Motorola One Power will be available at Rs 14,999 during Flipkart Big Shopping Days Sale

first_imgMotorola will be selling its Android One smartphone, the Motorola One Power, at a special discounted price of Rs 14,999 during the three-day Flipkart sale. The Motorola One Power was launched at Rs 15,999 in India. The Flipkart Big Shopping Days Sale will take place between December 6 and December 8. During this period, the Motorola One Power will see a discount of Rs 1,000 and the company is also offering additional offers on the e-commerce platform.During the Flipkart Big Shopping Days Sale, the Motorola One Power can be purchased at Rs 14,999. Additionally, customers can also avail 10 per cent instant discount with HDFC Bank Credit and Debit cards and EMI transactions, No Cost EMI starting at Rs 2,500/ month, as well as discounts on exchanging an old phone.The Motorola One Power’s biggest USP is that it is an Android One phone, which means the device runs a pure, stock version of Android Oreo out-of-the-box. Notably, the One Power was recently upgraded to Android 9 Pie as well, which makes it the only Motorola phone to officially run on the latest version of Android.The Motorola One Power is also the company’s only phone in India to sport a notched display. It brings a 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for expandability. Another major highlight is that the One Power houses a 5,000mAh battery that will deliver a good two days of battery life on a single charge. As for the cameras, the One Power comes with a 16MP + 5MP setup on the back and a 12-megapixel sensor on the front.advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Team news & TV

first_imgPremier League Chelsea vs Arsenal: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 14:25 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Tiemoue Bakayoko Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Premier League Arsenal Chelsea Chelsea v Arsenal The London rivals lock horns on Sunday in a game that could have massive implications on where the title ends up at the end of the season Chelsea can potentially go top of the Premier League with a win over Arsenal when the sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Antonio Conte’s side have recovered from an embarrassing defeat against Burnley on the opening day of the season to go on a four-match winning streak in all competitions and they already look like a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League this season.Chelsea/BTTS – 7/2 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Gunners, on the other hand, have been far from convincing with losses to Liverpool and Stoke CIty blotting their record, but they showed a level of improvement to comfortably put away Bournemouth at the Emirates in their last league match.A win for Chelsea would not only propel them up the table, it would severely dent the chances of their London rivals who are playing catch up. However, should Arsene Wenger’s men manage to pick up three points, they will move level with the Blues. Game Chelsea vs Arsenal Date Sunday, September 17 Time 13:30 BST / 08:30 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal Bournemouth 9917In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Premier League as well as being available to stream online using Sky Go UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go In the US, viewers can watch live on television on CNBC, or else they can stream the game live online using NBC Sports app. US TV channel Online stream CNBC NBC Sports app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz Midfielders Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Willian, Scott Forwards Morata, Batshuayi, Costa Conte chose to rest a number of players during the week against Qarabag, with David Luiz and Alvaro Morata among those to drop to the bench. Both should return to the starting line-up on Sunday and Eden Hazard could also feature from the start having played the guts of an hour.Gary Cahill returns from suspension and should take his place in the heart of defence ahead of Antonio Rudiger.Potential starting XI: Courtois; Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz; Alonso, Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Hazard; Pedro, Morata. Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Iliev, Macey Defenders Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Kolasinac Midfielders Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Cazorla, Reine-Adelaide, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Elneny, Willock Forwards Sanchez, Lacazette, Giroud, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck, Akpom, Nelson The Gunners have a Europa League game against Koln to navigate before they make preparations for the game against the Blues, but Wenger is likely to rotate his key players to ensure they remain fit and available.Francis Coquelin has been struck down with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play, while Santi Cazorla is training again, but will not be ready for a number of weeks.Potential starting XI: Cech; Mustafi, Monreal, Koscielny; Bellerin, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Ramsey; Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Tiemoue Bakayoko Eden Hazard Chelsea 2017Chelsea are 4/5 favourites to win according to dabblebet, with Arsenal priced at 16/5 to beat the Blues. A draw between the London rivals at Stamford Bridge is considered a 3/1 bet.Check out all the available markets, including first goalscorer, on dabblebet by clicking here.GAME PREVIEW Antonio Conte Chelsea Arsene Wenger ArsenalChelsea narrowly fell short against Arsenal in the season curtain-raiser at Wembley when they lost on penalties and, after the first round of fixtures it looked to many like they were woefully underequipped to mount a serious title defence.However, in the space of just a few games, Conte’s side look much-improved as they feel the welcome boost of recovered stars Tiemoue Bakayoko and Eden Hazard, as well as new signing Davide Zappacosta.While the Blues have steadied themselves after an early wobble, Arsenal appear to have grown increasingly unstable, with off-field distractions surrounding the futures of star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil intertwined with a series of disappointing on-field displays.Having lost badly to Stoke and Liverpool, the game against Chelsea is a crucial juncture for the Gunners and Wenger. Victory will catapult them up the table and help to banish their frustrating start, but a loss will see them drift further away from the place they need to be. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘We all trust him’ – Alli hails ‘massive’ Poch

first_imgMauricio Pochettino ‘We all trust him’ – Alli hails the ‘massive’ influence of Pochettino at Spurs Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 19:04 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PochettinoAlli - Cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion Premier League The England midfielder has paid tribute to the Argentine, who is a figure that the whole squad rally around Dele Alli has hailed the “massive” influence Mauricio Pochettino has had on his career as Tottenham prepare to face West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.Spurs come into the clash at Wembley on the back of securing top spot in Champions League Group H with an impressive come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund in midweek.Spurs -1 4/6 v West Brom Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Alli set up both goals at Signal Iduna Park – for Harry Kane and Son Heung-min – those assists adding to recent strikes against Real Madrid, Liverpool and West Ham.While the England international believes his performances this season have failed to scale the heights of previous years, he knows he is working under the right man to continue his development.Dele Alli Tottenham Real “He’s massive to me, a big help with everything, every day in training and in everyday life he pushes you, making you a better person and player,” Alli told Sky Sports.”He’s a massive role in my career; we work together a lot, we speak a lot, and I think that is important for a young player, to know you have a manager you can trust and speak to.”He wants to help you improve and push you on. We trust in him, we put all our trust in him here, and that’s the main thing. We know that the decision he makes is the best for the team and it’s important that we stick by that.”It has been a bit hit and miss at times, but I’ve enjoyed it so far, and I think that’s the main thing, that I keep enjoying it, enjoying playing for Tottenham. It has been good. Obviously, you always want to improve and get better but I’m enjoying it.Dele Alli Tottenham“Obviously I’ve put myself in a situation where everyone expects me to score or assist every game, and as a player myself I expect it as well, but obviously that is not always the case, and just because you don’t score or assist it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve played bad.”I’m probably my biggest critic. But like I say, I’ve enjoyed it. It’s easy to get down with things if they’re not going your way or if you haven’t been performing.”But I know in myself that that’s not the case, I’ve been playing well at times and you can’t play well every game. A lot of players will tell you it is impossible to play well at the top level in every single game.”last_img read more

Notre Dame Football Teases Its Cotton Bowl Uniform

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot running onto the field.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 02: The Notre Dame Leprechaun mascot runs onto the field before a game between of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on November 2, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Navy 38-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are less than two weeks away from their first appearance in the College Football Playoff with a game against Clemson in the Cotton Bowl.In preparation for the game, the team is going to be using a distinct uniform that has yet to be fully revealed.On Monday, the Fighting Irish decided to tease the jersey with the game patch in place.You can take a look at the new jersey right here:?☘️ @NDFootball #GoIrish— Notre Dame Football Managers (@NDFBManagers) December 17, 2018Notre Dame went 12-0 in the regular season, picking up wins against four ranked teams along the way and never allowing more than 27 points in a game.Offensively, the Fighting Irish were strong as well. The team scored at least 24 points in all but one game.But Notre Dame face a serious challenge from Clemson, who ran roughshod through the ACC en route to an undefeated record and a fourth-straight ACC title.The Cotton Bowl Classic will be played on Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. EST on ESPN.last_img read more

Pediatricians say kids teens should avoid sports and energy drinks

first_imgTORONTO – Kids and teens should not drink sports or energy drinks, the Canadian Paediatric Society says in a new position released Tuesday that takes a stand against the sugary beverages.Dr. Catherine Pound, co-author of the statement and a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, says caffeinated energy drinks in particular can pose serious health risks and are unnecessary for most young people.“I wouldn’t recommend them for anybody that fits our target population, which is anyone between the ages of zero and 18,” said Pound, noting that one can of energy drink contains more caffeine than the regular type of brewed coffee.Too much can be deadly, as apparently was the case of a South Carolina teen who collapsed April 26 after downing an energy drink, a large pop and a cafe latte within a two-hour span.Davis Cripe had no pre-existing heart condition but likely died from a caffeine-induced heart arrhythmia, said the local coroner.The Canadian Paediatric Society had no official position on the use of energy and sports drinks at the time, however had suggested young non-athletes avoid them.It now explicitly makes the case against both caffeinated energy drinks and non-caffeinated sports drinks among youth, suggesting there are very few who would need such stimulants.“A lot of people believe they’re essential as part of rehydration for sports. But what we’re finding is actually they’re not — water is ideal for rehydration in sport,” said Pound, adding that doctors should routinely screen for their use.“Only in the very specific subset of the population will they be useful and that’s the population of children that will perform very vigorous activity for over an hour or in very hot and humid weather.”The other danger is mixing energy drinks with alcohol, said Pound, adding that those who do so tend to participate in high-risk behaviour such as illicit drug use.Caffeinated energy drinks claim to boost energy, reduce fatigue and improve concentration. The amount of caffeine typically exceeds Health Canada’s maximum daily intake for kids.Pound cautioned against side effects, which include difficulty sleeping, increased anxiety, heart rhythm abnormalities, vomiting and diarrhea.Sports drinks, which contain a mixture of sugars and electrolytes, are often marketed as fluid replacements during sports or vigorous physical activity.But statement co-author Becky Blair, a member of Dietitians of Canada, said these drinks contribute to obesity and dental cavities.“It’s just really an extra source of calories for children that they don’t need,” said Blair, who’d like to see legislation ban marketing of caffeinated energy drinks to adolescents, in addition to existing restrictions that protect children under the age of 12.“All they really need for hydration is just drinking water and eating a balanced diet.”The trade association representing companies that make and distribute most of Canada’s non-alcoholic beverages countered that its members are committed to guidelines that prevent marketing anything other than juice, milk and water to children.The Canadian Beverage Association also said sports drinks are not intended to replace water as a source of hydration and that its energy drink companies “are committed to responsibly manufacturing, marketing, and labelling energy drinks in full accordance with Health Canada’s requirements.”Nevertheless, Pound said it’s worth considering an even tougher stand against energy drinks, musing on the value of restricting use to adults, like alcohol: “I don’t think it would be a bad idea at all.”The American Academy of Pediatrics came out against kids and youth using energy drinks in 2011.last_img read more

Sri Lankan asylum seeker allegedly killed by McArthur led a lonely life

first_imgThe latest alleged victim of accused serial killer Bruce McArthur was a Sri Lankan asylum seeker who fled his war-ravaged country in hopes of building a better life for himself in Canada, those who knew him said Tuesday.Friends and lawyers confirmed that Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam was one of 492 Sri Lankan Tamils aboard the MV Sun Sea, a dilapidated cargo vessel that reached the coast of British Columbia in 2010 after a harrowing six-week voyage.Friends suggested Kanagaratnam led a lonely life after his arrival in Canada, travelling to Toronto to connect with some distant relatives and ultimately having his claim for refugee status denied.Dinsan Vanniyasingam, a fellow MV Sun Sea passenger, said news of his friend’s death felt particularly cruel when contrasted with the optimism that marked the start of their sojourn in Canada.“I am so shocked,” Vanniyasingam said in a telephone interview. “We came to Canada, we were so happy because we were in a safe place … Why this have to happen again and again?”Vanniyasingam knew little about Kanagaratnam’s background before he boarded the Sun Sea, but said he emerged as a well-liked and welcome presence on the crowded boat.Describing his friend as innocent, trusting and helpful, he said Kanagaratnam could often be found singing songs and playing cards with his fellow passengers.That more outgoing streak, however, may have been more evident to his fellow migrants.Gabriel Chand, a Vancouver-based lawyer who helped many of the Sun Sea passengers with their refugee claims, got to know Kanagaratnam somewhat before his departure for Toronto but did not shepherd his application through the system.“I just remember him being a quiet, to-himself guy,” Chand said. “He wasn’t one of the loud ones, he wasn’t one of the boisterous ones.”Details are murky about the five years Kanagaratnam spent in Canada.Vanniyasingam did not know what drew Kanagaratnam east to Toronto, but said he had some distant relatives in the area.While many of the Sun Sea travellers kept in touch, he said Kanagaratnam did not appear to be in regular contact after moving to the city.Vanniyasingam said his own last interaction with his friend took place in 2014 when the men ran into each other at an east Toronto shopping mall.The brief exchange yielded a piece of information that, for Vanniyasingam, shed some light on why his later disappearance may have gone unnoticed.“He said he was struggling with his immigration status,” Vanniyasingam said of his friend, adding that he was planning to reapply.Vanniyasingam said it’s not unusual for people to lie low while their status is under review, so he was not surprised not to see him around the community in the following years.Over the past eight months, however, Vanniyasingam said he heard rumours that Kanagaratnam’s family had begun actively searching for him via Facebook posts and other online outreach efforts.By then, however, Toronto police have confirmed it was too late.Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga announced on Monday that Kanagaratnam was slain some time between early September and mid December 2015, alleging that McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, was responsible for his death.Kanagaratnam’s remains were among seven recovered from planters at a central Toronto property where McArthur, who is facing eight counts of first-degree murder, once worked.Police struggled to identify him, taking the unusual step of releasing a heavily edited image taken when he was dead in hopes the public could put a name to the face.Idsinga said police had been whittling down a list of 22 potential identities, but said Kanagaratnam’s name was not among them. He said he was ultimately identified with help from an undisclosed international agency.Vanniyasingam, for his part, said he did not recognize his friend from the police photo.Kanagaratnam was 37 at the time of his death, making him the youngest of McArthur’s alleged victims.Police allege McArthur primarily preyed upon men with ties to Toronto’s LGBTQ community and a downtown neighbourhood known as the gay village, but said Kanagaratnam’s death appears to deviate from that pattern.Idsinga said investigators have not uncovered any ties to the city’s LGBTQ scene, adding that he was never formally reported missing in Canada.For Chand, that disclosure was particularly poignant.Numbers from the Immigration and Refugee Board indicate that 64 per cent of Sun Sea passengers with finalized refugee claims have been accepted into Canada.Chand can’t help but wonder if a more favourable immigration outcome for Kanagaratnam would have granted him a different fate.“Had he won, he probably would have been around friends,” he said. “No one reported him missing. What a lonely way to go.”last_img read more

Tips to enjoy the Canada Day Parade in Fort St John

first_imgThe parade procession starts from the North Peace Arena parking lot and will travel North up 100 Street, turn right onto 108 Ave, turn right onto 98 street, left onto 100 Ave, and right onto 96 street to head back to the North Peace arena. The North Peace Arena parking and the back parking lot of the Pomeroy Sport Centre will be closed as a holding (marshalling) area for the floats to prep and unload after the parade. These lots will open to the public once the parade is over (approximately 1:00 pm).Those wishing to attend the parade should consider the following tips for success:Be EARLY (parking lots are limited and fill up fast)Park your vehicle and walk (it will be difficult to get a vehicle too close to 100 Street/Centennial Park)Save your spot on the sidewalk for the parade (do not sit on the road and bring your lawn chair!)Be aware that road closures will be in effect as early as 9:00 am on the day ofBe patient & polite (people running the barricades are volunteers)Obey ALL signs and orders from traffic control and barricade volunteersBe sun smart and stay hydrated!Supervise your children closely and keep them from going onto the road during the paradeStay informed! Follow the “City of Fort St. John Recreation” Facebook page for regular updatesHAVE FUN and celebrate our AMAZING country!It is important to note that the parade route does a loop. There will be a high congestion zone on 97Ave, 98Ave, and 99 Ave between 96Street and 100 Street from 11:00am-12:00 pm as surrounding roads will be blocked by the parade. It is recommended that anyone who chooses to park their vehicle in this area (near No Frills, Salvation Army, and the surrounding residential areas) do not attempt to drive until after 12:00 pm to avoid this congestion.Here is a copy of the Canada Day Parade Route FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Canada Day set for Monday, the City of Fort St. John has shared tips to enjoy the Canada Day Parade.The Canada Day Parade will take place on July 1 at 11:00 am. This parade is volunteer-based featuring a variety of entries from non-profit organizations, businesses, and more. For safety purposes, the City has will be enforcing road closures, detours, and partial road closures. The main road closure will take place on 100 Street from 93 Ave to the south side of 100 Ave. This will be enforced by 9:00 am on the day of and will not open until after 12:00 pm.There will be roving entertainers on 100 Street between 93 and 95 Ave around 10:15 am to perform for those waiting for the parade to begin.last_img read more

Morocco Expels a British Family over an Attempt to Join ISIS

Rabat – On Saturday, Moroccan authorities expelled a British family they said was planning to join the Islamic State’s ranks, via Turkey.Members of the British family included parents who have converted to Islam recently, and four children — a month-old baby and three under 12 years.A senior security source told Hespress that the family arrived in Marrakesh from London on July 18th. “On Friday, the family boarded a flight from Morocco to Istanbul in an attempt to enter Syria via Turkey.” However, Turkish authorities apprehended the family and put them on a flight back to Casablanca on the same day, the source stated.The same source added that Moroccan police arrested the British family once their flight landed at Mohamed VI airport and prevented them from entering Moroccan territory.The Moroccan authorities reportedly coordinated with British police and the British Embassy in Rabat in order to complete all the necessary measures to expel the family.Edited by  Karla Dieseldorff© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Number of countries signing on to nuclear pact tops 100 UN agency

20 September 2010More than 100 nations now allow the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) greater access to information regarding their nuclear programmes, the head of the body announced today, urging countries still outside the process to join. More than 100 nations now allow the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) greater access to information regarding their nuclear programmes, the head of the body announced today, urging countries still outside the process to join.Rwanda and Swaziland were the 101st and 102nd nations in which additional protocols to existing nuclear safeguards agreements have gone into force, and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano called reaching this milestone an “encouraging development.”The protocol, he said, is an “essential tool for the Agency to be able to provide credible assurance, not only that declared nuclear material is not being diverted from peaceful uses, but also that there are no undeclared nuclear material and activities in States with comprehensive safeguards agreements.”More than four decades ago, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) tasked the IAEA with verifying that nuclear material and activities in non-nuclear-weapons States are not used for military purposes.In 1997, the agency’s Board of Governors adopted extra measures in the form of the additional protocol to boost the effectiveness and efficiency of the safeguards system.Addressing the IAEA’s annual General Conference, which kicked off today in Vienna, Mr. Amano also urged the 18 countries not party to the NPT to join without delay.The nuclear programme in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – which ordered IAEA inspectors to leave last year – “remains a matter of serious concern,” he said.The country has not allowed the agency to implement safeguards since late 2002, Mr. Amano pointed out, calling for the resumption of the Six-Party talks bringing together the DPRK, the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States.In his address, the Director General also spotlighted his desire to change the widespread perception of the IAEA as the world’s ‘nuclear watchdog’ because “it does not do justice to our extensive activities in other areas, especially in nuclear energy, nuclear applications and technical cooperation.”This year, he pointed out, the body is focusing on cancer, which claims 665 lives in developing countries every hour, nearly three times as many as in richer countries.The IAEA is strengthening its partnerships with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and others to enhance its cancer control efforts, Mr. Amano noted.Senior officials and representatives from more than 150 IAEA Member States will take part in this week’s gathering of the General Conference, the agency’s highest policy-making body.Participants are set to take up issues ranging from the IAEA’s budget and plan of work for the coming year to resolutions on development and security issues. read more

CGI shares slip after Washington pulls the plug on Obamacare contract

MONTREAL — CGI Group took a hit Friday after media reports said the U.S. administration will not renew the Montreal-based firm’s contract for the problem-plagued health insurance website.The Washington Post and Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, said the U.S. government is preparing to make the change and will sign a 12-month contract worth about US$90-million with Accenture.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services referred to impending changes, saying: “We are working with our contract partners to make a mutually agreed upon transition.”CGI shares fell 2.9% Friday after the media reports, with company shares company shares losing $1.02 at $34.23 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.CGI Federal’s contract is slated to expire in February but could have been renewed for one or two years. It was selected in September 2011 as the lead contractor and was awarded a US$93.7 -illion contract over two years to design and build the government’s health insurance website, said it would comment later today. Accenture declined to comment on the reports.After initial technical problems with the October launch of the website that delayed or prevented people from enrolling in private health insurance plans, the U.S. administration said last month that many of the problems were fixed, with more than 2 million people signed up. But the reports say the website is not yet able to automatically register people eligible for Medicaid in state programs, compute exact amounts to be sent to insurers for their customers’ federal subsidies, and tabulate precisely how many consumers have paid for their insurance premiums and are therefore actually covered.The Post said the government concluded that CGI had not been effective in fixing the problems, and leaders of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “became frustrated with the pace and quality of CGI’s work on the repairs.”President Barack Obama’s political support has taken a beating over what he described in a year-end interview as “fumbles” with the website while Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called it a “debacle.”In November, CGI said that its customers haven’t been spooked by media reports linking the company to the troubled launch of the program.CEO Michael Roach told analysts that clients “clearly understand” the complexity and uniqueness of the project, which is a key part of the president’s health insurance strategy.“This is not a simple website but rather a very complex integrated technology platform that, for the first time, combines the process of selecting, enrolling in insurance, and determining insurance eligibility for government subsidies all in one place and in real time,” he said.Industry analysts have said CGI’s reputation has taken a hit, but the information technology company’s long-term forecast is strong because of the blockbuster European acquisition of Logica, a multinational IT and management consultancy company based in the U.K., in 2012.A senior vice-president of CGI Federal testified before Congress that it was the government’s responsibility — not the contractor’s — to test the website and make sure it worked.“We believe that these challenges will largely be offset by an improving backdrop in Europe (not to mention the tail wind of an appreciating euro), which is a much larger component of CGI’s business,” Thanos Moschopoulos of BMO Capital Markets wrote in a November report.— With files from The Associated Press read more

Organizing Data with AI for Better Speech Analytics Insight

So, you say you have captured thousands of hours of speech conversations, transcribed, and analyzed them. Now what? How can you viably organize all these words and put them into actual use? Categorization is most effectively accomplished by reviewing interactions and mapping semantics and acoustics to the appropriate category. AI makes it practical and convenient to essentially do the same thing, but with greater speed and automation on large data sets. Much of the value delivered by AI within a speech analytics solution comes from its ability to perform categorization with machine learning. In categorization, the words, acoustics and sentiments from an interaction are automatically tagged and analyzed to identify topics and patterns. This is the process of assigning meaning to unstructured voice communication. Categorization is critical to speech analytics because without it you have a monumental volume of transcribed words with no reasonable way to derive insight or any value from that ”big data.” Speech Applications Are Vulnerable, Too Gary Audin October 04, 2019 Are you really in control of your voice-enabled devices and applications? Cisco to ‘Tuck In’ Voice AI from Voicea Zeus Kerravala August 07, 2019 The acquisition will help advance the company’s cognitive collaboration strategy for Webex. Categories allow organizations to more quickly and accurately find, count, trend action, and discover intent and emotion as expressed by unstructured voice interactions. In many cases rather ambiguous statements are fortified with acoustic measures such a pace and prosody, contributing to sentiment measures. Categories deliver immediate insight that’s much stronger than the predictive value of analyzing only individual words or phrases. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily August 30, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Google, Oblong, Expereo, Nureva, and Verint. Log in or register to post comments Vonage to ‘Turbocharge’ AI Efforts Beth Schultz August 13, 2019 Acquisition of conversational AI platform gives the company much-needed talent for deepening expertise in AI and machine learning. An AI-fueled speech analytics solution will find patterns (based on individual words, strings of words and language patterns, tone of voice, metadata, and other variables) that can be identified as categories within a voice conversation. Common category examples include “dissatisfaction,” “churn language,” or “technical issue.” Any given customer contact can be tagged as belonging to several categories. Learn more about how artificial intelligence improves the customer experience including use cases for your contact center in our latest whitepaper here.Tags:News & Viewsspeech analyticsmachine learningVoice of CustomerVoice of EmployeeCallMinerAI & Speech TechnologiesContact Center & Customer ExperienceSponsored PostTechnology TrendsVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like Let Your Bots Do the Talking Andrew Prokop August 22, 2019 AudioCode’s Voice.AI Gateway lets enterprises voice-enable bots and call them from any telephone, UC system, or WebRTC endpoint. AI_CallMiner.png The bottom line here is that the contact center calls that you’re already recording for other purposes can also be used to tune your agent performance and optimize your customer experience with data-driven evidence from speech analytics. The influence of AI within speech analytics solutions is injecting speed and efficiency, gaining insight from every call that drives action in and beyond your contact center. Organizations have several options for obtaining relevant categorizations. They can develop their own by applying data science to call recordings, other interaction transcripts, and metadata. Sometimes the process is outsourced to service providers. Some customer engagement analytics solutions include pre-built categorizations and may include tools so organizations can easily customize them and create new ones. See All in AI & Speech Technologies » Every company understands that you need to listen to customer feedback for insight into your success and failure points within your contact center. This feedback is most commonly acquired from survey response. Customer feedback from other sources such as conversations between your customers and agents can offer an even richer repository for capturing intent, action, and emotion as unsolicited feedback. Artificial intelligence (AI)-fueled speech analytics can be applied to capture dialog from the voice of the customer (VoC) and the voice of the employee (VoE) to provide real insights in real time. read more

Prohibition of enforced disappearance is absolute UN declares urging action to rampup

“The prohibition of enforced disappearance is absolute,” Mr. Ban declared in a message on the Day, commemorated annually on 30 August.The UN chief was referring to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which affirms unequivocally that the use of enforced disappearance is illegal under any circumstances, including war, internal political instability or any other public emergency.“Victims of enforced disappearances are deprived of their liberty, kept in secret detention and seldom released,” Mr. Ban said. “Often their fate remains unknown; they are frequently tortured and in constant fear of being killed. Even if they are eventually set free, the physical and psychological scars stay with them for the rest of their lives. The victims’ families and loved ones also suffer immense anguish.”“On this International Day, I urge all Member States to ratify or accede to the Convention without delay, and I call on the States parties to the Convention to implement it,” Mr. Ban said, adding: “It is time for an end to all enforced disappearances.”He noted that far from being a practice employed only in the past by military dictatorships, enforced disappearance continues to be used by some States.Furthermore, “in recent years there has also been an alarming number of acts by non-State actors, including armed extremist and terrorist groups, that are tantamount to enforced disappearances and that are also gross abuses of human rights,” he said.In the past year alone, the two UN mechanisms [expert groups] on enforced disappearance received 246 requests by family members across the world to take urgent action.“This figure is just a fraction of the thousands of cases that are never reported either because of security conditions or because of a lack of knowledge of the existence of international mechanisms that can help,” the UN chief said. Providing details on these incidents in a strongly worded statement, the two UN mechanisms – the Committee on Enforced Disappearances and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances – called on States to establish and activate protocols for the immediate search of disappeared persons, in a systematic way, across the world. The experts explained that the 246 recent cases of enforced disappearances that they had been working on over the past year “are a clear indication that this heinous practice is still used in a number of countries.” Those cases are nevertheless only the “tip of the iceberg” of thousands of cases which are never reported either because of fear of reprisals or because the security conditions do not allow doing so, they added, echoing the Secretary-General. The lack of resources and the insufficient awareness of existing international mechanisms are other reasons why many cases of enforced disappearances are never reported to the United Nations. “Following the activation of the urgent actions procedures by the Working Group and the Committee on Enforced Disappearances over the last year, 13 disappeared persons were found alive, in detention, and sadly two were found dead,” they revealed, stressing that the use of the “urgent action” procedures shows that in the case of enforced disappearance, time is of the essence.“The hours and days that follow a disappearance are crucial to find the disappeared person alive. The actions taken in the immediate aftermath of a disappearance cannot be left to hazards but have to be systematized in protocols that permit the immediate activation of all means at disposal for the search of the disappeared.”With this in mind, the experts called on governments to take action as soon as a case of disappearance is reported to the authorities and all necessary measures to seek and find the disappeared person and to avoid irreparable harm.“We equally urge governments to guarantee the full protection from all forms of reprisals of those who report cases of enforces disappearances, the authors of the urgent actions requests, the witnesses, and the relatives of the disappeared persons… [and] also encourage all those whose beloved ones have disappeared, as well as those acting on their behalf, to make use of the tool provided by the urgent action procedures.By a resolution adopted in December 2010, the UN General Assembly welcomed the adoption of Convention and decided to declare 30 August the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The Convention entered into force in 2010, has been signed by 93 States and ratified by 50, and provides a sound foundation for fighting impunity, protecting disappeared persons and their families and strengthening the guarantees provided by the rule of law – including investigation, prosecution, justice and reparation. read more

Can Greece come out of the crisis

first_imgGreece’s financial crisis has taken centrestage for almost a decade, and to address some of the pressing questions surrounding the country’s future Professor Loukas Tsoukalis is presenting a lecture at the Greek Centre in Melbourne titled ‘Can Greece Come Out of the Crisis, and How?’The author of In Defence of Europe: Can the European Project Be Saved? will explore the lessons that can be drawn from the crisis for Greece and its relations with European partners, allies and others, while also delving into what went wrong with Greece’s economic model and the strategic errors committed in the (mis)management of the crisis.It’s fair to say that many things need to change for Greece to safely exit the crisis to create conditions for sustainable development. But are the people ready? And most importantly, can they agree among themselves on the basics?Born in Athens, Professor Tsoukalis studied economics and international relations at the University of Manchester, the College of Europe in Bruges, and the University of Oxford where he obtained his doctoral degree. He taught for many years at Oxford University and later became Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Athens. He has advised the former president of the European Commission and the former president of the European Council, and is currently the president of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe. The lecture will take place on Monday 23 October at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC) at 7.00 pm. Attendance is free. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

PeaceHealth, ACLU settle transgender lawsuit

first_imgVancouver-based PeaceHealth and the ACLU of Washington have settled a lawsuit involving coverage of transgender health care services under PeaceHealth’s employee medical plan, PeaceHealth announced Friday.Enstad v. PeaceHealth was filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington in October 2017. In 2016, prior to the filing of the Enstad lawsuit, PeaceHealth began the process of updating its employee medical plan. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, PeaceHealth’s employee medical plan was changed to cover medically necessary transgender surgery as determined under Aetna’s Gender Reassignment Surgery policy, a nationally-recognized guideline.“PeaceHealth is committed to an inclusive health care environment for all and does not discriminate based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law,” the Catholic health care system said in a news release. “Throughout our 127-year heritage, we have been dedicated to embracing and celebrating the diversity of our communities, our caregivers and the individuals we are privileged to serve.”The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington filed the discrimination lawsuit against PeaceHealth on behalf of Cheryl Enstad of Bellingham and her son, Paxton Enstad, 17.She said she and her husband eventually took out a second mortgage and dipped into Paxton’s college fund to pay more than $10,000 for his surgery.last_img read more

Police talk about Newman case and more says they need more information

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Police say the men featured on four wanted posters dispatched to media and the general public following the shooting of an American tourist on Friday are not necessarily linked to the crime.Acting Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting, stated that “the tentative shooting of Mr. Newman is nothing to directly link those people to that specific crime. They are wanted, as you can see from the wanted posters, for a number of offenses but we’re keeping a very open mind as to which they may be ultimately responsible for.”The men are just wanted for the litany of crimes listed on the posters, and while they may be linked to the shooting of Kevin Newman of Alabama, who is now in serious but stable condition at a Florida hospital, there is no evidence as yet linking them to the serious attack. Magnetic Media had a one on one with Acting Police Commissioner, Trevor Botting today who also revealed that TCI Police still need to interview Mr. Newman who was in no shape to give information in the case before he was airlifted to Broward Health.“And certainly when Mr. Newman is fit, medically fit- his recovery is a priority for us a the moment -but as soon as he is, we will look to speak to him and we’ll be doing that personally at some point in the future.” he added.Police say they remain in touch with the family and that residents need not feel as if this crime is more important than community cases nor do they need to feel as if police are not doing their best to find who is responsible.“We’re not getting as much as I would like and that’s not to say we haven’t had any already but you obviously don’t know the details of that. But please please just tell us anything, even if you think we know already.”Police are getting some information, but Acting Commissioner Botting told us he could do with more information directed to his investigators. As for how this case is classified… Mr. Botting said, “The actual face of the case will depend on the investigation. So this morning’s press release, I spoke to a serious assault, cause that’s actually what it is. Whether it’s an attempted murder, whether it be a manslaughter, that classification really comes towards the end of the investigation when we have more information about what actually occurred.” ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Archivists Rally To Keep National Archives In Anchorage

first_imgFunding for the National Archives And Records Administration, or NARA, building in Anchorage has been chopped from the National Archives budget as a result of a $10 million budget cut. All federal records will be moved to a Seattle based facility beginning in September. Local archivists, historians, senators and residents though, are rallying behind efforts to keep the archives in Anchorage.Download Audiolast_img

AdamTots Presents Shut Up Brain

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April the Giraffe Is Retiring And Going on Birth Control

first_img Baby Giraffe Gets Therapeutic Shoes to Treat Leg AbnormalitiesInternet Star April the Giraffe Will Give Birth to Her Fifth Baby Soon Stay on target It’s not every day an Internet starlet announces plans to go on birth control and into retirement at the same time.April the Giraffe gave birth to her fifth baby in March, prompting staff at Animal Adventure Park in New York to retire the 17-year-old from its breeding program.“It’s a great celebration for her, because she has certainly [served] her purpose, and that is to produce some beautiful, healthy calves in her lifetime,” AAP staff member Jordan Patch announced in a video shared to Facebook.AdChoices广告“She’ll continue to be a star of education and conservation initiatives for us … and will, of course, remain on exhibit,” he continued. “But it’s a matter of where.”Fans of April’s Giraffe Cam livestream will recognize her living quarters in Barn 1.But, starting this week, she and youngest son Azizi will make the transition to Barn 2—home to two-year-old Tajiri (born to April and Oliver in 2017) and transplant Johari, who joined AAP this year.Baby Azizi now stands close to 7-and-a-half feet tall—and he’s not even three months old (via Animal Adventure Park)“Now, you might wonder, how can we do that? She’ll be with Tajiri, [and] we’ve always said that a young male cannot be back with his mother,” Patch said. “Well, although it is a very beautiful, unnatural reunion, it can happen because April will start her contraceptives [Friday, June 7] here at the park.“That will more or less remove her from the program officially and scientifically,” he added.The complicated move—which allows the park to continue its care of April in the next stage of her life (i.e. “senior care”)—will also see the relocation of Oliver, the male giraffe with whom April cohabits, and Johari.“A little more natural pairing, if you will,” Patch said of the new male-female duo, praising Johari, who is “in perfect condition,” viable and ready for breeding.In Barn 2, meanwhile, will mark the reunions of April and son Tajiri, as well as Taj and little brother Azizi.Livestream viewers, be warned: During the move, AAP’s cameras will go dark for about 12 hours. So you’ll need to find something else to do for the day.“We appreciate your continuing support and faith in us to do what is best for our animals, for our staff, and for our organization,” Patch concluded. “The support, we cannot say thank you enough for.”More on Giraffe Gets Therapeutic Shoes to Treat Leg AbnormalitiesGiraffe Dies After Rare Emergency C-Section at Ohio ZooStudy: Giraffes Prefer to Dine With Friendslast_img read more

Printable Flexible CarbonNanotube Transistors

first_img Applications for these flexible electronics include electronic paper, RFID (radio frequency identification) tags to track goods and people, and “smart skins,” which are materials and coatings containing electronic circuitry that can indicate changes in temperature or pressure, such as on aircraft or other objects.Printing circuits onto plastic is not a new achievement. Researchers have created printed circuits at room temperature using various semi-conducting polymers as the carrier transport medium, and many, many research groups across the globe continue to work toward perfecting the process and product.“A problem with these polymers is that they have limited carrier mobility, meaning electrons travel through them fairly slowly. This limits the speed of the devices made from them to only a few kilohertz,” said UMass Lowell Professor Xuejun Lu, the study’s corresponding researcher, to computers, by comparison, have speeds from hundreds of megahertz to more than one gigahertz.As part of the printed-electronics effort, carbon nanotubes have been investigated as a medium for high-speed transistors, with very promising results. But one method of depositing the nanotubes onto the plastic, “growing” them with heat, requires very high temperatures, typically around 900°C, which is a major obstacle for fabricating electronic devices.Additionally, transistors made from single carbon nanotubes or low-density nanotube films, which are produced by depositing a small amount of a nanotube solution onto a substrate, can carry only a small amount of current. High-density films (more than than 1,000 nanotubes per square micrometer, or millionth of a meter) are better, but most are not of sufficient quality, containing carbon “soot” that covers the nanotubes’ sidewalls and hinders carrier flow.To help solve these issues, Brewer Science, Inc. developed an electronic-grade carbon-nanotube solution. The researchers deposited a tiny droplet of the solution onto a plastic transparency film at room temperature using a syringe, a method similar to ink-jet printing.“Our electronic-grade solutions contain ultrapure carbon nanotubes without using any surfactant. Our printed transistor’s carrier mobility is much higher than similar devices developed by other groups, it exhibits a speed of 312 megahertz, and can carry a large current,” said Dr. Xuliang Han, Senior Research Engineer at Brewer Science. This research is described in the November 16, 2007, online edition of Micro & Nano Letters.Citation: Micro & Nano Letters — December 2007 — Volume 2, Issue 4, p. 96-98Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Brewer Science, Inc. have used carbon nanotubes as the basis for a high-speed thin-film transistors printed onto sheets of flexible plastic. Their method may allow large-area electronic circuits to be printed onto almost any flexible substrate at low cost and in mass quantities. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furthercenter_img Pantry ingredients can help grow carbon nanotubes Citation: Printable, Flexible Carbon-Nanotube Transistors (2008, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Were a Country of BingeWatchers and We Feel Pretty Good About It

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read December 13, 2013 Register Now » Binge-viewing has become our new normal, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netflix.The survey found that among U.S. adults who stream a TV show at least once a week, 61 percent binge-watch regularly. And the majority of us binge-watchers don’t feel guilty about it — in fact, 73 percent said they have positive feelings about the experience.What is binge-watching, though? To me, the word (which, by the way, was a runner-up to “selfie” for Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year) conveys an intense marathon of watching – an entire TV season manically consumed in a day or two. But most people, it turns out, don’t see it this way – 73% percent of respondents defined the term in much more moderate language as “watching between two to six episodes of the TV show in one sitting.” (Which begs the question: what’s the word for watching an entire season in one sitting?)This is a very sane definition, but our habits aren’t necessarily so controlled. Netflix executives told The Wall Street Journal that they found a consistent pattern in the pace at which people binge: in general, about half the viewers studied had finished an entire season (up to 22 episodes) within one week. Not the fevered bout of five seasons of Breaking Bad in four days, but not the more restrained two episodes in one sitting, either.Related: Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ Gets Emmy Not as TV Moves Online”Our viewing data shows that the majority of streamers would actually prefer to have a whole season of a show available to watch at their own pace,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, in a statement.But is it always a good idea to consume multiple episodes in one sitting? Before the release of the latest season of Arrested Development, series creator Mitch Hurwitz recommended restraint. “You’ll get tired!” Hurwitz told Vulture, before recounting a story about a producer who watched too many episodes back to back, with diminishing laughs each time. “You have to take a break,” he advised. “There’s too much material.”It’s safe to say that most people probably didn’t heed Hurwitz’s warning, and binge-watched anyway (I know I did). The survey backs this up — 79 percent of respondents said “watching several episodes of their favorite shows at once actually makes the shows more enjoyable.”While Netflix hasn’t always been a huge fan of binge-watch “due to connotations of gluttonous or antisocial behavior,” the company has finally embraced the word. Binge-watching, it seems, has come out of the dark and into the daylight, so to speak.Related: Netflix Goes Where No Customer Service Has Gone Before Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more