Jharkhand government partners with Oracle to boost IT infrastructure

first_imgIn a bid to ramp up its IT infrastructure, the Jharkhand government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US-based technology major Oracle to enhance delivery of services to citizens as well as make the State more attractive for startups.“We are ramping up IT infrastructure in the State and have initiated programs in this direction. We are undertaking continued efforts to bridge the gap between the government and the citizens through use of IT,” Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, said at an event in New Delhi.He added that the government of Jharkhand and Oracle will jointly explore and identify areas in which Oracle’s cloud-based technologies can be used to support entrepreneurship.The CM also asked Oracle to explore the option of opening a state-of-the-art software development centre in the State.“We will collaborate to create proof of concepts and help new startups using Oracle cloud-based platforms to operationalize citizen services and startup centres that would further the vision of the CM to increase employment and alleviate poverty,” Oracle CEO Safra Catz said.Stating that India is one of the “greatest possible opportunity”, Ms Catz said that cloud is triggering broad innovation within the technology industry and will drive change and increase efficiency within emerging economies like India.Oracle’s cloud services will be used to support the State by providing transparent governance, the Jharkhand government said, adding that the tech giant’s expertise in areas of ICT infrastructure, real estate, health, education, housing for Ranchi smart city project will also be utilised.last_img read more

MiG-21 crashes near Bikaner, pilot ejects safely

first_imgA MiG-21 fighter aircraft on a routine mission crashed on Friday after it was airborne from the Nal Air Force station near Bikaner in Rajasthan.The pilot ejected safely, the Air Force said. Initial inputs indicated the likely cause as a bird strike after the take-off, an IAF spokesperson said, adding that a court of inquiry would investigate the cause of the accident.last_img

Reality check

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte A marked man as mentioned by Eriksson before the match, Wu proved to be a cut above the rest as his well-placed effort in the 40th minute opened the scoring for the Chinese.In front of 16,000 fans, most of them Filipino workers spending their day off at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, another moment of magic from the Chinese striker in the 66th minute doubled the advantage, before substitute Yu Dabao cashed in on some indecision from Azkals defenders off a corner.“We knew that one of the two things we needed to before the match was that we cannot give him space, but he still finished twice unmarked. We have to do a better job in this situation,” said Schrock.Defender Daisuke Sato said the Azkals have to be physically stronger at this level after the Chinese refused to pull up on some heavy challenges during the course of the match. Sato had a swollen lip after getting hit in the first half.“You cannot switch off in these types of games, in this level we are playing now,” said Schrock.The midfielder warned his team from looking past Kyrgyzstan, a newcomer in the tournament, which the Azkals have beaten twice two years ago.“We cannot overlook anyone in this group especially now that Kyrgyzstan has a chance to advance to the next round. Like I said, it’s a final. We have more time together and work something out for this game and we will take the challenge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phil Younghusband shrugs off the challenge from Wu Xi. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ryan LimABU DHABI—The Philippines left this city tired and disappointed after a heavy 3-0 defeat to China last Friday night that left its hopes of reaching the next round of the AFC Asian Cup hanging by a thread.Getting a grim reality check on the level of competition they are facing, the Azkals were punished by a sharp and incisive Chinese side, which capitalized on some poor defending from the Philippines to secure their second straight win and progress to the Round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT A few tactical tweaks by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson did not go as planned as the Chinese overran the Azkals midfield. Manny Ott was relegated to the bench with Carlie de Murga getting a first start.Schrock took an advanced role on the left wing, while Luke Woodland played at rightback.The Azkals, however, seemed to run out of ideas when they had the ball and struggled to settle into the match, unlike in the Korea encounter where they looked comfortable soaking up the pressure, before breaking forward in numbers.Javier Patino, just like against Korea, again couldn’t find a way through the Chinese goal, after he was released by Patrick Strauss on the counterattack.“We were all very disappointed with the outcome but just to defend in a game like this is not enough,” said Schrock. “We barely created our opportunities from our side. We had one golden opportunity with Javier on the counter and that was it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra, TNT kick off season of chasing San Miguel Beer LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening On a high after their impressive performance in the 0-1 loss to South Korea, the Azkals’ pride was pricked by China’s workmanlike and classy display that was highlighted by two sublime goals by Wu Lei.The Azkals still have an outside chance of reaching the next round after South Korea nipped Kyrgyzstan, 1-0, last Friday night, but they would need to beat the Kyrgyz side first and hope that other results go their way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe final group match is slated on Wednesday at Rashid Stadium in Dubai.“We still have hope,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “As you know, South Korea beat Kyrgyzstan last night and so we can still have a little final for the third place for maybe a place in the next round.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Key witness located in case of Good Samaritan homicide case Hamilton police

first_imgHAMILTON – Hamilton police say they have located a key witness in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Good Samaritan who authorities say was killed while trying to stop an altercation.Yosif Al-Hasnawi, described by police as a brave young man who was trying to do the right thing, was fatally shot in early December after he tried to help an older man who was allegedly being accosted by two men outside a mosque.Police say the older man was interviewed Wednesday afternoon after someone called in a tip that led investigators to find him.Officials say the tip came in after police released photos of the man earlier in the week in the hopes that someone would recognize him.They say details of the interview cannot be released.Two men have been charged in connection with Al-Hasnawi’s death, and a criminal investigation into paramedics’ handling of the incident was launched last month and is being carried out by a neighbouring police force.Al-Hasnawi’s family is also suing Hamilton’s paramedics, alleging they failed to properly treat the teen.last_img read more

Ruling on the Bight PNP leader calls for respect of decision

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 19, 2017 – Providenciales – The Chief Justice Her Ladyship Margret Ramsey Halle will hand down her ruling on the matter of George Pratt vs. Porsha Smith-Stubbs at 9:30 am at the Supreme Court in Unit A-207 Graceway Plaza on Leeward Highway.   Opposition Leader Hon. Charles Washington Misick is urging all supporters and followers of the Progressive National Party and the Turks and Caicos as a nation to respect the decision when it is handed down and to uphold the rule of law.Individuals who may wish to attend the sitting are reminded that appropriate attire is required. Persons who may wish to remain outside on the court grounds for the ruling will be expected to maintain calm and orderly behavior. The Progressive National Party remains the Party for all the people and stands firm united and unbroken for the betterment of the Turks and Caicos Islands. God bless and keep us in your prayers.#MagneticMediaNews#FightfortheBight Decision – George C.D. Pratt v Porsha Stubbs and Ors Bight ruling coming, PDM Leader says Pratt is better Related Items:#FightForTheBight, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Seven weeks to Bight Results General Election petitionlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Shannon Smith Named To Deans List At University Of Maine

first_imgORONO, ME — Shannon Smith, of Wilmington, received Dean’s List honors for spring 2018 at the University of Maine, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.The University of Maine recognized 2,214 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the spring 2018 semester. Of the students who made the Dean’s List, 1,634 are from Maine, 533 are from 31 other states, and 47 are from 21 countries other than the U.S.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Maine.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of MaineIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University of New EnglandIn “Education”last_img read more

Road accident kills 1 in Rajshahi

first_imgA driver of a human hauler was killed in a road accident at Polpukur on Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway in Puthia upazila of Rajshahi district on Friday.The deceased is Masud Rana, 40, son of a certain Shajahan Sarkar of Keshabpur village in Bagha upazila of the district, reports UNB.Poba highway police outpost in-charge sub-inspector Habibur Rahman said the accident took place when the human hauler plunged into a nearby ditch as the driver lost control over the wheel, leaving him critically injured.On information a team of the fire service and civil defence from Puthia rescued Masud and sent him to Puthia upazila health complex where physician declared him dead on arrival, he said.last_img

Microsoft amplifies focus on conversational AI Acquires XOXCO shares guide to developing

first_imgOn Wednesday, Microsoft shared that it has signed an agreement to acquire XOXCO, an Austin-based software developer with a focus on bot design. In another announcement, it shared a set of guidelines formulated to help developers build responsible bots or conversational AI. Microsoft acquires conversational AI startup, XOXCO Microsoft has shared its intent to acquire XOXCO. The software product design and development company has been working on conversation AI since 2013. They have developed products like Botkit which provide development tools and the Howdy bot for Slack that enables users to schedule meetings. With this acquisition, Microsoft aims to democratize AI development. “The Microsoft Bot Framework, available as a service in Azure and on GitHub, supports over 360,000 developers today. With this acquisition, we are continuing to realize our approach of democratizing AI development, conversation, and dialog, and integrating conversational experiences where people communicate,” reads the post. Throughout this year, the tech giant acquired many companies which have contributed to AI development. For example, Semantic Machines in May, Bonsai in July, and Lobe in September. XOXCO is another company added to this list enabling Microsoft to get more closer to its goal of “making AI accessible and valuable to every individual and organization, amplifying human ingenuity with intelligent technology.” Read more about the acquisition on Microsoft’s official website. Building responsible bots with Microsoft’s guidelines Nowadays, conversational AI is being used to automate communication, query solving, and create personalized customer experiences at scale. With this increasing adoption, it is important to build conversational AI that is responsible and trustworthy. The 10 guidelines formulated by Microsoft aims to help developers do exactly that: Articulate the purpose of your bot and take special care if your bot will support consequential use cases. Be transparent about the fact that you use bots as part of your product or service. Ensure a seamless hand-off to a human where the human-bot exchange leads to interactions that exceed the bot’s competence. Design your bot so that it respects relevant cultural norms and guards against misuse. Ensure your bot is reliable. Ensure your bot treats people fairly. Ensure your bot respects user privacy. Ensure your bot handles data securely. Ensure your bot is accessible. Accept responsibility. Some of them are described below: “Articulate the purpose of your bot and take special care if your bot will support consequential use cases.” Before starting any design work, carefully analyze the benefits your bot will provide to the users or the entity deploying the bot. Ensuring that your bot’s design is ethical is very important, especially when it is likely to affect the well-being of the user such as in consequential use cases. These use cases include access to services such as healthcare, education, employment, and financing. “Be transparent about the fact that you use bots as part of your product or service.” Users should be aware that they are interacting with a bot. Nowadays, designers can equip their bots with “personality” and natural language capabilities. This is why it is important to convey to the users that they are not interacting with another person and some aspects of their interaction are being performed by a bot. Also, users should be able to easily find information about the limitations of the bot, including the possibility of errors and the consequences of these errors. “Ensure a seamless hand-off to a human where the human-bot exchange leads to interactions that exceed the bot’s competence.” In cases where a human judgment is required, provide a means or ready access to a human moderator, particularly if your bot deals with consequential matters. Bots should have the ability to transfer a conversation to a human moderator as soon as the user asks. Users will quickly lose trust in the technology and in the company that has deployed it if they feel trapped or alienated by a bot. “Design your bot so that it respects relevant cultural norms and guards against misuse.” Bots should have built-in safeguards and protocols to handle misuse and abuse. Since bots can now have a human-like persona, it is crucial that they interact respectfully and safely with users. Developers can use machine learning techniques and keyword filtering mechanisms to enable the bot to detect and respond appropriately to sensitive or offensive input from users. “Ensure your bot is reliable.” Bots need to be reliable for the function it aims to perform. As a developer, you should take into account that since AI systems are probabilistic they will not always give the correct answer. That is why establish reliability metrics and review them periodically. The performance of AI-based systems may vary over time as the bot is rolled out to new users and in new contexts, developers must continually monitor its reliability. Read the full document: Responsible bots: 10 guidelines for developers of conversational AI Read Next Microsoft announces container support for Azure Cognitive Services to build intelligent applications that span the cloud and the edge Satya Nadella reflects on Microsoft’s progress in areas of data, AI, business applications, trust, privacy and more. Microsoft Azure reportedly chooses Xilinx chips over Intel Altera for AI co-processors, says Bloomberg reportlast_img read more