January 12, 2020

GGMC breaching law by renting residential property for business – TIGI

first_img…requests justification from Board…Board Chairman denies receiving requestThe Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) is accusing the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) of breaching the laws of Guyana by conducting Government business in a residential building.TIGI on Friday said it has written to the Board of Directors of the GGMC, querying the legality of the Government office operating in a residential area, as well as howGGMC Board Chairman Stanley Mingit is addressing the conflict of interest surrounding the rental of the office space from one of its sitting directors.The GGMC is currently occupying a three-storey building belonging to Director Hilbert Shields at Fourth Street, Subryanville – a residential area.The transparency watchdog said it dispatched a letter on November 6, 2017 to the Directors of the GGMC, but to date has not gotten a response in relation to the questions asked. The letter was sent after the body received a complaint from the residents of Subryanville.However, when asked about the GGMC’s failure to respond, Board Chairman Stanley Ming denied seeing any correspondence from TIGI, and noted that theDirector Hilbert Shieldsmatter was settled when he issued a statement to the local press.The conflict of interest issue first came to the fore on January 1, 2018 and has since crept into the media, then the GGMC has indicated that at the time of renting the property, Shields was not on the Board of Directors, nor was he even being considered at that time.No conflictDuring a telephone interview on Friday, Ming remained adamant that there is no conflict of interest with GGMC occupying a building belonging to one of its directors. He was quick to point out that Shields was appointed to the Board as a representative for the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association.TIGI, in its statement on Friday, said that since the controversy came into the public domain Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has instructed the GGMC to find alternative accommodation, but, to date, the Commission is yet to act on that.TIGI said the GGMC is a concern for residents, and noted that in its request for information, it was indicated that permission was granted for the premises to be used for one business, and was limited to only Shields’ company. The body also indicated that the arrangement for rental of office space in a residential area breaches the laws governing the area, and “is definitely in contradiction with the notion of people empowerment that is inherent in activation of Local Government and hence also a contradiction of current Government policy.”“GGMC, in its capacity as a governmental agency tasked with overseeing mineral fairness in vast swathes of our country, should ensure that the laws of Guyana are upheld at all times. Given that permission to use the premises for business is limited, GGMC’s use of the premises would therefore be in breach of the laws of Guyana. TIGI wishes to know what justification the GGMC has for using the premises at Subryanville for Government business,” TIGI stated. The transparency body noted that the by-laws and ordinances of residential areas are increasingly being violated with the establishment of commercial ventures within them, and questioned the precedent being set by a Government agency.last_img read more

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January 12, 2020

First Day Advanced Voter Stats

first_imgThe numbers are in from Elections BC on the first day of advance voting, for next Tuesday’s provincial election. They show that province-wide, 83,676 people cast ballots on Wednesday and that’s about 2.8 percent, of the more than 2,900,000 elgibile to vote. Locally, 588 of the 22,577 elgibile voters in Peace River North went to the polls on Wednesday. – Advertisement -In Peace River South, where the eligibility total is 16,971, the turn-out Wednesday was 443. The advance polls are again open Friday and Saturday, from 8am to 8pm. Once again your reminded, in Fort St. John the polling station is located, at an east side entrance, of the Stonebridge Hotel. Elsewhere, in the local riding, you can vote at…the District Office in Taylor…the Pearkes {Parks} Centre in Hudson’s Hope…and, the Community Centre in Fort Nelson.Advertisementlast_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Hoops to highlight night

first_imgThe Grand is located at 4101 E. Willow Street. Long Beach City College men’s basketball coach Gary Anderson and his son, Rick, will be the guest speakers for tonight’s Century Club meeting at The Grand. The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. The elder Anderson is in his 16th season as head coach of the Vikings, and led the team to a state championship in 1994. Meanwhile, Rick Anderson was a standout prep basketball player at Poly before moving on to the University of Arizona. After college, Rick Anderson went on to play professionally overseas. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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December 30, 2019

PSG ready to secure free transfer deal for former Newcastle man

first_img1 Paris Saint-Germain will press ahead with a summer move for former Newcastle and Hull man Hatem Ben Arfa.The French champions kept a close eye on the midfielder’s form this term, during which he was scored 11 goals in 24 Ligue 1 outings for Nice.And now sources in France have claimed that the club’s chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi could be ready to hand Ben Arfa a contract in the capital.The 28-year-old will become a free agent in the summer and it seems that PSG will look to snap him up as quickly as possible.Ben Arfa made a combined 84 top-flight appearances in England during his spells at Newcastle and Hull before he left for France in January 2015. Hatem Ben Arfa in action for Nice last_img

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December 30, 2019

Sarkisian shows he can face the music

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After consultations between the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and head coach – and with a final reminder for the quarterback to look for one tiny defensive adjustment – a legendary Trojan moment is born when Matt Leinart hits Dwayne Jarrett for a 63-yard completion. Two years later, it’s fourth-and-1 at Oregon. The same procedure in place, the offensive coordinator settles on the play call and relays it to the quarterback. A disastrous loss on a reverse by Joe McKnight ends a scoring threat and creates its own legend. In the light speed of the Internet, there are calls for firesark.com to be instantly registered. And not only for that play but for more calls from offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who in a span of three hours of a 24-17 loss went from Wunderkind to Dunderkind at USC. After Notre Dame ’05, USC was 6-0 on the way to playing for the BCS crown in the Rose Bowl. After Oregon ’07, USC is 6-2 and the dreaded Sun Bowl is a sore topic of discussion. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Young offensive coordinator knows second-guessing goes with the territory at USC. By Phil Collin Staff Writer It’s fourth-and-9 at Notre Dame, and USC’s brain trust scrambles during a timeout to find the right combination to somehow keep a championship dream alive. All because, in the eyes of detractors, the offensive coordinator has screwed it all up. Hey, somehow someone other than Lane Kiffin, the previous offensive coordinator, is the main target of an enraged fan base. As the group of second-guessers grows among fans, though, there is always going to be one more than they could count. “That’s a tough environment and maybe at that time, we could have done something more conventional that we could have handled a little better, I don’t know,” the 33-year-old Sarkisian said. “But they had a great call on. We thought we had a great call. Their call worked. If they had a different call and Joe scores a touchdown it looks like a great call and not a bad call. “That’s part of living with being a coordinator and part of making those decisions and at that time that was a bad decision.” Sarkisian was part of the perfectly executed Notre Dame moment, but now has the lead role in designing the USC offense with Kiffin coaching the Oakland Raiders. Sarkisian, who turned down the Raiders job, has been hailed as one of the brightest young minds in football, but if you ask a certain segment of the fans, he wouldn’t be brought in to lead the offense at West Torrance High or El Camino College, where he starred at quarterback. That was cemented later in the Oregon game, when quarterback Mark Sanchez was asked to pass on second-and-1 at the Oregon 29-yard-line. Sanchez’s pass intended for tight end Anthony McCoy was picked off by safety Matthew Harper. It’s a wonder that a fund wasn’t immediately established to lure Norm Chow back to run the offense. “In my mind, I shouldn’t have made that call because if I don’t make the call, I take the decision out of (Sanchez’s) hands,” Sarkisian said. “Now it’s off Mark. Would Mark love to have that play back to make a better throw, a throw he knows and I know he can make? Sure. “But the way I think after a game is `Dang it, I wish I would have called something else for him.”‘ That’s a point where most coaches would clam up and never admit they may have been wrong. But facing the music is a required characteristic at USC. “If we make a mistake, hopefully I’m the first to tell you I made a mistake on something or I could have done something better here or there,” Coach Pete Carroll said. “I think that’s very healthy and it’s much better than hiding and ducking and dodging behind information. You’re not going to agree with us every time and we don’t expect you to at all.” So every explanation offered gives even more fuel to the critics, who parse every sentence to validate their points. “The offense makes mistakes, you can’t just point to the offensive coordinator and just say, `Go get a new job.’ Mistakes happen and losses happen,” Sanchez said. ” That’s embarrassing for (critics), obviously not for us. … We’re not really worried about that.” Sanchez, of course, is targeted as well. Stepping in for injured starter John David Booty, the sophomore had to carry the load while the coaching staff devised ways to keep him in the best position to carry out a revised, low-risk game plan. At the same time, he doesn’t mind it when Sarkisian points to a play that Sanchez could have executed better. “Every time he’s said something like that, it’s the God’s honest truth,” Sanchez said. “That’s what we try and get to when things go wrong. Even when things are going well, you’ve got to get to the truth of things to get better, and sometimes the truth hurts. “It hurts Sark to say `Man, maybe I should have done this.’ It hurts me, just like against Oregon, to say `Man, I should have put that ball out front of Anthony McCoy and maybe we don’t lose momentum, we go in, maybe kick a field goal and score.”‘ In any case, they’re in for an earful and dropping a notch or two in the popularity poll – if they care to notice. “That’s part of the gig,” Sarkisian said. “As much as people have their own expectations, I think our own expectations are higher than that. “We’re all extremely frustrated and wish we’d done better up to this point. “I’m not really worried about what other people think, I’m worried about what our coaches and players think.” phil.collin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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December 25, 2019

CARRAGHER – “COLEMAN CAN GO ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, HE’S THE BEST FULL-BACK IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE”

first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes Seamus Coleman is the best full-back in the Premier League.Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Seamus Coleman can go all the way to the top, and insists he’s the best right-back in the Premier League.Carragher joked that he’ll be killed for saying it, but genuinely believes that he’s the best right-back game in the Premier League and has brought his game to a new level.Carragher said, “I’ll get killed by all Evertonians but I think he can go right to the top, and he’s the best full-back in the league. “He’s got goals and assists and he’s brought his game onto another level.“Against Man United at Goodison Park, he was the best player on the pitch.“They were top expensive internationals on show, and when you think of the money Everton spent on him he is some bargain.Carragher added that while he felt there wasn’t much competition for Coleman to get on the PFA team of the year, he was the standout full-back in the league. Coleman has insisted that Everton want to build on last season and said their target is Champions League football.“We want to play in the Champions League, that’s our target and that’s where we want to be.“I’d love to win the FA cup too, we’re targeting both and believe their very realistic ambitions.Coleman is confident he can shake of a hamstring injury ahead of their Premier League opener against Leicester City.  CARRAGHER – “COLEMAN CAN GO ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, HE’S THE BEST FULL-BACK IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE” was last modified: August 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Everton FCHome-page SportJamie Carraghernewsseamus colemanlast_img read more

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December 22, 2019

LUH is fourth most overcrowded hospital in Ireland today

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital is one of the country’s most overcrowded hospitals this afternoon as 29 people are awaiting admission; 16 of whom are on trolleys, with 13 waiting in ward overflow areas.Figures released by the INMO reveal that University Hospital Limerick is the most overcrowded in the country with 50 people waiting for a bed.University Hospital Galway has 35 patients awaiting admission, with 30 patients waiting at University Hospital Waterford. This makes Letterkenny University Hospital the fourth most overcrowded hospital nationally.Across Ireland, 409 patients are waiting for a bed, 307 of whom are on trolleys.LUH is fourth most overcrowded hospital in Ireland today was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:hospitalinmoluhovercrowdinglast_img read more

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December 18, 2019

News Cafe opens in India

first_imgSouth African food and entertainment chain News Cafe has opened its first branch outside the African continent. News Cafe New Delhi in India is getting rave reviews. (Image: News Cafe) South Africa’s popular food and entertainment chain, News Cafe, opened its first venue in India in November, joining the ranks of other well-known local brands such as Nando’s, Spur and Steers, which have all branched out overseas.This is the first News Cafe branch to open off the African continent.The first sub-continental branch of News Cafe opened its doors in the capital city of New Delhi. Before taking the adventurous step the company conducted intensive market research to establish the pattern for overseas expansion.Research was carried out in three key areas in India – the densely populated cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad. But this country is not the only one in Asia to be targeted by News Cafe – the company also has China in its sights.The second News Cafe, currently in the final stages of fitting, is due to open early in 2010 in Hyderabad, known as the pharmaceutical and ICT capital of the country.The third one will open in Mumbai, the world’s second biggest city in terms of population, in March 2010.To get the most out of its Indian market penetration, the South African franchise has partnered with Numbers Only, a multinational company with extensive hospitality experience in the US and India, and therefore sound knowledge of the industry. Numbers Only also has a separate hotel and restaurant division.News Cafe GM Alan van der Westhuizen said the company was extremely excited to be branching out into new territory.“Unlike other parts of the globe, there is much money and potential within the Indian economy,” he said. “An enormous expatriate community exists with the presence of major corporations utilising the country’s colossal workforce. As such, initial reactions to the contemporary News Cafe brand have been incredibly positive.”He added that New Cafe is hoping to give other similar international brands, such as T.G.I. Friday’s, Hard Rock Cafe and Smokehouse Grill, a run for their money.Rave reviewsThe 200-seater New Delhi News Cafe operates in the upmarket residential suburb of Vasant Kunj, in the DLF Promenade which is fittingly situated on Nelson Mandela Road.Reviews posted on food websites have not been sparing with praise for News Cafe.“This place rocks,” wrote one enthusiastic diner. “They have the best burgers in town, and the drinks are good … their menu is casual continental.”Customers can experience the well-established South African vibe with décor very similar to that of local News Cafes.To be more compatible with the Indian clientele, however, subtle changes have been made, such as the use of brighter, jewel-like colours in fabrics. The familiar wood counter tops have been replaced with locally quarried granite, which is also seen on the floors and walls.There are also slight changes to the menu. In South Africa News Cafes open very early, some by 07h00, but because the New Delhi one trades between 10h00 and 02h00 the breakfast menu has been reduced accordingly.In addition to the normal fare, a few local favourite dishes such as paneer kathi, kakori keema sandwich, falafel, and Thai green, green prawn and Thai red vegetable curries, are available. The staple food of rice also appears on the menu.Hindu customers have been accommodated with a variety of non-beef dishes, but beef has been left on the menu for the growing international community. All dishes are clearly marked as vegetarian or non-vegetarian, or containing beef and pork.Steady growthThe first News Cafe opened in 1995 in Hatfield, Pretoria, and since then the franchise has expanded throughout South Africa and across the country’s borders. There are now 37 venues in Africa, including franchises in Nigeria and Botswana.The unique News Cafe lifestyle concept has earned it many awards in the food, beverage and service sector. Success is attributed to astute, high-profile location, versatility, innovation, trend-setting, aesthetics, positive energy and a multi-cultural clientele.The versatile food chain presents itself as a stylish coffee shop in the morning, switching to a bistro ambience at lunch time, and later in the evening, serves cocktails and light snacks. Occasionally there are music and promotional events for product suppliers.Customers can make themselves at home at all times of the day at a News Cafe, according to the holding company Fournews Developments.The company’s international expansion strategy includes not only Asia, but also the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.last_img read more

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December 15, 2019

Motorola CEO: The Moto X Smartphone Is Coming By October, And It’s Made In The USA

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Google#Moto X#Motorola#smartphones Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside today confirmed the rumored Moto X phone as the company’s next big product launch, and its first “hero” product since being acquired by Google.Speaking today at the D11 conference in Los Angeles, Woodside teased that he had the phone in his pocket, “but I can’t show it to you,” and that the Android smartphone would be built in a plant near Fort Worth, Texas, fomerly used by Nokia. Woodside said the X Phone will launch “by October” along with a handful of other new Motorola smartphones.(See Also: 4 Ways Motorola X and Sony’s Xperia Z Can Still Win)Designed to compete with high-end offerings from Apple and Samsung, Moto X will feature an organic LED display, thinner and lighter than older LCD displays, and be packed with sensors used to help the device “know what you want to do before you do,” Woodside said. For example, the phone will be able to tell when it’s in your pocket, in your hand, or inside of a fast-moving car, and subsequently trigger appropriate user interactions.Woodside also mentioned that the device will be the first smartphone built in the United States, with some 70 percent of manufacturing taking place at the Texas facility. Image via Motorola noah kravitz Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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December 15, 2019

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Miserable Entrepreneur?

first_imgTags:#Elon Musk#Entrepreneur#irate entrepreneur comments#startups Before 2019, Elon Musk was a version of a rock star — maybe he still is — we sure follow what he does.  He takes drugs, stays out late and dates famous women. He also runs four companies and is worth $20 billion. In a 2016 poll, startup founders named him their most-admired tech CEO.But be honest, would you really want to be Elon Musk? If press reports are to be believed, his life is a hellish, sleepless slog. In a recent New York Times interview, he got emotional several times and confessed that “it is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien.” If you’ve ever run one company, you can only imagine what it’s like to run four. He has described his life as one of “unrelenting stress” and “terrible lows.”Musk is a unique individual for sure, but the plight of the overstressed billionaire is well known. Being a billionaire doesn’t automatically mean you’re a happy person. It may undoubtedly suggest that you aren’t a nice person — at least not in a business context.What is it with entrepreneurs? Do you have to be miserable to be an entrepreneur?Some entrepreneurs seem like they’re not balanced people.The list of your favorite entrepreneurs is a rogue’s gallery of creeps. Jobs let his biological daughter collect welfare while he made millions. Jeff Bezos has a litany of insults that he unleashes on employees who let him down, including, “Are you lazy or just incompetent?” Larry Page liked to count loudly (“one thousand, two thousand”) when a product demo would load slowly. He and Sergey Brin liked to provoke arguments among new hires just for fun. No wonder Aereo founder Chet Kanojia has argued that most entrepreneurs are “miserable, dissatisfied human beings.”Why? Entrepreneurs aren’t balanced people; they are too obsessed with proving something to….someone.Musk had an abusive father who never gave him his full attention. When he was a kid growing up in South Africa, Musk was the smallest and youngest kid in his class and was bullied on a daily basis. “The gangs at school would hunt me down — literally hunt me down,” Musk told Rolling Stone.Yvon Choinard, the founder of Patagonia, has said that if you want to understand an entrepreneur, you need to study juvenile delinquents.Entrepreneurs don’t like being told what to do and they want to prove people wrong. Those people could be parents, former employers, friends or themselves. Jeremy Andrus, the founder of Skullcandy, said rejection is his fuel. You could just as easily gather a list of blind quotes from serial killers and entrepreneurs and play a game of Who Said Which.It’s not about the money; it’s about something else.It’s possible that these jerky entrepreneurs didn’t start that way. Put yourself in the shoes of a top founder/CEO.You’re plagued by self-doubt, but you need always to act like you have all the answers. You can’t let on to the board that you don’t know the answer to any given question but present the image of an all-knowing deity. Any momentary feeling of satisfaction gets undercut by the worries of whether you’re growing fast enough.If you aren’t profitable yet, then there’s the constant hassle of worrying about running out of cash or having to raise some money. Today’s challenges quickly overshadow Yesterday’s victories. That’s why when entrepreneurs like Musk sleep like babies — they wake up in the middle of the night crying.Like professional athletes heading into a big game, CEOs can’t ever let on that they’re not crushing it.In this case, telling the truth is a major gaffe and a PR disaster. Of course, some are crushing it, but then there’s always something — a bad earnings call, an app upgrade that goes off the rails — that will derail your success and possibly get you booted from your own company. Such thoughts have a way of hitting at three am to build something that will bring you new success. Boo hoo, you say? It’s hard to shed a tear for privileged entrepreneurs while 40 percent of Americans don’t have $400 on hand in case emergency.I hear you, but it’s not about the money. If it’s not about the money, why would so few entrepreneurs tap out after a successful exit?The average middle-class wage slave would be happy to retire with $1 million in the bank, but people worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars can’t bring themselves to drop out. Instead, they stick around, trying to prove to themselves that they can do it again. You could almost say it’s some societal codependency; the output is good for the economy, so maybe entrepreneurs are like ants who sacrifice themselves for the more celebrated colony.On a personal level, it’s a constant dissatisfaction with the way things are and a preoccupation of how they “should” be. It never ends. Sometimes, like the late-era Michael Jordan, you wish they’d call it a day already.Maybe startup founders are looking for fulfillment they never got elsewhere.Steve Jobs named one of his breakthrough computing creations, Lisa, after his daughter. That is not far off from how founders feel about their companies. A Finnish study measuring brain activity found that entrepreneurs had similar feelings that they had for their children — love and connection. No wonder so many are ambivalent about exits, even very lucrative ones.The problem is that companies don’t love you back. They can even reject you.Apple booted Jobs in 1985. Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is carrying on like a spurned lover after his company cut ties with him. Groupon ejected founder Andrew Mason. Yahoo cut Jerry Yang loose. Uber showed Travis Kalanick the curb. Such is the paradox of entrepreneurship: you need to love your company unconditionally, but companies continuously require you to prove you to be worthy of love in return.The anti-Elon.The well-rounded entrepreneur is an oxymoron. Every successful entrepreneur I’ve run across is on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs; on some continuum between only temporarily relaxed and going “full-Elon.”Well, not everyone. The mirror image of Elon is Richard Branson. Branson is also pursuing commercial space flight and has his hand in many businesses, but Branson appears happy. Last year, he offered a few tips: Be present, spend time with family, don’t sweat the small stuff, make happiness a habit.While Musk sees AI as the apocalypse, sunny Branson believes automation will pave the way for a three-day workweek. From appearances, Branson isn’t happy because he’s an entrepreneur, but in spite of it.There’s no doubt this is much easier at this stage in Branson’s career than when he was busy trying to make his first billion. Indeed, experience over time can make you immune to the incredible highs and lows — if you let it. But it appears that immunity has to be a continual work in progress. Prioritizing happiness means that Branson likely doesn’t need Ambien to sleep at night — maybe.But then again, if you had to bet, who do you think would get to Mars first? Justin Choi Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Justin Choi is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and sold successful companies across various sectors, including mobile games, advertising and media, and app development. He holds multiple patents, and advises organizations, from startups to large scale enterprises, on innovation and technology. Justin currently serves as Head of Product Strategy at Cie Digital Labs and as the CEO of Nativo. last_img read more

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