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God and the White House

first_imgLongtime presidential adviser and Harvard Kennedy School professor David Gergen spoke at Harvard Divinity School in a wide-ranging conversation with HDS Dean David N. Hempton on religion, politics, and public life. [/gz_video]Longtime presidential adviser and Harvard Kennedy School Professor David Gergen engaged in a wide-ranging conversation Friday with Dean David N. Hempton at Harvard Divinity School on the complex intersections of religion, politics, and public life, particularly in the White House.The talk was a centerpiece of the Dean’s Leadership Forum, an annual event that brings together scholars, students, and leaders from Harvard and beyond for discussions on critical issues in religion.Gergen got his start as a speechwriter in the Nixon White House. He went on to serve in the communications department for Gerald Ford, as director of communications for Ronald Reagan, and as an adviser to Bill Clinton.Gergen said it was important not to overstate the impact of religion on the decisions of the chief executives for whom he had worked, yet he marveled at the influence that the Rev. Billy Graham has had over presidents since Harry Truman. He detailed Graham’s relationships, strong with Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan, more distant with John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, though they valued his counsel. Graham’s most complicated relationship was with Richard Nixon, Gergen said.“Graham found Nixon tough on the surface, but underneath … he had a compassionate side,” Gergen said. “He tried to work with him, but he was shocked when the Watergate tapes came out. … They never met during the last year of Nixon’s presidency.”Hempton noted that religion and political partisanship are deeply intertwined in the United States, and asked how these two aspects of American life became so strongly connected.Gergen said that Christian Evangelicals, disenchanted by prohibitions on prayer in schools and the success of the abortion rights movement, came off of the political sidelines in 1976 to vote for Jimmy Carter, who spoke openly about his faith. When Carter disappointed them with his stance on social issues, however, conservative Christians flocked to Reagan. Gergen pointed to current events to demonstrate their continuing place in the base of the Republican Party.“I wasn’t surprised when Ted Cruz went to Liberty University,” Gergen said of the recent launch of the Texas U.S. senator’s presidential bid. “Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson’s influence on the party is still very strong.”At the same time, Gergen said that social issues are less dominant in U.S. politics than they were even 10 years ago. He noted that Americans have made tremendous shifts in their acceptance of gay and lesbian rights.“I think it’s terrific,” he said. “But it’s shrunk the influence of the social conservatives and Evangelicals. Republican candidates for president need to get to the middle now. The politics of religion are changing rapidly.”Gergen, who was deeply involved in an Aspen Institute report on American religious pluralism with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, talked about the project’s findings and recommendations. He said that the group explored whether the United States could ever experience the sectarian strife that rages in some parts of the world.Happily, they concluded that despite occasional tensions like those over the building of a mosque in lower Manhattan, there was little threat of large-scale religious conflict in the short term. Gergen said that it was critical, though, for the United States to act proactively and build a culture that could withstand an event like the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.“Extremism in the Middle East has taken such a virulent form that we have no choice but to be vigilant,” he said. “But we also need to strengthen our commitment to pluralism. We need to do far more with young people, the media, nonprofits, religious organizations, and, at the government level, strengthen understanding and appreciation of one another.”As the talk moved to religion’s influence on foreign affairs. Gergen said he was deeply disturbed by the current of anti-Semitism rolling through Europe in recent months. He also said that he, like most American diplomats, was taken by surprise by the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.“No one could have foreseen that the self-immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia would set off a revolution,” he said, referring to Mohamed Bouazizi’s act of protest.Gergen expressed concern about the lack of religious literacy among U.S. diplomats and policymakers. Few really understand the differences between, say, Sunni and Shia Muslims, he observed.“We knew so little about Iraq when we went in,” he said. “That decision reflects the fact that diplomats are, by and large, not well-trained.”Gergen said that he was most worried about the degree of disorder unfolding globally. He shared an acronym that West Point faculty members use to describe the world their students are inheriting: VUCA — volatile, uncertain, chaos, ambivalence.He said that the greatest short-term threat to world stability and security was sectarian violence in the Middle East. The greatest long-term threat, however, is how the United States copes with the rise of Asia.Former Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Dean Graham Allison “talks about the Thucydides trap,” he said. “The Athenians watched Sparta’s rise with anxiety. When Sparta started to flex its muscles, it led to war that eventually destroyed both states. Allison looked at 19 instances in history where there was a rising world power. In 11 of 12 cases, they went to war.”With that ground covered, Hempton surrendered to the temptation to ask the longtime presidential adviser the “big question” about the 2016 presidential election: “Who’s going to win?”Gergen laughed. He said it was hard to pick the next president more than 18 months before the election, and shuddered at the campaign ahead. Then the one-time adviser to George H.W. Bush’s 1980 presidential bid shared a joke.“I like what California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said recently: ‘I just heard [former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush is serious about running for president. Now we know what the Bush family really meant when they said no child left behind,” he said.Hempton closed the conversation by bringing it back to campus. He noted the common efforts of the Divinity School and HKS to make the world a better and less violent place, and asked how the two institutions could best collaborate to advance these goals.Gergen said that the way forward for the Kennedy School was expanded collaboration with HDS and other Schools at Harvard. He ended with an African proverb that’s a favorite of the staff at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” In Conversation: Religion in Public Life <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JISvnCnur8Y” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/JISvnCnur8Y/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

New committee to advise Bacow on sustainability goals

first_imgHarvard University has created a Presidential Committee on Sustainability (PCS) to advise President Larry Bacow and the University’s leadership on sustainability vision, goals, strategy, and partnerships. The panel will continue the practice of viewing campus as a testbed for initiatives and lead the work toward reaching overall goals, including being fossil-fuel-neutral by 2026 and fossil-fuel-free by 2050, while leveraging University strengths to catalyze solutions beyond campus walls. Various PCS subcommittees, which will include additional faculty and student members, will focus on Scope 3 emissions, defining fossil-fuel neutral, energy-reduction opportunities in Harvard’s buildings, and other issues. The Gazette spoke with committee chairs Rebecca Henderson, the John and Natty McArthur University Professor; John Holdren, the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard Kennedy School; and Katie Lapp, executive vice president, about why it is so important to act now, the role of the PCS in developing collaborative and innovative projects; and how the campus community can get involved.Q&ARebecca Henderson, John Holdren, and Katie LappGAZETTE: Why is now such a critical time for leadership and action with regard to sustainability?HENDERSON: The climate change problem is so significant, and it is, of course, not the only environmental problem that we are facing today. We are poisoning the oceans, exhausting the topsoil, polluting our water supplies, and destroying species at an unprecedented rate. If current rates of decline continue, the coral reefs will be largely gone by 2050.So, why now? The longer we wait, the more costly and difficult it will be to try to arrest the effects of climate change. Climate change is an enormous threat to the health of our economy and to the health of our people. Many experts have argued that COVID-19 is in fact an example of the danger of unchecked environmental destruction; that one of the reasons we’re seeing an increase in the leap of viruses from animals to people is because we are intruding on territories that previously were considered to be remote for humans. The simple increase in heat is already causing severe economic stress at the equatorial regions — it’s too hot to work in New Delhi on many days of the year. We need to act now because the longer we leave it, the more expensive it will be for all of us. We also need to act now because it’s still possible to slow climate change. We have a sense of what the technologies are that can enable us to transition to a greatly carbon-reduced economy, and we need to implement them now, in as widespread a manner as we can.“Harvard’s greatest impact will be to tap the faculty, students, and staff to apply the latest thinking and research …,” said John Holdren. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photoHOLDREN:  We have a short time to turn around the global increases in emissions of heat-trapping gases that are driving this terrible degree of climate change and that are leading to the severe problems that Rebecca spoke about, and others such as the enormous increases in wildfires and torrential downpours and flooding, in the acceleration of sea level rise, and in the increased frequency and intensity of droughts.And we really have to get on with it, now. The damage to our Earth we’re already seeing with average temperatures 1.1 or 1.2 Celsius above pre-industrial values is frightening. In a couple of decades, at the current rate, we’ll be at 1.5 Celsius or more above pre-industrial values, and the research tells us that this could be catastrophic.LAPP: Harvard has set clear, University-wide sustainability goals for solving real-world challenges threatening the health and well-being of people and the planet. This has resulted in an extraordinary level of collaboration across our diverse and decentralized campus. Partnerships between our students, researchers, faculty, and staff have allowed us to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations, institutionalize best practices, and generate solutions that can be scaled up and widely replicated beyond the boundaries of our campus.GAZETTE: What role can Harvard play in helping to lead on finding solutions to the effects of climate change?HOLDREN: Harvard is, of course, a leader in the academic world; we have hundreds of faculty members deeply engaged with these questions, who aim very much to be a significant part of the solution. But more than that, Harvard is a leader in developing collaborative, innovative projects that link civil society, academia, and the private sector.Solving climate change and sustainable development is a highly interdisciplinary and intersectoral problem by its nature, and Harvard has extraordinary strengths across the full range of the relevant disciplines. We have individuals at the tops of their fields who are researching and teaching about sustainability and climate change, and not only in the natural sciences and engineering, but also in business, law, science, public policy, the full range of social sciences, and of course, at the professional Schools, too. We have a great opportunity to all work together on producing a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.“So, why now? The longer we wait, the more costly and difficult it will be to try to arrest the effects of climate change,” said Rebecca Henderson. Kris Snibbe/Harvard file photoHENDERSON: Teaching and research is of course fundamental to what we do at Harvard, but the committee has also been charged with thinking about how Harvard can make a difference on the ground. One of the goals of the committee, which includes faculty members from all of the fields that John mentioned as well as students representing Harvard College, the Business School, and the Kennedy School, is to ensure that Harvard reaches the commitments it made in terms of operations and being fossil-fuel-neutral by 2026 and fossil-fuel-free by 2050, and also, to advance knowledge for our community and beyond on what this really means, and what practices can best help us to reach these goals. Harvard, by the nature of our reputation and our partnerships, has an opportunity to be a leader and a catalyst in encouraging other institutions to commit to similar goals.LAPP: We encourage our students, researchers, faculty, as well as staff, to use the campus and surrounding community as a living lab to test exciting ideas and pilot promising new solutions to real-world challenges threatening the global health of people and the planet. We are committed to applying research and, by taking actions that make our community more efficient and hopefully a model, to drive global solutions to climate change and sustainability.GAZETTE: What are the goals of the new committee?HOLDREN: The committee was formed as a response to President Bacow’s very specific request to look at how Harvard could meet the goals that were set forth in a previous committee on sustainability at the University, and to advise on the direction of the University’s overall sustainability vision and plan. Harvard’s greatest impact will be to tap the faculty, students, and staff to apply the latest thinking and research, not only to achieve this University’s goals, but ultimately to advance global sustainability solutions. The committee, in close partnership with the Office for Sustainability, is working with students, researchers, faculty, and staff to leverage our strengths, to experiment, innovate, learn, and share what we learn to help society.The goals set forth by the PCS are designed to augment the University’s missions in teaching and research by showing that Harvard is serious about action and not just ivory tower investigations. Our commitments to climate change and sustainability are not confined to research and technology development, but they are linking those domains to the domain of action. I know this is so important to our students, and in the end, of course, it’s critical to the entire world.“Harvard has set clear, University-wide sustainability goals for solving real-world challenges threatening the health and well-being of people and the planet,” said Katie Lapp. File photo by Olivia FalcignoGAZETTE: How can Harvard community members take part in the actions set forth by the PCS?HENDERSON: Every member of our community plays a role in changing the culture and the way we learn, work, and live. It’s been encouraging to see over recent years that tackling climate change on campus has resulted in an unprecedented level of collaboration across our community, allowing for significant progress to be made to achieve our past climate and sustainability goals, and providing the foundation for pursuing a more holistic sustainable development vision as a community.One particular example of what individuals can do themselves is with regard to Scope 3 emissions, which are, in short, indirect emissions incurred by an organization and its employees, such as those attached to commuting and business travel. What’s most interesting about Scope 3 emissions is that we don’t yet fully understand their magnitude, and we’re just at the beginning of understanding what we can do about them. Related Arboretum gets a solar boost Sustainability celebration marks Harvard’s accomplishments A decade on, a goal met; now, next targets One incredibly interesting research question, which community members can become directly involved with, is: Can behavioral interventions make a real difference in regard to Harvard’s commitment to slowing the effects of climate change? We’re learning now during the current pandemic that our lives move on more or less OK if we conduct business through Zoom. Moving forward, can Harvard community members consider whether a Zoom meeting might effectively take the place of a business trip to somewhere like Beijing, and if so, what kind of interventions, and supports, can we set in place to encourage individuals to make these kinds of choices?HOLDREN: I completely agree with what Rebecca has just said in regard to Scope 3, and I think it’s important to mention that much more than business trips to Beijing is involved — that individuals need to look at their own commuting behavior and how making decisions to bike into work or use public transportation can have a positive and measurable impact. I also think Harvard needs to communicate effectively the ongoing work the University is doing to make its buildings more sustainable and sharing this kind of knowledge can inform decisions that community members make, for example, about the characteristics they want in their homes and cars. There’s a connection, in other words, between Harvard’s demonstrating how it’s taking action as an institution and people understanding how, as individuals, they can take meaningful action, too.Also, we’d love to hear from members of the Harvard community about their ideas on sustainability. Those who aren’t yet involved, and would like to be, can engage with the work of the committee by connecting with the Office for Sustainability at green.harvard.edu.Interview was edited for clarity and length. The path to sustainable commuting Faculty and staff save resources while setting an example for health and wellness 1.2-acre project to power research building is ambitious sustainability initiative last_img read more

VA Opening New Outpatient Clinic In Brattleboro

first_imgVA Opening 31 New Outpatient Clinics World-Class Health Care Brought Closer to More Veterans WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Veterans will have easieraccess to world-class health care under a Department of Veterans Affairs(VA) plan to open 31 new outpatient clinics in 16 states. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake today announced VAwill establish new clinics in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida,Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota,Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont. “VA is committed to providing world-class health care to the men andwomen who have served this nation,” Peake said. “These new clinics willbring VA’s top-notch care closer to the veterans who have earned it.” With 153 hospitals and about 745 community-based clinics, VA operatesthe largest integrated health care system in the country. VA’s medical carebudget of more than $41 billion this year will provide health care to about5.8 million people during nearly 600,000 hospitalizations and more than 62million outpatient visits. “Community-based medicine is better medicine,” said Dr. MichaelKussman, VA’s Under Secretary for Health. “It makes preventative careeasier for patients, helps health care professionals have closerrelationships with their patients and permits easier follow-ups forpatients with chronic health problems.” The community-based outpatient clinics, or CBOCs, will becomeoperational by late 2010, with some opening in 2009. Local VA officialswill keep communities and their veterans informed of milestones in thecreation of the new CBOCs. VA’s Proposed Sites for New Outpatient Clinics Alabama — Monroe County (2010) Arkansas — Faulkner County (2010), Pope County (2010) California — Lake County (2010), Oakhurst (2010), Susanville (2010),Yuba County (2010) Florida — Brandon (2010), Clermont (2010) Georgia — Blairsville (2010) Hawaii — Leeward (Honolulu, 2010) Illinois — Carbondale (2009), Harrisburg (2010), Sterling (2010) Iowa — Decorah (2010) Maryland — Fort Meade (2010), Montgomery County (2010) Michigan — Bad Axe (2010), Cadillac (2010), Cheboygan (2010), Grayling(2010) Minnesota — Southern central border (2010), Southwest metro area(exact locations to be determined, 2010) Mississippi — Pike County (2010) Missouri — Excelsior Springs (2009), Sikeston (2009), Sedalia (2010) North Carolina — Edenton-Elizabeth City (2010), Goldsboro (2010) Pennsylvania — Cranberry Township (2009) Vermont — Brattleboro (2010)last_img read more

Gilas assistant Uichico regrets actions in Gilas brawl

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The ugly fight erupted at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter as both benches cleared following a dustup involving Gilas’ Roger Pogoy and Australia’s Daniel Kickert.READ: SBP apologizes for Gilas-Australia brawlFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownA total of 13 players from both teams were thrown out upon thorough review of the incident that also saw Uichico among the Gilas mob ganging up on a seemingly defenseless Chris Goulding of Australia, who was flat on his back while being pummeled.“Tonight, my emotions got the better of me like a father who cares about his sons,” Uichico wrote on Twitter. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach Jong Uichico lamented his involvement in the ruckus with the Australian national team in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers at Philippine Arena on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT ATP, WTA eye outside help for tennis players harassed online MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town READ: Aussies ‘feared for safety’ after brawl vs Gilas Uichico admitted his actions were unjustifiable.“That does not excuse my actions and I apologize to everyone as in hindsight I should not have gotten involved. This is a painful but maybe necessary lesson for me.”RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Union backtracks on Election Day pay

first_img“I’m a teacher. Taxpayers pay us not to work on political campaigns on school time, and this is school time,” Seaman said. “And I don’t like to be kind of tricked into doing something that’s dishonest and unethical, where I can get fired and lose my credential.” District policy calls for teachers to show proof of attending professional staff development. Kaz, an experienced chapter chairman, said he misunderstood which button to tell teachers to push. “I was always told to push number six to avoid getting charged illness time. I gave the teachers the wrong information,” said Kaz, who teaches government, economics and U.S. history. “It’s funny, I did that yesterday and Tuesday and nobody told me it was the wrong number to push. I’m going to have to send out an e-mail before people start dialing in. “Now I know, and I won’t do it again.” A teachers union official encouraged those who plan to volunteer on Election Day for school board member Jon Lauritzen to say they wanted the day off for “professional development” – meaning the district would have to pay for the substitute, not the union, a Reseda High School teacher said Friday. Ed Kaz, the school’s union chapter chairman, suggested to a couple dozen teachers Friday that if they called LAUSD’s automated system to request a substitute teacher Tuesday, to press six for “professional development,” English teacher Robert Seaman said. Lauritzen, who’s running against Tamar Galatzan and Louis Pugliese for a San Fernando Valley seat, was present at the meeting. Teachers can take a day off to campaign, but they have to press three for “special school funded” for a substitute, since that funding will come from United Teachers Los Angeles. Close to 30 people have volunteered to work on Lauritzen’s campaign from Reseda High, Kaz said. UTLA Vice President Josh Pechthalt emphasized that the union’s policy is to pay for substitutes when teachers want to campaign. [email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Watch: Directors Lounge boosts premium experience at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane

first_imgA new deluxe studio called ‘The Directors Lounge’ has become a massive hit with movie fans at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane.The Directors Lounge offers customers a new premium cinema experience where one electric recliner replaces four standard cinema seats. The chairs recline back and lift your feet up with the touch of a button. To enhance the experience, the cinema is offering hot food such as pizzas and hot dogs at all shows plus wines and prosecco at evening showings which can be delivered to your seat.Pizza, wine and Prosecco all available at Extras in Eclipse Cinemas Lifford StrabaneThe food comes from the cinema’s in-house café bar Extras which opened last summer serving Italian coffee, teas, pizzas, hot dogs, loaded nachos, wines and is now serving the new gelato premium ice-cream.General Manager Louise Grieve Doherty explained: “We already offer some of the lowest cost cinema tickets in ROI for normal showings plus low cost deals like kids club at €2.30/£2 and Crazy Tuesdays €4.50/£4, so the Directors Lounge is targeting those who are willing to pay a little extra for a more premium experience, and to date feedback has been very positive.”New premium Directors Lounge at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-StrabaneNew premium Directors Lounge at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-StrabaneTickets for showings in the Directors Lounge are just €1.50 extra, and super comfortable seats are not the only benefits. Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane is a family-owned business, Director Daniel Barrett explained “The cinema industry has come a long way since my father opened the cinema in 1996, people expect more than just a seat, popcorn and a movie. We now are offering hopefully one of the best cinema experiences you can get on the island of Ireland and it’s not all about the premium seats.“It’s also about the products we sell, our homemade popcorn, the Lavazza coffee, the Quinns Premium Gelato Ice Cream to name a few. The Directors Lounge of course also features 4K projection which offers eight times the pixels of standard cinema.”The Directors Lounge to date has been a great success with numerous shows selling out , it is also available for private hire. Due to its exclusivity to avoid disappointment it is recommended booking your allocated seat online at www.eclipsecinemas.com. Plus, customers will soon be able to pre order their meal!For movie times, special events and more, visit www.eclipsecinemas.com and follow Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/eclipsecinemas.liffordstrabaneWatch: Directors Lounge boosts premium experience at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane was last modified: December 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:directors loungeeclipse cinemas lifford strabaneEntertainmentextrasmovieslast_img read more

Farming, auto industry ‘key to jobs’

first_img19 December 2012 The agriculture sector can create the most jobs for South Africa, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday. “If you are looking for jobs numbers, agriculture is the sector,” he said at a Progressive Business Forum breakfast in Mangaung in the Free State. “That is why one of the best jobs drivers in the National Growth Path is agriculture.” He said the automobile industry was another sector which was creating jobs and attracting foreign direct investment. Patel said car manufacturer Ford had identified South Africa as its base for the manufacturing of its Ford Ranger vehicles. Ford increased production and created 800 jobs in its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria and Struandale engine plant outside Port Elizabeth in September. BMW also produces its 3 Series range in South Africa following a R2.2-billion upgrade to its Rosslyn plant outside Pretoria in February, when 600 jobs were created to facilitate production capacity to more than double the number of exports from the country. Mercedes-Benz also marked South Africa as one of the manufacturing bases for its C-Class range and is training 800 technicians in a skills development programme ahead of the start of production of next-generation C-Class vehicles in 2014. Patel conceded there was a gap between government policy and implementation, which was a “central challenge” in government’s effort of achieving job creating growth. Sapalast_img read more

ComScore Ups the Ante in Mobile Analytics

first_imgIn a market that’s only going to see growth, some, like Om Malik, are already predicting Flurry’s acquisition by a big-time player in the near future. Analytics remains hot, as evidenced further by this morning’s news of a $27.5 million investment in comScore-competitor Quantcast by Cisco and Polaris Ventures. mike melanson ComScore, a leading Web statistics provider, has joined with Flurry Analytics to provide a more complete picture on the who, what, when, where and how of our use of mobile media. Founded just over a year ago, Flurry has grown immensely and this move will only serve to boost its popularity.Flurry announced the partnership on the heels of its merger with Pinch Media last month. The service boasts a nearly ubiquitous presence in the mobile market and will add a host of real-time data to comScore’s reports.“Flurry collects mobile application data from approximately two out of every three iPhone and Android devices. Each month, the company aggregates application usage data from over 1 billion end-user sessions across more than 50 million unique handsets from more than 200 countries. Over 10,000 developers have chosen to integrate Flurry Analytics within their applications.”That’s 9,700 more developers than the company started with just a year ago. Using Flurry’s data, comScore will add “real-time consumption data, including frequency of use, length of use, user geographic location, new vs. repeat usage and Wi-Fi vs. carrier network usage” to its mobile application data. Flurry provides a variety of information including what types of applications users are most likely to continue using over time and return to frequently, as shown in the following graphic. This data can then be used by companies to lure potential advertisers or by advertisers looking for potential targets. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#advertising#Analysis#mobile#news#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more