General Election 2019: Twitter ban on political ads comes into effect

first_img General Election 2019: Twitter ban on political ads comes into effect Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistateNinjaJournalistMichael Jordan’s Divorce Settlement Has Finally Been Revealed.NinjaJournalist Read more: Twitter shares plunge after revenue hit by weaker advertising and demand A lot of adverts have been targeted at those under-35, particularly by Labour, as the demographic least likely to vote. Meanwhile, it was revealed earlier this week that Google’s transparency report had severely under-reported the spending on political ads by both Labour and Conservative parties. The social media firm revealed last week that it’s ban would include all mentions of political candidates and legislation. In reality it was more than 1,000 times more at £63,900, but the ads had been focused on search terms such as “Brexit” or “Brexit Party”. Other big spenders have been organisations such as the Electoral Commission and campaign groups, like the Remain-supporting Best For Britain. Last week the Tories had spent more than £85,000 on advertising on Facebook and sister-site Instagram, while Labour spent just £43,000. Lib Dems splashed out £42,000. In the most drastic case, Google had reported that Labour had spent just £50 on adverts in the first two weeks of the election. Read more: Twitter acquires London AI startup as it looks to target small businesses A report in the Guardian revealed that Jeremy Corbyn’s party had spent five times as much on Snapchat adverts – a social media platform that is overwhelming used by people under 30. whatsapp whatsapp It said Labour had spent £15,000 which had bought 13m video views. The social media site said ads will not be allowed to advocate for certain outcomes on political or social causes. Friday 22 November 2019 10:30 am It is a problem that Twitter will not have to face, however, after deciding to ban all forms of political advertising. (AFP via Getty Images) Today is the first day of Twitter’s political ad ban, less than a month out from the general election and a year ahead of the 2020 US presidential election. A combination of automated technology and human teams will be used to enforce the new ad policies.   All three leading parties – Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats – have so far spent thousands of pounds on online advertising, although it has mostly come on other platforms. Michael Searles “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought,” Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said last week. Tags: General election 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

Alaska’s pretrial inmate population has swelled with COVID-19 restrictions on courts and attorney-client meetings

first_imgCoronavirus | Crime & Courts | State GovernmentAlaska’s pretrial inmate population has swelled with COVID-19 restrictions on courts and attorney-client meetingsDecember 23, 2020 by Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media Share:Anchorage Correctional Complex (Alaska Department of Corrections photo)Despite efforts to reduce Alaska’s inmate population during the pandemic, some facilities are crowded.Jury trials remain suspended, and many people have no idea when they will get their day in court. Plus, defense attorneys say their inability to meet with clients makes it difficult to resolve cases through plea deals.That has led to more Alaskans, who have not been convicted of a crime, spending more time in jail, at a higher risk for exposure to COVID-19.The number of inmates in Department of Corrections custody actually dropped early on in the pandemic, according to a report from the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. Seeing the need to reduce crowding, among other measures, Alaska’s presiding judges temporarily had removed requirements to jail some offenders.But in May, new arrests again started to outpace the number of cases being resolved. There are now more people in jail in Alaska accused of a crime — presumed innocent until proven guilty — than those who’ve been convicted and sentenced.“It’s been very challenging, and very frustrating, in a lot of ways,” said Ben Muse, deputy public defender with the Alaska Public Defender Agency.Some clients, who can’t afford their bail are stuck in jail with no trial date or court dates that keep getting pushed off, and no end in sight, Muse said.“You can hear the frustration and hopelessness in their voices, like it’s been very difficult,” he said.A vast majority of cases end in conviction through plea agreement, not a trial. And many lawyers say a big part of what’s jamming up the system this year is that it’s so difficult to meet with clients, explain the evidence and hash out whether they should take a plea deal.All of that was done face-to-face pre-COVID, Muse said. But the Department of Corrections stopped all visitation in the spring. And it took about six months for the department to get a workable video-conferencing service, Muse said.Muse said he does not envy DOC’s position in trying to grapple with these unforeseen issues. But the months it took to start to figure it out likely contributed to that bloated pretrial population of inmates, he said.“You know, when you’re just not in the room with them to have a really heart-to-heart conversation about the realities of their case. It’s made it very difficult, and I think there has been some things implemented by the department to try to address the difficulties of attorney-client communication, but I don’t know that they’ve been sufficient,” Muse said.As of Monday, 161 inmates at the Anchorage Jail had active cases of COVID-19, according to the Department of Corrections. A 78-year-old, unsentenced inmate died earlier this month. He had been in custody since 2017.The department was as surprised by the coronavirus pandemic as anybody, DOC Director of Institutions Jeremy Hough said.“What happened was, we hit the pandemic, and like everybody else, we focus on safety, security, maintaining good health. And then, like many people, we kind of expected this to be over by now,” Hough said. “The curve was gonna flatten and come and go, and that just wasn’t the case.”DOC responded to feedback from defense attorneys by adding additional phone lines and computers, Hough said. They also pivoted to a new video conferencing service, Microsoft Teams, which lawyers like Muse say is working much better for talking to clients and showing them important documents.Installing computers in jails is also not as simple as it sounds. They have to be secure, and in some cases modified, because some of the standard parts can be used to make a tattoo gun or a weapon.There were many unanticipated effects of the pandemic, Hough said. For example, before COVID-19, he hadn’t understood why those face-to-face meetings were so important.“And once that need was identified to us, we took action to meet that need,” Hough said. “Because we do want to be good community partners, and we do want to be fair, we want to work fair with those that we engage in business, and so we made those efforts.”Still, Hough said, it is always troubling to see a jail at more than 90% capacity. And DOC has been moving more pretrial inmates from busier facilities like the Anchorage Jail to others. The department is also reopening Palmer Correctional Center to accommodate the growing prison population, he said.At the same time, the Department of Corrections is waiting to see how the court system copes with a massive backlog of cases, as they continue to battle ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at multiple institutions.Share this story:last_img read more

Flight MH17 final crash report released: Dutch investigators confirm Malaysian Airlines plane was brought down by Buk missile

first_imgTuesday 13 October 2015 12:41 pm Image released by Dutch investigators last yearJoustra said Ukrainian authorities had failed to close airspace, meaning “almost all operators” were flying across the country because civil aircraft was not thought to be at risk. Height restrictions had been imposed, but there was no ban in place. “Nobody gave a thought to a possible threat to civil aviation,” said Joustra. A further 160 aircraft flew over the eastern part of the country after the crash, he added.  Catherine Neilan whatsapp Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was brought down by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile, Dutch investigators have confirmed. Speaking at a press conference in Gitze-Rijen today, Tjibber Joustra, the Dutch Safety Board chairman, showed an animation of MH17’s last moments. The missile hit the front left hand side of the plane – the cockpit – killing three crew members instantly.  Flight MH17 final crash report released: Dutch investigators confirm Malaysian Airlines plane was brought down by Buk missile Show Comments ▼ whatsappcenter_img The press conference came after relatives of the 298 victims who died in the 2014 tragedy were given early sight of the final report. Joustra said Russia’s government had challenged the findings, saying fighters in that part of Ukraine did not have access to Buk systems at the time of the crash.The Dutch investigators have not apportioned blame to a particular group or faction. Location where missile was fired at #MH17 “outside the mandate of Dutch Safety Board” chair says. Who is responsible? Still open #airlines— Christine Negroni (@cnegroni) October 13, 2015 Share On-plane microphones recorded a “ping” noise the moment of the explosion. The plane was destroyed on impact, scattering debris across a 50 square kilometre area.  Investigators believe that the victims would have lost consciousness almost immediately.In August, investigators said they had found fragments of a Russian Buk missile near to the crash site. Last autumn, during a preliminary stage announcement, they said the plane had been pierced by “high energy objects” from outside the plane. Today, Joustra said fragments from the missile had been found in the bodies of the crew members killed in the cockpit.  More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comlast_img read more

Sanofi is the latest drug maker to say average net prices fell last year

first_img GET STARTED By Ed Silverman June 4, 2018 Reprints What’s included? Pharmalot About the Author Reprints Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsSTAT+ Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Jacques Brinon/APcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Sanofi is the latest drug maker to say average net prices fell last year What is it? Log In | Learn More Ed Silverman [email protected] Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Amid heated controversy over drug prices, Sanofi (SNY) is the latest large pharmaceutical company to release top-line numbers indicating average prices for its medicines fell last year, after accounting for rebates and discounts.Specifically, the company posted a brief summary stating the average wholesale — or list— price for its drugs increased 1.6 percent in 2017, but pricing actually declined by 8.5 percent when subtracting rebates and discounts paid to pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, and health plans. In 2016, the average price hike was 4 percent, but the net price fell 2.1 percent.last_img read more

State records: Casey Anthony is starting investigation firm in South Florida

first_imgNHC: 90% chance of tropical development in southwest Gulf of Mexico June 17, 2021 Florida teen faces charges for accidental shooting of 6-year-old boy June 17, 2021 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Casey Anthony has filed paperwork to start a private investigation firm in South Florida, state records show. Anthony was acquitted nine years ago of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. She filed the paperwork with the Florida Division of Corporations in mid-December.Case Research & Consulting Services LLC., has an effective date of Jan. 1, according to state records.According to Palm Beach County property records, the address listed for the company belong to Patrick McKenna. McKenna was the lead investigator on Anthony’s defenses team during her trial in 2011. He was also the lead investigator for O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of killing his wife. Cape Coral adopts anti-panhandling ordinance June 17, 2021 DOH-Collier bringing COVID-19 vaccines to homebound residents June 17, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICScenter_img Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Advertisement AdvertisementAnthony told AP in a 2017 interview that she had been working for McKenna doing investigative work and online social media searches. Anthony was acquitted of her daughter’s murder and charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. However, she was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.Her trial was splashed all over the networks, and she was even called “the most hated mom in America” by HLN’s Nancy Grace. last_img read more

Oscar nominations 2021: See the full list of nominees

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced on Monday morning.This year’s ceremony is set to air on Sunday, April 25, on ABC.BEST PICTUREThe FatherJudas and the Black MessiahMankMinariNomadlandPromising Young WomanSound of MetalThe Trial of the Chicago 7ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 93rd Academy Awards: Complete list of Oscar winners April 27, 2021 CollectiveCrip CampThe Mole AgentMy Octopus TeacherTimeORIGINAL SONG“Fight For You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga”“Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami…”ANIMATED FEATURE FILMOnwardOver the MoonA Shaun the Sheep Movie: FarmageddonSoulWolfwalkersADAPTED SCREENPLAYBorat Subsequent MovieFilmThe FatherNomadlandOne Night in MiamiThe White TigerORIGINAL SCREENPLAYJudas and the Black MessiahMinariPromising Young WomanSound of MetalThe Trial of the Chicago 7ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLERiz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”Gary Oldman, “Mank”Steven Yeun, “Minari”ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLEViola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”DIRECTORThomas Vinterberg, “Another Round:David Fincher, “Mank”Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”PRODUCTION DESIGNThe FatherMa Rainey’s Black BottomMankNews of the WorldTenetCINEMATOGRAPHYSean Bobbitt, “Judas and the Black Messiah”Erik Messerschmidt, “Mank”Daruisz Wolski, “News of the World”Joshua James Richards, “Nomadland”Phedon Papamichael, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”COSTUME DESIGNEmmaMa Rainey’s Black BottomMankMulanPinocchioACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDGreyhoundMankNews of the WorldSoulSound of MetalANIMATED SHORT FILMBurrowGenius LociIf Anything Happens I Love YouOperaYes-PeopleLIVE ACTION SHORT FILMFeeling ThroughThe Letter RoomThe PresentTwo Distant StrangersWhite EyeORIGINAL SCOREDa 5 BloodsMankMinariNews of the WorldSoulVISUAL EFFECTSLove and MonstersThe Midnight SkyMulanThe One and Only IvanTenetFILM EDITINGThe Father NomadlandPromising Young WomanSound of MetalThe Trial of the Chicago 7MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLINGEmmaHillbilly ElegyMa Rainey’s Black BottomMankPinocchioThe-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementSacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami”Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”Lakeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah”FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMAnother Round – DenmarkBetter Days – Hong KongCollective – RomaniaThe Man Who Sold His Skin – TunisiaQu Vadis, Aida? – Bosnia and HerzegovinaDOCUMENTARY (SHORT) ColetteA Concerto Is a ConversationDo Not SplitHunger WardA Love Song For LatashaDOCUMENTARY FEATURE Advertisementcenter_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementTags: nominationsOscarslast_img read more

Over €12 million worth of funding allocated to repair regional and local roads in Laois – Flanagan

first_img Previous articleMountmellick CS basketballers bow out to Dublin side in U16 Leinster finalNext articleSouth-Leinster glory for Knockbeg College after brilliant win in Wexford Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By Siun Lennon – 1st February 2019 Facebook Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Council Community Pinterest Community Over €12 million worth of funding allocated to repair regional and local roads in Laois – Flanagan New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening TAGSLaois roadsMinister Charlie Flanagan According to Laois TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan, €12,823,820 has been allocated to assist the repair of regional and local roads in Laois.€3 million of this has been allocated to the completion of the Portlaoise Southern Relief road.€4,786,500 has been given towards restoration improvement  while €1,694,500 has been allocated for a discretionary grant.Speaking this afternoon, Minister Flanagan said, “I warmly welcome the additional funding support of €12,823,820 to assist Laois County Council in progressing repairs to regional and local roads.“2019 will see a further significant increase in grant funding for regional and local roads, which I’m delighted to see.”€877,500 has been given towards restoration maintenance while €455,500 has been set aside for drainage works.“Recent extreme weather events have had a major impact on the regional and local road network and this funding will see essential maintenance and improvements carried out.“These events, combined with the extended period of reduced funding for road maintenance following the economic downturn, have left the road network much more vulnerable to damage,” said the Fine Gael TD.Concluding Minister Flanagan stated: “I know this funding will greatly assist in the repairs and ensure our road network in Laois is of the highest standard,”“These grants are to supplement local authorities’ own resources and expenditure on regional and local road and are just part of the total investment in regional and local roads for this year.”The full list of allocated funding can be viewed below:Restoration Improvement  €4,786,500Restoration Maintenance €877,500Supplementary Restoration Maintenance €346,500Discretionary Grant €1,694,500Bridge Rehabilitation €260,000Specific Improvement €720,000Strategic Regional and Local Roads €3,000,000Safety Improvement Works €190,000Speed Limits €13,320Training Grant €24,000Drainage Works €455,500Community Improvement Scheme €456,000SEE ALSO – Love is in the air at Mountmellick Drama Group WhatsApp Twitter Home News Over €12 million worth of funding allocated to repair regional and local… NewsPolitics Twitter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

North Korean authorities attempt to crackdown on “grasshopper markets” in Chongjin

first_img Facebook Twitter North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korean authorities are using Ministry of Social Security officers to seize goods from “grasshopper traders” in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province, a source in the area recently told Daily NK. Despite frequently attempts to crackdown on their activities, the authorities have failed to completely eradicate street trade and appear to be attempting to eliminate these traders by seizing their goods.“The municipal Ministry of Social Security conducted a massive crackdown on street vendors in Chongjin on Mar. 30,” the source told Daily NK on Apr. 1. “Many vendors had their goods taken away, but they resisted, saying ‘just kill me instead.’”The source reported that the number of grasshopper traders has recently been on the rise. He told Daily NK that rumors suggest that the number of grasshopper traders near official markets is roughly equal to 30% of the number of vendors selling their wares inside the markets.grasshopper market exchange rateA “grasshopper market,” or unofficial market, in a village near Pyongyang. / Image: Posted online by a Chinese blogger named Lóng Wǔ*Láng Zhī Wěn (龙五*狼之吻 )North Korean authorities used to turn a blind eye to these illegal business activities in exchange for market fees. Now, however, officials have begun cracking down on grasshopper traders by confiscating all of their goods.The Mar. 30 incident happened in an alley near Sunam Market in Chongjin. The grasshopper vendors fled the scene as soon as the police arrived, leaving only the tofu and ice cream vendors to be caught.Police dragged the vendors to the police station and confiscated all of their goods. The vendors begged the police to give them back, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.The desperate vendors reportedly laid down on the police station floor and begged the officers to “make it possible for us to make a living,” further saying that “If you take all our goods away and prohibit us from selling them without giving us an alternative, how are we supposed to survive?”Police officials responded, however, by saying that: “You have to at least pretend to [hide] when there’s a crackdown taking place – what are we supposed to do when you are [illegally] selling things in plain sight?” They also mentioned that “there’s an order from the Party to ‘eliminate street markets.’”“Because the government is strengthening control over street markets, it’s difficult for regular people to enjoy street food,” the source told Daily NK. “The government keeps trying to assert unconditional control [over the markets] without providing any alternatives or taking any actions that help people make a living, so all people can do is sigh in frustration.” As news of the recent incident spread among Chongjin residents, more and more vendors have begun carrying out “product lists” for potential customers to choose what they want to buy. In short, the merchants are circumventing restrictions on their businesses by selling their wares from their homes or storage facilities.It is likely that efforts by the authorities to crackdown on grasshopper traders will dissipate with time. “The authorities have tried to clamp down on grasshopper traders before, but they have failed every time,” the source said. “If they can’t completely control [the vendors], they might just charge more market fees in the future.”*Translated by S & JPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean AvatarLee Chae Un RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News SHARE News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

“Digital front runners” focus on extracting value from data

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian organizations should focus on extracting value from data if they’re going to remain competitive both domestically and globally, according to a survey conducted by IDC Canada in partnership with SAP Canada, both based in Toronto.For the survey, IDC studied “digital front runners,” identified as those companies more willing to take risks and experiment with new technologies. Survey participants were from Canadian businesses with over $500 million in revenues. IDC discovered that these front runners are using new technologies like predictive analytics, machine learning, AI and Internet of Things (IoT). Related news Leah Golob BMO found AI, climate change and diversity opportunities in pandemic: CEO Banking industry’s tech shift has accelerated amid pandemic RBC powers up its AI with new partnerships Keywords Artificial intelligence Young female hands tablet with red and blue charts analyze concept calculation ra2studio/123RF Canadian financial institutions face a dual challenge of serving customers via digital channels and managing risk and compliance, the report says. Banks and insurance companies are continuously looking to invest in their mobile applications and financial institutions, on the whole, are seeking “value added” functionalities.“Finance departments especially stand to gain from digitization, with a broad range of possible use cases across blockchain, AI and big data,” the report says.Consumer-facing AI initiatives, such as chatbot services, are being designed with the goal of increasing the uptake of new products and reducing adoption barriers.IDC predicts that by 2019, 35% of insurers worldwide will deploy artificial intelligence or robotic process automation for intelligent decision making. Also in 2019, IDC predicts that peer-to-peer transactions worth a total of US$6 trillion will be made worldwide using mobile devices.“Digital transformation is a balancing act that requires both offensive and defensive consideration—you could call them ‘accelerating factors’ and ‘stabilizing factors.’ Accelerating factors are tied to enhancing customer experience, revenue, growth, and other indicators of progress; stabilizing factors help organizations manage risk, security, compliance and other hurdles,” says Tony Olvet, group vice president of research domains at IDC Canada, in a statement.“AI and analytics have as much of a role in stabilizing factors like cybersecurity as they do in accelerating factors like talent acquisition,” he adds. “The greatest future promise lies in artificial intelligence applications. Internet of Things solutions are ramping up but are more industry-specific. We also see a lot of curiousity around potential blockchain applications, but its current usage is low among Canadian enterprises.”last_img read more

Gains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfied

first_imgRelatedGains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfied Gains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfied Health & WellnessFebruary 16, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Executive Director of the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), Mr. Michael Tucker, says the agency has been successful in heightening awareness of the dangers of substance abuse, through its intervention programmes, which target children as young as five years old.“You have to start to give them the information and appropriate messages, about the negative consequences of substance abuse, and, therefore, enable them, even at that stage, to differentiate between drugs and medicine, what they should or should not do. ..what their parents should be doing around them.what is good and bad.what is healthy living and what isn’t.. to. ensure that they are aware,” he stated.Speaking at a recent Think Tank held at the JIS’ Half-Way-Tree Road head office, Mr. Tucker pointed out that recent research into the incidence of substance abuse in Jamaica showed that the age cohort experimenting most with drugs ranged between 15 and 20 years.“They are (the) most adventurous. They feel that, at that age, they are invincible, (and) nothing can harm them. They are very curious and, because they haven’t developed the various skills, like coping and resistance. they are (easily) influenced by peer pressure and the hype, often, that surrounds drug use. So that is the group that we have to focus on,” he stated.Informing that the NCDA is working with some 200 youngsters in inner city schools, he said that the teachers are brought in to be part of the sessions because it has been found that the children will “tend to obey the teacher over the parent,” due to the awe and respect with which they regard them.The guidance counsellors are also part of the meetings, while sessions are held with the parents, “so that the message that is being given is a universal. one. We (are) actually reinforcing with the parents, the examples that they need to set with the children. We are reinforcing with the children, too, that they need to remind their parents about the effects of, say, second-hand smoke on them, drinking alcohol and driving them in their cars. (So) it’s a two-way thing, the parents reinforcing the children’s behaviour and the children, often, reinforcing the parents’ behaviour. We have to ensure that there aren’t mixed messages,” Mr. Tucker explained.He also pointed to community programmes, which have heightened individual awareness of the dangers of drugs such as cocaine and heroin and have kept the usage of these at a minimum.“We have used culture and people’s non-acceptance of (the) foreign influence (of) cocaine and heroin and injecting that to our advantage in the education that we do. Where ganja is concerned, we have had struggles, especially since a lot of .artistes that the young people adore and look up to, will promote the use of (it),” Mr. Tucker said.“But, still, we have been able to sensitise youngsters about smoking generally and, included in that message, the negative consequences of ganja. Alcohol is a significant challenge, because of the culture. But, more and more, the message is getting out there about the negative consequences of all drug use, both. legal and illegal,” the NCDA head added.Even with the gains made, Mr. Tucker said that “a lot more needs to be done,” to address the substance abuse problem.“Unfortunately, in our environment, some parents will use their children to peddle drugs for them. That happens in’s well known in the education system that some parents will give their children (ganja) ‘spliffs’ to carry to school to sell.“Sometimes, too. the parents. give the children alcohol, saying it’s a part of the initiation into manhood (and) they may (also) encourage smoking because they think it’s good. They may give them ganja because they say it supposed to make them smarter.give them ganja tea.things like that. Because it is part of the myth(s) that exist in our culture, unfortunately,” he lamented.He also pointed to the need for a “lot more resources” to be put into the work that we do. A lot more support should be given at the very top level. Lives are being lost. (and) destroyed. Families are being destroyed. a lot of productive people’s lives. At our level, certainly in Jamaica.(and) at the CARICOM level.all of us need to put in more and ensure that our region is a more healthy, more focused (one),” Mr. Tucker said RelatedGains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfiedcenter_img RelatedGains Made in Increasing Drug Awareness but NCDA Not Satisfied Advertisementslast_img read more