Cruisin On A Sunday


What a ride! That’s how I would describe last Sunday morning. Got into my SNL ‘The Californians’ mode and took Temescal Canyon Road to the Pacific Coast Highway, turned left, cruised along the ocean, connected with the I-10 Interstate straight to the Overland exit, right on Olympic and in 15 minutes I am at the Century City mall for the 9am showing of Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation. Mission Impossible it was. I think I lost my breath during the film. Lots of action and quick-witted banter Read more [...]

Nepalese future Olympian smashes swimming National Record at Fina World Championships


A Nepalese swimmer has smashed a National Record at the FINA World Championships just three months after she spent a month sleeping in a car, without any training, following the devastating Nepal Earthquake. Sofia Gadegaard Shah, 17, a future Olympian, showed that she is the symbol of resilience on August 4, after she fought against all odds to storm to success in the swimming FINA World Championships, despite only training for less than two months. Sofia, who is one of 25 swimmers on a year-long Read more [...]

Ten things to look for when hiring a data scientist


Occasionally, data scientists are perceived as a commodity, much like pieces of software. The thinking goes “if we have (big) data, software, and a piece of data science, we should be all set, shouldn’t we?” But if things were that simple, there wouldn’t be a shortage of data scientists! Not all data scientists are created equal – they have different skills and strengths, and hiring a team with appropriate and complementary skills is vital for any successful business intelligence programme. Read more [...]

Its Time To Evaluate The Turkish Contribution Against ISIS!


By Rebwar Rashed: On Monday 20th July 32 youths were killed in the Kurdish town of Pirsoz (Suruc is the Turkish name of the city after the Turkification of Kurdistan from 1923) by an alleged ISIS suicide bomber, although Kurds think it’s in reality president Erdogan who is lying behind this. As a revenge action two Turkish officers got killed while in combat with militant youths on Thursday 23rd July. The two officers had a history of harassing, persecuting and mishandling Kurdish youths in the Read more [...]

Nokia Sells HERE To Audi, BMW And Diamler Consortium For EUR 2.8 Bn


Rajeev Suri, president & CEO, Nokia Nokia today announced an agreement to sell its HERE digital mapping and location services business to a consortium of leading automotive companies, comprising AUDI, BMW Group and Daimler for EUR 2.8 billion. The transaction values HERE at an enterprise value of EUR 2.8 billion with a normalized level of working capital and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Upon closing, Nokia Read more [...]

Rescue squad stays ready for the next emergency


  A rock face north of Ketchikan where KVRS members train. The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad was the first group on the scene of a deadly float plane crash near Ketchikan more than a month ago. They were the ones who discovered that there were no survivors, and, later, helped recover the remains. The wreckage, also, has now been recovered, and KVRS’s work on that incident is complete, but the group keeps busy, making sure they’re prepared for the next time someone needs their help…and they Read more [...]

3 Ways to Fight Undercutting Competitors


In the small business world, competition is prevalent, no matter where you look. Often times, companies that thought they had a solid fan base in their market share find themselves competing to match or beat their competitors’ prices. While this can cause an immense amount of frustration, especially considering that your lower-cost competition won’t disappear, it is easier to fight the competition you are familiar with than the competitors you aren’t. When a competitor undercuts your company, Read more [...]