BJP president Amit Shah will take stock of the party’s preparedness for the Assembly polls later this year during his visit here on Saturday, State unit leaders said on Tuesday.Mr. Shah will address the concluding session of a two-day meeting of the Rajasthan BJP’s working committee and also hold other meetings to discuss poll strategy.Social media teamBJP MLAs, Ministers, MPs, district presidents and members of its units for youth, women, Scheduled castes and Scheduled tribes are attending the working committee meeting.Mr. Shah will also interact with social media volunteers, party leaders said.The BJP president is expected to review the progress on the tasks he had set out for the State unit during his Rajasthan visit a year back.He had then outlined a programme to make the party invincible in Rajasthan. But just months later, the party lost the Lok Sabha bypolls in Ajmer and Alwar and an Assembly by-election in Mandalgarh.During his July 21-23 visit last year, Mr. Shah had tasked the leaders to strengthen the party’s booth-level organisation and implement the ‘vistarak’ scheme in which workers reach out to voters.Party leaders said the BJP has so far appointed ‘vistaraks’ in nearly half of the Assembly constituencies in the State.State BJP general secretary Bhajan Lal Sharma said the party workers are working at the ground level on the tasks assigned by Mr. Shah last year.‘Vistarak’ scheme “There has been progress on implementing the ‘vistarak’ scheme and on setting up party offices,” he said.But the party is troubled by dissent from MLAs Ghanshyam Tiwari, Gyan Dev Ahuja and Bhawani Singh Rajawat, who have been giving anti-government statements.
Ahead of Assembly polls, Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray began the first phase of his ambitious five-day Jan Ashirwad Yatra from Pachora in Jalgaon district on ThursdayMr. Thackeray claimed that his 4,000 km tour, intended to shore up the Sena’s base, was to “build a new Maharashtra” and was not merely being undertaken for electoral gains or to seek votes for Assembly elections.“For me, this [tour] is akin to a pilgrimage to build a new Maharashtra. It is to seek the blessings of the public who have showed faith in us and to thank the hard work of those Shiv Sainiks whose efforts helped us win 18 Lok Sabha seats in the State. One need not wait for any auspicious moment to thank all those who voted for us…My grandfather, [the late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray], had he been alive, would have advised me to do the same,” he said, adding that the rationale behind his tour was to understand and help resolve the problems faced by citizens in the rural hinterland.He also exhorted party workers to go out and conquer the hearts and minds of the people.Lavishing praises on the young Mr. Thackeray, Sena spokesman and MP Sanjay Raut said the Yuva Sena chief was “an extremely promising leader indeed” and said that Mr. Thackeray would be the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate if the polls favoured the Shiv Sena.“Maharashtra requires a new face and Aaditya Thackeray has all the qualities to lead the State,” said Mr. Raut.Mr. Thackeray will be interacting with a cross section of citizens of every vocation — farmers, students, businessmen, labourers — during his tour through Jalgaon, Nashik, Dhule and Ahmednagar districts.With the BJP and the Sena contesting independently in the 2014 Assembly elections, the Sena had managed to win only 63 seats. “Despite reiterations that their alliance is sealed, there is a significant section within the BJP that feels no need to take the Sena along. With Narendra Modi’s spectacular win in 2014 and consolidation in this year’s general elections, the roles of the BJP and the Sena have been reversed to such an extent in the State that the latter has to seriously think of retaining its base outside Mumbai,” says a city-based analyst.He also pointed out that the itinerary of the tour was chalked out to focus on those particular areas in Jalgaon and the other districts which once used to be Sena strongholds.As per his schedule, Mr. Thackeray will be holding rallies in Malegaon and Nashik district, and two more in Nashik city. Three more rallies are slated in Ahmednagar district.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino ‘just like Messi’by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino has been likened to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.Jason McAteer says Firmino’s role with Liverpool is similar to that of Messi at Barcelona, with the rest of the attack built around him.McAteer told the Racing Post: “They have had some great number nines and Roberto Firmino makes this side tick.”Brendan Rodgers couldn’t work out where to play him when he was first at the club, trying him out on the left.”Then Klopp came along with his 4-3-3 system featuring a hard-working midfield and explosive front three.”They needed a magician in that attack who pulls everything together and it is similar to how Lionel Messi has played in a Barcelona team set up around him.”Firmino is Liverpool’s Messi. When he’s not in the team you can see how detrimental his absence is.”
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wasn’t shy using unique offensive packages thanks to a wide open playbook at quarterback Drew Stanton’s fingertips Sunday against the New York Giants.It helped Arizona to an early lead en route to a 23-0 win in the final game at University of Phoenix Stadium this year.Starting at midfield on the first play of the second possession, the Cardinals went with an empty-set of five receivers. Two of them, Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones, were tight ends. The next play after Gresham caught a four-yard reception, the tight ends lined up as blockers for a Kerwynn Williams’ rush for no gain. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) makes a catch as New York Giants defensive back Brandon Dixon (25) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Fitzgerald also accounted for 21 more of those yards with his own toss, a trick play that allowed him to find Jaron Brown for a 21-yard gain.That marked the veteran’s first career completion.Yup. @LarryFitzgerald just completed a pass!#BeRedSeeRed pic.twitter.com/xER8bNv089— NFL (@NFL) December 24, 2017Fitzgerald wrapped the evening with nine receptions for 119 yards, a touchdown and the completion to Jaron Brown. – / 40 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Keeping the Giants off balance with those two plays was only a prelude to what came two plays later: Arizona ran a flea-flicker, but it didn’t go as planned.Stanton’s pass got tipped.As Larry Fitzgerald streaked down the field with three defenders in the area, he read that the pass had enough zip to get 19 yards down the field. Some way, some how, he came down with the ball.A little trickery.Flea-flicker to Fitz! #BeRedSeeRed pic.twitter.com/00ceKqELrC— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 24, 2017The grab for Fitzgerald was significant in a game that, if the receiver retires after the season, would mark his final home contest at University of Phoenix Stadium. With it, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the season, his ninth such receiving campaign in his career.That total ranks third all-time, trailing only Jerry Rice (14) and Randy Moss (10). Tim Brown, Terrell Owens and Jimmy Smith also have nine season of 1,000 receiving yards.And in the first half, Fitzgerald was one of few things working for the Cardinals’ offense. He had eight receptions for 104 of Arizona’s 159 total yards, including a late first-half touchdown catch. His 100th reception on the year gave him five seasons with triple-digits of total receptions, making him second in NFL history behind only Brandon Marshall, who had six in his career.
Quality assurance specialist Agama Technologies is using ANGA COM to launch a new cable TV monitoring probe, OMNIA.The probe is designed to monitor up to 48 multiplexes and all individual services, all the time in real-time, with complete TS analysis and full TR290 parameter set, according to Agama.According to the company, cable operators have until now been forced to rely on round-robin techniques for RF multiplex monitoring, since existing video monitoring equipment on the market provide low density and scalability in terms of number of input interfaces as well as monitoring depth and coverage. These limitations leave the operators with poor coverage and thereby scarce insight into the QoS and QoE of the deployed services. In turn, this reduces the possibilities for being aware of and acting on issues currently occurring in the distribution, as well as understanding the long-term trends and underlying causes, according to Agama.According to Agama, OMNIA benefits from a combination of analysis depth and capacity to deliver higher density of simultaneously monitored muxes. It allows for full real-time monitoring including all TR290 Prio 1-3 parameters for every individual service.OMNIA is optimised for use in cable operators’ headends, local offices or edge QAM sites, and it is available in different versions ranging from 12 up to 48 input configurations for 1U and 2U server packaging, according to Agama.Agama Technologies will be exhibiting at ANGA COM on Stand T18, Hall 10.1.
Many investors seem reluctant to enter the fray of investing in junior resources. While they know that the high risk of the space can bring big rewards, the risk—along with a lot of hype and misinformation about new technologies—can seem so large that none but the most fearless of investors is willing to give it a try. Today I’ll review several beliefs most investors hold regarding junior resource investing, affirm some, and bust open a few misconceptions. This should help you become a more savvy speculator, so let’s get right to it. Belief 1: Investing in juniors can make you rich. True. The secret to becoming a successful speculator is being a contrarian. When everyone believes a sector is dead and is the worst place to be invested, that’s exactly when you want to invest in it. The junior resource sector is currently at historic lows, yet our portfolio is delivering exceptional returns. Imagine what our portfolio will be returning to investors when the bull market starts in the juniors. Belief 2: The world will require less resources and energy in the future, and therefore, the resource sector will underperform. False. The world’s population will likely grow to 10 billion by the end of the century—and the world’s energy requirements will grow much, much more. Two-thirds of the world’s population is still poor; many of them dream of living the lifestyle the Western world has taken for granted. As the rest of the world attains even a quarter of the Western standard of living, people will consume more of everything. All those things people will want will require energy… to extract or harvest resources, to ship raw materials, to manufacture finished goods, and to ship them to eager customers. Belief 3: Investing in publicly traded resources increases good environmental practices around the world. True. If Greenpeace really wanted to make a difference in the world, it would actually run a public company where all of its actions, investments, and policies would be transparent for all to see. Even better, it should in fact run a resource company, to set the standard in resource extraction. The fact is that the publicly listed North American companies bring the highest standards to both resource extraction and to the environment. Contrary to what the anti-resource propaganda claims, the companies that extract commodities in North America are regulated and follow strict practices and guidelines. It’s actually the prevention of the development of resources that leads to unregulated extraction horrors, such as what we’ve seen in places like Nigeria. North American energy companies develop the most modern technologies, invest in environmental studies, and have the highest standards for environmental best practices. That information is shared around the world and in so doing, it grows and develops. Greenpeace should be involved in proper scientific discussion, not propagandizing, and all media outlets should hold the group accountable for this. Investing in energy development not only enhances the peoples’ lives and the communities where the projects are located, but it also improves the advancement of science and sound environment practices—especially in the areas where barbaric, unregulated resource extraction still occurs. Belief 4: The average investor gets slaughtered investing in juniors because the big money is made by the insiders. True. But if you’re smart, you use this to your advantage. I’m a resource insider and have been involved in some very successful mining and energy companies. By having over a decade of experience in the sector and traveling around the world, I’ve developed relationships with the engineers, geologists, invest bankers, and brokers who know what’s really going on in the sector and have their fingers on its pulse. That’s the Casey Energy Report advantage: we know everyone in the sector and have for years… so, in our reports, you get the good, the bad, and the ugly. Belief 5: Financial statements are difficult to read and understand. True. The irony is, you don’t need to read the long, boring, and sometimes difficult financial statements and management, discussion, and analysis (MD&A) reports. We do it for you. Now if you want to spend hours reading financial statements that look more complicated than your own tax return, go for it. But with all the CFAs, MBAs, and other experienced analysts on our staff, I highly recommend you leave the grind to us and just enjoy the benefits. Belief 6: Technical analysis works for junior stocks. False. Juniors are just way too illiquid for technical analysis to be of any real benefit. There are some great merits to technical analysis, but leave it to the liquid stories—instead, stick to the proven Casey 8Ps for junior resource investing. Belief 7: Casey Research subscriptions are expensive. False. Now, it’s true that several of the company’s investment newsletters carry high prices, but that isn’t the same as being expensive. As I mentioned earlier, we have a deep and experienced team poring over every aspect of a sector and potential investment recommendation. And there’s my math background, decade of energy-investing experience, and insider knowledge and connections. These things make our energy letters the best in their class, just like Ferraris and Canali suits. So we charge accordingly. What can be expensive is trying to go it alone in the volatile junior sector, reading through all those financial reports and technical analyses and trying to predict subtle shifts in energy markets. That will cost you a bundle in terms of time and energy, not to mention money lost when your hunch turns out to be wrong… and all that time, you could have been enjoying your life and pocketing gains as a subscriber to my letters. Even though my energy letters carry hefty price tags, I can give you a free look at them—new issues, plus the entire archive, including all stock recommendations and overall portfolio performance. A Ferrari dealership won’t let you have a Ferrari for three months absolutely risk-free, but we do. I’m so confident that you’ll find the Casey Energy Report to be a great value for the price that I have no problem giving out a 3-month test drive. If for whatever reason you don’t like it, no worries: you get 100% of your money back. 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Salt has existed for millions of years. The Salt Institute has existed for just over a century. And now it has dissolved. The Salt Institute, the voice of the U.S. salt industry, spent decades questioning government efforts to limit Americans’ salt consumption. It got a fair amount of publicity over the years — its president, Lori Roman, even appeared on The Colbert Report to point out that people “need salt to live, you cannot survive without it.”But the trade group has been officially shuttered by the salt industry executives that serve on its board of directors. “The Salt Institute was first established in 1914 and has long advocated the numerous uses and benefits of salt, ranging from winter roadway safety and water quality to health and nutrition,” the board said in a statement. “Over the years, the Salt Institute has made a positive impact demonstrating the essential nature of salt in our daily lives through fact-based information, research studies and educational tools.”The statement didn’t reveal why they decided to close now. Roman said that she’s no longer speaking for the Salt Institute. NPR reached out to major salt companies like Cargill and Morton Salt, whose employees served on the board. They wouldn’t provide any more information, either. “Cargill is not going to speak on behalf of the Salt Institute about why now and have shared what we can,” spokesperson Justin Barber told NPR. Paul Jackiewicz of Morton Salt did allow that the company had no plans to work with any other trade group specifically focused on salt. The sudden closure was unexpected to some people familiar with the institute.”I was very surprised because everything was going very well for us,” says Morton Satin, who used to be the institute’s vice-president of science and research before he retired. Also surprised was Michael Jacobson, co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which bills itself as America’s Food Watchdog. Jacobson welcomed the news. “My feeling is, good riddance to this organization,” he says. “The Salt Institute, as long as I’ve followed it, for maybe 30 years, has done nothing but muddy the waters about salt and health.” In his view, the institute has worked hard to make people think that “lowering sodium is unnecessary and might even be dangerous.” While there may be “shreds” of evidence that suggest that we shouldn’t lower sodium intake, says Jacobson, “that’s vastly outweighed by a hundred times more evidence that we should. And that’s why there have been calls for government policies to reduce sodium levels in food since 1969.” Dick Hanneman, who was the institute’s president for about a quarter century, says he doesn’t know why it is closing now.”I’m saddened to learn that it’s going away,” Hanneman says, “because I thought it served a very useful purpose.”The institute helped states figure out how to best use salt on the nation’s roads, says Hanneman. He also recalls that it pushed back on the government’s anti-salt campaigns, and even sued the Department of Health and Human Services. “We approached it not politically, but through the science,” says Hanneman, adding that the institute argued for the need for more research on the health effects of salt reduction.When the group was originally formed as the Salt Producers Association, there were hundreds of independent salt producers, says Hanneman. Later, the name changed and so did the industry, with salt production typically becoming just one division in a much larger chemical or agricultural company. When Hanneman left the group, it had fewer than a dozen member companies. “So if a few large companies lose interest in it, then the funding goes away,” he notes. “My sense of it is that there’s a lot of change in the corporate structure of salt companies.” Still, salt itself is here to stay, he says, since “humans continue to eat between 2,400 and 5,500 milligrams of sodium a day.” This is way too much, according to the independent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Just this month, it said adults should eat less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. That’s about a teaspoon in total — and most of the salt in our diets comes in prepared foods, rather than from the salt shaker on the dinner table. In fact, the major source of sodium for Americans is bread. “It’s not that there’s so much sodium in a piece of bread, but we eat so many pieces of bread,” says Jacobson.Jacobson initially thought that the timing of the Salt Institute’s shutdown meant that it might be linked to that new report from the National Academies. Now he thinks its demise probably reflects the whole food industry getting more realistic about diet and health. “More and more, companies are beginning to lower sodium,” says Jacobson. “I don’t know if we’ll ever really find out why it’s going out of business, but I think we should be grateful for small favors.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
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8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The beloved TV icon died at the age of 57 on Wednesday. Image credit: Jeff Kravitz | Getty Images April 13, 2017 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Bill Schulz Read This Long-Lost Interview With Charlie Murphy Contributor Project Grow The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Charlie Murphy died after a long battle with Leukemia at the heartbreaking age of 57-years-young. The actor became someone so much more than “Eddie’s younger brother” in 2004, when Dave Chappelle began airing “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” on his industry-annihilating Comedy Central show. The pair of R-rated tales detailed his first-person accounts of rubbing shoulders with the likes of two other dearly departed luminaries in the form of Prince, and Rick James, during the New York native’s days as his broheim’s bodyguard. In 2006, I had the pleasure of interviewing the most mercurial of Murphys for a long dead publication who blasphemously ran very little of Charlie’s many life lessons. The following is, at long last, an uncensored look inside the mind of a man whose currently eating pancakes with His Purpleness, atop the bleachers of heaven’s most exclusive basketball court. Bill Schulz: You’re currently filming the horror movie Unearthed in Utah. Are you, like, the one black man in the state right now? Charlie Murphy: Now there’s some black people here because of what happened in New Orleans but, other than that, there’s very few. If you like city life don’t move here. This place is like slow motion. Related: ‘The Godfather’ Trilogy’s Greatest Quotes for EntrepreneursGot any particularly embarrassing duds in your closet from back in the day? I had a satin roller-skating jacket and, now that I’ve just told you about it, I’m gonna have to burn it. I think the jacket is one of the remnants from the tours back in the eighties. The Raw tour, I think. Speaking of, one of Eddie’s famous bits was about your mom’s method of discipline. Did she really throw her shoes at you guys? I think everybody’s mom did that once or twice. Your mom never threw a shoe at you? Uh…not really. My momma used to throw a shoe, or whatever was close by. She was pretty accurate. All it takes is to get hit one time and you remember it for the rest of your life — know what I’m saying? Related: 3 Shocking Business Lessons I Learned at Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob LoweWhat were your impressions of Michael Jackson back when Eddie was hanging out with him a lot? I was around him, but I never made an effort to meet him, because it was obvious that he and I had nothing in common, so therefore what am I talking to him for? Why act like I’m happy to be around him when I’m not? I thought he was soft. I don’t hang out with soft cats. Eddie just liked the superstar thing, but I didn’t care how many records he sold. Eddie knows that. He knows me. Did you believe the accusations against Michael?[Pauses] I’d rather not publicly make a comment on whether I believe or not believe. He’s been cleared, he’s out, and it’s not for me to say in this forum. He played with the pixie dust and then he got too into the pixie himself. I’m definitely not gonna go, “yes, Charlie Murphy says Michael Jackson is guilty.” I’m not living with that, so no comment.Rick James participated in his Hollywood Story, but Prince didn’t. Does he not have a sense of humor? Prince liked it. He was very pleased when it came out. The reason he didn’t participate was he heard, “comedians want you in the show, blah, blah, blah,” and it scared him. He didn’t know what we was gonna do, or how it was gonna go down. Prince doesn’t do TV show type stuff, anyway. But he’s seen it, and hung out with Dave after it, and everything. Do you think Dave’s relationship with co-writer Neal Brennan lead to him walking away from the show? I heard they were at odds.If they was having problems, that was unbeknownst to me. I got to know Neal Brennan better than I got to know Dave. Dave was kind an arm’s distance from everybody. But I understood that, because a lot of people were coming up on him and it made him uncomfortable. But I talk to Neal almost every day. That’s my dawg, man. We got a TV show thing we’re trying to work out. Right now it’s in its infancy stage, and I don’t want to talk about it and jinx it.When was the last time you spoke with Dave? I spoke to him about a month ago. He said he was coming to my show, but he didn’t show up. I don’t know why. Give me a Charlie Murphy True Hollywood Story that never aired but should have. Uh, I can’t give that up, man. That’s worth money!Ah, come on. Give me a preview then. A sample that’ll leave me wanting more… Hmm. Hmmm. I really don’t want to do that, man. Somebody came to me 4 months ago saying they wanted to do a DVD of my set and they were gonna give me $100,000. I could make a $100,000 a month by showing up and doing it around the country. You want me to tell you a story, come to my show. I’ll tell you plenty of stories. Related: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Quotes of All TimeWhat makes Charlie Murphy laugh? Seeing someone get their ass kicked. That’s why I like watching Steven Seagal movies, man. They make me scream. I’m like, yeah, fuck that guy up! He deserves it! Now maybe he’ll go to church and get his life right. What makes Charlie Murphy cry? I think it was at the movies was the last time I cried. I think it was Roll/Bounce. How does Charlie Murphy make others cry?I like to tease people. I hate when people do it to me, though. I have a very good talent at finding out exactly what it is about yourself that you don’t like and then keep bringing it up. I can remember pissing Eddie off several times when we were kids. I made him so mad that he started cursing, and grandma was on the phone, and I was like, “You better stop cursing cause grandma is on the phone.” And he was, like, “I don’t give a fuck who was on the phone!” He was 10 years old. After that, he just started throwing stuff at me. How was your time serving in the military? There’s a lot of racism when I was in the Navy, and I had to deal with that. I worked in a boiler room, but when I signed up it didn’t say “boiler room” it said “thermal dynamic engineer.” So I thought it was something special. I was like, wow I get to be an engineer! I thought I’d leave the Navy and be ready for NASA. And of course, by the time I found out what it really was it was too late. I would cry it was so hot. Related: Carrie Fisher’s Most Hilarious and Inspiring QuotesHave you taken Eddie out on the town now that he’s single again? I got nothing to do with that, bro. He’s a grown man, he don’t need my help for nothing as far as getting chicks, or any of that. All we do is play video games, talk shit to each other, eat — normal stuff. We ain’t kids no more, man. You’re a pretty hard guy. What do you make of the current crop of rappers trying to be equally tough? I’m laughing at em. I’m not taking it literal. You think those guys are really doing all they say they’re doing? Come on, man. All of em are full of shit. I don’t believe 50 Cent is doing what he says he’s doing, and then he’s out on stage at a show. If you really did all this stuff and put it on tape, then why don’t the cops come get you? If he really committed crimes wouldn’t they come and arrest him? What is people’s first impression of Charlie Murphy? That I’m intimidating, which I don’t like. I’m trying to learn how to not give that off. I’m not the boogieman. Guest Writer Add to Queue Apply Now »
October 7, 2013 3 min read Image credit: valuewalk.com –shares Add to Queue 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. Technology Next Article Enroll Now for $5 Brian Patrick Eha How does free wireless internet in your favorite cafes, shops and hotels sound? How about if the Wi-Fi requires a Facebook check-in?That scenario is already a reality at some businesses in the United States. Last week, Facebook and Cisco Systems announced a joint initiative to bring free Wi-Fi to businesses, so that customers can enjoy the internet and businesses can profit from greater social-media visibility and more data on their customers.It works like this: A customer who wants to use a venue’s Wi-Fi connects to the network and then checks in through Facebook. The user gains free access to the internet and is redirected to the business’s Facebook page. Users who do not have a Facebook account will not be granted Wi-Fi access.Erick Tseng, Facebook’s head of mobile, told CNET that in a small-scale trial last fall, all 25 participating businesses at least tripled their average daily check-ins. More check-ins equals more activity for a brand on Facebook, and that in turn makes the brand more visible in Graph Search, an advanced search engine that Facebook introduced on its platform earlier this year.For Facebook, the new nationwide initiative appears to be a big step forward in the social network’s long-term goal of becoming a gatekeeper to the activities and services that people want to access online.Related: Tech Giants Form Another Group to Bring the Internet to the Global MassesWhile Facebook is reportedly earning no direct revenue from the program, the hope is that participating merchants will want to buy ads on the social network. One reason businesses might be coaxed into buying ads is that Facebook provides participating businesses with demographic information about the people who have interacted with the business’s page, including age, gender and location. Although this data is presented in aggregate, it can be used in targeted Facebook ad campaigns.In addition, because users are directed to a venue’s Facebook page after checking in, businesses have the opportunity to offer promotions, discounts and retail advice to customers while they shop.The program is “being piloted by some of the world’s most popular retailers, hotels, restaurants and other public gathering spots,” Cisco said in a press release. But only a few names of participating brands have been made public so far. One is Bonefish Grill, a seafood restaurant chain, which is testing Facebook Wi-Fi in two of its locations. Another is MGM Grand Casinos, according to AdAge.The idea for the Wi-Fi initiative came out of a Facebook hackathon. Cisco, for its part, is providing the routers for the Wi-Fi networks. Customers have gotten used to free Wi-Fi in public places and in many hotels and other businesses. But now, with Facebook Wi-Fi, the shops will get customer analytics in return. Only time will tell how many small and medium-sized businesses see this trade-off as a win-win. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand If Facebook Gives Your Business Free Wi-Fi, What’s in It for You? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Retailers Should Focus on Data Analytics that Illuminate What Customers WantDigital technologies and social media have produced a flood of information about consumers. But vast amounts of data aren’t useful if retailers don’t know what they’re looking for. Savvy retailers focus their data and analytics on customer needs and look for ways to connect with and learn about their consumers.Those are among the central conclusions of Digital Strategy: Activating Against Customer Needs, a new report by L.E.K. Consulting. According to Chris Randall, a Managing Director at L.E.K. and coauthor of the report, the problem isn’t too much information – it’s not being focused about how to use it.“Information is only valuable if it helps leaders address critical business challenges and better understand what drives results,” Randall says. “For retailers, the best use of data is to better understand customers’ needs and purchase paths to then drive to better engagement and conversion.”Retailers have always looked to data for consumer insight. “Brick-and-mortar retailers drew data from their stores – sales information, how competitors performed, how well promotions worked and what customers told them in surveys,” says report coauthor and L.E.K. Managing Director Rob Haslehurst. “But, with such a quantity of rich data available from online retail, third parties and longitudinal customer behavior, the challenge today is how to identify the meaningful insights and make better decisions – not just once but on an ongoing basis, taking advantage of all available tools including AI.”Marketing Technology News: Lear Corporation Completes Acquisition of Xevo, a Leader in Connected Car Software and Data-Driven User ExperiencesThe best use of data is to uncover and solve customer problems, says Noor Abdel-Samed, an L.E.K. Managing Director and coauthor of the report. “A pragmatic way to tackle the problem is to focus on four critical consumer needs,” he explains. “Excelling at any one of them can be enough to generate improved results.”According to the report, innovative retailers use their data to focus on customer pain points and aim to:Increase transparency, helping consumers understand what they need, why their product meets the need, and what it should cost. Online mattress-in-a-box seller Casper and used-car retailer CarMax have used their data to determine optimal pricing, bringing price transparency to notoriously opaque markets.Reduce stress. Laurel & Wolf helps online consumers choose among many different independent interior designers. Warby Parker offers a free, try-at-home program for prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Both companies harness data to determine their merchandise selections and length of trials.Narrow a bewildering array of choices by curating the experience. Netflix has built its brand by presenting a data-driven selection of content to each user based on past viewing history, genre interests, ratings and other data. AirBnB uses a quiz to engage with consumers – and crunches the answers to help formulate user-specific travel recommendations.Make the purchase easy by using data to identify the right mix of shipping and payment options. Amazon offers multiple shipping options, accepts most payment types, and offers fast, free returns, all of which help move customers toward commitment. Shopify is one retailer that streamlines purchasing by storing transaction data and letting consumers use it for future purchases – they saw their conversion rate increase by 18 percent after they adopted the program.Marketing Technology News: Shutterstock Launches “View in Room” Augmented Reality for MobileFocusing data on consumer needs is just one example of how to build an effective digital transformation. In another report, Digital Transformation: Road Map to a Digital First Organization, Randall and Abdel-Samed recommend a similar kind of focus and discipline for all businesses, not just retailers. They advise companies not to plunge into digital but instead establish a vision based on customer, brand or financial objectives; assess their digital capabilities (not just analytics but also content and channels) and identify gaps; and start with specific, focused initiatives. “By taking these steps, you establish a roadmap for transforming the essential elements of your business – people, process, technology and content – so that the company can deliver against its goals and generate value,” Abdel-Samed says.For retailers, the real opportunity is to use their analytics to sharpen their competitive differentiation and strengthen their relationships. “By understanding consumer needs, they can create real engagement, and create memorable experiences exactly when consumers are most likely to act,” Randall says.Marketing Technology News: Twitter Confirms Machine Learning has Helped to Identify and Remove Abusive Tweets Significantly Digital technologiesDigital TransformationL.E.KMarketing TechnologyNewsNoor Abdel-SamedSocial Media Previous ArticleInception Digital is now The Inception CompanyNext ArticleSocial Media Censors Game Changing Consumer Privacy Product Many Retailers Not Getting the Most Out of Their Data, Says New L.E.K. 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Contentsquare Bolsters Senior Leadership with Six Executive Hires PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 3:37 pmMay 24, 2019 Company Adds New Global Chief Financial Officer; Global Chief Marketing Officer; Chief Partnership and Strategy Officer; Chief Legal Officer; Americas Head of People; and Senior Vice President of Sales, AmericasContentsquare, the leading digital experience optimization platform trusted by brands like Avon, GoPro and L’Occitane, announced the appointment of six new executive employees to help guide the company towards continued growth and global expansion.Joining the company, which announced a $60 million in a Series C early this year, will be Todd Graber, Global Chief Financial Officer; Aimee Stone Munsell, Global Chief Marketing Officer; Jean-Marc Bellaiche, Chief Partnership and Strategy Officer; Arnaud Gouachon, Chief Legal Officer; Peter Ma, Americas Head of People; and Matt Elders, Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas.“As our company continues to grow, it is important that our leadership grows and expands with it,” said Jonathan Cherki, Founder and CEO of Contentsquare. “We’re really excited to bring on new team members with innovative thinking, valuable expertise and distinguished backgrounds as we continue to build momentum into the rest of 2019 and beyond.”Marketing Technology News: Alpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm, Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise Mobile Apps from Months to HoursContentsquare has raised $120 million in venture capital funding in approximately 3 years. In the last six months, the company announced a number of new client partners and the launch of three new product features, including the Digital Happiness Index, AI Alerts, and CS Live. Late last year, the company was also recognized by WIRED as one of the top 100 European Startups.Below is more information about Contentsquare’s new executive team members:Todd Graber, Global Chief Financial Officer — Graber joins the Contentsquare team after spending 15 years as CFO for four venture-backed technology companies. During this time, he led several rounds of equity and debt financing, participated in three acquisitions and managed the financial infrastructures of these firms.Aimee Stone Munsell, Global Chief Marketing Officer — Stone Munsell previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer at PeopleDoc, a leading cloud HR company that was acquired by Ultimate Software. She joins Contentsquare to lead the global marketing operation, which is responsible for all brand, communications and lead generation initiatives.Jean-Marc Bellaiche, Chief Partnership and Strategy Officer — Bellaiche was the former SVP of Strategy and Business Development at Tiffany & Co. and joins the Contentsquare team as Chief Strategy and Partnership Officer. Bellaiche will be responsible for the company’s growth strategy. Additionally, he will establish strong partnerships with strategic consulting companies, Private Equity firms as well as digital, media and data agencies to elevate the company’s position in the ecosystem.Arnaud Gouachon, Chief Legal Officer — Gouachon joins the team to lead global legal operations after spending more than 15 years as General Counsel for several companies based in the U.S. and Europe, and was most recently Chief Legal and Compliance officer at PeopleDoc where he was the company’s first in-house lawyer and built out its global legal and compliance functions.Marketing Technology News: Cint Appoints SVP of Asia Nicholas Antram to Continue Strategic Expansion Across the RegionPeter Ma, Americas Head of People — Ma joins Contentsquare after serving as Director of People Operations for the B2B eCommerce platform, Handshake. He will assist Contentsquare with Human Resources support for all teams in the Americas.Matt Elders, Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas — Elders joins Contentsquare after spending the majority of his career building and leading GTM organizations for high-growth private & public software and services companies. Most recently he served as the SVP of Global Sales, Account Management and Partnerships at Percolate, the leading Content Marketing SaaS Company. He joins Contentsquare to lead the Commercial Efforts in the Americas.Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & Viewability ContentSquaredigital experience optimizationDigital Happiness IndexJonathan CherkiMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleHow to Analyze Your Lead Generation Form Using Google Tag ManagerNext ArticleAvtex and NuSoft Solutions Combine to Create Microsoft Business Applications Powerhouse
Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi, left, and Senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano talk during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Explore further Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics giant Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan to showcase technologies such as connected cars and the internet of things. Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi, left, and senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano shake hands after their press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Toyota Motor Corp., which offers housing as well as vehicles in Japan, said the new company will offer homes showcasing those technologies.Panasonic Corp. said its housing subsidiary will become part of the joint venture. The companies said Thursday the deal should concluded by January 2020.Both sides said communities will increasingly want connected cars, autonomous driving, car-sharing and ecological vehicles, and homes offering sustainable energy and gadgetry.Earlier this year, Toyota and Panasonic announced a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming.The companies have been studying working together on batteries since 2017.The housing joint venture brings together all the two companies’ housing brands, including Misawa Homes Co., Toyota Housing and Panasonic Homes Co.Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda said the automaker was eager to collaborate with various companies as the industry develops.He said he wanted to bring “together the strengths of Toyota, with its vehicle business and connected business, and Panasonic, with its home appliance business, battery business and IoT business, and enhancing our competitiveness,” in the housing venture. Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga said the companies want to move ahead on “town development.””We will put our respective strengths together to offer new value in everyday life,” he said.Toyota, which makes the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models, has been bullish on partnerships with other automakers and with technology outfits such as ride-sharing giant Uber and Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp.Toyoda has repeatedly said that to survive Toyota must do more than just sell cars, and have various net, ecological and robotics technology under its wings. Senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano, right, speaks as Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi listens during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi, left, and senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano shake hands after their press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Toyota, Panasonic form joint venture in housing for Japan (2019, May 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-toyota-panasonic-joint-venture-housing.html Senior Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation Makoto Kitano, right, speaks as Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Masayoshi Shirayanagi listens during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics maker Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Toyota, Panasonic announce venture for green auto batteries 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.
Citation: A new manufacturing process for aluminum alloys (2019, June 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-aluminum-alloys.html An advanced manufacturing process to produce nano structured rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminum alloy powder—in a single step—was recently demonstrated by researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Using a novel Solid Phase Processing approach, the research team eliminated several steps that are required during conventional extrusion processing of aluminum alloy powders, while also achieving a significant increase in product ductility (how far a material can stretch before it breaks).This is good news for sectors such as the automotive industry, where the high cost of manufacturing has historically limited the use of high-strength aluminum alloys made from powders.The team’s research is described in the paper “High Ductility Aluminum Alloy Made from Powder by Friction Extrusion,” published in the June 2019 issue of Materialia.Stepping Away from Conventional ExtrusionHigh-performance aluminum alloys made from powder have long been used in lightweight components for specialized aerospace applications, where cost is not a limiting factor. However, these alloys have typically been too expensive for the automotive industry.A typical extrusion process for aluminum alloy powders is energy-and process-intensive, requiring multiple steps to mass produce the material. First, the loose powder must be loaded into a can and gases removed using a vacuum, which is called “degassing.” The can is then sealed, hot pressed, pre-heated, and placed into the extrusion press. After extrusion, the can is removed, or “decanned,” to reveal the extruded part made from consolidated powder. PNNL’s ShAPE™ process combined with a unique aluminum alloy produced high-strength, high-ductility rods in one single process. Credit: Andrea Starr | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory “This is the first published instance of an aluminum alloy powder being consolidated into nano structured extrusions using a single-step process like ShAPE,” said PNNL materials scientist Scott Whalen, who led the study.He added, “The elimination of both the processing steps and the need for pre-heating could dramatically reduce production time as well as lower the cost and overall embedded energy within the product, which could be beneficial for automotive manufacturers who want to make passenger vehicles more affordable, lighter, and fuel-efficient for the consumer.”Besides providing the Al-12.4TM powder, SCM Metals Products, Inc. performed mechanical testing to validate the resulting material’s performance. PNNL and SCM Metal Products, Inc. are now collaborating on a project for DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions to scale up the process for larger diameter extrusions. Extrusion of Aluminum Alloys Directly from Powder. Credit: PNNL Explore further Ductility—It’s a StretchElimination of processing steps and reduced heating weren’t the only successful findings by the team.While high-performance aluminum alloys have historically shown excellent strength, they have typically been hampered by poor ductility. However, the team found dramatic improvements in the ductility of the extrusion produced by ShAPE, measuring ductility that is two to three times that found in conventional extrusion products, and with equivalent strength.To understand the reason for the substantial increase in ductility, transmission electron microscopy was used to evaluate the microstructures of the powder and the extruded materials. The results indicated that the ShAPE method refined the second phases in the powder—tiny strengthening particles of non-aluminum materials. ShAPE reduces the particles to nanoscale sizes and evenly distributes them throughout the aluminum matrix, increasing ductility. Scientists create new aluminum alloy with flexibility, strength, lightness More information: Scott Whalen et al, High ductility aluminum alloy made from powder by friction extrusion, Materialia (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.mtla.2019.100260 Provided by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 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. In this study, the team eliminated many of these steps, extruding nanostructured aluminum rods directly from powder in a single step, using PNNL’s Shear Assisted Processing and Extrusion technology, or ShAPE.Extrusion of aluminum alloys directly from powder elimates canning, de-gassing, hot isostatic pressing, de-canning, and billet pre-heatingIn the ShAPE process, a powder—in this case, an Al-12.4TM aluminum alloy powder provided by SCM Metal Products, Inc., a division of Kymera International—is poured into an open container. A rotating extrusion die is then forced into the powder, which generates heat at the interface between the powder and die. The material softens and easily extrudes, eliminating the need for canning, degassing, hot pressing, pre-heating, and decanning.