Rodgers hails ‘fantastic’ Liverpool after Fulham thrashing

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised his players after their 4-0 hammering of Fulham.The Whites were totally outclassed at Anfield and have now won only one of their last 10 matches.“Every level of our game was fantastic. The quality of our football was terrific. I knew we would get a reaction today because of the honesty of the group,” Rodgers said.“We worked hard in the week. Tactically we were ready for the game and you could see that from the performance.“I thought Stewart Downing was brilliant. We had a conversation about six weeks ago of where he is at.“We talked about the fact that if he is not a regular then we will look at it January. Since then, he has been in the team and he has shown he is an important member of the squad.”More reaction to follow later.   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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What’s wrong with the Warriors? Steve Kerr shares his thoughts

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – This time, the Warriors did not hold a long film session or an intense scrimmage.Unlike after their 33-point loss last week to an Eastern Conference contender (Boston Celtics), Warriors coach Steve Kerr decided against punishing his team with that workload following their defeat on Sunday to the Western Conference’s worst team (Phoenix Suns). Therefore, …last_img read more

Ohio State Fair to add new draft horse classes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Be sure to check out the Ohio State Fair Draft Horse and Draft Pony Show Aug. 3-7, 2015. Draft horses and ponies from all across the country will visit Ohio to compete in classes throughout the week.In addition to the traditional halter and hitch classes, two new classes will be held. A new class will be held on Wednesday night of the show for pleasure driving horses. During the halter portion of the show, a supreme halter champion will be chosen from among the draft horses this year.Watching the draft horse and pony show is always a fun and exciting way to take a break from walking the fairgrounds and cool off. Make sure you visit the Coliseum to see these horse in action during the fair.last_img read more

Mamata Banerjee flags off Kolkata Rathyatra

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today flagged off this year’s 47th Kolkata Rathyatra at ISKCON’s Albert road temple here. Organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) since 1971, the Rathayatra attracted a large number of devotees who pulled the chariots of deities of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra on the occasion. Banerjee amd Governor K N Tripathi had wished the people of the state on the eve of the Rathayatra festival. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Starting from the city’s Hungerford Street opposite the ISKCON temple on Albert Road, the chariots moved through AJC Bose Road, Sarat Bose Road, Hazra Road, SP Mukherjee Road, ATM Road, Exide crossing, JL Nehru Road, Outram Road before reaching the Brigade Parade Ground, where arrangements have been made for daily special darshan of Lord Jagananth, till July 22, ISKCON sources said. The ‘Ultarathayatra’ will start on July 22 noon, when the chariots would return to the Albert Road temple. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP On their return journey, the chariots would pass through Outram Road, JL Nehru Road, S N Banerjee Road, CIT Road, Park Circus 7 point crossing before taking the Shakespeare Sarani to reach the ISKCON temple on Albert Road, the sources said. The Rathayatra was also celebrated at the global headquarter of ISKCON at Mayapur in Nadia district where around a lakh devotees gathered. Around 1,000 devotees from 62 countries sang ‘kirtans’ and danced all through the 6-km stretch from Rajapur Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple, a grand structure constructed adjacent to Prabhupad Ghat at Mayapur, the ISKCON sources said. Inaugurating the celebration at Mayapur, Justice Sambhudh Chakraborty of Calcutta High Court said that Jagannath Rathyatra signifies the progress of life and humanity.last_img read more

Want to Better Connect With Your Customers Consider Blockchain

first_imgJune 11, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. When was the last time the effectiveness of your small business technology platform was evaluated? For millions of business owners, chances are good it has been way too long — even for those in the tech sector.To sustain success in today’s economy, business owners need to regularly evaluate the mission and vision they have established, making necessary adjustments to ensure they are best serving their customers and communities. Sometimes this means making big changes to core infrastructure.While it may not look it on the surface, at heart, these changes aren’t about technology. Rather, they are a reflection of a customer-led business model.Customers today expect a reason to do business with a specific company. They demand appreciation for the value they bring to each business they patronize. Today’s consumer is looking for a financial stake in the goods and services they use. They want to be appreciated for their critical role in the success of any start-up.A growing technology called Blockchain offers a new and fresh ways to accomplish this goal. The ability to create a robust and transparent incentive system lies in platforms that utilize this up-and-coming tech solution.If you want your business to be one of the few success stories in today’s highly competitive business climate then you should consider starting business innovation from the ground up.  Today the new trend that companies are considering is updating their technology platform to include an interactive incentive system built on a blockchain platform. For example, Facebook has recently announced the company is making a substantial investment in blockchain technology.A New Use Case for TechnologyWhen Bitcoin, the world’s first cryptocurrency, launched in early January, 2009, it caught the attention of a select few users. Back then, much of the business world laughed at their investment in an intangible currency with only a clear software feature use case in video games and interactive online worlds like Farmville. Nevertheless, a few years later, those few early Bitcoin investors made a fortune and more use cases emerged.During that time, the complete spectrum of what cryptocurrency has to offer has become more and more apparent. Blockchain technology has caught the attention of not just cryptocurrency companies, but also mainstream business platforms and enterprise businesses such as SAP and Oracle.Regardless of whether public opinion is pro- or anti-cryptocurrency, at this point, the fact that so much media attention has been given to this controversial new technology is perhaps even more telling than market performance.Major financial institutions like Goldman Sachs, Fidelity Investments, and Morgan Stanley have initiated the process of cryptocurrency and blockchain integration. Even the NYSE and NASDAQ are reportedly in talks to bring cryptocurrency into their respective folds.Transparent Profit-Sharing in ActionBut it is not just financial movers and shakers who are poised to strongly benefit from blockchain. The new technology offers a truly elegant solution for shared profits and incentives through decentralization and transparency. Companies willing to embrace these systems are beginning to flourish.I hosted a crypto investor dinner party in Davos, Switzerland this year where the buzzword was Blockchain technology. A panelist of mine at Davos Conference Week, the Co-Founder and CEO of CoinCasso, Luke Ozimski shared some insights with me about how businesses can take advantage of this blue ocean that is being powered in part by Blockchain and Tokenization technologies. The startup company is using a fresh, highly creative approach to their cryptocurrency exchange (the portal where digital currencies are traded).Per its founders, CoinCasso is offering cost effective opportunities for their clients and users, while other exchanges are exploiting the exchange concept. In spite of lip service to blockchain, most exchanges have moved toward centralization, leaving users to foot the bill.Ozimski reiterated these sentiments, telling me that CoinCasso found errors with the current exchange system — errors they seek to solve.“The problem with the cryptocurrencies are the exchange platforms. They start centralizing the whole system, destroying the concept of a decentralized economy. They always make a profit, whether the whole market is going up or down,” said Ozimski. “Even if the whole market is going down, the platform is making a profit, and people are losing money. Our platform is the first cryptocurrency exchange platform that share our profit with the people, at approximately 80 percent. We want to democratize our network, democratize our users, and build community.”The promise of democratized profits might seem far-fetched. However, in spite of retaining just 20 percent of profits, the company is growing. The reason? Through this concept, CoinCasso authenticates the immense worth they place on their user base.Blockchain technology has allowed such platforms to grow by increasing user functionality while reducing centralized overhead. CoinCasso may be the first of a new wave of such companies, but watching larger enterprise and consumer businesses jump in and follow the trend is also telling.Bridging to ConsumersBeyond simple profit share with users and tokenization features, blockchain technology is also allowing companies to increase user loyalty and customer rewards. Because blockchain allows for transparent interaction between platforms, it also allows consumers to migrate between platforms, increasing usefulness for reward programs.For example, Singapore airlines recently launched its KrisPay application, which allows users to migrate rewards points for use with affiliates. The transfer is functional in real time through a digital wallet, meaning that consumers have constant access to those points for use at merchants.This type of flexibility is available through the blockchain-based digital wallet, providing bridges between providers and customers. Such connections result in clients who are no longer restrained to long transfer processes, or bureaucratic red tape for usefulness of loyalty programs. As loyalty programs continue to evolve, the need for these types of solutions will increase for companies wishing to remain on the cutting edge of consumer expectation.Ever-Changing Business Technology NeedsIf you started a business 10 to 15 years ago, you likely focused on building a comprehensive website, incorporating keywords, and optimizing your Google ads. If you have not yet updated your strategy, chances are, your relevance is waning. Blockchain-based incentive marketing programs are trending and now is the time for entrepreneurs to jump in. The pool is warm.If your start-up launched in the past five to eight years, the focus was undoubtedly on social media. You worked hard to build a strong presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, accruing followers and views. Then Facebook and Instagram changed their algorithms, and overnight, your visibility plummeted.If you are a relative newcomer to the entrepreneurial scene, there is a good chance your tech focus leans strongly toward interactivity, and you may have built a platform that is community and relationship focused.Regardless of where your technology systems are at, consider incorporating blockchain technology into a consumer-focused incentive system. While the cost to build such systems may be moderate, the user relevance and loyalty your business will gain is invaluable.  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min readlast_img read more