#JaVotes2016: Slow Start at polling stations in East Portland

first_imgElection day 2016 was off to a slow start at some polling stations visited by The Gleaner in East Portland. At Ken Wright Primary, voting was delayed despite the polling station opening on time. Election day workers along with the police were on location; however, the presiding officer was absent and ballot papers along with other documents had not yet arrived. Among those arriving early to vote was Lurline Dowie, who complained that she was unable to cast her ballot, as they were unable to accommodate her due to the absence of ballot papers, ink and other material. A similar situation also existed at a centre at Breast Works, where the voting process was delayed for more than 30 minutes. It was somewhat different at Boundbrook Primary, Port Antonio High, Hill Preparatory, Port Antonio Primary and Norwich Primary, where polling stations were opened on time and voting was progressing smoothly. Both candidates for the area, Linvale Bloomfield of the Peoples National Party (PNP) and Derron Wood of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) coasted their votes at Drapers All Age. Bloomfield is confident of victory and predicted that his margin of victory will be larger than in 2011 when he defeated Patrick Lee by 1246 votes. Wood on the other hand has indicated that he will create a major upset. EAST PORTLAND CONDADATES JLP: Derron Wood PNP: Linvale Bloomfieldlast_img read more

Survey Finds Local Marketing Dollars Go To Facebook Places Over Foursquare, Groupon

first_imgInterestingly, 14.3% of respondents said they’d never heard of Groupon, while 27.6% said they’d never heard of Foursquare; 26.9% said they’d never heard of Groupon’s competitor Living Social and 11% said they’d never heard of Facebook Places. Before you draw any conclusions about Super Bowl ads, the survey ran from Jan. 22 through Feb. 3, narrowly missing the Groupon advertising gaffe. According to the survey, about 72% of local businesses say they’ll spend less than $5,000 a year on these marketing efforts, with 34% spending less than $1,000. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Location#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… When Facebook Places launched last summer, one of the first questions (other than “how will this impact my privacy?”) was “How will this impact other location-based startups?” While Foursquare was gaining tractions and users, some questioned if Facebook’s entry into location would serve to squash it.Foursquare has hardly been squashed. The startup ended 2010 with over 380 million check-ins and now boasts over 6 million users. But a new survey from MerchantCircle suggests that while users may be flocking to Foursquare, businesses’ marketing dollars are going elsewhere.According to the 8,000 local business owners that participated in MerchantCircle’s quarterly Merchant Confidence Index, Facebook and Google are still the leaders when it comes to online marketing efforts. Respondents to the latest survey indicate that 32% are using Facebook Places to promote their businesses, with 12% planning to do so in the coming months. That compares to 8.7% who use Foursquare, with 7.6% planning to add it to their marketing repertoire soon.Behind Foursquare in the survey is Groupon, with 6.6% of local merchants saying they’d offered a “daily deal.” But 13% of those surveyed say they plan to do so, an indication that there is a demand for group-buying opportunities. audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

5 Simple Ways To Quickly Eliminate Burnout

first_imgI consider myself fortunate to believe that work is a game, and my life is my real work. If something is a game, you play. Work isn’t my life, but my life is my real work. I tend to work more hours than most people would want to work, and I am in a position to do so now. People who work many hours or do the same thing for many years often burnout. Here are five ways you can quickly eliminate burnout and find inspiration:Make Things Better: It is one thing to “have” to do something and quite another to “get” to do something. Like many platitudes, this one contains a truth worth observing, but for my money, the value is in making the idea practical and tactical. If you want to avoid burnout and rekindle your drive, start by deciding to make it better. The effort it takes to improve something causes you to draw on your imagination and your resourcefulness.Ask yourself, “How can I make this better?”Track Your Progress: Daniel Kahneman’s work suggests that people don’t want to be happy but desire to make progress. If you feel you are not progressing, not growing, not improving, not moving towards your goals, it’s easy to get burned out. Setting goals and tracking your progress can keep you motivated.Ask yourself, “How am I progressing?”Project Focused: I think of everything as a project. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Treating everything like a project is one way to ensure you have something on which you make progress. You feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete a project. You will likely discover your next project while you are working on one.Ask yourself, “What projects do I need to work on now?”Making Space to Explore: I schedule my weeks in advance, blocking time for what’s most important. What I don’t often write about is how much space I leave for things like reading, exploring, and finding ideas and inspiration. Creating space to explore refreshes your energy—and especially your creative energy.Ask yourself, “Am I making space to explore and refresh my thinking? Am I learning?”Doing Nothing: You rarely find me doing nothing, except for the times I am intentionally doing nothing. I meditate every day, even if it’s only for twenty minutes. I also use headphones to listen to binaural sound waves (sometimes Delta, sometimes Alpha, sometimes Gamma). I’ve recently read the idea that even a few minutes of unconsciousness is enough to reset.Maybe don’t ask yourself anything here. Instead, close your eyes and listen.I haven’t found that taking time off clears up burnout, even though there is every reason in the world to refresh and recover. What seems to work better is changing things up, pursuing new ideas, finding inspiration, and working to make things better. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Aaron Finch gets Test call-up for Pakistan series in UAE next month

first_imgAustralia’s limited-overs specialist Aaron Finch has been named in the 15-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month.Australian selectors have also recalled paceman Peter Siddle while have dropped Peter Handscomb from the squad.The Test series against Pakistan will be Australia’s first since the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa in March.Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all suspended for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal the rocked Australian cricket.Selectors have given Finch a chance at a Test debut, along with South Africa-born duo Michael Neser and Marnus Labuschagne.So incredibly happy and proud for my good mate @AaronFinch5s call up to the test squad! Has been sensational this year and thoroughly deserves his opportunity! #woofwoof #testdoggaGlenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) September 11, 2018Rookie Brendan Doggett joins a pace attack led by Mitchell Starc, with warhorse Siddle recalled in his first squad in nearly two years.Regular quicks Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have been ruled out of the two-Test series which starts in Dubai on October 7 and heads to Abu Dhabi for the second match.South Australia captain Travis Head is the fifth uncapped player and will have a chance to slot into Handscomb’s spot in the middle order.Two-Test spinner Jon Holland joins fellow left-armer Ashton Agar in a slow bowling brigade led by Nathan Lyon.”There has been significant change to our Test squad, due to the unavailability of a number of key players,” selector Trevor Hohns said in a media release.advertisement”That said, we firmly believe the squad selected is up to the challenge ahead, and is capable of playing a brand of cricket that can perform well in this series against Pakistan.”Squad: Aaron Finch, Matt Renshaw, Brendan Doggett, Michael Neser, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (captain), Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more