Cambridge students are “living in fear” after four people have been stabbed in apparently motiveless attacks in the city centre. Police believe the attacks – which were all carried out by a lone man on a bicycle – are probably linked, and are advising all Cambridge residents to “review their safety”. The first attack was on Thursday 29 April when an eighteen- year old woman was stabbed whilst walking home alone late at night. Five days later, a Churchill College student was stabbed in similar circumstances. The college told Cherwell that the victim is “still obviously frightened, but she’s putting on a brave face.” Two further attacks took place on Saturday 8 May. A 36 year-old man and a 25 year-old woman were stabbed in separate incidents. The man had been walking through the centre of Cambridge with his girlfriend, while the female victim was walking alone. All four victims needed hospital treatment. Det. Sgt Alan Page, who is leading the investigation, has urged Cambridge residents to avoid walking alone and to be vigilant if travelling through the city late at night. “There seems to be no motive for this man’s attacks,” Page explained, “he has not said anything and nothing has been taken.” Students are advised to “arrange a lift or call a taxi if possible” when travelling home in the evening. Churchill College has revised its own safety measures. Students have been reminded that the college runs a free taxi service for any student who finds themselves alone in the city centre and unable to get home. “The problem is that not everyone takes advanatge of it,” admitted one member of staff. Students at Cambridge are “incredibly worried” about the incidents: Varsity Editor Reggie Vettasseri said, “People think that this is just a sleepy university town and these attacks have caused great fear all the way through the university community.” Oxford, too, has recently suffered a series of attacks as reported by Cherwell last week. A fresh incident occured in Watlington on 8 May at 9 in the evening, when a female cyclist was attacked and sexually assaulted by a white man though to be about 35. Police have warned women to be on their guard when walking or cycling in secluding areas, and have have advised against going out alone at night.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004
Coming to Atlanta, GA from May 12-14, the fifth annual Shaky Knees Music Festival has just revealed a great lineup for their 2017 event. The festival will see headlining performances from The xx, LCD Soundsystem, and Phoenix, but the good times don’t stop there.The lineup includes such luminaries as Cage the Elephant, Pixies, The Shins, Nick Murphy, X Ambassadors, Third Eye Blind, Portugal. The Man, Moon Taxi, Sylvan Esso, Dr. Dog, The Revivalists, Shovels and Rope, The Record Company, Temples, The London Souls and more!Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy this wonderful event. Tickets and more information can be found here.
The facility is now officially open for the general public to rent, which can be used for a variety of purposes, from a friendly game of soccer between friends, soccer tournaments or even birthday parties. Packages for birthdays are being offered by the facility.Rates to rent the new and improved indoor soccer pitch vary from $48.99 per hour for youth, to $98.97 per hour for adults. For those looking to get a late night game in, the facility is available to be rented until 11:30 p.m.Stacey Miranda, the Recreation Manager for the facility, says now that the grand opening has taken place, facility staff will now be looking into adding other attractions within the facility, such as a meeting room space in the upstairs area.- Advertisement -City Councillor Larry Evans, Co-Chair of the Kids Arena Fieldhouse Committee, says the facility will also benefit from attracting outside communities to rent the facility for league and tournament use.If interested in renting the facility, call the Fieldhouse at 250-794-3271 to inquire about available times.
National Geographic News had a disturbing story from archaeological studies of Inca rituals in what is now Peru. Studies of hair samples and other features in mummies indicate that the Inca warlords fattened up children for up to a year before slaughtering them. A team that analyzed the mummies believes that captured children were then forced on a grueling pilgrimage, drugged, and sacrificed to their idols. One of the researchers called it “chilling” that “the children … were not killed on a whim but were part of a complex process for which they were selected some considerable time before.” In modern law this is called malice aforethought, but would it be malice in Inca culture?What kind of world do you want to live in? One that recoils in horror at such brutality and calls it what it is – evil – or one that explains it away as social evolution? At the end of the article, a professor surmised that “the treatment of such peasant children may have served to instill fear and exert social control over remote mountain areas newly incorporated into the empire.” He said this so dispassionately, it almost sounded sensible. A Darwinist can only look at this kind of tribal custom without judgmentalism, because in their world view, evolution is what evolution does. For the Inca tribe, child sacrifice served a social purpose. Survival being the highest good, child sacrifice worked to enhance the survival of the population. Such treatment of children was not wrong, therefore; it was just what this particular tribe found workable in their circumstances. Who are we to judge? Presumably, within the purposeless happenings of Darwin’s universe, a culture could develop selection pressure to torture babies and commit genocide. They become the virtuous ones, in this kind of thinking; the terrorists are those who try to stop them. It’s all just mathematics and natural law. In social evolution, you have the cooperators and the defectors. Virtue is defined in terms of the cooperators. No moral judgment comes into play at all. If you don’t believe Darwinists actually think this way, go back and read these entries: 05/22/2007, 05/17/2007, 04/30/2007 and especially David Sloan Wilson’s discussion of “Virtue Island” from 12/21/2005. Let’s extend the lessons of the Incas to our modern world. Right now, in North Korea, there could be a million political prisoners in concentration camps (see World Net Daily). The communist regime dispassionately conducts medical experiments on prisoners, finding out which chemicals cause the most rapid and violent deaths. This is the way Kim Jong Il has found practical for the purpose of instilling fear and exerting social control, and could also provide useful information for his next war. Take notes in your lab book like a good social scientist and write this up for your next paper. Ho hum, next case. If North Korea were to succeed in using nuclear weapons to kill a million people suddenly, would this be any worse than doing it piecemeal? Keep reasoning. If his actions led to a global thermonuclear conflict, in which every living thing on Earth died, so what? “Well, what do you know, the defectors lost out this time.” An alien Darwinist watching from another world would just take notes in its lab book and write it up for its next paper. We hope there are enough righteous people left, whose consciences have not been seared by Darwinism, to recoil at such thoughts. Western culture’s Darwin-saturated academia has sworn off any moral judgment. Within most university departments it would be profoundly inconsistent to call what the Incas did, or what the North Koreans are doing, as evil, because evil is an undefined term. Strange, isn’t it, that their innate sense of morality pops out in other ways, like attacking the US President and accusing his methods of fighting terrorism as immoral, or expecting everyone to fight global warming as the moral thing to do to save the planet. Why save the planet? The Darwinists tell us that selfishness is the basis of everything. So be selfish. Who cares if the children are left with the consequences of our selfishness? They’ll just have to find their own selfish ways to deal with it. Jews and Christians believe, by contrast, that evil is the result of selfishness, which is sin – an affront to the Creator. A cursory reading of the Old Testament (and knowledge of history) shows that what the Incas did is nothing new. The antediluvian world was filled with violence. Ancient cultures in Old Testament times routinely engaged in child sacrifice. The prophets of God denounced these practices as vile and detestable, declaring that such things were utterly foreign to the mind and heart of God. The Bible teaches that God is redeeming individuals from this evil world one by one, and that evil will come to an end at the final judgment. In the meantime, fighting evil and rescuing its victims is near to the heart of God. Righteousness has both temporal and eternal consequences. Righteousness will triumph. So choose the kind of world you want to live in. If you are a Darwinist, don’t think you can borrow Judeo-Christian moral values. You must live with the ones you have chosen. There are no human rights. Frame pictures of Goebbels and Mengele on your wall. Go live in North Korea or Sudan and experience the actions of natural selection in all their dispassionate expressions. Take whatever comes, because what you see is what you get; the stars fade out in the end anyway, and nobody boos or cheers at the end of the show. Are you having an unpleasant reaction to those thoughts? Could it be a clue that there is something more than neurobiological reactions going on in your mind?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
South African surfer and endurance athlete Chris Bertish has become the first person in the world to singlehandedly cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). He paddled more than 7,000km in 93 days.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)CD AndersonFollowing almost five years of preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime voyage, Chris Bertish’s epic trip began on 6 December 2016 in Agadir, Morocco, armed only with his will to succeed and a custom-made 6m paddleboard that incorporated a small living cabin powered by solar panels.In addition to facing days and nights alone on the open water, Bertish encountered extreme weather conditions (hot, wet days and cold nights), 7m wave swells and relentless currents, giant cargo ships and close calls with some scary ocean creatures.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Travelling through the Canary Islands, Bertish faced off with whales and squid, inquisitive about his vessel. “I was getting pulled down through waves by a creature,” Bertish explained at a press conference at the end of his journey in Antigua, on 9 March 2017. “It was like something out of some science fiction film.”This was not Bertish’s first foray into extreme water sport. Over the last 25 years, he has become something of a legend in South African and international surfing communities, being one of the few surfers to master and win the notoriously dangerous Mavericks Big Wave surfing competition in California, US, where some of biggest waves recorded reach over 16m.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Bertish also holds a number of South African and world records for endurance stand-up paddling. In preparation for his Atlantic crossing, in 2013 Bertish set a world record for the fastest English Channel crossing on a paddleboard in five and half hours.During his Atlantic crossing, Bertish paddled an average of 70km, 12 hours a day, and up to 100km during the final week of the journey. In one 15-hour day, he paddled 115km, setting up another world record for distance travelled on a paddleboard in a single day.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)“It was…pretty incredible, driven by a passion and a purpose greater than yourself, and that powered me to get through everything, day in and day out,” said Bertish in a Skype interview with National Geographic.While he slept well in his small cabin, surviving on freeze-dried food packs and energy supplements took a toll on his body. Exhaustion can be a make-or-break factor in any human endurance endeavour, and Bertish needed to find a balance in physical and mental health to have any hope of completing the journey. He had to be prepared for anything fate and the ocean were going to throw at him. “It’s more than the endurance side that was difficult to keep going. I had to manage the elements and manage myself mentally. I had massive system malfunctions that I was trying to troubleshoot myself.”And his efforts were all for a good cause. Representing various charities, including the Signature of Hope Trust, the Lunchbox Foundation and Operation Smile, Bertish used the high-profile endeavour to raise funds to build schools in South Africa, fund youth feeding schemes and create awareness of life-changing cleft-palate surgeries. During his trip, he raised almost R6-million, even taking donations from fellow ocean travellers he met while at sea.“Knowing the impact this would have,” Bertish told National Geographic, “made every day out on the open ocean worthwhile.”At the end of his epic trip, Bertish, who is also a much sought-after motivational speaker, wrote on his Facebook timeline: “The more time I can spend in the ocean, in any shape or form, the better. I’m a waterman and the ocean is my inspiration. It’s where I truly feel alive, comfortable, content, happy and free.“Nothing is impossible, unless you believe it to be.”In between preparing a book about and a documentary on the record-setting Atlantic quest, Bertish has now got his sights on his next challenge: conquering the vast Pacific Ocean in 2020.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Source: National Geographic, Huffington Post Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Tags:#international#NYT#Visualization#web Super-high resolution PDF here.According to Boguta, the language choice – most of the bloggers speak both Arabic and English – is an important element. Some make the choice to connect with other Arabic-speakers, probably a function of the organizational use of the Web by people on the ground. The choice of English is, among other things, a choice to spread the circumstances, flight and day-to-day activities of the first group, to the wider world. “For me, the point is that the activists are cooperating with the west, on their own terms and in a constructive way…(I)n fact that is a key element and what allows this much bigger exoskeleton to tightly interface to the core. This is in contrast to what happened in Iran 2009…where the connections between those in Iran and the rest of the world were very thin and easily severed.”Wael Ghonim is a good example of how the visualization works. Large circle, well connected, surrounded by a large group of Twitter-users whom he influences.Interesting to notice is the scattered group on the far left, which are mostly U.S. government and corporations like Google. “And that’s probably how everyone in the rest of the network would like this future to look.”Street photo via Al Jazeera | thanks to Josh Jones-Dilworth 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Kovas Boguta, the head of analytics at Weebly and a guest author on ReadWriteWeb, has created another powerful data visualization, this time of the “the pro-democracy movement in Egypt and across the Middle East.” The visualization drew from Twitter use by Egyptians and influential others around the #jan25 uprising. Those writing in Arabic only are represented in red, only in English are in blue and overlap by various shades of purple. Influence, in terms of follows, are represented by lines and those who influence each other are located in proximity. curt hopkins
AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#AI#app marketing#apps#developers#engagement#featured#growth#Machine Learning#top#user#User Experience#UX Brian Solis A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. His research and his books help executives, and also everyday people, better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on business and society and also the role we each play in it. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Did you know that 80 percent of users churn within three months of downloading an app? That’s because most apps are marketed to the masses and not necessarily to the right customers.Oftentimes, the goal of app marketing is to reach as many consumers as possible with the hopes of recruiting en masse and converting at better-than-average ratios. But part of the challenge for marketers is that many of today’s strategies are driven by metrics that don’t link to advanced user targeting and growth.More specifically, app marketers aren’t using available data strategically to deliver productive user experiences that ultimately drive greater business profitability.Now more than ever, marketers must shift from tracking traditional vanity metrics to measuring the very things that contribute to retention and growth. More and more, successful companies are investing in customer-centric metrics such as CLV (customer lifetime value) to gain intelligent, consumer-centered insights that not only identify the most valuable customers but also key behaviors and preferences to continually improve consumers’ experiences and journey.Next-generation marketing and CX are about identifying and engaging valuable consumersCLV is more important than apps in isolation. It helps apps and other touch points work together to deliver value-added, cohesive experiences.CLV measures the value a consumer represents to the business across all interactions over their lifetime, not just a single transaction or touch point. That is ultimately the definition of customer experience. It is the sum of all moments a customer has with your brand throughout their life cycle. Marketing and customer engagement is now a cross-functional mandate.Not all app users are the right users. If you use the Pareto Principle, you can assume that 80 percent of business value is attributed to 20 percent of your active consumers. While these percentages aren’t by any means a standard, they do emphasize the need to identify and cultivate the important customers who drive your business.Instead of casting a wide net and attracting as many users as possible in the hopes of retaining a reasonably active base, CLV tied to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning focuses marketers and also developers on targeted engagement and growth. The idea is to drive profit by investing in more value-added user experiences and personalized offers. Doing so intentionally cultivates meaningful relationships with key customers.Next-generation customer engagement is about cross-functional collaboration and data sharingUnfortunately, customer experience today is largely siloed. Marketing, mobile, in-store, e-commerce, digital and so on are not collaborating nor operating against the same customer and market data. But that’s all about to change with the proliferation of AI and machine learning tied to smart CLV initiatives.When the goal is to deliver targeted and integrated experiences, not just in-app, but across each touch point and the life cycle overall, companies create a truly customer-centric approach. AI then helps brands get a more complete, shared view and understanding of customer behaviors and expectations.Additionally, AI-driven customer-centricity fosters cross-functional collaboration and data sharing that, by design, boosts customer experiences, along with CLV and business growth.Identify highest-value customers and deliver targeted experiencesAI/machine learning platforms offer intelligent insights when pointed in the right direction. Successful brands study how much revenue highest-value customers drive over their lifetime and how much it costs to manage those relationships. And they examine CLV across all channels to get a holistic view of high-value behavior in all interactions. When the system can analyze important traits of high-value users, it can learn how to optimize CLV.For example, to reach potential high-value customers, AI/machine learning uses data from existing high-value customers to optimize campaigns and touch points. In a study by Bain aimed at retail banking, it was found that it costs banks $4 every time a customer calls or visits. However, if consumers can complete the transaction via an app, it costs only 10 cents.The key is to deliver capabilities in ways that consumers prefer and appreciate. Imagine how much AI and machine learning could additionally uncover when tasked with identifying friction points and new opportunities.AI and CLV call for a new customer-centric playbookYou’ve probably heard time and time again that it costs more to acquire a new customer than to retain one. Brands that are winning prioritize CLV and AI and are drafting the playbook as they go. They:develop a customer-centric mindset.open doors between silos around in-store, digital and mobile so teams can focus on one clear business goal, rather than individual metrics (such as engagement or clicks).align customer-facing groups to a business outcome such as CLV and promote cross-functional collaboration and data sharing to assemble a holistic view of the customer across all touch points.understand who their highest-value customers are, how much revenue they drive over their lifetime and how much it costs to manage the relationship — across all channels.focus on measuring and communicating clear business goals rather than individual or vanity metrics.AI and machine learning improve both by using existing data without cognitive bias. The more the system learns, the more it optimizes.In the end, not all customers are created equal. By identifying those who drive value, how and why, you can learn how to design and deliver personalized value to them and enhance customer engagement and experiences to grow your business now and over time.
The International Cricket Council rejected BCCI’s plea to give them a fresh deadline for Eden Garden to host a World Cup match.The BCCI had sought time till February 7 to make the Eden Gardens to host India and England World Cup match on February 27.Meanwhile, ICC will inspect Eden Gardens on January 31, 2011 for the remaining three World Cup matches.
Mounie thanks Huddersfield away support after Fulham defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie praised the traveling support after defeat at Fulham.Over 2,000 Huddersfield supporters were in London for the 1-0 loss.Mpounie told htafc.com: “Our fans are always amazing and amazing to me as well.“I will thank them for that, they are always behind us and appreciate us and we all appreciate that.“That’s why I am sad today because we don’t give them enough, give them wins or draws to cheer and that’s why I’m really sad.“I hope they will keep going because we need that, we need their full support until the end of the season.“The dressing room, today, is very sad with the result, but we have the quality to change these results.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Brighton striker Maupay on Lloris: I had no ideaby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Neal Maupay insists he had no idea Hugo Lloris was injured when scoring against Tottenham.Maupay struck in the 3-0 win as Lloris suffered a horror elbow injury.”I scored my goal and I’m going to celebrate. I turn around and see that Hugo is still on the ground. I did not understand since there was no contact. Then in the stadium, the cheers are gone. “Unfortunately, I saw the picture. These are images that we do not like to see. “I hope that it will not be too serious and that he will be able to recover quickly,” Maupay told RMC Sport. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say