Nelson Leafs take a thin lead into weekend play as the Murdoch leaders travel face Fernie Ghostriders and rival Castlegar Rebels in a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games.The Leafs travel to Sparwood Friday to face the East Kootenay Riders in Kootenay Conference action.Nelson has won both games over the Ghostriders — 12-3 at home and 6-3 on the road.The Leafs enter the contest after snapping a three-game losing streak Saturday that saw their lead in the Murdoch Division slashed from 10 points to two.Nelson outlasted Grand Forks Border Bruins 4-1 at home.During the slide, Nelson was outscored 18-5 by Murdoch rivals Castlegar and Beaver Valley.Saturday, Nelson hosts Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena/Nelson enters the contest missing a few players due to suspension.Defenceman Zach Morey is currently serving a three-game suspension for after receiving a match penalty while another rearguard Michael LeNoury is also suspended for two games for illegal head contact. Morey is back for Saturday against Castlegar while LeNoury should play Tuesday when the Leafs hosts Grand Forks.Leading goal scorer scorless in sixNelson is hoping to get the offence of the team’s leading goal scorer, Ryan Cooper, back in the fold for the weekend.The rookie from St. Albert, AB, has been in a funk having not scored a goal in six games after totalling 13 before.Jackson Zimmermann and Ryan Piva are next in Leafs goal scoring, each with 10.Team captain Sawyer Hunt leads the team in points with 29, including 23 assists.Kimberley donation saga continuesThe $7.5 million donation saga continues for the Kimberley Dynamiters.The person responsible for the donation, Michael Gould, has been charged with forgery and fraud after a restaurant owner, who is not involved in the Nitros donation, complained to police about an unpaid bill.The charge results from Gould bouncing cheques after the owner of the Northwest Grill in Cranbrook, Jolene Salanski said she catered a banquet for 50 people in early November.Police said Crown counsel has approved charges of forgery and fraud against Gould, who was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.The Kimberley board of directors issued a statement November 13 saying the team has not received any money.
Issued on behalf of our members, the 81 National Governing Bodies and 29 Local Sports Partnerships that organise sport and physical activity in Ireland Federation of Irish Sport welcomes Resilience Fund for Sport for the survival and reignition of sport organisations nationwide The Federation of Irish Sport welcomes today’s announcement by the Government that a funding package of up to €70 million has been allocated as part of a Resilience Fund for Sport package. The Federation would like to thank the government for their support and is delighted that they have recognised the extremely valuable contribution that sport makes to Irish society.This funding package will support the sport sector through;– Funding of up to €40m for the three main field sports organisations – the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU– A Resilience Fund of up to €10m to support the National Governing Bodies of Sport– A Sports Club Resilience Fund of up to €15m to support clubs– A Sports Restart and Renewal Fund of up to €5mAs the Federation of Irish Sport noted in its appeal for a Resilience Fund for Sport to the government in May, this financial assistance will go a long way in helping sports organisations who are facing particular financial difficulty to get back to business and to adapt to the new reality as restrictions lift. We welcome the government’s acknowledgement of our call for support, and their commitment to investing in sport at local and national level to help Irish sport through this unprecedented emergency and back on to the road to recovery. The Federation will continue to work with its members and Sport Ireland to maximise levels of physical activity and participation in sport in Ireland. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Following the clash with their regular Six Nations opponents, Scotland are back in action on September 30 when they tackle Samoa.Next up is a meeting with Russia in Shizuoka on October 9 with their pool games concluding with a high-profile match against Japan on October 13.Watch all the action from Rugby World Cup 2019 on the STV Player including live games, catch-up, highlights, full fixtures and behind the scenes extras. The Rugby World Cup is set to kick off on Friday with all eyes on Japan as they open the tournaments as hosts.Twenty nations are competing over six weeks at 12 venues to see who will hold the Webb Ellis trophy aloft on November 2 and Scotland are among the hopefuls aiming to make their mark on the global stage.Japan will start proceedings with the opening ceremony from 10.30am before the hosts face Russia in the first Pool A match.Scotland’s tournament begins on Sunday when they face Ireland in Yokohama with head coach Gregor Townsend eager to see his side make a positive first impression.
richard macmanus Tags:#business#web It’s funny that I posted thePlentyOfFish.com post not long before the Scoble-leaving-Microsoftannouncement predictably blanketedTechmeme. Because reading Robert’slatest post about his decision made me think about the fundamental reasonwhy ‘Web 2.0’ is (dare I say it) in bubble phase right now. It’s the exact samereason the Dot Com bubble occured – Page Views… which in thisera leads to ads, but more on that in a minute.In myprevious post PlentyOfFish owner Markus Frind boasted about getting 500 million page viewsa month, more than Digg’s 200 million. But even small blogs are posting 6-figuremonthly page views these days – TechCrunch says it gets 3 million and Robertmentioned a video blog called Rocketboomthat gets 9 million per month:“Yesterday I was talking with Amanda Congdon, one of the co-foundersof Rocketboom. Her videoblog is nowseeing about 300,000 viewers a day. That’s, what, a year or so old? Did youknow that advertisers are now paying her $85,000 per week? That’s almost asmuch money as I made in an entire year of working at Microsoft.”So Amanda is making $4.4 million, at least, a year from advertising – on her blog.I presume that her hosting costs are pretty significant though, because she runsa video service. But still it’d be a very healthy profit.It just shows you the opportunities are out there to make significant moneyon the Web, which is – let’s face it – driving a lot of this ‘web 2.0’ mania. Ohit’s a bubble, for sure. But it’s funny that this page views model is at itsfoundation almostidentical to the Dot Com days (bubble 1.0). Drive as many users to your siteas humanly possible – that’s the modus operandi of all websites, web 2.0 or not.The main difference I can see is that in the dot com days, this rush for pageviews was a ‘land grab’ and there wasn’t as big an opportunity to monetize itwith advertising. The idea back then (late 90’s, early 21st century) was togather as many users as possible and then do an IPO – monetizing wouldpresumably come later. Which actually has worked out to be the case for thesurvivers (Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, etc). These days, 2005-06-onwards, the idea is very much to – you guessed it –gather as many users as possible. Only this time you can monetize them withGoogle ads, or your own advertisers/sponsors. You can go after a mass market(like PlentyOfFish) or a niche market (like TechCrunch). There are many more nicheopportunities, obviously. Either way, as PlentyOfFish.com, Rocketboom and allthe other success stories of this age are proving – there is big money to bemade with relatively small-scale operations. Robert Scoble and PodTech.net are after a slice of that action too – and goodluck to them (they’re both Web 2.0Workgroup members btw). I think all of us small bloggers or developers arelooking to grab that brass ring too. It’s all about the Page Views – always wasand probably always will be on the commercial Web. Well to alesser degree, it’s also about the RSS impressions – which are beginning to bemonetized too. In time I expect RSS impressions to be a ‘first class citizen ofcontent’ too, but for now it’s page views that are fueling the new bubble –again.The larger question is: can the online advertising business be sustained atthis level (which we got to thanks mainly to Google)? I don’t know, but a lot ofpeople are enjoying the ride right now – and there are too many brass ringopportunities still out there to get too cynical. Photo: Brian Oberkirch A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Strong winds during severe weather on Saturday blew over a semi.The Highway Patrol says this happened on the Highway 54 overpass at I-70 in Kingdom City at 6:22 p.m. The Tennessee truck driver, 57-year-old Aldo Myers has moderate injuries. A trooper’s dash cam caught video of it:Caught on dash 🎥Corporal Brazas witnessed this tractor trailer being toppled by high winds on US 54/Kingdom City this evening. Driver was transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/mf7egb4ljS— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) May 19, 2019The storms caused some damage and knocked out power for hundreds of mid-Missourians at times.The Missouri River is back above flood stage at Glasgow and Boonville already, with more rain in the forecast this week. The river is set to go above flood stage in Jefferson City late Monday or early Tuesday.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot IT topic today, producing new and exciting results in academic research areas and across real-world deployments. So how do enterprises create value by implementing AI solutions? Many organizations are struggling to take the first step because the journey seems long and complicated. It doesn’t have to be. With some forethought, planning and good practices, you can implement a solution that will help you stay ahead of your competition without draining your expense budget.Building production-ready AI models and solutions brings unique challenges during the development and operation lifecycles. The solutions need to run effectively and predictably for a long period of time, with simplified update procedures when new data becomes available. Additionally, they need to play well with your software stacks of other applications.There are many approaches to incorporating AI technology in your business, from choosing automation tools built on AI technology to building a Data Science practice within your organization, and any mix in-between.By incorporating customized AI solutions, leveraging Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) models in your applications and business processes, you can improve efficiencies and data driven decisions within your organization. We’ll take you through how many organizations today are getting started with AI by combing software development processes with ML and DL models in a consistent application platform.Like any other business endeavor, starting with a solid plan is key to success. To help you start building a plan, we’ll take a look at a typical AI lifecycle from managing the datasets and the multiple stages of training, to deployment and integration into the application environment.Before You Get StartedHere are some key questions to ask yourself:Have we implemented a big data solution in the past or do I have access to large amounts of structured or unstructured data?What skill sets do we have as it relates to AI? Take inventory of your internal skill sets and consider the scope of what you can manage with internal talent. You may consider contracting some technical skills to business partners or bringing on additional internal talent with the appropriate skills needed to be successful.Does your use case involve a specific business unit? If so, you will need subject matter experts (SMEs) from the business unit committed to the initiative, as well as AI experts to architect and develop your AI solutions.Need to know more about what skills you may need? A good AI partner should be able to provide guidance based on the scope of your projects. Do we have budget and buy-in? Every worthwhile investment will have some initial cost. Ensure the projected cost fits within your available budget. Having executive and stakeholder buy-in is key for any initiative to be successful, and AI is no different. If you’re working on an AI project that involves a specific business unit, you will need buy-in from all the stakeholders from the business unit as well.Typical Stages in the AI JourneyChoosing the Right Use CaseChoosing the right use case for an AI application is critical to quickly prove the value to your stakeholders. It’s important to choose a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) or project that can rapidly deliver business value and has few roadblocks to implementation. The three determining factors used to evaluate use cases for fastest business impact are:Data Availability. Any AI application will only be as good as data used for training it. In the enterprise environment, data can be more important than the algorithms. Gathering and organizing a new collection of data can be a long and labor-intensive task. A project with readily available data, or easily collectable from existing processes, can save several months in the data preparation phase.Clean Data. After “Data Scientist”, “Clean Data” may be the second most common term that AI has added to the IT vernacular. Clean data refers to the accuracy and completeness of the dataset you’re working with. Imagine a use case in which you’re using customer data to predict which customers will be interested in a specific product. For an accurate prediction, it will require that all of your customer information is complete and up-to-date. By spot checking a few accounts in your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database, you may start to get a sense of the cleanliness of your dataset and, for most organizations, a better sense of the health of your data. Dirty data simply means that the data is too unstructured, contains too many errors, or is incomplete and will not produce accurate results when used in model training. “Data Wrangling” is the term used for the process of analyzing and evaluating which data stays, which data gets cleaned up, and which data gets tossed out .Existing Technology. In order to deliver value in a short period of time, try to leverage already tested approaches that run well on your current technology. In many cases, you may have existing infrastructure to leverage for your PoC, but if you’re lacking the infrastructure to get started, there are plenty of options for you. Your hardware vendor may even provide access to infrastructure at no cost for an initial PoC. Everybody wants to work with cutting-edge technology and use the latest and greatest solutions, but wait for a later iteration when you have more resources and buy-in. You’ll save time and effort that can be used elsewhere.What criteria should be used to select an initial AI PoC?Time Saving Potential: The best candidate is a simple task that is executed multiple times across the organization. For example, answering simple questions in a call center, filling expense reports for internal employees, etc….Data Intensive Tasks: Look for tasks which rely more on data versus experience or intuition. AI can better execute tasks which have clearly specified data inputs.Monotonous Tasks: There are tasks which are not possible due to costs or diminishing effectiveness of people doing it. A common example is a worker visually inspecting every part entering a factory for flaws. AI will never grow tired of monotonous tasks and will deliver consistent results, improving the overall quality and consistency of the end product.Scalability: The AI application is usually high initial investment, with low operational cost. The best task to start with is the one which can be implemented once, and run multiple times to spread the initial investment across multiple tasks or departments.The right use case is critical to the success of the PoC. Remember to pick one that will deliver results quickly. In order to do that, the project must have readily available, clean data that requires little data wrangling and can run on your existing infrastructure. Try to target tasks that are repetitive, require only data to accomplish, not experience, and are difficult for people to do for any length of time. If the task is repeated across multiple departments, spreading the initial cost becomes easier.Collect Your DataMany AI algorithms being developed today are based on supervised learning and require a significant amount of data wrangling and pre-processing to ensure model accuracy. In supervised learning , the model is trained with labeled data, mapping a specific input with the expected output. For example, if you take a dataset of images of various vehicles, label all car images in your training, and, with proper tuning and enough data, you should be able to predict whether a new image is of a car or not. This of course requires clean and properly labeled data, which can be the most time-consuming stages in developing an AI model. For unsupervised learning, we do not have the data labeled for an expected outcome and the model is tasked to find patterns in the data.Once you have selected your use case and collected your data, you will need to organize, clean, and process your data. For supervised learning models, your training data will need to be labeled, which can be a time consuming task for your data wranglersProving Your Use Case (Pilot)Next, you will work through model development where your data scientist will build and test multiple models to identify the appropriate data science methodology that provides the highest level of accuracy. Once your data scientist has identified the appropriate model, they will perform hyper-parameter tuning to achieve the highest level of accuracy possible.There are a broad range of tools supporting this process, spanning from open-source machine and deep learning frameworks like Spark* ML, sk-learn*, Keras*, TensorFlow*, CNTK*, or BigDL to specialized training platforms like LICO* from Lenovo.Typically, it’s best to start with small chunks of data for initial model development. Once the accuracy of the model reaches an acceptable level, you can increase the amount of data you’re working with which will, in turn, increase the accuracy of the model. Of course, these larger iterations will require greater processing power, storage, and run times.ImplementImplementing AI into a production environment can be as challenging as the development process. AI inference may require changing business processes or modifying existing applications. The scope of operationalizing an AI model can be affected by the complexity of the use-case.To implement the inference of your AI model, it could be as simple as incorporating it into your BI tool for predictive or prescriptive use cases, or as complex as modifying your DevOps process to incorporate it into your business applications. With your first PoC, start small with a light application or plugin to an existing tool.OperationalizeThe work is not over after the solution is implemented and running in a production environment. To improve the accuracy of your AI application, you may need to re-train your model. AI applications generate new data which can be used for additional training to improve accuracy. Also, changes in your environment (new customers, new products, etc…) may require modifications of the model to ensure accuracy.In an ideal lifecycle, a fully automated pipeline, from data generation to deployment, is ideal, but may not be feasible. It’s important to find the right level of automation in your AI deployment that ensures the best accuracy for your model, without being cost prohibitive. This may require changes in your DevOps process to ensure you’re getting the best value from your AI models.Is it Time to Get Started with AI?Once you have completed a successful PoC, it’s time to get serious about your AI strategy. Keep in mind, your competitors are looking at AI technology today to increase efficiency, reduce cost, and, ultimately, become more competitive in the marketplace.Things to ConsiderConsider working with a technology partner that can provide end-to-end solutions from the edge to the data center, providing hardware, software and (most importantly) expertise to help you get started.At Lenovo, we’re taking a prescriptive approach to AI and working with clients to build solutions that address their unique business goals. We have expertise in Big Data, AI, and IoT, realizing the dependencies of AI technology within the data center. We provide access to AI Innovation Centers for our clients to experience the power of AI and build initial PoCs prior to investing in new infrastructure. We have made significant investments in developing new software platforms to accelerate AI development and provide AI consultants to assist customers along the journey. By partnering with leading technology providers, such as Intel and select business partners that have deep industry and AI expertise, we’re providing holistic solutions for our clients. Learn more at lenovo.com/AI.Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer.
have all given us the power to influence our own marketing destiny and the brands we represent. Use common sense to avoid pulling a Tiger Woods on your company. Be sure that what you are writing and saying about your company is something that can be backed up. An article in the Though Inbound Marketing gives you Webinar: Rethinking Marketing Develop your own content Be careful of your associations Originally published Dec 14, 2009 2:45:00 PM, updated October 18 2015 Topics: more control of your brand – Oftentimes businesses make a decision to partner with someone or in some way tie their fortunes too closely to those of others. Be picky about which sites you link to and thought-leaders you associate yourself with. Be extremely careful and be sure to completely vet those associations so you don’t get caught up in someone else’s trouble. , news-oriented and on-message it will be harder to be caught off guard by sudden shifts in public opinion. It allows customers to respond more swiftly to perceived changes in your brand and thusly quicker for you to snuff pending problems out. Often the busy-ness of business makes us take our eye off the ball. By staying on top of your business and industry trends you will be more aware by default. As a result, you may make better decisions. You don’t want to get blindsided do you? Ask Tiger how well that works in both golf and life. to learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Branding – If you are consistently generating content that is . It takes the onus off of spokespeople and outside agencies who can damage what you have worked so hard to build. Here’s a few simple ways to accomplish that. during a crisis, there still is great responsibility. Social networking and our ever-expanding arsenal of i change your methods and the way you do business today keyword rich nstant publishing tools Stay aware “In business, credibility means a lot and honesty means a lot, and Accenture wants to be a company that can be trusted,” David Arluck, in independent sports marketing executive said. “Obviously Tiger Woods did some things that betrayed the trust of people who were close to him, and I can see how they would want to distance themselves from that. Oh and if you have some skeletons in your closet, you may never be able to start fresh, but you certainly can Though our readers may never have a shot at having a highly visible (and expensive) person like Tiger Woods representing their company, it’s important that you realize the amount of Want to learn more about how you can use inbound marketing to grow your business? Download the free webinar states it pretty clearly: ATIS547 influence inbound marketers have over their own brands – There is no better way to make sure your messaging is accurate, consistent, and produced on a regular basis than to start developing your own remarkable content. We can hear you saying that you don’t have the time to do this, but that is simply an excuse. You need to make the time. The level of control that content creation gives you over your brand image could protect it from collateral damage caused by other’s misfortunes. Over the weekend, Accenture cut Tiger loose. They didn’t want to be tied to the new image that Tiger has ‘crafted’ for himself. Accenture is a high-end consulting company that works in the business-to-business space and is generally associated with Fortune 500 companies. Accenture used to be the perfect match for someone like Tiger. A similar fate met world famous swimmer Michael Phelps when he was let go by Kellogg’s after caught on camera indulging in an illegal activity. . All you need to do is read the papers to see how quickly one can fall from the mountaintop and into the valley. Just ask Tiger. New York Times photo by Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
was the impact of social media on email marketing and how the two can work together for maximum results. I posed the question to fellow email marketers: has the rise of text messaging and social media hurt the effectiveness of email? work together Emfluence – Melanie Attia, AWeber Communications Email Summit – Brandon Wilkins, to leverage Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to generate leads and customers. Originally published Jan 26, 2010 8:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Download the free video – Nikki Schiavone & DJ Waldow, Blue Sky Factory What do you think? How has StrongMail and SMS impacted email marketing effectiveness? How has it changed your Email Marketing ? How can they – Joel Book, Interview Highlights Topics: – Kara Trivunovic, “Email is the digital glue” – everything is still connected through email. “You hunt with social media, but at the end of the day you cook with email.” Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Dos 1. Be Specific Every page on your site should have a specific purpose. Think about the page in front of you, and try to describe it. If you’re using “and” to combine multiple thoughts on this page, its time to make some new pages. When writing the titles for each of these pages, keep the specifics of the page in mind. If this is a page just about “toasters”, the title should include your keywords centered around “toasters”, and not a more generic keyword phrase like “kitchen appliances”. 2. Be Unique Just like every page title should be specific to each page, you should also make sure that each page title is unique across your entire site. If you’re following the first rule and making sure that every page is laser-focused on a single topic, it should be extremely easy to also make sure that each page title is unique. 3. Be Compelling When you are looking at a search engine results page, there’s only three things that appear for a visitor – the page title, the page description (bonus points if you’ve got a unique and targeted meta description), and your page’s URL. Try and treat your page titles like the titles for your blog posts, and make them compelling. Don’ts 1. Be Repetitive Your page titles shouldn’t include multiple variations of similar keyword phrases. A great example of being bad would be “toaster, toaster oven, kitchen toaster, college toaster, 8 slice toaster, bagel toaster | Chris’ Toaster Emporium”. Titles like this promote worst practices and often lead to having the same page titles used across most (if not all) of the pages in your site. 2. Be Long Anything more than 70 characters is a waste. If you’re not able to describe this particular page with less than 70 characters, then maybe you need to break this down into multiple pages. From a practical standpoint, Google will cut your title off around 70 characters, and you’ll be left with a set of elipses at the end of the title – and everything you’ve written above the 70 character limit is essentially negated. 3. Put Your Company Name at the Front In most cases, your website will already rank high for your company name. Leverage the fact that search engines allocate more weight to the words that appear at the beginning of a page title, and form your titles using your keyword phrases first, and then your company name.Do you have other tips for improving page titles? Photo Credit: needoptic Live Website Optimization: Using Website Grader For Marketing Success Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published May 19, 2010 8:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Join HubSpot Experts for a live session for website review and optimization, providing tips for getting found online. Date & Time: Every Tuesday at 1:00pm ET Submit your site now for optimization by HubSpot Experts! (2 will be selected)
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