21 hours agoREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teen

first_imgREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Shes Gotta Have It Lyriq Bent Cast As A Male Lead In

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Rookie Blue alum Lyriq Bent has been cast as male leads opposite DeWanda Wise in Spike Lee’s 10-episode Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, a contemporary update of Lee’s groundbreaking 1986 indie film.The series centers on Darling (Wise), a Brooklyn-based a sexually liberated, free spirited painter/mixed media artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers, played by Bent, Cleo Anthony and Anthony Ramos. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Irene Gentle named editor at the Toronto Star first woman to hold

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Star has named Irene Gentle as its new editor, the first woman to hold the job.Gentle replaces Michael Cooke, who announced earlier this year that he would be retiring in June.She has been the Star’s managing editor since June 2016. The promotion is effective immediately.Gentle joined the Star in 2011 as business editor and was named assistant managing editor and city editor in 2012.Before the Star, she worked at the Hamilton Spectator.The Star and the Spectator are owned by Torstar Corp. which also owns daily and community newspapers throughout Ontario and a majority interest in VerticalScope.—Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:TS.B)last_img read more

Police blocking Red Creek road

first_imgResidents are not being allowed into the area.  The RCMP won’t say what’s happening but there is a large police presence on the road.BC Ambulance is also on scene.We will share more information as details are released.  If you have any information, email news@moosefm.ca UPDATE as of 5:10 p.m. – The Red Creek road is now open to traffic as the police incident has ended. There is still a small police presence at one property on the road. The RCMP still haven’t released any information about what happened at the home.—–FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP are blocking the entrance to the Red Creek Road near Mile 62 of the Alaska Highway.last_img read more

Supriyo engages in altercation with local youths over coal mafia dig against

first_imgKolkata: The outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the same seat, lost his cool during his election rally on Thursday morning when some local youths protested against him for accusing his political rival Trinamool Congress of running a syndicate with coal mafias.The incident sparked tension at the Dhandadihi area of Andal, where Supriyo was conducting a road show. Some youths, who the BJP claimed to be Trinamool Congress supporters, protested against Supriyo as he was accusing TMC of being involved in a syndicate operating out of coal mine areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThis allegedly made Supriyo so angry that he engaged in an altercation with the youths. He also claimed that TMC might have deployed the youths to disrupt his road show. The irate BJP MP allegedly instructed his party workers to ‘throw them out’. The BJP workers finally dissuaded the youths from protesting and dispersed them. Curious onlookers were stranded on both sides of the road. The district election officers are currently looking into the matter. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned here that some BJP workers were earlier found sitting in a car with a sticker on it reading ‘On Election duty’. The car was spotted close to the residence of Supriyo in Asansol and there was a BJP flag on the bonnet of the car. The incident has led to a political slugfest between the BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders in Asansol. Supriyo has been under the scanner of the Election Commission after he was found playing the controversial theme song of BJP, defying the commission’s instructions. He has since stopped playing the song but controversy seems to still surround him. A section of TMC leaders in West Midnapore district are saying that Supriyo is losing his cool as BJP is apprehending defeat in the seat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousinss Kings Loved To Blow Leads — And Mount Huge Comebacks

There’s been no shortage of attention on the Sacramento Kings in the wake of their mind-boggling choice to deal DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans for pennies on the dollar. But one thing that’s garnered almost no scrutiny is the inconsistency of the team’s play.The Kings this season have lost a league-worst five games in which they once held a lead of 15 points or more, according to NBA Miner, a site that tracks advanced and unusual statistics. But they’ve also tied for an NBA-best four wins in contests that they once trailed in by 15 points or more. How are those two things even possible?Well, it helps when you’re as inconsistent as the Kings are. Sacramento is the NBA’s worst team in first halves by far yet owns the league’s 10th-best net rating1A net rating measures how many points a team outscores an opponent by — or is outscored by — for every 100 possessions. in second halves (even better than the defending-champion Cavs). Those numbers fit the pattern of what’s happened in the team’s craziest outcomes: Three of Sacramento’s four major comebacks this season began during the third quarter, while four of the Kings’ five collapses began unraveling in the second quarter.In the comebacks, the Kings often had trouble containing opposing forwards — Andrew Wiggins, Gordon Hayward, Tobias Harris and Paul Millsap, among others — in the early going. But Sacramento wisely dumped the ball into Cousins, who repeatedly drew fouls and visits to the line during second halves, which allowed his team to play catch-up with the clock stopped. This especially worked in a 94-93 win over Utah, in which Cousins shot 10 free throws in the fourth quarter without taking a single field-goal attempt.During the back-breaking losses, the slow-paced Kings have often been outrun by their opponents. In a game on Nov. 10, the Lakers outscored Sacramento 13-4 in second-half fast-break points, according to NBA.com. The Warriors outscored the Kings 21-3 in fast-break scenarios during the second half of their Jan. 8 comeback. And the Pacers finished with a 22-0 second-half advantage in fast-break scoring over the Kings en route to a come-from-behind victory on Jan. 18. (Sacramento’s 3-point defense, one of the worst in the NBA, was also less than stellar in those second-half efforts.)Cousins obviously had a ton to do with the Kings’ outcomes in these games — particularly in a 3-point loss to the Sixers in which he had 46 points but fouled out in the final minute. But the loss of Rudy Gay, out for the season, arguably had a bigger impact in some cases.Gay tore one of his Achilles tendons in the midst of one of the collapses, with the Kings up by 10 against Indiana in a Jan. 18 contest that Sacramento once led by 22. Gay’s injury took a psychological toll on the club that night, Cousins told reporters after the game. Cousins shot 0-for-9 with six turnovers after halftime.And there was a tangible difference in the team’s play. Without Gay’s ability to ease some of the scoring burden (his 26 percent usage rate was the team’s second-highest before the team remade itself at the trade deadline), Cousins was overworked in some fourth periods. His fourth-quarter usage rate jumped to 57.5 percent during the last week and a half of January, after Gay’s injury, up from 37 percent earlier in the same month. That’d be asking too much of anyone — let alone the NBA’s most double-teamed post player.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cousinsnorudygay.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Things will change considerably now that Cousins is in New Orleans. The Kings can only hope that the move allows for increased stability, and perhaps fewer blown leads, going forward.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Brazil physio on Neymar Better than expected

first_imgNeymar’s progress in his return from injury has gone “better than expected,” says Brazil’s physical trainerThe Paris St-Germain forward has been out of action since sustaining a foot injury in a Ligue 1 game against local rivals Marseille on February 25.Despite having failed to return in time for PSG’s final games of the season, Neymar was selected by head coach Tite for his final 23-man squad in this summer’s World Cup.“His development is better than expected,” said trainer Fabio Mahseredjian, according to BBC.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, who was in charge of Neymar’s surgery in March, added that they were taking a cautious approach in the 26-year-old’s recovery.“He’s regaining his usual movements bit by bit,” he said.“The next step is full group training and then play games. Everything is being done for him to feel at ease.”Since making his debut in 2010 for the national side, Neymar has gone on to score an impressive 53 goals in 83 matches for Brazil.last_img read more

Son reveals a Manchester United legend as his role model

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s forward Heung-Min Son revealed who his football role model is, it’s a Manchester United legend who recently hung up his boots.Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son is having a blast as a Premier League player, he recently revealed that he has a role model who played at Manchester United for a long time.There are not too many South Korean players who triumph in European football, but Park Ji-Sung is arguably amongst the most successful ones and the player who inspired younger generations from his country where Son came from.The Spurs player talks about Park as a national hero, and dreams of someday winning as many trophies as the former Red Devil did throughout his illustrious career.“He is a legend for me and was one of the guys who influenced us all in a way because he played for also a big team and was a key part of their success,” Son told The Mirror.“Anytime he played in the Champions League he played very well and represented our country in the best possible way.”“I am still in contact with him and he remains my role model because of the kind of human being he is. It is very hard to find a fault in him and if I need to ask something he is always a phone call away.”“I can never underestimate the role he played in putting our country out there with his performance.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Son also revealed what a joy it is for him to be a Premier League player: “For me it’s still a dream to play in the Premier League.”“The journey is an unbelievable one. Playing in England and playing for Tottenham I don’t think I could have asked for more at this stage.”“I am enjoying playing in here every second, every hour, every day. Look back home in South Korea most of the kids wants to play here.”“Maybe some players had it easy but for me it’s a dream and I treat every game as living the dream I had some years ago,” said the Tottenham Hotspur’s forward. On this day in 2005, Park Ji-Sung was unveiled as a United player following his £4m move from PSV.205 games ⚽27 goals 🎯13 trophies 🏆The big-game performer 👌 pic.twitter.com/z7DZAukLhE— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) July 8, 2018last_img read more

21 year old Anthony Clarke charged by police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police force continue their efforts to crack down on crime.Police have charged 21 year old Anthony Clarke of Grand Turk with Handling Stolen Goods. After pleading not guilty to the charges, Clarke is now set to appear before the Magistrate’s court for trial on December 17, 2013. The police are imploring residents to trust their instincts and report suspicious activities in their neighbourhoods and even schools. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Etihad Airways leads World Travel Awards winners in Middle East

first_img Recommended for you Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDubai, May 5th 2015 – Etihad Airways has retained its title as the Middle East’s Leading Airline for an incredible ninth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards.The United Arab Emirates’ flag-carrier was recognised during a red carpet awards presentation evening at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach in front of hundreds of Middle Eastern tourism leaders.Also picking up the a coveted trophy was Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah which claimed the Middle East’s Leading Hotel title, while Jebel Ali Golf Resort walked away with the prize for Middle East’s Leading Family Resort.Speaking during the event World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It was a pleasure and a privilege for World Travel Awards to recognise the leading airlines, hotels and tour operators from across the Middle East here at the luxury Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.“This beautiful property – which itself takes the title of Middle East’s Leading New Resort – has provided us with a wonderful backdrop for this prestigious event.“Congratulations to all our winners and we look forward to seeing them later in the year for the World Travel Awards Grand Final.”Also among the winners at Four Seasons was Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel, which took the title of Middle East’s Leading Boutique Hotel, Le Royal Meridien, recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Spa Resort, and the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, which took the title of Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board.Hailed by worldwide media for its role in identifying and rewarding excellence in the travel and tourism sector, World Travel Awards celebrates its 22nd anniversary in 2015 and is acknowledged as the ultimate travel accolade.World Travel Awards global events are widely recognised as the best networking opportunity within the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media. Related Items:dubai, etihad airlines, four seasons resort, world travel awards Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awardslast_img read more

New Perspective on Service Charge impact on Resorts Recommendations for Govt

first_img TCI Govt Year End Report: $67.8 Million surplus, MPs row over service charge Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #resortrecommendationstogovernment, #ServiceChargebill TCI: Landmark vote, House of Assembly members support workers getting full service charge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: ‘Big mistake’ says Deputy Premier after Gansevoort staff ‘change’ letter leaked Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The national conversation being had about service charge has to be handled right or it could lead to a shut-down of expansions or closure of resort properties in the TCI.  Confusions over the reason for the tax to guests, the revenue itself and how it is dispersed and even the name of the tax are emerging everyday with more and more information coming and more and more people being engaged in the conversation.One thing appears clear though, both major political parties are determined to fulfill campaign promises to industry employees to see them receive 100% of this fee, currently they are getting 60% of the tax, and not 40% as we had previously reported.  Titles like gratuity, service charge, resort fee and facilities fee have all been linked to this money which is vital to the workers’ take home pay and vital, Magnetic Media is learning to the operation of the resorts.On Tuesday, the PDM Administration announced that a survey was launched to begin public engagement and last week, PNP Appointment Member, Royal Robinson seemed to pick up where his brother, Clarence Selver left off.  As the then PDM appointed Member, Selver also tried to champion that all of this money should go to hospitality workers.  Many resorts are exposing though that to lose the 40% or not to get at least that 40% would be catastrophic when it comes to the profitability of the properties; in some cases it would actually eliminate profits say some.One recommendation which Magnetic Media has been exposed to is that there needs to be clarity in the terminology.  The charge needs to be a guest paid tip or gratuity – newly created – which goes 100% to the hospitality worker and that there needs to be a name change of service charge to something more suitable like facilities or resort fee.  Once established, this facilities or resort fee could continue to be split, 60-40 as is the case currently.  It will mean guests voluntarily leave money in a newly created revenue stream and all of it goes to the staff;  and that the staffers continue to get their 60% share of a resort or facilities fee with the resorts holding onto the 40% to offset operational costs.Magnetic Media is told that this will have to be discussed with government as the major focus is obviously to appease the thousands of workers in the sector, who believe they have for years been shortchanged by not getting this collected money in full.#MagneticMediaNews#Servicechargebill#resortrecommendationstogovernment Recommended for youlast_img read more

Gov Rick Scott visits Wynwood addresses Zika emergency

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Latest: Aerial spraying completed of Wynwood areaOver 340 people tested; no NEW cases reported$26.2 million allocated to fight ZikaZika testing for pregnant women at county health departmentslast_img

All KPBSD Schools On Two Hour Delay For Monday

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough District is on a two-hour delay start for Monday, December 3, due to weather conditions throughout the Peninsula. A two hour delay means that buses run two hours later than normal, school begins two hours later than normal, and staff arrives at school two hours later than normal. If weather and road conditions warrant a full closure, an announcement will be made by 7:00am, according to KPBSD. This is a developing story- updates will be posted as they are made available. Parents and guardians, if you decide, based on conditions near you to keep your child at home, kindly call your school to let them know. Absences will be excused.last_img read more

Noakhali gangrape cant be imagined in democratic country

first_imgKamal Hossain.File PhotoExpressing deep concern over the gang-rape of a woman in Subarnachar of Noakhali, Jatiya Oikya Front leader and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Friday said it has belittled all as a nation, reports UNB.“Such an incident can’t be imagined in a democratic country. The incident has put the democratic rights, basic rights and the freedom of expression into jeopardy,” he said in a statement.Kamal also said, “This shame is not only of the victim but also of the entire nation. Not only the victim was tortured through the incident, but also our democracy and basic rights were humiliated.”He expressed his resentment at the drop of the name of the person who ordered the gang-rape and demanded that those involved in the incident be brought to book immediately.The opposition Oikya Front convener alleged that ruling Awami League ‘terrorists’ threatened the woman with dire consequences after she cast her vote for the candidate of her choice defying their order.He further alleged that the government has apparently helped the criminals flee trying to hush up the incident.Kamal also said the country’s people will have to take initiatives to prevent such incidents.According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed into their house in the early hours of Monday and tied up all the family members except his wife.They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they raped her in turns for casting her vote for ‘sheaf of paddy’, the victim’s husband claimed.After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise, he said.With the help of neighbours, the victim was taken to hospital on Monday and a case was filed against nine people over the incident.last_img read more

Gas supply to remain suspended in most areas in city Tuesday

first_imgProthom alo file photo.Gas supply will remain suspended in most of the areas in the capital for 12 hours since 6pm on Tuesday, said Titas Gas authorities in a circular.The authorities said the shipment of gas pipelines was going on due to the construction of metro rail.The areas where gas supply will remain suspended are: Mirpur, Shyamoli, Monipuri Para, Agargaon, Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Ganabhaban, Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, Kalabagan, Hazaribagh, Dhaka University, BUET, Shahbagh, Green Road, all areas of Old Dhaka, Bangabhaban, Gopibagh, Shamibagh, Rampura, Banasri, Nandipara, Maghbazar, Siddeswari, Sengunbagicha, Minto Road, Tejgaon, Khilgaon-Bashabo, Motijheel, Kamlapur and its adjacent areas.Titas Gas Trasmission and Distribution Company Limited manager Enamul Haque told Prothom Alo that the balance of transmission lines may be disturbed. As a result, gas supply in some areas may fluctuate.Gas supply remained suspended in Ashulia and some parts of the capital due to technical glitch in a trasmission line. The residents in those areas suffered severely.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition Tuesday March 24

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uOver the last couple of years Baltimore registered it’s first growth in the city’s population in several decades. But, some argue in order to make room for new residents and new development for a, “new Baltimore,” burgeoning gentrification may be pushing out some indigenous citizens. We discuss the, “new face of Baltimore,” in our first hour.  This and more coming up this evening on AFRO First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Backyard astronomer in Ireland finds supernova

first_img Exploding star in NGC 2397 Citation: Backyard astronomer in Ireland finds supernova (2010, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-backyard-astronomer-ireland-supernova.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Image: David Grennan/Astronomy forum. Astronomer David Grennan and his wife Carol were about to turn in from their garden shed observatory in Raheny in Dublin on 17th September when they discovered a supernova. The explosion that caused the burst of light occurred an estimated 290 million years ago. The discovery was confirmed officially by International astronomers earlier this week.Supernovae are stellar explosions that can outshine entire galaxies for a short time, and they are the major source of heavy elements in the Universe.Mr Grennan is a software developer by day, but at night he spends as much time as the Irish weather permits in his home-made observatory, which is a converted garden shed with a retractable roof. Grennan said he had been stargazing since he was about five years old, and had always been fascinated by the stars. He bought his first telescope in 1991, and has continually upgraded his equipment. In 2005 he built his home observatory using standard DIY parts. The observatory is equipped with a 14 inch Cassegrain telescope.David’s wife Carol analyzes the images he takes with his telescope and helps identify interesting objects. They discovered the supernova by comparing images of the galaxy UGC 112 taken in August and September. The signs were tiny, but David’s many years of experience helped him to spot them.David said the discovery was the result of a year’s work, during which he surveyed 2,611 galaxies. He said it was “mind-boggling” to be the first to see something that happened almost 300 million years ago, and the time-lag “is on a scale almost as difficult to comprehend as Ireland’s astronomical debt.” Carol was even more excited than he was, and the two shared a bottle of champagne when the supernova was confirmed. The supernova, named 2010 IK by official astronomy bodies, is the first to be discovered by someone in Ireland, but it is not Grennan’s first discovery. In 2008 he discovered a three-meter-wide asteroid (his second), which he named after his mother, Catherine Griffin, in honor of her encouragement of his stargazing hobby.Grennan, who was once chairman of Astronomy Ireland, said he would love to see young children becoming interested in astrophysics because “it’s amazing what you discover.”Supernovae are spotted regularly, but Professor Stephen Smartt of Queen’s University Belfast said it was unusual for astronomers in northern Europe to find one. He confirmed the finding was the first supernova to be discovered from Ireland.The supernova is expected to be visible with a powerful telescope for the next two or three months, after which it will fade from view.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — An amateur astronomer working from his backyard shed in Ireland was the first in the world to spot a supernova explosion last month. The discovery is the biggest ever in amateur astronomy in Ireland. Explore furtherlast_img read more

The Digital Retail Experience Is About to Be Redefined Again

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 25, 2018 Convenience has always played a significant role in the shopping experience, from the early supermarkets to the first 7-Eleven locations (literally dubbed “convenience stores”) to shopping by phone.Related: What Shoppers Still Won’t Buy on Amazon (Infographic)Consumers marveled at being able to buy flowers, Veg-O-Matics and even cubic zirconium jewelry from the comfort of their homes thanks to infomercials and home shopping television networks. Although selections were limited and access to a deep variety of goods was constrained, these options were considered wildly convenient at the time.Enter Alexa. Enter Google Express. Enter Uber Eats.Now we can shop 24/7 right from our couch — for almost literally anything in the world — and even get our purchases delivered to our door in a matter of hours. It doesn’t even matter if it’s 1 a.m. on a Thursday morning. Out of cheese puffs? No, don’t get up. Just press a button and you’ll have them by 1:30 a.m.Now we can consume whenever we want to, and the digital age has made this possible. But how should retailers be thinking about the new level of convenience? Which ones will take the next step?A recent Kantar study ranked the most important factors when shopping, and no one with a smartphone-monitored pulse should be surprised that 59 percent of respondents named “stress-free shopping” among their most important, with 57 percent adding that online shopping is the best way to get there. The reasons are simple: Convenience (anytime, anywhere) and access (to anything) have been unlocked.Related: These 5 Retail Innovations Could Actually Make You Want to Shop in a Store AgainThere’s no going back now.When I was 5 years old, I remember waiting five weeks to get a copy of 40 Funky Hits on cassette after ordering it from a television ad. Now I can get it streamed to me in five seconds, thanks to Spotify. The same goes for candy, or movies, or vintage posters from the Pittsburgh monster truck jam.The impulse to buy things hasn’t changed, but expectations surrounding the actual act have. We’ve always wanted things now — but now we can actually get them.What’s coming nextThe rise of ecommerce and the development of advanced product-delivery logistics, combined with a constantly connected consumer, have gotten us where we are today. Delivery speeds are unprecedented, down from days or even weeks to barely 30 minutes in some cases, or instantly for digital products.While this is fascinating, what is more interesting is what happens next. What will retail be like once we enter an era where convenience is ubiquitous?The first area to watch is a continually improving shopping experience across all environments, physical and digital, seamlessly. Yes, the cliche of “omnichannel experiences” currently exists at the best retailers, but I prefer to think of a frictionless retail ecosystem as a step up from where we are now. You can see the green shoots here in the U.S. with Amazon and some of Walmart’s better efforts, and, of course, in China. And, yes, inherent to this are formerly digital-only players — like Warby Parker — becoming physical.Related: Birchbox Is Redefining the Future of Retail in More Ways Than OneThe second area to watch is a more profound one: data-driven services. This also receives a large degree of press, and examples abound, with the most obvious being online grocery and subscription services, which allow the automation of many regular purchases, be they annual birthday presents or weekly deliveries of various grocery items. Yes, they sell physical products, but they are really selling services — and they can iterate those services to you much faster than they can a physical product. This provides a different type of value to the shopper.Back to the futureMike the milkman and Sam the butcher are back, and are coming to your home in a new technological guise. Just like 80 years ago, you can today get farm-fresh milk delivered to your door, or even buy a one-cow burger that’s traceable down to the field where a free-range cow named, perhaps, “Lucky” grazed and awaited her fate.Because the future is folding back on the past, convenience and access are being redefined. Because data can and increasingly does underpin supply chains from farm-to-table (or sustainable sourcing or ethical practice-to-home), interesting opportunities are arising. Companies can now drive loyalty, and therefore higher lifetime retention and value, by leveraging convenience with even further granularity of access to products or information or both, giving specific customers specifically what they want every time, in a way that caters to their product preferences (and possibly their belief system).And, yes, it can scale.Related: Walmart Enters High-end Fashion Space With Lord & Taylor Online PartnershipThe evolution of convenienceFor companies old and new, this evolution from selling products to selling services — leveraging the proliferation of internal and external data across the value-chain, to redefine or create your brand, product or service and create unique relationships — is a powerful concept.And we’re already there. The individual components of getting this right exist already in parts and pieces across manufacturing and retail.But who will really bring it all together and redefine convenience and access? My guess is there will be many strange bedfellows with complementary strengths, potential acquisitions and unexpected mash-ups (think Google and Walmart) that will bring many variations of this to life over the course of the next 10 years. Those who do will win.”Lucky,” by the way? Delicious. 5 min readlast_img read more

Shop confirms it is not closing down after rumours spread in town

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA newsagents at a Staffordshire Moorlands bus station has confirmed it is not closing down – after rumours started to circulate in the town. Smithfield News, on the Smithfield Centre near Leek bus station, said they had been asked a number of times about the shop shutting. In a statement posted online at the weekend, the store said:  “Just to clear up a rumour we keep getting asked about – we’re not closing down.” “No idea where the rumour started, don’t really care either, but you’ve heard it from the horses mouth, we’re here to terrorise you for the foreseeable.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Is Google trying to ethicswash its decisions with its new Advanced Tech

first_imgGoogle yesterday announced a new external advisory board to help monitor the company’s use of artificial intelligence for ways in which it may violate ethical principles it laid out last summer. The group was announced by Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs, and it includes experts on a wide-ranging series of subjects, including mathematics, computer science, philosophy, psychology, and even foreign policy. Following is the complete list of the advisory council appointed by Google: Alessandro Acquisti, a leading behavioral economist and privacy researcher. Bubacarr Bah, an expert in applied and computational mathematics De Kai, a leading researcher in natural language processing, music technology and machine learning Dyan Gibbens, an expert in industrial engineering and CEO of Trumbull Joanna Bryson, an expert in psychology and AI, and a longtime leader in AI ethics Kay Coles James, a public policy expert with extensive experience working at the local, state and federal levels of government Luciano Floridi, a leading philosopher and expert in digital ethics William Joseph Burns, a foreign policy expert and diplomat The group will be called the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council, and it appears Google wants it to be seen as an independent watchdog keeping an eye on how it deploys AI in the real world. It wants to focus on facial recognition technology and mitigation of built-in bias in machine learning training methods. “This group will consider some of Google’s most complex challenges that arise under our AI Principles … providing diverse perspectives to inform our work,” Walker writes. Behind the selection of the council As for the members, the names may not be easily recognizable to those outside academia. However, the credentials of the board appear to be of the highest caliber, with resumes that include multiple presidential administration positions and stations at top-notch universities spanning University of Oxford, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and UC Berkeley. Having said that, the selection of the Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James and CEO of Trumbull Dyan Gibbens received harsh criticism on Twitter. It has been noted that James, through her involvement with the conservative think tank, has espoused anti-LGBTQ rhetoric on her public Twitter profile: One of the members, Joanna Bryson also expressed astonishing comments on Twitter for being selected as a part of the council. Joanna states, she has no idea of what she is getting into but she will certainly do her best. Google’s history of controversies Last year, Google found itself embroiled in controversy over its participation in a US Department of Defense drone program called Project Maven. Following immense internal backlash and external criticism for putting employees to work on AI projects that may involve the taking of human life, Google decided to end its involvement in Maven following the expiration of its contract. It also put together a new set of guidelines, what CEO Sundar Pichai dubbed Google’s AI Principles, that would prohibit the company from working on any product or technology that might violate “internationally accepted norms” or “widely accepted principles of international law and human rights.” “We recognize that such powerful technology raises equally powerful questions about its use,” Pichai wrote at the time. “How AI is developed and used will have a significant impact on society for many years to come. As a leader in AI, we feel a deep responsibility to get this right.” Google effectively wants its AI research to be “socially beneficial,” and that often means not taking government contracts or working in territories or markets with notable human rights violations. Regardless, Google found itself in yet another similar controversy related to its plans to launch a search product in China, one that may involve deploying some form of artificial intelligence in a country currently trying to use that very same technology to surveil and track its citizens. Google’s pledge differs from the stances of Amazon and Microsoft, both of which have said they will continue to work the US government. Microsoft has secured a $480 million contract to provide HoloLens headsets to the Pentagon, while Amazon continues to sell its Rekognition facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies. Google also formed a “responsible innovation team” internally that Walker says has reviewed hundreds of different launches to-date, some of which have aligned with its principles while others haven’t. For example, that team helped Google make the decision not to sell facial recognition technology until there’s been more ethical and policy debate on the issue. Why critics are skeptical of this move? Rashida Richardson, director of policy research at AI Now Institute, expressed skepticism about the ambiguity of Google and other companies’ AI principles at the MIT Technology Review Conference held in San Francisco on Tuesday. For example, Google’s document leans heavily on the word “appropriate.” “Who is defining what appropriate means?” she asked. Walker said that Google’s new council is meant to foster more defined discussion. He added that the company had over 300 people looking at machine learning fairness issues. “We’re doing our best to put our money where our mouth is,” Kent said. Google has previously had embarrassing technology screw-ups driven by bias in its machine learning systems, like when its photos algorithm labeled black people as gorillas. It would not be wrong to say that today’s announcement — which perhaps not coincidentally comes a day after Amazon said it would earmark $10 million with the National Science Foundation for AI fairness research, and after Microsoft executive Harry Shum said the company would add an ethics review focusing on AI issues to its standard product audit checklist — appears to be an attempt by Google to fend off broader, continued criticism of private sector AI pursuits. Thoughtful decisions require careful and nuanced consideration of how the AI principles … should apply, how to make tradeoffs when principles come into conflict, and how to mitigate risks for a given circumstance,” says Walker in an earlier blog post. 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