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  • Mac Lochlainn says LGH cancer patients may have to be referred to other hospitals

    first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Twitter Google+ 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Concern is being expressed this morning that cancer patients using the Oncology Department at Letterkenny General Hospital may be referred to other hospitals because of medical staff shortages.Donegal North East Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has written to hospital manager Sean Murphy seeking clarification on the issue, following discussions with what he has termed ‘informed’ sources close to the hospital.Deputy Mac Lochlainn told Highland Radio News this morning that this is linked to wider concerns about whether Letterkenny General has the requisite numbers of medical registrars, NCHDs and consultants across the various departments to provide the required service to the people of Donegal.He says he’s hoping for a positive response……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/paric830.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Mac Lochlainn says LGH cancer patients may have to be referred to other hospitals Facebook Previous articleMcIlroy well placed for second day at PGANext articleHendricks: God’s Pocket Celebrates Seymour Hoffman’s talent News Highland WhatsApp Twitter Google+center_img Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Pinterest By News Highland – August 8, 2014 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson News Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

  • UNDP/Africa Motors in Ambulance Procurement Saga

    first_imgAmidst allegations that some local vendors are working behind the scenes to make a windfall during this national Ebola calamity in Liberia, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has debunked allegations that it was working in sync with the National Ebola Taskforce to procure about 17 ambulances to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola scourge.One of the vendors participating in the bid to supply the ambulances said that the whole process was shrouded in an unholy, unprofessional aura (atmosphere). “We are bringing this to the press because we are afraid that a certain firm wants to manipulate the process to take undue advantage”, our informants, who preferred anonymity said.This revelation was also corroborated by a source close to the Ebola Taskforce who asked not to be named.Our source explained that when it became obvious that there was a need for the importation of more ambulances to facilitate the transport of Ebola-affected patients and the collection of dead Ebola bodies, the Taskforce approached the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in a bid to have the latter help in bringing the ambulances into Liberia. Our reporter also gathered that the Taskforce approached a number of vendors soliciting quotations for the importation of ambulances. This was confirmed by James Dorbor Jallah, Coordinator of the Taskforce.The Daily Observer, acting on the tip off, immediately contacted UNDP to authenticate the veracity in the allegation.On whether the UNDP advised the National Ebola Taskforce or had a conversation relative to the procurement of ambulances at the unit cost of US$33,000, Augusta Pshorr, Communication Specialist at the UNDP, said on August 13, 2014, the UNDP received a message from the Taskforce that in response to the Ebola emergency, the Government of Liberia wanted to procure 17 ambulances for immediate use, and wanted to know whether UNDP could help.Pshorr further indicated that before UNDP could respond, it (UNDP) was advised that given the urgency, action had been taken to procure 12 ambulances that would be available in 30 days; but the question was whether UNDP would assist in lifting them by air. UNDP promised to check on available options and advise accordingly, which she said UNDP could.Pressed further on the results of the UNDP/Ebola Taskforce interaction relative to the overseas procurement of ambulances, Pshorr said it was “Just through exchanges, but in the meantime, UNDP offered to provide assistance in any future procurement needs using its procurement system that responds to emergencies like Ebola.”By these exchanges, Pshorr could not tell the current status of the transaction and could not tell the Daily Observer whether the exchanges between the two institutions had ended in a deadlock.Though Pshorr claimed that the UNDP did not know the details of the Taskforce ambulance importation transaction, our source at the UNDP says that after learning of the Taskforce solicitation of quotations from vendors, it (UNDP) alerted the Taskforce of the alleged breach but the Taskforce downplayed Pshorr’s advice and went ahead to negotiate a deal with the Africa Motors to import 12 ambulances at the unit cost US$ 66,000.Since the outbreak of the Ebola malady accounting for the death of over 1,000 Liberians and other nationals in Liberia, there have been alleged attempts by some service providers, international organizations and some members of the national Ebola Taskforce to work out a scheme to purchase ambulances far beyond their market value.When contacted, an official of the Africa Motors, Mohammed Batsam, said after they were approached by the Taskforce to provide quotations for the procurement of 12 ambulances, and they forwarded all of the necessary quotations projecting US$66,000 per unit to the Task Force.Batsam said all of the requisite documents were forwarded to the Taskforce, including a Performance Bond from the GT Bank and they are awaiting the response of the Taskforce.When asked whether Africa Motors was colluding with some members of the Taskforce to bring into Liberia ambulances at a unit cost double the US$33,000 as suggested by the UNDP, Batsam denied the allegation, addin, “We have always been partners of the Liberian government and people.”He said the ambulances they promised to bring in the country are 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps fully air-conditioned with all of the appropriate accessories and state of the art equipment that should be in an ambulance.Up to press time, Batsam said the deal had not been concluded, but added that once it was concluded, the Toyota Land Cruiser ambulances which are made in Japan will be lifted from the United Arab Emirates.The Africa Motors executive denied the allegation that his company was colluding with insiders at the Ebola Taskforce to sell an ambulance far above the price of US$33,000 allegedly proposed by the UNDP. When contacted, Mary Broh, Director of the General Services Agency, invited James Dorbor Jallah, Coordinator of the Taskforce, who clarified that the Taskforce did solicit quotations from vendors to be appraised for the subsequent procurements of additional ambulances to help augment the strength of ambulances currently in the fleet, helping in the collection of suspected patients of Ebola and the dead.Jallah explained that following the perusal of all of the quotations, the Taskforce will make a determination on which company or companies to engage to bring in the ambulances.Since the Ebola disease outbreak here, there have been a mismatch between the number of people dying from the disease and the number of ambulances needed to take suspected patients to isolation centers and to convey the dead to the crematorium or burial sites. The conspicuous absence of ambulances at major health centers across the country has exposed the weakness in Liberia’s health system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Warriors remain on top of Big 5 with dominant win over Arcata

    first_imgCrescent City >> The Del Norte Warriors scored on all seven of their possessions in the first half, remaining undefeated in the Big 5 with a 52-0 victory over the Arcata Tigers in Crescent City Friday evening.“That was the most complete game we’ve played thus far this season, from start to finish,” Warrior head coach Lewis Nova said.Despite the lopsided outcome, Nova admitted he was concerned about Friday evening’s game, having taken particular notice of the Tigers’ second half performance in …last_img read more

  • Bank backs entrepreneurs’ fund

    first_img14 April 2005Emerging entrepreneurs stand to benefit from a R240-million financial injection into the Umsobomvu Youth Fund’s entrepreneurship programme, which helps 18- to 35-year-olds from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to start up their own small businesses.The loan by First National Bank (FNB), together with an R80-million commitment from the Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF), bring’s the fund for young entrepreneurs, known as the Progress Fund, to R320-million.The Progress Fund, which offers loans from R100 000 to R8-million, has so far provided over R32-million to 23 start-up businesses across the retail, financial services, IT and media sectors, generating over 800 jobs.UYF CEO Malose Kekana says the Progress Fund is a good example of a successful public-private partnership.The original idea was to provide funding to entrepreneurial operations that already held contracts. However, with FNB’s loan, and the signing of a further 10-year agreement with the bank, the Progress Fund would now consider any viable businesses, whether they hold a contract or not, Kekana said.FNB Enterprise Solutions CEO Duncan Randall said the loans differed from conventional bank loans, which emphasised good track records, strong balance sheets and high levels of security.“We adopt a risk capital funding approach that focuses more on cash flow and viability”, Randall said.In addition, UYF and the FirstRand Foundation have each committed R1-million to a technical assistance fund, to provide post-investment mentorship and other business development services to Progress Fund applicants.The technical assistance fund will provide an interest-free loan with payment holidays to investee companies for the purposes of paying for mentorship services.Direct loan funding from the Progress Fund will attract market-related interest and other charges.However, says Randall says applicants to the technical assistance fund will enjoy softer terms for repayment than the actual finance they receive from the Progress Fund.“At FNB Enterprise Solutions we believe that a key success factor for young businesses is having access to the right advice and guidance from experienced small business advisers”, he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • US gives R900m for ARV treatment

    first_img1 December 2009As South Africa joins the world in observing World Aids Day, the United States has committed R900-million over two years for the provision of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs in the country.This extra funding will procure life-saving ARVs to help ensure that there are adequate stocks on hand to meet the growing demand for ARVs in South Africa.“This funding provides a bridge to help individual South Africans gain access to ARVs,” US Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips said on Monday. “We are pleased and honoured to respond to President Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s partner in this fight.”According to the US embassy in Pretoria, this funding is over and above the R4.2-billion budgeted for the regular US government contribution to the fight against HIV/Aids in South Africa for the 2010 fiscal year.‘Remarkable relationship’The funding will help the national Department of Health and provincial departments to meet their ARV treatment goals and to build capacity in the provinces for planning and forecasting ARV needs, and is in direct response to a request from Zuma.“The United States has a remarkable relationship with South Africa in the fight against HIV and Aids, and South Africa has made significant and real strides in testing and counselling citizens about receiving treatment,” Gips said.Through the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar), the US has made the largest commitment in history by a single nation to combat the disease.They have provided more than $25-billion globally to the fight against HIV/Aids, with support to South Africa totalling over R10-billion from 2004 to 2009.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • “Here, First Sergeant!”

    first_imgThe South Dakota Army National Guard has a strong tradition of supporting their Service members and families. The 114 Service members deploying are from 40 different communities in 4 states— South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. They are temporarily leaving jobs from 112 different employers. This is a second deployment for 34 of the Service members and a third deployment for 25 of the Service members.Several prominent individuals participated in the ceremony providing their support, including SD State Adjutant General Major General Jeff Marlette, Aberdeen Mayor Travis Schaunaman, US Congressman Dusty Jonson, US Senator John Thune, and SD Governor Kristi Noem. Collectively, they offered thanks to the Service members and families for their sacrifices. Employers were recognized for their support of the Service members and their sacrifices as they support the country. Mayor Schaunaman shared that the Service members were “leaving behind family who love them, friends who admire them and communities who thank them”. Governor Noem emphasized that the Service members truly leave a hole in the community.Several of the speakers also spoke about mission readiness and the focus that requires. Major General Marlette acknowledged that the Service members know their jobs – they are well trained, well equipped and well led. However, Service members often times worry about their families. He encouraged everyone to reach out and provide needed support so the Service members can stay focused on the mission. He challenged the Service members to stay mission focused – on safety, standards and discipline. Commander Captain Craig Evenson, spoke of the challenges in front of the community. He indicated the Service members should expect hard work and that families need to always place mission first. Governor Noem stressed that strong families make for a better tomorrow, and deployment events such as this, drive it home.Governor Noem also commented on the t-shirts that many of the family members were wearing, which stated “Got your six” on the back of the t-shirt with the name of their Service member. She encouraged the Service members to bring each other home and challenged them “to be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to ask for help, and brave enough to ask for it.” This same advice could apply to the families as well.The ‘roll call’ portion of the ceremony was an emotional time for many Service members and families. First Sergeant Breen read off the names of each deploying Service member, who in turn stood up from where they were sitting with family members, and responded “Here, First Sergeant!” The Service members walked to the front of the gymnasium to shake hands with the dignitaries and  then returned to their families, but remained standing. For me, this was so symbolic of who was giving the greatest sacrifice. Earlier in the ceremony, Governor Noem quoted the great Teddy Roosevelt speech, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”Kudos goes out to the South Dakota Army National Guard on a well done activation ceremony. For the Service members and families— may you focus on mission, seek support when needed, and support one another along the way. This post was written by Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, member of the MFLN Family Transitions team, military spouse and mother. Family Transitions provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Engage with the MFLN Family Transitions team on our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. by Sara Croymans, , MEd, AFCOver the recent long Labor Day weekend I attended a deployment Activation Ceremony in Aberdeen, SD for 114 soldiers of Alpha Battery, 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion and 147th Forward Support Company. The Unit will be supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve, which builds readiness, increases operability and enhances the bond between ally and partner militaries using multinational training events in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania.I didn’t personally know anyone deploying, but attended to show my support for the Service members and their families. The experience was moving. From the moment I walked into the Aberdeen Central High School and watched the gymnasium fill up with family, friends, employers and community members, I was reminded of the ripple effect deployment has on everyone throughout a community.Greeting attendees at the doors of the high school were members of the local Freedom Riders. Support for our Service members is shown in a variety of ways and from many sectors of the community. Just outside the gymnasium, members of the local VFW Auxiliary were handing out buddy poppies. The proceeds are used for aid, relief and comfort of veterans and members of the armed forces and their dependents who are in need.The VFW Auxiliary members were also distributing little ‘care packages’ for family members and supporters. These packages included a listing of available resources, messages of gratitude and items to remind us to keep the Service members in our thoughts and prayers. My favorite items were these little Army men with the message “Please take a soldier home as a reminder of the men & women serving our country”.last_img read more

  • State Tax and Internet Data Collection: Extra Value in Customers and Users

    first_imgStates have made progress in taxing internet businesses from income tax to sales tax on interstate transactions, but what about the data customers and other internet users leave behind? There is no uniform standard for “taxing the Internet” but every incentive to find ways to generate more tax revenue.States Losing Tax RevenueSince the internet became a place to do business and sell products and services, states have fretted over the loss of tax revenue. When fixing this conern, states struggle with:jurisdictional limitations on tax authority; andhow to characterize income generating activities and retail transactions that happen on the internet.Taxing the InternetRecently, a company selling email services over the internet to customers in the state of Washington relied on the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) to challenge a sales tax assessment by the state. The federal Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) has prohibited states from taxing independently provided email since 2007.The Washington Department of Revenue ruled that the company’s services do not fall within the federal ban on Internet tax. The company creates and sends customized digital communications for its customers. The company is not providing standard email accounts. However, another state found that the company’s services were email under IFTA and not taxable by that state.What is email under IFTA? What can states tax without violating federal law? Is user data collected by internet businesses an item of value that could be taxed?Federal Guidance for StatesOver the last two decades, states have been sorting out how to tax transactions that exist because of the internet. Most recently, the decision in South Dakota vs. Wayfair backtracked on U.S. Supreme Court precedent to address the role that the internet plays in determining nexus between businesses and states. States use the facts of the case as a guide for creating nexus laws.So far, Congress has not indicated it will address the issues of nexus and internet transactions that involve parties from more than one state. Notably, Congress didn’t make the IFTA moratorium on taxing internet access and imposing multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce permanent until February of 2016.State Tax Under ITFAITFA does not ban internet taxes that are structured to substitute for or supplement state corporate income taxes, including gross receipts taxes.For example, income from advertising services would be included in the federal income tax calculation relied on for a state’s income tax return.Also states may tax internet advertising services under:gross receipts tax laws; orsales tax laws for services.Wayfair has made it easier for states to apply sales tax laws to the activities of online marketplaces.Finally, income from the sales of data collected from internet shoppers is subject to state income tax sourcing rules. Sales factor sourcing rules, for example, vary by state. They may source sales of intangible property to a state if:the property is used in the state; orthe income-producing activity is easily identified with a state based on other factors.However, what about the value that a company itself receives from the user data it collects on its retail website? The internet customer pays a set price for a good or a service, but the retail business receives more value from doing business on the internet than collecting sales or advertising revenue. It sells data from users other than customers, and itself receives a benefit from the collected data.A Different Tax Perspective on Digital from EuropeEU countries have, in recent years, addressed this issue by discussing a 3% tax on the revenue of companies that engage in digital transactions. The tax would target revenue derived from digital transactions where internet user participation creates value for the taxpayer.In early 2018, the European Commission proposed a Digital Services Tax, or DST for countries in the EU. The proposed DST was a 3% tax on a company’s revenues derived from three activities that require participation from internet users:selling digital advertising space,digital intermediary activities such as services by online marketplaces, andsales of user collected data.The DST would apply to companies that met relatively high revenue thresholds each year.Ultimately, in November 2018, the EU countries did not agree on the DST. In March 2019, the EU countries also did not agree on a 3% tax that would target only digital advertising revenue. Unable to come to consensus with other countries, EU and other countries are devising their own tax laws for digital companies.Digital Services Taxes Coming SoonAfter the EU countries’ failure to agree on how to digital taxes should work, France, Italy, and Spain are working to pass their own DST legislation.The UK Government has proposed introducing a digital services tax that will go into effect on April 1, 2020. The 2% tax would apply to income generated from UK users of internet search engines, online marketplaces and social media. The tax would apply to businesses whose annual consolidated income is £500m or more.Lost State Tax Revenue and the Digital EconomyArguably, a tax on companies with revenues that make money from digital transactions would violate IFTA as being discriminatory and possibly a double tax. The U.S. government stated it is considering legal action in response to national DSTs in Europe.Nonetheless, in a digital economy, retailers collect data on internet users that visit their websites from each click of a link to the length of time spent on a page. That data has value to the retailer even when the user doesn’t become an actual customer. Is it market research made easy via software or is it value derived from doing business on the internet that goes beyond sales prices?States may be continuing to ask whether they are losing tax revenue in the digital economy. The question extends beyond a state’s jurisdiction to tax.Is there an equivalent to user data in non-ecommerce transactions that would trigger ITFA?By Lisa Lopata, 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

  • Time for States to Put the Pedal to the Metal on Self-Driving Car Taxes

    first_imgIt’s not a question of “if” states will pass a self-driving car – or autonomous vehicle (AV) – tax; it’s a question of when.  The majority of states have laws on their books about the operation of self-driving vehicles.  But very few have addressed any of the related tax concerns.  That’s likely about to change.What is Considered a Self-Driving Car?There are 5 different automation ratings for self-driving cars.  The higher the rating, the more automated the vehicle is.  The levels are:Level 1 – Driver Assistance: the driver performs all duties, except the vehicle helps steer or speed up/down;Level 2 – Partial Automation: the vehicle helps with one or more systems, and the driver does the rest;Level 3 – Conditional Automation: the vehicle does everything, but the driver helps when necessary;Level 4 – High Automation: the vehicle does everything, but not in all conditions; andLevel 5 – Full Automation: the vehicle does everything in all conditions.Right now there are no fully automated (Level 5) vehicles legally driving on the American roads.  But, there are some partially automated (Level 2) vehicles already on the roads. What’s the ETA on Self-Driving Cars?The technology for self-driving vehicles has been accelerating at a very rapid rate.  Just last month Elon Musk stated that Teslas will be fully autonomous next year.  Granted, Musk has made this claim before and not delivered.  But, most other car makers have given estimates that are not far behind.  The majority of car makers are expecting to have self-driving cars on the roads between 2021 and 2025.  The expectation is that most of these will be high automation (Level 4) vehicles.Slow Down:  Why Do We Need Self Driving Taxes?The emergence of self-driving cars is a national concern, but will likely affect cities particularly hard.  Many cities are dependent on revenue brought in by cars.  Their budgets rely on money generated by:gas and fuel taxes;parking and traffic tickets;parking revenue; andlicense and registration fees.Next Gas Station:  612 Miles AheadAutomakers are not only focusing on self-driving technology.  They are also focusing on efficiency.  As autonomous cars become more efficient, they will be less dependent on gas.  Most self-driving cars are expected to use electric drivetrains.  So, the local, state and federal gas tax revenue will soon dry up.Downshifting on Tickets and ParkingSelf-driving cars will not get traffic tickets.  They will not get parking tickets, either.  They won’t make the mistakes that human make.A real concern is that they won’t park in cities at all.The artificial intelligence controlling the self-driving vehicle will do whatever is most cost-efficient.  And that will lead to a lot of empty parking garages.No More Bad Drivers’ License Photos?Licensing fees will likely become another area of declining revenue.  If a self-driving car doesn’t have a gas pedal or a steering wheel, does the person inside even need a license?  Would a child as a sole passenger need a license?  Or a blind person?So many questions that still need answering.  It’s clear that licensing revenue appears to be at serious risk.Self-driving cars will still use the roads.  But much of the tax money currently generated to maintain those roads will go up in smoke.  As self-driving cars begin to fill our streets, they will create huge potholes in city budgets.Green Lighting Taxes on Self-Driving CarsBefore states can even begin to tackle how to tax self-driving cars, they need to address self-driving laws in general.  Many states do not yet have any laws at all on autonomous vehicles passed yet. States need to pass laws, including:safety standards;licensing requirements;registration requirements;insurance requirements;liability requirements; anddefinitions.Passing tax laws without having the groundwork for self-driving vehicles in place could create a lot of difficulties.Caution:  Pass With CareEverybody does not agree on the best way to tax self-driving vehicles.  If different states apply different laws, road tripping could soon become a nightmare.Are Net Rider Fares the Most Fair?In September 2018, California passed a law allowing San Francisco to impose a tax on rides from automated vehicles.  The automated vehicle tax would apply to rides originating in San Francisco at a maximum rate:of 1.5% of the net rider fare when a passenger shares a ride; and3.25% when a passenger does not share a ride.This tax would apply to rides as a service, not all self-driving vehicles.  San Francisco voters would have to approve this law in November 2019 before it could go into effect.The Mileage Tax Gets Some TractionOther states have looked at imposing a tax on autonomous vehicles based on their mileage.  This type of tax is referred to as a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax.  Bills have been introduced with taxes ranging from 1 cent per mile to 2.5 cents per mile.But there are road blocks.  Critics of the VMT approach fear that the autonomous vehicles would not pay for parking as a cost-saving measure.  Instead, they would drive around and intentionally create traffic jams to limit their mileage when not in use.Parking charges would cost more than the cost of just circling around the block endlessly for hours.  And, if a mileage tax is enacted, staying on the roads, but traveling less miles would make the most economic sense for the autonomous car.  The roads could become congested with empty cars trying to avoid parking costs and mileage taxes.One of the most common arguments against the VMT tax are privacy concerns.  Critics are worried that it would allow the government to track the movement of drivers.Others think the VMT is a good starting point.  The Eno Center for Transportation supports a national VMT tax as a baseline.  They would like to see it with additional charges based upon the type of vehicle, number of passengers, and other factors.Buckle Up for the FutureThe economic consequences of self-driving vehicles are still hypothetical.  No one quite knows how they will really be used.  Will they mainly be used as a transportation service?  Or, will people still buy and own their own cars?  Will the decrease in needed traffic enforcement balance out with road maintenance needs of ruts being fixed because the AI cars all travel the exact same path in the road?  There are numerous questions to consider.Not knowing how much tax money will be lost or how many expenses will go away or what new expense will pop up creates a difficult budgeting problem.  However, the one thing most people agree on is that self-driving car tax laws need to be considered now.Noelle ErberLogin to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? 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  • Pelicans hope Elfrid Payton’s presence reinvigorates playoff hopes

    first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gentry said he figures Payton is only “going to get sharper and his timing is going to get better and his decision-making is going to get better. I mean, he’s sat out a lot of games.”Payton said his goal was to try to get the Pelicans to “play as fast as possible, try to get the ball out quick.”“I think we got a lot of good possessions tonight,” he added. “We’ve just got to keep that up.”While Payton’s stat line was hardly a gaudy one, his teammates gushed over his influence on the game.“He’s a great point guard,” said Darius Miller, who had 21 points. “He came out and he helped, and he’s going to continue to do so throughout the rest of the year.”Added Holiday: “He pushes the pace. He gets to the basket. I don’t think he finished as well as he wanted to, but to be able to get there and make plays out of that was huge for us.”“What he brings to the team, to the table, is so much — getting to the paint, putting pressure on guys” defensively, Holiday added.Payton declined to address whether the Pelicans’ high winning percentage when he plays is coincidence or not. But he expressed confidence that New Orleans, which at 17-21 sits four games out of a Western Conference playoff spot, could climb back into the postseason picture.“Definitely a small sample. We’ve just got to figure out a way to get it done,” Payton said. “Each game is its own entity.” BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry took a conservative approach to Payton’s return, playing him about six minutes per quarter against the Timberwolves. But Gentry made sure Payton was on the floor for the close of each half.“I like that,” Payton said. “I’m glad to be in in those moments.”New Orleans lost six of seven before Payton returned. And a big problem during that stretch was the team’s inability to execute in the final minutes of close games.Minnesota trailed by five with about five minutes to go Monday, but New Orleans never lost the lead.“We have another ball-handler out there and a guy that can create stuff and make plays,” Gentry said, noting the importance of teaming Payton with Jrue Holiday in crunch time. “It just takes pressure off Jrue. It really does.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) drives to the basket around Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton has played in only seven games this season, and his team has won six of them.The latest one came Monday night as he returned from a broken finger that caused a 22-game absence over six weeks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It felt good, man. It felt better to finish a game,” Payton said after helping New Orleans turn back the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-114 by scoring nine points in 24 minutes to go with six assists, a rebound and a steal.“Get a win. That’s all it was about,” Payton said. “Do as much to help as possible — try to bring intensity on defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionPayton, who also happens to be a New Orleans native, was acquired as a free agent this past offseason to fill the void left by Rajon Rondo’s departure for the Los Angeles Lakers.New Orleans started 4-0 with him in the lineup. The Pelicans lost to Utah when he left early because of a sprained ankle that sidelined him for nine games. They won when he briefly returned against the New York Knicks on Nov. 16, only to break the small finger on his left, non-shooting hand. MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion WATCH: Texas football mascot topples barricade, charges Georgia bulldoglast_img read more

  • The Key Components of a User-Friendly Website Navigation

    first_img Topics: Contextual Navigation: Contextual navigation provides navigation in line with content (e.g. hyperlinks). Gerry McGovern, the founder and CEO of Customer Carewords, explains, “The primary purpose of web navigation is to help people to move forward. It is not to tell them where they have been, or where they could have gone.”Navigation PatternsDepending on context, you might take several different approaches to organizing your website or application:Task-Based: Your navigation can be task-based. It’s sometimes useful to provide one or more task-based points of entry to your site. Navigation Method: For visitors, this is a way to find out where on a website you can go — and how to get there. It gives you access to the primary content sections and utilities, then places you can get to that aren’t part of the primary content hierarchy. For instance, when you visit the Apple website and click on the iPod tab, you will see that the information is organized in a hierarchical order: you can choose between iPod products or apps related to the iPod. Search: This is the search functionality visitors have access to. It’s a way to quickly find specific information they might be looking for, and is often illustrated by the magnifying glass icon.As you incorporate these components into your website navigation, ensure that you keep their look and feel consistent. Providing consistent navigation throughout your website allows users to feel confident that they know where they are and that they can find what they’re looking for.Types of Navigation SystemsNow that we’ve covered the role of the website navigation and its components, let’s explore what options for navigation systems you have. There are three main types of navigation systems.Global Navigation: Global navigation is a site-wide navigation that allows access to key areas or functions. It usually appears on every page and can contain multiple levels of hierarchy. The Apple screenshots above are good representations of a global navigation.Local Navigation: Local navigation enables the user to explore the immediate area or a subset of the site. If you visit Amazon.com, for instance, you will see a left-hand navigation that allows you to explore the specific section of the website you are currently in. Content-Based: Navigation options appear consistently across all pages. It may represent flat or hierarchical structure.Menu-Driven: A main menu provides access to isolated sub-modules. Navigation across screens is not permitted. This is used mostly for device interfaces.Transactional: Provides feedback about where you are in a sequential process, and provides the option to back up to a prior step. Your design should start with thinking about how the user will move between pages or screens. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack An Example of a Great Website NavigationWhat other great examples of website navigation have you noticed? Share them with us in the comments below.Photo Credit: olgaberrios The navigation of your website is a key component that directly impacts you from a business and marketing perspective. After all, a navigation is often what stands between the user and the user’s goal. And as a marketer, you should want to make that distance as short as possible.Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignThat’s why you need to ensure your website navigation offers a positive experience from a usability perspective. In other words, designing your navigation in a way that makes sense to website users. Don’t make your visitors do a lot of work to reach their goal — if the user’s goal is to locate your pricing page, for instance, help them get to it fast.What Should a Website Navigation Do?Navigation of information, as discussed in Alan Cooper’s book, About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design, can be accomplished by three key methods: scrolling (panning), linking (jumping), and zooming. In order to develop a solid navigation system, designers need to enable the user to move smoothly from one place to another place, and promote flow.Specifically, the navigation should:Enable users to choose from a small selection of pages to visit.Provide clear labels for the pages where navigation tabs take you.Adapt your website to match user needs.Tell people where they currently are and how to get back.Provide a search function.Components of a Navigational SystemIn order to achieve the above-mentioned goals, a well-designed navigational system should include three main components:Current Locator: This is also known as a site ID and is a way for users to know where on the website they currently are. For instance, when you select a given tab in the website navigation, does the appearance of that tab change to reflect that it has been selected? Check out a screenshot from Apple’s website: when a user selects a tab (in this case, the iPod tab), it becomes darker than the rest of the navigation.  Trace Route: This is a way for you to find where on the website you’ve been. This is also known as a home link and answers the question, “How can I get back to where I started?” In the case of the Apple website, you can simply click on the Apple icon to go back to the home page. Website Design Originally published Aug 30, 2012 2:00:00 PM, updated August 29 2017last_img read more