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App Marketers Turn AI and Machine Learning To Drive Growth

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#AI#app marketing#apps#developers#engagement#featured#growth#Machine Learning#top#user#User Experience#UX Brian Solis A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. His research and his books help executives, and also everyday people, better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on business and society and also the role we each play in it. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Did you know that 80 percent of users churn within three months of downloading an app? That’s because most apps are marketed to the masses and not necessarily to the right customers.Oftentimes, the goal of app marketing is to reach as many consumers as possible with the hopes of recruiting en masse and converting at better-than-average ratios. But part of the challenge for marketers is that many of today’s strategies are driven by metrics that don’t link to advanced user targeting and growth.More specifically, app marketers aren’t using available data strategically to deliver productive user experiences that ultimately drive greater business profitability.Now more than ever, marketers must shift from tracking traditional vanity metrics to measuring the very things that contribute to retention and growth. More and more, successful companies are investing in customer-centric metrics such as CLV (customer lifetime value) to gain intelligent, consumer-centered insights that not only identify the most valuable customers but also key behaviors and preferences to continually improve consumers’ experiences and journey.Next-generation marketing and CX are about identifying and engaging valuable consumersCLV is more important than apps in isolation. It helps apps and other touch points work together to deliver value-added, cohesive experiences.CLV measures the value a consumer represents to the business across all interactions over their lifetime, not just a single transaction or touch point. That is ultimately the definition of customer experience. It is the sum of all moments a customer has with your brand throughout their life cycle. Marketing and customer engagement is now a cross-functional mandate.Not all app users are the right users. If you use the Pareto Principle, you can assume that 80 percent of business value is attributed to 20 percent of your active consumers. While these percentages aren’t by any means a standard, they do emphasize the need to identify and cultivate the important customers who drive your business.Instead of casting a wide net and attracting as many users as possible in the hopes of retaining a reasonably active base, CLV tied to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning focuses marketers and also developers on targeted engagement and growth. The idea is to drive profit by investing in more value-added user experiences and personalized offers. Doing so intentionally cultivates meaningful relationships with key customers.Next-generation customer engagement is about cross-functional collaboration and data sharingUnfortunately, customer experience today is largely siloed. Marketing, mobile, in-store, e-commerce, digital and so on are not collaborating nor operating against the same customer and market data. But that’s all about to change with the proliferation of AI and machine learning tied to smart CLV initiatives.When the goal is to deliver targeted and integrated experiences, not just in-app, but across each touch point and the life cycle overall, companies create a truly customer-centric approach. AI then helps brands get a more complete, shared view and understanding of customer behaviors and expectations.Additionally, AI-driven customer-centricity fosters cross-functional collaboration and data sharing that, by design, boosts customer experiences, along with CLV and business growth.Identify highest-value customers and deliver targeted experiencesAI/machine learning platforms offer intelligent insights when pointed in the right direction. Successful brands study how much revenue highest-value customers drive over their lifetime and how much it costs to manage those relationships. And they examine CLV across all channels to get a holistic view of high-value behavior in all interactions. When the system can analyze important traits of high-value users, it can learn how to optimize CLV.For example, to reach potential high-value customers, AI/machine learning uses data from existing high-value customers to optimize campaigns and touch points. In a study by Bain aimed at retail banking, it was found that it costs banks $4 every time a customer calls or visits. However, if consumers can complete the transaction via an app, it costs only 10 cents.The key is to deliver capabilities in ways that consumers prefer and appreciate. Imagine how much AI and machine learning could additionally uncover when tasked with identifying friction points and new opportunities.AI and CLV call for a new customer-centric playbookYou’ve probably heard time and time again that it costs more to acquire a new customer than to retain one. Brands that are winning prioritize CLV and AI and are drafting the playbook as they go. They:develop a customer-centric mindset.open doors between silos around in-store, digital and mobile so teams can focus on one clear business goal, rather than individual metrics (such as engagement or clicks).align customer-facing groups to a business outcome such as CLV and promote cross-functional collaboration and data sharing to assemble a holistic view of the customer across all touch points.understand who their highest-value customers are, how much revenue they drive over their lifetime and how much it costs to manage the relationship — across all channels.focus on measuring and communicating clear business goals rather than individual or vanity metrics.AI and machine learning improve both by using existing data without cognitive bias. The more the system learns, the more it optimizes.In the end, not all customers are created equal. By identifying those who drive value, how and why, you can learn how to design and deliver personalized value to them and enhance customer engagement and experiences to grow your business now and over time.last_img read more

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‘600 days since note ban, no answers’

first_imgMumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam on Friday said that the electorate will kill Prime Minister Modi politically in the next elections, as he did not have answers for the destruction of the economy, environment of fear, rampant corruption and unemployment.Mr. Nirupam was speaking at a protest by the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) against the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government, to mark the second anniversary of demonetisation. The MRCC president, who led the protest termed demonetisation as the biggest scam in the history of India.The former Lok Sabha MP said that they had gathered at Azad Maidan to shout so loud that the echoes of prime minister’s sins are heard by him in New Delhi. “We have printed the noose and [Mr. Modi’s] picture side by side on posters to remind him about his speech on November 8, 2016 on demonetisation where he offered to be at every road intersection and hanged if it fails,” Mr. Nirupam said. He further said that the government has failed on every front from unemployment, economic progress, corruption to farmer’s suicide. “Over 150 people died standing in lines. People in hospitals could not pay their bills, weddings had to cancelled. The unorganised sector was destroyed and now after 600 days, there are no answers,” he said. According to Mr. Nirupam, for the past year and a half, the Prime Minister has not mentioned demonetisation anywhere. “It’s because he knows in his heart that his decision caused havoc. Around 30 lakh were rendered jobless as several small and medium enterprises had to shut down.” The MRCC chief said that the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party with the help of the Prime Minister helped convert thousands of crores of black money of big industrialists white. “None of the big names caught with black money at that time have been arrested. In the report submitted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after six months, most of the old currency was returned. It was like burning the house down because of a mosquito,” he said. Maharashtra Congress spokesperson, Dr. Raju Waghmare said, “There has to be a reason none of the developed economies ever demonetised their notes. It is childish make common people suffer for personal gains.” All three reasons that touted demonetisation necessary have failed miserably, he said. “Terrorism has increased, there is no account of black money and fake currency seized. We filed an RTI application in the RBI asking how many notes were printed and sent to each State. It has been two years and we are still waiting for the answer,” he said.Mumbai Mahila Congress president, Dr. Ajanta Yadav said that instead of decreasing, crime against women had been steadily increasing. “The BJP talks about women’s empowerment, safety and have been making tall promises but in reality crimes against women are rising every day, the situation of women’s safety is worsening,” she said.last_img read more

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Black Death Left a Mark on Human Genome

first_imgThe Black Death didn’t just wipe out millions of Europeans during the 14th century. It left a mark on the human genome, favoring those who carried certain immune system genes, according to a new study. Those changes may help explain why Europeans respond differently from other people to some diseases and have different susceptibilities to autoimmune disorders.Geneticists know that human populations evolve in the face of disease. Certain versions of our genes help us fight infections better than others, and people who carry those genes tend to have more children than those who don’t. So the beneficial genetic versions persist, while other versions tend to disappear as those carrying them die. This weeding-out of all but the best genes is called positive selection. But researchers have trouble pinpointing positively selected genes in humans, as many genes vary from one individual to the next.Enter Mihai Netea, an immunologist at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands. He realized that in his home country, Romania, the existence of two very distinct ethnic groups provided an opportunity to see the hand of natural selection in the human genome. A thousand years ago, the Rroma people—commonly known as gypsies—migrated into Europe from north India. But they intermarried little with European Romanians and thus have very distinct genetic backgrounds. Yet, by living in the same place, both of these groups experienced the same conditions, including the Black Plague, which did not reach northern India. So the researchers sought genes favored by natural selection by seeking similarities in the Rroma and European Romanians that are not found in North Indians.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Netea; evolutionary biologist Jaume Bertranpetit of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain; and their colleagues looked for differences at more than 196,000 places in the genomes of 100 Romanians of European descent and 100 Rroma. For comparison, the researchers also cataloged these differences in 500 individuals who lived in northwestern India, where the Rroma came from. Then they analyzed which genes had changed the most to see which were most favored by selection.Genetically, the Rroma are still quite similar to the northwestern Indians, even though they have lived side by side with the Romanians for a millennium, the team found. But there were 20 genes in the Rroma and the Romanians that had changes that were not seen in the Indians’ versions of those genes, Netea and his colleagues report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. These genes “were positively selected for in the Romanians and in the gypsies but not in the Indians,” Netea explains. “It’s a very strong signal.”Those genes included one for skin pigmentation, one involved in inflammation, and one associated with susceptibility to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. But the ones Netea and Bertranpetit were most excited about were a cluster of three immune system genes found on chromosome 4. These genes code for toll-like receptors, proteins which latch on to harmful bacteria in the body and launch a defensive response. “We knew they must be important for host defense,” Netea says.What events in history might have favored these versions of the genes in gypsies and Romanians, but not in Indians? Netea and his colleagues tested the ability of the toll-like receptors to react to Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that caused the Black Death. They found that the strength of the immune response varied depending on the exact sequence of the toll-like receptor genes.Netea and Bertranpetit propose that the Rroma and European Romanians came to have the same versions of these immune system genes because of the evolutionary pressure exerted by Y. pestis. Other Europeans, whose ancestors also faced and survived the Black Death, carried similar changes in the toll-like receptor genes. But people from China and Africa—two other places the Black Death did not reach—did not have these changes. (There have been multiple plagues throughout history around the world, but none have been so deadly as the Black Death, which killed an estimated one in every four Europeans, and so exerted very strong selection.) The similarities in the other genes were likely caused by other conditions experienced by Rroma and Europeans, but not Indians.”The use of two populations living in the same geographic area is very clever,” says human population geneticist Oscar Lao of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who was not involved in the study. “This experimental evidence is very important,” he adds. It shows that the Black Death bacterium does indeed interact with the proteins coded for by the genes favored by natural selection. “That should be the goal for all those type of analyses.””It’s a nice hypothesis that they are putting forward,” agrees Lluis Quintana-Murci, a human population geneticist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris who was not involved in the study. The genetic changes may have modern-day effects. “The presence of these particular versions of these genes may give the evolutionary basis for why certain populations are more at risk” for certain types of diseases, says Douglas Golenbock, an immunologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. “The side effect seems to be that the Europeans have a more proinflammatory immune system than those who have never experienced Black Death.”However, Lao and Quintana-Murci wonder if the convergence in these genes might be explained another way. It’s possible that these favorable versions were introduced into the Rroma by interbreeding between the Rroma and the Romanians, they suggest. Additional sequencing of the converged genetic regions should answer this question, Quintana-Murci says. It’s also important to check how these toll-like receptors respond to other deadly bacteria to see if other diseases might have been the cause of the changes. That will likely happen, Quintana-Murci adds. “This will inspire other labs to see if other bacterial infections could also explain the [selection].”last_img read more

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India extends $100 million line of credit to Mauritius

first_imgIndia has extended a $100-million line of credit (LoC) to Mauritius for defence capacity building, as part of its Indian Ocean Region outreach that focuses on maritime security and developing the ‘blue economy’.Under the agreement announced on Monday by President Ramnath Kovind, who is on a visit to the island nation, Mauritius will use the funds to finance purchase of a multi-purpose offshore patrol vessel from India. The agreement includes an additional grant component of $5 million. Read it at Economic TImes Related Itemslast_img read more

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Lyceum extends win streak to five, crushes St. Benilde by 43

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ So in control was Lyceum that it forced St. Benilde to turn the ball over 40 times leading to 46 turnover points and 26 fast-break points.Wealth was spread all over, too, with the bench joining in the party with 70 points as the Pirates shot 11-of-32 from beyond the arc.Rookie Unique Naboa topped St. Benilde with 14 points as the Blazers incurred their third straight loss to fall down to 1-3.The Scores:LYCEUM 98 – Jc. Marcelino 17, Baltazar 16, Perez 14, Pretta 10, Tansingco 9, Jv. Marcelino 7, Nzeusseu 6, Caduyac 6, Marata 4, Ayaay 4, Santos 4, Serrano 1, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: Batangas, Flying V load up FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ ST. BENILDE 55 – Naboa 14, Leutcheu 7, Belgica 7, Johnson 6, San Juan 4, Bunyi 4, Young 3, Domingo 3, Pili 3, Castor 2, Suarez 2, Dixon 0, Sta. Maria 0, Mercado 0, Velasco 0.Quarters: 16-11, 47-21, 68-34, 98-55. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We remembered the time they beat us last year. They were 1-17 and that’s the motivation for us,” said coach Topex Robinson.Jaycee Marcelino starred anew in the game, firing 17 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting from the field, on top of seven rebounds and three assists, while Wilson Baltazar got himself going from beyond the arc, shooting 4-of-9 from threes to wind up with 16 markers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut it was still CJ Perez who made things work for Lyceum, doing it all with his 14 points, seven dimes, six boards, four steals, and a block.The Pirates went on a hot streak in the second quarter, turning a close 16-11 edge to a comfortable 47-21 lead after a scorching 31-point explosion in the second period before leading by as much as 46. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum continued to rip through the competition, eviscerating St. Benilde by 43 points, 98-55 in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Pirates coasted to their fifth straight victory, the school’s best start since joining the league in 2009, while also getting back at the Blazers after being the lone team to lose to the cellar-dwellers last year.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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WWE: Sami Zayn speaks about his injuries

first_imgAdvertisementSami Zayn has suffered injuries in both his rotator cuffs and is expected to be out for a few months. He underwent surgery and is now in the recovering process. Zayn spoke to WWE.com about his injuries, you can read a few highlights from the interview below:On what type of injury he is dealing with:“Well, right now I’m in Birmingham, Ala. I just underwent surgery for my right shoulder, a.k.a. my good shoulder. So, I’m out for a little while with that. I guess people don’t know about this injury; I’ve been working with it for some time. I don’t know exactly when I tore it. I think I tore it, or initially injured it, on a Montreal Live Event. Which is ironic because I injured my left shoulder — now somewhat famously — in Montreal in my [Raw] debut against John Cena. And at a Live Event this past August wrestling Jinder Mahal, I think I injured it then.But then my left shoulder, a.k.a my bad shoulder, started to act up again as well. That shoulder hasn’t quite been the same since surgery anyway, so I had just kind of gotten used to the fact that that shoulder was the bad one. But it started to get progressively worse, so basically, long story short, it turns out I have two torn rotator cuffs. The left one and the right one are both torn. I just underwent surgery on the right one, and then in about six or seven weeks, I’ll be undergoing surgery on the left one, and hopefully I can come back healthy and happy.”On how his surgery went:“The doctors said it went great. I’m in a considerable amount of pain right now, but it’s okay. The first three days, if I remember from my last surgery, are pretty bad, but then after that it’s pretty manageable. It’s just a really slow healing process.”On when he realized he needed surgery for the injury:“As I said when I hurt the right one, I kind of waited on that. I tore my left rotator cuff back in 2009 in a match with Kevin [Owens], and I knew immediately I was hurt. But with these two tears, I remembered a trauma with the right one, but it wasn’t as severe with what I remembered from a rotator cuff tear. It was sort of a nagging thing that bothered me for a few weeks, and I waited for it to get better, and then it didn’t get better. Funny enough, when we were doing tests on my shoulders to see if everything was okay with my right one, my left one turned out to be even worse. And as I had said, that was my “bad” shoulder. So then, the doctor ordered an MRI on my bad shoulder, and that’s when we found out it was torn — the left one, that is.”You can read the full interview on WWE.comAdvertisementlast_img read more

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When Emraan Hashmi met the stars of Bahu Hamari Rajni_Kant

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I want to play in the UEFA Champions League: Alexis Sanchez

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has said he wants to play Champions League football next season, offering his strongest hint yet that he would like to leave Arsenal.”I want to play in the Champions (League),” Sanchez told reporters in his native Chile at a charity match in his home town of Tocopilla.”But the decision isn’t up to me,” he added. “I need to wait on Arsenal.”Sanchez has a year left on his Arsenal contract but his future has been up in the air since the London club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.The former Barcelona forward has been linked with moves to Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich, among other clubs, and his comments will only increase speculation he is set to leave London.last_img read more

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Toyota Glanza launch on June 6; here is everything you need to know about the upcoming premium hatchback

first_imgToyota will launch its new premium hatchback Glanza in India on June 6. Toyota Glanza, which is based on Maruti Suzuki Baleno, will be the maiden product from the Toyota-Suzuki collaboration in the country.Apart from Baleno, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will also be introduced in India with a Toyota badge. The production of the country’s largest selling compact SUV will begin in 2022 at Toyota Kirloskar Motor.In January 2019, Maruti Suzuki India had introduced Baleno facelift and Glanza takes a major cue from the updated premium hatchback. Below are all the important details about Toyota Glanza you need to know. Toyota Glanza is based on Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. (Photo courtesy: Team-BHP)Toyota Glanza ExteriorsFrom the outside, Glanza looks almost like Baleno. The front fascia is the same, barring the grille that has a Toyota badge. There are LED projector headlamps with DRLs. Below the grille, you see the air dam, which is flanked by the fog lamp housings on both sides. Although the alloy wheels have been borrowed from Baleno, there is a Toyota badging in them. Also, the rear of both the cars looks identical with similar tail lamp design.Toyota Glanza InteriorsThere is no change inside the cabin as well. The only difference is that the steering wheel has a Toyota badge. However, the cabin of Glanza is spacious, as is the case with Maruti Suzuki Baleno. There will be a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.Toyota Glanza RivalsThe upcoming Toyota Glanza will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz and soon to be launched Tata Altroz.advertisementToyota Glanza EngineThe 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine powering Baleno is expected to feature in Glanza as well. This BS-VI (BS6) compliant motor produces 84 bhp and 115 Nm of torque and is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox, with an option for a CVT. For other engine-related details, we will have to wait until the launch.Toyota Glanza VariantsExpectations are that Toyota Glanza will be launched in V and G variants. These two trims might get the features that are available with Alpha and Zeta trims of Baleno.Toyota Glanza Expected PriceThe upcoming Toyota Glanza might be priced between Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom). The exact prices will be announced at the launch.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue receives over 17,000 bookingsALSO READ | PM Narendra Modi holds Varanasi roadshow in stylish Land Rover Range Rover Vogue: Know all about this SUVALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Sports Limited Edition launchedlast_img read more

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Pitt Just Knocked Off UCF On A Wild Trick Play In The Final Minute

first_img Pitt goes Philly Special on 4th and 3, takes the lead on UCF. Damn! pic.twitter.com/PiTiz90CTD— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 21, 2019A year ago, UCF finished the regular season undefeated before falling to LSU in the Fiesta Bowl. Before the game, fans of the Knights contended they should have been in the College Football Playoff.The loss comes as a surprise considering how well UCF played against Stanford last week.As for Pitt, the Panthers are now 2-2. They get Delaware next Saturday. A Pitt player celebrates knocking off UCF.PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 21: Paris Ford #12 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts after a blocked punt by Aaron Mathews #6 in the second quarter during the game against the UCF Knights at Heinz Field on September 21, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)The UCF Knights will not finish the season with an undefeated record this year. The Pitt Panthers, behind a wild trick play in the final minute, knocked them off 35-34 in a stunner.Pitt raced out to a 21-0 lead early, only to blow it in less than one quarter of play. But one final drive sealed the deal for the Panthers.With UCF leading 34-28, Pitt snapped the ball straight to a running back, who handed it off to wideout Aaron Mathews. Mathews then found quarterback Kenny Pickett in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown.The extra point made the score 35-34. UCF got the ball back with just under a minute to play, but was unable to get anything going.last_img read more

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Klaveness to Pay $5 Mln Fine in ‘Cabu’ Case

first_imgMay 16, 2014 zoom Cabu Chartering AS, a company indirectly owned by Torvald Klaveness, yesterday accepted a $5 million fine from the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (OKOKRIM), linked to commission payments to a broker during the period from July 2003 to March 2004.“The fine is related to matters that are more than ten years old, and based upon the fact that in OKOKRIM’s opinion the company did not quickly enough adjust to the new corruption legislation introduced in 2003,” said the company’s lawyer Bjørn Stordrange.The company, on its own initiative, notified OKOKRIM about the matter in 2010, at the same time as it initiated its own extensive internal investigation. Since then the company has cooperated with OKOKRIM in its investigation, amongst other by granting unlimited access to all documents from its internal investigation and through statements from those involved.“This is a case that Klaveness would very much like to have been without, and the company is accordingly pleased that it is now closed,” added Stordrange.last_img read more

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Meenakshi Lekhi retains New Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Meenakshi Lekhi retained the New Delhi Lok Sabha by defeating Congress’ Ajay Maken and AAP’s Brijesh Goyal. This triangular fight for the pivotal New Delhi seat is as tight as it can get. All three of the leaders had an edge over the other two in different fronts.Lekhi got nearly 54 per cent of the vote, Maken got 26 per cent vote and Goyal got around 16 per cent vote. Lekhi got more than 5 lakh vote whereas Maken got nearly 2 lakh vote. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarCongress’ Ajay Maken entered the fight with a lot of experience. Maken had won twice from the same seat – in 2004 and in 2009. In 2004, Maken defeated BJP leader Jagmohan and in 2009 he defeated Vijay Goel. Maken had also served as the President of the Delhi Congress. Maken had always been in favour of an AAP-Cong alliance in Delhi. Lekhi who had been banking on her achievements and PM Modi’s leadership to sail through in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 also had a lot of challenges to face. For starters, Lekhi’s biggest challenge was the traders affected by sealing of commercial establishments in Delhi. Then there were also the bureaucrats who were unhappy with the Seventh Pay Commission anomalies. Maken did not let this opportunity go and made Delhi sealing one of his top poll pitches. He criticised the AAP government in the capital and the BJP government in the Centre for failing to stop the sealing.last_img read more

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Idols reinstalled in Hauz Qazi temple

first_imgNEW DELHI: Amid tight security, the idols at the temple which was vandalized in Hauz Qazi were reinstalled on Tuesday morning amid a huge gathering. On July 1, a minor scuffle between two individuals over parking of a scooty took a communal turn which resulted in the apprehension of 17 people.A procession was carried out in the area as a part of the reinstallation process followed by several rituals inside the temple including Hawan. The procession had several chariots carrying statues of various Gods and were escorted by bands playing music. Aman Committee, which comprised both the community people, has played an instrumental role to restore peace in the area. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe procession was organised by the peace committee of the area which comprises of both Hindus and Muslims. There was heavy deployment of the Delhi Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). DCP central Delhi, MS Randhawa, was also present on the occasion along with other senior officers. Nearly two kilometres area around the temple was cordoned off and vehicle movement was restricted. Only pedestrians were allowed in the area. Right-wing groups such as Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu also participated in the procession with saffron flags. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”A few men cannot hijack the peace and brotherhood of our area, we have lived peacefully for ages and will continue to do so for years to come. The police have also done a commendable job by arresting the miscreants and trouble makers, we are happy that peace is restored after an unfortunate incident took an ugly turn,” said Mohammad Riyaz, a local resident. Muslims also organised Bhandara for the Hindus gathered in the area as a confidence-building measure and goodwill gesture. The procession ended in a peaceful manner and authorities believe that people might go to routine work schedule as everything has normalised peacefully.last_img read more

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Shop local movement drives sales of Americanmade yarn

first_imgIt began when Debbie McDermott allowed her daughter Jamie to raise two sheep for a 4-H project. Eventually, her 165-year-old farm was transformed into a successful, family-run, custom fiber processing mill.McDermott’s Stonehedge Fiber Mill, which opened in 1999 in East Jordan, Michigan, now produces more than 700 pounds of yarn monthly for customers in 38 states and Canada. It produces an additional 15,000 pounds monthly for its personal lines of yarn, including Shepherd’s Wool, which is milled and dyed in-house before it’s shipped and sold in about 300 shops.“I really think the appeal is our yarn’s made in the U.S., and people are more and more going toward U.S.-made products as a support for U.S. companies,” McDermott said.Most garments worn in the United States in the first half of the 20th century were American-made, but the decline of the American textile industry began after World War II, according to knitting and wool industries expert Clara Parkes. She’s a member of the American Sheep Industry — an industry trade group — and author of several books on knitting.In recent years, however, there’s been a slow-growing demand for wool yarn that’s completely produced in the United States, from sheep to skein, Parkes said.One reason, she thinks, could be that consumers are turning back to wool because of the environmental risks of microplastics in garments made from synthetics like acrylic, nylon and polyester. The microplastics are released into waterways when the synthetic garments are washed.Locally sourced yarn helps not only the environment but local businesses too, Parkes said. “There’s the environmental impact of shipping goods all the way across the world and bringing it back, but now people are asking themselves, ‘What if I can get the wool here and just keep it here?’”McDermott echoed that sentiment: “Shopping local is allowing farmers to raise and keep their animals on the farm.”Consumer interest in locally sourced yarn inspired the Michigan Fiber Cooperative to produce a line, Fresh Water Fiber, which uses wool and alpaca from Michigan farms. It’s processed by Stonehedge Fiber Mill and dyed by Why Knot Fibers in Traverse City.One store that stocks Fresh Water Fiber is Wool & Honey in Cedar, Michigan. Owner Melissa Kelenske said she buys from Michigan-based fiber artists and companies that focus on producing high-quality, ethically sourced yarn with attention to their environmental impact.“I think the farm-to-table movement of eating local, shopping local — basically the major slow food movement — laid the ground work for the knitting industry,” Kelenske said.Another yarn company that supplies Wool & Honey is Brooklyn Tweed, of Portland, Oregon. Knitwear designer Jared Flood founded the company in 2010 to “preserve, support and sustain” American textile production by doing business with sheep farmers, fiber mills and dyers across the United States.The business concept “was not so much about patriotism as supporting local economies,” said Christina Rondepierre, Brooklyn Tweed’s marketing manager.“It was also the revitalization of East Coast mills and dyeing houses and the whole U.S. textile industry so they could sustain income and make sure towns and business were able to stay afoot,” Rondepierre said. For example, the Harrisville, New Hampshire, Historic District mill village spins some of Brooklyn Tweed’s yarns. The village was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.But patriotism, too, is helping to revive the American wool industry.After Ralph Lauren drew flak for making its Team USA apparel for the 2012 Summer Olympics in China, the fashion company had all Team USA apparel for the 2014 Winter Olympics made in the United States. The yarn used for the closing ceremony sweaters was 4,000 pounds of Shepherd’s Wool from Stonehedge Fiber Mill.McDermott was shocked when a Ralph Lauren representative asked her to supply the yarn.“It was a mouth-dropped-open moment when I realized who I was talking to on the phone,” she said. “It was a neat experience.”Shireen Korkzan, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Algerian Regime’s Old Tactics Are Not the Answer to Mohammed VI’s…

By Majid MorceliSan Francisco – The Algerians expected that the speech would be more of the same thing, in which the King reviews the accomplishments in Morocco’s southern provinces and how Morocco fought the enemies of its territorial integrity. To this day, the Algerians have been unable to respond to the King’s offer. The Algerian decision makers—and nobody knows who they might be—are aided by their media, including their “independent” media. The media want the world to believe that Algeria’s call for a meeting of the Maghreb Union foreign ministers is the answer to the King’s offer. The Algerian regime prides itself on being brave and independent of any outside pressure, and they have succeeded in selling this myth to the Algerian masses, unfortunately for them. Hiding behind the Maghreb Union to indirectly respond to Morocco’s offer is not courageous.Morocco should not entertain Algeria’s outdated tactics. The people of the Maghreb are tired of the perpetual fighting when other countries can move on.No one wants Algeria to have another “Black Decade” reminiscent of the 1990s civil war, but Algerians should not keep the memories of the past from holding them back.The Algerians need to start asking themselves what President Bouteflika and his cronies have accomplished in the last 20 years even when their oil was selling for $120 per barrel.The Algerians especially need to ask themselves if the millions spent on Polisario is worth their misery.Read Also: US Official: Algeria-Morocco Dialogue Key to Regional StabilitySeveral countries lauded the King’s call on Algeria to turn the page and start a new beginning without any pre-conditions. Not a single country, even from the Maghreb, congratulated Algeria on calling for its scam meeting. Maghreb countries are sending a clear message to the Algerians that they no longer want to play its outdated games.Algeria’s excuse is that Morocco wants to make the Western Sahara issue a bilateral one, and Algeria can only cooperate with Morocco within the Maghreb Union.Who is Algeria fooling? Is Polisario worth anything without Algeria? Is Algeria’s cowering behind Libya, Tunisia, and Mauritania the answer? Is this all the Algerian officials can come up with? It would be a big mistake for Morocco to fall for Algeria’s tactics. The reason is simple: They are ill thought-out tactics born out of confusion from the King’s offer.The Algerian regime will simply have to do better.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent any institution or entity. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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Lockdown: Notre Dame’s neighbourhood isolated since fire

PARIS — The neighbourhood around Notre Dame Cathedral is usually buzzing with tourists all year. Now the shops and cafés are empty and the streets eerily quiet.Since Monday’s fire, half the island in the middle of the Seine has been closed to visitors. Residents who have the right to cross the safety cordons are the only customers for the local shops struggling with the sudden freeze to business.The police on Thursday blocked off the area to pedestrians and traffic until Monday — and likely longer. At Quasimodo Notre Dame bar, named for Victor Hugo’s hunchback, some of the storekeepers gathered to commiserate.“We can’t work anymore,” said Betty Touiller, who operates a boutique in the open-air flower market famous for its blossoms and caged birds. “We couldn’t even water our plants on Tuesday. Even when they showed their paychecks, my employees couldn’t get in.”Four apartment buildings were evacuated on Cloister Street which runs along the cathedral’s northern wall and is scattered with stones that have been tumbling off the monument since Monday evening. None fell on Thursday morning, but few believe the weakened walls are stable.The upper part of the building is no longer upheld by the lattice of beams, which burned away in the fire. The cathedral walls now lean 20 centimetres (8 inches) toward the street, although a makeshift support of wooden planks is there now, and a protective net will soon go up, according to police.Elsewhere, the restaurants that remain open have refrigerators filled with perishables — and dining rooms void of customers.“They’re talking years before things go back to normal,” said Patrice Le Jeune, president of the neighbourhood merchants’ association.Frederic Benami, a waiter in the neighbourhood said that when he saw the spire fall, it was “like losing a member of the family.”He lives above one of the only open establishments, “Au Vieux Paris,” which served five people on Wednesday, instead of 130 normally, according to France Info.“We feel like we’re holed up in a camp,” said Isabelle Hugot, another neighbour. “It’s unbearable.”Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, The Associated Press read more

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Ban condemns deadly attacks in Nigerian city of Kano

According to media reports, an estimated 150 people were killed on Friday during a series of explosions targeting police buildings and immigration centres around the city. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was “appalled at the frequency and intensity of recent attacks in Nigeria, which demonstrate a wanton and unacceptable disregard for human life.” Mr. Ban voiced his solidarity with the Government and people of Nigeria, and expressed his hope for swift and transparent investigations into the attacks to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. Mr. Ban also extended his sincere condolences to the people of Nigeria and to the bereaved families. 21 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today the multiple attacks across the northern Nigerian city of Kano, which resulted in large-scale casualties and massive destruction to property. read more

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Former SAITM CEO further remanded over shooting

Gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on the vehicle of Dr. Sameera Senaratne in Malabe on 2017 February 6.Senaratne escaped unhurt but the car was damaged in the shooting incident. The former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SAITM university, Dr Sameera Senaratne was further remanded over a staged shooting incident targeting his vehicle in February 2017.Dr. Sameera Senaratne was ordered to be further remanded till July 12th. Investigations later revealed the shooting incident was staged.Dr. Sameera Senaratne was later removed from his post at SAITM. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Speaker decides not to give MR PM seat till majority is shown

Jayasuriya had earlier decided to give Rajapaksa the Prime Minister’s seat in Parliament after he was appointed Prime Minister. However, in a statement today, the Speaker said that he received a motion signed by 116 MPs stating that they cannot accept the decision taken by the President.The Speaker said that he feels the concern raised by the MPs is justifiable and so he will not make any changes in Parliament till one party or the other shows it has the majority in Parliament to form a Government. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has decided to maintain the status quo in Parliament before it was prorogued, when Parliament reconvenes.As a result new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be given the Prime Minister seat in Parliament as the current Government members will need to sit in the opposition seats. “As the majority is of the opinion that all changes made in the Parliament are undemocratic and inconsistent with traditions of Parliament and as the majority of Parliament have requested that the status that existed before these changes were made shall be accepted, I wish to emphasize that I am compelled to accept the status that existed previously until such time that they and the new political alliance prove their majority in Parliament,” he said. “I am of the opinion that the request submitted to me under the hand of 116 Members of Parliament of the United National Party, the Tamil National Alliance, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Muslim Congress stating that the decision made by His Excellency the President was unconstitutional and undemocratic and as they are not in agreement with the said decision that the Parliament should be summoned forthwith and seek approval thereto is extremely reasonable,” he said.Jayasuriya also recalled that he made several requests for Parliament to be reconvened early in order to resolve the crisis.The Speaker expected Parliament to reconvene on November 7th. However President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Sunday) issued notice to reconvene Parliament on November 14th. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN food agency backs hiphop artist Wyclef Jean at festival to boost

The Yéle Fest is also taking place at the same time as another important cultural event in Haiti – the Jacmel Film Festival, and both events will culminate on Friday in Mr. Jean’s first concert in his native country for eight years, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today.“Wyclef Jean very cleverly uses culture as a means of addressing contemporary social issues, for he has seen the importance of art and culture in enhancing and changing people’s lives in all areas of society,” said WFP’s Representative in Haiti, Mamadou Mbaye.Mr. Jean’s organization Yéle Haiti and WFP started their growing partnership in June 2005 by undertaking joint food distributions in two of the Haitian capital’s most violent and vulnerable neighbourhoods – Cité Soleil and Bel Air.“When I started this foundation, I said that it was not a charity foundation. It is a movement and I am happy to see that Haitian youth identify itself with this movement,” says Mr. Jean, who envisions Yéle Haiti as combining the power of music with the tools of development in the areas of education, health, environment and community development.Teaming up with Yéle Haiti, which enlisted local hip-hop musicians to deliver rice, beans and vegetable oil to the neediest families, allowed WFP to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in Haiti at a time of very difficult access because of violence.In Haiti, WFP is currently assisting 850,000 people with targeted distributions to malnourished children, pregnant and nursing mothers, and people affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as providing food to primary school children under its school feeding programme. As well as being the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti is also one of the most disadvantaged countries in the developing world and ranks 153 out of 177 countries on the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index (2005).More than 75 per cent of Haitians live on less than $2 per day, while 55 per cent live on less than $1 per day. Chronic malnutrition is widespread among the most vulnerable, with severe or moderate stunting affecting up to 42 per cent of children under five. read more

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