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first_imgAs Jurgen Klopp attempts to turn around his misfiring Liverpool side, it’s understandable there are going to be all sorts of transfer rumours.The Reds have already landed centre-back Steven Caulker on loan as they look to strengthen their creaky defence.And now there is speculation over who could be drafted into Klopp’s forward line, with Liverpool being linked with Southampton striker Shane Long.The Irish star has scored five goals in the Premier League this campaign but is also well known for his hard work off the ball.But some supporters aren’t as keen as Klopp might be on the forward. Check out the social media reaction below… Shane Long 1last_img read more

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsIranian state-controlled television attacked Canada over its treatment of Indigenous people by using a Vancouver-based “human rights lawyer” who believes U.S. President Barack Obama visited Mars.Press TV, the Iranian state-controlled network, posted a video Wednesday under the title, “Harper govt incites genocide of Indigenous population.” The video featured an interview between a Press TV anchor and Alfred Lambremont Webre, who is identified as a human rights lawyer. A transcript of the interview was posted beneath the video.Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson and former Dakota Tipi chief Dennis Pashe were scheduled to land in Tehran Thursday to begin meetings with Iranian officials.Press TV has regularly posted columns and news stories about Canada and its treatment of Indigenous people, but the network seems to have stepped up the pace in the lead up to the arrival of Nelson and Pashe.The interview with Webre ranks as one of the most aggressive pieces against Canada aired by the network.“We have Canada constantly accusing Iran of human rights violations; in the United Nations it has been behind several resolutions against Iran but is there anyone to question Canada’s human rights violations?” said the Press TV anchor to begin his interview with Webre.Webre responds by saying he is a legal adviser with the so-called International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, which is run by Kevin Annett, a controversial defrocked United Church minister who has turned the Indian residential school issue into his life’s cause. Webre also said he’s involved with Annett’s group’s project to dig up a mass burial site outside former residential school in Brantford, Ont.“They have now come to light the remains of mass graves of First Nations children who were murdered as part of the residential school program,” said Webre. “That has been covered up by the current Harper administration, Harper government, and I do not call it the government of Canada; in fact, the Harper government calls it the Harper government not the government of Canada.”APTN has covered the grave site issue in the past. APTN Investigates will be airing new information on the grave site Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.Webre also claimed he faced reprisals from the Canadian government after he appeared on Press TV to say the U.S. drone strikes in Yemen were against international law. In an interview with APTN National News, he claimed Canadian agents working with Canada Post ripped his Press TV cheques in half before delivering them to his home.“It was my belief that those cheques were torn in half as reprisals by agents of the government of Canada because of my being a war crimes correspondence for Press TV which is an agent of the government of Iran,” he said.Webre also said that this was not the first time he’s been a target of government agents. He also said he’s been under “time travel surveillance” by U.S. agents who brought a book he published in 2005 about a secret time travel program back to the year 1971.Webre’s main work, however, appears to be focused on exopolitics, which is the study of the interaction between world governments and alien civilizations. His 2005 book, Exopolitics: politics, government and law in the universe, was praised by former Canadian defence minister Paul Hellyer.“Alfred Lambremont Webre’s odyssey into the realm of life in the vast universe surrounding planet earth is indeed a fascinating journey if you read it with an open mind,” wrote Hellyer.Webre said he discovered that current U.S. President Obama visited Mars when he was 18 years-old and the U.S. has a secret military base on the Red Planet and operates a fleet of spaceships.“Since he was 18 years-old he was part of a secret CIA program and was given a 10,000 page threat-assessment of the Martian culture and he had to write an essay on that,” said Webre. “These are people who have been life-long trained in a very complex military-industrial complex.”Webre said he’s aware his research into alien life forms, secret government programs and time travel may be used to discredit his other work, including his role as an advisor to Annette’s tribunal.“Just because I am on the cutting edge of law and science doesn’t mean one cancels out the other,” he said. “Press TV doesn’t have a problem with it and they report the war crimes work I do. To me it is just a diversionary issue that I think intelligent readers will think, ‘what does that have to do with anything?’”[email protected]last_img read more

Minnesota Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson has set the NFL record for longest kickoff return, a 109-yard touchdown to start the game against Green Bay.The entire length of an NFL field is 120 yards, including both end zones. The field of play is 100 yards with each end zone extending an extra 10 yards at either end. Patterson was as far back as he could be in the end zone when he caught the opening kick from Tim Masthay on Sunday night. He needed a full 12 seconds to evade 11 would-be tacklers and reach the far end of the field.The rookie wide receiver gave the Minnesota Vikings to an instant 7-0 lead over the Green Bay Packers for his second kickoff return touchdown of the season. He set a new record for the longest kickoff return in NFL history, three players shared the previous record of 108 yards: Ellis Hobbs for New England in 2007, Randall Cobb for Green Bay in 2011, and Jacoby Jones for Baltimore in 2012.Despite the Patterson record-breaking run, Green Bay still managed to come out on top beating the Vikings 44-31. read more

first_imgCanning (WB): One person was killed and two others received bullet injuries after a clash broke out between two groups in South 24 Parganas district on Sunday, police said. The incident happened at Canning bus stand under the jurisdiction of Canning police station. Trouble began after the two groups, belonging to the same party, clashed at a rally organised by its youth wing, a police officer said. Shots were fired during the clash and 18-year-old Mizanur Rehman Sardar was killed on the spot, the officer said, adding, two other persons also suffered bullet injuries. They have been admitted to Canning sub-divisional hospital, he said.last_img read more

first_img For the past few years, brick-and-mortar retailers didn’t have a fighting chance to compete with the personalization and convenience provided by online shopping. By cultivating mountains of rich customer data, online retailers had the upper hand.Every action and inaction — from what customers clicked on and how much time they spent looking at certain products to their social activity and response to email programs – helped online retailers tailor each email, pop-up or recommended product to drive sales and provide a superior experience. For consumers, it was a welcome reprieve from the antiquated task of visiting a store, being treated as a stranger and receiving often-questionable customer service. This new customer journey had new engagement touch points across marketing, sales and service, and traditional retailers struggled to keep up.Related: This Slick iBeacon Device Helps Retailers Push Deals to In-Store ShoppersThe tides are turning, however. After years of showrooming and online retail commanding more attention along with emerging technology like iBeacons and immersive personalized mobile experiences, the data-driven shopping experience is set to land inside brick-and-mortar stores. The lines between the physical and digital worlds are blurring, and the ease, convenience and excitement previously reserved for online shopping will soon be pillars of tomorrow’s shops.Below are nine mainstays of the future of retail:  1. Personal shoppers for all: Retailers will focus on transforming mobile apps into a personal concierge of sorts when shoppers enter a store. In-store beacons will automatically wake up consumers’ apps to deliver highly relevant and personal content.Shoppers will be welcomed upon entering a store or department. The “personal shopper” app features will point out where they can find favorite products, alert them of products they might like and tell them about items being considered, like which celebrity wore the sunglasses in question.Related: IBM’s Watson Could Be Your Next Shopping Partner2. Fewer (foot) traffic jams: In-store mapping and smart navigation will become highly accurate, thanks to real-time data generated from beacons. By tracking the whereabouts of shoppers, managers can better design layouts to streamline the flow. If a person has a shopping list, at a grocery store, say, the best route to pick up everything will be provided through a mobile device the second that person walks through the door.It will account for real-time situational factors like current movement throughout the store or congested aisles. If the shopper veers off course or adds anything to the list, the recommended route will automatically be refreshed.3. Juicy bait hooks passersby. Retailers will target people who walk by their store through highly personalized offers or messages about things like new styles or reminders about items saved on a wish list. A woman passing a beauty store may be prompted to enter after receiving an alert that she is likely running low on moisturizer, given the date of her last purchase and previous buying behavior.Related: When the Self-Service Customer Smiles4. Self-checkout 2.0. One of the most frustrating parts of in-store shopping, is waiting in a line to check out. More retailers will follow retail pioneer Apple’s lead with its EasyPay self-mobile checkout. The customer find what he or she needs, scan it, selects a payment method and finalize the transaction, without waiting in a line or talking to an associate if not needed. As consumers become increasingly comfortable with contactless payments, the ability to control when and where the checkout happens will become more prevalent.5. On-demand customer service. Previously a customer might have searched to no avail in a store for a sales associate for help in finding a size or answering a question. Leveraging mobile applications, retailers will maximize staff resources and enhance the customer experience by allowing shoppers to virtually request assistance.Through point-of-service applications or mobile or tablet devices, sales associates will instantly and automatically access a shopper’s profile, customer preferences and buying history to provide a better and efficient experience. Predictive analytics will be leveraged to know what a customer wants before he or she asks for it.From the floor, associates will be able to order out-of-stock items seamlessly and select a shopper’s preferred delivery method while also making personalized recommendations on other products.6. Virtual fitting rooms and aisles. The rich virtual world will continue to supplement the physical world via consumers’ phones and connected wearable devices. Shoppers will access information and special offers through augmented reality while moving through a store or seeing how they would look wearing something without trying it on. Plus consumers will be able to opt in to access recommendations, such as for bathing suits based on their body shape and size, virtually try them on and then walk to the counter where a sales associate will be waiting with them. 7. Out-of-store, out-of-home shopping and flexible fulfillment. To compete with Amazon, eBay and other vendors with short-wait and free deliveries, more retailers will offer a menu of flexible fulfillment options, whether it’s a preorder and pickup in a store or shopping in a store offering free home delivery.Companies will introduce shopping capabilities in other arenas, similar to the Tesco Homeplus virtual shopping experience in the Seoul subway system. As consumers continue to hunt for speed and convenience, retailers will seek opportunities that grant customers the ability to shop, pay and schedule delivery in unique environments, from parks and airports to bus stations and stadiums.Related: Are You Ready for the Age of the Customer?8. Power to the consumer. In the palm of their hands, consumers are carrying around their own big data tools. They can scan bar codes and compare prices, check reviews or snap a picture and ask their friends for advice. Consumers have more power than ever before in the shopping experience and as a result, companies will provide rich information and social capabilities optimized for every screen, while integrating scanning and other tools to unlock content in their apps. Customers will shop around and more retailers will take broader steps toward transparency.9.The power of tribes. Powerful communities are being formed around brands and experiences — from runners and cross-fitters to foodies and gamers. More communities will be tied to brands and experiences as never before and will influence major buying decisions.The in-store shopping experience is on the verge of great transformation. Forward-thinking marketers have undertaken inspiring experiments in the effort to enhance store offerings. Retailers of all sizes, though, will soon adopt data-driven strategies to compete with their online cousins on convenience and personalization.As overhead costs stay high, retailers will adopt mobile-first approaches — that leverage beacons, augmented reality and cross-channel customer profiling — to bridge shoppers’ online and offline worlds. In the age of mobile-dominant consumers — who have expectations of real-time, highly relevant and personalized experiences — omni-channel innovation is no longer a merely something nice to have at a physical store. It’s a must-have. Shoppers, then, are poised to be the big winners.Related: Connect With Customers by Leveraging Smartphone Sensors Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 2, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 6 min readlast_img read more

first_imgA lot of things make working in tech difficult. Technical debt is one of them. Whether you’re working in-house or for an external team, you’ve probably experienced some tough challenges when it comes to legacy software. Most people have encountered strange internal software systems, a CMS that has been customized in a way that no one has the energy to fathom. Working your way around and through these can be a headache to say the least. In this year’s Skill Up survey, we found that Technical debt and legacy issues are seen by developers as the biggest barrier to business goals. According to 49% of respondents, old technology and software is stopping organizations from reaching their full potential. But it might also be stopping developers from moving forward in their careers. Read the report in full. Sign up to our newsletter and download the PDF for free. Technical debt and the rise of open source Arguably, issues around technical debt have become more pronounced in the last decade as the pace of technical change has seemingly increased. I say seemingly, because it’s not so much that we’re living in an entirely new technical landscape. It’s more that the horizons of that landscape are expanding. There are more possibilities and options open to businesses today. Technology leadership is difficult in 2018. To do it well, you need to stay on top of new technologies. But you also need a solid understanding of your internal systems, your team, as well as wider strategic initiatives and business goals. There are a lot of threads you need to manage. Are technology leaders struggling with technical debt? Perhaps technology leaders are struggling. But perhaps they’re also making the best of difficult situations. When you’re juggling multiple threads in the way I’ve described, you need to remain focused on what’s important. Ultimately, that’s delivering software that delivers value. True, your new mobile app might not be ideal; the internal CMS you were building for a client might not offer an exemplary user experience. But it still does the job – and that, surely is the most important thing? We can do better – let’s solve technical debt together It’s important to be realistic. In the age of burn out and over work, let’s not beat ourselves up when things aren’t quite what we want. Much of software engineering is, after all, making the best of a bad situation. But the solutions to technical debt can probably be found in a cultural shift. The lack of understanding of technology on the part of management is surely a large cause of technical debt. When projects aren’t properly scoped and when deadlines are set without a clear sense of what level of work is required, that’s when legacy issues begin to become a problem. In fact, it’s worth looking at all the other barriers. In many ways, they are each a piece of the puzzle if we are to use technology more effectively – more imaginatively – to solve business problems. Take these three: Lack of quality training or learning Team resources Lack of investment in projects All of these point to a wider cultural problem with the way software is viewed in businesses. There’s no investment, teams are under-resourced, and support to learn and develop new skills is simply not being provided. With this lack of regard for software, it’s unsurprising that developers are spending more time solving problems on, say, legacy code, than solving big, interesting problems. Ones that might actually have a big impact. One way of solving technical debt, then, is to make a concerted effort to change the cultural mindset. Yes, some of this will need to come from senior management, but all software engineers need to take responsibility. This means better communication and collaboration, a commitment to documentation – those things that are so easy to forget to do well when you could be shipping code. What happens if we don’t start solving technical debt Technical debt is like global warming – it’s happening already. We feel the effects every day. However, it’s only going to get worse. Yes, it’s going to damage businesses, but it’s also going to hurt developers. It’s restricting the scope of developers to do the work they want to do and make a significant impact on their businesses. It seems as though we’re locked in a strange cycle where businesses talk about the importance of ‘digital skills’ and technical knowledge gaps but ironically can’t offer the resources or scope for talented developers to actually do their job properly. Developers bring skills, ideas, and creativity to jobs only to find that they’re isn’t really time to indulge that creativity. “Maybe next year, when we have more time” goes the common refrain. There’s never going to be more time – that’s obvious to anyone who’s ever had a job, engineer or otherwise. So why not take steps to start solving technical debt now? Read next 8 Reasons why architects love API driven architecture Python, Tensorflow, Excel and more – Data professionals reveal their top tools The best backend tools in web developmentlast_img read more