Egyptian regime takes over four independent media

first_img A DNE front page from 2014 featuring an interview with the current Egyptian president EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Receive email alerts September 13, 2017 Egyptian regime takes over four independent media News Follow the news on Egypt Organisation News News News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure center_img to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution RSF_en Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison The two newspapers, Daily News Egypt (DNE) and Borsa, and the two websites, Masr al Arabiya and Bawabat al Qahira (Cairo Portal), are the targets of a three-stage nationalization that began in mid-August. In the first stage, the targets are added to a list of persons or entities suspected of supporting or belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood (now treated as a terrorist organization). On the basis of the blacklisting, the banks then freeze their assets, which starves them of funds and prevents them from continuing to operate. In the final stage, the targeted media outlet is placed under the administrative control of the state-owned newspaper Akhbar al Youm, which relaunches it. The freezing of the accounts of individuals or companies placed on the government blacklist takes place without reference to any court. It is conducted in a purely administrative fashion by the committee in charge of seizing and managing the assets of those accused of Muslim Brotherhood links. This committee has seized the assets of thousands of persons without any prior judicial investigation or decision. “Unconstitutionally freezing the accounts of media owners or the media themselves and putting a governmental media outlet in charge of running them is tantamount to forced nationalization and clearly endangers their editorial independence,” RSF said. Nationalization by proxyThis procedure constitutes “nationalization by proxy,” said Khaled el Balshy, the editor of the opposition website Al Bedaiah and fonder of the Freedoms Committee, which defends journalists’’ rights. “Some of these media, such as DNE and Borsa, recently rejected takeover bids,” he said. “Now they are being controlled in another way.” Before this roundabout nationalization of four of the remaining independent media outlets, businessmen linked to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government and the intelligence services embarked on a campaign of media acquisitions that indirectly allowed the regime to tighten its grip on the media.“Daily News Egypt is an example of how the public sphere keeps on gradually being closed in Egypt,” said Amira el Fekki, one of this English-language daily’s editors. “Like others, it was wrongfully classified as an organization with a political bias towards a certain group, an accusation randomly used to create hostility towards independent media.”Historically, DNE adopted a neutral stance towards the government, while opening its pages to investigative reporting, including coverage of extra-judicial executions. DNE and Borsa are owned by Business News, a company whose leading shareholder, Mostafa Sakr, suddenly found his name on the list of those whose accounts were to be frozen in December 2016. The following month, DNE stopped putting in context the interior ministry’s positions on combatting terrorism. The frequency of its interviews with government opponents also fell sharply. This new prudence did not however suffice to prevent the websites of DNE and Borsa from being blocked as part of an online censorship campaign. Access to more than 400 sites is now blocked, including RSF’s site. Baseless accusations of support for the Muslim Brotherhood are used as partial grounds for blocking media websites, said Adel Sabry, the editor of the blocked website Masr al Arabiya, one of the four media outlets that are about to be taken under Akhbar el Youm’s wing. Egypt is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. February 1, 2021 Find out more ​ Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by the roundabout nationalization of four independent media outlets – two daily newspapers and two websites – that is currently under way in Egypt. It is the government’s new method for seizing control of media with supposed links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Help by sharing this information January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Hug your haters: How to respond to unhappy members on social media

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It happens—often—member complaints. In handling Facebook pages for over 26 credit unions, we see it far more than we would like. Sometimes it’s a legitimate issue like a debit card that isn’t working. Other times, it’s a member who was turned down for a loan who wants to blow off some steam. Some days, someone (not the credit union) just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Whatever the reason, there’s always the question about how we should respond.Have you heard “Advertising is a tax paid for being unremarkable?” It is credited to Robert Stephens, the founder of the computer and electronics repair company, Geek Squad. In a recent Huffington Post article, Troy Nwazor added, “Too many businesses care too little about retention, and place much emphasis on outbound marketing and the attraction of new customers.” Sadly, the same goes for credit unions way too often.Nwazor then had some great advice for brands dealing with social complaints, “Hug your haters.” When you do, often you can turn a bad situation into a positive experience, which members want to share with their friends. For example, last Sunday, we received a message via Facebook from a member who was obviously quite nervous about a big date, only to be compounded with a debit card that wasn’t working. continue reading »last_img read more

As protests rock US cities on holiday weekend, Jacob Blake speaks out

first_imgNine people were arrested and three police officers were treated at local hospitals for injuries sustained during the clashes, the Rochester police department said on Sunday.Mayor Lovely Warren announced that Rochester was moving its family crisis intervention team and its funding out of the police department and into the Department of Youth and Recreation Services in response to the demands for change.”I am committed to addressing these challenges in ensuring that change truly comes,” Warren told a news conference. She said she was glad that New York Attorney General Letitia James had moved to form a grand jury to investigate Prude’s death.Violent clashes also rocked the city of Portland, Oregon, for the 100th day overnight. Demonstrators threw rocks and fire bombs at police who in turn used tear gas, leaving at least one person injured and leading to more than 50 arrests.The Pacific northwestern city has remained another hotspot partly, according to some civic leaders, due to the deployment of federal troops there in July. Topics : Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot in the back by a white police officer in Wisconsin last month, spoke out for the first time from his hospital bed as dueling demonstrations over racial justice and policing continued to roil a handful of US cities.In a video posted on Twitter, Blake, dressed in a green hospital gown, described being in constant pain after the shooting that left him paralyzed from the waist down.”I got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach,” he said in the video posted by his attorney, Ben Crump, late on Saturday. “It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side, it hurts to eat.” The Aug. 23 shooting of Blake, 29, reignited protests over racism and police brutality that swept the United States after another Black man, George Floyd, died in May when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.The demonstrations have coincided with widespread upheaval over the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly 190,000 people in the United States, the highest death toll in the world.The protests have also moved to the forefront of the presidential election campaign, with President Donald Trump now focused on a platform of law and order in his effort to be re-elected on Nov. 3.At the start of the three-day Labor Day weekend, police in Rochester, New York, used tear gas to disperse some 2,000 protesters in the fourth night of unrest over the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after an encounter with police in March.last_img read more

Osimhen in Napoli for contract talks

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Napoli president tests positive for coronavirus Lille striker, Victor Osimhen is in Naples on Tuesday.TMW claimed Osimhen and his agent are in the city for talks with Napoli over a summer transfer. Osimhen and his representatives flew to Italy in private jet and a meeting is scheduled with Napoli officials later on Tuesday.Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli is hoping to reach a quick deal with Osimhen in order to burn off competition.A fee of around €60 million has been mooted for the Lille star.Tags: Contract NegotiationsLOSC Lille FCNapoliVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Public Health Confirms 10 New Cases of COVID-19 in Thurston County

first_imgFacebook269Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyThurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) has confirmed ten new cases of COVID-19, totaling 24 confirmed cases in Thurston County, as of 3:00 p.m., March 26, 2020. For an age group and gender breakdown, visit the Thurston County website.Thurston County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu, said in response to the increase in cases, “I really want to thank those who have taken social distancing seriously and are practicing the restrictions that have been put into place.” She said, “We expected to see a slight jump in cases as these individuals would have been exposed two weeks ago, before the restrictions were put in place. We are also seeing more positives because there is more capacity for testing in our community.”“We knew this was in our community,” said Yu. “The increase in testing just confirms this and gives us a better picture of what is occurring.”Dr. Yu is also reminding people to practice social distancing to help protect themselves and their loved ones. This includes reinforcing to children the importance of social distancing. This age group may not show symptoms but are a vector for the virus and can pass it on to the high-risk population.Director of Emergency Services, Kurt Hardin added, “We are asking people to practice social distancing to not only protect themselves and their families, but to protect our local healthcare providers and first responders as well.” He said, “We need to do our part to keep our paramedics, EMTs, and firefighters healthy so they can continue their important job of responding to emergencies in our community.”People with symptoms like a fever and cough should self-isolate to decrease exposure to others. If people have trouble breathing or need medical care, they should call ahead to their health care provider for guidance. Those at highest risk for severe illness include older adults, pregnant women, and people who are immunocompromised or have chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. To reduce the potential spread of the virus, we’re asking people to call ahead to their healthcare providers and not go directly to the emergency room or urgent care. Those with medical emergencies should still call 911.The State Department of Health has set up a hotline for questions and concerns that is staffed seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. That number is: 1-800-525-0127.To learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak and find answers to some frequently asked questions, visit the Thurston County PHSS Coronavirus webpage at: and share Thurston County’s on social media for the most updated information:Facebook – Thurston County WashingtonTwitter – @ThurstonCountyPHSS Facebook – Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesPHSS Twitter – @ThurstonHealthlast_img read more

All I Want for Christmas are… Sonos speakers from Irwin Expert Electrical

first_imgFor the music fan in your life, a gift that offers brilliant sound could be the perfect present for Christmas 2019.Irwin Expert Electrical in Letterkenny and Buncrana stock a top range of Sonas systems for mighty sound on Christmas morning.Sonos Speakers and Home Sound Systems have been specially designed to create brilliant sound that fills a room with clear and detailed sound at any volume level. Systems are available for streaming or can be connected to your TV for powerful cinematic experiences.Here, Irwins Expert Electrical Letterkenny Manager Shaun Mallon shares his guide to one of his favourite products in store:Find out more about the individual products below. Having started off in a modest store 40 years ago in Buncrana, Irwin Expert Electrical retail is part of Expert Group – Ireland’s largest electrical retailer with 67 stores nationwide.Irwin Expert Electrical have a state of the art showroom in Letterkenny are continually introducing new brands and new products, giving the consumer more choice, better prices and, according to Declan Irwin, their success is simply down to having the right mix of products and great customer service.Sound AnywhereThe durable, battery-powered smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening. Get brilliant sound anywhere with the weatherproof and drop-resistant Move. Control with your voice, the Sonos app, and Apple AirPlay 2 at home, and stream via Bluetooth when WiFi isn’t available.Smart Sound for Every RoomThe powerful smart speaker with voice control built-in. Get rich, room-filling sound with Sonos One, and control it with your voice, the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and more. High Definition Sound for your TVThe smart, compact soundbar for TV, music, and more. Play everything that matters to you with Beam. Control it with your voice, remote, the Sonos app, and more.Essential Sound for Every RoomThe powerful smart speaker with voice control built-in. Get rich, room-filling sound with Sonos One, and control it with your voice, the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and more. Studio QualityThe most powerful speaker for high-fidelity sound. Experience pure, vibrant sound with Play:5, tuned by renowned producer Giles Martin. Control it with the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and more.Connect EverythingThe versatile streaming component for your stereo or receiver. Connect Port to your traditional stereo to stream music and more. Enjoy control with the Sonos app or Apple AirPlay 2, and easily expand your sound system to more rooms.Cinematic SoundThe mountable soundbar for TV, films, music, and more. Enjoy crisp dialogue and impressive bass from wall to wall with Playbar. Control it with the Sonos app, your remote, and more.Bold BassThe wireless subwoofer for deep bass. Hear and feel the difference when you connect Sub to any Sonos system.Cinematic SoundThe sleek soundbase for TV, films, music, and more. Enjoy crisp dialogue and impressive bass from wall to wall with Playbase. Control it with the Sonos app, your remote, Apple AirPlay 2, and more.Power Everything – For Wired SpeakersThe versatile amplifier for powering all your entertainment. Bring the Sonos experience to your floor-standing, in-wall, in-ceiling, outdoor, and bookshelf speakers with Amp.Why Choose SonosBrilliant SoundEnjoy clear, richly-detailed sound that fills the room at any volume.Easy to UseSetup takes minutes, and control is simple with the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and your voice.Listen Your WayCustomise your system and play what you want, where you want.Voice controlThe Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are built right-in so you can play music, check news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, completely hands-free.Irwin Expert Electrical’s Christmas Club is open and will be delighted to help you choose the perfect Gift, you can pay in for it & collect by Christmas. They also accept SHOP LK vouchers.They are so thankful to their customers for shopping local and choosing Irwin Expert Electrical as their preferred Home Appliance, TV, Computer Centre & Household Electrical Retail Store for in the North West.Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny Showroom – Port Road, Letterkenny (Behind Browne Printers – Opposite Letterkenny Institute of Technology.)Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana Showroom – Maginn Avenue, Buncrana.Follow Us on Facebook : I Want for Christmas are… Sonos speakers from Irwin Expert Electrical was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Christmas Giftshome sounds systemIrwin Expert Electricalsonosspeakerslast_img read more

Avian influenza concerns loom large

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While there is plenty of discussion in Ohio about the threat of avian influenza as Thanksgiving — and the colder winter weather — approaches, the most common conversations on the subject may be with God.“We say our prayers every night. Avian influenza spreads easily and the amount that fits on a pinhead could wipe out an entire farm,” said Carl Bowman, of Bowman and Landes Turkeys, Inc. in Miami County. “When I go to these meetings I keep hearing it is not a matter of if we get it, it is a matter of when. We learned a lot this winter in terms of how you treat an outbreak, but it would be a total loss for our turkeys. We could lose 80% to 90% in one week and if you get it they have to destroy them all to stop the virus. I don’t ever remember having any kind of threat like this before. The whole industry has to tackle this together because it will affect us all.”The free range turkey operation that markets 75,000 to 80,000 birds a year has a unique set of challenges to face when dealing with avian influenza risks that are primarily spread through wild birds, particularly during migration.“We are unique because we are free range and I can’t put all of my turkeys in barns and lock them up,” Bowman said. “That won’t work for us.”They have implemented some fairly unique biosecurity measures to address the challenge.The free range turkeys on the farm face potential exposure to wild birds carrying the virus.“Our biosecurity is the tightest it has ever been. We make sure everything is super disinfected and keep everything clean around the barns. We post signs telling people to not come beyond a certain point. Anybody going in, say the hatchery truck, has to change their clothes and spray off the tires,” he said. “We keep the range grass higher because geese and ducks don’t like that for landing. You can get nuisance permits and we have one, but mostly we try to discourage them. We put a woven wire fence around the lagoon so it makes it harder for the ducks and geese to land. They need to have a much steeper angle when they come in and take off and that discourages them from landing there.”They also carefully screen the employees working directly with the turkeys to make sure they are not regularly exposed to other domestic birds and they have added footbaths around the farm.“It is more time consuming than expense. We have to replace the footbath solution every day. It just takes more time,” Bowman said. “We try to educate the people working with the turkeys about how serious this is and how important it is for them to follow our biosecurity measures. We talk to our employees all the time about these issues and they are understanding.”They have also been working to educate customers about the challenges with avian influenza.“We normally have a farm day in September and we cancelled that this year. There are so many backyard flocks out there that people could be around. Our customers have told us that they are disappointed but they certainly understand,” Bowman said. “We put information about this on our website and Facebook to try to keep the customers up on what is happening and why we are doing what we do. We emphasize that the poultry is still very safe to eat and it will not affect safety issues for humans, though people really haven’t asked that much about it here.”Since November 2014, the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 has killed close to 50 million birds from commercial and backyard flocks in 19 states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There were particularly heavy losses to egg farms in Iowa — the nation’s No. 1 producer of eggs until the current outbreak decimated production there — and egg prices have been soaring across the United States, more than doubling in some parts of the country.Signs have been added at Bowman and Landes to help with biosecurity.It has not yet been found in Ohio, though there have been extensive efforts to research the virus and prepare for the worst in the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Poultry Association and experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University have been helping poultry producers learn about the disease, boost biosecurity measures on the farm, and prepare to minimize the flu’s impact if it were to reach the state.Ohio’s is home to a $2.3 billion poultry industry and directly supports more than 14,600 jobs, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Nationally, Ohio ranks ninth in turkey production and is a top egg producer.Mohamed El-Gazzar, Ohio State University Extension’s poultry veterinarian, has been working with the poultry industry since the virus was discovered in the U.S. He said there are two main types of challenges when it comes to the current outbreak: issues related to the virus itself and the logistics of disease control.“The initial data shows that this virus has a relatively longer incubation period, about seven days, compared to other highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses,” El-Gazzar said. “This allows the virus to get into poultry houses and remain undetected for a longer period of time, which in turn provides a higher chance for the virus to be transmitted to other poultry.“Another challenge is that, unlike many other highly pathogenic influenza viruses, this virus produces mild to no disease in wild migratory birds, with estimates indicating that this virus might survive in wild bird population for up to five years. This means there could be recurring episodes of this outbreak with possible new introductions in the fall and spring migrations.”Once the virus is found in a particular location, El-Gazzar added, control and eradication strategies pose their own challenges — especially in poultry-dense areas such as Darke and Mercer counties in western Ohio, where it is more likely to spread from one farm to another.“In this situation, the U.S. strategy is to quickly identify the infected premises, depopulate, properly dispose of carcasses and manure, clean and disinfect the premises, and have 21 days of down time after cleaning before re-population can take place,” he said. “As you might imagine, the logistics of depopulation and disposal are very challenging, particularly with the large-scale layer complexes, some of which have a capacity of more than 5 million birds.”El-Gazzar said that OSU Extension has been primarily engaged with informing the poultry industry about the disease and disease progression; working with producers on communication and preparedness for an eventual outbreak; and identifying the best ways to depopulate and dispose of birds.To address the challenge of safe disposal, El-Gazzar earlier this year collaborated with Fred Michel, a biosystems engineer with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.A composting specialist, Michel developed a plan that would allow Ohio egg farms to compost up to hundreds of thousands of dead chickens onsite, reducing the risk of contamination to other layer houses or nearby farms. The plan has been shared with the industry, along with a map that shows where sawdust, wood chips and other materials necessary for the composting process are available.“Ohio State has worked extensively with us on different scenarios of how the avian flu virus could impact us and how to handle that,” said Bill Knapke, environmental manager for Cooper Farms, a large poultry operation in western Ohio. “The emphasis has been on taking biosecurity to a new level to avoid spread of the disease, and focusing on our mortality disposal methods right on the farm.”Ohio State scientists are also tackling avian flu and other poultry respiratory diseases on the research front. For instance, OARDC virologist Chang-Won Lee leads a U.S. Department of Agriculture $7.2 million grant that partners scientists at Ohio State with colleagues at other universities in poultry-producing states.The project’s goal, Lee said, is to better understand the ecology of poultry diseases to develop more effective prevention strategies; validate diagnostic methods currently employed and create better ones as needed; and gain a better understanding of the relationship between disease, host and environment to aid in the development of new control methods.Keeping the virus out of Ohio and minimizing its impact if it were to reach the state are crucial for both consumers and farmers, El-Gazzar said. If this outbreak would extend to Ohio layer operations, egg prices would increase even more dramatically nationwide, affecting both consumers and food manufacturers.Additionally, if Ohio were to experience a 50% loss of poultry production, OSU Extension estimates the ripple effect would reach $1 billion in overall economic losses, including $815,000 in annual wages, said Sam Custer, an agriculture and natural resources educator based in Darke County.Poultry production losses, Custer said, would also impact field crop farmers in the state.“If we would lose half of our poultry for a six-month period, you would reduce corn demand by 27 million bushels, the equivalent of 9% of our state corn production,” he said. “Soybean demand would be reduced by about 5 million bushels.”In the meantime, El-Gazzar stressed the importance of implementing strict biosecurity practices to help prevent outbreaks in Ohio.“The wide and fast spread of the virus in poultry farms in the Midwest, particularly in Minnesota and Iowa, indicates that the major change the poultry industry needs to adopt is tighter biosecurity,” he said. “This outbreak has clearly shown that the U.S. poultry industry has many gaps in its biosecurity practices, and we need to identify and amend these gaps.“Another area for improvement is better mapping of the poultry industry in each state, which will help to identify the infected farms, quarantine zones, roads, car wash stations and other useful features that can facilitate the control and eradication efforts.”last_img read more

3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Could Boost the Success of Your Business

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#AI#business#success Vivek MohtaChief Business Officer Vivek Mohta is chief business officer of Manifold, an artificial intelligence engineering services firm with offices in Boston and Silicon Valley. Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … As the artificial intelligence field continues to grow, businesses across the country have found that techniques are coming out of the research lab and into the applied realm to benefit their operations.Recently, Boston Medical Center implemented predictive analytics into its system to determine staffing during the hospital’s busiest hours. Armed with this information, the center is able to adequately staff various areas of the hospital to ensure patients receive timely treatment. This technology doesn’t just stop the hospital from being short-staffed — it drastically improves the efficiency and response time for every patient.Netflix and other entertainment sites commonly take advantage of this technology by suggesting shows for users to watch based on a variety of behavioral factors.With AI, businesses such as these have the power to measure and collect data, recognize patterns, and make inferences. This vastly improves the cloud experience for businesses and their customers.AI grows in scope by the year, and there are countless possibilities that business can take advantage of. It’s crucial for you to find out the areas in which you need the most focus and then go after the AI-based tools and skills that’ll ensure success. Here are three ways AI can help if you’re looking to expand your business’s capabilities:1. AI enables perception.Humans can look at images and get a clear understanding of who’s involved and what’s taking place in just milliseconds. With the help of AI, machines can now do the same thing. Implementing these kinds of tools gives businesses the unique ability to perceive what’s happening. This has many useful applications, from reading radiological scans to automatically inspecting equipment in factories to automatically detecting buildings in satellite imagery.In one recent example, a Japanese cucumber farm adopted TensorFlow technology to ease the time-intensive task of grading cucumbers by quality — a job that can take many hours to accomplish manually. The farm took pictures of its produce and trained deep learning technology to see what it could find. In time, the system could identify some of the most important features and characteristics of each cucumber and sort it with a good degree of accuracy.There are several tools available to companies that want to try adding similar capabilities to their own workflows. For example, Amazon’s Rekognition technology adds image and video analysis to applications. Users can upload files into the Rekognition application programming interface, and the service examines the content’s attributes. It then provides an accurate analysis to the user. It could help businesses verify the identity of users, count how many people are in attendance at events, and keep areas safe.Computer vision is one of the newest and most exciting areas of applied AI. Once fully trained with comprehensive data sets, machines will meaningfully augment human capabilities — they’ll be able to process a larger amount of image and sound data with a higher level of accuracy.2. AI improves pattern recognition.Computers have historically been a tool for determining meaningful patterns from large data sets. As businesses continue to expand customer data assets, it’s crucial for them to be able to recognize more complex customer patterns using more advanced techniques to remain as customer-centric as possible. Continuing improvements in computing power and storage availability mean that machines can now process vast amounts of data — way more than any individual or team of humans can assess.For example, pattern recognition gives businesses the ability to make service or item suggestions to new customers based on their activity and profile. Companies like Babylist use predictive customer analytics to identify items consumers might like to register for or purchase. Google and Facebook use a similar approach to serve ads that users are likely to click on.Another more common example of how businesses can use this type of AI is recognizing customers who are likely to churn. By looking at user data to assess whether they are going to stop using a product or service, companies can intervene with special offers or other attempts to retain business. Customer churn can have a particularly big impact in industries where consumers have a lot of choices. For example, many software-as-a-service companies look closely at this, as do telecom companies.In addition to businesses, the medical system benefits from this type of pattern recognition and inference. Companies like Better Therapeutics provide members with personalized care recommendations based on data.All of these data sets are so big that no human can possibly look at all of the available information and make sense of it, but the computer algorithms can.3. AI refines predictions about the future.Unlike perception or recognition, when an objective truth can be verified by humans during the algorithmic training process, future predictions deal with intrinsic unknowns.The classic example of this is the stock market: If you can predict where it’s going to go, you can make a lot of money. Unfortunately, there just isn’t anything predictable about stock markets. But the significant potential payoff incentivizes people to bring in all sorts of data sets to try to gain an edge. One extreme example of this is market intelligence platform Numerai, a crowd-sourced hedge fund built by data scientists all over the world.Predicting the future has long been a holy grail of data science and artificial intelligence because the potential rewards are so huge, but many challenges remain.Just as there’s a difference among these three areas in terms of the order of magnitude of impact, there’s also a difference in terms of data engineering and deep learning. AI for perception is an entirely new superpower to apply. AI for finding patterns in data improves performance relative to previous techniques. Predicting the future remains challenging, with some opportunities for refinement.You’re not going to hire a statistician who does time series data forecasting and then expect her to put a computer vision deep learning model into production — those are two different things, even though at this point they’re both under the AI umbrella. Ask yourself which of these areas your business needs most, and then focus on going after the tools and skills that you need to implement it. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

2012 NTL Media Coverage

first_imgA number of Port Macquarie’s leading players will compete for the Northern Eagles in the X-Blades National Touch League.This year the competition will be played at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium and the Tuffins Lane fields from Thursday this week until Sunday. Touch ContingentThe Cairns Post 24.02.2012Twenty-five Cairns touch football players will head to Port Macquarie next month to represent Queensland in the National Touch League.The players have been selected to represent Cairns in a number of age groups at the national championships.In the men’s open team, Cairns touch stalwart Col Beckitt will coach fellow Far North representatives Lawrence Oberleutter and Theo Majid.Connie Finlay will play in her first open women’s team and Chanel Ryan and Evie Everden were chosen in the open mixed division.Troy Hastie earned another call-up for the over-40 men’s alongside three other Cairns players, while 12 representatives will be in the over 50 and over-55 teams. Mel Dunne, Kym Finlay and Katina Davis will represent Cairns in the over-35 women’s team.Six locals picked for National LeagueGoulburn Post, 05/01/2012Six locals will don the green and gold strip of the Southern Suns when they join 4000 players at the National Touch League in Port Macquarie. Chris Roberts has been named in Barry Jackson’s 13-strong under 20s men’s team, Joel Macpherson in the male open squad, Emma Price, Rachael Ross and Courtney Wallace in the women’s open team and Sophie Broadhead in the mixed open outfit. Aside from performing well at an individual level, the sextet is eager to buck the Southern Suns’ lean spell at the nationwide tournament when it taps off on March 8. Of the teams to be represented by Goulburnians, only the men’s 20s have a won a National Touch League in the last 15 years. A handful of home-made touch footballers will help re-write the record books if they have their way at the four-day carnival. To view, please click on the links below. If you see a story in your local media about the NTL that you’d like to see on the website, please email [email protected] Set For NTLAustralia’s best players, coaches and referees will unite at Port Macquarie next week for four days of action-packed touch football.The National Touch League (NTL) is Australia’s premier touch football event featuring affiliated regional and state representative teams from all states and territories throughout Australia. To Provide Spark For SwansYouth will be the key for the South West Queensland Swans when the National Touch League kicks off in Port Macquarie on Thursday.After finishing runner-up at the state championships last year, the open women’s side is hoping to go one better on the national stage. Eagles Take On All Comers On Home Turflast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd keeper De Gea: Winning a Prem title unlike anything in the world

first_imgMan Utd keeper De Gea: Winning a Prem title unlike anything in the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea feels he can with another Premier League title.De Gea penned new terms with United last week.He said, “Everyone sees it, it’s passion. It’s hard to describe in words what it means to win a Premier title. “It is the most competitive league in the world with a lot of difference and I think it is very valuable to win a Premier title.”On his new contract, De Gea added: “It is a special club, the biggest in England, and it is a pride and pleasure to be in this club for many years.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more