The short trip from analytics to artificial intelligence

first_img continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Decades of popular science fiction have painted artificial intelligence (AI) as futuristic, mysterious and sometimes campy – on track to become reality around the same time bankers begin driving hover cars to work. Yet AI is now reaching buzzword status, and there’s not a hover car in sight.The recent interest in AI could feel like a sudden and disjointed trend – an alluring concept without the technology to support its promises. In reality, AI is the next logical step in a long progression of innovations, in banking and across all other industries.The basic foundation for AI is already in place. And as advancements continue at a rapid pace, new capabilities will alter the way businesses serve their customers – and the way customers expect to be served. In a time of growing complexity, AI may hold the key to helping businesses create an experience that’s better, faster and more affordable.last_img read more

TikTok Parent ByteDance in Talks to Raise $2 Billion Before Possible Hong Kong Listing: Report

first_imgIt could result in Beijing-based ByteDance eventually listing some of its biggest assets, such as Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, in Hong Kong.ByteDance is currently fighting to avoid US attempts to ban TikTok over national security concerns.Listing ByteDance assets could provide a major boost for Hong Kong’s market, which has been weighed down by the US-China trade war, the coronavirus pandemic and last year’s roiling pro-democracy protests.- Advertisement – Beijing is pushing its tech giants to list on Chinese exchanges.Hong Kong and Shanghai were set this week for the dual listing of Ant, the Alibaba-linked digital payments and finance provider, which would have been a world-record IPO.But it was pulled at the last minute amid an escalating dispute between Ant, whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma, and Chinese regulators. – Advertisement – Citing fears of systemic financial risks, Beijing has imposed new restrictions on fast-growing online lending and credit products, like those offered by Ant, in the run-up to the share issue.This was seen as potentially changing the business landscape for Ant, forcing the IPO to be shelved for now.The Trump administration has insisted on the need to ban TikTok, saying it has links to the Chinese government through ByteDance and that user data could be obtained by Beijing. The popular short-video platform has 100 million users in the US.TikTok has repeatedly denied the claim. ByteDance has avoided a ban in the country by setting up TikTok Global, which will run the short-video app’s US operations and be part-owned by Walmart and Oracle.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. ByteDance, the Chinese parent of viral video platform TikTok, is in talks to raise $2 billion (roughly Rs. 14,800 crores) from investors before a possible listing of some of its businesses in Hong Kong, according to a report.The plan could eventually value ByteDance at a massive $180 billion (roughly Rs. 13,31,300 crores), Bloomberg News reported late Thursday, citing people familiar with the talks.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

The World Tourism Organization has published a handbook Tips for Responsible Travelers

first_imgU povodu obilježavanja Međunarodne godine održivog turizma za razvoj, Svjetska turistička organizacija (UNWTO) pripremila je kratki priručnik Savjeti za odgovornog putnika. Priručnik je napravljen na osnovi Globalnog etičkog kodeksa za turizam Svjetske turističke organizacije koji je osnovni okvir za odgovorni i održivi turizam, a sastoji se od niza načela kojima je cilj da budu vodič glavnim sudionicima u razvoju turizma.Priručnik Savjeti za odgovornog putnika pronađite u prilogu : Savjeti za odgovornog putnikaAko strateški ne razvijamo turističke destinacije, možemo samo kratkoročno profitirati, a dugoročno uništiti destinaciju. Danas “jedna” kuna manje, sutra “pet” kuna više. Pogledajte video o odličnom dokumentarcu o utjecaju masivnog turizma, backpackera tj. trčanjem samo za novcem ne razmišljajući što i kako sutra- Grigo trails.Nisu krivi turisti što goli hodaju po Hvaru niti što su cijelu noć pijani i bučni u Novalji, krivi smo mi jer smo im to dopustili. Zašto to ne rade u Londonu? Zato jer ne smiju i postoje pravila ponašanja.last_img read more

Is it grim up north?

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Reported murders, suicides of trans people soar in Brazil

first_imgTopics : The number of transgender people killed in Brazil this year has risen by 70% over last year, according to research underscoring the South American country’s rank as the world’s deadliest place for trans people.The 129 trans people murdered since January already exceeds the total killings in 2019, according to a report by the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (ANTRA), a local activist organization.The number of trans people – 16 – who died by suicide in the first six months of 2020 is a third higher than last year as well, ANTRA said. “The outlook is bleak,” said Bruna Benevides, a trans activist and author of ANTRA’s report, via messaging service WhatsApp.”The death of trans people … starts long before the trigger is pulled. It’s in the insults, the evictions from home, the lack of job opportunities, it’s at school where gender is never discussed,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Brazil has made a number of strides in transgender rights in recent years, such as a Supreme Court ruling last year that transphobia and homophobia are criminal offences.A 2018 ruling by the highest court allowed trans people to change their names and gender on official documents without undergoing surgery.center_img Despite the legal recognition, gay and trans Brazilians face prejudice and widespread violence in the socially conservative country where powerful Evangelical churches are highly critical of LGBT+ rights.The nation of some 200 million people regularly ranks as the deadliest country worldwide for trans people, according to the Trans Murder Monitoring research project.Activists say social prejudice has grown under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro who regularly speaks out against “gender ideology,” a conservative term used to condemn progressive ideas on sex and gender.”People feel legitimized expressing the hate that has been encouraged in every speech, in every lack of action, in every manipulation of public opinion against the boogeyman of gender ideology,” Benevides said.The coronavirus pandemic has made matters worse, activists say, with trans people locked out of jobs or trapped in unsupportive or abusive home lives during lockdown measures.A pandemic hot spot, Brazil has registered 4.15 million cases of the coronavirus and the official death toll has soared past 126,000 people, according to Health Ministry data.A survey published in June found a quarter of unemployed gay and trans Brazilians had lost their jobs during the pandemic, and that joblessness among LGBT+ Brazilians was almost double the nation’s overall rate.”This whole scenario creates a process of sickness caused by the lack of public policies to prevent suicide and transphobic violence,” Benevides said.The report from ANTRA, published late on Monday, was based on reports of killings in local media, on social networks and from partner groups.However, the authors said the true number of murders could be much higher than what has been reported.last_img read more

Arsenal identify Gremio centre-back Walter Kannemann as potential summer recruit

first_imgArsenal have also been linked with a move for Nicolas Tagliafico (Getty Images)Gremio’s domestic rivals Flamengo, as well as Argentine sides Boca Juniors and Independiente, are also believed to be monitoring Kannemann, as are Atletico Madrid whose manager Diego Simeone worked with him previously at San Lorenzo.Kannemann isn’t the only Argentine international on Arsenal’s radar with Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico also reportedly a summer target. Ajax are said to be holding out for a fee of around £17m for the 26-year-old.Arsenal have been in good form of late, climbing into fourth in the Premier League table and reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League where they will face Napoli.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Arsenal are interested in Argentina international Walter Kannemann (Getty Images)Arsenal have identified Gremio and Argentina defender Walter Kannemann as a possible signing this summer with Unai Emery keen to upgrade his centre back options.The 28-year-old has caught the eye in South American football over the past couple of years after helping Brazilian side Gremio win the prestigious Copa Libertadores in 2017.Kannemann, who has also played for San Lorenzo in his homeland as well as Atlas in Mexico, made his international debut for Argentina in September and came on as a substitute during their 3-1 home defeat to Venezuela on Friday for his third cap.According to the Daily Mail, Kannemann has a £17m buyout clause in his contract and Arsenal are weighing up whether or not to make a move with Emery considering a defensive reshuffle ahead of the new season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal have conceded 39 goals in the Premier League this term, over double that of league leaders Liverpool who have let in just 18.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal signed Sokratis Papastathopolous from Dortmund last summer and while the Greek international has been a success, Shkodran Mustafi has endured another error-strewn campaign while captain Laurent Koscielny will turn 34 in September. Arsenal identify Gremio centre-back Walter Kannemann as potential summer recruit Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Mar 2019 6:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link88Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Studies on German pensions ignore unfunded liabilities, says Mercer

first_imgThe consultant noted that unfunded pension obligations still accounted for half of all liabilities in the German occupational pension system and said the issue should be included in any future reform proposal.It said it was “unconvinced” the German government had “the strength” to act on the proposals contained within the two studies this year, and that the issue of pensions could play a significant role in next year’s federal election campaign in the run-up to the general elections in the autumn of 2017.“In the end, there might be a postponement into the next legislative period and a more comprehensive reform of the pension system including all three pillars,” it said. Regarding the outcome of the studies, Mercer said many of the proposals were “to be welcomed”, including a mandatory employer contribution to defined benefit plans.The consultancy also thinks a “pure” defined contribution (DC) plan could bolster occupational pensions, as “past evidence suggests guarantees have cut in on returns”.However, it emphasised that any shift to pure DC would require greater public education, as would the auto-enrolment proposal, which Mercer welcomed as a “means to increase participation in company pension plans”. Fidelity also supported the introduction of a mandatory element in the German system. Drawing on its experience with auto-enrolment in the UK, it estimated occupational pensions could cover 80-90% of the workforce within two years after its introduction. Mercer has criticised two recent studies commissioned by the German government, with the first concerning industry-wide pension funds and the second second-pillar tax incentives. The consultancy cited the failure to note reforms involving the valuation of unfunded pension promises on German companies’ books as one of the studies’ major faults.It said the studies neglect to address the “discrimination against unfunded pension liabilities”, or Direktzusage, for which a 6% valuation rate on the balance sheet must be applied.Uwe Buchem, retirement market business leader at Mercer for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said: “In light of continuously falling discount rates applied under HGB and IFRS, this is unacceptable.”last_img read more

Gold Coast homeowners to watch properties blossom on the market this spring

first_imgThe seven-bedroom property at 4 Duringan St, Currumbin, is set to blossom on the market this spring. Krystle and Mark Holmes with their five children (left to right) Kyan, 13, Ava, 11, Fletcher, 11, Archie, 3, and Hunter, 13. Picture: Mike BatterhamKrystle and Mark Holmes are among those who have waited until spring to list their Currumbin home. Mr Holmes is the founder and managing director of Nu-Pure, a bottled water manufacturing business which produces about 120 million bottles each year of spring water. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The weather here in Currumbin is glorious in winter come spring,” Ms Holmes said. “Spring always brings smiles, happiness and the sun and people go towards the beach. “All those things were thought through when putting our house on the market.” Their award-winning hilltop house at 4 Duringan St has a curved copper clad facade and panoramic views of Currumbin Creek, the ocean and rainforest. The award-winning house was designed by renowned Gold Coast architect Paul Uhlmann. Picturesque views are a highlight of the property.Ms Holmes said the house was beautiful year-round but said the sunsets were a little more spectacular as the weather warmed. “Currumbin no matter what season, it’s a beautiful area to live in,” she said. “Our outdoor living area, we call it the top deck, at any time of the day you can go out and enjoy it and read a book.“Or you can have 40 people there and entertain the night away with the sun going down.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50center_img The Holmes family waited until spring to list their Currumbin Home. Picture: Mike BatterhamSAVVY homeowners who have waited through the winter months preparing their property for sale are now ready to watch it blossom on the market this spring. With the warmer weather comes more property listings and an influx of buyers creating the busiest time for the Gold Coast market. Those sellers who have sat idle are now ready to put the sold sticker up as buyers flurry to secure the keys before Christmas. MORE NEWS: Shoebox apartments get the boot as prices soar MORE NEWS: Where you can find the best central buys Offers for the property close September 11.The family are selling to move closer to their children’s school. The seven-bedroom house is on the market through Kollosche’s Michael Kollosche and Eoghan Murphy with an expressions-of-interest campaign closing September 11.last_img read more

Time called on Flemenstar season

first_img The brilliant chaser, who joined the Tony Martin stable in the autumn having previously been with Peter Casey, made a winning reappearance in the Fortria Chase at Navan in early November. However, he was a late withdrawal from the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase after suffering a knock to a leg and is still receiving treatment for the problem. Press Association Flemenstar will not run again this season because of a tendon injury but connections expect him to return to action next term.center_img “We won’t rush him and we’re going to give him time. We’re just looking after him,” said owner Stephen Curran. “We’re treating him at the moment, he’s looking well and he’s doing well. We’re looking forward to the end of the year with him. “We’ll get him back OK, there’s no doubt about that, but we’ve got to mind him, and we will.” last_img read more

Francesco Guidolin set for Swansea watching brief against Watford

first_img Although the deal is yet to be officially confirmed, club chiefs decided to act after just one win in six games under Curtis saw the club slide back into the relegation zone on Saturday. Swansea will become the 14th different club in Guidolin’s managerial career, which peaked during a recent spell at Udinese, whom he twice led into the Champions League. He started out in charge of minor club Giorgione, and has also had spells at Atalanta, Bologna, Genoa and Palermo. Guidolin’s only experience of managing outside Italy came in 2005, when he had a short spell in charge of Monaco. Since leaving Udinese last year, Guidolin worked as a technical adviser to the Pozzo family, which has a controlling stake in Udinese, Granada and Watford. Earlier, Curtis had appeared to intimate that his short spell in sole charge of the club could be drawing to a close. Curtis said: “I’d expect to be here until the end of the season, but if results go against us and the club deem it that they need to bring someone in at short notice, then so be it.” Press Association Sport understands the 60-year-old Italian will be named as the club’s new head coach working alongside Alan Curtis, who was only confirmed in the role 10 days ago. Guidolin – who will sign an initial short-term contract – will watch from the stands before taking charge for the first time in next Sunday’s top-flight trip to Everton. Press Associationcenter_img Francesco Guidolin is set to get his first glimpse of Swansea’s Barclays Premier League survival prospects when he watches them play Watford tonight.last_img read more