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first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Never easy. Kind of frustrating if you can’t get the serve like three in a row.”After trailing 4-1 in the 10-point tiebreaker — a new addition at the Australian Open this year __ and then taking a 7-6 lead thanks to a video replay review at 6-6 — Karlovic was closing in becoming the oldest man since Ken Rosewall in 1978 to reach the third round at the Australian Open.But Nishikori stepped it up, sparking chants of “Nishi-kori, Nishi-kori” from a section of Japanese fans at Margaret Court Arena.“I had to reload in the fifth,” he said. “It was really tough. Could go both ways. I really returned well — focussed well.“We both played great tennis — and he served really well. I’ll try to carry on this confidence to the next round.”Rain showers halted play on all courts soon after Nishikori’s win, forcing organizers to close the roofs of the three main show courts.The Japanese fans were still in place after the break to watch U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka advance with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tamara Zidansek.Nishikori said having more Japanese fans in Australia than at any of the other majors always gave him a boost.“You can tell there is so many Japanese. And also many Asians. I’m sure I feel more comfortable playing this Grand Slam than other Grand Slam.” Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japan’s Kei Nishikori celebrates after defeating Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Kei Nishikori wants to extend a Grand Slam sequence. He’s not making it easy at the Australian Open.Eighth-seeded Nishikori withstood 59 aces from Ivo Karlovic, and had to save three break points deep in the fifth, before beating the 39-year-old Croatian 6-3, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (7) to reach the third round.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Expect the ‘best version’ of Joshua Pacio in his first ONE title defense “I rather do three sets, but today (Karlovic) was playing well, and first match, too, the guy was playing really solid,” Nishikori said. “Yeah, these two matches can go, you know, I could lose these two matches. So I just need to recover well. But, I mean, it’s only two matches, so I’m not too tired yet.”Nishikori dropped to his hands and knees after winning the last three points of the tiebreaker, relieved to secure his spot.He later joked that he’d faced more aces in one match than he himself would serve in a year.“He almost had it,” Nishikori said of how close Karlovic got to victory. “One serve and it could have gone his way.”To force a fifth, Karlovic, who is 2.11 meters (6-feet-11), had served six aces in a row — two from 30-30 in the 10th game and then another four to close after breaking Nishikori’s serve to close out the fourth set.ADVERTISEMENT After missing last year’s Australian Open because of injury, Nishikori reached the fourth round at the French Open, the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the semifinals in New York, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the last two.He reached a career-high No. 4 ranking in March, 2015 — a record for an Asian player in ATP rankings history — and his runner-up finish at the 2014 U.S. Open made him the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlready with a title in Brisbane to open 2019, he’s starting to believe he’s ready for the next step.But after twice being taken to five sets — he lost the first two sets of his opening match but won 15 of the next 17 games before Kamil Majchrzak retired while trailing 3-0 in the fifth — he’d prefer to take a direct route through the third round. He next plays Joao Sousa, who beat No. 32 Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_img… fails to successfully prosecute 90% of casesThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) is the least trusted institution in Guyana – a country with high levels of crime and violence–and urgently needs to strengthen its investigation and prosecution capacity since it currently records a dismal 90 per cent failure rate.These are but some of the dismal findings of a United States funded Report on Human Rights, Democracy and Governance in Guyana, and was produced for review by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)–one of this nation’s longstanding donor partners.Crime/violenceAccording to the US-based report, Guyana currently faces a number of social problems, including high levels of crime and violence; high levels of domestic violence; incidents of violence against transgender individuals; high incidents of trafficking in persons (TIP); and the increasing use of guns, particularly for criminal purposes.” The USAID report said there is urgent significant need to reform the Guyana Police Force and “strengthen its investigations and prosecutions since an estimated 90 per cent of prosecutions are unsuccessful and it is the least-trusted institution in the country.”Similar to the findings contained in the annual US State Department reports, Guyana continues to be labelled a trans-shipment point for drug smuggling from South America to North America, Europe, and West Africa.High migration levelsIt found too that in addition to a disproportionately high suicide rate, the country also has a high migration rate, with 90 per cent of tertiary-level graduates migrating to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the Caribbean.It was observed too that while the Guyanese Diaspora is “tremendously important to the country in terms of remittances,” the high migration levels have an adverse effect on the society, “in that it drains the country of intellectual capacity, technical skills, and know-how.”This has also resulted in the local private sector experiencing high turnover rates as educated, trained, and capable people find opportunities elsewhere.Scores of international studies have correlated links between the high migration levels and increased burdens on indigenous security forces.Far from certainThe scathing report said too that it is too early to tell if the promises of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) will be realised.According to the report, the May 2015 elections of a multiethnic, reform-minded coalition brought a fresh opportunity for Guyana to move toward a more responsive and accountable state of governance, “however, this democratic outcome is far from certain.”It documents that the coalition Government faces deep-seated legacies of single-party domination; politically driven ethnic divisions; and a centralised patron-clientelist system with weak, unaccountable, and unresponsive government institutions.Political power, the report said, is concentrated in the executive, more specifically within the office of the president in David Granger, a former military officer and elected leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).According to the US report, “President Granger and the coalition Government enjoyed a honeymoon period that is now largely over.”The report said while the coalition is expected to last until the 2020 elections, “they need to maintain cohesion and manage tensions arising between the two parties…They say the right things about reforms…However, it is still too early to tell if this reform resolve will last.”The local media landscape also came in for critique by the USAID-funded report.According to the authors, “The media is pluralistic and politicised, with the state media having the only nationwide reach.”It documents that the local media landscape practices self-censorship as previous governments retaliated against critical coverage.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We sprayed the last field of corn so that is done. We do have some 360 Y-Drops for our sprayer and we have a couple of fields that we may go back in and add N later. We are going to test to see if we need to put more N on. We did not have a lot of N down early so I don’t think we lost a whole lot early in the season.This week we are going to be getting ready for wheat harvest. I am not sure we will quite be ready to run anything this weekend, but definitely within two weeks. It looks like it is at least a week or 10 days ahead of schedule. It is still hard to tell how the quality will be, but it seems like a really good wheat crop. We’ll bale all of the straw and we bale some for the neighbor.We used to have a double-crop deadline of July 10 to get all of the beans in, but it seems like we have been able to push that later. We’ll try to plant double-crop beans up until July 18.For wheat harvest, it is kind of a rush there for a couple of weeks. We run three small square balers. Most of our straw is sold out of the field so we don’t have to mess with putting it in barns.We plant the beans in the evening or at night while we’re baling. If we didn’t have such a good market for straw, we’d just plant the beans after the wheat because the prices are looking better.We have been really spotty with the rains. We could definitely use some rain this week. There was a little replanting of beans around here. We replanted 16 acres of beans we spotted in. Now we could use some rain.last_img read more

first_img Build your reputation. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Prompt responses. Around the clock support. Tags:#celebrity influencers#crowdfunding#Digital Marketing#influencer marketing agency Accredited investors. According to influencer marketing agency Mediakix’s latest influencer marketing survey, 89 percent of surveyed marketers say the return on investment is as good as — or better than — other channels. Eight out of 10 also said that they see influencer marketing as “effective” or “very useful. Networks to look into are YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter influencers.  These channels are influencer marketing at scale and give brands the opportunity to leverage social influencers organically as well as enjoying cross-channel competency.The large network of influencers ensures that any brand they are accelerating carries out a successful crowdfunded campaign all the time focusing on the here and now. The game-changer is to outsource to the best hands around instead of depending on the internal source. Or, trying to engage influencers on your own which is not as effective as working with a crowdfunding influencer network. The need for expertise for a marketing support agency cannot be overemphasized. A competent team has to work on many startup projects and have years of crowdfunding experience to have expertise. It also can help you if the marketing support agency you pick can work with some of the largest blockchain and enterprises companies in the world. Find out if they’re connected to the most influential people in Blockchain. They travel to the largest crypto conferences in the world and have networked with thought leaders like Charlie Lee, the Founder of Litecoin, Joseph Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum, and, Tim Draper, the most significant Bitcoin Whale VC Investor. Get connected to a team with clients on other channels globally, and countries in many languages. Find a company with a billion views, not just millions if you can — and expertise that can provide you with geo-specific targeting. Data-driven approach. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Marketing has gone customer-centric, and any business that wants to compete effectively must do everything to satisfy the customer. The speed with which you attend to their pain points determines every other thing.  A good marketing support agency must staff full-time team members around the world in multiple time zones that speak multiple languages to be able to respond within just one minute.Investors and community members want to be quickly responded to; it minimizes fear, doubt, and uncertainty (FUD). Your company aim here is to stop spam, get community members engaged, and provide immediate responses to your team. Investors view fast responses as a measure of the level of commitment the team has about their project. It is the duty of the accelerator or marketing support agency to advocate for quick funding of crowdfunding campaigns, with the hindsight that it overwhelmingly and resoundingly sends across the message that the startup has come on board and is one to watch out for. It also contributes significantly to enhancing the brand’s visibility and helps to attract additional investors for subsequent funding. Segun OnibalusiFounder & CEO Related Posts Around 40% of a public company’s market performance can be attributed to non-financial factors associated with its corporate reputation. These can also be individualistic properties according to analysis. “A corporate reputation is the overall estimation in which an organization is held by its internal and external stakeholders based on its past actions and probability of its future behavior.” This statement, according to a leading international expert Charles Fombrun, a former research professor of management at the Stern School of Business, New York University, and founder of the Reputation Institute.Experience is based on a person’s past dealings with your organization while the other is purely the extent and nature of people’s direct and indirect communication with you. The reputation built by confident investors over the years stands helps a marketing agency stand out among its peers. When you strive to enhance your reputation by being genuine to your goal, the outcome is that people will eventually learn about your project. Expertise. Crowdfunding platforms must not only ensure that investors fund you but also ascertains that they are accredited. Accredited investors are a particular class of investors who can access investments that regular investors can not. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) permits companies and private funds who sell assets to accredited investors to skip the need to register certain investments.  When you sell to accredited investors, you are exempted from registering any securities with the SEC under rules 505 and 506 of Regulation D.No government agency or independent body review an investor’s credentials, and no certification exam or piece of paper exists that states a person has become an accredited investor. What it boils down to is how you determine a potential investor’s status by conducting due diligence prior to your sale. Network of influencers. Building an Audience. If a substantial relationship exists between a crowdfunding platform, the investors and businesses, a route for constant feedbacks will be established. Growth may not always be the answer. Companies that utilize supergrowth techniques are having a difficult time managing their groups after saturation. Sometimes they provide bad solutions or ignore their now large community. A good relationship ensures that customers have the opportunity to be heard, and they, in turn, provide valuable feedback for brands in areas that might need to be tweaked. A marketing support agency that intends to help crowdfunding platforms attain their goals should have at their beck and calls a global team of passionate thought leaders and moderators that provide 24/7 support across all major languages right around the year who will effectively grow your community. Before investors dip their hands into their pockets to fund a project, they carry out an extensive evaluation. The investors take critical looks at the size of their community and engagement — with the view of discovering any shortcoming. People don’t ordinarily bank on a sinking shipLendingblock sold out $10 million in 3 days, and Linda Wang, Co-Founder & COO of Lendingblock has this to say: “…our telegram room has already grown 100X within two months. Already, their team has proven their knowledge in both marketing and lending across all of the community channels.” For any campaign to be successful, you have to package it correctly. According to Crowdcreates Co-Founder Ivan Kan, “Getting a product from development stages to becoming a well-known project is still very challenging. There’s still a lot of projects that go up there — a lot of it gets lost in the noise. Our specialty is to craft a story and make it viral.”The point is not just to go about telling a story; the most essential thing that will make your story sell is how it is crafted. The way you package the campaign invariably determines how successful it will be. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… In this age of big data, any corporation that wants to excel must adopt a data-driven approach to execute projects successfully. Ivan Kan says to focus on being data-driven in every project.To be data-driven, you must ensure that:Test design and analysis are overseen by analytics/data science teams.Dashboards are already in place to give stakeholders self-serve access to key metrics. (Otherwise, you’ll have low-value ad-hoc requests to pull these metrics, and it’ll be a time sink.)Analytics/Data Science teams collaborate with the business to understand the problem and devise an appropriate methodology.There are data governance and consistent usage of data definitions across departments in the organization.You have an unassailable data strategy. Segun Onibalusi is the Founder and CEO at SEO POW, an Organic link building and content marketing agency.When he’s not learning something new about link earning and his industry you’ll find him planning his next trip.You can reach out to him via email at segun@seopow.net. Good relationship. Get Funding as Quick as Possible. There are thousands of prospective businesses out there looking for financial assistance to kickstart as well as functional ones that want to expand on the one hand while there are a large number of investors who are looking for projects to fund. Crowdfunding platforms come into the game, to bring the two together. Here are 10 things teaching us about running successful crowdfunding campaigns.The main reason being that you don’t organize a successful crowdfunding campaign with kids gloves; it takes the input of an expert, an experienced and tested crowdfunding marketing support agency.Where others find it extremely difficult a growth marketing service provider can help some of the world’s largest companies and fast-growing startups accelerate their growth and raise funds.Anker’s is the most successful Kickstarter campaigns that raised 5M USD. Anker is Amazon’s largest electronics seller doing revenues over 1bn USD. Crowdcreate helped them get there.Nui Cookies hit their first Kickstarter campaign, and the food craze company was featured on ABC’s hit TV show, Shark Tank. Asia’s fastest-selling token sale, Bezant, raised 18M USD in just two hours and built their community from zero.Eric Youn, Community Manager of Bezant, mentioned how efficient and successful crowdfunding campaigns done by Crowdcreate were. Youn said: “We could not have met our 17 million Hardcap and sold out our 4 million Bonus round without Crowdcreate. They helped us when FUD and spam were getting the best of our Telegram room. They also advised me during peak panic hours.”What are the 10 things teaching us about running successful crowdfunding campaigns? Here are the takeaways you should learn. AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not…last_img read more

first_imgBy HLundgaard (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsWith the recent news of credit card fraud, the mobile phone industry has made a big push to get behind mobile payment. Mobile payment has been touted as a way to reduce credit card fraud because the cashier doesn’t have access to a physical card that would contain an individual’s name, credit card number or security code.If you are thinking about beginning to get in to the mobile payment system, but still concerned about security and fraud, here’s what you need to know.The two major smartphone platforms, Apple (Apple Pay) and Google (Google Wallet) have implemented their solutions in order to address credit card fraud. Apples system launched in 2014 while Google’s launched in 2011. Following are the details of how each addresses security and fraud.Apple Pay implementation of mobile payment security is to combine near-field communications (NFC) technology for payment processing and the iPhone Touch ID fingerprint reader or passcode for security. Your bank payment network creates a unique device account number specifically tied to the phone and to the credit card added. In the event of theft or a lost phone, you can place your phone in lost mode to suspend Apple Pay transaction. Apple Pay is reactivated once you unlock your phone with your pin code.Google Wallet implementation of mobile payments also uses NFC technology for payment processing but instead of a fingerprint reader like the Apple Pay’s implementation, you use a PIN that only you know. Google stores your credit card information on its server and transmit the encrypted data using secure socket layer technology. Google Wallet Fraud Protection covers 100 percent of all transactions. In the event of theft or a lost phone, you can go to the Google Wallet website and remotely disable your phone.Both Apple and Google offer similarities in how they address credit card fraud. They both use NFC which means that the phone and the receiver have to be very close to each other in order to begin the financial process transaction. They also implement security on the phone through the use of either fingerprint reader and/or passcodes. Both companies utilize tokenization which allows the credit card number to be unique and transaction specific. With the mobile payment industry expected to account for up to 50 percent of all U. S. digital commerce by 2017, these companies are aggressively promoting their platform as a way to provide consumer confidence in mobile payments as a measure in increasing security and preventing fraud.Author: Terrence Wolfork (+Terrence Wolfork,@trwolfork )This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 30, 2015. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

first_imgBy allowing Pakistan to play three ODIs and two T20 matches at home, India seems to have effectively delinked sports and politics in its ties with its difficult neighbour. This is the first time the traditional rivals will be playing a cricket series after almost five years. Pakistan has welcomed the decision, because it has faced huge isolation in participating in sporting events. Former captain Sunil Gavaskar and BJP MP Kirti Azad have openly criticised the decision on account of 26/11, and there is little doubt that they represent an important section of opinion. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision seems to suggest a desire to move beyond the Mumbai attack.The fact is that sporting relations between India and Pakistan have been going on, in one way or the other. Last year, Mohali hosted the high-voltage ICC World Cup semi-final, and since then Pakistani hockey players have come to India for World Series Hockey. And while players from Pakistan were not allowed into the auction pool for the Indian Premier League, Wasim Akram has continued as the bowling coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders.It is difficult to believe that the BCCI took such a huge decision without getting the government’s nod. Indeed, banning sporting events even while conducting diplomatic dialogue, as New Delhi has been doing with Islamabad, doesn’t make much sense.Hosting a short cricket series is actually a good way to generate some goodwill that could feed into the larger peace process. There is bound to be opposition but once the ice is broken, we can look at more frequent exchanges. Maybe Pakistani players could actually make it to the 2013 IPL.advertisementlast_img read more