Making a difference: Troy art professor honored

first_img Making a difference: Troy art professor honored Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Sunday alcohol sales? Troy residents could soon be voting on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales within the city. Troy City Council President… read more Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell May said Percy also donates one of his own clay creations as a bid bowl each year.“We couldn’t do Empty Bowls without him,” she said. Published 3:00 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Percy expressed appreciation to Pam Allen, department chair, Kayla Garrett, departmental secretary and the students who give of their time and talent to Trojan Art Day and Empty Bowls. He credited the Art and Design family, the support team of Judy Fulmer and the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Pike County Salvation Army with his being selected for the prestigious award.“Together we are making a difference,” Percy said. “It is easy to be a champion when you are surrounded with talent and commitment like we have in this department and our surrounding community.” Print Article Trojan Art Day provides teachers and their students with the opportunity to come to Troy University to meet and work with members of the Art and Design faculty and students. They participate in workshops, including ceramics, drawing, architectural rendering and screen printing.  Trojan Art Day 2017 had 405 participants.Percy came on board with the Pike County Empty Bowls project in 2008. The project is an annual fundraiser for the Pike County Salvation Army.“Larry helped organize Empty Bowls and has been a big part of every bowl-making and luncheon since,” said Kim May, local Salvation Army director. “He has helped us get grants for the purchase of the clay we use. He involves his pottery students and got students at Pike County High School involved in bowl making.” Messenger photo/SubmittedLarry Percy, Troy University associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, is the recipient of the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education “Making a Difference “ award. Percy was honored for his role in organizing the exhibtion and competition of the District II Visual Arts Achievement Program since 2005, spearheading the effort to launch Trojan Art Day in 2014 and for his involvement in the Pike County Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls Project since 2008.Troy University’s Larry Percy has been honored with the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education’s “Making a Difference” Award.Percy, associate professor in the university’s Department of Art and Design, received the award during a recent reception at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery.Percy was honored specifically for his role in organizing the exhibition and competition of the District II Visual Arts Achievement Program since 2005, spearheading the effort to launch Trojan Art Day in 2014 and for his involvement in the Pike County Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls Project since 2008. last_img read more

Arsenal target Chelsea’s Michael Essien on deadline day

first_imgWELCOME to Frenetic Friday, the last day of the summer transfer window and the last chance for clubs to snap up some last-minute bargains and/or offload some of that unwanted stock that’s been sitting around for months just gathering dust.But enough of Marouane Chamakh. Let’s begin with the Daily Mail’s extraordinary claim that Arsenal – who remain hopeful of dumping Chamakh on Turkish club Besiktas and Nicklas Bendtner on Juventus – have contacted Chelsea with a view to bringing midfielder Michael Essien to the Emirates.Apparently Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified the 29-year-old Ghana international as the sort of no-nonsense defensive midfielder who will give his side a greater physical presence.The Mail says “strides have been taken” to negotiate a season-long loan deal for the Blues man, similar to the deal that last season saw Yossi Benayoun move from the Bridge to the Emirates. Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is believed to be happy with the idea now that Essien is a bit-part player at the Bridge.Everton had earlier in the week made a play for Essien but the Mail reports that the move fell through on Thursday with neither the Toffees nor Chelsea able to agree on the terms of the proposed deal.Elsewhere and The Sun is just one of many papers to report that Andy Carroll’s “Anfield agony” is over. The 23-year-old striker is leaving Liverpool for West Ham, who have persuaded the Reds to let Carroll join them with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season. Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool in January 2011 in a £35m deal, but the England frontman will leave Merseyside for just £1m. If he and the Hammers get on then the London club will pay Liverpool a further £16m next May.“It’s great to be at West Ham, I just can’t wait to get started now,” said Carroll. “I want to be playing games and hopefully scoring goals.”Meanwhile The Guardian claims that Liverpool will look to fill the gap left in their ranks by Carroll’s departure with the signing of Daniel Sturridge today. The Reds are hopeful of securing a loan deal for the 22-year-old striker in the coming hours.Speaking on Thursday night after his side had defeated Hearts in the Europa League, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: “Hopefully tomorrow we can do some work and get something complete because we certainly need it. I am hoping for one or two. We need one, that’s for sure.”The Guardian says that one player Liverpool look unlikely to land is Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. The American says it’s “highly unlikely” a deal will be done before tonight’s 11pm deadline because Liverpool can’t meet Fulham’s asking price of £7m. Finally, the Mirror claims that there will be comings and goings at Manchester City today as the Sky Blues wave goodbye to Nigel de Jong and welcome Maicon.Apparently the former will be heading to AC Milan while Inter Milan right-back Maicon will be travelling in the opposite direction in a £3m deal.The 31-year-old South American is tipped to sign a two-year deal worth £90,000-a-week, while Dutchman de Jong will join AC Milan in a deal the Mirror says comes in at around £3.5m.The capture of Maicon follows City’s signing of Swansea striker Scott Sinclair, the 23-year-old agreeing terms with the Premier League champions and the Swans also happy with the £8m deal. ·last_img read more

Champions League last 16 fixtures

first_imgLyon (FRA) v Juventus (ITA)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) v Leipzig (GER)Napoli (ITA) v Barcelona (ESP)— First legs to be played on February 18/19/25/26— Second legs scheduled for March 10/11/17/18 Nyon, Switzerland | AFP | Full draw for the Champions League last 16 made on Monday:Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Real Madrid (ESP) v Manchester City (ENG)Atalanta (ITA) v Valencia (ESP)Atletico Madrid (ESP) v Liverpool (ENG)Chelsea (ENG) v Bayern Munich (GER) Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img PHOTO via @ChampionsLeaguelast_img read more

Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Retirement Benefits – Part II

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Nancy J. LaPointe, MBA, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL® for Navigate FinancialNancy J. LaPointe, MBA, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®The following information addresses common concerns about collecting social security retirement benefits, including the effects of part-time work and other earnings on benefits, the age at which you may begin collecting, and spousal benefits.Q: Can a retiree choose which benefit to receive—his or her own benefit or his or her spouse’s?A: If your spouse has already applied for retirement benefits, you cannot apply for a reduced spousal benefit at age 62 and then step up to an increased benefit based on your own record at FRA. There are two limited exceptions, however. If you haven’t received any benefits before reaching your FRA, you can then apply for spousal benefits and delay applying for benefits under your own record up to age 70. This will allow you to take advantage of the delayed retirement credit, which increases your benefit by a certain percentage if you delay your retirement beyond your FRA.Another exception applies if you claim benefits before your spouse does. In that case, you can start to receive benefits based on your work and elect to add a spousal benefit when eligible. Remember that your combined benefit will be reduced based on your age at application.Here’s an example:Jane qualifies for her own benefit at age 62, when her PIA is $800. Because she is 48 months under her FRA, her benefit is reduced to $640.Two years later, when her husband, Jack, retires, Jane qualifies for a spousal benefit of $900 at her FRA, based on Jack’s PIA of $1,800. She has the option to wait to apply for a spousal benefit at her FRA, but she decides to apply for her increased benefit at age 64. The SSA will first subtract her PIA from one-half of Jack’s PIA ($900 − $800). It will then reduce her spousal benefit of $100 to $91 based on her current age of 64. Her new combined benefit is $731 ($640 + $91).Q: How can a couple maximize their social security benefits?A: If current cash flow is not an issue, the spouse with the lower earning history could apply for benefits as early as possible while the higher-earning spouse would delay benefits as long as possible. Let’s say Sally and Jim are age 62 and 65, respectively. Sally retires at 62 and applies for reduced social security benefits. Her husband, Jim, also retires but does not apply for benefits. At his FRA of 66, Jim applies for spousal benefits based on Sally’s work record. At this time, he would qualify for 50 percent of Sally’s PIA. He will continue to accrue delayed retirement credits of his own—equivalent to an 8-percent increase per year—until age 70. At age 70, Jim will need to apply for social security under his own work record.Q: How does a divorce affect benefits?A: A divorced spouse can get benefits based on a former husband’s or wife’s social security record, provided the marriage lasted for at least 10 years and the divorced spouse is 62 years old or older and unmarried. You do not have to wait until your former spouse retires to receive benefits, and you can receive benefits even if your former spouse remarries.Q: What happens when my spouse, or divorced spouse, dies?A: You can receive widow or widower benefits at age 60 (age 50, if disabled). You will get a survivor’s benefit equal to 100 percent of your spouse’s benefits. You will not receive both your spouse’s and your own benefit, however. The amount you receive will depend on your age at application for widow(er) benefits and whether your deceased spouse was receiving reduced benefits.Please note: A widow or widower has the option of taking a survivor benefit now and then switching to an unreduced benefit based on his or her own work record anytime after FRA, or vice versa.Q: What happens if I remarry?A: If you are a widow(er) or divorced widow(er) and you remarry before age 60 (age 50, if disabled), you are not eligible for your deceased spouse’s benefits. You can apply for spousal benefits under your new spouse, however. If you remarry after age 60 (age 50, if disabled), you can choose between your deceased spouse’s survivor benefit or your new spouse’s spousal benefit. Q: What does windfall elimination provision mean?A: This term relates to a job, such as a public school teacher or government worker, where no contributions were made to social security because a public pension was available. If you also worked at jobs covered by social security, your social security retirement benefits may be reduced by an amount equal to 50 percent of your public pension.Please note: This provision will not reduce your survivor’s social security benefits.Q: What does government pension offset mean? A: This term relates to a job during which one spouse did not contribute to social security—usually because he or she was employed in a federal, state, or local government job. If you receive a public pension, you may also be eligible to receive spousal or widow(er) benefits from your spouse who worked in private industry. Your spousal or survivor benefits may be reduced by an amount equal to two-thirds of your public pension.Q: How reliable is the estimate on my social security statement? A: The social security statement assumes you will continue to work at the same level of earnings until retirement. If you stop working but decide to delay benefits, your benefits may be less. Use the Retirement Estimator on the SSA website to see how not working could affect your monthly benefit.This material has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute either tax or legal advice. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult a tax preparer, professional tax advisor, or lawyer.IRS CIRCULAR 230 DISCLOSURE:To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing, or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein.Nancy J. LaPointe is a financial advisor located at 4520 Intelco Loop Ste 1 D Lacey, WA 98503.   She offers securities and advisory services as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. She can be reached at 360-628-8175 or at [email protected]© 2014 Commonwealth Financial Network®last_img read more

Fair Haven Fairmen’s Fair Highlights This Week’s Activities in Two River…

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – The annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair opened Friday night to large crowds and perfect weather.The fair, known for its seafood dinners, rides and fun, will continue at the 645 River Road firehouse through Saturday. Hours Monday though Thursday are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday the fair will be open from 6 to 11 p.m.The running of the fair requires the efforts of about 125 volunteers each night to operate the various attractions. The attraction requiring the most effort is the dining area. Located in a tent and the first aid squad boys, the area can hold about 150 diners per seating who can select from a variety of seafood and “landlubber” dinners, prepared and served by volunteers. During the day, volunteers work on getting things ready for evening. Among the daytime volunteers are borough kids who take on the responsibility of shucking corn in exchange for ride tickets.Last year, fairgoers consumed about 18,000 hot dogs and about the same number of hamburgers. Along with those offerings, ice cream is available and adults can go to the beer garden where for wine and beer are available. The annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, a longstanding borough tradition, is being held each night through Saturday. Scott Longfieldlast_img read more

Hubbard’s Bridge Open for Traffic

first_imgRED BANK – Hubbard’s Bridge connecting the borough to Middletown is once again available for traffic.The recently constructed bridge was reopened to vehicles and pedestrians at about 7 a.m. on Wednesday, said Laura Kirkpatrick, the director of the county’s office of Public Information and Tourism.The bridge had been closed for the last two weeks for additional work on the intersections on both sides of the structure and for utility work, Kirkpatrick said.More work will continue on the bridge until early 2016 for more utility work but will require only partial shutdowns, with traffic allowed to use portions of it, according to Kirkpatrick.The $12.9 million construction project, resulting in the new bridge spanning the Swimming River was largely completed in late May and opened to traffic on time and largely on schedule in time for the Memorial Day weekend.The new structure was built to replace the 94-year-old aging bridge that had badly deteriorated.By John Burtonlast_img read more

River Gee County Risks Malaria Outbreak

first_imgThe Deputy Director for Community Health Services Division at the Ministry of the Health and Social Welfare, Daniel S.M. Wessih, Jr., has disclosed that about 90 percent of those who received free insecticide mosquito nets in the six statutory districts of River Gee County are not using the nets.He stated that their action might expose the county to malaria outbreak.Mr. Wessih said ‘mosquito nets’ used to prevent mosquitoes, especially the female mosquitoes, from biting the body        and causing malaria, have been misused in the county either for fishing purposes, bathing scrub sapoe/siphon, amongst others.Deputy Director Wessih made the startling revelation over the weekend during the formal Logan Town’s Malaria awareness campaign held at the Logan Town General Market, under the theme ‘Get Tested before Treatment.’The health and social worker said the threat of a malaria outbreak means there will be death, because malaria kills.He stated that the information of the malaria statistics is based on reports gathered from the over 90 General Community Health Volunteers, who were assigned in the county during a 10-day ICCM workshop, which ran from the 18th to the 28th of February.The Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) workshop that was sponsored by UNICEF, brought together over 90 GCHVs in different locations within the county. Diseases highlighted were diarrhea, ARI (Pneumonia) and malaria.Deputy Director Wessih stated that according to the GCHVs’ report, the citizens had regretted the misapplication of the mosquito nets, but are appealing for another donation and have agreed of pay L$2,000 for anyone of them who will be caught misapplying or have misapplied the mosquito nets.He said in order to tackle the scary reports coming from River Gee, they have instructed the GCHVs to be robust about the BCC: meaning, Behavior Change Community.“There are 250 persons to a GCHV so we have encouraged our volunteers to double their rounds to test especially children and child-bearing girls for malaria, and administer the treatment,” Deputy Director Wessih opined.Meanwhile, over 600 persons, mainly women and children were reached during formal Logan Town’s Malaria awareness campaign held at the Logan Town General Market, over the weekend, under the theme ‘Get Tested before Treatment.’The ‘Get Tested before Treatment on Malaria’ official awareness campaign began in Clara Town in December 2013, and was also held in West Point in January this year.The outreach was merely aimed to clarify that not every fever (illness) is malaria therefore people must and should get tested before taking malaria treatment; and if tested positive, they should only take the new globally confirmed malaria tablets called Artemisinin based Combination Therapy (ACT).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Historic Donegal island home built over 150 years ago for sale

first_imgA fully renovated property with a rich history on a small Donegal island along the Wild Atlantic Way has been placed on the market for sale. Inis Saimer is a private residential island surrounded by the quiet waters of the Erne Estuary in the town of Ballyshannon on the Wild Atlantic Way. Its island status has led to a fascinating and eventful history.Historical records indicate that Inis Saimer was used as a protected stronghold by Irish chieftains such as the O’Cannons, O’Mulderrys, and the O’Donnells.​Cistercian monks used it as a place of residence in the 1100s and 1200s.As part of the Plantation of Ulster, the island was taken by the British Crown and given to protestant planters and Trinity College Dublin.The island also played a role in various historical battles at Erne River crossings. The present house on Inis Saimer was constructed in the mid 1800’s by the Erne Fishery Company as part of the then very lucrative Erne salmon and eel fishery.It is also understood that Inis Saimer was also once owned by the Speaker of the first Irish House of Parliament, and then the richest man in Ireland, Thomas Conolly.Currently, the island has its own private jetty and is just one minute by boat from Ballyshannon’s Mall Quay.Owned by Brendan Connolly, Inis Saimer is a sheltered restful place, a discreet island retreat, yet Ballyshannon’s town centre with shops, restaurants etc. is no more than 6 minutes from the front door of the island’s historic residence.You can full the full details on the Inis Saimer website here. Historic Donegal island home built over 150 years ago for sale was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Fulham v QPR line-ups: Fredericks starts, Fer on bench

first_imgRyan Fredericks returns to the Fulham side for the derby against QPR, who are unchanged. Fredericks comes in at right-back for the injured Jazz Richards, while Leroy Fer is on the substitutes’ bench for Rangers.Dutch midfielder Fer has not featured so far this season because of a knee problem.Fulham: Lonergan, Fredericks, Stearman, Ream, Husband, Cairney, O’Hara, Tunnicliffe, Pringle, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lewis, Burn, Voser, Mattila, Christensen, Kavanagh, Woodrow.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky, Faurlin, Henry, Phillips, Luongo, Chery, Austin.Subs: Smithies, Tozser, Hall, Doughty, Fer, Gladwin, Mackie.See also:Fulham v QPR: six key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ensuring justice for all in South Africa

first_imgThe process to make courts accessible to every citizen has begun. Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo and President Jacob Zuma both expressed commitment to ensuring courts are accessible and efficient. Top lawyers Dumisa Ntsebeza and George Bizos attended the conference. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tlali Tlali Spokesperson Justice and Constitutional Development +27 82 333 3880  RELATED ARTICLES • African languages in SA courts • Courts to protect South Africa’s water • Victory for press freedom • Special courts ready for World CupBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s justice system is to be fine-tuned to ensure that even the poorest citizens have easy access to it.Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, in conjunction with the country’s heads of courts, recently resolved to establish a committee to find ways to introduce “long-term fundamental improvements” to justice accessibility.Ngcobo made the announcement at a conference in Johannesburg, which ran from 8 to 10 July 2011.Aptly themed Access to Justice, the event was attended by various role-players, ranging from judges to prosecutors and Cabinet members.The Ngcobo-led committee will comprise sector leaders from the courts, general legal profession, Cabinet and legislature, as well heads from civil society and public interest law groups.The group will focus on resolving bottlenecks that block access to the courts and impair their efficiency.Conference delegates identified various challenges that, if resolved, could improve both accessibility and functionality.The chief justice also spoke of creating a legal system that’s “inexpensive” and court processes that are understandable to everyone.Delays in matter resolution was noted as one of the persistent factors that can make the judiciary unfair. Administration at courts needs to be improved to root out the unnecessary delays, said Ngcobo.Ngcobo’s office said sub-committees focusing on court administration issues such as e-filling and case-flow management will emerge from the new group.Availability and incompetence of translators in courts was noted as another prevailing stumbling block.“Access to justice is also hindered by language. Some people lose cases due to incorrect interpretations by translators,” said President Jacob Zuma, who also attended the conference.A shortage of translators in certain parts of the country results in further delays. “Sometimes translators take three months to translate documents, in the meantime where’s the suspect? He’s in custody,” said Gauteng Judge President Bernard Ngoepe.“There’s no easy solution to these (problems), we need to commit resources,” Ngoepe added.There’s also a need to bring courts closer to communities, so that defendants and litigants do not have to spend money on transport to attend trial hearings. Zuma said the government has allocated R2.5-billion (US$365-million) to build new courts across the country. Construction of high courts in Mbombela/Nelspruit and Polokwane was announced earlier in 2011.Civil claims will be sped up through 224 small claims courts which were recently established across the country.“On record, over 400 000 cases have been dealt with by the small claims courts over the past year and this is evidence of justice by poor litigants,” said Zuma.“The right to access of courts requires both the availability of court facilities in the first instance, and courts that are user-friendly and accessible by all people, including individuals who are physically challenged …” Ngcobo added.Improving Legal Aid Legal Aid South Africa funds attorney charges for suspects who cannot afford the fees. Zuma said they have allocated R437-million ($64-million) to Legal Aid to ensure its “increased capacity”.Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu is in favour of reviewing some Legal Aid policies. He noted that if a suspect’s request for funding was turned down, they’d have to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal, where they’d have to rely on services of attorneys.“How would an indigent person with no means to support himself or herself afford a lawyer considering that legal fees are so high?” asked Sisulu.A lawyer’s charges would deter that suspect to seek access to the Supreme Court of Appeal. He noted that a junior attorney would charge about R8 000 ($1 168) a day, while a senior one costs more than R30 000 ($4 383) a day.The Legal Practice Bill, currently before parliament, partly focuses on capping charges of lawyers and advocates.Media’s courts coverage laudedThe media’s role in promoting access to justice and confidence in the judiciary was also a hot topic at the conference.Ngcobo said that the local media was doing a good job in covering the courts, and in the process was making citizens aware of their rights and channels to seek recourse.“This is a crucial role because it makes justice accessible by publicising matters,” Ngcobo said. “Our people will not be able to enforce their rights unless they know what rights they have.”Judiciary independence guaranteedNgcobo has been focusing on reforms to strengthen the judiciary’s independence since replacing Pius Langa in 2009. He wants to ensure that the judiciary is self-governing, so that the public is certain of its partiality in all cases.Parliament is to start working on the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Bill, which, once enacted, will affirm the chief justice’s position as head of the country’s judiciary.The Superior Courts Bill is also currently before parliament. Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe said once adopted, this will give powers to the chief justice “to issue directives and protocols for the monitoring of the performance of judicial functions in all the courts”.The enactment of the two bills “will put us on course for the ultimate goal of administrative autonomy which will enhance judicial independence”, said Radebe.Zuma guaranteed the judiciary of its independence from the government’s influence. “As the executive, we remain committed to the independence of the judiciary as entailed in our constitution,” Zuma said.“Our constitution has adequate checks and balances to protect and safeguard the independence of the judiciary,” the president added.last_img read more

How a ‘Weird’ Decision Led to the Growth of Both Adobe and Silicon Slopes

first_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry How a Big Bet Paid Off for Adobe and Salt Lake CityA big bet paid off for both Adobe and Salt Lake City.Every decision a company makes has a ripple effect — not only for that business, but also for an entire region or industry. Tech hubs certainly don’t happen overnight, but they usually kick into gear with the first big decision.A decade ago, Adobe acquired Omniture, a web analytics business. It was a move that puzzled many: Business Insider called it “weird,” and The Wall Street Journal asked, “What were they thinking?” The reason for the confusion? It was too early for many to see the challenge that brands were going to face: the intersection of digital disruption with the explosion of data. But Adobe took a calculated risk, and it paid off. Adobe Analytics Cloud isn’t just surviving a battle with analytics powerhouses like Google; it’s thriving.  How Adobe’s Bet Paid Off Internally and ExternallyGoogle has built a strong, easy-to-use analytics tool for the masses; it’s no surprise that it’s encountered the success it has. Adobe Analytics has taken a different tack, evolving past metrics to leverage machine learning, AI, and other modern data analysis to help the enterprise sector, in particular, achieve the analytics and tracking needed.Between 2014 and now, the number of Analytics Cloud customers has more than doubled. Fifty-eight percent of the Fortune 100 use Adobe Analytics Cloud for customer intelligence. That includes the top 10 media and entertainment brands, the top 10 retailers, nine of the top 10 financial services institutions, and nine of the top 10 high-tech companies.When Omniture sold for $1.8 billion, it did just as much for Salt Lake City as it did for Adobe. It triggered a movement of other large companies following Adobe’s lead in creating a presence in the area; Salt Lake’s list now includes Snap, Mavenlink, Salesforce, Oracle, and Microsoft.But more importantly, Adobe’s big bet helped Silicon Slopes become a legitimate name and issued a rallying cry for the area. One key acquisition or success story can set the stage for an entire region. Adobe took its economic strength in the area a step further, keeping all staff, building a new office in Lehi, and currently constructing a second office.The Silicon Slopes Get SteeperThe Silicon Slopes’ tech success, of course, doesn’t begin and end with Adobe. One giant business in an area makes people take notice, but startups going public and continuing to grow in an area — that’s what creates an identity. Qualtrics, Pluralsight, and Domo have all become multibillion-dollar unicorns from Salt Lake City. Domo, in fact, was founded by Josh James, Omniture’s founder. And while other regions may compare themselves to Silicon Valley in one way or another — or more likely, point to their contrasts — Silicon Slopes feels like an appropriate name. Companies are getting funded, and two major universities — the University of Utah and Brigham Young University — are located within an hour of the city, providing talent. The entire community, from higher education to real estate, feeds off of the shared success of these businesses. After all, every tech employee needs places to sleep, play, and eat.The wide-ranging infrastructure of the Silicon Slopes ecosystem even enables a boomerang effect. Because there are enough high-tech opportunities to keep active minds engaged, the area empowers people to jump from company to company and find their way back to their original spot. The Slopes will never achieve the scale of the Valley, and it doesn’t need to: It has an identity, a reason for companies to want to be there. How Adobe Will Navigate New SlopesTen years ago, Adobe made two key decisions: to acquire Omniture and to set up shop in Salt Lake City. Today, that team — now with the backing and support of Adobe — is still looking to innovate. By keeping the same teams and culture in place, it’s been able to shift faster and stay in tune with the changing tech landscape.Currently, the team is working on Journey IQ, powered by Adobe Sensei, which shows brands missed opportunities. It also delves into how engagement levels have evolved over time, as well as how customers behave, both pre- and post-event for any type of action, such as a purchase. For example, a retailer can get insight into a customer who was looking at a toy on his mobile device, but ultimately decided not to purchase it.The team is also integrating with another recent Adobe acquisition from Denver: Marketo. In an industry-first integration, Adobe Analytics’ rules-based attribution models in Analysis Workspace are combined with Bizible by Marketo. This enables modern intelligence teams to understand engagement on a deeper level, resulting in more targeted marketing initiatives.The next time the media labels a move as weird or questions what a company may be thinking, remember that a major acquisition can ripple throughout an entire community. That $1.8 billion price tag seems small in retrospect — simply look at the business it’s created for Adobe and the presence it’s created in Salt Lake City. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Follow the Puck Tags:#Adobe#analytics#Salt Lake City#Silicon Slopes#Silicon Valley#tech communities#tech enclaves What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

‘Emery must stop Ozil switching off’

first_imgMesut Ozil is set to pose Unai Emery with one of his biggest challenges at Arsenal manager, says Alan Smith, with the enigmatic playmaker having a tendency to switch off.There has never been any doubting the German’s ability, with the 29-year-old having tasted trophy triumphs with Real Madrid and the Gunners and World Cup glory with his country.He has, however, faced plenty of criticism throughout his career, with it often suggested that Ozil can go missing when the chips are down and he is not granted freedom to express himself. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Emery will be desperate to find consistency in a key man this season, with a positive relationship between player and coach required if the pair are to deliver collective success.Former Gunners striker Smith told the Express on that battle: “For me, this is a relationship that could go one of two ways – whether Ozil responds to Emery or whether he doesn’t.“There have been times in recent years when Ozil seems to have switched off and lost the ball, and the team have lost the ball and the team have suffered.“It’s going to be fascinating how Emery deals with that. Ozil is a player who signed for fortunes and he is expected to play.“That is going to be one of the most interesting things to watch. How is Ozil going to fit in with the new regime?“He has had a turbulent summer with all that went on, then the World Cup, which was a disaster for Germany.“He needs to settle down now. I’m sure he will be desperate to do well. And Arsenal need him. He is one of the key creative players. On his day, there are not many like him in the Premier League.“Emery has to get hold of Ozil, try to get the best out of him, get him on board.”Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2018-19Ozil committed to a new contract with Arsenal last season under Arsene Wenger, with the club now welcoming in a new era after bidding farewell to a long-serving boss after 22 years.“It was obvious that there needed to be change this summer at Arsenal,” said Smith.“The place had grown stale. Now the fans are going into the new season with optimism and that is a difference this year. Everyone is intrigued about how it is going to go.“To an extent, Emery came out of nowhere. He was not on the original shortlist. His track record at Sevilla though was very good and he had far more experience than Mikel Arteta.“Emery is a Basque and they are a tough people. He will be a taskmaster. Chalk and cheese really to Wenger. The pre-season training will have been hard for the players. They will have found that out by now.”He added: “I think Arsenal will be more organised this year, tougher at the back. But it will take time to get used to what Emery wants.“Arsenal will score goals – they have the players for that. But the key is in defence. There was a lack of accountability in the team last season and the same players kept getting picked. It drove everybody mad. They have to be more difficult to break down this season, more solid.”last_img read more

Paul Shaffer Loves His Four Shelter Dogs‏

first_imgToday, the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund in partnership with Halo Pet Foundation, released an online video series called “Meet My Shelter Pet” to showcase the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners and remind viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.Video: Meet My Shelter Pet: Paul & Victoria ShafferLaunched to coincide with National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, one of the videos features legendary music man and David Letterman band leader, Paul Shaffer, with his daughter Victoria showing off the lovable personalities of their four adopted dogs, Riley, Jake, Echo and Rue.“Everybody should have a shelter dog. It’s good for the soul,” said Paul Shaffer. “All four of our dogs have been absolute gems. Why would you want to do anything else but rescue a pet?”The videos are part of The Shelter Pet Project, a public service advertising (PSA) campaign that for four years has helped to positively change the perception of shelter pets, with euthanasia rates declining by 10 percent during the campaign’s time period. Despite these gains, however, 2.7 million healthy and treatable pets are still losing their lives in shelters each year. The Shelter Pet Project’s goal is to bring that number down to zero.Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “We know that Paul and Victoria’s online video for The Shelter Pet Project will inspire more people to rescue a shelter pet. That outcome will be music to our ears, and to every shelter director in America.”“You must watch these videos from The Shelter Pet Project— they will touch your heart in a powerfully positive, uplifting way! The Halo Pet Foundation is honored to support The Humane Society of the United States encouraging pet adoption from shelters,” said David Yaskulka, Vice President, Marketing Communications, HALO, Purely for Pets.Shelter pet adoptions are on the rise in the United States. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 17 million people will acquire a dog or cat within the next year, and each year four million of these animals are adopted from shelters.“Every happy adoption story encourages other people to open their hearts to a homeless pet,” said Maddie’s Fund President Rich Avanzino. “By showing the joy their adopted pets have brought to their family, Paul and Victoria are inspiring countless others to share that same incredible experience.”“The beauty of The Shelter Pet Project campaign is that these pets speak for themselves,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope these videos will break down barriers and encourage people to consider shelter pet adoption as the only option bringing a pet into their family.”In the upcoming months, a video featuring Vampire Diaries and Army Wives’ actress Torrey DeVitto and her dog Beau will be released. To see the videos or for more information about The Shelter Pet Project visit TheShelterPetProject.org.last_img read more