Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEvery game matters, especially for the last remaining teams in the playoff chase of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Lyceum (17-0), San Beda (16-1), and Jose Rizal University (11-7) have all clinched their seats in the Final Four, but of the three, only the Heavy Bombers are locked in at the third spot.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans The Pirates and the Red Lions clash in the first game on Thursday, with the former aiming for an unprecedented 18-0 sweep, while the latter gunning to avenge their lone loss of the season.Also at stake is the top spot, as a San Beda win ties them with Lyceum at 17-1. But for the former to move up to number one, they have to beat the latter by more than five points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut if the Pirates triumph on Thursday, that will turn the playoffs into a stepladder semis, with the Intramuros-based crew earning an outright berth in the best-of-3 Finals.Meanwhile, Arellano (9-9), Letran (9-9), and San Sebastian (8-9) are all making their case for the last semifinal ticket, and after Tuesday’s playdate, the Chiefs and the Knights are tied. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ However, it can still be a three-way logjam for the fourth spot if San Sebastian topples Perpetual in the final eliminations game on Thursday, giving them identical 9-9 marks.In that scenario, the Golden Stags will have a bye owing to their superior plus-30 quotient over the two, leaving the Knights (minus-9) and the Chiefs (minus-21) facing off in the first playoff on Friday.The winner of that duel will take on San Sebastian next week with the fourth semifinals seat hanging in the balance.One thing’s for sure, all NCAA teams still in the Final Four race will have their eyes firmly locked in on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hong Kong expects Standhardinger to play full season in ABL View comments
While we are still to test the full potential of the One M9, HTC has come out and revamped its One M8 smartphone by launching the One M8s, showing there’s still some juice left in its 2014 flagship. The One M8s is essentially a tweaked version of the very-popular M8 smartphone that is exclusive to Europe for now.There is no word yet from HTC regarding the global availability of the One M8s.Let’s take a brief look at the specification sheet of the One M8s. The HTC One M8s retains the original design aesthetics of the original One M8, it looks exactly the same. HTC has also retained the same display specifics: a 5-inch full HD display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution.HTC has tweaked the processor on this one. The One M8s is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The original One M8 comes with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU.The HTC One M8s comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card. It runs Android Lollipop out-of-the-box with Sense 6 and drops the ultrapixel camera technology found in the original One M8. Instead, the One M8s sports a 13MP rear Duo camera along with a 5MP front-facing camera.Connectivity options include: NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, DLNA and 4G LTE. It is backed by a slightly larger 2840 mAh battery.
Share on WhatsApp Kieran Gibbs lifts West Brom to third with winner at Sheffield United Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on Twitter Jonathan Kodjia came to Aston Villa’s rescue salvaging a point late on. The visitors twice took the lead but Kodjia demonstrated his value by winning a penalty and then notching the equaliser.Joe Allen, who impressed for Stoke, opened the scoring two minutes into the second half and Benik Afobe hit the other from the penalty spot 12 minutes from time.But it was Kodjia who saved Villa, extending their unbeaten run to seven games, and his manager, Dean Smith, paid tribute to his impact sub and told the BBC the draw was a fair result.“It was a deserved point for both teams. I didn’t think there was an awful lot in that game and the conditions probably levelled out the home advantage.“We know we’ve got goals in us but we weren’t creating too many clear cut chances. People raise their game when they play us as that’s as well as I’ve seen Stoke play.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Championship match reports The Observer Aston Villa missed Jack Grealish in midfield but it did not limit their attacking options with the Scotland international John McGinn making an immediate impression.Allen went close to giving Stoke an early lead but his close-range effort went into the side netting. The visitors were clearly the more dangerous attacking unit and Ørjan Nyland had to show great agility to keep out a goalbound shot from Cuco Martina.Villa were kept in check and Tammy Abraham, who had scored eight goals in seven games, was closely shackled by the Stoke captain, Ryan Shawcross.The Stoke goalkeeper, Jack Butland, had to be on his toes to flip a free-kick from Conor Hourihane over the crossbar. Axel Tuanzebe then failed to make clean contact with a header from Glenn Whelan’s left-wing corner.However two minutes into the second half, Stoke caught Villa cold. James McLean robbed Alan Hutton before sending over a cross which found the unmarked Allen to rifle past Nyland.Kodjia was then introduced in the 66th minute and it did not take long for him to make an impact, being brought down in the box by Erik Peters before Abraham stepped up to convert the spot kick in the 73rd minute for his 12th goal of the season.Stoke regained the lead five minutes later when Ahmed Elmohamady needlessly tripped McLean and Afobe made no mistake with the resulting penalty.Kodjia then ensured the hosts did not finish empty handed when he deftly headed home a right-wing cross from Yannick Bolasie six minutes from time. Share via Email Aston Villa Stoke City Topics Read more Share on Facebook
REVEALED: Solskjaer blasted Man Utd players after West Ham flopby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with his players after defeat to West Ham.The Sun says he told his flops that they were ’embarrassing’ him after United’s loss.The under-pressure Red Devils boss also tore into them at half-time, saying their performance bored him. Solskjaer, yesterday given a vote of confidence by United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, regularly defends players in the media.Yet privately, he has been constantly losing his temper as his reign unravels.On Sunday in the capital he also accused them of showing no energy and panicking in the final third.Morale is understood to be extremely low, with the mood having changed dramatically from pre-season when Solskjaer lifted the squad. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Solskjaer fumes over penalty call as mundane Man Utd draw with AZ Alkmaarby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United were robbed of a penalty in Thursday’s uninspiring goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar.United substitute Marcus Rashford went to ground under a clumsy challenge from Stijn Wuytens in a game that included few chances for either side.The Red Devils did not have a single shot on target in the match, with David De Gea forced into a couple of sharp saves. It was United’s tenth straight away game without a win, and speaking after the game Solskjaer was disappointed his team didn’t receive a spot-kick.”It’s a penalty 101 times out of a 100,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.”How many times this season have we not got penalties? Against Arsenal that would be 2-0, tonight would have been 1-0.”It would have topped off a very good performance away from home against a very good team. We’ve come here and should have won.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), through its Flight Safety Department, will be hosting a symposium on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, beginning at 8:30 a.m.It will target foreign operators, contracted ground handlers and maintenance providers in an effort to advise them of the surveillance and certification responsibilities of the JCAA.“The symposium will be an outreach to all stakeholders where we will share the perspective of the JCAA, our roles and responsibilities, so that our main priority of safety and security can be maintained at the highest level,” Deputy Director General, Regulatory Affairs, Rohan Campbell, told JIS News.Meanwhile, Manager, Airworthiness Oversight at the JCAA, Gary Carr, informed that the regulatory requirements for foreign operators are among the topics to be discussed as well as breaches of these requirements, which have been observed in the past by the JCAA.Mr. Campbell noted that the event should positively impact stakeholders’ operations, so they can operate successfully and grow.The JCAA said that through the symposium it hopes to improve its relationship with stakeholders by creating awareness of the JCAA’s role in its surveillance of foreign operators, which should result in seamless inspections at aerodromes and reduce the possibility of delays and service interruptions.
D. Fowler7.5– The Cubs are getting help from more placesTop five Chicago Cubs players by share of weighted runs created (wRC), through July 21, 2018 Source: FanGraphs J. Baez11.8%– 2015-17 seasons2018 K. Bryant15.2– A. Russell7.1– K. Bryant11.0– A. Rizzo10.2– W. Contreras10.4– Since their incredible World Series run in 2016, the Chicago Cubs haven’t always lived up to the grand expectations set forth for their young core. The 2017 version never really clicked, even before the Los Angeles Dodgers dispatched them in the National League Championship Series, and this year’s club spent almost all of the first half trailing the upstart Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central race. And yet, the Cubs’ empire hasn’t crumbled yet. They recently fought their way back into first place, having won 15 of their past 20 games through Sunday’s win over visiting St. Louis, and our projection model has them tipped as the NL favorites.Unlike the 2016 Cubs, who enjoyed a historically effective pitching staff, Chicago’s primary weapon this season has been a dominant offense that is averaging an NL-best 5.2 runs per game. At a glance, that might not be too surprising for a team with Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo penciled in the lineup every day. But the driving forces behind this year’s offensive performance aren’t the leading names we’ve come to expect — and it remains to be seen whether this new configuration is sustainable as the team moves away from the All-Star break.From 2015 through 2017, there essentially wasn’t a better 1-2 offensive punch in baseball than Bryant and Rizzo. Together, the pair was responsible for 712 weighted runs created (according to FanGraphs.com) — the most by any two teammates over that span — and they generated 30.5 percent of the Cubs’ total runs — which, among duos, ranked second to the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout-Kole Calhoun tandem.1Also known as “Trout plus whoever happened to log enough at-bats to finish a distant second on the team in wRC.” To the extent that Chicago was a legitimately great offensive team during those seasons, that was mainly the doing of the Cubs’ top two bats. A. Rizzo15.3%– PlayerShare of Cubs’ wRCPlayerShare of Cubs’ wRC B. Zobrist6.4– K. Schwarber10.2– This season, however, Chicago’s hitters have spread the contributions around. Through Saturday’s games, Bryant and Rizzo had generated only 21.2 percent of the Cubs’ weighted runs created, with an even greater share turned in by other tandems on the roster — such as Javier Baez and Willson Contreras (22.2 percent).For Rizzo, it has been an outright disappointing year. Going into the season, FanGraphs projected a weighted on-base average (wOBA) of .389, but through Saturday he had only managed to deliver a .337 mark, which is barely better than league average and represents his worst output since 2013. Rizzo’s power numbers are mostly to blame; he’s on pace for just 20 home runs after averaging 32 over the previous four seasons. Although StatCast indicators such as exit velocity suggest that Rizzo has been hitting the ball plenty hard, his swing has flattened out into more of a line-drive stroke, which has resulted in many fewer balls hit in the sweet spot for power and launch angle.Bryant has been much better than Rizzo, with a solid .371 wOBA that ranked 26th in baseball. But even that comes off as slightly unsatisfying after a 2017 season in which Bryant was a top-10 hitter and set career highs in batting average and on-base percentage. At 26, Bryant was supposed to be on an upward trajectory toward peak production, but this season has been a step backward — particularly given that his rates of hard-hit balls also have been trending in the wrong direction.Luckily for the Cubs, others have stepped in to pick up the slack. Baez is enjoying easily the best campaign of his career, and he has the potential to flirt with 30 homers before season’s end. Contreras, too, is tracking for his finest season (thanks especially to an uptick in playing time), and Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber had a combined .351 wOBA after going for a .333 mark last season. Even Jason Heyward, whose struggles at the plate have held him back when compared with his star reputation in the field, boasted an above-average .337 wOBA. Not every Cubs player is having an outstanding year with the bat — sorry, Addison Russell — but most of them are: Of Chicago’s top 10 batters by plate appearances, nine (all but Russell) are above the league average in wOBA.2In terms of having a weighted runs created plus above 100.Naturally, the Cubs would love for their lesser stars to keep raking while Bryant and Rizzo revert to their previous form, although underperformers don’t appear any more likely to progress upward to their previous means than overperformers are to slide back downward. At least, that’s according to a quick and dirty study I did of qualified hitters3Specifically, players between the ages of 25 and 30 who had at least 250 plate appearances in a given season, had at least 1,000 career plate appearances going into that season and had at least 250 plate appearances the following season. since 1950. The 20 percent of players who overachieved most (in terms of wOBA, compared with that of their career previously) tended to give about 61 percent of their gains back the following season. Meanwhile, the 20 percent who underachieved most tended to regain about 67 percent of their previous form the next year. The difference wasn’t quite statistically significant — and that’s before considering that the sample is somewhat biased for underachieving players to bounce back. (Remember, they needed 250 plate appearances the next season to be considered.) So the Cubs should be prepared to take the good with the bad when it comes to which players revert to their previous standards of performance.Either way, Chicago will need to keep scoring runs. As Craig Edwards of FanGraphs wrote a few days ago, the Cubs’ starting pitching has been so bad that it’s on pace to accrue the fewest wins above replacement in recent franchise history. Chicago’s bullpen has been reliable enough to salvage some victories, and its defense is very good, per usual. But barring some kind of major trade to shore up the rotation, the Cubs will continue to ride their offense-first philosophy into the postseason and hope whatever regression comes is of the positive variety — such as Rizzo and Bryant turning into the team’s dominant combination of old — rather than the negative.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Former OSU wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) in a game versus Hawaii on Sept. 12. Thomas was selected by the New Orleans Saints on Day 2 of the NFL draft. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAs another day of the 2016 NFL draft came to a close, Ohio State set another program record, while also breaking a league-wide mark.The Buckeyes had 10 draftees in the first three rounds, which solidified the hype and anticipation of the Scarlet and Gray draft class. Scouts and analysts from around the football world poured praise over players like Ezekiel Elliott and Darron Lee, and their predictions of a historic couple of days for OSU were validated. It took a while for the Buckeyes to see the first member of the 2015 team taken off the board on Day 2, but at No. 47 overall, wide receiver Michael Thomas broke the silence and began the chatter once again for the OSU draft class. It took just 10 picks on Thursday for the Scarlet and Gray to see three of their players selected in the first round. On Friday, OSU saw just two names taken off the board in the second round.Many analysts around the league thought safety Vonn Bell would be selected late in the first round, or no later than early-to-mid second round. But Bell found himself tirelessly waiting to hear his name called by the numerous former players who announced their team’s picks. In back-to-back picks, the Indianapolis Colts at No. 57 and the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 58 selected safeties who did not play their home games in Columbus. Alas, at No. 61 overall, Bell finally saw his name taken off the board by the same team that drafted Thomas: the New Orleans Saints. With a pair of Buckeyes being selected in the second round, OSU tied Tennessee and USC for the NFL draft record of seven picks in the first two rounds from one school.Defensive lineman Adolphus Washington was picked up by the Buffalo Bills at No. 80. The outgoing senior defensive tackle started for three years with OSU.Washington tallied 13.5 sacks during his time with the Scarlet and Gray and could provide more push upfront for the Bills, who occasionally struggled to get to the quarterback at times.Just five picks later, OSU wide receiver Braxton Miller was chosen at No. 85 overall by the Houston Texans. OSU coach Urban Meyer was covering the draft for NFL Network and cracked a smile and raised his fists in celebration upon hearing Miller’s name called. Miller became the ninth Buckeye selected in the first three rounds, surpassing the University of Tennessee’s previous record of eight picks in three rounds set in 2000. But the Buckeyes weren’t done.With five picks remaining in the third round before Day 2 would come to a close, tight end Nick Vannett was selected by coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. For those who weren’t believers of the truly unprecedented 2016 OSU draft class, having 10 draft picks in the top 94 selections is difficult to fathom.Now with 10 names on the board across most divisions of the NFL, much of the top talents for the Scarlet and Gray have found their new homes at the professional level. However, there are still plenty of notable Buckeyes available for NFL teams to invest in. Former OSU quarterback Cardale Jones, linebacker Joshua Perry, safety Tyvis Powell and wide receiver Jalin Marshall headline the prospects who hope to hear their names called on the third, and final, day. The chance for the Buckeyes to break the record of 14 players selected in a single draft from one school loomed a bit closer on Friday night. Four more players selected, and the Buckeyes will seize the record they set in 2004.
I felt a childish delight when using the AirPods. I’m used to wearing over-ear headphones; it was so gratifying to get quality sound while still feeling the air breeze by my ears. When I’d leave my desk to get a midday coffee I felt excited to be able to use my AirPods. I found myself listening to podcasts with the AirPods as I cooked and cleaned at home.Sooner or later we all become our parents.There was one niggling reservation. Handling AirPods comes with a tangible swirl of anxiety. If I wasn’t using them I was patting my pockets every few seconds to verify they were still on my person. When I was walking around the city I had a rankling fear they’d fly out at the most inconvenient time. “It’ll be fine,” I thought. “You’re just being paranoid.” I wasn’t being paranoid. Last Friday, a mere three days into life with my sweet Pod children, disaster struck. I had to run for my bus and didn’t think to take the AirPods out of my ears to do so. What followed were the most emotional moments of my life, at least since Ygritte died in Jon Snow’s arms. Here was my exact train of thought as I ran for the bus: “Oh good, I’m going to make it. Oh cool, I guess the AirPods fit into my ears well enough to run with them. Oh no, both AirPods just fell out. Oh shit, one of them fell into that roadside drain.” Daniel Van Boom/CNET It was a particularly cinematic drop. It was like a Looney Tunes drop, where the Pod bounced in two high arches, reached its peak right above the grate then nosedived through a perfect-sized hole. It was like The Matrix, except instead of bullets coming at Neo it was Neo trying to catch an AirPod shooting away from him. Not only did I miss the bus, I missed the next bus after as I knelt by the drain and grieved for my Pod. Is there anything I can do to save it? I felt hopeless. Goodnight, sweet prince.This was a prevailing criticism of the AirPods when they were announced in 2016. “I just lost my AirPods and I don’t even own them yet,” went one of several viral tweets. I’m clumsy, which makes for an ominous combo. But after a few days of bliss, I thought maybe I could overcome the odds.I could not. I was heartbroken and, rudely, got no support. I had to explain my tardiness to my colleagues, they laughed. I told my friends. They laughed. No one was surprised. I told my cousin. He blamed me. They all blamed me. Daniel Van Boom/CNET I decided it couldn’t end like this. There will be a day when I lose my AirPods for good, but not this day. The drain it fell down wasn’t too deep. I figured I could potentially unscrew the grate, reach down there and reunite with my plastic progeny. (Except I can’t use power tools of any kind, so enlisted a reluctant friend to help.)There was a complication though. It was scheduled to rain at 9 p.m., just three hours after I finish work. Rain would sweep the AirPod down into the sewer, so I couldn’t dillydally. Not even I could love a sewer child. I never watched 24, but I imagine this is what that show was. The plan didn’t work. I brought a drill and a couple of different-sized drill heads but nada. It turns out the Sydney government does a decent job at reinforcing grates. But I also brought a backup plan. My cousin jokingly suggested using a coat hanger and gum. It was a crazy suggestion. Crazy smart.Sometimes the most beautiful moments in life are also the most disgusting. Daniel Van Boom/CNET Just call me Dan VanGuyver. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I am willing to risk an ear infection by using a gummed-up, drainpipe AirPod. Nothing a damp paper towel can’t fix. I was reunited with my AirPod after nearly 12 hours apart. Best Friday night of my life.AirPods are still my favorite new gadget 2019 has brought us so far. I just know now to live every day with them like it could be our last together. Editors’ note: Five days after retrieving the AirPods from a drain using a coat hanger and used chewing gum, Daniel Van Boom accidentally left his AirPods in a taxi cab. He hasn’t been seen since. Amazon AirPods 2nd-generation: Not really 2.0, but definitely… Apple AirPods 2019 $144 See It Apple Apple Originally published at 5 a.m. PT. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $144 17 Photos 3:55 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy AirPods (second generation) from all angles $159 See It See it Sarah Tew/CNET Three years ago my mum went to South Africa. She was doing the 20-something hour flight alone and figured this was the time to see what the whole “listening to music on your phone” fad was about.I put songs on her iPhone and dug out some earphones. She was immediately struck by the euphoria of mobile music. She spent the rest of that Sunday buzzing about, doing miscellaneous housework as an excuse to explore this new and alluring technology. She was astonished by the iPod experience — 16 years after the first iPod came out. It tickled me pink. But now, three years later, it’s happened to me. The New AirPods, or AirPods 2 as everyone other than Apple calls them, are my favorite new gadget of 2019 so far. I love the AirPods like children I don’t have. Wireless, high-fidelity children. In fact, I’d argue they’re better than human children in every way except one: They’re easier to lose. And trust me, at $159 (£159, AU$249) a pop, losing them hurts. I know, wireless earphones aren’t new and the AirPods 2 are only slightly better than the originals. The first generation of AirPods passed me by for two reasons. First, in-ear headphones almost never fit in my ear. Second, c’mon. They’re ridiculous. Click for more Boom With a View. I vividly remember the first time I saw someone wearing them in the wild. I was outraged by how casually he was going about his business. Fine, put those tiny hairdryers on — but don’t walk around here like you haven’t got tiny hairdryers hanging out your ears. You’re not wearing them. They’re wearing you. Now AirPods are commonplace. It’s chaos. I often think I’m being accosted by a stranger on the street or there’s a crazy man in my 10 p.m. bus, but no, it’s just someone talking loudly into their AirPods.All this is to say AirPods were bewildering. But then I actually used them. The sound quality is drastically better than I expected, and they actually fit in my ears. I was converted immediately. Yep, they’re absolutely preposterous, but that’s why using them is fun. The AirPods are the selfie sticks of earphones. That’s the highest compliment I can bestow. It’s a strange but satisfying juxtaposition: They look silly on other people, but the intuitive design makes it impossible to hate if you’re the one using them.The charging case is a lustrous little pod that opens smoothly to reveal two gleaming AirPods. Charging them is easy as resting them in their case like pearls in a clam. They connect easily to iOS and Android devices. It’s got that “it just works” quality that the best Apple products are known for. When I first opened up the case I shook my head with a great deal of resentment.Apple, you smug bastard. You got me again. You made these idiot things cool. I was in love.My colleague David Carnoy gave the AirPods 2 an 8.3 out of 10, calling them an incremental upgrade to an excellent set of headphones. I’m not one of CNET’s resident audio experts and can’t compare the AirPods to their competitors. 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Lender banks have once again not found any buyers for the brand and trademarks of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, reported Press Trust of India on Saturday. A persistent effort to sell both its physical and soft assets through an auction has so far remained a damp squib.In a bid to recover dues of Rs. 9,000 crore that the airlines and its debt ridden owner Vijay Mallya owe to them, a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India are now targeting the company’s soft assets. Last month, an attempt was made to sell the airlines’ Mumbai-based headquarters Kingfisher House, but that too had not found any takers, as realtors called its base price of Rs. 150 crore “highly priced”.However, the flagship brand Kingfisher that was collateralised to banks for a huge Rs. 4,000 crore (by Grant Thornton) in 2010, was put up for auction at a modest price of Rs. 366.70 crore. The stated reserve price was not even one-tenth of the price at which it was pledged as collateral for the loan, added PTI.The company’s logo and trademarks, including the popular tagline “Fly the Good Times,” were all up for grabs. Flying Models, Funliner, Fly Kingfisher and Flying Bird Device are a few of its popular trademarks.The auctioning of the soft assets too was being conducted by SBICAP Trustee Securities, an arm of SBI Capital, the investment banking enterprise of SBI, on behalf of lenders under The Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act.According to the airline’s annual report for 2012-13, Kingfisher Airlines was the largest airline in the country with a five-star rating from Skytrax, a U.K. based review and ranking site for airline and airport quality standard.On April 28, the Ministry of External Affairs wrote to the High Commission of the U.K in New Delhi requesting Mallya’s deportation as the investigations against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. Mallya left for London on March 2 and since then executive and judicial orders have revoked his passport and issued a non bailable warrant against him.The auctioning began at 11.30 am and lasted for an hour.
File Photo: Reuters For three weeks Dil Mohammad and his family have been stranded on a thin sliver of land between Bangladesh and their native Myanmar with thousands of other Rohingya, after running for their lives when their village was torched.More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now arrived in southern Bangladesh seeking sanctuary from violence that the United Nations says likely amounts to ethnic cleansing.But unlike those arriving now, thousands of Rohingya who fled in the early days of the crisis that erupted last month were initially blocked from entering Bangladesh.Too afraid to go back to Myanmar, they set up camp in a small area of no man’s land where they have been ever since, waiting for the world to force the country they consider home to take them back.”We have no intention of going to Bangladesh. We want to go back to our native land,” Mohammad told AFP in the camp, waving an arm towards the lush green hills that separate the two countries.”Myanmar is my home, my family has been there for generations.”The 51-year-old rice farmer said 150 families from his village of Mae Di in Rakhine state were now living in the makeshift settlement after fleeing an attack by the Myanmar army and Rakhine Buddhists.His adult son, who was shot as they fled, is being treated in Bangladesh.But although the Rohingya are now being freely admitted to Bangladesh, Mohammad does not intend to join him.He and the thousands of others living in the camp, which lies just a few hundred metres from a barbed wire fence that marks Myanmar territory, have regular food deliveries and access to clean water, medicines and even a rudimentary washing area.- ‘Humanitarian crisis’ -Much of that is down to Lieutenant Colonel Manzurul Hasan Khan, who as the local commander of Border Guard Bangladesh is responsible for policing the frontier with Myanmar.He was one of the first in Bangladesh to become aware of the unfolding crisis when guards at the hilltop border post of Tombru heard gunshots and mortar fire coming from Myanmar in August.Khan’s first instinct was a military one — he tried to call his counterpart in Myanmar for a flag meeting, whereby military commanders meet on the border to try to resolve tensions.Before he could get through, he saw that women and children were flooding over the hills of Myanmar into the valley below.He and his officers rushed down to the area, where they corralled the panicked crowd into a meadow, sat them down in the shade to explain that they could not come in and tried to establish what was going on.Later that day, the Rohingya women and children went back over the hill of their own accord, Khan said.But the next morning the firing resumed and they returned, this time in greater numbers.”At that point I knew it was a humanitarian crisis,” said Khan.One woman gave birth in no man’s land; another held up her seven-day-old baby and begged for Khan’s help. So he decided to give it.He allowed the sickest ones into Bangladesh and ensured those that stayed were given food and clean water.In the days that followed, he would witness the devastating effects of the unfolding crisis in Myanmar at first hand as more and more people arrived, most from villages near the border.One woman arrived with her leg blown off, apparently in a landmine explosion on the Myanmar side.Aid groups and Bangladesh government officials say Myanmar has mined the border to deter fleeing members of the Rohingya community from returning.- ‘Hand of help’ -Myanmar does not recognise the Muslim minority as its citizens, and they have endured decades of persecution.The situation has deteriorated dramatically since Rohingya militants ambushed security forces in Myanmar last month, and AmnestInternational says there have been “systematic” clearances of Muslim settlements.When AFP visited the Rohingya in Tombru this week, Myanmar soldiers could be seen patrolling on the edge of no man’s land, near where another group of Rohingya had apparently settled.Khan, who served in war zones in Africa and is no stranger to conflict, says the situation is the worst he has ever seen.He is proud that his country is helping the Rohingya — and happy to have played his own role.”These people may stay for a long time. Bangladeshi is a poor country,” he said. “But we have offered the hand of help, and that makes me proud.”Khan admits that the Rohingya will not be able to stay in no man’s land forever. He believes they will move into Bangladesh once the government completes its plan of building shelters for thousands of refugees.But for many of the Rohingya here, that represents an unappealing future.”I like it here,” said Mohammad Arif, 42.”I can look across to the hills and feel the breeze from my country, and that makes me feel good.”
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel (center) receives the Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion Award from the Michigan Public Health Week Partnership. 23Apr Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 23, 2018 PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel (second from right) and State Sen. Joe Hune (left) welcome Adam Coon and his mother Dana Coon to the Capitol. Categories: Vaupel News I recently introduced a House Resolution to declare May 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Michigan. While the C.A.R.E.S. mental health task force I co-chaired has submitted its findings, the work is just beginning. Eleven bills designed to help those with mental health issues have already been approved by the House of Representatives, and 23 more are currently under consideration by committees. I continue working to find solutions to mental health challenges, and public awareness of the issue is a big part of moving forward.***I was honored to help recognize local 911 emergency telecommunication dispatchers at a ceremony last Friday. These selfless men and women provide professional service and dedication while facing great stress. They deserve our appreciation for all they do. Congratulations to Dan Stevens for winning Employee of the Year, Meghan Kautman on receiving the Award of Excellence and Appreciation, and Lori Bourbeau for her 15 years of service!***It was another busy week attending events throughout the county. I was present for The Arc of Livingston’s Stepping Stones for a Successful Transition program cohosted by the Livingston Educational Service Agency. The program offers assistance for adults with developmental disabilities. Thank you to all who participated and helped with this important event and opportunity.I presented a state tribute to Clay McKenzie at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Eagle Scouts provide tremendous community leadership and service, and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a major accomplishment. Clay’s work with the Connection Youth Services is commendable, and I know he has a bright future ahead.I also had the chance to see the Fowlerville Community Players perform “Annie.” It was a great performance that highlighted some of our tremendous local talent.***On Thursday, I was pleased to welcome Adam Coon to the House floor to present him with a state tribute. Adam is a Fowlerville High School graduate and senior at the University of Michigan. He is one of the top college wrestlers in the country, and he is currently training to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in addition to maintaining his 4.0 grade point average. Adam has accomplished amazing things, and I look forward to seeing his future successes.***I was humbled to be presented the 2018 Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion Award as part of National Public Health Week. I am honored to take a leadership role in working toward a healthier and safer Michigan and am proud of what we have accomplished. I will remain committed to this important cause.***It was another successful year for the Livingston County Home Show and Taste of Livingston. Well done to the Howell Chamber of Commerce for putting together such a great event. I enjoyed seeing everyone, and I look forward to next year!***Thank you to all who attended my April office hours. I hope you’ll be able to join me again next month on Friday, May 18 at the following times and locations:2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!
Polish competition watchdog UOKiK has reservations about the acquisition of cable operator Multimedia Polska by rival player Vectra on the grounds that the combination of the pair could adversely affect competition in the market.In a note on the merger, UOKiK said that the pair’s activities coincided in 39 cities across the country in the pay TV market and in 45 cities in the fixed broadband market.UOKiK said that submissions from companies in Poland had indicated that the deal could lead to restrictions in competition in a number of cities and that it had therefore concluded that a second-phase investigation is necessary, possibly leading to remedies being sought of the combination being prohibited.The plan to merge the two companies was submitted to UOKiK at the end of August. Regulatory challenges had previously been responsible for Liberty Global abandoning its plan to combine its local operation UPC Poland, with Multimedia Polska to secure the scale necessary to take on larger rivals in the Polish market.
MELVIN CENTRENORTH WEST ANGLING FAIRPAUL YOUNGRIVER MOURNETV’S PAUL YOUNG TAKES THE NORTH WEST ANGLING FAIR BAIT “I filmed a western in Spain and on the Queen Mary, a retired Ocean Liner on Long Beach in California.“I worked on No Job for a Lady with Penelope Keith who was wonderful to work with while more recently I appeared on Still Game, a comedy based in the West of Scotland.“I am fortunate that my producer on the fishing programmes Ricky Walker is involved in making films as well so we were able to build the timetable around each other’s schedules and I was able to do some acting in between.“I find the fishing programmes more difficult than acting. When you’re acting there’s a script to guide you but when I’m doing the programmes you’re trying to fit it into a set template but you don’t know what will happen on the day.“Ideally you would want to catch a middle sized fish, then maybe lose one, take a break for commercials and then catch a big one to end the show but it rarely works out like that.”Next week’s visit will be Paul’s second trip to the North West Angling Fair after a previous appearance when the event came to Newtownstewart in 2013.On the Saturday afternoon he will take a walk around the Melvin Centre and along the banks of the River Mourne to meet and greet fellow fishing fanatics in a relaxed environment which he feels allows people to discuss the art of fishing at ease.“I have a wander around and people can stop and have a chat if they want,” he continued.“Sometimes if you’re on a panel on stage people are apprehensive about asking questions but this lets them approach you in a more informal setting.“I’m happy to stop and talk to anyone, it used to be autographs people asked for but now it’s all about selfies.“You don’t get a lot of opportunities to hear what people think of the programmes so that’s one of the things I like about coming to events like the North West Angling Fair.“Our last series was made in the US a few years ago but they are the type of programme that a lot of people have recorded and watch more than once so it is still reaching new viewers all the time.“The programmes are still available on the Discovery Shed and the fact that people still watch them and want to talk about them is a real compliment.”Paul is one of a number of high profile special guests attending the North West Angling Fair next week.Others include expert fly dresser, Peter O’Reilly, Henrik Mortensen, who has worked professionally with fly tackle design and development for more than 27 years, and Belgium born specialist Yang Quintus.The event will also welcome a host of world class fly tiers and dressers who will demonstrate and advise as well as talks from experts and cookery demonstrations.Three times World Spy Casting Champion Scot MacKenzie, fly casting expert Gordon Armstrong and the head ghillie at Ness Castle Lodges, Robert Gillespie are also on the packed bill.There will be a series of outdoor casting demonstrations at the River Mourne under the Pedestrian Bridge and daily talks on a number of subjects including Trout in Strange Places and Salmon Fly Fishing by Dr Ken Whelan and Jason O’Riordan.Operating from 10 am to 5 pm each day, the full programme of events is available online at www.derrystrabane.com/anglingfair.TV’S PAUL YOUNG TAKES THE NORTH WEST ANGLING FAIR BAIT was last modified: March 29th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: “Every fisher is different; some people want to catch big fish, others prefer small fish, some people want to wade around a Lough and others are keen on rivers – the North West of Ireland has something to suit all those tastes.”Paul’s acting life predates his role as a TV presenter by some 35 years, he has enjoyed a remarkably varied career since he started out as a child stage actor that has included appearances on Coronation Street and parliamentary sitcom No Job For A Lady.Most recently he has been involved in the latest series of Scottish comedy sitcom Still Game but his days are now more regularly filled by gardening, cooking, crosswords, spending time with grandchildren Rosie and Jack and, of course, fishing.“I’ve been fortunate to have had a varied acting career and it has taken me to some varied places,” he admitted. ShareTweet FISHING expert Paul Young has performed a juggling act between his high profile TV presenting and acting career for over two decades but having entered into semi-retirement in recent years he now has the luxury of choosing only the jobs he’ll enjoy.Fortunately for local fishing fanatics, the North West Angling Fair comes firmly into that category and the ‘Hooked on Fishing’ presenter was happy to take the bait and accept an invite to make a public appearance at the Derry City and Strabane District Council event that returns to Strabane on the weekend of April 8th – 9th.“If a job sounds stressful now I can just leave it now so it’s nice to have the luxury of choice,” he says.“When we were doing an early series of my ‘Hooked on Scotland’ television series we made a few programmes in the North of Ireland, we were always warmly welcomed there and the programmes were very popular so I’m delighted to get another opportunity to come back over.
The gold shares gapped up about 2 percent at the open…and climbed higher from there…reaching their zenith shortly after 11:00 a.m. EDT…and from there they chopped sideways into the close. The HUI finished up a very chunky 5.91%. Silver’s price action was very similar, except far more subdued from a price standpoint. Silver closed at $23.95 spot…down a penny from Wednesday. Volume was decent…around 39,500 contracts. For the day, gold closed up 1.50%…platinum was up 1.35%…palladium up 2.06%…and silver finished down 0.04%. The dollar index closed at 82.28 on Tuesday…and then began to drift slowly lower in late morning trading in the Far East. That decline accelerated once London opened…and the low tick of the day [81.75] came shortly after 11:00 a.m. in New York. The subsequent rally lasted until 5:00 p.m. in electronic trading…and then didn’t do much into the close. The index finished the Wednesday trading session at 81.91…down 37 basis points on the day. The dollar index decline matched the gold price rise quite nicely. Of course that relationship came to an unnatural end at the Comex open. I have the usual number of stories…and a goodly number of them are gold related…and quite a few of those are must reads as well, so I hope you have the time for them all. It’s time for the CFTC to come clean about silver and stop pretending it is investigating. It will be better for everyone (except holders of long COMEX contracts) for the CFTC to simply shut down this crooked exchange instead of letting the manipulation continue. At one time I did think the exchange could be reformed, but I no longer feel that is possible. The corruption goes too deep. It’s bad enough that an important American financial institution is corrupt beyond repair, but it is more a loss that the COMEX has dragged the CFTC down with it. In my latest article, I referred to the commissioners and other high officials of the agency as traitors to the American people. I still feel that way. Not only are none of them fit to hold their current positions, they should never hold any other public office again. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…08 May 2013 Another day…another not-for-profit seller at the Comex open. We’ve seen it all before. As you can tell from the quality and quantity of stories that have appeared on the Internet since the engineered price declines in mid-April; any precious metal commentator…except those from the willfully blind…now acknowledge the presence of a not-for-profit seller in certain commodities, particularly the precious metals. This fact has now become so widespread, that sooner or later someone [or a government or two] are going to put the paper market to the test…and that may be underway right now. And if you haven’t read Lawrie Williams’ excellent commentary on this issue posted above, now would be a good time to rectify that situation. The speculation swirling around the World Wide Web yesterday from several quarters is that all this gold coming out of GLD is heading for the Far East in general…and China in particular. The off-take we know about…plus the off-take that has yet to be announced…is a staggering amount…and you have to ask yourself the question…”Where the #%*& is all this gold coming from? Once again we have questions with no answers…only speculation. How this situation resolves itself in the fullness of time is the big unknown…but when it does come to a head, I expect it to do so in rather spectacular fashion. Not much happened in gold in Far East trading on their Thursday…but not quite the same thing can be said for silver. Volumes were ‘average’ in gold…and mostly of the HFT variety. But silver’s volume was much heavier, as a strong rally that began around 10:00 a.m. in Tokyo took a few hours to get under control…but ‘da boyz’ got the job done. Heaven only knows how high silver would have risen if given free rein, which it obviously wasn’t. The dollar index is comatose. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, gold is down about five bucks…and silver is back to about unchanged. Volumes have changed very little from an hour or so ago, so all is quiet…for the moment. The dollar index is now down about 10 basis points. That’s more than enough for today…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisement Despite the fact that the silver price finished basically unchanged from Tuesday, the shares themselves were swept along with the gold equities…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a decent 3.44%. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 21 gold and 117 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories. In silver, the only short/issuer of note was ABN Amro with 113 contracts…and the two biggest stoppers were JPMorgan Chase and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, with 36 and 65 contracts respectively. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. As has been the case for the last five months, GLD was down again…this time by 203,068 troy ounces. SLV went the other way, as 289,715 of silver were added by an authorized participant yesterday. The U.S. Mint had a tiny sales report yesterday. They sold 2,000 ounces of gold eagles…and 1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. Over at the Comex-approved depositories yesterday, they reported receiving 5,062 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 336,441 troy ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here. In gold, the Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 60,729 troy ounces…and shipped 121,701 troy ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here. No charts today…but here’s your daily “cuteness quota” The platinum and palladium charts were very reasonable facsimiles of what happened in gold and silver yesterday as well. Another day…another not-for-profit seller at the Comex open. The gold price didn’t do too much in early Far East trading, but managed to rally about five bucks as the morning advanced on their Wednesday. But by 11:00 a.m. in London the price was back to unchanged. At that point, a somewhat more substantial rally began, which ran into the usual willing seller at the 8:20 a.m Comex open. From there the gold price didn’t do much until 1:00 p.m. EDT, where it popped a few more dollars before trading more or less sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. Gold closed the Wednesday session at $1,474.40 spot…up $21.80 from Tuesday’s close. Net volume wasn’t very heavy…around 115,000 contracts. 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By market capitalization, billion-dollar gold stocks represent only 12.5% of the total MCap of the Metals and Mining subcategory, which in turn is about 43% of the total Materials group. Billion-dollar gold stocks have a market cap just 0.9% the size of those in the Financials group. The conclusion we can draw from these two charts is rather obvious: gold stocks are a tiny constellation in a big universe. That’s important, because it shows just how very crowded this little area could get when the larger universe of investors turns to the gold sector. If they invest in the bigger companies, there won’t be that many to choose from, which could swell stock prices. In the meantime, gold stocks remain deeply undervalued. Let me build on Jeff’s argument that gold stocks are cheap on an historical basis and compare them to other industries’ price-to-book values as of July 17. Primary gold producers are clearly a tiny group when compared to the number of companies in other industries at this MCap. Gold producers with a $1 billion MCap or more are a small subset of the Metals and Mining group, a sector that comprises 229 companies, which in turn is a part of the Materials category that consists of 600 stocks, including companies producing chemicals, construction materials, containers, forest products, etc. What’s staggering is that there are three times as many companies in the Financials group as there are stocks in the whole Materials category. Further, there are 470 real estate companies with +$1 billion MCap within the Financials group. Primary gold producers would be just 6.5% of that subset. What about the market value of the different sectors? They also vary widely, though the Financials group dwarfs them all. The gold industry remains the most undervalued sector available to stock investors today. Its latest price-to-book value is 1, the only industry at that level. It is slightly higher than what we reported in the beginning of July because gold has risen slightly since then, and so did many gold miners’ share prices. But they remain very cheap, as further evidenced by the Metals and Mining group having a higher P/BV, implying that non-precious metals producers are valued more than precious metals producers, a rare anomaly. How long will gold stocks continue to be so undervalued? As Louis James wrote last week, we don’t try to time or predict the bottom. Those who’ve made fantastic amounts of money speculating in this sector didn’t even try. They made money buying when valuations were ridiculously low… and simply waiting to be right. That’s exactly what we recommend, too—because when investors do return to the gold sector, it won’t take much capital for this small minnow to become a much bigger fish. Not all companies will be equally attractive when investors return, but there are a number of precious metals producers that we’re convinced will outperform in a big way, based on important factors—especially their price to tangible book value. They’re revealed in the latest issue of BIG GOLD. Earlier in July, Jeff Clark showed in his article A Rare Anomaly in the Gold Market that the gold sector is dramatically undervalued based on its price-to-book ratio. In this article, I would like to expand on his analysis and provide some additional context. In that article, we found only 31 primary gold producers with a market cap over $1 billion. This seemed rather small when one considers just how many stocks trade around the world, so we wanted to compare this to other industries. The charts below are built from a database of 6,830 companies. They’re grouped by industry, and all have a market capitalization of US$1 billion or more. They trade on various stock exchanges. Here’s how the number of gold producers compares to other sectors.
Apple Music Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Now that Apple Music is firmly in place (and even on Android) it’s time for Beats Music to go.An app update back in June greased the skids and an updated support page — as well as emails going out to Sonos users reiterating the Apple Music support is coming soon — notes the shutdown will occur on November 30th. That’s a little over a year after Apple completed its acquisition of the music company, and five months since its replacement first appeared on the scene.If you’re still subscribing then your plan will just cancel, but it’s possible to move picks and preferences to Apple Music right now.The email to Sonos users reads: Move your playlists and preferences to Apple Music, coming soon to Sonos.Beats Music is ending all service on November 30, but don’t worry – Apple Music is coming soon to Sonos. By moving your Beats Music account to Apple Music, you’ll be able to keep your playlists and preferences and listen on Sonos as soon as it is available. Keep an eye out for your invitation with all of the details.To get ready, be sure to sign up for Apple Music now-free for the first three months-on your iOS device, Android, Mac, or PC. All of your music picks and playlists will be moved from Beats Music to Apple Music, and you’ll be able to browse more than 30 million songs, listen to worldwide radio with Beats 1, and more.For more information about Apple Music, visit apple.com/music. Add to Queue Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Richard Lawler This story originally appeared on Engadget Image credit: Pexels Beats Music to Shut Down This Month 2 min read Next Article November 13, 2015 –shares
New Platform Extends Access to Communications Capabilities through Pre-built Tools and APIsBrightlink, a leading communications platform and technology company that delivers voice, messaging, analytics and cloud-based solutions, has made it easier for businesses to integrate communications capabilities into their customer engagement strategies through the 2.0 release of its Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) Platform. Prior functionality in Brightlink’s CPaaS Platform available via the Brightlink Phonebook is still available, such as the ability to acquire and activate phone numbers and enable business messaging, and is now enhanced with added features and improved user experience.“We remain committed to enhancing our CPaaS technology and platform, and our latest release takes self-service to the next level to give businesses a competitive advantage,” said Rob Chen, CEO of Brightlink. “Our new platform enables companies to easily access and integrate communications capabilities into their business processes – in a matter of minutes – and provides a differentiated CPaaS user experience for enterprises.”Marketing Technology News: Verint Honors 7 Award-Winning Customers Achieving Remarkable Results in Customer EngagementBrightlink’s CPaaS Platform includes a robust set of APIs coupled with an easy-to-use web user interface from which companies can easily choose and activate hundreds of phone numbers for immediate use and then enable critical features such as business texting to support marketing and customer engagement.According to a Harris Interactive poll, 64% of consumers are likely to perceive a company contacting them via text in a positive light. Meanwhile, 75% of Millennials would rather communicate via text about things such as appointments, deliveries and coupons, according to Mobile Marketing Watch.“Companies today that haven’t enabled their business numbers for texting are missing a critical component of their omnichannel customer engagement strategy, especially if they want to reach digital native consumers and end users,” said Chen.Marketing Technology News: Cint Appoints SVP of Asia Nicholas Antram to Continue Strategic Expansion Across the RegionBrightlink’s CPaaS Platform 2.0 release includes four major areas of capabilities:Voice API Manager, which allows for easy provisioning and porting of numbers and supports call forwarding, E911 Registration, Caller ID Registration and the ability to search for vanity numbers and number ranges leveraging Brightlink APIsMessaging API Manager with pre-built access to Brightlink APIs to activate and enable SMS/MMS messaging on any number, including landlinesSIP API Manager, which enables activation and management of SIP trunks utilizing Brightlink APIsAPI Command Center, which provides direct API access and supporting resources such as API reference documentsMarketing Technology News: Airship Bolsters its Senior Leadership Team for Accelerated Global Growth Brightlink Releases CPaaS Platform 2.0 PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 6:18 pmMay 24, 2019 BrightlinkBrightlink APIsCaller ID RegistrationcPaaSenable business messagingMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleXandr Creates CommunityNext ArticleWeTransfer Unveils Brand Campaign, “Please Leave,” Reflecting the Relationship Between People and Technology
Monetate Exceeds $2 Billion in Influenced Revenue and Unveils New Brand Identity and Leadership at Cannes Lions 2019 Business WireJune 25, 2019, 8:18 pmJune 25, 2019 Cannes Lions 2019Influenced RevenueMonetateNewsPetco Previous ArticleSureDone Enhances Automation Engine to Support Marketplaces and Complex IntegrationsNext ArticleUK Organisations Leaders in Adopting Business Automation As of H1 2019, Monetate has influenced more than $2 billion in purchases and its broader growth strategy includes new branding and leadership to serve rising demand for smarter personalization technologyMonetate, the worldwide leader in personalization, at Cannes Lions reported strong H1 momentum including passing the milestone of $2 billion in revenue influenced and unveiled a new brand identity, technology investments and expanded leadership team. These successes mark the company’s next phase of growth, driven by the demand for technology that improves customer experience from brands including Clarks, Dream, Petco, QVC, Timberland, Carnival and The North Face.“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for our customers across all touchpoints – digital and in-store,” said Laura Pickard, Ecommerce Testing & Analytics Manager, Petco. “We’ve partnered with Monetate for several years now because their technology and services help drive a stronger understanding of customer behavior and deliver greater value on Petco.com.”Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet AlliMonetate’s new brand identity and roll-out of its updated technology are among the initiatives newly appointed CMO Lisa Kalscheur will oversee to help the company meet the growing demand for simple and effective solutions for true personalization. The company’s modern, approachable new brand identity reflects Monetate’s growing importance to some of the world’s leading brands.“Most brands find it difficult and costly to execute personalization strategies and make them successful at scale, which has contributed to Monetate’s ongoing growth,” said Stephen Collins, CEO, Monetate. “Our stronger leadership team and network, along with our fresh look and updates, better represent our business and position us to help even more brands connect with customers more effectively.”Customers can leverage the Monetate platform to grow the lifetime value of their best customers with engaging messages that are attentive to customer intent, persistent, authentic and pervasive. Customer experience continues to be one of the key focus areas for brands across the globe as the competitive landscape changes by the minute. Organizations that are able to shift away from a siloed approach across teams and data to focus on holistic customer profiles will be poised to gain a competitive advantage that will drive higher customer engagement and loyalty.“Personalization is a crucial component to any brand to stay competitive and relevant in the age of Amazon. Monetate is in a unique position in the marketing industry to deliver a solution that brings this together into one hub,” said Lisa Kalscheur, CMO, Monetate. “The new brand identity, tech innovation and overall momentum marks our corporate and industry growth as the global demand rises for technology that improves customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts MarketplaceMonetate Momentum Highlights:Exceeding $2 billion in influenced revenue – As of 2019, Monetate’s technology has influenced more than $2 billion in global consumer brand purchases. Key customers like Petco contributed to a 20% rise is consumer experiences delivered in May 2019 compared to January 2019.Growing globally – The Monetate partner program continues to grow globally with new strategic collaborations including Contentsquare, strengthening its foothold in the Americas, Europe and APAC.Expanding leadership bench – Monetate is investing heavily in leadership talent with the recent hires of CMO Lisa Kalscheur, CRO Richard Rivera and COO Brandon Atkinson.Ongoing research – Commitment to educating the market through its Ecommerce Quarterly Report and Personalization Development Study.Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora Listeners