Tiny increase in young appointees to federal posts after Liberal overhaul

first_imgOTTAWA — Newly released documents show Liberal changes to the federal appointments system has yielded a small increase in the number of younger people getting government posts.Documents from the Privy Council Office show that as of last year, fewer than five per cent of all appointments made under the Liberals’ system were of applicants between the ages of 25 and 34.That age group is just under 20 per cent of the population.A spokesman for the Privy Council Office says the government plans to “continue to increase youth representation” by working with organizational heads, boards and decision makers.The government’s recently released youth strategy aims to have one youth representative on the boards of 75 per cent of Crown corporations within the next five years.Months after taking power in late 2015, the Liberals changed how the government makes hundreds of appointments each year to positions such as the boards of Crown corporations and tribunals that make decisions on benefit payments and immigration claims.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral to meet with African Union chief on peacekeeping in Darfur

Mr. Ban outlined to reporters the UN’s recent initiatives to try and bring peace to Darfur, including a letter he sent on 24 January to Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir stressing the importance of more support for the African Union mission, known as AMIS, and also the need for the rapid deployment of the hybrid UN-African Union force.“Now I have requested very strongly that President Bashir agree to my letter [on the heavy support package which will enable the early deployment] of a hybrid African Union and UN peacekeeping operations there,” the Secretary-General said in Austria, where he is on an official visit.“There are two tracks that are still going on, even though we have not yet finally agreed. One is the political process; a political dialogue process is going on at the highest level, including myself. And secondly, peacekeeping operation level is now being discussed. The United Nations will soon engage in detailed negotiations with African Union representatives and I’m also going to meet with the African Union Commissioner.”Mr. Ban’s comments come as the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released its latest grim overview of the situation in Darfur, produced in collaboration with other UN agencies and partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs), showing the violence forced around 46,000 people to flee their homes last month.“New population displacements were registered weekly in January as attacks on villages, sexual violence and intimidation continued to force large numbers of people to move throughout Darfur. Generalized violence, attacks on humanitarian assets and bureaucratic impediments continued to affect humanitarian operations,” the overview states.New displacements of villagers towards internally displaced person (IDP) camps continued “relentlessly” through the month as a result of attacks by both the Government of Sudan and associated militia and a wing of the Sudan Liberation Army headed by Minni Minawi, according to OCHA.This was especially the case in north Darfur where there were reports of Sudanese Government “aerial bombings in many locations – and attacks and intimidation by Arab militias.” OCHA’s overview said that while there were some positive humanitarian developments in terms of access to areas that had been cut off for months, overall access for emergency supplies “continues to be compromised.” The latest January humanitarian access map shows Darfur-wide access is about 64 per cent. Backing up this grim assessment, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said today a 15-year old girl was raped on Tuesday in south Darfur, while Arab tribal fighting has erupted again in the same region. These are the latest in daily reports of violence coming out of the region, where at least 200,000 people have been killed and 2 million others displaced from their homes since 2003. In total, some 4 million civilians need assistance to survive. 22 February 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he will soon meet with the head of the African Union to discuss the continuing suffering in Sudan’s devastated Darfur region, as the United Nations warned that almost 50,000 more people were forced to flee violence in the region last month alone. read more

Cypriot leaders hold UNsponsored talks on reunification meet again on Friday

28 February 2011Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders today held the first of two top-level meetings scheduled for this week, under United Nations sponsorship, as they intensified their efforts to reunify the Mediterranean island which has been split for almost 50 years. “The leaders had a good and long discussion today for around two and a half hours,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, told reporters following the meeting between Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Dervis Eroglu. “It was a good opportunity for them to talk about a range of issues.”Mr. Downer added that the pair would meet again on Friday, when the talks would focus on governance and power-sharing. The leaders have met more than 90 times since the UN-sponsored talks began in 2008 with the aim of setting up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot constituent states of equal status.The leaders’ representatives have also met scores of times and will hold another meeting on Wednesday to discuss issues ahead of Friday’s top-level talks.In a report in December, Mr. Ban warned that that the talks could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months. “A critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing,” he said, stressing that Greek Cypriot parliamentary elections scheduled for May and elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive talks in the second quarter of 2011.The Secretary-General met with both leaders in Geneva at the end of January, and the two agreed to intensify the reunification talks for an island that has been split since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964.One of the major issues that have to be resolved concerns property. The Greek Cypriots say those with property in the north should be able to seek reinstatement, while Turkish Cypriots say that if all property owners were allowed reinstatement, it would be impossible for Turkish Cypriots to secure bizonality. They want a ceiling on those who can have properties reinstated instead of compensation.The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force on the island – known by its acronym UNFICYP – since 1964, with a current strength of nearly 1,000 uniformed personnel and 150 international and national civilian staff. read more

Army probe says war on LTTE was justified

An investigation conducted by a board appointed by Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya has concluded that the government had every right to defeat the LTTE militarily.The LTTE was defeated in May 2009 after the government launched military operations to regain land held by the rebels despite calls by the international community to suspend hostilities and go for negotiations. The report also says the army took preventive measures to ensure “zero civilian casualties” during the war and uphold human rights. (Colombo Gazette)FULL REPORT “A sovereign state has the right to take all legitimate measures to maintain or reestablish law, the national unity and territorial integrity of the state (Article 3 GP II). Against this backdrop His Excellency the President had an imperative legal duty arising out of International Law and Domestic Law to call out armed forces to liberate the people of the North and East from the clutches of the LTTE and to eradicate terrorism from the soil of Sri Lanka. For 30 years the entire Sri Lankan nation consisting of 20 million people had been subjugated by LTTE terrorism. Therefore employment of armed forces to eradicate LTTE terrorism is legally justifiable. Hence for the reasons articulated above there is no question that our humanitarian operation conformed to jus ad bellum principle,” the report said. The report of the Army Board of Officers on the Implementation of the Recommendations made by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was handed over to Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakasa by the army Commander today. read more

Sri Lanka drops plan to buy fighters from Pak after India objects

While questions were raised in Sri Lanka too about the reported $400-million deal, India’s forceful opposition, conveyed through a non-paper, was one of the likely reasons that made Sri Lanka drop the plan for now. Sri Lankan sources said India also put forth a technical argument that the Russian engines of the JF-17 were not the best, that even China does not use these aircraft. Earlier, some Sri Lankan reports had said India had offered its own Tejas to the SLAF instead.India is also concerned that the deal, if it goes through, will enable the PAC, and perhaps even the CAC, to set up a facility in Sri Lanka for maintenance and training, and increase and widen contacts between Pakistan and Chinese security forces and Sri Lanka.In 2014, the then Sri Lankan government had cleared a proposal for China to set up a maintenance-cum-servicing facility for its aircraft that are part of the Sri Lankan fleet in Trincomalee. The SLAF has in it fleet the Chengdu F-7 fighter aircraft, and the Y-12 and MA60 transporters. India had raised concerns then about the plan and the Sri Lankan government had said it would be manned only by SLAF personnel. With the change in government, that plan was shelved. (Colombo Gazette) The Pakistani media were reporting that the deal for JF-17s would be signed during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s three-day visit to Colombo which ended Wednesday. Stiff opposition from India has forced Sri Lanka to drop plans, at least for now, to buy JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft from Pakistan, The Indian Express Sunday edition reported.The Sunday Express has learnt that New Delhi shot off a diplomatic missive a few weeks ago to Colombo on why it should not buy the JF-17 Thunder, including a negative technical assessment of the aircraft. It was also pointed out that the country’s defence requirements did not need fighters. Despite its own financial crunch, Pakistan was also said to be ready to extend a line of credit to Sri Lanka for the aircraft.On Tuesday, Sharif and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the Defence Minister, signed agreements under eight heads in Colombo, but the sale of aircraft was not one of them. The Indian government delivered the non-paper — diplomatic parlance for a white sheet of paper without a letterhead or signature — to Colombo at the highest levels about three weeks ago after reports that Pakistan was seriously engaging the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) on the Chinese fighter aircraft to replace the SLAF’s ageing fleet of Israeli Kfirs and MiG-27s.Pakistan had been pushing for the sale of 10 to 12 JF-17s, each priced about $35 million. Talk of the deal gained ground after a visit to Pakistan by SLAF chief Gagan Bulathsinhala last November. He was invited to send a team to assess the aircraft at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra.Kamra is where the PAC and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) co-produce the aircraft. But defence experts believe that the aircraft are more or less only assembled at Kamra from readymade Chinese kits. Taking up the Pakistani invitation, a team of Sri Lankan Air Force officials visited Kamra to test the aircraft and run simulation tests. New Delhi has opposed SLAF plans to buy the J-17s on the ground that Sri Lanka does not need fighter aircraft. It is six years since the war against the LTTE ended. Since then, Sri Lanka’s defence spending has increased. For 2016, it is an estimated $3 billion. read more

Thousands of Afghans seeking refugee status in Pakistan register with UN agency

According to UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski, during the past week, thousands have taken part in the first phase of the screening programme, which is expected to determine the refugee status of Afghans who have fled to Pakistan to escape the twin scourges of drought and conflict in their homeland.More than 5,000 families from two Afghan settlements near Peshawar have been registered in the first week of the exercise, Mr. Janowski said. At the same time, 531 families have opted to return home.Thirty joint UNHCR/Government of Pakistan teams have been collecting information from heads of families who present themselves according to their respective residential blocks. The number of Afghans participating in the exercise is expected to increase significantly this week when more pre-screeners join the operation, the agency spokesman said. The Afghans provide general information on their families and areas of origin.Those who express the wish to return to Afghanistan will be given an assistance package consisting of 6,000 rupees and 150 kilogrammes of wheat.Afghans who opt for the screening process, which is slated to begin in the next few weeks once all the initial family data has been collected, will be interviewed. Those found to be in need of protection will be granted a temporary stay in Pakistan and then shifted to a camp where UNHCR and its partners will provide them with assistance.”Afghans whose case is rejected will have the right to appeal, but once a final decision is made, they would have to return home,” Mr. Janowski said. read more

Apple fixes typo about impossibly thin iPad 4 impossibly quickly

first_imgAlthough Apple tries to make its mobile electronics sleeker and thinner with every new generation, they haven’t quite gotten to the point of being skinnier than a piece of pencil lead. So when Apple posted on its website that the iPad 4 was just 0.37 millimeters in thickness, it was just a matter of time before throngs of Internet users called the company out on its mistake.It is hard to even think of a product that slim; the average fingernail is nearly three times as thick. Obviously what should have been on the site is 0.37 inches, or around 9.4 millimeters. The mistake was discovered by a user on Reddit late last night, although the web page in question has been up for much longer than that.Not surprisingly, it was only a matter of hours after the mistake became viral before Apple updated the page. It’s ironic that Apple could make this change so quickly, but when ordered by a court to post an apology to Samsung, the company said it needed 14 days to update its website.Somehow the iPad seems really bulky now. Of course, electronic devices will never really be that slim — or will they? Perhaps some day Apple, or another company, will create a device so thin it actually feels like you’re holding a piece of paper. With flexible displays finally on their way to commercial products in the next year or so, it might not be so far-fetched.via Redditlast_img read more

Un cratère géant pourrait être à lorigine dune vaste extinction despèces

first_imgUn cratère géant pourrait être à l’origine d’une vaste extinction d’espècesSydney, Australie – L’un des plus gros impacts de météorite au monde a été découvert dans une zone reculée du pays. Le choc, survenu il y a environ 300 millions d’années, a été si puissant qu’il pourrait avoir déclenché une importante extinction d’espèces.Lorsqu’elle a frappé l’Australie à l’époque, la météorite a déformé une zone de près de 80 kilomètres de largeur. Ce sont des chercheurs en géothermique qui ont découvert le cratère géant, enterré sous une profonde couche de sédiments. A cet endroit, la terre porte toujours les cicatrices de l’impact.Le chercheur Tonguç Uysal, de l’université de Queensland à Brisbane, a remarqué que “les grains de quartz dans la roche avaient subi une déformation inhabituelle”. En général ces caractéristiques sont associées aux pressions extrêmes engendrées par un astéroïde qui est venu frapper le sol.Selon le paléoclimatologue Andrew Glikson, l’impact aurait eu des effets catastrophiques, comme “une boule de feu, des tremblements de terre importants, une émission de CO2, des tsunamis et une extinction des espèces”.À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en PapouasieRien n’aurait pu survivre à ce choc à plusieurs centaines de kilomètres à la ronde. Plus important encore, le climat de la Terre entière aurait changé. L’impact aurait rempli l’atmosphère de poussière et la lumière du Soleil se serait obscurcie pendant plusieurs années. Conséquence : la mort d’une grande partie des végétaux grâce auxquels beaucoup d’animaux pouvaient survivre. Même si la catastrophe a été moins importante que celle qui a rayé les dinosaures du globe, beaucoup d’espèces se sont éteintes.”Si un tel événement se produisait à l’heure actuelle, une majeure partie de la population mondiale disparaîtrait”, ajoute le scientifique.Jusqu’à présent, l’Australie compte 30 cratères d’impact identifiés. Le plus grand se trouve à Woodleigh, dans l’ouest du pays. Il date de 360 millions d’années et mesure entre 60 et 160 kilomètres de diamètre.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 17:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rangers midfielder calls for a better stadium atmosphere

first_imgRangers Football Club midfielder Ryan Jack has asked the fans for an improvement among fans atmosphere following the poor atmosphere during the team’s 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock.There was a subdued atmosphere in the stands on Wednesday as nervousness and tension crept from the stands onto the pitch, as a result of the team’s recent poor run of results, after failing to win any of their last three games in all competitions.Jack said, according to EveningTimes: “That’s expected after the disappointment of losing a massive semi-final to one of our rivals.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“There is going to be an effect with the players and fans. We weren’t good enough on Sunday, we never won the game.”“So we knew there would be a wee bit of a hangover. Wednesday was just another frustrating night.”“We are a team. We win together, draw together, lose together. There no pointing fingers in our dressing room, saying ‘it’s your fault’. Collectively, we are all together.”“If we win, we celebrate together. If we lose, we move on together. The last two games have been frustrating but I’m sure everything will be alright if we stick together.”last_img read more

Berbatov Man United dont need a new ballplaying defender

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones provide enough quality in defence for the club to feel the need to splash out on a new signingInterim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the board are expected to pursue another centre-back in this month’s transfer window.But Berbatov reckons that United have enough quality at the back and urged his old club to instead focus on developing the players they have right now.“I have said in this column before that United need a new ball-playing centre-back,” Berbatov told Betfair.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But the likes of Lindelof and Jones are now showing that they are more than capable of bringing the ball out so they don’t need anyone else.“Ole instead needs to focus on bringing the best out of the players already on the books and there have been some good signs there already, with Marcus Rashford looking very sharp and even Alexis Sanchez joining the party at Newcastle with an excellent assist.”United defeated Reading 2-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday after goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Michael Brown Sworn In As Concord Police Officer

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Officers Recognized By US Attorney’s OfficeIn “Police Log”Joe Desmond Appointed Permanent Wilmington Police ChiefIn “Police Log”Wilmington Police Launch ‘Police Explorers’ Program For Young Adults Interested In Law Enforcement CareerIn “Police Log” (NOTE: The above information is from the Concord Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. CONCORD, MA — Concord Police Chief Joseph O’Connor recently announced the hiring of Michael J. Brown as the town’s newest police officer.Brown, a native of Wilmington, was sworn-in as a police officer by Concord Town Clerk Kaari Tari on June 3, 2019.Brown joined the Concord Police Department after having served with the University of Massachusetts at Boston Police Department since September 2018.Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (Class of 2017) and is a graduate of the Massachusetts State Police Municipal Academy.last_img read more

Karimnagar Task Force officials told to keep tab on antisocial

first_imgKarimnagar: By keeping a tab on anti-social activities, Task Force police should create fear among the criminals so that they will not indulge in such activities again, advised Police Commissioner VB Kamalasan Reddy.He held a meeting with Task Force police at Police Commissionerate in Karimnagar on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, the Police Commissioner ordered the Task Force personnel to keep a vigil on illegal supply of ration rice, gutka, matka, fake seeds and spurious food items and conduct raids if they notice any such type of illegal activity taking place in the society. Also Read – Police permission must to erect Ganesh pandals in Nizamabad Advertise With Us The Task Force officials must keep an eye on the persons, who are indulging in cricket betting as the World Cup is going on and also on land grabbers and those, who are indulged in land encroachment. Kamalasan Reddy said that Karimnagar Task Force department will be strengthened like that of Hyderabad. By working with commitment, the Task Force police must raise the prestige of the police department. Those, who render best services, will be rewarded, he added. Additional DCP (Law & Order) S Srinivas, ACP Shoban Kumar, Inspector Janardhan Reddy, SI Naresh Kumar were present along with others.last_img read more

Tata Industries removes Cyrus Mistry as director

first_imgTata Group’s ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry has been removed as the director of Tata Industries as the boardroom tussle between Tata Group companies and Mistry refuses to die down.A tweet by ANI quoted a Tata Sons spokesperson saying that Mistry has been removed as director of Tata Industries.According to the website of Tata Industries, the company was set up by Tata Sons in 1945 as a managing agency for the businesses it promoted. However, its mandate was recast, in 1980s, to promote Tata’s entry into new and high-tech businesses after abolition of managing agency system.In a surprise move, Tata Sons board ousted Mistry as Tata Group chairman on October 24 and appointed Ratan Tata as its interim chairman. Since then, ugly fights have ensued between the former chairman and group companies over issues of control in various firms.Meanwhile, six Tata Group companies — Tata Consultancy Services, Indian Hotels, Tata Motors, Tata Chemicals, Tata Power and Tata Steel — have called for an extraordinary general meetings (EGMs) to remove Mistry as director in these companies. The first such EGM will be held by TCS on Tuesday, December 13.last_img read more

Investors urge companies to back safety of RMG workers

first_imgThe investors are part of the Bangladesh Investor Initiative organized by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility to press brands and retailers sourcing in Bangladesh to join the Accord and remediate human rights risks in their supply chains.The statement was endorsed by 147 institutional investors that collectively represent $3.7 trillion in managed assets.Henrike Kulmann of Allianz Global Investors GmbH, said, “We call on all companies sourcing from Bangladesh to become Accord signatories to mitigate these serious human rights and business risks.”The Accord has inspected 1,600 factories, 82 per cent of the identified safety issues have been fixed, the majority of them electrical.“It is critical to ensure that future safety problems are detected before they become life-threatening events. The detailed comprehensive work achieved by the Accord is a positive signal to investors that safety risks are being carefully and sustainably managed,” said Lauren Compere of Boston Common Asset Management.The investors in the statement recommend brands to sign the 2018 Accord during the first quarter of this year.The statement recommends brands, retailers and other stakeholders strengthen the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety and Structural Integrity in Bangladesh’s garment sector to ensure an integrated approach to promoting fire safety. rmgMembers of the Bangladesh Investor Initiative called on companies sourcing from the Bangladesh apparel sector to renew their commitment to protect worker health and safety by endorsing the three-year extension of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety.The investors in a statement issued on Friday said additional time is needed to complete the remediation plans and worker training indicated by audits at the over 1,600 factories covered by the Accord, according to Interfaith Centre for Corporate Responsibility.They are sending letters to the 160 companies that have not yet become signatories to the three-year extension of the Accord, urging them to participate.“To date, only 60 of the 220 signatories of the Accord have signed the new agreement to extend the program until May 2021,” stated David Schilling, senior program director of ICCR.last_img read more

The Race for AI Company Acquisitions Why Its Happening and Its Lessons

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Acquisitions have been a long-standing strategy companies use for a wide range of reasons. Some companies acquire others because of strategic benefits like access to a new market, product or service. Others do it to achieve economies of scale, leverage synergies or diversify their portfolios. Also, an acquisition can be a reaction to specific market changes in order to remain competitive, or a means of protecting existing market share.  Related: Freshdesk’s 6th acquisition is an AI-based Chatbot PlatformEvery industry has experienced acquisition activity — and that includes emerging business segments. More acquisitions tend to appear when the market starts to realize that a particular segment is offering new revenue opportunities. That’s why numerous niches in technology have become the target of increased acquisition activity in recent years.The most recent technology niche in the acquisitions races? Artificial intelligence (AI): More than 250 private companies that use AI algorithms across different verticals have been acquired since 2012, with 37 acquisitions taking place in the first quarter of 2017, according to CB Insights.There are many reasons why the area of AI is ripe for acquisition activity — and why so many candidates are now being eyed for acquisition. Here are some of those reasons:Driving factors for AI growthThere are many reasons why AI is growing and showing up in more industries, niches, and applications. The explosion of big data and interest in it have created a need for technology solutions to control, organize and analyze all this information. Companies are now generating huge amounts of data. And this requires a fast and accurate way to understand the data for more effective business decisions and solutions that address competitive pressure.AI also helps to provide an enhanced customer experience, while offering inexpensive parallel processing power and increased adoption of smart devices.The competitors in the AI raceThe companies behind these AI acquisitions are tech giants that want to reinforce their leadership position in artificial intelligence. At the very least, they are looking to make up for lost ground. Google is the most active acquirer, with 12 acquisitions since 2012. In second place is Apple, with eight acquisitions.Related: 4 Lesser-Known Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Business TodayNext on the list are Intel, Microsoft and Facebook. Intel acquired three startups in 2016 alone, including Itseez, Nervana Systems, and Movidius. Recently, Facebook acquired Masquerade Technologies and  Zurich Eye.  Microsoft has also been busy, acquiring Genee and Maluuba. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has completed six acquisitions since 2014. Other tech brands are also following suit. For example, Amazon bought Graphiq, Harvest.ai, Angel.ai, and Orbeus. BOX acquired Wagon Analytics and Greply while Dropbox purchased Clementine Labs, and Predictive Edge Technologies. IBM recently acquired Expert Personal Shopper, AlchemyAPI, Cognea, and Vivisimo. Finally, even non-tech companies are getting into AI. Ford Motor Company invested $1 billion in Argo AI in 2017. This AI startup was founded by former executives that were on self-driving teams at Google and Uber.AI companies on the acquisition radarNumerous AI companies are on the watch list for being possible acquisition targets by these tech giants and major brands. Here are some of these potential acquisition candidates:Clarifai. Clarifai specializes in image and video recognition. It automatically tags all your images and video so you can quickly organize, manage and search through content. The user can teach the platform to recognize new concepts with only a handful of data examples. It can then create a custom model for unique cases.Google and Nvidia are notable investors. Clarifai’s customers include Buzzfeed and Unilever. It has been approached about a dozen times by prospective acquirers since it launched in late 2013.SparkCognition. SparkCognition has proprietary classification and prediction algorithms that collect large amounts of sensor data and transfer it into actionable insight. It offers support root-cause analysis along with a cognitive layer in the form of its DeepArmor deep machine learning anti-malware software. It can simulate most of what a human security analyst can do, but it does so at machine speed and Big Data scale. This enables it to provide predictive threat intelligence for users.With this type of proprietary technology, this AI company has the potential to create a bidding war among companies that recognize the unique value of this technology.Textio. Textio is an augmented writing platform for creating highly effective job listings. It takes more than 10 million job posts each month and analyzes the hiring outcomes of those jobs. From this analysis, the AI platform can predict how your listing will do and offer recommendations on how to improve it. Its AI solution has proved valuable to clients like Cisco and Johnson & Johnson, as they use it to recruit better talent.Textio has raised $20 million in new funding led by Scale Venture Partners and existing investors, such as Bloomberg Beta, Cowboy Ventures, Emergence Capital and Upside Partnership. This level of funding illustrates the value the company has for others interested in using it for many applications.Findo. Findo emerged with a tool that could provide smart search capability for management. Natural language processing and machine learning give teams a way to find documents without using keywords. The AI-enabled tool can sift through massive amounts of personal and corporate data to find what users describe in their own words. Findo now has other features that extend their value.Yva Task Assistant is an AI-driven “invisible” task assistant that identifies the who, what, when and status for tasks found within emails and message. Once it locates those, it then generates task lists and reports. The AI tool also sends reminders about important tasks as a web app and a mobile app.There is more on the horizon for Findo. In the future, it plans to release Team Performance Supervisor. The objective is to create more efficient HR management by providing a way to identify employee issues before the company loses its best employees. The tool can also help managers see who is being less productive and who is excelling.X.ai. X.ai has a virtual assistant, “Amy,” which helps schedule meetings for users. All you need to do is copy Amy into the email and the technology virtually schedules meetings. Using machine learning and natural language processing, Amy schedules the best time and location for your meeting based on your preferences and schedule. It also provides a way to bring structure to a significant amount of unorganized data.With so many companies looking to add structure to their data, this tool would offer numerous ways to achieve that goal.Zoox. Zoox is a robotics company that has pioneer autonomous mobility-as-a-service. It is developing a fully automated electric vehicle fleet along with the supporting ecosystem necessary to scale it for the market.  Staffed by some past Apple employees, Zoox has received considerable amounts of funding. So far, seven investors have provided $290 million over the course of two rounds of funding.  The autonomous vehicle industry is expanding and becoming more mainstream, putting Zoox in a good position to be acquired for its capabilities.Bloomreach. BloomReach is an open, intelligent Digital Experience Platform (DXP). Operating within the cloud, it analyzes big data to help clients identify relevant content through search engines. Applications include content management, SEO, role-based analytics, site search and page management. BloomReach has proven itself working for companies like Staples, Autodesk, Mailchimp, REI, and Neiman Marcus.The company has raised $97 million in four rounds from six investors. There is more interest already in the wings.Numer.ai. Numer.ai is a hedge fund that is framed by an artificially intelligent system that chooses all the trades. Since Numer.ai abstracts its financial data, data scientists do not know what the data represents. Therefore, human biases and overfitting are overcome. It also encrypts its trading data before sharing it with the data scientists.This strategy prevents fund managers from mimicking the fund’s trades. Yet, the encrypted data is also organized in a way that enables data scientists to build models that can potentially improve trades.With so many opportunities converging on the investment industry, this solution could not have appeared at a better time.Motion.ai. Motion.ai is a chatbot-building platform that relies on natural language processing to bring the bots to life. Companies like SONY, Wix.com, KIA, and T-Mobile are already using this chatbot. The benefits include integration with Messenger, SMS, Slack and email. The company has enterprise solutions. It also provides a team that works with a company’s inner resources to further enhance its features list.Chatbots are one of the hottest growth areas, so this company could potentially provide a larger enterprise with the capability in this area they are seeking.Fuzzy Logix. Fuzzy Logix speeds the process for getting intelligence from large structured datasets. Its DB Lytix product works within existing databases to perform predictive analytics. The process does not require data export. It takes only hours rather than days. The company has been able to improve cross-company forecasting and deliver analytic solutions to multiple divisions of Fortune 500 companies and across industries like finance, retail, health care and manufacturing.With the ability to help so many with a unique solution, Fuzzy Logix is one of the most attractive AI acquisition candidates out there.Prospectify. Prospectify offers intelligence for data-driven revenue teams. It uses machine learning to predict the right emails for outdated contacts on your prospect list. In this way, you can clean up your list and automate the process of lead generation. Prospectify also enables quicker scoring and qualifying, critical context and timely alerts for crucial trigger events.Numerous companies with sales issues are struggling, so this solution would provide an attractive feature to their toolbox and give them a competitive edge.Acquisitions predicted to boomThe rest of 2017 and into 2018 will likely be an exciting time for artificial intelligence, natural language processing and machine learning. New applications, tools and platforms will emerge while others will integrate and assimilate into other organizations to meet those company’s needs.Lessons for entrepreneursAI startups will enjoy many opportunities as businesses and consumers realize the value it delivers. And even for startups not in the AI environment, this boom in acquisitions has three lessons to teach: First, always be aware of what is happening within your industry and those impacted by it. This means paying attention to trends and shifts in preferences so you can be prepared to pivot in order to maintain the value you are adding to your audience and to any companies that might consider acquiring you.Second, a startup must always have an exit strategy  in mind. While it may seem unrealistic to be thinking of the potential end to your connection to a business that you are only ramping up, the reality is that you need to be prepared to move on. Acquisitions are one of the most attractive exit strategies. Depending on the situation, you may be able to get a complete buyout or retain a portion of the company and a leadership position.Third, know what you want should you be approached by a company interested in acquiring your business. Seek advice from legal team and other business advisors who have participated in acquisitions, so they can help shape your response, negotiation and transaction.Related: With Whole Foods Purchase, Amazon Just Bought a Playground for Big DataOverall, the AI industry’s boost in acquisitions illustrates just how important disruptive companies are to existing and established ones. When looking to create your own startup, focus on how you can generate that value by doing something completely different.The AI startups listed here all started by recognizing a significant gap and the demand for what they could offer. Do the same: Take the time to develop that angle, and you’ll be part of your own acquisition race. November 1, 2017 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Trans woman who works as a scavenger has dream wedding in Brazil

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Jorge and Erika got married on the weekend. | Photo: Facebook/Prefeitura de Franco da Rocha Erica, 54, and Jorge, 49, are a beloved, well-known couple in the small city of Franco da Rocha. The couple work as scavengers, carting 400kgs (881lbs) of recyclable garbage in Brazil’s south-east.Local NGO, Instituto Nice and the city’s municipality decided to throw the impovrished couple the lavish wedding. The wedding ceremony marked the opening of the city’s second Pride parade.Getting married had always been Erica’s dream, who up until recently didn’t know she could update her gender markers on her birth certificate without having gender affirming surgery.Instituto Nice’s president, Valéria Rodrigues, said the whole city knows the couple. But Rodrigues only managed to chat to Erica in April this year.‘I asked, “What is your dream?”. She said: “My dream is to marry because I feel that I will not last long and I am afraid my partner will be helpless”,’ Rodrigues told E+. The NGO helped Erica update her gender markers on her official documents. The town registry then gifted the couple their wedding licence with Erica’s real name on it.Erica and Jorge after their wedding. | Photo: Facebook/Marta Alvarenga ProduçõesDream weddingErica and Jorge work hard in the physically demanding scavenging work which earns them a measly 45 reals (US$12) per day. It’s often only enough to cover rent and they sometimes go without food.But their town decided to throw them a lavish wedding, which included a makeover, bridal outfits and a luxury care even chauffeured Erica to her red carpet entrance. Professional photographers and videographers offered their services to capture the couple’s magic wedding.The couple married on Sunday (22 July) with Erica unable to stop crying after being treated like a princess.‘This is giving me life,’ Erica said on the day.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A photo of a gay couple kissing is sparking outrage at a Brazilian tourist spotLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesBREAKING: Hong Kong court finally rules in favor of same-sex couplesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-woman-who-works-as-a-scavenger-has-dream-wedding-in-brazil/center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Thousands of people turned out to watch the wedding of a trans woman and her long time boyfriend in Brazil.last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling J.D. Martinez was perhaps most coveted position player in a market in which there are relatively few teams buying on rental position players— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 18, 2017 “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) March 9, 2017… But the bad news was they lost a bunch of players, including Calais Campbell. He’s having a heck of a season these days. After considering Denver, Calais Campbell is going to sign a 4-year, $60 million deal that includes $30M gtd with Jacksonville, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017 I Dont wanna be here— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017Eric still hasn’t heard the end of his excuse that he was “at the hair salon” when he sent that tweet. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And while things were alright in the Diamondbacks’ world for a while, the situation with the Phoenix Suns hit a breaking point when Eric Bledsoe tweeted that he didn’t “want to be here.” That same day, head coach Earl Watson was fired. Congratulations Diana Taurasi. And she became new scoring leader in over 100 less career games than previous leader. Impressive. https://t.co/55PEyt9jCv— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) June 18, 2017 Congrats @DianaTaurasi. It’s been a pleasure watching you. https://t.co/cSyHqbRPoF— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) June 18, 2017 Battle of the bullpens. pic.twitter.com/HQurVopmUI— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 3, 2017In late August, Shane Doan sent shock waves across the Valley by announcing his retirement. .@KingJames salutes @DianaTaurasi for becoming the @WNBA’s all-time leading scorer in history. #Respect pic.twitter.com/QnVpJj0PkA Top Stories Wow, I’m So Sick .— Demario Richard . (@codeblackrich4) November 26, 2017 Another sack for @Campbell93!He extends his season sack record to 14.5.#WinToday pic.twitter.com/ZMCDLnJR7U— z-#Sacksonville (@Jaguars) December 17, 2017A few weeks later, Devin Booker dropped 70 points on the Boston Celtics in what became one of the more memorable nights in recent Suns history. Yep, DT gets buckets. Any way you want em— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 18, 2017 Talk about a 180. #believeinyourself #SuperBowlChampions pic.twitter.com/Z2YVVLlBfJ— MichaelFloyd (@MichaelMFloyd) February 6, 2017And there began the NFL offseason, one that had some good and bad news for the Cardinals.The good news was that they extended Chandler Jones… the hair salon— Josh-oot-ze-glass🎄Toussaint (@2sainttakes) December 7, 2017Last month, another head coach in the Valley lost his job when, a day after ASU football won the Territorial Cup, head coach Todd Graham was fired. History!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/NIdFeeLkEF— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) March 25, 2017 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 🔥No. 3 in the AP Poll 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ukyj0PJAIC— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) December 18, 2017 Love the J.D. Martinez acquisition for Arizona. Best hitter on the market, joins lineup with Goldschmidt, Lamb, Pollock, Peralta. Fearsome.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 18, 2017But the D-backs moves that really made national headlines weren’t their trades, but rather their dance moves. The Diamondbacks got into a battle of the bullpens during a rain delay at Wrigley Field: Time to get to work, @haason7reddick! You ready?!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 28, 2017And it wasn’t but a couple of months later that the Suns drafted Josh Jackson fourth overall. They signed him to a deal a couple weeks later: The @Dbacks have #CLINCHED. pic.twitter.com/0EyudPwqvp— Arizona Sports (@AZSports) September 24, 2017And 10 days later, they won the Wild Card game: Get well my brother! #BeRedSeeRed https://t.co/nRICfQadZW— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) September 17, 2017But Arizona sports fans got some good news when the D-backs clinched their first trip to the postseason since 2011: Suns sign @j_josh11, the team’s selection with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2017 @NBA Draft. https://t.co/A7ItVfNxIo pic.twitter.com/PA3rj3T0z8— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) July 3, 2017In June, the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi became the WNBA’s all-time career scoring leader, drawing reactions from across Twitter from NBA stars to politicians and more.  20-7 in my 2 years at Arizona state & 12-1 @ Home under Todd Graham 🤷🏾‍♂️— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) November 26, 2017 It wasn’t just about football for Coach Graham. He turned boys to men on and off the field! Built character!— Strizzy (@JaelenStrong) November 26, 2017And on Nov. 29, ASU replaced Graham with Herm Edwards. Welcome Coach Edwards!Press release: https://t.co/cldSp8KOKE pic.twitter.com/l9zvrCZgmC— Arizona State Sun Devils (@TheSunDevils) December 4, 2017And finally, as the year comes to a close, perhaps the biggest sports story in Arizona is that Sun Devil basketball is one of the best teams in the nation. On Dec. 18, ASU was ranked as the No. 3 team in college basketball. Surgery went 👌🏾, on to the road of recovery. This just a minor set back for a major come back! Appreciate the support by everyone🙏🏾 #GoCards pic.twitter.com/Ge3qBZUaDo— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) September 17, 2017 — UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) June 18, 2017On July 18, the D-backs made the splash of the summer by sending three prospects to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez. The deal ended up working out for the D-backs better than anyone could have expected, which is saying something: Even when the trade went down, Arizona got credit for acquiring a heck of a talent. #BookEm #70— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 25, 2017In April, the Cardinals went to the NFL Draft and made their selections, which included first-round pick linebacker Haason Reddick. 1 Comments   Share   It’s almost 2018.A new year will bring another 365 days of storylines, drama, highs and lows for Arizona’s sports teams. But before the calendar turns, it’s time for a look back on the year 2017 as told by social media:The first big sporting event of the year was the Super Bowl, in which the Patriots took down the Falcons and Michael Floyd showed off what a 180 he had made since getting a DUI while he was with the Cardinals. You believed in us when no one else believed.And for that, we’ll be forever grateful.Simply put, thank you for being you, Shane Doan. pic.twitter.com/X1xrE28zDl— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) August 30, 2017But before the Coyotes got geared up for the season and before the D-backs made their way into the playoffs, the Cardinals kicked off their season … with some bad news: Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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