LeBron James says Black Lives Matter isn’t a movement: ‘It’s a lifestyle’

first_imgShe died of gunshot wounds after three officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department executed a no-knock search warrant on her Louisville home, resulting in an exchange of fire between her boyfriend and the officers. It has been said by Taylor’s family that she and her boyfriend suspected a break-in rather than a police raid.MORE: Paul George dedicates press conference to Breonna TaylorJames, also pointing to the death of George Floyd in police custody, insisted officers should pay for their actions.”The same energy we had on the floor is the same energy we have toward having justice for Breonna Taylor and her family,” James said. “It’s unfortunate. It’s fortunate that we had the George Floyd video to see it, but is that what we need to see, a video of Breonna being killed, for people to realise how bad the situation is? I don’t even believe they were at the right place. The cops weren’t even in at the right place. They knocked down the wrong door and started doing what they do at that time and just started shooting away. And that’s just not okay. … We want the cops arrested. Justice for Breonna Taylor is number one on our lists right now.”James spoke of reading about a black man who was trying to buy a bicycle for his son but had police called on him.“It’s just heartbreaking. You guys don’t understand,” James said. “Unless you’re a person of color, you guys don’t understand. I understand you might feel for us. But you will never truly understand what it is to be black in America.”Speaking in a news conference, James also addressed the Black Lives Matter campaign, which has seen a light shone on racial injustices. “A lot of people use this analogy that Black Lives Matter is a movement. It’s not a movement. When you’re black, it’s not a movement. It’s a lifestyle,” he said. “This is a walk of life. I don’t like the word ‘movement’ because unfortunately in America and in society there ain’t been no damn movement for us.”He looked at America’s political change, reflecting on how Barack Obama was in charge of the country four years ago. Without naming Donald Trump, it was clear where James’ message was directed.”You know what’s going on now. Is that progress?” he said. “I think we can all say that’s not progress. The conversations being had right now and how many people are really listening or just having the conversations of trying to make things happen, that’s progress. We got a long way to go.” LeBron James said there has been “no damn movement” for black Americans as he demanded justice for Breonna Taylor.James spoke out on racial oppression after appearing for the Lakers in a 108-104 NBA scrimmage defeat to the Mavericks. In a passionate and erudite assessment of the state of American life, James said he and his teammates were firmly behind the drive for accountability after Taylor’s killing in March.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Cricket’s duty to its minnows

first_img NEW VERSION OF CRICKET There is a new version of cricket, however. It is T20 cricket. It is taking over like wildfire and it has given those in charge the opportunity to spread their wings, to cover the whole wide world. For years now, there has been a call to add more teams to cricket and there has always been a counterclaim by the ‘big shots’ of cricket that the game would be too one-sided if that was done. There is no doubt that was true. Can you imagine a Test match between Australia and Canada at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and, at end of day two, at the end of the first innings, the scoreboard read: Australia 400 for one or two declared, Canada70 and 20 for five? Who would watch this match and who would pay for the exercise? Based on their performances over the years and their performance this year, however, the minnows, or some of them Ireland, the Netherlands, Oman, Afghanistan, Scotland, Hong Kong and Kenya, deserve their places. And so do others like Papua, New Guinea, Canada and the USA. If they never get to compete, no one will ever know of them, just as we would never have known of players like Mohammad Shahzar; Afghanistan’s batsman Kyle Coetzer; Scotland’s batsman Zeeshan Maqsood; Oman’s batsman Dawlat Zadran; Afghanistan’s pacer and one of the real finds of the tournament, Afghanistan’s young right-arm leg-spinner Rashid Khan. And what of countries like China, Argentina and even Brazil if they so desire? T20 cricket is made for them. RANKED NO. 3 T20 cricket is ranked number three in the general scheme of things. It is played regularly in local competitions, hardly in international competitions and up to last month, it was played every two years as a world tournament. Regrettably, it is scheduled for every four years as of the next time. T20 cricket is big business. It is, however, easy to play, it is fun, it caters to the spectators, and although the players, including the West Indies players, or most of them, prefer the Test version, it is the most popular format today. T20 cricket is ideal as a tool to spread the game. The minnows can upset the ‘big boys’ occasionally, just as how The Netherlands defeated England in both the 50-over World Cup and the World Twenty 20 and just as how Afghanistan defeated the West Indies a few weeks ago in the World Twenty20. Those defeats were embarrassing for England and that defeat was also embarrassing for the soon-to-be crowned world champions, West Indies, a few days ago. They added to the excitement of the tournament, however, and as far as The Netherlands and Afghanistan are concerned, they contributed to the growth of the game. The ICC has a duty to its minnows and a responsibility to cricket to let them loose and offer them more opportunities. This is the time to allow cricket to grow. The International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 tournament of 2016 is behind us and despite many events of its kind – and many successful ones at that – the world of cricket can truthfully say that this one was a tremendous success. Maybe it was the different types of pitches found in India this time around and maybe it was the different kinds of bowling, especially the presence of right-arm leg-spin bowling, which made it so successful. Maybe it was the quality of batting throughout, the tournament and the brilliance of the fielding which lifted the standard and thus the excitement throughout and maybe it was the energy and performance of the minnows which caused it all. Maybe it was, in the final analysis, the performance of the big hitters of the West Indies which made the difference and the stylish and dramatic way in which they ended the tournament on a winning note, with the ball disappearing into the outskirts of Kolkata. Maybe it was simply an improving mindset by the players. Whatever it was that caused it, it was a tournament to remember and to duplicate and, at least, the next time around. For years now, and but for a few changes, cricket has remained the same. It has been basically the same teams, with nothing new to add spice and colour to the scenery. Cricket, it is said, is a hard game to learn, but that is Test cricket.last_img read more

NFL notes: Titans’ Young soaks everything in

first_imgThe NFC squad has less star power. Drew Brees will team up with San Francisco running back Frank Gore and Carolina receiver Steve Smith. New Orleans quarterback Former officials supervisor files lawsuit: Earnie Frantz, a former supervisor of NFL officials from 1981 to 2001, sued the league in federal court in New York, claiming he was unfairly fired after some referees lodged false complaints that he was racially biased. Frantz said part of his job as a supervisor included grading the performance of officials after each week of play. While performing that role, the suit said, Frantz became a target of complaints by “a vocal component of the minority officiating crew,” who complained that he was racially biased and graded minorities more harshly than whites. Frantz, who is white, claimed in the suit that he was essentially fired “because of the color of his skin.” “I learned something every day. I’m just looking forward to playing in the game and having one more great experience to finish the year.” Young is the first rookie quarterback to make the Pro Bowl since Dan Marino. Manning, the Super Bowl MVP, will start with league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson before an impressive defense led by Miami’s Jason Taylor and Denver’s Champ Bailey takes the field. Vince Young didn’t see this trip to Hawaii as a vacation. The Tennessee quarterback figured a rookie should never stop learning, even at the ProBowl. “It’s been great. My head’s kind of spinning, but it’s a great time,” said Young, who will back up the AFC’s Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer in the NFL’s 57th all-star game today in Honolulu. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Finn Valley AC youth awards ceremony – Pic Special

first_imgFinn Valley AC completed a busy day at the Finn Valley Centre Sunday having hosted County x country champs on their grounds earlier. This time in the evening it was the turn of the young athetes to be acknowledged at the annual awards ceremony at which some 73 youth age athletes that had won national championship medals were in receipt of club pennants, certificates and gear bags and every other current member also receiving a momentum. Club coaches made the presentations and the assembled crowd the largest ever some 400 people plus loudly clearly appreciate the ongoing efforts of these same coaches.A night of appreciation and thanks all round which included a moving impressive display of2015/ 2016 photographs per Dermot Mc Granaghan and a presentation by local community Games reps Orla Mc Gonagle and Ann Slevin to 11 youngsters that had qualified for national community Games finals.Refreshments were the order of the day later and the verdict another enjoyable night with MC Patsy McGonagle.Finn Valley AC youth awards ceremony – Pic Special was last modified: November 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:awardsCeremonyFinn Valley ACpicture specialSportlast_img read more

Conversation at the Inaugural Competitiveness Forum will redefine South Africa’s growth trajectory

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, 29 October 2013 – South Africa stands at a cross roads in its developmental paradigm.  The National Development Plan provides a blueprint for our social and economic growth and development.  The critical question is how will this achieved and by whom?This and other questions will be thrashed out during South Africa’s inaugural Competitiveness Forum hosted by Brand South Africa at Gallagher Estate on 5 November 2013.How South Africa goes forward in implementing the National Development Plan depends on a common understanding of the country’s strategy for growth and development.  It will be essential for each of the country’s 50 million citizens to see the role we can, and must, play in moving the NDP from a policy on paper to a plan that we all buy into and more importantly, that we all play our part in implementing.The South Africa we live in today is a South Africa that we all fought for, for many years.  South Africa’s transition to democracy in the 1990s was a cumulative effort of all the country’s people.  It is this spirit that must take hold in each of us now as South Africa moves into its adulthood after 20 years of democratic governance.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “South Africa is about more than just politics.  It is about us a nation.  We are unique in our diversity and this is something that must be harnessed as we look at how to strengthen our competitiveness and simultaneously improve our reputation domestically and internationally.”“South Africa needs each citizen to be part of this movement towards implementing Vision 2030.  There is an opportunity for 200 leaders from across society to be part of this inaugural conversation at Gallagher Estate on 5 November 2013.  Seats are limited and filling up quickly.  Please register online at http://www.brandsouthafrica.com/projects/sa-competitiveness-forum/sacf-registration.  Delegates will be able to participate in the following breakaway discussions: education, skills & labour; products and services; governance and leadership; infrastructure; and FDI competitiveness.  We look forward to hosting you at this inaugural Competitiveness Forum,” concluded Mr Matola.Senior government leaders will also participate in the Competitiveness Forum while confirmed international speakers include:•    Mauro Gozzo, Chief Economist, Swedish Trade and Investment Council•    Dr Douglas van den Berghe – CEO and founder of Investment Consulting Associates – ICA headquartered in Amsterdam and Boston with offices around the world and supplier of two web based FDI advisory products.Moderators on the day of the forum include Prof. Adam Gordon from Wits Business School, Mr Karthi Pillay from Deloitte, Dr Dominic Heil from the Reputation Institute of South Africa and Ms Nomaxabiso Majokweni from Business Unity South Africa.Media attendanceMedia are invited to RSVP should they wish to cover this event with name, surname, ID number, media house and designation by Wednesday 30 October 2013 for accreditation purposes.  Information should be sent to [email protected] and [email protected]:             5 November 2013Time:             09h00Venue:          Gallagher Convention Centre19 Richard Drive,MidrandNote to Editors:Brand South Africa’s partners in this event include:Reputation InstituteDeloitteManufacturing CircleDepartment of Trade & IndustryProudly SANational Planning CommissionAfrica Institute of South AfricaPMR AfricaWits Business SchoolInternational Women’s Forum (SA) International Women’s Forum (SA)The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is a global organisation of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement who come together across national and international boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, enrich lives, provide a network of support and exert influence. Through its Leadership Foundation, the IWF helps prepare future generations of women leaders. With forums throughout North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the IWF facilitates networking among women of achievement and promotes opportunities for women in leadership. Founded in 1982 in the United States, the IWF has grown across five continents into 26 nations and 60 affiliated forum locations and currently has a membership of over 5 000 women leaders.  The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA) was established in 2000. IWFSA currently has some 70 members drawn from government, business, the sciences, the arts and numerous other areas.Reputation InstituteReputation Institute is a leading reputation-based advisory firm, founded in 1997.  The most prominent management tool is the RepTrak model for analysing the reputations of companies and institutions – best known via the Forbes-published Global RepTrak 100, the world’s largest study of corporate reputations.DeloitteUnder the Deloitte brand, around 200,000 professionals in independent firms globally, collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services to selected clients. Deloitte is one of Africa’s leading professional services firms. It provides these services through nearly 3,800 people in 9 offices in South Africa and 17 cities in Southern Africa. Deloitte is the South African member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte aims to drive economic growth, capitalise on business opportunities and respond productively to challenges. Through its business, it supports the creation of a sustainable and prosperous society.Manufacturing CircleThe Manufacturing Circle was formed in 2008. It interacts with government and other stakeholders in order to review, debate and help formulate policies which will have a positive impact on South Africa’s manufacturing base. The Manufacturing Circle is made up of a number of South Africa’s leading medium to large manufacturing companies from a wide range of industries. Some of the members are leading South African exporters of manufactured goods to markets around the globe, others are locally based and locally focused companies competing with the best in the world. There is one common denominator among them and that is a passion for manufacturing, coupled with a fervent belief that for South Africa to be economically strong, its manufacturing sector must be strong. A strong and developing manufacturing sector will drive the creation of skilled and semi-skilled jobs in the South African economy.Department of Trade and IndustryThe Department of Trade and Industry is headed by Minister Rob Davies. The Department aims to facilitate transformation of the economy to promote industrial development, investment, competitiveness and employment creation.Proudly South AfricanFirst conceived at the Presidential Job Summit in 1998, the Proudly South African Campaign was born out of socio-economic necessity to create jobs, under the leadership of the former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Through the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), the Proudly South African Campaign was launched in 2001 and supported by Government, Organised Business (BUSA), Organised Labour and Organised Community.The Proudly South African “buy local” campaign encourages the nation to buy local products and make use of local services, in an effort to stimulate the local economy and help create jobs. Proudly SA also promotes national pride, patriotism and social cohesion. When consumers buy locally produced products and support local service providers, the local economy is stimulated and sustainable job opportunities are created. By supporting local producers and manufacturers (by buying goods which carry the Proudly South African logo or a ‘Made in South Africa’ label) each and every South African can contribute towards creating a bigger demand for home grown products and services; stimulating South Africa’s economic growth; helping to prevent job losses and helping to create job opportunities.National Planning CommissionThe National Planning Commission is chaired by the Minister in the Presidency for National Planning, Trevor Manuel. The NPC is responsible for developing a long-term vision and strategic plan for South Africa. It will also advise on cross-cutting issues that impact on South Africa’s long-term development. The NPC’s mandate is to take a broad, cross-cutting, independent and critical view of SA, to help define the country we seek to achieve by 2030 and to map out a path to achieve those objectives. The Commission has produced the National Development Plan, which is the blueprint for a successful South Africa. The establishment of the NPC is government’s promise to its citizens that it is building a state that will grow the economy, reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of all citizens.PMR AfricaPMR Africa offers consulting, research and risk management services. The PMR Africa national survey measures ‘excellence’ according to eleven attributes, which include customer service, BEE, social responsibility and sustainable development. Its questionnaires are developed with the input of key role-players in the specific industries. PMR also generates country profiles, with information on nations’ economic and social standing and puts together community profiles. These community surveys and the collection of data on local dynamics constitute a vital source of information. The purpose of this survey is to strengthen the strategies of communities, as well as to empower communities.Wits Business SchoolThe Wits Business School mission is to establish and maintain excellence in scholarship in business and management education, through the promotion of research and teaching in the various business and management disciplines. WBS has a strong reputation as a leading business school provider of MBA and other Masters business degree courses, and an extensive range of short-course executive education, leadership development, and corporate learning options. As one of the leading business schools in South Africa, its terrain of knowledge and activity is local, African, and international. WBS academic faculty is drawn from a number of nationalities including Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Ireland, USA and Madagascar. Approximately half of its academic fulltime staff is non-South African. The visiting faculty is primarily based in the United States, and it has representation from several other countries.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaStory on SA Competitiveness Forum: http://www.brandsouthafrica.com/news/953-brand-sa-embraces-spirit-of-competition.Media are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

SmugMug Acquires Flickr

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#flickr#smugmug Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Today SmugMug, the leading photo management and sharing platform, announced the acquisition of Flickr, the online photo management and sharing application. This acquisition will create the most influential photography community in the world.For 15 years SmugMug has focused on helping the photographer and supporting their craft, with a business model that doesn’t use advertising or user data. Through this acquisition, SmugMug will now extend this dedication to the largest photography community in the world – benefitting tens of millions more photographers and putting their work and inspiration first.“Since day one our passion has been empowering photographers to tell the stories they want to tell, the way they want to tell them, and our investment in Flickr reaffirms this commitment,” said Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug. “Uniting the SmugMug and Flickr brands will make the whole photography community stronger and better connected.  The enduring quality of photography is so much more than clicks and likes—photography has the power to change the world. Together, we can preserve photography as the global language of storytelling.”SmugMug was started in 2002 and has since become an amazing community for photographers worldwide. SmugMug is home to millions of passionate photographers and billions of secure photographs. The SmugMug platform provides photographers with website designs that offer a safe, easy and convenient way to share, showcase and sell their stories. SmugMug gives photographers complete control over who accesses their photos, and provides robust e-commerce features that make it easy to turn passion into profit.At its heart, SmugMug encourages and empowers its community of photographers to learn, share, and inspire one another. SmugMug provides 24/7 support, from real people, along with tips, tutorials, and training events, and also hosts webinars and forums with leading photographers.Founded in 2004, Flickr is an active, global community of photographers that encourages users to find their inspiration. Home to tens of billions of photos and two million groups, photography lovers come to Flickr to share their passion, discover spectacular images, hone their craft, and engage with friends old and new.“We share SmugMug’s mission to cater to people—professionals, amateurs, and everybody in between— who invest time, energy and love into their photos,” said Andrew Stadlen of Flickr. “We look forward to becoming part of the SmugMug family and continue to grow, innovate and delight our global community of photographers.”SmugMug has purchased Flickr and vowed to revitalize the photo service that has for some time been left to itself.I had a chance to chat with Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug about the acquisition. Here is what he said;Tell us a little bit about why SmugMug acquired Flickr?Since the beginning our focus has been on the photographer, and our investment in Flickr reaffirms our dedication to this vibrant community of creators. Together, SmugMug and Flickr represent the world’s most influential community of photographers. The opportunity to unite these two communities and businesses was one we couldn’t pass up.What is the plans with the coming over the coming 2-3 years?For now there will be no immediate changes to Flickr services. In the near term we plan to listen to the community, which is what we have done since we started SmugMug.  So for now, listen to the community and their needs and go from there.What are the plans with the current Flickr team?The Flickr staff will continue to operate from San Francisco and remain in their current roles. We have no plans for changes to Fantastic staff—they will be a critical part of the brand’s next chapter as part of the SmugMug.  Andrew Stadlen and Eric Willis will join SmugMug’s leadership where they will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the brand.What does this mean for photographers across the globe?The Flickr community is healthy and thriving, and for the time being will continue to operate as a separate brand. Moving forward, we will look for opportunities to bring photographers together to share and inspire one another as they hone and grow their craft. We will be able to share more details on our plans in the coming weeks and months. SmugMug and Flickr, together will continue to innovate based on the specific needs of the photographers we serve.Do you see this acquisition as the first of many for SmugMug?Our focus for the immediate future is to bring the Flickr community and its employees on to the SmugMug successfully, listen to the community and ensure the future of Flickr is a success.last_img read more

How Logistics Leaders Can Use AI Right Now

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#AI#artificial intellgence#business operations#logistics#operations Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture We may not have robots like C-3PO from “Star Wars” or Rosie from “The Jetsons,” but there’s no denying that the machines we do have are getting smarter. But are business leaders taking advantage of their capabilities? It’s easy to imagine adopting AI in some indefinite future, but the technology already has the capacity to improve your ROI — provided you actually implement it.While AI is making waves across industries, the logistics space stands to benefit more than most. According to a report from DHL and IBM, “the network-based nature of [logistics] provides a natural framework for implementing and scaling AI.” It’s no surprise, then, that companies are already experimenting with AI implementation, achieving small wins that help set the stage for much bigger ones.Small wins are key because they help test theories, establish best practices, and achieve buy-in from key stakeholders. You don’t need to aim for complete disruption on the first try. But if you put off AI solutions until a later date, you’ll risk falling behind your forward-thinking competitors.Historically, innovation is adopted in the consumer sector before trickling into commercial enterprises. AI has reached this tipping point, and the next few years will reveal its true value. Incorporating it into your own logistics might not happen overnight, but the timely implementation of AI will allow you to reap benefits such as improved efficiency and cost savings. Curious how you can use AI today to improve your logistics? Look first to the following areas:1. Improving demand forecastingWhile we’re not quite at a place where a walking and talking robot can scan your warehouse and tell you what inventory is running low, machine learning already has effective demand-forecasting capabilities.In fact, Ali Raza, founder and CEO of ThroughPut Inc., says companies are currently using this technology to great effect: “Some of the largest brands in the world, like Amazon, have acquired robotics firms like Kiva Systems and automated a great deal of their warehouse management, while growing jobs, increasing efficiency and faster delivery times with fewer shipping errors.” Alibaba even built a state-of-the-art warehouse that uses robots to transport items, making the facility China’s “largest automated warehouse,” according to CNBC.Better demand forecasting is obviously good for business: It optimizes production schedules, reduces the amount of capital tied up in inventory, and ensures that you can deliver what customers want when they want it. To reap these benefits, use AI to automate demand forecasting in your warehouses.2. Assisting with administrative dutiesWhile you may not have a robotic accountant yet, you can have a powerful system for the detection of financial anomalies. Using machine learning, Ernst & Young is able to detect fraud with an astounding 97 percent accuracy, according to the joint DHL-IBM report. To do this, EY has machine learning classify invoices from international parties then pinpoint red flags for a human expert to review. This logic and use of machine learning can be applied to myriad business processes.Up to this point, business software has been focused on digitizing organizations and doing away with paper forms. As AI is able to automate many of these tasks entirely, it will also be able to help us get better at the jobs humans perform that can’t be automated.Gordon Ritter, a founder of Emergence Capital Partners, envisions technology helping humans improve their workflows in real time with what he dubs “the coaching cloud.” With AI, that doesn’t have to mean a single approach. Instead, algorithms can analyze the strengths and weaknesses of individual workers and offer tailored advice.3. Meeting physical demandsWhile robots might someday be driving your delivery vehicles or stocking your shelves, that technology isn’t widespread just yet. However, AI can already meet other vital physical needs. Intelligent robotic sorting, for example, is a process by which letters and packages are scanned and sorted through a system of conveyors, ensuring that the right shipments are automatically sent to the right places.Other applications abound. ZenRobotics, for instance, uses an advanced AI-powered algorithm to scan conveyor belts of mixed recyclable items. By analyzing labels as well as materials, the tool can pick out similar items and sort them at a rate of 4,000 per hour.With the right application, AI can perform similar logistical tasks for your organization, whether it involves sorting items or packing shipments. Don’t discount the physical tasks AI can help perform to boost your warehouse efficiency.When discussing AI, it’s hard not to look to the future. There is vast untapped potential, and the technology will undoubtedly transform how companies do business in ways that are as yet impossible to predict. But there’s much that AI can do for businesses right now. Smart leaders will recognize the capabilities AI already brings to the table and decide how best to capitalize on them in their own organizations. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: We’ll do what we can to keep Rondon

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez: We’ll do what we can to keep Rondonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez will do what he can to have Salomon Rondon become a permanent signing.On-loan West Brom striker Rondon has netted four goals in six games including a winner here that shot Newcastle to six points clear of the bottom three, with Fulham to play next week.”I am happy with him, but still he can improve,” he said.”I don’t want to give too much credit to him, and I mean by that that I don’t want to take too much credit from the others.”He is doing a great job for the team, but we have to support him a little bit more.”If he has more support, if he has more crosses and passes into him, then he will score more goals because he can do it.”Anyone can do it if you give them more assists, but I think with Salomon, if the team puts the ball in the right position then he will also be on the end of the crosses, or at the end of the passes.”Asked if Newcastle could net him permanently from West Brom, Benitez said: “It will be fine. Hopefully he can start scoring a lot of goals, and then you can ask me this in a few weeks and hopefully it can be positive then, too.”He has not surprised me. He knows he can improve – so he will work hard. His strength maybe is to hold the ball.” last_img read more

Roger Goodell Is Getting Blasted For His Comment On Laremy Tunsil

first_imgLaremy Tunsil and Goodell smile holding his draft jersey.Laremy Tunsil.Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s draft experience was unraveling by the second Thursday night as both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were being hacked, sharing posts detrimental to his draft stock. No matter how you feel about the things posted to his social media accounts, one thing was clear: somebody was out to get him. But when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with ESPN’s Mike and Mike Friday morning to discuss, he seemed to think the chaos was just part of the draft experience, telling Greeny and Golic: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”Roger Goodell to @MikeAndMike on Tunsil situation: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.” https://t.co/W1S1NwgfcU— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 29, 2016While it clearly wasn’t meant to be a malicious statement, it probably wasn’t the best way to describe it either, and he’s getting blasted for it on Twitter. Oh, @nflcommish. It’s a good thing the owners don’t pay you for your public-speaking skills. https://t.co/SM9RuwhMaC— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) April 29, 2016 I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is universally hated— Joseph Kennedy (@bigjoebadger) April 29, 2016 How can people respect this rat @nflcommish https://t.co/tvlPtAh0EG— Mike Sheerin (@Mike_Sheerin) April 29, 2016 Wonder why players and fans don’t trust @nflcommish to be judge and arbiter of “integrity”…https://t.co/eBODeJJvO6— Nick Dorich (@NickyDPharmD) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish I felt bad that u were booed all day yesterday …until I heard ur comments on what makes this draft so exciting. Keep booing!— Jason Trawick (@jasontrawick) April 29, 2016 Does @nflcommish realize how stupid he sounds? Nice job throwing @KingTunsil78 under the bus! Only thing deflated in the @nfl is #Goodell— Russ Weakland (@MrSandwich96) April 29, 2016 Roger Goodell has less than zero class. https://t.co/8A3A5vj0hm— John Archibald (@ResSports) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish thinks it’s “entertainment” to see a kid slandered and lose millions of dollars. I scream conspiracy.— TheBron James (@Phaulkner) April 29, 2016 @rogergoodell thinks a kid getting railroaded is #exciting. Never got a thank you for gift he gave to the Starks for their #redwedding #nfl— Ron Cardashenstein (@RonCar69) April 29, 2016Tunsil was picked up by the Dolphins and will begin his NFL career as a first round pick, but he’ll never forget draft night – for all the wrong reasons.last_img read more

21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala Expansion In India

first_imgBest Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala at Ice Palace Studios in Wynwood on Friday, November 17.The 21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala is a spectacular event with hundreds of prominent locals and international guests gathering to celebrate the Best Buddies mission. This year’s Best Buddies Miami Gala will celebrate the organization’s expansion into India.Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, partake in a top-notch auction and witness dazzling entertainment. During the Gala, Ralph Winter will be honored with the Spirit of Leadership award for his $1 million gift to Best Buddies that will be used to promote and expand the organization’s mission of friendship, jobs, and leadership development for individuals with IDD around the world.“We are incredibly excited to celebrate Best Buddies’ expansion into India, where we hope to exemplify the true spirit of friendship and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Anthony K. Shriver, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Best Buddies International. “Moreover, I am proud to celebrate the Best Buddies mission with some of our most dedicated supporters, participants, and volunteers. The Miami Gala is a fantastic way to thank and celebrate the achievements of our participants and supporters, as well as remind everyone of our mission and importance of the work that we do on behalf of individuals with special abilities.”Each year, the Gala brings together Miami’s most notable residents and celebrities from around the globe. Among those expected to attend this year’s event includes: Best Buddies International’s Founder, Chairman & CEO Anthony K. Shriver and his wife, Alina Shriver; Actors Nolan Gould, Jason Lewis and Kevin McHale; Actress and Model Charlotte McKinney; Four-time Tour de France Winner Chris Froome; Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff; and International Pop-Artist Romero Britto. The evening will conclude with a special musical performance by four-time Grammy nominated, multi-platinum Australian rapper Iggy Azalea!There will also be a number of one-of-a-kind items up for auction, including a limited edition Hublot Best Buddies Cycling Timepiece, a custom portrait by Romero Britto, and a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to be a part of Dolce & Gabbana’s Ready to Wear show in Milan, Italy, which includes a special meet and greet with Mr. Domenico Dolce and Mr. Stefano Gabbana.The day’s festivities will kick-off bright and early with the Best Buddies Challenge: Miami, a 100K six-star cycling event, limited to just 50 cyclists, that starts and finishes at Marlins Park. The Challenge will be led by Tour de France winner Chris Froome, and pro cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde.As a result of phenomenal support from generous sponsors and donors, Best Buddies is able to extend its reach globally, and will continue to develop its presence through its eight formal programs — Best Buddies Ambassadors, Citizens, Colleges, e-Buddies, High Schools, Jobs, Middle Schools and Promoters— across the United States and in nearly 50 countries. Proceeds from the Gala will allow Best Buddies to continue making a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals with special abilities on a global scale.Sterling Foundation Management and the The Ferraro Law Firm are the Friendship Sponsors of the event; Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Carnival Corporation & PLC, Carnival Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, Chateau Gaby, Tracfone Wireless are the Employment Sponsors. Leadership Sponsors include the Abaco Wines, Braman Motors, Capital Trust Group, The GEO Group Foundation, Inc., IPC, Sheba Lucas, Mack Cycle & Fitness, Park West Foundation, Pepsi-Cola, Michael Schlesginer, Sandy & Tony Tamer and WSVN 7News.last_img read more