PSC Chairman urges politicians to work together

first_imgPrivate Sector Commission (PSC) Chairman Gerry Gouveia on Friday urged Guyanese politicians to stop the fight as Guyana prepares to welcome first oil in 2020.A section of the gathering“Guyana is going to be amazing for every man, woman and child; the only thing we all need to do in this room is to besiege our politicians to stop fighting, work together so that we can improve the economics of our country, reap the benefits of others before us and particularly take advantage of the tourism industry and the issue of what all of the wealth from oil will bring for us,” Gouveia stated.The PSC Chairman was at the time speaking at a baking seminar held by the National Milling Company of Guyana (NAMILCO) as the company continued its 50th anniversary celebrations.He noted that Guyana was at a point where every standard needed to be upgraded in order for the country not to be overrun.Gouveia urged the more than 130 businesses which attended the seminar to strive for international standards and to make Guyana marketable.A display of a variety of NAMILCO’s products“And if we don’t as Guyanese ramp up our skills, our certification, we could talk local content forever, but if we don’t upgrade our certification and upgrade our standards, we are going to be overrun; rightly so if we do not get ourselves up to international standards. We cannot want to demand local content when we ourselves are not upgrading our services,” Gouveia noted.As such, the PSC Head applauded NAMILCO for hosting the event which he observed was a move in the right direction to improve Guyana and its tourism value.“When you guys start to make pastries that really start to meet the standard, a lot more flour would be sold and so I understand the point that NAMILCO is making. Our tourism industry have been struggling for many years and the issue of visibility and of marketing our country is one that we have been very delinquent on … to market the country, you need to have something to market,” Gouveia noted.In his remarks, NAMILCO’s Managing Director, Roopnarine (Berth) Sukhi shared with the gathering tips that could aid in the improvement of their business standards.Some of the tips include having a strong front that is: improve on your business appeal, improve on your packaging, spread your name far and wide, start making a variety of products, acquire international certification, observe good manufacturing practices, and practice guidelines outlined in the Food Safety Act.The Director further cautioned the businesses present to be conscious of the fact that many investors were presently eyeing the baking and catering industry.“Economic activities will increase and you stand to benefit; however, some of these investors may be looking at the baking and catering industry so that your livelihood would also be threatened, you have to try and protect your market, but to do so, you will need to reengineer your business. It will need complete change in the way that you carry on your trade … we are aware of larger bakeries that are looking to enter Guyana, we should all be on guard and be able to find the niche in the market in order to remain in business,” Sukhi cautioned.Also among the topics of discussion at the event were the proper preparation of pastry dough and how it could be used for various products as well as discussions on general issues and what the future held for the baking sector.last_img read more


first_imgMurdered: AndrewGardaí investigating the murder of Andrew Allen on the 9th of February 2012 at Links View Park, Buncrana, Co Donegal, have this morning  arrested a male in his 40’s in connection with this investigation.He was arrested in Co Donegal and is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939, at Buncrana Garda Station.The arrest came just hours after Gardai said they knew who his killers are. However, they said they are still in the process of building up a case against those behind the brutal killing.Mr Allen’s mother has said recently she is satisfied that Gardai will bring her son’s killer to justice.This is the third arrest in relation to the Allen murder.Two other men arrested last year on separate occasions were released without charge after being interviewed. Dissident republicans had claimed that Mr Allen, who was originally from Derry, was involved in the drugs trade – a claim always refuted by his family.The father of one was shot in the bedroom of his home in front of his girlfriend.ANDREW ALLEN MURDER: MAN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AT&T Data Use Explodes At The Super Bowl

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#AT&T#Carriers Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts We’ve all been there. You are at a crowded event, taking pictures with your smartphone and trying to share them on Facebook or Twitter but the damn photo just won’t upload. The data network you are using is clogged because too many people are trying to do the exact same thing you are: making phone calls, sending texts, uploading pictures and streaming video. With everybody trying to do the same thing at the same time, nobody can actually do anything.The Big Arena ProblemLike other mobile carriers, AT&T has been working on solving this “big arena” problem for a while. It has been working to improve its DAS – Distributed Antenna System – for several years and has been moving to place it in venues across the country, including Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and the TD Garden in Boston. For the Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday night, AT&T had its DAS system up and running with 11 temporary COWs (Cells On Wheels) towers to help the data flow.So, when the lights went down on the Super Bowl, fans were still theoretically able to make phone calls and tweets to their heart’s delight.Blackout Boosted Data UsageAccording to AT&T, the busiest data traffic came during the halftime show when Beyonce was performing – and during the blackout itself. AT&T users consumed 78GB of data on the in-stadium network during the hour, more than twice what they did during the busiest hour of last year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis. During the 34-minute power outage, AT&T users sent twice as many texts, consumed 10GB of data and made more phone calls than they did at any other hour during the game. This makes perfect sense considering that the users were living in the middle of a live news event and had nothing to do but putz around on their phones while the stadium lights returned. Total data usage for the entire event was 388GB on the in-stadium network. That is a lot of photos, even for the 71,024 officially in attendance at the game (many of which were likely not AT&T users). That was an 80% increase in traffic from the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. In addition, AT&T users made more than 73,000 calls during the Super Bowl. Even if everybody in the stadium was an AT&T user, that is more than one call per person. In likelihood, it was probably more like three or four per AT&T user.Of course, many of these numbers are artificially high because of the extended delay in the middle of the game. Judging data from the Super Bowl or any other singular event can lead to suspect conclusions. But if there is one thing to take away from the Super Bowl in New Orleans in relation to AT&T’s cellular traffic – it is that more and more people have smartphones and they are using them more and more. This was the dominant theme of mobile in 2012 and it continues into 2013 and beyond. Top image: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, courtesy Wikipedia.center_img dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Real-time Image Analysis in Marketing: Some Exciting Use Cases

first_imgOn first hearing the term ‘image analysis’, it’s easy to think immediately of software that can identify objects in photographs. But while static image analysis is a vital application of computer vision, and one that offers immense value, it’s only a part of a bigger picture.For marketers in particular, some of the most compelling use cases are centered on analyzing the living and breathing consumer, in order to improve marketing performance (and its measurement), create stronger personal connections between customers and brands, and reduce costs.This article explores some marketing use cases for real-time visual analysis of people, along with the ones that involve analyzing photographic images. Each of these use cases offers direct benefits to brand owners and creative agencies by way of improved performance measurement, reduced costs, and the creation of more personalized, engaging experiences for consumers.Making Marketing More PersonalComputer vision and image analysis technologies may have a way to go before they can even come close to the human levels of visual perception, but a fair degree of accuracy is already possible in certain scenarios, such as visual analysis of gender and age groups. That’s a level of precision sufficient to make new inroads into marketing personalization.The McDonalds burger empire is just one enterprise investigating this marketing approach. The fast-food giant has plans to open self-service kiosks equipped with cameras and image analysis software. The kiosks will use computer vision to identify customers by their gender and approximate age and then recommend menu items based on this visual data.Personalized Window ShoppingAside from McDonalds, other retail companies are working with computer vision consultants and developers to increase personalization through image analysis. Camera-equipped screens in storefronts will soon be capturing and analyzing data about passers-by—or perhaps more specifically, window-shoppers.When a window shopper stops to check out the screen displays, she will see the content change to show the items or products that the software perceives as relevant to that individual based on the analyzed visual data. In an apparel store, for example, a window-shopper may see images of garments that complement what she is wearing. Could there be any better way of grabbing window shoppers’ attention and turning them into impulse buyers?Understanding Consumer Attention and SentimentBrand owners will soon be able to use image analysis to capture improved metrics about how advertising is perceived by viewers. Again, while the technology may not yet be sensitive enough to recognize all the subtleties of facial expressions and body language, computer vision can certainly discern between a smile, a blank expression or a frown.This type of analysis can be a game-changer for enterprises wishing to assess TV and video advertising effectiveness. The conventional way to gather such information is via surveys, in which ad viewers express their sentiments about the content they see. The weakness of this approach though, is simply that humans are notoriously unreliable when it comes to articulating their impressions.Smiles Don’t LieThe reality of survey fallibility was evidenced when one particular advertisement, the subject of a 2016 study by Omnicom Media Group, was ranked 55th out of 63 advertisements on the 2016 USA Today Ad Meter List. That result was based on viewers’ stated opinions. However, the ad was then shown to a sample of viewers, whose emotional responses were measured using facial image analysis. The findings belied the USA Today ranking, as the ad raised more smiles among the viewers than did other productions ranked much higher on the Ad Meter list.The takeaway from this study is that the capture of viewers’ spontaneous emotional reactions can provide more accurate data than self-reporting, at least when it comes to gauging the impact of audio-visual advertising. While it may not yet be clear how and where to utilize image analysis for this purpose, the possibilities are being taken seriously and it’s likely that the technology will soon become an important source of marketing performance data.Accurate Analysis for Outdoor AdvertisingOf all traditional methods of advertising, outdoor ads represent the only format still enjoying growth in terms of spending. In 2017, out-of-home advertising sales rose by 2.7%, according to the data from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America.The gradual transformation of outdoor signage from static to dynamic digital displays is with no doubt helping to maintain public interest in this advertising format. The only problem with signs and billboards though, is the absence of clicks that can be counted to measure advertising performance.All-Seeing SignageIndeed, online marketing offers an infinitely greater degree of performance feedback than outdoor advertising, but image analysis could be the breakthrough to level this particular playing field. Small, inexpensive cameras mounted on or close to an outdoor signage, integrated with image analysis applications, could become the source of feedback on a range of performance factors, including:How many people walked past the ad signageHow many people stopped to look at the advertisementHow long people spent looking at the advertisementDemographics (such as age and gender) of people who stopped to look at the signageAccording to a Marketing Land article, this outdoor equivalent of tracking click-through rates has already been deployed in tests by creative agencies such as M&C Saatchi, who believe it can support advertisers in making outdoor signage even more dynamic, perhaps enabling them to make real-time changes in the displayed content based on audience response.No Time-Consuming TaggingAnother benefit that marketing teams might receive from image analysis is a reduction in the workload associated with displaying products on ecommerce websites. It currently takes plenty of effort to publish product images, since every image must be made identifiable by means of tags.For many ecommerce enterprises, image tagging can add up to a substantial amount of time and therefore labor costs. It can also present semantic challenges for consumers when they search for products. By enabling visual search tools based on the deep learning technology, digital marketers will no longer need to assign text-based tags manually to product images, and consumers will no longer need to struggle to find the right words for their searches.Seeing Beyond SemanticsAs image analysis programs can scan images and identify not only the contents but also the context, visual searches powered by image analysis will allow online shoppers to search for products by selecting or uploading images similar to the items they wish to find. This is especially useful for products with subjective descriptions, which might be labeled with any out of a range of tags, depending on the jargon used by the merchant.Ultimately then, this particular use case of image analysis will offer the double benefit of making searches easier for shoppers to conduct, and reducing the costs involved in creating and maintaining online product catalogs.Image Analysis: A New Dimension in Data-Driven MarketingThe image analysis use cases described in this article are exciting. They may also be but a few of the more obvious possibilities awaiting marketers who set foot into this new dimension of physical/digital interaction.In the same way that technologies like augmented reality, sensors, and beacons have blurred the lines between ecommerce and traditional retail, so cameras and image analysis may now play a similar role in merging digital and traditional forms of advertising media (which, let’s face it, are largely visual) to create a new landscape for data-driven marketing.Time will tell if its influence will be that revolutionary, but it does seem likely that image analysis will reshape the way brands strengthen their identities, heighten consumer awareness, and attract new followers—all while measuring performance more accurately and reaching new levels of cost efficiency. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Analysis Milos Mudric Related Posts Milos Mudric is a content specialist and tech enthusiast. He is the founder of Silver Fox Digital and and he occasionally writes interesting stories about Blockchain, IoT and Fintech. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Creating Intimacy at Scale – Episode 63

first_imgA human being can maintain only about 150 relationships. But our new silicon substrate tools allow for more than that. As we begin this digital transformation, it’s important to think about how we create intimacy at scale.last_img

Warriors ink lucrative jersey deal with Rakuten

first_imgRakuten chief Hiroshi Mikitani told a press conference in Oakland, California, on Tuesday that he was “thrilled” to announce his partnership with the Warriors and the NBA.Warriors chief marketing officer Chip Bowers said the team was attracted to Rakuten for its global reach and its local affiliation, with cash-back site Ebates headquartered in San Francisco.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We really liked the fact that they had a local presence, so it’s a global brand out of Tokyo, Japan, but to have Ebates headquartered here, to have Rakuten have offices here, it had a local feel to it, but it gave us a global audience to speak to,” said the Warriors’ chief marketing officer Chip Bowers.Rakuten, which also owns messaging app Viber and ebook brand Kobo as well as J-League football club Vissel Kobe and pro baseball team Rakuten Golden Eagles — will have its red-and-black logo featured on the Warriors’ white jerseys starting this season. A white logo will adorn the club’s blue away jerseys. The badges will be on the front left — opposite the Nike logo. View comments The deal includes naming the team’s practice facility the Rakuten Performance Center.USA Today reported that about half of all NBA teams have inked jersey sponsor deals since the league green-lighted the move.ESPN reported the Warriors’ agreement with Rakuten was worth $20 million per year over three years.That’s twice as lucrative as the next-largest jersey sponsorship deal to date — the $10 million per season agreement between the Warriors’ vanquished finals foe the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Goodyear tire company.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES NLEX eyes QF bonus NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Los Angeles, United States — As the NBA joins sports leagues around the world in allowing sponsors’ names on jerseys, the Golden State Warriors have inked a logo deal with Rakuten worth a reported $60 million (50 million euros) over three years.The deal with the reigning NBA champions is just one of the sports sponsorships pursued by Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant whose logo now graces the FC Barcelona kit.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro with notched display, dual cameras, AI face unlock launched

first_imgThe Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro was finally launched in China on Sunday and it is exactly what weeks of teasers and official renders have told us. The Redmi 6 Pro is Xiaomi’s first Redmi phone to sport an iPhone X-like notch. The budget smartphone also packs a whole bunch of notable specs and features that includes a 19:9 display, dual cameras, a large battery and AI face unlock, among other things. The Redmi 6 Pro was launched alongside the Mi Pad 4 and have been announced only for China as of now.The Redmi 6 Pro comes just days after Xiaomi announced the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A budget smartphones. What sets the Redmi 6 Pro apart from other Xiaomi phones is that it is the first to sport a display notch to allow for a larger screen-to-body ratio. The phone comes with a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ (1080×2240) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. As far as everything else goes, the phone looks pretty similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This includes a rear panel that is a combination of metal and plastic with vertically placed dual cameras on the top left corner and a fingerprint sensor.The Redmi 6 Pro sounds like a mix of the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset, similar to the Redmi Note 5. This is coupled with an Adreno 506 GPU and either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Depending on the RAM variant, you get either 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a dedicated microSD card slot. The dual rear camera setup is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro as it includes a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that allows for AI Portrait mode. Up front, you get a 5-megapixel that also supports AI Portrait mode, HDR and AI face unlock.advertisementLike the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi 6 Pro also houses a large 4,000mAh battery, which means the phone should take through a day and then some. The newest Redmi phone brings expected connectivity options like dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, micro-USB and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Redmi 6 Pro runs MIUI 9 on top of Android.The Redmi 6 Pro slots below the Redmi Note 5 Pro and has been priced starting at CNY 999 (approx Rs 10,400) for the 3GB + 32GB variant, and CNY 1,199 (approx Rs 12,500) for the 4GB + 64GB model. The phone will go on sale in China starting 10am on Tuesday and will be available in Black, Blue, Gold, Pink and Red colours. Registrations for the first flash sale is open now. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but you can expect the phone to make it to India in the near future.last_img read more