Belgium’s Witsel ‘on cusp’ of Borussia Dortmund move from China

first_imgBerlin, Aug 6 (AFP) Belgian international midfielder Axel Witsel is “on the cusp” of joining Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal, the Bundesliga club announced today. The 29-year-old has been playing for Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian since January 2017, but his strong performances in Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-finals have paved the way for a return to Europe. “Borussia Dortmund are on the cusp of signing the Belgium national player Axel Witsel,” the German giants said. “The World Cup bronze medallist joined up with the BVB team today (Monday)… with the group currently undertaking their summer training camp in Bad Ragaz (Switzerland).” Dortmund said that Witsel had activated his release clause — reported to be around 20 million euros ($23 million) — before the Chinese deadline day on Sunday, and that his move would be confirmed in the coming days. The former Zenit St Petersburg star has scored nine goals in 96 international appearances, and played six times at the World Cup in Russia. “After the World Cup, I was determined to transfer back to Europe,” said Witsel. “I am really happy and also proud that I will soon be able to play for BVB. I didn’t have to think about it for very long after our first discussion because Borussia Dortmund is one of the best clubs on the continent in my opinion. “I honestly cannot wait to run out in front of 81,000 people.” Witsel will become new Dortmund coach Lucien Favre’s second major signing of the close-season, after also bringing Dane Thomas Delaney to Signal Iduna Park from Werder Bremen for 20 million euros.advertisement Dortmund have struggled to put any pressure on Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga in recent seasons, and only just snatched the fourth and final Champions League spot ahead of Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference last term. Sporting director Michael Zorc hailed Witsel’s arrival, saying: “Axel is a player of great international experience who brings all the qualities required to make a mark on the BVB midfield: tactical awareness, strength when challenging for the ball, pace, creativity, and mentality.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

a month ago​Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelli

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelliby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was full of praise for Gabriel Martinelli after his performance against Nottingham Forest.The youngster was one of several fringe players who got a chance in the Carabao Cup game, which Arsenal won 5-0.And Martinelli was singled out for praise by Emery in his post-match comments to the club’s official website.Emery said: “Martinelli is a very young player. But he came here and we were waiting and watching him, how he could improve with us and really, really in the pre-season he played very well. “He was working in each training with a big spirit and with a big performance and I spoke with him to have some passion for when he gets his opportunity to play, to do like he was doing in the training and the matches in the pre-season. Tonight he did that. “Really, he deserved it because he is very humble, a humble player and he fights, he is hungry to have that opportunity to help us and really it was perfect, his work tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Strata Corporations Urged to File Annual Returns

first_img Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there has been a worrying trend of non-compliance in the filing of the documents. Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency. The filing of annual returns is necessary to ensure that strata corporations meet their statutory obligations in accordance with the Act; that the strata keep proper books of accounts; and that certain policies and procedures are in place and adhered to. Story Highlights Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there has been a worrying trend of non-compliance in the filing of the documents.He said that only 23 per cent of strata corporations have filed annual returns over the last four financial years from 2013/14 to 2016/17.He said the low compliance rate “is a big problem, because it does not afford us the ability to deal with the issues that are prevalent within strata corporations”.The Registration (Strata Titles) (Amendment) Act, Section 4 (7) obligates strata corporations to file annual returns with the CSC.Mr. Norton said that while the Act has been in place since 1969, the public remains generally unware of its provisions, more so the amendments of 2009.He said the CSC is taking steps to educate individuals on how best they can fulfil their obligations under the Act.“We have produced several booklets and brochures for the public. They are at the office of the CSC, financial institutions and the National Housing Trust (NHT),” he indicated, noting that training and seminars are also offered on how to file annual returns.The filing of annual returns is necessary to ensure that strata corporations meet their statutory obligations in accordance with the Act; that the strata keep proper books of accounts; and that certain policies and procedures are in place and adhered to.It also guarantees the CSC’s assistance to the corporations, in terms of strata operations, and to provide third-party updates to investors on the status of strata corporations.Annual returns are to be filed within 120 days of the end of the financial year, along with a fee of $1,000.They must include audited financial statements or those prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; proof of insurance or of a unanimous resolution not to insure the property; along with completed forms that are available on the CSC website at csc.gov.jm.The documents must be signed by the chairman and another executive committee member of the respective strata corporation.In 2010, 993 strata corporations were registered with the Commission and 1,761 at the end of 2016. This represents an increase of 77 per cent.last_img read more

Snap up a winter holiday bargain

first_imgReturn flights from £843-star hotel from £36 per night Get next week’s deals sent straight to your inbox: sign up for our newsletter Return flights from £303-star hotel from £110 per night Speaking of spontaneous trips, here are our top tips on how to find the best last-minute flight deals Return flights from £143-star hotel from £38 per night Southend to Venice – 2nd to 9th October London Luton to Lisbon – 9th to 14th October Return flights from £3524-star hotel from £35 per night Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  Manchester to Beijing– 5th to 20th September London Gatwick to Ibiza – 6th to 12th October London Heathrow to Miami – 2nd to 8th October Bristol to Alicante – 4th to 8th October Return flights from £1133-star hotel from £57 per night Edinburgh to Faro (the Algarve) – 17th to 24th August Return flights from £252-star hotel from £68 per night All flight and hotel prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices as found using Skyscanner’s flight and hotel search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 6th August 2019. Return flights from £3884-star hotel from £40 per nightcenter_img Find cheap accommodation, too Return flights from £383-star hotel from £65 per night Summer isn’t over yet! Squeeze in a final fling with our pick of the best cheap last-minute summer holidays Looking for more long haul deals? These ones clock in at less than £300 return Return flights from £683-star hotel from £63 per night Manchester to Malta – 29th August to 3rd September Return flights from £3443-star hotel from £85 per night Don’t forget you can unlock exclusive hotel prices when you book your flights with Skyscanner. Read more about our Fly, Stay, Save offers Manchester to Gothenburg – 22nd to 29th September Return flights from £2983-star hotel from £48 Liverpool to Copenhagen – 20th to 23rd September Glasgow to Toronto – 20th to 28th September Save even more money on your next trip Return flights from £792-star hotel from £99 per night Know where you want to go? Start searching and start saving! Manchester to Cancun – 12th to 19th September Download the Skyscanner app RelatedThis week’s best travel dealsEasy escapes London Luton to Nimes – 18th to 21st May Return flights from £6Hotel from £38 per night Southend to Bilbao – 22nd to 28th May Return flights from £33Hotel from £79 per night London Stansted to Milan – 4th to 11th June Return flights from £30Hotel from £79…2019 January Flight DealsThere’s no better time to find cheap flights than the ‘January sales’. There are great deals to be had from leading airlines and travel agents, whether you want to grab a last minute flight for a city break or plan your summer holiday, it’s the time to find low cost…How to have a family holiday for less than £500It’s not too late to book your August family holiday! We’ve found five holidays in Europe that will set you back less than £500 for flights and accommodation for a family of four, plus a few essentials for any family getaway; ice cream and beer. Check out these amazing value…last_img read more

Rep Dr Bizon meets with Flint doctors

first_img10Feb Rep. Dr. Bizon meets with Flint doctors Tags: Flint water, Medical Society, REp. Bizon Categories: Bizon News,Featured news,News ##### Rep. Dr. John Bizon visited the city of Flint on Feb. 4 to meet with the Genesee County Medical Society leadership group and discuss the city water issue.Before the GCMS’s meeting, Rep. Bizon had the opportunity to discuss the health situations facing many in the city with executive director and group chief, Dr. Peter Levine.“We were able to talk about the health crisis going on in the city,” Rep. Bizon said. “Along with getting funding and resources to the people of the city, it is important that we know what health problems need to be solved as well.”The GCMS works to connect doctors and medical personnel from across the state to help spread information and tools. The GCMS is part of the Michigan State Medical Society.“The situation in Flint needs medical leadership to help the most people,” Rep. Bizon said. “Communication between doctors and political leaders in Lansing is the key to solving this crisis. We need to continue that communication.”For more information, contact Rep. Bizon’s office by email to DrJohnBizon@house.mi.gov or by phone to (517) 373-0555.last_img read more

The organisers of MIPCOM say that 12900 people at

first_imgThe organisers of MIPCOM say that 12,900 people attended this year’s market in Cannes.
Of the total 4,400 were buyers and significantly, Reed Midem, which runs the TV trade show, said 500 of those were dedicated buyers for digital services or platforms.
Reed Midem added that as well as there being a lot of digital buyers in town this year, the digital platforms were also in Cannes to talk to partners about production.“Companies such as Netflix, Google/YouTube or Hulu have been attending MIPCOM for several years, but mostly as buyers,” said Laurine Garaude, director of Reed Midem’s television division. “Today, they are very much involved in developing great content.”
Other trends this year included an uptick in the number of attendees from Latin America, up 36% year-on-year, and China, up 30%.
DreamWorks made its first appearance at the market and the Hollywood studios all had a presence. The number of US companies in Cannes was up 11% on last year’s event.last_img read more

Survey Finds Potheads Will Spend Freely on 420 and Might Go to

first_img It’s hard to overstate the economic opportunity created by legalized marijuana. Just in California, where recreational cannabis sales began Jan. 1, sales are expected to hit $3.7 billion this year. As more dispensaries open, that figure is projected to hit $5.1 billion in 2019. For comparison, beer sales in the Golden State were $5 billion in 2017.The ripple effects of legal marijuana sales are widespread. States that allow recreational cannabis are raking in millions in taxes and will do so annually forever more. Wherever dispensaries are legal the real estate market becomes ultracompetitive. Not least, legal marijuana businesses are on a hiring binge, employing everyone from scientists to cashiers.Related: California Unleashes a Massive Market for Legal CannabisMarijuana has become big business in the United States, and the biggest day for the industry is April 20, commonly referred to as “4/20.” Started in the early 1970s by a group of stoners, 4/20 has become the defacto national holiday for marijuana users across the U.S. Consumers of cannabis celebrate the day by attending parades, eating a ton of junk food and, of course, smoking some of the stuff.Related: Here’s How April 20 Became the 4/20 of Global Cannabis SignificanceMy company, LendEDU, surveyed 1,000 adult Americans who intend to smoke some weed this Friday. We found they will spend an average of $146.12. Perhaps unexpectedly, 55.44 percent of respondents have 4/20 related expenses in their monthly budget. Of that $146.12 about half — $71.35 — will be spent on the drug itself, whether flower, vape products, edibles or any other product that will get you groovy. Further, $40.34 of the 4/20 budget will be spent on “munchies.” (Acute hunger is a common side-effect of cannabis consumption). Finally, $34.43 will be used for new marijuana paraphernalia, which could include a bong or a new vaporizer, purchased especially for use this Friday.How will these folks have time to celebrate a holiday that involves drug-intake on a workday? We asked. Right off the bat, 22.48 percent of the poll participants are not employed, so it’s not a concern for them. What’s more interesting is that slightly more than one in three (35.66 percent) planning on smoking some pot this Friday will be skipping work on April 20 and the remaining 41.86 percent of survey-takers will go to work. However, of those 20 percent indicated they will be arriving to the office under the influence of marijuana and 10.26 percent are undecided if they will be walking into work high.Of those who intend to get to the office feeling a bit giddy, confidence in their abilities is sky high (pardon the pun). Most (78.95 percent) said that their workplace productivity stoned on April 20 will still be between 80 percent and 100 percent of normal (we’re presuming they aren’t stoned at work on typical days, but we didn’t actually ask). Only time and KPIs can determine if their confidence is well founded.Related: Most People in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s Home State Want to Legalize MarijuanaThat is the economic paradox of 4/20. On one hand, marijuana sales boosted by consumer enthusiasm and holiday spirit are great for distributors of cannabis, who are already swimming in profits, but come at the expense of general employers who may notice their workforce is inexplicably missing in mass or notably less productive on April 20.Workplace managers might find the break room more crowded and lethargic than usual. Or perhaps, the office snack cupboard will be a bit more barren. For good or ill, it is just one day. Survey Finds Potheads Will Spend Freely on 4/20 and Might Go to Work, If They Have Jobs Download Our Free Android App Add to Queue Next Article Cannabis Image credit: Petri Oeschger | Getty Images April 20, 2018 Free Green Entrepreneur App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. For decades April 20 has been a day of solidarity and defiance for marijuana users. With legalization it is morphing into an occassion for pot marketing similar to what Cinco de Mayo is for Mexican beer. Content Marketing Analyst Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read –shares Mike Brown Guest Writerlast_img read more

Your Online Management Guru

first_img Next Article Jason Ankeny The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now » –shares Technology Your Online Management Guru Add to Queue ProjectsMilton’s Project Manager tool prepares estimates, tracks outstanding proposals and schedules follow-ups to help seal the deal. Once work begins, the service tracks time and expenses against the original estimate, and it also serves up follow-through reminders if a project appears to lose momentum. “Over time, you can compare projects and improve your estimates and pricing,” Ralph says. “It’s a great tool to determine what kinds of projects are most profitable.”ContactsYourMilton.com manages your contacts, projects and finances so you don’t have to. The brainchild of marketing, pricing and profitability expert Eric Ralph, the Milton web application organizes and simplifies project life cycles from start to finish, streamlining cost estimates, spending and billing along the way. “A lot of freelancers and small firms face the same problem–there’s no integrated system for them to manage all aspects of their business,” says Ralph, founder and president of Columbus, Ohio-based Milton. “Milton gives you that visibility.” Clarity begins with a list of questions designed to prioritize contacts and separate good leads from bad. Milton also reminds execs when it’s time to reconnect with clients, and it integrates contacts from different social networking platforms.FinancesMilton’s Finance Manager oversees client billing and sends reminders when invoices go 30 days past due. The service also assembles profitability reports broken down by client or project. And Milton’s own financial impact? The service is available to individuals for $15 per month, which includes unlimited contacts, projects and invoices. A three-user package is available for $60 monthly, with the option to add more users for an additional $20 each. This story appears in the September 2010 issue of . Subscribe » August 23, 2010 Magazine Contributor 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Meet Milton, a virtual office manager for small businesses in need of supervision. 2 min readlast_img read more

8 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

first_img Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off, Dabble offers lessons in landing a startup job, SCORE presents its practical guide to starting a nonprofit, the Guardian hosts the Activate conference in New York, Startup Weekend lets entrepreneurs loose with 3D printers and LASER cutters… This week’s notable news and startup events for entrepreneurs:1. It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week: Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international initiative that inspires people to realize their startup dreams. Check out activities and workshops through universities, bootcamps and community events near you. (World wide, Nov. 18 – 25)2. Want to land a job at a startup? Not everyone wants to create her own startup, and landing a job at a one can be difficult. Check out this job-search class at Dabble, where you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of marketing yourself as a desirable candidate for your dream job at a startup. (Denver, Nov. 18)3. A practical guide for starting nonprofits: Join SCORE New York City for this practical workshop that lays out the rules, regulations, challenges and strategies for building a nonprofit business. (New York City, Nov. 19)4. Get activated: The Guardian is hosting an event called Activate, which connects innovators and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to change the world, with professionals across all sectors. Get exposure at the Tech Talent Day pitch sessions, and hear informative speeches from top tier employees at companies like The New York Times, Save the Children, Amazon.com, Tumblr and more. (New York, Nov. 19 – 20)5. Amp up your spiritual fitness: Most people workout their bodies, but getting a workout routine for your mind is just as important. Learn the 15-concepts of a Spiritual Workout at the Impact HUB, from Steve Morrison, former psychotherapist turned solo-preneur. (San Francisco, Nov. 20)6. Engage with social marketing: At the Engage NYC event, attendees can expect the latest insights and best practices from world leaders in social marketing. Gain perspective on the future of the industry from analysts and content managers from notable brands like American Airlines and Intel. (New York, Nov. 21)7. Startup Weekend employs 3D printers: Startup Weekend is hosting a special Maker Edition in Toronto. Participants go through the standard 54-hour startup competition with one caveat, teams will get an opportunity to use the latest in 3D printing and LASER cutting technology to create a rapid prototype. (Toronto, Nov. 22)8. Next-gen cars in focus: Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are expected to take center stage at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Honda, which recently released initial sketches of its next-generation fuel cell car, plans to launch the vehicle in the U.S. in 2015. Other makers are also expected to join the fray, as more hydrogen fueling stations come on line. (L.A., Nov. 22 – Dec. 1) 8 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Spanning several countries, Global Entrepreneurship Week offers
aspiring entrepreneurs insight into starting up. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares November 18, 2013center_img Brad Crescenzo Next Article Add to Queue 3 min read Technology Apply Now »last_img read more

Bruce Clay Launches New Type of WordPress SEO Plugin To Give Publishers

first_imgBruce Clay Launches New Type of WordPress SEO Plugin To Give Publishers a Competitive Edge MTS Staff WriterApril 24, 2019, 8:10 pmApril 24, 2019 Bruce Clay SEO WPMarketing TechnologyNewsSaaS softwareSearch marketing firmSEOToolSetWordPress SEO plugin Previous ArticleIntellimize Shakes up Web Personalization with $8 Million Series A, Helping Businesses Save 25 Years of A/B Testing Each YearNext ArticleKhronos Establishes Exploratory Group for 3D Commerce Standards and Guidelines Search marketing firm Bruce Clay Inc. launched a new WordPress SEO plugin, Bruce Clay SEO WP. Powered by the company’s proprietary SEOToolSet SaaS software, the new plugin gives needed SEO insights to writers and publishers directly in WordPress. Its patent-pending on-page SEO recommendations are customized per keyword, and integrated analytics shows users how content pages are performing in search.The plugin can be used with either the Gutenberg or classic editor interface in WordPress versions 4.5 or higher. It is also fully compatible with Yoast SEO plugins.“This new product is designed to fill gaps left by existing SEO plugins,” said Bruce Clay, president and founder of Bruce Clay Inc. “WordPress sites can run it alongside Yoast to provide missing data and features that publisher sites need to be very competitive in search.”Unlike other SEO plugins, which use hard-coded guidelines, the Bruce Clay SEO plugin analyzes the top-ranking Google search results for each keyword in real time. It then produces on-page guidance such as recommended keyword usage and word count ranges for the page’s meta tags, body content, and more. This enables writers to not just guess anymore.Marketing Technology News: New Social Trust Index Measures Automotive Brand Trust in a #Fakenews Era“Data on what the search engine is rewarding lets us set keyword and content targets. That gives writers a competitive edge over sites optimizing strictly on best guesses,” explained Clay. “Nobody should believe that every page needs to be 1000 words.”The software also checks for missing or duplicate titles, descriptions and other issues that can hurt SEO. Alerts on the dashboard tell users what needs to be fixed to optimize their content.Marketing Technology News: G2Crowd Named Panoply “High Performer” Data WarehouseIntegrations with Google Search Console and Google Analytics are also game-changing. Publishers can view performance data per post and per author within WordPress. “Most writers do not know how their content performs, so they’re blind to what is and isn’t working,” said Clay. For each page, WordPress users can see key data like: search queries driving traffic to the page, number of search clicks, average time on page, and average position in Google results. The plugin dashboard also reveals the top posts and top authors so that all contributors can see the impact of their writing.Marketing Technology News: Fred Santarpia, Former Chief Digital Officer at Condé Nast Inc., Named US Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2018 by CDO Clublast_img read more

Pain signals in humans are faster than previously thought

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 4 2019Pain signals can travel as fast as touch signals, according to a new study from researchers at Linköping University in Sweden, Liverpool John Moores University in the UK, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US. The discovery of a rapid pain-signaling system challenges our current understanding of pain. The study is published in the scientific journal Science Advances.It has until now been believed that nerve signals for pain are always conducted more slowly than those for touch. The latter signals, which allow us to determine where we are being touched, are conducted by nerves that have a fatty sheath of myelin that insulates the nerve. Nerves with a thick layer of myelin conduct signals more rapidly than unmyelinated nerves. In contrast, the signaling of pain in humans has been thought to be considerably slower and carried out by nerves that have only a thin layer of myelin, or none at all.In monkeys and many other mammals, on the other hand, part of the pain-signaling system can conduct nerve signals just as fast as the system that signals touch. The scientists speculated whether such a system is also present in humans. The ability to feel pain is vital to our survival, so why should our pain-signaling system be so much slower than the system used for touch, and so much slower than it could be?”Saad Nagi, principal research engineer of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKE) and the Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience (CSAN) at Linköping University To answer this, the scientists used a technique that allowed them to detect the signals in the nerve fibers from a single nerve cell. They examined 100 healthy volunteers and looked for nerve cells that conducted signals as rapidly as the nerve cells that detect touch, but that had the properties of pain receptors, otherwise known as nociceptors. Pain receptors are characterized by the ability to detect noxious stimuli, such as pinching and abrasion of the skin, while not reacting to light touch. The researchers found that 12% of thickly myelinated nerve cells had the same properties as pain receptors, and in these nerve cells the conduction speed was as high as in touch-sensitive nerve cells.Related StoriesNew computational model explores daily pain sensitivity rhythmsSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyStudy shows potential culprit behind LupusThe next step of the scientists’ research was to determine the function of these ultrafast pain receptors. By applying short electrical pulses through the measurement electrodes, they could stimulate individual nerve cells. The volunteers described that they experienced sharp or pinprick pain.”When we activated an individual nerve cell, it caused a perception of pain, so we conclude that these nerve cells are connected to pain centers in the brain”, says Saad Nagi.The research team also investigated patients with various rare neurological conditions. One group of people had, as adults, acquired nerve damage that led to the thickly myelinated nerve fibers being destroyed, while the small fibers were spared. These patients cannot detect light touch. The scientists predicted that the loss of myelinated nerve fibers should also affect the rapidly conducting pain system they had identified. It turned out that these people had an impaired ability to experience mechanical pain. Examination of patients with two other rare neurological conditions gave similar results. These results may be highly significant for pain research, and for the diagnosis and care of patients with pain.”It’s becoming evident that thickly myelinated nerve fibers contribute to the experience of pain when it has a mechanical cause.Our results challenge the textbook description of a rapid system for signaling touch and a slower system for signaling pain. We suggest that pain can be signaled just as rapidly as touch”, says Saad Nagi. Source:Linköping UniversityJournal reference:Nagi, S.S. et al. (2019) An ultra-fast system for signaling mechanical pain in human skin. Science Advances. doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aaw1297.last_img read more

Facebook messaging app adds real time translations

Facebook’s Messenger app is being given the ability to translate messages in real time Messenger has become a tool for businesses to connect with customers, and the ability to converse with customers in a variety of languages could help bump up advertising.”The ability to speak with anyone without any language barrier is something we are really excited about,” Messenger chief David Marcus said as Facebook kicked off its annual developers conference here.Buyers and sellers in Marketplace at Messenger will be able to communicate across languages, according to Marcus.The feature will launch with English and Spanish translations of Marketplace conversations in the US and will be extended to general Messenger use in coming weeks, the service said in a blog post.Additional languages and countries are to be gradually added.Messenger already has an artificial intelligence capability called “M” that enhances the service, but applying it to translations is something new.Other companies also are using artificial intelligence to break language barriers.Amazon employs it in a translation feature in its leading platform for hosting content or services in the internet cloud, while Microsoft uses it for translations in its Skype messaging service.Google last year hit the market with Pixel ear buds capable of real-time translation of conversations in dozens of languages. Pixel Buds were quickly branded an internet-Age version of the alien “Babel Fish” depicted in famed science fiction work “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”In the literature, inserting a Babel Fish in an ear enabled a person to understand anything spoken in any language.Pixel Buds work wirelessly with second-generation Pixel smartphones to handle real-time translations.Meanwhile, Netherlands-based startup Travis was at the Consumer Electronics Show gadget extravaganza early this year with a small device capable of translating conversations between people speaking different languages in real time.”Technology connects us as far as we are accessible to each other, but those true connections aren’t going to happen until we all understand and are understood by each other,” US Travis representative Robb Selander told AFP while demonstrating the device, which taps into online computing power.Messenger boasts some 1.3 billion monthly users, who engage in about eight billion conversations a month.The experience is further enhanced by some 300,000 apps developed for the service.”The platform is really thriving now,” Marcus said.A Messenger feature also unveiled at the developers conference allows companies to send “bubbles” that can be clicked on to trigger augmented reality experiences through smartphone cameras.For example, Messenger users could check out a version of the newest Nike sneaker; see what a Kia might look like outside their home; or virtually try on Sephora makeup. Citation: Facebook messaging app adds real time translations (2018, May 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-facebook-messaging-app-real.html Explore further Facebook on Tuesday gave its popular Messenger app the ability to translate missives in real time, deploying artificial intelligence to enable text conversations between people using different languages. Travis the translator aims to make people understood © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Siemens boss blasts EU over Alstom rail merger

first_img © 2019 AFP Green lights for major tie-ups are usually negotiated quietly behind closed doors in Brussels.But the Siemens-Alstom battle has been fought out in public, with Kaeser and his backers in the French and German governments on one side and EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on the other.”It will be interesting to see if the future of mobility will be determined by backward-looking technocrats or future-oriented Europeans,” Kaeser told reporters at a press conference on the group’s first-quarter results.That sentiment echoed a tweet he directed at Vestager Monday, telling the Danish politician that “it must be bitter to be technically right but to do everything wrong for Europe”—an apparent acknowledgement the Siemens chief expects the merger to be blocked.Two sources close to the matter told AFP that the EU’s veto was decided and would be made public on February 6, helping explain the CEO’s bitter words for Vestager.Kaeser is unusual among German bosses for taking strong public political positions, including against far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD).Now, four months ahead of the European Parliament elections, he has turned his ire on the EU. “Many people complain that Europe is not establishing itself as a powerhouse”, faced with new challenges from abroad, he lamented. French Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire shares that view, arguing ahead of a recent meeting with Vestager that “we can’t take industrial decisions in the 21st Century using competition rules set in the 20th”.But competitors like Canada’s Bombardier—whose rail activities are based in Berlin—contest the idea of the looming Chinese threat.Alstom chief Henri Poupart-Lafarge has admitted doubts that the merger will go ahead, saying in December there was “no certainty” the Commission would give its green light.Brussels is expected to announce its decision between February 6 and the deadline of February 18. A Commission spokesperson declined to comment on Kaeser’s comments Wednesday when contacted by AFP.’Different options’Alstom and Siemens have published proposed concessions to soothe competition fears amounting to four percent of their combined annual revenue.Early this week they sweetened their offer further in a last-ditch bid for approval.Kaeser has also said the German firm could float its profitable rail arm on the stock market if the merger flops.Other divisions of the sprawling conglomerate, including its renewable energy unit Siemens Gamesa and medical imaging business Siemens Healthineers, have already been listed as the group has sought to gain flexibility and streamline its organisation.”We are not bitter, we are not angry, we have different options,” Kaeser said.”If it works it will be good for Siemens-Alstom, for customers; if not we will continue to be a leading company.”Siemens Mobility is one of the best-performing parts of the group, securing 4.5 billion euros of orders in the first quarter of the group’s 2018-19 financial year, including for the London Underground.On the French side, Alstom booked 3.4 billion euros of orders in the same period.Shares in Siemens were down 1.1 percent in late trading in Frankfurt, while Alstom shares were essentially flat in Paris. Siemens, Alstom raise doubts about mega merger Combination of file pictures shows the logo of the French engineering company Alstom and Germany’s Siemens who are pushing for a tie-up of their train operations but face EU opposition French (left) and German high-speed trains at Gare de l’Est station in Paris This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Outdated rules?Liberal politician Vestager has well-known doubts about whether competition from Chinese rail behemoth CRRC is pressing enough to justify waving through the creation of a European giant, which would have operations in 60 countries and annual turnover of 15.6 billion euros ($17.8 billion).With its signalling systems and high-speed rolling stock, a combined Siemens-Alstom could crush smaller competitors or undermine market pricing in the rail sector.Several member state competition authorities share Brussels’ concerns about the merger.Kaeser insisted that “European antitrust law came into effect in 1989 in a completely different context”.”It is naive to think that individual states can stand by themselves in front of Chinese competition,” he added. Explore further Joe Kaeser, CEO of German engineering giant Siemens, attacked EU technocrats who he said were holding up a merger of its rail activities with France’s Alstom Citation: Siemens boss blasts EU over Alstom rail merger (2019, January 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-siemens-boss-blasts-eu-alstom.html Joe Kaeser, chief executive of German conglomerate Siemens, launched Wednesday a rare broadside against the European Commission, complaining that “backwards-looking technocrats” threatened to block a planned rail merger with France’s Alstom.last_img read more