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  • ‘Making Alabama’ exhibit closes Friday

    first_img ‘Making Alabama’ exhibit closes Friday “Our history has shaped, and will continue to shape, our future,” he said. “So, we need to know and understand it. I know it’s a cliché but it’s true. If you don’t know where you’ve been, you won’t know where you’re going.  ‘Making Alabama’ let’s us know where we’ve been and directs our path to another 200 years.” Tuesday morning was busy for the docents as retirees, teachers, retired teachers and members of the business community visited the exhibit.Allen and Ginger Rodgers viewed some of the touch-screen kiosks together and some individually.“It’s all so interesting and I like to go back and read some things again,” Ginger said. “Allen moves on and that’s alright. I have enjoyed this exhibit and learned a lot. We both have so we’ll have a lot to talk about.” Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Bowden said reservations for unscheduled hours may be made by calling Brundidge City Hall at 334-735-2385. Admission is free.“The exhibit showcases the decisions and turning points that shaped Alabama history, culture and way of life,” Bowden said. “I thought I knew a lot about Alabama history but I have learned a lot and gained an even greater appreciation for this wonderful state in which I live and for the people who have shaped it.”Bowden said he now has a better understanding of the milestone events that made Alabama the great state that it is. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 7:11 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Book Nook to reopen You Might Like TRMC celebrates 50 years of service to the community Troy Regional Medical Center has proudly served the residents of Troy and Pike and surrounding counties since 1969. In recognition… read more Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell The “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit” opened at the Fine Arts Center at Pike County High School in Brundidge with a private showing for Pike County elected officials on Sunday, June 9. The Alabama 200 exhibit has been open Monday through Friday for two weeks and other days by reservation. “Making Alabama” and will close Friday after a successful two weeks of sharing Alabama story.The exhibit is hosted by the City of Brundidge with support from the Brundidge Historical Society. Lawrence Bowden, BHS president, said the exhibit has been well received and hopes are that those who have not viewed the exhibit will take the opportunity to do so before it closes on Friday.The hours are from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 4 until 7 p.m. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Becky Hagen, a retired teacher, said she taught Alabama history and she learned things from the exhibit that she didn’t know about her home state.“Everybody could have learned from this exhibit,” she said.Barbara Homann, a transplant from central Wisconsin, said her love of Alabama was reinforced through the exhibit.She and her husband, the late Homer Homann, fell in love with Alabama years ago and made it their home.“The people of Alabama are so friendly and welcoming,” she said. “We came here and never wanted to leave.”Homann said the exhibit was an opportunity for her to learn more about Alabama and the changes that have occurred over the 200 years.“Alabama has been through some difficult times but there are no better people than the ones we have found here,” she said.“Making Alabama” will close at 7 p.m. Friday night. However, Bowden said the docents will not run anybody out.“We want to thank the City of Brundidge for hosting the exhibit, the Pike County Board of Education for allowing us to use the great facility, our docents and all of those who came and celebrated our Bicentennial by learning more about Alabama’s history.” Sponsored Content Skip Latest Storieslast_img read more

  • Stoke manager Pulis does not deserve criticism, insists Redknapp

    first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp insists Tony Pulis does not deserve criticism despite Stoke City’s dismal form.Pulis was signed by Redknapp as a player for Bournemouth and was added to the coaching staff there before succeeding him as Cherries boss.The pair remain friends and City manager Pulis takes his team to Loftus Road this weekend following a terrible run that has seen the Potters slip into relegation trouble.But Redknapp said: “He has done a great job there. He took them to another level.“They established themselves as a mid-table club. They’re a good club, a well run club with a good manager.“I’m sure Tony’s finding out at the moment who his friends are. People soon desert you at times like that.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Rio+20: Zuma challenges world leaders

    first_img22 June 2012 As the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development entered its last day in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, South African President Jacob Zuma called on world leaders to renew political efforts towards achieving growth without further harming an already imperilled environment. The meeting, which opened in Rio on Wednesday, follows the Earth Summit held in Rio in 1992, during which countries adopted Agenda 21, requiring them to pursue economic growth that advanced social equity and ensured environmental protection. Zuma, addressing the opening plenary of the conference on Thursday, urged the nearly 100 heads of state from 193 countries attending the gathering to implement the goals of a similar summit held in Johannesburg 10 years ago. The conference in Rio should build on the “concrete and practical experience of approximately 20 years of the implementation of the sustainable development agenda as outlined in Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation”. Zuma said delegates should also draw lessons from the Earth Summit, adding that “then we collectively agreed that unless we did something, our future as a species was doomed”. “The world adopted the Agenda 21 and the Rio Principles as a blueprint for human development living in harmony with nature. The Earth Summit had alerted us to the unprecedented levels of poverty, underdevelopment and inequality in developing countries.” But despite these principles and their noble intentions, Zuma said the path to a sustainable world had been confronted with major global challenges. “In the main, the world has not done justice to the spirit of the Rio Declaration. The commitments of making sustainable development a reality have not been fully honoured,” he said. Zuma said Rio+20 “has the potential to outline a process beyond the maturity of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015”. The sustainable development goals should “build on, be integrated in, and strengthen the MDGs which will inspire the community of nations for action towards sustainable development”. Emphasising the need to move towards climate-friendly developments agreed on at last year’s climate summit in Durban, Zuma said green economy policies should be developed in accordance with the principles in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • South Africa’s economy not declining but it faces difficulties

    first_imgIn the current challenging economic climate, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), delivered to Parliament on 26 October 2016, focused on social development and transformation. The biggest challenge South Africa faces, Gordhan said, is slow global growth and its effect on investment and trade in South Africa.This is one of the reasons for a R23-billion shortfall in projected revenue, a deficit that will have to be recouped through raised tax rates. The minister conceded that he faced a challenge of implementing measures that raised government revenues without inhibiting investment.Gordhan’s solution is to stabilise and consolidate national debt and prioritise capital investment.Over the next three years, R900-billion will be invested in infrastructure development with an emphasis on the telecommunications, energy and transport sectors.Additional funding will be channelled into health services, tertiary education and social programmes.Minister Gordhan stressed that government priorities remained:Progress in providing housing, clean water and sanitation for all.Creating equal access to health care.Accelerating job creation and small enterprise development.Expanding access to further education and advancing the country’s technological capabilities.South Africa’s economy faces difficulties, but the economy is not in decline, Gordhan stressed.To take advantage of the opportunities for growth, government would prioritise the financing of education. “We are especially mindful of the need to expand access to post-school education opportunities,” Gordhan said, but added “this is not enough: our progress rests on improvements in the entire education system.”In addition to a R16-billion boost to the higher education budget, a further R9- billion is earmarked for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. The effect of fee increases will be bankrolled by an additional R8-billion to aid households with an income under R600 000. These measures recognise that graduates do contribute, through taxes and loan repayments, to the next generation of students.All of these objectives, the minister explained, had to be met without leaving a legacy of debt for future generations. These aims, summed up as social transformation and inclusive economic growth, would ensure opportunities and the chance of a better life for all South Africans.Economic growth would ensure a stable and vibrant democratic South Africa.By prioritising where the government can best spend revenue and, more importantly, cut unnecessary and wasteful government expenditure, the ministry will be able to increase social grants. This modest increase – an additional R10 a month – has been necessitated by rising food costs.Other social programme spending includes:An expansion in government HIV/Aids programmes, which now reach 3.5 million people.Increases in the National Health Insurance’s conditional grant to continue the contracting of general practitioners and bring professional capacity into the School Health Programme.New conditional grant for employment of social workers.Extended child support grant for orphans.Funding for 39 000 Funza Lushaka bursaries for prospective teachers.Minister Gordhan’s statement also covered economic development, especially growth that encouraged the building of a more inclusive economy. Over the medium term the minister has proposed:R45-billion to promote industrialisation, economic transformation and sustainable resource management.An agri-parks initiative to help small farmers with production, marketing and training.A reassignment of housing funds to speed up investment in rental housing units and planning of catalytic projects in large towns and cities.Establishment of the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute.Funding for the N2 Wild Coast road, the Moloto road and improved maintenance of both national and provincial roads.High-speed internet access in government buildings.“Fifty-five million South Africans want to see and experience real change in their lives, and continuous progress,” Gordhan emphasised.The minister challenged all South Africans to embrace a collective and concerted effort to find solutions for sustainable growth and eradicating poverty. If South Africans want the promise of the National Development Plan to be realised, Gordhan said, the country needed to embrace stable and sustainable public finances, as well as economic reforms and a transparent monetary policy.There are promising “green shoots” in the economy that can only be nurtured if the finance ministry’s holistic package of measures to grow the economy are enacted. “No one measure will work,” Gordhan said, “our approach is to mobilise efforts across many fronts, and to recognise a diversity of contributions in an open and multi-faceted development framework.”Gordhan’s MTBPS once again reaffirms an approach to building a national consensus on development and transformation. The minister set out the aims of his budget:The objective is inclusive growth.Limits would be set on government debt and expenditure while the administration would encourage public and private sector investment.The government-endorsed nine-point development plan would guide policy.Broadening inclusive participation, growth and development will require multi- ministerial policy initiatives.“All of us have expectations of government, of the economy and indeed of our political system. We expect delivery,” Gordhan concluded. “We expect change for the better. We expect progress in South Africa. Above all, we expect a better future for our children – particularly through education.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

  • Proteas narrowly escape Netherlands upset

    first_img28 March South Africa narrowly avoided a shock defeat to the Netherlands in the ICC World Twenty in Chittagong, Bangladesh on Thursday, successfully defending a low total to edge the Dutch by five runs and keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive. Coming off a nasty nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka, the Netherlands were not expected to push the Proteas much. Instead they made the game very uncomfortable for the South Africans and their supporters by restricting Faf du Plessis and company to only 145 for 9 in their 20 overs.Stunning The pitch suited their bowling, but their bowlers had to make full use of it, and they did, led by Ashan Malik, who mixed up his pace up very effectively to capture a stunning 5 for 19 in his four overs. He ended Hashim Amla’s very aggressive innings at the top of the order after the South African opener had smashed 43 off only 22 deliveries and followed that up with the wickets of Albie Morkel (5), David Miller (17), Dale Steyn (5) and Beuran Hendricks (3). With Malik setting the bar high, the rest of the Dutch attack responded with some tight bowling.Lack of boundaries SA skipper Faf du Plessis smashed a six off the fourth ball of the ninth over, but was out the very next ball, caught on the boundary off the bowling of Tom Cooper. Incredibly, it took until the fourth ball of the 17th over for the Proteas to strike their next boundary as the Netherlands’ bowlers allowed little width to the batsmen and kept the ball full. Du Plessis managed 24 off 14 deliveries, but the two next highest scorers, AB de Villiers and David Miller, usually free scoring batsmen, were restricted to 21 off 21 balls and 17 off of 18 respectively. Ultimately, the Proteas managed only 13 fours and one six in their innings, with Amla responsible for the majority of them, striking seven boundaries and the only maximum of the South African innings. In the end, they mustered only 145 for 9, leaving the Dutch requiring 7.3 runs per over for victory.Destructive Former KwaZulu-Natal Inland and Northerns player Stephan Myburgh then threatened to win the game for the Dutch with a destructive knock at the top of their batting order. Fellow opener Michael Swart was the first to fall, but when he was dismissed for eight in the sixth over of the innings the Dutch had already reached 55, thanks mostly to the efforts of Myburgh. His belligerent knock was finally ended in the eighth over when he played on to JP Duminy for 51 off only 28 balls. By then, however, the Netherlands were on 80 for 2, well within sight of a shocking upset of the South Africans.Tahir’s heroics South Africa needed somebody to step up and stop the flow of runs. That man proved to be leg-spinner Imran Tahir. He begin his heroics by trapping Wesley Barresi in front for 14 and then followed that up by seeing off captain Peter Borren LBW for 13. Still, at 116 for 4, the Dutch needed only 30 runs for victory with six wickets in hand. Dale Steyn, though, removed Ben Cooper for five on that total, followed by Tahir bowling Cooper’s in-form brother Tom for 16 to reduce the men in orange to 116 for 6. Two runs later, Tahir claimed his fourth wicket, when Pieter Seelar was caught by JP Duminy for two, to leave the Netherlands wobbling on 118 for 7.Run out David Miller and Quinton de Kock then combined to run out Logan van Beek to make it 125 for 8. Mudasser Bukhari and Timm van de Gugten added nine runs, taking the total to 134 before Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who was expensive with a return of 1 for 46 in his four overs, had Bukhari caught by Miller for 11. At 134 for 9, the Proteas needed only one wicket to avoid an embarrassing set-back. To their relief, they claimed it five runs later when Hendricks picked up his second T20 international wicket, having Van der Gugten caught behind for eight.‘We are making it hard for ourselves’ “I think we are making it hard for ourselves,” South African captain Faf du Plessis said at the post-match ceremony. Optimistically, he added: “It’s a great sign when your side is not playing 100 percent and still gets over the line. “Credit to Netherlands for some very good bowling. Tahir and Steyn were outstanding. Credit to young Hendricks for bowling well under pressure. Credit to Netherlands as they played very good cricket for 70 percent of the game.”‘We obviously let this one go’ Defeat was tough to swallow for Dutch captain Peter Borren. “We obviously let this one go. We played across the line to Tahir. It’s a real shame,” he said. “They got off to a flying start and we did well to pull them back. Malik is a fantastic bowler and credit to him. “I have to take the responsibility too with my dismissal tonight. I’m miffed with the fact that we didn’t get over the line. After our last game I’m glad we stepped up better tonight.”‘It was a good team effort’ For his crucial role in South Africa’s victory, Imran Tahir was named man of the match. “I’m really pleased. It was a good team effort,” he said. “We believed that we could have won this game, but it wasn’t an easy one. I just tried to bowl wicket to wicket.” In Thursday’s other Group 1 game, England chased down a victory target of 190 to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets, with Alex Hales becoming the first Englishman to hit a T20 international century, finishing with 116 not out off of just 54 deliveries, with 11 fours and 6 sixes. South Africa next face England on Saturday in Chittagong in their final group match.last_img read more

  • Remedios one Flower Hair Comb Wedding Headpieces – Delicate yet sturdy – and perfect against all hair types/colours

    first_img Can’t wait to wear this for my wedding. Delicate yet sturdy – and perfect against all hair types/colours. Gorgeous bridesmaid hair detail: barrette grips well, and won’t fall out. Features of one Flower Hair Comb Wedding HeadpiecesSize: 5.9*2.8inch/15*7cmEmbellishment: Crystals, flowers, pearlsElegant design will surely make you to be the star around the peopleIt lets you show off your love of nature with an accessory that will make a big impression on your big day and then last for a lifetimeOccasion: Wedding, Party, Pageant, Prom, Other special occasions, etc Delicate yet sturdy – and perfect against all hair types/colours. Gorgeous bridesmaid hair detail: barrette grips well, and won’t fall out. It is flexible and bends to shape. My only worry is that its colour is more towards ivory rather than pure white and my dress is white. But customer service was excellent so can’t complain.A really nice hair clip overall. It is flexible and bends to shape. Lovely quality exactly what i expected. Just what i wanted cant wait to wear it for my wedding in 2 weeks. Looks very nice but comb could be bigger as very small. Good for the price but you get what you pay for. I chose not to wear it on my wedding day. Good for the price but you get what you pay for. I chose not to wear it on my wedding day. Very pretty, just wish clip was larger,won’t hold up the hair. This is a beautiful and quality for money product. It has a slide grip but you can use pins to attach around the sides to help secure it more, if needed. Although i haven’t done this, it looks possible to detach from the slide grip if you wanted to (from what i can see anyway). Lovely head wear for a bride to be. This is so lovely but my hairdresser for the day said it was too heavy for the way she had put my hair up. Looks very nice but comb could be bigger as very small. Can’t wait to wear this for my wedding. Beautiful and extremely easy to use far exceeded my expectations and looked gorgeous, fit for bridal wear . Very pretty, just wish clip was larger,won’t hold up the hair. This is so lovely but my hairdresser for the day said it was too heavy for the way she had put my hair up. It was perfect for my wedding day. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-01-23 07:55:34Reviewed Item one Flower Hair Comb Wedding HeadpiecesRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  30  reviewsPrice£11.99 My only worry is that its colour is more towards ivory rather than pure white and my dress is white. But customer service was excellent so can’t complain.A really nice hair clip overall. This is a beautiful and quality for money product. It has a slide grip but you can use pins to attach around the sides to help secure it more, if needed. Although i haven’t done this, it looks possible to detach from the slide grip if you wanted to (from what i can see anyway). Lovely head wear for a bride to be. Just what i wanted cant wait to wear it for my wedding in 2 weeks. Beautiful bridal wearDelicate yet sturdy – and perfect against all hair types/coloursA lovely Hair Clip!last_img read more

  • 6 Best Business Phone Services for Small Business in 2019

    first_imgTrends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … 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 Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The business phone service chosen for your small business defines your communication abilities. How you and your employees connect, impacts the way, your company operates. The customer experience loses value when your business does not have unified communications. The customer relationship and business reputation will diminish.It is no secret; a business cannot run on an unreliable and inflexible phone system. To build confidence in VoIP systems, here are the six best phone services for small business in 2019.6 Best Business Phone ServicesEvery employee and customer desires to be heard and understood.Anything that interferes with those two goals is an interruption or breakdown. If this happens, it can lead to poor customer service due to miscommunication.Your small business needs to meet the communication expectations of employees and customers. For your business phone service needs to be of high quality, you need to achieve those two goals.Business owners need to also think about improving customer support and employee productivity. Using the right small business phone solutions can enhance the customer experience.When going beyond phone calls by incorporating unified communications, your business will excel. Unified communications that include; text messages, video conferencing, visual voicemail, and more.After all, it is 2019, and the traditional phone system does not cut it for customers anymore. Customers want to reach employees through different forms of communication. The right virtual phone system will serve your customers in the right way.These six best small business phone services will narrow down your search.After all, it is 2019, and the traditional phone system does not cut it for customers anymore. Customers want to reach employees through different forms of communication. The right virtual phone system will serve your customers in the right way.These six best small business phone services will narrow down your search.1. NextivaStarting at $20/month per userNextiva is a complete, cloud-based, Voice over internet protocol business VoIP service. Your small business should not have to compromise on scale, quality, or flexibility.Nextiva offers a multitude of features designed to better your small business communications.With features like,Auto-AttendantText MessagingNextiva Mobile AppVoicemail to EmailHD Video CallsCall QueuingCall RoutingInstant Messages and Chat RoomsReal-Time AnalyticsUnlimited CallingLocal Number – Reducing Ignored Calls By CustomersConference CallingVideo ConferencingPhone Calls to and from Landline and Mobile PhonesHighly Reliable Network – Means 99.999% Uptime for Your BusinessPlus More Advanced FeaturesSince Nextiva provides VoIP phone service, as long as there is an internet connection, your small business can do a lot. Employees can make outgoing and incoming calls, text messages, and more from anywhere.It offers you the option of remote employees too, and for your employees to continue working while on the go.Nextiva aims to create a unified and seamless customer experience for your business communications. Their complete platform is easy to use so you can get started right away.Get ready to transform the way your small business communicates. Nextiva offers an organized, productive, connected, high in quality flexible VoIP phone system. Nextiva is the VoIP business phone service of choice.2. 8×8Starting at $28/month per user8×8 is a VoIP cloud-based phone service. It helps small businesses improve employee and customer experiences.An all-in-one system, 8×8 offers businesses voice calling, video, collaboration, and contact center.With features like,Unlimited Calling within 14 CountriesPhone Number and Extension Dialing feat. High-definition Voice QualityVoicemailAuto AttendantSMS Messaging (Only available in U.S. and Canada)Call RecordingHold Music1GB Media StorageCall QueuesMobile and Desktop AppsPlus Much More8×8 is an excellent cloud phone solution for businesses. When you are looking for a VoIP phone system, messaging, or a meeting service, you may want to consider 8×8.With its use of VoIP, 8×8 will enhance your small business communication on many levels. It will improve team collaborations, employee productivity, and customer experiences.3. JiveStarting at $19.95/month per userJive is a hosted VoIP business phone service. It simplifies conferencing and phone management.As a cloud-based system, Jive will help improve employee-to-customer interactions through voice options.With features like,Missed Call IndicatorCall HoldCaller ID3-Way ConferencingLast Number RedialCall AnalyticsDial by NameSpeed DialCustom Hold MusicPlus Much MoreJive improves customer experiences with small businesses. By providing a phone system that handles many employees and high call volumes.4. OomaStarting at $24.95/monthOoma Office offers your small business the ability to stay connected while at home or in the office. It supports select IP phones, analog phones, softphones, and mobile phones.As your VoIP service, Ooma will have your small business looking more professional in no time.With features like,Virtual ReceptionistExtension DialingConferencingMusic on HoldLocal and Toll-Free NumbersCall ForwardingVirtual Faxing ExtensionPort Existing NumberVoicemailPlus Much MoreOoma offers an internet telephone service that is reliable. Your employees can use their smartphones and remain in touch. Thus, providing your small business with the convenience of mobility.5. Phone.comStarting at $12.99/month per user for pay per minute plans and starting from $24.99/month per user for unlimited plans.Phone.com is a communications and collaboration solutions for small businesses. It offers several methods to keep in touch with your customers and colleagues.With the use of almost any device, employees can stay connected at all times.With features like,300 Monthly MinutesUnlimited User Extensions1 Local or Toll-Free Number5,000 SMS Messages4Phone Number PortingCall QueuingVoicemail to EmailAddress BookAccount ManagementPlus Much MoreA VoIP phone system, Phone.com offers your small business many ways to speak with customers via the Cloud.6. MitelStarting at $21.74/month per user for the essentials package and $24.74/month per user for the Premier package.Mitel is all-in-one communication, collaborations, and contact center. Thus, you can focus more on your business and not your phone system.Ensure that your phone system satisfies your business needs with Mitel.With features like,PBX FeaturesVoice and Video CollaborationConference CallingInstant MessagingVoicemail and EmailOfficeLink AppVoicemail to EmailVideo and Web ConferencingContact CenterPlus Much MoreMitel is a VoIP system that offers phone lines for your small business using the Cloud.Phone Service Weakness ListHere are some questions to review:How often do customer calls drop?What is the percentage of calls transferred to the incorrect department?What is the average number of minutes customers are on hold?Are your business department heads able to track and analyze call quality?Does any part of the phone service cause difficulty in delivering customer service?Is your current phone system able to handle the volume of calls received?How flexible are your phone features? i.e., Does it offer you the ability to have remote workers?Does it cause any part of the buyer’s journey to slow down?Are your employees more or less productive when using the system?Does it encourage collaboration?Does it have mobility features? i.e., Are your employees only able to receive and make business calls from inside the office?Once your “Phone Service Weakness” list is complete, make another list. This time, create one called, the “Phone Service Improvement” list.What to Look for to Choose a Quality-Driven Phone ServiceWhen searching for VoIP providers, choose the one that improves the call quality. A phone company aimed at bettering your employees and business operations.It would be best if you had a VoIP solution that handles high volumes of outgoing and incoming calls. Not to mention, a VoIP system that goes beyond simple phone calls.Be aware of the other services your VoIP solution offers. Be sure to look into them when choosing the best office phone for your business.Phone Service Improvement ListWhat to look for:Easy to use interface. Most users can handle operations without the constant need of a technician.Track call duration, hold times, wait times, and usage with ease.Offers call forwarding, caller ID, call waiting, call routing, and more.Provides the ability to share one business phone number among several users.It offers flexibility and mobility. Employees can use their desk phone, mobile devices, tablet, or a computer to receive and make calls.Affordability, for long-term usage.Employees and customers can quickly and conveniently communicate with each other.It offers automation to an efficient operation — increasing productivity.Lessens the amount or eliminates the need for a variety of vendors and tools.It enables employees to use your business’ local or toll-free number from any location.  Using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and high-speed internet makes this possible.Small businesses are always in search of saving money where they can. By using the internet to make and receive calls, you will say goodbye to expensive phone bills. Your phone system will no longer focus on landlines. Instead, VoIP systems and cell phones will become your primary form of communication.When selecting a virtual phone service, you want to consider your business needs. There are many reasons startups fail, but your phone system should not be one of them.Do not be like most businesses. Most small businesses focus more on a communication strategy than on the delivery. They must go hand-in-hand for proper business communications.“Communication and communication strategy is not just part of the game – it is the game.” – Oscar MunozFor efficient and effective customer experiences put the quality of communication first.The phone service your business uses can be a game-changer.Prevent communication mishaps that spiral into further avoidable issues. Do not have your employees feel like that have to put out “small fires” when accepting or making a phone call.Instead, create a smooth and quality-driven user experience. Not only for employees but customer communications as well.Make 2019 the start of better communication at your small business. Choose the best VoIP phone system that provides reliable service for your customers. 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  • Redefining Saving and Your Relationship with Money with a No-Spend Challenge

    first_imgBy Carol ChurchSaving more money, decreasing debt, and establishing an emergency fund are all basic “money goals” that financial counselors work hard to help clients meet. Sometimes, however, we may all get a little “stuck” or bored using the same familiar methods—experts and clients alike! At times like these, it can be a great idea to shake things up a little bit and try something like a 30-day “No-Spend” Challenge.What is a No-Spend Challenge? Part of the strength of this idea is that you can set your own rules and define it in many different ways. However, the basic idea is to dramatically cut back or eliminate all spending on non-essentials for a set period of time. Typically, this is 30 days, but some people start off small with a week– or even smaller than that, with a weekend.What Does It Really Mean Not To Spend?Most of us will have fixed costs that can’t be eliminated, such as rent or a mortgage, food, basic household needs (like toilet paper!), gas, pet food, and utility bills. (However, some people in the military, especially if they’re single, may actually be able to cross a couple of these off their lists! Great start!) And of course, if a true emergency comes up, such as a medical bill or house repair, that’s okay.As for the rest, it’s really up to the individual to decide what to eliminate, although you’re obviously not going to get too far if the only spending you cut out is “buying alpaca sweaters.” Typically, eating out, buying clothes, books, or gifts, going to the movies or for drinks, picking up toys for the kids, spending on crafts, hobbies, or gaming, and general non-essential shopping are a no-go during a no-spend month.Some people choose to go further and dramatically cut food costs by eating out of the pantry as much as possible and eliminating common but non-necessary groceries, like coffee or prepackaged snacks. Or they might try to avoid filling up the car with gas. Some take this time to use up all those travel-size items and samples. These decisions are individual.How Do We Do It?Set goals firstIf you’re going to set out on a challenge like this, make sure you decide on a reason for doing it. Is it to build up that emergency fund? To pay down the credit card bill? To save for an upcoming trip? Visualize your goals and plans. And it may sound cheesy, but try putting up some pictures or written reminders around the house of why you’re doing this!Track your savingsBefore you start the month, make sure you have a ballpark idea as to how much you typically spend on the items you plan to cut out in a month and a way to track your spending week by week. That way you can track you much you’re saving, and put it away where it’s supposed to go!Plan for how to manageThings are going to get tough sometimes over the course of the month. What’s going to tempt you? Is it take-out? Going out on Friday night? Whatever it might be, figure out your game plan. Check your local papers and Facebook and websites for free events you can attend. Find out what movies you can rent for free at the library. Plan some particularly tasty meals. Make plans with friends to do something free, and ask for their support.Don’t freak out if you slip upSo it was your boss’s birthday and you had no choice but to go out for lunch. It’s okay. Don’t give up. Forgive yourself for the lapse and move ahead….there’s still plenty of saving to be done!Reap the rewardsOf course, a no-spend challenge has the obvious reward of keeping more money in a family’s wallet and bank account. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. If that money is used to pay off debt or to start an emergency fund, it can do much more, preventing families from paying expensive interest charges or from damaging their credit.It can also bring awareness to small but expensive habits, like eating lunch out or getting manicures, that hurt your financial bottom line. Once you stop spending on these items, you may find you don’t miss them as much as you thought you did, and can cut back.You may also discover fun new free activities and pastimes that you’ll keep up in your “regular” life after the spending challenge is over.Most importantly, if there’s a spending problem happening, a no-spend challenge can help redefine your relationship with money and remind you that you don’t need to spend money to have fun, enjoy time with your loved ones, or feel happy.Some worry that after the challenge is over, they’ll “make up for” their economizing with a spending spree. Most report that this doesn’t happen, though, and instead say they gained a lot from the experience—both financially and on a broader level, too. A no-spend challenge of any type or length may be a great tool to help families save and redefine their relationship with spending. References:Centsibly rich. (2016). How to get ready for a no spend month challenge.Tretina, K. (2016). Make January a No-Spend Month and Save Hundreds in 2017.Perez, K. (2016). 4 Steps for a Successful No-Spend Challenge.Davis, L. (2015). Savings challenge: Try a no-spend month.last_img read more

  • Can States Tax Income From Out-of-State Trusts?

    first_imgThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled in North Carolina Department of Revenue v. The Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust that states cannot tax the income of out-of-state trusts based only on in-state resident beneficiaries. The case involved a North Carolina law that allows the state to tax trust income that “is for the benefit of” a resident. North Carolina applied the law to tax the income of an out-of-state trust based on beneficiaries who lived in the state.A unanimous Court concluded that the law as applied to the out-of-state trust violated the Due Process Clause of the U.S. constitution. The presence of in-state beneficiaries alone does not allow states to tax trust income if:the trust has not distributed the income to the beneficiaries; andthe beneficiaries have no right to demand that income and are uncertain ever to receive it.Origins of KaestnerThe grantor formed the Kaestner trust in his home state of New York for the benefit of his children. New York law governed the trust and a New York resident served as its first trustee. A Connecticut resident served as trustee at the time of the dispute. The trustee had absolute discretion over trust distributions.The grantor’s daughter and her children lived in North Carolina. The trustee did not distribute any income from the trust to the daughter or her children during this time.The trustee kept the trust documents and records in New York. Custodians located in Massachusetts managed the trust’s assets. The trust had no physical presence, held no real property, and made no direct investments in North Carolina.North Carolina issued a tax assessment of $1.3 on the income of the Kaestner trust for the tax years in question. The trustee paid the tax under protest and then sued in state court for a refund. The North Carolina courts found the link between the state and the trust too tenuous to meet due process requirements.Minimum Contacts AnalysisThe Court applies a two-step analysis to determine if a state tax satisfies the Due Process Clause. First, some definite link or minimum connection must exist between a state and the person, property or transaction it seeks to tax. Second, a rational relationship must exist between the income subject to tax and the values connected with the state.When looking at the state trust taxes, the Court has focused on the relationship between:the settlor, trustee, or beneficiary; andthe trust assets that the state seeks to tax.For beneficiary contacts, it has examined the in-state beneficiary’s right to:control;possess;enjoy; orreceive trust assets.The Kaestner beneficiaries did not have any minimum connection to support the North Carolina’s tax on the trust. The beneficiaries:did not receive any income distributions from the trust;had no right to demand trust income or otherwise control, possess, or enjoy the trust assets; andcould not count on receiving any specific amount of income from the trust in the future.Kaestner TakeawaysThe Court made it very clear that its decision is narrow in scope. It noted that North Carolina is one of a small number of states that rely only on beneficiary residency as a basis for trust taxation. Tennessee has a law like North Carolina, but it is phasing out its income tax. California applies its tax based on the residency of noncontingent beneficiaries.The decision also did not address the validity of state laws that:consider the in-state residency of a beneficiary as one of a combination of factors; orturn on the residency of a settlor.So, the Kaestner ruling leaves open many unanswered questions about the limits on a state’s power to tax trust income.By Tim Bjur, J.D.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

  • 5 Essential Tactics to Jumpstart Your Google+ Business Page

    first_imgBy Brian Whalley Since Google officially launched Google+ Business Pages, many businesses and organizations have already taken the initiative to create their own page. Because of the weight of the Google brand, the impact activity on Google+ has on search engine optimization, and the large user base that’s joining at a record rate, it is important for marketers to claim their brand and represent themselves on this new social network. If you’ve created a page and do nothing else, here are the 5 things you should definitely be doing on Google+ to build a following and generate more leads.1. Start Discussions With Your Followers, Peers, and InfluencersAfter you’ve registered your page and populated it with your basic details, set up a schedule of discussions you’d like to have on industry related topics or problems that relate to your products/services. Think of this as an editorial calendar for your Google+ page. One of great advantages of Google+ over other social media platforms is that it’s easy to have actual conversations and encourage responses. As you get started, Circle some people in your field with relevant interests, and invite them to participate in these conversations. You can do this by adding their name either to the main post or a comment by typing a plus sign (+) followed by their name (e.g. “+Brian Whalley”), like you can see below on Tom Critchlow’s post. The user you tag will receive a notification that they were mentioned accompanied by an invitation to respond. Since there’s no real limit to how much text you can include in one entry, it’s a great place to start a discussion and then invite other people to the conversation. A few great marketing uses for this are generating feedback from your followers about your content, products, or services; building relationships with other industry thought leaders; and establishing your company as an industry expert. 2. Include Videos & Attractive ImagesWhen starting discussions or posting comments, include video and images in your Google+ posts. Unlike some other social networks that only display thumbnails or make you exit the site and access another site to view content, Google+ supports users posting rich content onto their stream such as photos and videos that are prominently displayed on the page. This offers marketers the opportunity to create and display sharp-looking calls-to-action for their business page’s followers as well as a great opportunity to share your message visually. Since Google+ allows you to add images of any size as well, don’t just stick to small icons or hard-to-see graphics: upload bright, attractive images that will help pull viewers in and engage them. It will also encourage your followers to click-through to your website. 3. Add Your Blog Posts to Your PageWhile there isn’t a method for auto-publishing your business blog posts to Google+ yet, another important reason to be active on this network is to make sure that your posts are entering the ecosystem and getting an opportunity to earn comments, shares, and +1s on the site. These factors can all impact the search engine optimization of your site. Google loves to see positive interaction and engagement with content and a website, so evidence that people are enjoying the site and its content is extremely valuable. It’s a great way to expand your network and reach while simultaneously enabling better organic search results for your website. People who find your blog posts in organic search results can now see how many +1 votes it has received as well as the names and faces of any friends/connections who have personally given it a vote, which is a tremendous vote of confidence for each article. You can see an example of what this looks like if you’re connected to the person below.4. Find Inspiration for Your Next Email Marketing MessageThe best advice for what you should be producing and sharing with your network often comes when you ask people what they’re looking for. You may never know what people need if you don’t ask. Use your Google+ page followers as a focus group to determine if there’s any content you’re missing or if they’d like to learn more about a specific topic. Build their requests into your next email send, and make sure you share the web version of your email on Google+ so your followers can see it right away on the network. It’s another opportunity for people to engage with you and your brand, and they’ll appreciate you even more if you incorporate their feedback and requests into your content production. 5. Promote Your Best Offers to Generate LeadsDon’t forget to share your content offers, landing pages, and other offers on your page. While you don’t want to overdo it with self-promotion (nobody likes someone who only talks about themselves, after all), you should still tell people about your offers and what value they have. Promoting a new ebook or whitepaper that users can download from your site on a landing page is a great way to turn Google+ followers into business leads. Include a picture of the cover or an image from the offer as well in your post to entice followers to obtain your offer. Visually showing them what they’ll get is a great way to increase conversion rates.Are you making the most out of your Google+ business page? In what other ways are you leveraging the new social network? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social Mediacenter_img Originally published Dec 14, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 01 2013 Topics:last_img read more