first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is going to be hosting a meeting for Old Fort residents impacted by Sunday’s landslide over the long weekend.The meeting taking place from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Monday, October 8th at the Stonebridge Hotel in Fort St. John.The meeting will be live streamed to prrd.bc.ca, to enable residents in the community to watch the meeting and forward questions.- Advertisement -If you have any questions before the meeting please call 250 784 3200.last_img read more

first_imgA group of Donegal graduates have revealed how a funded training course with Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) has led them to success in their dream career.Donegal Education & Training Board (ETB) in Letterkenny is one of 70 colleges in Ireland offering ATI’s flexible courses, which allow learners to obtain the Diploma for Accounting Technicians in as little as two years.Dozens of graduates in Donegal have completed the qualification through the ETB’s full-time, funded training programme, with many declaring that it was their best career decision. Una Lynch (34) from Muff now works as the accounts manager in McGrory’s Hotel, Culdaff after taking the ATI course, which she describes as being second to none.Una Lynch from Muff now works as accounts manager in McGrory’s Hotel, Culdaff after taking the Accounting Technicians Ireland course“I studied the course between 2011 and 2013 and it was brilliant. It was the best thing I ever did,” said Una.“I already had a degree in another area but this course was so practical. I still use absolutely everything I learned in college in my job today.“Qualifying as an accounting technician was most definitely the starting point of my whole career and I have never looked back.” Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work at all levels of finance throughout the private and public sector, industry and commerce and in accountancy practices.ATI’s courses are open to school and college leavers, mature students and those who have been working in industry or small practice firms for years, but have no formal training.“It is great to see our learners’ hard work being rewarded with good jobs in accounting. Learners who come on this course are deeply committed to the programme and their careers – and this is evidenced by the success stories above as well as the current crop of learners, who achieved a 100% success rate in their recent exams,” says Rory Rushe, ATI Course Co-ordinator at Donegal ETB.Aoife Temple from Glenfin who is now a Senior Investment Operations Associate with the Fixed Income Department at Pramerica Systems Ireland following her return to study six years ago with Accounting Technicians IrelandAoife Temple (30) from Glenfin is now a Senior Investment Operations Associate with the Fixed Income Department at Pramerica Systems Ireland following her return to study six years ago after the birth of her baby.“The course was intense, especially with a baby, but the tutors did absolutely everything they could to support me,” said Aoife. “It helped me regain confidence in my own abilities and the qualification stands to you when you go for a job because it is widely recognised and regarded.”The sentiment was echoed by Eamonn Kelly, who swapped farming for a career as a trainee chartered accountant with Sonas 365.Eamonn Kelly, who swapped farming for a career as a trainee chartered accountant with Sonas 365 thanks to his Accounting Technicians Ireland qualification.“I started the ATI programme when I reached the point where I was struggling to find work. It really kick-started my career,” said Eamonn.“The tutors help you in every way they can and it’s such a great testing ground for any future job,” added the 2015 graduate. After finishing his studies at Donegal ETB, Eamon was exempted into Year 2 of the three-year honours degree in accounting at LYIT, which he recently graduated from.The Diploma for Accounting Technicians is a highly sought-after qualification and the graduates are part of a “Community of Practice” who get life-long support and training opportunities as Members of ATI. Many Accounting Technicians go on to further study, with other professional accountancy bodies or to degree level.“This is a pan-sectoral qualification which meets the needs of industry, practice and the public sector, and graduates enjoy exemptions from the full range of professional accountancy bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland, ACCA, CPA, CIMA, IIPA as well as Higher Education third level accounting programmes,” said Gillian Doherty, ATI’s Chief Operations Officer.Donegal ETB will host a walk-in information session on Tuesday, July 25 at 3pm in the training centre, Ballyraine, Letterkenny.Visit www.donegaletb.ie/accounting for more details on Accounting Technicians Ireland, including the full series of ‘Success Stories’.Donegal ETB graduates count themselves fortunate to find dream careers was last modified: July 21st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AccountingcareersDonegal ETBeducationsuccesslast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) Brazilians were poised to re-elect their first working-class president today, a poor farmer’s son who became a radical union leader and has governed as a centrist, stunning the world by stabilizing Brazil’s economy and bringing millions out of poverty without raising taxes. But President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been battered by corruption allegations against his party that are almost certain to haunt him through a second four-year term. Accusations of political dirty tricks and illegal campaign spending forced him to fire his campaign manager days before the election. Federal arrest warrants are in effect for five of his party members and a longtime aide. They have not hurt the man known to all as Lula in the polls, which show him likely to win 59 percent of the vote — enough for an outright victory without a runoff. Silva had no weekend campaign events planned before he votes today. in the Sao Paulo suburb where he gained fame leading strikes against Brazil’s dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. Media coverage, meanwhile, shifted to fears that all 155 people may have died aboard a passenger jet that crashed Friday in the Amazon jungle. Rescuers were trying to reach the remote site Saturday. For the United States, Silva’s anticipated re-election was a mixed blessing. He proclaims himself a friend of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and helped sink the U.S.-sponsored Free Trade Area of the Americas in a protest over lavish U.S. farm subsidies. At the U.N. General Assembly last month, Silva blasted the U.S.-led Iraq war, saying the money should be used to alleviate global poverty. But unlike Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who used the assembly podium to call President Bush “the devil,” Silva refrained from mentioning the United States or Bush by name. Washington also won’t mind another four years of Silva because he is widely seen as a soothing influence on a continent where far-left sentiment is on the rise, said Michael Shifter, an analyst with the Inter-American Dialogue think tank. “If Lula is a leftist, he is a leftist Washington can happily live with and even bolster,” Shifter said. On his first full day in office in January 2003, Silva had breakfast with Chavez and dinner with Castro, creating what Chavez termed the “axis of good” — a play on Bush’s reference to North Korea, Iran and prewar Iraq as the “axis of evil.” Others feared Latin America’s largest, most populous country was tipping into the far-left camp. But Silva has since managed to distance himself sufficiently from the two to allay fears of radical change. His campaign has positioned him in the center against Geraldo Alckmin on his right — a business-friendly former Sao Paulo governor with poll numbers in the low 30s — and far-left candidate Sen. Heloisa Helena, who is expected to get less than 10 percent. Alckmin attacked Silva over the corruption scandal in a last-minute Rio de Janeiro campaign stop Saturday, saying voters should choose him to rid Brazil of “this plague of corruption, and to have a government that works.” Six members of Silva’s Workers’ Party, including an old friend who ran his personal security detail, face federal arrest warrants for their alleged roles in an effort to buy damaging information about political opponents. Silva has not been directly implicated, but allegations are swirling that the Workers’ Party tried to pay $770,000 for a dossier linking Sao Paulo gubernatorial candidate Jose Serra to graft when he was health minister between 1998 and 2002. Despite the scandal, Silva’s opponents have not made much headway because in the four years since he was elected in a landslide, life has certainly improved for the majority — more jobs, lower inflation and bigger benefits for the poor. Silva’s campaign theme — that he has proven he can reduce poverty — resonates from the urban slums of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to Brazil’s impoverished northeast, where Silva was born. “Zero Hunger,” his expanded food stamp-like program, guarantees about $30 a month to virtually all poor families provided they vaccinate their children and keep them in school. It distributes $325 million a month to about a quarter of Brazil’s 187 million people. “He has done an excellent job in controlling inflation and improving the lives of the poor,” said Anselmo de Souza, a 63-year-old retired metal worker in the Sao Paulo suburb where Silva rose through the union ranks. “I think the accusations that he is corrupt are lies made up by his enemies.” Alckmin says Silva has stifled growth with the high interest rates he deployed against inflation, and he uses the scandal to taunt the president’s Workers’ Party for having claimed to be the most ethical in Brazilian history. Marisela dos Santos voted for Silva four years ago and feels betrayed. “He may have improved the lives of the poor and stabilized the economy but his government is as infected with corruption as all the others,” said the 32-year-old dental assistant. But she doubted anyone else would do better and remained undecided about her vote. Silva’s second-term priorities include reforming the tax and labor rules. But he’ll likely be in defensive mode for months as election authorities investigate whether he had a role in the dirty tricks scandal and a center-right coalition led by Alckmin’s party could end up controlling the Senate, where 27 of 81 seats are being contested. Brazilians also are electing all 513 deputies in the House and all of their state governors.last_img read more

first_imgMONTEBELLO – A man who was stabbed in the head during a fight remained in a coma Tuesday, police said. The fight broke out near the riverbed on Bluff Road and Roosevelt Avenue at about 2 a.m. Saturday, said Montebello police Sgt. Dave Rodriguez. One man was in critical condition with a stab wound to his left temple, Rodriguez said. Three others were in stable condition with stab wounds. None of their names were released. Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call (323) 887-1313. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Bar patrons return carrying BB gun HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Deputies evacuated a bar in the unincorporated Hacienda Heights area early Tuesday after two men, including one who carried a BB gun that looked like a rifle, banged on its locked front door after closing time. Deputies were called to the Sunset Room at 2029 Hacienda Blvd. at 2:30 a.m. – a half-hour after the bar closed, said Sgt. Erico Sandoval of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Industry Station. Two men had apparently gotten into an argument inside the bar just before closing time and were asked to leave, Sandoval said. When the owner went to lock up for the night, he saw the two men standing outside near a truck. One appeared to be holding a rifle, Sandoval said. The bar’s owner locked the door and called for help. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found the two men standing outside the door. The rifle, which turned out to be a BB gun, was found in the truck, he said. The bar’s owner did not want to press charges, Sandoval said. Hydraulic fluid spill closes road INDUSTRY – A truck overturned in Industry early Tuesday morning, causing no injuries but spilling about 100 gallons of hydraulic fluid onto a freeway, authorities reported. The wreck happened at 12:50 a.m. on westbound State Route 60, just east of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, said California Highway Patrol Officer David Porter. Authorities closed two lanes of the westbound 60, as well as the connector from the northbound 605 Freeway to the westbound 60 to allow for the cleanup, Porter said. Auto dealer OKs fraud settlement NORWALK – A Norwalk auto dealer agreed to an injunction and more than $650,000 in monetary payments to settle a deceptive practices lawsuit, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. The payments to be made by McKenna BMW consist of nearly $407,000 in restitution to consumers and almost $250,000 to cover investigative costs and civil penalties, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors alleged that misrepresentations by the dealership of charges for such “after-market” products as key chains, BMW-logo pens, theft-etch services and warranty programs allowed McKenna to build undisclosed charges into transactions. Ballot measures to be discussed WHITTIER – Margo Reeg and Kathie Kingett will present information on the Nov. 7 ballot measures at a meeting sponsored by the Whittier Area Interfaith Council to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. A potluck dinner will be held at 6 p.m. preceding the meeting. For more information, call the Rev. Bruce Gray, (562)698-9741, or e-mail brucewgray@yahoo.com. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgLankford was placed into custody on the Vanderburgh County warrant as well as the methamphetamine charges through Dubois County.  She was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. At 9:40 A.M. this morning, Trooper Brock Werne attempted to serve a Vanderburgh County warrant on 43 year old Barbara Lankford of Evansville. Werne’s information was that Lankford worked at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg.  After arriving at Farbest and speaking with staff members, it was found that Lankford was in possession of methamphetamine while at work. A Monday morning warrant service on an Evansville woman in Huntingburg turned up a little more than just the wanted female.Arrested and Charged was Barbara Jean Lankford, 43, Evansville, IN. She was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felonylast_img read more

first_imgFollowing are a few article summaries that can provide you with a small taste of the original content available to you every day through our daily digital offerings, which are offered free through LossPreventionMedia.com. In addition to our daily newsletter, a comprehensive library of original content is available to our digital subscribers at no cost to you. Visit our website to gain access to all of our content. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Security Footage Sinks Employee Lawsuit Targeting Bag ChecksBy Garett Seivold Nike has prevailed in a class-action lawsuit filed by hourly retail workers demanding that the company pay them for the time they spent waiting for loss prevention inspections after clocking out and before leaving stores.According to Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Nike’s attorneys in Rodriguez v. Nike Retail Services, the court decision was influenced by the retailer’s time and motion study that showed associates spent an average of 18.5 seconds in off-the-clock employee bag checks—and that 60.5 percent of all exits required zero wait time. US District Judge Beth Freeman said Nike store employee Isaac Rodriguez didn’t submit evidence contradicting the Nike Retail Services study, which was based on 700 hours of security footage.- Sponsor – That length of wait is too trivial and difficult to capture to require payment, the judge suggested. “Evaluating Nike’s evidence under the de minimis defense, and recognizing that daily periods of up to ten minutes have been found to be de minimis, Judge Freeman ruled that the workers hadn’t shown that their off-the-clock exit time was close to meeting that threshold,” according to Nike’s attorneys.“As the court found, brief exit inspections are a modern business reality that most retailers, like Nike, use for the legitimate reason of reducing theft,” Nike spokesperson Greg Rossiter told Law360.Although Nike employees lost their claim, the California Supreme Court is reviewing the de minimis doctrine in a separate legal case against Starbucks. Troester v. Starbucks claims the company violated the California Labor Code by failing to pay an employee for the brief time he spent closing up the store after he clocked out at the conclusion of certain shifts. In granting Nike summary judgment, the judge said she was compelled to apply existing law to the case and would not “predict how the California Supreme Court will rule.”“For the moment, this ruling is good news for employers who can put away their stop watches when small increments of off-the-clock time are irregular and difficult to record,” according to Seyfarth Shaw. “But keep your eye on the ball because the California Supreme Court will be making the final call on the de minimis doctrine and whether or how it applies in the state.”In a similar case, DICK’S Sporting Goods (DSG) has asked the Eastern District of California to stay a workers’ suit while waiting on the California Supreme Court to rule on the Starbucks case and a related case against Apple. DICK’S workers countered that the court should not stay their class action, alleging that their claim is different than the two other wage suits before the state’s highest court. In addition to claiming they should be paid for time spent in store security checks, which also involves visual inspections of workers and the physical inspection of personal belongings other than bags, DSG workers are asking to be reimbursed for clothing-related expenses (Greer et al. v. DICK’S Sporting Goods).Employees have raised the matter of unpaid time during security checks in several venues, with courts typically siding with employers. In 2015, for example, a California judge denied a plaintiff’s request for class certification in a lawsuit accusing Nordstrom of failing to pay its workers for time spent waiting in line and undergoing bag checks during their work shifts. Although the loss prevention checks were alleged to be mandatory, the employee admitted in her deposition that employee bag checks could be avoided if employees refrained from bringing bags into the workplace.Employees have also lost cases involving longer wait times. For example, employees of a nuclear power station sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for compensation for the ten to thirty minutes per day they spent passing through multiple layers of security, which included waiting in line for badge inspections, random vehicle checks, passing through radiation detectors and x-ray machines, and waiting to use the biometric handreader.While the appeals court noted “some force” to the workers’ claim that security is becoming increasingly invasive, layered, and time-consuming, it ruled that passing through security isn’t covered by the FLSA because it’s not a “principal activity” of the job, noting that facility visitors—not just workers—were required to go through the same security measures (Gorman Jr. et al. v. The Consolidated Edison Corporation).What Happened to Toys”R”Us?By Bill Turner, LPCSeptember 2017: Toys”R”Us declares bankruptcy.Early 2018: Toys”R”Us announces the closure of 180 stores.February 2018: Toys”R”Us announces the closure of 200 more stores.March 2018: Speculation abounds that Toys”R”Us will close all US stores and liquidate.March 14, 2018: Toys”R”Us announces that it will close or sell all 800 of its US stores.I would bet that everyone reading this article has either shopped at Toys”R”Us or received a gift from Toys”R”Us. Founded in 1957 and morphing into its current format in about 1969, Toys”R”Us became the first mega “category killer” toy store. Most kids in the seventies, eighties, and nineties begged their parents to take them to Toys”R”Us. I know; I was one of those parents. The Toys”R”Us dominance of the toy market made small toy stores and hobby shops almost obsolete. Even KB Toys couldn’t keep up.So what happened? What went wrong? Some say bad planning. Some say bad luck. Probably both, but the real beginning of the end was the leveraged buy out of Toys”R”Us in 2005 by Bain Capital and KKR & Co. That leveraged buyout resulted in a staggering debt load of $6.6 billion for the company. This resulted in management distraction and put Toys”R”Us in a constant refinancing mode.The tremendous growth in competition from Amazon and Walmart made things worse. With much deeper pockets, both retail giants began heavy discounting of toy prices to get parents to switch loyalties.Then add kids’ changing tastes to the mix. Toys”R”Us said “kids never want to grow up.” That may be partly true, but online video gaming and phone apps have taken a huge chunk out of the physical toy market. The financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 didn’t help matters.The irony is that Toys”R”Us still sells millions and millions of dollars’ worth of toys, and toy sales rose 5 percent last year. But continued aggressive competition and the Toys”R”Us financial difficulties have taken their toll. Toys”R”Us continuing as a going concern is in doubt by most of the financial community. But there’s still hope. As of this writing, Toys”R”Us has officially announced the company’s liquidation, but it’s working on a possible plan to keep about 200 of its most profitable US stores open, according to CNBC. Can they make it? Maybe. Plans continue to evolve, and as of now, it’s unclear when exactly the doors will close.Stop Basing Your Loss Prevention Procedures on Sticky MythsBy Mike Giblin, LPRC “Wait, I’m thinking about this all wrong.” Even the most careful and logical among us catch ourselves on occasion. We thought something was true, but we learned that it wasn’t. Further, we realize that our thought process had been illogical. In some rare instances, that realization is fleeting, and we end up reverting back to what’s familiar and comfortable. Some habits, some beliefs, and some trains of thought regarding loss prevention procedures we choose to follow die hard.Take a common example. Most of us are aware that science has debunked the myth that “lightning can’t strike twice in the same place.” There are hundreds of recorded incidences proving that it can and has. In fact, it directly defies logic, not to mention defeats the purpose of lightning rods, to think that lightning won’t choose the highest and most conductive target over and over again. It’s not just untrue; it’s illogical, and we know it. Yet that truth hasn’t really stuck with us as well as the myth has.This happens for three reasons: the myth came sooner, the myth sounds right, and the myth is simpler.The “First Thing” Is Sticky. The first way that we’re able to conceptualize something in the world around us becomes our default, whether it’s true or not. Much of the first explanations presented to us were correct, like learning about light refracting to form a rainbow in grade school.Especially if It Sounds Right. Some explanations we heard first, like the stork explanation for where babies come from, are simple enough but start to attract attention as we grow our knowledge database. If it starts to sound wrong, we become willing to allocate the cognitive resources necessary to attend to it and seek to replace it with a new conceptualization. But without those red flags, myths tend to stick around. Even when you’ve heard they aren’t true.Simple Is Also Sticky. Simpler can mean more parsimonious overall, or it could mean a better fit into the rest of your worldview. It’s simpler to think that the cold weather causes us to fall ill (it doesn’t) than it is to conceptualize the seasonal lifecycles of viruses and the complex epidemiology of bacteria and the spread of disease.Five Myths That Still Inform Many Ill-Advised Loss Prevention Procedures Myth 1: Thinking a Strategy Works or Doesn’t Work Based on Anecdotal Evidence. If someone wore a seatbelt but was still injured in a car accident, we don’t say, “Seatbelts don’t work!” We know better, and yet all of us hold on to a few lurking beliefs that are predicated on a single event or a funny story. Stop and ask yourself why. Why do you think EAS is ineffective? Is it because you’ve looked at the overall statistics, or because of a small handful of events?Myth 2: An All or Nothing Mentality with Solutions. If it can’t stop everyone, it can’t stop anyone. If I can’t use it to protect everything, it’s not worth anything. All LP solutions can be defeated. Every single one. Most in multiple ways. The question is, how far can a given technology move the needle? That’s a function of both how many categories it can protect and how well it protects them. How does that compare to your current state?Myth 3: My Current Solution Stopped 0 Percent of the Thefts That Happened. It’s easy to watch endless hours of video of offenders walking right past your solution. It’s much more difficult to quantify and focus on who it successfully stopped. The consequences of removing a solution are just as important as the consequences of introducing a new one. Your loss prevention procedures should require that both are studied with the same rigor.Myth 4: Opportunity Starts at the Door. An offender doesn’t pop into existence when they walk through your door. They walked through your parking lot, they live in a community that’s likely nearby, and you’ve been touching their lives for as long as you’ve been in business. Think about it: those friendly commercials your company airs on TV, that news story saying your company is cutting 1,200 employees, their friend who works for you complaining about how they’re treated-all of these are opportunities to affect the offender’s perception of whether you are a suitable target for them.Myth 5: Offenders Are Stupid and Irrational. An irrational decision is not always indicative of an irrational decision process or of stupidity. Remember when you had that dessert you probably shouldn’t have? Looking back, that was an irrational decision. That doesn’t mean you’re an irrational person. Instead, you had competing goals: being healthy versus enjoying the moment. The second won out. Your decision process was still a rational and intelligent one, and is still one that can be studied and understood. If you understand a behavior, you can affect that behavior.To follow the sixty LP research projects that are underway from the LPRC in 2018 and to learn more about key theories, visit lpresearch.org.Rhett Asher Joins Cyber Security Firm to Develop Retail-Specific ServicesRhett AsherRhett Asher, a well-known executive in the retail loss prevention industry, has been hired as the executive vice president and director of retail solutions for Fortalice Solutions. He will be responsible for working with the Fortalice team to develop and refine service offerings specific to retailers and creating the company’s entrance strategy to the retail industry.“I could not be more thrilled about joining the Fortalice team,” said Asher. “My passion is retail and doing everything I can to help protect the people and businesses that represent this industry. Being able to work with and learn from such a talented and knowledgeable team is an exciting opportunity for me.”Fortalice Solutions was founded by former White House CIO Theresa Payton who has assembled what she believes are the sharpest minds in cyber security to protect people, businesses, and nations from the world’s most sophisticated adversaries. Fortalice services are grounded in a practical, real-world understanding of the threats in today’s environment. Payton will be a keynote speaker at this year’s NRF PROTECT conference in Dallas this June.Asher brings more than thirty years of retail operations, business development, and trade association experience in the retail industry. He has previously served as director of business development for CONTROLTEK USA; vice president of asset protection, data security, and crisis management at the Food Marketing Institute; vice president of LP for the National Retail Federation; a cofounder of the non-profit Loss Prevention Foundation; and vice president of LP for the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_img“AI is the new UI. Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming of age, tackling problems both big and small by making interactions simple and smart. AI is becoming the new user interface (UI), underpinning the way we transact and interact with systems. Seventy-nine percent of survey respondents agree that AI will revolutionize the way they gain information from and interact with customers”, Accenture said in a press release.Byron Reese, publisher at GigaOm, said that “AI is not hype and today it is a big deal. AI is delivering the goods today, made possible by Moore’s law, better algorithms and techniques. The big difference today is the vast amount of data that we have. AI is only as good as the data that we can feed it, and today we can do so much more.”80 percent of large enterprise have already made a large investment in Artificial Intelligence, according to a report by Teradata.Atif Kureishy, Vice President at Teradata company, said that “to leverage the full potential of this technology and gain maximum ROI, businesses will need to revamp their core strategies so AI has an embedded role from the data center to the boardroom.”last_img read more

first_img HomeDigital Marketing20191120 ML Brief 20191120 ML BriefYou are here: The post 20191120 ML Brief appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: 20191120 ML Brief Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 20th November 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Amazon#Amazon Prime#e-commerce#music#music streaming#spotify 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Amazon is officially in the music streaming business. Amazon today introduced Prime Music, a music streaming service available to Amazon Prime members. The new service will start with about 1 million songs and 90,000 albums, comprised of mostly older titles and hits from yesteryear. As part of Prime Music, Amazon is also consolidating its other music properties under the auspices of Amazon Music. The new Amazon Music will replace (but not substantially change) Amazon music services like its Cloud Player and the Amazon MP3 store. Users that use the Amazon vinyl AutoRip feature will find their music unchanged in Amazon Music. Prime Music will allow users to mix the music they own with music from the Prime catalogue to create as well as access hundreds of pre-arranged “Prime Playlists.” The service is completely advertising free for Prime members and will allow users to download songs from Prime Playlists to play on mobile devices. Kindle Fire HD and HDX owners will get Prime Music with an over-the-air update while the app will be available on iOS and Android as well.Prime Music is available to Amazon Prime members, the company’s subscription service that features two-day shipping on many items in the Amazon store as well as video streaming with Amazon Instant Video and the Kindle lending library. Amazon announced earlier this year that it would increase the yearly fee for Prime to $99 (from $79) starting this year.Serving The Prime BeastPrime Music itself is nothing special. The library is relatively limited to older music at launch (much like Amazon Prime Instant Video is limited to older movies and shows) and will launch without any music from one of the largest record labels in Universal Music Group, according to The New York Times. If you are a Spotify subscriber, Prime Music is going to be disappointing in its breadth of selection. Amazon doesn’t seem to care as the point of Prime Music is not necessarily to beat Spotify or other music streaming services, but rather to increase the value of Prime to gain and retain users after Amazon hiked up the price. Focusing just on what Amazon Music does and does not have in terms of library selection and features would be a disservice to what Amazon has put together with its Prime content strategy. Think about it like this: For basically $100 a year, you get access to unlimited streaming of a variety of movies and television shows, unlimited streaming a good amount of music, the ability to share books with other Kindle users and two-day shipping for almost everything Amazon.com sells. Compare all the aspects of Prime with what it would cost to maintain Netflix (starting at $7.99 a month) and Spotify ($9.99 a month) subscriptions, not to mention other services like HBO Go and Hulu Plus or Pandora’s ad-free premium service and Prime looks like a deal. The problem with Prime’s content vis-à-vis the competition is that you are limited to older content, but many users may make that compromise if it saves them between $100 and $200 a month.In the end, all of Amazon Prime’s content properties are tangential to its real purpose. The real objective of Prime is to get more people on Amazon, buying physical products from its warehouses. Amazon entices with free unlimited two-day shipping and all of the content included in Prime is just a way for Amazon to get more eyeballs on its site, buying more stuff. If music can help achieve that goal, it is an easy feature for Amazon to roll out to its Prime members. dan rowinskilast_img read more

first_imgOne of the vacuum tubes in Virgo’s 3-kilometer arms where lasers keep watch for gravitational waves.  By Daniel CleryAug. 1, 2017 , 4:07 PM Cyril Frésillon/Virgo/CNRS Photothèque European gravitational wave detector back in actioncenter_img Virgo, Europe’s premier gravitational wave detector, today joined forces with the two detectors of its U.S. counterpart, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), in the hunt for ripples in space-time following a €24 million upgrade. In March, the two observatories were meant to begin joint observations—which allow researchers to pinpoint the locations of sources of cosmic waves, such as merging black holes, more accurately. But problems with fragile glass-fiber suspensions for Virgo’s mirrors delayed its startup. Engineers were forced to temporarily install wire suspensions, reducing Virgo’s sensitivity; it will now take a supporting role during the last few weeks of LIGO’s current observing run.Gravitational waves are created by cosmic catastrophes such as a pair of black holes locked in a death spiral before finally merging in a burst of energy. The ripples spread out across the universe, causing space to be minutely squeezed and stretched as the wave passes by. Detectors such as LIGO and Virgo detect the tiny changes, amounting to about 1/100,000 of a nanometer or the width of an atomic nucleus, by comparing the length of a pair of 4-kilometer-long arms with lasers to extreme accuracy. (Virgo’s arms are 3 kilometers long.)In 2015, after a decades-long quest to find the waves, LIGO finally succeeded, registering the tremor of two black holes that merged in the distant universe some 1.3 billion years ago. LIGO had only recently completed a 5-year, $205 million upgrade of its detectors. It bagged another pair of merging black holes before the end of 2015. These direct observations tantalized astronomers because, with only two detectors, it was impossible to narrow down the location of the sources so that conventional telescopes could learn more about them. 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The run was due to finish in May, but the LIGO team, hoping for at least a brief period of joint observation, has stretched out the timeline as the Virgo upgrade neared completion. Because of Virgo’s loss of sensitivity with the wire suspensions, it will not be able to detect gravitational waves independently, but it will be able to help confirm a potential detection made by LIGO and locate sources in the sky with greater accuracy. LIGO’s run will finally finish on 25 August.Both observatories will then carry out further upgrades, including restoration of Virgo’s glass-fiber suspensions, before the next run starts in the second half of 2018.last_img read more