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The Callaway Golf Foundations Culture of Pay It Forward PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dale Ferguson   
Friday, 11 April 2014 13:41

Callaway golf Company’s pursuit of excellence can only be paralleled by their quest to create healthy communities for their stakeholders. Founded by the late Ely Callaway, the Callaway golf Foundation focuses on support programs that improve lives and communities. It also allows its employees to be more involved and gives them the chance to fulfill their social responsibilities.

 

Callaway golf Foundation’s excellent track record is a proof to the many activity that it spearheads, which is aligned to their mission of helping the less fortunate.  With these activities, the company is able to use golf as a means of touching lives.

 

Pro Kids Golf Academy and Learning Center – Pro Kids Golf Academy and Learning Center, or the PKGA, was founded in 1984. Its mission is to use golf to challenge inner-city youth to excel in life through various programs that promote education, teach life skills and values and develop their characters. With the North County Learning Center in Oceanside, California, Pro Kids aims to provide golf and life skills instruction to children aging from 7 to 17.

 

The Southern California Golf Foundation – The Callaway Foundation proudly supports the Southern California Golf Association Youth on Course program. By making golf accessible and affordable to the youth, the foundation aims to shift the youth’s focus from drugs and other vices to golf.

 

Challenged Athletes, Inc. – The Challenged Athletes Foundation or CAF sees the greatness of athletes with physical challenges and supports their aspirations by giving grants for their training, equipment and other needs. For the foundation, disabilities are only challenges and with a little help, these athletes can overcome them and reach their dreams.

 

Callaway Golf Foundation Women’s Cancer Initiative – The Callaway Foundation is a proud supporter of the Entertainment Industry’s Foundation on Women’s Cancer Programs. Through its donation totaling to $2 million, the Callaway Golf Foundation Women’s Cancer Initiative or CGFWCI showed its commitment in finding a breakthrough for ovarian cancer treatment and early detection.

 

Employee Matching Gift Program – The Employee Matching Gift Program empowers employees to give back to the community. By matching individual gifts given by employees with a qualified nonprofit organization, the Callaway Foundation makes sure that these gifts reach the person that will best benefit from it.

 

Dollars for Doers Program – In line with its aim to empower their employees to help others, the Callaway Foundation created the Dollars for Doers program, which recognizes employees who volunteer for their community. By giving 25 hours of their own time to qualified nonprofit organizations, employees, through the Callaway Foundation and the Dollars for Doers Program, can give cash grants and donations to these organizations.

 

Scholarship Program – The Scholarship Program seeks to help excellent students who need financial assistance through higher education. True to its goals of providing the youth with the help they need to succeed in life, the foundation selects its recipients who show the most promise. Applications can be done online, and are only available for students who meet the criteria set by the foundation, one of which is that the student should be the child of an employee working in the company.

 

Ely Callaway’s success is not only attributed to his keen eye for business opportunities, but also for his penchant for choosing the best employees to work for him. He nurtures this relationship by rewarding employees and what better way to reward employees than by helping their children while allowing them to help others in return. By creating this concept of paying it forward, the company fulfills its social responsibilities while promoting a good working environment at the same time.

 

Ely Callaway’s tombstone reads, “He considers himself lucky in all aspects of life”, and through the company, he wishes to make other people feel as lucky as he is in all aspects of their lives. His legacy not only transcends in the quality of clubs and balls that his company makes, but more so in the lives that his company has touched and will touch in the future.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:43
 
The Criteria of The Best Web Hosting Sites PDF Print E-mail
Written by Clyde Tate   
Friday, 11 April 2014 13:41

Every good business needs a good website. It allows them to connect with their customers, as well as letting them obtain more information about your business.

Thus, the need for an excellent web hosting service is mandatory for this purpose. And any business requires the best of the best in order for them to serve their consumers at their fullest; web hosting is no exception.

To help in your search, here are some of the criteria that all of the best web hosting sites should have.

Service Reliability


Probably the single most important quality of the best web hosting sites is reliability. The reason is simple: Your entire website depends on them. The hosting service should, at the very least, experience very few downtime's during their service period, and if such an event happens, they should be able to get it back up as soon as possible. Your website should also be very resistant to attacks of any kind, intentional or unintentional; such as exploited security flaws, denial-of-service attacks, etc. Also, your choice of web hosting should be able to do traffic management, so the hosted site still continues to function as expected even when a huge number visitors come to the site (which is the main goal of any business website around). And finally, in the event of a total system crash, the web host should have a system backup for these cases, to make sure that all the very important data stored on their servers can easily be recovered.

Security


The best web hosting sites should also be secure, which goes hand-in-hand with their service reliability. The web host should be able to provide updates to their service that are able to patch any security holes that are immediately discovered. Whenever a new feature is being introduced to the service, it should be well-tested, and is free of any critical bugs that may impede the normal functions of your hosted website. Moreover, the web host should allow websites to use SSL (Secure Socket Layer), to give their consumers an assurance that any data they input on the site is secure (especially if the site allows registrations of any kind).

Cost-Effectiveness

The web host should also be affordable, and can be sustained by the current budget of any type of business, big or small. If possible, the web host should also come in different packages that are fit for the needs of any business availing of it, with packages ranging from the cheapest to the ones with the most number of features (and bandwidth). These criteria may not be that important for some situations, as “cheaper” doesn’t necessarily mean “better”, but at the very least, the price should be reasonable enough for all of the features the host provides.

Ease of Use

Not all business owners are tech experts, yet they wanted to make sure that the website they create is well-designed and pleasing to the visitors. That’s why the best web hosting sites are also the ones who are easy manage. The host should provide the administrators with an easy-to-understand dashboard which allows them to create, upload, and maintain their site without any technical knowledge in the administrators’ part. Additionally, advanced webmasters should also be given the option to tinker with their hosted site using their knowledge, in order for them to build a more presentable website which is fully customized to the webmaster’s tastes.

Friendly Customer Service


Finally, the best web hosting sites has the friendliest customer service representatives. Even the most reliable of web hosts tend to have problems here and there, and in cases like this, the customer service of the host is the only person from the company that they can rely on. They should be able to be easy to contact with, friendly to the caller, yet be able to give expert advice to guide the caller into solving virtually any of the problems of the caller.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 13:53
 
The Difference Between Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement Companies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denton Allen   
Saturday, 21 September 2013 07:12

If you have gotten yourself into debt trouble, you need to start looking for ways out of it. There are a few different options available to you, and it is important for you to know the difference between them so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to managing your money. Credit counseling and debt settlement companies are two different ways that you can go towards fixing your credit debt problems. Both are viable options but you should know the difference in order to make an informed decision.

Credit Counseling

Credit counseling is where a company will provide training in credit management. They will educate you on how to manage your credit, and the best ways for you to manage your situation going forward. There is a common misconception that credit counseling will lower your credit score, but this is false. Credit counsellors can also negotiate with your creditor to lower the interest rate for you so that you will be paying less monthly and less over time. More time is spent on educating the customer than actually reducing the value of the debt he has.

Debt Settlement Companies

Debt settlement companies will actually step in on your behalf and deal directly with the creditor. Instead of paying monthly payments to the creditor, you will usually put these payments towards a trust account that will go towards paying off a lump sum of anywhere between 40%-60% of your loan amount. Debt settlement companies work towards reducing the overall amount that you have to pay by negotiating with the creditors. They understand that neither of you want you to file for bankruptcy, so reducing the entire amount of the debt is usually the best way to do this. These debt settlement companies do not provide any education or training for managing debt, they typically just charge fees for their services.

Both of these options are considered good options for you to better manage your debt and erase your debt as soon as possible. Depending on your situation, one of these options may better suit you. For example, if you have a large amount of debt, you probably want to start by using debt settlement companies to help you erase a large portion of this. However, if you have a smaller amount of debt it might be more worth your while to learn how to avoid this in the future and move on.

Whatever you decide, make sure you research the companies you will be working with. Both credit counsellors and debt settlement companies can be handling your money, so you want to make sure they are trustworthy!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 07:25
 
Maximum Security at Home: Essential Facts about Home Safes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Erik Payne   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:24

The safety and security of valuable items has always been a concern in many households. After all, there is no telling when a thief can strike and how.The best form of protection you can offer to your valuable items would be investing in a safe. However, there are different home safes designed for specific purposes with varying levels of protection. This means that a homeowner should learn what they are and what they can offer before purchasing one.

Core Function

Before getting to know the different types of home safes, it is best to understand what a safe is and what its intended purpose is.Basically, a safe is a container with a metal frame covered by several inches of steel. Depending on its size, a safe can be used to store jewelry, documents and even small firearms and explosives. Its main security feature comes in the form of locking bolts that, when the handle is sealed, embeds into the frame and turns the entire safe into an impenetrable metal container.

Safes are actually designed to perform two primary functions. The first one involves protecting the items inside from unauthorized persons like thieves. Once sealed, a really good safe can be hard to pry open even with a plasma cutter, a buzz saw or a blowtorch. In addition, bigger safes have considerable weight which makes them difficult to move around.

Their second purpose is to protect the valuables from fire. A quality conventional safe possesses a considerably high fire rating which allows it to shield the contents from strong blazes. Though the safe will be heavily scorched and warped at the end of a fire, it is certain that their contents will suffer little to no fire damage at all.

Conventional Safes

The first types of home safes you can encounter are those that can be mounted to a wall. Being embedded into a wall, they offer a considerable level of protection as burglars are reduced to attacking the safe from one angle: the door. Also, they can easily be concealed within a shelf, a sliding panel or even an art painting.

In the same vein with wall-mounted safes, you also have the option to use a floor-mounted safe. They are also considerably durable and reduce a burglar’s options and angle of attack when they attempt to pry it open.Also, they are one of the toughest home safes to move due to the fact that they are embedded into the floor.However, it is required that they be built-in into the house to provide maximum protection without compromising the structure’s integrity.

Free standing versions are also available to homeowners and they are one of the cheaper safes to choose from. When opting for a free-standing safe, it is best to pick one that has a considerable fire rating and its body is made out of steel with a 10-gauge thickness or less. Since they will definitely stand out in a room, it is best to have the bolted down to the floor to prevent burglars from moving them around.

Specialized Safes

If added weight and steel thickness is a bit too expensive, there is also the option to use diversionary safes. Though they lack the durability of conventional models, these types of safes have the advantage of looking not like a safe. In essence, a burglar can pass them off as common, everyday objects meaning they won’t mind prying it open to see what they contain. Most diversionary safe manufacturers conceal these safes as items like books, soda cans, and even fruit baskets.

Portable safes are also a good investment for those who regularly travel.Though they are easier to steal due to portability, it does not mean that these home safes are easier to open.Most portable safes come with safety mechanisms which prevents unauthorized persons from opening them without the proper opening device. In addition, they are quick to store and hide in drawer or desk.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:31
 
The Values Any Criminal Attorney Salt Lake City Must Have PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denton Allen   
Friday, 05 July 2013 10:12

Being a lawyer is one of the world’s most esteemed professions. Trained to handle all kinds of legal cases, they are the ones with the responsibility of either defending or prosecuting particular suspects. One of the hottest prospects for being an attorney is to handle criminal cases. But of course, handling such cases is easier said than done. Simply put, some people are simply more adept at such cases than others. Because of this, a legal specialist, better known as the criminal attorney, exists. What are the different values any criminal attorney Salt Lake City must have?

1. Legitimacy- This goes on without saying. If a criminal attorney offers his services to you, he must be legitimate in offering such services. There are many ways in which you can verify if a certain lawyer can be trusted in getting the job done. First, you can check if the said lawyer is a bona fide member of the county or state bar association. In addition, it would be a huge boost if he is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

2. Skills- It goes without saying that it takes talent to win a case in the court of law. But more than just having the necessary talent, one must have the proper training to be successful once he accepts a client and a case to handle. The skills of a criminal attorney Salt Lake City is both inborn and learned.  You can have a better idea of these when you get up close with the lawyer for an interview. 

3. Experience- Experience is still a very valuable asset for selecting lawyers even though talent is equally important. After all, it’s still a huge asset to have someone who has seen it all in the legal game defending you in the court of law. When given a choice between 2 equally competent lawyers, it’s better to get the one who is more experienced.

4. Passion- A criminal attorney Salt Lake City must be enthusiastic in handling your case. His interest in helping you out in the case can make a huge difference in your prospects for winning the case. A lawyer who is passionate for both his/her job and your case will see to it that you get the best chance of getting a favorable judgment.

5. Reliability- A lawyer must literally be the person that you can lean on during these tough times. One aspect of reliability for a criminal attorney Salt Lake City is how quick they respond to your call.  A reliable lawyer will respond immediately to your plea. Also, they must show up and respond accordingly with every progress made in the case.

 
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