While much attention had been focused on the hardships faced by the Iraqi people, in other countries, “sadly, this year we have witnessed some of the more horrendous acts of violence carried out against civilians,” Kenzo Oshima, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said in an open briefing to the 15-nation Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.”The plight of civilians in armed conflict remains a considerable and grave problem in many other parts of the world,” Mr. Oshima said, stressing the value of Council missions to areas of conflict over the past year in bringing international attention to situations where the lives of civilians had been at the utmost risk. “The recent Council mission to Central Africa provided a considerable impetus for addressing protection issues and I hope the upcoming mission to West Africa will do the same.”In the meantime, on Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Oshima said the practical results of the Council’s increased engagement in civilian protection issues have been enshrined in its latest resolution, which not only mandated peacekeeping forces on the ground to ensure the safety of local populations, but recognized the paramount importance of protecting civilians when they were being deliberately targeted by conflict parties who were seemingly indifferent to their own obligations for civilian protection.Outlining the progress since Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s 2001 report on civilians in armed conflict, Mr. Oshima reminded the Council that the emphasis had been to make the “culture of protection” a practical reality. “As you yourselves, have noted, this is the time to move from words to action,” he noted.The culture of protection, he said, “urges us to put the individuals in need of protection at the centre of our efforts. It is the millions of voiceless that require our attention and commitment; it is the father who is too powerless to protect his family from brutal attacks; the mother who has no access to medical care and is helpless to save her sick child…the teenage girl who has been brutally raped and may never fully recover from the internal injuries she has suffered.”Mr. Oshima said that the Aide Memoire adopted last year by the Council had proved an important tool in establishing a stronger common base of analysis and assessment on key protection of civilian requirements and responses within the United Nations system as a whole. It had also been used as a practical tool in the field to develop an active collaborative framework for civilian protection in countries such as Burundi, Afghanistan and Iraq.”Immediate international intervention is required to stabilize the security situations, allow humanitarian agencies to assist the vulnerable and thus prevent a further deterioration in that most desperate of humanitarian situations,” he stressed.
by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 7:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock indexes edge higher in early trade, a day after big sell-off; euro continues to slide NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock indexes are opening slightly higher, a day after a big sell-off prompted by worries about higher U.S. interest rates.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 25 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 17,687 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained three points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,046. The Nasdaq composite slipped three points, less than 0.1 per cent, to 4,858.The euro continued to slide against the dollar. It was trading at $1.05, its lowest level in 12 years.The price of crude oil rose 19 cents to $48.48 a barrel in New York.Bond prices fell slightly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note edged up to 2.14 per cent.
Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder runs out of the tunnel prior to his match in the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorKyle Snyder fell just shy of claiming the Best Male Athlete in The Lantern’s 2017 Best of OSU poll.Just like he always does, Snyder bounced back with a win, claiming the 2018 crown for Best Male Athlete ahead of former quarterback J.T. Barrett, who received the honor last year. Passing up an opportunity to receive what head coach Tom Ryan said was $250,000 to $300,000 worth of endorsements, Snyder returned to Ohio State. In Snyder’s final season at Ohio State, the Olympic gold medalist won his third individual national championship, defeating Michigan senior Adam Coon in the finals in Cleveland.The 225-pound Snyder suffered his first collegiate loss since his sophomore season to Coon earlier in the year, but beat the 6-foot-5, 285-pound wrestler in both the Big Ten championship and the NCAA championship. Ohio State finished second behind Penn State in the race for a team title.Snyder took home his fourth All-American honors in 2018. He joined Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello to become the first trio of teammates all to be named four-time All-Americans in the same season.He found plenty of success on the international stage as well. In August, Snyder squared off against Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev, a two-time world champion, in the World Finals and took down the renowned heavyweight 6-5 to deliver a world team title to Team USA, its first in 22 years.Leaving Ohio State, Snyder is the only American to record three national championships, an Olympic gold medal and a pair of world titles. He now will pursue wrestling on the international stage full time. Runner-up: J.T. Barrett, football
TWO DUBLIN FIRE Brigade firefighters were injured in a fire at a derelict house on the Naul Road last night.Four engines were deployed to the empty property at about 11.40pm.The two men were injured as a stairs collapsed from under them. Both were released from hospital this morning.Gardaí say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the blaze.Read: The Lansdowne Road Riot of 1995: an oral historySydney: Nurse accused of setting fire to nursing home pleads guilty to killing 11 people
Father Efstratios Dimou, or Papa Stratis as he was known on the Greek island of Lesvos, died on Wednesday after slipping into a coma.The Greek Orthodox priest who launched the set up of the charity Agkalia (Embrace) in 2009, a NGO organisation helping refugees on the island.Papa Stratis had been permanently connected to an oxygen tank that supplied oxygen directly to his lungs as he suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, obstructive lung disease and sleep apnea.Despite his critical condition, with the help of the locals, he had been at the forefront of humanitarian charity in the area since 2007. Agkalia has been providing refugees with clothing, food, water and a place to sleep over the last few years and Papa Stratis would always be there eager to assist even whilst connected to an oxygen tank,“As long as we are useful on earth, God will keep us alive,” the priest would say.In one of his latest interviews for the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR Papa Stratis was worried the the constant migrant influx would soon exceed the organisation’s capacity.He was right. According to Frontex, the European Union border agency, nearly 25,000 migrants arrived on the Greek islands by sea the last few days, and many more left their last breath in the Aegean waters.“These people are not migrants, they do not choose to come here,” the 57-year-old priest told the UNHCR.“They are children of war, fleeing bullets. They are life-seekers, they search for life, hope and the chance to live another day.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
David Carey: The main economic opportunity is the efficiencies gained through shared procurement and processes, and the opportunity to add external clients in the future, which will create a network effect which will benefit everyone. Folio: In a few words, what’s the primary aim of the new venture? Carey: Conde Nast and Hearst plan for this to be a center of excellence for the industry, with a full range of back-office services that will particularly benefit medium-sized publishers. Carey: The job reduction component is small piece of the savings, and the head count reductions will be modest. Folio: Can you share any numbers? Carey: The specific revenue targets, and savings, are not public numbers. Carey: While PubWorx starts with 130 employees, over time we expect that number to grow substantially, as new clients join. Folio: What are the staffing plans? Folio: What was the genesis for this decision? Last week, Hearst Magazines and Conde Nast announced a joint venture to manage various back-office functions at both companies, including production, procurement and circulation. The company, called PubWorx, will also seek to take on work from third-party companies. Folio: reached out to David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, to elaborate on his vision for the venture. Folio: What impact will this have on existing jobs? Folio: Is there an overarching vision for this move? Carey: Hearst and Conde Nast already operate several joint ventures, we’re often in contact about those businesses, and PubWorx was a natural outgrowth of that.
André Previn, Award-Winning Conductor And Composer, Dies At 89 Email André Previn, Award-Winning Composer, Dies At 89 andr%C3%A9-previn-award-winning-conductor-and-composer-dies-89 Previn won 10 GRAMMY awards over the course of his long and storied careerRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 28, 2019 – 1:00 pm GRAMMY-winning composer and conductor André Previn has died. He was 89 years old. Previn’s manager Linda Petrikova confirmed the news to NPR on Thursday.A composer, conductor and pianist, Previn famously directed the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1985 to 1989. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for 44 GRAMMYs and won four Academy Awards for “My Fair Lady,” “Irma la Douce,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Gigi.””André Previn was a multitalented composer, conductor, and pianist who achieved supreme success across the jazz, pop, and classical music genres,” said Recording Academy CEO and President Neil Portnow in a statement. “During his versatile eight-decade career, André earned 44 GRAMMY nominations and 10 GRAMMY Awards, and was recognized by the Recording Academy with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 for his creative contributions to the field of recording.He earned his first GRAMMY at the inaugural GRAMMY Awards in 1958 for Best Soundtrack Album, Dramatic Picture Score Or Original Cast for Gigi. His eclectic approach to creating music and ability to effortlessly combine genres will continue to be celebrated by our industry. André was an incomparable talent, and his legacy will live on through his countless compositions.” News Facebook Twitter
TV and Movies Game of Thrones season 8 finale: Our watch has ended Tyrion, after seeing Dany’s wrath as she burned the men, women and children of King’s Landing, admitted his treason and handed back his Hand of the King pin early in the final episode. But our guy, the man who drinks and knows things, was spared Death-by-Dracarys after convincing Jon that Dany had to die. After being locked away by the Unsullied, he suggested a new King — Bran the Broken — and was spared by the new ruler.Not only that, he ended up as Hand of the King. Again. Tyrion is the man for that job and before a meeting with the small council at the end of the episode, Tyrion shuffles a few chairs around. He’s in the right place. Small CouncilA small council with Tormund’s famed “big woman” HBO With Bran named leader and Tyrion named Hand of the King, one of the lingering questions would be “Who serves on the King’s Small Council?” and honestly, if you asked anyone this 6 episodes ago, I doubt you would have got all of these correct.Samwell Tarley: Grand MaesterNo matter who ruled, Sam always seemed destined to be the Grand Maester. In his final scenes he delivers a book called “A Song of Ice and Fire” he has written about the events that have transpired, in what seems like a pretty obvious callback to one of the other biggest fantasy franchises that have ever existed.Bronn: Master of CoinBronn’s final season was kind of a garbage fire of rushed writing but in the end he got what he wanted. A nice big castle. He also has a position on the Small Council and, as Master of Coin, he knows where all the money is flowing. Seems like a good spot for Bronn — I am just sad that the show did him dirty before getting to this place. Ser Brienne of Tarth: Lord Commander of the KingsguardBrienne taking her seat at the Small Council is one of the show’s small wins, in our books. She is the most capable knight who remains and she fulfilled her duty to protect the Stark kids as well as she ever could. Despite having her heart broken by Jaime Lannister, she even penned a positive tribute to his life and deeds. She’s got the best heart and found her place in the world. It’s nice. Ser Davos Seaworth: Master of ShipsWell, this makes sense, for sure. Davos is a seafaring man and a great smuggler. However, I am worried about his wife who he mentions in passing and hasn’t spoken of for years. Did she come to King’s Landing with him? Please tell me Marya Seaworth is OK. The titles of Master of War, Master of Whisperers and Master of Laws were all vacant at the end of the show. The UnsulliedGrey Worm fights a bloody path through King’s Landing. Helen Sloan/HBO Grey Worm The man who served Dany valiantly for most of her reign and was basically unkillable somehow survived long enough to sail away. In what is a fitting end for his character after all the trials and tribulations he encountered during serving the Mother of Dragons, Grey Worm (and his forces) found a way to Naath. Importantly, this is the same place Missandei grew up and before the Battle of Winterfell, she told Grey Worm it’s where she wanted to end up when all was said and done. Her head was lopped off by the Mountain, but Grey Worm made his way across the seas to Sothoryos, where Naath lies. Did he take the Unsullied as his banner men? Davos certainly told him to, so here’s to Grey Worm and love. The OthersYou’ve come a long way, baby. HBO After Daenerys meets her end, we get a meeting between all the major lords and ladies of the kingdoms in the dragon pit. Yohn Royce, Robin Arryn, a new Prince of Dorne and a couple of unnamed lords all sit around debating who will be king. They are never seen again.Gendry Baratheon, his thirst and unrequited love for Arya aside, finished up pretty well. In the penultimate episode, Dany makes him Lord of Storm’s End and he’s seen in the final meeting just sort of hanging out and agreeing to the proposition of Bran as king. At least he finally got off that row boat. Yara Greyjoy, the lady reaper of Pyke, appears to have assumed the mantle of Queen of the Iron Islands. She doesn’t get much of a say in the final episode, except to demand some sort of justice. She’s the last living Greyjoy. Maester Wolkan is also credited in this episode. He made the chair for Bran. He goes on to create more of Westeros’ most amazing devices.Unbelievably, against all odds, Edmure Tully made it through to the very end. This is a man held captive by the Freys for who even knows how long (spacetime in this show gets bent really hard) and subject to some pretty severe torture. Fortunately, he makes it to the final meeting as, he says, “one of the senior lords in the country.” He lucked out but when he tries to make his case at the Dragonpit, he’s told to sit down by his niece, Sansa. Ouch. Now playing: Watch this: Updated May 21, 4:30 p.m. PT: Adds information from meeting in the Dragonpit Hot PieThe man. The myth. The legend. A real survivor. Hot Pie, unseen since season 7, is Game of Thrones’ most wholesome character. We know that he stayed at the Inn at the Crossroads and baked amazing Direwolf bread. He will live out his days as the world’s best cook, going on to win season 3 of Westeros Masterchef. We stan the Pie.***Is this truly the end for all of these characters? As of right now, it would seem to be. However, Game of Thrones will be receiving a prequel series at some point in the future. We’ve got all the details about that right here but will they also spin it out into a number of sequels? There’s certainly enough survivors to suggest it a possibility. 57 Photos 0 Season 8 finale recap: Win or die Twitter reacts with disappointment to the finale What did Brienne really write about Jaime? Some ideas Who won the game? Well, it’s complicated More from the GoT finale The Game of Thrones has been won and we can all breathe a deep sigh of … well, I’m not sure yet. We’re still coming to terms with the madness and disappointment of the final episode. Warning: total and complete spoilers ahead. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die, or you just burn the whole thing down and start again. HBO Having been engrossed in the narrative for eight years, we’d heard a lot of theories about how Game of Thrones would ultimately finish. Dany and Jon would share the rule. Arya would kill Cersei. Cleganebowl is all that matters. Hot Pie deserves the throne. We’re not too sure many of the theories came close to what actually transpired. There was death, there was a new King and there were some happy endings, too. In fact, the Game of Thrones ended like a game of Monopoly, really: We picked up the board and threw it across the room, demanding to start all over again.So as the credits rolled on TV’s biggest show ever, where did all your faves finally finish up?Spoilers, of course, follow.The Iron ThroneI’ll stop the world and melt with you. HBO Let’s get this one out of the way first. The Iron Throne is gone. It’s nothing but a heap of crumpled, molten metal. Kind of sad to see the iconic Throne topple. House TargaryenNot how Dany would have hoped things went down. HBO Daenerys TargaryenShe had many wonderful titles, but after burning King’s Landing to the ground in Thrones’ penultimate episode, Dany was not long for this world. The “Mad Queen” arc may have seemed a little abrupt. She did not get the ending she has been chasing her entire life but, instead, was betrayed one last time by the man she loved — her nephew, Jon “Aegon Targaryen” Snow.Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen)After Sam revealed Jon’s true parentage early in the final season, the cracks between him and his Aunt began to show. Jon almost seemed like he was going to let Dany live and he would serve her. A real case of Stockholm syndrome. Ultimately, after a heart-to-heart with Tyrion, he acquiesced and plunged a dagger into her heart as tears filled his eyes. For that crime, he was “sentenced” to head back to the Night’s Watch, an organization that really need not exist anymore because, yo, the Night King is dead, remember? Arriving at Castle Black at the end of the final episode, Jon reunites with Tormund and thankfully Ghost, before he heads out beyond the Wall to live with the free folk. After everybody kept prodding Jon, begging him to be king and Jon parroting “I dun want eet” hundreds of times, he got his wish. DrogonDrogon is alive and well. After Dany was knifed, Drogon picked up her body and flew into the graying skies with her corpse. He was never seen again. At the small council meeting that ends the episode, Bran mentions finding Drogon — presumably with his warging abilities — and just keeping an eye on him. For mine, having the most powerful dragon just disappear is not good news for Westeros. I mean, we’ve seen how powerful Drogon can be and that kind of unchecked power disappearing into the night. Bad news. 187 Photos Share your voice See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos 6:42 Tags House StarkArya’s taking a ship west… beyond the borders of any map. See you in the sequel? HBO Bran Stark”Bran the Broken” arguably made the biggest rise in the entire series. He went from cripple to King, from bed to throne, from Hodor’s back to the Realm’s top. He finished the series as the new King and with that “won” the Game of Thrones. Who honestly picked that? If you’re wondering what happened to Podrick, he’s squiring for Bran and helping him get around King’s Landing’s various steps and staircases. Arya StarkArya is following in the footsteps of… well, no-one. She’s sailing west of Westeros, to a land which has never been documented on the maps. Arya Stark, arguably the most skilled assassin in the Seven Kingdoms and the woman who defeated Death incarnate is off to enjoy her time as the realm’s Marco Polo or Christopher Columbus. Is there potential for a sequel here? Honestly, it won’t be the same without the Hound to follow her ’round. No word on that poor white horse that Arya rode at the end of episode 5.Sansa StarkAfter learning basically every trick in the book from some real unsavory characters like Littlefinger and Ramsay Bolton, Sansa was a lock to ascend to power. She said it herself — she’s no longer a little bird. The question that remained heading into the finale was would she rule the North or would she rule the entire realm? Her final scene had her take up the crown in Winterfell, as Northmen bowed down around her before raising their swords and chanting “Queen in the North.” Sansa’s final two seasons were perhaps the most expertly plotted in the entire show and her rise to “most intelligent person in the world” was well done. She will do a good job up there. House Lannister“I don’t want to be Hand of the King” — The eventual Hand of the King HBO Tyrion LannisterWith Jaime and Cersei Lannister sharing a tomb at the conclusion of episode 5, House Lannister was basically in ruins. Their children, Myrcella and Joffrey were dispatched by poison and Tommen came to meet his maker after meet the ground at high velocity. Tywin is long gone and poor uncle Kevan was blown to smithereens in Cersei’s mad Sept bombing. As we hit the finale, the biggest hope for House Lannister came from the smallest man, one Tyrion Lannister. Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Post a comment Game of Thrones
The two species of ice seals that were declared “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act are, so far, doing well with less sea ice.“We’re seeing fat seals,” said Lori Quakenbush, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Arctic Marine Mammal Program. “They are reproducing earlier than they have in the past, which says they are getting enough nutrition at this point to grow quickly and become reproductive at an earlier age.”Quakenbush studies marine mammals and monitors their condition. She says that so far, the evidence indicates that ice seals are getting plenty of food.“We’re looking at stomachs and we’re seeing pretty similar diets to what they have done in the past. So we’re not seeing those big changes either. They’re still eating arctic cod; they’re still eating saffron cod,” Quakenbush said.First polar bears, then ringed and bearded seals were listed as threatened, even though they were not showing any population declines at the time. Bearded and ringed seals were listed because the Arctic was warming so fast that their ability to use sea ice to raise young would disappear by 2100, setting the stage for being endangered. Quakenbush is among the biologists watching for warning signs to show up in the seals.Along the North Slope coast, ice is forming a month later in the fall and disappearing earlier in the spring. Both ice seals in threatened status raise their young on the ice, but ringed seals have a unique behavior. They build snow caves above the ice to protect their pups from polar bears. It was thought that without thick ice for snow caves, ringed seal numbers would plummet, but now Quakenbush is not so sure. She points to populations that are now making do without snow caves in Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk.“Its far enough south that the ringed seals don’t build lairs. They pup on top of the ice, so they don’t have to have snow caves to produce pups. There are no polar bears there, so there may be some reasons why they are successful in doing that. We’re starting to see ringed seals haul out on land. We know how they behave when there’s lots of ice, and we’re just beginning to see what they are capable of without that. And I think they might more flexible in that behavior than we’ve given them credit for,” Quakenbush said.Quakenbush says that her data for the ice seals has only been analyzed up to 2016. This was before the spike in warm water two winters ago, which does seem to have made more major changes in the region, according to data presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.“So we might see something upcoming here soon in the data that we have that might make us change our minds about how they are responding, but right now, up through 2016, we’re not seeing any major alarm bells,” Quakenbush said.Ice seals are not the only marine mammals adjusting to changes in the ice. Pacific walruses are doing so as well. They also used to raise their calves on sea ice, but recently started coming to Alaska’s shores to haul out in record numbers. New haul-outs include Point Lay on the Chukchi coast, which historically didn’t have many walruses. Now there are thousands there most summers, and initial predictions were that that would be bad news for those animals. At first it was not pretty. Walruses spook easily, and stampeded over everything in their path to get to the safety of the sea. They plow right over small calves, and the first few years there were lots of dead calves on the beach.“And we were worried about that going into the future, and after a few years there were less calves that got trampled,” Quakenbush said. “So either females with young calves figured out where in the herd to haul out or not to, we don’t know, but there were fewer calves after the first couple of years of that.”The other prediction was that hunters would have more access to walruses, but apparently near-shore ice and stormy seas are a bigger problem for humans than walruses, and harvests have declined.“So two predictions that we made about what could be bad for walruses, just within a couple of years turned around and were sort of the opposite,” Quakenbush said.Quakenbush has been watching marine mammal throughout her long career, and she has given up predicting the future for these animals. She says that biologists know what the animals do with ice because they have studied that, but we don’t know what they do without it.“It’s an absolutely fascinating time to be an arctic marine mammal biologist,” Quakenbush said. “Things have changed so much since I started. So, right, that makes you think all over again about what might be going on, and it wasn’t even in the list of possibilities last year.”Lori Quakenbush has an almost childlike sense of wonder as she talks about and puzzles over the capacities of Arctic marine mammals to adjust to rapid changes in their ocean. Biologist Lori Quakenbush monitoring arctic marine mammals. (USFWS photo)Ice seals thought to be most affected by the disappearance of arctic sea ice seem to be doing well, according to data presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium last week.
Sircilla: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) working president and Sircilla MLA KT Rama Rao participated in the National Handloom Day celebrations in Sircilla on Wednesday.During his visit, KTR had inaugurated computer lab and additional classrooms in Sircilla Government School and attended as a chief guest at the District Zilla Parishad general body meeting held for the first Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us time under the newly elected ZP chairperson Nyalakonda Aruna in Sircilla town on the day. Speaking at the meeting, MLA KT Rama Rao told all the public representatives of the district to wear handloom clothes on every Monday without fail to encourage handloom weavers. Even though the district is too small in terms of the space compared to other districts, it is formed for the convenience of the people. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us He felt that there are plenty of opportunities for Sircilla to become one of the best districts in the State. If the districts are small, then the people will get welfare schemes very easily, he observed. The MLA said that with the initiation taken by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, as many as 4,000 thandas were formed as village panchayats. The TRS government had allotted 50 per cent of reservations to women in local bodies. Advertise With Us The government is focused more on transparency in the new Panchayat Raj Act. Everyone must be aware of the new Panchayat Raj Act that was introduced by the State government for getting works done from the officials. Disturbances will occur with those, who are irresponsible. Irrespective of political parties and agendas, all must work unitedly to lead the district towards development, he advised. KTR assured that this region will become fertile very soon with Godavari waters reaching through the prestigious project Kaleshwaram taken up by the State government. Vemulawada MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh, Choppadandi MLA Sunke Ravi Shankar, Manakondur MLA Rasamai Balakishan, ZPTCs, MPPs, MPTCs were present along with other public representatives in the meeting.
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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » March 13, 2017 By now, many of us have heard about or might even own one of the popular, sleek multi-functional voice-first devices, such as the Amazon Echo, also known as “Alexa”, the name used when waking the device to give a verbal command.Quick joke: How do you make Alexa laugh?The answer: You can’t, because you can’t push her buttons.This joke is terrible for many reasons, not the least of which is that I ended up anthropomorphized a digital device, which may be one of the biggest issues with this devices.Related: There’s No Doubt That Amazon Alexa Is the Next Big ThingFirst, according to Voice Labs Voice Report for 2017, 6.5 million voice-first devices — defined as an always-on piece of hardware utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) with primarily a voice interface, both for input and output — were shipped in 2016. In 2017, that number is estimated to grow to 24.5 million devices shipped, thanks in large part to its appearance during the Super Bowl commercials.These numbers are extraordinary, especially when you consider that the Echo was only introduced in 2014, followed only by by its smaller brethren, the Echo Dot and Google Home in 2016.While Amazon and Google (and Siri on our iPhones) have an early lead in this sector, there are sure to be new entrants. In fact, the entire sector will be interesting to watch as a lesson in super-niche focused products and services, which is turning out to be a smart business move.Related: Artificial Intelligence Now Has a Voice, But Security Challenges LoomAccording to Voice Labs, these AI assistants are already highly specialized and will become more so in 2017. Here are predictions for the strategies of just the big players:Google is focusing on mining the web and providing intelligent responses to general knowledge questions.Amazon is focusing on commerce — for obvious reasons.Google and Microsoft will excel at email, contacts and calendar management.Microsoft has a huge opportunity to excel at gaming.Google and Amazon are going to battle for hands-free TV and home automation.Apple is betting on AirPods for on-the-go use cases and should have an Apple TV voice strategy.Samsung will also get into mix at some point in 2017, but it is unclear the strategy they will pursue.All players will battle to become the go to controller of the Internet of things.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessThe crazy thing is that even with the potential for 24 million devices to be in our homes soon, the potential impact still remains remarkably unclear. Adding to this uncertainty are the following unintended consequences resulting from the rapid adoption in our lives.One child used an Echo to order a doll house and cookies without permission, and in an entertaining plot extension, a discussion of the event on a television show prompted several viewer’s Echos to do the same.Amazon recently agreed to turn over data to a pending murder case in which investigators believe the “always on” Echo device may have evidence pertinent to the case. All of this emphasizes the question about how our privacy will be protected by devices that are constantly collecting data on us.A study from 2012 seems to predict how these devices may be harmful to the emotional intelligence of children who tend to anthropomorphize these devices. Additionally, some speculate that AI home assistants encourage bad manners, as one blogger puts it, “At the very least, it creates patterns and reinforcement that so long as your diction is good, you can get what you want without niceties.” We have a long way to go until we find a device that can actually and regularly understand what we say.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingOne thing is for certain, the popularity of these devices is certain to grow. As for me, I am still a little wary of being an early adopter of this technology. I may be convinced, however, if the AI software can be taught to laugh at my bad jokes. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/20671/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> iTrek, an Australian travel insurance provider, has decided to withdraw its social media campaign, ‘Travel Agents Are Dead’ after receiving criticism from the industry.The idea of the controversial campaign was for travellers to submit a YouTube video around the theme “The Travel Agent is Dead”. AFTA Chief Executive Jayson Westbury told e-Travel Blackboard, “[The campaign] was never appropriate … I find it disgraceful that they were able to denigrate the profession in the way that they did.”Mr Westbury said that he doubts such a negative campaign would have a lasting effect on the industry. “I would have been surprised if it had much of an impact. Most regular Australian consumers would have found it repulsive.”“It was basically saying buy your insurance from us, but we don’t really care how you get there. It was ridiculous.”President and Chair of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Chris Russo said: “On behalf of our more than 10,000 members across the world, we are extremely pleased to learn that iTrek has stopped the negative campaign. “Admitting a mistake is never easy, but we all make them. We thank iTrek for a sound decision. And, we are most grateful to TravelGuard for its efforts in bringing this campaign to an end and publicly reaffirming its commitment to travel agents. Russo continued: “Travel agents are far from ‘death;’ in fact, all signs indicate a healthy industry. Today’s travel agents offer outstanding services through both personal contact and their Web sites. “Rather than shunning the Internet and progress, travel agents have embraced online technology, not only in promoting themselves and their services, but in assisting their clients in finding the best value and travel options to suit their needs.“As a result, despite the ability to book travel on their own, many people are now returning to a more traditional form of travel planning. “And the online travel agencies have added a live, call-in option where consumers can speak directly with travel agents in support of their Internet-focused businesses. Convergence of personal service and technology is the order of the day and in the end, consumers benefit across the board.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
Skyline Queenstown plans New Zealand’s first suspended viewing cubeOne of New Zealand’s most photographed views is set to become even more popular with Skyline Queenstown’s plans to build the country’s first suspended viewing cube.The tourism operator has today applied for resource consent to build the glass cube off Skyline Queenstown’s famous viewing deck, at the top of Bob’s Peak.The 1 metre-wide, 1m-deep and 2m-tall ‘cube’ will give guests the feeling of being suspended in mid-air as they look out towards the Remarkables mountain range, the Crown Range and over Lake Wakatipu to Cecil Peak, while standing directly above the Skyline Queenstown luge track.Designed in conjunction with well-known engineer Derek Chinn, of Bartlett Consulting, the project will be a significant engineering feat in order to achieve the sense of mid-air suspension with glass, Skyline Queenstown general manager Lyndon Thomas says.“The No.1 reason our guests visit Skyline Queenstown is for the incredible view and most of our guests will take a photo from the viewing deck. We want them to feel a part of the view by providing them with a unique opportunity to enjoy the natural landscape, and we believe the addition of the viewing cube will do just that,” Thomas says.“We want to create lasting memories of our guests’ trips to Skyline Queenstown and we are working hard to add value and create new products and experiences that cover a broad spectrum of our customer demographics.”The design was inspired by the ‘Step into the Void’ installation at the Aiguille du Midi in Mont Blanc. Thomas believes the Skyline Queenstown glass cube is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.The resource consent application has been lodged with Queenstown Lakes District Council. All going to plan, construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year.The viewing cube development is the latest in a string of recent additions and upgrades at Skyline Queenstown, following purpose-built mountain-bike trails, the Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar rebrand launch, Market Kitchen and a mini diggers attraction for kids.www.skyline.co.nzSource = Skyline Queenstown
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