first_imgA380 to run Guangzhou-Sydney route from October. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. China Southern will utilise one of its five A380s on the Guangzhou-Sydney route as part of a major overhaul to Australian operations.The A380 will begin flying the route on 27 October 2013, replacing the current A330-300.“Australia remains our most important overseas market and the test bed for our global strategy,” China Southern executive vice president Chen Gang said.Both Melbourne and Sydney will receive China Southern’s latest A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft, containing flatbeds in business and personal screens throughout, by the end of October this year.The airline introduced new A330-223 aircraft on Brisbane and Perth routes earlier this month.Australian and New Zealand passengers travelling on the Canton route will soon be able to obtain visa-free entry to Guangzhou.“Our Canton Route via Guangzhou is the new and exciting way for Australians to fly and we are absolutely thrilled that they will soon be able to stop over in this vibrant city with a free transit permit for up to 72 hours to try some authentic Cantonese Yum Cha, enjoy the local culture and shop ‘til they drop,” Mr Chen said.last_img read more


first_imgCarson. Bruce. Larry. Let’s go. #BirdGang pic.twitter.com/ndBefZPTgR— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) February 9, 2017 As with anything that happens, whether a Super Bowl comeback or a dancing cat, the internet had some fun reactions to the news that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will play in 2017.Many fans expressed excitement that the 37-year-old will return to play his fifth season for the Cards in 2017. pic.twitter.com/86DaAe1As2— Jim Connell (@Jim_Connell_417) February 9, 2017 @NFL based on what. Sorry, but he was hopeless this season. Without a watertight offensive line he is a constant sack-fest BOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/zIpy8PJx27— Megan (@Wonder_Bubbles) February 9, 2017 We need to move on, he isn’t in his prime. https://t.co/ucB7ZR1yF9— Braeden Mueller (@Bmulesports) February 9, 2017 With the gang back, it is now time to get that Super Bowl Ring…Let’s win one for the old folks! #BeRedSeeRed #BirdGang— Ray Shefska (@rasisjaz) February 9, 2017 why couldn’t he have done this on Monday instead of ruining our weekend?— Sun Devil Mike (@djgazooz) February 9, 2017Palmer’s decision is not very surprising given that wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald announced his intention to play in 2017 last week.With both of them on hand, the Cardinals will be out for redemption in 2017. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img — Derek H (@degzo) February 9, 2017 Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Great news.Had my fingers crossed we’d get to Carson & Larry back & playing over here at Twickenham.#Britishbirdgang— Tom Marshall (@aredzonauk) February 9, 2017 Carson Palmer back?? pic.twitter.com/ATAdKN6Wjm 0 Comments   Share   — Matthew Vincent (@Born_MVP) February 9, 2017 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!— santiago rocha (@santiagorocha21) February 9, 2017The joy was not unanimous however. The Cardinals stumbled to a 7-8-1 record last season, missing the playoffs and falling well short of preseason expectations.Some put the blame for the disappointing season on Palmer. He put up 4,233 yards with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, but struggled early in the season and did not get much protection from his offensive line. Others feel he’s too old and the Cardinals need to move to a younger successor.last_img read more


first_imgThe ISBE international breakfast will take place at 10:30 AM CET on June 10 at ANGA COM, at the Speakers’ Corner in Area 10.1 of the Kölnmesse exhibition centre. Energy efficiency in cable networks will be one of the main topics up for discussion at The International Society of Broadband Experts’ (ISBE’s) international breakfast at ANGA COM.SBE, the global brand of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, said that energy efficiency in cable networks, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and modern home networks will all be on the agenda.Speakers at the breakfast will include ISBE president and CEO Mark Dzuban, will discuss the ISBE/Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ Energy 2020 program.This aims to create new standards, operations and workforce training to help cable reduce a projected four-fold increase in energy costs by the end of the decade by 25%.Also speaking at the event will be Hartwig Tauber, director general of the FTTH Council Europe, who will talk about the operational and energy impact of migrating to fiber architectures.Meanwhile, ISBE fellow, Daniel Howard, will discuss how ISBE, MoCA and CableLabs are working together to resolve potential frequency overlap issues between DOCSIS 3.1 and MoCA in modern home networks.“The urgency to achieve greater energy efficiency and cost avoidance in our networks and the need to address the growth of home networks underscore how much the needs of cable have changed in just the past few years,” said Claus Adams, CEO of Adams Consult and president ISBE’s central Europe chapter.The ISBE is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecomms industry. It serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information.last_img read more


first_img The Crash of 2016 Dozens of experts are predicting a financial apocalypse next year. But one multimillionaire bestselling author doesn’t care… and is urging everyone he knows to take one simple step right now. Details here. – — Social Security funds are drying up…will there be any money left when you retire? Social Security is America’s largest federal program. In 2015, it paid out $870 billion to more than 59 million Americans. Most Americans see Social Security as a retirement savings program. During your working life, you pay 6.2% of every paycheck to Social Security. In return, the government sends you a check every month after you retire. However, unlike a retirement plan like a 401(k), the money you pay into Social Security doesn’t land in your own personal account. Instead, it goes into one big pot called the “Social Security Trust Fund.” The Social Security program pays retirees from this pot. As long as enough money flows into the pot, the program works, and retired people get the payments they expect. •  Last year, the Social Security Trust Fund lost money… On Wednesday, Investor’s Business Daily reported (emphasis ours): The Social Security Trust Fund just suffered its first annual decline since Congress shored up the retirement program in 1983. The unexpected $3 billion decline is an indication of the precarious state of Social Security’s finances. Since 2010, the program has been paying out more in benefits than it gets in tax revenue. In 1955, there were 8.6 workers paying into Social Security for every one person receiving Social Security. Today, due to America’s aging population, there are just 2.8 workers for every recipient. And that number will decline as the “baby boomer” generation continues to retire. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects Social Security to go broke within 13 years, according to Investor’s Business Daily. Social Security’s cash shortfall is expected to rapidly escalate from $74 billion a year to $361 billion in 2025 alone, the Congressional Budget Office projects. Under current policies, the CBO says the trust fund will be gone by 2029. •  To fix Social Security, the government would need to cut benefits by 29%… According to Investor’s Business Daily, this would bring the program’s costs in line with how much money it takes in. The average retiree receives $1,355 each month from Social Security. A 29% cut would reduce that to $962 per month. That’s not going to happen. Because senior citizens are a huge voting bloc, most politicians consider Social Security benefits to be untouchable. •  The U.S. government will continue to make promises it can’t keep… To keep the scheme going, Washington will run bigger deficits. It will go deeper into debt. Longtime readers know the U.S. government is drowning in debt. The federal government already owes more than $18 trillion. That’s 129% more than it owed a decade ago. The federal debt is now bigger than the yearly output of the entire U.S. economy. The current debt-to-GDP ratio is 101%, the highest since World War II. Programs like Social Security helped cause this financial wreck. Today, $0.72 of every dollar the government spends goes to entitlement programs like Social Security. In 1970, only $0.28 of every dollar went to entitlement programs. Recommended Linkscenter_img The #1 Currency for the “End of America” Today, most Americans know absolutely nothing about, let alone own, this incredibly valuable asset. This has nothing to do with gold coins, silver, collectibles, or real estate of any kind, yet it could be the single most important step you take to preserve your wealth. Click here to learn more. •  Casey Research founder Doug Casey says Social Security is a “gigantic Ponzi scheme.” He says it’s “nothing but a vague promise backed by nothing but an impossibly debt-ridden government with financial problems that are about to get much worse.” Here’s Doug. By taking almost 15% of a person’s wages right off the top, Social Security makes it much harder for a poor person to save money. Worse yet, it makes people think they don’t need to save for themselves; it gives them a false sense of security. Even worse is that the money never really belongs to the presumed recipient; it’s simply another unsecured obligation of a bankrupt government. Doug says millions of Americans who expect Social Security income won’t get it. He believes the Social Security program should be eradicated. •  We don’t expect the government to fix Social Security… If you’re under the age of 50, you’ll probably never get a dime in Social Security payments. However, we doubt Social Security will go away quietly. The government will likely try to “fix” it the only way it knows how: by printing and borrowing money. As we mentioned earlier, the U.S. government is already drowning in debt. Printing and borrowing billions more to fix Social Security could wreck the economy. Or worse, it could destroy the U.S. dollar. If you keep a significant portion of your money in assets tied to the U.S. dollar, we recommend watching this free video. It contains all of Casey Research’s best advice on how to protect your money from a U.S. dollar collapse. Click here to watch. Chart of the Day The Social Security Trust Fund lost money last year… Today’s chart shows the Social Security Trust Fund’s annual cash flows. As you can see, the fund took in more money than it paid out every year from 1984–2014. However, in 2015, the fund handed out $3 billion more than it received. It was the fund’s first deficit since 1983. Unless the government reforms Social Security, the Congressional Budget Office says the fund will run out of money by 2029. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 22, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more


first_imgElon Musk Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Government Sues Elon Musk for Tweeting About Taking Tesla Private Andrew Tarantola Next Article Musk called the SEC lawsuit ‘unjustified action.’ The Securities Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a Manhattan federal court on Thursday, as first reported by Bloomberg. The agency alleges that Musk’s tweets in August about having “funding secured” for a potential bid to take the company private constitute fraud for being “false and misleading statements.” What’s more, the lawsuit seeks to ban Musk from serving as an officer of a public company.Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018″According to Musk, he calculated the $420 price per share based on a 20 percent premium over that day’s closing share price because he thought 20 percent was a ‘standard premium’ in going-private transaction,” the suit alleges. “This calculation resulted in a price of $419, and Musk stated that he rounded the price up to $420 because he had recently learned about the number’s significance in marijuana culture and thought his girlfriend ‘would find it funny, which admittedly is not a great reason to pick a price.'”News of the lawsuit sent Tesla’s stock into a tailspin, dropping more than 7 percent in late afternoon trading on Thursday. This isn’t the only investigation that Tesla and its embattled CEO are currently facing. The Justice Department is reportedly looking into whether Musk misled investors with those tweets and the CEO himself is embroiled in a defamation suit with the Thai Cave rescue diver, whom Musk called a “pedo guy” in August as well.”Corporate officers hold positions of trust in our markets and have important responsibilities to shareholders,” Steven Peikin, co-director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division said during a news conference Thursday. “An officer’s celebrity status or reputation as a technological innovator does not give license to take those responsibilities lightly.”In a statement, Musk responded to the suit calling it “unjustified action.””This unjustified action by the SEC leaves me deeply saddened and disappointed,” he said. “I have always taken action in the best interests of truth, transparency and investors. Integrity is the most important value in my life and the facts will show I never compromised this in any way.”Tesla and its board of directors have also issued a statement backing Musk:”Tesla and the board of directors are fully confident in Elon, his integrity, and his leadership of the company, which has resulted in the most successful U.S. auto company in over a century. Our focus remains on the continued ramp of Model 3 production and delivering for our customers, shareholders and employees.”United States Securities an… by on Scribd Register Now » 3 min readcenter_img Associate Editor September 28, 2018 This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images via engadgetlast_img read more


first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Brian Patrick Eha Next Article Register Now » Technology –shares Add to Queue PayPal Is Cracking Down on Bitcoin Sellers Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals PayPal does not want people selling Bitcoin on its platform. It appears that related goods and services, such as Bitcoin mining rigs — that is, specialized computers designed to mine the cryptocurrency by solving complex math problems — may also be forbidden.Users on Bitcointalk, a popular online discussion forum for the Bitcoin community, are indignant Wednesday following a report that PayPal is enforcing a draconian ban on all things Bitcoin. User newguy05 wrote that his account had been suspended after he sold some Casascius bitcoins — collectible coins of brass and other metals. Each coin comes with its own Bitcoin address and a private key to access an amount of the digital money equal to the purported value of the physical coin. They are often seen in pictures illustrating media reports about Bitcoin.”Paypal has largely ignored and allowed physical Bitcoin sales until beginning of this year when some kind of new policy triggered a massive account review on everything Bitcoin-related that’s considered high value sales, including physical coins,” newguy05 wrote.In an earlier post dated Feb. 4, newguy05 said that “PayPal has started a massive banning campaign on accounts selling anything Bitcoin-related, whether it’s mining equipment, ebooks, or the currency itself.”Not everyone will be shocked by this news. Some see the cryptocurrency as a natural enemy of PayPal, because the sort of transaction fees that PayPal charges as a matter of course are nonexistent in person-to-person Bitcoin transactions.According to a PayPal representative, merchants who sell Bitcoin mining equipment are in the clear and can continue to offer PayPal as a payment option. The company expects all participating merchants to follow “the policies we’ve put in place to protect both buyers and sellers who use PayPal,” the spokesperson said.But PayPal’s policies toward Bitcoin may have recently been altered, according to one employee. At time of writing, however, details on what these policies entail and when they were implemented were not available.Related: Why Businesses Will Like PayPal’s Updated Checkout ProcessThe effect of those policies is clear from PayPal’s email to newguy05 notifying him that his seller account had been suspended. “We have reviewed your PayPal account and found that you are operating as an e-currency dealer/exchanger including the sale of electronic media of exchange (such as electronic money or digital currency),” the email reads. “Per our current Acceptable Use Policy for Money Service Businesses, PayPal may not be used to operate a currency exchange, bureau de change or check cashing business.”The email goes on to ask for a full listing of the seller’s products and services, an explanation of his business model, a list of all websites that will be used for payments and more. In order to reinstate his account, PayPal also asks the seller to sign an affidavit stating that he will comply with the company’s policies.If newguy05 is to be believed, he is not alone in his plight. Last month, PandoDaily reported that an eBay merchant named TerraHasher was claiming to have had his assets frozen by PayPal for selling Bitcoin mining equipment. TerraHasher said he intended to sue PayPal if the matter was not resolved.Some users on Bitcointalk said that PayPal stands to gain more than most companies by embracing Bitcoin. Indeed, as early as April 2013, eBay’s chief executive, John Donahoe, was quoted saying his company was “looking at Bitcoin closely. There may be ways to enable it inside PayPal.”What’s more, PayPal president David Marcus has more than once spoken favorably of the cryptocurrency. Marcus himself tweeted last month that using PayPal to sell Bitcoin mining rigs is allowed.But despite the potential for PayPal to benefit, some remain skeptical of whether the entrenched payments company and the upstart Bitcoin will become friends. “Right now [PayPal’s] business does few things that Bitcoin couldn’t do better and cheaper,” user RodeoX said in a post on Bitcointalk. “If people start sending money around the world and shopping online for pennies per transaction, PayPal is going to have to do something different.”Related: At Regulatory Hearing, Prosecutors Admit Bitcoin Is a Technological Breakthrough February 5, 2014last_img read more


first_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. –shares Image credit: American Spirit | Shutterstock.com President Obama Nina Zipkin 2 min read Net Neutrality Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img November 12, 2014 FCC Chief in Tough Spot After Obama Takes Firm Stance on Net Neutrality Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Following President Obama’s urging of the Federal Communications Commission to protect a free and open Internet on Monday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has his work cut out for him.In a public statement, Wheeler laid out how his stance aligns with the president’s as well as what work the agency is undertaking to get the updated regulations in order. He wrote, “We both oppose Internet fast lanes. The Internet must not advantage some to the detriment of others. We cannot allow broadband networks to cut special deals to prioritize Internet traffic and harm consumers, competition and innovation.”   Related: With the FCC Considering a Hybrid Approach to Net Neutrality, Will Anyone Be Satisfied?However, the Washington Post reports that behind closed doors, Wheeler expressed some “frustration.” In a meeting this week that included representatives from companies such as Etsy, Google and Yahoo, Wheeler reportedly said “What you want is what everyone wants: an open Internet that doesn’t affect your business…What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby.”Though the president publicly weighed in on the subject, surprising many in the industry, the FCC is an independent government agency, overseen by five commissioners – currently three Democrats, including Wheeler, and two Republicans.Related: A Brief, Unfolding History of Net Neutrality (Infographic)Part of the reason why these questions are on the table now can be traced back to a lawsuit brought by Verizon against the FCC that was settled in January of this year. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., ruled that the FCC did not have the authority to prevent ISPs from arrange deals with streaming platforms like Netflix to then charge them for faster user access. In May, the FCC opened the public comment period on its latest proposal, which ended on September 15.Initially, it was thought that the new regulations would be rolled out in the first half of 2015, but with the possibility of further legal entanglements on the horizon, especially having to do with the President’s stance of reclassifying broadband as a common utility under the Telecommunications Act, the issue may not be resolved so quickly. Related: The Broadband Cartel and America’s Entrepreneurs Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5last_img read more


first_imgSelling a Business 4 Valuable Takeaways From the Sale of ‘Barstool Sports’ –shares January 14, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queuecenter_img VIP Contributor 6 min read Jonathan Long Image credit: Barstool Sports | Enhanced by Entrepreneur Barstool Sports is a blog I’ve been reading for the past 10 years. Founded in Boston by Dave Portnoy, a.k.a. “El Presidente,” it’s since grown into one of the most popular blogs out there, mixing just the right combination of sports and satire.Related: Why You Should Quit While You’re AheadWhen I read last week’s blog post announcing the sale of a majority stake, I wasn’t sure if it was true or just a hoax. Then I saw outlets like Business Insider and Fortune picking up the story, confirming that a sale had taken place. Reports claimed that the blog had received a valuation between $10 million and $15 million.I was genuinely happy for Portnoy and the team over there, but aside from that, I realized that there were some lessons entrepreneurs could learn from this win. Here are those five valuable takeaways, along with some insight from Portnoy himself.1. Consumers fall in love with a brand, not ‘smoke and mirrors.’Longtime readers of Barstool Sports will all agree on one thing — the blog hasn’t always provided the best user experience. Even after a recent redesign, users still posted a lot of sarcastic comments about how bad it still was. Personally, I vividly recalling Portnoy once mentioning that technology wasn’t the site’s strong point, but that the brand overall had still always thrived because the user-base fell in love with its message and the people behind it.Elaborated the founder: “Technology has always been frustrating for us. I can see a guy’s blog and know if he’s funny, but I can’t tell if that person is a good designer or coder. I stuck with what we were good at, which was creating great content. Content always outweighed our technical struggles.”An elaborate website design, then, isn’t going to magically make a mediocre blog successful. Focus on creating an authentic brand that your audience will fall in love with and become loyal to — they will see right through any smoke and mirrors. 2. Don’t listen to someone who says your idea will never amount to anything.How many people do you think told Portnoy he was borderline insane to think that his blog would turn into something? I’m willing to bet that number was staggering. I’m also willing to bet that there were numerous people who continued to doubt him throughout the next ten years.Imagine if he had listened to those doubters when the blog was first launched? What if he had said, “Yeah, you are right; it’s a long shot. I won’t even try.” There was plenty of doubt, even from those closest to him: “I met my wife in the early days of Barstool and she said the idea stunk,” Portnoy wrote. “She made me get a job during year two, and I quit at lunchtime on my first day. My dad said he didn’t get it, but I always knew in my heart that I was on to something. I’m not sure if I was right about that at the time, or if all entrepreneurs feel that way in the beginning. This is the only thing I’ve ever started, and I was basically ready to die to make it work.”Related: Know When and How to Sell Your BusinessIn short, had he taken the advice of those that doubted him and his vision, he wouldn’t have been able to sign off on the sale announcement blog post with this:“PS – I’m kinda rich now.”You too can welcome constructive criticism and opinions, but never let someone flat-out tell you that your idea “will never work.”3. Hold out for your price, and partner with those that you are 100 percent confident in.Portnoy has been approached with offers in the past — and has declined them every time because he feared the blog’s editorial direction being changed. He held out for the right deal, and received exactly that from Peter Chernin’s Chernin Digital Group.While he sold 51 percent of his company, he still maintains 100 percent editorial control. Combine that with a nice financial payout, and it’s the perfect deal for him. Even more important is the fact that he has complete trust in Chernin’s group to take Barstool Sports to the next level.“Lots of people have asked me what made this the right time to take money,” Portnoy explained. “It wasn’t the timing — it was that the right investor finally revealed itself. Barstool was profitable and everybody was happy. We weren’t desperate. Chernin was the first time I felt 100 percent in my gut it was the right fit and the right partner — that’s why I did it.” 4. Be open to change when it opens the door to something larger.Portnoy is a diehard Boston sports fan. Yet, in what might be the most diabolical Boston super-fan move of all time, he is relocating the company, the entire team and himself to New York.In the video that accompanied the announcement, shot in Times Square, Portnoy said, “Do I like Manhattan? No. Do I want to be in Manhattan? No . . . but it’s the right move.”He was right: It’s a move that will ultimately play a major role in the brand’s growth. And Portnoy was open to change because it’s ultimately led to larger opportunities.“I’m a firm believer that if you’re not growing, you’re dying,” Portnoy concluded. “We’ve been doing Barstool for 12 years. It’s a totally different landscape from when I started. We’re still young, hip and relevant, and that’s because we don’t fight change. We’re not afraid to change — we want to lead, not follow.”Related: Exits: What’s Red Hot in Venture Capital and What to Expect in 2015 Founder, Uber Brands Enroll Now for $5last_img read more


first_imgClarity Insights Recognized as a Leader in Customer Analytics Report by Independent Research Firm PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 7:45 pmJune 11, 2019 Clarity InsightsCustomer Analytics ServiceData ManagementForrester WaveNeil Huse Previous ArticleAWS Announces General Availability of Amazon PersonalizeNext ArticleSolodev Accelerates Digital Transformation with New Digital Customer Experience (DCX) Platform for Amazon Web Services Achieved the Highest Score in the Current Offering Category in the ReportClarity Insights, a strategic partner to the nation’s leading data-driven brands, announced it is cited as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Customer Analytics Service Providers, Q2 2019 Report. We believe this placement confirms the company’s status as an industry leader across the entire data and analytics ecosystem. The Current Offering category includes the following criteria:Data management and preparationCustomer analytics techniques and applicationInsights to actionBusiness consulting servicesEngagement success factorsIn Forrester’s 33-criteria evaluation of 12 vendors, Clarity Insights earned the top score in the Current Offering category. Clarity has a tangible boardroom-level goal for its engagements: to improve its clients’ operating ratios from 1% to 3%. Depending on the scale of your organization, this can mean tens – even hundreds – of millions of dollars in revenue and savings.Marketing Technology News: SRAX and The ALS Association Give BIGtoken Users a New Way to Donate Real Money with Their Data Earnings“Being recognized by Forrester Research as a leader reflects, in our opinion, our commitment to innovating the entire customer analytics landscape and supporting companies with their customer-centric strategies. We offer end-to-end services around customer data management and customer 360, data enrichment through use of external data sources, cloud architecture, advanced and predictive analytics, customer segmentation and journey mapping, and operational automation. Put another way, we know how to build the data and analytics machine that will support your business needs,” said Clarity Insights CEO Neil Huse.Clarity’s client references appreciated the high caliber of its team. As one financial services client remarked, “Based on their competition, their leadership and communication skills are unmatched.”Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven Enterprises“Like most organizations, we are under immense pressure to provide exceptional value to our clients. Our goal is to help businesses thrive. Because we offer a holistic solution comprised of every aspect of the customer data and analytics ecosystem, we are able to do that. We give our customers more insights into their business and help them drive revenue growth and expense reduction,” continued Huse.Marketing Technology News: Imperva to Acquire Distil Networks, the Industry-Recognized Leader in Bot Managementlast_img read more


first_img Claravinedata management platformGoogle Campaign ManagerMarketing TechnologyNewsVerl Allen Previous ArticleThe Latest Local Social Features Brands Need to KnowNext ArticleReal Wealth Marketing Now Integrates with Redtail CRM Claravine’s New Chief Product Officer Leads Integrations With Google and Facebook MTS Staff WriterJuly 10, 2019, 5:33 pmJuly 5, 2019 Claravine Nabs Oracle’s Senior Product Leader Chris Comstock To Lead Product Innovation Under Comstock’s Leadership, Claravine Rolls Out Integrations with Google Campaign Manager and Facebook Ads ManageClaravine announced it has hired Chris Comstock as Chief Product Officer, where he will lead product innovation of Claravine’s Digital Experience Data Management™ platform, the campaign and experience tracking platform of choice for over 3,500 brands globally.“Chris brings nearly two decades of experience with industry heavyweights including Oracle, Adobe, and Bitly, giving him a unique perspective into the marketing technology ecosystem,” said Verl Allen, CEO of Claravine. “In just a few months, he has already delivered integrations with the top media platforms, Facebook and Google, which take in more than half of the total digital ad spend in the U.S. These integrations allow Claravine to further automate enterprise data governance, so that marketing and analytics leaders finally have a fully accurate, consistent, rich view of media performance across platforms and channels.”Claravine’s new integrations with Google Campaign Manager and Facebook Ads Manager accelerate the process to validate and govern campaign metadata across these platforms. Claravine connects with major marketing and advertising platforms, allowing marketers to synchronize and enrich data before and after campaigns launch. Instead of creating tracking codes manually, analysts can ingest existing campaigns and standardize data without relying on the proprietary data structure of the execution platform itself.Marketing Technology News: Anexinet Continues Growth Under New Ownership“Many companies waste valuable time and money trying to clean and manage metadata across the martech and adtech ecosystem,” said Chris Comstock, Chief Product Officer at Claravine. “In fact, we’ve found that the average enterprise only accurately tracks 40-60% of its media spend because the process has become so complex, manual and prone to human error.”Using Claravine’s Digital Experience Data Management platform, customers are able to:Implement a consistent enterprise data taxonomy across teams, agencies and channelsAutomatically generate compliant tracking codes, URLs, and associated metadataInstantly validate tracking and landing page readiness ahead of campaign executionProvide visibility to campaigns and media that are not compliant to tracking standardsOptimize campaigns and media performance with richer, unified insights via APIs with most every analytics and BI platformMarketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTV“Powering great customer experiences requires great data. Unfortunately, the process to enforce consistent, accurate tracking of digital experiences and campaigns is broken,” said Allen. “With Chris leading the way in product development, we’re confident that these integrations represent only the beginning of the automation that results in less time spent by marketing teams setting up campaigns and analysts cleaning data, and enabling more focus on driving their business with richer insights.”Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New Customerslast_img read more


first_img Suggested regimens for ultrahypofractionation include the two schedules used most commonly in published studies: 3,500 cGy in five fractions of 700 cGy, or 3,625 cGy in five fractions of 725 cGy. For five-fraction regimens, the expert panel recommends against total radiation doses larger than 3,625 cGy outside of clinical trials or registries. Consecutive daily treatments also should be avoided when using five fractions. Source:https://www.astro.org/ Recommendations also address the technical aspects of planning and delivering hypofractionated prostate radiation, including target and normal tissue volumes, dose constraints, margin definitions and delivery techniques. The expert panel universally recommends the use of image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and avoidance of non-modulated conformal techniques. Fraction sizes between 340 and 500 cGy have been examined in very few studies and were therefore outside the scope of the guideline. Also excluded from the current guideline are treatment for locally advanced or metastatic disease, post-operative radiation, salvage therapy and re-irradiation. Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessary”Men who opt to receive hypofractionated radiation therapy will be able to receive a shorter course of treatment, which is a welcomed benefit to many men. When clinicians can reduce overall treatment time while maintaining outcomes, it’s to our patients’ benefit, as they can spend less time away from family and less time traveling to and from treatment,” said Scott Morgan, MD, FRCPC, assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Ottawa and co-chair of the guideline panel.”Image guidance and other advances in radiation therapy delivery have enabled radiation oncologists to treat prostate cancer with a therapeutic dose of radiation in a shorter treatment period than was previously possible,” said Daniel Barocas, MD, associate professor of urology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and guideline co-author. “Results so far show comparable early cancer control to conventional fractionation, while maintaining an acceptable side effect profile. This has benefits to the patient in terms of reducing the treatment burden and cost, and may increase the acceptability of external beam radiation therapy.”To develop this guideline, a 16-member expert panel of clinicians, researchers and a patient advocate reviewed studies published from December 2001 through March 2017; sixty-one articles, including four large prospective randomized clinical trials with more than 6,000 patients, were evaluated. The guideline was approved by the ASTRO, ASCO and AUA Boards of Directors following a period of public comment. It has been endorsed by the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).​ Suggested regimens for moderate hypofractionation include the two schedules used with the largest number of patients in randomized clinical trials: 6,000 cGy delivered in 20 fractions of 300 cGy over four weeks, or 7,000 cGy delivered in 28 fractions of 250 cGy over five and a half weeks. While moderately hypofractionated EBRT confers similar early cancer control and side effects to conventional fractionation, physicians should counsel patients about a small increased risk of short-term gastrointestinal toxicity and discuss how data are limited for oncologic outcomes beyond five years post-treatment.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Three prominent medical societies today issued a new clinical guideline for physicians treating men with early-stage prostate cancer using external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). Adoption of the guideline could make treatment shorter and more convenient for many patients with prostate cancer, the most common malignancy among American men.Developed by a panel of experts from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Urological Association (AUA), the new guideline recommends offering patients a treatment option known as hypofractionated radiation therapy as an alternative to longer, conventional courses of radiation. ASTRO, ASCO and AUA published the guideline in their respective journals, Practical Radiation Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology and The Journal of Urology.”Conclusive evidence from several large, well-designed randomized trials now confirms that dose escalation can almost universally benefit men with early-stage prostate cancer who choose to manage their disease with external radiation,” said Howard Sandler, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, chair and professor of radiation oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and co-chair of the guideline panel. “Significant advances in treatment planning and delivery have enabled oncologists to deliver more powerful, life-saving doses of radiation in fewer visits and without compromising quality of life.”External beam radiation therapy is a standard definitive treatment option that confers outcomes equivalent to radical prostatectomy for men with localized prostate cancer. When EBRT is hypofractionated, patients receive larger radiation doses across fewer treatment sessions–typically completing treatment in four to five weeks, compared with eight to nine weeks for conventional radiation. Extremely hypofractionated courses, also known as ultrahypofractionation, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) or stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR), can be completed in as few as five treatments.The recommendations apply to patients who require or prefer treatment instead of surveillance and have opted for EBRT instead of radical prostatectomy, brachytherapy or other treatment options for localized prostate cancer. Key recommendations are as follows: Ultrahypofractionation (≥500 cGy) guidance varies by prostate-cancer risk: for low-risk patients who have opted for EBRT, it may be offered as an alternative to conventional fractionation; for intermediate-risk disease, it may be offered, but the expert panel strongly encourages treating these patients as part of a clinical trial or multi-institutional registry; for high-risk disease, the panel does not suggest offering ultrahypofractionation outside of a trial or registry. Recommendations for ultrahypofractionation were graded by the panel as “conditional,” reflecting the limited base of current evidence on this approach. For men who have opted for EBRT, moderate hypofractionation (fraction size of 240-340 centigray (cGy)) should be offered as an alternative to conventional fractionation (180-200 cGy) regardless of cancer risk group, patient age, comorbidity, anatomy or baseline urinary function.last_img read more


In this Dec. 8, 2017, file photo, coins are displayed next to a Bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong. The IRS says that cryptocurrency transactions are taxable by law. That means people who made money (or lost it) on Bitcoin trades, “mined” Ethereum or even bought a cup of coffee with digital currency face potential tax implications. Failure to report it could mean potential audits, fines and penalties. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin may not be regulated by the government, but they’re still subject to being taxed. WOULD THEY IRS REALLY KNOW?True, the IRS only knows what you tell them, to a degree.However, if they find out that you were not properly reporting the income from virtual currency transactions, you could be held liable. And experts are quick to point out that the IRS is very interested in this new frontier.In 2016, a court authorized the IRS to summon information on Americans who engaged in business with Coinbase, a virtual currency exchange, to look for tax wrongdoing. It later narrowed its search to high-level traders, but was clear in its message that it will make sure all taxpayers are paying their share.Omri Marian, a law professor at University of California, Irvine, called cryptocurrencies potential “super tax havens” back in 2013. He says people may still be using them to evade taxes but he is more optimistic these days, in part, because the IRS is going after this matter.”This reminds me a lot of the Swiss bank crisis awhile back,” said Cross. “People were confident (their information) wouldn’t be revealed to the IRS and it worked for (years) but when Switzerland cracked, it was too late. People faced penalties and went to jail.”SO WHAT DO I DO?Keep good records.It’s tough to figure out the value of some of these transactions. There is software out there to help you figure out your capital gains and losses for digital currencies, such as bitcoin.tax and cointracking.info. You can also seek out a tax professional or other expert who has some experience in this field.And “be deliberate about when to make crypto trades” says Cross. It’s very easy to get caught up in the next trade without realizing how it’s calculated. You could be racking up considerable capital gains without realizing it. Another key thing to remember is that these digital currencies are taxed as property, instead of currency, for tax reasons. That means the same rules apply if you sell bitcoin as if you sold stocks. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. There have been various forms of digital currencies around for years, but several have taken off in popularity recently. And that may leave some newcomers to this marketplace unaware that they face taxation on their dealings.The IRS says that cryptocurrency transactions are taxable by law. That means people who made money (or lost it) on bitcoin trades, “mined” ethereum or even bought a cup of coffee with digital currency face potential tax implications. Failure to report it could mean potential audits, fines and penalties.There are also people who may be upset to find that cryptocurrencies, which are not linked to a government or central bank, aren’t as off-the-grid as they hoped. Part of their appeal is that it could be used as a new, more anonymous kind of currency that operates outside the traditional banking system and government oversight.”There’s a very strong sentiment that taxing cryptocurrency is sort of sacrilegious,” said Tyson Cross, a tax attorney in Reno, Nevada who specializes in this niche. “But most people understand there is a difference between upholding a principle on an anonymous internet forum and going to jail over it.”The IRS didn’t weigh in on how to tax digital currency until 2014 and that remains its only guidance to date. We spoke to a few experts to help break down the basics:WAIT, I OWE TAXES ON THIS?Yes, most likely.All digital currency transactions are taxable events, according to the IRS. That includes if you sell it, trade it, “mine” it, use it to pay for something or were paid with it. Even if you sell cryptocurrency and keep the gains in your exchange account, instead of as real cash in checking account, it’s still taxable.Bought some bitcoin but still holding on to it? Relax, you don’t owe any taxes yet. But any time the digital currency’s value was “realized,” you need to report it.How it is taxed depends on how you used it, said Lisa Greene Lewis, a CPA and tax expert at TurboTax. In this Dec. 8, 2017, file photo, a man uses a Bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong. The IRS says that cryptocurrency transactions are taxable by law. That means people who made money (or lost it) on Bitcoin trades, “mined” Ethereum or even bought a cup of coffee with digital currency face potential tax implications. Failure to report it could mean potential audits, fines and penalties.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) Bitcoin and cryptocurrency for n00bs Citation: Bitcoin billionaire? 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