The Rise of C2C Marketing: How Bevy and CMX are Revolutionizing the Way We Do Business

first_imgA Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Just last month, C2C Marketing Company, Bevy acquired CMX Media, Inc; the premier community to community professionals, to address a growing demand for the In Real Life (IRL) social networks. Last week, the two rolled out a new local event program called CMX Connect, powered by Bevy. CMX is primarily an online community, so this new local event initiative is an exciting development as it’s further evidence in a cultural shift towards smaller, in-person communities. According to David Spinks, co-founder of CMX, the CMX Connect program is already off to a fast start with CMX members in 15 countries and 45 different cities already applying to participate in just 24 hours. CMX Connect is both an educational resource for community builders, and a place for community professionals to connect with their local peers in person. Given that CMX already has an avid online user base it seems poised to grow substantially with this new program.Active Chapters.According to the CMX website, there are already active chapters in ten different locations, including San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, and New York. The first CMX Connect event was hosted at Reddit HQ this past Tuesday. Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, has been vocal about the cultural shift away from traditional online social networks. Speaking at a recent conference, he said “we’ve hit peak social” and predicted that users will move away from big social networks and toward new, more community-focused platforms.Setting the trend of the customer to customer C2C marketing.In light of recent headlines around social media fatigue and data privacy, there’s an increasing appetite for smaller community groups who want to meet in person in a trend called customer to customer C2C marketing. A Pew Research Center study revealed that only 3 percent of social media users in the US said they have a lot of trust in the information they find on these sites. As a growing alternative, digital natives have been turning to in-person communities. Bevy is the leading enterprise software solution for Community Managers around the world. More and more brands are seeing tangible business results and improving the health of their online communities, by building strong in-person, In Real Life (IRL) communities. Apple pioneered the original concept around User Groups. Today, progressive brands like Atlassian, Duolingo, Slack and many more seem to be doubling down on their in-person communities. These world-leading companies are using Bevy to power their IRL communities; so it looks like a perfect fit for Bevy to accelerate the growth of the CMX community. Derek Andersen, CEO and Co-founder of Bevy.I caught up with Derek Andersen, CEO, and co-founder of Bevy to get his take on this trend. As the founder of Startup Grind, the world’s leading community for Entrepreneurs, he’s genuinely passionate about the power of human connection. Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development. Related Posts Tags:#Bevy#C2C#CMX Media#Derek Andersen#In Real Life#IRL#Startup Grind Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Deanna RitchieManaging Editor at ReadWrite This combination of Bevy powering the CMX community is a pivotal moment in the human connection. Community Management as a profession has been growing increasingly important. Now with CMX Connect, community professionals have the opportunity to scale their influence and expertise. The world will be watching this space in 2019 and beyond, to see how brands develop similar strategies to build stronger advocate communities. Traditional social networks and digital channels are changing — and Bevy along with CMX are in the C2C Marketing community now, ready to work through this cultural shift in customer sentiment. Andersen said, “regardless of the product, brand or vision, what it all boils down to, is word of mouth, where customers connect directly with other customers. The challenge most companies have is a lack of tools and expertise to build these in-person, customer-to-customer communities. Together Bevy and CMX provide industry leading community building technology and expertise.” CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of…last_img read more

Mithun Chakraborty may soon join Rajya Sabha on a Trinamool Congress ticket

first_imgWhat MPs and political managers of the Congress and Trinamool Congress could not achieve, a Bollywood star managed.Mithun Chakraborty played the role of a mediator between Pranab Mukherjee and Mamata Banerjee, winning the Congressman the support of the mercurial Trinamool chief in the presidential election, it has emerged.And if the buzz in West Bengal’s political circles is to be believed, the actor could represent Trinamool in the Rajya Sabha.Few would know that Mithun and Mukherjee share a rapport that was born four decades ago. The Congress’s ‘man for all seasons’ has admiration for the Bengali who achieved stardom in Bollywood. In turn, Mithun has high regard for one of the tallest politicians from his state.Mithun, who once enjoyed cordial ties with late West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu and sports minister Subhas Chakraborty, is equally comfortable with Mukherjee.It may be recalled that in 2005, when Mukherjee was the defence minister in UPA-I, he had recommended Mithun for the Padma Shri. In 2009, the star campaigned for Mukherjee for the Lok Sabha polls in Jangipur, from where the Congressman was seeking re-election.And when the Congress was hoping against hope to receive support from the Trinamool for the July 19 presidential poll, Mithun played the role of the go-between.Mithun, who also shares cordial ties with the temperamental Banerjee, touched an emotional chord with her and advised her to support the veteran Congress leader.While Mukherjee was busy campaigning in other states, Mithun was on the job of bringing the Trinamool chief and the UPA presidential candidate closer.advertisementIt is understood that before Banerjee did a U-turn and announced her party’s support for Mukherjee two days before the elections, Mithun had communicated the Trinamool’s decision to the Congress leader.Mithun was personally invited by Mukherjee to attend the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. The actor flew to the city from Kolkata along with Banerjee on a private jet that was arranged by the Congress.On Tuesday night, Mamata and Mithun, along with railway minister Mukul Roy and Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, drove down to 13, Talkatora Road, to meet Mukherjee.The meeting of the Bengalis was nothing short of an emotional affair!last_img read more

Giroud to voice Green Goblin in new Spider-Man film

first_imgChelsea striker Olivier Giroud has confirmed he will voice the Green Goblin character in an upcoming French version of a new Spider-Man movie.Giroud isn’t the only footballer slated to play a role in the film, with Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe set to take on the voice of Scorpion.Both players confirmed their roles on Tuesday with posts on Twitter.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Je suis très heureux de vous annoncer que je prêterai ma voix au Green goblin dans le film #SpiderManNewGeneration, le 12 décembre au cinéma !@SonyPicturesFr pic.twitter.com/rlWxb96A3u— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) November 13, 2018Spider Man New Generation 🕷️🕸️ coming soon !!! Attention au Scorpion 🦂 (c’est moi) . RV le 12 décembre 👋🏾 @StephaneBak @Camelia_Jordana @_OlivierGiroud_ @SonyPicturesFr #SpiderManNewGeneration pic.twitter.com/mK8Oo6mDc0— Presnel Kimpembe (@kimpembe_3) November 13, 2018The film, which comes out on December 12, is called “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” in English, while the French equivalent will be titled “Spider-Man: New Generation.”Giroud and Kimpembe were team-mates on France’s victorious World Cup side this summer, and will be in action on Friday as Les Bleus take on the Netherlands in Nations League action.France will be without the injured pair of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, who have pulled out of the game against the Dutch and a friendly against Uruguay with injury.France lead League A Group 1 with seven points from three matches, and anything other than a loss to the Dutch would see the side top the group and move into the competition’s final four. And Giroud, who has scored just one Europa League goal so far this season for Chelsea, could be asked to carry a heavy load with the Manchester United stars out of action. The 32-year-old scored in a 2-1 win over Netherlands in September, while Antoine Griezmann was the star man for the side in a 2-1 win over Germany last month. A loss to the Dutch would leave the French side in the position of sitting and waiting, with Germany and the Netherlands set to face off next Monday in what will be the final match in the three-team group.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Steve Smith acknowledges Rising Pune Supergiant hopes pinned on other results

first_imgDespite having 16 points Rising Pune Supergiant are yet to qualify for the play-offs. RPS now have one game left and the final round of the league games have become exciting. Most importantly, RPS will keep a close eye on Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad match on Saturday. If Suresh Raina’s men end their campaign on a high then RPS will be confirmed a spot in top four. (Points Table)On the other hand, if Hyderabad win then Pune vs Kings XI Punjab may become a knockout game on Sunday depending on the outcome of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians match.Captain Steve Smith admitted the team’s hopes are pinned on other results.”Just taking one game at a time at the moment. There’s a game tomorrow, if the result goes our way we are through, or else we will have to win our last game. Every game is a final for us now,” Smith said at the post match presentation ceremony.Chasing 169 for a win and confirm play-offs berth, Pune lost wickets at regular intervals thanks to some brilliant bowling display by Zaheer Khan and company. Manoj Tiwary top scored with 60 but lost out on partners at the other end as Delhi clinched the thriller by seven runs.Smith further rued poor batting cost Pune dear.”We let a few runs in the field. I thought 160 was par. Losing a few wickets probably cost us.  We have played some pretty good cricket. But we cannot win every game,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea No2 Zola: Ampadu has very important future here

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola: Ampadu has very important future hereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea No2 Gianfranco Zola admits they’re delighted with the progress of Ethan Ampadu.Ahead of facing FA Cup opponents Nottingham Forest today, Zola discussed the teen.Ampadu committed his future to Stamford Bridge in September with a new five-year deal and assistant manager Zola stated he is highly rated at the club.The Blues legend said: “Ampadu is… when we spoke about Ampadu, me and a lot of staff, everybody shares the same opinion: he’s going to become an important player for this club.”He has intelligence, he has attitude. He has all the, in my opinion, qualities to become a top player. As a staff we value him a lot and when there is an opportunity he will get time.” last_img read more

MIND Public Sector Leadership Conference in March

first_imgThe 2013 staging of the Public Sector Leadership Development Conference, organised by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), will be held on March 7 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, starting at 8:30 a.m.Under the theme: ‘Leadership in Action: Supporting the Vision, EnGENDERing Transformation’, the event will address public sector leadership, including strategies to foster a leadership culture that is supportive of long-term organisational growth and facilitate new insights that can inspire personal growth and empowerment for leaders. Focus will be placed on gender diversity in leadership and the impact that this can have in serving the Government and the public in general. Participants will examine the main pillars of the National Policy for Gender Equality and strategies for making national policy formulation and implementation more gender sensitive.Among the topics for discussion are: ‘Celebrating Leaders in Public Life’; ‘Gender Mainstreaming – A Vision 2030 Jamaica Imperative’; ‘Enhancing The Leader Within Through Leadership Coaching’; ‘Supporting The Vision: Leadership Passion Into Action’; and ‘The Future of the Public Sector – New Look Leadership and Mentoring’.A highlight of this year’s conference will be the presentation of the MIND Public Life Award for Leadership Excellence to outstanding public sector leaders.Attendees will include permanent secretaries, directors general, chief executive officers, and senior and middle level managers. The partners in the staging of the event are: Bureau of Women’s Affairs, Public Sector Modernization Division in the Office of the Cabinet, Jamaica Civil Service Association, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants-Global, and the Centre for Creative Leadership in the United States.MIND is the Government’s main public sector management training agency, with a crucial role in the transformation of public services, both in Jamaica and the region.last_img read more

Judges retroactive change to sentence unfair Appeal Court frees man

first_imgTORONTO – A judge was wrong to retroactively change an otherwise appropriate sentence for a man convicted of drug possession without telling him, Ontario’s top court has ruled.As a result, the Court of Appeal quashed the prison term the judge had given Paul Hasiu, saying the process was profoundly unfair to him.Hasiu was already in prison serving six years for robbery when Judge Stephen Hunter, in November 2016, convicted him of possessing narcotics for the purposes of trafficking, and sentenced him to two years in custody.Hunter failed to say, however, whether the new term was to run concurrent to the earlier sentence or in addition to it — and no one at the time thought to ask.Prison authorities at Collins Bay Institution sought clarity and the answer from the court was “concurrent,” court records show. As a result and because he was due for statutory release, they let Hasiu go.Hasiu travelled to Kitchener, Ont., reunited with his family, and began work in his father’s business.However, three days after Hasiu’s release, Hunter changed the information recording the drug sentence to include the phrase: “Consecutive to current sentence being served.” He told neither Hasiu nor the prosecution. Police arrested Hasiu eight days after his release and sent him back to prison.Hasiu appealed, arguing Hunter had no right to do what he did.The prosecution countered it was “obvious” the possession sentence would be consecutive to the robbery sentence, which is why it didn’t raise the issue at the time. The prosecution further admitted an “administrative error” had occurred, but said the mistake was corrected quickly and caused minimal harm to Hasiu.“I do not believe the record supports the Crown’s position,” Justice Gloria Epstein wrote for the Appeal Court. “The amendment to the information seriously compromised the appearance of fairness and cannot be sustained.”For one thing, the Appeal Court said, Hunter made the changes without notifying the affected parties or giving them an opportunity to make submissions about them — contrary to the fundamental values of fairness and openness.For another, the change was “particularly unfair” to Hasiu by forcing him back to prison just when things were finally looking up for him, the court said.The court also found that it’s OK for judges to change a sentence after imposing it, but only where the change does not amount to a “reconsideration” of the original decision. But Hunter’s sentencing reasons did not clarify what was in his mind.“I am unconvinced that the amendment to the information is consistent with the sentencing judge’s manifest intent at the sentencing hearing,” Epstein said.The possibility therefore exists, the court said, that Hunter did change his mind after being contacted by the prison — which would be “profoundly unfair” and “could reasonably trouble an informed person.”As a result, the Appeal Court quashed the stiffer punishment and ordered Hasiu’s immediate release.last_img read more

Detained Canadian Kovrig gets third consular visit in China since his arrest

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government says Canadian Michael Kovrig has received his third meeting with consular officials since his December arrest in China on allegations of endangering Chinese national security.A statement by Global Affairs Canada says the officials met today with the former Canadian diplomat, who was on leave from his job at the time of his arrest.The statement says the government continues to be deeply concerned by what it calls the “arbitrary” detentions of Kovrig and fellow Canadian Michael Spavor, who was also arrested in December on similar allegations.The government says Spavor, an entrepreneur, has also met with Canadian diplomats three times.Canada has demanded the release of both men and it is trying to get more consular access to them.Some Western analysts say their arrests are in retaliation for Canada’s December arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou following an extradition request from the United States.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN mission deplores deadly suicide attack at volleyball game in Afghanistan

“An attack deliberately targeting a group of civilians playing volleyball is an act bereft of humanity and clearly violates national and international law,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative and acting head of UNAMA. “This attack reflects the intent to destroy lives and spread terror among the civilian population.”According to a news release issued by the Mission, a suicide attacker detonated an improvised explosive device at the event, which took place in Zarghun Shahr district.The Secretary-General, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, conveyed his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of Sunday’s attack as well as to those affected by today’s attack, claimed by the Taliban, on the northern city of Kunduz.“Such attacks on civilians and civilian facilities are a clear violation of international human rights and humanitarian law,” said the statement. A UN report released last month noted that civilians continued to bear the brunt of the Afghan conflict, and projected that casualties will equal or exceed the record high numbers documented last year. Improvised explosive devices, along with ground engagements, complex and suicide attacks and targeted killings, accounted for the vast majority – 90 per cent – of civilian casualties recorded in the first half of 2015, according to the report. read more

Legislating for the skills shortage

first_imgAt the end of June, the US House of Representatives approved an energy bill that contains provisions aimed at aiding the construction of coal-to-liquid (CTL) transportation fuel plants and supporting higher education mining and geology programmes. On June 29, the House approved the ‘Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006’ (H.R. 4761).The bill establishes a grant programme to help cover costs associated with front-end engineering and design (FEED) work that is necessary to construct CTL facilities. “While CTL technology has been deployed in other countries for 50 years, oil price volatility has discouraged the construction of plants employing this technology in the US,” according to National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Kraig Naasz.Naasz also noted that the bill’s education incentives will help address a “documented and troubling trend that has caused many of our nation’s learning institutions to eliminate or curtail their mining and geological engineering programmes.” He emphasized that such closures have become particularly troubling given the “dramatic increase in mineral production” that NMA members have been called upon to meet. “Today, fewer than 100 mining engineers graduate annually. To replace those reaching retirement we need to more than triple the number of graduates,” he said, adding that the bill will ensure that adequate funds are available to sustain mining and geological engineering programmes and to provide “critically important scholarship funds for students pursuing careers in these fields.”The bill authorizes the use of funds from federal mineral receipts to support existing programmes at accredited petroleum and mining schools, applied geology and geophysics programmes, and to individuals pursuing degrees in a variety of mining and geology disciplines. The bill also includes a scholarship programme to help fund science and engineering disciplines needed to support the Department of the Interior.last_img read more

Headtohead match finds Microsoft Sony and Monster HDMI cables are ripoffs

first_imgIf you’re a sophisticated gadget consumer, you probably already know that the price of cables is one of the biggest rip-offs in consumer electronics, and guys like Monster Cable are selling the equivalent of digital snake oil by charging $130 for a cable you can buy at Monoprice.com for just a buck. Copper’s copper.Unfortunately, not every customer is as discerning as you or I, which is why the cabling industry is such big business. Tech experts Digital Foundry decided to try to get the word out about overpriced cables by pitting four HDMI cables against one another to see which gave the best results.The contenders? An official Microsoft HDMI cable for the Xbox 360, an official Sony HDMI cable for the PlayStation 3, a $130 Monster Cable and a sub-$2 cable bought over the internet.Surprise, surprise: the $2 performed just as well as all the others… not just as well as Sony and Microsoft’s ~$20 HDMI cables, but Monster’s $130 cable. Copper’s mostly just copper, and in digital, either you get a perfect signal or you don’t get a signal at all: unless you’re trying to move HDMI video over differences greater than 50 feet, there’s no reason to pay for more.Read more at Eurogamerlast_img read more

CWBusiness launches Hospitality TV in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The face of television is changing with Cable & Wireless Business, as the region’s leading telecommunications provider has unveiled a new product specifically geared towards TCI’s leading industry.C&W Business launched its new cutting-edge integrated Next Generation Hospitality Interactive TV in Turks and Caicos at an industry event hosted at the Blue Haven Resort, aimed at making the hospitality sector more globally competitive to meets the demands of the “connected guest.”A bespoke solution, C&W Business Hospitality Interactive TV can be tailored to an all-inclusive resort, business hotel, luxury, or small property.   It can be fine-tuned for the guests the property most commonly serves: whether families, young travelers, adults only, or business travelers.“The present demands of today’s travellers in this vast industry with an expanding cluster of world class luxury hotels deserves a world class solution, and Cable & Wireless is here to deliver,” said Flow TCI, Country Manager, Delleriece Hall.CW Business Sales Manager, Joanne Missick added: “We are very proud of where we are today and we are very much excited about where we are headed. As an organization, we have the vision, the knowledge, and the experience to pave the way to the future.”With a larger selection of channels, inclusive of high-definition content, integrated digital signage that encompasses every screen on the property, and a dedicated hotel channel to guide visitors to restaurants, bars, and other on-property amenities, the solution can be delivered via analog, digital or full end-to-end Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).Basic packages comprise either 29 or 65 channels, whilst Add-On Packs enable the guest to stay connected with the latest sports, movies, or news, or provide entertainment for the family, by signing on for Movie Pass, Fox Pass, Kids Pass, Sports Pass, or Global Pass.Additionally, the new Interactive TV solution comes with 24/7/365 proactive monitoring and support by a team of Cable & Wireless technology experts, which allows them to remotely troubleshoot any potential issues.Vice President, B2B Sales Operations, Boris Kluck, remarked: “The Hospitality industry is an incredibly competitive marketplace and while there is no doubt about the natural beauty of the Turks and Caicos, it is critical that you differentiate your properties in order to stand out from the many other choices that travellers have.”Kluck further stated that, “Increasingly, what our research tell us is that your guests’ digital stay is becoming just as important as their actual physical stay – ensuring that you have the right technology solutions to meet the digital demands of your guests will be an important factor of differentiation when they are making the important decisions about their next vacation.   C&W Business continues to invest in the hospitality sector as we recognize its importance to economic growth in the region.   We are committed to providing world-class technology solutions that will help you deliver an unparalleled guest experience.”The workshop today saw a number of key representatives from the hotel sector, including Director of Tourism, Mr. Ramon Andrews who provided a positive and encouraging overview of the status of the hospitality industry following the passing of the recent hurricanes.Andrews stated, “It is no secret that we are definitely blessed in Turks and Caicos despite everything that we came through, as it relates to two storms, Irma and Maria.   We find faith witnessing people put themselves aside and focus on the goal of understanding that there is a much bigger picture here.   I think if we continue to approach everything the way we have approached this devastation, I think that we will continue to be successful in Turks and Caicos.”For more information on CW Business newest hospitality offering, visit https://cwcbusiness.com/solutions/hospitality-solutions/ today.Press Releases: Cable & Wireless Related Items:last_img read more

SC orders to secure NRC data on lines of Aadhaar data

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that data collected for publishing in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam shall be kept as secure as the Aadhaar data. The court said that there will be no re-verification of the data under NRC and at no point in time the NRC exercise will be reopened. The court also observed that only hard copies of exclusion and inclusion should be provided at district offices. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “Those born after December 3, 2004 won’t be included in NRC if any of the parents is a doubtful voter or declared foreigner by a tribunal or is contesting the case,” said the court. The orders under Illegal Migrants (after the order of the Tribunal) shall be challenged before the Guwahati High Court. All NRC inclusion should be published only online on August 31.last_img read more

Ready Set Hack Pentagon Invites Hackers to Break Into its Computer Systems

first_img Register Now » April 1, 2016 The U.S. Department of Defense is asking the hacker community for help.The Pentagon has launched a bug bounty program, which is a public challenge inviting hackers to find vulnerabilities in its computer systems in exchange for cash rewards. The Department of Defense has set aside $150,000 to pay hackers for any holes in the military’s cyber security system, according to a statement announcing the bug bounty program.Related: Meet the Middlemen Who Connect Hackers for Hire With Corporate America”This initiative will put the department’s cybersecurity to the test in an innovative but responsible way,” says Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in the statement announcing the challenge. “I encourage hackers who want to bolster our digital defenses to join the competition and take their best shot.”This is the first public bug bounty program the U.S. government has ever run.Meanwhile, bug bounty programs are such a common practice at many of the largest tech companies in the country that there are a handful of companies that act as liaisons between the hacker community and these enterprises. San Francisco-based startup HackerOne is one such company and is operating the Pentagon’s bug bounty program.Related: Google to Hand Out ‘Infinity Million’ Dollars to Hackers Who Break Into Google ChromeTo believe that any computer system is without vulnerabilities is foolishly naive. Bug bounty programs look to capitalize on hackers, who are often some of the most sophisticated computer minds out there.The Pentagon’s bug bounty program runs from Monday, April 18, through Thursday, May 12. Hackers interested in participating can apply here. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Nigeria first lady describes mystery illness

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The first lady said: “My doctors said all hope was lost.”In September, Jonathan disappeared from public view. Officials said she had “food poisoning” and was receiving medical treatment abroad. She returned in October visibly thinner.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Nigeria’s first lady has described details of a mystery illness she had that the country’s presidency refused to discuss.Patience Jonathan, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, talked about the illness at a church service Sunday at Aso Rock, the nation’s presidential villa.Jonathan said she had her “intestine and tummy opened” and later fell unconscious for a week. She said she had “eight or nine” surgeries in all and some “sold my things off” because they thought she was dead. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

The first Park Inn by Radisson hotel makes its debut in China

first_imgThe first Park Inn by Radisson hotel makes its debut in ChinaThe first Park Inn by Radisson hotel makes its debut in ChinaPark Inn by Radisson Libo, marks the successful global brand’s first hotel to debut in China. Set to deliver on its brand promise and set new hospitality standards, the property is also the first international chain hotel in Libo, China.“We are extremely pleased to debut the Park Inn by Radisson brand into China for the first time. The opening of Park Inn by Radisson Libo befits the market for travelers seeking a trusted international hotel brand that delivers on both, product and service. With its unique brand concepts and renowned Yes I Can!SM service philosophy, the hotel is poised to cater to both business and leisure travelers,” said Thomas T. Hagemann, vice president, Future Openings and Special Projects, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Asia Pacific.Libo is in the southwestern part of China, in the capital city of Guiyang approximately three hours’ drive away. The highway access from Guiyang makes a convenient self-drive travel experience to the magnificent national parks’ sites. Park Inn by Radisson Libo is strategically located at the east entrance of Xiaoqikong National Park, a national scenic area that exemplifies the rich karst heritage and natural beauty. The hotel is a convenient 40-minute drive from Libo airport and a 30-minute drive to downtown Libo.The hotel features 182 modern and contemporary guest rooms boasting picturesque views of the Zhangjiang River. Guests can enjoy complimentary high-speed wireless internet access and a fitness center.Libo county is known for its karst heritage and multiple minority cultures including Buyi, Miao, Shui and Yao nationalities. Guests can experience and tantalize their taste buds with these local cuisines, or enjoy international fare when they dine at Ly Café, the all-day dining restaurant. For drinks and some light bites, Lobby Lounge is the ideal gathering area for family, friends and business partners.Catering to the meeting needs, the hotel features a 181 square-meter ballroom and flexible meeting spaces of four additional smaller function rooms ranging from 21 to 94 square-meters. Comprehensive audio visual services and a team of on-site professional event management specialists, provide more compelling reasons for meeting organizers to bring their events to Park Inn by Radisson Libo.Park Inn by Radisson is a bright, bold, fresh and energetic mid-market hotel brand that provides great value. Park Inn by Radisson hotels are set apart by its warm and friendly Adding Color to Life guest service, designed to make stays fun, comfortable and uncomplicated. From check-in to the moment of departure, the Park Inn by Radisson experience is committed to being uncomplicated and hassle-free. Park Inn by Radisson Libobook your stay hereAbout Carlson Rezidor Hotel GroupCarlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel companies and includes 1,400 locations in operation and under development with more than 220,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 115 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. Guests can benefit from Club CarlsonSM, a program that redefines hotel rewards with a collection of exceptional benefits, services, and privileges at more than 1,000 hotels worldwide. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 90,000 people systemwide and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Singapore, and Brussels.About Park Inn by Radisson LiboPark Inn by Radisson Libo, is a colorful, dynamic, midscale hotel brand providing a hassle-free and easy hotel experience. The hotel offers 182 modern and contemporary guest rooms with comprehensive meeting facilities, restaurants and bars. The contemporary hotel is strategically located at the east entrance of Xiaoqikong National Park, with picturesque views of the Zhangjiang River. Park Inn by Radisson hotels are set apart by its warm and friendly Adding Color to Life guest service, designed to make stays fun, comfortable and uncomplicated. It is the ideal choice for family, friends and business partners.www.parkinn.com/china-liboSource = Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group –last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals weren’t able to do much climbing themselves, losing 29-18 at the Georgia Dome. The offense was non-existent for most of the game, scoring a cosmetic touchdown in the final minute. The defense didn’t look anywhere close to the unit that had carried Arizona to a 9-1 record before suffering back-to-back losses for only the second time in the Bruce Arians coaching era.Ryan and receivers Julio Jones and Harry Douglas feasted on the Cardinals’ secondary. Jones had 189 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches; Douglas added 116 on nine receptions. Jackson became the first running back to have a 100-yard day against Arizona since early in 2013. In all, the Falcons torched the Cardinals for 500 total yards and held the ball for over 37 minutes. On offense, the same problems that have plagued the Cardinals in recent weeks popped up again. The running game did nothing, although a lot of that was due to the fact that Arizona dug themselves a 17-0 deficit in the first quarter. Wide receivers didn’t consistently make plays. Jaron Brown deflected a catchable ball in the first quarter that was picked off by Atlanta’s Dwight Lowery. Michael Floyd had a huge fumble in Atlanta territory just when it looked like the Cardinals would fight back into the game. And then — and stop me if you’ve heard this one before — there were injuries. Guard Paul Fanaika left with a high ankle sprain and didn’t return. Andre Ellington suffered a hip pointer in the first half, ending his day. And safety Tyrann Mathieu has what is being described as a cracked thumb. He also had his day cut short.The Cardinals have employed the “next man up” philosophy with great success all year as a result of numerous injuries on both sides of the ball. The only problem with that, is eventually, you run out of men to fill the gaps.The biggest injury of all has got to be one that occurred almost a month ago. The offense has gone into hibernation since Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL in a win over the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 9. Drew Stanton struggled again Sunday, throwing two interceptions and consistently missing receivers. His 3-yard touchdown pass to Stepfan Taylor with 1:05 left in the game snapped a streak of 170 minutes without an offensive touchdown.The GoodShort list this week — Rashad Johnson’s 88-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter put the Cardinals on the board and temporarily gave them life. After Lowery’s interception, the Falcons scored again with Ryan hitting Jones on a 32-yard touchdown connection. Just 9:12 into the game, the Cardinals trailed 17-0.He Said It“We definitely have to look in the mirror. Hopefully, everyone takes this personal.” — Johnson What’s NextThe Cardinals, who saw their NFC West lead decreased to one game over Seattle, return home to take on the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Sunday. – / 33 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img It didn’t take long to figure out something wasn’t right with the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.On the fourth play from scrimmage, Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson busted through a hole on the right side, eluded two tacklers, and rumbled 55 yards all the way down to the Cardinals’ 1-yard line. It was the longest run allowed by the Cardinals defense all season long.Four plays later, Matt Ryan hit Levine Toilolo on with a touchdown pass and the uphill climb commenced. The BadEverything else. We’ve mentioned the offensive and defensive struggles, but the special teams got in on the act as well, allowing Devin Hester to return a punt 70 yards for an apparent score before it was nullified on a facemask penalty against Hester. In the third quarter, Jones beat Patrick Peterson on a 41-yard completion. Peterson was flagged for defensive holding and replays showed Jones didn’t get two feet in bounds while making the catch. The Cardinals chose not to challenge a play that almost certainly would have been reversed. The Falcons continued the possession, which ended in a 21-yard field goal by Matt Bryant and extended Atlanta’s lead to 23-10.Player of the Game:Jones. Much was made of the matchup between he and Peterson, old rivals from their college days at Alabama and LSU, respectively. It wasn’t much of a matchup at all. Jones riddled Peterson all day long, racking up a career-high 189 yards in the process.When It Was Over:Pretty much after the first quarter. After Atlanta marched on a 71-yard touchdown drive on its first possession, the Cardinals went three-and-out and punted, which led to Hester’s return. After the facemask penalty and another personal foul on Atlanta, the Falcons started at the Arizona 32-yard line and cashed in with a Bryant field goal. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Fowler spent three years at Florida and recorded 140 total tackles, including 33.5 tackles for a loss. He also had 14.5 sacks, two passes defended and five forced fumbles. Last season, Fowler tallied 8.5 sacks and 60 total tackles in 12 games. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Cardinals have a great need for a pass rusher, as they managed only 35 sacks as a team last season. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound Fowler would be an immediate improvement, but he is likely going to be a high first round pick, so Arizona would have to trade up to get him. The Cardinals have had the first overall pick four times in franchise history, with the last coming in 1958. They picked an offensive player every time they’ve chosen first overall, including Hall of Fame, do-it-all talent Charli Trippi in 1945. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals own the 24th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and many experts are predicting them to choose a running back or a pass rusher. But what if they had a higher pick, say the first overall selection? Who would they choose then?According to an ESPN Insider piece, Arizona would draft Dante Fowler Jr. with the first overall pick in this year’s draft.Quarterback Carson Palmer has said he’s ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL surgery. Coach Bruce Arians has publicly said the quarterback class beyond Winston and Mariota is “average at best,” but he also said at the combine he’s known Winston since he was in ninth grade and declared him “a good kid.” Still, the pick would be Fowler. 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

J sues P in attempt to pay JP workers stranded in Saudi

first_imgTHE Joannou family, representing half of Joannou & Paraskevaides Overseas Ltd that went into liquidation last month, said on Thursday they have filed a law suit against their business partners demanding the return of over €20m owed to cover part of their obligations to workers on construction projects in Saudi Arabia.The squabble between the two families that run the construction giant, has left some 200 Cypriot workers stranded in the Arab nation, frustrated if and how they are supposed to return home.In response to a letter sent last week to the Joannou and Paraskevaides families by the employees in Saudi Arabia, the Joannou family said that they have already assumed their responsibilities and called on their business partners to do the same, by returning the money they owe to the company.In their letter, the employees said that their living conditions of the mostly third-country nationals, were “wretched”.The company employs around 6,000 people in Saudi Arabia, of whom around 200 are Cypriots. The Cypriot employees said that they haven’t been paid for five months. They also said that the company has misappropriated the amount withheld from their wages for social insurance and the welfare fund, which have not been paid to the Cyprus government for 2017 and 2018.“The company is unable to issue airline tickets for repatriation, renewal of residence permit and exit from the country and as a result thousands of them remain trapped and desperate, not knowing how they will be repatriated,” the Saudi Arabia employees said in their letter.The Joannou family said in a written statement that their top priority remains dealing as best they can with the problems of employees.“The Joannou family has filed a law suit so that the $23m (around €20.2m) the Paraskevaides family owes to J&P, to be returned,” it said.  The aim is for that money to cover part of the company’s obligations to its employees.The statement also said that as per the Joannou family’s commitment, any of the workers currently in Saudi Arabia “have the capacity and ability to return to Cyprus promptly, if they wish to.”This caused the ire of the employees in the Saudi kingdom, who, in a reply later on Thursday, asked how they were supposed to do that.“How will we return? On our own expenses and without being paid wages? On an empty pocket?” employees asked.The Joannou family also said in the statement that the financial position of the company proved irreversible and although initially banks were willing to contribute by disbursing part of a new loan with which August wages were paid, they decided in September to interrupt the financing.The difficult decision, on the initiative of the Joannou family, for J&P to go into administration, the statement said, “has in fact led the banks to mobilise to find a solution that we hope will help the company, and in particular its employees”.It said that things look positive.“We fully understand the anxiety of the staff and the difficult moments that our employees and their families are going through.  We are doing what’s possible to correct the situation to the greatest possible extent,” the Joannou family said.Staff said that they were tired of the stereotype comments of the last ten months that the family was trying to solve their problems. They urged the two families “to show a little humanity to the 6,000 employees, just like the two great founders of the gompany, Giorgos Paraskevaides and Stelios Joannou (would have done). Do it.”J&P Overseas, that was established in Guernsey in 1961, was initially placed under administration last month after its creditors rejected its restructuring proposal. A court in Guernsey had appointed two administrators from the consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal to try and secure adequate funding. But after the administrators failed to secure funding, the court put the company into liquidation with liquidators from Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP.The winding up of the company has also affected around 200 employees of Cyprus-based Ten Group Services, which offered support services to J&P Overseas. The staff that was offering procurement, tendering and other services to J&P Overseas, went on indefinite strike in Nicosia this week demanding unpaid wages for the last two months, but also the 13th and 14th salaries they were owed. The employees are also demanding settlement of outstanding benefits such as provident fund and social insurance contributions.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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