Tag: bolster

Sonoma County to bolster COVID strategies; looks to successes of other Bay Area counties

Concerned about the lack of progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Sonoma County, local officials are considering a multi-pronged strategy to slow transmission rates, including trying to replicate some of the successes of other Bay Area counties.

The initiative surfaced Monday as Sonoma County leaders braced for the release of another disappointing set of statistics Tuesday expected to show the county has again fallen short of state metrics to further ease restrictions on local business activity.

The county is expected to remain in the purple zone, the most restrictive of the state’s four-tier reopening process. Saddled by a growing number of new coronavirus cases, the county continues to be the only county in the Bay Area that has not advanced to a less restrictive stage.

Details of the county’s new plan are still taking shape. Dr. Sundari Mase, the county’s health officer, said the new strategies range from

Read More

Disney Reorganizes Content and Distribution Units to Bolster Streaming Businesses

The Walt Disney Company announced a broad structural reorganization of its media and entertainment businesses Monday, in a move to ramp up and streamline its direct-to-consumer strategy. That involves the creation of the new Media and Entertainment Distribution group, which will oversee all content monetization and streaming operations. Kareem Daniel, most recently president of consumer products, games and publishing at Disney, will lead the unit.

The move comes just under a year after the launch of Disney Plus, which has since surpassed the 60 million subscriber mark.

Under the new structure, the studios will continue to develop and produce originals for Disney’s streaming services — which include Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus — and legacy platforms. Distribution and commercialization will now be centralized under the Media and Entertainment Distribution group.

“Given the incredible success of Disney+ and our plans to accelerate our direct-to-consumer business, we are strategically positioning our

Read More

LIZHI INC. Among the First to be Selected into Government-backed Pilot Program to Bolster Local Online Audiovisual Industry

GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LIZHI INC. (“LIZHI” or the “LIZHI app” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: LIZI), a leading online UGC audio community and interactive audio entertainment platform in China, has been selected into first 10 Guangdong-based online audiovisual companies to participate in a local government-backed pilot program, which stands out companies that spearhead the innovation in products, services and business models through the development, promotion and application of cutting-edge technology, and play a significant role in the development of online audiovisual industry.

With the deployment of 5G network, the rapid development of AI and the IoT technologies, Guangdong Province — home to numerous tech and internet giants — is exploring new governance models for the online audiovisual industry to promote healthy development of diverse, high-quality on-demand and streaming content. In late 2019, the Administration of Radio, Film and Television of Guangdong Province commissioned an independent group of

Read More

Majority of UK firms now looking to AI to bolster their business

45% of businesses said they would implement AI technologies in the next 12 months. Photo: Getty
45% of businesses said they would implement AI technologies in the next 12 months. Photo: Getty

Artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace has long been a sensitive topic. Many people see it as robots taking over their jobs, while some firms remain sceptical about the technology due to the costs.

While COVID-19 saw global lockdowns introduced and work patterns change amid a shift to remote work, firms closed as revenues dropped and wrecked havoc on the travel and hospitality industries.

In the face of adversity, it forced business leaders to make “smart investments” on the spot to prevent their businesses from collapsing, which saw them “roll-out of digital technologies” to keep the workflow going, while keeping their customers satisfied.  

However, as the coronavirus crisis saw many people lose their jobs, or put on furlough it has brought about a change in attitude towards AI in UK business leaders, according to

Read More

The New York Times’ bombshell reporting on Trump’s tax returns could significantly bolster Manhattan prosecutors’ investigation into his business practices

a sign in front of a building: Activists protest outside federal court during a hearing related to President Donald Trump's financial records on October 23, 2019 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

© Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Activists protest outside federal court during a hearing related to President Donald Trump’s financial records on October 23, 2019 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • President Donald Trump’s finances came under scrutiny this week after The New York Times published an investigation into his federal income tax returns, which he has concealed from the public.
  • The investigation found that Trump raked in millions every year but paid little or no taxes for much of the last two decades. In 2016 and 2017, he paid just $750 in income taxes, the report said.
  • The Times’ investigation will likely bolster the Manhattan district attorney’s efforts to obtain eight years of the president’s tax returns.
  • That’s especially true since prosecutors from the DA’s office hinted in a court filing last week that Trump may be investigated for tax and insurance fraud, and extensively cited previous media coverage as
Read More

Is Your Social Media Content Attracting Leads? 4 Ways to Bolster Your Strategy

You may think your followers want one type of content when really they want another. 

Free Book Preview Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing

This book takes readers through a 360-degree perspective of social media marketing in businesses.

5 min read

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Digital marketers often identify social media as one of the best forms of content marketing, but it can often feel like we’re just going through the motions. If the social media content isn’t attracting leads, what good is it? It’s likely you just need a quick boost in strategy to make sure your content is appealing to your target audience and getting inbound requests and messages. 

In fact, 90 percent of social media users have used the platform to communicate directly with a business before. So if none of your customers or followers are reaching out to you,

Read More

New Survey Shows New Users & Business Travel Will Bolster Private Jet Travel For The Fall

MIAMI, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Private Jet Card Comparisons has released the results of a new survey that reveals 90% of new and existing private aviation users are expecting to travel by private jet this fall. According to the survey, 51% of respondents are planning to increase their use of private aviation, with 31% reporting their companies are expanding usage of private aviation services. The survey analyzed individuals’ upcoming plans to fly private between September and the festive period, with 36% of respondents identifying as new or returning users and 64% representing existing users who were flying private prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fundamentally, it looks like a combination of new users to private aviation and steady, continued usage from existing users will offset an overall drop in business travel between now and the Christmas holiday season,” said Doug Gollan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Private Jet Card

Read More

C$ slips to 6-week low as COVID-19 worries bolster greenback

* Canadian dollar weakens 0.4% against the greenback

* Loonie hits a 6-week low at 1.3355

* Price of U.S. oil increases 0.2%

* Canada’s 10-year yield steadies at about 0.560%

TORONTO, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar fell to a
six-week low against its broadly stronger U.S. counterpart on
Wednesday, as data showed euro zone business growth grinding to
a halt this month and as investors awaited details of Ottawa’s
spending proposals.

The loonie was trading 0.4% lower at 1.3351 to the
greenback, or 74.90 U.S. cents.

The currency touched its weakest intraday level since Aug.
11 at 1.3355, while the safe-haven U.S. dollar clung to
two-month highs against a basket of major currencies as concerns
about a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe met weak
economic indicators.

Data showed the euro zone’s service industry slamming into
reverse. .

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday will

Read More

Business Chiefs Push Cuomo, de Blasio to Bolster NYC After Covid

(Bloomberg) — New York business leaders are pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to consider ways of ensuring that the nation’s biggest city retains its economic dominance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

a group of people walking on a city street: Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy's Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.

© Bloomberg
Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy’s Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.

In a letter, 177 business leaders, including executives from Citigroup Inc., Squarespace Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Macy’s Inc., called on Cuomo and de Blasio to formulate a strategic plan for New York’s economic recovery.

“New York should step up to chart the course for recovery of urban centers everywhere,” the letter read. “We urge you to convene a multi-sector leadership initiative which can call upon the

Read More

Alibaba eyes investment in Grab to bolster business in Southeast Asia

  • Alibaba may invest $3 billion in Grab to use its delivery capabilities and variety of services to bolster its business in Southeast Asia.
  • And Grab may be interested in an investment from Alibaba due to its financial woes during the pandemic. 
  • Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Payments & Commerce industry with the Payments & Commerce Briefing. You can learn more about subscribing here.

The Chinese e-tailer is in talks to invest $3 billion in the Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm, which was valued at approximately $14 billion in March 2019, Bloomberg reports. If the firms come to an agreement, it would expand on Alibaba’s existing interest in Southeast Asia (SEA): It has already invested $4 billion in Lazada, which is now its ecommerce arm in the region.

Alibaba Core Commerce Revenue

Alibaba may invest $3 billion in Grab.

Business Insider Intelligence

Working closely with Grab would enable Alibaba to

Read More