Paul Pogba had been criticized a lot this season but he managed to show an extraordinary performance against Manchester City in the derby game and helped his team to grab a win by scoring two crucial goals.Michael Carrick, his experienced teammate, admitted that he had a small chat with Pogba during the half-time break and he tried to help him – and after this, the Frenchman scored a brace…The former England international spoke about his teammate as he said, according to fourfourtwo.com:“I just kept it simple and said ‘this is what you are’ and ‘this is what you’re good at. But listen, he scored two goals, so it’s not down to me.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’m glad I did [have an impact] because it shows little things do register with players.”“Three or four years ago I probably wouldn’t have thought I’d go down that route. It wasn’t until I started my coaching badges that I found that I enjoyed it.”“Eventually, I think I would like to be a manager. It looks easier than it obviously is, but of course, it’s not easy.”“There is an element that keeps nagging away at me in games where I think what I would do there and what would I change.”
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is in awe of James Milner’s performances and believes it’s going to be tough for new signings Naby Keita and Fabinho to break into the team’s midfield this season.“Milner is causing them selection problems. He’s in the form of his life,” he said.“On current form, he is the first name on the teamsheet.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.And Gerrard added that goalkeeper Alisson, who joined from Roma this summer in a deal worth up to a reported £66.8m, and centre-back Virgil van Dijk, a £75m signing from Southampton in January, have “made a big difference”.“Liverpool have looked a different animal since Van Dijk came in and Alisson brings more composure and trust,” he said.“In time that’ll be the big difference – the front three will always score goals and the midfielders back them up too – but it’s all been about trying to improve defensively and they’re very close.”
Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel insists Paul Pogba mustn’t be allowed to think he’s bigger than the club and backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to extract the Frenchman’s full potentialAfter being left out of Mourinho’s final game in charge of United in their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Pogba was restored to the starting line-up for Solskjaer’s debut at Cardiff City.The World Cup winner responded with an incisive display that saw him provide two assists as United stormed to a convincing 5-1 win.But Schmeichel cautioned United against allowing Pogba to think he’s bigger than them.“Mourinho did put himself in the limelight, not in the correct way or the way that you want the United manager to be,” Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live.“There were stories about the manager being at war with certain players. That’s happened many times, but the club has always been able to deal with that in the dressing room.“I want to see Pogba being a United player as good as everything else he does in life.“He’s absolutely brilliant on social media, and he’s projecting himself to be this incredibly important player.“We’ve seen it at Juventus, we’ve seen it with France, we haven’t seen it with Manchester United and what’s really important here is that no player, regardless of how much money they make, how much they’ve been bought for, has ever been bigger than the club or the manager.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“This has been now portrayed like Pogba has won a war, this doesn’t work for me, that cannot happen for United.“It’s now really important that the club deal with this situation. Pogba, or any other player, cannot be bigger than the club.”Night, Reds ❤️ #MUFC pic.twitter.com/dXl0HGR3FD— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 22, 2018However, the former Danish goalkeeper expects old United team-mate Solskjaer to be the man to get Pogba to perform to his expected levels.“Ole is definitely a different personality and a different direction,” Schmeichel added.“He’s stuck to the tradition and the history of the club, and respected it all the way, and had a great run as reserve coach for the club, and this is significant, because he was dealing with players like Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and these players that seem to be the players that Mourinho had problems with.“I think this is key, and the brief that Ole has got is to tame that situation, make someone like Pogba play to the potential that we know already that he has got.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 5, 2016 – The Ministry of National Security is providing training for police personnel in conflict resolution in order to better enable them to recognize, deal with and respond to domestic violence. This is in light of statistics, which show that approximately 37 per cent of murders committed in Jamaica stem from domestic incidents.Speaking at a domestic violence/conflict resolution training session at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston today (December 1), Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said the seminar will assist in resolving conflicts and saving lives.He noted that 90 per cent of domestic conflicts result from misunderstandings. “Many times persons are told to go back home and work it out,” he said, noting that without intervention, the conflict can escalate, resulting in hospitalisation or death.Minister Montague said the training will also assist police personnel in providing gender-neutral responses to victims. Reports indicate that while women are the primary victims, a growing number of men are suffering from domestic violence. He said the sessions will also ensure that conflict-resolution personnel are assigned to police stations across the island.In the meantime, he informed that the Ministry has restarted the parish and district consultative committees (DCCs) as a means of supporting the conflict-resolution initiative.The DCCs serve as a forum for raising and addressing problems that are affecting the police and the communities in which they serve, and to identify ways in which citizens can work with the police to resolve the issues.The DCCs will support the work of the parish consultative committees (PCCs) in developing strategies and programmes to promote an improved quality of life at the community level, through coordinated responses to threats to personal and community safety and security. Issues that will be addressed include domestic violence, community and police relationships, effective parenting, truancy and violence in schools, child abuse, voluntarism, youth mentorship, public-order breaches, and drug and alcohol abuse. The training session also facilitated a review of current approaches to responding to domestic violence; discussions on new approaches and methods in support of a localised consultative approach; and certification of community-based policing officers and other key police operatives/first responders, across all police divisions, as domestic violence-prevention coordinators. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 12, 2017 – Nassau – The Legacy of Cleophas Adderley – “I was in Grenada with other colleagues for the Caricom Heads of Government Conference when we learned of the passing of Cleophas Adderley. We were all deeply saddened because we have lost a brilliant and beloved native son who contributed so much to our country, the region and the world.Though the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture has already offered condolences on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I wanted to add my personal condolences and those of a grateful nation. The Government of The Bahamas will offer a fitting tribute to Cleophas at an appropriate time.Though an attorney by profession, music was Cleophas’ great vocation. He was a dedicated family man. He was also a Bahamian patriot, who often stated: “I love being a Bahamian.”Cleophas was famously the Director of The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC). Over many years he mentored scores of young Bahamians, whose musical talents he meticulously nurtured and developed.In the annual concerts of the Choir, Cleophas educated Bahamians about our musical heritage and the music of the world. Through his musical compositions and the compositions of others from so many musical genres, he brought us joy and delight.Under his direction, the National Youth Choir toured the capitals and continents of the world, showcasing the beauty and brilliance of our culture and talents, including our musical heritage.From the West Indies to the Americas to Africa, Europe and Asia, Cleophas and the Bahamas National Youth Choir dazzled the world with the exuberance of the Bahamian spirit, including the magic and wonder of Junkanoo.Though we have lost a musical genius, his spirit lives on in all who were fortunate to be touched by his life, his spirit and his music.On behalf of a grateful nation, and on my own behalf and that of my wife, Patricia, I offer condolences to his wife Francoise, his son, relatives, his many friends at home and abroad and the many young people he mentored.May he rest in peace.Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s initial budget draft includes a full payout from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund for residents next year, but not money Alaskans missed out on during the three years checks were capped. By one budget estimate, a full dividend and back payments could cost $4.3 billion. Dunleavy has said the state can afford to pay those using permanent fund earnings. Tangeman said he thought the $75 a barrel estimate was not realistic. The forecast released Friday estimated oil prices for the coming fiscal year at $64 a barrel. Tangeman said that is in line with a forecast released by the department earlier this year. For years, Alaska relied heavily on oil revenues to help fund state government. But prices went into freefall in 2014, the year Walker took office, exacerbating the deficit. Lawmakers used savings to fill the hole as low prices persisted. Oil prices, for a brief period this fall, topped $80 a barrel. The price, as of Thursday, was roughly $62 a barrel. The Walker administration said the budget they were leaving behind would balance at an average North Slope oil price of $75 a barrel, which matched the Department of Revenue’s preliminary estimate for prices for the coming fiscal year. But Sheldon Fisher, Walker’s revenue commissioner, also cited the volatility in prices and delayed issuing a detailed revenue forecast earlier this month to give the department time to review what was happening with oil markets. Earlier this year, following sessions of gridlock, lawmakers decided to begin using permanent fund earnings to help pay for the budget. That created tension, because dividends are also paid using fund earnings.Legislators also passed a bill calling for limited withdrawals from earnings that, for the coming fiscal year, would yield $2.9 billion. However, critics of the bill have said the rules it lays out could be ignored. His budget director, Donna Arduin, said all areas of state spending will be up for scrutiny. “I have no idea what his plan is to balance it,” Wielechowski said. During the campaign, Dunleavy said he supported paying residents a full Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend and money they missed out on when payouts were reduced starting in 2016 amid a budget deficit. Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman said separate legislation may be needed to handle the issue of back payments. He said Dunleavy has been clear that it is a big issue and one that he will pursue. “The state must learn to live within its means and we get there by making the tough spending choices,” she said in a release. Dunleavy is expected to make further changes to the budget that his office says will prioritize services and programs “that really matter to Alaskans.” The budget draft released Friday — ahead of a statutory deadline — was described as a starting point that works off the budget document Gov. Bill Walker’s administration pulled together before Walker left office Dec. 3.But Dunleavy’s draft relies on a more conservative oil price. And with the full dividend payout, Dunleavy’s budget office said the draft would leave a projected $1.6-billion gap. Walker didn’t include a full dividend. That legislation did not resolve how the money would be divvied between government and dividends. Dunleavy’s draft budget would earmark an estimated $1.9 billion of that withdrawal for dividends. During the campaign, Republican Dunleavy also said he wanted to reduce spending and limit the growth of government. His revenue commissioner, however, indicated that Dunleavy still plans to pursue the back payments. Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, called the current proposed budget “significantly unbalanced.”
Air Quality CategoryCautionary Statements Expect smoke from the wildfire to spread throughout of northwest area of the Kenai Peninsula, specifically impacting air quality in the communities of Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, and Nikiski. Air Quality will vary between GOOD and UNHEALTHY depending on wind flow and proximity to the Swan Lake Fire. An air quality advisory has been issued until Monday, June 24 for southcentral Alaska for smoke conditions related to current fire operations. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享 Be aware that areas immediately downwind of any fire will experience HAZARDOUS levels of smoke. Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day,surface heating will mix smoke and carry it upwards, temporarily improving air quality. 10+ miles6 – 9 miles3 – 5 miles1.5 – 2.5 miles0.9 – 1.4 miles0.8 miles or lessGoodModerateUnhealthy for sensitive groupsUnhealthyVery UnhealthyHazardous Air Quality CategoryCautionary Statements Be aware that areas immediately downwind of any fire will experience HAZARDOUS levels of smoke. Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day,surface heating will mix smoke and carry it upwards, temporarily improving air quality. VisibilityAir Quality Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsPeople with heart or lung disease, the elderly and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. ModerateUnusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. VisibilityAir Quality Very UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion HazardousEveryone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors The following table contains the cautionary statements for the Air Quality for Particle Pollution. UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion GoodNone When air quality data is unavailable, the followingAir Quality Smoke Reference Guide may be used to estimate air quality levels and potential health impacts: The following table contains the cautionary statements for the Air Quality for Particle Pollution. Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsPeople with heart or lung disease, the elderly and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. SMOKE AND PUBLIC IMPACT: This is an area forecast, and as such is a general forecast for portions of Southwestern Interior Alaska. Smoke intensity will vary depending on precise location and local wind flow patterns. Smoke concentrations will be such that they could impact public health at times. It is advised that travelers check local weather as smoke conditions may vary considerably from one locality to the next. The most recent weather observations may be found on National Weather Service’s homepage at http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/obs.php. 10+ miles6 – 9 miles3 – 5 miles1.5 – 2.5 miles0.9 – 1.4 miles0.8 miles or lessGoodModerateUnhealthy for sensitive groupsUnhealthyVery UnhealthyHazardous,Expect smoke from the wildfire to spread throughout of northwest area of the Kenai Peninsula, specifically impacting air quality in the communities of Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, and Nikiski. Air Quality will vary between GOOD and UNHEALTHY depending on wind flow and proximity to the Swan Lake Fire.,See the table below for more guidance on the Air Quality Categories and Cautionary Statements. HazardousEveryone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors GoodNone See the table below for more guidance on the Air Quality Categories and Cautionary Statements. SMOKE AND PUBLIC IMPACT: This is an area forecast, and as such is a general forecast for portions of Southwestern Interior Alaska. Smoke intensity will vary depending on precise location and local wind flow patterns. Smoke concentrations will be such that they could impact public health at times. It is advised that travelers check local weather as smoke conditions may vary considerably from one locality to the next. The most recent weather observations may be found on National Weather Service’s homepage at http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/obs.php. ModerateUnusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. When air quality data is unavailable, the followingAir Quality Smoke Reference Guide may be used to estimate air quality levels and potential health impacts: UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion Very UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion
Bangladesh Public Service Commission chairman Muhammad Sadiq on Thursday said the recruitment through the 40th BCS will be done based on merit, not quota, reports UNB.”The quota system won’t be applicable in the recruitment,” he told UNB adding that it was mentioned in the circular of the 40th BCS that the cadres will be appointed on merit basis.Sadiq, however, said the quota system will be there in the recruitment of the 39th special BCS and other examinations as those are already under process.The 40th BCS application process began on 30 September and will continue till 15 November.The government has issued a gazette notification on Thursday abolishing the existing quota system in the recruitment process of the first and second class government jobs.
By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROIn December of 2015, Pocomoke city resident Gerry Fitch was summoned from her jail cell in the Worcester County Detention Center by investigators for Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt.Fitch was serving time for drug possession. So, she was uncertain as to why detectives who normally probe corruption with the state officials were interested in speaking to her.But when they started asking her about an alleged relationship with the former and first African-American chief of Pocomoke City, Kelvin Sewell, she said she was confused.Kelvin Sewell, a former Baltimore homicide detective, was fired when he was police chief of Pocomoke City in Worcester County, Md. The Maryland Court of Appeals recently overturned the conviction in a case in 2016 that led to his firing. (AFRO Photo)“It was an urban myth, they said, that I was supposedly pregnant by chief Sewell when I was arrested,” Fitch said in an interview with the Real News Network.“But It wasn’t true.”The interview was part of a wide-ranging investigation against Sewell after he was fired by the Pocomoke city council without explanation.The ongoing saga added a new twist last week, when the Maryland Court of special appeals overturned his conviction of misconduct in office by a Worcester jury in 2016.The charges were brought by Davitt based upon an investigation of a 2014 accident involving two parked cars in which prosecutors convinced a nearly all-White jury Sewell should have charged the driver.But in an opinion issued Nov. 29, the court ruled that Worcester County judge’s decision to bar Sewell from calling expert witnesses prejudiced the jury.In an explosive dissenting opinion Judge Dan Friedman said there was not enough evidence to prove Sewell had committed misconduct, and state prosecutor Emmet Davitt should be barred from trying to case again.“It is my view that the State has failed to prove any intent at all, let alone a corrupt one,” Friedman wrote.Despite the setback, in an email to the AFRO, Davitt said his office is more than likely to retry the case.“After reviewing the appellate court decision and speaking to the victims of the accident, it is very likely that we will retry case. Just need to double check availability and status of witnesses,” Davitt said.However, he would not commit or confirm on Fitch’s recounting of her encounter investigators.The possibility that Davitt may retry the case prompted criticism from State Senator Jill P. Carter.“The entire case smacks of racism and retaliation. I hope the state prosecutor will not expend any more state funds trying to secure a conviction on such flimsy evidence,” State Senator Jill P. Carter told the AFRO.The court’s high-profile decision casts doubt on an investigation into Sewell, which initiated after he had filed EEOC complaints against the city of Pocomoke and Worcester County State’s Attorneys’ office. It also adds weight to the accusations of retaliation that have surfaced since Sewell was fired by the Pocomoke City Council in 2015 after he refused to terminate two Black officers who had also filed EEOC complaints.State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt indicted Sewell in 2016 for failing to charge a driver who had struck two parked cars in 2014.The charges allege Sewell had failed to cite Pocomoke resident Doug Matthews for leaving the scene of an accident. Prosecutors alleged Sewell had let Matthews go because both were members of an African-American Masons chapter on the Eastern Shore.But the court ruled that Sewell and Matthew’s membership “was not competent to prove that Sewell acted with corrupt intent.” A lack of evidence the judges argued made the expert witness testimony critical to Sewell’s case.During the trial Sewell sought to call two policing experts to refute Davitt’s assertion his decision to charge Matthews was unusual. But the judge ruled that expert testimony would confuse the jury and barred Sewell from calling them.But a main point of contention during the trial was the involvement of the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s office in the investigation. In court filings Sewell’s attorneys argued the case was retaliation for filing EEOC discrimination complaints against Worcester County.As proof, his defense cited emails between Davitt’s office and Worcester County prosecutors which revealed the case against Sewell originated with the same Worcester County agency he had filed an EEOC complaint against.The murky origin of the charges and the court’s decision is already prompting calls for Davitt to drop the case.One group, The Caucus of African-American Leaders, plans to send an open letter to Davitt asking him not to retry the case.“What we hope would look at the entire the circumstance and take into account that race and racism has played a factor in this case and they will drop the case as a result of it,” said Carl Snowden, who works with the group.(full disclosure this reporter co-wrote a book with Sewell).
September 19, 2016 7 min read Everyone and their great-grandmother has heard of the internet. It’s lowered the barrier to entry for entrepreneurs worldwide. It’s also leveled the playing field where your target audience can be global rather than regional. But some entrepreneurs still don’t want to pick up web skills. And if you’re on the business/marketing side of things, I can understand why.But remember, you don’t need to be writing algorithms for Google to be tech savvy. I’ll cover a few topics worth studying that will expand your horizons and improve your online presence without the need to become a master coder.Split testing and conversions.It’s crucial to understand A/B testing for conversions. This is naturally important for ecommerce websites but also for any business site where you want visitors to perform certain tasks.Take a law firm, for example. They want to encourage visitors to setup a free consultation. You can run split test campaigns to see which colors, written copy or layout designs work best to drive more people to setup an appointment. You can even do this for free with Google. There’s no right or wrong answer because A/B tests rely on several factors like audience and conversion goals.Related: Conversion Rate Optimization: From a Luxury to a Necessity in 2016If you can understand the importance of case studies, you’ll be well-equipped to put them into action and make the necessary changes to improve conversion rates. Try reading some case studies to learn what has worked for others. You can always try changing a few different elements on your own site to see how visitors react. Here’s a small list of ideas to get you started:Color contrastChange button/link copyIncrease font sizeIncrease white spaceClarify the page title/headlineAdd quotes & reviewsManaging a blog.Just the idea of a blog might put off most non-technical entrepreneurs. But there’s a lot of value in content marketing if you learn to do it right.The first step is creating a blog. There are plenty of detailed setup guides you can follow to get a new WordPress blog up and running without much effort. In fact, once you understand the setup process, you can have a new blog online within 30 minutes.You’ll spend most of your time managing the blog and creating content. This is where the entrepreneurial value comes in. If you blog frequently and create valuable content, you’ll slowly rank in Google for certain keywords. And, you are providing information to people who need it.Related: 17 Tips for Entrepreneurs Who BlogThe benefits of content marketing can only be seen by actually doing it. You can read case studies until you’re blue in the face, but you won’t see real growth until you setup your own blog, and give it a try. Check out this beginner’s guide to learn how content marketing works and why every business should run at least a small online blog. More people have access to the internet now than ever before. And many of those people are looking for information that you can provide to build reputable credibility for your business.Tracking metrics.Learn to track the most important visitor metrics through an analytics tool like Google Analytics. It’s completely free, and it’ll help you get a picture of people’s average browsing habits.You have many different options for trackable metrics, including referral traffic, top pages and top search keywords. These are all important because you might stumble onto something novel you didn’t expect to find. For example, if your highest searched keyword is your company’s name, this means you’ve built a recognizable brand that people know by name.Another example can be landing page metrics where you have a specific goal like increasing email signups or increasing sales. The obvious metric to track is a conversion funnel from the landing page to the completed conversion. But also consider metrics like time on page and bounce rate.Related Book: Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website, 3rd Edition by Jon RognerudThe key is learning which metrics to track and what they mean. I recommend this guide if you want to get started with landing page metrics. Unfortunately it’s hard to understand these concepts in theory. You really need to toy around to understand what these metrics mean and how they can affect your creative decisions. The good news is that it’s super easy — and free — to get started, and once you get moving you’ll learn a lot very quickly.Two free tools you must have for analytics tracking — Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools.Basic coding for troubleshooting.I don’t believe that every entrepreneur should understand how to write web apps from scratch. But any entrepreneur in the modern age should understand the importance of the internet and websites. Internet product sales are not slowing down. In fact we saw a 15 percent increase in online sales over 2014 and another 14 percent increase in 2015. It’s also predicted that online sales will reach half a billion dollars annually by 2020.More customers are transitioning online, and this trend simply cannot be overlooked. Whether you actually sell items online or not, it’s still vital to have an online presence for your business.If you don’t know anything about web hosting, domains or basic coding, then you’ll be at the whim of a tech-savvy webmaster or creative agency for every step of the process. This can be very costly. But you can save a lot by understanding some basic techniques.Related: 5 Game-Changing Skills Every Young Entrepreneur Can MasterSo what should you actually learn? Here are my suggestions:The basics of HTTP/DNS and how web hosting works — or at least enough knowledge to pay for hosting and get your site onlineThe basics of WordPress installation and configurationIf you plan to sell items online, you should learn the fundamentals of SSL certsIf you want to customize the design of your site, you’ll also want to learn rudimentary HTML/CSSThe goal isn’t to be your own server administrator or your own web developer. But you should know enough to fix basic problems, or at least guide someone else towards fixing the problem for you.Small issues on your site may only require changing one line of code or installing a free WordPress plugin. If you know how to do this yourself, you’ll have a much easier time managing your online presence without heavy reliance on a freelancer or agency. In fact, that’s exactly the goal of everything mentioned in this article. The more you understand about business on the internet, the easier it’ll be for you to conduct your business digitally. With so many consumers already online, this skillset is a huge asset in the modern age.Related Offer: Get a 10-day free trial with Lynda.com and learn new skills through video tutorials Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
Share Travelweek Group Tags: Crystal Cruises Crystal’s ‘Sell 3,Sail Free’ is back with free cruises for agents Posted by Friday, April 7, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Praising travel agents as some of its “greatest ambassadors”, Crystal Cruises is bringing back its ‘Sell 3, Sail Free’ travel agent promotion. Travel pros get the chance to earn complimentary sailings while clients get added savings.Agents selling three suites aboard select November and December 2017 and all 2018 Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ Crystal Esprit between now and Dec. 23, 2017 will earn a free sailing for themselves and a guest aboard any 2018 Crystal Esprit voyage.Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises is preparing for its inaugural West Indies season beginning this fall.“Our travel agent partners are some of our greatest ambassadors and there is no better way to reward their efforts than with the opportunity to enjoy the unmatched luxury they tout to their clients,” says Crystal Cruises Chairman, CEO and President, Edie Rodriguez.Billed as a boutique luxury hotel on water, the all-suite, butler-serviced Crystal Esprit is ideally suited to explore exotic harbours throughout the Mediterranean and the West Indies, with just 62 passengers. All-inclusive indulgences range from Michelin star-inspired cuisine and an endless pour of fine wines, champagnes and spirits to a choice of one complimentary Crystal Adventure ashore in every port.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaBooking and occupancy conditions apply. Agents are asked to call 1-800-446-6620 for more information. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Turkish public broadcaster Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT) has signed a multi-year contract with SES for the carriage of international channel TRT Turk on the Astra platform at 19.2° East.TRT will use former analogue capacity on Astra that became available when broadcasters in Germany switched off the analogue satellite signals on April 30.
North Carolina prison authorities must stop denying expensive medicines to most of the inmates believed to be carriers of the potentially deadly blood-borne infection hepatitis C, a federal judge ruled this week.U.S. District Judge William Osteen wrote in an order issued Wednesday that the three inmates suing prison officials immediately receive drugs for a hepatitis C treatment regimen that should prevent liver cancer, cirrhosis or other ailments. The state Department of Public Safety buys several types of drugs that average out to a cost of about $33,000 per inmate treated, an agency spokesman said in January.Osteen also ordered that the lawsuit be expanded to cover all current and future prisoners in state custody who could have the hepatitis C virus.Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union claim prison authorities are violating the U.S. constitution’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.But the inmates’ lawyers will have to show later in the proceedings that prison officials knowingly disregarded the serious medical need of inmates and substantial risks they faced, Osteen said. “Medical care in the prison setting must be adequate, not necessarily ideal, and (hepatitis C virus) treatment in the prison system is dependent upon the availability of resources,” the judge wrote.The judge said it was too early in the litigation to require that all inmates be tested for the virus as the ACLU is seeking. Federal health agencies estimate that between 17 percent and one-third of the country’s inmates may have the infection and could need treatment. That means around 6,000 to 12,000 of North Carolina’s 36,000 inmates could be infected.”This ruling is an important step toward combating a major public health crisis that leads to the suffering and death of thousands of people both inside and outside prison walls,” ACLU of North Carolina staff attorney Emily Seawell said in a statement. “The vast majority of people who are incarcerated will one day re-enter the community, and medical experts have made it clear that to combat the hepatitis C epidemic, we must provide treatment as quickly as possible.”The state prison system will comply with Osteen’s order, spokesman John Bull wrote in an email. Agency lawyers had said previously that officials prioritize patients for treatment based on their medical needs and history before they face serious health risks.Lawyers for the state said in court documents that as of June, prison authorities had treated 38 percent of the 1,543 inmates they’d identified as having a chronic form of the hepatitis C infection, which is a common reason for liver transplants.The ACLU and other lawyers have filed similar lawsuits in about 10 states including Colorado and Connecticut, arguing that inmates can’t be denied drugs that can cure the infection. Florida and Massachusetts prisons have already agreed to test and treat inmates.About 2.4 million Americans are living with hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Inspiring Quotes Contributor 6 min read Next Article 15 Fab Quotes About the Making of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Bill Schulz Image credit: Bettmann | Getty Images John, Paul, George and Ringo, plus a host of others, give a glimpse into the creation of the landmark record on its 50th anniversary. For those of you who read the news today and thought “oh boy”, here’s a fun distraction: This year/month marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles game-changing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, culminating in a re-mastered release of the record as well as an hour-long PBS documentary premiering Saturday, June 3rd at 8 p.m. ET. Here are thoughts from the Fab Four themselves, as well as other artists, on the record that re-imagined pop music.Competitive set“The big influence was Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. I just thought, Oh dear me. This is the album of all time. What the hell are we going to do?” — Paul McCartney Sgt. Pepper’s origin story”We were fed up with being Beatles…we’d now got turned on to pot and thought of ourselves as artists rather than just performers… then suddenly on the plane, I got this idea. I thought, Let’s not be ourselves. Let’s develop alter egos so we’re not having to project an image which we know.” — Paul McCartney Related: The Most Inspiring Quotes from 2017 Commencement SpeechesJust say no“I never took it [LSD] in the studio. We didn’t really shove the LP full of pot and drugs. We were more consciously trying to keep it out. You wouldn’t say, ‘I had some acid, baby, so groovy,’ but there was a feeling that something had happened between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper.’” — John Lennon Lucy was really a girl named Lucy“People later thought ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ was LSD. I swear– we didn’t notice that when it first came out.” — Paul McCartney Related: 11 Inspiring Quotes About What It Means to Be an EntrepreneurUrge to innovate“When I first started in the music business, the ultimate aim for everybody was to try and recreate, on record, a live performance as accurately as possible. Without being too pompous, we decided to go into another kind of art form, where we are devising something that couldn’t be done any other way. We were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape.” — producer, George Martin Divine intervention“The night we went to record ‘Fixing A Hole’ a guy turned up at my house who announced himself as Jesus. So I took him to the session. You know — couldn’t harm, I thought. Introduced Jesus to the guys. Quite reasonable about it. But that was it. Last we ever saw of Jesus.” — Paul McCartney No clue what come next”Now that we only play in the studios, and not anywhere else, we have less of a clue what we’re going to do. Nobody knows what the tunes sound like until we’ve recorded them and listen to them afterward.” — George Harrison Related: 9 Surprisingly Inspiring Quotes from ‘Trainspotting’Rating Ringo“[Ringo] Starr is vastly underrated. The drum fills on the song ‘A Day In The Life’ are very complex things. You could take a great drummer today and say ‘I want it like that.’ He wouldn’t know what to do.” — Phil Collins “A Day In The Life” was not a typical day in the life“Brian Jones and Marianne Faithfull were in attendance, along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Donovan and Mike Nesmith, while a 40-piece orchestra, wearing funny hats and clown noses, generated a tremendous orchestral tsunami the likes of which had never been heard before – certainly not on a pop record.” — journalist Darryn King The concept that wasn’t a concept“’Sgt. Pepper is called the first concept album, but it doesn’t go anywhere. All my contributions to the album have absolutely nothing to do with this idea of Sgt. Pepper and his band, but it works, because we said it worked, and that’s how the album appeared. But it was not put together as it sounds, except for Sgt. Pepper introducing Billy Shears and the so-called reprise. Every other song could have been on any other album.” — John Lennon George wasn’t so curious“I felt we were just in the studio to make the next record, and Paul was going on about this idea of some fictitious band. That side of it didn’t really interest me. The trips to India had really opened me up…I’d been let out of the confines of the group, and it was difficult for me to come back into the sessions…It was a job, like doing something I didn’t really want to do, and I was losing interest in being ‘fab’ at that point.” — George Harrison Related: Inspiring Quotes From ’80s and ’90s MoviesWho invited these people?“I still have no idea who chose some of those people [on the cover]. I think [artist] Peter Blake put a lot of the more confusing people in there. The ones I wanted were people I admired. I didn’t put anybody on there because I didn’t like them (unlike some people…)” — George Harrison Keith just can’t”If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away — you forget what it is you wanted to do. You’re starting to do Sgt. Pepper. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties — ‘Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we.'” — Keith Richards John’s dark side“It is a diary form of writing. All that ‘I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved’ was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically… any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace.” — John Lennon A little help from John’s hand”I think that was probably the best of our songs that we wrote for Ringo actually. I remember giggling with John as we wrote the lines, ‘What do you see when you turn out the light/ I can’t tell you but I know it’s mine.’ It could have been him playing with his willie under the covers…” — Paul McCartney –shares June 1, 2017 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Register Now » Guest Writer
Amantha Imber May 7, 2018 Next Article These are the ideas that stuck with me from the conference in Vancouver, Canada. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. From AI-Composed Music to a New York-to-Shanghai SpaceX Rocket, Here Are 5 Amazing Ideas From TED2018 CEO of Inventium 102shares 5 min read Guest Writer Add to Queue Image credit: Entrepreneur Teleporting DNA, transplanting organs from a pig into a human to overcome organ shortage, and flying from New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes were just a handful of the mind-blowing ideas I saw at TED2018. Attending TED is like standing in front of a hose turned on at full pelt and being hit hard with ideas. Inevitably, some ideas are stickier than others. Here are five that stuck with me.The big social media companies need a radical shift in strategy.Polymath and computer scientist Jaron Lanier argued that social networks are actually behavioral modification empires. This caught my attention because I am deep in research on the effect such digital distractions are having on our working lives. Indeed, social networks train us and arguably trick us into spending more and more time on them. That is, they modify our behavior.Related: The Top TED Talks of 2018 So Far — and What You Can Learn From ThemLanier suggested that these companies that make a living by spying on us need to rethink their business model. Similar to the Netflix model, where people pay for content and by doing so they receive better content, could the Facebooks of the world move to a paid user model? And if they don’t shift, then surely there is room for a new player to enter and do just that.Artificial intelligence could make our world fantastic or horrific.There were many talks about AI this year. Most were presented in a “look at this, isn’t this amazing” tone, but there were definitely some very creeped out audience members.MIT Physicist Cesar Hidalgo spoke about using AI to automate democracy. He raised the issue of poor voter turnout and participation in voting in countries such as the U.S. and U.K. Hidalgo suggested we could make government more representative of people’s thoughts and preferences through automating the whole process.Hidalgo spoke of creating software that would learn our preferences and personality and use this knowledge to cast votes. When he said that small-scale pilot programs would obviously be necessary, I think the audience breathed a collective sigh of relief.Related: 7 Powerful Public Speaking Tips From One of the Most-Watched TED Talks SpeakersPierre Barreau, CEO of AIVA, played us a piece of music that he has specifically composed for TED2018 called “The Age of Amazement” (the theme of the conference). When I say “he” composed it, I actually mean that artificial intelligence AIVA composed it.We all closed our eyes and listened to a beautiful and moving classical piece of music that could easily have been written by a famous composer. But, it was not. I’m not sure I am a fan of software being able to manipulate my emotions by music, but I guess this is the world we are heading in to.If you are in a job requiring empathy, you are probably safe from AI.While much is said about creative and strategic jobs being safe from AI, Kai-Fu Lee (ex-head of Google China, turned venture capitalist), also spoke about how those in jobs requiring empathy, love and compassion will also be protected. Teachers, nurses, social workers and other roles where empathy is central will survive through the job transformation that will be happening over the next decade or two.Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei pointed out that empathy is one of the three key ingredients of building trust (the other two are logic and authenticity). This made me wonder how we will ever trust robots, who are unable to demonstrate the same empathy as humans.Related: 10 Must-See TED Talks for EntrepreneursThe best leaders are humble narcissists.While Wharton Professor Adam Grant’s talk was only a short one, it stuck with me. Grant presented research that showed when comparing “narcissistic leaders” versus “humble leaders,” those who possessed both qualities were the most effective. These are essentially people that believe they are special yet are also humble, in that they believe they don’t know it all and recognize their limitations.It occurred to me that the TED audience was full of what Grant termed “humble narcissists.” TED brings together people with an insatiable curiosity about the world, about how things work and about how to be better. Yet, the TED audience that I hung out with in Vancouver is also full of people who have such faith in themselves and their abilities and have in many cases, changed the world.Related: 5 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Be a Better EntrepreneurThe other side of the world is going to get a whole lot closer.In an interview with Chris Anderson, Gwynne Shotwell (president and COO of SpaceX) spoke not just about Mars, but also about work SpaceX is doing around improving transportation on Earth. Shotwell described a rocket they are working on that can fly from New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes. Getting a boat to the rocket take-off pad takes longer than the actual flight.While Shotwell was hesitant to put a timeframe on this, she suggested that it would happen within a decade and would be around $2,000 for a ticket. After having traveled 20 long hours from Melbourne, Australia to attend TED in Vancouver, Canada, this was one of the personal highlights I heard at TED2018. TED The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »
Cannabis Green Entrepreneur Podcast Add to Queue November 6, 2018 Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. –shares This past December, the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill may have sparked a new oil boom. For the first time, hemp — the form of cannabis that doesn’t get you high — became federally legal. The news heated up the already hot CBD oil market because CBD, the medicinal, nonpsychoactive compound in marijuana, is also found in hemp. In other words, CBD oil, as long as you derive it from hemp, is legal everywhere. But is it? Does this mean an explosion of new CBD products? And what’s hemp oil? Here’s the breakdown. Related: The Most Experienced Guy In Cannabis Has a Warning for YouHemp Oil: It’s Straightforward By the Farm Bill’s definition, legal hemp products can contain up to 0.3 percent THC — not enough to produce a psychoactive effect. Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds and used as a cooking oil, and in lotions and soaps. It contains no CBD or other cannabinoids. Related: Meet the Entrepreneur Selling Weed In Non-Cannabis Stores Across EuropeCBD Oil: It’s ComplicatedWhat’s known as cannabidiol (CBD) oil is commonly extracted from the flowers of the hemp plant. But it can also be derived from a marijuana plant. Either way, its uses are typically more medicinal. Solid research on cannabis has been sorely hampered — it’s a challenge to do big studies on a federally illegal substance. But a 2017 comprehensive review by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found good evidence for cannabis reducing chronic pain. Athletes have known this, using CBD products to manage pain and to lessen inflammation. Others use CBD for depression and anxiety. Some people give it to their pets to lower stress. Perhaps most concretely, last June, the FDA approved the first-ever CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, to treat seizures associated with two severe forms of epilepsy.The FDA, however, has not been so approving when it comes to CBD oil in general, no matter where you extract it from. Even today, if you have legal hemp-derived CBD, you can’t sell it as a dietary supplement, you can’t put it in ingestibles for interstate commerce, and you definitely can’t claim therapeutic or medicinal benefits without FDA approval. Although CBD oil is legal in some states, federally, it’s still a gray area: The FDA promises that it will “continue to take steps to make the pathways for the lawful marketing of these products more efficient.” In the meantime, entrepreneurs should take the big excitement over CBD oil from hemp with a dose of caution. Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Magazine Contributor This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read dispensaries.com Next Article Image credit: Victoria Bee Photography | Getty Images The marijuana plants has so many positive uses that people in the future will think we were insane for ever making it illegal. Listen Now Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil: What’s the Difference?
Next Article Thanks largely to two trends — modernization and automation — the job market has arguably changed more in the last decade than in the previous half-century. Some professions have changed drastically while others have disappeared completely.Related: Five Design Jobs Of The Future (And How You Can Get Them)But for every job that fades into obsolescence, new ways of making a living surface. With a bit of foresight, those of us who are tasked with setting up future generations for success (as parents, teachers, counselors and more) can help. Regardless, entrepreneurs, from the business veteran to the aspiring startup king (or queen), can benefit from looking at these job titles and considering the impact they might have on the rising workforce.1. Professional esports athlete / professional gamerCompetitive esports is a booming industry, and in 2019, according to Newzoo, an industry analytics organization, revenue is expected to top $1 billion. Gaming’s growth, in turn, can be connected to the rising popularity of the streaming platform, Twitch, which has an average of 15 million users tuning in every day.The most popular platform here, commanding over 14 million followers, is NINJA, where the average user spends 95 minutes each day.Given these entities’ growth, it’s hardly a stretch to conclude that some percentage of the teen recreational gamers out there will inevitably be inspired to pursue their passion as a streamer and/or professional esports athlete. Takeaway: Embrace the fact that gaming no longer carries a negative stigma. One of the most important qualities any entrepreneur embodies is a deep passion for his or her craft — so it’s safe to expect no shortage of opportunity within this industry.2. Director of emotional intelligenceEmotional intelligence (EQ) is defined as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” At the heart of EQ is heightened self-awareness, which is a truly powerful trait that can empower an individual, but can also be trained for. EQ’s potential? Gary Vaynerchuck, author of AskGaryVee, recently said, “We are on the dawn of an era where emotional intelligence is about to become the single most important trade.”I couldn’t agree more.Related: 10 Technologies That Are Changing the WorldThere will be an ongoing need for this “skill of the future” for the current and rising workforce to exemplify high levels of EQ, which will ultimately be a part of a brand’s core values.Takeaway: You first need to take the steps to increase and improve your own emotional intelligence. Embrace the many resources available, and you’ll develop a professional asset that will soon become invaluable.3. Quantum cryptologistAccenture recently surveyed 6,672 executives, to reveal some of the biggest tech trends to expect in the coming years. One of those trends, DARQ, is an acronym which combines the names for a series of emerging technologies: Distributed ledger technologyArtificial intelligenceReality (both virtual and augmented)Quantum computingOn Dec. 21, 2018, the National Quantum Initiative Act was passed into law — and supports a 10-year plan designed to accelerate the development of quantum information science and technology applications (quantum computing being computing whose processing power far exceeds that of today’s computers),While the quantum era will bring positive developments, a quantum threat also exists — to data and national security. As such, there will be inevitable opportunities to educate a rising cyber-minded workforce to combat this looming threat.Takeaway: Knowledge is power, and in unfamiliar territory, you’ll need to be proactive in educating yourself. You don’t need a Ph.D. to understand whether a new sector is right for you. But you do have to take actionable steps. Keep up to date with the news, legislation and industry movement to effectively arm yourself with the right information.4. Chief modernization officerMaking the digital leap is no longer an option; it’s a necessity for survival. How established a business is doesn’t matter; failure to modernize is a recipe for only — failure. Notable examples include:Blockbuster’s being unable to transition to a digital modelToys ‘R’ Us’s delay in in deploying an effective ecommerce strategyBorders’s failure to embrace online or ereader models early enough.These losses have not been in vain, however, as companies that have survived in a digital era have provided us lessons about the need to embrace constant innovation. What’s also been evident is the need for leaders who can effectively navigate uncharted territory with crisp modernization vision — a critical focus virtually all organizations in the future will need.Takeaway: Be an avid learner of past mistakes. There isn’t a magic 8-ball that tells us how the market will change, but there are signals and trends we can learn to spot to evaluate the impact the market will have.5. Smart home architect, builder or designerIn 2018 a jaw-dropping 48 percent of U.S. consumers polled by Parks Associates said they planned to buy at least one smart home device; that number constituted an even more astounding 66 percent rise year-over-year. The expanded investments and continued technological improvements we’re seeing are evidence of the sales-driven market revolution surrounding connected homes.As the smart home concept continues to evolve, a new wave of home builders/architects will be tasked with designing these homes to be “smart home ready” and to engineer how homes can be integrated with next-gen tech. In short, the traditional home designer and architect we know of today will be completely reimagined.Takeaway: Think outside the house — really. Embrace a smart-er perspective and don’t limit your creativity. Challenge yourself to find what is missing today in smart home automation, or what could make your life just a little bit easier. Then let that passion fuel the rest of your journey.Related: The Next Big Opportunity for Tech Entrepreneurs? ‘Smart’ HomesAlthough certain future professions may seem improbable or even unrecognizable for us today, we can be sure that the generations to come will find new sources of meaning and pave new paths to success. In the meantime, we can do our best to provide a foundation for that success by encouraging our kids to embrace the vision, learning, and innovation that will make all these things possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Guest Writer Apply Now » Image credit: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Tom Popomaronis Senior Director, Product Innovation, Hawkins Group May 13, 2019 Add to Queue –shares ‘Mommy, Daddy, I want to be a quantum cryptologist,’ your child may tell you one day soon. Here’s how to prepare. 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acquirationB2B Customer Data Platformsb2b dataLeadspaceMarketing Technology NewsNewsReachForce Previous ArticleCommunity Management Is the Main Course for Hospitality SectorNext ArticleTechBytes with Lauren Maffeo, Associate Principal Analyst at GetApp (a Gartner company) Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data Platform PRNewswireJuly 8, 2019, 12:48 pmJuly 8, 2019 As Interest in the B2B CDP Category Heats Up, Leadspace Adds Reachforce’s Offerings and Expertise to Power Customers’ Data-Driven Marketing and Sales Efforts Leadspace, the leading B2B Customer Data Platform, has acquired ReachForce, a private company with complementary B2B data solutions like SmartSuite and SmartForms. Leadspace will add Reachforce team members, technology, and strong customer and industry relationships. They’ll also add an Austin, Texas office to the Leadspace locations in San Francisco, CA and Hod Hasharon, Israel.Leadspace, recently named a “leader” in The Forrester New Wave™: B2B Customer Data Platforms, Q2 2019 report, looks at this acquisition as an opportunity to strengthen its team, expand its offerings, and add to its growing customer community.“ReachForce is a well-respected brand with an experienced team in the B2B marketing tech space,” notes Leadspace CEO, Doug Bewsher. “We’ve known them, and competed against them, over the years, so we’re excited to be joining forces now to move the B2B CDP space even further.”Marketing Technology News: Converge Technology Solutions Acquires Nordisk Systems, Inc.With all of the interest surrounding the CDP category, the ReachForce team saw joining Leadspace as a great next step to where they’d been moving. With the SmartSuite and highly successful SmartForms products, ReachForce customers will now be able to tap into the wide set of data sources and signals on the Leadspace CDP and will also benefit from Leadspace’s advanced AI and analytics offerings for predictive and persona modeling and scoring. “We are excited to join the Leadspace team. The combination results in one of the most comprehensive B2B offerings and clearly establishes the leading B2B Customer Data Platform,” adds former ReachForce CEO, Dion Cornett.The B2C space has blazed a trail with Customer Data Platforms, using them to solve data challenges created by complicated consumer buying and affinity behaviors. Now CDPs are proving their immense value in solving B2B marketing and sales teams’ own unique data challenges – like bridging data silos, creating a single source of truth for company- and person-level business data, and making sense of the data to improve future performance. And with B2B CDP leaders rapidly bolstering their offerings, it’s clear there’s plenty of innovation and advancement ahead.Marketing Technology News: Tapad Partners with Programmatic Buying Platform, Beeswax, to Extend Identity ResolutionRingCentral is one of several companies who have been working with both ReachForce and Leadspace in recent years, and believes in the importance of data-driven marketing. Dave Cowings, Chief Marketing Data Scientist at RingCentral stated: “We’ve loved working with both the Leadspace and Reachforce teams, and we think they’ll fit wonderfully together. We see a lot of value in unifying all the data expertise that the Reachforce team brings on Leadspace’s powerful and flexible platform. More and more companies are starting to see this value too, so we look forward to where the new Leadspace team will take it in the future!”The newly combined teams look forward to expanding the joint customer family, and working on exciting new features coming later this summer.Marketing Technology News: RedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad Experiences
Franziska Müller, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, has developed a software system that requires only the built-in camera of a laptop to produce a real-time 3-D model of a moving hand. Credit: Oliver Dietze More information: handtracker.mpi-inf.mpg.de/pro … ects/GANeratedHands/ Citation: A webcam is enough to produce a real-time 3-D model of a moving hand (2018, June 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-webcam-real-time-d.html Capturing hand and finger movements within milliseconds is becoming increasingly important for many applications, from virtual reality to human-machine interaction and Industry 4.0. So far, its enormous technical demands have limited possible applications. Computer scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics have now developed a software system involving the interaction of various neural networks that requires only the built-in camera of a laptop. Tracking humans in 3-D with off-the-shelf webcams For the first time, the researchers will be presenting the program at stand G75 in hall 27 of the computer fair Cebit, which will take place in Hannover from June 11th onward.When computer scientist Franziska Müller holds her hand in front of the laptop camera, the hand’s virtual counterpart appears on the screen. This is overlaid by a colorful virtual hand skeleton. No matter what movements Müller’s hand makes in front of the webcam, the colored bones of the model do the same. Müller demonstrates the software she developed together with Professor Christian Theobalt and other researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science in Saarbrücken, Stanford University and the Spanish King Juan Carlos University. So far, no other software can do this with such a low-cost camera.Since it works in almost every kind of filmed scene, it can be used anywhere, and thus trumps previous approaches that require a depth camera or multiple cameras. The algorithm the system uses transforms the two-dimensional information of the video image in real time into the three-dimensional movement model of the hand’s bones. It is based on a so-called “convolutional neural network,” or CNN for short. The researchers have trained it to detect the bones of the hand. They have generated the necessary training data with another neural network. The result: The software calculates the exact 3-D poses of the hand’s bones in milliseconds. Even if some of them are occluded, for example, by an apple held in the user’s hand, the software compensates. However, the system still has trouble processing several hands working together, and solving this is the researchers’ next goal. Provided by Saarland University Explore further 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.