5 Reasons Foursquare Is Losing The Social Local Mobile Revolution

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Foursquare#iPhone brian s hall Related Posts Foursquare has been the darling of the burgeoning “SoLoMo“(social-local-mobile) revolution ever since the company burst onto the scene at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2009. The company’s financial fortunes, however, have not been so sweet. According to BusinessWeek, Foursquare brought in a paltry $2 million in revenue for all of 2012. Perhaps that’s why after raking in $71 million in three major funding rounds, Foursquare’s lastest funding comes in the form of $41 million in debt.Still, that’s a lot of money, and with the new cash stash, the company is shifting its business focus away from check-ins toward selling its trove of user location and behavior data to businesses, ad exchanges and others. This may be the company’s last, best chance to succeed. What went wrong?Here are five primary reasons why Foursquare failed to capitalize on the disruptive market potential of social-local-mobile — despite its early mover advantage.1. Gamification Doesn’t ScaleFrom the beginning, Foursquare incorporated gamification elements deep within the user experience. Users could earn virtual points, garner “badges” and become, say, the “mayor” of the local donut shop. Gamification, according to Wikipedia, is the use of “game thinking and game mechanics in a non-game context in order to engage users and solve problems.” But Foursquare showed that gamification may not terribly relevant to smartphone users — nor much of a revenue generator. In its latest iteration, Foursquare has shifted the user focus away from the app’s traditional gamification elements to make local search and discovery more prominent.2. The Business Model Remains ElusiveWhat is Foursquare? Does the company itself know, even now? Foursquare currently bills itself as:a free app that helps you and your friends make the most of where you are. When you’re out and about, use Foursquare to share and save the places you visit. And, when you’re looking for inspiration for what to do next, we’ll give you personalized recommendations and deals based on where you, your friends, and people with your tastes have been. Whether you’re setting off on a trip around the world, coordinating a night out with friends, or trying to pick out the best dish at your local restaurant, Foursquare is the perfect companion.That’s a lot of different things. Which ones are going to pay the bills? Foursquare, an early mover in social-local-mobile, is still searching for proven business model. And numerous companies now focus on this space. Google, Facebook, Yelp, Path, Groupon, LivingSocial and a slew of others are all aggressively seeking to profit from the ongoing integration of offline and online retail, marketing and advertising, and the merging of social, local and mobile data.Google offers Reviews, Google+ recommendations and advertised links within Maps, along with search. Facebook’s local Check-In feature has no doubt already limited Foursquare’s potential.How is Foursquare going to compete? The company has long allowed select businesses to buy promoted listings and sponsor special offers inside the app. Now, the company is allowing any merchant to purchase an ad. If users check-in to a coffee shop, for example, they may receive an ad from a competing establishment. Foursquare’s unique user behavior and location data make this possible, but users may find these kinds of ads intrusive. And both consumers and marketers now have plenty of alternatives.3. Yelp Is BetterFoursquare’s new direction takes it into direct competition with Yelp — a battle Foursquare will have trouble winning. Yelp simply does a better job at gauging and responding to real-time, location-based user intent.Yelp users, for example, typically start searching for establishments when they are interested in a particular time and place. Yelp makes it easy for them to filter within specific categories and by personal preference. No matter the quality of its data, Foursquare’s “search and discovery” recommendations will always have trouble competing with user-driven intent. The two companies also expose a core divergence over value of data that offers personalized recommendations versus data that aggregates the wisdom of the crowd. Compared to Yelp, Foursquare does a far better job telling you that a friend has recommended a particular neighborhood bar, for example. It may be far more important to you, however, to know that a nearby bar has been recommended by more than 100 people, even if they’re mostly strangers. This is the Yelp model. While recommendation algorithms and anticipatory systems may someday prove more valuable, so far Yelp’s aggregate data model has proven far more popular. 4. Better Design Isn’t EnoughThe new Foursquare app incorporates crisp, visible fonts; real-time mapping; colorful icons; and user pictures. It makes adequate use of touchscreen swiping to move across the app’s core functions. It’s slick, but a bit confusing. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The app’s home page, for example, includes a bookmark tab, chat function, search bar, small map, information on the user’s last check-in, data on “places nearby” — without details — trending topics and a large floating button that pops up a short list of nearby businesses. It’s hard to see how the new design will drive engagement or draw in new users. The app’s design seems to mirror Foursquare’s mash-up of old and new business models — an apt metaphor for the company’s struggles.5. Selling Data Isn’t A Slam DunkIntegrating offline and online, merging social, mobile and local — in real-time — seems to be the sweet spot for the future of commerce. Foursquare lives in this space. It’s user base, billions of check-ins and location data, including across the thousands of apps it’s linked to, may in fact be the single best collection of social and local personal data currently available. The value of all that data, however, remains unproven. Plus, Foursquare can’t just only on the existing database, it has to continually inject new information from new users to remain relevant. Even then, while some ad agency executives recently quoted in AdAge called Foursquare’s “unique and proprietary data incredibly valuable,” others suggested that Foursquare’s data didn’t offer anything they could not already get elsewhere.  Positive Signs?Foursquare is forging ahead regardless. On the plus side, the company’s non-financial metrics are quite impressive:30 million users worldwide3.5 billion check-ins1 million businesses signed-up  API integration with 40,000 apps – including with Facebook, Instagram, Vine and TwitterWith its latest $41 million infusion, the company plans to increase its sales staff from 10 people to 40. The company claims that ad-related click-throughs on its app run 3% to 5%, far higher than the industry standard of 1% or less. These are all positive signs.Will it be enough? Despite its popularity, for the past four years, Foursquare has failed to fully capitalize on the social-local-mobile opportunity. The move from check-ins to data mining is a huge gamble. One that Foursquare has to win, as it won’t likely get another chance.Lead image from Foursquarelast_img read more

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Inflicted casualties along the International Border in Jammu, says BSF

first_imgThe Border Security Force (BSF) killed an intruder and “heavily damaged” Pakistan posts “inflicting casualties” along the International Border (IB) in Jammu on Thursday.Ram Awtaar, DIG, BSF, said around 5:45 a.m. the alert troops noticed suspicious movement of two to three persons near the Nikowal border outpost in the Arnia Sector in R.S. Pora.“The intruders were challenged and fired at, resulting in the death of an infiltrator. No weapon was seized from the intruder. It seems he was a guide of the infiltrating group,” he said. He was identified as Anwar Alam, resident of Sialkot in Pakistan.The BSF also claimed to have destroyed Pakistan bunkers near Samba, where a BSF jawan was killed on Wednesday. “Our response was solid. We inflicted heavy damages. Sixteen tunnels were hit. We are ready for any challenge in the area,” said the DIG.The BSF officials said “Two Pakistani mortar positions were also destroyed on Wednesday night.”The BSF launched ‘Operation Alert’ along the over 200-km long International Border (IB) in the State “to curb the increasing movement of infiltrating militants from across the border.”Pak. alleges ceasefire violationA spokesman of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) alleged that the “Indian Army committed unprovoked ceasefire violation along working boundary in Zafarwal Sector”. He alleged innocent civilians were targeted, in which “three were injured”. He also claimed to “neutralising one Indian post”.last_img read more

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Bonleon, Subido announce return to UST after Sablan exit

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Subido sat out Season 80 citing dissatisfaction with his performance after spending three years with UST.The former La Salle Zobel standout spent 2017 playing for AMA and Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSubido isn’t the only former Tiger who will return to the lineup as forward Embons Bonleon also decided to join the team once more following the exit of Boy Sablan as head coach.Bonleon left the Growling Tigers in controversial fashion after calling out Sablan for receiving money in return for playing time. Cousins says he was ejected for using big-man fundamentals Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “Thank you Lord, I’ll be able to come back to the basketball court inside Quadricentennial pavilion,” tweeted Bonleon. UST’s Mario Bonleon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPoint guard Renzo Subido will return to University of Santo Tomas next year after skipping the 80th Season of the UAAP.“Can’t wait to play for my alma mater! Let’s do this! #OneforUST!” posted Subido on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

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Camson willing to apologize to Almazan, says elbow wasn’t intentional

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Almazan declined to give interviews to the media after the game.PBA Office-In-Charge Willie Marcial said he will summon both players on Tuesday.Camson plans to use the meeting to apologize to Marcial and Almazan for his actions.“I will respect the league’s decision and I am willing to ask for forgiveness and apologize to sir Willie and Raymond.” Read Next Kia came into the game having lost 16 straight games dating back to last season and Camson said all the losing was a reason for how he handled the situation.“I didn’t like what happened. I guess I just wanted to win so bad because we’re really tired of losing. We don’t want them (Rain or Shine) to make a run because we know that once they do, we’ll lose our morale,” said Camson, who had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 98-94 victory.READ: PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or ShineThe two got into a heated verbal exchange along the Cuneta Astrodome hallway on their way to their respective dugouts but after the game, Camson said he has no problems apologizing to Almazan first.“Being the younger player, I’ll be the one to approach him. I don’t see any problems with that because we’re all playing in the same league and we all have the same job,” he said. “I never wanted any of that to happen. I’m a man and I got hit.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Eric Camson vs Raymond Almazan. PBA IMAGESKia big man Eric Camson said he was merely getting in position for a rebound it wasn’t his intention to hit Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan with an elbow that triggered an ugly fight on Saturday.While fighting for positioning in the shaded area, Camson landed an elbow to the face of Almazan, who quickly retaliated with his own.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The situation escalated after Camson caught Almazan with a punch in the face before players and referees stepped in to restore order.READ: PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It wasn’t intended. The replay will show that I wasn’t going for his face and I was just boxing out,” Camson told reporters in Filipino after the game. “I hit him and it was something unavoidable. Then he got back at me and it was just my pride at that point.”Both got ejected after being slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sharapova inspired by Serena to get back to top Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Silicon Labs: new wireless platform enables next-gen connected products to scale the IoT

first_imgSilicon Labs has introduced the next generation of its Wireless Gecko platform, Series 2, designed to make Internet of Things products more powerful, efficient and reliable. Building on the leading RF and multiprotocol capabilities of the Wireless Gecko portfolio, Series 2 delivers the industry’s most versatile and scalable IoT connectivity platform. The initial Series 2 products include small-form-factor SoC devices with a dedicated security core and an on-chip radio delivering 2.5X the wireless range of competing solutions.IoT developers routinely face product design tradeoffs around wireless range, power consumption, size, security and cost. The Series 2 wireless connectivity portfolio simplifies IoT product design with highly-integrated SoC options and reusable software that make RF communication more dependable and energy efficient. Series 2 helps developers optimize system cost and performance for a wide range of smart home, commercial and industrial IoT applications.The first products in Silicon Labs’ Series 2 portfolio include EFR32MG21 SoCs supporting multiprotocol, Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth mesh networking, and EFR32BG21 SoCs dedicated to Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth mesh. These SoCs provide ideal solutions for line-powered IoT products including gateways, hubs, lights, voice assistants and smart electric meters.Future pin- and software-compatible Wireless Gecko Series 2 SoCs and modules with additional dedicated security technologies will enable developers to create next-generation connected products with enhanced security features, helping to increase consumer trust and drive mass IoT adoption.With Series 2, designers can bring secure, next-generation IoT products to market by taking advantage of Silicon Labs’ Simplicity Studio integrated development environment. The Simplicity Studio IDE accelerates time-to-market with a suite of tools, including a unified wireless development kit, SDKs, energy profiler, patented network analysis, application demos and mobile apps.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Hyperstone introduces Use Case Tracker to optimise NAND Flash memory configurationNext Cervoz launches new Mini-PCIe expansion cardlast_img read more

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Indian pace attack has all virtues to take on Australia: Adam Gilchrist

first_imgPace attack of the Indian Test team has shown the ability to rip through batting line-ups but its performance against Australia will be followed with a lot of intrigue, feels former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.The current Indian pace attack is being considered as the best India have ever had as a group and Gilchrist feels that they have shown tremendous potential.”Hard to tell (how they will fare) as they haven’t been here as a group and we have to find that out. That’s going to be an intriguing part of the series. Because Australian pace bowling unit has proven they are exceptional in Australian conditions,” Gilchrist told ESPN Cricinfo.Australia have to be patient and disciplined against Virat Kohli: Michael Hussey”But I am really excited from an Indian point of view about that pace bowling unit and they have shown glimpses in England about their ability to rip through potential batting line-ups. They are fit, strong, aggressive young men so they have all virtues to take on Australia in Australia,” Gilchrist stated.Read – India favourites but not easy to beat Australia in Australia: Mike HessonGilchrist, one of the greatest keeper-batsman to have ever graced the game, didn’t agree that this series will be only about Virat Kohli’s duel with Mitchell Starc.Also read – Bowlers are in a great space but batsmen need to step up in Australia: Virat Kohli”I don’t see this as a Starc vs Virat challenge really. I think Pat Cummins is outstanding and Josh Hazlewood is almost McGrath like with his methodic, repetitious bowling. So there are three guys there and there are a couple in the wings. They are high quality fast bowlers,” he said.advertisementAlso read – Virat Kohli promises to give it back if Australia are aggressive”So yeah, I don’t intend to single out Virat although clearly he is the best player at the moment, so India will look to him to score heavily, but they are all going to have their challenges which is also true for Australian batting line-up.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Chris Froome crashes twice and has Vuelta lead cut by Vincenzo Nibali

first_imgThe day had started with a suspected arson attack in Almería which destroyed Aqua Blue Sport’s team bus; no one was hurt and a 55-year-old man was arrested. Unperturbed, the team took part in stage 12 from Motril to Antequera along the Spain’s south coast and one of their riders, Peter Koning, joined the breakaway.The group pulled away from the peloton approaching the first climb, before Marczynski powered clear on the second and final ascent. The Polish rider finished almost a minute ahead of Dimension Data’s Omar Fraile in second and third-place José Joaquin Rojas of Movistar.Behind them, there was chaos. Footage on social media appeared to show a policeman deal with an over exuberant fan by pushing him into the path of a motorbike trailing the peloton. Another video captured a spectator attacking the Katusha rider Maxim Belkov as he battled the final climb, pushing him off his bike and into a ditch beside the road. Belkov was able to finish the stage but later described the incident as “outrageous”.Froome’s crashes occurred in the final 10km, the second a mechanical issue following a bike change, but his team-mates Mikel Nieve and Wout Poels dropped back to help him recover and minimise the damage. He will begin Friday’s stage 13 from Coín to Tomares still with a strong lead of 59 seconds over Nibali, and no other rival within two minutes, and he will be thankful just to have withstood stage 12. Share on Messenger Laura Meseguer (@Laura_Meseguer)A different perspective from today’s moto crash with a cycling fan. Seriously?! #LV2017 pic.twitter.com/6ajSdrCeQrAugust 31, 2017 Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Stage 12 results1 Tomasz Marczynski, Pol, Lotto Soudal, 3:56:45. 2 Omar Fraile, Sp, Dimension Data, :52 behind. 3 Jose Joaquin Rojas, Sp, Movistar, same time. 4 Pawel Poljanski, Pol, Bora-Hansgrohe, same time. 5 Stef Clement, Neth, Lotto NL-Jumbo, same time. 6 Brendan Canty, Aus, Cannondale Drapac, 1:42. 7 Anthony Perez, Fr, Cofidis, 2:50. 8 Jan Polanc, Slovenia, UAE Team Emirates, same time. 9 Andreas Schillinger, Ger, Bora-Hansgrohe, same time. 10 David Arroyo, Sp, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, 3:00.Overall standings (after 12 stages)1 Chris Froome, GB, Sky, 49:22:53. 2 Vincenzo Nibali, It, Bahrain-Merida, :59. 3 Esteban Chaves, Col, Orica-Scott, 2:13. 4 David de la Cruz, Sp, Quick-Step Floors, 2:16. 5 Wilco Kelderman, Neth, Sunweb, 2:17. 6 Ilnur Zakarin, Rus, Katusha Alpecin, 2:18. 7 Fabio Aru, It, Astana, 2:37. 8 Michael Woods, Can, Cannondale Drapac, 2:41. 9 Alberto Contador, Sp, Trek-Segafredo, 3:13. 10 Miguel Angel Lopez, Col, Astana, 3:51. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Cycling news Since you’re here… Chris Froomecenter_img Share on LinkedIn Vuelta a España Team bus destroyed in arson attack before stage 12 of Vuelta a España Share via Email Share on Pinterest Read more Chris Froome crashed twice in the Vuelta a España yet counted himself fortunate to have survived one of the more chaotic days of a grand tour in recent memory.The Lotto-Soudal rider Tomasz Marczynski claimed victory on a stage that was preceded by an arson attack on a team bus, saw a fan apparently pushed in front of a motorbike by a policeman, and had a rider shoved off his bike by a spectator.Vincenzo Nibali took advantage to cut Froome’s lead by 20 seconds but Froome was relieved just to have come through after tumbling twice on the final descent while trying to cover an attack by Alberto Contador. “It’s never nice to crash like that. I am just grateful that I’m not injured,” Froome said. “The Vuelta is not over – a lot of big days are ahead.” Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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2 Colleges Have Decided To Stop Selling Nike Gear After Colin Kaepernick

first_imgColin Kaepernick in Nike commercial.Two colleges have apparently decided to end their partnership with Nike following the brand’s decision to name Colin Kaepernick the face of the “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign.The schools are small and have no monetary relationship with Nike.However, they have decided to stop selling Nike gear and will also stop purchasing gear for the school with the logo on it.“Two small schools, College of the Ozarks & Truett McConnell, have decided they would no longer purchase nor sell school gear with Nike’s logo on it following the Kaepernick ad. Note: Nike has no monetary relationship with either school,” ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports.Two small schools, College of the Ozarks & Truett McConnell, have decided they would no longer purchase nor sell school gear with Nike’s logo on it following the Kaepernick ad. Note: Nike has no monetary relationship with either school.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 8, 2018Another school, Liberty, is also reportedly considering ending its partnership with Nike.Nike unveiled a new Colin Kaepernick commercial earlier this week and are reportedly paying the quarterback an endorsement deal similar to some of the league’s star players.last_img read more

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The hero is bearded in Bollywood

first_imgThick, scruffy, groomed or edgy. Bollywood heroes are sporting facial hair in all its glory. Salman Khan, in the old man’s avatar in his latest film Bharat, sports grey hair, moustache and a white beard. There’s also megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who sports a French beard, but in a glimpse of his upcoming film Chehre, the eye cannot miss his distinct white, knotted and long beard. A thick and dark beard is sported by Shahid Kapoor in his forthcoming Kabir Singh. One of these required a bearded look and ruffled hairdo. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveCelebrity hairstylist Aalim Hakim, who has worked with Shahid over the years, says the actor is known for getting into the skin of the characters he plays, and so whether it was Haider or Udta Punjab, he ensured his look was spot on. “A part of the story of Kabir Singh demanded that Shahid looks a certain way. It’s not a manicured look, it’s a little distressed, sexy, attractive and different. Even his hairstyle in that look is very out of bed,” said Hakim, adding that a beard lends drama to an actor’s look. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painNo wonder then that a slew of other actors are sporting it in films. According to Bharti Taneja, Founder, ALPS Beauty Group, while in real life a moustache and beard give an impression of strong, brave and chivalrous men, in movies a dense beard signifies an “intense, passionate and melancholic hero”. “Beards are high on fashion. When it comes to experimenting with their looks, men can look to their hair and beard after clothes. Moreover, if you look at the history of Indian culture, beard has always enjoyed reverence in men’s fashion since ages. Moustache and beard were considered symbols of machismo and respect until the concept of ‘metrosexual’ men hit the men’s grooming market,” said Taneja. Beards have, for long, been about making a unique style statement for men, and gradually, the men’s grooming industry has come up with myriad product options. Taneja doesn’t see the beard going out of fashion, and she has some tips for those who wish to take the cue from Bollywood’s ‘beardos’. “It is important to groom your beard with regular trimming in order to keep it in shape. It is very important to keep your beard hair soft and smooth. Go for regular beard spa,” she said.last_img read more

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Syria UN agency voices alarm at reports of deadly assault on port

14 August 2011The United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees voiced grave concern today at reports that Syrian security forces have fired at a refugee camp in the country’s northern port city of Latakia, killing or injuring a number of camp residents. Media reports indicate that the Syrian military is engaged in a sustained and heavy assault on Latakia, using both warships and armoured vehicles to attack civilian demonstrators. At least 19 people have been reportedly killed so far.The assault on Latakia is the latest in a series of deadly confrontations between Government forces and protesters since large numbers of Syrians took to the streets in mid-March to demand greater freedoms. As many as 2,000 people have been killed in the past five months and top UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have spoken out against the violent crackdown.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) issued a statement expressing grave concern in particular about reports that Syrian forces have used heavy gunfire against a Palestinian refugee camp situated in Latakia’s El Ramel district.“Reports from various sources indicate deaths and casualties among the Palestinian refugee population, although poor communications make it impossible to confirm the exact number of dead and injured,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness.“UNRWA condemns the use of force against civilians,” he said. “We call on the Syrian authorities to order their security forces to exercise utmost restraint in accordance with international law and ensure that all civilians, including Palestinian refugees, are unharmed.“We demand expeditious and unhindered access for humanitarian workers to tend to the injured and dying. In addition, we demand unhindered access for UNRWA so that the agency can resume its full services in the camp, which have been severely affected by the unrest.”The protests in Syria are part of a broader wave of popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa since the start of the year, and have led to the toppling of long-term regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, ongoing conflict in Libya and major unrest in Yemen and Bahrain. read more

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Death toll on the rise as heavy rain continues

The death toll from the bad weather was on the rise today as heavy rain continued to affect most parts of the country.The death toll had reached 16 as of this morning with one person reported missing. The Disaster Management Centre said that the bad weather which has affected the country since 20th May has affected more than 130,000 people in 20 District as of today. Flooding and subsequent potential landslides threat has forced the evacuation of people in low-lying areas in parts of the country. Five districts (Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura and Nuwara Eliya) are on “red alert” for possible landslides.Approximately, 13,199 families have been evacuated to 231 welfare centres due to flood and landslide risks in 10 Districts. Meanwhile, the Army said that troops from the 16 Gajaba Regiment (GR) of the 143 Brigade of the 14 Division under the Security Force Headquarters – West (SFHQ-West) rescued 123 people from 36 families who were stranded after opening of all spill gates of the Thabbowa reservoir in Puttalam.The families were relocated to the Thabbowa temple premises. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Monsanto no longer pursuing Syngenta after company rejects offer of nearly 47

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2015 9:16 am MDT Last Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Monsanto no longer pursuing Syngenta after company rejects offer of nearly $47 billion WASHINGTON – Agricultural business giant Monsanto is abandoning its takeover bid for competitor Syngenta AG after the Swiss chemical producer rejected its latest offer of nearly $47 billion.A combination with Basel-based Syngenta would have made Monsanto the world’s largest producer of farming chemicals, in addition to its market-leading seed business. But the Swiss pesticide maker rejected a series of unsolicited offers from the American company.Monsanto confirmed Wednesday that it had raised its offer last week to 470 francs per share, or nearly $47 billion, from a previous offer of about $45 billion. Additionally, the company confirmed it had raised its proposed breakup fee to $3 billion from $2 billion. That’s the amount Monsanto would have paid Syngenta if it had been unable to get regulatory approval to complete the deal.But Monsanto says the enhanced offer “did not meet Syngenta’s financial expectations.” The St. Louis-based company said in a statement it would “continue to focus on its growth opportunities built on its existing core business.”Syngenta said in Wednesday that its board of directors unanimously rejected Monsanto’s latest offer, which “significantly undervalued the company and was fraught with execution risk.”The company said Monsanto did not adequately address several issues, including potential cost savings and the risks of reincorporating the combined company in the United Kingdom.Merging with Syngenta would have helped Monsanto diversify its chemical offerings beyond Roundup, the ubiquitous weed killer that long served as the cornerstone of Monsanto’s business. Sales of that chemical have been hurt in recent months by concerns about its safety when used in large-scale industrial farming.In March the International Agency for Research on Cancer labeled the Roundup’s key ingredient, glyphosate, a “probable carcinogen.” The company has demanded a retraction from the group, a French research arm of the World Health Organization.Monsanto Co. shares rose $7.66, or 8.6 per cent, to close at $97.08 Wednesday as the broader markets rallied. U.S.-listed shares of Syngenta AG fell more than 13 per cent to close at $67.51. read more

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On World Philosophy Day UN official urges critical thinking on inclusion sustainability

“This day is an invitation to rethink the conditions for inclusion and sustainability in societies that are increasingly diverse and ever more interconnected, between themselves and with their environment,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in her message for the Day, which this year in on the theme “Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet.”She said that in this world of many ramifications, sustainable development depends first on prosperity shared between States and within societies. “In a world of diversity, inclusion comes more than ever from dialogue and respect for justice, human dignity and human rights,” Ms. Bokova added, recalling the message of Swami Vivekananda: “Rise at the expense of another! I did not come to earth for that!”“In a world of multiple fractures, philosophy plays an indispensable role to think and act for human dignity and harmony,” she said, noting that philosophy also reminds us that the resources of the mind “are the only real renewable resources we have.” At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the celebration of the Day will be marked by the organization of a round table on the theme that will feature distinguished philosophers and scholars, including Ms. Tanella Boni (Côte d’Ivoire), Ioanna Kuçuradi (Turkey) and Yves Charles Zarka (France).Opened by Ms. Bokova, this round table, moderated by Ali Benmakhlouf (Morocco), Professor of Arab Philosophy at the University of Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, will be directly related to a subject which is at the heart of public debates around the world and within the UN: the growing inequalities between rich and poor within many countries and between countries and sustainable development.Participants will discuss the concepts of social justice, solidarity, exclusion and inclusion in different societies, as well as issues related to the vulnerability of various groups – including women, children, young people, people with disabilities, minorities, indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees, people living in poverty – and the interfaces between these issues and sustainable development. read more

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UN partners building roads to reach Rohingya refugees camped in muddy floodprone

The sites where the Rohingyas have settled are desperately overcrowded and located on inhospitable terrain with insufficient drainage and little or no road access, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday. The few roads that exist are impossibly congested, making it extremely difficult to reach refugees with the support and services they need. Since 25 August, an estimated 613,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, fleeing violence in Myanmar. The total refugee population in the area is now over 826,000. IOM is responsible for coordinating site management at a site now home to an estimated 423,000 refugees. IOM officials said that people hike for hours under the scorching sun, often carrying heavy loads from distribution points, to reach their shelters. Steep hills and dangerous paths mean that children, the elderly and people with disabilities are often unable to move around the site. In October, IOM built some 850 metres of road into Balukhali to enable humanitarian agencies to deliver lifesaving assistance to at least 50,000 refugees. “The road has vastly improved access for both refugees and humanitarian actors,” said IOM Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project Officer Stephen Waswa Otieno.“Contractors can now deliver materials inside the site, which has allowed us to build new, essential infrastructure. For example, one of our partners has just built a new distribution centre, bringing aid much closer to the families who need it,” he notes. IOM is currently working on six other projects, providing more access from main roads outside the sites, and inside the sites. It is also building five bridges, which will allow people and vehicles to cross canals and streams in different areas of the sites. The agency is also working to mitigate the threat of landslides on the newly de-forested land where many of the shelters perch on steep hillsides. IOM teams have been distributing bags that the refugees can fill with soil and use to create retaining walls and steps. These can also be used to raise shelters off mud floors, helping to keep them dry, especially when flash floods occur.Immunizing new arrivals against measlesMeanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are stepping up immunization efforts in overcrowded camps and makeshift shelters close to the border with Myanmar in response to an increase in the number of suspected measles cases among the newly arrived Rohingya and their host communities. “Children are especially at risk from outbreaks of measles and other communicable diseases that result from the crowded living conditions, malnutrition and severe lack of water and sanitation in the camps and other sites,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Bangladesh Representative. “To halt any wider outbreak, it’s essential that coordinated efforts begin immediately to protect as many children as possible.” The UN agencies and its partners will administer measles and rubella vaccine to nearly 360,000 people in the age group of six months to 15 years among the new Rohingya arrivals in Cox’s Bazar and their host communities. As of 4 November, one death and 412 suspected cases of measles have been reported among the vulnerable populations living in Cox’s Bazar. “As part of stepped up vaccination efforts, 43 fixed health facility sites, 56 outreach vaccination teams and vaccination teams at main border entry points will administer MR vaccine to population aged six months to 15 years,” said WHO Representative to Bangladesh N Paranietharan. read more

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Strip club raid 27 foreign nationals business owner released

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Strip club’ raided, 27 female foreign nationals detainedAugust 11, 2018In “Crime”Strip club owner charged for human traffickingApril 29, 2019In “Court”6 foreign females detained after Rosignol night club raidSeptember 9, 2018In “Crime” Police say there are no licences to operate any business whatsoever on the premisesThe 27 female foreign nationals who were detained on Friday last following a raid conducted on an East Bank Demerara “strip club” have been released from police custody on their own recognizance.Additionally, the owner of the business has also been released on $75,000 station bail.This publication was reliably informed that the matter has since been transferred to the Major Crimes Unit for further investigations.INews had reported, based on police reports, that a business known as “Biker Bar” located at lot 22 Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was housing an unlicenced strip club.As such, on the day in question, Police from ‘A’ Division and Headquarters responded and conducted a search of the premises between 21:50-23:55h.According to the Police PRO, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, 27 female foreign nationals- 25 Venezuelans and 2 Dominicans- who were found therein were apprehended, as well as the owner of the business who resides at Nutmeg Street, North Ruimveldt.It was outlined that, a case of liquor was also seized and lodged as there are no licences to operate any business whatsoever on the premises.Investigations are ongoing. read more

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Nippon successfully implements Thermal Fragmentation method in South Africa

first_imgIn February, Nippon Dragon Resources and MaXem Equipment entered into an exclusive Thermal Fragmentation distributorship agreement for various south African countries. In May 2014, a Thermal Fragmentation unit (Dragon) was delivered to MaXem’s facilities, followed by Nippon’s employees, whose mandate was to train MaXem’s employees and also visit the mine site where the first deployment of the technology in South Africa would take place.In early June, Nippon’s team returned to South Africa to present the technology to potential clients, including one of the most predominant gold producers in the world. Over the following days a series of performance, security tests and demonstrations were conducted for the benefit of several decision makers and union representatives. The Dragon has since been deployed within a stope some 1,000 m below surface on a demonstration contract and Thermal Fragmentation operations commenced on July 3rd, 2014.“Operating in a reef-type orebody was something new for us and the Dragon performed extremely well fragmenting its first hole in South Africa. We do not foresee any technical difficulties with regards to fragmenting the type rock and the dip encountered in the orebody” said Donald Brisebois, Nippon’s VP Operations and Technology.MaXem is a multifaceted company, whose core business is to supply hard rock mining equipment and services to southern Africa Countries, with a specific focus on precision long-hole drilling and other methods that enable better efficiency in mining. MaXem Contracting includes long-hole drilling, drop and inverse raising and mechanised mine production. MaXem has a clear understanding of mining inherent risks as well as detailed commodity experience that includes gold, platinum, heavy minerals and base metals.Nippon is active in the exploration and the development of gold resources in Quebec and Peru. It holds a gold property with resources recognised in accordance with NI 43-101, a modular treatment plant and also an exclusive license for the Thermal Fragmentation mining method for exploiting narrow-vein ore deposits. The company’s growth strategy is based on:The development of its gold deposits with the objective of producing revenue from its operationsIncreasing the value of its mining assets by prioritizing the exploration targetsThe commercialisation and employment of its thermal fragmentation technology.last_img read more

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Dog owners warned to keep pets on a leash after savage sheep

first_img Jun 17th 2017, 7:40 AM Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 7:40 AM 52 Comments Dog owners warned to keep pets on a leash after ‘savage’ sheep attacks The IFA has released a protocol for farmers to follow, which includes guidelines for when a farmer can shoot a dog. 14,367 Views Image: Alessandro Di Ciommo Image: Alessandro Di Ciommo DOG OWNERS HAVE been asked to keep their dogs on a leash after a number of attacks on sheep.The Louth Irish Farmers’ Association say that a number of dog attacks have occurred on the Cooley Peninsula recently. They have issued a warning to all dog owners of their responsibility to keep their pets under control at all times.Chairman of the Louth branch of the IFA Gerard Melia said:“Owners can be held responsible for any losses involved in dog attacks, with serious financial and legal consequences. Farmers have a right to protect their sheep flock and can shoot a dog worrying, or about to worry their flock.”IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said dogs can inflict “horrendous” damage on a sheep flock. Statistics collated by IFA say there may be from 300 to 400 attacks each year, with 3,000 to 4,000 sheep injured and killed. Data on dog attacks gathered by the IFA shows an average of 11 sheep killed or injured per attack.“Unfortunately, I am taking calls on a frequent basis from sheep farmers around the country who have suffered attacks. There are far too many dog owners not taking the responsibility that goes with owning a pet. Dog owners have an obligation to have their dog under control at all times.”The IFA has released a protocol for farmers to follow, which includes guidelines for when a farmer can shoot a dog.Read: Seven dogs had to be put down after being found in ‘deplorable’ conditions Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3447191 Share34 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Paul Hosfordlast_img read more

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La Maison Blanche débarque sur le service de géolocalisation FourSquare

first_imgLa Maison Blanche débarque sur le service de géolocalisation FourSquareDésormais, la Maison Blanche apparaît dans le service de géolocalisation en ligne FourSquare. Celui-ci permet aux internautes de faire savoir où ils se trouvent via Twitter ou Facebook par exemple.Déjà présente sur Twitter, Facebook, YouTube ou encore Flickr, la Maison Blanche fait désormais son entrée sur le service de géolocalisation en ligne FourSquare. Un outil qui compte déjà près de 10 millions d’utilisateurs qui s’en servent, via leurs mobiles le plus souvent, pour indiquer où ils se trouvent et localiser leurs proches. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Dans un commentaire laissé sur son blog, la présidence américaine a ainsi indiqué que son arrivée sur FourSquare coïncidait avec la tournée de Barack Obama à bord d’un autocar dans le nord des Etats-Unis. “Grâce à la nouvelle page de la Maison Blanche sur FourSquare, vous pouvez vous tenir informés de la tournée du président et signaler à vos amis que vous êtes au même endroit” que lui, a souligné la Maison Blanche citée par l’AFP.Mardi matin, la page FourSquare de la Maison Blanche avait déjà attiré près de 12.600 visiteurs, moins de 24 heures après son lancement.Le 17 août 2011 à 13:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Comment la fonte des glaces fait sétendre la banquise

first_imgComment la fonte des glaces fait s’étendre la banquiseMalgré la fonte des glaces, la banquise de l’Antarctique continue de s’étendre. Des courants sous-marins d’eau chaude feraient fondre ses barrières de glace par en dessous. L’eau froide et non salée ainsi libérée aiderait à geler la surface de l’océan.La banquise fond mais la banquise s’étend ? Cette information aux doux relents de poisson d’avril est pourtant bel et bien fondée. Dans un article publié dimanche par Nature Geoscience, Richard Bitanja et son équipe décrivent l’incroyable phénomèneÀ lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Si la banquise de la mer Arctique rétréci, elle a en Antarctique un taux de croissance de près de 2% par décennie depuis 1985. En 2012, l’étendue de la glace a même battu un nouveau record ! Selon les chercheurs la hausse de la température des océans fait que certains courants chauds et profonds  font fondre la base des barrières de glace qui entourent le continent. Eau douce contre eau saléeD’après des simulations, la fonte de ces falaises de glace refroidit l’eau en surface, ce qui fait que ces portions de mer gèlent plus facilement. Cela est accentué par le fait que la glace fondue est douce, elle contient moins de sel que l’eau de mer et se solidifie donc plus facilement. Les chercheurs n’excluent pas non plus que de forts vents puissent faire refroidir la région. A l’inverse, comme l’Arctique ne dispose pas de sols à partir duquel ces barrières peuvent se former et que les continents alentours l’encerclent, le phénomène ne peut y avoir lieu et sa banquise rétrécit. Pour l’océanographe David Holland de l’université de New York, l’idée mérite d’être testée.  Il explique ainsi à Live Science que cette étude “montre qu’il y a besoin de mettre au point un réseau d’observation de la fonte sous les barrières de glace.”Le 1 avril 2013 à 21:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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