Hawaii to become sister state of Goa: Parsekar

first_imgPanaji, Mar 31 (PTI) The island state of Hawaii in US will become the “sister state” of Goa soon for attracting tourists and foreign investments in the coastal state.Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said an MoU would be signed between Hawaii and Goa to formalise the across-the-border partnership.”The MOU is already vetted by Ministry of External Affairs,” he said.Parsekar said,”the sister-state programme” will promote tourism and also increase the prospective opportunity for economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental exchange.He said the collaboration will also help to minimise the barriers in attracting foreign investment in tourism and the film production sector.The CM said US Congress member Tulsi Gabbard had expressed her view on strengthening the relations between two states during her visit to Goa in December 2014.The policy-makers from both the regions are interested in joining hands on various fronts like promotion of trade, tourism, sports, technology, pharmaceuticals, yoga, Ayurvedic, pilgrimage, Hawaiian products and world peace, he added. PTI CORR NSK RG BASlast_img read more

SPORT-SEEMA 2 LAST

first_imgVitaliy Pishchalnikov is the father of Darya Vitaliy Pishchalnikov is the father of Darya Pishchalnikov, who was stripped of her London Olympics silver medal for doping, and American media reports had said that he had offered to become a whistle-blower in the current doping scandal. “He (Vitaliy Pishchalnikov) is not my coach and I am not training under him. He is just helping us in getting the training facilities, my place of residence for a month here, etc. I have my husband (Ankush Punia) as my coach,” Seema said. Seema, who has a doping past, also said that she was never issued a notice by the National Anti-Doping Agency for whereabouts failure and also insisted that she has not missed a dope test in the run-up to next months Rio Olympics. Seema said there was a case of delay in providing the whereabouts details by her but that was due to a wrong password given to her by NADA but she was not issued a notice by the national anti-doping body as has been suggested by media reports. “There is nothing like I have not given whereabouts information sought by NADA. Please show me any proof of this. I have not got any notice from NADA. Since the time NADA sought information from me under ADAMS, I have given every bit of information to them (NADA),” Punia said. “I had given test sample on January 1 before going to USA for training. After that also, I had given test samples. I have not missed a dope test nor shied away from giving the whereabouts. There was a case of delay in giving my whereabouts details but that was due to a wrong password given to me by the NADA to fill the ADAMS form.” “They (NADA) gave me the password of a woman boxer named Seema Poonia who has a different date of birth and I wasted three-four days in working on it. I wrote an e-mail to the NADA with copies to Sports Authority of India, AFI and head coach, saying that the password given to me was wrong. That led to the delay,” she said. She said she was disturbed and hurt by the speculation that she resisted from giving dope samples by refusing to provide whereabouts. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

De Bruyne: I’m getting stronger

first_imgManchester City star Kevin De Bruyne says he feels good since his return from injury as he gets “back into the rhythm” of playing for the Premier League champions.The Belgian attacker was ruled out for two months after suffering an injury in the first game of the season, making his return in the last 30 minutes of Saturday’s 5-0 win over Burnley.He was back making an influence in the Champions League on Tuesday by assisting Aymeric Laporte for his side’s second in the 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And De Bruyne says he is happy to be back and in good shape after his spell on the sidelines. “I feel good. I’m back, I’m playing, I think I did well,” he told reporters. “I’m getting stronger and stronger, I just need games to get back into the rhythm but to play half an hour (at the weekend) and 70 minutes today is fine.”I think they did really well [while I was injured]. They didn’t lose, apart from the Lyon game, so I think the team did really well without me, but I didn’t expect anything different.”Although De Bruyne is unsure if City can go all the way to win the Champions League this year, he takes confidence from them being first in the group after three games.”We lost a game so we need to get back the points. It is important to be first in the group, now we’re there with three games to go,” he said.”I don’t know [if we’re better this season]. Last year was so good, the beginning has been really good, so I think it’s on the same level. We’re doing well.”Too early to say [if we can win it]. We’ll try to win every game and we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

Ticket sales in Delhi, Goa still a concern: Ceppi

first_imgNew Delhi/Kolkata, Jun 27 (PTI) FIFA U-17 World Cups tournament director Javier Ceppi today expressed concerns over the lukewarm response to ticket sales in Delhi and Goa but said preparations in Kolkatas Salt Lake Stadium, venue for the final, is very close to completion. The mega-event will be held across six Indian cities from October 6 to 28. The tournament, a first in India, is exactly 100 days away. “The renovations undertaken in Kolkata are massive and every time we come, there are new things being done,” Ceppi said about Kolkata, widely considered the home of Indian football. “Luckily, 100 days from the World Cup, it is looking very close to completion on all fronts and only minor matters are pending, which we always knew would be the case.” The LOC has earmarked four practice grounds for the World Cup, two at the Saltlake Stadium and two more at the Sports Authority of India Eastern Centre. “The enthusiasm in the fans is fantastic and we are confident that Salt Lake will be a full house for the matches.” However, things are not as rosy as far as ticket sales are concerned in the capital and Goa.”The work in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the New Delhi training sites is showing positive results and the facilities are looking much nicer with 100 days to the event. “The concern is the crowd response, as Delhi is lagging behind in the ticket sales and we hope that this situation can improve after the draw. The capital of the country deserves to show to the world, a full stadium, any other thing will not be befitting Delhi.”advertisementGoa, which hosted the AFC U-16 Championship 2016 has impressed Ceppi with its preparedness, but the low response from fans to witness the games live has not gone well with the Chilean. Speaking about the progress of preparations in Goa, tournament director of the Local Organising Committee Ceppi said, “With one hundred days until the tournament, most of the facilities in Goa are looking good. There is finishing work going on currently, that we hope is done soon. “The main concern has been the response of the crowd so far, as the ticket sales has been low. We hope that Goa picks up and that it justifies its status as one of the hotbeds for football in India.” PTI AH/TAP ATK ATKlast_img read more

Micromax Bharat 5 quick review: Budget smartphone with a massive battery

first_imgThe Micromax Bharat 5 was unveiled with the tagline “The Power Of 5” as the phone highlights a massive 5000mAh battery and a 5-megapixel front camera that it says is the best in class, all at a budget price tag of Rs 5,555. The phone was launched a day after Xiaomi unveiled the “Desh ka smartphone” Redmi 5A at Rs 5,999 (Rs 4,999 for the first 5 million customers). Both the handsets look to offer something unique in the budget segment.The Bharat 5 is the most expensive budget offering in the Bharat-series yet. The phone is priced competitively and will look to take on the likes of the Redmi 5A. Initially, the Micromax’s phone may see slower sales until Redmi 5A’s price changes from Rs 4,999 to 5,999. The Bharat 5 mostly offers entry-level specifications and a design that has been seen in past Bharat phones. Here’s our quick first impressions. In terms of design, the Bharat 5 looks similar to the predecessors with bezels all around the display, a selfie camera and earpiece on the top and navigation keys on the chin. The rear panel is made out of plastic and sees the Micromax logo in the centre and a camera with LED Flash on the top left corner. The handset gives a very plasticky feel when holding it and the black panel is quite the fingerprint magnet, which can put you off. Budget phones typically offer an all-plastic back, but if you compare it to the recent Redmi 5A from Xiaomi, the Bharat 5 feels quite a let down. The Redmi 5A has a plastic back with a metal-like finish which gives it a more premium feel.advertisement The Bharat 5 sports a power button and volume controls on the right side of the frame, dual speakers on the bottom with a micro-USB port in between. The left side sees the SIM and microSD card slot and the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top of the handset. Overall, the phone is compact enough to use with one hand, but it does feel a little thick and a tad bulky to hold, which is probably due to the massive battery pack inside.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 5A quick review: Can be the go-to smartphone for everyoneThe Bharat 5 a 5.2-inch HD display, which is expected from a budget smartphone. The display is colourful and decent indoors, but not the brightest outdoors. You’ll some trouble using the device under harsh sunlight. In my brief time with it I found the general UI had a good amount of colours, but felt a little dull.Powering the handset is a 1.6GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM. At this price point, keeping only a single gig of RAM is disappointing. The Redmi 5A offers 2GB of RAM for around the same price point (lower in fact for initial 5 million customers). The Bharat 5 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Briefly using the device, I found that basic apps like message and gallery open without any hiccups. The user interface is fluid but not snappy and isn’t the most responsive to touch. I didn’t get a chance to use intensive apps or try multitasking at launch, but we’ll have more on that in our full review. The phone is offered with 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.The Bharat-series has been about offering basic hardware at an entry-level price tag. But the Bharat 5 is priced over Rs 5,500, which means it doesn’t really fall in the entry-level segment now and the company couldn’t afford to offer something similar to its predecessors. So it bumped up the battery to 5000mAh, which promises to deliver around 2 days of usage and 500 hours of standby time. Since this is a quick review, we couldn’t test out the battery life, so you will have to wait for our in-depth review on that. Micromax at the launch of the Bharat 5 also said that the company wants to focus on the cameras for its budget offering as they are an important aspect for smartphone users. The newest Bharat phone features a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash on both the front and back. While this is similar to what the Bharat 4 offers, the company has thrown in a Bokeh Mode for the rear camera, but don’t expect this to capture great bokehs. It typically takes an extra telephoto lens for depth-of-field images or Google’s software chops to do it with a single lens. The bokeh images with the Bharat 5 are below average and we’ll have more to talk about the cameras once we’ve played around with them a little more.advertisementBased on my first impressions, the Bharat 5 has essentially one big selling point – its 5000mAh battery. Apart from this, the handset is pretty similar to the Bharat 4. If having a big battery is important to you, then the Bharat 5 will likely not disappoint. Everything else is pretty much standard to an entry-level phone, only the Bharat 5 is no longer priced that way. At Rs 5,555, the phone may fail to impress users who have options like the Redmi 5A, which gives a better build and comes with a little more under-the-hood than the Bharat 5. We’ll have a more detailed review of the Bharat 5 in the coming days.last_img read more

Yankees Beat Twins in 10th, 8-7

first_imgNEW YORK — Long after they saw starter Bryan Mitchell suddenly exit with a bloody face and head to the hospital, the New York Yankees were greeted with a most welcome sight: the rookie pitcher was back in the locker room after a late win.Chase Headley hit a bases-loaded grounder in the 10th inning that Minnesota’s five-man infield bobbled, and the Yankees, despite losing Mitchell to a line drive that caused a nasal fracture, beat the Twins 8-7 on Aug. 17.“Really, really scary,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.“It seems like your heart just drops into your stomach and you’re scared for the kid and you see blood coming out. I was really worried, but he has a small hairline fracture in his nose and we’re going to monitor him pretty closely the next 24 hours,” he said. “But he’s in the clubhouse and that’s good to see.”Eduardo Nunez hit the liner that injured Mitchell in the second inning. In a game that took over four hours, Nunez bobbled the grounder that drove in the winning run.Brian McCann homered, drove in five runs and sliced a double off left fielder Eddie Rosario’s glove in the 10th that set up the winning misplay. The catcher also threw out three runners trying to steal.Like the rest of the Yankees, he was thinking about the 24-year-old Mitchell, who made just his third major league start. “He just tried to get out of the way and luckily what could have happened didn’t,” McCann said.Added Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner: “I saw him here after the game for a minute and it seemed like he was doing fine.”Rookie Greg Bird doubled and the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Glen Perkins (1-4). Twins Manager Paul Molitor took out right fielder Torii Hunter and added an extra infielder — the strategy was good, his team’s fielding wasn’t.Headley hit a hard grounder up the middle to Nunez, who had been playing shortstop. Nunez fumbled the ball and by the time he recovered, he had no chance for a forceout at the plate.Andrew Miller (1-2) got the victory as the AL East-leading Yankees started a season-high 10-game homestand with their third win in four games.The Twins, contending for a wild card, lost to begin a 10-game trip that also will take them to Baltimore and Tampa Bay.Knocked to the ground, Mitchell left with a towel over his bloody face. He was taken to a hospital and released.The Yankees will monitor him for the possibility of concussion symptoms.“I get goosebumps talking about it,” Molitor said. “You’re playing the game, and then you see someone go through something like that.”“I know they’ve talked about trying to find that protective cap for pitchers. They haven’t come up with anything that looks very practical as of yet. The face is pretty much something that’s going to be unprotected, no matter what you do,” he said.Carlos Beltran hit a tying two-run homer for the Yankees in the sixth. New York loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but reliever Casey Fien got McCann on a popup and fanned Beltran.Rookie Miguel Sano, Trevor Plouffe and Aaron Hicks homered for the Twins. Brian Dozier singled his first three times up, and then struck out after a long foul that umpires reviewed to be sure it wasn’t a home run.McCann hit a three-run homer in the first off Kyle Gibson and had a two-run single in the third that made it 5-all. McCann has enjoyed tremendous success in the first inning this season — in those at-bats, he is 17 for 35 with six home runs and 28 RBIs.Bird, in the game after Mark Teixeira injured himself on a foul, opened the 10th with a double. He made it to third on McCann’s double and Beltran was intentionally walked.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

14 days ago​Southampton veteran Yoshida scores in Japan win

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Southampton veteran Yoshida scores in Japan winby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton veteran Maya Yoshida scored for his country in a 6-0 win over Mongolia.The Japanese were runaway winners in the World Cup qualifier in Saitama.The inexperienced Mongolians did not stand a chance against seasoned veterans such as Yoshida.The Saints man netted the second goal of the game in the 29th minute, while he made it through all 90 minutes of the clash.Their next game is a clash against Tajikistan away from home on Tuesday, who are in excellent form.Japan will be hoping to qualify from their group to continue their bid to earn a place in the 2022 World Cup. last_img read more

Guardiola finds fault with ‘sloppy’ Man City

first_imgPep Guardiola saw Manchester City start their Premier League title defence with a 5-0 mauling of West Ham, but still considered their display to have been “sloppy” at times.City opened the new campaign as they finished the last, with a 15th successive win collected in the English top flight.Their manager was able to take positives from the result, with Raheem Sterling netting a hat-trick in a contest which delivered VAR controversy on its introductory weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Quizzed afterwards on whether he was happy with City’s day, Guardiola told reporters: “In terms of the result, yes.“I cannot deny I am delighted for the first game. After winning the last 14 games of last season, that’s 15 now. It is good.”Pressed on whether the performance pleased him, the Catalan added: “No.“In the first half we were sloppy with our passes, we were not precise. But that’s normal. The first game, away, 12.30 kick-off, hot. It’s normal.“In the second half, from the beginning we were better, more calm, more passes. After 3-0, the game was over.”Raheem Sterling, Man CityCity were made to wait for their third goal of the afternoon, with technology chalking off what Gabriel Jesus thought was his second of the afternoon.Sterling was adjudged to have drifted fractionally offside in the build up to the goal and Guardiola admits VAR is going to take some getting used to, with added pressure being introduced.With Sterling seeing his second goal of a treble checked and Sergio Aguero converting a retaken penalty that he initially missed, Guardiola added: “We had to be strong because at 3-0 we can say the game is almost over.“But then it is 0-2 and Ederson is having to make amazing saves to stop it being 1-2. In this league, anything can happen. So you have to be 100 per cent ready, always be focused.“My only wish is that VAR does not make mistakes. Please. If it is offside, it is offside. If it is hand, it is hand. Rules and rules. No problem. That is OK. My only concern is when VAR makes mistakes. But I think this will be more fair.”Finally, when asked if City can improve, with others expected to challenge them again for domestic dominance in 2019-20, Guardiola said: “We have to.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Xavi says 48-team Qatar World Cup would be too long

first_imgXavi says 48-team Qatar World Cup would be too longXavi feels 48 teams would not be the right option for 2022 Qatar World Cup as the orgainsers are doing everything they can to hold the tournament for just 32 teamsadvertisement Next Reuters MumbaiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 13:43 IST Xavi is currently seeing out his career in Qatar with top-flight club Al Sadd (Reuters Photo)Former Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez says FIFA should abandon a proposal to increase the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 from 32.The World Cup will feature 48 teams for the 2026 edition, to be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada, but FIFA President Gianni Infantino said last week increasing the number of teams for the 2022 tournament was “feasible”.Former Barcelona great Xavi, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and is seeing out his career in Qatar with top-flight club Al Sadd, said 48 teams would not be the right option for 2022, however.”It’s too much and too long. Imagine 48 teams in Qatar, it will not be good in my opinion,” he told reporters on Monday.”It’s still for the organisers to decide, but for now Qatar is doing everything to prepare for 32 teams and it will be difficult to change it for more teams. Also, it’s good for football to have 32. That’s more than enough.”Should FIFA and Qatari organisers agree on a proposal to increase the number of teams, it would be put to a vote at the FIFA Congress in Paris on June 5.Xavi, who was in Mumbai for a promotional event for Generation Amazing, a legacy programme initiated by Qatar 2022 organisers, also expected Qatar to acquit themselves well on the field at the tournament.The tiny Gulf state stunned four-times champions Japan to win this year’s Asian Cup and Xavi was not surprised by their breakthrough success.”I thought the football there was the worst when I first went there,” the 39-year-old said. “But they’ve improved a lot and very quickly since then, everybody saw it at the Asian Cup.”advertisementAlso Read | Pochettino backs Barcelona to overcome Man United threat in Champions League quartersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow XaviFollow FIFA World CupFollow 2022 Qatar World CupFollow Gianni Infantinolast_img read more

USCG Medevacs Passenger from Carnival Fantasy

first_imgWatchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified via satellite phone call of the situation at approximately 8 p.m.The report stated a 28-year-old male was suffering a heart condition. The Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed of the situation and recommended the patient be medically evacuated.The helicopter crew arrived at the Fantasy’s location at 9:50 p.m. The patient was hoisted and taken to Medical University of South Carolina.The helicopter crew arrived at the hospital at 10:18 p.m., where the patient was transferred to MUSC care.Press Release, July 28, 2014 zoom Carnival FantasyA crew aboard a United States Coast Guard rescue helicopter medically evacuated a passenger Thursday night from the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy, approximately 40 miles east of Charleston.last_img read more

West Midnapore residents in grip of Tarantula scare

first_imgKolkata: Recovery of some rare species of spider having similarities with Tarantula spider at Keshiari in West Midnapore on Sunday has created fear among residents.The villagers of Keshiari got frightened after some furry spiders were spotted in their locality. It may be mentioned here earlier some people from adjacent villages were bitten by a rare species of spider and in these cases, many residents had to be hospitalised as the sting caused serious health problems. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaFear haunts the villagers after some furry spiders which looked similar to Tarantula were spotted. Local people suspect that the spiders found in Keshiari belong to Tarantula species. They have informed the forest department officials, who are yet to confirm the species of the spiders. Senior officials from the forest department in the district reportedly visited the spot on Sunday to assess the situation. They have started an investigation to identify the insect. The district administration suspects that the insects were coming from the adjacent areas. Even though, the forest department officials are yet to identify the insect that has created fear among Keshiari residents but they suspect that these spiders could be a poisonous. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt is suspected that the insects could be some rare kind of spider having similarity to Tarantula. There are 100 types of Tarantula in the world. The big-sized insects are found Africa, South America, some parts of Asia and Australia. Tarantula is also found in India. One such species is found in West Midnapore district, which are generally black in colour. It can be stated here that many fell ill after being stung by furry spiders in Debra and some other parts of the district on various occasions in the past two years. A local resident of Keshiari Swapan Mondal said the villagers spotted some black furry spiders almost looking like Tarantula spiders in their locality. They managed to catch them and put the insects inside a container.last_img read more

CBCRadioCanada employees mark 80 years of contribution by Canadian professionals and talent

first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: As we mark 80 years of the first public radio broadcast in Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada employees want to thank Canadians who share our pride at being part of one of the world’s leading public broadcasters.The Corporation was launched on November 2, 1936 to ensure Canadians had access to news and programming that reflect the country’s values, aspirations and interests.It became a cultural incubator and proud promoter of programming made by and for Canadians, earning the title of Canada’s leading cultural institution. CBC/Radio-Canada continues to be our country’s living room, where we all meet, laugh and learn together, and where we talk through issues openly. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement On this significant anniversary, CBC/Radio-Canada employee unions, the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and Syndicat des Communications de Radio-Canada (SCRC) are together celebrating the many media workers past and present who have made CBC/Radio-Canada an integral part of our country for the past 80 years.Both unions have called for federal government supports to strengthen the public broadcaster for future generations.CBC started as a radio service and led the way for Canadian media through important technological changes and innovations. Today, the public broadcaster continues to be a leader in telling Canadian stories on all platforms.“We share Canadians’ pride in the remarkable work of the dedicated media professionals who continue to produce news and other programming in French, English and Indigenous languages, across our vast country, a service unmatched by any other public broadcaster,” says Carmel Smyth, President of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), the largest union representing CBC/Radio-Canada workers. “This significant milestone is a timely reminder of the vital role the CBC continues to play, and the very real threat of its end due to cuts in funding, staff and content production capacity.”“The public has been promised and expect more from the new federal government,” says Johanne Hémond, President of Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (SCRC), the French union for CBC/Radio-Canada workers in Québec and Moncton.  “Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is leading a major review of Canadian news media and culture, and we hope the results will include innovative and progressive policies to ensure citizens can rely on the public broadcaster for original programming that will continue to reflect our country for the next 80 years.”The unions are also calling for:A new non-partisan process for selecting CBC/Radio-Canada President and Board, in place prior to the end of the current President’s term in 2017Adequate funding to enhance local news coverage capacity and to ensure all Canadians regardless of geography and technology or financial ability, can access quality news and cultural programmingRe-investment in original Canadian production and the regulations to support that, to ensure production of diverse, independent contentIncreased funding from the current $29 per capita to $43,50 – half the amount other developed  democracies invest on average in their public broadcastersA halt to sale of CBC/Radio-Canada real estate and equipment, to the undermining of television and radio platforms in order to support other devices, and  all other decisions that hinder the ability to create Canadian content, as they have been outlined in the current CBC Strategy 2020 plan Advertisementlast_img read more

8×8 Talks Speech Analytics for UC

Tracking the Evolution of Genesys’ Kate Sheila McGee-Smith June 17, 2019 From concept to platform to generally available intelligent virtual assistant At Enterprise Connect this week, 8×8 shared that it’s extending its speech analytics and quality management capabilities from the contact center to the business, via its X Series platform, following on last week’s news that it’s integrating its contact center with Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI solution. 8×8 is currently testing these capabilities, Middleton said. The new Meetings solution runs in the public cloud with a modern architecture built for WebRTC. 8×8 is integrating it into its cloud platform, and by the third quarter there will be no remnants of the old Meetings product, Middleton said. Complementing this speech analytics and quality management extension is a new common data format and X Series dashboard for tracking all voice, video, chat, and contact center interactions across a company — a customer’s call from the reception desk to the contact center agent and on to a finance or field sales subject matter expert in the business, Middleton described. What’s RPA, Why Should I Care? Diane Halliwell August 07, 2019 While robotic process automation is in its infancy, contact centers are finding its promise for streamlining workflows and reducing costs. These tightly integrated capabilities are essentially ready to go out of the box, requiring no external help for deployment, 8×8 said. Movement Mortgage is one customer already exploring possible sales and support use cases. “For example, we can learn what our President’s Club sales associates are doing to become top performers, and can use these positive, repeatable examples to train other associates to deliver higher levels of service,” said Will Simons, IT director at Movement Mortgage, in a prepared statement. Speech Analytics Start to FinishWith the ability to apply speech analytics and quality management outside the contact center, companies will be able to derive insights from every customer discussion, said Hunter Middleton, global VP of product management, in a No Jitter briefing. Inside sales is one use case, he said. Applying sentiment analysis to conversations can provide insight into why a call might have gone bad, for example, and using quality management on UC conversations could prove useful during training and in coaching scenarios, he added. Video, Next GenIn a separate pre-EC news announcement from last week, 8×8 said it’s creating a new Meetings experience using the technology acquired last fall from Jitsi. 8×8 has had its Meetings solution available for some time, “but perhaps a little too long,” Middleton said. Meetings is built on older technology, runs as a full stack in 8×8’s private cloud, and uses third-party vendors “that had been less than fully responsive as we wanted changes,” he said. With the Jitsi team, 8×8 decided on a “full rip and replace of our old stack from the UI all the way into the guts of the system.” How to Create a Positive Chatbot Experience Blair Pleasant June 18, 2019 Chatbots can lead to some awful interactions, but proper planning can fix that. In addition, 8×8 gave notice that it intends to offer a conference room system, combining its Meetings software with hardware from as-yet named vendors. Middleton didn’t provide additional details.Tags:News & Views8x8Jitsispeech analyticsquality managementEnterprise ConnectAI & AutomationAI & Speech TechnologiesMeetingsUnified Communications & CollaborationVideo Collaboration & A/V Articles You Might Like See All in AI & Automation » Via the integration with Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI (CCAI) — an eight-month-old offering that combines multiple artificial intelligence products with the intent of improving customer experience and boosting productivity of contact centers — 8×8 will be able to apply a combination of its own intelligence and Google CCAI to incoming voice calls. A company can allow a virtual, automated agent to answer simple, routine questions, thus increasing call center efficiency, he said. The virtual agent would hand off the call to a live agent only as needed. Live agents, in turn, could use an Agent Assist feature to serve up knowledge base documents in context of the conversation. Google AI-8×8 Integration8x8 has worked closely with unnamed customers to prove out two use cases being shown at the company’s booth at Enterprise Connect (number 506) Middleton said. Voice Communications in Business: Now and into the Future Sergey Poroshin June 18, 2019 In the future, bots will be mainstream and it will be considered a luxury to be able to speak with a human operator. Speechanalytics_.png 7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Virtual Agent Abed Farhan June 19, 2019 With the right solution, issues such as password resets can be resolved without involving human agents. Log in or register to post comments read more

The most used and practically‐applied modelling software that currently exists at mine

first_imgTerry Wiles has been chosen by the global panel of judges to be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the Mining Software category at the gala awards dinner in Denver on February 20th, during SME Conference week. Dr Terry Wiles received a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and went on to work for Inco in Sudbury contributing to some pioneering work on rockburst alleviation measures. He left INCO to develop Map3D, a fully integrated three‐dimensional layout (CAD), visualisation (GIS) and stability analysis package (BEM elasto‐plastic numerical modelling stress analysis). Map3d has been commercially available since 1990. Wiles has been solely is responsible for all technical developments and innovation in Map3d.Map3d has been the industry standard since 1990 and has been continuously enhanced to provide a powerful engineering design tool. Map3d numerical models have been used worldwide for underground excavations, rock slopes, open pits, tunnels, to account for the presence of fractures and surface infrastructure loads. The stress analysis models can simulate yielding (non‐linear) zones of different moduli (e.g. stiff dykes or soft ore zones) and loads due to steady state thermal/fluid flow. Excavations can be intersected by multiple discrete faults (nonplanar and gouge filled) that slip and open. Map3D can simulate ground support elements such as arches, steel sets, props, thick liners, chalks, backfill etc.Since its introduction, the software developed by Wiles has been the most widely used stress analysis software at mines sites worldwide. It is currently used by many hundreds of mining, civil and geotechnical companies, consultants, research centres and universities around the world.Competence in the use of Map3d is often a prerequisite for employment in rock engineering in most deep and high stress mines and consulting firms. A further indication of the impact of the software is that there has been a direct industry driven need for continuous training at mine sites worldwide. This has resulted in more than 100 Map3D courses disseminated by Terry Wiles in Australia, Canada, Chile, Korea, South Africa and Sweden. These courses have been attended by close to 1,000 practicing rock engineering specialists.The accessibility of Map3d has made it the reference tool in both industry and academia. This is reflected in the International Conference forums in Rock Engineering and Deep and High Stress where a large number of publications and presentations refer directly to results obtained using Map3d.Wiles received the 2011 Rock Mechanics Award of the Rock Engineering Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). As indicated at the citation at the time “….developed what is arguably some of the most utilised and practically‐applied modelling software that currently exists at mine sites”.last_img read more

TDs to debate legislation giving maternity leave rights to TDs

first_imgTHE DÁIL will today consider an opposition plan to give maternity leave to female TDs for the first time.The legislation, tabled by Fianna Fáil’s Seán Ó Fearghaíl, would give female TDs equal rights to maternity leave as other female employees in Ireland.Currently, female TDs do not enjoy the same protection as other workers – with no guaranteed time away from work while they have their children.The lack of any formal maternity leave means female TDs often find themselves working until relatively late in their pregnancies, and returning to work not long after their child has been born – meaning they get significantly less than the 26 weeks offered to private workers.Ó Fearghaíl’s legislation would allow a female TD for up to 18 weeks, which can be taken consecutively or in separate parts if their child is unwell – and also take an extra eight weeks of unpaid leave, which members cannot currently be forced to take.While TDs would still receive full pay for the duration of their absence, they would not be entitled to claim any Oireachtas expenses for the duration of their absence.The legislation does not create any provision for paternity leave, though the government is due to reform Irish labour law to reform maternity leave across all industries in line with European directives allowing parental leave to be interchanged between new parents.Debate on the Bill will begin at 10:30am this morning; a vote on it, if one is called, will be deferred until Tuesday.last_img read more

New skyscraper in London is melting cars starting fires

first_imgIn the city of London a new 37 storey building is nearing completion located at 20 Fenchurch Street. It had to meet all building and safety regulations before construction could start, but the unusual building is now facing a major dilemma due to its concave design.The building uses curved windows and has been nicknamed the Walkie Talkie Tower due to its shape. The side effect of this concave design is that when the sun hits the curved glass windows it is being focused just like a magnifying glass achieves. The problem is, the concentrated sunlight is falling on a nearby street full of stores and parked cars. The temperature in that area can soar to above 92 degrees Celsius and has resulted in paintwork blistering, tiles cracking, and even a small fire starting as the carpet burned in one of the store entrances.The worst damage so far has been to a car, though. A Jaguar was parked in the area of concentrated sunlight for a couple of hours. When owner Martin Lindsay returned people were taking pictures of his car. As the video below shows, parts of the bodywork had melted due to how intense the heat was.Land Securities and Canary Wharf, the two companies involved in the building’s construction and management, are being forced to take drastic action. For now, temporary scaffolding will be erected to stop the sun being reflected off the building and causing the damage. When that is up they need to figure out a more permanent solution, which could actually result in a very expensive refit of the glass for something much less reflective.[Image credit: herefordcat]last_img read more

Senator declares Mayo home is now 200m closer to Leinster House so

first_img 73 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 7:00 AM By Darragh McDonagh 39,724 Views Share376 Tweet Email2 Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3265221 Mar 5th 2017, 7:00 AM Senator declares Mayo home is now 200m closer to Leinster House so will receive fewer expenses Michelle Mulherin told relevant authorities that route changes knocked her travel distance just below the 240km threshold for greater allowances. A FINE GAEL senator has had her travel expenses cut after changes to the route between Dublin and Mayo shortened her commute to Leinster House by 200 metres.The fractional change in the distance between the national parliament and the home of Ballina-based politician Michelle Mulherin has moved her to a lower band for the purpose of expenses.TDs and senators are entitled to claim a unvouched Travel and Accommodation Allowance (TAA) based on the distance they have to travel between their place of residence and their Kildare Street workplace.The tax-free allowance is paid to senators at 13 different rates depending on the length of their commute; ranging from €5,250 per annum for those living within 25km of Leinster House to €29,565 for those living more than 360km away.Mulherin signed a declaration certifying that her commute was 240km in each of the years between 2011 and 2016, during which time she was a TD. This placed her in Band 8 for the purpose of the TAA.Band 8 applies to senators living between 240km and 270km from Leinster House and provides for travel and accommodation expenses to be paid at a rate of €26,865 per annum.However, Mulherin changed the distance on the declaration form that she signed last December to 239.8km. This shortened the distance by just 200 metres but resulted in her changing from Band 8 to Band 7 for the purpose of the TAA.Band 7 applies to senators living between 210km and 240km from Leinster House, who are paid €26,184 per annum to cover travel and accommodation expenses – €681 less than Band 8.Asked about the change in distance between her home and Leinster House, Mulherin explained:Band 7 pertains to a distance of 210km or more but less than 240km. I am in a position to declare Band 7 owing to route changes.Politicians claiming expenses under the scheme are required to calculate the distance using the shortest practicable route. Both AA Route Planner and Google Maps calculate the distance between Mulherin’s home and Leinster House as 238km.Records published by the Houses of the Oireachtas show that the Fine Gael Senator did not receive any payments under the TAA scheme between her appointment to the Seanad in May and last December.She signed and submitted her declaration on 9 December and received expenses of €16,644.69 later that month, which included a backdated payment under the TAA scheme.TDs and senators are entitled to claim the allowance without providing receipts to show how the money was spent. Instead, they are required to sign a form at the end of the year certifying that all of the money received was used solely for its intended purpose.Claimants are also required to ‘clock-in’ on 120 days a year in order to receive the full amount of the allowance.The expenses regime is currently the subject of a legal challenge in the High Court, which argues that Oireachtas members are being treated preferentially to ordinary citizens in contravention of the Constitution and EU Law.Michelle Mulherin: ‘We need to look at murder sentencing. Our law isn’t fit for purpose’Being tough on bankers … and Fine Gael: How Peter Mathews will be remembered  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Kampl confident in RB Leipzigs quality

first_imgRB Leipzig midfielder Kevin Kampl is confident that, with their prolific forwards, they will continue to overcome a difficult start to the seasonRalf Rangnick’s side suffered a 4-1 opening day defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga before sustaining another loss to Salzburg in the Europa League.But Leipzig now lies second in the league table after winning their last four games in all competitions with Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen and Jean-Kevin Augustin having struck 11 times between them.Summer signing Matheus Cunha, who arrived from Swiss side Sion, has added four goals for Leipzig.“We definitely have a great attack,” Kampl told SportBild. “Almost all of our strikers have scored. This versatility makes us dangerous.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.He added: “We have a brutal quality in the team. However, we conceded too many goals at the start of the season. Especially defensively, we’ve improved enormously.“Due to the many goals we conceded at the start, we lost our timing when we were pressing. The players didn’t always know when it was worth pressing an opponent. It caused uncertainty.”Despite the upturn in form though, Kampl is taking nothing for granted ahead of Saturday’s visit to FC Augsburg.“There’s always room for improvement, but in recent games, we’ve reached the maximum in terms of overall performance,” said the 28-year-old.“We would readily accept it if we can hold our current second place. But the season is only seven games old, so you can’t read too much into it. I can only warn against complacency. Things can quickly turn against you.”last_img read more

Smalling Were showing that winning attitude

first_imgChris Smalling believes Manchester United’s revival could be linked to the rediscovery of the standards set by legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.United came from behind to record a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth making it the third time in four matches they have recovered from a losing position.Referring to those once-famous characteristics, Smalling, 28, disclosed via Belfast: “We’re showing that attitude, never giving in and you can see that coming out.“No matter how bad that first half was, that second half we all believed we can go and win. It’s a great feeling and it’s bringing us closer together.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire 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…“As games are getting tougher and tougher they’re closer than ever, and it’s often coming down to fine margins, who can give that added burst in the last five minutes. We’re going to win a lot of points that way.“We know we’re going into a very tough week now but we can come out with some good results and it can be seen as a good month, considering (October) was probably one of our toughest months.“We have to stick together. This is a club that is talked about more than any other and we as players need to stick together and ride out the tough times and stay together in the good and try to keep them flowing as much as we can.“We knew that three points was a must because we have to move up that table.”last_img read more