Updated: 5:27 PM Examining the controversy at SANDAG over Transnet Funds KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The year long battle over roads versus transit has taken on a new dimension. The hiring of a new Executive Director at SANDAG, Hasn Ikhrata, has cause tension and division within the agency.KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports that SANDAG determines how Transnet funds from a half cent increase in the sales tax from 2004 is spent on local transportation project, mostly the roads.This attempt by the new executive director to shift funds from promised road projects to transit projects only has caused friction.County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar walked out of last week’s meeting after Ikhrata reportedly tried to silence board members who didn’t support his plan.RELATED STORY: Supervisor Gaspar explains SANDAG’s proposal to install black boxes on all vehicles to track every mile you drive Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics, Traffic & Accidents Tags: SANDAG, Transnet FacebookTwitter
Content Not Available Tackling a classic, the GRAMMY winner shares his personal rendition of the timeless balladPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 15, 2018 – 11:35 am On Feb. 15 multi-GRAMMY winner Frank Ocean released his original cover of the classic standard “Moon River” on Tumblr as something he had done “in the late night.” Social media lit up with applause, including responses from Kacey Musgraves and Paramore’s Hayley Williams. It’s a timely reminder that the American songbook is loaded with raw material a great talent can make their own, sharing their unique musical takes on well-known compositions.The 1961 film Breakfast At Tiffany’s put its lead actress Audrey Hepburn on the spot to include a song in her performance, so maestro Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer crafted one of the most singable and irresistible songs in the repertoire. Both men shared in its Song Of The Year GRAMMY at the 4th GRAMMY Awards. Mancini also won Record Of The Year and Best Arrangement for the single. The album won Best Performance By An Orchestra — For Other Than Dancing and Best Sound Track, as well as a nomination for Album Of The Year. Social Media Praise For Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” cover-no-other-frank-oceans-moon-river-scores News Twitter Facebook Email https://twitter.com/KaceyMusgraves/status/964108661701464064 Cover Like No Other: Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” Scores Ocean’s fans and supporters are crossing their fingers that this late-night surprise bodes well for new tracks in 2018.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
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Here comes the next in the series of the government’s crackdown to discourage the use of cash in large amounts: If you receive anything above Rs 3 lakh in cash, be prepared to pay a penalty of an equal amount, effective from April 1. Warburg Pincus acquires airline services group AccelyaOn February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed in the Budget that “no person shall receive an amount of Rs 3 lakh or more by way of cash in aggregate from a person in a day; in respect of a single transaction; or in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person.” Now, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that the penalty for doing cash transaction will be steep and the receiver will have to pay an amount equivalent to the cash received.”Supposing you do a transaction of Rs 4 lakh in cash, then the penalty would be Rs 4 lakh. If you do a transaction of Rs 50 lakh, the penalty would be Rs 50 lakh,” Adhia told PTI. Interestingly, the fine will be paid by the receiver, not by the one who pays. So, if a shopkeeper sells an expensive watch for cash, it is the shopkeeper who will have to pay the penalty.However, governments, banking companies, post offices and co-operative banks will remain immune to this restriction. The revenue secretary said the previously notified rule of quoting PAN for any cash transaction above Rs 2 lakh stays. Meanwhile, private sector lender HDFC Bank has announced steep hikes in fees on cash transactions. The bank has limited third-party cash transactions to Rs 25,000 per day and free cash transactions at branches have been reduced to four from five earlier. Additionally, the fee on non-free transactions has been hiked by a steep 50% to Rs 150. The bank has also revised free cash transactions at home branches, including deposits and withdrawals at branches, at Rs 2 lakh, above which customers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 150 or Rs 5 per thousand. Earlier, the bank allowed Rs 50,000 cash transactions, both withdrawals and deposits, per day. These new measures will be applicable from March 1 and would apply to salary and savings account holders.
Representational image of digital mapping.PixabayMapmyIndia, a digital mapping firm, on Monday announced the launch of eLoc, a facility to locate addresses digitally. eLoc is a six-character, free-to-use tool that can be used by people and enterprises, especially those in logistics. Read: Moneyfront claims to have 1,100 MF investors using its robo advisory”eLoc of any place, be it a building/flat/office/business/city/village/locality/road and so on, is a short, 6 character code (for e.g. 8GDTYX, or MMI000), which is easy to remember, share, type and provide,” the Delhi-based mapping firm said in a statement.There are multiple benefits to users, according to the firm. “eLoc will help Indian travellers and commuters search, share and navigate to destinations’ exact doorstep far more easily and quickly. It will also reduce time, money, fuel wastage and expenses for businesses in the ecommerce, transportation, logistics and field operations domains,” MapmyIndia said.MapmyIndia currently has about 2 crore eLocs on its digital address database encompassing about 7,000 urban locations and more than six lakh village addresses. Users who are currently availing of eLoc include individuals, companies and government organisations.Flipkart, Qualcomm Ventures and Zenrin are investors in CE Info Systems Pvt. Ltd., the owner of MapmyIndia. The company was co-founded by Rakesh Verma and Rashmi Verma.The other tools of the company include SafeMate, a personal GPS safety device for women, children, and families, and DriveMate, a plug and play device that connects users to their cars.
Q: Does my company need an IT audit? Will it improve our bottom line?What about it? Nicole McMackin of Irvine Technology.Photo© Jeff ClarkA: Business owners looking for practical recommendations to improve or leverage their information technology (IT) and gain critical efficiencies should consider conducting an IT audit. “An IT audit is an in-depth analysis of a company’s technical environment, including its existing computer applications, hardware infrastructure, IT plan and IT-related personnel,” says Nicole McMackin, managing partner at Irvine Technology, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based company that conducts such audits for businesses around the world. “The audit usually results in a detailed written report and guide that recommend a strategic business initiative pertaining to rightsizing internal and external IT practices and systems.”We asked McMackin for the how, the why and the bottom-line benefits.When should business owners consider conducting an IT audit?When IT budgets are out of line with current economic conditions–notwithstanding timely strategic initiatives–and when IT isn’t meeting the basic reporting requirements necessary to make tactical decisions in a rapidly changing or competitive marketplace. Another time to consider an audit is when human resource issues cause factions of competing interests that aren’t consistent with strategic direction. And also when IT projects consistently overrun budgets or consistently don’t meet expectations.How can business owners figure out when their IT budgets are out of line with economic conditions?Unfortunately, there isn’t a formula. It’s more the ability of key executives to evaluate their current situation and adjust their strategic and tactical plans to match. What’s needed is a close look at IT expenditures to determine if they are justified. Warning signs are when sales remain moribund, cuts are imminent in other departments or there are overall reductions in the workplace.How can an IT audit help a company’s bottom line?A company that is well-positioned in its marketplace will often increase its IT budget in a recession to increase its competitiveness when the economy improves. But companies that are not so well-positioned–either because they have little or no expectation for an immediate turnaround in sales, or are unable to secure financing for day-to-day operations–will find that an audit will accurately determine if IT expenditures are sustainable and what should be considered for reduction in spending, mothballing or elimination.Can a business without an IT department benefit from an audit?When IT is an unknown entity, that’s perhaps the best time for a new or emerging business to conduct an audit. IT audits help answer many questions, including, “Do I need my own IT team?” This story appears in the February 2012 issue of . Subscribe » February 6, 2012 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals With millions of choices available across the various mobile app stores, discovery is a massive challenge for both consumers and developers. As of this past summer, Android’s Google Play Store had 2.2 million apps to choose from, while Apple’s App Store, the second-largest app store in terms of product diversity, had 2 million choices. That’s quite an array.Just seven years prior, back in the summer of 2009, the Google Play Store listed some 70,000 apps, while the Apple App Store had 65,000. So, we’re looking at inventory growth on both platforms of around 3,100 percent. But, consumer struggles when looking for apps don’t end with a massive amount of choice. There’s also plenty of unreliable information and questionably authentic user reviews.Related: The Top 5 Myths of Mobile Apps — And Why Believing Them Will Hurt Your BusinessRetention rates aren’t great either — to the point of calling it a “mobile engagement crisis.” The average app abandonment rate is nearly 25 percent after one use. This is where Appnext can be of help. The company tripled its year-over-year revenue in 2016. Much of this growth came as a result of its self-serve technology, which connects app providers with ad partners, effectively boosting monetization and discovery for app publishers. It’s clearly working. Today its network of participating apps encompasses some 650 million unique audience members.I spoke with Appnext CEO Elad Natanson to learn more about his take on the mobile app economy.Do you believe you can sustain that kind of growth?Natanson: Last year was the third year in a row that Appnext achieved triple-digit growth. Looking into the future, we are aiming even higher. The ecosystem is changing, and we are on the verge of the next mobile revolution. The smartphone era as we know it has barely changed since 2007, when the first iPhone was introduced. Apps have become better, but the overall mobile experience hasn’t. We’ll see a big change in this regard in the next one to two years.Up until recently, app growth was considered one of the major challenges for successful app businesses. Today, app usage has become the new “growth hacking” goal, with vast majority of apps opened only once after being installed. Users are tired; they are overwhelmed. App developers, platforms and operating systems will have to adjust to this reality. App streaming, introduced by Google in 2015, hints at the direction the industry is likely to be taking.Related: How Being App-Happy Undermines Your BusinessIn-app monetization is notoriously tricky stuff for many app developers. What’s the best way to monetizing an app?In general, I believe that every product change or feature release should be geared towards engagement. The same holds true when you are aiming for monetization.If you have an in-app purchase (IAP) strategy, your goal is to build a habit rather than push an incremental sale. This ongoing engagement is just as important — maybe even more so — for the ad-based monetization used by 80 percent of developers.App abandonment is rife in this industry. How do you find the sweet spot between ad revenue and user engagement?I agree app abandonment and fast fading user interest are definitely among the top challenges for app developers. However, app abandonment is not exclusively correlated to ad-based monetization. There are tons of apps that don’t monetize at all, focusing instead on growth, but they’re still facing high churn ratios.As users, we want to have a great experience, enjoy great content and be entertained. Interestingly, only 3 percent of users are willing to pay for the mobile content they consume, although I believe we’ll see this trend changing in the coming years. In this regard, apps must follow basic business logic — making sure their average revenue per user (ARPU) exceeds effective acquisition cost (in the case of apps, effective cost per install or eCPI).Developers should not be bombarding users with ads, intruding on the user experience. They should definitely be paying much more attention to ad relevance.Related: 5 Thing Developers Don’t Share About Making Successful AppsIn the past few years, many developers embraced ad formats entwined with the app or game experience, blending naturally into the UI and product context; formats like native ads, video and rewarded video in particular. I think this trend is still rising, and we will see more and more native experience formats, optimized dynamically to reflect changing user interests. For example, audio ads can be an interesting fit for the so-called background apps we use for music, podcasts and the like.The bigger wave, though, I believe, will unite technology and usage, triggering mass adoption of app-as-a-platform phenomena. WeChat is a great example of this: Millions of users leverage WeChat for a variety of daily actions, like ordering a taxi, food delivery, paying bills, shopping and much more. Their recent introduction of “mini-programs” sheds light on what mobile will look a few years from now, both in terms of experience and monetization.What’s next for the app discovery market?As I mentioned above, the coming trends will be much wider, not limited to app discovery as we think of it today. The major trends lay in hacking app usage, and here new models will emerge, with re-engagement definitely being a major focus and outpacing new user acquisition.Over the next few years, we’ll see our phones becoming even more personalized, with real-life context becoming the new king on mobile. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 5, 2017 Register Now » 5 min read
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Monday, April 29, 2019 HELSINKI — Some 170,000 passengers had their travel hopes dashed over the weekend as a result of the pilots strike at Scandinavian Airlines, with no end in sight.Nearly 600 flights have been cancelled and thousands of passengers have been stranded and the strike is now in its fourth day.The flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden announced further flight cancellations on April 28 as the parties failed to resume talks on a new collective bargaining agreement. It cancelled another 1,213 flights today and tomorrow, hitting some 110,000 passengers. The open-ended strike started Friday following the collapse of pay negotiations with the SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95% of the company’s pilots in the three countries. SAS said it “deeply regrets” the distress to clients on its domestic, European and long-haul flights. By: The Associated Press Tags: Scandinavian Airlines 1,200 more flights cancelled with SAS pilots strike