Look up business – Myrlina Hermes http://myrlinahermes.com/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 12:07:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://myrlinahermes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-6-150x150.png Look up business – Myrlina Hermes http://myrlinahermes.com/ 32 32 For dynamic and competitive internet businesses, look for emerging markets https://myrlinahermes.com/for-dynamic-and-competitive-internet-businesses-look-for-emerging-markets/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 11:43:18 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/for-dynamic-and-competitive-internet-businesses-look-for-emerging-markets/ December 4, 2021 A A DECADE BEFORE the relentless expansion of the American Internet giants promised world domination. With their vast domestic market offering them economies of scale, Amazon, PayPal and Uber seemed destined to monopolize the screens of everyone from California charmers to Kalahari farmers. Today America still leads the global tech industry, at […]]]>

A A DECADE BEFORE the relentless expansion of the American Internet giants promised world domination. With their vast domestic market offering them economies of scale, Amazon, PayPal and Uber seemed destined to monopolize the screens of everyone from California charmers to Kalahari farmers.

Today America still leads the global tech industry, at large, accounting for 71% of the market value of listed companies. Nonetheless, a different pattern has emerged in the part of the tech industry that focuses on providing Internet services to consumers. Here, the activity is more dispersed and less American. The trend was underscored this year by a rush for IPOs from emerging market internet companies.

Instead of a few monoliths, three different categories of businesses have formed. Using a taxonomy originally established by Asia Partners, an investment firm, you can define the first group as the global platforms. These still dominate in services where minimal physical presence is required, especially search, social media, and cloud computing. Giants like Alphabet and Facebook (now Meta) generate just over half of their sales outside the United States and are among the most international tech companies.

A second category has become important in some places: the protected national champion. China’s tech giants are keen to expand overseas, but their profitable domestic markets are largely closed to international competition and subject to increasingly stringent guidelines from their own government. This protected technological model is becoming popular in other authoritarian countries. Russia has favored local businesses in e-commerce and fintech, and last year cracked down on business activity in Silicon Valley.

The third digital type, local heroes, is prevalent across much of the rest of the world. In Asia and Latin America, local and regional businesses often dominate in e-commerce, gaming, digital payments, ridesharing, food delivery, and other app-based services. Examples from Southeast Asia include Sea, Grab, and GoTo; South Korea has Kakao and Coupang; and Argentina has MercadoLibre. In India, giants like Reliance and Tata aim to promote super-apps that provide a range of services, even as specialists like Zomato, a delivery company, grow.

Typically, these companies operate in markets where it is useful to be in the field, or where local tastes take precedence. In Southeast Asia, supply chains are highly decentralized, which rewards this knowledge. In fintech, regulatory differences make it more difficult for international groups to prosper. The activity is booming. India’s Unified Payments Interface, a system that connects banks and non-banks to make immediate and cheap payments, recorded about $ 100 billion in transactions in October, more than four times the amount of same month two years ago. Mynt, a startup that offers mobile payments and loans, just became the very first unicorn of the Philippines, which means it’s valued at over $ 1 billion.

These companies have been aided by an increase in the availability of capital, especially as global investors seek alternatives to China, where President Xi Jinping’s technological crackdown will translate into lower profits. Of the $ 342 billion spent on takeovers of emerging market tech companies so far this year, 71% has come from economies outside of China, the highest share in 11 years. Tech companies in emerging markets outside of China have issued $ 53 billion in the stock markets so far in 2021, more than double the previous record. Venture capital firms that once focused on America, and perhaps China, are scouring the globe for startups.

The success of the third type of Internet business is encouraging. They stimulate competition and innovate to solve local problems, such as mapping towns without registered property. Unlike US and Chinese companies, they have little to no geopolitical background and are creating clusters of seasoned software developers and investors around the world that could create another generation of startups. Local pension funds no longer have to invest money in Wall Street to gain exposure to the digital economy.

Obviously, there are risks. Some countries may be tempted to shield their local heroes from competition or limit the extent to which outsiders can disrupt vested interests at home. Local expertise may not travel well. Capital markets can be cutthroat – share prices of Paytm, a payments company in India, fell after a botched listing last month – and rising interest rates will make capital more expensive. When the supply of capital dries up, groups that still struggle to make money could be in trouble.

Even so, the chances have diminished that a global army of smartphone users are all using the same set of apps on their screens. Rather, the variety should flourish, and this is to be commended.

This article appeared in the Leaders section of the print edition under the title “Local Heroes”

]]>
Supply chain issues cause small retailers to gamble on hoarding https://myrlinahermes.com/supply-chain-issues-cause-small-retailers-to-gamble-on-hoarding/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 19:26:56 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/supply-chain-issues-cause-small-retailers-to-gamble-on-hoarding/ Megan Searfoss racked up sneakers in Connecticut. Ms Searfoss, owner of two running stores in Darien and Ridgefield, Connecticut, would normally have around 3,000 pairs of shoes in stock before the holiday season. But as she watched supply chain problems in Vietnam mount this summer and into the fall, she secured a new storage facility […]]]>

Megan Searfoss racked up sneakers in Connecticut.

Ms Searfoss, owner of two running stores in Darien and Ridgefield, Connecticut, would normally have around 3,000 pairs of shoes in stock before the holiday season. But as she watched supply chain problems in Vietnam mount this summer and into the fall, she secured a new storage facility and now transports around 4,100 pairs.

It’s a costly bet for Ms Searfoss, who said it was extended by about $ 165,000 more than it typically would be in November due to fears of potential shortages.

“It’s placing a big bet and anticipating that what all the analysts are saying is correct,” Ms. Searfoss said. “Usually we go through the New York Marathon and then we stop buying shoes – we sell what we have and come into January super, super skinny. But we’re told not to do that because there just won’t be any shoes.

The buildup of running shoes in Connecticut is just one example of how supply chain issues and pandemic-related shortages are affecting thousands of small businesses in the United States this holiday season . As widespread vaccine availability translates into a busier buying season than last year, businesses of all sizes grapple with the impact of overseas factory closures, port backups , trucking and other labor shortages.

The unpredictability of this year has forced many small businesses to make buying decisions months or weeks earlier than they normally would and tie up more of their cash in their inventory, which can be risky.

“The most important thing is that you really have to order in advance,” said Dan Quinn, owner of What We Make, a furniture company in Algonquin, Ill. That sells tables and other items. items via Etsy. “I have 14 weeks of projects. I need to get most of this stuff in-house as quickly as possible and keep buying it until you have wholesale stock. “

While many small businesses are plagued by overseas manufacturing issues, some have used this time to their advantage. Etsy, which powers the online stores of millions of sellers, said more than half of its U.S. suppliers source materials in their own states, allowing them to bypass many supply chain issues that plague the Mondial economy.

Etsy stores “don’t have the complex supply chains that are vulnerable to single points of failure,” Josh Silverman, CEO of Etsy, said in an interview.

Yet the spectrum of shortages can manifest itself in unusual ways.

Isabel Amigon, owner of the online store Sololi, is still awaiting an order for Christmas tree decorations which she placed in April. The manufacturer warned her that the order would be delayed due to a lack of string to tie on the decorated orbs.

Ms Amigon, who is based in Westchester County, NY, said she was concerned that if she didn’t get it in time for the holiday season, she would have to wait until next year to use the inventory. The shortage of cords also led her to remove specific household items from her website, such as table runners and washcloths.

“Even if I get them by the end of November, I won’t be able to sell them all because most people have already bought their ornaments,” Ms. Amigon said. “I placed the orders early and still have to deal with this situation.”

Other missing elements are more traditional than the chain.

Earlier this year, Angela and Sean Arnold planned to order another set of Disney Princess dolls to fill the shelves at their toy store, Playmatters Toys, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. But they received a notification in September from the distributor alerting them, along with other toy store owners, that the items were “indefinitely out of stock” because a Covid-19 outbreak had closed the factory in Vietnam where the dolls were made.

Even though they had anticipated delivery delays and ordered toys in mid-May instead of August, they couldn’t anticipate the global disruption.

And it’s not just the dolls. The couple ran out of other toys and electronics due to shipping delays or disruptions at manufacturing plants in Vietnam. The couple were also forced to raise the prices of some products due to higher transportation and wholesale costs from toy sellers.

“Some things we ordered in June and July are still coming in,” Mr. Arnold said.

Due to this type of delay, Etsy has viewed this time as a time when small businesses can offer gift options that are not dependent on factories and overseas shipments. Further consumer interest in small businesses, whether online or offline, would more likely be welcome after the pandemic struck a crippling blow to so many people last year.

Etsy said it has seen searches for living room furniture skyrocket 1,572% and less drastic but significant jumps for dining tables, drafts or chessboards, suggesting that some buyers are coming to the site rather than going. in chain stores.

Etsy has learned how to better handle sharp spikes in demand after face masks exploded as a category on the site at the start of the pandemic, and it has made improvements designed to alleviate the shipping issues it has. encountered at the time. Mr Silverman said that now virtually every item from sellers in the United States has an expected delivery date, which was not the case a year ago, and buyers can filter the products by area. location to buy from sellers in their area, which can help expedite shipping.

The company also said it had made inquiries with sellers to ensure they had enough raw materials and supplies when its technology observed an increase in demand for specific items.

Mr Quinn, owner of furniture salesman What We Make, has seen his business explode as Americans grapple with long wait times and lack of availability of chain furniture. Customers were willing to wait 10 weeks for a dining table from her, especially after 20 weeks of waiting at chains like West Elm.

“Big box stores don’t have a lot of things that they normally have, so the good thing for us is that people are kind of forced to look at other options when they used to be content with the simpler option, ”he said.

Yet he saw his business disrupted in other ways, including a sharp rise in material prices and a rush for reclaimed wood, which usually comes from old barns.

“The people who take the barns apart for the equipment we use, a lot of them have ended up being made redundant or made unemployed,” Quinn said. “So we had to try to stockpile material and order way ahead of what we were doing before. “

While Mr. Quinn has thrived despite competition from major furniture vendors, the nation’s largest retailers are often better equipped to handle supply chain issues than smaller businesses. Companies like Walmart and Amazon are big enough that they can charter planes to get certain goods.

Jeannine Cook does not have this luxury. Ms Cook, owner of Harriett’s Bookstore in Philadelphia, noticed over the summer that publishers were struggling to deliver her book orders, with some not even able to provide a timeline for the arrival of orders. . The problem became widespread at the end of August.

Ms Cook, who opened a second store in Collingswood, New Jersey, in July, said more customers were canceling orders at the bookstore.

“It makes me nervous because I don’t want people to feel like they can’t get what they need or want,” Ms. Cook said. “It’s difficult because we are already dealing with big box companies that have so much more infrastructure than we do. “

A recent Adobe study showed that October out-of-stock messages more than quadrupled compared to October 2019. This is one reason why the retail industry, including small businesses , urged the public to buy at the beginning of the year to get gifts for the holidays. season.

“I hate that we have now gone from Halloween to Christmas,” said Ms Searfoss, the owner of the grocery stores, who said she started holiday marketing on November 1 for the first time. “I don’t want people to feel frantic, but I think it’s pretty bad that they’re not getting what they want this year.”

She predicted that shipping delays and out-of-stock issues at large chains could attract customers to her stores. “People, these days before Christmas, will buy anything they can from any local store they can,” she said.

“It’s just a little stressful for me to think, ‘OK, look at everything I’ve bought,’” Ms. Searfoss said. “If I buy it, will they come?” “

]]>
Track customer satisfaction in the digital age https://myrlinahermes.com/track-customer-satisfaction-in-the-digital-age/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:35:54 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/track-customer-satisfaction-in-the-digital-age/ Thanks in part to the widespread accessibility of information, quick access to services and a highly competitive business environment, customers have become more sophisticated and demanding than ever. In fact, customer satisfaction has been declining for quite some time, in part because of economic uncertainty, but mostly because companies don’t understand what their customers really […]]]>

Thanks in part to the widespread accessibility of information, quick access to services and a highly competitive business environment, customers have become more sophisticated and demanding than ever. In fact, customer satisfaction has been declining for quite some time, in part because of economic uncertainty, but mostly because companies don’t understand what their customers really want.

For many businesses, especially small ones, figuring this out is no small task. The truth is, the world of customer service has grown considerably larger and more complex over the past few decades, especially as the internet has become more and more central to the way everyone does business.

Digital customer service: now a necessity

There was a time when digital customer service was an added courtesy, a nod to those who preferred the Internet to more traditional means of customer service (like phone support). But that was decades ago. Now digital media becomes the default. According to statistics, 87% of professionals said customers used digital channels for customer service during the pandemic – and even after the pandemic has ended, digital channels are almost certain to become the most widely used medium for customer service. interaction with customer service.

Digital customer service has become increasingly vital for another reason: The internet has dramatically lowered the bar when it comes to businesses reaching their customers and going to market. This means that these increasingly sophisticated customers also have more and more options, and if a company’s customer service is unhappy and unhappy with them, they can quite easily take their business elsewhere.

In short, a business that doesn’t use as many digital customer service channels as possible might not be able to stay competitive.

How businesses are improving digital customer service

Digital customer service covers a wide range of best practices and commitments. Here are a few ways businesses are keeping pace with the digital customer service world:

  • Use analytical tools to identify important metrics such as churn rate, response time, resolution rate, etc. Tracking these types of metrics has been a standard operating procedure in all kinds of businesses for decades, but thanks in part to big data, the amount of information that can be collected, organized and analyzed is exponentially larger than ever before. – and the information that can be gleaned from this more sophisticated data than ever.

  • Use CRM customer relationship software such as Zendesk to better track and maintain customer relationships. As discussed before, customers are more sophisticated than ever – and that means emails, spreadsheets, and human memory just aren’t enough to keep all of the vital customer details. This becomes especially true as the customer base grows, which is why it is so important to have a simple and comprehensive software solution to track customer relationships.

  • Businesses are also embracing omnichannel support across various platforms. Previously, this customer service involved going to a local physical store, sending a physical letter, or calling a phone number. Next are websites, contact forms, and email addresses. Now, companies offer a wide variety of options: live chat and AI chatbots, knowledge bases, social media, apps, and more. Customer options will only expand, and businesses small and large must continue to evolve to keep pace.

  • Related to the point above, savvy business owners are using resources such as AI chatbots and knowledge bases to scale up “self-service” options, for a growing population of customers who don’t want to deal with human customer service at all – they prefer to find a solution on their own or talk to a machine and avoid person-to-person contact altogether if they can.

  • Provide better and more sophisticated training for employees, who need to be trained on how to best use resources such as CRM software, knowledge bases, analytics and other essential tools, as well as how to deal with with customers efficiently and courteously in the age of digital customer service.

It’s also incumbent on business owners to avoid some of the more common pitfalls of upgrading their customer service. A common mistake of business owners is to choose to embrace automation before they fully understand what the customer expects from them. This can lead to a frustrating experience for the customer and a company that implemented an expensive but deeply flawed automated solution that now needs to be overhauled.

Another all too common mistake of business owners is ignoring customers, whether on purpose or by accident. With so many channels available for customers, it can be easy for business owners to pass up an email, contact form submission, or social media post. That customer may very well be lost and never come back, which makes it extremely important that customer service employees are well trained and educated.

While digital customer service can be difficult to implement, it’s not an aspect of business that can be ignored. Support through digital channels is already the biggest part5 of the road to becoming the new standard, and skilled service professionals and the right software will only become more important.

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or management of EconoTimes.

]]>
The best movies to watch in December 2021 https://myrlinahermes.com/the-best-movies-to-watch-in-december-2021/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:04:12 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/the-best-movies-to-watch-in-december-2021/ With rising vaccination rates, films have finally found a stable base, and analysts now expect global revenues to exceed $ 20 billion this year, up 80% from a year ago 2020 dreary and locked. Comcast F9: The quick saga brought people back to the movies and won $ 550 million worldwide, recently beaten by new […]]]>

With rising vaccination rates, films have finally found a stable base, and analysts now expect global revenues to exceed $ 20 billion this year, up 80% from a year ago 2020 dreary and locked.

Comcast F9: The quick saga brought people back to the movies and won $ 550 million worldwide, recently beaten by new James Bond installment No Time to die ($ 560 million). In North America, box office numbers have been slower to recover, but that is changing. Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, one of the first blockbusters to hit theaters only, leads domestic ticket sales with $ 224 million.

Ghostbusters: the afterlife went with an exclusive theatrical release on November 19 and actually exceeded expectations for its opening weekend ($ 46 million), a welcome sign for an industry that is still wary. Public tastes remain fickle: Will Smith has garnered some of the best reviews of his career for king richard, which opened in front Ghost hunters, but did disappointing deals ($ 5.7 million, possibly affected by a simultaneous release on HBO Max).

Clearly, however, exhibitors and studios are increasingly convinced that audiences will support a decent theatrical release, and this is reflected in the next loaded list of holiday movies.

This includes two Bradley Cooper films. He has a supporting role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new period piece SoCal Licorice Pizza (December 11) and a leading role in Nightmare Alley (December 17) opposite Cate Blanchett. Denzel Washington directs Michael B. Jordan in A newspaper for Jordan, due on Christmas Day, based on the true story of a slain soldier who leaves a written legacy for his son.

Also on the program, the reboot of the musical by Steven Spielberg West Side Story, a new Spider Man, and a new one Matrix.

Here’s a look at the list of upcoming vacations, with the caveat that COVID-19 is still here, and all dates, which have already changed a lot, are subject to further changes.

Scandal and murder rocked the famous haute couture house in 1995. Starring expensive clothes, Lady Gaga as the so-called “Black Widow” of the family and Adam Driver as heir to the family. Empire Maurizio Gucci. With Salma Hayek, Jared Leto. Directed by Ridley Scott. In theaters now.

New Disney animated feature set in Colombia, where a community of magical beings struggles to adapt after suddenly losing their powers. Lots of songs, with lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. With the voices of Diane Guerrero and Stephanie Beatriz. In theaters now, streaming on Disney + on December 24.

Stephen Karam adapts his Tony award-winning play for the screen, starring Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer and Steven Yuen as members of a family reunion in Manhattan for Thanksgiving dinner, where the buried secrets reveal makes the busy evening. In theaters now.

A sequel to Joanna Hogg’s intriguing and surprising semi-autobiographical account of her affair with a complicated older man while in film school. Once again with Honor Swinton Byrne, whose character revisits the relationship here by making a film that mixes fantasy and reality. In theaters now.

A Navy veteran (Riz Ahmed) grabs his two children and tries to outrun an alien parasite that is trying to destroy life on Earth. With Octavia Spencer. In theaters December 3. Streaming on Amazon Prime on December 10.

Jane Campion adapts the Thomas Savage Old West saga for the big screen, the story of brothers (Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons) in conflict over a woman (Kirsten Dunst). Streaming on Netflix on December 1.

Steven Spielberg updates the legendary 1961 musical, adding a role to original star Rita Moreno as a store owner who employs Tony (Ansel Elgort), a young man engaged in a forbidden love affair with Maria (Rachel Zegler). In theaters December 10.

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in this drama from writer-director Aaron Sorkin that delves into the marriage and career of the famous Hollywood couple. Opening at the Landmark Ritz on December 10th.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s comic book, fictional memory of his childhood in the San Fernando Valley, built around a teenage boy (Cooper Hoffman) with a crush on an older girl (Alana Haim) and showbiz types (Bradley Cooper as a debauched producer) who populate the area. Opening at the Landmark Ritz on December 11.

When Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) identity is revealed, he must enlist the help of Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to sort things out. With Zendaya. In theaters December 17.

Bradley Cooper in a remake (directed by Guillermo del Toro) of Tyrone Power’s 1947 film about a manipulative carnival scammer who hooks up with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who just might outmatch him in the underhand department. In theaters December 17.

Two decades after the events of the last installment, Neo (Keanu Reeves) lives an erased life in San Francisco, until Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) gives him a blue pill and it all starts to come back. With Carrie-Anne Moss. Directed by Lana Wachowski. In theaters and HBOMax on December 22.

In this new comedy from Adam McKay, two scientists (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence) discover that an asteroid is about to hit Earth but struggle to gain public attention. Netflix’s Christmas Eve.

A sergeant (Michael B. Jordan) keeps a diary while deployed to Iraq, writings that become a treasure for his son at home. With Chante Adams. At the cinema on Christmas day.

]]>
Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t care about the pay gap between her and Leonardo DiCaprio -. – CVBJ https://myrlinahermes.com/jennifer-lawrence-doesnt-care-about-the-pay-gap-between-her-and-leonardo-dicaprio-cvbj/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 19:44:15 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/jennifer-lawrence-doesnt-care-about-the-pay-gap-between-her-and-leonardo-dicaprio-cvbj/ Jennifer Lawrence has worked in Hollywood for years with the industry’s most respected actors and directors. Her long career and her accumulated awards show that she is a performer who has lived up to the expectations critics had of her after seeing her as the protagonist of Deep Winter – 94%. After playing in the […]]]>

Jennifer Lawrence has worked in Hollywood for years with the industry’s most respected actors and directors. Her long career and her accumulated awards show that she is a performer who has lived up to the expectations critics had of her after seeing her as the protagonist of Deep Winter – 94%. After playing in the Hunger Games saga with worldwide success – 84%, the actress has not lost her vigor and continues to have a good reputation; In addition, his name is still on the list of highest paid actors. Despite this, for his upcoming movie Don’t Look Up, Lawrence didn’t get the same salary as Leonardo DiCaprio.

Keep reading: Jennifer Lawrence admits being drugged while filming Don’t Look Up

For years, we have talked about the pay gap in Hollywood because it has been shown time and time again that many times women do not earn the same salary as their peers, even if they have similar careers or are protagonists. Of course, many also believe that there are other factors for these types of decisions, such as whether or not a name attracts more audiences, is more popular, or is part of a multi-million dollar franchise. After all, it’s hard to fathom the problem when what is being managed is in the millions of dollars and the average person can’t even aspire to something similar.

Despite this, the actors have a right to fight for justice in this regard, and it’s okay to remember and admit that the same has happened in the past. Not too long ago, Kirsten Dunst revealed that the difference between her salary and Tobey Maguire’s for Spider-Man – 89% was huge. While it could be said that in the end Maguire was the hero audiences wanted to see in action, it is true that the official images and publicity used Dunst, in addition to being the protagonist’s strongest interest. It was not necessarily that the actress received exactly the same amount, but the difference was not huge. Now, the salary difference between Lawrence and DiCaprio in Adam McKay’s new film has come under fire.

In a conversation with Vanity Fair, the actress opened up about her status in the industry, her future plans, pregnancy and, of course, her new movie. At the beginning of Do not seek, Lawrence’s name comes before DiCaprio’s, which means she’s the most important figure in the cast, and that caused a lot of controversy as it was revealed a few months ago that she had received 25 million dollars for his participation, while the actor earned 30 million dollars. How did it happen?

You may also likeLeonardo DiCaprio in talks to play cult leader Jim Jones in new movie

For starters, the actress made it clear that putting her name first was more of an internal game and a chord. In the story, the two are the protagonists, but on the call sheets for the shoot, his name appears first:

Am I happy to be first on the call sheet? Sure. And I thought it should be reflected [en los créditos]. Leo was very courteous about this. I think we had something called Laverne & Shirley, that’s what they invented when they were both protagonists. But I think at one point I pushed beyond that: what if it wasn’t the same?

From there it was decided that Lawrence’s name would appear first and that’s how this other discussion about her payment began, which she finds irrelevant at this point as she had the opportunity. to work with people she admires. In addition, she assures that she is not yet in the same league as DiCaprio:

Look, Leo has a better box office than I do. I feel extremely lucky and happy with my treatment.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the actress is forgetting that the industry still has a lot of work to do to ensure fair wages:

But in other situations, what I’ve seen, and I think other women in this job have seen too, is that it’s extremely uncomfortable to learn about equal pay. And if you question something that seems uneven, they assure you it’s not a gender disparity, but they can’t tell you what it is exactly.

Adam mckay wrote the article especially for Jennifer lawrence, who is also joined by Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet and Cate Blanchett in this satire. Don’t look up he hopes to make a comedic, grim critique of how the world would rather ignore warnings than do something to correct them. Early reviews have been very positive and many specialists believe she will be a strong contender for the upcoming awards season.

Don’t leave without reading: Don’t Look Up already has the first reactions from critics, they compare it to Dr. Strangelove and Network

“,” author “: {” @ type “:” Person “,” name “:” Cvbj “,” url “:” https: / / cvbj.biz / author / admin “,” sameAs “:[“https://www.cvbj.biz”]}, “articleSection”:[“Movie”], “image”: {“@ type”: “ImageObject”, “url”: “https: / / cvbj.biz / wp-content / uploads / 2021 / 11 /350562_600x315.jpg”, “width”: 600, “height”: 315}, “editor”: {“@ type”: “Organization”, “name”: “”, “url”: “https: / / cvbj.biz”, “logo”: {“@ type”: “ImageObject”, “url”: “”}, “sameAs”:[“http://facebook.com”,”http://twitter.com”,”http://plus.google.com”,”http://pinterest.com”,”https://cvbj.biz/#”,”https://cvbj.biz/#”]}}

]]>
Oklahoma City FBI warns public of online vacation shopping scams – FBI https://myrlinahermes.com/oklahoma-city-fbi-warns-public-of-online-vacation-shopping-scams-fbi/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 03:24:37 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/oklahoma-city-fbi-warns-public-of-online-vacation-shopping-scams-fbi/ Similar scams to be wary of at this time of year are auction fraud, when a product is misrepresented on an auction site, and gift card fraud, when a seller sells you. request to pay with a prepaid card. The IC3 receives a large number of complaints in the first few months of each year, […]]]>

Similar scams to be wary of at this time of year are auction fraud, when a product is misrepresented on an auction site, and gift card fraud, when a seller sells you. request to pay with a prepaid card.

The IC3 receives a large number of complaints in the first few months of each year, which suggests a correlation with shopping scams from the previous holiday season.

If you’ve been scammed:

  • Call your credit card company or your bank. Dispute any suspicious accusations.
  • Contact local law enforcement.
  • Immediately report the scam on ic3.gov, which is also a good site for getting information on the latest programs.

Tips for avoiding scams while on vacation:

Whether you are the buyer or the seller, there are many ways to protect yourself and your wallet.

Adopt good cybersecurity hygiene.

  • Do not click on any suspicious links or attachments in emails, websites or social media.
  • Phishing scams and similar crimes cause you to click on links and give out personal information such as your name, password and bank account number. In some cases, you may unknowingly download malware to your device.
  • Be especially careful if a business asks you to update your password or account information. Find the company’s phone number and call to verify.

Know who you are buying from or who you are selling to.

  • Check the URL of each website to make sure it is legitimate and secure. A site that you buy from must have https in the web address. If not, do not enter your information on this site.
  • If you are buying from a business for the first time, do your research and check the reviews.
  • Check the legitimacy of a buyer or seller before going ahead. If you use an online marketplace or auction website, check their rating. Beware of buyers and sellers with mostly unfavorable ratings or no ratings at all.
  • Avoid sellers who act as authorized resellers or factory representatives of popular items in countries where there would be no such offers.
  • Beware of sellers who run an auction or advertisement as if they reside in the United States, then answer the questions by stating that they are overseas for business, family emergency, or similar reasons.
  • Avoid buyers requesting their purchase to be shipped using a certain method to avoid customs or taxes within another country.

Be careful how you pay.

  • Never wire money directly to a seller.
  • Avoid paying for items with prepaid gift cards. In these scams, a seller will ask you to send them a gift card number and PIN. Instead of using this gift card for your payment, the scammer will steal the funds and you will never receive your item.
  • Use a credit card when shopping online and check your statement regularly. If you see a suspicious transaction, contact your credit card company to dispute the charge.

Monitor the shipping process.

  • Always get tracking numbers for the items you buy online to make sure they have been dispatched and to follow the delivery process.
  • Be suspicious of any credit card purchase where the cardholder’s address does not match the shipping address when you sell. Always receive authorization from the cardholder before shipping products.
]]>
Smart Africa CEO Sees Chance to Build Digital ‘Wakanda’ https://myrlinahermes.com/smart-africa-ceo-sees-chance-to-build-digital-wakanda/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 10:56:00 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/smart-africa-ceo-sees-chance-to-build-digital-wakanda/ However, limited internet access remains a major stumbling block in Africa’s digital transformation, as do inconsistent policies across the continent in areas such as payment systems and data roaming. Smart Africa, a partnership between 32 African countries and groups including the World Bank and the African Union, seeks to remedy this. Responsible for developing the […]]]>

However, limited internet access remains a major stumbling block in Africa’s digital transformation, as do inconsistent policies across the continent in areas such as payment systems and data roaming.

Smart Africa, a partnership between 32 African countries and groups including the World Bank and the African Union, seeks to remedy this. Responsible for developing the continent’s digital infrastructure, the organization recently signed an agreement with Intelligence (INTC) develop the digital skills of its Member States and their understanding of emerging technologies, such as cloud computing.

Eleni Giokos spoke with Lacina Koné, Executive Director of the Smart Africa Secretariat, on the digital future of the continent. The following interview has been edited for clarity and length.

I am talking about Smart Africa’s ambition to create a digitally connected Africa by 2030. How do you plan to achieve this goal?

Koné: We can do this by organizing ourselves. Each country that joins has a flagship project – Rwanda is a smart city, South Africa is artificial intelligence and blockchain, Burkina Faso is capacity building, Côte d’Ivoire is cybersecurity. We help them, go from a concept to a pilot model, and then we extend it. When we get to the scale-up stage, we share best practices with the rest of the members. We learn from each other and grow together. And the central role that Smart Africa plays is really the coordination and our organization of laws, because what is very important is to create a regulatory environment in Africa for emerging technologies that investors can support.

Read: Now for the hard part, says secretary general of African Continental Free Trade Area

We’ve seen some incredible moves in the financial technology space – Africa dominates the use of mobile money transfers – but have we seen something new that is disruptive, that radically transforms lives?

Koné: We have seen it, but probably not big enough. Today, Africa has around seven technological unicorns [privately owned startups valued at over $1 billion]. When we talk about leaping forward, we are talking about entrepreneurship based on innovation. We need a digital economy that is sustainable and requires an adaptive regulatory environment. I keep saying that infrastructure is a regulatory environment. Digital governance is a regulatory issue.
I’m talking about some of the most amazing tech startups that have been bought out by Silicon Valley, like Acquisition by Stripe of Paystack in Nigeria for over $ 200 million. Do we want this to happen? Or do we want to keep them purely African?

Koné: Even though these companies are bought by companies in Silicon Valley, they are still African companies that are doing well in the United States and around the world. I think that’s actually a really good way to look at it. Imagine our young generation, young programmers and coders, watching their friends develop companies being bought out for a billion dollars. In fact, it encourages them and the government helps them organize themselves through what we call the Startup Acts: supportive legislation designed to stimulate entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity for them to start a business and sell it.

Fast and cheap internet is still not a reality for many people. How to bridge the gap?

Koné: That’s right – connectivity today is 39.8%. Mobile network operators are there, but people are not using it due to affordability, cybersecurity, access to devices and content. So once we’re able to work on those, I think by 2025 we can see that go from 39% to 51%. We are therefore very optimistic. I think we are doing very well at our own pace.

Can a motorcycle company create an African awesome app?

So let’s say you’ve achieved your goal of creating a continent-wide Digital Single Market – describe what that would look like.

Koné: To think about the current situation, just think of Dubai 20 years ago. This is what Africa can be by 2030. It is only nine years from now. This means that you can literally do everything from your couch, without even leaving your house, paying for everything with mobile money for public or private services. The infrastructure will be plentiful, so it is entirely possible.

I think I can say it’s the digital “Wakanda” [a fictional African country that’s home to Marvel superhero Black Panther] – actually better. And of course, almost 60% of the African population lives in rural areas. This is something that is also taken into consideration. This is why Smart Africa has a 2025 broadband strategy to connect these rural areas.

]]>
The Conversation Guide to Business | The Economist https://myrlinahermes.com/the-conversation-guide-to-business-the-economist/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 21:08:09 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/the-conversation-guide-to-business-the-economist/ 20 November 2021 REED HASTINGS A builds the culture of Netflix around that. Ray Dalio made it a founding principle at Bridgewater, a successful investment fund. “Radical candor” is the idea that honesty is the best way to run a business: no one dances around the truth, and faster feedback improves performance. Listen to this […]]]>

REED HASTINGS A builds the culture of Netflix around that. Ray Dalio made it a founding principle at Bridgewater, a successful investment fund. “Radical candor” is the idea that honesty is the best way to run a business: no one dances around the truth, and faster feedback improves performance.

Listen to this story

Enjoy more audio and podcasts on ios Where Android.

Most businesses rely on a messier doctrine. People rarely say what they mean, but hope their meaning is clear nonetheless. Think of Britain, but with paychecks. To navigate this type of workplace, you need a phrasebook.

“I hear you”

Apparent meaning: you are making a legitimate argument
Real meaning: be quiet

“Let’s discuss it offline”

Apparent meaning: we shouldn’t waste the precious time of others
Real meaning: let’s never talk about it again (see also: “Put a pin inside”)

“We should all learn to walk in other people’s shoes”

Apparent meaning: shared understanding leads to better results
Real meaning: I need you to know my job is hell

“I’m just curious…”

Apparent meaning: I’d like to know why you think …
Actual meaning: … because it doesn’t make sense to someone else

“It’s great to have started this conversation”

Apparent meaning: we have raised an important issue here
Real meaning: we made absolutely no progress

“I wanted to keep you posted”

Apparent meaning: I am informing you of something minor
Real meaning: I should have told you a few weeks ago

“Do you have five minutes?” “

Apparent meaning: I have something trivial to say
Real meaning: you are in a difficult situation

“Let’s handle this asynchronously”

Apparent meaning: we will each work on this task at our own pace
Real meaning: I have to go to my Pilates class now

“It’s on the product roadmap”

Apparent meaning: it will be done soon
Real meaning: it won’t be done anytime soon

“We are moving to an agile framework”

Apparent meaning: we will work iteratively in response to user feedback
Real meaning: we literally plan to go around in circles

“It’s a legacy technology stack”

Apparent meaning: it’s a rat’s nest of ancient and incompatible systems
Real meaning: none of this is our fault

“We are a platform company”

Apparent meaning: we provide an ecosystem in which others can interact
Real meaning: suppose we are a tech company and see what happens to our assessment (see also: “as a service”, “network effects” and “flywheels”)

“We are planning the metaverse”

Apparent meaning: we are ready for a shared and immersive digital world
Real meaning: Ooh, look! A moving train! (see also: “Web3”)

“Bring your whole being to work”

Apparent meaning: be genuine and don’t be afraid to show your vulnerability
Real meaning: but not those pieces of yourself, obviously

In a radical franchise world, there would be less need to translate. Most managers and colleagues might indeed be better able to give unvarnished comments. Some words and expressions are so opaque that they absorb all the visible meaning.

But there is a lot to be said for coded communication. Work is where people learn to manage social interactions, not to define them outside of existence. Transparency does not necessarily cross borders well. And perpetual brutality is exhausted; humans are constantly refining and massaging the messages they send in order to avoid open conflict. Radical franchising is associated with businesses that pay very well. Perhaps this is because this approach leads to greater success. Maybe it’s because otherwise most people couldn’t stand it.

For a more in-depth analysis of the biggest stories in economics, business and markets, sign up for Money Talks, our weekly newsletter.

This article first appeared in the Business section of the print edition under the title “The Conversation Guide to Business”

]]>
Shea Couleé, Alyssa Edwards, A&O Bring the Reality of ‘Drag Race’ to Campus https://myrlinahermes.com/shea-coulee-alyssa-edwards-ao-bring-the-reality-of-drag-race-to-campus/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 06:37:01 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/shea-coulee-alyssa-edwards-ao-bring-the-reality-of-drag-race-to-campus/ Dressed in glitter and pure talent, drag queen superstars Shea Couleé and Alyssa Edwards came out to kill Wednesday night as A&O Productions fall speakers. Former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants performed as dancers and panelists in front of an audience of around 300 at Lutkin Hall. They also judged the performances of three drag artists […]]]>

Dressed in glitter and pure talent, drag queen superstars Shea Couleé and Alyssa Edwards came out to kill Wednesday night as A&O Productions fall speakers.

Former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants performed as dancers and panelists in front of an audience of around 300 at Lutkin Hall. They also judged the performances of three drag artists based in the Northwest.

Season nine contestant and season five winner of “All Stars” Coulèe took first place on stage in a neon green leopard-print unitard. Chicago-based artist captivated the room with sensual and dynamic movements, blowing the students away with an expressive floor routine on Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More”.

She was followed by the contestant for season five and season two of “All Stars”. Alyssa Edwards, who lost a silver and red cape to dance the aisles in black waders. With blonde hair teased skyward, the larger-than-life Texas native ended with a stunning drop to death.

After performing, Edwards invited the students on stage to joke, twerk, and “walking chick.”

“When Alyssa Edwards says ‘take the stage’ you take the stage,” said Finn Rollings, sophomore communication student.

The queens then judged the short routines of the student drag artists, as well as a three-way lip-sync in the style of “Drag Race”.

In her distinctive ‘bloody and meaty’ art style, Filet Mignon – sometimes known as communications manager Gus Moody – dismembered and fondled a plastic ex-lover while lip-syncing with ‘Potential Breakup Song’. ‘Aly & AJ.

Karma ‘ZaBitch, who occasionally guest stars as Medill junior Jude Cramer, has given up on death and has a monologue in a thrifty and laid back reality on Doja Cat’s “Boss Bitch”.

Finally, Even Steven – the drag king featured in the series and the alter ego of junior Communication Xanthe Brown – transformed from Clark Kent into a hand-stitched grunge-punk Superman while shredding the aerial guitar on “Juke.” Box Hero ”from Foreigner.

“Dragging is all about 100% trust,” Steven said, when Edwards asked him what makes a stellar drag artist. “It’s about chasing the things that make you feel good on the inside. “

After the routines, the three student queens received live commentary and answered questions from Edwards and Coulée.

For ‘ZaBitch, the feedback sessions were a highlight.

“I would love to pursue this as an artist in the future, so getting validation from people I really appreciate was ‘the boss’s kiss’,” she said.

Couleé and Edwards ended a night of standing ovations with a question-and-answer session, where they spoke about the behind-the-scenes drama of “Drag Race” and explore their identities at college. They also discussed the support and trust they have found since entering the drag world, both from their communities and from themselves.

Growing up, Coulée often didn’t feel accepted at the Southern Baptist Church where her mother preached, she said – until she returned on Mother’s Day after her season aired. .

“People (were) excited, like, ‘I watched you on’ Drag Race ‘and loved you,'” said Coulèe. “The church family embraced me as a queer artist.”

Coulée and Edwards both said they were thrilled that drag had started to reach young viewers and creatives alike, especially as the art form has become more mainstream in recent decades.

For Edwards, “Drag Race” created a more tolerant and festive media narrative.

“If you were a drag queen you were suddenly cool, you were celebrated, you weren’t someone who was mistaken for your gender identity,” she said. “Visibility is important. “

Co-Director of Marketing and Media A&O Ronit Kitei said the evening was a first for A&O, as their Fall Speaker series typically takes a question-and-answer format. This event was A&O’s first drag show.

Turning Lutkin Hall into a locker room posed some interesting challenges, Kitei said, but she was thrilled that Couleé and Edwards could put on an intimate performance in a smaller space.

The elder Weinberg was also excited that A&O could bring queer performers to campus, allowing many college students to see their first drag show.

“I think it’s really important for the student body to be able to see artists come to campus who represent them,” Kitei said. “Having that kind of connection with the queerness and the performers, even if you’re not a drag queen yourself, is really exciting. “

E-mail: [email protected]

Twitter: @ilana_arougheti

Related stories:

Shea Couleé and Alyssa Edwards Announced as A&O Productions Fall Speakers

WILLOW covers A&O Blowout, Raveena opens

NU alumnus Bruce McCoy discusses transition from RuPaul fan to Drag Race empire member

]]>
Niantic’s first-ever branded ad offers a glimpse of its metaverse vision https://myrlinahermes.com/niantics-first-ever-branded-ad-offers-a-glimpse-of-its-metaverse-vision/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:00:50 +0000 https://myrlinahermes.com/niantics-first-ever-branded-ad-offers-a-glimpse-of-its-metaverse-vision/ Before Faceboo, uh, Meta and Microsoft unveiled their high-profile and ambitious visions of the Metaverse in October, Niantic Founder and CEO John Hanke wrote a corporate blog post titled, “The Metaverse is a Dystopian Nightmare.” . Let’s build a better reality. In it, the company leader behind augmented reality games Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards […]]]>

Before Faceboo, uh, Meta and Microsoft unveiled their high-profile and ambitious visions of the Metaverse in October, Niantic Founder and CEO John Hanke wrote a corporate blog post titled, “The Metaverse is a Dystopian Nightmare.” . Let’s build a better reality. In it, the company leader behind augmented reality games Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and Main entrance says too much of the conversation and vision around the Metaverse is focused on escaping the real world in favor of a virtual world. “We think we can use technology to look at the ‘reality’ of augmented reality, by encouraging everyone, including ourselves, to get up, walk outside and connect with people and the world. world around us, ”Hanke wrote. “Technology should be used to enhance these fundamental human experiences, not to replace them.”

Niantic is now launching its very first brand campaign to bring this vision to life. Ditching National Hiking Day to get a more precise point, the company aims to harness the collective power of its games and remind people that there is a company with its own unique vision behind them, one that sees the potential. of technology outside in the real world.

Niantic’s Global Product Marketing Director Archit Bhargava says from a marketing perspective, the company, which started at Google in 2010 and became an independent company in 2015, has traditionally invested in the creation of its gaming brands, such as the recently launched Pikmin Bloom. “Deep down, we’ve always thought about and talked about Niantic having that backseat as a company facilitating these products,” Bhargava said. Launched in 2016, Pokémon Go, for example, became a worldwide success and had a turnover of $ 6 billion. “Especially now, with so many conversations about the Metaverse and spending more time in these virtual worlds, we felt it was even more important for us to express our point of view. We wanted to find a way to do it in a stylish and energetic way.

Created with the Gravity Road agency, the spot opens with a specter of shadow in the air, first above a suburban street, then a rainy night in town, then an apartment window. flooded with sunlight. You can’t quite figure out what it is, but it’s big. It catches people’s attention as they work at their desks, watch TV, lie in bed. This prompts them to take action. When ready, their game handles flash above them, hero-like. Then, they venture into city streets, parks and more, while video game prompts grab their attention. Bumblebee Transformers appears on a street corner. Pikachu is on a girl’s shoulder. It culminates with a crowd climbing a grassy hill, city steps, and apartment roofs until the camera moves upward to reveal an airship – the Niantic logo – flying like the beacon they were following.

Bhargava says augmented reality is intentionally subtle because they didn’t want to obscure how great the real world is. “The idea was, what if this ship called people on the outside like an optimistic ice cream truck,” he says.

Although long overdue, the timing, when it comes to how the Metaverse has exploded into the larger cultural conversation right now, couldn’t be better. The company is also taking the opportunity to invite developers into the fold of its new Lightship platform, an augmented reality development kit launched last week to give developers access to Niantic tools to create their own experiences. .

The new ad was actually created inside Entrance, accessible to in-game markers (or “portals”) at various physical geographic locations where players can access the in-game inventory. The spot also includes several Easter Eggs that fans of its games can find and use to access to exclusive merchandise and tickets to Niantic events.

Ultimately, the new campaign is yet another parent company hoping to remind people that there is a name behind the names they already know. Witness every P&G announcement ever made. Or how Sony has long sought to show off all of its gaming characters as roommates under one corporate roof. What makes Niantic a little different is that this campaign serves not only as a reminder of what it is, but in the context of the larger metaverse, what it is not.

Bhargava says that too much of the conversation about the Metaverse revolves around a general acceptance that much of the future will happen in a virtual environment and that the real world is something we’ve given up on. “We are absolutely against it,” he said. “We’re focused on a future where technology and our tools can be a layer above reality – be additive, be subtle, and that’s what we want to represent in this vision. “

]]>