Trail Mix – May 2019

first_img Take The Journey Molly Tuttle Having only arrived in Nashville in 2015, the 26 year old singer/songwriter has already picked up Instrumentalist of the Year honors from the Americana Music Association and a Song of the Year award from Folk Alliance International. Tuttle’s stunning guitar work and song writing prowess have given her the uncanny ability to appeal to listeners across the acoustic world; bluegrass, country, and folk fans flock to her. What You Do To Me Hamish Anderson 2:34 4:36 Force Of Nature Unspoken Tradition Get out there and grab a couple of these records. Share a favorite or two with a friend. The time and money will be well spent. Each month, tremendous artists allow Trail Mix to share their music. Give a little back and show them we are paying attention. 4:46 Summer Candy Ona 2:41 Talk to Myself Lucette Audio PlayerMolly TuttleTake The JourneyUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:43 3:57 5:21 3:44 Backroads Chain Station Baby, Please Come Home Jimmie Vaughan The Long Way Home WC Beck Scars We Keep Ordinary Elephant 3:51 3:52 4:38 I Want It Back The Get Ahead 2:43 Chosin Abigail Dowd 2:51 This month, Trail Mix is happy to include “Take The Journey,” from Tuttle’s new record, When You’re Ready, which dropped late last month. Savior Southern Avenue Between The Country Ian Noe Shotgun Rider Rj Cowdery 3:35 Also check out new tunes from April Verch, Lowland Hum, Ordinary Elephant, Chain Station, Unspoken Tradition, RJ Cowdery, WC Beck, Hamish Anderson, Silver Lake 66, The Get Ahead, Lauren Crosby, Southern Avenue, and The Shootouts. Faded Tattoo Silver Lake 66 4:09 2:54 2:56 Molly Tuttle is taking the acoustic world by storm. Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Embed Cleaning House The Shootouts 2:39 And stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog. Ticket giveaways to Papadosio at Pisgah Brewing Company and the Cold Mountain Music Festival are on tap, as are chats with Abigail Dowd and the whitewater rafting guys in Groundhog Gravy. Blessed and Cursed Casey Kristofferson Band 4:54 Lots of new tracks this month that have Trail Mix pretty excited. Check out new stuff from up and coming Ona and Ian Noe, along with Casey Kristofferson, daughter of the legendary Kris, Lucette, whose new record was produced by Sturgill Simpson, and the return of blues icon Jimmie Vaughan. 1:55 You Don’t Need A Rose Lauren Crosby 4:05 Laurel Lee April Verch Eye In The Sky Lowland Humlast_img read more


Tom Brady Says Wife Wants Him to Retire

first_imgAt 39 years old, quarterback Tom Brady is still at the top of his game: On Sunday, he led the New England Patriots to victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, earning the game’s MVP title.But his wife, Gisele Bündchen, wants the father of her children to hang it all up.While speaking to Jim Miller on his SiriusXM NFL Radio show Monday, Brady said, “If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that last night three times.”But Brady isn’t ready to leave football behind just yet.“I said, ‘Too bad, babe, I’m having too much fun right now.’ You know, I feel like I can still do it and if you love what you do and you’re capable of doing it then –” he added, cutting himself off. “I’d be so bored if I wasn’t going out there, knowing that I could still do it. So, I’m going to work hard to be ready to go and I still plan on playing for a long time.”Brady spoke to ABC News last year about the lengths he goes to to stay in top shape at his age. “There’s no other 39-year-olds playing now at quarterback,” he said. “I don’t go to bed at 1 a.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. and say, ‘Let’s see if I can get this done today.’”Instead, he said he’s usually in bed by 8:30 p.m.“Because my career is so important, I think I make a lot of, I wouldn’t call them sacrifices, but just concessions for my job,” he continued. “Sometimes, it’s hard to cut things out, for me where I cut is, like, my friends, they probably don’t get as much time as they used to.”Brady and Bündchen are also famous for their healthy lifestyle. “I try to not eat as much sugar, but it’s so hard in our American diet to do that. … It’s hard to completely avoid. I don’t drink much alcohol,” Brady said last year.Despite the retirement talk, Bündchen was in Houston for Sunday’s big game and joined her husband on the field with their three children after the win. She later posted, “Wonderful things come to those who work hard with focus, tireless dedication and who never stop believing. Forever grateful for this moment. Congratulations my love!!”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


No suspension results from social media incident Wellington football coach says

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington head football coach Tyler Ryan said there will be no further disciplinary actions taken from pre-game activities of the Wellington-Andale game.A WHS player was told to sit out for a portion of the Wellington-Andale game after a series of tweets occurred between a player and people in Andale on the social network prior to the game.“We had a long discussion about the dangers of social networking with the team on Sunday,” Ryan said. “I have instructed the players not to make anymore tweets that are football related.“I would say that 85 to 90 percent of what comes out on twitter is negative.”Ryan said he would not ban all tweeting for the team because it would be hard to monitor. He expressed disappointment that the incident occurred.Sumner Newscow will not allow comments for this story. If you have comments or concerns e-mail us at [email protected]last_img read more


AI-Driven Predictive Analytics: New Opportunities for Financial Institutions

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#banking of things#banks#online banking Reuben Jackson AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage One can argue that even the most innovative banking institutions are bureaucratic enough, and their slow decision-making causing banks to lose their premium over fintech applications, peer to peer lending marketplaces, and payment processors. We already saw the expansion of mobile app payment services, offering to their customers’ wealth-management products that give higher returns compared to banks. At the same time, many expanded into the business of micro-lending. Banking services are no longer a monopoly of banks, and traditional financial institutions have to innovate in order to survive. The era of non-traditional financial services providers such as Amazon Payments, PayPal Payments and PayU, has risen. The launch of the Payment Services Directive II in Europe unlocks new dynamics for FinTech and Payment Services. The directive facilitates the emergence of common technical standards and supports interoperability within payment providers. Among the fundamental changes PSD2 brings to the table, is that banks are now obligated to open up their IT infrastructure to Third Party Providers. This regulation constitutes payment services companies as direct competitors of banks. As identified Account Information Service Providers can now get access to a customer’s account information to aggregate his financial information. This opens a whole new world of opportunities for consumers to track their spending, optimize their finance, understand better their investment products, control the risk of their investments and more. Fintech startups and banking institutions conceptualizing a whole new era of products for both retail consumers and enterprise clients. The most popular are: budgeting tools, Robo-advice, AI purchase recommendations, expenditure optimization, savings recommendations, and revolutionary payment ways. Further to the value of financial products themselves, banks are losing access to customer’s data as they switch to non-banking channels and resources. Integration with AI According to a 2017 report by PWC, AI-focused FinTech start-ups have attracted investments with an average of US$1 billion. Until recently, the most common use of Artificial Intelligence in the financial sector has been the operations of virtual customer services — aka Chatbots. Of course, chatbots are only a small fraction of what AI brings to fintech: robot-trading, anti-money laundering, fraud prevention algorithms, predictive analytics, risk management, credit scores analysis from multiple layers, consumer behavior traction, and customization, are promising to change forever the future of finance. The potential of insights that could be gained from analyzing the huge amounts of data generated in the Banking and Finance Industry is quite exciting. Of course, if we aim to maximize the performance of AI and Machine Learning algorithm. We need to aggregate data by different sources, argues Quadrant Protocol’s Senior Data Consultant, Glenn Harrison. The key results from the utilization of AI are the minimization of costs, the swift customer service, automation in the business processes, and most importantly the risk reduction of human error or intentional harm.  Like every new technology, one can wonder if the adoption is for real or there is hype. According to a survey conducted by Financial Times, the current exposure of financial institutions is mainly “narrowed to programs that perform more basic functions that involve logical reason, learning and self-correction without being explicitly programmed, to a vision of AI that includes all automation.”The same survey warns that “there is a danger that too much investment flows into “hyped” areas such as chatbots at the expense of investment in behind-the-scenes processes where banks could make more significant gains.” It’s interesting to examine which banks have already implemented AI technologies and examine the level of adoption. JP Morgan is utilizing AI to analyze legal documents and extract critical data points as presented in this video tweet. COin, as they’ve named their AI tool, can proceed within a few seconds 12,000 commercial credit agreements, which would require approximately 360,000 human hours. Wells Fargo has invested in an AI-drive chatbot which operates through the Facebook messenger. Customers can ask their account balance, the most recent transactions, how much they spent on entertainment last month, and the location of the nearest branch, among others. Bank of America has launched Erica – an intelligent virtual assistant, which serves clients 24/7 and support “day-to-day transactions.” Bank of NY Mellon Corp. announced they’ve put into force more than 220 bots handling repetitive tasks range from automated programs that respond to data requests from external auditors, to systems that correct data mistakes in requests for funds transfers. What’s next?From fully automating manually intensive repetitive tasks, identifying quickly fraudulent transactions, and adopting fast, accurate credit scoring policies AI Technology is expected to shape the future of finance. Accenture’s “Redefine Banking with Artificial Intelligence” report concludes that “AI advances will be so all-encompassing, and so fast-paced, that high-performing organization will inevitably accelerate away and leave the slow movers far behind.”The transition from chatbots and “virtual customer agents” is bringing a whole new ecosystem with creators building solutions to transform finance. Let’s see who is building and what in AI at the moment.EndorSource: Endor World Economic Forum Report ‘Revolutionizing Predictive Analytics for Financial Service”Endor, which has been called ‘Google for predictive analytics’ is an encrypted data prediction system, that enables predictive analytics while cutting cost & time, providing high-quality results in minutes instead of months. The highlight which positions Endor as a revolutionary innovation, is the ability to offer predictions on encrypted data- without having to decrypt it- which gives a powerful competitive privilege to banks, and no data science expertise is required. Predictive analytics platforms usually require up to two months to provide the desired results. Endor is using social physics to create a prediction engine which is agnostic to encrypted data – making easy to serve as a model for every prediction. Endor can be used in many domains of banking and financial services to forecast any area of their business: Sales, Marketing, Operations & Risk or Strategy.SAS AI for Banking SAS is a trusted analytics powerhouse for organizations seeking immediate value from their data. Across it’s solutions SAS is offering tools from detecting and preventing fraud and financial crimes to managing credit and regulatory risk, to enhancing the customer experience, to generating sufficient capital, SAS solutions with embedded artificial intelligence enhance the speed, precision and effectiveness of human efforts, resulting in a more responsive, more profitable bank.YITUYitu among else is offering an application of facial recognition technology to ATMs in China, in lieu of PIN numbers or fingerprints. Yitu is a Chinese startup that uses artificial intelligence to produce facial recognition data on a wide scale, and has penetrated industries like automotive, healthcare, and are even in the midst of developing chip hardware for AI algorithms.CAMBRICONCambricon is a pioneer in the development of smart chips and processors with high performance, yet low power consumption for AI-related R&D, and have produced a few versions of its AI chip since its launch. Cambricon Technologies has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in its Series B funding round which sets its valuation at US$2.5 billion, with investments from China’s State-owned Capital Venture, SDIC Venture Capital, China Capital Investment Group, TCL Capital, CITIC Securities, Alibaba VC, Lenovo Capital & Incubator Group and others.AI is definitely bringing a whole world of new opportunities in the banking sector, with excitement to be translated into investments in AI startups from leading financial institutions. On the other hand, AI is scaring bank employees which understand the risk that this technology will reduce the need for actual human workers. It is clearly expected that if a bank can fully automate a process through virtual robots, they won’t occupy the expensive time of a human to provide that service. Non-AI technologies are already digitizing customer services of banking institutions and decreasing the need for in-house staff in banks. The fintech revolution with the rapid expansion of fintech applications is a fundamental threat to the dominance of banking institutions. Banks offer fast transactions, less expensive, and usually with less hustle compared to traditional banking institutions. Investment in AI is definitely a chance on behalf of the banks to speed up and compete fintech applications. Ruben is a blockchain security consultant currently living in New York City. He helps organizations fundamentally redesign experiences to create new sources of value also digitally reinventing company’s operations for greater efficiency. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more


Lyceum sets season best in points, rebounds in JRU drubbing

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum just had its best game in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Numbers-wise, at least.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brownlee fires 32 as Ginebra draws first blood in PBA Finals View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The 17-0 Pirates scored their most points this season when it tallied a 100-63 win over Jose Rizal University and it was all because of “playing the right kind of basketball.”“You always want to be at your best,” said coach Topex Robinson Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We discussed coming into the game that we will be true to ourselves and we will give our best. Whether we’re up by 20 or down by 20, we will play the same.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLyceum’s offense wasn’t the only impressive feat as the Pirates gobbled up season-high 67 rebounds, 22 of which were from the offensive glass.The Pirates also ran to 29 fastbreak points, another top mark for them this season. Robinson added that being the best team in the league starts from a humility that he instilled upon himself.“It always starts with me,” said Robinson who took over Lyceum in Season 91. “I ground myself, I humble myself because if I teach them something that I myself don’t what does that make of me?” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more


Vamos Ticos! Costa Ricans run amok after historic World Cup win

first_imgCosta Rica fans celebrate after their team defeated Greece to enter World Cup quarterfinals From the beaches to the capital, Costa Ricans poured into the streets Sunday to celebrate the national team’s historic World Cup victory over Greece that will put the team in the quarterfinals for the first time.Statistical Highlights |  Match Analysis Fans in the capital of San Jose gathered at the Fuente de la Hispanidad, a fountain and traditional celebrating spot, carrying flags, wearing wigs and jerseys, honking and whooping following the team’s win in a penalty shootout.”The country has fallen. There’s been an earthquake,” said restaurateur Teo Prestinary, 43, on the beach in Nosara, where he said it was jammed with countrymen cheering, whistling and singing “Vamos Ticos,” or “Go, Costa Ricans.” “It’s beautiful. It’s historic, emotional.”Maria Mendoza, 33, watched the celebration on television from nearby Santa Ana, said she was, “happy, happy, happy.”Costa Rica reached the match against Greece after defeating Uruguay and Italy and tying England in a division where it was considered the weakest team.It won Sunday in a 5-3 shootout after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.Now Costa Ricans say they could go all the way.”We always had faith,” said Luis Diego Escorriola, 42, who was watching the final game commentary before joining the celebration. “The entire country is going to the streets.”last_img read more


New KTM RC 390 and RC 200 launched in India

first_imgKTM RC 390 launchedKTM RC 200 and RC 390, two highly anticipated motorbikes from the Austrian two wheeler manufacturer, in partnership with Bajaj Auto, have been launched on Tuesday. While the RC 390 is available at Rs 2.05 lakh, the  RC 200 was introduced at an attractive price of Rs 1.60 lakh  (Both prices are ex-showroom Delhi).Just like other KTM bikes manufactured in the past, the RC 390 and RC 200 are ready to go to the racetrack as soon as they are purchased. As mentioned in our previous story, both new bikes are based on the successful KTM Duke 390 and Duke 200, but set themselves apart through s sports-bike-like full fairing, twin headlamps, fairing-integrated underbelly exhaust, a new fuel tank and tail section, along with mirror mounted turn indicators. Riding geometryRiding geometry on both the KTM RC 390 and RC 200 are different from the Duke model as well, by virtue of new sporty clip-on handlebars and further pushed back footpegs, providing a low riding position on the RC duo. Racing geometry has been provided through a shorter wheelbase and reduced rake angle.Engine detailsDetails on the engines in these two bikes have already been mentioned earlier. The RC 390 has a 373.2 cc, 4-stroke engine with 43.5 bhp of power and 35 Nm of peak torque. Power-to-Weight ratio is an incredible 262 bhp/tonne. The KTM RC 200 comes with a 199.5 cc engine which delivers 25.5 bhp of power and 19.2 Nm of maximum torque, and a Power-to-Weight ratio of 162 bhp/tonne. No Antilock Braking System (ABS) has been provided with the RC 200.Unique Cockpit featuresadvertisement- Gear position indicator- Trip meters (f1, F2, F3)- Digital watch- Coolant temperature- Fuel level- Distance to next service- Distance to empty- Low battery charge- Low oil pressure- Shift RPM signalTo enhance the customer experience, KTM will organise an “Orange Day” on racing tracks across the country, for buyers to race their bikes. For those not interesting in racing their bikes, the company has organised the Touring Experience, which is comprised of camping by night. In addition, Orange rides will allow customers to go on day trips, which is suited to those who may not have time to venture out in the night.  At present, 150 dealerships of KTM are located across different parts of India.last_img read more


10 months agoAtletico Madrid coach Simeone: Transfer news always a concern

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Simeone: Transfer news always a concernby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admits player issues are always a concern at this time.Simeone was asked transfer window questions yesterday, but only wanted to discuss the game at Sevilla.”These are things that happen every year.”Some end their contracts, others want to sign them because they are very good, others want more minutes.”We are focused on what matters most – Sevilla.”They are a strong team who are even stronger at home and they always play positively and generate a lot of enthusiasm.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img


CaPRI Launches Study on Value of the Diaspora

first_img This culminated in the issuance of a proclamation on June 14, 2005, by the then Governor-General, the late Sir Howard Cooke, for the day to be celebrated annually on June 16. A study to examine the value of the diaspora to Jamaica’s development will be launched on Jamaica Diaspora Day (June 16), which is celebrated annually in Jamaica and abroad. Persons who wish to contribute to the study or need more information can call CaPRI’s office at 970-3447 and 920-2910 or email [email protected] Story Highlights A study to examine the value of the diaspora to Jamaica’s development will be launched on Jamaica Diaspora Day (June 16), which is celebrated annually in Jamaica and abroad.Some of the results will be revealed at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference to be held in July.The designation of Diaspora Day emerged from one of seven Resolutions put forward at the first historic Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference held in Kingston from June 16 to 17, 2004.This culminated in the issuance of a proclamation on June 14, 2005, by the then Governor-General, the late Sir Howard Cooke, for the day to be celebrated annually on June 16.The proclamation requested the support of Jamaicans at home and abroad for the activities of the Jamaican diaspora.The launch is being jointly undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI), with support from the Jamaica National Group.Executive Director of the JDI, Professor Neville Ying, and Co-Executive Director of CaPRI, Dr. Damien King, will be the main speakers at the event, scheduled to take place at the Jamaica National Financial Centre, 2 Belmont Road, starting at 7:30 a.m.Research Officer of CaPRI, Shanike Smart, says some of the findings of the study will be shared at the upcoming seventh Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. It is one of the main events to mark Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of Independence.“We will be presenting our findings on one of those days, especially where we are at in terms of the survey. We are hoping to wrap up the entire research within the following month or two,” she says, adding that CaPRI will be working overtime to meet the deadline.Explaining the reasons behind the study, Ms. Smart notes that there is need for a comprehensive collection and representation of the true value of the diaspora.“I think the information existing is very inadequate and mostly anecdotal… . I find that persons just have a little bit here and a little bit there,” she says, adding that if people do not understand the magnitude and significance of the diaspora, the value will be underestimated.“We want to add evidence. We want to empirically justify the perceived value. Persons do believe there is value, but we want to put a number on that,” she continues.Ms. Smart points out that the data will show whether there is economic value that the Government is not exploiting and what can be done to get the value that exists, and the best strategy to get this.“Rather than just speaking from the top of our heads, or from where we think we are, we want to empirically add to the discussion and allow for a more informed discussion,” she emphasises.Ms. Smart, who is the lead researcher on the project, says survey questionnaires have already been issued in the diaspora.“We are hoping to have a minimum respondent rate of 400 individuals. That’s a good representative sample of what the estimated diaspora stock is,” she explains, adding that CaPRI will request data from companies and offices where information exists.According to Ms. Smart, companies will be given the option of leaving their names off the questionnaires. Individuals will not be asked for their names.“This is for the safety of the respondent and to ensure that the sealed information is used for the intended purpose. We are definitely not including the names of diaspora members,” she tells JIS News.The survey seeks information about the impact of the diaspora on individuals, organisations and countries.Professor Neville Ying says countries which take diaspora engagement seriously, like India and Israel, have significant benefits.“The deposit accounts from non-resident Indians have brought home over US$40 billion by the end of 2008. The diaspora assisted India to be the dominant country in terms of diamond cutting, where India now accounts for 55 per cent of the global net export of cutting and polishing diamonds,” he notes, adding that the country also earns some US$11 billion through diaspora bonds.Similarly, he says Israel has raised some US$26 billion from the Diaspora for different infrastructure projects. In the area of technology, Professor Ying says the diaspora engineers in Silicon Valley in California, have helped to establish India “as one of the leading countries in information technology”.The Professor suggests that the statistical and financial data garnered of the value of the diaspora can also inform the Government in terms of finalising the new National Diaspora Policy.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is in the process of developing a National Diaspora Policy that will provide a framework to maximise the contribution of overseas nationals for Jamaica’s development.He points out that as part of Jamaica’s journey to development, the country will need to harness the power of the diaspora, which he says makes a significant contribution of some US$2.1 billion per year.“If we capitalise on what the diaspora has to offer, you will see how it will assist the growth agenda,” he adds, noting that the diaspora makes contribution in three primary areas – philanthropy, human capital and investments.He points out that the most consistent contribution of the diaspora has been in the areas of health and education, noting that more than 200 missions visit Jamaica annually to provide healthcare services all across the parishes.“So, it is very important to interact with those persons to let them know that we acknowledge the importance of their contribution,” he says.Persons who wish to contribute to the study or need more information can call CaPRI’s office at 970-3447 and 920-2910 or email [email protected]last_img read more