Mumbai, April 8 (ANI): Bollywood Beauty Sonakshi Sinha hosted a special screening of animated film Rio 2 for the kids of Smile foundation in the showbiz capital Mumbai. Sonakshi who has dubbed the film in Hindi, was excited about the screening. Well that’s indeed very sweet on your part Sonakshi.
India have dealt a huge blow with the injury to Shikhar Dhawan as the opener found form in the match against Australia. His century propelled India to 352, but now the southpaw has been sidelined for a minimum of three weeks. Although, the BCCI has not sent him back home and they have also not asked for a replacement, reports have emerged that young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been asked to join the squad. Rishabh PantAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesPant, however, will not be named as an official replacement of Dhawan as the Indian team management has decided to keep the opener under observation. He was not included in India’s original World Cup squad as the Indian selectors decided to opt for the experienced Dinesh Karthik as the backup wicket-keeper. However, along with Pant, Ambati Rayudu was identified as standby players, and now with the injury to Dhawan, Pant could get the nod as the provides the left-hand option at the top of the order.Rahul will open the innings in Dhawan’s absence Shikhar DhawanISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty ImagesAlso, in Dhawan’s absence, KL Rahul will be bumped up the order to open the innings along with KL Rahul. Also, Vijay Shankar will be slotted in at the number four position and his bowling will give Virat Kohli a good viable option as the fifth seamer. India play New Zealand on Thursday, June 13 followed by the marquee clash against Pakistan on Sunday, June 16.As far as Dhawan’s injury is concerned, the official statement released by the BCCI read: “The team management has decided that Shikhar Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored”.Various reports, right through the day, said that the left-hander could well be ruled out of India’s campaign, but such is his importance to this Indian team, that the BCCI is willing to wait and assess him.Dhawan, who scored 117 off 109 balls against Australia and helped India to a massive total of 352 on the board, went through precautionary scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury on his swollen left thumb.”…it has to be Rishabh Pant. He has been in cracking hot form in the IPL. He would probably want to show that he deserved to be in the team in the first place,” former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar told ‘India Today’ when asked about his pick for a replacement if Dhawan is ruled out.
AH Mahmood AliRussia wants Bangladesh join its fight against international terrorism as Russia favours a broad and effective anti-terrorist front to deal with the global problem.“We look forward to it gaining more and more supporters. Bangladesh, of course, is one such a country,” said foreign minister Sergey Lavrov.He said Bangladesh and Russia share a common view about the ‘lack of an alternative’ to harmonising the efforts of all countries in fighting international terrorism.“As you’re aware, at one time President Putin advanced a relevant initiative to form a broad anti-terrorist front. Since then, its relevance has only increased,” the Russian foreign minister said at a joint news conference in Moscow following talks with Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali on Thursday.In December 2015, Vladimir Putin called for a broad international front against terrorism and accused Turkey of trading oil with the Islamic State group.Speaking in his state-of-the-nation address televised live, Putin called for an end to what he called double standards that hampered uniting global efforts in fighting terrorism, according to an AP report.Russia termed Bangladesh their reliable partner in South Asia. In January, Bangladesh and Russia marked the 45th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.The two countries examined the current state of and prospects for cooperation and mutual interest in building political dialogue, and trade and economic ties are clearly there, according to Russian foreign ministry.As of the end of 2016, the two countries had a record-high trade turnover, just like the year before, which exceeded $1.4 billion.Notably, the bulk of Russian exports are engineering products. Bangladesh is also a major importer of Russian wheat.
Baylor College of MedicineBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is preparing for a full site inspection by federal regulators, News 88.7 has learned.A January inspection found the hospital out of compliance on three of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) requirements: patient rights, quality assurance and performance improvement, and nursing services. Findings from that inspection triggered CMS to order a full unannounced survey of the hospital within 60 days to be carried out by state health officials, a CMS spokesperson said. This will be the first full survey of St. Luke’s since April 2018.A letter sent to physicians by Chief of Staff William Granberry and obtained by News 88.7, details practices in need of “immediate attention” before inspectors arrive.Verbal orders are not acceptable except in emergencies, Granberry noted. He added that all handwritten orders must be dated and timed, and pre-signed order sets will no longer be accepted. He instructed staff not to make any documentation using a medical provider’s log-in.Granberry also reminded staff of proper hand washing and sanitizing procedures, not to take food into patient areas, and of when to change scrubs, face masks and shoe covers. Included in his note were reminders of universal protocols such as marking surgical sites on patients, using two patient identifiers and performing a “time out” to ensure everything is correct prior to surgery.“Baylor St. Luke’s leadership has already mobilized multi-disciplinary teams of physicians, nurses and staff – guided by outside experts from across the country – to evaluate every key aspect of our operations and identify immediate steps we need to take for patient care,” Baylor St. Luke’s Vice President of Quality Megan Fischer said in a statement released to News 88.7.The CMS notification of the upcoming inspection does not affect Baylor St. Luke’s status for Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, or affect ongoing hospital operations, the hospital said.Courtesy of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical CenterT. Douglas Lawson was named president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center following the departure of former president Gay Nord.St. Luke’s lost federal funding to its heart transplant program last year following a Houston Chronicle and ProPublica investigation into surgical complications at the hospital. Later investigations by the papers revealed problems within the hospital’s lung and liver transplant programs.The hospital has since removed its president and two administrators and hired three new executives as it tries to address problems with its transplant programs and nursing practices.View a copy of the letter below: Share
Thousands of area commuters will strap on their helmets and get on their two-wheelers to celebrate this year’s Bike to Work Day. The event, which is held across D.C., Maryland and Virginia, is designed to highlight exercise and promote bicycling as a fun, healthy and environmentally friendly way to get to work. For more information: Biketoworkmetrodc.org
Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress delegation on Thursday met the State Election Commissioner, registering a complaint against state BJP president Dilip Ghosh for instigating violence.The delegation team briefed State Election Commissioner A K Singh on how the BJP leaders were trying to spread communal violence ahead of the Panchayat polls. It also brought to the notice of the commission that no political leader can make such derogatory comments as those being made by BJP’s state chief. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhile speaking to the media, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee pointed fingers at Dilip Ghosh without taking his name and said that he has been constantly trying to trigger violence through his speeches.”No political party leader can make the statements he has been making. He is threatening to take people to the crematorium. His derogatory statements will hardly have any impact on the people in Bengal,” Chatterjee said.Taking a dig at the Opposition parties, Chatterjee said: “The Opposition parties are saying that they were unable to file their nominations but the figures are contrary to their claim. BJP filed more nominations than Trinamool Congress did for the Zilla Parishad seats. The CPI-M and Congress have also filed their nominations. In some places, CPI-M activists were seen marching with arms to scare the people.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The Opposition parties are talking about safe democracy. Had there been no democracy in the state, the Opposition parties would not have filed more nominations than the ruling Trinamool Congress,” Chatterjee maintained.”Our delegation has told State Election Commissioner A K Singh that the Opposition was trying to mount pressure on the commission by the hue and cry over the process of filing nominations,” Chatterjee told the media after the meeting. The delegation team comprised of Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Aroop Biswas, Jyotipriya Mallick and Nirmal Ghosh. Shantanu Mukherjee, additional secretary, state election commission said that around 50 serious complaints have been received by the commission so far. Observers are being deployed at the nomination venues, SDO and BDO offices.Incidents of Model Code of Conduct violations have been reported from 4-5 places. The issues are being looked into. Any such complaint will be dealt with strongly. To ensure free and fair nominations, section 144 has been imposed within the 200 meter radius of nomination venues.Out of the total of 825 seats in the Zilla Parishad (ZP), 143 nominations have been filed so far, among which Trinamool has filed 29, BJP 40, CPI-M 19, BSP 8, Congress 15, Forward Block 1 and others 29.
Technology researchers are working on something big: a device that combines a digital screen and camera to analyze your physical characteristics and play back personalized advertisements. It isn’t ready for market yet; but, when it finally is, it could revolutionize the way businesses reach out to their consumers.Here’s how it would work. When shoppers pause in front of a monitor, a computer reads their sex, age, race and expression to gauge interest levels, and then decides the best commercial to play. If the person turns or looks away, the device attempts to draw attention back to the screen–perhaps the music will suddenly crescendo–and the customer will see a different product the computer thinks may be of interest based on the information gleaned earlier.Spearheading the project, called “Targeted Advertising Based on Audience Natural Response,” or TABANAR (thankfully) for short, is NICTA, an information and communication technology center established by the Australian government. According to Glenn Downey, NICTA’s commercialization manager, progress depends on how quickly researchers can develop sophisticated ways to identify emotional cues from facial expressions. She says a breakthrough would represent a transition from dynamic to responsive technologies. “Next generation technology will react to interest levels and shift content accordingly.”What’s Available Now?TABANAR is a work-in-progress, but there are existing technologies that businesses use to get a read on what customers are thinking.For example, mining video for customer data is gaining popularity. Rajeev Sharma, founder of Pennsylvania-based VideoMining Corporation, created the company in 2000 to meet demand for retail intelligence revealed through image recognition software. In VideoMining’s client stores, feeds from security cameras are sent to a main computer, which extrapolates information on everything from what products people are looking at to how long they stand in front of a particular display.The business applications are clear. “The store design and merchandising would be fairly critical for all business owners, and there’s a growing interest in video mining because everyone is trying to compete, small or big, and trying to differentiate their stores,” Sharma says. With this kind of feedback, store owners can assess the effectiveness of a display and alter the design of the store to maximize sales.In one grocery store, Sharma recalls, they discovered there were too many product types in the juice section. “Ten percent of shoppers spent 90 seconds in front of the display before leaving without buying anything. We pinpointed that people must be overwhelmed by products. They responded by reducing the number and organizing it better. It worked.”Right now, VideoMining’s clients are mainly large chains and consumer brand companies, but, Sharma says, any business with a storefront can benefit from a better understanding of consumer shopping behavior. And services are more affordable than you might think, given that the biggest cost is usually outfitting the hardware.The company is also beginning to offer clients real-time measurements on an analytics website. “Just like an online business gets immediate feedback on the number of hits, we can do the same with different displays in a bricks-and-mortar store,” Sharma says. “This way, retailers can change displays quickly and experiment to find out what works best for their individual needs.”Merchandising firm YCD Multimedia is rolling out a digital media platform featuring video screens that play advertisements related to what people put in their shopping carts at points of sale. For instance, at the cash register at Aroma Espresso Bar (one of YCD’s clients), a woman buying a coffee might see a commercial for a scone on the monitor.CEO Barry Salzman believes the retail environment of the future will integrate the ability to measure which promotions are working and which ones aren’t with the ability to act upon this information immediately. YCD’s platform allows retailers to cheaply measure, in real time, the performance of marketing campaigns and concept testing. This, he says, unlocks a realm of possibilities for retailers to try things depending on time of day and location. “Our clients can log onto our analytics website and see that promotion X got put up in a particular aisle at noon, and at 12:15, what’s happening at the cash register.”Salzman adds that the initial capital investment that scares people away saves them money–and increases sales–in the end. “Once you get the system in place, you push a button and get everything at a minimal cost,” he says. “It will replace the waste of shipping and having to change posters and other static materials that may be outdated by the time you get relevant sales data.”A Look InsideWhile Sharma and Salzman are decoding consumer behavior by observation, neuromarketing expert Martin Lindstrom is doing so by reading shoppers’ minds–literally.In his book Buyology, Lindstrom describes the findings of a three-year, $7 million study that examined subconscious shopping behavior using brain-mapping techniques. “We know that 85 percent of every purchasing decision . . . is made in the unconscious part of the brain,” he says. “Now we can access this using fMRI and EEG scans [of the brain].” One aspect of his research measured how different regions in the brain reacted (or didn’t) to certain advertising-related stimuli, including sound, smells and visuals.Turns out, the sense of sound makes the biggest emotional impact, followed by smell and then sight. “If you expose people to sound, all five sensory regions are activated, which means that sound has much more influence on our mood, on our choice of brands and our emotional engagement than visuals.”These findings have several practical applications. First, Lindstrom says, companies should leverage the internet’s sound capabilities. Less than one percent of business home pages use sound. He suggests that even something simple–like a short tune when a credit card is processing, or an introductory theme at log-on–works to get people into a certain mindset when thinking about a brand.It’s also important to make sure advertisements are placed in the right context. “If you’re watching or listening to a dramatic, fast-paced program, a commercial break featuring Dove beauty soap will be forgotten,” Lindstrom says. “If the brain can’t figure out how it fits with the storyline, it will literally delete it.” So even if you’re using a great advertising medium, an ad appearing at the wrong moment negates all the benefits.Another interesting discovery was that people subconsciously purchase more expensive brands when others are around. “If they’re totally alone, people are more likely to buy generics,” Lindstrom says, adding that designing a more open space with lower aisles can also deter theft.Now we know that store design can influence what people buy, he says. And as brain-scanning technologies become increasingly portable, with studies done in real shopping environments, the results will yield further insights.Reading AheadGiven the trajectory, Guy Hagen, president of technology consulting firm Innovation Insight, reflects that as these technologies are refined, the pool from which to extract market intelligence will grow enormously. “The demographic data we can get right now is important, but if we could access data on expressions and attitudes, that takes things to the next level,” he says, which could open up all consumer-generated video and photographic footage to piece together a larger picture. “We would have richer information, and more of it.”And although privacy issues will certainly arise, Hagen thinks that is also part of the natural process. “Research has shown that in general, people will put up with privacy invasions if they get enough benefits from it.”One thing, however, is clear: With next-generation advertising technology, you may not be able to read your customers’ minds, but you can get pretty close. 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