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Press release: UK and South Africa to co-lead initiative on digital trade, aiming to boost Commonwealth trade to $2tn

first_img We embrace the undeniable benefits and new opportunities brought about by the advances in ICTs, especially in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution. But we also take note of the significant potential for disruptive effects of the digital revolution, in particular to least developed countries. We are aiming to almost quadruple trade between Commonwealth countries by 2030, which will help to create jobs and increase incomes throughout the Commonwealth, particularly in some of the least developed and most remote countries. As Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, we are delighted to lead on the Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Agenda with South Africa. This new initiative will help more people to join the digital economy as part of our commitment to reduce poverty through trade. We look forward to using this platform to cooperate with fellow Commonwealth members in exchanging experiences and best practises in order to ensure that the digital economy supports inclusive growth. The initiative is part of an ongoing effort to make trade more inclusive – helping women in particular to grow their businesses and economies through exports and investment. For example, the SheTrades Commonwealth programme has now supported 842 women-owned companies to attend capacity-building and training events. To date, 144 of those companies have gone on to take part in trade fairs, subsequently reporting £12.4 million worth of export leads.The first meeting of the Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Agenda is scheduled to take place on 19 and 20 March 2019 in Durban, South Africa, and will bring together representatives from across the Commonwealth. This exciting programme will explore ways to boost digital skills, promote inclusion in the tech sector and empower more people and small businesses across the world to drive growth through digital trade. A Commonwealth initiative will seek to increase prosperity through digital trade, by helping least developed and developing countries to realise the benefits of digitisation.The UK and South African governments have announced today (Tuesday 5 March) that they will co-lead the Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Agenda, delivering on a commitment from last year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to promote inclusive economic growth and sustainable development through digitisation.The initiative was announced during Africa Tech Week in Cape Town as part of an aim to increase annual trade between Commonwealth countries to $2 trillion (around £1.5 trillion) by 2030. Trade among Commonwealth members stood at $560 billion in 2016.By bringing together governments and industry from across the Commonwealth, the initiative will explore ways to expand investment, boost incomes and create jobs by helping all Commonwealth countries to take advantage of digital. This contributes to the Department for International Trade’s commitment to reduce poverty through trade, and will benefit some of the world’s least developed countries including Bangladesh, Kiribati and Rwanda. This also includes some of the most remote islands in the world, including Fiji and Tuvalu.By working together, Commonwealth nations can help to grow economies and boost trade by sharing best practice and expertise on digital connectivity, recognising the opportunities and barriers that businesses and consumers face globally.Successfully closing the digital divide between developed and developing economies will help to reduce poverty and increase trade between Commonwealth countries.Global access to the internet could generate more than 140 million new jobs in the developing world, while doubling the number of women online could add $13-18 billion to annual GDP across the developing world.In addition, only 6% of people in the Commonwealth shop online, but it is estimated that universal broadband could add up to $1 trillion to the annual GDP of the Commonwealth.International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said:center_img DCMS Secretary of State, Jeremy Wright, added: Appropriate policies and measures need to be taken to ensure that developing countries benefit from the advantages of technological progress and do not suffer from lack of its early adoption. Effective policies are required to bridge the digital divides, including through supporting people to learn and by adopting new technologies and ensuring effective mechanisms for transfer of relevant technologies. This more inclusive approach to economic growth will benefit female entrepreneurs, who own a large proportion of online-only SMEs in developing countries, and we could add $18 billion to the GDP of developing countries if we double the number of women online. The UK has a proud history of digital innovation and through our co-leadership of the Digital Connectivity Agenda we will work with our partners across the Commonwealth to unlock the benefits of digital technology. South African Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies MP, said:last_img read more

Official Statistics: PPE deliveries (England): 20 July to 26 July 2020

first_imgThese experimental statistics about PPE items distributed for use by health and social care services in England include a breakdown of deliveries by PPE item.The ‘Weekly PPE data’ attachment gives a more detailed breakdown of daily PPE deliveries from 25 February to 26 July 2020.last_img

Increase awareness with infographics

first_imgYou’ve heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and that has never been truer than in today’s age of information overload. Send me an article and I may or may not read it depending on the length and how much time I have. But send me an infographic and I am probably going to take a minute to peruse it. Like me, consumers simply don’t have time to read everything we want them to know about our latest campaign, product, or offering. Consumers want sound bites. But how do you accomplish that when presenting content online? Enter the infographic.Infographics are not a new concept; in fact, they were all the rage in content marketing just 3-4 years ago. Unfortunately, as their popularity increased so did the number of poorly done ones and with the truly good ones harder to find in the ensuing clutter of content, some were left to conclude that infographics were no longer effective. That’s not the case though. Infographics are still a great way to bring your message to life and engage with your audience.What is an infographic?Simply put, an infographic is a way of taking information, data or knowledge and turning it into a graphic, which is much easier to understand. Whether you are telling a story, drawing comparisons or just listing facts, an infographic takes your information and wraps it up in a visually-pleasing package that is not just more fun to read, it’s also easier to comprehend.Infographics tell stories that are in sync with the way most of us like to learn. Sixty five percent of the population are visual learners. We’re visually wired. 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual and is processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. It’s why most people would rather look at an infographic than read text with the same content. Infographics allow the reader to scan and then decide if they want to seek out more information.Not only are infographic more likely to be read, they are also more likely to be shared. The content needs to be good though. A useful and relevant infographic can have a wide reach when it’s pinned, tweeted, liked, shared and embedded over and over. And, when they bear your logo and brand identity they can be a great branding tool. It’s also a great way to drive traffic to your website as people share it and link to it.It’s not about you.Your goal with an infographic should always be to provide value to the audience. An Infographic should not be used to simply promote a product, service or your brand. This may leave you thinking: Then what story do I have to tell? This is where you can get creative. What do you thinking your members need to know? An Instructional infographic could work well for something, say, walking members through the steps involved in setting up a digital wallet. Remember your intent is to provide value, not receive it. Also, look for different angles, especially on common subjects. Looking at the example above, instead of walking members through the steps involved in setting up a digital wallet, show them stats on the benefits of using a digital wallet to make it more appealing to those skeptical to the idea.Make it relevant.What topics are trending in the industry which you could educate members on with a well-done infographic? Google Trends and LinkedIn Pulse are good resources to see what topics are trending. To bring topics closer to home, look at your own content that received high engagement. What could be repurposed into an infographic that you could share again to provide the same information in a different and more engaging way? Just make sure you do your homework and research. You want to be able to back up your information after all.Keep it simple.Less is more on an infographic so keep words to a minimum and use negative space to help readability. Look for unique and visually appealing ways to convey data, keeping in mind that the goal is to highlight key information and quickly and effectively as possible.Share it.One of the appeals of the infographic is that it’s so easily sharable. Make sure you include your social media buttons when displaying so people can easily share with friends. Email a thumbnail of relevant infographics with a link to you member list. And be sure to post to all your social media channels. Infographics can else be easily displayed as posters, handouts, etc.Infographics are a fun way to get your message across and when done right, can be really effective. Take a look at your current content and see what information would work as a good infographic for your organization. 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Detailslast_img read more

Is it Safe to Open Mail and Packages During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

first_imgHealth experts add that the risks are very low that COVID-19 will remain on envelopes or packages long enough to infect anyone who handles them.Officials reiterate that it remains a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and to also avoid touching your face, after handling deliveries.As many other businesses across the nation, the U.S. Postal Service has been limiting visitors to its facilities, and is practicing social distancing guidelines. Is it safe to open mail and packages during the pandemic?According to the the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the answer is “yes.”They say there is no evidence that the virus is spreading through mail or parcels.Instead, it is mostly spread as droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes are then inhaled by people nearby.last_img read more

Penrith win GolfMark Club of the Year Award

first_img Penrith Golf Club used their 125th anniversary as the spur to plan for the future – and it’s won them England Golf’s 2016 GolfMark Club of the Year Award. They add it to the Community Club of the Year accolade which they received at the end of last year at the Cumbria Sports Awards. Representatives of Penrith received the prestigious GolfMark award – supported by COBRA PUMA GOLF – at a gala dinner last night at the England Golf annual conference. This award, now in its eighth year, recognises GolfMark clubs which have made an outstanding contribution to developing the game. Craig Verrinder, UK and Ireland marketing manager for COBRA PUMA GOLF, said: “We are delighted that Penrith Golf Club share our passion for the game and for encouraging new starters and juniors.” Phil Park, a past captain and committee member who drove the club’s GolfMark process, said: “This is a tremendous accolade for Penrith Golf Club and a special moment in the history of the club. “It is fantastic to be recognised at national level against such tough opposition and is a true reward for the work carried out at the club, both on and off the course, by so many hard working people.  This will provide real incentive and motivation to strengthen the club in the years ahead.” Penrith decided to celebrate their 125th anniversary by renewing their GolfMark early, targeting and attaining the High Achiever status – with the support of all sections of the club. As a result, the club has a new focus on working with disabled people; fresh ideas to recruit more members, particularly ladies and girls; more effective communications; a thriving junior section; strong support for their seniors; a sustainable and environmental programme for course development and the introduction of a junior/ beginners’ course. The outstanding innovation has been the club’s efforts to involve disabled people in golf. They have established links with Limb Power and the Cumbria Amputee Group; they’re running sessions with Eden MENCAP with support from Active Cumbria, and they’re one of 10 pilot clubs selected to work for the DEAFinitely inclusive kitemark. The club is also providing work experience for an adult with learning difficulties to support their return to the local community. Recruitment initiatives have included offering more Get into golf activities, including a women and girls’ programme linked to #ThisGirlCan. The club has worked strongly with local schools, held open days during the summer holidays for young people and other local sports clubs and provides more support for its volunteer coaches.  The club now has six Level 1 coaches to support the professional. It is also working to retain members by, for example, holding new members’ evenings, junior parents’ evenings, and providing a welcome booklet. The website and communications have been improved, visitor and members’ surveys are carried out; and more social, mixed and competitive golf has been provided. Abbie Lench, the England Golf Head of Club Support, commented: “Penrith is a fantastic example of a club using GolfMark to drive forward positive change.” Penrith beat two other shortlisted clubs to the title: Erewash Valley Golf Club in Derbyshire and Hinckley Golf Club, Leicestershire. GolfMark supports clubs to achieve high standards in four areas: recruitment and retention; management and sustainability; coaching and competitions; and safeguarding. To find out more visit www.golfmark.org Representatives of Penrith Golf Club with Craig Verrinder of COBRA PUMA GOLF (red tie) and conference presenter Di Dougherty (Image © Leaderboard Photography). 14 Apr 2016 Penrith win GolfMark Club of the Year Award last_img read more