TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract releaseby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe is leaving Besiktas after terminating his contract by mutual consent.Marca says an official announcement has not yet been made but the Portugal international, whose deal was due to expire in June, is now free to sign for another club.Reports in Turkey indicate that Besiktas are going through economic issues and have been unable to pay the high salaries of many of their players, including Pepe.The 35-year-old played 17 league game this season and managed an impressive five goals, with three coming in domestic action and two in Europe.Pepe moved to Besiktas from Real Madrid.
ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.
UK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease saw its net income rise to USD 7.3 million for the second quarter 2017 from USD 5.6 million reported in the same period a year earlier.During the quarter, the company’s revenue stood at USD 40.2 million, slightly down from USD 41.3 million seen in the second quarter of 2016, while its operating income increased to USD 18.5 million from USD 17.9 million.“During the second quarter of 2017, we remained focused on generating strong cashflows from stable, fixed-rate contracts with industry-leading counterparties. The value and consistency of this core strategy was once again evident in our financial results for the quarter,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.For the six months ended June 30, 2017, Global Ship Lease reported a net income of USD 14.1 million, up from USD 11 million reached in the first six months of 2016. The company’s revenue for the period dropped to USD 79.9 million from USD 83.9 million, while its operating income was at USD 36.9 million, representing a slight increase from USD 36.3 million reported in the first half of 2016.Webber informed that the company expects “continued firming in the charter market over time, driven by discipline in the placement of new orders, an orderbook heavily skewed towards the largest vessels, elevated scrapping consisting almost entirely of the mid-sized and smaller vessel classes where we focus, and better than expected demand growth.”“We remain encouraged by the upward movement of the spot charter market throughout 2017 and believe that this should benefit those of our vessels due to become open later this year and early next,” Webber added.
VANCOUVER – Greenpeace Canada says a protest that saw a dozen protesters dangling from a Vancouver bridge to block a tanker carrying crude oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline ended Wednesday night.The environmental group says the climbers who spent more than 35 hours on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge were “peacefully removed from their positions” and taken to the North Vancouver RCMP detachment.The RCMP had earlier said all would likely be charged with mischief and jeopardizing the safety of a vessel.North Vancouver RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong said an aerial extraction team began removing and arresting the protesters in the afternoon in what he called a methodic and safe operation.The protest began Tuesday morning when activists rappelled off the side of the bridge to block the Serene Sea, a vessel loaded with crude oil that had left from Kinder Morgan Canada’s Westridge Marine Terminal.The protest was focused only on the Serene Sea but authorities responded by closing all tanker traffic in the area, said Jesse Firempong, a Greenpeace spokeswoman.Deep-sea vessels and vessels with a high air draft, including sail boats with a high mast, were unable to safely pass under the bridge due to the location of the protesters, banners and connecting lines, said Danielle Jang, a spokeswoman with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.Smaller traffic such as tugs, barges and small commercial vessels were still able to transit under the bridge, she said.Will George was among those arrested on Wednesday after occupying the bridge for more than 35 hours, said Kwekwecnewtxw — Protect The Inlet, a group formed to oppose the Trans Mountain expansion.“I will remain the fierce opposition. It is in my blood to protect the water. Our Indigenous rights are being completely ignored, the safety of our water is being ignored, and most of all, my son’s future is at stake,” said George, the group’s spokesman and leader.“I will do whatever it takes to protect the water and my family and your family.”Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, said it respects the right to peacefully demonstrate and there are many ways to express opinions in a safe and legal manner.“It is unfortunate that the actions of these individuals have caused disruptions to vessels and individuals that transit to and from the waters east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, including customers from our terminal and the other marine cargo terminals,” it said in a statement.Earlier Wednesday, Premier John Horgan said he was concerned that authorities had closed a rail bridge in response to the protest, resulting in the blockage of a different tanker loaded with refined fuel destined for Vancouver Island.“The protesters, as long as they’re abiding by the law, that’s their right in a free society. But when they start to impact on the business of other people when they start to infringe on the laws of the land, then there’s a concern,” he said.“At this point, as I understand it, it’s a question of the rail bridge is down and that’s the problem.”The Canadian government’s $4.5-billion deal to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project is expected to close later this summer.On Tuesday, the company released its construction schedule for the next six months, with work planned in the Lower Mainland and North Thompson areas of B.C., as well as between Edmonton and Jasper National Park in Alberta.Greenpeace said the protesters are from the Coast Salish community, B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Washington state, Mexico and the United Kingdom.Companies in this story (TSX:KML)
CALGARY, A.B. — The Alberta Securities Commission is banning the former CEO of the Canadian arm of Chinese oil giant CNOOC Ltd. from acting as a director or officer in the province after he settled insider trading claims against him in the United States.The regulator says it is reciprocating an order made by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last fall after Fengjiu Zhang – who had moved back to China by then – agreed to a three-year ban there to settle charges that he broke U.S. insider trading laws.The SEC found that less than a week before CNOOC announced in July 2012 a deal to buy Calgary-based Nexen Inc. for US$15.1 billion, Zhang, then the CEO of Calgary-based CNOOC Canada Inc., asked a friend in the U.S. to buy stock for him and tipped off another friend in the U.S. who also bought stock. The SEC found that the first person made a profit of almost US$66,000 and the second made over US$11,000 by later selling the shares.Zhang and one of the friends agreed to disgorge profits and pay civil penalties to settle the SEC charges without admitting or denying the findings. Zhang, who moved back to Beijing in 2017, also agreed to a three-year officer and director ban.The ASC says Zhang did not appear for a hearing held in January but let staff know through a local representative that he would not contest the Alberta ban.“The misconduct described in the SEC order … occurred partly in Alberta, when Zhang was a resident of Calgary, and involved the securities of an Alberta-based reporting issuer,” the ASC panel said in its decision. “We agree with staff that there is ‘a nexus to Alberta and the public interest in Alberta is affected.’ That interest should be protected through the imposition of the orders sought on this application.”The CNOOC deal to buy Nexen was reluctantly permitted by the Stephen Harper government and allowed only after the buyer agreed to maintain its workforce and stay in Calgary.The government then brought in new rules preventing state-owned enterprises from purchasing controlling interests in the oilsands.
New Delhi: Their campaign back on track after the win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals are ready to upset table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders in their own den, said the team’s all-rounder Chris Morris. By virtue of the four-wicket win over struggling RCB in Bengaluru on Sunday, Delhi Capitals have moved up to the fifth position in the eight-team standings with six points from as many games. KKR are currently leading the chart with eight points out of four wins from five matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAsked Morris about their next match, the South African said playing at the iconic Eden Gardens against the hosts would be a tough challenge. “KKR are playing some amazing cricket at the moment. They have some great match winners in their team, players with X-factor. We’ve got a few days in between to rest and recover, and to get our bodies strong and fresh,” he said. “Eden Gardens is a tough place to play for the visiting side, but as a team and as a unit, we look forward to the challenge Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterand hopefully we can pull off a win on Friday.” But it would be easier said than done as in their last outing against KKR at the Feroze Shah Kotla here, Delhi huffed and puffed to register victory in the Super Over. “We will of course go back to the drawing board and see what went wrong in the last match against them in Delhi which went to the Super Over. We will look to improve on those areas and make sure we are ready,” Morris said. Morris was happy with Delhi Capitals’ performance against RCB and said the victory on Sunday instilled confidence among the players. “It was a very pleasing performance from the boys yesterday. To go out and win against RCB was something the boys were preparing well towards. The performance throughout the whole game was great, and even though there was a slight hiccup towards the end of the game in our batting, it was very pleasing to register the win. “I feel that our bowlers have been executing their plans pretty well and this win has surely brought back the confidence among the group.” Morris has taken six wickets with an economy rate of 7.93 in the four matches he played for Delhi Capitals so far in this tournament. Besides, he has also bowled a total of 36 dot balls, which has only been bettered by four other overseas players — Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir. “I think all the bowlers have been doing their respective jobs very well. I know that I have the responsibility of delivering for the team, especially in the middle overs and towards the end,” Morris said. “You will always face tough times during a long tournament like this, but having confidence in your own abilities is something that helps you get through that phase and come out on top.”
New Delhi: The ED has arrested three people in connection with a Rs 3,000 crore Ponzi scheme run by Hyderabad-based Heera Islamic Business Group, commonly known as Heera Gold.Group chairman Nowhera Shaikh along with Molly Thomas and Biju Thomas will be under the probe agency’s custody for seven days beginning Wednesday. The company has been accused of running a collective investment scheme, where depositors were asked to invest with the promise of returns as high as 36 percent. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe investigation by the Enforcement Directorate so far has revealed that the company duped more than 1.72 lakh investors across India by collecting over Rs 3,000 crore and promising unrealistic returns through gold trading. In addition to roping in unsuspecting investors in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Kerala, the company also collected deposits from NRIs in Middle-Eastern countries like UAE and Saudi Arabia, the agency said. The ED investigations have further revealed that Shaikh had no business operations that could sustain this investment scheme and that she and her associates had funneled depositors’ money into their personal accounts. The ED has accused Shaikh’s PA, Molly of being in cahoots with her and Biju, MD of Suvan Technologies that had created software for Heera Group of managing all the bank accounts. The agency said Shaikh had opened 24 entities under the Heera Group and subsequently opened 182 bank accounts for these entities across India. In addition, Shaikh is also said to have opened up to 10 bank accounts in UAE and Saudi Arabia. The ED took up the investigation under PMLA after taking cognizance of FIRs registered by Telangana Police in the case.
New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged that the Election Commission got the polling diaries manipulated by presiding officers in the South Delhi Lok Sabha seat. The returning officer of the South Delhi constituency, however, said it is “misinformation” and no officers were called in this regard to the EC office.AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj alleged about 200-250 presiding officers have been called to the EC office in the last two days and they have been asked to “change sensitive information in the polling diaries”. Polling diaries are used to note hourly activity at a booth on the polling day. “These diaries contain sensitive information and we want to know why the Election Commission asked presiding officers to modify the information,” Bhardwaj claimed. An election commission official, requesting anonymity, said the officials were called for clarification over new entries in the polling diaries. Raghav Chadha, the AAP candidate from South Delhi, asked why documents are being “recreated”. “Have learnt through reliable sources that EC has summoned presiding officers of South Delhi Parliamentary Constituency’s polling stations to re-create and re-sign EVM related documents. This is shocking. What is going on? Why are docs being recreated? Are EVMs being replaced too?” Chadha tweeted.
RABAT – The bodies of five presumed migrants thought to have been trying to reach Spain were found on Sunday on northern Morocco’s shoreline, local authorities said.“The bodies of five probably illegal migrants, four of them from Senegal, were washed up from the Mediterranean” in the Nador area, MAP news agency cited officials as saying.It said four Senegalese had been identified, and added that an inflatable boat was also found. Morocco estimates that some 30,000 migrants, mostly sub-Saharan, are on its soil as they try to make their way to Europe in search of a better life.The Spanish territories of Melilla and Ceuta in Morocco form the European Union’s only land borders with Africa, and many try to reach Europe this way.But others opt for a perilous sea crossing across the Straits of Gibraltar, often losing their lives in the attempt.
The Ohio State women’s track and field team won their conference championship for the second year in a row on Sunday, successfully defending their title at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The championships were held in Madison, Wis., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. OSU was victorious on the women’s side, scoring 117 points. On the men’s side, the Wisconsin Badgers were winners on their home track, with OSU finishing 35 points back in fourth place. The OSU women stood in sixth place following two days of competition, but they made a Sunday surge to come back to win the meet with a seven-point advantage. Nebraska and Illinois tied for second place with 110 points each. Coach Karen Dennis told The Lantern the slow start in scoring points did not concern her because of how many OSU women qualified for the finals in their events on Saturday. “We’ve been there before,” Dennis said. “We qualified 14 people, and that’s what made the difference.” Dennis said she felt the experienced team members led the way with their performances. “The keys were the seniors,” Dennis said. “They brought us here, they stepped up and deserved to take the trophy home.” OSU’s contingent of 100-meter dash runners played a major role in the victory. The Buckeyes took four of the top five places in that event, with senior Christina Manning winning in 11.49 seconds. Senior Madison McNary finished second (11.71), junior Christienne Linton (11.72) was third and sophomore Chesna Sykes came in fifth (11.80). Manning, McNary, Linton and Sykes also teamed up to win the 4×100-meter relay, setting a school and meet record with a time of 43.70. Manning also won the 100-meter hurdles (12.71) and finished second in the 200-meter dash (23.30 seconds). Junior Alexis Thomas was also an individual winner in the hammer throw. She set Big Ten meet and OSU school records in the event with a winning throw of 64.62 meters. Thomas told The Lantern she felt fortunate that her performance helped lead her team to a championship. “It’s amazing (to win the Big Ten championship),” Thomas said. “It’s a great feeling.” OSU men’s track and field was unable to match the success of its female counterparts. They finished the meet with 86 points. Wisconsin led the way with 121 points, while Nebraska (115.5 points) edged Indiana (115) for second place. Men’s interim coach Ed Beathea did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The Buckeye men only had one individual event winner. That was senior Michael Hartfield, who won the individual Big Ten title in the long jump for the second consecutive year with a jump of 7.96 meters. Hartfield said in a press release that winning his event was “a blessing”. “It feels good especially after getting your behind kicked all year,” Hartfield said. “To come back at Big Tens and really make a statement, you know it feels good.” Redshirt junior distance runner Cory Leslie was a double runner-up. He finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase; he surpassed the previous meet record with a time of 8:32.48 but finished second to Michigan’s Craig Forys. He also finished second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:42.03. The OSU track and field teams will compete next at the NCAA East Prelims, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 24-26.
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Nassau – When prominent attorney Sharlyn Smith asked the perfectly coiffed, clothed and cultured island A-listers to raise their glasses and toast to the vision of University of The Bahamas (UB) and the value of education, she realized that beyond the lavish draping, shimmering lights, silk-covered tables and fine champagne, the evening held a serious message – excellence and opportunity made possible through education.Sharlyn Smith & Dr. Rodney Smith“On the first anniversary of the University of The Bahamas’ charter, this event helps to realize the vision of the university as the nation’s primary resource for research, innovation and community engagements while ensuring that the University will meet its mission of advancing and expanding access to higher education,” she said. “Supporting this function was a natural outreach for our firm with our many links to the community. We also recognize that along with giving, Sharon Wilson & Co. benefits from the commitment to education that is a hallmark of this institution. Among our complement of six attorneys and talented administration staff are four members of the alumni of this prestigious university.”Many more in the well-heeled crowd were clients and colleagues of the firm founded in 2000 and headquartered on East Shirley Street. Along with its strong support for UB, the firm has been a platinum sponsor of the National Youth Choir for more than 10 years and sponsors the Landlord and Tenant Prize at the Eugene Dupuch Law School.The evening drove home the personal nature of giving to Mrs. Smith. Her mother, Sharon Wilson, a woman with a list of titles as long as a good memory — former Chief Magistrate and twice President of the Senate of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas – was the first in her family to receive a college education and it took a scholarship to help get her through.“The principal in our firm was the first in her family to receive a college education, also with the benefit of scholarship,” Mrs. Smith said at the event organized to raise funds to endow scholarships for those who are first in their family to attend college.It was a night that was all about firsts – the first University of The Bahamas’ President’s Gala Soiree to raise funds for the first in a family to be college bound, the first time the Harry C. Moore Library was transformed into a setting that was so glamorous and glittering Hollywood would have been proud. More than 200 people attended the event.Press Release: DPA News Related Items:
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that Emre Can will “very likely” have to undergo surgery on a thyroid problemThe 24-year-old midfielder joined the Old Lady in the summer on a free transfer from Liverpool and has since made 10 appearances in all competitions with three of those being starts.But Emre has been sidelined for Juventus’ last two games against Genoa and Manchester United.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Upon detecting a thyroid nodule, Emre has since undergone further tests with Allegri resigned to a long absence from his summer recruit.“He is finalising his medical tests,” said Allegri in a press conference on the club website. “Doctors will decide whether he needs surgery but at this point, it’s very likely.”Allegri also confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will start ahead of Saturday’s game against Empoli in the Serie A.
HCL Technologies on Friday reported a 28% rise in second-quarter consolidated net profit at ₹1,915 crore, on the back of increase in European business and in life-sciences and healthcare verticals. In tune with this, shares soared to a 52-week high at ₹1,820. HCL Board also announced a bonus share issue on the ratio of one share for every one share held.The fourth largest software exporter follows a July to June financial year, with its year-ago profit recording at ₹1,496 crore. Analysts polled by Reuters expected HCL to post a profit of ₹1,615 crore. Interim dividend has been declared at ₹8 per equity share of ₹2 each.Revenue grew by 13.4% at ₹9,283 crore, against the ₹8,184 crore for the same period last year.HCL Technologies Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Shiv Nadar explained that globally the IT industry was undergoing significant changes, even as IT buying has moved beyond the traditional scope and now also tries to capture the adjacencies, changing not only the definition of a traditional buyer, but also involving technology to become the centre stage of organisational competitiveness.Given the circumstances, a balanced portfolio, integrated IT services and engineering capabilities makes HCL a service provider of choice when companies go for business model transformation, he added.HCL recorded dollar-net profit rise of 27.3% to $307.2 million, with revenue touching $1.43 billion, an increase of 12.8%.For the quarter ended, HCL sits on cash and cash equivalents of ₹1,221 crore.HCL said it signed 15 transformational engagements over the quarter, with total contract value exceeding $1 billion.Employee headcount crossed one lakh mark over the quarter, to stand at 1,00,240. Gross additions stood at 11,734 and net at 4,718. Attrition on LTM basis recorded 16.4%, reported BusinessLine.HCL shares were trading at ₹1,785.55, up by ₹136.60 or 8.28% at 12:20 pm.
Share Matt Dunham/APPolice secure the area close to the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.RAIDS LEAD TO ARRESTS IN LONDON ATTACKBritish police also believe the knife-wielding assailant, who killed three outside Parliament with his vehicle and weapon, acted alone and was “inspired by international terrorism.”AP: US PROBES BANKING OF EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHIEFU.S. Treasury Department agents have obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving Paul Manafort as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, the AP learns.HEALTH BILL HOURS FROM SHOWDOWN VOTEShort of support, Republican leaders look to Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, the first major legislative test of his young presidency.US DEEPENING INVOLVEMENT VS ISLAMIC STATE GROUP IN SYRIAThe Trump administration authorized an unprecedented American airlift of Arab and Kurdish fighters to the front lines in northern Syria, supported by the first use of U.S. attack helicopters and artillery in the country.WHO’S NEXT TO BE HEARD ON GORSUCH NOMINATIONLawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues get their say on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee after the judge emerges unscathed from two days of questioning at his confirmation hearing.6,800-TON FERRY EMERGES FROM THE WATERThe salvage effort comes nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the South Korean coast, killing more than 300.WHAT GROUP OF OPIOID VICTIMS IS LESS KNOWNCurious children who come across the drugs dropped on the floor or in a bottle with an unsecured cap, and put them in their mouths, where a single pill can be fatal in their small bodies.LESS-EDUCATED MIDDLE-AGE US WHITES DYING YOUNGER THAN OTHERSResearch by two Princeton economists find that the loss of steady middle-income jobs for those with high school degrees or less has triggered broad problems for this group.WHERE THERE’S A GLIMMER OF HOPE IN JAPANFewer Japanese are taking their own lives, a positive sign in a country with one of the world’s highest suicide rates.BLUE JAYS PITCHER LEADS US TO WBC TITLEThe United States routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman.
Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public Media.The Harris County court system, one of the busiest court systems is the nation, is still scrambling to get back to normal, after hurricane Harvey.The flooding affected 40 courtrooms and holding cells for 900 inmates. Jury trials resumed just this week.During a taping of Red, White, and Blue, District Attorney Kim Ogg says her offices have been spread to nine locations.But, she says the biggest issue in providing a just system, is an outdated and inefficient criminal justice center. Share
On the occasion of Tatya Tope’s Martyr Day, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, released a commemorative coin of Rs 200 and a circulation coin of Rs 10 in the national Capital on Monday. Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture was also present on the occasion.Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Tatya Tope in the year 2015-16, in association with the State Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The government of India is also considering the creation of infrastructure in the memory of Tatya Tope by constructing a Memorial at Yeola and Nasik, Maharashtra and a war museum at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in association with the respective State Governments.Recently, in the month of February, the State Government of Maharashtra organised the inaugural function at Shaniwar Wada in Pune. Before that, a three-day celebration- ‘Shaurya Mahotsav’ was held.Also, a special lecture and conference on Tatya Tope was organised by Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) in the national Capital on February 16. One of the most outstanding leaders of India’s first war of Independence, Tatya Tope was a patriot.
While marketers have feared that social media distracts viewers from advertisements and minimises their impact, a new study found that tweeting during TV pushes people for online shopping. “Social shows” are more beneficial to advertisers because commercials that air in those programs generate more online shopping on the advertisers’ websites. “We find that advertisements that air in programmes with more social activity see increased ad responsiveness in terms of subsequent online shopping behaviour,” said Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBeth L Fossen, Assistant Professor of marketing at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. This result varies with the mood of the ad, with more affective ads – in particular, funny and emotional ads – seeing the largest increases in online shopping activity. “Our results shed light on how advertisers can encourage online shopping activity on their websites in the age of multi-screen consumers,” Fossen maintained. The researchers also observed that ad timing played a major role in affecting online shopping. Advertisements airing near a half-hour interval increased online purchases. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, published in the INFORMS journal, Fossen and her co-author, David Schweidel of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, examined the online shopping activity of one lakh active internet users. They found that an increase in online chatting about a retailer boosts the advertiser’s website traffic. “Online program engagement may encourage a loyal, committed viewing audience. And media multitasking may decrease the ability for the viewer to counterargue or resist persuasion attempts, increasing ad effectiveness,” Fossen said.
Bill.com Paying bills can be exceptionally time consuming for a small company. Which is why Hsu uses Bill.com as his accounts payable department, taking tedious tasks such as approvals and printing and mailing checks digital. He estimates that the app saves his clients four days a month and his company thousands of dollars a year, since they no longer need an accounts payable department. Convenience is another factor, since people don’t need to be physically available to sign a check or approve a payment. “One of our clients was trying to purchase a $50,000 media buy and couldn’t find [the company’s] owner,” Hsu says. “We finally located him on vacation, and he was able to approve the purchase from his smartphone while standing in line at Disneyland.” Register Now » Lyft. When Hsu headed out of the train station into the -2 degree weather, he was thrilled that he did not have to hail a cab or stand in a long taxi line. He had already used his Lyft app while on the train to call a cab, and it was waiting at the curb to take him to his hotel. “I travel a lot for business and constantly use this app to request the type of transportation that I need to be available when I need it,” Hsu says. “I can even set my preferences to include the type of music I want playing in the car.” Since his credit card is already stored in the app, the drive automatically bills him through the app and eliminates the scramble for cash if the cab’s credit card machine is broken. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Line. Since both his family and some business clients are overseas, Hsu relies on the Line app, a tool that allows those with the app to make calls and send messages for free. “When I travel overseas, people can find me whether I am in Europe or Asia without worrying about the telephone network issues or fees,” Hsu says. “It really helps me stay connected no matter where I am.” He especially likes that the app was simple enough for his parents to master. Maybe too simple. His mom has started to use the app to send photos of products she can’t find in Asia for him bring from the States on his next visits. Michael Hsu likes to say that every number tells a story. Instead of starting a traditional accounting firm focusing on taxes and compliance, his firm, Deep Sky, helps businesses compile relevant data and use the story this information tells to make effective decisions for their company. “At the end of the month our clients can take a glance at a one page report to see what aspects of their business are currently working well, what areas need improvements and what changes to make,” Says Hsu.Of course this digital company is run with virtual offices. To keep up with clients and all ten of his employees across the United States, it’s essential that Hsu stay connected. He does that with the help of these three apps. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 8, 2014 3 min read