Categories: Afendoulis News,Albert News 10Apr Reps. Albert and Afendoulis to host senior seminar State Reps. Thomas Albert and Chris Afendoulis will host a seminar for senior citizens in Kent County. The senior seminar will focus on consumer protection and information to defend against identity theft. Reps. Albert and Afendoulis will be joined by Harry Werkema from the attorney general’s office.“It is important to keep the community informed on how to defend themselves against the emotional and financial hardships following identity theft, unfortunately targeting senior citizens,” Albert said.Afendoulis said “Having the ability to detect a scam and prevent identity theft is crucial. I encourage all seniors in Kent County to attend our seminar.”The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cascade Township KDL Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE in Grand Rapids on April 16. RSVPs are not required and there is no cost to attend. Coffee and donuts will be provided. For more information, please contact Rep. Albert’s office at 517-373-0846 or ThomasAlbert@house.mi.gov.
Vivendi has decided to enter into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica for the sale of its Brazilian subsdiary GVT following the submission of an improved €7.45 billion offer by the Spanish telco yesterday. Telefónica has offered €4.663 billion in cash and a 12% stake in Telefónica Brasil. Vivendi will have the option to exchange about one third of the latter stake for 5.7% of the share capital and 8.3% of the voting rights of Telecom Italia currently held by Telefónica through the Telco holding vehicle.The decision is a blow to Telecom Italia, which also submitted a separate €7 billion offer for GVT yesterday, including the offer of a stake in Telecom Italia as part of the deal.“In the light of the Group’s strategy and in the best interests of its shareholders, the Supervisory Board decided to enter into exclusive negotiations with Telefonica while emphasizing the relevance and quality of the Telecom Italia offer,” said Vivendi.Vivendi said that Telefónica’s offer was “particularly attractive”, generating a capital gain of more than €3 billion. It also highlighted that the agreement with Telefónica would “allow the development of joint projects in content and media”.“The Telefónica offer best meets the Group’s strategic and financial objectives. Vivendi begins a new phase in its development to become an integrated industrial group focused on media and content. Its objective is to pursue its development through the organic growth of its subsidiaries and a close collaboration between them, which do not preclude the group from taking minority positions in allied companies to distribute content,” Vivendi said.Vivendi’s decision to choose Telefónica’s offer comes as the group reports first half earnings in line with expectations, with revenues of €5.546 million, up 1.3% and EBITA of €626 million, up 1.2%. The group had net debt of €7.9 billion at the end of June, down from €17.4 billion in June 2013.Vivendi said its revenues were impacted to the tune of €259 million by foreign currency movements.Pay TV unit Canal+ turned in revenues of €2.667 million, up 0.7% at constant exchange rates. The group had 15.1 million subscribers at the end of June, up 940,000 year on year thanks to strong additions in Africa and Vietnam. Subscribers outside France now account for over two in five of the group’s overall base.Canal+ France was hit by a rise in the VAT rate levied on sales from 7% to 10% in January, with EBITA declining from €430 million to €420 million, but advertising revenues from free-to-air channel D8 and production arm Studiocanal increased significantly.In Germany, Vivendi made an exceptional provision of €48 million related to its transformation plan for OTT service Watchever, where it is engaged in an effort to reduce costs and open up new revenue streams.The sale of GVT, together with that of SFR to Altice in France, is likely to wipe out Vivendi’s debt and leave it with a large cash pile. According to HSBC, the group will have cash amounting to €4.6 billion by the end of this year, post the sale of SFR but not including the cash injection from the sale of GVT. The group has already committed to return about €5 billion to shareholders via an exceptional dividend and share buybacks.
French operator Numericable-SFR and parent company Altice both posted solid second-quarter financials, although the group has continued to lose mobile and fixed subscribers.Numericable-SFR revenues for the second quarter were €2.781 billion, down 2.4% year-on-year but 1.3% up on the first quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was up 19% to €1.056 billion thanks to the programme of synergies introduced by the group following Numericable’s acquisition of SFR.Numericable-SFR now has 6.401 million fixed customers, down from 6.624 million a year earlier, of which Numericable’s high-speed customers number 1.665 million, up from 1.510 million. ARPU for high-speed customers was down slightly year-on-year at €41.40, while fixed line ARPU overall was up slightly at €35.30.Altice posted revenues of €3.906 billion, down 2%, including €2.775 million in France, down 2.5%. EBITDA was €1.549 billion, up 13%.Internationally, Altice’s Portuguese subsidiary Portugal Telecom saw its rate of declining revenues slow to 0.5% quarter-on-quarter. Revenues were down 7.1% year-on-year.
Alex Daley Chief Technology Investment Strategist Casey Research I sat down with Jim Rickards, author of many best-selling economics and investing books, including his latest, titled The Death of Money. In this exclusive interview, Jim shares his view on the changes in US foreign policy—the newly announced partnership with Iran to help fight ISIS and recent moves away from the petrodollar deal with Saudi Arabia—and what they mean for the dollar, gold, and investment markets in general. This interview just scratches the surface of the topics Jim covered in his speech at the most recent Casey Research Summit in San Antonio. You can grab a complete recording of that speech, and all 25 of the others, in the Summit Audio Collection, which is on sale with a juicy preorder discount for just a few more days.
Recommended Link • Gold is in a major slump…The chart below says it all.You can see that the price of gold has fallen 36% since 2011.That’s a major decline. But many gold mining stocks have fared even worse over the last few years… And that has dragged down major gold funds like the one Vanguard runs.In fact, VGPMX has lost about two-thirds of its value since 2011. The S&P 500, meanwhile, is up 130% over the same period.Because of this, I imagine many Vanguard clients were fed up. So, Vanguard is completely overhauling its precious metals fund.But if history’s any indication, this could be a sign that gold is close to a bottom. Let me explain…• Vanguard has been down this road before… In May 2001, it changed the name of its Vanguard Gold & Precious Metals Fund to simply the Vanguard Precious Metals Fund.It did so because gold had been an awful trade. It had fallen 15% over the previous five years. Sentiment toward the yellow metal was awful, just like it is today.So, Vanguard dropped “gold” from its fund’s name. And you can see what happened.Gold went on to enjoy a decade-long bull market. It rallied 615% over the next 10 years.Now, I can’t guarantee that the same thing will happen this time. But I will say this…Big funds like Vanguard don’t make moves like this when gold is at record highs. They do this when sentiment is in the toilet.And that can often be a sign that things can’t get any worse.In fact, Vanguard changed its fund’s name in 2001 within a month of gold bottoming. • Put another way, Vanguard’s decision could mean that gold is near “capitulation”…Capitulation means “surrender.” In the financial markets, this happens when the last sellers sell.And it’s usually characterized by panic selling, which is exactly what’s been happening with gold.In fact, gold is down 8% since the start of the year. The average gold stock, on the other hand, is down about 20% on the year.Vanguard’s decision could prove to be very bullish. But it’s certainly not the only reason to think gold is close to bottoming.• Speculators have never hated gold more than they do right now… We know this by looking at the Commitments of Traders (CoT) report.This is a report issued by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). It shows the positions major traders have taken in certain securities and commodities.As of August 14, non-commercial traders—investors speculating on future price—were short (betting against) gold to the tune of 670 metric tonnes. According to market research team ANZ Research, that’s the biggest short position since the CFTC began collecting data in 1993.Not only that, investors have a net short position for the first time since 2001. This means that the value of total short bets exceeds the total long (bullish) bets.This tells us sentiment toward gold is extremely bearish.• This is exactly the kind of situation we like to bet against… You see, we’re contrarians here at Casey Research.When trades get extremely crowded, we like to take the opposite position. After all, buying an asset that other investors want nothing to do with is a proven way to make a ton of money.Take it from Doug Casey:You want to go where other people don’t go. That’s where you get the bargains.Everybody knows the old expression “buy low, sell high.” Well, when are the prices absolutely the lowest? When everybody else is afraid of the situation and, as the original Baron Rothschild put it, “blood is running in the streets.”• To take advantage of this big opportunity, I recommend betting on gold mining stocks…The easiest way to do this is with a fund like the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX).But to make the biggest gains during the next gold bull market, you’ll need own the “best of breed” gold stocks.Unfortunately, most investors can’t tell the difference between a world-class miner and a crummy one.• That’s where we can help…At Casey Research, we have teams of research analysts who scour the globe in search of the world’s best mining companies.We even have an advisory dedicated to small mining stocks with massive upside potential called International Speculator. And editor Dave Forest has found the highest potential gold stocks today. They’re primed to rip higher when the gold market rebounds.If you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up for Dave’s International Speculator letter—and see his newest money-making idea—by clicking here.Regards,Justin SpittlerBudapest, HungaryAugust 28, 2018Reader MailbagToday, a reader responds to our recent Conversations With Casey, “Doug Casey on Why Somalia Shouldn’t Have an Army”…Who were the main countries that colonized and divided the continent of Africa leading to an exacerbation of culture, class, color and language issues? Any African leader that wanted a United States of Africa was assassinated. If there had been a United States of Africa we would be living in a different world.—AnonymousAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Due to the scandalous acts of some CEOs with taxpayer funds, Congress just passed Bill S.2155.This bill has caused a domino effect in the markets that could mean thousands for investors—to the tune of $195 billion in “compensation checks.”Already, a growing number of Americans are collecting huge comp checks—some of them as big as $8,979… $9,587… and even $15,111, depending on the size of their position.It’s a new income stream that just might cover your entire retirement. Here’s Your Chance to Become a Pot Stock Millionaire as Marijuana Goes Mainstream…After five years of waiting on the sidelines, Big Tobacco… Big Alcohol… Big Pharma…and Big Banks are about to go all-in on legal pot. But they’re not going to grow their own weed or open up dispensaries. They’re going to go on a marijuana buying spree and buy up existing marijuana companies. And we’ve found three tiny pot companies that could be in the crosshairs of these corporate titans.Get all the details here. By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchThe Vanguard Group has thrown in the towel on gold.And that has massive implications for the gold market. But not in the way most investors think.As you’re about to see, Vanguard’s decision could be extremely bullish for gold.I’ll tell you why in a second—and why it’s presenting the perfect kind of opportunity we look for at Casey Research. But let me first give you some background.• Vanguard is one of the world’s biggest money managers…It oversees $5 trillion in assets. That makes it too big to ignore.Last month, it made a major announcement. It said that it will change the name of its Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund (VGPMX) to the Vanguard Global Capital Cycles Fund.More importantly, Vanguard will change what the fund holds. It will go from having 80% of its assets in mining stocks to just 25%. It will achieve this by adding stocks from industries like telecommunications and utilities to the mix.In other words, Vanguard is overhauling its precious metals fund…and changing it to a much more diversified fund.Now, I realize this sounds like terrible news for gold. But it could be one of the biggest buy signals for gold in years.More on that in a second. But let me first tell you why Vanguard did this. Recommended Link — Sneaky Politicians Don’t Want You to Know How They’re Snatching up to $11,334 Every Month for Life…But this former Wall Street hedge fund manager is going to tell you everything. Including how you can start collecting these payments too. Click here for all the details. —
READ MORE:The Latest: Officer-Involved Shooting in Aliceville: July 19, 2019UPDATE: A man accused of getting into a shootout with police in Aliceville is now facing two capital murder charges.Fred Sommerville, 47, was arrested in Pickens County Friday after getting involved in a shootout with police. A body, now identified as 39-year-old LaKresha Sommerville, was found in the front seat of the stolen Volkswagen Jetta Fred Sommerville was driving.Fred Sommerville was arrested a day after Bruce Cosman, 74, was found dead in his backyard from a gunshot wound. Cosman lived on Highway 251 in Ardmore, Tennessee. His wife heard gunshots come from their backyard shortly after 7:30 p.m. on July 18, then walked out to find his body. Cosman had walked outside to check his backyard after hearing a suspicious noise.“We can put Fred Sommerville at our victim, Mr. Cosman’s residence at the time of the murder,” Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said in an interview with WHNT 19. The Huntsville-based television station reported that Blakely “would not go into detail about what evidence deputies had connecting Sommerville to the crime.”Reports indicate that the Sommervilles were not in a happy relationship and that LaKresha Sommerville’s death was likely the result of a domestic dispute. He is still being held in Pickens County Jail on a myriad of charges: attempting to elude, first-degree theft of property, abuse of a corpse and reckless endangerment.“We got a lot more work that has to be done,” Blakely said in a press conference. “We will be spending hundreds of hours still interviewing people, talking to people and making sure we have our timeline down right. But we are very confident in this arrest.”Aliceville Police have identified the man arrested Friday after an officer-involved shooting near the intersection of Columbus Road and Third Avenue.The man was driving a vehicle with a dead body inside at the time of the shooting, State Bureau of Investigation agents said.He was identified as Fred Sommerville, and has been charged with abuse of a corpse, theft, reckless endangerment and attempting to elude.The corpse in the vehicle has not yet been identified.
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Keven Walgamott, a real estate agent who lost his left hand and part of his arm in an electrical accident in 2002, got emotional when he was able to clasp his hands together and “feel” the space between his thumb and his index finger using a 3D-printed prosthetic hand in 2016.”That was the first time I ever felt anything in my left hand since my amputation,” Walgamott says. He got emotional a second time when he was able to grasp his wife’s hand and “feel” her touch, this time through a newly designed, experimental prosthetic hand that can be directed with the user’s mind.Walgamott was the sole volunteer for a 14-month study conducted by a multidisciplinary team based at the University of Utah, and also included collaborators from the University of Chicago and the Cleveland Clinic. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal Science Robotics.The research team adapted a commercially developed prosthetic named the “LUKE arm” — after the robotic hand the character Luke Skywalker got in the Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back.The original LUKE arm had been designed to perform a variety of movements, but the Utah collaboration significantly improved it by figuring out how to mimic the way the human brain sends a signal to the hand to touch an object, and how the hand sends a signal back in response to touching it.”The nerves that communicate and control the hand and the nerves that send information back up to the brain still exist even after the hand has been amputated,” explains Jacob George, a doctoral student of biomedical engineering at the University of Utah and one of the lead authors of the study.The research team implanted electrodes in some of those nerves in Walgamott’s forearm and then recorded the signals that occurred when he thought of moving his hand to grab or touch an object. The prosthetic hand moved as commanded by Walgamott’s brain.Better feedback between prosthetic and brain”The whole ‘using feedback for prosthetics’ idea has been floating around for a while and people just haven’t shown whether or not it works,” says Sharlene Flesher, postdoctoral research associate at Stanford University, who also studies tactile feedback in prosthetic robotic limbs, but was not involved in this study. “The fact that they got everything to work is not a trivial result.”Other existing prosthetics can also convert brain signals into movement. But doing daily life tasks depends not only on our ability to grab objects but also on our ability to sense through touch what those objects are without looking at them.For instance, if you try holding an egg in your hand while blindfolded, you’ll likely know right away that you have to handle it carefully to avoid breaking it. This is because the nerves in your hand send signals to your brain that tell you — based on past experience and characteristics such as shape, texture and heft — that you’re holding an egg. But with most prosthetic hands you’d need visual clues to tell you how strongly you could grip the object to avoid dropping it or crushing it.The University of Utah researchers and their colleagues were able to restore Walgamott’s ability to “feel” what he was touching by providing stimuli through electrodes implanted in his arm; the information was quickly transmitted back up to the brain as if it were coming directly from the hand.By recovering some of his sense of touch in this way, Walgamott was able to precisely distinguish between large and small and soft and hard objects after roughly 10 seconds of handling them — even when his eyes or ears were covered.”We’re tapping into the same [mechanism] that’s used in my body and your body and everyone’s body, and we’re trying to just activate it in the way it would have normally been activated. So the sensations feel like they’re coming from their hand,” says George.Walgamott says the sensations he experienced with the robotic hand didn’t feel exactly the same as those from his other hand, but he still found the ability to touch, feel and manipulate fragile objects like grapes and eggs astounding.”Being able to pick up an egg without crushing it was a remarkable experience,” he says, and the skill translated to challenges he faces in daily life. Using the prosthetic in the lab, he was able to feed himself and load a pillow into a pillow case, and put on his wedding ring.”This study kind of pushes the importance of why we should have sensorized prosthetics,” says Flesher. Beyond all the remaining technical challenges, she says, getting insurance companies to recognize the importance of such devices will be a key hurdle to overcome.Insurance companies “think of it as a luxury,” Flesher says. “But [a sense of touch] really is so critical to how you control your arm.”Prosthetic hands that can restore one’s sense of touch are currently not available outside the lab — Walgamott participated in the study for 14 months, wearing the prosthetic device for only a few hours per session during that time, and only in the lab. It connected to his arm via surgically implanted wires that were removed when the 14-month-long study was completed.Using the device required a researcher’s direct supervision. For the LUKE Arm to be routinely usable at home, researchers would like to come up with a device that can be implanted inside the body, like a pacemaker. Though Utah companies are working on a wireless version of the device, it has only been tested in animals so far.George and his collaborators hope next to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin testing their modified LUKE arm in larger groups of people, and in the participants’ own homes instead of the lab. They are now testing a prosthetic arm whose electronic controls can be strapped to the waist, which would make it easier for patients to use without supervision.’Phantom pain’ temporarily easedWalgamott’s burning phantom pain — a pain coming from the hand that is no longer there – also was reduced while his prosthetic hand was turned on.”[We are] recreating that sense of touch that they would normally be getting,” George explains. “When we start to do that, we think that we’re recreating the sense associated with that hand, [which] can kind of get rid of the pain.”Unfortunately, Walgamott says that the pain was reduced for only about an hour after taking the prosthetic off, and then the pain returned with the same intensity as before. He continues to feel that pain today.”Getting rid of phantom pain is one of the hopes,” a member of the research team told Walgamott during the experimental trial, according to a study transcript. “It’s not a promise. But if we restore sensory and motor function, then the prosthetic hand will become your hand, and the phantom will not have a place anymore.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Google is giving development teams the ability to build apps without worrying about managing servers with new serverless features announced at its Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco this week. The company announced the general availability of Cloud Functions, new App Engine runtimes and the integration of Cloud Firestore with GCP services.“Every business wants to innovate—and deliver—great software, faster. In recent years, serverless computing has changed application development, bringing the focus on the application logic instead of infrastructure,” Eyal Manor, vice president of engineering, wrote in a post. “With zero server management, auto-scaling to meet any traffic demands, and managed integrated security, developers can move faster, stay agile and focus on what matters most—building great applications.”Cloud Functions is an event-driven compute service. It features the ability to scale automatically, runs code in response to events, the ability to pay only while code runs, and does not require any server management. Use cases include serverless application backends, real-time data processing and intelligent applications such as virtual assistants, chatbots and sentiment analysis. The generally availability of Cloud Functions also comes with support for Python 3.7 and Node.js 8, and networking and security controls.In addition, Google announced the early preview of serverless containers, a new way to run containers in a fully managed environment, but only pay for what you use.“Whether you’re using App Engine or Cloud Functions, Google’s serverless platform offers a complete mix of tools and services. However, many customers tell us they have custom requirements like specific runtimes, custom binaries, or workload portability. More often than not, they turn to containers for an answer. At Google Cloud, we want to bring the best of both serverless and containers together,” Manor wrote.
2019 Entrepreneur 360 List When Is Vista not Vista? When It’s Mojave! 6 min read Apply Now » Add to Queue Brought to you by PCWorld Technology August 5, 2008 –shares Steve Bass The Microsofties are appealing to you to try Windows Vista. You’ll really, really like it, they insist. They’ve gone out of their way to prove to you that it’s a swell operating system, too, by creating a series of see-we-told-you-so videos.Microsoft’s ExperimentThe crew from Redmond dressed Windows Vista up in a flashy new box, called it Mojave, the next Microsoft OS, and foisted it upon–no, sorry, make that “introduced it to”–volunteers.Before the volunteers were shown Mojave, they were asked about Vista. Some said that they hated Vista, even though they’d never tried it. After seeing and playing with some of Vista, oops, Mojave’s features, most of the volunteers were impressed, with many of them oooh-ing and aaaah-ing.When the secret was revealed, most of the volunteers couldn’t wait to get their hands on a copy. One volunteer was nonplussed to hear that Mojave was actually Vista and asked, “Why is it faster?” In the experiment they used an HP Pavilion DV 2000 with 2GB of RAM–and I’m curious if that contributed to Vista’s great performance.If I had my way, I’d have Microsoft do another video, handing volunteers a copy of Mojave and asking them to install it on their existing PC or notebook. I wonder if their reactions would be quite so enthusiastic. BTW, here are Microsoft’s results.Vista ResourcesI still haven’t switched to Vista. I know I’ll do it eventually, but for the moment, my system’s running just fine. Nonetheless, I want you to know about a few Vista resources, just in case you’re using it–or, like me, thinking about the future.Answers to Vista Users’ Nagging Questions20 Vista Downloads to Tweak & Improve Your SystemWindows Vista: 15 Reasons to SwitchFarewell Vista, Hello XPWhat Does It Take to Get a PC With XP?Some of you may need the extra help that only a hefty resource book can provide. The book I recommend is Windows Vista Inside Out, Deluxe Edition (Microsoft Press; ISBN-10: 0735625247) by Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, and Craig Stinson. For under $40, you’ll get every Vista question answered and learn things about the OS that may improve your experience. It’s available on Amazon.com.Quick aside: Microsoft has confirmed it’s abandoning Windows. They won’t say when, but they have talked about what it’s going to look like. Read “Microsoft Prepares for End of Windows With Midori” and tell me if it makes sense to you.Fix Outlook’s Messy E-Mail QuotesOkay, enough about Vista. Now let’s pick on Outlook. Did you ever notice how well Outlook can mess up e-mail quotes? You know, the way it causes line breaks to make your e-mail look like hell?For the cost of a download you can make your Outlook e-mails look sharp and, more important, easy to read. The trick is Outlook-QuoteFix, a free add-in that takes out the tedium of fixing Outlook’s quoting style.Outlook-QuoteFix works perfectly in XP and with Outlook 98 through 2003; there’s a macro that makes it compatible with Outlook 2007. BTW, there’s also a version for Outlook Express.Easy Way to Reset Your Windows PasswordDo you ever forget your login password? Probably not, because it’s 1234. (LOL–just kidding. I know you use strong passwords.) Nearly two years ago, I told you how to find your passwords (go to “Find Old E-Mail Messages Quickly” and scroll to the “I forgot the password…” hassle). Unfortunately, that fix would have cost you $70, just enough to fill up your car’s gas tank.I have terrific news: PC Login Now gives you a fairly straightforward way to reset the Windows Administrator or user password in Windows Server 2008, 2003, Vista, and XP. Once you download the free ISO file, you burn it onto a CD and boot from it. The wizard talks you through the steps.One more thing before you leave: If you need to find the Product Key for any office product, read how to do it in “Five Smart Fixes for Dumb PC Annoyances.”This Week’s Roundup of Time WastersPeople Bucket, a physics-based game, is a total waste of time. The instructions are contradictory, because I have to cross the red line. But if you think about bouncing off walls, you may do okay.Draw Things is a simple personality test. Draw a house, a tree, or a person, and it will give you an insight into your “real personality.” It may even tell you if you should upgrade to Vista or switch to a Mac. [Thanks, John M.]If you like strategy games, take a shot at Desktop Tower Defense. Invaders are going to smash your desktop unless you’re smart enough to build a maze of artillery for them to follow–and get blasted to the bit bucket.How old is your brain? It’s a question you might not want answered. Unless you read Japanese, you’ll need some help. [Thanks, Shari K.]Here’s the procedure:Click StartWait for the 3, 2, 1 to disappear and then quickly memorize the position of the numbers on the screen.Click the circles in order from the smallest number to the largest number.The site tells you how old your brain is.You, or at least your character, Adam, can’t remember a thing. Do a couple of things right, survive an interrogation, and who knows, you might finish CDX next week.Some people collect coins. Others watch birds. These guys are into extreme catapulting.Steve Bass writes PC World’s monthly “Hassle-Free PC” column and is the author of “PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Personal Computer,” available from Amazon.com. He also writes PC World’s daily Tips & Tweaks blog. Sign up to have Steve’s newsletter e-mailed to you each week. Comments or questions? Send Steve e-mail. Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Microsoft resorts to subterfuge to get people to try Windows Vista, as Steve Bass recently found. Plus, tips for Outlook and Windows passwords.
–shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business April 3, 2014 Next Article Add to Queue Guest Writer Image credit: Darcy Padilla Brendan Eich has stepped down as Mozilla’s CEO amid criticism over his donation to an anti-gay California marriage ballot measure back in 2008.Eich was appointed chief executive of the company just last week, a decision that caused an immediate and intense backlash, most notably from the dating site OKCupid. Visitors to the OKCupid website earlier this week were greeted with the message “Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples…We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OKCupid.”Despite the intensifying criticism over his donation, just yesterday Eich told The Guardian that he would not be resign over his ‘private’ support for a gay marriage ban.But Mozilla has officially announced his departure this afternoon in a blog post.Related: 37 South Korean Bank Execs Offer to Resign Over Breach. Should Target Execs Follow Suit?”Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it,” Mitchell Baker, Mozilla’s executive chairwoman, wrote. “We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.”Baker went on to write that Eich had “chosen to step down from his role as CEO.” While figuring out how to simultaneously stand for both equality and freedom of speech is hard, she continued, “Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.”The company said that what comes next for the organization’s leadership “is still being discussed.”Related: The Moz CEO’s Wonderfully Refreshing Reason for Stepping Down Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Brendan Eich Laura Entis Mozilla’s CEO Resigns in Wake of Criticism Over Stance on Gay Marriage Resignation Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »
Register Now » Image credit: Shutterstock New Study Finds the Global Gender Pay Gap Won’t Be Closed Until 2186 Nina Zipkin –shares The pay gap between men and women is a persistent concern all over the world, but according to new findings from the World Economic Forum, we have a long way to go before we reach parity.In its annual Global Gender Gap report, the organization found that “at the current rate of change, and given the widening economic gender gap since last year, it will not be closed for another 170 years.” That means women and men won’t be paid equally all over in the world until 2186, based on the WEF’s research.Related: Even World Cup Winners Are Not Immune to the Gender Pay Gap It may be a false equivalency, but think about this: Elon Musk wants to make humans an interplanetary species starting in 2024. We can settle on another planet, but equal pay for equal work is still somehow beyond our grasp.Ranking 144 countries, a number of factors are taken into consideration in measuring the gender gap, including the population of women’s participation in the labor force, income, literacy and education, rates of health and survival, and women’s participation in government, including how long a country has had a female head of state.Related: Tech’s Gender Wage Gap Is Real, Partly Because Men Don’t Believe It Is.The United States isn’t terrible, but it’s not fantastic either. On the overall gender gap ranking, it comes in at number 45, behind Trinidad and Tobago, and ahead of Australia. The country is number 26 on the economic participation ranking, number one in educational attainment (along with 23 others), 62 for health and survival and 73 on the political empowerment ranking.The top country on the list is Iceland — but it’s not immune from concerns about pay inequality. Just last week on its election day, 48 percent of Iceland’s parliament seats were filled by women. But earlier in the month, activists were protesting the country’s wage gap.In Iceland, women earn anywhere from 14 to 18 percent less than their male co-workers, and on Oct. 24, women all over the country staged a walkout at 2:38 p.m. — leaving their jobs 14 percent earlier. Add to Queue November 3, 2016 Entrepreneur Staff Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Gender Gap Next Article The World Economic Forum breaks down how far we have to go in its latest Global Gender Gap report.
Jim DicsoMarketing Technology NewsNewspersonalizationPersonalization X VideoSundaySky Previous ArticleNew Research Reveals That Understanding Customer Emotions is a Key Driver of Business Predictability for BrandsNext ArticleAI-Powered Sales Assistant Exceed.ai Announces New Machine Learning Capabilities to Answer Prospects’ Questions, Reply to Objections and Inquiries More than 70% of the Brand Leaders for Video or Personalization Reach Customers with Personalized Video, reveals SundaySky Business WireJune 12, 2019, 3:46 pmJune 12, 2019 SundaySky Personalization X Video Index Ranks Fortune 500 Brands on Personalization and Video Marketing According to Customer FeedbackMore than 70% of the brands who rank in the top ten for either personalization or video, as rated by their customers, use the two strategies together in the form of personalized video, according to a new consumer study from SundaySky ranking industry leaders on personalization and video marketing. SundaySky surveyed customers of more than 60 household names to gauge customer satisfaction with brand efforts in both personalization and video spaces, scoring the leaders of retail, travel, healthcare, telecommunications, insurance and financial services in the new Personalization x Video Index.“Consumers have access to unprecedented amounts of information and options, and as new entrants compete for their attention, brands need to compete on a dimension of customer experience where each experience is personal, valuable and emotionally engaging to each person”Separately, video and personalization are proven strategies for providing value to customers and improving customer satisfaction, and the convergence of these two approaches lifts consumers’ satisfaction with brand efforts. Consumers universally rated brands’ personalization efforts higher than they rated their video efforts. Bank of America achieved top rating for personalization in SundaySky’s Personalization x Video Index due to positive customer experience across advertising and owned media channels. In the financial industry, the brand beat out American Express in both personalization and video ratings. Overall, brands in the financial services industry have the highest personalization scores compared to other industries, likely due to high competition for seamless brand experiences and personalization for customers to bank anytime across multiple channels. The travel industry rated the highest in video, which can be attributed to the plethora of footage that brands leverage from destinations, activities, properties and other visual content.Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital Era“Online video can serve digital business strategy professionals by increasing brand awareness, educating customers about products and services, and helping with lead generation, cross-selling, and upselling,” writes Nick Barber, Forrester analyst, in his April 2019 report Financial Services Firms Should Weave Online Video Into Every Customer Journey. “Specifically, video can… encourage customers to buy, … increase [their] satisfaction, [and] connect with [them] on an emotional level.”The Personalization x Video Index highlights leaderboards in several industries. Sephora leads Amazon for the top retail ratings in both personalization and video. Walmart earned 12th place ranking in both personalization and video, while Target is listed among the top five retailers. Verizon and AT&T led T-Mobile and Sprint on both personalization and video, with Verizon taking top marks against all telecommunications brands measured.Marketing Technology News: Vidyard Expands Offering to Bring Personalized Video App to Any Sales Professional, No Matter How They Work“Consumers have access to unprecedented amounts of information and options, and as new entrants compete for their attention, brands need to compete on a dimension of customer experience where each experience is personal, valuable and emotionally engaging to each person,” said Jim Dicso, CEO of SundaySky. “For the world’s biggest brands to attract, retain and ensure happy customers, SundaySky provides the platform and expertise they need for personalized, emotionally rich video that also scales across their millions of customers.”SundaySky’s research also revealed that only 29 percent of consumers reported the efforts to use their data for personalized experiences in consistent and seamless ways were satisfactory. SundaySky researchers advise brands need to incorporate personalization in video marketing strategies to keep up with demand, and there’s room for personalization improvement to ensure great consumer experiences. This advice comes from another recent study done by SundaySky on how personalized video can boost customer experience Net Promoter Scores. The study showed that the use of personalized video as a customer experience strategy correlates with up to a 48-point increase in NPS.Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product Marketing
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Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 15:44 IST The EPCA report said that there was a “stalemate” in discussions between the central government and Delhi government on certain financial aspects of the project. (File Photo)The Supreme Court Friday ordered implementation of the 103.94 km, Phase 4 of the Delhi metro and directed the authorities concerned to commence construction work on the project.A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta was told by the counsel appearing for the Delhi government that they have agreed to give a go ahead to the Phase 4 of the Delhi metro.The apex court was hearing a matter in which the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had recently filed a report stating that the approval for the project was held up since 2014.The EPCA report said that there was a “stalemate” in discussions between the central government and Delhi government on certain financial aspects of the project.”There is a stalemate in the discussions between the Union Government and the Delhi government on different financial aspects of the project. The Delhi government has on April 10, 2019 communicated its direction that DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) would not start work of Delhi Metro phase-IV till these issues are resolved,” it said.The stalemate came under the apex court’s scanner which said it would pass order in the matter as the “project cannot wait”.The court was also told by the apex court that the project was “critical” and the pending issue should be resolved soon.The Centre had told the court that project financing has been done in consonance with the Metro Rail Policy of August 2017 and metro projects of other cities like Bhopal, Indore, Kanpur, Patna and Agra have been sanctioned on the same financial pattern as of Delhi metro phase-IV.The EPCA report had said that the project is “critical as it will add another 104 km to the network” and “it is designed to join the current network and will densify it and make the system more viable and attractive to commuters”.ALSO READ | Delhi Metro snag: Thousands stranded, traffic chokes Delhi-Gurgaon highway as Yellow Line collapsesALSO WATCH | Arvind Kejriwal announces free travel for women in Delhi Metro, busesFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Supreme Court orders commencement of work for Phase 4 of Delhi MetroA bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta was told by the counsel appearing for the Delhi government that they have agreed to give a go ahead to the Phase 4 of the Delhi metro. The apex court was hearing a matter in which the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had recently filed a report stating that the approval for the project was held up since 2014.advertisement Next
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