25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What can we learn about the shopping habits of millennials from the growth in popularity of digital gift cards?by: Erik PayneThis weekend my little brother (he’s 20) emailed me his Christmas List. I was confused. He didn’t want any gifts. He only wanted gift cards, preferably digital ones he could more easily use on his smartphone shopping adventures. Easy shopping.I hadn’t thought much of the purchase until early Cyber Monday, the day I planned (unsuccessfully as it turned out) on buying the bulk of my gifts, when colleague Mark Rapport sent me survey data recently released by InComm, showing just how popular these digital cards are with the younger generations. The highlights:90% of respondents from 18-25 said they were more interested in buying digital gift cards than two years ago78% of respondents from 18-25 showed interest storing cards on their mobile phones. 16% of those over 65 showed interest71% of respondents intend to purchase at least one gift card from an online website or mobile website/app this holiday season, while 74% agree that they are likely to purchase at least one digital gift card continue reading »
Zimbabwe Teens opposed to early marriagesData published last year indicates one third of girls in Zimbabwe marry before their 18th birthday and five percent before they turn 15.However, the Zimbabwean government is now stepping up efforts to protect the rights of the girl child, to shield them from early marriages.Poverty is said to be a key driving factor sustaining child marriages in Zimbabwe.Parents often marry girls off, to pass on the burden of caring for them to their suitors.Bride price payments from the would be husbands offers a further incentive.Some communities also see child marriage as a way of protecting girls from experimenting with premarital sex.Dananai Chipuza a former carnival queen in zimbabwe thinks the law is a disadvantage to most girls.She says ”so many girls have great potential and it seems as if our elders at some point they are not realizing the potential. Instead they see them potential wealth makers because they are marrying them off so they can trying to eradicate poverty, which is not true”.The government is now working hard to educate the local communities on the disadvantages that come with child marriages.Child marriages are known to deprive girls of education and opportunities.They also jeopardize their health and increase the risks of exploitation, sexual violence, domestic abuse and death or serious injury in childbirth.Its being hoped the government will enact and enforce national laws that raise the age of marriage to 18, for both girls and boys.
Ferguson however suggested his fellow Scot made a grave error not retaining former assistant manager Mike Phelan in his backroom staff. “It is an insult to say that I left an ageing squad,” said Ferguson at an event to publicise his updated autobiography. “Chelsea have seven players over 30 but nobody talks about them being an old team. “It is easy to defend myself against all of that because all the statistics are there. “I think he should have kept Mike Phelan, he was a United man; loyal, hard-working and a good judge of the players. “My advice to David was that he should maybe keep Mike Phelan. “I was always supportive of David, whenever he called I gave him the advice I would have wanted when I was manager. “But David will do well in the future: life doesn’t end when you leave United.” The former United manager hit back at critics of the make-up of the Old Trafford squad Moyes inherited when he succeeded Ferguson in 2013. Former Everton boss Moyes was removed from the United post after just one season at the helm, prompting widespread suggestion Ferguson had not provided enough future planning. Ferguson reiterated his backing for new United manger Louis van Gaal, tipping the Dutchman to turn the club’s fortunes around. Lamenting United’s injury woes during Van Gaal’s embryonic tenure, Ferguson said once he settles on a regular back-four the club will progress quickly. “He has that philosophy, stubbornness and determination to succeed, I’ve got every faith he will be a success,” said Ferguson, in an interview with James Nesbitt at London’s Drury Lane Theatre. “I have absolute faith that he’s the right man for the job. “It’s been one step forward and two steps backward for them so far this season, in terms of injuries. “Falcao looks a player and Di Maria will do well. “Once he can get people fit and a settled, regular back-four, then that’s the first route to progress.” Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson has branded claims he left David Moyes an “ageing” Manchester United squad as “an insult”.