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first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Success Need funding for your startup? Don’t load up your PowerPoint with nifty charts showing all the users your online service has grabbed. Venture capitalists are no longer impressed. These days, investors want to hear about the revenue you’re generating, not the traffic.“There have been a lot of companies that had a lot of users and didn’t make as much money as they should have, so investors are reevaluating,” explains Naval Ravikant, founder of the startup advice site Venture Hacks and the investor-entrepreneur matchmaking site AngelList. “This became most apparent in the Facebook app craze, when lot of top-ranked Facebook apps showed 60 million or 100 million users but ended up being worth almost nothing. Even Facebook hasn’t been able to monetize as well as Wall Street was expecting.”Revenue RulesThe new generation of billion-dollar internet companies is built on revenue. Businesses like Airbnb, GitHub and Dropbox all have plenty of users. But much more important, those users generate serious cash flow.The flipside is that even companies without massive traffic can now attract intense investor interest – if they have real revenue. “A company like Uber doesn’t have a ton of users but they’re making gobs and gobs of money with their high-ticket mobile car service,” Ravikant says. “They have huge margins and high-frequency repeat business.”You Now Need 20 Million EyeballsUsers do still figure into the equation when VCs evaluate an Internet startup. But the bar keeps rising. The new thinking, as outlined in a recent blog post by Chris Dixon: 10 million is the new 1 million. And a few years from now the benchmark for consumer Iinternet startups could be 100 million.“Think about it,” Ravikant said. “Instagram reached 80 million users with only six employees. User stats can get blown out very quickly. But VCs are starting to adjust. There are a number of companies that have come along recently that have generated huge user-number spikes – but either those numbers are not sustainable or they’re not reflective of engagement underneath or they’re not monetizable.”Take Socialcam, for example. It has a lot of users but can those folks be monetized? Autodesk, which paid $60 million for the video sharing app, will have to figure out the answer. “Eyeballs will always be a proxy stat to get to valuation,” predicts Ravikant, who founded Epinions and [Vast]( “But if you give it a long enough timeline, people will learn to game proxy stats. But they can’t game profits.”Turns out that many of the highest-usage consumer Internet companies also have the thinnest and least monetizable engagement, which is a big disincentive for investors.Early Revenue Matters MostSo a lot of Internet startup founders now emphasize early revenue when they pitch VCs.“That’s for two reasons,” Ravikant says. “First, you can move the needle more on early revenue than you can on early users. If you have a product that’s not getting picked up by the marketplace, getting to 5 million users can seem like an impossible problem. But if, say, you need $20,000 a month in revenue, you can do that just by picking up four or five big customers. Second, a lot of companies have such a low burn rate that if you can get revenue quickly you can get to break-even and sustain yourself much longer. You can do $10,000 in revenue with just four or five really impassioned customers.”Customers… what a concept!Eyeball image courtesy of Shutterstock. tim devaney and tom steincenter_img Tags:#start#Venture Funding China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgCEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Here are some of the features of a CRM software: Also, managing those leads and converting them into the ones favourable for your business is what a lead management tool in a CRM software exactly does. This is not to be considered lighter. As it is a no lighter job. Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Contact managementContact management is a feature in the CRM software which is software driven. It helps in obtaining the details of a Customer with just a click or two. The Contact Management feature of a CRM module will enable you to get the name, address, phone, email etc… Related Posts Contact ManagementLead ManagementDeals & Task ManagementEmail TrackingSocial Media ManagementMobile MarketingReporting & Dashboard ManagementCampaign Management You will find it genuine if you rely upon a CRM software. It will undoubtedly grow your business to unimaginable heights. Generating Leads and converting them into business has been the top-notch feature of a CRM software. CRM software simply deals with the customer behaviour and helps in converting leads into a strong customer for your business.What is a CRM software?A CRM software is the abbreviated form of Customer Relationship Management software. As the name suggests it helps you in building a strong relationship with your customers. Also, it provides the best customers and you don’t need to worry about the customer satisfaction. This saves your time and moreover gives you a correct analysis of your daily/monthly reports from the dashboard itself.Campaign managementAn efficient CRM software will manage the campaign that you conduct to grow the sales of your business. Conducting campaigns to drive the attention of the people and opening a door of opportunity to uplift the business. There are a lot of possibilities for you to grow your sales in the modern world. Know those possible ways to get your business on top or you could easily derail your business from success track. An efficient CRM software will never lose out a customer. Whereas it creates new opportunities in turning the customer’s buyers of even more quantity they tend to purchase.Social-media managementIn today’s modern world it is inevitable for a business to stay compliant across the competitors. An efficient CRM software does this for you single-handedly. It will help with your social media updates and posts which result in large visibility across the globe. Tags:#CRM A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Why don’t you get a CRM software for your Business Today?center_img You can track the contact and place a good deal in front of them with a CRM software. The chances of converting them into your customers are much greater than you think.Lead managementLeads are managed efficiently through a CRM software. A lead can be managed in different ways. Also, a lead can be generated through different policies. But in this modern world just conducting the campaigns won’t do the trick. A CRM software is a must where you can track all the leads through a campaign.ConclusionAnyhow it is important for a business to have a CRM software. In short, Indeed it is inevitable for a business to have an efficient CRM software to sustain in this competitive world. A CRM software generates customers from wherever it can. It takes a special consideration for social media knowing its power of getting a customer into the business. While a dashboard management enables you to manage your dashboard. Also, there is various kind of dashboard a CRM software provides. In which you get the advantage of viewing sales report, KPIs from the dashboard itself. Tracking out those Emails and letting the people out there know about the deals & offers you are providing. And attract customers with a CRM software in the most advanced ways This will open up a wide set of opportunity in front of you. This opens the door to a completely well-maintained Customer relationship. Through the long-run, it will be a great profit builder for your business. CRM software is a true Customer Relationship Management software which will eventually grow the number of customers. But also, it retains the existing customers and gives you a relaxed business throughout.Reporting & dashboard managementReporting management is the feature in a CRM software which enables you to get reports of almost every things that come across your business organization. Hredanth K Babu 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… These leads can be perfectly tracked and assured they become your customer by generating new tactics delivered through a CRM software.Deals & Task ManagementThe deals & task feature in a CRM software which is capable of managing the deals & tasks of your business. It assigns special offers, discount, happy hours, deal of the day and more are with the deal management functionality. Some of the tasks which lie completion immediately for customer growth also figures out of an efficient CRM solution for your business.Email trackingEmail tracking is another efficient method to get customers clicking into your business. Don’t ever think Emails are an old-fashion marketing tool which already has out-dated. Emails prove to be a good marketing strategy followed by business now and then. A CRM software is an opportunity development software. It always enables you with new opportunities which can be converted into a new customer for your business. There are many features which deal with different ways of handling your customers. Finally, ensure exploring and make sure all of the CRM software for your business find the greatest of benefits out of it. Therefore, explore every benefit it can give you to increase the sales.last_img read more

first_imgThinking of making a feature film? Here are 5 things every filmmaker should know before diving in to a big film or video project.Back in 2015 I buckled down and created the most significant project I’ve ever made, Dead Rush. Dead Rush is a first-person (POV) zombie apocalypse feature entirely from the perspective of the main character. It’s sort of like a cinematic video game, only I did it on a shoestring budget. To say this process was overwhelming is an understatement. I was in way over my head, with little to no experience. On top of that, I didn’t have any advice from other filmmakers who’d already gone done this path.So for those of you, who are about to take on a heavyweight project — be it a feature, a short, or a music video — here are some words of advice I wish another experienced filmmaker had passed on to me. 1. Should It Be a Feature?Far too many filmmakers make a feature when it could have been a short. My best advice here is to determine the value of a feature vs. a short. Features are very taxing, and they’re large projects to tackle. They are fantastic calling cards, but be aware they can take over a year to make. Be prepared to put everything on the back burner and only focus on this one project.2. You Have Less Money Than You ThinkJust because the budget seems large in your bank account doesn’t mean you have a large budget to film with. The cash will break down faster than the process of making the film. Trust me. It would help if you designated dollars for pre-production, dollars for production, dollars for post-production, and (most importantly) dollars for promotion and distribution. Remember, what’s the point of putting in all the time and effort if no one is going to see your film? Having, money near the end of a project is just as important as having money at the beginning.3. Time Is the Most Important Tool on a Film SetTime is a priceless asset, and there’s never enough of it on a film set. You’re always rushing, and you’re limited and confined by available time. The best thing you can do to buy more time is plan. Pre-production is your best friend —  spend lots of time with it. Rehearse, prep, storyboard, and know the ins and outs of your story before taking a step onto a set. This is a lifesaver.4. Favors Are Better than FortuneAs soon as you pay someone, you’re qualifying their skill with a dollar amount. If you don’t have any money, sometimes it’s better to ask the person for a favor than it is to pay them. If you can surround yourself with a team that is just as passionate about a project as you are, then they will prefer to put in the effort over getting a paycheck at the end.Essential tip: always value the effort a crew member goes to. If someone is doing it for free, appreciate their dedication and never take advantage of them. Their time is more valuable to them than it is to you.5. Be Ready for What Comes NextWhen I completed Dead Rush, the biggest mistake I made was not having another film ready. When it premiered at Canadian Film Fest, multiple companies approached me with a variety of offers to make another movie. The problem was that I didn’t have one. I had spent so much time in the clouds of my first feature that I didn’t even think about the potential for its success. My best advice is to be ready for what comes after — no matter what. If your film is a disaster, be ready; if it’s a success, be ready!All images via Zach Ramelan and Dead Rush.Interested in the music we used to make this video?“Inspiring Victory” by CymatixLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Using Audio to Drive Your Motion Graphics Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Add Image Overlays to Premiere Pro ExportsVideo Tutorial: Which Frame Rate Should You Be Using?Video Editing 101: Using The J, K, and L Key Editing Shortcutslast_img read more

first_imgThe Zilla Mahila Chikithsalai (the district women’s health centre) in Saharanpur allegedly denied ambulance services on Wednesday to a pregnant woman undergoing severe labour pain, on the pretext that there was no fuel in the ambulance.The incident comes a day after a man in Kaushambi district was forced to carry the body of his niece on a bicycle for about 10 kilometres, after he was allegedly denied an ambulance by a government hospital.According to Monu Kumar, the husband of the pregnant woman, Rupa, there were four ambulances in the premises of the health centre but he was told that none of them would be available to him due to “lack of fuel”.“I admitted my wife here on Tuesday night when she began experiencing extreme labour pains. After a few hours, the doctor asked us to shift her to another hospital as they did not have an adequate stock of blood here. I kept calling 108, which is the number to get an ambulance, but there was no response. The hospital authorities told us that none of the four ambulances parked in their premises were fit for use due to lack of fuel,” Kumar told the media on Wednesday.Desperate to get an ambulance, Kumar even suggested to the driver of one of the ambulances that he would pay for fuel. “The driver said that it doesn’t work like that in a government establishment. Finally, after almost two hours, I managed to get a private vehicle to take my wife to another hospital,” Kumar said.The chief medical officer of Saharanpur, B.S. Sodi, has ordered a probe into the incident. “This is condemnable. I have ordered a probe to investigate why ambulances were not available, and how such a fuel crisis came about,” he told mediapersons on Wednesday.He added that when he enquired about the incident from the concerned officials, he was told that there were technical issues, such as fuel blockage and dysfunctional battery, due to which two of the four ambulances couldn’t function. The other two ambulances had already been booked for other patients.Terming the incident “unacceptable”, the Health Minister of Uttar Pradesh Siddharth Narayan Singh said, “The service providers of 108 need to understand the gravity of the issue. We will not tolerate any more carelessness by them. If the situation doesn’t improve soon, we will have to use the penal provisions in our contract with the ambulance service providers.”last_img read more

first_imgNine persons have been arrested so far in connectionNine persons have been arrested so far in connection with the assault on Dalits, while three policemen have been suspended for dereliction of duty.The issue also rocked Rajya Sabha, with the House being adjourned for a short period on the opening day of Monsoon session yesterday as BSP members trooped into the Well alleging atrocities on Dalits in BJP-ruled Gujarat.Meanwhile, the opposition Congress today demanded a probe by a sitting High Court judge into the Una incident.State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki visited Rajkot civil hospital today to meet the Dalit youths who tried to kill themselves yesterday.”We demand that the (Una) incident be probed by a sitting high court judge. We would meet the Governor to put forth demand,” he told reporters.Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted: “Failure of authorities to protect Dalits in Gujarat is absolutely shocking. Is it the Gujarat model? Independent probe is need of the hour”.Accusing the Congress of playing the “diversionary politics by provoking the sentiments”, state BJP president Bharat Pandya said, “BJP was the first to condemn the (Una) incident. Elected MLAs, ministers, MPs, chairmen and organisation office-bearers had visited the affected families. The party has stood by the victims and government immediately extended financial aid to them.” PTI VJA KA PD NSK IKA SK IKAlast_img read more

first_imgSonam Kapoor is currently in the US spending her vacation with rumoured beau Anand Ahuja.On Anand Ahuja’s birthday, Sonam Kapoor arranged a meeting with one of the extreme bicycle persons after his liking for the sport.Taking it to his Instagram, Anand Ahuja thanked Sonam for the ‘best birthday gift’.Sonam and Anand’s romance came in the spotlight when they made an appearance at Akshay Kumar’s Rustom success bash. When the actor was asked on Koffee with Karan about the “conjecture” that she has been dating a “business-boy from London,” she laughed, “I am always dating a businessman from London.”She went on to say that she likes to keep her private life private and she will never talk about it. However, Sonam has not announced her relationship with Anand officially yet.On the work front, Sonam will be seen in Padman opposite Akshay Kumar and Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Her home production, Veere Di Wedding, which will also feature Sonam in a leading role along with Kareena Kapoor Khan and Swara Bhaskar, will go on floors in August.SEE PIC: Rumoured lovebirds Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja on a lunch date ALSO READ: Is this how Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja celebrated their first anniversary?ALSO READ: Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja together? 5 other Bollywood stars who are dating non-film peopleALSO WATCH: I believe in ever afters and soulmates, says Sonam Kapoor  advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Next To find a Cristiano Ronaldo replacement is almost impossible: Luka ModricLuka Modric said Real Madrid lacked consistency and goal this season and that the club strikers have together not been able to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.advertisement Reuters MadridMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 19:56 IST Luka Modric said that given what Cristiano Ronaldo did for Real Madrid, they miss him. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLuka Modric said Cristiano Ronaldo used to score 50 goals and Real Madrid miss thatCristiano is living history at the club: Madrid coach Santiago SolariModric made an example out of El Clasico saying when you don’t take your chances, opponents punish youReal Madrid’s forwards have failed to fill the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric said on Monday. The Croatian, speaking ahead of Real’s Champions League last-16, second-leg clash with Ajax on Tuesday, said his team lacked consistency and goals this season.Madrid failed to score in two Clasicos against Barcelona last week, being eliminated from the Copa del Rey and falling 12 points behind the Catalan league leaders, leaving retaining the Champions League as their only hope of glory.Ronaldo, the European champions’ all-time top scorer, left in July to join Juventus and Madrid signed young attackers Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz but no big-name forward to replace the Portuguese.”The absence of Cristiano is something every team would feel; to find a replacement for Cristiano is almost impossible,” Modric told reporters.”Given what he did for us and this club, we miss Cristiano. The club wanted the other players to make up for what he did, divided between the strikers and that is not easy.”Cristiano scored 50 goals and you can’t find someone today who scores that many. Some of us have to take a step forward and, while not scoring 50, what we need is two or three players who score 15, 20, or 10 goals and we don’t have that.”That is our biggest problem this year. For example against Barca in the cup we had many chances and when you don’t take advantage your opponent punishes you.”The club tried, and it seems good, putting faith in other players like Gareth (Bale), (Marco) Asensio, Karim (Benzema); they brought in Mariano, Vinicius is here.advertisement”(Vinicius) is doing very well for the age he is but sometimes things don’t go how we wanted them to.”Vinicius Junior has been Madrid’s driving force over the past few weeks but the 18-year-old has scored only three goals this season.Club record signing Bale has 13 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions, while top scorer Benzema has netted 20 from 42.Madrid hold a 2-1 lead over Ajax from the first leg and coach Santiago Solari hopes the team can be more accurate in front of goal as they bid to seal their progress to the quarter-finals.”Cristiano is living history at the club and all he’s done for the club is shown in the trophy cabinets; wt for him,” said the coach.e have maximum respec”Those of us who are here are working the best we can, to attack better, to score more goals, to do our job. It’s true we’ve had a lot of chances in recent games, and we have to finish them.”Also Read | Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar hints at future move to Real MadridAlso Read | Ivan Rakitic gives Barcelona second El Clasico win in four days at Real MadridFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 Tags :Follow Luka ModricFollow Cristiano RonaldoFollow Real MadridFollow Footballlast_img read more

first_imgzoom U.S. Navy will commission the newest amphibious transport dock, USS Somerset (LPD 25), Saturday, March 1, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.Somerset is named in honor of the courageous passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pa., in Somerset County during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Somerset honors the heroic actions of the 40 crew and passengers of United Flight 93 for their collective sacrifice and the tremendous courage displayed in the face of overwhelming adversity.“As we commission the Navy’s newest LPD, the USS Somerset, we remember the heroes of United Flight 93, whose selfless actions on Sept. 11, 2001, serve as an inspiration to us all,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “I have no doubt that the sailors and Marines who will serve aboard this ship will live up to the ship’s motto of ‘courage through adversity’ and proudly honor those who acted so heroically nearly 13 years ago.”The third of the three U.S. ships named in honor of victims and first responders of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Somerset will join USS New York (LPD 21) and USS Arlington (LPD 24) which are already a part of the Navy’s combat force.Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Mary Jo Myers, wife of former chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, retired Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, will serve as sponsor of the ship. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Myers gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”Designated LPD-25, Somerset is the ninth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. Its design incorporates state-of-the-art self-defense capabilities, including command and control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) suites. Somerset also has a reduced radar cross-section. The advanced enclosed mast/sensors, which enclose the ship’s radars and communications antennas, characterize the ship’s distinctive profile.Capt. Thomas L. Dearborn, a native of Mount Vernon, Maine, is the commanding officer of the ship and will lead the crew of 385 officers and enlisted personnel. The 24,900-ton Somerset was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding in Avondale, La. The ship is 684 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 105 feet, and a navigational draft of 23 feet. Four diesel engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 22 knots.US Navy, February 27, 2014last_img read more

first_imgGaza City: Three Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip, the Palestinian health ministry said Sunday, hours after three rockets were fired at Israel from the blockaded enclave.The ministry said another Palestinian was hospitalised in the shooting that came after the Israeli army said an attack helicopter and tank had fired at “armed suspects” along the barrier that separates Israel from Gaza.”We just identified a number of armed suspects from Gaza approaching the security fence with Israel. We fired towards them,” the army said a statement posted on its Twitter account. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe latest violence came after Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired three rockets at southern Israel late Saturday, the Israeli army said, in the second such attack in 24 hours.There were no immediate reports of casualties.The army said two of the projectiles had been intercepted by its Iron Dome aerial defence system but it did not specify what happened to the third rocket.Air raid sirens had sounded in the southern town of Sderot and its surroundings. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOn Friday Palestinians in Gaza fired a rocket at Sderot, in what the army said was the first such attack since July 12.In response, Israeli warplanes struck at least three targets in the Gaza Strip early on Saturday but caused no casualties, a Palestinian security source said.The strikes hit a Hamas observation post in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, an unidentified target near Gaza City and open ground near Deir El Balah in the central part of the territory, the source said. An Israeli army statement mentioned only two strikes, against “underground targets belonging to the Hamas terror organisation in the northern and central Gaza Strip”.Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, ruled by Islamist movement Hamas, have fought three wars since 2008.And since March 2018, regular protests and clashes have erupted along the border of the blockaded coastal enclave.At least 305 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza or the border area since then, the majority during demonstrations and clashes.Seven Israelis have also been killed in Gaza-related violence over the same period.last_img read more

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the nation’s capital to urge President Donald Trump to commit federal funding for a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River.The Democrat was scheduled for a midday meeting Wednesday with the Republican president and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.Trump’s administration has clashed with officials in New York and New Jersey over a funding plan for the tunnel project.The existing Amtrak tunnel is a century old and needs extensive renovations. Experts say a new tunnel is essential to ensuring reliable rail travel throughout the entire northeast.The two states had pledged to pay half of the estimated $13 billion price tag under a deal worked out with the Obama administration. The Trump administration now says there was never any agreement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Senior Sri Lankan parliamentarian Mavai Senathiraja met DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday for an hour and discussed the themes of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization (TESO) conference, which will be held in the city on August 12.The visit assumes significance as Karunanidhi’s flip-flop on the agenda of TESO generated criticism among Tamil leaders. The Centre had advised Karunanidhi against passing a resolution in support of Tamil Eelam at the conclave. Senathiraja is the general secretary of The Ilankai Thamizh Arasu Katchi, which is the chief constituent party of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). “Though some leaders in Tamil Nadu try to block Tamil leaders from Sri Lanka and other countries, we are getting good response from most of the seniors in the Tamil diaspora. Senathiraja met Kalaignar and conveyed TNA’s participation in the conference. Not only Tamil leaders from Sri Lanka, but a few Sinhala leaders who have been working for Tamil’s rights like Vikrambahu Karunaratne have also confirmed their participation,” a DMK leader said. (Times of India) read more

Friday’s Games(All times Eastern)NHLPhiladelphia 4, N.Y. Rangers 0Buffalo 3, Montreal 2, OTMinnesota 4, Winnipeg 2Anaheim 2, Edmonton 1, OTWashington 3, Detroit 1N.Y. Islanders 4, New Jersey 3, OTVegas 2, Calgary 0Columbus 4, Toronto 2Tampa Bay 4, Chicago 2Carolina 4, Florida 1Boston 2, Pittsburgh 1, OTSt. Louis 6, Nashville 2Dallas 6, Ottawa 4Colorado 5, Arizona 1San Jose 4, Vancouver 0—AHLHartford 3, Bridgeport 2, SOMilwaukee 3, Grand Rapids 2, SOSyracuse 5, Binghamton 3Toronto 6, Cleveland 5, OTLehigh Valley 6, Hershey 2Springfield 4, WB/Scranton 3, OTUtica 5, Rochester 4Chicago at Rockford, 8 p.m.Manitoba 4, Iowa 3, OTSan Antonio 4, Texas 1Colorado 4, San Jose 3, OTBakersfield 4, Ontario 2Stockton 6, San Diego 5—NBAMinnesota 112, Brooklyn 102L.A. Clippers 112, Memphis 107, OTDetroit 116, Houston 111, OTBoston 114, Atlanta 96Cleveland 121, Philadelphia 112New York 114, New Orleans 109Toronto 125, Washington 107Miami 103, Chicago 96Oklahoma City 109, Charlotte 104San Antonio 111, Indiana 100Phoenix 116, Milwaukee 114Denver 112, Orlando 87Golden State 125, Portland 97L.A. Lakers 90, Utah 83—The Canadian Press read more

OSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell yells at his players during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIn the game of college football, a win’s a win, no matter how or at what cost.For the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0), their 24th victory in a row might have been the toughest of the streak to date, a 42-41 win on the road against archrival Michigan (7-5, 3-5) that saw the OSU defense give up a season-high 603 yards to the Wolverines.Such a performance garners questions to be directed at the team’s defensive coordinator, and OSU’s Luke Fickell was no exception Monday.When asked about what he thought went wrong in Saturday’s win, Fickell didn’t take kindly to the question.“What do you mean what went wrong? Did we win? Did we win?” Fickell said. “I’ve been up (in Ann Arbor) quite a few times in my 18-year career here … We know there’s things we have to correct, momentum and things happened and we didn’t play great on the defensive side of the ball so there’s a lot of things to correct. Every single week we have objectives and the last objective last week was win, and we came away with a win.”Don’t tell that to junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, though, who called the unit’s performance Saturday “bittersweet” even though the team won the game.“The most important thing at the end of the day is getting a ‘W,’” Shazier said. “But we (are) still pretty mad … the whole defense is pretty pissed off about how many yards we gave up rushing and passing. It’s just not acceptable.”Even though the Buckeye defense struggled all game, it did make a big play when it mattered most as redshirt-freshman cornerback Tyvis Powell picked off Michigan redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner’s two-point conversion pass attempt with 32 seconds left to ice the game.Powell said after the game he knew that play was coming thanks to cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, which Fickell said is all part of weekly preparation.“You prepare. You don’t know exactly, but when you do your studies and you have an idea,” Fickell said. “Obviously, you see the things that we rep we do a lot better job of … but that (play) was one of the things that we had repped and had a good idea but it comes down to the guy making the play.”OSU’s defense gives up an average 255.8 passing yards per game, tied for 101st in the country with Northwestern. The whole season, the team has been able to compensate for the lack of consistency on that side of the ball, but coach Urban Meyer remains confident in them.“(The) pass defense surfaced again, and (a) lack of contact on the quarterback,” Meyer said Monday. “We just had some guys running open … I trust that we’ll get it fixed, and I trust that these guys will be locked and loaded and have a good week of preparation.”The Spartan offense ranks third to last in the Big Ten in total offense with 380.2 yards per game, but is better than that number indicates, Shazier said.“They have playmakers out there,” Shazier said. “They would not have went undefeated in the Big Ten so far if they weren’t (good) so I feel like they’re doing a great job right now.”After watching the film of Saturday’s win against Michigan, sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said the defense was “really close” to stopping the Wolverines from a lot of their big plays. The mistakes, though, were pretty evident.“When you turn on the film you gotta face the facts and realize that there were some mistakes made,” Perry said. “We got a chip on our shoulder, but it’s nothing that’s too urgent like we gotta throw out the whole defense and start over again. It’s just that we gotta correct up what we know to do.”Whether there are questions about the defense as a whole or specifically about their performance against Michigan, Fickell said it all comes back to one thing.“You have a standard, and that’s what’s been set around here. And I think that’s the beauty of it,” Fickell said. “You’re never satisfied with what you got.”The Buckeyes and No. 10 Spartans (11-1, 8-0) are set to face off for Big Ten supremacy Saturday at 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. read more

first_imgFocus FS, a leading provider of industrial worksite systems, has announced the release of its latest software product, Shift Rescue. The announcement happened during the 10th International Mine Rescue Competition (IMRC), hosted by Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue, which took place this week in Sudbury, Ontario. Shift Rescue is an all-in-one under oxygen mine rescue incident application used to digitally capture incident data including team captain information, briefing officer reports, map viewing and mark-ups, photo sharing, activity alerting, and post-incident reporting.“Shift Rescue will significantly enhance and improve how information is collected and shared during an under oxygen Mine Rescue event,” says Nicole Darbaz, Director of Products and Marketing at Focus FS. “The system collects and distributes critical rescue information during both team training and live rescue events. Shift Rescue applies to mine rescue competitions such as IMRC, but most importantly, it’s been developed for annual mine rescue team training and real-life incidents.”The application is deployed on rugged tablets and is used underground where network connectivity may or may not be available. The information collected underground is shared with the briefing officer and control group above ground who assess the information and make time critical decisions.From August 19 to 26, 2016, 27 teams representing 13 nations competed in different events at the IMRC including an underground scenario, firefighting, first aid, and more. Focus FS with the help of Ontario Mine Rescue developed the Shift Rescue product to be deployed and used during the competition.“We could not have chosen a more suitable venue to launch our Shift Rescue product,” says Jeff Brown, President of Focus FS. “This is a globally recognised competition with mine rescue personnel from around the world. Early feedback we have received from mine executives, mine rescue teams, and the industry in general has been very positive. The exposure has been tremendous.”last_img read more

first_imgA Perth-based company is at the forefront of the technology revolution enabling reliable online services to remote mining sites through fast, effective satellite technology. Satellite internet and technology company Orion Satellite Systems has provided internet and telephone services to regional and remote locations across Western Australia for 13 years. But its acquisition by IPSTAR Broadband Satellite – part of the telecommunications giant Thaicom – has seen an increase in its ability to engineer unusual solutions for its customers.Orion Managing Director Chris Ockwell said mining companies had grasped the potential of automating operations, but fast, reliable internet was crucial for customers to get the most out of automation. “Orion is one of only two satellite service providers in Australia to claim end-to-end ownership – from modem to dish to satellite,” Ockwell said.“This means we have both unprecedented access to satellite bandwidth combined with the hands-on know-how that comes from working with mining, construction and civil engineering companies operating in some harsh, remote areas.”Orion has sought to carve out a point of difference in the industry by offering flexible, tailored options rather than off-the-shelf solutions.That includes looking at how the Internet of Things (IoT) might be used to monitor sites that might not be in full production but remain important.“We have one customer who has deployed one of our solutions to 16 different sites to monitor fuel levels at the site generators.”Satellite remains one of the most secure and reliable options for remote connectivity, Ockwell said, but it requires clever and precise implementation. “We frequently talk to people in remote sites who are using VPNs to encrypt satellite traffic for secure communications but who experience very slow connection speeds because of that.“To counter this, we have had great success in developing a number of workarounds for different requirements, all of which take advantage of Orion’s state-of-the-art infrastructure. It means remote monitoring and automation, and even just ordinary work functions and operations, can be delivered quickly and securely.”Another advantage of satellite is that small exploration camps on the move can set up and deploy satellite services in a short space of time.“We have relocatable and portable satellite communications in various forms to suit short-term camps or exploration teams, which is vital if you are on the move,” Ockwell said.As an example, one gold mining customer needed to be able to set up camp and have access to internet services in under an hour, with camps shifting every few weeks.“They need to unpack and have access to phone and data lines to make sure they can get data to and from site quickly and efficiently,” Ockwell said. “When you are working in some of the most remote parts of the world, every hour you are without communications is a cost. We get them closer to where they need to be.”Satellite internet communication had come a long way in the last 15 years and was today possibly more reliable than regional NBN services, according to Thaicom Chief Commercial Officer Nile Suwansiri.“Satellite communication used to be slow and expensive, but with new technology this has changed,” said Suwansiri. “One thing we know is that if clients are using the internet for remote monitoring or other business uses, they need the internet to be reliable. Technology has made an enormous difference.”Suwansiri added that mobile satellite internet technology would be the next major game changer.“Traditionally, satellite services have been fixed but more and more we are wanting mobility services – in trucks, trains and boats. People are mobile, they want to be able to make transactions on the go,” Suwansiri said.“As technology matures, those services will come on line and we will be doing all we can to deliver these to our customers across Australia, Asia and New Zealand.“There is endless application for mobile satellite technology. We have already started seeing driverless trains in resources.”The picture if from international gold producer AngloGold Ashanti. Its exploration teams require flexible, reliable connectivity. “We are looking for gold in the Western Australian desert, sometimes hundreds of kilometres from the closest town,” says Exploration Operations Manager Simon Tucker.“These camps move on every few weeks so we need a service that is not just reliable but also flexible. Orion provides phone and data lines to make sure we can get data to and from site quickly and efficiently.”last_img read more

first_imgCapcom has caused a bit of a stir on the 3DS by shipping the game Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D with permanent save games. That means as soon as you start saving the game those saves will exist on the cartridge forever.It was initially thought Capcom had done this to stop the game being traded in and re-sold used, but the Japanese publisher has denied that without actually explaining why they did it.AdChoices广告Regardless of how gamers react to the news of permanent saves, the “feature” is already causing problems. In Australia, EB Games has decided to recall all copies and not sell it. The reason is thought to be a simple one: the retailer offers a 7-day return policy on new games, but if a games has permanent saves they can’t accept it back. So rather than break their store policy they won’t sell Mercenaries 3D at all.With the game confirmed as shipping to the U.S. and Europe with permanent game saves in place, you have to wonder how many other retailers will refuse to stock it due to a returns policy?Read more at VooksMatthew’s OpinionDon’t most stores have a returns policy for new games? In fact, isn’t it the law in a lot of countries?If that’s the case then retailers are going to be put in a difficult position: don’t sell the game and lose out on a lot of sales, or risk having a return and then not being able to re-sell the game?I think some of the major chains might already be in touch with Capcom asking for a solution. With that in mind, I’d hold off buying the game until this issue has been resolved.last_img read more

first_img THERE HAS BEEN a spike in jobseekers searching for roles that require life coaching skills – which recruiters say has become the norm for senior managers.Three years ago, Forbes magazine described life coaching as the second-fastest growing profession in the world and has estimated the industry to be worth $2 billion (about €1.8 billion) globally.According to data collated for Fora by jobs listings site Indeed, interest in roles with the keywords ‘life coach’ or ‘personal development coach’ has increased among jobseekers in recent times.From February 2017 to February 2019, there was a near-25% increase in searches for such roles on the site. Life coaches are typically hired to provide personal and professional development advice to individual clients, but there has been an anecdotal increase in the number of qualified life coaches in management positions.“Largely speaking, people don’t necessarily apply for a job directly as a coach,” Alan Brereton, an executive coach at Dún Laoghaire-based Kingstown College, told Fora.The college offers an advanced diploma in personal leadership and executive coaching and has recorded a large increase in interest in the course, according to Brereton.Similarly, Morgan McKinley’s global FDI director, Trayc Keevans, said the recruitment company has recorded more jobseekers with life coaching qualifications who are not necessarily looking for work in the industry.“People are finding that technology is moving things so fast … and they need to upskill much quicker. They’re questioning their place in the workplace, their relevance and what they need to do,” she said. A quick scan of the Indeed job listings under life coaching positions reflects this. Rather than providing jobs specifically as life coaches, there are plenty of listings for senior staff who can ‘coach’ staff. “There are few companies out there … who would employ somebody who is a ‘life coach’. They’re going to be looking for somebody who is an executive or a coach in general who can deal with life situations, executive situations, conflict, team coaching,” Brereton said. Mar 31st 2019, 2:01 AM 15 Comments You’re not going to see a better example than the millennial culture, where they really want to be connected to an organisation that matches their own personal values. If there isn’t a fit between personal values and company values, then you’re at risk of losing important members of a team.‘Getting ahead’Coaching has a place in modern management and it’s not going to be going away any time soon, according to Brereton. Keevans – who has a life coaching qualification herself – echoed this point and said there has been a surge of senior staff training in that area to “get ahead in the workplace”.“We see it in for instance the likes of a HR role, a training role or anything that’s at manager level or more,” she said.“Some like to do it on a part-time basis … and some are the people out looking and trying to test the waters.Pretty much everybody who did the course with me was a professional in some shape or form. They had a qualification in something else, so they saw this as giving them an extra string to their bow.Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Zuzia Whelan and posted on 16,602 Views Image: Shutterstock/ Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 11:00 AM Source: Shutterstock/fizkesStaff shortagesExplaining why more managers have acquired life coaching skills, Brereton said there has been a move away from a management style where staff are directed in a “military way where there are prescriptive orders given”.“If another company is offering a workplace environment that is more attractive for (employees) in how they like to work … how they are involved in decision-making especially in their own work, they’re going to drift towards those companies.”With almost full-employment – the CSO shows 2.1% unemployment at the end of 2018 – it’s harder for companies to fill roles, and it’s no secret that the country is experiencing a skills shortage. “The staff just aren’t there; they can’t be found. You need to look after your people … because there are no others out there to really fill that role,” said Brereton. “Coaching has taken on a really important part in that kind of staff retention challenge. It’s really about getting a buy-in from the staff in that organisation.“Coaching is part of a bigger picture, and the bigger picture is employee engagement, employee retention and workplace well-being,” he said.  Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:center_img Share5 Tweet Email14 Image: Shutterstock/ There has been a spike in managers buying into the multibillion-dollar life coaching business Industry experts say execs are looking for skills to help them hang on to staff. By Fora Staff Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL last_img read more

first_img The new baby gorilla in Dublin Zoo. Short URL Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 8:00 PM ‘It’s about being respectful… then the intimacy happens’: The story behind those baby gorilla photos We spoke to photographer Patrick Bolger on what it was like taking those intimate photographs of mother and baby. By Andrew Roberts Image: Patrick Bolger It’s about being respectful of their space…then the intimacy happens. It’s a very intimate moment, a baby, a first-time mum. The new baby gorilla in Dublin Zoo. Image: Patrick Bolgercenter_img Share132 Tweet Email4 Apr 13th 2019, 8:01 PM “YOU’RE WAITING FOR those little moments,” says photographer Patrick Bolger, who snapped the intimate photos of new mum Kafi and her baby gorilla at Dublin Zoo earlier this week. The photos spread across social media, with many commenting on the caring, loving nature depicted in the pictures of mother and child.Bolger has a good relationship with animals. He’s been Dublin Zoo’s go-to photographer for over ten years, and has seen his fair share of newborns experiencing the world for the first time.His technique though? Be respectful, stay out of the way and most importantly, be patient. “It’s very much the case of the animal first, and everything else second,” says Bolger.He says, like with humans, animals get more comfortable with you the longer you’re with them.“It’s never about disturbing them, it’s never about intruding,” he says. “Patience is key then, because sometimes it’s a matter of waiting. A matter of sitting there and being there.” First time mum Kafi with her days old new born. Source: Patrick BolgerA privilegeKafi and the baby’s father Bangui are western lowland gorillas and are classified as critically endangered.A newborn is always a cause for celebration as predictions say 80% of the remaining western lowland gorillas in the wild will be gone by 2046 due to a mixture of deforestation, commercial hunting and disease.Bolger remembers when Kafi and Bangui first came to the zoo. Now that he is seeing their baby, he feels like he’s marking the generations with his photographs. He was called in two or three days after the baby had been born. Kafi was very protective of the little one and had been inside the gorilla hut due to the cold.It was around 9.30am and Bolger went into the keeper’s area with James Creighton, a keeper he has worked with many times and who Bolger says understands the animals very well.Using a long lens, he peered into the gorilla hut, which was covered in a lot of shadow and darkness with only a small source of light for illumination.“As a photographer the challenge is technical. It’s so difficult in low light,” he says. “So you push the boundaries of your camera with the hope that it all comes through.”He says the aim isn’t to go in and take a load of photographs. The noise of the camera can disturb or frighten the animals if you are constantly clicking away. I’m happy to sit there and not take photographs, knowing that they’ll happen, knowing that they’ll come.He says you wait for the little moments – the eye contact between mother and baby, the baby’s expression when it is being rocked in the mother’s arms. Source: Patrick Bolger“It’s a lovely thing to witness to be honest,” says Bolger. “It’s just the vulnerability in the picture that we all can identity with as human beings… there’s something very powerful about it.”He spent about 15 minutes with them – a shorter time compared to other animal-based shoots, but within that time he had managed to capture an intimate and tender portrayal of love between a first-time mum and her days-old baby. “These are crucially endangered species and I think sometimes it’s just a privilege to just see how beautiful they are and how special they are,” he says.It’s just a beautiful moment. 29,508 Views 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Taxi owners were to hold an emergency meeting last Friday night to decide on the future of their strike. The strike is already in its third week. According to sources, the head of their largest association SATA was expected to propose an end to the strike, after the national association’s president, Thymios Lymberopoulos, met with regional authority chiefs and they promised not to accept any more applications or issue new taxi licences until the transport ministry draft bill is tabled in parliament. Last week, a meeting of taxi owners union representatives decided to extend their mobilisations, protesting against the deregulation of their sector. Despite the hardline stance adopted on a national level, taxi owner associations at a local level were on Wednesday announcing an end to their strike action, including those on the islands of Lesvos, with the exception of the island’s central town of Mytilene, and on the island of Rhodes. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more