Pimpri-Chinchwad to get police commissionerate

first_imgMumbai: The Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday cleared the proposal to carve out a separate Pimpri-Chinchwad Police commissionerate from the existing Pune police commissionerate, with an aim to tackle the growing population, urbanisation, industrialisation, number of motor vehicles, political constituencies and increasing number of complaints. “Pimpri-Chinchwad has grown immensely in recent years. In addition, it hosts a large number of industries, IT companies in areas like Hinjewadi, and colleges. With constant influx of labourers from across the country in all industries, it has been observed that crime rate too is increasing,” said Girish Bapat, Guardian minister of Pune district. “The new arrangement will help in quick response to the crimes reported and maintain the law and order situation,” he said. The proposed commissionerate will have 15 police stations, namely Nigdi, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Bhosri, Bhosri MIDC, Wakad, Hinjewadi, Sangavi, Dighi and Chikhli from the urban areas while Chakan, Alandi, Dehuroad, Talegaon-Dabhade and Talegaon MIDC from rural part. It will cater to a population of around 22 to 23 lakh. On administrative front, the new commissionerate will require creation of 2,633 posts, which will be undertaken in three stages. For the first stage ₹107.72 crore will be spent on creation of 1,568 posts while ₹24.04 crore will be for office use ,and ₹188.83 crore for construction of residence. “We will require land of around 100 acres to set up a new office building, search for which has begun. The entire process would take a month or two,” said Mr. Bapat.last_img read more

Karl-Anthony Towns help Wolves recover in 120-103 win over Magic

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, drives against Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, of Montenegro, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Through 17 minutes, the Minnesota Timberwolves watched the Orlando Magic shoot 76.4 percent and open a 19-point lead. Returning home after a trip was looking like another letdown for Minnesota.Then the Timberwolves started playing team defense.ADVERTISEMENT Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 23 points and 10 assists in his return to the Minnesota lineup in the Timberwolves’ 120-103 comeback victory Friday night.Taj Gibson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota. The Timberwolves recovered from a 19-point deficit midway through the second quarter with a 44-12 run through the 5:51 of the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Once we started playing defense,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I thought the last five minutes of the second quarter we got going. We got some stops. I thought (Anthony Tolliver) gave us a big lift. He hit a couple big 3s and that gave us the energy, gave us a lift, and the defense, I thought, in the second half was very good.”Nikola Vucevic had 22 points for Orlando, but just eight after the first quarter. The Magic, who had won three of four, hit 26 of their first 34 shots (76.4 percent) before fading. Terrence Ross scored 13 points off the bench for Orlando, but he missed his final four 3-pointers after starting 3 of 5 from beyond the arc during the Magic’s hot start. Evan Fournier added 21 points.“This game was ours to take, to be honest,” Fournier said. “It was really ours. When you’re up 20 on the road, you should be winning those games.”Minnesota found a way to slow Orlando in the second and continued the momentum into the second half. The Magic missed 12 of their final 14 shots of the first half and were 7 of 23 in the third quarter.Teague and Towns took over offensively in the second half. Teague had nine points and four assists in the third, and Towns had 21 points in the second half after first-half foul trouble.“It was just lazy, undisciplined and soft,” Orlando forward Aaron Gordon said. “We didn’t have it tonight on the defensive end. It’s not OK at this point in the season.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Victor Oladipo hits late 3, Pacers beat Bulls in OT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Wolves came back from a halftime deficit for the sixth time in 22 games this season. Friday matched their best comeback of the season and five of their six wins when trailing at the half have come at home.“We came in here, at halftime, we said, ‘hey, we’ve got to change the game,’” Towns said. “We did that. In essence, we came in here and mostly slapped each other and said, ‘Wake up.’”TIP-INSMagic: F Jonathon Simmons returned after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle. Simmons scored six points in 21 minutes off the bench. … Orlando set a season high with the 68 first-half points. The franchise record is 78, set on Nov. 3, 2010, against Minnesota.Timberwolves: F Robert Covington missed his second straight game with a right knee bone bruise and is sidelined indefinitely. G Derrick missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained right ankle. … Towns had his 25th double-double in 39 games this season. … Without Covington, Tolliver played for the second straight game and matched his season high with 11 points. … Minnesota is 13-6 at home this season and 5-15 on the road.TEAGUE COMEBACKTeague wasn’t rusty in his return after missing nine games due to left ankle inflammation. Teague was 8 of 10 from the field and hit all three of his 3-pointers, including a quick shot from 28 feet to beat the 24-second clock on one third-quarter possession.It was Teague’s fourth game of the season with at least 20 points.“Teague lived in the paint,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “He set the tone early in the game right away, and we were never able to stop his penetration, pick-and-roll or anything else. I thought he was the biggest key in the game.”UP NEXT Magic: Their six-game trip continues Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.Timberwolves: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Main Street in Ocho Rios to be Rehabilitated

first_imgStory Highlights Some $160 million has been allocated to upgrade Main Street, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, as part of the multimillion-dollar redevelopment project being undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in the resort town.The project, which is being funded through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), will see 400 metres of roadway being rehabilitated over eight months.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, who is also Member of Parliament for the area, welcomed the move by the UDC and encouraged the stakeholders to work together.Addressing a stakeholders’ meeting at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios on September 14, the Minister said there is much work to be done, “as we continue to strive to make Ocho Rios the place that it ought to be”.The project, which is being managed by the National Works Agency (NWA), has been dubbed, ‘Turtle Walk’, and will be undertaken from Turtle River Road to the Ocho Rios Shopping Centre.According to Regional Manager for the NWA, Mr. Devon Lilly, Chin’s Construction has been awarded to carry out the roadworks, and efforts will be made to ensure that minimal disruption is caused to motorists and pedestrians.In addition to upgrading of the roadway, work will be done on the drains and on the sidewalks.For his part, Mr. Joseph Lewis, who represented the UDC, outlined that a series of projects have been ongoing as part of the Ocho Rios redevelopment project.“The improvements that we were hoping for, even in terms of the flow of traffic, the Port Authority of Jamaica is realising that benefit now,” he said.So far, the terminal building at the cruise ship pier, as well as the Turtle River Road, have been upgraded, and the parking lot has been reordered. A promenade is currently being built along the beach to the Ocho Rios cruise terminal. Some $160 million has been allocated to upgrade Main Street, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, as part of the multimillion-dollar redevelopment project being undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in the resort town.center_img dressing a stakeholders’ meeting at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios on September 14, the Minister said there is much work to be done, “as we continue to strive to make Ocho Rios the place that it ought to be”.last_img read more

Cree teens court fight for braces leads to noninsured health benefits policy

first_img(An x-ray of Josey Willier’s teeth which her doctor said needed braces to alleviate chronic teeth and jaw pain.)Editor’s Note: In the story about Josey Willier’s braces, APTN News reported that her braces cost $8,000. APTN was contacted by the office of Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services to say that the braces, originally paid for by the family, only cost $6,000. The federal government did spend $100,000 in legal fees arguing in court that the braces should not be covered under the non-insured health benefits program.Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsIt was a three-year court battle of David versus Goliath proportions and the victory will have rippling effects for other kids covered by Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits program.Josey Willier, from Sucker Creek First Nation in Alberta, was just 13 when she suffered crippling chronic pain from the position of her teeth and jaw.Her physician said braces were medically necessary but government doctors – who never examined the girl – denied they were needed.So  NIHB refused to cover the $8,000 treatment.The family took the government to court and rather than paying for the braces, the federal government spent $100,000 arguing why Canada should not pay.The case was settled this week.“We’ve been working with them steadily over the last few months to reach an agreement,” said Josey’s mother Stacey Shiner.“My mindset was I wouldn’t settle until they changed their policy so this doesn’t happen to other children.”The deal, terms of which weren’t disclosed, came at the 11th hour this week, just ahead of when the Federal Court of Appeal was to decide on the matter.“This is a huge step forward,” said Shiner. “It used to be a checked-box scenario of what was required but it leaves so many grey areas. Pain and discomfort are now factors.”A statement released by the family mentioned Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, who was an ally during the court battle.Blackstock said her agency will be watching to ensure the new orthodontic policy complies with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders on Jordan’s Principle.According to a statement released by Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services, the department will be updating its non-insured health benefits by June 15 to include more health services for First Nation and Inuit children.“I am pleased a settlement agreement has been reached relating to orthodontic coverage under the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program,” said Philpott in the statement released Tuesday evening.“I am confident that the services Indigenous Services Canada provides are contributing to better oral health outcomes for First Nations and Inuit. The orthodontic coverage under the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program is comprehensive and based on clinical evidence.”During the court fight, Josey’s parents paid out of pocket for the braces. She’s had them off now for about a year.mridgen@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Premier Horgan says LNG decision could be weeks away

first_imgCBC News is reporting that during a question and answer session with reporters after his speech, Horgan said that the announcement could be occurring in the next couple of weeks.Signs have been pointing towards the LNG Canada making a positive final investment decision for nearly the past year, after Petronas – which scrapped it’s proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project last July – announced that it was considering a minority stake in the Shell-led joint venture.Kitimat mayor Phil Germuth said in July that he felt that it was incredibly likely that the joint venture partners would pull the trigger on building the $40 billion project, while in May, LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz said than a final investment decision would occur in 2018, with construction also due to start before the end of the year.With files from CBC News: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/premier-john-horgan-final-address-2018-ubcm-1.4823972 WHISTLER, B.C. – Speaking at his closing keynote address of the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Whistler today, B.C. Premier John Horgan said that an LNG final investment decision could be made in the next several weeks.Horgan said during his nearly 40-minute presentation that the government was  “very, very close to having a final investment decision from an LNG company,” though he didn’t say which.last_img read more

Taliban kill 3 US Marines in Afghanistan

first_imgKabul: US forces in Afghanistan revised on Tuesday the death toll from a Taliban attack the previous day near the main American base in the country, saying three service members were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported among the fatalities. The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission issued a statement “to clarify initial reporting” about Monday’s roadside bombing of an American convoy near the main U.S. base. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The Pentagon said later that all three service members killed were Marines. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe mission said a roadside bomb hit the convoy near the Bagram Airfield, killing three American service members, and said “the contractor who was reported as killed, is alive.” The statement said “the contractor, an Afghan citizen, was initially treated along with other injured civilians, later identified as a contractor and treated at Bagram Airfield.” Three other U.S. service members were also wounded in the attack. The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main U.S. air facility in the country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe wounded were evacuated and are receiving medical care, the statement said. Christopher Slutman, a 15-year New York City fire department member, was among the three Marines killed. He leaves behind his wife, Shannon, and three daughters. “Firefighter Slutman bravely wore two uniforms and committed his life to public service both as a New York City firefighter and as a member of the United States Marine Corps,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a written statement. The Pentagon identified the two other Marines killed as Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York, and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania. In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban said they launched the attack and that one of their suicide bombers detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the NATO base. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled. On Tuesday, local Afghan officials said at least five Afghan civilians were wounded in the commotion after the attack on the American convoy. Four were passersby and the fifth was a driver of a car going down the road, said Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, said American soldiers opened fire immediately after their convoy was bombed. Monday’s U.S. fatalities bring to seven the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America’s longest. There are about 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over almost half the country and also the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed “caliphate” has crumbled in Syria and Iraq.last_img read more

N Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon

first_imgSeoul: North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn’t appear to be of a banned mid- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle negotiations, allows North Korea to show its people it is pushing ahead with weapons development while also reassuring domestic military officials worried that diplomacy with Washington signals weakness. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSeparately, the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Pompeo of playing down the significance of comments by leader Kim Jong Un, who said last week that Washington has until the end of the year to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy. Both the demand for Pompeo’s removal from the talks and the weapon test point to North Korea’s displeasure with the deadlocked negotiations. In a statement issued under the name of Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the American Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, North Korea accused Pompeo of “talking nonsense” and misrepresenting Kim’s comments. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDuring a speech at Texas A&M on Monday, Pompeo said Kim promised to denuclearize during his first summit with President Donald Trump and that U.S. officials were working with the North Koreans to “chart a path forward so we can get there.” “He (Kim) said he wanted it done by the end of the year,” Pompeo said. “I’d love to see that done sooner.” The North Korean statement said Pompeo was “misrepresenting the meaning of our requirement” for the negotiations to be finalized by the year’s end, and referred to his “talented skill of fabricating stories.” It said Pompeo’s continued participation in the negotiations would ensure that the talks become “entangled” and called for a different counterpart who is “more careful and mature in communicating with us.” In a speech at his rubber-stamp parliament last week, Kim said he is open to a third summit with Trump, but only if the United States changes its stance on sanctions enforcement and pressure by the end of the year. Kim observed the unspecified weapon being fired Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said. Kim was reported to have said “the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army.” The Associated Press could not independently verify North Korea’s claim, and it wasn’t immediately clear what had been tested. A major ballistic missile test would jeopardize the diplomatic talks meant to provide the North with concessions in return for disarmament. A South Korean analyst said that details in the North’s media report indicate it could have been a new type of cruise missile. Another possible clue: one of the lower level officials mentioned in the North’s report on the test Pak Jong Chon is known as an artillery official. Some in Seoul worry that the North will turn back to actions seen as provocative by outsiders as a way to force Washington to drop its hard-line negotiating stance and grant the North’s demand for a removal of crushing international sanctions. A string of increasingly powerful weapons tests in 2017 and Trump’s response of “fire and fury” had many fearing war before the North shifted to diplomacy.last_img read more

New UK rules over rape victims’ digital data spark criticism

first_imgLondon: Police are asking rape and sexual assault victims for access to their digital devices under new guidelines published on Monday that prompted criticism from women’s rights campaigners in Britain. Officers now present victims with consent forms to view messages, photographs, emails and social media accounts, with police warning that prosecutions may not go ahead without the permissions. The change follows a disclosure scandal in the legal system which saw a series of rape and sexual assault cases collapse in recent years after crucial evidence emerged at the last minute. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAssistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the new “informed consent” forms would be used “proportionately and consistently”. He added police were working with victim groups and others to ensure the approach had “the necessary balance”. “We would never want victims to feel that they can’t report crimes because of ‘intrusion’ in their data,” Ephgrave said in a statement. But women’s advocates as well as privacy campaigners have hit out at the consent forms as overly intrusive and argue they could deter people from reporting crimes. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”We seem to be going back to the bad old days when victims of rape are being treated as suspects,” said Harriet Wistrich, director of the Centre for Women’s Justice. The organisation said it was preparing a legal challenge to the policy alongside privacy advocates Big Brother Watch, which has dubbed the measures “digital strip searches”. Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said Monday that the issue was “complex” and police would conduct impact assessments on the forms. “While disclosure is an important component of the criminal justice system… the police have acknowledged that the use of personal data in criminal investigations is a source of anxiety,” he said. “We want victims to have the confidence to come forward.” The forms are part of a wholesale review of disclosure processes within the legal system in England and Wales.last_img read more

Womens volleyball Ohio State libero Valeria León record and barrier breaker

Senior libero Valeria Leon goes through her service routine during a match against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Oct. 14. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorNearly 15 years ago, 7-year-old Valeria León and her older sister, Karina, were on their way to volleyball practice in their hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico. León’s grandfather took them to practice, as he did every day. León started to develop a passion for the sport of volleyball, and she began to sleep with her volleyball at night. She had no idea she’d be holding a place in Ohio State history just a handful of years later.Last week, senior libero León grabbed the title for most career digs in the women’s volleyball program during a match against Michigan State, but her journey to the top hasn’t always been easy. In fact, it’s been her against the world in many cases.León’s love for volleyball continued into high school at Colegio Sagrado Corazón De Jesús, where she was recruited by OSU coach Geoff Carlston. He said she stood out to him for a lot of reasons, but it was her determination that won him over.“She made hard stuff look easy and easy stuff look easy, but really I gravitated to her competitive aura and how she played the game,” he said. Coming to the United States for college wasn’t León’s first choice, but she said her mother wholeheartedly believed in her talent as a player and encouraged her to give it a try. “My mom used to tell me, ‘Just try it and if you don’t like it, I’ll be the first one to buy you a ticket to come back,’” León said. On her official visit to OSU, she immediately committed. She said she was blown away by the campus’ atmosphere.  “I had other options, but I felt like Ohio State – it was the perfect one for me,” she said. At the time, León spoke little English, being a native Spanish speaker back in her Puerto Rican home. Everything was different in this new environment – communicating, learning and even some aspects of the game she had come to love were different. “I was dealing with so many outside things, like the language,” she said. “I had to go to tutoring for like eight hours every day because I couldn’t do the homework by myself.”Her team remembers it well. Being homesick while at college is one thing, but being homesick when your home is in another country is another. “She missed her family a lot. She missed home a lot. We all did, but it was different – she was in a completely new environment,” said senior middle blocker Kylie Randall. The team tried to support León in any way it could. Teammates walked her to classes, ordered food for her and took care of her like a sister, even though she had only been part of the OSU volleyball family for a short time.León could have given up and went back home where things were more familiar and comfortable, but she said when she finally decided to stick with it, she was thinking about more than just herself. “I had people behind me. They were excited and believed in me every single day, so I thought not giving up would make them proud,” she said. “People like my parents and my grandpa – he would go and drive me every single day to practice, and he never asked me for anything in return.”León also had her Buckeye family to rely on. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said she, Randall and fellow freshman Maggie Heim spent nearly every weekend with León during that first year, and they were able to bond outside of St. John Arena. Through the constant support of those close to her, León stayed with the program, and with time, she developed into one of the team’s strongest assets and a powerful leader. “She made it a point to make sure her voice was heard, even if she couldn’t say what she wanted to say,” Sandbothe said. Carlston said that, from a coach’s perspective, León is what holds the rest of his team together. “She does the maintenance. (She’s) the glue,” he said. “She does a lot of things for us.” León’s journey soared to a new level on Oct. 22 of this year when she broke the 12-year-standing record for most career digs in OSU women’s volleyball history with 1,586, a record set by National Player of Year Stacey Gordon. She said to see herself come this far is something she would never have dreamed of. “When you sign here and come here, you never think about stuff like that (breaking records),” she said. “Those are maybe goals or dreams someone has, but it won’t actually happen.” Grabbing the title was even more sweet for León because her family in Puerto Rico was able to see her do it. “What really hits me the most is that in that game (against Michigan State), my family was together back home watching. Bringing my family together is something really special for me,” she said. León’s mom and dad are able to come to the U.S. three or four times a year to watch her play. When they can’t, they watch her games online along with the rest of her extended family – which, she said, could be up to 25 people at one time. León isn’t the only Buckeye receiving international support. Freshman outside hitter Bia Franklin hails from Rio de Janeiro. León said she shares a special connection with Franklin because when she looks at her, she is able to see herself three years ago. “I love talking to her and telling her my story because, for me, it’s really important that she stays here and doesn’t give up,” León said. León’s team said that she is an inspiration to everyone she touches, and her journey has transformed her into not only a stronger volleyball player, but a stronger individual. Sandbothe said, “Seeing her accomplish these kinds of things … makes me trust in the journey and trust in the process and know that if you have people in your corner, you really can do anything.”León said she wants to see other players learn from her story. Carlston attributes that quality to her selfless and humble personality.“For me, it’s really important once I leave, I want (the underclassmen) to know how Buckeye volleyball does it,” León said. When her days donning the Buckeyes’ libero jersey are over, León hopes to keep playing the game she loves – but closer to those who inspired her to push through tough times. “One of the reasons why I want to play professional is my other family members who haven’t gotten the opportunity to watch me play,” she said. “They can watch me play (in Ponce), especially like my grandpa, he means the world to me.” There’s one thing Sandbothe said she has taken away from knowing León, and it’s the belief in achieving the seemingly impossible.“Someone who can have so many things against them and just being in really low points where you didn’t know if you could see the light or when it was going to get better, and she never gave up,” she said. read more

Ohio State football finalizes 2013 schedule

The path to what some fans hope will be a national championship season is now set in stone as Ohio State football finalized its 2013 schedule Friday. Fifteen days after Vanderbilt canceled its trip to Columbus for next year, the Buckeyes added San Diego State for a Sept. 7 contest against the Aztecs in Ohio Stadium. “San Diego State has a fine football program and we are happy to be able to add them to our schedule,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement. “We have had an excellent relationship with SDSU over the years with three exciting, competitive games since 2001.” The 2013 game will be the fourth time the two teams have met since 2001. The Buckeyes, which hold a 3-0 advantage in the series, have outscored the Aztecs, 70-31 over the course of contests in 2001, 2003 and 2005. SDSU, which finds itself currently a member of the Mountain West Conference, will move to the Big East next season a long with fellow MWC member, Boise State. Other non-conference opponents for the 2012 season include Buffalo, Florida A&M and California. OSU continues its 2012 campaign against Illinois Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Redknapp Mourinhos tactics might backfire against Liverpool

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Jose Mourinho’s old tricks won’t work this time around for Manchester UnitedThe Portuguese coach’s defensive tactics in the past at Anfield have secured United goalless draws in their last two visits.But Redknapp feels that Liverpool may just be too strong for United this time around for those kinds of tricks to work.“I am expecting Manchester United to try and do a number on Liverpool like they have done over the last couple of years,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.“They have done very well in those games, staying compact, not leaving any space in behind and making it uncomfortable – even unwatchable at times.“But I’ve just got a feeling that those tactics are not going to work this weekend. I think Liverpool have too much energy and speed for this United side. I think it’s inevitable that Liverpool will wear them down.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“The worry is that I don’t know if they have any other way of playing in these games. Jose doesn’t play the Manchester United way. He never has.“They are not going to do what Everton did at Anfield where they went and kept the ball and played on the front foot. I don’t think that’s how Mourinho will set up his team.“You can see a situation where he will play Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic in midfield and look to stop Liverpool.“But that was the midfield that played against Manchester City and look what happened there. They were outclassed.”The Liverpool-United match will begin at 17:00 (CET) at Anfield today.last_img read more

Former Meredith Exec Joins National Journal as President

first_imgAndy Sareyan, former executive vice president of consumer brands and chief brand officer with Meredith, is slated to join the Atlantic Media Group as executive vice president. In addition to acting as EVP, Sareyan will become president of National Journal.In this role, Sareyan will help Atlantic Media owner and chairman David Bradley in the conversion of National Journal’s subscription model to a membership service. Bradley introduced the membership model in a letter to readers in August. Previously, subscriptions cost from $2,000 to $4,000 for annual access; National Journal members are charged $4,000 to $25,000 for complete access. The price hike, in addition to new services, allows an entire company/organization access to National Journal features for one membership fee. The service includes the weekly publication, the National Journal Daily and its digital counterparts. Justin Smith, president of Atlantic Media, told FOLIO: at the time of the announcement that the membership also includes, “…an enriched suite of information, briefings, and best-practices research compiled by a new, independent research staff-and other tools designed to meet the specific needs of public policy professionals.”Paid circ for the National Journal was around 15,000 at the time of the announcement; Bradley tells The New York Post he already converted 100 subscribers into members. He also tells The Post that the new membership model could amount in a 50 to 80 percent revenue jump in the next few years. While at Meredith, Sareyan was responsible for Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle, More and Parents; he also oversaw digital media, newsstand and brand licensing.last_img read more

Indians make more product searches on Amazon than Flipkart Report

first_imgAmazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery.ReutersFor Amazon and Flipkart, the competition is not just restricted to the e-commerce world.India’s two major online retailers are also vying for customers’ attention to build on their brand-base and user popularity.Billionaire Jeff Bezos-led Amazon made for 46.02 percent of mobile searches in India in the e-commerce category on the mCent browser app during July-December 2017, according to a report by free internet provider Jana.Meanwhile, rival Flipkart was able to gather 20.90 percent of searches in the corresponding period.Other smaller rivals such as eBay accounted for 9.91 percent of the searches, Snapdeal was at 7.87 percent and Shopclues at 6.77 percent.The research analyzed popular search terms across various categories and brands within the mCent browser app.Amazon’s annual subscription service, Prime, was a major reason why users were opting for Amazon over Flipkart over the past year, as the company saw a 1.5-time growth over its closest rival between April and September 2017, a report by Forrester Research said last year.The Seattle-based company witnessed the highest number of Prime subscriptions in India in the first year of launch than in any other country.The current eligible selection for Prime in India stands at over 25 million items, including Prime Video, but the company is planning to increase the items to lure more shoppers.Amazon’s Prime service, where users get free one or two-day shipping on various items, has gained a lot of traction because of a quicker delivery option compared to others. “Our data shows Amazon’s marketplace is the first choice among Indian consumers, where searches outpace nearest competitor Flipkart 2x and best popular sites like eBay and Snapdeal by a healthy margin,” Nathan Eagle, CEO and founder of Jana, said in a release dated February 5.Top shopping categories among Indian shoppers overall included laptops, cameras, tablets and smartphones, the report said.Jana’s report showed that Apple was a dominant brand when it came to search terms. The iPhone 8 led the pack with nearly one in five searches, followed by the iPhone X.last_img read more

CBS News Launches StreamingVideo Morning Program

first_img Popular on Variety TV’s morning-news wars have a new competitor.CBS News, which already produces “CBS This Morning,” unveiled “CBSN AM,” a one-hour morning program built for its CBSN streaming-video hub. The program. anchored by Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers, launched today.The show will stream between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. eastern. Green will anchor the full hour and Duthiers, who often appears on “CBS This Morning,” will join her at 7:30 a.m.“CBSN viewers have made it clear to us that they want more live coverage in the morning,” said Christy Tanner, executive vice president and general manager of CBS News Digital, in a prepared statement. “‘CBSN AM’ will give our audience more depth and insight on the day’s biggest stories and feature more international coverage from our global team.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img CBS News isn’t the first outlet to debut programming that would at first blush appear to compete with options it already produces for linear TV. NBC News, for example, produces “Stay Tuned,” a news program that runs primarily on Snapchat. One edition often airs at 7 a.m., the same time the news unit’s flagship “Today” show kicks off on the NBC broadcast network.Darius Walker is the senior executive producer of CBSN and Rob Gifford is managing editor.CBS said CBSN set new viewership records in September, which is now the top-ranked month in 2018 for total streams and the second-ranked month of all time, behind November 2016.  The company also said, CBSN helped drive CBSNews.com to its top-ranked quarter to date for unique visitors and visits in the third quarter of 2018. Even so, the company did not release specific numbers of streams, visitors or visits.  CBSN can be found via CBSNews.com/live and on all CBS News mobile apps. Consumers can stream it via iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and game consoles like Xbox and PlayStation.last_img read more

Recap M6 closed due to trailer detaching from lorry

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes UPDATE: Highways England have confirmed all lanes have reopened (as of 00.24am on Monday December 3). The M6 motorway is closed due to a lorry’s load becoming unsecured in North Staffordshire tonight (Sunday December 2). The main carriageway is closed due to a broken down lorry on the M6 Northbound at J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads and the Hanchurch roundabout. A lorry’s trailer has become unsecured and lifting equipment is required to re-secure it, according to traffic data company Inrix. The issue was first reported shortly after 9.30pm – with Traffic England and Inrix confirming the closure remained in place as of 11pm. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group say the carriageway will reopen by 1.30am on Monday morning (December 3). A spokesman said: “All lanes closed from junction 15 while vehicle recovered. Estimated time to reopen 01.30am. “Driver has been reported for having a dangerous load and a vehicle in a dangerous condition.” Delays of 30 minutes are currently reported – with Highways England there are queues almost two miles long. A Highways England spokesman said: “M6 is closed northbound within J15 Stoke-on-Trent due to broken down HGV requiring specialist recovery. Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads at J15. Read MoreEmergency services called to incident on rail line between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield “Delays building on the approach to the closure point. Please allow for extra journey time. “Approximately 1¾ miles of queuing traffic on the M6 northbound, approaching J15 near Stoke-on-Trent. We’re diverting traffic off and around J15 while we deal with a stranded HGV that needs to have it’s load removed and then re-positioned. ” We will bring you updates as we get them. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .00:23Carriageway reopensThe carriageway has now reopened,“A Highways England spokesman said: “#Staffordshire On the #M6 northbound, approaching J15 near #Stoke, our recovery and clean-up crews have worked hard to resolve the problems with the stranded HGV. Junction has now re-opened. Thanks for your patience!”23:34What we know as of 11.30pmThe M6 Northbound is blocked at junction 15 due to a lorry’s load becoming unsafeTraffic is being diverted using the slip roads – with almost miles of congestion reportedSpecialist recovery equipment is being used to recover the loadPolice say the driver has been reported for having a dangerous loadThe motorway is expected to reopen by 1.30am23:23Another photo from the sceneCMPG have posted this photo from the scene (Image: CMPG)23:20Police say the road will reopen by 1.30amA Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: All lanes closed from junction 15 while vehicle recovered. Estimated time to reopen 0130 hrs. Driver has been reported for having a dangerous load and a vehicle in a dangerous condition. “22:58Almost two miles of queues on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Approximately 1¾ miles of queuing traffic on the M6 northbound, approaching J15 near Stoke-on-Trent. We’re diverting traffic off and around J15 while we deal with a stranded HGV that needs to have it’s load removed and then re-positioned. “22:57Another photo from the sceneAnother photo Highways England have released of the recovery operation tonight (Image: Highways England)22:56Highways England photo from the sceneHighways England have released this photo from the scene (Image: Highways England)22:37Delays of 40 minutes now reportedDelays of 40 minutes are now reporting on the M6 northbound at junction 1522:31Another lane closed due to a broken down vehicle on the southbound carriagewayOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey).Lane one (of two). (Image: Inrix)22:30Location of the trailerThe closure is near junction 15 itself on the northbound carriageway.Location of the closure (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

Economists Housing Biggest Disappointment of 2014

first_img Forecast GDP Housing Starts 2014-12-11 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share In a year that’s seen promising—albeit unspectacular—growth, economists agree that one sector of the U.S. economy disappointed: the housing market.In a survey of 45 economists conducted by the Wall Street Journal, the panel largely agreed that throughout all of 2014, housing proved to be the weakest link in the economic chain, with weak household formations weighing down on demand and production.A year ago, economists surveyed by the Journal had predicted housing starts would surge 20 percent over 2014 to an annual rate of 1.11 million, a prediction that quickly fizzled as the year’s opening months brought poor weather and even poorer home sales.While new construction gained some life with the arrival of summer, numbers have failed to impress in the last few months. As of December, the group now predicts starts will total 1.05 million.For the overall economy, forecasters told the Journal they expect gross domestic product (GDP) will grow 2.2 percent in 2014, dialing back their prediction of 2.8 percent growth made last year. While second- and third-quarter reports have looked solid, the country spent much of the year’s first half shaking off a weak first quarter, which saw GDP contract at an annual rate of 2.1 percent.Despite missing on their predictions last year, the panel remains hopeful for 2015, forecasting 1.22 million housing starts and GDP growth of 2.9 percent as the job market continues to recover and wages pick up.center_img December 11, 2014 568 Views Economists: Housing Biggest Disappointment of 2014last_img read more

One third of all TV channels and videoondemand s

first_imgOne third of all TV channels and video-on-demand services in the EU specifically target foreign markets, according to a report by the European Audiovisual Observatory.According to the report, the relevant services belonged to 44 parent companies, 26 of which were of European origin, 15 of US origin, and three of ‘other’ origin.According to the European Audiovisual Observatory, the market power of these channels is significant in a number of cases. In seven European countries ­­– Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden, the French Community of Belgium and Denmark, the French-speaking part of Switzerland and Norway – the cumulated audience market share for targeted TV services was greater than 20% of the overall audience market share.The UK is by far the leading European hub for linear and on-demand audiovisual services targeting foreign markets. Other major hubs for both types of services include the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.The UK is home to 758 TV channels primarily targeting other markets, compared with 91 in the Czech Republic, the second largest source.The UK also houses 152 on-demand services primarily targeting other markets, compared with 64 in the Netherlands, the number two provider, and 30 in Ireland.The EU was home to 4,063 TV services and 2,207 VOD services, including catch-up services, last year. Half of these were concentrated in the UK, France and Germany. About one in 10 services was a public broadcast service, and about a third of services were in the HD format.Sports was the leading channel genre, accounting for 15% of services, followed by entertainment, accounting for 13% and film, accounting for 9%. Kids, documentary and generalist channels accounted for 7% of the total each.Among on-demand services, 17% were generalist; 17% were for film; 11% were kids; 9% documentary; 7% film and TV fiction; 7% entertainment; and 6% sport.One fifth of television services established in the EU were accessible via digital terrestrial television, and the rest via cable, satellite, or internet protocol television. The majority of television channels were pay and/or premium services while 30% were available free-to-air.Some 77% on-demand audiovisual services based in the EU were accessible via online access only, followed by access through set-top boxes at 14% and access through set-top boxes complemented by OTT applications, accounting for 9%.Catch-up TV and free-on-demand accounted for 71% of the total number of on-demand services.last_img read more

How NHL Legend Cam Neely Teamed Up with Denis Leary to Kick

first_imgProject Grow Image credit: Paul Marotta | Getty Images Add to Queue Next Article –shares Apply Now » You might think that a guy who spent a total of 143 minutes in the penalty box during one season of hockey might have somewhat less than a sparkling sense of humor, but you’d be wrong.NHL Hall of Famer and President of the Boston Bruins Cam Neely not only appreciates a good joke, he and Denis Leary co-founded Comics Come Home, the longest-running comedy fundraiser in history. Since 1995, the annual event benefits The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, whose mission is “to provide comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and their families.” This year’s show at the TD Garden in Boston on Nov. 18 boasts a mega lineup of stars includes Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson and Jeff Ross, among many others. Tickets are on sale here.Entrepreneur sat down with the bruising Bruin to discuss his passion for helping others, leadership, and tips for building a team that hates to lose.This is the 23rd year of Comics Come Home. What has driven you to do this year after year?Both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer at a young age and passed away. Most professional athletes do a number of charitable things throughout their careers, and when cancer struck my family, I decided to start this foundation focused on areas of care that I saw was lacking. Families suffer so much when a loved one is sick. So we have two main parts: The Neely Cancer Fund which supports treatment and research efforts and The Neely House, built in memory of my parents, which gives families a convenient, comfortable place to live and relax and be around others while undergoing treatment.How did Denis Leary get involved?Denis is from Worcester Mass. I first came to Boston in 1986, instead of going to movies I enjoyed going to comedy shows. Through some mutual friends, I met Denis and we became friends. I asked him if he would consider doing some standup for a benefit for our foundation, and he did so much more. Comics Come Home is really his brainchild, he pulled together his friends from the Boston clubs and it has grown so much from there.Related: (Survey) A Quarter of Cancer Patients Use Legal Medical MarijuanaWhether it is running your foundation or your hockey team, how would you describe your decision-making style?It’s really all about having the right conversations with the right people to get the right information. You need to digest the facts and then ultimately not be afraid to make a decision. The toughest thing is understanding that your decisions could impact other people’s lives, but you can’t be afraid to do what you think it’s right. You just have to believe it and move forward.What do you look for in new hires?One of my favorite questions to ask people — especially prospective players — is, “Do you love to win or do you hate to lose?” There’s a big difference. Everybody loves to win. I hate losing. And I love when great teamwork works. Sure, this guy might have scored three goals, but in order to do that, someone had to pass him the puck.Related: 15 Motivational Quotes From Legends in SportsBesides hockey and charity, you are something of a notable film actor. You famously hocked a loogie into Jeff Daniels’ cheeseburger in Dumb & Dumber.[Laughs] Yes, I played Sea Bass. That was a heck of a good time. The funny thing was when the Farellys asked me to do it, I didn’t know much about the production. I said sure, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my playing schedule. Then Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels signed on. Wow, this just became a much bigger deal! Every once in a while when I’m walking down the street, I still get people shouting, “Kick his ass, Sea Bass!”What was it like to have the Bruins win the Stanley Cup?For me it was it was such a special moment because I truly love our fan base. It was 39 years between cups and so you have generations of passionate fans. I was excited for our fan base and the city of Boston.Do you plan on talking to the team about the ongoing controversy of players not standing for the National Anthem?Yes, we’ll be addressing that. You know, I believe everybody has a right to express their opinions and their values and beliefs and I don’t necessarily think that a sporting event is a place to do that. Fans are there to watch the event. But I believe in people having the right to express themselves, absolutely.Related: Which Tech Billionaires Donate the Most to Charity? (Infographic)There were a bit more fisticuffs back in the day with hockey. Is it true that players would kick the crap out of each other on the ice, then go grab a beer after the game?Not exactly, but if we’d run into each other, it wasn’t like we held grudges. You know, we had an issue and we took care of it on the ice, over and done.If only everything could be like that simple.I was joking the other day that when I got upset with someone back in the day, I used to get five minutes in the penalty box. Now I’d get handcuffs!Any chance people who go see Comics Come Home will see you do a set?Ha, no I am not going anywhere near a microphone to tell jokes on stage. I think I’m more “witty” than funny. That is something I would never attempt.Finally, do you want to go on the record stating that the New York Rangers are guaranteed to win the Stanley Cup this year?[Laughs] I’m not going to do that either.Tickets for Comics Come Home are available now, click here to purchase.   The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List October 5, 2017 Dan Bova How NHL Legend Cam Neely Teamed Up with Denis Leary to Kick Cancer’s Ass Editorial Director 6 min read The 23rd year of Comics Come Home promises big laughs for an incredible cause.last_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