Ohio State’s Thad Matta Was Pretty Unhappy With The Referees Following His Team’s Loss To Michigan State Last Night

first_imgThad Matta yells at a referee.Thad Matta did a lot of screaming during his team’s game against Michigan State Friday night. Plenty that yelling was directed at his players, who performed quite poorly in a 76-67 loss to the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal round. But a lot of it was aimed at the officials. Matta, 47, has been coaching in the conference since 2004. He, in a roundabout way, called the officiating during last night’s game the worst he’s ever seen. Matta on the officiating: “I’ve been in this league 11 years and that was amazing.”— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) March 14, 2015Matta was mostly unhappy with the amount of physicality the Spartans were getting away with. He believed his players were getting bumped on cuts, hand checked when dribbling and bodied when driving into the lane. Matta says this was one of the most physical games he’s ever seen. My interpretation: “We got hacked to death.”— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) March 14, 2015To be fair to the refs, there was an even distribution when it comes to the amount of fouls that were called – 20 on Michigan State and 18 on Ohio State. With the win, the Spartans moved on to the semifinal round, where they’ll face No. 2 seed Maryland. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will find out their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night. Most projections have Matta’s team seeded on the No. 8/No. 9 line.last_img read more

Thank you to Milt The Prescott Jazz Society and

first_imgThank you to Milt, The Prescott Jazz Society, and all of the performers and attendees to came out to celebrate Juneteenth this year. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you in 2019.(photos by Sue Kirsch and LVB, text by Tim Bell) The late afternoon and evenings featured bands on the amphitheater stage, followed by dancing in the vaults. Crowd favorite “Catfish George” spent Saturday serving up a delicious spread, which included both fried catfish and barbecue dishes so well executed that they had many people returning for seconds. June 18, 2018On June 16th and 17th the Cosanti Foundation hosted the Prescott Jazz Society for the 20th anniversary of “Juneteenth Jazz Splash.” This yearly event, organized by Jazz Society President and local performer Milt Cannon, has been drawing a vibrant community of jazz performers, enthusiasts, and laypeople to Arcosanti for two decades to experience two consecutive days of jazz music and culture.Despite some rain on Saturday morning and into the afternoon, performances went on as scheduled. The festivities this year included a four hour workshop on both Saturday and Sunday where local school children were invited to come and learn jazz theory, technique, and history from some of the performers who would take the stage in the evening.last_img read more

Kevin Reilly has been promoted to chairman of ente

first_imgKevin Reilly has been promoted to chairman of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company. Reilly, who was formerly president of entertainment at the News Corp-backed US broadcaster and studio, will now oversee all programming, scheduling, marketing, research, digital and business affairs.
He will continue to report to Peter Rice, who was recently promoted to chairman and chief executive of the Fox Networks Group. 
”Kevin is a uniquely gifted executive with the strong strategic vision and creative instincts to ensure that Fox continues to drive the future of our industry,” said Rice. “We are incredibly fortunate to have him here and thrilled he will be with us for many more years.”last_img

irtual reality social network AltspaceVR said it

first_imgirtual reality social network, AltspaceVR, said it will “live on”, despite announcing its imminent closure late last month.In a blog post titled ‘AltspaceVR is back’, the company described recent weeks as a “rollercoaster ride” and said that it was able to continue due to “an outpouring of support”.“We’re now deep in discussions with others who are passionate about AltspaceVR who want to guarantee that our virtual oasis stays open,” said the company.“We feel confident saying to our community that you don’t need to find another place to meet your friends in virtual reality. AltspaceVR is not closing down.”The news comes after Oculus founder Palmer Luckey indicated he could step in to help AltspaceVR in the wake of its initial shutdown announcement, tweeting: “Should I try to save @AltspaceVR? (caveat: may not be possible)”.Luckey yesterday tweeted a link to the ‘AltspaceVR is back’ post without making any further comment on whether he was involved in the comeback.AltspaceVR said at the end of July that I would close on August 3, citing “unforeseen financial difficulty”.The venture-backed firm, which allows people to meet in a virtual environment, said that the combination of a failed funding round and the “general slowness of VR market growth” had made most of its investors “reluctant to fund us further”.Separately, Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, launched a virtual reality world called Sansar in public beta earlier this month.last_img read more

The US Environmental Protection Agency says it w

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will begin the process this year of setting limits on two man-made chemicals that are linked to cancer and other illnesses, and are found widely in drinking water and soil. The agency’s long-awaited plan — promised last year by former administrator Scott Pruitt — addresses chemicals that are part of a group known as PFAS, for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. “It took groundbreaking efforts to develop this plan,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler at a news conference in Philadelphia. “This is the first time we have utilized all of our program offices to deal with an emerging chemical of concern.”But critics say the move to regulate the chemicals “by the end of this year” amounts to yet another delay.”It has taken the EPA nearly a year just to kick the can even further down the road,” said U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) In a statement, the environmental advocacy group Delaware Riverkeeper Network said the plan “lacks any sense of urgency and offers no timely relief to people exposed to these highly toxic compounds in their water.” As part of its plan, the EPA says it has begun the process of listing PFOA and PFOS — two kinds of PFAS — as hazardous substances under the Superfund law. It says that will help communities deal with existing contamination and recover costs from responsible parties.Dave Ross, the agency’s Assistant Administrator for Water, said EPA will also publish recommendations “very soon” on cleaning up the two chemicals in groundwater, an important source of drinking water for many communities. And he said the EPA is also looking at whether to regulate other chemicals in the PFAS family.Decades-old chemicals, growing local concernsPFAS chemicals have been linked to illnesses, including cancer, but there remain a lot of questions about how they affect people’s health and in what doses. There was a big health study involving one form of PFAS in the Mid-Ohio Valley. From that and other studies scientists are comfortable saying certain diseases are linked to PFAS exposure, but they won’t be more definitive than that.Acknowledging this lack of knowledge, EPA assistant administrator Ross said Thursday that the agency will step up its research into the chemicals’ human health and ecological effects. “Our goal is to close the gap on the science as quickly as possible,” he said.These chemicals have been around for decades and have been useful because they are good at repelling oil and water. They can be found in many products, including non-stick cookware, food wrappers, fabrics and fire-fighting foam. Manufacturers have agreed to stop using two forms of PFAS in the U.S. But it takes a long time for these chemicals to break down in the environment, which is why they remain a problem now. Some newer forms of PFAS chemicals are being used, and some people believe those are safer because they remain in the environment and our bodies for shorter periods. The issue gained more urgency in recent years as water suppliers tested for and found PFAS pollution as part of an Environmental Protection Agency program. The EPA required most water utilities to test for a list of PFAS chemicals from 2013 to 2015. In 2016 the agency lowered a non-binding health advisory limit for some PFAS compounds to 70 parts per trillion (ppt). Thursday, the EPA’s Ross said the agency’s latest testing showed that about 1 percent of public water systems had at least one sample with PFAS concentrations above that amount. Northeastern University and the Environmental Working Group have also created a map of contaminated sites and communities where PFAS has been detected in drinking water.Arguments for a stricter limit also gained traction after a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year suggested PFAS chemicals may endanger human health at far lower levels than the EPA’s non-binding limit.In the absence of federal action, and amidst this growing local concern, some states have taken it upon themselves to limit the use of these chemicals.A number of companies believed to be responsible for PFAS pollution face lawsuits. The state of Minnesota sued 3M over the toxins and settled for $850 million last year. Pennsylvania is one of a number of states that have been working to curb PFAS levels where soil or groundwater contamination has been found. The drinking water around Horsham is a concern because of the chemicals’ long-term use in firefighting foam at nearby military bases. Blood tests on 235 residents of Horsham and two other townships by the Pennsylvania Department of Health last year found a large majority had levels of four PFAS chemicals that exceeded the national average, and that some of them had illnesses including elevated cholesterol, endocrine disruptions and cancer.While some local authorities have now installed filters to cut PFAS levels in water systems to within health limits, high levels of contamination persist in soil on the bases and in groundwater beneath themReporting in this story comes to us from StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media collaboration covering Pennsylvania’s energy economy. Copyright 2019 WHYY. To see more, visit WHYY.last_img read more

Disabled Liberal Democrats believe their party is

first_imgDisabled Liberal Democrats believe their party is capable of winning back voters who feel “justifiably angry” about the disability policies their party signed up to as part of the coalition government.Members of the Liberal Democrat Disability Association (LDDA) say they are confident that the party’s new leader, Tim Farron, will listen to the party’s grassroots on issues such as social security reform.At annual conferences during the five years of the coalition – and again this week – the party’s grassroots membership voted overwhelmingly for anti-austerity social security policies, such as scrapping the bedroom tax, which were then ignored by the party leadership.George Potter, an LDDA member who played a significant role in ensuring cuts to disability benefits were debated at annual conferences during the five years of the coalition, said LDDA policy motions passed by conference were “swallowed up” by the previous leadership and never heard of again.He said: “Tim Farron has made it clear that he will listen to conference and prioritise what conference says.”He added: “There is a lot of anger [among disabled people] and it is completely justified.“I think there is a hard sell but I am hoping over the next five years we can show we can change the party itself and show we are now being taken seriously.”Gemma Roulston, LDDA’s membership secretary, said: “For the last five years I was thinking, ‘Am I in the right party? Should I go or should I stay?“I almost didn’t vote for [the Liberal Democrats] at the last election. The only thing that has kept me in the party was the LDDA.”Robert Adamson (pictured), a member of the LDDA executive, said he also understood the anger felt by many disabled activists, and admitted that it would be “an uphill battle to regain trust”.He said: “They are angry about coalition policies that came in, and what needs to be shown by the party is that we are not now suddenly saying that all the coalition policies were bad.“What we are saying is that the Conservatives wanted far worse policies and we managed to constrain them.”He suggested that a Conservative majority government would have announced the total closure of the Independent Living Fund in 2010, and cut spending on disability benefits even further and faster than under the coalition.Adamson said: “The work Steve Webb [the Liberal Democrat pensions minister] did to temper the benefit reforms would not have occurred.“Life would have been a hell of a lot worse, and proof of that is that life is getting a hell of a lot worse now.“In coalition, a number of things we achieved are now being undermined as a result of the Liberal Democrats not being in coalition… [with] the dreadful ways the Conservative government are treating and going to treat disabled people and carers.”David Simpson, a disabled Liberal Democrat councillor with Hampshire county council, said: “I understand the anger, of course I do, and thousands of Liberal Democrats were angry as well about what was happening in our name.“We don’t believe the sick and the disabled should have been the ones who were targeted.“I think the party has to show that it does have compassion for the disabled.”He said that “certain things had to be done to get the country out of the mess and sacrifice the party for the country”, but that the Conservatives were now “taking the brakes off” because they “no longer have the drag of the coalition”.He said: “It is death by a thousand cuts. If you are disabled, you are living in fear. What will happen next, what will they cut next?”Potter said he was encouraged by the party’s decision to start work on a plan to “completely overhaul the welfare system from the top to the bottom”, that would lay the groundwork for “a credible, radical, alternative policy” and see a future government “enabling people, supporting them, not just penalising them for their inability to work”.He added: “If the price for that is we get slightly more people gaming the system, that is a price worth paying, if it means we no longer have vulnerable people having their lives destroyed.”Potter said he also believed that being confronted with a parliamentary party of eight middle-aged white men had forced the Liberal Democrats to confront the need for a more diverse selection of candidates to fight winnable general election seats.Potter said former leader Nick Clegg had not really grasped the importance of this issue.He said: “He’s good on rhetoric but when it came down to it he generally surrounded himself with people from very similar backgrounds to himself.“When push came to shove… he spoke about greater diversity but he never put his money where his mouth was.“It is certainly the case that a lot of people in the party, far more than before the general election, are seriously thinking that we need to do a lot more.“Tim Farron has appointed a completely balanced team. At the top we have a leader who grasps the issue.”And he said that Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the party’s new disabled president, was taking the issue of accessibility – including access to buildings and meetings, and to information – “very seriously”.Potter also said that the party had a chance to “make a difference” at council level, by providing or organising support that would “negate the cuts” where the government had failed to do so.He said: “The only way some people will survive the next few years is if local councillors and local authorities step up to the plate.”last_img read more

US Government Asked Amazon to Lie in StaplesOffice Depot Merger Case Judge

first_img Add to Queue Register Now » U.S. Government Asked Amazon to Lie in Staples-Office Depot Merger Case, Judge Says Next Article The U.S. government asked witnesses to lie to help it block a proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot, according to newly unsealed court documents.In a hearing on the deal Wednesday, an executive at Amazon said that the Federal Trade Commission asked the ecommerce company to testify that it wouldn’t be able to compete with the office suppliers until 2017, when in fact it has already entered that market. The FTC is trying to illustrate that the Staples and Office Depot deal would harm competition in the business supplies industry in an anti-trust case that the government brought in December in an attempt to prevent the merger.While the hearing was supposed to be confidential, the federal judge presiding over the case insisted that those particular comments be made public. “The public ought to know that the government wanted Amazon to say some things that weren’t true,” Emmet Sullivan, U.S. District Judge for Washington, D.C., said, according to the court transcript unsealed Thursday.The Amazon executive who testified was Prentis Wilson, vice president of Amazon Business, the ecommerce giant’s online marketplace specializing in business and office supplies, which launched last year.A Staples attorney pointed out that in Amazon’s affidavit, the company had made line edits write noting that “the FTC has asked us to insert” a sentence saying it would not be able to offer office supplies contracts and next-day delivery to large business customers — in other words, services competing with Staples and Office Depot — for the next two years. “This is FTC’s highest priority item,” Amazon’s affidavit said.Amazon, however, refused to agree, and struck out the FTC’s proposed language. “We were unwilling to say that, because we weren’t sure if that was going to be true,” Wilson testified. “We cannot commit to not having these available in two years.”Judge Sullivan pounced on Wilson’s comments, grilling the witness on whether he was surprised the government would tell Amazon “what to say and not say” (Wilson said he was), and whether he was worried if “there might be repercussions or retaliation if you didn’t say what the government wanted you to say.” Wilson answered that he wasn’t concerned that the government would punish him for refusing to comply, as long as he told the truth. “Good for you,” the judge responded.An FTC lawyer later told the judge that it “never asked” Amazon to say anything “that wasn’t true,” according to Bloomberg.During the hearing, a Bank of America senior vice president also testified, but her comments remained redacted in the transcript. 3 min read –shares Mergers and Acquisitionscenter_img March 25, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Image credit: kevin brine | Shutterstock This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Jen Wieczner Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

MarTech Interview with Christian Sauer Founder Webtrekk

first_imgMarTech Interview with Christian Sauer, Founder, Webtrekk Sudipto GhoshMay 16, 2019, 3:14 pmMay 17, 2019 “In order to prepare for and master the Data Science Economy, it is crucial that companies collect data about anything relevant for their daily business.” MarTech Interview Series The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. Christian Sauer studied at the University of St. Gallen and gained experience in banking and consulting in Mexico, USA and Switzerland. In 2000 he founded KinderCampus AG together with partners, where he was a member of the board until 2002. In 2004, Christian Sauer founded Webtrekk with a view to the digital transformation, progressing both nationally and internationally. With over 130 employees and offices in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, Webtrekk is one of the world’s leading customer analytics companies.In 2018 Christian Sauer also launched the non-profit platform ilovemy.eu, which supports the production of pro-European videos for social media channels. Webtrekk is one of the leading premium customer analytics platforms in Europe. Webtrekk enables companies to understand and analyze the behavior of their website and app users across devices and to apply these insights to targeted marketing measures.With its best-of-breed approach, the independent tech company offers well-founded analytics expertise, while its tried and tested first party data offering helps customers achieve maximum data depth.Webtrekk guarantees highest data protection standards and is TUEV-certified. Data is stored on servers in the European Union.center_img Tell us about your role and journey into Marketing Technology. And what inspired you to start Webtrekk? I initially gained my first professional experience in the banking and consulting sector, before I founded an edutainment website for children in the year 2000. But as a business economist my biggest interest always lay in the field of economy trends. With the increasing national and international digital transformation in the early 2000s it soon became clear to me that online data will become irrevocably important to companies all over the world. Me and my business partner Norman Wahnschaff asked ourselves what information is the most valuable for companies and how could it be collected while still ensuring the compliance of privacy regulations. This is how Webtrekk was born.How does Webtrekk fit into a modern CMO’s technology stack?  In the near future, users of Webtrekk will profit even more, as Mapp, a leading provider of cloud-based digital marketing solutions, is to acquire Webtrekk, Closing of the transaction, which is subject to applicable regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions, is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2019. Mapp and Webtrekk will consolidate their offerings into one fully-integrated product. The combination of Mapp’s deep customer acquisition and engagement capabilities with Webtrekk’s customer intelligence will create a next-generation digital marketing platform capable of delivering end-to-end customer experiences powered by advanced analytics and personalization. The integrated platform will enable marketers to pool customer data centrally, analyze customer behavior with machine learning, and engage customers with the right content across all channels.What does your Ideal Customer Profile look like?It does not matter if it is a small start-up, a SME or a big corporate group – every business collects valuable data. So for us, an ideal customer profile is not bound to a certain company structure but to a mindset. The better our customers know their aim and the questions they want to have answered through their data, the better they can use our solutions to their benefit. Of course, we have skilled consultants who can help defining and applying these questions.Which industries have been the fastest to adopt Customer Analytics platforms? The e-commerce sector was one of the first industries to use customer analytics platforms. But also the finance and media & publishing sector adopted it quickly. Nowadays nearly every industry uses some kind of Marketing Analytics solution.Tell us how Webtrekk maintains GDPR compliance, and still manages to deliver on Customer Experience?What distinguishes our customer analytics platform from others is that since the very beginning we are specialized on first party data and data ownership. Till the enactment of the GDPR many online marketers used to rely on third party data. But due to the opt-in guidelines of the new privacy regulations, the activation of adblockers and browsers such as Safari, which do not allow third-party cookies in their standard settings, a point will be reached in the near future at which 30 to 50 percent of all third-party data will be lost. This has an enormous impact on KPIs. GDPR implicitly advocates the use of own data. With first party data such challenges are excluded: The data comes directly from the own website and app users. Online marketers can analyze exactly how users interact with the content and the products offered. The collection and analysis of first party data guarantees GDPR compliance – no opt-in is required due to the justified interest in data collection for static reasons. And besides, the data quality and therefore the quality of the customer experience is better with first party data than it would be based on data of third parties.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in Customer Analytics? How can Marketing teams better benefit from choosing Customer Data solutions? Currently, automation and AI are real buzzwords in online marketing. But only a minority, an estimated 5 to 10 percent of companies, have already completed the automation process and apply the techniques profitably. After all, automation only makes sense if valid key figures are being drawn in the background that allow conclusions about the incoming data quality. So there is still great potential in this field.Above that, real-time infrastructures for data evaluation are a major trend. More and more companies want all their data to be made available in real time so that they can react quickly and efficiently to the market. This goes along with the optimization of business intelligence and data quality management; it is a real booster for the digital transformation of companies.In the future, it will become increasingly important in digital marketing not only to build up and expand one’s own know-how within the company, but also to make first party data usable for marketing purposes. With my own “walled garden” I encounter the big marketing channels at eye level. In this way, I achieve a higher customer lifetime value with existing customers. This is necessary because new customer acquisition is becoming more and more expensive, even in the digital channels that were previously cheap.I also expect further international court rulings to be issued that will further limit the use of third-party data. For example, it will certainly be further discussed whether the opt-in that Google obtains may continue to apply across all platform products or whether an agreement will soon have to be obtained for each and every one of them. In this respect, I expect setbacks for those technologies that do not yet have any opt-ins.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use in your current roles?We rely on our own Marketing Automation tool for in-depth and automatically generated insights and actions using granular data to generate personal, impactful recommendations. With this we can interact with visitors on different channels – from onsite suggestions to emails to external advertisements.How do you prepare for the Data Science Economy? What is the route to optimized Digital Transformation for any business today?As digital transformation progresses, the availability of data – about internal processes or the company’s own customers – continues to increase. In order to prepare for and master in the Data Science Economy it is crucial that companies collect data (ideally in real-time) about anything relevant for their daily business. It starts at production capacities, their website and app traffic as well as customer service performance figures. When they ensure high data quality, this data can give great insights and reveal correlations that might otherwise be overlooked. So data management is key. With great business intelligence comes the ability to activate your data interdivisional. Relating to digital marketing this means that user profiles and segments based on customer lifetime value, conversion probability, engagement etc. can be created. This way complex data can be turned into personalized, automated marketing campaigns. What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now?Currently I love to look at the fintech startup scene. Especially the competition of challenger banks like N26 and Revolut is fascinating. They are all very innovative and have raised large rounds of capital to compete for new customers. They’ve created apps that millions of their customers love using. Personally, I am also curious how Beeskin, the startup my wife, will develop. They produce natural, sustainable and reusable alternative to plastic cling foil.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business leader?AI’s capabilities have expanded significantly — and will continue to do so at exponential rates. I strive to introduce AI in ways that are effective and sustainable for our customers as well as for us internally. It is already an integral part of our product offer. Internally it is an imperative to invest time, energy, and resources to learn about the implications and opportunities of AI.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? Technology should facilitate your daily work, so people should be happy to use technology in the first place. Unfortunately, technology is not always easy to use, but it is getting better from day to day.One word that best describes how you work.StrategicWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?SmartphoneWhat’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?I usually try not to have a scrollbar in my inbox at the end of the day.What are you currently reading? (What do you read, and how do you consume information?)“Factfulness” by Hans RoslingWhat’s the best advice you’ve ever received?To read “The hard thing about hard things” by Ben Horowitz.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?I try to focus on effectivity more than efficiency. The bigger picture to me is most important.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:Mirko Caspar from Mister SpexThank you, Christian! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. About ChristianAbout WebtrekkAbout Christian About Webtrekk Christian Sauerdigital marketingDigital TransformationGDPRmarketing automationMarTech InterviewMirko CasparMister SpexWebtrekk Previous ArticleSalesforce and OpenClassrooms Announce Partnership to Prepare the Workforce for the Jobs of TomorrowNext ArticleEbiquity Plc Selects Evergage as Strategic Customer Data Platform and 1-to-1 Personalization Partnerlast_img read more

74 of Marketers and CX Professionals Say Customer Loyalty is Driving Digital

first_imgNew Research from Clicktale Reveals Customer Loyalty to Be the Biggest Driver for Digital Experience StrategiesNearly three quarters of marketers and CX professionals (74%) are investing in digital experiences in an effort to foster long-term loyalty and build better relationships with their customers. That’s according to research from experience analytics company Clicktale, which surveyed 200 marketing and CX professionals across the US and UK.Released in Clicktale’s Defining Digital Experience report, the research found customer loyalty to be the number one priority for those building a digital experience (DX) strategy. This was followed by a need to understand customer behavior (67%) and a desire to create a clearer customer experience vision (67%).For those at a managerial level (CX and marketing managers) improving customer lifetime value was also identified as an important driver of DX strategy.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study FindsCommenting on these findings, Sara Richter, CMO, Clicktale said: “As ever more customer interactions are completed via digital channels, marketers find themselves faced with a ‘switching economy’ – in which consumers regularly flit between different brands when they’re dissatisfied with a particular experience. Given this fact, is it any wonder that so many marketers are looking to secure long-term customer loyalty through their digital experience approach?“To achieve such loyalty, however, we as marketers need to think about what it is that our customers need, and to do that requires a strong understanding of customer behaviors. This is where the other key objectives come into play.Marketing Technology News: Elliot’s Mobile-First Commerce Platform Enables Direct-to-Consumer Distribution at Global Scale“In order to drive loyalty, marketers must improve their digital experiences. But to do that, they must have a clear vision and the behavioral data needed to back it up. None of these factors can exist in isolation – they must all form part of a single, unified DX strategy and be supported with the right behavioral technologies.”Marketing Technology News: Motionloft named a 2019 Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Location Services and Applications customer experienceCX professionalsDefining Digital ExperienceDX strategyMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleLocal DTC Brands Top Glossier, Harry’s & Casper, Converting a Quarter of ConsumersNext Article96% of People Have Seen Ads That Reference Their Location, Indicating the Prevalence of Location-Specific Advertising 74% of Marketers and CX Professionals Say Customer Loyalty is Driving Digital Experience MTS Staff WriterMay 23, 2019, 4:11 pmMay 23, 2019 last_img read more

ATX Adds OTT Video Streaming Capabilities to Media Distribution Solution

first_imgNew Capabilities of MD16 Enhance Guest Experience and Enables Service Providers to Differentiate Video OfferingATX Networks, a global leader in digital access and media distribution solutions, introduced an enhancement to the MD16 bulk media distribution gateway that will enable service providers to offer hotels, hospitals, universities, apartments and other commercial customers streaming media capabilities. The new MD16 OTT streaming blade enables an over-the-top (OTT) video experience anywhere within the commercial enterprise facility on any device, including smartphones, tablets and PCs.Streaming linear video in a private network presents multiple challenges. The ATX streaming media blade overcomes these challenges to allow guests and residents to view live, linear television programming on personal devices, such as smartphones, tablets and PCs, without the requirement to install multi-rack solutions with standalone encoders and Web servers. ATX’s integrated OTT streaming solution reduces power consumption, space and operational complexity.“ATX continues to empower PayTV operators with the capabilities they require to reinvigorate their commercial and enterprise business strategies,” said Andrew Isherwood, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Media Distribution at ATX. “Our market-leading MD16s equipped with the new streaming blade will allow hotels, universities, hospitals and MDUs to offer their clientele a broadcast TV experience on their mobile devices.”Marketing Technology News: Vidyard Expands Offering to Bring Personalized Video App to Any Sales Professional, No Matter How They WorkThe MD16 OTT streaming blade enables universities, for example, to offer a campus-wide broadcast television experience to students on their mobile devices anywhere WiFi is available, including dorms, gyms and common areas. In hotel, apartment and hospital settings, the streaming blade allows guests, residence and patients to watch live TV on their own devices.The new streaming media blade consumes a single slot in the MD16. A single blade is capable of streaming 24 HD channels to as many as 250 devices. Content streamed from the MD16 is viewable on Apple (HLS) and Android (MPEG-Dash) devices. The streaming media blade interfaces with the existing WiFi Internet-delivery infrastructure and includes an integrated HTML-5 Web server, enabling end users to make streaming content selections through a Web browser. Near real-time encoding capabilities reduce delays of nearly a minute that are typical of commercial OTT services. End users play the video in their Web browsers, eliminating the need to download or install a separate app.Marketing Technology News: Loyalty Brands Announces Partnership with Textellent To Deliver Innovative SMS Sales & Marketing CapabilitiesThe MD16 offers PayTV operators a path to greater profitability in commercial accounts by delivering a single-box, fully integrated solution that reduces power consumption, space and other operational expenses. The integrated streaming blade also reduces on-premises bandwidth requirements, as fewer residents and guests will need to connect to Internet-based streaming services using external servers.“The addition of an integrated streaming blade makes an already compelling value proposition even better,” added Isherwood. “The MD16 makes it easy to deliver television programming to mobile devices wherever people congregate, including universities, offices and sporting events.”Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in Analytics ATX NetworksMarketing Technology NewsMD16 bulk mediaMedia Distribution SolutionNewsOTT Video Streaming Previous ArticleHireVue Sponsors, Demonstrates Ethical AI Innovation at CogX 2019Next ArticleDomo IoT Cloud Now Integrates with Zendesk Data Platform to Deliver Better Customer Service ATX Adds OTT Video Streaming Capabilities to Media Distribution Solution PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 4:58 pmJune 10, 2019 last_img read more

Highdose influenza vaccine associated fewer hospitalizations in dialysis patients

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 24 2018Results from a new study suggest that high-dose influenza vaccine is associated with lower risk for hospitalizations in kidney failure patients on dialysis. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).High-dose influenza vaccine, which contains fourfold more antigen than the standard dose, is linked with fewer cases of influenza and less severe influenza symptoms in the elderly general population. Whether the high-dose influenza vaccine benefits dialysis patients, whose immune response to vaccination is less robust than healthy patients, is uncertain. To investigate, Dana Miskulin, MD (Tufts Medical Center) and her colleagues compared hospitalizations and deaths during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 influenza seasons by vaccine type (standard trivalent, standard quadrivalent, and high-dose trivalent influenza vaccine) administered to more than 9000 patients in season within a national dialysis organization.Related StoriesNovel vaccine against bee sting allergy successfully testedResearchers identify possible role of polyphosphate in dialysis-related amyloidosis$3.1 million NIH funding awarded to develop universal flu vaccineReceiving high-dose vs. standard dose influenza vaccine in 2016-17 was associated with lower rates of hospitalization in dialysis patients, although this association was not seen in 2015-16. There were no differences in rates of death between patients receiving the high-dose vs. standard dose influenza vaccine during either influenza season.”We found that the administration of the high-dose influenza vaccine was associated with 8% fewer first hospitalizations than the standard dose vaccine in 2016-17. In 2015-16 there was no difference by vaccine type although statistical power was limited, with only 8% of patients receiving high dose that year, compared with 61% in 2016-17,” said Dr. Miskulin.Dr. Miskulin noted that the 2016-17 season results are consistent with lower hospitalizations with high-dose as compared with standard dose seen in the elderly general population. Adverse events were not collected in this study, but large clinical trials in the general population suggest that the high-dose vaccine is not associated with more adverse effects. “While these results should not be considered definitive, because vaccine type was not randomized, they suggest that there may be a reduction in influenza related morbidity in dialysis patients with use of the high-dose vs. standard dose vaccine,” said Dr. Miskulin.Studies of other strategies to increase influenza vaccine effectiveness in dialysis patients and other immunocompromised populations, including the use of adjuvants and booster doses, could also be beneficial, according to an accompanying editorial by Megan Lindley, MPH and David Kim, MD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). “Even in the absence of increased vaccine effectiveness, improvements in influenza vaccination coverage among medically vulnerable populations such as dialysis patients could increase protection against influenza,” they wrote. “In groups where the burden of influenza disease and its complications are disproportionately felt, small improvements in vaccine effectiveness and vaccination coverage may have large impacts.” Source:https://www.asn-online.org/last_img read more

Study finds significant delays in reporting human cases of West Nile virus

first_img Source:http://www.mountsinai.org/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 26 2019Mount Sinai researchers found significant delays in reporting human cases of West Nile virus, hampering real-time forecasting of the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease, according to a study in the JAMA Network Open in April.Researchers discovered that reports of human cases of West Nile virus in the United States were delayed by two to 14 weeks between illness onset and confirmation of West Nile. The lags were due to the length of time it took health departments to confirm a West Nile case or reporting delays between health care professionals and the health department.Related StoriesResearchers compare American, Pacific and Southeast Asian subtypes of Zika virusVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyNanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccineThey also found that reporting of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus were also delayed, but by a much less significant amount of time.The study showed that accurate and reliable forecasts of West Nile outbreaks are possible using a mathematical model and real-time reports of human and mosquitoes testing positive of the disease, but it is impossible with the lags in reporting that exist. Better and more reliable forecasts would improve mosquito abatement which to tamp down the spread of the virus as well as allow public officials to issue more accurate health information to the community in real time, preventing possible illness and deaths.”Current reporting delays impact our understanding of how an outbreak is progressing, and our research highlights areas in which disease surveillance can improve,” said lead author Nicholas DeFelice, Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine & Public Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “With improved surveillance, there is greater potential for objective infectious disease forecasts that will allow public health officials to address infectious disease threats in a proactive fashion.”West Nile virus is the most common domestically acquired mosquito-borne virus in the United States. Mild symptoms are flu-like and may include fever, headache, body aches and sometimes a rash. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. In some cases, severe symptoms may include high fever, stiff neck or a potentially fatal central nervous system illness causing inflammation of the brain or spinal cord. One in ten people die after falling ill to the central nervous system illness caused by the virus.last_img read more

Ryanair recognises cabin crew union in UK Update

first_imgRyanair has begun to recognise union representation of its cabin crews Explore further Just a week after recognising cabin crew unions in Italy, Ryanair said in a statement that it had “signed its second cabin crew union recognition agreement with Unite the Union, who will now be the representative body for Ryanair directly employed cabin crew in the UK.” Already on June 6, it agreed that the unions, ANPAC and ANPAV, could represent its cabin staff in Italy. “This cabin crew recognition agreement follows extensive negotiations with Unite the Union and covers the UK market, which accounts for approximately 25 percent of Ryanair’s fleet,” the statement said.With Ryanair being forced to cancel 20,000 flights between last September and March because of pilot shortages and amid long-standing grievances over pay, the airline has finally begun a process of recognising union representation of its staff. Ryanair recognised union representation for its pilots in both Britain and Italy earlier this year. Human resources chief Eddie Wilson said that the latest cabin crew agreement “is a further sign of the progress Ryanair is making with trade unions since our December 2017 decision to recognise them. “We hope to announce further agreements over the coming weeks, in those countries where unions have approached these negotiations in a practical and positive manner.”However, the two sides were making “less progress in some smaller countries where minor issues —such as days off for union officials—are unnecessarily delaying agreements.” Ryanair recognises cabin crew unions for first time Citation: Ryanair recognises cabin crew union in UK (Update) (2018, June 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-ryanair-recognises-cabin-crew-union.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP Low-cost airline Ryanair said Monday it has formally recognised representation by a union of its cabin crew in Britain.last_img read more

A Common Cold Virus Wiped Away Bladder Cancer in One Patient

first_imgA simple cold virus could wipe out tumors in a form of bladder cancer, a small new study suggests. Though the idea of using viruses to fight cancer isn’t new, this is the first time a cold virus effectively treated an early-stage form of bladder cancer. In one patient, it eliminated a cancerous tumor, the group reported July 4 in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. A group of researchers conducted an early-stage clinical trial in which they infected 15 bladder cancer patients with coxsackievirus A21, which is one of the viruses that cause the common cold. Coxsackievirus is not a genetically modified virus; it’s “something that occurs in nature,” said senior author Hardev Pandha, a professor of medical oncology at the University of Surrey in England. [Exercise May Reduce the Risk of These 13 Cancers]These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really Loud00:35关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65908-cold-virus-might-treat-bladder-cancer.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2802:28  The researchers gave the patients the virus through catheters that the patients already had inserted for other treatments. They left the virus-filled catheter in for an hour to pump the fluids into the bladder and repeated this treatment. Then, the patients underwent surgery to remove what was left of their bladder tumors. In one patient, the virus completely destroyed the tumor. In all of the other patients, the researchers found evidence that the virus had damaged the tumors and had spurred the immune system to send an army of immune cells to the tumors. None of the patients had any significant side effects, Pandha said. Researchers thought this method would work because the outer membranes of cancerous bladder cells contain a gateway for the coxsackievirus: a molecule called ICAM-1. Because healthy cells don’t carry this molecule, the coxsackievirus doesn’t attack them. Once the virus gets into the cell, it hijacks the cell’s machinery and ends up killing it. Even more cancer cells die when the immune cells are recruited. ICAM-1 is also expressed by other cancer cells, and coxsackievirus has, in fact been previously shown to be effective in treating very advanced bladder cancer and other cancers, such as melanoma, Pandha said. Even so, this is still an early-stage trial, and there’s still a long way to go before the method can be used in treatment, Pandha said. “This would be the foundation for much larger studies where we’d build on this,” he said. Newer studies will try to make the treatment more effective and stop the cancer from coming back, he added. Unfortunately, just getting a common cold won’t treat the cancer on its own. Pandha’s team gave a much higher dose of the virus than you would get if someone coughed on you and you got sick, for example. Interestingly, the patients who were given the virus through the catheter did not get cold symptoms. “I agree that [such viruses are] good therapeutic target[s]” for certain types of cancers, like bladder cancer, said Grant McFadden, director of the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy at Arizona State University, who was not a part of the study. But he noted that many studies have looked at whether viruses can target cancer cells. In fact, a host of viruses have been studied for attacking bladder cancer, specifically. It’s likely that many viruses will work well to treat bladder cancer and at least some tumor-destroying viruses “will get approved for use in humans,” McFadden told Live Science. “But this paper isn’t really new or innovative.” In fact, the idea of using viruses to treat cancer goes back nearly 100 years, Pandha said, but only in the past decade or so has it gained momentum. Editor’s note: This article was updated. Only a couple of the authors (not Pandha) are employed by Viralytics, a Merck-owned biotech company that is developing viral-based cancer treatments. Colorful But Deadly: Images of Brain Cancer 7 Side Effects of Cancer Treatment, and How to Cope with Them 7 Odd Things That Raise Your Risk of Cancer (and 1 That Doesn’t) Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBrilliant Future10 Worst Paying College MajorsBrilliant FutureUndoThe SideHairstyles That Make You Look Younger Than EverThe SideUndoMy Daily DiscoveryHow To Keep Your Photos And Videos SafeMy Daily DiscoveryUndoDugiFeed11 Best Foods for Diabetes ControlDugiFeedUndoYour Health7 Natural Pain Relief TechniquesYour HealthUndoeasyrecipes20 Toughest Restaurants Worldwide To Get A Reservation (But Worth The Wait)easyrecipesUndolast_img read more