NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.
OTTAWA – When Ottawa announced changes to EI parental leave benefits last year that will allow new mothers to receive benefits for 18 months, Heather Wilson was excited about the possibility of spending more time with her baby.But after digging into the changes, Wilson and her husband are probably going to stick with the 12-month option.That’s in large part due to the fact that when Ottawa announced the change, it didn’t increase the amount of money for the program. So, while you may receive paternity benefits for a longer period, the weekly amount will be less.The reduction means that new parents looking to make up the difference over the extended period with savings may want to have $10,000 or more put aside, on top of their other savings in preparation for the new baby.Calgary-based Wilson says her EI maternity and paternity leave benefits, which max out at $547 per week before taxes, are already going to be a drop from her regular paycheque, so the further reduction to take 18 months may not work for her family’s budget.“The time and concept is really nice, that 18 months, but for us, we’re not sure financially it makes a lot of sense,” said Wilson, who is due with her first child in May.She noted that she and her husband may already face challenges in coming up with their regular contributions to their tax-free savings accounts and RRSP savings with the reduction in her income.Amy Dietz-Graham, a portfolio manager for BMO Nesbitt Burns, said having a baby can be a huge expense and choosing the longer option means being able to budget for the longer time away from work.“If you can plan ahead and start saving ahead of time if you do want to take that extra time, the better off you’ll be,” said Dietz-Graham, who is also due with her first child at the beginning of March.Federal EI maternity and parental benefits provide money for new parents through employment insurance benefits, while Quebec runs its own Quebec Parental Insurance Program, which has not changed.Federal EI maternity benefits for biological mothers, including surrogate mothers, run for 15 weeks and pay a weekly benefit of 55 per cent of the claimant’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum amount of $547 per week.After that, EI parental benefits, which may be shared between parents, kick in with two options: a standard choice of up to 35 weeks or an extended version that spreads the same payment out over a maximum of 61 weeks. The extended option reduces the payment to 33 per cent of the claimant’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum of $328, though that amount may be increased if you are eligible to receive the family supplement for low-income families.EI benefits are also taxable, so federal and provincial or territorial taxes will be deducted from your benefits too, reducing the amount that ultimately ends up in your pocket.Some new parents also receive parental leave top-up payments from their employers, but they will likely not cover the entire period.Dietz-Graham said you may also want to budget for additional expenses such as making a will if you don’t have one, or a life insurance policy to take care of your child if something should happen to you.She adds that reducing RRSP contributions in a year that you are on leave may also be something to consider, as you may get bigger tax savings by making them in a year when your income is higher.Those who do opt to take the extra time could save on the spending side of the equation, Dietz-Graham noted.You won’t have the costs of going to work like your daily coffee, lunches out and transit or parking. And, by taking the extra six months it means you won’t have daycare costs for that time, which could add up to thousands of dollars.
HOUSTON – Kinder Morgan’s shareholders have asked the company for more disclosure on its sustainability after a presentation Wednesday by a First Nations chief from British Columbia.Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson said she told the company’s annual general meeting in Houston that environmental, social and governance issues can pose significant risks to business and without proper disclosure, shareholders won’t know if they are vulnerable.Wilson said she also explained the legal risks if Kinder Morgan proceeds with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Indigenous land without consent from First Nations.“We do not believe the risks of the project have been accurately evaluated nor fully disclosed and we wanted to point that out to the shareholders,” she told a news conference after the meeting.Wilson put forward a resolution proposing that shareholders ask Kinder Morgan to issue an annual sustainability report describing the company’s analysis of short- and long-term risks, along with plans for mitigating them.Another resolution from a U.S. asset management company proposed that Kinder Morgan create a report looking at how commitments various countries have made under the Paris climate change agreement will affect the pipeline builder’s portfolio in the long term.A Kinder Morgan spokesman said both resolutions passed, but neither is binding. Executive chairman Rich Kinder said in a statement the board will “carefully consider the proposals and the information contained in the supporting statements in determining what actions to take with respect to them.”Because the resolutions are non-binding, shareholders should follow up to show the company that they’re watching and expect their wishes to be expressed, said Lisa Lindsley with advocacy group SumOfUs.Kinder Morgan could have foreseen issues with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if the company had previously committed to putting out sustainability reports, she added.“Billions of dollars of shareholder value would have been saved if Kinder Morgan had done a better job of anticipating, assessing and mitigating the sustainability risks to its business,” Lindsley said.In 2016, Ottawa approved plans to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. But the $7.4-billion project has faced significant opposition and legal challenges from environmentalists, First Nations and B.C.’s NDP government.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential spending on the expansion earlier this year, saying ongoing opposition in B.C. and the threat of legal delays was making investors wary of proceeding with the project. The company set May 31 as the deadline for the federal and provincial governments to reach an agreement that would allow the expansion to go ahead.Wilson said the fact shareholders voted for the sustainability report proposal shows they want the company to be more socially and environmentally responsible, but that won’t stop opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion because it threatens Indigenous culture, spirituality, identity and way of life.“That means fundamentally more to us than anything that they could offer us,” she said. “This means that there will be further delay and risk and uncertainty for the overall project. And we wanted to carry that message to the shareholders today.”As the general meeting took place, protests against the expansion project continued in Burnaby, with opponents blocking access to the company’s marine terminal on land and in the water.About 200 people have been arrested since the middle of March while protesting outside Kinder Morgan’s facilities in Burnaby, the RCMP have said.The City of Burnaby said Wednesday that it has filed leave to appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada, asking the court to weigh in on a dispute over construction of the Trans Mountain expansion.The National Energy Board ruled last December that Kinder Morgan could bypass local bylaws as it builds the project and the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the city’s application to overturn the decision.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said in a statement Wednesday that the city does not believe the energy board is the right place to review municipal processes, so it’s taking the issue to Canada’s highest court.— By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
A man was killed in what the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called a gunfight in Taushara of Khetal upazila in Joypurhat early Monday.According to UNB, RAB claimed that the deceased, Tofazzal Hossain alias Wazed, 37, son of late Wadud Sarker, a resident of Uttar Maheshpur Sarkar Para village, was accused in 12 to 13 drug cases.Commanding officer of Joypurhat RAB-5, said that on secret information, a team of RAB conducted a drive in the area around 1:45am.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, a group of people opened fire on them, forcing the lawmen to fire back, triggering the gunfight that left Wazed injured with bullet.The injured was taken to Khetlal Upazila Health Complex where the physicians declared him dead.The team recovered a pistol, one round bullet, bullet-shell, a magazine and 150 bottles of phensidyl.Two RAB members were also injured, according the law enforcers.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.
When business owners talk about analytics, they often are referring to web analytics. They talk about setting up tools such as Google Analytics or Adobe’s SiteCatalyst to track page views, test variables and gauge their website’s performance.But they’re missing the bigger picture. While web analytics are certainly important, they are only one type of metric that entrepreneurs need to know about — especially when starting up.Here are five other types of analytics you should be monitoring to discover critical information about your business, customers and marketing efforts:1. Funnel analytics. Your funnel analytics provide data about customer flow through lead generation, checkout pages, registration and other means.While you can get basic funnel data from web analytics tools, specialized software can help you better understand your customer funnel. One is KISSmetrics, starting at $150 a month, and MixPanel, with a freemium option where you can track up to 25,000 events for free. These tools can help you understand how leads obtained through your acquisition and onboarding funnels are working out.From studying your funnel, you can conduct tests and make changes to forms, buttons, language and more. Improving your funnel is one of the chief ways to enhance your bottom line.Related: Easy Ways to Keep Visitors on Your Website Longer2. On-site engagement analytics. Beyond knowing how people get to your site, you should understand what they’re doing on your pages. Where are they clicking? Where are they hovering? Where are they looking and perhaps getting confused?This is where mouse-move heat map and click heat map tracking tools come in. Mouse-move heat maps show you were people hover and move across your pages. This information can help you learn whether users find your site intuitive. Click heat mapping tools show you visually the exact locations where visitors’ cursors clicked on your website. This information can be useful in identifying usability or navigation issues.Startups should use these early on so they can make any necessary website adjustments. Some handy tools include ClickTale, which offers both mouse-move and click heat maps and starts with a freemium plan where you can study up to 400 page views a month, and CrazyEgg, which focuses mainly on heat mapping and starts at $99 a month.3. Customer analytics.Startups often wait too long to survey customers and set up consumer feedback channels. But with customer analytics, you can learn about unfulfilled consumer needs and identify problems in your marketing, such as confusion over your messaging.Try tools like ZenDesk, a customer-service platform that lets you respond to customer concerns across channels, track those concerns and improve communication. It starts at $24 a month. There’s also SurveyMonkey, an online research tool that offers a generous free plan that’s worth trying. Another is Qualaroo, a customer insight tool that starts at $79 a month and enables you to easily survey your customers for quick feedback on their experience with your website and other consumer issues.Related: Want to Sell More Online? How ‘Split Testing’ Your Site Can Help4. Lifecycle analytics.To understand the best ways to communicate with customers, you need to collect data on emails, newsletters, in-app messaging and more.Consider using tools such as Customer.io, an email communication platform, that helps you first understand if your emails and newsletters are working and then enables you to easily edit them for improved performance. It starts at $75 a month. There’s also Intercom, which starts at about $50 a month and can improve both communications and customer development by helping you identify and survey specific customer segments.5. Marketing analytics. When a startup begins marketing, it often pushes forward with the channels it has the most experience with. But that’s a risky way to create a marketing roadmap.Marketing analytics tools, which monitor, track and compare your marketing channels in one dashboard, can help you understand which approaches work best, as well as measure the success of specific campaigns. From there, you can decide how best to allocate your marketing budget and make better hiring decisions when ramping up your team.To track and understand this type of data, you can try such tools as HubSpot, a marketing automation platform that helps you see all of your marketing channels in one dashboard view. It starts at $200 a month. Moz (previously SEOmoz) also just opened up a beta for their marketing analytics solution, which allows you to manage all of your inbound marketing efforts in one place. It starts at $99 a month.In the age of analytics platforms, marketers are often overwhelmed by data. Reactively, we tend to rely on the tools and types of data we have loved for years, but that’s a dangerous approach. Instead, we should take advantage of the many new types of data that can help us learn ever more about our customers and better meet their needs.Related: A Company That Makes User Analytics Simple Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 29, 2013 Register Now »
Accedo has set up operations in Brazil and has upped sales manager Paloma Santucci to country manager.Video app specialist Accedo said that formally establishing an entity in Brazil will help in “further strengthening its global position” and will enable it to provide local support for Brazilian customers such as LG, Telefonica and Rede Globo.“Since Accedo’s inception over a decade ago, our strategy has always been to be close to customers. Opening our Brazilian Entity and resourcing locally are evident of our commitment to that promise”, said Accedo vice president, Latin America and southern Europe, Jeronimo Macanás.Santucci has previously worked for companies including LG, Rede Record, FS and Playphone and has six years of experience in the digital market.
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