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Dealer.com acquires Burlington’s EpikOne

Dealer.com acquires Burlington’s EpikOne

first_imgDealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that it has acquired selected assets of EpikOne, Inc., a Burlington-based digital consultancy specializing in metrics strategies, media measurement and user experience optimization.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.As a trusted partner in Google’s AdWords, Analytics, Website Optimizer and Search programs, EpikOne developed an unparalleled understanding of the Google product suite and built one of the world’s leading consultancies with this expertise.  Clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies have relied on EpikOne to deliver the latest in digital metrics and web analytics and ‘ more importantly ‘ to turn metrics into actionable information for marketers.  EpikOne has worked with leading global brands across a wide range of industries, including Bulgari, Conde Nast, Eurail, GE Healthcare, Harvard, Intuit, Mattel, Morgan Stanley, the National Hockey League, Sony Music and Travelocity.”The acquisition of EpikOne is a case where the sum of the parts will definitely be greater than the whole,” said Rick Gibbs, President and Chief Technology Officer at Dealer.com.  “We have already strategically redeployed EpikOne’s employees throughout Dealer.com ‘ to maximize their immediate impact on the business and expedite product development.  With these new capabilities to support metrics and intelligent dashboards tailored specifically to the automotive space, we believe we’ve leapfrogged many of our competitors who continue to rely on more generic solutions.”Dave Winslow, co-founder of EpikOne and now Intelligence Chief at Dealer.com, added, “We are very pleased to join forces with Dealer.com, the clear leader in automotive digital marketing.  We built EpikOne as generalists working with some of the world’s best-known brands, but now look forward to focusing on the auto industry, where the opportunities and rewards for those who truly excel online remain very substantial.”About Dealer.com ( www.dealer.com(link is external) )Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award winning e-marketing solutions to automotive manufacturers, auto dealers and multi vertical media companies.  The company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools include advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability.Recent national and international accolades include: Inc. magazine’s 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces and Inc. 5000, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net Promoter® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, Dealer.com was the 2009 Top Rated Website Provider on DrivingSales.com, and won the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Diamond Award for Best Website Solution and the 2009 Most Comprehensive Search Marketing Platform Award from the Automotive Search Marketing Association. For more information visit: http://www.dealer.com/promo/look-inside.htm(link is external).BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Japanese Firms Take New Interest in Offshore Wind

Japanese Firms Take New Interest in Offshore Wind

first_imgJapanese Firms Take New Interest in Offshore Wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Untapped offshore wind is luring Japan’s biggest commodity houses to invest in projects in Taiwan and at home, buoyed by favorable government policies that support development of the clean power.Mitsui & Co. this month bought a stake in the Taiwanese wind developer Yushan Energy Co. that gives the Tokyo-based company a 20 percent stake in a 300-megawatt offshore project that may cost $1.8 billion to develop. Mitsubishi Corp. is working with partners to build a separate windmill venture off Taiwan’s coast and Marubeni Corp. is developing two offshore projects in the northern Japanese prefecture of Akita.Buffeted by strong breezes in the Taiwan Strait, the island has emerged as a hot spot for clean power projects as President Tsai Ing-Wen works to phase out nuclear energy while adding 25 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025. The island is seeking to boost offshore wind capacity to 5.5 gigawatts over the same timeframe, from just 8 megawatts.Globally, there are about 18 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity and Europe accounts for more than 80 percent of that, with the rest mostly in Asia, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Asia will add 3.5 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity in 2030, more than double the 1.5 gigawatts to be added in Europe the same year, according to estimates in a December report from BNEF.Mitsubishi, which will start construction of a 950-megawatt wind project off the U.K. coast with partners this year, aims to double its renewable output so that it accounts for about 20 percent of its total power production by 2030. Offshore wind will play an important role in that expansion, according to Yusuke Takeuchi, who heads a power business development team at Mitsubishi.More: ‘Dawn’ of Asia Offshore Wind Boom Lures Japanese Trading Houseslast_img read more

One of the Most Feared Colombian Narcotrafficking Criminals Captured

One of the Most Feared Colombian Narcotrafficking Criminals Captured

first_img On March 5, at the conclusion of four months of investigation that began following the murder in Bogotá of alias “El Gordo” [The Fat One], the Colombian National Police arrested Andrés Fernando Arroyabe Ramírez, alias “Máquina” [Machine], currently linked to the “Los Urabeños” criminal gang and recognized among emerging drug-trafficking groups as one of their most dangerous criminals. Arroyabe Ramírez has been part of two of the most powerful drug-trafficking and enforcement organizations in the country: “Los Rastrojos” [The Stubble], and “Los Urabeños”. Still, he also had the financial independence to manage a structure of more than 300 criminales present throughout the country, where he promoted the empowerment of “Los Urabeños” through aka “Mi Sangre” (My Blood). Alias “Máquina,” who is sought for extradition by a Miami district court on federal charges of drug trafficking and the murder of government witnesses, was hiding in Bogotá, from where he fled to take refuge on a rural property where he was finally arrested. According to the DEA, Andrés Fernando Arroyabe Ramírez is believed responsible for the shipment of more than ten tons of cocaine to the United States and was the owner of one of the best stables in Antioquia. During Operation Rebirth, carried out by specialized units of the Criminal Investigation and Interpol Directorate (DIJIN) with support from the Special Operations Command (COPES) of the National Police, seven firearms were seized, including a mini-Uzi submachine gun, along with 20 Blackberry cell phones, two iPads, six high-frequency communications radios, two armored vehicles, and documents linking him to financial transactions worth over a million dollars. By Dialogo March 07, 2012last_img read more

2 Long Island Parents Charged Under Leandra’s Law in 7 Hours

2 Long Island Parents Charged Under Leandra’s Law in 7 Hours

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East End man and a Nassau County woman have been arrested for drunken driving with their children in two separate incidents seven hours apart, authorities said.In the first case, Nassau County police said 49-year-old Phyllis Lindberg was driving eastbound on Sunrise Highway near her Massapequa home when she drifted off the roadway and struck a parked car shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, authorities said.Lindberg and her 6-year-old daughter, who was in the vehicle with her, were taken to a local hospital for treatment of neck and back pain after the car overturned. Police said she was found to be under the influence of alcohol.Then, shortly after midnight Tuesday, Southampton Town Police said 32-year-old Cristobal Espinoza was stopped for a failing to maintain a lane on Flanders Road in his hometown of Flanders. Espinoza failed sobriety tests and had his 8-year-old child in the vehicle, police said.Lindberg and Espinoza were each charged with endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated with a child, a felony under Leandra’s Law.Lindberg will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead and Espinoza will face his charges at Southampton Town Justice Court.Lindberg’s daughter was released to the custody of the girl’s father. Espinoza’ s child was returned to his mother.last_img read more

Baden-Powell Council promising safe scouting in light of BSA bankruptcy filing

Baden-Powell Council promising safe scouting in light of BSA bankruptcy filing

first_imgAdditionally, the local council says it has banned one-on-one contact between scouts and adults. In light of the recent sexual-abuse lawsuits, the ban has been extended to online and text messaging. But with lawsuits and allegations of sexual abuse hanging over the youth organization, Bull emphasized the council’s steps to ensure safer scouting for all participants. For a full list of protections enacted by the Boy Scouts of America, click here. “We have an ongoing commitment to keep our scouts safe, that’s something we take very seriously,” Bull said. “I can assure you as a father myself, youth protection and the barriers to abuse are my number one concern in anything that we do with the youth.” “You should inspect the youth protection policies of any organization that your children are involved in,” Bull says. Normally, volunteers and employees of BSA are required to take youth-protection training every two years. The Baden-Powell Council Scout executive Matthew Bull told 12 News this filing will not affect programs. The Baden-Powell Council mandates that its’ volunteers and employees take the training every year. Bull says the Baden-Powell Council goes beyond the traditional requirements for youth protection. “Our scouts continue to provide service projects, go on scouting adventures, pinewood derbies, blue and gold banquets. All the things you expect scouts to do, we’re going to keep doing,” Bull said. “The policies are to keep kids safe and everyone in scouting safe are constantly reviewed,” Bull says. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — The Baden-Powell Council is promising a safe scouting experience following the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) filing for bankruptcy due to numerous sexual abuse lawsuits. But with everything children partake in, Bull urges all parents to read youth protection policies. last_img read more

Slay try suspect jailed

Slay try suspect jailed

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with frustrated murder, a man was arrested in Barangay Buntatala, Jaro district. According to police investigators, Bueno committed the crime in Guimbal, Iloilo. The 46-year-old Newpoy Bueno was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 1 p.m. on July 1, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Guimbal municipal police station. The court recommended a P24,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

GCF launches CHESSKIDS online schools programme

GCF launches CHESSKIDS online schools programme

first_imgIN wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) recently sought to keep the youths involved by virtue of their online programme dubbed CHESSKIDS ONLINE CHESS-IN-SCHOOLS.The venture is a partnership between CHESSKID.COM which is a United States-based entity and the GCF. According to GCF Events Consultant, Shiv Nandall, the project is geared towards practising social distancing by allowing students to interact virtually via internet; which is a main requirement.The GCF acquired a one-year package with CHESSKID.COM, with the company donating several modules to the GCF for their young newbie batch of players.GCF will be targeting students aged between 7-19 who attend public or private schools in Guyana. The cost of the ambitious online chess project will amount to approximately US$15 000 per year provided by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). The local body is aiming to award CHESSKID Gold Membership to at least 1 000 players by the end of 2021.Police youth groups throughout the country are currently being targeted in the promotion of the game. Upon registering for the online programme, players and beginners will be awarded CHESSKID Gold Membership, based on their participation and use of the resources provided by the company.With regard to the more experienced players, they will be required to participate in short, online tournaments which will be about three hours each and will be conducted by the chess website.Meanwhile, interested school representatives or parents can contact Guyana National Arbiter John Lee on 623-0986, Chairman of the Chess-in-Schools Committee, Anand Raghunauth on 681-8771 or message GCF on Facebook for more information.last_img read more

YGAM launches Parent Hub education service

YGAM launches Parent Hub education service

first_img Related Articles RSPH brands YGAM’s ‘ParentHub’ as an essential education resource   July 24, 2020 Deputy Speaker praises work of YGAM founders July 10, 2020 YGAM calls for diverse perspectives on regulatory change August 3, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has committed to boosting education surrounding gambling-related harms with the launch of a new ‘Parent Hub’.The new service will provide families with ‘resources, information and activities to help build digital resilience and safeguard their children’.Amanda Atkinson, Head of Parental Engagement at YGAM said: “The enormous variety of games and in-app purchases available can make it confusing for parents to keep on top of safety controls.“Through our educational resources, we are focused on providing crucial information to parents so they can identify changes in behaviours and understand the effects that gambling and gaming may have on mental and financial well being.”In addition, YGAM will also offer a two-hour workshop for parents of primary and secondary school children which can be delivered in schools or local communities, providing information, through activities and videos to boost understanding of online gambling.Parent Hub will support parents in understanding why loot boxes appeal to children, while also addressing risks associated with gaming, including mental health and financial implications.The advice also shows how parents can take important steps to safeguard their children, including the use of parental controls and identifying potential signs of gambling-related harm.YGAM has also teamed up with researchers from Newcastle and Loughborough Universities to provide further information on loot boxes, offering advice that ‘builds on research at the universities which explores children and young people’s experiences of in-game purchases and the effects this has on their wellbeing’.Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the research will look at ‘the blurring’ between gaming and gambling in digital games, specifically around the purchase of loot boxes.“For some children, the act of opening a loot box is as important as what it contains,” explained Dr James Ash, Reader in Technology, Space and Society at Newcastle University, who is leading the research. “Feelings of surprise and suspense lead to repeat purchase of loot boxes. But this is often short-lived.“Children and young people have told us how they feel disappointment, frustration, anger, and regret at loot box purchases, yet they are still driven to purchase again. This is concerning, given the deliberate design of these mechanisms – the visual stimulus, the randomised contents, and the very unfavourable odds for unboxing rare items – which can lead to repeat loot box purchases.”Dr Sarah Mills, Reader in Human Geography at Loughborough University and Co-Investigator, added: “This research values children and young people’s first-hand experiences, and reveals how they make sense of these gaming systems in their everyday lives at home.“These views are important to capture, especially when working with relevant charities that support children, young people and families directly. The educational work of charities such as YGAM is more important than ever during the current challenges of lockdown.” Sharelast_img read more

Top-four battle heats up for Premier League’s big spenders

Top-four battle heats up for Premier League’s big spenders

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The intensifying battle for Champions League places takes centre stage in the Premier League this weekend as Liverpool host Tottenham, while Manchester United and Chelsea seek to recover from damaging defeats.Just five points now separate United in second from Spurs in fifth, with the riches and prestige of a place in the Champions League for next season fuelling a record £430 million ($611 million, 492 million euros) splurge in the January transfer window.Arsenal sit a distant sixth, six points behind their north London rivals, provoking an uncharacteristically busy window of comings and goings at the Emirates.Top four contenders at a crossroadsPhilippe Coutinho’s 160-million-euro move to Barcelona meant Liverpool ended January in the black despite splashing out a world-record £75 million for a defender on Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.Despite holding their own in this season’s Champions League and domestically, Liverpool and Spurs are not even in the top 10 for net spend on transfers in the Premier League this season.However, the steady progress achieved by both clubs under Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino will be threatened if they miss out on next season’s Champions League, making Sunday’s clash at Anfield all the more vital.A dominant 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Wednesday underlined Spurs’ return to form and a win at Anfield would move them ahead of their hosts in the table. Back-to-back defeats to Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion raised questions over Liverpool’s decision not to invest in a direct replacement for Coutinho but they bounced back to see off Huddersfield 3-0 in midweek and remain unbeaten in the league at Anfield this season.Aubameyang’s bowA forward line partnering new recruits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Mesut Ozil, who has signed a new long-term deal, means the pessimism of a damaging 3-1 defeat at Swansea on Tuesday was quickly forgotten.However, with Spurs and City to follow Everton’s visit to the Emirates, Arsene Wenger will need to former Dortmund duo to quickly re-establish their partnership to keep in touch with the other challengers. The Gunners could also quickly come to rue their winter clearout as Theo Walcott returns to the Emirates fresh from scoring twice to secure Everton’s first win of 2018 against Leicester on Wednesday.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

‘We didn’t take anything for granted’ – Jamaica’s Frew credits teamwork for historic Windies’ U-19 victory

‘We didn’t take anything for granted’ – Jamaica’s Frew credits teamwork for historic Windies’ U-19 victory

first_imgOutgoing Jamaica Under-19 captain, Michael Frew, a member of the victorious West Indies Under-19 team, has listed teamwork as the main reason their historic ICC Under-19 World Cup triumph. The West Indies, led by Man-of-the-Match Leeward Islands batsman, Keacy Carty, who scored an unbeaten 52, defeated title-favourites and previously unbeaten India by five wickets in the final yesterday in Bangladesh. “It was definitely, team performance,” off-spinning all-rounder Frew told The Gleaner.  “It wasn’t one person who really carried the team. Everyone chipped in at the right time. “Our opening bowlers, again, gave us a good start with the new ball and the bowlers in the middle came and finished the job. “In the batting we knew we had a lot of balls and the guys batted patiently,” he added. The triumph, which was wrapped up with three balls to spare, after the West Indies scored 146 for five in response to 145 made by the Indians, represented the first time the regional outfit was lifting the title. The previous best performance was a second place finish in 2004, when the West Indies, led then by current wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, lost to Pakistan in the final, also in Bangladesh. Fast bowlers – the impressive Alzzarri Joseph of the Leewards and, Ryan John of the Windward Islands – spearheaded the West Indies bowling performance with three for 39 and John, three for 38, respectively. “Leading up to the final we were winning matches so our confidence was at a pretty good level,” expressed Frew. “However, we knew that India was a good team and didn’t take anything for granted.” Guided by captain Shimron Hetmyer of Guyana, the West Indies, after going down to England in their opening match, rebounded to defeat Fiji and Zimbabwe in their subsequent group fixtures. They then defeated long-standing nemesis, Pakistan, who also knocked them out of the tournament in 2014, in the quarter-finals, before getting the better of Bangladesh in the semi-finals. One of three Jamaicans in the West Indies squad along with fast bowler Odean Smith and batsman Shahid Crooks, Frew, also said he hoped the win would make the people of the Caribbean happy. “I hope it has made them proud,” he said. “We wanted to do this for the people of the Caribbean, including our family and our friends.”last_img read more