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Marketing Day: Chatbots, content production models & Microsoft’s earnings report

By on December 15, 2019

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Marketing Day: Chatbots, content production models & Microsoft’s earnings reportYou are here: Posted on 22nd July 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Chatbots, content production models & Microsoft’s earnings report Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Building an Amazon Alexa Skill is so easy, Grandma can do itJul 21, 2017 by Paul ShapiroHow can you tap into the power of Amazon’s Alexa? Contributor Paul Shapiro walks you through the different types of Alexa Skills you can create and explains how to easily set up a Flash Briefing Skill.The name is Bot, Chatbot: How to shake up conversions with stirring conversationsJul 21, 2017 by Purna VirjiColumnist Purna Virji explains why an AI-driven conversation agent can potentially be the best sales assistant you have, and provides advice for how to plan and implement your own chatbot.Comparing content production models: Which is right for your business?Jul 21, 2017 by Rachel LindteigenColumnist Rachel Lindteigen discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the hub-and-spoke model and the skyscraper technique to help you determine which is the best fit for your organization.Survey results: Here’s what 376 marketers say is working in online marketingJul 21, 2017 by Jayson DeMersWondering about the current state of the industry? Columnist Jayson DeMers shares highlights and stats from a recent survey of digital marketers.The impact of intermediaries: How brands can close the gap between themselves and consumersJul 21, 2017 by Davor SutijaAs millennials and Gen Z shoppers shape the future of retail, contributor Davor Sutija explains why brands need to embrace technologies that will help them keep pace and bridge the digital gap.Cloud-computing growth drives Microsoft quarterly earnings beatJul 21, 2017 by Greg SterlingCommercial Cloud revenue run-rate was just under $19B, almost $2B in phone-related losses helped, too.Here’s what performance advertisers are saying about Quora’s new ad platformJul 21, 2017 by Ginny MarvinWhether they’ve been on the platform for one month or seven, advertiser feedback is strikingly similar: We like the performance — when can we scale?Online Marketing News From Around The Web:AnalyticsChannel Signal C.E.O. on Product Review Analytics, Practical EcommerceContent MarketingContent Marketers: Ditch the Clickbait and Focus on User Needs, CMS WireHow to Create Top-of-Funnel Content That Works, Vertical MeasuresThe Content Marketer’s Guide to Story Structure, Content Marketing InstituteE-CommerceAmazon Review “How To”: Easy Steps for Getting More Customer Reviews, Marketing Words BlogDoes Amazon Compete With Its Own Merchants?, MarketingProfsHow Microservices Can Transform Omnichannel Retail and Unlock Growth, MarTech AdvisorEmail MarketingThe Psychology of Subject Lines: Using Science to Optimize Clicks, Social Media ExplorerGeneral Internet Marketing8 Influencer Strategies for Retail Brands to Boost Sales, Simply MeasuredA Few Good Reasons To Confront Digital Advertising’s Essential Truths, AdExchangerPixability’s CEO Shares New Cause-Related Marketing Research: Why Brands Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Take a Stand, The Official Google BlogInternet Marketing IndustryThree New Tools from AWeber to Help You Write Better Marketing Emails for Your Business, Globe NewswirecomScore Ranks the Top 50 U.S. Digital Media Properties for June 2017, PR NewswireTUNE Announces New Fraud Prevention Solution, Empowers Marketers and Ad Partners to Fight Fraud, PR NewswireMarTech3 Vendor-Created Barriers to AI Adoption, CMS WireTop Webapps & Tools That All Bloggers Should Learn To Use, The Blog HeraldWhat Are the Best Distribution Tools for Content Today?, CopyPressedMobile/Local MarketingeMarketer Releases Latest Estimates for Worldwide Messaging App Usage, eMarketerSocial MediaAre You Effectively Filling Your Funnel with Social?, SocialbakersFacebook Wants To Prove Its Value In Mixed Media Campaign, AdExchangerNew Feature Breakdown: LinkedIn’s Matched Audiences Targeting, 3Q DigitalVideo11 Cost-Effective Live Video Marketing Ideas, CMS WireHow to Create a Facebook Live Show, Social Media ExaminerThe top Facebook video trends of summer, NewsWhipFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Chatbots, content production models & Microsoft’s earnings reportlast_img read more

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TOP PICKS: 15 Can’t-Miss Concerts In Philly For Black Music Month

By on December 12, 2019

first_img Julian King at Underground Arts Wednesday, June 3 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $15 | Pop, R&B, Soul Julian King works hard to perfect his craft. And, with the release of his latest single “Unforgettable” and an upcoming headlining show in Philly — there’s no doubt that this Philly-bred singer/songwriter is ready for his time in the spotlight. MORE INFO Beanie Sigel “The Return” Concert at The TLA Saturday, June 6 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $37-60 | Hip-hop Philadelphia-bred rap veteran Beanie Sigel brings it home to The TLA on South Street for what will be one of his first major appearances in a while. Grab tix for this show to relive why many still hail the Philly native as one of the greatest rappers of all time.  MORE INFO Charlie Wilson at The Mann Center Sunday, June 7 | The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue | $35-125 | R&B, Soul Nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson is bringing his acclaimed Forever Charlie tour to Philly for an “unforgettable night” at the Mann this summer with special guests KEM and Joe. The party goes down on Sunday, June 7th for a night of R&B, Billboard-topping hits like, “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.” MORE INFO King Britt & HPrizm Present The Buddy System Monday, June 29 | Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N Frankford Avenue | $8  Philly, two of the country’s finest creatives are teaming up at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown for the next edition of The Buddy System. This new monthly music series curated by Philadelphia musician, DJ and producer King Britt and New York City-based composer, producer and performer HPrizm returns to the JBs for another dope event. The catch? All of the artists will be a surprise. MORE INFO Bilal Album Release at World Cafe Live Tuesday, June 30 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $75-175 | Soul, R&B Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sell out, grab your tickets now. MORE INFO In 1979, legendary songwriter/producer and founder of Philadelphia International Records Kenny Gamble, along with broadcast executive Ed Wright, founded the Black Music Association, which established June as Black Music Month by decree from President Jimmy Carter.   In 2000, the United States government officially recognized Black Music Month after radio personality and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams and Congressman Chaka Fattah tirelessly pushed to get the African American Music Bill passed through legislation. For this Philly 360° Black Music Month guide, we’re resurfacing our exclusive with Dyana, who is also fondly referred to as the “Mother of Black Music Month.”  Check out the below video to get her breakdown of how Black Music Month came to be.  Then, browse this list of over 15 shows that will go down in and around Philadelphia during the month of June. D’Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa and more — no matter your musical taste, we’ve got something for you. Check it. Philly 360° Black Music Month 2015 Top Picks Femi Kuti at World Cafe Live Tuesday, June 9 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $25-38 | World, Afrobeat, Funk Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don’t miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June. MORE INFO Sitin’ In With Koyaki At The Kimmel Center Wednesday, June 17 | The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets | Free | Jazz, Urban, Hip-hop Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city’s hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase, Sittin’ In. This month’s show is hosted by the indie Grammy-nominated emcee and producers, Kokayi with performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic. MORE INFO Roman Gianarthur & Clean Bandit at Underground Arts Monday, June 15 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $20 | Urban, Soul, Pop This singer songwriter is a part of Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Arts Society collective. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist, Roman is sure to shut it down when he hits the stage. Be sure to check out his single “I-69.” It’s a winner. MORE INFO Grits & Biscuits at The TLA Saturday, June 20 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 | Hip-hop If you’re into country, down south flavor, then Grits & Biscuits is probably already on your radar. This Dirty South-influenced party makes it way to The TLA on June. MORE INFO Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa at Susquehanna Bank Center Wednesday, June 10| Susquehanna Bank Center | $37-85 | Hip-hop In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa team up for a summer tour that is set to touch down in over 40 cities across the U.S. This tour includes opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.center_img MORE INFO DMX at The TLA Thursday, June 11 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $50 | Hip-hop Veteran rapper DMX lands back in Philadelphia this month. Get up close and personal as he bring his signature hardcore, raw rap styling straight to the stage of South Street’s TLA. MORE INFO Can’t-Miss Shows In Philadelphia(M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia) Jodeci at Tower Theater Thursday, June 25 | Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA | $40-45 | R&B, Soul An iconic 90s R&B group, Jodeci redefined music for our generation. Reunited and on the road, the guys lands in Philadelphia for an unforgettable night of R&B/Soul at Tower Theater on June 25. MORE INFO Curren$y at The TLA Friday, June 26 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $34 | Hip-hop Lousiana-based rapper Curren$y brings his smart lyrics and high-energy onstage presence to Philadelphia for this one-night-only hit at The TLA on South Street. Keep your eye out for Philly 360°’s official contest for this show. MORE INFO SWV at World Cafe Live Sunday, June 21 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35-65 | R&B, Soul With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited” on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live. MORE INFO Ibeyi at World Cafe Live Monday, June 22 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $20 | World Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences. MORE INFO D’Angelo at The Keswick Theatre Tuesday, June 23 | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA| $75-175 | Soul, R&B D’Angelo, the internationally beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D’Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA. MORE INFOlast_img read more

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Is outsourcing the question or the answer?

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgOnce upon a time, the answer to the question of what are the main benefits of outsourcing was cost savings based on labour arbitrage, but today that response would be superficial and incomplete.I believe the main benefits of outsourcing are access to scarce skills, expertise and the latest technology, cost reduction, turning capital expenditure into operating expenditure, and the opportunity to concentrate resources on core business objectives.If you think about outsourcing in this manner, you will not only start to realise areas within your IT organisation that would benefit from adopting it but also ways as a strategic leader you can add further value to your entire organisation by doing so.The first big error people make when considering outsourcing is looking to resolve a problem without first looking to so in-house – a problem remains a problem no matter where it sits.Sensible outsourcing providers will often sniff this out during the RFP or other stages of the bidding process but others may look to take it on, hoping they can fix the issue(s) as a calculated risk whilst trying to win the business (the fact a vendor accepts this huge risk should really start ringing alarm bells for you as you both know there’s an elephant in the room).Those that don’t take the business (and hopefully this is the majority) will likely make you consider going back and fixing the problem before retendering. Those who take it on will only delay the inevitable, leaving you not only with a larger problem downstream but also with the added bonus of a whole heap of complex contractual issues to sort out (which I imagine you will now discover were also not properly agreed or worded up front).Many take this approach and get their fingers burnt with outsourcing, vowing never to return.It’s a real shame, as outsourcing done in the right way is an extremely beneficial way to add to the value you provide to your organisation.The second biggest error people make when considering outsourcing is to engage with and select a vendor by having only had a few live sales meetings/conference calls with a cursory glance over provided case studies. Coupled without ever having visited their operating/service centres to see them in action in a live environment or meet their staff that will be working with your team in person.You wouldn’t do this if you were hiring permanent staff or running the project in-house, so why do this when exploring outsourcing? It makes no sense.This often occurs when a company decides to outsource a small project or a portion of it to see if outsourcing works for them in an operational sense.The vendor is often chosen just on labour arbitrage and due to this the work is often performed in Asia or Eastern Europe.The ‘project’ is often then left with the vendor with scant and seemingly erratic communication and only poured over in detail once the deliverable is returned with obvious errors.The end result is the project often has to be redone in-house, blowing the project budget, causing delays and delivering red faces all round.Outsourcing is again blamed as the enemy with the lack of communication and poor vendor selection/interaction issues being swept conveniently under the carpet.So, in reflection it may be outsourcing is not for you but you owe it to yourself and your organisation to try everything that can add value to what you deliver.Outsourcing executed properly can provide real value when opportunities are identified, structured, communicated and managed correctly, so what are you waiting for?last_img read more

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Mission: Personalized Medicine at the Touch of a Button

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first_imgBelow is a guest blog from Ketan Paranjape, director of personalized medicine at Intel. He is speaking tomorrow, May 22, at the Big Data in BioMedicine Conference at Stanford University starting at 2 p.m. You can watch the live stream of the conference here and get an inside look at what’s going on with big data and bio IT. Follow the #bigdatamed hashtag on Twitter during the three-day conference. Over the weekend I was perusing the latest edition of the New York Magazine and read this article about a cancer doctor who lost his wife to cancer. After I put my tablet down, I hugged my wife, grabbed the “honey do list” from her hand and got to work. Whether I was comparing the right mix of fertilizers for my lawn at the neighborhood home improvement store or driving my son to his tennis practice, all I could think about was, “what could we have done to prevent what happened and also help the 9 million or so cancer patients worldwide?”Here at Intel, we are trying our best to answer that very question. We have laid out a vision for delivering “Personalized Medicine at the touch of a button…Everywhere…Everyday…and for Everyone…” I suppose you need an app for everything these days.But you would wonder how could a hardware company that makes “chips” for computers make a difference? The answer from our vantage point is Big Data Analytics. If we can create an ecosystem of hardware, software and services players in healthcare and life sciences that generate, manage, share, and analyze data across the multiple silos of payers, government, providers, clinics, pharma, clinical trials, genomics, and wellness data, we should be able to help the key decision makers with the right amount of well curated information.So starting out with what we do best, we optimized software programs for analyzing data. We were able to cut the run time of Broad’s Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK) from three days to one day and speed up Ayasdi’s Cure software by 400 percent. These reductions in run times and performance improvements help speed up the number of tests you can do and help the researcher or clinician get to an answer quicker.We then built appliances – highly optimized hardware and software solutions that target specific genomics or clinical problems. The appliance with Dell reduces the RNA seq run times from seven days to three hours and the Genalice appliance can map 42 whole genomes in 18 hours. As you start running out of machines or clusters in our backyard, we go to the cloud. Working with Novartis, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cycle Computing and MolSoft, we were able to provision a fully secured cluster of 30,000 CPUs and completed screening 3.2 million compounds in about nine hours compared to 4-14 days on existing resources.We have also embraced the power of both Hadoop and in-memory analytics. Working with Nextbio (now part of Illumina), we were able to get a 90 percent gain in throughput and 6x data compression enabling researchers to discover biomarkers and drug targets by correlating genomic data sets. Working with SAP and Charite we built a ‘real-time’ cancer analysis platform on SAP-HANA that analyzed patient data in seconds compared to two days. BTW, this data set had 3.2M data points per patient and up to 20 TB of data/patient.These are just a subset of projects we have completed working with our broad range of ecosystem partners. For more details please visit – www.intel.com/healthcare/bigdata or drop me a line – Ketan.paranjape@intel.com. I’m also speaking tomorrow, May 22, at the Big Data in BioMedicine Conference at Stanford University starting at 2 p.m. You can watch the live stream of the conference here By the way, regarding the fertilizer we decided on a good Nitrogen mix (2 lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 sq. feet) and my son moved from level 1 to level 1.5 in his class.What questions do you have?last_img read more

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Mayawati files nomination for Rajya Sabha with ‘double’ the riches

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgMayawati may have lost the crown, but not her riches. In fact, in the last five years, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo has more than doubled her assets.In 2007, when she swept to power in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati was worth Rs 52.27 crore. On Tuesday, when she declared her assets while filing nomination for the Rajya Sabha, it had multiplied to a whopping Rs 111.64 crore. In the last two years alone, her wealth seemed to have jumped by Rs 24 crore.The BSP president, who is facing a disproportionate assets case, owns two commercial space in New Delhi’s Connaught Place worth Rs 18.84 crore, while her house in the Capital’s Sardar Patel Marg is valued at Rs 61.86 crore. She also has a bungalow in Lucknow worth Rs 15.68 crore besides a commercial property at Okhla Phase-1.Surprisingly, the purchase date of the Delhi bungalow was shown as July 6, 2009 while that of the Lucknow bungalow on November 3, 2010.After filing her nomination Mayawati said: “Now I will raise the issues concerning Uttar Pradesh in Parliament because my party feels it will be a better platform to raise those issues.”She also expressed confidence that the BSP would do well in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.”My party workers feel that I do not need to devote all my time here (in UP). They have promised me that they will ensure a massive victory for the party in the Lok Sabha elections,” Mayawati said. “I will devote time to increase the party’s base across India.”advertisementMunkad Ali, who was recently appointed as the party’s coordinator for western Uttar Pradesh, also filed his nomination for the House of Elders. This will be his second term in the Rajya Sabha. Speculations were rife that the BSP supremo would field her close confidant Shashank Shekhar Singh (former cabinet secretary). Instead, she chose Ali.Notification for the biennial elections for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from UP was issued on Monday and the last date of filing nominations is March 19. The term of the 10 Rajya Sabha members from the state would expire on April 2.Out of the 10 seats, Samajwadi Party (SP) has six members, followed by the BSP and the BJP with two each. “The papers will be scrutinised on March 20 and if required, elections will be held on March 31,” returning officer, principal secretary (assembly), Pradeep Kumar Dubey, said.last_img read more

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Hollywood turns out for NBA All-Star Game in LA

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Late night host Jimmy Kimmel, “Black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., rapper Chance the Rapper and director Spike Lee were also in attendance at Staples Center, and basketball greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Bill Russell all sat together.However, it was the latest Marvel superhero film which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada with a record-breaking weekend haul of $192 million that made its presence best known during the NBA’s showcase event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo delivered a thunderous jam while wearing a Black Panther mask he received from the film’s star Chadwick Boseman during the slam dunk contest on Saturday night. It wasn’t enough for Oladipo to advance to the finals, but the first-time all-star was thrilled to show his love for his favorite superhero.“I’ve seen the movie already,” Oladipo said. “It was nothing short of amazing.” Team Stephen was leading Team LeBron 100-97 late in the third quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rapper Pharrell Williams, right, performs with N.E.R.D during halftime of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Stars came out for Hollywood’s NBA All-Star Game, but the weekend belonged to Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther.”Actor and noted Lakers fan Jack Nicholson, rapper Snoop Dogg, singer Rihanna and comedian Chris Rock were among the many celebrities sitting courtside.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe MOST READ Federer overpowers Dimitrov to win 97th career title ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Pak to send near full strength hockey team to SAF Games

By on November 26, 2019

first_imgKarachi, Jan 18 (PTI) Pakistan is planning to send a near full strength hockey squad to the South Asian Games to be held in India next month in a bid to restore some pride in the sport at home. Around 45 players are presently training at the Hockey Club of Pakistan in Karachi under the supervision of coaches Muhammad Saqlain and Rehan Butt to prepare for the SAF Games to be held from February 5-16 in Guwahati and Shillong. “Obviously we know only one match is important for us in the SAF Games and that is the one against India and we are preparing keeping that in mind,” Saqlain told PTI. He said he was trying to get the players to get back to playing to their strength of natural hockey with skills. “I get the feeling that if Pakistan is to become a force in world hockey again we need to work hard on our skills and using them in competitions,” he added. Pakistan Hockey Federation has announced that the national whites squad will go to India for the regional meet. Former Olympian Rehan Butt, who has featured in many memorable clashes with India, said that the idea was to pick a full strength side for the SAF Games to give India a tough fight. “Presently we have around five to six players of the senior team that appeared in the World Hockey League last year and we have recalled three very good senior players for the camp,” Butt said. He said the camp also included around 18 totally new youngsters who had not played for Pakistan as yet. “The established players in the camp include Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Rashid, Zohaib Ashraf, Hasim Khan, Arsalan Qadir, Ehsanullah, Ali Shaan, Imran Butt,” he said. He said the selected players would go to Islamabad on February 2 and from there they are expected to go to Shillong and Guwahati for the Games by an Air India chartered flight for Pakistani athletes. “We know the Indian hockey set up has improved a lot and is getting stronger and we are ready for a tough challenge but we also know how important it is for us to do well as it would be a big boost to Pakistan hockey at this stage,” Butt said. PTI Corr PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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5 Ways To Ruin Your Chances Of Getting The Job

By on November 22, 2019

first_imgWith more than 12 million Americans still unemployed and many overworked professionals contemplating the pursuit of greener pastures, it’s easy to see why competition for jobs is fierce in most industries.Hiring managers and human resource professionals are looking for the best of the best within the resumes they receive and the interviews they conduct. Unfortunately, there are many opportunities for job seekers to go awry. If you’d like to avoid an extended unpaid vacation from the workforce, steer clear of these five ways to run your chances of getting the job. 1. Submit a sloppy cover letter and resumeEmployers are looking for go-getters, not candidates who put in minimal effort. So don’t submit a generic cover letter and resume unless you want yours to be among the first in the trash. Customize each piece you send for the company and position. This may mean reworking your goals, rewording your accomplishments or even using different references. Then check and double-check your documents for spelling errors, punctuation issues and problems with grammar. Don’t rely on the spellchecker in Word either—it doesn’t always catch what another pair of eyes will, so solicit help from a well-read friend or relative.2. Air your dirty laundry onlineHiring managers will Google you and look you up on Facebook. When they do, what will they find? Check out your Facebook profile as a public user. Just go to your profile page and select “view as” to see exactly what the hiring manager will see. For best results, change your privacy settings to “friends only” to keep the majority of your posts and photos private. If you Google your name and find inappropriate photos of yourself on other websites, request their removal. And avoid political or religious rants within the comments you post on any discussion boards or blogs.3. Shame your grandmotherOnce you make it to the interview phase, there are even more ways to sabotage your chances with potential employers. Your best bet is never to do anything in an interview that you would not do in front of your grandmother. Show respect by showing up on time. Don’t chew gum or suck on candy or mints. Get a haircut and shave. Put your best foot forward and make sure it’s not a stinky one—a shower and deodorant is not optional. Make eye contact and use a firm handshake. Finally, dress professionally, project confidence and always say “please” and “thank you.”4. Speak before you think it throughIf a potential employer asks you a difficult question (and they will), consider your answer carefully. We are not suggesting that you lie; interviewers often appreciate candid answers. However, there are some things you should never say and others that you may be able to phrase diplomatically. Avoid ranting and raving or throwing blame. If you parted ways with your last employer on less than perfect terms, you can still find something positive to say. Think about this ahead of time and plan out your answer.5. Stalk your interviewerAsk about next steps before you leave the interview, so you’ll have an idea of the company’s timeframe for hiring. It’s polite and professional to follow up your interview with a thank you note, by snail mail or email. It’s also perfectly acceptable to give your interviewer a call if you have not heard from him within the agreed upon time. However, if your interviewer does not return your call or respond to your email, it is generally not acceptable to contact him every day or make aggressive demands on voicemail.Every job opportunity, and every interviewer, is different. Use common sense within each situation and avoid these five ways to ruin your chances of getting the job. With perseverance and professionalism, you will find a new job. – Originally posted on onTargetjobs by Angela Roselast_img read more

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International Yoga Festival starts in Kashmir

By on November 18, 2019

first_imgSrinagar, Sep 18 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra today inaugurated the second International Yoga Festival and International Yoga Sports Championship 2017 in which about 300 people from across the world are participating.The festival is being organized by the Yoga Society of Kashmir at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre, an official spokesman said here, adding that about 300 participants from various parts of India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, USA and Nepal are participating in the festival.Welcoming the participants, the governorcomplimented Shabir Ahmed Dar, Yoga therapist and Coach, for establishing the Yoga Society of Kashmir and organizing the championship.Observing that Yoga is enormously beneficial for the growth of a healthy mind and body, Vohra emphasized that learning to practise yoga, especially from a young age helps in developing the required mental and physical discipline which enables the practitioner to lead a wholesome, stress free and balanced life, the spokesman said.He said the governor wished all the participants a happy and comfortable stay here and suggested that the organisers should take them, particularly the foreign visitors, on a sightseeing tour of the scenic Kashmir valley.Earlier, inspiring performances of rhythmic and artistic yoga were presented by a Yoga group from Jharkhand and Sourabh Singh from Amritsar. PTI SSB ARKlast_img read more

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India reign supreme in Kabaddi Masters, clinch title with easy win

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first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Dubai, Jun 30 (PTI) Putting up yet another superlative show, India thrashed Iran 44-26 to emerge champions of the six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai, here today. In a battle between the top two sides of the world, the three-time world champions did not give Iran any ground to recover with captain Ajay Thakur (nine points) and youngster Monu Goyat (six) leading the raid charts. India inflicted two all-outs on Iran, en route the massive victory. The final had its share of hiccups as lights went off, disrupting the match for 10 minutes in the first half, while in the second half Iran captain Amirhossein Maleki, who came in as a substitute, claimed “rough play” by the Indians but referee dismissed the protests. Both the teams last met in the World Cup 2016 final in Ahmedabad with Thakur playing a key role in handing them a slender nine-point victory. Having given the captaincy baton in this Asian Games build-up meet, Thakur was all over the mat with his superb raiding skills. India’s defence was also excellent with Surjeet Singh returning with seven tackle points. The captain drew the first blood with a running touch to send Mohammad Naseri to the bench. India however lost the early momentum after the power disruption to slip from being 15-5 to 18-11 at the break. The biggest positive for Iran in the closing stage of first-half was when they were able to evict Thakur with Mohammad Maghsoudlou’s fine attempt. But they could not keep Thakur away as India once again forced their way back after the changeover, displaying top-class raiding as well as defensive skills.advertisement India coach Srinivas Reddy gave young Goyat a start in place of a lacklustre Pradeep Narwal. Iran however took a bold decision to keep captain Amirhossein Maleki out of the team as both the teams made one change each. The six-nation invitational tournament was organised by International Kabaddi Federation in association with Star Sports and Dubai Sports Council. PTI TAP ATATlast_img read more

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MOLs FSRU Challenger Named at DSME

By on October 23, 2019

first_imgzoom Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL) first independently owned, built and operated floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), the MOL FSRU Challenger, was named at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s Okpo shipyard in Korea on September 28.The MOL FSRU Challenger will provide storage and regasification services to a project in Turkey after delivery during October, the Japanese shipping company said.The operation is slated to commence within 2017.The Bahamas-flagged MOL FSRU Challenger has an LNG storage capacity of 263,000m3 and has LNG re-shipment and gas transfer capabilities.Its specifications allow for the re-export of LNG and supply of LNG to neighboring regions where the vessel is located.“MOL is moving boldly into the LNG secondary transport and LNG fuel supply businesses in Asia and Central and South America regions where it anticipates rising demand for LNG,” the company commented.MOL further added that due to the flexibility and mobility FSRUs offer it would continue to promote the FSRU business.The company is the only Japanese shipping company that owns and operates an FSRU.In addition to ownership and operation of the FSRU, MOL announced its decision to participate in an FSRU project in India reflecting its ongoing strategy to“pursue vertically integrated businesses that are not limited to transportation in the LNG business.”last_img read more

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Minister Announces Beef Interest PayDown Program

By on October 22, 2019

first_imgBeef producers will be better able to stabilize the long-term viability of their industry with a $2-million Nova Scotia Beef Interest Pay-Down Program, announced today, Jan. 18. The program, delivered through the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, provides assistance to Nova Scotia beef producers to pay down loan interest from 2009 to 2011. It will support the beef industry in the short term and provide funding to ensure producers remain viable. “This program will address some of the current challenges facing beef producers, helping them move forward in their efforts to build a sustainable sector in Nova Scotia,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Working with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers since early last summer, I am confident that beef farmers will competitively position themselves in today’s marketplace.” Cattle producers have expressed a need to make changes in the industry. This program is a starting point to reposition it by investing in a profitable and sustainable plan. Producers will have the flexibility to focus on parts of the industry that strengthens partnerships, alliances and collaborations. Individuals will also have opportunity to invest in their needs. “Beef producers in Nova Scotia face serious short- and long-term challenges,” said Dave Oulton, chair, Nova Scotia Cattle Producers. “Today’s announcement ensures that some of the hardships faced by our farms, due to extremely low market conditions, can be addressed, and our board members will continue to be available to help clarify producer eligibility requirements and look forward to the quickest possible delivery of this necessary support.” “The federation recognizes this will be a significant investment in the Nova Scotia beef sector and will help producers with their goal of providing more high-quality beef for Nova Scotia consumers,” said Richard Melvin, president, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. The deadline to submit the 2009 application is March 31. The deadline for the 2010 and 2011 claim forms will be March 31, 2011 and 2012, respectively. To be eligible for the program beef, producers must meet specific criteria. For more details on the program, go to www.nsfa-fane.ca/programs_and_projects or call 902-893-2293.last_img read more

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Comment on CEO lands Mukul under EC scanner

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first_imgKolkata: BJP leader Mukul Roy has come under the scanner of the Election Commission, due to his comment that the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has turned ‘deaf and dumb’ and also been ‘managed’ by the local administration. The CEO’s office has expressed strong objection to Roy’s comment. It has already sought the video footages of Roy’s statement, where he had allegedly made some derogatory comments against the commission. It may be mentioned that Roy had slammed the CEO’s office in the state on Monday, saying: “I have never seen such a deaf and dumb CEO’s office. It is the people’s perception that the officials of the CEO’s office have somehow been managed by the local administration.” He also said that there has been a ‘mockery of democracy’ in the state. Some people in the state have interpreted it by saying that Roy tried to demean an autonomous authority like the Election Commission. The CEO’s office on Tuesday also sought a report on various controversial statements of other BJP leaders, including BJP’s candidate from Jadavpur Anupam Hazra and Sayantan Basu, who is contesting the elections from Basirhat. The commission also sought a report from the East Burdwan DM on the statement of controversial BJP leader Soumitra Khan, who on Sunday urged the voters to be equipped with ‘Boti and Khunti’.last_img read more

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Casablanca Worlds Fifth Most Crowded City World Economic Forum

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Rabat – Casablanca is among the world’s most crowded cities, according to a recent report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Based on UN Habitat data, the report lists the ten most densely populated cities in the world.With a population density of 14,200 inhabitants per square kilometer, Casablanca came fifth in the world and first in Africa. It was followed by Nigeria’s Lagos (13,300), India’s Kota (12,100), Singapore (10,200) and Indonesia’s Jakarta (9,600). According to the report, Bangladesh’s Dhaka topped the list with a population density of 44,500 people per square kilometer. That places it ahead of India’s Mumbai (31,700), Columbia’s Medellin (19,700) and Philippines’s Manila (14,800).The report also reveals that more than half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas. The United Nations (UN) expects that proportion to increase to 66 percent by 2050, with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa.With regard to the reasons that drive people to migrate to cities, the report cites what they call ‘push’ or ‘pull’ factors, saying “Push factors are issues with a current living situation that spur people into moving away, while pull factors are plus points that encourage people to move to a new location.”More often than not, the push and pull factors both involve jobs and wages – it is usually easier to find better-paid work in cities than in rural locations, the report added. This is arguably the main reason why so many people have moved to cities such as Dhaka.The WEF says that this flow into the cities has an impact, noting that slums remain a common sight in many cities around the world, with the poorest inhabitants of the most densely populated urban areas living in extremely tough conditions. read more

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UN declares 20 February as World Day of Social Justice

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26 November 2007Recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment, the United Nations General Assembly has decided to observe 20 February annually – starting in 2009 – as the World Day of Social Justice. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 192-member body also invited Member States to devote the Day to promoting activities at the national level in support of the objectives and goals of the 1995 World Summit for Social Development, held in Copenhagen.Governments meeting at that Summit pledged to make poverty eradication, the goal of full employment and the fostering of social integration overriding objectives of development.In designating the World Day, the Assembly “recognizes the need to consolidate further the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication and in promoting full employment and decent work, gender equality and access to social well-being and justice for all.” In other action today, the Assembly adopted a resolution on the link between the illicit trade in rough diamonds and the fuelling of armed conflicts around the world, stressing the need for the widest possible participation in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The Scheme, which came into effect in January 2003, establishes minimum acceptable international standards for national certification schemes covering the import and export of rough diamonds.By a third resolution adopted today, the Assembly called on States that are not yet parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to consider ratifying or acceding to it without delay. The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Adopted at a major diplomatic conference in the Italian capital in 1998, the Rome Statute currently has 105 parties. read more

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Champika blames fuel price hike

By on October 8, 2019

The CPC had announced last year that most of its losses had been recorded due to the sale of fuel at concessionary rates to the CEB.However, the CEB claimed that it had paid all dues to the CPC and its Rs. 5 billion profit for 2010 was recorded after paying all its dues. He said that fuel from the CPC is purchased at the normal rate. He said that failure by some government institutions to pay their electricity bills on time had led to the CEB incurring losses. The Ministry had stated that the CPC will however sell a liter of heavy fuel to the CEB at the market price of Rs. 82 per liter from this year.The CPC currently sold a liter of fuel to the CEB at Rs. 40 last year. Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawake today blamed the fuel price hike on the increase in electricity tariffs.Speaking at a seminar in Katubeda today the Minister also rejected claims that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) was providing fuel to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) on concessionary rates. The Petroleum Ministry had said last year that CPC was supplying fuel at concessionary rates to the CEB. (Report by Indika Sri Aravinda for Colombo Gazette) read more

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Shavendras appointment to South Africa in the pipeline

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Silva commanded the Sri Lankan army’s 58th division, which was one of the key divisions fighting during the final stages of the civil war against the LTTE in 2009. The government’s is considering appointing Shavendra Silva as the deputy high commissioner to South Africa, the South African media reported.Sri Lankan high commissioner to South Africa Winithkumar Shehan Rantavale confirmed speculation in the Sri Lankan media that General Shavendra Silva’s appointment to Pretoria was “in the pipeline”. Silva’s current job is as deputy ambassador to the UN in New York. Earlier this year he was barred from taking part in the UN Advisory Panel on Peacekeeping Operations after objections from, among others, UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay – a South African – who said his participation would undermine “the credibility of UN peacekeeping”, as there was, at the very least, “the appearance of a case of international crimes to answer by Mr Silva”. read more

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BBS not sole voice of monks

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According to Wikipedia the Bodu Bala Sena has in the past promoted concerts publicizing Buddhist hunger strikes against Indian artists, filed a petition against Indian intervention on Sri Lanka, protested against the Canadian pongu Tamil (Tamil Uprising for independence) and also protested against the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).In July 2012, the Bodu Bala Sena took up the cause of religious freedom of Sri Lankan nationals working in Saudi Arabia. He noted that in any community there are extremists, fundamentalists and other elements. The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is not the sole voice of the Sanga (monks) community, Bellanwila Wimalaratana thera said today.The leading monk said this when asked about the tense situation created among Muslims and Buddhists in the country as a result of the anti-Halal campaign carried out by the  Bodu Bala Sena. They stated that Premanath Pereralage Thungasiri, a Buddhist Sri Lankan working in Saudi Arabia, had been arrested for practicing Buddhism in his employers’ home and faced possible beheading over the charges.The group also alleged that the Saudis arrested a Sri Lankan woman for witchcraft for looking at a child and wearing a black cord on her wrist, that Sri Lankan female domestic workers were forced to embrace Islam and wear Islamic attire, and that four Sri Lankan youths had been beheaded in Saudi Arabia. (Colombo Gazette) Bellanwila Wimalaratana thera said that the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka do not want to create a conflict between communities. read more

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Mahinda Rajapaksa rejects allegations by Ranjan

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“He was in jail but was later freed with the assistance of UNP member John Amaratunga,” Ramanayake told a local radio station last week.Ramanayake said that anyone who has doubts over what he is saying can directly ask President Sirisena if the story is true. Ramanayake said that this was one of the reasons why the President did not want Rajapaksa to be the Prime Ministerial candidate of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Ramanayake said that President Sirisena had personally told him that Rajapaksa was a suspect over the murder incident.“President Sirisena was a witness to that incident,” Ramanayake claimed. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has denied allegations made by Deputy Minister of Social Services, Welfare and Livestock Development, Ranjan Ramanayake, who has quoted President Maithripala Sirisena as saying that Rajapaksa was a suspect in a murder incident.Rajapaksa’s spokesman Rohan Weliwita said the allegations are baseless and is part of an attempt to tarnish the image of the former President.Ramanayake had said that President Maithripala Sirisena had accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of being involved in a murder incident in Hambantota some 20 years ago. read more

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Twitter introduces new label to flag tweets from Trump other world leaders

By on October 7, 2019

Twitter Inc. just created what may soon become a special Trump label.U.S. President Donald Trump walks a fine line on Twitter, routinely posting comments that might get a lesser-known person suspended or locked out of their account for breaking the company’s user guidelines.Twitter has never suspended Trump, though he often tweets insults at his political rivals and members of the media. When the president tweeted a not-so-veiled threat at North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in September 2017, the company explained at the time that certain tweets — presumably Trump’s — are too newsworthy to take down. Trump threatens tariffs will be reinstated if Mexico fails to pass immigration deal How months of trade negotiations between China and the U.S. blew up in an instant Trump is slamming the Fed again, saying stocks should be 5,000-10,000 higher On Thursday, Twitter announced a new plan that could soon apply to the president: It will now hide “controversial content or behaviour which may otherwise violate our rules” behind a warning label that explains the tweet is against company guidelines, but has been left up because of a “legitimate public interest.” Users will need to click past the label to see the post, which will also be removed from certain sections of the app, like the explore tab and search. Twitter also said its software will try to limit the spread of these tweets on the social network.A company spokeswoman said that the new label wasn’t initiated because of any one individual user, but the restrictions suggest otherwise: The label will only be used for verified accounts belonging to government officials, or those running for office, with more than 100,000 followers.“By nature of their positions these leaders have outsized influence and sometimes say things that could be considered controversial or invite debate and discussion,” Twitter wrote in a blog post. “A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable.”Trump has complained about Twitter on multiple occasions in recent months, including an accusation this week that the company is making it hard for people to follow his account, which has more than 61 million followers. With the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign cycle picking up quickly, it’s possible this feature may be put to use sooner rather than later.Bloomberg.com read more

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