Survival of postal service hinges on ability to quickly change innovate UN

“From liberalization to privatization and the emergence of competition, the Post has faced many challenges to its survival, but none so daunting as the development of modern information technology,” said Bishar A. Hussein, Director General of the UPU in a message.“Today, the traditional postal business line – letter post – has been greatly challenged by faster and more efficient ways of communication thanks to advancements in information and communications technologies,” he added.However, the Director General underlined that successful postal services have taken these challenges as opportunities to innovate and establish new market segments. They understand “that a faster and more efficient communication medium is actually what the Post needs in order to build a new business value chain.”Mr. Hussein said the message is clear: the survival of postal services hinges on its ability to quickly change and innovate. “Customer expectations, needs and tastes are changing, and the Post must change as well to meet these new demands,” he explained.Meanwhile, with this realization, the draft World Postal Strategy for 2017–2020 identifies postal industry reform as the key driver. “In its blueprint, Vision 2020, the UPU focuses on innovation, integration and inclusion as the main factors that will drive postal business in the future.”To achieve innovation, Mr. Hussein said it will be critical to develop digital competencies, along with the relevant regulatory frameworks that will support the new environment. For successful integration, post services will need to build a “seamless network that is connected both virtually and physically,” and that has a local and international presence. Furthermore, with the adoption in September of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by all world leaders, UPU’s Director General said postal services today “have an even more relevant role to play as an infrastructure for development.”“Given its universal nature, the Post is best placed to drive the economic, social, financial and digital inclusion of all citizens of the world,” he stated. “Through its vast network, the Post should target micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the unbanked population as a new business frontier and create appropriate products to support the market.”He added that achieving success in this area is one of the best ways to ensure the achievement of the SDGs, for the benefit of the global community.Since 1969, more than 150 countries mark World Post Day each year on 9 October, the anniversary of UPU’s establishment in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. read more

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Scorpions sting Jaguars

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJaguars race to 10-wicket victoryMarch 21, 2017In “Sports”WICB/PCL 4-day…Jaguars face Volcanoes today at BeausejourFebruary 26, 2016In “latest news”Super50: Guyana Jaguars seal semi-final spotFebruary 17, 2018In “Sports”,– Chanderpaul hits classy 101Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 13th List A century but it was not enough to prevent the Guyana Jaguars from going down to their second consecutive defeat in this year’s Regional Super50. Playing their second match the Jaguars fell 41 runs short after they were bowled out for 208 chasing 249/8 made by the Jamaica Scorpions at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.Shiv took 94 balls to get to the landmark hitting 12 fours and a six but needed support at the other end with only Raymon Reifer (25) and Anthony Bramble (29) offering any.The veteran batsman rescued the Jaguars after they were in all sorts of trouble at 3/1, 4/2, 13/3 and 14/4 due to some hostile bowling.Shiv ‘Tiger’ Chanderpaul goes high and hard over the on side at the Kensington OvalThe Jaguars never really recovered and it was just too much for the “Tiger” to do alone. However, he managed to keep his team in the hunt with partnerships of 77 with Reifer, 54 with Bramble and 44 with Steven Jacobs but when Jacobs went in strange circumstances in the 40th over the writing was on the wall.Shortly after bringing up his century, Shiv edged behind to give Walton one of his five dismissals with the score on 199/9 in the 43rd over and the Scorpions were already celebrating their first points of the tournament. Their opening bowlers bowled with fire and shared eight wickets with Jerome Taylor capturing his second five-wicket haul at this level.Earlier, the Scorpions won the toss and were out of the blocks immediately with Chadwick Walton taking a liking to the Jaguars opening bowlers. In the fourth over he lost his opening partner John Campbell which paved the way for his partnership with Jermaine Blackwood. They added 92 for the second wicket which set up the Scorpions to get to 249/8. In addition to 42 from Blackwood at the top of the order, Devon Thomas hit a breezy unbeaten 56 at the back end of the innings to give the Scorpions the momentum going into the break.Jacobs, Reifer and Veerasammy Permaul picked up two wickets a piece but Jacobs’ spell was economical and he accounted for two big wickets to push the Scorpions back but only momentarily.The Jaguars will meet the Marooners on Saturday at the same venue while the Scorpions will next be in action on Monday against the Pride also at the Kensington Oval.The tournament continues today with Group A matches; at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground the Hurricanes take on the West Indies U-19’s from 09:00hrs while defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force open their campaign at the Coolidge Cricket Ground against the Volcanoes in the day/ night fixture from 13:30hrs. (Guyana Times Sports) – Chanderpaul hits classy 101Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 13th List A century but it was not enough to prevent the Guyana Jaguars from going down to their second consecutive defeat in this year’s Regional Super50. Playing their second match the Jaguars fell 41 runs short after they were bowled out for 208 chasing 249/8 made by the Jamaica Scorpions at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.Shiv took 94 balls to get to the landmark hitting 12 fours and a six but needed support at the other end with only Raymon Reifer (25) and Anthony Bramble (29) offering any.The veteran batsman rescued the Jaguars after they were in all sorts of trouble at 3/1, 4/2, 13/3 and 14/4 due to some hostile bowling.Shiv ‘Tiger’ Chanderpaul goes high and hard over the on side at the Kensington OvalThe Jaguars never really recovered and it was just too much for the “Tiger” to do alone. However, he managed to keep his team in the hunt with partnerships of 77 with Reifer, 54 with Bramble and 44 with Steven Jacobs but when Jacobs went in strange circumstances in the 40th over the writing was on the wall.Shortly after bringing up his century, Shiv edged behind to give Walton one of his five dismissals with the score on 199/9 in the 43rd over and the Scorpions were already celebrating their first points of the tournament. Their opening bowlers bowled with fire and shared eight wickets with Jerome Taylor capturing his second five-wicket haul at this level.Earlier, the Scorpions won the toss and were out of the blocks immediately with Chadwick Walton taking a liking to the Jaguars opening bowlers. In the fourth over he lost his opening partner John Campbell which paved the way for his partnership with Jermaine Blackwood. They added 92 for the second wicket which set up the Scorpions to get to 249/8. In addition to 42 from Blackwood at the top of the order, Devon Thomas hit a breezy unbeaten 56 at the back end of the innings to give the Scorpions the momentum going into the break.Jacobs, Reifer and Veerasammy Permaul picked up two wickets a piece but Jacobs’ spell was economical and he accounted for two big wickets to push the Scorpions back but only momentarily.The Jaguars will meet the Marooners on Saturday at the same venue while the Scorpions will next be in action on Monday against the Pride also at the Kensington Oval.The tournament continues today with Group A matches; at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground the Hurricanes take on the West Indies U-19’s from 09:00hrs while defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force open their campaign at the Coolidge Cricket Ground against the Volcanoes in the day/ night fixture from 13:30hrs. (Guyana Times Sports) read more

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