Travelweek Group CG Journeys’ new Russia fam visits both Moscow & St. Petersburg Tags: FAM, Moscow, St. Petersburg Tuesday, June 18, 2019 TORONTO — CG Journeys has a new fam to Russia that includes all the top sights of Moscow and St. Petersburg.Departing Sept. 12-21 from either JFK or LAX, the 10-day ‘Russia’s Two Capitals and Golden Ring’ fam starts in Moscow with visits to the Red Square, the world-famous Kremlin and a city bus tour. From there, agents will journey to Sergiev Posad followed by a tour of the Holy Tirnity-St. Sergius Lavra.After transport to Pereslavl-Zalessky where they’ll enjoy a city tour and welcome dinner, agents will then visit Suzdal to explore the Suzdal Kremlin and Euthymius Monastery.A high-speed Sapsan train – business class – will then take agents to St. Petersburg, where they’ll embark on a panoramic city tour that includes Peter and Paul Fortress followed by lunch at Taleon hotel. After lunch, agents will visit the famous Faberge Museum and enjoy free time during which they can take in a performance at the Mariinsky Theatre or shop with a personal guide.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyOther highlights in St. Petersburg include the Peterhoff Palace, often referred to as the ‘Russian Versailles’, the famous Catherine Palace in Pushkin, the Hermitage and the Winter Palace. A farewell dinner at the Four Seasons closes the tour.The fam is priced at $1,850 (single) and includes: international and domestic flights with Aeroflot Airlines from JFK or LAX; two nights’ accommodation at the four-star Azimuth hotel Smolenskaya, Moscow; two nights’ accommodation at the four-star Azimuth hotel Pereslavl; four nights’ accommodation at the five-star Belmond Grand Europe hotel; all breakfasts and lunches and three dinners; transportation, tours, museum and attractions entry and English-speaking guide as per program; Business class high-speed train ticket from Moscow to St. Petersburg; Moscow walking city tour; and city tours of Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl, Suzdal and St. Petersburg.For more information call 1-800-668-8401 or visit cgjourneys.com. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Categories: News,Noble News The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Jeff Noble’s legislation bringing income tax relief to state residents.Noble is one of the primary sponsors in a package of bills to continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents, while providing additional relief for senior citizens.“This is for the people – the ones who sent us to Lansing to make decisions in their best interests. This money belongs to the people, and they can do a better job with it than politicians ever could,” said Noble, of Northville, after the House approved the legislation. “Any money that isn’t absolutely necessary to run essential government services should be returned to taxpayers. These bills take a step in that direction.”The legislation ensures Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, the legislation gradually increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 for the 2020 tax year.Noble’s bill specifically ensures taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions in relation to the Michigan income tax, rather than the federal tax code.Other legislation in the package helps senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase. The legislation provides a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older – or $200 for joint filers.The bills include a provision to ensure school aid funding is not negatively affected by the legislation.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for further consideration.### 25Jan Rep. Noble’s tax relief bill approved by Michigan House
Video app specialist Accedo has launched its Operator Tier Android TV Launcher as a platform within the Accedo Studio Pay TV edition product. According to Accedo, the Launcher enables pay TV operators to embrace and extend their set-top-box video services to the Android TV ecosystem.The company says it will allow pay TV operators to differentiate their video services, own the user experience, and prioritize their content ahead of third-party content; all while achieving a short time to market. Integration to an operator’s content management systems, video infrastructure, and other back-office components is supported.Providing a personalized, recommendation-enabled user experience, in combination with a traditional broadcast channel guide, the Accedo Studio Operator Tier Launcher for Android TV gives access to OTT and broadcast services including: recordings; catch-up TV; movies on-demand, TV on-demand in addition to Android app-based content.Accedo’s cloud-based user interface management platforms allow the operator to re-brand, re-skin, and re-configure the Launcher with a customized user interface for each deployment.At IBC, Accedo will be demonstrating the Operator Tier Android TV Launcher, part of Accedo Studio Pay TV, on a range of certified Android TV set-top boxes from Accedo’s hardware partners.Accedo will exhibit at IBC on Stand 14.E14.
Alchimie has launched Species, a subscription over-the-top channel focused on wildlife and the natural world, as part of its Watch It! app as well as on other platforms.The channel, which is available for £4.99 per-month after one-month trial, rolls out with 120 hours of content, including an underwater series called The Blue Realm from Canadian distributor Canamedia.“The natural world provides an unmatched resource for remarkable stories that programme-makers can turn into compelling television,” said Alchimie CEO Nicolas d’Hueppe.“We are thrilled to have partnered with Canamedia to show The Blue Realm and hope to build on this with more factual series and documentaries in the future.”Species will be available via Watch It! and on: Vodafone and 02 in the UK; T-Mobile in Germany; and Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom in France. Viewers can also access it through the Android TV, Google Play and iOS Mobile platforms.
Dating will never be the same. The white-hot local date finder app that reduces courtship to the swiping of photos to say “hot or not,” Tinder, is opened on average 11 times a day by users. Microsoft chased Fitbit, Nike, Jawbone, and half a dozen others into the wearable fitness tech business with its new Band. One more thing to sell at those Microsoft stores popping up everywhere. Maybe someday soon they’ll sell full-fledged computers there… Speaking of Apple, CEO Tim Cook revealed he was gay (which everyone knew) just in time to get in front of news that all those leaked nude photos were coming off a flawed iCloud that didn’t rate limit password attempts. PR geniuses. Android founder Andy Rubin left Google. But he was ousted from power months ago, so it matters little. The tragic failed launch of SpaceShuttleTwo, the second space flight explosion in as many weeks, is showing signs it might be a human error, not a mechanical one. It’s all too early to say for sure, but they are now bringing in some experts to look at that possibility. Alibaba beat revenues estimates but missed on earnings. Sprint missed on both, despite huge price cuts meant to attract customers. An Investor’s Week in TechGreetings, fellow technophiles. This week we’re going to try something new, and I’d like your feedback.Once upon a time, I used to fill the pages of Casey Extraordinary Technology with a monthly summary of noteworthy news from the tech world that investors should be aware of. Predictive, anomalous, or just interesting, the goal was to be information and opinion dense. As the portfolio swelled, that fell to the wayside.Looking to broaden coverage in these weekly letters, it seemed a perfect opportunity to bring that format back and get you something with a lot more “sink your teeth in” depth than just a single topic a week. If you enjoy our usual longer, more in-depth articles, no worries. We’ll keep writing them and cover them below with everything else, if we keep this new format.Please give it a read, then let me know what you think in the comments or by replyingApple Pay Launches with a Thud, Getting Denied at Big RetailersThe pitched battle to replace your wallet—or what’s inside it—just got much hotter. In the race to dominate every aspect of your personal life, Apple premiered its much-hyped Apple Pay service last week. Owners of the new iPhone 6 series of phones can now finally use a technology that has long since been available on tens of millions of Google Android phones to pay for things.Much like those cellphone barcode boarding passes at the airport, the idea is to replace a simple passive object (for the airport, paper; for Apple, the old magstripe credit card) with better technology. The process for paying with Google or Apple’s tech goes like this: you get out your phone, swipe it by a specially equipped machine, enter a pin on the phone (or use your fingerprint in Apple’s case), then select a card account, which then transmits one-time-use credit card info to the machine. Tech proponents say it’s much more secure since an unscrupulous employee or even a hacked payment terminal can’t steal a card number that can be used again. To me, it sounds like a lot of work to do what a card already does without having to worry about dead batteries, crashing apps, etc. Not that I have an opinion…But CVS certainly has one. The store announced that it would disable the near-field communications (NFC) tech that Apple and Google use on its payment terminals, blocking the new service. The move was meant to support CurrentC, an alternative developed by an industry trade group to which CVS, Rite-Aid (which also made the same move), and many other retailers belong. Over the years, CurrentC has deployed simpler barcode-based smartphone apps for a wide variety of platforms, including iOS and Android, but they’ve been known to be terribly buggy and not very convenient. To push back this hard, CVS must see Apple’s involvement in the credit card chain as a major threat to margins. After all, it’s had NFC support for Google Wallet for quite some time (evidence of just how poorly Google executed its Wallet marketing).Reviewers who spent any time with the new solutions came back nonplussed too. Engadget summed it up well (my emphasis):Mobile payments are arguably a lot more secure. Your actual credit card number is never handed over to merchants. Apple Pay uses a Secure Element chip that encrypts user data and assigns a unique device number to each phone, while Google Wallet transactions are made with a virtual prepaid MasterCard that’s different each time. Mobile payments could therefore be the answer to the ever-present threat of data breaches and identity theft.But until we can get it accepted at every merchant and figure out a way we can use the phone to securely carry our ID as well, it simply isn’t going to replace your wallet.Nor are credit card makers content to let the wallet be replaced. They have their own secure solution, “chip+pin” (or EMV), with similar security features. Instead of adding a phone into the mix, they make the credit card smarter, holding on to the credit card number until you enter a code to unlock it. A compromised payment terminal is a risk, like what happened at Aldi a few years back, but then again so is a hacked phone with NFC… and which is more likely?One has to wonder if merchants and Visa will be happy about adding powerful new players into the payment chain. Though, when consumers catch wind of the newest glaring security hole in those chip+pin cards discovered last week, which allows hackers to steal up to a million dollars per card simply by walking near you, they might just demand Apple Pay.Elsewhere in the ecommerce world…US Credit Card Security Push Will Replace Billions in HardwareWe don’t usually lump credit card payment terminals into the “cool gadget” category, but last week the former head of aforementioned Google Wallet—who left to do his own startup (the hard part of being one of Silicon Valley’s big employers is that your best people can easily leave and compete with you)—announced a slick-looking new device to replace those tired-looking payment terminals at cash registers around the US.Dubbed Poynt, the announcement is not coincidentally timed. Next year the US starts adopting new payment security standards, which will require almost every terminal not replaced in the last year or two to be ditched in one fell swoop, lest the merchants using them face big penalty charges for using old, less secure tech. It’s going to be a multibillion-dollar hardware upgrade cycle; thus competitors new and old (like VeriFone) are salivating at the chance to gain some share during the swap.Poynt works with the old magstripe cards we know, but also supports EMV, the standard those who live in Europe, Asia, and even Canada have long had. It’s also wireless, Bluetooth, and NFC compatible—meaning it works with Apple Pay and Google Wallet, if those ever do take off (they won’t). TechCrunch has all the details and lots more slick gadget photos.No Commerce Without Government Sanction? AirBnb Law Sets Ugly PrecedentIt may sound like something out of a fascist regime, but that seems to be the direction we’re headed in America. In the country where Marshmallow Fluff went from a home kitchen to a multimillion-dollar business, it’s anathema to think that today’s laws would make the whole endeavor illegal from the get-go. But evidence continues to mount that we have gone decidedly anti-commerce.The latest turn of events: the People’s Republic of San Francisco is pushing a law to severely restrict the use of HomeAway and AirBnb-style hotelier sites. Prodded by angry neighbors—or by the hotel lobby, do you think?—the city decided to permit only residents of the city to use their property as such. Nonresident owners are being told they cannot do short-term rentals, only long-term ones.The city council says they’re doing it to prevent or lessen a housing shortage in the city. Yet more evidence of government protecting entrenched business models (hotels in this case… just like the ludicrous laws to prevent car manufacturers from selling directly instead of through dealers, meant to slow down Tesla’s onslaught). Thankfully, HomeAway is suing to block the law… as are others.(Curiously, AirBnb isn’t suing, as the law is actually designed to support its business model, requiring the companies arranging rentals to collect taxes centrally, which it can do; HomeAway can’t do that without a big change to its business. This is, at least, according to HomeAway.)It reminds me of the ludicrous battle that occurred down the street from my place in Vermont, where neighbors were mad at The Alchemist, brewers of top-ranked microbrew Heady Topper. Its creators were forced out of their small brewing site by neighbors who didn’t like the traffic from customers. The business was drummed out of town with help from the zoning board. Yet the company couldn’t move to the next town over because a competitor started making a squawk about some rare bird that supposedly nests where The Alchemist wanted to build its new location. The whole debacle is still unfolding many months later.Is this the world we now live in, where success is punishable by law, unless you grease the right palms? Let’s all hope that intelligence prevails in the judiciary of California (just typing that out is depressing), and it upholds the ability of people to engage in commerce without permission. If not, I suspect we’re screwed as a nation. If only our lawmakers would focus on protecting us from real threats like the unprosecuted frauds of the mortgage debacle, instead of piling on superfluous new regulations that just deter or extort business.SSD Consolidation ContinuesThe days of the spinning hard drive are numbered. Cellphones, tablets, etc. have never even considered them an option. They suck way too much power and take up far too much space. The solid state drive (SSD) is less power hungry, shockproof, and WAY faster. Only problem is it’s still an order of magnitude more expensive than its predecessor.So when it comes to storing lots of data that don’t all need to be accessed at lightning speeds, spinning disks still rule. Until that cost gap finally closes, SSD manufacturers are using software to make their devices work in tandem with old-fashioned spinning disks, giving them a way to still be valuable for those big archival data farms. In fact, HDD sales are up 6% over last year, to a projected 423 million shipments this year.The latest sign that SSD makers see this as big game came with Samsung’s purchase of hot San Fran startup Proximal Data. The deal, done at an undisclosed price, was the second for Samsung that also grabbed NVELO, which was working on the same kind of technology in 2012.The Hackings Will Continue Until Morale ImprovesIt looks like viruses are on their way for Mac users, thanks to a big security flaw in the new OSX Yosemite.That just piles on top of the serious flaw in popular content management platform Drupal, which powers such websites as Whitehouse.gov and which left potentially millions of domains exposed and many confirmed hacked last week. Within hours of the October 15 notice to the world that the software was vulnerable, hackers began exploiting it to steal data, inject malicious code, and otherwise take over websites unbeknownst to owners.It’s not just hackers either. ATT and VZW are placing “supercookies” on your phonev to track and report all kinds of stuff. Better start actually reading those terms of service agreements you click right past. Your cellphone company isn’t the only one selling every bit of data it can about you: your ISP at home sells your clickstream too, and lots more. Same with your credit card.The rule is simple: if you need it private, don’t put it on a computer of any kind. At least not one connected to the Internet. It’s unfortunate for all of us, not just the celebutants who had their privacy flagrantly violated for the world’s unscrupulous to see, but it’s the time we live in.If you do want to keep something secret, then follow this fantastic guide to how Edward Snowden did it.Darknet Commerce Is BoomingThe Economist recently published a great overview of the growth of so-called Darknet sites, which use software to keep user identities hidden from prying eyes (a somewhat dubious claim, many studies have shown). With perceived anonymity as cover, all kinds of illicit activity occurs, including the sale of drugs and weapons. The article included this great chart of the comeback since the infamous Silk Road marketplace was shut down:Of course, even on the Darknet—maybe especially on the Darknet—you’re not immune to hackers. Recently, at least one node of the Tor anonymous peer-to-peer network was hacked. Intruders were wrapping any downloaded program with a Trojan Horse, regardless of where it came from, as it passed through the hacked computer. The risk of any proxy service, P2P or centrally managed, is that it provides a bottleneck for hackers to exploit. The same could be done to a commercial proxy as well, or even your ISP, were they to be hacked… so keep that virus scan up to date.Plus, who wants to be on the Darknet anymore, now that it has Facebook?Wii U Sales Boom, Nintendo Profits, Thanks to Go-KartsLast week Nintendo surprised a whole lot of people by finally being profitable again, albeit for a very brief period of time. The company’s Wii U console hasn’t sold nearly as well as previous generations. It’s also losing share to the latest PlayStation and Xbox models—something consensus chalked up to its decidedly kiddie vibe and giant-awkward-touchscreen-joystick-controller-thingies.But last week we found out otherwise. Thanks to the release of the eighth iteration in its Mario Kart series, system sales boomed, and the company finally made some money again… albeit for one quarter. Reuters has the detailed numbers, but with 1.1 million consoles sold in the quarter, putting Nintendo in at well over 7 million total consoles sold, the Wii U is now firmly ahead of Microsoft (which sold 3.9 million Xbox Ones so far) and Sony (4.1 million PS4s) in the console race.Still, the company has been bleeding money up until now. And the gaming and business press have been pushing Nintendo to change its game plan, putting out its famed character games to license for mobile devices and possibly for other consoles, too. Punditry has it that the company could make a lot more money by reaching far more devices. Software certainly has higher margins, especially for Nintendo’s competitors, which sell their beefed-up systems at cost.For now at least, it looks like Satoru Iwata (Nintendo’s 12-year CEO, who is just recovering from cancer surgery) may have had the formula right all along, pushing his marketing budget to the moon to gain share on the back of fun games, not hardware specs. He’s playing the Silicon Valley race, focusing on market domination over profitability up front, only to turn the corner late and hard, sure of his traction, to cement a commanding lead.Microsoft is slashing prices to try to catch up from third place, but as an owner of two Xbox One consoles, I can tell you I’m a little bit jealous of the Wii U crowd right now, wishing there was even one decent exclusive game for my year-old super hardware. Instead, I’ve got a half-working Xbox Fitness with less content than when it launched, and a bunch of boring shoot-‘em-up games (I guess that’s why Microsoft canned its home-baked TV/movie studio).Now that looks like fun… and as Jordan Shapiro points out, it’s much more mature than the shooter fare. No wonder GameStop’s revenue jumped 25% near the same time as Nintendo’s return to profitability.Great games, not hardware specifications, sell consoles. A master lesson from the longtime video game champions, Nintendo.A few other reads of note:Skype is about to go the way of Star Trek, with real-time translation technology! The implications are awesome, but I can also see whole websites dedicated to recorded gaffes. More wearables inanity: Samsung’s next watch is on sale this weekend, and LG’s got way thinner, both months ahead of Apple’s iWatch, which now won’t come until spring. And it’s apparently going to cost as much as $5,000, proof it’s little more than fashion. $50 says Apple’s first day outsells Samsung’s and LG’s prior totals. $100 says that by 2016, no one you want to know wears a smartwatch. Christian Bale bailed as Steve Jobs in the Aaron Sorkin biopic. With Leo DiCaprio doing the same, already one has to wonder if the movie isn’t completely off the rails. But with Seth Rogen as Woz, I won’t miss it. Virtual taxicab startup Uber is apparently pushing subprime loans to its drivers. And in the news of the surreal, alleged criminals are remotely wiping evidence from phones after police seize them.So… what did you think of the format? More valuable? Less? Just right? Comment below, or direct your email to firstname.lastname@example.org (reading this in email? just hit reply) and our top-notch customer service team will forward it to me.
Three Orlando police officers shot dead an emergency room patient who they say was claiming to have a firearm. They later learned the man was unarmed.Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters that officers responded to reports of an issue in the ER at Orlando Regional Medical Center at about 6 a.m. Monday.The white male, who Mina said was approximately 35 years old, came to the hospital that morning for an unspecified medical issue.”At some point while he was in the hospital, he told hospital staff that he had a gun and that he would shoot anyone who came near him,” Mina said.Negotiators came to talk to the man, Mina said. “He made a lot of statements about how it’s going to end right here today. He also made statements about being the suspect in some homicide; we’re still trying to track that down,” the officer added.The emergency department was on lockdown, according to a tweet from Orlando Health.Mina said that officers decided to approach the man, because “there were patients close by that needed care.””He made movements consistent with pulling, reaching for a firearm and he was shot and killed by three officers here,” the police chief said. The department has not released the man’s identity, pending notification of his next of kin.Those officers have now been put on paid administrative leave, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is going to investigate the shooting.”A woman named Sandy, who declined to provide her full name, said she was in the emergency room with her daughter when she heard someone say he had a gun,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. “She said police asked to see his hands and then cleared the hallway.”Nobody else was injured, and Mina praised hospital staff for “containing the subject who claimed to be armed.”No further information was immediately available. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
October 7, 2016 Next Article Reuters Verizon Communications is pressing for a $1 billion discount off its pending $4.8 billion agreement to buy Yahoo, the New York Post reported, citing sources.The Yahoo deal team is pushing back hard against any attempts to negotiate the price down, the paper said. Last month Yahoo said at least 500 million of its accounts were hacked in 2014 and in a statement Verizon said it had been made aware of the breach immediately but had limited information about the matter.U.S. senators accused Yahoo of “unacceptable” delay in discovering the hack and urged the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled obligations to inform investors and the public about the hacking attack.Verizon and Yahoo both declined to comment.In July, Verizon agreed to buy Yahoo Inc.’s core internet properties for $4.83 billion in cash, setting the stage for a big new internet push by the telecom giant.(Reporting by Vishal Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler) Verizon Verizon Pushes for $1 Billion Discount on Yahoo Deal 1 min read Last month Yahoo said at least 500 million of its accounts were hacked in 2014. Image credit: Jonathan Weiss | Shutterstock Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Register Now »
8×8 Introduces Service Management for Contact Centers to Help Organizations Provide Best-in-Class Customer Experiences PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 3:48 pmMay 23, 2019 8x88x8 Service Managementcustomer experiencesICMI Contact Center ExpoMarketing TechnologyNewsSheila McGee-Smith Previous ArticleHunters.AI Raises $5.4 Million Seed Round to Equip Cybersecurity Teams with the First Autonomous Threat Hunting MachineNext ArticleRingCentral Ranked #1 in UCaaS, Third Year in a Row New service launches at ICMI Contact Center Expo 2019 8×8, Inc., a leading cloud provider of voice, video, chat and contact center solutions for over one million users worldwide, announced an expansion of services for contact center customers which provide hands-on administration and management to ensure 8×8 customers get the most value from their contact center investment. 8×8 Service Management for Contact Center is a monthly service, which is now available. The service was launched at the ICMI Contact Center Expo, taking place through May 16th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.“Companies often move to the cloud to decrease the burden of maintaining the systems required to manage their contact centers. But that doesn’t mean that they suddenly become experts in deploying routing strategies or IVR/self-service design”The offering helps companies ensure positive customer experiences after the initial contact center implementation, giving 8×8 customers a pre-defined number of support hours through a single point of contact for a monthly fee. The service from an 8×8 contact center expert simplifies in-house support requirements for customers, providing them with subject matter experts to work alongside their internal staff to ensure timely administration of the contact center solution and efficient use of product features.Marketing Technology News: Xignite CEO to Give Keynote on Migrating Market Data to the Cloud at The North American Financial Information Summit – NAFIS 2019“Companies often move to the cloud to decrease the burden of maintaining the systems required to manage their contact centers. But that doesn’t mean that they suddenly become experts in deploying routing strategies or IVR/self-service design,” said Sheila McGee-Smith, President & Principal Analyst of McGee-Smith Analytics. “8×8 Service Management for Contact Centers is an offering that many, if not most, companies will choose as a safety net – especially as they migrate from premises solutions to the cloud for the first time.”The 8×8 Service Management for Contact Center can include activities such as omnichannel setup, distributed deployments, enhanced IVR custom applications, and co-browse and other system configuration options to assist any contact center customer in optimizing their 8×8 solution.Marketing Technology News: Verasity Announces Integration with YouTube“The contact center is the lifeblood of any best-in-class customer experience strategy, but many companies just don’t have the in-house capabilities to manage it properly,” said Sam Wilson, Senior Vice President of Small Business & eCommerce at 8×8. “The focus for contact center managers and agents needs to remain squarely on ensuring seamless, positive customer experiences. The 8×8 Service Management for Contact Center offer demonstrates how serious 8×8 is about fostering positive customer experience by providing the best total cloud platform for not only UC but contact center as well. The service offers an extra integrated layer of support so customer experience never falters, and companies can respond to the ongoing changing needs of their business.”Marketing Technology News: PepsiCo Foodservice Unveils New Digital Lab to Help Restaurants Thrive In The Evolving Digital Marketplace
AcquisitionAIcustomer data platformDun & BradstreetLattice EnginesMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleShoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website PerformanceNext ArticleSalesfusion Joins Forces with Kyloe Partners to Drive Home Value of Marketing Automation for Recruiting and Staffing Industry Dun & Bradstreet Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Lattice Engines To Become Leading Customer Data Platform Provider MTS Staff WriterJune 14, 2019, 4:33 pmJune 14, 2019 Dun & Bradstreet announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lattice Engines, the leading AI-powered customer data platform (CDP), enabling B2B organisations to scale their account-based marketing and sales programs across every channel. The transaction will position Dun & Bradstreet as a leading provider of integrated data and analytics solutions for sales and marketing professionals. Lattice Engines adds a best-in-class CDP to the depth and breadth of global commercial data in the Dun & Bradstreet Data Cloud and growing portfolio of complementary sales and marketing solutions. The combination will enable B2B marketers to leverage Dun & Bradstreet data and Lattice Engines AI and analytics in one platform, creating an invaluable single source of sales and marketing truth and helping companies simplify their data, operate more productively and activate audiences through personalised, omni channel campaigns that drive results.“This acquisition supports the strategy we announced when Dun & Bradstreet became a privately held company – to bring new technologies and innovation to our existing solutions, creating deeper customer value,” said Dun & Bradstreet Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Jabbour. “With our investment in Lattice Engines, we will become a leading provider in the fast-growing B2B marketing analytics space, helping our clients accelerate revenue, grow their businesses and become more competitive.”Marketing Technology News: 3Cinteractive and Automagi Partner to Enable RCS Business Messaging in JapanB2B marketing analytics is a significant segment of the overall B2B sales and marketing information space and is growing as spending shifts from data to insights and activation. CDPs are becoming one of the fastest growing segments within the sales and marketing information landscape.“We started Lattice Engines with the vision to revolutionise B2B marketing and sales with AI,” said Lattice Engines CEO, Shashi Upadhyay. “As revenue teams transition to account-based approaches, they are simplifying their data and software stacks so they can focus on orchestrating customer journeys across a diverse range of channels. By becoming part of Dun & Bradstreet, we are bringing together the highest quality data with the best platform for our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Xactly Unveils AI-powered Solution to Deliver Real-Time Data-Driven Insights for Sales “This acquisition follows a long-standing partnership between Dun & Bradstreet and Lattice Engines and amplifies the superior strength of Lattice Engines’s AI-driven CDP with full access to data and insights in the Dun & Bradstreet Data Cloud and our identity resolution capabilities,” said Michael Bird, EVP and General Manager of Sales & Marketing Solutions at Dun & Bradstreet. “The result will be a 360-degree customer view, that combines data and precision AI to easily segment audiences and provide next best actions, with the key integrations into the downstream activation systems used by our customers to accelerate their sales process.”Marketing Technology News: Salesforce and United Way Worldwide Introduce New Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud Volunteering Capability, Announce Kellogg Company and Deloitte as Customers
Source:https://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2019/study-privacy-concerns-keep-men-from-hiv-testing-treatment.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 26 2019Privacy concerns linked to both health facilities and providers are major barriers to increasing the number of men who are tested and treated for HIV in Cote d’Ivoire, suggests new Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) research. CCP is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.The findings, published March 21 in the journal PLOS ONE, are based on interviews with 277 men who were either living with HIV or didn’t know their HIV status.Men across sub-Saharan Africa are less likely to be tested for HIV or treated after being diagnosed. For example, in Cote d’Ivoire, 60 percent of women ages 15 and older who are living with HIV are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) as compared to 29 percent of their male counterparts, according to UNAIDS.”It’s not that going to the health facility doesn’t occur to men,” says CCP’s Natalie Jean Tibbels, MSPH, the study’s lead author. “But when it comes to HIV, there is a sense that while you might get good treatment, there might be ramifications resulting from going to the clinic. Men in the study were willing to forfeit the benefits of testing and treatment because the costs of being known as HIV positive or stigmatized were too high.”Men interviewed for the study reported both costs and benefits related to interactions with health providers. Costs included the fear of unwanted disclosure, actual or anticipated stigmatization and the belief that providers were not administering the HIV test properly. These downsides were offset by the perceived benefit of social support from the provider and clinical guidance on the treatment journey.Men in the study also identified concerns linked to the health facility itself. They worried that the layout of the clinic – where clients with HIV waited or which providers they saw – might reveal their HIV status. Even just being in the clinic could be enough to make people in their communities believe that they are living with HIV. Men also identified long wait times and days when ART was out of stock as well as other costs. Some men also said that health clinics were for women and children, not men.Tibbels says that men in the study who did seek care in the facility tended to report afterwards that they were well treated and that many of their fears weren’t realized. One man with HIV who received treatment at the facility said: “[The providers] truly motivated me a lot, [and] gave me hope that one day I can witness the wonders of treatment.”Related StoriesStudy: HIV patients continue treatments if health care providers are compassionateHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defensePatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsHowever, for many men in the study, particularly those whose HIV status was unknown, the drawbacks associated with seeking care at the health facility were difficult to overcome. One man with HIV told researchers that his experience in the health facility led him to seek guidance from the internet and care from traditional healers instead of in-person treatment.”I condemn above all the behavior of certain health providers. Their reception is disappointing,” he said. “When they discover it is HIV, they give you a weird look. When your back is turned, the staff laughs. I lived it yesterday and it hurt me.”These results suggest that along with taking men’s concerns and preferences into account in the design of facilities and in provider training sessions, interventions that allow for men to be tested and treated outside of the health facility should also be encouraged.”If men have hesitations around getting HIV services at a formal health facility, then we need to think outside the box,” Tibbels says. “We need to take their concerns to heart in order to be successful in getting more men into treatment. If that means making it possible for men to be tested and treated outside of the health facility, it’s something we should do.”CCP’s Brothers for Life program, for example, creates space for men to talk about many life concerns, including HIV, and testing is provided in the community. The program offers a place where men can get social support and also links them, should they be diagnosed with HIV, with peer navigators who help them to quickly get the treatment and encouragement they need.”Understanding the perspective of men is critical to tailoring health communication and clinical services to meet their needs,” Tibbels says.
It’s very hard for us to measure and express our pain, including its expectation and associated anxiety. Right now, we have a one to 10 rating system, but that’s far from a reliable and objective pain measurement.”Alex DaSilva Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 28 2019Many patients, especially those who are anesthetized or emotionally challenged, cannot communicate precisely about their pain.For this reason, University of Michigan researchers have developed a technology to help clinicians “see” and map patient pain in real-time, through special augmented reality glasses. Their small feasibility study appears in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.The technology was tested on 21 volunteer dental patients, and researchers hope to one day include other types of pain and conditions. It’s years away from widespread use in a clinical setting, but the feasibility study is a good first step for dental patients, said Alex DaSilva, associate professor at the U-M School of Dentistry and director of the Headache and Orofacial Pain Effort Lab.The portable CLARAi (clinical augmented reality and artificial intelligence) platform combines visualization with brain data using neuroimaging to navigate through a patient’s brain while they’re in the chair. Related StoriesHow a simple MRI scan can help patients with anginaStudy shows potential culprit behind LupusAre Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective?In the study, researchers triggered pain by administering cold to the teeth. Researchers used brain pain data to develop algorithms that, when coupled with new software and neuroimaging hardware, predicted pain or the absence of it about 70% of the time.Participants wore a sensor-outfitted cap that detected changes to blood flow and oxygenation, thus measuring brain activity and responses to pain. That information was transmitted to a computer and interpreted.Wearing special augmented reality glasses (in this case, the Microsoft HoloLens), researchers viewed the subject’s brain activity in real time on a reconstructed brain template, while the subjects sat in the clinical chair. The red and blue dots on the image denote location and level of brain activity, and this “pain signature” was mirror-displayed on the augmented reality screen. The more pain signatures the algorithm learns to read, the more accurate the pain assessment. Source:University of Michigan
Explore further General Motors projected strong 2019 profits Friday, fueled by savings from a deep restructuring including job cuts, and by solid sales in the United States and China. © 2019 AFP GM chief Mary Barra has come under fire for the company’s planned layoffs, but now says the restructuring will boost profits this year GM, which has faced criticism from President Donald Trump and other US politicians over the planned layoffs, expects $2-2.5 billion in additional profits this year due to the restructuring, pushing its earnings-per-share forecast well above analyst expectations.The biggest US automaker forecast 2019 profits of between $6.50 and $7.00 a share, compared to the $5.88 now expected by Wall Street analysts. GM also said it expects 2018 earnings per share to exceed analyst expectations.”We are focused on strengthening our cash generation and creating efficiencies that will position us to take advantage of opportunities through the cycle,” said Chief Financial Officer Dhivya Suryadevara said in a statement.Global markets have been shaken in recent weeks amid worries over slowing global growth due in part to weakness in China amid the trade confrontation with Washington, and some forecasts indicating the US will tip into recession in 2020.But GM offered a solid outlook for the US the China, estimating overall US sales in 2019 in the “low 17-million range,” a good level, and projecting no sales drop in China.GM Chief Executive Mary Barra was upbeat on the prospects for a US-China trade deal, characterizing this week’s talks between US and Chinese officials as “constructive.”According to news reports the next round of talks is set for late January in Washington.Barra told reporters it was a “good sign” that the two governments already had plans for additional negotiations, adding that sales in China also could be boosted by government stimulus spending. GM reports strong profits, lifting shares Citation: GM sees higher 2019 profits on job cuts, solid US, China sales (2019, January 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-gm-higher-profits-job-solid.html 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.
Next Barring fundamentalists, Muslims want construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya: Ram Vilas VedantiRam Janmabhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday claimed barring fundamentalists, the Muslim community supports the idea of construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.advertisement Press Trust of India LucknowJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:05 IST Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilas Vedanti (Image Credit: ANI)Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday claimed barring fundamentalists, the Muslim community supports the idea of construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.”Eighty per cent Muslims, barring the fundamentalists, want that the temple be constructed at the place where Ram Lalla is installed in Ayodhya,” he told media here.”Lucknow,”The chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi has also agreed that Ram temple be built in Ayodhya whereas the mosque can be constructed at any other Shia-majority place in he said.His comments come in the wake of the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a report on the “progress of mediation” in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya and said a day-to-day hearing may commence from July 25 if the court decides to conclude those proceedings.Ram Vilas Vedanti, described as working president of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, also said there was “nothing in the name of (Mughal ruler) Babur” in Ayodhya and that everything in the city was “in the name of Lord Ram”.”There is not even a locality, lane or ward named after Babar in Ayodhya,” he said.”Muslims need to come forward and say that Hindus should construct their temple in Ayodhya for peace, communal amity and brotherhood,” he said, adding the Sunni Waqf Board should withdraw the case.To a question, Ram Vilas Vedanti, a former BJP MP, said it was most unfortunate that in a country where Hindus constitute “90 per cent” of the population, people are fighting a case in court for the construction of Ram temple.He said no power can build a mosque where Ram Lalla is installed, adding his statement could be either taken as a ‘threat’ or ‘suggestion’.On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.ALSO READ | Ayodhya land title case: SC asks mediation panel to submit report by July 18ALSO WATCH | War over Jai Shri Ram escalates in Bengal, Kumaraswamy seeks floor test, says he govt has numbers; moreFor 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 byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow Ram Vilas VedantiFollow AyodhyaFollow Ram templeFollow MuslimsFollow Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Karyashala
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