Korea Tourism Organization gives Jeju Island the star treatment

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Jeju Island, Korea Tourism Organization Friday, July 19, 2019 Korea Tourism Organization gives Jeju Island the star treatment TORONTO — Few Canadians are familiar with Korea’s Jeju Island, but that’s about to change, says the Korea Tourism Organization.In the spirit of Korea Tourism Organization’s (KTO) new model of bringing popular Korean regional tourism organizations to Canada, the KTO gave Jeju Island the star treatment at trade events last week in Toronto and Vancouver.Dinner presentations attended by travel retailers and KTO supplier partners showcased Jeju Island’s culture and natural beauty.Jeju, Korea’s largest island and only an hour flight from Seoul, is filled with folklore and culture, says the KTO. The island is known for its beach resorts, volcanic coastline and cavelike lava tubes.At the Vancouver event: Douglas Yiu, Sales Manager of Korean Air Vancouver office; Youngdon Lim, Regional Manager of Korean Air Vancouver office; Hongbai Park, President of Jeju Tourism Organization; John Park, Director of Korea Tourism Organization Toronto officeIan Rhee, General Manager of the Jeju Tourism Organization (JTO), says: “Whether you are here just for travelling or relaxation, there are unlimited things you can do ranging from outdoor activities to various theme parks or you can enjoy ocean views at the cafes. Take a tea class and enjoy the freshly made teas at the largest green tea farm on the island is also another way to explore the island as it is famous for its green tea products.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamJeju Island has its own distinct culture that differs greatly from that of the mainland Korea, he added. Due to its special geographic location, both historically and in modern day, Jeju is a sought after and much-visited destination in Asia. The geographical evolution of the island is truly unique and offers a very different landscape and culture than the mainland of Korea.At the Toronto event: John Park, Director of Korea Tourism Organization Toronto office; Hongbai Park, President of Jeju Tourism Organization; Cheol Heum Hwang, Regional Manager of Korean Air’s Toronto officeJohn Park, Director of KTO, Toronto Office, added: “The island is famous for its strong winds, stone, and its women. Tourists will have a chance to experience and see Haenyeo, the female divers who played a key role in the economy of the island by harvesting seafood for many centuries.”Visitors can meet the divers and learn more about the Haenyeo culture by visiting the Haenyeo museum or Aqua Planet, notes Rhee. They can also learn to become a Haenyeo by visiting the fishing village or experience life in the ocean as a Haenyo at the diving school. As it is a disappearing culture, the government is trying to preserve and encourage a newer generation to become a Haenyeo.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerWith the announcement of world’s second largest Grand Hyatt hotel, plus a Four Seasons hotel, set to open on the island in 2020, Hong-Bai Park, president of JTO, says he believes the new developments will give visitors more choices in the increasingly popular tourist destination.Over 12 million passengers flew between Seoul and Jeju in 2016, making it the busiest air route in the world.More information about Korea is at visitkorea.or.kr.center_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The coach though admitted there are about five o

first_imgThe coach, though, admitted there are about five or six plays that would have to be removed from the game plan if Ellington is unable to go because no one else on the team can do them.“Other than that, just keep on rolling.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Ellington said he hurt the knee when he turned to make a cut toward the end of Thursday’s practice, but noted he feels better Friday than he did the day before.“I’m good to go,” he said. Granted, that kind of goes against what Arians said, but Ellington is banking on the next couple of days giving him enough time to heal.“That’s a lot of rest, two days,” he said. “I’m going to continue to rehab and get to Sunday and kind of get out there and run around a little bit.”A sixth-round pick out of Clemson last April, Ellington has emerged as one of the team’s most dynamic playmakers. A running back, he has gained 441 yards on just 73 carries and caught 28 passes for 247 yards. He’s scored three total touchdowns.Should Ellington miss the game, Rashard Mendenhall and Stepfan Taylor would figure to pick up the slack, with Alfonso Smith also being in the mix for some additional work. “Just one guy out,” Arians said of the blow that would be not having Ellington. “There’s still a bunch of guys who are capable of taking his place, and we’ll make our adjustments that we need to make.” Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — It came as a bit of a shock when Andre Ellington’s name appeared on Thursday’s injury report for the Arizona Cardinals.Coach Bruce Arians said the rookie “tweaked” his left knee near the end of practice Thursday and is a “game-time decision” after missing practice Friday. Arians said Ellington’s injury isn’t serious, but “we want to be careful with him.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Rep Rendon applauds House approval of bill to reopen Baldwin prison create

first_img Measure authorizes privately-operated prison in Lake CountyA bill was approved by the Michigan House this week to permit the reopening of Lake County’s Baldwin prison, announced state Rep. Bruce Rendon.In a county where jobs can be hard to find, Rep. Rendon said he celebrates the opportunity to reestablish this facility and create approximately 150 career opportunities for Michiganders.“The Baldwin facility can safely and effectively house inmates,” said Rep. Rendon, R-Lake City. “Reopening this local employer will result in significant economic influence to the people of Lake County and surrounding areas.”House Bill 4467—sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead and co-sponsored by Rep. Rendon—allows a privately-run prison to house inmates of any security level because the Michigan Department of Corrections has determined that the Baldwin facility can handle prisoners without issue.“Opening the facility after 10 years of inactivity would make use of currently underutilized infrastructure and create employment and economic growth that this community deserves,” said Rep. Rendon.The bill will be considered further by the Senate. 07May Rep. Rendon applauds House approval of bill to reopen Baldwin prison, create jobs Categories: Rendon Newslast_img read more

Cyfrowy Polsat has launched three Viasat channels

first_imgCyfrowy Polsat has launched three Viasat channels under a joint Polsat-Viasat banner as part of deal agreed last year between the two firms.The Modern Times Group-owned Viasat pay channels Viasat Explorer, Viasat History and Viasat Nature have now become Polsat Viasat Explorer, Polsat Viasat History and Polsat Viasat Nature on Polsat’s DTH satellite platform.Last year the two firms formed a strategic alliance to launch the co-branded channels in the Polish market early in 2013.The channels first went live under their Viasat names as part of Polsat’s Family HD package of channels in November. From January Polsat’s sales house Polsat Media started selling ads on the channels ahead of the planned rebrand.last_img

Satellite operator SES has teamed up with a local

first_imgSatellite operator SES has teamed up with a local partner in Senegal, Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (ESMT), to launch a satellite installer training course in the West African country.The SES Elevate satellite installer training course comes via a wider agreement between SES and ESMT to collaborate in a number of areas that was signed this week. ESMT is a leading sub-Saharan African technology institute.As part of the launch, SES has sponsored a classroom that will be rebranded, furnished with the necessary equipment, and become the dedicated training venue. SES also created an internet Hub for ESMT and will provide the institution with one year of free internet connectivity via its Astra 2G satellite. The unlimited internet connectivity across the institution will ensure students are able to undertake part of their training online and have access to the internet for additional information.At the end of each course, installers will be provided with an Elevate certificate. The first course will focus on training VSAT and DTH installers.The move is the latest in a drive by SES to train installers in the African market under the Elevate imitative. Last month the operator teamed up with Cable Channels Nigeria Ltd (CCNL) to train satellite installers as part of that country’s digital switchover process.“SES has been working with ESMT through the SES ELEVATE programme for a number of years and to have it provided as a fixed course in the curriculum is a step in the right direction, as more installers will be equipped to support satellite and digital television migration in the country. In addition to providing capacity and managed end-to-end services, SES with its Elevate installer training programme, help ensure customers receive the best service for the installation of their satellite reception equipment. To date, we have trained over 8,000 installers across Africa since the launch of the programme in 2012,” said Andy Anderson, Head of Marketing at SES in Africa.“We’re excited to introduce the programme as a fixed course in the curriculum and uplift the youth through education. This will empower our youth to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses, and in the process create employment opportunities for others. Our institution provides certifications and graduate programs within the telecommunications industry and this partnership with SES will enable us to expand our current programme offerings,” said Tahirou Ouattara, director-general of ESMT.last_img read more

Harmonic has upped its corporate controller and ch

first_imgHarmonic has upped its corporate controller and chief accounting officer, Sanjay Kalra, to chief financial officer.Kalra, who joined Harmonic last year from TiVo, will take over from previous CFO Harold Covert after he resigned to spend more time with his family.“Since joining Harmonic, Sanjay has impressed our management team and board of directors with his hands-on leadership and contributions to the business,” said Harmonic president and CEO, Patrick Harshman.“Sanjay’s financial expertise and outstanding leadership qualities will be an invaluable addition to the team as we execute on our CableOS and video SaaS growth strategies, and associated improved profitability.”Kalra was corporate controller at TiVo between 2013 and 2016, and earlier in his career he worked for Model N, Silicon Image and Ernst & Young.last_img read more

The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a

first_img The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a two point range of unchanged on Wednesday—and the HUI closed down a tiny 0.15%. It was much the same chart pattern in palladium, except it closed down a dollar. I have a lot of stories for you again today—and some of them are definitely worth your time, but the final edit is always up to you. In a nutshell, the 150 million oz (30,000 contracts) of newly created open contracts between the technical funds and the raptors is what caused silver prices to fall $3 since the end of February. As much as I pinpoint JPMorgan as being the prime silver manipulator, since the bank’s net short position in COMEX silver has hardly changed over this time, I can’t accuse JPM as being the active catalyst in the recent silver price drop. However, I will be very quick to accuse the bank, along with the 7 other large COMEX silver shorts, should that short position increase on any silver rally. It is rare when it is so clear that two specific trader categories accounted for, effectively, all the net positioning in any one market like exists in COMEX silver over the past three months; but the data are undeniable. What is also undeniable is that the technical funds’ new short selling of 150 million oz is what caused the price to drop $3; as there is no other plausible explanation. The only question is what motivated the technical funds to sell such a quantity of silver futures contracts? The answer is also clear – progressively lower prices. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 04 May 2014 Except for the tiny spikes in both gold and silver at, or just before the New York open yesterday, there’s nothing to report regarding yesterday’s price action, as volume was anemic.  I’ve already said what I wanted to say at the top of this column. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver once again, so you can put yesterday’s price action in some perspective against the overall. One should never short a quiet market It was a nothing day again on Wednesday—and the tiny rally that began in gold shortly before the Comex open, got squashed at precisely 8:30 a.m. in New York—and by around 11 a.m. the price was back below unchanged.  Nothing happened after that, as gold traded sideways for the remainder of the day. With gold trading in less than a ten dollar price range, the low and high ticks aren’t worth looking up once again. The gold price finished the day at $1,243.60 spot, down $1.30 from Tuesday’s close.  Volume, net of June and July, was very tiny—around 79,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report was a quiet affair yesterday, as only 35 gold and 1 silver contract were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:57 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. There was a tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 50,000 silver eagles—and that was it. After two days of running down the batteries on their forklifts, there wasn’t much in/out activity in either gold or silver on Tuesday over at the Comex-approved depositories.  There were no changes at all in gold—and in silver, nothing was reported received—and 97,156 troy ounces were shipped out. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird passed around yesterday evening.  It shows the total derivatives position in both gold and the white metals versus their entire derivatives position.  It sure doesn’t take much money to control precious metal prices—or the price of anything else they decide is worth their effort. The first photo is of a magpie on the wing that I took a couple of weeks ago.  It’s almost a surreal picture, because it’s being lit by the sun from above and behind at the same time.  No Photoshop here, as it’s straight out of the camera, although I did bump up the saturation a hair. Going into the London open this morning, gold and silver volumes were as low as I can ever remember seeing—even lower than yesterday.  Gold volume was around 11,000 contracts—and silver’s volume was 2,900 contracts.  It is deathly quiet out there—and there isn’t a high-frequency trader in sight.  The gold price is about unchanged, but the other three precious metals are all down from their respective closes in New York yesterday afternoon—and what passes as the world’s reserve currency at the moment, is down a handful of basis points. A long time ago I read somewhere on the Internet that one should never short a quiet market—and I consider that to be excellent advice when it comes to the precious metals at the moment. But Ted did mention in his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers yesterday that “My only concern in gold is that if the technical fund short position in gold [is] to mimic the record increase witnessed in silver, then there may be more technical fund selling to go in gold.“ That may be true, dear reader, but I bought some silver yesterday anyway, as we’re close enough to a bottom in this metal to suit me. Tomorrow we the jobs numbers, along with a shiny new Commitment of Traders Report—and embedded in [and extracted from] that report is the June Bank Participation information, so I’ll have lots to talk about in my Saturday missive. And as I send this off into cyberspace at 5:10 a.m. EDT, I note that all four precious metals are now down on that day, with silver under the most selling pressure. Volumes have picked up substantially in gold, but is still very much on the lighter side—and silver’s volume is very quiet, so whatever price action is occurring, its happening on very little volume.  The dollar index is down ten basis points. I have no idea what will happen with prices today.  I would suspect that there will be some activity around the release of the job numbers at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, but that event is still 24 hours away. I’m off to bed—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. It was ultra-quiet in silver trading as well—and the 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. EDT rally in that metal met the same fate as the tiny rally in gold—and once the high was in, the price did very little after that. Silver traded within a 20 cent price range yesterday—and closed at $18.795 spot, down 1 whole penny from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 20,000 contracts. The dollar index opened flat—and traded flat before a 20 basis point down/up move that began at the London open—and ended 10 hours later shortly after 1 p.m. in New York.  After that, the index didn’t do much—and closed at 80.66, which was up 4 basis points from Tuesday’s close. Platinum traded flat until shortly after 1 p.m. Hong Kong time—and from that point got sold down to its low of the day just before 1 p.m. in Zurich.  The subsequent rally ended at 2 p.m. in electronic trading in New York—and it traded flat from there, closing up 8 bucks. Exactly the same can be said about the silver equities, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished the basically unchanged, down a tiny 0.01%. The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. 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The Trump administration has released its first as

first_imgThe Trump administration has released its first assessment of the impact of the president’s decision to reinstate the “Mexico City policy,” which cuts off U.S. aid to international groups unless they promise not to provide or promote abortion, even with non-U.S. funding sources. The review finds that so far practically all grantees have agreed to those conditions. But opponents of the policy caution that the administation’s statistics offer too incomplete a picture to draw conclusions about the policy’s impact.Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has implemented the policy. But Trump’s version — which he instituted three days after taking office — goes further. Whereas previous versions only covered U.S. funding of overseas family planning, Trump has extended the policy to funding of virtually all global health programs — potentially more than $7 billion a year, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.Take the case of a health clinic that uses U.S. dollars to treat children in a poor country for malaria while using other funding to provide information about abortion to female patients. When the clinic’s U.S. grant comes up for renewal it will now face a choice: stop offering the abortion-related services or give up U.S. funding for its malaria work.According to the administration’s review, since the policy was put in place just over half of the nearly 1,300 affected global health grants have come up for renewal — and only four organizations have opted to decline the money. However, it’s unclear what share of U.S. aid funding those group represent. (In a phone call briefing for journalists, senior administration officials said they did not have funding data immediately available.) At least two of the groups that declined funding — Marie Stopes International and International Planned Parenthood Federation — are major providers of health services to poor people worldwide. (The other two were not identified). Marie Stopes, for instance, was getting about $30 million a year in U.S. money — accounting for 17 percent of its donor funding. Officials with the organization say that they have been able to secure short-term replacement funding for the majority of it. But beginning in mid-2018 many of their programs will face losses. And this will likely require the group to close down outreach teams delivering sexual and reproductive services to impoverished women in Madagascar, Uganda and Zimbabwe.Analysts also caution that many of the grantees covered by the Administration’s statistics are essentially U.S.-based pass-through groups — meaning they ultimately pass on their U.S. aid money to foreign partners on the ground. And it remains to be seen how many of those partners will agree to comply with the Mexico City policy. The administration reports that it is aware of at least 12 such sub-grantees that have refused as of last September. Perhaps most significantly, the review did not include any information about whether or not the policy has led to a reduction in health services for poor people.Officials said they would continue to monitor the policy’s implementation, and issue another review by end of this year. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Makereres Electrical Engineering Genius posts his view of the Universitys Closure on

first_imgA print screen of Cosmas’ post Advertisement Following the Closure of Uganda’s top University, Makerere, Cosmas Mwikirize an Electrical Engineering genius who is an Assistant Lecturer at the College of Engineering Design Art and Technology (CEDAT) posted his view of the “saga” on Facebook.The post was Titled “Punching Holes in Barya’s Logic.” – Advertisement – Below is what he (Cosmas) had to say.A dark cloud looms over the Ivory Tower. Or so it seems, after the University Council, this afternoon, elected to close the University indefinitely until the impasse over the ‘100% salary increment’ is resolved. Lest I am misunderstood, I’ll start with a disclaimer that I started typing this while in office, testimony that I will definitely be miffed by the closure. But reverting to the core underlying issues, a moment of intellectual discourse over the whole saga must be called into play, especially starting with reflection on a missive penned by one of our most respected Professors, Venansius Baryamureeba. For those who haven’t read it, start here: http://www.facebook.com/baryamureeba/posts/575047329208810.Please note that this is not vitriol; it is just an alternative point of view.I enjoyed reading the better part of it, until I was thrust into the surreal end. As you would expect, Barya starts well while discussing the genesis of Makerere’s financial woes that have reached a searing point. He suggests that we should have operationalization of “wet” and “dry” Colleges, with the wet ones aligned towards market demand as a sort of fully fledged private entities, whereas the dry ones are fully funded by the Government. This is a valid theory, based on a false and specious premise. The University has tried before to raise the cost of its Programmes to be at par with market rates, even during Barya’s reign, and we all know how that ended. I will not dwell on this theme though. I’ll rather go straight to the issue of the University not recruiting anyone without a PhD into teaching.Barya suggests, just like the Prof. Mujaju report recommends, that all teaching staff recruits should bear PhDs, apart from those in select disciplines. Those with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees should be recruited as graduate research fellows and paid a stipend,just like its done world over. At this point I am following, I must say. Until he avows that part of Makerere’s problem is having 50% staff without Doctorates, and part of the solution is demoting these to graduate fellows on the pretext that this would free up the wage bill, to the benefit of the fewer senior colleagues. He also insinuates that paying a teaching assistant (bachelor’s degree holder) a gross salary of 1.5m and an assistant lecturer a gross salary of 1.7m is overpayment, when compared to market rates in the private sector. To add insult to injury, he says less than 1% of the teaching assistants and assistant lecturers can engage in active research and publish, and thus there is no special skill they bring to the University. At this point, I am astounded. Let me handle the fundamental flaws in this argument, one by one.First, it is not a secret that Makerere University is understaffed. I have had the pleasure of interacting closely with several world renowned Universities and it is true that for every Professor, there is Doctorate soul handling tutorials, and possibly 2 or 3 PhD students handling labs. All these dedicated to one course unit by the way. Teaching assistants and assistant lecturers at Makerere do not constitute 50% of the teaching staff by design; It is a motley of contributing factors, including lack of resources to employ enough personnel (there is a quota handicap on recruitment), the recruitment process being highly bureaucratic and painstaking, lack of the competent/interested human resource, and of course, poor remuneration. It is important to note that world over (We are going global, aren’t we?), University staff are not motivated by physical gains, but by the knowledge they churn out. If this comes at the expense of survival, though, even the most uncaring being will be tickled. I have seen great minds express interest in teaching, only to be frustrated by a 2 year recruitment process. I have also seen adverts for jobs go unanswered because there are simply no people on ground to take the offer. Every time my Department advertises, there is that coveted slot of a Professor of power systems that always goes begging. This lends credence to the simple rule that a University had better concentrate on developing internal competence than look on the outside. If you have never produced a Professor of some kind, the chance of recruiting them from outside your confines is close to nil. This is especially true in highly specialized/non-traditional fields. Barya should know this better than anyone; he wouldn’t have been appointed Director of the Institute of Computer Science in 2001, soon after finishing his PhD if a Professor in the same field were on ground. He actually must be one of the few PhDs in ICT we had at that time. Of course the situation has changed today, with so many PhDs nurtured through the system, by the efforts of Barya himself. Come on! What worked before can still work. Demoting employees to a lower level just serves to increase the height of the step-function required to propel them to the top of the academic ladder. My College, CEDAT does quite a lot of in-house work in development of junior staff, just like it should. It’s a strategy that has been proven to work, and long may it continue.More so, even if the 50% staff in question were made research fellows as is being advocated for, a gross pay of 1.7m (About 650 USD) is laughable at best, on international standards. Double that, and we might just start to talk. I don’t know what private sector Barya alludes to, but I know quite a number of people who earn such money in one day around town, and honestly so. I know this is the point where someone might say it’s a take it or leave it; let the concerned fellows go and do those well-paying jobs if they consider themselves competent enough. My personal view is I consider University service a special calling, and this should distinguish it from any other job. I believe most colleagues, including me, hang around because we derive pleasure in doing what we do; generating and transferring knowledge. Most times, those retained are brilliant minds, with great expectations, and the allegiance to the system should not be abused.And now onto the mother of all derisories:the implication that teaching assistants and assistant lecturers contribute less than 1% of all publications. If this is true, then we are in serious trouble indeed. Fret not, because it’s not. I do not know of any Professor who undertakes research single handedly, without assistants. In our environment where the graduate research assistant position is not quite instituted apart from on special projects, the void has time and again been filled by the despised crew. This is due to three simple reasons: 1) They are already available within the establishment, thus easier to maintain 2) They are most likely working towards a higher academic award, and the senior person is a supervisor 3) It gives the lower cadres a chance to have their hand held as they mature and ultimately use it as a stepping stone for promotion. Yours truly has benefited greatly from senior colleagues, and as a result has quite a number of publications to his name,with tangible output to show alongside them. This is the situation all over CEDAT, and I am sure, in the other Colleges as well. Let us not be scornful of our roots!I fully understand many staff members have not been faithful to their vows, and in fact have multiple jobs around town in a bid to make ends meet. Most are in fact subsidizing their principal jobs. We shouldn’t use this as an excuse to crucify them because they are not doing as they should. We should treat the causes, not the effects. Many people out there would pride in staying in the University if only there was good remuneration. Let us pay the people well and then demand of them what is due. Short of this, we shall be deemed dim-witted in our demands for better output. The gains derived from motivated staff far outweigh the investment. I will be the first to admit that the economy is squeezing everyone from all ends. It’s not just the lecturers. I know Doctors, teachers, policemen, name it, are all underpaid. Well, industrial action is a right, and the University employees have duly exercised it. Let all other categories of public servants do the same at convenience.A print screen of Cosmas’ postI stand to say that I agree with Barya’s conclusion, that a long-lasting solution involving all stakeholders needs to be sought. Whatever it will be, let the bottom line be commensurate remuneration to the dons who are supposedly the pride of our nation, in my circles. It is laughable at best, to have a University Professor earning lower than a politician whose highest qualification is a UACE certificate. Or a driver in some place out there. As an afterthought, the demand for better work conditions will always be an insatiable affair. I call upon our Government to exercise more financial prudence in its spending and of course fighting the curse that is corruption.Short of which, even a 300% salary increment today may not buy you a bar of soap in 3 year’s time. I rest my case. Over to you. The writer is an Assistant Lecturer in CEDAT credit: Facebooklast_img read more

Sisense Brings Power to the Builders With New CloudNative Linux Platform Insights

first_img AI technologyanalytics builderscloudNewssisense Previous ArticleiHeartMedia Doubles Down on Radio Attribution with Agreement to Support Nielsen Media Impact and Continuous Diary MeasurementNext ArticleArtificial Solutions Launches Antidote to Chatbot Frustration Sisense Brings Power to the Builders With New Cloud-Native Linux Platform, Insights to Everyone With Predictive AI Technology PRNewswireJune 13, 2019, 3:03 pmJune 13, 2019 Innovations unveiled at Sisense Eureka! customer conference, kicking off today in New York with 1,000 industry expertsSisense, the world’s leading modern platform for analytics builders, kicked off its second annual customer conference, Sisense Eureka!, with a series of product innovations designed to help developers, data scientists and business analysts simplify complex data and provide insights to everyone across a business.The first major announcement, Cloud-Native Sisense, is a new cloud-native Linux architecture of Sisense’s analytics platform. The Cloud-Native Sisense platform has been completely rearchitected on a containerized microservices architecture that is multi-cloud and leverages Linux OS, coupled with best-of-breed technologies, like Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration. As the preferred OS for cloud-based and other complex deployments, Linux is leveraged by a large share of today’s most data-driven companies. Cloud-Native Sisense integrates with infrastructure to enable faster delivery, high-resiliency, native dev-ops support and scalability. The architecture is supported on all major cloud providers including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. It provides the full Sisense platform including the Elastic Data Hub, which offers both live in-database connectivity to all major cloud databases, as well as Sisense’s proprietary In-Chip™ Performance Accelerator.Marketing Technology News: Loyalty Brands Announces Partnership with Textellent To Deliver Innovative SMS Sales & Marketing CapabilitiesWith Sisense’s new AI-augmented analytics capability, AI Exploration Paths, clients will find visualizations and widgets generated automatically that anticipate the “next question” from a business user without the involvement of a business analyst. Sisense’s AI-driven augmented capabilities uniquely leverage anonymized user behavior data to instantaneously deliver statistically relevant insights and suggest new perspectives on how to explore data directly within a user dashboard.These innovations and more will be on display at Sisense Eureka!, where 1,000 industry experts will converge to learn new ways to make an impact with data analytics. The conference includes two days of speakers and presentations, including a keynote address from Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, Inc. and a true builder.“With the addition of our latest AI technology, we’re helping empower our business users to answer questions they have never thought to ask. And with our cloud-native architecture, we’re opening up the power of Sisense to a new set of builders to operate in their preferred workflow,” said Dr. Guy Levy-Yurista, Chief Strategy Officer at Sisense. “We’re excited to bring together builders of all kinds – data scientists, engineers, business users, company builders, analysts and more – at Sisense Eureka! this week as we take modern cloud data analytics to the next level.”Marketing Technology News: Crimson Agility Receives Two Nominations from MagentoThe conference will also highlight the power of the Sisense platform following its recent merger with Periscope Data, including demonstrations of the complete, end-to-end data analytics solution the merged platform will soon provide. The combined company now serves more than 2,000 clients around the world, including Fortune 500 companies and smaller startups alike, all of whom utilize Sisense to turn deep data insights into action with the speed, power and flexibility they need to gain a competitive advantage.Session Highlights:“How Analytics and AI are Helping to Reshape Financial Markets and Nasdaq.” Nelson Griggs, President of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, will highlight how Nasdaq is leveraging analytics and machine learning to help its clients perform and grow.“The Data Secrets Behind Productivity at Starbucks, Uber and More.” John Furneaux, CEO and Co-Founder of Hive, will share secrets behind the success at companies like Starbucks, WeWork, Pinterest and Uber, using anonymized data from Hive’s project and process management platform.“How GE uses AI and Predictive Analytics to Deliver Better Health Outcomes.” Girish Muralidharan, Vice President & General Manager, Performance Intelligence Analytics at GE Healthcare, will address GE Healthcare’s efforts to help providers address waste and other challenges in today’s healthcare delivery system through custom analytics apps built on Sisense.“The Role Analytics Plays in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.” Veteran technology executive Zack Urlocker will discuss the critical role analytics provides in entrepreneurship and innovation and how to lead a company from startup to high-growth and beyond.Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency Iconlast_img read more

Catalina To Offer CPG Marketers Retailers And Agencies New Targeting And Measurement

first_imgCatalina To Offer CPG Marketers, Retailers And Agencies New Targeting And Measurement Capabilities Across Television, Social Media And Programmatic Advertising PRNewswire3 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 “Given the complexity of today’s data-rich digital world, it’s critical for brands to have a stand-alone data strategy that can be executed independently of their media, and applied across television, social media and programmatic advertising,” said Michael Shoretz, CEO of Beyond Better Foods. “As we focus on profitably growing our portfolio of healthy brands, I’m excited to see that Catalina and LiveRamp are integrating technology, data and delivery in a way that streamlines the precision targeting and measurement processes for marketers.”Marketing Technology News: Asia-Pacific Managed Security Service Providers Need to Offer Advanced Analytics to Drive Growth Opportunities in the region, finds Frost & SullivanCatalina and LiveRamp will help CPG brands, retailers and their agencies orchestrate more tailored audiences, while also measuring the effectiveness of their media across most major digital media channels. These new programmatic offerings will allow brands, retailers, and agencies to:Deliver precise, deterministic “Shopper Personality” audience segments based on a wide range of purchase behaviors, product ingredients and lifestyle motivations.Leverage Catalina’s proprietary ID Graph to map approximately 170 million loyalty-based shoppers to 390 million digital devices and 85 million households, delivering relevant 1:1 media based on shopper purchases over a two-year span.Optimize media and audiences in-flight, measure the impact of a brand’s programmatic campaigns and attribute sales to working media spend, all based on in-store sales data at the UPC level.“Catalina is already the leading source of 1:1 shopper data down to the UPC level, tracking two billion daily transactions across our U.S. retailer network.  We’re excited to fortify our audience targeting and measurement capabilities by partnering with LiveRamp to launch such a broad spectrum of syndicated purchase-based audience segments, spanning all major CPG brand and category buying segments, to brands, retailers and self-service programmatic buyers. Additionally, we’ll offer an unlimited number of custom segments that can be tailored to a brand’s unique customer insights and targeting requirements,” said Jerry Sokol, Catalina’s Chief Executive Officer.“This combination of actual 1:1 purchase-based audience targeting, device identity resolution, and ad delivery with real-time attribution and measurement of in-store sales solves a major challenge for CPG advertisers who previously could not connect their digital shopper data and media spend with in-store sales results,” added Grant Ries, CEO of LiveRamp B2B and Executive Managing Director of Data. “Further, customers can now create audiences in LiveRamp’s Safe Haven environment. It becomes a virtual CRM system for CPG advertisers and enables them to create their own scalable data supply chains.’”Marketing Technology News: NICE Named Leader in Real Time Authentication and Fraud Prevention by Top Analyst FirmCatalina plans to further differentiate its programmatic, audience and data offerings by actively enriching its data with demographic information, ingredient-level insights, location-based data, panel data, and predictive behavior data (such as organic seekers or likely new product triers). The company will use a variety of panel datasets to expand its all-outlet network adjustment capabilities, while providing faster turnaround than the competition on sales-lift and ROAS measurement reports.Catalina also remains committed to its full managed-service media offering, BuyerVision, which provides campaign strategies, custom targets, creative support, multi-channel activation, program management and in-flight optimization, as well as measurement solutions.“Our partnership with LiveRamp is another example of Catalina’s ongoing digital transformation to help CPG marketers and agencies with every stage of media planning, execution and measurement,” said Brian Dunphy, Catalina’s SVP of Digital Business & Strategic Partnerships.  “Combined with our recently announced Samba TV partnership, Catalina now has extensive data and analytics capabilities to provide a comprehensive look at how all advertising, including TV advertising, is driving lift and in-store purchases for advertisers through both managed- and self-service options.”Marketing Technology News: With Infobip, Daraz Enhances Customer Experience Through Mobile Messaging Solutions Per Michael Shoretz, CEO of Beyond Better Foods: “I’m excited to see that Catalina and LiveRamp are integrating technology, data and delivery in a way that streamlines the precision targeting and measurement practices for marketers.” CatalinaCatalina MarketingCPG marketersJerry SokolMichael Shoretzprogrammatic advertisingretailersSocial Media Previous ArticleFetch Robotics Secures Funding to Meet Rapidly Increasing Demand for Its Market-Leading Cloud Robotics SolutionNext ArticleMobify Report Delivers First Ecommerce Benchmarks for Progressive Web Apps CMOs can now target and measure the impact of digital ads on in-store sales through the LiveRamp Data Store across 85 million households and 390 million devicesCatalina Marketing, the market leader in shopper intelligence and personalized digital media that converts shoppers into buyers, will launch new audience segments and measurement offerings for U.S. CPG marketers in Q3 2019.Catalina will introduce more than 700 syndicated and countless customized purchase-based audience segments, and sales lift measurement services, through the LiveRamp Data Store, enabling CPG marketers to securely communicate and deliver value to buyers across mobile, desktop and TV screens.last_img read more

New mobile phone game can detect people at risk of Alzheimers

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 24 2019A specially designed mobile phone game can detect people at risk of Alzheimer’s – according to new research from the University of East Anglia.Researchers studied gaming data from an app called Sea Hero Quest, which has been downloaded and played by more than 4.3 million people worldwide.The game, created by Deutsche Telekom in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK, University College London (UCL), the University of East Anglia and game developers, Glitchers has been designed to help researchers better-understand dementia by seeing how the brain works in relation to spatial navigation.As players make their way through mazes of islands and icebergs, the research team are able to translate every 0.5 seconds of gameplay into scientific data.The team studied how people who are genetically pre-disposed to Alzheimer’s disease, play the game – compared to people who are not.The results, published in the journal PNAS, show that people who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease can be distinguished from those who are not on specific levels of the Sea Hero Quest game.The findings are particularly important because a standard memory and thinking test could not distinguish between the risk and non-risk groups.Lead researcher Prof Michael Hornberger, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “Dementia will affect 135 million people worldwide by 2050. We need to identify people earlier to reduce their risk of developing dementia in the future.”Current diagnosis of dementia is strongly based on memory symptoms, which we know now are occurring when the disease is quite advanced. Instead, emerging evidence shows that subtle spatial navigation and awareness deficits can precede memory symptoms by many years.”Our current findings show that we can reliably detect such subtle navigation changes in at-genetic-risk of Alzheimer’s disease healthy people without any problem symptoms or complaints. Our findings will inform future diagnostic recommendations and disease treatments to address this devastating disease.”The data collected by the Sea Hero Quest app is vital for research – because every two minutes spent playing the game is equal to five hours of lab-based research. And having three million players globally equates to more than 1,700 years’ worth of lab-based research.The team studied gaming data taken from 27,108 UK players aged between 50-75 – the most vulnerable age-group to develop Alzheimer’s in the next decade.They compared this benchmark data with a smaller lab-based group of 60 people who underwent genetic testing.In the smaller lab group, 31 volunteers carried the APOE4 gene, which is known to be linked with Alzheimer’s disease, and 29 people did not. Both lab groups were matched for age, gender, education and nationality with the benchmark cohort.Genetic risk for Alzheimer’s is complicated. People (around one in every four) who have one copy of the APOE4 gene are around three times more likely to be affected by Alzheimer’s and develop the disease at a younger age.Prof Hornberger said: “We found that people with a high genetic risk, the APOE4 carriers, performed worse on spatial navigation tasks. They took less efficient routes to checkpoint goals.Related StoriesHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndrome”This is really important because these are people with no memory problems.”Meanwhile, those without the APOE4 gene traveled roughly the same distance as the 27,000 people forming the baseline score. This difference in performance was particularly pronounced where the space to navigate was large and open.”It means that we can detect people who are at genetic risk of Alzheimer’s based on how they play the game.”The team have previously reported Sea Hero Quest found people in different countries and populations navigate differently.Gillian Coughlan, also from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “This research shows that data collected from people who downloaded and played Sea Hero Quest can be used as a benchmark to help identify those at a genetically higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s in smaller groups of people.”Sea Hero Quest succeeded where a conventional memory and thinking test failed. It demonstrates the power of harnessing large-scale citizen science projects and applying big data technologies, to help improve the early detection of diseases like Alzheimer’s.”This global Sea Hero Quest project provides an unprecedented chance to study how many thousands of people from different countries and cultures navigate space. It is helping to shed light on how we use our brain to navigate and also to aid the development of more personalized measures for future diagnostics and drug treatment programmes in dementia research.”This is the tip of the iceberg and there is still a lot more work to do to extract and capitalize on the wealth of data collected through the Deutsche Telekom’s Sea Hero Quest project.”Prof Hugo Spiers, from UCL, said: “Our discovery highlights the value of bringing together big data with precise data to aid the development of digital tools for medical diagnoses.”Hilary Evans, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “We often hear heart-breaking stories about people with dementia who get lost and can’t find their way home and we know spatial navigation difficulties like these are some of the earliest warning signs for the condition.”Research shows us that the brain changes associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s begin decades before symptoms like memory loss start and for future Alzheimer’s treatments to be effective, it’s likely they must be given at the earliest stages of disease, before there’s too much damage to the brain.”Using big data to help improve the early and accurate detection of the diseases that cause dementia can help revolutionize how we research and treat the condition. Sea Hero Quest is an amazing example of how pioneering research can help scientists get one step closer to a life-changing breakthrough.”Hans-Christian Schwingen, Chief Brand Officer at Deutsche Telekom, said: “What Sea Hero Quest has demonstrated is the unique power of innovative cross sector partnerships in advancing research. We are very proud to have been a part of facilitating such a revolutionary project and are excited to see the future insights generated through analysis of the data set collected.”‘Big data in spatial navigation – towards personalized cognitive diagnostics of ‘at-genetic-risk’ Alzheimer’s disease’ is published in the journal PNAS. Source:https://www.uea.ac.uk/last_img read more

Humor is both a hurdle and a gauge to improve AI human

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ask any smart virtual assistant to tell you a joke and the response is, well, lackluster. A flat, robotic voice drones out some simplistic humor. No laughter, no tone and no concern if you are even listening. Explore further Provided by Purdue University Credit: Shaw Nielsencenter_img AI-based research toward autonomous robots and drones Today’s technology has reached a level where interaction between humans and computers is vital in everyday life. Unfortunately, natural communication between both sides has lagged far behind many other advances.Julia Rayz is conducting artificial intelligence research involving humor, among other areas, to determine what is necessary through computational algorithms to create computer-human interaction that rivals a common conversation between people.”I don’t try to teach computers to tell funny jokes; I want to use artificial intelligence to get computers to a point where they understand why we think something is funny or not,” said Rayz, an associate professor in Purdue University’s Department of Computer and Information Technology.That goal, however, is easier said than done. Current artificial intelligence systems perform well at working “inside the box,” finding the correct rules and relationships in decision-making when the logic involved is pretty black and white.”But when there are no clear rules – and there are no clear rules in human communication – what are we going to tell the computer to do, find rules that don’t exist?” Rayz said. “Whenever the box doesn’t have clear outlines, it’s turning into a royal mess. You can’t find enough examples that are going to describe every possible communication scenario.”Advances allowing artificial intelligence to communicate in a natural way with humans can help people work better, increasing potential performance in the business world and allowing for human-computer collaborations that take on more complex challenges and devices.Rayz’ research involves trying to provide artificial intelligence with understandings of what makes a joke a joke, looking at facets such as delivery, context and emotion. To reach comprehension, the computer also needs to have a lot of background knowledge about the situation that the joke describes.Finally, the artificial intelligence must have a perfect understanding of every single meaning that is used in that joke and be able combine it together and interpret the meaning behind what is being said.The work is second nature for people, but a huge hurdle for artificial intelligence to overcome.The research isn’t confined to computers, with linguistics, psychology, sociology and anthropology experts also taking on the task.Rayz has humor comprehension projects ongoing as part of Purdue’s Applied Knowledge Representation and Natural Language Understanding Lab, which she directs. But, she said, research doesn’t have to focus on just humor in order to make progress toward humor processing.However, the facets involved in humor make it a perfect litmus test for computer-human interaction. If the system can identify a joke, it can understand the nuances that accompany other text and conversation, such as sarcasm and irony.”Artificial intelligence should be able to handle more natural conversation and understand when you are joking and when you are serious,” she said. “If you are giving a command in a sarcastic manner, the computer needs to know it does not need to follow that command.Not all of Rayz’ research is in the lab. She truly appreciates a good joke and is always thinking about how she can make the transition to artificial intelligence.”You can just sit at a café with coffee and observe people and their reactions and modify your algorithms in your mind,” she said. “There are some types of humor I hear and think, ‘Really? You can do better than that.’ But, in conversations especially, you hear a response or hear someone say something, you think ‘Oh wow, that’s complex. I need to incorporate that.’ Citation: Humor is both a hurdle and a gauge to improve AI, human interaction (2019, February 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-humor-hurdle-gauge-ai-human.htmllast_img read more

INS Viraat changeover into museumhotel given inprinciple nod Sitharaman

first_imgCOMMENTS INS Viraat, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, in Mumbai. (file photo) SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Centre has given ‘in-principle’ approval to the Maharashtra government’s proposal for converting decommissioned warship INS Viraat into a museum or hotel, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the Maharashtra government has put forth the said proposal before the defence ministry, Sitharaman replied in the affirmative.“Proposal of Government of Maharashtra regarding conversion of INS Viraat, post decommissioning, as a museum/hotel has been approved in-principle,” she said.INS Viraat was decommissioned last year after 30 years with the Indian Navy.The aircraft carrier, in its earlier avatar, had won the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982 for the Royal British Navy.It weighs about 27,800 tonnes and served in the British Navy as HMS Hermes from November 1959 to April 1984. After refurbishment, it was commissioned into the Indian Navy, which purchased it at the cost of $65 million. It was recommissioned on May 12, 1987.Responding to a question on allowances to non-commissioned officers, Sitharaman said the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had considered all aspects with regard to applicability of military service pay (MSP), including the rates while making its recommendations.“The 7th CPC has consciously decided not to create additional categories of personnel for the grant of Military Service Pay or to disturb the slab rates for the four categories for which it is being paid up to the level of Brigadiers. The government, after carefully considering the recommendations of the 7th CPC in respect of MSP, has accepted and notified the same,” she said. COMMENTcenter_img SHARE Published on December 31, 2018last_img read more

Tamil Nadu Opposition parties slam budget point to rising debt burdenTamil Nadu

first_imgCOMMENTS No new taxes in TN Budget for 2019-20 Edappadi K Palaniswami RELATED COMMENT Published on February 08, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, on Friday, launched a scathing attack on the AIADMK government over aspects such as rising debt burden and fiscal deficit in the budget.“The budget has no use for the poor and common people and the government is not bothered about farmers,” DMK president M K Stalin said. Rather than being growth oriented, the financial statement was focused on debt servicing, he told reporters.Dubbing the budget as “shadow,” and not real, he said it was disappointing that there was “no announcement to generate employment opportunities,” when there were one crore unemployed graduates who have registered themselves in exployment exchanges.“Approximately there is a debt of abour Rs 4 lakh crore. There is, however, no announcement for revenue generation,” the DMK chief said. The fiscal management scenario was tantamount to facing a bad failure in view of the mounting government debt, revenue and fiscal deficits, he said.During Chief Minsiter K Palaniswami’s rule alone loans to the tune of Rs 1,45,064 has been secured pushing the fiscal situation to an “emergency” and putting Tamil Nadu’s economic growth clock behind by 25 years, he alleged.CPI (M) State Secretary K Balakrishnan alleged the budget showed that the state economy has become “bankrupt.” The Marxist party leader said the budget was shorn of vision and schemes for growth. “The budget is a mere compilation of words…it offers no solution for shrinking job opportunities and farm distress.” The allocations made for poverty alleviation, upgrading urban infrastructure, electricity and irrigation only appeared to be eyewash, he claimed.No new relief measures have been announced for those hit by cyclone Gaja, and no answers for problems faced by farmers. Not disclosing the government’s action on key issues like Hydrocarbon extraction proposals in Cauvery delta region and Mekedatur dam is a “betrayal” of Tamil Nadu people, Balakrishnan said.CPI State Secretary R Mutharasan said the budget did not reflect any of the expectations of the people,adding it was not aimed at either welfare or growth of the people. There was no debt relief for farmers and no plan to ensure the rehabilitation of people affected by cyclone Gaja. While the “debt touched Rs 4 lakh crore…the government has not clarified as to how it is going to tackle the revene deficit of Rs 44,176 crore.” PMK founder leader S Ramadoss said some projects like the Athikadavu Avinasi for which fund allocation has been made were welcome while the rest were contrary to the people’s expectations and hence disappointing.AIADMK’s rival and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran hit out at the government for its alleged administrative inefficiency. “Now, the government’s debt has jumped to Rs 3,97,000 crore for which the interest alone is over Rs 30,000 crore per annum. The increasing debt and skyrocketing interest is an indicator of administrative inefficiency,” Dhinakaran, who is also an MLA representing RK Nagar here, said.MDMK chief Vaiko wondered how the budget will lead the State towards growth when allocation for key sectors have been downsized. Manithaneya Makkal Katchi said the allocation of Rs 10,559 crore for agriculture was grossly inadequate and claimed that the budget had no utility for the poor and common people. SHARE Three-pillared plan for TN in budgetlast_img read more