John Maxwell leadership event on Friday

first_imgThe John Maxwell Guyana Team Members will be hosting a dynamic leadership event on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 13:00h to 17:00h (1 pm to 5 pm).“Learn from world-class leadership experts and begin leading with renewed passion and commitment,” ActionCOACH Guyana said in a release.This half-day, leadership development experience is designed to equip and empower you with new perspectives, provide practical tools and key takeaways. Live2Lead is held live in Atlanta, GA and simulcast to more than 300 cities and 40,000 people around the world. 223-5583last_img

Column: Metta World Peace finally finds his peace

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this Tuesday, April 11, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace stands on the court while teammates and fans cheer as the 24-second clock runs out near the end of the team’s 108-96 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans in an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Metta World Peace needed to win a championship ring so his career wasn’t defined only by one angry moment in Detroit. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Metta World Peace needed to win a championship ring so his career wasn’t defined only by one angry moment in Detroit.Before he could get it with the Los Angeles Lakers, though, World Peace had to heal his mind. The therapy had to come first if the former Ron Artest was to make it to Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT And most of them are there, beginning with his father, Ron, who recounts playing one-on-one with his son in 10-degree weather on the courts at the dangerous Queensbridge housing project. The elder Artest made up a rule that layups were to be denied at all costs, the perfect training ground for a playing style that would carry Artest through a rough-and-tumble 17-year NBA career.But it’s the interviews with former teammate Jermaine O’Neal that resonate the most. While World Peace has tried to make amends with those in his past, he and O’Neal are still trying to figure out how to repair a relationship that was fractured because O’Neal believes World Peace broke up an Indiana Pacers team that had the potential to win multiple NBA titles in the early 2000’s.“He does consider me a friend but even when he didn’t consider me a friend I considered him a friend,” World Peace said. “Because he was a friend to me. I wasn’t a friend to him.”A good part of the documentary — which was produced by Bleacher Report — revolves around the November 2004 game in Detroit, where the defending champion Pistons took a beating at home from the up-and-coming Pacers — and then the real beatings began.Artest remains unapologetic for going into the stands after a Diet Coke landed on his chest following a brawl that was precipitated by a hard foul World Peace made on Pistons center Ben Wallace in the final seconds of the game. He would later reach out to the man who threw the drink, though for some reason not the man he went into the stands to beat up after mistakenly believing he was the culprit.A livid NBA commissioner David Stern suspended World Peace for the remainder of the season — which cost him $5 million in salary — and the NBA changed its rules and policies to prevent future altercations. But while World Peace would begin therapy and medication, it wasn’t until intense therapy while playing in Sacramento in 2008 finally began making him into the man he wanted to be.He sees some of himself in Golden State’s Draymond Green, with one big difference. Green plays hard and with passion, too, but unlike World Peace knows how to set limits and stay in control.And for that World Peace does have some regrets.“Although I can’t go back in time I can always dream, I can always envision to myself, how it would have been if I could have had that type of attitude,” he said.Like Green, though, World Peace can say he is an NBA champion, something he helped ensure by taking a pass from Bryant with one minute left and sinking a 3-pointer that helped seal the Game 7 win against the Celtics. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I would not have been able to deal with the adversity. I would have been ejected,” World Peace said about the therapy that finally helped lift him out of the dark places he always seemed to frequent. “I would have probably gotten into a fight or done something stupid. I don’t think the old Ron Artest would have been ready for that final.”The old Ron Artest, of course, was best known for going into the stands in 2004 in Detroit to battle fans in what became known as “Malice at the Palace.” He was a hard-nosed defensive specialist who brought playground grudges from the housing projects in Queens onto the court, often with bad consequences.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe new World Peace was not only a good teammate but an NBA champion so thankful for his awakening that he raffled off his championship ring to help mental health causes.“Why shouldn’t I?” he asked. “I don’t wear jewelry anyway.” And the first thing World Peace did in his joyous on court interview afterward?He thanked his therapist.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu PVL: PetroGazz bags back to back wins after blanking BanKo LATEST STORIES Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila cardcenter_img MOST READ On the eve of this year’s NBA Finals, World Peace is, well, at peace with himself. The 39-year-old lives happily retired in Southern California, working with developing players and developing his assorted business interests.He’s also the subject of a new documentary being broadcast by Showtime during Mental Health Awareness Month for a reason. The documentary, which airs Friday at 10 p.m. EDT, traces Artest’s rise from a playground player in the projects to perhaps the most vilified player in the NBA and, finally, to his championship season alongside Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.It’s a raw look at a raw subject, though for the most part sympathetic to World Peace and his issues. It’s also a story with a happy ending, although one that World Peace wasn’t all that eager to fully tell.“For me, I don’t really care necessarily how people look at me,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “I’m happy with just doing my daily routine and enjoying life. I’m not looking for any feedback or publicity or to build my image.”Unlike some documentaries that use D-list celebs to recount what people might have thought, the makers of “Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story” go right to the sources who were involved in his life — and to World Peace himself — to tell his remarkable story.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

Adhere to due process to honour CCJ’s recent rulings

first_imgDear Editor,A generation ago, a British sitcom captured the essence of the Westminster model of governance and dispensed with the polite fiction that ministers are indispensable. ‘Yes Minister’ portrayed the attempts of a bumbling over-promoted politician (now minister) to enact policies and handle crises. Each policy floundered as it met the impermeable ranks of the British civil service; each crisis was handled by civil servants with minimal input from the minister. The source of the satire holds true wherever the Westminster model persists— ministers are really just transitory figures at the helm of a permanent structure of government.The model of a permanent, politically-neutral civil service derives from our time as a British colony. Patronage— always a feature of the colonial civil service— became entrenched post-Independence. Much of our public sector has since served as a repository for political acolytes through successive administrations. The result? An Orwellian dystopia: a hopelessly bloated bureaucracy, a chronic shortfall of skillsets and experience, and a corresponding decline of trust in these public institutions and services among the general populace.Our solution? Two strategies linked to American-style governance have been adopted, perhaps a symptom of our unabashed reverence for all things American. The first is to hire contract workers at inflated salaries (either as an additional layer of patronage and cronyism or to fulfil key tasks or both). The second is an insatiable appetite for ‘capacity building’ in all spheres of government. Presumably the donor agencies prefer to continually fund ‘capacity building’ than to insist that the entire system requires root-and-branch reform, and not just periodic ‘tweaks’ and upgrades.The current system is, therefore, an uncomfortable and unworkable hybrid of two competing models of governance from Westminster and Capitol Hill. The bloat extends as far as our Cabinet, now the same size as Brazil’s, with few obvious gains other than an index-linked rise in photo-opportunities and travel junkets.Neither Westminster nor Capitol Hill can be held up these days as infallible models of good governance. However, the ethos of the Westminster model endures in our system of governance. No one is indispensable. No politician, no minister, no civil servant. All are in place to serve the nation. Further, the politics of division have birthed a precarious situation where minority governments look set to continue indefinitely in Guyana. So no one, no particular party, no interest group, no cohort is assured a lasting grip on power. A plea, therefore, for all involved to adjust their mind-sets and get on with the business of governance in a functioning democracy. There is a compelling need for all parties to adhere to due process, to honour the CCJ’s recent rulings and to proceed with gravitas and dignity. What we have at present is a ‘pappy show’ worthy of an episode of ‘Yes Minister’.Yours faithfully,Isabelle de Caireslast_img read more

Professor’s books expose female Nazis

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOORPARK — When the news broke about the deportation of former concentration camp guard Elfriede Huth Rinkel, Moorpark College professor Daniel Patrick Brown already knew the name. Even though the 84-year-old Rinkel had kept her past a secret from her Jewish husband, who died at 88 last year in San Francisco, her maiden name of Huth was on a list of concentration camp overseers whose work Brown had written about in two books. “The Beautiful Beast — The Life and Crimes of SS-Aufseherin Irma Grese” was published in 1998, and “The Camp Women — The Female Auxiliaries of the Nazi Concentration Camp System” was published in 2002 and mentions Huth. The two books have made Brown an international authority on the subject of the female guards and the Ravensbruck concentration camp where Elfriede Huth worked as a guard and dog handler. “I have all the data on the women. Nobody has ever put together all of this information,” said Brown, who teaches courses on the subject at Moorpark College. Brown said the female concentration camp guards were called SS Aufseherin, or overseers, and were considered assistants or auxiliaries to the SS members who ran the concentration camps. Rachel Jagoda Lithgow, executive director of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, said she had read both of Brown’s books and felt it was an important subject for more research. “I think the role of women in the Holocaust, be they victim or perpetrator, is one of the last areas not well-researched and documented as it could be,” she said. “For Dan to focus on this subject is very important. The role of women in the Holocaust is not well-known to the public.” The federal government found Elfriede Huth Rinkel living in San Francisco and returned her to Germany in late August. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Huth denied wrongdoing and said she had only watched prisoners so they wouldn’t “run away.” Brown said U.S. officials are continuing to track female concentration camp guards who escaped after World War II and may have come to the United States undetected — like Rinkel. “When the news broke about her, in a way it didn’t surprise me and in a way it did,” Brown said. “A lot of these women simply got away. They just walked away and got out of Germany claiming they were victims.” He said the female guards in movies such as “Schindler’s List,” “Sophie’s Choice” and the “Hiding Place” are generally seen in the background. But in fact many of these women were brutal, including Irma Grese, a guard at Ravensbruck at Auschwitz and at Bergen-Belsen in 1945, when Anne Frank died there a few weeks before the camp was liberated. “Irma Grese was a horrible, evil woman,” he said. “She killed many, many people. She and other female guards did things that can’t be printed.” Grese was tried and hanged on Dec. 13, 1945. Brown, 59, has a master’s degree in history from Colorado State University and did postgraduate work in Holocaust studies at the University of Colorado and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe and gave tours of Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam to embassy personnel and high-ranking officers. When he was in the Army, he asked a woman in a German pub what she did in the war, and she revealed reluctantly that she used to be a concentration camp guard, which led him to seek information on the subject and eventually focus on it in his academic career. “Very few people knew much about these women. I couldn’t believe there hadn’t been a biography written about Irma Grese,” he said. He said he knew Elfriede Huth’s name and where she worked from German records and mentioned her in one of his books, but he could only speculate about her actions. Brown said some of the female guards actually tried to be kind to prisoners and help if they could, but these guards in general were encouraged to be cruel. “The key lesson is to always be human and humane,” he said. “I think in our culture there are too many good people to allow us to ever go the way of the Nazis, but you never know.” — Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 3-2-18

first_imgCharges:IC 35-48-4-1.1(A)FL5 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINEIC 35-48-4-1.1(A)FL5 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINEIC 35-48-4-1.1(D)FL3 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST FIVE GRAMS LT TEN GRAMSIC 35-48-4-1.1(E)FL2 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST TEN GRAMS BANKS, MATTHEW Charges:IC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR)IC 35-48-4-13(b)FL6 ~ MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCEIC 35-47-2-1(E)(2)FL5 ~ CARRYING A HANDGUN WITHOUT A PERMIT – PRIOR CONVICTION OR CONVICTED FELON WIIC 35-48-4-1.1(E)FL2 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST TEN GRAMSIC 35-48-4-6(B)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF COCAINE OR SCHEDULE I OR II NARCOTIC DRUGIC 35-48-4-6.1(A)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000218 Booking #:SCJAIL:2017-000866 Inmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:07-03-2017 – 2:42 am Bond:2018-03-23 09:00:00 Charges:IC 35-48-4-1.1(A)FL5 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINEIC 35-48-4-1.1(D)FL3 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST FIVE GRAMS LT TEN GRAMS Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000219 SWORD, MELISSA Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000217 JACKSON, JAMES Charges:IC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR) Booking Date:03-01-2018 – 7:32 pmcenter_img View Profile >>> Booking Date:02-27-2018 – 8:42 pm Booking Date:03-01-2018 – 11:19 am Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. SMITH, CHRIS Booking Date:03-01-2018 – 11:37 am Release Date:03-01-2018 – 1:54 pm Release Date:03-01-2018 – 9:39 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000209 HUBERT, REGINA View Profile >>> Charges:IC 35-42-2-1.3(a)MA ~ DOMESTIC BATTERY View Profile >>> View Profile >>>last_img read more

The Great Eight to undertake epic cycle for Caolan

first_imgEIGHT Donegal men will set off from Mizen Head next Saturday and cycle all the way to Malin to raised funds for a Killygordon family so they can avail of new life-changing treatment in America for their brave two-year-old son.Caolan Melaugh was just ten-weeks-old when his parents, Gerard and Stacey, received the devastating news he had Stage 4 high-risk Neuroblastoma, a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.He has endured intense treatment for 15 months in Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin which got him clear scans, however, he has since relapsed and the family are raising money for future treatment for Caolan in America as options are running out in Ireland. In order to help his brave fight for life, eight men from the Finn Valley area will get on the saddle this Saturday, May 27, and cycle the 630 KM route in time to be in Malin on Tuesday.The team is Gerry Byrne, Kieran Doherty, Gabriel Doherty, Seamus McDermott, Noel McGowan, Louis Browne, Karl Gallen, Tommy Gallen and support crew leader, Mark Ewing.Please help them raise much-needed funds for Caolan, your support is greatly appreciated. To make a donation, contact any team member or log on to www.gofundme.com/mizen-to-malins-cycleYou can also follow Caolan’s journey on www.facebook.com/caolanmelaughfund The Great Eight to undertake epic cycle for Caolan was last modified: May 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Caolan MelaughcycleMalinMizenlast_img read more

The Polite Pig Debuts With Satisfying Southern Barbeque

first_imgShare This!The Polite Pig, a new fast-casual entry into the Disney Springs dining scene, recently opened to much fanfare, and we were there to try it out! A new concept and location from the minds behind the renowned Orlando eateries Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, and Swine & Sons, Polite Pig offers Southern barbeque, beer, and bourbon in a “quick service” atmosphere. Here, I’ll give you some of my first impressions from the restaurant, and a few thoughts on all of the dishes we sampled in our visit for our Polite Pig review.First ImpressionsThere will surely be a line here whenever you visit Disney Springs – Polite Pig occupies prime real estate just outside the entrance/exit of Lime Garage, directly across from UNIQLO and just a few storefronts down from World of Disney. The distinct barbecue smell that wafts outside the fast-casual eatery is intoxicating enough to draw you into line to order or to pull up a seat at the indoor or outdoor bourbon bar (where the full menu is also available).Sparse in decoration, the atmosphere isn’t going to impress immediately (though the bourbon bar is beautiful). Brass pig’s feet are sprinkled throughout the restaurant’s floor, encouraging guests to follow the food to their selected tables upon ordering. Servers will then deliver your food to you, and also continue to take care of you throughout your meal – if you need drink refills, or want to order any additional food or dessert, they’re around to help you out without needing to go back to the ordering area yourself.Overall, our food arrived pretty quickly after we ordered – a feat considering the sheer amount of items we sampled. Any cocktails or beers you order will come to you before you even leave the counter to find a table, at which point you can make your way to the self-serve drink stations and the barbecue sauce bar full of condiments for your incoming dishes. Speaking of food – what did we try? (So many things.) What did we like? (Some of these many things.) Would I return for a future meal? (Definitely.) Here are all the details:AppetizersMostly snack-y things to share at your table before the barbecue feast arrives, many of these items are suitable as entrees if you’re looking for a smaller meal to accompany a drink stop in Disney Springs.BBQ Cracklins with Spiced Vinegar ($5.00)I somehow couldn’t stop snacking on these crunchy treats – especially dipped in the sour vinegar for a little added depth. The barbecue dust on the cracklin’ exterior wasn’t overly flavorful, but the vinegar pop helped enhance the smoky sweet BBQ flavor. This is a definite must-do-again for me, even if I just drop in for a drink and a snack while shopping nearby.Smoked Chicken Wings with BBQ Ranch and Pickled Carrots ($11.00)I wasn’t a huge fan of these wings, but the pickled carrots dipped in the BBQ ranch were a sour/sweet/salty/smoky treat from the heavens. The wings themselves had a sweet and savory sauced exterior, but were a little overdone for my taste. Portion-wise, this is a sizeable snack or shareable appetizer for a family.Simple Greens Salad with Apples, Carrots, Sunflower Seeds, and White Balsamic Dressing ($9.00)One of the only vegan options on the menu (and one of few truly vegetarian options), this salad is far more than simple and far better than you’re probably imagining. The tangy, rich-and-light white balsamic helps the fresh produce really shine here, and it served as a great palate cleanser from all the richness of our other dishes. For those in search of a lighter meal option, give this salad a shot with added smoked chicken or salmon.Hop Salt Pretzel with Beer Cheese Fondue and IPA Mustard ($10.00)Probably one of the best soft pretzels I’ve encountered at Walt Disney World, this appetizer was definitely worth ordering. One note: it’s a huge portion, easily serving 4+ people, so plan accordingly with entrees if you want to conquer this whole pretzel. I didn’t find the beer cheese fondue overwhelmingly satisfying (the gelatinous texture was a little off-putting for me, but the mild flavor was just fine), in contrast to the IPA mustard that really popped and made this a successful dish. Our table also found dipping the pretzel in the sweet-but-still-vinegar-forward Carolina gold mustard off the sauce bar to be the real winner.EntreesSandwiches tend to be large in size, but do not come with any sides (which you can add for an additional $4). Entrée portions are reasonable and come with a choice of side, so for the price, these seem to be the way to go. Kid’s meal options are relatively banal, so if you have a kid craving barbecue, your best bet is to share off your own plate.Fried Chicken Sandwich with Hot Honey, Pickles, and Pimento Cheese ($12.00)Crispy fried chicken sandwiches can be tough to find, and this hit the spot in that respect (without rendering the chicken overdone). I didn’t feel like the hot honey added a whole lot to the flavor profile of the sandwich, nor did the pimento cheese (a bit disappointing, because I love pimento cheese!). Overall, this was definitely a better fried chicken sandwich than you can sample at Planet Hollywood but it’s not quite as satisfying as the fried chicken sandwich found at Homecomin’.Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich with Whole Grain Mustard, Celery, and Grapes ($11.00)A hearty portion, and though this sandwich isn’t revolutionary, it is satisfying. A light hand with the mustard dressing and sweet celery and grapes helps create depth with the large chunks of smoky chicken without overwhelming the meat. I wouldn’t run to this over any of the traditional barbeque dishes, but for those with non-BBQ eaters in tow, this is a solid option.Wild Salmon with Maple-Mustard Glaze ($18.00)This was probably my least favorite of the entrees, though the fish was well-cooked and the glaze was flavorful. I just didn’t feel like the two flavors married well together, but it will be a good choice if you’re looking for lighter-but-still-barbecue-ish food. For the price, this was also a great portion of high-quality fish.Half Chicken with Citrus Rub ($15.00)Smoky flavors abound here, almost overpowering any flavor the chicken had originally. I wasn’t fond of the texture of the chicken, either, but it was a great lighter option, and a perfect vehicle for trying all of the various barbecue sauces Polite Pig has on tap.Pork Shoulder with Polite Rub ($14.00)This was another option that didn’t wow me, but primarily because it was a very fatty portion, so your mileage may vary depending on that. I liked the savory-sweet flavor profile in the rub, which didn’t overpower the natural sweetness of the pork, and this meat paired best with the accompanying slaw.Brisket with Coffee Rub ($16.00)Our portion seemed like it had been bathing in the brisket jus a bit too long, as it was almost too tender to eat. I missed the traditional “bark” flavor from the brisket here, as well, so I never really got much of the coffee rub they advertise as the central flavor. I would, however, give this another shot in sandwich form (also served as a melt with the beer cheese fondue and caramelized onions).St. Louis Ribs with Layla Sweet Rub ($19.00)I’m normally not fond of ribs, but this was by far my favorite entrée of our visit. Tender without falling off the bone (perfectly cooked!), the rub on the ribs was packed with herbs and smoky sweet spices that really elevated the meat’s flavor. I will definitely be back to sample these again, especially with the addition of one of the seven barbecue sauces from the sauce bar.Side DishesHere’s where Polite Pig really shines overall. The entrees were fairly solid, but I found myself coming back to sample many of the side dishes time and time again. Order an entrée to get a side included, sample one a la carte for $6 each, or splurge on a side sampler with your choice of three for $15.Smoked Corn with Lime Butter and Breadcrumbs ($6.00)Corn on the cob is tough to navigate with plastic silverware, if I’m honest. The smokiness of the corn here is awesome, but I missed the punch of acid in the lime butter that I really craved to help overcome all the sweetness. Our corn was also a tad overdone, so it was a little more mushy in texture than tender-crisp.Charred Broccoli with Herb Buttermilk and Granola ($6.00)A take on cold broccoli salad very traditional at Southern potlucks, this was a new way to try a very divisive vegetable. The char on the broccoli was incredibly flavorful – a little added bitterness brought out the fresh and sweet flavor of the veggie, and the buttermilk ranch-style dressing kept the dish from being too dry (though I could’ve used a bit more).Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Whiskey Caramel Sauce ($6.00)The whiskey caramel on these brussels sprouts will be divisive – I found it a tad too sweet for my tastes, but those who are more afraid of the vegetable will probably love it for covering up some of the bitterness and “green” flavors. These didn’t arrive at our table super crisp, but they were well-roasted and deep in flavor without being mushy, so I’m on board with them.BBQ Cauliflower with Paprika Sour Cream ($6.00)Who knew cauliflower could taste this good, honestly? The smoke and spices of the barbecuing process really transformed this into a must-try dish, and the cool and tangy paprika sour cream on the side made this the perfect dipping snack. My only complaint is that I wanted a bit more of that sour cream – it was the perfect accompaniment, but we barely had a full dollop in our portion.Mustard-Smoked Potato Salad with Kale ($6.00)I know, you probably balked at this after seeing “kale” just like I did, but this was a contender for one of the top side dishes, for me. A light mustard dressing and bits of super-savory bacon make this potato salad decadent without being completely over-the-top. The kale brings it back down to reality by adding a little bitter and sweet to the mix, a completely satisfying bite for your palate. Bonus: this potato salad will pair well with pretty much any dish on the menu.Mac and Cheese with Aged Cheddar and Breadcrumbs ($6.00)In short, this was a disappointment. Overdone noodles and orange, flavorless cheese sauce did this dish no favors, especially when an awesome version is found just around the corner at Homecomin’. I’ll give it another shot in a future visit, just in case this was a fluke, but I really wasn’t impressed with this side given the other great options at Polite Pig.Baked Beans with Lemon, Tomato, and Bacon ($6.00)The only other forgettable side dish we sampled, the beans here weren’t all done and the sauce needed a pop of acid from the lemon I never seemed to find here. Steer towards the veggies and potato salads here- traditional sides seem to be less impressive.DessertsOnly two options on tap, but both will satisfy your sweet tooth in a pinch. Orange Blossom Honey Cake ($7.00)I’ll preface this by saying we ordered several pieces of each of the desserts, and the cake was the perfect case-study for Polite Pig’s “homemade in-house” inconsistencies between batches. One piece of our cake was delightfully fluffy, light and airy, with the sweet cream cheese icing and orange blossom honey coating on the top taking it to dreamy dessert land. Our other two pieces of cake were underdone, bordering on gummy – an unpleasant eating experience, even though the flavors were still on point. I’ll definitely order this again if I’m at Polite Pig for a meal, but I’ll be interested to see which version of the cake I get.Key Lime Pie ($7.00)I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a sucker for a good slice of key lime pie. This key lime pie is good, but not mind-blowingly great. It would benefit from an extra key lime’s worth of fresh juice – it was just slightly too sweet and not quite lime-y enough. A smaller portion than the cake, I’d skip this and head to nearby Amorette’s for their tart version instead (about the same portion size and price, but better flavor).Parting ThoughtsAs with any new restaurant, it seems like The Polite Pig has a few inconsistencies in preparation to iron out in the coming weeks. I was impressed with many dishes, disappointed in a few, with a couple I hope to try again soon. Pricewise, the entrees with a side are a good bet for a quick service-priced meal with better-than-quick-service food – a rarity in Disney Springs (and increasingly, all around Walt Disney World).Reasonably priced (for Disney) cocktails on tap ($10), a wide variety of great local beers, and an extensive bourbon list will draw many in for an occasional drink-and-snack stop, too. Overall, I will certainly make Polite Pig a regular part of my Disney dining experience – it’s a better version of barbecue than what’s available at House of Blues’ Smokehouse, better prices than D-Luxe Burger, and faster service than Cookes of Dublin, all wrapped up in a cozy (and centrally-located) package.last_img read more

Business Intelligence: Business Analysts and ‘Citizen Data Scientists’ Help Make Easy-to-Use BI Products Market Leaders

first_imgRevenues from Business Intelligence software grew at a 9 percent rate in 2013 and that level of growth is expected to stay constant through 2018, averaging 8.7 percent.  Within the next two years a majority of business users and analysts will gain access to self-service tools for performing data analysis.  That’s the outlook of the Business Intelligence (BI) software platform market according to Gartner.  The report is available here.The Gartner report found that interest among business leaders was flat and actually fell slightly in 2014 compared to 2013, 42 percent versus 45 percent for 2013.Surprisingly, the leaders in Gartner’s BI Magic Quadrant, Tableau Software and Qlik, are often regarded as ‘light-weight’ when compared to more traditional and more full-featured BI platforms like Cognos or BusinessObjects.  Gartner judged the ease of use and the ability to easily deploy these tools to be more important than the features which they lacked, making them more valuable and useful to businesses.  More traditional BI products are often more narrow in how they can be applied and more difficult to use.  Part of the reason for the bias towards ease of use was the fact that BI products are “increasingly being directed at business analysts and ‘citizen data scientists.’”Gartner found that “the transition is to platforms that can be rapidly implemented and can be used by either analysts and business users, to find insights quickly, or by IT to quickly build analytics content to meet business requirements to deliver more timely business benefits. Gartner estimates that more than half of net new purchasing is data-discovery-driven.  This shift to a decentralised model that is empowering more business users also drives the need for a governed data discovery approach.”last_img read more

3 doable steps toward always-on, always-relevant marketing

first_img Posted on 2nd July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share 3 doable steps toward always-on, always-relevant marketingYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019 The traditional marketing campaign is a topic long debated by industry experts and novices alike. For every article declaring that the campaign is dead, there’s another celebrating its virtues. And while the future of marketing will likely be about continuously engaging customers with relevant content seamlessly across channels, that world can seem like a far-fetched fantasy compared to the current day-to-day rush of getting even basic campaigns out the door.Ideally, marketing is like a great conversation with a customer. The customer speaks (through actions), and the brand listens, thinks (by layering on intelligence), and responds. This is a continuous process whereby the customer manages their own journey, and the brand is continuously adding value.Unfortunately, getting to this type of always-on, one-to-one marketing at scale is a real challenge. Luckily, you can start working toward the ideals behind this approach, namely engaging your customers at the right time and as individuals, today.Unsurprisingly, the first step is understanding your customers better. You may not be able to speak with your entire customer base one-on-one today, but using customer analytics, you can find the right customers to focus on first. Choosing the most impactful customer segments and running a few smart programs is the first step toward delivering the marketing of the future.Here are three ways you can get started today:1. Behavioral triggersOne of the easiest ways for customers to communicate with a brand is through their explicit behaviors. Whether someone liked a company post on Instagram, searched the website for “ripped jeans,” or put a pair of cargo shorts in a shopping cart, actions can often speak louder than words.Marketing triggers based on relevant actions are a great place for brands to start with always-on marketing. Once the relevant customer actions have been decided, and some evergreen content drawn up, the marketer can let their marketing execution tools do the rest of the heavy lifting.Although today, many companies are sending this messaging over email, almost any marketing channel can work. In fact, for customers who have opted out of email, alternate channels such as social, display or even direct mail may prove to have a higher return.2. Lifecycle messagingCustomers aren’t always interacting with the brand directly, so to reach them at the optimal time, the marketing team must infer likely future actions based on their past behaviors. By studying engagement and purchase patterns, the team can understand where the customer is in their lifecycle, as well as when they seem to be veering off their individual pattern.Segmenting your customers by their current lifecycle segment (one-time purchaser, repeat customer, multiple purchases but cooling down, at risk, lost, etc.) is a great way to break down your customer base for more relevant marketing. The messaging you send to your first-time buyers is likely drastically different from the messaging for long-term loyal customers.By dynamically assigning customers to different lifecycle buckets, you can better deliver the right messaging to guide them along their journey with your brand.3. Loyalty cultivationPerhaps one of the most interesting parts of marketing without campaigns is that there isn’t always a direct call to action. In fact, the future of marketing will be much like the early days of marketing: all about telling stories, building trust, and most importantly, fostering loyalty.While building this type of long-term messaging for your entire customer base is a large-scale project, you can start to lay the foundation today with a small group of consumers. Start with a program that addresses your high-value and future high-value customers.These customers are key to your future success, so they’re a great place to start fostering long-term loyalty. Analyze what makes these groups of customers different, and let that inspire the content you send.A VIP program with weekly or bimonthly touchpoints is a great place to start. These programs can leverage brand messaging, special offers, and exclusive sneak peeks to let your best customers know you care.While additional touchpoints with customers can seem like an engagement risk, relevant content and enticing offers will keep them away from the unsubscribe and unfollow buttons.Final thoughtsAs we move toward always-on marketing, the way we think about execution will change. Rather than one-off campaigns, we’ll strive for continuous storytelling and contextual interactions.We’ll be able to move away from optimizing for short-term gains and campaign-level engagement metrics, and toward maximizing lifetime value, loyalty, advocacy, and other business KPIs (key performance indicators).During this transition period, it’s more important than ever to allocate your resources efficiently. By starting with some key audiences, you can begin to test the infrastructure you need to provide your customers with more relevant messaging.From our sponsors: 3 doable steps toward always-on, always-relevant marketing HomeDigital Marketing3 doable steps toward always-on, always-relevant marketinglast_img read more

Apple’s Swift Move: How Its New Coding Language Could Shake Up iOS Development

first_imgTags:#Apple#apps#iOS#iOS developers#Swift#WWDC#WWDC 2014 alex salkever Related Posts Guest author Alex Salkever is head of product marketing and business development at Silk.co. This piece first appeared on his Tumblr.At the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released an entirely new programming language called Swift. It is a higher level coding language that aims to provide the power of Objective-C with the flexibility of higher level scripting languages such as Node.js or Python.See also: Apple Wants Devs To Love Swift, Its New Coding Language—But There’s A CatchIn theory, Swift should make it far easier to write iOS apps that run as fast or faster than those scripted painstakingly within the more cumbersome, time-consuming and risky confines of Objective-C. If Swift delivers even partly on its promise, it could be huge boon for companies that want to build iPhone apps. iPhone developers have been the hottest ticket on the global software market for a number of years.The good ones command nose-bleed level hourly rates of $250 to $300 per hour. Starting salaries for entry level iOS coders that have passed rigorous coding challenge tests run from $120,000 per year north. Senior iOS devs have commanded $200,000 from larger enterprises seeking their experience.Why the high prices for iOS talent? Supply and demand. It’s very hard to learn Objective-C well enough to write compelling, high-performance apps. Learning how to manage memory in iOS and how to best take advantage of the capabilities of the hardware takes time, effort and a deep understanding of Objective-C.A Swiftly Tilting Labor MarketEnter Swift, which—again, if it works as Apple clearly hopes—will with one stroke dramatically lower the bar for writing an iPhone app. The language is designed to make it much easier for coders to write iPhone apps both quickly and well. That should rapidly expand the market for coders with iPhone skills; in turn, the cost of building iPhone apps, which is primarily a function of wages for developers, will fall.That’s bad for existing iPhone developers, but good for everyone else. Apple will enjoy a rush of new iPhone apps entering the market.Startups and enterprises building iPhone apps will be able to pick from a wider talent pool, and in the not-too-distant future, they’ll build those apps with developers paid mere mortal salaries in the low six figures. The only folks who don’t win here, in addition to the iOS developers who have been making huge bucks, are the iOS education programs that charge devs top dollar to upgrade their iOS chops and move up the coding salary ladder.For consumers, too, this is a big win. Better apps. More apps. Cheaper apps. Apple, too, may hope that the switch to Swift, which might turn out to be an easier development environment than Java for Android, could help Cupertino reclaim lost handset market share. Check back in on Swift in six months for a more complete verdict.Lead image by Flickr user Sean MacEntee, CC 2.0 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more