The top 10 most read stories 1117 April 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 11 April and 17 April 2019 were:Asda proposes new contract for hourly-paid retail staffNestle rolls out pets at work scheme to York-based employeesGMB hosts protests against ISS in wage and sick pay disputeSky and Virgin Active shortlisted for Best financial wellbeing strategy, large employerGoodman Masson and Sky shortlisted for Best employee engagement strategyMore than nine in 10 leaders believe they need to use benefits better to retain staffActivision Blizzard incentivises staff to share reproductive health dataCisco Systems and KPMG shortlisted for Best healthcare and wellbeing benefitsAramark staff conclude strike action in dispute over payNew Zealand launches consultation to support older stafflast_img read more

OBITUARY Ernest Ernie Merrill 65

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Ernest “Ernie” Merrill, age 65, of Wilmington, passed away on May 28, 2019.Ernie was the beloved husband of Joanne (Miller). They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. He was son of the late Rita M. and Frederick Clague Sr.He’s the proud father of 3 children – E.J. and his wife Angela of Wilmington; Christopher and his wife Sharon of Billerica; and Melissa and her husband Christopher Glidden of Chelmsford. He is also the father-in-law of the late Jeffry Heroux.He is the incredibly proud “Papa” and “Papabear” to his six grandchildren – Alex, Cameron, Alexis, Madelyn, Lucas and Avery.Ernie was a retired member of the Teamsters Union Local 25. He drove over the road for many years seeing most of the US, worked on the “Big Dig”, and for the last 20 years drove a flatbed for O.B. Hill Trucking and Rigging. He delivered precast concrete and other building materials to numerous sites including the Boston Garden, Fenway Park, the Pru, Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber, and Logan Airport. There weren’t too many projects in Boston that he didn’t have a hand in.Ernie loved to camp with his family and vacation with his wife in Florida. He loved to golf and loved dogs, especially his German Shepherd Max.He was a die-hard Patriot’s fan, loved Las Vegas, Foxwood’s and was looking forward to the opening of the Encore casino.More than anything he loved being “Papa Bear”. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. They were the light of his life.Ernie will be remembered most for his love for his family. They were his whole world.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers donations made to the MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Sensex falls 200 points to upset 18month high of 29000

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex plunged over 200 points and slipped below the key 29,000 mark figure after closing at an 18-month high on Thursday, while the Nifty50 index hit the 8,900-mark owing to weak Asian cues on Friday. At 10.10 a.m., the 30-share BSE index was down 205.43 points or 0.71 percent at 28,839.85 and the 50-share NSE index Nifty was down 63.65 points or 0.71 per cent at 8,888.85.Indian shares declined on global cues as investors weighed prospects for further monetary easing in Europe and possibility of interest rate hike by the U.S. Fed.Top five Sensex gainers were Wipro (+0.96%), TCS (+0.85%), ONGC (+0.71%), Power Grid (+0.35%) and GAIL (+0.32%), while the major losers were HDFC (-2.16%), ICICI Bank (-2.12%), Hero MotoCorp (-1.96%), Bajaj Auto (-1.73%) and Tata Motors (-1.63%).Axis Bank also lost over 2 percent on the BSE. Stocks of private lender Yes Bank that were trading low since yesterday also dipped 5.38 percent at Rs 1,259.00 at about 9.22 a.m.Telecom stocks edged higher and Bharti Airtel (up 0.34%), Idea Cellular (up 0.47%) and Reliance Communications (up 2.28%) were up. Bharti Infratel, the telecom arm of Bharti Airtel, was up 1.63%.Stocks of Essar Shipping Ltd were trading 6.68 percent down at Rs 26.35 at about 9.17 a.m.Among BSE sectoral indices, banking index fell the most by 1.34 percent, realty 1.06 percent, metal 1.04 percent and FMCG 1.01 percent. On the other hand, oil and gas index was up 0.11 percent, healthcare 0.06 percent, power 0.06 percent and IT 0.05 percent.”Asian stocks fell the most in a month and regional bonds joined a global debt selloff as investors weighed prospects for further monetary easing in Europe and Japan. US stocks on Thursday closed lower after the European Central Bank kept key interest rates steady but disappointed some by not announcing additional measures to boost Europe’s sluggish economy. US consumer credit surged up by $17.7 billion in July after climbing by an upwardly revised $14.5 billion in June. Economists had expected consumer credit to rise by $15.6 billion compared to the $12.3 billion increase originally reported for the previous month,” according to a report by SMC global.The Indian rupee also fell in early trade on Friday for the second consecutive session. The currency opened at 66.57 per dollar, down 16 paise compared to previous day’s closing value of 66.41 a dollar.last_img read more

Nirma raises Rs 4000 crore debt to fund Lafarge deal

first_imgDetergent major company Nirma on Thursday raised Rs. 4,000 crore debt to buy the cement business of French firm LafargeHolcim India. This is the largest rupee bond sale for a leveraged buyout.Nirma has raised the amount for the deal from Nirchem, a special purpose vehicle created by the company for the buyout.”The Rs. 4,000 crore five-year bond sale by Nirma offers a yield of 8.68 percent and was oversubscribed 1.5 times. This is the largest rupee bond sale for a leveraged acquisition as also the largest AA-rated debt instrument,” an investment banker was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.The banker added that the issue had been closed successfully and will be listed on the exchanges. The Ahmedabad-based company has appointed Barclays, Credit Suisse and IDFC to manage the issue.In July, Swiss cement major LafargeHolcim had announced that it had signed an agreement with Nirma to sell all of its assets to the Indian firm for $1.4 billion (about Rs. 9,400 crore) on getting clearance from the Competition Commission of India (CCI).During the time Lafarge had said it would use proceeds from the sale to reduce its debt.LafargeHolcim’s India will continue to have a presence through its subsidiaries, ACC Ltd. and Ambuja Cements Ltd, which have a combined cement capacity of over 60 million tonnes.The diversified Nirma group of companies has interests in soaps, detergents, salt, soda ash, caustic soda, cement and packaging, among others. The India assets sale to Nirma is part of LafargeHolcim’s larger divestment programme for the year, which comprises three cement plants and two grinding stations with a total capacity of around 11 million tonnes per annum.last_img read more

GM Quader for forming ministry or commission for minorities

first_imgJatiya Party chief GM Quader speaks at a discussion marking the Janmashtami at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday. Photo: UNBJatiya Party chairman GM Quader on Saturday laid emphasis on constituting either a ministry or a commission for protecting the interests of minority communities in the country, reports UNB.“Either a minority ministry or a minority commission can be there in the country to protect the interests of them. It’ll also help them move forward,” he said.The JaPa chief came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Sri Krishna Seba Sangha at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Shri Krishna.He said their party will always remain beside the minority communities as they were in the past, and play an effective role both in parliament and on the streets in realising their justified demands.Quader said there should not be any conflict and division among communities of different religions as the goal of all religions is to build a society based on justice and fairness.He said only five per cent people intend to abuse religion and create anarchy in society to make their personal gains, but people never accept them.The JaPa chief said the religious harmony will remain intact in Bangladesh as major parties here believe in communal harmony.Quader recalled that their party’s late chairman and his elder brother HM Ershad took various steps during his rule in the interest of the Hindu community.He said Ershad announced a public holiday on the occasion of Janmashtami and formed a Hindu Kalyan Trust to secure their rights and interests.last_img read more

Child Struck By Foul Ball At CubsAstros Game Player Breaks Down In

first_imgCopyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Listen David J. Phillip/APA young child is carried from the stands after being injured by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Wednesday.A young child was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. in a terrifying scene during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s nationally televised game in Houston.Almora kept his eyes on the ball as it whizzed past the third-base line, past the existing safety netting and into the stands at Minute Maid Park. He clasped his head in his hands and let out a cry as fans gasped. He then fell to his knees burying his face in his arms. Teammate Jason Heyward and manager Joe Maddon attempted to console him as he cried.The Astros infield also dropped to their knees as a man, who seemed to be with the girl, scooped her up and rushed the child up the stadium stairs.Here is Albert Almora’s reaction as his foul ball struck a very young fan. A really horrific moment. Kids fall in love with the game of baseball after going to the ballpark and experiencing a Major League Baseball game. This shouldn’t happen. PRAYERS. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/yOGfrqpmMF— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) May 30, 2019Almora struggled to play through the remainder of the inning. When it was over, he walked into the stands where he spoke with a security guard. The conversation ended in an embrace with Almora becoming overcome with emotion.After Albert Almora Jr. struck a young fan with a foul ball, in between innings he went immediately over to that section to ask about the situation. You can see he is overwhelmed with emotion as him and the security guard have a moment. This is just a terrible & sad situation. pic.twitter.com/Yh3wWmDjhx— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) May 30, 2019“All we heard was screaming,” said David LeVasseur told the Houston Chronicle. “We saw this dad pick up a child and run up the stairs. He took off running.”LeVasseur said the ball eventually landed at his feet.“I (came) upstairs and see the first aid guys up there and the dad is holding the girl. She (was) alert, she’s conscious, she’s fine. I was just going to give somebody in the family the ball. They kind of, naturally, shook it off. I asked the first aid guy if she was OK and he said he didn’t know.”In a statement, the Astros confirmed the girl was taken to the hospital but offered no details on her condition. “We are not able to disclose any further details at this time. The Astros send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family,” the team said.The Astros released the following statement. Our thoughts are with the entire family. pic.twitter.com/f1VGVP1kiu— Houston Astros (@astros) May 30, 2019Speaking with reporters following the game, Almora said, “As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her.” He said the rest of the at-bat “was kind of a blur.”“I had to try to keep my composure during that at-bat, but when that half-inning was over, I just couldn’t hold it anymore,” he added.In 2017, New York Yankee Todd Frazier hit a foul ball that struck a young girl in the stands. The incident renewed the debate over more extensive protection for fans in major league ballparks, eventually leading all 30 teams to implement extended safety nets in 2018.MORE: Houston Matters Discusses Fan Safety At Sporting Events To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X 00:00 /07:27 last_img read more

DC Speed Youth Track Club New Coach Ken Dudley Striving to Make

first_imgKen Dudley is the new coach of youth track-and-field club DC Speed. (Photo by Breana Pitts)Ken Dudley just wanted to give his sons a competitive edge in youth football, so he signed them up for track and field with DC Speed, the premier youth track club in Washington, D.C. The club needed more coaches, and Dudley had prior coaching experience, so he volunteered to coach the 11-to-12-year-olds.Four years later, Dudley is the new head coach of DC Speed and looking to propel the District to the forefront of youth athletics through track and field. Children from ages 6 to 18 can join DC Speed, and the year-round track club already has 120 youth athletes for the 2016 outdoor season.“Right now, the kids aren’t learning proper form and the proper way to play these sports. That’s what we’re here for,” said Dudley. “We know eventually we have to hand these kids off to another coach, so we want to have these kids prepared to the best of their ability to be handed off and to be exceptional.”Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Dudley attended Hampton University and John Hopkins University. In 2000, he founded his company Majestic Builders, which renovates and builds houses in the Washington metropolitan area. Now, as a father of four children—Kenny Jr., Bryce, Daniel and Julia—Dudley spends most of his free time providing D.C. youth with the resources to build character, confidence and self-esteem, on and off the track.Members of DC Speed, a youth track-and-field club that caters to children ages 6-18. (Photo Courtesy DC Speed)“You get out what you put in. I try to hold the kids accountable, just like I would an adult,” said Dudley. “When we give them specific directions we expect them to execute. We expect all the kids to also have fun.”The team regularly participates in team-building exercises, such as traveling to Terrapin Adventures for a rope course and game nights involving the whole family. As a family-oriented team, DC Speed also supports its athletes in other activities outside of track and field, including school plays, community service and other sports.DC Speed, founded in 2007, is managed by an executive board of parents and volunteers. Cynthia McEwen, who serves as the board’s president, said Dudley’s ties to the D.C. community, as a resident and business owner, made him an ideal candidate for the head coaching position.“It’s important for us to make sure our leadership is in the community and understands not just some of the challenges we face, but also has stakes in what we want to do here in the city, in terms of how we give back and what we can do to enhance the children whose lives we touch,” said McEwen.Despite being a nonprofit organization under the Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Speed’s biggest challenge is finding a facility to house its program. This season, the club is practicing at Banneker Recreation Center in Northwest D.C., and in previous years, they bounced around between public high school facilities in the area. Finding a year-round facility is important because the athletes don’t just run track, they also throw javelin and shot put, and do long jump, high jump and triple jump.While board members reach out to D.C. Public Schools and Councilmembers Brandon Todd and Kenyan McDuffie try to secure a long-term facility, Dudley is focused on teaching kids how to enjoy track and field, as well as mentoring them in their everyday lives.“My business model is to try to make my clients feel like they’re No. 1. I try to follow that (at DC Speed) and have the coaches follow that too,” said Dudley. “Whether I’m working with 10 kids or five kids, I want every kid, at the end of the day, to feel like they were the only kid on that track that I worked with.”last_img read more

Cyclogyro Flying Robot Improves its Angles of Attack

first_img Citation: Cyclogyro Flying Robot Improves its Angles of Attack (2009, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-cyclogyro-robot-angles.html As the engineers explained, a key feature of the pantograph-based variable wing mechanism is that it not only changes the angles of attack, but also expands and contracts according to wing positions. By creating larger lift forces and smaller anti-lift forces, this design could provide greater flying efficiency, as well as high maneuverability. The group’s study, “Development of a Flying Robot With a Pantograph-Based Variable Wing Mechanism,” will be published in an upcoming issue of IEEE Transactions on Robotics. The mechanism is an extension of two of the authors’ earlier prototype designed in 2006, which demonstrated that a cyclogyro-based flying robot could generate enough lift force to fly and carry a very small (10 g) payload. With the new mechanism, the researchers hoped to improve the efficiency. Through simulations and experiments, they focused on demonstrating the possibility of a flying robot with a pantograph-based mechanism. The engineers explained that, in the downstroke motion, the new mechanism can generate heavy lift forces in the upward direction by expanding the wings with larger angles of attack. Conversely, in the upstroke motion, the mechanism can reduce anti-lift forces in the downward direction by contracting the wings with smaller angles of attack. Due to this folding up motion of the wings, which creates a larger wing area in a small space, the rotorcraft can get a larger lift force compared with the authors’ previous strategy. The simulations and experiments (in which the rotorcraft was tethered for stability) showed that the robot could generate a lift force exceeding its own weight. Not only could this force allow the robot to fly, it means the robot could carry a significant payload (155 g). Accounting for the robot’s four rotors, the engineers hope that it may be possible to fly the robot with a battery, some sensors, and even a control board (currently, the robot receives power from an external supply).In the future, the engineers plan to develop a detailed aerodynamic analysis of the wing motion. Eventually, they hope to develop a full-body flying robot with the optimal parameters, including four sets of pantograph-based variable wings and a stabilizing controller. With its ability to rise, hover, and go backward, a cyclogyro flying robot could one day operate as a highly maneuverable micro air vehicle.More information: Hara, Naohiro; Tanaka, Kazuo; Ohtake, Hiroshi; and Wang, Hua O. “Development of a Flying Robot With a Pantograph-Based Variable Wing Mechanism.” IEEE Transactions on Robotics. To be published.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further A prototype design of the cyclogyro craft with five pantograph-based variable wingunits. Image credit: Naohiro Hara, et al. (c)2009 IEEE. For climbing robots, the sky’s the limitcenter_img But one intriguing flying mechanism that has received relatively little attention is a horizontal-axis rotorcraft – or “cyclogyro” craft. First proposed in the 1930s, a cyclogyro is a unique mechanism of generating lift forces, being propelled by horizontal rotating wings. Unfortunately, the few prototypes that were built at the time were unsuccessful at flying. The essential flying principle of the cyclogyro rotorcraft is that, as the wings rotate, their angle of attack must be altered so that the wings can lift and thrust at the appropriate times in the cycle. Designing such variable wings that can alter the angles of attack has proven difficult. But recently, a team of engineers consisting of Naohiro Hara, Kazuo Tanaka, and Hiroshi Ohtake from the University of Electro-Communications in Japan, and Hua O. Wang of Boston University in the US, have developed a cyclogyro flying robot with a new kind of variable wing mechanism. The mechanism is based on a pantograph, which is a mechanical linkage that was originally developed in the 17th century as a drafting tool for copying and scaling line drawings. In the flight performance experiment, the cyclogyro robot created enough lift force to fly. Image credit: Naohiro Hara, et al. (c)2009 IEEE. (PhysOrg.com) — In the past few decades, researchers have been investigating a variety of flying machines. Most studies have focused on improving the flying performance of standard flying mechanisms, rather than developing innovative flying mechanisms. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Of classic symphony

first_imgBe all set to be mersmerised by the duet performance by sitar exponent, Azeem Ahmed Alvi and tabla player Ustad Akram Khan Sitar Player on December 21 at the Triveni Kala Sangam at Mandi house in the Capital. Azeem Alvi’s composition has been composed in different taals like rupak, ektaal, teental. Azeem will play raag yaman with alaap jod jhaha. The composition in rupak tala will start after half beat. On the other hand Ustad Akram Khan will accompany the taals on table Azeem Ahmed Alvi, is one of India’s leading and Internationally known artiste in world music. Born in the family of classical Indian music as a tradition for six generations, he is deeply rooted in the Indian classical music and studied under Ustad Mohsin Ali Khan till the age of six. He gained his true potential and skill India’s biggest Sitar living legend, also from this family and his ‘Guru’ Padmashree awarded, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and his father  the renowned and respected Sitar maestros Ustad Sayyed Ahmed Alvi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Only in his twenties, Azeem Ahmed Alvi has established a strong foothold in the contemporary music scene both, in India and abroad. Already known to be one of the foremost sitar players of the world, he aspires to bridge the gap between Indian classical and western contemporary music. Through his musical expertise, he has dabbled in diverse genres like Sufi, Flamenco, Jazz, Electronica and Western Classical music.In 2012, he took his passion for traditional Indian music and the Sitar to a new level with the creation of his NGO, the Raag Mantra Music Foundation. He has recently concluded his 15th European tour with Harry Stojka when he performed at the Jazz Festival in Vienna, Stuttgart in Germany at the World Music Festival, Jazz-Fest in Nurnberg, Germany amongst many others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAkram Khan received his initial training in music from Late Ustad Niazu Khan who was famous for his technical style and guidance. He is also fortunate to have learnt from his great grandfather Ustad Mohd Shafi Khan. He continues his riyas and training under the able guidance of his father Ustad Ashmat Ali Khan. He has also undergone formal training at The Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and passed the Sangeet Praveen (Master Of Music) From there apart from Sangeet Visharad at Chandigarh. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He is also a top grade artiste from All India Radio, New Delhi.When: December 21 Where: Amphitheater, Triveni Kala Sangam,  Mandi Houselast_img read more

Bonds Worth the Investment

first_img Small businesses find it tough to get what they need from big telecom service providers, which more often create offerings with big businesses in mind–“one-size-fits-all” solutions that may or may not fit.In many cases, that one size is a T-1 line. At 1.5 megabits per second, that’s faster than some business connection alternatives–but it also can cost as much as $1,000 per month. For the most part, service providers are not in a rush to develop a more flexible solution for small businesses that ultimately would subtract from their bottom lines. Fortunately, there’s a work-around: an approach called broadband bonding. Simply put, it allows two or more broadband lines to be bonded into a single, more capacious pipe. Broadband bonding variations are offered by several companies, one of which is Mushroom Networks, founded in 2004 as a spinoff from the University of California, San Diego.Mushroom offers a box called the Truffle (cute, huh?) that uses bonding to aggregate as many as six lines of any type–DSL, cable modem, wireless, even T-1s–into one Internet link that allows multiple end-user connections. The full aggregate bandwidth is available to any of the users.Before you get worried about the potential cost of anything named after a pricey yet delicious fungus (the company also has a Porcini, which bonds four lines, and a Portabella, which aggregates wireless connections), listen to Mushroom CEO Cahit Akin’s contention that the Truffle delivers return on investment in just a few months:”Having two bonded DSL lines versus a T-1 can save you about 70 percent. We think there are small-business owners who have thought, ‘Is there some way I could combine lines to increase bandwidth and save money?’ These people have been looking to create options for themselves because they feel they have been faced with a lack of choices.” This story appears in the March 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read February 16, 2010 Register Now »last_img read more

A ban on sunscreen Hawaii takes first steps to save sea life

first_img Share A ban on sunscreen? Hawaii takes first steps to save sea life Thursday, May 3, 2018 HONOLULU – For many of us, we wouldn’t dare leave the house without slathering on some sunscreen. But in Hawaii, the must-have summer accessory will soon be hard to come by.Hawaii state lawmakers on Tuesday passed a measure that would ban the sale of sunscreens by 2021 containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in an effort to protect coral reefs. Scientists have found that the two substances commonly found in many sunscreens can be toxic to coral, which are a vital part of the ocean ecosystem and a draw for tourists in Hawaii.Consumers would only be allowed to buy sunscreen with the chemicals if prescribed by a health care provider, though the measure itself doesn’t ban online purchases or tourists from bringing their own.If Gov. David Ige signs the bill, Hawaii would become the first state to enact such legislation. A similar bill failed to pass last year, after it pitted environmental scientists against businesses and trade groups that benefit from the giant market for sun care products in the U.S. – worth more than $2 billion a year, according to research firm Euromonitor.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe bill is “a huge step forward to protecting our unique coral reef ecosystem, one of the ecological treasures of the world,” said Hawaii state senator Stanley Chang, who supported the measure. “By switching to other, more effective, reef-safe active ingredients, I am confident that sunscreen manufacturers, retailers, and the public will be even better off in the future.”“This is the first real chance that local reefs have to recover,” said Craig Downs, a scientist whose 2015 peer-reviewed study found oxybenzone was a threat to coral reefs. “Lots of things kill coral reefs, but we know oxybenzone prevents them from coming back.” It also affects sea urchins and kills algae, a source of food for sea turtles, he said.Opponents, however, are skeptical of the science.“What we’re really concerned with is that there aren’t very many independent studies out there that have gone for peer review,” said Tina Yamaki, president of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii. Yamaki said the ban might discourage people from buying sunscreen products from local brick-and-mortar stores. The American Chemistry Council also filed public comment opposing the bill, citing concerns over the dangers of sun exposure.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalEdgewell Personal Care, which makes Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen lotions, said it makes products free of the two chemicals. The company “will continue to ensure we comply with all relevant regulations concerning oxybenzone and octinoxate.”Many manufacturers already sell “reef-friendly” sunscreens, and companies can deplete current inventory ahead of the ban in 2021, Downs said.“We have so many problems with coral bleaching, and there is already so much contamination,” said Dr. Yuanan Lu, a professor and director of the environmental health laboratory at the University of Hawaii, who applauded the passage. “We have so many people who come to Hawaii, and some of the sunscreen ingredients can be toxic, harmful to marine systems.”With files from The Associated Presscenter_img By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

By Hubert Arnoldi UPF Germany On the afternoon of

first_imgBy Hubert Arnoldi, UPF GermanyOn the afternoon of May 21, 2017 we gathered at our Stuttgart UPF Interfaith Center on the occasion of the UN International Day of Families to listen to a talk on “The significance of the family in the religions” and to conduct an interreligious World Peace Blessing ceremony.UPF representative in Stuttgart, Hubert Arnoldi, emceed the event and first read some excerpts on the UN International Day of Families 2017. Then he explained how receiving the World Peace Marriage Blessing could help to unfold original love. The Family Federation for World Peace, founded in 1996, emphasizes the value of marriage and family for the individual as well as for society. For this reason, it conducts marriage blessing ceremonies all over the world for already married couples who renew their marriage vows and for unwed couples who give their vows to each other.In founding the world-wide Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Hak Ja Han Moon, who are also founders of UPF, highlighted the central value of marriage and family for people of all faiths. They teach that true love can best be realized in a family where God’s love resides. The relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters should all be imbued with fulfilling and lasting love.The blessing ceremony is simple. Couples meet in a certain place, give their vows and ex-change rings. A special prayer is said to bless the couples and ask for their protection. The couples express their willingness to follow God’s will and invest themselves in a life of true love, fidelity and stability in their marriage thus making a contribution for a peaceful world. Prior to the blessing vows, couples partake in a Holy Wine (or Nectar) Ceremony signifying internal purification.After the blessing, a short restoration ceremony (Korean: Tan Gam) is conducted which signifies the liberation from burdening resentments and painful feelings between husband and wife. To prepare themselves for a new and pure beginning of their married life, the couples go through a period – normally 40 days – of sexual abstinence during which they pray together. The completion of the blessing process is a private 3-day ceremony between husband and wife.The Blessing is open to all people of all beliefs. It opens up a new dimension of heavenly blessing and has proven to be an enormous help for participants in strengthening their religious life. The Blessing also serves as a means to overcome barriers which prevent us from fulfill our spiritual ideals and it can foster better understanding of people of other faiths.Good families stem from good marriages. Good marriages are based on good men and women. Unless we ourselves become people who embody goodness we won’t be able to realize goodness in our marriages and families.After the talk, following the tradition of the World Peace Blessings, 10 representative of the religious communities which were present – Sikh, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Scientology, Christian Science and Family Federation – offered a blessing prayer for all the participants in the room, so that each could receive the blessing, but also share and bestow it. Then the blessing vows were said and the Holy Wine (Nectar) administered. To conclude the ceremony, Hubert and Yoshiko Arnoldi offered a special blessing prayer.The atmosphere was very high and the musical piece “Blessing” by Celtic Woman marked the end of the blessing ceremony. Three couples from the Sikh religion, Sufi Islam and Scientology received the blessing of renewing their marriage. Mr. Subhraag Sing of the Sikh religion was awarded with the Peace Ambassador certificate.After the traditional “family photo” with all participants, we had coffee and cake and heart-felt sharing lasted for hours. Cordial thanks to all participants and helpers!last_img read more

Etsy Crafts a Plan to Go Public

first_img Add to Queue Etsy Crafts a Plan to Go Public –shares Next Article IPO Erin Griffith Register Now » 3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Etsy, the online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage goods, has filed for an initial public offering that is banking on the continued appetite for new Internet stocks.Reports speculated that the company could be valued in the public markets $2 billion. It said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it hopes to raise $100 million in the offering, although that amount is likely a placeholder.Etsy, founded in 2005, has ridden the “maker movement” to success, becoming synonymous with handmade crafts online. It has cultivated a devoted community of 1.4 million sellers and 19.6 million buyers, for whom the site is a sort of eBay for everything from reclaimed wood furniture to hand-made terrariums.Last year, Etsy took in $195 million in revenue, with just over half coming from transaction fees. The rest came from services the sites offers to sellers like promoted listings, payment processing and shipping labels.The company posted a loss of $15 million in 2014, up from $800,000 in the prior year. In a potentially worrisome sign to potential investors, it said that operating expenses are expected to “increase substantially.”Etsy retained Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Morgan Stanley as joint book-running managers with Allen & Company as co-manager. It plans to trade on Nasdaq under the symbol “ETSY.”A few years ago, Etsy lifted some of its stricter sales requirements, including a ban on sellers using certain manufacturing techniques and hiring staff that had been put into place to maintain the site’s homespun image. This gave the sellers that had made their Etsy shops into a full-time job the ability to expand, but critics warned that it might cause the site to lose what makes it special.Those concerns resurfaced around reports of the company’s public offering. In its filing Wednesday, Etsy noted the importance of “authenticity of our marketplace and connections within our community,” as one of the cornerstones of its business.“If we are unable to maintain them, our ability to retain existing members and attract new members could suffer,” the company’s regulatory filing said.CEO Chad Dickerson has long hinted that Etsy might try to avoid the traditional IPO route, followed by the likes of giants like Facebook, Twitter and videocamera maker GoPro. The company is a Certified B Corp, after all, so it technically has a “double bottom line,” which means it must make investors happy while also following more unconventional corporate guidelines that emphasize doing good.In 2012, Dickerson pointed to SurveyMonkey, the online survey company, as an example of a viable alternative to going public. Rather than sell or IPO, SurveyMonkey underwent an $800 million recapitalization in which it took on debt financing. This allowed the company to pay back its outside investors while remaining private and independent. However, Etsy, which raised almost $100 million in venture backing over the years, has chosen to list itself on Nasdaq.If successful, Etsy’s IPO will be a win for New York’s tech scene, which has seen its early leaders, blogging service Tumblr and location check-in app Foursquare, sell or struggle to find their way. It would also be a win for its venture investors, Glynn Capital Management, Index Ventures, Union Square Ventures and Accel Partners. Of course, that’s a big if. But how could anyone resist a cat in a handcrafted necktie? Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine March 5, 2015last_img read more

Businesses in Seattle Are Now Required to Make Some Bathrooms Gender Neutral

first_img Image credit: Shutterstock Next Article Businesses in Seattle Are Now Required to Make Some Bathrooms ‘Gender Neutral’ Seattle is taking steps to ensure bathrooms are open to all.On Monday, Seattle’s City Council unanimously passed legislation requiring all public spaces, including city-owned buildings and private businesses, to designate all single-stall restrooms as open to all genders. That means coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and stores will no longer have single stall bathrooms segregated by gender.”No one should live in fear when they use basic accommodations most of us take for granted,” Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement. “I applaud the Council for taking this important step to provide respect and safety for members of the transgender community.”Related: This Shower Head Is Blowing Up on Kickstarter Thanks in Part to Apple’s Tim Cook and Alphabet’s Eric SchmidtThe law will only affect current and future single stall bathrooms, and will not require the construction of new bathrooms or affect multi-stall bathrooms. In essence, compliance will be as simple as replacing “men’s” and “women’s” signs on bathroom doors with signage to indicate that the bathrooms are not gender exclusive.Last year, Philadelphia passed a similar bill. New York City is also considering legislation that would require single-stall bathrooms to be gender neutral. Transgender activists have supported such legislation as a solution for the fear of harassment and violence transgender people face when using bathrooms segregated by sex. Related: Tinder Regrets Its Drunk-Tweeting Response to Vanity Fair’s ‘Hook-Up’ Article Seattle –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Reportercenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Kate Taylor August 13, 2015 2 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

Instagram Rolls Out Option to Save Posts as Drafts

first_img September 21, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read Next Article –shares Latergrams — photos added to Instagram hours (or maybe days or years) after you snapped the shutter — just got easier to post thanks to the app’s new drafts feature.You can add effects, filters, a caption and location information to a photo and then save it as a draft, where it will remain in your Instagram photo library until you decide to post it.Trying to create a post that’s just right? With the latest update, you can save as a draft & come back to it later. https://t.co/7lZ0eyNtBC— Instagram (@instagram) September 20, 2016Instagram wrote in a tweet that the new feature is aimed at people “trying to create a post that’s just right.” It will also likely be helpful for social media managers who want to queue up posts.The feature requires you to start editing a photograph before you save it as a draft, so you can’t save large quantities of raw, unedited photos. To see posts saved as drafts, tap the camera icon in the bottom center of the screen and then tap “Library.” Posts will appear at the bottom of the screen below the drafts section.Drafts are now available for all users after undergoing beta testing earlier this month, according to Engadget. It’s a server-side update, which means you don’t have to update the app for the drafts option to appear. If you don’t see it immediately, wait a few hours and then restart the app.Instagram, owned by Facebook, once eschewed a feature-rich app and focused on its core mission of sprucing up your smartphone photos with eye-catching filters. But the drafts feature is the latest in a line of add-ons that have found their way to the platform in recent months, including a pinch-to-zoom feature and the Snapchat-like Stories section. Not all features have been successful; Instagram nixed its Photo Map view earlier this month. Posting latergrams just got a lot easier. Apply Now » Add to Queuecenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Image credit: Instagram via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Instagram Rolls Out Option to Save Posts as Drafts Tom Brant News reporter Instagramlast_img read more

Alteryx Expands APAC Presence to Amplify Analytics in Japan

first_imgAlteryx Expands APAC Presence to Amplify Analytics in Japan PRNewswireApril 16, 2019, 6:15 pmApril 16, 2019 Establishes Office in Tokyo, Invites Customers and Partners to Celebratory Launch EventAlteryx, Inc., revolutionizing business through data science and analytics, announced its new office opening in Tokyo. The new office will support the success of hundreds of current customers in the country, including Honda and Toyo Engineering, and growing demand for its end-to-end analytics and data science platform in the broader APAC market. This office opening is indicative of the company’s 96 percent year-over-year (YoY) growth in international markets for the full year 2018, which accounted for 29 percent of overall revenue as of Dec. 31, 2018.“By introducing Alteryx, we have improved efficiencies in our new income stream and with developing citizen data scientists,” said Yoshiaki Sugimoto, business development supervisory unit, Honda. “The Alteryx Platform also helps us obtain valuable knowledge and insights from driving data, now accessible to our community for an improved driving experience. We’re excited to have regional representation from Alteryx to support us in developing deeper expertise and increased agility in our data analytics initiatives.”“The Alteryx self-service analytics platform helps the team be more efficient and foster collaboration between end-users and IT for business analytics automation,” said Daisuke Tsuchiya, senior IT engineer at Toyo Engineering Corporation. “We welcome the Alteryx team to Japan and look forward to continued data victories together.”Marketing Technology News: SpotX and clypd Bridge Audiences between National Linear TV and OTTAfter announcing the establishment of its APAC headquarters in Singapore last year, Alteryx is expanding its impact in the region, strategically placing the Tokyo office to help accelerate analytic talent and capitalize on market potential in the dawn of digital transformation. The company appointed Ryo Yoshimura as country manager of Japan.  He will support Celine Siow, regional vice president of APAC and Japan, to build the company’s momentum in country and. Yoshimura and the local team in Japan will also work closely with the company’s partners in the region, including NTT Data, LHit, KCME and Classmethod.“Japan played a key role in the digital revolution of the 20th century with unique innovations in technology and science, and is continuing this leadership as technology leaders prioritize artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML),” said Ryo Yoshimura. “Our Tokyo presence will enable Alteryx to better partner with Japanese organizations, closing the gap between their visions for the future and reality. We will accomplish this by providing our code-free and code-friendly platform, global community and learning resources to develop data talent quickly and create an analytics-centric culture.”Marketing Technology News: G3G Partners with Symmetry for SAP Cloud Hosting ServicesIn addition to extending support to local customers, Alteryx aims to address the prominent data science talent gap that exists in Japan, consistent with global markets. In a recently published study, the World Economic Forum reveals that data-related jobs will be the most in demand within the next four to five years, along with AI and ML specialists. Alteryx is committed to helping companies across the globe increase data literacy and fuel a culture of analytics by providing a platform that simultaneously addresses the needs of the data analyst, data scientist and citizen data scientist, and puts the thrill of solving into the hands of the business user.Marketing Technology News: Evergage Appoints Laura Saati as VP of Customer Success for Evergage’s Retail Practice AlteryxAPAC MarketArtificial IntelligenceMarketing TechnologyNewsrevolutionizing businessToyo Engineering Previous Article6sense Secures $27 Million to Advance Bold Vision in B2B and ABMNext ArticleSTATS and Perform Combine to Expand Global Reach and Accelerate Innovation in Sportslast_img read more

MarTech Interview with Joel Horwitz Senior Vice President Marketing at WANdisco

first_imgMarTech Interview with Joel Horwitz, Senior Vice President Marketing at WANdisco Sudipto GhoshMay 24, 2019, 2:30 pmMay 22, 2019 “People need to write and create quality content, which tends to do better in the long term, rather than creating volumes of material that nobody will see.” The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. Tell us about your role and journey into marketing technology? How did you arrive at WANdisco?Joel Horwitz: I didn’t ever intend on getting into marketing, however, it turns out I’m pretty good at breaking up complex technical ideas to help others learn and build novel products. I think that skill comes from my science, engineering, and entrepreneurship background. I have a master’s in science and engineering from the University of Washington, and I also have an International MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.Marketing is no longer what you would see in the TV show Mad Men. It’s not just about coming up with great creative ideas and doing brand marketing. A lot more marketing these days is very analytical, and the products are far more nuanced and technical. With the “consumerization” of IT, technical buyers expect sellers to deeply understand their complex problems and be much more prescriptive in their solutions. Technical buyers have often already researched the problem from online resources far before the first conversation with someone. That’s why there is so much investment in digital experience and self-service products.I joined WANdisco last year after I had worked with them at IBM. Having just formed an OEM partnership with the company, CEO David Richards and I met for the first time over dinner in 2016. At the time, we were discussing the current joint solution partnership to deliver disaster recovery and high availability for Hadoop, which naturally led to a discussion about the future of the technology. I shared with David what I had observed while at IBM – that a lot of our clients were migrating to the cloud and using cloud data services, like Apache Spark, and storing their data in object storage, not Hadoop Distributed File System.I told David how WANdisco has an advantage due to the unique WANdisco consensus technical capability that no one else has, which is to copy really large amounts of data across a wide area network. That can be handy for people who are migrating to the cloud. IBM at times was really struggling with figuring out how to help customers migrate to the cloud because the lift and shift model was not working for large and complex data sets.  That comment led to further discussions about working with WANdisco, and eventually I was recruited to join the team to lead the category creation of LiveData for MultiCloud.Prior to that, I had encountered WANdisco as being within the big data category, and I just always really loved their brand and culture. I really believe that WANdisco Chief Scientist, Inventor and Co-Founder Dr. Yeturu Aahlad and the WANdisco team David has assembled are some of the best people I’ve encountered in my career.How should marketing professionals prepare themselves for the data-driven environment? What kind of talent and skill alignment is needed to build a prosperous career in this competitive industry?I would say that there’s no such thing as a generalist marketer anymore. I won’t necessarily hire a marketing person who doesn’t have significant experience with data and analytics, especially if they’re going to work for a technology company that’s selling to large enterprises. Marketers live and die by their ability to measure what matters and predict the outcome of their direct efforts.The good news is that it is a unique time for marketers because there are so many online courses that you can take for free to learn about analytics or data science. Whether it is events, social, content, product, design, communications, or analyst relations, it is imperative for a marketer to understand the process deeply, to have laser focus on an objective, and to have the key results to measure it by. For example, it’s no longer enough to come up with a creative campaign with advertisements, collateral, and a call to action. It is more important to have a deep understanding of the right measurements, taxonomy, and configured testing to continuously optimize. Being data driven is so much more than just the tools and methodology provided by data science and advanced analytics.What kind of talent and skill alignment is needed to build a prosperous career in this industry?Domain knowledge is key. I don’t know if you can be a good marketer if you don’t have a deep enough understanding about your target customers that you’re selling to and how your product meets their needs.  That is really the key. I’ve observed numerous times where I’ve asked somebody who their customer is, and they throw me a title but that doesn’t tell me anything about the person. What do they read? Where do they hang out? What is their favorite sport? How do they spend their free time? What are the adjacent products or solutions that are in consideration?How did your previous roles at IBM, Datameer and H2O.ai help you to prepare for your current role at WANdisco?I’ve always been attracted to joining cutting edge companies, big or small, when they are going through change. At Datameer, I had the opportunity to launch a first-of-its-kind SaaS product on AWS before there were other business intelligence SaaS companies like Looker. We also launched a data app market that same year with 32 discrete apps for hundreds of cloud services like Salesforce, Zendesk, Atlassian, Google Analytics, Linkedin, Twitter, and others to try to reach business analysts where they were.Our goal was to make it easy for new Datameer users to learn how to use the product and experience an “ah ha” moment sooner. At H2O, I joined as the first head of marketing and relaunched their company brand as an in-memory processing competitor to Databricks. The old brand was called 0xData and it became H2O.ai, a community driven company that was solely focused on machine learning.When I joined IBM, there wasn’t even a role for data scientists – it didn’t exist. With the launch of the Spark Technology Center and the Data Science Experience, I delivered a go-to-market strategy to re-platform the analytics portfolio to focus on the emerging data science, machine learning and data application market.  At the same time, we formed several strategic partnerships with RStudio, Anaconda, Lightbend, and others.WANdisco is going through what we call the “second act” of the company’s Wide Area Network Distributed Computing strategy where we deliver on the modern IT infrastructure (i.e. multicloud) like no one else can.  Having started with distributed code, moving to distributed data and soon to distributed ledgers, WANdisco is the only company that is well-positioned to usher in the multicloud era.Companies who are going through product and strategic transformation have always been attractive to me and have ultimately prepared me for my current role.Which key technologies for marketing and sales are you keenly following?Definitely Salesforce. I follow that religiously to see where our pipeline is. I think any good marketer needs to be able to tell you at the drop of a hat what their pipeline is looking like in a given quarter. Aside from that, I’m big on social media, digital experiences, and community marketing. To me, every marketer should be testing messaging, copy, and positioning constantly. This is why I enjoy tweeting, starting meetups, and writing blog posts. One of the tools I really like is TweetDeck.  It has a nice dashboard if you’re looking at Twitter and following different people at once. I usually have that running in the background. It’s almost like my stock feed.  However, you can’t get away from Google Analytics (or a similar web analytics platforms), Pardot (or a similar CRM), YouTube, Drupal (CMS), Adobe Suite, and many more marketing platforms used daily.In marketing there are always new tools and platforms entering the market. As of late, programmatic advertising has really fascinated me, as have the developments in account-based marketing. I did some advisory work for MediaMath, which is a programmatic ad platform used to target profiles across multiple domains. I don’t think a lot of marketers realize that you can use these types of new platforms to reach out to different journals and trades. There’s no longer a need to go one by one. Not to mention, MediaMath has also been introducing AI into the mix to generate highly optimized and targeted advertisements.How does WANdisco help in data management across various cloud environments?WANdisco solves a really difficult problem. To put it simply, how do you migrate your data to the cloud without having to shut down your business? As they say, “Data is the lifeblood of the business.” As such, the problem with data is that it’s always on. You don’t just turn off your website when you want to move to a different web content management platform. You set up a staging environment, run tests, and then switch on the new site as you shut down the old one. Data migration is even more challenging than a website, with far more dire consequences if you make a mistake. For example, you can lose data in the process, you can waste significant capital investments and most importantly, you lose time.WANdisco solves the migration problem by doing what some people have told us is like breaking the laws of physics. We use consensus and distributed coordination engines to continuously monitor all data and then update any change at all endpoints as it is migrating. We are the only company that can do that.How does partnering with AWS help to understand and mitigate challenges in the cloud-related hybrid data lake scenarios?I read a stat that said 94% of all AWS customers use object storage. It is highly likely that your data is already being stored on one cloud vendor like AWS. 58% of companies report they are already using multiclouds and it’s advantageous to use data with another cloud vendor, like Google, to take leverage their proprietary services. Even if you continue to only use one cloud vendor, you may want to expand your operations to a new geographic region. WANdisco makes all these scenarios possible without having to re-architect your applications. Furthermore, critical cloud services are not all the same. For example, Microsoft Cognitive Services are not the same as Google’s AI Cloud services, and AWS’s Lambda service is not the same as Google’s Cloud Functions services, nor IBM’s Fabric services versus Microsoft’s Ethereum Blockchain services. People using these platforms want choice. We help any cloud customer, including AWS, get more out of their data and avoid being locked in.  Our priority is to provide a way to replicate data over a wide area network with LAN speeds without the complexity or added risk to business operations.Regarding the hybrid data lake strategy, we essentially allow our customers to re-distribute their data from a Hadoop Distributed File System on-premise environment, otherwise known as a data lake, to a data lake based on Object Storage or HDFS on any public cloud. Our approach is not to dictate to our clients how they set up their data environments. Instead, our focus is on the solution to move their business forward no matter the underlying file systems. We allow them to implement a decentralized data strategy while still ensuring their data remains live. This is why we call this our LiveData Strategy.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in data management and customer data management? Are these two different from each other?The cloud is very disruptive to data management, specifically the notion of it being decentralized. I think companies have gone back and forth between all data being under lock and key, and a decentralized data management architecture. Organizations need to find a way to live in a decentralized world and that means investing in distributed technology. This doesn’t only relate to data but everything that is becoming decentralized such as ledgers, code, algorithms, or any IT asset. My prediction is that all things are going to be distributed or decentralized and the complexity to manage assets is going to increase exponentially.This also relates to customer data, but what is customer data anymore? Is it your photos, your address, your DNA even? No, because we make most of that information public via our social networks. What’s really becoming customer data are the algorithms that describe and even predict our behaviors. For example, Apple stores your health, purchases, browser, and personal data on its clouds yet its machine learning and prediction models are left encrypted on your device. They don’t upload those models to the cloud because they know that is more sensitive than even the data itself. Essentially, algorithms would provide someone with the ability to predict your actions, your health and essentially the very nature of your being. For example, how you make decisions, what your prejudices are and deep insights that are considered highly personal. Customer data can get scary. I think a lot of preparation and thought needs to be put into how to protect customer data. If we don’t, there is the potential for very bad things to happen.How can marketing teams better prepare for AI and automation? How do you prepare for these technologies at WANdisco?I don’t think AI is around the corner. It’s still very early, even in just the script of analytics and predictive analytics. The same is true for machine learning.AI and automation are both great and I would love to see their powers combined. For example, we use our own basic lead scoring capability, and it would be fantastic if that scoring could be updated based on what we actually see. As a marketer, I encourage my team to go and read up on ways to use these technologies to free up time, so that we can get back to talking to customers and doing the things that really matter as opposed to spending hours in the data and trying to figure out if a lead is good or bad.The creative side and the customer listening, however, is not so easy for AI and automation to do. There’s empathy and creativity involved, which as far as I know hasn’t been reproduced. I mean, just ask Siri a question. She’s neither empathetic nor creative with her answers half the time.Which marketing and sales automation tools and technologies do you currently use in your current role?We use a product called DiscoverOrg. A lot of your time as a marketer is spent trying to understand your customers. Organizations are so amorphous these days. It’s hard to tell who’s in what department and if they have influence. Do they have a need? Do they have the budget? What’s the bigger strategic piece they’re working on?DiscoverOrg helps us identify people within an organization and understand a bit more about them to profile them better and send them relevant information, as opposed to spamming them.Then there are the usual suspects: Pardot, Salesforce, TweetDeck, and Google Analytics. I haven’t really put too much emphasis on AI and automation. I find that sometimes people try to do too much, too fast. In my opinion, it’s better to do a lot of the manual actions so that you can change it quickly if it’s not working. Only once it is working you can start activating the automation process.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in AI and data management technology on content creation business for 2019 and beyond that?Facebook and Twitter are using AI to curate content and repost it. Nuzzel is a good example of curation that’s happening with AI – they create a newsletter for you that you can publish. As far as content creation with AI and data management I tend to shy away from that. At IBM, I remember hearing a stat that more than 50% of all the marketing content that was created at IBM had never once even been seen by a customer – which is crazy. I think people need to write and create quality content, which tends to do better in the long-term, rather than creating volumes of material that nobody will see.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now?I’m an adviser to a few – one is called Caravel. They’re based in Portland, Oregon. They use AI in the shopping experience in the direct to consumer market. So, think about a retailer that has their own mobile app. They’re training AI or other models to be more conversational and help you browse a catalogue. I think conversational AI is going to be really helpful. It will reflect the in-store experience where you ask someone “Where are the coats and where are the shoes?” and they point in a direction. I think we need to stay grounded in the ingrained behaviors that already exist. Where I’ve seen AI go sideways is when people are solving problems that don’t exist.MediaMath is fascinating. They’re doing cool things with AI in advertising. How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a marketing leader? I think you need to focus on ingrained behaviors. I’m reading this book called Sapiens and it’s all about homo-sapiens over the last tens of thousands of years and how we’ve evolved. The reality is that AI is not going to be this panacea that solves everything for us. The same behaviors are going to continue to exist.For example, Amazon is the digital equivalent of the traditional printed Sears catalogue. People are still choosing items they want, and their needs continue to be met. The things to consider for an AI-centric world as a marketing leader is to focus on those behaviors and spotting where machine learning and AI can actually improve an experience that already makes sense for you as marketers.For example, having an AI customer support agent is a good idea to an extent. I’ve seen a lot of value in that. As a marketer, I would be watching out for AI products or capabilities that can enhance an experience to benefit your customers.How do you inspire your people to work with technology?For most of the people I work with, it’s really ingrained into our society. For example, if you are active on social platforms like Twitter, then you are already capable of marketing. When it comes to working with technology, I encourage my team to spend time with customers or with the technical people. It’s not just about working with tech. It’s truly understanding the people and how technology works. I think a lot of what marketing is about being authentic. One word that best describes how you work?Hustler. At H2O, I had the title of Chief Hustler. My goal is to always optimize my time and figure out how to create more output with the same input. Running around, getting people to work with each other, setting the direction and ultimately always being on the lookout for people, processes or products that can help. It’s a constant hustle for me. What apps, software or tools can’t you live without?I would say iMessage, that’s a big one. I would say I can’t live without Apple – they make great products. I would say Slack to a degree, and I like the Notes app as I take a lot of notes. I also record a lot of conversations with customers.What’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack?I try not to have any meetings on Fridays so that I can go back through the week to summarize the email initiatives, the progress I’ve made, and then make my to-do list before the weekend so that I can really detach. I think it’s really important to have a work-life balance. My hack is to try and not have any lingering work-related items going into the weekend. I really try to close out by the end of the week, and then start fresh on Sunday night or Monday morning.What are you currently reading? (What do you read and how do you consume information?)I’m constantly reading. The last memorable book that I read was called Who Is Michael Ovitz. It was all about the super-agent in Hollywood and how he started his firm called Creative Artists Agency. It’s a fascinating story about how he pulled the industry ecosystem towards him by building out the complete solution/product. For example, he would get the director or the actor, the screenwriter, the producers all onboard and then take that to a studio to be produced. He could therefore negotiate a better price, or a better deal, with the studio.I also tend to listen to a lot of podcasts to get information. I always find that reading tends to put me to sleep for some reason, so I listen to podcasts at night. I also check news regularly on Twitter and Apple News. Otherwise usually it’s through word-of-mouth, people sending me recommendations or suggestions on what to read.What’s the best advice you ever received?I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with some extremely talented people over the years, and I’ve learned so much from them. There’s lots of great nuggets of wisdom that I picked up along the way. But the one that I always come back to is from when I was researching nanotechnology in graduate school. I was struggling because I was working on my graduate thesis. Perhaps I was trying to do too much, or I was trying to go in different directions. My advisor one day approached me and said, “You know, you should really do what you know. Do what you’re really good at. You’re good at business so you should do business.”I don’t know if that was a nice way of telling me like I shouldn’t be a researcher and that I was no good at it. Maybe he recognized that I was spending more of my time at business and entrepreneur society meetings. I liked to work with the business students to take technology and try to productize it. I worked on a lot of projects like that. So that was probably the best piece of advice – do what you’re good at and be the best at that. Figuring that out is sometimes not readily apparent for most people, including myself.Something you do better than others. The secret of your success?I wouldn’t say I do a lot of things necessarily better than others. I think I do a lot of things differently.  I would describe as what I do better has been to really think about all aspects of a product, dissect a problem into its parts and understand how to describe that to somebody else. As a marketer you need to be able to describe complex things, especially in the age of technologies.I come from a family who really likes to tell stories. My sister is in communications, my mom is an entrepreneur and investment banker, and my dad is in sales. We’re all outgoing people. I was blessed early on in understanding the value of telling stories. I think that still helps me today.Tag the one person or more in the industry who answers to these questions you would love to read?I think whoever is doing marketing at Tesla is impressive. I’d love to hear what they’re up to. For example, the fact that you can buy a car off their website with Apple Pay – I’d like to know the thinking that went into that. That’s pretty fascinating.One person I’d love to hear from is whoever is doing marketing at Microsoft. They’ve had a nice turnaround story. It’s Amazon and Microsoft that are essentially leading the cloud at this point.  Google and IBM invested millions, if not tens of millions of dollars, and the marketing just wasn’t there – something was missing. I would love to understand from someone at Microsoft about how they went after the cloud, how they won where so many others who are identical to them (and maybe somewhat better) came up short.Thank you, Joel! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. Joel is an experienced high-tech Marketing professional with a diverse background in research & development, product strategy and corporate development. Prior to WANdisco, he was the Global Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Offerings for IBM’s Digital Business Group. At IBM, he also led the formation of IBM Data Science and Machine Learning product portfolio thru strategic marketing and partner ecosystem development. Additionally, he delivered accretive growth at various data & analytics startups, including AVG Technologies, Datameer, Alpine Data Labs, and H2O.ai; through the introduction of platform partnerships, self-service offerings, and digital marketing.Joel holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS and BS in Nanotechnology from the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He is a board member of NUMFocus, an advisor to a number of startups, and a volunteer in his local community. About WANdiscocenter_img AtlassianAutomationdata scienceGoogle AnalyticsH2O.aiIBMinterviewsJoel HorwitzLinkedInmachine learningMarTech InterviewOEMonline resourcesSalesforceTwitterWANdiscoZendesk Previous ArticleCellebrite and Relativity Partner to Deliver Data From Mobile Devices Directly into Relativity and RelativityOneNext ArticleTechBytes with Patrick Reynolds, CMO at SessionM WANdisco is shaping the future of data infrastructure with its groundbreaking LiveData platform, enabling companies to finally put all their data to work for the business – all the time, at any scale. Only WANdisco makes data always available, always accurate, and always protected, delivering hyperscale economics to support exponential data growth with the same IT budget. With significant OEM and go-to-market partnerships with IBM, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle and other industry titans – as well as hundreds of customers among the Global 2000 – WANdisco is igniting a LiveData movement worldwide. MarTech Interview Series About JoelAbout WANdiscoAbout Joellast_img read more

Telaria Expands EMEA Leadership Team With Appointment of Industry Veterans

first_img Bill SwansonEMEAMark ZagorskiMarketing Technology NewsNewsTelariavideo advertising Previous ArticleNew Research Sponsored By Precima Shows Shoppers Expect Even More Personalization in Digital Food RetailNext ArticleHow to Create a Customer-Centric Strategy for Your Business Bill Swanson and Carole Dubourg to Help Grow Telaria’s Global Premium Video and CTV Opportunities      Telaria, Inc. , the complete software platform to manage video advertising for premium publishers, has hired Bill Swanson as VP, EMEA to lead the company’s growth in the region. He will report to Telaria Chief Strategy Officer Doug Campbell and will be based out of the company’s London office. Carole Dubourg has also joined the company as Country Manager for France where she is based in Telaria’s Paris office.  Mr. Swanson is a seasoned digital media and advertising veteran with over 20 years of industry experience. He was most recently Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA, at PubMatic where he was responsible for launching and growing the company’s EMEA supply side platform business and driving its expansion through opening multiple offices across the region. Mr. Swanson has also held roles at leading publishers including The Independent (ESI Media), The Times, and The Sun (News UK) which has provided him unique insight into the opportunities programmatic video can create for them. Ms. Dubourg was most recently Country Lead in France at Sizmek where she managed the sales team and developed and expanded relationships with all the platform’s stakeholders. Previously, she was the Managing Director of Digital at Doctissimo, a Group Lagardere company where she was responsible for monetization across all digital properties. Ms. Dubourg has also held leadership positions at Ovalie Communication, Yahoo! and Canal+.  Marketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech Technology “We’re delighted to have Bill and Carole join Telaria to further solidify our global leadership team and help extend our video platform footprint throughout EMEA,” said Mark Zagorski, CEO at Telaria. “Cord cutting is becoming a global phenomenon, and as advertisers seek to connect with audiences in new OTT environments across Europe, having experienced leaders to help publishers take advantage of this opportunity is essential.”  “Telaria has built a leading position in connected TV and premium video in the U.S., and I’m looking forward to leveraging that expertise and unique technology for the growing CTV/OTT market in EMEA,” said Mr. Swanson. “With transparent business models and technology that simplify challenges and unlock programmatic video opportunities for publishers and brands, Telaria is perfectly positioned to accelerate growth in the region as more brands and agencies look to access cord cutters and premium video takes off.” Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI SDK” – New “Software Development Kit for Artificial Intelligence” Supports AI Conversations in Multiple Languages “I’m excited to join Telaria at this strategic time as television and digital video undergo significant changes in France. I see enormous potential for Telaria’s proven technology in digital video and connected TV in this region, and I look forward to contributing to the company’s accelerated growth,” said Ms. Dubourg.  Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital Era Telaria Expands EMEA Leadership Team With Appointment of Industry Veterans PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 3:55 pmJune 11, 2019 last_img read more

Goldilocks Principle of Marketing The Need for a Consistent View of the

first_img Consumer Journeye-commercee-mailJellyfishPrinciple of MarketingROISocial Media Previous ArticleThe Age of AI and Wall StreetNext ArticleTechBytes with Sarah Assous, SVP Marketing at Zoovu Goldilocks Principle of Marketing: The Need for a Consistent View of the Consumer Journey Jai AminJune 17, 2019, 9:00 amJune 14, 2019 Marketing and Advertising professionals running brands big and little around the globe are facing a similar dilemma in Consumer Journey. Mapping marketing impact and swiftly gaining insights to drive increased ROI was never easy  – several of the instruments we rely upon were developed when we were primarily marketing on a handful of television networks, a few radio stations, and in local newspapers.The challenge has only grown with the proliferation of entertainment and news options available with cable television, non-terrestrial radio, e-mail, social media, and the myriad distractions popping up almost every day.Read More: 3 Simple Steps to Meet Current GDPR Compliance“We still don’t have a consistent view of the customer,” says Gartner analyst Christi Eubanks. She believes that this perspective is critical if we want to, “Optimize Spend, Increase Attention, and Maximize Satisfaction.” This failure to get a “consistent view of the customer” can cause significant challenges when marketers look to maximize the performance of their marketing mix.The challenge is simple to understand but, until recently, not easy to solve. Marketers have a view of call center performance. They get reports galore on Email Marketing Open Rates. They receive click-through rates in Digital and GRPs on TV. Their POS systems deliver retail sales numbers and brand tracking studies to help them assess awareness. They have net promoter score surveys to tell them satisfaction.Marketers are managing their business by these metrics – why would a consistent view of the customer be necessary?Let’s say your Display Marketing manager is laser-focused on generating online sales. Measuring Display Advertising Performance based on its ability to drive e-commerce seems a logical connection. However, if you’re selling both on your website and in retail locations, this approach may fail to measure the impact online display has on sales at your brick-and-mortar locations.Read More: Fully Connected: How to Get Developing Countries OnlineWithout a consistent view of the customer, you may miss the insight that Display Advertising with coupons was converting because of their interaction with the TV campaign running at the same time.Often Marketing managers don’t have visibility or control over every Consumer Interaction. Therefore, it is tempting to hold managers accountable for a click, GRP, immediate sale, or something narrow and easily measured. Inertia from old methods has become a trap for some. On the one hand, marketers know that they have to be masters of data-driven decision making.On the other side, there are real challenges to overcome if a company wants to move to a unified system of measurement that comprises the entire consumer journey.Mark Greatrex, CMO at COX Communications, recently shared his perspective on the challenge.In their retail stores, the COX team learned that focusing on narrow conversion metrics incentivized behavior that hurt overall sales. It failed to appreciate that their Retail team members might be closing a transaction with one customer, and educating another customer about the benefits of their solutions. The focus on conversion failed to appreciate the need for Customer Education. They had to look at the consumer journey and meet the consumer at the point in the journey with the support that mattered most.This shift in thinking allowed the COX team to optimize their effort to overall sales of the store rather than the short-term selling behavior of each staff member. In doing so, they increased sales overall.COX isn’t the only company working to overcome the pernicious, limiting conclusions of siloed measurement. Leading brands are finding that the old way of measuring Marketing performance is restricting overall marketing ROI and failing to uncover the hidden opportunities to leverage interaction effects between channels. Outlined here are some specific pitfalls from real-world situations.Read More: Why Sellers.json is a Major Leap Forward in Transparent Programmatic AdvertisingFailing to Link Email Marketing to Overall SalesIn this company’s efforts, the e-mail marketing manager was focused exclusively on their ability to drive sales through their online store. This well-meaning team member was blasting out e-mails to chase a few more online sales. As one might anticipate, open rates for the additional emails were declining, but they were driving incremental sales to the e-commerce site.The problem was that the majority of this company’s sales happen in brick-and-mortar locations. Unfortunately, the team wasn’t measuring the impact of e-mail on offline sales. Without a consistent view of the customer, and with a siloed focus on the immediate online sales, nobody saw that the declining open rates of the additional e-mail blasts were hurting open rates and costing the company 3X more sales than it was generating.Inability to Link Price Promotion to Incremental SalesThis company’s brand manager could see that lowering prices drove higher sales volumes. Unfortunately, a siloed approach wasn’t able to see whether this consumer would have bought at a slightly later date, at full price (and profitability). Rather than managing for lifetime value, the brand offered two-for-one promotions and turned loyal customers into buyers that were only loyal to the deal. The brand didn’t sell anymore – they only succeeded in getting consumers to pull forward purchases (pantry loading) at a lower price than they would have paid if they had optimized from a customer journey perspective. The immediate increase in sales driven by price promotions was hurting overall revenue.Need to Tie Messaging to Lifetime Value of CustomersOne credit card company had been declaring success based on the immediate take rate for their card. As many do, this company was using various offers including cash awards, airline miles, and direct appeals to the lifestyle benefits of the card.An initial measurement of success, based on the initial customer acquisition, made it look like cash awards were the best driver of new accounts. Fortunately, this credit card company tracked conversion data from credit card offers for a year. While cash won the immediate “new card” issued contest, it was the focus on the benefits of the card without cash or airline miles that won the profitability contest. The lifetime value of customers who had responded to lifestyle messages trumped the short-term gains of creative that focused on cash awards.On one level, it is intuitive why we would want a consistent view of consumers. On another level, we have to recognize that we have to help members of the Marketing team to better understand their contribution to success. Fractional attribution that looks at the complete customer journey, applying empirical analysis can help.In this world of fragmented Media and Consumer Attention, those who rely on data-customer-centric, consumer-journey driven decision making will find real competitive advantage in the marketplace. Capabilities of today’s solutions generate insights in such a timely fashion that the nimblest marketers can incorporate those insights into active campaigns to drive massive performance improvements, rather than waiting for weeks or months to see results.Read More: SiriusDecisions Summit 2019 Takeaways: Enablement May Not be a Word, But It’s Growing Nonethelesslast_img read more

MerkleHelloWorld Named a Strong Performer Among Loyalty Service Providers

first_imgMerkle/HelloWorld Named a Strong Performer Among Loyalty Service Providers Business WireJuly 16, 2019, 2:09 pmJuly 16, 2019 Forrester ResearchLoyalty ServiceMarketing Technology NewsMerkleMerkle/HelloWorldNewsTechnology Previous ArticleNew TimeTrade Schedule-A-Demo Solution Helps B2B Software Companies Increase Inbound Lead-to-Meeting Conversion by 4XNext ArticleIntroducing Acoustic: A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AI-Powered Marketing Ranking Is Complemented by Q2 2019 Recognition of Merkle/Helloworld as a Strong Performer for Loyalty Technology PlatformsMerkle, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, announced that Forrester Research, Inc., an independent research firm, named Merkle/HelloWorld a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Loyalty Service Providers, Q3 2019.“building emotional connections with customers regardless of tactic”The Forrester report assesses the state of the loyalty service providers landscape and compares 14 vendors across 22 criteria. The report evaluates providers that offer services to support loyalty strategy development, program management, loyalty marketing, analytics, and creative.Merkle/HelloWorld received the highest scores possible in the criteria of Loyalty Program Management Services, Experience Design Services, Marketing Services, Creative Services, Privacy & Security, Account Management, Account Retention, and [number of] Loyalty Clients. The company received positive client feedback, with one client referencing that account teams “empower clients with the expertise that they have in a nimble way.”Marketing Technology News: NextStage to Support YSEOP, a World Leader in AI Dedicated to Natural Language Generation, in View to Accelerating Growth, Particularly in the United StatesForrester also cited Merkle/HelloWorld for “building emotional connections with customers regardless of tactic,” due to the core of its trademarked Human Loyalty® philosophy and for HelloWorld’s legacy experience in games management, including promotions management, digital engagement, and legal capabilities. Furthermore, report author Emily Collins, principal analyst at Forrester, noted in the report that “brands, especially those in consumer goods, high-tech, and healthcare, will appreciate Merkle/HelloWorld’s broad and deep capabilities for loyalty and engagement marketing.”Marketing Technology News: Softeon Expands Retail and eCommerce Logistics Solution Footprint and Success“We are honored to be ranked as a Strong Performer in the Forrester report, which we believe validates our commitment to evolve the loyalty customer experience and our signature Human Loyalty data-driven philosophy,” said Peter DeNunzio, CEO of HelloWorld and Head of Promotions & Loyalty Solutions at Merkle. “Loyalty plays an important role in a brand’s customer experience strategy. Our continued mission is to partner with our clients to create moments of value that drive ultimate brand-consumer loyalty.”Marketing Technology News: SynergySuite Closes $6 Million Series A Led by First Analysislast_img read more