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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR San Antonio officials believe the intergovernmental support agreement (IGSA) the city has reached with Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) for pavement and road work at multiple locations will provide the military substantial cost savings and improved support. “This agreement will enhance JBSA’s support to their 266 mission partners, increase our installations’ military value and also demonstrates the community’s support of the men and women in uniform who call this great city home,” Juan Ayala, director of the city’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, said in a statement released after the City Council approved its first IGSA with the joint base earlier this month.The IGSA covers a five-year ordering period and one five-year option period, with city contractors rehabilitating roadways at installations with funding provided by JBSA. Following the outcome of a pilot project, JBSA will be able to request the city complete pavement projects costing up to $15 million over 10 years. The agreement covers mill and overlays — including base and pavement repairs as needed — roadway stripping, tack coat and traffic control plans.Air Force photo by Amn Dillon Parkerlast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: With October being the breast cancer awareness month, various organisations in the city and some hospitals have been organising programmes to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education and research.A worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations and people is conducted every year during this month. Various hospitals both private and state-run ones organise camps for early detection and treatment of the patients. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA private hospital in Howrah commemorated World Breast Cancer Awareness Month by introducing ‘Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation Treatment (APBI) via Interstitial Brachytherapy in Breast Cancer’ for the first time in the Eastern India. APBI treatment is newer, localised alternative that delivers the effective radiation does directly to thetissue at risk. This targeted therapy reduces treatment time and may limit adverse side effects, particularly those involving the heart and lungs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOne of the ways to give APBI is via Interstitial Brachytherapy catheters implanted at the time of surgery. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance of it being cured.According to World Health Organisation (WHO), there are about 1.38 million new cases and 4,58,000 deaths from breast cancer each year.Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low and middle-income countries, the incidence rate has risen steadily in the last few years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanisation and adoption of western lifestyles.last_img read more


first_imgWeddings preparations start months in adance and amidst all the running around markets, the bride forgets to take care of herself. However this winter, make sure you are following some simple rules to shine even on a hectic day. Celebrity makeup artist Namrata Soni and Dermatologist Rashmi Shetty has come to the rescue of all brides-to-be with essential beauty and skincare secrets for the best bridal look this wedding season.4Don’t forget to moisturize: Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture leaving the skin dry and lifeless. If you’re more prone to dry skin, using a good moisturizer suitable for your skin type is essential. Additionally, homemade hydrating masks can also provide moisture in the winter months. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAdding natural moisturising ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe to the mask will help you experience smooth and soft skin instantly. Also, make sure you remove all your make-up before going to bed and apply a hydrating cream as it helps the skin breathe and gives it some much-needed nourishment and rejuvenation.4Exfoliation is crucial: During winters, our skin tends to dry faster requiring regular exfoliation, hence it’s recommended that one uses an “at-home” method for this. Take a product that is enriched with body butters and glycerin. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Stay hydrated and eat healthy: Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day to get snapped in those picture-perfect moments. To get that healthy, dewy glow, drinking plenty of water is essential as it not only hydrates your body but also flushes away unwanted toxins.Besides plenty of water, eating healthy food is also crucial. In addition to this, ensure you layer your skin with proper hydrating products like a mist, serum and moisturiser before applying makeup. Start with a hydrating mist to moisten the skin and allow your make-up products to penetrate. 4For a perfect smile: With winters, your lips tend to become dry and chapped. To get rid of dry skin, lightly exfoliate by rubbing your fingers on wet lips in circular motions. After you exfoliate, use a lip balm or a healing cream as this will not only make your lips smooth, but also get the blood flowing and make your lips look a little fuller.4Getting enough sleep: Sleeping is one of the best rewards you can give your skin. During your sleep cycle, your body repairs each of its systems, including your skin. Deep breathing and meditation is also a very important part of skin cleansing as watching your breath flow in and out helps you become aware of your skin and thus rejuvenates it.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the fight would be between the “United India” versus “some isolated people.”She was addressing the media after declaring the list of candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls at her Kalighat residence on Tuesday afternoon. “This election is going to be challenging because it will be a contest between the ‘United India’ forces versus some isolated people. It will also sound the ‘death knell’ for the BJP and bring an end to Narendra Modi’s “reign of fear”, Banerjee asserted. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”Never in the past have we seen such an arrogant Prime Minister. He has scared everyone — from mediapersons to government officials to the common people. Everyone in India is scared of him.” Banerjee also maintained that demonetisation, mounting unemployment, deprivation of the working class and farmers would be the key issues in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. “In the past five years, no development work had been carried out by the BJP-led Centre. They have tried to divide the country on the basis of caste and religion. The Dalits have been oppressed and tortured. They have changed history and politicised the institutions.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataReferring to the note ban, she said the Board of Governors of the Reserve Bank did not know about the matter. “The country wants to know under whose instruction the demonetisation of high-value notes had been implemented. I had reacted within half-an-hour after the ban of high-value notes came into force. Hundreds of people died and we want to know whose interest had been taken into consideration.” She also added that the demonetisation had badly affected India’s economy and the country’s GDP. “The Prime Minister had even said that the demonetisation would stop the flow of money to the terrorists. All rubbish,” she maintained. Rendering support to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s allegations against the government over the Rafale deal, the TMC supremo said: “I completely agree with what Rahul Gandhi is saying about Rafale scam. They (BJP) are threatening journalists like N Ram for speaking out the truth.” She also accused the BJP of pressurising the Election Commission to toe its line because of which the polling schedule was inordinately stretched to enable the Prime Minister to launch an extensive campaign across the country. She further added: “Tamil Nadu has 39 seats and the election will be held there in a single day. It is the same in Kerala as well which has 20 seats. In Bengal, there will be elections in seven phases and we all know what will be the weather in the middle of May.” She urged the Election Commission to ensure that no money was carried by air or road which would be distributed among the people. “Democracy is of the people, for the people and by the people and never of the money, for the money and by the money. I am in favour of Electoral Reforms and our MPs have played a major role in voicing this demand.”last_img read more


first_img Register Now » August 23, 2016 7 min read When I left my high-paying job at a successful private equity firm in San Francisco, I broke “the rules.” For the first time in my life, I felt free but also very afraid. It’s every financial professional’s dream to become a partner at a private equity firm where the compensation can amount to tens of millions in a lifetime. But me? I left the partner track to move to Tulsa. No, that’s not a typo. My fifth generation Native American roots were still there in my hometown where my parents had raised me 20 years before. I chose Oklahoma over New York, Chicago or San Francisco because I wanted to give back and transform the landscape of business in Tulsa. I am a builder in every sense of the word. I like to build businesses that contribute to the economy, but first I needed to search for and acquire a business that I could nurture.After 16 months of cold-calling entrepreneurs, in 2010 I finally unearthed the perfect company. The ConsumerAffairs website was originally created in 1998 as a news resource for journalists looking for trends in consumer complaints. Since then, my acquisition team has transformed the website from a complaint forum into a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform with more than 250 partner brands, representing 98 percent of our revenue and all our growth.Related: 6 Leaders Share the Secrets to SaaS Startup SuccessIn the process, a new revenue stream emerged involving subscriptions as opposed to advertisements. As we increased offerings and improved the overall user experience for consumers and businesses, clients expanded their partnership with us.  We broke the rules, and it worked.Each month, more than six million visitors come to ConsumerAffairs.com to research, review and engage with the more than 5,000 brands represented on our site. Recent additions to our user experience include expert reviews, buyers guides, how-to articles and best match tools to grow the available resources we offer consumers as a platform for purchasing advice.Many CEOs have an idea of what they want to do with a business, but not many are thinking about how they can overhaul and revamp revenue streams. Collaborating with the brightest minds can help because the future value of a company is based on innovative ideas, products, services and revenue models that have yet to exist. Whether it’s relocating headquarters or adding new product lines and revenue streams, experiencing a breakthrough requires finding new ways to break the rules that bind most entrepreneurs. I threw away some of the top entrepreneurial rules shared among the business community to find a new level of happiness, prosperity and company success.Rule 1 — Follow the money.Anti-rule — Time is more important than money.I could have been a partner at a San Francisco private equity firm, but instead I chose to take a 60 percent pay cut and acquire my own company.Had I stayed at my 90 hour a week job, my career would have been purely about financial gain rather than the broader context of cultivating my own company. My acquisition of ConsumerAffairs.com has resulted in adding jobs to the overall Tulsa economy. Another benefit has been spending more time with my wife and two children. Unlike money, time is something that cannot be made.Rule 2 — Web-based businesses belong only in the Bay Area.Anti-rule: Anywhere but Silicon Valley.Bringing our headquarters to Tulsa was a pearl clutching moment because conventional wisdom says you’re supposed to build a consumer web business in Silicon Valley. Tulsa, Okla., is not typically seen as a tech town. It is still dependent on oil and gas even as we see declines in those sectors. Related: Why You Don’t Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon ValleyAlthough not being based in San Francisco has encumbered our product and ability to attract engineering talent, by headquartering in a smaller market, we have a significant cost structure advantage. It’s worth the trade-off in talent acquisition so that we can scale the company to further success without spending millions of dollars in rent to be located near Google or Microsoft. It just so happens that there is a lot of new development happening in Tulsa, making business overhead more affordable. As an early adopter, ConsumerAffairs is at the forefront of that economic development.Rule 3 — Don’t buy a technology risk laden company.Anti-rule — Acquire companies with innovative or technology potential.The processes of the original CEO from whom I purchased ConsumerAffairs were largely manual. When I acquired the company, I had to build a technology platform that did not already exist. After hiring a team of 29 engineers and four product managers to overhaul manual operations, the original business is now only 3 percent of our revenue.Even though we had to create a platform on top of the existing business, we’ve grown the company at a compound annual growth rate of 91 percent since 2012.Rule 4 — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.Anti-rule — When the ground is shifting under your feet, try pivoting even an established company.Conventional business wisdom says that entrepreneurs should not change anything about a stand-alone acquisition for at least two years — especially not its revenue model. Pivoting is supposedly only for start ups because achieving product/market fit and monetization is a near miracle for most, and earning money at something new is really hard. But with a business goal of doubling revenue consistently, we had to rethink our advertising-based revenue model, pricing and processes. I waited only 30 days to start tinkering.Breaking the two-year rule paid off when we launched the ConsumerAffairs for Brands accreditation program. The goal now is to dispute and enable the use of feedback and analytics to drive operational improvements in customer service and product offerings.Related: How ConsumerAffairs Survived Pivoting and Improved ProfitabilityOver the past two years, we have engaged more brands in solving consumer issues, expanded our platform to include dispute resolutions and offered brands a chance to provide documentation if they are unable to facilitate a resolution with a consumer. This is what’s unique about our partnership that no other review platform provides.Reducing reliance on the website’s advertising model enabled us to improve the consumer experience dramatically, and by developing new products born from the need to service brands, we have seen a massive return on equity. Rule 5 — Micromanage for better employee results.Anti-rule — Unleash your staff.Instead of micromanaging, I enable talent. Our corporate culture promotes freedom and responsibility by not having any rules. Some 60 percent of our workers telecommute. We offer unlimited paid time off with a paid vacation stipend. We maintain a well-stocked bar with the best beer selection for those who enjoy an alcoholic drink at lunch, and we have Uber on speed dial so that people can get home from work safely if they take good advantage of this employee perk. Freedom as a core belief is paying off. Our 2015 retention rate was 92 percent, which is unusual in the corporate and sales sectors. 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