Local democratic organs…confirmed says commission is not cash-strappedProtests last year against City Hall officialsThe Local Government Commission (LGC) has been addressing various concerns raised by Local Authority Areas (LAA). This is according to its chairman, Mortimer Mingo, who also said the constitutional body is not cash-strapped.Mingo says he is unaware of any negative impact on the commission’s functioning when it comes to finances. He noted that the LGC is presently recruiting personnel in a bid to fill its vacancies.“We are in fact carrying out our functions as set out under the Act. What we are presently in the process of (is advertising) for staff. We have shortlisted, and we are beginning the process of recruitment,” Mingo related.He stressed that the LGC deals with a number of different issues besides investigating complaints from various local democratic organs. He went on to outline some of these complaints.“We have much wider responsibilities: the various appointments of staff, (and) transfers, among other things. We have been dealing quite a lot with the whole question of filling of vacancies in the various Local democratic organs. We have been able, wherever complaints have been made to the commission — given our limited resources at this present time — we have been addressing these as far as practicable.”LGC Chairman Mortimer Mingo“We are still looking at these issues,” he continued. “We have been looking at issues in Rose Hall and a number of these NDC. We have received complaints against overseers; we have received complaints as relates (to) the relationship between the councils and their administration, and we have been resolving those issues,” Mingo explained.CasesThere are, in the local government systems, a number of controversies that have been in the public domain for some time. One such issue includes previous reports that, in some local authority areas, officials are being appointed without any vacancy being advertised. In addition, there have been reports that young, qualified applicants are being overlooked in favour of others.The case last year of the sexual abuse of a minor in the Georgetown Mayor and City Council’s custody and the subsequent bungled handling of the matter, including the failure of City Hall officials to immediately report the matter to the Police, was anticipated to attract the attention of the body.Concerned persons had last year staged several protests in front of City Hall for the removal of Town Clerk Royston King and Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green from their respective posts, and for them to be arrested. The guard accused of molesting the minor was subsequently charged, while another guard who initially reported the matter to his superiors was dismissed.The commission is charged with, among other things, control over who gets appointed as officials in the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and other local authorities. In addition, it would have to approve budgets for the NDCs.By law, the commission is to be made up of eight members, who are to include four nominated from the Government, one from the unions, and three from the Leader of the Opposition.The Commission’s members are: Mortimer Mingo, Clement Corlette, Marlon Williams, Jo-Ann Romascindo, Andrew Garnett, former Local Government Ministers Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore, and former Georgetown Town Clerk Carol Sooba.
IT HAS been confirmed that Sunday-week’s Donegal SFC final will be shown live on TG4.Gaoth Dobhair will face Naomh Conaill in the October 20 decider, a repeat of the 2018 final.The game will be broadcast live on TG4 and also carried by GAAGo. This will be the fourth game of this year’s Donegal SFC to be televised by either RTE or TG4.The St Eunan’s-Milford and Kilcar-Killybegs quarter-finals were shown by RTÉ and the Kilcar-Gaoth Dobhair semi-final last weekend was shown deferred on TG4.The cameras will now return to Sean MacCumhaill Park for the final next weekend.“This is a very welcome development and CLG Dhún na nGall are grateful to both RTE and TG4 for their coverage,” the Donegal County Board said. “As well as bringing our showcase games to a direct audience of close to 200,000 viewers it is also available to the diaspora of GAA fans from Donegal, and elsewhere, on social media, keeping them in touch with our games and their culture.”TG4 to show Donegal SFC final live was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Donegal SFCBallybofeyGaoth DobhairNaomh ConaillSean MacCumhaill ParkTG4
Ah, the Microsoft Kin. For such a short-lived product, it has given geeks and comedians (and/or tech-bloggers) a wealth of material for amusement and analysis.A failed product launch – whether from an established company or from a startup – is worth analyzing, to be sure. And one of the key take-aways from the Kin debacle is certainly to pay attention to your target audience. Aimed at a teenage audience, the Kin device was soundly rejected by that market.And as the teen market is estimated to hit $200 billion in 2011, it’s not a good one to ignore or alienate.Listening to Your Target MarketIn a guest post in the Seattle-based TechFlash, 17-year-old Nancy Xiao itemizes her list of why the Kin failed to attract her and her peers. She liked the packaging and the music and radio integration. But she didn’t feel it was sufficiently customizable, she didn’t think it was sufficiently functional, and – worst of all – “I would by no means want to be caught with that not-so-appealing-egg-shaped thing in my pocket.” The lengths to which Microsoft went to test the Kin with a teenage audience aren’t known. But if Xiao’s feelings are representative of her age group, teens did not feel as though the product that was supposedly built with them in mind really was, in fact, built with them in mind.The Value of YouthsourcingSnubbing your potential consumers is never a good idea, but in the case of the youth market, even less so. In a post called “Never Too Old to Start Youthsourcing,” Jason Bakker argues that “Co-creating with youth is important because today’s youth expect to be heard, and the brand that gives them a voice wins.”According to Bakker, “youthsourcing” can be beneficial to businesses as it captures “the power of your most passionate young fans by putting them in the driver’s seat when your company is facing a challenge or has a specific problem to solve.” For startups, harnessing these “passionate young fans” grants access to an important and growing consumer sector. But winning their favor also helps makes sure they care enough to make sure your product is successful and that it lasts. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Tags:#AI#artificial intellgence#Chatbots#customer experience#Live Chat The world of business has changed. Technological has prepared a smooth landing surface for customers where they can choose the business they want to go along with. Will there be better, even prodigious customer service with live chat or with chatbots? First the internet, then digitalization, and now the ascent of future-techs like artificial intelligence, Cloud, and IOT is carving the business platforms.Whatever the advancement, the objective is explicit – to offer sublime customer experience.Premium customer service is not new to business owners. You know how crucial it is to keep on providing an A-Okay service experience to your customers. Because if you don’t take care of your customer, your patrons may migrate to your rivals,The fourth industrial revolution is on, and there is no space for slip-ups. To make an impressionable sway in the market, you require to bestow ultra-modern mechanization in your business operations, similar to what the big wigs of corporates are doing.Live Chat — Noodling around customers’ expectations.With the upsurge of the internet, the online business world boomed. Today, all of the top-notch, middle level and small organizations have hopped on the internet wagon. The transition is phenomenal considering how the power has shifted from corporates to customers in a matter of a few decades.The online business community is flourishing thanks to the presence of billions of people on the internet. Live chat is one of the most used customer service weapons to increase the patronage and perk up the brand image of the business. Live chat reportedly yields an impressive customer satisfaction rating of 92 percent.The concept is subtle – you have a working website where you want your potential customers to come and purchase your offering; so you are offering quick and proficient support. Previously (before online boom), when customers used to visit the brick & mortar stores — a salesperson was always lined up for instantaneous assistance. This practice was meant to increase the likeability of a prospect making the purchase.Likewise, with the online business, live chat is a facility for customers to interact with a support agent as soon as any issue or doubt arises. Seven out of 10 online businesses today leverage on the live chat support on their websites. If enforced in the right fashion, live chat has the competency to move your visitors to the bottom of sales funnel swiftly.Customers prioritize live chat support over a phone call or email support because it trims the need to wait for a response. Everyone wants their queries to be solved instantaneously. The customer priority is why 73 percent of customers favor live chat over other support mediums like email, app, post, social media, phone, SMS, etc.Artificial Intelligence — Transforming pipe dreams.Around 63 years back, when AI was first coined as a notion by John McCarthy in 1956, the vision was to make machines communicative, perceptive, and human-like. Today, AI has penetrated the business sector with its impeccable application and utility.A chatbot is an ideal epitome of how technology is helping human’s endeavor to accomplish the highest achievable efficiency. In simple words, chatbots are computer-spawned responses that empower customers to receive resolutions to their queries through AI software. Chatbots eliminate the need for human intervention in the customer support process.That sounds amazing. Business owners across the globe are introspecting the benefits of chatbots. Some have already implemented this AI-backed tool on their websites while others are still not sure of which way to go.On the other hand, market experts feel incredibly positive about the future of chatbots. Research tells that by 2020, around 85 percent of consumers will be assisted without any requirement of a human agent.‘Live’ way or the AI way?If you are going to ask me, “What’s more impactful, live chat or chatbots?” There isn’t a real answer to this. Both chatbot and live chat have their merits and setbacks. However, it becomes essential first to weigh your business objectives and requirements. This said, let’s quickly take a gander at some of the factors that weigh out both options.1. Time to response.Keep one thing in mind always – no one likes to wait. Even though millions of dollars are invested in customer service each year, only 10% of customers reportedly feel satiated with the support from their business. A lot of business owners fail to comprehend that trimming the wait time is one of the best modifications they can do to their contact centers.The ‘Live’ WayLive chat is a unique way to address and retort wait times quickly. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if I tell that more than 75% of customers choose live chat because of the instant resolution ability. Let’s compare this to the protracted response time of email (17 hours) and social media (10 hours), the reaction time of live chat is a mere two minutes.Even though live chat is an incredibly beautiful way to satiate customers’ response, it also has bottlenecks. The point of consideration here is that a support agent handles live chat, so the limitations of humans like fatigue, stress, carelessness, and time-bounded assistance count. Organizations need to continually enhance their live chat function through rigorous training and better scripts.The ‘AI’ wayChatbots, powered by AI, are prominent amongst the businesses to give out instant responses to customers’ queries. The artificial intelligence software weighs out the human dialogue and matches it with the pre-set rules to give out the most appropriate response. A wiser approach would be to utilize both in accordance with the customers’ requirements.For instance, the initial conversation of customer service is generally filled with a trivial and common set of dialogues, so chatbots can easily handle the beginning. As soon as a live agent is free to take over, a bot can transfer the customer details and relive itself. Chatbots are run on AI, so it can also ensure the conversation is transferred to the relevant experts only.2. The associated cost.You are in business because you want to earn a profit. This means that every decision that you take should be cost-effective.The ‘Live’ wayOffering support to customers via phone call is costlier when compared to the live chat assistance. No set up for call centers is needed, and you don’t need to hire a colossal team of callers. Live chat experts can take care of multiple queries at a time, which is a massive win as compared to the assistance on the phone. It won’t be wrong to derive that live chat support doesn’t just save you money but ensures high operational efficiency for your business.Typically, if you are paying anything less than $ 20 per month for a single user, you are doing fine. Anything above that comes under the ‘expensive’ umbrella. Also, if you are thinking to handle live chat internally then also you may have to pay a higher price as compared to when you hire a specialized service vendor for the same.However, there is always a fear of curtailed quality with external providers. How many agents are suitable to handle your live chat?5 out of 10 companies that have implemented live chat have one agent.3 out of 10 companies have around 2-5 chat support specialists.Most of the firms that deploy live chat (internally or outsourced) have unique monthly visitors of less than 5000, making it easy for a couple of agents to handle queries. No doubt, if the requirement goes up — the hiring of more experts is preferred.The ‘AI’ wayArtificial intelligence is meant to make things easy for humans. Chatbots, when it comes to providing support, lower the operational expense tremendously. The cost of artificial intelligence software is a bit high but considered a one-time investment. The overall expense you have to put in the hiring and training of live chat agents will be higher in the long run. Chatbots offer an affordable way to address your customers’ doubts and complaints quickly.3. The Human factor.The criticality of the human touch in customer service remains a priority even today.The ‘Live’ wayOne of the most eluding aspects of live chat support is that a real human is involved in the assistance process. People consider talking to a real person when they are stuck in a dilemma or if an issue arises. The outsourced vendors offer rigorous training to their chat support specialists to improvise and comprehend with the customers’ preference suitably. This puts live chat ahead of chatbots concerning the presence of human touch in the conversation.The ‘AI’ wayThe smartest people on the earth are working day and night to advance artificial intelligence. AI has evolved, but there are some voids to be filled yet. Chatbots have the capability to imitate human response by evaluating dialogues; however, when it comes to addressing sophisticated issues, customers prefer a human over an AI-backed bot.People are still reserved vis-à-vis chatbots. If a customer is agitated and furious with some aspect, they won’t be happy to converse with a bot that is chained with limited responses only. AI isn’t equipped with the sensitivity, empathy, and emotional quotient that is needed to appease an angry customer and turn a lousy experience into a satiated one.A better way is that chatbots can address and manage issues that are repetitive and monotonous. If a complicated situation arises, chatbots should be directed to transfer the chat to a live agent. This way both humans and technology can work in synchronization with each other with elevated efficiency.4. Availability.Online business has enabled brands to target an international audience with ease. You can own a business in the USA and have a target audience in India. This means that while running an online firm, the notion of after-business hours is araticated.The most successful brands in the world are ensuring that they are available for their prospects and customers around-the-clock. You cannot expect your customers only to reach your website during the day time only.The ‘Live’ wayThere is no harm in implementing live chat assistance for your customers 24*7. But there is one problem. To ensure that your customers’ doubts and queries are addressed day and night diligently, throughout the year — you require to hire experts on a rotational shift. More experts mean more expense.Chat support specialists working in a day shift won’t be able to manage queries popping up in the midnight. Live chat isn’t considered a feasible approach when the objective is to assist customers 24/7/365.The ‘AI’ wayChatbots should be an apparent choice if the focus is to be available for customers around-the-clock. The most significant advantage of chatbots that make them superior over human agents is that the former doesn’t get tired. Chatbots have the competency to operate 24*7 throughout the year without any requirement for holidays or breaks.It doesn’t matter if a customer is contacting you in the middle of the night or during the weekends – chatbots will be present all the time. This compels business owners to introduce chatbots in their models. Being present for your customers showcase your brand as trustworthy and dependable.Few of the agile business owners are utilizing the expertise of human agents during the business hours and deploying chatbots for after-business hours. Using chatbots after hours is another remarkable example of how marvelously man and tech can work together.5. The problem-solving skill.The entire notion of live chat or chatbots is to resolve customers’ queries quickly. Response time surely is a vital factor in offering website support to customers. But what will happen if you keep on responding swiftly to your customers’ issues but isn’t able to offer resolution efficiently? The overall objective fails and the benefit of fast response time will be neutralized. How productively a live chat agent or a chatbot can resolve customers’ query is another essential factor to be considered.The ‘Live’ wayTaking care of a customers’ concerns is one of the most preferred options of customers to reach out to a brand because it is quicker than every other medium and is adept enough to solve patron queries. Live chat agents are considered more efficient in addressing and resolving issues of customers without any hassle. Assuming only humans can offer high efficiency in query resolution will be a blunder to make.The ‘AI’ wayAround 80 percent of chat sessions can be resolved by chatbots successfully? This stat signifies that even the remaining 20 percent of issues are unsolvable, chatbots are highly adept in resolving queries. Where the problem seems more sophisticated, chatbots can direct the interaction to a support agent. The inability of chatbots to feel empathy or to read a particular tone makes them inefficient in comprehending human issues and offer solution accordingly.If the customer query is wrongly spelled or has grammatical errors, chatbots can get confused. If a prospect is asking the cost of optimization of product or service — chatbots won’t be able to offer support. So, for a bit complex issue, chatbots can pass on the baton to customer service or live chat agent. However, this shows another example of how chatbots and live chat together can streamline your customer service standard phenomenally.6. The conversion.Your ultimate aim is what? To convert your website visitors into your ardent customers. For this, you can either choose the live chat or chatbots. Let’s see what’s more fitting:The ‘Live’ wayNo doubt, when customers are conversing with a real person (support agent), the chances of conversion increases. Even research tells that with live chat, the probability of visitors making a purchase decision increases. Live chat is thus an impeccable way to lift your website conversion rate. So, is live chat perfect to accomplish a higher conversion rate?Yes, because it involves human experts that understand and address customer queries with higher efficiency. No, because live chat isn’t proactive. This means that customers have to reach out to the support agents if the previous experiences some trouble or confusion. It seems too pushy if the live chat experts reach out to every site visitor.The ‘AI’ wayArtificial intelligence helps chatbots to detect site visitors and send proactive messages from your end. There are many websites that have deployed chatbot assistance. It means as soon as a visitor lands on your website, chatbots will send a welcome message proactively. A quick message is an approach considered useful if you have an offering that’s too technical or specific.Final WordsThe perplexity of human behavior is quite baffling and ambiguous. Even though chatbots are fast and precise, but void of the human touch that is still needed even with advanced AI. Live chat has agents serving customers, which means high conversion and better brand image. Live chat isn’t affordable when it comes to offering 24/7/365 support. Live chat saves your expense of phone call assistance, but chatbots are much cost-effective for a longer run.Instead of thinking which one (between live chat and chatbots) is much viable, business owners should wisely utilize both. Implementing both live chat and chatbot to your website in correct proportion would uplift the performance of your business and yield out profitable output. 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I respond to every email I receive that requires a response, including responses to my Sunday newsletter. Email takes more of my time than I want it to, but it is still an important medium for communication. Because email isn’t my priority, and by that I mean something that needs to be completed in order to further my goals or projects, it needs to managed well. I go to inbox zero twice a week.First, I don’t live in my inbox. I don’t leave my email program open at all times because it isn’t where I do my work. My work is done in face-to-face meetings, on the telephone, or in Ulysses, the software program I use to write. By keeping my email closed, I am not distracted my new incoming email.Second, I look at my email three or four times a day. If you work for 90 minutes, you can complete a reasonably good amount of work on your most important project. A quick scan at the end of that period lets you check for anything urgent and ensures that you don’t miss anything. If something is really important, someone is going to call you. A quick look, a quick break, and you can go head down for another 90 minutes, or 45 minutes and a 45-minute meeting.Third, I respond to everything that needs an immediate response. That is far fewer emails than you might imagine. It’s something like one in twenty, mostly client-related email. A good portion of the email you get will be things that other people send you because they want you to be aware of something, most of which won’t impact you or your company or your biggest priorities. Much of what you want to respond to can simply wait.Much of your email deserves to wait. If you respond to it immediately and in real time, you are saying that whatever is in that email is more important than your most important priority. You are trading your greatest goal for the goal of answering email.On Wednesday mornings, I process my email, getting all five of my inboxes to zero, replying, archiving, and transferring tasks to my task manager. I repeat this process on Saturdays. In between, I live with a cluttered inbox, free from feeling guilty because I am dedicating my time and energy to my most important priorities.You are a knowledge worker who is living in the Information Age, a time of accelerating, disruptive change. One of the primary decisions you are going to be responsible for making is how you prioritize, and how you focus your attention and energy on meaningful, purposeful work.
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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos and team manager Joel Co gave one piece of important advice to beleaguered center Rabeh Al-Hussaini.Both had the same message to Al-Hussaini, who hasn’t reported to the Elite’s practice for several days now, and that is he should be able to deal with his personal problems while still having time to fulfill his duties with the team.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES “As a player, he has to separate his personal problems no matter how heavy it is,” said Ramos in Filipino. “If this happened to me I will find time to fix the problem and at the same time, I’ll put the practices first then, do whatever I have to do to fix the problem.”Al-Hussaini has reportedly already received 30 percent of his salary in the form a cash advance and that the 6-foot-7 big man is also wishing for a buyout, something Blackwater ownership isn’t willing to give.“No way we’re giving to buy him out, he already had a 30 percent advance from his one-year salary and then more than month he went AWOL (absent without leave),” said team owner Dioceldo Sy in a report on ESPN5.Co added that Al-Hussaini even told the team that he’s committed to the club and help the squad improve its fifth-seed finish, 7-4, in the Governors’ Cup—Blackwater’s best conference in franchise history.“We had a team lunch, just before Christmas, and he told us of his problem and he somehow made a commitment to coach and to everybody in the whole team that we’re going to move forward and pick up from where we left off,” said Co.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Manny Pacquiao gets visit from MMA star Cris Cyborg Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Co said he and Ramos already talked with Al-Hussaini during the holiday season telling him that they understand the problem but he still has a responsibility as professional basketball player.“Coach Bong and I talked to him and he told us his problem, and we respect that, but regardless of what’s happening we made him understand that this isn’t easy,” said Co in Filipino after the team’s Saturday practice at Reyes Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“We made him understand that as a professional, regardless if you’re a professional athlete or in the corporate world, of course, you should find a away to separate your problem with your work. A similar thing happened to me before and I brought my problem to work and that is really a recipe for disaster,” added Co.Al-Hussaini, Co said, last reported to the team right before Christmas when the players were given the signal to go on break for the offseason. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PBA: Calvin Abueva nails game-winning putback as Phoenix escapes Meralco “Chinchin is at 50-50 right now because our main concern is the injury on her right shoulder, she still needs to have a medical clearance before she’s allowed to play,” said Pascua in Filipino Wednesday at FEU.“We’re still hoping that she can come back. She didn’t report to us physically but we’ve been keeping tabs through chat.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBasas also underwent an operation to fix her infected ear during the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.The absence of Basas is a big blow to the Lady Tamaraws’ bid to get back to the championship round after they finished as the runners-up in Season 80. Basas did average 11.7 points-per-game in Season 80 while playing a support role to captain Bernadeth Pons who averaged 15.4 a match.Middle blocker Celine Domingo added that Basas is still resting from the two medical operations she went through and that her teammate is still with FEU.“She’s just resting right now since she’s had an operation to cure her infected ear and she also suffered a shoulder injury but she’s still here in FEU,” said Domingo in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University will enter the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament without one of its most reliable hitters in Toni Rose Basas.Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua said Basas’ situation is still uncertain with the outside hitter still nursing a right shoulder injury she suffered before the start of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas PLAY LIST 01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH 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
Speaking at a recent handover ceremony for the expanded Middlesex Infant School in Holland Bamboo, St. Elizabeth, the State Minister said parental involvement at an early age is critical, noting that it ensures positive learning outcomes beyond the early-childhood years. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says Parent Places are needed at early-childhood institutions (ECIs), in an effort to provide parents with the necessary tools to offer psychosocial stimulation and educational support to their children. Story Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says Parent Places are needed at early-childhood institutions (ECIs), in an effort to provide parents with the necessary tools to offer psychosocial stimulation and educational support to their children.Speaking at a recent handover ceremony for the expanded Middlesex Infant School in Holland Bamboo, St. Elizabeth, the State Minister said parental involvement at an early age is critical, noting that it ensures positive learning outcomes beyond the early-childhood years.In this regard, Mr. Green said the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) has been mandated to get Parent Places instituted at ECIs, in order to foster proactive parenting education and support.“Parent Places are necessary, so that when the parents come, it is not just to drop off children and pick up children… . You have to schedule a time and come in, so we can do some counselling with you, because we recognise that we can be doing excellent work at school and it is being eroded when they go back into some of our homes and communities,” the State Minister argued.The State Minister emphasised that home-school partnerships are important to building a strong foundation in early-childhood development.“So, we are on a mission to ensure that parents understand that they are a part of this partnership, and, as such, we are looking to establish Parent Places at our early-childhood institutions,” he said.In the meantime, Senior Education Inspector for Region 5, Andrea Tulloch Davis, told JIS News that the establishment of Parent Places at ECIs forms part of the ECC’s 12 required standards for operation.Mrs. Tulloch Davis said Parent Places have become necessary in ECIs, as recent reports released by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) have revealed that there is an absence of parental involvement at the early-childhood level.“When you look at the reports that are generated from the inspections, we would normally be getting zero per cent, so that is why the Early Childhood Commission thinks it is really important to get the Parent Places up and running, so we can get the involvement of as many parents as possible,” she added.