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Diversity Wins All of the People Who Made History in the 2018

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Reuters John Haltiwanger and Bill Bostock Add to Queue Ilhan Omar is the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Business Insider The 2018 US midterm elections, which captured nearly as much attention as a presidential election, was historic on multiple fronts. Diversity Wins: All of the People Who Made History in the 2018 Midterm Electionscenter_img November 7, 2018 6 min read –shares The 2018 midterm elections, which captured the attention of the nation almost as much as a presidential vote, saw made history on multiple fronts.A diverse set of candidates won big victories in states across the country on Tuesday night as people voted at record levels for a midterm.Beyond the seismic shift in the makeup of Congress, here are people who made history on an individual level in this year’s midterm elections.Jahana Hayes, a former high school teacher, has made Connecticut history as the first black woman elected to the House of Representatives.Jahana HayesImage credit: AP2016’s national “Teacher Of The Year” Jahana Hayes won Connecticut’s 5th district with a projected 56% of the vote on Wednesday morning, beating Republican Manny Santos, who got a projected 44%.Hayes succeeds Democrat Elizabeth Esty who didn’t run for re-election.Hayes grew up in a housing project and her mother struggled with drug addiction. At 17 she got pregnant but enrolled in community college and got her bachelor’s and advanced degrees, the Associated Press reported.Related: 21 Ways to Get Inspired (Infographic)Jared Polis, the new governor of Colorado, is the first openly gay man to be elected as the governor of a US state.Jared Polis greets marchers in Denver to mark the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018Image credit:  Associated Press/David ZalubowskiDemocratic Rep. Jared Polis on Tuesday night became the first openly gay man elected as the governor of a US state.Polis, a Democrat, won the Colorado gubernatorial race against Republican Walker Stapleton.He was not shy about his sexual orientation on the campaign trail whatsoever. “I think it really gives Colorado an opportunity to stick a thumb in the eye of Mike Pence, whose view of America is not as inclusive as where America is today,” Polis said of his candidacy during a speech earlier this year.Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar have become Texas’ first-ever Latina women in Congress.Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.Image credit: APEl Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar won House district 16 for the Democrats with a projected 68.4% of the vote. Her district covers El Paso.Sylvia Garcia, a Democratic state senator, beat GOP candidate Philip Aronoff in House district 29, which covers Houston, with a projected 75% of the vote.40% of Texans is Latino, but voters had never elected a Hispanic woman to either chamber of Congress, until now.Ayanna Pressley has become Massachusetts’ first African-American congresswoman.Ayanna Pressley speaking on October 1, 2018.Image credit: APPressley, a Democrat, ran unopposed in the Massachusetts 7th district after beating down 10-time Representative Michael Capuano by 17 points in the primary on September 4.After she won, Pressley said women of color have had to create “seismic shifts” to get into office.Related: 30 Super Inspiring Quotes About Finding Success as an EntrepreneurRashida Tlaib is among the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.Rashida Tlaib in front of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing in November 2008.Image credit: Al Goldis/APRashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to Congress, both winning seats in the House.Tlaib is set to represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.The progressive Democrat is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and was also the first Muslim female member of Michigan’s state legislature.Ilhan Omar joins Tlaib as another of he first two Muslim women elected, and the first to wear a hijab. She’s also the first Somali-American woman in Congress.Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar speaks at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. November 6, 2018.Image credit: ReutersOmar came to the US as a refugee in 1995.She’s set to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District after winning with Omar won 78% of the vote.Tlaib and Omar campaigned together earlier this year.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, is the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history.New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a fundraiser in Los Angeles.Image credit: Jae C. Hong/APAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, on Tuesday night officially became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, will represent New York’s 14th Congressional District.She won a shocking victory over longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic congressional primary back in June.Ocasio-Cortez quickly became a recognizable figure for the party nationwide prior to an easy victory in her historically Democratic district on Tuesday.Related: 7 Characteristics of Inspiring LeadersSharice Davids is one of a pair of Native American woman elected for the first time.Kansas Democratic Congressional candidate Sharice Davids talks to volunteer at her campaign office in Overland Park, Kan.Image credit: Charlie Riedel, File via APSharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, will be the first Native American woman to in Congress after winning a big victory in Kansas on Tuesday night.Davids defeated four-term Republican incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder.Davids, who is also a lesbian, will represent Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District. It makes her the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas in Congress.The other is Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo people.Deb HaalandImage credit: APHaaland — a member of the Laguna Pueblo people from western New Mexico — went for the vacant seat left by Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who contested the state’s governorship.Haaland won the 1st district primary in June, and beat GOP rival Janice Arnold-Jones (36.4%) on Tuesday with a predicted 59.1% of the vote.Grisham also won her race for New Mexico Governor.Tennessee elected its first ever female Senator: Republican Marsha Blackburn.Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn.Image credit: APTaylor Swift’s outrage couldn’t stop Marsha Blackburn beating Democrat Phil Bredesen comfortably in the race for Tennessee’s Senate representative — which makes her the state’s first female Senator in history.Blackburn has a projected 55% of the vote, with Bredesen at 44%.Blackburn’s voting record “terrified” pop-star Swift, she wrote on Instagram, and Swift endorsed her Democrat opponent in a public feud.Young Kim is likely to become the first Korean-American woman in Congress.Young Kim, the Republican candidate for the 39th Congressional District in California, speaks to supporters, November 6, 2018.Image credit: APRepublican Young Kim looks to have won California’s 39th distract with 52% of the vote, with 94% of votes counted as of 4 a.m PST.It’s a close race though, with Democrat challenger Gil Cisneros with 48.4% of the vote so far. 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New Jersey Needs at Least 15 More Cultivators to Supply Projected Increase

first_img New Jersey Needs at Least 15 More Cultivators to Supply Projected Increase in Medical Marijuana Patients Image credit: The Power Of Forever Photography | Getty Images Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily May 1, 2019 Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Next Article 3 min read New Jersey’s medical marijuana market will need at least 15 additional cannabis cultivators in the next three years – even under a conservative growth scenario, according to information provided by the state’s MMJ regulatory agency.The New Jersey Department of Health’s Division of Medicinal Marijuana (DMM) submitted its biennial report to the state Legislature in early April, assessing supply and demand for medical marijuana. In addition to the need for additional growers, DMM found average retail prices to be prohibitive to patients whose treatment plan requires greater volumes of marijuana.For example, a patient purchasing one ounce per month — half the maximum allowed — would pay nearly $6,000 out of pocket over the course of a year. By comparison, based on recent prices, one ounce per month would cost an Oregon patient $2,820 and an Illinois patient $4,500.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical MarijuanaTo determine future levels of supply and demand, DMM assessed two patient-growth scenarios:Maintaining current growth rates — or status quo.Increasing growth rates over time by applying patient-driven recommendations from Gov. Phil Murphy’s so-called Executive Order No. 6.Related: Pulling the Cork Out of the Processing Bottleneck Slowing the Hemp/CBD BoomThe governor’s order directed the health department to review the state’s medical marijuana program and develop ways to expand patient access to MMJ.Under the order’s conservative status quo scenario, by January 2022, New Jersey would have 127,000 patients — more than three times the 40,000 patients in the program as of January 2019 — requiring 438,000 square feet of cultivation space and 15-25 additional cultivators (depending on cultivation area).Related: The Politics of Reforming Federal Marijuana Laws Increasingly Favors the ReformersUnder the scenario with expanded patient access, by 2022, New Jersey would have 197,000 patients requiring more than 1 million square feet in cultivation space. At least 34-58 additional cultivators would be needed to meet this level of demand. Here’s what else you need to know about the situation:Dispensary revenues in New Jersey nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018, from $29 million to $53 million.Although six dispensaries currently are in the licensing process, the report determined the state will need even more retail outlets to meet demand, particularly those offering nonsmokable products.The report does not address impacts to the medical marijuana program if adult use is legalized in New Jersey.This article first was published on Marijuana Business Daily, a content partner of Green Entrepreneur. –shares Download Our iOS App The Garden State anticipates the number of patients will triple, and more likely will increase five-fold, in the next three years. Add to Queue Free Green Entrepreneur App Maggie Cowee Medical Marijuanalast_img read more

Dairy Farmers of America selects startups for latest accelerator

first_imgMonica Massey, executive vice president and chief of staff at DFA, said: “It has been rewarding to help mentor these entrepreneurs, and we’re thrilled to get started with another class for this year’s DFA accelerator. Plus, we’ve found that we learn along the way too.“By working and collaborating with ag tech and dairy food start-up companies, we’re helping develop solutions that will not only provide value for our farm families and their operations, but will also help drive consumer demand for dairy.”Participants in last year’s DFA accelerator included MoPro Nutrition, a producer of Greek yogurt infused with whey protein isolate that secured funding from DFA after the programme had concluded.Share with your network: Tags: acceleratorDairy farmers of AmericaSprint AcceleratorUS Brooklyn Buttery is among the start-ups selected to take part in the programme.Dairy Farmers of America selects start-ups for latest acceleratorPosted By: Jules Scullyon: April 02, 2019In: Agriculture, Dairy, Industries, TechnologyPrintEmailDairy Farmers of America (DFA) has chosen seven start-ups to join its 2019 accelerator programme as it aims to help drive consumer demand for dairy.Companies in two areas — ag tech and dairy food products — will work with leaders from DFA, CoBank, Sprint Accelerator and industry experts and mentors to create strategic partnerships.Brands selected for the 90-day programme will receive mentorship, connections and resources to help accelerate growth. They will also have access to workspace facilities at Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City.  The accelerator finalists in full:Bezoar Laboratories (Bryan, Texas) – developer of a patent-pending probiotic for cattle that, when paired with nitrate, decreases their methane production by 50%.Cattle Care (San Francisco) – uses video analytics for dairy farm operations.Healthy Cow (Toronto, Canada) – helps dairy farmers to produce more natural and nutritious milk while reducing their dependence on antibiotics and hormones.Labby (Boston) – creator of an artificial intelligence-powered smartphone platform for food analytics.Brooklyn Buttery (New York) – aims to reimagine butter for the 21st century as a fun, convenient product for home cooks.Numa (Bridgewater, New Jersey) – manufacturer of sweet, chewy milk treats with six natural ingredients.RifRaf (New York) – makes creamy ricotta cups that are one part cheese and one part flavour.last_img read more

Intel Buys SelfDriving Tech Firm MobilEye for 153 Billion

first_img Add to Queue March 13, 2017 Intel Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Steve Dent 2 min read Next Article This story originally appeared on Engadget Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Intel Buys Self-Driving Tech Firm MobilEye for $15.3 Billion After falling out with Tesla, MobilEye has been working with Intel on autonomous tech. Intel’s recent work with MobilEye on self-driving cars must have gone well, because the chip giant is buying its Jerusalem-based partner for $15.3 billion.The deal was first reported by Israeli business site The Marker but has now been confirmed by the two companies. MobilEye is one of the largest players in autonomous vehicle tech and was in the news recently over a spat with Tesla following a fatal Model S crash in Florida. However, it recently teamed with Intel on BMW’s iNext self-driving platform, which the automaker aims to put into service by 2021.The technology they’re working on isn’t just for BMW vehicles, though. The idea is to build a “scalable architecture” that can be used by any automaker, especially if they don’t want to build their own tech from scratch. As such, it could become a huge business for MobilEye, which may help explain the huge acquisition price. The deal is one of the largest acquisitions of an Israeli-based tech company ever.Despite a recent PC renaissance thanks to Microsoft’s Surface and other devices, desktops are still losing ground to mobile devices. That has affected Intel’s bottom line while benefiting companies like Qualcomm, which makes the chips used in many smartphones and tablets. The situation has forced Intel into other areas like wearables, connected homes and “internet of things” devices, none of which has exactly taken off yet.BREAKING: Intel to acquire Mobileye for $63.54 per share in cash, or about $15.3 billion. $INTC $MBLY— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 13, 2017Autonomous cars, on the other hand, are one of the hottest things in tech, with virtually every automaker, tech company and even peripheral firms like Uber and Lyft working on (and fighting about) them. Even if fully autonomous cars don’t work out as planned (some critics think it’s a distant pipe dream), autopilot tech that aids drivers and prevents accidents is available now on Tesla EVs and other cars. Ironically, MobilEye’s early success was due in large part to Tesla, and that partnership dissolved in a not-very-friendly way. Image credit: Intel via engadgetlast_img read more

A2 Milk extends collaboration to sell its infant formula in China

first_imgA2 Milk extends collaboration to sell its infant formula in ChinaPosted By: Jules Scullyon: August 14, 2018In: Dairy, Distribution, IndustriesPrintEmailThe A2 Milk Company has continued an agreement with China State Farm Holding Shanghai (CSFA Shanghai) to sell powdered infant formula in China.State-owned CSFA Shanghai has been the exclusive import agent and partner for A2’s infant nutrition products into mainland China since 2013 and has provided, in addition to importation services, local market regulation consulting and product traceability quality control.The current strategic arrangements between the two entities have today been extended for a further three-year period as of 6 December 2018.An official signing ceremony was hosted today by Australian trade minister Steven Ciobo. In attendance was Zhao Qing Yong, general manager of CSFA Shanghai, and Jayne Hrdlicka, CEO of A2 Milk.“This important relationship with the very well respected China State Farm Holding Shanghai has been growing for several years and we continue to value their very strong support of our China business with their deep local knowledge, capability and relationships within the China market,” Hrdlicka said.“Today signals a continuation of a very successful working relationship and partnership between the two entities.”Zhao Qing Yong added: “China State Farm is delighted and honoured to continue our relationship and partnership with a company that has achieved such unique success in the China market, as together we bring the very high-quality infant nutrition to Chinese consumers.“This renewal signals the strength of our long-term partnership and we look forward to the future with great excitement.”Last year, The A2 Milk Company revised its revenue forecast for the year, on the back of ‘soaring demand’ for its infant formula products in China.In April it signed an exclusive sales and distribution agreement with South Korean pharmaceutical company Yuhan Corporation. A2 said that South Korea is an attractive market for the company due to the country’s high per-capita dairy consumption rates, strong retail market and growing e-commerce channel.Share with your network: Tags: ChinaChina State Farm Holding Shanghaiinfant formulaThe A2 Milk Companylast_img read more

How many husbands control the votes of their wives Well never know

first_imgOpinion Republicans Rebecca Solnit Democrats Door-to-door canvassers tell stories of husbands who bully, silence and control their wives into voting conservative Since you’re here… US midterms 2018 US voting rights I started asking around and found that a lot of get-out-the-vote ground troops had witnessed various forms of such bullying, intimidation and silencing in relation to this election and in earlier elections, too.Wives asked their husbands directly who the two were going to vote for. Many seemed cowed. Husbands answered the door and refused to let the wife speak to canvassers, or talked or shouted over her, or insisted that she was going to vote Republican even though she was a registered Democrat, or insisted there were no Democrats in the house because she had never told him she was one. A friend in Iowa told me, “I asked the woman who answered the door if she had a plan for voting, and a man appeared, behind her, and said, quite brusquely, ‘I’m a Republican’. Before I could reply, he shut the door in my face.”Another friend reported, “A woman I texted in Michigan told me, ‘I am not allowed’ to vote for the candidate.” Many canvassers told me those experiences were common. I did not find stories of the reverse phenomenon – wives dominating their husbands, or husbands pushing their wives to vote for the Democratic candidate. Of course I talked to people canvassing for Democrats, and domestic violence takes place across the political spectrum, but the bullying seemed to be mostly either to oblige the wife to lean to the right or to not participate at all.“The wife spotted me and jumped up from her table to intercept me at the door before I could knock,” one canvasser from California told me.Without saying any words, the wife softly put both hands out in front of her body, palms facing me. She moved her hands from side to side as though to tell me, “No thank you, please go away without making a noise.”She was one of many who appeared to be afraid of their husbands.Going door-to-door is an extraordinary experience. You see demographics break down into actual faces, stories, shabby or manicured front yards, see subdivisions and slums, see people who are clear and fierce or indifferent or confused about the upcoming election. You meet people where they are, and where some of them are is in fear of the man of the house.My friend Melody had a Nevada man who never turned off his leaf-blower roar at her over the din, “This is a RED house! This house is Republican!”Melody told me: “I say I’ve come by to speak to Donna. ‘No, she doesn’t want to speak to you.’ I consider saying, ‘Looks like this house is kind of purple, since Donna is a Democrat.’ But then I think, ‘Maybe he doesn’t know. Maybe she just goes into that booth and votes the way she wants without telling him.’ But what if she doesn’t go into a booth? What if they vote at the kitchen table? Does he supervise her ballot? Is she afraid to fill it out according to her own wishes rather than his?”No one knows to what extent this domination may prevent women from voting according to their own beliefs and agendas or participating at all.Of course there are plenty of rightwing women who are enthusiastically voting for the conservative of their choice, but when you look at the enormous gender gaps between Democrats and Republicans or hear the myriad door-to-door stories, you recognize that there are many marriages between Democratic women and Republican men, and many Republican men who intend to control their wives’ political expression.The problem matters for voting rights whether or not it influences outcomes, and it’s also a reminder that many women are not free and equal in their domestic lives. Yet another canvasser reported that one of those husbands, this time in Turlock, California, told her, “And if she needs to know how to vote, I’ll just take her in the back and beat her.” He was sort of joking but sort of not.This ordinary, ugly scenario raises another question, about whether voting by mail takes away the privacy of the voting booth and the ability for women to act on their beliefs without consequences. And it’s a reminder of why women’s long quest for the vote in the US and elsewhere was such a radical thing. Insisting women should vote was insisting that we should be equal and independent participants in public life, with the right to act on our own behalf and in our own interests.The women’s suffrage movement clashed with laws that defined women as, essentially, the property or wards of their husbands who had the right to control their bodies, their labor, their earnings, and their assets. It clashed with custom, which held that women’s sphere was private life and role was deference and obedience to the man of the house. Despite the last of those laws ending in the 1990s (when the last US state recognized marital rape as a crime), that clash is not in the past tense.Last week, Mark Harris, a preacher fond of Ephesians 5:22 – “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord” – won North Carolina’s ninth congressional district, and Ohio Republicans made more attempts to take away women’s right to control their fertility. The conservative agenda is, of course, what you could call marriage inequality, an asymmetrical relationship in which men hold disproportionate power.The right to vote according to your own conscience and agenda is not really so different than the right to control your own body or have equal access and rights in the workplace. It’s a right that we’re meant to have because the laws say we’re all equal. But we’re not. As with the myriad Republican measures to prevent citizens from voting on the large scale – Crosscheck, voter ID laws, limits on polling places and voting hours – this domestic tyranny is an attempt to limit who decides what this country should be.Rebecca Solnit is a Guardian US columnist. She is the author of Men Explain Things to Me and The Mother of All Questions Topics Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share on Facebook How many husbands control the votes of their wives? We’ll never knowcenter_img Comments 1 Mon 19 Nov 2018 06.00 EST US midterms 2018 comment Share on Facebook Progressive organizer Annabel Park told the story that made me start to wonder. “I can’t stop thinking about this woman I met while doorknocking for Beto in Dallas,” Annabel wrote on social media a few days before the midterm elections.“She lived in a sprawling low-income apartment complex. After I knocked a couple of times, she answered the door with her husband just behind her. She looked petrified and her husband looked menacing behind her. When I made my pitch about Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, her husband yelled, ‘We’re not interested.’ She looked at me and silently mouthed, ‘I support Beto.’ Before I could respond, she quickly closed the door.”Annabel told me afterwards, “It’s been on my mind. Did she get beaten? That was my fear.”There’s a form of voter intimidation that widespread and unacknowledged. It’s the husbands who bully and silence and control their wives, as witnessed by dozens of door-to-door canvassers across the country I heard from. Share on Twitter Last modified on Mon 19 Nov 2018 11.56 EST Opinion Share via Email A woman casts her ballot in the midterm election on 6 November.Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images Sign up to receive the latest US opinion pieces every weekday Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Shares4,4994499 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Kyrie Irving apologizes after profane dismissal of Thanksgiving

first_imgLast modified on Thu 22 Nov 2018 17.42 EST Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, was a member of the Standing Rock Sioux and lived on the tribe’s reservation until her adoption as a child. In August, Irving and his sister became members of the tribe and he was given the name Little Mountain.Irving is a is a five-time NBA All-Star and won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. His Boston Celtics were tipped as one of the league’s best teams at the start of the season but have struggled in recent weeks and have lost seven of their last 10 games. Kyrie Irving’s Celtics have struggled this season.Photograph: Tim Bradbury/Getty Images Since you’re here… Kyrie Irving apologizes after profane dismissal of Thanksgiving Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Shares4545 Guardian sport NBA Irving told NBC Sports Boston that he is opposed to the celebration of the holiday due to his Native American heritage. Many in the Native American community and beyond see the holiday as offensive, given the suffering and racism they have suffered since European colonization. Thu 22 Nov 2018 13.12 EST Share on LinkedIn Boston Celtics Thanksgiving Boston Celtics star tells reporter ‘Fuck Thanksgiving’NBA All-Star is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Basketball Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving)I spoke w/ frustration after last nights game and spoke words that shouldn’t be in a professional setting no matter what.November 22, 2018 Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has apologized after replying to a reporter who wished him a happy Thanksgiving after Wednesday’s loss to the New York Knicks by saying he doesn’t celebrate the holiday, adding “fuck Thanksgiving”.On Thursday Irving expressed regret over the comments. “I spoke w/ frustration after last nights game and spoke words that shouldn’t be in a professional setting no matter what,” he wrote on Twitter. “Meant no disrespect to the Holiday and those who celebrate it respectfully. I’m grateful for the time We all can share with our families. We are always ONE.” US sports Share via Email Read more Boston Celtics Share on Pinterest Share via Email Native Americans Celtics’ Kyrie Irving named Little Mountain as member of Standing Rock Sioux Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more

Magnus Carlsens tense victory sends interest in chess soaring

first_imgfeatures Magnus Carlsen’s tense victory sends interest in chess soaring “People were coming in off the street to watch it on the screen. There is definitely a mini-boom going on.”Chess is also big on the internet and growing, with chess move taking just four bytes of data. “It was made for the internet,” said Pein. “You can play chess with anyone, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day.”Research suggests at least half a million games are going on at any one time.But it was the intensity of the Carlsen v Caruana world championship, held in London over three weeks, that gripped an audience drawn by the prospect of sudden death by blitz or armageddon – evocatively named speed chess games – after 12 consecutive draws.In the end, Carlsen retained his title when the games, which can last for seven or eight hours, were set at 25 minutes, causing Caruana to lose three-nil in a playoff.“So we didn’t get to armageddon. It would have been mildly sacrilegious if we had: a bit like settling the world cup final with a game of keepy-uppy, because, frankly, it’s that random,” said Pein. Magnus Carlsen: ‘If I had lost, it could have been my last world championship match’ Fabiano Caruana Shares119119 Chess Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Not since the 1972 cold war showdown between the US grandmaster Bobby Fischer and his Russian rival Boris Spassky has chess been so high profile.This week’s tie-break, which saw the world No 1, 27-year-old Magnus Carlsen from Norway, beat the US challenger, Fabiano Caruana, 26, has sent both heart rates and interest in the game soaring, according to aficionados.“We’ve seen a lot more interest in school chess. A lot more people phoning up for lessons. A lot more inquiries online,” said Malcolm Pein, the chief executive of the charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC), which has seen increased web traffic.There was increased foot traffic too, at the Baker Street chess store in London run by Pein, a chess international master and director of international chess at the English Chess Federation. Support The Guardian Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, right, takes on the Italian-American Fabiano Caruana at the World Chess Championship.Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP Magnus Carlsen The Guardian view on the World Chess Championship: not just a popularity contest Sat 1 Dec 2018 02.00 EST Mark Murrell, tournament secretary for Wanstead and Woodford chess club, said six members had been having a drink in the Penderel’s Oak on High Holborn on Wednesday evening when they looked up and suddenly saw Carlsen quietly enjoying a pint and winding down after the championships. “It was a surprise, more than anything else, seeing him mixing with the hoi polloi.“We went over and he was very engaging and interested in what we were doing chess- wise. It was just one of those lovely moments. It’s not every day in any sport you get to rub shoulders with a world champion, especially in a social context.”“They just nipped into the boozer after their match, and there he was. Having a pint. It’s unbelievable,” said Mark Rivlin, the secretary of Hackney chess club, who was also playing that night.Hackney chess club has 80 members, playing in seven teams “from very young to quite old” and reflecting “the diversity of our community in Hackney”, said Rivlin. Its members were watching the championship “avidly at work, when they shouldn’t have been, as was I”, he added. “A lot of non-chess players have been interested, including friends of mine.”He predicted it would take time for the trickle-down effect. “There is interest. But Magnus Carlsen can still walk into a pub and no one will recognise him unless they are chess players,” he said.Rivlin would like celebrities and those in the public eye with an interest in chess to join clubs to attract others. He cites the October match between Carlsen and the Liverpool and England footballer Trent Alexander Arnold. “Fair enough, Magnus obviously massacred him on the board,” he said.The London Chess League now has divisions for players of lower ability to pull in less experienced, post-beginner players. “This is chess’s moment. There is no doubt about it. Chess is now cool. There is a resurgence and we we need to capitalise on that,” he said.Pein believes its success will continue to grow because of how easy it is to watch it on the internet. “You can tell a game of chess better than you can football on Sky Sport,” he said. Computers, watching in real time, can immediately detect a blunder, with an onscreen bar rising or falling to highlight crucial mistakes. Flashing arrows point out obvious moves. Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Carlsen, left, with the world championship trophy. Photograph: Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Kaspersky Lab Intensity of championship and ease of watching the game online is bringing it to a wider audience Since you’re here… Pinterest center_img Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Pinterest Twitter The chess industry is even experimenting with heart monitors, following the player’s pulse rate and showing it through onscreen graphics. “Some of the pulse rates are absolutely terrifying. I mean, it’s actually a miracle that some chess players don’t expire on the spot, frankly,” Pein said.“There are so many aspects to the game you can see and understand, even if you don’t know the rules that well. It’s so much easier to learn now, because you can just learn off your phone.”CSC is doing its part to bring the game to a wider audience, encouraging pupils at mainly inner-city state schools to take it up. “Every private school has a chess club, but only a very small minority of state schools do,” said Pein.“We send people in to teach it as a classroom subject. That way, we get more girls playing, rather than having a club, where you get the stereotypical problem of ‘oh, it’s a boy’s game’.“If you teach chess in the classroom, then as many girls as boys are playing. And the best player can be a girl, quite often. And why not?” Facebook Read more Afterwards, Carlsen went for a quiet pint in a pub near the championship venue in Holborn. Coincidently, members of Wanstead and Woodford’s chess club also nipped in following their London Chess League Wednesday night game in a nearby hotel. To their delight, Carlsen joined them and posed for photos, which they posted to their website. World Chess Championship 2018 US sports Norway Share on LinkedIn Topics Caroline Davies Carlsen defeats Caruana to retain World Chess Championship in tie-breakers – as it happened Chess Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Read morelast_img read more

Flipboard Appoints Advertising Industry Veteran David Bell As New Board Member

first_imgFlipboard Appoints Advertising Industry Veteran David Bell As New Board Member PRNewswireJuly 16, 2019, 9:41 pmJuly 16, 2019 Flipboard, the content discovery platform, announced that David Bell, former CEO of Interpublic Group and founder and chairman of global B2B agency Gyro, has been elected to Flipboard’s board of directors. Danny Rimer of Index Ventures, who has been on the board since the founding of the company, is stepping down after 10 years of service. Current board members John Doerr and Mike McCue welcome Bell as Flipboard has become a top referrer to publishers and as brands look to drive similar results to their content via the platform. B2Bcontent discoveryFlipboardMarketing Technology NewsMike McCueNews Previous ArticleMGID Adds Sellers.json and Support for OpenRTB SupplyChain Object to Drive Increased Trust and TransparencyNext ArticleBlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ Awards “David is a legendary leader with deep expertise and impeccable judgment. I’m honored he’s joining our board,” said Mike McCue, Flipboard’s co-founder and CEO. “His first principles based approach to growing an innovative business in the advertising industry will be extremely valuable as brands increasingly regard our content discovery platform as a effective way to engage consumers and drive results.”“We wanted to strengthen our board’s breadth of talent with a leader in media and advertising,” said Kal Amin, Flipboard’s president and chief operating officer. “David, whose career spans five decades in advertising and media, is a proven driver of growth and transformation. This could not be a more perfect match. He’s also one of the most inspiring people I know, challenges the teams he works with to be the best they can be and has been a great to mentor to me and others in the industry.”“The world is at its best when storytelling is at its best,” said Bell. “Thanks to Flipboard’s platform technology, its deep understanding of content and its highly engaged global audience the company well positioned to succeed. There is no other platform that consistently delivers highly valuable experiences for consumers, publishers as well as advertisers.”Marketing Technology News:Aussie Anthony Capano appointed Managing Director, International at Rakuten MarketingBell is the only advertising executive to lead all four industry associations: American Associations of Advertising Agencies (4As), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Advertising Educational Foundation (AEF) and the Ad Council. He was elected to the Advertising Hall of Fame in March 2007 and held senior adviser roles to Google and AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong during that company’s turnaround. After the acquisition by Verizon, he continued to serve as a senior advisor of AOL until October 2018.As an early investor, Danny Rimer of Index Ventures has been a member of Flipboard’s board since the founding of the company. After 10 years on the board, Rimer steps down to partner with the next generation of early stage businesses.McCue who has been working with Danny Rimer since McCue started his first company 30 years ago, commented: “Danny’s contribution to Flipboard is immense. I want to thank him, on behalf of the entire team, for his leadership, wisdom and inspiration. While he leaves his role as board member, I am grateful he will continue to be a mentor and a friend.”“Mike is one of the most visionary and inspiring people I know. The common thread throughout his career is the creation of new paradigms for discovering and consuming content,” said Rimer. “Knowing Mike and his team, they will continue on this journey and create more breakthroughs.”Marketing Technology News: ANSYS Welcomes Lynn Ledwith as Vice President of Marketingcenter_img An industry leader in marketing communication, Bell has been CEO of Interpublic Group (IPG), one of the world’s largest marketing communications and services companies, as well as True North Communications, Knox Reeves and Bozell. In 2008, Bell founded global B2B agency Gyro in partnership with Pegasus Capital Advisors, which became AdAge’s Global B2B Agency of the Year.Marketing Technology News: Blue Prism Collaborates with Microsoft to Deliver Free Cloud Trial on Azure Flipboard, the content discovery platform, announced that David Bell, former CEO of Interpublic Group and founder and chairman of global B2B agency Gyro, has joined its board of directors.last_img read more

Apollo 11 at 50 NASA Is Streaming the Landing

first_img Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. By Joel Hruska on July 20, 2019 at 6:27 am Apollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landing You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads This Movie Will Have More Fight Scenes Than Any Other MCU Film 12 Comments Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASAUpdate (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and 10 PM EST (for the moon walk).Original story below:Fifty years ago yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission took off for the Moon. You can see CBS’s coverage now on YouTube, showcasing not just what happened, but how it happened. It’s the same way you, your parents, or your grandparents saw the event.I am admittedly not much for watching video. I use YouTube almost exclusively for listening to music when I use it at all. But there’s something fascinating about seeing the real-time broadcast, complete with commercials and with breaking news coverage of then-current events happening in… well, not “real-time” obviously, but what real-time looked like 50 years ago. The original launch occurred at 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969, with the later lunar touchdown on July 20. Armstrong actually stepped out on the lunar surface six hours later.Watching the full live stream is fascinating for another reason — it highlights the degree to which both the takeoff and landing were extended, live affairs, carried out over hours with extensive footage. The idea that the moon landing was some kind of hoax carried out by Stanley Kubrick or through some other form of visual effects wizardry has been debunked more times (and from more angles) than I can think of. But one of the better treatments of the topic is by S. G. Collins of Postwar Media.Collins details in the video above why the special effects technology of the 1960s literally wasn’t capable of this kind of feat. Both launches and landings were live broadcasts that went on for hours and were seen by millions of people worldwide. Today, those kinds of issues would be no object for special effects wizards to solve. Fifty years ago, it was an entirely different matter.I hadn’t planned on watching any of the moon landing details this weekend, but after watching some of the Apollo 11 launch broadcast I may change that plan. Seeing the moon landing lift-off sent chills up my spine, grainy video and bad color reproduction be damned. Seeing the Saturn V in action is a joy, blurry video and all.It is unfortunate that the triumph of Apollo 11 and the following Apollo missions remain the last time we have sent humans to another world beyond our own. I do not know if I’ll be around when the 100th anniversary of Apollo rolls around, but I hope that by the time we hit the 75th — and I do hope to be around for that one — we’ll be able to say that we eventually exceeded the achievements of my grandfather’s generation. “We came in peace for all mankind” is too good of a slogan to leave it isolated and alone on the lunar surface. There are further worlds, farther worlds, to explore. Hopefully, one day, we’ll reach them.Now Read:NASA’s Restored Mission Control Shows the Glory Days of the Apollo EraApollo Guidance Computer Restored, Used to Mine BitcoinHow Space Exploration Has Evolved Over the Years Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar ‘Abominable’ Is Going To Be A Beautiful Tear-Jerker Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Tagged In sciencespacenasaapollomercuryApollo 11CBSBuzz Aldrinmoon landingGeminiGene KranzNeil Armstrong50th Anniversaryspace programWalter Cronkite Post a Comment 12 Commentslast_img read more

SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine Test

first_img Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads By Ryan Whitwam on July 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine Test Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Stars Who Need to Realize Their Stardom Ship Has Sunk 8 Comments SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket is one step closer to launch today following a successful engine test. According to CEO Elon Musk, the engine performed as expected during a 51-second test burn. Based on previous timelines, Musk suggests the Starship “Hopper” could be ready for its first untethered flight later this month. The Starship will eventually take over from the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy as SpaceX’s primary launch vehicle. That’s still off in the future, though. The company is still developing the technology that will let the Starship reach orbit, the moon, and even Mars. The current hurdle is the new Raptor engine that will power the Starship. SpaceX has yet to build a Raptor that can survive more than 100 seconds of cumulative test-fires, and Musk has insisted on pushing most hardware to the breaking point. It appears SpaceX is starting to learn a thing or two about the new engine designs, though. Past test engines have suffered from a nasty vibration resonance at 600Hz, which could shake the engine apart in flight. However, the sixth Raptor prototype (SN06) tested over the weekend at SpaceX’s facility showed no sign of vibration issues, according to Musk. The next-gen SpaceX vehicle will actually consist of two stages: the cargo/crew Starship and the Super Heavy launch stage. Super Heavy will have 31 Raptor engines, each one with more than twice the thrust of the Merlin 1D engines. The Starship will have six Raptor engines, three for use in the atmosphere and three for use in a vacuum. Exciting progress in Boca! Hopper almost ready to hover. Based on tonight’s test, looks like 600 Hz Raptor vibration problem is fixed.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2019SpaceX is currently working on the “StarHopper,” which will demonstrate the craft’s ability to hover and land safely. Musk says the engine test did end with a safety abort, but that was expected. The team used the test to explore different fuel mixture ratios, causing the shutdown after 51 seconds. With the latest engine test finished, it could just be a matter of weeks before SpaceX fires up the prototype for an untethered flight. It previously flew a Starship Hopper on a tether in April. SpaceX has one Starship prototype under development in Texas and another in Florida. Once the Hopper phase is complete, SpaceX will scale the rocket up to prepare for spaceflight. The company hopes to begin commercial launches with the Starship as soon as 2021. Crewed flights, including the “Dear Moon” orbital mission, could follow soon after.Now read:SpaceX Fires Mars-Bound Raptor EngineElon Musk Explains Why the Starship Will Be Stainless SteelSpaceX Renames In-Development ‘BFR’ to ‘Starship’ Tagged In spacespacexelon muskrocketsstarship Post a Comment 8 Comments Wesley Snipes Breaks Silence On Marvel’s Huge ‘Blade’ Decision The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Hollandlast_img read more

Unika Releases New Sales Enablement Solution Designed to Help Sales Teams Work, the next-generation of Knowledge Management & Sales Enablement, announced the release of its new Sales Enablement solution, designed to help organizations mature their sales enablement processes. Unika’s Sales Enablement solution provides sales teams with a single platform to get instant access to deal winning information, help deliver an effective onboarding process, continuously train sales reps, enhance content visibility, and ultimately help organizations sell more.Unika integrates knowledge from systems of record (email, CRM, business apps, etc.) and presents this information in a unified platform, accessible to both sales and marketing departments. With Unika, sales teams can reduce time searching for relevant assets, leverage existing knowledge to eliminate rework, and find internal subject matter experts to help answer hard questions. Unika differentiates itself from other sales enablement solutions with an AI-Assistant that can help salespeople in research scenarios, train reps on standardized sales procedures, or find knowledge across corporate systems.Marketing Technology News: Nextiva Business Suites Mark a New Era in Business Communications“Unika helps organizations enhance sales efficiencies by capturing and sharing the kind of knowledge that email and traditional communication channels don’t offer,” said Jason Noble, president of Unika. “We built Unika from the ground up to offer rich configuration and extensibility that allows organizations to establish collaborative pursuit teams, leverage deal winning insights, uncover internal knowledge, and establish best-practices specific to their culture.”As a recognized leading Knowledge Management solution by KMWorld, Unika is designed to help organizations overcome the challenges of capturing, accessing, and sharing knowledge. Unika empowers salespeople with the information they need to maximize interactions with customers. Sales leadership can use Unika to foster a culture of learning by delivering knowledge campaigns to their teams, while tracking engagement analytics. Marketing teams can store their best assets in Unika’s AI-enabled repository, helping sellers discover information that is typically buried across multiple systems.Marketing Technology News: Everything You Want to Know About Microsoft AdvertisingWhen asked why Unika is considered one of the top sales tools of 2019, Nancy Nardin, founder of Smart Selling Tools said, “Unika’s product functionality and advanced AI capabilities address many of the evolving sales enablement requirements of Sales and Marketing teams. Unika makes it easy for sales teams to capture and find knowledge, helping to maximize rep productivity and re-focus efforts on customer engagement.”Unika’s Sales Enablement solution can help:promote selling best practicesonboard new Sales hiresfind internal expertspublish and discovery assetsand establish sales team consistencyMarketing Technology News: Adstream Launches New Project to Help Solve $80 Billion of Global Ad and Marketing Inefficiencies Unika Releases New Sales Enablement Solution Designed to Help Sales Teams Work Smarter and Sell More PRNewswireMay 10, 2019, 3:59 pmMay 10, 2019 AIcrmKnowledge ManagementMarketing TechnologyNewsSales Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Yash Madhusudhan, CEO and Co-Founder, FyleNext ArticleMozilla’s Voice Data Crowdsourcing Project Common Voice Launches in Simplified Chinese Mandarinlast_img read more

93 of Teens Are Relieved to Escape Social Media at Overnight Summer

first_img JCC AssociationMarketing TechnologyNewsScreen EducationSocial Mediatoxic social environment Previous ArticleConnected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: Extreme Reach’s Latest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTVNext ArticleTruepic Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum New Survey by Screen Education and JCC Association of North America 93% of Teens Are Relieved to Escape Social Media at Overnight Summer Camp, Finds Survey by Screen Education and JCC Association of North America PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 11:54 amJuly 2, 2019 Campers also said not having smartphones substantially improved social interaction; they got to know others better, and they experienced a substantially less toxic social environment:92% felt they got to know other people better because they couldn’t access smartphones57% witnessed less bullying than they normally witness because they couldn’t access social media51% witnessed less drama than they normally witness because they couldn’t access social media44% of campers witnessed less gossip than they normally witness because they couldn’t access social mediaMarketing Technology News: Aprimo Recognized as Winner for 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the YearThe 28-question survey — conducted by Screen Education, the JCC Association of North America, and Stark Statistical Consulting — queried 1,073 11- to 16-year-olds who attended overnight camp for an average of 4 weeks in 2018.  The online survey was fielded from October 18-25, and had a margin of error of + or – 3%.According to Michael Mercier, President of Screen Education, “Overnight summer camps that ban smartphones are really the only institutions in our society providing kids with a digital detox.  This survey shows the kids themselves say this detox is tremendously beneficial.”Campers were thrilled to have time away from their smartphones:72% said their camp experience would have been worse if they had brought smartphones, while only 8% thought it would have been bettercampers rated the magnitude of gladness they experienced by not being able to use their smartphones 4X higher than the magnitude of frustrationMarketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa CupCampers also felt not being able to communicate with their parents increased their independence:90% felt they became more independent from not being able to communicate with parents64% felt the inability to communicate with parents was harder on their parents than on themselves“One goal of a digital detox is to decrease dependence on technology.  Sixty-two percent (62%) of respondents believe the digital detox they experienced attending phone-free overnight camp made them less dependent on their smartphones than friends who don’t attend camp,” said Mercier.  “This suggests we must urgently find ways to give more kids digital detox experiences.  One way to do this is to overcome obstacles to getting more kids to overnight summer camp.  At the same time, we must innovate and find other ways to provide more kids with a digital detox experience that is closer to home, that is shorter in duration, and that is more affordable.”Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile Commerce “Overnight Summer Camps That Ban Smartphones Are Really the Only Institutions in Our Society Providing Kids With a Digital Detox.” – Michael Mercier, Screen EducationA new national survey finds that 11- to 16-year-olds who attended overnight summer camps that ban smartphones nearly unanimously felt relieved by not being able to use social media:93% felt relieved to have a break from social media80% felt less anxious and stressed because they didn’t have to keep up with social medialast_img read more

Why Collaborative Technologies Need a Bigger Role in the Martech Stack as

first_img AdobeCollaborative TechnologiesinMotionNowInSourcemarketing campaignmarketing engineMartech stack Previous ArticleFuturus Group Files First Ever Patent to Predict Gratitude Using Artificial IntelligenceNext ArticleIBM Among Thirteen Companies Identified as the Semiconductor Technology Leaders of Tomorrow in the Industrial Internet Space, Says Globaldata Why Collaborative Technologies Need a Bigger Role in the Martech Stack as CMOs Expand In-House Creative Agencies? Alex WithersJune 4, 2019, 1:05 pmJune 3, 2019 79% said they receive little or no feedback on the performance of creative assets;These process issues are showing up in the team assessments of leadership and organizational climate:Just 54% said their marketing leadership is effective;Just 51% said collaboration between marketing and creative is effective; andLess than half (45%) said morale on the creative team is high.3 Ways to Get Creative and Ensure Marketing is Working Better TogetherWhile in-house creative teams do promise greater efficiencies and higher quality creative work, organizations can’t just bolt on a creative team and expect miracles. It is important that marketing leaders get ahead of this problem sooner so that it does not fester. In order to reap the benefits, creative and marketing teams must develop a strategic relationship along the lines that follow below.Foster Alignment Between Creative and Marketing.Marketing has done well to align with sales over the last decade. It needs to do the same thing with the creative team if the great in-house agency experiment is to be successful. Marketing leaders need to realize creatives are not ‘mechanical artists’ as one survey respondent put it. More importantly, marketing stands to gain sizable benefits by bringing creative experts to the strategy table early in the process.Standardize and Streamline the Creative Process.Many of the concerns about leadership and morale are an effect of frustration and broken processes, rather than a cause. The larger a team becomes, the greater is the need for a standardized and efficient process. You cannot eliminate the creative brief just because you brought a team in-house. To the contrary, creative briefs, project check-ins, reviews, approvals, and feedback loop – getting marketing campaign metrics and results back to creative – are more important. These should be improved for greater efficacy.Field the Technology Tools, Creatives Need to Be Efficient.Marketing has benefited greatly from MarTech. It has provided a new level of organization and analytics to manage campaigns at scale. The irony is that these systems have added strain to the fuel supply. While marketing organizations have added creative talent, they haven’t given creatives the collaborative tools they need, to organize and prioritize the creative workflow process.In moving creative teams in-house, marketing leaders may have lost the commitment to process and collaboration that outside the agencies is required: strong creative briefs, project management, traffic control, and analysis and feedback. Marketing leaders can bring this back by making collaborative tools and process automation part of their MarTech stacks.Read More: Fully Connected: How to Get Developing Countries OnlineThe Payoff for Aligning Creative and Marketing‘It takes a partnership between the creative and marketing teams to increase the effectiveness of creative’, wrote Brent Chiu-Watson, a senior product management director at Adobe, in a contribution to the 2019 In-House Creative Management Report.He continued, ‘Both parties need to share an interest in performance analysis and be open to surprising insights. When the teams find insights, learn, adapt, and iterate together you see real business impact’.Indeed, growing a creative team is not merely a matter of adding headcount – you have also got to ensure that the marketing and creative shops are aligned and build collaborative processes. As marketers, we are stewards of our brand, and we need to ensure that the brand thrives during this move toward in-house creative teams by bridging the partnership with the processes and tools needed to fuel our brand marketing with best-in-class creativity.Read More: 3 Simple Steps to Meet Current GDPR Compliance 48% said they spend about one day a week or more on administrative tasks – that’s up 14% from the same survey last year;center_img The modern marvel of Martech stack has brought us better insight, targeting, timing and reach. In many ways, the advent of Marketing Technology has facilitated tighter campaign integration, better reporting and a strong alignment with sales.Yet, technology has also left marketing with a greater need for Creative Content – the fuel of the marketing engine. Through these platforms, we have acquired and stacked across our marketing organizations’ run-on content.Without content, there is nothing to distribute, no message to analyze, and no behavior to track. Without content, the marketing engine grinds to a halt. There is a growing acceptance that the entire customer experience is ‘the brand’, so the role of creativity in messaging throughout is that customer journey has never been more important. As a result, the demand for content has grown exponentially along with the rise of the machines.Recent studies by Forrester, the ANA and The Creative Group all show that CMOs have responded to the heightened demand for content by staffing up their in-house creative agencies. The thesis is simple – in-house agencies are embedded in the organization, have a deeper knowledge of the brand, and will be more responsive and efficient in producing a higher quality of content for the marketing engine.Read More: SiriusDecisions Summit 2019 Takeaways: Enablement May Not be a Word, But It’s Growing NonethelessDecoding Martech Stack for Creative and Marketing Growing PainsUnfortunately, this trend is not unfolding exactly as envisioned. The 2019 In-House Creative Management Report, which my team fields annually in collaboration with InSource, revealed, operational challenges as these teams have grown. Even more concerning is that, some of those have manifested into issues among the ranks about leadership, collaboration, and even team morale.For example, the 550 creatives and marketers polled identified challenges across the content creation process including:72% said ‘obtaining the necessary information just to get started on a project’ is a challenge that soaks up time that would be better spent doing creative work; 22% said they spend 10 hours a week or more chasing down information, feedback and approvals – that too ticked up 6% from last year’s survey; andlast_img read more

Amazon Prime Day Sale OnePlus 7 Mirror Blue Colour at Rs 32999

first_img 48 megapixel cameraandroiddiscountfluid amoled First Published: July 14, 2019, 9:28 AM IST The OnePlus 7 smartphone line-up in India is about to get another addition. The Chinese smartphone maker will make the Mirror Blue option of the OnePlus 7 available to buyers in India for the first time during the Amazon Prime Day Sale which starts on 15 July. The OnePlus 7 Mirror Blue will be available in the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration initially. The OnePlus 7 Mirror Blue joins the OnePlus 7 Mirror Grey (6GB + 128GB) which is priced at Rs 32,999. There are two higher spec variants as well which have the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage configuration, available in Red and Mirror Grey colours and are priced at Rs 37,999. In total, there will now be four variants of the OnePlus 7 to choose from. The OnePlus 7, which was launched earlier in the summer, runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6.41-inch AMOLED display, the fast UFS 3.0 storage, Dolby Atmos sound support and a 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera combination at the back. This has a 16-megapixel selfie camera, a 3,700mAh battery and runs the OxygenOS 9.5.9 software based on the latest Android. Gamers would appreciate the Fnatic Mode which is a part of the Gaming Mode and once enabled, you get extra features during your gameplay sessions like Advanced DND, Enhance process regulator and Network enhancement.Also Read | OnePlus 7 Review: Maintaining the “Affordable Flagship” Legacylast_img read more

Samantha Akkineni Admits Film Offers Have Reduced Post Marriage With Naga Chaitanya

first_img Actress Samantha AkkineniMahanatimajilimajili movie First Published: June 19, 2019, 3:02 PM IST Samantha Akkineni, one of the leading actresses in Tamil and Telugu film industries, is at the peak of her career, thanks to the success of Rangasthalam, Mahanati and several other films. She made her relationship with actor Naga Chaitanya official in 2017, and the couple tied the knot the same year. Her marriage has made an impact on her career, says Samantha, admitting that she isn’t being offered as many film roles as she used to be when she was single. As she gears up for the release of her third release of the year, Oh Baby, Samantha opened up about her career post wedding. The Majili actress revealed that film offers dried up when she announced her marriage with Naga Chaitanya. In an interview with Rajeev Masand, Samantha said, “You know, I’m suddenly carrying this mantle of a post marriage heroine… But, I don’t know how much of credit I can actually take for it because there were films like Rangasthalam and Mahanati that I was doing even before marriage, and they happened to release post marriage and become phenomenal hits. So I can’t really take the credit that it happened post marriage.”She also gave an interesting reason as to why many directors are not approaching her as they did before. “I believe that now I am not getting as many films as I did before marriage, but I think that’s more because they really don’t know what to do with me anymore in the film,” she remarked.In the same interview, Samantha said that a Bollywood debut is not on the cards as she believes that she still has got a lot of stuff to give to South cinema. Her first film this year was the critically-acclaimed Super Deluxe, which was followed by the success of director Shiva Nirvana’s Majili, in which she shared screen space with her husband Naga Chaitanya.Watch the full interview here:Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more