Telling stories is an integral part of human life. It forges bonds, builds understanding and brings people together to celebrate their differences and similarities.And, of course, everyone has a story to tell about their experiences and heritage.To celebrate Heritage Month, the government recently launched the Tell Your Story campaign, to encourage South Africans to tell their stories of what it was like growing up during apartheid, what changes democracy has brought and their visions for the future. The campaign aims to share South Africa’s unique stories as a nation, record the country’s history and ultimately build social cohesion and nationhood.“Many ordinary South Africans never had the opportunity to share the painful stories of the past or reflect on what changes democracy has brought for them. The Tell Your Story campaign is a platform where people can share these experiences openly with others so that differences might be overcome.“It is through this opening up that we will be able to begin to work towards building a socially cohesive South Africa where citizens are united. We can bridge divisions by sharing our stories,’ said Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi.“For this campaign to be successful, we need South Africans from all ages, races, genders, culture groups, sexual orientation and social status to actively participate.’The Tell Your Story campaign runs on popular social media network Twitter under the @TellYourStoryZA account. Twitter users can also share their stories using the #TellYourStory hashtag.The network has supported a number of social cohesion movements in recent months: domestic violence survivors, aiming to raise awareness of their struggles, posted their stories under the #WhyIStayed #WhyILeft hashtags, while women across the world shared their stories of sexual harassment and sexism under the #YesAllWomen hashtag. American Twitter users sparked a counteractive to mainstream media’s coverage of protests in the city of Ferguson to expose extreme policing under the #Ferguson hashtag, while the world collectively expressed outrage, desperation and hope under the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, to encourage the return of 200 kidnapped girls in Nigeria.
While much ink is spilled about car-to-car communication by the autonomous vehicle press, the concept of car-to-infrastructure communication is now gaining traction.A recent article by the Application Resource Center discusses the importance that smart road infrastructure will play in the development of autonomous vehicles.“If we look at it in a very basic level, automated and connected vehicles, to make this happen … it requires an ecosystem to work together,” said Tammy Meehan Russell of advanced materials maker 3M. “Very basically that ecosystem is vehicle, human and infrastructure.”See also: Smart city success requires road maps, not free associationThough best known as the maker of sticky tape and industrial adhesives, 3M has a big stake in the future of self-driving cars. That’s because it is also the largest U.S. manufacturer of road signs, which bear specially designed reflective materials.The company also produces reflective paint used for highway lines around the country. In fact it has developed a unique type of road line that includes a special metal mesh that autonomous vehicles sensors can navigate by.The “smart” lines by 3M are currently being tested at the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) which is a proving ground for self-driving vehicles.Internal systems are great but…Many technologists argue that autonomous vehicles will be powered chiefly by onboard equipment that makes them self-reliant. This technology consists of artificial intelligence, machine learning capability, sensors and neural networks.However, the researchers at the MTC are positing that equally important is vehicles’ ability to communicate, both with other cars and with the passing infrastructure.“Communication will help cars or automated vehicles to see more clearly and further,” said Huei Peng, director of the MTC. “Future road infrastructure needs to be designed to support those human drivers and robot drivers.”“We think we need have a very systemic way of understanding how these cameras, radar, LiDAR see the environment and we design the infrastructure for them to be driving on the road safely,” he says.The MTC research comes at a time when the majority of Americans are open to sharing their future with robotic vehicles. In a recent survey conducted by the Consumer Technology Association 70% said they are ready for a future that includes autonomous cars. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#3M#autonomous vehicles#CTA#infrastructure#Internet of Things#IoT#MTC#self-driving cars#Smart Cities Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Donal Power 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… read more
The heart of growing your revenue is opportunity acquisition. More opportunities equals more sales (provided you win at the same rate and the average deal size is the same). But some sales organizations (and some salespeople) fail to acquire enough opportunities to grow.Failure to Acquire Opportunities from Existing ClientsSome sales organizations (and salespeople) don’t create enough opportunities from their existing client portfolio.These sales organizations do all of the work to acquire a client and then settle for a relatively low wallet share–even though they already have the relationships (or should), already have a contract, and already have some ideas as to how they might create more value for their clients. They stay focused on new client development, winning new clients only to half-win them, too.Never let it be said that I even hinted at the idea that you should slow down your efforts to hunt and to win new clients. But you also can’t easily grow if you don’t develop the clients you’ve already won, and that means working to acquire new opportunities from within those clients.Failure to Acquire Opportunities from New ClientsEven more sales organizations struggle to grow their revenue numbers because they believe that their existing clients can–and will–provide them with all of the opportunities they’ll ever need. But then they stall. Worse still, they lose a major client (or two), and all of sudden they find themselves in a tail spin.There is no way to win new clients and develop new opportunities fast enough to solve the problem of stalled or declining revenue once you start experiencing it. The time to have started hunting is long past by then. Even while you are developing existing clients, you have to keep your foot on the pedal.GrowthGrowing your revenue number is never really easy. But the recipe calls for acquiring new opportunities from within your existing clients while at the same time winning new clients. Focusing on only one at the expense of the other is the cause of stalled–or declining–revenue numbers.QuestionsDo you spend more time farming opportunities within your existing clients or hunting outside?Is your wallet share such that you can confidently say that you have all of the opportunities that you should have from within your client portfolio?How many new clients do you have to win to acquire enough opportunities to hit your revenue targets?Are you neglecting one source of new opportunities? Are you neglecting both? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now read more
New Delhi: Doctors at AIIMS here have successfully removed a two-inch sewing needle from the back of a 10-year-old girl that was left behind by her mother on a bed at their home. Even though the girl complained that something had pierced into her back as she suffered from severe pain,her parents were not able to understand the exact reason behind it. She was then rushed to the nearby Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, where an X-ray was done. It revealed a foreign object, which the parents identified as the needle which got embedded in her back, Dr Shilpa Sharma, a paediatric surgeon at AIIMS said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA surgery was performed there to remove it, but unfortunately the needle could not be traced during the surgery, the doctor said. As the pain got worse, the girl was referred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Trauma Centre. “The X-ray showed the needle in the back muscles. We decided to wait so that it becomes fixed to surrounding tissue and does not move during surgery. “We waited for two weeks and meanwhile the kid was under regular observation to ensure that the needle is still intact and in the same place. The risks included dislocation of the needle into any vital organ or vessel. It was very near the spinal canal but luckily there was no damage. An ultrasound was done to monitor the needle instead of repeated X-rays to avoid radiation to the child,” Sharma explained. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe girl was operated on August 30. With palpation, the needle was traced deep inside. It was more than one-inch deep at the level of the spine bone on the left side, she said. “A special needle with markings was used to feel the needle. The needle had rusted inside the body and was friable. The eye (of needle) broke on touching. Luckily, the lower part of the needle was also in the grip and it was slide out carefully. There was no complication and the girl was discharged after a few hours,” Dr Gyanendra Singh, neuroanaesthetist, said. The girl is fine now and is able to carry out her day-to day activities, Dr Sharma said. She advised her parents to be careful with such items while doing their daily chores and also teach their children to take care of their surroundings. read more
APTN National NewsOld social media posts came back to haunt a number of candidates in the 2015 federal election forcing some of them to resign.Now, in the heat of Manitoba’s provincial election, some questionable posts are surfacing.APTN’s Dennis Ward email@example.com