World of Warcraft gamers raise £1.25m for Ebola relief efforts thanks to charity pet

first_imgThursday 12 February 2015 4:54 am whatsapp Tags: Ebola More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com World of Warcraft gamers raise £1.25m for Ebola relief efforts thanks to charity pet Sharecenter_img Joe Hall Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoGive It LoveRemember These Rare Sisters? See Them NowGive It LoveUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionUndo  Who says video games have no effect in the real world? World of Warcraft (WoW) gamers have collectively raised almost $2m (£1.3m) for Ebola relief efforts according to the game’s publisher Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard created an in-game pet called Argi for players to “adopt”, with 100 per cent of the $10 fee for the “inter-goat-lactic” critter donated to the American Red Cross’ Ebola relief efforts. Argi was on sale from 3 December to 31 December, and in that time raised $1.9m (£1.25m) Blizzard said this week. That means roughly 190,000 of Argis were “adopted” by WoW gamers. (Source: Blizzard Entertainment) A Blizzard statement said: Thanks to the overwhelming majority of World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased the Argi pet, we’ve raised a total of more than $1.9m to support the ongoing Ebola relief efforts in Africa by the Red Cross. …the community embraced this cute little intergalactic nibbler, helping out a great cause in the process. The lovable sidekick is still available for purchase, but proceeds will no longer be directed to charity. Argi is not the first WoW pet to have been adopted by gamers for charitable causes. A similar sum was also raised for tsunami relief efforts in Japan by the Cenarion Hatchling pet, while the “Alterac Brew Pup” raised $1m for the Make-A-Wish foundation earlier this year. (Source: Blizzard Entertainment) Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

European regulators publish AML/CFT guidelines

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OSFI reviewing its anti-money laundering rules The Joint Committee of European Supervisory Authorities — the European Banking Authority (EBA), European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) — on Monday published its final guidelines today on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism. The guidelines aim to provide financial institutions with tools to help them make informed, risk-based decisions on managing both ongoing business relationships and occasional transactions. Related news James Langton Keywords Money laundering,  Europe center_img FINTRAC fines money services firm B.C.’s anti-money laundering effort flawed: C.D. Howe They provide guidance on the factors financial institutions should consider when assessing the money laundering and terrorist financing risks, and establish how firms can revise their customer due diligence measures to mitigate the risks that they identify. Regulators will also use the guidelines when assessing the adequacy of firms’ risk management systems and controls. The guidelines “are essential to the European Union’s fight” against money laundering and terror financing, the Joint Committee says in its announcement. “They set clear, regulatory expectations of the way credit and financial institutions should discharge important AML/CFT obligations and pave the way for a more effective and proportionate European AML/CFT regime that is consistent with international best practice and guidance,” it adds. Separately, the Joint Committee also published draft regulatory technical standards today to help countries determine when payment providers and electronic money issuers should appoint a central contact point to support the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. The draft standards set out the criteria to consider, and list the functions a central contact must have to discharge its role effectively. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Accessing More Multilateral Funds for Current Account Will Boost Investor Confidence – Brooks

first_imgRelatedAccessing More Multilateral Funds for Current Account Will Boost Investor Confidence – Brooks RelatedAccessing More Multilateral Funds for Current Account Will Boost Investor Confidence – Brooks FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail If the Government is successful in accessing more multilateral financing for the country’s current account, possibly through the International Monetary Fund (IMF), this will boost stability and investor confidence.This view was expressed today (July 15), by Manager of Treasury at Scotia DBG Investments, Keisha Brooks, at a health, safety, security and environment conference, hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM), in association with the National Health Fund (NHF), and several private sector entities, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston.“If we are lucky, we could see an improved rating outlook from the international credit quality rating agencies. What rating agencies look for is a Net International Reserve (NIR) figure that covers at least 27 to 29 weeks of imports; that is what is considered healthy for Jamaica. We are currently at 13.1 weeks of imports,” she pointed out.Ms. Brooks cited the Government’s renewed focus on multilaterals, it having secured loans totalling nearly US$1 billion since last year, from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Caribbean Development Bank.“Together, with the possible IMF stand-by agreement, these amounts could significantly reduce the risk that Jamaica faces of a full-blown balance of payment crisis,” she pointed out.The Treasury Manager argued that the country’s NIR had declined since last September as a result of lower foreign exchange earnings from tourism and exports, a drop in remittance inflows, and heavy Bank of Jamaica intervention in the foreign exchange market. However, she explained the reason the Central Bank needed to intervene to keep interest rates low.“Investors will always look at what rates are prevailing in each of the three markets – the foreign exchange market, the Jamaican dollar fixed income market, and the US dollar fixed income market. If interest rates are high in the Jamaican dollar market, your monies will flow into Jamaican dollar denominated debts. This will affect savings accounts, current accounts, bonds and registered bonds,” she told the audience.On the other hand, she noted, if interest rates decline, investors will speculate on the foreign exchange market, and guard business portfolios against devaluation and inflation. “The Central Bank does not have a problem with devaluation of the currency, what it has a problem with is inconsistent and destabilised movements in the currency,” she remarked.She said interest rates are moderating, and asserted that the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has begun to follow the trends being set by international central banks. “Everyone recognises that in a recession, lower interest rates to stimulate production, encourage borrowing, and generate economies of scale, is the best way to go. We have begun to get on that bandwagon. There can be no doubt that if interest rates continue to trend down, especially if there is stability in the local currency, that this will lead to lower inflation for us,” she explained. Accessing More Multilateral Funds for Current Account Will Boost Investor Confidence – Brooks Finance & Public ServiceJuly 15, 2009center_img RelatedAccessing More Multilateral Funds for Current Account Will Boost Investor Confidence – Brooks Advertisementslast_img read more

Hawkesbury City Council Financial Statements 2019-2020

first_imgHawkesbury City Council Financial Statements 2019-2020 In accordance with Section 418 (3) of the Local Government Act 1993, Hawkesbury City Council advises that the audited Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reports for the financial year ending 30 June 2020 will be publicly presented at the Ordinary Council Meeting via audio-visual link on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 from 6:30pm.Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reports can be viewed on Council’s website via the Have Your Say tab at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.auA summary of the Financial Statements is available atwww.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au/63271/widgets/317311/documents/187057A hardcopy of the Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reports can alternatively be viewed at Council’s Administration Building, 366 George Street, Windsor during office hours 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.In accordance with Section 420 of the Local Government Act 1993, any person may make a submission in writing to Council with respect to the Council’s Audited Financial Statements or the Auditor’s Reports.Council will receive submissions in writing, addressed to the General Manager, by mail to Hawkesbury City Council, PO Box 146 Windsor NSW 2756, or by email to [email protected] close 5pm Tuesday, 1 December 2020.Council MeetingsAs a result of the Federal and State Government social distancing requirements, Hawkesbury City Council is holding Council Meetings via audio-visual link.Although members of the public are not permitted to attend Council Meetings in person due to social distancing requirements, Council Meetings are live streamed by webcast through You-Tube. Links to the meetings are provided on Council’s website at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au and on Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/hawkesburycitycouncil prior to each Council Meeting.Persons wishing to address Council meetings must register as outlined on Council’s website at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/_resources/forms/address-council-meeting Speakers will be limited to three persons per item; with each speaker will be allocated up to five minutes to address Council using the audio-visual link. Alternatively, registered speakers can send to Council a written for up to five minutes submission which will be read during the meeting. Written submissions must be sent to [email protected] by 3pm on the day of the meeting. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, council, email, Facebook, Federal, Government, Hawkesbury, Hawkesbury City Council, local council, Local Government, NSW, social distancing, website, Windsorlast_img read more

GAD’s role in pensions consultation

first_imgGAD’s role in pensions consultation The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) has worked with Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice (DoJ) on a consultation following a legal ruling.Courts and consultationThe consultation, published on 14 October 2020, was on proposals to remove age discrimination from the Northern Ireland Judicial Pension Scheme.In the McCloud / Sargeant ruling, the Court of Appeal found transitional protections given to older members in the pension scheme directly discriminated against the scheme’s younger members. In response, the DoJ issued a consultation on how such discrimination would be addressed.The consultation, ‘Northern Ireland Judicial Pensions: Proposed response to McCloud’, set out how the discrimination identified by the McCloud / Sargeant case will be removed. GAD provided input to this by estimating the potential cost of the proposed remedy.Remedy impactAs part of this project, pensions experts in GAD prepared some detailed analysis to estimate the cost of the remedy. They also considered the impact on the cost cap mechanism, the 2020 valuation, the scheme’s accounts and the scheme’s factors.GAD Actuary Ben Scutt, who advises the DoJ, said: “We have worked closely with colleagues at the Department of Justice to develop their response to the McCloud ruling, providing actuarial costings and wider pensions consultancy advice.”Consultation timelineThe consultation, which was open for 8 weeks, closed on 9 December 2020 and the results are due later in 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:appeals court, Courts, Department of Justice, Government, Impact, Ireland, justice, project, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Parthenium Weed Update

first_imgParthenium Weed Update Last year Gwydir Shire Council Weed Biosecurity Officers investigated reports of a Parthenium weed incursion in the Croppa Creek area. Investigations confirmed this to be true and further inspections were conducted with all visible plants removed and destroyed under a coordinated regional response with Local Government, North West Local Land Services and DPI staff.This week a delimitation survey was conducted along a 14 km reach of Croppa creek and adjoining lands to ascertain the distribution and density of parthenium within and adjacent to the Croppa creek incursion site. This was another regional response with great cross regional collaboration with 14 team members from Local Land Services and Local Council Associations (LCAs) as well as staff from the New England and Central West joining North West LCAs, Local Land Services and DPI staff.The survey was treated as a Search and Destroy mission with the teams methodically scouring the area through all manner of obstacles, vegetation, animal pads and tracks, mud holes, thick Tea tree, dodging wild pigs and snakes just to keep it challenging.Over 500 individual plants were identified ranging from small stressed plants with single flowers and seed heads to large plants over one metre tall with multiple flowers and seed heads and anything in between. All plants removed, bagged, site tagged and GPS’d. All plants were destroyed, and each individual site was treated to delay further germination. All personnel and vehicles were decontaminated before leaving the site to prevent spreading seed.It is anticipated that further inspections and treatments will need to be conducted next over the coming months. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:animal, biosecurity, Central, council, Croppa Creek, Government, GPS, investigation, local council, Local Government, Local Land Services, New South Wales, survey, tea, vehiclelast_img read more

Labour Force April 2021: Full-time employment at a record high; unemployment rate drops to 5.5 per cent

first_imgLabour Force April 2021: Full-time employment at a record high; unemployment rate drops to 5.5 per cent Labour force figures released today show there were 13,040,400 Australians in work in April 2021, with the level of employment now 45,900 (or 0.4 per cent) above its pre-COVID level in March 2020 and 902,500 (or 7.4 per cent) higher than the trough in the labour market recorded in May 2020.Encouragingly, full-time employment rose by 33,800 (or 0.4 per cent) over the month, to a record high of 8,889,500 in April 2021, and is now 24,600 (or 0.3 per cent) above the level recorded in March 2020. Part-time employment remains 21,300 (or 0.5 per cent) above the level recorded in March 2020.The underemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points over the month, to 7.8 per cent in April 2021, the lowest rate recorded since May 2014.The level of unemployment in Australia fell by 33,600 (or 4.3 per cent) over the month, to 756,200 in April 2021, but remains 32,600 (or 4.5 per cent) higher than it was in March 2020.The unemployment rate also decreased over the month, by 0.2 percentage points, to 5.5 per cent, but is still above the 5.3 per cent recorded in March 2020.Labour market conditions improved for youth over the month, with the level of employment for the cohort increasing by 15,900 in April 2021. Encouragingly, all of the increase was due to a rise in full-time jobs for 15-24 year olds (up by 23,600). The youth unemployment rate declined by 1.1 percentage points over the month, to 10.6 per cent in April 2021, the lowest rate recorded since January 2009.While Australia’s labour market recovery following the pandemic has beaten even the most optimistic of expectations, the Government remains acutely aware that more than 700,000 Australians remain out of work. This is why the Government has provided unprecedented direct economic support, totalling $291 billion, which has helped keep businesses afloat, saved an estimated 700,000 jobs through JobKeeper and has put Australia back on the road to recovery.The Morrison Government’s 2021-22 Budget will help to cement Australia’s economic recovery and will secure our prosperity through measures including a further $15.2 billion in infrastructure investment, additional tax cuts for businesses and individuals, a further $2.7 billion to extend the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program and an additional $500 million to expand the JobTrainer Fund.With a jobs-led recovery at the heart of the 2021-22 Budget, the Government is securing Australia’s future by rebuilding the economy and creating more sustainable jobs to ensure Australia continues to rebound strongly from the COVID-19 induced recession. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:apprenticeship, AusPol, Australia, covid-19, education, employment, full-time, Government, infrastructure, Investment, JobKeeper, Morrison, Morrison Government, pandemic, recession, record high, sustainable, unemploymentlast_img read more

First Bio-Map of Wine Regions Enhance Understanding of Unique and Genuine…

first_img TAGSAdrian FerreroBiome MakersBiotechfeaturedPaul VignaTerroirWhole Wine TradeWineSeqWINnovation Awards Previous articleFor the Love of Sonoma Benefit Concert Raises over $230,000 for North Bay Fire Relief Fund & Noma GivesNext articleRobert Parker Wine Advocate Announces New Reviewers and Increased Coverage & Events for 2018 Editor Facebook AdvertisementBy Paul VignaThere is some kismet in that the co-founders of the San Francisco biotech company, which has done groundbreaking work in identifying the microbiome fingerprint of vineyard soil are part of families that have deep roots in wine.Adrian Ferrero (MS in Economic Science) said his 93-year-old grandfather owns a vineyard and taught him how to “take care of the vineyard, make wine and enjoy/respect it.” The family of partner Alberto Acedo (a doctorate in Medicine Genomics) owns vineyards in Toro, Spain, and has been connected to the wine business for long time.Both men have developed Biome Makers and its product called WineSeq, which uses sophisticated medical diagnostic technology to assess the soil and help predict the effects that the microbiome has on the quality and sensory properties of wine. Its pioneering work has earned it a WINnovation Award.“When we approached the development of WineSeq, we realized that there was no reference of the communities of microorganisms living in the vineyards,” Ferrero said. “For that reason we started building the first Bio-Map of wine regions characterizing the microbiome fingerprint for different places around the world. Currently we have processed more than 3,000 samples coming from 18 different countries and we have a good representation of the microbial fingerprint of areas as Napa or Sonoma in California, and Ribera del Duero or Rioja in Spain.”It was a dinner meeting with winemakers from Toro, one of Spain’s most respected wine regions, in the summer of 2014 that began giving traction to the idea of a more precise process of assessing the soil’s microbes. Some months later they drew the attention of Illumina Accelerator, a world-class accelerator for genomic-based startups promoted by the giant biotech Illumina, Inc., and began to develop WineSeq with five high-end wineries from California.While the arrangement is fairly basic – clients gather the soil samples and provide some details on the plot being sourced and receive an analysis in four to six weeks and in sometimes as little as a week ­– the information being provided through the WineSeq Club is anything but simple, and it’s valuable as much to individuals managing the vineyard as to those finding the right notes in the cellar.Ferrero: “Usually growers are more interested in microbiology impacting the plant: pathogens, nitrogen fixing bacteria, biocontrols, and plant growth promoters while winemakers are more interested in those species enhancing or risking the fermentation to better understand how to make more unique and genuine wines.”Paco Cifuentes, a native of Madrid, operates as an importer and distributor of Spanish wines under the Whole Wine Trade brand in San Francisco. With a background in the biotech industry prior to transitioning to being a full-time distributor, he said he was seeking uniqueness in his portfolio when he met Ferrero and learned more about WineSeq. Currently, he and the company are working on a long-range project to map the vineyard soils of 12 different producers.“After I listened to him, I immediately thought: My wines must have tons of microbial diversity compared to ‘industrially’ produced wines. And I was right,” he said. “The other question I wanted to answer objectively was related to ‘sustainability.’ I know that my producers used agricultural and winemaking techniques that were respectful with the environment. But can we have markers that unequivocally tells us that yes, these vineyards are being treated with respect?”The problem with some of the current chemical testing to see whether vineyards follow organic standards, he said, is that they target something very specific. Yet some other chemical can be used, maybe one even more harmful, that does not have a test to detect it yet. “With WineSeq we can test markers that are downstream of those chemicals,” he noted. “No matter what the winemaker uses in the vineyard, they will show whether or not a specific microbial population, which is very sensitive to any artificial intervention, lives or not in the vineyard.”With the information, Ferrero said, growers can promote more useful agricultural practices by applying fertilizers, treatments or amendments in a more efficient way. At the same time, winemakers can better understand the reason grapes coming from different blocks behave differently during fermentation, helping them segregate the block based in biological parameters.Click here to read five success stories Biome Makers has documented.Cifuentes doesn’t mind chiming in with the story that has improved his portfolio, which includes his direct-to-consumer line that can be found at sensewines.com. The data from WineSeq, he said, gives his company a better idea of which microorganisms become more or less present at different stages of the winemaking process, enhancing what ultimately fills every bottle.“I see this as a plus for any wine collection,” he said. “I value as a positive quality feature when a wine gives me some notes when I start tasting it, different ones in the middle of it and keeps surprising me when I swallow it at the end. I do like predictable wines that are predictably all apple and only apple from beginning to end. But I do not think they are as profound and, hence, high quality, as wines that have plenty of different notes. This complexity that reflects the geography and the winemaking is what we have called ‘terroir’ for ages, and I believe that higher microbial diversity correlates with higher complexity and overall quality.”Biome Makers TeamAdvertisement Email Share Linkedin Home Video First Bio-Map of Wine Regions Enhance Understanding of Unique and Genuine WinesVideoWine Business EditorialFirst Bio-Map of Wine Regions Enhance Understanding of Unique and Genuine WinesBy Editor – November 27, 2017 77 0 Twitter ReddIt Pinterestlast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, January 7

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Samsung India campaign showcases capabilities of its digital voice assistant

first_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals News Share A film tells a heart-warming story of the relationship between a mother and daughter, and how Bixby Voice Assistant helps transform their lives despite an adversitySamsung India has launched a digital campaign showcasing the capabilities of its digital voice assistant – Bixby through a powerful narrative that strikes a chord with viewers. The film is inspired by the life of a Motor Neuron Disease (MND)/ALS patient Sonal (name changed) who agreed to let Samsung work on a pilot project to help preserve her voice forever for her daughter.The campaign shows a loving mother who is diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND)/ALS and is losing her voice and ability to move, and how Samsung customises its AI enabled Bixby technology to keep her voice alive on a Samsung smartphone so that her loved ones can continue to hear her voice.For this project, Samsung Research Institute, Bangalore (SRI-B) worked with a company which specialises in core speech technologies. The company recorded an independent voice, and using TTS (Text To Speech) technology tested that voice for compatibility on Android OS (Samsung Smartphone). Testing on Tizen OS (Refrigerator, Television) is under progress. This phase led to the discovery of Asha Ek Hope Foundation, the first registered NGO for MND/ALS in India. It is a non-profit organisation supporting people with motor neuron disease (MND) and their families. It’s striving to infuse hope and positivity in their life, which will empower them to overcome the illness.“At Samsung, we are focused on transforming people’s lives with innovative technologies. The endeavour is to solve real-life problems of consumers through meaningful innovations. This film depicts how Samsung can make the seemingly impossible, possible by using its AI voice assistant, Bixby to preserve the voice of a mother who is diagnosed with MND,” said Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung India.“Samsung, the leader in innovations, is always looking for ways to help people do the impossible. We are developing the first ever personalised AI voice assistant – Bixby to help people affected by Motor Neuron Disease leave their voices for their loved ones before they lose it. Cheil team set out to present a simple yet moving film showcasing the endless possibilities that Bixby can bring to the family coping with this unfortunate condition,” added, Josh Seokjin, Sr Art Director & Alberto Rodriguez, Sr Copywriter, Cheil HQ Global Creative Division. center_img Samsung India campaign showcases capabilities of its digital voice assistant By EH News Bureau on September 26, 2018 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Articlelast_img read more