first_imgFollowing a 67–34 tune-up win Wednesday against UW-Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team takes on North Florida Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are looking to build off a 2018-2019 season in which the team finished with a 15-18 record, an improvement from previous years under Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis.For Wisconsin, it will be a challenge this season replacing senior leader Marsha Howard. Howard, a member of the All-Big Ten second team last year, provided Wisconsin with consistent scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game. One player that will look to shoulder the load is sophomore star, Imani Lewis. As a freshman last year, Lewis shined and finished the season second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. Lewis started on the right foot again last week against Whitewater, tallying 15 points.Women’s basketball: Wisconsin’s heroic tournament run ends in 2OT loss to MichiganThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (15-18, 4-14 Big Ten) battled the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines (21-10, 11-7) and suffered Read…Like Wisconsin, North Florida also looks to build off of an average 2018-2019 season. After a slow start, North Florida finished strong, winning four out of their last five regular-season games.The Ospreys then continued to ride their hot momentum into the Atlantic Sun Tournament, defeating North Alabama but losing to Liberty in the Atlantic Sun semifinals. The Ospreys are awaiting the return of junior guard, Tiffany Tolbert, who appeared in three games last season before a detrimental season-ending injury. In those games, Tolbert averaged 18.3 points per game, including a 21-point performance against Indiana. The return of Tolbert will give North Florida an added boost this season.Taylor looks to do damage alongside front-court partner junior transfer Jazz Bond. Bond, the forward out of Murfreesboro, TN, was a double-double machine, averaging 15.9 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Look for Tolbert and Bond to execute the pick and roll against the Badgers.Women’s basketball: Badgers explode in second half to slay fifth-ranked Ohio StateJust a week ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes (14-14, 10-8 Big Ten) marched into the Kohl Center and handed the Read…With games against Power Five opponents looming, including matchups against Colorado, Arkansas and Georgia Tech, it is critical that Wisconsin gets on the right track Tuesday night. The Badgers showed a lot of potential in their 67–34 win against UW-Whitewater, and hopefully they can continue to ride the momentum tomorrow night.The Wisconsin-North Florida game will tip at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA – The top-ranked U.S. women’s soccer team is returning to the Bay Area ahead of another World Cup run.The Americans will play host to South Africa on May 12 at Levi’s Stadium as part of the buildup to the Women’s World Cup in France, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday.  Tickets for the game are scheduled to go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Dec. 13 through ussoccer.com.The defending champion U.S. team has scheduled 10 games next year ahead of the World Cup, June 7 to July 7.“This …last_img read more

first_imgAubrey Huff is afraid of socialists, and he’s got the bullet holes to prove it.The former Giants first baseman/outfielder and current outspoken supporter of President Trump, took to Twitter Monday night to show what he and his sons were up to at the shooting range.He was preparing them in the doomsday event Bernie Sanders wins the 2020 presidential election, presumably because he believes they’ll have to use their guns against socialists, who will be trying to take them away.Getting my boys …last_img read more

first_imgIt’s as indefensible as believers in ghosts lying about observational evidence for them.Dark matter may exist. Spirits of the dead, similarly, may walk the earth. Neither has any hard physical evidence. Multi-million dollar dark matter detectors built deep underground continue to find nothing. If investigators into the paranormal ridicule belief in ghosts, why do they excuse belief in dark matter as scientific?So dogmatic are astronomers about their beloved dark matter, they will lie to the press, confidently asserting it has been discovered. To see the lies, the alert reader has to keep focus on the question, ‘what is dark matter?’ Just as a believer in ghosts cannot allege that rustling leaves in the trees is an effect of a passing ghost, cosmologists cannot assume that motions among galaxies or stars is an effect of dark matter, which they cannot describe. What is it? What is it made of? Without those answers, the term ‘dark matter’ is a placeholder for ignorance.Scientists Find the ‘Missing’ Dark Matter from the Early Universe (Live Science). No, scientists did not find dark matter. What the headline alleges the body text takes away. Mara Johnson-Groh writes,Dark matter makes up approximately 85 percent of the total mass in our known universe, but the mysterious substance does not interact with light, leaving scientists in the dark about the its precise nature. So, instead of viewing it, astronomers must rely on dark matter’s gravitational pull on the normal matter, called baryonic matter, that makes up the stars, nebulas and planets we see in the night sky, as well as all the trees, rocks and people on Earth.In our analogy, investigators did not see the ghosts, but watched the rustling of leaves in the trees. Read further and you find that not everyone was convinced by the Royal Society notice. Also, the article hedges its bold headline by admitting, the “team’s results were highly dependant [sic] on the model they used.” Models are not evidence. Saying that scientists have found the missing dark matter amounts to a highly misleading statement at best, a bald lie at worst.Dark Matter on the Move (Science Daily). This article’s coverage of the Royal Society notice calls the survey the “smoking gun” evidence: “This study may be the ‘smoking gun’ evidence that takes us a step closer to understanding what dark matter is,” an astronomer from Carnegie Mellon says. It may be, or it may not be. The article points to smoke with no gun. Other things than guns can emit smoke – like overhyped news.Dark Matter Behaves Differently in Dying Galaxies (Live Science). Breathes there a reporter willing to critique the belief in dark matter? Rafi Letzter pretends to tell what dark matter does, without knowing what it is. Notice the bizarre incongruity in these statements:Dark matter detectives barely know anything about dark matter, but now they know this: It behaves differently on the fringes of old galaxies than in new ones.Dark matter is the stuff we can’t see in the universe. It makes up most of the mass in the universe but doesn’t emit light. However, it does tug on everything with gravity. Everything in the universe acts like it’s being pulled on by big heavy clouds of something we can’t see. Astronomers just aren’t sure what that something is.This is like saying that ghosts account for most of the motions of leaves in the trees. Can nobody stand up and say that other causes than dark matter could account for the movements of galaxies? Letzter also wrote another article on Live Science, “Four dark matter searches to watch in 2019.” The headline implies that dark matter remains lost. He says of all searches to date,As usual, astronomers didn’t actually find any of the stuff, which is invisible to all our telescopes but appears to make up at least 80 percent of the universe by mass.It looks like dark matter can be heated up and moved around (Phys.org). In this article, astronomer Paul Sutter talks as if ghosts are real, even though we cannot detect them. When you observe a galaxy, you see lots of real objects. But –What you wouldn’t see is what most of that galaxy is really made of. You wouldn’t see the invisible, the hidden. You wouldn’t see the bulk of that galactic mass. You wouldn’t see the dark matter.Saying that dark matter can be heated up and moved around is like saying that ghosts can act more frenzied in some places compared to others, based on which branches of a tree do the most rustling.A ‘Mirror Image’ of Our Universe Existed Before The Big Bang (Science Alert). Does it advance science to explain one occult phenomenon with another occult phenomenon? Can you explain one thing you can’t see with another you can’t see? How bizarre can the dark matter believers get to preserve their pet theory? Jon Christian writes,A new story in Physics World explores the new theory, which was proposed by a trio of Canadian physicists who say that it could explain the existence of dark matter.The new theory, which is laid out in a recent paper in the journal Physical Review of [sic] Letters, aims to preserve a rule of physics called CPT symmetry. In the anti-universe before the Big Bang, it suggests, time ran backwards and the cosmos were made of antimatter instead of matter.This new theory is compelling, according to a news release about the new theory, because it would mean that the universe is filled with “very massive sterile neutrinos” that could explain dark matter, a mysterious material that is believed to make up much of the universe.Writers for Uncommon Descent had some fun with this trekkie idea.Update 1/17/19: New theory could explain missing 95 percent of the cosmos (Phys.org). This has to be one of the most bizarre excuses for dark matter we have ever seen. Cosmologists at the University of Oxford are proposing a substance with “negative mass” for dark matter. This brings to mind phlogiston theory for the explanation of combustion— a widely used example of how some scientists may be willing to give up rationality before abandoning a pet theory. According to the proponents of this new idea,“We now think that both dark matter and dark energy can be unified into a fluid which possesses a type of ‘negative gravity,” repelling all other material around them. Although this matter is peculiar to us, it suggests that our cosmos is symmetrical in both positive and negative qualities.”The existence of negative matter had previously been ruled out as it was thought this material would become less dense as the Universe expands, which runs contrary to our observations that show dark energy does not thin out over time. However, Dr. Farnes’ research applies a ‘creation tensor,” which allows for negative masses to be continuously created. It demonstrates that when more and more negative masses are continually bursting into existence, this negative mass fluid does not dilute during the expansion of the cosmos. In fact, the fluid appears to be identical to dark energy.Go figure. This sounds like the defunct steady-state cosmology. What will it take for cosmologists to admit the possibility that dark matter is a myth? If negative mass fluid is identical to dark energy, is it not reasonable to assume that both occult phenomena are equally unreal?Find our previous articles about dark matter in the Search bar.There have been occasions when appeals to unknown entities, sometimes dubbed “occult forces,” have served science. Oxygen, electrons, neutrinos, and even fundamental forces once were theoretical entities that were subsequently confirmed. Recently, astronomers claimed support for finding the Higgs Boson and gravitational waves. Critics might complain that the latter two are model-dependent, but at least these entities, some of which cannot be determined directly, can be measured to a high degree of accuracy. What is dark matter? Scientists have no idea. They don’t know if it is made of WIMPs or MACHOs, whether it consists of theoretical axions or something completely indescribable. All they know is that they need it for their theories. They need it for an old universe and the big bang theory. They’ve been looking for it for over a century. How much more time do we give them? More importantly, why are so very few in the media recognizing that non-detection of dark matter is a crisis? Misleading the public by assuming its truth is dishonest. A placeholder for ignorance is just that: ignorance hoping for promotion to reality in the future. Stop treating it like a fact. Be open to alternatives.The case of dark matter shows that some education in philosophy of science and history of science helps you interpret claims. Science’s biggest reason for being taken seriously is evidence. You can’t expect people to believe in things forever when there is no evidence.  It can’t be taken seriously when someone’s pet theory needs it. In this case, the consensus trusts the pet theory. But where is the bold prediction that dark matter confirms? Where is the allowance for falsification? Are the believers in touch with reality? Dark matter may turn up some day, but we’d like to see less bombast, more humility, and more willingness to be proved wrong. Until then, dark matter and dark energy are the cosmologists’ pseudoscientific ghosts. Another ghost is natural selection which, as we will continue to see, is being used by scientists as a ghostly agent that no biologist or geneticist can nail down with any confidence. That one is not only a placeholder for ignorance, a vacuous idea, and a self-refuting concept; it is a weapon against critics of Darwinism. (Visited 1,089 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img4 July 2007South Africa is to spend R22-billion over the next seven years on upgrading and expanding the freeways in its busiest province, Gauteng. Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2008, following an environmental impact assessment.According to the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), growth in vehicle ownership in Gauteng has led to heavy congestion, especially on the N1, where over 180 000 vehicles travel between Johannesburg and Pretoria daily.The agency said congestion on main routes has affected the amount of time families spend together, productivity in the workplace, individual levels of frustration and stress on the environment due to excessive emissions.“We hope to finance the whole scheme through tolling. Therefore, all upgraded freeways will be tolled,” said Sanral’s northern region project manager, Alex van Niekerk.Sanral communications manager Priya Pillay told BuaNews that new technologies such as electronic toll collection systems would be used to allow for a smoother flow of traffic“[Its] just like a pillar across the road that bills you automatically when you drive past,” she said, adding: “We are still busy working it out and the price is not yet finalised.”Pillay said the toll would only be implemented after 2010, and the agency was sure there would be discounts for regular usersAccording to Sanral, they are working with the Gauteng provincial government and the three metropolitan municipalities of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane to optimise movement of freight and road-based public transport.“The current priorities [for upgrading] are the N1 from Soweto to the N4 in Pretoria, the N12 between Gillooly’s and Benoni, and the R21 airport road,” Van Niekerk said.Intelligent transport systemsHe added that some routes did not require widening at the moment, such as the N4. However, the freeway would be equipped with intelligent transport devices such as cameras and electronic signs, as seen on the N1 between the Brakfontein and Buccleuch interchanges, as well as more lighting.The project also entails the construction of an interconnected network of inner and outer ring roads around the three metros, extending over 500 kilometres, which are to be completed in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Part of the project includes the implementation of inter-modal transport hubs to surface and rail based public transport facilities.Sanral will also promote concepts such as travel demand management through the provision of dedicated, high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and associated infrastructure.Van Niekerk said, however, that the HOV concept would be different from previous experiments, as when existing lanes between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges were converted into HOV lanes.“The lanes added to the freeway will become HOV lanes,” he said.The construction of new freeways such as the PWV 14, PWV 9, PWV 5 and N17 will go ahead after 2010, the agency added.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgTags:#cloud services#featured#iot in action#IoT platform#iot strategy#Microsoft#operating system#security#white paper At Microsoft, we’re committed to helping businesses capitalize on the enormous opportunity that The Internet of Things presents, but since the term “IoT” covers so much terrain, we understand it can be hard to know where to get started.There are often numerous questions about security, standards, and deployment, and the two big problems we get asked to solve for is: where do you focus your attention when it comes to IoT and where do you start?At the IoT in Action event we held in March in San Jose, we spent time talking to IoT experts within Microsoft and at partner companies like Arrow, Avnet, Advantech and others, as well as system integrators, ISVs and OEMs, who are solving for these challenges today. We asked them for their thoughts on how to get started with an IoT solution.Read below on what they had to say and register for a new IoT in Action with Microsoft event in Boston on Oct.30th to see what’s possible with IoT, get educated, and find the right partners to start build your own IoT solutions.Here’s what they had to say.Understand the platform firstIt’s important to know what IoT can and can’t do for you.  Many companies don’t see the true value of investing in IoT because they don’t understand how to stand up a platform to build off and evolve their IoT applicationSo, choosing a partner that can show you the way their platform works and how it can be integrated into your everyday business process is crucial. Does it need a consulting partner? What devices and machines need to be connected? And what happens to the data once it flows in?Delve into our IoT site on Microsoft.com to find information, case studies, white papers, and educational videos that will help you understand IoT better and help you make informed decisions on what to do next.Highlights from IoT in Action with Microsoft in March 2017Know your strength and where you’re goingEvery company has a core strength. Find yours and you’ll be able to generate actionable data and learn from it. How do you identify your core strength? Ask yourself what vertical you play in, what type of customers you serve, and what they need that an IoT solution could cater to.A large number of IoT initiatives don’t have a plan that defines what it’s going to look like in the end, who your audience is, and how you’re going to monetize your IoT platform. You need to decide early if the purpose is for cost savings, new revenue models, or increased customer engagement.Once again, ask yourself, “What’s my value proposition and what do I bring to the table?” There are a lot of different applications within IoT, so you should be able to articulate your value to your ecosystem partners and be able to find ways that you can turn those elements into a viable solution.“What vertical do you play in? What experience have you been creating over the years? What types of enterprise or customers do you serve? What are your partner assets? Get started where you have a core strength, a core set of value props that you can deliver.”Rodney Clark, VP IoT Sales, MicrosoftPredict the intent of your customerThe IoT industry leaders we spoke to suggest that winners in IoT will always be those who gather, analyze, and understand customer intent and can predict what they might do next.For instance, while you can get data and analytics on how many times someone walks into your store by installing an in-store sensor, it’s another thing to interpret that data to get inside the head of the customer to understand why they are there and what they might do next.The best place to begin before you start to figure out your customers is what your end goal is. It’s not enough to have the latest piece of hardware or software; it’s what you do with it. 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT Related Posts Be very selective in the area of IoT you pursueThere are lots of paths to get you to where you want to go, you just have to figure out a final destination. These range from IoT operating systems that fit your device of choice or large, robust cloud services that gives you the bandwidth and security your product or service requires.Which one serves your needs? Once again, it’s important to partner with the right people, whether it be a gateway provider, a cloud partner, or an integration partner who understands the area you want to pursue.Once you know your niche, you’ll start to gather the right team to help you excel in your business with the end customer in mind.“Don’t try to boil the ocean. Be very selective about what you do, and stay focused in connecting with the right partners in the ecosystem.”Manik Rane, Managing Director, Grail ResearchMake a commitment and find partnersThe best way to commit is to start with a goal in mind: are you going to increase revenue, try to save costs, or engage customers? Then, commit! Once you commit on the enterprise level, you’re ready to find other partners that exist in your ecosystem that are ready to commit with you.“Decide what you want to do, set up your goals, and then commit to it!’Tom O’Reilly, GM, IoT Device Experience, MicrosoftGiven the success of the IoT in Action event we partnered with ReadWrite in March 2017, we are doing it all again on 10/30 in Boston.Register for IoT in Action with Microsoft in Boston and learn where else in the world you can connect with IoT ecosystem partners to take action on IoT. 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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 [email protected] 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_imgJerusalem: Israel began voting in its second election in five months Tuesday that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s term as the country’s longest-serving prime minister despite corruption allegations against him. Polls opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) and were due to close in most areas at 10:00 pm. At one Jerusalem polling station, a trickle of voters arrived to cast ballots just after opening time. The stakes could not be much higher for the 69-year-old right-wing leader who, as in April polls, faces a strong challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz and his centrist Blue and White alliance. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, Netanyahu’s former right-hand man turned rival, could play a kingmaker role with his campaign to “make Israel normal again.” Some 6.4 million people are eligible to cast ballots. The first exit surveys will be released just after polls close, while official results are not expected until Wednesday. Opinion polls have indicated another tight race, showing Netanyahu’s Likud and Blue and White winning around 32 seats each in the 120-seat parliament. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Both Netanyahu and Gantz paid a last-minute visit Monday night to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are allowed to pray. Netanyahu enters the election after having suffered one of the biggest defeats of his political career following the April vote. His Likud along with its right-wing and religious allies won a majority of seats, leading Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to task the premier with forming a new government. But following weeks of discussions, Netanyahu failed, leading him to opt for an unprecedented second election rather than risk having Rivlin choose someone else. The danger for Netanyahu extends beyond remaining prime minister, a post he has held for a total of more than 13 years. If he wins, many believe he will seek to have parliament grant him immunity from prosecution while facing the possibility of a corruption indictment in the weeks ahead. Israel’s attorney general has said he intends to indict Netanyahu for fraud, bribery and breach of trust pending a hearing expected only days after the election in early October. A final decision would come later. Netanyahu would not be required to step down if indicted, only if convicted with all appeals exhausted. Recognising the stakes, Netanyahu spent the final days of the campaign seeking to appeal to right-wing nationalists — key to his re-election bid — and to boost turnout among his base. Those efforts have included a controversial pledge to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, a third of the territory. He has issued unfounded warnings that the vote could be stolen by fraud in Arab communities, leading critics to accuse him of racism. But Netanyahu has also highlighted the country’s growing economy and his relationships with world leaders such as US President Donald Trump. He has tried to label his main opponents “weak” and “leftist” despite their security credentials. “This is the choice that is open to you: their left-wing government or a strong right-wing government led by me,” he said Monday. Gantz has campaigned by presenting himself as an honourable alternative. He has repeatedly spoken of Netanyahu’s willingness to form a coalition with far-right parties that could help him seek immunity. Gantz says his alliance, which includes three former military chiefs of staff, wants a unity government that the vast majority of Israelis would support.last_img read more