Ryan Ayers Ryan Ayers is a researcher and consultant within multiple industries including information technology, blockchain and business development. Always up for a challenge, Ayers enjoys working with startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. When not at work, Ayers loves reading science fiction novels and watching the LA Clippers. Decision-makers should reflect on several key points when assessing a conversational artificial intelligence (AI) solution. As an example, many millennials favor connecting with brands through live chat. Why does this matter? Here’s why.The millennial population could be worth up to $24 trillion by 2020, making them one of the largest expected consumer groups over the next decade. What’s more, 59-percent of those consumers will leave a review about their experience – either positive or negative – with a majority of judgment based on quick responses when they reach out to brands for help or information.Although a challenge, C-suite executives and companies need not worry as conversational AI has proven to be a reliable and quick solution for appeasing millennial consumers. But is it a smart decision for all businesses?The following are nine questions that business leaders should consider when assessing a conversational AI solution.1. Are you guaranteed an ROI (and can they commit to it)?Without consistency, the most cutting edge technology will fail to deliver results. A competent conversational AI solution vendor can tell you exactly what level of automation their offering can achieve, allowing you to determine a precise return-on-investment. Only with this benchmark can you establish your expectations.2. How smart is the language understanding –really?Text-based Q&A chatbots are useful for answering common consumer inquiries. However, this entry-level utility falters when customer questions become more complex.Conversational AI leverages advanced neural networks and natural language processing (NLP) technology, enabling it to respond to a broader range of consumer questions. These technology resources enable sophisticated digital chatbots to understand what customers are asking as well as the context of their queries.3. What is the security/privacy features offered?Cybersecurity is a top priority for any commercial undertaking. Conversational AI customer service is no exception to this standard.It’s a new age for privacy and data security. Emerging conventions such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set a new standard for cybersecurity.A conversational AI solution that meets GDPR standards empowers enterprises to control privacy. For example, the right solution allows consumers to download or delete conversations as desired.4. Is the solution purpose-built for enterprise deployment?Your conversational AI chatbot will represent your brand. Accordingly, it must incorporate enterprise-grade features to deliver satisfying customer experiences consistently, says Henry Vaage Iversen, co-founder, and chief commercial officer at Boost.ai.“Enterprise companies, particularly customer-centric institutions like banks and financial services providers, need to think about the bigger picture when automating customer interactions.”“The important consideration for achieving the cost-saving benefits of conversational AI isn’t the automation itself. It is the ability to deliver delightful customer experiences that strike a precise balance between highly intelligent virtual-agent support that is both fast and accurate, and seamless hand-off to exactly the right human agent in every escalation.”Companies that don’t take a high-level approach when implementing conversational AI may actually harm the customer experience instead of improving it.5. Can it do more than answer basic questions?Have you considered that your customers may want answers to questions that aren’t available without passing through a gate on your website? An advanced conversational AI solution can deliver answers about sensitive information.This capability goes far beyond the function of an entry-level chatbot. A highly advanced conversational AI solution can deliver service behind encrypted paywalls and exclusive membership websites.6. Is there a proven project plan for implementation?Technology is wondrous. With it, enterprises can achieve remarkable feats. However, enterprise leaders need more than technology. They need technology that works.To achieve this outcome, a competent conversational AI service provider should have the ability to provide you with a tried-and-true project plan for deployment. What’s more, the provider should offer reliable support, either internally or through third-party suppliers, and have the track record to prove it.7. How well does it scale?Even for a conversational AI, it’s a tough job to deliver 24-7 support. What’s more, not all solutions can hold up to a high volume, and at scale. Duly, the solution that you select should have a track record of handling thousands of complex daily interactions with lightning fast response times.8. What industry-specific expertise and content is available at launch?Some conversational AI providers require your industry expertise to function as desired. What’s worse, you’ll never own your data. Lesser solutions just aren’t set up to manage the ownership of information at the service level.In this regard, look for a conversational AI provider who can deliver pre-built content for your industry. An effective conversational AI solution will make customer service more manageable rather than create yet another complex and resource intensive project. Also, the data generated by your customers will remain proprietary.9. Can it seamlessly integrate with customer support staff?Remember, chatbots aren’t intended to replace human operators fully. Conversational AI is a refined solution for providing superior customer service. With it, brands can save consumers from the “I do not understand” dead-end.The right conversational AI solution can effectively shore up the front lines of customer service across a range of channels, from landing pages to social media assets. When warranted, however, an effective conversational AI resource can quickly and seamlessly hand complex queries over to live agents.The advanced retrieval and linguistic capabilities of conversational AI enhances the customer experience. These questions represent a critical starting point for evaluating your conversational AI solution. The right conversational AI solution is about more than technology – it’s about quality of service. Tags:#AI#conversational AI China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City UE Lady Red Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East pulled off another upset when it dismantled University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 18-25, 28-25, 26-24, for its second straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Warriors notched their second win this season, already matching their combined win total from Seasons 78 and 78, against six losses and sent the Golden Tigresses to their fourth straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT Beal scores 30 as Wizards edge Heat in overtime LATEST STORIES UE’s win marked the first time in school history that the Lady Warriors defeated UST in the Final Four era that began in the 1993-1994 academic year, and also the first time since 2012 that the Lady Warriors won two straight games.“No words can express how happy I am right now,” said UE interim coach and athletic director Rod Roque.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFrom a 24-22 deficit in the fourth set, the Lady Warriors fought their way back and tied at 24-all when Shaya Adorador converted with a crosscourt kill.Cecilia Bangad then put too much on her hit as it crossed the sideline and gave UE the 25-24 lead before another error on UST’s part gave the Lady Warriors the victory. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Cherry Rondina had 25 points to lead UST while Dimdim Pacres and Tin Francisco combined for 28 points. MOST READ Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roque added UE capitalized on the Golden Tigresses’ lackadaisical attitude to score the win.“They underestimated us and that was a big factor, they thought the Lady Warriors wouldn’t put up a fight,” said Roque in Filipino. “We scouted the video, how UST’s players position themselves and we studied that and the players exchanged ideas.”It wasn’t just in the fourth set that UST collapsed after scoring the 24th point.The Golden Tigresses led 24-20 in the third but ultimately allowed the Lady Warriors to outscore them 8-2 to end the set at 28-26.Mary Ann Mendrez led UE with 21 points while Adorador and Judith Abil had 15 and 10 points, apiece.ADVERTISEMENT
× Golden tweet SHARE SHARE EMAIL 2/2 COMMENTS 1/2 The Indian team cricket captain Virat Kohli, who scored big runs with his bat, also scored big on Twitter during 2017. He witnessed 61 per cent growth in the number of followers on Twitter during the year. The number increased to around 20.8 million on December 5 as against 12.9 million at the end of 2016.However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi retained the number 1 position in terms of number of followers on Twitter. His followers count stood at 37.5 million on December 5, as against 24.6 million, recording a growth of 52 per cent in the number of followers.With 52.66 per cent growth in the number of followers, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar reached the top-5 club of twitter accounts with highest number of followers. The number of followers stood at 22.9 million as on December 5 as against 15 million a year ago. Of the top 10 accounts with most number of followers, one belonged to the Prime Minister, two to the cricketers and the rest to Bollywood actors. Of the 10, only Deepika Padukone was the most followed woman on Twitter in India. Twitter, which released trends and hashtags across India for 2017, said that four of the top 10 hashtags were related to cricket during 2017. They are: #IPL, #CT17, #WWC17 and #INDvPAK. – The Hindu Twitter, which has released trends and hashtags across India for 2017, said that four of the top 10 hashtags were related to cricket during 2017. They are: #IPL, #ct17, #wwc17 and #indvpak. This year, there was a spike in interest around the performance of women’s cricket team.The hashtag #WWC17 became the most tweeted hashtag for women’s sports in India. The conversations on Twitter were reflective of the nation’s growing interest in the women’s cricket community, which has historically been dominated by men, Twitter said in a release here.The India-Pakistan final clash in Champions Trophy cricket saw 1.8 million tweets with the hashtag #INDvPAK. Twitter, which released trends and hashtags across India for 2017, said that four of the top 10 hashtags were related to cricket during 2017. They are: #IPL, #CT17, #WWC17 and #INDvPAK. – The Hindu SHARE COMMENT GST, DE-MO Published on Tamil actor Suriya Sivakumar’s (@Suriya_offl) tweet unveiling the second look for his Tamil film, Thaana Serndha Kootam (A group formed by itself) became the most re-tweeted tweet or ‘Golden Tweet’ of 2017 in the country. This tweet had recorded more than 69,500 re-tweets till December 5.The hashtag of the Tamil movie Mersal emerged as the top hashtag trend of the year. #Mersal crossed over 1.7 million tweets in three days. In fact, Mersal was also the first ever Tamil movie to get a custom Twitter emoji. Tamil movie star Suriya Sivakumar makes it for ‘golden tweet’ of the year December 05, 2017 Cricket networking cricket Twitter said that conversations on the platform also echoed the nation’s interest and growing activism towards addressing important issues such as the implementation of goods and services tax (GST), first year anniversary of demonetisation, jallikattu, Indian Presidential elections, and Supreme Court’s ban on triple talaq.In fact, the hashtag #TripleTalaq crossed more than 3.50 lakh tweets on August 22 following the Supreme Court’s verdict on ‘triple talaq’, it said.
New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) Justifying Lok Sabhas rejecting the amendments made by the Upper house to the Aadhaar Bill, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said adoption of changes would have pushed the legislation, aimed at streamlining the payment of benefits, into realms of unconstitutionality. Acceptance of the amendments would have led to much wider encroachment of the Right of Privacy and an auditor or an anti-corruption authority overseeing issues of national security, he said. “These lacunae would have pushed the Aadhaar law to the realm of unconstitutionality. Obviously, the Lok Sabha did not agree with the above suggestions, and in my view, rightly so,” he said in a Facebook post. The Lok Sabha on the last of the first half of Budget session on Wednesday waited for Rajya Sabha to decide on the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016, and then swiftly rejected the amendments made to the legislation. The amendments to be bill in Rajya Sabha, where the ruling NDA does not have majority, were moved by Congress members including Jairam Ramesh. Jaitley said the legislation, aimed at better targeting of subsidies and benefits through use of unique identification number, contains stringent provisions both substantially and procedurally to protect privacy. While National Security is the only ground on which a Competent Authority can share core bio-metric information contained in Aadhaar, amendments wanted the condition to be replaced with “vague” and “elastic” Public Emergency or in the interest of public safety. “It is also not clear as to how Aadhaar information would have been used in dealing with situations of public emergency or public safety,” he said. Jaitley said adoption of the amendment “would have provided a scope much wider for encroaching upon privacy than the words National Security which existed in both the 2010 (law moved by the UPA) and 2016 law, and would have potentially become the grounds for constitutional challenge at a later date.” MORE PTI ANZ SAadvertisement
“When he passed, basketball was the last thing on my mind,” Irving said. “A lot of basketball, the joy I had from it, was sucked away from me.“I didn’t take the necessary steps to get counseling or get therapy or anything to deal with someone that close to me dying. I responded in ways that are uncharacteristic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“Throughout that year it just became rocky and a lot of the battles that I thought I could battle through from the team environment, I just wasn’t ready for,” added the 27-year-old. “And I failed those guys in a sense that I didn’t give them everything that I could have during that season, especially with the amount of pieces that we had.”The Celtics were widely expected to be a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference last season after LeBron James departed the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers in the West. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers But they struggled to build chemistry and were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs in five games by the Milwaukee Bucks.“My relationships with them personally were great,” Irving said of his Celtics teammates, “But in terms of me being a leader in that environment, I failed.”Having opted to join the Nets via free agency, Irving says he won’t make the same mistakes again.He envisions one of his key roles as a protector of Kevin Durant, who also joined the Nets as a free agent this year but isn’t expected to play this season as he continues to recover from a torn Achilles tendon suffered playing for the Golden State Warriors in their NBA Finals loss to Toronto.Durant, who won titles with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018, has said he doesn’t blame the club for rushing him back for game five of the championship series after a nine-game layoff with a right calf injury.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? FILE – Kryie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets speaks to media during Brooklyn Nets Media Day at HSS Training Center on September 27, 2019 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFPBrooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving said Friday that the death of his grandfather last October made for a personally tumultuous NBA season for him and helped spur his decision to depart the Boston Celtics.Irving, speaking at the Nets’ media day prior to the opening of pre-season training camp, said he felt he failed his Celtics teammates in some respects as he struggled to come to terms with his loss.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue But Irving was blunt in stating his belief that the Warriors pressured Durant to return too soon.“We all know K was not ready to play in that environment,” Irving said. “Now I’m here to protect that — and I’m going to be the protector of that all throughout the year … I want him to be 101 percent healthy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PSL: PLDT plucks 1st win, thumps Sta. Lucia Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect
Transfers Chelsea consider Emerson move as alternative to Alex Sandro Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 20:23 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty/Goal Transfers Chelsea Roma Juventus Premier League Serie A The Blues are showing signs of moving on from their long-term target who looks unable to move once again in the winter transfer market Chelsea are weighing up a move for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri as an alternative option to Juventus’s Alex Sandro, Goal understands.The Blues are in the hunt for a new left-sided defender in the January transfer window and have long held an interest in Alex Sandro.However, Juventus are maintaining their stance of wanting to keep the Brazilian until the summer and that has prompted Chelsea to explore other options. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Emerson’s entourage had talks with Chelsea last week while they were in London to hold discussions with Arsenal regarding the Gunners’ interest in signing Malcom from Bordeaux.Chelsea have yet to make a bid for Emerson, who has only just recovered from an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury to make his first two appearances of the season, but he is thought to be valued at around £22 million by Roma. The 23-year-old is also interesting Newcastle United, but the fee is thought to be outside their price range, while Juventus are considering him as a replacement for Alex Sandro, who has stalled on renewing his contract for many months. Chelsea’s switch to Emerson may also be due to Paris Saint-Germain’s serious interest in a summer move for Alex Sandro, which could see the Premier League champions enter a bidding war with one of the world’s richest clubs.Additional reporting by Bruno Andrade
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of the field taken during the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This Saturday, No. 13 Wisconsin hosts No. 11 Michigan in a pivotal Big Ten matchup. Both teams have aspirations for a conference title. A win on Saturday will help one team move another step closer — despite it still being so early in the season.The Badgers have been successful for a number of years. Surprisingly though, there have only been four games between top-15 teams at Camp Randall Stadium in the last 20 years. As a result, Wisconsin has sent a message to fans before the game.“This Saturday is a big deal. Be there early. Be loud the whole time. Be proud to be a Badger.”Wisconsin is taking this seriously — as it should be. The Badgers have been consistently good over the last decade, sometimes even great. But they’re looking to take the next step as a program. A selection to the College Football Playoff would be that next step. Beating Michigan would look good on Wisconsin’s potential playoff resume.The 11th-ranked Wolverines came into the year with high expectations. But many feel they’ve been underwhelming this season, despite a 3-0 start. Offensive inconsistency is once again an issue for UM. They’ll face their toughest defensive test so far on Saturday. The Badgers have back-to-back shutouts heading into the game.There have only been four games between top-15 teams at Camp Randall in the last 20 years.This Saturday is a big deal.Be there early. Be loud the whole time. Be proud to be a Badger. #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/I4pf0s705L— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) September 19, 2019Wisconsin and Michigan kicks off at noon ET on Saturday. The game will be televised on FOX.
NEW YORK — Just about every week, it seems, scientists publish the unique DNA code of some creature or plant. Just in February, they published the genome for the strawberry, the paper mulberry tree, the great white shark and the Antarctic blackfin icefish.They also announced that, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, they’d produced the genome of Lil BUB, a female cat with a large Internet following.That followed a notable advance in January: an improved genome for the axolotl, a salamander renowned for regrowing severed limbs and other body parts.Scientists have been uncovering genomes for quite a while. The first from an animal — a worm — came in 1998. Now, the technology has advanced far enough that scientists last year announced a project to produce the genomes for all life forms on Earth other than bacteria and single-celled organisms called Archaea. They called it a “moonshot for biology.”But what’s the point of uncovering new genomes?For scientists, a detailed look under the hood of their favourite organism provides a foothold for learning the deepest secrets of their objects of attention, it leads to discoveries about how life works, and possibly how to prevent disease.Take the mosquito. Late last year, researchers published a much-improved description of the DNA code for a particularly dangerous species of mosquito: Aedes aegypti, notorious for spreading Zika, dengue and yellow fever.That achievement came from analyzing the DNA of 80 mosquito brothers. They were born in Leslie Vosshall’s lab at Rockefeller University in New York, where thousands of mosquitoes swarmed in cages recently as Krithika Venkataraman was trying to make some more.She stuck a tube that protruded from her mouth like a straw into a transparent cube filled with male mosquitoes. Then she repeatedly sucked about 30 males at a time into the tube. She counted them, and then blew them into another cube that housed females. Before long, the two sexes were mating.You can think of a genome as an instruction book for building a living thing. Its language is a four-letter alphabet, which stand for the four compounds that make up the innards of the DNA molecule. The order of those compounds along the molecule is the code; it creates “words” that we call genes.The mosquito genome, for example, is about 1.28 billion letters long, a bit less than half the length of the human version. Knowing the DNA sequence lets scientists manipulate it with gene editing techniques, said Ben Matthews of the Vosshall lab, who was part of the international team that published the refined description of the mosquito genome last November.And once researchers started analyzing that version of the A. aegypti DNA code, discoveries began to pop out.— They nearly doubled the known size of a family of genes that help mosquitoes sense information from their environment, such as the odour of humans. That was “totally, mind-blowingly, unexpected,” Vosshall said. (Vosshall’s salary is paid by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which also supports The Associated Press Health & Science Department.)Further study may reveal surprises about what mosquitoes pay attention to, Vosshall said. And that could lead to better lures for mosquito traps, as well as better repellents. Maybe scientists can find something “10,000 times more disgusting” to a mosquito than the old standby, DEET, she said.— They found new details about genes that let some mosquitoes resist certain insecticides. That’s a possible step toward predicting what insecticides would be useless for fighting certain populations, as well as a potential lead for coming up with new chemical weapons against the insect.— They found previously unknown targets for a major class of insecticides. That could open the door to designing new versions that target mosquitoes while sparing beneficial insects and posing less risk to people.— They narrowed the search for genetic variants that prevent some A. aegypti mosquitoes from infecting people with dengue, a severe flu-like illness that sickens millions every year. If those variants can be identified, scientists might use genetic engineering to reproduce them in some mosquitoes, which could then be released to spread the variants though wild populations, Voss said. Those variants, or others, might also work for reducing threats of spreading Zika and yellow fever, Voss and Matthews said.— A similar strategy might be used to make mosquito populations overproduce males. That would reduce mosquito bites in the short term — only females bite — and open the door to shrinking wild populations through genetic engineering. The new genome revealed details of the DNA stretch that makes mosquitoes develop as males, which Matthews called “step one” in pursuing the make-more-males strategy.The axolotl genome published in January built on a previous publication by European scientists last year. Although its genome is about 10 times the size of the human one, which makes the analysis harder, the salamander’s regenerating capabilities are an obvious lure.Axolotls can replace “almost anything you can cut off of them, as long as you don’t cut off their heads,” says Jeramiah Smith of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, an author of the more recent genome paper.But Smith points to another trick that might pay off sooner for human medicine: the salamander can also heal large wounds without scarring.As for learning how to let people grow back a severed arm, he figures that’s a long way off.“That probably won’t be useful for me,” joked Smith, who’s 42. “I’ll be dead, so I won’t need to grow my arm back.”And Lil BUB ? She’s the size of a kitten even though she’s eight years old, and has a number of other odd traits. Scientists looked for genetic mutations, and found altered genes that appear to be responsible for her extra toes and for a rare bone disease.___Follow Malcolm Ritter at @MalcolmRitter.___The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Malcolm Ritter, The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bernanke: 2014 could be better year for US economy as finances improve, gov’t restraints ease by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 3, 2014 12:33 pm MDT Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks in Washington, Dec. 18, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Susan Walsh WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday predicted a stronger year for the U.S. economy in 2014, saying several factors that have held back growth appear to be abating.Americans’ finances have improved and the outlook for home sales is brighter, Bernanke said. He also expects less drag from federal spending cuts and tax increases.The combination “bodes well for U.S. economic growth in coming quarters,” Bernanke said during a speech to the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in Philadelphia.Bernanke made a similar assessment of the economy at a Dec. 18 news conference after the Fed’s last meeting. At the meeting, the Fed announced it would begin in January to reduce its monthly bond purchases from $85 billion to $75 billion, noting signs of an improving economy.The bond purchases are intended to keep long-term interest rates low and encourage more borrowing and spending.Friday’s appearance was expected to be one of Bernanke’s final speeches as Fed chairman. He is stepping down at the end of this month after eight years leading the central bank.The Senate is expected to confirm Janet Yellen on Monday to be the next Fed chairman. She would take over on Feb. 1.In his speech, Bernanke said that he tried to make the Fed more transparent and accountable while at the same time combating a deep recession and severe financial crisis.Making the Fed more transparent was an important goal for him when he took over in 2006. He cited his participation in more television interviews, his efforts to hold more town hall meetings and his visits to universities. Bernanke also added a quarterly news conference after four of the Fed’s eight policy meetings.“We took extraordinary measures to meet extraordinary economic challenges and we had to explain those measures to earn the public’s support and confidence,” Bernanke said.Bernanke said while the financial crisis has passed “the Fed’s need to educate and explain will only grow.”Bernanke also used his speech to make some pointed remarks at Congress. He said “excessively tight” budget policies had been counterproductive.“With fiscal and monetary policy working in opposite directions, the recovery is weaker than it otherwise would be,” Bernanke said.Bernanke also defended the central bank against critics who say the Fed’s massive bond purchases have had little effect on jumpstarting the recovery.“Economic growth might well have been considerably weaker, or even negative, without substantial monetary policy support,” Bernanke said. He noted economic research that supported the benefits of the Fed’s bond purchases.In response to an audience question, Bernanke criticized legislation pending in Congress that would allow the Government Accountability Office to expand its audits of the Fed to look at decisions on interest rates. The GAO, the auditing arm of Congress, can currently conduct audits of the Fed. But it is prohibited from investigating its interest rate decisions.Bernanke said passage of this legislation would be a bad idea because it would harm the Fed’s independence. He said such independence is necessary to assure markets that the Fed is not being swayed by political interests.___Associated Press reporter Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
Mr. Tutu was selected to receive this year’s UNESCO/Bilbao Prize, for “the outstanding role he played in building the new democratic, non-racial South Africa and his invaluable contribution as Chairperson of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to national reconstruction which became a model for other post-conflict societies,” the agency said in a news release. The Prize recognizes his activism, particularly with young people, to promote non-violence and oppose all forms of discrimination and injustice. The jury also stressed Mr. Tutu’s contribution to the work of the UN on various human rights issues, including the promotion of a culture of human rights. Mr. Tutu will be formally awarded the prize on 10 December, which is observed globally as Human Rights Day, by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, at the agency’s headquarters in Paris. The Mayor of Bilbao, Iñaki Azkuna, will also be in attendance. During the ceremony, the 80 singers of the Choir Invisible, Desmond and Leah Tutu Choir for Peace, UK, will perform a capella compositions inspired by South African gospel and soul music to lyrics by Archbishop Tutu. The UNESCO/Bilbao Prize is given out every two years and is funded by a donation from the Spanish city. It succeeded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education that was set up 30 years ago. The Prize includes a $30,000 cheque, a diploma and a bronze trophy designed by Japanese artist Toshimi Ishii. The prize was first awarded to Stéphane Hessel, a French human rights advocate, in 2008.
In 1992, Robin Birley made arguably the most important find in British archaeological history when he uncovered a huge trove of soldiers’ letters from the Roman fort of Vindolanda, near Hadrian’s Wall.As scholars picked through the well-preserved accounts of legionnaire life on the edge of empire, a star character emerged: Masclus, and in particular, his demands for more beer.Now, 25 years later, Birley’s son Andrew claims to have discovered another haul of correspondence, which again appear to include written demands from the same Roman cavalry officer – except this time he wants to go on holiday. This is the find I have been hoping for all my working lifeAndrew Birley, Archaeologist Vindolanda from the airCredit:Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Many of the letters are written on slivers of birchCredit:Telegraph “My father has been rather poorly recently, but by the time I got home he had cracked open a bottle of champagne.”Most of the hundreds of letters already found at Vindolanda, near Bardon Mill on Northumberland, are in the care of the British museum, with a handful on loan at the ruined fort.They are considered some of the most famous existing documents from the Roman world, remarkable for their highly personal, warts-and-all account of army life. Archaeologists had to dig deep trenches to find the latest haulCredit:Telegraph The large oak-leaved document is currently illegible and the ink faded, but it is hoped the writing will be deciphered with use of infrared.The Bloomberg find comprise 405 well preserved wooden tablets found at the site of what is now the London offices of the financial data company.The earliest written documents found in Britain, they were found 40 feet underground following the demolition of a 14-storey office block which was built in 1953.The site had been partly excavated in the 1950s, but it was only after 2010 archeologists were able to dig properly. The new letters, believed to originate in the 1st Century AD, were found in a trench at the deepest level of the complex, which was repeatedly rebuilt over the years with turf and timber.Mr Birley said: “They were spaced out at regular intervals along the line of a trench, under a rubble-filled foundation layer.“We wondered if somebody was carrying them in a bag with a hole in one corner, or if somebody had been walking along reading them and chucking them away one by one.”While the Vindolanda letters are believed not to be as old as the Bloomberg Tablets, which were discovered in London between 2010 and 2013, they are more intimate in nature.“There is nothing more exciting than reading these personal messages from the distant past,” said Mr Birley. “These are not Post-It notes.“These were written when somebody had something of importance to communicate.” The new cache of 25 letters were found last month in the deepest level of the fort complex and are now being conserved ahead of scanning with infrared lights.This should make the now faint ink marks legible, but experts already believe they have discovered a written request from Masclus, asking for leave from his duties.Most of the missives are, like those of the original big find, written on thin sheets of birch, however experts are particularly excited about a double-leaved oak tablet, which indicates it contains important correspondence. “This is the find I have been hoping for all my working life,” said Andrew Birley, who was a teenager when his father discovered the main haul, and now leads the trust which owns the site.
TV3′S VERY OWN Christmas toy show proved to be one of the station’s ratings hits of 2013, with more than 350,000 people tuning in in November.The show was aired on the same night as RTÉ’s Late Late Toy Show, albeit at an earlier time. Presented by Alan Hughes it was a pre-recorded extension of the Ireland AM festive toys slot.TV3′s biggest ratings winner this year though was Coronation Street, with 629,000 tuning in to see Sunita Alahan meet a tragic end in a Rovers Returns fire.However TV3 is set to lose its popular soaps to a competing Irish channel to be launched by UTV. The new station has secured the rights to Coronation Street and Emmerdale.It was confirmed last month that TV3 would be holding onto X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.X Factor was a hit with TV3 viewers in 2013 with over half-a-million sitting down to watch the season’s most popular episode.TV3 has also announced that The Great Irish Bake Off will return for a new series in 2014, as well as a new quiz show called The Lie, which will give contestants a chance to walk away with €10,000 if they can spot the lie.TV3 takes on the Toy Show> Mrs Brown’s Boys the most watched programme in the UK on Christmas Day>
‘Maybe Donald will head back to the jungle and go trump, trump, trump’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. By Nicky Ryan Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 7:55 PM Feb 19th 2017, 7:55 PM 16,998 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3244858 16 Comments Short URL Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThe leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake.Donald Trump spoke (a lot) about fake news during a 77-minute-long press conference on Thursday night. Source: RollingNews.ieThe relationship between the government and the Commissioner of an Garda Síochána must be based on confidence. Confidence in anyone’s language includes a solid belief that the person in question is truthful and reliable in every respect. Confidence cannot be said to exist if sufficient doubt exists in the mind of the government in respect of the gravest allegations to warrant the establishment of a tribunal of inquiry.Senator and former attorney general Michael McDowell called for embattled Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to step aside from her role. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeI might say a mea culpa here because […] I’m guilty here of not giving accurate information.Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated a different timelines of events regarding his conversations with Minister Katherine Zappone on the Tusla file. Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandIn my business, anxiety comes with the job… I don’t hold it in, I talk about it and I believe I’m a stronger person because of it.Broadcaster Colm Hayes wrote about the work organisations like his own, Cycle Against Sucide, have been done to combat the stigma around anxiety and depression. Share5 Tweet Email1 This is about taking back our community. There are women who are worried about when they get off public transport that there’s a chance they might get attacked. There are pople changing their schedules so they can get back home before it’s dark because they are scared for their safety. That’s not good enough.The words of Emily Lyon, who organised a march through Shankil in South Dublin after a number of sexual assault in the area. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeAithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile.Gerry Adams used this seanfhocail in response to Enda Kenny breaking Dáil rules and calling him a hypocrite. Source: PA Archive/Paul Faith.Last night saw an attack on a 16-year-old boy. Any civilised society would see that for what it is – child abuse. It is most definitely not policing or community safety activity. There is only one police service in west Belfast and that is the PSNI.Belfast Policing Commander Chief Superintendent Chris Noble condemned an attack in which a teenage boy was shot in the legs. Source: St Patrick’s Festival/YouTubeMy Ireland celebrates the underdog who pulled like a dog. We’re not here to take part we’re here to take over.Part of a poem by Stephen James Smith released to promote the St Patrick’s Festival. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeMaybe Donald might go off, back to the jungle, the Wall Street jungle, and go trump, trump, trump.Sinn Féin TD Sean Crowe compared the US President to Nellie the Elephant.
Discovery : suivez en direct le retour de la navetteAujourd’hui la navette américaine Discovery retournera sur Terre pour la toute dernière fois. L’appareil de transport de personnel et de matériel se posera en Floride dans la fin de l’après midi. L’événement sera retransmis en direct sur le site enjoyspace.com.C’est après 27 ans de bons et loyaux services que la navette Discovery est aujourd’hui rapatriée sur Terre. L’ultime mission qui lui a été confiée s’est achevée lundi couronnée de succès. La Station spatiale internationale (ISS) est à présent équipée de Leonardo, un module de fret multifonctionel mettant à disposition un volume supplémentaire de stockage pressurisé. LeRoy Cain, l’un des principaux responsables du programme, exprime son enthousiasme lors d’une conférence de presse à Houston :”Cela a été l’une des meilleures missions de Discovery et aussi l’une de celles ayant connu le moins de difficultés”.À lire aussiSpaceX : la Tesla envoyée dans l’espace a déjà franchi une étapePour l’heure, l’équipage de six astronautes se prépare à retrouver la Terre. L’atterrissage aura lieu, une heure après le décrochage de l’orbite, sur la piste du Centre spatial Kennedy, à proximité du Cap Canaveral. Deux possibilités d’horaires sont prévues : à 16h57 ou 18h44 (heure de Paris). L’événement pourra être suivi en direct sur le site enjoyspace.com.Les conditions météorologiques annoncées comme favorables ne devraient pas empêcher la navette de se poser. Cependant, si celle-ci rencontrait la moindre difficulté, son retour serait alors différé au lendemain avec également la possibilité de se poser sur la base aérienne d’Edwards, en Californie. Une fois sur Terre, Discovery sera confiée par la Nasa aux bons soins du musée Smithsonian aux Etats-Unis.Le 9 mars 2011 à 11:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Internet: coupures et conséquencesDepuis le 20 février, les internautes iraniens n’ont, de nouveau, plus accès au réseau Internet. Afin d’éviter toutes effusions à quelques jours des élections législatives, les autorités ont décidé de bloquer l’accès au réseau. Mais ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un tel scénario a lieu… Si l’Iran n’est actuellement plus connecté au réseau, les internautes iraniens ne sont pas les premiers à qui ça arrive. Égypte, Syrie, États-Unis… Internet est utilisé par 2,1 milliards de personnes dans le monde. Ajoutez à cela que 90% d’entre eux ont une adresse mail ce qui correspond à plus de 3.000 milliards de comptes et 168 millions d’e-mails envoyés par minute. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Internet est devenu un vrai moyen de pression efficace sur les internautes. Plusieurs pays en ont déjà fait les frais, et le phénomène est en passe de devenir de plus en plus fréquent, notamment avec l’augmentation du nombre de personnes sur la Toile. Rappelons que Facebook compte environ 800 millions de membres et Twitter plus de 425 millions. Qui, comment et pourquoi ? Découvrez le dossier de Maxisciences sur les premiers tenants et aboutissants de tels blocages du réseau. Le 24 février 2012 à 15:03 • Maxime Lambert
So, you’ve probably seen tons and tons of new stories about Earth-like planets around nearby stars. That’s mostly because over the past few years we’ve launched powerful new telescopes like Kepler that are just sharp enough to find the tiny (in galactic terms, anyway) planets. We’ll have to wait for the launch of James Webb next year to know for sure, but as scientists refine their models and hone their studies of these exo-Earths, we’re a bit more confident that they might be able to sustain life.Proxima B, an Earth-sized planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, our closest stellar neighbor, has been thought to be uninhabitable without a lot of extra help. Early models suggested that it just wouldn’t have a stable atmosphere. Pb, as I’ve just now decided to call it, circles its star much closer than we do with the Sun. Scientists suspect that that means the planet is tidally locked with its parent star. That could be disastrous for any atmosphere it may have once had. Gasses could freeze out on the night side, for example, causing the planet’s air to slowly fall as super-cold snow until it was all gone. Alternatively, proximity to the star could cause solar winds to blow the atmosphere off into space.Eager for answers, teams of researchers have applied some more robust weather and atmospheric models based our knowledge of Earth’s atmosphere to the planet, and initial results are… pretty positive. Obviously, they won’t be accurate, and we’re missing loads of additional data we’d need to get optimal predictions, but the paper, published in Astronomy and Astrophysics suggests that we’d expect it to still have a stable atmosphere in several possible scenarios.Scientists ran simulations with both a tidally locked and slowly orbiting planet, and both featured climates that could sustain liquid water — one of the most important ingredients, we suspect, for life. This is good news for anyone eager to bail on Earth and set up shop somewhere a bit less… chaotic.The study isn’t without qualifications. There’s far from enough data to be sure that Proxima B definitely has an atmosphere in the first place. All we can say right now is that if it did, that atmosphere could very well be stable and the climate might foster liquid surface water.The good news, though, is that we probably won’t have to wait long to find out for sure. Assuming everything’s golden during the James Webb Space Telescope launch next year, we’ll soon be equipped with a new uber-powerful machine that could, with ease, tell us whether planets like Proxima B have atmospheres and what they’re made of. It will also be our first chance to look directly at exo-planets. For now, we still spot these stellar bodies by monitoring the light output of their host star. If we spot dips as planets cross between us and the star, we can get a rough idea of how big the planets are, what their mass is, and how close they’re orbiting. That tells us a lot, but not nearly enough to start loading people onto interstellar ships for a camping trip. Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target
New data shows that cities might be one of the most powerful forces shaping evolution today. Some species are naturally pretty well suited to life in the city (e.g. raccoons, rats), but others have been forced to adapt to keep pace. New species of subterranean mosquito, fish that are resistant to human pollutants, finches that can more easily draw from bird feeders and even more versatile, long-limbed lizards that can climb tall buildings are just a few examples from the past few years.We tend to think of evolution as something that’s over. Something that’s done with. But that’s not always the case. In fact, everything around us is still evolving, and humans are becoming a much larger factor in that shift.These new results in the journal Science document dozens of examples of these changes, pulling from more than 192 studies across the world to demonstrate evolution that has been specifically molded to suit urban environments.What’s most interesting about urban areas is that they are an ecological niche that is totally engineered by humans. But they are prime targets for creatures for a few reasons. The first is that humans are really good at creating food for other things. We throw lots of stuff away, we’re profoundly wasteful, and we keep loads of relatively unguarded food in our homes.Combine that with a boosted mutation rate thanks to urban pollution, the isolating effects of highways and other city structures, and the introduction of really evolutionarily wonky things like bird feeders, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for ecological shifts in hundreds of cities across the globe.“I actually don’t like cities that much, but being a professor with a young family, I’m now kind of stuck in one of North America’s largest cities,” study co-author Marc Johnson told the CBC in an interview. “I started realizing there’s pretty amazing biology all around us, and we have very little understanding of how the development of cities and urbanization in general, which is happening throughout the world, is influencing not only the ecology but also the evolution of the organisms that live around us and sometimes even with and in some cases on or in us.”It’s important to note that these creatures are largely adapting to circumstance. When human beings started building stuff, we weren’t too keen on protecting the life that was already there. In the process, we kinda messed up a few things, and these animals have had to make these changes just to survive us. Not us hunting them, not us eating them, just… us being near them and living the way we do.“If it can’t adapt to the change in that urban environment, it will go extinct,” he says. “If it can adapt to the change in that environment, that may allow it to persist and then to have consequences for other members of the community and maybe the entire ecosystem.”One of the more unusual findings, according to Johnson, is that humans are evolving too. Especially in urban areas. The genes that protect against leprosy for example, are most prevalent in the world’s oldest cities. We’ve been evolving to compensate for greater density for a while. Not enough to form a new species, like some of these animals, but enough that it’s left indelible genetic markers.Every day I think things can’t get any more bizarre, and almost every day I’m even more amazed by how amazing the natural and biological world really is. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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For the German manager, the performance of the player during the 5-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday was superbRoberto Firmino scored twice for Liverpool in the 5-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday.And manager Jurgen Klopp is full of praise for the footballer.“Bobby Firmino played an outstanding season so far,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.comJose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“If I talk to people, it’s like: ‘Bobby, eh, if it would click for him…’ [But] the different system we play is possible because he plays how he plays because he is everywhere. He is a link-up player.”“If you find a throw-in we had in the last half a year where he is not involved to get the ball or at least open up a gap, it would be a surprise for me,” Klopp added.“Now obviously he scores three goals and everybody sees again: ‘Ah, yes, and he scores on top.’”“His attitude as a team worker gives us so much. If he scores, outstanding and I’m really happy; if he’s not scoring, no problem, he still plays really well in nine out of 10 games,” he concluded.
2016 ASA DuPont Young Leaders Begin Training The 32nd class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders began their leadership journey at DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, last week.The Johnston training session was the first phase of a program designed to identify new and aspiring leaders and provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills and network with other growers. Representatives from 23 states and Canada participated in training that included educational and skill-building components.“The ASA DuPont Young Leaders Program identifies and trains new and much needed leaders for the soybean industry,” said ASA President Wade Cowan (Texas). “The program provides training and helps them grow their peer network, which strengthens our industry and allows us to work collaboratively in our local, state and national organizations. This year’s class is exceptional; they’re engaged, talented and passionate about agriculture. The program continues to have an enormous impact on not only the soybean industry but all of agriculture.”The 2016 ASA DuPont Young Leaders are: Brady Peek, Ala.; Derek Holden &Amanda Crangle, Ark.; Jeff and Dianne Barlow, Canada; Aaron & Melanie Thompson, Del.; Brian Ogletree, Ga.; Alan Hill, Ill.; John Wildermuth, Ind.; Ethon Smith, Iowa; Matthew Atkinson & Mary Ann Ross, Kan.; Ben & Katie Furnish, Ky.; Adam & Lindsey Hendricks, Ky.; Vincent Cannatella, La.; Nik Morris, La.; Mike Opificius, Mich.; Rodd & Jamie Beyer, Minn.; Taylor & Rebecca Tesch, Minn.; Paul Muirhead, Miss.; Andrew & Jennifer Lance, Mo.; John & Stephanie Thompson, Mo.; Wade Walters, Neb.; Brett Medlin, N.C.; Greg & Monica Gussiaas, N.D.; Luke Ryan, Ohio; Patrick Burch & Grace Walter, S.C.; Joshua & Kara Kayser, S.D.; Don Holbert, Tenn.; Brett Wightman, Va.; John Mills, Va.; and Rochelle & Evan Schnadt, Wis.“It was a privilege to meet this year’s enthusiastic class of DuPont Young Leaders, who will take on the challenges and opportunities that face American agriculture,” said Steve Reno, Vice President, Regional Business Director – U.S. & Canada. “We look forward to watching them continue to develop their leadership skills throughout the remaining parts of the program.”