Increasing efficiency with RPA

first_imgRobotic process automation, or RPA, is technology that utilizes computer software programs, or “bots” to perform actions that a human would traditionally do, then reproduces and integrates those actions within digital systems to execute a specific business task.RPA bots are able to capture data and perform certain actions based on that data incredibly effectively and efficiently. They can interpret information, integrate with or “talk to” other systems, and respond to complex commands that allow them to perform essential duties that are often time consuming and monotonous for humans.You can think of a software robot as a person on your team—a person who never makes mistakes! Take a repetitive, rules-based task, map out the business process needed to accomplish that task, and assign the “bot” to manage it for you. Check out our infographic below to learn more about how RPA technology can increase business efficiency. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Lawsuit filed in foster death

first_imgPALMDALE – A Palmdale woman whose infant daughter was taken away by authorities and died in foster care has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the state. Laura Fleming was born Oct. 11, 2004, and died Nov. 21, 2004, after she was placed in a Palmdale foster home. “Defendants … breached their duty of care towards the deceased minor, Laura Fleming, by wrongfully and negligently removing her from the care of her mother (and) failing to insure the adequacy of the care and home environment provided (by the foster care provider),” the lawsuit said. The lawsuit names multiple defendants, including the county Department of Children and Family Services, state Department of Social Services and the foster care provider. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals County attorneys and a spokesman for the state social services department declined to comment, saying they had not seen the lawsuit. When mother Jamie Fleming filed a wrongful-death claim against the county in May, she contended that the Department of Children and Family Services had accused her of being a drug user when her baby was taken away, but that no evidence existed to back the allegation. The baby was born at Antelope Valley Hospital and within a week was placed with a foster mother in Palmdale. The mother’s attorney at the time said the baby was born healthy. Laura was pronounced dead Nov. 21, 2004, at the hospital after she was taken there when the foster mother found her unresponsive in a crib, coroner’s officials said. An autopsy was unable to determine a cause of death. Homicide investigators concluded that there was no foul play. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ticket Office Partners With Zipwhip To Allow Fans To Text Ticket Office

first_imgPrint Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake Athletics and the Drake Athletic Ticket Office have announced a partnership with Zipwhip, a Seattle-based company that text-enables the ticket office phones and will allow Drake fans an exciting way to connect with the ticket office and the Bulldogs.Through conversational texting, fans can inquire about ticket sales, renewals, and provide customer feedback directly to the team’s service department. Drake University is the latest team to join their roster of sports clients that includes teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, and NCAA. This partnership will allow the Drake Athletics Ticket Office to connect with fans in a new, convenient way while improving customer service efforts at the same time. Additionally, Drake Athletics will utilize Zipwhip’s functionality for promotional contests, in-game experiences, and as a way for fan’s to request assistance during all home events.”Partnering with Zipwhip will allow us to improve the fan experience from the initial conversation all the way through an event and beyond,” said assistant director of ticket sales Tom Florian. “Our fans will now have the ability to contact us quickly using one of the most popular means of communication today – texting.”Bulldog fans can try out the new service by texting “DRAKE” to 515-271-DOGS (3647). As a special way of saying thanks for trying out the service, those that participate by August 25 will receive a special introductory offer.”Texting is America’s most convenient and preferred method of communication, and we are always looking for innovative schools who want to more effectively reach their ticket holders,” says Matt Bruhn, Zipwhip Sports Partnerships. “By text-enabling 515-271-DOGS, Drake University is showing a commitment to their fans by opening a communication medium that was not previously available. We are excited to follow the Bulldogs success.”For more information about Drake Athletics, check back with www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com, and follow the Bulldogs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@DU_Bulldogs).For ticket information, fans are encouraged to visit www.DrakeTix.com or call or text 515-271-DOGS. Bulldog fans can also support Drake student-athletes by joining the Bulldog Club. More information is available at www.DrakeTix.com/bulldogclub.last_img read more

Copa America failure costs coach Batista Argentina job

first_imgThe Argentine Football Association (AFA), facing an identity crisis in the national game, announced Batista had stepped down after his team were knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals nine days ago.”The national teams commission has decided to rescind the contract,” AFA spokesman Ernesto Cherquis Bialo told a news conference.”Batista wasn’t sacked,” Cherquis Bialo said. “(Batista) put his future as the head of the national team up for consideration by the (AFA) executive committee.”Cherquis Bialo also said Argentina’s Aug. 10 friendly against Romania in Bucharest on Aug. 10 had been cancelled.”The coaching staff of Argentina teams at all levels are under evaluation by the national teams commission,” he added.”There are no deadlines, theres no rush, no urgency (to name a new coach) so there will be a process of consideration and study.”National teams director Carlos Bilardo, who as coach steered Argentina to their second World Cup triumph in Mexico in 1986, has also come under scrutiny and risks losing his job.There had been mounting media pressure for the AFA to make a decision to rescue Argentina from years of underachievement with Batista in the eye of the storm after AFA board members questioned his capacity for the job.Batista, 48, had been in charge for a year, initially in an interim capacity after predecessor Diego Maradona was refused a new contract following Argentina’s quarter-final elimination at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.His contract was to take him to the end of the South American qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with Batista vowing to build a team around Lionel Messi, the world’s best player, to win the title.advertisementCopa FailureArgentine team’s failure to win a major title for 18 years costs coach Batista his jobBatista, nicknamed Checho, did not promise to deliver the Copa America but said it was Argentina’s obligation as hosts to win the trophy and he was confident they would, having lost to Brazil in the previous two finals.However, Argentina struggled against tough South American opponents also preparing for the World Cup qualifiers by building their teams from the back in contract to Batista’s stated aim to play in the mould of European champions Barcelona, Messi’s club.His Argentina side had good results in friendlies with wins against world champions Spain, arch-rivals Brazil and Portugal but his competitive debut almost ended in a shock defeat by Bolivia who held them 1-1 in their Copa America opener.Batista, holding midfielder in the 1986 World Cup-winning team, came into the senior job via the Olympic team he steered to Argentina’s second successive soccer gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.With South America’s World Cup qualifiers kicking off in October, the AFA decided an overhaul critics said should have been made a year ago had to be done at once.Argentina have gone 18 years without a major title since their last Copa America victory in 1993 and the youth programme led by former coach Nestor Pekerman that reaped five world under-20 titles between 1995 and 2007 was dismantled.Local media have made Alejandro Sabella, assistant to former Argentina boss Daniel Passarella at the 1998 World Cup and coach of the Estudiantes side that won the South American Libertadores Cup in 2009, favourite to take over.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics

first_imgFILE – This Feb. 8, 2002, file photo, shows U.S. champion Michelle Kwan practicing for the women’s short program for the Winter Olympic Games at the Salt lake Ice Center in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for an upcoming Winter Olympics most likely for 2030 in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, file)Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse.The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utah’s capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? With venues still in place — some of them upgraded — from the 2002 Games, Salt Lake claims it can host again at a lower cost than other candidates, which aligns with the International Olympic Committee’s new blueprint for the Games.It’s almost a certain bet the bid will be for 2030, though the USOC left open the possibility of other dates. There are only two bidders for 2026: from Sweden and Italy, after voters in Calgary, Alberta, rejected a proposed bid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefUSOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said Denver and Salt Lake City both presented strong cases, but that the board determined Utah was the better choice due in part to the existing venues, their proximity to each other, the city’s experience hosting the games and widespread community and political support. She said it minimizes the risk.“It is critical to ensure that we have the ability to create an incredible experience for athletes while at the same time managing sustainability and fiscal responsibility,” Hirshland said. “It was clear to us when we were there and in what they presented that Salt Lake City very much understands the practical realities of hosting a Games, but also wants and supports what they represent.” Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Rob Cohen, chair of Denver’s Olympic bid committee, called it disappointing that Colorado lost out on the chance to bid but said the process prepared the city as it looks for other chances to showcase the city on the world stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In many parts of the United States, however, the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City are remembered not for the bribery scandal but for a different reason.After never surpassing 13 medals at a Winter Games, the U.S. used home-turf advantage, an influx of new sports and the emotion of the recent Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks to capture 34 over three weeks in Utah.In the aftermath, Park City and other mountain towns near Salt Lake City preserved and improved upon many of the venues, and continued hosting key international events. The freestyle world championships will be held in Park City in February.Utah organizers say they could host the games for $1.35 billion, some $50 billion less than it cost in Russia for the 2014 Sochi Games, which are the most expensive games ever and stood out as a blaring warning signal that the IOC needed to streamline its bloated Olympic structure.The exorbitant costs have changed the dynamic of Olympic bidding. In 2002, cities were trying to bribe IOC officials to award them the Olympics. These days, the IOC finds itself wanting for bidders.The IOC normally awards Olympics seven years before they’re scheduled, though that calendar has been in flux because so many cities have dropped out.Last year, the IOC handed out the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games at the same time because there were only two cities left in what began as a much bigger contest for 2024. Paris will host 2024, Los Angeles will host 2028, and if Salt Lake wins 2030, it would mark the first time since the IOC began staggering the Games two years apart, in 1994, that the same country has hosted back-to-back.At this time, Salt Lake could be considered a favorite in a 2030 contest that hasn’t really taken shape yet.Hirshland said the USOC has the luxury of time to refine Salt Lake City’s bid.In fact, Salt Lake could still be a favorite for 2026 had it been allowed to go that route. Recently, voters in Calgary rejected that city’s attempt to host, leaving Stockholm and a joint bid from Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy as the only two remaining candidates. A bid from Utah was considered, but putting it in front of the Los Angeles Olympics provided too many hurdles on the marketing side. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The city’s selection set off celebration at the mayor’s office where local leaders who worked on the plan gathered. Since 2012, Utah has said it’s ready and willing to host another Olympics.One key hurdle for Salt Lake City will be erasing memories of the bidding scandal that marred the buildup to 2002 and resulted in several IOC members losing their positions for taking bribes.Mitt Romney was brought in to steer the games through the scandal. The newly elected U.S. Senator for Utah told The Associated Press after the announcement that a series of processes put in place by the IOC will ensure no bribery scandal happens again.Romney said Salt Lake City should have a great chance at winning the bid from the IOC because it has shown it can host the games without losing money. Salt Lake City ended up with a surplus after the 2002 Games, money he used to help maintain venues it will use again if it’s awarded the Olympics.“We learned how to produce the Games for the same cost as the revenue that came in,” Romney said. “We will not put a glitzy show like Sochi or Beijing, that are reported to have cost as much $50 billion. We will show the world that you can produce an Olympics without having the government writing the checks.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Steph Curry, Klay Thompson help Warriors beat Kings View commentslast_img read more

Terrence Jones has 43, TNT routs Alaska

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The former NBA veteran wasn’t just about offense as he also collected 22 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in nearly 45 minutes of play before he got ejected with 2:11 remaining for an unsportsmanlike foul on Aces big man Jake Pascual.“Our short term goal is to win as much as possible especially in the early part of the conference where we really need to pile up the wins,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena after his side rose to 2-0.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“There are still a lot more things to improve. We still have breakdowns defensively and hopefully, we keep improving.”Jayson Castro added 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks for the KaTropa, who also dominated NLEX in their first game. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Chris Daniels posted 23 points and 19 rebounds for the Aces, who slipped to 1-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Yeng Guiao says late foul cost NLEX the game vs NorthPort PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Terrence Jones was unstoppable anew as TNT steamrolled Alaska, 99-85, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jones unleashed 43 points just three nights after scoring 41 in his PBA debut.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Finance Minister Stresses Focus on Economic Independence

first_img He was speaking at Sterling Asset Management Limited’s annual investor briefing at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on June 7. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, has reiterated the Government’s focus on achieving economic independence, expanding opportunities for all citizens, and enhancing safeguards for the society’s vulnerable.He was speaking at Sterling Asset Management Limited’s annual investor briefing at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on June 7.Dr. Clarke noted that economic independence means more options regarding spending priorities, with emphasis on areas that have a higher growth-inducing impact.“I would like to see greater attention on things like agricultural resilience, as we pursue economic independence,” he said.“I want to make sure that we allocate more (in areas) that can increase productivity,” he added, citing, for example, the training of personnel for the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.“The BPO industry is competitive… and we want to make it a more productive space. So, to the extent that the BPO operator can save that cost when they recruit … that lowers operational costs for them. So expenditure that can bring about that training (will assist in repositioning) Jamaica (to) become a more productive destination,” he contended.Dr. Clarke said other priorities are to strengthen the macro-fiscal capacity of the Ministry and its institutions and “ensure that we have methods of deepening our fiscal rules and strengthening the fiscal responsibility framework with the emergence of a fiscal council”.Establishment of the fiscal council, which has been approved by Cabinet, is consistent with plans by the Government to secure Jamaica’s gains under successive economic reform programmes with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and build on the success of domestic partnership initiatives.\Fiscal councils are permanent, independent, non-partisan institutions that are created by legislation and staffed by competent, experienced and technically proficient persons who help to promote economically sustainable fiscal policies across political cycles. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, has reiterated the Government’s focus on achieving economic independence, expanding opportunities for all citizens, and enhancing safeguards for the society’s vulnerable. Story Highlights Dr. Clarke noted that economic independence means more options regarding spending priorities, with emphasis on areas that have a higher growth-inducing impact.last_img read more

MARINE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS

first_imgSOUTHEAST BAHAMASADVISORY:   SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT.WINDS: EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.WEATHER: FEW PASSING SHOWERS LIKELY.MOONRISE:  7:47 AMMOONSET:    9:10 PMHIGH TIDE:   9:08 AM          &         9:36 PMLOW TIDE:    3:17 PM           &         4:02 AM TUE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMASADVISORY: BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.WEATHER: FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY OCCURRING ACROSS THE EXTREME NORTHERN ISLANDS. FORECAST FOR MONDAYWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.WEATHER: THE CHANCE OF FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK TROPICAL STORM FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT FIVE DAYS.FORECASTER: PATRICIA WEEKS/ss/rs FORECAST FOR TUESDAYWINDS: SOUTHEASTERLY AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.WEATHER:   THE CHANCE OF FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 24, 2017 – Nassau –  MARINE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS FOR 24 HOURS FROM 6AM MONDAY 24TH JULY 2017 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 0900 UTC.WARNINGS:  BOATERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD REMAIN ALERT FOR THE RISK OF WATERSPOUTS AS WELL AS THE MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS MAINLY ALONG THE NORTH AND EASTERN SHORES OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.GENERAL SITUATION: A BROAD HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE REMAINS ACROSS THE BAHAMAS WHILE AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH TRIGGERS SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER NEAR THE EXTREME NORTHERN ISLANDS. Related Items:last_img read more

Wijnaldum bracing up for a different United

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum is expecting a difficult challenge from a resurgent Manchester United when Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on Sunday.Klopp’s men ran out 3-1 winners over their old rivals at Anfield back in December, which ended the reign of Jose Mourinho.With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed as caretaker manager, United have experienced a change in fortunes having moved to the top four and remain in the hunt for the FA Cup title.It’s a statistic Liverpool will need to bring to an end if they’re to go three points clear at the top of the table this weekend – but Wijnaldum is aware it’ll be a difficult challenge.“I think it is going to be a real big change [from the game in December],” the No.5 predicted, speaking to reporters via LFC.TV.“Since the new manager came in there is a new flow, they played good games and have won a lot and that is building confidence in the team.Wijnaldum admits the Red Devils are in fine form but remains unfazed by their resurgence.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Man United not the same team Liverpool beat in December —Wijnaldum.https://t.co/swuOFh4wQf.#headlines pic.twitter.com/lnlMEZWGk7— TOS TV NETWORK (@tostvnetwork) February 21, 2019“It’s also a home game for them so they will have a lot of confidence as they don’t have the problems they had before.“It is going to be a difficult game but I’m looking forward to it. I think for them we come at a good moment but we’re also doing well so it is going to be a nice game to watch.”A win over United will send the Reds to the top and a huge message to rivals Man City who are in action for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.last_img read more