#JaVotes2016: Voters turned away in Spanish Town – Liaison officers

first_img Francis said the presiding officer was in charge and added that even if their names were not on the list there was a supplemental list, which had their names. “From you sell your vote you will sell your soul,” another told The Gleaner. Liaison officers at the Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town were bitter as they told The Gleaner that several persons, who had come to vote were being turned away with claims that their names were not on the voters list. The officers claimed that they escorted several persons and did find their names on the list after they had initially been turned away. “A eleven somebody we count say them name not on the list and when we come back and go up there with them we found their names,” Liaison officer, Joy Francis told The Gleaner.last_img read more

GTT’s Pinktober activities launched to support cancer fight

first_imgThe Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) launched its annual Pinktober activities on Friday evening, aimed at educating Guyanese on cancer care and raising funds to support treatment for patients.Attendees at launch of the Pinktober eventThemed “Live Aware”, the company is seeking to share knowledge on the types of cancers to reduce the mortality rate from the disease. This is the third year this activity has been organised, but emphasis was lifted from only breast cancer and placed on other leading forms that affect men, women and children.Funds will be used towards the access to cancer screening treatment, care and psychological support. Speaking at the launch held at MovieTowne, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence encouraged persons to get screened.“We’re all susceptible, so let us wake up and join the fight to lower the risk factors associated with cancer…The time for action most certainly is now, so I encourage everyone to get screened so that you do not become another statistic. Screening is imperative. We know that chant: early detections can have positive outcomes”.She shared that women in the population are at risk for cancer, resulting in increased efforts to lower the statistics. This has been done through campaigning by the Ministry.“The data shows that our women are at risk with cancer of the cervix, accounting for 22.1 per cent and breast cancer, 21.9 per cent, followed by ovarian cancer. This is the reason for the Ministry of Public Health and our public health officials’ active campaign to initiate measures to vigorously address cancer, particularly breast cancer and cervical cancer,” Lawrence highlighted.Meanwhile, Coordinator Diana Gittens mentioned that there are many activities which Guyanese can look forward to during the month of October.The Cancer Care Symposium is the very first Pinktober 2019 event, slated for October 1, which will provide a platform for survivors, caregivers, patients and health care professionals to speak of the challenges and other areas of cancer-care management in Guyana.Later in the month, on October 13, ‘Strike for the Fight’ Pinktober Football Match is a fundraising event which will educate Guyanese on the importance of early screening, exercising, and having knowledge of family medical history. This will be linked to the role it plays in early detection.Meanwhile, the 5k and 10k walk and run will be hosted on October 26. This is the most supported Pinktober event, which brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to walk in recognition of cancer awareness.Additionally, “Live Aware, Live Beautiful” will be an ongoing initiative throughout the month that will provide small businesses with the opportunity to indulge patients, caregivers and survivors who were affected in some way by cancer.last_img read more

Ignore the hype machine — It’s back to basics with bots

first_imgRelated Posts Follow the Puck Ben Lamm I occasionally meet with a company that worries they’re not ready for bots. They think of bots as an emerging technology fraught with complexity. In some cases, they worry they don’t have the skillset internally to deploy and get ROI out of the technology. Others want the technology to “mature” a bit more before they place a bet.If you really stop to think about it, it’s a ridiculous question: “are we ready for bots?”Do you have customers and employees? Do they use computers and smartphones? Does your business depend on IT? If you said yes to those three questions, then you’re probably bot-ready.If you stop thinking about bots the way the tech industry talks about them, or how AI is often depicted in movies, you’ll find that you have everything you need to be successful in today’s world and not some far \-off tech utopia.It’s not just about tech, it’s about experienceThe tech industry would have you think that bots are fundamentally changing the way we interact with the Web. Some argue that bots mark the end of the era of mobile apps. I argue that your business shouldn’t care about what bots mean to the tech world. Focus on what they mean for your customer’s experience with your brand.It’s common sense, really. Your time should be spent on your core business, not the trends in the technology industry. Bots are simply a more natural and authentic way to connect with your customers, employees and various other stakeholders. It’s a better customer experience — whether for making a purchase or getting support.Temkin Group’s 2016 study said moderate improvement to customer experiences generate an average revenue increase of $823 million over three years for a company with $1 billion in annual revenues. They also found that emotion was the most influential factor in the design of a customer experience.Think about that for a second — according to the Harvard Business Review, emotion is the new battleground for customer loyalty and repeat purchases. You can try to build emotion into your website, or maybe your shopping cart can use a heavy dose of empathic design. But the best way to connect with consumers is through conversation. If the experience isn’t conversational, you can’t come close to delivering an emotionally resonant customer experience. For this reason, the bot delivery medium is the ultimate interface for human emotion whether it’s text or voice.If you already obsess over your brand experience and connecting with your customers, then you’re ready for bots. With the right “brains” behind the scenes powering bots, they’re the ideal delivery mechanism for the experience you’ve worked so hard to create in an authentic yet approachable manner.Endpoints and paradigm shiftsThirty years ago customer interactions primarily happened in-store and on the phone. Twenty years ago we shifted towards email. Ten years ago we shifted towards live chat. Today, we’re using bots to connect with customers on any messaging platform everywhere.IRL, phone, email, chat, bots––they’re all just delivering an experience at different endpoints. While the tech world perpetually bemoans “digital transformation” failures, I remain impressed at how even the most non-technical businesses have evolved as customers demanded new forms of engagement at new endpoints.Most businesses that last the test of time do a good job of meeting their customers needs, especially as they change. Every business cares deeply about meeting those customer needs where they are. If nothing else, that’s the fundamental function of a business.The tech industry wants you to believe these are paradigm shifts, no matter how big or small. Software may be eating the world, but the fundamentals of your business have not changed. The tech industry’s paradigm shift is often just a new endpoint that presents an opportunity to connect with and serve your customers. Used responsibly, bots are a remarkable tool to help you do just that.Has it already happened?Customers already made the leap to messaging. According to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, chat and social media are already the top channel for customer support among Gen Y. Meeker’s report also points out that over 60 million businesses have active accounts on WeChat and Facebook, showing that businesses are making the move now, as well.Are you ready for bots? If you’re just worried about buying the latest technology, maybe not. But if your goal is to better connect with your customers and grow your business, and you’ve got the foundation in place, then you’re as ready as you’ll ever be. Is there ever a good reason to hold off when your customers are waiting for you? Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Bots#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#M2M#top last_img read more

Stomach infection hits Aus, UK swimmers

first_imgA rash of Delhi belly cases has laid low as many as 50 international swimmers, here to compete at the Commonwealth Games.The unusually large number of complaints has forced an immediate inquiry into the water quality at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex, an obvious suspect since almost all those reporting to the sickbay have been swimmers.Ravi Kumar smashes CWG record | Renu Bala win first lifting goldAmong those suffering the pesky viral infection are a dozen Australian swimmers. Two of them – Andrew Lauterstein and Hayden Stoeckel – had to pull out of their heats on Wednesday after severe cramps kept them bedbound.EnglandEngland’s Rebecca Adlington has been badly hit by the stomach bugSuch was the plight of former Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill that he rushed “straight to the bathroom” after getting off the team bus. From the English camp, champion swimmer Francesca Halsall tweeted her anguish and frustration.Deeply bothered, she said: “Tummy still not fab? very very hard to get out of bed. I hope the piece of bread I had for tea gets me through the heats.” Halsall wasn’t the only one in her team to report sick.Rebecca Adlington too was under the weather. On Wednesday, Halsall failed to qualify for the 100m butterfly final after she won the gold medal in the 50m event and blamed “Delhi belly” for her failed attempt.Complaining of a revolting stomach, Adlington, said she was eating light food and keeping away from chicken. “? I ate pasta.” England team spokesperson Dave Richards conveyed the extent of the outbreak in his camp: “Till last evening, 20 per cent of our swimmers had an upset stomach and a few of them are on course of recovery. We’ve asked the organisers for tests to be conducted on the water at the main pool and the warm- up area.advertisement”We have 541 athletes and officials in Delhi and over the 28 days since the first ones arrived, seven to 10 per cent have suffered a mild stomach bug, which has lasted 24 hours.” England has asked the organisers for an assurance on the water quality at the aquatics complex.English swimmers Ryan Napoleon and Rob Hurley, along with team coach Matt Brown, were the first to complain of grumbling tummies. Butterfly and freestyle swimmer Marieke Guehrer joined the queue but recovered sufficiently to compete.Concerned over the ailments Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Michael Fennell has ordered an immediate investigation.He assured that the matter would be taken up on an urgent basis and the issue was of “paramount” concern. “Let’s not speculate. If there’s something unsafe, you can’t swim in that water. So we’ll have to deal with it with the greatest of urgency.” Even though the water at the S. P. Mukherjee complex looked suspect, competition manager Kamlesh Nanavati was dismissive of all such possibility.”I have the water testing certificates. These are in accordance with FINA (the world governing body for swimming). There is no problem at all. In any case, the water quality is checked every day without fail.”Those who weren’t quite willing to find a culprit in the pool suggested the problem could be because of “casual dining”. Or, there could be a problem with the food being served at the complex.In fact, Halsall seemed to suggest as much in her tweet: “I think it’s more to do with food and hygiene than the water at the pool.” Still, it was curious that most of those reporting the stomach bug were swimmers.Australian chef-de-mission Steve Moneghetti sounded worried: “There seems to be a larger number of swimmers. It seems quite isolated to the swim team at the moment.” He didn’t subscribe to the casual dining argument. “Why only swimmers then, why not others,” he asked.”The doctor doesn’t think it is food related because it’s more confined to one sport. All of us eat at the dining hall. We eat the same food and there are very few cases across the board,” he said.The Australian swimmers seemed to be in more than just a spot of bother. Spokesperson Lachlan Searle confirmed that two swimmers had pulled out with stomach bugs and the list includes 10 other.”Yes, our swimmers have taken ill but at the moment we don’t want to speculate about anything and let the results for the (water) tests come out,” he said.Team coach Leigh Nugent said both Lauterstein and Stoeckel had symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. Their absence from the competition would hit the team hard. “They are the two spearheads in our team, our No.advertisement1 butterfly swimmer (Lauterstein) and the No. 1 backstroker (Stoeckel), but that’s one of the reasons you come with a number of people – to have cover for such things.” South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh also claimed that as many as nine of his team members were facing similar problems.”We have nine members in the team who have reported Delhi belly symptoms but I wonder if we can blame the quality of water here,” van der Burgh said soon after qualifying for the men’s 50m breaststroke final on Thursday.last_img read more