President David Granger departed Guyana on Thursday morning for New Delhi India to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 11, 2018. He is accompanied by Political Assistant, Mr. William Cox and his Aide-de-Camp, Colonel Paul Arthur. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge has been sworn-in to perform the functions of President until the Head of State returns on March 13.Vice President and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is performing the duties of Prime Minister.Second Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan was sworn in to perform the duties of Prime Minister on ThursdayThe Summit is being hosted jointly by the Governments of India and France. President Granger will be delivering a presentation on solar energy. He will be meeting with Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi and President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and is also expected to engage in bilateral meetings on the side-lines with selected Heads of State, who are attending the summit.Last Tuesday, the President commended France and India for collaborating on an initiative, which aims to transform rural societies, when he received a formal invitation to the summit from Indian High Commissioner, Mr. Venkatachalam Mahalingam and Ambassador of the French Republic to Guyana, Mr. Antoine Joly.Guyana ratified the ISA Framework Agreement and is a founding member of the ISA, which was launched on November 30, 2015. It is an action-orientedVice President Carl Greenidge took the oath of office to perform the duties of President on Thursdaayinternational and inter-governmental organisation that aims to maximise the harnessing of solar-energy potential, modernise energy systems, universalise access to energy, accelerate economic development and alleviate poverty.Two new programmes — on scaling solar E-mobility and storage, and on rooftop solar — are expected to be unveiled at the summit, which will see a presence of delegations of over 50 member countries, including the two host States.
CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Tags:#conference#Event#Keynote#speaker#speaking engagement 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Tech companies have increased the number of events they put on over the past few years. It’s almost a requirement now for brands to hold their own user- or industry-focused conferences and summits. These events are a great opportunity for firms to exhibit their thought leadership and engage the people who matter most to their success.If you’re an organizer of one of these gatherings, you know how difficult it can be to find the right speaker. You need someone who knows and understands your industry and can give a speech that will be exciting and engaging to your audience. There are literally hundreds of speakers to choose from, so how do you narrow your search?1. Search for recommended speakers others can vouch for.At the risk of stating the obvious, Google is your friend, and it should be your first stop in seeking a speaker for your event. For example, if you start searching for “Top Marketing Speakers” or “Top Sales Speakers” keywords, you’ll find a number of lists providing recommendations for speakers with those areas of expertise. There might even be one specific to your industry.Of course, these results should be taken with a grain of salt. Speakers included in these articles may have paid to be featured, and it’s very unlikely that the author of the article has seen every listed individual speak. However, such lists are usually a great starting point because they signal who’s interesting enough to be talked about. Even if you don’t choose a speaker from one of these lists, you can often find other candidates by reviewing tweets or comments about the article.2. Use your network to crowdsource.You’ve used Google; now, it’s time to consult Human Google — otherwise known as your network. It’s very possible that the people you’re connected with in your industry have had to plan similar events and might have some recommendations (or perhaps warnings) for you. Even if you don’t realize it, you may have connections with high-level influencers you wouldn’t have the ability to contact otherwise.Reaching out for recommendations is easy: Send out messages via Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, and see what comes back. When an influencer is told by a friend that he or she should be at your event, it means a lot more than cold outreach from you alone.3. Help your prospective speakers before asking for something.Too often, organizers just want to take. They need a speaker at their event, so they’ll reach out and invite the person to speak in their very first contact. This is not a good idea for two reasons: 1) Speakers are less likely to accept when they have no existing relationship with you, and 2) if you’ve never spoken with them before, you don’t actually know whether they’ll be a good fit for your event.Here’s what I suggest instead: Offer to help your prospective speaker. If you’ve seen on social media that he’s working on a big project, offer to lend him your expertise. Even just sending an email that says, “I really enjoy your work and would love to get involved” can go a long way with a speaker or influencer. When you form a relationship by helping someone, you’ll get to know him better, and he’ll be more inclined to accept your invitation later. An added bonus of this approach is that speakers will often give discounts to people they consider friends. Be a friend first.4. Find out what’s a big win for your candidate.Again, don’t just be a taker. If you want a speaker to accept an invite to your event, you’ve got to be clear about what’s in it for her (and I’m not talking just about money). The best way to do this is to ask what’s important to her. Does she want to meet certain people, or are there certain opportunities that would bring value to her? Tell the person how your event can help her achieve that.Influencers typically have large, valuable audiences, so it’s easy for event organizers to see them strictly as resources for themselves. But keep in mind that your organization might be a valuable resource for your prospective speakers as well. Think about their goals, and organize your event so there’s a positive outcome for you and your speakers. Would a book-signing opportunity help them? Could you set up a VIP dinner with executives they might want to meet? Whatever you do, ensure the event is a win-win.5. It’s not always the biggest names who will bring the most value.We would all love to hear from the greatest minds in business: Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk — the list goes on and on. But oftentimes, big names don’t get fully behind an event. They’ll fly in the morning of, give their speech, and be on the first flight out. Speeches from these people can still be valuable, but to make your event the best it can be, you need speakers who are just as passionate about the event as you are and who will be continued advocates for your organization.Smaller names may not attract crowds like a Tim Ferriss or Gary Vaynerchuk would, but they offer something incredibly valuable: the time to build a lasting relationship. That relationship will not only make your event better, but it can have a profound effect on future events as well. If your speakers have a positive experience, they’ll encourage not only their audience, but also other great speakers to participate in your next event.Finding a keynote speaker can be tough, but it’s certainly not impossible. In the end, the greatest advice I can offer is to remember that influencers are people, too. Just like anyone else, they have things they love and things they need help with. Offer to help them, and they’ll be more inclined to help you. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Related Posts Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite read more
Indiegogo and Vimeo strike a deal to bring match funding and distribution to filmmakers.If you are a filmmaker and you’ve used Kickstarter exclusively for crowdfunding, you may want to pay close attention to the news coming from Sundance this past weekend. It was announced that Indiegogo and Vimeo are joining forces as a powerhouse support system for filmmakers.In the agreement, Indiegogo funded films will find that Vimeo is now the “preferred distribution platform” for their content. Vimeo is also setting up an ongoing creator fund, however this fund will be for select funded Indiegogo campaigns. These select films will have exclusive distribution through Vimeo On Demand. “Indiegogo is leading the way for next generation filmmaking,” said Slava Rubin, CEO of Indiegogo.Mirroring the diversity of our open platform, we are proud to support an incredibly robust community of filmmakers across multiple genres. With the addition of Vimeo as a distribution partner, it is now easier than ever for filmmakers using Indiegogo, to pursue their passions, receive funding, garner global exposure, and deliver their work directly to their fans.Filmmakers who setup their crowdfunding through Indiegogo, will be able to utilize some impressive benefits that you won’t find on any other crowdfunding platform. Here are the highlights:Matching funds: Vimeo’s new Creator Fund will commit up to a million dollars in matching funds for select Indiegogo funded film campaigns in 2015.Vimeo marketing dollars: Vimeo will contribute digital marketing spend and social promotion for campaigns in the matching funds program and other selected Indiegogo funded film campaigns.Free unlimited fulfillment: Participating campaigns will have access to free fulfillment on all digital download perks via Vimeo VOD.Discounted Vimeo PRO: Indiegogo film campaigners will be eligible for a substantial discount on a Vimeo PRO membership.Featured collection on Vimeo: An ‘Indiegogo Funded Films’ collection will be featured on Vimeo, which reaches over 170 million global users a month.In addition to the above highlights, Indiegogo announced they have joined the newly established Vimeo On Demand Publisher Network. Vimeo is also creating a dedicated Indiegogo WOD home that will rotate selections of Indiegogo funded films curated by Vimeo. “Vimeo is all about giving power to the creators,” said Kerry Trainor, CEO, Vimeo.This partnership highlights both Vimeo and Indiegogo’s continued support of independent filmmakers on a global level, and provides Indiegogo’s community of creators an opportunity to be exposed to an even wider audience via Vimeo’s transactional VOD platform.Malcom Carter’s The Connected Universe, currently the highest funded documentary film in Indiegogo’s history, is the first project to participate in the new partnership. read more
Grealish: Smith and I big Aston Villa fansby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa captain Jack Grealish enjoys playing for manager Dean Smith.The manager and captain are both lifelong fans.Grealish told The Sun: “It’s massive. The manager sees what it means because he is a Villa fan.“Everything I have done in my life, coming up, watching every game, going as a kid — he’s done all that as well.“With Dean, all you have to do is watch after the game and see how much family he has there.“He has about 40 of them at every single game!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea wing-back Juan Familia-Castillo: I want to sign permanently with Ajaxby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea wing-back Juan Familia-Castillo admits he wants to sign permanently with Ajax.The Dutch youngster is on-loan with Ajax this season, with his deal also having the option to buy. Familia-Castillo only signed a new agreement with Chelsea last summer, extending his contract by three years.But despite seeing so many of his former academy teammates now getting their chance under manager Frank Lampard at Chelsea, Familia-Castillo says he’s now happy where he is in Amsterdam.”Ajax has signed me with an option to buy. If I do well, I hope that I get bought and that I get more minutes in the Eredivisie,” said Familia-Castillo to Voetbal International via Voetbalzone.The youngster is currently playing for Jong Ajax, but is pushing for a place in coach Erik ten Hag’s first team.Familia-Castillo also revealed he had the chance to join Juventus this summer. It would have meant the chance to play for former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who is now in charge at Juve.Familia-Castillo admits the Juve option was his first choice, but terms couldn’t be settled. He added: “Things have happened so I finally chose Chelsea. Chelsea is a big club, so I’m happy with my choice anyway.“If I can be loaned out to Ajax, that is absolutely beautiful. I would actually go to Juventus, that was the number one. This was canceled due to certain reasons and transfers. Now it’s up to me to continue.”- updated October 14 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say read more
For a team like Michigan, which notched a (well-above-average) offensive rating of 73.7 last season, the loss of seven offensive starters projects to drop their offensive rating to 63.0 — only about as good as Mississippi State or Colorado State was last season and 7.2 points lower than it would have been if Michigan had the FBS’s average number of non-quarterback starters coming back.4In 2017, that average number is 6.1.That alone would figure to cost the Wolverines a half-win this season relative to average, but the losses on defense could be even more damaging. In Steele’s data set, only one other Power Five team — the 2010 Minnesota Gophers — lost 10 of 11 defensive starters between seasons, and that team’s defensive rating dropped from 58.9 to 22.2. Not every team with defensive losses sees quite so steep a drop-off, but here’s how the number of departing starters tends to affect a defense: Jim Harbaugh has restored Michigan’s place in the upper ranks of the college-football hierarchy with two straight 10-win seasons. As the team kicks off its 2017 campaign on Saturday against the 17th-ranked Florida Gators in Arlington, Texas, the Wolverines will bring a new sense of optimism and Harbaugh-infused intensity. There’s one thing they won’t bring, though: Many of last year’s players.Michigan, which is ranked 11th to start the season, is perhaps the hardest team in college football to get a read on — and not just because Harbaugh refused to release his team’s official roster until Wednesday. The team was one of the best in the nation last season but sustained heavy personnel losses in the offseason, saying goodbye to seven starters on offense and a staggering 10 on defense. According to college football information guru Phil Steele’s team experience rankings, Michigan ranks 127th out of 130 teams this year. As you might expect, teams who lose numerous starters tend to take a step back the following season — no matter how good the incoming recruits are.With only five starters coming back, Michigan is returning less of its lineup than any other team in the country. And indeed, among Power Five schools since 2001, only Arkansas in 20041Which returned only four starters. brought back a less experienced lineup than the Wolverines, according to data we obtained from Steele. It’s no coincidence that those Razorbacks finished with a losing record after winning nine games the year before, because there’s a pretty clear relationship between how much talent returns to a team and how well it does that season. Using Steele’s data,2Including seasons going back to 2008, when information on returning quarterbacks is complete. I ran a regression and found that every additional starter lost on offense shaves about one-fifth of a win off of a team’s record3Per 12 games, against a neutral schedule. — and that’s if none of those starters played quarterback. Losing a starting QB costs a team about three-fifths of a win per season.Here’s how the number of starters lost would be expected to affect an average FBS team (according to ESPN’s team efficiency ratings, which grade a team on each side of the ball on a 0 to 100 scale, with 50 as average): Michigan’s defense carried an 87.4 rating last season, third-best in the FBS, but my model predicts that they’ll drop to 62.8 — basically the same as last year’s Texas A&M and Penn State outfits — after turning over nearly the entire starting corps. (Only linebacker Mike McCray is back from last year’s starting lineup on D.) Even accounting for the fact that the typical defense loses about 4.5 starters per season, the Wolverines figure to be down 0.9 more wins than average because of their many defensive departures.Add it up, and Michigan’s inexperience has unquestionably caused it to lose ground relative to the rest of the country.But fear not, Ann Arbor. This doesn’t mean that Michigan will immediately plummet back to the depths it reached under Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke after briefly coming up for air with Harbaugh. The Wolverines have some important factors working in their favor, according to the model.Although losing a bunch of players hurts, the single most damaging starter a team can wave goodbye to is its starting quarterback — and Michigan’s incumbent QB, Wilton Speight, is still around this season. (He may not start, but even that might be a positive sign if Harbaugh has another QB on hand that he believes is as good as a returning starter.) Returning a QB can boost a team’s offensive efficiency rating by about 8 points, which is enough to offset the loss of about 3.5 non-QB starters by itself.Another important factor is playing in a Power Five conference. Because a top conference such as the Big Ten perennially dominates the recruiting rolls, its schools always have a deep talent base, which in turn makes them much better equipped than smaller programs to weather a mass exodus of players. When I combined efficiency ratings on both sides of the ball, I found that a Power Five team can expect to win about one more game (against a neutral schedule) than a school not in a Power Five conference, even after controlling for starters lost. Considering how good Michigan’s recruiting has been under Harbaugh, the Wolverines’ next crop of starters should help them survive the loss of the previous one.And, finally, there’s Harbaugh himself. According to my model, teams that bring back a head coach tend to gain nearly a half-win on teams that break in a new one, after controlling for all of the other factors mentioned. Continuity is huge in a sport like college football, in which the status quo reigns supreme — as long as nothing upsets the apple cart too much. Having a consistent system can help player development, for instance, as recruits have the benefit of learning the playbook over the course of multiple seasons. And Harbaugh has to rank among the better coaches in the sport today, having turned around Stanford and Michigan from a combined 6-18 record in the seasons before he arrived to a combined 22-4 in his most recent campaigns with each school. (Not to mention bringing the San Francisco 49ers one first-and-goal touchdown away from a Vince Lombardi trophy.)Harbaugh is a bit of an, um, eccentric coach, and — including his stint in the NFL — he has a tendency to burn his teams out after several seasons of rapid improvement. But for now, he still has Michigan in the ascending phase. In other words, the odds are still high that the Wolverines take a step backward this season, but the drop might not be as steep as it could have been. read more
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola insists Alvaro Morata needs to improve tactically if he is to succeed in the Premier League.Morata was recalled to the starting line-up by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri for the league clash against Southampton on Wednesday night, but the former Juventus striker was unable to break the deadlock as the Blues were held to a goalless draw at home.Zola insists Morata remains one the most talented strikers in the world but says he must do more tactically if he is to rediscover his goalscoring touch.Zola said, according to Sky Sports:“Technically Morata – and this is the reason we invested a lot in him this year – we thought he was the perfect number nine for us.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Maurizio has always said that. Technically without a doubt, he is one of the best in this position.”“I think he has to improve a little bit tactically because nowadays with the type of football, football is so organized you need to get better tactically, your ability is not enough.”“In my opinion, he needs to improve on this. He’s been working on that, he has a good attitude. He feels that he doesn’t score enough and he feels a lot of responsibilities for that.”“But he has to learn to put everything behind because these are only burden that you take on the pitch and they don’t help you to perform better.” read more