Story Highlights He noted that while AI poses a potential threat to traditional call centre operations in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, it presents opportunities in the high-skill areas of programming and development. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said there is ongoing discussion involving the Ministry, Jamaica Information Technology and Services Alliance (JITSA), Jamaica Computer Society (JCS), and Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) on how best AI can be leveraged for the country’s benefit. The Government is looking to position Jamaica to take advantage of the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in boosting economic growth and job creation.AI is the area of computer science that is focused on the creation of intelligent machines that operate like humans. Some of the attendant activities include speech recognition and problem-solving.Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said there is ongoing discussion involving the Ministry, Jamaica Information Technology and Services Alliance (JITSA), Jamaica Computer Society (JCS), and Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) on how best AI can be leveraged for the country’s benefit.He noted that a recent analysis of 12 developed economies incorporating AI in their engagements, conducted by United Kingdom (UK)-based software designers, Accentra, showed that those countries could potentially double their growth rates by 2035.Dr. Wheatley was addressing a JCS symposium at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in Mona, St. Andrew, recently, under the theme ‘The Future of IT Jobs’,He noted that while AI poses a potential threat to traditional call centre operations in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, it presents opportunities in the high-skill areas of programming and development.“AI does not flourish without the help of the programmer and architects behind the scene,” he pointed out, noting that there is great demand for highly skilled programmers in countries like Germany, Japan, China and the UK.As such, Dr. Wheatley said that more must be done to tap into the country’s pool of computer science graduates and incorporate them into higher-level BPO jobs.“We must, therefore, look to increase the number of computer science graduates from our tertiary institutions, so that we can take advantage of the clear opportunities that will come from the new demand for highly skilled programmers,” he stressed.Dr. Wheatley said Jamaicans must become creators of technology products and solutions, rather than being mere consumers.“I am confident in our people. We have talent, we have the innovative capacity and, more importantly, we have the know-how,” he said.“We have to be very creative and innovative in how we incorporate artificial intelligence and not try to shun it aside, because it will enable us to do more and it makes our jobs much easier,” he noted further. The Government is looking to position Jamaica to take advantage of the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in boosting economic growth and job creation.
CALGARY – The CEO of the Royal Bank says the oil and gas sector is poised to deliver billions of dollars in new revenue to Canadian governments over the next decade by meeting growing global energy demand but it can’t do it without urgently needed support.Dave McKay, who has previously taken Ottawa to task over Canada’s lagging tax competitiveness with the U.S., says a new RBC study suggests that Canadian governments could earn an extra $195 billion in revenues between now and 2030 with the right kind of energy development.He adds that with support for advances in technology, the industry could reduce the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by a third in the same period.In a speech before a sold-out audience in the heart of the oilpatch in downtown Calgary, McKay says he supports carbon taxes if they help industry find new technologies to cut emissions.However, he wouldn’t comment later when reporters asked for his opinion of Ottawa’s announcement this week that it plans to return 90 per cent of its carbon tax to individuals with tax rebates while the rest will be parceled out to small businesses, colleges, schools and hospitals.The federal carbon tax on fossil fuels is to be imposed as of April 1 on four provinces — Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — where governments have failed to adopt their own equivalent taxes.“While we support the principle of revenue-neutral carbon pricing, we’re concerned that too much is floated into general government spending, rather than be invested in cleaner and more competitive energy production,” McKay said during his speech.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 23, 2017 – Providenciales – There was a report to the public yesterday from the National Disaster Management Committee which is co chaired by the Governor and the Premier. In speaking to the media, Governor Dr. John Freeman urged all residents on the Turks and Caicos Islands to “be alert, be prepared.”The call for a unified approach to being prepared and knowing the role each resident and agency has to play was cited as key, by the Governor.“This is a whole of government issue, every ministry has a role to play, and all of the DC’s in the family islands have a role to play, I have a role to play as Governor. We must ensure as best as possible that we are well prepared, but it’s also a role for everyone in the community.”Meanwhile DDME assured that theya re watching and warning about activity in the tropics.Consequently, they are urging all residents, especially those who have not taken the hurricane season seriously, to have their family preparedness plans. A new App and mobile messaging were cited as ways they are keeping the public informed, and fast.“There is a tendency for us to assume that based on the predictions it’s an average season, therefore we do not need to prepare early, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, as the slogan or the saying goes, ‘It Only Takes One Storm’, and we have seen a slew of tropical storm events in the Turks and Caicos islands such as Joaquin and Cristobal, it wasn’t a hurricane and yet, we found persons that were not prepared and required assistance from emergency departments.”There was caution from Assistant Commissioner of Police, Rodney Adams. “One of the things I want to remind the public about is that, after the passage of the storm, please stay put until the all clear is given by DDME, because being on the streets trying to be inquisitive, trying to find out what is happening only places yourselves and other emergency responders in risky situations.”Though TCI dodged a big bullet when Hurricane Matthew veered off, but the evidence of the damage which could have been done is close enough, with both Haiti and The Bahamas suffering devastating blows by the strong storm last October. While there remains room for refining and work that needs doing, Governor Freeman communicated that the Committee and its partners are determined to do as much as we can.”#MagneticMediaNews#hurricanereadiness#DDMEreportsonhurricanereadiness#2017hurricaneseason Related Items:#2017hurricaneseason, #DDMEreportsonhurricanereadiness, #hurricanereadiness, #magneticmedianews
The next time you think today’s kids only care about playing video games and posting selfies on Instagram, remember the day hundreds of thousands of kids around the world took to the streets to raise awareness of climate change.On Friday, students protested the lack of action from adults on environmental issues with the #ClimateStrike walkouts. Basically.#ClimateStrike #ClimateChange NYC City Hall pic.twitter.com/bJKFuInfoY— Caroline Lewis (@clewisreports) March 15, 2019 Cape Town’s #SchoolStrike4Climate outside Parliament this afternoon. 🌍✊🌿📢⛰#FridaysForFuture #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/q6DBYez59u— Jo Jackson (@jojacks0n) March 15, 2019 Oh boy, look what happened in Lisbon, Portugal.#FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/K1Ew1Zg4ey— Angela Fay (@lifelearner47) March 15, 2019 Sci-Tech 3 Tags Students inspired by Thunberg planned walkouts all over the globe Friday, including remote places like Antarctica. In a tweet, Thunberg said over 1 million people participated in 125 countries, citing numbers from climate action group 350.org. Last year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed in an alarming report that even if we meet the targets set by the Paris climate accord and stop our reliance on fossil fuels, the world faces serious impacts of climate change. So youth protests like #ClimateStrike could help remind the older generation that action needs to be taken.”Today you are hearing from children all over the world,” teen activist Alexandria Villasenor told a crowd at the New York City climate strike protests. “We are telling you, we are trapped, and the time has come for you to turn the furnace off and save us all.”With the #ClimateStrike hashtag trending on Twitter, teens and adults alike are sharing photos, videos and thoughts about the worldwide mass protests and calls to action. Sign: “So bad even the introverts are here!”Victor, 15, St Paul, Minnesota#climatestrike #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/EsWukqMHIn— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) March 15, 2019 There’s an estimated 20,000 schoolkids including myself at the #ClimateStrike today in London. These are absolutely inspiring scenes with 100’s from each school across the city. Young people are political – we’re taking a stand and we’re not stopping anytime soon. pic.twitter.com/ejjB5titGL— Hasan Patel 🌹 (@CorbynistaTeen) March 15, 2019 In front of Trump Tower. #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/WRwOxzuQ5T— Rex Santus (@rexsantus) March 15, 2019 @GretaThunberg today in Helsinki we had at least 5 000 young people marching and striking for their future! We haven’t seen anything like this in Finland😍🌍💚#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/PTOqwkeQO0— Atte Ahokas🇫🇮🇪🇺🌍 (@A_Ahokas) March 15, 2019 There are thousands of students on the streets of Dublin taking part in #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/BkcJ8fxTPP— Natura Token (@naturatoken) March 15, 2019 Hundreds of young people striking outside the MA State House right now! The energy here is amazing and inspiring! 🌎 (video better with volume on) #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/xXWZb8zPzh— Mass Sierra Club (@MassSierraClub) March 15, 2019 Many were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who was just nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, Thunberg gave a popular TED Talk explaining why she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming. She protested outside the Swedish parliament and in the process grabbed the world’s attention. “The climate crisis has already been solved; we already have all the facts and solutions,” Thunberg said in the talk. “All we have to do is to wake up and change.” Students around the world are striking today to demand action on climate change. Many were inspired by 16-year-old @GretaThunberg, who was just nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.Watch Greta’s full TED Talk here: https://t.co/VVDR58QgSO #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/olAjLgHvtL— TED Talks (@TEDTalks) March 15, 2019 Share your voice “We are not responsible … I am here to say NO MORE.” #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/NXYjMaRIxq— Sierra Student Co. (@Sierrastudent) March 15, 2019 Gathering at Churchill Square in Brighton this morning! #youthstrike #youthstrike4climate #climatestrike #schoolstrike #fridaysforfuture #youthstrike4climatejustice pic.twitter.com/rNHD7Sakpv— YouthStrike4Climate Brighton (@Strike4YouthBH) March 15, 2019 My son JJ He stood alone at his school in Ck-on-Shannon, Co. #Leitrim for #ClimateStrike – but he stood there in the knowledge that millions of kids, all over the world are standing with him today.❤Very proud Mum moment!#Ireland #ClimateStrike #fridaysforfuture pic.twitter.com/ksua2hbO02— Leah Doherty (@LeahNiD) March 15, 2019 LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE MARCH IN BRUSSELS!!! Young people are rising in 2052 places in 123 countries on every continents. There is no time to waste. We must #ActOnClimate. #climatestrike #klimaatstaking #FridayForFutures #GreenNewDeal @GretaThunberg 🎬 via @JohnHyphen pic.twitter.com/3CGLMDYE8v— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) March 15, 2019 #FridaysForFuture#ClimateStrikeThe new generation is more woke than you think… This is a photo of my city, Parma, we were so many… I’m so proud I was part of this pic.twitter.com/Mt0DSKxJLv— I ᴀᴍ: мιяιαмα (@Miriama03_Stay) March 15, 2019 @GretaThunberg #climatestrike #SchoolsStrike4Climate #FridaysForFuture Today In Rome.. 🌍 pic.twitter.com/JatqbxQysR— maxander61 (@maxander61) March 15, 2019 It’s not a trend – it’s a movement. #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/LJsKKsHS68— Ashley Shimabukuro (@AshShimabukuro) March 15, 2019 Comments
.Bangladesh has come up with a proposal for an inter-state internet highway, to be dubbed the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (APIS). This proposed internet highway will connect 32 countries of the Asia-Pacific region through underground optical fibre cables. This will be the same length as the Asian highway, that is, 145,000 km. The Bangladesh part of this highway will be 1768 km.The proposal for this internet highway basically came from Bangladesh. The matter was discussed in detail at the United National Economic Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (UN-ESCAP) steering committee meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand, last December. Representatives of India, China, Japan and other countries of the region were present at the meeting.Based on the decision taken at the meeting, a feasibility study is being carried out on the project. The prevailing telecommunication system in the region is basically dependent on the submarine cable which is significantly most establishment and maintenance than underground cables, pushing internet bandwidth costs in Asia much higher than that of Europe and North America. For example, in Singapore and Hong Kong, the MBPS (mega-byte per second) internet bandwidth cost on average is USD 1.79 and USD 1.83 respectively. Yet it Paris and New York this can be availed at USD .45 to USD .78 on average.If the APIS can be implemented, this will be the world’s largest terrestrial interstate internet network, providing speedy broadband internet in the region. More wholesale markets for bandwidth will be created, bringing prices down to the level of Europe and the US.According to a study of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Asia-Pacific region has the highest rate of digital disparity when it comes to the use of internet technology. Only 8 per cent of the region’s population has access to speedy broadband internet use, resulting in a large section of the population being deprived of using digital technology for education, health and financial transactions.According to official data, there are 80.8 million internet connections in Bangladesh with internet bandwidth usage being 500 to 550 GBPS (giga-bytes per second). That is why Facebook, Google and such organisations do not have servers in Bangladesh.Member of US-ESCAP’s APIS working and steering committee Abu Sayeed told Prothom Alo, the combination of submarine cable and underground cable in Europe and America’s inter-state telecommunication infrastructure has created stiff competition in the bandwidth market. The submarine cable is in the hands of limited number of government and private owners and so the Asian bandwidth market has been captured. That is why though Asia has the highest use of the internet, it is costly and has low bandwidth use per head. APIS will eliminate this discrimination.Abu Sayeed Khan went on to say, “Today we can use mobile phones at reasonable rates due to the stiff competition created by reforms in the telecommunications policy. APIS can also resolve the artificial crisis for bandwidth and render broadband easily available to all.”
By Curtis Knowles, Morgan State University Student As a child, Ron Aaron Taylor said nothing truly demanded his energy. Taylor eventually found his passion for the world of journalism, becoming a reporter at the age of 19, and 50 years later he is still assisting in the cultivation of the profession.Speaking to an investigative reporting class recently at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC), Taylor reflected fondly on the trials he went through in order to earn the title of journalist.Ron Taylor, who now is a fellow at Morgan State University, spent a lifetime in journalism and now shares his experiences with students. (Photo by Wayne Dawkins for the AFRO)Born in 1948, Taylor claims to have not been the most macho of guys. He read books and kept to himself. His kept his studies up, which landed him at Morehouse College in Atlanta. A self-described shy person, Taylor never foresaw the profession of journalism in his future.While in college he took a tour of the Washington Evening Star was gifted with a stereo. Stereo were the metal plates used as molds for the printing press. The stereo Taylor received contained the obituary of the late Billie Holiday. Taylor realized he held a bit of information that few other people even knew about.As sophomore, he was working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) passing out journalists’ credentials. Being able to hear the sermons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was another inspiring moment for Taylor.His summer leading into senior year, Taylor was offered a position at the News & Record newspaper in Greensboro, North Carolina. Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy had just been assassinated five days prior to Taylor’s decision, and the nation’s future was unknown.Taylor decided to leap into the unknown.The world of journalism wasn’t welcoming to a then novice Taylor. Walking into the newsroom he was met the sounds of dozens of typewriters click-clacking, the banging of the printing press, the ringing of land line telephones and the shouts of journalists asking random questions. Thick cigarette smoke hung in the air and Taylor compared the newsroom floor to an “ashtray.”Soon he moved to the Washington Post and remained there from 1971 to 1975. Taylor also worked for the Bureau of National Affairs as a business writer. Taylor’s career took him many places and put him in his fair share of dicey situations.In 1975, Taylor was assigned to cover the riot at the D.C. Jail. Taylor was selected to be a part of a press barrier between the inmates and the police. Taylor got on a bus with prisoners as they were heading to the court house to air their grievances.Taylor sat next to one of the inmates and the man wouldn’t give him room to sit down. At first Taylor believed he just didn’t want to talk. He then realized that this particular inmate had a pistol in his waist band. In that moment Taylor’s fear surged through him: “I thought to myself, this brother is going to get shot, and he is going to fall on me.”The ordeal left Taylor rattled to say the least. Taylor also said a man he was interviewing was growing marijuana plants in his field and also making moonshine with a still. He was walking with a White man who was with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when the man suddenly drew his gun and fired.“Now, me a being a Black man in southern Georgia, and a White officer just draws his gun, and shoots” recalled Taylor with ire. Turns out the officer was aiming at a copperhead snake.Taylor is currently working at Morgan as a SGJC Fellow. He has assisted on projects such as a multimedia story about African-American women in sports for ESPN’s “The Undefeated.” He essentially acts as a super mentor to the communication students. Taylor assists students in structuring articles, conducting research and other things a man well versed in journalism could shed insight on.“He has a knack for putting students at ease” said Assistant Dean Jackie Jones.
6 min read Register Now » With 1.7 billion people on Facebook as of November 2015, it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of your target audience, clients and customers are active on the world’s largest social-media platform.Related: Facebook Advertising Is Where It’s at, Which Is Why I Spent $3 Million on ItIt should also come as no surprise that Facebook’s ads platform is the most advanced and powerful method of paid traffic advertising any of us currently have access to.That said, Big Blue (the hipsters’ name for Facebook) makes constant changes to its ads platform, causing a lot of would-be advertisers to get frustrated and quit before seeing any real return from their efforts.No matter how many client campaigns my agency and I run, I see the same few things tripping up advertisers, causing them to throw up their hands and walk away when they’re so close to success. Here are seven ways you can run back to Facebook, and with a few little tweaks, get your ad campaigns to actually produce results and positive ROI, rather than empty your pockets of money.1. Get your research in order.Facebook has a slick tool called “audience insights” that can allow you to enter an interest and then gather data and other interests that your target audience might also be interested in.The first tab in the interface (demographics) will let you look up the gender and age of the interest you’ve entered.The second tab (page likes), will list other interests that your target audience may be interested in. It also lists them by relevance and affinity, a measure of how likely someone in one interest group is to like the other interest group.2. Separate your ad sets.Many folks will take their research from step one, gather their interests and then lump them all into one big list on the Facebook Ads Manager in hopes of reaching a large target audience. This is a grave mistake that will cost you far more in ad spend. And while you might get results, you’ll have no idea which interest brought the best results.The solution: Include one interest per ad set so you can look out for the interests that bring the best results at the lowest cost.Related: How My Company Got 1,025 Likes, 485 Shares and 50 Comments on Facebook In 7 Days3) Make changes slowly.To get the best bang for your advertising buck, you may find it tempting to adjust ad copy, images, targeting and budget early in the game, but it’s actually better to make changes slowly and infrequently, to allow the Facebook algorithm to adjust.I find that it takes three-to-five days for the original ad set to gain enough reach to get meaningful data that I can analyze. Every time you mess with an ad, it is submitted for review and the process starts all over again.If you absolutely must try different copy, or want to swap images, create a new ad and run both to see which one gets better results. You might actually be surprised by which ad wins.4) Watch the data and adjust accordingly.This one is huge! There is so much that can go wrong by ignoring the data that Facebook is providing you.Yes, it will tell you important information like the age, gender, placement (which device) and country or region that is bringing you the best results, but with a few tweaks to the performance column, you can also see the ad relevance score. This is based on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least relevant and 10 the most.The more relevant your ad is, the less you pay — and the more it gets shown and the lower the cost.You can also see your positive and negative feedback scores. These are a bit of a mystery, but the basic gist is that if you write a great ad and people like it and share it, you’ll get higher positive feedback. If the viewers don’t like your ad and are constantly hiding it so they don’t see it, you’ll get a higher negative feedback score.Run your ads too long with a high negative feedback score, and you risk getting your Facebook ads account shut down.5) Always be testing.We run hundreds of ads for various clients, and we’re constantly making tweaks and variations. We’ll test new interests to target, as well as split-test ad images, copy text and calls to action, a button on the ad vs. no button, etc.It can be very taxing to always be swapping things out and watching the data, but your long-term success with Facebook ads depends on it. Ads get stale very fast, and their costs start to rise as their effectiveness decreases.We combat this through testing and tracking results.6) Cull the losers and scale the winners.There will be ads that simply do not produce results. That’s a fact of life when it comes to Facebook ads. The faster you can kill the losing ads and scale the winning ads, the sooner you’ll see long-term results.Each ad set can be turned around in three to five days, which, in most cases, will allow the ad to show enough data for you to know if it’s going to produce results or not.But, pause the losing ads rather than deleting them. This will allow you to see the data that didn’t work so you don’t make the mistake of re-running the same losing ad.7. Hand off the dirty work to someone else.Look, running Facebook ads is not for the faint of heart. No matter how many entrepreneurs I speak to, spending time on Facebook ads is not high on their list of daily tasks they want to invest their time into.Related: 5 Tips on Creating a Killer Facebook Ad CampaignYou’ll get further faster by focusing on the growth of your business while someone else looks after all the research, testing and tweaking with Facebook ads. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 1, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Celine Dion, Canada’s favourite songstress, is best seen live, which is something travel agents have the chance of doing thanks to Air Canada Vacations’ latest promotion.Agents who book packages and groups to Las Vegas by Sept. 30 will be entered to win a trip for two to see Dion live in concert on Jan. 25, 2017.The prize includes two Economy Class air seats to Las Vegas, a three-night stay at Caesars Palace from Jan. 24-27 in a newly renovated Julius Tower room, two tickets to Dion’s concert, and a US$100 gift card to the Miracle Mile Shops.Every booking is considered one ballot entry. This promotion is valid for new bookings only made between Aug. 3 and Sept. 30 for customer travel from Oct. 1, 2016 and completed by March 31, 2017. Show ticket date cannot be changed. Book clients to Vegas for a chance to see Celine Dion live in concert Posted by Share Thursday, August 4, 2016 Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Vacations
Members “loved every minute” of TPI’s annual Velocity Trip Share Thursday, June 21, 2018 Tags: Riviera Maya, TPI << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — Top agents had the time of their lives at TPI’s annual Velocity Trip, which recently took place at Secrets SilverSands in Riviera Maya.Unique to TPI advisors, the exclusive Velocity rewards program is designed to recognize and incentivize advisors, and allows them to build their business through increased revenue. Along with the annual Velocity trip, agents are rewarded with higher commissions and dollars that can be used for their own personal travel.Year to date, the TPI Velocity Rewards program has paid out over $190,000 to its advisors.“These reward trips allow us all to have one on one time together while also allowing fellow advisors from across the country to learn and get to know each other better while reinforcing the strength of our network between TPI and our advisor,” said Morris Chia, Chairman of TPI. “I always look forward to connecting with TPI advisors and getting feedback to ensure that our organization remains focused and relevant for the continued success of our advisors.”More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckKelly Klassen, a Platinum Level Advisor from Saskatchewan, said she “loved every minute” of her first Velocity Trip, and praised TPI for incentivizing its members. “TPI rewards its top earners with amazing trips that are fantastic for networking with other agents as well as some of the wonderful head office team who support us day in and day out. I can’t wait to see where the next TPI Velocity Trip will take us,” she said.Carlo Trinidad, BDM, AMResorts who also joined the trip, commented on the strong partnership between the two companies: “This year’s TPI Velocity trip solidified AMResorts’ strong partnership with TPI. It was a great opportunity to host the agents alongside the TPI team and together we continue to build initiatives to strengthen our business.”