Zuckerberg says he wants Facebook to work in your best interest

first_img Mark Zuckerberg 1 Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg has embarked on his 2019 personal challenge. James Martin/CNET Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg posted the first video of his personal challenge for 2019.Zuckerberg, who sets a challenge for himself every year, such as writing an AI program to control his house, said his latest goal is to “get out and have a series of discussions on the future of technology and the internet, and how that’s going to affect our society.”In a video posted Wednesday, he visited Harvard Law School and spoke with professor Jonathan Zittrain for nearly two hours on subjects like augmented reality, content review and the challenge of the news feed. “We now have more than 30,000 people working on content review and safety review,” Zuckerberg said during the discussion. “Regardless of how much training they have, we’re going to make mistakes.”He also talked with Zittrain about ethical questions around ranking items that’re shown in people’s news feed on Facebook.”We come in every day and think, ‘Hey, we’re building a service where we’re ranking news feed trying to show people the most relevant content,'” Zuckerberg said. “[We make] an assumption that’s backed by data that, in general, people want us to show them the most relevant content. But at some level you could ask the question which is, ‘Who gets to decide that ranking news feed or showing relevant ads or any of the other things that we choose to work on are actually in people’s interest?'” Tech Industry Tags Commentlast_img read more

DC Scholars Triumph and Find Success

first_imgTheodore Roosevelt High School 2016 valedictorian Adrian Fielder, who is autistic, is first in line for his graduation ceremony that was held on the school’s campus on June 11. (Courtesy Photo-DCPS)The District of Columbia school system honored its top student-scholars, many that overcame physical and economic barriers to achieve at a high academic level. Valedictorians, salutatorians, and other top students from the District’s high schools were treated to a catered lunch and received words of encouragement on June 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Among the academic high-achievers were two students from Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School who are autistic but managed to finish as number one and two in their 2016 graduating class.Autism is a life-affecting disorder characterized by a profound withdrawal from human contact, repetitive behavior, and fear of change in the environment. The disease affects the brain’s ability to receive and process information. Many people who are autistic find it difficult to talk and look at other people and seem to be inwardly focused. A report from the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics shows that 2.24 percent or 1 in 45 children are autistic.Adrian Fiedler is Roosevelt’s valedictorian and Reco Robinson is the salutatorian. Fielder told the AFRO that going to school wasn’t an easy experience but it was worth it. “At Roosevelt, I did my work as best as I could and I got a lot of encouragement from the teachers and the principal,” he said.Fielder wanted to stay close to home in the District and has opted to attend Catholic University. Robinson won’t be attending college but is looking at a trade school.Robinson echoes Fielder in the support he got from Roosevelt. “The teachers at Roosevelt will work with you if there is something that you don’t understand,” Robinson said to the AFRO. “I worked hard to make academic progress.”Robinson said that he is interested in studying photography, “especially sports photography.”Sah Brown, interim principal at Roosevelt, is proud of the achievements of Fielder and Robinson. Brown said, “We are a school community and we embrace everyone. They [Fielder and Robinson] have been excelling academically for four years and they have had the support of their teachers. The principal made the teachers aware of their disabilities and [they] have performed their duties well at Roosevelt.”Brown says Fielder and Robinson “have proven that any child can excel.”While physical disability can be a hurdle to academic excellence, economic and environmental factors can also be deterrents. Jordy Portillo will graduate fourth in his class at Bell Multicultural High School and he told the AFRO that his parents are low-income. However, his economic status didn’t prevent him from winning a prestigious national scholarship to one of the country’s best universities.“I decided to attend Stanford University on a Gates Millennium Scholarship,” Portillo said, speaking of the scholarship program funded by billionaire Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. “I want to go to Stanford to explore a new environment. The Millennium scholarship will provide me the resources to be independent while I am in school and I can focus on my education and not on how to pay for it.”D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson held a luncheon for top graduates of District high schools recently. (Photo Courtesy of DCPS)Sierra Steele is the valedictorian at Anacostia High, an institution located in one of the District’s poorest neighborhoods. Steele was upbeat about the instruction she received there despite its location. “I had a great education at Anacostia,” Steele told the AFRO. “The school offers a wide variety of courses and that includes Advanced Placement classes.”Steele plans on attending Marshall University in West Virginia and will be majoring in psychology. She said Anacostia prepared her for the rigors of college-level courses.D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson spoke to the gathering and beamed as she talked about her high achieving students. “The whole entire city believes in the D.C. public schools,” Henderson said. Speaking specifically to the students she said “you now have the foundation for success.”One of the District’s public schools shining alumni is Johnathan Hill, a rising senior at Morehouse College. A political science major, Hill was elected president of Morehouse’s student government association for the 2016-2017 school year. He delivered the keynote address, urging students to stay focused on their goals. “Be prepared for the future,” Hill said. “Study now and when the light comes on, you will be ready to make contributions to society.”last_img read more

Go to people with proof of development Mamata to MLAs

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seems definitely in mood to revamp the party organisation in the run up to the Assembly elections in 2016. At a recent meeting with party leaders, Banerjee not only reshuffled the Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) district leadership, but asked her party leaders to highlight the achievements of the government “with proof”– in the run-up to the  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAssembly polls. “There should be a list of schools, colleges, ITIs, hospitals with the party workers when they campaign. The people must know what we have done for them”, Sobhondeb Chattopadhyay, chief whip of the TMC in the Bidhan Sabha told Millennium Post.The Chief Minister reiterated how the public must be made aware of the various schemes that the government is offering and how to avail them.“Most of the people don’t know about schemes”, Chattopadhyay pointed out. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe Labour Department, for example, has schemes for the unorganised sector such as bidi workers, construction workers and so on. There are schemes for those living Below the Poverty Line (BPL) – like Amaar Bari Amaar Thikana, Geetanjali, etc. “The government provides housing for the homeless and also 3 kathas of land for building a small house and a kitchen garden, where vegetables can be grown. A small pond can also be used to develop pisciculture on this land”, he added.The district administration will also work hand-in-hand with the committees on development schemes.last_img read more

Social media can help students connect better

first_imgNot just connecting you with friends, interaction with fellow students on social networking website can help you focus and study better, say researchers.Developers of open online courses may want to take a page from Facebook to keep more students engaged and enrolled.“Current open course platforms do not include collaborative features for students to work together, or good conversation channels between students and between students and teachers. Social media may provide another communication channel for the students,” said Saijing Zheng, former doctoral student at Pennsylvania State University. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers found that open course students were more engaged on Facebook groups and preferred interacting more on the social media site than through the course tools. “We found that social media tools may be one way to keep students engaged in an open course,” said Zheng, currently research scientist at Microsoft. One of the advantages of Facebook groups is that users tend to sign up with their real names while students can create fake personas on course message boards and forums. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Real names give other students the idea that they are talking to a real person and that, perhaps, helps build a sense of community and they trust that type of environment more,” Zheng noted.Students appreciate that Facebook offers several ways to contact the professor, she said.  They can reply to a post, like a post, and even send a private message.Students on Facebook groups can meet and chat weeks before the course starts and, in some cases, long after it ends. Facebook replies and posts also tend to be better organised than message board conversations, which can easily become buried among other posts, according to the researchers.For the study, the researchers collected data from three different courses on Coursera, a platform that hosts MOOCS, and from Facebook groups.The findings were shared at the annual ACM conference on Learning at Scale at University of Edinburgh in Britain this week.last_img read more

Married LGBT adults healthier happier Study

first_imgFor years, studies have linked marriage with happiness among heterosexual couples. A new study now shows that the benefits of marriage extend to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) couples as well.In the study, published in the journal The Gerontologist, LGBT participants who were married reported better physical and mental health, more social support and greater financial resources than those who were single. For the research, Jayn Goldsen from the University of Washington, and her colleagues used survey data from more than 1,800 LGBT people, aged 50 and older, in locations where gay marriage was already legal in the US in 2014. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAbout one-fourth were married, another fourth were in a committed relationship and half were single. Married respondents had spent an average of 23 years together, while those in a committed, unmarried relationship had spent an average of 16 years.Among the study participants, more women were married than men.Researchers found that, in general, participants in a relationship, whether married or in a long-term partnership, showed better health outcomes than those who were single. But those who were married fared even better, both socially and financially, than couples in unmarried, long-term partnerships.Single LGBT adults were more likely to have a disability; to report lower physical, psychological, social and environmental quality of life; and to have experienced the death of a partner, especially among men, the findings showed.last_img read more

A coalition of state attorneys general is suing th

first_imgA coalition of state attorneys general is suing the Trump administration for weakening the federal nutrition standards for school meals that are fed to about 30 million children across the country.”Over a million children in New York — especially those in low-income communities and communities of color — depend on the meals served daily by their schools to be healthy, nutritious, and prepare them for learning,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. Joining James in the lawsuit are the attorneys general of California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Vermont. As we’ve reported, last year the Trump administration gave school lunch administrators more flexibility in serving up refined grains, including white breads, biscuits and white pastas. The move weakened standards set during the Obama administration aimed at serving more nutritious and fiber-dense whole grains, which are a key part of a healthy diet. In addition, the Trump administration put the brakes on targets to reduce the amount of salt allowed in school meals. At the time, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue wrote: “If kids are not eating what is being served, they are not benefiting, and food is being wasted.”But public health advocates have cried foul. “The ‘flexibilities’ the administration is offering [schools] are both unnecessary and undermining,” Laura MacCleery, policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said. Her group has also filed a lawsuit in federal court in Maryland. The suit argues that the U.S. Department of Agriculture violated the National School Lunch Act. The group argues that the weakened standards put millions of children at greater risk of health problems associated with a diet that’s high in sodium and low in whole grains. “When I think about what policies are available to move the needle on the health of kids, this is the big one,” MacCleery says. “The Trump administration is blowing it.”Letitia James echoes this: “The Trump Administration has undermined key health benefits for our children — standards for salt and whole grains in school meals — with deliberate disregard for science, expert opinion, and the law,” she wrote in a statement announcing the lawsuit.The School Nutrition Association, which represents 58,000 school nutrition professionals, has pushed for and supports the changes made by the Trump administration’s final rule on school meal “flexibilities.” “SNA appreciates USDA’s efforts to preserve strong standards to benefit students while addressing long-standing challenges to ensure they choose and consume healthy school meals,” SNA President Gay Anderson said in a statement. School nutrition directors have argued that it’s tough to implement changes that may turn kids off, so they need more time to figure out how to lower sodium levels and boost whole grains. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Is It Time to Call Tesla the Future of Made In America

first_img Next Article Ford Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Image credit: Olivier Le Queinec / Shutterstock.com Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 10, 2014 Guest Writer 3 min read Add to Queue Is It Time to Call Tesla the Future of Made In America? Not Quite. When you think car and you think America, what comes to mind?If it was Ford’s F-150 pickup truck, than you’re on the money. (I mean, check it out: pretty darn American looking). In addition to being the country’s top selling vehicle last year, the pickup truck also landed in the top spot on Cars.com’s American-Made index, which measures how “American” a car is based on factors like where the car’s parts come from, whether the car is assembled in the U.S. and if it is bought in large numbers by American consumers.But according to a recent report by Morgan Stanley, Ford F-150 better watch its tail lights. Why? Tesla is fast approaching. The report predicts that once the Elon Musk-led company opens its $6 billion battery factory, Tesla vehicles will zoom into the top spot.Related: Elon Musk Admits to ‘Conversations’ With Apple About TeslaDoes this mean the future of Made in America, as Quartz reports, lies in Musk’s hands?It all depends on how you define “Made in America.” If the motivation behind the Made in America movement is job creation — that American manufacturers need to keep and create more jobs here — then the answer is no, probably not.  At least not for a while.That’s because, despite the amount of press Tesla and Elon Musk get, it’s still a fringe player in the automotive industry.Sales of Tesla’s battery-powered vehicles, priced from about $70,000, totaled around 22,450 last year. “With 6,900 deliveries in the [fourth] quarter [Tesla’s Model S sedan] is still a niche vehicle,” Kevin Tynan, an auto analyst for Bloomberg Industries told Bloomberg. According to the company’s annual report, as of December 31, 2013, it had 2,964 full-time employees world-wide. (The percentage of those employees who work in the U.S. was not released in the report. An inquiry to Tesla was not immediately returned).Related: Can Consumers Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back to the U.S.?Meanwhile, Ford sold a total of 6.3 million vehicles last year, with 3.1 million in North America alone. The company employed 181,000 people globally, with 84,000 of those employees working in North America (while the report did not specifically list the number of American employees, a 2011 estimate put the automotive maker at employing 65,000 Americans, a number that has surely grown as the auto industry has continued to recover since the recession).Once Tesla sets up its so-called “gigafactory,” the company predicts that it will employ an additional 6,500 Americans. But that’s not slated to happen until 2020, by the company’s own estimate (Tesla has yet to narrow down the factory’s location to a single state).All of this is to say that even if Tesla eventually does manage to nab the top spot on Cars.com’s “American-Made index,” let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Larger, if admittedly less flashy, auto makers are still embodying the term “made in America” to the fullest. Which, in our estimation, rests less on the concept that their car parts are assembled in the U.S. and more on the fact that they continue to employ a whole ton of Americans.Related: Secrets of the 10 Most-Trusted Brands Laura Entislast_img read more

European Union to Probe McDonalds Tax Deals With Luxembourg

first_img Add to Queue EU antitrust regulators will investigate McDonald’s tax deals with Luxembourg which enabled the U.S. fastfood chain to escape paying taxes on European franchise royalties from 2009, in a move which could lead to hefty back taxes for the company.The action by the European Commission comes two months after it ordered Luxembourg to recover up to 30 million euros ($32 million) from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Dutch to do the same for Starbucks because their tax deals were seen as unlawful aid.The EU competition enforcer said McDonald’s had not paid any corporate taxes in Luxembourg or the United States on royalties paid by franchisees in Europe and Russia since 2009 as a result of two tax rulings by the Luxembourg authorities.”A tax ruling that agrees to McDonald’s paying no tax on their European royalties either in Luxembourg or in the U.S. has to be looked at very carefully under EU state aid rules,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.”The purpose of double taxation treaties between countries is to avoid double taxation – not to justify double non-taxation.”Luxembourg’s finance ministry said the country had granted no special tax treatment nor selective advantage to McDonald’s and that it would cooperate fully with the investigation.McDonald’s said it complied with all tax rules in Europe and that its companies had paid more than 2.1 billion euros in corporate taxes in the European Union from 2010 to 2014, with an average tax rate of almost 27 percent.It also paid social, real estate and other taxes, while its independent franchises, operators of about 75 percent of its outlets, paid corporate and other taxes.”We are confident that the inquiry will be resolved favorably,” it said in a statement.TWIN RULINGS, NO TAXThe Commission said McDonald’s Europe Franchising was exempted from paying taxes on this income in Luxembourg on the grounds that the profits were subject to taxation in the United States. However, when the ruling was granted in 2009, these profits were not subjected to tax in the United States.In a second ruling, Luxembourg agreed that McDonald’s did not have to prove that this income was subject to U.S. tax, the Commission said.Luxembourg, the Commission said, exempted the profits from taxation there despite knowing that they were in fact not subject to tax in the United States.The case presents yet another headache for Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as Luxembourg developed its favorable tax system during the near quarter-century that he served as the Grand Duchy’s finance minister or prime minister.Vestager’s move against McDonald’s came following critical media reports and evidence from trade unions.”For too long, McDonald’s has stashed billions in tax havens and ducked contributing to state coffers … and it’s time that the company be held accountable” Scott Courtney, organizing director at SEIU, said in a statement.SEIU represents 2 million healthcare, public sector and property service workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.($1 = 0.9471 euros)(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Philip Blenkinsop and Mark Potter) –shares Next Article Reuters 3 min read Image credit: Tupungato | Shutterstock.com This story originally appeared on Reuters McDonald’s Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. European Union to Probe McDonald’s Tax Deals With Luxembourg Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business December 3, 2015 McDonalds in Copenhagen.last_img read more

Creepy Clown Panic Forces Ronald McDonald Into Witness Protection Program

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Creepy Clown Panic Forces Ronald McDonald Into Witness Protection Program Image credit: Zhang Peng | Getty Images Editorial Director 6 min read Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Lohud.com –shares Franchises October 13, 2016 Entrepreneur Editorial Director Dan Bova writes a weekly humor column for The Journal News, where this story originally appeared. You can see read past columns here and follow him on Twitter or Facebook for weekly updates.What’s white, has crazy hair and is making everyone freak out? No, not Donald Trump. But close. Clowns.In the last couple of weeks, big floppy shoes have spiked on the Noooooo-o-meter. From South Carolina to New York to Iowa, people in at least 14 states have been calling into police, wigged out about people in rainbow wigs roaming the streets.In solidarity with the creeped-out masses, McDonald’s announced its plans to put Ronald on lockdown. A statement sent from spokeswoman Terri Hicke says that the chain’s more than 14,000 locations nationwide are “mindful of the current climate around clown sightings in communities” and “are being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events for the time being.” Gulp!Clown panic has spread to our schools, our restaurants and even into my home. The other night I was heading out to go jogging and my son Henry asked with genuine concern if I was worried about getting jumped by a red-nosed nutcase. I wasn’t. I was more worried about pulling a hamstring than facing a killer Krusty, but I took that as a great excuse to plant myself back down on the couch and sweat my way through some Chopped re-runs. Hamstring held up like a champ.Related:  I Call B.S. on This Motivational PosterMaybe I’m just incredibly brave or incredibly stupid, but what’s the big deal? I feel like at some point in the last 20 years, we as a nation collectively decided that clowns are the most terrifying things on earth.Sure, if they’re carrying a meat cleaver they’re kinda scary, but I think that’s true of really anything carrying a meat cleaver. You give a newborn panda a meat clever and I’m running in the other direction. But just a plain ol’ clown? Eh.If people wearing heavy makeup and idiotic smiles freaks you out, I suggest you steer clear of the Jersey Shore in mid-July.I mean, I wouldn’t be thrilled exactly if I looked out my window at 2 a.m. and saw a dude in a clown suit standing there, but I can think of much more horrifying visitors to see lurking in the moonlight, such as:A property tax assessor: “You fixed that ripped screen door and pulled some weeds? Oh yeah, that’s going to jack your value up 2 or 3 mil easily.”The neighbor’s dog peeing on my tomato plants. “Oh God, we’ve been eating organically grown urineballs all summer!”Billy Bush’s Access Hollywood tour bus.Okay, fine, I guess if I really think about it, sure, I have had some not-so-great clown encounters over the years.The first one that springs to mind is when I was editor of Maxim and I sent one of our staffers, Nick Leftley, to go on tour with Insane Clown Posse.Not familiar with them? They are a hip-hop-ish duo that enjoyed some mainstream success in 2009 with a song called “Miracles” which featured such thought-provoking lyrics as: “Water, fire, air and dirt / Fucking magnets, how do they work?”Long story short: everything went great until the FBI raided the Insane Clown Posse’s show due to suspected gang activity.All I could do was recommend that Nick keep his hands in full view, make no sudden moves and Google “any good lawyers in Detroit?” when he had the chance.Related: Kevin Hart’s 5 Inspiring Secrets to Nonstop Hustling Another clown-counter of the sucky kind came the night my then-2-year-old son Henry came down with a bad case of whatever it is that makes kids cough and drown in their own snot. Overtired and coated in goo, he was freaking out like only a 2-year-old can.The only thing that calmed him down was an Elmo DVD starring Mr. Noodle, a guy who is basically a clown with gigantic pants instead of a wig. Up until that night, I genuinely enjoyed Mr. Noodle’s antics. Mr. Noodle’s deal was that he would always screw up some simple task, like washing his hands or putting on his shoes.“No Mr. Noodle, not like that!” It was funny at first, but after the 45th viewing at 3 in the morning, it became a nerve-shredding nightmare. “Come on, man, shoes go on your feet, not your ears, you effen dipshit!” In desperation, I lunged at the DVD player to turn it off, Henry started crying again and the circle of Hell spun on.Related: 3 Shocking Business Lessons I Learned at Comedy Central’s Rob Lowe RoastOh, and speaking of things that never end, have you been to the Big Apple Circus? It is endless. We took our kids to it a few years back and after an hour and a half of people juggling handkerchiefs and tumblers yelling “hey!” and “oh!” the lights blessedly came up. It was over! I leapt into action.Grab your stuff kids — ditch the popcorn, we’ll make some when we get home. I’ll buy you a soda on the way out, I’ll buy you a pony, let’s just please leave! I stood up and — wham! — came face-to-face with a white-faced, cherry-red-nosed clown. I swallowed a scream and looked around. There was a clown in every aisle. They were everywhere! Oh God, the show wasn’t over at all. This was only intermission and the clowns were grabbing people for audience participation!I’m shaking as I type this. You know what? You’re right McDonald’s, clowns are terrifying. Everybody, lock your doors, hide your pets and children, or better yet, run!Read Bova’s past columns here and follow him on Twitter or Facebook for weekly updates. Next Article America has super-sized its rainbow-wigged wig out. Entrepreneur Staff Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Dan Bova Register Now »last_img read more

Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth

first_imgAARP, ISM, ANA and More Choose ON24 to Educate Members and Drive Sponsorships Through Webinar-Based ProgramsWith 51% of associations reporting flat or declining membership and nearly 40% saying a lack of engagement is the reason members don’t renew, national associations like AARP, The American Nurse Association (ANA), Institute of Supply Management, and ESMO, are turning to ON24, the marketing technology leader helping associations create live, always-on and personalized digital experiences to facilitate awareness, provide value to members, and increase revenue streams.Associations have traditionally relied on in-person chapter events and regional conferences for member engagement. In the digital age, associations are evolving to use webinar programs powered by the ON24 Platform for their programming, certifications, and training needs. Webinars give associations the ability to engage global audiences and provide members with valuable content. Additionally, webinars optimize resources, by saving associations time and money while attracting more sponsorship and revenue opportunities.“Associations depend on ON24 to help connect with and provide value to their unique memberships,” says Joe Hyland, CMO, ON24. “We’re proud to help associations better understand their audience and members, to create high value content, provide insights for potential sponsors, adapt to new industry trends and more. It’s a true win-win: members get more insightful, relevant content, while associations better understand their key stakeholders.”Marketing Technology News: Expanse Appoints Sherry Lowe as Chief Marketing OfficerLeading associations accelerate their growth and reach through ON24, achieving the following outcomes and results:Creating Scale, Optimizing Efficiency: For its flagship webinar during National Nurses Week, the American Nurses Association’s achieved more than 11,000 registrations through ON24 — an increase of more than 40% over the previous year. The webinar featured a live video broadcast to more than 6,000 viewers in 4,500 locations. It reduced time spent by staff on the event creation by 65% over previous webinar providers.Driving Attendees and Conversions: AARP set an all-time high for registrants thanks to ON24, with nearly 14,000 people signed up for its “The Health Care Law: What It Means for People with Medicare” webcast. The event also experienced a greater than 50% registrant to attendee conversion rate.Saving time and money: ESMO achieved an estimated 25% savings over its previous webinar solution. Along with a lower-priced webinar platform, there were additional labor and time savings from not having to deal with accessibility and technical issues.Building community with stakeholders is crucial for these organizations, and webinars serve as a key touchpoint for association memberships.Marketing Technology News: NCC Media and OpenAP Announce Advanced TV Partnership“My members can’t stop complimenting us on how much they love attending our new webinars and classes,” says Tom Martin, Director, Learning Solutions, Institute for Supply Management, which has 50,000 members across 100 countries. “ON24 has been key to making our members fall in love with us all over again.”ON24 sees the benefits of its platform as well. Thanks to a webinar-first marketing program, the company announced it’s rapidly approaching $100 million in ARR and it now serves more than 2,000 customers worldwide, including 40 of the Fortune 100. The company reached more than 1 billion engagement minutes in 2018 and is a truly global solution across industries. ON24 now serves 9 out of the top 10 technology companies, 7 out of the 10 asset management firms, 6 out of the top 10 accounting firms, and 8 out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.Marketing Technology News: Criteo Direct Bidder Support Announced for Accelerated Mobile Pages Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 7:11 pmJune 21, 2019 AARPAmerican Nurse AssociationJoe HylandMarketing TechnologyNewsON24 Previous ArticleInsite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerceNext ArticleAdaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional Subscriberslast_img read more

6 killed 10 injured in explosion near ordnance depot in Maharashtra

first_img At least six people were killed and 10 others injured in an explosion near an ordnance depot in Maharashtra’s Wardha district on Tuesday morning, officials said.The explosion took place around 7 am while ammunition was being unloaded for disposal, a Defence official said.Around 10 to 15 contract labourers were at the site when the incident occurred, Wardha’s Additional Superintendent of Police Nikhil Pingle said.“The blast occurred in one of the ammunition boxes while unloading the ammunition. The incident took place in an open land,” he said.While four people were killed on the spot, two others succumbed to injuries in hospital, Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) K M M Prasanna told PTI.The deceased included an ammunition factory employee and labourers.The injured were admitted to a hospital in the nearby Savangi village, another police official said.Police and fire brigade officials rushed to the spot to carry out the rescue operation.The demolition ground at the Central Ammunition Depot at Pulgaon in the district was given to the Ammunition Factory, Khamaria (Madhya Pradesh), for demolition activities, he said.In 2016, 16 people were killed in a blast at the ammunition depot at Pulgaon in 2016. COMMENT November 20, 2018 accident (general) SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHAREcenter_img Maharashtra defence Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more