Neil Lennon says Brendan Rodgers has taken Celtic to another level – and warned Rangers it will take them many years to catch their Old Firm rivals.The Hoops are unbeaten in 44 domestic games under Rodgers and will complete a treble if they defeat Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final later this month.“What they have done this year is tremendous, absolutely tremendous,” said former Celtic boss Lennon, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It would be an incredible achievement [to go unbeaten], not just in the league but in all the cup competitions as well.“He could win a treble and go the season undefeated – that would be pretty special.”Celtic are a staggering 39 points ahead of Rangers going into the final fixture of the season.Lennon, who will come up against both teams next season after leading Hibernian to the Scottish Championship title, said: “Celtic have really upped the ante this season with bringing Brendan in and they have thrown a bit of money at it but, saying that, they have been exceptional – an absolute juggernaut. The football and goals they are scoring have been at a real high level.“Rangers are in their first year back after their troubles and they will get stronger as the seasons go on, but I can’t see them catching Celtic for a considerable time.“Celtic are so far ahead of the rest – off the pitch as well as on the pitch.”
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Bump, the mobile app that lets you share information with other people by bumping your phones together, announced tonight that it now has 25 million iPhone and Android users and has raised $16 million from hot investors Andreesen Horowitz, Google-backers Sequoia, early Google investor turned billionaire Ram Shriram and Silicon Valley godfather Ron Conway.What are these people funding? Bump is a fascinating integration of the online and offline worlds. It’s not the Apple-acquired super-intelligent voice-controlled Siri mobile personal assistant, it’s not the plug-and-pay Square dongle that raised twice as much venture capital just today, it’s not the maybe-it-will work Near Field Communication (NFC) chips that Google is putting in Android phones and in window stickers for businesses – it’s yet another new way for users to interact with mobile devices to get things done. We’ll probably get a chance to try them all in the fast-approaching world of mobile-enabled commerce.Bump is like the Shazzam of the mobile interface world, if you will. The app uses a mobile phone’s accelerometer and compass to send its location to the Bump servers whenever it vibrates. When Bump gets a signal that two phones have vibrated at the exact same moment in time, and in very close proximity, then the service presumes those two users are the intended recipients of one-anothers’ message or sharing action. It’s an ingenious idea. The company prominently features an Application Programming Interface, which allows its software to be integrated into other mobile apps as well. The Let’s Pour iPhone app for wine lovers, for example, uses the Bump API to share info about wine.Originally just for sharing contact information, Bump can now be used to share photos, music, calendar events and more. You can even send money between Bump users, via the company’s PayPal integration.That’s a big part of the future that the newly announced funding will let the company focus on, according to a conversation with the founders recounted on TechCrunch tonight. Bump sounds like it’s going to jump right into the mobile commerce market, and it’s not hard to picture it as a Square competitor. “Bump wants its experience to be very tangible,” wrote that blog’s Jason Kincaid. “Users won’t simply pull out their phones and fire up the app — they’ll walk into a venue and see a physical station to ‘Bump’ with in order to get whatever discount, data, or media the business is offering.”See also: Mobile Credit Card Swiping Battle Continues: A Look at 4 Rival TechnologiesThe disadvantage of course is that Bump still has a barrier to entry: app download. It’s not a Square dongle that can scan credit cards people already carry into an iPhone. It’s not mobile Facebook Credits you’ve already secured in exchange for renting a corner of your soul to Zynga. It’s something new and untrusted. Can a startup like this really go up against mobile giants like Google and Apple? Time will tell and there’s something about the feeling of Bump that makes me wonder if Microsoft will buy it someday. Either way, in the mean time, the rest of us get one more mode of interaction with our phones. Which would you rather perform transactions with, Bump, Square, Google NFC or maybe a future version of voice controlled artificial intelligence like Apple bought with its Siri acquisition? We’ll soon have lots of fun opportunities to bump, waggle, shake and talk to our mobile devices and find out. Tags:#e-commerce#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
When it comes to hustling, there is nothing more important than your mindset. You can understand this idea intellectually without really knowing what this means. Unfortunately, we have an example. A non-hustler posted a comment on a post on my Facebook page. His comment had nothing to do with what I posted, but here it is in its entirety”“Why don’t y’all take some time off from trying to get ahead and help someone else along? Y’all the ones making money off broke people doing all the work. Don’t get me wrong, I could sell thongs to a nun and then talk her out of them. I just don’t have the conscience to make money marking up somebody else’s work.”Let’s unpack some of this non-hustler’s infections.By trying to get ahead, you aren’t helping other people.The non-hustler believes that people who are striving to get ahead aren’t the kind of people who help other people. This is a classic example of the infection of envy. Hustlers create business, and as they grow, they need to hire people to help them create the value that they create for the people they serve.In one college economics class I took in college, the liberal professor was railing against trickle down economic. A young girl very innocently asked, “If trickle down economics doesn’t work, can you tell me how trickle up economics works?” She meant no harm, and she wasn’t being political.People with the means to help other people often do. Some people with the ability to help people don’t. But the non-hustler is infected with envy.Capturing value is difficult.The non-hustler doesn’t understand how value creation and value capture works. Each of us is paid exactly what we are worth. We are paid for the value that we create. If you want more money, you create more value. Different outcomes are worth more or less based on how other people value them.Non-hustlers suffer the infection that causes them to misunderstand fairness. You can do what you love, but you can’t make the rest of the world value it.Selling is something you do to someone.I’m hard pressed to find a better version of this belief than what our non-hustler offers us. Nuns don’t buy thongs, and salespeople don’t sell things to people who don’t want or need them. The non-hustler makes a crude remark intended to prove that he is every bit as persuasive as any salesperson.Hustlers know that selling isn’t something you to do somebody. Selling is something you to for and with somebody, and something from which they benefit. The non-hustler is infected with the belief that one who sells is supposed to be taking advantage of someone else.There is inherent honor is being broke.The non-hustler reveals another infection when he says he is uncomfortable making money “marking up somebody else’s work.” The non-hustler has negative beliefs about money and how it is made. Minus a few people in the financial sector, no one creates real wealth stealing from other people.The non-hustler believes there is honor in being broke. This is an infection designed to protect the ego of the one infected. In their minds, it is better to be broke than to engage in the activities that generate money.I was broke until I was 13 years old and started working full time. I promise there was no inherent honor in not having money.If you would be a hustler, then examine your beliefs carefully. Do your infections serve you? Or are are they preventing you from producing the results you are capable of? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Shaqiri hails hat-trick hero Firminoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri hailed hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino after their 5-1 rout of Arsenal.The Brazil international ended his eight-month wait for a Premier League goal at Anfield in the most emphatic fashion on Saturday evening.”It was fully deserved. He had a very good game,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.“It’s always good to have people who can score in the team, he scored the second one very nicely. He fully deserved to score a hat-trick and I’m happy for him. I hope he can keep going like this.“It was a top game; obviously Arsenal have their quality and you can see that with the first goal they scored.“It was a little wake-up call for us, we were straight on after we conceded and scored for 1-1 – that was the big point for us to change the game and to win in the end.”
June 3, 2016There was an existing railing in the very middle.[photos by Sue Kirsch]The old railing has been removed and the post connections ground down.Here is one of the railing corners.Ron mixed up soupy fast-drying concrete to pour into the post holes.Here we can see the railing in place during the FORM Arcosanti 2016 event.The crew and workshop participants painted the railing to protect against rust.