UP’s time to shine?

first_img“This isn’t the best UP team,” she said in Filipino, after the Lady Maroons weathered quite a storm before hammering out a 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12 victory over University of the East on Saturday at the start of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.“We’re just trying to become a better version of UP,” she added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Lady Maroons need a sense of urgency, too. In the offseason, they played like a team rushing to fulfill a potential people saw when Molde and fellow stars Tots Carlos and Justine Dorog joined the squad. They won two offseason titles heading into this UAAP season.But at the Filoil Flying V Centre Saturday, UP wobbled like an inexperienced squad and trailed after three sets before relying on Molde, Carlos and Dorog to see off scrappy UE. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wasn’t receiving any attacks since the first set so I kept trying to find good positions for myself because nothing came my way,” Arado said in Filipino. “I got fired up and I think … UP’s game plan was to really avoid me.”Arado also summed UE’s newfound confidence despite finishing poorly last season—proof that the Lady Warriors no longer think of themselves as just another easy schedule on their opponents’ calendars.“We have 13 more games and some additional in the Final Four,” Arado said. “We just didn’t have it in the end; we ran out of gas.”UE had UP on the ropes in the opening match of Saturday’s doubleheader—Far Eastern University dismantled National U, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12, in the second game—and the Lady Maroons needed to gut out a strong fourth set to stay alive.It went back-and-forth at the start of the fifth set, before Jessma Ramos and Molde exchanged hits for a 10-7 lead.Molde finished with 23 points to lead the Lady Maroons while Carlos and Dorog had 17 points and 12 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Thirdy hopes to crack Gilas roster Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Isa Molde has seen better versions of University of the Philippines’ women’s volleyball team before.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “There’s no such thing as perfect volleyball,” she said. “We just have to look at things that we’re still missing” and improve on them.UP head coach Godfrey Okumu has an inkling on what the Lady Maroons need to work on.“We had many unforced errors and we should correct that,” he said, pointing to the 42 points UP gave UE through unforced errors. “Our defense was up to standard. And when we focus we play well.”UE had a seven-point edge off unforced errors, yielding 35 to UP. But mostly, the Lady Warriors’ defense was also up to the task, especially in the back row, where UE kept several UP kill attempts in play.That defense backstopped an offense that was shouldered mostly by springy Judith Abil, who peppered UP with 20 points. In the middle of UE’s defense was skipper Kath Arado who said the Lady Maroons did a good job of trying to keep her out of play.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Corporate Manager Wants Liberians Take Over Economy

first_imgA Liberian corporate manager has said that in order for Liberia as a nation to make significant inroads among the comity of nations, it must first take possession and control its economy.Archon R. Clinton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ARC Investment Incorporated, noted that the business and corporate investment climate of Liberia has over the years solely rested within the domain and purview of foreign entrepreneurs.The young and enterprising business magnate, who has excelled to the peak of corporate managerial level over a relatively short period of time, envisioned that Liberians can progress to the top managerial level within the corporate sector based on sound financial policies and implementations that could enable them be on par with their foreign counterparts.Mr. Clinton, who manages the Archon Reconstruction Company (ARC), located in Gardnersville, related that his Liberian-owned company regulates and supervises the transportation, logistics and maintenance activities of TOTAL Liberia, while the Liberia Coca-cola and Bottling Company (LCCBC) contracted the ARC’s management in 2012 to provide similar services for their entity.The ARC manager intoned that this nation can make progressive economy recovery for speedy development if Liberians are in the vanguard of asserting every effort aimed at striving to have their economy placed in their own hands. He noted sadly that foreign business entrepreneurs are far ahead in the business and economy competition, while some Liberians are still sitting on the fence despite their nation being endowed with immense natural resources.Mr. Clinton lamented that as a struggling youth before he left the country in 1998 for the Netherlands, he was faced with numerous difficulties and challenges, but was determined in his ambition to acquire the requisite skills in order to come back home and contribute his quota to the nation’s post-war reconstruction program.He later established the ARC and its subsidiary, CHAMP Enterprise, through which he has now emerged to play meaning roles in the corporate management sector. Mr. Clinton’s managerial accomplishments also paid-off when the ARC was recently honored by the Africa Watch as the Outstanding Company of the Year 2013-2014.Besides his managerial activities, Mr. Clinton has also contributed to Liberia’s reconstruction program as well as the government of Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) program by awarding numerous scholarships to destitute Liberians, who have over the years enrolled in some of the secondary and tertiary institutions in the country. He has also rendered humanitarian services by providing aid to impoverished Liberians.Meanwhile, he has praised the Liberian government for the level of peace and stability, coupled with the existing business atmosphere, which has helped Liberians in their endeavors to rebuild their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Federer says Novak man to beat in Melbourne

first_img0Shares0000Roger Federer — who beat German challenger Alexander Zverev in Peth — said he was just one of 10 favourites going into the Australian Open later this month © AFP / TONY ASHBYPERTH, Australia, Jan 5 – Swiss champion Roger Federer kept up his impressive early season form after another flawless week of singles performances at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth — as he declared Novak Djokovic the man to beat at the Australian Open.Federer will be aiming for a third successive Australian Open and looked in impressive touch in claiming a second Hopman Cup, winning all four of his singles matches as he prepared for the year’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne later this month. The 37-year-old used the Hopman Cup as his launching pad for winning the past two Australian Opens, the first of which in 2017 ended an almost five-year Grand Slam drought for Federer.Speaking after he easily accounted for world number four Alexander Zverev, the last player to beat him in singles in Perth back in 2017, Federer played down his chances of a third successive Australian Open title.Although the 6-4, 6-2 win over Zverev in the Hopman final reversed a loss to the German in London in November, Federer said he was just one of many challengers in Melbourne.“I’m one of the top 10 favourites and so are many others,” he said.“I don’t know the draw yet, I don’t know who my first round opponent is, I don’t know if I play on Monday or day or night.“In terms of who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I am part of that bunch.”Federer declared Djokovic as the man to beat, with the Serb having won the most recent two Grand Slams at Wimbledon and the US Open.He played down the world number one losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha this week.“No doubt about it, Novak is the favourite,” he said.“Regardless of what happened in Doha, the game had a super, super strong last five or six months of the year.“With his class once he gets his groove back he is hard to beat.”Currently ranked third in the world, Federer can draw confidence from his recent record in Australia.Last year he won his first 21 matches of the season, including the Australian Open title, as he became the oldest player to ever hold the number one ranking.“I have had such a great time in Australia the last couple of years and always enjoyed playing here,” he said.Federer’s win over Zverev was a step up following earlier victories over rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, Britain’s Cameron Norrie and American Frances Tiafoe.“It is good to finish on a singles performance like this,” he said.“You adjust your game and Sasha (Zverev) is a totally different player than what I’ve had this week.“I am happy I was able to maintain the good, high quality tennis I showed all week.”He dismissed suggestions his form tapered in the second half of 2018, saying he simply failed to capitalise on some crucial opportunities.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

COUNCIL ANNOUNCES MORE WATER RESTRICTIONS WITH NO RAIN IN SIGHT

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced new water restrictions for the Glenties Electoral area.The latest cut-offs come on the back of existing water restrictions in the Stranorlar Electoral Area which came into place last week.In the Greencastle/Moville area in Inishowen, the prolonged dry spell and the increase in the number of visitors to the area has substantially reduced the water supply in the area. The Council is asking the public to conserve water by not using hosepipes on gardens, paddling pools or car washing in the Greencastle and Moville areas.The water restrictions in the Stranorlar and Glenties electoral areas are necessary to ensure that there is sufficient water in the reservoirs throughout the county and during this dry spell we would ask all members of the public to be particularly vigilant in conserving water.The following water restrictions are now in place:Glenties Electoral Area The areas supplied from the following reservoir will be turned off from from 11pm on the 18th July to 7am on the 19th JulyBrinaleck Reservoir – affecting the following areas: Ardnaeoin,Upper Carrick, Upper Glassagh, Corveen, Meenalough, and KnockfolaStranorlar Electoral AreaFrom 11.30pm to 6.00am reservoir/distribution mains will be switched off at· Lifford Reservoir – serving Lifford Town/ Coneyburrow and Roughan Road areas · Distribution Main – from Rossgier junction/ Porthall to Swilly Burn area including Newrow/ Tironeil area· Distribution Main – from Letterkenny Road (N14) Cavan Hill junction/ Glencash/ Drumleen/ Creaghadoos/ Gillystown area including Drumearn.From 10.00pm to 7.00am reservoir/distribution mains will be switched off at:· Tievebrack Reservoir – above Castlefin/ Castlederg Road/Bellalt/Meenlogher. · Gleneely Reservoir – above Crossroads and Knock/ Kinlitter, Lismullaghduff,Sallywood area· Ballynacor Reservoir – within the Edenamoghil/ Monellan/ Ballinman areasDonegal County Council would like to thank the public for their co-operation and for their continuing efforts to conserve water.For further information and updates follow us on Twitter @donegalcouncil or on our Facebook page.COUNCIL ANNOUNCES MORE WATER RESTRICTIONS WITH NO RAIN IN SIGHT was last modified: July 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Councilwater restrictionslast_img read more

Jacks to face Azusa in NCAA

first_imgThe Humboldt State women are heading back to the NCAA playoffs.A dramatic victory over UC San Diego in the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship game on Saturday night was enough to hand the Jacks a place in the eight-team West Region field.Humboldt State will now open the postseason tourney against No. 1 seed and host school Azusa Pacific Friday night at 7:30.The No. 8 seed Jacks improved to 18-12 on the season with Saturday’s dramatic 76-75 victory at Pomona, a win that …last_img read more

New York Mets to sign former San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik

first_imgJoe Panik is heading home.The former San Francisco Giants second baseman has signed a contract with the Mets that will allow him to return to his home state of New York. Several other outlets reported Friday morning that the two sides had agreed to a deal, and the Mets announced the move hours later.The Yonkers native was designated for assignment by the Giants on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to a tenure that included an All-Star appearance, a Gold Glove honor and a World Series title.Pani …last_img read more

Overview: the Gauteng Stakeholder Workshop

first_imgThe Gauteng Stakeholder Workshop featured vibrant discussion about the existence of a country’s brand, the pros and cons of having one, and the best way to build a nation brand. It was widely agreed that all provinces should align with the overall nation brand message. From left to right, Sipho Mhlongo, from the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, Brand South Africa chief executive Kingsley Makhubela, and Joburg Mayor Parks Tau address stakeholders at the Gauteng Stakeholder Workshop on 19 August 2015. (Image: CD Anderson)• Brand South Africa salutes Cowen High School for winning the Umhlobo Wenene FM debate competition • Brand South Africa invites stakeholders to contribute to insights on the South African Nation Brand • Young South Africans plan to stay at home • People and complexity: the missing ingredients in celebrity activism for Africa • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Priya PitamberSouth Africans should concentrate on the positive: “We should be defined by what we are doing.” This was the message from newly appointed chief executive Kingsley Makhubela at Brand South Africa’s Gauteng Stakeholder Workshop, held in Sandton on 19 August.Sipho Mhlongo, group executive for trade, investment and regulatory enablement at the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency welcomed everyone to the discussion, held at the Gauteng Investment Centre. He said there are many great things happening in South Africa.One strong message about positivityMakhubela spoke about the importance of the provinces and the country aligning the overall brand message. “It’s important that provinces align [brand] messages and in the process of aligning it, not shoot ourselves in the foot.”He brought up instances in which South Africa had performed well – surviving the 2008 economic downturn and not having to bail out any banks; the rapid growth of the corporate sector since the mid-90s; and the good performance of the country’s academic institutions. He pointed out that six South African universities featured in the Top 10 list of the Times Higher Education (THE) Africa University Ranking.Makhubela recounted an anecdote: he got an opportunity to study overseas but one of his lecturers at a South African university advised him it was important to study in Africa, because that way the knowledge was able to remain on the continent.But South Africa also faced huge problems, he admitted, bringing up the issue of the local drug cocktail, nyaope. “We are going to lose a generation [to drugs],” he warned. “These sorts of social issues need to be addressed.” And one way to do this was to grow the economy.Big city lifeJoburg Mayor Parks Tau noted the importance of cities in identifying problems and finding solutions. The South African Cities Network, which represents most of the country’s main cities, acknowledges the large role big cities played in a country.It publishes a State of the City report about the work done. “Cities have become important pointers of development,” Tau stressed. “Cities have a role to play in finding solutions and resolving complex issues.”Joburg, the largest city not close to a river or sea, was a city of migrants and their ability to make it grow resulted in its success. “Forty percent of the people in Joburg now, are born outside of Joburg.”While it had made strides in investing in infrastructure, problems still existed, such as traffic congestion. The solution did not exist in building more roads, the mayor said. “We have to create alternatives because we cannot build our way out of problems… It’s about changing our mind-set.”He encouraged the audience to take advantage of the upcoming #EcoMobility campaign in October, aimed at getting people out of cars and using other modes of transport.South African Competitiveness Forum Dr Petrus de Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager for research, spoke about the need to find a way to position the brand of the country. (Image: Priya Pitamber)The first session of the day, by Dr Petrus de Kock, the general manager for research at Brand South Africa, was about the South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF). The inaugural SACF took place back in 2013, born of a need to identify the work of positioning the brand of the country.In his presentation, De Kock described the SACF as a call “on all South Africans to play their part and engage in collaborative efforts to build a strong national reputation based on a globally competitive economy”.“As Brand South Africa, we have to understand the range and strengths of the nation to market it to the world and locally. Getting input from provinces can help with the messaging sent out,” he added.There was also opportunity to learn from where the country had succeeded and apply those lessons to challenges.A few discussion points emerged from the session, too, including the recent xenophobic incidents in the country and the response to them. De Kock said there was a lot of messaging in that period from the government and officials. Brand South Africa also studied the social response. “It doesn’t matter how small a group is, damage can be caused to the reputation,” De Kock observed.Other topics of discussion were whether it was possible to tackle negative perceptions of the country; whether it was a risk to build a nation brand; how the media could help in building a positive image of the country; the funding of small and medium enterprises; and how South Africa’s sense of pride was defined.“National pride is linked to inner emotions; it’s more than tourism and sport,” a speaker said.Nation Brand Master Class Brand South Africa acting chief marketing officer Sithembile Ntombela gave a Master Class on the Nation Brand. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s acting chief marketing officer, conducted the Nation Brand Master Class. She said it was important build the nation, to find a nice narrative of South Africa. “We are selling our country,” she said.“The master class is about building a nation brand that at its core is unified through its diversity,” she noted in her presentation. “Building anything requires taking many pieces that work and fit together to make the bigger picture complete.”Provinces should align their messages with that of the country, Ntombela added, which would require a lot of planning. “We must relay true and relevant messages,” she said. “And promote a common sense of identity and pride.”A puzzle approach would work best because it could be used to “educate and guide key stakeholders in the intricacies of handling a nation brand, we created work that literally shows that everyone has a part to play in making our country a complete and competing nation”.Brazil, she said by way of example, was automatically associated with flair, the samba, and carnival; history was attached to Egypt, India and Peru; so too could South Africa create its unique stamp to sell to the rest of the world.Feedback on researchDe Kock shared the outcomes from the extensive research conducted by Brand South Africa, and it showed good news.“You can’t sell the brand of a country, without inside buy-in,” he reasoned. So the research started in the domestic arena, to find out what issues were on the minds of South Africans. It made use of a diverse national sample of 2 524 people.The Domestic Perceptions Research showed that while there were concerns among South Africans relating to crime, corruption and a lack of job opportunities, it also found that “citizens want to focus on solutions. And South Africans are willing to take action, rather than wait for someone else to do so.”Findings also showed that the majority of the population was under 35 and lived in urban areas; there was an increase in the middle class after 1994; 92% of the sample interviewed had a “good” or “strong” sense of pride; and many South Africans were aspirant that their children would live a better life than what they did.Country Messaging Framework Manusha Pillai, the Brand South Africa general manager of communications, talked about the Country Messaging Framework. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Brand South Africa’s Manusha Pillai, the general manager of communications, spoke about the National Development Plan (NDP) and how it could be tied into the country’s messaging framework.Pillars of the Country Messaging Framework mirrored the NDP and included tourism, culture and heritage, policy, people, brands, and investment and recruitment, all to be used to market South Africa.“Brand South Africa has been working with a various stakeholders from government, business and civil society to compile this Country Messaging Framework,” she said in her presentation, in which she described South Africans as having an energy and great problem-solving skills.last_img read more

Brand South Africa hosts Top 50 Brands in South Africa event

first_imgThe Top 50 South African brands have been announced by Brand South Africa and Brand Africa Finance. These brands are said to contribute not only to the country’s economy, but to the image they portray when doing business internationally.Pratiksha Jekison-Singh of MTN (in middle) receives the award for Top Most Valuable Brand in South Africa on 15 September 2015. She is pictured with Thebe Ikalafeng of Brand Africa Finance and Kingsley Makhubela of Brand South Africa. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanA brand’s performance, its relationship with its customers, and the money the brand spends on equity, were the key pillars of success, Thebe Ikalafeng, the chief executive officer of Brand Africa said yesterday at the announcement of the country’s Top 50 Brands of 2015.Brand South Africa and Brand Africa hosted the breakfast announcement, which took place in Houghton, Johannesburg.It was the third annual study undertaken by Brand Africa, said the organisers. The study found that the top 50 corporate brands in South Africa were valued at approximately R1.5-trillion, with many of these companies also contributing to national priorities such as uplifting identified and targeted communities.Retail group Woolworths and First National Bank are the strongest brands in South Africa for 2014/2015. The cellphone network MTN is the Top Valuable Brand in the country.Brands are assetsIkalafeng said brands had become more than just a logo or slogan. “They are now seen as corporate assets which are amongst the most valuable that an organisation can have. By extension, national corporate brands also contribute to a nation’s assets in terms of the value they add to the country – both in terms of (gross domestic product) as well as reputational impact,” he said.“The brand managers and executives who oversee and manage these brands therefore play their part to contribute to corporate profitability and visibility and we at Brand South Africa and Brand Africa Finance salute you.”Sydney Mbhele, divisional executive: group marketing at Nedbank, and Peter Mancer, chief executive officer of the company Diversity Management, were among the guests at the event. Nedbank is ranked seventh on the Top 50 SA Brands list. (Image: Melissa Javan)Faye Mfikwe (on right), chief marketing officer of First National Bank also received the Top Strongest Brand award for her company. Here she is with Ashraf Garda of SA FM Radio, another guest at the breakfast. (Image: Melissa Javan)Zukiswa Modisakeng, Vuyelwa Nyakaza, and Busi Dziba are entrepreneurs who attended the event to support their favourite South African brands. (Image: Melissa Javan)Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer, Kingsley Makhubela, stressed that while developing, strengthening and maintaining a nation’s brand was a multifaceted task, there were a range of factors that could help to position the nation positively.“These factors, if based on a solid foundation, can help the nation brand weather the storms posed by the global political and economic environment. One of these factors (is) national corporate entities,” said Makhubela.“Your excellence in the corporate field contributes immensely to the strength and positive reputation of the South African nation brand. Your brands are sometimes the first point of contact between consumers and the South African nation, especially where corporate brands have an international footprint.”The Top 50 Brands’ product quality, customer service and ethical framework, he said, contributed to perceptions about South Africa’s spirit of ubuntu, its innovation, and “the values that the country drives”. “South Africa’s corporate sector is therefore critical to enabling Brand South Africa to position the country as an attractive inward destination of choice.”Customers, the focusKate Fordyce of Woolworths says the retailer’s Top Strongest Brand award is the result of the passion and hard work of staff. She is pictured with Thebe Ikalafeng of Brand Africa Finance and Kingsley Makhubela of Brand South Africa at the Top 50 Brands announcement on 15 September 2015. (Image: Melissa Javan)Pratiksha Jekison-Singh, the senior manager of brand communications and media at MTN, welcomed the win, especially following the recent strikes and structural changes within the company.“Our customers are the core focus, the centre of our business,” she said. “We’re driving to what’s best for them, looking at their behaviour and educate them on what is best suitable for their needs.”The Top 50 Brands were a prestigious event. “The brands are competing in the same industry, markets and fields. Yet with competing, we have the same respect for each other, and our goal is to achieve what is best for the country as a whole,” she added.Kate Fordyce, the head of agency at Woolworths, said the retailer was very proud and honoured to receive this award from Brand South Africa. “This award is testament to the passion and hard work of our people and the loyalty of our customers.“The Woolworths difference is brought to life by our values such as quality, integrity, energy and sustainability. These same values inform everything we do – from our customer service to our interactions with suppliers and our contribution to the communities in which we operate.”Click on the image below for a larger view.Sources: Brand Africa Finance and Brand South Africa Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Twitter Needs a Spam Filter? No, We Need a Marketer Filter

first_imgEven More Dangerous? “Tweet to Win”What’s actually more concerning than spam, however, is the new trend we’ll call “tweet to win.” Legitimate companies have begun using Twitter to promote a message – essentially an advertisement about their business’ offerings. To cajole twitizens into “spamming” their followers in this way, they’re offering prizes or the chance to win prizes in return. (Full disclosure: this author did this once and still regrets it). This situation hasn’t gotten out of hand just yet, but it seems like it’s only a matter of time before it does. Because really, how many of you could resist yourselves if all of a sudden a company started giving away free Macbook Pros? Oh, apparently not too many of you because you’ve already spammed up trending topics today with #moonfruit. What’s Moonfruit? Why, it’s a company that’s giving away a free Macbook Pro every day for 10 days. Is this a brilliant social media promotion (as Adam Ostrow of Mashable claims) or just a new, inventive way to junk up the twitterstream with advertisements? We think it’s closer to the latter. sarah perez The only consolation in this particular case is that Moonfruit doesn’t care what your tweet says, so it can just be appended to any ordinary tweet. That’s not usually the case – most companies provide a message for you to re-tweet.What’s frightening about this “it’s not spam, it’s a message from your friend” is that it’s really not. My friend isn’t actually telling me that Moonfruit is this great new company they have just heard about and that I really have to check out. This isn’t a word-of-mouth recommendation – my friend just wants to win a new laptop. They know this, I know this, and the company knows this. And that makes the message just as spammy to me as any other in-stream tweet from an actual spammer.So, what can be done? Well sure, I could unfollow that so-called friend, but why would I? It’s not like they do this regularly and 99% of the time, I like what they have to say. But while one day that friend is tweeting to win a Macbook, another may be tweeting to win something else. Even if only a small percentage of an ever-shifting group of my friends tweeted a promotional message every day, it would be enough to junk up my timeline. Sadly, that’s one kind of spam that Twitter can’t really block. And neither can I. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#NYT#Trends#twitter#web center_img Has Twitter spam gotten a little out of hand? According to today’s top story on Techmeme, it has. Apparently, marketers are calling for Twitter to filter out spam and other adult content from the microblogging service. You know, so their all-important tweets about the products and services they’re pushing don’t have to share the same web space as that other nasty stuff. But fighting actual spammers is still relatively easy for an end-user: it’s called the “unfollow” button. Ironically, if anyone’s to blame for spamming our Twitter timelines, it’s the marketers themselves. They’ve managed to trick our friends into spamming us with their messages instead.If You’re Getting Real Spam, Blame YourselfWe’re not sure where anyone, marketer or not, gets off telling Twitter that it’s their responsibility to filter the content that flows through their service mainly because Twitter is already doing so. The company itself currently addresses the spam issue by providing an @spamaccount where you can report spammers and other abusers in the Twittersphere. If the account in question is indeed a spammer, Twitter boots them from the service. That sounds good to us. Simple and effective…at least for the end user. (It’s probably a nightmare to deal with at Twitter HQ). Of course, Twitter doesn’t want their service overrun by spammers – no one would. However, they’re probably more concerned with wasting their resources to support these fake accounts than they are with the annoyance it causes for their users. But do they have it under control? Perhaps not – fighting spam is sort of like fighting computer viruses. You block one and someone makes a new one. The same goes for spammers – kill one spammer and another appears to take his place. It’s an ongoing fight, not a plague that can be wiped out overnight through some magic filter. Besides, what you consider spam, I may consider “valuable information about a product.” Probably not, but there is a gray area there that has to be taken into consideration. Some spam is out-and-out spam, but other stuff may just be “hot deals” from a legitimate company. However, if you didn’t want to see said hot deals, you might consider them spam. Still, how would you see them unless you actually followed that account to begin with? Or maybe you turned on auto-follow using a service like SocialToo? If that’s the case, it’s a little ridiculous for you to get annoyed when half your timeline turns into a slew of “buy this” messages – you only have yourself to blame for that. Where Actual Spam Hurts UsThe only place that honest-to-goodness spam can really affect you on an everyday basis is not in your own personal timeline of friends’ tweets, but when viewing a trending topic’s stream or when doing a keyword search. In these cases, spammers hijacking a currently popular hashtag may show up in the timeline, potentially diluting the results with irrelevant information. For this reason alone, we support Twitter’s spam-fighting efforts. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

How LogiNext uses logistical data to build a better connected city

first_imgThe most important aspects of the logistics industry are safety and efficiency. At the end of May, LogiNext, a Mumbai-based SaaS company, unveiled its most advanced location-tracking SDK to help more logistics companies and e-commerce platforms gain necessary insights on traffic data so that they can provide a better customer experience. LogiNext users just need to install the location tracking SDK into their smartphones to discover their real-time location, movement, surrounding traffic conditions, and estimated time of arrival. Don’t miss your chance to attend our IoT Revolution SymposiumLogistics companies, especially small, private ones, can offer more accurate and efficient services with LogiNext’s tracing software — feedback traffic data from the tracking software plays a key role in the companies’ performance development and market expansion. Due to limited technologies and prime costs, small logistics companies usually lack systematic management modes for data operation. See also: 3 counterintuitive trends to consider with smart citiesJoining a large “mother” company seems like an ideal solution, but under such a corporation, the smaller sub-company is limited by the technology authorized by its mother company. A small Chinese logistics sub-company recently told us that because of its role as a sub-company, it can’t be as efficient as a large company at service quality and delivery speed. The only advantage it has over its larger competitors is its lower price, but this lower price does not allow them to ensure the quality of the service. With the help of LogiNext, these smaller logistics companies could make data collection and location tracking possible in the near future, saving delivery time. Constant feedback information makes regional data collection and analysis more convenient, which allows these smaller companies to distribute their resources in different regions with the best solution; customers will have a better experience if such technology is applied to these logistics companies. Besides its positive influence on the current logistics industry, LogiNext’s advanced location tracking SDK will also become a crucial part of smart and connected cities in the future. We all know that support from big data is essential when building a connected world. Logistics offers the easiest way to collect updated data on transportation and locations — the most important data sets for smart cities. UK-based Starship Technologies and China-based JD.com both launched self-driving distribution cars, which illustrated the practical uses of self-driving cars. The launches reflected the importance of collecting cities’ big data via logistic info. Dhruvil Sanghvi, the CEO of LogiNext, agreed. “Tracking is knowledge [and] would be the gateway leading to a more connected and interlinked future,” he said. There can be issues, thoughPotential problems abound in collecting data via logistics to build connected cities. One of the most obvious problems is privacy. We are all familiar with breaches of customers’ private data conducted by big firms, but logistics data and information are actually more sensitive and private — they involve people’s shopping histories, addresses, and even payment information. To protect users’ privacy, logistics companies and e-commerce platforms are beginning to use digital bills instead of hard copies and will encrypt and monitor the distribution of data through the entire process. LogiNext’s location tracking software can also help companies supervise the whole delivery process, from big-picture performance to the position of an individual delivery car; this will be very useful in ensuring data safety for logistics companies, as well as for their customers. Because the software itself is just a tool, LogiNext and other logistics companies need to set more regulations on the software so that people and companies will use it properly. LogiNext’s location tracking service will only get better and more competitive within the big data market, and companies will choose to use its services to provide a more seamless and friendly user experience for their customers.If you like the insights you’ve read above, please come join us at our IoT Revolution Symposium on July 11.  Tags:#connected city#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Fei Zhaolast_img read more