Theresa May slaps down Stop Brexit cry in farewell speech

first_imgLondon: Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May fended off an anti-Brexit heckler during her farewell speech on Wednesday just before tendering her resignation. May’s speech in Downing Street outside her Number 10 office was interrupted by a yell of “Stop Brexit!” from beyond the security gates at the end of the road. “I think not,” she retorted, before returning to prepared remarks. Perennial anti-Brexit heckler Steve Bray spends his time standing outside parliament hollering “Stop Brexit!” at passing politicians and during live television broadcasts. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome MPs and newscasters have found his months of incessant yelling tedious and infuriating; some admire his tenacity. The holler came as May, flanked by staff and her husband Philip, was thanking those around her for their support during her fraught three years in office. May stopped and looked towards the Downing Street gates, while her husband quipped: “That wasn’t me!” with a chuckle. “I think the answer to that is: I think not,” May said, going on to finish her brief speech. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWhen the departing premier announced her resignation last month on exactly the same spot, she broke into tears at the end of her speech. But there were no tears this time as she made her way back to the step outside the famous black 10 Downing Street door for one last wave good-bye. The couple then left for Buckingham Palace, where May tendered her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state. May tried three times to get MPs to agree to her Brexit deal. When it became clear that her fourth attempt to persuade lawmakers to sign off on the divorce deal would be futile, she announced her resignation.last_img read more

Toyota and VH1 Save The Music National Music Education Program Presents Grants

first_imgToyota and VH1 Save The Music’s national music festival activation and social media campaign #ToyotaGiving came to a close as Toyota presented three Chicago area schools each with $10,000 grants that will provide musical instruments and equipment to each school.Sir the Baptist performing with students at John Spry Community School as part of Toyota Giving and VH1 Save the Music’s grant presentationAt an energetic school-wide assembly held at John Spry Community Elementary School on Thursday, November 3, Tyler McBride, Engagement Marketing Manager at Toyota, and Chiho Feindler, Senior Director of Programs and Policy at VH1 Save The Music, awarded the grants to the three participating schools – John Spry Community, Goudy Technology Academy, and Daniel Boone Elementary. John Spry’s Assistant Principal Pablo Guzman and Chicago Public Schools’ Director of Arts Education Evan Plummer were also on hand to present the grant and speak to the importance of music education in Chicago’s public schools. Chicago local and self-proclaimed “Ghetto Gospel” singer Sir the Baptist surprised the students with a soulful performance of his track “What We Got,” which brought the entire auditorium to their feet. He also invited thirty music students from all three schools up to the stage to perform a rousing rendition of “Wake Up.” Several students performed with his band, adding elements of violin, cello, and drums to the mix, while others stomped and sang along with Sir to the chorus: “We gotta wake up, we can change the world.”The grant was achieved through an interactive festival activation and social media campaign implemented at music festivals nationwide, including Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, Stagecoach, Afropunk, Ruido Fest, Firefly Music Festival, and Country 500. The activation engaged with festivalgoers and artists through interactive large-scale pointillism art pieces, unique to each festival and built using plexiglass and multicolored globes. Festivalgoers and artists were invited to write or draw their answer to the important question – “What Does Music Mean to You?” – on the globes, which were then added to the art piece. As each festival progressed, the mural evolved as it slowly filled up with hand drawn pieces. By the end of the festival weekend, the art was displayed for festivalgoers to check out their handiwork, complete with hundreds of personalized messages speaking to the importance of music. Artists who participated in the activation had the below to say:“Music means I am not alone” – Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins“Music is Everything” – City & Colour’s Dallas Green“Music is how we connect. Music is how we express ourselves” – G-EazyWith the eight festival run complete, Toyota was able to fulfill a $40,000 donation to VH1 Save The Music, which was divvied up to fulfill three Keys + Kids grants at three deserving Chicago schools. Each Keys + Kids grant consists of $10,000 worth of musical instruments; a Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid GP-500 Piano and 3 Casio WK-7600 Music Workstations. VH1 Save The Music established the Keys + Kids grant in response to the growing need for high-quality, functional pianos, and to provide even more students with a safe and inclusive community to learn through the arts.“Altruism is at the forefront of our brand, so we’re thrilled to partner with VH1 Save The Music to support music education across the country,” said Steve Appelbaum, national engagement marketing manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Cultivating curiosity and creativity is so integral to our nation’s progress, and VH1 Save The Music is the perfect partner to help Toyota invest in the quality of education across the country.”“We are gearing up to celebrate 20 years at VH1 Save The Music and partners like Toyota have helped significantly with our mission to ensure music is a part of every child’s complete education,” says Henry Donahue, executive director of VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “We’re thrilled to be in these communities and that our work over the summer has brought instruments and music back to these schools.”last_img read more

17th Marrakech International Film Festival to Honor Robert De Niro

Rabat – The iconic American actor Robert De Niro will be honored at the 2018 Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM) November 30 to December 8. “Even though I have been to Marrakech many times, I feel that I am about to see another face of the city. A face that I have always wanted to discover. I am very grateful for this invitation and look forward to taking part in this great festival,” De Niro said in an official statement.A key figure in cinematic history, Robert De Niro has an extensive filmography. Born in New York in 1943, De Niro’s career began on Broadway, before he discovered cinema at age 20. He quickly became the favorite actor of Martin Scorsese who, from “Taxi Driver” in 1976 to “Casino” in 1995, frequently entrusted De Niro with neurotic roles.De Niro is perhaps most famous for his role in “The Godfather,” where his impression of a killer earned him an Oscar. Throughout his impressive career, De Niro has won two Oscars, for “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather 2,” and a Golden Globe crowning his entire career.The FIFM jury will be chaired by American director James Gray who worked with the biggest stars of Hollywood such as Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Charlize Theron. Since its inauguration in 2002, FIFM has welcomed notable cinematic personalities, including Francis Ford Coppola, Charlotte Rampling, Martin Scorsese, and Marion Cotillard.Last year, the Marrakech festival was cancelled “in order to allow the festival to advance in its mission not only to promote Moroccan cinema, but also to open up to other cultures,” the organizers said in a statement. read more

Bains heading to Windsor after Chrysler announces 1500 job cuts at plant

WINDSOR, Ont. — Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says he’ll travel to Windsor Saturday to offer support to workers facing layoffs by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.The company announced Thursday it would cut the third shift at its Windsor plant at the end of September at a loss of about 1,500 jobs.Bains says in a statement he is “very disappointed” by the news and is committed to fighting for their jobs.Unifor Local 444 president Dave Cassidy said Thursday that the union would need all levels of government support going forward.Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in a statement that the provincial government will “fight tooth and nail” to protect auto worker jobs in Windsor.FCA said it was cutting the shift at the minivan plant to better align production with global demand.The Canadian Press read more

Indian UN blue helmets provide artificial limbs to mine victims in southern

23 April 2007Indian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are providing artificial limbs to victims of mine and cluster bombs in a special project at their headquarters in the south of the country. The peacekeepers identified over 100 Lebanese people who could benefit from the artificial limb, and these patients received free medical examinations and fittings by a medical team flown from India for the project, which is being funded by the Arab Finance House bank.The artificial limb, called the “Jaipur Foot,” is named for the city in India where it was developed and is manufactured.The ten-day clinic opened on 14 April and closes tomorrow, and approximately ten patients have been fitted with the prosthetic limbs each day.While in Lebanon, the Indian specialists are also training local technicians to provide after-care treatment to those who receive the artificial limbs. read more

UNbacked initiative will get powerful malaria drugs to the poor

“There is no reason any child should die of malaria anymore,” said Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is managing the new $225 million partnership to reduce the price of the drugs.“We have insecticide-impregnated bed nets to protect families from mosquitoes and effective drugs to treat those who do fall ill. Now we only need to ensure that all who need these things get them,” he added The combination of bed nets and drugs that cure malaria quickly has reduced malaria deaths by between 50 per cent and 90 per cent in areas where both are widely available, according to the Fund. Malaria is a potentially deadly disease that is transmitted through mosquito bites and kills more than 2,000 children every day. Children make up nearly 90 per cent of the nearly 1 million people who die from malaria every year, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. The new drugs, known as “artemisinin combination therapies” or ACTs, are currently 10 – 40 times more expensive when sold over the counter than the old drugs which have lost their effectiveness because the malaria parasite has developed resistance to them. As a result of the high cost, many still buy these cheaper less effective drugs and currently, only one in every five patients treated for malaria has access to ACTs, the Fund said.The new initiative, known as the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, will reduce the price of effective malaria drugs so they can drive older, ineffective drugs out of the market. The initiative was developed through Roll-Back Malaria – a broad partnership of public and private institutions that includes the Global Fund along with the World Bank, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Dutch Government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation. The initial costs of $225-233 million for medicines in the first two years will be shared by the Government of the United Kingdom and UNITAID, an international mechanism to finance quality-assured medicines and diagnostics against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, created by France and supported by Norway and 26 other nations. Several other organizations and Governments have indicated willingness to contribute additional funding to the initiative, the Fund said. 17 April 2009Anti-malaria drugs much more powerful than previous versions will be put within reach of millions more people in Africa and Asia due to an initiative launched today by the United Nations-backed fund that fights major epidemics. read more

WatchLoonie soars in the wake of the new trade deal with the

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar soared higher in the wake of news that Canada has reached a deal to join the United States and Mexico in a new North American trade agreement.The loonie traded higher at 78.13 cents US compared with an average of 77.25 cents US on Friday.While most economists have been expecting the Bank of Canada to raise its key interest rate target later this month, the trade negotiations have been a key uncertainty.Canada, U.S. reach revamped NAFTA dealCanadian dairy farmers critical of new USMCA trade deal, says it will have ‘dramatic impact’ on sectorCars, cows and a crisis averted: Highlights of the new NAFTA dealThe central bank had made a point of saying it was closely watching the NAFTA talks and other trade policy developments, which could hurt the economy.The newly christened the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA, provides increased access to Canada’s dairy market for U.S. producers.It also appears to preserve the key dispute-resolution provisions, while a side letter published along with the main text of the agreement exempts a percentage of eligible auto exports from the tariffs. read more

Boxoffice surges as a trio of huge summer hits drive Cineplex profits

TORONTO – A Hollywood triple-threat of superheroes, dinosaurs and fast cars dominated the box office at Cineplex Inc. early this summer with nearly half of ticket sales coming from only three blockbuster movies.Together the trio of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World” and “Furious 7” represented an astounding 43.5 per cent of box-office revenue in the second quarter, leaving everyone else in the dust.“It was a summer on steroids,” chief executive Ellis Jacob said Thursday. “If you saw those movies, they were all fantastic.”The owner of Canada’s largest chain of movie theatres says profits grew 9.8 per cent in the quarter to $25.5 million from $23.2 million a year ago.Earnings per share rose to 40 cents from 37 cents in the three months ended June 30.Bigger audiences also meant more popcorn and drink sales. Concession revenues increased by 8.3 per cent to a record high $5.50 per patron from $5.08 in the comparable year-earlier quarter.A quarterly record was also touched for box-office revenue per patron which grew five cents to $9.45.Overall, revenue climbed 6.8 per cent to $345.5 million.The rise of the “event movie” has been happening for years, as traditional blockbusters evolve into massive hits that deliver explosive results on opening weekend before they quickly fade into the background to make room for the next hyped movie.This summer, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) said the three biggest films were so popular they placed in the company’s Top 10 all-time best performers in terms of sales.Part of the surge came from moviegoers spending more money on tickets as they chose to watch films in Cineplex’s various premium-priced theatres like Imax, VIP cinemas and UltraAVX.Premium tickets accounted for about 46 per cent of overall ticket sales, Jacob said.The second-quarter performance bodes well for the fall and winter box-office, which are loaded with other “event” films that could deliver big audiences,” Jacob said.November is packed with potentially huge titles, including “Spectre,” the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise, as well as the final “Hunger Games” film and Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur.”Cineplex is looking for other ways to keep its profits consistent in a fickle market where moviegoers will skip the cinema if the films on offer don’t suit their taste.Meanwhile, the company plans to expand its SuperTicket lineup to include more of the films playing in its theatres.SuperTicket was launched two years ago as a way for customers to pre-order a digital copy of the same film they’re buying a ticket for at the box office. The movie then becomes downloadable when it’s released for home viewing at a later date.Since its launch, SuperTicket has only been sold for a few movies at a time.“You’re going to see a significantly larger rollout,” Jacob said, noting that most studios have committed to making all of their films part of the program.Aside from movie theatres, the company also operates Cineplex Digital Media, which handles advertising and operates Tims TV, the in-store screens at Tim Hortons.During the quarter, Tims TV was caught in a clash between environmentalists and oil industry supporters after advertising for Enbridge appeared on their screens.Tim Hortons pulled the ads in early June and the CEO of its parent company, Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR), said in late July that Tims TV was being reviewed.Cineplex said revenue from Cineplex Digital Media was $9.7 million, accounting for nearly one-quarter of total media revenue. Cineplex Media, which sells advertising displayed on theatre screens, grew faster with revenue rising by 15.2 per cent to $25.3 million.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version included incorrect figures for second-quarter box-office revenues per patron and concession revenues per patron by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 13, 2015 5:09 am MDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Tyrese Gibson as Roman, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Paul Walker as Brian, and Chris Ludacris as Tej, in a scene from “Furious 7.” A Hollywood triple-threat of superheroes, dinosaurs and fast cars dominated the box office at Cineplex Inc. early this summer with nearly half of ticket sales coming from only three blockbuster movies. Together the trio of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World” and ???Furious 7″ represented an astounding 43.5 per cent of box-office revenue in the second quarter, leaving everyone else in the dust. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Universal Pictures, Scott Garfield Box-office surges as a trio of huge summer hits drive Cineplex profits read more

Nova Scotians developing thirst for locally crafted wine spirits and beer

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2017 9:32 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Nova Scotians are growing thirstier for locally crafted beer and spirits — with vodka, rum and ciders named in honour of their maritime roots leading the charge.New year-end figures released by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. (NSLC) Tuesday, show the local industry is growing faster than expected thanks to new businesses and a growing range of products.It’s all helping to pad the liquor corporation’s bottom line, accounting for just over a third of overall sales at $209.9 million — a trend that has been growing over the past few years according to NSLC spokeswoman Bev Ware.The province now has 49 micro-breweries and 15 distilleries.“Nova Scotians want local,” said Ware. “They recognize quality products, they are wanting quality products and they are getting that in these locally made products.”Sales of Nova Scotia spirits grew by 130.8 per cent to a value of $3.5 million from April 2016 through March of this year, with Blue Lobster Vodka topping the list.Ready-to-drink products from the province — largely ciders — rose in sales by 83.7 per cent to $2.9 million, fuelled by the growth of drinks like No Boats on Sunday.Craft beer sales grew by 34.2 per cent to $10.2 million, while Nova Scotia wines grew by 3.9 per cent to a value of $9.9 million. Nova Scotia commercial beer sales remained stable at $160.9 million.Ware said the NSLC’s sales growth is down to a combination of factors, including market demand and the availability of product.“There is the demand there and there’s a growing market to meet that demand, so we do focus on cultivating the growth of these local products because that’s what our customers want,” she said.The corporation said that while it listed products from only three local breweries four years ago, it now lists products from 18 local breweries. One of every four beer listings on NSLC shelves is a local craft beer.Ware said the trend is unlikely to change any time soon.Overall, the corporation reported a net income of $239.2 million on $611.8 million in total sales. Sales were up just over $4 million from 2016.Ware said despite the increase, the total volume of alcohol sold was down one per cent.“That’s due in large part to the fact that customers are switching to wines and premium products that are sold in lower volumes than beer,” she said. Nova Scotians developing thirst for locally crafted wine, spirits and beer read more

YouTube delays music streaming service until early 2014

first_imgGOOGLE’S PLANS TO launch a music streaming service for YouTube will not happen until early 2014.YouTube Music, which has yet to be officially announced by Google, was expected to arrive at the end of the year, but while the company has the necessary licensing deals arranged, it is not satisfied with the product itself and has decided to postpone its release.It’s rumoured that the service will be similar to Spotify, offering both a free version and a premium version which removes ads and gives users unlimited access to artists and albums.Other possible features include offline access to music and videos and the option to play music in the background while using other apps.If Google does release YouTube Music, it will be the company’s second music streaming service.Back in May, it launched Google Play Music All Access which costs €9.99 a month. It’s possible that the two services will be combined in the future.The service is one of many changes made to YouTube over the year. Recently, the site was heavily criticised for introducing a new comment system based on Google+, prompting one of the site’s co-founders, Jawed Karim, to complain.Read: These are the must-follow Irish YouTubers you may be missing >Read: YouTube co-founder leaves first comment in 8 years… complaining about comments >last_img read more

Sosh France Telecom lève le voile sur son offre lowcost

first_imgSosh : France Telecom lève le voile sur son offre low-costComme promis, France Telecom vient de dévoiler son offre de téléphonie mobile low-cost. Tous les détails de Sosh, la nouvelle marque du groupe, ont enfin été révélés par Stéphane Richard, le PDG de France Telecom.Un peu plus d’un mois après avoir annoncé le lancement prochain d’une offre de téléphonie mobile low-cost, France Telecom vient de lever le voile sur les détails de sa nouvelle marque, baptisée Sosh. Stéphane Richard, le PDG du groupe, a organisé une conférence de presse lors de laquelle il a donné le coup d’envoi de l’offre. Un site Internet a alors vu le jour, détaillant trois différents forfaits, tous sans engagement et avec SMS et MMS illimités.À lire aussiUn Samsung Galaxy SIII compatible avec la 4G en novembre ?L’abonnement le moins cher est fixé à 19,99 euros. Il offre deux heures de communication voix et 500 mégaoctets de data. Le second forfait, à 29,99 euros, donne accès à cinq heures d’appel, et 1 gigaoctets de data, tandis que le dernier, à 39,99 euros, offre des appels illimités. A noter que le forfait data sera bloqué lorsque la limite de consommation sera atteinte. “Les Français ont une préoccupation majeure: la maîtrise de leurs dépenses de consommation” a affirmé Stéphane Richard, au moment où ses concurrents lancent tous des offres low-cost, pour se préparer à l’arrivée de Free, le quatrième opérateur mobile français.Les futurs abonnés pourront réserver leurs abonnements dès le 22 septembre prochain. Mais c’est le 6 octobre que Sosh sera mis en service. Si les forfaits sont proposés sans mobile, les clients pourront choisir de prendre un téléphone, en payant 5 à 15 euros de plus par mois, ou en l’achetant en une fois.Le 7 septembre 2011 à 14:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Three fire agencies train together save together

first_imgThree local fire agencies are pooling their resources to save more than $300,000 in personnel costs.Clark County Fire & Rescue, Clark County Fire District 6 and Vancouver Fire Department have consolidated their three training divisions into one.The fire commission boards and the Vancouver City Council recently approved an interlocal agreement among the agencies to share training services. Mike Ciraulo, the training division chief for Clark County Fire & Rescue, is now in charge of all three departments’ training operations. The departments will save more than $300,000 by eliminating duplicated staff positions. Much of the money saved will be reinvested in training and equipment. The departments will also save money by purchasing training materials at a discounted group rate.Prior to the consolidation, the departments had a total of three training-division chiefs, 12 training captains and several administrative assistants. Now the departments have one training chief, eight captains and one person handling administrative work, Ciraulo said.Nobody was laid off as a result of the consolidation, Ciraulo said. Vancouver and Fire District 6 had vacancies at their chief positions and other personnel were reassigned, he said.“We were able to help get personnel back on the fire engines,” said Ciraulo, adding that trainers work office shifts.All training-division personnel remain employees of their respective agencies but serve all three agencies. For example, Ciraulo is still employed and paid by Clark County Fire & Rescue, but he serves the three agencies equally, he said.last_img read more

BAE Systems announces crazy plan to grow drones in a vat

first_imgBuilding aircraft is so old-fashioned, right? Now, growing them in a lab like heavily armed mutant vegetables; that’s the future. Or so defense firm BAE Systems would like you to think. The company has posted a bizarre video and vague explanation of its plans to grow drone aircraft in a vat. This is like the backstory for a post-apocalyptic movie where the robots are exterminating humanity.BAE System says the process of growing drones would rely on the Chemputer, a currently imaginary contraption that guides the growth and development of components from the molecular level. These “grown” aircraft could be generated quickly and cheaply much closer to the battlefield to provide air support to troops.If you’re thinking about borrowing the term “Chemputer,” think again. BAE is very clear that it owns the trademark on that. In the video above, you can get the gist of the idea. A blob of matter is injected into the vat, which then grows into a drone with embedded electronics. The aircraft is then finished with the installation of components that could not be grown.BAE is pursuing this idea with the assistance of Lee Cronin from Glasgow University. The work is in the extremely early stages. The research on how synthetic chemistry could be used to generate complex shapes is still on-going. Long before UAVs pop out of a vat, we might be able to “grow” smaller simple machines and eventually replacement parts that are too complex to be 3D printed. Even that is far in the future, according to Cronin. If nothing else, maybe the Chemputer could be in the next Terminator movie.last_img read more

10 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Your Team Increase Sales

first_imgAugust 24, 2018 Want more sales? Of course you do. Every company in the world has people working on ways to find more leads and close more deals. But some companies are turning to a new approach: Artificial Intelligence (AI).Many companies use software to schedule meetings, write and send emails, organize contacts, remind sales team members about outreach, and more. AI can go beyond those efforts to help your sales team become more effective.1.) Help close.Certain behaviors close deals, and AI can help find them. Software can tell you which of your team members are closing the most deals, of course. Maybe you then study what that person is doing so other team members can follow suit. But AI can take this action to a new level, recording calls and gathering emails to identify exactly what language or action is closing deals — not just for one customer, but for different types of customers.2.) Train the team.Sales must be taught as both an art and a science. Sales managers are often too busy to train their teams, but studies show reinforced training over time creates the most high-performing employees. AI programs can assist with training at various stages. (While not paired with AI, Walmart is using Virtual Reality, training team members by simulating real-world experiences.)3.) Critique performance. AI can also identify weaknesses in the approach of team members. This isn’t just about helping them close deals, as we’ve just mentioned, but about figuring out each person’s challenges. For example, maybe Joe struggles with Product X — but only during a specific segment of the sales cycle or when the lead is considering the company down the street. AI can report this information so Joe can get training specific to his challenges.4.) Evaluate prospects.Artificial Intelligence can be used to help identify behaviors that indicate a customer is a warmer lead. What if your sales team started with leads that are already good prospects? AI can report whether someone is actively searching for the tool or solution you offer. Based on buying signals, sales reps can prioritize leads and focus efforts on the most likely.5.) Analyze customers.Customer insights go deeper than sales. AI programs can tell you that a customer is a good lead, but also why he or she fits that category, giving your team members insight about that person, which leads to a stronger connection and better customer service.Related: How AI Changed Customer Service in the IT industry6.) Keep things warm.When a deal isn’t working, it’s critical to understand why. Your CRM might alert you that an opportunity is growing cold. But what turned that potential customer away? AI can produce those answers to help your team prevent slowdown or cool-down.7.) Find leads.Scraping data and then crunching it can help your team find and serve leads. More than 40 percent of salespeople say prospecting is the most challenging part of their job. Buying lists isn’t a good return on investment. Even if 50 percent of the contact information on those lists is valid (which it probably isn’t), more than half of those people don’t want to hear from you anyway. AI can learn the behaviors of people who buy your service or product and find them for you.8.) Maintain other systems.Sales teams find themselves entering data because they need the insights hidden inside it — but they shouldn’t. Typing up information into a CRM is tedious and time-consuming. AI can manage this menial task, freeing up sales team members for other work.Related: Automatic Insights: How AI and Machine Learning Improve Customer Service9.) Manage conversations.Chatbots can do the talking for you. Customer service staff and sales team members often answer the same repeated questions. Chatbots can handle the initial calls, outreach, answers, and more, handing off more critical work to human team members.10.) Tell the future.Well, sort of — forecasting, anyway. One of AI’s primary uses is to analyze mounds of data. AI programs can help your managers predict conditions, giving them the power to meet targets and allocate budgets.AI can be part of the sales team.Sales reps only spend one-third (or less, according to some) of their time selling. Consider how much time sales reps spend just gathering data, entering it in, leaving a voicemail or sending an email. It takes eight cold calls to reach a prospect. Relying on AI means offloading some of the grunt work. The sales part comes during actual, live human conversation.Related: Ready or Not, It’s Time to Embrace AIAnd companies are taking note. A 2016 Gartner study showed that by 2020, at least 30 percent of companies globally will use AI in at least one fragment of their sales processes. Meanwhile, 87 percent of current AI adopters said they are using or will use AI for sales forecasting and email marketing.Only humans can close a sale.All the talk about AI often has people wondering where humans fit in. While some of us would rather talk to a robot most of the time anyway, humans still have a vital role to play, connecting brands and companies with customers. The best sales reps can explain the value of something to a variety of audiences. While AI programs can help those sales team members, it still struggles with context in language and behavior. An AI program won’t be able to draw on an anecdote from one of your other customers and share that with Sue, who’s thinking about buying. In short, humans are more relatable: They won’t be going away anytime soon. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 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Venezuela split by pro and antiMaduro protests

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – Supporters and opponents of Venezuela’s leftist government staged dueling rallies Saturday in Caracas and other cities in the latest public displays of discontent at soaring inflation and basic goods shortages.About 3,000 opponents dressed in white and carrying red, blue and yellow Venezuelan flags gathered in an affluent area of the capital of the oil-rich but economically troubled nation.They filled a plaza in the Las Mercedes neighborhood and spilled out into nearby streets, just days after demonstrations left three people dead.The protesters, mostly students, have spearheaded nearly two weeks of marches against President Nicolás Maduro. Rampant crime, soaring inflation and basic goods shortages are their main grievances.On Saturday they demanded the release of about 100 detained students and other opposition activists, and an end to police repression. The depth of the unrest on what is now the 12th day of street protests was underscored by Maduro’s decision to address a counter-rally.Speaking before thousands of supporters gathered in downtown Caracas, the president accused conservative Colombian President Álvaro Uribe of “funding and directing” the “fascist movements” he blames for the protests.Maduro’s government has also taken Colombian news channel NTN24 off the air, saying it was inciting anti-government violence.Protests have taken place in different cities in Latin America and on Saturday, dozens of activists, many of them youths, rallied in front of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington.They carried banners reading “SOS Venezuela,” “We say no to dictatorship” and “Venezuela is not alone.” Many wore clothing in the colors of the Venezuelan flag.A handful of pro-government protesters held banners at the embassy gates that read “We are with the Bolivarian revolution.”Crackdown after violenceTwo anti-government protesters and a pro-Maduro demonstrator died in a rally Wednesday, in violence that raised alarm throughout Latin America and as far away as Europe. Some 60 people were also injured.“Before, we would not go out on the street because of crime. Now, we go out to protest and they kill us,” said university student Isaac Castillo, 27.“We young people have neither faith nor hope. There are no jobs and even if we get one, it is not enough to make a decent living.”In downtown Caracas, government supporters wearing the bright red symbolizing the leftist movement of the late Hugo Chávez and Maduro, his handpicked successor, filled several plazas.Some protesters danced or did aerobic exercises to the rhythmic beating of drums played by their fellow demonstrators.And other demonstrators unfurled huge Venezuelan flags and pictures of South American liberation hero Simón Bolívar and of Chávez. Thousands of anti-government students lie on the ground during a protest in front of the Venezuelan Judiciary building in Caracas on Feb. 15, 2014. LEO Ramírez/AFPMaduro says the protests against him signal the rumblings of a coup to depose him, vowing to use force to prevent unauthorized street gatherings.The president has accused opposition leader Leopoldo López of being one of the main backers of the protests, and he is wanted for arrest.“Turn yourself over, coward! The people want justice,” Maduro said.The latest anti-government movement, launched by students with backing from some of the country’s fractured opposition groups, poses the biggest challenge to Maduro since 2013 elections, after Chávez died of cancer.A nationwide security crackdown has followed the violence in a country where the economy has been battered by inflation of more than 50 percent.The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights urged the Venezuelan government Friday to bring those responsible for the violence to justice. The European Union also expressed concern.Seeking to quell the unrest, Maduro unveiled a 10-point plan to crack down on crime that includes disarming the population, increased police patrols and unspecified “clear rules for television.”The protesters have demanded that Maduro step down, although opposition leaders have not endorsed the request.Despite having the world’s largest proven reserves of crude oil, Venezuela has severe economic problems and a deep divide between rich and poor.And with an institutionally socialist government dependent on oil revenues in a state-led system, the nation has been hurt by a shortage of hard currency, while dwindling supplies of consumer goods have frustrated even some government supporters.The government, however, blames “bourgeois” local business interests for trying to profit from its largely low- and middle-income political base. Facebook Comments Related posts:Venezuela leader calls new rally amid rival protests Showdown looms for Venezuela, as protest leader Leopoldo López vows new march Fugitive Venezuelan opposition leader surrenders at rally Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problemslast_img read more

Brazil judge dismisses case against Chevron

first_img Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The prosecutor’s office said it had no immediate comment, and Chevron did not respond to an emailed request for comment.The official said Pirro’s ruling “brings to an end” a legal battle that lasted nearly two years.Federal prosecutors had been seeking about $20 billion in damages for an estimated 110,000 gallons (416,300 liters) of crude that seeped into the ocean near the Chevron well in Nov. 2011. The leaks resumed several months later, and the company’s production in the Frade field was suspended. The field had been producing around 62,000 barrels a day.In Aug. 2012, Chevron said it underestimated the pressure in an underwater reservoir, causing crude to rush up a bore hole and eventually escape into the surrounding seabed. Pirro said in his ruling that Transocean had no responsibility.On Feb. 2013, a federal court dismissed criminal charges filed against Chevron, Transocean and several of their executives because of the spill.The two companies and 17 of their executives had been charged with “crimes against the environment” and faced up to 31 years in prison if convicted.In April of this year, Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency authorized Chevron to resume production on six offshore wells. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement SAO PAULO (AP) – A federal judge in Brazil has dismissed a civil lawsuit against Chevron Corp. and driller Transocean Ltd. filed in connection with a 2011 oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.A federal court official in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday said that judge Raffaele Felice Pirro decided to dismiss the case on Friday after Chevron agreed to pay the equivalent of about $150 million in “compensatory activities.” The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of internal regulations, said the ruling was announced late Monday. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories last_img read more

Brand USA launches online agent training program

first_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: GA USA Discovery Program to be tested in UK,Ireland markets before hitting Australia.center_img A new online agent training program aimed at equipping agents in the UK and Ireland with the knowledge and tools to sell the USA was launched at this year’s International Pow Wow (IPW) in Las Vegas yesterday.The USA Discovery Program is now available online to travel agents in the UK and Ireland, providing them with the opportunity to become ‘experts’ on both popular and lesser-known USA destinations, Brand USA president and chief executive Chris Thompson said.According to Mr Thompson, the program will take a “holistic” approach to selling the USA, enabling agents to better cross-sell USA destinations and products.“[The USA Discovery Program is] bringing rich content and in depth knowledge about all these brands and all these destinations and doing it in a very engaging, fun and productive way,” he said.Initially available to UK and Ireland agents only, Mr Thompson said Brand USA plans to “refine this program and use it as a best practices model” before taking it into other markets.Australian agents will probably have to wait until the end of the year before the program hits our shores, but the very recently appointed (and past Flight Centre national marketing manager) Brand USA Australia strategic director Joe Ponte assured e-Travel Blackboard there will be a strong focus on agent relationships and training from the get go.The program, which has launched with three specialist experience modules (Big City Buzz, The Great Outdoors and Winter Sports), will utilise social media and online forums to communicate with agents about events, updates and familiarisation trips such as the Brand USA Megafam.In its first year of operation Brand USA launched into only three markets: the UK, Canada and Japan but intends to expand into another eight markets by year’s end, Australia amongst them.last_img read more

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