu, the state’s information technology and electronics minister, was also present at the occasion among other dignitaries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The vice president referred to Mahalanobis as the “architect” of national sample survey organization and a “visionary” who set up the north Kolkata institute. “This is a wonderfully designed coin – a fitting tribute to Mahalanobis, who was a great soul and genius statistician. I am happy to be a part of this initiative,” he said. Union minister Gowda, during his speech, said the country had been observing June 29 as Statistics Day since 2007 in recognition of the invaluable contribution of Mahalanobis. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “Mahalanobis had thought about an environment, where information would be secure and data collection would be done for professional considerations. ISI has lived up to that objective,” he said, adding that the government would be drafting a statistics policy soon after taking opinion of all stakeholders. The director of the institute, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, said the institution had been facilitating high-level inter-disciplinary research in statistics, driven by real-life problems faced by the country, as visualised by its founder. An audio clip, dwelling on the three-decade-long relationship between Mahalanobis and Rabindranath Tagore, with voice-over of noted actor Barun Chanda, was also released at the institute today on this occasion.last_img read more

Safe Drive Save Life campaign held in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: Traffic police of South Dinajpur conducted Safe Drive Save Life programme in Balurghat on Monday. School students took part in a colourful procession, sending out the message of safety awareness. A decorated tableau also took part in the rally.The rally was inaugurated by district police chief Prasun Banerjee. Inaugurating the rally, Banerjee said: “The principal aim of conducting Safe Drive Safe Life programme with the school students is to grow consciousness about the road safety rules. We have tried to deliver a message about the basic knowledge of it.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from school students, trained officials and civic volunteers of police took part in the programme as well. A free eye check-up camp along with free distribution of spectacles for drivers was also conducted at a public bus-stand. An ambulance for critical patients was also inaugurated by the district police chief, with the aim of providing fast medical assistance. Deputy superintendent of police (headquarter) Dhiman Mitra, deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Anirban Paul Choudhury, additional police superintendent Debasish Nandi, chief medical officer of health Dr Sukumar Dey and officer-in-charge (traffic) of Balurghat Sanjay Mukherjee attended the programme along with several dignitaries and guests. Police said they have organised similar programmes in Gangarampur and Harirampur as well.last_img read more

Mobile Wallets the Future of Loyalty Marketing Programs

first_imgAugust 4, 2015 3 min read “Mobile wallets” are steadily inching their way into the mainstream. With the technology now readily available — and affordable — and the stigma of security issues steadily fading, consumers are finally jumping on board.Related: The Future of Mobile Payments Awaits Your FingerprintIn the past year, approximately 28 percent of smartphone users actually made a mobile payment, and that number is only expected to grow.But what many merchants don’t realize is that mobile wallets can also be used as strategic marketing tools to help increase their bottom lines. The solution is in mobile loyalty programs.After all, customers love loyalty programs. But they don’t love carrying around a wad of plastic cards in their wallets. Cards are bulky and easily lost. So, if your business already offers a loyalty program — or plans to implement one — there’s never been a better time to make the switch to mobile.Benefits for businessesThe most obvious reason why merchants offer mobile loyalty programs is to give customers incentives to return to their businesses. But there are a number of other perks, too, including:Increased sales — Customer retention is always good for boosting the bottom line, but studies have shown that a mobile loyalty program can also boost extra sales among loyalty customers. Kohl’s loyalty customers, for example, average two additional trips to the store and spend $80 more than nonloyalty customers over the course of a year.Differentiation from the competition — Loyalty programs are an excellent way to stand out from the crowd. And having a mobile loyalty program gives you an even bigger edge in the marketplace. Consider what your competitors are doing for their loyalty programs and figure out a way to make yours even better.Cost savings – Mobile loyalty programs require less operational management than paper-based programs, and that advantage will ultimately lead to reduced operational costs.Improved customer service – Consumers want their experiences to be enjoyable, and they want to feel valued. Loyalty programs help make both of these goals possible. They open the door for more communication between retailers and customers during checkout. And they give loyal customers rewards for their patronage, making them feel appreciated.Related: The Future of Mobile Payments Awaits Your FingerprintThe current landscapeSome merchants, like Starbucks, have already launched successful loyalty programs within their own store apps. The Starbucks app allows customers to load money onto their mobile accounts (like a revolving gift card), keep track of their rewards and make payments and use their rewards directly from their phones at checkout. And this is just the beginning of the integration of mobile wallets with loyalty programs.Looking forwardExperts predict that the next step in mobile loyalty programs will be to integrate them with the front-runner mobile wallets, such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet. Up until this point, consumers have been forced to use mobile loyalty programs within each store’s individual apps. In the near future, we can expect to see these mobile wallets begin to not only implement store loyalty programs, but ultimately become a platform for integrated, real-time marketing.Related: Why It Might Make Sense to Pay Your Employees in Bitcoin (VIDEO) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more