PFL-Sportradar deal to ‘clean’ matches

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA chief believes Gilas can get back at Aussies Lazarus hopes the PFL will be able to commercialize the platform through advertising, sponsorships, subscription or pay-per-view opportunities for live matches.On top of the streaming service, Sportradar will provide the PFL integrity services to identify and analyze suspicious activities.“We are particularly encouraged by the PFL’s commitment to keep the league clean,” said Gautam.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The deal was signed yesterday by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, PFL chief executive officer Lazarus Xavier, and Sportradar director of business development in Asia Biplav Gautam.Gautam will pave the way for the company to live stream matches through its website and www.pfl.tv.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The past year was a fantastic first year for the PFL, and we believe that 2018 will be the year we take the league to the next level with Sportradar,” said Araneta, also chair of the league’s board.Sportradar will help PFL create its own video and streaming platform using the company’s Over The Top solution. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines Football League (PFL) attracted its first big partner for its second season that kicks off March 3.Sportradar, a global sports data and media company, will serve as official audio-visual and data distributor as well as integrity services partner, which aims to address the threat of match-fixing.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Muller backs Lahm for Bayern role

first_imgBayern München Muller endorses Lahm for a Bayern role as Heynckes’ departure looms Iain Strachan 20:53 3/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philipp Lahm (L) and Thomas Muller (R) Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund A club legend is unlikely to take the managerial reins this summer, but a fellow World Cup winner knows his former team-mate has plenty to offer Thomas Muller would welcome a return to Bayern Munich for Philipp Lahm, as attention turns to the identity of the club’s next coach.Jupp Heynckes came out of retirement in October to take over from the sacked Carlo Ancelotti, but the 72-year-old is not expected to remain in charge beyond the end of the campaign.Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp are among the potential candidates to take over at Allianz Arena. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And while the vacancy is likely to come too soon for Lahm, who only retired at the end of last season, to find himself in consideration, Muller has no problem with the 34-year-old being tipped to accept a role behind the scenes.”Philipp is always someone who will be in the debate with FC Bayern, if somewhere a position is [available],” he told Sky.”He has lived the FC Bayern [way] and is someone who thinks outside the box.”He has the necessary experience, knows the club inside out and of course already [offers] a lot. Otherwise he would not have been a candidate for the sports director post last summer.”Bayern appear likely to retain the Bundesliga title after Heynckes orchestrated an assured revival following an inconsistent start to the season, and Muller is taking a relaxed approach to the identity of the next coach.”Personally, the whole thing does not burden me at all,” he said.”In my employment contract, it doesn’t say that I’m responsible for the trainer search.”And the forward, who will be seeking to help Die Mannschaft retain the World Cup in Russia, does not necessarily have a preference for a German-speaking candidate.”Whether one converses with hands and feet or in whatever languages, the communication with the team has to work,” he said.”And that is certainly possible in many ways.”last_img read more

May Pen Hospital Gets $73.6-Million Air-Conditioning Overhaul

first_imgStory Highlights The intervention, under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP), is expected to reduce the health facility’s electricity consumption for cooling by 20 per cent, with annual savings of approximately $5.2 million. At the official handover of the project on Thursday (May 9), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, expressed gratitude to the PCJ.He noted that the new cooling systems will provide greater comfort for patients and staff and complement the Ministry’s Compassionate Care Programme, aimed at enhancing the delivery of care at public health facilities. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, for her part, said that awareness workshops have been held to promote behaviour change among staff, so that the target for reduction in electricity consumption can be achieved and maintained.She noted that the EECP conducted energy audit training sessions, where the hospital’s property manager and other members of staff were taught how to assess and implement energy conservation measures.Minister Williams said there will be ongoing measuring, reporting and verification regarding the electricity consumption patterns of the facility.Acting Group General Manager, PCJ, Brian Richardson, said it is anticipated that the new solutions will not only reduce electricity usage but also lower operational expenses.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (second right), speaking with Acting Group General Manager, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Brian Richardson (right), during a ceremony for the official handover of an air-conditioning upgrading project at May Pen Hospital in Clarendon on Thursday (May 9). Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (second left); and PCJ Chairman, Russell Hadeed, also attended the function. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has undertaken air-conditioning overhaul at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon at a cost of approximately $73.6 million.The intervention, under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP), is expected to reduce the health facility’s electricity consumption for cooling by 20 per cent, with annual savings of approximately $5.2 million.It involved the installation of a modern, energy-efficient cooling system at the Accident and Emergency Department, which will ensure that this section of the hospital meets the compliance standards for fresh air.Another cooling system was deployed at the offices of the Clarendon Health Department, which is located on the hospital compound.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), cuts the ribbon to unveil a plaque dedicating the air-conditioning overhaul at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon under the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP). Looking on (from left) are Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; PCJ Chairman, Russell Hadeed; Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, St. Andrade Sinclair; PCJ Acting Group General Manager, Brian Richardson; and Councillor for the Denbigh Division, Joel Williams. The project was offcially handed over on May 9. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has undertaken air-conditioning overhaul at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon at a cost of approximately $73.6 million. It involved the installation of a modern, energy-efficient cooling system at the Accident and Emergency Department, which will ensure that this section of the hospital meets the compliance standards for fresh air. He noted that the improvements “have made for a more comfortable environment for the patients and a more productive work space for the staff”.Chief Executive Officer of the May Pen Hospital, St. Andrade Sinclair, in expressing gratitude to the PCJ, said that “we are seeing the benefits with an environmentally friendly atmosphere”.“We are happy for the improvements and hope this example will encourage non-governmental organisations, the private sector and members of our diaspora to follow suit and contribute to our hospitals and clinics,” he added.The EECP is designed to enhance and promote energy efficiency, conservation and cost savings through initiatives and measures undertaken across the public sector.last_img read more

US factories grew more slowly in October

first_imgWASHINGTON – American manufacturers grew at a slower pace in October as factories contended with supply disruptions caused by disputes with China, Europe and other trading partners.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Thursday that its manufacturing index slipped to 57.7 last month — down from 59.8 in September and the lowest since April. It was the second straight monthly drop.Still, anything above 50 signals growth, and manufacturers are enjoying a 26-month winning streak.New orders, production, export orders and hiring grew more slowly. Thirteen of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month, led by textile mills and makers of electrical equipment.American industry is generally healthy, but respondents to the ISM survey suggested that trade disputes are taking a toll. The United States has imposed taxes on imported steel and aluminum and on about $250 billion in Chinese products, drawing retaliation from U.S. trading partners.Several companies complained that the tariffs are driving up costs and limiting supplies. Respondents also cited labour shortages and the strains that high demand is putting on their supply chains.Timothy Fiore, chair of ISM’s manufacturing survey committee, said that “57.7 is not a bad number. But it’s not where we had been. We have been bouncing around the top. This may be the first indicator of a softening that may continue.”Manufacturers are also coping with weakening global economic growth and a strengthening dollar, which makes American products costlier in foreign markets.“Between disruptions caused to the supply chain by tariffs and a strengthening dollar, the factory sector may cool off going forward after an extraordinary run in 2017 and 2018,” Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, wrote in a research note. “Nevertheless, even with a weaker-than-expected result in October, for now, the pace of growth for manufacturing remains robust.”The economic backdrop for manufacturers remains healthy. Consumer spending on long-lasting manufactured goods was strong during the spring and summer, rising at an annual pace of 6.9 per cent from July through September and 8.6 per cent from April through June.Factories are on pace to add more than 250,000 jobs this year, which would be biggest jump in manufacturing employment since 1997.last_img read more

AIIMS Karamchari Union opposes outsourcing of canteen operation

first_imgThe AIIMS Karamchari Union has opposed the hospital administration’s decision to outsource the operation of its in-house cafeteria, claiming it would lead to rise in prices of food items which only the “highly-paid” staff would be able to afford. The Union has written to the AIIMS Director urging him to reverse the decision in the interest of patients, employees and visitors. The union alleged in a statement that the way the tenders have been awarded after “recently spending hefty amount of Rs 15 crore on cafeteria building, turning into a lavish three-storied structure, casts shadow on the intentions of the authorities.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Out of more than 100, only 17 food items have been subsidized, and that too by enhancing their prices, still the authorities are claiming that their step is for the benefit of the patients, it alleged. Other than the 17 items, prices of other items are likely to be increased even further, the union claimed. The employees of All India Institute of Medical Sciences who were running the cafeteria are also likely to suffer because of the outsourcing decision, the statement stated. “The step of outsourcing is clearly aimed at causing undue benefit to the two bidders for reasons known only to the authorities. The employees union are trying to persuade the authorities to reconsider their decision,” it said. Recently, the employees, residents and some doctors took out a protest rally against the decision of the authorities.last_img read more

A diary from the Big Ten Indoor Championships

Junior Letecia Wright, who competes in sprints and hurdles for the Ohio State women’s track and field team, shares her perspective from the Big Ten Indoor Championships at Penn State this past weekend.For the past two years of my college career, my team has been ninth at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. When the team scores went up at the end of the track meet, our heads would look down.However, things changed this year. For the first time in my collegiate years of running, my team finished second out of 10 teams. I remember at the end of the meet this weekend my fellow juniors were crying and hugging each other. We knew our team had accomplished something we were not expected to do.Weeks leading up to Big Ten, my team and I realized we had a chance to do very well. We had multiple people ranked in many individual events and our relays were ranked in the top five in the conference.We left to drive six hours to Penn State last Thursday. During the long bus ride, the whole team laughed, watched movies and projected how fast we were going to run that weekend.Come Friday morning, we were up bright and early at Penn State practicing for the first day of war on Saturday. During our practice, everyone practiced their respective races and field events.After practice, I could feel the anxiety in the room during our team meeting. We all knew the first day of Big Ten was going to be a war and everyone had to run fast to make it back to finals on Sunday. I went to sleep with butterflies sitting in my stomach and dreams of winning going through my head.The first day of Big Ten Championships, our team shattered several school and personal records. Our two multi-event competitors both placed top eight and started the day off right.We also had three 60-meter hurdlers, three short sprinters, a 600-meter runner, two 400-meter sprinters and countless others make it back to finals on Sunday. Our distance medley relay got fifth, which also gave us good points for the first day of competition.Everyone left the meet excited because everyone ran their fastest times. A few also qualified for NCAA Nationals.Going to sleep Saturday was hard for me. I knew my team could do well, but I never imagined we would finish second overall as a team. I also never imagined that we would have as many girls place top eight to put points on the board.The final day of Big Ten came and it was a true war. Sophomore Shaniqua McGinnis caused an upset in Happy Valley by beating Penn State’s best 400-meter runner and giving us 10 crucial points.While warming up, I took a fall over a hurdle and hit my head. I really wanted to win and run faster, especially after watching Shaniqua win. Sadly, I did not win the hurdles because of a small mishap at the start. Luckily, my other teammate won it, I battled back for second and freshman Christienne Linton got seventh.These were big points for my team. After this moment, I was crushed about not winning, but had to move on because the rest of the day was filled with many personal records and places for my teammates.The meet was filled with great performances by all the multi-event, sprinters, distance and field event girls. At the end of the meet, we cried, hugged and expressed how proud we were of each other.Even with some of the disappointments we had during the meet, we all worked hard to run fast and support everyone. Now some of us get ready for NCAA Nationals and outdoor season.Though the Big Ten Championships were a great present, we now have to look to the future. read more

Klopp is not interested in Evertons stats

first_imgThe Liverpool manager wants his team to return to their winning path today against the Blues in the English Premier LeagueLiverpool and Everton will face off tonight in the English Premier League.And for the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, he’s not interested in the Blues’ stats or their past encounters.“I’m not interested even for one second in records or stats from the previous meetings,” he told the club’s official website.“I’m not interested for one second about expectations or predictions. I’m not interested for one second who is favorite and who isn’t.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s a derby: two clubs who share a city and are separated by meters. The intense desire to win is something we can guarantee every supporter inside Anfield will have,” he added.“So for us as ‘the team’ it’s about delivering: go and channel the positive energy of this encounter; take extra juice from it.”“These games make you run harder, jump higher and give beyond what sometimes you realize yourself is possible,” he explained.“I trust my players entirely that they understand what is needed from them today. They’ve proved themselves over and over in this respect.”last_img read more

Bajaj Discover F150 Spotted on Test Launch Nears

first_imgBajaj, India’s popular two-wheeler maker is seemed to be gearing up for yet another launch in India. After stealing the Delhi Auto Expo show with the Pulsar SS 400 and CS 400, Bajaj is now seen testing a new Discover model, monikered Discover F150.The folks at OverDrive have posted a set of spy shots of the new Discover F150 which is expected to make its India debut in the near future. Although the details of the bike are scanty at this point of time, emerging reports claim that the new motorbike, which is believed to be the flagship variant in the Discover line up will be priced below the current Pulsar 150.The Bajaj Discover F150 is likely to draw its power from 4-valve, 150cc DTS-i engine which can generate a power of 14 PS. It is reported that the Discover F150 will accommodate some of the features which are borrowed from the existing Discover and Pulsar models and the bike will have both electric and kick starter. Other stipulated features include front disc brakes and monoshock suspension at the rear. Apparently, a naked version of Discover F150 is also on the card for India.Earlier last week, Bajaj started rolling out its Discover 125 in India. It packs 125 cc 4-Valve Patented TwinSpark DTS-i engine which can pump in a power of 11.5 PS and a torque of 10.4Nm. The company claims a fuel efficiency of 76kmpl. The bike which shares similarities with the Bajaj’s 125ST is pitted against the Honda CB Shine, Hero Glamour and Hero Passion Pro in the domestic market.Currently, Bajaj Auto holds 22 percent market share in the two wheeler segment. With the upcoming launches, Bajaj hopes to expand its reach in the country. In February, Bajaj Auto posted a decline of 6 percent in domestic sales for February 2014. The Company sold a total of 273,323 motorcycles as against the 291,297 units last year.last_img read more

Qatar Airways Eyeing Stake in Indigo Not in SpiceJet Report

first_imgWorld’s leading carrier Qatar Airways has said that it is in discussions with Indian budget airline IndiGo to buy a stake in it as it denied reports of any such talks with SpiceJet.”Qatar Airways confirms that the only airline it is talking to is the Indian carrier Indigo,” the Doha-based airline told Reuters in a statement.”Qatar Airways is not in talks to pursue a commercial stake in SpiceJet,” the airline said, adding, “These stake sale comments are unfounded and are believed to be deliberately spread to influence share valuations.”Share prices of SpiceJet rose sharply in the past three trading sessions, touching a two-year closing high of Rs 26.60 on Tuesday. However, Tuesday’s rally was partly led by the company’s profit of Rs 71.80 crore in April-June quarter.Last week, The Economic Times had reported that the ongoing discussions between SpiceJet and Qatar Airways over finalising a commercial agreement may end up in Qatar Airways buying a stake in the domestic airline.In May, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker had evinced interest in acquiring 49% stake in IndiGo, but he had not confirmed any talks. He had then said that “IndiGo’s owners had no immediate plans to sell”.Qatar Airways has been eyeing a stake in India’s biggest airline IndiGo for a long. Owned by InterGlobe Enterprises, IndiGo had filed a draft prospectus with market regulator last month to issue an initial public offer (IPO).If a deal is signed, the transaction will become the second such development in Indian aviation industry in two years. In 2013, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways had bought 24% stake in Jet Airways by investing Rs 20.6 billion ($332 million).Buying a stake in IndiGo would enable Qatar Airways to expand its presence in the Indian aviation market and also to compete with its rivals Emirates and Etihad.Aviation consultancy CAPA India has estimated IndiGo to become country’s most profitable carrier, by posting a net profit in the range of $150- $175 million (₹1,111.6 crore) for the fiscal year ending March 2015.last_img read more

Netanyahu hails growing support to Israel

first_imgIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a dedication ceremony of the `Assuta` hospital in Ashdod, Israel on 21 December 2017. ReutersPrime minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a UN vote on Thursday that rejected a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but expressed satisfaction at the number of countries that didn’t vote for the measure.”Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution. Jerusalem is our capital, always was, always will be,” Netanyahu said in an English-language video posted online by his spokesman.”But I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theatre of the absurd,” said the Israeli leader.”Especially I want to again express our thanks to president (Donald) Trump and Ambassador (Nikki) Haley for their stalwart defence of Israel and their stalwart defence of the truth.”The motion was backed by 128 countries and opposed by nine, with Guatemala, Honduras, Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands joining Israel and the United States in voting against the measure.But 35 countries abstained including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico, the Philippines, Romania and Rwanda.Ukraine, which supported the draft resolution at the Security Council, was among 21 countries that did not turn up for the vote.Trump had warned ahead of the vote in the 193-nation assembly that “we’re watching” and threatened reprisals against countries backing the measure, which reaffirms that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.last_img

April 17 2013The exhibition SOLERI MESA CITY TO

first_imgApril 17, 2013The exhibition “SOLERI: MESA CITY TO ARCOSANTI”, presently at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Arizona, is open until April 28. 2013.[Opening on February 8. 2013, photos by Sue Kirsch] You may want to take the opportunity to view some of Paolo Soleri’s extraordinary work before the exhibition closes and all of these wonderful pieces go back into storage in the Soleri Archives at Arcosanti. [‘Mesa City – Higher Learning’ scroll drawing]It is a rare occasion to be able to view the drawings and writing in one of Soleri’s seven metal-bound sketchbooks. You can view a selection of the sketchbook pages on the monitor right infront of the display case. On Saturday evening, after the 4 pm viewing of the documentary “Paolo Soleri, Beyond Form” at the Scottsdale Center of the Arts, Tomiaki Tamura and Roger Tomalty with SMoCA Assistant Curator Claire C. Carter will give a guided tour of the exhibition at the Smoca Museum.last_img read more

The worlds top 10 pay TV operators by revenue wil

first_imgThe world’s top 10 pay TV operators by revenue will experience losses of US$20 billion (€16 billion) between 2017 and 2023, according to Digital TV Research.The new report claims that each of the top 10 global operators will be affected and that collectively they will see their revenues diminish from US$106.8 billion in 2017 to US$86.9 billion in 2023.Over the forecast period, the pay TV revenue share for the top 10 operators is also expected to fall from 53% to 48%.Looking at the wider global pay TV industry, Digital TV Research said that 168 of 517 operators covered by its Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts report will lose subscription and pay-per-view revenues between 2017 and 2023.Across all 517 operators, revenues are expected to fall by US$18 billion over this time period to US$183 billion. The number of operators earning more than US$1 billion in revenues is also tipped to fall from 29 to 25.This is despite the number of pay TV subscribers increasing, with pay TV operators around the world expected to add 84 million customers between 2017 and 2023.“The good news is that 15 operators will add more than US$100 million between 2017 and 2023, with China Telecom up by US$1.4 billion,” said Simon Murray, Digital TV Research principal analyst.“However, five operators, including four from the US, will lose more than US$1 billion in revenues. Seven of the top 10 losers will be in the US.”last_img read more

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 197

first_imgThe Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Since the ’75 tax year, ERISA has allowed individuals to save pre-tax assets in a traditional IRA. Since then, a handful of IRA cousins have popped up—Roth, SEP, SIMPLE, and Self-Directed. Depending on your circumstances, one or more of these accounts can help you create substantial wealth for retirement. I struggled to open and contribute to my first IRA at age 35. Now its balance is proof positive that IRAs work—a truth I’m always eager to share with my children and grandchildren. Overconsumption of mass media during the month of December can cause emotional whiplash. Navigating images of smiling shoppers and candy-cane merriment while reading about a derailed train in the Bronx or Syrian refugees has left me pining for the days of yore—when Christmas was still vaguely related to a guy who wore sandals and annoyed his local government, and the only bad news you heard about was the drought or oxcart accident in your own village. Sure, folks still capitalized on religion and lots of bad stuff happened, but there was no 24-hour news/commercial cycle feeding us the play-by-play. So, this week I unplugged from mass media and cleared some headspace to consider what my fellow retirees and I have to be grateful for.The annual gift tax exclusion and the combined lifetime exemption. I will die a happy man if I never have to fill out IRS Form 709. The very idea of a taxable gift is downright nuts. I am, however, grateful for the annual gift tax exclusion ($14,000 in 2013) and the combined lifetime gift and estate tax exemption ($5,250,000 in 2013). While I discourage bailing out ne’er-do-well family members, giving ought to be a non-punishable choice. To exercise this freedom, Jo and I give our grandchildren silver coins each year, which I wrote about in The Greatest Investment I Ever Made. The freedom to give tax-free shouldn’t end with your dying breath, either. Between you and your spouse, you can give and bequeath a lot of money before either the federal gift or estate tax becomes a real hurdle. And for those of you with enough dough to dread the estate tax, there are fancy tools like a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) to drain your taxable estate and eliminate the problem. Increased longevity. Thanks to dramatic advancements in medicine, you can now expect to live to a ripe of old age (78.62 on average here in the US). When Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act of 1935 into law, women in the US had an average life expectancy of 63.9 years and men, 59.9 years. Yes, it’s a challenge to save for these extra years of retirement, but the flip side is: there is more life to enjoy. I just learned that our second great-grandchild is due on July 4. Had I been born one generation earlier, it’s unlikely I could have expected to live to enjoy such a happy moment, and I definitely could not have expected to live long enough to truly get to know the little munchkin. Today I expect to see this newborn off to high school, at the very least. Ted Benna and Subsection 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code. The law providing for defined contribution pension accounts was enacted 1978, when most retirements depended on private pensions and Social Security. Enter Ted Benna two years later, then co-owner of a benefits consultancy, who figured out how to use the provision to create a straightforward, tax-advantaged way to save for retirement. Benna received quite a bit of press earlier this year for criticizing the overwhelming complexity of 401(k) plans today. Still, the tax benefits and employer-matching programs make contributing to your 401(k) well worth the small chore of understanding and managing it.center_img Time. Control over your own time is the single biggest perk of retirement. You’ve worked hard to reach your retirement goals. That work is what allows you to spend your time as you choose: traveling, relaxing with your spouse, playing with your grandkids, standing on your head—whatever floats your boat. Money plus time equals options. Be thankful to have both! The option to enjoy a second career post-retirement. Turning 65 does not suck out your life force. If, like me, you choose to spend retirement working in a second (or third) career, there are countless ways to make that happen. A wonderful team of truly talented people surrounds me here at Miller’s Money. More than one senior has confided to me that he wished he could have worked with his current team during his first career; life would have been a lot more fun that way. I wholeheartedly agree. It is you, our readers and subscribers who make our jobs possible. We are all very thankful for each and every one of you, particularly those of you who’ve written to share feedback and helpful suggestions. Your input helps us serve you better, which we will continue to strive to do. On behalf of our entire team—Alex, Andrey, Ann, Chris, Donna, Sam, and myself—happy holidays! Enjoy this month, savor the time with family and friends, and do not allow elves and advertisements to bog you down. Oh! There is one last thing I am thankful for: the success of the Money Forever portfolio this year and our new Bulletproof Income strategy spearheaded by our lead analyst, Andrey Dashkov. Our mantra is: preserve capital and avoid catastrophic losses. Personally, I’m thrilled at how well we’re living up to that goal. Thus far, our total yield for 2013, including all positions bought, sold, and held for a partial year is 9.8%. And our current holdings are up 15.2%—and those are not annualized numbers. Other model portfolios may shout about even bigger gains, but I don’t know of any consistently performing that well while prioritizing safety as much as we do. For that I tip my hat to our research team. In our next issue, out December 17, we will outline our portfolio allocations and our direction for 2014. If you have not taken advantage of our premium subscription at its current promotional price of $99/year, I strongly suggest you do so by clicking here. Consider it a holiday gift to yourself! The best part is you can download all of our material, my book, and special reports and see for yourself how nicely our portfolio has come together. Should you decide it’s not right for you, cancel within the first 90 days and receive a 100% refund, no questions asked. Please click here to learn more.On the Lighter SideMiller’s Money is all about maximizing yield—even toothpaste yield. A warm thank you to everyone who participated in our holiday quiz last week. For anyone still dumbfounded, the gadget is a toothpaste squeezer, and I am personally vouching that this $1.00-$2.00 item can make a tube last an extra week. Congratulations to our winner, Thomas M. of Mississippi, who was the first to send us the winning answer. Thomas, as promised you are now a world-famous sleuth and a proud (I hope) owner of a signed copy of my book, Retirement Reboot. You can order your own toothpaste squeezer here on Amazon. I also want to add an honorable mention to my friend Rob G. who shared countless variations on this little gadget. And finally… Our good friend Courtenay W. sent along some clever thoughts on aging: Every morning is the dawn of a new error. Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. The irony of life is that, by the time you’re old enough to know your way around, you’re not going anywhere. I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one. This last one happened to me in a motel Thanksgiving weekend. Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses. Until next week…last_img read more

Originally published 9292006 My favorite quote

first_imgOriginally published 9/29/2006 My favorite quote of the week comes from Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany who was caught on tape admitting, among other things, that “We did nothing for four years. Nothing. … We screwed up. Not a little, a lot.  … Plainly, we lied throughout the last year and a half, two years,” and the prized sound byte “We lied in the morning, we lied in the evening, and also at night.” The notion that politicians might actually prevaricate apparently caught the Hungarians by surprise, so much so that the not-so-loyal opposition rumbled into the streets with pitchforks and torches in hand. This, despite Ferenc also being heard to say about the lying that “it must stop.” (As an aside, my second-favorite quote had to be from Chávez the Entertainer, when he commented that the podium our distinguished president had spoken at the day before himself, “smells of sulfur still today.” Whatever his many faults, you have to give Chávez credit for a fine sense of the dramatic.) Back on point, our own Bud Conrad recently took a closer look at the correlation between the price of gasoline and the popularity of the aforementioned president of these United States. The parallels are really quite revealing, as you can see for yourself in the chart just below. Being unencumbered by budgets, and so having limitless staff available to sniff out these things, it’s a safe assumption that elected officialdom has also taken notice of this corollary. Especially given that the connection is so logical. After all, if you’re a working stiff for whom gasoline-powered transportation provides the daily connection to your paycheck, each weekly or semi-weekly visit to the pump has to be a painful reminder that things are not going exactly to plan. Or at least not your plan. Which is to say, having enough money left over at the end of the week for a six-pack of beer or a modest bottle of red (forget about enough money to actually retire and live like a human being some day; the steady erosion of disposable wealth has long since extinguished that hope in the bosom of much of the Boobus). So might the politicos push gas prices down pre-election? Perhaps. Power has its privileges, including the privilege of lying without consequence, and having a free pass to yank on the levers of the state at will. I fully expect those levers to be pulled frantically in the run-up to any election.last_img read more

My teenaged experience with the abuse of women was

first_img My teenaged experience with the abuse of women was the opposite of what is publicized. I remember being at a party with my good friend John and learning that one of the girls had too much to drink and was lying half-conscious in a spare bedroom. We stood guard in front of the door for a couple of hours… and felt righteous about it. War toys—habitually given to boys—are a mistake. (And living in a war culture just makes it worse.) It’s a true saying that war is hell. We need to get that hell out of our kids’ heads, not put it in. Occasionally I refer to women as “girls,” just like I sometimes refer to men as “boys.” That’s just the way we talked when I was growing up in Chicago, and I’ve given up caring about the sensitivity police. Explain to me how it destroys lives and I’ll care enough to retrain myself. Until then, it’s just a word; any insult resides in the mind of the hearer. No one—male or female—should be forced or intimidated into any kind of gender role. “Girls should play with dolls” is [expletive deleted]. Lots of girls prefer to play with dolls, and that’s just fine, but telling them that they ought to—or that they ought not change the oil in the car—is flatly wrong… and the same goes for boys. Let the kid discover what she or he wants, and don’t thrust roles upon them. Who’s addressing the evils done to the women of Africa and the Middle East? Millions of those women suffer genital mutilation and/or are murdered for making their own sexual decisions. Those problems are a lot worse than gender role complaints. Maleness is not thuggery. When was it that raising children became a bad thing for a woman to do? Is there anything with more potent implications for the future? Women like men and are generally best off living happily with them. Nonetheless, public discourse on this subject—for several decades—has been overwhelmingly adversarial and wasteful. The women and men of the West have been fighting amongst themselves and have resolved almost nothing. In light of this, I decided that it might be helpful to address the subject openly and reasonably; there might be a lot to be gained from it. But the more I worked on the idea, the more I saw that I would be tiptoeing through a minefield and resolving almost nothing. However reasonably I might touch on a subject, there would be one group or another that would erupt before I hit the second sentence. People are so wound up by these fights that if you don’t open with the right conclusion, they’ll brand you as an enemy before you can say “also.” Given that, I’ve abandoned any type of ordered discourse for this week’s post. When it comes to this subject, serious words are fighting words, and I’m not interested in fights. So let’s just pretend that I’ve been drinking at the keyboard and ranting indiscriminately. Here goes… Assorted Ramblings Sure, I know that young men are naturally attracted to healthy-looking women… and yeah, I was young once, and I remember that we looked at girls long before we learned how to talk to them… but seriously, how long does it take to figure out that girls are actual people? A lot of grown men still haven’t grasped the fact that women are full-scale, authentic, complete human beings, with dreams, desires, and pains just like ours. Hey dads, have you ever tried switching roles with your wife for a week? Give it a shot sometime; you may find it… educational. Let’s start with two facts: Men like women and are generally best off living happily with them. Women are afraid to report sexual abuse, and the problem isn’t theirs alone. We men have to start fixing our end and make them unafraid to tell us. There may be just as many rotten women as there are rotten men… though they sometimes display their sins differently. It’s kind of sick to use that programming glitch as a sales tool. I’ve been blessed to have had a number of exceptional women in my life. I’m not sure where I’d be without them. Where are the fathers and brothers and uncles of abused women? Shouldn’t they be doing something about it? The male instinct to protect women can be a good thing. Femininity is not weakness. It used to be that “mother” was a term of honor. Why did that change? What often passes for being a “strong woman” these days bears no resemblance to the real thing. Volume, hard drinking, and tattoos are cheap substitutes for true female strength. Neither does femininity diminish it. Do you have a plan for making your husband or wife a better person? Okay, there you have some thoughts on this subject; I hope they’re of some use to you. A Free-Man’s Take is written by adventure capitalist, author, and freedom advocate Paul Rosenberg. You can get much more from Paul in his unique monthly newsletter, Free-Man’s Perspective. How can I take any women’s group seriously when they protect serial abusers like Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton? They should’ve been doing everything in their power to expose these bastards. Instead, they shielded them and sucked up to them like craven sycophants. Guys, watch this clip of Dustin Hoffman. There’s something to learn here. I also remember a friend telling me that an older man had groped her. I volunteered that John and I could beat him up. (I figured that two teenagers could handle one old guy.) She thanked me and declined, but I kept my eyes open for that guy. Likewise, most of us prefer living in fairly traditional family groups, and that’s not only okay, but probably an excellent arrangement. But no one should be forced into it. It may be best for most of us, but most is not the same as all. No one is obligated to live that way. We are obliged to do no harm, and that’s about it. The reproductive imperative (AKA sex drive) is necessary in humanity, but it also makes us a little crazy at times… and that goes for both women and men. Whether we call that a glitch in our programming, incomplete development, or whatever, it’s something that we should address directly. On the other hand, I’ve started going out of my way to use “women and men,” “he or she,” and phrases like them. I don’t want my female readers to think I’m not taking them seriously. Fully half of humanity is female, and it’s kind of stupid that so many of our words exclude them.last_img read more

The first prescription medication extracted from t

first_imgThe first prescription medication extracted from the marijuana plant is poised to land on pharmacists’ shelves this fall. Epidiolex, made from purified cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in the cannabis plant, is approved for two rare types of epilepsy.Its journey to market was driven forward by one family’s quest to find a treatment for their son’s epilepsy.Scientific and public interest in CBD had been percolating for several years before the Food and Drug Administration finally approved Epidiolex in June. But CBD — which doesn’t cause the mind-altering high that comes from THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana — was hard to study, because of tight restrictions on using cannabis in research.Sam Vogelstein’s family and his doctors found ways to work around those restrictions in their fight to control his seizures.Sam’s seizures started in 2005 when he was four years old. It’s a moment his mother, Evelyn Nussenbaum, will never forget. The family was saying goodbye to a dinner guest when Sam’s face suddenly slackened and he fell forward at the waist.”He did something that looked like a judo bow after a match,” says Nussenbaum.Two months passed before Sam had another seizure, but then he started having them every week. Eventually he was suffering through 100 seizures a day.”When they were bad, they were once every three minutes,” Nussenbaum says.A roller-coaster rideSam was diagnosed with epilepsy with myoclonic-absences, which is characterized by an abrupt unresponsiveness and then sudden body jerks. The episodes were quick, but dangerous.The electricity in Sam’s brain would misfire for about five to 20 seconds, enough time to fall down stairs, plunge face first into a dinner plate, or crack his head on a window.”I don’t remember a lot of it really,” says Sam.He does remember the barrage of medications his doctors put him on. Some helped briefly. Others triggered hallucinations, full body rashes and uncontrolled anger.”Sam is a pretty gentle person, ” his mother says. “We put him on one medication and it made him angry, and he started punching kids. And it was like, ‘Oh my God, this is not my kid.’ “More than 3.4 million Americans have epilepsy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but treating the disease is often a riddle doctors find difficult to solve.Sam struggled to read, to write, to solve math problems and Nussenbaum watched her son fall further and further behind in school.Life for Sam was like a bad cell phone connection: Every few moments the signal dropped out.”It was scary,” Nussenbaum says. “I would often cry in my shower or I would drive up to the top of Grizzly Peak [in Berkeley] and sit in my car and scream.”Pushing for accessIn 2011, Nussenbaum came across an article in a British medical journal about a small seizure study on rats. The researchers successfully treated the rodents with CBD.”I thought, ‘My son needs access to that,’ ” says Nussenbaum.But, seven years ago, pure CBD was not easy to get. Many states have since legalized medical marijuana and CBD is widely available at dispensaries and on the internet, but it is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration which means it’s illegal under federal law.Then, Nussenbaum learned about a British pharmaceutical company – GW Pharmaceuticals — that was making a medicine derived from highly-concentrated CBD to treat multiple sclerosis patients. After months of phone calls and emails from Sam’s parents, the company agreed to let Sam try the drug, in the U.K., under a doctor’s supervision for two weeks. The family flew to London shortly after.”After one day his seizures were down to 30,” says Nussenbaum. “After two days they were down to ten. After three days he had one seizure.”Sam didn’t suffer any side effects.Back in the U.S. Sam’s parents needed to find a way to keep getting the drug. They collaborated with Dr. Roberta Cilio, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco. They petitioned the FDA to allow Sam to use the drug under a compassionate use program. Four months and hundreds of pages of documents later, the FDA allowed Sam to enroll in his own one-person trial at UCSF.The DEA was a little more cautious. One day two agents knocked on Cilio’s office door. After hours of questioning, the two men requested she store the medication in a giant safe weighing close to 1,000 pounds.According to GW Pharmaceuticals, Sam was the first patient in the world to receive Epidiolex.An expanded trial and varying resultsInspired by Sam’s success, Cilio, and other clinicians, started trying Epidiolex on other patients. In 2015, she and several co-authors published a study in Lancet Neurology that included 214 patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy, all children and young adults.For most patients the results were not as dramatic as they had been for Sam. Seizures dropped in 36.5 percent of patients, which is about the same success rate as other seizure medications, Cilio says.And some patients experienced side effects like fatigue, diarrhea and convulsions. Cilio doesn’t know why CBD transforms some lives and other patients don’t respond at all.”The studies that are out are mostly short term,” says Cilio. “We need to learn who the best responders are. Of course, we know this is not a miracle drug.”There have been other trials of CBD oil for epilepsy, which have shown that the substance is helpful for a portion of patients. Several states have legalized CBD oil specifically for the treatment of intractable epilepsy or seizure disorders.And as NPR has reported, CBD has gained popularity with consumers as a remedy for a variety of other ailments. But the products that are available over the counter or in medical cannabis dispensaries, aren’t regulated the way pharmaceutical drugs are, so the consistency and dose can vary widely.The FDA’s decision to approve Epidiolex means that epilepsy patients will have access to a pharmaceutical-grade drug, which delivers a high-quality, consistent dose of CBD, says Dr. Robert Carson a pediatric neurologist at Vanderbilt University who treats patients with epilepsy.Unanswered QuestionsEpidiolex still has to get over one regulatory hurdle. The DEA needs to reclassify CBD so it is no longer considered a Schedule 1 substance. Drugs in this category are considered to have no medical use and a high potential for abuse. The FDA’s approval of Epidiolex means CBD no longer fits that category and the reclassification is expected some time in the fall.Patients will need a prescription to get the drug. GW Pharmaceuticals has not released a price yet. And Sam’s mom, Evelyn Nussenbaum worries that some insurance companies might not cover it.In the meantime, Sam still gets his drugs from the investigational pharmacy at UCSF. One day he hopes he’ll be prescribing the medication to patients like him.”I want to be an epilepsy doctor,” Sam says.First he’s working on his driving license. Dr. Cilio just cleared Sam to get behind the wheel. He’s 17 now and hasn’t had a seizure in more than two years. Copyright 2018 KQED. To see more, visit KQED.last_img read more

The head of the governments national suicide prev

first_imgThe head of the government’s national suicide prevention strategy has refused to call on the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to highlight the high risk of suicide faced by people who receive out-of-work disability benefits.Louis Appleby, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Manchester and chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy advisory group, has declined to act, even though he admits that employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants “are a high risk group”.Disability News Service (DNS) has now asked him twice, via email, if he will use his influential position to ensure that ESA claimants are highlighted in the national strategy as a high-risk group, and to ask local authorities to include the information in their own suicide prevention plans.Figures published in September 2016 by NHS Digital – from a report written by NatCen and the University of Leicester – showed that 43 per cent of ESA claimants had said they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.This compared with 27 per cent of those on out-of-work benefits, including ESA, and 20 per cent of those receiving housing benefit.But DHSC  has refused to explain why it fails to mention these figures or to highlight ESA claimants as a high-risk group in the latest version of its suicide prevention strategy for England, published in January 2017, for which Appleby wrote a foreword.DNS reported last month that local authorities in England were – like DHSC – refusing to use their own suicide prevention plans to highlight the “shocking” figures. Appleby (pictured) has now told DNS that although suicide “is rarely caused by one thing”, he did accept that a “protracted stressful benefit claim, feelings of being treated unfairly and of course financial problems themselves can all contribute”.Despite including a section on “people in receipt of employment benefits”, which mentions ESA and describes how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) supports staff to deal with “vulnerable people”, there is no attempt in the national strategy to highlight the particularly high suicide risk faced by ESA claimants.Appleby said in an email to DNS: “I appreciate [the updated strategy] may not have been as forthright about the risk as some people would like but it was important that a Govt department was acknowledging suicide risk in claimants and setting out what it would do about it.“Inevitably DWP has been sensitive about the issue but my impression is that there is greater willingness now to address it.”He said the NHS Digital/NatCen report does show “that ESA claimants are a high risk group, probably… because of a combination of factors, though I’ve no doubt that for some people the experience of claiming is damaging and a causal factor”.But he said he believed “the need [is to] make people aware of the vulnerability rather than the specific statistic”.His words, and the failure of DHSC, appear to contrast sharply with a statement by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.In his foreword to the updated national strategy, Hunt said he wanted to strengthen the strategy through “better targeting of suicide prevention and help seeking in high risk groups” and by “improving data at national and local level and how this data is used to help take action and target efforts more accurately”.But when DNS asked, in response to Appleby’s email, whether he would call on DHSC, DWP and local agencies to highlight the high risk faced by ESA claimants, and ensure this message was passed to frontline officers and included in the next refreshed versions of the national and local suicide prevention plans, he declined to do so.He said he was “disappointed” that DNS had “made the same points as before” and had ignored his “slightly different perspective”, but added: “I genuinely wish you well, it’s an important topic, but I can’t help any more.”last_img read more

Jeff Bezos I Predict One Day Amazon Will Fail

first_img Matthew Humphries Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Jeff Bezos: ‘I Predict One Day Amazon Will Fail’ –shares Image credit: Matt Winkelmeyer | Getty Images Senior Editor Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. When asked about Sears recently going bankrupt, Jeff Bezos surprised everyone by predicting Amazon will most likely also fail and go bankrupt. November 19, 2018 Jeff Bezos Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag A company doesn’t get as big as Amazon as quickly as it has without the CEO thinking a little differently to everyone else, and in the case of Jeff Bezos, that thinking extends to predicting when his company will fail.As CNBC reports, during an all-hands meeting held last Thursday in Seattle, Bezos was asked if he had learned anything from the recent bankruptcy of Sears and others. His response is not what anyone would expect from the CEO of Amazon, or CEO of any company for that matter.Related: New York Is Giving Amazon a Helipad and New Yorkers Are FuriousBezos is quoted as saying, “Amazon is not too big to fail … In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years.”While initially, that sounds very negative, Bezos went on to suggest that the lesson from other big companies that go bankrupt is to not “focus on ourselves, and instead focus on our customers.” For now, that’s something Amazon is clearly doing very well as it bumps up against becoming a trillion-dollar company just like Apple.CNBC managed to speak to some Amazon employees on condition of anonymity to find out what the biggest future concerns are for the company. Government regulation and antitrust violations top the list as the greatest risks, which squares up nicely against Bezos’ desire to remain focused on the customer. If the focus moved to put the company first, then the chance of Amazon being looked on negatively by consumers goes up and so the calls for regulation would most likely increase.Related: Jeff Bezos Reveals What Inspires Him the Most at WorkWould anyone bet against Amazon still being here in 30 years? Jeff Bezos will be 84 by then, Donald Trump’s presidency will be a distant memory, and we may have headphone jacks back on our smartphones. If a company wants to last over a hundred years, Bezos stated at the same all-hands meeting that he believes alcohol is key, “Most of the companies that are multi-hundred-year-old companies are breweries…It’s very interesting — I’m not sure what that says about society.”Related: Jeff Bezos Reveals His Daily Decision-Making Goal and 30 Other Crazy Things We’ve Learned About the Amazon Founder  News and Trends 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Lowes Introduces LoweBot a New Autonomous InStore Robot

first_img “Hello, I’m NAVii. How can I help you?” This is how the store associate of the future may greet you.Starting in the fall, Lowe’s shoppers in the San Francisco Bay Area will be greeted by autonomous robots. The LoweBot speaks multiple languages, and will be deployed to 11 stores to help guide home improvers to find items in store.”This is a response to things people wanted since retail began, but up until now there just wasn’t the technology to be able to make that happen,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs.The robots, made by Fellow Robots, use a 3-D scanner to detect people as they into stores. Shoppers can search for items by asking the bot what they want or typing items into a touch screen. The bot can guide them to those items using smart laser sensors, similar to the technology used in autonomous vehicles, said Marco Mascorro, chief executive officer of Fellow Robots.As customers follow the bots to find items on store shelves, location-based special offers show up on a second screen on the back of the LoweBot.The LoweBot is the younger sibling of the OSHBot, an earlier version which Lowe’s tested in Orchard Supply Hardware stores over the past two years. The most surprising query OSHBot had to deal with? “Where are the restrooms?” said Nel.The LoweBot is not a fancy looking device with a lot of bells and whistles. Its role is to find solutions to consumers’ most basic problems, said Nel.”The LoweBot solves and serves our common cold problems,” he said. “When I walk into a store and I want to know where something is I want to know right then — I don’t want to have to download an app — a robot can really help with that.”The LoweBot also scans shelves using computer vision to send up-to-date information to store associates, even while it is showing people around the store. Inventory tracking may seem mundane and boring, but is incredibly important to a retailer, said Nel.It never calls out sick and doesn’t need to take coffee breaks. That said, the goal is to augment the work of store associates and free them up to work on advising customers on products and delivering a more personalized service overall, not replace them, said Nel. For example, the LoweBot can serve as a translator, since it is impossible to find store workers who understand every customer, he said.Could the LoweBot one day eliminate jobs? “Most definitely not — my phone doesn’t make me obsolete,” said Nel.”Having had this in stores for two years, I was shocked at how fast customers and store associates got used to it,” he said. Register Now » 3 min read Harriet Taylor Next Article Robots 73shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Lowe’s via CNBC Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business August 31, 2016 This story originally appeared on CNBC Add to Queue The LoweBot speaks multiple languages, and will be deployed to 11 stores to help guide home improvers to find items in store. Tech Reporter Lowe’s Introduces LoweBot, a New Autonomous In-Store Robot LoweBotlast_img read more

LivePerson Integration Makes SAP Upscale Commerce Solution Conversational

first_img conversational commerce solutionsLivepersonMarketing TechnologyNewsSAP Upscale Commerce Previous ArticleHG Insights’ Elizabeth Cholawsky Wins Comparably’s 2019 Best CEO for Women AwardNext ArticleYext Summer ’19 Product Release Now Available For General Access Enables Rapid Deployment of Cutting-Edge Conversational Commerce for Small and Midsized Businesses WorldwideLivePerson, Inc., a global leader in conversational commerce solutions, announced a new offering that integrates LivePerson’s industry-leading platform into SAP Upscale Commerce, allowing small and midsized businesses to deploy advanced conversational commerce with unprecedented speed.The companies have announced a joint education campaign, which will begin with a “Profitable, Conversational Commerce” webinar on July 16, 2019.LivePerson’s advanced platform for conversational commerce, powered by both AI and human intelligence, was a clear choice for integration into SAP Upscale Commerce for two key reasons: speed of deployment and high flexibility in connecting to customer endpoints.With extremely rapid deployment and a prebuilt direct integration from LivePerson, SAP Upscale Commerce makes it possible to launch a cutting-edge digital store with advanced conversational commerce in a matter of weeks. The solution’s high flexibility provides customers with an outstanding experience across all form factors — progressive web app, web, mobile, and experiential kiosk — and great service using their preferred messaging platforms.Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel Experiences“This integration will provide major benefits to customers by combining the best conversational commerce offering with the exciting new possibilities offered by SAP Upscale Commerce,” said Avi Kedmi, EVP of the Commercial Sales Group at LivePerson. “As consumers rapidly adopt conversational interfaces across every touchpoint, this integrated solution is an extremely compelling way for retailers to deploy advanced experiences in a fraction of the usual deployment time.”By making SAP Upscale Commerce conversational with LivePerson, brands can connect to their consumers in a direct, natural way through messaging, reducing the “conversion deficit” on smartphones and tablets — which account for 70% of internet traffic but only 20% of sales conversions — and maximizing the effectiveness of online selling.Marketing Technology News: Digital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy ColleaguesCustomers receive a text message as soon as they place their orders, then receive further updates as orders progress. These messaging alerts open the doors to wider conversations — such as making changes to orders or even starting new orders via messaging — and put continuous connections in place to build long-term value.LivePerson and SAP first showcased the solution in a joint presentation at the 2019 SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference and are now offering the technology to a global audience. At that same event, SAP demonstrated the speed and flexibility of SAP Upscale Commerce by building a mock e-commerce store and launching it entirely within a 40-minute session.Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Award LivePerson Integration Makes SAP Upscale Commerce Solution Conversational PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 7:04 pmJuly 2, 2019 last_img read more