How to Enhance Customer Service Through AI

first_imgTags:#ai powered customer support#benefits of ai in customer service#future of ai in customer service Messaging applications are ruling.In recent years, we have experienced a significant change in the way we communicate. Real-time messaging applications have completely transformed online communications. Furthermore, their usage is not just limited to communicating with friends and colleagues; they are persistently communicating with brands too. It’s an excellent tool to interact with your existing, as well as future customers quickly and efficiently.Many industries including retail, tourism, and airline have already started this exercise. Users now can book airline tickets, purchase online clothes and check out hotel prices through messaging applications. It is high time that businesses understand this change and modify their communication strategies accordingly.ChatbotsNoticed on the bottom, right side of the web page — a tiny box displaying a quote “May I Help You?” That’s that’s the automatic Chatbot. An annoying issues that customers face is the unavailability of quick solutions when confused. With AI-enabled Chatbots, this problem can be easily addressed. These are self-learning bots that are programmed superiorly to answer queries that the customers might raise.Chatbots with their predictive analysis can identify possible issues the customer might face and present pre-emptive action plans for them to have a splendid experience. Even programmed voice assistants will soon replace the traditional call center service to address issues such as extended wait time.Such prolific and on-time customer service can increase the gratification and satisfaction level among customers.Good customer engagement.A customer service executive usually is keen to solve only the ongoing issues of the customers. However, businesses might want to extract something more from such calls. They expect the agents to gather some crucial details regarding the customer’s experience with the products or services. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, automated CRM can procure such information from the customers and directly share it with agents to address along with the ongoing issues that the customers might be facing. It is a smart way to make customer interactions and customer service more fruitful.Speed and scalability.Quick response to customer queries with highly scalable solutions is crucial for businesses to achieve a competitive edge. AI can help achieve it. Chatbots are programmed to learn from each interaction with customers. They can understand the customer needs better than humans and can offer more real-time, scalable solutions.Also, with AI and Chatbots, businesses can come up with an interactive FAQs session with customers to notify them about a new product or a service without any human interaction. It’s a cost-effective and time-saving exercise.Penetrating new demographic or geographic locations, businesses don’t need to hire and train local staff for customer service. AI is efficient enough.Predict what customers might look for.Personalization gives more gratification to customers than anything else. Amazon can fetch the exact products you might be searching. The smart artificial intelligence technology enables it. What you search for online, what you purchase, what you post on social media, what you discuss in your personal texts and emails — all this data is gathered. After carefully analyzing it, businesses can offer exactly what you might want to find online, whether this is a product, or content titles. With highly scalable machine learning algorithm, businesses can suggest travel destinations that you might be interested in also offer entertainment options that you would love to explore.These smart prediction satiates the consumers with personalized offers and helps businesses to improve customer experience.Get customer insights.Access to a massive pool of data the AI offers, businesses are now able to predict the future buying patterns of the customers. Even by conducting events, campaigns, and seminars, companies are trying to engage customers and get their views. For example, a travel agency might do an online campaign about where which destination would you like to travel for the Christmas holidays. Later, with the help of this collected data, the agency can offer personalized packages when Christmas approaches.The same exercise can be performed to improve operations and various processes too. A feedback form or a review section can be added to a particular online process where customers can share their experiences. Based on such data, businesses can make amendments to address the pain points the customers might be facing.24/7 customer service without any hindrances.A company that is expanded at multiple locations might face difficulties to manage flawless customer service operations. Furthermore, the overall cost of developing a local customer support network in different regions with different time zones may touch the sky. It is not feasible, nor practical or a smart option.AI has impeccable capabilities handling all problems with fluency and precision. No matter what your communication medium or language you want to deploy — AI can manage it all. Fast, reliable, durable, multilingual and hassle-free technology — AI promises some powerful possibilities for your business.Redirected Multi-channel supportAI not only provides solutions but, it can also identify issues, and when a particular support channel is unable to help, it redirects the customer to a new channel swiftly and promptly. For example, if a Chatbot is unable to solve a particular query, AI will direct the customer to the call support channel to resolve the issue. Such a comprehensive support system does not disinterest customers and keeps interaction live and astute.Superior customer gratificationMillennials nowadays don’t just expect good products and services; they want gratification. They need quick, efficient, superior solutions that add some value. With AI-enabled customer service, they can skip the queue and get immediate insightful responses that are relevant and subjected to the core issue. They will undoubtedly appreciate such advanced customer support and put you in their good books.ReliabilityCustomers, sometimes, don’t return to the brand if they encounter bad experiences. In fact, sometimes, they don’t even use a customer service channel when the issue arises. They simply leave the page. AI-enabled Chatbots and other customer service tools offer dependable, real-time solutions and that too instantly. Brand reliability plays a massive role in retaining customers and AI merely delivers it to you.Innovation with cost savingsCheck with any business that still follows the traditional call center channel to address customer service. They will agree that it’s a costly tool, as it includes the brand costs of hiring, training and retaining staff. Even after such heavy spending, the model sometimes fails to live up to the expectations. Artificial intelligence handles this issue single-handedly with innovative technologies such as machine learning and advanced speech recognition. It is highly cost-effective and saves a great deal of time too.Conclusion:Businesses are finally switching from traditional customer service models to AI-enabled ones. AI is matching up the customer expectations and needs. Artificial intelligence has carved a niche for itself by employing future-driven, quick, reliable and superior customer service solutions that serve the core purpose proficiently. Consumer buying and decision-making patterns are changing, and businesses are amending their strategies accordingly to simplify and streamline processes and operations. AI can do it. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage An enthusiastic Operations Manager at TopDevelopers.co, coordinating and managing the technical and functional areas. Adventure lover, passionate traveler, and a lover of nature. Avantika Shergilcenter_img There is no exaggeration in saying that the contemporary era is of automation. People just love automation. Booking movie tickets, or ordering pizza, commaning voice assistants for any task, travel assistance — all of it — we love automation. Automation reduces human efforts but it also empowers users. When it comes to customer service, AI tops the charts. Across all business verticals, automation seems to be ruling. Customer experience is one of the most pivotal aspects of acquiring and retaining customers. Due to increased competition, businesses are putting great efforts to ensure that customers are delighted while dealing with the brand. If the customers are not satisfied with the services, then they will not interact with the brand in the future.Although the introduction of Artificial Intelligence was delayed, within a short span, it has given a paradigm shift to the world. Businesses are employing digitally-empowered customer service solutions to enrich their customers’ journey. Automation has made it easy to educate customers about the products and services, to acquire new customers and to assist for any queries.With the invention of Chatbots, the call center executives need not type the same boring responses each day. Eliminating human intervention from the customer service model is a blessing in disguise for businesses. Artificial intelligence has contributed immensely to automate major aspects of the customer service model. Also, there is no limitation to what AI can achieve in the future.Let’s explore what artificial intelligence has to offer to the customer service segment: Related Posts AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Shrinking Breadbasket

first_imgIndia’s breadbasket in the northwestern states of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan is rapidly depleting its groundwater.Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center identified the groundwater loss in new maps of the Earth’s gravity from the twin satellites of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) system. Groundwater is the principal source of irrigation in this prime agricultural region. The GRACE data found that over the past decade the water table has been depleting at a rate of a foot per year, which would ultimately render agriculture unsustainable in the region.  Related Itemslast_img

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Ex-Ministers to pay ₹10,000 per day rent for occupying govt. houses

first_imgThe Rajasthan Assembly on Friday passed a Bill amending the provisions for payment of rent by the former Ministers for the government houses allotted to them if they continued to occupy them beyond two months after demitting office. The former Ministers will now be required to pay ₹10,000 a day in such a situation.Voice voteThe Rajasthan Ministers’ Salaries (Amendment) Bill, 2019, tabled by the Congress government on July 22 during the ongoing Budget session of the State Assembly, was passed by a voice vote. The BJP MLAs opposed the Bill’s provisions and said the penalty of ₹10,000 per day was exorbitant.The Bill has also introduced a provision for forcible eviction of an occupant from the government accommodation if he or she refuses to leave. The former Ministers were earlier required to pay ₹5,000 a month after the two-month period.New allotmentParliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal said during the debate on the Bill that it was meant to facilitate allotment of official residences to new Ministers in time after they took over the office. The Bill’s statement of objects and reasons clarified that the ex-Ministers’ failure to vacate official residences after their term was over caused difficulty in allotment of suitable residences to the newly-appointed Ministers.last_img read more

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Singapore Grand Prix: Fan wanders onto track, creates a flutter

first_imgA fan who wandered onto the track during Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix was arrested by Singapore police.A statement issued by the FIA, Formula One’s governing body, said “a 27-year-old man has been arrested and is assisting police with investigations.”On lap 37, the man – dressed in T-shirt and shorts – was seen wandering along the edge of the track near the Anderson Bridge section of the street circuit.Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who won the race, was the first to come across the intruder and cried out over the radio “there is a fan on the track!” and the safety car was immediately deployed.Also read: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins dramatic Singapore GP After walking a short distance, the man climbed over the trackside barrier, and with the danger passed the race soon resumed.Vettel said after the race that the fan’s actions were “pretty crazy” as cars were traveling at around 280 kilometers per hour (175 mph) approaching that corner.”I had to look again because I wasn’t sure whether I had a problem with my eyesight,” Vettel said. “I think I saw him taking a picture. I hope it was a good one at least, I hope it was in focus.”Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who was runner-up in the race, said the emergence of the safety car at that point of the race hurt his winning chances.”Thanks to the guy, appreciate it,” Ricciardo quipped sarcastically after the race. “I was tempted to swerve, clip him.”last_img read more

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Exercise 4 hours after learning to boost memory: study

first_imgLondon, Jun 17 (PTI) Want to improve your memory? Hit the gym four hours after learning for better long-term memory, a new study has claimed.”It shows that we can improve memory consolidation by doing sports after learning,” said Guillen Fernandez from University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.Researchers tested the effects of a single session of physical exercise after learning on memory consolidation and long-term memory.Seventy-two study participants learned 90 picture-location associations over a period of approximately 40 minutes before being randomly assigned to one of three groups – one group performed exercise immediately, the second performed exercise four hours later, and the third did not perform any exercise.The exercise consisted of 35 minutes of interval training on an exercise bike at an intensity of up to 80 per cent of participants maximum heart rates.Forty-eight hours later, participants returned for a test to show how much they remembered while their brains were imaged via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Researchers found that those who exercised four hours after their learning session retained the information better two days later than those who exercised either immediately or not at all.The brain images also showed that exercise after a time delay was associated with more precise representations in the hippocampus, an area important to learning and memory, when an individual answered a question correctly, researchers said.”Our results suggest that appropriately timed physical exercise can improve long-term memory and highlight the potential of exercise as an intervention in educational and clinical settings,” they said.advertisementThe findings were published in the journal Current Biology. PTI SAN AKJ SUAlast_img read more

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Redmi 7A may launch alongside Redmi K20 series: All we know about Xiaomi’s entry-level phone

first_imgRedmi 7A may launch alongside Redmi K20 series: All we know about Xiaomi’s entry-level phoneThe Redmi A series serves the entry-level segment. The upcoming Redmi 7A is going to follow the same strategy. Leaks and rumours suggest Redmi 7A is in the works and will be launching soon. Here are the details.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 11:33 IST HIGHLIGHTSRedmi 7A could be coming soon.Leak suggests the Redmi 7A may launch on May 28.The Redmi 7A will succeed the Redmi 6A launched last year.Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi has confirmed the launch date of the Redmi K20 series. The two Redmi flagships aka Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro will launch in China on May 28. Following China, the Redmi K20 with Snapdragon 855 will come to India very soon. A new report now reveals that there’s another device that will launch alongside the Redmi K20 series. The third Redmi phone is expected to be a cheaper one. This suggests that the third phone launching alongside the Redmi K20 series could be the Redmi 6A successor aka Redmi 7A.This bit of information comes from tipster Ishan Agarwal. He took to Twitter to talk about the coming of a cheaper Xiaomi Redmi phone. In the tweet, he said, “Redmi K20 and K20 Pro are not the only devices launching soon in China. There is a budget Redmi coming soon as well…” Although the tipster didn’t reveal the name of the cheaper Redmi phone, we believe it to be the Redmi 7A for two reasons.One: The Redmi 7A is the only phone that’s left to be launched in the Redmi 7 series. The company recently launched the Redmi 7. Two: The Redmi 7A made its way to TENAA benchmarking site with almost all the key specs. Let’s take a quick look at what the benchmark listing revealed about the Redmi 7A.–The TENAA listing reveals that the Redmi 7A will come with a 5.45-inch display with thick bezels. –This means the phone may not sport Dot Drop Notch display. –In the listing the phone is listed with screen resolution of 720×1440 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. –The benchmark listing reveals that the Redmi 7A will be powered by 1.4GHz octa-core processor–The phone is said to come in three variants — 2GB RAM/16GB storage, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.–The listing shows the phone with dual-SIM slots –It runs on Android Pie-based MIUI 10–On the camera front the Redmi 7A is listed with a 13-megapixel sensor at the back. –On the front, it is tipped to include an 8-megapixel sensor. –The listing shows the Redmi 7A with a 3,900mAh battery, 3.5mm headphone jack. –There may not be face unlock or fingerprint sensor on the Redmi 7A.advertisementAs of now, there are no reports on whether the Redmi 7A will head to India or not. However, considering the past track records, we believe the Redmi 7A will come to India soon. As the Redmi 7A will replace the Redmi 6A in the market the phone is expected to be priced between Rs 5,000 and Rs 6,000. The price of the Redmi 7A could be in the Rs 5,000 – Rs 6,000 price segment because the Redmi 7 costs Rs 7,999. So, Xiaomi will try to keep Rs 2,000 price difference. Currently, Xiaomi is gearing up to bring Redmo K20 and Snapdragon 730 powered Mi phone could be the Mi A3.ALSO READ | Honor 20 series launch set for today: Expected specs and livestream detailsALSO READ | US delays Huawei ban for 90 days, founder says company has made preparationsALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 to be discontinued in India soon, will be replaced by Redmi Note 7SGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmilast_img read more

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Race Around the World for $50,000 Cash in the Global Scavenger Hunt

first_imgThe Amazing Race is cool and all, but contestants have to deal with unpredictable rules (like getting paired up with a stranger), the constant eye of network television cameras, and Phil Keoghan. If you’ve ever wanted to experience all the same thrills of world travel, championship bragging rights, and fat cash prizes, Global Scavenger Hunt may be just the trick.Spring 2019 will see the return of the world travel championship known as the Global Scavenger Hunt. The 15th annual event is open to hardcore Indiana Jones-style travelers looking to tour the world and pit their geography and scavenging skills to the test against other elite teams. They’ll start in San Francisco and travel to New York City the long way. The first-place team will ultimately be crowned “The World’s Greatest Travelers” and, most importantly, take home a cash prize of $50,000.The sizable cash prize motivates most travelers, but there’s a strict screening process to ensure entrants actually have the chops to pull off a victory. Event director William Chalmers notes: “Prize money provides inspiration. We want the best international travelers to participate. The 2019 event will find out if travel writers and bloggers know the world as well as they claim to; whether social media influencers and travel agents know anything about travel; and whether some of the world’s ‘most traveled people’ and Amazing Race wannabes actually have any real-world travel skills. Participating and winning our $50,000 winner-take-all prize will be the ultimate proof.” Next year’s three-week event will encourage travelers to “trust strangers in strange lands.” The theme of individual competitions along the way will center around taking contestants on A Blind Date with the World. The GSH tour will visit 10 secret destinations and contestants will not be provided any prior knowledge about where they’ll be visiting or when. The contest unfolds through a series of authentic, hands-on challenges designed to test their travel and cultural prowess. Previous hunts have included things like taking salsa lessons, meditating with monks, working as an elephant trainer, cooking traditional dishes with local chefs, cracking ancient temple mysteries, and learning local languages on the fly.The next Global Scavenger Hunt kicks off April 12, 2019, and runs through May 4. The price of admission? A cool USD $25,000 per two-person team. If that sounds steep, consider the entry fee includes all international travel, first-class luxury hotels, 40 percent of meals (sadly, no booze), and bespoke travel gear.Not surprisingly, tickets are extremely limited. So, if you want in, we recommend registering early (i.e. now). Editors’ Recommendations Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabinslast_img read more

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Hanjin Aqua Finally Refloated

first_imgSalvors have successfully refloated the Panamanian-flagged containership Hanjin Aqua that ran aground off Sangiang Island, Indonesia on December 4, according to Hanjin Shipping.The vessel was refloated on January 6, 2016, over a month after its grounding.It is planned that Hanjin Aqua will sail to Singapore where it will discharge the containers on January 20, 2016.Previous attempts to self-float the boxship were unsuccessful as the ship was unable to pull free from the rocky shallows it got stuck in.Hanjin Aqua ran aground while sailing to Jakarta from Port Adelaide, at Sunda Strait, damaging its hull and breaching some of its ballast compartments.The ship is reported to be carrying 2,303 TEU of cargo including hazardous waste.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

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Sir Steve Redgrave And Freddie Flintoff Clash For Sport Relief

first_imgSir Steve Redgrave and Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff MBE are set to go head to head in a Clash of the Titans for Sport Relief.Redgrave vs Flintoff in Clash of the TitansFive-time Olympic champion rower Sir Steve and cricket legend and broadcaster Freddie will each captain a team of celebrities as they go head to head in a number of Olympic sporting challenges as part of the Sport Relief Night of TV on Friday 18th March.Sir Steve says “Winning gold medals at the Olympic Games was one thing, leading my team to victory in Clash of the Titans is another matter altogether,” he said. “Freddie Flintoff, bring it on.”England all-rounder Freddie played a major role in the 2005 home Ashes victory over Australia and is no stranger to captaincy having led the England team during his international career. Freddie also captains a team on the sports-based comedy panel show A League Of Their Own.“I took part in Clash of the Titans last time but we were robbed under John Bishop’s leadership,” he said. “This time I’m back and I’m not leaving without that trophy.”The teams will be made up of famous faces from the worlds of entertainment and sport. With the Clash of the Titans trophy up for grabs, the celebrities will be put through their paces as they compete in a number of Olympic sporting challenges: Track Cycling, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Synchronised Swimming and, for the first time, Wrestling, plus a Triathlon race.Clash of the Titans became a Sport Relief fixture in 2014 when Lord Sebastian Coe and his team of celebrities narrowly beat a team led by comedian John Bishop.On the night, sports TV presenters Ore Oduba and Dan Walker will host all the action live from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.It promises to be a night filled with tension, entertainment and sporting rivalry and the public has the opportunity to buy tickets to watch all the action from the two venues; the Velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark and the London Aquatics Centre.Money raised this Sport Relief will be used to make a difference to people living incredibly tough lives, here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.To buy tickets for Clash of the Titans go to www.seetickets.com/tour/sport-relief-2016/. Tickets cost £16, plus booking fees and £2.50 from the sale of each ticket will go directly to Sport Relief.last_img read more

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Tgana Farmer dies of suspected sunstroke

first_imgHyderabad: A 50-year-old farmer was found dead on a paddy heap at a procurement centre in Kamareddy district, police said Thursday. Prima facie it appeared that Gopal died of suspected sunstroke and was found dead by other farmers Wednesday morning on his farm produce, they said. Gopal sold his farm produce in the market three days ago and was waiting for transportation to send the commodity to the buyer. Under the blazing sun, he was guarding his paddy which was kept on the road. He was sleeping on the paddy in the nights. On Wednesday morning, members of his family arrived to the market and tried to awake up Gopal, but he had died in his sleep.last_img

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US stocks edge higher at midday as ecommerce giant Alibaba debuts on

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2014 10:11 am MDT US stocks edge higher at midday as e-commerce giant Alibaba debuts on NYSE NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are slightly higher at midday after Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba made its big debut in the market.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 27 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 17,293 as of 12:03 p.m. Friday, above its all-time closing high from the day before. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up less than one point, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,012, above its own record from the previous day.The Nasdaq fell nine points, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,583.Alibaba surged as it began trading on the New York Stock Exchange just before noon. It traded at $98 minutes after its debut, a 44 per cent rise from its initial public offering of $68 a share. read more

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Ensure independent investigations into Nicaragua protest deaths – UN rights office

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has official requested Nicaraguan authorities to grant it access to the country so that it can gather first-hand information about what happened during the protests, spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said on Friday.“With demonstrations continuing, including a march that passed off in Managua on Wednesday, we once again call for an investigation into all acts of violence and credible and inclusive national dialogue,” she added.The OHCHR spokesperson also said that the country’s truth commission – established by the Nicaraguan National Assembly to investigate the deaths and allegations of rights violations during the protests – must be independent and able to conduct its work in a transparent and impartial manner.According to reports, at least 47 people, including two police officers and a journalist have been killed in protests, which began as a reaction to social security reforms but widened to include calls for investigations into, and accountability for, the killings; as well as for justice and democracy.In addition to poverty and discrimination, the administration of justice, including juvenile justice, child labour and trafficking remain major human rights concerns in Nicaragua.Indigenous communities and Afro-descendants are among those most affected by poverty, and public services where they live, are run down – including health and educational facilities – in comparison with other areas of the country. read more

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Irish stigma around failure is hurting entrepreneurship SFA

first_imgSUPPORTS SHOULD BE made available for small business owners who go to the wall, the Small Firms Association has said.However, the SFA said that Ireland’s negative attitude towards failure in business in hindering entrepreneurs who want to bounce back after a business is shuttered.SFA assistant director Avine McNally said that more advice and mentoring services, including restructuring, crisis management, debt settlement and support for re-starting a failed business should be made available.“In Ireland we currently do not provide any specific early warning support or second chance programmes. A strategy moving forward should be to provide entrepreneurs with warning tools and assistance in identifying situatoins that could lead to insolvency or the closure of the business.”She said that extra services for struggling businesses would allow owners to come back from the brink of a crisis, or have a better chance of making a fresh start.The SFA cited research which shows that 45% of Irish entrepreneurs are deterred from starting a business, up from 35% in 2006.“Even if statistics show that entrepreneurs who have experienced failure learn from their mistakes and are more successful in the future – they can nevertheless face the stigma of failure.” If we are to encourage a greater number of start ups we must give entrepreneurs who have failed more support and a better chance to make a fresh start.McNally argued that many other EU countries have developed early warning or second chance programmes that help struggling businesses, which in turn encourages entrepreneurship, prevents insolvency and provides support in bankruptcy.Read: Substantial decrease in failing businesses during third quarter>Read: 40% decrease in number of businesses failing last month>last_img read more

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Its War returns

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following a sold-out premiere season, the surprise hit comedy play is back again! Written and directed by Alex Lykos, It’s War follows the story of two neighbours who have a falling out, promising plenty of drama and laughs. Shane and his wife Ngoc Bich, a Vietnamese migrant, live next door to their best friends Soula and Pandelis. But as the construction begins on their backyard extension, so too does the drama unfold. Soula and Pandelis refuse to have their city views ruined, and decide to stand up to their (once) dear friends. This triggers a street war, forming neighbourhood alliances and finally exposing a long-kept secret, shaking the foundations of the once harmonious and cheerful neighbourhood.Cost of attendance is $25 for adults and $21 for concession, including a booking fee. Groups of 10 receive entry at a concession price. To book tickets, call (02) 9550 3666 or visit www.factorytheatre.com.au/tickets/ftickets.php?gigid=6159When: Thursday 11 – Sunday 21 June at 7.30 pm, Saturday 13 June and Sunday 21 June 5.30 pm Where: Fuse Box @ The Factory, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, NSWlast_img read more

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Plantes dépolluantes lADEME remet en cause leur efficacité

first_imgPlantes dépolluantes : l’ADEME remet en cause leur efficacitéAlors que le Grenelle de l’Environnement a confirmé la qualité de l’air intérieur comme un enjeu de santé publique, l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe) vient de rendre un avis sur les très prisées plantes dépolluantes. L’Agence insiste sur le fait que leur efficacité n’a pas été scientifiquement prouvée.L’Ademe vient de rendre un avis sur les plantes présentées comme étant “dépolluantes”, et permettant ainsi d’améliorer la qualité de l’air intérieur. Publié sur le site Internet de l’Agence, ce rapport souligne “que l’argument “plantes dépolluantes” n’est pas validé scientifiquement au regard des niveaux de pollution généralement rencontrés dans les habitations et des nouvelles connaissances scientifiques dans le domaine”.À lire aussiRéchauffement climatique : les émissions de CO2 connaissent leur plus forte hausse en 7 ansPour parvenir à cette conclusion, l’Ademe a étudié trois plantes d’intérieur. En laboratoire, elles ont toutes engendré une réduction de la concentration de monoxyde de carbone, mais n’ont pas eu d’effet sur les niveaux de benzène et de formaldéhyde, d’importantes sources de pollution intérieure. Les trois plantes ont également été testées en intérieur, dans des jardinières, où elles ont été exposées à des émissions de différents polluants. Mais aucune des trois plantes n’a alors permis de réduire leur concentration. “L’efficacité du système plante en jardinière serait donc quasi nulle en condition réaliste d’exposition”, conclut l’Ademe dans son rapport.Pour l’heure donc, le moyen le plus efficace d’améliorer la qualité de l’air intérieur “reste la prévention et la limitation des sources de pollution accompagnées d’une ventilation ou plus généralement d’une aération des locaux”, souligne l’Agence.Le 17 septembre 2011 à 15:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Family friends mourn Chuukese teen shot by Vancouver police

first_imgFriends and family are mourning the death of Clayton Joseph, the 16-year-old boy who was shot by a Vancouver police officer Tuesday night during a disturbance response.The Vancouver Police Department on Thursday identified the officer who fired his weapon as Cpl. Roger Evans.Police said that Joseph brandished a knife when approached by officers and refused commands to drop the weapon before he was shot. Joseph died of a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.Conner Bloxham, a friend who spoke on behalf of Joseph’s family, said they told him that Joseph was trying to defuse a situation when he was shot. Specifically, he was trying to stop someone from attacking their girlfriend.Joseph’s cousin Brandy Henry said in an email to The Columbian on Thursday that news of his relative’s death came as a shock. Joseph wanted to succeed in life, Henry said.last_img read more

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House Subcommittee Pegs 15 Million for Space Force Far Below White House

first_img ADC AUTHOR The House Defense Appropriations subcommittee has allocated $15 million for the creation of a new military space force in its fiscal 2020 appropriations bill, Roll Call reported Monday.If the House Appropriations Committee’s full $690.2 defense spending bill is approved this week, the proposed space force funding would be almost $57.5 million lower than the administration’s request, according to a committee report released Monday.The Democrat-controlled House has been skeptical of President Donald Trump’s desire to establish a space force, which requires congressional authorization.The funding reduction in the House bill could set up differences when the House Armed Services Committee considers the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill next month.House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said in March he “cannot imagine that what the White House proposed is going to happen.”Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Satranlast_img read more

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Eugene the world record Instagram egg Its been incredible

first_img“Eugene the Egg is so appreciative of the amazing support, it has been incredible,” the person behind the Instagram account told me in an email. When asked about the account’s merchandise offerings — currently, two shirts that say “I LIKED THE EGG” — the response was, “We’re dropping a new design every day, and giving 10 percent of that to a chosen charity.”An Instagram personality who goes by Supreme Patty and has 6.2 million followers was rumored to be behind the egg. TMZ quoted a reported friend of Supreme Patty saying he was responsible, but the egg account later posted to TMZ via Instagram Stories that “we’re still anonymous. Fake news.”The egg confirmed this to me, writing, “We deny that we are Supreme Patty,” but would offer no more details about his or her identity. According to the UK Telegraph, the poster of the egg image lives in London, and took inspiration from a list of record-setting Instagram posts from 2018.”I thought it would be an interesting experiment to try and beat the record with something as basic as possible,” the egg poster told the Telegraph, “which led to me deciding on the egg.”As for Supreme Patty, although he may not be the person behind the egg, he’s having fun with it, and is now urging followers to help break the record for most shrimp emoji Instagram comments on an egg-related post of his own. Share your voice Instagram’s most-liked post is now just an egg. Sorry, Kylie Jenner 0 More egg-cellent news Or course, someone had to turn it into a “Where’s the Winds of Winter?” demand. I, too, have a famous egg… #Instaegg, #fun, #worldrecordegg #EggGang #eggsoldiers pic.twitter.com/6xEiofkLRX— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) January 15, 2019 So it’s 2019, and everything is backwards. The government’s shut down. Britain’s breaking up with Europe. A plain ordinary egg is now the most-liked photo ever posted to Instagram, and that egg just emailed me.The egg photo was posted on Jan. 4, and as of Jan. 15, it has more than 42 million likes. The account, titled world_record_egg, has 6.3 million followers. But so far, no one has been able to crack the identity of the person behind the account.But I can tell you the egg has a name and is egg-ceptionally thankful for all the attention. I wish I could crack it open and find, instead of a dragon, the winds of winter 😲😳— AnUbis (@Anubis1080P) January 15, 2019 I’m unfollowing everyone who liked that egg photo— Christine Sydelko (@csydelko) January 15, 2019 As do we. pic.twitter.com/18L3Ewj7Qz— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) January 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/3tR3ogo5KO— Phantom Bandit (@Over726) January 15, 2019center_img 18 Photos Target Game of Thrones Instagram NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Yanny or Laurel this: Viral illusions freak out the internet But eggs aren’t for everyone. Wrote Christine Sydelko on Twitter, “I’m unfollowing everyone who liked that egg photo.” Culture He also posted video of himself apparently getting a tattoo of the egg. “You’re so gonna regret that wtf,” wrote Instagram user joonerboi.  Post a comment Turns out Martin’s not alone in his egg yolking. Harry Potter fans point out that their book and movie series also has a prominent egg. Retrieving the magical golden egg was part of the Triwizard Tournament detailed in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Tags Turns out there are many famous pop-culture eggs out there.George R.R. Martin, author of the books that inspired HBO’s hit Game of Thrones, got in on the egg-ceptional mockery by tweeting a photo of one of the famous dragon eggs from the show, with the words, “I, too, have a famous egg…”last_img read more

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Senate Republicans vote to move ahead on Obamacare repeal

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:33Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:32?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The Senate voted 51-50 to start debate on Obamacare repeal. Vice President Mike Pence was forced to break the tie.center_img Senate Republicans vote to move ahead on Obamacare repeallast_img read more

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Do You Text While Walking This App Wants to Save Your Life

first_imgMarch 3, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 3 min readcenter_img Raise your hand if you’ve ever walked smack into something or someone while staring down at your smartphone? Yeah, you. You know who you are, and you’re far from alone. We’re guilty of walking and texting, too.  Fear no longer, distracted, device-gazing zombie walkers. Help for unabashed, small-screen addicts like us is on the way — to the Google Play store next month, actually. The industrious geniuses at New York City’s One Llama Labs have developed a hyper sound-sensitive Android app called Audio Aware.The potentially life-saving safety app is specifically designed to help steer diehard phone geeks like us who stare hypnotically down at our oh-so-mesmerizing screens out of harm’s way. In other words, it can keep you from walking into oncoming traffic.  Audio Aware’s makers want you to fully trust their nascent technology to save you from what you’re too wrapped up in your phone to see coming. Like absentmindedly strolling into a giant California black bear or in front of an ambulance. We hope it puts an end to some particularly hazardous (and sadly sometimes fatal) behaviors, one reformed user at a time.In addition to warding distracted screen stare-ers off of oncoming dangers, the nifty app is also designed to tip individuals who are hearing-impaired off to nearby potential hazards.The “artificial ear” app, which is based on the research of University of Illinois Informatics Institute scientist David Tcheng and his team, will reportedly automatically detect a number of “perilous” sounds, including “screeching tires and wailing sirens,” and alert you to them right away. Ideally just in the nick of time and not a hot millisecond later.Say, for instance, you’re happily strolling down the street, blasting your favorite Pharrell Williams song in your earbuds, when a siren or another frightful sound the app recognizes goes off. The app will conveniently pause your tunes — or YouTube video or podcast — and “pipe in an amplified version of the sound it’s picking up,” directly into your ears, zero Wi-Fi connection necessary. Hopefully you’ll be moved to move to safety.It’s not immediately clear if or when the One Llama Labs team plans on making a version of Audio Aware for Apple users. Keep your eyes peeled on the App Store, and on the street (when walking).What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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