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America discovered by Welsh Columbus Day now known to be a sham

As is well known by our American cousins Prince Madog ap Owain Gwynedd heir of Owain discovered America around the year 1200 some 300 years before Columbus and founded a colony near to Alabama (although the exact location of the earlier settlements is in dispute some claiming Tennessee a more likely location). Recent radio carbon dating evidence, and the discovery of ancient Welsh style artefacts (clogs and a leak peeler) and inscriptions in the American Midwest have provided proof positive that Welsh explorers, under the leadership of Prince Madog ap Owain (sometimes put as ‘ap Meurig’ due to name confusion) set up colonies there. There is actually a dispute over when exactly Prince Madoc sailed to America. some claiming that this was much earlier around 562 AD just after the Romans got fed up with the continuous rain in Wales up-sticks and left. This claim however does not stand up to scrutiny as it is known that Prince Madog was one of 19 children of Owain Gwyneth (the first true Prince of Wales) ‘the Randy’ who was an historical figure dating from the 12 century. A Welsh poem of the 15th century tells how Prince Madog sailed away in 10 ships and discovered America and whether truth or myth, was used by Queen Elizabeth I as evidence to the British claim to America during its territorial struggles with Spain. So there you have it the first link in the long history of the Welsh in America.

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Old picture of coracles used in Wales

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Bull boats used by first nation people based on coracles

I could say a lot more about the discovery (but you won’t because I am already fed up ed.) but I will sign off with some fascinating facts:

  • By proportion Welsh surnames dominate in eastern states (source National Geographic).
  • There have been at least 10 American presidents with Welsh ancestry (Mitt Romney the 11th!!). Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, James Garfield, Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon and Barack Obama.
  • Jefferson Davies the Confederate President (good Welsh name there).
  • Robert E. Lee – Confederate General
  • Benedict Arnold – Revolution general who defected from the Americans to the British side (oops!)
  • Signers of the declaration of independence: William Floyd, Button Gwinnett, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris and Robert Morris.

And last of all over 10,000 pages of memoires were written in Welsh that survive today from the American Civil War.

Just a little knowledge bomb to lay on you; the Welsh patronymic system describes family trees in terms of the male line and records the family association in the ‘ap’ or ‘ab’ prefix (ap is a contraction of the Welsh word ‘mab’, which means ‘son of’, ‘ferch’ means ‘daughter of’ incidentally) so Madog ap Owain means Madog son of Owain. Often a small epithet to the name like Llewellyn ‘the last’ (the last true Prince of Wales) is also used and so in a more contemporary context we might regard the real name of Mitt Romney (as he claims Welsh heritage via his wife) as Mitt Romney ap George the Gaff Prone in celebration of his recent gaff that the UK was not prepared for the Olympics (which is probably true actually).

For more information about the Welsh in America visit : http://www.alabamawelsh.com/ and if your interested in signing the petition to restore a monument to the great prince go here:

http://www.petitiononline.com/AWA0987/petition.html

Incidentally this age of heroic Welsh princes contrasts sharply with the assorted halfwit princes we have has since the fall of the last great true Prince of Wales here is a picture of the latest incarnation Charles ap Windsor the Half Wit – enough said!!

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How to find the right outsourcing partner for your business

A growing number of enterprises are now looking to outsourcing specific business processes to business outsourcing firms because of its efficiency in improving their operations and its cost effectiveness. However, not all BPOs are created equal. It is essential to know what to look for when outsourcing to reap the benefits and achieve better bottom lines. According to Prople, Inc., one of the leading business processes outsourcing companies, the following are the key considerations when looking for the right outsourcing partner for your business.

Credentials and track record

Check the company background of your potential outsourcing partner. This will give you a better knowledge of its experience and track record. One effective way of doing it is by asking them to present samples of their previous and current clients and other references to check how they manage the business processes. You should also conduct a face-to-face meeting to know if they have enough understanding of your company’s workflows and business process requirements. By doing so, you can also ensure that they can carry out your business goals.

Financial stability

Your outsourcing partner can either make or break your company. That is why it is important to take note of its financial stability to ensure that it can be able to deliver all the outsourced services sufficiently. It will also help you determine if your partner will be able to grow with you in the long run.

End-to-end outsourcing solutions

Make sure that the partner you choose can provide end-to-end outsourcing solutions. These solutions will allow them to render a more comprehensive process in completing all the tasks. It also allows for delivering the maximum level of outputs for the least possible total costs because it reduces the necessary employees. For instance, an end-to-end accounting solution does all the tasks from the chief-financial-officer level down to the invoice encoders.

Communication and accessibility

Communication is one of the key factors in meeting the desired benefits of outsourcing. Thus, you have to ensure that your outsourcing partner speaks a common language, usually English, to eliminate miscommunication. Furthermore, your outsourcing partner must be accessible to other means of communication such as e-mail, VOIP, and among others, and always available despite a possible difference in time zones. It is also important that key members of the servicing team are accessible should any concern arise.

Cultural compatibility

Cultural differences are common between countries and even companies because of the varied views and perspectives. Thus, it is also important that your outsourcing partner has a better understanding of your culture. In that way, you can make sure that it understands your organization and as well as your employees. Prople Inc. is one of the leading business processes outsourcing companies in the Philippines. It provides end-to-end business outsourcing solutions across human resource, accounting and finance, and tax and data management. The company also assists enterprises of any size to be more productive and profitable through its proven, best-in-class methodologies and solutions that ensure customers’ business stability and progress.

It is staffed by a team of value-driven professionals, such as accountants, auditors, project managers, business analysts, engineers and IT experts, who have extensive experiences ideal for achieving their client’s business goals.

For a complete list of Prople Inc.’s services, visit their website at https://www.propleinc.com/.

Article source: http://business.inquirer.net/215906/find-right-outsourcing-partner-business