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Corps Briefs ASA Waterways Industry Stakeholders on Miss River Shipping

first_imgASA CEO Steve Censky and other waterways industry stakeholders participated in a meeting with Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in St. Louis on Jan. 11 to discuss low water levels on the Mississippi River, a vital part of the inland waterways system transporting U.S. soybeans to international customers. Also in attendance were the Army Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard the National Weather Service, Waterways Council, National Corn Growers Association, Carpenters Union, and American Waterways Operators.”We were there to stress the importance of maintaining river navigation to agriculture and our industries,” said Censky.More than 60 percent of U.S. soybean exports, or 830 million bushels, will be exported via Southern Louisiana terminals during the current 2012/2013 marketing year. Almost all of that arrives via barge.The Corps announced on Jan. 13 that the first phase of the most critical rock removal work on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill., has been completed ahead of schedule.” The Corps indicated last week that the Mississippi River will be able to sustain navigation through the end of January for towboats and barges at a 9-foot draft.”ASA has been and continues to be very active in working with our policy makers and the Corps of Engineers to express the economic importance to U.S. soybean farmers of maintaining shipping on the Mississippi River,” said Censky. “And by doing that, we did see the removal of these rock pinnacles much sooner than would have happened normally.”last_img read more

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WISHH Ships US Soy to Africa

first_imgThe American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) recently purchased soybeans for shipment to Ethiopia and soybean meal to Burkina Faso, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Quality Samples Program (QSP) and support from U.S. Soy Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSB).The shipments, from Illinois and Michigan suppliers, will go in 20 foot containers and provide enough soy for the receiving company to perform industrial scale production runs and test the local markets for product performance and acceptability.WISHH will provide technical assistance to the recipients and promote commercial purchases.“Containerized commodity shipments are ideally suited for Africa,” said Josh Neiderman, WISHH regional director, Africa, “Many countries there have strong demand for soy, but the importers are often too undercapitalized to buy large volumes.”last_img read more

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Aldridge scores 40 as Blazers stun Spurs

first_imgPORTLAND — Two power forwards stepped onto the court before tip-off. One was a two-time regular-season MVP, three-time Finals MVP and four-time NBA champion. The other was the one worth paying to see. Two teams stepped onto the court before tip-off. One owned the best record in the NBA and was on pace to become the second 70-win team in league history. The other was the one that dominated. LaMarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers took predictability Tuesday and pile-drove it through the Rose Garden floor, trouncing the Spurs, 99-86. It’s probably premature to say that this win marked a turning point for Portland (26-22), but it is impossible to say that the Blazers weren’t turning heads. Was this the biggest game of the year?“It has to be,” Aldridge said. “This is the best team in the league and I don’t think anybody else could say that because they actually have the record to prove it.” Aldridge did a little proving himself Tuesday. His career-high 40 points against the league’s best may have been the closing argument for his All-Star case. His dominance over Spurs forward Tim Duncan may have been the latest testimony suggesting he is among the NBA’s power-forward elite.last_img read more

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Clark County unemployment declines

first_imgClark County employers have added a net 1,200 jobs in the past 12 months, and the county’s unemployment rate has slowly inched downward, according to figures released Tuesday.While those numbers indicate progress, they also show the county lagging behind the state’s recovery, Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department, said Tuesday.And the decline in the county’s jobless rate — it went from 13.2 percent in November 2010 to an estimated 11 percent in November 2011, roughly a two percentage point drop — is mainly because unemployed workers have given up looking for work, Bailey said.As a result, the labor force participation rate has fallen and, along with it, the county’s jobless rate. “There was slow employment growth, but not enough to put a dent in unemployment,” Bailey wrote in his “Southwest Washington Labor Market News” report. “The revised unemployment rate has trended downward, but only because workers have been giving up on finding a job.”What’s more, first-time claims for unemployment insurance remain at high levels, Bailey wrote, “indicating that while there are net job gains, there’s still considerable job loss being generated.”last_img read more

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Minimal cuts made to state longterm care local providers relieved

first_imgState-funded long-term care emerged nearly unscathed in the supplemental operating budget passed Wednesday and even received a modest increase in money for a support program for family caregivers and training for workers in long-term care.Long-term care providers, who had been bracing for deep cuts, were gleeful about the news.“It’s been a huge worry,” said David Kelly, executive director of the Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities. “I feel like what we do for our seniors is the best use of public dollars I know of, and I am so pleased these dollars have been maintained so the services we offer don’t have to be cut back.”The exception to the good news was a 2 percent rate cut for assisted living centers.“It’s a pretty small cut, and assisted living centers haven’t been cut before,” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, chair of the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee. “Everybody else — nursing homes, adult family homes, in-home care — has been cut before. Two percent is a small cut they can handle.”The Legislature gave small increases in money to other programs.The Family Caregiver Support program received an additional $1.7 million. The program provides training, counseling and respite care for unpaid caregivers.About $9.2 million was added to pay for additional training for workers in long-term care, required this year for the first time by Initiative 1163. “It’s miraculous that all the things we worried about did not come to fruition,” said Eric Erickson, executive director of Vancouver’s CDM Services home care agency. “It’s a great outcome.”One of the cuts lawmakers had mulled was eliminating adult day care, a service provided by CDM. The program provides therapy and activities to people with disabilities and gives unpaid caregivers a break from their duties.last_img read more

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WSU proposes limiting tuition increase

first_imgA proposal to limit any tuition increase at Washington State University and its branch campuses, including WSU Vancouver, to 2 percent for the coming academic year will be on the agenda when the WSU Board of Regents meets at 3 p.m. Thursday. Videoconferencing of the meeting will be available at the WSU Vancouver campus in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 307.The proposed tuition cap is intended to provide students and parents a sense of certainty about tuition rates for the year, despite the state Legislature’s delay in the approval of a final budget.The proposed cap is subject to legislative continuation of the tuition-setting authority granted state universities.last_img read more

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Frightened Okla residents opt to flee tornadoes

first_imgA distribution warehouse in the Earth City corridor was heavily damaged during a storm, Saturday in St. Charles County, Mo. The National Weather Service confirms at least two tornados were part of the Friday night storm that raked portions of the St. Louis area, damaging hundreds of homes but causing no serious injuries. OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s a warning as familiar as a daily prayer for Tornado Alley residents: When a twister approaches, take shelter in a basement or low-level interior room or closet, away from windows and exterior walls.But with the powerful devastation from the May 20 twister that killed 24 and pummeled the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore still etched in their minds, many Oklahomans instead opted to flee Friday night when a violent tornado developed and headed toward the state’s capital city.It was a dangerous decision to make.Interstates and roadways already packed with rush-hour traffic quickly became parking lots as people tried to escape the oncoming storm. Motorists were trapped in their vehicles — a place emergency officials say is one of the worst to be in a tornado.“It was chaos. People were going southbound in the northbound lanes. Everybody was running for their lives,” said Terri Black, 51, a teacher’s assistant in Moore.After seeing last month’s tornado also turn homes into piles of splintered rubble, Black said she decided to try and outrun the tornado when she learned her southwest Oklahoma City home was in harm’s way. She quickly regretted it.last_img read more

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Vancouver lifts burn ban

first_imgThe city of Vancouver has lifted its burn ban after rain soaked the region overnight.Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli today lifted the recreational burn ban issued on Aug. 12 within the city limits. Outdoor recreational fires are now allowed, effective immediately.“With the recent rains, the conditions that created the extreme fire danger last month are no longer an issue,” Scarpelli said in a news release.For more information about safe and legal recreational fires inside the City of Vancouver, visit www.vanfire.org.last_img read more

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Portland protester cited after being hit by motorist

first_imgPortland police have cited a protester who was injured by a motorist as he blocked street traffic with a group of demonstrators on Saturday.Julian Rist suffered a foot and ankle injury after the driver of an SUV ran into him at about 3:15 p.m. The driver left the scene.Police said the driver, 37-year-old Thomas Munsey, called Milwaukie police about 15 minutes later and said he was involved in the crash. He told police he was too afraid to stop because protesters surrounded his vehicle and he was worried for his and his family’s safety.Rist was taken to a Portland hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.Police said Sunday that after an investigation, Rist was cited for improper position on a highway. Sgt. Pete Simpson says the driver was not cited.The protesters were with the group Don’t Shoot Portland.last_img read more

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The pros and cons of using inhouse and external financial education expertise

first_imgNeed to know:A good financial education scheme should help an organisation achieve its wider business objectives, increase engagement, improve financial wellbeing and improve the employee’s understanding of their benefits and their own personal finances.Employers can look to both in-house resources or external parties to provide financial education programmes.A financial education provider can tailor its services to reflect the specific needs and culture of an organisation and its people. It is something of a boom time for financial education providers with a recent report revealing that the number of employers in the process of introducing or are considering introducing financial education has risen by 121% in the past year. The Financial education: the definitive guide 2015, published by Nudge Global in April 2015, which surveyed 252 HR and benefits professionals, found that 75% now offer, are in the process of offering or are considering financial education, compared to 45% in 2014. Three-quarters (74%) of respondents that took part in the study also believe that financial education improves business performance.However, there is still a long way to go when it comes to financial education, says Robin Hames, head of marketing and research at Capita Employee Benefits. “While financial education is now on the school curriculum, it will be a considerable time before this initiative translates to a more financially savvy workforce,” he explains.It could be argued that employers are spoilt for choice when considering who should deliver financial education to staff, with employee benefits consultants, pension advisers and in-house professionals all offering financial education expertise.Financial expertiseThe pros and cons of using external providers are fairly straightforward, says Jo Thresher, head of money at work for Jelf Employee Benefits. “External financial education providers will be experts in their field, trained and experienced in money matters, and in conveying these to employees. Plus, they should have engaging material ready to go,” she notes. “On the minus side, the questions employers need to ask are, ‘do they know your people, culture and style? What about your benefits? Are they able to fully understand and explain these?’”One of the main advantages of a strong financial education programme is that it can engage an employee in an area that is important to them, Thresher says: “Why do people come to work? Money. Therefore explaining the financial side of life, and giving tips and guidance can really engage and improve an employee’s wellbeing.”Outside advantagesThere are a several advantages for employers in choosing to use an outside party. Jeanette Makings, head of financial education at Close Brothers Asset Management, says: “An external provider can add value by bringing and sharing relevant best practice from other industry sectors, therefore enhancing the overall service.”However, time constraints and competing demands can mean that finding and choosing a good financial provider can be something of a challenge for employers. “Most decisions makers are positive about adding financial education for staff but have a million other projects with higher priority and so it slips down the ‘to-do’ list,” adds Makings.Internal resourcesSo what other options are there if an employer does not have the budget to stretch to an external provider? “An organisation can deliver internal communications that help to highlight the particular benefit, opportunity or issue,” says Makings. “These communications can then refer individuals to further sources of information.”Relying on in-house employees or leaving employees to their own devices can, however, be potentially risky, says Thresher. “Pension scams are on the rise and there is so much information out there that it is difficult to find what is right for the average employee. One option might be for the employer to look to provide the education online. This could work well for some.”The benefits of a successful financial education programme are extensive, so choosing the right provider of information is essential. As Makings says: “A good scheme should help the organisation achieve its wider business objectives, increase engagement, improve financial wellbeing and improve the employee’s understanding of their benefits and the impact on their own finances.”last_img read more

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National living wage to rise to £750

first_imgAutumn statement 2016: Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the national living wage will increase to £7.50 an hour from April 2017.The national living wage will increase by 4.2%, taking the current minimum level of pay for individuals aged 25 and over from £7.20 an hour to £7.50 an hour.Other pay increases that will apply from April 2017 include moving the national minimum wage rate for 21- 24 year olds from £6.95 an hour to £7.05 an hour; amending the rate for 18-20 year olds from £5.55 an hour to £5.60 an hour; the rate for 16-17 year olds will change from £4.00 an hour to £4.05 an hour; and the rate for apprentices will move from £3.40 an hour to £3.50 an hour.The government aims for the national living wage to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020, subject to sustained economic growth.The changes follow the recommendations of the independent Low Pay Commission.In addition, the government will invest £4.3 million a year into national minimum wage enforcement, enabling HM Revenue and Customs teams to review employers considered most at risk of non-compliance. The government will also provide extra support for small organisations to aid with compliance, as well as promote an awareness campaign to ensure staff and employers understand their rights and responsibilities.Jo Causon, chief executive officer at The Institute of Customer Service, said: “An increase in the living wage may bring renewed concerns for British businesses already nervous about their economic performance, but evidence suggests that customers are more attuned to organisations investing in their staff through reward, skills development and wellbeing.”Guy Stallard, director at KPMG UK, added: “Today’s announcement will see a significant number of workers aged 25 and above get a pay rise of 30p an hour from next April. This may seem like small change to some, but for many people it’ll make a huge difference.“With the cost of living higher than it’s ever been, the reality for many is that they are forced to live hand to mouth. The increase in the national living wage will go a long way to save swathes of people being caught between the desire to contribute to society and the inability to afford to do so.“However, it is important that we tackle the issue of low wages for the younger generation too. Low pay blights the prospects of the young. This lack of financial freedom means those finishing school and university cannot fly the nest and gain the independence other generations have enjoyed, despite being in employment. It may not be possible or practical for everyone, but all organisations need to do what they can to address the problem of low pay. Of course, change cannot happen instantly, but making an initial assessment is an important first step.”last_img read more

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AA to move final salary pension scheme members to Care arrangement

first_imgMotoring association AA will proceed with proposed changes to its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme, moving all members of its final salary pension plan to a career average revalued earnings (Care) arrangement.At present, the AA operates both a final salary section and a Care section within its DB pension scheme.The existing Care arrangement will undergo amendments as part of the planned changes, with the inflation measure for pension indexation moving from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to the Retail Price Index (RPI). Affected employees will also pay additional contributions of 1.5% of salary or have the option to change accrual rates.The change to the DB scheme aims to stabilise an anticipated increase in pension costs, reduce the exposure to potential pension risks, increase industry competitiveness, and also provide a more consistent pension offering to members of the DB scheme.A 60-day consultation on the changes ran from 15 March 2017.The AA has also agreed a nine-year deficit funding plan with the pension scheme trustees following a triennial review of the DB scheme.The AA’s UK DB pension scheme deficit increased from £202 million in 2013 to £366 million at 31 March 2016. The organisation attributes this increase to the reduction in long-term gilt yields.The deficit funding plan involves the AA making additional contributions of £8 million a year for the next two years. Contributions will then rise to £11 million plus inflation per annum from April 2019, and to £13 million plus inflation per annum from April 2021 to June 2026. These payments will be in addition to ongoing deficit reduction contributions of £13 million, which will continue up to 2038.The AA predicts that the total deficit reduction payment to the UK pension scheme in the 2018 financial year will be approximately £20 million.Bob Mackenzie, executive chairman at the AA, said: “We are pleased to have agreed a new package that will fund our pension deficit over a reasonable period and will allow us to continue to provide good and competitive pensions for our staff while helping to control the impact of rising costs.“The negotiations with our staff and the pension scheme trustee have been positive and we appreciate the way in which the long-term benefits of the changes proposed have been received. The agreement is a recognition of the inherent stability and resilience of our business and the strength of the brand, as well as the progress we’ve made as we position the AA as the UK’s pre-eminent membership services organisation.”last_img read more

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Man dead after falling from South Beach highrise

first_imgOn the victim’s Instagram page, a comment on his last post read, “Rest in peace bro! what happened to you right where you live was just absurd at a young age! God bless your soul and your family! #rip”The victim’s identity has not yet been released.Investigators are trying to determine the exact cause of the man’s death and the circumstances leading up to his fall.Stay tuned to WSVN 7 News and wsvn.com for updates on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after, they said, a man fell to his death from a South Beach high-rise, Sunday night.Miami Beach Police responded to the Flamingo condos on South Beach, located at 1508 Bay Road, around 10 p.m.According to officials, the man died after falling from the seventh floor of the building.“I didn’t think anyone died because when I was looking around the floor, I didn’t see any blood, like anything like that,” said a man who lives in the building, “so I thought it was something minor until I came outside and I found out the person actually died.”One woman, who is visiting from out of town said she witnessed the aftermath of the fall. “What I read online is that the Flamingo is actually a really crazy place to be, a lot of things happening,” she said, “but I didn’t know that I was gonna like, you know, actually see it. But no it’s really crazy. It’s insane”Other witnesses said they heard an argument. “It was a big fight, and then we hear a big noise,” said a man who did not wish to show his face on camera. “We saw a guy taken under custody in a car and that’s all we see.”One woman who did not wish to be identified, told 7News, the man who died was her best friend. “This is really terrible,” she said. She also said the man who was taken into custody for questioning has been released. last_img read more

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Crews rescue cat trapped in Plantation parking garage wall

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews averted a kitty crisis in Plantation after they rescued a cat from a hairy situation.Plantation Fire Rescue pulled the frightened feline out of a parking garage wall earlier, Friday morning.Officials said the trapped cat was stuck inside overnight at the garage, located near Broward Boulevard and Northwest 84th Avenue.After crews broke through the wall, the cat was taken to a nearby vet for inspection. #Pfd U/D 8211 W Broward Blvd. Cat freed. pic.twitter.com/wHFFuCON8Q— Plantation Fire (@PlantationFire) December 16, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Man accused of shooting Miami Gardens officer gets jail time

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man who shot a Miami Gardens police was sentenced, Wednesday.David Mejia took a plea in court, and was sentenced to four years behind bars and 10 years probation.Meija opened fire on Miami Gardens officer David Starling on Jan. 22, 2016.Starling was sitting in his cruiser along Northwest 183rd Street and Seventh Avenue at the time of the shooting.Officer Starling has since made a full recovery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Officials urge Brazoria County residents near Houston to get out now after

first_imgHOUSTON (WSVN) – Officials have urged residents in Brazoria County, which is near Houston, to evacuate after a levee breached.According to Brazoria County’s Twitter account, at 10:31 a.m. a notice was sent advising residents to “get out now.” The notice reads, “NOTICE: The levee at Columbia Lakes has breached!! GET OUT NOW!!”Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Severe thunderstorm warning flood advisories issued for parts of MiamiDade

first_imgMore on the flood advisory for parts of Miami Dade. https://t.co/pUStTulhY8 — Phil Ferro (@PhilFerro7) May 6, 2019NWS later issued a flood advisory until 11:45 p.m. for parts of South Dade, including Princeton, Homestead, Florida City, Goulds, and the Redlands.Just after 9:20 p.m., Florida Power and Light reported 13,651 customers without power due to the inclement weather.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The National Weather Service in Miami issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Miami-Dade County.The warning remained in effect until 7:15. pm., Sunday.center_img SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for #miami-dade until 7:15pm. Quarter size hail & 60mph wind gusts possible with these storms as they continue to push East at 20mph. #FLL #flwx @7weather @wsvn pic.twitter.com/6jzWKr2ceX— Erika Delgado (@ErikaDelgadoWx) May 5, 2019Meteorologists said quarter size hail and 60 mph wind gusts are possible with these storms as they continue to push east at 20 mph.NWS officials have also issued a street flood advisory for parts of central and southwest Miami-Dade County until 11 p.m. due to the heavy rain. Portions affected include Coral Gables, South Miami, Westchester, Dadeland and Kendall.last_img read more

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Ready Or Not Open Enrollment For Health Insurance Starts Tomorrow

first_imgMonthly premiums in the individual market will cost an average of $770 in 2019 compared to an average of $1,043 in 2017, the state announced in August. Alaskans must purchase the insurance during open enrollment window, unless they experience a qualifying event like changing jobs, losing umbrella coverage from a parent’s policy because they’ve turning 26, getting married or having a baby. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The annual enrollment period for Alaskans to sign up for individual health insurance plans runs from November 1 through December 15. Kevin Counihan, Marketplace CEO of Healthcare.gov: “This is open for people who are brand new to coverage and it’s open for people who already have coverage so they have a chance to shop around.” For information about plan prices and help choosing a plan, go to healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.last_img read more

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Circulation Declines at AMI Titles

first_imgOne week after announcingits fiscal 2008 revenues, AMI today released monthly circulation information for Star, Shape and National Enquirer—showing declines at each.According to AMI, circulation for the National Enquirer in June was 957,000, down about 11 percent over 1.07 million in July 2007. Circulation at Star in June was nearly 1.3 million, down about 10 percent from about 1.4 million last July, and Shape had 1.65 million circ., down about 8 percent from nearly 1.8 million last July.AMI also reported today that it has $18.8 million in liquid cash assets and $26 million in a revolving credit facilities balance. Last week, AMI reported its fiscal2008 revenues were $491 million, up about 4 percent over 2007. Operating income was $67 million, as compared to a $254 million loss over 2007. AMI attributed its year-end revenue increase to ad revenue spikes at Shape, Star and Men’s Fitness magazines.last_img read more

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iCrossing Buys Data Management Firm Red Aril

first_imgEarlier this month, Hearst’s digital marketing agency, iCrossing, bought San Mateo, California-based Red Aril, a data and audience management platform. The deal enables iCrossing to offer clients a data management solution that incorporates and optimizes data from a variety of sources, providing a cross-channel view of customer behavior and preferences.Red Aril’s platform supports data from any source, mashing together, for example, large volumes of anonymous Web traffic data, off-line data, third party data and the client’s own customer data. From there, the information is standardized where it can then be used for modeling and segmentation. “The result is an accurate, real-time, 360-degree understanding of audience interests across channels,’” says the company. “iCrossing and Red Aril are going to deliver data-driven strategies to build connected brands,” says iCrossing CEO Don Scales in a statement. “This acquisition puts us at the front of the shift away from optimizing channels towards optimizing audience relationships in real time.” The deal also gives iCrossing a trading desk application, which takes information from the data management platform to more accurately manage ad campaigns across networks and real-time bidding exchanges (RTBs). In May, the two-year-old Red Aril announced that it secured Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Inc. and Fast Company, as a client. The publisher is using the firm to more accurately serve up content, ads and offers on Inc.com and FastCompany.com.last_img read more