Share with your network: Tags: AustriaSIAL 2018WaterdropWaterdrop Microdrink As well as selecting great tasting flavours, Microdrink conveys its natural, healthy philosophy through its packaging.“We [design] this all in-house. We have a product designer, who is also our co-founder, who has collaborated with an artist […] who both designed the bottles and the packaging. Everything is also very functional, so it’s not just about beauty, but has a sense.”That functionality is emphasised in Waterdrop’s healthy living ethos.Jazwinski continued: “We want to encourage people to shift away from sugary, bottled beverages, and really get more into the consciousness of drinking more water, living healthily, and using natural fruit and plant extracts instead of artificial aromas to drink more water.“As we are a young company, we really had great networking abilities here at SIAL. We hope that within the next weeks and months we will find someone to help us enter more European markets – everything beside Austria, Germany, and Denmark.”For more content like this, follow FoodBev’s YouTube channel or subscribe to FoodBev magazine.Presented by: Alex ClereEdited by: Harriet Jachec At SIAL Paris 2018, FoodBev’s Alex Clere spoke with Olivia Jazwinski, account manager for Waterdrop Microdrink.Conceived in Austria, Waterdrop is a new way to “encourage people to drink more water”: a selection of small cubes, in different flavours, that can be dropped into plain water to release various functional benefits.Jazwinski explained: “We have six flavours so far. One is about relaxing the body, another is for focus and so on. You should have the choice between these flavours and how, or what, you want to drink.” Interview: Is this little cube the next healthy drinks trend?Posted By: News Deskon: November 07, 2018In: Beverage, Functional, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, Interviews, New products, Videos, WaterPrintEmail
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Individuals with traumatic brain injury (or TBI) “frequently experience damage to regions of the brain and neural networks involved with processing emotions. As a result, many survivors have trouble identifying, labeling, and expressing their emotions, a condition known as alexithymia.” This is where My Emotional Compass could prove useful.As many as 60% of individuals with moderate to severe TBI experience alexithymia. My Emotional Compass is an app that helps these individuals put their feelings into words. The goal of the app is to give patients with TBI better insights to their emotions, so they’re better able to control them and communicate them to others.The app is based on a study led by Dr. Dawn Neumann at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI). Here is a brief synopsis of the study:“[The study] involved patients, who, on average, had experienced a traumatic brain injury at least eight years prior. They underwent eight, one-hour emotional awareness training sessions with a research therapist. The results were promising.”The app will encourage users to use specific labels. The more emotional the labels, the more points the user receives.Features of My Emotional Compass:Methodically guides people through a series of guided prompts, helping them to best describe the emotions they are feelingBuilt-in charting helps you track your progressThis app is the result of over four years of evidence-based research by Dr. Dawn Neumann at RHIIt is recommended patients use the app in collaboration with a clinician, such a psychologist or speech language pathologistAvailable for iOS devicesClick here to learn more!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU396 – My Emotional Compass with Dr. Dawn Neumann PhDDecember 28, 2018In “Assistive Technology Update”Brain Power: The Road to RehabilitationMarch 25, 2015In “Communication”Building Support for People with Brain InjuriesMarch 28, 2018In “Apps”
Builds on Platform-Wide Audit and Reinforces Commitment to Accountability and Trust in the Advertising Technology IndustryTelaria, the complete software platform to manage video advertising for premium publishers, announced two major initiatives that will increase transparency for brand advertisers on its Video Management Platform (VMP):“Advertisers are increasingly demanding greater transparency to ensure every dollar they spend is going towards impactful media that moves their businesses forward. We believe greater clarity within programmatic is necessary for brands to continue to shift dollars to digital”1. Log Level Auction Mechanics – provides brands and agencies with bidding insights to inform them that auctions are operating in a fair, clean and transparent manner.2. Aggregated Take Rates – enables brands and agencies to have a more transparent view of their ad spend across the supply chain.Marketing Technology News: Vodafone Idea and IBM in Five Year, Multi-Million-Dollar Engagement to Advance the Future of Telco with Hybrid Cloud, and AIThese new initiatives, which build on Telaria’s industry-leading transparency program, add an additional layer of clarity for buyers and brands as they continually assess and optimize their spending across the ecosystem, and, in the process, help brands feel more confident in moving additional spend to digital. Telaria is the only video management platform certified by a big four consulting firm to be 100% fee transparent.Telaria’s publisher fee, based on a fixed contract, is not dependent on the demand partner or demand activity level.Publisher partners are always able to see the exact bid from the DSP, the clearing price, and Telaria’s publisher fee.Telaria has never charged buyers fees on top of the clearing price.Marketing Technology News: itelligence Receives 2019 SAP Pinnacle Award: SAP Global Platinum Reseller of the Year“Advertisers are increasingly demanding greater transparency to ensure every dollar they spend is going towards impactful media that moves their businesses forward. We believe greater clarity within programmatic is necessary for brands to continue to shift dollars to digital,” said Katie Evans, Chief Operating Officer at Telaria. “Our conversations with buyers strongly suggest that in the near future media spend will shift to fully transparent inventory sources. As an independent technology company whose mission is to power the content viewers love, we will continue to ensure publishers are successful in monetizing their premium content with the world’s largest brands.”Marketing Technology News: Qlik Completes Acquisition of Attunity DSPKatie EvansMarketing TechnologyNewsTelariavideo advertisingvideo management platform Previous ArticleNtooitive Expands Connected TV PlatformNext ArticleSAP Extends Its Leadership in AI-Powered Intelligent ERP with SAP S/4HANA Telaria Is First Video Management Platform to Institute Comprehensive Transparency Initiative PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 3:09 pmMay 8, 2019
SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc., the leader in enterprise identity governance,unveiled the SailPoint Predictive Identity™ platform, the intelligent cloud identity platform of the future that accelerates the industry to the next generation of identity governance. With SailPoint Predictive Identity, SailPoint is delivering a new world of adaptive security and continuous compliance that makes identity easy, transparent and autonomous.@SailPoint unveiled the SailPoint Predictive Identity™ platform, the intelligent cloud identity platform of the future that accelerates the industry to the next generation of identity governance.“The next phase of identity needs to anticipate user access needs, spot and respond to risky behavior, achieve continuous compliance and adapt security policies to respond to today’s dynamic business environment,” said Paul Trulove, SailPoint Chief Product Officer. “Our customers turn to us as the industry leader to constantly innovate by delivering the next generation of identity that addresses their ever-changing business and IT needs. We are once again redefining the boundaries of what a comprehensive identity governance program should be capable of with SailPoint Predictive Identity.”Marketing Technology News: Sauce Labs Named Gold Stevie Award Winner for Best Software Development Solution in 2019 American Business AwardsSailPoint Predictive Identity is built on big data and machine learning (ML) technology which enables an AI-driven approach to identity governance, taking identity from reactive to predictive and autonomous. SailPoint Predictive Identity:Automates identity processes using AI-driven recommendations while finding new areas of access and bringing them under governance with auto-discovery.Provides predictive modeling allowing for instant discovery and creation of access policies using ML, while ensuring access is always up-to-date with current business needs.Drives adaptive security powered by AI, alerting security professionals when potentially dangerous behaviors are detected and, with peer group modeling, identifying hidden risk due to inappropriate access.Delivers continuous compliance, quickly shaping and evolving compliance policies with AI-suggested policies and, using machine learning, launches targeted certification campaigns on risky users and areas of access.SailPoint Predictive Identity capabilities will be integrated into IdentityIQ 8.0 and the newest release of IdentityNow, both available in June 2019.“There are two factors at play among organizations of all sizes today,” Trulove continued. “First, the velocity of today’s business environment is moving at a break-neck pace. This is compounded by the fact that today’s IT landscape is highly complex given the number and diversity of users, applications and data that organizations now manage. Identity and business teams simply cannot keep up with manually analyzing identity data and patterns to understand whether the right users have access to the right systems and data throughout the organization. AI and ML will play an increasingly critical role in how businesses adapt access models as the business evolves, either autonomously or through recommendation-based identity governance processes.”“Our identity program is ever-evolving, particularly given how much our own IT environment continues to change thanks to our ongoing efforts to increasingly digitize our business,” said Shawn Lawson, Head of IT Engineering & Operations, Silicon Valley Bank. “As an identity practitioner, it is an exciting time to be in identity. The idea of being able to drive a more predictive versus reactive identity program, one that adapts to our business, security and IT needs is a welcome one.”“In collaboration with alliance partners like SailPoint, Accenture is taking identity to the next level by making it easier for organizations to deploy and manage programs across their business,” said Rex Thexton, a managing director at Accenture who leads its Digital Identity practice. “Thanks to advanced technologies, more companies globally can now easily adopt an identity program, expediting the time it takes to establish the right roles and access rights. We are eager to work together with SailPoint and our clients to help them accelerate the adoption of identity governance as a critical foundation for a secure digital transformation.”Save the date: During Navigate ’19 in Austin on June 10-12, SailPoint’s Paul Trulove will unveil the SailPoint Predictive Identity vision and lead a panel discussion on how the future of Identity will shape digital transformations across the globe. Not able to attend Navigate? Join us online to view the conversation and subsequent Q&A session on June 12 at 10:00 a.m. CT by registering.Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing OfficerForward-Looking Statements/Product Roadmap:This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including regarding the Company’s future product releases, features, functionality, and plans. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “will be,” “will likely result,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “would,” “foresees,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern our expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, but are based on management’s current expectations, assumptions and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on us, which are inherently subject to uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Our expectations expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements may not turn out to be correct. Our results could be materially different from our expectations because of various risks.Important factors, some of which are beyond our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical results or those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements include the following: our ability to attract and retain customers, including larger organizations; our ability to deepen our relationships with existing customers; our expectations regarding our customer growth rate; our business plan and beliefs and objectives for future operations; trends associated with our industry and potential market; benefits associated with use of our platform and services; our ability to develop or acquire new solutions, improve our platform and solutions and increase the value of our platform and solutions; our ability to compete successfully against current and future competitors; our ability to further develop strategic relationships; our ability to achieve positive returns on investments; our plans to acquire complementary businesses, products or technology; our plans to further invest in and grow our business, and our ability to effectively manage our growth and associated investments; our ability to timely and effectively scale and adapt our existing technology, our ability to increase our revenue, our revenue growth rate and gross margin; our ability to generate sufficient revenue to achieve and sustain profitability; our future financial performance, including trends in revenue, cost of revenue, operating expenses, other income and expenses, income taxes, billings and customers; the sufficiency of our cash and cash equivalents and cash generated from operations to meet our working capital and capital expenditure requirements; our ability to raise capital and the loans of those financings; our ability to attract, train and retain qualified employees and key personnel; our ability to maintain and benefit from our corporate culture; our ability to successfully identify, acquire and integrate companies and assets; our ability to successfully enter new markets and manage our international expansion; and our ability to maintain, protect and enhance our intellectual property and not infringe upon others’ intellectual property. These and other important risk factors are described more fully in our reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“the SEC”) including under “Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on March 18, 2019. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all risks and uncertainties that could have an impact on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. We cannot assure you that the results, events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur, and actual results, events or circumstances could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date as of which such statement is made, and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events, or otherwise.The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for our products that are not currently available remains at our sole discretion on a when, and if available, basis and may not be delivered at all and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision.Marketing Technology News: Alpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm, Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise Mobile Apps from Months to Hours AIbig datamachine learningNewsPaul TruloveSailPoint TechnologiesShawn Lawson Previous ArticleAdAction Announces 6th Anniversary with 320% Y-o-Y Growth and 95 Million InstallsNext ArticleVertex Announces Salesforce Commerce Cloud Integration SailPoint Drives the Future of Identity Governance with SailPoint Predictive Identity PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 9:23 pmMay 30, 2019
The Benefits of Empowering Agents to Go Omni-Digital Julien RioJune 24, 2019, 3:00 pmJune 24, 2019 customer experiencecustomer serviceCustomer Service AgentsCustomer SupportDigital TransformationGuest AuthorsOmni-digital Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Mike Myer, Founder and CEO at QuiqNext ArticleTTEC to Debut AI-Enabled Associate Assist Solution at Customer Contact Week (CCW) 2019 This article is co-authored by Julien Rio and Cédric BlumAgents are the heartbeats of contact centers and Customer Service departments: the quality of Customer Service and Customers’ Satisfaction heavily depends on their skills, motivation, and ability to solve customers’ problems. 66% of consumers say their experience with agents impacted their impression of the brand. Thus, companies are now empowering agents to go Omni-digital.To adapt to changing Customers’ Expectations, companies are progressively moving to Omni-digital customer care, to be present on a variety of channels such as messaging, live-chat, social media, email, etc. As a part of this transition from phone to digital channels and to meet their customer’s expectations, companies need to now move away from traditional organization models. By giving individuals and teams more freedom to self-manage, while staying aligned to the organization’s purpose, a new model adapted to Omni-digital empowers agents and contributes to better Customer Experience.Motivating agents to increase retention With an average staff turnover rate of 30 to 45% in contact centers and customer service teams, hiring and retaining agents is a major challenge. The bathtub is leaking and it’s getting more and more difficult to keep it filled. The resource pool around contact centers is drained, hiring efficiency is getting lower and the tenancy in contact centers is either very low (below 2 years) or very high above 10.One of the reasons for the high turnover rate is that agents are restricted by set processes and structure – leading to boredom. Many other things contribute to a lack of motivation including working on repetitive tasks, having to deal with angry and disrespectful customers, working in poor working environments, constrained by time limits for each interaction, etc.Empowering agents with an Omni-Digital Strategy can actually help retain agents and give them a sense of achievement: Prevent them from leaving and prevent having to replace them at such a high rate.Provide better resolution through the “Team of Teams” approachWith the existing “front to back” model, agents constantly have to ask for information and permission from managers and other departments, increasing the response time and making their job less valuable. To be able to answer queries efficiently, without complicating the customer journey, agents should be able to easily and swiftly get information from other departments. They should also be able to gain a certain level of autonomy, to take decisions helping the customer while staying in a defined framework.The “Team of Teams” approach is an organizational and decision-making structure developed by General McChrystal. This focuses on decentralized decision making, with top managers creating a common purpose. Instead of operating top-down, power is distributed throughout the organization, giving individuals and teams more freedom to self-manage, while staying aligned to the organization’s purpose.The Benefits of Empowering Agents to Go Omni-DigitalCreate a more transparent culture Monitoring performance, setting objectives and transparency are key to facilitating a company’s Digital Transformation. Transparency is central to ‘Team of Teams’: By sharing objectives and results with all employees they feel more motivated and valued within the company. Transparency has to work in two ways: from managers to employees and in the other way. Getting feedback from employees allows companies to fix problems in a reactive way. Also, creating a safe space for a team to share critical feedback or ask hard questions is key to building a strong, transparent culture.Adopting this approach is also an opportunity to leverage the knowledge of frontline employees. Statistics from the “The Iceberg of Ignorance” suggest that only 4% of problems are known by top management and 100% are known to frontline employees. Adopting a new model with an inverted chart is an opportunity to reduce this gap and getting senior management to be more aware of problems.A large part of Objective and Key Results (OKR) is to make sure each individual knows what’s expected of them at work. OKRs are public, so people and teams move towards the same goals and know what others focus on.Create a more customer-centric culture through team management Autonomy and accountability are the main drivers of handing power to agents. An inverted organization chart can put more focus on employees.To accompany their digital transformation, companies need also to rely on team members who are used to digital. Skill sets for managing written interactions are not the same as the ones for the phone. Social skills are essential for communicating efficiently with customers as well. Agents should have a customer service approach in mind and the willingness to solve their problems.In the Omni-Digital World of customer care, openly rewarding employees engenders a positive mood and atmosphere in the company. Achievements (such as working outside of your comfort zone) can generate points for the agents. Points and achievements lead to rewards and those should not be necessarily in monetary form. Gamification can be used to motivate employees, to engage with them, reward them, and optimize workflow. Young professionals find this kind of environment very attractive thereby helping recruitment. In the end, adapting team management with this kind of strategy motivates agents to solve customers’ problems more efficiently, contributing to enhanced customer experience.To conclude, bringing the Omni-Digital model into an organization isn’t just about the process of customer service. It helps many more aspects of the organization: From employee and customer satisfaction through to workplace culture, the benefits are many. Omni-Digital is the future for the customer experience of any brand large or small.To learn more about this topic, you can download RingCentral Engage Digital’s guide: Organizing your contact center for Omni-Digital Customer Care
Cannes Lions 2019Influenced RevenueMonetateNewsPetco Previous ArticleSureDone Enhances Automation Engine to Support Marketplaces and Complex IntegrationsNext ArticleUK Organisations Leaders in Adopting Business Automation Monetate Exceeds $2 Billion in Influenced Revenue and Unveils New Brand Identity and Leadership at Cannes Lions 2019 Business WireJune 25, 2019, 8:18 pmJune 25, 2019 As of H1 2019, Monetate has influenced more than $2 billion in purchases and its broader growth strategy includes new branding and leadership to serve rising demand for smarter personalization technologyMonetate, the worldwide leader in personalization, at Cannes Lions reported strong H1 momentum including passing the milestone of $2 billion in revenue influenced and unveiled a new brand identity, technology investments and expanded leadership team. These successes mark the company’s next phase of growth, driven by the demand for technology that improves customer experience from brands including Clarks, Dream, Petco, QVC, Timberland, Carnival and The North Face.“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for our customers across all touchpoints – digital and in-store,” said Laura Pickard, Ecommerce Testing & Analytics Manager, Petco. “We’ve partnered with Monetate for several years now because their technology and services help drive a stronger understanding of customer behavior and deliver greater value on Petco.com.”Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet AlliMonetate’s new brand identity and roll-out of its updated technology are among the initiatives newly appointed CMO Lisa Kalscheur will oversee to help the company meet the growing demand for simple and effective solutions for true personalization. The company’s modern, approachable new brand identity reflects Monetate’s growing importance to some of the world’s leading brands.“Most brands find it difficult and costly to execute personalization strategies and make them successful at scale, which has contributed to Monetate’s ongoing growth,” said Stephen Collins, CEO, Monetate. “Our stronger leadership team and network, along with our fresh look and updates, better represent our business and position us to help even more brands connect with customers more effectively.”Customers can leverage the Monetate platform to grow the lifetime value of their best customers with engaging messages that are attentive to customer intent, persistent, authentic and pervasive. Customer experience continues to be one of the key focus areas for brands across the globe as the competitive landscape changes by the minute. Organizations that are able to shift away from a siloed approach across teams and data to focus on holistic customer profiles will be poised to gain a competitive advantage that will drive higher customer engagement and loyalty.“Personalization is a crucial component to any brand to stay competitive and relevant in the age of Amazon. Monetate is in a unique position in the marketing industry to deliver a solution that brings this together into one hub,” said Lisa Kalscheur, CMO, Monetate. “The new brand identity, tech innovation and overall momentum marks our corporate and industry growth as the global demand rises for technology that improves customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts MarketplaceMonetate Momentum Highlights:Exceeding $2 billion in influenced revenue – As of 2019, Monetate’s technology has influenced more than $2 billion in global consumer brand purchases. Key customers like Petco contributed to a 20% rise is consumer experiences delivered in May 2019 compared to January 2019.Growing globally – The Monetate partner program continues to grow globally with new strategic collaborations including Contentsquare, strengthening its foothold in the Americas, Europe and APAC.Expanding leadership bench – Monetate is investing heavily in leadership talent with the recent hires of CMO Lisa Kalscheur, CRO Richard Rivera and COO Brandon Atkinson.Ongoing research – Commitment to educating the market through its Ecommerce Quarterly Report and Personalization Development Study.Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora Listeners
Andrew Fieldmarketing automationNewsPFL Previous ArticleOutbrain Announces Strategic Global Partnership with Evolve MediaNext ArticleOOH Advertising Solution Provider Quorum Leverages Quadrant’s Filtered, Authenticated Location Data to Reach Consumer in Motion with Accuracy and Scalability Newly expanded 101,000 square foot facility supports PFL’s explosive growth and continued leadership in Tactile Marketing AutomationPFL, a leading martech company that is pioneering the ‘Tactile Marketing Automation’ category, announced it is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the opening of its new Digital Production and Fulfillment Center. The ribbon cutting marks the official opening of the expanded 101,000 square-foot facility, as well as the beginning of the company’s fourth annual martech client summit that attracts digital marketing leaders from all over the country. The ceremony takes place at 10:30 am at PFL’s headquarters in Livingston, Montana and includes a tour of the new facility as well as a keynote by PFL founder and CEO Andrew Field.Marketing Technology News: Speedcast and In Aria! Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services“What started as a small print shop in Livingston Montana has grown into one of the largest employers in Park County and the standalone leader in Tactile Marketing Automation,” said Andrew Field, CEO of PFL. “We added 55,000 square feet and doubled the size of our print and digital fulfillment center in order to support our rapidly growing client base who rely on us to rise about the digital noise and be heard. This is an important milestone for PFL, and we are excited and proud to be sharing it with our clients, employees and community.”Marketing Technology News: Sesame Workshop Names Samantha Maltin Chief Marketing OfficerToday, thousands of marketing leaders across the globe use PFL to increase the overall effectiveness of their marketing investments by adding a physical component (sales kits, gifts, marketing collateral) or high-quality print materials to their marketing campaigns. PFL’s martech solutions are fully integrated with the leading CRM and marketing automation platforms, allowing users to rapidly execute highly relevant, orchestrated marketing campaigns that deliver, on average, 5X greater returns than digital marketing alone. PFL manages all printing, storage and fulfillment in-house through its newly expanded facility, eliminating the need for clients to work with multiple vendors and ensuring a higher quality product at a better price point.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Acoustic: A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AI-Powered Marketing PFL Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate New Digital Production & Fulfillment Center PRNewswire6 days agoJuly 17, 2019
While Vivan has taken the internet by storm with his unique GoT style announcement, he is not the first actor to make public the birth of his child in a special way. Here, we look at celebs who have opted for a ‘hatke’ way to announce the coming of their children into this world.Mahhi Vij and Jay Bhanushali: The expectant parents shared the news on Instagram in an adorable way. Standing next to their years of birth written in chalk, the couple placed a pair of tiny shoes against 2019, making it obvious that the new member will be joining the family soon. Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput: Already parents to Misha, they shared the news of expecting a young Kapoor through a cute Instagram post that had Misha posing with balloons and being overjoyed at the prospect of becoming the ‘big sister’. Neil Nitin Mukesh and Rukmini Sahay: After being married for more than a year, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Rukmini Sahay announced the expected arrival of their baby through an adorable picture of a bird dropping a baby and another in which they are holding a pair of tiny shoes. Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik: Ace tennis player Sania Mirza welcomed a baby boy last year. The parents announced the news of their pregnancy in the most unique way. Sharing a picture of their dressing rooms with Mirza and Malik written on their jerseys, they had Mirza-Malik written on a tiny baby tunic placed between them. Follow @News18Movies for more. jay bhanushalimahhi vijMira KapoorMisha kapoor First Published: June 12, 2019, 4:15 PM IST Vivan Bhathena, known for his role in Judwaa 2, recently took to Instagram to share the birth of his new-born in the most unique way possible. Vivan introduced her baby Khaleesi to the world in true Game of Thrones style. He wrote, “Princess Nivaya Bhathena of the house Palat born during the storm, last of her name, the untanned, pooper of Dragons, breaker of toys and Khaleesi of Jhapas and future Queen of the Puppies and sister of the White Walker Muffin, keeper of papa/mama on the nights watch was born on the 9th of June. Please send us your blessings. #papa #daddysgirl #newlife #pinkcheeks #cutiepie Fyi: nivaya means ‘sanctuary’ or ‘guardian’”
’83 movie8383 movie castDeepika Padukone First Published: June 14, 2019, 11:08 AM IST Deepika, who has lately been having a dream run at the box office with back-to-back hits like Piku, Tamasha, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat, was apparently a bit apprehensive about taking a supporting role in an all-men’s film. It was Ranveer who reportedly convinced her to get on board. “I think Ranveer almost convinced her, then the zeros on the cheque did the rest,” the source added.Also starring Pankaj Tripathi, Saaqib Saleem, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Ammy Virk and Harrdy Sandhu, 83 will release in April 2020.Follow @News18Movies for more. Deepika Padukone will reportedly be making a whopping Rs 14 crore from her supporting role in Kabir Khan’s forthcoming directorial 83, that stars her husband Ranveer Singh in the lead role.This is a lot more than what she was paid for her central role in her controversial 2018 film Padmaavat, that went on to earn Rs 600 crore worldwide, becoming the biggest outing of her career. In 83, that traces India’s 1983 Cricket World Cup win, Ranveer will essay the role of Kapil Dev, who captained the team to the glorious victory. Deepika, meanwhile, will be seen as his wife Romi Dev.An unnamed source told Asian Age, “83 is about the Indian cricket team led by Kapil Dev winning the 1983 World Cup in England and Wales. How much of a role Deepika can have as Kapil Dev’s wife in a plot that is not devoted to Kapil’s off-field life?”
Bhopal: As the campaign for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat enters its final leg, BJP chief Amit Shah will hold a roadshow in support of the party’s candidate and firebrand leader Pragya Singh Thakur on Wednesday evening. The BJP along with the RSS has intensified their campaign in the constituency, where Thakur will contest against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. The roadshow is being seen as a show of strength by the BJP and the final push to terror-accused Thakur’s wobbly campaign so far, a major part of which was marred by her unrestrained remarks and EC action against her. Elaborate arrangements have been made by the administration, which is also on its toes as the roadshow is being held in Bhopal North, a Muslim dominated assembly seat that has been a Congress bastion for years.Interestingly, the route for Shah’s roadshow will be the same as Digvijaya Singh’s this morning. Singh had marched on the streets with thousands of seers.Shah earlier held a roadshow for party candidate Anil Firozia in Ujjain’s Khachrod. He will now head to Bhopal to campaign for Thakur. A BJP worker said that the saffron party workers and activists of its youth wing will take part in the roadshow sporting Namo T-shirts while the women will be seen donning saffron saris and turbans.Talking about the saffron camp, the RSS had taken over the reins of Pragya Thakur’s campaign for a couple of days after she was named as BJP’s Bhopal candidate. A panel of RSS senior volunteers was deputed full time to oversee her campaign.Thakur, who was an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, had created ripples with her stinging remarks on Digvijaya Singh and late Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Sqaud (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare.Several senior leaders have already registered their presence in Bhopal. To keep the saffron sentiments alive, an RSS affiliate wing had screened a film named ‘Bhagwa Atankwad – Bhramjaal’ in the city on Monday to counter the Opposition’s concept of saffron terrorism.The BJP has now entrusted the responsibility of making Thakur victorious to a special team of five national vice presidents. Out of the total 11 national vice presidents of the BJP, five of them – Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Uma Bharti, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, Om Mathur and Prabhat Jha – are actively taking part in Thakur’s campaigns. Recently, the party’s national organisational secretary Ramlal had also addressed a meeting of BJP MLAs and corporators. Meanwhile, a section of the party is not impressed with the nomination of Thakur. Bhopal North BJP candidate Fatima Siddiqui had openly opposed the nomination of Thakur in light of her remarks on Babri demolition.The Bhopal Lok Sabha seat goes to polling on May 12 and the campaigning ends on May 10 at 5pm. bhopalbhopal-lok-sabha-elections-2019Digvijaya SinghLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 8, 2019, 7:16 PM IST
New Delhi: Breaking his silence on the controversy surrounding fellow Commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s demand to record any dissent in the Election Commission’s model code orders, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora Wednesday said there are times to remain quiet and times to speak up, indicating the issue could have been raised post elections.Arora also defended the clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on complaints related to model code violations, saying decisions were taken on merit and on “appreciation of facts”. In an interview, Arora said he is not a “moral judge of anybody, least of all somebody as senior as Ashok Lavasa”.”Whatever may have been his misgivings or feelings, ultimately none of us can tell a lie to ourselves,” Arora said, while noting that all the members of the poll body are not supposed to be “photo copies” of each other.Asked whether the controversy relating to Lavasa’s dissent was ‘avoidable’ during elections, Arora said, “I did not start the controversy … I had said that eloquence of silence is always difficult but far more desirable to see the election process through instead of creating ill-timed controversies. This is what I had said and I stand by that.”He said he also maintained that all the three members of EC are not expected to be template or clones of each other. “Whether it is this ECI or past ECIs, people are not photocopies of each other. But there are times for everything. Time to speak, time to remain quiet,” he said.Citing a legal opinion obtained by the Commission from its former legal advisor S K Mendiratta, Arora asserted the model code violation complaints do not fall in the category of quasi-judicial cases. “It is the law. It is the law of the land. Cases related to symbols of parties and references received fro the President and Governors are quasi judicial where both the sides are represented by counsels.”MCC by definition is short-lived. There is hardly any time for a proper quasi-judicial hearing,” he said.He said the opinions of the three — the CEC and the two fellow commissioners — are always noted on files.”When we formally communicate the decision, whether it is a 2:1 majority decision or unanimous, we don’t write on that (order). UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) too is a multi-member body. When they fail or pass a candidate, they just inform about the result but never mention about which member wrote what,” Arora said to drive home his point.Lavasa had dissented on a series of clean chits given by the EC to Prime Minister Modi and BJP president Shah concerning their speeches during the election campaign.On allegations from some quarters, including the opposition parties, that the EC was biased in clearing cases related to the PM and Shah, Arora said, “If the clean chit was given, it was given on merit and on the appreciation of facts. I have nothing more to say on that.” After Lavasa’s demand to record his dissent notes in the EC orders was not accepted, he had recused himself from cases relating to violations of the MCC.In a strongly-worded letter to Arora on May 4, Lavasa is learnt to have said that he was being forced to stay away from the meetings of the full commission since minority decisions were not being recorded.On May 21, the EC had rejected, with a majority vote, Lavasa’s demand that dissent notes should be recorded in its orders on model code violations, days after the simmering tension within the poll body over the issue becoming public.After the ‘full commission’ of the panel, comprising CEC Arora, Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, deliberated on the contentious issue, the EC had decided that dissent notes and minority views would remain part of the records, but would not be part of its order.Responding to a question on the Opposition’s allegation that the EC was slow in dealing with the model code complaints related to Modi and Shah and subsequently the Supreme Court had to step in, Arora said the apex court did give some adverse remarks but there was a “gross mismatch” between the understanding of the brief by the EC’s advocate-on-record and the brief given by a deputy election commissioner.He said when the EC started to decide on the complaints, the top court did not press further on the issue.”In all these matters (of complaints of model code violations) you have to get the certified transcripts from the field and you have a report from the district election officer and from the CEO and then a conscious decision is taken,” he said referring to time taken to deal with the cases.He said the EC dealt with all the cases despite being busy in carrying out the “gigantic” electoral exercise.”… and yes, when you are in the election process, you do several things. Still a nudge from the court, especially the SC is always helpful,” he said. Ashok LavasaCECElection CommissionerModel Code of Conduct First Published: May 29, 2019, 6:58 PM IST
begginggayLesbianlgbtq First Published: July 14, 2019, 4:52 PM IST New Delhi: A contentious provision that criminalised begging by transgender people has been removed from the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, which was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week.Another provision that made transgender people subject themselves to certification by a district screening committee to be acknowledged as a transgender, has also been struck out. The Section 19 under chapter VIII (Offenses and Penalties) of the Bill earlier read as, “Whoever compels or entices a transgender person to indulge in the act of begging or other similar forms of forced or bonded labour other than any compulsory service for public purposes imposed by government” shall be punished with imprisonment not less than six months but which may extend to two years and with fine.The word “begging” has now been omitted from the provision while the rest of the content remains the same, said a senior official from the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry.The previous provision of the bill which criminalised begging had drawn flak from the community members who said it had long been the primary source of their income and bringing in such a legislation would take away their source of living without offering an alternative.In August last year, the Delhi High Court quashed provisions in the law that made begging a punishable offence, saying criminalising begging is a wrong approach to deal with the underlying causes of the problem.The act of begging in the national capital was made a criminal offence after the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, was extended to Delhi by a Central government amendment in 1960. According to sources in the ministry, the secretary last month held a meeting with members of the community and other stakeholders after which provisions were amended.The provision that proposed that transgender people will be subject to certification by a District Screening Committee to be acknowledged as a transgender, has also been struck out.According to the new provision, a transgender person may make an application to the district magistrate to obtain a certificate of identity and the DM shall issue to the applicant an identity certificate as transgender person on the basis of the rules which will be formed once the Bill becomes an Act, the senior ministry official explained.According to the community members, the clause that transgender people will be subject to certification by a District Screening Committee violated the Supreme Court verdict which states that the only thing needed to acknowledge a person’s gender identity is their word for it.The committee comprised chief medical officer, district social welfare officer, a psychologist or psychiatrist, a representative of transgender community and an officer of the appropriate government nominated by that government.On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, which provides a mechanism for social, economic and educational empowerment of transgenders by defining their identity and rights to prohibit discrimination against them.The bill will benefit transgender people, mitigate the stigma, discrimination and abuse against this marginalised section of the society, the ministry has said. The bill will be introduced in the ensuing session of Parliament, officials said.Passage of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, which aims to empower the community by defining and protecting their rights, is one of the priorities of the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry in the first 100 days agenda of the second term of the Narendra Modi government, an official source said.The bill prohibits discrimination against a transgender person in education, employment and healthcare. It directs the Central and state governments to provide welfare schemes in these areas.Offences like compelling a transgender person to beg, denial of access to a public place, physical and sexual abuse, etc. would attract up to two years’ imprisonment and a fine.
Next Editors’ Recommendations 1 of 7 The Bentley Continental GT is a fantastic slab of luxury, but its immense size makes it an unlikely candidate to set a record on one of the world’s toughest race courses. Yet that’s exactly what Bentley just did at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, setting the record for production cars at the storied Colorado race. Driver Rhys Millen piloted a Continental GT up Pikes Peak in 10:18.4, beating the previous record by 8.4 seconds.While it does sport a 626-horsepower, 6.0-liter W12 engine (Bentley also makes a V8 version), the Continental GT was designed for long-distance cruising, not attacking racetracks. Bentley does race highly modified Continentals on road courses, but the Pikes Peak car had to remain mostly stock (aside from safety equipment) in order to qualify for the production-car record on the 12.4-mile course. Drivers face blind corners, sheer drop-offs, and changing weather conditions on the way to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. A decrease in oxygen near the summit also robs internal-combustion engines of power.Pikes Peak divides cars into multiple classes, encompassing both production cars and purpose-built racers. The previous production car record of 10:26.9 was set by a Porsche 911 Turbo S in 2014. However, the overall record stands at 7:57.1. It was set by the Volkswagen I.D. R, an electric car built specifically for Pikes Peak, in 2018.Bentley had a major advantage in the form of driver Rhys Millen. Nicknamed “King of the Mountain,” the New Zealander has won Pikes Peak five times. In 2018, he broke the record for production SUVs in a Bentley Bentayga. Millen’s time of 10:49.9 beat the previous record by nearly 2 minutes.The Pikes Peak Continental GT wore the same electric green color as 2018’s record-breaking Bentayga, as well as the number 100, because 2019 is Bentley’s 100th birthday. A new Pikes Peak record was exactly the kind of birthday gift Bentley’s top brass was hoping for. Racing is an important part of the Bentley mythos, thanks to a string of Le Mans victories in the 1920s and one more in 2003. Most customers will likely never take their cars to a racetrack, but that history inspired Bentley to make the Continental GT sportier than it has any right to be.Updated on July 1, 2019: Added confirmation of new record. Previous Acura engineers love speed so much that they set up a Pikes Peak race team Watch as Volkswagen’s ID R racer wins the ultimate EV bragging rights How Verizon and Team Penske used 5G to help win the Indy 500 Acura shows the tech differences between a sports car and a race car Hyundai is flying Veloster N owners to the Nürburgring to watch its cars race
Story TimelineApple iPhone 8 event: the announcement schedule (or what we expect)iOS 11 GM offers new LTE Apple Watch detailsiOS 11 leak reveals more iPhone 8 details: Face ID, animated emoji, updated AirPods What’s in a name? When it’s the much-discussed new iPhone flagship, the answer is “plenty”; there’s been no shortage of speculation about what the upcoming “iPhone 8” will actually be called when Apple reveals it next week. So far the consensus has been on iPhone 8 being the company’s name of choice, but a new leak courtesy of some judicious digging through the latest iOS 11 golden master (GM) build. That Apple is planning to reveal three new iPhones on Tuesday, September 12, was expected. One will be the new flagship, which should have super-skinny bezels around a new, OLED screen, a notched cut-out at the top requiring a change to how iOS uses the notification bar, and advanced facial recognition that does away from the Touch ID sensor that has been used for fingerprint security in the past few generations of iPhone. However, Apple will also revamp the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.The changes there aren’t expected to be as dramatic as with the flagship “iPhone 8”, and as such it was seen as likely that Apple would follow its usual tick-tock nomenclature. That would point to an iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, but this new firmware suggests something different is in the works. The device we’ve known as the “iPhone 8” – and under the internal codename D22 – will, it seems, be the iPhone X. The “X” is a reference to the fact that it’s the tenth anniversary of the iPhone; it’s uncertain at this point whether Apple will refer to the phone as “X” the letter, or “10” the Roman numeral. Previous leaks hinted the same handset could be the “iPhone Edition”, “iPhone Anniversary Edition”, “iPhone Pro”, or even just plain “iPhone”.As for the other phones, the firmware indicates they’ll be the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, skipping the “S” suffix altogether. Apple is believed to be sticking with both LCD for their displays, and Touch ID for their biometric security. Of course, it’s possible that Apple could change things again before Tuesday’s event. We won’t know for sure what the new iPhones are called until Tim Cook & Co. take to the stage at the new Steve Jobs Theater on Tuesday morning, in fact. Still, with this code looking final, this is the strongest indication yet. iPhone 8iPhone 8 PlusiPhone X pic.twitter.com/OVLfhLxTdT— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) September 9, 2017 As has been the case several times before over the past few months, it’s our old friend developer Steve Troughton-Smith who spotted the references. According to his digging, there are three names in what’s believed to be the iOS 11 final firmware, which emerged over the past days. All three, in fact, come as something of a surprise.