a month agoJagielka explains leaving Everton for Sheffield United

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jagielka explains leaving Everton for Sheffield Unitedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jagielka has explained his decision to leave Everton for Sheffield United.He made 385 appearances over the course of 12 years at Goodison Park and won 40 England caps.”I was at home when I got the phone call from Marcel (Brands, Everton’s director of football),” he told the Daily Mail.”So I just texted Tony Sage, the kitman, to chuck all my stuff in a bin bag and I went to meet him at the front of the entrance at Finch Farm. I didn’t want to go in. It just didn’t feel right to go in.”What do you expect me to get? A Louis Vuitton bag? It was fine. I just had a few pairs of boots, some socks and stuff. I knew I may never go back there. It was all ready to go from A to B.”I was just happy there was no abuse from (veteran kitman) Jimmy Martin – though I’ll probably get that on Saturday!” last_img read more

Journalist group says years 94 killings end recent decline

first_imgBRUSSELS — An international trade association says killings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline during the past half- dozen years.The International Federation of Journalists said in an annual report set for release on Monday that the number of media industry workers slain around the world rose to 94, 12 more than in 2017.Before the now-ended downward trend, the news industry saw 121 staff killings in 2012 and as many as 155 in 2006.The deadliest country for people who work in the news media this year was Afghanistan, where 16 of the killings occurred. Mexico was next, with 11. Yemen had nine media slayings and Syria eight in 2018.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State loses third straight against No 1 Long Beach

Sophomore Kyle Skinner gets ready to serve the ball against George Mason at the game on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.After losing two straight matches without winning a set, having to face the No. 1 team in the country on their home court is not the best way to end a losing streak. The struggling Buckeyes (4-8) were able to keep sets close early, but couldn’t gain enough momentum to get back in the match as No.1 Long Beach State (12-0) cruised to a victory in three sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the match in the third set after an attack error by Long Beach State gave them a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back aces by junior libero Chase Moothart bookended a three-point run that brought the Buckeyes over the 20-point threshold for the first time in the match. But a kill by senior outside hitter TJ DeFalco and an Ohio State service error closed out the third set, 25-21, handing the Buckeyes their third-consecutive straight-set loss. Ohio State was unable to establish a rhythm on offense in large part due to errors. The Buckeyes committed 33 errors on the night, 19 service and 14 attack, while the Beach had only 24, 16 service and 8 attack. Though the Buckeyes tallied 30 kills on the night, the 14 errors on 61 attacks limited them to a .250 hitting percentage. Freshman libero Parker Mikesch had 26 assists and two digs as he continues his campaign as the Buckeyes full-time setter while senior Sanil Thomas is injured. Freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan provided 10 kills for Ohio State, helping to fill in as a point finisher for the Buckeyes in the midst of sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes’ absence due to injury. Ryan got off to a hot start in the first set with two kills, helping the Buckeyes keep pace with the Beach. But a kill by senior opposite hitter Kyle Ensing and an attack error by Ryan gave Long Beach State a 4-2 lead, which they would stretch to as many as seven points en route to a 25-19 first set victory. Ensing and DeFalco combined for 21 kills, five digs, and an ace, leading the team to a .475 hitting percentage. Both teams had their share of success from the service stripe, as the Buckeyes totalled three and the Beach came up with five. After a close start to the second set, Long Beach used four Buckeye errors and an ace by redshirt senior middle blocker Nick Amado for five straight-points, taking a 16-9 lead. Though Ryan contributed five kills and sophomore libero Luke Meidel added an ace, Long Beach State used kills by Ensing and senior setter Josh Tuaniga to close out the set, 25-18. Ohio State returns to conference play against Lindenwood at 8 p.m. on Friday in Saint Charles, Missouri. read more

Henry wants Grimandi to join him at Bordeaux

first_imgThierry Henry wants Gilles Grimandi to join him at Bordeaux should he get the manager’s job there, according to Metro.Reports in France suggest Thierry Henry has agreed a deal that would see him become the new manager of Bordeaux and he wants former Arsenal teammate Grimandi to become his no. 2.The French club are in search of a new manager after they sacked Gus Poyet, who subsequently branded the club’s board a disgrace.Henry who has been assistant to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez over the last two years, also spent time learning the ropes as the coach of the Arsenal academy. Following his success in Russia, Henry confirmed he would step down from his role as an analyst with Sky Sports to focus solely on his managerial career.The Arsenal legend would be walking into a club in disarray should he take the Bordeaux job after the club got rid of Poyet. The former Sunderland manager was furious at the club’s board for selling Gaetan Laborde without his knowledge prompting a training boycott from the club’s first team players.Transfer: Elneny leaving Arsenal for Besiktas George Patchias – August 29, 2019 Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a loan move from Arsenal to Besiktas.According to the Daily Mail, Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a…Henry will be hoping to make sure his experience as a footballer and a coach helps him become a good manager as he starts a new chapter of his football career.last_img read more

KPBSD Receives Grant To Reinstate Petroleum Academy

first_imgKPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek announced that the school district was awarded a grant from the Alaska Community Foundation, in order to reinstate the Petroleum Academy program. Dusek: “Our students are able to earn industry level certifications, those types of things that are very pertinent to kids working in those particularly industries.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Students will once again have the opportunity to earn industry certifications in Kenai, from the Alaska Petroleum Academy. Dusek: “We talk a lot about our academic achievement, but we do focus quiet a bit on career and technical education.” Certifications offered include: 16 Hour Petroleum Health & Safety, 24 Hour CITS Certification, 40 Hour Hazwoper Certification, Confined Space Entry Certification, and numerous other courses. Classes are be held at the Workforce Development building on the Kenai Spur Highway. For information and class scheduling call 907-953-2255 or send an email to mikegallagher2@yahoo.com Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp3VmJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

2014 Magazine Launches Outpacing Last Year in Q1

first_imgMediafinder has released its first quarter report on magazine launches and closures. This year is shaping up better than the previous year, as 45 print magazines launched in 2014 verses 27 in 2013.There is some bad news, however. Closures this year outpaced 2013, with 14 versus 9. Still, that equals a two-year net market gain of 48 new (or revived) titles in Q1.Breaking it down further, 36 of the launches this year are consumer-facing titles and 9 are in the b-to-b space. But all 14 closures this year are consumer titles.In 2009 there was a net market loss of more than 120 titles over the entire year, and things looked bleak. However, the industry is clearly rebounding–with stable net gains since 2010.last_img read more

Dance India Dance 7 premiere episode highlights Kareena makes grand entry cheers

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan with her Dance India Dance 7 co-judges Bosco Martis and Raftaar.Bosco Martis/InstagramDance India Dance – Battle Of The Champions Season 7 premiered on Saturday, June 22, in a grand note. The season’s major attraction is Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is making her debut in the small screen with the show.Kareena looked stunning in a yellow outfit as she danced with her co-judges and choreographer Bosco Martis and rapper Raftaar. The episode also saw veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty as the Grand Master of the season and encouraging the contestants.Dance India Dance 7 has 18 contestants competing for the coveted trophy. The episode began with Kareena making an entry in style, dancing on a medley of her hit songs. The actress surely does know how to make her presence felt. She not only shook a leg with almost all the contestants right after their performances but also brought in a lot of positivity, enthusiasm, excitement and warmth to the show.Bebo performed on songs like Lungi Dance from Chennai Express and Mauja Hi Mauja from her film, Jab We Met.The Veere Di Wedding actress was seen cheering and encouraging the contestants. When a couple performed a slow romantic dance number, Kareena said that even she and her husband, Saif Ali Khan wouldn’t be able to pull it off with such grace.It was reported earlier that the remuneration per episode for Kareena was touted to be one of the highest in the field and the actress would be the highest paid actress to judge a reality show if the deal was sealed. Kareena Kapoor KhanInstagramlast_img read more

Hotelbeds strengthens commitment

first_imgHotelbeds strengthens commitmentHotelbeds strengthens commitment to offer hoteliers high-value bookings with plan to add 14,000 travel agent customers Source = Hotelbeds Hotelbeds plans to add 14,000 new travel agent customers by 2022 to take the total number of travel agents to 64,000.Plan forms part of Hotelbeds’ strong commitment to offer hotelier partners incremental bookings from non-domestic and high-value guests.Growth focused on luxury agents and those specialising in high-value and long-haul trips.Hotelbeds, the world’s leading bedbank, has announced today an ambitious plan to increase the number of travel agent customers affiliated to the bedbank booking platform as part of its commitment to offer hoteliers access to high-value guests.The goal of this strategic plan is to add 14,000 new travel agent customers – focusing in particular on luxury travel agents and those specialising in high-value, long-haul bookings – in the coming next three years, taking the total to over 64,000 travel agents globally.Travel agents – along with tour operators, airlines and points redemption partners – form a central part of Hotelbeds’ strong commitment to offer to hoteliers incremental bookings of non-domestic and high-value guests who book further in advance, cancel less, pay more for a room, spend more in destination and come back more frequently.Carlos Muñoz, Bedbank Managing Director commented: “Recently we announced the beginning of a new era for Hotelbeds under a single unified brand and purpose: to support our hotel partners by providing incremental bookings of non-domestic and high-value guests through a network of B2B travel trade buyers formed by travel agents, tour operators, points redemption partners and airlines.“Our three-year plan for the retail channel is to continue to grow the number of travel agents to over 64,000 by 2022 – an increase of 14,000 – especially in niche segments such as luxury and high-end, long-haul oriented and specialty packages.“The recently refreshed new Bedsonline brand – which is the retail brand used by Hotelbeds – and enhanced value proposition for customers, along with our strong local relevance and presence, improved product offering and tools are going to be the key drivers in achieving this goal.”About HotelbedsHotelbeds is the world’s leading Bedbank.In a fragmented and complex travel landscape, Hotelbeds provides over 180,000 hotels across the globe with access to high-value, complementary distribution channels that significantly increase occupancy rates and optimise RevPAR – while not competing with the hotelier’s direct distribution strategy.Hotelbeds does this by offering hoteliers access to a network of over 60,000 hard-to-access B2B travel buyers such as tour operators, retail travel agents, airline websites, and loyalty partners in over 140 source markets worldwide. These channels provide hotel partners with returning guests that book further in advance, cancel less, spend more in-destination and stay longer.In addition to accommodation, Hotelbeds is also the world’s largest B2B seller of travel ancillaries, offering 24,000 transfer routes and 18,000 activities, as well as attractions, tickets and car hire. Operating under the ‘Beyond the Bed’ product line, it provides both hoteliers and travel distribution partners with an efficient platform and powerful tools to easily integrate and commercialise its leading portfolio of high-margin products.The company is headquartered in Palma, Spain and employs around 5,000 employees across over 60 offices globally.last_img read more

German cable operator Primacoms partent company M

first_imgGerman cable operator Primacom’s partent company Medfort has appointed Lutz Freitag, the president of housing group association Immobilien-Spitzenverbandes GdW to its board. Medfort chairman Harald Stöber said that Freitag’s experience in the housing industry made him an ideal addition to the board.Freitag said that Primacom had overcome earlier challenges and emerged as a provider of attractive and affordable products with a modern network. He said he wanted to support and strengthen the operator’s role as a reliable partner for the German housing industry.last_img read more

US technology trade organisation the Consumer Ele

first_imgUS technology trade organisation, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), has updated the core characteristics for Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TVs, monitors and projectors for the home. The expanded characteristics – voluntary guidelines that are due to take effect in September 2014 – are designed to address various attributes of picture quality and help move toward interoperability, while providing clarity for consumers and retailers.The guidelines relate to display resolution, aspect ration, up-scaling HD video, digital input, colour processing and bit depth.“Ultra High-Definition TV is the next revolution in home display technology, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality. These updated attributes will help ensure consumers get the most out of this exciting new technology and will provide additional certainty in the marketplace,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CEA.The new approved characteristics build on the first-generation UHD characteristics released by CEA in October 2012.last_img read more

Why Most Gold Bugs Are Dead Wrong By Jim Rickard

first_img Why Most Gold Bugs Are Dead Wrong By Jim Rickards, Editor, Jim Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence May 22, 2015 One of the most persistent story lines among gold bugs and market participants who foresee the collapse of the dollar goes something like this: I’m doing something a bit different in addition to today’s Gold & Silver Daily… I consider Jim Rickards to be one of the brightest minds in the financial markets today. He’s worked with many of the largest financial institutions and government agencies—and as you know, he’s also written two New York Times best-sellers about the problems with today’s monetary system: Currency Wars and The Death of Money. In today’s piece, Jim explains why one of the most dearly held beliefs of gold bugs is simply not true. It was originally published in the May issue of Jim Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence. I hope you enjoy. China and many emerging markets, including the other BRICS, are looking for a way out of the global fiat currency system. That system is dominated today by the US dollar. This dollar dominance allows the US to force certain kinds of behavior in foreign policy and energy markets. Countries that don’t comply with US wishes find themselves frozen out of global payment systems and find their banks unable to transact in dollars for needed imports or to get paid for their exports. Russia, Iran, and Syria have all been subjected to this treatment recently. China doesn’t like this system any more than Russia or Iran but is unwilling to confront the US head-on. Instead, China is quietly accumulating massive amounts of gold and building alternative financial institutions, such as the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, AIIB, and the BRICS-sponsored New Development Bank (NDB). When the time is right, China will suddenly announce its actual gold holdings to the world and simultaneously turn its back on the Bretton Woods institutions such as the IMF and World Bank. China will back its currency with its own gold and use the AIIB, NDB, and other institutions to lead a new global financial order. Russia and others will be invited to join the Chinese in this new international monetary system. As a result, the dollar will collapse, the price of gold will skyrocket, and China will be the new global financial hegemon. The gold bugs will live happily ever after. The only problem with this story is that the most important parts of it are wrong. As usual, the truth is much more intriguing than the popular version. Here’s what’s really going on. As with most myths, parts of the story are true. China is secretly acquiring thousands of tons of gold. China is creating new multilateral lending institutions. No doubt, China will announce an upward revision in its official gold holdings sometime in the next year or so. In fact, Bloomberg News reported on April 20, 2015, under the headline “The Mystery of China’s Gold Stash May Soon Be Solved” that “China may be preparing to update its disclosed holdings …” But the reasons for the acquisition of gold and the updated disclosures—if they happen—are not the ones the blogosphere believes. China isn’t trying to destroy the old boys’ club—it’s trying to join it. China understands that despite the strong growth and huge size of its economy, the yuan is not ready to be a true reserve currency and will not be ready for years to come. It is true that usage of the yuan is increasing in international transactions. But it is still used for fewer than 2% of global payments, compared with over 40% for the US dollar. Usage in payments is only one indicium of a true reserve currency… and not the most important one. The key to being a reserve currency isn’t payments, but investments. There needs to be a deep, liquid bond market denominated in the reserve currency. That way, when countries earn the target currency in trade, they have someplace to invest the surplus. Right now, if you earn yuan trading with China, all you can do with the money is leave it in a bank deposit or spend it in China. There is no large yuan-denominated bond market to invest in. In addition to a bond market, you need the “plumbing” of a bond market. This includes a network of primary dealers; hedging tools such as futures and options; financing tools such as repurchase agreements, derivatives, clearance, and settlement channels; and a good rule of law to settle disputes, secure creditors, and deal with bankruptcies. China has none of these things on the needed scale or level of maturity. When it comes to true reserve-currency status, the yuan is not ready for prime time. China is also not ready to launch a gold-backed currency. Even if it has 10,000 tons of gold—far more than it currently admits—the market value of that gold is only about $385 billion. China’s M1 money supply as of April 2015 is about $5.4 trillion. In other words, even on assumptions highly favorable to China, its gold is worth only about 7% of its money supply. Historically, countries that want to run a successful gold standard need 20–40% of the money supply in gold in order to stand up to bank runs in the market. China could reduce its money supply to get to the 20% level, but this would be extremely deflationary and throw the Chinese economy into a depression that would trigger political instability. So that won’t happen. In short, China can’t have a reserve currency because it doesn’t have a bond market, and it can’t have a gold-backed currency because it has nowhere near enough gold. So what is China’s plan? China wants to do what the US has done, which is to remain on a paper currency standard but make that currency important enough in world finance and trade to give China leverage over the behavior of other countries. The best way to do that is to increase its voting power at the IMF and have the yuan included in the IMF basket for determining the value of the special drawing right. Getting those two things requires the approval of the United States, because the US has veto power over important changes at the IMF. The US can stand in the way of Chinese ambitions. The result is a kind of grand bargain in which China will get the IMF status it wants, but the US will force China to be on its best behavior in return. This means that China must keep the yuan pegged to the dollar at or near the current level. It also means that China can have gold but can’t talk about it. In order to “join the club,” China must play by club rules. The rules of the game say you need a lot of gold to play, but you don’t recognize the gold or discuss it publicly. Above all, you do not treat gold as money, even though gold has always been money. The members of the club keep their gold handy just in case, but otherwise, they publicly disparage it and pretend it has no role in the international monetary system. China will be expected to do the same. It’s important to note that China will not act in the best interests of gold investors; it will act in the best interests of China. Moreover, just because the grand bargain is in sight does not mean it will be easy to realize. Both sides are jockeying for leverage. Beijing launched its own development bank to put pressure on the IMF. The US Treasury blames the Tea Party for delays in approving China’s new votes at the IMF. Meanwhile, the White House does nothing to break the logjam in Congress. The White House is happy to let China twist in the wind while the game goes on behind closed doors. Meanwhile, China will probably announce its increased gold holdings later this year. But don’t expect fireworks. China has three accounts where it keeps gold: the People’s Bank of China (PBOC); the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE); and the China Investment Corp. (CIC). China can move enough gold to PBOC when it’s ready and report that to the IMF for purposes of allowing the yuan in the SDR. Meanwhile, it can still hide gold in SAFE and CIC until it needs it in the future. China will also probably be admitted into the SDR basket later this year. Far from launching its own gold-backed currency, China will be acknowledging that the SDR is the true world money as far as the major powers are concerned. Why would China want to give up on fiat money any more than the Fed or the European Central Bank? All central banks prefer paper money to gold because they can print the paper kind. Why give up on that monopoly of power? Gold is still the safest asset, and every investor should have some in his portfolio. The price of gold will go significantly higher in the years ahead. But contrary to what you read in the blogs, gold won’t go higher because China is confronting the US or launching a gold-backed currency. It will go higher when all central banks—China’s and the U.S.’s included—confront the next global liquidity crisis, which will be worse than the one in 2008, and individual citizens stampede into gold to preserve wealth in a world that has lost confidence in all central banks. When that happens, physical gold may not be available at all. The time to build your personal gold reserve is now. P.S. Buying gold and silver is only one way to profit from the current distortions in currency markets. While most investors will be caught completely off guard by the result of this money manipulation, a small group of informed participants could make a fortune. Jim Rickards developed his proprietary “IMPACT” from huge swings in the manipulated currency markets. If you haven’t already heard about Jim’s new system, I encourage you to learn more herelast_img read more

Internet Grows to 3518 Million Domain Name Registrations in the First Quarter

first_imgInternet Grows to 351.8 Million Domain Name Registrations in the First Quarter of 2019 PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 11:55 pmMay 31, 2019 analytical researchDomain Name Industryinternet infrastructureMarketing TechnologyNewstop-level domainsVeriSign Previous ArticleLionbridge Launches Lionbridge AI, Extends Leadership Position in AI Data Training ServicesNext ArticleUK Consumers Call for Harsher Fines, Citing Brands Going Seemingly Unpunished for GDPR-Breaches VeriSign, Inc., a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, announced that the first quarter of 2019 closed with 351.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 3.1 million domain name registrations, or 0.9 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. Domain name registrations have grown by 18.0 million, or 5.4 percent, year over year.1,2The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 154.8 million domain name registrations in the domain name base at the end of the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 1.8 million domain name registrations, or 1.2 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. The .com and .net TLDs had a combined increase of 6.5 million domain name registrations, or 4.4 percent, year over year. As of March 31, 2019, the .com domain name base totaled 141.0 million domain name registrations, while the .net domain name base totaled 13.8 million domain name registrations.Marketing Technology News: OneTrust Launches Policy and Notice Management Solution to Centrally Manage and Update GDPR and CCPA Privacy Policies & DisclosuresNew .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 9.8 million at the end of the first quarter of 2019, compared to 9.6 million domain name registrations at the end of the first quarter of 2018.Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide internet users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry.Marketing Technology News: Neustar and JCDecaux North America Partner to Bring Mobile Location Intelligence to Digital and Analog Out-of-Home AdvertisersVerisign, a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, enables internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security, stability, and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 global internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by VerisignMarketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019last_img read more

TechBytes with Abhishek Thakur Chief Data Scientist at boostai

first_imgboost.ai  provides solutions to Scandinavian Banking, Finance, Retail, Transportation, Government, and Insurance – solutions that make headlines while boost.ai grows at a record rate.Now the company employs 40 ambitious individuals with the same goal: To deliver virtual assistants to all industries, enhancing all departments. Abhishek ThakurAIASUboost.aimachine learningNLPTech Bytesvirtual agent Previous ArticleTech. 2019: Global Retail Tech Spending to Top $203 Billion This YearNext ArticleLabTwin’s AI-powered Digital Assistant Now Talks Back and Connects Data Sources in the Lab with New Open API TechBytes with Abhishek Thakur, Chief Data Scientist at boost.ai Sudipto GhoshJune 10, 2019, 2:30 pmJune 10, 2019 About boost.ai Abhishek Thakur serves as Chief Data Scientist at boost.ai. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Bonn University in 2014, Abhishek has been working with automatic Machine Learning. He is a former rank 3 in Kaggle competitions. About AbhishekAbout boost.aiAbout Abhishek Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at boost.ai.I work as Chief Data Scientist at boost.ai, a Norwegian software company specializing in conversational Artificial Intelligence. My role involves developing state-of-the-art algorithms for Natural Language processing and Natural Language understanding, as well as managing the Machine Learning team. I’m responsible for the machine work behind-the-scenes and building the backbone of our solution. Our work ensures that any customers interacting with a business (be it a bank, insurance company or telco) via one of our virtual agents get served correct and useful replies. We develop algorithms ranging from language detection, entity extraction, intent prediction, and our proprietary automatic semantic understanding.Why are B2B marketing teams steadily moving toward Applied Data Science for Sales and Marketing initiatives?The more data that a Marketing team has at their disposal, the better they can accomplish their goals. Artificial Intelligence is a perfect platform for helping both gather and parse the mountain of data that marketers need in order to effectively do their jobs. Virtual agents are one such avenue that can be utilized to achieve this. We recommend our clients position their Virtual agents as a ‘front-line’ service channel – this not only gives their customers 24/7 access to the answers they need, but it also helps gathers useful customer data that can be utilized by sales and marketing teams to better target their efforts.How do you build Analytics around Conversational AI platforms?Our analytics dashboard offers a deep dive into the interactions of a Virtual agent. Apart from being able to track things like a number of conversations or how many buttons and links are actioned on, we also monitor message and conversation feedback. This feature is popular amongst our clients as it allows them to see how certain intents and responses track with their customers. We have also recently implemented a ‘goals’ system that monitors conversations towards specific business goals. This is a great way to increase conversion rates and see what is and isn’t working in a particular conversation flow.What is conversational AI? What types of technologies run this engine?Conversational AI is the technology powering the next generation of what some people call chatbots. At boost.ai, we think they’re better than that and call them Virtual agents. Using a combination of Deep Learning and Natural Language understanding – as well as a number of our proprietary neural networks – our conversational AI is able to better understand the direction that a conversation is headed and offer intelligent and helpful responses with far greater accuracy than in other solutions. In fact, with our latest Automatic Semantic Understanding (ASU) upgrade, Virtual agents built on our technology are able to reduce false positives in complex customer interactions by up to 90 percent.How can data analytics make virtual agents function more effectively?Data Analytics opens up a world of possibilities for maintaining and improving Conversational AI. For example, if a bank identifies that its customers are regularly asking about a particular product in its portfolio, it can choose to have its Virtual agent proactively mention that product either the next time the customer returns to the bank’s website, or mention it to other customers who might be interested. Similarly, Analytics can be used to find where the gaps in the model might be and generate new Intents and responses almost on-the-fly so the Virtual agent remains constantly up-to-date.Tell us about your Customer Experience products. How can MarTech customers benefit from your AI/ML products?Customer Experience is a primary focus of boost.ai. We believe that if you put Customer Experience first, the rest will follow. Which is why our solution has been developed with a CX mindset from the ground up. While our market-leading algorithms are unparalleled in their ability to understand the underlying Intent and context of the customer interaction, we’ve also developed them to know when it’s appropriate to transfer to a human rather than just answer with a canned ‘I don’t understand’ response. This approach to CX has proved immensely successful for our clients with one major Norwegian bank, DNB, managing in just six months to automate 51% of all chat traffic via their Virtual agent.What is the current state of Machine Learning and AI for Digital Transformation?Machine learning and AI are the catalysts for Digital Transformation. Adoption of these technologies by industries is constantly showing significant results. It is more effective and more accurate decision-making in real-time and can help to dramatically accelerate a business. Every major industry is exploring and educating their employees to approach challenges using data-driven decisions.Can you recommend some best practices when building out a conversation AI solution?At boost.ai, we maintain that it is important that a Virtual agent can be developed and maintained by non-technical personnel. Finding a vendor that provides extensive training material and online certification means you can upskill existing customer support staff into AI trainers. This is key, as it is their expertise and product knowledge that can prove invaluable to maintaining and further developing a conversational AI project after launch.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu NIA busts terror module planning attack

first_img Arvind Ojha New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 21:25 IST The NIA had learnt that all the three accused and their associates had collected funds and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks with the intention of establishing Islamic rule in India. (File Photo)The National Investigation Agency carried out four raids in Chennai and Nagapattinam district and busted a Tamil Nadu-based terror module who conspired to wage a war against the Government of India. The raids were conducted in a case pertaining to Ansarulla terrorist gang.The NIA on Saturday carried out searches at the house and office of accused Syed Mohammed Bukhari in Chennai city and houses of Hassan Ali and Harish Mohammed in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, the agency said in a statement.The investigation agency had learnt that all the three accused and their associates had collected funds and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks with the intention of establishing Islamic rule in India.A case had been registered against the three on July 9 under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and UA (P) Act after NIA received credible information that the accused persons were conspiring and conducted consequent preparations to wage war against the government.During searches, the NIA have seized nine mobiles, 15 SIM cards, seven memory cards, three laptops, five hard discs, six pen drives, two tablets and three CDs/ DVDs besides documents including magazines, banners, notices, posters and books.(With ANI inputs)ALSO READ | NIA raids 10 places in Tamil Nadu over suspected Islamic State linksALSO WATCH | Islamic State claims responsibility for serial blasts in Sri LankaFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Next Tamil Nadu: NIA busts terror module planning attackThe NIA on Saturday carried out searches at the house and office of accused Syed Mohammed Bukhari in Chennai city and houses of Hassan Ali and Harish Mohammed in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, the agency said in a statement. advertisementlast_img read more