90,000 Indians Stranded Abroad Rescued in Past Few Years, Says Official

first_imgNearly 90,000 Indian nationals have been rescued from various conflict zones, countries hit by natural calamities and other hazardous situations, and brought back to India safely over the last few years, Dnyaneshwar M Mulay, the Secretary of Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said.“Our dictum is pro-people and people-centric policies with a larger motto of Sarvajan hitay, Sarvajan sukhaiy (benefit for all, welfare for all). And, part of that rubric is Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF),” Mulay said on the sidelines of an event on Jan. 20, PTI reported.Stating that the Ministry of External Affairs would not want any Indian to suffer under any circumstance in foreign countries, he added that under the ICWF, around 90,000 people have been safely removed from challenging circumstances and brought back to India in the last few years.While receiving the Kalam Innovation in Governance Award, Mulay emphasized upon the government’s efforts to make the delivery of passport a simple, more efficient and transparent process. “By March 2018, 251 new passport kendras would become functional. Also, we have set up a target that no person has to travel more than a radius of 50 km to get a passport,” he said, the report added.He also said that the latest additions to the Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) is the newly inaugurated POPSK center at Karaikal in Puducherry. In order to provide passport-related services on a larger scale, these centers located at head post offices have been set up by the MEA in collaboration with the Department of Posts across the country.The ICWF, set up in 2009, is aimed at assisting Overseas Indian nationals in times of distress and emergency in the most deserving cases on a means tested basis. The ICWF is expected to provide Indian missions and posts abroad greater flexibility in swiftly addressing requests for assistance by Overseas Indian nationals. The three key areas that the ICWF serves are assisting overseas Indian nationals in distress situations, support for community welfare activities, and improvement in consular services.To assist overseas Indians in distressed situations, the ICWF provides them boarding and lodging facilities on a means tested basis in budget category or shelters run by the mission, post or NGOs empaneled with the mission.It also provides air passage to India to nationals stranded overseas, as also legal assistance on a means tested basis to deserving overseas Indian nationals like fishermen, seamen, sailors and Indian students who have committed minor crimes and offences or have been falsely implicated by their employer and put in jails. Related ItemsHuman Rightslast_img read more

Mind Your Language

first_imgIndia has the largest English-speaking population in the world! This according to David Crystal, honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and the author of many books on language, including The Stories of English. On “Lingua Franca,” a program on Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National, he mused, “Ten years ago that record was held by the United States, but not any more.”Indian English has a rhythm all its own and Crystal says, “We encountered hundreds of distinctive usages on our travels: phone numbers for calling friends and family are called ‘near and dear numbers.’ Something that’s free of charge is said to be free of cost.’ A work surface in a kitchen is called a ‘kitchen platform.’ And words are also broken in different ways. In New Delhi the signs warn of an approaching ’round about,’ the two words are separated by a space. Above a store we read ‘super market.’ A housing ad offers ‘pent houses.’ Outside the University in Mumbai is the greeting ‘wel-come,’ with the two elements separated by a hyphen. A roadside warning reads ‘land slide prone area.’ And another one says ‘over-size vehicles keep left.’ I was continually being surprised by distinctive uses of space or hyphens.”* Road In Curve Ahead (‘In Curve’; it’s about to curve around.) * Landscaping and Beautification * Do Not Litter On Your Expressway * Parking Inside the Lawn is Strictly Prohibited * Do Not Crisscross On Expressway * Speed Breaker Ahead * Overspeeding and Tyre Bursting Cause Accidents * No 2-/3-Wheelers. (2-wheelers is the generic term for motorbikes and scooters; 3-wheelers is the everyday description of auto-rickshaws, and they’re not allowed on the motorway.) Related Itemslast_img read more

On The Run Blogger

first_imgA millionaire property moghul’s daughter who jumped jail and reveled in her freedom on the popular blog Myspace.com is back behind bars. Farah Damji, a 39-year-old Asian Indian mother of two children, who once edited an Asian lifestyle magazine and is serving a 31/2 year sentence for fraud, maintained an online journal during her five days on the lam, after absconding from Downview prison in Surrey.The on-the-lam blogger celebrated her freedom in an entry titled “Sea Air”: “It’s so peaceful, the sound of seagulls replacing the screaming police sirens streaming up and down Kings Road. Blue skies, sea air. Some of the prison pallor is leaving me, I’m starting to feel awake again. Gonna go for a long walk this morning.”In another entry, Damji, who for a time was a prominent South Asian journalist, wrote: “I’ve had calls from every major newspaper and many respected journos, dying for me to tell my side of it. And guess what I won’t. Because I want you to go and buy the book so that all this hard work doesn’t lead to my book ending up on the three-for-two pile at Waterstones.”Perhaps aware that her life on the lam may come to an end, she curried favor with her jailer: “Gov. Murray, Downview’s new governor, is gentle and kind, with big soft dark brown eyes. In Bad Girls he’d have been a rascal, but he was always respectful and honest. Is it possible to admire your jailer?”On her first day of freedom Damji noted: “It feels incredibly strange to be allowed this taste of freedom again. It’s the silly things I missed, my Pratesi bed linen, the smell of my daughter’s golden brown hair and the way the sun dances in her eyes like fire in a forest, watching my son’s sportsday. It’s not the people at all, very few I even want to maintain any contact with from the old life.”In her last entry, before she was tracked down by police after they were tipped off by a local newspaper, Damji protested: Women should not go to prison. I did so I can say that. I didn’t kill anyone, I didn’t break into anyone’s house, I didn’t hurt anyone with violence or arms, I didn’t become a terrorist and blow this whole mess apart. I made a lot of mistakes and I think I have learned from them. OK?”Right.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian-origin Politician Shiva Ayyadurai Draws Flak Over Boston Rally

first_imgShiva Ayyadurai, a Republican candidate for the US Senate, came under heat from South Asian American groups for his participation in Boston Free Speech rally that was held on August 19. Coming from the shadows of Charlottesville violence, the Boston Free Speech Rally, organised by right wing groups, featured members of Ku Klux Klan and other speakers with ties to extremist elements, amid fears that it was another white supremacist rally.The Charlottesville violence left one dead and 19 anti-racism protesters injured when a car rammed into them. The Free Speech Rally faced criticism even before it was held, with Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh and police speaking about the need to counter hate and bigotry.Criticism Against Shiva AyyaduraiAhead of the event, South Asian American groups such as The Dalit American Coalition, The Alliance for Justice and Accountability, South Asia Solidarity Initiative and Alliance of South Asians Taking Action released statements saying that they are “outraged by Ayyadurai’s complicit endorsement of Nazi hate speech and want to clearly reaffirm that he in no way speaks for the larger Dalit American, Indian American, South Asian American, or Asian American communities.”Their statement added that they stand in solidarity “unequivocally with our black, brown, indigenous, queer, white ally, trans, and gender non-conforming folks who will bravely be protesting and protecting our communities”.Ayyadurai’s ResponseShiva Ayyadurai responded by providing a 12-minute video of what he said at the Free Speech rally to the Boston Herald newspaper, saying that speakers on side of free speech were unfairly branded as racist, and reiterated that black lives do matter.In the video, he is seen making remarks such as: “In 1982, I fought the Ku Klux Klan — right here as an activist. I fought racism at MIT when MIT had investments in South African Apartheid. Does that sound like a white supremacist?”The video provided by Ayyadurai shows two rally participants, who were separated from counter-protesters by police barriers, holding up ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs, according to Boston Herald. Some minorities were also visible in the rally.Ayyadurai, a scientist-entrepreneur who went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, called Democrat politicians Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid as the real racists. His own campaign page says: “I stand before you as someone who is a personification of the American Dream. My parents and I left the caste system of India in 1970 where we were considered low caste ‘Untouchables’ and ‘Deplorables’.”The South Asian American’s coalition statement acknowledged this: “Shiva Ayyadurai has also been vocal about his oppressed caste identity. While we do not doubt that his identity has exposed him to discrimination based on caste, we do not believe that gives him license to support bigots and Nazis.”Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsCounter-protesters at Boston RallyThe turnout at the rally was dismal. Only 50 people participated in the actual rally while a whopping 40,000 counter-protestors, comprising Black Lives Matter activists, left-leaning groups and Bostonians, flooded the streets. Seeing this, Boston Mayor Walsh later said in a press conference: “It’s clear today that Boston stood for peace and love, not bigotry and hate.”John Medlar, who claims to be one of the organisers of the event, wrote in a Facebook post: “Mayor Walsh recklessly whipped thousands of decent well-meaning fellow Bostonians into a frenzy by spreading lies about us. Would’ve completely proven him wrong if police hadn’t been ordered to keep press and our supporters out. I wonder where that order came from.” Related ItemsAlliance for Justice and AccountabilityAlliance of South Asians Taking ActionBlack Lives MatterBoston Free Speech RallyCharlottesville violenceDalit American CoalitionKu Klax KlanLittle IndiaNRI racism USShiva AyyaduraiSouth Asia Solidarity Initiativewhite supremacistslast_img read more

Beermen hold off Picanto behind Fajardo’s 41 points

first_imgPBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo was unstoppable in the fourth quarter and San Miguel Beer edged Kia, 118-112, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The reigning three-time MVP scored 20 of his 41 points in the final frame as the Beermen bolstered their bid for a top four finish after climbing to 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight La Salle outguns NU for 2-0 start Read Next Johnson fired 42 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to offset his 10 turnovers but the Picanto just had no answer for Fajardo as they dropped their 10th consecutive game. Fajardo came two points shy of matching his career-high he set in a loss to Alaska in the 2016 Philippine Cup.Terrence Watson added a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Ross collected 15 points, six assist and five steals for the Beermen, who trailed by six at the end of the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Picanto had lost their first nine games but played nothing like a winless team against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Kia, led by its explosive import Geron Johnson, kept itself in the game until Alex Cabagnot made a layup to put San Miguel ahead by six, 116-110, with only 15 seconds left. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

UFC president calls Jon Jones ‘biggest waste of talent ever’

first_imgCone apologizes to Black for handshake snub Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.” Khristian Ibarrola /ra Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Less than a month later, his win was overturned and he got stripped of the title after testing positive for Turinabol, a banned anabolic steroid.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpeaking during an interview on The TSN MMA Show, UFC President Dana White couldn’t help but express his disappointment with the promotion’s former poster boy.[It would be the biggest waste of talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports,” the UFC boss described Jones, as relayed by MMA Fighting. View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.”Aside from being practically undefeated—with his lone loss coming from a disqualification—Jones holds the prestige as the youngest fighter to hold UFC gold.His reign included eight-title defenses, but he’s also been stripped of the title on three separate occasions—another UFC record.Jones is currently awaiting a hearing at the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regarding his latest drug failure, which could earn him a possible four-year suspension.Regardless of Jones’ verdict, White made it clear that he won’t be losing sleep over it anytime soon.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jon Jones reacts after knocking out Daniel Cormier during UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, Saturday July, 29, 2017.  (Hans Gutknecht /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)Disgraced mixed martial artist Jon Jones has been given plenty of chances by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but his latest conundrum seems to be the final straw.After a string of run-ins with the law, the two-time UFC light heavyweight champion returned to glory last July, knocking out Daniel Cormier in UFC 214.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

DEALS 3 LAST

first_imgAbout LeEco:About LeEco: LeEco, formerly known as Letv, is a global pioneering Internet and technology company with multiple Internet ecosystems across content, devices, applications and platforms. Founded in November 2004 by Jia Yueting and Liu Hong, LeEco employs more than 14,000 people and is the worlds first video company to go public with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion USD. Headquartered in Beijing, China, it has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley.With Breakthrough Technologies, Comprehensive Ecosystem and Disruptive Pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and Superphones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications, to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars.The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the Superphones, Super TVs, and in the near future, LeAuto. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices.Media Contact: Nitin Kinger nitinkinger@le.com +91-9769988304 LeEco India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRN TLS TLSlast_img read more

I was nervous before my IPL debut, Gujarat Lions’ hat-trick hero Andrew Tye tells India Today

first_imgAndrew Tye was warming the benches in his first two seasons in the Indian Premier League but the Australia paceman grabbed his chance when it came along, taking five wickets including a hat-trick on debut to set up a first win for the Gujarat Lions in the ongoing 10th edition of the league.The 30-year-old Twenty20 specialist was part of the Chennai Super Kings squad in 2015 and was then picked up by Gujarat in 2016 but spent both editions sitting in the dugout waiting for his maiden opportunity in the cash-rich tournament.Tye’s opportunity finally arrived in the winless Lions’ home game at Rajkot against the Rising Pune Supergiant, who are led by Australia captain Steve Smith.Tye finished with match-winning figures of 5/17 as his side registered their first points of the 2017 season with a comprehensive seven-wicket win in their third match.Reflecting on his performance, Tye told India Today that he was nervous before his debut match.”I was nervous ahead of my IPL debut. I had a dream start to my IPL career. I was enjoying the moment,” he said.Tye struck in his first over, the sixth of the innings, to dismiss Rahul Tripathi and break a flourishing 64-run stand for the second wicket between the opener and Smith.He then picked up the big wicket of England all-rounder Ben Stokes with the first ball of his second over.Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur were out on the first three deliveries in the final over of the innings from Tye as Pune were restricted to 171/8. Gujarat then chased down the target with two overs to spare.advertisementTye also grabbed a lot of attention due to his much talked-about knuckle balls – a slower delivery which isn’t easy for the batsmen to read.He said bowling those deliveries was a difficult skill that he had mastered in England.   “I learnt the knuckle ball in England and worked hard and improvised it. It is a very hard skill to learn and took me six years to master,” Tye told India Today.(Watch Boria Majumdar in conversation with Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Andrew Tye on India Today at 7:30 PM today)last_img read more

Voice interfaces of the future: Tech that’s turning Sci-Fi into reality

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: 6 thoughts on “Voice interfaces of the future: Tech that’s turning Sci-Fi into reality” April 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm As virtual assistants become more intelligent, our expectations from them become increasingly higher. Now that simple voice commands are practically taken for granted, deep learning is enabling more complex interactions, like contextual conversations and emotion detection. In my previous column, I reviewed the drawbacks and missing features of currently prevalent voice interfaces. But those kinks and quirks are on the verge of elimination. In this article, I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow’s voice interfaces and the technologies that will enable them.Depiction of an android “host” from the TV series Westworld (Source: HBO) Always-Listening machines that can communicate with each other A voice-first user interface (UI) needs to be always-listening. This is a challenge for small, portable devices with tiny batteries, where every microwatt is precious. One of the interesting developments on this front is the use of piezoelectricity to generate electric energy from sound waves. One company specializing in this technology, Vesper, recently raised $15 million for the development of piezoelectric MEMS microphones. Furthermore, at CES 2017, Vesper and DSP Group demonstrated their near-zero-power voice-activation for battery-powered devices. Their solution uses the properties of piezoelectricity to keep the system in a low-power wake-on-sound mode when the environment is quiet. The platform uses the DBMD4 always-on voice and audio processor to achieve five times less power consumption than existing approaches (per the company).This technology could be the answer to a truly always-listening interface on even the smallest battery-powered devices, like Apple’s AirPods, which currently require a tap to operate Siri. Another device that could benefit greatly from this technology is the Amazon Echo Tap. The Tap recently got a software upgrade to make it always-listening, but the upgrade reduced standby time from three weeks down to about eight hours. Ouch. Using the above approach, standby time could be increased to several months! With future improvements in piezoelectric technology, standby time for a device like the Tap could potentially reach years.The tiny VM1010 piezoelectric MEMS microphone can wake-on-sound at near zero power (Source: Vesper) For a holistic UI, machines must also be able to communicate with each other, as well as with humans. To avoid being confined within the closed eco-system of each service provider, known as “the walled garden,” there should be a unified protocol for communication between devices, similar to the deep linking of smartphone apps. One solution to this problem could be to have the devices communicate over inaudible ultrasonic audio, like the technology offered by LISNR. This solution uses audio waves to transmit customizable packets of data that enable proximity data transmission, second-screen functionality, authentication, and device-to-device connectivity on enabled devices.Biometric identification for a personalized user experience Another desirable trait for voice interfaces is user personalization. Each person has a unique voice with its own characteristics; this is known as a “voice print.” The skill of identifying each user by their voice print can be a huge step forward for voice interfaces. It will enable a personalized experience for each user by knowing what services they use frequently, what music they prefer, and more. For example, if you and other household members use the same voice assistant, each of you could ask “What’s my daily schedule?” and receive only your own appointments. The voice print could also be used for biometric authentication, ensuring things like credit card purchases are only made by the cardholder or other authorized users.Emotion detection and biometric authentication are skills that your virtual assistant will soon acquire (Source: CEVA) There are rumors that Amazon’s Alexa will soon have this skill; in the meantime, however, switching between different users can only be done vocally and can’t be authenticated. The same goes for Google Home, although the Voice Assistant on Google’s Pixel phones does have a “trusted voice” feature. This enables users to unlock their phone by saying “Ok, Google.” This shows that the technology is here. The next step is to integrate it properly in devices with far-field voice pickup that serve multiple users. The main obstacle to achieving this is the distortion introduced when processing the voice input to clean it prior to speech recognition, as described in this article about why voice assistants can’t tell who’s talking.In my recent column reviewing the current technologies behind voice interfaces, I described some of the algorithms used to clean voice commands from noise and echoes. This is performed before sending the data to the automatic speech recognition (ASR) engine, which is usually in the cloud. The cleaning process tends to eliminate the unique markers that make up a voice print. The result is that the voice data sent to the cloud is enough to understand what was said, but not to identify who said it. In cases like this, performing edge analytics, meaning processing the voice on the device and not in the cloud, could solve the problem. As with edge-based processing for video analytics, an efficient edge solution can improve privacy, security, speed, and cost, versus cloud-based processing.Putting things into context: Human-like memory The next challenge for virtual assistants will be to harness the power of deep learning to establish human-like memory skills. This will enable the assistant to carry on a conversation in the same way we naturally interact with other humans. This includes the ability to reference things in context; for example, let’s consider the following exchange:Human: “Do you remember that imported beer I asked you to order last month for my wife’s birthday party?” Machine: “Yes, it was Negra Modelo, would you like me to order another six-pack of those?” Human: “Let’s have two of them.” Machine: “Sure, two six packs of Negra Modelo are on their way.” For two people, this would be a simple, trivial interaction. But for a machine to understand what beer is being referred to, it would have to remember the context in which the previous order was placed. This requires combining different fields of knowledge (order history, family members, calendar occasions) in an intelligent manner to properly understand the request. Also, observe that — in the scenario above — the machine can understand that its assistance is required even without explicitly calling it as in today’s devices.Using convolutional deep neural networks (DNNs), machines have been inching closer and closer to human performance in tasks that require complex thought, contextual memory, and decision making. From establishing driving policy for autonomous vehicles to navigating the tube in London, sophisticated DNNs are making it possible for machines to reach the level of intelligence necessary for achieving this.Completing the picture: Emotion detection and computer vision Once we’ve established a conversational relationship with our machines, we’ll immediately notice that something is missing. Besides the actual words we say, there’s the way in which we say them. When you talk to another person, you expect them to be able to read between the lines — to sense your tone and your mood and understand what you mean, not necessarily what you say. This brings us to the realm of emotion detection, or emotional analytics. Companies like Beyond Verbal specialize in analyzing emotions from vocal intonations, enabling voice-powered devices and applications to interact with users on an emotional level.Similarly, video analytics are used to decipher facial expressions for emotion detection. Here, again, deep learning is utilized to study enormous databases of faces and learn how to tell what emotion the subject is displaying. Once vision is also integrated into virtual assistants, they could better understand our intent (for example, whether or not the user is referring to the machine even without explicitly using the trigger word) and you’ll also be able to show them things and use signs to communicate, as well as voice. The combination of face recognition, emotion detection, human-like memory, and contextual awareness will launch an entirely new era of human-machine interaction.Of course, vision-enabled virtual assistants will raise even more concerns about personal privacy. Some of these concerns might be alleviated by smarter edge devices and the use of a ‘local fog’ instead of sending data to the cloud for processing. By minimizing cloud support, users will also experience faster responses and longer battery life for handheld devices. Reality is catching up with science fiction (but which version?) Voice-enabled devices are constantly spurring ethical debates about privacy and personal boundaries. What will happen when they become even smarter and more ubiquitous? And when they gain new skills like vision and emotion sensing? Will they suddenly reach a tipping point in which they gain human-like consciousness and emotions like a character out of Westworld ? And, if so, will it end in a burst of passionate violence? Or will they just become so smart that they’ll get bored with us and part with us fondly as they usher in the singularity, like Samantha in Her ? Any way it goes, there are bound to be interesting times ahead. While we’re still in charge, let’s make the most of our technology. If you want to hear us humans talk some more about the fascinating future of human-machine interaction and the underlying enabling technologies, please join our webinar on the subject.Ok, my hyper-intelligent, emotion-sensing, always-listening little helper, play that tune that I like to hear when I’m in a contemplative mood.Eran Belaish is Product Marketing Manager of CEVA’s audio and voice product line, cooking up exquisite solutions ranging from voice triggering and mobile voice to wireless audio and high-definition home audio. While not occupied with the fascinating world of immersive sound, Eran likes to freedive into the mesmerizing silence of the underwater world. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Consumer, Industry “@Eran: “…play that tune that I like to hear…”nnWhat? No “Please…”? I know my wife often says “Thank You Alexa” to our Echo when it’s answered a question or performed some service — I think some people will simply order their devices around, eranpm says: eranpm says: Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply April 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm Log in to Reply “@Max: Interesting comments Max, thanks! I agree that there are lots of issues with how to define the ideal user experience which could be different for each user. A good place to start is with analyzing all subtle nuances of human interaction, some of whi “@Eran: In your fictional conversation between a human and a machine, you end with: “Machine: ‘Sure, two six packs of Negra Modelo are on their way.’nnI fear that, in my house, this conversaton would be more likely to end something like: “Machine: ‘I’m “I seem to remember a sci-fi story about a computer that simply refused to work until the operator said please.” April 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm Continue Reading Previous TIPIT — A unique outlier in AR spaceNext Webinar: What’s Happening in Embedded Space? April 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm April 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm Max The Magnificent says: elizabethsimon says: May 8, 2017 at 11:10 pm “@Max: Interesting comments Max, thanks! I agree that there are lots of issues with how to define the ideal user experience which could be different for each user. A good place to start is with analyzing all subtle nuances of human interaction, some of whi Log in to Reply “@Eran: Another point re that fictional conversation, you say: “Also, observe that — in the scenario above — the machine can understand that its assistance is required even without explicitly calling it as in today’s devices.”nnIs this really a requilast_img read more

The Essential Pre-Conference Packing and Preparation List

first_img Originally published Sep 12, 2014 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Conferences Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: I just got out of a meeting where our #INBOUND14 event leader told us to remember to bring a bunch of stuff to the BCEC next week (we’re having out big annual conference — if you still want tickets, they’re available ’til Sunday!)It prompted me to start a pretty lengthy personal pre-conference to-do list: stuff to prepare, stuff to bring, that sort of thing. After I got through it all, I felt like it could be useful for anyone attending pretty much any conference soon. So, for those attending INBOUND next week, gearing up for other conferences in the fall, or just really into organization, here’s a little checklist to keep with you so you don’t forget to do, or bring, critical stuff. What to Pack & Prepare Before Any Big Conference1) Get a map of the conference center.Conference centers are big. They have like 47,000 entrances and exits. Often, they all look exactly the same. And if you’re like me, someone saying “Go to the North Entrance” means nothing, because I’m not a human compass. Give yourself a leg-up by accessing a conference map and printing that bad boy out — or simply bookmarking it on your phone’s browser for reference as you move from session to session.For INBOUND attendees, you don’t even have to mess with that … just download the mobile app. It tells you where everything in the conference center is located. It will be your best friend next week.UPDATE: Download the INBOUND 2015 mobile app for your device2) Get a map of the area, too.If you’re venturing into unfamiliar territory, bring a map of the area — or use Google Maps to orient yourself.If you’re coming to INBOUND, here’s a link that’ll explain the area and where you’re going, and here’s some information about fun stuff in the area, divided up by “persona” — because we’re geeky like that. 3) Pack a sweater so you can layer.Weather in Boston is crazy, so if you’re coming to INBOUND, I have one word for you: layers. It could be 80. It could be 50. Welcome to Beantown.But this goes for any conference — conference centers typically blast the A/C to account for the body heat attendees generate, and it may be a little too cold for some conference goers.If you run cold like I do, you’ll be glad you have some layers to pile on. If you run hot, you strut those summer legs for a few more weeks, you firecracker, you.4) Grab your laptop and charger.You’ll need it to take notes in sessions, live-blog, and do a little work/emailing. I look forward to seeing folks gathered around the outlets and charging station next week — they’re like the water coolers of conferences ;-)5) Don’t forget your phone charger, too.At the very least, bring a USB to charge your mobile from your computer. If you want to be extra prepared, bring a wall charger so your laptop better doesn’t drain so fast. (And if you want to make some friends, bring a power strip, too.)6) Get a stack of business cards — more than you think you’ll need.I’m notorious for forgetting business cards. I’ve already put them in my purse for next week. (Cross that off the to-do list.)7) Figure out the must-see sessions, and must-do activities.There’s likely a ton of stuff going on at any big conference — you won’t be able to see and do it all. Check out the agenda, sessions, networking events, and parties, and prioritize the ones you absolutely cannot miss. List those out, along with times and locations, to make it easy for you to plan your time at the event.(Hint: If you’re coming to INBOUND, the mobile app will make this easy to do with functionality to plot this all out right within the app. Download it here for iOS, here for Android.)8) Figure out who you want to meet.Research attendees that are going to the conference you would love to meet. It gives you time to set up meetings, research, and prepare. Also … you probably guessed I was going to say this, but .. if you’re going to INBOUND you can download the app and find other attendees. There, I said it. Just download the app okay?9) Figure out how check-in/registration works.Whenever I show up at a big conference, I get all swept away with the enormity of the thing and just want to dive right into exploring, sessions, networking, etc. Only I can’t. Because I’m not checked in yet.Boooo.It’s a boring necessity, but if you know how it works in advance, you can get it done much more quickly — and get to the conference fun a lot sooner. Research the process beforehand so you know:Where registration is locatedWhat time it startsWhat you need to bring to get checked inIf there’s an early check-in so you can skip the linesThat last one is critical. If you come at peak times, like the first day of the conference, or an hour before opening keynote, you’re going to face longer lines. That’s just the way it is. Make your life easier and show up in off-hours — we’re encouraging people at INBOUND to show up on Sunday from 2-6, or early Monday (registration opens at 7:30 AM that day) to beat the lines.10) Set your out-of-office (OOO) autoreply message, and enjoy yourself!If you need some inspiration for an OOO message (or a delayed response message, if you’re still checking email while you’re away), check out this post of hilarious and creative OOO replies.last_img read more

The Growth Show: How Shopify Grew 10X in 3 Years

first_img“When you call it a marketing team, no one knows for sure what you’re supposed to do. But when you call it a growth team, everyone knows exactly what the goal is and what you need to do everyday.- Craig MillerOn this episode of The Growth Show, HubSpot’s Mike Volpe and Meghan Keaney Anderson sit down with Craig Miller, Chief Marketing Officer at Shopify. Listen to the podcast to learn why Miller thinks engineers make great marketers, why he decided to rebrand the marketing team as the growth team, and why there are golden opportunities in the “boring” parts of your website. In this interview, Craig also discusses:The nuts and bolts of how Shopify managed to spark 10X growth in a short period of timeWhy he doesn’t like the word “marketing”Why growth doesn’t just come from having a great productHow they’ve found unique opportunities to delight customersHis number one piece of advice for any marketerThe importance of trying as many things as possible and learning from what worksClick here to listen to this interview and subscribe for future episodes. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Feb 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma hit the nets as India gear up for 3-day practice match in Antigua

first_imgIndia are all set for some red-ball action as they begin their World Test Championships campaign from August 22 in Antigua. Ahead of the 1st Test against West Indies, the World No. 1 side will take on West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI in a 3-day practice match in Antigua from Saturday, August 17.With India’s red-ball speciallists joining the squad well ahead of the 1st Test, the team will be hoping to continue the good run in the ongoing tour of West Indies. Notably, Virat Kohli’s men have already won the T20I series 3-0 and the ODI series 2-0 against West Indies.On Friday, the India’s Test speciallists hit the nets at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted photos from the training session.Cheteshwar Pujara, who returns to international action after his heroics in Australia earlier this year, was seen batting along with opener Mayank Agarwal who will be looking to cement his place in the side in the absence of Prithvi Shaw who is serving a doping ban.When #TeamIndia hit the nets in Antigua #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/AR6sy6u6qmBCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2019Rohit Sharma, who has been recalled to the Test side, was also seen sweating it out at the nets. It will be an important series for the limited-overs vice-captain as Rohit would want to translate his white-ball form into Test cricket and seal the elusive permanent spot in the Test set-up.Jasprit Bumrah, who shone in the World Cup, was also seen bowling at the nets. The Mumbai Indians star was rested for the limited-overs leg of the West Indies tour.advertisementAlong with him, off-spinner R Ashwin hit the nets after joining the team following his Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) duties. Ashwin will be raring to have a go at the West Indies batsman. The crafty off-spinner was in fine form in the county championships as he scored 197 runs and picked up 23 wickets in just 3 matches for Nottinghamshire.All eyes will also be on Ajinkya Rahane as the vice-captain will be hoping to gain some crucial match practice ahead of the World Test Championships. Rahane, who had a decent county stint earlier this year, is hoping to put behind the disappointment of World Cup snub and focussing on the job in hand.Meanwhile, captain Virat Kohli may be rested for the 3-day practice match as he is recovering from a thumb injury sustained during 3rd ODI. With the World Test Championships beginning in less than a week, the team management would not want to risk playing Kohli who was in fine form in the ODI series wherein he hit back-to-back hundreds.Also Read | How Ravi Shastri pipped Mike Hesson and Tom Moody for another stint as India head coachAlso Read | Ravi Shastri wants greater say in selection in new inningsAlso See:last_img read more

Ben Stokes is a freak: Joe Root after England stun Australia in 3rd Test at Headingley

first_imgAn extraordinary 135 not out from Ben Stokes earned England an exciting one-wicket victory in the third Ashes test on Sunday to level the series against Australia at 1-1, with the home side chasing down a record target of 359 in dramatic fashion.Starting the day looking to prevent Australia from retaining the Ashes, England were 286-9, still 73 runs short of their target. The tourists needed only the win to ensure a series defeat was impossible and the urn would stay in their possession.However, with one wicket left, England one-day World Cup hero Stokes knew everything depended on him and he smashed a remarkable eight sixes to all corners of the ground to get England within touching distance of their highest-ever second-innings total to win a test match.Nathan Lyon missed an easy run-out chance to dismiss England number 10 batsman Jack Leach and Stokes survived loud lbw shouts, with Australia unable to review, before, fittingly, Stokes hit the winning boundary to spark euphoria at Headingley.I’ve seen some remarkable cricket moments in my life but that is the best I’ve seen in over 50 years. @benstokes38 saved the Ashes and gave a magical inspirational innings. Even better than his World Cup performance.Well done @ECB_cricketGeoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) August 25, 2019″Ben Stokes is a freak, he’s incredible. The message at the start was to just keep believing. If we had two people out there still breathing then we have a chance.”After Stokes got to 60, 70 he looked like he wasn’t going to get out. To win a game on your own from there is just amazing. He does have recent experience of doing it. Just incredible to watch unfold,” England captain Joe Root said.advertisement”Witnessed some freakish things out there this summer, didn’t think it would be quite same again… Incredible atmosphere, just pleased to be standing here and enjoying the moment. That was just incredible, trying to sum it up in words is impossible. Outrageous.Not sure he can quite believe what he’s just done? @benstokes38 #Ashes pic.twitter.com/R5Yi1Oi4RiStuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 25, 2019″He’s (Stokes) got history and all that in the bank, but to stay as calm and composed in the moment as he did showed a great amount of courage and belief in his ability. Shows you should never give up. He was calm enough to take off his glasses and clean them between balls, he was a big part of that partnership. Did a fantastic job, still trying to get my head around it, to be honest.Arise, Sir Ben Stokes?SPOTY Ben Stokes?#Ashes pic.twitter.com/76aQluAc7EEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) August 25, 2019″When you’re on the right side of these results it carries a huge amount of weight, it can make a big difference. Hard work to do and things to improve on for us to win in that manner is fantastic. Ben deserves all the plaudits he is given,” Root said.Stokes himself said the win was yet to sink in for him and it seemed like he was pleasantly surprised with what he had just pulled off after the match got over.”I never gave up. When Jack Leach came in it was pretty clear what I had to do. I told him five and one, I’d take five balls and give him one.Nerve…Power…Determination…Responsibility…That was something else#Ashes pic.twitter.com/gW7DmFOxdBEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) August 25, 2019″Leachy is our super-nightwatchman so I backed him knowing what we had to do. I couldn’t watch at the end. I couldn’t watch the balls going down.”I just twanged my glute, was all right, just heavy legged. Adrenaline keeps you going, never until it’s over, that’s what I kept on thinking. The challenges you face at the highest level, there’s nothing better than being there at the end,” Stokes said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.Also Read | I never gave up: Ben Stokes on heroic 135 not out vs Australia in 3rd Ashes TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019, 3rd Test: Ben Stokes delivers miraculous win with unbeaten 135 as England keep series aliveAlso Read | Will name my 1st child after you: Fans react to Ben Stokes’s Ashes heroicsAlso Read | England vs Australia Ashes 2019 Highlights 3rd Test Day 4last_img read more

From Ayurveda to Acupuncture: 6 types of careers in alternative medicine

first_imgAlternative medicine, complementary medicine or preventive medicine, has gained huge popularity in the current times. Whether it is because of reduced side-effects or better accessibility to these treatments, preventive medicine clearly comes out as a winner.According to a recent study named ‘Perception, attitude and usage of complementary and alternative medicine among doctors and patients in a tertiary care hospital in India’ which was published in the Indian Journal of pharmacology, the use of Complementary And Alternative Medicine (CAM) was more among doctors (58%) when compared with the patients (28%).Among doctors, those who utilized CAM themselves recommended CAM as a therapy to their patients (52%) and enquired about its use from patients (37%) to a greater extent.Having said that, it is quite important for us to understand what avenues are open for us in the longer run.Here are 5 of the most diverse career paths that you can consider if you are keen on pursuing alternative medicine:1. Life coaching Every one of us today is struggling with different problems. Be it health issues or general stress. That’s where life coaches help you. They try to bridge the gap between your goals, woes and incorporate mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical health.In the days to come, this is going to only flourish more. A life coach works closely with their clients to help them in achieving goals, overcoming obstacles or making life-shifts in their lives.University: Various universities abroad offer specialized courses in life coaching. However, gradually this is being introduced in India too.advertisementSalary: Depending on your field of expertise, you get paid per session. Generally, every life coaching session (as freshers) will earn you between Rs 2500/-, depending on your experience as well as clientele.2. Acupuncture Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that is widely used to treat migraines, heart problems, digestive issues, and infertility. It uses tiny needles to be affixed on certain spots to relieve you of pain. If you are considering alternative medicine as your career path, this one could be a good one.University: Indian Academy of Acupuncture Science is one of the many universities that offer specialization in acupuncture.Salary: The average hourly charges of any acupuncturist is Rs 180/-. However, this depends on your experience.3. Massage therapy In the current times, one of the jobs that is becoming highly popular is that of a massage therapist. Massage therapy is recommended to treat general pain, body pain, back-related pain, stress, sports injuries, etc.University: Specific massage therapy courses are offered by a variety of universities and institutes.Salary: Rs 20,000/- is the average salary of a massage therapist.4. Yoga There’s perhaps no doubt that yoga is, one the most sought after fitness routine in the current times. With its gaining prominence, the post of the yoga instructor is a very successful one.University: Many institutes in India are renowned for these courses. You could read about them here.Salary: Average monthly salary of Rs 25,000/-.5. Ayurveda Vaids, in the current times is the most popular one. Ayurveda is said to cure tons and tons of ailments. Body pain, emotional pain, acidity, recurring fevers, etc are some of the common ailments that are treated by Ayurveda.University: National Institute Of Ayurveda, DY Patil Institute are known universities to study Ayurveda.Salary: Depends on the ailment you are treating.6. Energy healing As more and more studies come out verifying the efficacy of energy medicine, different streams of energy medicine like Pranic Healing, Reiki, and many others, are becoming increasingly popular. These healers know how to redirect disturbed energy patterns in the body, which results in dramatic shifts in health.University: Pranic Healing Institute, The Yoga Vidya Pranic Healing Foundation of South Mumbai, Reiki school India are good. You could also learn the Donna Eden Energy Medicine method through various workshops.Salary: A typical session can be charged anywhere from Rs.500/- to Rs.1500/- depending on the experience of the healer.- Article by Pinky Daga, CEO, Thriive Art & SoulRead: 7 types of medical degrees with related jobsRead: Confused about career choice? Check out these alternative career options!Read: New age career options for science students tired of medical and engineering jobslast_img read more

Defending champion Naomi Osaka crashes out after losing to Belinda Bencic in US Open round of 16

first_imgNaomi Osaka’s 10-match U.S. Open winning streak and title defense are done after she was outplayed in the fourth round by Belinda Bencic (BEN-chich) and lost 7-5, 6-4.Osaka has been wearing a black sleeve on her bothersome left knee and was visited by a trainer after getting broken to trail 3-2 in the second set.The result under the closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium on a rainy Monday means both defending champions and No. 1 seeds are gone before the quarterfinals at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.Novak Djokovic stopped playing in his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday night because of a painful left shoulder.Osaka made her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows a year ago, winning her first major championship by beating Serena Williams in a chaotic final that devolved after Williams got into an extended argument with the chair umpire.Osaka followed that up with a second consecutive Grand Slam trophy at the Australian Open in January. That allowed her to become the first tennis player representing Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings.The 13th-seeded Bencic, who is from Switzerland and has been mentored by Martina Hingis, showed again that she is a big-match player. She improved to 3-0 against Osaka this season and now has a tour-leading nine victories over top-10 opponents in 2019.Bencic also is 4-1 over her career against top-ranked players.Also See:last_img read more

Lakshya Sen wins Belgian International badminton title

first_imgRising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned second seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark in straight games to clinch the men’s singles title at the Belgian International Challenge here on Saturday.Lakshya was at his best as he notched up a comfortable 21-14 21-15 win over Svendsen in the title clash that lasted for 34 minutes.The 18-year-old from Almora had earlier beaten Denmark’s Kim Bruun 21-18 21-11 win in a 48-minute semifinal clash on Friday night.The semifinal clash was a close affair initially with Lakshya and Bruun exchanging leads frequently before the Danish shuttler jumped to a 11-9 advantage at the break.However, Lakshya erased the deficit after the interval and build on a slender 13-12 lead to slowly move ahead and eventually pocketed the opening game comfortably.Lakshya came out with all cylinders blazing in the second game to jump to a 6-2 lead early on and then reeled off five straight points to grab a 11-3 lead at the breather.The Indian produced another burst of five straight points to create a huge gap which Bruun failed to bridge.last_img read more

Jesus to miss 4-6 weeks of action for Man City

first_imgManchester City Guardiola confirms injured Jesus will miss 4-6 weeks for Man City Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:39 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Gabriel Jesus Manchester City Crystal Palace Getty Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Sergio Agüero The Manchester City manager has confirmed that his striker will miss almost two months through injury, after damaging his knee against Crystal Palace Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Gabriel Jesus will miss around six to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury.Jesus suffered a knee ligament injury during Sunday’s goalless draw at Palace, and following tests in the past 48 hours he has been ruled out for close to two months.With City still active in four competitions, Jesus’ absence will leave Pep with reduced options up front in a hectic start to 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Gabriel will be out four to six weeks, maybe a bit longer, hopefully as soon as poosible,” Guardiola confirmed.Kevin De Bruyne also suffered what appeared to be a nasty injury at Selhurst Park but proved his fitness on Tuesday afternoon and informed Guardiola that he was ready to start against Watford.”Kevin went out on the pitch at four in the afternoon, proved himself and wanted to play,” he added. “He had some pain but wanted to play, if he wants to play then i want him to play.”It says a lot. Nothing will change the opinion of his quality, everyone knows about his quality but we will get a step forward if we win, towards being champion. The club, the manager, the staff, the players, Kevin wanted to play and his desire is what we have to follow.”De Bruyne’s midfield partner Silva also returned to City action on Tuesday having missed games against Tottenham, Leicester City, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace in recent weeks. The Spaniard has been dealing with a family issue, and may need more time off in the coming weeks.“It doesn’t matter if we drop a lot of points while he is not here, family is the most important thing.”WHAT GAMES WILL JESUS MISS?Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 2017If Guardiola’s prediction is accurate, City will be left sweating on the fitness of their young striker ahead of perhaps the biggest games of the season so far.The club resume their Champions League campaign on February 13 against Basel, exactly six weeks away as of Tuesday. Jesus, then, will face an uphill struggle to recover in time for that first leg in Switzerland. City’s return clash at the Etihad Stadium, on the other hand, falls on March 7, a date for which the Brazil international should be more than ready if his rehabilitation proceeds as expected over the next two months. Jesus PSIn the Premier League, meanwhile, Jesus could miss up to five clashes, with either February 10’s home test against Leicester or a visit to Arsenal two weeks later the most likely venues for his return. He will also be absent for both of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup semi-finals against Bristol City, as well as Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash at home to Burnley. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

TCU Beats Baylor, Bedlam is for the Big 12 Title

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. How about that? Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit. TCU beat Baylor in double overtime in a driving rainstorm and everything is coming up Bedlam. The Frogs’ win means whichever team wins Bedlam will be the 11-1 Big 12 champion.Baylor and TCU couldn’t score on the last 32 (not a typo!) drives of regulation but Baylor scored a TD to start OT. Then TCU came back with two straight that got me off the couch and pumping both my fists. Then Baylor got it back, had a 4th down and couldn’t convert.Here’s the stop that ended it.Here’s the 4th down stop that ended Baylor’s Championship hopes and gave TCU the win. https://t.co/sKCnUFpOfS— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 28, 2015 The game was as sloppy as Big 12 games get (which is to say it was exactly like a Big 10 or SEC game). I’m not sure how TCU held on but I’m pretty sure some Bedlam sorcery was involved.https://twitter.com/kelbeyonce_15/status/670472360932147200The TCU win sets up, yep, the biggest game in the history of Oklahoma football (the state, not the school). I am jacked up. If you aren’t, watch this.The biggest football game in Oklahoma history is tomorrow. What a time to be alive.— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) November 28, 2015Oh yeah, and Part 1 of the “get OSU into the College Football Playoff” has been completed.Bring on Bedlam.last_img read more

Guest star blogger Carey Paris on how to double response rates

first_imgI was reading an email bulletin from nonprofit marketer Carey Paris saying some changes he’d made to a nonprofit web site increased donations by 62% and doubled the opt-in list. So I thought I’d invite him to tell us how. And he said yes. Lucky for us. Really lucky – this is a goldmine of good practices. I especially like the five-minute rule at the end. Read on!It is so important for non profit websites to focus on lead generation. As The Gilbert E-mail Manifesto states, “A website built around an email strategy is more valuable than a website built around itself.” I couldn’t agree more. It is the only true opportunity we have to build a stronger relationship with our viewers. Here’s what we did for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation:1) Placed live animation from LiveFaceOnWeb.com on our newsletter sign up page located here:Click here to view2) Reduced the number of form fields to sign up for our newsletter to lessen anxiety. Create a mini sales letter for newsletter sign up.3) Bullet pointed the highlights of our newsletter.4) After they submitted their information I added audio and text to make sure they checked their spam folder and looked for our confirmation link, and walked them through how to confirm their email. Click here to view5) My favorite is the page after they click the confirmation page. I continue to build our relationship with them and thank them for signing up. Click here to view6) To top it off I set up several autoresponders that welcome them to our website and ask them what we can do to help improve their experience on our website.Our opt in list more than doubled!! Awesome!!Opt In List UpdatesNever forget that “QUALITY” is always better than “QUANTITY” in your list. If you do not have opt in or double opt in implemented, your open rate is suffering, and you could be violating spam laws.1) I spent the past month mentioning in our newsletter that we were “scrubbing” our newsletter list for new CAN SPAM ACT laws, and asking our members to verify their email address to meet these standards. (What I was really doing was building a double opt in list of our members)Our open rate increased by over 60%!Here is a link to see the difference focusing on “QUALITY” rather than “Quantity”:PROOF: Click here for resultsDonation PageThe most important pages to all of us are the pages leading to the actual donation form. Are you taking advantage of these pages? You should! When they click that donate link you have 3 seconds to sell your foundation. What makes you different? Does your donation form cause anxiety? Do you take that final breath of air, that final approach to really reach out? How well do you say “Thank You” after the donation?1) After a donation is made I recorded our COO giving a personal thank you for their donation.Click here to view (Video of her speaking is coming up soon)2) I created a unique value proposition on our website. We are different from other Alzheimer’s websites, but did our viewers know we were different? I created our UVP as: “The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation Gives More of Your Dollar to Alzheimer’s Research.” and placed it directly above the donate link.Click here to view3) Our top awards are located directly next to a visual pie graph that shows the donor where their money is going and to instill confidence that the donation is making a difference.4) Anyone who donates, randomly, I send them an automatic email that gives them a %50 OFF coupon to several of our affiliate partners. So we have seen some wonderful numbers on the back end from processing the donation and then the follow up affiliate commission sale.5) There is now an exit traffic pop up on our donation page. If a viewer is on that page and decides to leave they will get a simple pop up that asks them to reconsider leaving with out donating. Some pop up blockers to block this… but it doesn’t bother me, yet. I have seen about 20 extra donations come from this exit pop up. Here is an example. Click this link, after the page loads, close the page and you “should” notice the pop up.Click here to viewPROOF: Click here for resultsHere is our biggest “secret” yet. We implemented a 5 minute rule with our donation department. We call every donor and tell them thank you within 5 minutes or less of their donation. We obtained 3 monthly donations this week alone from just a thank you call. That’s all we say. We didn’t ask for it. We said thank you and told them exactly where their money was going.Was testing worth our time? You bet.Above are examples of some of the small changes you might test on your own site. Don’t stop there!Be Your Mission.last_img read more

MLS Review: NYCFC edge Toronto

first_imgMLS MLS Review: New York City edge Toronto in Torrent’s first game Dejan Kalinic 09:24 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Domenec Torrent_cropped Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images MLS New York City v Toronto Atlanta United v Portland Timbers New York City Atlanta United Toronto Portland Timbers In the new manager’s first game at the helm, his side overcame the reigning champions at Yankee Stadium A Jo Inge Berget brace helped New York City to a 2-1 win over Toronto in Domenec Torrent’s first game in charge on Sunday.Torrent, who took over from Patrick Vieira earlier this month after the Frenchman’s move to Nice, led his side to a hard-fought win at Yankee Stadium.After David Villa came off injured for City approaching the half-hour mark, Victor Vazquez opened the scoring for Toronto. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Vazquez got on the end of a long pass from Auro before lobbing onrushing goalkeeper Sean Johnson.Berget equalised six minutes after half-time with a neat back flick, before the Norwegian scored the winner.The forward finished clinically from inside the area after being played in by Maximiliano Moralez in the 68th minute.What a ball from Moralez. Too easy for Berget. 2-1 to @NYCFC. #NYCvTOR https://t.co/haVo1mg6cE— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 24, 2018City moved back into second in the Eastern Conference with the win, leapfrogging the rival New York Red Bulls, while struggling Toronto are 10th.In the day’s other game, Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United were held to a 1-1 draw by the Portland Timbers.Larrys Mabiala put visiting Portland up in the 32nd minute, in a game that saw multiple chances for each side and both teams strike the woodwork.Julian Gressel would level the scoreline in the second half to add a point to Atlanta’s league-best record, though the Five Stripes were unable to find a winner.Meanwhile, Portland sits fifth in the Western Conference on 23 points.last_img read more