Dalit man killed in Gujarat for owning horseA 21-year-old Dalit man was allegedly murdered in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district after he bought a horse a few months ago and rode it in the village. Pradeep Rathod’s family has alleged that his keeping a horse was not liked by people from upper castes, who had threatened him.
Jazz: Host Miami on Wednesday.Thunder: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steven Adams had 22 points in the first meeting since the Jazz downed the Thunder in six games in the first round of last season’s Western Conference playoffs. Oklahoma City overcame a 4-of-18 shooting performance by Russell Westbrook, who nonetheless managed a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Oklahoma City has won 15 straight regular-season games at home against Utah, although the Jazz did beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City in Game 2 during their playoff series. The Thunder have gone 17-4 since starting this season 0-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I’m going to just play hard,” George said about the chants. “If that happens at the end of the year, then so be it. That’s the least of my concerns. Right now, I’m enjoying playing with this group. We’ve got a special group here. We want to win. We want to win big. That’s first and foremost. Anything else after that, it’s appreciated, but that’s not the concern.”Donovan Mitchell battled foul trouble much of the game but led the Jazz with 19 points, while Rudy Gobert recorded his 23rd double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. It was the second lopsided road loss in two days for Utah, which fell 110-97 on Sunday at San Antonio. The Thunder jumped to a 6-0 lead, causing Jazz coach Quin Snyder to call a timeout just 68 seconds into the game. Oklahoma City gradually built its lead to 17 points before settling for a 57-46 halftime advantage.“We didn’t do enough on the defensive end, collectively, and that impacts everything,” Snyder said. “We usually weren’t efficient offensively — either didn’t get a good shot or turned it over. You put yourself behind the 8-ball and you almost have to be lucky or perfect to get back in the game and we didn’t play well enough.”George, who scored 25 fourth-quarter points during a 47-point outburst in a win at Brooklyn on Wednesday, nearly reprised that performance in the third quarter.George hit his first 3-point attempt 50 seconds before halftime, then hit his next four shots from behind the arc en route to a 17-point third quarter. That helped the Thunder build their lead to 26 points near the end of the period and the Jazz never seriously threatened after that, although they did cut a 29-point deficit to nine in the final minute.“He was real balanced, under control, took open shots, knocked them down,” Westbrook said of George. “He played at his own pace.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Comelec disputes PCIJ report on voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town Marcus Morris leads depleted Celtics past Pelicans LATEST STORIES 3 IS-linked gunmen slain in Maguindanao offensives Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George goes in for a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George heard the “MVP! MVP!” chants from the sellout crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and while the Oklahoma City star appreciated them, he was happier the Thunder had just beaten the foe that ended their season last spring.George went 5 of 6 from 3-point range and scored 31 points, Dennis Schroder added 23 and the Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 122-113 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Fans are in a frenzy as Netflix reveals that Henry Cavill is coming to Manila Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jae Crowder had 13 points and Derrick Favors had 12 for the Jazz.CLOSING TIMEThe Jazz outscored the Thunder 38-23 in the fourth quarter. Epke Udoh, from nearby Edmond, scored 10 points in nine minutes to spark Utah’s bench.“It’s good to see guys that compete and guys that contribute,” Snyder said. “Any time those guys, regardless of the score or situation, they come in the game, you expect them to play the right way and they did. It was good to see their activity. They really made an effort to get the ball to the rim and as a result they created looks for each other.”For a good chunk of the quarter, Thunder coach Billy Donovan stood on the sideline with a look something between bewilderment and frustration. But except for Westbrook, he didn’t bring his starters back into the game, choosing to let many of his reserves figure it out.“I didn’t think we defended the way we were capable of in the fourth quarter,” Donovan said.TIP-INS:Jazz: Mitchell hit a halfcourt shot at the first-quarter buzzer for his first points of the game, allowing him to avoid a second straight scoreless first quarter . Ricky Rubio, who had averaged 18.8 points during Utah’s previous eight road games, had 10 against the Thunder.Thunder: The Thunder are 14-1 this season against sub-.500 opponents, including the Jazz, who entered the game at 13-14 . 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LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Florida signee Jordan Scarlett hasn’t played a down for his team just yet, but it looks like he’s going to be a Gator for life – whether or not he actually sticks with the program. Scarlett, a four-star running back commit who begins his freshman year in 2015, got a very strong Florida tattoo earlier this week. It’s of the school logo, which features mascot Albert.Go follow @thaillustratedman305 on Instagram thanks for the ink! pic.twitter.com/RI7hJT2CiH— ManChild (@Famousscarlett) April 7, 2015Scarlett is expected to be a big asset for a program looking to get back on the map. It looks like he’s ready to go.[Only Gators]
Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are entitled to protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said this week, expressing concern at decisions around the world that have undermined the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.“Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need and are entitled to receive, according to international refugee law,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement.The UN chief made a particular mention of Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, that, he noted “for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations.”Further stating that countries have the right and the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations, Mr. Guterres cautioned that this cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality, noting that doing so “is against the fundamental principles and values on which our societies are based.”He also warned that it could “trigger widespread anxiety and anger that may facilitate the propaganda of the very terrorist organizations we all want to fight against” and that “blind measures, not based on solid intelligence, tend to be ineffective as they risk being bypassed by what are today sophisticated global terrorist movements.”At the start of the regular noon-briefing at UN Headquarters, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said Mr. Guterres is currently on his way back to New York from the African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and he had had the opportunity to express his disagreement with the United States Executive Order on refugees.The statement follows the US President’s signing last Friday of an Executive Order that, among things, suspends the US refugee programme for 120 days and, according to the media, bars entry of refugees from several mostly Muslim countries, including Syria, until further notice.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament never will be the same. No, it’s not because Connecticut and Butler made James Naismith spin in his grave with an unprecedentedly awful championship game. Nor is it because of further expansion. After failing to agree on a new contract with CBS, Gus Johnson will no longer call tournament games for the network. So, for the foreseeable future, the tournament will lack the voice that captured the frenzied nature of each game. Imagine if Jim Nantz called Ron Lewis’ shot against Xavier in 2007. As we transitioned to commercial, we would’ve been hit with some unbearable pun, such as “a three for Ron and overtime for all — the Musketeers and Buckeyes after this.” Yes, we’ll still get our dose of Johnson during Big Ten play, as he still is expected to do basketball for Big Ten Network. No one can turn each play in an Iowa-Northwestern game exciting quite like he can. Big Ten fans won’t lack his pizzazz, but most of the nation will — on the big tournament stage. He called NCAA Tournament games for 16 years, but now his presence will be replaced by guys like Tim Brando, who unleashed this gem of a call after Butler’s Matt Howard beat Old Dominion with a buzzer-beating tip-in: “Butler … did it again!” Clearly, there are few who can capture the moment quite like Johnson can. Traditionalists might prefer an understated announcer, in the Pat Summerall mold. Yet, it’s hard to mimic his voice and simultaneously speak so eloquently with such few words. Summerall and Johnson are on opposite ends of the spectrum — really. Most announcers try to strike a balance between the two … unless you’re Joe Buck, who is in a class of his own. He always sounds like he just found out his dog died right before going on air. Johnson reactions are more genuine than most. Sports fans tend to get excited when they see a remarkable play in a tense moment, and Johnson’s announcing style mimics this. Take his call of OSU’s Matt Sylvester’s game-winner against an undefeated Illinois in 2005. After he hit the shot, Johnson screamed uncontrollably, much like Buckeye fans. This informal style apparently is appealing to the Internet savvy. In March, someone created an online soundboard for Johnson, capturing his best bytes, including “here comes the pain” or “he’s got getting-away-from-the-cops speed.” CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell conducted an informal poll on Twitter, which showed that two of every three people say Johnson gets them to watch a game they normally wouldn’t watch. Apparently Johnson’s stronghold in the social media realm is something that CBS, which caters to its viewers’ median age of 55, doesn’t understand. As the lead college football announcer for Fox, Johnson may be taking a step forward in his eyes. Still, the entertainment value of the NCAA Tournament takes a clear step backward with his absence.
Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team could be dealt with a heavy blow as the Buckeyes might be missing forward Andre Wesson for an undisclosed period of time, a university spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.Wesson has been undergoing tests for a medical issue over the summer, which was first reported by Eleven Warriors.The university spokesperson issued the following statement to The Lantern:“Ohio State sophomore forward Andre Wesson has been undergoing testing and monitoring over the summer for a medical issue. Additional testing will be conducted in the coming weeks. The Ohio State men’s basketball program is optimistic Andre will be able to continue his athletic career with the Buckeyes this season.”As a freshman, Wesson averaged 11.6 minutes per game while appearing in 29 of the Buckeyes’ 32 games. The former three-star prospect averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. He shot 36.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc, while succeeding on 53.6 percent of free throw attempts.Wesson is the oldest brother of freshman center Kaleb Wesson and the elder son of Keith Wesson, a member of the Ohio State men’s basketball team from 1982-1987.
Digital cable subscribers in Romania more than doubled in 2011, taking digital cable penetration to 25% of all cable homes by the end of the year, according to a survey by regulator ANCOM.Overall cable numbers grew by 7% over the course of the year, while DTH numbers fell by 5%, with a slight recovery in the second half of the year.ANCOM said there were 2.79 million cable subscribers in urban areas at the end of 2011, while cable subs in rural areas numbered 0.78 million. IPTV numbers fell by a striking 21% in the last quarter of the year to total about 30,000 subscribers, according to ANCOM. DTH subscribers numbered 2.26 million at the end of the year.
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Leadership Image credit: Al Bello | Getty Images Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. This Woman Just Made NFL History Nina Zipkin This Sunday, during the matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers, NFL referee Sarah Thomas became the first woman to be an on-field official at an NFL playoff game. It wasn’t the first time that Thomas made football history.In 2015, she became the first female official hired by the NFL, and before her hiring in 2011, she was the first female official to work in a Big Ten stadium. In 2009, she was the first woman to officiate a college football bowl game, and in 2007, she was the first woman to work at a major college football game.Before her career as a football official, Thomas, a Mississippi native and married mom of three, was a college basketball star at the University of Mobile.Related: 4 Branding Lessons From Nike’s Colin Kaepernick AdAt the start of her NFL career, she shared with CBS News how her tenure as a scholar-athlete informed her career.”Maybe at times when they made a controversial call that I didn’t think was right, I voiced my opinion, but I think they would get just as aggravated with me at times, too,” Thomas told CBS. “When I started in football officiating, I had no idea the pride and the amount of time that they put into trying to get the game right.”On social media, Jennifer Welter, the NFL’s first female assistant coach, congratulated Thomas.Today my good friend Sarah Thomas will #kickglass and become the first woman to officiate a playoff game #football #footballfamily #womeninsports #grrridirongirls #legends @ San… https://t.co/8A93bSwLUt— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) January 13, 2019 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article January 14, 2019 Entrepreneur Staff Sarah Thomas became the first woman to be an on-field official at a playoff game. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »
Mobilizing VoIP Register Now » Add to Queue 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Dan O’Shea Most small-business entrepreneurs are now well aware of the economic benefits and flexibility advantages of using VoIP for their office communications needs. Now, it’s time for lesson two: How to leverage VoIP’s benefits while on the go.A big-box retailer, hearty competitor to many a small business, may seem an unlikely teacher for this lesson. Yet, Best Buy is doing an increasingly good job of addressing the technology needs of its small-business customers. As part of the Best Buy for Business concept, the retailer operates its own national VoIP service provider–Speakeasy–catering to the small-business market.Speakeasy, based in Seattle, was already a nationally known VoIP service brand when Best Buy acquired it in 2007. Thousands of small businesses in the U.S. use Speakeasy Hosted Voice, and late last year, Speakeasy introduced the first mobile extension of its platform, targeted at iPhone users. EasyVoice Mobile for iPhone extends an existing Speakeasy customer’s wireline calling package, including a call management feature and free calling to more than 20 countries, to a device that has become standard issue to small-business owners.Call management functions run through Remote Office, an application that integrates with an iPhone contact list and allows iPhone users to make and receive calls via their desktop office phone number. Users can also hold, forward, access voice mail and do pretty much anything they would while at the office. “It gives the impression that you’re always available,” Chatterley said.He added that the big telecom companies still do a poor job of addressing evolving small-business calling needs, delivering cellular plans targeted at small firms, but not comprehensive applications covering both the fixed office and the mobile office. Ironically, a big-box retailer may teach them a lesson, too. Magazine Contributor Speakeasy takes the popular voice alternative on the road. Technology This story appears in the February 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares January 15, 2010
Register Now » Reuters Next Article Co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. Dies in Car Accident Add to Queue March 2, 2016 –shares Aubrey McClendon, the co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp who led it to become one of the world’s biggest natural gas producers before he was tarred by federal anti-trust charges, died on Wednesday in a car accident in Oklahoma City, police said. He was 56.McClendon died one day after the U.S. Department of Justice indicted him for allegedly violating antitrust laws by colluding to rig bids for oil and gas acreage while he was at Chesapeake, which has been a central player in the U.S. fracking revolution of the past decade. He denied the charges.McClendon resigned from Chesapeake in 2013 after a corporate governance crisis and investor concerns over his heavy spending.He went on to start American Energy Partners, and with the help of private equity funds, made huge bets on vast oil acreage around the United States and Australia.Police said they were investigating the cause of the crash that occurred when McClendon was driving his 2013 Chevy Tahoe. Police said the vehicle was so badly burned they were unable to tell if McClendon was wearing his seat belt.A native of Oklahoma, he attended Duke University before starting Chesapeake with his friend Tom Ward, who went on to lead SandRidge Energy Inc. for a time.”Chesapeake is deeply saddened by the news that we have heard today and our thoughts and prayers are with the McClendon family during this difficult time,” a Chesapeake spokesman said in a statement.(Reporting by Liz Hampton, Jessica Resnick Ault and Ernest Scheyder; Writing by Terry Wade; Editing by Leslie Adler) This story originally appeared on Reuters Death 2 min read Image credit: Sean Gardner | Reuters Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corporation Aubrey McClendon walks through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana March 26, 2012.
This story originally appeared on PCMag Senators to Airlines: What’s Up With the Computer Outages? Don Reisinger Register Now » 2 min read Next Article August 18, 2016 Contributing Writer Frequent fliers aren’t the only ones fed up with airline computer outages. In the wake of delays due to recent glitches with the systems of Southwest and Delta Air Lines, two US senators are asking for answers.”We are concerned with recent reports indicating that airlines’ IT systems may be susceptible to faltering because of the way they are designed and have been maintained,” Democratic Sens. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut wrote in a letter to more than a dozen airlines. Delta flights were grounded earlier this month after “a critical power control module at our Technology Command Center malfunctioned, causing a surge to the transformer and a loss of power,” according to COO Gil West. Southwest, meanwhile, had to cancel hundreds of flights last month after its website went down.In their letters, Markey and Blumenthal “inquire about safeguards and backups in place within airline IT systems to protect against power outages, cyberattacks and other hazards,” they said in a statement. They also “ask the airlines about policies that would allow passengers to be rebooked on another airline or on a different mode of transportation in the event of irregular operations caused by the airlines, as well as about their reimbursement and compensation policies.”Airline mergers are not helping the situation, they continued. “Now that four air carriers control approximately 85 percent of domestic capacity, all it takes is one airline to experience an outage and thousands of passengers could be stranded, resulting in missed business meetings, graduations, weddings, funerals and other prepaid events.”The senators’ letter includes several queries, including how many times technology has caused an outage to air traffic, what safeguards are in place when systems fail, and the current state of the airline’s IT system. They have asked the airline CEOs to respond to their queries by Sept.16.Airlines that received the letter include American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Allegiant Air, Virgin America, Sun Country Airlines and Island Air Hawaii. Add to Queue Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Airlines Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Image credit: Shutterstock –shares
QuanticMind announced its Spring 2019 product release, ushering in new functionality for digital marketers who are focused on achieving peak performance and optimization from paid search channels. The pioneering Martech company, based in Silicon Valley, has unlocked ways to automate highly valuable audience bid adjustments in Google Ads, optimize Bing Shopping campaigns using proprietary data science techniques, and launched a machine learning based forecasting module for SEM and Shopping campaigns. These new features together augment QuanticMind’s position as the leader in predictive digital advertising management.“We’ve focused on adding sophisticated machine learning algorithms to ensure better accuracy and increased reliability in driving optimal performance of paid search campaigns,” said QuanticMind’s CEO, Chaitanya Chandrasekar. “These updates represent only the beginning of the journey we’re on to deliver a solution that enables digital marketers to solve paid advertising challenges at far greater scale, faster speed, and at deeper levels of granularity than previously possible.”QuanticMind has committed to continually engage in product improvements to help digital marketers achieve their performance goals. This Spring release adds another chapter by delivering features that directly empower SEM marketers to optimize their marketing campaigns for the best ROI.Marketing Technology News: Pandora Selects OpenText’s Digital Asset Management Platform for Streaming AdvertisingThe highlight of the Spring 2019 release is the launch of Automated Audience Bid Adjustments for Google Ads. Sophisticated marketers understand the power of showcasing their ads to targeted audiences: who they are, their interests and habits, what they are actively researching, or how they have interacted with businesses in the past. The QuanticMind platform dynamically automates how marketers manage audiences in Google Ads by drawing on the historical performance of audience segments to set optimal audience bid adjustments. This new bidding model ultimately ensures that marketers are minimizing wasted advertising spend and maximizing their business returns by reaching the right people, with the right message, at precisely the right moment.The second major capability rolled out is an advanced Forecasting Module. By taking in auction insights data, bid landscape models, historical performance trends, and seasonality factors, QuanticMind can now predict performance for up to 100 days in the future of paid search campaigns. By surfacing such critical insights in advance, marketers are empowered to determine what ROAS, Margin or CPA targets need to be set to achieve specific performance goals. Furthermore, channel budget shifts can be handled much more effectively with the guesswork eliminated.Marketing Technology News: Pitney Bowes and Accenture Team to Help Clients Take Advantage of Intelligent, Data-Driven SolutionsRounding out the trio of major features is Bing Shopping Optimization. Now, the same powerful machine learning algorithms that QuanticMind applies to Google Shopping campaigns can be employed to drive better investments on Bing Shopping. Strategies and reporting across the two publishers sit directly in one source of truth, allowing for a holistic overview of performance. QuanticMind Shopping continues to support feed management for both the Google and Bing Merchant Centers.The future of search engine marketing is bright as new levels of performance optimization become possible through QuanticMind’s Spring 2019 Release.Marketing Technology News: Elastic Stack 7.0 Now Available QuanticMind Offers SEM Marketers Powerful New Automated Bidding Capabilities PRNewswireApril 16, 2019, 5:44 pmApril 16, 2019 Audience Bid AdjustmentsChaitanya ChandrasekarGoogle AdsMarketing TechnologyNewsQuanticMindSEM Previous ArticleHG Insights Partners with Forrester to Expand Worldwide Technology Adoption CoverageNext ArticleEngageya Launches “Stories” Unit For Mobile Publishers
Challenger, CustomerCentric Selling, DSG Consulting, RAIN Group, and ValueSelling Now Offer Exclusive Content to Highspot Customers Directly in the Highspot PlatformHighspot, the modern sales enablement solution that sales reps love, announced the launch of its Sales Acceleration Partners program. This first-of-its-kind global program combines unparalleled sales and marketing expertise with the industry’s number one customer-rated sales enablement technology. Customers will have access to exclusive content and guidance directly within the Highspot platform from world-class go-to-market experts including Challenger, CustomerCentric Selling, DSG Consulting, RAIN Group, and ValueSelling.Marketing Technology News: Userful Announces New Drag-and-Drop Command and Control Module for Visual Networking PlatformBuilt on Highspot’s industry-first Spots and SmartPage technologies, the new program will give Highspot customers direct access to partner expertise and content within their daily workflow. Highspot Sales Acceleration Partners specialize in services that modernize traditional selling and go-to-market approaches from sales enablement best practices, to sales methodology, sales training, and sales playbooks.“To meet the needs of today’s modern buyer, companies in every industry are in the midst of transforming both their sales methodology and technology, ” said Robert Wahbe, Highspot co-founder and CEO. “Our new program brings the brightest thinking in sales and marketing strategy directly into Highspot, filling a clear market need and giving our customers an unmatched competitive advantage.”Marketing Technology News: Sales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series E“Organizations that enable a Challenger approach are more likely to grow and deliver real customer impact,” said Simon Frewer, Challenger’s CEO. “However, full adoption and sustainment take time and effort, especially at scale. Highspot’s unique ability to drive rapid, organization-wide adoption of core strategies and behaviors ensures sales reps can easily access content developed around Challenger best practices within the sales enablement platform that they already know and love.”Marketing Technology News: PCM Partners with RingCentral to Bring Cloud Communications Solutions to Enterprises Highspot Launches Sales Enablement Industry’s First Program to Provide Direct Access to Leading Sales Methodology MTS Staff WriterApril 24, 2019, 6:41 pmApril 24, 2019 CustomerCentric SellingHighspotMarketing TechnologyNewsRobert WahbeSales Acceleration PartnersSales Enablement Previous ArticleRFPIO Leads Way to Faster, More Accurate Responses with Patented Document Import, Export FunctionalityNext ArticleHootsuite Named a Leader in Sales Social Engagement Tools Report by Independent Research Firm
Biscuitville Fresh Southern is a family-owned restaurant chain that serves authentic Southern cooking that’s fresh, scratch-made and uses locally sourced ingredients. Biscuitville sets itself apart from the competition by being a brand that is rooted in Southern hospitality, with traditional recipes that are modern and unexpected. However, the company recognizes that, when it comes to location intelligence, it was time for a cutting-edge technology upgrade.With SiteZeus’ AI-powered location intelligence platform, Biscuitville can leverage the power of real-time data insights to help plan for future success in its multi-unit growth. Biscuitville currently operates 55 restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia. “Biscuitville has a long history of serving great food, and SiteZeus is excited to bring its state-of-the-art location intelligence platform to help the company better understand its store performance at a more granular level,” said Robert Cherrington, Executive Vice President of Sales at SiteZeus. “One of the factors that influenced the company’s decision was our ability to quickly create a highly accurate proof of concept to give Biscuitville a taste for what we can do.”Biscuitville provided SiteZeus with about a dozen site-specific attributes and revenue data for its 55 restaurant portfolio. SiteZeus then layered on the additional market and competitor data from The Olympus Data Exchange, to deliver a highly accurate proof of concept model with detailed insights into existing and potential store performance – delivered all in under three hours. Instantly, Biscuitville was able to see which data points were impacting individual store performance, both negatively and positively, to best duplicate success.Biscuitville plans to use the SiteZeus platform to improve performance at existing stores, as well as analyze the viability of future store locations. “This model allows us to determine with a higher level of confidence what key attributes drive sales and bottom-line revenue. The data intelligence provided by SiteZeus provides us with information that will assist us in making enhanced decisions when it comes to new site locations, relocations and rebuilds of existing restaurants, and cannibalization modeling,” said Kevin Bennett, Chief Financial Officer at Biscuitville Fresh Southern Code Pilot Accelerates Enterprise AI Projects With Their Intelligent PlatformCode Pilot Corp – a leader in AI enablement and acceleration solutions, announced it was approved by Microsoft as an AI Inner Circle Partner. Microsoft’s AI Inner Circle Partner Program recognizes Microsoft Partners who can transform a customer’s business by accelerating the deployment of AI based projects.“Acceptance into the Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner Program requires demonstrated expertise in AI and is only offered to companies with the proven ability to support Microsoft customers in designing, developing and deploying intelligent solutions. We’re pleased to have Code Pilot join this group of Microsoft Partners.”he AI Inner Circle Partner Program is designed for partners with demonstrated expertise in the area of AI. Code Pilot’s reputation as a thought leader and elite group of Applied Data Scientists provides customers with a low-risk method for developing intelligent products on Microsoft Azure, bringing together the joint benefits of Cloud + AI.“Being selected as a Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner is a huge endorsement of our platform,” said David Lemphers, CEO of Code Pilot. “As enterprise organizations look to improve the success of their AI initiatives, we can help them reduce risk and increase ROI by 20% on average.”Marketing Technology News: Swiftpage Launches All-in-One Act! Growth Suite Sales & Marketing Platform for SMBsLindsey Allen, Director of Product Management, Microsoft AI platform said, “Acceptance into the Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner Program requires demonstrated expertise in AI and is only offered to companies with the proven ability to support Microsoft customers in designing, developing and deploying intelligent solutions. We’re pleased to have Code Pilot join this group of Microsoft Partners.”Marketing Technology News: 4INFO Adds Smart TV Data Through Partnership with InscapeCode Pilot’s AI AcceleratorsTime and skills are the primary factors leading to the failure of enterprise AI initiatives. Code Pilot mitigates these risks by providing customers with a platform for solving business needs faster and without the burden of hiring a dedicated ML team.Leveraging their extensive experience developing and deploying production grade AI solutions for Fortune 500 customers, Code Pilot’s platform ensures customers don’t get stuck in the envisioning phase and instead move rapidly to the deployment and operations phase. This is crucial to successful AI-driven business transformation.Marketing Technology News: New Data: Facebook and Google Trounce Amazon for D2C Brand Ad Spend acceleration solutionsAIAI Inner Circle PartnerDavid LemphersMarketing TechnologyMicrosoftNews Previous ArticleNikon Video Contest Challenges Creators To “Follow Your Passion” For A Chance To Win $25,000 And A Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s KitNext ArticleAdomni and Lightbox OOH Video Network Partner to Drive New Programmatic Revenue for Shopping Mall Screens,Code Pilot Approved as a Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner Chandni MaskeMay 17, 2019, 8:00 pmMay 17, 2019 Previous ArticleYes Marketing Joins Forces with Adobe to Provide Leading Technology Combined with White Glove Agency, Implementation, and Program Management ServicesNext ArticleNikon Video Contest Challenges Creators To “Follow Your Passion” For A Chance To Win $25,000 And A Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit Code Pilot Approved as a Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner PRNewswireMay 17, 2019, 8:23 pmMay 17, 2019
V-Click Technology Officially Launched Globe Newswire1 day agoJuly 22, 2019 digital marketingiClickMarketing Technology NewsNewsSammy HsiehV-Click TechnologyYan Lee Previous ArticleAsia-Pacific Managed Security Service Providers Need to Offer Advanced Analytics to Drive Growth Opportunities in the region, finds Frost & SullivanNext ArticleRoundtable Series: The Benefits of AI for Retail Operations Technology-driven marketing solutions for Southeast Asian companies to target and capture China’s lucrative consumer marketV-Click Technology (“V-Click”), the joint venture formed between VGI Global Media Plc, Thailand’s number one online to offline (O2O) solutions provider across advertising, payment and logistics platforms and iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited, (“iClick”) (NASDAQ: ICLK), an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider in China, is officially launched.The suite of technology-driven digital marketing and media solutions provided by V-Click will include intelligence, social, and mobile tools based on iClick’s 825 million1 consumer profiles to provide clients with a comprehensive insight into the Chinese market. V-Click will also continue to launch various products and applications that extend the joint data and technological capabilities of iClick and VGI, including marketing SaaS solutions and AI-powered mobile applications, among others.Marketing Technology News: WebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO ModuleThailand is one of the most popular overseas destinations for Chinese tourists. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports in Thailand, in 2018 there were 10.5 million visitors from China, with a total expenditure of THB 580 billion. Chinese visitors are the top source of foreign receipts in an industry that makes up about a fifth of the Thai economy, presenting significant opportunity to Thai brands to reach this audience.Leveraging the respective digital strengths and extensive local networks of iClick and VGI, V-Click will help companies in the region deepen their engagement with the lucrative audience of Chinese outbound travellers and consumer groups through targeted and customized strategies as well as market leading solutions that consider the unprecedented cross-border retail opportunities.To celebrate V-Click’s launch, VGI and iClick co-hosted an industry event in Bangkok that provided insights on digital marketing in China, attended by over 300 marketers from Thailand. Leading Chinese internet players and marketing experts including Tencent, Ctrip, RED and DianPing shared their insights on China’s outbound tourism market and the purchasing behaviour of Chinese outbound travellers.Marketing Technology News: Progress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development Platforms“Advanced marketing technology has become an essential tool to help Southeast Asian consumer brands who are looking to penetrate Chinese travellers. V-Click is uniquely positioned to help Southeast Asian companies to reach Chinese consumer markets and convert marketing efforts to real business value, backed by the region’s two leading marketing solutions players,” commented Yan Lee, Chief Product Officer of iClick and Chief Executive Officer of V-Click.“As announced in June, VGI’s strategic investment in iClick further expands the ongoing collaboration between the two companies and this move demonstrates the confidence the two parties have in the synergies they can create and the market opportunities of which they are looking to take advantage,” said Sammy Hsieh, Co-founder and CEO of iClick. “Going forward, we foresee more collaboration opportunities between VGI and its Group and iClick, which enables iClick to rapidly expand across Southeast Asia.”Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 21 2018A homeless individual is one who lacks fixed and reliable housing, and approximately 553,000 people fit that description on any given night in the United States. A new retrospective cohort study led by investigators from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital examines patterns, causes and outcomes of acute hospitalizations between 2007 and 2013 for homeless individuals and non-homeless control groups in three populous and diverse U.S. states: Florida, California and Massachusetts. Data suggest a rise in acute hospital use among homeless individuals for mental illness and substance use disorder. The results were published in the journal Medical Care.”The homeless population is aging, and the rate of hospitalizations for homeless individuals is increasing,” said lead author Rishi Wadhera, MD, an investigator in the Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at BIDMC. “Although there has been a recent push to establish better policy and public health measures to improve the health of homeless adults, few studies have examined the patterns and causes of hospitalizations in this population. We found that hospitalizations among homeless adults tend to be for a very different set of conditions than non-homeless adults, even after accounting for differences in demographics.”To examine these trends, hospital discharge data was acquired from Massachusetts and Florida between 2001 and 2013 and from California between 2007 and 2011. This information came from the State Inpatient Databases (SID) of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This dataset includes information such as homeless status, billing, demographics, and diagnoses. Hospitalization costs were determined by applying American Hospital Association cost-to-charge ratios to the total hospital charges provided in the SID.Overall, the researchers analyzed more than 185,000 hospitalizations for homeless individuals and 32 million hospitalizations for non-homeless individuals. Between 2007 and 2013 (2011 for Calif.), acute hospitalizations for homeless individuals increased in all three states. Massachusetts experienced an increase from 294 to 420 per 1,000 homeless individuals, Florida increased from 161 to 240/1,000, and California grew from 133 to 164/1,000. Homeless adults were more often white (62 percent), male (76.1 percent), around 46 years old, and either uninsured (41.9 percent) or insured by Medicaid (31.7 percent).Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresThe researchers found that reasons for hospitalization among the two groups differed starkly. More than 50 percent of hospitalizations among homeless individuals were related to mental illness and substance use disorder, while these conditions explained less than 20 percent of hospitalizations among demographically comparable non-homeless individuals. Homeless adults also had a longer mean length of stay (6.5 vs. 5.9 days). However, homeless individuals had lower in-hospital mortality rates (0.9 percent vs. 1.2 percent) and lower mean costs per day ($1,535 vs. $1,834) than the comparable non-homeless control group.”Some states, such as Massachusetts, have expanded Medicaid eligibility, which has increased rates of insurance among homeless individuals and improved access to care; this could have led to greater use of hospital services,” said Wadhera, who is also a cardiology fellow in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “The increase in hospitalizations could also reflect more concerning trends. The opioid epidemic has disproportionately impacted homeless population, and a repercussion of this may be an increase in acute hospitalizations. It is also possible that these patterns suggest inadequate outpatient care for homeless individuals, and that we need to do a better job of providing more consistent, reliable outpatient care to this population.””There is an urgent need to reduce financial and nonfinancial barriers to the use of ambulatory care, for behavioral health services in particular, to improve long-term management of physical and mental illness for homeless individuals,” said senior author Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH, of Washington University in St. Louis. “We need better longitudinal data and further studies to understand how Medicaid expansion and other policy initiatives affect the health of this highly vulnerable population.” Source:https://www.bidmc.org/about-bidmc/news/2018/12/study-examines-primary-drivers-of-increased-hospitalizations-of-homeless-individuals
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 7 2019Neuroendocrine tumor (NET) research supported by nonprofit foundationThe Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) continues its aggressive funding of neuroendocrine cancer research with eight new grants totaling $2.5 million. With this newest round of funding, NETRF expands its portfolio to include research into lung neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), which affect about one in four NET patients.NETRF is the leading private funder of neuroendocrine cancer research, funding more than $22 million in NET research since 2005. NETRF looks for innovative and transformational ideas, such as leveraging findings made in other cancer types to accelerate progress in NETs. The eight new projects explore some of the latest advancements in cancer: CAR T-cell therapy combined with antibody-drug conjugates Photodynamic therapy Deciphering the impact of mutations in key genes in NETs Improving outcomes by combining biomarkers and radiomics “Smart” chemotherapy Novel SSTR2 radioligands Alpha-particle emitting agents for the treatment of lung NETs Testing new cancer vaccines on NETs As a less common cancer, NETs lag behind other cancers for research funding. “Neuroendocrine tumor is a neglected tumor type that doesn’t get its due funding from the National Cancer Institute and other organizations,” said George Fisher, MD, PhD, co-chair, NETRF Board of Scientific Advisors.NETs occur in hormone-producing cells, most commonly forming in the lung, pancreas, and gastrointestinal tract. Despite appearing in different sites, tumors forming in this cell type are classified as neuroendocrine and require different tests and treatments.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancer”We are searching out the best science, identifying dedicated investigators, and asking the right questions with the singular goal of trying to identify new treatments, and better ways to manage the disease,” said Dan Chung, MD, co-chair, NETRF Board of Scientific Advisors.Two U.S. cancer centers will receive their first NETRF grant: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY, and Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL. Two international organizations will also receive their first NETRF grant: BC Canada, Vancouver, Canada, and Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Other institutions funded in this grant cycle include the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Stanford University, and the University of California, San Francisco.”We seek out projects to understand the basic biology of NETs, in addition to research that may be translated from the bench to the clinic to make an impact on patient treatment,” said Elyse Gellerman, NETRF chief executive officer.The NETRF grant process is a competitive and structured peer-review process, which starts with an annual call for letters-of-intent in late spring. All applications are evaluated by NETRF’s Board of Scientific Advisors. Final approval is made by the NETRF Board of Directors.As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, NETRF is supported by charitable donations from individuals and foundations. A generous, transformational gift from the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation will fund several of the new projects. Additional philanthropic support has been provided by the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation of Los Angeles and the Karpus Family Foundation of New York. Source:https://netrf.org/netrf-announces-2-5-million-in-research-to-advance-the-treatment-of-neuroendocrine-tumors/
Source:https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm635720.htm Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 11 2019Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public not to use medical devices marketed to consumers that claim to help assess, diagnose or manage head injury, including concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or mild TBI. In a new safety communication, the FDA warned that such tools -; such as apps on a smartphone marketed to coaches or parents for use during sporting events -; have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety and efficacy and could result in an incorrect diagnosis, potentially leading to a person with a serious head injury returning to their normal activities instead of getting medical care.To date, there are a limited number of medical devices that have been cleared or approved by the FDA to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of concussion, and all of them require an evaluation by a health care professional.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementia”I want to be clear, there are currently no devices to aid in assessing concussion that should be used by consumers on their own. Using such devices can result in an incorrect diagnosis after a head injury that could lead a person with a serious injury to return to their normal activities instead of seeking critical medical care, putting them at greater danger,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Products being marketed for the assessment, diagnosis, or management of a head injury, including concussion, that have not been approved or cleared by the FDA are in violation of the law. The FDA routinely monitors the medical device market and became aware of violative products being marketed to consumers. The FDA has alerted companies to our concerns and asked them to remove such claims. We will continue to monitor the marketplace for devices making these unsubstantiated claims and are prepared to take further action if necessary.”In the safety communication issued today, the FDA explains that the products of concern include those that claim to assess and diagnose any changes in brain function by having an injured person perform tests on a smartphone or tablet-based app to determine a change in physical or mental (cognitive) status including vision, concentration, memory, balance and speech.The FDA’s recommendations for consumers, parents, caregivers and athletic coaches note that individuals should seek treatment right away from a health care professional if any head injury, including concussion, is suspected.The FDA will continue to monitor promotional materials and claims about uses of these and similar products and contact companies when we see violative practices. If the agency’s concerns are not addressed, the FDA will consider what additional actions, including potential enforcement actions, are appropriate. The FDA will continue to monitor complaints and adverse event reports from patients, caregivers, health care providers and industry.
Renault owns 43 percent of Nissan while in turn the Japanese firm has a 15-percent stake in Renault.Nissan has become the alliance’s key player however, posting sales of 12 trillion yen ($106 billion) last year compared with Renault’s 59 billion euros ($67 billion).According to the Financial Times, Ghosn was working on a merger of the two carmakers that Nissan opposed because it feared the Japanese company could be relegated to a secondary role.Jeff Kingston, director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan, told AFP that Ghosn was “a victim of his own hubris and success.””He trampled on Japanese cultural norms with his flamboyant glory-hogging ways, and his massive compensation incited jealousies and invited retaliation,” he told AFP.’Greedy’Local media reported that Nissan’s representative director Greg Kelly, who was arrested along with Ghosn, ordered other executives to “hide salaries.”Some compensation due to other executives reportedly ended up going to Ghosn, although it is not clear how the scheme worked. Carlos Ghosn was probably the best-known foreign CEO in Japan Nissan chief Ghosn arrested over financial misconduct: reports Explore further Ghosn in happier days This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Public broadcaster NHK reported that Nissan had paid “huge sums” to provide Ghosn with luxury homes in Rio de Janeiro, Beirut, Paris and Amsterdam “without any legitimate business reason.”Even when his reputation was sky-high, he attracted criticism for a flashy lifestyle at odds with traditional Japanese corporate culture and his salary—an estimated 13 million euros in total last year.Media reports also spoke of a lavish Marie Antoinette-themed party in 2016 for Ghosn’s second wedding, at the grandiose palace of Versailles.The Yomiuri Shimbun on Tuesday quoted Nissan executives slamming Ghosn as “greedy”.”He says the right things, but in the end it’s all about money,” the daily quoted an unnamed senior employee as saying.His arrest has also raised alarms among Renault’s French workers about what lies ahead.”What worries us is the alliance with Nissan,” said Ghislaine, a production line worker at the Flins plant outside Paris—where Nissan’s popular Micra hatchback accounts for half its output. “I hope our future isn’t at risk.” Comparison of key statistics for Renault and Nissan (2017 figures) Citation: Nissan crisis deepens as ‘charges loom’ over Ghosn case (2018, November 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-nissan-crisis-deepens-loom-ghosn.html Paris and Tokyo have been scrambling to contain the fall-out from the arrest, with the finance ministers of both countries declaring strong support for “one of the greatest symbols of Franco-Japanese industrial cooperation.”The scandal—the latest in a string to affect Japan Inc.—wiped millions off the stock value of all three companies but Nissan bounced back marginally in opening Tokyo trade, climbing more than half a percentage point in a falling market. ‘Flamboyant glory-hogging ways’Ghosn was once the darling of corporate and even popular Japan—even having a manga comic inspired by him—and has been the glue holding the auto tie-up together since 1999.”Ghosn is likely the most successful foreign chairman in Japan,” said Kosuke Sato, a senior economist at the Japan Research Institute.”What he did was unprecedented in Japanese corporate history.”He had a reputation as a workaholic and won the nickname “Le Cost Cutter” in France for his slash-and-burn approach to corporate restructuring.Under his stewardship, Nissan and Renault became deeply entwined. The crisis at Nissan appeared to be deepening day by day © 2018 AFP Monday’s arrest of the millionaire auto tycoon, who is credited with turning around the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Motors alliance, sent shockwaves through the global car sector and corporate Japan.The Asahi Shimbun daily said Wednesday that Tokyo prosecutors believe Nissan also has a case to answer in the under-reporting of Ghosn’s package by about five billion yen ($44.5 million) over four years. Both Nissan and authorities declined to comment on the report.Nissan’s board will decide on Thursday whether to remove the 64-year-old tycoon as chairman, a staggering reversal of fortune for the Brazil-born businessman credited with creating the three-way alliance which together sells more cars worldwide than any other automaker.Ghosn’s fate appears all but sealed after his hand-picked replacement as CEO, Hiroto Saikawa, launched an astonishing broadside at his mentor, saying “too much authority” had been placed in his hands and lamenting the “dark side of the Ghosn era.”He pointedly refused to offer the deep “apology bow” that usually accompanies corporate scandals in Japan and played down the role Ghosn had personally played in reviving the firm’s fortunes.However, in France, Renault said it was sticking with the fallen manager as chief executive although it named chief operating officer Thierry Bollore as deputy CEO, handing him the “same powers” as the “temporarily incapacitated” Ghosn.After an emergency board meeting, Renault urged its sister company Nissan to share “evidence seemingly gathered” against Ghosn from a months-long internal investigation, saying it was unable to comment on the charges without this information. The crisis at Nissan deepened Wednesday as it emerged the Japanese car giant could itself face charges over the alleged financial misconduct that led to the stunning arrest of its chairman Carlos Ghosn.