West Ham starlet makes Championship loan move after signing new deal

first_img1 Martin Samuelson in action for West Ham West Ham have sent exciting Norwegian prospect Martin Samuelsen on loan to Blackburn Rovers.The 19-year-old is highly rated by the Hammers but has found first-team chances hard to come by since making his debut in the Europa League at the start of last season.Slaven Bilic has now decided it would be best for the youngster to get some more senior football under his belt with another loan move.Samuelson played 17 times in League One with Peterborough last term and he will now get the chance to play Championship football at Ewood Park.The winger, who arrived at the club from Manchester City in 2015, will stay with Blackburn for the remainder of the season.last_img

FORMER PRES. GEORGE H. W. BUSH TO TOSS SUPER BOWL COIN

first_imgFormer President George H. W. BushFormer President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara will participate in the coin toss at Super Bowl LI in Houston. “The Bushes didn’t hesitate for one second in accepting it,” said the couple’s spokesman, Jim McGrath. “They couldn’t be prouder of their hometown and the Texans organization.” The 92-year-old former president, a frequent visitor to Texans games, was just discharged on Monday from Houston Methodist Hospital, where he was treated for pneumonia for more than two weeks.last_img

Introducing HONEST HR: A Podcast from SHRM Spilling HR Truths

first_imgvia GIPHY A little backstory for you:  I started listening to podcasts when my commute to work tripled.  I was driving an hour each way for a new job and my supervisor asked me if I was going to be ok with the drive.  I said “yes” but they must have seen a little hesitation because I started getting a bunch of suggestions from my new coworkers for audiobooks and these new things called podcasts. I prefer to read my books (the paper kind because nothing quite compares) but was intrigued by the idea of a short, TV episode-like audio bite that I can listen to while I drive.  After trying a bunch of different podcasts, I found a few I really liked and was hooked! Fast forward a couple years to a brainstorming session with a few of my coworkers at SHRM.  We were talking about different ways to reach people when the podcast platform came up.  I was PUMPED and after a bit of planning, content scrubbing, and learning new technical skills, Honest HR was born. The idea behind Honest HR is honesty – shocking, I know.  We want to get real about HR successes and struggles and we want to hear from YOU!  We’re using guests who have stories to tell as well as our LinkedIn page (SHRM Young Professionals) to get your feedback.  I’m so excited to help give a voice to our members and talk about HR topics that people care about. We’ve recorded a few episodes already and I can’t wait for you to hear them.  I’m not at all embarrassed to say that I have already name-dropped the Green Bay Packers once (#GPG) and I can’t promise I won’t do it again.  I can promise that you’ll learn something and (hopefully) enjoy our approach to all things HR.  If you don’t, that’s ok too – SHRM has a bunch of other ways its giving you the content you need to grow and thrive.  Check out the first two episodes here: shrm.org/honesthr.If you listen and you’re interested in being a guest, let’s chat!  Send me an email and we’ll connect > [email protected]  I’d also love to hear your suggestions and feedback.  Nothing is off the table & HONESTY is appreciated. It’s HERE! I feel like the dad in A Christmas Story when he gets his leg lamp…last_img read more

Music or Marketing? Artist-Branded Apps Search for a Hit

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow Related Posts Tags:#music#web It’s unlikely that we’ll see many more full-catalog band apps. But that isn’t to say that branded apps can’t work for musicians. A more promising approach is to use apps as promotion, pure and simple.Take Blur. The 90s Britpop band released an iOS app this week that serves as a promotional supplement to its forthcoming 21-disc box set. Some reviewers on iTunes grumbled that the app is little more than a marketing piece designed to push fans to buy the band’s released catalog. It is. And that’s exactly what apps like this are good for, at least for the right artist. Blur’s app encourages fans to buy the band’s music, but it also contains lyrics, historical information and additional multimedia content. For free. There’s little to stop dedicated fans from downloading it. Whether they actually spring for the music is up to them. Assuming a band has the fan base to justify the development expense, an app offering an immersive design, archival material, video clips and, of course, some music, ought to be worth the effort. But why stop at the band’s own material? Evolver.fm’s Eliot Van Buskirk makes the compelling argument that artist-branded radio apps that play an artist-curated selection of music could not only please fans, but potentially make money.The concept goes beyond the “similar artists” feature employed by Pandora and Last.fm to focus on music the artists themselves listen to and enjoy. “Radiohead’s Record Collection” playlist on Songza puts the idea into practice. A fan, using the band’s long-running blog as a resource, compiled a playlist based on music that members of Radiohead are known to enjoy. That has especially potent value to Radiohead fans and shows that there are still ideas to be tested in the expanding universe of music apps.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App When the iPhone welcomed third-party apps four years ago, the music industry, like everyone else, scrambled to find a revenue-generating angle. Band-specific apps began rolling out, highlighting musicians in the App Store. They haven’t exactly been smash hits, but this app category still has potential to promote not-so-starving artists. If you slide down through the top 100 apps in the iTunes App Store’s music category, the list is dominated by software that helps you learn, create or subscribe to music in bulk. The odd artist-specific app pops up, but it’s swamped in a sea of chord guides, mini recording studios, social music apps and streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. Early on, there were a few artist apps that got some attention. One of them was from the Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA), an alternative rock band with a few hits in the 1990s. The band released its entire back catalog in the form of a $2.99 iPhone app, allowing fans to stream four albums. Music Trapped in an AppWhy haven’t we seen more apps like this? For one, it’s hard for artists – especially new ones – to make money this way. The PUSA app effectively offered each album for 75 cents, less than the cost of a single song on iTunes. Artists groan about Spotify’s compensation scheme, but subscription services pay artists far more than that over an album’s shelf life. The PUSA offering was also born of a unique situation. The band owned the rights to its recordings and the former lead singer happened to work for a music-tech startup. There’s also the matter of listener convenience. Putting aside financial and licensing issues, many consumers don’t want music that’s confined to its own app. Indeed, droves of consumers are listening to Spotify and Pandora, where they hope to find much of the music they love, even if they need to supplement it with tracks from their own iTunes library. Last year, Bjork released a more innovative mobile offering: an immersive, deeply interactive iOS app to accompany her album Biophilia.  The experience evoked memories of flipping through old-fashioned liner notes and, you know, actually paying attention to an album in one sitting. But it didn’t catch on.  Apps as Promotion 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

The Significant Role of Smartphones in Human Lives

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Charles Yamut Follow the Puck • Capturing MemoriesAs mentioned earlier, smartphone cameras are the bomb. Through the lens of your phone camera, you can capture memories that will last forever.• NavigationThese days, you will not have to lower down your car window to ask a stranger for directions. Navigation apps will help you reach your destination, even if you make a few wrong turns along the way.• UtilitiesSudden blackout? Turn on your phone’s flashlight. Having trouble doing mental math? Use your phone’s calculator. Downloadable apps also provide people with more advanced settings, aside from smartphones’ readily available apps.• Staying Connected and UpdatedSocial media platforms and e-mails are easily accessed online. Keeping in touch with your friends and family and staying updated on their lives no longer too much effort.The Future of SmartphonesIt is hard to imagine how future smartphones would be like because they already seem to have everything we will ever need. What features will these gadgets have in 10 years?Reviewing the trend of smartphone development, the latter years seem only to show progressive technology — rather than an innovative one. While it is most likely, smartphones will look the same (no translucent smartphones just yet), the features are expected to advance in increments based on what is observed. But of course, it would be fun to let our imaginations run wild on this one.1. More Likely: Improved Battery and PowerThis improvement will have a significant impact on the environment. Research is being done because of concerns regarding solar output and storing wind.2. Less Likely: Charging Over the AirThe life of a smartphone’s battery is laughable.Photo by Hassan OUAJBIR from PexelsThe life of a smartphone’s battery is laughable. Powerful transmitters are dispersed in the air and easily charge devices. As enticing as it sounds for our environment, it may take more than 10 years before charging your phone through the air is possible.3. More likely: Flawless Voice ControlContrary to popular belief, voice control was not pioneered by Apple. Siri is not the first one out there, but earlier versions have an inadequate voice recognition function that no one bothers to use them. Siri, however, is the first voice control system that interprets syntax and diction the same way we recognize speech patterns. Once voice control is perfected, it will be a lot easier to control our phones even if we are currently engaged in another task.4. Less likely: Mind ControlWe needed physical keypads to control our phones in the early days. Now, touchscreen phones are trending. But along with the touchscreen, voice command features are also available on smartphones nowadays. So, it is only logical for the next step to be lazier than using your fingers and your voice, which would be simply using your mind to gain access to your phone.5. More Likely: Built-in ProjectorBy improving the technology in Samsung Galaxy Bean, which has a Digital Light Projection feature, future smartphones can be easily used as a gaming console or other forms of entertainment. No more need for TV. You can play, watch, and bond anytime and anywhere with friends and family.6. Less Likely: Holographic ScreenApple’s Retina Display shows more details than what the human eye can see. However, it is still a far cry from producing holographic projections.7. More Likely: Added Functionality for Daily LifeThe “Internet of Things” pertains to a network of devices that provides electronic functions when connected to the internet. The simplified explanation of this concept is connecting any device that can be switched on and off through the internet. By interacting with it from your device, you can do things such as monitor if you still have butter in your fridge or change the direction of your autonomous car just by a few taps on your screen.8. More Likely: A Tool for LearningMobile phones will be integrated into school programs.Photo by zhang kaiyv from PexelsSome people believe that banning mobile phones inhibits learning advancement. Instead of considering it a hindrance, the government and schools should find a way to utilize this technology to push forward higher quality education and more immersive experience.Providing a better learning experience is the reason why it is most likely that mobile phones will be integrated into school programs in the coming years. One in three children already owns a smartphone. In the future, these gadgets may be able to do more than record voices and capture images and can contribute more to improve the learning abilities of an individual.ConclusionEmerging technology can transform smartphones in a decade. The phones we have now will certainly not be the same in 2029. However, one thing will never change. Our smartphones are still going to be the first thing that we look for in the morning, and we would be lost without them.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Our world has been reshaped significantly since Steve Jobs declared that his invention, the iPhone, would change everything. That was in 2007. In less than a decade, the iPhone quickly became the epitome of this century’s technological advancement. There is a significant role of smartphones in human lives.The History of SmartphonesWhile the iPhone defined smartphones in the eyes of many, the first smartphone was released in 1992. The IBM Group created it, and it cost around $1,100. If you think that is too expensive now, then it probably felt like triple its rate back in 1992. The first-ever smartphone was called Simon Personal Communicator. Unfortunately, people thought of it as too advanced for their liking. So, the concept of smartphones was temporarily laid to rest.Then, out came blackberry, a smartphone intended for business professionals. Blackberries dominated the industry for a while until the iPhone was born into the world. The iPod became Apple’s way of breaking in to the industry. This portable piece of technology offered something more that smartphones could not.Then came the iPhone, a phone that offers an improved version of the iPod. Since then, Apple has been releasing new products every two years.Photo by Alessandro Nofi from PexelsHow Smartphones Have Improved Over the YearsSmartphones have changed from 2007 to date. Everything about it seems to be more advanced. Devices contain more memory and are more powerful in general. You can even use two applications at the same time. Cameras are in high-definition. There is not much need to bring DSLR cameras for picture-taking purposes when traveling or to attend events. Streaming of videos and music is entirely hassle-free. Online games, like mobile legends, are enjoyed by both adults and young ones alike.These days, Apple is no longer the only player in the market. Google released Android that is available to almost all smartphones that aren’t iPhones. And guess what? Android is currently winning.How Smartphones Impact Our Daily LivesThe game has drastically changed, and it is hard to consider what more can be added to improve the functions of smartphones. Smartphones have made our lives easier in more ways than one. Here are a couple of reasons why we can never go back to using a basic phone:• Access to Information in Just One ClickHave you ever forgotten the name of your favorite character in FRIENDS? You know that weird hippie who does not look like she belongs in the group. The answer is right at your fingertips. Search for the answer through your phone, and you will have it in no time. Oh, by the way, her name is Phoebe.Aside from doing quick searches online, you can also easily acquire up-to-date information on weather reports, sports, news, stock market, and much more by directly downloading apps on your smartphone. Most websites have developed their own apps, such as these ones from GoNative, to grant users with faster access and more convenience. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

12 Things to Know about Cybersecurity Now

first_imgFollow the Puck Related Posts Nirnay Butle Protection is a must.Frankly, this one is a given. You need to protect everything that contains your data; your device, your accounts, your email service, EVERYTHING! Installing a good anti-virus from a trusted source for your device paces up your email safety. Ensure good passwords to secure your accounts –and don’t leave these on your phone.Spams are scams. Don’t fall for them.Do not ever share any information regarding you on insecure links. These may or may not be leading from spam messages and emails — just don’t give information on these sites — ever. Don’t fall for the various traps they lay. Remember the ‘s’ in the URL that we talked about earlier. Unauthorised linksEver noticed how some internet links have https while some only have HTTP in their URL? The difference here is that the former indicates a more secure URL compared to the latter. Entering sensitive information like your bank or personal details on a site with HTTP in the URL can cause your data to be easily stolen.Most people have known this fact for years — but note that some of the “http” is sneaking back onto the internet without any of us paying attention.Spam MessagesHow often do we get messages and emails telling us we won a jackpot of millions that’s just a few clicks away? This one is easy, and most are aware — but there are other spam message traps. Don’t let your information be sold on unauthorized sites for mere pennies to be used by someone who means to cause you harm.ApplicationsEver wondered why most apps ask for so many permissions to run smoothly? Well, you might want to consider before pressing “yes” next time. Look at the studies that have been conducted. According to most studies — the stats line up — around 90% Android applications and nearly 40% IOS applications collect as well as sell the data they gain due to these permissions.Weak Privacy PrecautionsAny device lacking proper protection is more prone to malware and other similar data threats. Not installing updates of apps on time leaves your device more prone to damage through malware. Generally, outdated devices are targeted first. Not just that, a lack of email protection can also cause a more significant number of spam messages targeting you.WHAT CYBER THREATENS YOU?Nice pun, right?Well, back to the point.Here are a few threats to your data in the cyber world. Though the list doesn’t contain all the threats, the major ones you need to look out for have been mentioned. Stay updated and Backed-Up.Remember to keep all your applications as well as your device updated to the current version of the specific device or application. These updates often include better ways to ensure the security of your data, making you less prone to losing it. Also, get a backup for your data to help you in case you ever lose it to any of the threats. Put it on your calendar — back-up all of your information on the first Sunday of every month — or the third Thursday every month. Just back-up. Nirnay Butle is DME, an expert in Alliance Building at Houm, a personalized SaaS vendor for Data Protection, Digital Privacy and Data Ownership. Nirnay is responsible for reaching out and spreading awareness for digital privacy. He is an explorer and always curious to learn new things. Whether you are a techie or not, there’s a fair chance that your life is highly reliant on the internet and its wonders. Your social media accounts are likely humming, and you know your way around the IoT devices you use. All of these devices connect you to the cyber world in one way or another. Here are 12 things to know about cybersecurity.And when you are sharing so much of your data online daily, you might as well care about your cybersecurity. If you’ve always thought cybersecurity is something only big companies need to care about — change your mind, now.Cybersecurity is as critical on a personal level, as it is on a company’s level. Besides, there’s hardly any job or profession, that is not based on technology. With jobs or a career in mind, you need to know what threatens your security online and what you can do to keep your data secure.HOW ARE YOU LOSING YOUR DATA?To understand how to secure your data, first understand the pathways through which you are losing your data. Data is often lost due to your lack of knowledge and prevention on your part. Take preventive care now so that your data will not be lost.center_img AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Don’t permit.Think before permitting any application to access your files and other sensitive information. Yes — this is how malware enters devices in more than 90% cases. Also, many many apps sell your data. So, don’t put your data at stake for momentary ease.Think before you post.Posting every speck of information about your life is not a rule. And talk about danger to children!!! Stop telling me everything about your kid. It’s dangerous. Even though it’s nice to share your life’s happiness online with your friends — stop yourself from being addicted to sharing on social media platforms. The social media platforms are massive and they are collecting and recording every ounce of your data.  Your data can easily be stolen, and you can be monitored.A CONCRETE SOLUTIONThere is not a complete cure to ensure your cybersecurity. There is but one way for you to ensure that your data is neither misused or stolen.Think about getting a piece of the internet for your own by owning your data and storing your data in your own space that is accessible to you and you only. This way it can’t be accessed, stolen or misused by anyone else. Everyone can get a digital home for themselves — and this might be what we all eventually have to do. Look for the how-to — on a secure site — online.CLOSINGCybersecurity is something that affects people on both individuals as well as mass level. Take the time to gain, at least, basic knowledge about security. Help your children, parents, and grandparents — they are very vulnerable. Take time to ensure your own security in the cyber world.As we are more and more reliant on technology in our world each day — we need to take precautions and look for stronger solutions to ensure cybersecurity for everyone. Tags:#cyber security#data protection#hacking#privacy What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Malware and RansomwareBoth are essentially the same, but they differ slightly.Malware is usually a malicious software program that usually enters the device through third-party apps, and the malware is hosted on that site. Once in your device, it can gain unauthorized access to your data, perform forced actions, and even harm and clear your data. Malware includes worms, trojan horses, viruses, etc.Ransomware is essentially a Malware that asks you for money to access your own data threatening its loss.PhishingThose emails and messages are asking you to claim your jackpot or validate an account you never made, all these lead to phishing. Validating accounts you have made — the same thing applies. Is someone asking you to confirm your health care? Call them back — or get on a secure site separately. But don’t validate on a request email or call.What happens is that once you click the link on these messages, you are directed to a seemingly official site. These ask you to enter sensitive information like your bank account details, passwords, etc. to update or validate your account. Don’t. Don’t enter a contest or take part in any “easy money making” contest.Once you enter this information, it falls into the prying hands to misuse as they please. These target people through spams.Hacking and SpywareHacking is when someone or something gains unauthorized access to your data, gaining access to all your information, including your private information, with the goal in mind to cause damage to you. Data can be sold or misused. Your data can be injected with harmful files or apps on any of your devices. Your social media accounts are always at stake of hacking or a breach, which can cause you a lot of data loss.Spyware refers to a program that is often installed without consent with a free download file. It collects information, everything including contact list, browser history, settings, device version, and sends to third parties. It can also alter the way your device runs or uncontrollable pop-up ads or open random windows on the browser.PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CUREThere are no strict enough laws to protect your privacy online. There is no way you can save your data once its gone. Protecting your data before we lose it, is the best we can do. Here are a few preventions I suggest you take care of. How Data Analytics Can Save Liveslast_img read more

How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies

first_imgAashirvad Kumar is Founder of Tele Trick Mania and SEO Executive at Builds Worth Digital Marketing Agency Pvt. Ltd. He is blogging since 2016 on technology niche. He has experience of more than 2.5+ years in Digital Marketing. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Aashirvad Kumar How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture As an entrepreneur, you have probably heard or read the “maxim” that only 10% of startups are successful, but is this true? And if so, what strategies can you apply with your company so that it is not part of the failures of statistics? How can you avoid being part of the 90% of failed companies?The failure figures — avoid being part of 90 percent.There has been a general idea that almost all entrepreneurial companies fail to be successful. However, Doing some in-depth research to show you how true this statement is and we must conclude that, although there is no consensus on the figure, it is at least 60% in all cases.According to a study by CB Insights (2017), a software that gathers essential data from investors, companies and industries, more than 70% of startups do not exceed the first stage of venture capital investment. These results were obtained after the following rounds of financing of more than 1000 technology companies in the United States. The rounds were conducted from 2008 to 2010, starting from seed capital. Only 46% of these companies were able to raise enough for the second round of financing.It should be noted that this percentage decreased as the rounds progressed, obtaining a final figure of 1% success, in which are companies currently recognized as Uber or Airbnb and that in the study were valued at more than one billion dollars (unicorn companies).These conclusions coincide with an investigation carried out in 2012 by Harvard Bussiness School professor Shikhar Ghosh, who, in addition to studying more than 2000 companies that received venture capital investments of at least one million dollars from 2004 to 2010, interviewed to entrepreneurs and carefully registered the portfolios of investment firms, to conclude that approximately 3 out of 4 startups fail.Despite the results of both investigations, not everyone agrees with such high figures. Fortune published an article titled, Conventional Wisdom Says, 90% of Startups Fail. Data Says Otherwise.The data says otherwise) it was indicated that, according to global investment firm Cambridge Associates, the failure rate for startups has not exceeded 60 % since 2001, based on the monitoring of venture capital investments of 27,259 startups between 1990 and 2010.Why do so many companies fail?After CB Insights’ investigation yielded such an alarming figure of failure, the company decided to compile more than 100 post mortem letters from different startup founders to discover the reason for the failures. Finally, they found a pattern in all the trials and summarized the reasons for the failures of which I have highlighted some below:1. The product/service did not satisfy any need in the market.It is fundamental that during the market research process, you observe if what you have in mind can solve some substantial problem in it. Many entrepreneurs with the enthusiasm to test their idea, downplay this aspect, with the conviction that they can persuade their target audience to buy their product or use their services, which, as we see, does not end up happening.2. No money to continue investing.Being cautious and disciplined with your finances can be the difference between maintaining your project so that you can eventually succeed and be completely bankrupt. That’s why it’s crucial that you design a plan where you specify very well where your resources will be allocated.Questions that should be addressed:What will your return on investment be?What’s the expected growth rate?What can you do in case of an emergency?Where you can turn when you need financing quickly.Don’t leave room for improvisation.Try to foresee the scenarios for your company.Avoid any surprises and avoid future problems.3. Choosing the wrong team or not including potential partners.A lot of materializing a company has to do with the people you are working with. It’s paramount that from the beginning you delimit the responsibilities of each member of your team within the company. Ensure that everyone can fully execute their tasks.In addition to this, CB Insights points out that, in some cases, the company founder indicated that it was a mistake not to have chosen a better partner to balance out a team. The company found felt another person could have helped them think better when faced with vital decision making. So, having someone who can help and advise you in complicated processes will be positive for your company.4. Not paying attention to the competition.While it’s not advisable to obsess over companies competing in your field, it’s always a good idea to be aware of their business models, the updates they make, and how your product/service may have an advantage over theirs. Some founders pointed out that disconnecting from what their opponents were doing did not allow them to see that they had already managed to solve the market problem more efficiently.5. To set a lousy price in relation to its quality and cost.Finding the right price for your product / service can be a real nightmare, because you must take into account the quality of it for customers and all the money you must use to produce it, so it is crucial to find a way that is accessible in relation to its quality and in turn, allows you to cover production costs and obtain a profit margin that will enable you to grow.6. That the product is not friendly.Sometimes entrepreneurs are so rigid about how they want their product/service to be carried out that they consciously or unconsciously ignore what may be best for users, so sometimes some personal aspirations have to be sacrificed so that our product/service can be used easily and is really beneficial to the public.7. Having a good product but a wrong business model.Business models are usually strong allies when looking for future investors for your company, so it is essential to have a tool that clearly details what is the need of the market you are targeting, who is your target audience, how you plan to create your product/service, how you will spend the funds you own or how you will get financing, etc.. It’s no use having a good idea if you don’t know how to execute it properly. The more planned you are in this aspect, the better, then you will have a better chance of succeeding in selling your product.8. Having a poor marketing strategy.Marketing is the friend we often underestimate. A good approach in this sense will allow us to expand the reach of our product/service and will be able to help us significantly to gain the attention of future customers. Also, depending on the market our company is in, it can be challenging to differentiate yourself from the competition, so you must make sure your team has someone expert in designing smart campaigns for your product before it’s too late to realize you needed it.9. Don’t listen to our customers.If you are going to be a company that ignores the needs and suggestions of your users, then you are destined to fail.  Receiving feedback is always positive, both for you and for the customers, because not only do you make sure you offer a quality product/service, but they can help you improve the perspective you may have on the market, and finally you will understand much more how you can increase your chances of success in it.  Don’t wait to be at an advanced stage of the project; test yourself from the beginning to adapt to people’s needs.10. Wrong time to launch the product.This tends to happen, especially in companies related to technology because in these times, everything moves so fast, many entrepreneurs rush to market a product that may be considered average or not good enough.  It can also happen the other way around when the entrepreneur launches the product late and can no longer compete.11.  Losing focus.Many times during the execution of a project, the founders and the team begin to doubt about the sacrifices they must make. They get distracted with other projects, with problems that have nothing to do with the business and end up losing their way.  This is why it is crucial that as an entrepreneur, you take a moment to clear your head and remember the reasons why you decided to start the project.Think about what you really want to achieve in what you are building. This way, you will avoid wasting time and start devoting yourself to what you really want.  It’s easy to lose focus when there’s so much noise, so stopping and thinking is the right thing to do.12.  The disagreement between founders, teams, and investors.As noted above, not only is it essential to have a reliable team that paddles in the same direction as you, but you must also make sure that your best investors understand the route you want to take with your company and the vision you have for it so that you don’t let them get in the way of your goals.ConclusionThe most recommendable thing is to study well each one of the raised motives and avoid the above scenarios.  In addition to this, I consider it vital to stay positive because that will allow you to get up much faster in case something happens inside the company, which corresponds to what some of the experts have mentioned in relation to the perception of failure.In case you consider, you don’t have some skill, for example, the necessity to know how to sell your product to investors. It is important to recognize it and solve it as soon as possible. Adding a co-founder or someone from your team who can perfectly execute this task. Surround yourself with people who can complement what you lack as an entrepreneur, so you will find a balance and take risks will be more bearable.center_img Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

Germany’s Gomez breaks deadlock for win over Portugal

first_imgA Mario Gomez header helped Germany to register a 1-0 win over Portugal in their Euro 2012 Group B opener in Lviv on Saturday.The win takes the Germans joint top of the group after Denmark’s surprise 1-0 win over the Netherlands earlier Saturday. Germany face the Netherlands next Wednesday, with Denmark playing Portugal.On Saturday, Gomez, who started ahead of Miroslav Klose in attack, ended a turgid opening 74 minutes with a pinpoint header into the corner of the goal, outjumping Joao Pereira six yards out from Sami Khedira’s cross.”It was very difficult to score running backwards as I was, but I’m glad I could manage and we won,” Gomez said.Portugal had hit the crossbar just before half time as defender Pepe’s close-range shot cannoned onto the line and away.The game was a disappointing spectacle considering the talent on show, with much of the play getting bogged down in midfield as the Portuguese defended in numbers.Gomez glanced an early header at goalkeeper Rui Patricio from a Jerome Boateng cross.Arsenal’s new signing Lukas Podolski skidded a low first-time shot straight at the goalkeeper barely ten minutes in.Cristiano Ronaldo skipped past Boateng down the left to slide a cross into the box, but Helder Postiga failed to make contact at the near post; Portugal’s first moment of danger.The Germans had the ball in the net on 24 minutes, but French referee Stephane Lannoy decided to award a free kick against Portugal for a foul by Chelsea’s Raul Miereles on Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira in the buildup.advertisementPodolski had plenty of time to line up a shot off a Mesut Ozil low ball from the left, but the Polish-born forward couldn’t keep it down.Portugal proceeded to frustrate the Germans by defending in numbers, crowding out the midfield to ensure attacks came to nothing.A fierce cross from Ozil was intercepted by Bruno Alves before the Germans missed a good double chance.The ball fell to Podolski unmarked at the back post, he chose to volley it back across goal rather than shoot and Tomas Muller side-footed wide.Portugal nearly took the lead against the run of play as Real Madrid defender Pepe struck the crossbar after a corner fell to him eight yards out.The second half saw the pace pick up initially, as a chipped cross from Nani was athletically headed clear by Borussia Dortmund center-back Mats Hummels.Mario Gomes directed a header over on 57 minutes after the Portuguese gave the ball away cheaply.The Germans then lost the ball too easily themselves, allowed Nani burst through the center and release Ronaldo on the edge of the box. But Boateng got across quickly to charge down his left-footed shot.Gomez headed home with Klose waiting on the touchline to replace him, prompting coach Joachim Low to send the Lazio striker back to the bench.Ronaldo hit a trademark dipping shot on 81 minutes that Manuel Neuer awkwardly palmed away.Ronaldo then turned provider, poking to Real Madrid teammate Fabio Coentrao on the edge of the box only for Hummels to get a vital diving block in.Portugal squandered the chance of the match with three minutes left. Substitute Nelson Oliveira set up fellow replacement Silvestre Valera. But the latter blasted straight at Neuer from point-blank range.Holger Badstuber blocked a last-minute shot from Nani, and Bruno Alves headed over from the resulting corner.Lineups:Germany: Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Holger Badstuber, Phillipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil (Toni Kroos, 87), Thomas Muller (Lars Bengder, 90), Lukas Podolski, Mario Gomez (Miroslav Klose, 79).Portugal: Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Miguel Veloso, Joao Periera, Joao Moutinho, Raul Miereles (Silvestre Varela, 79), Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Helder Postiga (Nelson Oliveira, 69).last_img read more

Post-Partum Haemorrhage: Low-Tech Interventions, High Potential to Save Lives

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 7, 2010June 21, 2017By: Maria M. Pawlowska, Cambridge Gates ScholarClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)According to the latest WHO Countdown report, post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) is responsible for over a third of maternal deaths worldwide. During a session at the Global Maternal Health Conference last week, I learned about a number of prevention and treatment methods for PPH.Dr. Sydney A. Spangler, Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, stressed that with any intervention, it is very important to consider the context not only on the national level, but also on the community level.MisoprostolThe session focused to a large extent on misoprostol, a drug that is used for treating and, importantly, preventing post-partum haemorrhage in low-resource settings with minimal financial inputs but remarkably impressive health outputs.Notable characteristics of misoprostol:1.)   It is cheap2.)   It is widely available3.)   It has mild or no side affects4.)   It is chemically stable in high temperatures (i.e. no need to have access to refrigeration or reliable electricity supply).Misoprostol has an interesting background story. It was initially used to treat stomach ulcers. It was then discovered to be a safe method for inducing medical abortion (i.e. with no need for surgical interventions)—and it was soon realized that the same uterine contractions that lead to abortions in the first trimester can also stop or prevent excessive bleeding during labour, making it highly effective against post-partum haemorrhage.Blood Collection MatWhen exactly is bleeding excessive? There is always some blood loss associated with birth, and as mentioned by Shabram Shanaz from Pathfinder, women in places like Bangladesh give birth in their clothes, so it is often difficult to judge blood loss.  In order to help women and their families decide when there is need to seek referral to a health clinic, an absorbent mat has been developed which indicates when a threshold of 500ml blood loss is reached. The mat is now one of the supplies given out to pregnant women.Education Shabram Shanaz went on to describe how the Pathfinder project in Bangladesh taught women and their families life-saving procedures which can be implemented with or without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. Dr. Shanaz stressed the importance of empowering women and their families. If families are provided with basic information in a clear and culturally appropriate fashion, they can quickly become skilled at labour risk management and empowered to make the right decisions–whether it be taking the appropriate medication at home or seeking hospital referral. Pathfinder not only provides educational workshops but the organization also provides women with a post-partum haemorrhage kit. The kit, packed in a bright red bag, includes everything that a woman might need–including mobile phone numbers for health workers in the area. Supplying the bags costs only US$1 per bag—but have had a huge impact on the lives of women and their families. They are empowered to act. In fact, in the Pathfinder study area, all of the women used the supply kits.Supplying misoprostol along with other basic equipment such as blood collection mats, in a way that is easily accessible when needed (i.e. in a container which is well-labelled and difficult to lose such as the red bags handed out by Pathfinder) is a low-tech and affordable, but effective way of improving maternal health. Gaps in research and funding are not the major barriers to making preventable maternal mortality a thing of the past––we know what works and many of the effective interventions are quite affordable.  Now, we need to think critically about how to get passed the barriers to implementing these proven interventions at scale.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.Visit the conference site here.Share this:last_img read more

Auto industry seeks immediate policy steps as sales continue to plummet

first_imgNew Delhi: Auto industry body SIAM on Monday sought immediate steps from the government, including reduction in GST rates and initiation of scrappage policy, as sales continued to plummet with passenger vehicle makers witnessing a decline of 30 per cent offtake in August. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said even the commercial vehicle and two-wheeler sales are significantly negative indicating that the market has still not responded to the various measures initiated by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last month. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”All this while, the industry has pulled out all the stops in offering attractive deals and discounts to the consumers. “However, the ability of the industry to provide large discounts is limited and this only highlights the need for government to consider reducing the GST rates from 28 per cent to 18 per cent which would significantly reduce the cost of vehicles and, in turn, create demand,” SIAM President Rajan Wadhera said in a statement. There is also an urgent need to come out with an integrated incentive-based scrappage policy covering all segments of the automobile industry as promised by the FM, he added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The festival season is around the corner, it is imperative that these decisions are taken quickly and announced without delay so that the industry could hope for a better festival season that could harbinger a recovery in the industry,” Wadhera said. The series of announcements on credit availability and reducing the cost of credit that were made do not seem to have percolated down to the non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) which support the bulk of finance for the automotive industry, he added. The consumer sentiment also continues to be low and there is clearly a trust deficit in lending money to the dealers, he added. On Sunday, major companies such as Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors and Honda reported a high double-digit de-growth in their sales in August. While Maruti reported a 33 per cent drop in August sales at 1,06,413 units, sale of passenger vehicles by Tata Motors fell 58 per cent during the month under review. Similarly, Honda Cars India and Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) sales dropped 51 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively. Similarly, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) saw its domestic sales dip by 26 per cent to 33,564 units last month, compared to 45,373 units in August 2018. On August 23, Sitharaman had unveiled a slew of measures to boost investor sentiment and prop up the banking and auto sectors.last_img read more