BEIJING — Most Asian stocks sank Tuesday after a tech sell-off dragged Wall Street lower.KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 lost 2.3 per cent to 21,760.59 while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.8 per cent to 2,652.70. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 declined 1.8 per cent to 5,834.20 and Seoul’s Kospi gave up 0.7 per cent to 2,065.42. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.2 per cent to 25,706.88, while India’s Sensex retreated 0.2 per cent to 34,747.01. Jakarta gained while New Zealand, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian market declined.WALL STREET: A sell-off in technology companies knocked more than 600 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The wave of selling snared big names including Apple, Amazon and Goldman Sachs. Banks, consumer-focused companies, and media and communications stocks all took heavy losses. That, in turn, weighed on chipmakers. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 2 per cent to 2,726.22. The Dow gave up 2.3 per cent to 25,387.18. It was down briefly by 648 points. The Nasdaq composite slid 2.8 per cent to 7,200.87.APPLE: The tech tumble followed an analyst report that suggested Apple significantly cut back orders from one of its suppliers. That fueled questions about the outlook for tech industries and U.S. economic growth. Apple fell 5 per cent after Wells Fargo analysts said the iPhone maker is the unnamed customer that optical communications company Lumentum Holdings said was significantly reducing orders. Shares in Lumentum plunged 33 per cent.US-CHINA TRADE: Markets in Shanghai and Hong gained after the South China Morning Post newspaper reported Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, Vice Premier Liu He, might visit Washington ahead of Xi’s planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. The newspaper, citing unidentified sources, said the visit is aimed at easing trade tensions but no schedule had been decided. The two sides have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in a dispute over U.S. complaints about Beijing’s technology policy. Xi and Trump are due to meet during this month’s Group of 20 gathering of major economies in Argentina.ANALYST’S TAKE: “The U.S. morning sell-off in the tech sector triggered the equity rout,” said Stephen Innes of OANDA in a report. “It is hard to overlook the global growth slowdown, while the Trump administration seems set to exert pressure on China trade.” A stronger U.S. dollar usually acts as a “wrecking ball through Asian equities.”OPEC: Saudi Arabia said the oil cartel and allied crude producers will likely need to cut supplies, perhaps by as much as 1 million barrels of oil a day, to rebalance the market after U.S. sanctions failed to cut Iran’s output. Khalid al-Falih’s comments showed the balancing act U.S. allies face in dealing with President Donald Trump’s actions. Trump has demanded OPEC increase production to drive down U.S. gasoline prices. Al-Falih, who on Sunday said the kingdom would cut production by more than 500,000 barrels per day in December, said Saudi Arabia gave customers “100 per cent of what they asked for.” That appeared to be a veiled reference to Trump.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 87 cents to $59.04 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract sank 26 cents on Monday to $59.93. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 81 cents to $69.33 in London. It declined 6 cents the previous session to $70.12.CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 113.89 yen from Monday’s 113.84 yen. The euro gained to $1.1241 from $1.1218.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press
16 September 2008The star-studded line-up of artists performing at next month’s United Nations-backed memorial concert and ceremony in Jordan to honour the late Luciano Pavarotti was announced today by the Italian tenor’s widow at a press conference in Milan. Andrea Bocelli and Sting are among the luminaries of classical and pop music slated to play at the concert, which will take place next month on Mr. Pavarotti’s birthday in Petra, the renowned World Heritage site. The funds raised will go to projects in Afghanistan focusing on the most vulnerable, mostly women and children, of the 5 million refugees returning from Pakistan, Iran and neighbouring States to the eastern provinces of their country. These projects are jointly run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The projects will include school building programmes; the provision of health, skills and literacy training; and the construction of micro-hydropower and irrigation canals to bring electricity and improve agricultural production in Afghanistan.The event will also be supported by Italy, who announced a donation of over 2 million euros for the joint UNHCP-WFP project in Afghanistan, and hosted by Princess Haya Bint al Hussein of Jordan.“For over 10 years, until his death in September 2007, Maestro Pavarotti actively supported UNHCR projects in Kosovo, Pakistan, Zambia and Iraq,” the agency said in a joint press release with WFP.“UNHCR remembers the Maestro as a unique artist, an extremely generous man and a friend. Luciano Pavarotti was one of the greatest supporters of UNHCR’s work, using his amazing talents to raise awareness of refugee issues around the world,” added Radhouane Nouicer, UNHCR Director of the Middle East and North Africa Office in Geneva.“Millions of Afghans live in dire poverty. In particular returnees, who after many years arrive home needing everything: food, shelter and a future,” noted Susana Rico, WFP director in Afghanistan.“The spirit of the great Maestro Pavarotti brings people together, even now. We will always remember him for his extraordinary efforts to help reach those in need,” she added.Other musicians on the list of performers announced by Mr. Pavarotti’s widow, Nicoletta Mantovani, included Jovanotti, Zucchero, Laura Pausini, Angela Gheorghiu, Andrea Griminelli, Cynthia Lawrence and Roberto Alagna, and the concert will be conducted by Eugene Kohn.
Gabriela Carina Knaul de Albuquerque e Silva, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, issued a statement in Geneva voicing concern at the way the Guatemalan Congress elected the judges on 30 September. The Congress elected the judges at a plenary session, “without having established a methodology and a timetable for an election to assess and evaluate each candidate in accordance with Guatemalan legislation and international standards” on the issue, according to the statement. “The recent election… ignored the principles of transparency, objectivity and expertise needed in this type of process,” said the Special Rapporteur. She also expressed regret that Congress had not followed the recommendations of her predecessor, Leandro Despouy, on the election of Supreme Court judges after he visited the Central American country in July. “The UN Special Rapporteur’s recommendations were aimed at overcoming the grave deficiencies in the country’s judicial system,” said Ms. Knaul de Albuquerque. She called on the Congress to follow Mr. Despouy’s recommendations by guaranteeing civil society’s effective participation in elections for the Court of Appeal and ensuring that Guatemala’s High Courts consist of independent, honest and competent judges in accordance with international standards. Mr. Ban issued his own statement through a spokesperson, saying he noted the concerns raised by the Special Rapporteur and by the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). “This is an issue of great importance to the fight against impunity in the country,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General trusts the Guatemalan Congress will ensure that judges of unquestioned competence, independence and integrity are named to the country’s highest courts.” 5 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and an independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern over the manner of the recent election of judges to the Supreme Court in Guatemala, saying the process was rushed and lacked transparency and objectivity.
25 January 2012The first round of informal discussions on the proposed outcome document of the United Nations conference on sustainable development that will be held in Brazil in June got under way in New York today with a senior UN official calling for an ambitious and yet practical conclusion. “When world leaders gather in Rio in five months, we need to present them with an ambitious and yet practical outcome that equals the magnitude of today’s challenges,” said Sha Zukang, the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will be held in Rio de Janeiro beginning 20 June.“We need a robust outcome from Rio+20, with reinvigorated political commitments by all countries. We need strong decisions…strong in commitments and strong in actions,” he said.The informal round of talks on the outcome document is the first in a series of negotiating sessions to be held in March, April, May and June in the run up to the conference.Mr. Sha, who is the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, urged governments and civil society to focus on possible sustainable development goals, and on whether these would take into account specific national circumstances.He also urged them to consider the “complementarity” between the proposed Sustainable Development Council and the Economic and Social Council; and how Rio+20 would drive the dissemination and transfer of state-of-the-art technologies on mutually agreed terms from developed to developing countries.Eradicating poverty and building socially just and inclusive societies, while protecting the planet’s fragile eco-systems remain the defining challenges of the 21st century, Mr. Sha said.The multiple crises of food, energy, climate, finance and employment shape the different facets of the challenges, he said, adding that they reminded humanity that problems are interconnected and must be tackled together. The so-called “zero draft” of the outcome document was prepared from more than 6,000 pages of submissions from Member States, international organizations and civil society.
California political watchdog agency orders PACs to pay record-setting fine of $15 million SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a case seeking to unmask the murky multimillion-dollar trail of money pouring into state and national political campaigns, California’s political watchdog agency on Thursday announced the largest fine in its history for campaign-reporting violations and ordered two political action committees to pay the state $15 million for failing to properly report the source of funds spent in the 2012 election.Teams of attorneys and researchers from two state agencies spent a year tracing the money used to oppose one California ballot initiative and support another, illustrating how difficult it has become to track the flow of money in state and national political campaigns. The groups that helped funnel the money were in numerous states, including Arizona, Iowa and Virginia.The California Fair Political Practices Commission called the two groups that will pay the $1 million fine “part of the ‘Koch Brothers Network’ of dark money political non-profit corporations.” The reference is to billionaire brothers Charles and David H. Koch, who have given millions to conservative causes across the country.Donors were given the choice of directly contributing to the ballot measure campaigns or giving money to an Arizona-based non-profit that would not disclose their names, allowing them to avoid retribution from unions, according to documents released as part of the investigation.“Almost $29 million was given by donors who chose not to stand up for their political views but instead wanted to influence elections but hide from public view,” said Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the FPPC.The $15 million in payments ordered to California’s general fund stem from separate out-of-state contributions last fall that drew scrutiny from state regulators:— $11 million that the Laguna Niguel-based Small Business Action Committee received from the Phoenix-based Americans for Responsible Leadership, which received the money from another Phoenix-based non-profit, the Koch-backed Center to Protect Patient Rights. That group did not report the contribution.— $4 million that went to the Iowa-based California Future Fund for Free Markets Yes on Proposition 32 through the American Future Fund, which received the money from the Center to Protect Patient Rights. That money also was not reported to the state.As part of the settlement, to be filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, ARL and the CPPL each agreed to pay a $500,000 fine.The state’s investigation began with the $11 million contribution last fall to a California group that was fighting Gov. Jerry Brown’s November ballot initiative to raise taxes and supporting another one to limit the power of unions. Voters ultimately approved Brown’s tax increase and rejected the limits on unions.Just days before the election, the Fair Political Practices Commission and state Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Americans for Responsible Leadership, which had no history of political activity in California, to force it to disclose the donors, as required by California law.The case went to the state Supreme Court just days before the election, and one day before voters went to the polls, the group disclosed it received the $11 million from a group called Americans for Job Security through an intermediary, the Center to Protect Patient Rights. Both are out-of-state, federally registered nonprofits.Brown, a Democrat who appointed Ravel as chairwoman, said the settlement shows that major loopholes remain in campaign-finance reporting laws.“Secrecy and money don’t mix well in a democracy,” he said in a statement.The Center to Protect Patient Rights said the state recognized as part of the settlement that the non-profit did not intend to conceal any information from the public but that it erred “largely because it had never previously made any contributions” in California.“The Commission today recognized that CPPR acted in ‘good faith’ and that there was absolutely no intent to violate campaign reporting rules,” attorney Malcolm Segal said in a statement.Koch Companies Public Sector, which is owned by the Koch brothers, denied involvement in the Proposition 32 campaign in a statement.“We did not support, either directly or indirectly, this ballot initiative, which would have restricted public and private sector employees’ rights to contribute to candidates,” the statement said.The state watchdog agency said the two groups that received the money and led the campaigns in California are required to make their respective $11 million and $4 million payments to the state general fund.But Steve Churchwell, an attorney for the Small Business Action Committee, told The Associated Press that the group has no intention of paying the $11 million because the law applies only to candidate elections and not ballot initiatives. He said his group has not been found to have violated any campaign-finance laws.“We fully disclosed the donations that we received, and we’re not part of the settlement, there are no violations,” SBAC spokeswoman Beth Miller said.The California Future Fund has been disbanded since the election. A message left with its associate, American Future Fund, was not immediately returned Thursday and attempts by The Associated Press to reach its principal, Barbara Smeltzer, were not immediately successful.A message left for Kirk Adams, president of Americans for Responsible Leadership, also was not returned. by Juliet Williams, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 1:38 pm MDT
Global supplier of underground mechanised mining solutions, MacLean Engineering, has announced a new partnership with rock drill major, Montabert, that will “optimise MacLean’s drilling product line and provide customers with improved access to parts, drill repairs and sales support worldwide.” MacLean has built a global reputation for innovation in the hard rock industry over the past 40 years by partnering with longstanding customers on continuous product improvement. This same approach is now being taken with Montabert drill technology, “helping to once again raise the bar on underground mining equipment performance.”“Today’s announcement is good news for our global customer base that will now benefit more than ever from direct access to Montabert’s drilling R&D, as well as an expanded customer support footprint,” noted MacLean Engineering Product Line Manager, Steve Denomme. “It is also a concrete example of our commitment to innovating for practical, game-changing solutions for hard rock mining customers.” The key MacLean product lines for underground mining include scissor bolters and secondary breakers.
In the last two years left back of Spanish Itxako, Alexandrina Barbosa (26) goes back to Romania, but now to the national champion, Oltchim Valcea. Spanish NT player will be a huge add to the Romanian squad with the biggest goal – to win EHF Champions League. Before returning to Spain, Barbosa already spent two years in Rumentul. ← Previous Story Vote for Women’s EHF CL MVP: Popovic leads ahead Gorbitz Next Story → Danijel Saric and Albert Rocas loyal to Barca Alexandrina BarbosaOltchim Valcea
← Previous Story Incident in Antequera: Domestic fans VS Torrevieja’s players (VIDEO) Next Story → Velux EHF CL F4: THW Kiel VS Fuchse Berlin – AG VS Atletico Madrid! Laszlo Nagy F.C Barcelona director, Enric Masip confirmed that Laszlo Nagy (31) will leave F.C Barcelona after over a decade in Spain. Hungarian right back will become the highest paid player in the world in Hungarian champion.Reports from Spain says that left-hand player will earn in Hungary twice more than in Barcelona. Nagy has contract until 2013 and and a termination clause of three million euros. The question is whether Nagy stay in Barca for one more season or will go immediately next summer.Previously, Laszlo Nagy played for Pick Szeged.
LG this week revealed a new Windows 7 tablet–the rather boringly-named E-Note H1000B. The device sports a 10.1 inch screen, an Intel Atom Z510 or Z530 processor, 16GB of on-board solid state memory, 1GB of Ram, Wi-Fi, and an SD Card Slot.The device ships with Windows 7 Starter Edition and can be upgraded to Windows 7 professional.The major caveat for US consumers: the thing only appears to be available in Korea, at the moment. Also, oddly, the original page touting its release has apparently been pulled from LG’s Korean site and since replaced by a 404 error.We may be seeing the device on our shores at some point, however–the tablet was initially leaked out via the FCC’s site, earlier this month, followed by predictions that it would be formally announced at next year’s ces in January.
Calvitie : vers un traitement efficace pour la repousse des cheveux ?Des chercheurs américains ont annoncé être très proches de la commercialisation d’un traitement qui permettrait une vraie repousse des cheveux, en cas de calvitie.C’est l’une des pires ennemies de la gent masculine. Touchant près de 70% des hommes, il n’existe pour l’instant aucune solution médicale totalement efficace. On parle bien sûr de la calvitie, plus exactement appelée “alopécie androgénétique”. Ceci désigne une perte des cheveux due à la production d’un dérivé de la testostérone qui finit par obstruer les follicules pileux. A l’heure actuelle, les solutions anti-calvitie existant peuvent, au mieux, repousser l’échéance. Chez les personnes chauves, les follicules pileux se miniaturisent, ce qui provoque la pousse de cheveux de plus en plus fins, jusqu’à ce que les pores soient totalement refermés. Les produits présents sur le marché arrivent à minimiser cette régression des pores, mais ne réussissent pas à créer de nouveaux pores. La seule solution consiste ainsi à la pose d’implants capillaires, procédé douloureux, long et extrêmement onéreux.Toutefois, c’est un nouvel espoir que fournissent les travaux publiés par la société américaine Follica, spécialiste de l’étude des causes de la calvitie. Parues dans la revue Nature Medicine, ces recherches ont permis d’identifier une molécule clé pour la repousse des cheveux, ouvrant ainsi la voix à des traitements efficaces. Déjà des avancées en 2007La société Follica, attachée à la faculté de médecine de l’université de Pennsylvanie, s’est faite pour spécialité le traitement de la calvitie. En 2007, George Cotsarelis, co-fondateur de Follica, avait ainsi publié une première étude dans Nature décrivant la création de nouveaux follicules après une lésion de la peau chez les souris. “Nous avions pensé qu’il s’agissait là de nouveaux follicules formés selon un processus qui rappelle fortement l’embryogenèse”, explique le Dr. Cotsarelis dans un communiqué. Poursuivie, cette recherche, qui avait à l’époque attiré beaucoup d’attention sur l’équipe, a été le premier pas vers la découverte de la protéine Fgf9.Une molécule qui booste la formation des folliculesCette molécule se révèle cruciale pour la formation de nouveaux follicules sur la peau après cicatrisation. En augmentant l’expression de Fgf9, les chercheurs ont constaté la création de trois fois plus de follicules que sur les peaux témoins. Ainsi, un traitement pourrait être proposé et consisterait à supprimer quelques couches de cellules sur le crâne, déclenchant une régénération de l’épiderme. Puis à l’aide d’ajout de Fgf9, le traitement provoquerait une repousse des cheveux. “Cette découverte met en lumière un mécanisme qui permet de générer des follicules pileux et ouvre la voie vers de nouveaux traitements pour la calvitie humaine” explique le Dr. William Ju, de la société Follica.Bientôt un traitement ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La société en est déjà à des tests sur les humains de phase II, et les résultats indiquent que la repousse des cheveux grâce à l’apparition de follicules est bien effective, une première. Après ces essais, la société compte proposer un traitement qui consisterait en une combinaison de molécules et de perturbations de la peau ciblées pour inverser le processus de la calvitie.”Créer de nouveaux follicules est essentiel pour combattre la perte des cheveux, et ne peut être accompli par des procédés tels que la greffe ou les produits qui existent actuellement” conclut le Dr. Bernat Olle, co-fondateur de Follica.Le 11 septembre 2013 à 09:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Game of Thrones is one of the most convoluted shows on TV, so it makes sense that it would totally work as an anime series. There are some extremely complex plots when it comes to anime to begin with, so there’s totally no surprise here that it would make an awesome anime epic. That’s why French animator Malec went and created an amazingly spot-on rendition of the Game of Thrones title credits. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the show was actually coming to Japan for its first season.The clip pretty much nails every single thing you normally see in anime openings, from the flashes of lightning to serious portraits of the major players, a huge and gaudy logo, and even insidious and dramatic scenes that forecast certain story-related things that are still to come in the series. What’s more, everyone is accurate to their TV series counterparts. Daenerys looks appropriately menacing, Jon Snow is looking like a pouty little kid trying to be intimidating, and well, the gang’s all here! Just see for yourself.I especially enjoyed all the house’s sigils being strung together in a super-quick montage reminiscent of some of the best anime series I’ve seen that have made similar design decisions. It even has its own custom-made theme song, which sounds like a lot of nonsense, but it does at least have the words “Game of Thrones” in it, and I’m kind of tired of hearing the HBO version of the theme, anyway.This is an extremely impressive piece of fanart that really makes you wonder why there isn’t an anime version of the show in the first place. Looks like someone should get on it, and fast, at least while George R.R. Martin is still around to see it. At this rate, the anime might happen before we get the next book. ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#…
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race for the Brazilian midfielder Fred this summer, claims Manchester Evening NewsThe Shakhtar Donetsk player has been a subject of interest for both United and local rivals Manchester City throughout the season, although it is believed that the latter has now officially ended their interest in signing Fred.However, the free-spending PSG have joined United after deciding that the 25-year-old would make a valuable addition to their squad.The Ligue 1 champions are currently looking for a mobile defensive midfielder in order to ease the burden that has been placed on Adrien Rabiot’s shoulders this term.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Vice-captain Thiago Motta is now 35 years old and the 33-year-old Lassana Diarra left PSG in the January transfer window for Abu Dhabi outfit Al-Jazira.Shakhtar is unwilling to allow Fred to leave for nothing in the summer with the Brazilian’s five-year deal with the Ukrainian club including a release clause of €60m.Although United may be prepared to match the asking price due to Marouane Fellaini’s uncertain future and captain Michael Carrick’s retirement.
AMHERST, MA — The following Wilmington students were named to the Dean’s List at UMass Amherst for their academic performance during the Spring 2018 semester:Bradford Michael AldrichDaniel James BellRyan Andrew BroderickJillian Patricia DavidsonAnna Christina De La CruzJustin Joel EkstromCaroline M. EstabrookDonald Joseph Kenney IIIDaniel Calvin LeeChristopher Steven MaienzaRachael Danielle MaraSamantha Marie MaragioglioElizabeth Rose McDermottVincent PietropaoloDana RossettiVictoria Evans SchultesDavid James SilveiraJared Nicholas SpinneyColin Patrick StanfordKirsten Sheila StraccamoroMeghan SullivanRyan Matthew ThaiTroy Anthony VibertAlexia Marie VieiraJacob Michael VieiraJared Jeffrey WalshTo qualify for the Dean’s List at UMass Amherst, a student must have completed no fewer than 12 graded credits for the semester and earned at least a 3.25 GPA with no grade lower than C and without any incompletes.(NOTE: The above announcement is from UMass Amherst.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 31 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass AmherstIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 35 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass AmherstIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 57 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass LowellIn “Education”
A housewife was killed as a bus ran over her at Ghorapata in Kaliganj Sadar upazila on Friday afternoon, according to UNB.The deceased was identified as Bilkis Parvin, 23, wife of Abu Hasan, 36 of Bashantapur village of Kolaroa upazila in the district.Witnesses said Bilskis was returning home riding on her husband’s motorcycle after appearing in the Primary School Teacher Recruitment Test in the district sadar.Suddenly Bilkis dropped from the motorcycle due to sorry state of the road around 3:00pm and a speedy bus ran over her leaving her dead on the spot while her husband sustained injuries.Later, locals took Hasan to Nalta Hospital for treatment.
“AI has been a hot topic, but it’s not in production as much as you think,” said Scott Likens, who lead PwC’s emerging technologies group. “There’s still mystery about emerging technologies among business executives.”One of the concerns about AI is that it will introduce new problems. The potential for AI-powered cyberthreats was the top-ranked concern among tech, media, and telecommunications execs surveyed by PwC (43% of whom identified it as the No. 1 worry).“We automatically don’t trust something we don’t understand, even if it’s better,” Likens noted.There’s also a lack of understanding of how AI can be used to improve efficiencies and create new revenue opportunities, according to Likens. Artificial intelligence, depending on how it’s defined, is 50 years old, he said. So far, though, the promise of AI has been tough to explain. “People say they’re using AI when in fact they’re just using analytics,” Likens said.The benefits of AI applications can be intangible, according to Likens. For example, it’s hard to measure the extent to which an AI-powered personalization feature for content results in a better overall customer experience, he said.Among media execs PwC polled, only 12% identified AI as being the “most disruptive” emerging technology in the next three years.Still, media executives do see the potential for AI applications. Of respondents who picked AI as the No. 1 disruptive technology, 19% said they expect AI will help cut costs, 5% said it will boost productivity, and 3% said it will improve customer experience.One of the biggest challenges — as with the adoption of any emerging technology — is changing the culture of an organization to embrace it, Likens said. “Changing process takes a lot of time,” he said. “Upskilling the workforce is difficult. There’s knowledge on both sides that has to come together — that includes people with AI domain expertise and businesspeople.”In addition to AI applications that can reduce costs (like automating call centers and customer service), artificial intelligence used in conjunction with other technologies can produce big wins, according to Likens. “We think the convergence of emerging tech is where it’s at,” he said. Popular on Variety Companies in the media sector are generally progressive in embracing digital tech to adapt their businesses — but they are more reluctant than other industries to move forward with artificial intelligence, among other emerging technologies, according to new research from PwC.Per PwC’s survey of 1,000 U.S. executives for its “2019 AI Predictions” report in multiple industries, 20% said their companies will deploy AI across their businesses next year.By comparison, media companies are in the extremely early phases of implementing AI, the consulting firm’s research shows. Only a limited few have defined an AI business case and deployment plan — and hardly any have projects currently in process, PwC found. Just 7% of media execs said they are making “substantial” investments in AI, according to PwC. For example, PwC deployed an application for a client (which Likens declined to identify) that combined blockchain and AI to automatically manage content-rights and royalties payments. “A lot of the manual processing went away by automating that smart-contract process,” he said.Likens also sees promise in combining AI with virtual-reality and other immersive experiences. “With AI it’s not just canned interactions… it’s a live interaction model,” he said. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
More information: ‘Fire at will’: The emergence of habitual fire use 350,000 years ago, Journal of Human Evolution, Volume 77, December 2014, Pages 196–203. www.sciencedirect.com/science/ … ii/S0047248414001778AbstractThe use of fire is central to human survival and to the processes of becoming human. The earliest evidence for hominin use of fire dates to more than a million years ago. However, only when fire use became a regular part of human behavioral adaptations could its benefits be fully realized and its evolutionary consequences fully expressed. It remains an open question when the use of fire shifted from occasional and opportunistic to habitual and planned. Understanding the time frame of this ‘technological mutation’ will help explain aspects of our anatomical evolution and encephalization over the last million years. It will also provide an important perspective on hominin dispersals out of Africa and the colonization of temperate environments, as well as the origins of social developments such as the formation of provisioned base camps. Frequencies of burnt flints from a 16-m-deep sequence of archaeological deposits at Tabun Cave, Israel, together with data from the broader Levantine archaeological record, demonstrate that regular or habitual fire use developed in the region between 350,000–320,000 years ago. While hominins may have used fire occasionally, perhaps opportunistically, for some million years, we argue here that it only became a consistent element in behavioral adaptations during the second part of the Middle Pleistocene. Citation: Habitual use of fire as told from cave near Haifa (2014, December 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-habitual-told-cave-haifa.html 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. , Journal of Human Evolution Scientists have not been content with the exercise of dating when man first used fire. While the earliest evidence for hominin use of fire dates to more than a million years ago, scientists have been keen to explore an expanded timeline as to when we transitioned from occasional use to habitual, planned use of fire. A research effort by a team of scientists has turned up evidence and they have written what they understand about a time frame of a ‘technological mutation.’ That in turn can help explain our evolution and “encephalization.” © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Science Their study, ‘Fire at will’: The emergence of habitual fire use 350,000 years ago,” is published in this month’s Journal of Evolution. Their study suggests, as stated in a publication of the Archeological Institute of America, Archaeology, that human ancestors regularly began using fire some 350,000 years ago. The six authors studied flint tools recovered from Israel’s Tabun Cave. The authors are from the Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, and School of Anthropology, University of Arizona. They uncovered burnt flint material from a 16-m-deep sequence of archaeological deposits at Tabun Cave, near Haifa, Israel. According to a report in Science, the Tabun Cave is a site with a long sequence. In turn, said Ron Shimelmitz, archaeologist at the University of Haifa and study co-author, they were able to explore, step by step, how the use of fire changed in the cave. Shimelmitz also said in the Science report that the findings were consistent with data from several nearby sites. The authors wrote that “burnt artifacts are found not only within hearths but also scattered throughout the general area of excavations, a result of processes such as cleaning out of fireplaces, trampling and earth moving.” They said that “the frequency of burnt flints should be a suitable proxy for the frequency of fires within the cave.” Since the stone is so durable, burnt flints are not expected to suffer from the same degree of post-depositional alteration and destruction as are hearth features, heated sediments, charcoal and ash or even burnt bones, they added.Two factors, the flint discoveries along with data from a Levantine archaeological record, demonstrated that “regular or habitual fire use developed in the region between 350,000–320,000 years ago. While hominins may have used fire occasionally, perhaps opportunistically, for some million years, we argue here that it only became a consistent element in behavioral adaptations during the second part of the Middle Pleistocene.” They concluded that “Fire became a regular part of hominin behavior during the second half of the Middle Pleistocene.”The value of their research is in its contribution to reconstructing features of evolutionary history, including changes in anatomy and dispersal of hominins into temperate regions. Ilan Ben Zion, news editor at The Times of Israel, explained that examination of the strata in the cave found that, before roughly 350,000 years ago, “few of the stones showed signs of exposure to intense heat. After that point, an increasing number show signs of red or black coloration, cracking, and small round depressions typical of exposure to fire.” In their study, the authors said that, “We suggest that the changes in burning frequency at Tabun and Qesem not only signal the point in time where the use of fire became habitual, but also indicate that humans had mastered the art of kindling fire. Unfortunately there are no means currently available to directly determine how ancient fires were started, so the latter remains simply a hypothesis for the time being.” Credit: Junior Libby/public domain 300,000-year-old hearth found Explore further
You won’t believe what this man was fined for in Singapore Monday, May 27, 2019 SINGAPORE — If you’ve got clients heading to Singapore, you may want to warn them of the country’s strict litter laws.How strict? An unidentified man was just fined S$300 (approximately Can$295) for shooting two rubber bands that landed on a public road.The National Environment Agency (NEA), which issued the ticket on May 23, accused the man of throwing rubber bands in a public place, an offence under Section 17(1)(A) of the Environmental Public Health Act.“NEA enforcement officers observed a man walking towards his vehicle and shooting two rubber bands, on after the other, into the air,” the agency said as reported by Channel News Asia. “The rubber bands landed on the public road. Our officers thus informed him of the littering offence and issued him an enforcement ticket.”The NEA also added that the man “was cooperative throughout officers’ engagement with him.”This incident comes on the heels of another similar situation in which two men were fined S$300 each for leaving behind beverage cans at Singapore’s Woodlands MRT station.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAccording to the NEA, “public littering has environmental consequences” and that “keeping our environment clean by not littering is a gracious and socially responsible thing to do.” Posted by Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Travelweek Group Share Tags: Cosmos, Environment, Globus, World Environment Day << Previous PostNext Post >> Globus family of brands announce 10% savings & increased sustainability efforts Posted by Wednesday, June 5, 2019 TORONTO — Globus and Cosmos are giving agents some extra help to close early sales with a new promotion that includes savings on European and North American tours.When clients book by Nov. 26, 2019, they’ll save 10% on every European and North American Globus itinerary for 2020 (excluding Escapes by Globus).When they book value-brand Cosmos by Oct. 22, 2019, their European and North American tours will be reduced by $50.The offer applies to groups as well as individuals.“This is a great opportunity for agents to pique their clients’ interests for next year while giving them the widest range of choice possible,” said Stéphanie Bishop, managing director for the Globus family of brands in Canada, parent company of Globus and Cosmos.In other Globus news, in celebration of World Environment Day, the company has announced plans to increase sustainability efforts, reduce waste and contribute to ‘The Ocean Cleanup’, a non-profit focused on ridding the world’s oceans of plastics.As part of its efforts, Globus family of brands is encouraging travellers to choose e-documents over printed travel itineraries, prior to their vacations. When they choose the eco-friendly option, the company will donate funds to The Ocean Cleanup.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“It’s never been more important for companies to take a role in cleaning up our planet while also reducing and recycling waste,” said Scott Nisbet, chief executive officer and president of the Globus family of brands. “Now we’re asking our travellers to join us by favouring electronic travel documents over paper ones. When they do, our planet benefits.”Over five trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean, which, if left to circulate, will impact ecosystems, our health and economies. The Ocean Cleanup has developed advanced technologies to eliminate these plastics, and has plans to cleanup 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years.Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways, part of the Globus family of brands, added that it’s up to river cruise companies to preserve the environment around us. “We have taken great strides to improve monitoring and measurement to reduce our environmental impact, to save water, to limit waste and to foster a sustainability culture among our crew and guests,” she said.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?As part of these efforts, Avalon’s fleet of Suite Ships use LED lightbulbs, which consume 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and implement propulsion systems that use 20% less fuel than other river cruise ships. The ships also feature upgraded sewage treatment plants that ensure clean water is discharged back into rivers, as well as low-flow toilets and tap flow restrictors to help guests limit water consumption.“In the past two years, we have reduced paper waste by 80%,” said Hoffee. “We’ve done this, in party, by favouring electronic media. For instance, onboard we no longer deliver city maps to staterooms each day, Instead, we encourage our guests to use our new AvalonGO app, while off the ship we prioritize e-brochures over printed brochures. And now, we hope our contributions to The Ocean Cleanup will encourage even more guests to choose e-documents.”For more information go to globusjourneys.com/Globus-Cares/ and theoceancleanup.com.
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