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Rank The Top 10 Star Turns You Can’t Wait for in 2017

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first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.You’ve given us your pick for Star of the Year, favorite Broadway production of 2016 and show you’re most looking forward to in 2017. Now, it’s time to tell us which star’s performance you can’t wait to witness live this year. With returning Tony winners and celebrated screen stars in the mix, this is sure to be an epic season on the Great White Way and a delightfully tight Tony race as well. Who’s star turn is sure to be the toast of Broadway in 2017? Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan got things started with her top 10 picks. Now the ball’s in your court. Who will be your star?STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

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Japan Stunned by Manner of Defeat, Says Coach

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first_imgThe Japan players slumped to the turf at the end, and Nishino said they were too stunned to talk it through immediately afterwards.“I told the players to take a shower in the changing room, because they were just standing around stunned. I will talk to them when we are back at the hotel,” he said.“When we were 2-0 up and I didn’t change my players, I really wanted another goal, we were controlling the game but at that point Belgium upped their game when they really had to,” Nishino added.“We were determined to disrupt a Belgium side at their best, but at the end we couldn’t really match them.”Belgium pulled a goal back via a freak Jan Vertonghen header in the 69th minute, and substitute Marouane Fellaini then equalised five minutes later.The match was heading for extra time when Keisuke Honda opted to try his luck from a long-range free-kick in injury time.Thibaut Courtois saved the attempt, and Belgium broke from the corner that followed to snatch the winner and book a last-eight tie with Brazil.“We wanted to decide the match with a late free-kick and I thought we were going into extra-time, but we didn’t expect that kind of super counter-attack,” the coach said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Japan coach Akira Nishino admitted his desperate disappointment after seeing his side bow out of the World Cup in an agonising 3-2 defeat against Belgium Monday.“We started off very well, but at the end, right at the very end, to concede a goal like that is not expected,” Nishino said after Nacer Chadli’s 94th-minute strike at the end of a counter-attack gave Belgium a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 victory in their last-16 tie in Rostov.Japan had been 2-0 up after scoring twice early in the second half through Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.last_img read more

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President Moise wants “credible honest and transparent elections” in Haiti

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first_imgJovenel Moise PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – President Jovenel Moise says 2019 must result in Haiti achieving “credible, honest, democratic and transparent elections” and his administration will provide the necessary resources to accomplish that feat.Addressing the opening of a new Parliament session, Moise, whose victory in January 2017 ended an election process that stretched on for 14 months, said that Haiti is going through a “decisive period” as this is the fourth and last year of the 50th legislature.The bicameral National Assembly of Haiti consists of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The Chamber of Deputies has 99 members, who are elected by popular vote for a four-year term, while the 30 members of the Senate are elected to serve six-year terms, with one third elected every two years.Moise told legislators 2018 had been characterized by economic, political and social challenges and this year “should allow us to be more concerned about the respect of the constitutional prescriptions, to strive, in the patriotic spirit, to overcome crises that threaten the survival of the nation.”But he told legislators that at the same time, this year his government intends to strengthen its structural recovery program. He said the political turbulence has had a negative impact on the local economy, leading to unemployment that is likely to continue.“Also, all of us: State authorities, civil society, the private sector, we are obliged to undertake more initiatives that will enable the country to attract domestic and foreign direct investment, create jobs and increase agricultural production and industrial national.”He said it is with the aim of achieving these objectives that the government will urgently undertakes the strengthening of measures to combat corruption and impunity, reduce the State’s lifestyle and clean up public accounts.The opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations in support of their calls for President  Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.Several people have died as a result of the protests.last_img read more

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Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star followed by helicopters as decision looms

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first_imgKawhi Leonard watch has reached a ridiculous new height.The star reportedly was flown from Los Angeles to Toronto on Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s private plane Wednesday, and news outlets north of the border scrambled to Toronto Pearson International Airport to get a glimpse of his arrival. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers believe they’re ‘firmly in the lead’; Drake plans Raptors pitch The Lakers reportedly are optimistic due to the recruiting efforts behind LeBron James and Magic Johnson after the team acquired Anthony Davis, though the Clippers believe they have a fair shot at landing Leonard, as well.Leonard had career-high per game averages in points (26.6) and rebounds (7.3) last season and averaged 30.5 points per game in the playoffs. NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies unload Chandler Parsons, $25M contract with Hawks This is the growing crowd outside the Hazelton Hotel in #Toronto where it’s believed Kawhi Leonard is about to meet with Raptors pres Ujiri and GM Webster(Video: @GregRoss17)#KawhiWatch pic.twitter.com/tcBUtB7KSc— James Wattie (@jameswattie) July 3, 2019Leonard was dealt from the Spurs to the Raptors last year and quickly made an impression as he helped Toronto win its first championship. He recently opted out of the final year of his contract with the Raptors and became an unrestricted free agent, with the Southern California native drawing the most interest from Los Angeles. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Boban Marjanovic signs with Mavericks I can’t believe this is a thing on TV right now #KawhiWatch #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/slUuFoPG2c— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) July 3, 2019From there, Leonard was followed to the Hazelton Hotel, where he was rumored to be scheduled to meet with Raptors president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster. At that point, though, frenzied fans and media had already lined up along the street outside the hotel.last_img read more

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Magee and Jennings bid for Olympic glory later this afternoon

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first_imgOlympics: Donegal duo Chloe Magee and Sinead Jennings are both in action later this afternoon at the Olympics in Rio. Jennings was due to participate yesterday in the semi-final of the Lightweight Women’s double sculls with partner Claire Lambe.However, due to adverse weather conditions the semi-final was postponed on two separate occasions. It has now been re-arranged for later today, with Jennings hoping she can make a dream Olympic final.Chloe Magee, starring at her third Olympics takes to the Rio-centre later today to face Chinese opponent Wang Yihan.The Raphoe star has been a leading light for badminton in Ireland for years, and she’s hoping she can really make a positive impact at this year’s Olympics. We wish both Sinead and Chloe all the best in their respective categories as they continue to do Donegal and Ireland proud.Magee and Jennings bid for Olympic glory later this afternoon was last modified: August 11th, 2016 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:BADMINTONchloe mageenewsOlympicsRaphoeRiosinead jenningsSportlast_img read more

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A’s observations from day two of MLB Winter Meetings

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first_imgLAS VEGAS — After a quiet opening day of winter meetings, the A’s activity at winter meetings began to heat up on day two.— Chris Herrmann was signed to a one-year to possibly serve in a platoon role with Josh Phegley at catcher next season. A’s GM David Forst did not rule out the possibility of adding another catcher in addition to Herrmann, but said he’d be comfortable entering the regular season with the current platoon. — Rumors about how the A’s might address the second base opening …last_img

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South Africa A to face England Lions in 2015

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first_img “This is a very important agreement for us,” Cricket South Africa’s General Manager Corrie van Zyl said in a statement. “It continues our policy of enabling our second best team to test itself against some of the strongest cricket playing countries in the world. “What is particularly important is that our A side will now tour England in 2017, at the same time as our senior squad is in that country. “England is always an out-of-season tour for us and it will help a lot to know that our back-up players are match-fit in case of need.”‘An excellent opportunity’ 17 April 2014 Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday announced a reciprocal agreement in terms of which the England Lions will tour South Africa in the 2014/15 season and South Africa A will tour England in 2017. The England Lions, England’s A team, will play two four-day test matches and five 50 overs limited overs matches against South Africa A in January and February 2015.‘A very important agreement’center_img ECB Performance Director, David Parsons, commented: “The Lions tour to South Africa will be an excellent opportunity to take on some very tough opposition in a challenging environment. “It will also offer us an opportunity to test the players at the very highest level and allow the players to ultimately learn a great deal from the trip. “We are look forward to visiting South Africa early next year.’ ENGLAND LIONS 2015 TOUR ITINERARY5-7 Jan: SA Invitation XI v England Lions, UJ Soweto Oval11-14 Jan: SA A v England Lions, Boland Park, Paarl18-21 Jan: SA A v England Lions, Chevrolet Park,, Bloemfontein25 Jan: 1st ODI, SA A v England Lions, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein28 Jan: 2nd ODI, SA A v England Lions, Diamond Oval, Kimberley31 Jan: 3rd ODI, SA A v England Lions, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom2 Feb: 4th ODI, SA v England Lions, Mamelodi, Pretoria5 Feb: 5th ODI, SA A v England Lions, Sahara Willowmoore Park, Benoni SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Facebook Launches, Then Takes Down Profile-to-Page Conversion Tool

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first_imgTags:#biz#tips john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts We all know that businesses are best represented on Facebook via a Page, not a profile and that historically, manually converting a profile to a Page has not been a simple process. When we reached out to Facebook about the issue a few months back, we were told that indeed there’s no automated method for converting a profile to a Page and that any business looking to do so would need to go through a potentially arduous, manual process, particularly if they’ve already amassed a large number of friends (who need to be converted to fans). A few weeks ago, Facebook finally launched an automated conversion tool for businesses who inadvertently set up their Facebook presence using a standard profile. Social media blogs just started reporting the launch of the tool earlier this week, but as a diligent ReadWriteWeb commenter pointed out, the tool had been made available earlier in March (Thanks again, pete321). Today, Mashable reported that the tool had been taken down by Facebook. Whether or not the tool’s removal had anything to do with Mashable writer Christina Warren’s critique of the tool’s effectiveness is not clear. For the time being, businesses looking to convert their profile to a Page are stuck with the manual process, at least until (or if) Facebook brings the feature back. Granted, this doesn’t affect most businesses, only the ones that are improperly operating a Facebook profile for their company, rather than a Page. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How to Insulate a Cathedral Ceiling with Mineral Wool

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first_imgOur expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, had this to say:Roof assemblies, like wall assemblies, should be designed and insulated to dry in at least one direction. We tend to focus on how building assemblies get wet from interior moisture during the cold winter months, but more importantly, we have to focus on how they dry from any of a variety of moisture sources, not just wintertime interior relative humidity.Roof assemblies are like wall assemblies that never get stood up straight. So, while they do see more bulk water, they can be designed and insulated without back-venting the roof sheathing (“hot roofs”), just as walls are. There are two critical elements, however: selecting materials for ALL layers that collectively create directional drying AND a continuous and contiguous (to the insulation) air barrier in the unvented roof assembly.On the other hand, back-venting the roof sheathing is a more forgiving approach, if the soffit-to-ridge vent chutes are continuous and well-sealed with respect to the roof cavity insulation.You can “decouple” the roof cladding and roof sheathing (in terms of wetting and drying) from the rest of the cathedral roof assembly with either a top-side air space or a vent chute underneath the roof sheathing. Each presents construction detail challenges, and costs. And frankly, the choice of roof cladding material and your climate can strongly suggest just how important some sort of venting is to the performance of the roof assembly. For examples, see this article from Building Science Corp. as well as this one.For more information on vapor profiles and drying, take a look at this blog. CONSTRUCTION DETAILS RELATED ARTICLES First, will that be enough insulation?Whether unvented cathedral ceilings should be dense-packed at all is a question that’s generated plenty of discussion in the past. Leaving that aside for the moment, a key question for Roy is whether mineral wool packed into a 2×10 rafter bay will provide enough thermal insulation for his locale, and the answer is no, it won’t. What about a vapor-permeable chute?If the ventilation chute carries away any excess moisture from the cavity insulation, Thomas Jefferson says, it would seem “wise” to make the baffle with a vapor-permeable material.“Foil-faced polyiso does add R-value but it’s not permeable,” Jefferson says. “I’d suggest hardboard (Masonite) or another fiber panel to just hold back the dense pack without impeding water vapor. The dense-pack will be only ~R-31, so you’ll need to furr out below the joists or add polyiso below, as Martin suggested.”Holladay disputed Jefferson’s opinion that “this vent chute serves partly to carry out any excess moisture from the cavity insulation.” According to Holladay, “No one wants interior moisture migrating through the insulation to the ventilation cavity — certainly not deliberately,” he says. The idea is to prevent any moisture from getting into the ventilation cavity and to provide a mechanism that helps keep the roof sheathing dry.“The purpose of the ventilation channel is to lower the humidity of the roof sheathing — in case some sloppy carpenter did a bad job of caulking the ventilation chutes in place, or in case some electrician mistakenly installs wiring or a can light in your ceiling,” Holladay says.Isn’t the purpose of a ventilation chute to prevent the accumulation of moisture? asks Jefferson. “Moisture can come from a few different sources, and one could be below the chute,” he says. “Why design a vent chute to intentionally exclude water vapor that just might find itself in the cavity insulation? Not that it’s intentional for the insulation to be damp and need drying to the exterior, but the opportunity of drying reduces risk.”Not really, Holladay says: “The purpose of the ventilation channel is as a last-ditch method of keeping your sheathing dry in case your assembly has flaws. But you don’t want to build in any paths that allow or encourage vapor to flow toward your cold sheathing.” Spray-in foam works, tooGiven the difficulties of building in an effective ventilation chute, Roy asks, what about the possibility of using closed-cell foam directly on the underside of the roof sheathing?Closed-cell foam provides an air barrier, but to control condensation it must be applied to a minimum R-value, depending on what climate zone you’re building in, Holladay says. That ranges from R-5 in zones 1-3 to R-35 in zone 8. Making airtight ventilation chutesThe most effective ventilation chutes will be site-built, Holladay says. “Usually, the builder starts by tacking up 1″x1″ sticks in the upper corners of the rafter bays,” he writes. “Then rigid material (Celotex, thin plywood, or rigid foam) is installed against the sticks, with caulk or spray foam to make the installation airtight.”While providing an excellent air seal, these chutes are not the fastest to install, Holladay says.M S says chutes might be made from sheets of polyisocyanurate foam insulation, sealed at the seams with spray foam. The foam would simultaneously serve as baffle and insulation. By dense-packing the remainder of the rafter bays with cellulose, at R-4 per inch, the roof would be rated at R-39.“Now, as Martin suggests, overlay the face of your studs with rigid insulation, either polyiso or XPS,” M S says. “Putting up another 2 in. of polyiso gets you close to R-52.”center_img As GBA senior editor Martin Holladay points out, a 2×10 is really 9¼ in. deep. Using the values published by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, mineral wool at a density of 2½ pounds per cubic foot would have an R-value of about 34 if it completely filled the rafter bay.The 2006 International Residential Code requires ceilings in Roy’s area (Climate Zone 5) to be insulated to at least R-38, Holladay says.If part of each rafter bay is dedicated to an air chute, reducing the amount of insulation that can be added, the numbers get worse. This means that whether Roy adds air chutes or not, he’ll need to find a way to add more insulation if he wants to meet IRC requirements. Q&A: Joe Lstiburek says, Don’t dense-pack unvented cathedral ceilings Q&A: Green way to insulate cathedral ceilings? Q&A: Is dense-packed cellulose an air barrier?Insulation Overview Debating the merits of ventilationDespite assurances from the insulation contractor, building codes won’t allow the kind of roof assembly Roy is contemplating.“According to my understanding of the International building codes, you can’t install an air-permeable insulation like mineral wool in a cathedral ceiling unless you first install ventilation chutes on the underside of the roof sheathing,” Holladay says. “Styrofoam ProperVents are too flimsy to withstand the pressure of dense-packed insulation, so you’ll probably want to install plastic AccuVent or site-built ventilation chutes.“It doesn’t make any sense to install soffit vents if you don’t have ventilation chutes between the top of the insulation and the bottom of the roof sheathing,” he adds. “If it were my house, I would install ventilation chutes (well sealed to prevent air leakage). I would also install 2 inches of foil-faced polyiso under the rafters, held in place with 1×4 strapping, and I would blow the mineral wool through holes in the polyiso.”A poster named M S directs Roy to an article by building scientist Joseph Lstiburek of the Building Science Corp., who says flatly: “As fantastic as the dense-pack approach is for walls, it is a pretty dumb approach for unvented cathedral ceilings and flat roofs. And, no matter how hard some of us work to try to stop people from going ahead and doing it, they persist on doing it. First, it is a building code violation. Second, it violates the physics.”It would seem Roy should abandon ship on whatever plans he had for dense-packing an unvented cathedral ceiling. So what’s the best way of adding ventilation? John Roy is building a house in southeastern Massachusetts, and at least part of it will have a cathedral ceiling. He’s thinking of insulating the ceiling with dense-packed rock wool.The president of a local insulation company tells him there’s no need to install air chutes in the rafter bays before the insulation is blown in because the insulation does not absorb water. The local building inspector is prepared to go along with the recommendation providing soffit vents are installed.Is Roy getting good advice? That’s what he’s asking in this Q&A post, the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. Roof/Wall Connections for a Cold Climatelast_img read more

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How Workflow Automation Enables Non-Profits to Do More

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first_imgThe phrases “business process management” and “workflow automation” immediately bring to mind disciplines utilized in for-profit businesses. However, orchestrating non-profit organizations also requires fund management, administration, hiring, and other procedures similar to for-profit companies. When core operational processes run efficiently for non-profit institutions, more productive services can be rendered, holistically improving individual lives and our world as a whole. Automated workflows escalate efficiency, enabling non-profits to pursue their mission with focused intensity.Here are six incredible organizations that have turned to workflow management to help them do even more good. Project SyncereIn southern Chicago, ten team members teach the importance of math and science to youth in underserved communities through over twenty engineering programs. Project involvement has helped students achieve higher grades and also piqued their interest in STEM fields. Director Adrianne Wheeler said that Project Syncere earlier used word of mouth, sticky notes, and other paper methods to plan and manage projects, resulting in frequent miscommunication and disorganization. After switching to automated workflows, program planning became much smoother thanks to the centralized communication hub and task reminders. Soon, staff members began to take ownership of internal processes by offering suggestions for additional improvement.YMCA of Metro ChicagoOver a thousand employees at The YMCA Metro Chicago serve about 100,000 members and half a million locals by promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Renting and leasing their numerous facilities for various local events was a tedious, time-consuming process. They tried several software solutions, but expenses ran high, and problems such as poor printing capabilities and complex information retrieval still slowed operations. When the software was integrated with automated workflows, multiple issues were resolved: pertinent information became instantly available over the cloud-based system, receipt/contract printing needs were met, and senior leaders could directly make approvals while out of office and without scrolling through emails. Vibrant Emotional HealthHelping Americans achieve emotional wellness with dignity and respect, Vibrant Health runs the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and serves local residents out of their main office in New York City. In the past, payment requests and approvals were completed manually and walked from desk to desk for signatures. The implementation of DocuSign only cut down on paper use since form data could not include calculations or be modified by colleagues. When payment processes were moved to automated workflows, processing time decreased by more than 50 percent and human error was significantly reduced. Thresholds of approval were created by each department to ensure an accurate chain of communication. IT costs stayed within budget and users were promptly assisted by the system’s customer support service.World VisionSince 1950, World Vision has been providing relief and development aid to overcome poverty and injustice around the world. Multimedia coverage of work efforts is vital to raising awareness and keeping contact with sponsors, but gathering content from all over the globe through email lead to lost attachments, misplaced data, and chaos. World Vision implemented workflows to improve communication between the field and home office. The applications enabled users to locate the nearest communication expert easily, evaluate their credentials and cost, and initiate approval requests for media coverage. Efficiency skyrocketed as stories from the field could be seamlessly requested, approved, and delivered through a centralized system.Wayne MetropolitanDedicated to diminishing poverty in greater Detroit, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency provides services, programs, and resources to low-income families, cultivating hope for a brighter future. Tracking relocation of personnel and resources across numerous sites was cumbersome, and approving hires took about five days until they began using cloud-based automated workflows. Without hiring IT experts, management was able to customize workflows to meet their data processing needs intuitively, and teamwork between departments amplified. New hire approval was reduced to one to two days, allowing workers to meet community needs even sooner. NQ Dry TropicsIn Northeastern Australia, NQ Dry Tropics works with communities, industries, and the government to sustainably manage natural land and water resources. A workflow system easily integrable with Google Apps was needed to track expense request and approvals. The team chose a cloud-based, user-friendly program in order to analyze the flow of funds and plan for the future strategically. After a successful start, NQ Dry Tropics expanded workflow use to other internal processes. As the organization grows, workflows will naturally scale with the organization, remaining straightforward and efficient.Process Faster, Impact MoreWise resource management is crucial for non-profit organizations and low-cost automated workflow systems enable non-profits to cut down on processing time without breaking the bank. Consolidating the nuts and bolts of a nonprofit’s procedures into automated workflows promotes unification of team members through streamlined communication channels. Average American workers spend eight hours out of a forty-hour workweek just searching for internal documents. Staff members in mission-driven organizations have no desire to lose that much time while urgent human needs are waiting to be met. Automating processes is a win-win, conserving resources so more energy can be contributed to reaching the masses, whether local or global. Tags:#automation#Non-Profits#workflow management Suresh Sambandam Suresh SambandamFounder & CEO Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of Kissflow, the first unified digital workplace for organizations to manage all of their work on a single, unified platform. Kissflow has over 10,000 customers across 160 countries, including more than fifty Fortune 500 companies. Related Posts 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of…last_img read more

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