Citing health reasons, Odisha BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra did not appear on Thursday at Chhatrapur police station in Ganjam district for interrogation in connection with the murder of youth BJD leader Laxmidutta Pradhan in 2017.Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Chhatrapur, Ramesh Sethi said Mr. Mohapatra sought one-month time for his appearance. “His lawyer informed us that his doctor had advised him one-month bed rest,” Mr. Sethi said.On January 29, two prominent BJP leaders of Odisha — Mr. Mohapatra and Bhrugu Buxipatra — were issued notices by the police to appear at the Chhatrapur police station in connection with the murder of the youth BJD leader. Mr. Buxipatra has been asked to appear at the police station on February 9.Laxmidutta, who also happened to be a councillor of Chhatrapur Notified Area Council, was murdered in broad daylight on September 16, 2017 by a group of armed assailants. So far, 19 persons have been arrested in connection with the murder.Two prime accused in the murder case — Krushna Chandra Nayak and Duryodhan Reddy — had been arrested from Uttarakhand. Mr. Mohapatra is suspected to have helped the two accused in fleeing to Uttarakhand and also arranged for their stay there, said police sources.Mr. Mohapatra had been earlier interrogated by the police at Chhtarpur police station on November 1, 2017. Mr. Buxipatra has been summoned by the police in connection with the case for the first time.
A Hyderabad based woman has sought help from Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to bring her daughter back from Saudi Arabia. The woman has claimed that her daughter was allegedly trafficked to Saudi Arabia last year on the pretext of a job there.According to a report by news agency ANI, the woman, Habeeb Unissa, has sought Swaraj’s help to bring her daughter Haleem Unissa back to India from Saudi Arabia. She has been in Saudi Arabia since March 2017.While speaking to the news agency, Habeeb Unissa said that two agents promised her daughter beautician’s job in capital Riyadh. She alleged that her daughter was trafficked to Saudi Arabia on the pretext of this job. She also said that while her daughter went there last year, the family has no clue as to when she will return.Asking the government for help, Habeeb Unissa said that her daughter is being tortured.The news agency quoted the mother as saying, “My daughter, named Haleem Unissa, went there in March 2017, till now we don’t know when she will return. She was sent there to work in a beauty parlor by two agents. She is being tortured there. We have also filed a police complaint. We want to request the government to help us.”Sharing the plight of the family with the news agency, Mohammed Asif Khan, Haleem’s brother told that his sister was promised around Rs.25,000 per month in Saudi Arabia. But instead of giving her a beautician’s job, she was made to work as a housemaid there. He added that he asked the agents to bring Haleem back to India but didn’t get any response from them.He also said that his family has already requested the Indian embassy to help them in this matter. Related Items
The weekly flea market in Srinagar saw a huge rush even as normal life elsewhere in Kashmir remained affected for the 77th consecutive day on Sunday following abrogation of Article 370 provisions, officials said. Main markets remained shut and public transport were off the roads. Private vehicles were plying unhindered in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir, while auto-rickshaws and a few inter-district cabs were seen in some areas of the Valley, they said. The weekly flea market, locally known as ‘Sunday Market’, was open as several dozen vendors had put up stalls on the TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre, the officials said. The market witnessed a huge rush of customers as thousands of people thronged it for shopping clothes and other items. However, elsewhere life remained affected. Shops opened for a few hours early in the morning in some areas, including the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, but the main markets and other business establishments were shut, officials said. Internet services – across all platforms – continued to be unavailable in the valley, the officials said. Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been either detained or placed under house arrest. Another former chief minister and Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah has been arrested under the controversial Public Safety act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the chief minister.
Every sporting champion needs a break from time to time to recharge the batteries ahead of the next challenge. Shotgun ace Ronjan Sodhi is no different and wishes he could have a few more days off to spend time with his family.Asian Games double trap gold medallist Sodhi has been on a break since he got back from Guangzhou, and finally picked up a gun for the first time on Friday, in preparation for the upcoming national championship, to be held in the Capital in January.”For sure, I wanted to take a longer break because the last two years have been very busy for me. But with the Nationals coming up, I was also itching to get back to the range. I know that from now till the London Olympics in July 2012, I won’t be able to take a break. But double trap is a very competitive event nowadays so I have to prepare myself accordingly,” he told M AIL TODAY from Jaipur, where he is training for the Nationals.The next year is going to be crucial for all shooters, with quota places for the Olympics up for grabs. The four ISSF World Cups will give two quota places each, while the Asian Championships and World Championships will also carry a few spots.”My target is to grab a quota place as early as possible and, with the first World Cup in March, the months of January and February are very, very important for me. I’ve been lucky to have had a sustained run of form in the last two years, where in 19 competitions, I’m averaging 141.2 (out of 150).advertisement”But I don’t want to let up on my preparations because shooting is always about your scores relative to those of your competitors and, no matter what score I shoot, I want that quota place,” Sodhi said.”Once I get that, I plan to train at the London Olympics range, or some other range near London if that is not ready, around the month of August to get used to the conditions we are going to get at the Olympics.” Dwelling upon the reasons for his unprecedented success this year, Sodhi said: ” I think once you are confident about your technique, you become mentally stronger too. Which is why the training that we got thanks to the Commonwealth Games ( CWG) was amazing, because the government allowed us to train abroad whenever we wanted. We got access to all sorts of conditions and machines, which made a difference because shotgun is an outdoor event. I feel I have grown a lot as a shooter in this past year.” Asked which of his victories tasted sweetest, Sodhi made a startling choice.”The World Cup Finals would be a logical choice, but my favourite moment was winning the Lonato World Cup because that is the Mecca of shotgun shooting.”Italy is the home of shotgun and the audience there is special – with all the major gun manufacturers and ammunition makers in attendance – and that’s why all the biggest names in the world compete there,” Sodhi said.The attention Olympic sportspersons are now getting in this cricket- mad country is something that pleases Sodhi.”I think it’s high time Olympic sportspersons got the recognition they deserve. Look at sports like wrestling, boxing and badminton – people are drawn to the sports because of our athletes’ success. The CWG was definitely a great boost in that regard,” he said.Sodhi had dedicated his Asiad gold to his son, Suryaveer, and wants to see him take up a sport when he grows up.”He is just two- and- a- half now but is fond of guns – they are his favourite toys. I’m not going to push him into shooting, though if he does take it up, he will have more facilities than I did growing up. If not shooting, I really want him to take up any sport because that teaches you a lot of things you need in life to grow as a person,” he said.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic react after losing their US Open semifinals on SaturdayInstead of Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer for the U.S. Open title, first-time Grand Slam finalists Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will vie for the championship after a pair of semifinal surprises Saturday.First, Japan’s Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a major singles championship match by staying fresher than Djokovic in stifling heat and winning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.Then, Croatia’s Cilic used every bit of his 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) frame to deliver stinging serves and flat groundstrokes during a quick-as-can-be 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Federer.”It’s fairly simple, I think: Marin played great and I maybe didn’t catch my best day,” Federer said after his 1-hour, 45-minute loss. “That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.”So much for No. 1-seeded Djokovic facing the No. 2-seeded Federer in a matchup between men who have combined to win 24 Grand Slam trophies. In what some will see as signaling a generational shift in tennis, Monday’s final will be No. 10 Nishikori against No. 14 Cilic.Croatia’s Marin Cilic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the US Open semifinal”That’s going to be a sensational day for both of us,” said Cilic, who at 25 is a year older than Nishikori.For the first time in nearly a decade – since Marat Safin beat Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open in January 2005 – a major final will be contested without at least one of Federer, Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, who didn’t attempt to defend his 2013 U.S. Open title because of a right wrist injury.advertisementThat trio won 34 of the past 38 Grand Slam trophies, including two months ago at Wimbledon, when Djokovic edged Federer in a five-set final.”It’s exciting for the game to have different faces from time to time,” the 33-year-old Federer said. “It’s definitely refreshing to some extent. It’s big for Croatia; it’s big for Japan.”Cilic, forced to sit out last year’s U.S. Open during a doping suspension, is the first man from Croatia to get this far at a major since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, won Wimbledon in 2001.That’s nothing compared to Japan’s wait.Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first Asian to reach a major singles championship finalAs it is, Nishikori was the first man from his country to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since 1933.”Very happy to make history,” said Nishikori, who moved to Florida at age 14.He weaved his way through a pair of five-setters totaling more than 8 1/2 hours while No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 5 Milos Raonic, yet appeared much more lively as the temperature neared 100 degrees (37 Celsius) than Djokovic, a guy widely considered as fit as they come.”Just wasn’t myself,” Djokovic said.Especially in the pivotal third-set tiebreaker. He missed a pair of backhands. He double-faulted. He missed a forehand, and another to end the set, then smacked a ball in anger. Up in the stands, Nishikori’s coach, 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang, rose to his feet and pumped his fists.Making Nishikori’s performance all the more impressive is that as recently as a few weeks ago, he was swinging a racket while seated in practice, unable to run because he had a cyst removed from the bottom of his right foot in August.”I didn’t even know if I should come to New York,” he said, “so I wasn’t expecting nothing, actually.”Chang refused to let Nishikori think that way.”He might not have prepared the best way he knows how. But just because you haven’t done that doesn’t mean that you don’t give yourself the opportunity to come out and play,” Chang said. “That’s why I told him, ‘You get past the first round, the second round, anything can happen.'”This unforeseeable U.S. Open final shows that’s true.In the quarterfinals Thursday night, Federer dropped the first two sets against Gael Monfils and faced two match points, but escaped.There would be no such comeback against Cilic, who worked to improve his game while sidelined after testing positive for a stimulant in May 2013. He said he ingested the substance accidentally via a glucose tablet; the International Tennis Federation sought a two-year ban but it eventually was reduced to four months.Cilic had only played one previous major semifinal, at the 2010 Australian Open, while this was Federer’s 36th. And Cilic came into the day with an 0-5 head-to-head record.But this one went the other way. Wasn’t even close.Cilic hit serves at up to 132 mph (213 kph) and finished with 13 aces, including three in the final game. That he would serve effectively was no surprise. What truly stood out, though, was the way Cilic managed to hang with Federer in exchanges from the baseline.advertisement”He played,” Federer said, “with no fear.”
Nick Kyrgios enjoyed a resurrection of sorts after coming back from being a set down to beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.Kyrgios, who lost the first set, was trailing 0-3 in the second and was heading towards another one of his lacklusture displays and early exit from a grand slam.But, the Australian, who doesn’t listen to anyone, did well to take some advice from the chair umpire and come back strong to win the match 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-0 and set up a third round clash with Roger Federer.In a bizarre scene that caused an instant stir on social media, chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani got off his chair with Kyrgios down a set and trailing 3-0 in the second to give the Australian a pep talk.4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0@NickKyrgios rallies to defeat Herbert to book a spot in R3…He awaits the winner of Federer/Paire!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/gQWIkrTucDUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2018For almost a minute the animated Lahyani gestured and pleaded with the stone-faced Kyrgios and the Swedish umpire could be heard telling him: ‘I’m trying to help you”.Kyrgios shrugged off the entire episode as nothing new but the sight of an umpire offering unsolicited advice was uncomfortable enough that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) decided to investigate the incident.”It’s happened in Shanghai. We all know I had that moment in Shanghai where the referee said the same thing – ‘It’s not good for the integrity of the sport, doesn’t have a good look’,” said Kyrgios. “It happens in other sports, too.”advertisementThe USTA later issued a statement saying there was no reason to take action against the umpire, explaining that Lahyani came down because of the noise level in the stadium and was simply concerned Kyrgios might have needed medical attention.He also informed Kyrgios that if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, as the chair umpire he would need to take action.”The umpire in Shanghai didn’t cop any backlash,” said Kyrgios. “It happened to me in Cincinnati two weeks ago against (Juan Martin) Del Potro, the exact same thing happened. I wasn’t putting forth my best performance.”I did the same today. The umpire was like, ‘Nick, you can’t be doing this. It’s a bad look’. Same thing happened there.”Absurd scenes at the #USOpen. The UMPIRE got out of his chair and basically begged a struggling Nick Kyrgios to put in more effort in the match pic.twitter.com/WDMeyRDboySibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) August 31, 2018However, a section of the crowd wasn’t as supportive as Lahyani as they were growing impatient with Kyrgios’ attitude and one asked him to get over with quick because Genie Bouchard was slated to play her match next.But, Kyrgios had none of it and had an apt response to the Bouchard jibe by saying that the “Well, you’ll never have her.”GREAT TALENTThe enigmatic Australian, viewed as one of the sport’s great talents who has yet to fulfil his potential, looked set to produce another lacklustre effort as he stayed cemented to the baseline, barely flinching as Herbert served for a 3-0 lead.It was then that Lahyani climbed down from his chair at the changeover and advised Kyrgios to show more interest.While the contest turned in Kyrgios’s favour after the chat the 30th seed said the talk had nothing to do with the outcome.”I’m not sure it was encouragement. He said he liked me,” Kyrgios, who next plays Roger Federer, said with a laugh. “He just said that it’s not a good look.”I know what I was doing out there wasn’t good. I wasn’t really listening to him (Lahyani). Didn’t help me at all.”After Federer beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-5 6-4 6-4 he was asked about the umpire’s action in the Kyrgios match.”It’s not the umpire’s role to go down from the chair. But I get what he was trying to do. He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves. You as an umpire take a decision on the chair, do you like it or don’t you like it. But you don’t go and speak like that, in my opinion,” said the second-seeded Swiss.”I don’t know what he said. I don’t care what he said. It was not just about, ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘Oh, I’m not feeling so well. Go back up to the chair.’ He was there for too long.advertisement”It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter. That’s why it won’t happen again. I think everybody knows that.”
Two-time World Cup-winning skipper Ricky Ponting has said Australia would be as strong as any team when Steve Smith and David Warner return to the side after their ball-tampering bans expire in March. Smith and Warner are serving one-year suspensions from domestic and international cricket for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. The two star batsmen will be eligible for selection from March 29.Smith and Warner are also recovering from elbow injuries.Ricky Ponting was recently added to Australia’s coaching staff to help the batsmen during the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Ponting will work alongside head coach Justin Langer as Australia look to win the World Cup for a record sixth time. Ponting has won the World Cup three times including twice as captain in 2003 and 2007.”India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that [Australia’s] line-up then I think that team looks as strong as any. I am not just saying that because I am one of the coaches, I actually said it when I wasn’t around the group. Conditions in England will suit our style of play … I think Australia will be the one of the main contenders for sure,” Ponting said.Australia’s pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are also nursing injuries and they would also be back contention once fit. The two pacemen have not been picked in the squad to tour India for a limited-overs series comprising 2 Twenty20 Internationals and 5 ODIs.advertisement”We went to World Cups with Michael Bevan injured, Darren Lehmann suspended, Warney (Shane Warne) went home and Jason Gillespie went home. World Cups very rarely run exactly to plan.”All the planning right now is we will have all those guys in the squad and if we do, it looks as good as any squad on paper,” Ponting said.Ponting, who is also the head coach of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, will join the Australian team after the T20 league.Australia start their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1. Australia will also play two warm-up games against England on May 25 and Sri Lanka on May 27 in Southampton.Also Watch:
Barcelona play their first match of 2019 when they take on Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday.The Catalan club ended 2018 with four straight wins in La Liga , and now aim to continue that form after the winter break.Getafe, meanwhile, sit in seventh, one place higher than their final position last term, and are four games unbeaten in the league. They fell to respective 2-0 defeats against the two Madrid clubs earlier in the season however, and will be in for a tough evening against the Spanish champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Azulones did scrap for a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou 11 months ago but they lost the home fixture 2-1 against Barca last season. Game Getafe vs Barcelona Date Sunday, January 6 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television but can be streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Getafe squad Goalkeepers Soria, Chichizola, Yanez Defenders Djene, Miquel, Gonzalez, Cabrera, Antunes, Suarez, Foulquier Midfielders Bergara, Flamini, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Shibasaki, Cristoforo, Saiz, Portillo, Ndiaye, Alejo, Ibanez, Forwards Mata, Rodriguez, Guardiola, Molina The hosts are without Amath Ndiaye for the remainder of the season and Markel Bergara is sidelined with a fractured arm. Confirmed Getafe XI: Soria; Suarez, Antunes, Cabrera, Antunes; Foulquier, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Portillo; Mata, Molina. Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Vermaelen, Murillo Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir Barca are missing Thomas Vermaelen, Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti through injury, but Ernesto Valverde does have new signing Jeison Murillo available.Sergio Busquets has returned to training but faced a late fitness test and did not make the XI.Confirmed Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Robert; Vidal, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Dembele, Suarez.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are the favourites with bet365 who rate the Catalans’ chances at 2/5. Getafe meanwhile are 13/2 to win, while a draw is priced at 4/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview The goalless draw at Camp Nou last term came as a shock and it was one of only three league games the champions failed to win at home during the whole season. Unsurprisingly, Barca have shown strong form again this year and finished 2018 on the top of the table, three points ahead of Atletico Madrid. They have been the highest scoring team in La Liga by a distance so far, netting 48 times in 17 games – 18 more than any other side.But Getafe have the second best defensive record in the Spanish top flight having conceded just 13 times, a record only beaten by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, so this could be one of the sterner tests for Barcelona’s forwards.Ahead of the game, Valverde said: “We suffered to beat them in Getafe last season and were unable to score when we met them at home. They’re a side who are pressing high up the pitch and doing so with great conviction. Their position in the table says it all.”That suggests Barca are not taking their hosts lightly as they aim to ward off pressure from Atletico at the top of the table.Both sides will feature in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey in mid-week, but don’t expect either set of players to be distracted when they go head-to-head this evening.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners gestures to the crowd after Senior Day announcements before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma Sooners players will be penalized for doing the “Horns Down” signal against Texas at the Big 12 Championship Game this afternoon.Baker Mayfield can do whatever he wants, though.The former star Oklahoma quarterback posted a message for his rival ahead of this afternoon’s Big 12 Championship Game.The message: Horns Down.“Can’t penalize this….HORNS DOWN. Go get what’s yours tomorrow boys,” Mayfield wrote on Instagram.Oklahoma enters today’s game against Texas looking for revenge for a loss earlier in the season. The Longhorns handed the Sooners their only loss of the regular season back in October.Today’s Big 12 Championship Game is set to kick off in about three hours.Oklahoma, needing a win to stay in College Football Playoff contention, is set to kick off against Texas at 12 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ABC.
Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says plans are in place to revive the country’s Culinary Arts Festival and Competition beginning next year. Introduced during the 1970s, the festival, which showcased the island’s rich culinary food and delights, was later discontinued after having been staged for a number of years. “It will now be resuscitated and have pride of place. It will include hoteliers and other Jamaicans from all walks of life. We’ll also be going into the villages. Through this effort, we’ll re-establish the cottage industry with Jamaican foods and treats,” she said. Story Highlights Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says plans are in place to revive the country’s Culinary Arts Festival and Competition beginning next year.Introduced during the 1970s, the festival, which showcased the island’s rich culinary food and delights, was later discontinued after having been staged for a number of years.“It will now be resuscitated and have pride of place. It will include hoteliers and other Jamaicans from all walks of life. We’ll also be going into the villages. Through this effort, we’ll re-establish the cottage industry with Jamaican foods and treats,” she said.The Minister was speaking at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Culinary Expo held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on August 2.Additionally, Ms. Grange said there are plans to have the festival “institutionalised, so that it can be sustained,” and has asked Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, to commit budgetary support in this regard.The JCDC’s Culinary Arts Specialist, Dr. Pamella Powell, welcomed the festival’s resuscitation, describing the move by the Culture Minister “as a great thing to revive”.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange urged the protection of certain “works (of food) and final product on display,” which can be classified as intellectual property.“Far too often, we see food shows on networks that have creations that are distinctively Jamaican, but other nations take credit. They cleverly use the term, ‘Jamaican-style jerk, juices and pastries’, with none of the input or labour being Jamaican.We have to protect them,” Ms. Grange emphasised.Turning to other matters, the Minister said plans exist to have reggae music inscribed and protected as an “intangible cultural heritage” with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).The aim of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage is to ensure those included on the list are better protected and to bring awareness of their significance worldwide.It is expected that in November, the country will know whether it is successful in its efforts to have reggae music on the list of intangible cultural heritage.The Minister added that a submission to UNESCO will also be made to include “our food, as these strides will protect the local economy and small players”.For his part, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, noted that 40 per cent of the expenditure of visitors to the island last year was spent on food experiences.He said that Jamaica has now established itself as the premier gastronomy destination of the Caribbean, after having been the only country in the region last year to have an exposition “which the United Nations World Tourism Organization calls the Gastronomy Prototype”.Mr. Bartlett noted that it has become necessary to train and build up the professionalism of those in the culinary profession, especially chefs, through the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation, which graduated 150 participants a few months ago.These graduates received the American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification and American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) designation.“We want to give them certification, so that…we won’t have to be importing chefs from across the world, because we will be producing our own in Jamaica,” he said.During the expo, patrons toured several booths and sampled a number of local cuisines from hotels as well as the HEART Trust/NTA. The JCDC’s 55th anniversary cake was also cut.
WASHINGTON — U.S. and Chinese negotiators start two days of high-level talks Wednesday aimed at settling a six-month trade war that has weakened both sides, shaken financial markets and clouded the outlook for the global economy.Yet the odds seem stacked against any substantive resolution this week to the standoff between the world’s two biggest economies. Perhaps the best that might be hoped for, analysts say, is for the two sides to agree to keep talking.The differences between Beijing and Washington are vast. The United States is essentially demanding that China downsize its economic aspiration to become a supreme world leader in such fields as robotics and electric cars.“A comprehensive deal that fundamentally changes their system — I don’t think that’s possible,” said Christopher Adams, a former U.S. trade official specializing in China and now a senior adviser at the law firm Covington.Earlier negotiations flamed out. And this time President Donald Trump might be inclined to drive an especially hard bargain after being forced to cave in a dispute with congressional Democrats that partially shut the federal government for 35 days.Moreover, a new complication injected itself into U.S.-China relations on the eve of the talks when the Justice Department brought criminal charges Monday against the Chinese tech giant Huawei, accusing it of stealing technology secrets and violating sanctions against Iran. Beijing shot back by demanding that the Trump administration pull back from what it called an “unreasonable crackdown” on the Chinese maker of smartphones and telecom gear.“We are anticipating no big outcomes this week,” said Erin Ennis, senior vice-president at the U.S.-China Business Council.A deadline looms. On March 2, the Trump administration is scheduled to escalate its tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.The American delegation to this week’s talks is led by Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a longtime critic of aggressive Chinese trade practices and of U.S. policies that failed to blunt them. Heading the Chinese team is Vice Premier Liu He.The core of the U.S. allegations against China is that Beijing systematically steals trade secrets, forces foreign companies to hand over technology as the price of access to the Chinese market and subsidizes its own tech companies.But compelling China to reform its trade policies and treatment of foreign companies will be difficult.“The idea of just grabbing (technology) however they can is kind of ingrained at this point,” said Amanda DeBusk, chair of the international trade practice at Dechert LLP and a former Commerce Department official. “You can’t just flip a switch” and expect China to drop long-established practices.The administration has imposed tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports; Beijing has retaliated with import taxes on $110 billion in U.S. goods.President Donald Trump has threatened to extend the tariffs to an additional $267 billion in Chinese goods. If he did, Trump’s import taxes would cover virtually everything China ships to the United States.Last spring, it looked as if the two sides might avoid a full-blown conflict. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared the trade war “on hold” after China had agreed to step up its purchases of U.S. goods, especially in agriculture and energy, and narrow America’s huge trade deficit with China. The cease-fire didn’t last. Critics dismissed Beijing’s commitments as vague, and Trump backed away from Mnuchin’s deal and decided to proceed with tariffs.The trade war has magnified uncertainties for businesses, raised priced in some sectors and unsettled investors. Pointing to the U.S.-China conflict, economists at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have downgraded their forecasts for global growth. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 8 per cent since early October, though it has rebounded since Christmas.The Chinese economy is decelerating, having expanded last year at its slowest pace since 1990. U.S. officials and some analysts say they believe its weakening economy will pressure the Chinese into making concessions.“The economic circumstances are a powerful bargaining tool,” DeBusk said.But she added that “the Chinese slowdown also impacts the United States.” Indeed, U.S. heavy equipment maker Caterpillar reported Monday that its China sales were slowing — news that sent its stock price tumbling.Deepening the challenge is the U.S. view that China has pledged in the past to curb cyber-theft and forced transfers of technology — and then failed to do so. Lighthizer is sure to insist that any agreement be enforceable.“The odds of them stonewalling and rope-a-doping in this meeting are close to zero,” said Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think-tank . “What are they going to put on the table? Are they going to put tidbits on the table, or they going to put something meaty on the table?”The Justice Department’s decision to charge Huawei, meanwhile, “has thrown a curveball” into the talks, said Patrick Chovanec, chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management Group.U.S. officials insist that the Huawei case is entirely separate from the trade negotiations. But Atkinson said he thinks the Huawei indictment was meant to send a signal to the Chinese.“This is about power politics,” he said, “to get them to do what they should be doing.”Paul Wiseman And Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
“We must address ourselves to the needs of the weak, the disadvantaged, those who have been excluded from the mainstream international community,” Mr. Ban told reporters at a Headquarters press conference, his first for the new year. “And so I say, let 2008 be the year of the ‘bottom billion,’” Mr. Ban declared, employing the phrase used by some economists to describe the poorest of the world’s poor – the nearly one billion left behind by global economic growth. Noting that most of the world’s poorest live in Africa or the small developing islands of Asia, “eking out lives of hardship on incomes of less than $1 a day,” he pledged to work over the coming year to strengthen the UN’s role in development. He also called for fresh thinking on ways to help nations achieve the pledges to slash poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). At the mid-point towards the 2015 deadline, it is widely acknowledged that many countries, particularly in Africa, are not on track to meeting the Goals. To help remedy this, Mr. Ban established the MDG Africa Steering Group last September in an effort to mobilize the full resources of the UN system and its partners to achieve the MDGs in Africa. In addition, he drew attention to a high-level meeting of the General Assembly to be held in September with the goal of re-energizing the world’s commitment to the MDGs, with special attention to the poorest of the poor, noting that a similar forum was used last year to galvanize world action on climate change. Regarding climate change, he cited the need for a global grassroots public awareness campaign to focus political pressure and keep global warming at the forefront of public consciousness. “The road from Bali will be difficult as well,” he noted, recalling the landmark UN climate change conference held in Indonesia, where nearly 200 countries agreed to launch a two-year process of formal talks to tackle the problem of global warming. The Secretary-General also noted that the demands on the UN continue to increase, whether it is nurturing a fragile peace process in the Middle East, helping Iraq emerge from conflict, staying the course in Afghanistan or pushing for peace in war-torn Darfur. If the past week is any indication, he said that “the coming year promises to be even tougher than the last,” pointing to the recent turmoil in Kenya and renewed violence in Sri Lanka. “We therefore move into the new year with renewed commitment to our ultimate mission – building a stronger UN for a better world,” Mr. Ban stated, pledging to continue his push to modernize, revitalize and streamline the Organization, upholding the highest standards of ethics, performance and accountability. 7 January 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that 2008 should be the year of the “bottom billion,” citing the need for renewed determination to address the needs of the poorest of the world’s poor who have been left behind by global economic growth.
Hmm. pic.twitter.com/8FZx7uMr8R— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) March 15, 2017 Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter Share Tweet Email1 Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter The Wax Museum has a new home. About to take a tour. Is there still a ‘Chamber of Taoiseachs’ I wonder? pic.twitter.com/4CuWHNcp9G— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) March 15, 2017 The @IrishTimes leading the way to the Chamber of Horrors. Sensible move on my part. pic.twitter.com/BmU9qSKMds— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) March 15, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3288737 Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 5:30 PM THE WAX MUSEUM has a new home.At least, the entity generally known as the Wax Museum has a new home.There are all sorts of newfangled whistles and bells on offer at the attraction’s latest location overlooking O’Connell Bridge at the Westmoreland Street building that formerly played home to the Man United shop (and later the Lafayette nightclub).In addition to those well-travelled waxworks of Bono and Bertie Ahern (etc) that we all remember from school tours, the backers of this latest reimagining of the attraction are promising Augmented Reality features (the figures come out and talk to you, via your phone), three dimensional scanning (you’ll be able to get a model of yourself … if you so desire) and all manner of large scale, state-of-the-art sets and figures.Star Wars features heavily. There’s also a Father Ted room.And while the man behind the museum’s revamp, entrepreneur Paddy Dunning, was glad of the opportunity to show reporters around, he did get a little bogged down on how to describe the new offering.Should we even call it a ‘museum’?Here’s a sample of his ad-hoc Q&A:A museum is somewhere where you exhibit items but don’t sell them… So we’re not a museum. By Daragh Brophy Formerly located near the Black Church to the north of Parnell Square, the wax museum brand was taken over and relaunched by Dunning as the National Wax Museum Plus, near College Green, back in 2009.It vacated that property before Christmas, after the Irish Stock Exchange bought the building.While some of the old 1980s and 1990s-era figures will be on view again on Westmoreland Street, the new attraction couldn’t be further removed from the old northside version of the museum, which was owned by former Fianna Fáil TD and Senator Donie Cassidy. A classic from the archives… Bertie v Bertie. 1998. Source: RollingNews.ie Finishing touches being made today. Source: Rollingnews.ie Source: Rollingnews.ieIn addition to the obligatory Chamber of Horrors, there’ll be a music room, an area dedicated to Irish myths and legends and displays dedicated to characters from The Simpsons, along with other fairytale and sci-fi inspired features. Downstairs, it’s planned, there’ll be several history areas covering everything from 1916 to the Good Friday Agreement.The Cross City Luas – once it’s finished – will pass by outside. It’s planned admission for an adult will be around €15.Read: Dublin’s Wax Museum to close within two weeks after Stock Exchange court push >Read: The Northeast US is a slippery mess thanks to Storm Stella > We’ve taken a brand, a name… But it’s not a museum. We’re at the cutting edge of a retail experience. That’s really important to us. We’re not a museum per se. We used to be a museum. We used to show stuff. But now we show and we sell and we integrate you in the whole experience.Reporter: If someone was to ask me where I was this morning what would I say to them?You could say you were at the Wax Museum Plus, but it’s much more than that… It’s not a wax museum. It’s a cutting edge visitor attraction for the 21st Century. Really enthusiastic Wax Museum director enthusing about new location, making wavy hand gestures pic.twitter.com/sZ6LorZ7kx— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) March 15, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter The Wax Museum is back (again) – just don’t call it a Wax Museum We took a tour. There weren’t any waxworks – but Brendan Behan’s floating head appeared for a chat. Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter Can’t watch the video? Click here. Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter 27 Comments The Wax figures will talk. This is just a demo obv not a waxwork. Brendan Behan’s head is still in a box. pic.twitter.com/t9d4kxL80Y— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) March 15, 2017 Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter Mar 15th 2017, 5:30 PM Can’t watch the video? Click here. “We’re literally under the building here…” There’ll be a Good Friday Agreement Room, history fans!— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) March 15, 2017 20,051 Views Glib tweets aside, the new wax museum sounds interesting (and educational). This room will be dedicated to Irish inventors. pic.twitter.com/6GWTm5pRko— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) March 15, 2017 Short URL Can’t watch the video? Click here. If – for whatever reason – you require a lifesize reproduction of Albert Reynolds or The Edge, you can pop in and chat to them about having a spare one made up, Dunning explained.Similarly, all the new sets that have been designed for the new ‘museum’ can be reproduced and repurposed for your home and office (if you have deep enough pockets).In a new departure, customers will be able to replicate themselves via that aforementioned 3D printing technology. People can have themselves scanned – and anything from a mini-bust to a full sized figure can be produced.The existing waxworks cost anything from €20,000 up to €120,000, said Dunning – and they’ve been sold all over the world in the last few years.The prices vary dramatically depending how complicated the piece is. Gerry Adams, for instance, would be more expensive because of all that beard-work. Gay Byrne, by comparison, would be a relative bargain (and there’s a two-for-one deal for Jedward).Phil Lynott is by far the most popular figure, by the way.They’ve sold more than ten versions of the beloved Thin Lizzy singer, at around €45,000 a piece.Brendan Behan’s headDunning – the man the renowned Grouse Lodge recording studios in Westmeath and the Temple Lane studios in Temple Bar – said his designers were working towards an early-April opening date.As you can see from the tour he gave to reporters, the team have quite a bit of work to do over the next few weeks… There were no wax-works on display yet – just some impressive looking sets, and demo versions of the Augmented Reality features.“Brendan Behan’s head is in a box in my office at the moment,” one of the team explained, helpfully. The figures – some new, some old – will be installed in the various new sections once the final coat of paint goes on.
Elon Musk released the first image of The Boring Company’s new tunnel below Los Angeles.In August, the Hawthorne City Council gave Musk’s startup a green light to dig a two-mile underground test tube.The route reportedly veers west from the northeast corner of Hawthorne Municipal Airport, and along 120th Street.Operating from SpaceX headquarters outside LA, The Boring Company previously worked only on (and under) its own private property. SpaceX’s Starhopper Test Launch in Texas ScrubbedElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter With no pomp and circumstance, the firm quickly got to work, silently burrowing 500 feet through town. Unlike surface-level construction, locals shouldn’t even notice the proceedings.“Everything happens underground,” Brett Horton, SpaceX senior director of facilities and construction, who oversees Boring Co. work, told South Bay newspaper Daily Breeze over the summer.No builders walking the streets. No excavators thumping and clanging. Just a giant boring machine 15 yards below their feet.With 500 feet down and only 10,060 feet to go, Musk expects the two-mile underpass to be complete in “three to four months.”The continued expansion means the tunnel will “hopefully stretch the whole 405 N-S corridor from LAX to the 101 in a year or so,” Musk added.The planned passage does not intersect with any privately owned residential or commercial property—aside from SpaceX’s.The tunnel-boring firm (get it?) launched in April with a promotional video highlighting what a network of underground highways could do for overcrowded cities.Based on Musk’s vision, drivers will pull their car into a mechanical platform, or “electric skate,” on the side of the road. The plate then drops into the ground, where it transports vehicles at controlled autonomous speeds of 125 mph.Running some 44 feet below public roads and utilities, the tunnel is based on LA Metro specs.In July, The Boring Company received “verbal [government] approval” to build a Hyperloop underground tunnel, which will send passengers flying between New York and Washington, D.C. (with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore) in fewer than 30 minutes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Oct 2015 – The storm which formed just off the TCI and Bahamas chain of islands has now caused NEMA in The Bahamas to put the entire country under warning. Reports reaching Magnetic Media reveal that there is severe flooding in many family islands of nearby Bahamas; airports and seaports are also closed and people are battling storm surges as they take to counter tops and dining room tables for refuge in islands like Long Island and San Salvador. Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Related Items:bahamas, hurricane joaquin, NEMA, san salvador Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you
Perhaps it was only a moment that the residents of Share Homestead forgot the troubles that landed them in the homeless shelter — a wrenching story of domestic violence, a previous eviction that continues to make renting difficult — but it was a welcome moment.Limon, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever, showed up at the family shelter on Christmas Eve to deliver a sense of normalcy, a break from life’s troubles. Adults and children alike hit the ground to snuggle and pet Limon, whose career as a guide dog for the blind was derailed when cataracts were discovered in the dog’s eyes.Four-year-old Paige Quinn and the pup didn’t waste time getting to know one another. With one long lick, straight up the face from Limon, the two were friends.“She gave me a kiss on my nose,” Paige said. “She likes me.”Animal lover Lexi Marshall and her family had to leave their dog, Shadow, behind when they ended up in the shelter.“She used to make us so happy,” the 11-year-old said.Shadow seemed to know if Lexi or her sister, Mylee, 7, were hurt.“I scraped my knee, and she started licking it,” Mylee said.Brandy Marshall, the mother of the two girls, said living in the shelter has been hard. Everyone in the family “has processed it differently,” but the dog “brings some joy and puts a smile on our faces.”DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital and Guide Dogs for the Blind work together through the Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams program to take the therapy dogs into the community.
Asian restaurant chain Wagamama and international hotel group Marriott Hotels (pictured) are among the 179 employers named by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for failure to pay employees the national minimum wage and the national living wage.Wagamama, which topped the government’s 14th list of organisations that have underpaid staff the minimum wage, failed to pay £133,212.42 to 2,630 employees. Marriott Hotels, which ranked second on the list, failed to pay £71,722.93 to 279 employees.Thursday UK Limited, trading as restaurant organisation TGI Friday’s, was placed third on the list for failing to pay 2,302 employees a total of £59,347.64, while Birmingham City Football Club featured on the list for failing to pay 534 employees £5,653.03Other organisations included on this month’s list include womenswear retailer Karen Miller Fashions, which failed to pay £9,847.20 to 28 employees, and Wright Leisure Limited, trading as Xercise4less, ranked fifth on the list for failing to pay 240 employees £54,290.37.The government’s naming and shaming scheme, which came in to effect in October 2013, names employers which have underpaid staff by paying them less than the national minimum wage and national living wage rates. These employers are issued with a notice of underpayment, unless employers meet one of the exceptional criteria or have arrears of £100 or less. Organisations that feature on the published list are required to back pay arrears of wages to affected employees, and can face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears, capped at £20,000 per employee, or prosecution in the most serious cases.Employers on today’s (9 March 2018) list have been fined £1.3 million in total, and around 9,200 UK employees are expected to receive back pay amounting to £1.1 million.Sectors that particularly came under fire during this naming and shaming round include the hospitality sector, where 43 organisations are required to back pay 5,726 employees £460,459.00, the hairdressing industry, where 19 businesses failed to pay 152 employees £43,938.00, and the retail sector, with 18 organisations that neglected to pay 85 employees a total of £27,332.00.Since the scheme’s introduction in 2013, more than £9 million has been paid in back pay to 67,000 employees and a total of 1,700 employers have been fined £6.3 million overall. This year, the government committed to spend £25.3 million on minimum wage enforcement for 2017-2018.Andrew Griffiths, business minister, said: “The world of work is changing and we have set out our plans to give millions of [employees] enhanced rights to ensure everyone is paid and treated fairly in the workplace.“There are no excuses for short-changing [employees]. This is an absolute red line for this government and employers who cross it will get caught; not only are they forced to pay back every penny but they are also fined up to 200% of wages owed.“[This] naming round serves as a sharp reminder to employers to get their house in order ahead of minimum wage rate rises on 1 April.”Bryan Sanderson, chairman of the Low Pay Commission (LPC), added: “As the national living wage and national minimum wage rates rise on 1 April, it is vital that [employees] understand their rights, and employers their obligations.“The Low Pay Commission is pleased to see the government maintaining the momentum of its minimum wage enforcement. The recent announcement that all workers will have a right to payslips stating the hours they have worked, an idea originally proposed by the LPC, is a positive step.”Tim Goodwin, solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, said: “The national minimum wage sets an absolute floor on what [an employee] must be paid. It amounts to an annual full-time salary of approximately £13,600, at its highest rate, is mandatory and cannot be contracted out of. The number of high profile employers included in this latest ‘naming and shaming’ report shows the scope of the government’s investigatory powers and the inevitability of negative publicity that now comes with being found to be in breach.“The government’s powers of enforcement allow compliance officers to commence an investigation and remove information from an employer’s premises with little if any warning and conduct a very thorough analysis of records. Businesses that circumvent the regulations, whether by simply paying below the minimum wage, improperly offsetting other costs or by understating hours worked, will get found out. As well as being ‘named and shamed’, businesses can face fines up to £20,000 and even criminal sanctions. Employees who have been underpaid can also bring claims, seeking to recover underpayments going back several years.”
If one goes by Avatar filmmaker James Cameron’s words, the planned sequel of the 2009 epic sci-fi movie will leave the audience mesmerised.‘You will s–t yourself with your mouth wide open,’ Cameron has said while estimating the reactions that the sequel will generate, reports eonline.com. The Oscar-winning director told Empire magazine that the frames-per-second (FPS) rate of the movie will be a reason why so much ‘s–tting’ will happen, reports eonline.com. ‘My thinking at the time (when I announced the sequels) was that 60 (FPS) might be a better segue to the video market. I’ll be plugging into a system that’s a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point,’ Cameron said.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Register Now » “If you don’t have an AI strategy, you are going to die in the world that’s coming.” — Devin Wenig, CEO of eBayWhenever there is talk about artificial intelligence, Terminator-style robots that are stealing our jobs and will eventually take our lives come to mind. This picture portrays a false image of AI; AI is much more than just robotics and war machines.The tools we use in our daily lives are getting smarter every day, from spam filtering in our inboxes to voice assistants in our homes. Google New uses AI to cluster similar news, and Nvidia uses it to create slow motion videos that outperform the Slow Mo Guys.So, what is AI, and how can you use it?What is AI?AI has existed for a long time, with the earliest work dating back to 1940. But the most recent surge is thanks to two parameters — increased machine performance and new algorithms especially in the field of deep learning, a practice that tries to mimic the human brain to make decisions. Of course, AI is not limited to dDeep learning. Essentially the paradigm is that when the task is too difficult to program, we let the machine learn by itself; we let it program itself. While AI has delivered stunning results in some fields, it has also showed its limitations — to an extent that some experts believe a new “AI winter” is looming.Related: What Is AI, Anyway? Know Your Stuff With This Go-To Guide.It is very important to know what AI is actually capable of — and what it’s not. AI does not “understand” what it is doing, but when it looks at tons of data, it can detect patterns which have proven to be exceptionally efficient. Knowing AI’s sweet spot lets you make best use of it.What AI can do.Essentially, AI can help you with automation and prediction. Automation is not only about taking cumbersome, repetitive tasks from humans and assign them to tireless machines; we could do that even before AI. AI takes automation to a new level.For instance, AI could do a quick analysis of your customer and give you a 360 degree view on their preferences and needs. This information could mark the difference between closing a sale and losing a sale as the customer interacts with your business. Also consider that AI can take care of this automatically, without any human intervention.Many websites are currently using chatbots. While definitely not as smart as humans, they are 24/7 present assistants that take no breaks, respond immediately (no matter how many clients talk to it), remember customers’ preferences and can offer rich responses with links and images that a human would need significant time to compose.Prediction is another fun topic, boosted by AI in recent years. Previously, we used “customers who bought X also bought Y” to up-sell or cross-sell, but AI disrupted that too. Take Netflix as an example. AI is able to look at much more data than just single products, and it can find patterns that lead to much more accurate results and increased sales.AI lets you focus on what matters most, and this is important not only from a time and budget perspective but also because people will have much less legwork to do, and that increases their engagement and creativity.This brings us to our next topic — how you can use AI in your business.Related: Deep Learning and ‘Hyper-Personalization’ are the Future of Marketing AutomationUsing AI.To start using AI, you have two options; either rely on a company with an established AI service to automate your business, or create your own. The latter option would require tons of data to train the AI on, and you would need to have some development skills. It is the harder route, but it can really pay off, especially if your business model is very customized.Whatever your choice, there are fundamentals you need to pay attention to.Know what you need.This is the first important step as it decides the direction you take and the algorithms you use. For instance, let’s assume we need to find reporters who would be interested in covering our services. One approach would be to create an AI that would study the articles the reporters have written, classify them by topic, and find other reporters who write about similar topics.This idea has two flaws:The number of topics was few, compared to the number of journalists. As such, the recommendations would always be the same (i.e., if a reporter had written about blockchain the system would always recommend them for that topic). We will end up with hundreds of recommendations for a single topic.There are new topics added each day, so we cannot not rely on a list of predefined topics.As you see, while the idea looks good at first, we actually need a system that’s much more granular and precise. A better approach would be to let the system detect the patterns by itself, in the same way Google News works. This is the subject of “unsupervised learning,” where we share the data with the system and let it come up with suggestions on the similarities it finds there.Knowing what you need is an important step, both for getting the results that work for you and for not wasting budget and time on methods that don’t.Purify your data.The myth is “the more data, the better.” Companies tend to gather as much data as they can and then throw it at the poor AI, which is supposed to make sense of it. In reality, AI does not understand a word of what it sees (or says). It only sees numbers and correlations between those numbers. Purifying the data before feeding it to the algorithm drastically improves the results.If the data contains HTML tags, or if it contains text from several different languages, these can all throw AI off balance. This might seem obvious, but it’s not; just Google for “AI bias” to see how facial recognition AI failed to identify women of color because the AI was not properly trained on them.Related: Why I Wish Artificial Intelligence Was Around When I Started My BusinessVisualize your data.This might seem trivial, but take my advice on this. Visualizing the data in the form of charts and graphs really helps you to see patterns as well as trash data, especially in the early stages. Even before feeding it to the AI, visualizing can help you see abnormalities as well as outliers, which in turn could help you with the data purification process.Visualizing your data can be helpful, even if you don’t use it for AI. Making a chart of the weekdays and hours someone tweets can easily show you what hours and days they are most active on — something difficult to see if you only have date and time numbers in front of you.Closing words.If you made it this far, you should know what AI is, what it is good for and what you need to get started. AI is a trend Andrew Ng claims to be widespread in every industry, “like electricity.” So the sooner you can get started with your own AI, the higher chance you will have to stand out and compete with those that have already gotten there. August 22, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Head of Aguakán says that by next year, there will be 100 percent coverage in sanitary drainage on the entire island.Roberto Enrique Robles, Director of Aguakán said that although work is being done on the last stage of the wastewater station on Isla Mujeres, it is expected to be finished for next year.“I can tell you that what we have built today provides enough capacity to treat all that is occurring on Isla and cover future growth,” he said.Robles added that the total amount invested in the treatment plant is around 40 million peso, which was done in several stages.The official said that in the insular zone, there has been 100 percent of treated water for some time, however where it is still pending is in the sanitary drainage network that is being built now.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)