With these announcements, the B.C. Liberals say Premier John Horgan has been ignoring their calls for his Government to take action on this growing issue.According to the Liberals, Finance Minister Carole James announced that the Government would not be providing any new funding to the forest sector but only offer their sympathies to the affected workers.The Liberals blame the NDP for the closures because of the new Forest Amendment Act, Bill-22.Local Conservative M.P., Bob Zimmer, says he, along with other Conservative M.P.’s from B.C., has been briefed on the situation.Zimmer adds that the federal Liberal and provincial NDP governments are not doing enough when it comes to supporting the industry and its workers.“In these uncertain times, it looks as though this may just be the beginning, which is why I, along with other Conservative Members of Parliament from British Columbia, have been briefed on these closures and curtailments and possible next steps. It is clear that both the federal Liberal government and provincial NDP government are simply not doing enough to support this important industry and its workers.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Frustration continues to build within the B.C. Forest industry as more mills announce closures and curtailments.To date, there have been about 50 sawmills and plants that have announced curtailments or closures this year.Most recently, the Peace Valley OSB Plant announced that it will be closing this summer and the Taylor Pulp Mill has issued more production curtailments. Last week, Minister of Forests, Doug Donaldson, said his Government will be sending a Community Response Transition Team to assist those affected by the closure.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Chimpanzees used branches felled by a storm to escape from their zoo enclosure, in front of witnesses, who filmed the whole episode.This was the second escape in as many months from Belfast zoo, after a red panda escaped in January and was found in a garden less than a mile away.Visitors said they saw the escaped chimps emerge from the bushes on to a path, as others sat on top of their enclosure wall.Zookeeper Alyn Cairns blamed the recent storm for the escape, but told the BBC that the chimpanzees did not enjoy their taste of freedom.He said: “They’re intelligent primates and know they’re not supposed to be out of their enclosure, so got back in themselves.”Danielle Monaghan, who was at the zoo with her two children, partner and his young nieces, said she was worried about safety issues.She said: “I was petrified, obviously, having the kids, and I tried not to show fear but inside I was a bit like: what happens if it attacks us or tries to take the kids or runs over?”Elaine Monaghan’s grandchildren were at the zoo at the time.She told ITV: “Why weren’t the enclosures checked? This could have ended very badly.”
The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has awarded the consortium of Outotec and Larsen & Toubro with an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build a greenfield mineral concentrator and gold processing plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Finland-based company says.The order, worth some €140 million ($157 million) to Outotec, is almost evenly shared between the reporting segments and will be booked into Outotec’s June quarter 2019 order intake, the company said. The total value of the project is around €540 million.Outotec’s delivery includes basic and detail engineering, procurement and delivery of process equipment, commissioning, start-up assistance and training services. The new gold processing plant is due to be completed in 2022, it said.Ma’aden is a leader of the Saudi Arabia mining industry, and an internationally recognised mining company with a global presence, thanks to partnerships with the likes of Barrick Gold, Alcoa and the Mosaic Company.The Mansourah & Massarah operation will be built in the Central Arabian gold region, with the processing plant capable of up to 4 Mt/y throughput. The concentrator and the gold processing plant has been designed to produce an average of 250,000 oz/y of gold per year over the life of mine, Outotec said.Markku Teräsvasara, CEO of Outotec, said: “We are extremely pleased with this significant order and continued cooperation with Ma’aden that is growing to be a global mining company.“Our previous deliveries have included grinding, flotation and filtering technologies as well as alumina calcination technology, and three sulphuric acid plants. Our proven technologies and services enable them to get the best value from their resources and build sustainable operations.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Employment in Greece rose by 1,311 jobs last month, according to figures for August from the Labour Ministry’s Ergani database that were released on Monday, but this increase had much to do with seasonal factors.Most of the top 10 job creators last month have a seasonal profile, with fruit packagers posting the highest positive balance, of 3,958 jobs, after factoring in 6,649 hirings and 2,691 layoffs. That was followed by teaching staff at private tuition schools, with a balance of 1,055 jobs, and cleaners, with a balance of 1,030 jobs. Unqualified workers increased by 716 and bus and truck drivers rose by 675.The sectors with the highest number of hirings were wholesale commerce (3,891 new jobs net), education (3,421), and specialized construction activities (372).The net increase in employment last month mostly affected women, as out of the total of 1,311 additional jobs, 1,037 concerned women and 274 men. Age-wise, 45-to-64-year-olds enjoyed the biggest increase in employment, by 3,217 jobs, ahead of the 30-44 age group (1,811). The largest negative balance was recorded in the group of workers up to the age of 24 (-2,926) and in the 25-29 age bracket (-806 jobs).In total, over the first eight months of the year, Ergani showed that 190,883 jobs were created against 102,580 in the same period in 2013.According to Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutsis, all data point to the stabilisation of the labour market, while figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority have shown in recent months that the gradual decline of unemployment has already started.In its recent report on the Greek economy, the General Confederation of Greek Labour (GSEE) observed that after four years of constantly falling employment, the balance between hirings and layoffs has turned positive. However it stressed that this is mainly due to the legalization of previously undeclared labour, as well as programs for subsidized employment.Source: Ekathimerini
Piratage: Nortel se faisait pirater depuis 10 ansLa société Nortel a subi en 2000 une attaque provenant de hackers basés à Pékin. Ignorée par la direction, elle leur a permis d’accéder à toutes les données depuis une décennie.Nortel Network est un équipementier spécialisé dans les infrastructures de télécommunication. Il a récemment déclaré faillite, et des langues se délient dans le personnel. Brian Shields, un conseiller en sécurité, a ainsi raconté au Wall Street Journal qu’il avait découvert en 2009 des rootkits installés sur divers ordinateurs portables, ouvrant une brèche vers les serveurs de l’entreprise. Grâce à un canal sécurisé, les pirates récupéraient les e-mails et d’autres types de données. Les serveurs vers lesquels étaient envoyées les données ont une adresse IP enregistrée à Pékin. Un des anciens employés, avec 19 ans d’ancienneté, explique que Nortel n’avait rien fait pour lutter contre cette intrusion. Le service de sécurité n’avait pas pris l’affaire au sérieux et s’était contenté de changer les mots de passe des sept dirigeants, sans remédier à l’invasion elle-même. Suite à sa faillite, Nortel a mis aux enchères ses quelque 6000 brevets, alors rachetés par Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Sony, EMC et Ericsson. D’autres sociétés ont déjà été victimes de tels piratages avec mise en place de systèmes de surveillance des données. Google, en 2010, avait affirmé avoir été la cible d’attaques sophistiquées provenant de la Chine. Ce n’est qu’un exemple parmi d’autres. En 2009, c’est un gigantesque réseau d’espionnage informatique chinois au travers duquel plus de 1.200 ordinateurs auraient été infiltrés dans 103 pays différents, que l’institut MonkCenter for International Studies affirmait avoir découvert.Le 16 février 2012 à 18:20 • Emmanuel Perrin
Netflix Films Can Still Win Oscars (For Now)DOJ: Banning Netflix From Oscars May Violate Antitrust Law Makeup? pic.twitter.com/02asbzwnxz— Carli Velocci (@velocciraptor) January 24, 2017I realize that “best makeup” is a technical Oscar and doesn’t mean much in the scheme of film history. But there’s no way I’m calling this mess of a movie Oscar nominee Suicide Squad, in the same way, that I can’t condone Passengers, a movie that paints a man’s abuse and figurative murder of a woman in an empathetic light, getting the same title.You win some; you lose some. Stay on target The Oscars this year are mixed. On the one hand, we have a slow step in a direction away from #OscarsSoWhite, with a black woman setting a record for nominations. On the other hand, Hollywood wants to forgive nominees who have done awful things to women and reward Suicide Squad for… whatever it is that it did.The Academy Awards aren’t the final say in movie quality, but getting a nomination acts as an additional boost in a film’s favor. Getting the coveted “Oscar-nominated” title attached to the front of your name or film just gives people another reason to take you seriously. For those who actually work in the film industry, it’s evidence that you’re a serious actor or filmmaker.So when I say I have “thoughts” on the Oscar nominations this year, it’s not under the assumption that any opinions I had about films in 2016 were incorrect, or that I should listen to the Academy and tweak my point of view accordingly.That being said, I have some scattered thoughts on the Oscars nominations this year.The GoodThe 2016 Academy Awards itself was overshadowed by controversies surrounding diversity in the nominations and in its voters. #OscarsSoWhite was a call to recognize the lack of people of color nominated in any of the acting categories despite many worthwhile performances (Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation, Michael B. Jordan in Creed, Creed in general).This year’s nominations are still overwhelmingly white, but a spattering of diverse choices put an end to the monotony. Seven actors of color got nominations, and that’s not including accolades for Moonlight and Hidden Figures: two films that focus on important black stories. Additionally, four out of five documentary feature nominations were directed by black filmmakers.Even better, Viola Davis set a record this year. She received her third Oscar nomination for Fences (not Suicide Squad), making her the first black actress to receive three Oscar nominations.The Oscars are still overwhelmingly white. The love given to La La Land is evidence of that (sorry Starkey), but this is a step in the right direction for representation and in accepting diverse stories.The BadNothing for Deadpool? Not even a technical award? And Suicide Squad and Passengers get some (more on this later)?Mel Gibson received a best director nomination for Hacksaw Ridge following a few years getting snubbed by the film industry. But there was a reason for that–a little thing where he said horribly racist things to his partner and became the subject of a domestic violence investigation. But he’s a white man with plenty of awards already, and it’s been long enough that people seem to have forgotten, so of course he’s going to be “forgiven.”Casey Affleck was also accused this year of sexual harassment and abuse by two women he worked with on the film I’m Still Here. While this has nothing to do with his performance in Manchester by the Sea, it does sour his image. It also implies that the Academy–and the film industry at large–doesn’t have an issue with domestic or sexual abuse, which I feel like I have to remind people is a demeaning and disgusting crime.The UglyI literally mean ugly.So Suicide Squad got a “best makeup” nomination? I can admit that Diablo and Killer Croc’s makeup is good, but the Joker’s design alone should dismiss it from consideration. Like the costumes and the dialogue, the makeup in Suicide Squad is gratuitous and egregious, only reflecting the filmmaker’s goal of making an immature piece of trash instead of representing the characters or making a good, complete story.
Sadio Mane is good enough to play for any of the world’s biggest clubs according to French manager Claude Le Roy.Mane, 26, has enjoyed a good start to the Premier League season, having netted four goals in eight outings for Liverpool.The Senegalese forward is one goal away from 50th Premier League goal, having now gone nine games in all competitions without netting for club or country.“He’s a great player,” legendary coach Le Roy told Stades via ESPN, “and he’d have his place at Manchester United, at Barcelona, or at Real Madrid.“It would be a really good thing if I could have him with the [Togo national team],” the Frenchman joked.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.Despite his fine club form, Mane has struggled to replicate his club form at international level, and is yet to net in Senegal’s four-game Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.“Sadio is an excellent player and I tell you that all of Africa watches him play in the Premier League at the weekend as well as the Champions League,” Le Roy continued.“However, a club is different to a national team,” he added. “We often criticise players for not shining so much with the national team, but at the clubs, players know each other.“All the time, the players see each other training together, whereas, in the national team, they only see each other periodically.”
PORTLAND — A man accused of using a cutting torch on a Portland ATM was wearing armored underwear when he was arrested.KPTV reports an officer responded to the ATM early Sunday and confronted him in a parking lot.Police say he sprayed pepper spray and ran before he was chased down.The 32-year-old man was wearing two ballistic vests and had ballistic panels sewn into undergarments covering his arms, legs, back and crotch.He was armed with a knife and had a stun gun and acetylene torch in a backpack. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges including being a felon in possession of body armor.
She said the robber then tried to grab her phone from her hand.“It affected me to see something like that in my 17-year career,” said Davie Police Department Detective Johnnie Bennet. “They easily could have let her go.”The robber eventually let Cox go, and she was badly bruised from the incident. However, she said she would do it all again.“I was raised where you don’t take what’s not yours. I worked hard all my life, and it was my purse, and he had it, and I went to get it,” she said.Police believe the vehicle was a silver Chevy Malibu.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST RANCHES, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman who was dragged when robbers attempted to steal her purse while at a Broward gas station is describing the fear she felt during the ordeal.The victim, Patricia Cox, was dragged by a moving car, late Friday morning after she pumped gas at a Shell station.“My grandchildren could not have a grandmother,” she said. “I just think enough is enough, and I think you should be able to go pump gas at a Shell station at 11 o’clock on a Friday morning without being in terror.”Cox said she was pumping gas at a Shell station on Sheridan Street, west of Interstate 95 when a silver sedan pulled up next to her. Her doors were locked, so the man in the other vehicle broke her window before grabbing her purse.“They were in my car. They damaged my car. They took my stuff,” Cox said.When Cox ran around to the sedan to snatch her purse back, one of the robbers grabbed both her arms through the car door and shut it, while the driver sped off, dragging her through the parking lot.“And I was screaming ‘Let me go! Let me go! Let me go!’” she said. “At no time did I think when I went to grab my purse that I was going to get into the situation I got into. I didn’t realize I was running until I saw the video.”
Submerged houses in Bhogdanga union of Kurigram. Photo: Safi KhanFour more people have drowned in floodwater in Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon and Netrakona districts as the overall flood situation worsened in several districts while remained static in some others.With this, the death toll from the flood that is mainly raging country’s northern and northeaster regions rose to 29.Of them, 13 died in Dinajpur while nine in Lalmonirhat, three in Nilphamari, two in Thakurgaon and one each in Netrakona and Sirajganj.In Lalmonirhat, two people drowned in floodwater in Mogolhat area of sadar upazila on Tuesday morning. The deceased are Wazed Miah, 46, son of Omar Miah of Jhari Dhorola village, and Aynal Ali, 13, son of Zahir Ali Etapota village.Around 4 lakh people of 95,000 families in 35 unions of the district were marooned by the floodwater.In Jamalpur, the flood situation deteriorated as the water level of the Jamuna river swelled by 5cm more at Bahadurabadghat point in the morning, flowing 133cm above the danger level.Around 3 lakh people of three municipalities of five upazilas were affected by the flood.People are struggling to protect their homesteads at Jagmohan Char of Kurigram. Photo: Safi KhanMirza Shamsul Alam, station master of Jamalpur railway station, said the train communication on Jamalpur-Dewanganj and Jamalpur-Islampur routes remained suspended since Monday night as the rail tracks in Dhurmut and Islampur had gone under water.A total of 20,968 hectares of Aman, Ropa Aman and other croplands were inundated by floodwater.Besides, academic activities of 180 government primary schools came to a halt as those were flooded, said Shahidul Islam, district primary education officer.Meanwhile, the district administration distributed 48 tonnes of rice and Tk 1.20 lakh in cash among the flood-affected people in five upazilas.The flood situation worsened in Natore in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning, inundating many new areas.The water level of the Atrai river was flowing 30cm above the danger level at Ferryghat point of Singra upazila.The residents of Nurullapur area in Lalpur upazila were passing their days in fear as blocks of the flood control embankment along the Padma river collapsed.In Netrakona, the body of a farmer, Abdul Aziz, 76 of Bir Shidhli village who went missing two days ago, was recovered on Tuesday.Flood-hit Chikli village of Taraganj upazila in Rangpur. The photo was taken on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloSome 273 primary schools in the district have already been closed as floodwater submerged those.The water level of the Sumeshwary was flowing 157cm above the danger mark at Durgapur point while 176cm at Zaria point, damaging a vast tract of vegetable lands in low-lying areas in different parts of the district.In Thakurgaon, the body of a boy who went missing in the floodwater recovered in the morning.In Kurigram, the water level of the Brahmaputra river rose 1cm inundating 42,351 hectares of croplands and marooning 4 lakh people.In Bogra, the Jamuna was flowing 114cm above the danger level at Sariakandi point and it was swelling by 1cm per hour, said the local Water Development Board office.Over 1 lakh people of 89 villages in 14 unions in Sariakandi, Sonatola and Dhunat upazilas were affected by the flood while a total of 4,835 hectares of cropland were inundated.Meanwhile, Army men were deployed in flood-affected Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Panchagarh districts newly with speedboats and necessary equipment to help the victims.Besides, additional Army men were added to the existing ones in Dinajpur, Gaibandha and Rangpur districts and Saidpur upazila, said an ISPR release.With this, a total of 28 platoons of Army have been working in the flood-affected northern districts and they have so far rescued 1785 people and a good number of domestic animals, it added.
A suspected robber leader was killed in a gunfight with detectives in Kanchan bridge area on Rupganj upazila of Narayanganjearly Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased is Sharif, accused in 15 cases including robbery with different police stations.On secret information that a gang of robber was taking preparation for committing robbery, a team of detective branch of police conducted a drive in the area around 4:30am, said officer-in-charge of DB Mahbubur Rahman.Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the robbers opened fire on them, forcing them to retaliate, triggering the gunfight.After half an hour gunfight, the law enforcers recovered the robber’s bullet-hit body.The DB team also arrested two members of the gang along with a pistol.
00:00 /04:11 Listen Pat Sullivan/APFormer Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling is escorted from the federal courthouse Friday, June 21, 2013, in Houston after being re-sentenced for his role in the energy giants’ collapse. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling is out of prison. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says the former CEO has been sent to a halfway house in Texas.Skilling was convicted on multiple counts of fraud and insider trading in connection with the collapse of the Houston-based energy giant. The Enron Corporation ultimately went bankrupt after it was revealed Skilling and his staff of executives had used accounting loopholes, poor financial reporting, and what were called “special purpose entities” to hide billions in debt, and then pressured auditors to ignore it all.After it all came crashing down, employees and shareholders lost billions, and the auditor eventually went out of business. Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison; that sentence was later reduced to 14 years. He was also fined $45 million. While the Enron scandal was disastrous for the company, its employees, its shareholders, and its auditor, it did lead to new regulations and new legislation – most notably the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which raised penalties for defrauding shareholders, or destroying or altering records, and established stronger regulations to ensure auditing firms’ independence.Skilling’s case has had wider ramifications for how white collar crimes have been prosecuted in the years since. In the audio above, David Kwok, assistant professor at the University of Houston Law Center, explains how to Houston Matters host Craig Cohen. Share
Kolkata: For the first time in the state, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) will be used in all polling booths along with the EVM machines, Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) said on Friday.He said that the EVM and VVPAT machines are secure and have proved effective on all parameters. He ruled out the possibility of reintroduction of ballot papers and said for the past two decades EVMs have been used and have been every effective. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the Opposition leaders, while addressing the United India rally, had demanded reintroduction of ballot papers as EVMs can be tampered with very easily. Arora said: “Tampering and malfunctioning have different meanings but the words have been used in ways as if they are synonymous.” A full team of ECI led by the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, paid a visit to review the poll preparedness of the state government. The bench held meetings will leaders of the political parties, District Magistrates, Superintendents of Police, nodal officers of Income Tax, Excise and Commercial tax departments and representatives of civil society groups. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Commission met state Chief Secretary Malay De, Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya and DGP Virendra and took stock of the law and order situation. Arora said that the Commission will seek an explanation from Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Kolkata Police, who did not attend the meeting on Thursday. The Commission has asked all the District Magistrates and police officers to ensure speedy execution of Non-Bailable Warrants (NBWs) and speedy disposal of pending cases of electoral offences from the last election. The Commission also directed effective use of IT applications Samadhan, Suvidha and Sugam. The CEC said the Central forces will be under police observers and assured a free and fair election. Special security arrangements will be made in the sensitive areas. Adequate CCTV coverage and webcasting in polling stations will be there in sensitive areas. Asked whether the ECI will be able to stop intimidation of voters, Arora assured that election will be free and fair and that the state government has been instructed to take up the law and order issue seriously. He said to ensure impartial monitoring of the election, accessibility observers will be appointed for the first time. The Commission will appoint general observers, police observers, expenditure observers and micro observers. The CEC said representatives of the political parties had requested to deploy Central forces one month before the election and they should carry out route march in the sensitive areas. Some parties had demanded that district officials be instructed to ensure verification of licensed arms and to take effective action against unlicensed arms.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 5 min read Mobile advertising has slowly but surely established itself as a leader in digital media strategy, as this channel continues to evolve and innovation abounds. There are now 163.9 million smartphones in the United States alone, and mobile consumption is growing by leaps and bounds each year. If one thing is clear about your marketing efforts in 2015, it’s that mobile should play a major part.Related: 3 Things to Consider When Building a Mobile Advertising CampaignWhat’s still unclear to many businesses new to the mobile arena, however, is how best to utilize mobile to ensure they are deploying the best solutions, right now, that will score with their target consumers. Should they build their mobile effort based off a desktop platform? Should they develop an app? And what do they do with all the resulting data?Fortunately, putting together a smart mobile strategy isn’t as overwhelming as it sounds. Here are three things to consider for your mobile campaign as you move through 2015:1. Think “mobile-first.”As mobile continues its rapidly growing share of media strategies, many businesses are challenged on how to proceed, given the amount of internet traffic now coming over mobile devices. One thing’s for sure, though: You need to think “mobile-first.”Mobile-first means that your strategy starts with mobile, not something else that is later adapted for mobile, like desktop. It means knowing and understanding the platform in which the consumer is interacting with your brand, and designing strategy specifically for that platform.The popularity of mobile and social channels has seen a steady increase over the past few years, while traditional channels such as television and desktop have seen a decline. Mobile alone drove 30 percent of last year’s Black Friday sales, further proof that it is becoming the first place people go to look for information and content. So, mobile should be the first place your business looks to reach its consumers.This mobile-first approach provides a better opportunity for engagement, amplification and monetization -– all things that will impact your bottom line.2. Think about your choice: apps or the mobile web? This debate has inspired plenty of discussion in recent years, with no clear winner in sight. Both have their own pros and cons, so instead of trying to choose which one is “best,” choose which is best for your business.A mobile website is designed specifically for the smaller screens of smartphones and tablets, whereas mobile apps, which run on smartphones or tablets, have to be downloaded and installed.Both have their advantages. Mobile sites offer a more cost-effective approach, as well as broader, immediate accessibility and compatibility across devices. Apps, meanwhile, are great for regular usage and personalization, actions that require processing, such as GPS or cameras, native functionality or scenarios where there’s no connection required.So, which one’s best for your business? If your mobile strategy is to deliver content and establish a broad mobile presence that can be easily shared between users and found via search, a mobile website is the logical choice. However, if your goal is interactive engagement, or an app that works more like a program, an app is probably a better fit.Related: There Is Still Time to Prepare Your Mobile Marketing Strategy for 2015Either way, both mobile websites and mobile apps let customers find and access businesses from devices they use the most — mobile phones and tablets — so both should be included during initial campaign-planning discussions. Each avenue has its own role within your strategy, depending on who your audience is, and more often than not, both mobile web and app capabilities are needed.3. Think about all that data you’ll obtain — and the mobile decisions to go with it. A mobile campaign is going to bring your business a lot of valuable customer data: what devices they use, what platforms they utilize to interact with your brand and how and when they shop. This is a treasure trove of information that can help you better target your consumers; as such, it should be taken into account when making decisions regarding strategy.There is also all kinds of information available -– location-based data that allows promos to be pushed to consumers in a geo-targeted area; store browsing habits; consumer breakdowns by gender, age, etc.; and device information.Taking all of this information into account will allow you to better target consumers and more effectively meet their needs. Information also enables marketers to realize greater efficiency and ROI for their campaigns, while helping to identify other opportunities to advance their brands’ offerings and positioning.It’s not enough in 2015 to simply have a mobile presence; it’s crucial to be smart and strategic about the way you utilize this channel to reach your consumers because everyone uses mobile for different things -– shopping, content consumption, social media.A Nielsen study reported at the start of 2014 that the average American was spending seven more hours on mobile devices utilizing browsers and apps than the year before. What’s more, mobile video consumption had increased by 26 minutes.Clearly, your consumer’s attention is focused on mobile – more than half of consumers call it their “first screen.” So, yours should be, too.Related: 5 Tricks to Creating Compelling Mobile Ads April 21, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
October 10, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 7 min read A properly used customer relationship management system can turn a tiny operation into an industry leader. Unfortunately, some small business owners don’t make full use of their CRM data — or worse yet, don’t utilize a CRM system at all.Auto dealers have begun to use data analytics to determine the right price points to attract the right buyers. But they often find their efforts stymied by one major problem: inaccurate data resulting from a lack of (or misuse) of CRM tools and a rushed process that fails to account for the right metrics.Diving into small business data analysis can feel like a Catch-22. You can’t analyze the right metrics and glean the right insights without first gathering the right data. Leveraged correctly, though, a CRM solution will help keep your contacts organized and increase both the quantity and quality of leads. According to Software Advice, 74 percent of CRM users report seeing improved access to customer data through their systems. What’s more, digging into our own data revealed that nurtured leads make substantially larger purchases than those who are not nurtured.The facts are clear: CRM users outperform their competitors. So why don’t all companies employ these tools, and how can current users make the most of their systems?The rocky road to better data.CRM solutions providers have targeted enterprise companies for years. As the adoption curve matured, vendors started creating solutions focused on small and medium-sized businesses.The difference between the CRM needs of a younger startup and an established enterprise are stark. Most systems lack the ease of use that lean small businesses require. Smaller companies barely have time to keep the ship afloat, much less dedicate precious resources to learning cumbersome systems.Related: 10 Apps and Tools to Make Your Small Business Better and More EfficientWhen team members wear multiple hats, getting everyone up to speed on proper CRM use is a daunting task. Further complicating matters, small business owners often buy tools with more options than they need and usually fail to train employees to use those bells and whistles. Fancy features such as click-to-call, document tracking, direct mail integrations and e-commerce integrations sound nice, but their high price tag might not provide the kind of return your growing company needs.Seeing the fruit of your CRM labor.A CRM system isn’t a miracle cure for sales and marketing woes, but with time, education and a commitment to learn, you can transform a basic CRM solution into a revenue-generating powerhouse.Your small business CRM system can either become a powerful tool or a graveyard where time and money go to die. Avoid these four mistakes to get the most out of your CRM.1. Capturing the wrong data.If your customer profile seems incomplete, you might not be capturing actionable information. For example, if your sales team focuses on email outreach, forms should require email addresses. But do your sales rely on email?Experian reports that companies lose 12 percent of their revenue on average to bad data. Streamline your data collection processes to reduce that number — don’t ask for data you don’t need. If you have no plans to send direct mail, asking for contact addresses only reduces the number of people filling out your too-long forms.Related: 4 Unconventional Ways To Use Your CRM SoftwareWe’ve found that phone calls are a fantastic way to begin a sales conversation. Our business development representative reaching out to leave personal messages yields higher response rates than cold, impersonal bulk emails. We still do a lot of email marketing, but because we’re able to segment based on user behavior, company size, location and other data that we’ve captured, our sales team can start relationships off on the right foot.2. Focusing on the wrong metrics.The fun parts of your data can easily distract you, but if you see a million site visitors and no form submissions, something is wrong. Eschew vanity metrics in favor of information that tells you where prospects are in your pipeline.To avoid getting distracted by vanity numbers, Baseline recommends identifying metrics that impact your bottom line, establishing standard outcomes and measuring performance against those numbers. Provide the right metrics to the right departments. Marketers don’t care about close rates — salespeople do. Salespeople don’t care about click-through rates — marketers do.We’ve used our own product to grow revenue by 2300 percent. We aren’t distracted by vanity metrics such as opens and visits; we focus on user behavior. What are our visitors clicking on? We figure out what’s working and what isn’t in our marketing strategy and constantly pivot to improve those metrics.3. Ignoring disorganization.A well-organized CRM is as helpful as a disorganized one is harmful. If your CRM data is inconsistent (or worse, missing), you can’t transform that data into revenue. For example, if a customer profile lacks information about past communications, the onboarding team might not have the information it needs from sales.Related: What Happened When This Customer Relationship Management CEO Couldn’t Remember the People In His Own NetworkBy analyzing our own data at Hatchbuck, for example, we’ve found that 86 percent of customers are willing to pay more for a superior customer service experience. Personalized customer interactions rely on relevant data to inform their development — and that means keeping your CRM data as updated, organized and accessible as possible.4. Failing to act on good data.In my experience, an alarming number of businesses don’t act on the data they capture, even when it’s good data.Quality CRM data should impact every aspect of the business from sales to marketing to support. Leveraging data allowed us to reimagine our buyer persona and start targeting the people most likely to purchase from us. Without action, the best data is as useless as no data at all. Metrics can help you understand how to create relationships, but they can’t forge those connections on their own.To illustrate, consider how companies such as Amazon, Airbnb and Patagonia treat their customers. Amazon connects people to a network of products and information they need. Patagonia provides outdoorsy types with a place to interact with each other and build community. Airbnb speaks to people who want to make new connections in new places.How did they figure out and fill such clear-cut niches? By acting on their CRM data. If all these companies tracked were conversions, they’d never have arrived as such a valuable, deep understanding of the radical buyer: their ideal customer.Successful companies don’t stop at data collection — they use their data to build relationships with customers that will last. With a robust CRM system, even the smallest companies can discover what their customers need and use that data to deliver welcome solutions.Don’t fall prey to these common CRM mistakes. Using this advice, you can leverage your data collection and turn your CRM into the engine that drives both your relationships and your revenue. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 0 Comments Share Top Stories BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Colombian officials say attackers believed to be leftist rebels have killed five Colombian contractors for the state-owned oil company Ecopetrol at a well in a turbulent southern state.Ecopetrol says in a statement that attackers used automatic weapons during the assault early Wednesday in Puerto Caicedo in Putumayo state, which borders Ecuador. Five workers died and three were wounded.Ecopetrol says there have been more than 20 attacks this year by illegal armed groups on oil pipelines but this was the first on an oil well. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The Colombian army’s 27th Brigade is blaming the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia for the attack.The rebels have been fighting the Colombian state for nearly five decades and frequently extort businesses in areas where they operate.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths
in Data, Servicing REO Numbers Usher in Good News for Integra Group Share August 16, 2012 391 Views Tucson-based “”Integra Group Real Estate””:http://integratucson.com/ found a reason or two to celebrate recently. [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a release, the firm posted a 28 percent increase in REO property transaction volume over the first half of this year. That comes despite the fact that available inventory fell by more than 34 percent for the Arizona Multiple Listing Service over the last year. Integra also celebrated an “”active roster”” of REO clients, even in the face of year-over-year declines by 39 percent in Southern Arizona.””Our continued growth illustrates our commitment to our clients during challenging market conditions,”” “”Eric Lichtenheld””:http://integratucson.com/about/management-team/, president of Integra Group Real Estate, lauded in a statement. “”We attribute our success to our innovative products and industry expertise to better assist our clients and provide them the resources they deserve.””The good news for Integra arrives just as loan delinquencies continue to arc upward. A recent survey by the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm found that “”delinquencies went up over the second quarter this year””:http://www.dsnews.com/articles/survey-delinquency-rates-up-foreclosure-starts-flat-in-q2-2012-08-09. Agents & Brokers Company News Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Processing Service Providers 2012-08-16 Ryan Schuette
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2018 9:58 am PDT Last Updated Jan 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ex-boxer dramatized in film ‘Bleed for This’ accused of beating up, biting man PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Retired boxing champion Vinny Paz, whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film “Bleed for This,” has been accused of attacking a Rhode Island man and sending him to the hospital.The 55-year-old former champ said he had been robbed and did what he had to do.Providence police said they were called to a home early Tuesday morning. When officers arrived, witnesses told them Paz had accused a friend of stealing $16,000 and then assaulted him.The man was taken to the hospital with injuries including several broken teeth, a black eye and bite marks that drew blood. Witnesses told police that Paz left before police got there.The ex-champion wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning to “stop” with the nonsense story. In a brief interview with WPRI-TV later Tuesday, he defended his actions.“Bottom line is, I got robbed. And when that happens, you gotta do what you gotta do,” he said before getting in an SUV and driving away.Police said they want to speak with Paz.Paz is a five-time world champion who retired from boxing in 2004. Since then, he has had several brushes with the law, including a 2012 no-contest plea to disorderly conduct for a fight with two women at a Providence bar. He also pleaded no contest in 2007 to drunken driving.“Bleed for This” tells the story of his return to boxing after breaking his neck in a car crash.
The Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) on Tuesday announced it has published estimated pay scales for private sector general physicians and specialists under the National Health Scheme (Gesy) to help them decide whether they would like to join.The reason it has done so, it said, is due to numerous calls by doctors who wish to be informed on their pay under Gesy. The lists cover reimbursement of doctors for inpatient care, but also payment for general physicians for adults and children and specialists for outpatient care.This information, the HIO said, aims to help physicians calculate and compare their current total earnings with the corresponding total remuneration they would receive under Gesy.The scenario for general physicians for both adults and children refers to the average number of beneficiaries per age category according to the population.In both cases, a GP’s annual salary will depend on the number but also ages of their patients.According to the lists, the maximum annual salary of GPs for adults is estimated at €111,737. This is based on €86 on average per year per patient assuming a GP has 1,300 patients registered, which is the maximum. The scenario provides for €71 per patient between 16 and 50 years of age, €101 for patients between 51 and 70 and €125 for those over 70.Paediatricians are estimated to earn up to €100,726 per year if they have the maximum number of children – 875 – registered. For children up to three years, paediatricians are estimated to received €185 per year. Their fee for children between four and seven would be €137 and €81 for those between eight and 18.To calculate his or her total annual salary as a GP, each physician is asked to change the number of beneficiaries they estimate to register as patients and/or change the number of beneficiaries per age group.The HIO also published lists of estimated pay for a large number of specialists, which took into consideration the 100 most common medical procedures carried out today. On those lists, the cost of each procedures is compared to that estimated under Gesy.It said that as these are merely indicative each specialist to calculate their fees under the Gesy would have to adjust the list according to the services they offer.The HIO, which is currently in consultations with the medical association (CyMA) on private doctors’ fees under Gesy called on doctors’ groups to submit their suggestions so that the lists could be updated.Maximum salaries of state doctors who will become GPs will reportedly be to the tune of €70,000 per year. To minimise the gap between the two sectors, the state health service organisation has commissioned a study for additional economic benefits and incentives for this group of health professionals, which could see their salaries go up by at least 25 per cent.Phase one of Gesy, which is primary health care, will kick in on June 1, 2019. Inpatient care will be introduced in phase two which is expected to be introduced in June 2020. Contributions of beneficiaries will come into force in March.The lists can be found at: http://hio.org.cy/gr/Activity_Cat.htmlYou May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
By George PsyllidesRussian minority shareholders in the Bank of Cyprus are unhappy with the terms of a €1.0 billion capital increase, suggesting that their rights have been violated and charging that the board was exclusively serving the interests of western investors.They have set up a group for the protection of their rights, which will provide all necessary assistance to both Russian and Ukrainian shareholders of the bank in obtaining information about the capital increase, as well as in developing a common stance before the upcoming general meeting where the capital increase is to be approved.The shareholders, who were given shares after their deposits were seized to recapitalise the lender, say their rights have been infringed by being prevented from taking part in the process.The shareholders believe that the management’s actions are aimed at forcing the Russian minority shareholders out of the bank’s shareholding structure by diluting their stake and giving priority purchase rights not to them – “the depositors affected by the subprime lending policy of this Cypriot organisation – but qualified investors.”The first phase of the process involves a private placement to “certain institutional investors in the European Union who are “qualified investors” and similarly qualified institutional investors in other jurisdictions.”Therefore, Russian minority shareholders will not be allowed to take part in the first phase, and will only be allowed to take part in the second phase and will be entitled to “to purchase up to 20 per cent in aggregate of the total number of shares offered to qualified investors in the first phase and at the same price as in phase one.”Shares in the clawback “will be allocated among participating shareholders pro rata based on their shareholdings at the time of allocation, excluding any shares acquired in phase one.”“The deliberate restriction of the rights of shareholders to participate in the Bank of Cyprus capital increase seems to be especially cynical in the light of attempts to legitimize it by introducing the ‘for qualified investors only’ requirements,” said head of the group Yevgeniy Kogan.“Unfortunately, the Board of Directors of the Bank seems to have forgotten that the minority shareholders of Bank of Cyprus, for the most part, are not professional investors and have received their shares as a result of the forced expropriation of their investments in 2013.”Cyprus was forced to shut down one bank and seize deposits in BoC as part of the terms of a €10 billion bailout.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola