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first_imgCorning >> Both the Anderson and Corning high football teams were locked in a scoreless tie up until seconds before halftime. But a missed extra point in the fourth quarter was the difference in a defensive battle as sixth-seeded Anderson upset No. 3 seeded Corning 14-13 Thursday night at Cardinal Stadium.The Cubs (6-5) move on to the Northern Section Division III semifinals against No. 2 seed Lassen. Lassen defeated Wheatland 48-0 on Thursday. The Cardinals defense stopped the Cubs with 30 …last_img read more


first_img14 November 2011South African President Jacob Zuma is in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a state visit that will see the signing of multiple trade and economic agreements.Zuma, who is on a two-nation tour of the Gulf region, is visiting the UAE on Monday and Oman from Tuesday to Wednesday with the aim of identifying greater investment opportunities.“We are pleased that institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority are committed to investing in South Africa,” Zuma said on his arrival on Sunday. “Our ministers have been directed to work out roadmaps for enhancing trade relations between the two nations during this visit.”Not only is the Gulf the source of more than half of South Africa’s crude oil requirements, but it has become a major market for South African products, a significant source of investment, and home to a sizeable South African expatriate community.Both Oman and the UAE are important markets for the South African defence industry.The potential for greater interaction between the two countries is enhanced through the 56 weekly flights between South Africa and the UAE.24th largest investor in South AfricaTrade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who is accompanying Zuma on his trip, told the SA-UAE Business Forum in Dubai on Sunday that South Africa had invested R3.33-billion in the United Arab Emirates since 2003, making the country the 19th largest investor in the UAE.The UAE, for its part, was currently the 24th largest investor in South Africa, Davies said.Davies also announced that the South African government, through the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, had proposed a protocol agreement for the direct export of horses from South Africa to UAE.“Due to instances of African Horse Sickness in South Africa, horses have been exported via Europe to UAE. This is a non-tariff trade barrier and also very costly for SA exporters.“Horses have to go via Europe for quarantine, before they are allowed into the UAE, and we hope to turn around the situation once our proposed protocol has been accepted by the UAE authorities.”10 draft agreements being negotiatedThe Middle East is an important economic region as it occupies a unique geo-political position in the tri-continental hub of Europe, Asia and Africa.It is the source of 67 percent of the world’s petroleum reserves and commands two of the most strategically important waterways in the world, namely the Gulf and the Red Sea, giving access to the Asian hinterland via the Gulf of Aqaba.South Africa and the UAE have signed five bilateral agreements, which provide the framework for co-operation.There are 10 draft agreements currently being negotiated in the areas of defence, taxation, industrial development, promotion of investments, legal matters, social development and transport, as well as a joint commission on bilateral issues.In Oman, it is expected that a “Supplementary Protocol amending the Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income” will be signed.BuaNewslast_img read more


first_img15 October 2013 South Africa will count on France’s support for the implementation of United Nations Resolution 2033, which calls for closer coordination between the UN Security Council and the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. Zuma was speaking during a state banquet held in Pretoria in honour of visiting French President Francois Hollande. “South Africa believes that to comprehensively address this challenge of peace and security on the continent, there is a need for closer cooperation between the United Nations Peace and Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council.” He said the resolution accorded the AU “a leading role” in facilitating the resolution of conflicts on the continent, with the support of the United Nations. “At a multilateral level there is a need for us to further intensify our collaboration and partnership. “This we should do … to encourage faster reform of the United Nations, especially the Security Council, so that this important world body can become a truly democratic forum, reflecting the political and other realities of the 21st century.” Zuma and Hollande agreed on Monday that intervention was needed in the Central African Republic to help stabilise the country. Zuma said that relations between France and South Africa would grow from strength to strength following Hollande’s visit. In 2012, more than 120 000 French tourists visited South Africa, an increase of 16% compared to 2011. “This shows great potential, which we will continue to harness,” he said. Among the agreements reached on Monday was for France to supply the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa with more than 3 000 train carriages. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


first_imgZhenya Mirkin is an Inventor of Entropy AI and partner at Caura & Co.. In the 2000s, he led the development of predictive text input software (called “iTAP”) that shipped on all Motorola phones worldwide. It is said that a successful product is a reflection of who we are. Usually, our unique perspective is what leads to the initial discovery. As the product acquires feedback, our keen desire to respond is what drives further innovation.We can have better UI and UX experiences using web chat and augmented conversations.Time and time again I see technology products starting on the right footing only to deteriorate as companies push them to scale.The internet now is quite mature, so this is becoming to stop using emojis finally experience. Few companies can repeat the process of innovation discovered initially has been with their successful flagship products — never mind the improvement on existing ones.Today, in the technology world I see two significant trends:1) As product companies scale, the distance between product developers and their clients’ increases.2) As consulting companies scale, the time between engagement and a kickoff conversation with a technical expert increases.Whatever the process — sales, engagement management, and business development — typically companies put very empathetic people at the frontline of client communication. As a byproduct, technical people, who are most likely to help, are moved further afar. The picture is further complicated since most mature business-facing products require consultants as well as vendors.Technology puts me in mind of the (true) physics formula contained in:time * velocity = distanceEqual increase in time and total distance => constant velocity => zero acceleration => decrease in the rate of innovation => eventual stagnation.This complex physics formula seems to be our technology conundrum.But what if there was a way to build a company that had put the whole process upside down? What if people who ultimately come up with solutions are at the front of the customer journey?On the question of “time.”As a seasoned individual contributor, I have come full circle. I used to handle many of the escalated support requests using written communication with my sense of situational awareness. It was stressful, and not something I would share as best practices. Over time, however, I’ve learned to rely on a set of products in the form of a machine helper.This  machine thinker and helper :Watches my communication.Detects problems that I, as a writer, may not be fully aware.Produces personalized insights on how to improve.In a way, I have learned to supplement my low Emotional IQ with an electronic version of a coach that in private counsels me on all matters relating to my communication. As a byproduct, I have avoided several failed pitches and significant misunderstandings with customers.What all this means is that rather than focusing on building a business that isolates technical people into a bubble, we can finally build an organization that gives them full ownership of the customer journey just by providing better insights into how they (we) communicate.On the question of “distance.”Fundamentally, I am advocating for a change to bring communication back to people, away from meaningless tools and bad user experiences. From the beginning of the internet, we’ve been developing user experiences made up of input forms and check boxes.As the functionality of the web increased, web designers learned to create “smart user flows,” such that check boxes and options are not seen on one page. Though nothing is displayed, the process works to some extent, but it is a weak solution to a communication problem.Somewhere there is a solution, and whether it is a functional webpage or an actual person, these “smart user flows” are adding distance.Wouldn’t a “Chat Box” better serve its public if the customer could explain their question, and ultimately receive a solution? Wanting to be able to define a problem and receive an answer or solution is not a novel idea. Live customer support is fully ingrained into our web.And yet, there is only a handful of firms that can program their chatbots well:* Bloomberg* American Express* maybe, a few othersAlmost everywhere else, customer support via chat is a massive-scale problem. It evokes in me the same feeling I have when I call AT&T.The reason why my experience with the above companies is different is not something easily transferable. For whatever reason, these companies can staff their customer support with very technical and empathetic people. This accomplishment from companies is remarkable given their scale.What are the solutions:Augmented Emotional IntelligenceWhen companies build Artificial Intelligence (Natural Language Understanding) into their online communication experiences, there is a potential to finally stop using emojis. Not using emojis is precisely what companies such as Upwork (eLance+oDesk) and Guy Gamzu’s Fiverr do today.There is no need to look for complexity about the future. Our language already has all the richness in it to express emotion and empathy within our written communication. So it all boils down to: how can software help people — especially technical people — convey that richness effectively.The 19th century saw the invention of Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and it allowed us to build vast empires and corporations. If only we can get this AI piece right, the 20th century will see greater individual ownership of a client relationship. It will be a century of smaller and more effective companies that truly own the outcomes of their work. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Zhenya Mirkin Tags:#allenai#fiverr#guygamzu#NLP#OpenAI#upwork last_img read more

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