Babies Learn to Recognize Words in the Womb

first_imgBe careful what you say around a pregnant woman. As a fetus grows inside a mother’s belly, it can hear sounds from the outside world—and can understand them well enough to retain memories of them after birth, according to new research.It may seem implausible that fetuses can listen to speech within the womb, but the sound-processing parts of their brain become active in the last trimester of pregnancy, and sound carries fairly well through the mother’s abdomen. “If you put your hand over your mouth and speak, that’s very similar to the situation the fetus is in,” says cognitive neuroscientist Eino Partanen of the University of Helsinki. “You can hear the rhythm of speech, rhythm of music, and so on.”A 1988 study suggested that newborns recognize the theme song from their mother’s favorite soap opera. More recent studies have expanded on the idea of fetal learning, indicating that newborns already familiarized themselves with sounds of their parent’s native language; one showed that American newborns seem to perceive Swedish vowel sounds as unfamiliar, sucking on a high-tech pacifier to hear more of the new sounds. 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Partanen and his team decided instead to outfit babies with EEG sensors to look for neural traces of memories from the womb. “Once we learn a sound, if it’s repeated to us often enough, we form a memory of it, which is activated when we hear the sound again,” he explains. This memory speeds up recognition of sounds in the learner’s native language and can be detected as a pattern of brain waves, even in a sleeping baby.The team gave expectant women a recording to play several times a week during their last few months of pregnancy, which included a made-up word, “tatata,” repeated many times and interspersed with music. Sometimes the middle syllable was varied, with a different pitch or vowel sound. By the time the babies were born, they had heard the made-up word, on average, more than 25,000 times. And when they were tested after birth, these infants’ brains recognized the word and its variations, while infants in a control group did not, Partanen and colleagues report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Babies who had heard the recordings showed the neural signal for recognizing vowel and pitch changes in the pseudoword, and the signal was strongest for the infants whose mothers played the recording most often. They were also better than the control babies at detecting other differences in the syllables, such as vowel length. “This leads us to believe that the fetus can learn much more detailed information than we previously thought,” Partanen says, and that the memory traces are detectable after birth.”This is a well-respected group and the effects are really convincing,” says Patricia Kuhl, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. Combined with previous work, she says, these results suggest “that language learning begins in the womb.”Developmental psychologist Christine Moon, of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, agrees. “I think it is a very good paper with important results,” she says, and it points the way to future studies that could break down the learning process in even more detail.Just because babies can learn while in utero doesn’t mean that playing music or language recordings will help the child. Partanen says there is no solid evidence that stimulation beyond normal sounds of everyday life offers any long-term benefits to healthy babies. Moon adds that playing sounds to a fetus with speakers close to the belly could even be risky because this could overstimulate the fetal ear and the rapidly developing brain. Too much noise can interfere with the auditory system and may disrupt the baby’s sleep cycles.Rather than playing recordings for healthy babies, Partanen sees potential treatments for children at risk for dyslexia or auditory processing disorders, if hearing certain sounds in pregnancy turns out to speed up language learning—”but that’s a big if.” His team’s study looked only at babies less than a month old, and it’s not clear whether the babies will retain the memories as they get older, or whether in utero learning has an effect on language learning or ability later in life.last_img read more

NCAA volleyball: Arellano shuts down San Beda, earns semis berth

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raqraquin and Nieza Viray, who were respectively averaging 17.5 points and 15.5 points per game, were limited to six points apiece.Adding to San Beda’s offensive struggles were its horrendous errors after the Lady Red Spikers gave 31 free points to the Lady Chiefs, six more than what they scored in spikes. Arellano University showed its championship pedigree and handed San Beda a humiliating sweep, 25-17, 25-10, 25-17, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Chiefs are now the only undefeated team in the league with a 7-0 record, which earned them an automatic spot in the semifinals, while the Lady Red Spikers dropped to 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter dismantling San Beda in the second set, the Lady Chiefs continued their offensive charge in the third set and built a 17-7 lead.Although San Beda cut the lead to 21-17 late in the period after Jovielyn Prado’s service error, the Lady Red Spikers ultimately faltered in the end game. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Figure skating debate rages between artistry, amplitude In a matchup of erstwhile perfect teams, it was the defending champion that left unscathed.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Mary Anne Esguerra gave Arellano a 22-17 lead with a quick hit down the middle then San Beda committed two straight errors, the last one being Cesca Raqraquin’s wide hit that awarded the Lady Chiefs the win.“This team was really motivated to beat San Beda because this was a really important game for us because this game will determine who can get the sweep,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino.“We never had a chance to get the sweep in the eliminations, and after this we just have to practice harder because we only have two games left.”Prado lit up for the Lady Chiefs with a game-high 17 points while Regine Arocha added 11.And if Arellano had their chief contributors hitting double digits, San Beda had the opposite.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio, Nina Agdal split

first_imgLos Angeles, May 19 (PTI) Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and model Nina Agdal have parted ways after more than a year together.The Oscar winner, 42, and Sports Illustrated model, 25, called it quits a few days back, reported Us Weekly.”They broke up a couple days ago. They remain in touch. They both felt the relationship ran its course. Its amicable. They still do talk and remain friends,” a source said.The supermodel and actor were last spotted sharing a kiss in New York City last month.DiCaprio has previously dated Kelly Rohrbach, Toni Garrn and Anne Vyalitsyna. He also dated Bar Refaeli from 2006 to 2011 and Gisele Bundchen from 2000 to 2005. PTI SHD SHDlast_img read more

Suresh Raina pays tribute to ‘retiring’ Ashish Nehra

first_imgIndian left-handed batsman Suresh Raina has paid tribute to veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, who confirmed that he will bid adieu to all forms of cricket after the opening T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand in Hyderabad on November 1.Heaping praise over Nehra, Raina insisted that the 38-year-old is the one player who always gives best advice and that he is still going strong at this age.”He is such a lovely human being and has worked so well on his game. I met him couple of times and we played so many matches together. And he is one guy who always gives good advice. At the age of 38, he is still going strong. I hope he will do well in Hyderabad and win a game for my country,” Raina told ANI.Nehra, who made his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammad Azharuddin, represented the country in 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is.He has picked up 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20I wickets.The left-arm pacer, who is also part of the ongoing three-match T20I series against Australia, is best remembered for his superb bowling spell against England at Durban in the 2003 ICC World Cup, where he picked six wickets for just 23 runs.Meanwhile, Raina also reflected his views on stone-pelting incident on the Australian cricket team bus which took place as the visiting side returned to the team hotel from the Barsapara Cricket Stadium following their eight-wicket win in the second T20I of the three-match series in Guwahati.advertisementThe batsman condemned the attack on the Australian team and said he is hopeful that nothing like this would happen in future.”Sad to see that, especially when they played a good game. I think BCCI looking into it. We all play together in IPL. Hopefully, nothing got serious. Thanks to the BCCI and anti-corruption unit as well as the cops, I think they looked after each and everything really well. I hope it won’t happen again in future,” he said.Following the incident, Australian opener Aaron Finch had tweeted a picture of a broken window saying, “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!”The rock, believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball, was thrown at a window on the right-hand side of the bus, while it was returning from the stadium.It should be noted that no injuries were caused to any of the players or the support staff.last_img read more

Greek Commentator’s Remarks about Blatt Called anti-Semitic

first_imgATHENS (AP) — A prominent Jewish group has condemned remarks by a basketball commentator and former coach against Israeli-American coach David Blatt as “shameful” and anti-Semitic.In a March 15 interview with a Greek sports website, Vangelis Alexandris accused Blatt of lying about the circumstances of a recent game between his club, Olympiakos, and archrival Panathinaikos. Alexandris was quoted as saying: “If you consider that he has Jewish blood, I believe he was lying.”Responding to the remarks Thursday, World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said: “Such expressions of anti-Semitism recall the darkest days of history.”Blatt is a former coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and has coached Olympiakos since last June. The club received a six-point league penalty Friday for forfeiting a league game in February over a refereeing dispute.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Golfer Jyoti Randhawa arrested for poaching, officials recover gun and wild boar skin

first_imgIndian golfer Jyoti Randhawa has been arrested on poaching charges in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich. An A-22 rifle, a vehicle and other hunting equipment have been recovered from Randhawa.The District Forrest Officer Katerniaghat is currently interrogating Randhawa – further legal action will likely be taken against the golfer.Randhawa, once one of India’s most celebrated golfers, is the ex-husband of Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh.Details continue to emerge after the sensational development – a vehicle (HR26 DN 5299) has been recovered along with a weapon and other equipment. Everything has been seized. Jyoti Randhawa arrested for poaching: Indian golfer pictured in jail. (India Today Photo)Wild boar skin, binoculars and a gun were recovered from a vehicle which was registered in Randhawa’s name. Wild boar skin, binoculars and a gun were recovered from a vehicle which was registered in Jyoti Randhawa’s name. (India Today Photo)Randhawa drew suspicion upon himself after he was found driving around in Motipur in Katarniaghat where he owns a farm. He had allegedly killed a jungle fowl on Tuesday before he was intercepted in the forest.Chitrangada and Randhawa were divorced in 2014 .The two have a son named Zorawar Randhawa, whose custody has been given to Chitrangada.Randhawa turned a professional golfer in 1994. Since then, He won 8 titles on the Asian Tour – Hero Honda Masters (1998, 1999), Wills Indian Open (2000), SIngapore Open (2000), Volvo Masters of Asia (2004), Hero Honda Indian Open (2006, 2007) and Singha Thailand Open (2009). His best finish on the European Tour is tied second in 2004 Johnnie Walker Classic. Randhawa also represented India in the Golf World Cup in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009.advertisementRandhawa recently took up the sport of shooting professionally and also participated in national shooting championships.last_img read more

10 months agoPochettino insists Walker-Peters important for Tottenham title tilt

first_imgPochettino insists Walker-Peters important for Tottenham title tiltby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino says Kyle Walker-Peters emergence will aid Tottenham Hotspurs’ title tilt.The 21-year-old made a horrendous mistake against Barcelona a few weeks ago, in what was his first start of the season.However, during the hectic festive period, Pochettino has stuck with the Englishman, who rewarded his faith with a fine performance against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.”It’s no surprise to me. I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.”I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.”Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football. The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.” The 5-0 win over the Cherries elevated Tottenham into second place, leapfrogging champions Manchester City by one point. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2012/2013 Winter Tourist Season Begins: PM Welcomes First Visitors

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller celebrated the commencement of the 2012/2013 Winter Tourist Season at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James, with the official welcoming of the first visitors to Jamaica, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Chelsea Derby from Fort Lauderdale, USA. They were among approximately 400 visitors on the first of a number of flights that were scheduled to take an estimated 5,000 visitors to Jamaica on the first day of what is expected to be a “bumper” winter tourist season. Addressing the official launching of the season as well as the official opening of the new VIP Lounge, Club MoBay, the Prime Minister said that the occasion represented yet another step forward in enhancing the country’s tourism product, which has earned for Jamaica, a place in the hearts of visitors the world over. “Given the benefits that this industry has brought to Jamaica over several decades, product enhancement is work that must never cease.  Our duty is to keep moving upward and onward.  Let us remember with pride, that we are senior players in the global tourism industry … our tourism product and travel trends for both vacation and business have come a long way,” Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out. She observed that since the 1980’s , tourism has been one of the leading growth industries in the global economy and represented some 35 per cent of the world’s export of services. “According to the UN (United Nations) World Tourism Organization, International arrivals are expected to grow by 4.1 per cent annually to 2020 … Jamaica has been one of the world’s popular resort vacation destinations for more than half a century and has seen significant growth of its tourist industry since our Independence”,  the Prime Minister stated. She further noted that in 2006, total visitor arrivals comprising stop-over visitors and cruise passengers, passed the three million mark for the first time, while in 2011, total visitor arrivals grew by 8.7 per cent to 3.1 million visitors.  “The latest information is that for the period January to October of this year, there was an overall increase of 12.5 per cent in total visitor arrivals compared to the similar period last year,” she outlined. Mrs Simpson Miller observed that tourism is regarded as one of the leading industries contributing between five and  eight per cent of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employing approximately 80,000 persons and accounting for some 41 per cent of foreign exchange earnings from the productive sectors in 2011. “The work of the various administrations over the years to maintain this growth momentum must be commended.  The country is holding its market share in the Caribbean tourism market, but faces strong competition from other regional destinations including the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico.  Given our economic situation and our determination to put the country on the path of sustainable economic growth, we have no choice, but to relentlessly pursue Vision 2030 goals for tourism which include, among other things, a highly integrated tourism industry which can act as a driver for economic development, a tourism product that is diverse and distinctly Jamaican, with internationally competitive standards,” the Prime Minister stated. She indicated that the Vision also has the objective of establishing an adequately well trained and motivated workforce within the tourism sector as well as a tourism product that is inclusive and facilitates broad participation and a safe, secure and sustainable natural, social and built environment. “We have already started exploring new possibilities to expand and diversify our tourism product to include health, sports, eco and heritage tourism.  Advances are being made step by step and I believe that we need to push seriously in this area … tremendous investments have been made and work continues apace in the infrastructure development of the country in relation to ports, airports and roadways … which are especially beneficial to tourism development,” the Prime Minister pointed out. She asserted that with all the plans and projections for the future growth of the economy, she was “very confident” that the country would soon overcome the present challenges and realize the objectives of reducing the debt, creating jobs and getting the economy to grow at an acceptable rate.last_img read more

Province Gives 15 Million for New Arena

first_imgPeople will soon be enjoying a new arena at Saint Mary’sUniversity, thanks to funding from the Office of HealthPromotion. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald visited theuniversity today, May 20, and presented president Colin Doddswith a $1.5 million cheque for the new arena. “This arena is a big part of the community — everyone from minorhockey players to old timers has been using this arena for sportand recreation for more than 40 years,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Thisfunding will ensure that people have access to a safe and modernfacility where they can be physically active.” The university’s arena was built in the early 1960s and is one ofthe oldest in the province. It has reached the end of its lifecycle and needs to be replaced. With ice time constantly indemand, the community cannot afford to lose this facility. Morethan half of the ice time is used by the community — theremaining time is used by students and varsity teams. “Saint Mary’s is grateful to receive this generous gift from theprovince,” said Mr. Dodds. “This new facility is yet another stepin the growth of Saint Mary’s, one that will provide thecommunity with a wider range of services and resources, fulfillregional needs, and better serve the campus and broadercommunity.” The new 1,250-seat arena — to be called the Dauphinee Centre –will be built in the same location as the existing facility. The$12 million arena will have one ice surface, team and meetingrooms and will link to the Tower. Construction is scheduled tobegin when all funding is in place. Research has shown that increased access to sport and recreationfacilities is very effective in increasing physical activity. TheOffice of Health Promotion is committed to helping communitiesacross the province develop and enhance their recreationfacilities.last_img read more

Robber of 100 luxury cars arrested after 11 years

first_imgNEW DELHI: A criminal wanted in over 100 cases including murder, kidnapping and car-jacking, but evading arrest from the last 11 years, has been arrested from Lucknow by Delhi Polce crime branch. Sharad Pandey, a resident of Uttam Nagar here, was carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head. “We had received a tip-off that Pandey constructed a bungalow in Woodland Township in Lucknow and was coming there to sell it. Following the information, a team was rushed to Lucknow on Sunday to arrest him. A trap was laid and when Pandey came there for the deal, he was apprehended,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Ram Gopal Naik said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that Pandey was wanted in eight murders including one triple murder, two double murders and various cases of robberies and theft of luxury vehicles. A country-made pistol and four live cartridges were also recovered from him. Pandey and his associates had murdered three people in Haryana in February 2017 and threw their dead bodies in a canal in the state’s Gohana area, Naik said. In December 2015, he had killed two men in Punjab’s Bhatinda and in 2009-2010, killed two men in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, he added. Police said that Pandey had also kidnapped a doctor of central Delhi in 2015 and demanded Rs 5 crore as ransom. “Pandey was a leader of a gang which had looted more than 100 luxury vehicles from Vasant Kunj Mall, Saket Mall, NH-8, the IGI Airport and Vasant Vihar. They would dispose of the looted vehicles in northeastern states, 17 of the stolen luxury cars were traced to Arunachal Pradesh,” Naik said.last_img read more

Sindhu stays at 5 Yamaguchi takes top spot

first_imgNew Delhi: Ace Indian shutter P.V. Sindhu has maintained her fifth spot in the women’s singles ranking released by Badminton World Federation (BWF), while her compatriot Saina Nehwal remained at eight. Nehwal will be competing at the Thailand Open after an injury lay-off had forced her to miss the Indonesia Open and Japan Open. Sindhu, the Rio Olympic silver medallist, has had a roller coaster fortnight in which she finished runner-up at the Indonesia Open and lost in the quarter-final of the Japan Open, losing to Japanese shuttler Akane Yamaguchi on both occasions. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The Hyderabad shuttler has withdrawn from the ongoing Thailand Open with her eyes set on the BWF World Championships that will be held from August 19 and 25. Meanwhile, Yamaguchi has overtaken Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei to become the new world number one following consecutive victories in Indonesia and home soil. Tai is followed by Yamaguchi’s teammate Nozomi OKuhara at number three and China’s Chen Yufei at number four. In men’s singles, Kento Momota consolidated his world number one position in men’s singles after the victory in Japan. Kidambi Srikanth is at the 10th spot, followed by Sameer Verma who is at the 13th position.last_img read more

Gas driller backs off demand to have man thrown in jail

MONTROSE, Pa. — A gas driller has backed off its demand to have a Pennsylvania homeowner thrown in jail after he agreed to talk to the company’s lawyers next month.Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. claims Dimock resident Ray Kemble and his former lawyers tried to extort the company through a frivolous federal lawsuit. Cabot also claims Kemble violated a 2012 settlement agreement by speaking ill about the company. Cabot is suing the law firm and Kemble for $5 million.Kemble and others have accused Cabot of polluting their water supplies. Cabot denies that.The company sought jail time for Kemble after he didn’t show up for a deposition. Kemble appeared in court using a walker Monday. He says he is unable to sit for long periods after cancer surgery. Cabot agreed to give Kemble time to recover.Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press read more

Share a Screen Get Better Engagement

No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily August 30, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Google, Oblong, Expereo, Nureva, and Verint. Ask relevant questions frequently to keep the prospect engaged in a conversation. But limit the questions to only five if the prospect is educated (high levels of awareness). You can identify education by how often a prospect asks questions.Don’t be afraid of a monologue, especially if it’s a customer story that relates to this prospect. The longer the demonstration, the more likely a rep is to close a deal.Create an engaging moment at least once every eight minutes (engaging moments occur when a prospect answers a rep for more than 30 seconds on a situational, pain, or value question) See All in AI & Speech Technologies » What do agents have to learn in order to be successful with this capability?Be comfortable with video and screen sharing. Some key factors are: As I wrote in my previous No Jitter post, conversational AI is an emerging technology that uses messaging apps, speech-based assistants, natural language processing, and chatbots to automate communications and deliver personalized customer experiences — and is one company offering a platform for delivering conversational intelligence. In last week’s post, Parth Mukherjee, head of product marketing at, shared insight into how companies can use conversational intelligence to coach reps on how to become top performers. The conversation continues here. Should the agent be able to see the customer’s screen? Is this a privacy issue?Normally, the agent won’t need to see the customer’s screen. But if the customer chooses to share the screen, then privacy isn’t an issue. It’s OK to use a demonstration during a discovery call. It can result in more deals won. Don’t shy away from giving prospects a taste of what you have to offer.The average product demo lasts about 29 minutes and takes 79% of the meeting; however, in most deals won, demonstrations were spread over two separate calls. The first should focus more on discovery, while the second is almost completely focused on the demonstration.Get ready to go deep in the product with the customer. However, this doesn’t give you the green light for endless pitching. Do lead the conversation as you conduct the demonstration; be sure to engage the prospect. In a 30-minute demonstration, reps should aim to create about four engaging moments. Cisco to ‘Tuck In’ Voice AI from Voicea Zeus Kerravala August 07, 2019 The acquisition will help advance the company’s cognitive collaboration strategy for Webex. Are there impediments to the technique?Poor latency, bad connections, and spotty service can be an issue. Since that’s out of the sales team’s control, we recommend using a communications service that offers best-in-class connection. Deploying a leading conference provider can help teams better engage and develop relationships with prospects.Tags:News & Viewsconversational AIconversational intelligenceAI & Speech TechnologiesNews & Views Articles You Might Like Help me understand how the statement, “screen sharing helps drive close rates with slide decks and demos, but the most effective screen sharing takes place around conversation.” According to the data, reps spent more time in the later stages of the funnel than in discovery, demonstrations, and solutions. During this time, a close rate was influenced positively if the rep was screen sharing or using video (reps and prospects that left video on throughout the call had better win rates [9% points higher]). On average, the prospect spoke more than the rep in these later stages, so the questions asked by the rep were of critical importance for engagement. The key is for the rep to use the presentation as a way to encourage a conversation rather than make the meeting one long sales pitch. Speech Applications Are Vulnerable, Too Gary Audin October 04, 2019 Are you really in control of your voice-enabled devices and applications? Screen sharing has a positive impact on engagement and in overall close rates. The average product demonstration that wins deals is 29 minutes long. How do you hold the customer’s attention?If the agent has gotten to this stage in the buyer journey, the customer is very engaged and interested in learning about the solution, so it will likely not be hard to keep their attention. There are tricks to keep the conversation impactful, however. The data indicates win rates increase as demo durations increase, and we believe engagement is a key factor in this.Even during a demonstration, a successful rep asks questions to generate engagement. Specifically, successful reps ask a question once every four minutes during a demonstration and create an engaging moment once every eight minutes. The takeaways are: thumbs-up-2056022__340.jpg Vonage to ‘Turbocharge’ AI Efforts Beth Schultz August 13, 2019 Acquisition of conversational AI platform gives the company much-needed talent for deepening expertise in AI and machine learning. You shared a statistic showing that most successful interactions use some form of screen sharing. Describe what you mean by screen sharing.Screen sharing is the ability of agents to share their computer screens with customers. This way, customers can see exactly what agents are doing on their computers without having to take any actions themselves. This tactic is often used for product demonstrations, slide deck presentations, or to show what actions an agent is taking in real-time. Let Your Bots Do the Talking Andrew Prokop August 22, 2019 AudioCode’s Voice.AI Gateway lets enterprises voice-enable bots and call them from any telephone, UC system, or WebRTC endpoint. Log in or register to post comments read more

Theatre in Education series gets cash infusion

More students will be able to enjoy Brock University’s Theatre in Education series at the Centre for the Arts, thanks to a $10,000-donation from Freedom 55 Financial.The donation, made through the national corporate citizenship program of Great-West Life, London Life, of which Freedom 55 Financial is a division, and Canada Life, provides discounted tickets to all Niagara students in senior kindergarten through Grade 12 for the 2012-2013 season.It also supports in-school workshops with professional artists and a ticket subsidy program for students in need.“The Centre for the Arts seeks to build and strengthen relationships and make Theatre in Education more accessible to all Niagara students, regardless of income or regional location,” said Sara Palmieri, Centre for the Arts sales and marketing manager.Theatre in Education has presented 43 national and international companies and 71 performances since starting in 2004.During the past eight seasons, 25,613 Niagara students have had the opportunity to experience live performing arts at Brock University’s theatres.While attendance over the years has grown, ticket prices remain a financial barrier for many students.  With this financial contribution, more students will be able to share ideas and interpretations of performances and see and learn about the world in a whole new way, Palmieri said. read more

Shares of Latam soar Delta details deal between airlines

NEW YORK — Shares of Latam Airlines Group are soaring after Delta Air Lines announced it will pay $1.9 billion for a 20% stake in the operator of South American carriers.U.S.-traded shares of Chilean-based Latam rose $2.77, or 31%, to $11.78 in midday trading. Delta will pay $16 a share.Because of obstacles to cross-border mergers, airlines increasingly are striking partnership deals. For Atlanta-based Delta, Latam is bigger than current partner, Brazil’s Gol.Delta CEO Ed Bastian told analysts Friday the deal will boost earnings within the next two years and raise revenue by $1 billion over five years.Latam serves destinations in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and other countries. The deal still needs regulatory approval.American Airlines wanted a deal with Latam but was blocked by a court ruling in Chile.The Associated Press read more

Spotlight put on students artwork

SIMCOE — Exhibits at the Norfolk Arts Centre in Simcoe are showcasing the work of local students and of a man considered the world’s leading livestock artist. On one floor, multimedia pieces by senior high school students in Norfolk County are on display while, on another, visitors will see a representation of the works of Ross Butler, a Norwich-born farmer. Each show offers encouragement to local artists, museum curator Roberta Grosland said during an opening reception on the weekend. “A show like this is important in order for the kids to know it’s important,” Grosland said. “It’s also important for the community to see the wonderful things these kids are doing.” Grosland gave credit to the high school art teachers who encouraged their students to finish projects and then carted them to the gallery. There’s a variety of photography, paintings and sculptures, including a plaster cast of a torso created by Mattea Hurkens, a student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Simcoe. For her piece, called Her Fault, Hurkens used her best friend to make the cast. The interior is covered with news stories about sexual assaults. “We teach them to ensure their art has layers and this certainly represents that idea,” said Ian Fitzgerald, an arts teacher at Holy Trinity. “This is about a breach of trust but, because Mattea used her best friend to make the cast, that required trust to put it together,” noted Agata Kowalski, also an arts teacher at Holy Trinity. Fitzgerald said having a work of art displayed in a public gallery is an important part of the building process for young artists. “In a rural community there are not many outlets for art.” Meantime, the show, Ross Butler: Branding, Butter and Bulls, showcases the artwork of Butler, who, through his paintings of prize-winning cows and other farm animals, inspired farmers to breed animals to the Butler standard. In 1939, Butler won a major commission from the Canadian government for a series of farm animal pictures to be placed in schools across the country. Butler’s depictions of cows are beautiful but it may be he’s best remembered for butter. His son, David Butler, who attended the weekend reception with his wife Mary, said his father, who died in 1995, got into butter art to promote the dairy product. “After the Second World War ended, margarine became allowed as a food, and it cut into butter’s market share,” said David Butler. “The dairies wanted to promote their industry and hired my father to create sculptures of butter.” The artist was highly successful, making life-sized cows of butter for the Canadian National Exhibition and a life-sized statue of Queen Elizabeth and her horse, commemorating her coronation in 1952. “This is a very small representation of his work,” said the artist’s son who, with his wife, operates the Ross Butler Gallery in Woodstock. “It’s estimated he did 500 works in his lifetime and we have half of them, along with an archive of things that he collected.” There is a link between the Butler and student exhibits: the curator of the Butler exhibit is Samantha Purvis-Johnston from the Woodstock Art Gallery, who was an art student of Fitzgerald not many years ago. “I’m sure there will be some kid whose work is on display here who is recognized for their art one day,” said Grosland. The Norfolk Arts Centre is at 21 Lynnwood Ave. Butler: Branding, Butter and Bulls continues until June 2. And, Off Course, the high school art display, continues until April 27. read more

UN health agencys governing body ends session with call for a global

In a resolution on the global response to HIV/AIDS, the World Health Assembly urged WHO’s 191 Member States to “scale up their responses to HIV/AIDS, with particular emphasis on building up partnerships across sectors”. It also called on the international community to strengthen pharmaceutical policies on generic drugs and intellectual property regimes so as to promote innovation and development of domestic industries, consistent with international law. Another resolution highlighted the fact that one third of the human population still lacked access to essential drugs and urged Member States to promote equitable access. It requested WHO’s Director-General to “stimulate the development of drugs for diseases whose burden lies predominantly in poor countries” and to enhance study of the health implications of international trade agreements.The Assembly’s adoption of a comprehensive resolution on infant and young child nutrition marked the twentieth anniversary of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. The resolution called on Member States to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for six months as a global public health recommendation. It also called for further independent research into the risk of HIV transmission through breastfeeding.Adopting a resolution on tobacco, the Assembly called for increased vigilance against the influence of tobacco transnational corporations on global tobacco control. “The tobacco industry has operated for years with the expressed intention of subverting the role of governments and of the World Health Organization in implementing public health policies to combat the tobacco epidemic,” the resolution said. It urged countries “to be aware of affiliations between the tobacco industry and members of their delegations.”In a resolution on global health security, the Assembly noted that cholera, meningitis, ebola, lassa fever and other epidemics continued to pose all-too-real health risks.Among other actions, the Assembly, which charts the UN agency’s course in dealing with major public health threats, adopted a zero-growth regular budget of $842.6 million for 2002-2003. read more

Canadian dollar higher American markets closed for Memorial Day holiday

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was slightly higher Monday in a relatively quiet session with U.S. financial markets closed for the Memorial Day holiday.The loonie moved ahead 0.08 of a cent to 92.08 cents US.Although it was quiet on the Canadian economic front, there are major items coming up later in the week.Statistics Canada releases the latest gross domestic product reading for March and the first quarter on Friday. Economists are looking for an annualized rise of 1.7 per cent for the quarter and 0.1 per cent for the month.And traders will be looking to see if the U.S. economy actually contracted in the first quarter when the first revision to U.S. gross domestic product data is released Thursday. The initial report showed growth coming in at a paltry 0.1 per cent as severe winter weather impacted the economy, but markets are braced for a worse reading.Commodity markets were closed in New York but crude oil moved lower in electronic trading with the July contract down 17 cents to US$104.18 a barrel late in the afternoon. Metals were higher with July copper ahead two cents to US$3.19 a pound while June gold bullion gained 90 cents to US$1,292.6 an ounce.Overseas, Ukraine’s new president-elect promised to negotiate an end to a pro-Russia insurgency in the east and said he was willing to begin talks with Moscow. The offer from 48-year-old chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko raised hopes that his election will indeed ease the protracted crisis that has fuelled tensions unseen since the end of the Cold War.Also, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said the bank could engage in large-scale bond purchases to combat the spiral of low inflation if need be.Draghi’s remarks at a conference in Sintra, Portugal, held out the prospect for action to stimulate the weak recovery at the ECB’s next governing council meeting June 5.The meeting will take place against the background of a slow recovery in the 18 countries that share the euro currency and concern that Europe may fall into outright deflation, or a crippling downward price spiral. Canadian dollar higher, American markets closed for Memorial Day holiday AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 26, 2014 9:47 am MDT read more

New York Times asks Fox Friends for apology

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2017 6:05 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New York Times asks ‘Fox & Friends’ for apology NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Times is asking Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” to apologize for what the newspaper calls a “malicious and inaccurate segment” about the newspaper, intelligence leaks and the Islamic State that aired Saturday.New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said Sunday that she requested an “on-air apology and tweet.” The paper, she wrote, took issue with a Fox host on the segment saying that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “was able to sneak away under the cover of darkness after a New York Times story” in 2015 and a host’s comment that the U.S. government “would have had al-Baghdadi based on the intelligence that we had except someone leaked information to the failing New York Times.”The segment referred to comments by a top military official noted in a Friday Fox story . In the Fox story, Gen. Tony Thomas, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, said his team was “close” to al-Baghdadi after a 2015 raid but the “lead went dead” after it “was leaked in a prominent national newspaper.” The Fox story connected Thomas with the Times, saying that Thomas “appeared to be referring to a New York Times report in June 2015 that detailed how American intelligence agencies had ‘extracted valuable information.’”The story was updated online Sunday with a Times statement. “Fox & Friends” will “provide an updated story to viewers tomorrow morning based on the report,” the company said in a statement emailed by Fox spokeswoman Caley Cronin Sunday.The Times wrote a story Sunday saying President Donald Trump was wrong when he tweeted Saturday morning that the “failing” New York Times “foiled” a government attempt to kill al-Baghdadi, apparently a reaction to Fox’s story. The Times also pushed back against Fox’s story, noting that the Pentagon issued a news release more than three weeks before the Times article that could have tipped off al-Baghdadi. The paper also said the Pentagon “raised no objections” with it before the 2015 article on the intelligence gleaned from the raid was published. read more