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A New Bank Rises

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination BB&T and SunTrust have announced that they will combine in an all-stock merger valued at $66 billion to create the sixth-largest U.S. bank based on assets and deposits.According to Reuters, this is the biggest bank deal since the 2007-2009 financial crisis with the combined company expected to operate under a new name and have around $442 billion in assets. It is expected to have $301 billion in loans and $324 billion in deposits.The new bank’s footprint would cover the East Coast with new corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.In terms of its revenue from the mortgage business, the banks projected the combined fee income of the merged entity at $88 billion with 7 percent coming in through residential mortgage banking. Of the combined loans of $301 billion, 27 percent would be from residential mortgages, the banks said in their presentation to investors.The new entity would be combining the current reach of BB&T and SunTrust bank to reach 10 million households and would have a Top 3 market share across eight states.In a statement, the companies said that the combined company’s board of directors and executive management team would be evenly split between the two institutions. In the current home markets for both companies, the combined company would maintain the Community Banking Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Wholesale Banking Center in Atlanta, Georgia reflecting the combined company’s commitment to increase the respective banks’ current levels of community investment.”This is a true merger of equals, combining the best of both companies to create the premier financial institution of the future,” said Kelly S. King, Chairman and CEO at BB&T. “It’s an extraordinarily attractive financial proposition that provides the scale needed to compete and win in the rapidly evolving world of financial services. Together with Bill’s leadership and our new SunTrust teammates, we’re going to bring the best of both companies forward to serve our clients and communities.”Looking at the strategic and financial benefits of the merger, the banks said that the combined company would preserve and maintain the strong cultures of BB&T and SunTrust to “deliver superior client service and preserve the community banking model to maintain close ties to shared local communities.” In terms of financial profile and operating metrics, the merger is expected to generate an internal rate of return of around 18 percent.The companies said that the merged entity would also take advantage of its enhanced scale to focus on selecting best of breed systems and processes and making significant investments in technology to “create a sustainable competitive advantage in an increasingly digital-first world.””By bringing together these two mission- and purpose-driven institutions, we will accelerate our capacity to invest in transformational technologies for our clients. Our shared culture embraces the disruption of technology and we will take this innovative mindset to expand our leadership in the next chapter of these historic brands,” said William H. Rogers Jr. Chairman and CEO of SunTrust. With our geographic position, enhanced scale and leading financial profile, these two companies will achieve substantially more for clients, teammates, associates, communities, and shareholders than we could alone. I have tremendous respect for Kelly, his leadership team and the BB&T associates. We will leverage our respective strengths as we focus together on the future.”The new company’s leadership team would have King serving as the company’s Chairman and CEO until September 2021 with Rogers serving as the President and COO of the combined entity. Rogers will take over as the CEO of the combined entity post-September 2021.The transaction for this merger is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019. A New Bank Rises BB&T SunTrust 2019-02-07 Radhika Ojhacenter_img February 7, 2019 4,115 Views Sharelast_img read more

SES5 takes to the air Satellite provider SES clai

first_imgSES-5 takes to the airSatellite provider SES claims that is now reaches 2.81 million of a total 33.9 million TV homes in Nigeria.According to its first Satellite Monitor study on the Nigerian market, SES reaches 1.69 million TV homes directly via SES satellites and a further 1.12 million cable TV homes that are fed indirectly by the SES fleet.In total SES says that there are 33.9 million TV homes in Nigeria, with 8.98 million of them being served by satellites directly and the rest by terrestrial and cable networks.SES claims it has increased its technical reach in sub-Saharan Africa from one million TV households in 2013 to eight million TV households by the end of 2015.“We aim to connect the entire Nigerian population with our satellites, by developing the broadcasting landscape in partnership with our local partners and in close coordination with broadcasters,” said Eric Lecocq, general manager of north, west and central Africa at SES.“Nigeria is currently in the process of migrating from analogue to digital and, through the study, SES has established a market benchmark for the Nigerian TV viewing choices that will directly support the digital switchover and independently track the progress of the project.”last_img read more

In the global health world giving people access t

first_imgIn the global health world, giving people access to health care — even if they’re just basic services — has long been a top priority.But what if that approach is wrong?A new report published in The Lancet on Wednesday finds that when it comes to health, quality — not quantity — seems to be more important.The study estimates that 5 million people die every year because of poor-quality health care in low- and middle-income countries. That’s significantly more than the 3.6 million people in those countries who die from not having access to care.It’s also five times more than annual deaths from HIV/AIDS (1 million) and three times more than diabetes (1.4 million) in the same countries — although, of course, poor health care for these conditions can also be fatal.”For a very long time in global health, we have been really mandating and supporting and pushing access to care, without really thinking about what happens when people get to the clinic,” says Dr. Margaret Kruk, the co-commissioner of this study and a professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.These findings come from The Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems, a two-year project on measuring and improving the quality of health systems around the world.The commission is made up of 30 experts — academics, policymakers, health advocates — in 18 countries. Their data comes from a range of surveys, including household surveys in 47 countries, a survey they conducted about quality of care and 81,000 assessments of care by researchers, funded by USAID, who observed health visits at clinics and hospitals in 18 countries.NPR spoke with Kruk about the study.This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.What was perhaps the biggest finding of the report?There are 8.6 million deaths every year in low- and middle-income countries — the majority of the world, 134 countries — that could have been saved with good-quality health systems. These were deaths from treatable conditions because people didn’t get good care.Of that 8.6 million, we found that 5 million were people who got care but just got poor quality care. The remaining 3.6 million were because of a lack of access, which has been the traditional focus in global health.What are examples of poor health care?On average, in health care visits, we see providers typically follow fewer than half of the recommended clinical actions. For very sick children, an average length of visit might be 6, 7 or 8 minutes with a nurse. It’s too little time to properly assess that child.In a five-country sample in sub-Saharan Africa, only 50 percent of providers can accurately diagnose pneumonia or diabetes — very common conditions.The system as a whole is failing people. There are huge delays. If someone comes forward with concerns of cancer in a low-income country, there can be months of delay between that visitation and actual diagnosis — never mind treatment.It’s a crisis, particularly when governments all over the world are trying to expand health insurance. If your insurance services won’t save lives, what is the real value in expanding insurance and universal health coverage?Can you talk about the background of this commission?Together with my co-chair, Muhammad Pate, who was the former Minister of State for Health in Nigeria, we assembled a group of people who are academics thinking about health systems and how they function, and another group of people who are on the ground, struggling to improve health systems in the field.The whole premise of the commission is to say: How are we doing on quality globally? We were concerned the focus on access has overshadowed our understanding of what actually happens in health systems.What is the message for health-care systems?If health systems are to improve health, they have to do two things. They have to promote utilization of essential services that save lives — malaria treatment, HIV treatment and so on. But they also have to deliver on good-quality treatment, good-quality care.As you mentioned, global health has long focused on providing access to care. Now, it seems the focus is shifting to equity, to equitable access — for instance, making sure women and children receive the same quality of care as men, or that poor people receive the same level of care as their richer neighbors.It’s interesting that you use the word “equity.” The other major focus [of the study was on] vulnerable groups. We looked at people who are poor, who are less educated, people who have stigmatized conditions, teenagers who are pregnant. And even in a setting of relatively poor overall care, they get worse care. Even just simple treatments. For example, younger teenagers are less likely to get iron [supplements] during a prenatal care visit.Equity is critical, but I would add the word “quality.” It’s about access to quality services.What does quality health care look like?For us, quality is about three things. One is effective care that can improve or maintain health. The second is about earning the trust of people. The third is that systems have to adapt and adjust. That means a quick adjustment when there’s an outbreak but also the ability to change over time.Fundamentally, the big shift we propose is that systems should be for and about people. We should be judging them on what they do for people — not how many doctors they train.About 1 in 3 patients consistently has a poor experience of care. Disrespectful care, extremely short visits, poor communication, long wait times. Many parents — 40 to 50 percent — leave the clinic without knowing the child’s diagnosis. Is it because the provider doesn’t know or is it because the provider isn’t communicating? That’s hard to say in a survey. But the fact remains that the parent walks out not knowing what’s going on.You’ve mentioned child health in particular. Did your research focus on that? If so, why?The reason I mentioned children is because the strongest data we have, and the most complete, are in those areas. The Millennium Development Goals have really been about children and women, in large part, and infectious diseases. So when you look at current measurement systems and surveys and research, they are quite focused on women, children, people with HIV and so on.We wanted to speak broadly about the range of health priorities in low-income countries — which includes noncommunicable diseases, cardiovascular disease, accidents and so on. Mental health is another huge area. But we found extremely limited data. We are calling these complete blind spots right now.You mentioned a previous focus, in global health, on infectious disease. According to this report, the total number of deaths from poor-quality health care is five times higher than HIV/AIDS.These numbers are really large. We identified about 5 million deaths due to poor quality among people already using the health system. When you look at global deaths from cardiovascular disease, it’s about 2.5 million. Then there’s about 900,000 tuberculosis deaths.It’s an epidemic, really, of poor quality. Even though access to care is still incomplete — people with depression still can’t get services, people with cancer often cannot get any care in low-income countries — even with that low level of access, quality is the bigger challenge.What are the potential solutions?Probably the biggest surprise for me is in this question of how we improve. That’s because when we examine the evidence of very commonly used improvement strategies — checklists, refresher trainings, supervision — we were quite disappointed in the effectiveness of those strategies and the inability of these things to scale. Even if you have a result in one clinic, we have no samples where that’s permeated the whole country.So we took a very different look at improvement. A lot of the improvement has been focused at the point of care — right at the moment where the provider meets the patient. But actually, given the scale of the problem, we need to move further back to a much more foundational strategy.We identified four universal actions. The first is establishing a system-wide focus on quality, because there’s no accountability today. There’s no system to sound an alarm, and there needs to be one.Second, you’ve got to redesign health systems. A lot of health systems today are organized to maximize access — a lot of small clinics spread out over a large territory.Just to give you an example, in the U.S., Australia, and other wealthy countries, very few women deliver in hospitals that don’t offer C-sections — almost none.But in a five-country study we did in sub-Saharan Africa, we found that almost 1 in 3 babies born in health facilities are at very, very low-level [facilities] without C-sections, with minimally trained workers.This is an example where a service like delivery should be moved up to the hospital where surgery could be provided. Let’s put that service in place and help women get to the hospital, rather than waiting for complications to develop in that remote clinic.Third, the health workforce education in many low- and middle-income countries is just really outdated. Clinicians come out very good at identifying pathologies on slides but have a harder time doing problem-solving and connecting with patients.And then the last area of improvement for us was public demand. In most service industries, it is the pressure of customers that often improves the product or service. Yet in health care, we ignore patients as consumers. Many people anticipate low quality and have low expectations. But people do want good care.So how do those people get better services?We really do need to gather together and think about what we can do to support low-income countries in the transformation we’re calling for. One thing is introducing new measures and new knowledge that will help one country learn from another. We have to stop flooding the countries with quick fixes and shiny solutions.High-quality health systems are fundamentally a political issue. It’s a critical moment for leaders to see what people are looking for from the health system.Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Developments in assistive technology over the next

first_imgDevelopments in assistive technology over the next few years have the potential to be “truly, truly transformatory” for disabled people, a fringe event at the Conservative party conference heard this week.Neil Heslop, chief executive of the disability charity Leonard Cheshire, who uses assistive technology himself, said that technology was “a massive force for good, if appropriately leveraged”.But he added: “As the economy becomes increasingly digitised, there are risks and dangers for people with disability missing out on those opportunities.”He said that everybody working in technology recognised that it was not perfect and “still has a very, very long way to go” in terms of accessibility.But he said that “the core thesis is that we are as a society at an inflection point and what we do and don’t do now and in a small number of years actually has the potential to be truly, truly transformatory”.The fringe event was hosted by Leonard Cheshire and the technology giant Microsoft.Hector Minto (pictured, second from right), “accessibility evangelist” for Microsoft, said that technology was “reaching further into society than it ever has before”, including the billion disabled people on the planet.He said: “We cannot design society digitally without purposefully including people with disability.“Otherwise we miss the one in seven [people who are disabled], and the price will be high.”Minto said that “every other industrial revolution the world has encountered” had paid a price for having to “add disability later”.He said there was now an opportunity to “wire in accessibility” into what was being done and he pointed to a free plug-in for the widely-available Microsoft PowerPoint software that he then revealed had been producing live subtitles for the meeting.Minto said Microsoft was increasing the number of disabled people it employed because it needed to include them “in our workplace, in our product groups, in our design teams”.And he said the company was also asking its corporate customers around the world to “unlock” the assistive technology that was already built into Microsoft software.Steve Tyler (pictured, far left), director of assistive technology for Leonard Cheshire, told the meeting that support with technology was often available when disabled people were in education or in work.But he said: “What about before you’re in work? That’s the time when you need to engage with technology.“Virtually every job that we do today has an element of technology, and that is increasing as time goes on.“So for me, a key part of what we need to do is invent a new mechanism that allows funding prior to work to engage people in technology and engage them in the learning and training and the use of it.”Hannah Rose (pictured, far right) told the meeting how assistive technology – including the use of speech recognition software, which allows her to dictate into her computer – had helped her pass her GCSEs, A-levels and a degree, after becoming disabled as a teenager.She later secured a job as a vetting officer with Cheshire police, following a work trial, where she has now worked for 10 years.She said: “It gives me that independence to carry out a fulfilling job, like I am serving a purpose, like everybody else in that office.“None of this would have been possible without having that assistive technology.“Without work I would be lost. It’s great to be able to contribute to society like any other person, and without the access to assistive technology this wouldn’t be possible.”The meeting also discussed the wider issue of disability employment.Dave Bracher, campaigns manager for Spinal Injuries Association, said: “There has to be a way of getting the message out there that employers who are not employing disabled people are really missing a trick, because of the skills and qualities that those people bring to the party.“I am not saying that I am any more special than anybody else in the room as an employee but what I am saying is that my experience of spinal cord injury, the year I spent in rehab, the three weeks I spent with locked-in syndrome, communicating by blinking… that gives me skills and qualities that any employer should be looking for.”Sarah Newton (pictured, second from left), minister for disabled people, told the meeting: “It isn’t acceptable that half of people with disabilities who want to work and could work are not in work. That is a lost talent pool for the whole nation.“There’s a lot of talk at this conference and the last conference about post-Brexit Britain and the future of our country after Brexit and one thing for sure is that we need to make sure that we are using all the talents in our nation going forward, and that must mean enabling more of those people to get into work and to thrive in work.”Heslop (pictured, centre) said: “If any large-scale organisation does not have a representative number of people with disabilities in its workforce [which he said was about 19 per cent] and frighteningly few organisations achieve that today, anyone who doesn’t should be dissatisfied and should be committing themselves to creating an inclusive workplace.”He added: “Anyone in a leadership position has to accept [that], and this is true of large charities like ours.“I’m completely dissatisfied with the proportion of disabled people we employ, and we are taking steps to get much better.”Tyler said there was “scary but increasing evidence” that employers were looking at people’s social media profiles at the earliest stages of recruitment and if they saw that those people were disabled they “are rejected before they even get in the door”.He said: “We need to find ways through technology of highlighting/flagging/preventing that kind of stuff from happening.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Its Time to Stop It With the Terrible Passwords

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Ahead of World Password Day, a recent PCMag survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers found that many people are still terrible at creating and securing their passwords. Add to Queue It’s Time to Stop It With the Terrible Passwords –shares Reporter Passwords Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.center_img 2 min read With World Password Day coming up this Thursday, it’s a good time to audit your password practices.If you base your passwords on easily obtainable personal information, or have a go-to password you use for multiple accounts, it’s time to do better. But rest assured, you’re not the only one who sucks at passwords.A recent PCMag survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers, conducted between April 27 and April 29, revealed that 19 percent use their name or initials in their passwords, a big security no-no. Many others use their wedding date (16 percent), the name of a family member (15 percent), birth year (12 percent), house address (12 percent) or spouse’s personal information (8 percent).Meanwhile, most of us aren’t too savvy when it comes to remembering our passwords, either. Twenty-eight percent of respondents write them down on paper, 17 percent simply remember them by rotating between the same two or three for all their accounts, 12 percent rely on their browser’s auto-fill feature and 7 percent use Google Docs or Notes on their computer or phone.Perhaps worst of all, 9 percent of survey respondents said they use the exact same password for all their accounts.If you can relate, it might be time to consider a password manager. Used by just 13 percent of survey respondents, password managers help you generate and keep track of unique and strong passwords for every secure website. Some of our favorite paid options include: Dashlane, Sticky Password Premium, Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault and LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Ultimate 5.2 ($39 at LogMeOnce). There’s also plenty of free password managers out there; our favorite is LastPass.Besides helping to secure your accounts, password managers can save you the hassle of getting locked out. Fifty-seven percent of those who use a password manager said they “rarely” get locked out of their accounts. May 2, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article Angela Moscaritolo Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

The Cannapocalypse of Small Brands Is Upon Us But All Is Not

first_img Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Download Our iOS App May 2, 2019 Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Image credit: joSon | Getty Images Small Businesses –shares CEO | Founder of Garden Society Erin Gore Add to Queue Dig in now or risk being swept away by the coming corporate tsunami. As cannabis businesses in California and beyond transition to the regulated market, we are seeing the canna-pocalypse of our favorite farms, products, and brands across the industry. The astronomical cost of licensing and compliance, combined with the lack of access to banking and traditional financial services afforded to other small businesses, make financing for growth one of the hardest and most limiting pieces to the puzzle. Hard-working entrepreneurs are also closing down for a multitude of other reasons, including waiting on permits and licenses to ever-changing rules and compliance, and at this stage it’s easy to run out of both time and money.As the “OGs” know all too well, these hurdles are just too high for the many amazing jewels of craft cultivators, innovative medicinal brands, and budding entrepreneurs. Instead, the shelves are becoming awash with well-financed, in-house brands dreamt up in corporate design rooms, plainly capitalizing on the holes created by the pioneers.Related: Pulling the Cork Out of the Processing Bottleneck Slowing the Hemp/CBD BoomStill, I firmly believe all is not lost if those who paved the way can come together as an industry and create the platform to persevere. Cannabis culture was created to heal people, to celebrate the plant and to help our families and communities thrive. This can continue if we can coalesce around four core principles:  Collaboration, not competition, is the key to our future.As more big companies enter the space, and more financing flows into the cannabis industry, the competition for shelf space is only going to get fiercer. It’s impossible to think that any one small business can effectively take on the entire supply chain. This is where the power of partnerships will allow healthy competition on all levels. A key piece of business advice, regardless of your industry, is to ask yourself, “Where do I need help?” and subsequently to also ask, “Where can I be of help to others?”Collaboration can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, such as sharing information on becoming compliant, facilitating introductions to investors, or offering support in a time of crisis. It can also be done in the form of strategic partnerships such as sharing resources through independent contractor or co-employment agreements for brand ambassadors, manufacturing agreements to leverage complementary strengths, or potential cross-promotional opportunities at retailers or in media.Collaboration is a powerful tool, which can propel us collectively through difficult times through a community of support.Related: 5 Ways CEOs Can Empower Teams to Develop Collaborative WorkplacesAuthenticity is our best asset.For those of us who have been paving the way in legal cannabis, going back to the early medical marijuana era, the main difference we bring to the table is authenticity. We took many risks to build our businesses because of our belief in the benefits of this plant for our customers. Brand incubators cannot easily “cook-up” the authenticity that has been the core of our small business since inception. Authenticity establishes trust and connection — key components of brand loyalty that help brands build long-term relationships with customers.We know why craftsmanship is key to a good product but as more products hit the shelves, all at different price points, consumers are likely to become more confused. They may always reach for the lowest priced option, not knowing that the higher priced items are likely more responsibly sourced, and expertly crafted by artisans with a passion and purpose beyond just making money. So state your mission up front. Be clear about your product rationale and the thought that goes into everything you do. Did you start your company based on your own experience? Share this with your customers.Related: The World-Changing Power of Sharing Your StoryEducate the consumer on both the product, and the power of their voice.As most in the industry are aware right now, consumer education is desperately needed. While all cannabis businesses are doing this in some capacity, those of us who have lived and breathed this industry since the beginning have a unique perspective to help consumers learn all they need to know about the plant. We can teach the importance of knowing your farmer, your source and the process by which your chosen product was made.We in the cannabis business can help consumers understand their power to support the artisans and stories that resonate with their heart — not just their pocket book. Educate your consumers on the power of their voice.Related: These 6 Coffee Marketing Tricks Are a Perfect Blend for Your Cannabis BrandDiversify not just to survive but to thrive.It’s important for our cannabis industry to resemble the communities we call home. According to the SBA, small businesses are owned by a diverse group of individuals, from immigrants to multi-generational families, men and women and eight million minorities. Consumers and businesses alike should support under-represented founders and encourage diversity across all channels that include women, LGBTQ community, veterans and people of color. It’s simple: if you’re a consumer, consider brands founded by women. If you’re a distributor, ensure you have an LGBTQ program. If you’re a dispensary, ensure you’re giving veterans affordable options.  The day of reckoning nears, but by thinking ahead and acting thoughtfully — in consideration of others as much as ourselves — we can maintain the character and compassion that makes the cannabis community special. This will also offer the green entrepreneur the courage and chance to succeed, backed by and supportive of others in the community.The time for us to come together has never been more urgent. Free Green Entrepreneur App The Canna-pocalypse of Small Brands Is Upon Us – But All Is Not Lost Next Article last_img read more

Why Apple Will Never Create an iPadMac Hybrid

first_img Add to Queue 2 min read Register Now » Benjamin Snyder Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly telling consumers they shouldn’t expect a hybrid iPad and Mac in the future.In an apparent jab at Microsoft’s tablets such as the new Surface Book, Cook told the Irish Independent that Apple users don’t want that type of device.“We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” Cook told the newspaper. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world.”He added, “And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways.”His comments come after Cook made remarks about the future of the PC in a recent interview with the Telegraph. “I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?” he said. “Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones.”Microsoft declined to comment. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 16, 2015 –shares Apple This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Why Apple Will Never Create an iPad-Mac Hybridlast_img read more

LinkedIn Awarded Patent for System to Predict How Likely You Are to

first_img LinkedIn Awarded Patent for System to Predict How Likely You Are to Get a Job Add to Queue April 7, 2016 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Pixabay Biz Carson 80sharescenter_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Linkedin Enroll Now for $5 Applying for a job can be anxiety-inducing, but LinkedIn has come up with a way to tell you what your chances of getting a job could be — and what you can do to improve them.A new patent awarded to LinkedIn on Tuesday describes a system that could score your success chances and show your strengths and weaknesses.The LinkedIn system seeks to fix a problem that the company sees in today’s job hunting process: Employers often automatically reject candidates whose experience or education don’t match up exactly to a job listing. But the candidate has no idea why they were rejected.”The user may not be informed about the basis of the rejection. Further, in the case of other users who may be competing for the same requirement, the user may not be informed about the cause,” the patent states.The LinkedIn system is designed to give you that feedback when you apply for a job. LinkedIn could even offer suggestions like taking a professional course or moving to Los Angeles to gain better odds.There’s also a “predicted date of achievement” for how long it would take to get the job offer, according to the patent filing.Talent business boostBecause it’s only a patent there’s no knowing whether success scores will be coming to LinkedIn any time soon. LinkedIn confirmed that the company was awarded a patent, but a spokeswoman reiterated that “patent acquisitions do not necessarily foreshadow new product innovations.”What the feedback for premium subscribers looks like today.For now, premium account holders can already see where they rank when they view a job posting based on their experience and company. That percentage only identifies where a person falls compared to other applicants, but not the likelihood of success or the weaknesses in an application.Offering recommendations, though, could boost part of LinkedIn’s talent business.The company bought Lynda.com, a site filled with online tutorials, and has been trying to turn it into a money maker for the company. Some things, like a move to LA to improve odds, are out of LinkedIn’s hands, but pushing its job training programs could easily fall into LinkedIn’s priorities. Next Article last_img read more

ATT Google Fiber Demands Government Favors

first_imgAT&T September 2, 2016 Tom Brant News reporter Next Article To hear AT&T tell it, Google Fiber has a long history of over-promising, under-delivering and threatening city governments. Image credit: Google via PC Mag In a strongly-worded memo posted to its website this week, AT&T accused Google’s Fiber division of seeking government favors and failing to follow through on its plans to offer high-speed broadband and wireless Internet.”Instead of playing by the same rules as everyone else building infrastructure, Google Fiber demands special treatment and indeed in some places is getting it, unfairly,” AT&T Vice President Joan Marsh wrote. She offered a list of several missteps since Google joined the ISP business nearly ten years ago as evidence that the tech company can’t deliver on its promises. Those missteps include the planned rollout of gigabits-per-second public Wi-Fi, which largely fizzled after Google announced it in 2007. The company is once again revisiting that proposal, though, as it seeks cheaper alternatives to installing fiber cables and other infrastructure.AT&T and other ISPs, of course, are facing the same challenges. But cooperation seems to be out of the question: AT&T is using lawsuits and other tactics to hinder Google Fiber’s expansion. Ultimatley, Marsh said her company is in a better position to invest in and deliver fiber-based broadband.”Between 2011 and 2015, while Google Fiber was cutting its teeth on fiber, AT&T invested over $140B in its network, building to over one million route miles of fiber globally and deploying ultra-high-speed fiber-fed GigaPower broadband services, reaching over a hundred cities,” she said.Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on AT&T’s accusations. But notwithstanding their incendiary tone, they are well-timed: rumors have been flying in recent weeks that Google’s Fiber division is struggling. In addition to seeking cheaper wireless alternatives in its quest to serve 5 million customers by the end of the decade, it is reportedly cutting its staff in half as it looks to reduce costs. –sharescenter_img AT&T: Google Fiber Demands Government Favors Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min readlast_img read more

MarTech Interview with Agustin Esperon CoFounder at Wideo

first_img Agustin Esperon is the Co-Founder and Head of UX/Design at Wideo, an online platform that allows anyone without any previous video or animation knowledge to create video content and presentations easily and quickly. “Video content has changed the way that companies communicate and promote their products and services.” About AgustinAbout WideoAbout Agustin MarTech Interview Series Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Wideo?I’m one of the Co-Founders and Head of UX/Design. As a Graphic Designer and professional motion grapher, I’ve always been around technology. There is always a new tool or plug-in out there that you can use to get better results. Starting a few years ago, with the emergence of new technology startups and companies creating new products, I became interested in the human experience field: user experience and user interfaces.The real inspiration for Wideo came from my Co-Founder, Agu De Marco, who felt the pain we solve in his own business. He needed to create a promotional video for a landing page, but the options were very expensive or time consuming. Back in 2012 (before Wideo’s launch), this was a gap in the market to be filled. There wasn’t any tool or solution to attack this need. So he contacted me because of my experience creating explainer videos, and told me, “We have to create a very easy-to-use and affordable tool for video creation needs.”What is Wideo and how does it fit into a modern Video Marketing Technology stack?Wideo is an online platform that lets anyone without any previous video or animation knowledge to create video content and presentations easily and quickly. Users can create videos from nothing or edit more than 100 ready-made templates; it’s as easy as editing a Prezi or a PowerPoint document.Video content has changed the way that companies communicate and promote their products and services. Every social network has become much more video-friendly. This means that most Marketing Managers and Internal Communication Managers have had to start thinking about their strategies of promotion and communication through video. This change is happening because consumers prefer video as a format to consume information. Nobody has time, or wants to spend a lot of time, reading everything brands have to say or promote in a plain text. The most effective way to capture a consumer’s attention today is now video. This is because, among other reasons, our brain loves motion and multisensorial messages.Wideo allows small businesses and agencies that have low budgets to jump into this new communication paradigm without having to spend tons of money or time.Which businesses are fastest to adoption of Video platforms? How does it impact Branding and Marketing operations?Clearly those businesses with a strong online presence are those that are quickest to adapt to change, such as the surge in video marketing. In more traditional businesses it may take a bit more time; although, for example the real estate market, which is a traditional industry, is strongly adapting video as promotional content.Apart from Content and Social media branding, how can Companies better leverage Wideo for business?There are multiple applications companies find relevant to use Wideos in their daily activities. One is Internal Communications. With Wideo, companies can create more engaging content for their employees, such as weekly news or onboarding videos. They can create learning demo videos for internal and external end users. Wideo can also be used to create beautiful and eye-catching screen presentations to enrich courses, use at events, pitch investors, and much more.In terms of external communications, companies use Wideo mainly to explain their products or services on their landing pages, create promotional videos, and make demo videos to explain how their product works.Tell us more about your product roadmap for Video Marketing? Do you offer Live Streaming solutions? This year we prepared for our biggest challenge we had to face, which is the end of Flash, the technology on which we had based our first video editor.Having already overcome this challenge, we are now focusing on the incorporation of filmed video footage, which is a highly requested feature from our users. We will make it possible to add filmed videos into the video creation process and manipulate the footage as any other object. This will bring many more creative possibilities to our users, such as the ability to make an app screencast appear within the frame of a mobile device to show how the app works while the mobile device is animated. Many other tools let users import filmed videos without the ability to manipulate their sizes or animations. We hope to launch this feature by the end of June 2019.We will also start working on a unique, personalized video alternative by taking advantage of our experience in the industry. We are not currently offering live streaming solutions. Our users can share their videos from their Wideo profiles with our own video player or embed or download the videos to upload to any other website or social media network.What is the relation between Influencing and Brand Loyalty using Video?Our brain loves stories. Humans are emotional beings, and brand loyalty implies that your brand is recognized as the best or one of the best options for a certain need. As a brand, you should make that happen, influence your target audience, and get into their minds. Video is a great option for influence, because with audiovisual content, you’ll attract customer attention (brand awareness), stick out in customers mind (brand recall), and positively influence their perception of the brand’s quality and trustworthiness (brand association).Which brands have managed to successfully transform their brand influencer campaigns using your videos? Many brands have trusted Wideo to generate video content, such as Staples, Sprint, YPF, and OLX.Could you tell about your most outstanding digital campaigns?We are constantly doing ad tests with images versus ads with videos. We always achieve CTRs 4x better average with video than with just images. But, I must emphasize a campaign of retargeting that we did with video offering a special discount for those users who had tried to download their video but had not advanced (in order to download your videos you must subscribe to a plan). With this campaign we achieved a CTR 8x higher than the average of our ads.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?We use Intercom to interact with our users through onboarding and nurturing campaigns. We also send special offers and announce new features with this tool. We use Unbounce to create Marketing or Product landing pages and also some of our lead generation landing pages and pop ups. We use Zendesk for customer support and to prospect and send special Sales opportunities to our Sales pipeline in HubSpot.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in Video Creation technology for 2019-2020?I believe that video will continue to be the main communication format for marketers in any industry throughout 2019. Something that has been gaining strength in the world of video is using interactivity and personalized videos. These two trends will likely grow this year.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? I’m currently advising Vegunit, a young startup that is creating a consciousness businesses map and a cryptocurrency to be used in a holistic circular economy (yoga and meditation lessons, healthy food and activities, and more). They are creating the MVP and have already received some investment.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?Currently, we use tools that include AI. Mainly, we use them in our lead qualification system for both Email Marketing campaigns and running ads on social networks or to improve the onboarding process for users. Every automated process in a SaaS company implies, to some degree, the use of AI. The new technology based on AI is very useful for the optimization of Sales and Marketing processes. We hope to contribute to this process of technological innovation with a powerful tool for automatic and personalized creation of videos. While we still have a long way to go in this field, I believe that the video together with AI will be powerful.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? We don’t really need to inspire our team members too much since they’re already technology fans and love to work on these kinds of products. Most of our team is made up of engineers who have been working in the technology space for many years. We all enjoy using, discovering, and creating tech solutions.One word that best describes how you work.MotivationWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?Google Mail, Drive, Docs, Insight Timer (for meditation), Waze, Kindle, Spotify, and Wideo, of course.What’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?I’ve learned to follow this statement from the book “THE ONE THING”: “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”What are you currently reading?I’m reading two or three books at a time (very slowly when my kids and work give me some time) and exclusively in digital formats using Kindle. I think we shouldn’t waste trees on making paper anymore. Besides, this digital format gives me the opportunity to do a lot of meta-activities, looking up the meaning of words or finding more information about something I’m reading, highlighting, sharing quotes, etc.Right now I’m reading “The Science of Meditation” by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson; “Elon Musk” biography by Ashlee Vance and “Mala leche” by Soledad BarrutiWhat’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Be with and aware of your present moment, that’s the only real thing that exists.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?I try not to lose the “kid’s astonishment” or curiosity spirit that allows me to keep learning with humility. I recently read the book, “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” which encourages you to always think like a beginner instead of a master. That puts you in the best seat, which is the learner. When you’re a master, there is nothing left to learn, and for me, that would be the end.Also, I think I’m successful not because of a particular business achievement, but because I (and my entire team) have managed to be the owner of my time, which is the most valuable thing we have from my point of view.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:Elon Musk, Jason Fried, Hernan Botbol, and Agu De Marco.Thank you, Agustin! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. About Wideocenter_img Wideo is an animated online video creation platform that allows you to create, edit, and share videos online for free. Choose (or upload) images, backgrounds, and music to use in order to create your own online video and share it with the world. Make explainer or demo videos, create educational videos, bring animated e-cards to life and lots more. Agustin EsperonAICustomer SupporthubspotinterviewsMarTech InterviewWideoZendesk Previous ArticleResonate Debuts Enhanced Consumer Intelligence Platform, Providing Deeper Understanding of Consumer Buying HabitsNext ArticleOroCommerce Recognized as “Future-Proof” B2B ECommerce Platform MarTech Interview with Agustin Esperon, Co-Founder at Wideo Sudipto Ghosh5 days agoJuly 17, 2019 The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick.last_img read more

Autologous breast reconstruction after failed implant reconstruction gives good outcomes

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 31 2019Implants are usually the first choice for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. But when implant-based reconstruction fails, autologous reconstruction – using the patient’s own tissues – is a safe procedure that improves patient outcomes, reports a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).”Autologous breast reconstruction after failed implant-based reconstruction is associated with significantly improved patient satisfaction and quality of life,” concludes the study by ASPS Member Surgeon Joseph J. Disa, MD, and colleagues of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.Study Shows Safety and Good Outcomes of Repeat Breast ReconstructionImplants are the most frequent option for breast reconstruction after mastectomy, used in about 80 percent of patients. But in some cases, the initial reconstruction fails, due to complications or other reasons. In this situation, some patients opt for the autologous technique, with the breast reconstructed using the patient’s own tissue – typically using a flap obtained from a “donor site” in the abdomen.Dr. Disa and colleagues analyzed 137 women who underwent autologous breast reconstruction after failed implant reconstruction. In about three-fourths of patients, the initial reconstruction failed due to scarring around the implant (capsular contracture) causing pain or deformity. Other patients had infections or other implant-related complications, or were dissatisfied with the appearance of the reconstructed breast.The second reconstruction was performed an average of about 3.5 years after the initial procedure. Both breasts were reconstructed in 55 patients, for a total of 192 flaps. Outcomes were assessed using the validated BREAST?Q© questionnaire, which evaluates various aspects of quality of life after breast reconstruction.Related StoriesNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerThe results suggested that autologous reconstruction after failure of initial implant reconstruction is a safe procedure. Complication rates were similar to previous studies, despite the additional challenges posed by capsular contracture or previous radiation therapy.Analysis of BREAST-Q responses showed “a high degree of satisfaction and quality of life” after autologous reconstruction. About one-fourth of patients filled out the BREAST-Q after both implant procedures. This group had significant improvements in satisfaction with the appearance of the breasts, psychosocial well-being, and physical well-being of the chest.The women also reported improved satisfaction with overall well-being on the BREAST-Q. That was despite a decrease in physical well-being of the abdomen, related to the tissue donor site in the abdomen.Implant and autologous reconstruction each have advantages for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. While reconstruction using the patient’s own tissues may provide a more natural-appearing breast, implant-based reconstruction is more widely available and less costly. Both procedures are safe and provide good reconstructive outcomes.The new study is one of only a few to assess the outcomes of autologous reconstruction after failed implant-based reconstruction, and the first to use the validated BREAST-Q questionnaire. The results show improvements in physical and psychological well-being for this group of breast cancer survivors, as well as increased satisfaction with the appearance of the reconstructed breast or breasts.”Regardless of reason for implant failure, this study shows changing to autologous tissue after implant removal is safe,” Dr. Disa and coauthors conclude. While there may be some additional challenges related to previous breast cancer treatment and reconstruction, they add, “The procedure has an acceptable complication rate.” Source:http://home.lww.com/news.entry.html/2019/01/30/good_results_withau-zjYr.htmllast_img read more

Researchers discover how liver cells protect against viral attacks

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 16 2019Liver cells have an innate resistance to RNA viral infections like hepatitis A, dengue and Zika thanks to a protein called IRF1, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (TMIMS). When present in liver cells, this IRF1 protein regulates RARRES3, an enzyme that when expressed in cells where hepatitis A virus is trying to set up shop, will attack the virus. These results were published in Nature Microbiology.”We discovered that IRF1 is a master regulator of intrinsic resistance to viruses in liver cells,” said Stanley M. Lemon, M.D., the study’s co-author and a professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology in the UNC School of Medicine. “If present in liver cells, IRF-1 ensures that RARRES-3, an enzyme that acts on lipids, makes the cell hostile or restrictive to hepatitis A infection.”Related StoriesLiver fat biomarker levels linked with metabolic health benefits of exercise, study findsGenetic study on liver iron content may pave way for better treatmentResearchers pinpoint treatment target for rare liver cancer in adolescents, young adultsIn 2019 alone, there have been several outbreaks of hepatitis A throughout the United States, including Florida, Ohio and California. Hepatitis A infection occurs through consuming contaminated food and water, sex, and injection drug use. The infection can be fatal. There is a very effective and safe two-shot vaccine for hepatitis A virus. However, people who have not been immunized remain at risk for infection.”We also found that while expressing RARRES3 is protective against hepatitis A infection, it does not help liver cells resist an attack from other RNA viruses like dengue,” said Daisuke Yamane, D.V.M., Ph.D., the study’s co-author who was previously a research associate at UNC and is now chief researcher at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science’s Viral Infectious Diseases Project. “In future studies, we hope to further investigate this innate immunity of liver cells to regulate infection through IRF1 and to better understand why IRF1 sparks certain cellular functions to guard against particular RNA viruses.”Source: https://globalhealth.unc.edu/2019/04/researchers-identify-liver-cells-protect-viral-attacks/last_img read more

Harmful algal blooms in Lake Eries central basin pose toxic threat

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 18 2019Harmful algal blooms pose a unique toxic threat in Lake Erie’s central basin, new research has found.Not only do blooms routinely occur in this area, they can also produce types of cyanobacterial toxins that aren’t typically detected through routine water-safety monitoring, according to a study published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. Harmful blue-green algal blooms and the toxic microcystins that accompany them have been a persistent threat in the lake’s western basin. But until this study, bloom-related toxins hadn’t been formally documented and analyzed in the central basin.Several years ago, environmental scientists began hearing reports of harmful algal blooms in the central basin, in the waters just west of Cleveland. This was surprising at the time because the experts thought these environmental threats were concentrated primarily near Toledo, Chaffin said.The water in the central basin hadn’t been thought of as friendly to cyanobacteria because it isn’t as warm or nutrient-rich as in the western basin, where nitrogen and phosphorous is plentiful because of agricultural runoff brought in by the Maumee River.The research team sampled the water in four areas from 2013 to 2017 and analyzed satellite images taken before then for evidence of blooms. They found a cyanobacterium called Dolichospermum in the central basin during early-season blooms in July. This cyanobacterium is capable of producing a toxin that can attack the central nervous system in humans, and the researchers found genetic evidence that the bloom has the potential for the neurotoxin. What this means is that if you’re a water plant operator in Cleveland, you have to be ready by late June or early July for cyanobacteria because they do have the potential to produce a really potent toxin. It could also be a problem for beachgoers if there’s a north wind and these blooms gather along the Ohio shoreline.”Justin Chaffin Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerResearchers have shared these findings with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and with water plant operators, he said.Later in the season, the researchers found the cyanobacterium Microcystis – the chief troublemaker in the western basin, which feeds off of excess phosphorous – in the central basin. The toxins, called microcystins, that it produces are most harmful to the liver and also a threat to the kidneys and reproductive system. Water plant operators routinely look for microcystins.Figuring out precisely what is causing these unexpected algal blooms in the central basin will require more work, Chaffin said.”We still can’t pinpoint what’s really causing these blooms because it’s a complex interaction of several factors,” he said.But the new study did find evidence that it’s a combination of low levels of iron (which decreases nitrogen availability), muddy water and a strain of Dolichospermum adapted to cooler waters.The researchers found an association between central basin blooms and lower water clarity – meaning that when the water is muddier, the likelihood of harmful blue-green algae goes up. There’s also evidence that iron plays a role. If there’s not enough iron, beneficial algae’s growth is suppressed, but the harmful algae found in this study likely flourish because they are efficient at capturing iron when the nutrient is in short supply, Chaffin said.Continual work to reduce sediments, which lead to lower water clarity, is important, he said. And though phosphorous and nitrogen – which have driven blooms in the western basin – aren’t present in high concentrations in the central basin, minimizing them is important to Lake Erie’s overall health, he said.Source:Ohio State UniversityJournal reference:Chaffin, J. et al. (2019) Cyanobacterial blooms in the central basin of Lake Erie: Potentials for cyanotoxins and environmental drivers. Journal of Great Lakes Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2018.12.006 The cyanobacteria we found in the central basin are completely different from what we’ve seen in the Toledo area in the western basin.That’s troubling because water treatment plants aren’t typically set up to look for this bacteria or the toxins they create. It requires more expensive, more sophisticated equipment.”Lead researcher Justin Chaffin, a senior researcher and research coordinator at The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratorylast_img read more

TDP chief Naidu meets Rahul Gandhi discusses firming up antiBJP front

first_imgWe have closed 90% of ‘escape routes’ for Modi, says Rahul Modi holds first press meet as PM; says his return to power is a given COMMENT Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu leaves Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s residence after their meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. –PTI   –  PTI TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and discussed firming up an anti-BJP front to keep the saffron party out of power after poll results are declared.Before meeting the Congress chief, Naidu, who is spearheading an effort to cobble up an anti-BJP front, met CPI leaders Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja. He is scheduled to meet NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and LJD leader Sharad Yadav in the national Capital later in the day.The Andhra Pradesh chief minister is also scheduled to meet BSP chief Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow in the evening.In an hour-long meeting with Gandhi, sources said, Naidu discussed the impending need to bring together all parties which are against the BJP, after the Lok Sabha election results are declared on May 23.Sources said Naidu also told Gandhi to have a strategy ready in case the BJP falls short of numbers and still stakes claim to form the government.Naidu is also in touch with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee over the phone on this issue, the sources added.On Friday, Naidu had said that not only the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), but any outfit that is against the saffron party is welcome to join a grand alliance after the election results are declared.He had also met AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as well as CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on the matter.The seven-phase polling will end on Sunday and the counting of votes will be done on May 23. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on The road to New Delhi national electionscenter_img politics SHARE PM censures Pragya Thakur but she continues as BJP candidate May 18, 2019 COMMENTS 1 RELATED last_img read more

Bigger and better exhibition

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} “Brands such as LG and Joven, which were not here in April, are available this time. Our long-time partners, including Panasonic, Alpha, Samsung and Standard Kitchen, continue to be here,” i.Star Ideas Factory events, sales and marketing head Janice Yam said. KUCHING: Perfect Livin’, the nation’s top home and lifestyle exhibition, is back for a second time in Kuching with a bigger selection of products and brands for visitors.Organised by i.Star Ideas Factory Sdn Bhd, the four-day event at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching features 300 booths with about 150 exhibitors offering products and services for home furnishing, renovation and decorating needs.“After the first exhibition in April, we are back for a second time with more variety for customers to choose from.“A lot of new furniture and electrical products have been brought in to show Kuching customers what’s new in the market now. Yam showing the limited-edition two-litre dry bags for the first 500 daily visitors. Southern & Eastern Region , Sarawak Related News She also said this was a good time for customers to buy products as many exhibitors were having their mid-year sales.In addition, she said the FavePay cashless payment service was now accepted at Perfect Livin’.“This is the first time we are partnering with FavePay to offer customers extra rebates if they use it,” Yam said.Some 30,000 to 40,000 visitors are expected to visit over the four days, generating an estimated sales revenue of RM15 to 20mil.The first 500 visitors each day will receive a limited-edition Perfect Livin’ two-litre dry bag, with several colours available.As usual, there are guaranteed gifts for purchases of RM500 and above. Those who spend a minimum of RM1,000 will be in the running to win cash vouchers as well as a Robam cooker hob worth RM1,600. For families, a children’s colouring contest will be held at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.“There is usually good response for this in Kuching and the children come fully equipped for the contest,” Yam said.Perfect Livin’ is open from 10am to 9pm until Sunday. For more information, go to www.perfectlivin.com Perfect Livin’ is back for a second time in Kuching with more choices for visitors. Metro News 19 Apr 2019 A premier home and lifestyle exhibition Metro News 20 Apr 2019 Expo draws the crowd Related News Tags / Keywords: Metro News 26 Apr 2019 Great deals for the festive seasonlast_img read more