9 Dec

What I Learned Writing 2,000 Blog Posts

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The blog metrics plugin in my WordPress install reports that this is my 2,000th blog post. It tells me that the words that I have written total 1,472,090 (but that plugin doesn’t count the 100 or so newsletters that I have written over the last 2 years). Here is what I’ve learned.I have been learning. There is no better way to discover what you know and what you believe that tops writing. The act of writing forces you to think things through. It forces you to make decisions. You are what you write, and you become what you write at the same time. I am still learning.I have been practicing. I am still not a great writer. But I am better than I was when I started writing daily, five years ago. It is nearly impossible not to gain some greater competency when you do something deliberately every day for years. I have been practicing writing, and I have been practicing what I write. All the great masters were practicing. You can practice too.I have been growing. I am a different person than I was five years ago. I have grown both personally and professionally, and a good part of that growth has come through writing and posting here, as well as the work that has come to me through this vehicle. Growing is something you do forever.I have been serving. I still hear from some people who reject the idea that you should share your ideas freely. They believe everything is a secret unless and until someone pays you. I disagree. Every week I receive emails from people who have been helped by something that I have shared here. Sharing is one way you make a contribution.I have been practicing awareness. You don’t know how many great ideas pass through you until you start writing every day. Once you start to need ideas, you start to become aware of just how many good (and bad, and fair, and exceptional) ideas pass through you. The demand for ideas creates a vigilance, and constant awareness (and a notebook). There is power in noticing what has your attention.I have been improvising. I am still improvising. My plan was to write every day, and other than a list of big ideas, I’ve had nothing else to guide me, except for a few role models. You don’t have to wait until you have the perfect plan to start. You just have to start.I have been making a ruckus. With a hat tip to Seth Godin. I have shared my ideas and my art. I have created work and put it out into the world. Seth always talks about the fear of being judged, and you will be criticized. But the people you want to reach will find you, and you them.I have created a body of work. What I have written is my work. The first book to come from the ideas here will be printed in 2015. But there are a half a dozen more books that will follow, all of which have come from work that started here. There are also the roots of some of the frameworks and methodologies I have created here. Your work is trapped inside you until you free it.I have been building relationships. I have made new friends. I have reconnected with old friends. I have developed new business relationships, many that have helped me create new relationships with people from around the world. There is nothing more important than relationships, and the people who you need to know and who need to know you can be anywhere on Earth.last_img read more

15 Oct

STUDY SUGGESTS KIDS TELEVISION IN CANADA LACKS FEMALE REPRESENTATION

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Researchers say the male presence is also dominant onscreen, particularly when it comes to non-human characters.The findings from a research lab led by Ryerson University’s Faculty Of Communication & Design and UCLA compared data with the results of a 2007 study on children’s TV.Prof. Colleen Russo Johnson, Toronto-based co-author of the new study, says not a lot changed in the decade between the studies.“In Canada we have not seen any change in the percentage of female representation seen onscreen,” Russo Johnson, co-director of the Center for Scholars and Storytellers, said in a phone interview.“We were at 35 per cent in 2007, and in 2017 we see that we were still at 35 per cent. That’s really disappointing to see.”In Canada, the study culled information from 595 programs and 154 hours of recording on seven television broadcasters.It found 62 per cent of children’s shows in Canada are created by men, 63 per cent of episodes are written by men, and 82 per cent are directed by men.“If we don’t get the representation behind the scenes, then it makes sense that we’re not going to see it reflected onscreen, because people often write to what they know,” said Russo Johnson, who led the Canadian data collection for the study.“It’s also really important that people are telling authentic stories. So if we want stories about diverse girls, they should be written by diverse girls.”When it comes to onscreen gender disparity, researchers found no difference in U.S. and Canadian public vs. commercial TV. Disney channel had the highest percentage of female characters of all channels with 51 per cent.The gender gap was greatest in non-human characters, particularly with robots/machines, of which only 15 per cent were female in Canada.Human characters in general are on the decline, said Russo Johnson, “which is unfortunate because there is some research that suggests that children actually learn better, especially prosocial lessons better, from human characters rather than anthropomorphic characters such as talking animals.”Non-fiction children’s programming is also on the decline, says the study, which found the majority of the content was fictional, and over three quarters of that was animated.The study found the majority of human characters on children’s TV are Caucasian — 65 per cent in the U.S., and 74 per cent in Canada. Other key findings from the report include a virtual absence of main kids’ characters with disabilities.Prof. Dafna Lemish of Rutgers University led the U.S. data collection and co-wrote the report with Russo Johnson, while Prof. Maya Gotz led the international study as a whole.They plan to publish the findings online and discuss it at events targeting students and content creators, especially those in animation, in Toronto and possibly New York and Los Angeles.“I am very assured that the future of kids’ TV is bright,” said Russo Johnson.“The producers and creators and writers I’ve already spoken to about this, they are just shocked about some of these findings. They’re like, ‘Well now that I know, I will be mindful and I can make changes.”‘By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Login/Register With: TORONTO — A new study suggests female representation is low in Canadian children’s television, both onscreen and off.The report from the non-profit Center for Scholars and Storytellers looked at a variety of areas of the children’s TV landscape in Canada and the U.S., using data from a sample of programs targeting children up to age 12 in November 2017.It found men dominate the professions behind the scenes, from directing to content creation and writing. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

10 Aug

January 27 2014Last Thursday January 23 the Co

first_imgJanuary 27, 2014Last Thursday, January 23., the Cosanti Foundation Executive Committee held its second Strategic Planning Retreat in a conference room at the nearby Orme School, with ALT, the Arcosanti Leadership Team and some of the department managers and staff. 
Attending were Mary Hoadley, Cosanti Foundation director and treasurer;Roger Tomalty, Cosanti Foundation director, and director of Cosanti Originals and Soleri Scupture Studio; Cosanti Foundation director, and director of the Soleri Archives, as well as director of Design, Tomiaki Tamura; Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein; Utilities manager Scott Riley;Ron Chandler, manager of Grounds keeping and Welding; Maintenance manager Randall Schultz; Andy Chao, Foundry manager; David Tollas, Foundry and maintenance staff; Nadia Begin, Ceramics studio staff; Kip Hersted, Maintenance and Tourism; Kate Bememsderfer, PR and Development; Travis Shappell, Planning coordinator; Ali Sadiqui, Cafe manager; Danny Derosiers, Cafe staff; Jane Tellini, Ceramics Studio manager; Travis Neal, AIS Network and Phone services;  and taking the photo was Hanne Sue Kirsch, manager of the Soleri Archives.last_img read more

6 Aug

Linear TV viewing figures may be on the decline b

first_imgLinear TV viewing figures may be on the decline, but overall numbers are on the rise – and young people are to thank. This is according to a new study from The National Research Group commissioned by Snap Inc. The report outlines the evolution of video, trends in mobile content, and the role of Snapchat (the social messaging app owned by Snap Inc.) in entertaining today’s young consumers.The UK Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), had observed in 2018 traditional linear TV viewing among UK citizens of all ages is on the decline, with the sharpest decrease among Gen Z and Millennials. These groups spend 34% less time with traditional TV than they did in 2012, and approximately 15% less time since last year.However, the new report points out that a holistic analysis which includes streaming and time-shifted TV shows that content consumption is growing. BARB predicts that the UK will reach new heights in terms of viewing minutes per day by 2022, with viewing spread across a wide variety of devices and platforms.As far as that highly-coveted age bracket goes, the report found that young people are watching more mobile video than ever before. It states that 33% of every hour spent online is dedicated to video.This spells good news for online video creators, with young people increasingly focusing on premium short-form content. Nearly two thirds of Gen Zs and Millennials watch premium mobile short-form content (described as videos of fewer than 10 minutes) weekly, and about 40% watch daily. The report concludes that, on average, two in five people on Snapchat watch Discover feed content every day. Snap Inc. has historically had issues making money, with Q1 2019 revenue sitting at $390 million. That was a record quarter for the company that lost its heads of finance, sales, chief strategy officer, president of hardware, and CFO in the past year – but the company still has failed to turn a profit. Snap will hope that a greater focus on mobile video viewing habits will trend towards greater success going forward.last_img read more

18 Jul

Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brain

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 6 2019Low oxygen levels are a well-known cause of brain injury in premature babies. But the mechanism by which low oxygen hurts the developing human brain has been unclear.Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a specific set of brain cells that are particularly susceptible to harm from low oxygen exposure in early development. This damage is congruent with brain abnormalities, particularly reduction in gray matter, seen among children who are born very prematurely. The researchers have also identified a compound that may be able to prevent the problem. The findings will be published online May 6 in Nature Medicine.”In the past 20 years, we’ve made a lot of progress in keeping extremely premature babies alive, but 70% to 80% of them have poor neurodevelopmental outcomes,” said the study’s lead author, Anca Pasca, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and a neonatologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Hypoxic brain injuries are thought to lead to neurological and psychiatric disease in some preemies, she said.Prior research has shown that children born before 28 weeks’ gestation, or at least 12 weeks early, have a thinner cerebral cortex than children born after a full-term pregnancy. The cerebral cortex is the highly folded layer of gray matter that makes up most of the brain in humans and other primates. It is responsible for advanced brain functions, including cognition, speech and the processing of sensory and motor information.Neonatologists have also long recognized that lung development is incomplete in very premature babies. The babies have poor lung function, and the brain centers that control the infants’ breathing are not fully mature. These factors raise their risk for drops in blood oxygen and subsequent brain injury.Severely affected cellsPasca and her colleagues found that many cells in the developing brain are unhurt by exposure to low oxygen. However, the intermediate progenitor cells of the subventricular zone, a region responsible the growth of the human cortex, are severely affected. These are cells that eventually give rise to mature brain cells, including neurons.The discovery was possible because the Stanford researchers previously figured out how to create three-dimensional cell cultures that mimic structural and functional aspects of the developing human brain. They call these brain spheroids.”Most of human brain development, specifically in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, is inaccessible for direct study,” said senior author Sergiu Pasca, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Sergiu and Anca Pasca — who are married to each other and each run a lab at Stanford — have previously published studies showing that the brain spheroids develop the same general organization, including deep and superficial layers of cortex, and on approximately the same timeline, as the developing human brain. “It is quite remarkable how these blobs of cells, if provided with the right cues, will differentiate, organize and mature in a dish,” Sergiu Pasca said.Related StoriesNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaIn the new study, the team grew brain spheroids until they contained cell populations and gene-expression markers similar to human brain tissue at 19-24 weeks’ gestation.The researchers exposed these cortical spheroids to low oxygen for 48 hours, then restored the oxygen levels to normal. They examined changes in gene expression at 24 and 48 hours into the low-oxygen period, as well as 72 hours after oxygen levels had returned to normal.As expected, the scientists saw gene-expression changes after 24 and 48 hours in genes known to respond to hypoxia.They also saw changes in a group of genes expressed in the subventricular zone, an area rich in progenitor cells that generate neurons in mid- and late pregnancy. Closer analysis showed these progenitor cells were not dying. Rather, a specific group, the intermediate progenitor cells, were differentiating into neurons sooner than normal, a change that led to fewer neurons in total in the mature brain. The pathway responsible, called the unfolded protein response, is a stress-response pathway that transitions cells from a “growth” mode to a “survival” mode.”We were surprised, but it was a good surprise,” Anca Pasca said. “Looking back, it made sense.”Testing a compoundThe researchers also tested whether a small molecule that restores aspects of the unfolded protein response could reverse the spheroids’ response to low oxygen. The molecule, called ISRIB, prevented the differentiation of intermediate progenitors following low-oxygen exposure.”It’s exciting because our findings tell us that pharmacologically manipulating this pathway could interfere with hypoxic injury to the brain, and potentially help with preventing damage,” Sergiu Pasca said. Source:http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2019/05/research-links-brain-injury-from-low-oxygen-to-specific-cells.htmllast_img read more

18 Jul

Teens who can describe negative emotions are better protected against depression

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 29 2019Teenagers who can describe their negative emotions in precise and nuanced ways are better protected against depression than their peers who can’t. That’s the conclusion of a new study about negative emotion differentiation, or NED–the ability to make fine-grained distinctions between negative emotions and apply precise labels– published in the journal Emotion. Adolescents who use more granular terms such as ‘I feel annoyed,’ or ‘I feel frustrated,’ or ‘I feel ashamed’–instead of simply saying ‘I feel bad’–are better protected against developing increased depressive symptoms after experiencing a stressful life event.”Lead author Lisa Starr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester Those who score low on negative emotion differentiation tend to describe their feelings in more general terms such as “bad” or “upset.” As a result, they are less able to benefit from useful lessons encoded in their negative emotions, including the ability to develop coping strategies that could help them regulate how they feel.”Emotions convey a lot of information. They communicate information about the person’s motivational state, level of arousal, emotional valence, and appraisals of the threatening experience,” says Starr. A person has to integrate all that information to figure out–“am I feeling irritated,” or “am I feeling angry, embarrassed, or some other emotion?”Once you know that information you can use it to help determine the best course of action, explains Starr: “It’s going to help me predict how my emotional experience will unfold, and how I can best regulate these emotions to make myself feel better.”The team found that a low NED strengthens the link between stressful life events and depression, leading to reduced psychological well-being.By focusing exclusively on adolescence, which marks a time of heightened risk for depression, the study zeroed in on a gap in the research to date. Prior research suggests that during adolescence a person’s NED plunges to its lowest point, compared to that of younger children or adults. It’s exactly during this developmentally crucial time that depression rates climb steadily.Previous research had shown that depression and low NED were related to each other, but the research designs of previous studies did not test whether a low NED temporally preceded depression. To the researchers, this phenomenon became the proverbial chicken-and-egg question: did those youth who showed signs of significant depressive symptoms have a naturally low NED, or was their NED low as a direct result of their feeling depressed?The team, made up of Starr, Rachel Hershenberg, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Emory University, and Rochester graduate students Zoey Shaw, Irina Li, and Angela Santee, recruited 233 mid-adolescents in the greater Rochester area with an average age of nearly 16 (54 percent of them female) and conducted diagnostic interviews to evaluate the participants for depression.Related StoriesNew structured approach to managing patients with depression in primary careStudy: Underweight boys and overweight girls have increased risk of depressionSocial media use and television viewing linked to rise in adolescent depressive symptomsNext, the teenagers reported their emotions four times daily over the period of seven days. One and a half years later, the team conducted follow-up interviews with the original participants (of whom 193 returned) to study longitudinal outcomes.The researchers found that youth who are poor at differentiating their negative emotions are more susceptible to depressive symptoms following stressful life events. Conversely, those who display high NED are better at managing the emotional and behavioral aftermath of being exposed to stress, thereby reducing the likelihood of having negative emotions escalate into a clinically significant depression over time.Depression ranks among the most challenging public health problems worldwide. As the most prevalent mental disorder, it not only causes recurring and difficult conditions for sufferers, but also costs the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars each year and has been identified by the World Health Organization as the number one cause of global burden among industrialized nations. Particularly depression in adolescent girls is an important area to study, note the researchers, as this age brings a surge in depression rates, with a marked gender disparity that continues well into adulthood.Adolescent depression disrupts social and emotional development, which can lead to a host of negative outcomes, including interpersonal problems, reduced productivity, poor physical health, and substance abuse. Moreover, people who get depressed during adolescence are more likely to become repeatedly depressed throughout their life span, says Starr. That’s why mapping the emotional dynamics associated with depression is key to finding effective treatments.”Basically you need to know the way you feel, in order to change the way you feel,” says Starr. “I believe that NED could be modifiable, and I think it’s something that could be directly addressed with treatment protocols that target NED.”The team’s findings contribute to a growing body of research that tries to make inroads in the fight against rising rates of adolescent depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicide. According to the most recent CDC data, about 17 percent of high school students nationwide say they have thought of suicide, more than 13 percent said they actually made a suicide plan, and 7.4 percent attempted suicide in the past year.”Our data suggests that if you are able to increase people’s NED then you should be able to buffer them against stressful experiences and the depressogenic effect of stress,” says Starr. Source:University of RochesterJournal reference:Starr, L. et al. (2019) The perils of murky emotions: Emotion differentiation moderates the prospective relationship between naturalistic stress exposure and adolescent depression. Emotion. doi.org/10.1037/emo0000630.last_img read more

17 Jul

Ashish Khetan has resigned from AAPAshish Khetan has resigned from AAP

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL political development political candidates parties and movements Published oncenter_img Aam Aadmi Party leader, Ashish Khetan, has quit the party, AAP sources said today, a week after another leader, Ashutosh, announced his resignation. Khetan, who did not deny the resignation, said he was not involved in “active politics at the moment” and was not interested in rumours. According to sources in the party, Khetan had sent his resignation to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on August 15. It was the day Ashutosh had announced his resignation from the party. Both resignations are yet to be accepted by Kejriwal, party insiders said. “I had resigned from DDC in April, to join the legal profession. That is all. Not interested in rumours,” Khaitan tweeted, referring to the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission, an advisory body of the Delhi government. “I am completely focussed on my legal practice and not involved in active politics at the moment. Rest is all extrapolation,” he said in another tweet. Khetan had resigned as DDC vice-chairman citing “frustration” due to the tussle between the Centre and the AAP-led government. AAP sources claimed Khetan wanted to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the New Delhi parliamentary seat that he had lost to BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi in 2014. But his demand was not being accepted by the leadership and he had been upset for a while. COMMENT SHARE August 22, 2018last_img read more

16 Jul

Azman We dont pay too much for maintenance

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 LGE: Proposed takeover of four highways will see motorists paying less for toll Tags / Keywords: Nation 16 May 2019 11 more Awas cameras for North-South Expressway PLUS in 2017 had a revenue of RM3.8bil and generated an operating cashflow of RM2.6bil. After paying for its operations and debt-holders, it still had RM800mil cash to distribute to shareholders.What the takeover proposals also talk about, according to reports, is the maintenance fees that PLUS spends to keep the NSE in prime condition. There have been suggestions that PLUS pays too much to keep its highways running in proper condition, but that, according to Datuk Azman Ismail (pic), PLUS Malaysia’s managing director and chief executive officer, is a fallacy.“We do benchmarking and have looked at where we are in terms of domestic peers and we found ourselves, on average, to be within the domestic peers in terms of millions per km. “We are at RM1.3mil per km and our domestic average is on that number as well,” he tells StarBizWeek in an interview.The emphasis on maintenance is also important, as road safety is of paramount importance to the highway operator. Azman says that its upkeep of the highways is to ensure that accidents among road users is kept low. “For PLUS, we have one of the lowest road accident rates per 100,000km travelled.”What Azman says is that the scope of work for PLUS is large in order to maintain the highway.PLUS Malaysia maintains about 1,170km of roads, more than 8,300 slopes, two major tunnels, 741 bridges (including the link to Singapore) and over 6,000 culverts. It does over 10,000 slope inspections on an annual basis. “That is the kind of dimension we are talking about. Some of our roads are built over swamp land and peat soil, which means in terms of pavement condition, it has to be looked at,” he says. The annual budget for pavement maintenance is RM300mil.The toll compensation is something PLUS has to deal with and it is audited. There is, however, a one-year delay before it receives compensation from the government to keep toll rates static.Toll charges have not gone up for the past 14 years since 2015 and to maintain the same toll rate continuously over the next five years is a tall order for PLUS.Its principal repayment of the Islamic sukuk is going to increase substantially in the next couple of years, while its operating and maintenance cost is constantly rising.The toll collection is substantially spent for loan repayments, operations and maintenance, and continuous upgrading and improvement of facilities at its highways.In terms of breakdown, 36% of toll collection is used for operations and maintenance, 7% for new interchanges, upgrading and widening works, and capex, 47% for loan repayments and 10% for distribution to shareholders.Streamlining toll ratesWith maintenance cost an ongoing issue when it comes to the NSE, sources say the government is looking at compelling all highway concessionaires to put up a competitive tender for the maintenance of the highways.Sources say this is part of the initiatives taken to streamline toll rates among concessionaires, as the bulk of their cost comes from maintaining the highways.According to a source, the initiative is headed by the Finance Ministry that indirectly controls PLUS Expressways, which is the biggest concessionaire in the country.PLUS is owned by UEM Group and the EPF. UEM Group, in turn, is controlled by Khazanah Nasional Bhd that is under the ambit of the Finance Ministry.Another ministry that is also looking at streamlining and reducing toll rates is the Works Ministry under Baru Bian.In respect to the toll rates, the Malaysian Highway Authority has been collecting data on the maintenance cost incurred by concessionaires for their toll highways.The cost differs between a normal highway and an elevated structure. The cost is higher for a highway that is built on an elevated structure compared with a normal highway. An elevated structure includes the cost of maintaining the pillars that the highway is constructed on.As for the normal highway, the cost is mainly on resurfacing the pavement and building and maintaining the rest areas. The more rest areas a highway has, the higher the cost will be. According to an industry player, the cost for maintaining the pavement for a normal highway is about RM600,000 per km per annum, while the amount is almost double for an elevated highway.The other cost incurred are for items such as cutting the grass and maintaining the facilities at the rest areas.“At the moment, almost all the concessionaires undertake the maintenance cost themselves. There are hardly any competitive tenders for the maintenance work. If there is better transparency in the award of the work, the toll rates can be brought down,” says the official.Dealing with concerns For Azman, he is not resting on what PLUS is doing with its highways. The company is looking at using newer and cheaper materials on maintenance while not sacrificing on quality.“We want our (cost) benchmark to go even lower than our domestic peers,” he says.“This is an efficiency cycle we are always on in terms of operation as well as maintenance.“The cost goes up and today, if you don’t find other materials, it is going to go up.”Another hurdle for PLUS is when the West Coast Expressway (WCE) opens up. It is a highway that is closer to the west coast of the peninsula but runs parallel to the NSE.PLUS feels that with the opening of WCE, road users will have more choices in terms of road networks (toll and non-toll roads) to choose from. These are complementary factors that would enhance the value proposition of a road network vs an alternative mode of transport. Azman feels that while traffic volume on PLUS will be affected by 5%, the company welcomes the WCE, as it provides Malaysians who are more inclined to travel along their coastal destinations a choice that befits their needs.The overall impact on the reduction of traffic volume is less than 5% because road users who travel by car from Kuala Kangsar to Tanjung Malim will still take the NSE.Digital transformationTraveling by road allows road users to do discretionary travel, which does not need to book flight or train tickets or are compelled to follow scheduled time journey as offered by the public transport system. From studies conducted by PLUS, there will be some loss in revenue for the company when WCE starts to be fully operational. Most notably from the heavy vehicle segment, as the WCE is built on flatter coastal land which can contribute to lesser fuel consumption for heavy vehicles. Similarly, with the present public transportation choices of the ETS, for example, those who wish not to drive can do so, says PLUS.“We also see an impact when a competing infrastructure scheme is opened to the public, such as the Guthrie Corridor Expressway and LEKAS, as well as other rail transportation systems like the ETS and MRT. When there is a parallel infrastructure development to the highway corridor, the demand will react for or against it, depending on the scheme that will give the better value of time and value of money to the people,” says PLUS.Simultaneously, PLUS says it is already taking the initiatives to compete with the emergence of new highways and fulfill today’s customer expectations by embarking on digital transformation and elevating customer’s experience.PLUS is embarking on its digital transformation via a partnership with Microsoft (Malaysia) to integrate Microsoft’s Azure cloud system into its highway toll, and leverage on Microsoft’s future-ready technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics. The challenge is the will to invest in creating the data for better visibility of the future, says PLUS.It has also embarked on its digital transformation journey. Digitalisation is always the very first step before it can leap over to IR4.0. PLUS says it is currently leveraging on technology, especially on data and AI, to improve operational efficiency and strategic planning.Click here for related stories:PLUS turns to new technology to help its traffic controllersLeave PLUS alone!Related story:PLUS turns to new technology to help its traffic controllers Corporate News The North-South Expressway (NSE) is an undoubted jewel in corporate Malaysia. Since construction started in the 1980s, the continued expansion of the NSE has seen its reach expand, and in the process, its toll collection balloon.The highway was a centrepiece for the Renong Group, where its financial muscle was used to buffer the sustainability concerns of its then-parent. Its huge free cashflow also subjected it to takeover proposals until it was finally bought up by UEM Group Bhd and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in 2012 in what was the largest corporate deal in Malaysia.The lucrativeness of the NSE and its parent company – PLUS Malaysia Bhd – has not stopped prying eyes envious of its cashflow, and now, there are moves to buy over the lucrative highway.But what is the attraction of PLUS? Nation 28 Apr 2019 More eyes on the road soon Related News Paramount importance: Traffic is smooth along North-South Expressway near Ipoh. PLUS says road safety is of paramount importance.last_img read more

16 Jul

UPSR workshop to return with valuable exam tips

first_img Nation 08 Jul 2019 Top tips from panel at SOBA LAB PJ Related News Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Tamil school pupils attend UPSR workshop KUNTUM, the children’s edutainment magazine published by Star Media Group, will conduct a one-day UPSR workshop on July 27 at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya.This is a must attend workshop where pupils will get valuable tips and examination techniques on preparing for the UPSR exams. The primary objective of this Kuntum UPSR workshop is to motivate and empower UPSR candidates to achieve excellent results in their examinations. Seize this opportunity on the benefits of attending this workshop which will be conducted by experienced and qualified trainers. AdChoices广告During the workshop Year Six pupils will be taught to identify common mistakes made and how to avoid them, techniques to answer Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) questions, secrets of answering questions quickly and correctly, techniques of scoring high marks, acquiring skills to motivate themselves and more.This one-day workshop would feature sessions for the core subjects such as Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics and Science for the pupils to better prepare themselves for the examination. The programme starts at 8am and finishes at 6pm. The registration forms can be obtained from the July issue of Kuntum and the payment completed with the form has to reach the organisers by July 19. A letter of confirmation and the workshop programme will be sent to each participant upon receipt of registration and payment.The registration fee is RM135 per pax inclusive of one year free Kuntum subscription for non-subscribers of the magazine. All Kuntum subscribers are entitled for a special rate of RM90 per pax. The fee is inclusive of lunch, two tea breaks and UPSR notes.All participants will also get a certificate each. Places are limited and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.Participants can look out for delicious Texas Chicken for lunch as well as sweet treats from Krispy Kreme Malaysia with a Signature Original Glaze doughnut and also a goodie bag of chocolates worth RM50 from The Cocoa Trees. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!For enquiries, call 03-7967 1388 ext 1617/1647 from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Central Region Economy 22h ago Much to benefit from Malaysia-China tiescenter_img The UPSR workshop orgnaised by Kuntum at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya, last year. — Filepic Related News Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more