The Masters of Touch

first_imgThis interview is the last in a seven part series taken during the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series held in Townsville from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 June.  In this interview we speak with Gavin Shuker.To view the video please follow the link or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage

9 months agoAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancy

first_imgAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancyby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town will not appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.The Terriers parted ways with David Wagner on Monday by mutual consent.The German leaves with the club currently bottom of the table and eight points from safety. Reports had suggested that Allardyce was in the running for the role, given his history with saving clubs from relegation.But the former England boss has distanced himself from those links.He told talkSPORT: “As much as I like Huddersfield, it’s very difficult job indeed. For me, and I know the fans won’t want to hear this, it’s got to be about planning for relegation and then planning to get back into the Premier League.”For me, at this stage of my life if they made an approach I would chat with them, but I think it’s very unlikely, Alan.”They’ve only scored 12 goals in 22 matches, and while I’ve managed to pull teams out of the bottom end, at Sunderland I had Jermain Defoe and at Crystal Palace I had Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.”Huddersfield’s trouble is not their performances, it’s a lack of goals and we all know what it means when you have a goalscorer.”It’s a very difficult task.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMaguire tells Man Utd fans: Goals coming soon

first_imgMaguire tells Man Utd fans: Goals coming soonby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire is confident he’ll break his Manchester United scoring duck. The summer signing has yet to score in six Premier League appearances for United. Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash with Arsenal, Maguire said: “I see myself as a threat.”I’ve had a couple of headers this year up to now and I’m sure to get on the end of many more crosses and create chances in the box. It’s something I take pride in as I work on it on the training pitch. “I like to say I’ll chip in with some goals to help the team out in terms of getting some good results.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Texas House Committee Report Lays Foundation For Sandra Bland Act

first_imgSandra Bland/FacebookSandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13.Fourteen recommendations in the Texas House County Affairs Committee’s recent report to lawmakers – including calls for them to increase police officer training for de-escalation and mental health awareness, to back jail-to-treatment diversion programs, and eliminate consent searches during stops – will be the foundation for the Sandra Bland Act.State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, announced last year that he would file the bill to address race, poverty, mental health and accountability in law enforcement and corrections.In 2015, former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Brian Encinia stopped Sandra Bland in Prairie View after she failed to signal a lane change. Bland’s conversation with the arresting officer became heated, and she was arrested for assaulting a public servant.Bland, a 28-year-old Illinois woman, was found dead in her Waller County Jail cell three days after her arrest, sparking concerns about jail conditions and outrage across the country. Her death has been ruled a suicide by hanging. Share Though it’s legal, it doesn’t make sense for someone to be arrested because of a traffic violation or for a stop like Bland’s to escalate into an arrest, Coleman said.“If you look at Sandra Bland, the incident that led to her death – that’s all you have to look at,” said Coleman, who was the County Affairs chairman last session. Committee assignments for the 2017 session have not been announced.If a driver’s tail light is out, or they cross over the yellow line, no matter how briefly, “the law says they are jailable offenses, so we have to remove that from the statute,” Coleman said.“[Encinia] was well within his right to (arrest Bland), and that’s where we’re running into the problem,” he said. “It’s baked in the cake. Injustice is baked into the cake.”Other proposals from the committee include eliminating consent searches and raising the threshold for stops to something higher than the current “probable cause” and “reasonable suspicion.”Kevin Lawrence, executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, said his organization would oppose such changes.“It’s folly,”Lawrence said. “The whole premise behind it is the argument that the individuals are not truly consenting (to be searched), that somehow the officers are goading or tricking or whatever into consenting.”Lawrence said changing the standards for stops and searches would help defense attorneys confuse juries.“The standards are set,” he said. “The Fourth Amendment has worked well for 240 years now, and so tinkering with it at this point just because you’re trying to appease a constituency, not a good idea in our opinion.”Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh’s traffic stop based on probable cause is a good example of why the standards shouldn’t change, Lawrence said. McVeigh may have never been caught were it not for the traffic stop, he said.“During that stop, the officer, because of his training, his experience, his instinctive, intuitive perceptions of what was going on, he developed a reasonable suspicion to believe there was something more going on with that guy, so he went ahead and arrested him on the original traffic violation,” Lawrence said. “Once he did that, then they did a search of inventory of the automobile, where they found the lease agreement on the Ryder truck. And that was when they realized hey, we really have something more going on here, and they called the FBI, and the FBI traced that Ryder truck back to the Oklahoma City bombing.”In the proposal, the County Affairs Committee also recommends that lawmakers:require DPS to accurately document the race of the people they stopmandate that jails add electronic monitoring systems to document when “cell checks” are done on inmatescreate policies that promote more personal recognizance bonds — when courts release individuals without having to pay bail because they aren’t considered threats to the community or a flight riskensure that health care continues for people after they are released from jail. Medicaid, Supplemental Security Insurance and Social Security Disability Insurance are terminated when someone goes to jail, and the state takes over healthcare. The committee’s proposal calls for a suspension instead.Lawmakers also should address contraband behind bars by employing drug-sniffing dogs at all entry points of a facility, and officer contracts should stipulate that they be fired if they’re found guilty of perjury or aid another officer in committing perjury, said Cannon Lambert, an attorney for Sandra Bland’s family.Bland reportedly had marijuana in her system before she died.“They do regular walkthroughs,” Lambert said. “And to employ a drug dog seems sensible.”Encinia faces a perjury charge after a Waller County grand jury identified a discrepancy between what his official report says about why Bland stepped out of her car and what dashboard camera footage shows.The anti-perjury proposal “would change the culture of policing,” Lambert said. “That protects good officers from bad officers because the good officers can say ‘No, I can’t lie for you.’”Read more stories related to the Sandra Bland case:Texas’ top criminal justice lawmakers are considering sending community leaders into public schools to teach ninth graders how to interact with police.Texas county jails have seen an almost 60 percent decrease in suicides from last year.Two law enforcement agencies say they will start adding information on filing complaints to the citations they issue.The family of Sandra Bland — the woman who died in a Waller County Jail cell in 2015 — reached a settlement in September with Texas officials in a wrongful death lawsuit.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

Wyndham wins at Annual Vacation Ownership Awards

first_imgWyndham DestinationsWyndham wins at Annual Vacation Ownership AwardsWyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has claimed three Australian Timeshare Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) Awards, with teams from the Gold Coast and Fiji and a Queensland resort manager picking up major accolades.Presented at the peak body’s annual conference in Fiji, the ATHOC Awards are nine prestigious honours that recognise and reward exceptionally talented individuals, teams and companies in the vacation ownership industry across the South Pacific.Wyndham Destinations’ Gold Coast-based Owner Marketing team, which communicates with the WorldMark South Pacific Club’s 57,000 vacation owner families and manages the company’s social media pages, was named Best Marketing Team of the Year.“Our Owner Marketing team has done an exceptional job of improving our marketing and social media efforts, site visitation and engagement through the optimisation of quality user-generated content,” said Gary Croker, Senior Vice President of Business Development Asia Pacific, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific.“This Gold Coast team is skilled at building constructive relationships with our vacation owners and helping them gain an understanding of the power our product gives them. The team’s campaigns and solutions are leading the field in an area which is undergoing enormous technological change and disruption.”Meanwhile, the company’s Fiji Sales team was honoured with the Sales Team of the Year award, thanks to its commitment to customer service and using innovative ideas to showcase Fijian culture and hospitality to its guests.The General Manager at Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas, Duncan Mars, also received the Best Resort Manager accolade for implementing a high standard of personalised service and markedly improving the property’s performance.Duncan presided over a 7.8 per cent increase in occupancy during 2017 and an overhaul of housekeeping that brought about vast productivity improvements. Guests providing feedback on the resort now give Duncan and his team an average ranking of 9.09 out of 10.Source = Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacificlast_img read more

July 20 2002 construction site at five oclock in

first_imgJuly 20, 2002 construction site at five o’clock inthe morning. Given the threat of afternoon rain, when the constructioncrew undertakes a concrete pour they begin as early as possible. [Photo& Text: MS] The formwork andrebar for the precast panel. The form in the middle will eventually bea window with a wonderful view of the Agua Fria river valley. [Photo &Text: MS] The concrete ismixed at our on-site batchplant, then transferred from the concretetruck into the bucket. The bucket is then moved into position with thecrane. Here, construction manager Spencer Marrese guides thepour. [Photo & Text: MS] This was the Julyworkshoppers first pour. Many of the workshoppers had little or noexperience pouring concrete, but after intense instruction they werewell prepared for today. They finished the job in record time. [Photo &Text: MS] The finished panelmust be covered to contain the moisture for it to cure. [Photo & Text:MS]last_img read more

Rep Cox Recordsetting investment in education brightens Michigans future

first_img Categories: Cox News,News Rep. Laura Cox today said newly signed school funding legislation will provide more resources to improve academic performance and better prepare Michigan students for jobs and careers.“This investment will brighten the future for kids across Michigan, regardless of where they live or what career pathway they choose,” said Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, after Gov. Rick Snyder signed the school funding bill for the upcoming budget year. “We are laying the foundation for schools to improve and students to succeed.”More than a quarter of the overall state budget will go to K-12 schools, with $14.8 billion establishing a new record for investment – including the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, ranging from $120 to $240 per student. This raises the minimum per-pupil foundation allowance to $7,871 per student and sets the maximum guaranteed foundation allowance at $8,409.Early literacy and special education programs will receive a boost in funding. Support for academically at-risk students is set at $499 million to improve their performance in reading and math.The budget bill signed today also includes funding for universities and community colleges. The legislation includes provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities, holding institutions accountable for student safety.House Bill 5579 is the final major piece of next year’s budget plan to be signed into law.Earlier this week, Snyder signed legislation to provide $100 million to better prepare students for emerging, high-demand jobs of the future – an initiative the governor calls the Marshall Plan for Talent.Michigan’s new budget includes more money to improve school safety across the state. The budget also provides more resources for road repairs, public safety and to improve community mental health services – all without growing state government overall.### 28Jun Rep. Cox: Record-setting investment in education brightens Michigan’s futurelast_img read more

Click on image to enlarge The CMEs Daily Deli

first_img (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that only 24 gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  JPMorgan Chase stopped 22 of the gold contracts in its in-house [proprietary] trading account, and was the short/issuer on all three silver contracts.  I thank California reader Jon De Weese for helping me out with these numbers again today. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. I was rather surprised to see that an authorized participant withdrew 96,586 troy ounces of gold from GLD yesterday.  I don’t know what to make of that.  And as of 9:45 a.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Since yesterday was Monday, there was a guaranteed sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They reported selling 500 troy ounces of gold eagles, and 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  They also sold 850,000 silver eagles.  The gold sales numbers from the mint for August continue to be shockingly low.  A back-of-the-envelope calculation based on sales up to yesterday show that silver eagles are outselling gold eagles and gold buffaloes by 305 to 1 month-to-date. There was some gold movement on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 32,108 troy ounces, and shipped out 50,044 troy ounces.  Virtually all of the gold shipped out came out of JPMorgan’s warehouse.  The link to that activity is here. Friday was a busy day in silver as well, as 1,041,474 troy ounces were shipped in, and 1,12,187 troy ounces were shipped out the door to parts unknown.  JPMorgan was not involved in Friday’s silver action at all.  The link to that is here. I had to take an axe to my list of stories that I received from readers over the last three days, but I still have a lot more than I would like, and some of them had to wait for tomorrow’s column because there were so many. I hope you approve of the ones that are posted below. As of the [Tuesday] cut-off, JPMorgan was net long 23% of the COMEX gold futures market (once spreads are removed). On that same basis, JPMorgan is short 16% of the COMEX silver futures market. This is down substantially [from] the 40% net short position in COMEX silver that JPMorgan held a couple of years ago, but is still outrageously high and also qualifies as a short corner on the market. Whereas JPMorgan is likely decreasing its gold long corner on the market, it is increasing its silver short market corner. Our nation’s most important bank has two market corners going at the same time; all while the regulators pretend not to notice. – Silver analyst Ted Butler, 17 August 2013 As bad as the take-downs in all four precious metals were in Far East trading on their Monday morning, they pale into insignificance compared to what’s happening to silver as I write The Wrap.  Starting at 1:45 p.m. in the very thinly traded Hong Kong market [1:45 a.m. in New York] on their Tuesday afternoon, JPMorgan’s high-frequency traders had the silver price down more than 70 cents in under fifteen minutes.  The low print I saw was $22.32 spot.  Here’s the screen shot I saved off the Kitco website shortly before 2 a.m. EDT. High-frequency traders had the silver price down more than 70 cents in under fifteen minutes The early Monday morning rally in gold in Far East trading got dealt with in the usual manner, and by the time that London opened for the day, gold was back below Friday’s closing price in New York. The smallish rally in London went nowhere, and it was all downhill from there, with the low tick of the day [$1,361.80 spot] coming minutes before 12 o’clock noon in New York.  The high tick was in Far East trading at precisely 10 a.m. in Hong Kong trading, and it checked in around $1,385 spot. The subsequent rally off its New York low wasn’t allowed to get far, and gold closed at $1,365.60 spot, which was down $11.60 from Friday’s close.  Volume was 135,000 contracts, with 48,000 of that amount coming in Far East and London trading. Despite the fact that silver only finished down pennies from Friday’s close, the silver stocks got it in the ear as well, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.07%. The dollar index closed on Friday at 81.28 and traded basically flat in a fairly tight range on Monday everywhere on Planet Earth, closing the day where it started at 81.28.  Nothing to see here, folks. It was also pretty much the same story for platinum and palladium, and their respective lows also came at the 10 a.m. EDT London p.m. gold fix.  Here are the charts, It was more or less that same chart pattern in silver, except there wasn’t much in the way of price action after London began to trade at 8 a.m. BST, which was 3 a.m. in New York. Silver’s low tick came at the London p.m. gold fix, and Kitco recorded that as $22.91 spot, and the high tick was around $23.70 at 11 a.m. in Hong Kong. Silver closed at $23.19 spot, down 6.5 cents from Friday’s close.  Volume, net of August and September, was 36,000 contracts, and 16,000 of that came before New York opened at 8:20 a.m. EDT.center_img As I said in my Saturday column, it’s a mug’s game trying to analyze the precious metal markets when JPMorgan et al are allowed to do what they wish, when they wish.  As Ted Butler so correctly pointed out in his quote above, JPMorgan Chase has a long-side corner on the gold market and a short-side corner on the silver market.  No one is going to stop them from doing whatever they want to, or have to do. And Peter Hambro can do no better than meekly blame the hedge funds.  When is some mining executive, blessed with gonads of steel, or some other equivalent material, going to say what has to be said in the public press? You’d figure that with the likes of Eric Sprott and John Embry over at Sprott Asset Management shouting from the rooftops about this issue for years, and now joined rather guardedly by John Hathaway over at Tocqueville, that the gold and silver mining companies might step out from behind the skirts of their masters at the World Gold Council and The Silver Institute, and do what is right for their shareholders. Based on what I’ve witnessed over the past thirteen years, I have a feeling that we’re not going to see that day any time soon, if at all. Thus ends the lecture for the day. And as I hit the “send” button on today’s missive at 5:15 a.m. EDT, the gold price is back within four dollars of Monday’s close, but silver is still down a bit over 50 cents.  Both platinum and palladium are still down a bit as well.  Gold’s volume [all of it of the HFT variety] is within a chip shot of 50,000 contracts, and silver’s net volume is around 15,000 contracts.  Not that it matters, but the dollar index dropped 20 basis points about half an hour after London opened. Today, at the 1:30 p.m. close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report and, hopefully, all of today’s trading data will be in it. I await the New York open with great interest. See you tomorrow. Despite the fact that the gold price was down in New York all day long, their associated shares rallied into the New York lunch hour, before heading south at the same rate they rallied.  But a thoughtful seller showed up with an hour left in the trading day and sold the stocks down hard into the close.  The HUI finished down 2.35%. Sponsor Advertisement Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Articles like this, Fox, GOP bashing are making her popular. To me it’s another woman to bash out there. Get off it, really…– Patricia Mainstream Media Refusing to Report on “Trump Bonus Checks”?The liberal news networks don’t want you to know about “Trump Bonus Checks”… Because it makes President Trump look good when American citizens are cashing monthly checks for $4,280, $6,344 and even an exceptional $8,181 per month! An interesting read as always. To be intellectually honest, much of what is said here concerning stupidity, the making of illusory promises, and failure to comprehend the results of actions also very much applies to Trump.– Phil (Only 250 memberships available) Those who joined now see total open combined gains of 309.8% on all 10 picks… PLUS, total combined minimum dividends of 78.5%. Today, we’re reposting Teeka’s webinar. BUT, we’re only making 250 “second chance” memberships available today. Click here to view the replay before memberships are filled and we take it back down again. Lock in your chance at an $80k a year income stream… The Black BoxI remember when I first sat in a self-driving car. It was October 2011, on NASA’s Ames Research campus in Mountain View, California. The car was one of Google’s earliest versions of its self-driving technology.It wasn’t pretty. The outside of the car was laden with large sensors, and the inside of the car was packed front to back with computing equipment. There was barely enough room for someone to sit in the driver’s seat.But only seven years later, the technology has progressed immensely.The Prius I mentioned above that drove over 3,000 miles without human intervention was outfitted with only seven cameras. Six were positioned outside the car in order to provide a 360-degree view, and one was inside facing the driver.Equally impressive was that the trip was made with only basic digital maps to work from. This is compared to the high-definition maps often used in self-driving vehicles, which are precise down to a few centimeters.What was the technology that enabled the self-driving Prius to make its cross-country trip? After all, it looked just like any other car.The answer is simple… Hidden in plain sight in the back of the car was a black box. It looked something like this.The Secret Hiding in the TrunkThis black box is the key. The black box makes use of a special type of software that is an essential part of self-driving cars. I’m talking about artificial intelligence, or AI.Contained within that black box was an advanced system powerful enough to take in the data from the Prius’ cameras, use AI to analyze the data, and drive the car and the passenger coast-to-coast safely.At this point, you may be wondering what AI has to do with self-driving cars.You see, the way autonomous cars will become dependable enough to function on public roads is through the use of AI.As these cars drive, they produce a massive amount of data. Just one autonomous vehicle is estimated to produce roughly 4,000 gigabytes of information a day. For perspective, the average high-definition (HD) movie has only 4 gigabytes of data.This data is then analyzed with AI and used to improve the car’s driving performance.That’s what allowed the Prius to drive cross-country. The car “learned” how to drive safely by analyzing millions of miles of data. That’s why I say AI is the key to the success of self-driving cars. They simply can’t operate without it.Artificial intelligence is what will ultimately bring self-driving cars to the masses.And it’s not just self-driving cars. AI is becoming increasingly essential to our modern lives. In fact, you’ve likely used AI without even knowing it. Teeka Tiwari’s 30-Day Crypto UpdateIt was just 30 days ago that Teeka Tiwari revealed his 2019 Crypto Outlook. Guess what’s happened since then? Your analysis of AOC’s IQ and the fact that you call her stupid is reflection of your own inadequacies. Who are you to judge others without factual knowledge? This is why America is in trouble, we operate out of ignorance and bigotry.Shame, shame, shame. – Joel How disappointing to see you write of AOC as “stupid” when you disagree with her. Bill Bonner wrote a similarly scathing article, putting her down for having been a waitress 18 months ago, and for wanting healthcare for all, free tuition, etc. It just goes to show, we all see through our own prisms. What I see is a motivated and idealistic young college graduate who works for a living, who does not deserve (that is, she has not yet really earned it!) the vitriol aimed at her. She is new to government – but so is our President. She has learning to do – and because she is new at this, some of those lessons are still in the future. At 29, did you know everything – or think you did? Because what I see is hope and enthusiasm for making lives better. She may be smarter than you think, to put out what you see as extreme ideas, when most experienced negotiations begin this way – knowing the pendulum will swing wildly both ways before settling somewhere in the middle.It’s precisely because she is so new at this that the criticism seems more that she is simply a new punching bag now that Hillary’s name has been worn out. Honestly, get a grip! While you may not agree with socialism – it’s not evil as fascism… now there is something to fear – recognize who is promoting THAT in our country. It isn’t AOC. – Amy —center_img Justin’s note: Technology expert and Silicon Valley insider Jeff Brown is one of our friends over at Bonner & Partners. He hears about the biggest tech trends – before they hit the mainstream media – and shares them with subscribers of his Near Future Report newsletter. He’s also known for pinpointing the No. 1 performing stock in the S&P 500 in 2016… and again in 2018. Not many people can say they recommended the biggest winner in two separate calendar years.In short, when Jeff is excited about a big story, I don’t ignore it. I pass it along as soon as I can.Today, Jeff shows us why self-driving cars are here to stay… and the piece of technology that will ultimately bring them to the masses. And as you’ll see, it’s not just for self-driving cars… this technology will soon become a crucial part of our everyday lives. Read on to learn why…By Jeff Brown, editor, The Near Future ReportLast October, a modified Toyota Prius drove itself 3,099 miles – from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan.There was a human in the driver’s seat, but he didn’t touch the steering wheel, gas, or brake pedals for the entire trip. The self-driving car drove itself the entire distance.If any readers are curious about the trip, have a look at the time-lapse video of the entire coast-to-coast journey here.This coast-to-coast, self-driving journey was the first of its kind. Yet it got little to no press.But make no mistake, this is a remarkable achievement. This sort of trip wouldn’t have been possible even just a few years ago.Today, I want to share with you the technology that made it possible, and show why it’s a trend that ought to be on every investor’s radar… – Tony One of your better papers. They are all good, this one was exceptional. You have expressed my thoughts far better than I. A few things: Recommended Link Everyday AIHave you ever purchased something by communicating with an Amazon Echo (Alexa)?Have you ever asked Apple’s Siri to look up a fact from the internet?Or maybe you’ve simply searched for something on Google.If you’ve done any of these things, you’ve already used AI. All of these devices and services make use of artificial intelligence.And AI is becoming a necessity in modern business. Companies like Bloomberg, Walmart, and even Johnson & Johnson are using AI on a daily basis.According to a November 2018 survey from McKinsey & Company, 47% of surveyed businesses said they had begun implementing artificial intelligence into their business. In 2017, that figure was only 20%.And according to a recent study by MIT’s Sloan Management Review, 85% of companies think AI will offer a competitive advantage.There will come a time soon that AI won’t just be advantageous to companies, it’ll be a necessity. In the next few years, a company that fails to adapt artificial intelligence into its business model would be akin to a company that doesn’t use the internet today. It will become obsolete.You get an idea of just how essential AI is becoming to corporations by looking at the amount of money companies are willing to pay to acquire AI startups.Increased investments into the AI and machine learning (ML) industry over the last few years has been staggering. Just have a look at the AI/ML acquisition value since 2015.In 2015, there was only $2.6 billion worth of acquisitions in AI/ML-focused tech companies. By 2017, that number had increased by 7x to an incredible $18.4 billion.Admittedly, 2017 was a bit of an outlier year due to Intel’s $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye.Mobileye was a major player in autonomous driving technology. It used machine learning for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a precursor to self-driving cars.More telling to me, however, is what happened next.2018 saw $14.7 billion in acquisitions without any outliers like Mobileye. It represented 84% growth compared to 2016.However, when I look at these numbers, the actual number of acquisitions is an even stronger indicator than the dollar value…In 2018, we saw 241 individual acquisitions of AI/ML companies. That’s a 38% increase compared to 2017 and an increase of nearly 5x since 2015.I say that this is a stronger indication of activity because this is a relatively new industry. There just aren’t that many large, $15 billion AI companies around to acquire. Most of the activity is in smaller, early-stage companies that haven’t reached anywhere near $1 billion-plus valuations.That means that incumbent technology companies that want access to artificial intelligence technology and teams of engineers must go out and acquire these smaller companies.All told, the revenue from the AI market was estimated to be $7.4 billion in 2018. But that figure is expected to grow to $89.8 billion by 2025. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 42%.We have reached an inflection point with this technology. We are on the cusp of explosive growth. Few realize it, but in a matter of a few years, artificial intelligence will be as commonplace as the internet. We’ll look back and wonder how we got along without it.AI won’t just improve upon today’s technology. It will reinvent it.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, The Near Future ReportP.S. There’s one more part of this story I wasn’t able to include above. Artificial intelligence will change our society just like the internet did two decades ago. Smart investors will make a fortune. But before AI and self-driving cars go mainstream, one more piece of tech needs to be completed. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the future of America’s economic dominance depends on this. Get the full story, and learn why this tech will be the biggest investment story of 2019, by watching this special presentation I just released.Reader MailbagReaders had a lot to say in response to Doug Casey’s thoughts on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…She is a naïve, radical utopian, socialist DOPE. It’s all about her looks. To me, she reminds me of a fast talking, slithering lizard. A pox on her and her ilk.– Yoav — Click Here before January 26 to see how to get a “Trump Bonus Check” with YOUR name on it! The mean IQ in the United States was 100 at one time. Today it is about 98 and dropping. The vast influx of immigrants from low IQ countries is depressing the mean IQ. I suspect it is about 95 at this time. Looking at the below link, you will note that many of the immigrants are coming from countries with average IQs of 85 and lower. I suspect that the immigrants are below average.While 2 points doesn’t seem like a “helluva” lot, when you look at the curve and look at the PERCENTAGE of folks now with below average IQ, it is alarming.It is said that the ability of a society to “advance” is driven by the number of very high IQ folks. The shape of the IQ curve dictates that the distance (number of standard deviations) out from the mean of those “high IQ” folks is further out. About 2% of the population is above 2 standard deviations, or 130 IQ with a mean IQ of 100. When you drop the mean 2 points, 130 IQ is 2.13 standard deviations away, and only 1.5% are above 130 IQ. That’s a 25% drop in “geniuses.” Really! We tax so much less than we did 50 years ago on the country’s wealthiest people. So why not do that again; we had less equality among workers, even the lowest paid worker could live a decent life on his/her salary, and had a more comfortable lifestyle for the majority of Americans. Wasn’t the U.S. a democracy then, even as it struggled with civil rights?Having lived twice in Europe, their equality among people appears greater for health care, for child care, for benefits for their own prison reform, for their education, which is free even for higher education. Would you label them all a dirty word of “socialist?”We must do better for our own people; taxes are the price for civilization, for equality, for infrastructure, for health care, for child care, for a living wage for everyone, for housing and on and on.WHY are you against that?– BettyAs always, if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments for the Dispatch, send them to us at read more

Twentyfive years ago this month more than 80000

first_imgTwenty-five years ago this month, more than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly Tutsi, were slaughtered over the course of 100 days by members of the country’s Hutu majority.Among those who lived through the terror is Clemantine Wamariya. Her memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War And What Comes After, recounts in wrenching detail her six-year trek in search of refuge from her country’s killing fields. Co-authored with Elizabeth Weil, the book was published to acclaim in 2018 and is now out in paperback. The title comes from a favorite story that Wamariya heard from her childhood nanny about a girl who disappears leaving no trace except beads. In her prologue, she writes, “Often, still, my own life story feels fragmented, like beads unstrung.”Wamariya was just six and her sister Claire, 14, when the fighting began in 1994. Their parents sent them to their grandmother’s house, located closer to the border with Burundi, with the hope that they’d be safer there.After several days of sleepless nights filled with the noise of bombs exploding, there was an ominous knock on the door. Their grandmother told the sisters to run. Together, they traveled thousands of miles, often by night, usually by foot, sometimes by truck and once by boat on a route that took them to Burundi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa before being granted asylum by the United States in 2000.Wamariya went on to graduate from Yale. Now 31, she is a human rights advocate and speaker based in San Francisco. We spoke to her about her experiences and about the 25th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. The conversation has been edited for clarity and for length.Was it difficult to relive your story in your book?I have spent 15 years learning how to best share our experiences and I had to sacrifice every part of my privacy to share my story. You have said you don’t like the word genocide. The word is clinical. It has been used to quantify the numbers of those killed. But it does not tell you about the [individual] people who were hurt or lost.It is just the entry point for talking about the horrors and what actually happened [in Rwanda] and elsewhere. I am more interested in expanding on how it feels, the emotional, personal side of the horror, the before, during and after.You also prefer not to be called a “refugee.” What vocabulary should we use? I would prefer being called by my name or a person who sought refuge.The word refugee leads to stereotypes or expectations that don’t allow us to see who someone is. During our travels, Claire and I learned to speak seven languages, but you could see the surprise in the faces of anyone who thinks that people seeking refuge [could not have such knowledge or] did not have a meaningful life before they fled. We need to see beyond the projections that we cast onto each other. In America, we all have stories about how we [or an ancestor] sought refuge. We clash when we forget that was the case or when [we] start to believe that one person’s refuge story is better than or worse than another’s. You wrote that you found a way to begin talking about those horrors after you read Elie Wiesel’s Night, his memoir about the Nazi genocide of the Jews during the Holocaust. I read it when I was in eighth grade [in Chicago]. It awakened me to a shocking side of humanity. It offered me words to feel what I had thought was unspoken, and Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison gave me the freedom to speak. You later wrote about Elie Wiesel in a submission to the Oprah High School Essay Contest and said that maybe if Rwandans had read Night, they wouldn’t have decided to kill one another. That essay also led to your appearance on Oprah, who arranged to fly your parents and siblings from Rwanda to her studio for a surprise on-air family reunion.We had not seen each other in 12 years. I felt gratitude and joy that I still have yet to find words to describe. But also anger that nothing could restore the time we had lost with each other. I have learned to forgive … all that happened to separate us.Do your parents talk about the past?My parents live in a never-ending present, unable to talk about what happened to us. At first it was frustrating, but now I can understand that attitude. Your story is deeply intertwined with that of your older sister, Claire. Tell us about her. She is a heroine, like Xena the princess warrior, real and of our time. The map [of where the sisters traveled] is all Claire, her decisions about which place would be farther from wars and give us opportunity to live freely and to be seen for who we are and have a sense of agency and where we would have respect. For the past 10 years she has worked with many who have sought refuge in Chicago and with an organization called Women United for Immigrants and Refugees.You discuss the many difficulties of living in refugee camps in Burundi and elsewhere. How did you feel as a person?It is easy to get lost because all aspects of who you are, at least the things that used to make you a person, are stripped away.What are the important points for refugees to share?The person who has lived and survived in these conditions has to break the silence and talk not only of gratitude but the horror in these camps. In most, people have to walk at least hours to fetch water. Monthly food portions, if camps are lucky to receive any, are [often] maize.I invite everyone who is involved with refugee camps to have a meaningful conversation [with the refugees] they serve about what would make these places a place of refuge.What are your thoughts as you commemorate the 25th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide? Every American and every person who wants to know what hate can do should look at what happened in Rwanda. If you want to know that peace is possible, you should also look at Rwanda now: [Rwandans] working together every day to create peace and to live beyond hate. I am very proud of Rwandans.Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Cannabis Edibles Market Set to Quadruple in US Canada to 4B

first_img Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Download Our Free Android App Free Green Entrepreneur App Image credit: Ronen Tivony | NurPhoto | Getty Images –shares Add to Queue Cannabis Edibles Market Set to Quadruple in U.S., Canada to $4B Next Article Guest Writer Marijuana edibles have long been an area where rapid growth is anticipated. Now, a marijuana market research company has put a number to it: $4.1 billion.That’s the amount consumers in the United States and Canada are expected to spend on marijuana edibles by 2022, according to projections in a report from ArcView Market Research and BDS Analytics. It seems far from a pie-in-the-sky estimate considering consumers in both countries spent $1 billion on edibles in 2017. Marijuana edibles have moved so fast into the mainstream that they were named a food trend of the year for 2018 and have quickly created opportunities for entrepreneurs.  “Legal cannabis-derived edible products, from candy and chocolate to infused beverages, is a sector worth watching over the next few years,” the report stated. “It has become clear that the legal cannabis market is about much more than inhaling the smoke of smoldering cannabis flower.”Related: Marijuana Wins Big in the MidtermsKey TakeawaysOther than the stunning $4.1 billion number by 2022, highlights from the report’s other findings included the following.In Colorado, 64 percent of adult-use marijuana customers tried an edible; the number is 55 percent in CaliforniaEdibles are projected to grow from 12 percent to 14 percent of the total cannabis market by 2022, while flower drops from 50 percent to 36 percentEdibles’ share of the total cannabis market has already more than doubled, from 5.4 percent in 2011 to the current 12 percentWorldwide sales of cannabis-based products are expected to reach $32 billion by 2022 (it was $9.5 billion in 2017)All this signals opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs who want to get in early on what ArcView and BDS Analytics expect to become one of the biggest areas of growth in the adult-use cannabis industry. As the report notes, branding and standing out from competitors is easier with edibles, where individualized packaging and marketing can distinguish a brand on a dispensary shelf.Related: Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil: What’s the Difference?Attracting Big IndustryThe potential for edible marijuana sales already has attracted the attention of giants in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, according to a letter in the report from Tom Adams, the editor-in-chief of ArcView and managing director of BDS Analytics.He noted the several recent develops in the marijuana-infused beverage market. They include the $4 billion investment by Constellation Brands into Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp., the plan at Molson Coors Brewing Co. to develop a cannabis beverage and the fact Heineken NV’s Lagunitas brand already sells a non-alcoholic, THC-infused beverage.It’s even more impressive when considering that beverage sales make up only about 6 percent of edible cannabis sales in the U.S. Clearly, these companies see the potential for big growth. “That is clearly just the start of what will be a product innovation explosion as major CPG companies come rushing into the legal cannabis market in the years ahead,” Adams wrote.Follow on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Edibles 3 min read Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 15, 2018 A new report sees the market for edibles growing from about $1B to $4B by 2022, apparently at the cost of smoked marijuana.last_img read more

Google Home Review The Assistant Steps Into Your Living Room

first_imgGoogle The Google Assistant was the big news from the company’s I/O conference earlier this year, but it took months for Google’s true Siri competitor to really arrive. First it was baked into the largely unnecessary Allo chat app, and then it showed up as a flagship feature on the new Pixel phones. Now Google Home is shipping, putting the Assistant a voice command away even when your phone is in your pocket.Its inspiration is obvious: The $129 Home directly takes on the Amazon Echo. Indeed, many of the features here are the same. But Google is betting that the vast amount of data it stores, combined with the vast amount of data it knows about its customers, can make for a more useful product. It’s a reasonable notion, but Home isn’t quite ready to deliver on the promise of “your own personal Google” just yet.SummaryGoogle Home is a great way to show off just how smart Google is, but it doesn’t feel like an essential experience yet. That’s mainly because it lags behind the Echo in terms of support for third-party services. That makes Echo a smarter buy if you want to control smarthome devices — but Home is a perfectly viable option for those who use lots of Google services.HardwareUnlike with a phone you carry every day, or a laptop you type on and stare at for hours, you probably won’t dwell much on the Home’s design. Still, it’s important that it be unobtrusive and inoffensive — otherwise you’re not going to want to put it out in the open, where it’ll work best. Fortunately, Home is small and relatively pleasant to look at, and it offers a few customization options to help you match it to your living space.Much like Google’s OnHub routers, Home is a contoured cylinder that reminds me of a wine bottle or flower vase. Its front is sloped, so you can see the array of LED lights that light up when you’re talking to the device. You can also tap that front panel to pause music, or run your finger around it in a circular pattern to adjust the volume. Or you can hold your finger on it momentarily to make it listen to your voice if you don’t feel like shouting the “OK Google” activation phrase.The upper two-thirds of the device are white, but the bottom contains a changeable “base.” Again, it’s similar to the OnHub, which has different “shells” you can swap out. The Home’s default accent is a gray fabric, but I also had a chance to try out a “marine” blue fabric and a copper metal case. They’re super-simple to pop out (and you get a peek at the internal speaker setup while you’re at it). Of course, you’ll need to shell out extra cash for another Home base. Those start at $20 a pop.Finally, there’s a button that turns off the microphone; the power cord goes into the bottom and is routed through a little opening on the back. All told, Google made a piece of hardware that most people won’t mind having out on a shelf or kitchen counter, and that’s the most important thing here.In useOK Google: What can Google Home actually do? That’s the most important question we need to answer in this review. First you’ll need to set up the device, but that’s a painless process, accomplished with the new Google Home app for iOS or Android. (The app already let you set up and manage your Chromecast devices, but it has since been renamed and expanded to include Google Home.) The software detects that you have a new Home device, connects to it, hooks it up to your local WiFi network and asks you to sign in with your Google ID.Once that’s done, you can start yammering away to your heart’s content. Saying either “OK Google” or “Hey Google” makes the speaker start listening for your query. But what can it do?The most obvious way to get started is by asking it the same sorts of things you might normally ask Google. What’s the weather outside? How about this weekend? You’ll need to say the command phrase every time you want to ask a follow-up question, but Home remembers the context of your conversation, so you can ask “When was Abraham Lincoln born?” and follow up with “When did he die?” and get the right answer.The list of things you can ask the Google Assistant is limited only by your imagination, and that’s one of Home’s biggest strengths. Amazon’s Alexa assistant has gotten smarter, but Amazon still doesn’t have access to the same breadth of information as Google. Alexa doesn’t understand context the way the Assistant does either. By comparison, Home and the Assistant are far more conversational.So you have access to just about everything Google knows — which includes everything Google knows about you. Provided you opt in, of course. But once you have, you can ask Google when your next flight is, or how long it’ll take you to get to work, or what the next appointment on your calendar is. You can ask Home to add things to a shopping list, and that list will then show up in the Google Keep app.There’s a nifty feature where you can ask Home to tell you about your day and it’ll give you commute info, your first appointment, the weather and any reminders you have set before jumping into a news broadcast. You can choose whether or not you want to hear this broadcast and then pick exactly where you want that news to come from. I have NPR and AP Radio news selected, but there are several dozen options, grouped into different categories. If, for instance, you’d rather hear sports and health news or a rundown of the latest in technology news (I should probably sign up for that one), you can.Meet the Google Home appIt’s great that Home can access info in your Google account, but there are a few catches. Even though anyone can shout “OK Google” and start talking to Home, the device can link with only one Google account at a time. So a spouse or roommate is out of luck in terms of getting any personalized information about their day. This presumably will extend to being able to send text messages from Home, a feature that Google has shown off but hasn’t released yet. Also, some things that you’d expect to work right out of the box, like adding appointments to your calendar, surprisingly don’t.Since you can use only one Google account at a time, you’ll potentially need to choose between your home and work accounts. Most of my schedule is contained in my work account, but I use my home account for just about everything else. This means it’s basically impossible to get Home to tell me my next appointment. Hopefully, in the future, Home will let you include multiple Google accounts — either for a single person or so that multiple people in the house can make the most of the device.It’s worth noting, though, that regardless of the use case, Google Home’s voice recognition is excellent. Rarely did it misinterpret what I was asking (though it confused “play U2” with “play YouTube”), and ambient background noise didn’t throw it off. Home reliably woke from sleep and responded to whatever I was saying. I’m not surprised, given how good Google’s voice recognition is on the company’s other products, but it’s particularly important here.Music and entertainmentJust like on the Echo, Google Home’s speaker is good for more than just talking — it’s also a handy way to play music and podcasts. For now, Home works with Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora and Google Play Music. That isn’t a ton of options, but given that Spotify is the market leader (and Apple Music isn’t likely to work with Google Home any time soon), I can’t really complain. You can even use Home with multiple services, but one will have to be set as the default.Once you’re set up, Home recognizes a wide variety of music commands. You can ask it to play specific songs, artists or albums. With both Spotify and Google Play Music, I was able to name playlists in my library and have it play them back; GPM’s stations work just as well. You can simply tell the device to “play some new music” and it’ll select an appropriate playlist, tell you its name and start it up. Genres and even more vague descriptors work — I asked Home to “play me some music good for focusing” and it started up the “Electronic Focus” station from GPM (my default service).Once playback has started, you can ask Home to tell you more info about the song — but, sadly, you can’t ask it to add songs to a playlist or give them a thumbs-up. That’s one missing feature I hope Google can fix, because otherwise new songs I hear and enjoy are just going to float past me into the ether, never to be heard again.The only potential catch here is Home’s speaker quality. It’s loud enough to fill an average-sized living room with sound, but it’s certainly not going to power a party. The speaker isn’t stereo and lacks much of a low end, despite the two passive “radiators” meant to increase bass performance. It mainly seems suited to solo listening, or to have light background music on while entertaining. Initially, I was impressed with the sound quality for such a small device — but that was before I compared it with my Sonos Play:1, which was superior in every way. However, for most people, Home is just as good as an average Bluetooth speaker, which means it’s still useful.While Home may lack the sound quality I crave, it makes up for it with convenience. After a few days of asking Home to play me various albums and playlists, going back to managing my music with the clunky Sonos app felt like a chore. I was almost infuriated I couldn’t ask the speaker to pause for a moment or turn its volume down. And the good news is that Home plays with Google’s ecosystem of Chromecast devices, so if you have a pair of good speakers, you can just add the $35 Chromecast Audio and start telling Home to play music through that rather than its own internal speaker. I’m already dreaming of setting up a few pairs of nice speakers with Chromecast Audio and having a multi-room, voice-connected music system.If you have audio apps on your phone or tablet that work with Google’s Casting technology, you can use Home as a destination speaker and start playing audio there as well. And Home can control video Chromecast devices too, although support for that feature is rather limited as of launch. You can ask Home to start playing cute puppy videos, for example, and it’ll open up YouTube and start a relevant video. But asking it to play TV shows from Netflix, Hulu or even Google Play videos doesn’t work yet. Google says support for third-party Cast apps is coming at some point, but for now it’s far more limited than I had hoped.Smart home/third-party integrationThe last piece of the puzzle is what Google Home can do beyond just accessing Google information. Out of the box, Home can control smart home devices from Nest, Philips Hue and SmartThings, and you can use IFTTT “recipes” to expand Home’s capabilities as well. I unfortunately have a pretty dumb home, though, so I wasn’t able to give this a shot.While Home works with some of the biggest smarthome options out there, it lags behind Echo. The Echo has a distinct advantage in that regard — it’s been on the market for much longer, which means Amazon has had more time to strike deals with more manufacturers. Echo works with WeMo, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon and Ecobee, in addition to Nest and Hue. If you’re looking to have a centralized voice assistant to run your home, Amazon’s option is the better choice right now.It’s a similar story with third-party services (or “skills,” as Amazon calls them). Over the past few years, the developer community has embraced the Echo to a surprising degree, and there are now tons of third-party commands that work on Amazon’s speaker, with more coming every week. It’s something Google can’t match just yet. The company definitely has ambitions to open up the Assistant and let you do things like book restaurant reservations through OpenTable or buy movie tickets on Fandango, but those features aren’t live yet. You can book a car through Uber once you link your account, but that’s about it right now (outside of the aforementioned integration with streaming services like Spotify and TuneIn).The competitionIf you’ve made it this far, it should be obvious who Google Home’s main competition is. Amazon’s Echo devices are time-tested and have a vast amount of third-party support at this point. Google Home undercuts the full-size Echo ($129 vs. $180), but the tiny and excellent Echo Dot only costs $50.It comes down to how invested you are in Google’s ecosystem and how patient you can be. I have no doubt that Home will see expanded third-party support down the line, but right now the selection is limited. Still, Home knows way more about your world than the Echo, thanks to Google’s massive knowledge graph. And on the other hand, if managing a smart home is more interesting to you, Amazon’s Echo has the advantage.Wrap-upGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai wants to “build a personal Google for each and every user,” and the Google Assistant (and therefore Home) are key to that mission. But it’s not there yet. Yes, Google Home knows some basic info about me, but it doesn’t know quite enough to make me feel like it’s my own personal Google. Nor does it have the third-party services that’ll really let me customize the device to fit my home and my needs. If I had some compatible smart-home products and a handful of Chromecast devices, Google Home would be much more appealing.Right now, however, it’s little more than a toy. It’s fun and occasionally very convenient to ask it questions and have it perform simple tasks, but it’s hardly an essential part of my life. But Google Home is worth keeping an eye on — it will almost certainly be more capable in three months (or even three weeks) than it is now. If you’re someone who loves tapping into Google’s mighty store of knowledge, don’t sleep on Google Home. Just as the Echo got smarter and more valuable over time, I expect the same will happen here. And if you’ve already bought into Google’s ecosystem, this might indeed be the home assistant for you. This story originally appeared on Engadget Next Article 14 min read Google Home Review: The Assistant Steps Into Your Living Room Image credit: Google via engadget Senior Editor at Engadget Nathan Ingrahamcenter_img OK Google, what can Home do for me? Add to Queue –shares November 3, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

NGDATA Enables Marketers to Design and Deliver DataDriven Individualised Campaigns in Minutes

first_imgIntelligent Engagement Platform unlocks the power of personalisation for every marketer – no data science degree neededNGDATA announces a new platform that transforms marketers’ ability to tailor campaigns to individual consumers, enabling them to set up data-rich, insight-driven customer campaigns in minutes rather than weeks.NGDATA’s Intelligent Engagement Platform (IEP) has been engineered to overcome the challenges of turning huge volumes of data into individually tailored campaigns which create a unique experience for each customer.Traditionally many organisations have struggled to stitch together data from various sources to gain a true picture of consumers. What’s more, brands often lack the tools needed to connect every customer interaction across a growing range of channels, making it difficult if not impossible to adapt interactions with timely and accurate data. Finally, businesses in every sector are facing a chronic shortage of data science skills needed to turn data into actionable insight that result in revenue.Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First HireThe Intelligent Engagement Platform enables any marketer to supercharge their omni-channel interactions with rich and comprehensive insight on the unique Customer DNA of each individual. The IEP provides a simple and intuitive user interface that enables marketers to design and manage holistic, contextualised and individually-relevant campaigns at the push of a button. An evolution of the NGDATA CDP (Customer Data Platform) product, the IEP builds on these capabilities to further develop self-service analytics, orchestration capabilities and ‘out of the box’ use cases to facilitate faster time to market.“Customers expect a highly personalised relationship with brands, but all too often businesses are drowning in data and unable to get the right message to the right person at the right time,” said Doug Gross, CEO at NGDATA. “Turning data into insight has traditionally been a job for specialists, and it can typically take around a week to set up a new customer-focused campaign with all the relevant metrics.“NGDATA’s Intelligent Engagement Platform makes it simple and fast for any marketer, even those without data and technical skillsets, to design and implement customer-centric campaigns for a huge range of use cases to deliver on marketing goals. What we’ve added with the IEP is an intuitive push-button approach to using this insight to achieve specific goals.”Marketing Technology News: Shoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website PerformanceThe new capabilities enable marketers to set up and manage individualised customer experiences in minutes, and to visualise audiences and measure consumer sentiment in real-time. They can also refine metrics as they go, ensuring the most accurate, relevant and timely experiences are recommended automatically by the IEP. The extensive possibilities presented by the IEP include ‘out of the box’ solutions to solve common marketing pain points, such as: driving customer acquisition in financial services, increasing the average transaction value in retail, and running customer retention and loyalty programmes in telecoms and hospitality contexts.Geert Van Mol, CDO at Belfius, one of Belgium’s top ten banks and long-standing NGDATA customer, adds: “The new NGDATA platform will put customer analytics and AI in the hands of our marketers and will help our marketing organisation to play in a whole new league by delivering the most effective and hyper-personal customer engagement in real-time on a daily basis”.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.euNGDATA’s Intelligent Customer Engagement Platform is centred on three core capabilities:Unified Customer View, that provides a holistic, contextualized Customer DNA.Real-Time Omni-Channel 1:1 Interactions, enabling marketers to supercharge channel and execution systems with real-time actionable insights into individual customers, thereby maximizing targeting precision.Self-Service Analytics and Machine Learning, including capabilities such as audience clustering and lookalike modelling to discover, analyse and predict emerging opportunities from customer data. This enables marketers to deliver more relevant customer experiences.Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content Online NGDATA Enables Marketers to Design and Deliver Data-Driven, Individualised Campaigns in Minutes, Not Weeks PRNewswireJune 18, 2019, 3:10 pmJune 18, 2019 customer engagementDoug GrossIntelligent EngagementMarketing TechnologyNewsNGDATA Previous ArticleSalesforce Research: State of Connected Customer Redefines Customer ExperiencesNext ArticleAppTek and yellaUmbrella Announce Systems Integration Partnership to Provide Market-Leading Tools for Media Localizationlast_img read more

Air pollution kills 600000 children with India being worst affected says WHO

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDOct 31 2018A report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that air pollution is responsible for killing nearly 600,000 children every year. Among millions of other children affected with the effects of air pollution it leads to severe symptoms of various conditions such as asthma, respiratory diseases, loss of intelligence, excessive weight gain and ear infections.According to the experts at the WHO parents can do little to prevent outside air pollution but can prevent household air pollution by using less polluting fuels at home for cooking and heating and by not smoking. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement, “Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives… This is inexcusable. Every child should be able to breathe clean air so they can grow and fulfil their full potential.” The experts have added that major parts of continents of Asia, Latin America and Africa are one of the worst affected with air pollution.The WHO report titled “Prescribing Clean Air” has said that around 93 percent of kids around the world are affected by air pollution. This translates into 630 million children under the age of five years and 1.8 billion children under the age of 15 years. The percentage of children exposed to air pollution ranges from 52 percent in high income countries to up to 98 percent in the low and middle-income countries. The report was released Monday this week (29th of October 2018) right before the first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health organized by the WHO in Geneva. Source: or Download Air pollution and child health: prescribing clean air – advance copy (final version still in process) – pdf, 6.33Mb WHO Director-General tweeted, “We’re here because we know that #AirPollution is one of the biggest threats to global health, & we need to do something about it – urgently… 9 out of 10 people breathe air that has been polluted by traffic emissions, industry, agriculture and waste incineration” “The most tragic thing about these 7 million deaths is that they are so preventable. There is something we can do. It will require strong political will, swift action and endurance, but I am optimistic that we can, and must, do better,” he added.Related StoriesDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaMaria Neira, WHO’s head of environmental determinants of health has added that this level of air pollution had led to a rise in still births, preterm deliveries as well as conditions that have long term effect as adults. She said that that policy changes are needed to make long term effects around the world. “Something that is critical as well is this issue of the neuro-development. Imagine that our children will have less cognitive IQ. We are talking about putting at risk a new generation of having a reduced IQ. This is not only new but terribly shocking,” she added.According to the WHO, this conference “will provide the opportunity for world leaders; ministers of health, energy, and environment; mayors; heads of intergovernmental organizations; scientists and others to commit to act against this serious health threat.”The report added that there is an association between air pollution and ear infections such as otitis media among children. Air pollution also leads to conditions such as obesity and resulting insulin resistance in children. This puts them at a greater risk of diabetes later in life, the experts say. Respiratory problems such as childhood asthma, lung function deficiencies, lower respiratory tract infections and even cancers are more likely among children exposed to air pollution, the report says.India remains one of the worst affected nations with 101,788 Indian children less than five years being killed annually says the WHO report. It adds that one in 10 deaths among children under five years of age is due to air pollution. Death rates due to air pollution are 84.8 per 100,000 in India says the report. The death rates among children aged between 5 and 14 years due to air pollution was 7,234 (2.9 per 100,000).The report looked at air quality in the atmosphere and households of different countries and looked at deaths among children under five years and those between ages 5 and 14 years. The report adds that it is not just death but the long term effects of air pollution on the growth and development of the children that is more worrying. There are several impacts of air pollution of long term physical as well as cognitive and intellectual development of the children says the report.last_img read more

Computerassisted diagnostic method aids in early detection of brain tumor growth

first_imgCredit: geralt, PixabayLow-grade gliomas constitute 15% of all adult brain tumors and cause significant neurological problems. There is no universally accepted objective technique available for detecting the enlargement of low-grade gliomas in the clinical setting. The current gold standard is subjective evaluation through visual comparison of 2D images from longitudinal radiological studies.A computer-assisted diagnostic procedure that digitizes the tumor and uses imaging scans to segment the tumor and generate volumetric measures could aid in the objective detection of tumor growth by directing the attention of the physician to changes in volume. This is important because smaller tumor sizes are associated with longer survival times and less neurological morbidity. In the new study, the authors evaluated 63 patients—56 diagnosed with grade 2 gliomas and 7 followed for an imaging abnormality without pathological diagnosis—for a median follow-up period of 150 months, and compared tumor growth detection by seven physicians aided by a computer-assisted diagnostic procedure versus retrospective clinical reports.Related StoriesVirus employs powerful strategy to inhibit natural killer cell functionStudy shows how bacteria can destroy host cells from the insideStudy: Nearly one-third of Cambodians are infected with threadwormThe computer-assisted diagnostic procedure involved digitizing magnetic resonance imaging scans of the tumors, including 34 grade 2 gliomas with radiological progression and 22 radiologically stable grade 2 gliomas. Physicians aided by the computer-assisted method diagnosed tumor growth in 13 of 22 glioma patients labeled as clinically stable by the radiological reports, but did not detect growth in the imaging-abnormality group. In 29 of the 34 patients with progression, the median time-to-growth detection was 14 months for the computer-assisted method compared to 44 months for current standard-of-care radiological evaluation.Using the computer-assisted method, accurate detection of tumor enlargement was possible with a median of only 57% change in tumor volume compared to a median of 174% change in volume required using standard-of-care clinical methods. According to the authors, the findings suggest that current clinical practice is associated with significant delays in detecting the growth of low-grade gliomas, and computer-assisted methods could reduce these delays.Source:PLOSJournal reference:Fathallah-Shaykh, H.M. et al. (2019) Diagnosing growth in low-grade gliomas with and without longitudinal volume measurements: A retrospective observational study. PLOS Medicine. May 29 2019A computer-assisted diagnostic procedure helps physicians detect the growth of low-grade brain tumors earlier and at smaller volumes than visual comparison alone, according to a study published May 28 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues. However, additional clinical studies are needed to determine whether early therapeutic interventions enabled by early tumor growth detection prolong survival times and improve quality of life.last_img read more

Heres What It Really Means That Iran Enriched Uranium to 45

first_img 5 Weird Things You Didn’t Know About Chernobyl Iran claims it has enriched uranium to 4.5%, breaking the limit of 3.67% set during the 2015 nuclear deal. The move was a response to the U.S. violating the terms of the deal under President Donald Trump’s administration. But what does the enrichment news mean? To a certain extent, this is a question with a simple, chemical answer. As the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission explains on its website, uranium comes in a few different forms (or “isotopes”). All of them have the same number of protons (92) but a different number of neutrons. By far, the most common such isotope in nature is uranium-238, which has 146 neutrons. On Earth, this isotope makes up 99.3% of any sample of naturally occurring uranium. But for nuclear reactors (or bombs), that flavor isn’t very useful. Dense clusters of uranium-238 don’t tend to start nuclear chain reactions. The second most common isotope, however, uranium-235 (making up just about 0.7% of any sample of natural uranium and containing 143 neutrons), does tend to start nuclear chain reactions. In these reactions, the nuclei of the uranium atoms split into smaller nuclei and release neutrons. Those neutrons then cause other nuclei to split, releasing more neutrons for a self-sustaining “chain” reaction that emits enormous amounts of energy. [Top 10 Ways to Destroy Earth] Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Enriching uranium is the process of sorting uranium-238 atoms out of a uranium sample such that the sample includes a higher proportion of uranium-235. Uranium enriched to 3.67% is 3.67% uranium-235. Uranium enriched to 4.5% is 4.5% uranium-235. And so on.  So does Iran’s breaking of its enrichment threshold mean that the country is now significantly closer to having a bomb?  Not really. As the Associated Press reported, 4.5% is enriched enough for Iran to power its peaceful, already-active Bushehr nuclear reactor. But that level falls far short of the standard 90% threshold for “weapons-grade” uranium. And enriching uranium to 90% is an enormous technical challenge. It requires building and operating very advanced centrifuges. If you’ve followed news of international attempts to sabotage the Iranian nuclear effort, you know that the most successful effort — a computer virus called Stuxnet — attacked Iranian centrifuges. Centrifuges are common enough pieces of laboratory equipment. They spin samples of material around so as to generate centrifugal force. Under that intense force, heavier and lighter materials tend to separate. However, a common laboratory centrifuge is nowhere near powerful enough to separate uranium-235 from uranium-238. The two isotopes are nearly, but not quite, identical in mass. And a sample of uranium contains very little uranium-235. As Live Science previously reported, a country seeking to enrich uranium must first transform a uranium sample into a gas. Then, that gas must be whipped up to intense speeds in powerful industrial centrifuges to cause the two isotopes to separate, before the uranium atoms get extracted from the gas once again. To extract the 137 lbs. (62 kilograms) of uranium-235 necessary to build the bomb dubbed “Little Boy” that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, the United States in 1945 expended a full 10% of its national energy supply, according to “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” (Simon & Schuster, 1995). The original uranium sample weighed 4 tons (3,600 kilograms). And 20,000 people helped build the refining facility that made the bomb, a facility that required 12,000 people to operate. It’s not infeasible that Iran could enrich a significant stockpile of weapons-grade uranium. But the 4.5% mark doesn’t represent a significant step in that direction, except in symbolic terms. Iran has also threatened to enrich uranium to 20%, which is closer but still not weapons grade. The question now is whether the breakdown of the nuclear deal, precipitated by the U.S., continues to escalate tensions. What’s That? Your Physics Questions Answered The Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

HC seeks ASI reply on PIL relating to ancient temple in Bihar

first_imgreligion and belief COMMENTS The Patna High Court has sought a reply from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on a PIL seeking directions to authorities concerned for the preservation of a temple in Bihar’s Kaimur district which is said to be more than 1,600 years old. A Division Bench comprising Justice Jyoti Saran and Parth Sarthy passed the order on Friday on the Public Interest Litigation filed by Gaurav Kumar Singh, a student of Chanakya National Law University here. The PIL seeks a writ of mandamus (direction) for protection and preservation of Maa Mundeshwari temple and idols of the deities in it.The PIL, which has also named the Union ministry for Youth and Culture as a respondent, has also sought a direction for the repair of the damage that has already been caused to the temple’s structure, idols of the deities installed inside it and its boundary wall besides deployment of armed personnel, i.e., CISF or police for its security. The petitioner has appended to the PIL the printout of an email he wrote to several authorities on March 29 this year, drawing their attention towards the decrepitude of the temple “which is more than 1,600 years old” and was declared a “protected monument way back in 1914“.The court directed the ASI to file its reply while fixing August 9 as the next date of hearing in the matter. 0 July 13, 2019 archaeology courts and legal SHARE COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Bihar Temples Published onlast_img read more

Border Patrol Employees Identified in Probe Over Facebook Groups

first_imgFederal authorities have identified 62 U.S. Border Patrol employees who were members of private Facebook groups where posters traded disparaging remarks and memes about migrants and members of Congress. Matt Klein, an assistant commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, said Monday that cases on two of the employees have been completed and referred back to the agency. Investigations…last_img