European Commission to investigate whether Insurance Ireland is operating a cartel Insurance Ireland said it is confident its practices are fully compliant with competition law. Tuesday 14 May 2019, 11:28 AM 87 Comments By Michelle Hennessy 36,769 Views Short URL May 14th 2019, 11:28 AM Image: Shutterstock Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has opened a formal investigation into Insurance Ireland’s data pooling system.The investigation will assess whether the association is operating a cartel with the conditions of access to its data pooling system. The Commission will look at whether these conditions restrict competition, which would be a breach of EU rules.“Insurance is essential for all car drivers in Europe,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager today.“We are investigating whether companies wishing to offer their services on the Irish motor insurance market may have been unfairly prevented from accessing a data pool managed by Insurance Ireland for its member companies.“This could potentially reduce Irish drivers’ choice of motor insurance policies at competitive prices.”The launch of this anti-trust investigation follows inspections carried out in July 2017 in the Irish motor insurance market. Antitrust investigations are designed to assess whether agreements of decisions of associations are anti-competitive.‘Effective competition’Insurance Ireland is an association that brings together a number of insurance firms in Ireland. It manages a database called InsuranceLink which contains information provided by member companies about insurance claims.The Commission said the stated purpose of the system is to facilitate the detection of potentially fraudulent behaviour by claimants and to ensure the accuracy of information provided by potential customers to insurance companies and/or their agents.“The Commission does not question that data pooling arrangements can contribute to effective competition. The participation in and access to a data pool by insurance service providers may directly benefit consumers in terms of ensuring more suitable products and competitive prices.”The investigation will assess whether the conditions imposed on companies wishing to access this database may have put these companies at a competitive disadvantage on the Irish motor insurance market in comparison to companies that already have access to it.If proven, the practices may breach EU competition rules which prohibit agreements between companies that prevent, restrict or distort competition within the EU single market.Insurance Ireland has noted the decision to open a formal investigation and said it is important to note that the commission has not reached any conclusions or made any findings. “Insurance Ireland understands that the investigation is focused on the InsuranceLink database, which is a secure database that holds claims information as a tool to assist in fraud detection. InsuranceLink is accessed by Insurance Ireland members and non-members and has been in operation since 1988,” it said in a statement.“Insurance Ireland is cooperating fully with the European Commission in its enquiries and is confident its practices are fully compliant with competition law.” https://jrnl.ie/4633705 Share155 Tweet Email5
GoFundMe Raises Money For Gov’t Workers During ShutdownCrowdfunding Campaign Raises Money For Girls to See ‘Captain Marvel’ A couple who became famous last year for raising more than $400,000 on a GoFundMe campaign for a homeless man after he helped with their car, allegedly conspired with each other to concoct a false story to raise money for themselves, according to a complaint obtained by NBC 10 Philadelphia.Prosecutors believe the couple Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure conspired with the homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, to create the story for a get-rich-quick-scheme on the fundraising platform. All three face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception, according to NBC10’s source.D’Amico and McClure turned themseleves in on Wednesday to Burlington County, New Jersey, authorities, but Bobbit was still at large, the news station said. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s office is expected to make an announcement in the case on Thursday, reported The New York Post, citing multiple reports.The original GoFundMe campaign started by the couple in November 2017 claimed that Bobbitt, a homeless drug addict, spent his last $20 to fill up McClure’s gas tank after her car broke down on I-95 near Philadelphia. The campaign went viral, and raised thousands of dollars just days after the campaign went live. McClure, 28, and D’Amico, 29, ultimately raised more than $400,000.Johnny Bobbitt was reportedly a homeless drug addict in November 2017 when he gave his last $20 to Kate McClure, who was stranded in Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: GoFundMe)But the story began to look suspicious after Bobbit sued the couple in August last year, claiming that they were withholding the funds raised on GoFundMe from him, and using the money as a “personal pigggy bank.”The couple initially denied Bobbitt’s claim and accused Bobbitt of being on drugs and refused to give him the money until he was clean.In September, a lawyer for Bobbitt, Jacqueline Promisli, told The New York Post that the couple spent the money on shopping sprees, including a Louis Vuitton bag, Chanel sunglasses and a new iPhone 10.GoFundMe ultimately gave Bobbitt roughly $75,000, which he used to purchase a camper and SUV — both of which he no longer has, according to reports. The company has said they will provide Bobbitt, who was recently sleeping under a bridge, the full amount he is owed regardless of the civil case’s outcome.Last week, investigators with a search warrant went to the couple’s home in Bordentown, New Jersey, and seized a 2015 BMW, several Louis Vuitton bags and “anything else of value,” the Post reported.The lawyer for the couple had no comment Thursday, according to NBC10.The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office has said it will announce new developments in the case Thursday afternoon.More on Geek.com:How to Help Victims of California WildfiresDrone Fleets Could Aid Forest Searches for Lost HikersAt MIT, Machines Learn Language the Same Way Kids Do Stay on target
BATTLE GROUND — About 25 people are standing next to chairs in the Battle Ground Community Center.They walk through exercises like side stretches and lateral arm raises, while a handful of their peers at nearby tables read, drink coffee and chat. This is the scene on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the community center, when EnhanceFitness classes take place.EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based group exercise program aimed at older adults, and free to those 60 and older. The fitness class utilizes easy-to-learn movements that aren’t too intense with a group atmosphere, which promotes bonding and keeps people committed to coming back.Hourlong sessions begin with a five-minute warmup, followed by 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, a five-minute cool-down, 20 minutes of strength training with soft cuff weights and, finally, 10 minutes of stretching. Dynamic and static balance exercises are peppered throughout.The class is offered by the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington to help the area’s growing aging population.Laurie Porter started teaching the Battle Ground class almost nine years ago and said some of the original members still attend.“It includes all components of fitness. Cardiovascular fitness, strength, balance and flexibility, and it’s a well-designed program,” Porter said after a class. “A lot of people just want to stay in shape. There are a lot of people who want to come in and lose weight. Or they want to regain their strength and balance.”Battle Ground resident Susan Zoller started attending Battle Ground’s EnhanceFitness around October — there are also classes in Vancouver, Camas and Washougal. Zoller tries to make as many classes as she can in between doing consulting work and her grandkids.
Border Patrol: Central American asylum-seekers attempted to cross border illegally 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN YSIDRO (KUSI) — Some of the Central American asylum-seekers traveling with a migrant caravan have attempted to illegally enter the United States near San Ysidro in the last 24 hours, federal authorities said Saturday.The migrants tried Friday and Saturday to climb over the border fence on either side of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, Customs and Border Protection Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott said. Young children — and in one case, a pregnant woman — were detected among people trying to enter the U.S. through “a dark, treacherous canyon that is notorious for human and drug smuggling,”he said.No estimate was given for how many people from the caravan attempted to cross the border illegally this time, but about 350 people planned to try to enter the country at the San Ysidro Port of Entry Sunday, the Washington Post reported Thursday.The caravan has been making national headlines for the past month after catching the attention of President Donald Trump. It first began with about 1,000 people March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border, drawing comments from Trump as evidence of what he and his aides portrayed as a significant threat, the Post reported.Scott said it was “unconscionable” that children were being smuggled into the country in what he referred to as dangerous conditions.In the statement, he warned the remaining caravan members to follow the law.“If anyone has encouraged you to illegally enter the United States, or make any false statements to U.S. government officials, they are giving you bad advice and they are placing you and your family at risk,” he said. “We are a very welcoming country but just like your own house, we expect everyone to enter through our front door and answer questions honestly. On a nationallevel that front door is the Ports of Entry. If you enter the United States at any place other than a Port of Entry it is a crime.” KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:14 PM April 28, 2018 Posted: April 28, 2018
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries” BRIDGEWATER, MA — Beverly Silva (Gaudreau), 89, of Bridgewater died July 17, 2019 in the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Beverly was born in Medford daughter of the late Addie E. (Beard) and Louis N. Gaudreau. She was raised and educated during her younger years in Wilmington, MA. She moved to Bridgewater with her parents where she completed her education and graduated from the Bridgewater Academy. During her life Beverly was devoted to her family enjoying her friends and boating. Beverly loved her animal companions and was an avid supporter of the SPCA. Beverly developed a strong adoration for Angels as time passed and loved Christmas. In recent years she enjoyed time spent with her friends at local senior centers where she was greatly comforted by the love and relationships with which she was blessed.Wife of the late Edmund J. Silva. Mother of Louis Silva and his wife Janice of Raynham and Kevin Silva and his wife Rosemary of Bridgewater.Grandmother of Amy L.Gould of Carver, Adam B. and his wife Danielle of Bridgewater, Jonathan E. of Raynham, Ashley M. and Kyle B. Silva of Bridgewater, Great grandmother of Ryan and Sarah Gould and Braeden and Ella Silva. Beverly is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Visiting hours will begin at 11:00am Friday July 26th in the Prophett-Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St., Bridgewater and conclude with a Funeral Home Service at 12:30pm.Burial will follow in Scotland Cemetery, Bridgewater.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Prophett-Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.
Sagar (MP): Five members of a family, including a boy, were shot dead allegedly by three relatives after a dispute over a strip of land for constructing a road in a town in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district, police said Saturday. A woman member of the family and tw o boys escaped unhurt as they had locked themselves inside a room during the incident on Friday night, an officer said. Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us According to the police, Manoj Ahirwar (45) and Sanjiv Ahirwar (35) were brothers and their families lived in adjacent houses in Bina town, around 150 km northeast of Bhopal, the police said. The dispute started two days ago when their uncle, Manohar Ahirwar, asked for two-foot-wide strip of land belonging to Sanjiv Ahirwar’s family to create an approach road as construction work was going on in his house, Bina police station incharge Anil Maurya said. Also Read – Charge sheet against AAP MLA Gulab Singh Advertise With Us As arguments over the issue escalated, Manohar Ahirwar and his two sons, Praveen and Prashant, allegedly attacked Sanjiv Ahirwar and his family on Friday night, Maurya said. “While Manoj, Sanjiv, his wife Rajkumari (30) and son Yashwant (12) died on the spot, Sanjiv’s paternal aunt Tarabai (55) later died at the Sagar medical college during treatment,” the officer said. Manohar Ahirwar has been arrested and his licensed gun that was apparently used in the crime recovered, but his sons are on the run, the officer said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and a search is on to nab the other two accused, the officer added.
Related Netflix’s order for the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” interactive special comes after the fourth and final season of the show dropped in January. In its announcement, Netflix quoted Tina Fey, co-creator and executive producer, as saying the interactive special “will be a great way to officially complete the series.”Netflix has claimed “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” — a navel-gazer of an interactive movie, about an interactive video game based on a choose-your-own-adventure book — was a huge hit. But as is typically the case with the company, there’s no public data to gauge how popular it actually has been. Netflix last month debuted interactive original “You vs. Wild” starring Bear Grylls. Its first content in the format were kids’ shows and the company recently ordered animated interactive show “Battle Kitty.”Over its four-season run, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” earned 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including for best comedy series, but was shut out from any wins.The show was created and executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Jeff Richmond, Sam Means, David Miner and Meredith Scardino also serve as executive producers. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a production of Universal Television, Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment. Kimmy Schmidt, meet Bandersnatch.Netflix is bringing back “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” for an untitled, one-off interactive special, set to debut in 2020. It’s the first interactive comedy for the streamer.As with Netflix’s “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” movie and other interactive shows, viewers will be able to make choices on behalf of the “Kimmy Schmidt” characters and take them down different story branches — and they’ll get different jokes.Cast returning for the interactive special include Ellie Kemper in the title role, along with Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane.It’s something of a stunt, but there’s no doubt fans of the show will be eager to dive back into the off-kilter world of “Kimmy Schmidt” in a new way. Another goal for Netflix: to drive viewers to rewatch all or part of the existing 51 episodes in the series, or reel in new fans to binge-watch it — thereby extracting more value out of programming that’s already in the bank. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Popular on Variety What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Like every form of art, cooking requires skill and training. Delhiites can now sign up for cooking classes with masters chefs from Le Meridien and learn details about the art of gastronomy. Family Cooking Dates, season 3 aims to teach family members about the history of spices in India, quick tips and kitchen secrets alongside some new dishes. The event will be inaugurated by 2012 Olympics qualifier and ace trap shooter, Shagun Chaowdhary at Le Meridien today. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Interested candidates can register for the session which will run till the month of August every Saturday for about two hours. An individual candidate needs to pay Rs 1000 per class while a couple can register with Rs 1500 per class. One can learn a lot about food here- tidbits about food preservation, the magic behind the mix of spices and some quick fixes during cooking. After the session completes it is expected that one will be able to prepare delightful dishes for their loved ones with the information provided to them by the master chefs. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA special skill development training programme jointly run by Le Meridien and Joining Hands-an NGO, will also be held at the same event. It is an initiative taken for urban underprivileged, women under the age of 25, who had not completed education or are jobless, which the WCD Minister, Maneka Gandhi had inaugurated few months ago. As part of the training programme, about 15 underprivileged women will participate in a special cooking session Shagun Chaowdhary. Their training is not only bound to learning various cuisines and food art but also the mannerisms and procedures to handle the busy kitchen and celebrities who come over for meals at hotel restaurants.When: July 9 onwards Where: Le MeridienTimings: 11 am
World Earth Day is celebrated every year as an annual event all across the world on Apri 22. Schools, in particular, celebrate the day in an attempt to spread awareness among students about environment safety, and demonstrate environmental protection measures. In and across Kolkata, many schools set up activities to make this process of learning as much fun as possible for the students this Earth Day.Cheerful students of Akshar, a renowned school headed by Neena Singh, the Executive Director, celebrated Earth Day in the most versatile and innovative way possible. Each class decided to do their bulletin boards on an international or national environmental activist. The students chose various activists and then put up a performances based on them and their history. They were given a span of one week to prepare. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn April 28, the students showcased it on the stage, highlighting the efforts of the activists who worked hard to make a tangible environmental impact. Some of the activists included were Parvati Barua from India, Steve Irwin from Australia, Winona Laduke and Rachel Carson from the US, among various others. It portrayed a global participation in the conservation of the environment. Although the program lasted for less than an hour, it was a success and highlighted Akshar’s motive and inspiration of being a green hub. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, Navneet Khullar, the Principal of the school said: “It was a great day to impart environmental education, reflect efforts to green the entire school and most importantly engage the whole student community in making a difference.”When asked in what ways can we save our planet, Megha Lahiri, a student of class 7 said, “I mostly avoid using plastic bags and switch off lights and fans whenever I come out of my room because energy conservation is a necessity.” This is an extended program under ‘The young leaders for change project’ where Akshar is collaborating with CEE (Center for Environment Education) and the American Center. Under this project, Akshar has partnered with an Australian NGO “Solar Buddies”. The project undertaken by Akshar is called ‘Illuminating Lives’ and through this project, their students will make and distribute solar lamps to make the environment more sustainable by reaching out to the community at large. It is now imperative to make students understand the importance of conserving planet Earth through various tangible and intangible ways.
Apple Inc will delay the start of production on a larger, 12.9-inch iPad until around September because of delays involving the supply of display panels, according to two media reports.Production on the bigger tablet had been scheduled to begin this quarter, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the company’s plans.Apple suppliers have been told to start production of the larger-screen iPad in the second half of this year as the company explores new designs and features for the enterprise market, the Wall Street Journal reported.Apple is now considering adding USB ports and adopting a faster technology that promises to transfer data up to 10 times faster than current USB ports, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.The company has also been considering adding ports to connect to a keyboard and mouse, the Journal report said.While suppliers are gearing up to ship the new 12-inch MacBook Air in large quantities in the second quarter, Apple’s launch schedule remains unclear, the newspaper said.Reuters could not immediately reach Apple for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.(Reporting by Edwin Chan in San Francisco and Supriya Kurane in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier) 1 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters March 5, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 7 min read Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new technological frontier over which companies and countries are vying for control. According to a recent report from McKinsey, Alphabet invested roughly $30 billion in developing AI technologies. Baidu, which is the Chinese equivalent of Alphabet, invested $20 billion in AI last year.Companies aren’t the only ones investing time, money and energy into advancing AI technology — a recent article in The New Yorker reported that the Chinese government has been pursuing AI technology aggressively in an attempt to control a future cornerstone innovation.Considering that some of the largest entities in the world are focused on advancing AI tech, it is all but certain that 2018 will see significant advancements in the space. The following are ten AI trends to look out for this year.Related: 5 Reasons Machine Learning Is the Future of Marketing1. AI will become a political talking point.While AI may help create jobs, it will also cause some individuals to lose work. For example, Goldman Sachs expects self-driving vehicles will cause 25,000 truckers to lose their jobs each month, as reported by CNBC.Likewise, if large warehouses can operate with just a few dozen people, many of the 1 million pickers and packers currently working in U.S. warehouses could be out of a job.During the 2016 election, President Trump focused on globalization and immigration as causes of American job-loss, but during the 2018 midterm elections, the narrative could be about automation and artificial intelligence, as more working-class Americans struggle to adjust to the new landscape.2. Logistics will become increasingly efficient.We are entering a world in which it will be possible to run a 20,000-square-foot distribution center with a skeleton crew. Companies like Kiva Systems — now Amazon Robotics — use a combination of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics to provide big box retailers with unprecedented logistics solutions.Warehouses of the future will look nothing like they do today — rather than being designed to accommodate human packers, they will be built for highly capable robots that can work 24/7 and don’t require lighting to see what they are doing.Kiva Systems, which was purchased by Amazon for $775 million in 2012, creates learning robots that can efficiently find and transport items in Amazon’s warehouses. The technology is already being used today and is expected to play an increasingly prominent role in the company’s quest for faster, less expensive deliveries.Related: Want to Be More Like Amazon? Start By Making Your Startup More Data-Driven.3. Mainstream auto manufacturers will launch self-driving cars.Tesla was one of the first auto makers to launch a self-driving vehicle. In their effort to keep pace with Tesla, traditional automakers like Audi are poised to release their own self-driving cars in 2018.The Audi A8 will feature self-driving technology capable of safely shuttling humans without driver input. Cadillac and Volvo are also developing advanced self-driving technology, which will become increasingly visible in 2018.4. DARPA will develop advanced robo-warriors in plain sight.The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has pioneered a number of technological breakthroughs that have impacted our daily lives. The organization, which is responsible for developing new technologies to be used by the American military, was instrumental in developing the internet and GPS navigation — they are no stranger to innovation.Today, DARPA is working with Boston Dynamics to develop a series of robots designed for “disaster relief,” though the technology could be used in a combat role as well. The Atlas robot, which received internet fame for performing backflips, is one of the AI-powered technologies in development.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business5. Machine learning will aid knowledge workers.While some are rightfully concerned that AI will put people out of work, AI technology also has the ability to aid employees, especially those in knowledge work.Today, tools like Gong, Chorus and Jog are able to record calls made by sales and customer service representatives. “This technology can coach customer-facing service workers to speak more effectively, thanks to machine-learning algorithms. Expect AI to increasingly support white-collar workers in 2018 and beyond,” explains Carrie Christensen, Operations VP of Mint Solar.6. Content will be created using AI.Brands like USA Today, CBS and Hearst are already using AI technology to generate content. For example, Wibbitz offers a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that allows publishers to turn written content into video content through AI video production.Publishers used to spend hours, if not days, creating content for their websites or for social media. Tools like Wibbitz are now helping publishers create compelling videos in minutes.Similar to Wibbitz, the Associated Press is using a tool called Wordsmith, created by Automated Insights, to apply natural-language generation in order to create news stories based on earnings data. In 2018, readers can expect to see more media companies adopt natural-language and video-generation technologies.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less Lucrative7. Peer-to-peer networks will create transparency.Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence, and companies like Facebook are already using statistical modeling to help machines make informed decisions about what content to show you next. In order for the models to work properly, they require massive amounts of data and significant computing power.With the rise of peer-to-peer networks — like the ones used by cryptocurrencies — even small organizations will have the ability to run advanced AI programs by harnessing the collective power of networked personal computers.Presearch is one company that aims to use peer-to-peer networking and artificial intelligence to bring transparency to the world of search engines. Google controls nearly 80 percent of the search market, yet few people fully understand how Google determines what content is shown to a particular consumer.Presearch plans to use cryptocurrency to incentivize participants to lend them the computing power of their personal computers. In return, the company promises to build a more transparent search engine platform. The startup has already raised $5 million in funding, and it is likely that they — and other organizations — will use AI and peer-to-peer networking to challenge large organizations.8. Consumers will become accustomed to talking with technology.It’s estimated that over 20 million Amazon smart speakers were sold last year, and if you add sales of other smart devices like Google Home and Apple Airpod, you realize that tens of millions of Americans are getting used to interacting with technology through voice commands.In 2018, consumers will become even more comfortable with voice-based interfaces, as smart assistants become integrated into computers, smartphones and even televisions.As someone who finally caved in and purchased an Amazon Echo, I can tell you first-hand that these devices are going to get even more useful as the technology advances.Related: A Humanoid Robot Called Sophia Mocked Elon Musk After Being Asked About the Dangers of AI9. Demand for data scientists will surpass demand for engineers.According to IBM, demand for data scientists will increase to 2.7 million by 2020.Why? Machine-learning AI uses probability to determine what the proper answer or decision is for any given problem. With more data provided to machine-learning platforms, the platforms will become better at making predictions.As companies of all sizes strive to collect and effectively analyze data, there will inevitably be an increased need for talented data scientists capable of handling large data sets to aid AI platforms.10. AI will fight challenging diseases.”We are entering a time where a peer-to-peer network of computers could have the capability of solving some of the world’s most challenging health problems by collecting and analyzing human molecular data,” explains Ben Hortman, CEO of Bet Capital LLC. Now, what if those computers were powered by chips smaller than the head of a pin with secure, built-in AI and cryptocurrency technology? What sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, is now a reality thanks to Nano Vision.The technology was inspired by two tech trends — blockchain and AI. Users are rewarded for participating in the program through a special Nano cryptocurrency, while machine-learning technology seeks to identify and analyze illnesses to enable new drugs, treatments and cures at a fraction of the time and cost. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 18, 2018 Register Now »
Close Astronomers found two new exoplanets that might have the right conditions to harbor life. More importantly, they are located just 12.5 light-years away.An international team led by the University of Göttingen in Germany recently announced the discovery of the Earthlike planets in orbit around Teegarden’s star. In the press release, the astronomers stated that both worlds resemble the inner planets of the solar system.”They are only slightly heavier than Earth and are located in the so-called habitable zone, where water can be present in liquid form,” said Mathia Zechmeister from the Institute for Astrophysics at the University of Göttingen. Zechmeister is the lead author of the study, which is set to be published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. Ads by Amazon AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches ENDS IN Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Search Ads by Amazon All Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийOne Of The Sun’s Neighboring StarsTeegarden’s star, a faint red dwarf lighter and dimmer than the sun, is located in the constellation of Aries. It is the third closest stellar neighbor to the Sun, slightly farther away than the Alpha Centauri system and Barnard’s star.Despite its proximity, the red dwarf was only discovered in 2003.Normally, scientists find exoplanets by looking for temporary dips of light of distant stars, which means that a world is in orbit. However, for Teegarden’s star, the team went with a different approach.Finding Exoplanets Around Teegarden StarThey used the CARMENES instrument located at the Calar Alto Observatory in Spain, which look for changes in the star’s velocity, to study Teegarden’s star. After three years, the team detected the wobbles produced by Teegarden b and Teegarden c.Both planets might have habitable conditions, but Teegarden b has a 60 percent chance of having temperate surface environment. The astronomers estimated that the temperature in the newly discovered world sits somewhere between 0 and 50 degrees Celsius.Meanwhile, Teegarden c, which is closer to the edge of the star’s habitable zone, is probably more similar to Mars. They said that temperature on the surface might be at -47 degrees Celsius.Teegarden b and Teegarden c were added to the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog. Teegarden b scored the highest Earth Similarity Index (which considers factors such as mass, exposure to solar radiation, etc.) ever.Zeichmeister told The Guardian that if both exoplanets have atmospheres, they could be hospitable to life.Teegarden b and Teegarden c are in a unique position to view the planets within the solar system. If intelligent life exists in either world, they can observe Earth orbiting the sun through the transit method.The team added that the newly discovered exoplanets might be parts of a larger system.”Many stars are apparently surrounded by systems with several planets,” stated Stefan Dreizler, a professor at the University of Göttingen and a co-author of the study. “This is a great success for the Carmenes project, which was specifically designed to search for planets around the lightest stars.” TAG Exoplanets, Earth, Teegarden star, Solar system ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Burst water pipes have been reported in Kandahar Avenue and Surat Road this morning (Friday).Residents of Kandahar Avenue have been without water since last night and part of Hillside has been without water since early this morning.The Al-Imdaad Foundation has offered to assist by giving bottled water as a temporary intervention.Residents are welcome to go and take water from the mosque in Poona Road at any time.uThukela was contacted and said the matter will be dealt with shortly.DID YOU KNOW? Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
An improvement in Greece-Turkey relations could also help efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, President Nicos Anastasiades said in an interview with the Greek newspaper Ethnos tis Kyriakis published on Sunday.If re-elected, Anastasiades said he would continue his efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.The forthcoming visit of Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to Greece may prove helpful for improving relations, he said. Erdogan will visit Athens at the end of this month or at the beginning of December.At the same time, good preparation was necessary before a new Conference on Cyprus was convened so that a new deadlock was avoided, said the president. He repeated that the key to was Turkey’s position, especially on issues of security and guarantees.“My hope and expectation is that President Erdogan has among the key objectives of his visit to Athens the improvement of Greek-Turkish relations, the full normalization of which, as repeatedly stressed by the Greek Government, goes through a settlement of the Cyprus problem,” Anastasiades said.There could be a settlement if Turkey changed its approach to the Cyprus issue, in particular on security and guarantees which he cited as the cause of the collapse of the conference in Crans-Montana.“Until the last day of my current term, I am ready and willing to take the boldest decisions in order to put an end to the unacceptable status quo, to resolve the Cyprus problem and to reunite my country. I wish there was a response from Turkey,” Anastasiades said.He dismissed claims, mainly by the Turkish side, that next year’s presidential elections were an obstacle to decisions being taken on the Cyprus problem. This was never the case, he said.“The obstacle is Turkey, which, at the crucial moment, was unprepared to make those moves on security issues, that is, on the issue of the guarantees and the withdrawal of the troops. If I am re-elected, I will certainly continue my efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue,” he said.The solution of the Cyprus problem depended on Turkey’s willingness to take the necessary step on security issues.“It is for this reason that I insist that proper preparation must precede any convening of the Cyprus Conference, so that we will not find ourselves again at the point where we were at Crans-Montana,” he said. “I hope that the upcoming meeting of the Greek Prime Minister with the Turkish President in Athens, in which the Cyprus issue will surely be discussed, will also work as a preparation, which will start a dialogue that I hope will create conditions that will allow a new conference to be convened”. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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