The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgThe 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… No Comments Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 5:05 PM 7,177 Views Jan 18th 2017, 5:05 PM EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five news stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #LUCAN: Gardaí are appealing for witnesses as part of their investigation into the violent murder of Neil Reilly in Dublin.2. #UPHELD: A man who was jailed for life for the murder of a Shane Geoghegan in Limerick has lost his appeal over that conviction.3. #FREED: Chelsea Manning could be released as early as May after her prison term was commuted by US President Barack Obama.4. #U-47700: The HSE has issued a warning to illegal drug users in the Cork area over a powerful new drug following the death of 16-year-old Michael Cornacchia.5. #DUBLIN: Thomas Fox (29) replied “not guilty” when he was charged today with the murder of Gareth Hutch. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3192943 By Rónán Duffy Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studiolast_img read more

This AIPowered Web App Turns Your Doodle Into Nightmare Fuel

first_imgStay on target A couple of years ago, Ikea did something pretty cool. They turned a bunch of kids’ drawings into a line of cuddly stuffed monsters that they sold in their stores. Now you can do something similar, except the results are a lot more disturbing.What you see at the top there was one of my attempts, which the clearly sinister AI that powers this nightmare generator turned into some sort of donkey-earned, grimacing cyclops. To be fair, the app’s real purpose is to create realistic-looking human faces from a detailed line art original.I mean, I really thought my second attempt would turn out a little better… Nope. Nope nope nope. This thing is even more hellish. If you have actual artistic ability and put some effort into your sketch, the results can be quite impressive. Like so:So what’s behind this image generator? An open-source project called pix2pix. It’s a machine learning tool that maps an input image to an output image based on data that’s been fed to it during the learning process. The source material, in this case, was images of human faces, logically enough.That explains why things go off the rails when you give it a rudimentary sketch to go by. Give it a sufficient level of detail, however, and it does a pretty darn good job of piecing together a human likeness.Now that you’ve peeked into the machine learning rabbit hole, why not waste the rest of your day playing around with some other tools that can create disturbing images, like the Deep Dream Generator… or browse through MIT’s Nightmare Machine creations! McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

WWE Superstars host Be A STAR Rally at the Kiwanis Toronto Boys

first_img Two title matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks on September 15 Braun Strowman Facebook Pinterest Credit: @WWECommunity As part of WWE’s anti-bullying alliance, WWE Superstars Dana Brooke, Dolph Ziggler, Mojo Rawley, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville hosted a “Be A STAR” Rally at the Kiwanis Toronto Boys and Girls Club on Friday.WWE Community posted pictures and a short video clip to Twitter from the recent event, which you can check out below:Not only we’re positive messages being spread, but some amazing talent was found at today’s #BeAStar Rally in Toronto!@DanaBrookeWWE pic.twitter.com/zG8UMZE67Z— WWE Community (@WWECommunity) August 9, 2019 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Leigh Sales and Lisa Wilkinson deserve gold Logies. Google+ Eddie Hearn Trade hopes lift Wall Street Sonya Deville Videos Articles WhatsAppcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstars appear at Colombian Professional Football game on Thursday WWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019 Finding common ground and creating inclusion at Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club with @WWE_MandyRose, @HEELZiggler, @DanaBrookeWWE, @MojoRawleyWWE, and @SonyaDevilleWWE. Don’t be a bully, #BeAStar! pic.twitter.com/g4RWyQgcaj— WWE Community (@WWECommunity) August 9, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live Twitterlast_img read more

Carvajal Lopetegui is the best Coach Ive ever had

first_imgDani Carvajal recently revealed that Julen Lopetegui is the best manager he has ever worked with and wasn’t lucky enough in Real Madrid.Carvajal worked under Lopetegui through Spanish youth teams and for two years with the senior squad, before their time together in Madrid.“Lopetegui is the best Coach I’ve ever had,” Carvajal told Football Espana, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.“Unfortunately he has not had that bit of luck with us.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“His way of seeing football, his way of managing the squad, his way of being with the players, I share these ideas.“I have an idea of ​​watching football and I said it before Lopetegui was appointed the Coach of Real Madrid and I will say it again now that he is no longer with us.”Madrid returned to winning ways during the weekend clash under Solari and would be hoping to continue on that run when they play CSKA Moscow.last_img read more

San Diego City Council approves strategic implementation for bicycle master plan

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua July 24, 2018 Posted: July 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, San Diego City Council approves strategic implementation for bicycle master plan 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tuesday, the San Diego Bike Coalition applauds City Council for approving the Bicycle Advisory Board’s recommended Strategic Implementation Plan for the Bicycle Master Plan. The master plan identifies high-priority bicycle initiatives such as bikeways, programs and other projects aimed at improving local bicycling infrastructure over 20 years.The implementation plan presents six main objectives, which the Bike Coalition and Bicycle Advisory Board have been working on for the past few years. The objectives call for an increase of mode share of bicycling, along with bike safety and education – specifically in corridors with the highest fatality and injury rates and in historically underserved communities.According to San Diego Bike Coalition Executive Director and Bicycle Advisory Board Chair Andy Hanshaw, City Council’s approval of the Strategic Implementation Plan advances important bicycling infrastructure improvements to align with growing ridership across San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Stuarts edge over Svehaug grows

first_imgClark County Commissioner Steve Stuart widened his lead Wednesday over Republican challenger Alan Svehaug. Updated election results posted just before 5 p.m. showed Stuart ahead by 4,481 votes.On Tuesday night, Stuart, a Democrat seeking his second full four-year term, was ahead by 4,043 votes.Wednesday’s updated numbers reflect an additional 12,617 votes cast in the race.An additional 18,000 votes are expected to be counted today.“There’s still a long way to go,” Stuart said Wednesday. “I’m just trying to stay focused on the end of the week. It’s all conjecture until you see the numbers.”Auditor Greg Kimsey, who on Tuesday predicted there would be an additional 30,000 to 35,000 ballots to be counted, revised that number Wednesday to 40,000 after the elections office received more ballots in the mail than anticipated.Kimsey said he expects 99 percent of ballots to be counted by Friday.In an even closer county race, Clerk Sherry Parker widened her lead over Republican challenger Scott Weber to 223 votes, up from 84 votes on election night.Parker, a Democrat, is seeking her second term. In a close race for Clark County Public Utility District 1 commissioner, incumbent Nancy Barnes lost a little ground to challenger Mike Lyons, as her lead shrunk from 1,416 votes to 1,373.In the race for county assessor, Peter Van Nortwick increased his lead over Janet Seekins from 2,833 votes to 3,298. Stuart’s close race for county commissioner recalls a 2008 county commissioner race, when Democrat Pam Brokaw led Tom Mielke on election night by 4,282 votes.last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 814 August 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 8 and 14 August 2019 were:Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall search for senior HR adviserCourt of Appeal dismisses holiday pay case in support of teacherHSBC completes pension longevity swap transaction worth £7 billionGatwick Airport to introduce bus service for 20,000 on-site employeesTPR prosecutes recruitment agency for pensions non-complianceThink tank proposes increases to wages and annual leave to boost UK’s productivityCadbury UK completes pensioner buy-in transaction worth £520 millionEXCLUSIVE: Rightio launches new benefits platform for 130 staffEXCLUSIVE: University of Lincoln to discuss saving habits at Employee Benefits LiveA third of employers predict pay increases of between 2% and 2.99% by June 2020last_img read more

Sore losers TMC damaged tubewells water lines after Lok Sabha results in

first_imgDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Bharatiya Janata Party has accused the Trinamool Congress of acting like sore losers after the disastrous Lok Sabha election results for Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal. It is being claimed that Trinamool Congress cadres damaged public property “to teach a lesson to the locals” for supporting the saffron party. The BJP has registered a landslide victory in West Bengal and increased its seat count from two in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to 18 this year.According to IANS, the Trinamool Congress cadres damaged tubewells and snapped water lines in three localities of West Burdwan and Birbhum districts. It was done as BJP received more votes in the Kanakpur polling booth of Birbhum Lok Sabha constituency.”All tubewells in the village have been damaged, because BJP has done well,” said local BJP worker Laltu Mondal.In protest, the villagers gheraoed the house of local panchayat member of Trinamool Congress, Panchanan Das. He denied his party’s hand in damaging the tubewells but promised to repair them.”Nobody can say that Trinamool, or a panchayat member, or some other local club has done all this. BJP has won. It is trying to put the blame on us,” he said. The tubewells were later repaired.last_img read more

HDFC Bank Q4 net profit rises 18 employee strength falls by 6000

first_imgAn HDFC Bank branch office in Mumbai, October 21, 2015Reuters fileUpdate:HDFC Bank shares were trading with gains of 1.44 percent at Rs 1,483 crore after the private sector lender reported 18.25 percent rise in March 2017 (Q4) net profit to Rs 3,990 crore from Rs 3,374.22 crore for the corresponding period last year. This despite the bank’s provisioning for bad loans spiking by more than 100 percent to Rs 1,262 crore during Q4 from Rs 662 crore in the fourth quarter last fiscal.The number of employees stood at 84,325 as of March 31, 2017, down 6,096 from 90,421 as of December 31, 2016. Net interest income grew 21.1 percent YoY to Rs 12,501 crore from Rs 10,319.2 crore in the year-ago period.Total income stood at Rs 21,560 crore, up 14.3 percent from Rs 18,862 crore, YoY. Other income (non-interest) increased 20.3 percent to Rs 3,446 crore.Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 1.05 percent and 0.33 percent, respectively, as of March 31, 2017, almost unchanged on a sequential basis but up from 0.94 percent and 0.28 percent, respectively, as of March 31, 2016.The HDFC Bank board recommended a dividend of Rs 11 per equity share, up from Rs 9.50 per share for fiscal 2016.Deposits stood at Rs As of March 31, 2017, the bank had 4,715 branches and 12,260 ATMs.Original story:HDFC Bank were trading with modest gains on Friday ahead of quarterly and full-year results. The scrip was up 0.48 percent at Rs 1,469 on the BSE at around 12.30 pm.The private sector lender’s provisioning for bad loans will be interesting in the context of two other private banks — Yes Bank and IndusInd Bank — earmarking a higher amount for non-perforning assets (NPAs), in line with the RBI’s asset quality review norms.As of December 31, 2016, HDFC Bank’s gross and net NPAs stood at 1.05 percent and 0.3 percent of total advances.Yes Bank, which reported its results recently, had to set aside an additional Rs 228 crore in anticipation of likely losses arising from its exposure to Jaiprakash Associates Ltd.”As of 31 March 2017, the impact of divergences overall is at Rs 1,040 crore on which we have made 25% provisioning. This includes one borrower exposure of Rs 911 crore towards a Delhi-based cement company. However, this is a performing asset which has been servicing interest regularly. We expect to recover the amount in the near term,” Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO of the bank said, without naming the company. The exposure to Jaiprakash Associates and the consequent increase in higher provisioning was also the case for IndusInd Bank. “Provisions were elevated at INR4.3b as they included one-off amount of INR1.22b on a bridge loan for a cement M&A transaction (account remains standard), where the receivable is in June (likely to get reversed in 1QFY18),” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note.The optimism for both the banks stems from the fact that Jaiprakash Associates had signed a deal with Aditya Birla Group company Ultratech Cement valued at Rs 16,189 crore for sale of its cement assets.Here is the video clip of HDFC Bank’s concall post declaration of Q3 results:last_img read more

Get Yourself a Pair of Pumas Sonic the Hedgehog Sneakers on June

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems FineLive-Action ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Delayed to 2020 center_img Back in March, Sega announced a partnership with Puma to release a line of sneakers based on Sonic the Hedgehog. Today, the company revealed the sneakers are coming out on June 5. That’s less than a month away, which means it won’t be long until fans can adorn their feet with footwear themed around Sonic and his nemesis, Dr. Eggman.First up is the RS-O Sonic, which draws inspiration from the blue hedgehog and the first game’s beloved Green Hill Zone. The upper part of the sneaker is made from a textured suede which has Sonic’s iconic blue coloring, while the red outsole represents his shoes. Gold rings and green grass also adorn the sneaker. The upper portion features micro ventilation perforations, embroidered Puma Formstrip, and a deboss of Sonic’s head and gold rings. Golden rings also appear on the sneakers’ laces. The mid and insole feature checkered print from the game, as well as 16-bit grass print on the heel. The outsole has red rubber and a Sonic logo underprint. The tongue label features the collaboration logo and RS-0 binary number branding.The RS-0 Dr. Eggman is all about Sonic’s evil foe. The sneaker takes cues from the villain’s outfit and his Eggmobile. The upper portion features a pebbled patent leather with micro ventilation perforations, a debossed Puma Formstrip, and a debossed Dr. Eggman head that shoots fireballs from his Eggmobile. The bad doctor’s face and fireballs are debossed on the media heel, while golden rings are featured inside of the lace. The footbed has black and yellow caution stripes from the Eggmobile. The metallic outsole and caution stripes are based on Eggman’s machines. The sneakers’ outsole features translucent blue rubber and a Sonic logo underprint. Like the Sonic RS-0, the tongue label has the collaboration logo and RS-0 binary number branding. You can expect both sneakers to come packaged in a special box inspired by Green Hill Zone.Both sneakers cost $130. Considering how unique (and stylish) they are, that isn’t a bad asking price at all. I’m not the biggest fan of themed sneakers, but even I kind of want a pair. They really do look nice!If you’re interested, the sneakers will be available over on Puma’s website. If you’re going to E3, perhaps you can buy a pair before attending the big show. You’re sure to attract attention as you stand in line for hours.last_img read more

No Solid Snake Isnt Coming to Tekken

first_img EVO 2019 is officially in the history books. The fighting game tournament was full of the emotional highs and lows, action-packed moments of hypes, and jaw-dropping surprises you’d expect when the world’s best players all converge on Las Vegas. Shout out to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for breaking records for both entrants and viewers despite not being a fighting game. If you want to know what it’s like to enter for yourself, check out Jeff Wilson’s excellent column on our sister site PCMag.As we expected, EVO 2019 also gave us trailers for both brand new fighting games, like a new Guilty Gear, as well as trailers for new characters coming to existing fighting games. We already got first looks at new Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter characters before the show. But during the tournament even more characters dropped.Twisty fortune teller Zafina returns to Tekken 7 along with new blind Black New York kung fu master Leroy Smith.AdChoices广告Movie villain Janemba and famous Goku-Vegeta fusion Gogeta join the battle in Dragon Ball FighterZ.And SoulCalibur VI throws a bone to the excellent Samurai Shodown reboot by inviting that franchise’s main character Haohmaru, along with his sword, to the weapons fighter.As cool as these characters are though, a boneheaded move by EVO may have left some fans disappointed about who isn’t joining the cast. During the Tekken 7 tournament when the stream was off a video played where Solid Snake himself talked about how good that game is in one of her famous codec messages. Naturally, fans thought this meant the star of Metal Gear would join the game that already has guest characters as weird as Noctis from Final Fantasy XV and Negan from The Walking Dead. After all, Bandai Namco already had to deal with Konami to bring back Snake for Smash Bros.However, Zafina and Leroy Smith were the only new Tekken characters revealed. We later learned that Bandai Namco had nothing to do with that video, only EVO. Furthermore, Konami and Snake’s voice actor David Hayter were also completely out of the loop, and not too happy about that.EVO,You also failed to consult me, or Konami. Please do not use my voice to promote other games. Ever.DH https://t.co/6ZgCEPVddU— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) August 5, 2019Still, don’t let one misguided tease stop you from enjoying yet another exciting EVO (at least until gross dudes tried to ruin parties by assaulting women). For more on fighting games read our ultimate history of the genre. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

Male baboons found to engage in feticide

first_img Infanticide has been documented in a variety of species, including lions, rodents, whales, and many types of primates, including humans. The general consensus in the scientific community is that the behavior occurs because it makes the mother more available to the male that does the killing. Less common is feticide, where a male causes harm to a pregnant female that results in the death of the fetus. In this new effort, the researchers report on the first-ever evidence of feticide in baboons.Prior research has shown that baboons engage in infanticide, but until now, it was not known that sometimes males also engage in feticide. In studying baboons in the Amboseli basin in Kenya the researchers report that they observed a number of feticide episodes by males that were new to a group. They note also that such attacks often left the mother dead as well, thus defeating the purpose of the attack. They report that causing a mother to abort a fetus reduced both pregnancy and lactation times, making the females more readily available for mating if they managed to survive the attack. They noted also that in cases when the female did survive, it was often the case that she would mate with her attacker.The researchers report that such attacks happened more often during periods of scarce resources; when new males managed to achieve high status quickly; when there were a lot of infants in a group; or if the males remained with a new group for more than three months. The team notes that it was obviously much more difficult to spot feticide than infanticide—they had to change their study habits to follow females after intercourse for a period of time to note changes in physiology or behavior that likely signaled a pregnancy and then to watch for episodes of violence against them and what followed afterwards. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S., some with ties to the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya, has found that male baboons in the wild at times engage in feticide. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the researchers describe their observations and offer some theories on why they believe it occurs. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B 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. Some baboon males are prone to commit domestic violence when forced to move into a group with few fertile females, researchers find. Credit: Photo by Catherine Markham, Stony Brook Universitycenter_img Citation: Male baboons found to engage in feticide (2017, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-male-baboons-engage-feticide.html Explore further Male Manogea porracea spiders found to care for young More information: Matthew N. Zipple et al. Conditional fetal and infant killing by male baboons, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2561AbstractSexually selected feticide—the death of infants in utero as a result of male behaviour—has only rarely been described or analysed, although it is presumed to be favoured by the same selective pressures that favour sexually selected infanticide. To test this hypothesis, we measured the frequency of feticide and infanticide by male baboons of the Amboseli basin in Kenya, and examined which characteristics of a male and his environment made him more likely to commit feticide and/or infanticide. We found a dramatic increase in fetal and infant death rates, but no increase in death rates of 1- to 2-year-old individuals, following the immigration of males who stood to benefit from feticide and infanticide. Specifically, fetal and infant death rates were highest following immigrations in which: (i) the immigrant male rapidly attained high rank, (ii) that male remained consistently resident in the group for at least three months, (iii) food availability and social group range overlap was relatively low and (iv) relatively many pregnant females and/or dependent infants were present. Together, these results provide strong evidence for the existence of both sexually selected feticide and infanticide in our population, and they indicate that feticide and infanticide are conditional male behavioural strategies employed under particular circumstances.Press releaselast_img read more

VITAP to offer new courses this academic session

first_imgKeeping in view the advancement of VIT in the digital era, VIT-AP has launched new courses to ensure successful employment with digital skills. B Tech Artificial Intelligence, BBA Business Analytics, Animation, and Media courses are few of the new courses to come into force from this academic session.In a press conference held at the campus recently, VIT-AP University Chancellor Dr G Viswanathan unveiled the poster of new academic courses, and Sankar Viswanathan, Vice president of VIT-AP announced the university’s collaboration with Toonz – for courses on animation, visual effects, and gaming. Also the Vice-Chancellor Dr D Subhakar further elaborated on the courses like animation filmmaking – advanced, Visual effects – advanced and 3D finishing programme, 3D FP, which will be an addition in VIT from this year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAddressing the media, Dr G Viswanathan talked about the open book exams held at VIT. He said, ‘The way we conduct exams traditionally only assesses students based on their ability to reproduce knowledge. With that, we aim to reform the way of assessment. We are aiming to match the assessment system with the outcome-based framework, our education and industry has adopted based on performance indicators.’The Business school of the university has also launched a BBA in Business Analytics from the coming academic session in Amaravati campus. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith the additions in academic area, VIT Business School (VSB) is exploring an international credit transfer program with WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University (ASU), USA for a 2+2 program where a student can study two years in India and two years in the USA and get an undergraduate degree from ASU.Twelve universities from USA, UK, Australia, and Spain are offering international transfer programs. Dr CLV Sivakumar, Registrar, VIT –AP University informed that to ensure practical training to the B. Tech students, VIT-AP University is offering engineering clinics and six to nine months internship program as soon as they complete their first.VIT-AP, one of the best university in the country – ranks number 13 in engineering institution by MHRD, Government of India – NIRF Ranking consecutively for three years (from 2016 – 2018.) With its foundation of 34 years in the education industry, the university’s innovations in the field of education and research have also set a benchmark for higher education in India.last_img read more

Create Your Own Chatbot Online and Increase Productivity

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 4, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Chatbots are wonderful tools for productivity and efficiency. They allow you to automate tasks which would otherwise take forever to complete, thereby enabling you to focus on other more important things related to your business.Bots are also potent enough to render app fatigue irrelevant. With the sheer number of apps these days, downloading a new app for undertaking just about any task — and being inundated by a range of notifications and instructions — can be energy-sapping. To circumvent this, you can create chatbots online to augment the efficiency of your existing apps.Using bots, you can engage more efficiently with your colleagues and/or clients in popular chat platforms where they are most likely to spend time — Facebook, Whatsapp, Slack, Twitter — as well as your own smartphone. Chatbots also give you the flexibility of remaining within the platforms and apps that you use most frequently, which reduces the chances of unnecessary distractions and impeding your productivity. Let’s take the case of Jarvis, which serves as a reminder bot embedded within Facebook messenger. Bots like these offer great convenience and streamline processes that would consume a lot of time, money, and energy.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessUtility at its best.You can use bots for just about anything, be it work-related purposes, shopping, buying tickets, addressing customer service issues, or influencer marketing. They can be utilized to heighten your business prospects by attracting new customers and retaining existing ones while lowering the dependency on time-consuming human intervention. Thankfully, the technology of artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly sophisticated, thereby constantly expanding the scope of chatbots. In the parlance of managing your brand, these bots can take a lot of burden off your shoulders and help you become more productive.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingSimplify things; don’t complicate them.Most of us have already been utilizing automation, even on a small scale. Whether it’s the self-service kiosks, touch screens, or the numerous features in our smartphones, we’re subconsciously wired to the benefits of automation — as long as it makes things easier and doesn’t complicate them. As a business or an entrepreneur, you may want to ensure that you communicate with your customers in a manner with which feel comfortable and knowledgeable. When you do that, a lot of things begin to fall in place and your overall productivity increases. Using new technologies merely for the sake of using them when the customers are simply not ready isn’t going to get you anywhere.Related: 7 Ways Chatbots Can Benefit Your Marketing StrategyEnsure adequate engagement.As you progress further in your business or entrepreneurial journey, you’re likely to develop a steady online following. Remember, they are going to be responsive only if you offer something that holds their attention. Not adopting a thoughtful approach while curating your chatbot can seriously hamper productivity, because negative publicity spreads faster than positive publicity. To that end, understand the needs and preferences of your customers before having them interact with bots. When a bot-customer conversation is initiated, ensure that it is engaging, interactive, specific, and yes, time-saving. No one is going to wait beyond a few minutes for your chatbot to respond.Related: Top 7 Chatbot Monetization Strategies You Need to KnowProductivity benefits within an organization.Chatbots can be used by members of a company or organization to keep them updated about new agendas and projects, which in turn helps plan out their workload accordingly. Bots can set up daily reminders and create an inclusive community that unites the entire workforce for a dedicated cause. As opposed to setting up manual calendar reminders, you can leverage chatbots as an accessible, centralized reference point within existing online communication platforms. In addition, brands can use chatbots for their training programs where they can brief new employees about the various company policies and ensure they have a smooth transition. The good thing about bots is their quick response times, reduced errors, and ability to tackle multiple tasks simultaneously. For instance, Riot aims to identify a chatbot within its web messaging community to simplify mundane tasks for its customers by launching close to three fresh bots per weeks (internally).Related: 10 Facebook Messenger Chatbot Marketing Expert TipsRespect your customers and their choices.Customers may become irritated when they are forced into engaging with a peripatetic chatbot when they actually look forward to interacting with another human with clear-cut responses. In your zest to develop an amazingly cool chatbot, you may want to remember the timeless golden rule: it is the customer that counts — always.Understand and respect what your customer expects out of you and deliver it. If they are comfortable with a button within the chatbot window that they can click on to begin interacting with a real person, then do exactly that. If done appropriately, chatbots can make a lot of contribution to your business’s overall productivity. They can also make your employees perform better and with heightened clarity by sharing some of their burden, which takes a lot of their time. Since chatbots are all set to become more evolved, you may want to integrate them intelligently to position your brand in the right place and make the most of what technology has to offer. Register Now » 5 min readlast_img read more

Arts and culture in brief the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica The International Folk Dance Festival is back at the National Cultural Center (CENAC) in downtown San José, with dancers from Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Costa Rica showing off their countries’ beloved dances(Saturday, August 27).Artist Patricia Erickson presents an exhibit of her acrylic paintings entitled “On Her Own Time” at Casa LTG, the home of the Little Theatre Group in Escazú. The weekend includes presentations by the artist September 3 and 4, both at 2 p.m.; the event on Sept. 4 also includes a reading of poetry inspired by her work. Detailed directions are here (Friday, September 2  – Sunday, September).San Ramón de Alajuela hosts its annual patron saint festival with live music, processions, parades, and, of course, tons of delicious fried food; review all the goings-on here (through September 5).A free Environmental Festival in Paso Ancho, San José, organized by the Costa Rican Climate Change Network, will feature theater, live music, indigenous art, and workshops; for more information write hmichelcr@gmail.com or call 2244-8965, or find a map here (Saturday, August 27). Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Webjet disconnects Delta in Australia New Zealand

first_imgIn an unprecedented move today, Webjet have disconnected and deleted Delta from its Australian and New Zealand website. Delta have prohibited Webjet’s North American operation and other OTA’s from promoting, displaying or ticketing the airline. “We indicated to Delta that if they pursued what we consider to be an unlawful process which may well be subject to court proceedings by us in North America, we would have no alternative but to discontinue the sale of Delta products from the Australian and New Zealand markets where we contribute substantial and growing revenue and where of course there is an intense hunger from Delta’s competitors for our traffic,” said David Clarke, managing director Webjet. Delta has acknowledged the full compliance of Webjet in relation to their North American ticketing display and other regulatory processes however, Mr Clarke feels that they have “reached a view it can cherry pick our revenue production in markets where it suits or doesn’t suit.”All legal options available to Webjet’s North American operation are currently being taken into account with the objective being to reverse the decision by Delta. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

Rep Michele Hoitenga sponsors May office hours

first_img State Rep. Michele Hoitenga will sponsor office hours for residents of Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties in the month of May.“Being in touch with residents is one of my top priorities,” said Rep. Hoitenga of Manton. “I encourage anyone who has ideas or concerns about our state government to attend office hours on May 12.”The schedule for office hours is as follows:The Merry Inn, 204 N. Michigan Ave. in Manton, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.;Kountry Kitchen, 1920 N. Mitchell St. in Cadillac, from 10 to 11 a.m.;Pere Marquette Bistro, 102 E. Upton Ave. in Reed City, from noon to 1 p.m.; andCranker’s Coney Island, 213 S. State St. in Big Rapids, from 2 to 3 p.m.No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Hoitenga’s office at (517) 373-1747, or email at MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov. Categories: Hoitenga News 02May Rep. Michele Hoitenga sponsors May office hourslast_img read more

Rep Marino bill holds township board members and officers accountable for basic

first_img Legislation inspired by situation involving Macomb Township Trustee Dino BucciA plan from state Rep. Steve Marino demanding the attendance of board members and officers at township meetings was advanced today in a vote by the House Local Government Committee.House Bill 5950 was introduced by Marino, of Harrison Township, in the wake of Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci’s indictment by a federal grand jury in November 2017 on 18 counts of conspiracy, bribery, embezzlement, extortion, mail fraud and money laundering. The charges are in connection with public contracts in Macomb Township, part of an area Marino represents in the Michigan House.Bucci, who worked for the Macomb County Department of Public Works until 2017, has refused to resign from his position and has not attended a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting since the indictment.“He is no longer fit to serve the people of Macomb Township. He’s not attending meetings by choice and the board has no way to hold him accountable. That’s what this bill addresses,” said Marino. “We need to ensure taxpayers are not on the hook for his recent refusal to carry out the job he was elected to do and the lack of respect he has shown for the expectations that come with his position.”Despite not attending meetings for five months, a taxpayer-funded package consisting of a salary, pension and health benefit plan is still available to Bucci. The proposal would give township governing boards the voting power to compel a member to attend meetings and conduct themselves in an orderly fashion. If the individual in question still refuses to attend after a vote requires them to do so, they could be cited with misconduct in office and removed by the governor.City councils, school boards, county commissions and charter township boards currently have measures in place addressing attendance and orderly activity in some form. The plan looks to close the loophole for general law townships such as Macomb.HB 5950 moves to the full House for consideration. Categories: Marino News,News 23May Rep. Marino bill holds township board members and officers accountable for basic elected dutieslast_img read more

Rep Alexander invites residents to February office hours

first_img01Feb Rep. Alexander invites residents to February office hours Milk BreakMonday, Feb. 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Spring Arbor Café, 7975 Spring Arbor Road in Spring Arbor. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to speak with the representative, may contact her Lansing office at (517) 373-1795 or JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov. State Rep. Julie Alexander announced her monthly office hours, emphasizing her priority of being open and accountable.“The best part of my job is the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to them,” Alexander said. “I’m focused on effectively representing their interests in Lansing and meeting their needs back home in Jackson County.”The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Office HoursFriday, Feb. 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson;Monday, Feb. 11 from Noon to 1p.m. at Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson;Friday, Feb. 22 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson; andMonday, Feb. 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson. Categories: Alexander Newslast_img read more

Reps Reilly Webber cast votes to enhance recreational opportunities statewide

first_img Categories: Reilly News 07Mar Reps. Reilly, Webber cast votes to enhance recreational opportunities statewide Proposal includes developments in Oakland CountyOakland County state lawmakers Reps. John Reilly and Michael Webber today voted in favor of a plan allocating funds for two separate developments of the Paint Creek Trail as part of wide-ranging legislation advancing through the Michigan House.Webber and Reilly helped secure $228,400 to develop the Northern Trailhead for the Paint Creek Trail in Oakland Township, which will provide a new access point, parking and rest facilities for trail users to enjoy the scenic statewide Iron Belle Trail system.“Many Oakland County residents and thousands of tourists from across the state come to Paint Creek Trail to enjoy our area’s natural beauty and take part in our community’s events,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills. “This project benefits Oakland Township’s economy and businesses, and gives our community the opportunity to share our recreational offerings.”Reilly and Webber also secured $300,000 for Orion Township to develop additional trail along the south side of East Clarkston Road to connect to the Paint Creek Trail near Kern Road. The project will fill a critical gap in the Iron Belle Trail route, and connect the Polly Ann Trail with the Paint Creek Trail. A Transportation Alternatives Grant Program through the Michigan Department of Transportation will also be supporting the project.“When complete, visitors will be able to roam pristine pathways and boardwalks over Oakland County’s most-cherished wetlands and forested land,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “The Paint Creek Trail junction will connect trail users to a variety of alternative paths and bring in more visitors to support Orion Township.”The full plan includes $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 acquisition projects statewide. The project investments outlined in the proposal were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. Recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process recently started within the House Appropriations Committee.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.House Bill 4244 advances to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more