CEO RECOGNISES SPECIAL EFFORTS OF LAURIE SMYTH AND WARWICK GATES

first_imgAs Touch Football affiliates across the country prepare for what is sure to be a dynamic summer season, Touch Football Australia would like to recognise a few of the great of efforts of some hard-working volunteers over the winter months.Two such volunteers who have made tremendous contributions to their local affiliates and the sport of Touch Football in their areas are Laurie Smyth, president of Sale Touch Association in Victoria, and Warwick Gates (left), administrator of Rosalie Touch Association in Western Australia. Laurie has been the president and engine room of Sale Touch Association since it was established 14 years ago. He is responsible for such roles as assigning fields, allocating referees, providing player sign-in sheets and handling any necessary disciplinary action.Laurie employs an effective system whereby anyone who complains about field markings will mark the fields themselves. He has never had any complaints!The dependable Sale president has championed the Touch Football movement in the Wellington Shire and entire East Gippsland region. As well as his tremendous commitment to Touch Football, Laurie is also a member of the Rotary Club and has regular meetings with Wellington Shire Council. This year the Council recognised the innovative administrator with an award for bringing in $2.2 million revenue to the community over the past eight years from his annual Sale Knockout competition!His involvement with Rotary Club has given Laurie first-hand knowledge of upcoming Rotary and local council grants. He uses the grants for pizza nights for students in the six-team Sale comp as well as to finance players competing locally and at state level. Laurie has procured an impressive list of contacts in his time as Sale president, evidenced by the fact that he has arranged for the Sale Touch Association to pay just $14 a night towards lighting and field hire.Laurie also has had a big hand in promoting the sport to the community. He regularly contributes Touch Football articles to the local Sale newspaper and has also featured on local radio and television promoting the sport. Laurie’s ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude was recently displayed in a disability services article in the internal publication of oil company Esso.  In the future Laurie hopes to establishment a school competition as well as a junior Touch competition throughout the Warragul region. Laurie has also arranged for a game of Touch to be played during the Sale Festival on 2nd November, 2007, promoting the sport with a fireworks display at the conclusion of the game. If you’re around Sale at the time get down and check it out. On the other side of the country another volunteer has been similarly busy working behind the scenes for his affiliate. But after 10 years as the administrator of the Rosalie Touch Association, Warwick Gates has decided to take a step back from the club he has been so passionate about.Warwick first joined Rosalie 12 years ago before deciding to join the board of directors with current president Albert Nascimento. Warwick and Albert have been responsible for reworking the infrastructure at Rosalie. This initially meant a reduction in team numbers to ensure that everything ran smoothly within the competition and that all members were satisfied.The restructure has paid off in recent years, with the club experiencing significant growth in membership and team numbers.In the past 12 months 69 teams have competed at Rosalie, up from 51 in 2004. With a young family to look after, Warwick has decided to give up his position as administrator. However he will still be around the club, taking care of the administrator duties in an unofficial capacity and ensuring that the new administrator makes an easy transition into the role when they take over in October. TouchWest State Manager Matt Bamford said Warwick’s involvement had always been impressive.“He’s got an interest not only at club level but at state level,” Bamford said. “He’s always enthusiastic about providing advice and input about referee development matters and that kind of thing.” In March next year Rosalie will host the 2008 Western Australia State Championships.Rosalie Touch president Albert Nascimento said Warwick was sure to be directly involved in the event. “If ever there is anything that would need to be done, you would only have to ask him,” he said. “Even to the extent that if we hadn’t of found another administrator he would have stayed on. “He wouldn’t have just walked away and said that’s me finished – he would have stayed to make sure the work that he has put into place didn’t go to waste.” When Warwick does finally cut ties with the club he’s contributed so much to, his legacy will be the structures that he has put in place that will ensure Rosalie Touch continues to be a well organised and successful club for many years to come. Congratulations to both Laurie and Warwick on their achievements. Touch Football Australia would like to thank both men for all their passion and dedication to our game.last_img read more

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Whats New In Our 201718 Club Soccer Predictions

Costa RicaCONCACAF0.09-0.300.02 HondurasCONCACAF-0.61-0.61 SpainUEFA2.012.102.01 There aren’t too many surprises at the top; out of the five biggest European leagues, four are in the top five, with La Liga in Spain and the Bundesliga in Germany pretty far ahead of the pack. The Premier League in England, despite being the most valuable league in the world, has struggled to compete in the Champions League recently, and their match-based rating lags far behind their market value rating. Another league whose recent performance according to our ratings has lagged behind their market value is Major League Soccer in the U.S., whose last CONCACAF Champions League title was in 2000. MLS shows up in 28th place, between the Danish and Croatian leagues and a long way behind their regional rivals Liga MX in Mexico.To generate these league strength ratings, we’ve set up a system where we first assume that all leagues are of equal strength and determine how far above or below expectation each league has performed over the past five years. In order, we:Run through all domestic matches in history and calculate domestic team SPI ratings throughout time.Look at each inter-league match from the past five years and calculate the expected score of the match based purely on each team’s domestic rating at the time.Take the difference between our expected score of the match and the actual score and run these results through Massey’s Method to find a rating for each league, expressed in how many goals better or worse than average that league is.Regress these calculated ratings toward market-value based ratings, weighted by how many inter-league matches we have for each league.Run through all matches in history again, incorporating league strengths into the predictions for any inter-league matches to improve the final team ratings.Our league strengths can be interpreted as a bonus (in goals) given to each team in an inter-league match. So, for example, if Real Madrid (league strength of 2.01) were playing PSG (league strength of 1.48) and Real Madrid were a 0.2 goal favorite based only on their domestic SPI ratings, our model would give Real Madrid an extra 0.53 goal bonus because of the difference in the two teams’ league strengths.A nice feature of these league strength ratings is that they let us generate global SPI ratings for any club team in the world. These global SPI ratings are a combination of each team’s domestic SPI rating and the strength of the league they play in. To generate them, we set up a mock match on neutral ground against a team with a domestic offensive and defensive SPI rating of 1.35 that plays in a league with strength of 1.25. (These values are just arbitrary ratings that we use for a baseline team against which we can compare any other team.) We calculate the number of goals we expect each team to score in the match as well as the chances of each team winning. So each team’s global SPI ratings can be interpreted as follows:Offensive SPI: the number of goals the team is expected to score in such a matchDefensive SPI: the number of goals the team is expected to concede in such a matchOverall SPI: the percentage of points the team is expected to take in such a matchWe’ll be adding a list of all SPI-rated teams to our club soccer predictions soon. For now, you can find forecasts from 24 leagues. They’re available in three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and will be updated after every match. Czech RepublicUEFA0.710.440.69 PortugalUEFA1.181.161.18 COUNTRY▲▼CONFEDERATION▲▼INTER-LEAGUE MATCHES▲▼MARKET VALUES▲▼OVERALL STRENGTH▲▼ HungaryUEFA-0.360.11-0.29 GermanyUEFA1.891.881.89 GreeceUEFA0.810.620.80 ItalyUEFA1.481.891.50 SwedenUEFA0.730.290.70 Not all leagues have market values on Transfermarkt.Sources: ESPN, Transfermarkt MaltaUEFA-1.65-0.63-1.44 COUNTRY▲▼CONFEDERATION▲▼INTER-LEAGUE MATCHES▲▼MARKET VALUES▲▼OVERALL STRENGTH▲▼ GuatemalaCONCACAF-0.64-0.64 IsraelUEFA0.220.230.22 NetherlandsUEFA0.711.050.73 IcelandUEFA-0.31-0.69-0.36 UruguayCONMEBOL0.600.150.58 BulgariaUEFA-0.150.27-0.10 BelgiumUEFA0.971.000.97 AustriaUEFA0.860.590.84 DenmarkUEFA0.590.380.57 MacedoniaUEFA-0.74-0.88-0.76 BoliviaCONMEBOL0.530.53 LuxembourgUEFA-1.41-0.84-1.29 WalesUEFA-1.60-0.88-1.46 PeruCONMEBOL-0.06-0.03-0.06 BrazilCONMEBOL1.481.641.49 ArgentinaCONMEBOL1.480.711.45 Faroe IslandsUEFA-1.70-0.88-1.54 STRENGTH BASED ON … CroatiaUEFA0.550.490.55 Relative strength of club soccer leagues from Europe, North America and South America, by countryBased on matches played in the past five years and the current market value of each league FranceUEFA1.511.011.49 ParaguayCONMEBOL0.900.90 ChileCONMEBOL0.740.180.71 KazakhstanUEFA0.400.270.39 EstoniaUEFA-1.67-0.52-1.47 ScotlandUEFA0.140.440.17 ArmeniaUEFA-1.05-0.42-0.92 RussiaUEFA1.491.271.48 AlbaniaUEFA-0.77-0.30-0.70 CyprusUEFA0.04-0.300.02 USACONCACAF0.540.660.56 AzerbaijanUEFA0.01-0.040.01 SwitzerlandUEFA1.070.751.06 Northern IrelandUEFA-1.63-0.88-1.48 BelarusUEFA0.150.020.14 TurkeyUEFA1.111.161.12 GeorgiaUEFA-0.79-0.30-0.71 MexicoCONCACAF1.120.931.09 ColombiaCONMEBOL1.020.460.99 All our significant changes are in how we assess the relative strength of domestic leagues. The goal was to improve our forecasts for the Champions League and Europa League and to better compare clubs in different countries — say, Juventus in Italy to Ajax in the Netherlands. We’re using recent matches played between teams from different leagues, supplemented with league market values (from Transfermarkt), to assign a strength rating to every league that we’re forecasting. Our new league ratings also give us the ability to a calculate a global Soccer Power Index (SPI) rating for each team — a number from 0 to 100 that represents the overall strength of each team.We’ll get into more detail about that methodology below, but to start, here are our league strengths for most of the top-tier domestic leagues in Europe, North America and South America: FinlandUEFA-0.45-0.38-0.44 This methodology article is for an old version of our club soccer forecasts. See how our latest club soccer predictions work.We’ve launched a big expansion of our soccer predictions here at FiveThirtyEight. We’re now forecasting 24 club soccer leagues, with two more — Champions League and Europa League — to come in a few weeks. We’ve added leagues from South America (Brasileirão and the Argentine Superliga), along with 14 new European leagues, including five second-tier leagues, such as the English Championship.For the most part, the methodology behind our forecasts is the same as last year’s. We’re still using four metrics from each match — goals scored, adjusted goals, shot-based expected goals and non-shot expected goals — to evaluate team performances. Those evaluations are expressed as offensive and defensive ratings for each team. And those ratings, in turn, let us calculate win/loss/draw probabilities for future matches and simulate the season thousands of times to estimate each team’s chances of winning the title. RomaniaUEFA0.750.240.71 SerbiaUEFA-0.110.12-0.09 EnglandUEFA1.582.281.60 El SalvadorCONCACAF-0.46-0.46 PanamaCONCACAF0.070.07 UkraineUEFA1.100.881.09 MontenegroUEFA-0.99-0.43-0.87 AndorraUEFA-2.79-0.88-2.25 VenezuelaCONMEBOL-0.09-0.11-0.09 LatviaUEFA-1.46-0.35-1.27 STRENGTH BASED ON … IrelandUEFA-0.28-1.07-0.40 BosniaUEFA-0.61-0.03-0.51 EcuadorCONMEBOL0.770.460.75 LithuaniaUEFA-2.08-0.43-1.69 SlovakiaUEFA0.19-0.160.15 PolandUEFA0.630.210.60 MoldovaUEFA-0.63-0.88-0.67 SloveniaUEFA-0.160.01-0.14 NorwayUEFA0.500.190.48 read more

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Mens Basketball Musa Jallow returns from USA training camp looking to make

Ohio State freshman guard Musa Jallow (2) explains a turnover in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe USA U18 basketball team took home the gold in the FIBA Americas Men’s Championship on Saturday, defeating Canada 113-74 for its fifth straight championship.While Ohio State sophomore guard Musa Jallow didn’t make the cut for the team, he was one of 32 players invited to the camp, and he said he learned a lot from the experience.“Any chance you have to put the USA on your chest is just, I’m so grateful for it,” Jallow said. “Unfortunate that I didn’t make the team, but still a great experience, had a lot of fun with the guys and the coaches there.”Jallow was the only player to attend the training camp following a year of college experience, a year in which he averaged 2.5 points a game in 33 appearances for the Buckeyes.Jallow finished high school a year early to join Ohio State as a 17-year-old true freshman, and he said it is a decision he will always stand by.“I love this place,” Jallow said. “You can always look back and see the little things you could improve on from the past, but overall, I’m super satisfied with my choice in coming a year early, wouldn’t trade it for the world.”While at the camp, Jallow worked under Kansas head coach Bill Self, and he said that the year of college helped him adapt quicker than the players coming out of high school.“Coach Self had the practices at a pretty high pace, which is how we practice here, and it’s a lot different than high school or AAU practice and so, some of the guys, they weren’t ready for that,” Jallow said. “I was quicker to act on that stuff and pick it up and kind of coach the guys with it.”Jallow said the players had a lot of questions about college life once they realized he had played for Ohio State last year, asking things like “What was it like? What were the practices like? How intense were they?” as well as questions on how players are treated on campus.He might still be one of the youngest players on the team next season, but Jallow said he is ready for a larger role in this upcoming season.“Having the year under my belt, I definitely feel older,” Jallow said. “I was definitely in the freshman position last year and now that we have new guys coming in and we lost our leadership, I just have to be able to make a big jump and kind of take the reigns a little bit.” read more

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KNWR Three Skilak Area Campgrounds Closed Following Bear Incident

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has temporarily closed three area campgrounds to tent camping for public safety. For additional information, contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge office during regular business hours at (907) 262-7021. The three campgrounds are; Lower Ohmer, Upper Skilak, and Engineer Lake. Camping in hard- sided recreational vehicles is still permitted and campgrounds remain open to day-use. The closest alternative campgrounds for tent camping are Hidden Lake and Lower Skilak. The refuge on Saturday, July 21, received reports of a black bear damaging a camper’s tent in the Refuge’s Lower Ohmer Campground and scratching the single occupant.last_img

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Husband allegedly kills wife in city

first_imgHusband allegedly kills his wife over family feud at Maddha Badda in the city on Friday noon.Family sources said the couple — Suma Aktar, 25, and her husband Manir Hossain — had been in loggerheads over family feud triggered by conjugal dispute.As a sequel of the feud, they locked in an altercation at noon.At one stage, locals rushed to their house after hearing the scream of Suma and found the couple lying in a pool of blood on the floor.Later, they took the couple to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) when doctors declared Suma dead.Manir might have strangulated Suma and later tried to kill himself as injury marks were found at his hand and throat, said DMCH police camp in-charge sub-inspector Bacchu Miah.Manir was admitted to the hospital under police custody, the SI added.last_img read more

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Malaysias Mahathir axes Singapore highspeed rail link

first_imgSingapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong signs a guestbook next to Malaysia’s prime minister Mahathir Mohamad prior to their private meeting at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 19 May. Photo: ReutersMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday he was scrapping a project to build a high-speed railway to Singapore, in an ominous sign for the neighbours’ famously fractious relationship.Mahathir, who won a surprise election victory this month against Najib Razak’s long-ruling coalition, is seeking to repair the country’s finances which he says deteriorated dramatically after the former government became embroiled in a huge financial scandal.The leader said it was a “final decision” to scrap plans for the bullet-train line between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which had been agreed on several years ago and was expected to cut travel times to 90 minutes from five hours by road today.”It’s not beneficial. It’s going to cost us a huge sum of money, we’ll make no money at all from this operation,” the 92-year-old said.Mahathir said he was not sure how long his decision would take to implement, adding: “Of course we have to talk to Singapore, we have an agreement with them.”Asked if Singapore had been informed of his decision, he said: “I don’t know.”Malaysia, he said, may have to pay as much as 500 million ringgit ($125.7 million) in compensation.Singapore’s transport ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The development will alarm the Singapore government, which is watching to see whether the return of Mahathir — whose relationship with the city-state was famously prickly during his first stint as premier from 1981-2003 — might cause ties to worsen.The neighbours have had a difficult relationship since Singapore was expelled from the Malaysian Federation in 1965 over ethnic issues, and relations in subsequent decades were punctuated by occasional bickering.When Mahathir was first prime minister, rows blew up frequently over everything from water — Singapore gets its water supply from Malaysia — to the Malaysian leader’s plan to build a bridge connecting the neighbours to replace the current causeway. The project never took off.But under Najib, who was accused of overseeing the plunder of state coffers, relations had been warm. ‘Avoid bankruptcy’Malaysia and Singapore signed a deal in 2016 to build the railway.Companies had started submitting bids for the 350-kilometre (217-mile) line, which was scheduled to be completed by 2026.Currently, most people take a flight of around an hour between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, on what is the world’s busiest international air route.Chinese companies were seen as having a high chance of landing a chunk of the project as ties had warmed with Malaysia under Najib.Others were also keen — in February a powerful European consortium that included Alstom and Siemens announced it had partnered with a Malaysian firm to bid for the project. There was also expected to be interest from Japan.No official assessment of the railway’s cost has been made public but analyst estimates in 2016 were as high as $15 billion.Mahathir has said that Malaysia’s debt had ballooned to more than one trillion ringgit ($251 billion)under Najib, and he would review projects agreed under his predecessor.In a weekend interview he said his government was renegotiating the terms of a Chinese-funded $14 billion rail link traversing peninsular Malaysia.Najib was elected from power by voters disgusted at corruption allegations surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.The ex-leader, his family and cronies are accused of stealing billions of dollars from the fund and using it to buy everything from high-end real estate to artworks.Najib, who has been banned from leaving the country and questioned over the graft allegations since losing power, and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing.last_img read more

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Promotion of equilibrium in society the need of the hour

first_imgKolkata: The biggest challenge before India is its unequal development of the country and the only way it can be addressed is by promoting equilibrium in society, Piyush Goyal, Union minister for Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs, said on Monday.”Mutual trust and consensus is a key area for ensuring success of GST in a federal structure like India”, he said.Speaking at an exclusive interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce at a city hotel, Goyal elaborated on the “Vision for 2022” for India and the role that all sections of the society, including industry and industry associations, can play in fructifying the objective of attaining development for all. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGoyal felt that the government and industry can join hands to effectively reach out to the developmental needs of the bottom of the pyramid through meaningful and well strategised CSR initiatives, in particular for the 115 identified aspirational districts of India.He mentioned that though India has made rapid strides in many sectors post-independence, significant room for progress still remains.He justified the fact that one single uniform GST tax rate is not tenable for India, as it would nullify the very concept of progressive taxation and the tenets of equitable distribution of income. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPFocussing on the rapid development witnessed in India over the past 4 years of the Modi regime, Goyal termed the single most important factor of change as the “change in mindset,” which has led to monumental changes in infrastructure, connectivity, macro economy and human capital development in the country, to name a few.He spoke on the important changes being brought about in energy efficiency, distribution and transmission in the power sector in India. He spoke of the government’s commitment to provide rural electrification and ensure availability of LPG and subsequently solar-powered cookers for all households in the country, including the remotest corners.Goyal reiterated that augmented MSP for farm produce would not impact the fiscal deficit, as defaults on loans would have directly led to increased NPAs and affected billions of people engaged in farming in the country.Shashwat Goenka, president, Indian Chamber of Commerce, gave the welcome address, calling Goyal a “thought provoking and dynamic leader”.Rudra Chatterjee, senior vice-president, Indian Chamber of Commerce, offered the formal vote of thanks.last_img read more

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Drishtikone premiered amidst much fanfare

first_imgDrishtikone, one of the most awaited films from the house of Surinder Films, directed by Kaushik Ganguly, was premiered in Kolkata, amidst much fanfare. The entire cast and crew members including Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Churni Ganguly, Kaushik Ganguly, Kaushik Sen, Anupam Roy, Rupankar Bagchi, Iman Chakraborty, Paloma were present at the star-studded premiere. National Award Winner, Kaushik Ganguly – one of the most sought-after directors of contemporary cinema, who is instrumental in lending voice to the current issues, exploring the society in a completely different light, defining human relationships and unfolding the various layers that comprise of these relationships – has come up with the story of Drishtikone. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I conceived Drishtikone with Prosenjit and Rituparna along with Churni Ganguly, Kaushik Sen and myself in mind. The on-screen chemistry between Prosenjit-Rituparna is unparalleled. The magic created by them is amazing. The entire cast and crew members have put in their best efforts in the making of Drishtikone. It is heartening for us that the trailer and the songs have created a buzz in the market and people are looking forward to watch the film. Drishtikone is one of my dream projects, something which I yearned to present for years. We all are hopeful that Drishtikone, the 48th film of Prosenjit – Rituparna pair will create a milestone in the history of Bengali cinema”, said Kaushik Ganguly. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is a story about a successful lawyer, Mitra (Prosenjit Chatterjee) – who lives a happy and content married life and Sen (Rituparna Sengupta) – who seeks Mitra’s help with a serious and complicated legal case. It is during the whole pursuit of solving the case that the two prime characters of the film get enrolled in a relationship and the definition of their relation keeps evolving throughout the length of the film; a relation which speaks of love that is not quite known to us. It is a different insight into the journeys of friendship and love through various perspectives (Drishtikone). Churni Ganguly is seen as Mitra’s wife and has a very crucial role in the story. Kaushik Ganguly will mesmerise the viewers with his cameo yet again in a very important part in the film as Sen’s brother-in-law. The music for the film has been composed by Anupam Roy which is a chartbuster. Apart from Anupam, the songs are rendered by Iman Chakraborty, Rupankar Bagchi and Paloma.Drishtikone has released in all the major single screens and multiplexes across West Bengal.last_img read more

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Four Seasons to open first mountain destination in Europe

first_img Friday, December 9, 2016 Tags: Four Seasons, France, Luxury Travel, Ski Resorts Four Seasons to open first mountain destination in Europe Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Set to open in late 2017 just 44 miles from Geneva International Airport is Four Seasons Hotel, Megève, Four Seasons’ third destination in France.Opening in time for the 2018 winter ski season, the 55-room property is Megève’s first hotel to offer direct access to the Mont d’Arbois slopes and is being billed as a preeminent skier’s paradise with over 130 groomed Alpine runs. It will be nestled into the base of Mont d’Arbois’ mountainside, creating a luxurious haven for skiers looking for ski in/ski out directly on the Alpine range.Within the village of Mont d’Arbois, a collection of existing chalets will be renovated prior to reopening as a Four Seasons hotel, offering guests a second destination in the historic ski village. In addition to the chalet and hotel, Four Seasons will also manage the 18-hole Golf du Mont D’Arbois course designed by Sir Henry Cotton, and four dining offerings throughout the two hotels.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureFour Seasons Hotel, Megève is a joint venture between Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, a lifestyle company owned by Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild. Commenting on the new development, Ariane said, “This partnership will bring new dimensions not only to our hospitality at Mont d’Arbois but also to the town of Megève. The professionalism, international network and longstanding experience of Four Seasons in the hospitality industry are second to none, and I am particularly proud that the Hotel and Chalet in Megève will be Four Seasons first luxury mountain destination in Europe.”Four Seasons Hotel, Megève and the Chalet du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel will mark the third Four Seasons destination in France, joining the legendary Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel in the French Riviera. The Hotel will be the fifth ski destination in the company’s portfolio, joining Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe and Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole. Sharelast_img read more

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SDLP councillor Angela DobbinsDERRY SDLP Councillo

first_img SDLP councillor Angela DobbinsDERRY SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins has urged women to call the Western Trust helpline, to allay concerns of those potentially affected by the cervical smear tests review. A total of 61 women who attended cervical screening appointments in the Western Trust area between April 2018 and June 2018, will be recalled for a repeat examination after the Trust’s Pathology Laboratory identified reporting issues. ShareTweet COUNCILLOR ANGELA DOBBINSDerryDobbins urges women in Derry to contact Trust over cervical screening reviewSDLPTHE WESTERN TRUST Said Cllr Dobbins: “This is not the first time mistakes have been made in regards to cervical screening laboratories; lessons should and must be learnt from issues both in the South and in England. “Undoubtedly this recall will be a cause of concern for many women. “However, I must stress the fact that only a fraction of those tested between April to June 2018 were affected and will receive letters this week to arrange a repeat test with their GP.“This does not necessarily indicate that initial results were incorrect, rather the recall is a precautionary measure intended to allay concerns. “I would urge any woman who is still worried to contact the Western’s Trust Laboratory Department helpline on 0287161 1350,” she added.Dobbins urges women in Derry to contact Trust over cervical screening review was last modified: February 6th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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Imagine your house is gone And yet the TV set is

first_imgImagine your house is gone. And yet the TV set is still standing.That’s one of the scenes that photojournalist Tommy Trenchard documented as he visited parts of Mozambique hit by Cyclone Kenneth on Thursday.Winds reportedly blew up to 174 miles per hour.More than 20 inches of rain fell over a couple of days — and another 20 inches is forecast this week.Houses were obliterated, roads turned into rivers and the death toll now stands at 38.The storm struck some six weeks after Cyclone Idai, touching down in a different part of the country — in the north. Both cyclones are rare events. According to the World Meteorological Organization, “there is no record of two storms of such intensity striking Mozambique in the same season.” And so a country already in the throes of a humanitarian disaster — the World Bank puts a $2 billion price tag on the recovery effort for Idai — is reeling again.Trenchard traveled north from the city of Pemba to Macomia and surrounding villages, “where the destruction is incredibly severe,” he says. “It was overwhelming to see the visual chaos — the mess of fallen trees, belongings, collapsed homes.”Despite the destruction he saw people “calmly getting their lives back in order. Of course there’s shock and despair, but you also see incredible stoicism and resilience. Amid the carnage there are even small glimpses of normal life going on. In Macomia, two days after the storm, some shops had already reopened even though they no longer had a roof or four walls.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Updated at 1113 pm ETNew York Gov Andrew Cuomo

first_imgUpdated at 11:13 p.m. ETNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday ending vaccination exemptions based on religious beliefs, the latest attempt to address the growing measles outbreak, the worst the U.S. has experienced in decades. Cuomo said plugging the loophole should help contain the spike in measles cases in New York, the state the hardest hit by the uptick in the contagious virus due to low vaccination rates in ultra-Orthodox communities. “The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe,” Cuomo said after signing the bill. “While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks.” The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the measure, which also eliminates other nonmedical exemptions for schoolchildren across the state.”We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis,” said Sen. Brad Hoylman, the legislation’s sponsor. “The atrocious peddlers of junk science and fraudulent medicine who we know as anti-vaxxers have spent years sowing unwarranted doubt and fear, but it is time for legislators to confront them head-on.”The exemption, which exists in some form in most states, allows parents of schoolchildren to cite their religious beliefs in opting their kids out of required vaccines. Supporters of keeping the religious exemptions say religious freedom should not be overpowered by state laws. After the final vote tally was announced in the assembly, howling protesters, including the parents of unvaccinated children, filled the chamber, hurling expletives and chanting “shame on you,” until lawmakers moved to recess.Some backers of the bill have seen the measles outbreak up close, both in their districts and in their own homes, such as Assembly member Kenneth Zebrowski, who represents Rockland County. There, he noted, there have already been more than 266 confirmed measles cases, including 16 hospitalizations. His 1-year-old daughter had to get her first vaccine shot at six months old before her regularly scheduled immunization when she turned 1 recently. “We had to get our kids over-vaccinated,” he said of his and other families in the district. “Because of this epidemic,” Zebrowski said. “I’m not particularly thrilled.” To those who question whether the recent measles outbreak in New York is indeed an epidemic, Zebrowsky said that should not be the focus. The job of lawmakers, he said, is not to react to epidemics. “Our job as legislators is to prevent epidemics,” he said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that the number of new measles cases this year has exceeded 1,000, the highest count in 27 years. Most of those new measles cases have been concentrated in ultra-Orthodox areas of New York, including Rockland County and parts of Brooklyn, adding urgency to the statewide debate around religious exemptions to vaccines. The New York Assembly narrowly passed the bill by a 77-53 vote. It needed 76 votes for passage. Lawmakers in the state Senate advanced the measure by a tally of 36-26.A small number of other states including California, Mississippi and Arizona have already passed laws banning vaccine exemptions on religious grounds. In New York, about 96% of students have been immunized against measles, mumps and rubella, yet “a measles outbreak continues to affect communities in several parts of the state where the rate is lower,” according to state health officials. In the 2017-2018 school year, 26,217 students in New York, including those in public and private schools and children in day care and prekindergarten, had religious exemptions from vaccinations, officials said. “Although the state can claim high immunization rates overall, preventable diseases like measles remain a public health threat when administrative loopholes allow children to go unvaccinated, carrying the potential to harm communities — and especially our most vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Howard Zucker, the commissioner of the state Department of Health.New York state Sen. John Liu, who represents Queens, said while he thinks removing the religious exemption is the right move, he has heard from constituents who hold “deep and sincere” religious beliefs who would be “absolutely outraged that anyone would suggest that they don’t care about the health of their children.” Liu suggested that the tenor of the debate on both sides could be more civil. “We can respectfully disagree,” Liu said. The law eliminating religious exemptions takes effect immediately. Unvaccinated students will have up to 30 days to show school officials they have received their first dose of each required immunization. In April, New York City health officials declared a public health emergency because of the measles outbreak. Parents of unvaccinated children could be fined $1,000 for not complying with the order. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Complaints about the personal independence payment

first_imgComplaints about the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process rose by nearly 900 per cent last year – from 142 to 1,391 – apparently corroborating the results of a year-long Disability News Service investigation.The Department for Work and Pensions figures also show that the number of complaints about PIP assessments that were upheld rose by more than 700 per cent in the same year (from 67 in 2015-16 to 545 in 2016-17).The figures provide probably the strongest evidence yet to support the findings of the investigation carried out by Disability News Service (DNS) into claims of widespread dishonesty at the heart of the PIP assessment process.Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams, said the “huge increase” showed that the healthcare professionals who carry out the assessments must be held to account.She said the figures were also “an absolute indictment of the Tories’ punitive assessments and the miserable effect they are having on people trying to access desperately needed support”.The enormous increases in both complaints lodged and those upheld, between 2015-16 and 2016-17, come despite a rise of just 34 per cent in the number of PIP claims registered in the same period.DNS only decided to begin its PIP investigation in November 2016 because of a steady trickle of emails and phone calls from disabled people raising concerns about the PIP assessment process, and who were insisting that the healthcare professionals who had assessed them had produced dishonest reports for DWP.The new figures appear to suggest that whatever was causing this dishonesty in the assessment system appears to have become a significant problem during 2016-17.DNS has now heard from more than 250 PIP claimants who say their assessment reports were dishonest.They have told DNS that assessors working for DWP contractors Capita and Atos – many of them nurses – have repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.The figures on PIP assessment complaints were given last week to the Labour MP Stephen Kinnock by the minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, in response to a parliamentary question.Mordaunt told Kinnock that the number of complaints received about the PIP assessment process increased from just 142 in 2015-16 to 1,391 in 2016-17 (a rise of 880 per cent).And she said that the number of complaints about the PIP assessment process that were upheld rose from 67 in 2015-16 to 545 in 2016-17 (an increase of 713 per cent).Other DWP statistics and DNS calculations show that, in the same period, the number of PIP claims registered – including new claims and reassessments – only increased from 783,585 to 1,047,976, a far smaller rise of about 34 per cent.Abrahams said: “These profit-making health assessment companies must recognise that their assessments are not fit for purpose, given the increase in complaints received and numbers overturned on tribunal.“However, assessments are conducted by clinical professionals and we must be holding these clinical professionals to account too. “I have personally heard of dozens and dozens of cases of assessment reports not marrying at all with the assessment and medical records that were supplied.“The huge increase in complaints made and upheld about the PIP assessment process are an absolute indictment of the Tories’ punitive assessments and the miserable effect they are having on people trying to access desperately needed support.“Labour is committed to scrapping these harmful assessments and replacing them with a holistic, person-centred approach, under our plans to ensure that, like the NHS, the social security system is there for us all in our time of need.”Kinnock said the figures were “further evidence that the PIP system is not fit for purpose”, despite the assessment system being in place for more than four years.He said: “While the scale of this is truly shocking, it is not in the least bit surprising, because week after week I hear from my constituents about how claimants are treated, how they are humiliated, belittled and denied basic human dignity.“Government has been told by MPs, claimants and by disability experts that the system needs reviewing.  “Instead, they have carried on regardless with their ideological drive to remove the help which people so desperately need, so that they are able to manage the basic daily costs of living with a disability.” A DWP spokesman was unable to offer any explanation for the huge rise in complaints.But he said: “Complaints may be made for a variety of reasons and there is no evidence to suggest that there is dishonesty in the assessment system.“The percentage increases in complaints which you have mentioned do not consider the number of complaints as a proportion of the overall number of PIP cases which we process.“We are now clearing 81,000 claims each month compared with around 80,000 per month this time last year.“Our latest research shows that 76 per cent of PIP claimants are satisfied with their overall experience.“More than 2.4 million PIP decisions have been made, and of these eight per cent have been appealed and four per cent have been overturned.“In the majority of successful appeals, decisions are overturned because people have submitted more oral or written evidence.”PIP claimants who want to contribute to an inquiry by the Commons work and pensions committee into the effectiveness of the PIP assessment system, as well as the work capability assessment, have until 10 November to submit their evidence. 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Three leading disabled campaigners have backed a p

first_imgThree leading disabled campaigners have backed a petition that calls on the government to force all new large buildings to include a Changing Places toilet.The petition, launched by Lorna Fillingham, who has a disabled child, has now been signed by more than 50,000 people, and will soon be delivered to the prime minister.The campaign has been boosted by support from the crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – herself a regular user of Changing Places toilets – Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike, and journalist and presenter Mik Scarlet.There are currently only about 1,060 Changing Places toilets (pictured) – facilities with extra space and equipment for disabled people who cannot use standard accessible toilets – across the whole of the UK, even though there are believed to be more than 250,000 disabled people who need them.Guidance provided under British Standard 8300 recommends that such facilities should be included in larger buildings and complexes such as motorway services, sports stadiums, shopping centres, airports, town halls, schools and hospitals.But Fillingham, who is working closely with Wafula Strike on the campaign, wants the government to make changes to building regulations to ensure that planning permission cannot be granted for such developments unless they include a Changing Places toilet.The call in Fillingham’s petition mirrors a recommendation in last year’s report on disability and the built environment by the Commons women and equalities committee, which called for all large building developments to include a Changing Places toilet.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service (DNS): “I completely support the campaign.“I heavily rely on Changing Places facilities and their absence does hamper my ability to accept certain engagements far from home or work.“Parliament has an excellent Changing Places facility which means I can carry on with my work to the early hours.”Wafula Strike said: “Every human being has a right to access a toilet and it’s very sad that a section of the disabled community are not able to use suitable facilities to change in.“It breaks my heart that in the 21st century disabled people, their parents and carers are denied this basic right.”Scarlet said he also supported the petition.He said Changing Places facilities were “essential for a forward-looking business that wants to future-proof any major project.“Imagine if every train and bus station in every town had a Changing Places toilet, how that would change lives.”But he said that for too long the building industry had provided only those facilities that had to be included under building regulations.He said: “Changing Places toilet provision has to be put into building regulations or we’ll see no real change.“But it would be nice if architects and developers put them in before this happens, to future proof and do the right thing.”Fillingham says in her petition that her seven-year-old daughter is now “too large for a baby changing unit and our only other option is the toilet floor, which is unsanitary, unhygienic and in my mind inhumane as well as undignified.“I don’t know what body fluids may have spilled there, or what might have been brought in on someone’s shoes or wheels.“This is a completely unacceptable and unreasonable situation for anybody to be exposed to.”She told DNS this week: “It really is time for change.“I’ve heard too many harrowing stories now, of disabled children being changed on toilet floors and of disabled adults having surgery to have suprapubic catheters fitted in order to avoid having to use the loo when they are out and about as there is such a lack of Changing Places facilities.”A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “We know that providing these accessible toilets is very important for some people with disabilities so we have worked with Mencap and the Changing Places campaign to improve facilities. “There are now 1,060 of these toilets across the UK, up from just 140 in 2007, and we have helped fund the development of a new website so people know where to find them.” He said the department was committed to promoting accessibility and had commissioned research to assess whether guidance in the building regulations “adequately meets the needs of disabled people when new building work is carried out.“We will consider the findings of that research as they relate to Changing Places toilets and how to promote their provision further.”Asked if the department would consider making the inclusion of a Changing Places toilet compulsory for new larger buildings and complexes, he declined to comment further.last_img read more

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Why Smarter Voice Assistants Means Youll Have More Time to Work on

first_img In the same way the first iPhone changed how we viewed cellphones, Google Duplex, a new digital voice assistant that can make calls and sets up appointments on our behalf, is showing us that voice assistants can do more than just purchase laundry detergent and play music.Duplex reframes our view of voice assistants from a clever user interface meant for consumers only, into a powerful business tool that can get almost anything done, independently of you.  Of course, as the intelligence of assistants grows, so do people’s anxiety. HAL 9000’s red eye hovers over any discussion of AI assistants like a menacing cyclops. And the advance of AI certainly poses serious questions about automation and work. The ethical concern raised over Duplex mimicking a human assistant isn’t needless handwringing. Fortunately, these anxieties are neither new nor unanswerable. Because thankfully, as AI get smarter, we entrepreneurs get smarter right along with them.  Related: This Is How to Get Started With AI When the Only Thing You Know Is the AcronymThe future of AI looks more like cooperation than competition.The power to increase your mental horsepower comes from harnessing AI assistants to do two distinct tasks:  Carry out brain-taxing, menial tasks for you so you can focus on higher-level workCombine your natural abilities with tasks that machines do better, like analyzing massive datasetsTo imagine how AI can immediately be integrated into daily life, consider a typical office meeting. Now, instead of every important decision made during that meeting evaporating the moment it ends, imagine an AI assistant using natural language processing to transcribe the meeting notes. Instead of everyone leaving with a fuzzy idea about what to do next, imagine an AI assistant using machine learning to process that transcription to pull out and assign the action items for each attendee. The current AI revolution digitizes such mundane tasks and spoken work done in our offices — making us smarter by collecting, storing and analyzing the kinds of information we don’t normally give to computers.  Related: Walking With AI: How to Spot, Store and Clean the Data You NeedAI assistants will continue, like Duplex, to be narrow in scope, typically serving a single purpose, and be very good at what they do. Rather than using a single voice assistant for everything, a team of these programs likely will share the burden of the 1,000 menial brain tasks we do every day. They will not be human replacements, but they will be tools for driving specific outcomes.  A 2017 survey by PwC found that 31 percent of business and IT leaders name AI assistants as the top innovation they expect to change their business. For comparison, automated data analysis (29 percent) and automated communications (28 percent) came second and third. Around 80 percent of those same executives see huge potential in AI to alleviate repetitive tasks like paperwork, scheduling and timesheets.  In fact, PwC estimates that AI could be worth $15.8 trillion in increased global GDP by 2030.  Incorporating AI assistants into a team requires some work.Teaming up with AI requires knowing how to cooperate with a different type of intelligence. Many people don’t know how to team up with AI assistants because they misunderstand how they work. The mystery surrounding AI leads people to think of it as some magical machine consciousness — often one that many suspect has bad intentions (see the half-joking/half-serious news articles about Alexa’s maniacal laugh for proof).  And it may be this misunderstanding that’s holding some entrepreneurs back from leveraging these powerful new tools. Yet, for entrepreneurs asking themselves, “Where do we even start?” — the answer couldn’t be simpler: just start.  Related: How AI Can Make Customer Service More EfficientCompanies that begin using AI now will, in the long run, significantly outperform those that do not.  After all, as most entrepreneurs know, first-mover advantage is everything and the best education comes from direct experience. Google proved their commitment to be an AI-first company this year. They even rebranded Google Research as Google AI. But they’re not the only ones driving AI forward. As Google was demoing Duplex, Microsoft presented their own vision of an AI assistant that could turn meeting chatter into notes and actions. Amazon continues to build out Alexa as a platform for voice assistants, and the applications for IBM’s Watson keep growing as well. As these companies turn their AI technology into platforms for other developers to use, the amount of AI-powered tech will explode. Alexa already has more than 10,000 skills added by other companies, and Google just made some of its AI tools available to developers through ML Kit. Whatever the long-term fate of Duplex and other new AI business offerings, they definitely signal the transition of such assistants from convenient novelties to serious tools for amplifying work.   Dave Damer AI can do brain-draining menial tasks flawlessly, so you can focus on the higher-level work no machine can do. Next Article 5 min read Founder & CEO of Testfire Labs Add to Queue Why Smarter Voice Assistants Means You’ll Have More Time to Work on Your Business Technology –shares June 27, 2018 Enroll Now for $5 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Guest Writer Image credit: Busakorn Pongparnit | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

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Google Fails to Dismiss Privacy Lawsuit Over Google Wallet

first_img Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Legal Issues 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Google Fails to Dismiss Privacy Lawsuit Over Google Wallet Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business April 2, 2015 A federal judge has rejected Google Inc’s request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the technology company of invading the privacy of users of its Google Wallet electronic payment service by sharing their personal information with outside app developers.In a decision on Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California said Google must face claims it breached users’ contracts, violated the federal Stored Communications Act which limits disclosure of electronic records, and violated a California consumer protection law. She also dismissed two other claims.Freeman said Google Wallet users may try to show that Google “frustrated” the purpose of its own privacy policy by allowing “blanket, universal disclosure” of their personal information to app developers whenever they bought apps in Google’s Play Store.The lead plaintiff is Alice Svenson, an Illinois resident who said Google sent unnecessary personal information about her to YCDroid when she paid that developer $1.77 for an email app.She said Google raised the risk of identity theft by routinely sending information about Google Wallet users such as addresses and zip codes, phone numbers and email addresses to app developers.Svenson said the Mountain View, California-based company ceased the practice soon after the lawsuit was filed in Sept. 2013. Her lawsuit seeks class-action status, damages of $1,000 per violation, punitive damages and other remedies.Google spokeswoman Anaik Weid declined to comment on Thursday. Lawyers for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Launched in 2011, Google Wallet stores credit and debit card information, and lets shoppers pay for goods by tapping their phones against special terminals at store checkout counters.To boost U.S. demand, Google in February partnered with AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless to pre-install Google Wallet on Android smartphones.In October, rival Apple Inc said it would include its Apple Pay mobile payment service in its iPhone 6 line.The case is Svenson et al v. Google Inc et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 13-04080.(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by David Gregorio) Add to Queue –shares Register Now »last_img read more

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Miller Heiman Group Enhances Coverage as International Demand for Sales Performance Solutions

first_imgMiller Heiman Group Enhances Coverage as International Demand for Sales Performance Solutions Intensifies PRNewswireMay 9, 2019, 7:00 pmMay 9, 2019 Byron MatthewsIndependent Distribution PartnersMarketing TechnologyMiller Heiman GroupNewssales performance solutions Previous ArticleLemnisk Partners With Infosys Finacle to Co-Innovate on Digital Marketing Solutions for BanksNext ArticleZeta Global and AUDIENCEX Enter Into Strategic Partnership Global Sales Performance Powerhouse More Closely Integrates with Regional Independent Distribution Partners to Drive Worldwide GrowthMiller Heiman Group, the global leader in improving sales performance through training, technology, consulting and research, announces plans to align the company’s regional Independent Distribution Partners (IDPs) under the Miller Heiman Group brand. These developments position the company to meet the growing demand for sales performance solutions worldwide.Miller Heiman Group plans to more closely integrate the company’s regional partners in Argentina, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Mexico, the Middle East, South Africa, Spain and Sweden throughout the next 12 months. Four of these partners—India, Italy, Spain and Sweden—are already represented under the millerheimangroup.com URL in native language. Additionally Scout, Miller Heiman Group’s sales analytics platform, supports French, German, Italian and Latin American Spanish languages.According to President and CEO of Miller Heiman Group Byron Matthews, offering sales performance solutions on a regional level is driven by marketplace demand. “Today’s global sellers must manage intense competition and pricing pressures while they are simultaneously urged to decrease time spent out in the field,” he says. “These challenges require Miller Heiman Group, now more than ever, to partner with our clients locally to help them build world-class sales and service functions.”Marketing Technology News: Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to MarketOffering this breadth and depth of service, in region, was a challenge in the past; many of the IDPs sold only a limited number of Miller Heiman Group offerings. Now, each partner will be able to sell the entire Miller Heiman Group product portfolio in their local language, offering customers proprietary research, technology, consulting and training programs. This also means access to all the resources of the global organization, including more robust sales, marketing and customer service support.Miller Heiman Group is making a difference for global sales organizations through these enhanced regional partnerships. Allen Mueller, chief revenue officer of Miller Heiman Group, explains, “For years, Miller Heiman Group has worked with trusted partners based in each of the local markets we serve. These partners began inquiring about how they could sell a wider portfolio of products, support a broader set of resources and expand their territories. By deepening these relationships, we now ensure that these sellers, and their clients, will receive what they need to achieve success now and in the future.”The integration comes at an opportune time, according to Richard Hilton, managing director of the EMEA region for Miller Heiman Group. He says, “Miller Heiman Group’s regional growth, layered on top of our investment in technology and our established methodology, will help drive success for sellers across EMEA. This is of particular importance as many sales organizations in EMEA face an uncertain economic climate in a rapidly changing geopolitical environment.”Marketing Technology News: Amazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce LeadersTim MacCartney, managing director of the APAC region for Miller Heiman Group, adds, “Asia now accounts for nearly two-thirds of global economic growth, according to the International Monetary Fund. This expansion marks a pivotal step forward for Miller Heiman Group in helping organizations harvest the opportunity that awaits them in APAC.”Following the successful launch of Scout and Strategic Selling with Perspective (the company’s updated core methodology) this past summer, this international advancement catapults Miller Heiman Group into a technology-driven global powerhouse. With the full weight of the company’s resources behind them, Miller Heiman Group sellers around the world now possess the tools to help clients deliver remarkable change while revolutionizing seller behavior.Marketing Technology News: Demandbase ABM Ecosystem Launches to Connect Technology, Software and Data Providers for Better ABM Executionlast_img read more

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Internet Marketing Company fishbat Discusses 3 Ways Architecture Companies Can Remarket to

first_imgThe average customer may leave a website before completing a purchase, but this doesn’t necessarily equate to a lost sale. To help businesses capture leads, and transform those leads into sales, internet marketing company, fishbat, discusses 3 ways architecture companies can remarket to consumers.For any business, the act of attracting a user to a website is half of the proverbial battle. While it’s important to generate website traffic, it’s equally important, if not more so, for visitors to perform on-site actions. Whether it’s clicking on a certain internal page, signing up for a newsletter, or completing an online transaction, a solid remarketing strategy is effective. Here are a few ways that architecture companies can successfully remarket to their audiences.Marketing Technology News: Smart Communications Announces Acquisition of IntelledoxDiverse Ad Sizes – For an architecture company to promote itself, ad space is essential. Furthermore, ads should be crafted with different sizes in mind. This will ensure that they’re optimized for numerous platforms. From Facebook to the average website, ads can be seen virtually anywhere, but they must be properly sized. When ads are properly sized, previous website visitors will be remarked to, whether they intend to make an immediate or future purpose.Shopping Cart Engagement – Roughly seventy-five percent of all online shoppers abandon their shopping carts, failing to complete transactions. Shopping cart abandonment isn’t uncommon among architectural companies, but it’s important to realize that it’s possible to remarket to those shoppers. One way to remarket to them is email marketing. Email marketing can be used to reach out to users that placed items in their online shopping carts but failed to move forward. If users are reminded of the items they’ve saved, they’re more likely to complete their transactions.Marketing Technology News: 84.51° Announces Launch of STRATUM, A New Insights Product Delivering Science-Powered Data to Drive ResultsPromotional Discounts – To incentivize customers to spend money, provide them with the opportunity to save money. Promotional discounts are designed for guaranteeing that customers engage in business with certain companies, instead of their competition. BOGOs and free shipping are among the most popular examples of discounts that architectural companies can offer. These discounts encourage shoppers to spend money, which will lead to increased profits for the companies that offer those discountsWith these tactics, architectural companies and a New York SEO Agency will be able to successfully remarket to those that expressed interest in the company’s products and services. Not only that, but with the right information these businesses can determine who visited their websites in the past. This information can then be applied to remarketing efforts, keeping companies fresh in the minds of potential buyers. Not only does this strategy lead to further engagement from these users, but more importantly, sales that aid company growth.Marketing Technology News: Peach Launches New Product to Clients Internet Marketing Company, fishbat, Discusses 3 Ways Architecture Companies Can Remarket to Customers PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 19, 2019 Diverse Ad SizesfishbatInternet MarketingMarketing Technology NewsNewsShopping Cart Engagement Previous ArticleHow Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object Reinforces DSPs/Buy Side Confidence in Programmatic AdvertisingNext ArticleVeühub Announces a $2 Million Seed-Stage Roundlast_img read more

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Dry January helps participants control their drinking have better skin and lose

first_imgRelated StoriesSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyHigh sleep variability and short sleep duration predict blunted weight lossPink noise enhances deep sleep for people with mild cognitive impairmentDr Richard de Visser’s findings come from three self-completed online surveys: 2,821 on registering for Dry January; 1,715 in the first week of February; and 816 participants in August.A new YouGov poll undertaken for Alcohol Change UK showed that one in ten people who drink – an estimated 4.2 million people in the UK – are already planning to do Dry January in 2019.Dr Richard Piper, CEO of Alcohol Change UK, said:”Put simply, Dry January can change lives. We hear every day from people who took charge of their drinking using Dry January, and who feel healthier and happier as a result.”The brilliant thing about Dry January is that it’s not really about January. Being alcohol-free for 31 days shows us that we don’t need alcohol to have fun, to relax, to socialize. That means that for the rest of the year we are better able to make decisions about our drinking, and to avoid slipping into drinking more than we really want to.”Many of us know about the health risks of alcohol – seven forms of cancer, liver disease, mental health problems – but we are often unaware that drinking less has more immediate benefits too. Sleeping better, feeling more energetic, saving money, better skin, losing weight… The list goes on. Dry January helps millions to experience those benefits and to make a longer-lasting change to drink more healthily.”Signing up for Dry January increases the chance that you’ll get the most out of the month. You can download Try Dry: The Dry January App to track your units, money and calories saved, plus many more features. Or you can sign up at dryjanuary.org.uk for regular support emails with tips and tricks from experts and others like you.Dry January is run by the charity Alcohol Change UK. People can now sign up for Dry January via a website and a free app. drinking days fell on average from 4.3 to 3.3 per week; units consumed per drinking day dropped on average from 8.6 to 7.1; frequency of being drunk dropped from 3.4 per month to 2.1 per month on average. Source:https://www.sussex.ac.uk/news/all?id=47131 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 31 2018New research from the University of Sussex shows that taking part in Dry January – abstaining from booze for a month – sees people regaining control of their drinking, having more energy, better skin and losing weight. They also report drinking less months later.The research, led by Sussex psychologist Dr Richard de Visser, was conducted with over 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018. The results show that Dry January participants are still drinking less in August. They reported that:center_img Dr Richard de Visser, Reader in Psychology at the University of Sussex, said:”The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August people are reporting one extra dry day per week. There are also considerable immediate benefits: nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five lose weight.”Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn’t manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole month – although they are a bit smaller. This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January.”The University of Sussex research showed that: 93% of participants had a sense of achievement; 88% saved money; 82% think more deeply about their relationship with drink; 80% feel more in control of their drinking; 76% learned more about when and why they drink; 71% realized they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves; 70% had generally improved health; 71% slept better; 67% had more energy; 58% lost weight; 57% had better concentration; 54% had better skin.last_img read more

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Serena and Halep chase milestones in Wimbledon final

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Serena Williams no longer wants to obsess about elusive Grand Slam “number 24” and Simona Halep is desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop the American reaching that milestone but there will be no place for either to hide in Saturday’s final.No matter who wins the title decider on Centre Court, the one thing for certain is that it will be a historic occasion.The 37-year-old Williams is chasing an eighth All England Club singles crown which would see her match Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 major singles titles.National pride will be at stake for Halep as she bids to become the first Romanian to win a singles title at the spiritual home of grasscourt tennis.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Tennis 09 Jul 2019 Tennis-Wimbledon day eight Related News Tennis 23m ago Chilling Halep bubbles to the boil to win Wimbledon Halep said if she dwelt on Williams’ records over the past 21 years it might be game over before she stepped on court for a contest compatriot and gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci said would be “watched by every Romanian alive on the planet”.”I will focus on myself. I’m not thinking about her record. Her records are huge already. It’s nothing about that. It’s just a tennis match, big challenge, a great match. So I will try just to give my best,” said Halep, who has lost just one set so far.A quick study of their rivalry would also suggest Williams will probably be the one holding aloft the Venus Rosewater dish considering she has won nine of their previous 10 meetings. The 27-year-old Halep’s only victory over Williams was almost five years ago, while the American has won all three of their Grand Slam clashes, including at Wimbledon in 2011.So which memory from those tussles will Williams rely on as she gets ready for what could be one of the most memorable days in the history of women’s tennis? BIGGEST KEY”The biggest key with our matches is the (6-0 6-2) loss that I had. I never forgot it,” said the 11th seed, who is also bidding to become the first mother to triumph at Wimbledon since Australian Evonne Goolagong beat American Chris Evert in 1980. “She played unbelievable. That makes me know that… she can get there again. So I have to be better than that.”There’s so many impressive things about her. Obviously her tenacity, her ability to find power. Can’t underestimate her. She’s like a little powerhouse. I feel like she’s back. She wants to prove that she can do it again.”Halep will also take heart from their battle at this year’s Australian Open being a close one and the fact that she has more than just an A-game in her repertoire.”I have a better game these days. I can play everywhere, against anyone. When I go on court… I know how to change some things when (other things) don’t work very well,” said the 2018 French Open champion. “Now, I believe that I have my chance to win against her. I respect a lot what she has done and what she’s doing. But I feel mentally stronger facing her.”A ‘Plan B’ or even ‘Plan C’ could come in handy for Halep as Williams was at her devastating best in a 59-minute destruction of unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in the semi-finals. Moving as smoothly and striking the ball as crisply and as powerfully as at any time in her career, the American has so far unleashed 45 aces and won 83 percent of her service games. Playing mixed doubles with Andy Murray, albeit in a losing cause this week, has also helped her to sharpen her volleys – an ominous sight for anyone on the opposite side of the net.Williams has already had two failed attempts in finals to win that 24th major – after contesting last year’s Wimbledon and U.S. Open showpiece matches – and, regardless of what she says, everyone knows the American wants that record. “I just trained and I trained and I trained to get physically more fit. So I’m definitely at a different place,” said Williams.”It’s really not about 24 or 23 or 25. It’s really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what. No matter what I do, I will always have a great career.” (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar; Editing by Ken Ferris)center_img Related News Tennis 11 Jul 2019 Factbox: Elina Svitolina versus Simona Halep {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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