Handel’s ‘Saul’ to be performed in memory of John Raymond Ferris

first_imgThe Harvard University Choir and the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra will present Handel’s magnificent oratorio “Saul” on April 26. The performance is dedicated to the memory of John Raymond Ferris, University organist and choirmaster from 1958-1990, who passed away last summer.The oratorio focuses on the first king of Israel’s relationship with his eventual successor, David, as described in the First Book of Samuel. The work features majestic orchestration, dramatic choruses, and vivid characterization — it is considered one of Handel’s finest creations.A distinguished roster of professional soloists will join the choir and orchestra for the performance, which is also a commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death.The performance takes place at the Memorial Church at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Harvard Box Office, (617) 496-2222, www.boxoffice.harvard.edu.last_img read more

Zipp prints up Viking shield Super-9 Disc for Katusha’s Kristoff

first_imgPhotos c. Wil Matthews/ZippZipp has often highlighted their Impress Direct-Print technology on various one-off wheelsets, but this might be the best use yet. Not only is Alexander Kristoff a big shot on Team Katusha, but he’s also a native of Stavanger, Norway. What better way to honor his heritage than with a Zipp Super-9 disc disguised as a Viking inspired shield? Granted the choice of material has been upgraded from wood to a much more modern unidirectional carbon fiber…Photos c. Wil Matthews/ZippGiven the fact that the graphics are printed directly onto the carbon, the treatment is super light an more durable than decals. You can see the wheel in person on the stage 6 Individual Time Trial in the Tour of California this Friday. Now, maybe another company can follow up with a sword made of disc brake rotors…zipp.comlast_img read more

Gaigais flex their muscles

first_imgRugby Union Papua New Guinea Rugby Union (PNGRU) is staging a two-day Pukpuk selection trial to identify players for the forthcoming Oceania cup slated for the end of this month. Yesterday, the six teams, Boromas, Gaigais (Capital Rugby Union), NCDRU (2 teams), provincial composite side and the PNGDF team clashed. The highlight of the trial featured Gaigais overwhelming a determined PNG Defence Force team 40-0 in a one-sided affair. The PNGDF side comprised of players selected from the recently hosted PNGDF Commanders Cup tourney held in Port Moresby last month. The PNGDF are preparing for a tour to Japan for the world military defence force games. Featuring prominently for the Gaigais was playmaker Junias Sabbatha who carved up the PNGDF inside backs at will, with great support from centres James Lumaris and Kenneth Taviri.. While in the forwards, backrowers Gabriel Biyama, Philip Suapo, Himah Alu, Allan Capanis and Desmond Korpok stood out. The scores for the second match between NCDRU2 and Provincial Select, plus the last game between Boromas and NCDRU were not available last night. The provincial composite side consists of eight players from Morobe Rugby Union- Max Vali, Robin Loma Kama Kahn, Joel Wimbi Moses Tagai, Francis Luveni, Steven Kilala, and Laho Posu, Goroka Rugby Union with Henry Turadawai Jnr, Robert Lai Jnr and Emmanuel Solie Jnr, East New Britain Rugby Union with Daniel Punion Sael Rabason, Steven Walter, Serry Sakias and Jonah Jay, Madang with Arnold Lange and Willie Kalai plus Israel Inu from Daru. The trials continue tomorrow, with a break today.last_img read more

Racela proud to see former Tamaraws making impact in PBA

first_imgWe are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Seven former Tamaraws were picked in the recent Rookie Draft, and they didn’t waste any time making an impact for their respective teams.Mac Belo headlines the list, averaging 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in leading Blackwater to a historic 2-0 start. He was also named the first PBA Press Corp Player of the Week for the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliRoger Pogoy also did his damage for TNT, posting 12.0 markers and 3.0 boards through two games.Mike Tolomia also had a rousing start for Rain or Shine, firing 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists while Alaska’s Carl Bryan Cruz had 20 markers and 14 boards in his first game. Read Next From L-R: Carl Cruz, Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, Russell Escoto. Photos by PBA IMAGES/INQUIRER.netIf there’s one guy who isn’t surprised with the way PBA rookies from Far Eastern University are performing, it’s certainly coach Nash Racela.“I’m happy for all the FEU players. They’re all playing really well and representing the FEU program,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ferrer motivated to bounce back after quiet debut EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Racela feels that these standout performances is a reflection of the quality of FEU’s basketball program.“I’m happy to see that they’re playing just like college players. Normally when you’re a rookie, you always hesitate when you start your career. But when you watch all of them, it’s nothing. How they played in college, how they played in the D-League, it’s the same which is really good because they’re making an impact,” he said.Racela is proud with how far his former players have gone, saying that as much as the players have helped FEU, they have also helped themselves to get where they are today.“It worked both ways. FEU helped them and they helped FEU,” he said. “The important thing right now is they’re reaping the benefits of their hardwork.”ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFAlast_img read more

Driving a new vision for Africa

first_imgYoungsters from organisations likeBrightest Young Minds, One YoungWorld and the African LeadershipAcademy took part in a paneldiscussion on their vision for Africa.(Image: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand Africa+27 11 463 5091• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Nicky Rehbock and Ray Maota  The 2011 Brand Africa Forum, sponsored by Brand South Africa and Brand Leadership Academy, saw an impressive range of pan-African, diasporan and global thought leaders, influencers and decision-makers coming together to debate how Africa can drive its growth, reputation and competitiveness.The event was held on 29 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg and attracted more than 300 government, business and civil society representatives.Special focus areas included the role of the nation brand in economic development, governance and sustainability on the continent, economic lessons for Africa and the role of business in driving progress.The significance of South Africa joining Brazil, Russia, India and China in the BRICS bloc was explored, along with lessons to be learnt from emerging markets.The forum shone the spotlight on youth and their vision for the continent by including a panel of young leaders from Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Senegal.The inaugural Brand 100 Awards for Africa also took place at the forum.In the opening address, Brand South Africa chairperson Anitha Soni challenged African nations to cooperate in developing strong country brands to improve the continent’s global competitiveness, adding that this would require better cooperation and information-sharing among countries on the continent.“For us, Brand South Africa’s involvement in the Brand Africa Forum is a natural fit because the health of Africa’s brand is important for the strength and health of our own nation brand,” said Brand SA CEO Miller Matola.“If countries on the continent improve in terms of their image and reputation, the same holds for South Africa. Our prosperity is inextricably linked to that of the other countries on the continent,” he said.Nation branding: we must walk the talk“National branding is not about slogans, it is about what you do and what they think, that matters. If one does not change the negative perceptions they will become realities. In Africa we are good at talking and planning, but weak in implementing. We must walk the talk,” said Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr Arthur Mutambara.“A brand must transcend political affiliations and should not be the sole property of a set political party … it must be taken personally because we will never be respected as Africans unless Africa has done well as a continent. This applies to individual countries as well,” he added.Telling it like it isGlobal economist Dr Dambisa Moyo spoke frankly about the current economic crisis, the sovereign debt crisis extending beyond Europe, and Africa’s place in the global picture.“We could be in for a 10-year bear market and recessionary environment. Where does Africa fit into this?” she asked. “We’re facing a very serious problem … there are simply not enough resources to go around.”Moyo said in the coming years the world will increasingly struggle due to a shortage of arable land, energy constraints and a lack of food security, compounded by a lack of water.“This is particularly in the context of the famine that’s going on in the Horn of Africa,” she added.“There are about 1-billion people in the world who go hungry every day – and the majority of them are on this continent. And yet, Africa has the largest amount of untilled land left on the planet.”As an economist, Moyo sees this in terms of supply and demand: “We’ve got hungry people, and we’ve got land.”When there’s a food crisis in Africa, the first response of NGOs is often to “provide a so-called band aid solution, sending bags of maize to Somalia or Ethiopia immediately”.Moyo said she doesn’t find this objectionable, but as an economist, she believes it presents a structural problem.“We’ve got to get to the root cause: why is it that Africa, in the last 30 years, has been the only continent that has failed to feed itself – especially in light of the fact that we have the most untilled land?”But there is some good news, she added: “In a future world of 9-billion people, in a world where we know there are going to be supply constraints in commodities and resources, Africa has an important role to play.“But before we can actually get to a point where we are producing food and coming up with innovative ways to develop, we need to deal with Brand Africa.”Moyo said Africans had to proactively discuss and respond to its important role in the future of the world.“Without us getting our heads around this, it’s all just wonderful conversation – but it’s not going to help us in the long term.”Addressing forum delegates, Moyo concluded: “I urge you in your discussions today – and when you return to your respective businesses – to really focus on where the world is going, and to also focus on Africa and its very important role in the future.“The winners in the decades to come will be the people who look to Africa as a place of business opportunity and a place for partnerships – not as a place that is a drag on the world economy.”What should Africa do to be a powerful continent?Malik Fal, MD of Endeavour spoke about the Africa 2.0: Kenya Report. Endeavour is a New-York based NGO dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship in emerging markets.The report is a manifesto of the envisioned economic and political transition Africa should take if it is to rightfully claim its spot as a powerful continent.Fal said: “The manifesto is the collective effort of young Africans’ views about what Africa should do to be a powerful continent.”Fal added that Africa was in danger of developing presidential monarchies, with leaders favouring their children to become future presidents. He said this was the same as a dictatorship.The report, which comes out in October 2011, will have four main themes: uplifting Africans; creating and sharing African wealth; upgrading Africa’s infrastructure and creating a stable environment for growth.Seeing Africa through the eyes of youngstersCedric Ntumba, an executive at Capitalworks Investment Partners, led a panel of youngsters in discussing their vision of Africa in the future and how their goals could be achieved.The panel included Gertrude Kitongo of Kenya and Ralph Baumgarten of South Africa – both from Brightest Young Minds organisation; Zamatungwa Khumalo and Erik de Ridder – both of South Africa from the One Young World organisation; and Francis Ekii of Uganda and Linda Rebeiz of Senegal – from the African Leadership Academy.Ntumba asked the panel what should be done to inspire African youngsters.“Youngsters should be forward-thinking and their thoughts should sketch a positive future,” Baumgarten said.De Ridder added that for the youngsters of Africa to be inspired, countries should have a human-centred approach to development and that young people should take ownership of the fact that they are the future.Ekii said: “Youngsters should be proactive and not reactive to their situations.”He cited an example of how, when he was just 13 years old, he and a few friends from his hometown in Uganda took it upon themselves to talk openly about HIV in the community.When Khumalo was asked how youngsters from other continents welcomed African youth, she said: “Youngsters from other parts of the world have a warped sense of Africa and African youngsters are more receptive to the outside world than their counterparts.”BRICS and the role of AfricaA panel discussion on South Africa’s role in the BRICS grouping of nations was chaired by Abdullah Verachia, director of Frontier Advisory.The panel included Ajai Chowdry, chair of HCL in India; Dr Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising; Dr MG Vaidyan, CEO of the State Bank of India in South Africa; James Mwangi, global managing partner at Dalberg and Christine Jiang, from Huawei Technologies.Chowdry said that for Africa to protect itself from the effects of the looming economic crisis, it had to indirectly help Europe by keeping its domestic consumption growing.He said South Africa would play a direct role with its involvement in BRICS as the bloc would probably contribute money as a group to the International Monetary Fund.Dr Vaidyan said: “India understood early on like China that population size is not a burden but an asset, and an asset should be maintained.”Vaidyan said that although India had a large population; it had 18 000 colleges, 350 universities and 1-million schools to provide education to its citizens.“The country also recognised that for urban India to progress, rural India has to be developed, that is why at least 40% of the loans we give are to small-scale farmers. South Africa needs to follow that route if it is to be a major player in the BRICS grouping,” said Dr Vaidyan.Mahajan said Africa’s greatest challenge was its migrants overseas who talked negatively about their native countries, creating a warped view of the continent. Africa should make sure its “ambassadors” in foreign countries celebrated Africa, he added.Speaking about competition between companies in the BRICS grouping, Mahajan said: “Africa should not just roll out the red carpet for companies from the BRIC grouping to invest in the respective countries on the continent, but should advocate for African companies to also invest in those markets.”Brand Africa 100 awardsThe inaugural Brand Africa 100 awards also took place during forum, giving credit to the continent’s most valued brands as voted for by pan-African consumers.Research methodology for the awards was developed by the Brand Leadership Academy in partnership with TNS, a globally respected consumer knowledge and information company, and Brand Finance – the world’s leading independent valuation consultancy.“One of the primary drivers of Africa’s growth lies in stimulating and growing thriving African and global businesses and brands in Africa,” said Thebe Ikalafeng, founder and chairperson of Brand Africa.Ikalafeng added that consumers were the ultimate arbiters of a brand’s success and that the awards would show which brands are getting it right on the continent.The award sector categories included food, beverages, electronics, telecoms, automotive, apparel, banks, oil and gas, retail and personal care.Credit was also given to the most valued non-African brand, the most valued brand in Africa and the Grand Prix award for the most valued African brand overall.The winning brands were:•    Food – McDonalds•    Beverages – Coca-Cola•    Electronics – Samsung•    Telecoms – MTN•    Automotive – Toyota•    Apparel – Nike•    Banks – Absa•    Oil and gas – Shell•    Retail – Blue Band•    Personal Care – NiveaThe most valued non-African brand went to Shell, while MTN was voted the most valued brand in Africa and took the Grand Prix award.last_img read more

Inventory Shrinkage Costs $123.4 Billion Dollars to Retailers Globally

first_imgInventory Shrinkage: The 2014-2015 Global Retail Theft BarometerNow available on demand by clicking here.Inventory shrinkage costs $123.4 billion dollars to retailers globally, and that, in turn, costs the average U.S. household approximately $335 dollars each year. The 2014 – 2015 Global Retail Theft Barometer, carried out by the Smart Cube and Ernie Deyle, a retail loss prevention analyst in inventory management, sheds light on asset protection and shrink trends around the world and across regions, in addition to individual countries in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. This webinar is now available on demand and will present the key findings from the study, including the cost of retail crime by global region, which are the highest theft items around the globe, (Product that is easy to steal, with wide public appeal, and a ready market for resale) and provide qualitative insights of loss prevention and asset protection best practices from those retailers who reported lower shrink among the twenty-four countries surveyed.- Sponsor – Our speaker, Ernie Deyle, is one of the leading inventory management experts globally in the field of retail loss prevention, business risk assessment and risk mitigation services, asset protection and most notably in the area of performance improvement programs designed to impact the P&L Statement and Earnings Report. During his thirty plus year retail career, Deyle has worked with over one hundred and fifty retailers worldwide across multiple sectors & formats across the globe. He has served in a variety of roles from Chief Operation Officer, Global Leader for Profit Recovery, and Vice President of Loss Prevention for firms such as Cap Gemini and Arthur Andersen in the consulting space, and Kroger and CVS/Caremark for the retail industry. Today Senior Director – Crisis Management, Safety-Risk & Enterprise Resiliency at Sears Holdings Corporation.This is a free webinar sponsored by Checkpoint and the Smart Cube, and presented by Loss Prevention Magazine. Click here to watch this webinar on demand. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Smart Homes Get Smarter as Utilities Join In

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#home#Internet of Things#web Related Posts john paul titlow The move toward smart homes that are intensively networked and microprocessor-controlled got a small but important push in the U.K. last week. British Gas, one of the country’s biggest gas suppliers, announced a partnership with AlertMe, a startup that specializes in remote home monitoring and energy management. AlertMe and its competitors offer customers a way to manage their home’s energy consumption on the Web or from smartphone and tablet apps. The need to more effectively manage energy consumption is growing, and networked technology is uniquely equipped to help. AlertMe is partnering exclusively with British Gas for its Remote Heating Control service, which will be available to all of the utility company’s 10 million customers. The new arrangement demonstrates that the smart home concept is spreading beyond forward-thinking startups and catching on with utility companies. For consumers, the most compelling advantage of this type of technology is the cost savings. Under the old system, homes were cooled and warmed inefficiently and at improper times, leading to wasted energy and money. Automated systems like those offered by AlertMe, Control4 and smart thermostat manufacturers like Nest allow residents to schedule their temperature-control regimen in advance or do so automatically based on their past habits. This has an immediate impact on home energy bills. If adopted on a large scale, it could have a broader environmental impact. Utility companies and tech startups aren’t the only ones diving head-first into this space. Tech giants are getting in on the action as well. Google aims to weave Internet connectivity into a variety of household appliances with its [email protected] initiative. Meanwhile, Comcast’s XFinity Home initiative is a partnership with Verizon to offer home automation services.  AlertMe’s solution is geared toward U.K. customers for now, but the company says it plans to launch a similar offering in the United States soon. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Smarter Media Buying: Interviews with Experts – Userbase

first_imgMichael is the VP of Marketing at Everflow. Everflow is the smarter Partner Marketing tracking platform, enabling marketers to manage their affiliates, influencers, and media buying channels. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#media buying Media buying is an essential part of any modern business selling to consumers.  In 2019, marketers are expected to spend $333.25 billion globally on digital advertising. Media buying is effective.However, digital advertising is also rife with fraud; Juniper Research estimates $42 billion in ad spend will be wasted on fraudulent sources in 2019. Even if you avoid these sources, finding the right placements for driving real performance can feel more art than science.To help you learn how to do media buying more efficiently and effectively, we’ve asked three of our platform clients that specialize in media buying for their advice on how to best utilize this channel.We’re starting this three-part series with the media buying agency Userbase, and its partners’ Garrett Gan and Casey Grooms.First off, do you mind introducing yourself and your media buying specialty?We specialize in driving performance media buying for app genres such as Utilities, Social Casino, and Entertainment apps. For some clients, we’re scaling up to as many as 250,000+ installs per month, backing into lower-funnel KPIs such as Cost-per-Registration, Cost-per-Trial, and Cost-per-Purchase and First-Deposit goals.How did you start learning and buying media?We got started in the mobile RTB and programmatic space almost 10 years ago. Both of us spent some time founding, building, and managing DSPs, namely Pocketmath and Quantcast, which gained our expertise in programmatic and performance media buying. We saw the origins of mobile RTB and built a deep understanding of how to effectively buy through programmatic channels.What would you recommend as the best way to learn media buying for someone starting from scratch today?Start on some of the larger self-serve platforms like Facebook / Instagram, Pinterest, Quora, Reddit, Google. Once you get the hang of those, and then expand onto Native Ad platforms like Outbrain, Taboola, Content.ad, and Revcontent. After which you can make the full foray into media buying on self-serve ad networks, of which there are hundreds of, depending on the vertical.If you’re familiar with the programmatic landscape or know specific publishers that your audience resonates well with – try setting up a Deal ID for a Private Marketplace (PMP) deal to do a targeted buyout.Should brands consider buying their media in-house, or start with an agency, and why?Doing media buying in-house is no easy task. If a company can afford to hire a team of seasoned media buyers (of whom are usually in high demand), they would still need to set up all their own tracking, attribution, reporting, and integrations with buying platforms. While all of these are being set up, they would also need to manually optimize their campaigns to drive performance.A good agency should already have their tracking platform and DSP integrations fully set up.  Letting them hit the ground running with driving better performance thanks to their in-depth knowledge of the best platforms to buy from, and the nuances of different traffic sources.What are the first significant steps you do when starting up promotions for a new advertiser client?  Firstly, it’s knowing and understanding the exact user journey from beginning to end. Once every step of the journey is known, benchmark metrics and events can be set for each objective such as a Cost-per-Install, Cost-per-Download, Cost-per-Registration, Cost-per-Trial, and Cost-per-Purchase. Advertisers should work backward from the value of their purchase to know where they will achieve positive ROI.Secondly, it’s choosing the right creative and messaging that show a clear benefit to the user. Lastly, it’s selecting a few ad platforms and ad units to start testing and then optimizing on the placement level.What common mistakes should media buyers watch out for?  The most common error is targeting the wrong type of traffic for the advertiser. Not all traffic is the same, just as not all audiences are ready to receive a specific type of messaging or creative. Tailor your creatives to the audience you’re targeting.Has any tactic or learning shifted your approach to media buying, and what was it?Data usage. Through all of our campaigns we’ve run over the years, we have accumulated a vast pool of audience data (mobile device IDs) for each vertical that we specialize in. We now use this continually growing pool of converting users to immediately target audiences for any new advertiser. So our userbase can become your userbase, and we can grow together.What do you think are the most important metrics to track when media buying?In all honesty, it’s all of them. However, if one metric has to be chosen, then it would be the Cost-per-Purchase KPI (key performance indicator), as this would be the sole metric dictating whether or not an advertiser is ROI positive on an ad campaign (and if they can scale further).Are there any tools you’d recommend for media buyers, and what do they help you solve?Some campaign and creative spy tools that have come in handy are Adbeat and Adplexity. They help you discover what other advertisers are using, and can help you get a sense of scale for that particular creative or messaging strategy.Sensortower and MobileAction are also great tools to gain app insights and ad creative + market intelligence. These tools help us determine the possible volume of conversions, the popularity of an app, and in which markets a market campaign will do well. Appfigures for ASO (App Store Optimization) helps detail keywords and popularity.How much budget is needed for a good starting test? Recommended $10-20k test is a good starting point to test out a handful of channels and formats. From there, you’ll be able to get a good sense of potential success from a particular channel or not.Any final recommendations for someone tasked with driving user acquisition for their company?Know your audience, and then use that audience data to overlay on top of your campaign’s targeting. Given our experience and years of programmatic campaigns, we’ve gained a massive advantage by having a profusion of mobile device IDs that are tied to specific converting users.  We then use those device IDs for whitelisting and running Lookalike campaigns.Thanks again to Garret Gan and Casey Grooms of Userbase for sharing their insights.  This interview is the first of a three-part series of interviews with Everflow clients that are media buying experts. 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100 Basketballs hits Winnipegs northend

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn initiative called ‘100 Basketballs’ began earlier this summer as a way to get kids active through sports.The program has led to a brand new basketball court built in the city’s north-end.APTN’s Matt Thordarson dropped by for a quick game of one-on-one.last_img