LEC Migrating to New Platform to Better Manage Customers, Resources

first_imgAuthorities of LEC and participants at a one-day event held on Carey Street.As community dwellers assure LEC of fighting power theftAs part of efforts to raise awareness on the danger of electricity theft, its negative impact on the economy as a whole and how it is undermining revenue generation, community’s dwellers have assured authorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) of helping to fight power theft.The commitment was held during a town hall meeting with members of the Excellent Sport and Intellectual Association (ESIA) on Carey Street and residents.LEC Assistant Manager for Information Public Affairs, Winston Bedell, thanked the ESIA leadership for the invitation and recounted the challenges being faced by the corporation in fulfilling its statutory mandate of providing affordable and reliable electricity to all Liberia.Theft of electricity, Bedell said, is undermining LEC’s ability to raise its lawful revenue and expand to more communities in a timely and orderly manner.He reiterated that 60 percent of electricity generated, which amounts to US$35 Million annually, is stolen by unscrupulous individuals.Bedell urged members of ESIA to join the fight against electricity theft, which is posing an existential threat to the economy.“We have come today to dialogue with you; and I like to appeal to all members of this great forum and all well-meaning Liberians to join the LEC in combating power theft by naming and shaming individuals and communities involved in this act,” he said.Public Affairs Manager, Mambu James Kpargoi, informed the forum that the LEC with funding from donor partners is implementing several expansion projects, which will connect over 140,000 new customers to the national electricity grid over the next two to three years.Kpargoi disclosed that during the course of this month, the LEC will be migrating to a new customer management software, the Integration Management System (IMS), which will revolutionize how LEC does business with its customers and the public.The IMS, he explained, is a computerized system that will incorporate all aspects of the LEC business units, including customers’ recruitment to connection, procurement to contracting, employee management, and outage management, among several other functions.“2019 is going to be an exciting year and a year of implementation. We have several projects ongoing that will connect over 140,000 new customers to the national electricity grid. The introduction of the Integrated Management System is also going to radically change the way we do business”. Kpargoi said.The Chairman of the Excellent Sports and Intellectual Association, Smith Peters, thanked the LEC for honoring their invitation to inform its members about developments in the electricity sector. He promised that his Center will work with the LEC to combat power theft, which he describe as a virus that is spreading across the LEC network.“We can assure you that we are going to use our platform to help the LEC to fight power theft. We are aware of the crippling impact of power theft on our economy and all Liberians should join the LEC in combating this menace” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dispute among water districts going to trial

first_imgThe two districts had the same management staff until July 1, when they “divorced,” splitting off and going under separate management staffs. Both still operate out of the same building in Carson, but are now on different floors. Officials for Central Basin have said they plan to move from the Carson office. In January, Berle ruled in favor of Central Basin and dismissed the fraud cause of action. But the judge gave West Basin time to file a new complaint with more solid arguments. On Monday, Berle agreed West Basin had stated a sufficient case. The lawsuit maintains West Basin bought the building, 17140 S. Avalon Blvd. in Carson, in 1992 and financed improvements at a total cost of $4.15 million. Both agencies used the building as a joint headquarters and agreed for financial reasons to put title in Central Basin’s name, the lawsuit stated. LOS ANGELES – The West Basin Municipal Water District can take its former water partner – which supplies water utilities in the Whittier area – to trial over the ownership of their former headquarters, a judge ruled Monday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle rejected a motion by attorneys for the Central Basin Municipal Water District to dismiss the fraud allegations on grounds they are too vague. However, Berle said Central Basin raised some legitimate issues in its arguments that it could bring up again just before trial or during trial. Both water districts belong to the Metropolitan Water District. They each sell water to local water utilities. The Central Basin supplies much of the Southeast area of Los Angeles County, while the West Basin serves the South Bay area. However, Central Basin did not comply with an agreement to transfer a half interest in the property to a joint financing authority the two districts set up for business reasons in 1992, the lawsuit stated. The trial is set for July 30.160Want 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

Arsenal draw CSKA in Europa League quarters

first_imgThere was an all Iberian cast in another eye-catching quarter-final draw as capital outfits Atletico Madrid, who many see as the main pretenders to the title, drew Sporting Lisbon.Former European champions Marseille will take on rising German force RB Leipzig, while exciting Italian outfit Lazio face the draw’s minnows Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, who knocked out Borussia Dortmund in the last round.All the matches are played on the same day with the first leg coming on April 5 and the return a week later on April 12.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal, though, return home with two away goals, one foot in the last eight and their shattered confidence very much restored.NYON, Switzerland, Mar 16 – London club Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow after being drawn together in a Europa League quarter-final in Nyon on Friday at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and said British royals and ministers would not attend the World Cup in Russia this year.last_img read more

GOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT TO MARK ‘AMAZING GRACE’ WRITER’S DONEGAL ARRIVAL

first_imgA feast of music and dance is on the menu for Easter Sunday to mark the anniversary of John Newton’s historic arrival in Donegal.It was on April 8, 1748 that the crippled cargo ship The Greyhound found refuge in Lough Swilly.  On board was a ‘wretch’  – a foul-mouthed slave trader called John Newton.  His dramatic escape from death was the turning point of his life.  He went on to pen what is arguably the world’s best loved hymn and to mentor William Wilberforce in his epic battle to abolish the slave trade.Inishowen Gospel Choir will headline the “Amazing Grace Concert” at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel with award winning hip hop dance crew WC Seven G adding some contemporary flare and excitement. Songs from well-loved musicals, traditional music, a photography exhibition and a re-telling of John Newton’s story will contribute to a varied programme that offers something for all the family.Proceeds from the event will support of the work of the White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre where clients have embraced “Amazing Grace” as their anthem.  Fr Neal Carlin explained how addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling can be a form of modern-day slavery.TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn hopes to be among the guests for the concert.  Speaking of the significance of the John Newton story to Inishowen, he said, “We remember John Newton for the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ which is certainly a wonderful gift to humanity but more importantly, I believe was his mentoring of William Wilberforce.  It is hard to find a more inspirational story.“I love the idea that my beloved Lough Swilly gave birth to one of the greatest stories in the history of mankind – the struggle to abolish the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.” “The Amazing Grace Concert” – Easter Sunday 8 April, 7.30pm at The Inishowen Gateway Hotel.  Tickets €5 (under 12s free) – tea and coffee on arrivalFor more information about the connection between Lough Swilly and Amazing Grace, please visit www.amazinggrace.ie or the Amazing Grace Country facebook page.Tickets for the Amazing Grace concert are on sale at the Buncrana Tourist Office or from info@amazinggrace.ieGOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT TO MARK ‘AMAZING GRACE’ WRITER’S DONEGAL ARRIVAL was last modified: April 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT TO MARK ‘AMAZING GRACE’ WRITER’S DONEGAL ARRIVALlast_img read more

Former Raider Matt Millen grateful for support following heart transplant

first_img“Millen here.”Matt Millen has returned phone messages with the same greeting for years, and Saturday morning was no different.The idea was to reach out to Millen to gain some insight on the Hall of Fame candidacy of his former coach Tom Flores, but also to check in to see how he was feeling five weeks after a heart transplant that saved his life. Millen’s thoughts on Flores were inserted into a story on Flores that posted Friday. It’s safe to say that Millen’s recovery hasn’t …last_img read more

Oakland Athletics edge Texas Rangers in chippy game

first_img What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race Homer Bailey allowed nine earned runs to a strong Houston Astros team in his previous start for the A’s. Two games later, the A’s began a relatively treacherous three-game homer-less streak (they’d just broken a 21-game streak with at least one home run).Related Articles Player to be …center_img Former Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson finds new home with Brewers last_img

Sephaka named Springbok Women’s coach

first_img25 February 2014 Former Springbok prop Lawrence Sephaka was on Monday named the new Springbok Women’s head coach, while Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel was named assistant coach ahead of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France in August. Former Springbok Women’s captain Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe-Calata is the new team manager. Sephaka and his management team will work closely with Jacques Nienaber from the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Mobi-Unit, who will oversee the overall implementation of the Saru coaching blue print.‘A major coup’ “It is a major coup for us to have a former Springbok guide the national women’s team,” said Saru CEO Jurie Roux. “Lawrence is an up-and-coming coach and has worked with our elite women in the last few months, so he is familiar with the set-up and the expectations on the team. “His experience as a former Springbok and his familiarity with the demands and the pressure associated with representing one’s country will certainly add to his coaching input as he prepares the squad for the World Cup.”Consultant Sephaka, who played 24 tests between 2001 and 2006, was named as a consultant to the Springbok Women’s team before their first training camp in Cape Town last month, while Tsotsobe-Calata and Dazel also assisted at the camp in their respective roles. The former Springbok will work closely with the Gauteng-based players, in particular, in the months leading up to their next training camp in June and their pre-World Cup European tour, as he is one of five coaches who will run satellite coaching stations across the country with the women. The objective of these coaching stations is to ensure that the players improve their skills in all areas of the game, as well as role-specific preparation to excel in their respective positions.‘It makes sense’ Roux also welcomed the appointment of Dazel and Tsotsobe-Calata. “Renfred has been working closely with the Elite Sevens squad based in Port Elizabeth, and since those players will be eligible for selection for the 15-a-side Rugby World Cup, it makes sense to ensure continuity in the coaching team,” he said. “He has also played the sport at the highest level as a former Springbok Sevens player and provincial 15-a-side player so, similarly to Lawrence, he understands the demands on a national team. “It also gives Saru great satisfaction to appoint Nomsebenzi the team manager. She was the first captain of the Springbok Women’s team in 2004, and as she played alongside some of the women, she knows what the players need to deliver their best performance on the field. “I believe this trio is the ideal management team.”World Cup preparation The Springbok Women’s preliminary World Cup squad have been hard at work since early January to improve their fitness and skills levels, and will continue to work with the Saru Mobi-Unit and satellite coaches in the next few months to prepare for the international showpiece. The squad will assemble in Pretoria on 18 June for a seven-day training camp, which will be followed by a tour to London and France from 25 June to 5 July for warm-up matches against the Nomads and World Cup pool competitors, France, respectively. They will gather again in Stellenbosch for a pre-World Cup holding camp from 14 to 27 July, with the squad set to depart for Paris on 27 July for the international spectacle.Springbok Women management teamHead coach: Lawrence SephakaAssistant coach: Renfred DazelTeam manager: Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe-CalataTeam doctor: Jerome MampanePhysiotherapist: Tanushree Pillay SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How to Improve Your SEO Content Game this 2019

first_imgYou’ve been hearing this a lot but we’ll say it again: content is the fire that will keep your brand going, so make sure it stays lit round-the-clock. What this means is, never underestimate how much impact high-quality content has in generating sales and making customers see you as a thought leader in your industry. Quality content in 2019 means writing articles, creating an infographic, or producing videos that aim to educate and inform your readers. In order to qualify for quality content you should:Always keep your target audience in mind: what do they want to know? What are their common concerns in the industry? Is there recent news that you can weigh in on?Look at your competitors and assess their current content assets. Which topics are they not covering that you can provide? Is there a way for you to improve on or update an article that’s out there? Vary your content formats by creating FAQs, tutorials, slide decks, infographics, or case studies.Take advantage of the emotional impact of a good story.But it’s not only about the quality-quantity counts as well, so make sure you have published enough content at regular intervals to keep your website updated. Create qualty content at all times. Header tags are used to break sections in your website. They are there for a purpose: it segments different thoughts and topics, making sure that your messages are understood by your readers in a more organized manner. It also helps break huge chunks of texts into smaller, bite-sized sections to make it more scan-friendly.While it may not directly impact SEO, it can help improve user experience by helping readers easily find the content they need. Remember: better user experience means improving rankings in the SERPs, so make sure that you put clear headers throughout your web page Search engines show meta descriptions in search results, especially when the keyword or keyword phrase typed in by the user is within the description. Meta descriptions are SEO specialists’ best friend: they exist to generate clickthroughs from search engines by encouraging users to click your link. Source: https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/05/26/how-to-write-meta-descriptions-for-seo-with-good-and-bad-examples/To do it right, make sure you do the following:Keep descriptions within 155 characters, so Google won’t truncate itWrite in an active voiceInclude a call to action (e.g “Click here to get your free e-book!”)Refrain from using clickbait tactics, as a high number of visitors immediately leaving your site would increase your bounce rate and affect your search rankingStart Blogging and Optimize Your Articles. Naida Alabata Improve your layout and formatting. Source: https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly Creating a website with user experience in mind means improving your layout and formatting. This doesn’t only entail knowing where to put your icons or how to make it look more stunning than other websites; it also means knowing the psychology behind why a certain section should be placed in a specific area. To help your customers easily scan and digest what your website is offering, take note of the following:Use font size and typography that can easily be read by the audienceUse bold type and colors for important informationKeep it short to avoid misunderstanding. Maintain proper line spacing in betweenFor clarity, use bullets or numbered listsUse techniques such as siders, tabs, modal windows, and mega-dropdown-menus to organize site navigation Break up content into different subheads by using a proper header tagCreate attractive meta descriptions. Customers are always on the lookout for something authentic—the same goes for content. If your content is not original enough for customers to still find value in it, chances are, you won’t get the SEO results you were targeting. Nobody wants to get the same content they have read from every other website, so make sure that yours offer more value than your competitors.A few strategies you can try include:Source: https://moz.com/blog/how-to-create-10x-content-whiteboard-friday10x content — Popularized by Rand Fishkin, 10x content means providing content that is 10 times better than those currently in the SERPs. This means, among others, adding more data, providing fresh angles to the same topic, and making sure it’s mobile-friendly.Share personal experiences –– As mentioned in the previous point, storytelling can generate an emotional response to your readers. Share your own stories (e.g. how your company started, the challenges you overcame, etc.). This could be in form of a regular blog post or an email newsletter. Whichever topic it is, no one will be able to copy it, as it is your own.Case studies –– Share your findings and actionable steps via case studies of a previous client or an ongoing project. This will help your readers apply the same strategies to their own businesses and reach the same results that you did. This would also amplify your credibility, as an expert in your field.Improve your page speed. In any SEO strategy, linking one content to another is crucial. Don’t let customers finish reading your content at the end of your post without doing anything more.Make sure that there’s a call to action, be it encouraging them to contact you for your services or leading them to a related post somewhere within your website. Often called content layering and internal linking, this strategy allows you to keep your customers within your website by offering them more content after reading one. Communication Works Wonders (with Itai Sadan) Running your own online retail business means that you have to be very visual with how you present your products. This is where the value of a well-optimized photo comes in: image optimization means reducing the size of the image so that it will load faster on your customers’ devices without compromising its quality. To optimize your images, you have to:Name it descriptively using the language your target market can easily understand. Compress your images that come in big file sizes. Study shows that you can compress images in PhotoShop for up to 95% without affecting the quality.Choose image dimensions and product angles wisely, so they would look good on both desktop and mobile devices.If you don’t have available stock images for your brand, there are royalty-free images you can use to load high-quality images on your website.Leverage Header tags. Stay original.center_img Make the most out of your website and start populating your own blog. All you have to do is create a separate page for your content, come up with catchy titles to attract click-throughs, and make the body as extensive as you can but not long enough to bore readers. Of course, you also need to optimize your content so search engines can find them:Add internal links to other pages within your websiteInclude high-quality images and use alt text to describe your image, so search engines will know what those images containLink out related blog posts within the article bodyProvide a section for comments or reviewsShare your content on social media to drive more people to your websiteAdd a call to action. How Growth-Driven Design Keeps Your Website Rel… 9 Web Development Trends to Skip in 2019 Your keywords are important in helping potential customers find you through search engines. To do this, you have to understand the market or audiences you’re trying to capture and recognize their needs. You should also know what they’re talking about and what they’re eager to learn. Once you’ve gathered these data, it will be easier for you to identify the type of content they are looking for and produce it.Source: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-do-keyword-research-htYou can also look for related search terms. To do this, go to Google, type in a keyword related to your niche, scroll to the bottom of the results page, and look at the additional keywords. In your content, make sure that you’re using both long-tail and short keywords. You can also use Google Adwords Keyword Planner and Google Trends.And if you want to further cut down the time you need for keyword research and looking for which content to produce, Content Success can do that for you. We’ll help you track your content’s performance and give you more article ideas that your readers will love. Take Your Content To The Next LevelAcing your SEO game takes a lot of trials-and-errors, before finding out which strategy would work for you. Remember that this is a long-term game. Keep producing high-quality content with the right amount of links, and Google will reward you.If you found these tips helpful, do let us know in the comments section below. Feel free to also add your own strategies and help out your fellow content creators. In this fast-paced world, customers want to get everything done right at the moment it crossed their mind. Imagine how impatient they could get when going through a slow-loading website. In fact, 79 percent of customers who are dissatisfied with a website’s performance would not come back to buy from it again. Slow page speeds can also negatively impact your revenue by as much as 16 percent.Today’s growing market tells us why it’s important to run your website smoothly and seamlessly. More than 60 percent of consumers purchased online using their mobile device in the past six months alone.On top of that, Google is now using mobile page speed as an important indicator of ranks in search results, so it’s best that you optimize your site for better UX and better search rankings by:Making sure your design is responsive, so your visitors can easily navigate your site regardless of the device they are using.Compressing your images, but see to it that the quality stays the same.Eliminating any Flash elements from your pages, as it can significantly slow down your website.Continuing to test your mobile site’s layout, as people use their fingers; not mouse pointers. Buttons should be far enough from each other and large enough for the average finger to tap on it.Using Google’s free mobile-friendly test tool, so you can see where else you need to improve. Google continuously evolves, getting smarter and smarter in offering relevant, high-quality, up-to-date, and credible results to its users. Its current algorithm iterations can now track plagiarized content, over-optimized anchor texts, keyword stuffing, poor, on-and-off-page SEO, poor mobile usability and UX, and ad-centered content. According to a report by MarketDrive and HubSpot, 82 percent of marketers say that SEO‘s effectiveness is on the rise, while 61 percent state that improving and growing their SEO strategies are their top inbound marketing priority. With this, online marketers are challenged to up their game and have a keen attention to detail to ensure that their SEO strategies can provide both short and long-term wins.Adapting Your Content To Google’s AlgorithmsContent has long been one of the foundations of a good SEO strategy. That said, as algorithms get smarter, businesses also need to make sure their content can keep up. Here are tips on improving your SEO content game and making sure you stay ahead of the curve: Related Posts Naida Alabata is a content marketing specialist in Grit PH and an entrepreneur in the Philippines. She opts to share her expertise in marketing, branding, SEO, web design and business development thru writing. Optimize image quality. Strategize keyword search Optimize Micro-Interactions to Enhance your UX …last_img read more

Animating Text in After Effects

first_imgIn this video tutorial, learn how to control text in After Effects with text animators in three easy steps.Top image via Shutterstock.One of the most exciting aspects of working in After Effects is the variety of ways to animate text. The transform properties of a layer offer a variety of options for keyframing and animation. However, if you want full control over your text layers, you need to learn how to use text animators.Text animators allow you to animate specific characters, words, and lines. It’s as simple as picking a property, specifying a range, and then animating to your heart’s desire. Let’s take a look at how to use a text animator in three easy steps. Step 1: Add an AnimatorFirst, I’ll add several animators to specify which properties to animate. I’ve added three animators to my Text Animator text layer. These include animators for Line Spacing, Tracking, and Rotation. I renamed each animator to make my animation workflow simple. If another person opens my project, they can easily identify what’s going on.Step 2: Select the RangeNext, I’ll bring the animation to life with range selectors. Each animator has a range selector with start, end, and offset animation options. Think of range selectors like masks. I’m going to select the range of the text layer that I want the property change to affect. I can specify the range selection by characters, words, lines, and several other advanced options. To bring the animation to life, I’ve adjusted each property to its beginning position. Once I have a good starting point, I’ll add keyframes to each range selector’s end option.Step 3: Time the AnimationFinally, I’ll fine-tune and time my animation by adjusting the end keyframes to match my sound effects. To help make things easier, I’ve renamed the range selectors to the match the name of the properties. For my rotation animator, I’ve changed the range to effect words instead of just characters. Again, when using a text animator, it’s common to only add keyframes to the start or end options of the range selector.Do you know other text animation tips? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

CRPF jawans injured as militants open fire in Anantnag district

first_imgSeveral jawans were injured in an attack by militants on a CRPF patrol party near Lazibal area, Anantnag district of south Kashmir, on Thursday morning.However, unconfirmed reports suggest four jawans were injured. “We are assessing the situation. Reinforcements have been sent to nab the attackers,” said a police official.last_img