Markets lose steam after Modi wave lifts indices to records

first_imgMumbai: The BSE Sensex surged over 1,000 points Thursday to touch the 40,000-mark for the first time ever following the BJP’s thumping electoral show, but could not sustain the euphoria as investors chose to cash in on the gains. In similar movement, the broader NSE Nifty crossed the historic 12,000-level after early trends gave the BJP a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha, but succumbed to profit booking towards the fag-end of the session. The 30-share Sensex tumbled 298.82 points, or 0.76 per cent, to close at 38,811.39, while the Nifty settled 80.85 points, or 0.69 per cent, lower at 11,657.05. Interestingly, when the Narendra Modi government came to power on May 16, 2014, the Sensex had rallied 261.14 points, or 0.90 per cent, to 24,121.74; and the Nifty jumped 79.85 points, or 1.12 per cent, to 7,203. According to experts, the markets had already priced in the election outcome and the focus would now shift to reforms, economic growth, monsoon and developments surrounding the bruising US-China trade conflict. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”The re-election of NDA alliance has put to an end to the uncertainty and raised hopes of momentum gaining in the Indian economy and markets, which logically attained new heights today. “The results have raised hopes of the issues being faced by the economy being tackled in a firm and prudent way. This is the first time in world history that a government that has introduced GST in a country has been voted back to power,” said Dhiraj Relli, MD and CEO, HDFC Securities. IndusInd Bank was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack, rallying 5.23 per cent, followed by Hero MotoCorp, Coal India, Yes Bank, PowerGrid, ICICI Bank, HCL Tech, L&T, Kotak Bank and Bharti Airtel, rising up to 1.56 per cent.last_img read more

Fifth Harmonys Normani Kordei Sends Video Message To Fan Who Thanked Her

first_imgFifth Harmony fan Juliana from Brazil received a video message from her idol Normani Kordei after she thanked her for saving her life.Video: Cybersmile Diversity Ambassador Normani Kordei shares touching message with fanJuliana contemplated suicide after facing endless cyberbullying, and had been diagnosed with depression. She then discovered Normani’s work with The Cybersmile Foundation and she began turning her life around.“My name is Juliana, I’m 18 years old and I’ve been a victim of internet abuse,” wrote Juliana in letter published on Cybersmile’s blog. “All this started because I published a picture of me on my Twitter, and I was greeted with hateful comments – I just became sad, and I was diagnosed with depression, 1 year and a half later, I was more isolated in my room and had my thoughts of suicide…the internet was my refuge… And even then I received messages of hate that hurt me so much …“I’m a Harmonizer and when it came to me that Normani was also receiving abuse, I tried to find a way to stop people from sending hate and to live a good life. That’s when I started to see news about cyberbullying and I found Cybersmile.“I saw her in the same situations and how love always prevails and I applied that for myself. I remember the quote: “love will always overcome hatred”, and then came the news that Normani became an Ambassador of Cybersmile. I simply had no words to describe my great admiration for you.“She simply with her words made me have the willpower to stand up, fight and spread love, and I am so grateful to her and to you, for every tweet you share – it’s a way of refuge for people who feel offended by the abuse.“Today I can say that I am a new person and two people who abused me on social networks, today they are my friends and with me, spread love, so I thank you for all the support and love you give to each person on Twitter. I hope that God blesses each one of your team very much and that you continue to save lives, as you have saved mine.”Normani was touched by Juliana’s letter and has reached out to her directly to thank her and encourage her to continue to be strong and to love herself.Normani joined Cybersmile as an Official Diversity Ambassador last year after receiving a torrent of abuse online. She wanted to raise awareness of her experiences with online abuse and harassment while giving hope and encouragement to others that are affected.Each year, Cybersmile work with a host of Ambassadors across the world to encourage a positive and safer internet – free from fear, threats and abuse. Thanks to their global network of Cybersmilers and Official Ambassadors, they continue the Cybersmile mission for a truly diverse and inclusive internet – celebrating and promoting the power of the internet when used for positive purpose!To find out more about Cybersmile, click here.last_img read more

If voted to power NC will review cases against JK youth Omar

first_imgRafiabad (JK): National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah Thursday said cases registered against Jammu and Kashmir youth since 2015, after the PDP-BJP alliance came to power in the state, would be reviewed and the FIRs cancelled if his party is voted to power.Addressing an election meeting here in Chijhama village of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, Abdullah said he wanted to create an atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir where people could talk freely. “There are cases against our youth under which they are called to police stations even today. The NC government will review each case, one by one, registered against our youth right since 2015 and especially of 2016 (unrest) and afterwards and cancel their FIRs so that our youth are set free,” he said. Cases were registered against several youths in the valley during the unrest which followed the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district in July 2016. “We want to attract our people towards us, we want such a situation here where we can talk to each other freely and address the problems of this state. I want to see that day when we would not need this (concertina) wire and rope when we come to see each other, when we would not need policemen or security,” the NC leader said.last_img read more

More efforts to promote sustainable development urged at African meeting

The call came in a ministerial declaration adopted on Thursday at the end of a three-day meeting of the regional preparatory committee laying the groundwork for next year’s World Summit on Sustainable Development. The World Summit, scheduled for 2 to 11 September 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a 10-year follow-up to the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). It aims to reinvigorate, at the highest political level, the global commitment to sustainable development.Regional preparatory committee meetings for the Johannesburg Summit will take place next week in Cairo and in Rio de Janeiro, according to a UN spokesman in New York. read more

UN election mission to Bangladesh deeply troubled by level of violence ahead

During its 10-day visit, which ended yesterday, the mission from the Electoral Assistance Division of the UN Department for Political Affairs put forward several recommendations to assist with that vote, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York.“It recommended that several key steps be taken in the days ahead, including creating a level playing field for all candidates and ensuring that the voter list is accurate and inclusive,” the spokesman said. The Mission found that the country’s election system included “unique safeguards and protections” and the electoral administration had repeatedly shown the capability to organize the vote effectively.The other recommendations made by the Mission involved the need to ensure public confidence in the Bangladesh Election Commission and all authorities responsible for the elections and the need to help civil society organizations and media to conduct election-related activities freely, safely and without interference.Members of the Mission met with the Bangladesh Election Commission and its Secretariat, national and local Government officials, political parties, civil society groups, media representatives and others, according to the UN system in Bangladesh. read more

My Bad Tyler Hansbrough Backs Down From Metta World

During last night’s Knicks vs. Raptors preseason game, Toronto’s forward Tyler Hansbrough, known as ‘Psycho T’, nearly lived up to his nickname when he turned to confront the person who fouled him, but noticed that is was somebody even crazier than himself.Once he realized that it was Metta World Peace, Hansbrough’s reaction was priceless. Good thing this incident was captured on video and preserved in history forever.In the video, it appears Hansbrough quickly tried to squash the beef by saying, “my bad, my bad.”After the incident and the video going viral, World Peace came to Hansbrough’s defense on Twitter, encouraging him to keep playing ball like a hard-nosed player:“Tyler Hansbrough, dont listen to these fools. Keep being s hard nose ball player!!!— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) October 22, 2013.“I would play on Tyler’s team anyday.. you guys are silly!! Stop adding fire to pre season ball. Fighting doesnt make u tough. win’n does! — Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) October 22, 2013.“Tyler Hansbrough is a tough kid . Stop be silly people!!! He is going to be a champ one day. Keep being tough Tyler!!— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) October 22, 2013.” read more

Lastronaute Catherine Coleman nous fait visiter lISS

first_imgL’astronaute Catherine Coleman nous fait visiter l’ISSL’astronaute américaine Catherine Coleman a fait parvenir une vidéo à travers laquelle elle fait découvrir l’intérieur de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) avant de donner un petit concert de flûte, instrument qu’elle maîtrise apparemment très bien.C’est en décembre 2010 que Catherine Coleman, Paolo Nespoli et Dmitri Kondratiev ont rejoint la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) à bord d’un vaisseau Soyouz. Près de quatre mois plus tard, les trois astronautes semblent toujours y couler des jours heureux. La preuve en images grâce à une vidéo réalisée par l’astronaute américaine qui nous fait une démonstration de ses talents.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn effet, Catherine Coleman n’est pas qu’une spationaute de la NASA, c’est aussi une flûtiste accomplie. Alors que l’équipage de l’ISS donne très régulièrement des nouvelles depuis son arrivée, l’Américaine a décidé de nous jouer un petit concert de flûte en vidéo. Elle en profite également pour nous faire une visite guidée de l’intérieur de l’ISS et des différents modules qui la composent, lieux de vie des astronautes. “C’est le genre d’expériences que vous souhaitez vraiment partager avec les autres : l’espace appartient à tout le monde. J’ai donc pensé à ajouter quelques flûtes dans mes valises”, explique-t-elle dans la vidéo avant de présenter son “refuge” favori et l’imprenable vue sur l’espace et la Terre que ses fenêtres offrent.Avant cette expédition, Catherine Coleman avait déjà participé à deux autres voyages et comptait plus de 500 heures passées dans l’espace. Aujourd’hui, l’astronaute et ses deux collègues ont presque terminé leur mission qui est censée s’achever en mai prochain. Ils embarqueront ensuite pour rejoindre la Terre.Découvrez la vidéo de l’astronaute de l’ISS Catherine Coleman en cliquant ci-dessous : https://www.maxisciences.com/iss/iss-visite-guidee-et-musicale-par-l-039-astronaute-catherine-coleman_art13757.html Le 6 avril 2011 à 16:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

RMLD Once Again Asks Customers To Shred The Peak

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) is expanding its Shred the Peak campaign from the one hour of highest peak demand each year, which typically occurs in the summer months from 2pm-7pm, to also include the one hour of highest peak demand each month. Peak demand electricity comes at a premium cost and affects all customer bills.The success of Shred the Peak depends heavily on customer participation. RMLD customers can help Shred the Peak by taking the following steps:1 – SIGN UP FOR SHRED THE PEAK ALERTS. Peaks are predicted based on historical trends and weather. RMLD will send out an alert via email (sign up at http://bit.ly/shredthepeaksignup) and on Twitter (follow RMLD @ReadingLight) the day before a predicted event. RMLD will also post the alert on RMLD.com and send it to the local community television stations.2 – CONSERVE DURING THE PREDICTED PEAK: Turn off lights and electronics when they’re not needed, postpone using washers, dryers, dishwashers, and pool pumps until after the predicted peak window, raise the temperature setting on your air conditioner by a few degrees (from 70 to 74, for example), and cook dinner on the grill.Please help RMLD Shred the Peak! For more information, visit http://www.rmld.com/.(NOTE: The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Asks Customers To “Shred The Peak”In “Government”RMLD Asks Residents To Conserve Energy During This Weekend’s Heat WaveIn “Government”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”last_img read more

6yearold raped and murdered during Holi celebrations in Hyderabad

first_imgStop child rapeREUTERS/Amit DaveIn a shocking incident, a six-year-old girl was raped and then murdered by her neighbour during the Holi celebrations in Hyderabad. The incident happened in Alwal city of Hyderabad on Thursday.The accused, 20-year-old, was a part of the Holi celebrations along with the victim, a daughter of a daily-wage earner, in Turkapally village of Hyderabad.The police explained that the youth had his eyes on the victim and lured her to an isolated place near a railway track to sexually assault her. When the little girl made attempts to resist the assault, the man stabbed the child with a metal rod, reported the Times of India.The girl’s family realised that she was missing at 3 pm on Thursday. After an extensive search, they filed a missing person’s complaint at 8 pm on the same day. Since the girl was a minor, the police registered the case as an abduction and launched an investigation.They found her body in a bush near the railway track with a huge gash on the side of her neck. Her body also had signs of sexual abuse. The police shifted her to a hospital for further examination where it was confirmed that she was raped.After interrogating the family, the girl’s brother told the police that he last saw her with the 20-year-old man. The man was arrested on Friday and he confessed to his crime. The police also concluded that he was drunk during the incident.This was not the only case in recent times when a minor was raped by a known person. Last week, a 14-year-old girl in Delhi was raped by her mother’s friend, a 34-year-old male. The victim, a daughter of domestic help, tried telling her mother that the man was touching her inappropriately but her mother did not believe her. The man was a good friend of the mother and used to visit their house often. According to a report by The Hindu, the girl then confided with her neighbour of the incident. After the neighbour spoke to the mother, a case was registered against the rapist under Section 376 of the IPC as well as sections under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and he was arrested.  Violence Against Women Across The World Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/0:57Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Khaledas adviser arrested after rally in Sylhet

first_imgKhandaker Abdul MuktadirAn hour after the maiden rally of Jatiya Oikya Front, Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Khandaker Abdul Muktadir on Wednesday, reports UNB.A team of DB police picked Muktadir up from in front of Rose Valley Hotel in the city around 6:30pm as he went there to meet the party’s senior leaders, said Sylhet unit BNP general secretary Ali Ahmed.He claimed that around 50 other leaders and activists of BNP were also arrested from different parts of district.Sylhet metropolitan police deputy commissioner Sanjoy Sarkar confirmed the arrest of Muktadir.Meanwhile, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir strongly condemned the arrest and demanded Muktadir’s immediate release.He alleged that police arrested their party’s many leaders and activists here over the last two days.”Police also raided the houses of our leaders and activists and obstructed them from joining the rally. The arrest of Abdul Muktadir after a peaceful rally has proved that the government wants to hang onto power by resorting to repressive acts,” the BNP leader said.last_img read more

AI Experts Stand Up to Lethal Autonomous Weapons

first_img More than 2,500 AI researchers have vowed to steer clear of lethal autonomous weapons.Google DeepMind and resident robot pessimist Elon Musk are among the organizations and individuals who pledged to neither participate in nor support the manufacture of artificially intelligent armaments.“Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to play an increasing role in military systems,” according to the letter published by the Future of Life Institute. “There is an urgent opportunity and necessity for citizens, policymakers, and leaders to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable uses of AI.”The pledge comes less than a year after the Institute released a short film, appropriately titled “Slaughterbots,” as part of its Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.Designed to resemble actual events, the video highlights a future (or, more likely, a present) in which palm-sized drones can take out a single human with “surgical precision.”A world where weapons, not people, make the decisions, and a $25 million order gets you enough killer bots to take out half a city—”the bad half,” of course.“We would really like to ensure that the overall impact of the technology is positive and not leading to a terrible arms race, or a dystopian future with robots flying around killing everybody,” signatory Anthony Aguirre, a professor of physics at UC Santa Cruz, told CNN.The threat, however, isn’t limited to walking, talking androids. A recent report from Undark revealed the everyday dangers of cyber weaponry—high-tech howitzers that have been in service for decades.“In this light, we, the undersigned, agree that the decision to take a human life should never be delegated to a machine,” according to the pledge.“There is a moral component to this position, that we should not allow machines to make life-taking decisions for which others—or nobody—will be culpable,” it said. “There is also a powerful pragmatic argument: Lethal autonomous weapons, selecting and engaging targets without human intervention, would be dangerously destabilizing for every country and individual.”AI researchers agree that lethal autonomous weapons could become “powerful instruments of violence and oppression, especially when linked to surveillance and data systems.”While most folks still carry physical firearms, some advanced armies are dropping cyber cannons, which can cause damage well beyond battle zones.The Stuxnet virus, for example, emerged in 2010 as a cyber weapon jointly developed by U.S. and Israeli officials in an effort to shut down the develop of Iran’s nuclear program.To combat future risks, pledge participants are calling on government officials to “create a future with strong international norms, regulations, and laws against lethal autonomous weapons.”Independent of this promise, 26 countries in the United Nations have explicitly endorsed the call for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Guatemala, Holy See, Iraq, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, State of Palestine, Uganda, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.For more, check out Geek’s lineup of 11 real-life sci-fi weapons that are the future of war.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Help NASA Develop Autonomous RoversU.S. Army To Test Remote-Controlled Combat Vehicles Stay on targetlast_img read more

Iron Age Chariot Burial Site Found – Complete with Horse and Rider

first_imgIn the second time in two years, an Iron Age chariot has been found buried in a Yorkshire community. The discovery was made in the town of Pocklington, England, at a construction site where more than 200 homes are being built. As of early October 2018, archaeologists are working to fully excavate the find. Media reports say that not only a chariot but also horse and human remains were discovered.Simon Usher, managing director at Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said: “We can confirm that a significant archaeological discovery, featuring an Iron Age horse-drawn chariot, has been made at our development, The Mile in Pocklington. Careful excavation is ongoing by our archaeologists and a thorough investigation is in the process to date and detail the find.”View from Pocklington to Burnby Lane. Photo by Andy Beecroft CC BY-SA 2.0In a bizarre twist, 18 months ago, another Iron Age chariot was found, along with two horses, at a different construction site in Pocklington. Archaeology Arts reported in 2017: “The chariot was buried as part of a funerary practice that was not uncommon in the Iron Age. However, the horses were a rather surprising addition for archaeologists.”The Telegraph said that “the find of the remains dating back to 500 BC is the first of its kind in the last 200 years and one of only 26 chariots ever excavated in the UK.”Chariot burial, illustration.Archaeologists say it is highly unusual for a horse and chariot to be buried together and with a human. In 2017, Paula Ware, managing director at MAP Archaeological Practice Ltd, told a reporter, “The chariot was located in the final square barrow to be excavated and on the periphery of the cemetery.”She continued, “The discoveries are set to widen our understanding of the Arras (Middle Iron Age) culture and the dating of artifacts to secure contexts is exceptional.”Bronze snaffle bit from the King’s Barrow burial in Yorkshire, now in the British Museum. Tag on exhibit reads: Bronze bridle-bit from the chariot burial known as the King’s Barrow, Arras, East Yorkshire, 200-100 BC. Presented by Sir A. W. Franks. Photo by Ealdgyth CC BY-SA 3.0A chariot was the possession of a high-status individual. The rite of including horses as part of the burial is being puzzled over by researchers. Before finding the chariot, the dig at the Burnby Lane site revealed artifacts including a sword, shield, spears, brooches, and pots. The excavations give insight into life over 2,500 years ago. These are thought to be people of the Arras culture.Related Video: Artist Brings Animal Skulls To Life With Celtic EngravingsYorkshire continues to be the place where astoundingly well-preserved remains of the Arras culture are found. In 2016, some 150 skeletons and their personal possessions were discovered in a small market town at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.Illustration of a chariot burial.Some of the 75 square barrows, or burial chambers, contained personal possessions such as jewelry and weapons, according to The Guardian. Archaeologists also discovered a skeleton with a shield.Media reports say those remains were of a man in his late teens or twenties, who died with his sword at his side. Before his death he reportedly had six spears pressed into him “like a hedgehog.”It is believed these sites all date to the Iron Age, which in Britain lasted from 800 BC until the time of the Roman conquest, beginning in 43 AD.An in-depth study will focus on whether the population is indigenous or were recent arrivals from the Continent. Archaeologists also hope to reveal how those buried at the site died and whether or not they are related in anyway, as well as potential DNA analysis.Read another story from us: Identity Finally Revealed of the Mysterious ‘Woman in the Iron Coffin’The custom of burying the deceased with their chariots within squares is unknown in the rest of the British Iron Age. Interestingly, the Arras vehicles were usually disassembled, a practice less common in the Continental chariot burials.last_img read more

Its National Small Business Week Is Your Phone Ringing Off the Hook

first_imgMay 8, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This week America is celebrating our country’s 30.2 million small businesses. And while there will be National Small Business Week parties inside brick-and-mortar stores and deals on ecommerce sites, we should be thanking Alexander Graham Bell because the telephone is still the lifeline for local businesses, even in the digital age.Every day, American small businesses receive an astounding 400 million calls from customers wanting to place to-go orders, book appointments, check open hours, inquire about inventory, and more.Related: 4 Simple Ways to Communicate Better With Your CustomersPhone a friend.Last week BrightLocal revealed that 60 percent of consumers still prefer to pick up the phone and call local businesses instead of emailing them or contacting them via social media. Why is this still the case in the era of ubiquitous internet? There’s two primary reasons.First, small business don’t have the resources to invest in digital marketing and sophisticated communication channels. For example, a custom website can cost around $30,000. Not surprising, BigCommerce found that a whopping 46 percent of small businesses don’t even have a website. Other modern technologies, like call tracking platforms and interactive voice response systems, charge by the minute or the call, which makes for unpredictable budgeting and can cause cash flow issues.The second reason is more human. As customers, we feel a personal connection to our local pizzerias, oil change shops and HVAC repairmen. We call these businesses when we’re in a crunch, when we’re on-the-go, when we’re hungry. We know they’ll provide what we need faster than a big company could and better than we could on our own. Small businesses are our friend.Related: When It Comes to Sales, the Phone Is Your Most Powerful ToolPhony ProblemAdding to this call volume is spam. In 2018, 26.3 billion robocalls were made to American phones, according to Hiya. That’s up 46 percent from 2017’s total of 18 billion.As a result, my team at CallJoy found that nearly half of small business calls go unanswered because owners are just too busy or assume the caller is another spammer. You can’t blame them. Not only are robocalls annoying, but falling victim to a fraudulent spam caller is costly. A study from Truecaller estimated that Americans lost $8.9 billion to phone scams in 2017.But when the phone goes unanswered, customers don’t get that sushi roll they were craving or that massage appointment they really wanted. Simply put, spam impacts customer service levels, giving consumers the short end of the stick.Related: Nearly Half of All Cell Phone Calls Will Be Scam Calls in 2019Untying the phone line.This growing volume of customer calls can easily overwhelm any small business, especially when coupled with other factors such as peak call times, seasonal trends or employee turnover. This National Small Business Week, here are five tips local entrepreneurs can use to untie the phone line:1. Conduct resource planning. By tracking phone calls, you’ll gain insights into your peak call times and what customers are most frequently asking for. This knowledge will empower you to properly plan resources. For example, if the majority of phone calls to your retail store happen between 5-7pm, you might need an extra clerk during that shift. If your beauty salon frequently gets asked about a particular organic shampoo, you might want to stock more of that product.2. Properly train staff. Oftentimes, the root of long hold times and busy signals is that hostesses, receptionists and clerks aren’t properly trained upfront. Assess your training program and manuals and provide cheat sheets to ensure phone calls are fielded efficiently, and with customer service at heart.3. Predict and answer basic questions. Many calls your business receives are probably basic questions, like open hours and location information. Proactively answer these questions via resources on your website, social channels and your Google My Business profile to save the customer (and you) a phone call.4. Find affordable, accessible technology tools. From DIY website builders to online ordering and reservations apps to call answering services, new software programs are emerging that harness the power of the Cloud and even artificial intelligence. Best of all, some of these tools are affordable, finally making sophisticated technology accessible to small businesses and big corporations alike.5. Report spam. Check with your phone company to see if they can block calls from any problematic numbers. If you’re in the U.S., register your personal number with the National Do Not Call Registry at: www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx. And finally, submit a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, go to www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222.Despite evolutions in mobile technology and social media, Alexander Graham Bell would be glad to know the telephone continues to be a lifeline for local businesses. And I predict it will remain so for many, many years. Managing your call volume is critical to keeping high levels of customer satisfaction, productivity and profitability. So untie the phone line — your customers, your employees and your stress level will thank you. 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Four injured in Playa del Carmen highway accident after van tries to

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Four people were left injured after a chain reaction of vehicles along the Playa del Carmen highway when a van tried to avoid a cyclist.The accident was recorded in front of the Barceló hotel along the federal highway. Early reports say that a van stopped abruptly to avoid hitting a cyclist. Upon hitting the breaks, the van was then hit by a car.The impact from the collision sent the van across the highway lanes and into a palm tree. Three passengers inside the van were injured.Although the car sustained the most damage, none of its passengers were injured. The cyclist, who was also hit, was reported in serious condition.Police were on scene. Private ambulances transferred the wounded to the General Hospital.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sectra Launches Extended Image Sharing Solution at ECR 2017

first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more February 24, 2017 — International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra is launching an extended image sharing solution that enables healthcare providers to digitally share medical images with patients, insurance companies and others in a rapid and secure manner. This is an extension of Sectra’s existing solution for sharing and collaboration between various healthcare organizations and systems. It will allow healthcare providers to give patients increased control of their medical data and to let them take a more active role in their healthcare service. A growing number of Sectra’s 1,700 customers are using Sectra’s solution for cross-enterprise sharing and collaboration. The use of the solution makes information exchange much more secure, less time consuming and less expensive than previously used methods such as CDs, according to the company. This leads to an increasing amount of information being shared throughout the healthcare system, and approximately 25 million medical images are already shared every week. In turn, the access to more information gives, for instance, reviewing radiologists and other physicians a much more complete medical history of a patient when making clinical decisions.The new extension of the image sharing solution enables sharing with others than only healthcare organizations and systems, such as patients and insurance companies, allowing for a more efficient healthcare. It has been developed and tested in close collaboration with Sectra customers.Sectra’s enhanced solution for sharing and collaboration will be showcased at the 2017 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna, March 2–5. 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