Dan Cohen AUTHOR In addition to adding an authority for DOD to award grants to states and communities for infrastructure projects needed to support neighboring installations, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee included several other provisions of interest to defense communities in its mark of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. One section would require officials to consider energy and climate resiliency efforts as part of installation master plans. The change is intended to ensure installations can sustain mission-critical operations. The provision defines energy and climate resiliency as “anticipation, preparation for and adaptation to utility disruptions and changing environmental conditions and the ability to withstand, respond to and recover rapidly from utility disruptions while ensuring the sustainment of mission-critical operations.” … The subcommittee also included language to provide the military services increased flexibility and funding for construction projects needed to enhance force protection and safety at installations. The panel approved its section of the annual defense policy bill on Thursday.Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer
Comment Facebook 1 Facebook’s layout has shifted from three columns to two and removed a lot of clutter. Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET If you think your Facebook page looks a bit different today, you’re not alone.The social networking giant appears to have rolled out a new page design on Tuesday, eschewing the previous three-column layout for one that incorporates only two. On the right is static information about the page, while the left side contains the feed of recent posts.Facebook tinkers with its design from time to time, but this is a pretty radical departure from the site’s previous appearance. In addition to the column change, the content on pages appears less cluttered, with plenty of eye-appealing white space and an increased emphasis on thumbnail images. It wasn’t immediately clear how widespread this rollout is or how different types of pages will see a face-lift. Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Share your voice Internet Tech Industry Tags
Darjeeling: Former GTA chairman Binay Tamang filed his nomination as an Independent candidate backed by the GJM (Binay Tamang faction) and the Trinamool Congress, for the Darjeeling Assembly by-election.Incidentally, the Calcutta High Court had ruled on Wednesday that both the Binay and Bimal factions of GJM can field candidates for the elections, but the candidates will have to contest as Independents. A GJM-TMC road show with Tamang culminated near the District Collectorate in Darjeeling, following which he filed his nomination. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater while talking to media persons, Tamang said: “I am no more a Chowkidar (guard). Many have claimed that in greed of the chair. On Thursday, I resigned from the capacity of chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA, for the benefit of the Hill masses.” Tamang stated that in his 17 months in office, he realised that there were many problems that plagued the Hills. “Out of these problems we sorted many out but we also realised that many were not within our jurisdiction and required intervention of the state government. It is then we realised that coordination and sound relation with the state government is required for the Hills to progress. Owing to this, my party decided that I should contest. I will be the bridge between the Hills and the state government,” he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said issues like handing out land documents (patta) and filling up vacancies in the GTA and government offices would require the state government’s intervention. “87.2% people in the Hills do not have land documents. If elected, I will work to ensure that people living in tea gardens, cinchona plantations, DI fund land and forest villages all get pattas,” assured Tamang. It may be recalled that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a campaign rally at Suri on Thursday, had stated that the party will extend full support to Tamang. Meanwhile, GNLF spokesperson Niraj Zimba has been fielded as the BJP candidate. He will be backed by GNLF and the Bimal faction of GJM.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free September 11, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read “Everything that rises must converge,” the great American novelist Flannery O’Connor observed a half-century ago.We’re clearly seeing the convergence of at least four trends, two old and two new, and according to newly released findings, marketers may not be prepared for what may prove to shake their world. In fact, a survey of marketing professionals conducted on behalf of BrightEdge, an SEO and content marketing firm, found substantial confusion at what may be a critical moment in the rapidly pacing cycle of digital consumption.The four trends that are about to come together in dramatically new fashion are:Search-engine optimizationContent marketingArtificial intelligenceVoice searchSEO and content making positive headway.We’re already seeing the convergence of SEO and content marketing, two disciplines that, for much of the digital lifetime, ran in uncoordinated parallel.Related: Barack Obama’s Former Social Media Manager Breaks Down the Future of Digital StrategiesSmart marketers are getting more skillful at content strategies that understand customer intent and then target content accordingly. In the aforementioned survey, 97 percent of respondents agree SEO and content marketing are converging, or have already converged. The same survey found organic search is the number one priority — a smart focus considering organic drives 51 percent of all website traffic. Effective use of these strategies demands some deep thinking about the steps consumers take during their purchase-making decisions — and the words that are likely to move them at each stage of their journey. Otherwise, effort and resources will be lost on content that is inaccessible.Layering in new technologies.The wider adoption of artificial intelligence supercharges marketers’ ability to fine-tune SEO strategies. One of the biggest differences is capability of AI to put consumers’ searches into context.When a consumer searches for “Tahoe” today, he might want a Chevrolet SUV or a winter ski vacation. AI puts that search into the context of the user’s past searches — pickups or snowboards — and makes some educated guesses about the user’s intentions.Searches conducted from mobile devices, of course, provide even richer context — and not just information about the user’s location. Savvy marketers gain an advantage from their knowledge of the speed at which a mobile device is traveling or the types of apps that are installed on the phone.The rapid arrival of voice search further upends existing strategies. Gartner estimates that 30 percent of web browsing will be screenless within the next couple of years. That demands strategies that are different from today’s type-in-the-box search.Related: How Changes to the Way We Search Will Impact BusinessesUnprecedented change.The convergence of these powerful trends, however, finds many marketers — even at big brands and big agencies — unprepared.The research by BrightEdge found that most of the 252 big-company and big-agency marketers it surveyed acknowledge that AI, voice and hyperlocal search have arrived. But the majority of the marketing professionals surveyed don’t plan to adapt their marketing strategies in response.Read that again: A big wave of change is about to roll over digital marketing, and the majority of marketers willfully stick their heads in the sand.30 percent of the digital marketers surveyed believe that voice search is the next big thing. That’s a reasonable assumption, given the rapid adoption of voice search that’s clearly underway. But even though they expect that voice search is coming in a big way, two-thirds of the digital marketers say they don’t have plans to prepare for the arrival of voice search.Another 32 percent of survey respondents believe AI is the next big thing, yet 57 percent of them aren’t doing anything this year to get ready.Only three percent of respondents said they anticipate 5G mobile speeds being the next big thing, but according to recent reports, this is projected to be a reality by 2020.Dig a little deeper into the BrightEdge survey and the worries arise again and again. More than a quarter of the marketers surveyed believe that mobile is “the next big thing.” Mobile is a big deal, but it’s already arrived. It’s nobody’s idea of a new-horizon technology.Jim Yu, the CEO of BrightEge, cautions that the disconnect between the understanding and the actions of digital marketing professionals leaves brands at risk of failure to meet the rising expectations of consumers.Related: An Insight into the Futuristic Search and SEOMarketers don’t need to be taking giant leaps forward. One-step-at-a-time tactics will work. For instance, Michel Kant, the SEO manager of Staples Europe, noted in an email interview about the BrightEdge survey that the rise of AI in search puts a premium on consistent messaging across devices, and that’s work that can begin right now.Brands that don’t begin taking the first steps, however, will find themselves in a costly, frustrating footrace to catch up later on. The old maxim known as Noah’s Law reminds us, “Predicting rain doesn’t count; building the ark does.” It looks like it’s time for the digital marketers who are good at predicting rain to get to work on that ark.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> More Europe, more ways to save with Contiki & Costsaver in 2019 Posted by Tags: Contiki, Europe, New Tours Thursday, July 26, 2018 Travelweek Group TORONTO — Contiki and Costsaver, both part of The Travel Corporation, have announced new Europe 2019 programming featuring more itineraries and more ways for clients to save.Contiki’s Europe 2019 Preview program is particularly notable since for the first time in its history, it’s offering 100% guaranteed definite departures on its over 470 European summer adventures in 2019. Moreover, Contiki is also offering the guaranteed best price, whether the price goes up or down at the time of the program’s launch in the fall.Plus, to help clients book in advance, a $100 Free-Time voucher is being offered. The voucher can be used to spend on any Free Time Add-Ons for any bookings made now until Sept. 5, 2018.The $100 voucher can be put towards any Free Time Add-Ons, including ‘Isle of Capri Cruise’, ‘Paragliding in the Alps’, ‘Excursion to Aran Islands’, and ‘Gondola Ride in Venice’.“While guarantees are hard to come by these days, clients can count on a couple things when they book early with Contiki. Chiefly, a guaranteed fun time no matter which European adventure they book on,” said Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Holidays Canada. “While millennials are known to book their trips last minute, we encourage agents to use our $100 Free-Time voucher offering as one of the ways to help their young clients save on their travels.”More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsFor more information about Contiki’s 2019 Europe trips, go to www.contiki.com/ca/en/activity/europe-summer-2019-guarantee.Elsewhere, Costsaver has unveiled the new concept ‘First Look’ with its 2019 Europe & Britain Guided Vacations. Giving agents their ‘First Look to Book’, the concept allows clients first access to the trip they want, helping them to secure their 2019 tour at the best possible price. First Look prices start at $143 per day.Similar to Contiki’s best price guarantee, Costsaver’s dynamic pricing assures clients that if the price of their trip goes up they won’t have to pay more, and if they price goes down they’ll be reimbursed the difference.Costsaver 2019 itineraries in Europe include the 10-day ‘Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina’, the eight-day ‘Irish Wonder’, and the seven-day ‘Jewels of Italy’. To view the complete Costsaver ‘First Look’ 2019 Europe & Britain lineup, go to https://www.costsavertour.com/en-ca/deals/first-look-2019.