When I ran the call center at Charismatic Software, we launched an on-call system to allow off-the-clock agents to log on and take overflow calls as needed, keeping our hold times under two minutes and customer-sat ratings high. At the same job, I built an agent training system that gave more senior agents Mentor Points for working in groups or on-one-one with newer arrivals — and reduced turnover by twenty percent in one year. I was struck by your observation in last month’s Call Center Manager magazine, “Capacity planning is the next frontier for savvy Call Center managers.” Given XYZ Inc.’s rapid growth and the spate of recent mergers among your competitors, I can just imagine the capacity-management issues you’re facing. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that customer experience, employee training and retention are also major issues on your 2010 agenda. I’d love to talk with you about XYZ’s call center opportunities when your schedule allows. Last week we talked about why the black hole is your worst-odds job-search channel. We won’t get a job by pitching resumes into the Black Hole. We’ve got to find ‘our’ hiring manager, and reach out to him or her directly.If the employer you’re targeting is on the small side, with a few hundred employees or fewer, your target decision-maker may be the head of your function. If the employer is larger, your decision-maker may be a few layers down from that functional VP.How to Find A Decision-Maker’s Name: If you’re targeting the VP of your function, the odds are good that you’ll find that person on the company’s website. Piece of cake! If you’re looking for someone a bit further down in the organization, here are four ways to find the name of your very-possibly next boss:Conduct a LinkedIn search on the company’s name and your target person’s most likely title.Use ZoomInfo.com to find the manager you’re looking for.Google the company name plus the title — ‘your’ manager’s name may pop up in a search result.It’s easy to find a mailing address for your manager, once you’ve got a name. If you check LinkedIn and check with your three-dimensional network and can’t find a conduit person (someone who knows your hiring manager, who’d be willing to make an introduction for you) then your best bet is to send a snail mail letter straight to the decision-maker’s desk.Now, Spot the Pain Finding the decision-maker’s name is fairly easy, unless your target organization is a huge company like IBM. After you’ve got a name and a street address, your next job is to spot the pain the employer is facing — that is, the reason for the job opening.Every job opening springs from some sort of business pain. If there’s no pain, there’s no opening. If things were working perfectly, why would the CFO approve a job opening? Your job is to spot the business pain and show the decision-maker how you’ve surmounted a similar problem in the past.You can extrapolate the business pain from the job ad itself, at least fifty percent of the time. Read the job ad carefully, and ignore the list of requirements — X number of years of this, and Y years of that and certification in Z. We don’t want to write a letter to talk about those requirements. They aren’t central to the job opening. We want to talk about the pain, instead.Identify A Company’s Pain: It Isn’t Rocket Science There are only so many kinds of business pain — there’s growth-related pain, and contraction-related pain. There’s acquisition-related pain and globalization-related pain. If we can’t see the pain staring up at us from the job ad, we’ll move to the company’s own website and read as much as we can. From there, we’ll move to Google News to see what the rest of the world has to say about ‘our’ company.Here’s an example. If we’re applying for a call center manager job and the job ad talks a lot about training staff and motivating staff, we’ve already got something to write about. Let’s do a bit of our own research to see how ‘our’ employer stacks up against its competitors. We can do a Google Blog search, and check Yahoo! message boards as well as visit Glassdoor.com to get the scoop on the company we’re targeting. We may learn that the company is number three in its market, and that turnover is high. Glassdoor users on the payroll say that the training in the call center is weak and motivation is low. That is business pain! If we’re up for the challenge of turning things around, we can write a pithy ain letter to the VP of Operations, a.k.a the hiring manager.Here’s an example:Dear Rodney, Yours,Cassandra MartinA good pain letter is conversational and direct, with no old-school flotsam like “I’m a results-oriented professional” but with at least one concrete, relevant story. Our job is to let the hiring manager that we can imagine the sort of dragon that’s flying around his castle walls this very minute – and that we’ve slain the exact same dragon before.
Contrary to popular perceptions that Wankhede Stadium pitch for the third Test will be a rank turner, one of the MCA groundstaff actively involved with the preparation of the 22-yard strip stated that it is expected to assist slow bowlers only from the third day.”The wicket will be normal. It won’t turn on the first day and it can slowly start turning (assisting spin) from day three,” a source told PTI today.England are down 0-2 in the five-game series after the draw in the series opener at Rajkot and losses in the next two games at Vishakapatnam and Mohali. (Pacers in form, spinners delivering India a complete team: Nasser Hussain to India Today)The visiting team must win the game here in order to have a chance to square the series at Chennai, slated to host the final match from December 16-20.”No special preparations are being made. The World T20 and Ranji matches have happened here. We have to prepare well for an international match and we have done that,” he added.”We got 20 days to prepare the wicket as a Ranji Trophy game was shifted away from the stadium (to another venue). In our opinion, there will be little bit of bounce.””We are watering as per the usual procedure. There was a little dew factor that we had to take into consideration and have done watering accordingly. Because of the dew, we watered it less,” they added.The sources also dismissed news reports that instructions have been received from team management with regards to the preparation of the pitch.advertisementAnother MCA official said that “it will be good wicket” where one can expect good cricket, adding around 60-65 per cent season ticket sales have taken place so far.This will be the 24th Test match at this ground and the win-loss record in favour of the hosts is 10-7.Incidentally, England had won the last two matches they had played here – in 2006 and 2012 – after having lost three Tests on the trot.Their only victory prior to those three defeats was in the BCCI’s Golden Jubilee Test in 1980.The first-ever game between the two teams at this venue, in 1976, was drawn so that the win-loss record stands 3-3 between the two teams out of seven encounters. (India release injured Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul from Test squad)The stadium is hosting a Test match after three years and the last match which it hosted was the 200th farewell Test of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar against West Indies in November 2013.Meanwhile, England will practise tomorrow morning while India will practise in the afternoon. The two teams have had an extended break after the conclusion of the third Test at Mohali.Most of the visiting team members had travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates during the break and are scheduled to reach Mumbai tonight.
Ever since Aamir Khan and Salman Khan announced that both their wrestling-based films, Dangal and Sultan respectively, would release in 2016, people began wondering whose film would indeed be better.Salman Khan’s Sultan was the first to release. The bombastic drama focused on the exploits of Olympic gold medalist Sultan Ali Khan (Salman) and the story of his rise in the world of wrestling followed by his resurgence in the world of mixed martial arts.MOVIE REVIEW: DANGALHowever, while Sultan was an entirely fictional film, Dangal is based on the real-life story of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become world-class wrestlers.Dangal, which releases today, has received rave reviews from the critics with many calling the film one of India’s best sports films. Others have lauded Aamir Khan for giving his finest performance till date in Dangal.While the debate continues to rage on among Salman and Aamir fans regarding which film is better – Sultan or Dangal – Salman Khan went ahead and took to Twitter to say that his family loved Dangal more than Sultan.My Family saw #Dangal today evening and thought it was a much better film than #Sultan. Love u personally Aamir but hate u professionally ! pic.twitter.com/sJlDG7u95c Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) December 22, 2016Salman also added that while he loves Aamir Khan personally, he hates him professionally.And here’s what Aamir had to say to Sallu’s tweet:@BeingSalmanKhan Sallu, in your “hate” I feel only love. “I love you like I hate you” ???advertisement Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) December 22, 2016Well, here’s hoping the two Khans make a comeback on the big screen. After all, Bollywood have been eagerly waiting for their Amar Prem for more than two decades.ALSO WATCH: All you need to know about the Dangal girls Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra
If you’re not tracking, or not tracking well, here are some tips to get started: Build definition of measurable objectives into your marketing planReinforce your colleagues’ understanding of the value of marketing, and its support for your work by including them in your planning process. That’s the best way to ensure expectations are clear and establish a broad understanding of how marketing contributes to programmatic and organizational success. It’ll never work if you’re the only marketing cheerleader.Track on an ongoing basis, to enable quick course correction, rather than waiting till the end of a campaign.Harvest the low-hanging fruit — the tracking data that’s inexpensive and easy to get and understand. Analytics your Web site, blogs, e-newsletters and mobile phone campaigns is a great way to start. Dive into Google Analytics today if you’re not already analyzing these channels. Lots to learn, for free.But readers, whatever you do, don’t just give in to a proposed budget cut for your department. Consider the options with as much creativity as you bring to your marketing work. Then shape your strategy and come back with a creative solution that will let you and your colleagues continue to build the bottom line necessary to carry out your mission. Tracking should include: Direct Marketing (online and mail):Response rate.Dollars earned per dollar spent (return on investment, or ROI).Media relations:Development of media relationships.Coverage by media type (newspaper, magazine, Web, broadcast).Actions that result: Increase in donations, volunteers, new program participantsPublic Speaking:Number of speaking engagements and presentations (and audience count and feedback). Nothing’s more important now than ensuring your organization’s leaders get that cutting marketing back now is a BAD MOVE! No program succeeds without participants; no service lasts without users; few organizations stay healthy without a strong donor and volunteer base — and marketing is the way that these groups are reached, engaged, retained and motivated to act.Challenge your organization’s leaders NOW if they’re shying away from investing in marketing. If they do, your nonprofit will really suffer longterm. That’s what you have to point out — as diplomatically as possible. And far better than just talking about it, you have to prove it.Rather than taking a defensive position when faced with budget cuts, proactively respond to your leadership’s challenges with either or both of these proposals:Leave our budget untouched, and we will increase X by X in the next fiscal year. Even better, if you will increase our budget by X percent, we’ll increase X by an additional X percent.Let the marketing and communications team work with the current budget for the next two years, and we’ll deliver an X percent increase in revenues (donor and/or earned income) in that time.But to make good on your promise, you have to craft a plan tying marketing work directly your goals, and track the impact of every effort before, during and after the work to enable ongoing course correction. Otherwise, you might as well throw your marketing resources out the door.Arm yourself with as many hard stats and success stories as you can. Talk about what colleague and competitive organizations are doing, and what you’ll lose if your organization retreats now. Show your case, always more effective than telling it. But do it now, proactively. It’s the only way to prove the value your efforts contribute to your organization. About the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.
Kolkata: A courier delivery boy has been arrested by the Anti-Fraud Section of Kolkata Police on Wednesday for allegedly cheating and siphoning of money worth Rs 92.95 lakh.He was produced before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Bankshall Court and was remanded to police custody till August 16. According to the police, the accused youth, identified as Subhankar Das of Chanditala in Hooghly, worked as a delivery boy of a courier company. The courier company is attached to several e-commerce sites and used to deliver products to customers who bought products from those e-commerce sites. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the system, customers who pay using Cash On Delivery (COD) method give money to the delivery boy, who is supposed to deposit the money to the cash deposit machine of the bank where company’s account is being operated. Following that the delivery boy needs to submit the automatically generated receipt to his office where details along with last four digits of the account number gets printed. Coincidentally, Das salary account number was almost similar to the company’s account number where middle two of the last four digits were the same. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTaking advantage of this, Das used to deposit the money to his account and following that he used to tamper the receipt where only two numbers in the middle was clearly visible. As at the time of submission of the receipt, receiving person usually checked it casually and filed the same, Das’s fraudulent acts remained unnoticed. Later, he used to transfer the money to some other bank accounts. In May, when financial audit was conducted at the end of 2018-19 financial year, auditors found more than 90 lakh rupees has no impression in the account. After the company conducted a preliminary inquiry, security manager at eastern region of the courier company identified as Ranjit Deb lodged a complaint against unknown persons at the Girish Park police station. After preliminary investigation, the case was taken up by the Anti-Fraud Section. During the probe, police gathered all bank account details, which are related to the company and scrutinised them. During the scrutiny, investigating officials saw the receipts, which was processed by Das, were tampered. Following which the cops asked the concern bank to provide Das’s account details. After police got the details, they found that since January 2018 Das has been involved in fraudulent activities till June 2019. When police asked about Das, they found he had resigned from the company in May 2019. Later, police started gathering information about Das but the company had his old address where he did not live at present. Das’s mobile phone was also switched off. The police took technical help and help of manual sources to track him down. On Wednesday, he was arrested from his Chanditala’s rented flat. Sources informed that it is suspected that he had invested the money somewhere as during checking of his bank account, little money was found. However, Das is being interrogated to find out where the money had gone.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed all the states to file their responses on the issue of fixing compensation for victims of silicosis caused due to ill-effects of polluting industries.Silicosis is a lung disease caused by exposure to silica dust. The apex court, which is hearing a matter related to rehabilitation of workers who have suffered from silicosis while working in factories in several states, was told that Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had inspected polluting units functioning in a state and gave its report in 2017. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”It (CPCB report) presents a grim picture. Not only there have been large scale violations insofar as environmental laws are concerned, it has led to serious health problems among the habitants of these areas causing various diseases and even deaths,” a bench of justices A K Sikri (since retired) and S Abdul Nazeer noted in its order. The counsel appearing for the petitioner told the apex court that the CPCB should take steps to ensure that polluting industries are closed. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe counsel appearing for CPCB told the court that many such polluting units in Gujarat have already been ordered to be closed. The CPCB assured the bench that appropriate action will be taken against polluting industries which are still operational in the state. “A show cause notice be issued to all the states on this aspect. They should file their replies as to why compensation should not be fixed by this court for paying the same to the victims of silicosis which have occurred to the habitants where the industries are located,” the bench said. It asked the states to file their replies on this aspect within six weeks. “We make it clear that this aspect (compensation to victims of silicosis) will be considered on the next date of hearing and appropriate orders will be passed thereupon,” the bench said in its order. The top court had earlier asked the CPCB to apprise it about the steps taken to prevent silicosis and to provide workers a dignified and safe working environment.
Rabat – Moroccans demonstrate the highest English-language proficiency skills in the Middle East and North Africa region, according to the newest edition of Education First’s annual report on the matter.The kingdom moved up from the “Very Low” to the “Law category after three consecutive years of being in the former category. The international rankings put Morocco in 44th place this year, compared to 52nd place in 2015.The non-profit ranked 72 countries using test data collected from more than 950,000 adults around the world throughout 2015. Moroccans who took the test scored higher than those in the Gulf region, Jordan and Egypt – nations that use English as a second-language due to their local colonial history. With a score of 49.86, which is five points higher than the international average, Moroccans also beat out Tunisia and Algeria – countries with heavy French influence leftover from the geopolitics of the past century.Female participants from Morocco outscoredtheir male counterparts by four points – outpacing the regional average distribution of test scores by gender of 1.5 points in favor of women.“Countries in the Middle East and North Africa are uniformly in the lowest proficiency bands, and in most MENA countries, English proficiency is not improving,” the report – which considers English to be a “basic requirement” in today’s global economy – added.Libyan and Iraqi test takers scored the lowest on EF’s tests worldwide, taking the 71st and 72nd spots on the global list.
CALGARY — The CEO of oil and gas giant Encana Corp. said he believes Alberta’s incoming NDP government appreciates the importance of a healthy oilpatch.“I think you’d almost have to be from another planet not to understand how important oil and gas is to Alberta and Albertans,” Doug Suttles said following the company’s annual meeting Tuesday. “I think clearly the industry’s having a tough time right now.”At the meeting, Suttles fielded questions from shareholders about what the NDP election win could mean for the company.One woman, who holds Encana shares in her retirement portfolio, said she was particularly worried about the NDP’s campaign promise to raise corporate taxes to 12 per cent from 10 per cent, putting Alberta on par with Saskatchewan and one percentage point higher than British Columbia.“How are you going to going to combat this?” the shareholder asked.Suttles replied that, so far, it seems the new government will be “cautious” about any changes.Encana Corp posts first quarter financial results that surpass analyst expectationsCenovus Energy Inc. warns of ‘negative’ fallout if NDP changes royalty structureThe NDP said during the campaign it would also review the province’s royalty structure to ensure Albertans are getting their fair share of the province’s resource wealth. Shortly after her win, incoming premier Rachel Notley said she would reach out to executives to reassure them that no big decisions would be made without their input.Notley said Tuesday those discussions have been “really good.”My guiding principle is the economic health of Alberta, job creation and maintenance“My guiding principle is the economic health of Alberta, job creation and maintenance, and as a result of that, the sustainability of the industry,” she said at the legislature in Edmonton.Suttles said he and Notley had a brief chat over the phone.“We just talked about meeting and making sure that the lines of communication and the contacts are open so that both the industry and government can talk about if there were policy change, what would be the impacts and implications of those changes?” he said.Lately Encana has been focusing most of its spending on Texas and Western Canada, however, only about 20 per cent of its production comes from Alberta. A good chunk of that is on land that isn’t held by the Crown and wouldn’t be subject to provincial royalties.Suttles said it’s too soon to say whether a hike in royalties would cause Encana to shift around its spending. He said he understands that people can get jittery about change, but “we all just need to take a deep breath and pause.”In the days following the election, oilpatch leaders expressed a willingness to work with the new government, but some reactions have been more negative than others.Last week, the president of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., took aim at the plans to raise taxes and review royalties, warning “there are many alternatives for global investment.”Asim Ghosh, the CEO of Husky Energy Corp., meanwhile, said it’s “business as usual” for that company.
Hotline 5555, nicknamed Ceebla meaning ‘no shame’ in Somali, was initiated in October by the Somali Women’s Development Centre (SWDC), and the training course was held with the support of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), several UN agencies and non-profit organizations, according to UNSOM.“More importantly, we are also sharing with them information on services available for victims of gender-based violence, which includes domestic violence and rape,” said UNSOM Human Rights Officer Abdinasir Moallin during a training session meant to sensitize IDPs on the rights and services available to victims of gender-based violence.Aiming to improve timely report to the authorities and their response time to handle abuse cases, the hotline also helps make health service accessible to the victims, such as providing information on emergency medical services.Of great importance, one Somali official stated, is that the hotline breaks the cultural taboo as most sexual violence was unreported due to stigmatization and regarded normal.Moreover, it offers a platform for the vulnerable group with legal and social support, urging them seeking justice with the help of police.“We received training on human rights and gender-based violence, which we will share with our people in the camps,” Fartun Hassan Hussein, an IDP representative at the training, applauded the hotline launch to curb the rampant gender-based violence in the camps.
President Jack Lightstone shakes hands with Brian Glenney, general manager, Imperial Service and Small Business, CIBC at an event on Thursday.CIBC has partnered with Brock to make an investment in the Campaign for a Bold New Brock that will help to support aspiring student leaders.The $375,000 gift to the University will create the CIBC Leaders Award for incoming Brock students who have achieved exceptional academic success and demonstrated outstanding leadership and community involvement.“This gift will help us achieve our goal of fostering the meaningful transformation of students, their communities and society at large,” President Jack Lightstone said.Recipients of this new award will also become members of the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, which was launched in 2009. The society is a group of remarkable students recognized for a combination of high academic achievement and for personal leadership capabilities.While at Brock, Brock Leaders continue to achieve academic success and develop their leadership abilities both inside and outside of the classroom.They are involved in numerous community initiatives such as raising funds for Brock’s Shinerama campaign to help fight cystic fibrosis, staging a Seniors’ Valentine’s Day Prom at the West Park Health Centre long-term care home in St. Catharines, and co-ordinating a charity ball hockey tournament for the Alzheimer Society Niagara Foundation.As an endowment, the funds provided by CIBC will support this award in perpetuity. The first presentation of the CIBC Leaders Award is expected to take place in the 2012-2013 academic year.President Jack Lightstone with Brian Glenney, general manager, Imperial Service and Small Business, CIBC (right) and Aurora Di Fruscia, Financial Planning Consultant, CIBC Private Wealth Management, Niagara, and member of the Brock University Board of Trustees (left) with members of the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society
Le prix unique du livre bientôt appliqué au numérique ?France – Le Sénat a adopté cette semaine une proposition de loi sur le prix unique du livre numérique. L’objectif ? Protéger les libraires et les éditeurs et ainsi préserver la diversité de l’offre éditoriale.Les éditeurs établis en France auraient alors obligation de fixer le prix de vente au public de leurs livres numériques. Ainsi, ce prix unique devrait être respecté par tous les opérateurs commerciaux. Le texte voté par le Sénat permet également d’étendre cette obligation à toutes les œuvres dont la diffusion vise la France : “Toute personne (…) qui édite un livre numérique dans le but de sa diffusion commerciale en France est tenue de fixer un prix de vente au public pour tout type d’offre à l’unité ou groupée”.Cette loi vise uniquement les livres électroniques issus d’une oeuvre éditée sur papier. Le but est surtout de mettre fin au discount, pratiqué chez les grands groupes comme Amazon, leader sur le marché.La règle française du prix unique du livre papier a été instaurée en 1981 en France, par Jack Lang. Concernant les ouvrages numériques, le texte de loi doit encore être examiné par les députés. Le 29 octobre 2010 à 10:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
More than half (58%) of marketing professional respondents cite flexi-time as one of the top three benefits they would like to have access to, according to research by Reboot Online Marketing.Its survey of 1,200 marketing professionals also found that 25% of respondents would accept one job over another because it offers a better benefits package.The research also found:55% of respondents rank an increased annual leave allowance among the top three benefits they would like to receive, 30% would value early finishes, and 25% place gym membership in their top three most-desired benefits.66% of respondents are offered benefits and incentives by their employer.16% of respondents currently have access to flexi-time, and 5% are able to take time off work to volunteer.6% of respondents receive student loan repayments as an employee benefit, 2% have access to on-site pampering and massages, and 4% of respondents’ organisations offer on-site healthcare.15% of respondents are offered staff holidays, and 10% can take part in activities such as bungee jumps, plane rides and rock climbing sessions through their employer.70% of respondents believe that employee benefits make a difference to their motivation and job retention.Shai Aharony (pictured), managing director at Reboot Online Marketing, said: “I think it’s important to offer incentives and benefits to employees to show them you appreciate their work. I like to keep my staff on their toes; maintaining the thirst to learn and achieve, while ensuring there is never a dull moment.“I take my staff boxing training with an ex-European champion every Friday, even giving them the chance to ‘hit the boss’, which has proven popular. I recently organised a competition with the prize being a flying lesson. I noticed the difference it made with motivation levels and when meeting targets almost immediately.”
Close BJP expels rape accused Kuldeep Sengar.In another major development in Unnao rape case on Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finally expelled MLA Kuldeep Sengar, following massive outrage.The development comes days after the Unnao rape victim, who had accused Kuldeep Sengar of raping her in 2017, was severely injured after the car in which she was travelling collided with a truck. The victim was travelling in the car along with her relatives and lawyer Mahendra Singh.While her relatives succumbed to their injuries, the rape survivor’s lawyer was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition. The incident happened on Sunday (July 28), when the victim was travelling to Raebareli and the truck was on its way to Lalganj in Uttar Pradesh.Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday, the apex court decided to transfer all cases linked to the rape of the teenager allegedly by a BJP lawmaker, from Lucknow to Delhi, in a major embarrassment to the UP government.Currently, Kuldeep Sengar is in jail for a year over the alleged rape in 2017. The four-time legislator represented Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.THE UNNAO RAPE CASEThe Unnao case made headlines when the victim and her mother attempted self-immolation outside the house of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, seeking justice on April 8, 2018.Sengar’s brother has also been accused of beating up the victim’s father after tying him to a tree. Her father was then detained and later died in police custody.The girl has alleged that she was raped by the lawmaker when she went to his Unnao home with a relative, to seek a job. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Three miscreants molested an Unnao woman even as she pleaded ‘Bhaiyya, mat karo’
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History will be holding its Centennial Founder’s Day celebration on Sept. 9 from 4 p.m. – 6p.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 1510 9th St. NW. For more information, contact Bettye Gardner, BGardner@coppin.edu or Barbara Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Say it with me now: “Kick! Punch! It’s all in the mind! If you wanna test me, I’m sure you’ll find the things I’ll teach ya is sure to beat ya. But nevertheless, you’ll get a lesson from teacher!”It’s been 20 years since the appearance of PaRappa the Rapper‘s iconic rhythm game for the PlayStation which, like many things in this life, makes us feel old as hell. But the gamers of the 90s are being rewarded for their long lived love of old games.In a time of bringing back nostalgia bombs, Japanese broadcasting network Fuji TV has announced they will be airing the first episode of anime PJ Berri’s Mogu Mogu Munya Munya (PJ Berri’s Munch Munch Nap Nap) on August 19th.The main character of the show is PJ Berri, who loves eating, napping, and music. He loves looking generally morose, too.He is joined by our favorite rapping dog PaRappa, who will exude the same overflowing confidence in himself, his friends, and whatever it is he happens to be doing at that moment. His clothes have changed slightly, now sporting an apron for the cafe he works at called Chop Chop Fruits. Let’s just thank the anime gods that his hat has stayed the same, though.Of course, Master Onion makes a comeback as well. In the show, he is the owner of the Chop Chop Fruits cafe. We assume hilarious dance battles will have to take place in order to keep the place running.Although PaRappa the Rappa originally featured English voices for both their Japanese and international releases, the new show will have Japanese voice actors taking over. PaRappa is voiced by Yuto Suzuki, PJ Berri by Jun Osaka, and Master Onion by Yoji Ueda.The premiere airs in just a few days, with the regular season becoming part of Fuji TV’s weekly Hi Poul programming block starting this October. The episodes are short and sweet at 96 seconds, just enough time to get some kick, punch, and block moves in!We know you all want to listen to this song again, so just click play.Images via DengekiOnline.com
Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Elon Musk plans to test flights of his Mars spaceship next year—before World War III breaks out.“I think we’ll be able to do short flights, short sort of up and down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year,” the SpaceX billionaire told an audience at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin.Musk’s business timetables, however, are famously bullish.“Sometimes my timelines are a little … y’know,” he said during a Q&A with filmmaker Jonathan Nolan.So there’s really no telling when trials will begin. Ever the optimist, Musk is confident his aerospace company will send its interplanetary ship into space for initial testing sometime next year.He’d better get a move on it: A colony on Mars or the moon could help ensure repopulation of Earth if, say, nuclear conflict wipes out life on our planet.“We want to make sure that there’s enough of a seed of human civilization somewhere else to bring civilization back,” according to the doomsayer, who warned that “there probably will be” another Dark Ages.“Particularly if there’s a third World War.”(Elon Musk: Keeping it light and breezy at SXSW.)“That’s why it’s important to get a self-sustaining base,” he said. The moon or Mars will do, though the Red Planet is “far enough” from Earth, giving it a better chance of survival.“I think it’s unlikely that we’ll never have another world war again,” Musk added. “There probably will be at some point. This has been our pattern in the past.”The future won’t be of much concern to early Martian colonists, who may be signing their own death warrant.“It kind of reads like [polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry] Shackleton’s ad for Antarctic explorers,” Musk said of the mission. “Difficult, dangerous, good chance you will die; excitement, for those who survive.”“I think there’s not many people who will actually want to go in the beginning, because all of those things I said are true,” he continued. “But there’ll be some who will, for whom the excitement of the frontier and exploration exceeds the … danger.”And those folks will be the first to test Musk’s intended “direct democracy” government, in which “everyone votes on every issue” directly, without going through a political middleman.They’ll also help to establish an elementary infrastructure—essentials like power, food, and shelter. Then the fun begins, with what Musk called “an explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity,” featuring everything from iron foundries to pizza joints.“I think Mars should really have great bars. … A Mars bar,” he quipped. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Forty Winks and Qantas Frequent Flyer have partnered to give members the opportunity to earn and use Qantas Points* when shopping at Forty Winks, earning Qantas Frequent Flyer members one Qantas Point for every dollar they spend across the entire Forty Winks range.This is the first time Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and use points with a bedding retail specialist. Forty Winks is also one of only a few program partners offering members the ability to use their Qantas Points in store to reduce the purchase price of goods while earning points on the full retail value.With an average mattress costing $1,500, a member could earn 1,500 points and potentially more with additional bonus Qantas Points during Forty Winks promotional offers. They can also make purchases more affordable by using 4,000 Qantas Points for every $20 off their total spend.Forty Winks CEO David Edwards said he was delighted to partner with another iconic Australian brand in order to provide even greater value to the consumer.“Through this exclusive partnership we have a fantastic opportunity to offer a more personalised incentive to our customers.Customers want more than just good prices. This partnership gives them choice, and added value. It can help them reach their dream holiday faster, or give them the ability to upgrade to a more premium bespoke bed solution and improve their quality of sleep.”Qantas Loyalty Executive Manager Commercial, David Young, said Qantas Frequent Flyer members – particularly those updating their homes – would benefit from having a new retail category added to the program.“Earning and using points on purchases is a big driver of where Frequent Flyers choose to shop,” Mr. Young said.“This partnership makes bedding and bedroom furniture shopping at Forty Winks more rewarding for our members. It also gives them a new opportunity to boost their points balance and swap a night at home for a night away using the points they’ve earned on their purchases.”*You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. If you are not a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, you can join at qantas.com/join. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Terms and Conditions, available at qantas.com/terms. Forty WinkspointsQantas Frequent Flyerrewards
Go back to the enewsletterEurostar has become the first rail operator to utiliseTravelport’s leading merchandising solution, Rich Content and Branding.The new partnership enables Travelport to assist Eurostar take advantage of the phenomenal growth of high-speed rail by connecting it to over 68,000 Travelport-connected online and offline travel agencies and travel management companies worldwide. Through its Rich Content and Branding solution, Travelport will also deliver to agents a graphically rich experience when searching for and booking Eurostar-branded fares and seats.The pact confirms Travelport’s commitment to helping travel providers promote their brand, product and service propositions to buyers with a display similar to their own websites, allowing travel agents to better understand and upsell their full offering through all Travelport points of sale.“Our agreement with Travelport demonstrates our commitment to better serve the end traveller and marks a new era of indirect distribution for Eurostar,” said Simon Tyler, Head of Sales and Business Improvement at Eurostar International.“With visually rich content covering our onboard classes of service and range of fares and offers, agents across the world will have at their fingertips the product information they need to represent our offering in the best possible manner. We’re looking forward to seeing the benefits this provides to our customers and our business.”Derek Sharp, Senior Vice Present and Managing Director, Air Commerce at Travelport, added that the arrangement “further enhances and strengthens the cooperation between Eurostar and Travelport.”“It also marks another significant milestone for Rich Content and Branding as Eurostar is the first rail operator that can display rich content in a way which replicates the consumer experience online.”Launched in 2014, Rich Content and Branding already allows over 260 network airlines, low-cost carriers and now rail operators to differentiate themselves through strong visuals and detailed description of their products and services.Lead image caption: from left are Simon Tyler and Kamal Abbasi from Eurostar with Derek Sharp, Travelport and Karima Bennour, Eurostar.Go back to the enewsletter
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Marty Balin, a patron of the 1960s “San Francisco Sound” both as founder and lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane and co-owner of the club where the Airplane and other Bay Area bands performed, has died. He was 76.Balin died Thursday in Tampa, Florida, on the way to the hospital, spokesman Ryan Romenesko said. The cause of death was not immediately available.The dark-eyed, baby-faced Balin was an ex-folk musician who formed the Airplane in 1965 and within two years was at the heart of a nationwide wave that briefly rivaled the Beatles’ influence and even helped inspire the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album. The Airplane was the breakout act among such San Francisco-based artists as the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, many of whom played early shows at the Matrix, a ballroom Balin helped run and for which the Airplane served as house band.The San Francisco Sound was a psychedelic blend of blues, folk, rock and jazz, and the musical expression of the emerging hippie lifestyle. Balin himself was known for his yearning tenor on the ballads “Today” and “It’s No Secret,” and on the political anthem “Volunteers.” In the mid-1970s, when the Airplane regrouped as the more mainstream Jefferson Starship, Balin sang lead on such hits as “Miracles” (which he co-wrote), “With Your Love” and “Count On Me.” He later had solo success with “Hearts” and “Atlanta Lady.”The Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, but Balin would long have mixed feelings. Pride in the band’s achievements was shadowed by its eventual breakup and by Balin’s acknowledged jealousy of Grace Slick, the other lead vocalist. Slick joined the group in the fall of 1966, soon before the Airplane recorded its landmark second album, “Surrealistic Pillow.” One of rock’s most charismatic singers and performers, she displaced Balin as the perceived leader, on stage and on the Airplane’s best known songs, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.”“Every time I did something, it was always Grace Slick and the Airplane and Grace Slick and the Starship,” he told Relix magazine in 1993. “Even if it was my voice. I’ve even done songs of mine on my own and people come up to me and say, ‘I’m surprised you do that song. I always thought it was Grace’s.’ For a while that hurt my feelings, but there’s nothing I can do about it.”Balin was married twice, most recently to Susan Joy Finkelstein, and had three children.He had been in show business well before the Airplane. Born Martin Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, he ended up in the Bay Area as his father, a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe, struggled to find work. Marty was a brooding, artistic child who dropped out of San Francisco State University to pursue a career in music. He recorded a few singles with some of Phil Spector’s session musicians in the early ’60s before joining the folk group the Town Criers. He also changed his last name to Balin.Like many of his peers, Balin switched to electronic music after seeing the Beatles’ 1964 movie “A Hard Day’s Night.” Through the local club scene, he brought in songwriter-guitarist-vocalist Paul Kantner, singer Signe Anderson (whom Slick replaced), guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bassist Jack Cassidy and drummer Skip Spence, a novice given the job by Balin because he supposedly looked like a rock star. (Spence would leave after the first album and was replaced by Spencer Dryden). The name Jefferson Airplane, suggested by Kaukonen, was based in part on bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson.Meanwhile, Balin and a handful of business partners converted a Fillmore Street pizza place into the Matrix, which opened in August 1965. A year later, the group signed with RCA Records and released the folk-rock album “The Jefferson Airplane Takes Off,” for which Balin wrote or co-wrote eight songs. The Airplane, attuned early on to the counterculture, turned out buttons and bumper stickers reading THE JEFFERSON AIRPLANE LOVES YOU.“I remember it was really pretty and beautiful for a year or two,” Balin told Relix magazine in 1993. “And then Time magazine came out and they were interviewing me. I told the guy, ‘It’s great that you’re publicizing this beautiful-feeling scene out here,’” and he looked me right in the eye and said, ‘Fastest way to kill it.’”Starting with “Surrealistic Pillow,” a soundtrack for many during the so-called Summer of Love of 1967, the group’s music became more experimental. By such albums as “Blows Against the Empire” and “After Bathing at Baxter’s,” Kantner was the principal songwriter (and eventually Slick’s boyfriend) and Balin found himself out of place with his own band and with the rock scene overall. He shunned hard drugs and preferred tight pop songs to long jams. The classic film “Gimme Shelter,” centred on the ill-fated Altamont concert from 1969, showed Balin getting knocked out on stage by the Hell’s Angels. By the early ’70s, he had left the Airplane.‘It was a period of cocaine then — everybody took cocaine. And people I would work with, they would yell at you and it got intense. The Airplane was on that kind of trip,” he told songwritersuniverse.com in 2018.In recent years, he released such albums as “The Greatest Love” and “Good Memories,” a retrospective of his Airplane/Starship songs. He also reunited on occasion with old bandmates, whether appearing in concert with Casady and Kaukoken and their group Hot Tuna, or bringing Signe Anderson on stage to perform the Airplane’s first single, “It’s No Secret.” And he liked returning to his folk roots, doing club performances as part of an acoustic trio.“The whole night is me — and if you dig it, cool,” he told Relix in 2016. “And I’m having fun. I move wherever I want, from one song I want to another. There aren’t any egos and (we are free from) people’s problems — waiting for somebody to light a cigarette, have a drink or change guitars and organize their music. Let’s get to the music, man. That’s what I’m doing — just flying along.” Marty Balin, founder of Jefferson Airplane, dies at 76 Summary Marty Balin, who founded and was the lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane, has died at the age of 76Founder of the Jefferson Airplane, Marty Balin, died Thursday in Tampa on the way to the hospital by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2018 4:56 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2018 at 5:43 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email death|Jefferson Airplane|Marty Balin|musician|obituary|singer FILE – This Dec. 5, 1968 file photo shows the rock band Jefferson Airplane, Marty Balin, from left, Grace Slick, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, as they pose in their Pacific Heights, San Francisco apartment. Singer Balin of the Jefferson Airplane has died at age 76. Spokesman Ryan Romenesko said Balin died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla., where he was on the way to the hospital. The cause of death was not immediately available. (AP Photo, File)
Police on Sunday evening arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with an attack on two people in Larnaca.At 2.50pm two people, aged 22 and 24, went to a house to pick up some friends. While they were waiting outside the house, they were reportedly attacked by three people who beat them up and stole €1,850 from them.According to the victims, two of the attackers were holding knives and one a piece of wood.They were slightly injured and the rear window of their car was damaged.The suspect was arrested at 11pm after evidence pointed to his involvement in the incident.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola