December 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist held by intelligence agency released after four months News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian News Receive email alerts News RSF_en News Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo February 24, 2021 Find out more Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica “I was not allowed any visit by family members or lawyers,” he said. “The ANR gave us a few beans and two spoonfuls of rice cooked with bicarbonate. Fortunat Kasongo and John Mpoyi are still being held in a small squalid cell with more than 10 people and they are not allowed any visits either.”More information about this case. to go further Organisation Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders and its partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Journalist in Danger (JED), welcome Pierre-Sosthène Kambidi’s release on 15 December after four months in detention and call for the immediate release of two other journalists from the central province of Kasaï Occidental, John Mpoyi and Fortunat Kasongo, also held by the National Intelligence Agency in Kinshasa.Read the JED press release: Kinshasa: Journalist freed after 106 days in detention, two others held in appalling conditionsJournalist Pierre Sosthène Kambidi of Radio Télévision Chrétienne (RTC), a religious TV station based in Kananga, capital of the central province of Kasaï Occidental, was released at around 2 p.m. on 15 December after being held for four months without trial at a detention centre operated by the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in Kinshasa.Kambidi told JED that, when arrested, he was subjected to repeated interrogation about his contacts with the UDPS, the main opposition party, and his links with John Tshibangu, an army colonel who deserted, and with Roger Lumbala, an opposition parliamentarian accused by the government of assisting Rwanda’s attempts to Balkanize the DRC.“The judicial police investigator wanted to know the reasons why I broadcast information by Col. John Tshibangu’s desertion from the armed forces,” Kambidi said. “Before my release, the police investigator made it clear to me that they had no case against me and that no charges had been prepared.”Two other journalists who were arrested by the security services in the same investigation continue to be held at the ANR detention centre. They are John Mpoyi of Radio Lisanga Télévision (RLTV) and Fortunat Kasongo of Radio Télévision Autonome du sud-Kasaï (RTAS). Both of these stations are based in Kasaï Oriental.Asked about conditions in the ANR detention centre, Kambidi said he was held in a cell with 19 other people. February 18, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2021 Find out more
A local man assaulted and robbed a pregnant woman late last week because he has no money, according to deputies.Officials with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office say the woman was walking on D Street in Lake Worth Beach last Friday just before noon, when 29-year-old Malcom Hodges grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground. He then punched her in the stomach, despite seeing she was clearly pregnant, stole her purse and fled on foot.Deputies arrested him near the scene around 6:30 p.m. Friday. He told deputies that he steals from people in that area when he is out of money.Hodges was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and charged with Robbery – No Firearm Or Weapon, and Aggravated Battery – Offender Knew/Should Have Known Victim Was Pregnant.He is currently being held on $50,000 bond.According to PBSO, the victim is in good condition.
Keagan Jade scored eight points to lead the L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers to a 38-36 West Kootenay Boy’s Basketball win over Boundary Central of Midway Saturday afternoon in Grand Forks.The contest was part of a three-team playday that also featured a team from the host Grand Forks Wolves.LVR was up for most of the game, holding quarter leads of 11-2, 21-12 and 27-19 until Boundary Central staged a late-game rally. Josh Jolicoeur and Curtis Young each had six points for LVR.The Bombers opened the day dropping a 35-33 decision to Grand Forks.LVR started slow trailing 8-2 after one period.Grand Forks led 26-19 in the fourth before LVR started pecking away at the margin, outscoring the Wolves 14-11 in the quarter.Dyllen Dixon all scorers with 15 points while Young added nine.Teiran Dolan had eight and Liam McKinlay 13 for the Wolves.The Junior Bombers, 2-1 on the season, are in Trail to meet the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Thursday.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has postponed the kickoff of the 2014/2015 national league for the second time.On Wednesday, May 13, clubs from the 1st, 2nd and female divisions were expected to happily begin their football journey after over 10 months of non-football activities due to the Ebola outbreak.The continuous rescheduling of the league after the Super Cup finals, between FC Fassell and BYC, on Friday, March 20, is unprecedented in Liberian football since the initiation of the 1st division league in 1956.The announcement of the second deferment of the league was made on Sunday by the commentator during the derby between BYC 1 and Mighty Barrolle.LFA president Musa Bility, Secretary General B. Alphonso Armah and the chairman of the Competition Committee Ansu Dorley affected the disclosure for the postponement of the league.The trio remained tip-lipped on the reasons for the deferment when quizzed, but have again reassured football fans for the third time on heaving a sigh of relief on a “sooner date.”In June 2014, the LFA suspended all football activities as preventive measure against the deadly Ebola virus and in February 2015 lifted ban on football activities and scheduled the reopening of league on March 15.Mr. Bility said all football activities could resume given the level of improvement in the fight against Ebola in the country.The LFA boss said the football house would begin the enforcement of CAF-mandated Club Licensing System before the resumption on March 15.Disappointingly, the Executive Committee, through Mr. Bility deferred the League opening upon the completion of CAF Licensing Club System.A fortnight ago, the LFA First Instant Board, chaired by Competition Committee head, Ansu Dorley announced the names of clubs which fully complied and qualified for clearances as well as de-registered unqualified clubs.The Competition Committee announced that the 2014/2015 league would begin on Wednesday, May 13 and was also confirmed Bility on several interviews with reporters.Meanwhile, the postponement of the resumption of the 2014/2015 League has been received with mixed reaction with many stakeholders describing the delay as mainly owing to the lack of sponsorship.It may be recalled that in 2010 the LFA and Cellcom GSM Company entered into a 3-year deal, which ended in 2014.
0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar will miss the French League Cup tie at Strasbourg on december 13, 2017, after also sitting out the previous weekend’s 3-1 win over Lille through suspension © AFP/File / Christof STACHEPARIS, France, Dec 13 – Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has returned to the French capital and will train on Thursday after being allowed to visit his native Brazil on family matters, the Ligue 1 leaders said Wednesday.The world’s most expensive player will miss Wednesday’s French League Cup tie at Strasbourg, after also sitting out last weekend’s 3-1 win over Lille through suspension. PSG coach Unai Emery said on Monday that Neymar had gone home because of a family problem and that he hoped the former Barcelona star would be back in “three or four days”.Amid speculation over the reasons behind Neymar’s trip, Brazilian website Globoesporte published social media messages accompanied by photographs which suggest the player could have been at the birthday party of his friend’s father and had also visited a dental clinic.On Monday, Neymar published a photo of himself on Twitter with the message: “Focus, strength and faith for the celebration of another day!!”PSG, who are bidding for a fifth successive League Cup title, lost 2-1 to Strasbourg in the league 11 days ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
What has been your favorite geocache in a historical place? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More View from the deck. I don’t think it’s sea-worthy anymore. Photo by geocacher rendl.Choreographed happy dances on top of the bridge. Photo by geocacher HeideParkSoltauClassic. “I’m king of the wooooooorld!” Photo by geocacher S-Man42See More Photos Ominous, isn’t it? It’s also made of concrete. Photo by geocacher *Hänsel&Gretel*Geocache Name:Betonschiff Redentin (GC15D8C)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3.5/5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Besides the fact that this geocache is located on an abandoned ship that’s amazing, slightly creepy and made of concrete? This geocache will test your bravery and boating skills, as well as teach you a lesson about history. During World War II, when steel was at a premium, engineers and ship builders moved to the next logical material: concrete. More than 50 ships were made in this fashion and served as transports and freighters. This particular ship ran aground at some point and has been sitting alone on a sandbar in the Bay of Wismar ever since. Now, geocachers keep the empty hull company while earning their smileys.# of Finds:676# of Favorite Points:410What geocachers are saying:(all translated from German)“What can I say?? Beautiful surroundings, cool location, cool cache, just great!” – Kinnekulli“We have had a very nice, hard, wet, dirty, hungry and exciting day on the concrete ship . Thank you so much for this!” – Kewiku“This cache will always be in my memory along with this great team, the awesome views, and wonderful weather. This beautiful experience tops any other cache. Thanks to the owner for this possibility the whole thing.” – Meer♥LiebeRead More LogsPhotos/Video: SharePrint RelatedRemnants of Days Passed — Who Turned Out the Lights? Geocache Series (GC4QRT0) — Geocache of the WeekApril 23, 2014In “Community”Klaatu Barada Nikto! — Aliens Among Us (GC1N0B9) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 12, 2014In “Community”Catching a ‘Cacher — How to Build a Better…(GC29F60) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 31, 2013In “Community”
Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. The debate continues next weekThis week, I’ll be interviewing Paul Francisco, the new chair of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee. As far as I can tell, his views are more in line with Dr. Sherman’s, so if you’re looking for a more balanced look at the great ventilation debate, you’ll get your wish in my article next week. A note about Lstiburek’s air leakage credentialsJoe got his doctorate at the University of Toronto. His research was on the topic of air flow in buildings. You can download his dissertation from Building Science Corporation’s website: Toward an Understanding and Prediction of Air Flow in Buildings (pdf). He did a thorough review of the air leakage literature for his thesis. He also has a lot of experience with the Building America program, as he mentioned in the interview, and BSC’s many clients. Joe Lstiburek: Well, the rates are a huge reduction. A balanced system with distribution & mixing is going to be about 40 cfm whereas an unbalanced sys. w/o distribution & mixing is going to be about 90 cfm, so there’s a huge difference in rates. The dumb system is one that doesn’t recognize the effects of distribution, doesn’t recognize the effects of supply vs. exhaust vs. balanced so the dumb sys. is 62.2 not the BSC system.A.B.: Why is distribution such a big deal? Do you have experience from the work you’ve done or research papers?J.L.: There’s all kinds of research papers and work that we’ve done that’s going to be posted on our website shortly that shows that if you don’t have mixing you’re going to have high concentrations in bedrooms that don’t get the same amount of air so what happens is mixing reduces the high contaminant locations. This is not new. This is recognized by the experience that I had in Canada with R-2000 in the 1980s so the fact that this is even a question or a controversy is bemusing to me and disappointing to me.A.B.: Another question that came in the comments of my article was: Are we exchanging one set of guesses for another?J.L.: The answer is that we’re not. We know the following that are not guesses. We know that houses ventilated at the 62.2 rate lead to comfort problems in cold climates by drying out the building and drying out furnishings. We know that ventilating at the 62.2 rates in houses built to the Model Energy Code lead to part-load humidity problems. We know for a fact that these rates lead to humidity problems in the South and dryness and comfort issues in the North, so that’s not a guess. We know this from experience.We also know that millions of houses were constructed in the 1990s and 2000s that were between 3 and 5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals with no ventilation systems and their air change rates are between 0.2 and 0.3 air changes per hour as tested by tracer gas work and that’s consistent with houses tested in the ‘70s and ‘80s as well. The myth of the old leaky house is just a myth. These houses had no ventilation systems in them at all and they’re not suffering from indoor air quality problems because nobody’s measured any contaminants. There’s no measurements.What we’re doing is we’re actually adding controlled ventilation to houses that have not had any so we’re reducing risk but not adding an excessive amount that’s going to cause these systems to be turned off. We learned in cold-climate housing with R-2000 that the high rates caused the systems to be turned off so we had to moderate them. These are not guesses. This is based on actual experience.A.B.: It sounded like you said that no matter if you have an old house with a really high blower door number or a newer house with a lower blower door number, the tracer gas results are about the same, 0.2 to 0.3 ACH. Is that correct?J.L.: I’m simply saying that the typical house built in the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s, the tracer gas work shows us that it’s between .2 and .3 air changes per hour. These houses are not…it’s a myth that we’re, oh my God, going to create all these problems by reducing the ventilation rate is just a myth because the ventilation rates have always been low. Max is going around and saying, my God, the ventilation rates are 0.5, 0.7, and 1. Well, that’s not true. He’s getting those numbers by taking his blower door numbers and applying his model to them. That’s bullshit. It’s just not true.The only true measure of air changes is tracer gas. I quoted a reference that showed that an Ottawa house studied by Tamura and Wilson in 1963 had a tracer gas measurement of somewhere between 0.2 and 0.3. When I was director of research at the home builders association and in charge of R-2000, I went to NRCDBR [Ed.: Canada’s Natural Research Council, Division of Building Research] and said, look, what is the typical air change rate of the house built in the 1970s, and they said, our tracer gas work says between 0.2 and 0.3. So I said, well, the ventilation rate if we build an airtight house should be 0.25. That’s where that number came from.The current code in Canada, if you read Gord Cooke’s comment [Ed.: He’s referring to a LinkedIn discussion in the Building Science Community group], is a very illuminating one. The Canadian code basically sizes the system at the rate of the 2010 62.2 but it’s operated at 40-50% of that which is exactly I had been saying for years. So we’re not guessing here. We have lots of experience.By the way, under the Environments for Living program under MASCO and the Engineered for Life program with Green Fiber, we put in probably half a million ventilation systems in houses that are operating at these rates which don’t lead to humidity under part-load and don’t lead to dryness in cold climates. We significantly improved the air quality because we provided mixing and distribution. So I’d like to know where all these dead bodies are, where all of these problems are. There’s no health science basis to the 0.35.A.B.: Where did the 0.35 come from?J.L.: It was in the old ASHRAE 62-89 standard but remember, nobody was ever following that standard, right? The building code said you could have operable windows so nobody ever used that. It was a number that came from the ‘89 standard because they guessed that that’s what the actual air change rate was. It turns out that it wasn’t.A.B.: You were talking about excessive humidity in the South, and I’ve seen some problems with positive pressure ventilation systems. What do you think about positive pressure systems? Do you think they’re better than exhaust-only systems, which you’ve talked about so much?J.L.: Well they’re better because you know where the air is coming from and you provide distribution, but they’re not as good as balanced systems. Right? The best system is balanced that has exhaust and supply plus mixing and distribution. The supply systems that are connected to the air handler provide mixing, distribution, but they do not provide balance. But the most important thing is they provide a known location of air.A.B.: As I understand it, the problems that have happened in humid climates with positive pressure systems is mostly they’re getting overventilated…J.L.: But it’s not a problem with the positive pressure systems. It’s a problem with exhaust systems that run at too high a rate. It’s a problem with supply systems that run at too high a rate. And it’s a problem with balanced systems that run at too high a rate. I’m irritated that you’re saying the problem is with positive pressure systems. It’s a ventilation system that runs a too high of a rate. If you ran an exhaust only system at a lower rate, you wouldn’t have a part-load humidity problem. If you ran the positive pressure system—your outside air to the return—at a lower rate, you wouldn’t have a problem. Same with the balanced system. The problem is the rate.A.B.: Speaking of rate, I want to clear something up that came up in our blog. You said that in the past, you were designing systems to 62.2, putting in 150% of the capacity, and commissioning at 50%.J.L.: That’s correct.A.B.: There was a discussion about whether you were talking about cutting the rate to 50% of 62.2 or running it half of the time.J.L.: The rate. Your guys explained it correctly. At the end of those questions, they did a better job explaining it than I had done. They got it right.A.B.: How do you see the new standard getting out there and getting adopted?J.L.: Well, it’ll be adopted by individual state building codes and programs.A.B.: Are you finding a lot of interest in BSC-01 vs. 62.2?J.L.: The phone has not stopped ringing and the emails have not stopped coming. People are not happy with 62.2. You can say that…look, they’re [Ed.: the ASHRAE 62.2 committee] tone deaf and some of them are arrogant. Some of them are not listening to the problems and some of them are arrogant enough to believe they’re the only game in town. So guess what? Now they’re listening. And they realize they’re not the only game in town.A.B.: What about combo systems where someone’s using a balanced system for part of the ventilation and an exhaust for the remainder to meet the requirements. I’ve seen this in some Habitat houses where they’re trying to do balanced with the Whisper Comfort, Panasonic’s ERV, and it doesn’t quite get them to the 62.2 level so they put controls on the bath fan.J.L.: Well, under my approach, they’re going to be able to meet it simply because they get mixing and distribution. So the numbers will be low enough they will be able to meet it.A.B.: So you see the Whisper Comfort, which is balanced but it doesn’t have distribution according to your definition, do you think that would count for distribution?J.L.: I’m assuming they’re going to have some kind of forced air as well, right?A.B.: Right.J.L.: So the mixing also provides distribution, right? They’ve got it all so they’re going to get the lower rate. That’s a phenomenal approach. So you basically put in that system and you provide a timer on an AirCycler to mix the air, that mixing gives you mixing and distribution. You get it all, and you’re going to get it at the lowest rate. To me, that’s the least expensive way to get everything. I think that’s a phenomenal system.A.B.: I wasn’t thinking that would count for distributed because it’s just a point-source ERV.J.L.: Yeah, it’s a point-source ERV and the distribution and mixing’s provided by the mechanical system with a timer. You get it all.A.B.: One thing that somebody brought up is about volume. So your standard and 62.2 are both based on square footage of conditioned floor area. Why not base it on the volume of the house if you’re circulating volumes of air.J.L.: The reason for that is you’re penalizing a large-volume houses where what we’re worried about is the contaminants actually in the occupied space, and the large-volume houses allow you to distribute more contaminants because they’re able to…emission rates and concentration are different with large-volume houses. If you have the same source strength, and you have a smaller volume, obviously the concentration is higher. If you have the same emission rate and you have a large volume, they’re actually better so the larger volume houses should have a lower value, not a higher value.A.B.: BSC-01 is just for new homes. Do you have any plans to introduce one for existing homes?J.L.: The answer is yes.A.B.: Do you want to say anything about how that might look?J.L.: It’ll be very similar.A.B.: What about the issue of deciding when the house has crossed a threshold and needs ventilation and when it won’t do any good.J.L.: My feeling is that the magic number is 5 air changes at 50 Pascals.A.B.: So for existing homes, using a blower door to decide when you need ventilation can be a good thing and 5 ACH50 is your number?J.L.: That’s correct because we’re talking about averages but the blower door’s no excuse for [ignoring] combustion safety. In other words, the source control is much more important. It’s much more important to deal with combustion safety and the source control issues than anything else. It’s preposterous that we’re missing the most important thing.A.B.: So for existing homes, you think that if a house comes in at 5 ACH50 or lower, then you put in a ventilation system that’s going to have to meet, no matter where it is below 5, it’s going to have to meet the same number?J.L.: That’s right but the big thing is going to be the emphasis on combustion safety.A.B.: And no infiltration credit?J.L.: That’s correct. And it gets even better. You ready? The control is in the hand of the occupant. It’s preposterous to say that you have to put in this system that has to be run at this rate and it’s not up to you because the committee decided it. That’s preposterous.A.B.: So BSC-01 is formally going to be introduced at Summer Camp?J.L.: The Westford Symposium on Building Science.A.B.: All right.J.L.: There might be some interesting news with respect to the standard as to who’s adopting it.A.B.: Well, it’s going to be a very interesting Summer Camp.JL Damn right it is, Bubba. RELATED ARTICLES How Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need? Resistance May NOT Be Futile in the Residential Ventilation Wars ASHRAE 62.2 Committee Chair Defends Ventilation StandardAn Interview with Dr. Iain Walker on Ventilation Designing a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERV?Ventilation Rates and Human HealthVentilation Requirements for Weatherized Homes Just Right and Airtight Unintended Consequences Suck Dr. Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation is on a mission. The issue is residential ventilation. He contends that the residential ventilation standard, ASHRAE 62.2, ventilates at too high a rate, causing problems with humidity in hot or mixed humid climates, comfort and dryness in cold climates, and too much energy use everywhere. The 2013 version makes it worse.You can read the background in my last article, which covers the new ventilation standard he’s about to release. After I published that article, a number of questions came up that I thought would best be answered in an interview. I spoke with Joe last Thursday, and now present to you the transcript of our talk. Interview with LstiburekAllison Bailes: Somebody said that it looks like BSC-01 is a dumbed-down version of 62.2, the rates aren’t that different, so why do you think BSC-01 is a better standard? A clarification about air changesWhen I was transcribing the recorded interview afterwards, it occurred to me that there seemed to be a contradiction. For someone with a PhD in physics, I’m not very quick to connect the dots sometimes, so I sent another question to Joe by email.A.B.: You said that tracer gas shows that, “The myth of the old leaky house is just a myth.” If that’s true, is the emphasis on air-sealing a waste of time? If no matter how many holes there are, the ‘natural’ air change rate is 0.2 to 0.3, it would seem that’s the logical conclusion. But that doesn’t correlate with Blasnik’s contention [See the comments in my article about blower doors and ventilation.] that over the course of a year, the infiltration models are pretty good at predicting energy consumption from air leakage. What am I missing?J.L.: “On average” is the key point. During colder weather with the stack effect driver air changes are higher. Worst is spring and fall – or summer houses without ac. No air change at all.And it is not Blasnik’s contention, it is mine and was mine long before Blasnik, and I stole it from Handegord in 1982 who said that if you average things over a long enough time period you get the right answer. Just divide the ACH50 number by 10 or 15 or 20 and you get the right answer depending on the age of the house and the location. How is that for an infiltration model? Complicated eh? Why not use utility bill data to estimate infiltration? “The Blasnik Model”? Much better than the Sherman-Grimsrud model. You can quote me on that. Or use the Handegord model – “take the ach50 number and divide by a number….pick any number”.There is lots of other tracer gas stuff in the literature. I am putting stuff together and will present it at summer camp. I did all of this in 1982 the first time. I did it periodically during the 1990’s. Apparently I have to do it again.A bunch of stuff BSC has done is about to get released and posted that shows the effect of various ventilation system effectiveness on the same house using tracer gas analysis.If you take away the “peaks” you save energy. That is a good idea. Filling in the valleys during non energy intensive periods is also a good idea. But then raising the average year round is a dumb idea. I want to keep the two good ideas and nix the dumb idea.
AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Shannon Hamilton China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Optimize emails.We live in an attention economy. Like never before, marketers are vying for consumers’ mental space. Nowhere is that more evident than in email inboxes. The average office worker receives 121 emails per day, each of which is carefully crafted for opens and click throughs.To compete, marketers are turning to AI to analyze email engagement data, predict open rates, and minimize churn. One brand that hit it out of the park with personalized emails is Virgin Holidays. Just by individualizing its messaging, the travel company increased its email opens by 70% and clicks by 65%. As a result, Virgin Holidays raised its revenue by 49%, or about £17.3 million. Make ads more effective.Not long ago, advertising was a guessing game. Billboards, television, radio, and print ads were one-size-fits-all, forcing marketers to predict what would resonate with the widest slice of their audience. Today, the combination of digital media and AI have made advertising into a science. By 2020, eMarketer predicts that more than 86% of digital display ads will be bought programmatically. In other words, almost nine in 10 of them will soon be tailored to each viewer.To understand why companies are rushing toward programmatic ads, consider how Missing People used them to maximize a small budget. After receiving a £10 million donation, Missing People used programmatic ads to make location-specific appeals in its audience members’ social media feeds. In doing so, it raised its response rates from 50% to 70%. Broaden customer bases.AI can help brands better connect with their customers, but it can also help them identify new ones. Known as lookalike modeling, the process involves comparing demographic and psychographic traits of existing customers to predict which other consumers are most likely to convert. On the flip side, AI can make smart recommendations around audience suppression, saving brands money by encouraging them to skip over consumers they’re unlikely to win over.Using an AI-powered data management platform, Princess Cruises employed lookalike modeling to identify high-value customer segments. By considering the interests and experiences prior cruisers, Princess Cruises helped its marketers spot prime consumer targets.5. Customize shopping experiences. Largely thanks to Amazon, consumers have come to expect customized online shopping experiences. Around 35% of the e-commerce giant’s revenue is tied to its recommendation engine. Gartner predicts that by 2020, digital companies will boost their profits by as much as 15% by using AI to predict customer intent.But AI can do more than suggest similar products. British fashion retailer Asos helps shoppers choose their perfect size by analyzing which items shoppers keep and which they return. Asos’s Fit Assistant is powered by Fit Analytics, which uses machine learning to make 250 million sizing recommendations per month, in over 20 languages, and across more than 17,000 brands.AI may be a collection of technologies, but it’s key to a more human customer experience. Personalization is built on the back of big data, which all but impossible to analyze by hand. Instead, put your trust in AI. You — and your customers — won’t be disappointed. Tags:#AI#customer experience A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… When it comes to building customer relationships, nothing comes close to personalization. Eight in 10 consumers are more likely to purchase from brands that offer personalized experiences, Epsilon research shows. No wonder personalization is a priority for so many of today’s organizations.To make personalization possible, however, companies have to sift through stacks of data. Uber alone has collected over 100 petabytes of customer data — far too much for human analysts to handle in a timely manner. That’s why it and others have turned to AI technologies like machine learning.By using machines to analyze how, when, and what customers shop for, companies can predict on a person-by-person basis what customers want. Here’s how: Individualize digital experiences. Until the rising of ML, A/B testing was a manual process that took hours to deliver actual insights. AI models, however, can use online behavioral signals to determine the best experience to serve up in real time. And because AI systems become smarter as more data is fed into them, they actually get better at predicting outcomes over time.Financial services company HSBC, for example, recently tested AI-driven dynamic content against static content on its mobile app’s home page. The personalized results drastically outperformed their static peers in terms of click-through rates to product pages. Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Shannon is a Product Manager for Adobe Target. She is responsible for the machine learning / AI capabilities within Target, including ML-based personalization and ML-enhanced testing. Prior to Adobe, Shannon worked in management consulting, building customer experience strategies for clients across North America. Shannon holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she specialized in data science and marketing.
Branded: SRCC has a special inclination for culture and sportsA commerce college with a triple A-rated blue chip brand name, the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi, is basking in the afterglow of its platinum jubilee celebrations-it turned 75 last year amid a shower of bright sparks like former,Branded: SRCC has a special inclination for culture and sportsA commerce college with a triple A-rated blue chip brand name, the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi, is basking in the afterglow of its platinum jubilee celebrations-it turned 75 last year amid a shower of bright sparks like former students Arun Jaitley, the Union law and company affairs minister, and television host Rajat Sharma who came to bond with the present batches.The special occasion apart, Professor J.L. Gupta, who has been the principal for the past 17 years, hopes the serious student will “forgive” the “little problems” that make its exteriors less than inspiring. The scrubby, dust-filled space in front was once intended as a lawn; water shortage and, of course, the regular power cuts make the less fortunate label it “SR chee chee”. But it is the stringent admission criteria, not compromised through years of “immense pressure” that, according to the principal, make it the mecca for those who aspire to great things.Second-time lucky: Tight discipline, strict rules about attendance and penalty for latecomers and class-duckers keep the students at St Xavier’s, Kolkata, on their toesSRCC’s vital stats are highly impressive. To begin with, the college has maintained the top slot in Commerce in the India Today-Gallup survey for the sixth consecutive year. It is among the few colleges in India that routinely sends students to the Indian Institutes of Management by the dozen.Management guru Shiv Khera and the late NASSCOM president Dewang Mehta are among its contributions to the business world. Its students make preferred recruits for accountancy and consultancy firms like Price-Waterhouse-Coopers, KPMG and McKinsey. And their contribution to the university toppers’ list is so regular that it is mundane in the SRCC scheme of things.The list of accomplishments does not limit itself to the world of economy and business. SRCC’s students are among the best-known names in spheres like politics, law and the bureaucracy too-apart from Jaitley, BJP MP Vijay Goel and leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Jagdish Mukhi are among its alumni. And that these SRCCians are allrounders is hardly surprising.advertisementClick here to EnlargeFar from being a purely academic college churning out brilliant chartered accountants and multinational executives, SRCC has a special inclination for culture and sports. Its annual festival Crossroads is an eagerly awaited high point on the university’s culture map. It also won the Chancellor’s Trophy for excellence in sports recently. It has a history and political science society which organises stimulating lectures and even does Goa trips, Dil Chahta Hai-style. And yes, there is an English literary society too. When you’re getting all of this, why complain about the lawns?Click here to EnlargeSRCC’s closest rival St Xavier’s, Kolkata, has also retained its No. 2 position. The Kolkata college, founded in 1860 by Jesuit priests, still does not have a place for girls in the commerce department. It has come under fire on this count but the authorities maintain that they do not want to take a chance with safety and discipline during the early morning sessions. Here, tight discipline, strict rules about attendance and penalty for latecomers and class-duckers keep the students on their toes.Following in the footsteps of Kolkata’s St Xavier’s is its counterpart in Mumbai, which has moved up from the 5th position it obtained last year. The disappointment was Presidency College, Chennai, which slid to the 9th position from the No. 3 slot last year. A new addition to the “Big Ten” is the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Management of Commerce, which has made a quick advance to the 10th position from last year’s 28th.Top 10 collegesShri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi, 2001 (1), 2000 (1)ST Xavier’s College, Kolkata, 2001 (2), 2000 (4)ST Xavier’s College, Mumbai, 2001 (5), 2000 (2)Loyola College, Chennai, 2001 (11), 2000 (-)Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, 2001 (8), 2000 (6)Osmania University, Hyderabad, 2001 (-), 2000 (-)Madras Christian College, Chennai, 2001 (4), 2000 (8)R.A. Poddar College of Commerce, Mumbai, 2001 (5), 2000 (-)Presidency College, Chennai, 2001 (3), 2000 (3)IIMC, Hyderabad, 2001 (28), 2000 (-)
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Boufal: Why I turned down Marseilleby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSofiane Boufal says there was no chance of him leaving Southampton last summer,.Fresh from a successful loan in Spain with Celta Vigo, Boufal returned to St Mary’s for preseason amid interest from Olympique Marseille.However, the midfielder says his focus was always to stay with Saints.He told Canal Plus: “The interest of OM? I am a fighter. I am not someone who will leave and choose the easy way out. “For me, the easiest thing was to return to France for a club that absolutely wanted me. “I wanted to fight here and prove to people that I can succeed in the Premier League.”