The AFC Bournemouth footballer has signed a three-and-a-half year contract after he impressed everybody when playing for the team’s senior squad.19-year-old Kyle Taylor is a product of AFC Bournemouth Academy.The youngster was spotted by academy manager Joe Roach.And now the midfielder has been called to the first team and has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the English Premier League club.“Kyle has been with us for the whole length of the journey and it’s great to see,” Roach told the team’s official website.“He was fairly slight when he was younger but he has always been very technical and a nice player who caught the eye.”Brad Smith is loving his time at MLS Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Smith has been loaned from AFC Bournemouth to Seattle Sounders for a whole season, and the Australian footballer is enjoying his time there.“He was given an early scholarship, which is not the norm, and played up a year and did well,” he explained.“Like with all young players, there were areas of his game he needed to improve.”“When Carl Fletcher and I came back to the club in 2014, Kyle was at the start of his scholarship journey,” he added.“We viewed him in terms of how we were going to fit him in with regard to his physical side and perhaps trying to be a little stronger mentally.”“We spoke to Kyle and his parents and outlined what we felt he needed to do to make sure he got over the line at the end of the scholarship. It was quite strong but it centered on what he needed to focus on,” Roach continued.“His response was fantastic. It was one of those moments I remember, as I have with others when one little seed made sure he focused on where he should be.”
ALM is resurrecting its Better Buildings brand, a tri-state area building management magazine which debuted in 1981 and shuttered in the mid 1990s, with the launch of a national, quarterly supplement of the same name, to be distributed along with its Real Estate Forum magazine.The roughly 24-page publication will reach 54,000 executives across the real estate industry and will kick off with Real Estate Forum’s February/March issue.Along with its shift to national coverage, the relaunched brand will focus on “the marriage between building operations and asset management,” says content director John Salustri, who also served as editor of the initial magazine. “The original Better Buildings was focused more on the maintenance side of the industry and was very nuts and bolts. The new version will be much more in keeping with the strategic planning mode of Real Estate Forum.” While Salustri says any statement about an increase in frequency or a move to a standalone magazine would be premature, he adds that it’s something his company is “looking at seriously,” and certainly not ruling out. The idea for the relaunch came directly from reader surveys, says Salustri. “We saw a growing indication from our readers that they needed more of this day-to-day application of larger strategies in the commercial office space. So, this is a direct response to that.”
Oculus Virtual Reality Review • Oculus Quest is amazing, even months later Gaming Culture Tags The 10-track Imagine Dragons Music Pack will be available across major platforms like Oculus Quest and Rift. Beat Saber Imagine Dragons fans and VR gaming nerds could soon be attending the same parties.Beat Saber, an award-winning virtual reality game, will get an Imagine Dragons music pack, Beat Games said Monday. The fast-paced music rhythm game is currently available on major VR platforms, such as Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Rift devices.The announcement of the expansion pack comes as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, gets underway in Los Angeles. The conference is the video game industry’s biggest event of the year, with updates on major game franchises and consoles. Oculus will demonstrate a new 360-degree level that features the Imagine Dragon’s hit “Believer.” A 360-degree level allows the user to look in all directions of their simulated environment as they would in real life. The 10-track music pack includes songs from the Grammy-winning band’s Night Visions, Smoke + Mirrors, Evolve and Origins albums. The addition of Imagine Dragons songs marks the first time major labels have partnered on an expansion pack for the VR game. Imagine Dragons is on the KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records labels. Players can buy songs individually for $1.99 apiece or purchase the entire package for $12.99. The pack, which goes on sale Monday at 9:15 a.m. PT, will be available on all major VR platforms. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. In the game, players wear VR controllers and slash beats that zoom towards them. A VR headset uses two small lenses to focus images for players and immerse them in the game experience. Players slash red blocks with their left hands and blue ones with their right hands. The game uses music and visual effects to build excitement and has been compared to the VR versions of Guitar Hero or Just Dance. $398 News • Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber See it 0 Oculus Quest Post a comment Mentioned Above Oculus Quest Share your voice
Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Civic hatchback in Sport Touring trim looks a little meaner and can be had with a six-speed manual. Honda The present generation of Honda Civic is better than it’s been in a really long time. So when Honda announced on Thursday that it was tweaking the hatchback version for 2020, we were psyched.The changes to the Civic hatch aren’t massive, but that’s no bad thing because the car was already good. The most significant change — and the one that’s going to get enthusiasts’ hearts pumping the most — is the addition of a six-speed manual transmission in the top Sport Touring trim level. If you know Honda, then you know that gearbox is going to be good.In addition to the six-speed manual, Honda is offering a CVT transmission, and with that choice, you get remote start. The Sport trim level also gets push-button ignition and keyless entry as standard.Enlarge ImageThe interior of the 2020 Civic hatchback sports an updated infotainment system and typical Honda practicality. Honda Next, the big H made some slight adjustments to the vehicle’s styling; specifically, it gave the hatchback a more aggressive look in the front and rear. Now, it’s definitely not Civic Type R levels of aggression, but it suits the car quite well.Inside, Honda is using the dashboard trim to help differentiate between trim levels. For example, top-spec EX-L and Sport Touring get a brushed black finish while the Sport trim gets a geometric pattern. Also on deck is an upgraded Display Audio system which still offers physical controls and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.Pricing for the 2020 Civic hatchback ranges from $21,580 for the base LX model with the CVT transmission and $22,750 for the Sport trim with manual transmission to $29,780 for the Sport Touring model with CVT, and all are set to go on sale on Friday. 2019 Honda Civic Sedan: Small visual updates and friendlier tech More From Roadshow 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse Preview • Apple CarPlay lets iOS take over a Mercedes-Benz Honda Tags 2 Share your voice News • 2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna eligible for Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa retrofit Hatchbacks Car Industry Honda 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box More about Apple CarPlay Comments Honda Civic Type R TCR is one serious $172,000 race car 4:41 Review • Apple CarPlay review: What’s it like after one month of heavy use? Now playing: Watch this: 63 Photos
Maitri Bridge in Leh-LadakhTwitterMaitri Bridge, the 260-feet long suspension bridge, was built in just 40 days over the Indus river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh district. It was opened to the public on Monday, April 1.The bridge is situated at Choglamsar village in Leh and is the longest suspension bridge over the Indus river.The name Maitri symbolises the friendship between the military personnel and locals. The bridge was constructed by Combat Engineers of the Sahas Aur Yogyata Regiment of Indian Army’s Fire and Fury Corps in a record time of 40 days. Almost 500 tonnes of equipment and construction material were taken to the location, reports ANI. The bridge will help the residents of Choglamsar, Stok and Chuchot, which are said to be the largest villages in the regionTwitterAccording to India Today, the bridge has been constructed to help the residents of Choglamsar, Stok and Chuchot.According to ANI, the bridge was inaugurated by war veterans who were part of 1947-48, 1962, 1971 and 1999 operations in Jammu and Kashmir. They were led by an 89-year-old war veteran, Naik Phunchok Angdus (retd). The opening ceremony was conducted in the presence of Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps. Other army veterans, senior army officials and civil administrators were present during the opening of the bridge.Twitter 89-year-old war veteran, Naik Phunchok Angdus (retd) formally opening Maitri BridgeTwitter
US-based Cognizant Technology Solutions on Tuesday reaffirmed its full-year revenue guidance of at least $12.41 billion set for the calendar year 2015 despite disruptions to its operations caused by the recent floods in Chennai.The company, which has major operations in India, manages 11 delivery and operations centers in Chennai, which recently witnessed one of the worst floods in the past several decades. Cognizant said in a statement that its business continuity plan largely mitigated the financial impact of the flooding.The IT services provider also maintained its non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance of at least $3.03.Cognizant said all its employees are safe and accounted for and that its comprehensive business continuity plan enabled continuity of critical work for its clients.Last month, Cognizant had announced to spend $40 million (Rs 260 crore) to help flood victims, its employees and business partners in the flood-hit capital city of Tamil Nadu.”In December, Chennai experienced heavy rains that caused unprecedented flooding. During this period, the company’s key priorities were ensuring the safety of its employees and their families, and maintaining continuity of critical operations for clients,” it said.A few Indian companies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Wipro have already warned about Chennai floods weighing on their earnings in the December quarter.TCS, India’s largest IT firm, had earmarked Rs 1,100 crore to offer interest free cash advances to its employees in Chennai .
Congress celebrates victory over BJPgettyimagesCongress leaders have divided opinions on the government’s historic decision to revoke the controversial Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. While senior Congress leaders, including former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, disapproved with the abrogation of Article 370 and called Monday a black day in the nation’s history, some appreciated the move.In a setback for Congress, a party leader from Assam, Bhubaneshwar Kalita, resigned over the party’s attitude towards the scrapping of Article 370. He said that the party has taken the path of self-destruction and he cannot be a part of it.Senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi supported the abrogation, stating that the nation has corrected a historical mistake which was made during the time of independence.The national spokesperson of Congress, Jaiveer Shergill, also supported the move. “I support abrogation of Art 370 (as opening words say its temporary) but Only & Only in accordance with provisions & methodology provided by the Constitution of India which mandates consent of J&K State Assembly -any other way is Unconstitutional,” he said.Congress leader and Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda also differed from his party’s view. He said that revoking Article 370 is needed for the unity of India as well as the people of J&K, who are an integral part of the nation. But the government must ensure that this is implemented in a peaceful atmosphere.The Congress legislator from Raebareli Sadar, Aditi Singh, has supported the revocation stating that the move will help in J&K’s integration into the mainstream. “It’s a historic decision. It should not be politicised. As an MLA, in my capacity, I welcome this decision,” she said.Former Congress MP Milind Deora took a neutral stand on the issue. “Parties should put aside ideological fixations and debate what’s best for India’s sovereignty and federalism, peace in K, jobs for Kashmiri youth & justice for Kashmiri Pandits,” he tweeted. Rahul Gandhi, who quit as Congress president in May, finally voiced his opinion over the issue saying that the central government has abused its executive power. “National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land. This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security,” he wrote on Twitter.
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Kolkata: An elderly woman was stabbed by an unknown miscreant who had come to her apartment in Salt Lake area seeking monetary help for his ailing mother on Friday.According to locals, one Jayashree Chakraborty aged about 71 years, was alone in a flat inside Cluster III of Purbachal Housing Complex. Around 11:30 am, Jayashree heard someone knock on the door and she thought that it might be her grandson who has come back from school. Without asking, she opened the door and saw the man at the door, wearing a helmet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that the miscreant asked Jayashree for money and before she could react, he started stabbing her. When she screamed, he took some cash from her bag and fled. Jayashree then somehow managed to alert her neighbours. Seeing her bleed, her neighbours immediately called Jayashree’s son Anish and narrated the incident. Jayashree was admitted to a private hospital in Salt Lake with serious stab injuries. Later, Bidhannagar South police station was informed. Sleuths went to the apartment and investigated the incident spot. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere was no CCTV installed in the housing. Due to this, the cops are in the dark about the miscreant. Later police met Jayashree and recorded her statement. Following this, police were able get hold of a CCTV camera footage on the road where a person was seen. As per Jayashree’s description, police identified several similarities with the person seen in the footage. It is suspected that the miscreant did not have any intention of robbery. Thus, he did not take any ornaments which could be robbed easily as Jayashree was not in a condition to resist. To know if the Chakraborty family had any enmity with anyone, sleuths are questioning them. The security guards of the housing complex have also been questioned.
Kolkata: The state Forest department is taking measures to increase the green cover in the state that is rapidly depleting due to urbanisation.”The loss of green cover is a world-wide concern and we have to address this issue along with reducing pollution and controlling carbon emissions. The present forest cover in our state is only 14 percent. We have to take it up to 30 percent and make the state a better place to live in,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said at the inaugural programme of the 16th edition of Flower Fair, popularly known as Phool Mela at Eden Gardens on Thursday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStressing on planting trees as the only alternative to bring down carbon emissions, Hakim said 40 percent of state population is suffering from Asthma because of depleting oxygen content. Under the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Hakim has created a separate department of Urban Forestry at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. He had held several meetings with the Railways and Kolkata Port Trust that own a reasonable amount of land in the city and have a kept a proposal in front of them asking to allow the civic body to plant trees on vacant lands not used for any commercial purposes. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDifferent agencies from both Centre and state have been asked to take up plantation on their own or they can also urge the civic body to take up such initiatives on their behalf. State Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman said his department has recently handed over 1,000 saplings each to all MLAs in the state urging them to plant them in their respective areas. “We have planted 20,000 saplings and had distributed the same on last year’s Vanmohatsav in July. We are also conducting awareness programmes to inform people that stale flowers can be recycled and put into good use including generating employment. Discarded Marigold flowers are being used in some parts of the state for manufacturing Abir during Doljatra and Holi,” the minister said. The Flower Fair at Eden Gardens that kicked off on Thursday will continue for three days.
Kolkata: State Transport minister Suvendu Adhkari will hold a meeting with the state government employees’ union at Trinamool Bhavan on Monday, to give a hearing to the demands and problems faced by them. Adhikari has recently been given the responsibility to look after the welfare of the government employees in the state, by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.It may be mentioned that BJP had taken a lead in 39 among the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, when it came to postal ballot voting. Trinamool managed a lead in two seats, while the Left Front had a lead in a solitary seat. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTrinamool was ahead in the Kolkata South and Raiganj parliamentary constituencies, while the Left lead was in the Jadavpur seat. The Jadavpur seat, however, was won by Trinamool candidate Mimi Chakraborty, while Left Front’s Bikash Bhattacharjee bagged the third spot. In the Lok Sabha results, Trinamool managed to win 22 seats against 18 won by the saffron party. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress secretary general and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee has been looking after the welfare of the government employees till date. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”The meeting has been called to apprise Suvendu Babu (Suvendu Adhikari) about various issues regarding the government employees,” said Soumya Biswas, convener of West Bengal Government Employees Federation. Chatterjee will also be present at the meeting. In a number of seats, BJP candidates were found to take huge leads in postal ballot results. Raju Bista from Darjeeling took a lead of 4,679 votes in postal ballot, in comparison to Trinamool candidate Amar Singh Rai. Bista got 5,410 votes against Rai’s 831. In Barrackpore, BJP’s Arjun Singh got 1,504 postal votes, against a meagre 267 managed by Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool. Sources in the state secretariat Nabanna said that resentment of state government employees over dearness allowance and dragging feet on effective implementation of the sixth pay commission in the state could have been “a factor”, as their votes comprise a part of the overall postal votes in each constituency.
Hud WoodleChannel operator Scripps Networks International has created a new distribution division, which will make its market debut at MIPCOM with a 1,200 hour slate.Scripp’s veteran Hud Woodle will run the new unit as vice president, international program licensing and distribution. Based in New York, he will report to company CFO Simone Nardi.“As Scripps Networks’ international business continues to expand, bringing our international program sales and distribution function in-house enables us to more closely coordinate our international and regional channel and programming priorities,” said Nardi.He added: “As the global media leader in home, food and travel, Scripps Networks offers premium aspirational content that resonates with a global audience.”Woodle will manage all aspects of the company’s program sales and content distribution activities, working with regional managing directors in London, Singapore and São Paulo. The moniker for the new unit will be Scripps Networks International Program Sales and Distribution.Woodle will also oversee program delivery operations for the company’s international channels. Scripps said it is currently in the process of building his program sales team with members based in New York, London, Singapore and Sydney being recruited.Passion Distribution has been selling Scripps content and will continue to partner with Scripps Networks over the next six months as that deal is phased out. While it remains in place, Passion will launch a new slate of new original content from Scripps as part of its MIPCOM slate.Woodle joined Scripps Networks International eight years ago as Director of Program Sales where he was responsible for program sales in Asia and Latin America. In 2009, Woodle successfully launched Food Network in Asia and secured channel distribution across key platforms in Southeast Asia. He went on to become the general manager of Food Network in Asia, overseeing network operations and successfully negotiating affiliate agreements in the region.
Jim Rickards’ Secret Accounting Career In 1977, before most of today’s Wall Street analysts were even born, Jim Rickards was doing complex tax and accounting work at Citibank. Now he has uncovered the biggest accounting hoax since Enron… one that could wipe out millions of Americans. Will you be a victim of this accounting scandal? Click here to find out. Recommended Links One of the world’s most important markets continues to flash danger signs… Regular readers know we keep close tabs on the bond market. The bond market is where individuals, companies, and governments go to borrow money. The U.S. bond market is about twice as large as the U.S. stock market. That’s one reason the bond market can signal trouble before the stock market. • The junk bond market is where companies with shaky finances borrow money… Junk bonds are riskier than bonds issued by healthy companies, so they pay higher yields. When the economy slows, companies in bad financial shape often feel it first. That’s why economic trouble tends to show up in the junk bond market early on. • Junks bonds are set to have their first down year since the financial crisis… On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. junk bonds are down 2% on the year. If they end the year down, it would be their first losing year since 2008. • Bond defaults are at their highest level since 2009… Worldwide, companies have already defaulted on $95 billion in debt this year. That translates to 102 corporate defaults, or 42 more than last year. U.S. companies account for over half of these defaults. • Moreover, the U.S. energy sector accounts for 26% of global defaults this year… Casey readers know the U.S. energy market is struggling… Yesterday, the price of oil hit a new six-year low. It’s plunged 66% since last June. And the price of natural gas has plunged 56% since last summer. Most oil and gas companies’ profits have plummeted. As a result, companies that borrowed big before energy prices crashed are struggling to pay back their loans. • Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s says half of all energy junk bonds are distressed… A distressed bond has a high risk of default. And the trouble isn’t isolated to energy bonds. Last week, Bloomberg Business reported that 20% of all U.S. junk bonds are now distressed. That’s the highest level since September 2009. • Corporate defaults could double in 2016… So far, only 2.6% of junk bonds have defaulted this year. However, that figure will likely jump soon. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that defaults are expected to nearly double to 4.6% next year. If that happens, junk bonds would pass their 30-year average default rate of 3.8%. That also hasn’t happened since 2009. • Meanwhile, the U.S. stock market is showing big cracks… Last week, we explained how a handful of huge companies are making the U.S. stock market look healthier than it really is. This includes Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB), and Netflix (NFLX). When most investors talk about “the stock market,” they’re talking about the popular S&P 500 index. The S&P 500 is weighted by company size, which means bigger companies affect its performance far more than smaller companies. For example, Google is the second-largest company in the S&P 500. It’s up 43% on the year. Amazon is the sixth-largest company. It’s up 113%. Facebook is the eighth-largest. It’s up 35%. Meanwhile, S&P 500 stocks are trading 18% below their 52-week highs, on average. • This chart shows what’s really happening in the stock market… It’s one of the most important charts in the world right now… It compares the S&P 500 with a version of the S&P that gives equal weight to every company. In the equally weighted S&P, toymaker Hasbro (HAS) has as much weight as Google, which is 61 times bigger than Hasbro. Only way for Americans to legally pay close to ZERO taxes 70-year-old multimillionaire has revealed greatest – and least known – American tax “loophole.” Click here to get the full details. – • The U.S. stock market flashed the same red flag in 1999… A handful of big stocks pulled the major indices higher that year, while most U.S. stocks struggled. By 2000, the S&P 500 turned down and went on to lose 48% in 32 months. The NASDAQ crashed 78% in the same time. The U.S. stock market is like a healthy-looking tree that’s actually rotting on the inside. Eventually, when the largest stocks can’t prop it up anymore, the entire tree is going to fall. • We recommend investing with extreme caution right now… You should hold a significant amount of cash and some physical gold. You may also want to hedge your portfolio by shorting (betting against) stocks likely to crash hard during the next big downturn. This could mean shorting very expensive stocks. It could also mean shorting businesses that will struggle to make money during a prolonged economic slowdown. We recently recorded a video presentation on the topic of investing during difficult times. Doug Casey, founder of Casey Research, gave his advice on how to protect your money and make more money during a major market collapse. Click here to watch – it’s free. Chart of the Day Here’s another clue U.S. stocks are topping out… Professional investors often look at “spreads” to gauge the market’s strength. A spread is the difference between two prices or interest rates. One important spread subtracts the interest rate paid by junk bonds from the interest rate paid by U.S. Treasuries. U.S. Treasuries are bonds issued by the U.S. government, which is widely considered one of the safest borrowers in the world. Junk bonds, on the other hand, are issued by riskier borrowers. Today, the interest rate on Treasuries is 2.1% and the average interest rate on junk bonds is 8.8%. So the “spread” is 6.7%. When the economy is humming along, this spread typically gets smaller. Companies generally make good on their bonds during good economic times, so investors don’t demand a big interest rate premium. However, when the spread starts to get bigger, it’s a sign of trouble ahead for the stock market. For example, this spread started to get bigger in the summer of 2007. Smart investors knew this was a bad sign. They got out of the stock market and saved a ton of money. As you likely remember, the S&P 500 peaked in October 2007, and went on to crash 57%. For the first time in four years, this spread is getting significantly bigger. As you can see, the U.S. stock market and spread moved together while stocks were in a clear-cut bull market through mid-2014 (the spread is inverted on the chart below). Then, they diverged. The spread has more than doubled, while the S&P 500 remains near all-time highs. This is another reason to be very cautious in the stock market today. These two indices tracked each other for most of 2015. However, in recent weeks the S&P 500 has pulled ahead of the equally weighted S&P, which is now down 4% on the year. This is a big red flag. It’s confirmation that a few big companies are holding up the stock market. — Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida December 11, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to email@example.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.
Just over four years ago, on July 17, 2014, six delegates on their way to the International AIDS Conference died in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine.The delegates were among the 298 people killed hours after their flight took off from Amsterdam.International investigations concluded that the missile that downed the jet originated with the Russian military, which has denied involvement. This year, Amsterdam is where thousands of experts in public health and global development are gathering for the International AIDS Conference, which begins on Monday.”I’m hopeful that people will still remember them,” Owen Ryan, the outgoing executive director of the International AIDS Society, says of the colleagues he lost in the AIDS prevention research and activism community that day. Ryan told NPR’s Korva Coleman he wants their legacy to help draw attention to AIDS as a continuing crisis, “and know it’s important we keep this fight going.”About 37 million people around the world were living with HIV/AIDS in 2017, according to the World Health Organization. The group says 940,000 people died of HIV-related diseases last year. On the eve of the 22nd International AIDS Conference, Ryan talked with NPR about the current state of the AIDS crisis around the world and why it’s important to keep funding AIDS prevention efforts.Interview HighlightsOn Joep Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society who died on MH17It’s hard to describe in short ways all the ways that Joep had kind of really transformed the HIV movement. One very large way though was how he made the world wake up to the need for antiretroviral treatment in Africa. He was one of the first researchers, scientists, activists who was forcing donor governments to face the problems that were in Africa — and to get rid of the impediments that were keeping people away from lifesaving treatment.He is in large part to thank for many of the millions of people who are on treatment today. On what can slow down the rate of current AIDS infectionsHonestly, what needs to be done is this sense of complacency that has settled on many of us. There’s really this feeling in many parts of the world that AIDS is over, and that is really far from true.It’s one of the reasons we miss Joep the most right now — he had an unbelievable ability to speak truth to power, regardless of who he’s speaking to. He just knew how to go right to them and say, “What you believe is not true and we need more money for this.”On the development of drugs to stop AIDSFor one of the first times, we’re doing a large-scale clinical trial for vaccines in South Africa. And South Africa’s one of those countries where if we can get it right there, we can get it right in a lot of places around the world. But until we get more people on treatment in the short term, we’re going to keep trying to play catch-up. So we’re really hoping we can do both things at the same time: get people on treatment, and then longer-term prevention options.On particular regions where the AIDS crisis is growingEastern Europe and Central Asia is a big focus of this conference. You’ve seen that over time as economies have improved, donors have walked away. And with them walking away has walked away political will. So in many places, and this also includes Russia, you’ve seen the epidemic come back with force. And you’re seeing in urban centers and rural areas people who are just completely away from treatment and this massive explosion in new infections and I think people just don’t realize it.On preventing future epidemicsWe always have to be aware and it’s the exact moment you take your finger off the pulse of epidemiology that you start to see problems occur. We need to fund the systems that keep us vigilant against the next great disease that’s coming — ’cause we know it’ll happen. We’ve seen this with Ebola, we’ve seen this with SARS in the past. We need to keep things like the CDC and WHO — we need to keep them vibrant and strong and paying attention to all of this. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Winning in the Era of Deep Contextual Personalization: It’s All About Human-Machine Collaboration Sunil KarkeraApril 29, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 25, 2019 Chatbots, virtual assistants and other Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered marketing technologies are rapidly becoming commonplace. Yet, many CMOs are discovering the limitations of these technologies for one-to-one marketing. How should CMOs be allocating their technology investments to deliver deep contextual personalization and create ever-expanding customer experiences that will fuel growth for the next decade?The answer to that question has been elusive. The truth is, most CMOs are bewildered by the vast and ever-increasing array of marketing technologies available. In 2018 alone, marketers were inundated with nearly 7,000 software products from more than 6,000 companies, according to Scott Brinker of HubSpot. In many cases, the scars of integration are still fresh — as are memories of tech investments that didn’t deliver the anticipated results. So, it’s not surprising many CMOs have worked to greatly simplify their marketing stack.New Pressures Demand a New ApproachBut relying on existing personalization strategies is no longer enough. Pressure continues to grow for CMOs to demonstrate ROI. After three straight years of increases in marketing spend industry-wide, budgets have slipped from a peak of 14% of revenue to 11%. Forward-looking marketing leaders know they need new approaches to enhance customer experience, improve channel effectiveness, and use data more effectively to improve marketing agility and fuel marketing innovation. What they need is a holistic approach that balances human and machine intelligence. The question is: What is the right balance in this human-machine collaboration?I believe the key to success is a “machine-first” approach where technology has the first right to sense, understand, decide, and act. This means automating a vast number of activities that are still performed manually. A machine-first approach is about augmenting human capability using automation and AI to increase the growth potential of the enterprise. It enables monitoring customer engagement before and after the sale, automatically adjusting campaigns and engagements—from media selection and channels to messages and segmentation—on the fly to create a deep contextual experience that engages customers and inspires loyalty.Currently, most marketing organizations are only scratching the surface, using digital technologies to personalize the brand experience in limited ways—generally at the point of transaction. A true machine-first model is about managing and personalizing the brand experience throughout the customer lifecycle in an end-to-end role that extends beyond marketing into sales, service and support, and even product/service design and development. The goal of machine-first is not only to streamline processes but also to master digital data—capturing and analyzing the precise customer data needed to inform the actions and decisions of human marketing teams.Read More: Making Voice Tech More Human Is as Easy as 1-2-3Machine-First Enables the Optimal BalanceSo, what does a machine-first model look like in practice and how does this help achieve the right balance in human-machine collaboration?To create stickier relationships with its customers, Starbucks created the Starbucks Rewards program to support true one-to-one marketing. In one year, the program added more than 10 million members in the US. A comprehensive cross-channel program, Starbucks Rewards gathers and analyzes customer data across all touchpoints to build a granular consumer profile—then automates the delivery of personalized offers to each individual consumer. This reinforces the bond between Starbucks and each customer, encouraging consumers to engage with the brand on their terms, using whatever platform they want at any given time. Starbucks’ use of omnichannel data to build loyalty enables the human component as well—the in-store experience—where store managers and staff focus on customers as individuals, not just as orders. This “people-centricity”—always core to Starbucks’ culture—is strengthened, not diminished or replaced, by the company’s automated, data-informed loyalty strategy.Deep personalization is also crucial after the sale. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Brazil recognized that post-sales service of vehicles is a make-or-break factor for customer satisfaction and brand loyalty. To ensure a seamless customer experience across all service touchpoints, FCA integrated key functions across its customer interaction channels. This enabled proactive, personalized communications at every step through automated processes focused on a single goal: rapidly understanding and resolving the customer’s need or problem. AI-powered business intelligence provided human service agents with the customer insights needed to answer questions and solve issues quickly and effectively. This ideal balance of machine and human intelligence helped FCA Brazil accelerate complaint resolution by 25%. Based on this result, FCA is rolling out their human-to-machine service model worldwide.Reshaping Customer ExperiencesDeploying a balanced human-to-machine strategy requires CMOs to break free from a reactive, tactical mindset and view the entire customer lifecycle—from initial prospecting, nurturing and engagement to ongoing loyalty and support efforts, and even win-back campaigns—as a single, seamless, one-to-one conversation with each customer. Digital intelligence makes this possible by automating and orchestrating processes, and by creating linkages across channels and data sources to create a seamless, personalized experience.The supply chains for Global 2000 companies have been doing a version of this for years. They leverage digital technologies to detect demand signals out to the point of sale, enabling proactive adjustments in production, inventory, and distribution to keep pace with changes in consumer behavior. Marketers must do the same, using every customer interaction to generate signals that automate actions and enhance the consumer profile, enabling marketing and service organizations to anticipate and fulfill customer needs and desires, moment by moment.Read More: How Managed Execution Services Help Marketers Yield Better ResultsThe People Part of the EquationThis transformation is equally about people. CMOs need to identify, staff and train people for the new marketing roles that are becoming essential to operating a world-class, machine-first marketing organization. In particular, CMOs should rethink their talent strategy. For example, marketers need to be trained on data and analysis. CMOs are now bringing data scientists to their teams as a different set of talent is required for the marketing future.These professionals must master digital data to be “data-informed” rather than “data-driven.” This means determining what customer data they need and what they don’t need to deliver ROI. They must continually seek new ways to use that data to deliver value to customers, while respecting and protecting customer privacy. And, they must be able to think outside their marketing silo, tearing down the old walls that separate corporate functions and create new ways to improve every customer interaction, both pre- and post-sale.Breaking Through the BarrierAdopting a model that properly balances the capabilities of skilled humans and those of intelligent machines is the key to breaking through the technology plateau that is holding back many marketing organizations. It’s the only way to deliver the deep personalized experiences consumers demand—and the technology ROI that CFOs demand.Read More: 7 “Gotchas” for Data Engineers New to Google BigQuery AIchatbotsDeep Contextual PersonalizationhubspotHuman-Machine CollaborationROIScott BrinkerTCS Interactive Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Jeremy Korst, President, GBH InsightsNext ArticleWhat Kind of Chatbot is Right for Your Business?
Last year, Professor Yates and his team showed that middle-aged people who reported that they are slow walkers were at higher risk of heart-related disease compared to the general population. The study, which also used data from the UK Biobank, showed that slow walkers were twice as likely to have a heart-related death as fast walkers, even when other risk factors such as smoking and body mass index were taken into account.Source: National Institute for Health Research Studies published so far have mainly shown the impact of body weight and physical fitness on mortality in terms of relative risk, for example a 20 per cent relative increase of risk of death for every 5 kilograms per metres squared increase, compared to a reference value of a BMI of 25 kilograms per metres squared (the threshold BMI between normal weight and overweight).However, it is not always easy to interpret a “relative risk”. Reporting in terms of life expectancy, conversely, is easier to interpret and gives a better idea of the separate and joint importance of body mass index and physical fitness.” Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 15 2019People who report that they have a slower walking pace have a lower life expectancy than fast walkers, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre – a partnership between Leicester’s Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University.The research, using data from the UK Biobank of 474,919 people recruited within the UK, found those with a habitually fast walking pace have a long life expectancy across all levels of weight status – from underweight to morbidly obese. Underweight individuals with a slow walking pace had the lowest life expectancy (an average of 64.8 years for men, 72.4 years for women). The same pattern of results was found for waist circumference measurements.This is the first time research has associated fast walking pace with a longer life expectancy regardless of a person’s body weight or obesity status.Professor Tom Yates, professor of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health at the University of Leicester and a lead author of the study, said: Dr Francesco Zaccardi, clinical epidemiologist at the Leicester Diabetes Centre – based at Leicester General Hospital – and co-author of the study, said: Our findings could help clarify the relative importance of physical fitness compared to body weight on life expectancy of individuals. In other words, the findings suggest that perhaps physical fitness is a better indicator of life expectancy than body mass index (BMI), and that encouraging the population to engage in brisk walking may add years to their lives.”