NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CMC):Jamaican Shaun Bridgmohan wrapped up 2016 in style, producing a dominant front-running effort with favourite BELIEVE IN BERTIE to win the co-feature US$104,400 Pago Hop Stakes in a new track record at Fair Grounds on New Year’s Eve.In firm turf conditions over a mile, Bridgmohan and the three-year-old filly led into the first turn and then made all the running to reach the wire 73/4 lengths clear in a breezy time of one minute, 34.22 seconds.The time eclipsed the one-year-old record of 1:34.51 set by six-year-old PAROLED in 2015.”She’s got such a high cruising speed, so I just wanted to stay out of her way and be a good passenger,” Bridgmohan said afterwards.”She was doing it so easily. I never even had to pull the stick on her.”BELIEVE IN BERTIE broke from the far outside, but quickly made up ground to head Gianna’s Dream into the first turn to set a steady pace.She was easy through the quarter run in 24.01 seconds, but quickened to reach the half mile in 47.27, to be nearly eight lengths clear of the field.Bridgmohan then carried the filly to the six-furlong pole in 1:10.85 and burst into the stretch without a serious challenger. The pair completed the final quarter mile in a speedy 23.55 seconds to pass the wire dominantly.”It was an awesome effort and we’re very proud of her,” said trainer Brad Cox.The victory was BELIEVE IN BERTIE’s fourth in nine starts and it carried her career earnings to $271,522.
Minister Sonii addressing newly inducted CEOs and DEOsThe Ministry of Education (MoE) on August 1, 2018, inducted into office 16 County Education Officers (CEOs) and 124 District Education Officers (DEOs) in the 15 political sub-divisions of the country.The CEOs and DEOs were inducted with a strict mandate from the Minister of Education to perform their duties, to ensure that the goal of building a strong education system is achieved under President George Weah’s “Pro-poor Agenda.”Ansu D. Sonii, Sr., Minister of Education, said DEOs and CEOs have been doing their best. But, unfortunately, their best is not good enough due to results from the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for various schools, urging them to do more to improve the country’s education system.Minister Sonii told CEOs and DEOs to work harder in making sure that there is an improvement in the education system, because they have direct oversight of schools’ administrations.He said they are sharing the responsibility of the ministry, and urged CEOs and DEOs to develop a strong education system, adding that they were called to various counties to perform a task, not a queen contest. He said they are to perform those tasks without fear or favor but with respect for all of those working with them.Minister Sonii said nation-building is the responsibility of every citizen, because the Liberia you want to see is the same that you must be, noting that the country cannot be better when its citizens are not better. He emphasized that teachers are an example of a good nation.“We may not earn what others earn, but we are not envious of them, for many of those we trained have become greater than us. Yet we are still stepping stones; we will continue to build the nation even if we do not get the direct benefits. The job we do, rewards are not found in the pay check. I have never seen the steps moved before, but I have always seen people climbing the steps,” Sonii said.“As old as I am, I have not found any rich teacher or principal, except if they did something wrong. Other than that, they cannot be rich out of the service they perform; but God has a way of blessing us in many other ways because we are bringing joy to other families whose sons and daughters are becoming ministers, presidents, legislators, lawyers, among others.”Minister Sonii further told them that there are two natural resources given to every nation by God, which include the humans themselves and those that are there to help humans live the kind of life they want. Therefore, humans are more powerful and are expected to prosper while benefiting from that which God has entrusted to them.“The human being is the mind, not the hand and feet because they do not think; it is that mind that directs the person to do something,” he said.In brief remarks, Mrs. Cecelia Reeves, a representative of the CEOs and DEOs who were inducted into office, promised to work to the fullness of her ability, to ensure that there is a better education for every Liberian child.Mrs. Reeves said if the CEOs and DEOs must be successful in building a strong education system, the government, through the Ministry of Education, needs to do more to implement those good policies that have been developed and kept on the shelf for years.She said MoE needs to pay CEOs and DEOs as per their qualification, because they have their families and children to educate as well as provide their basic needs.“If you will provide motorbikes, please give gas on time because some of those schools are far away. We are leaving our beds to travel to distant counties; provide for our resettlement. Do not leave us in the hands of those school principals, because our code of conduct forbids us from accepting bribes.” Mrs. Reeves said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“I’m different from other players who think their careers are over when they’re my age,” said the 33-year-old Portugal captain.“I want to show that I’m not like the others, I’m different.“Players of my age go to China or Qatar so coming to such an important club at this stage in my career makes me very happy.”The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was his usual confident self at a press conference held largely in Portuguese at Juve’s state-of-the-art Allianz Stadium that was attended by media from all over the globe, saying that he had “nothing to prove to anyone”.“The numbers are there, everyone knows what I’ve done for football, but I’m ambitious and I like challenges,” he said.“I didn’t want to stay in my comfort zone after what I did for Manchester and Real Madrid. I want to leave my mark on Juve.”Italian champions Juventus signed the superstar attacker, who put pen to paper on a four-year deal worth a reported 30 million euros a season, in the hope that he will push them to a coveted Champions League title, the continent’s holy grail.Preparing to make a run at their eighth Serie A title in as many years and winner of four straight domestic doubles, the Old Lady of Italian football have struggled to turn domestic dominance into European trophies.Juve haven’t won the competition since 1996 but were beaten finalists in 2015 and 2017, bested respectively by Barcelona and Ronaldo’s former club.– ‘I hope I can help’ –Ronaldo meanwhile has scored more Champions League’s goals – 120 – than anyone else and won four out of the last five editions with Real Madrid.“We’re going to fight for not just Champions League, but also Serie A and the others trophies,” he said.“I need to work hard because the Champions League is not easily won. I hope I can help.”Ronaldo was speaking to media after a busy day in Turin, which began with a warm welcome from Juve fans before Monday morning’s medical.Hundreds of fans gathered outside the Allianz Stadium in Turin from early morning singing “Ronaldo, bring us the Champions (League)” as he emerged from the club’s medical centre to sign autographs and shake hands amid raucous chants.“It was a stunning moment to be welcomed this way,” said Ronaldo.“It increases your motivation to start work. I hope I can reward them.”Ronaldo fever has swept Turin since he shocked the world by moving to Juve, and many of the youngsters who came out to greet their new hero were wearing Juventus shirts emblazoned with “Ronaldo” and the number 7, which have been selling quickly in Turin.Some fans got up as early as 5:30am to be at the stadium in time for Ronaldo’s brief meet and greet.Head over heels for the Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to score in his fourth finalMario, 47, from Brescia in Lombardy, is hoping that Ronaldo will bring his side the European success he has so long craved after watching him effectively knock Juve out of the Champions League in each of the last two seasons.He was at the Allianz Stadium for the first leg of last season’s Champions League quarter-final — won 3-0 by Madrid — and among the Juve fans who rose to their feet to applaud Ronaldo’s outrageous bicycle kick goal.Ronaldo also scored twice in the 2017 final and scored the controversial stoppage-time penalty that thwarted an incredible Juve comeback from three goals down and saw them exit at the quarter-final stage.“I applauded him because he scored a spectacular goal. Now we can enjoy watching him,” says Mario.“I went to Cardiff for the 2017 Champions League final where he gave us a slap. Now he has to repay us with interest.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled on Monday evening as a Juventus FC player. PHOTO/JuventusTURIN, Italy, Jul 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo said Monday that he’s “different” from other players of his age who move to China or Qatar for mega-money deals, during an official unveiling as a Juventus player in which he said he wanted to help bring Champions League success to his new club.With the World Cup over, the superstar attacker’s 100 million-euro move from European champions Real Madrid has put all eyes on the Italian champions and Serie A, and Ronaldo said that he wasn’t “here on holiday”.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Naturally, it won’t work, can’t work. That’s because there might be 50 James Grants, 40 John Grants and 70 Elizabeth Grants. I saw at least 10 women named Morag Grant, several Seonaid Grants and dozens of Mhairi Grants. It all comes down to why we invented names to begin with. I’m only guessing here, of course, but it probably had something to do with the following question: “So who did you say you are?” That’s why all those Grants also have a nickname printed in the phone book after their given name. Another example of this involves my friend, David Cameron, a Scot from Campbeltown, Argyle – a west coast village so close to Ireland you could probably swim there if you were drunk enough. In that Cameron-rich area, Dave’s first name is almost meaningless, which is why he is often asked, “Well, who be you for a Cameron?” Which is the same as asking, “I know that you’re a Cameron, stupid, but which one?” Dave, who moved away from Campbeltown and became a successful public administrator, still has to identify himself on return trips as Martha’s son. That’s because his mother, Martha, ran the local post office for decades and is known to one and all. And so it goes in Ireland, Scotland and probably in many other places where last names are few and a need for some distinguishing first name is badly needed. While nicknaming goes on unabated elsewhere, we Americans seem to be losing our knack, our creativity, especially in sports departments, where the nicknaming of athletes was once high art. The Iron Horse, Babe, the Gipper, the Yankee Clipper, the Splendid Splinter, and how many guys named Moose and Hacksaw and Crusher all originated with legend-creating sportswriters. And what of the names hung on guys I grew up with? Little Sal, Mookie, Tommy Face, Sammy The Priest, Fat George and Eddie The Butcher (who wasn’t a butcher at all) and Vito Cheese. Not to be confused with a guy named Dominic who was just called Cheese or, sometimes, Prov for provolone. Bobby Gio, whose name may have meant earth, was known as Bobby Dirt. Anyway, I haven’t heard a good nickname since a sportswriter friend of mine retired. He gave everybody new names. Me he called Coyote for no reason at all. Others were Steamboat, Flash, Dog, Marker and Pinkie. Trouble was, none of us could ever figure out who he was talking about. But lately I was surprised to find that nicknaming is still very much alive, especially with my son and his 13-year-old pals. I discovered this last week when I heard him talking to another kid about someone named Straight-From- The-Street Nicky. Straight-From-The-Street turned out to be an angelic boy the size and weight of a Jack Russell terrier, a kid with freckles and a crew-cut like a cartoon character who got this name because of an apparent inability to take abuse from anyone without payback. Then I discovered that all the boys in his class were, if they didn’t already have one, trying to invent a cool nickname to have printed on their new eighth-grade sweat shirts. There were, of course, objections from parents on some of these names. For instance, Jack’s mom wasn’t going to let her son call himself Prince of Darkness. For starters, he looks like a Prince of Light. For finishers, this is a Catholic school. My son decided on Wedge because he likes it. Ian is apparently not good enough. Paul wants to be known as P Dizzle. John is called Mentos after the candy. Adam, who is of Japanese ancestry, is Sushi. Kevin is Bambi because he’s fast like Bambi. Nutty Kevin is Squall but I would have called him Hurricane. Chad is Bloonloonman. Alex is Three Fitty. Connor, meanwhile, is C Vizzle, while my award for the best of show goes to a boy called Two-Cents-Short. Not one Joe Bag of Doughnuts among them. Not one Scooter, Biff or Buddy. But still, ain’t it like music to your ears? I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at email@example.com, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at www.dailybreeze.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nicknames are such fun. In fact, there are places in this world where a shortage of last names and a paucity of given names lead directly to the mass fabrication of nicknames. There is, for example, a village in Scotland where nearly all the inhabitants – nearly all of them in the malt whiskey trade – have the last name of Grant. Grant is a clan name and an almost regal name to American ears. But what can you do to differentiate yourself when the phone book has the name Grant printed at the top of each page with everyone listed below by their first name?
The bill would make the first cuts to mandatory programs since 1997. These programs account for 55 percent of spending and include Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies and student loan subsidies. “After years of allowing spending to grow unchecked, I am gratified to see the Senate take a step in the right direction toward serious fiscal discipline,” said GOP Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Despite strongly supporting the overall effort, the administration has threatened to veto the bill over an obscure proposal to kill subsidies for some regional health insurers that offered Medicare prescription drug coverage. The stand threatens $5.4 billion in savings. Also Thursday, the House Budget Committee approved a $54 billion deficit-reduction bill on a party-line vote. But so many GOP lawmakers are unhappy with the bill that Republican leaders acknowledge it will have to be reworked before a final vote in the full House next week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Their budget … actually would make the deficit worse,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “That’s fiscally irresponsible at any time, but especially when we should be saving to prepare for the baby boomers’ retirement.” Yet Republicans picked up the support of two Democrats, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, whose hurricane-devastated state got emergency aid under the bill. The spending battle now heads to the House, where Republicans are divided over whether to cut more deeply across a broader range of social programs. Also, House GOP leaders might remove a provision that allows drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Senate bill is estimated to trim $36 billion, or 2 percent, from budget deficits forecast at $1.6 trillion over five years. The cuts total $6 billion for the plan’s first year, with deficits predicted to exceed $300 billion. Still, Republicans said the debate was an important moment for their party, which gained control of Congress 11 years ago with promises to balance the budget. Surging spending and the return of intractable deficits have caused heartburn for many Republicans over the GOP record. WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday narrowly approved the first cuts since 1997 to programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and farm subsidies, giving Republicans a modest victory against ever-rising government spending. The bill, passed by a 52-47 vote, makes mild cuts to health care programs for the elderly, poor and disabled, but leaves the food stamp program untouched. The measure also permits exploratory oil drilling in an Alaskan wilderness area. Five Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate who oppose the drilling voted against the bill. Democrats generally opposed the bill because it allows the oil drilling and increases the deficit when coupled with a $70 billion tax-cut bill.
Drake opens the 2016 season Aug. 19 at North Dakota State. ST. LOUIS – The Drake University women’s soccer team has been tabbed the top team by the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference preseason coaches’ poll. The defending regular-season champions earned 44 points in the poll, including three first place votes. HONORABLE MENTION PRE-SEASON ALL-MVCGK Whitney Blunt, UNI, Sr. | Waterloo, Iowa (Union)MF Kayla Armstrong, Drake, Sr. | Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier) In her career, Rodgers is a three-time all-MVC pick, and she led the conference with 10 goals and 23 total points in 2015. Her three game-winning goals tied for second-best in the MVC. Nicholson, meanwhile, spearheaded a Drake defensive unit that allowed just five goals in league play as the Bulldogs won their first regular-season title since 2006. Dennis, meanwhile, led the league in conference games with 45 saves and a .900 save percentage, with two shutouts. She became the first-ever Drake goalie to win the league’s top goalkeeper honor. Senior Kayla Armstrong also represents the Bulldogs on the pre-season team in 2016 as an honorable mention. Print Friendly Version FIRST TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-MVCGK Brooke Dennis, Drake, Sr. | Wauconda, Ill. (Mundelein/Ball State)D Sarah Grace Nicholson, Drake, Sr. | Overland Park, Kan. (Olathe East)D Emily Richardson, Evansville, Sr. | Elizabethtown, Ky. (Elizabethtown)D Paige Jarsombeck, Illinois State, Sr. | Tinley Park, Ill. (Andrew)D Shelby Koch, Loyola, So. | Mill Creek, Wash. (Archbishop Murphy)D Taylor Lambouris, Loyola, So. | Farmington Hills, Mich. (North Farmington)MF Bronwyn Boswell, Evansville, Sr. | Frisco, Texas (Centennial)MF Mary Disidore, Missouri State, Jr. | Lenexa, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas)MF Maddie Orf, Indiana State, So. | St. Charles, Mo. (Incarnate Word Academy)F Lauren Koehl, Illinois State, Sr. | St. Charles, Ill. (St. Charles North)F Rebecca Rodgers, Drake, Sr. | Peotone, Ill. (Peotone)F Brooke Prondzinski, Missouri State, So. | Olathe, Kan. (Olathe South)F Jenna Szczesny, Loyola, So. | Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Barrington) Last season, Drake student-athletes earned the league’s top three individual awards, and all three find themselves on this year’s preseason first-team unit. Senior Rebecca Rodgers was the 2015 MVC Player of the Year, and she’s joined by fellow seniors Sarah Grace Nicholson — the 2015 MVC Defensive Player of the Year — and Brooke Dennis — the 2015 MVC Goalkeeper of the Year — on the 15-player 2016 MVC preseason unit. 2016 MVC Preseason Coaches Poll1. Drake (3) – 442. Loyola (1) – 393. Evansville (2) – 374. Illinois State – 295. Missouri State (1) – 246. UNI – 147. Indiana State – 9
Tags: bright starsIsa KawawuloJoel Madondokirinya jssStarTimes Uganda Premier League This is Kirinya’s first victory over Bright Stars in six attempts (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Kirinya JSS 2-1 Bright Stars Mighty Arena, Jinja Tuesday, 02-04-2019JINJA – After going five games without a win against Bright Stars, Kirinya finally got one better of the Stars, defeating them 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon.Joel Madondo and Isa Kiwawulo scored the goals for Abby Kikomeko’s side who have now won four of their last five League games.In the game played at the Mighty Arena, Methodius Jungu pulled a goal back for the visitors who had earlier in the game had a player sent off.Both sides started the game cautiously and had to wait until 4 minutes to halftime for a breakthrough.And it was no surprise as Joel Madondo who has been one of the standout performers this season, came up with the goal which saw Kirinya take a 1-0 lead at the break.A minute to the hour mark, Kirinya doubled their advantage through Kiwawulo to ensure a comfortable last few minutes for the home side.Bright Stars’ hopes of getting anything from the game looked to have been shuttered when Juma Ssebaduka was shown a straight Red Card on 75 minutes.However, Kirinya looked to have gotten so comfortable as they let one slip in at the other end as Jungu scored with three minutes from time to set a nervy ending.Despite Bright Stars’ efforts to steal a point, Kirinya stood firm and saw out the 2-1 win, their fourth in five games.The win is Kirinya’s first over Bright Stars in their six top-flight meetings.In the first five encounter between the two sides, the Stars had managed three victories and two draws.Kikomeko’s side remain 8th on the log with 36 points from 25 games.For Bright Stars, they drop into 11th on the standings having gathered 31 points with only 5 games to go in the season.The other game on Tuesday:-Express FC 2-0 Paidha Black AngelsWednesday’s action:-Maroons FC vs Police FC-SC Villa vs Mbarara City FCComments
Cocoa pods in various stages of ripening.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) A field school for cocoa farmers in theIvory Coast, held regularly by the WorldCocoa Foundation.(Image: World Cocoa Foundation) A family of cocoa farmers in Mensonso,Ghana. (Image: World Cocoa Foundation)Janine ErasmusMajor sweet manufacturer Mars is to partner with IBM and the US Department of Agriculture in a five-year project to sequence and subsequently analyse the cocoa genome. This will allow plant scientists to identify and genetically enhance the characteristics that result in stronger trees. IBM will analyse the results using the world’s second-fastest supercomputer, known as Blue Gene, which will enable Mars to then breed the improved trees.Africa, particularly West Africa, produces 70% of the world’s cocoa, a resource which has seen an annual 3% increase in demand for the past 100 years, according to the World Cocoa Foundation. The Ivory Coast is the world’s biggest producer of cocoa, followed by Ghana.The foundation also reports that more than 80% of all cocoa is grown on smallholdings (farms less than 5ha) in tropical countries around the world. In West Africa there are more than 2-million farms that support over 10-million people. These small farms each yield an annual average of one metric ton. Some 40- to 50-million people worldwide depend on cocoa for their livelihood and the current global market value of the annual cocoa crop is about R37.6-billion ($5.1-billion).However, the industry is beset by a number of problems, including ongoing damage from pests and the environment, and the issue of child labour, with children in cocoa-growing areas often choosing to work as a means to survive.Environmental pressures have resulted in fewer productive trees and an accompanying rise in cocoa prices of almost 50%. West Africa has suffered from erratic rainfall patterns and rising temperatures, while in Brazil, cacao plantations have been devastated by a fungus known as witches’ broom. A report published by business and finance information specialists Bloomberg states that “Cacao trees in Africa and Asia have become increasingly stunted from fungus, insects and drought, triggering supply shortfalls”.The pest and disease problem is exacerbated by the fact that the cocoa crop grows among other plants much of the time. An average crop loss of 30% equates to damages of about R5.2- to R5.9-billion ($700- to $800-million) each year, according to Mars. The company hopes that its new initiative will allow farmers to produce better quality crops that are higher in yield, pest and disease resistant, and use water and nutrients more efficiently.Cocoa under scientific scrutinyWith recent successes in genetic studies of wheat, rice and corn, the attention of the scientific community now turns to cocoa. Mars will make its results publicly available through the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture, an organisation that helps innovators in developing countries access new agricultural technologies by removing intellectual property barriers and boosting technology transfer. The company has been involved in cocoa research for many decades.Scientists expect to take about a year to generate raw DNA data for the cacao plant, which will then be handed over to IBM scientists to come up with the finished genetic map. The cocoa genome consists of about 500-million base pairs, whereas the human genome is made up of 3-billion base pairs containing between 20 000 and 25 000 distinct genes. A base pair is a set of two nucleotides (the structural units of RNA and DNA) on opposite DNA or RNA strands joined by a hydrogen bond.“We are interested in enhancing and supporting growth and development in Africa, where 70% of the world’s cocoa is produced,” said Dr Mark Dean of IBM Research. “We look forward to helping the agricultural community in Africa and in other emerging markets.”Global effortsOther major cocoa-reliant manufacturers have taken up the cause. Cadbury announced in January 2008 it planned to help fund a project to secure cocoa supplies in Ghana and encourage cocoa farming in that country by making it more attractive to the next generation. The programme will boost farmer incomes and develop local communities through investment in schools and clean water sources. The company said that Ghana’s cocoa output was vital for its business, and plans to invest about R14.8-million ($2-million) in the project, with a further annual investment of about R73-million ($9.9-million).Nestlé, meanwhile, provides support to African cocoa farmers in a number of ways, from technical assistance, to new ways of dealing with crop infestation, to interventions to cut down on child labour. The company is a co-founder of the International Cocoa Initiative Foundation, and has launched the Sustainable Tree Crops Programme, which teaches African farmers how to set up cooperatives and grow cocoa more productively.The Hershey Company runs a number of initiatives to support sustainable cocoa farming, working with stakeholders such as industry, governments, international agencies and cocoa communities. Hershey has implemented programmes that promote not only economic and social development, but also good environmental practice in cocoa-growing communities around the world. The company’s programmes help to improve growing techniques and crop yield, and encourage the use of non-chemical pest and disease controls such as Integrated Pest Management.Food of the godsCocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, comes from cacao beans, which grow inside large melon-like pods that sprout from the trunk of the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). Pods are harvested by hand, and each contains about 20 to 40 seeds, or cocoa beans.Once removed from the pods, beans are dried in the open air for about a week. During this time the shells harden, the beans darken, and the rich cocoa flavour develops – cocoa beans from different countries each have a distinct flavour. After drying the beans are ready for commercial use.Generally, cocoa can only be grown within 10° of the equator. The history of cocoa can be traced back to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations in Mexico who used cocoa beans as currency. The word cacao itself has its roots in the Aztec word cacahuatl. Cocoa was discovered by the Spaniards during their explorations of South America and kept as a secret for about a century.The plant was taken across the Atlantic by Christopher Columbus in the 16th century and a drink made from its dried, ground beans soon became all the rage in Europe. It was later named Theobroma cacao (Theobroma means “food of the gods”) by Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus, regarded as the father of modern-day taxonomic plant classification. The name was published in his classic work Systema Naturae in the mid-1700s.Useful linksMars Cocoa SustainabilityIBMPublic Intellectual Property Resource for AgricultureInternational Cocoa InitiativeWorld Cocoa FoundationGhana Cocoa BoardInternational Cocoa OrganisationSustainable Tree Crops ProgrammeNestléCadburyHersheyPublic Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture
A technology start-up without a Technical Writer is similar to a new small business without a marketing plan. The first thought that comes to mind when most people think of a “technical writer” is an IT professional — blogging about the latest trends for a reputable technology website. But, actual technical writers are vital for technology startups.These skillful writers can turn a dull or complex topic into content that people of all educational backgrounds can understand to complete work-related responsibilities. If you hire an experienced technical writer, it can reduce costs on hiring a team for multiple writing needs.Let’s review what exactly technical writers do and the benefits of having one on your team.What Can Technical Writers Do for You?Technical writers are one of two types of professionals. A) An Enterprise, Full Stack Developer, or Systems Analyst that transitioned into a technical writer. B) A journalism or communications professional that decided to pursue a writing career in technology.Do you need an operational manual? Hire a technical writer. How about a Disaster Recovery Plan for critical applications? A technical writer can write this with the help of subject matter experts and strategic stakeholder interviews. These are the writing gurus that interview your tech team to produce masterful documentation often used for Information Management and Technology, Business Continuity, or Business Development.The Benefits of Hiring Technical Writers.Disaster Recovery Plans Can Save IT Infrastructure, and Lives.What happens when a critical application is unavailable? IT staff and employees can be confused on immediate steps to take during a natural disaster, human-induced incident, or a malicious IT attack.A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is a document produced by a technical writer with the help of conversations with subject matter experts. A start-up without a DRP can be faced with public humiliation, financial loss, disappointed customers, and potentially the loss of lives. What is inside of a DRP? A communications plan, information about the backup datacenter, key emergency contacts, Business Continuity information, IT security, and much more.A classic example of the necessity of a Disaster Recovery Plan is a 2017 massive storm in Houston with water entering the basement of a ConocoPhillips facility that holds critical IT equipment. The help of a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) supported the IT team with recovering service from ConocoPhillips backup facility in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.If ConocoPhillips did not have a Disaster Recovery Plan on site, we can imagine the negative financial and potential public impact that could have occurred.Tech Experts Prefer Not to WriteTechnical experts working in IT rarely have time to write procedures, let alone interview colleagues to produce documentation. It is the reason professional and technical writers are a valuable resource. Most of a writer’s day involves interviewing internal and external stakeholders.Research and writing documentation for employees, executives, or the general public requires an understanding of target audiences. The process can take a full day of writing, editing, interviewing, speaking with vendors, or visiting datacenters to understand the technical aspect of applications.Technical Writers Can Help to Reduce Employee CostsExperienced technical writers can produce communications, marketing, and business writing content. Most have an educational background in journalism, public relations, marketing, and media relations.As a result, a start-up can reduce the cost of having marketing, PR, or communications employee on site with one technical writer in the building. Imagine the reduction of hiring three to four professionals with a technical writer on site. It is a Startups dream come true.Contractors and Short-Term ProjectsA technical writer can be hired on contract for the duration of a project need. Most professional tech writers are employed through a recruitment agency which reduces the time and financial effort in a human resources team searching for talent.Imagine hiring a technical writer for three to 12 months with an option of extending the contract if needed. Also, it will cost double the expense of one full-time writer on site than it is to hire a contractor. Furthermore, if a start-up remains in contact with the writer after a contract ends, an option of rehiring the writer at a later date that understands the business can be beneficial to future project needs.Inspires the Start of Additional ProjectsAt times a start-up can discover that additional documentation is needed outside of a project in which a technical writer is hired. These writers are hired to complete documentation for applications and requested to complete operational guides. A business or tech writer is often asked to assist with internal business planning while working for organizations.In a large organization, a marketing team, business development, executives, or human resources can depend on a technical writer for assistance with online and offline content.Genius IT Ideas are CapturedA business without a technical writer can set itself up for failure. A startup can have brilliant enterprise architects, web analysts, and IT security staff with no documentation on file. The most game-changing ideas, processes, strategies, policies, guidelines, and contractual agreements need to be captured in documents. There are leading organizations that depend on employees to provide essential information based on data stored in an individual’s memory. It is not a good idea in today’s economy if an employee were to resign or a company needs to downsize valuable employees.Meet IT Auditor RequirementsA mistake that start-ups often make is waiting to develop a compliance component after a business is established rather than in the beginning. The reality is municipal, federal, and government laws in the technology space frequently change.To prevent an unexpected request from a government agency or the IRS requesting an internal audit with minimal to no existing documentation on file, it is best to hire a technical writer. A technical writer can work with your startup from the beginning to ensure contracts, and other legal documentation is produced in the event an audit request occurs.HOW TO FIND TECHNICAL WRITERSTechnical writers working on contract or freelancing can be discovered on freelance sites that include FreelanceMyWay, Upwork, Guru, and Work Hoppers. A variety of profiles of technical writers are available to review previous experience. Most companies who hire writers have writing samples and testimonials of other companies that use these sites. Furthermore, some of these sites complete a background check of contractors that include verifying profile photos to confirm identity.Final ThoughtsA technical writer can be a valuable resource to a new and existing IT startup. These experts are self-starters, interview employees, work with minimal supervision, and are open to working on a variety of projects. These writers can produce IT disaster recovery plans with instructions to recover critical applications during a natural disaster. These documents provide the contact information of key emergency personnel, a communications plan, and even a diagram of the Disaster Recovery infrastructure.These professionals are often on call because most work as contractors that work for leading organizations that include Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Government, and municipalities. This level of work experience can be an asset to a start-up with minimal cost in hiring a full-time technical writer.Also, documentation to ensure unexpected audits can prevent a potential closure of a startup from continuing business with existing documentation that can be updated and used for the entire life of a start-up. Tags:#Technical Writer#technical writers startup Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Makeda Waterman Follow the Puck Makeda Waterman is a Technical Writer of 5 years with features on CNBC Make It., and Yahoo Finance News. She has worked for the Government of Alberta and IT tech companies across North America. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture