Month: July 2019

  • Aryzta appoints new North American CEO and new CSO

    first_img© AryztaAryzta appoints new North American CEO and new CSOPosted By: News Deskon: January 12, 2018In: Appointments, Bakery, Business, IndustriesPrintEmailBakery firm Aryzta has appointed Dave Johnson as its new chief executive officer, North America, and has also announced the appointment of John Heffernan as its new chief strategy officer.Johnson will assume his position on Tuesday 23 January, while Heffernan will commence his duties from 28 February.Johnson’s most recent role was as the president and CEO, Americas of Barry Callebaut, a role which he held for nine years before leaving in August 2017.Prior to Barry Callebaut, Johnson gathered over 20 years of industry experience at Kraft, where he served as president of Kraft North America from 2003-2006.Johnson also held the position of chief operating officer and then CEO at Michael Foods from 2007-2009.Heffernan will join Aryzta from DAA plc – an Irish company which operates Dublin and Cork airports – where he served as the company’s chief development officer.Heffernan also established several clean energy companies between 2006-2014, such as Clearpower and Aer ltd, and was the CEO of both companies.Kevin Toland, Aryzta CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dave Johnson and John Heffernan to Aryzta and to our executive team.“Dave has a track record of successfully leading businesses in turnaround, driving cultural transformation and business development. He has demonstrated a strong customer and market focus while delivering superior financial performance and growth.“John also has a strong track record across a range of sectors bringing experience in strategic and business development with proven results.“I look forward to working with Dave and John who will strengthen and deepen our team’s expertise as we focus on our core strengths and to returning Aryzta to performance and growth.”Share with your network: Tags: AppointmentsAryztabakeryUSlast_img read more

  • ADL to receive 43m in funding from the Canadian government

    first_imgADL to receive $4.3m in funding from the Canadian governmentPosted By: News Deskon: April 10, 2018In: Business, Dairy, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailThe Canadian government will provide Canada-based dairy processor Amalgamated Dairies Ltd (ADL) with up to CAD 5.4 million ($4.3 million) in funding.ADL claims the investment will help to fund the purchase of new equipment at the company’s Water Street cheese plant in Summerside, Canada, which will reduce production costs and enable ADL to increase the storage capacity for speciality cheese products and packaging materials.CAD 4.4 million ($3.5 million) of the investment has been directed from the Canadian government’s Dairy Processing Investment Fund, which has been established by the Canadian government to allow dairy processors in the country to modernise their operations and increase productivity.The remaining CAD 1 million ($788,000) will be a repayable contribution from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Business Development Programme.Jim Bradley, CEO, Amalgamated Dairies Ltd said: “The funding announced under the AAFC Dairy Processing Investment Fund and ACOA will provide ADL the ability to adapt to the new realities in the Canadian dairy industry and invest in the infrastructure and innovation that are needed to grow and diversify our business into the future.“The ADL Water Street cheese plant expansion will increase production capacity by 40% and increase storage capacity by 30%.Improvements and modernization of processing equipment and technology will also allow ADL to work with our partners to diversify products and seek new markets.“ADL is proudly owned by 165 family dairy farms and today’s announcement provides them the confidence to continue investing in their farm operations.”Lawrence MacAulay, The Canadian government’s minister of agriculture and agri-food said: “ADL is a great example of the economic benefits that come from a strong dairy processing industry.“The Government of Canada is glad to support this modernization project, which will strengthen PEI’s dairy industry, its food processing sector and the island’s overall economy.”Last week, the Canadian government also invested CAD 3.9 million ($3 million) in Quebec-based dairy processor Fromagerie Bergeron as part of the Dairy Processing Investment Fund.According to the Canadian government, the fund will see the government invest CAD 100 million ($78 million) in dairy processing companies between 2017 and 2021.Share with your network: Tags: Amalgamated Dairies LtdCanadacheeseDairylast_img read more

  • Deadline for entries to Asia Food Innovation Awards extended

    first_imgDeadline for entries to Asia Food Innovation Awards extendedPosted By: News Deskon: June 08, 2018In: Awards, Business, Food, Industries, InnovationPrintEmailThe deadline for entries to the Asia Food Innovation Awards, to be held this July in Singapore, has been extended to 13 June.The inaugural edition of this awards scheme, which builds on the reputation of the World Food Innovation Awards, will give brands a platform for their success in Asia. It is organised by FoodBev Media in conjunction with event organisers Montgomery, and will be presented at RPB Asia and Speciality & Fine Food Asia on 18 July.Previously the deadline had been 7 June, but the extra week will give all interested parties the chance to finish their submissions.The full list of judges – which includes the managing director of Montgomery Asia, experts from the world of food accelerators, and an experienced brand design specialist – was announced at the end of May.The inaugural Asia Food Innovation Awards are designed to recognise and reward excellence across all aspects of the global food and beverage industry – from manufacturing to ingredients, packaging to finished products.They will offer a unique opportunity to showcase your latest innovations at these co-located events in Singapore – ideal for brands looking to increase their exposure in Asia, looking to launch in Asia for the first time, or simply seeking to promote their products in front of an international audience.In addition to the prestige of winning an Asia Food Innovation Award, winners and finalists will be receiving a comprehensive PR and media package to celebrate and highlight their success. This will include dedicated coverage on FoodBev.com and FoodBev’s social media channels, as well as a comprehensive communications kit and interview opportunities for winning entrants.As a company, FoodBev Media has been organising industry-leading awards schemes for more than a decade. Our most established schemes, the World Dairy Innovation Awards and World Beverage Innovation Awards, are held every year at major events such as the Global Dairy Congress and BrauBeviale or Drinktec, regularly receiving more than 200 entries.FoodBev Media group editor Alex Clere said: “We are very exicted to launch the Asia Food Innovation Awards and celebrate the food industry’s innovation achievements in Singapore for the first time. This is an excellent opportunity for brands to showcase their latest developments in front of our panel of judges and an audience of trade professionals at the presentation ceremony itself.“The Asia Food Innovation Awards will extend our partnership with Fresh Montgomery – with whom we organise the World Food Innovation Awards – and brings together their established and highly regarded events with FoodBev’s track record in rewarding innovation.“The benefits of entering are obvious, and we look forward to celebrating your innovation achievements this July.”To find out more about the Asia Food Innovation Awards, including how to enter, click here.Share with your network: Tags: Asia Food Innovation Awardslast_img read more

  • US authorities lift import ban on genetically engineered salmon

    first_imgUS authorities lift import ban on genetically engineered salmonPosted By: Jules Scullyon: March 13, 2019In: Business, Environment, Food, Industries, Legislation, Legislation, Social Responsibility, Social responsibilityPrintEmailThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted an import alert on genetically engineered (GE) salmon, following an appeal by biotechnology company AquaBounty Technologies.An alert was first issued in 2016 that prevented GE salmon from entering the US. However, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has said that following a “comprehensive analysis of scientific evidence”, GE salmon met the statutory requirements for safety and effectiveness under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.The new ruling means that AquaBounty Technologies can begin farming its GE AquAdvantage salmon in the country, as AquAdvantage salmon eggs can now be imported to AquaBounty Technologies’ facility in Indiana to be raised into salmon for food.Environmental and consumer groups have denounced the ruling, raising concerns about the ecological threats to wild salmon.George Kimbrell, legal director at the Center for Food Safety, said: “USDA’s new guidelines don’t require adequate mandatory labelling, don’t require calling the fish ‘genetically engineered’, and don’t help consumers know what kind of fish they are buying.“These guidelines don’t require mandatory labelling of GE salmon, and instead allow producers to use QR codes or 1-800 numbers for more information.”The FDA said it analysed the potential environmental impact that an approval of the AquAdvantage salmon application would have on the US environment.Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said: “Based on the multiple forms of physical and biological environmental containment measures proposed by the company in its application, the FDA found that an approval of the application related to AquAdvantage Salmon would not cause a significant impact on the US environment.”AquaBounty, a majority-owned subsidiary of biotechnology company Intrexon, said the decision will reduce the US dependence on seafood imports.Sylvia Wulf, AquaBounty CEO, said: “As FDA notes in this announcement, our salmon was approved by the agency over three years ago based upon a very comprehensive science-based review process, which established that our salmon was safe, nutritious, and environmentally sound and met all other regulatory requirements.  “We will immediately start the process to import AquAdvantage eggs from our hatchery in Canada to begin [to] grow out at our Indiana facility.”The genetic makeup of the company’s GE salmon takes a growth hormone regulatory gene from the Pacific Chinook salmon with a promoter gene from an ocean pout and puts it into the genome of an Atlantic salmon. AquaBounty said the modified fish is able to grow to market size using 25% less feed than the traditional salmon.Share with your network: Tags: AquaBounty TechnologiesAquacultureFDAsalmonUSlast_img read more

  • Fazer agrees to acquire Finlandbased oat expert Kaslink

    first_img©KaslinkFazer agrees to acquire Finland-based ‘oat expert’ KaslinkPosted By: Martin Whiteon: June 20, 2019In: Business, Dairy, Food, Health, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailFazer Group has agreed to acquire Kaslink, a Finland-based producer of premium Scandinavian food and drink products such as oat drinks.Family-owned Kaslink’s product portfolio includes a range of cooking products, drinks and snacks made from local Scandinavian ingredients, and Fazer claims that Kaslink is an “expert in oat products”.The company’s oat-based Kaslink Aito product range is popular as a dairy alternative in both the Finnish and Swedish markets, and includes oat drinks and snacks.Once the deal has been completed, Kaslink will join Fazer’s Lifestyle Foods unit, and Fazer Group claims that the increased demand for plant-based products in Europe was one of the key motivations for the acquisition, as the deal will boost Fazer’s portfolio in this fast-growing segment.According to statistics provided by Fazer, the market for non-dairy products in Western Europe is growing at a yearly rate of over 17%, and Fazer has made a number of significant investments to boost its presence in this market in the recent past. This included a commitment in January to build a new €40 million production facility in Lahti, which will exclusively manufacture plant-based products.Christoph Vitzthum, Fazer Group’s president and CEO said: “We are excited to announce this acquisition as it would be a perfect match for Fazer in executing our strategy.“Kaslink is an innovative actor with strong commercial insights, modern production facility and proficiency in production based on technological know-how.“These create a highly competitive foundation for selling, marketing and producing sustainable oat-based products on an international scale.”Raino Kukkonen, the founder of Kaslink, added: “Within the family, we had considered different options for some time already. We came to the conclusion that our ambition to grow would require more substantial resources.We found that the best solution would be to move on with a new, significantly larger partner. It is of paramount importance to us that the ownership should remain in Finland.“Fazer is a Finnish family-owned company with whom we share the wish to change how the world will eat in the future.”Share with your network: Tags: FazerFinlandKaslinkoatslast_img read more

  • After kneeling the ways NFL players can protest despite the new rules

    first_imgTopics US sports Eli Harold, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest prior to their NFL game against the Arizona CardinalsPhotograph: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Republican Peter King compares NFL protests to ‘players giving Nazi salutes’ Pinterest NFL Facebook Share on Facebook Share via Email Shares9494 Share on Facebook NFL Share on Twitter Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Read more Protest Other acts, some influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement, could demonstrate resistance without endangering careers Tue 29 May 2018 12.51 EDT Black Lives Matter movement Last modified on Tue 29 May 2018 16.44 EDT After kneeling: the ways NFL players can protest despite the new rules analysis Sam Wolfson Since you’re here… Support The Guardian The threat of police brutality is not just theoretical for NFL players and other sports stars – they are not strangers to harassment from law enforcement. “If we go back to what started the demonstrations in the first place, the extrajudicial killings of unarmed civilians at the hands of law enforcement, it’s still happening, not just to US citizens, but to football players themselves” says Belk. He points out that in the past two months Desmond Marrow, a former NFL player, and Sterling Brown, of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, have both been victims of excessive police force.Marrow said police “knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious” when they arrested him in a parking lot in Georgia. The officer seen choking Marrow in a video of the incident was fired for use of excessive force and a felony charge against Marrow was dropped.Last week eight officers were disciplined and an apology was made to Brown after footage emerged of him being tasered by police after a supposed parking violation. Brown was not charged with any crime and the video of the incident does not show him raising his voice or resisting arrest.That’s why the actions that NFL players take next matter: the difference between a knee, a fist, an abstention and a boycott is more than just symbolic. It’s life and death. “Black folk know quite well that it could just as easily be them,” says Belk. “There’s no amount of economic attainment or success that is going to isolate you from this kind of treatment. For those reasons, the issue will continue to come up.” “All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem”: that is how the NFL worded their edict that players who kneel during the national anthem will be fined.We all know what standing looks like, but what about respect? That’s likely to become a crucial question as NFL players look for new protest tactics that won’t endanger their careers or lead to financial penalties for their teams. Can respect still be shown while raising a fist, linking arms, or bowing heads – as some sports teams have done when the anthem has played in the past year?The Guardian spoke with experts in non-violent protest to ask how players might express resistance in light of NFL edict.“They have a number of options,” says Dr Adolphus Belk, a political science professor at Winthrop University. “They can continue to kneel, raise their fists and dare the league to enforce this policy. Or they can engage in some other kind of demonstration: bowing their heads during the anthem or adopting a position of prayer.” Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Pinterest Hank Newsome, a Black Lives Matter activist, addresses Trump supporters at a rally in DC Reuse this content Belk says there’s another option the might cary even greater symbolic weight than taking a knee, while also complying with the NFL’s new ruling: “They can all stay in the locker room … they can engage in an act of civil disobedience by being absent, en masse, without falling afoul of the policy. It would make for a striking visual.”Hawk Newsome, the leader of Black Lives Matter’s New York branch, thinks players need to go further: he recommends making an impact by not showing up. Newsome says: “I call on all black NFL players not to show up the first day of work for the first day of season. Send a message, let them pay that fine. And what’s the NFL doing with all these fines? Are they investing them in programmes in the community? I think that’s a question we need to see asked too.”Money raised from NFL fines have traditionally been distributed by the NFL Foundation for programmes including youth football – though not specifically social justice causes.Some people believe the desire to protest could be greater in the upcoming season, now that the NFL has doubled-down on its position and explicitly silenced black protest. By the end of last season, very few players were openly protesting during the anthem, and the issue had become less prominent in the league. But the NFL’s new stance is likely to intensify resistance from players, particularly as many view Donald Trump’s consistent attacks on black NFL players as the reason for the new policy.“The president has said that players who kneel during the anthem should be run out of the league, he’s called them SOBs, he more recently said they need to be run out of the country,” says Belk. “He’s now challenging people on their personhood. He might elicit a response that people weren’t inclined to give him in the first place.”Newsome agrees that the president’s involvement has upped the ante. “The president should be paying more attention to race relations in America and less about what happens on the football field. Now the NFL have doubled down. They had the chance to be a shining star in corporate social responsibility. They could have created programmes in the community. Instead they chose to oppress us. Telling a player to hide in the locker room, stand or pay a fine is an act of oppression.”Newsome, who made headlines after speaking to a Trump supporters at a Washington DC rally, thinks that the majority white fanbase of the NFL makes an irresistible opportunity for groups trying to advance equal rights. “Black people already know that racism exists … we have to invoke empathy in white America. We need them to take action.” He says the NFL is a perfect stage on which to do that. Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

  • Apples Bigger than Bigger Announcements

    first_imgAfter several months of anticipation and speculation, the day of Apple’s “bigger than bigger” announcements has finally come.  During these months of suspense, many predictions surfaced discussing what consumers might expect from the company.  (To view our said predictions visit our blogs on iOS 8 and the Apple iPhone 6 event.)  So what exactly can we expect in the upcoming weeks and months from Apple?  Are there any specific benefits for individuals with disabilities?  Keep on reading to find out! Ready… set… go!Overview:Apple announced two new iPhones: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.Apple announced its new operating system, iOS 8.Apple announced its first wearable piece of technology: the Apple Watch.Apple announced Apple Pay, a payment system that syncs to both the iPhone and Apple Watch.iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PlusDuring yesterday’s event, Apple introduced the world to the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The newest iPhone was one of the prime speculations making its way around the internet on several forums and articles.  It was rumored that the iPhone 6 would have a larger screen, to better compete with other smartphones available on the market today.Size:The rumor on the new size is true; the iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.  Both options will be bigger than any previous models of the iPhone (the iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 4 have 4-inch and 3.5-inch screens, respectively). The above image features size comparisons of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.The bigger screen size of both phones is going to be a major advantage for several individuals, especially those with visual impairments or even those with poor fine motor skills.  With the increased screen size, the content will augment distinctly, making it easier to see text and to select desired tasks.Bonus:The screen is covered with an ion-strengthened glass, making the screen harder to scratch or shatter.In addition to its durability, the cover glass will also make the content on the screen crystal clear.Wi-Fi:The Wi-Fi on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is up to 3x faster than the iPhone 5.  With the new connectivity features, users can initiate calls over Wi-Fi using their own phone number.  This is great when someone may not have a good cellular signal. Author’s Comment: This feature stood out to me because I myself have been in several situations where I have Wi-Fi connection but no cellular signal and really needed to call someone for help.  Email and texting are great–but in case of emergency this Wi-Fi calling may be especially handy! iOS 8Keyboard:Starting September 17, Apple consumers will be able to download the newest operating system, iOS 8.  Which as predicted includes a smart keyboard, making texting and writing on any iOS device simpler than ever before.With the QuickType feature enabled, users will be able to type entire sentences with only a few taps.  With its built-in prediction feature, users can tap to choose the perfect suggestion for their next word.  This will help eliminate fatigue and indubitably speed up productivity for individuals who may struggle with the current format of the keyboard.A majority of individuals use different tones between emailing and text messaging.  This smart keyboard begins to recognize to whom the user is typing and whether he or she is in Mail or Messages.There is also a third-party keyboard experience offered now.  For the first time, iOS 8 opens up the keyboard to developers.  This means multiple keyboard options will become available and each user can choose which keyboard is most ideal for his specific needs.Messages:If typing is still a challenge, the updated Messages app will allow users to “tap to talk, then send instantly.”  By holding down the new microphone button, users can record an audio message in lieu of texting directly in the Messaging app.  All that is necessary is a swipe up to instantly send the recording.Seamless Connectivity:Apple aims to keep their devices as in sync as possible.  With the new update, they take connectivity even further.  Now users can start writing an email on their iPhone and pick up where they left off when they get on their Mac.  They can even browse the web on their Mac and continue from the same link on their iPad.And to continue from the bit about Wi-Fi: What if you need to make a phone call but your iPhone is currently out of reach?  Because all three devices connect better than ever, you can make a phone call directly from your Mac or iPad.  (Again, I have been in such a situation where I may have dropped my phone or left it in another room, but had another device handy.)Apple Watch“One more thing…” was always Steve Jobs’ thing; it’s how he brought a presentation home with a compelling final addition.  Tim Cook has refrained from using it for a couple years, perhaps out of respect, but Cook brought it back yesterday to introduce a new wearable category with the Apple Watch. During the keynote, the Apple Watch was dubbed the “most personal device ever created” by the company.  It is designed to be aesthetically pleasing but wholly functional.  It is a device that helps wearers stay on schedule, in touch, and headed in the right direction. There are three editions of the Apple Watch to better suit individuals’ unique needs and preferences:Apple Watch: Stainless steel or space black stainless steel cases.  Sapphire crystal.  A range of stylish bands.Apple Watch Sport: Anodized aluminum cases in silver or space gray.  Strengthened ion-X glass.  Colorful, durable bands.Apple Watch Edition: 18-karat gold cases in yellow or rose.  Sapphire crystal.  Exquisitely crafted bands and closures.In lieu of covering the specs of the Apple Watch, I took notes during the live keynote speech highlighting details that may benefit individuals with disabilities:The crown (the small twisty dial thing on the side of a watch) is a standard feature found on watches for more than a century.  Apple kept the standard feature but created the Digital Crown, a multifunctional input device that lets you zoom, scroll, and select without covering the screen.  While handling such a small screen, some individuals may struggle pressing the desired task; the Digital Crown takes away this stress, making tasks simple to perform with a single turn or press of the Crown.The watch features a tactful feature that can notify the wearer of an important meeting, an incoming call, text message, etc., without being too distracting like an alert tone.Apple also took advantage of the tactful feature by integrating it into the Maps app, guiding a person to his desired destination without him having to look at his phone or watch.  This may greatly benefit individuals with visual impairments.Apple PayAaaaaaand lastly, Apple created a new system of payment: Apple Pay.I am personally very excited for this feature.  I will first have to admit my love for shopping, but there is one part I strongly dislike: checkout.  When I head to checkout, I have to rummage through my purse, to get my wallet, to get my card out…  It’s personally a challenge for me and my clumsy fingers.  There have been a few instances where all the contents of my wallet end up on the floor; not only is that embarrassing, it’s also a major security problem.  Or if I do successfully obtain the plastic card, I have to reach up and attempt to swipe it then enter a PIN number on a keypad I can’t even see?!Moving on, I do always have my phone handy.  I have always dreamt of how to make the payment process easier: “What if I could just save my card in my phone securely?”  With Apple Pay that is now an option!  The wasted moments of fumbling for my card may soon be a thing of the past. Apple Pay will be available on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch starting next month.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related3 more “bigger than bigger” announcements from AppleOctober 16, 2014In “Computers”Apple’s iPhone 6 EventSeptember 2, 2014In “Products and Devices”ATU212- Apple Watch and its impact on people with disabilities with David Woodbridge, WWDC 2015 and accessibility, Care Sync AppJune 19, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

  • GameStop DoublesDown on Retail Innovation Partners with RGA to ReDesign the Future

    first_img Candice HahnFrank HamlinGameStopGaming ExperienceMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleDatameer Earns AWS Data and Analytics Competency StatusNext ArticleConnekt Technologies Launches Turn-Key Commerce Destination Featuring Aggregated Merchandise from Numerous Entertainment Franchises GameStop Corp. announced a strategic partnership with global innovation design firm, R/GA, to strengthen its focus on creating unique in-store experiences as part of its strategic move in re-affirming its place in the video gaming culture.The partnership with R/GA’s Austin and Chicago teams is part of GameStop’s broader business transformation strategy to evolve its efforts in cultivating innovative customer-centric opportunities to bring video game culture to life in every neighborhood. GameStop’s renewed customer-first focus stems from qualitative and quantitative research led by GameStop and R/GA that identified four major motivations gaming fans have for playing video games – immersion, achievement, creativity and community.Marketing Technology News: Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven InsightsTogether, GameStop and R/GA are developing and piloting new and streamlined physical store concepts, introducing new ways for gamers to try new titles before they buy them, and giving stores a unique layout and purpose that appeal to gamers. From store concepts that offer competitive sessions in home-grown e-Leagues to locations that sell strictly retro gaming software and hardware, GameStop will pilot the new store concepts in a select market to present something new to players both old and new, and searching for experiences in gaming beyond the console.“We’re on a journey to use our vast retail footprint to provide an engaging and well-thought-out experience that enhances our consumers’ gaming interests. Among its many strengths is R/GA’s ability to leverage consumer insights and technology to reimagine the experience our consumers can have in our physical space. Our investment in this partnership is the next stage of our transformation and growth strategy,” said Frank Hamlin, Chief Customer Officer at GameStop.Marketing Technology News: JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major LaunchAccording to the research, video games are no longer just a form of entertainment, but are a fundamental part of the fabric of a modern customer’s life. This consumer believes gaming is the most immersive, most challenging, most creative and most inclusive form of entertainment and vibrant storytelling available, and in many cases is an important facet of their identity. No other specialty retailer understands this more than GameStop. As the world’s largest video game retailer, it appreciates gaming fans’ thirst for compelling experiences, immersive adventures and virtual world escapism.“GameStop has always had a role in the gaming ecosystem,” said Candice Hahn, SVP, Managing Director at R/GA’s Austin office. “We’re focused on filling the needs and desires of gamers, and amplifying the core assets of the business, to turn GameStop into a reimagined format for its consumer base of today and tomorrow.”Marketing Technology News: Wix and FaZe Clan Launch Global Partnership GameStop Doubles-Down on Retail Innovation, Partners with R/GA to Re-Design the Future of the Cultural Gaming Experience Globe NewswireJuly 16, 2019, 9:00 pmJuly 16, 2019 last_img read more

  • ET Deals AMD Ryzen 7 2700x for 199 During Amazon Prime Day

    first_imgET Deals: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x for $199 During Amazon Prime Day Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents By Michael Sexton on July 16, 2019 at 12:56 pm With the launch of AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X, AMD’s last-gen flagship CPU has started its slow exit from the market. The Ryzen 7 2700X still offers excellent performance, however, and you can get one of these high-end processors for an almost unbelievable price of $199.99 during Amazon’s Prime Day sales event.The Ryzen 7 2700X features eight CPU cores that can handle two threads each, which enables the processor to run a total of sixteen threads simultaneously. Each CPU core is also able to run at a max clock speed of 4.3GHz and the processor as a whole has whopping 20MB of cache.Though it is no longer the top SKU from AMD, it’s nonetheless one of most powerful processors available and it can competently compete with Intel’s Core i7 products. Marked down from its original retail price of $329 to $199.99 for Prime Day, the Ryzen 7 2700X also costs less than half of what the new Ryzen 7 3700X is listed for.You can also get the even faster AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X that comes loaded with 16 cores marked down from $899.00 to $499.99, which makes it also an excellent deal. If you want to buy one of these processors at the current price you will need to act today, however, as the deal expires at 11:59 PM EST. New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Directors Just Hinted At a Major Return From ‘Endgame’ The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ 1 Comment Bloopers That Make Us Love ‘The Bachelorette’ Even More Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Commentlast_img read more

  • ET Deals Dell Core i7 156Inch 1080p Laptop 849 Seagate 8TB External

    first_imgET Deals: Dell Core i7 15.6-Inch 1080p Laptop $849, Seagate 8TB External HDD $119, Kano Computer Kit 2018 Edition $60 Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 0 Comments 0 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Square Enix President Discusses ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen ‘Legacies’ Season 2 Casts New Vampire As A Love Interest If you are in the market for a new laptop for your family to use, the first system on this list is well suited for you to browse the web and for your kids to play games on. Or if you are looking to run games with excellent graphics detail, check the high-end CLX SET gaming desktop further down the page.Dell Inspiron 15 7580 Intel Core i7-8565U 15.6-Inch 1080p Laptop w/ Nvidia GeForce MX250, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB NVMe SSD ($849.99)This Inspiron notebook is targeted as a family-friendly solution that is capable of quickly browsing the web and running games at low settings. Dell is offering this system marked down from its regular retail price fo $1,209.99 to $849.99.Seagate Desktop 8TB External USB 3.0 HDD ($119.99)This external drive can hold an enormous amount of data that far exceeds the average persons needs. Amazon is offering this drive marked down from $139.99 to $119.99.Kano Computer Kit 2018 Edition w/ Raspberry Pi 3 Model B ($60.99)This kit aims to make it easy to teach kids how to program. It comes with a Raspberry Pi 3, a protective case, a wireless keyboard with built-in touchpad and a book of code to help you get started. Right now it’s marked down from $149.99 to $60.99.CLX SET Gaming Intel Core i7-8700K Gaming Desktop w/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 240 SSD and 1TB HDD ($1,099.00)This rather powerful desktop comes with an Intel Core i7-8700K processor and an Nvidia RTX 2070 graphics card that permits it to run modern games with maxed out graphics settings. Right now you can get it from Walmart marked down from $1,599.99 to $1,099.00.Insignia 50-inch 4K UHD HDR Fire TV Edition Smart LED TV ($269.99)Insignia’s 50-inch 4K TV features HDR support and Amazon’s Fire TV software. This allows the TV to stream content from various sources, and it enables you to control your TV with voice commands using an included voice remote with Alexa support. If you missed out on getting one of these TVs for $249.99 on Amazon’s Prime Day, you may be in luck. Normally this model would cost $350.00, but right now you can get it for $269.99 from Amazon, which makes it just $20 more than what it cost on Prime Day.Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions (20-40 Percent Off)An Amazon Kindle subscription gives you access to over a million titles for you to peruse and read at your leisure. Amazon is currently offering this service discounted between 20 and 40 percent off the regular retail price.6-Month Subscription w/ 20 Percent Discount: $47.861-Year Subscription w/ 33 Percent Discount: $80.302-Year Subscription w/ 40 Percent Discount: $143.80Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. By Michael Sexton on July 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeouslast_img read more

  • Chorusai Named a 2019 Hot Vendor in Conversational Intelligence by Aragon Research

    first_img Aragon ResearchChorus.aiGold Stevie AwardMarketing TechnologyNewsRoy RaananiSales performance management Previous ArticleSplice Machine Partners with Informatica to Make it Easier to Modernize Applications Using Operational AINext ArticleLucidchart Introduces Visual Reasoning Engine to Usher in the Powerful Combination of Diagramming, Collaboration and Data Visualization Chorus.ai, the leading Conversation Intelligence Platform for high-growth sales and customer success teams, today announced its inclusion in Aragon Research’s 2019 Hot Vendor report.@AragonResearch1 recognizes @chorus_ai as one of the 2019 Hot Vendors in Conversation Intelligence. #conversationintelligence #HotVendorThe Hot Vendors for 2019 report issued by Aragon Research recognizes noteworthy, visionary and innovative vendors in conversational intelligence, image and video analytics, unified communications and collaboration, and learning. Specifically, Chorus.ai was included within the section, “Hot Vendors in Conversational Intelligence.” According to Aragon Research, “The emerging conversational intelligence market is enabling organizations to predict customer or prospect behavior by using AI-based voice analytics1.” Aragon identified four Hot Vendors with interesting and cutting-edge products, services, or technologies.Marketing Technology News: 51% of ‘Hungry Searchers’ Choose Restaurants by Food Type as Journeys Go MobileChorus.ai’s advanced speech recognition, natural language processing (NLP) and AI technology enable teams to immediately discover moments that impact selling outcomes and use those insights for real-time sales coaching and to replicate sales best practices. The company’s proprietary AI automatically identifies and curates such moments for sales and customer success teams, thus freeing sales representatives to focus on building relationships.“There is a plethora of tools focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of sales calls and touting an AI component,” said Jim Lundy, CEO of Aragon Research. “Chorus received the Hot Vendor recognition because of its AI- and NLP-enabled platform that records, transcribes and provides a summary of key discussion points and metrics that took place in a sales call.”Marketing Technology News: Adelman Travel and GeoSure Provide Travel Safety Scores for More than 40,000 Neighborhoods through AVA Mobile App“Sales leaders have access to more data than ever,” said Roy Raanani, CEO and Co-Founder of Chorus.ai. “Moving the needle on sales performance requires smart systems that can highlight what to pay attention to, and get those insights to the right people. Our AI capabilities enable that for the first time ever, resulting in real business impact.”Chorus.ai was also recently named a Top 50 product for sales in 2019 by G2 Crowd and won a Gold Stevie Award for Sales Performance Management. Leading companies like Adroll, Marketo, Qualtrics, InVision and Asana use Chorus.ai to measure and improve sales conversations and to implement best practices in sales enablement, resulting in improved sales performance while also allowing users to become more customer-centric and data-driven.Inclusion in the Aragon Hot Vendor list is announced directly after Chorus.ai’s win of the 2019 Excellence in Customer Service Award for Best Technology of the Year by Business Intelligence Group. The company also recently announced SmartPlaylists for mobile.Marketing Technology News: Biscuitville Chooses SiteZeus to Help fuel their Location Growth Chorus.ai Named a 2019 Hot Vendor in Conversational Intelligence by Aragon Research PRNewswireMay 20, 2019, 1:39 pmMay 20, 2019 last_img read more

  • Tata Elxsi is a Certified Widevine Partner Selected as the System Integrator

    first_imgTata Elxsi is a Certified Widevine Partner, Selected as the System Integrator for Google Widevine CAS solutions PRNewswireJune 7, 2019, 4:03 pmJune 7, 2019 Android TV deploymentsCertified Widevine ImplementationMarketing TechnologyNewsTata Elxsivideo broadcastWidevine CAS solution Previous ArticleShuttlerock Expands European Presence to ParisNext ArticleWaze and Arrive Unveil Enhanced Trip Planner for Stadiums and Venues Tata Elxsi, a Certified Widevine Implementation Partner (CWIP), is pleased to announce the availability of Widevine CAS solution on the [Tata-Elxsi-branded] platform.With over 25 years of design and engineering experience in video broadcast specialization and OTT service delivery, Tata Elxsi has expanded product offerings to include Google Widevine CAS solutions in cloud and on premise solutions. These services include Widevine CAS integration and validation for Android TV deployments.The key to successful content monetization is content protection. Delivering premium content to consumer devices in a simple, secure and cost-effective manner can be challenging. Google Widevine CAS empowers Pay TV broadcast operators offering next-generation video experiences with a free-to-use CAS ecosystem, thus enabling simultaneous hybrid content delivery.Marketing Technology News: Box Maintains Aggressive Revenue Growth in Q1; Reveals Loyal Customers Continue to Drive Sales“Google Widevine is delighted to select Tata Elxsi as a Certified Widevine Implementation Partner. Tata Elxsi’s strong ecosystem in the PayTV Broadcast and OTT markets will help to widen the adoption of our Widevine CAS solutions by customers. Effective and timely implementation will secure distribution and protect content playback on any consumer device, thus ensuring continuous revenue generation for operators,” said Brian Baker, Senior Director and the Head of Widevine at Google.Google Widevine enables secure premium content protection utilizing free-to-use, standards-based solutions for OTT and CAS services. Google Widevine supports the largest number of devices on the broadest number of chipsets and is currently available on 5 billion mobile, desktop, set-top box and living room devicesMarketing Technology News: With 87% Surge in Customer Bookings, Episerver Promotes Internally for CMOGoogle Widevine is trusted by service providers and broadcasters who deliver premium content over an OTT network such as Netflix, HBO, Disney, Amazon Prime, Warner Bros, Hulu, DIRECTV and devices Intel, Samsung, Sony, Roku, LG, Qualcomm to name few.Marketing Technology News: US Podcast Ad Revenues Hit Historic $479 Million in 2018, an Increase of 53% over Prior Year, According to IAB & PwC Researchlast_img read more

  • Norled Sets Sail for Digital Transformation with Infor

    first_imgNorwegian Boat Operator Starts with Self-Service HR Across 80 BoatsInfor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, announced that Norled AS, one of Norway’s largest ferry and express boat operators, has invested in Infor CloudSuite Human Capital Management (HCM) to support its digital transformation. The dedicated HR suite is expected to help reduce costs; instill greater agility in responding to staff changes, expedite HR processes and improve compliance.Norled will roll out the Infor CloudSuite in clearly defined phases to enable centralised control and help ensure a high-quality end-user experience.  The first phase, rolling out functionality to sea-going vessels, is set to go live in early 2020.Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small BusinessesFollowing a thorough review of the market by Efab, a Norwegian consultancy, Infor was chosen from a shortlist of 17 potential partners as it was the only provider to deliver full workforce management functionality to assist in the strategic scheduling of staff. Throughout its fleet of more than 80 vessels, Norled manages drastically different staffing requirements as each boat is effectively its own business, needing different competencies, skills and personnel. This management was previously achieved by a complex mixture of a heavily customised payroll system, Excel worksheets and in-house software. This led to a large degree of manual interaction, consuming time and exposing Norled to risk.By replacing these systems with Infor CloudSuite HCM and integrating workforce planning and scheduling into self-service facilities on each boat, Norled expects to realise cost management savings, be more agile in securing the right staff for a specific vessel when responding to staff illness and holidays, and ensure full compliance with strict Norwegian maritime regulations.The introduction of self-service portals for staff members is at the heart of these new processes. Infor CloudSuite HCM will allow personnel to manage their own profile online, logging their hours and requesting leave, as well as creating a company-wide picture of the skills available within Norled. There are strong drivers to encourage uptake – not just the strict regulations for rest time on board and GDPR, but also the fact that, at present, the processes for logging these hours is manual and time-intensive for the staff on the boats.Marketing Technology News: LiveVox and TDECU Share Keys to Optimizing the Customer Experience in a Digital Environment at CCW 2019“We are an incredibly demanding customer, wanting the benefits of back office standardisation on the one hand, but then the flexibility to adapt to the different skill requirements of more than 80 individual vessels on the other,” explains Linda Charlotte Jahren Mørch, senior HR advisor at Norled.  “We already have a reputation as a technology leader in our field, so a cloud-based, digital transformation led by this staff-focused initiative is a natural development.”“This project contains a series of firsts,” said Johan Made, general manager, Nordics, Infor. “Norled is the first European client that will implement the complete Infor CloudSuite HCM and this is the first translation of that CloudSuite into Norwegian.  This really is a trail-blazing partnership in the region for Infor and Norled, and we look forward to seeing the results develop.”Marketing Technology News: GoSpotCheck Gains Valuable Leadership Expertise with Five Additions to Management Team Norled Sets Sail for Digital Transformation with Infor PRNewswireJuly 8, 2019, 9:38 pmJuly 15, 2019 Digital TransformationGDPRHCMinforMarketing Technology NewsNewsNorled Previous ArticleNew ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business ServicesNext ArticleViral Booth Announces New Roaming Photo Booth on Wheelslast_img read more

  • IBM Closes Landmark Acquisition of Red Hat for 34 Billion Defines Open

    first_imgTogether, IBM and Red Hat Will Deliver Next-Generation Hybrid Multicloud PlatformIBM and Red Hat announced that they have closed the transaction under which IBM acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of approximately $34 billion.The acquisition redefines the cloud market for business. Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies are now paired with the unmatched scale and depth of IBM’s innovation and industry expertise, and sales leadership in more than 175 countries. Together, IBM and Red Hat will accelerate innovation by offering a next-generation hybrid multicloud platform. Based on open source technologies, such as Linux and Kubernetes, the platform will allow businesses to securely deploy, run and manage data and applications on-premises and on private and multiple public clouds.“Businesses are starting the next chapter of their digital reinventions, modernizing infrastructure and moving mission-critical workloads across private clouds and multiple clouds from multiple vendors,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO. “They need open, flexible technology to manage these hybrid multicloud environments. And they need partners they can trust to manage and secure these systems. IBM and Red Hat are uniquely suited to meet these needs. As the leading hybrid cloud provider, we will help clients forge the technology foundations of their business for decades to come.” Marketing Technology News: New ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business Services“When we talk to customers, their challenges are clear: They need to move faster and differentiate through technology. They want to build more collaborative cultures, and they need solutions that give them the flexibility to build and deploy any app or workload, anywhere,” said Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat. “We think open source has become the de facto standard in technology because it enables these solutions. Joining forces with IBM gives Red Hat the opportunity to bring more open source innovation to an even broader range of organizations and will enable us to scale to meet the need for hybrid cloud solutions that deliver true choice and agility.”Red Hat will continue to be led by Jim Whitehurst and its current management team. Whitehurst is joining IBM’s senior management team, reporting to Ginni Rometty. IBM will maintain Red Hat’s headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, its facilities, brands and practices. Red Hat will operate as a distinct unit within IBM and will be reported as part of IBM’s Cloud and Cognitive Software segment.Our Resources: IBM on How to Building Intelligence into BuildingsBoth companies have already built leading enterprise cloud businesses with consistent strong revenue growth by helping customers transition their business models to the cloud.IBM’s cloud revenue has grown from 4 percent of total revenue in 2013 to 25 percent today. This growth comes through a comprehensive range of as-a-service offerings and software, services and hardware that enable IBM to advise, build, move and manage cloud solutions across public, private and on-premises environments for customers. IBM cloud revenue for the 12-month period through the first quarter of this year grew to over $19 billion. The Red Hat acquisition is expected to contribute approximately two points of compound annual revenue growth to IBM over a five-year period.Red Hat’s fiscal year 2019 revenue was $3.4 billion, up 15 percent year-over-year. Fiscal first quarter 2020 revenue, reported in June, was $934 million, up 15 percent year-over-year. In that quarter, subscription revenue was up 15 percent year-over-year, including revenue from application development-related and other emerging technology offerings up 24 percent year-over-year. Services revenue also grew 17 percent.Marketing Technology News: Kochava Expands In APAC RegionThe Hybrid Cloud OpportunityDigital reinvention is at an inflection point as businesses enter the next chapter of their cloud journey. Most enterprises today are approximately 20 percent into their transition to the cloud. In this first chapter of their cloud journey, businesses made great strides in reducing costs, boosting productivity and revitalizing their customer-facing innovation programs. Chapter two, however, is about shifting mission-critical workloads to the cloud and optimizing everything from supply chains to core banking systems.To succeed in the next chapter of the cloud, businesses need to manage their entire IT infrastructure, on and off-premises and across different clouds – private and public – in a way that is simple, consistent and integrated. Businesses are seeking one common environment they can build once and deploy in any one of the appropriate footprints to be faster and more agile. IBM’s offerings have evolved to reflect new customer needs and drive greater growth. The acquisition of Red Hat further strengthens IBM as the leader in hybrid cloud for the enterprise.“As organizations seek to increase their pace of innovation to stay competitive, they are looking to open source and a distributed cloud environment to enable a new wave of digital innovation that wasn’t possible before. Over the next five years, IDC expects enterprises to invest heavily in their journeys to the cloud, and innovation on it. A large and increasing portion of this investment will be on open hybrid and multicloud environments that enable them to move apps, data and workloads across different environments,” said Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst, IDC. “With the acquisition of Red Hat, and IBM’s commitment to Red Hat’s independence, IBM is well positioned to help enterprises differentiate themselves in their industry by capitalizing on open source in this emerging hybrid and multicloud world.”The collective ability of IBM and Red Hat to unlock the true value of hybrid cloud for businesses is already resonating among customers moving to the next chapter of digital reinvention.“Delta is constantly exploring current and emerging technology as we transform the air travel experience,” said Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta. “We’ve been working with both IBM and Red Hat for years to deliver on that goal, and as they together build the next generation IT company, they will be an essential part of our digital transformation.”“As a long-standing partner of Red Hat and IBM, we look forward to capabilities that these two companies will bring together,” said Michael Poser, Managing Director and Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology & Services, Morgan Stanley. “We know first-hand how important and impactful cloud technology contributes to unlocking business value.”IBM Reinforces Commitment to Open Source and Red Hat NeutralityIBM and Red Hat have deep open source values and experience. The two companies have worked together for more than 20 years to make open source the default choice for modern IT solutions. This includes the importance of open governance and helping open source projects and communities flourish through continued contribution.With Red Hat, IBM has acquired one of the most important software companies in the IT industry. Red Hat’s pioneering business model helped bring open source – including technologies like Linux, Kubernetes, Ansible, Java, Ceph and many more – into the mainstream for enterprises. Today, Linux is the most used platform for development. Red Hat Enterprise Linux alone is expected to contribute to more than $10 trillion worth of global business revenues in 2019. By 2023, an additional 640,000 people are expected to work in Red Hat-related jobs.IBM has committed to scaling and accelerating open source and hybrid cloud for businesses across industries, as well as preserving the independence and neutrality of Red Hat’s open source heritage. This includes its open source community leadership, contributions and development model; product portfolio, services, and go-to-market strategy; robust developer and partner ecosystems, and unique culture.Red Hat’s mission and unwavering commitment to open source will remain unchanged, and Red Hat will continue to offer the choice and flexibility inherent to open source and hybrid IT environments. Red Hat also will continue to build and expand its partnerships, including those with major cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Alibaba.IBM and Red Hat also share a strong commitment to social responsibility and a sense of purpose for applying technology and expertise to help address some of the world’s most significant societal challenges. Together, the two companies have committed to expanding this longstanding commitment through new joint initiatives, addressing education and skills, civic and societal needs and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce development.Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York City AcquisitionHybrid Cloud FutureIBMJim WhitehurstMarketing Technology NewsNewsRed Hat Previous ArticleHard Rock International Taps Yext to Power Brand Verified Answers for Hard Rock Cafe Locations Around the WorldNext ArticleIgnitionOne Positioned as a Challenger in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Personalization Engines IBM Closes Landmark Acquisition of Red Hat for $34 Billion; Defines Open, Hybrid Cloud Future MTS Staff WriterJuly 12, 2019, 11:33 amJuly 16, 2019 last_img read more

  • Salman Khan Treats Fans With New Sketching Video and a Workout Picture

    first_img bharatHar Dil Jo Pyar KaregaPreity ZintaRani Mukerji First Published: July 2, 2019, 12:25 PM IST Of late, Salman Khan is on a hyperactive social media spree and he has been treating his fans with new insights from his life. Be it sharing videos of his strenuous workout regimes or posting clips from his nephew’s birthday party, Salman has got his social media game right.In the latest post shared by him on Monday, the Bharat actor can be seen flaunting his sketching skills. In no time he draws a face and goes on to write dialogue from his film Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega with its title song playing in the background. After drawing the face, he wrote, “Itna karna ke kabhi kam na pade lekin saala kam pad hi jaata hai.” He captioned the post as, “While sketching a song of har dil played n this dialogue was written by my friend Sajid Nadiadwala grandson n at that point in time I thought it was complete but ….” (sic)Soon after, his fans rushed to the comment section and shared the same clip from the movie.While sketching a song of har dil played n this dialogue was written by my friend Sajid Nadiadwala grandson n at that point in time I thought it was complete but …. pic.twitter.com/6bU2ykSlCu— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) July 1, 2019Few hours before sharing the video, he also posted a shirtless picture of himself post workout. “Agar dikhana hai, beat Karna hai, maarna hai, toh mehnat kar ke apna level badha ke kaam se maaro… nothing better than working hard,” Salman captioned the picture. Agar dikhana hai, beat Karna hai, maarna hai, toh mehnat kar ke apna level badha ke kaam se maaro… nothing better than working hard… pic.twitter.com/qPugA8MxTW— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) July 1, 2019Currently, the actor is basking in the success of his recently released film Bharat. The film became the biggest opener of Salman’s career. He’s also busy working on Dabangg 3 and will be seen in the next Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, Inshallah, with Alia Bhatt.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

  • BJP Aiming for Twothird Majority in Next Assembly Election in West Bengal

    first_img BJPkailash vijaywargiyaMamata Banerjeetmc First Published: May 28, 2019, 9:02 PM IST New Delhi: Buoyed by major gains in Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, the BJP is aiming for more than two-third majority in the assembly elections due in 2021 and is even prepared for early polls in the state, its general secretary and West Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya said on Tuesday.In the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, the BJP won 18 out of 42 seats in West Bengal, which was a multi-fold increase from its tally of only two seats in 2014 elections. The party’s vote share also zoomed to 40.25 per cent in 2019 from 16.8 per cent in 2014. It has only three MLAs in the 294-member Assembly. On a day when three MLAs from West Bengal joined the BJP, Vijayvargiya took a swipe at the Trinamool Congress saying “it is just the first phase”, and more leaders will come into the BJP’s fold “in seven phases just as the elections were held in seven phases”.Attributing the party’s success in Lok Sabha polls to BJP’s organisational strength, Vijayvargiya told PTI that he along with other leaders has been working for the last four years on the ground to expand the party’s foot print across the state.”We were confident of party’s splendid performance in the Lok Sabha polls due to the BJP’s expansion in the state, rise in its organisational strength and faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.The party, which has been crediting success of its election management to its cadres especially those working as booth agents, has employed similar strategy to make inroads in West Bengal.At present, the BJP has presence on 70 per cent booths, and in next year or so it will have presence on all the booths across the state, Vijayvargiya said.On the party’s prospects in assembly polls in the state, he said, “The BJP will definitely form government in the state in 2021 polls and is aiming for 221 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. Youth and development oriented people have moved away from both Mamata and the Left.”Asked about whether Mamata Banerjee-led government will complete its term, Vijayvargiya said the BJP will not do anything to destabilise it.”It may fall on its own due her (Banerjee’s) dictatorial attitude. We are prepared for early polls,” he said.Asserting that BJP is seen as the most democratic political outfit in the state, he said it is the reason why political workers of various parties are attracted to it.Various leaders from West Bengal mainly belonging to the TMC joined the BJP in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. “This will continue and more leaders from West Bengal will join the BJP,” he said.Vijayvargiya and former TMC leader Mukul Roy are among the leaders who are considered to have played a key role in making the BJP a potent force in West Bengal. It has emerged as the main challenger to the ruling Trinamool Congress in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls. Mamata Banerjee’s TMC, which had won 35 of 42 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, managed to get only 22 this time. last_img read more

  • UPPRPB Recruitment 20162017 Admit Card Released at uppbpbgovin Steps to Download

    first_img UP PoliceUP Police RecruitmentUPPRPBUPPRPB 2016-2017 First Published: July 8, 2019, 12:46 PM IST The Uttar Pradesh Police Recruitment and Promotion Board has published the UPPRPB 2016-2017 admit cards for various recruitment examinations. The UPPRPB Recruitment 2017 admit cards for various examinations was announced by the Uttar Pradesh Police Recruitment and Promotion Board on its official website uppbpb.gov.in.To make it easier for the candidates, UPPRPB has released a direct link for downloading UPPRPB Recruitment 2017 admit cards. The admit cards were released for UP Police Computer Operator Grade A 2018 backlog vacancies for the typing test, and for 2016 UP Police Clerk, Accountant, and Assistant recruitment examination. How to download the admit cards for UPPRPB Recruitment 2016-2017:Candidates are advised to follow the steps to download their UPPRPB Recruitment 2016-2017 admit cardsStep 1: Visit the official website uppbpb.gov.inStep 2: Look for the link which says UPPRPB 2016-2017 Recruitment Admit Card DownloadStep 3: Click on the link which says UPPRPB 2016-2017 Recruitment Admit Card DownloadStep 4: Enter your registration number, date of birth and capatche codeStep 5: Download your UPPRPB 2016-2017 Recruitment Admit Card for future referenceCandidates are advised to read all the information given on the admit card carefully. last_img read more

  • Antinational Says West Bengal BJP after Mamata Decides to Skip Fruitless NITI

    first_imgKolkata: Lashing out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her decision to skip the Niti Aayog meeting on June 15, the state BJP unit on Friday said the TMC supremo was behaving like an “anti-national” and trying to scuttle the growth of Bengal.The Trinamool Congress (TMC) was quick to hit back, saying it does not need lessons on nationalism or development from a “communal party like the BJP”. Talking to PTI, West Bengal BJP vice-president Jay Prakash Majumdar said Banerjee’s move was against the interest of the nation.”When the entire country is moving forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mamata is the only one opposing it. Even chief ministers of Congress-ruled states are attending the Niti Aayog meeting.”This (Mamata’s decision) is against the interest of the nation. She is behaving like an anti-national, trying to scuttle the growth of Bengal,” he said. Banerjee on Friday expressed her inability to attend the meeting of the policy think-tank on June 15, saying it was “fruitless” as the body had no financial powers to support state plans.”Given the fact that the Niti Aayog has no financial powers and the power to support state plans it is fruitless for me to attend the meeting of a body that is bereft of any financial powers,” Banerjee said in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Modi is set to chair the fifth meeting of the Niti Aayog’s Governing Council on June 15 to discuss various issues regarding the country’s development.Criticizing the TMC supremo for her decision, BJP state president and first-time MP Dilip Ghosh said her excuse to skip the meeting was “lame”.”Her decision reflects that she is yet to accept her defeat and wants to politicize everything. While doing so, she is affecting the development of the state. She should be ashamed of it.”Only she has a problem with Niti Aayog, other chief ministers don’t. Banerjee is giving lame excuses as she does not want to attend the meeting,” Ghosh said.Hitting out at the BJP leadership, state food supplies minister Jyotipriyo Mullick said it was for the chief minister to decide whether she wants to attend the meet.”What is point in attending a meeting that would not bear any result? The BJP can’t force us to attend any meeting; it is the prerogative of the chief minister… Also, neither the TMC nor Mamata Banerjee need lessons on nationalism or development from a communal party like BJP,” Mullick added.Banerjee’s decision to skip the think-tank meeting comes amid heightened political tussle between the TMC and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal.With the saffron party bagging 18 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the just-concluded general election, its leaders have asserted that they would overthrow the Trinamool Congress government in the 2021 assembly polls.The TMC, which had won 34 seats in 2014, was able to secure 22 seats this time.Last month, Banerjee had given Modi’s swearing-in ceremony a miss, contending that the BJP’s claim that 54 of its workers were killed in political violence in Bengal was “completely untrue” BJPdilip ghoshMamata BanerjeeNarendra Modi First Published: June 7, 2019, 4:33 PM ISTlast_img read more

  • 2 Dead 12 Taken Ill After Suspected Food Poisoning in Jharkhand

    first_img food poisonfood poisoninggumlaJharkhand First Published: July 11, 2019, 5:33 PM IST Gumla (Jharkhand): Two persons died and 12 others were taken ill in a suspected case of food poisoning after having goat meat in Gumla district, police said on Thursday.Jethu Oraon (55) and Pancha Oraine died within a few hours after consuming the meat at Makra-Kathartoli village in Ghagra block of the district on Wednesday, the police said. Others, who had joined the feast, have been admitted to a hospital and their condition is out of danger, Civil Surgeon Sukhdeo Bhagat said. The goat was found dead in a field where the animal was suspected to have eaten maize, laced with insecticide, Bhagat said.Jethu Oraon and the others brought home the carcass of the goat, cooked and consumed it, which led to the suspected food poisoning, he said. last_img read more

  • Bangladesh Border Force Says CrossBorder Smuggling Cannot Stop Entirely Seeks BSFs Help

    first_imgRangpur (Bangladesh): Bangladesh’s border force has said that cross-border smuggling cannot be stopped completely at the Indo-Bangla frontier and sought greater cooperation from the BSF to tackle the menace.Smuggling of cattle, drugs and narcotics, leather, arms and ammunition has been a major challenge for the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) the border guarding forces of the two countries. On July 11, a BSF soldier lost his hand and suffered serious injuries in a bomb attack by Bangladeshi cattle smugglers along the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal.According to an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, cattle smugglers from India are treated as traders once they cross over to Bangladesh. All they need to do is to furnish taka 500 per animal to the officials afterwards they are free to sell it to whoever they wish, he said.Since there is a huge demand for cattle in Bangladesh, smugglers never lose a single chance to cross over to the neighbouring country where they earn easy money. The demand and supply chain has to be broken, the official said, adding that these criminals often open fire at the BSF, killing or injuring the officials deployed at the border.Last month, the 48th bi-annual Director General-level talks between the BSF and the BGB concluded in Dhaka during which it was mutually decided to enhance cooperation to better check crime and smuggling of cattle and narcotics across the 4,096-km frontier shared by the neighbours.In the meeting, the BSF and the BGB also decided to undertake joint efforts to reduce border killing incidents. As the BSF maintains that it fires only when a situation turns “ugly” and lives of its troops are in danger.Calling for the greater cooperation between the BSF and the BGB, Brigadier Jalal Gani, Commander of the North West Region, Bangladesh, said that although there have been many positive outcomes in border management over the years, some ground remains to be covered. “…Smugglers are very poor people. For their livelihood they go for smuggling and not for leading a lavish lifestyle,” Gani said.”Regarding the killing, this is our request that we should follow the law of the land. Killing is not the solution,” the commander told the visiting media delegation from India. “We always try to catch them, investigate them and then handover them to the officials concerned and follow procedures. The BSF also does the same thing but in some cases, killing of smugglers takes place. Instances of torture also come to the fore. This should be stopped,” Gani said, adding that there should be zero tolerance for killing and the BSF and BGB should help each other.Talking to the media, Ajmal Singh, IG, North Frontier BSF, said, “We have adopted a non-lethal strategy according to which the usage of lethal weapon is minimum.””Bangladesh is a friendly country, the basic problem we are facing along the border is illegal infiltration, moment of criminals, cattle smuggling, fake currency, narcotics, arms and ammunition. Forces open fire only when the situation goes out of hand, otherwise normal procedure is followed to nab the smugglers who are then handed over them to the police to face justice,” he said.When asked about the killing of the BSF officials by the criminals along the border, the Bangladesh commander said that he is aware about this but he doesn’t have any data about the injuries and killing of the BSF officials.”We should interact with border people and try to address their concerns for peace,” he said.The BSF and the BGB interact a lot, hold regular conferences and have achieved a lot in terms of enhancing the bilateral ties and border management, the officer claimed.”The effects of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) have been very positive. The smugglers and criminals know that they cannot create chaos and confusion among the two border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh. I must say that CBMs have been very effective for the forces,” he said.”I have mentioned that you cannot stop smuggling completely. It is dependent upon the livelihood and illegal interest. Poor people living along the border areas are engaged in these activities so bringing down smuggling to zero is very difficult. No one supports or encourages smuggling but there should be no killing of smugglers,” he said.”In self defence, the usage of lethal weapon takes place but it cannot be the case in each and every incident. There have been instances when this reason is cited in each and every killing,” Gani said.”We should go into the depth of the smuggling and eradicate it from the root,” he added. He also believes that there is a nexus between smugglers from both the sides.”The incident of smuggling is going down which is a very positive sign,” he said. bangladeshBGBBorder Guard BangladeshBorder Security Force First Published: July 16, 2019, 10:04 AM ISTlast_img read more