‘Need 3 months to relocate casinos’

first_imgPANAJI: The Goa Cabinet on Monday sought three months time to decide an alternative site for off-shore casinos in Mandovi river.Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told The Hindu that the State government had decided to explore alternative sites for relocation of the casinos but was restricted by the election code of conduct of the February 4 Assembly polls.“Now, the government will identify alternative sites in three months,” Mr. Parrikar said, adding that an extension of three more months has been kept aside, because “if the government needs 15-20 days more beyond three months, it need not rush to the Cabinet.”The casinos can operate in Mandovi river till the end of this month. Under pressure from women’s groups and civil society groups, Former CM Laxmikat Parsekar-led State government had been trying to find alternative location for the casinos, but attempts could not materialise as “people in the proposed areas opposed casinos”.As many as five casinos are operating in the river presently. Recently, an old license was renewed by the government after the operator paid huge revenue arrears to the State exchequer.last_img read more

Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan to give away prizes in Isha sports

first_imgCoimbatore, Aug 22 (PTI) Indian cricket opener Shikhar Dhawan will give away the prizes to the winners and runners of finals of volleyball for men and throw ball for women organised by Isha Foundation, on September four here. As a prelude to the Isha Gramotsavam (village festival) 2016 Finale, divisional level matches had taken place in nine locations in Tamil Nadu, including Coimbatore, yesterday. Eight village-level volleyball men and throw ball women teams competed for the Divisional Winners and Runners-Up positions, with 40 clusters level matches taking place earlier this month and two teams qualifying for divisional level matches. The winners from the matches have been qualified for Quarter finals and from which four teams will go to semi Finals, which will be held on September three here, a Foundation release said today. The grand finale will be held on September four, in which Dhawan will attend and distribute prizes, in the presence of spiritual leader and Founder of Isha Foundation, Jaggi Vasudev. The Grand Finale will also see Kabaddi matches, Rural Food Festival ? celebrating the delicious taste of village culture, traditional games and a variety of folk art performances celebrating the ancient traditions of Tamil Nadu The Gramotsavam is part of a larger vision ? that of a society where people full of joy and enthusiasm become sources of transformation for those around them and the games foster friendships, unity and a healthy vibrant community, the release said. Master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar had distributed the prizes in the last edition. PTI NVM RCadvertisementlast_img read more

Matuidi: I see why Ronaldo is best in the world

first_imgBlaise Matuidi says he has a better understanding of why Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballons d’Or in his career, hailing his new Juventus team-mate as a “working monster”.Juve lured the Portuguese star to Turin this summer in the most high-profile move of the summer as they look to maintain their dominance of the Italian league and improve their chances of Champions League success.The 33-year-old is yet to find his first goal for Massimiliano Allegri’s team so far, drawing a blank in victories over Parma, Lazio and Chievo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Ronaldo is expected to get off the mark before too long after scoring 44 times in as many games last season.And Matuidi has already been impressed by the five-time Champions League winner and is enjoying playing in the same team so far.”He’s the best player in the world, and it’s a lot of fun playing with him,” the French midfielder said. “He’s a working monster. He arrives first and leaves last. He’s working and working … I’ve never seen that and I understand better why he has five Ballons d’Or.”Despite Ronaldo’s lack of goals, the Bianconeri have a perfect record after three games in Serie A and face Sassuolo in their next game.The Italian giants have been drawn in a group with Ronaldo’s former side United as well as Valencia and Young Boys in the Champions League.Their European adventure begins at the Mestalla when they visit Valencia in September 19.last_img read more

Madrid back? Real fire five past Plzen

first_imgKarim Benzema scored his 200th Real Madrid goal in a 5-0 Champions League rout of Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena on Wednesday.A superb solo strike provided Benzema’s landmark moment and put Madrid on the path to a commanding win that sent them top of Group G in Santiago Solari’s first European match at the helm.The opener came after Sergio Ramos escaped punishment for an elbow on Milan Havel, but there was no stopping the visitors as Casemiro extended their lead in the 23rd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Benzema doubled his tally and set up Gareth Bale in the space of 144 seconds towards the end of the first half, and Toni Kroos floated a beautiful 67th-minute chip home to wrap up the win and leave Plzen playing solely for third place.Madrid’s injury-hit defence almost conceded in the ninth minute when Nacho Fernandez sent Patrik Hrosovsky’s cross against the bar.Havel was left with a bloody nose after being caught by Ramos’ in a 14th-minute challenge, and the injury sustained by the Plzen midfielder eventually led to his first-half withdrawal.Madrid soon asserted their superiority when Benzema was granted space to run into and he used it to slot his milestone strike between the legs of Ales Hruska in the 20th minute.goals for Real Madrid!Karim Benzema #UCL pic.twitter.com/2B0w1thZvg— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 7, 2018More shoddy defending from Plzen enabled Casemiro to glance Kroos’ corner home, before Benzema took his tally for Madrid to 201 by nodding Bale’s cushioned header past Hruska.The Frenchman returned the favour three minutes later, flicking Sergio Reguilon’s delivery on for Bale to volley back across goal and into the bottom-left corner.Solari handed Javi Sanchez and Vinicius Junior Champions League debuts in place of Ramos and Benzema and the Brazilian marked the occasion by setting up Kroos for a fine goal.Lucas Vazquez was denied by a contentious offside decision and Bale rattled the upright in stoppage time as Madrid cantered to three important points. What does it mean? Roma trip could define top spotWith Madrid and Roma locked on nine points at the top of the group, their clash at the Stadio Olimpico in three weeks could well prove pivotal to who potentially earns a better draw in the last 16. If Solari can continue his winning start into that match, it will be tough to see past Madrid getting what they need to finish top.Benzema back on songBy surpassing 200 goals for Madrid, Benzema became just the seventh player to reach the total in the club’s history, joining names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano. Having struggled so much in front of goal over the past two months, he now has four in his last five outings in all competitions and will hope to maintain his resurgent form.Limbersky at a lossPlzen left-back David Limbersky appeared to duck out of the way when Casemiro rose to head in Madrid’s second, and his lack of aerial prowess was exploited again by Bale and Benzema as they assisted one another to take the visitors’ tally to four before half-time.10 – Gareth Bale has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last eight Champions League group stage games for Real Madrid (five goals, five assists). Impact. pic.twitter.com/a4bTPFspLh— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2018Key Opta Facts- Santigo Solari is the second Real Madrid manager to win his first three competitive games without conceding a goal (Luis Carniglia in 1957).- This 5-0 victory is the biggest win by a Spanish side away from home against a Czech team in European competition.- Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has scored more headed goals than any other LaLiga player this season in all competitions (four).- Toni Kroos provided his 50th assist for Real Madrid in all competitions and his first this season for the club.- Madrid’s Gareth Bale has been involved in 10 goals in his last eight Champions League group stage games (five goals, five assists).- Czech and Spanish clubs have met 10 times previously in the Champions League – Spanish clubs have won all of those 10 games, scoring at least twice in each victory.What’s next?Madrid will be hoping to close in on LaLiga’s top four when they travel to Balaidos to face Celta Vigo on Sunday, while Plzen take on Pribram at home on the same day. read morelast_img read more

Maria Sharapova set for wildcard entry in Aegon Classic

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova will be awarded a wildcard by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to play at next month’s Aegon Classic in Birmingham, according to a report in the Times.Sharapova’s current ranking of 258, after a return from a 15-month doping suspension last month, was too low to merit a direct entry for the grasscourt event and the organisers are looking to give her one of the four available wild cards, the report said.The 30-year-old Russian last won the Birmingham event in 2005 but her most recent appearance was in 2010.”We are in the process of deciding which players will receive wild cards for our summer season grass-court tournaments,” an LTA spokesman told the Times.The five-time grand slam winner Sharapova reached the Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-finals last month in her first tournament since being banned but lost 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the second round of the Madrid Open on Monday.The tournament is scheduled from June 17-25 at the Edgbaston Priory Club ahead of the Wimbledon, starting on July 3.Sharapova’s hopes of featuring in this year’s Wimbledon could hinge on a June 20 meeting of tournament organisers unless the Russian finds form in the forthcoming event in Rome.last_img read more

News, sports websites vulnerable to cyber attacks: study

first_imgLondon, Jun 11 (PTI) News and sports websites have some of the lowest levels of security adoption, making them vulnerable to cyber attacks, a new study has found.Researchers looked at the security protocols used by the top 500 sites in various industries and online sectors.They found that fewer than 10 per cent of news and sports websites used basic security protocols such as Transport Layer Security (TLS).Even those that do are not always using the “latest or strongest protocols”, researchers said.”It is like news and sport content providers do not value the security of their content,” said Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber-security expert at the University of Surrey in the UK.”They are leaving themselves vulnerable to attacks like cross-site scripting, where an attacker can pretend something has come from a website when it has not,” said Woodward.The study shows that some sectors seem much more security-conscious than others, BBC News reported.The websites of computer and technology companies and financial organisations showed a much higher level of adoption than shopping and gaming sites, for example.A quarter of the shopping sites studied were using TLS, which offers tools including digital certificates, remote passwords, and a choice of ciphers to encrypt traffic between a website and its visitors.The study was published in the Journal of Cyber Security Technology. PTI SAR MHNlast_img read more

US Juniors Beat Denmark, 4-1

first_imgHELSINKI — Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over Denmark on Thursday in the world junior hockey championship.Matthews tied it at 1 in the first period, and Sonny Milano put the U.S. ahead in the second period. Matthews assisted on Colin White’s third-period goal, and Anders Bjork added a power-play goal.“We had a slow start, but we came together in the middle of the game and capitalized on some chances,” said Matthews, expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft.“It’s not about your draft stock or about how many points you have. It’s about the team and it’s about winning the gold medal. That’s what we came here to do.”The Americans finished second in Group A at 3-1-0. They’ll face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.“We played well in all the games,” U.S. coach Ron Wilson said. “We finished second and that’s a feather in our cap. Now we’ve got to prepare for the next game.”Matthews plays for ZSC Lions Zurich in Switzerland, Milano for Columbus affiliate Lake Erie in the American Hockey League, White for Boston College, and Bjork for Notre Dame.Brandon Halverson made 16 saves for the U.S. He plays for Sault Ste. Marie in the Ontario Hockey League.Mathias Lassen scored for Denmark, set to play Group B winner Russia in the quarterfinals.Sweden beat Canada 5-2 and won Group A at 4-0-0. Sweden will play Slovakia in the quarterfinals, and Canada will face Finland. Alexander Nylander and Gustav Forsling each had a goal and an assist for Sweden.In Group B, Finland beat the Czech Republic 5-4, and Russia topped Slovakia 2-1 to finish 4-0-0.Tournament scoring leader Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice for Finland. Artur Lauta and Yegor Rykov scored for Russia. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tackling connected light systems

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Optoelectronics The U.S. Department of Energy hosts annual workshops including one June 7-8 in Santa Clara, Calif. to provide a forum where converging industries can examine technology needs.  Stakeholder inputs at these workshops guide directions at DoE’s connected lighting test bed and encourage the development of other lighting test beds, increasing the opportunities for stakeholders to see firsthand what’s possible.The replacement of today’s lights with LEDs enables significantly improved energy and lighting performance in buildings and cities. We see growing interest in connected lighting systems that can provide new services such as inventory tracking and emergency services.The DoE’s Solid-State Lighting Program is working closely with industry to identify and address key areas that could unlock the full potential of connected lighting systems to improve energy efficiency and lighting quality.Data-driven energy management can significantly reduce energy consumption and enable new market opportunities, such as pay-for-performance energy efficiency initiatives and energy billing for currently unmetered devices. But reporting accuracy must be known and meet the market opportunity requirements.System performance depends on devices working together. Common platforms and protocols are needed to enable data exchange between lighting devices, other systems and the cloud. For users, this provides choice and reduces the risk of obsolescence. It also can improve system performance by enabling multi-vendor competition and easing deployment of complex technology.Systems that are overly complicated and time-consuming to configure have historically delivered less-than-ideal performance. This has often been the case with lighting controls, a situation compounded by a lack of standardization.Connected lighting systems with increasing degrees of automated configuration have the potential to significantly improve system performance and value. This, in turn, could lead to far more widespread use of advanced lighting control strategies that increase energy savings.Connected lighting products can collect and exchange data and possibly even serve as a backbone for the Internet of Things. Such links can enable a wide array of services for building systems that have long operated in isolation. In addition to occupancy and daylight sensors, sensors that measure carbon dioxide, vibration, and sound provide air quality monitoring, theft detection and can even guide you to an empty parking spot.— James Brodrick is the solid-state lighting technology manager in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This article originally appeared on Embedded’s sister site, EE Times: “Connected lights create IoT links.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img Continue Reading Previous The search for ultra-low cost IoT: How low can we go?Next Road trip to Volteralast_img read more

Never Heard of ‘Graymail’? Here’s What You Need to Know

first_img Topics: You may know it as ham. Or bacon (spelled ‘bacn’). I guess email marketers have a penchant for meat products.Most people, however, just call it graymail.Never heard of it? I hadn’t either, until a coworker casually dropped it in conversation and left me with a few dozen follow-up questions. Here’s what I learned.What is graymail?Graymail is email you opted in to receive, but don’t really want.For instance, you know when you go shopping, buy a few things, and during the checkout process someone asks you for your email address so they can send you deals? The subsequent emails you get from them are often a type of graymail. You technically opted in to receive those emails, but most people grow weary of them and don’t engage with them.ISPs know these messages are graymail based on recipient engagement — or lack thereof. So if you open an email from a retailer — and then never open or engage with their subsequent 50 or so emails — it’s a good sign that it’s graymail.Over time, ISPs learn what you consider graymail based on your actions — and the actions of all recipients across email sent from that domain — so it gets smarter with categorization.What isn’t graymail?Again, graymail isn’t spam. It’s content that’s perceived as spam-like, in that recipients often don’t want the email and may mark it as spam out of annoyance — but it doesn’t meet the legal definition of spam.It’s also not the same as graylisting, a term you may have heard a few times. Graylisting refers to the idea that ISPs might not deliver an entire batch of mail all at once if they don’t trust your IP. So let’s say you just got a new dedicated IP and want to send out 100,000 emails — they might accept some of those emails, graylist the others, and send the remainder when they know it’s safe to deliver messages from you.Graymail and graylisting, however, aren’t directly related — they just both have gray in the name.Where does graymail go?So you’ve got all this graymail out there — where does it go?A lot of companies have come up with products specifically to address graymail. That’s what Gmail’s Priority Inbox is, for instance. Hotmail actually helped coin the graymail term and created a product to address it, as well.If your message is identified as graymail, it will likely get routed to one of the graymail products — like your Promotions folder, for instance. So it got delivered … but it might not get seen.How does graymail affect email marketers?Graymail is another reason to do what good email marketers already do: focus on segmentation, personalization, and engagement. You should:Use post-send engagement data to develop a strategy for combatting the prospect that graymail might route your messages into other inbox tabs and folders.Test your email send frequency.Develop re-engagement campaigns for contacts who have stopped engaging with your messages.Work to always improve your segmentation rules so you can send more personalized, relevant content that recipients will take time out of their day to seek out and readIn that way, graymail’s actually great for email marketers — because it sets aside marketing emails for a time when recipients are in the mood to be marketed to. And when they’re in the mood and have the time to consume marketing emails, they have all of those messages at their fingertips. It’s a better experience for the recipient and, thus, a better result for the marketer. Originally published Feb 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Email Deliverability Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Why People Leave Your Company [Infographic]

first_img390Save Office Space Every company deals with employee turnover. Even in a healthy economic climate, it’s inevitable that some of your people will seek a career change, move cities, get recruited by a competitor, or part ways with your company. But there’s a difference between healthy and unhealthy employee turnover. You want your best hires to stay and grow their careers at your company — and if they’re leaving, you need to find out why. What makes great people leave their jobs?The folks at BambooHR wanted to find out what’s driving employees away from companies and keeping current employees disengaged at work. They conducted a survey of over 1,000 current employees in the U.S. to find out what annoys them at work, what’s decreasing their productivity, and what the breaking point would be that’d make them leave.Check out the results of BambooHR’s survey in the infographic below to learn the top five deal-breakers broken down by age and gender, why people leave their jobs, what annoys employees, and more. (And read this blog post to learn more about why employees quit.)390Save Topics:center_img Originally published Sep 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Why Marketing ROI is Never a Guarantee

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Agency Increasing Profits Originally published Mar 16, 2016 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 The ROI Hang UpIn a professional landscape of annoying jargon, ROI (Return on Investment for anyone who’s taken shelter under a rock for the past few decades) might be the most overused acronym of all. Everyone from CEOs to Directors to entry level associates understand the need and importance of determining just how much you can expect to “get back” from an expenditure of time, money or resources of any kind.  And by no means is the concern misdirected- any business with a focus on growth or profitability can’t just blindly spend its resources. Developing metrics for measuring ROI is not only a productive exercise, but a necessary one.  But this is where the conversation gets a bit hairy, because ROI is rarely guaranteed.  There are no magic crystal balls that give businesses the ability to assess the probability or levels of ROI.  If there was, the business world would be nothing short of predictable, stable, and quite frankly, maybe a little boring!That said however, ROI is still the buzzword du jour and because investable resources are limited and must be spent wisely, it’s a concept that continues to hold significant importance and priority in consumers’ decision making processes. To illustrate, let me share a personal experience about a flooded basement that has been the bane of my existence over the last two months.The Great Flood of 2016Earlier this year, January 5th to be exact, I discovered a flood in my finished basement.  It was 7:30pm, my husband was away at a conference in Miami and I was sitting on the couch watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with my  2 year old- just moments away from heading upstairs to start her bedtime routine. And that’s when I heard it- a gushing noise coming from my basement. My heart sank.  I jumped up, raced downstairs and saw a flood of water pouring from the basement ceiling,  down the walls and into the carpet which was a sopping, soaking, mushy mess. Drywall was crumbling, the ceiling was sagging and my furniture, tables, technology- all ruined.  Long story short, I quickly turned off my home’s water supply and called my insurance company to submit my first ever homeowner’s insurance claim. I’ll refrain from mentioning any names to protect reputations but I’d like more than anything to tell you the name of this company so you stay far, far away from them!.  Long story short, my insurance company decided not to reimburse my expenses which after water and mold mitigation, plumbing repairs and reconstruction were upwards of $20K.  They have these people called Adjusters whose sole purpose in life is to screw over homeowners and protect the insurance companies from actually having to pay policyholders when something like a basement flood happens.  So here I am, $20K in the red with a flooded, now unfinished basement.  I’m also a full time working mom with a demanding career, 7.5 months pregnant, caring for a toddler and have a husband who travels most of the week.  Who has time to deal with insurance claims and headaches?  Not me!  I needed help so of course, I turned to my long time friend Google and as expected, Google delivered.  I learned that in unfortunate circumstances like mine homeowners have options in the form of Public Adjusters who basically fight with the insurance company on behalf of homeowners, negotiating better reimbursements, advocating for the fair treatment of people like me and championing a positive financial outcome for us.But as with anything else in life, there’s a fee associated with their services and some are more qualified than others.  I came across a local public insurance adjuster called The Claim Guide, read some reviews and called them.  On their homepage, right above their phone number is the following message:”No Charge Unless You Receive FundsMAXIMUM settlement. SHORTEST time. LOWEST fee.”That enticed me so I called them, but I had a few questions.  I’d never heard of a public insurance adjuster before and I wanted to know:How much money could they really get me back?Would the settlement they got me be enough to cover my damage and repairs?How long would it take before I’d see the actual cash money? Was this whole public adjuster process actually legit or was I getting my hopes up?I wanted to understand what my ROI would be.  If I was going to invest my time, optimism and hope in this company, I wanted my questions answered.  But they couldn’t exactly answer my questions (at least not in the way I had asked them). They couldn’t tell me with certainty how much I’d get back and how long it would take. Those outcomes were based on unknown variable beyond their control, things like the mood of the insurance company representatives at the time of negotiations, how many other claims were ahead of mine in the insurance company’s queue, and whether or not my mortgage company would demand the settlement funds be deposited into an escrow account (I really hope you never have to deal with any of this- it’s such a hassle!!).  When my ROI based questions weren’t met with guaranteed responses, I became skeptical, and then I realized I was asking for answers that simply couldn’t be known at that stage in the process.  I then sheepishly realized I was no different than the marketing prospects I talk to every day who ask me questions like:If we invest $10K/month in a marketing retainer with Stratus, how many new customers will we get this year?If we need to increase revenue by 20% this quarter, how many email campaigns do we have to launch?How many times a week do we need to blog to increase our website traffic by 4K visits each month?It’s not that these aren’t fair concerns and questions, but they’re not realistic.  There’s no way for me to know what a client’s results will be before implementing their marketing strategy.  If I could promise ROI, prospects would be flocking to our door, knocking it down and begging Stratus to be their agency.  But it’s just not that simple.  Just as The Claim Guide couldn’t make promises to me due to unknown variables beyond their control, marketing agencies can’t either.  The Letdown of an ROI Guarantee and A Better AlternativeWhy don’t we know how many email campaigns it will take to generate a 25% lead generation increase? It’s because we have to dive in begin piloting the strategy- in the case of email initiatives, we have to experiment with A/B testing subject lines, messaging and Calls to Action (CTAs) to see what resonates with a particular audience.  And while our approach to “experimentation” is not only calculated but also guided by experience expertise and best practices, marketing is not a one-size-fits-all-approach. Sure I can tell you that for a similar client in a similar industry, we saw the most success using a question-based, personalized subject line with a text-based CTA and generated a 30% open rate with a 40% view:submission conversion rate, but that certainly isn’t going to guarantee you’ll see the same results.  And wouldn’t we both feel pretty disappointed at the end of the year if we made promises to you based on past results only to discover that your buyer personas are more skeptical, less willing to work with a new vendor and generally don’t respond well to emails as a marketing tactic?  When I speak about the dangers and unrealistic nature of ROI promises in marketing terms, it all sounds perfectly logical, however when I was wearing the hat of a consumer (in my case, a homeowner in distress), I immediately wanted The Claim Guide to promise results. Instead of making guarantees however, they did the responsible thing by talking with me about things within their control:Their expertise and experience getting homeowners the money they deserveBuilding trust with me by explaining my options, my rights, and educating me about their processProviding me with references to other satisfied customers they had helpedShowing me documented success stories, not as an indication of what I should expect but as proof of their ability to help clientsDelivering unbelievably empathetic, responsive and proactive customer serviceRather than telling me what I wanted to hear just to “sell me”, their approach to answering my ROI-driven questions was transparent, factual and authentic.  In turn, realistic expectations were built from the onset of our relationship. So how does this story about a basement flood and a stressed out very pregnant chick end?  Glad you asked.  I chose to work with The Claim Guide.  I put my confidence in their capabilities and today, less than 6 weeks later, I have a check in hand that will cover the full cost of restoring my basement to its pre-flood condition.  I won’t be paying a penny out of pocket.  As a business or professional in pursuit of marketing support, you should expect and demand  the same transparency.  Agencies like Stratus can’t (and SHOULDN’T) promise results, but here’s what they should be able to guarantee:1) A collaborative strategic partnership that is focused on achieving defined goals- in many cases, the strategic capabilities of your agency partner will make or break your marketing success2) Deep internalization of your company, goals, products and services, culture, buyer personas, industry and competition- Without this a marketing plan is only skin-deep3) Constant testing and measuring of implemented initiatives- this enables agility so resources are allocated to the right places4) Ideas- you hired a marketing agency to be the expert right? They should constantly bring you ideas and recommendations for optimal marketing ROI, not the other way around!5) Transparency- you should never have to wonder what your agency is up to, what they’re working on, how they’re spending their time or even worse, if they’re actually spending time on your account (yikes!).  All marketing activities should be tied to measurable and defined goals so there’s nothing esoteric or unknown about your plan.  Tools like Tickspot, Basecamp, HubSpot and Google Docs are designed to keep you on the same even playing field as your agency.  You are the client, and you deserve to be “in the know”.6) Expertise- you can analyze relevant expertise in many ways but the most important factor is actual marketing know-how and experience. An agency may not have expertise within your specific industry, product or audience and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  A capable marketing team can quickly ramp up on need to know industry knowledge (see our point about deep internalization above) but years of marketing experience (successes, failures, and all the lessons learned in between) can’t be faked or obtained overnight.7) References that speak to dedication- Any agency will tell you they’re dedicated to your success (could you imagine the reaction they’d get if they didn’t claim this??!!) but here’s where asking to talk with some existing and past clients proves beneficial.  Often prospects want to talk with references about results and ROI but as I mentioned above, past results don’t guarantee future outcomes.  Instead, a better way for a prospect to leverage references is by finding out how dedicated the agency is to achieving success for their clients.  Do they go out of their way to try something new and innovative? Do they quickly and consistently respond to calls and emails?  Do they put in necessary extra hours or resources to meet a deadline no matter what, no matter when?What To Do If A Marketing Agency Guarantees ROIEasy- run far away.  I’m not kidding.  Unless you’re in the market for a basket full of dashed hopes, disappointments and unmet expectations, pick up your ball and go home.  Choosing a marketing agency is a huge decision and you deserve to know the truth about what you should expect from the process.  If you could guarantee ROI (not just in business but in life!) everything from hiring a marketing partner to choosing the right public insurance adjuster to help with a flood claim to ordering the most delicious menu item at a new restaurant would be easy, fool-proof and risk-free.  Because that’s not the case and decisions of any kind carry some level of correlating unpredictability, you should do your research and be as empowered as possible in your decision making process.  For anyone reading this who might be in the process or beginning stages of hiring a marketing partner, we developed a checklist of objective tips called 7 Tips for Selecting the Right Marketing Agency that will help you standardize your search and choose an agency that’s truly right for you.  Good luck and don’t forget to hit the road at the hint of ROI promises. 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Everything You Need to Know About Ripple

first_img Topics: Bitcoin might command most of the public’s mindshare on cryptocurrency, but Ripple is a company you definitely don’t want to overlook. Founded in 2012, Ripple sells a currency settlement and exchange platform and issues the third largest cryptocurrency (based on market capitalization) in the world.But its value proposition doesn’t stem from being a Bitcoin copycat. It actually stems from being one of the most unique cryptocurrencies on the market.Ripple wants to expedite the process of cross-border payment transfers and, in turn, improve the current global payments system rather than replace it like the company’s competitors do.Unlock tips, systems & recommended resources to stay ahead of the tech curve.To accomplish this goal, Ripple decided to design their token, XRP, as a currency transfer tool instead of as a medium of exchange, underpin it with a unique blockchain that can validate its transactions 215 times faster than Bitcoin can, and eliminate mining as the only way to acquire it.Ripple as a Currency Transfer ToolRipple’s cryptocurrency, XRP, is popular amongst huge financial institutions, like Santander and American Express, because the token can significantly expedite these financial institution’s cross-border payment transfers.XRP is designed to rapidly transfer any fiat currency into another, allowing financial institutions to shift money from one currency to another and move funds around the world in a matter of seconds. In fact, XRP can settle payments within four seconds and process 1,500 transactions per second.This is refreshing and a lot more convenient for financial institutions who usually have to deal with typical yet complex global payment systems, which make every bank open a separate account for every country they work in and take an average of three to five days to settle payments. Financial institutions who use Ripple also don’t have to deal with cryptocurrencies that have notoriously slow transaction speeds like Bitcoin.While XRP can process 1,500 transactions per second, Bitcoin can only process seven transactions per second. And coupled with each cryptocurrency’s volatile prices, there’s more of a risk that financial institutions will receive a lower amount of tokens than initially expected once their transaction finalizes if they transact with Bitcoin instead of XRP.Ripple’s Unique Blockchain Improves Current Global Payments System and Requires No MiningThe XRP transfer process is swift because the cryptocurrency isn’t nearly as decentralized as the other major currencies like Bitcoin. Bitcoin’s main purpose is to introduce a new global currency and payment system that can connect consumers directly with suppliers, removing the need for a financial middleman like a bank.To do this, their blockchain completely decentralizes the cryptocurrency by requiring a network of millions of miners to solve complex cryptography puzzles to validate each of its transactions, instead of asking a central power like a bank to verify them.Ripple, on the other hand, wants to speed up the process of cross-border payment transfers and, in turn, improve the existing global payment system. So the currency’s blockchain, RippleNet, requires only 25 independent nodes, managed by various financial institutions, tech companies, and Ripple itself, to all agree on the true state of XRP’s public ledger and, in turn, validate its transactions.This makes XRP much faster at verifying and processing transactions than Bitcoin because instead of millions of global miners validating its transactions, XRP only needs 25 nodes to do so. In conjunction with RippleNet’s validation process, Ripple also owns and issues the entire supply of XRP, which means you don’t have to spend massive amounts of time and electricity to mine XRP like you do to get bitcoins. You can only buy the token on cryptocurrency exchanges.Ripple’s Similarities to BitcoinJust like Bitcoin, Ripple has capped the amount of XRP they will ever create at 100 billion tokens. Ripple owns about 60 billion of the total supply and the rest are in circulation. Ripple can also sell up to one billion XRP each month, but they rarely do this because injecting a huge supply of XRP into circulation like that could tank the cryptocurrency’s value.A Token With a Different MissionRipple might be listed under the same crypto umbrella as Bitcoin, but the two cryptocurrencies have entirely different missions. Instead of gutting the current global payment system and replacing it with its own, Ripple wants to make the global payment system better for years to come. Cryptocurrency Originally published Oct 11, 2018 6:00:00 AM, updated October 23 2018 Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

Harbhajan Singh wonders why this batsman is being overlooked. Yuvraj Singh nails it with his wit

first_imgYuvraj Singh is known for his sharp wit and it was on full display Monday when he replied to legendary off-spinner and close friend Harbhajan Singh’s tweet.Yuvraj Singh retired from international cricket and the Indian Premier League earlier in the year and has since come out with some scathing comments on the Indian team.In a recent interview with India Today, Yuvraj Singh said he was surprised with the U-turn of the team management regarding his selection despite a successful yo-yo test. He had also questioned the wisdom of sending MS Dhoni in at No.7 in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand which India lost.India have been plagued by the lack of a proper No.4 batsman in the shorter formats. During the World Cup, India tried KL Rahul who had to move up the order to open alongside Rohit Sharma after Shikhar Dhawan suffered a broken thumb.The likes of Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant were then tried in the crucial spot without much success. After the World Cup, India went back to Shreyas Iyer who gave a good account of himself in the ODI series against West Indies.On Monday, Harbhajan Singh tweeted out his surprise at the continued omission of Suryakumar Yadav. In a Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Chhattisgarh, Suryakumar Yadav had smashed a 31-ball 81 for Mumbai.Don’t know why he doesn’t get picked for india after scoring runs heavily in domestic cricket @surya_14kumar keep working hard.. your time will come pic.twitter.com/XO6xXtaAxCadvertisementHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 29, 2019Yaar I told you ! They don’t need a no 4 top order is very strongyuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) September 30, 2019During his interview with India Today, Yuvraj Singh had said the Indian team management should have realized the importance of the No.4 spot and raised questions on the logic of using Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar at the critical position.Also Read | S Sreesanth discloses why he hates Chennai Super KingsAlso Read | It is very stupid to think that Team India need to bat deep: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Surprised MS Dhoni batted at No.7 in World Cup semi-final: Yuvraj SinghAlso See:last_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Men and Women’s relay teams disappoint, Shivpal fails to make javelin final

first_imgThe Indian men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams produced disappointing performances while javelin thrower Shivpal Singh came a cropper as they crashed out of the World Championships here on Saturday.The women’s quartet of Jisna Mathew, M R Poovamma, V K Vismaya and Venkatesan Subha clocked 3 minutes 29.42 seconds to finish sixth in the heat number one and 11th overall in the first round heats to fail to qualify for the finals.Later in the evening, the men’s team of Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Anas, K Suresh Jeevan and Noah Nirmal Tom ran 3:03.09 to finish seventh in heat number 2 and 13th overall out of 16 countries to crash out of the championships.The top three in each of the two heats and the next two fastest teams qualify for the finals.The women’s quartet, however, bettered the earlier season’s best of 3:31.93 clocked during the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, in May.With the disappointing performances, India’s hopes of reaching the finals and booking Olympic berths in men’s and women’s 4x400m relay events went up in smoke.Earlier, Shivpal Singh also failed to qualify for the finals of the men’s javelin throw event as he finished 24th overall in the qualification round.Shivpal produced a best throw of 78.97m from his three attempts to finish 10th in the Group A qualification round.The 24-year-old Indian, who has a personal and season’s best of 86.23m, opened with a 75.91m before coming up with 78.97m. Shivpal’s third attempt was a foul as he crashed out of the championships with a disappointing performance.advertisementThose who touched the automatic qualifying mark of 84m or at least 12 best performers made it to the finals.Defending champion Johannes Vetter of Germany led the finalists with a best throw of 89.35m.Also See:last_img read more

India bids to host next edition of men’s hockey World cup 2023

first_imgIndia is among the three nations who have presented their bids to host the next edition of the men’s World cup, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said on Thursday.India, who have hosted the men’s World Cup thrice, wants to conduct the event in the January 13 to 29, 2023 window.Belgium and Malaysia are the other two nations who have also sent their bidding dossier to conduct the men’s event but they prefer to host the event in the July 1 to 17, 2022 window.For the Women’s World Cup, five countries have presented their bids, the FIH said in a release.While Germany, Spain and the Netherlands want to host the event in the July 1 to 17, 2022 window, Malaysia and New Zealand are keen to conduct the tournament in the January 13 to 29, 2023 window.”It’s great to see that so many national associations and countries want to host our quadrennial flagship events. This is encouraging for the further growth of our sport,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said.An FIH Task Force will meet on November 6 to thoroughly examine all bids and make a recommendation to the Executive Board (EB).The EB will take the final decision on both events’ hosts on 8 November 2019 during their next meeting in Lausanne.Also Read | Sultan of Johor Cup: Sanjay scores brace as India juniors rout New ZealandAlso see:last_img read more

BWF French Open 2019: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty stun Japanese pair to enter finals

first_imgIndian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their impressive run as they progressed to the finals with another stunning win at the USD 700,000 French Open on Saturday.The Indian duo, who had claimed their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand Open in August this year, shocked World No 5 Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-11, 25-23 in a thrilling semifinal match that lasted about 56 minutes.Satwik-Chirag got off to a solid start, racing to a 5-2 lead and despite an attempt of a fightback from the Japanese, they went into the break with an 11-5 lead. Satwik and Chirag gave a clinical performance to take the first game 21-11 in just 15 minutes.Endo and Watanabe made a commendable comeback to take the first three points before the Indians could get a foot in as they started with a 4-1 lead in the second game.Satwik and Chirag will now take on Indonesian pair of Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo in the grand finale of French Open on Sunday.On Friday, Satwik-Chirag had shocked World No 8 Danish pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 21-13 22-20 in a 39-minute quarter-final encounter.Over the past two years, Satwik and Chirag have improved by leaps and bounds and proved that they form the best doubles combination in the country.Earlier, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were both knocked out at the quarterfinal stage on Friday. World No. 6 Sindhu had lost a highly-entertaining and fiercely-fought match against top-ranked Tai Tzu Ying 21-16, 26-24, 17-21.advertisementSaina Nehwal had crashed out after losing her women’s singles quarter-final to Korean teenager An Su Young. The 17-year-old needed just 49 minutes to defeat Saina 20-22, 21-23 and progress to the semi-final.Also Read | French Open: PV Sindhu loses hard-fought quarter-final to Tai Tzu Ying, Satwik-Chirag into semisPV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were both knocked out at the quarterfinal stage on Friday. World No. 6 Sindhu had lost a highly-entertaining and fiercely-fought match against top-ranked Tai Tzu Ying 21-16, 26-24, 17-21.Saina Nehwal had crashed out after losing her women’s singles quarter-final to Korean teenager An Su Young. The 17-year-old needed just 49 minutes to defeat Saina 20-22, 21-23 and progress to the semi-final.last_img read more

Roger Federer defeats Alex de Minaur to clinch record 10th Basel ATP title

first_imgRoger Federer clinched a record-extending 10th Swiss Indoors championship title in his hometown of Basel with a crushing 6-2 6-2 victory over Australia’s Alex de Minaur on Sunday.The 38-year-old Swiss has now won 103 singles titles in his career and the record win in Basel – where he once acted as a ball boy – was the second time he had won a tournament 10 times after achieving the feat in Halle in June.Federer converted four of 10 break points and did not drop serve to wrap up the match in 68 minutes for his fourth title of the year after wins in Dubai, Miami and Halle.”It was fast but very nice, I think I played a great match,” an emotional Federer said after lifting the trophy.”I thought Alex played a great tournament as well, and I think we both can be very happy. But what a moment for me to win my 10th here in my hometown of Basel.”Federer and De Minaur traded blows with long baseline exchanges early in the match, including an absorbing 39-shot rally when Federer led 2-1, before the Swiss stepped up a gear to break his opponent twice and take the opening set.Federer was ruthless on his serve and retained his momentum and intensity in the second set, moving into a 3-0 lead after winning five games in a row before De Minaur held.”It was a tough opener… the first five games, we had some great rallies,” Federer added. “I never looked back.advertisement”I was great on the offence, made very few unforced errors and came up with the big shots and served well when I had to.”De Minaur’s rare success only delayed the inevitable as Federer set up match point and forced the 20-year-old to fire a forehand wide as the crowd rose to their feet to salute the 20-times Grand Slam champion.last_img read more

Why You Need the Wired Wealthy

first_imgA growing number of people are giving even bigger bucks online.  A new study, “The Wired Wealthy” by Convio, Sea Change Strategies and Edge Research, looks at these major online donors in depth.  Read the full study below, or just check out these key points from the study:Major and moderate donors are generous and onlineThe e-mail files surveyed represent one percent of the membership but 32 percent of the revenue for this sector80 percent of the wired wealthy made donations both online and offline72 percent say donating online is more efficient and helps charities reduce administrative costs51 percent said they prefer giving online and 46 percent said that five years from now they will be making a greater portion of their charitable gifts onlineMost charity Web sites are missing opportunities to fully engage wealthy wired with their organizationOnly 40 percent said that most charity Web sites made them feel personally connected to their cause or missionOnly 40 percent said that most charity Web sites are inspiring48 percent felt most charity Web sites are well-designedEmail shows signs of lost opportunities to connect with various donors74 percent said it was appropriate for the charity to send an email reminding them to renew an annual gift74 percent said that an email from the charity about how their donation was spent, and what happened as a result would make them more likely to give again65 percent said they always open and glance at emails from causes they supportThree distinct groups of donors emerged based on the extent to which the donor sees the Internet as a source of connection between themselves and the causesRelationship seekers (29%) – the group most likely to connect emotionally with organizations onlineAll business (30%) – not looking for a relationship or emotional connection, but a smooth and simple donation processCasual connectors (41%) occupy the middle ground, showing some interest in sustaining an online relationship, but also wanting a smooth and simple processNonprofits should create and provide options that let the wired wealthy customize their online experience with the cause, says the study.last_img read more

Two Things You’d Be Crazy to Cut Out of Your Fundraising/Marketing Budget

first_imgNet?positive Donor?cultivation ProgramsThis term refers to anything you’re doing that’s gaining net revenue. Basically, if you cut these programs, you’re cutting revenue. It sounds very “Business 101,” but a lot of nonprofits do not measure net gains–they measure gross revenue and assume that big dollars mean success. Unfortunately these organizations may be hosting events that produce a lot of money but are losing money overall.For instance, say you have an event that costs you a lot of money and it brings in a lot of money. If you’re looking at net renuve and return on investment (the efficieny at which you raise your money), you can say, “Well, you know, for every dollar we spent, we’ve brought in $1.50.” That’s not so great in terms of returns. However, in a time like this, that may be acceptable. (In a more flush time, you might say, “You know what? The opportunity cost and the staff time we’re spending could be spent in a different way.”)For now, simplify it down a little bit to this: Are you measuring net revenue? Would this cut cost you revenue? Donor AcquisitionThis may be more difficult to defend from the “ax-man,” as donor acquisition typically costs you money. You lose money in order to gain donors, and cutting it actually means that your organization’s bottom line looks better as you do it.However, donor acquisition is your organization’s food; if you do not acquire new donors now your organization will suffer in the long-term. Typically, the first year you have a new donor you break even–whatever that acquisition cost you, you get about that much back. However, moving forward, second-year donors will typically return 2:1 and third-year donors about 3:1. As you go to the fourth year and beyond, your return on investment skyrockets to about 10:1.Therefore, if you make cuts in acquisition now, you are making the decision that your organization’s recession is going to last two, three, or more years longer than THE recession. We do not know how long this economic downturn is going to last, but if you want it to end when it ends (and not years later when your donor value catches up), do not cut donor acquisition. It’s been a tough year for a lot of us. And as much as we hate to say it, we as fundraising people probably face cuts. You can’t hold it off forever, but you need to be smart about what programs you put aside and which ones you keep going. Let’s talk about what you’d be crazy to cut:last_img read more

Developing an Indicator to Measure Intrapartum Stillbirth and Immediate Neonatal Death

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 14, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force and the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth sponsored a two-day meeting of researchers on February 2-3, 2011 to (1) re-evaluate the Intrapartum Stillbirth and Early Neonatal Death indicator described in “Monitoring emergency obstetric care: a handbook” and (2) establish a protocol for a prospective multi-country pilot study. The meeting consisted of presentations and discussions of intrapartum stillbirth and early neonatal mortality, including a review of the evidence, previous efforts to build an indicator in high-impact countries, opportunities for collaboration with other organizations, measuring quality of care, and basic elements of a pilot study to test the indicator.The Intrapartum Stillbirth and Early Neonatal Death Indicator, considered to be measurable at the facility level, was intended to monitor the improvements of the quality of obstetric and newborn care provided at birth by the skilled attendants in their environment (Fauveau 2007). As it currently exists, the “intrapartum and very early newborn death rate” is constructed with (1) a numerator comprising the sum of intrapartum stillbirths (with fetal heart beats perceived at admission in labor ward) and very early newborn death (within the first 24 hours of life) in a given facility in a given year; and (2) a denominator comprising all births (above 2,500 grams) in the same facility (World Health Organization, UNFPA et al. 2009).Discussion began in early 2010 about how to improve the indicator and to collect robust data that could be used to monitor and improve the opportunity to reduce mortality. While the indicator was identified, there was no consensus as to how to measure it. The working group continued this discussion and initiated preparations for a pilot study of an Intrapartum Stillbirth and Immediate Neonatal Death Indicator to test the indicator’s feasibility under “ideal” circumstances.The objectives of the pilot study will be:To develop and evaluate a practical and feasible method for prospective, standardized measurement of intrapartum stillbirth and immediate neonatal death rates at health facilities performing deliveries on a routine basis;To refine (and potentially simplify) an Intrapartum Stillbirth and Immediate Neonatal Death Indicator by analyzing its components, i.e. Establish fetal heartbeat, birth weight cutoff, and gestational age, within 6 hours; andTo assess the potential cost (both human and financial) and acceptability of monitoring the indicator routinely.At the end of the meeting, participants agreed that the next steps are to draft the pilot study proposal, discuss research coordination, and seek additional sources of support. It is anticipated that the pilot study will be completed before the end of 2011 and that preliminary data will allow us to write a proposal for a larger study.Share this:last_img read more