Crocs, Rocks and Tropical Storms

first_imgMany of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles.  The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land).  The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team.  The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training?  It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover.  For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April).  The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared.  Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training.  Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg!  These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back.  We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in.  We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water.  Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles.  But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience.  They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!!  And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before.  By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community.  The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend!  And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.last_img read more

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a month agoParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chance

first_imgParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s academy players feel there’s now a genuine path to the first team.The Daily Mail says parents, coaches and players share the sense of excitement, according to those who frequent the matches for the youth sides at the training ground in Cobham. “People suddenly feel like that if their son is good enough, he’s going to get a chance in the first team,” said one watcher. “Before it was just about going out on loan.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Zachary Quinto And Alanis Morissette Attend Kiehls Earth Day Event

first_imgAs reported by LookToTheStars.org last week, to celebrate their fifth Limited Edition Label Art Series for Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851 partnered with Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette with a Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream to benefit Recycle Across America. They celebrated this collaboration last week at the Kiehl’s store in Santa Monica with their partners, as well as guests such as Gilles Marini, AnnaSophia Robb, Amy Smart, Anthony Mackie and Wilmer Valderrama.Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto at Kiehl’s store in Santa MonicaCredit/Copyright: John Shearer/InvisionKiehl’s partners have each designed a Limited Edition label, depicting their vision of social responsibility for our 4.2 oz. Ultra Facial Cream, which is now available in Kiehl’s stores and on Kiehls.com. 100% of the net proceeds of this series will benefit Recycle Across America (RAA), and through this program, Kiehl’s will be donating $50,000 to the organization. RAA is not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress, and the funds raised from these labels will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels, which will be donated to K-12 schools nationwide.Video: Zachary Quinto for Earth DayEarth Month for Kiehl’s is also the time to reinforce Recycle and Be Rewarded! in-store recycling program. This ongoing program is available only in Kiehl’s free-standing stores nationwide, and allows their customers to return their empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling, in exchange for product. They have just passed the 1 Million mark, of the number of Kiehl’s empties that they’ve recycled in their stores!Video: Alanis Morissette for Earth Daylast_img read more

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Village of Rycroft remains on Boil Water Advisory and State of Local

first_imgRYCROFT, AB – The water main has been repaired and the water distribution system has re-opened yet the Boil Water Advisory and State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Posted to the Village of Rycroft’s FB Page;PRESS RELEASE #12March 6, 2019 – 9:10 a.m. Yesterday evening the break in the water main was repaired and the water distribution system was re-opened. Residents should now have water service.DO NOT DRINK THE WATER.The BOIL WATER ADVISORY will remain in effect until such time as the laboratory results verify it is safe to consume.The State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Please note:Now that the water distribution system is re-activated, most water lines will contain some air and water discoloration when opened. This is normal. Open taps SLOWLY and the regular steady flow will soon occur.last_img read more

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Where is Denny Poole the three year anniversary to his missing date

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – News first broke about the disappearance of Denny Poole on March 15th, 2016 saying the RCMP were seeking help in locating the 15-year-old First Nations youth.It is the three year anniversary marking the disappearance of Poole and during this time there have been no updates as to his where abouts.When Poole went missing he was described as about 5’7 tall and weighing between 120 to 130 lbs. He had short black hair, and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a grey DGK sweater with a red logo. Poole was carrying a black backpack, Osirus shoes, black jeans and a flat-brimmed ball cap. ‘RCMP have said that Denny, along with a friend, were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12. But the teenager never got to his intended destination, nor was he seen getting home.“The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for some 20 hours taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads but appeared they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway,” a press release from RCMP stated.Around 7:30 p.m. that night, Denny and the other teenager split up to head their own ways. At 7:52 p.m., the RCMP’s dispatch received a phone call from the other youth. He reported, what police have called, a ‘suspicious occurrence’ that could have been a hypothermic delusion.During this phone call, an unknown man travelling between the two cities stopped to check on Denny’s friend and spoke with an RCMP dispatcher on the phone. “The individual spoke with what sounded like a heavy South Asian accent,” the press release from March 22 read. “Police have not been able to identify this individual.”Staff Sgt. Marcel Guilbault with the Dawson Creek RCMP said, since Denny was on foot and appeared to have been wandering in the area for some time, they are asking everyone in the area where he was last seen to check their property and outbuildings in case Denny took refuge in one of these structures.Police have since attempted to establish a timeline about 24 hours prior to his disappearance and appealed to the public for help. They have asked anyone who was driving along the Alaska Highway, or the side roads, near the Kiskatinaw Bridge and saw someone fitting Denny’s description to contact them.’center_img March 15th, 2016 the RCMP reach out to media for key witnesses such as drivers who were travelling between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John who may have seen two youths on the highway or side roads and fit Poole’s description.According to RCMP, Poole was last seen on March 12 around the south side of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge, between Taylor and Dawson Creek. Since he was last seen, he had made no contact with his family, which was considered out of character for him.April 1st, 2016 it had been three weeks since Poole had been last seen on highway 97.The RCMP says the 15-year-old and a friend were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12, but Denny never arrived at his intended destination, nor did he return home. He was last seen at 7:30 that night.The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for about 20 hours, taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads, but the police say it appears they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway.April 12th, 2016 it had been one month since Poole had been seen last.last_img read more

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Mayor Ackerman shares her role at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

first_imgOn the panel will be Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria, Mayor Josie Osborne of Tofino, Caitlyn Vernon with the Sierra Club and Blair King, achemistinlangley.net as well as Ackerman.Ackerman expresses she sees the topic of climate change as an ‘often-polarizing issue’ and that she feels it is imperative to respond appropriately to this ‘multidimensional problem’ as the topic is at the forefront of the collective global conversation.In her post, Ackerman goes on to share her perspective of the divide that has been taking place with lawsuits being filed by local governments, suing energy companies to pay for the costs of climate change.“These lawsuits are the embodiment of a divisive approach that pits energy companies against municipalities and hardens age-old divides: rural versus urban, province versus province, right versus left,” a direct quote from FB post.Ackerman expresses ‘collaboration must be at the centre of climate change strategy change’, to bridge the divide.“Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria has taken critical steps to do just that earlier this year when she revoked her support for litigation and began to explore alternative options to prepare her community to deal with the costs of climate change. Mayor Helps and I often represent the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to the divides I mentioned earlier – yet we both agree on the fundamentals,” posted Ackerman. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the upcoming annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention, Mayor Lori Ackerman shares on her FB page her participation during the Convention.The UBCM gives local municipal government leaders from across BC the opportunity to speak on issues that affect British Columbians.Mayor Ackerman shares, that during her attendance to the convention she will be sitting on a panel talking about climate change, and how communities will deal with its associated impacts. The panel discussion, we will delve into respective communities’ varying perspectives, shares Ackerman, to chart a consensus-oriented strategy to municipal action on climate resilience.The Mayor goes further to share, the oil and gas industry is a major job creator for Fort St. John, and it also provides modern energy to the greater Province. The Canadian energy sector is one of the cleanest in the world, and it is constantly developing new technology to improve operational efficiency and leave a lighter footprint. This innovative culture should be encouraged and is critical in finding solutions to climate change.“Vilifying an industry will not drive progress, and such a lawsuit would be neither time nor cost-effective. Government and industry must partner and work together to identify ways to address climate change. To achieve the best adaptation outcomes, we should engage in seeking solutions and the energy industry should be involved,” posted Ackerman.To read the entire post; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Beside The Points For Monday March 12 2018

Things That Caught My EyeVirginia with the best shotThe bracket for the 2018 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament is out, and your top seeds are Virginia (which FiveThirtyEight gives a 18 percent chance of winning), Villanova (17 percent), Kansas (7 percent), and Xavier (er, 3 percent chance). Duke, which many basketball fans will recall as that school that lost to UNC this past weekend, has a 10 percent chance of winning to North Carolina’s 5 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]Mark it down: Florida State upsetAccording to FiveThirtyEight’s analysis of the bracket, the likeliest upset of the first round of the men’s tournament is 9-seed Florida State over 8-seed Missouri, where the lower ranked school has a 61 percent chance of winning. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Philly rebuilt using the Chicago blueprintIn three of the past five years the Phillies got younger, in four of the five past years they improved their farm roster, and in four of the past five years they cut pay roll. If you look at the five year run from 2010 to 2014 when the Chicago Cubs rebuilt their roster, that’s the same thing that happened. Only five teams since 1988 have done that style of rebuild. [FiveThirtyEight]15 games too muchThe last team out of the March Madness tournament was Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish had to deal with star Bonzie Colson’s 15-game absence that contributed to a few close losses. [ESPN]Losing 14 games used to mean something in this townIn the past 60 years, only 15 teams with 14 losses or more made their way into the tournament. Now nine of those teams have broken into the dance since 2011, and this year there are two, Alabama and Texas. It’s the second year in a row where there were multiple 14-loss teams, after Vanderbilt and Michigan State got their tickets punched last time around. [ESPN]Half the timeThe overall No. 1 seed in the tournament has a dicey record in March; in the 14 years since the NCAA spilled the beans on the overall No. 1, half of them have made it to the final four. Of those, only three won the title, which is exactly as often as the team was eliminated in the round of 32. [ESPN]Big Number26.8 percentThe Legion of Boom is over in Seattle, and what comes next is unclear. In 2012, 43.8 percent of Seattle offensive snaps came from players on rookie contracts, and five years later that figure was essentially unchanged at 42.5 percent. On the defensive side, though, the seasoned vets took over: 54.9 percent of snaps were from rookie deal players in 2012, but in 2017 that was down to 26.8 percent. With the legion dispersing, that leaves a gaping hole on defense. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:The verdict is in on Shohei Ohtani’s bat and it’s not goodrob:based on spring training?Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Oh, and don’t forgetMy puny ape brain cannot comprehend perfection read more

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Pochettino The time is right for Spurs to challenge for the

first_imgAfter finishing in the top three of the Premier League for the past three years, Mauricio Pochettino insists that Tottenham can no longer be satisfied with such an outcome and that the time to challenge for the title is nowSpurs finished fended off competition from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea to secure Champions League football for the third season in succession with a respectable 77 points in the Premier League table.“Of course it is a massive success for the club to be in the Champions League for the third year in a row. But maybe that is not enough, maybe we need to change certain things. For me, it is not enough,” said Pochettino, according to RTE.This season will mark the first time that Spurs will play in their new £850m stadium after spending the last term at Wembley.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Although the lack of signings this summer has been a troubling sight for the North Londoners.“If some people believe the manager of Tottenham does not want trophies they are not right in their minds. I am here to win,” continued Pochettino.“Can we win something this season? In football, all can happen. It will be tough because our opponents are at a level where every year they improve … we are competing in the same race but with a different car.”Tottenham will begin their Premier League campaign this Saturday against Newcastle United.last_img read more

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Andrea Pirlo set shock football comeback in Australia

first_imgItaly great Andrea Pirlo could be set for a shock playing return with Australian club Avondale in a cup fixtureThe 39-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last year after a glittering career that saw him claim a World Cup title, six Serie A crowns with AC Milan and Juventus and two Champions League trophies.Yet Fox Sports report that the Italian midfielder may be set for a return with Victorian outfit Avondale.The A-League side are hoping to add Pirlo to the squad ahead of their FFA Cup quarter-final against Sydney FC on September 19.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.The club are desperate to take any measures to ensure the deal goes through even though money is understood to be of no interest to Pirlo.Now, all that awaits is a final answer from his representatives.However, even with Pirlo in their ranks, Avondale will go into their meeting with A-League premiers Sydney as underdogs.Pirlo finished his career at New York City last year after two and a half seasons in the MLS.last_img read more

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Mexico has yet to find a coach

first_imgPlayers have asked for different candidates, but the country will play its third and four consecutive matches without a managerAfter the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia ended for Mexico, with a defeat against Brazil, former boss Juan Carlos Osorio left the team.Since then the team has played two matches and will play two more this week, without a manager, using instead interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti from Tigres.And players are still proposing candidates, like PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano who wants Atlanta United’s Gerardo “Tata” Martino in “El Tri.”Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I think he is a great coach, so hopefully he can come and it will be the best for the national team,” Lozano told reporters on arrival in Mexico City as quoted by ESPN.For Xolos Tijuana goalkeeper Gibran Lajud, it doesn’t matter who comes, as long as he knows the Liga MX well.“We should go for people who know Mexican football, someone who is knowledgeable about what is going on in the Mexican league, who knows the Mexican player, their characteristics and abilities,” Lajud told reporters.Mexico will play against Costa Rica and Chile with Ferretti as interim, but these will be the last matches for the Tigres manager.last_img read more

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Bonnier Leads Ad Growth Among Major Publishers in First Half 2011

first_imgConde Nast’s 17 titles and Time Inc.’s 20 magazines remained mainly flat from first half 2010 to first half 2011; Conde is up 2 percent in ad pages, and Time Inc. reports a one percent increase. January to June 2011 saw mixed results for major publishers’ ad page results. Bonnier’s 29 titles experienced the highest growth out of six major publishers included in a set of data from MagazineRadar; Conde Nast, Hearst, Hearst-owned Hachette, Time Inc. and Meredith Corporation ad pages were also totaled. Bonnier saw a twelve percent spike in ad page totals, gaining 702 pages from January–June 2010’s 5,921 pages to January–June 2011’s 6,624 ad pages. Hachette’s six titles (now part of Hearst’s portfolio) had a five percent increase in January-June ad pages, up 144 pages from first half 2010’s 3,182 pages to first half 2011’s 3,326 pages.Meredith Co.’s 18 titles suffered in the first half of 2011, down 12 percent with a loss of 619 ad pages. January-June 2010 had 7,224 ad pages; January-June 2011 ad pages were down to 6,965 pages. Meredith is encouraging a stronger second half with its new guaranteed ROI program for certain advertisers.Hearst’s 17 titles also fell in the first half of 2011, down 4 percent due to the loss of 260 ad pages from first half 2010. In first half 2010, Hearst titles included 7,224 ad pages. In the same period of 2011, ad pages were down to 6,965 pages.last_img read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR School Committee Candidate Jesse Fennelly Thanks Voters

first_imgDear Wilmington residents,I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your support of my campaign for the Wilmington School Committee.  It is humbling to have had the support and encouragement of so many of you so from the bottom of my heart, thank you.I want to especially thank my wife, Jennilee and our boys Lyndon and Sawyer.  Their love, encouragement and support kept me going through this campaign and I could not have done it without them.  I can hold my head high and tell my boys that we did what we said we would do, we tried our hardest and though we didn’t win, we have a lot to be proud of.I also want to thank the friends, family and supporters who took time to call, text, hold a sign, share a Facebook post, write a letter to the editor, or come out to vote.  While the result is not what we would have wanted, I am honored and humbled to have your support.  Thank you.The continued success of our schools is incredibly important to me.  I believe the Wilmington Schools are in good hands with MJ Byrnes returning, and David Ragsdale joining them.  Thanks to the both of them for making this campaign fun, insightful, enlightening, and positive.  I wish them both continued success in the future.I look forward to working with them, and all of you, to continue to make Wilmington the best town it can be.Sincerely,Jesse L FennellyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Thanks The VotersIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To The Wilmington School Committee RaceIn “Government”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”last_img read more

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Salman Khan takes advantage on religious ground for his film release says

first_imgSalman Khan and Vivek AgnihotriYouTube Screenshot/TwitterVivek Agnihotri in his defence to release a film like The Tashkent Files during election period, took a dig at Salman Khan for allegedly taking religious advantage for his Eid releases.Vivek has come up with his latest directorial The Tashkent Files that deals with the mysteries behind the death of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri. While a lot is being said about the political movie being released during Lok Sabha polls, Vivek has put forward an argument in his defence.In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, the film-maker said that nobody intends to take advantage of election for release of a film, but there is nothing wrong if any such advantage is available. He further said that even Salman Khan releases his movies during Eid, which according to him is taking advantage on religious grounds.”Nobody thinks that ‘okay we will take advantage of this election’, but if someone is getting that advantage, there is nothing wrong in it. Salman Khan also releases his films on Eid. He avails the advantage on religious grounds,” Vivek said during the interview.Recently, Vivek Oberoi’s PM Narendra Modi biopic was in news for being released during poll phase. The opposition was strictly against its release before elections, and hence, had filed petition in the court to ban its release.Although the court rejected the plea, the Election Commission ordered to ban the release of the movie till the end of election. Its released was banned just a day before the release.”@aamir_khan ne bola that meri wife ne bola hai hum India chhod ke chale jate hai, yaha safe nahi hai. For Aamir Khan to say something like that, doesn’t suit. Don’t come & play victim card”: @vivekagnihotri#TalkingFilms #BollywoodHungamaYouTube link: https://t.co/sZcLLOaBGt pic.twitter.com/8Ww5AOFSzT— Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) April 11, 2019last_img read more

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AntiTrump Protesters Gather Outside Sen Cornyns Houston Office For 10th Straight Tuesday

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Update March 29: A spokeswoman for Cornyn provided the following statement:“Sen. Cornyn values the opinions of each of his almost 28 million constituents and appreciates them making their voice heard.”She also said Cornyn’s staff met with everyone who wanted to meet. 00:00 /01:09 Courtesy of Brent SullivanProtesters have gathered outside Sen. Cornyn’s Houston office for the past 10 Tuesdays.About two dozen protesters stood on the sidewalk outside of Sen. John Cornyn’s office at 5300 Memorial Dr., holding up American flags and signs with Trump-critical messages and calls for healthcare for all. “I think the most important thing to be done today is to call for an independent and open, transparent set of hearings into both his ties, his campaign’s ties, with Russia and the sources of his income,” the weekly protest’s organizer, Brent Sullivan, said.A lot of the protesters are retirees but some are younger – like Emma Connolly, a sociology senior at the University of Houston.It was her first time at the protest and she said she’s getting more involved.“I believe that our country is at a really tough situation right now,” she said. “And I feel like we have a lot of populations that are really scared of the things that are happening.”Sen. Cornyn is currently in Washington, but the protesters went up in small groups to speak with his staff.They said a staff member took notes and promised to pass on the comments to the senator.We reached out to Cornyn’s office but did not receive an official comment before deadline. Listencenter_img Share Xlast_img read more

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Scientists develop atomicscale hardware to implement natural computing

first_imgThese traits are very different from those of conventional computers and could be used to solve unique sets of complex problems. The researchers see particular applications in the area of reservoir computing, which has the potential to process information at very high rates.”Potential applications include running multiple simulations of financial markets, recognition of information in error-prone and noisy data, such as vision and speech, all the way to autonomous navigation in changing environments, such as after earthquakes or disasters,” Gimzewski said. “Finally, reservoir computing has a role to play in medicine in the cognitive and neurosciences.”The researchers hope that the new fabrication strategy of seed-directed growth used here will provide a novel hardware platform for reservoir computing and other types of natural computing based on complex systems.”We plan to move towards a hybrid morphic system using the best of conventional computation with our brain-like device capabilities, and to develop a new form of programming that relies on distributed memory and synaptic networks,” Gimzewski said. “This would be a radical step in the real development of AI.” Unfortunately, conventional fabrication methods used for today’s computers cannot be used to realize complex systems to their full potential due to scaling limits—the methods simply cannot make small enough interconnected units. Now in a new paper published in Nanotechnology, researchers at UCLA and the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan have developed a method to fabricate a self-organized complex device called an atomic switch network that is in many ways similar to a brain or other natural or cognitive computing device.”Complex phenomena and self-organization—though ubiquitous in nature, social behavior, and the economy—have never been successfully used in conventional computers for prediction and modelling,” James Gimzewski, Chemistry Professor at UCLA, told Phys.org. “The device we have created is capable of rapidly generating self-organization in a small chip with high speed. Furthermore, it bypasses the issue of exponential machine complexity required as a function of problem complexity as in today’s computers. Our first steps form the basis for a new type of computation that is urgently needed in our ever increasingly connected world.” Journal information: Nanotechnology Researchers seeking to make computer brains smarter by making them more like our own Citation: Scientists develop atomic-scale hardware to implement natural computing (2015, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-scientists-atomic-scale-hardware-natural.html SEM images of various atomic switch networks consisting of silver nanowires. (a) and (b) lack reliable network density while (c) provides a tunable density of nanowires and spatially defined topology. The network is capable of emergent behavior and constant adaptation, traits of a brain-like complex system. Scale bar = 50 µm. Credit: Demis, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing (Phys.org)—Despite the many great achievements of computers, no man-made computer can learn from its environment, adapt to its surroundings, spontaneously self-organize, and solve complex problems that require these abilities as well as a biological brain. These abilities arise from the fact that the brain is a complex system capable of emergent behavior, meaning that the system involves interactions between many units resulting in macroscale behavior that cannot be attributed to any individual unit. An atomic switch network, showing (a) the array of platinum electrodes and (b) an SEM image of self-organized silver nanowires on a grid of copper posts. Overlapping junctions of wires form atomic switches. Scale bar = 500 µm. Credit: Demis, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing Explore further More information: E. C. Demis, et al. “Atomic switch networks—nanoarchitectonic design of a complex system for natural computing.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/26/20/204003 © 2015 Phys.org As the researchers explain, an atomic switch is a nanoscale device that exhibits memristive resistance, meaning that it adjusts its resistance to an applied current or voltage based on its memory of previous encounters. This trait is essential for complex systems because it underlies the ability to learn, interact with the environment, and address problems in which data is constantly changing or incomplete. Although some natural computing devices use natural materials, the atomic switch network developed here is made entirely of inorganic materials. Lithographically patterned copper posts form a “patterned seed network,” on top of which silver nanowires are grown. The end result is a network of silver sulfide switches and silver nanowires that connect the switches. Experiments demonstrated that the atomic switch network exhibits emergent behavior, in which interactions between the individual atomic switches lead to patterns of electrical activity that cannot be attributed to any individual switch, but only to the network as a whole. The atomic switch network also has an intrinsic capacity for adaptation, since the silver nanowire connections are constantly reconfiguring themselves and the switches are constantly forming and dissolving in different locations in the network. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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ACV bumps cruiseonly commission to 16 through Oct 25

first_img Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Commission ACV bumps cruise-only commission to 16% through Oct. 25center_img Posted by Share MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is offering 16% commission on cruise-only bookings made online from Oct. 11 – 25.Agents booking clients on ACV’s all-in-one cruise packages until Oct. 31 will earn 12%. Clients who book a cruise package by this date will save $175 per person and only pay a $100 deposit.Agents also have a chance to win a seven-night Caribbean cruise for two for all-in-one cruise packages booked online. Roundtrip airfare is included in the prize. The contest ends April 15, 2017.last_img read more

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Disabled peoples organisations DPOs are to cons

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts.The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) last week delivered a report on the UK government which included more than 80 recommendations for improvements to its implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.It was, said the committee, the highest number of recommendations it has ever produced for a country undergoing its review process.The committee’s “concluding observations” on the UK’s progress in implementing the convention followed a two-day public examination of its record in Geneva last month.But a delegation of DPOs that attended the public examination – and had briefed members of the committee on the many breaches of the convention by the UK – were appalled at how disabled people’s views were misrepresented by the government in Geneva.And they have now told Disability News Service (DNS) that they will be “considering a joint position on boycotting engagement with government” until it can be trusted not to misrepresent the views of disabled people and their organisations.Ellen Clifford (pictured in Geneva), a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “Responses by government representatives throughout the CRPD process have further proved how they exploit any form of engagement to dishonestly validate policies that are actively harming disabled people and retrogressing our rights.“What we want to do is try and establish a shared platform of non-engagement until the government can be trusted to do that in good faith and listen to what we say and not misrepresent those engagement opportunities.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who also attended the Geneva session, added: “How can we work with a government whose policies are catastrophic and who deny there is anything wrong?”Karen Jochelson, the head of the Office for Disability Issues and the UK delegation, told the committee during the examination in Geneva that “constructive dialogue, collaboration and coproduction with disabled people is key to the UK meeting its ambitions to progressively realise disabled people’s rights”.She said the UK government had “a strong record in engaging with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations, representative groups and service users to inform and influence policy”.And she praised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – ODI is part of DWP – for working with disabled people and DPOs to improve personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA), even though both disability benefits have been the subject of angry protests and campaigns over the damage they have caused tens of thousands of disabled people.DPOs in Geneva were particularly appalled to hear Jochelson’s “offensive” claim that the 2,000 pages of evidence the committee received – much of it from DPOs who had spent years compiling proof of the government’s breaches of the convention – were partly “a testament” to ODI’s efforts to promote the UN review process among disabled people and their organisations.Clifford said: “It was at that point where people (from the DPO delegation) got upset.“Not only were we being dismissed and not being listened to, but the dire situation [facing disabled people] was being used as evidence [of engagement].”DPAC and other DPOs believe that this misrepresentation mirrored the way Conservative ministers have repeatedly claimed that disabled people and their organisations have co-produced controversial government policies, such as the introduction of PIP and changes to the work capability assessment, the eligibility test for ESA.In April, DNS revealed how DWP wrongly claimed that DPOs had “co-designed” plans to force new ESA claimants to take part in its punitive new health and work conversation, plans that disabled activists had described as “DWP skulduggery”, “pernicious”, “oppressive”, “punitive”, and “abusive”.Meanwhile, the delegation of UK DPOs – which also included Disability Rights UK, Equal Lives, The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland, the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Black Triangle and the British Deaf Association – has welcomed the UN committee’s conclusions and recommendations.And there was satisfaction among the DPO delegation at the influence the disabled people’s movement has had on the CRPD process by working together to provide evidence to the committee about breaches of the convention by the UK government.Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had told the UK government’s delegation during the examination: “I want to see you coming back as world leader [on disability rights], which at the moment I am afraid you’re not, but disabled people’s organisations from whom I draw inspiration are in fact the world leaders in your country.”The DPO delegation said, in a joint statement, that they had “established themselves as a force to be reckoned with following a long campaign of challenging the government’s blatant disregard for the lives of Deaf and disabled people in the UK”.Clifford said: “The working relationship we established through this process stands us in better stead for collective action.”Sarah Rennie, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, who was also in Geneva, said the “collaborative way” DPOs had worked together had “clearly been highly effective at advocating for the interests of disabled people in the UK”.And she said she hoped they would continue to work together in a way that was “inclusive of all disabled people, including the smaller DPOs”.Lazard welcomed the committee’s “damning verdict” but said it would come as no surprise to disabled people in the UK, who were experiencing “increasing levels of poverty and exclusion, massive cuts to social care and independent living support and hundreds of thousands of people being forced through a totally discredited and punitive assessment regime”.She said the committee’s conclusions were in “stark contrast” to the government’s “denial, spin, misinformation and frankly disdain for disabled people and our organisations, disdain for the mountain of evidence that shows things are actually going terribly wrong for disabled people and disdain for the UN process itself”.Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, called on the UK government to “cut the rhetoric and start delivering on these excellent recommendations”, and welcomed the committee’s decision to raise concerns at the use of compulsory mental health detention and treatment.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “It is a relief to see that the UK government’s appalling treatment of disabled people has been called out by the UN committee.“The concluding observations give a clear sense of direction for the UK and devolved governments.”Dr Terry Riley, BDA’s chair, welcomed the committee’s recommendation that the UK government “finally legislate to protect language rights of deaf people”.He said: “Deaf people have been passed over too long; there can now be no doubt that the government has been taken to task. Without language rights, we have no human rights.”Tara Flood, ALLFIE’s director, said: “We are delighted that the committee has highlighted the government’s shocking disregard for the human rights of disabled children and young people to be included in mainstream education and we welcome the committee’s call for a strategy to end the segregation and institutionalisation of children and young people from their families and communities.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said there was now “irrefutable” evidence that the UK government was operating as a “rogue government”, and that it was “totally disregarding” its international treaty obligations and showing “contempt for disabled people”.He also criticised the reaction of opposition leaders in the UK, who had failed so far to speak out strongly on the commission’s report.He said: “We feel forgotten as disabled people. There is always something else more important. It has just been a blip on the radar and it is all forgotten.“We have done all our hard work as DPOs these past seven years but it comes to a point where the so-called opposition parties should step up to the plate and go to war with the Tories on our behalf.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said: “When the chair of the disability committee described the situation that disabled people face as a ‘human catastrophe’ she was reflecting what Norfolk’s disability community has been experiencing over the last seven years. “In a very short space of time we have gone from having some of the best rights in the world to a crisis situation where people are dying because of the barriers and discrimination caused by austerity.”In response to the CRPD report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “These concluding observations are the latest part of a standard review process that all member states that ratify the convention go through.“We are considering the full report in the context of cross-government work on disability issues, and will provide further information to ministers in DWP in due course.”She added: “We’re disappointed that this report fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives, and our ongoing commitment to furthering the rights of disabled people.“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.“The UK has some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected.“This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and CanadaPicture by Natasha Hirstlast_img read more

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MTN Uganda Hands Over UGX66 Million to Winners of the 2018 MTN

first_imgWinners of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge pose for a group photo after receiving their cash prize at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens, Kampala on Friday March, 29th 2019 | Photo By PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest. Advertisement MTN Uganda has today handed over cash prize worth UGX66 million to the winners of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge. The award ceremony was held at the telco’s head offices in Nyonyi Gardens, Kampala.The cash prize was shared among 9 winners from three categories; Transport, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), and HORECA. The overall winners from each category received UGX10 million — while the 1st and 2nd runners-up received UGX7 million and UGX5 million respectively.In addition to the cash prize, all the winners stand eligible to compete for seed capital from the UGX1 billion MTN Innovation Fund. – Advertisement – Speaking at the award ceremony, MTN Uganda Acting CEO, Gordian Kyomukama said the telco is committed to supporting innovations by enabling developers leverage their infrastructure.“Our platforms such as the MTN API App Challenge are a statement of our commitment to innovation with ICT space in Uganda,” said Gordian.The MTN API App Challenge launched in 2018, saw about 203 applicants submit for the challenge. The challenge was focused on building solutions for digital payments. From the pool of applications, 22 emerged as finalists. Nine from the HORECA category, Eight and Five from the Transport and FMCG category. Out of the 22, 9 came out winners — 3 from each category.In the Transport Category; Easy Matatu emerged as overall winners. The team developed an app that enables carpooling using matatu’s.Easy Matatu emerged as overall winners in the Transport Category of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.In the HORECA Category; App About were overall winners. They developed an app that enables Hotel/Restaurant/Cafe owners to make pre-sales for events.App About emerged as overall winners in the HORECA Category of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.In the FMCG Category, Minute Five came out as the overall winners. Their solution — an online shopping platform to make grocery shopping easy for those who cannot move to the market.Minute Five emerged as overall winners in the FMCG Category of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.Ugandans are now set to benefit from a wider community of developers using the MTN Open API to monetize various innovations in key industries.MTN has opened a new portal on its website called MTN Marketplace. Developers will upload their startups for easy reach by the consumers/public. All the apps in the MTN API App challenge can now be accessed via the portal.last_img read more

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In Michigan Its Beginning to Smell A Lot Like Cannabis

first_imgLegalize It In Michigan, It’s Beginning to Smell A Lot Like Cannabis Free Green Entrepreneur App Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. –shares Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur 3 min readcenter_img Add to Queue The state legalizes adult-use marijuana on December 6th, making it the first in the Midwest. December 3, 2018 Image credit: Shutterstock Jonathan Small Residents of the Great Lakes State will have something to feel great about this Thursday, as adult-use marijuana goes legal. Last November, voters overwhelmingly endorsed Proposition 1, which legalized marijuana for adults over 21, and the law goes into effect on December 6th. This doesn’t mean that everyone will be able to light up and smoke the day away.Quite the contrary, the state has put strict requirements on recreational use, while state and local legislators get to the hard part of figuring it all out. This has been a common occurrence for many states new to recreational use. Michiganians are most likely hoping that the transition goes a little faster and smoother than it has in, say, Massachusetts.  Related: Adults In Massachusetts Can Legally Buy Marijuana Starting TodayDespite the likely speedbumps, green entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in Michigan still have a lot celebrate: Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize so-called recreational marijuana. This is a fact not lost on “cannabis counsel”, Matt Abel, who told the Associate Press, “It’s certainly going to smell like freedom,” starting Thursday.Here are some things you should know about Michigan’s rollout.Don’t Drive More Than 2.5 Michigan residents who are 21 or older can possess or transport up to 2.5 ounces of flower or 15 grams of concentrate.  They can also grow up to 12 plants, but it can’t be in public view. Just in time for the holidays, you are allowed to gift 2.5 ounces to another person, but they can’t pay you for it. Did someone say stocking stuffer?There’s No Place But HomeYou are permitted to consume your 2.5/15 in the confines of your home or on private property, but it’s illegal to smoke it in public. So don’t think about lighting up a home-grown joint while taking an evening stroll. Also, even though you’re allowed to smoke it at home, your landlord has the right to prohibit it. There’s Nothing In StorePot shops are still a ways away, as state regulators are working on a licensing system for marijuana businesses, including growers, processors, transporters and retailers. For now, if you want marijuana then you need to either grow it yourself or have a medical card. Pot Taxes Will Pay Dividends Once the commercial sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles is permitted through state-licensed retailers, the goods will be subject to a new 10-percent tax, which will be earmarked for schools, road and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.Related: As Michigan Awaits Millions in Marijuana Tax Revenue, Massachusetts Still WaitsExpect Some Pot DesertsThe new Michigan law allows for local municipalities to ban pot in their jurisdictions. In fact, some communities have already begun doing this. What will result is a situation that states such as California are familiar with — so-called ‘pot deserts’ or pockets of land where consumers can’t buy pot. Related: California’s ‘Pot Desert’ ProblemPot Possession Prosecution Will Be DownSome good news: According to the Associated Press, Michigan police and prosecutors will likely dismiss any pending misdemeanor cases involving small amounts of marijuana. But State police spokesman, Mike Shaw, says it’s still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. “This law isn’t going to change that,” he said.  Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

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Advertising Trends You Should Consider in 2019

first_imgAdvertising Here’s why you need more video than ever. 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Add to Queue It’s a new year, filled with new challenges to advertising professionals. The slow death of traditional advertising vehicles (TV, newspapers), the rise of new ones (mobile, video) and the rise of a new generation of consumers who simply will not be interrupted (millennials, Gen Z), means those responsible for spreading the word about products or services are going to have to work more innovatively to accomplish their goals. Here are some of the trends to be aware of heading into the New Year.AI in advertisingWe have seen huge growth in targeted advertising, where the message is made to fit the viewer. For years, the quest for advertisers has been to ensure that their message is really hitting its mark. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and its associated technologies, can help do that. AI helps eliminate the guesswork in targeted advertising. With access to relevant information about a cohort (or even an individual audience member), advertisers can ensure that messages that aren’t effective, or that work against a brand’s positioning, don’t get through.In addition, AI will likely help engineer a major upgrade in programmatic advertising. A powerful tool for optimizing campaigns already, programmatic advertising will get even more accurate, targeting audiences, verticals and customers with far greater precision and cost effectiveness.Related: 10 Marketing Influencers That Every Entrepreneur Can Learn FromContent is (still) kingEver since the early dawn of media, content has been a major focus for advertisers. To engage customers, you have to give them something. After nearly a decade of social media as a constant in our everyday lives, consumers have come to expect blog posts, videos, social media updates, and other authentic content when engaging with a brand. Now that everyone is “doing” content, you need to do it better in order to stand out and break through the clutter.As mentioned earlier, AI can help build a better content strategy. By better targeting audiences, companies can more effectively hone their stories, blog posts, videos and other content pieces to tailor fit and engage their users for a longer period.Contextual advertisingThanks to GDPR, the new European protocol on user privacy, online advertising is set to undergo major changes in 2019. The “right to be forgotten” that GDPR prescribes means that companies can’t collect information about people without their explicit consent. How can companies run targeted advertising campaigns without personalized data?The answer is contextual advertising: determining the characteristics of a target audience based on the content of the web pages they visit. General data about the interests of visitors to that page gives advertisers a clear context of how to appeal to those visitors. With legislators in the United States considering adopting rules (as is already the case in California) similar to those of GDPR, the importance of context to advertisers is likely to grow.Related: 10 Laws of Social Media MarketingMore video than everGeneration Z, the cohort born roughly between 1995 and 2015, will become the biggest single population group in the world in 2019; already, one third of the world’s population was born since the year 2000. One thing this group likes to do is watch videos; according to an infographic by Awesomeness TV, the average Gen Zer spends watches about 68 videos a day.What that means, of course, is that video is going to be an even more important advertising channel in the years to come. An even more effective way of using video — especially for Gen Z — is to enable them to participate in creating those videos. According to a study by the Guardian, Gen Z is very creative and tends to trust their own cohort over others. Enabling them to creatively engage with a brand could go a long way to getting them on board and enable your brand to better harness the power of sharing.Connected TV and over-the-top ad growth to continueAs cord-cutting increases and more viewers move toward connected/smart TV and over-the-top (OTT) app viewing — and away from linear TV viewing — advertisers are becoming enamored with CTV/OTT advertising.A seminal study by Freewheel indicates that ad views on OTT grew 35 percent between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018. That was in a year when some 33 million Americans were set to drop pay TV altogether. That number will probably grow in the next few years, as people replace cable subscriptions with the growing number of devices (Apple TV, Amazon TV, Roku, etc.) and apps that offer a huge variety of content.That content has, until recently, been “immune” to advertising. But, as consumers move away from linear TV and toward connected/smart TV and OTT app viewing, advertisers will as well, but they will need to consider new ad models and formats that are more aligned with these on-demand viewing experiences.Because of differences in the way ads are delivered and in the way effectiveness is measured — and because advertisers have a greater ability to zero on their specific audiences — the ads they run on TV will need to be revamped in order to ensure advertisers get the ROI they seek.Voice search advertising breakoutNobody really knows how many Echos and Google Homes are out there — estimates going into the holiday season claim about 50 million — and by the end of the year, there are likely to be millions more. It’s too tempting a market for Amazon and Google to ignore, and while there have been some outright ads on all the platforms, 2019 is likely to see a more sophisticated approach, such as partnerships with brands that will allow for organic use of the devices, peppered with ads directing consumers to specific products or services.The challenges for advertisers have never been greater; to reach audiences, you have to “micromanage” the message and use new and innovative ways to get the message across. With some insight into these trends, advertisers will be better prepared for what 2019 brings. Next Article VIP Contributor Image credit: Sean Gallup | Getty Images January 17, 2019 Katherine Hays Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Advertising Trends You Should Consider in 2019 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Co-Founder and CEO of Vivoom Inc.last_img read more

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