Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Education Said Amzazi spoke about his strategy to reform Morocco’s education system and vocational training.Amzazi recognized the deficiencies in the job market, emphasizing that more than 600 engineers leave the country to look for better opportunities abroad every year.Amzazi, however, argued that brain drain is an “international phenomenon.” He added that it is the result of graduate students desire to look for more “favorable working conditions.” Read Also:Amzazi Proposes a Full Menu of Programs to Support EducationThe official said that educated people also leave because of technological transformations and the appeal of international laboratories. He acknowledged that Morocco does not provide incentives to attract educated Moroccans across the world.He noted that if Moroccan researchers return to Morocco from Europe, they start at the lowest administrative rank, an unacceptable demotion for university researchers.Amzazi emphasized the importance of creating new positions to ensure that returning Moroccans maintain their higher levels in Moroccan universities and institutes if they decide to return.Distrust and unemployment cause emigrationIn an October 2018 speech, King Mohammed VI urged the government to create more job opportunities for Moroccan youth.Regarding brain drain, the King said, “There are tempting incentives which induce some students to remain abroad after completing their studies.”A recent Gallup report showed that Morocco would lose 19 percent of its adult population and 29 percent of its 15 to 19-year-olds if migration were free.Read Also: How to Turn the Moroccan Brain Drain into a Brain GainAnother survey from Moroccan marketing agency Sunergia showed that the most common reasons that Moroccans give for emigrating are “lack of trust in the Moroccan government” and “the high unemployment rate.”A 2018 report from ReKrute showed that 91 percent of Moroccan professionals aged 35 and below are tempted to move abroad in search of better work conditions and quality of life, which includes health care and comfort.Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) said in November 2018 that theunemployment rate fell slightly from 10.6 percent to 10 percent between the third quarters of 2017 and 2018.Will vocational training solve the problem?The government now is attempting to increase employment by introducing vocational training programs under the instructions of King Mohammed VI.The monarch also ordered the government to create a committee to give specific solutions to curb youth unemployment.The minister said that his department continues to implement a strategic vision for education in training.Read Also: Official: 63% of Students with Vocational Training Find Jobs Easily“The next phase will be characterized by the implementation of major structural reform and the strengthening of human resources engagement.”After his appointment as minister of education, Amzazi announced a reform proposal for Moroccan education and vocational training centers.Amzazi also seeks to reduce the rate of school dropouts from 6 percent in rural primary schools to 1 percent by 2024-2025.The minister also promised a decrease in the rate of dropouts in secondary schools from 12 to 3 percent, in both rural and urban areas, by the 2024-2025 school year.
28 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in the Philippines, the first stop on a four-nation Asia tour that will also take the United Nations chief to India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Upon their arrival in Manila, Mr. and Mrs. Ban were greeted by a guard of honour and a military band, and welcomed by Foreign Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, other senior Government officials and heads of UN offices based in the Philippines. Mr. Ban will address the opening session of the second Global Forum on Migration and Development tomorrow. He will also meet with President Gloria Arroyo and other senior officials, and receive the Order of Sikatuna, the highest honour given to a non-Philippine national that is usually reserved for current or former heads of States or governments. While in the South-East Asian nation, he will also receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the Philippines.Mr. Ban is the first Secretary-General to visit the Philippines in nearly three decades. Kurt Waldheim visited in 1979 when he was the head of the world body.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market rode through a calm session on Monday that ended relatively flat, with commodities mixed and concerns about the European economy grabbing most of the attention.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,757.88 -8.48 -0.07%S&P 500 — 1,385.30 -0.67 -0.05%Dow — 13,073.01 -2.65 -0.02%Nasdaq — 2,945.84 -12.25 -0.41%The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 8.48 points to 11,757.88 in low-volume trading of about 124 million shares. The TSX Venture Exchange fell 6.28 points to 1,184.36.The Canadian dollar rose 0.26 of a cent to 99.82 US cents.Traders turned their attention to data from overseas as the European Commission released a report showing that economic sentiment dipped, with pessimism growing in both the industrial and service sectors. There were sharp declines in Germany, France and Spain.The report came out the same day that Spain’s National Statistics Institute said its economy contracted for the third straight quarter.In commodities, the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ended down 35 cents to US$89.78 a barrel.September copper moved down one cent to US$3.42 a pound.The TSX gold sector was the biggest gainer, up 0.7%, as the August gold contract rose $1.70 to close at US$1,619.70 an ounce.Anticipated efforts from Europe to calm the region’s debt crisis remain in focus as U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner meets with economic policy makers in Europe.“There’s little question that the wind behind the markets right now is on improved optimism around the potential for the EBC to do more, to put in initial policy stimulus,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“We saw that rally start late last week and it’s continuing into this week. For the first part of this week I suspect the markets will really react to any shifts in views of what will come out of the ECB’s comments this week.”On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials fell 2.65 points to 13,073.71. The Nasdaq composite index was down 12.25 points to 2,945.84 and the S&P 500 index slid 0.67 of a point to 1,385.30.The U.S. indexes had been creeping higher early Monday, then reversed course soon after a regional manufacturing report came in much weaker than expected. A survey of manufacturing by the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve showed a steep drop in July.In Canada, the banking sector is in the spotlight after Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its outlook on seven Canadian banks on Friday to negative from stable.The move, which left the banks’ ratings intact but suggested they may be under some pressure in future, was made over concerns about unsustainably high home prices and consumer debt levels.The New York debt-rating firm revised its outlook downward on Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, National Bank of Canada, Laurentian Bank of Canada, Home Capital Group Inc. and Central 1 Credit Union.However, S&P maintained stable outlooks on five other Canadian banks including Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Bank of Montreal.The TSX financials were down 0.13% with Bank of Montreal down 94 cents to $57.76 and Royal Bank ahead four cents to $51.75.In corporate news, TransCanada and ExxonMobil say they are conducting a public process to determine the level of customer interest in a potential new pipeline _ the Alaska Pipeline Project. Shares of TransCanada rose 84 cents to $45.69.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Best Buy founder recruits executive team for buyoutWisconsin pipeline leak fresh blow for Enbridge’s battered brandHSBC’s ‘shameful and embarrassing’ scandal to cost over $2-billionShale writedowns begin as lower prices follow record M&AON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSU.S. Federal Reserve begins two-day monetary policy meeting CANADA8:30 a.m.Real GDP (May): Economists expect 0.2% rise from the month before, 2.6% year over year Industrial product price index (June): Economists expect decline of 0.1% Raw materials price index (June): Economists expect decline of 3% UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment cost index (Q2): Economists expect 0.5% rise Personal income & consumption (June): Economists expect a 0.4% rise in income and 0.1% rise in spending 9 a.m.S&P Case-Shiller home price (May): Economists expect 0.4% rise from month before, 1.45% decline year over year 9:45 a.m.Chicago purchasing managers’ index (July): Economists expect a reading of 52.4 10 a.m.Conference Board consumer confidence index: Economists expect reading of 61.5 CORPORATE NEWSCANADAThomson Reuters Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 51¢ a share TransAlta Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 21¢ Fortis Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 34¢ George Weston Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.01 Saputo Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 66¢ UNITED STATESGoodyear Tire & Rubber Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 45¢ Pfizer Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 54¢ United States Steel Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 47¢ Tyco INTL Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 93¢ Pioneer Natural Resources Co Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.15 Electronic Arts Q1 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 42¢ Marathon Petroleum Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $2.50 The Allstate Corp. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 84¢
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,451.78, up 171.15 points):Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 30 cents, or 2.73 per cent, at $11.29 on 5,295,810 shares.Ithaca Energy Inc. (TSX:IAE). Oil and gas. Up 49 cents, or 21.68 per cent, at $2.75 on 4,595,491 shares.IAMGOLD Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.1 per cent, at $9.95 on 4,379,550 shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 1.71 per cent, at $11.31 on 4,292,309 shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 0.2 per cent, at $10.70 on 3,960,411 shares.Neo Material Technologies Inc. (TSX:NEM). Rare earth. Up 13 cents, or 1.28 per cent, at $10.32 on 3,911,316 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,246.75, up 18.87 points):J.A.G. Ltd. (TSXV:JML). Miner. Unchanged at eight cents on 4,632,000 shares.Groundstar Resources Ltd. (TSXV:GSA). Oil and gas. Unchanged at two cents on 4,512,500 shares.Companies reporting major news:Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Convenience chain. Down $2.37, or 5.72 per cent, at $39.04 on 1,413,306 shares. Canada’s largest operator of convenience stores says it is disappointed by shareholder response to a takeover proposal under which it plans to expand into northern Europe. The company said minority shareholders of Statoil Fuel & Retail have been slow to tender their stock to its friendly takeover offer.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Up 10 cents, or 0.27 per cent, at $36.49 on 1,109,604 shares. SNC has received the green light to proceed with a Panama mining contract worth about US$355 million in fees. The overall cost of the Cobre Panama copper project will be about US$6.2 billion, including US$3.2 billion of infrastructure to be overseen by the SNC joint venture group. by The Canadian Press Posted May 22, 2012 5:26 pm MDT
Southcott says people seem to like the shop’s special creations.“From what I’m told we’re doing something in Calgary that’s not being done right now, so even our regular items which are our award winning artisan bonbons, they attract a lot of attention so the eggs are just another evolution we decided on, you know we stick to seasonal themes.”Southcott adds, the shop has been preparing since Valentine’s Day and had a tough time keeping up with the high demand of the eggs which are now completely sold out.The Chocolate Lab has been open for about a year and is located in Chinatown’s Heritage Block at 202D at Centre St. S.E. Calgary’s Chocolate Lab celebrates big business during Easter season The Chocolate Lab in Calgary has had a very successful first Easter. Chocolatier and co-owner Dallas Southcott says its designer Easter eggs got a lot of attention.“Each of these eggs are one of a kind, everyone is different and my staff and I are creating a really visual fantasy for Easter and each of these eggs are filled with truffles and caramels and they’re kind of a little bit of a surprise egg where you can crack open and get stuff inside,” he said. by kendrafowler Posted Apr 15, 2017 3:27 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 15, 2017 at 3:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Instagram: @the_chocolatelab
‘Vanessa & my children are safe’: Trump Jr’s wife unhurt after opening letter containing white powder The New York Fire Department said it treated three patients who were then taken to a hospital for evaluation. Source: Vanessa Trump/Twitter Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 9:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,832 Views 73 Comments Feb 13th 2018, 9:30 AM File photo of Vanessa Trump. Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning. Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 12, 2018 By Associated Press https://jrnl.ie/3849245 Source: Donald Trump Jr./Twitter File photo of Vanessa Trump. Image: Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP, File Share66 Tweet Email1 The Trump family has had to deal with a number of similar scares.In March 2016, police detectives and FBI agents investigated a threatening letter sent to the Manhattan apartment of Donald Trump Jr’s brother, Eric, that also contained a white powder that turned out to be harmless.Envelopes containing white powder were also sent to Trump Tower, which served as Trump’s campaign headquarters, twice in 2016.Hoax attacks using white powder play on fears that date to 2001, when letters containing deadly anthrax were mailed to news organisations and the offices of two U.S. senators. Those letters killed five people.Read: Donald Trump Jr’s wife hospitalised after opening letter containing white powderRead: ‘Stunningly brazen’: Trump criticised for refusing to release Democrat memo on Russia probe Image: Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP, File DONALD TRUMP JR’S wife was taken to a New York City hospital last night as a precaution after she opened an envelope addressed to her husband that contained an unidentified white powder, though police later said the substance wasn’t dangerous, authorities said.The frightening episode happened after 10 am when Trump, 40, opened the letter addressed to the president’s son at her mother’s midtown Manhattan apartment, investigators said.She called 911 and said she was coughing and felt nauseous, police said.“Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.“Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.” Short URL The New York Fire Department said it treated three patients who were then taken to a hospital for evaluation.Police said the envelope contained a letter but provided no other details.Detectives from the New York Police Department’s intelligence division and Secret Service agents were investigating.Secret Service Special Agent Jeffrey Adams said in a statement that agents were investigating “a suspicious package addressed to one of our protectees” in New York but said he couldn’t comment further.Vanessa Trump, a former model, and Donald Trump Jr have five children, none of whom were home at the time of the incident.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday that the president spoke by phone to Vanessa Trump about the incident.Thankful tweetLater, the Republican president’s daughter-in-law posted a tweet thanking New York’s police and fire departments, the FBI and the Secret Service for their help.“I appreciate all the quick response to make sure that I was safe! Thank you,” she wrote. Thank you so much for all the help today in NYC! I appreciate all the quick response to make sure that I was safe ! Thank you @FDNY @SecretService @NYPDnews @NYPDCT @NewYorkFBI— Vanessa Trump (@MrsVanessaTrump) February 13, 2018
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After 11 weeks of strike action that has crippled the higher education sector and left thousands of students in limbo, the government and university authorities appeared to be edging toward a compromise over a dispute regarding the number of administrative staff being put in a mobility scheme of forced transfers and layoffs.A series of meetings between Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos and university rectors resulted on Monday in an agreement between the two sides that will see significantly fewer employees entering the scheme, Kathimerini understands.The ministry agreed to scale back its original demand for 1,349 employees for the scheme to 1,160. Of the 1,160 employees, a total of 650 will be relocated to posts at other universities. Meanwhile an additional 290 workers, who were found not to have submitted their official papers to authorities conducting an evaluation of university staff, are to be added to the 1,160 in the mobility scheme pool.Despite the clear progress in bridging the gulf between the two sides, the deadlock had not been entirely overcome late on Monday.The senate of Athens University welcomed the ministry’s concessions, describing them as “positive” and “a significant and responsible step toward reopening universities.” But the senate of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) retained a hardline stance, calling for the abolition of the mobility plan and the launch of dialogue between the two sides.It was unclear what impact Monday’s developments would have on administrative workers who are on Tuesday to continue a 48-hour strike launched the day before.It was also unclear what the troika would make of the ministry’s concessions to university staff.As for the prospects of thousands of students who have been unable to attend lessons due to the protracted action by workers, Arvanitopoulos said he would “take all the necessary measures” to make sure that the first semester is not lost.Source: Kathimerini
Le robot SeaExplorer a disparu en merDepuis le 6 juillet dernier, le robot sous-marin baptisé SeaExplorer et lancé en mer Méditerranée ne donne plus signe de vie. L’engin conçu par la société ACSA devait récolter des données pour mieux comprendre l’impact des changements environnementaux sur les océans.A peine commencée, la mission a déjà tourné court pour SeaExplorer. C’est ce qu’a annoncé la semaine dernière Hervé Claustre, le directeur de recherche à l’Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-mer. En effet, il semblerait que le robot sous-marin déployé le 6 juillet dernier dans la baie de cette ville en mer Méditerranée ait d’ores et déjà disparu. D’après les informations communiquées, le robot était normalement censé refaire surface toutes les deux heures. Mais le lendemain de son lancement, il n’a plus pointer le bout de son nez, ne donnant plus aucun signe de vie. “On a perdu sa trace vendredi”, a confirmé à l’AFP le directeur pour qui tout est envisageable. Selon lui, le drone a très bien pu percuter un ferry, s’emmêler dans des filets de pêche ou tout simplement être victime d’une défaillance technique, qui aurait alors provoqué un problème de communication. Aidé par les chercheurs du CNRS qui expérimentaient le robot, le concepteur du SeaExplorer, ACSA a mis en place une cellule de crise, tandis que la préfecture maritime a été alertée de la disparition. Mais depuis 10 jours, les recherches restent infructueuses. Néanmoins, malgré l’inquiétude, les équipes d’ACSA demeurent optimistes. “Le planeur devrait réapparaître en surface à la fin de sa mission”, estime ainsi Patrice Pla, l’un des responsables de la société cité par Sciences et avenir. Au vue de la mission initiale et de l’autonomie de l’engin, ceci le ferait donc remonter vers la mi-août. Une hypothèse probable dans la mesure où SeaExplorer n’a pas véritablement besoin de remonter à la surface, cela lui permet juste de communiquer avec ceux qui le surveillent. Un robot qui remontera tout seul une fois la mission finie ? À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?De plus, le robot ne peut normalement pas descendre sous la barre des 700 mètres de profondeur grâce à un dispositif électronique qui l’en empêche. “Le planeur est équipé d’un lest qu’il peut relâcher pour remonter quand son système de navigation détecte une position trop basse”, détaille encore Patrice Pla. Ceci devrait donc lui permettre de finir par remonter à la surface, à supposer qu’il ne soit pas bloqué quelque part… Développé dans le cadre d’un partenariat entre organismes scientifiques et industriels français de la région PACA, SeaExplorer était censé récolter des données en mer et effectuer diverses mesures comme la température, la salinité, la concentration en produits chimiques ou encore celle en phytoplancton. Pour cela, l’engin de deux mètres de long pour 70 kg, avec un coût avoisinant 100.000 euros, devait faire des allers-retours jusqu’à 50 km des côtes et donc régulièrement remonter en surface.Grâce à son antenne, il pouvait alors envoyer les informations recueillies et utilisées par les scientifiques pour mieux comprendre le fonctionnement des océans et étudier l’impact des changements environnementaux sur ce milieu.Le 17 juillet 2012 à 13:29 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 5, 2018 – Providenciales – The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) would like to remind the public that fishing within a National Park is illegal. Persons caught doing so will face the full extent of the law. This is in accordance with the National Parks Ordinance, Ordinance 11 of 1975, as amended.According to Regulation 3, subsections (1), (2), (3) and (4) the following activities are prohibited within all National Parks, Nature Reserves, Sanctuaries or Areas of Historical Interest:The taking of any animal or plant by any method on land or at sea, except to the extent permitted in any fishing zone;The destruction of, or damage or injury to, any animal or plant; Any persons caught contravening these regulations are committing an offense and is liable, on summary of conviction, to a fine of up to $50,000.00 or a term of imprisonment of 12 months, or both.The DECR would like to encourage the public to be familiarize themselves with the National Parks / Nature Reserve / Sanctuary / Historical Area boundaries. This information is available in the National Parks Ordinance, which can be found on the DECR’s webpage: http://www.gov.tc/dema . Should you notice illegal activity within the boundaries of these Protected Areas, please contact the Department firstname.lastname@example.org, or 338-4164.Release: TCIG Related Items:
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Contamination of drinking water supplies serving military bases and their host communities by a class of chemicals associated with the past use of firefighting foam likely is more widespread — affecting more drinking water systems and people — than previously believed, according to a new analysis by ProPublica. DOD relied on a testing method which could detect PFOS and PFOA — along with 12 other PFAS chemicals — but was not capable of detecting the presence of dozens of other PFAS compounds, the independent, nonprofit news organization found. And because Congress only requested data for contamination by PFOS and PFOA, the department only reported the results for those two chemicals and not the other 12 compounds its testing identified. “If you were going to spend $200 million testing DOD sites across the country, wouldn’t you want to test for all of the chemicals you know you used?” asked Jane Williams, executive director of California Communities Against Toxics.After retesting water samples at several defense sites using the most advanced testing available, an environmental researcher at Oregon State University who receives DOD funding found that many lesser known PFAS compounds were nearly uniformly present. At one site, for example, where PFOS was detected at 78,000 parts per trillion, an obscure PFAS compound was present at nearly three times that concentration, according to Jennifer Field, a professor of environmental and molecular toxicology. “You’re starting to get this idea that more complex chemistry was used at these sites than was picked up in the tests, and that’s kind of the punchline,” she said.In its March 2018 report to Congress, the Pentagon said drinking water systems at 36 installations recorded elevated levels of PFOS and PFOA, while 90 installations showed elevated levels of the contaminants following groundwater testing at on- and off-base locations. A DOD spokeswoman told ProPublica its testing methods were the best available and said it is difficult to fully assess risks from PFAS because the Environmental Protection Agency has not regulated that class of chemicals. The department’s research group has a program under way aimed at enhancing the test methods and detecting more PFAS compounds, she added, but indicated no alternatives were ready for use.Air Force photo by Grace Nichols
Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioKSM Mine Wins Environmental Approval From British Columbia GovernmentEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauA controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan just won environmental approval from the British Columbia government.SEARHC to Receive $53 Million Settlement from Federal GovernmentLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will receive a $53 million settlement from Indian Health Service for about fifteen years of unpaid contract costs.Now SEARHC president and CEO Charles Clement hopes the federal agency will continue to pay its bills.Food Bank Seeks Donations After Spike in Users The Associated PressThe Food Bank of Alaska is asking for donations after seeing a spike in users.In Tok, Some Grumbling Over Electricity Rate Hikes vs. Energy SustainabilityTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska Power Company customers in Tok and elsewhere in the Interior are unhappy that their electricity bills went up earlier this year. Some are frustrated that they’re being charged more partly because they’re conserving electricity – and generating it themselves.2015 Yukon Quest Purse Over $127,000Emily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksThe Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race organization announced the 2015 race purse Wednesday. The first 15 mushers to cross the finish line next February stand to win a percentage of more than $127,000.Meetings To Highlight Southeast Transportation ProjectsEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauSoutheast Alaskans can learn more about regional transportation projects at a series of meetings starting next week.As Budget Deficit Looms, Juneau Assembly Eyes Tax BreaksJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauWith another year of multimillion dollar budget deficits on the horizon for the City and Borough of Juneau, an Assembly committee is reviewing the city’s 37 sales and property tax exemptions.Parnell Signs Bill Honoring Late Walter Soboleff The Associated PressGov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation honoring the late Tlingit elder Walter Soboleff.Juneau Turns Out For Downtown CleanupRosemarie Alexander, KTOO – JuneauMore than 100 Juneau volunteers recently joined City and Borough crews to pull weeds, sweep, hose, scrub and pick up what some estimate to be thousands of cigarette butts.It was the first event organized by an informal Downtown Improvement Group.Why Does Southeast Alaska Have A Daycare Crisis?Leila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanMention daycare to pretty much any parent in Southeast Alaska, and you’ll get an earful. It’s never been easy to find daycare in the region, but just recently, it’s gotten much worse.
April 11, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Despite nationwide venture funding hitting a multiyear low, venture capital deployed to artificial intelligence startups has reached a record high.Last year, VCs struck 658 deals with AI companies, nearly five times the number that signed on the dotted line four years before. To date, the market contains 2,045 AI startups and more than 17,000 market followers, with more joining by the day.Related: How Artificial Intelligence Startups Struck GoldAI’s rapid rise has swept up startups and enterprises alike, including U.S. automaker Ford, which recently bought AI startup Argo for $1 billion. The acquisition cements experts’ suspicions of Ford’s coming foray into self-driving technology. Other startups — so many, in fact, that entrepreneurs need a “best of” guide — are betting heavily on bot platforms.So while we’ve just glimpsed the tip of this innovation iceberg, it’s clear AI is no longer some nebulous technology of the future. Sixty-eight percent of marketing executives, according to media research firm Weber Shandwick, report using AI in their operations. For a technology that only went mainstream in 2016 and barely existed four years ago, that’s a remarkable adoption rate. How, regardless of the platform you choose, can you join forward-thinking entrepreneurs and build your business with AI? So far, four ways stand out:1. Get to know your next customer.A politician wouldn’t dream of delivering a small-town stump speech to her urban constituents. Why? Because you’ve got to know your audience. The same is true for entrepreneurs. Before you broadcast your message, you need to know who you’re trying to reach.Node, an account-based intelligence startup, uses natural language processing — a fancy term for teaching a computer to understand how we humans speak and write — to develop customer profiles. Node is crunching vast swaths of data to connect the dots between marketers and the companies they’re trying to reach.Once you have ample customer data — Node uses data crawlers to scrape information from social media, news sites and more — pair machine learning and natural language processing models to extract sentiments from unstructured data. Then, just as senators segment constituents into demographic groups, Node uses cluster analysis to sort clients’ customers into like cohorts.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business2. See how people truly use your product.If, heaven forbid, you forgot to tag your neighbor at last week’s house party, Facebook was no doubt there to remind you of your error. How does Facebook know which of your friends you left untagged? It has gone all-in on an AI technique called convolutional neural networks.Convolutional neural networks, which loosely model how the brain’s visual cortex interacts with the eyes, work by separating an image into tiny portions before running each of those specks through a multilayered filter. It then “sees” where each speck overlaps with other parts of the image, and through automated iterations, it puts together a full image.Many different ways exist to apply this technology, but retail businesses can start with image classification. Try using a convolutional neural network to break down photos of your products posted online. The model can identify customer segments that frequently use your product, where they’re using it and whether they commonly pair other products with yours. Essentially, this automated image analysis can show you how your products fit into customers’ lives, allowing you to tailor your marketing materials to fit.Related: 4 AI Technologies Impacting Business Operations Right Now3. Get inside the user’s head.Success on social media requires careful listening and quick action. When a social campaign isn’t working, it’s best to put it out of its misery quickly. On the other hand, when one strikes a chord with customers, doubling down pays dividends.But to do so, you need real-time insights about customers’ reactions to your content. Fortunately, AI can take the emotional temperature of thousands of customers at once. Dumbstruck, a video-testing and analytics startup that I advise, has added natural language processing to its emotional analytics stack. This allows it to provide moment-by-moment insights into viewers’ reactions to media. Dumbstruck’s model grows stronger with each reaction analyzed, producing a program that perceives human emotions even better than some people can.4. Provide affordable, always-on support.Customer service is — or should be, according to consumers — the department that never sleeps. More than half of people, 50.6 percent to be precise, believe a business should be available 24/7 to answer their every question and concern. When asked whether businesses should be available via a messaging app, the “yes” votes jump to nearly two in three.Fortunately, bots don’t sleep, eat or go off-script. A well-built bot can offer cost-effective, constant customer service. Of course, grooming your bot to serve customers requires front-end data — ideally hundreds of thousands of example conversations — but you can get started with a human-chatbot hybrid. With this approach, the bot answers run-of-the-mill questions, while a human takes over for the more complex ones. Then, as the data builds and the model matures, you can phase in full automation.Related: The New Reality: AI-Enhanced RelationshipsTaco Bell, for example, knows taco cravings come at all times of night. Its TacoBot takes customer orders via Slack chat. Ticketmaster, a popular concert ticket provider, also offers an automated chat widget that informs users about new events and provides order details.Artificial intelligence is not just the stuff of Netflix shows and sci-fi paperbacks. Today, it’s as real as the customers it serves, the marketers it informs and the companies it scales. The intelligence may be artificial, but the results are absolutely not.
Seychelles attended the First World Conference on Tourism DevelopmentThe Seychelles delegation headed by Sherin Naiken, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, attended the First World Conference on Tourism Development in the Peoples Great Hall of China, Beijing, on Thursday, May 20, 2016.The event which was jointly organized by the China National Tourism Administration and the UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) was attended from the Seychelles side by Vivianne Fock Tave, the Seychelles Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China; Jean luc Lai Lam, Seychelles Tourism Board Manager for China; and Stephanie Lablache and Lee Huan, both Seychelles Tourism Board Senior Marketing Executives based in Seychelles and Beijing respectively.Important guests at the event were Mr. Li Keqiang, Prime Minister of the Republic of China; Mr. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of Mozambique; and Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization who all addressed the 1,000 delegates at the opening ceremony. The delegates were from over a hundred countries which consisted of both government organizations as well as leading tourism partners from the private sector.The summit agenda was on Sustainable Development through Tourism, Tourism for Poverty Reduction, and Tourism for Peace, and it was moderated by the famous CNN television anchor, Richard Quest. The day ended with the adoption of the Beijing Declaration.The topic which relates more to Seychelles and which was the most interesting debate of the day was attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs) through tourism. The debate centered on what countries are required to do to use tourism as the vehicle to achieve their SDGs. Indeed, the various participants in the debate stressed on the need to have a more cohesive approach between the various units – public and private – if the SDGs are to be achieved.Among the various subject matters raised were the role of the public and private sector, the need to work together, and the need for the SDGs to be understood by all levels of the government as well as by the business community. As one participant shared, “All the ministers in the government are ipso facto a minister for tourism!”The head of the delegation, Ms. Naiken, had a lot to share to other delegates in between sessions, as the summit did not have open plenary sessions. “Seychelles has had decades of experience and lots of success stories in sustainable development,” shared Miss Naiken to a delegate, “The cornerstone of every policy and law in Seychelles has been sustainability.”The new sustainable development agenda, which came into effect in January 2016, succeeded the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 to which Seychelles managed to attain almost all of it, some even before the process started. Seychelles is well under way to attain the new set of targets.Source = Seychelles Tourism
January 24, 2014 454 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Kroll Factual Data Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Fraud Service Providers 2014-01-24 Tory Barringer Suspect Mortgage Applications on the Rise in Data, Origination As if this month’s regulatory changes weren’t enough, lenders have another problem to grapple with: According to stats released by “”Kroll Factual Data””:https://www.krollfactualdata.com/, incidents of potential mortgage fraud are on the rise.[IMAGE]Between the second and third quarters of 2013, the company recorded a 10.4 percent average increase in “”possible fraudulent activity”” in loan applications submitted for review.The increase was the third straight quarterly uptick, the company says.””Even with indications of the U.S. economy and the housing market gaining strength, we are seeing the threat [COLUMN_BREAK]of misrepresentation in mortgage applications rising,”” said Rod Bazzani, president of Kroll Factual Data. “”The call for increased vigilance and processes for mitigating this risk is at a pitch not to be discounted or ignored.””Given the findings, Bazzani says “”[i]mplementing the appropriate measures to combat potential fraud … is of critical importance for lenders.””Changes in potentially fraudulent activity weren’t concentrated in any geographical region. Out of all metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) that saw at least 1,000 loan applications throughout the quarter, Huntsville, Alabama, posted the largest quarterly increase in potential fraud at 55.4 percent.Following that were Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado (+51.4 percent); Manchester, New Hampshire (+41.0 percent); Santa Fe, New Mexico (+37.5 percent); and Boulder-Longmont, Colorado (+32.3 percent).On the other hand, some of the recovery’s hottest markets experienced decreases in possible fraud.Out of the most active areas, Arizona’s Phoenix-Mesa market reported the largest drop: 30.1 percent. Trailing that were Wichita, Kansas (-26.8 percent); Peoria-Pekin, Illinois (-19.4 percent); Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina (-18.7 percent); and Bloomington-Normal, Illinois (-9.7 percent). Share
The Week Ahead: Variances on the Home Valuation Front Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivers speech to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia-12:30 P.M. ESTFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen participates in roundtable discussion at the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative- 2:00 P.M. ESTTuesday, June 7, 2016Quicken Loans’ Home Price Perception Index in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News Appraisers homeowners Quicken Loans 2016-06-05 Staff Writer History has shown that homeowners typically value their homes at a higher price point than appraisers. Although the gap between the two opinions has gotten smaller, homeowners and appraisers are still searching for common ground. Now the question is will appraisers and homeowners find that common ground this week?The most recent Home Price Perception Index from Quicken Loans showed that although owners are still overvaluing their homes, they are getting closer to appraised opinions. The index, which is based on Quicken Loans’ application and appraisal data, showed that appraiser valuations were 1.95 percent lower than what homeowners estimated in April.Since March, the gap between the two values has narrowed from when appraisals were 2.17 percent lower than homeowner expectations. The HPPI has experienced some slight fluctuations but has spent most of the last year around the -2 percent mark.“The HPPI is in a healthy trend, nationally,” said Quicken Loans Chief Economist Bob Walters. “While everyone wants their appraisal’s to come back showing more equity than anticipated, like some homeowners in the West, the discrepancy we are seeing now won’t likely derail a mortgage transaction.”“The steady annual increase in home values shows sustainable growth and an improving economy,” Walters said. “We always look for gains to be similar to inflationary growth while avoiding the hikes that could lead to bubble fears. We are currently in that range, which should come as a more comforting sign to many homeowners.”Here is the lineup for the week:Monday, June 6, 2016 Wednesday, June 8, 2016MBA Mortgage Applications- 7:00 A.M. ESTThursday, May 12, 2016Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey June 5, 2016 499 Views Share
The UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will fly to Switzerland later today to support the UN facilitated talks aimed at reaching a settlement to the long running Cyprus issue.The Conference on Cyprus will reconvene in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana with the participation of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, and representatives of the Guarantor Powers (Greece, Turkey and UK).Johnson’s attendance demonstrates the UK’s “ongoing support and commitment to the settlement process”, notes a statement by the Foreign Office. He will be accompanied by the Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan.The Foreign Office statement adds that the UK is contributing to a settlement in a number of ways, including as one of the most significant contributors to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, through the offer to cede almost half of the land of the UK Sovereign Base Areas to a united Cyprus and through practical assistance to help the two sides prepare for a settlement.On arrival in Switzerland, the British Foreign Secretary is due to hold a series of meetings with the parties present and attend the launch of the Conference.Johnson is expected to encourage all those present to “keep the goal in sight” noting that “the status quo carries risks, while only change will realise the opportunities of a united Cyprus”.He will also point to the “opportunity to move beyond the past and stake out a new future”.The UK Foreign Secretary will acknowledge that reaching an agreement will require difficult political decisions from all parties and that flexibility and compromise will be essential in order to reach a deal.Ahead of the talks, Boris Johnson said: “This Conference builds on months of hard work, commitment and progress shown by both sides. It’s an exceptional opportunity for both communities to find a lasting solution for Cyprus, which will bring huge benefits to the whole island and the region. It will not be easy, but with political will, creativity and flexibility, I believe that a deal can be done. The UK is ready and willing to help in any way we can.”CNAYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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