first_imgLIMERICK-based journalist Arthur Quinlan has died at the age of 92 having worked as a freelance reporter in the Mid West for over 50 years.A native of Dublin, he was raised in Quin, Co Clare and spent most of his life in Limerick. He was well known for reporting the news from Shannon airport where, along with covering state visits and celebrity stopovers, he secured many news stories for the national and international press.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was one of the few journalists to interview South American revolutionary Che Guevara, and former Yugoslavia President Josip Broz Tito. He interviewed every US president from Harry S Truman to George W Bush and is also said to have taught Cuban Fidel Castro how to make an Irish Coffee.He worked as Mid West correspondent with the Irish Times and RTÉ and was a long-time member of the National Union of Journalists, having served as president of the Mid West branch for many years.NUJ Irish secretary Seamus Dooley said that the union had lost “a loyal, committed and distinguished member”“He was a kind and generous colleague, full of stories and blessed with a wonderful sense of fun. Arthur was a passionate advocate for the development of the Mid West region, especially Shannon Airport, and as a national correspondent was recognised as ‘Mr Limerick’.”“Arthur was a member of honour of the union, the highest accolade awarded by the NUJ. He served as chairman of the Irish South West branch and was especially committed to the welfare of members,” Mr Dooley said.A keen golfer, he was a member of Castletroy and Lahinch Golf Clubs where his late wife Vera served as lady captain. He was also a longtime member and former president of Shannon Rowing Club.He is survived by his son Tom and daughters Ann and Joyce.The late Arthur Quinlan, who inspired and assisted several generations of young Irish journalists WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsJournalist’s final deadline was met with calm and classic styleBy admin – January 4, 2013 652 Facebook Email Advertisement Linkedin Twitter Print Previous articleHealth concerns over Shannon chemical spillNext article80 Limerick pubs are nearing “crisis point” adminlast_img read more

first_imgWITH Guyana set to participate in the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship first-round Qualifiers in Curacao from August 17 – 25, Head Coach Akilah Castello said her side’s eight-week preparation saw improvement from the Lady Jags, and that all systems are in place for the side’s showing in the Dutch territory. Castello said the 20-man squad will comprise eight international-based players and 12 from the Guyana-based squad in training four days a week at the GFF’s National Training Centre.With an optimistic mind, Castello said she’s “expecting positive results from this group along with our international-based players who’ve been preparing as well for this U-17 girls’ competition.”“We have some good talent in the likes of Jalade Trim, Shamya Daniels and Samantha Benfield, who played in the last U-15 championship, and Jenea Knight who also played both in the U-15 and U-20 levels who, we believe, will seek to make valuable contributions at this level,” the Lady Jags coach stated.Guyana has been placed in Group D along with the Bahamas, Curacao and St. Vincent and The Grenadines.Guyana will open against Curacao on August 21, followed by a clash against St Vincent and the Grenadines on August 23, and will face the Bahamas in their final Group D match on August 25.According to CONCACAF, there will be 32 participating teams. The qualifiers comprise the lowest ranked 16 teams, based on the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Ranking as of July 2018, where the top finisher of each group will advance to the knock-out stage of the championship. Those teams are Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Guyana, Honduras, Martinique, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and US Virgin Islands).The remaining 16 teams, consisting of top ranked teams, based on the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Ranking as of July 2018, will participate in the Finals Championship. Each has been placed in four groups – E, F, G and H – and will play round-robin following which “the top three finishers in each of the groups will join the winners of Groups A, B, C and D (from the qualifiers) in the round of 16,” according to Concacaf.The 16 teams participating in the group stage of the Final Championship are Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.The knockout stage of the competition; round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final – will be played in its entirety in a single match elimination format, with the finalists and third -lace finisher automatically qualifying for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020.last_img read more

first_imgAs the completion of the John McKay Center nears, Trojan players and fans alike have a lot to be happy about. The new three-story athletic facility features 110,000 square feet of space which includes weight rooms, football offices and even an indoor practice field. Such facilities are vital in this era of college football, where flash and glamor are often selling points for recruits.Quite the character · John McKay coached USC from 1960-1975. He won four national titles, but was known just as much for his wit. – Photo courtesy of USC AthleticsAs USC fans, however, we should not only celebrate this historic building as a tool to make players better, but must see it in its historical context, for the man it was named for: John McKay. For without the legendary coach, USC football would not be where it is today.McKay took the coaching job at USC in 1960 after being an assistant for both Oregon and, later, USC. His tenure hardly started well; the Trojans finished with eight total wins in his first two seasons. It did not look like the McKay era was going to be anything special.The tide turned, however, in 1962. McKay’s squad finished the season 11-0 and capped off the season with a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The Trojans would win three more national championships under McKay in 1967, 1972 and 1974. They won the Pac-8 Conference nine times in his 16 seasons.Though the wins and losses are crucial to McKay’s legacy, he was much more than just a 127-40-8 record. He was a character. He was a man that changed football in Los Angeles for good.McKay saw two Heisman Trophy winners walk through campus in Mike Garrett (1965) and OJ Simpson (1968). He coached quarterback Pat Haden, NFL Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann, “Notre Dame Killer” Anthony Davis and Sam Cunningham — the runningback who, for all intents and purposes, caused the South Eastern Conference to integrate in 1970, forever changing the landscape of college football.McKay might be most noted for his wit and his quotations, many of which Trojan fans remember to this day.When asked why Simpson had 47 carries in a game, he replied, “He doesn’t belong to a union. Anyway, the ball doesn’t weigh that much.”When asked about his team’s less-than-stellar performance, he retorted with, “We didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.”Perhaps his most famous line came while he was the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was asked what he thought of his team’s execution in a loss. His response? “I’m all for it.”John McKay changed football at USC. Yes, the Trojans had success in prior years, winning championships under legendary coach Howard Jones, but McKay created a culture of winning.Pete Carroll brought USC football back; McKay made the tradition a legend. The legacy of “Tailback U” would not exist if McKay hadn’t installed the I-Formation into his offenses. The Trojans would have four less banners to show in Heritage Hall were it not for McKay. There would be two less Heisman Trophies.But most of all, there is a good chance that USC football would have been stuck in mediocrity. Sure, a great coach could have come in and won many games. But McKay didn’t just win games; he won students and fans with his success and character.The next time you walk by the McKay Center, which is expected to be finished in the fall, admire it for more than its impressive exterior. Admire it for more than the fact that it gives the Trojans another edge in recruiting the best players in the country.Instead, admire it for the man it is named after. The man who made USC football what it is today. The man who changed college football for the entire country. “Goal Line Stand” runs Thursdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Michael at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgRaymond with Rhonda form the Mount Errigal Leisure Centre.When Raymond Guthrie ate the last mince pie over Christmas, he vowed to lose some weight in the New Year.After joining the 10 Week Weight Loss Club at the Mount Errigal Leisure Club he lost an amazing 1 stone & 12 lbs.Read on to find out more about Raymond’s success story. Raymond, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I am assistant Director with the Donegal Mental Health Service. I am married to Marie with three children, Lorraine, Gary & Karen.What was it that made you decide to join the 10 week weight loss club at the Mount Errigal Leisure Club?After the Christmas break I decided to weigh in, realising I had put on some weight over the holiday period. Rhonda asked me if I would like to join the weight loss club and I agreed.You lost 1 stone, 12 lbs in 10 weeks. Your goal was 1 stone? Did you find this difficult? I felt motivated to lose the weight and found that with Rhonda’s weekly feedback and guidelines I was kept motivated throughout.What was the first thing you did to begin your programme?My BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate) was calculated by Rhonda, this let me know what my daily calorie intake should be to lose weight. She gave me a weekly sheet called a food tracker to record my daily intake. Every week Rhonda calculated how many calories I had eaten and how many calories I burned in exercise, she then gave me feedback on what I could do differently to help with my weight loss.What was the best advise you were given?I was told that ‘diets’ do not work. It is all about developing good eating habits, changing how you think about food. Changing your diet is the only way to achieve a healthy body weight in the long term. Rhonda told me that weight loss is ‘80% food and 20% exercise’. She also explained about ‘energy in v’s energy out’; it’s simple, if you eat more that your body needs you will gain weight, if you eat less than your body needs you will lose weight. What is one cardinal rule of nutrition you have learned that you always try to follow?Eat three small meals a day, eat three snacks a day (mainly fruit) and no eating after 7pm. Avoid cake, biscuits, chocolate, sweets, crisps & bread.What would you say is the most important factor in your weight loss?Nutrition & exercise go hand in hand. Reducing calorie intake is one part of the solution and increase the amount of calories burned is the other. What are the best things you have found about losing weight?I have more energy and I feel better within myself.What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with their weight/diet?Increase activity & exercise.Make changes to your daily eating plan because you are what you eat.Eat a balanced diet, you can have everything in moderation, you can still have treats if you are sensibleDon’t go hungry or skip meals, it will just lead to over eating and eating the wrong thing later in the day.Anything else you would like to add?If you eat the right food and do some exercise you will lose weight.NEW YEAR PLAN TAKES WEIGHT OFF RAYMOND’S SHOULDERS! was last modified: April 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalgymMount Errigal HotelRaymond Guthrieweight losslast_img read more

first_imgDay one of the 2019 Pacific halibut season is in the books, and the reports from Wednesday’s opener weren’t quite as good as expected. A few of the Eureka charter boats made the run straight out, fishing between the 51 and 47 lines, hoping to land on a bunch of hungry halibut that haven’t seen a bait in six months. For the majority of the boats, that didn’t happen. It did however, happen for Marc Schmidt of Coastline Charters.He and his crew had the hot hand and boated three flatties. And …last_img read more

first_img10 July 2013 The South African government has condemned the killing of dozens of people by Egyptian security personnel at a mass protest in Cairo, calling the act “shameful” and urging political parties in Egypt to take steps to avoid further loss of life. More than 50 people were killed, while over 400 were left wounded, at protests outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo on Monday. Tensions have been high after Egypt’s armed forces removed President Mohamed Morsi from his post last Wednesday after millions of protesters demanded his removal due to “maladministration” since he was elected a year ago. But supporters of the Islamist president condemned the move, calling it a conspiracy, and vowed to sacrifice their lives to defend Morsi’s legitimacy as leader of the country. The country’s constitution was also suspended. Adli Mansour has been sworn in as Egypt’s caretaker president. On Monday evening, he approved a constitutional declaration for the transitional period, which is set to last six months. Speaking to reporters in Pretoria on Tuesday, South African International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said tensions in Egypt were a major setback for the advancement of democracy on the continent. “The South African government is deeply perturbed about the potential negative impact of this event on peace, stability and security of Egypt and the region.” Ebrahim said the situation in Egypt was a serious breach of the African Union’s constitutive act and other relevant instruments, adding that Pretoria supported the decision by the African Union’s Peace and Security Counci to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restitution of constitutional order in that country. Ebrahim urged the concerned parties in Egypt to resolve their differences through inclusive political dialogue and consultation in order to return to constitutional order through holding free, fair and inclusive elections. Pretoria also called on all parties to refrain from acts of violence, revenge and retribution. “We also call on Egyptians to embrace the spirit of national reconciliation, which will contribute positively to the establishment of long term political stability in Egypt,” Ebrahim said, adding that South Africa stood ready to share its experiences of political transition. All non-essential personnel and families attached to the South African embassy in Cairo have been temporarily withdrawn until the situation allows for their return. However, the embassy remains open and will continue rendering consular assistance. Source: read more

first_img11 May 2015Cape Town International Airport is set for an overhaul with the upgrading of its domestic and international terminals planned for the airport, along with the realignment of its runway, forming the bulk of Airports Company South Africa’s R7.7bn expansion plans.Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Collin Naidoo, speaking at the Indaba 2015 in Durban on Sunday, said the developments were part of Acsa’s new operating model aimed at improving South Africa’s airports. The expansion is set to be completed over the next three years.The 21-year-old company is run by the Department of Transport and, says Naidoo, is “one of the better performing parastatals”. More than 38-million passengers move through South Africa’s nine airports every year.‘Signs of growth’When asked about the proposed expansions at Lanseria, South Africa’s only privately owned international airport which plans to build a new airport terminal, Naidoo said Acsa did not see it as a threat but rather a sign of good growth for the country.“This is both a challenge and an opportunity, seeing all the upgrades and growth at Lanseria is promising, it says good things about the area,” said Naidoo.Global operationsAcsa manages the Mumbai International Airport and is facilitating the development of a new airport terminal. The Indian airport sees more than 28-million passengers annually. Acasa has a 10% stake in the airport, and is positioned to be at its helm for the next 25 years, Naidoo said.Acsa also runs Brazil’s airport in Sao Paulo, which recently built a new terminal. Two years ago, Acsa signed a memorandum of understanding with Ghana Airports to manage its airports.Naidoo said Acsa’s way of doing business kept the company accountable to its stakeholders, including government, and saved it from “relying on handouts”.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts For years one rap on Android has been that most Android users were still using an older version of the operating system – Gingerbread, aka Android 2.3, which was first introduced in December 2010. Nothing wrong with Gingerbread, mind you, but it wasn’t the latest and greatest.With Apple phones, when a new OS version comes out, most users get it, so everybody stays on the cutting edge. In the world of Android, each phone-maker rolls out upgrades on a different schedule, which also varies by model. And, unfortunately, most of those hardware companies have been reluctant to push upgrades, because (a) it’s a pain in the neck; and (b) if you really want the latest version of Android they’d rather you just went out and bought a new phone. That’s not the case for Google’s Nexus models, which always get upgrades.In other words, you buy an Android phone and unless you’ve bought a Nexus there’s a chance you’ll be stuck with the same OS for two years, or until you get your next smartphone. At the very least you’ll probably be sitting around waiting for a long, long time to get the good stuff.For those reasons Gingerbread remains the most widely used version of Android, even though Google has put out three subsequent versions, called Honeycomb (aka 3.1), Ice Cream Sandwich (aka 4.0) and Jelly Bean (aka 4.1 and 4.2).But new numbers from Google show Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean starting to take off. In a survey done over 14 days, Google says 45.6% of Android devices were running Gingerbread, while Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, if taken together, now total 42.6%.To be sure, most regular people don’t know or care what version of the operating system they’re using. Many people using phones made by Samsung, HTC or Motorola might not even know they’re using Android, or that Android was created by Google. All they know is that they’ve got a smartphone and it can browse the Web, get email, and run some apps.Nevertheless, for the Android ecosystem, the shift to newer versions is a good sign. Gingerbread was and is perfectly fine, but the experience on Jelly Bean is far, far better.center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan lyons Tags:#Android#Apple#iPhone last_img read more

first_img “If we do that simple amendment to the legislation, it means that the process which is taking two (to) four months, can now be done within two to three days at most with respect to accreditation,” she said. Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, is proposing that the process to verify Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification be revamped to shorten the time in which this exercise is undertaken. Story Highlights Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, is proposing that the process to verify Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification be revamped to shorten the time in which this exercise is undertaken.This, she suggested, can be done by adjusting existing legislation to allow the burden of proof to be shifted to the applicant to swear to the authenticity of the certificate, and if later found to be fraudulent, to show cause why the document should not be revoked.“If we do that simple amendment to the legislation, it means that the process which is taking two (to) four months, can now be done within two to three days at most with respect to accreditation,” she said.The Barbadian Prime Minister was addressing the opening ceremony for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Wednesday (July 4) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.The Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification guarantees qualified nationals the benefit of moving and working freely across the region.This document, which is a provision under the CARICOM (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, allows these privileges without the need for a work permit or permit of stay.Ms. Mottley lamented that the matter of accreditation and the issuance and verification of skills certificates have impeded the day-to-day lives of too many CARICOM citizens, stressing that “this is of great concern to us… . We have to change and change urgently”.She pointed out that in her country, between 2006 and 2018, the Accreditation Council issued 2,039 Certificates and verified another 1,122. Out of the 3,161 certificates, 10 were fraudulent.“In other words, 0.3 per cent of certificates that we spent months seeking to verify, were fraudulent,” she said.Ms. Mottley stressed that in the age of technological advancements, such as blockchain technology, “we must be able to do better at real-time communication, particularly as we go forward in the issuance of skills certificates and diplomas that will allow for more ease of verification”.The Meeting of the CARICOM Heads is being held from July 4-6. Among the key agenda items are crime and violence, disaster management and climate change, and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the Caribbean Community and determines and provides its policy direction. This, she suggested, can be done by adjusting existing legislation to allow the burden of proof to be shifted to the applicant to swear to the authenticity of the certificate, and if later found to be fraudulent, to show cause why the document should not be revoked.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Annapurna Devi, renowned Sitar and Surbahar player and daughter of Ustad Allauddin Khan, died at Mumbai early on Saturday morning. She was 91-years-old.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Saddened at the passing away of Annapurna Devi. My condolences to her family and admirers.”Born in 1927 as Roshanara Khanshe, she was named Annapurna by Maharaja Brijnath Singh of the former Maihar Estate. She was married to Pandit Ravi Shankar in 1941 and they got divorced in 1961. Annapurna married Rooshikumar Pandya in 1982 when she was 55-years-old and he was 42. Pandya died of a massive cardiac arrest in 2013 at the age of 73.Annapurna Devi had performed with Pandit Ravi Shankar in Kolkata. She stopped public performance and began to give training to her students that included Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Pandit Nityanand Haldipur, Pandit BasantKabra and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Four best players of the Friendship Cup Football Tournament of the Kolkata Police and similar tournament of West Bengal Police will be sent to Germany for an exposure trip.The four players will be leaving for Frankfurt (Germany) for an exposure trip on the invitation of the famous football club Eintracht Frankfurt. It may be mentioned that organising football tournaments is one of the community development programmes of the police and it has helped many to get established by playing the sport. According to a senior police officer, the visit of the four boys to Eintracht Frankfurt will motivate many others in playing the game. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Kolkata Police has selected two players, Loknath Mondal and Sekh Rintu from the Kolkata Police Friendship Cup. The two other players were selected by the West Bengal Police. One of them was selected by Darjeeling Police while the other is from Jhargram district. The football player, who was selected by the Darjeeling Police for the Germany trip, is Manish Subba. The boy from Jhargram is Deb Kumar Khirali. The exposure trip to Frankfurt city in Germany would be initiated from Kolkata. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe four players will be leaving Kolkata on November 6 and will return on November 13. They will be watching a match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke 04 of Bundesliga on November 12 at Commerce Bank Arena in Frankfurt. During their stay, they will be undergoing training sessions for four days and will also get the opportunity for a “footballing session” with main players of Eintracht Frankfurt. Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police, and Dr Michael Feiner, Consul General, German Consulate in Kolkata, were present at the programme that was organised on Wednesday to introduce the four players. Dr Feiner handed over the formal invitation letters from the football club to the Commissioner of Police. It may be recalled that the Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police had introduced organising football matches to encourage youths to participate in the game. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also distributed prizes among players in the tournaments organised by the police and it had motivated the youths in playing football. Moreover, the state government has taken several measures to support the clubs where youths practice the sport.last_img read more

first_img Register Now » The deployment of IT services has historically been a one-way street from the software provider to the IT department and, then, the end user. End users received a ‘you must use this application’ mandate from IT, which had to integrate services into the enterprise. Younger workers who grew up with technology, generally lumped together as ‘millennials’,are pushing back. They are having a profound impact on technology choices in the workplace and driving a new equilibrium of power.The top-down approach to IT services made sense when IT departments did extensive product evaluations, purchased software from IT vendors and installed, configured and maintained that software. This significant enterprise investment resulted in a virtual mandate that all employees use corporate applications.Related:6 Tips for Managing Millennials (Whether You Find Them to be Entitled or Not)End users were relatively naive technologically, which made them more receptive to learning the enterprise’s applications. In addition, end users had few or no comparison applications against which to evaluate them.With the cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications now becoming viable and even beneficial means of deploying IT services, IT is going through a new evolutionary phase. Evaluating and deploying IT services no longer require significant time and capital. Upgrades and maintenance occur more rapidly and with more consistency. Without the hard constraints of implementing back-end services on premises, IT can focus on matching available cloud services to end users requirements.The age of millennials. With the advent of the iPhone, smartphone use exploded among consumers and the business workforce. Indeed, the line between a consumer and a business user is now blurred, as they are typically one and the same. These users carry the millennial label, as they are the first generation of converged users.What does this means for IT? End users in the workforce are no longer completely naive of technology. In fact, millennials have a strong understanding of what technology can do for them. A study commissioned by Intel Corporation in 2013found that millennials want more from technology, and that in itself has had an impact on innovation in areas ranging from personalization and self-configuration to ease of use.A manual that teaches employees how to use an application is a relic today. Millennials are a new breed of business users who enter the workforce with strong expectations of how technology should be delivered and function. In the truest sense, the democratization of IT has begun.When faced with ‘older-generation’ technology that doesn’t meet their expectations, millennials have the technical savvy to find applications on consumer app stores and to attempt to integrate them into their business world. There is even a name for these millennials: rogue users. You can’t really fault them. Instead of being forced to adapt to technology that doesn’t work for them, they seek out technology that helps them work effectively and efficiently.Related:Want to Nab Top, Young Talent? Millennial-Proof Your Office.Unfortunately, many consumer apps lack features such as business-level security, centralized administration and control, and support and quality-of-service metrics that businesses require. These deficits set up an end user vs. IT conflict that generally results in a winner and a loser.A new equilibrium. A new dawn has arrived for IT, which if embraced, can create a collaborative equilibrium that will have a positive impact on workforce productivity while lowering IT costs and complexities. By collaborating with millennials and cloud vendors, IT can drive consumer features into business-hardened cloud services, creating benefits for end users, IT and the enterprise. The alternatives — forcing employees to use antiquated vendor-driven services or making IT manage multiple consumer-based apps — will lead to one side or the other feeling the pain. Neither side will hold 100 percent of the power going forward. They can achieve a happy medium by working together with cloud vendors committed to delivering business-hardened services that meet the expectations of millennial end users,.Where the future lies. Clearly, the ability of end users to influence IT to deliver a better user experience without compromising enterprise requirements for security, privacy, manageability, support and reliability is a step in the right direction. Service providers can play a key role in integrating feedback from end users and IT into next-generation services that can better meet the needs of both.Related: Want to Nab Top, Young Talent? Millennial-Proof Your Office. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 12, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Most factories make use of machines in the production process and, as a result, lots of people have been put out of work. But are service-based businesses about to face a similar fate? Will you be replaced by a robot one day?That particular question has likely brought chills down many people’s spines, but could this really be the reality we’re facing? Imagine all the different kinds of service-based jobs poised to crumble because some app or robot can do the work faster than a human would.Let’s say you normally hire tutors to help your children with their homework, perhaps from a service-based business that has a good track record and high success rates among users. All of that could change in a flash with AI —  in fact, that is one of the reasons why some people are scared of AI in spite of how fascinating it is.Related: Why Businesses Keep Failing to Make the Most of AIHow would you feel if your child asked help from Alexa for their homework? The virtual assistant is fast becoming a staple among homes; you surely can’t stop your child’s urge from asking, “What’s 5 minus 3?” can you?These days all the child has to do is take a picture of their math homework, and an app can instantly tell whether the answer is right or wrong. AI also allows apps to recommend courses to users based on their level of progress in those subjects, and, if that’s not enough, it also knows what kind of questions teachers give out as assignments.What is AI?Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science developed with the objective of creating intelligent machines that can mimic human behavior and the ability to make decisions. In essence, these programs are able to study our behavior and make decisions as if we’re the one making them but, of course, a lot faster.Related: 5 Future Jobs You’ve Never Heard of But That Your Kids Will Flock toSince AI “learns” our behavior, it’s not limited by the programmer’s code. So, in a sense, it’s able to grow in knowledge on its own as we keep using it.Will AI take over service-based business jobs?There have been a series of debates on whether AI will take over jobs or not. A study by Boston Consulting Group predicted that by 2025, a quarter of jobs will be replaced by either smart software or robots. Kai Fu Lee, a renowned AI expert and venture capitalist, believes that 40 percent of the jobs in the world will be replaced by robots.Without a doubt, AI is gradually infiltrating and disrupting different industries, including healthcare and banking. But you mustn’t forget that machines have their limitations. Although technology has advanced to the point that software mimic humans, they can never totally take our place. In fact, AI will help create more jobs than it seeks to eliminate. You may need to acquire new skills, but it doesn’t mean that you’ll be replaced.Related: 4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Shaping the Future for Businesses Big and SmallSo, in essence, even if you use AI to help your child with their homework, it will not entirely take away the jobs of tutors who will teach kids. There will still be a need for tutors to dictate what standard is expected of students — and maybe even tutors would delve into developing AI that will help tutor kids.It’s all in how you choose to handle the technological changes that come your way. Outrightly rejecting or fearing technology won’t secure your job, but if you could develop your skills and knowledge to go along with the change in technology, then there is no way you’d be out of work. The beauty of service-based businesses is their ability to easily pivot and evolve. This kind of flexibility will work in your favor with the advancement of AI. AI is artificial; it’s not naturally intelligent yet.The final verdictAI is a bittersweet topic. On one hand, it’s one of the best innovations the world has ever seen. And on the other, it could be what brings to an end a lot of businesses because it’s smarter, faster and more efficient. However, saying AI will take away most people’s jobs is an exaggeration. It will surely change the way you do business, but it will not take away all jobs. So, there’s really no need to panic.Related: Robots Are Stealing Our JobsAll you need to do is grow and adjust to the new technology instead of fighting it. You’ll only have cause to fear when you don’t evolve with the technology. How Success Happens June 14, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now 5 min readlast_img read more