Uber launches new nonstop shared ride feature in San Diego

first_imgUber launches new “non-stop shared ride” feature in San Diego SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The ride-booking company Uber launched a new ride option in San Diego today, allowing certain Uber Pool riders to reach their destination in roughly the same time as a non-shared ride like an Uber X.When riders select an Uber X ride, they will be prompted with the option to choose the last seat in an existing Uber Pool and be the first person the Uber Pool driver drops off. Riders who choose the “non-stop shared ride”option will receive a credit on the app that can be used for future rides or Uber Eats purchases.Uber announced the feature in a blog post Thursday celebrating the fifth anniversary of Uber Pool entering beta testing. The non-stop shared rides option will be offered to riders in 15 major metro cities in addition to SanDiego, according to the company.“This feature, which is available in several U.S. cities, is one example of how we’re identifying new ways for riders to access a shared ride on Uber’s platform. … We’re continuing to focus on ways to do more for riders’shared experience in the places where Uber Pool operates,” Uber product experts Brandon Trew and Neil Kamireddy wrote in the post.Since launching the option in August 2014, the company has introduced Uber Pool to more than 50 markets around the world. According to the company, the carpooling option has saved nine million gallons of gas and the emission of 80,000 tons of carbon dioxide when compared to riders choosing Uber X. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 15, 2019 August 15, 2019last_img read more

WISHH Preps for Fall Conference in Africa

first_imgThe WISHH team meets with Sare Achille Zihassoun, director of development projects & products at Protein Kissee-La (PKL) in Cote d’Ivoire. PKL is working with CHS on a 1 MT order of defatted soyflour.The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) headed to Senegal and the Cote d’lvoire at the beginning of June to prepare for the 2016 Global Broad-Based Initiative (GBI) conference.The GBI conference, scheduled to be held in September, will focus on capacity building activities in both the nutrition and food technology sectors.Africa Division Director Erica Morrow, Africa Regional Director Josh Neiderman and WISHH West Africa Regional Representative Mamadou Bousso, visited multiple venues in Dakar, Senegal to arrange conference meeting space and met with several companies that provide simultaneous translation services.The WISHH representatives also met with the local U.S. Department of Agriculture and Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA/FAS) office. They also visited multiple importers of various commodities who might find new business opportunities at the upcoming September event with visiting marketers representing U.S. peanuts, dry beans, peas and lentils, soybeans and Alaska Seafood products.While in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, the team met with representatives of the national school feeding program to follow up on the commercial purchase of 165 metric tons of ADM textured vegetable protein for the program.WISHH representatives also had an opportunity to meet with past trade team participants for both the meat and baking industries, to brainstorm future efforts for soy utilization through the local supply chain partner, SIVODIS.last_img read more

SELECTMEN RACE QA Marsh OMahony Discuss What Theyll Do To Increase Civility

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Jomarie O’Mahony, Daryn Marsh, and Kevin MacDonald are running for the seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently vacated by Ed Loud. The winner will fulfill the one year remaining on Loud’s unexpired term.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Jomarie O’MahonyA few years ago, around the beginning of the school year, I became very frustrated with the lack of civility I noticed in some of our community pages and those “unofficial” school pages on social media –  where people were calling out teachers and school staff by name for various levels of “offenses.” I was horrified that such posts, and the subsequent comments to such posts, were allowed by the page administrators. I had just come up with a silly saying with my oldest daughter (#slapthecookie) to remind each other to make healthy choices and, after googling the phrase and determining there was no nefarious meaning to it, I decided to start posting it as a comment to such negativity to put a pause (or more hopefully, an end) to the thread. To my amazement, the negative rants remained but my comment was deleted. It was then that I realized that these pages are not moderating to their own rules – they took down a harmless comment with no known negative meaning but allowed the personal attacks to continue.In response, I have tried hard to make sure the We’re One Wilmington Facebook page truly promotes kindness and positivity. I also worked with a committee of WOW members to launch our “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Hearts” campaign to recognize community members who go above and beyond to promote kindness and positivity in our community.  You see, civility is not enough. I have spent the last 15 years as a resident of this town trying to promote community spirit and positivity and kindness and will continue to do so whether I am elected to the Board of Selectmen or not.I work in a highly contentious legal environment with soul destroying stories that could stop any conversation. I know how to be emmeshed in conflict while maintaining professionalism and seeking solutions.  I even chose the legal profession, knowing that there is an endless supply of lawyer jokes. But candidly (and more seriously), I have also been a target in the past of the negativity referenced above. My response to that negativity was, is, and will always be, to be the person that I am.I am Dan and Marie Ardito’s daughter who was blessed to grow up, not just hearing abstractly about the tenets of our Roman Catholic faith, but seeing my parents live out that faith in the real world.  I am David O’Mahony’s wife who, when he was deployed to Korea with the United States Army for a year (when we had just had baby number three), learned to broaden my shoulders, keep my head down and not waste time and energy on negativity.  Most importantly, I am the mother of Patrick, Meghan, Danny and Josie, who knows with 100 percent certainty that my most important job is to model for my children how to live my life to the best of my ability with the conscious responsibility in helping as many others as I can.I can say with certainty that there are going to be times when my arguments could get passionate, where my facial expressions may betray my attempts to remain calm and where I may not be in agreement with the majority but I can say with just as much certainty that I will always be respectful of my position, my responsibility to our community and my obligation to represent the community as civilly and professionally as possible.Daryn MarshMr. Marsh chose to answer this question via video:——Kevin MacDonaldNo response.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Grade Town Manager Jeff Hull’s PerformanceIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Discuss What They Hope To Accomplish During Their First TermIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Daryn MarshIn “Government”last_img read more

PM Modi like demon for minorities says Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu

first_imgN Chandrababu Naidu with Prime Minister Narendra ModiIANSLaunching a bitter attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday said he was like a “demon” for minorities in the country.Addressing election rallies in Kadapa district, Naidu said minorities were feeling insecure under the Modi government as they were subjected to atrocities in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and various other states during the last five years.Addressing rallies in Rayachoti and Budvel, he said Modi had become like a demon for minorities having “engulfed” 2,000 lives in Gujarat.The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief claimed that when minorities were massacred in Gujarat after the Godhra incident in 2002, he was the first to demand Modi’s resignation as the Chief Minister of that state.”I am the first leader to take on Modi,” said Naidu and pointed out that he also tabled a no-confidence motion against him in Parliament.He alleged that Modi government targeted minorities by bringing law to jail them over triple talaq. “TDP is the first party to raise its voice over this issue,” he said.Naidu, whose TDP pulled out of BJP-led NDA last year, reiterated that Modi betrayed Andhra Pradesh by not keeping his word over special category status to the state.He alleged that Modi was targeting him and the TDP leaders for demanding justice to the state.Alleging that YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy colluded with Modi to save himself in corruption cases, Naidu said a vote to the YSRCP would be a vote to Modi.The TDP leader termed YSRCP ‘B’ team of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and said Modi, Jagan and KCR were partners in a big conspiracy.Elections to 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled on April 11.last_img read more

Vigil Leaders for Washington Metro Shooting Victim Call for Involvement with Youth

first_img15-yr-old Davonte Washington. (Photo/GoFundMe)Hundreds gathered at the Deanwood Metro Station parking lot in Northeast Washington, D.C., the evening of March 30 to pay tribute to Davonte Washington, 15, who was gunned down at the station on March 26 in what D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called a “senseless act.” The massive crowd was packed with youth, but also with many adults and officials, and with police from the Metropolitan Police Department and Transit Department on standby.According to a Washington Post report, Washington’s mother and two of his sisters saw the tragedy as they waited on the subway platform. Washington was on his way to get a haircut for Easter.The suspect, later identified as Maurice Bellamy, 17, reportedly confronted the victim and the ensuing verbal confrontation ended in the shooting. When authorities responded to the site at about 3:57 p.m. they found Washington suffering from two gunshot wounds to the chest to which he later succumbed at a local hospital. “He was really a nice person, he didn’t cause any trouble at all,” said Brianna Armstrong, 15, who was a classmate and close friend of Davonte.“He always made jokes, and he had a smile on his face every day. He would call me ‘Goofy Bri’ because we had so much fun. He was nice, cool, and a comforting person,” she added as a tear rolled down her cheek.Community organizer and activist Ronald Moten hosted the vigil and introduced those that spoke, including Davonte’s family members, ministers, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Kevin Donahue, radio host Joe Clair, and Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7).Prayer was offered before and after the vigil.“God, we ask that you put your loving arms around each and every family member and every person that is connected to Davonte; that you will lift us up as a people showing unity, showing solidarity for one another. God, this is not a show; it’s not entertainment, but coming to lift up a family that we will be a better people, and get rid of the violence that is in this city and the nation abroad,” said one pastor.Davonte’s mother spoke briefly, saying in a shaky voice, “I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting my baby.”Councilmember Alexander hailed the bond that seemed to exist within the slain youth’s family.“I’m just touched by the family, one thing I do know, and one thing all of us need to know is when I met the Washington family, I knew that the bond there was love,” she said. “And though his life has gone too soon, when you have love in the too short 15 years he was here that means the world.”She added, “And to all of those young people out here, if you are hurting please do not feel like you are alone. Please don’t feel like there is no place to go or get help, because when you are hurting, you’re going to hurt someone else…. We have to realize what murder is. Taking your hurt out on others is like a disease.”Candles were lit during the vigil and a makeshift memorial was made around a tree. Carnations were passed out to the crowd in observance of a Christian legend surrounding about Jesus Christ’ crucifixion. As Jesus’ mother, Mary, wept, carnations sprang up as a sign of her undying love for her son, according to the story, which was read by a teen at the vigil. White balloons were released as many joined hands in unity.The suspect, a resident of Southeast Washington, was arrested and charged as an adult with second degree murder while armed for the killing of Washington, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. He was arrested March 28 and was arraigned the following day. His next court appearance is slated for April 22.At the vigil, Moten said in order to address the violence in the city, the community needed to help its youth.“After you leave here, do something for the community,” he said. “We have abandoned our children. We need to understand that when we come to these vigils, and when we come back to our communities and we don’t do nothing, that’s called insanity. The same thing over and over again expecting a different result. So how many people are willing to do something when we leave here?last_img read more

Muslims living in WB since childhood need not worry about NRC Roopa

first_imgKolkata: Muslims living in West Bengal since childhood don’t need to worry about the NRC, BJP MP Roopa Ganguly today said, while urging a section of political parties not to politicise every issue “for the sake of national interest”. Ganguly’s statement comes against the backdrop of a war of words between the TMC and the BJP over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. “Pakistan was formed after the Partition on the basis that it becomes a Muslim country. Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) was mainly for Muslims. West Bengal was made part of India as it was for Hindus, who had come from (the then) East Pakistan because they were driven out from there,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a programme here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Those who are living in India since their childhood, including Muslims, do not need to worry about the NRC,” she said. “The Muslims who are living in Bengal since their childhood (for many decades) need not to worry about the NRC. There are certain things which should not be politicised for the sake of national interest,” Ganguly said. The TMC has accused the BJP of being “anti-Bengali” and said it tried to divide the people on religious lines. The BJP in its turn had accused the TMC government of turning the state into a safe haven for Bangladeshi infiltrators for the sake of vote bank politics.last_img read more

Barcelona pitted against Arsenal Juventus draw Bayern in Champions League

first_imgHolders FC Barcelona were paired with Arsenal in round of 16 draw while Chelsea were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the knockout stage of the Champions League for the third season running here on Monday.German champions Bayern Munich were pitted against last season’s runners-up Italy’s Juventus, during the draw conducted by European football’s governing body UEFA.Anoter Italian side AS Roma has a tough match-up against record 10-time champions Real Madrid. Also Read – A league of his own!Manchester City will meet Dynamo Kyiv. The Ukrainian club will play their home tie without a crowd as punishment for the racist behaviour of some fans during a game in the group stage.Portugal’s Benfica and Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg, were paired together while the Belgian side Gent will meet German outfit VFL Wolfsburg.The first legs of the round of 16 matches will be played on February 16-17 and 23-24, followed by the return leg on March 8-9 and 15-16. The final of the tournament will be played at the San Siro stadium in Milan on May 28.last_img read more

Former Webel MD no more

first_imgKolkata: Nandan Bhattacharya, former managing director of Webel passed away in the wee hours on Sunday.Bhattacharya was a visionary who crafted today’s Sector V popularly known as the IT Hub , the pride of Kolkata. He was instrumental in Bengal’s transition from Electronics to IT. The technocrat till his last days was a social worker and was a pillar of support for the challenged sector of the society. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. The body of Bhattacharya has been kept in Peace World. The last rites will be performed at Nimtala Crematorium around 11 am on Monday.last_img read more

Enterprise Chatbot Solutions With AI and VoiceActivation Are the Future

first_imgJuly 17, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While enterprise chatbots have been on center stage for quite some time, a new wave of AI-assisted services is being introduced, changing the way we communicate, undertake tasks, work, and browse the internet, among other things. There has been a revolutionary change in how we interact with our electronic devices and these come in the form of voice-activated chatbots.Related: Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of WorkText-based chatbots lack human emotion.While the new and improved chatbot still offers a traditional text-based interface, more than 90 percent of human conversations today occur through voice. If you think about it, we’ve been talking to each other for hundreds of thousands of years, whereas text-based conversations are a relatively new phenomenon.While text-based conversations work between humans who understand context, intent, and emotion, those between humans and robots can lack clarity, purpose, and sentiment, making them extremely unnatural and thus semi-problematic. With this in mind, I, along with many others, believe voice-activated chatbots are the future. Here’s why:Related: Enterprise Chatbots and the Conversational Commerce Revolutionizing BusinessBuilding a more integrated customer experience.More and more companies are teaming up with leaders in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space in order to create voice-activated chatbots and products. Thanks to the growth of Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology, which now allows devices to be interconnected, voice activation will be used by companies of all kinds to share information, expand their brand awareness, and offer an overall more integrated customer service experience.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessOffering intimacy and personalisation.It’s in our nature to use voice as our preferred method of communication. As companies start using voice recognition technology and conversational commerce in their business processes, they’re adding a level of intimacy and personalization to their interactions with consumers. The use of voice rather than text makes these two-way communications much more real and humane, especially compared to other simulated text-based conversations.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingImmediate verbal feedbackAnother reason you may feel the interaction is more human is that you’ll receive instantaneous verbal feedback as you would in a live conversation. Instead of feeling like you’re talking to a machine, using a chatbot will be more like conversing with a friend. Shopping and other tasks will feel more experiential, as you’ll be part of a two-way dialogue.Related: Make Chats With Chatbots WorkAllows users to multitask.Voice activation is the ultimate hands-free tool. It makes undertaking a huge variety of tasks possible regardless of the circumstances. Consumers can now multitask like never before, as they don’t need to have their eyes on their device to communicate with it. For example, now you can safely use a variety of services and applications, do your online shopping, and even organize meetings while driving or cooking.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer ServiceRemoves the need to physically interact with devices.This new level of personalization and intimacy goes much deeper than just having a two-way conversation. Voice-activated chatbots also eliminate significant consumer engagement barriers. Text-based chats always require the presence of some sort of device. Voice command cuts out the need to physically interact with digital devices. New and improved AI means that as long as you’re within range, you can speak to your chatbot without having to go into applications or click on numerous buttons.Cutting Out the Middleman: Machine-to-Machine InteractionsEnterprise chatbots aside from cutting out the need for humans to physically interact with digital devices, advancements in IoT and AI are enhancing machine to machine interactions. Machine-to-machine interactions are when devices connect to one another to achieve a seamless user experience. An example could be ordering a pizza from Domino’s through Amazon Echo.Now, devices are able to connect directly to applications and programs, thus making a multitude of tasks more straightforward. Instead of going into the next room to tell your phone to order your pizza, you can ask Amazon Echo, which will then connect to your Domino’s application to place the order for you. This breakthrough will not only change the way consumers interact with brands but also have an impact on the future of commerce and home devices as a whole.Related: #4 Chatbots Took Full Advantage Of India’s DemonetizationCreating a fun experience.We now live in a customer-centric world where brands are having to find new and innovative ways to engage consumers. Simply advertising to them with the aim of selling doesn’t cut it anymore. Voice-activated chatbots not only make experiences more “real” but also more fun.Being able to use voice commands at this level is still very new and exciting, and according to Global Web Index, research shows that more than a third of consumers find voice search more fun than other methods currently available.Combining the human touch with the convenience of digital.Commerce as we know it has changed. It started off with physical stores that had a primary focus to create relationships with their customers. With the birth of e-commerce came a new objective: offering unlimited choice in order to make more sales. While some may disagree, the digital era we live in has taken away the opportunity for brands to create meaningful relationships and replaced it with a focus on Return On Investment (ROI).Thankfully, conversational commerce can change this. These voice-activated personal assistants act as employees would in a store, offering advice on products and the ability to answer any question consumers may have. Voice-activated chatbots offer a more human experience combined with the convenience of digital.Facilitating frictionless commerce.Commerce wouldn’t be commerce if it didn’t include some form of transaction. One of the most important aspects of commerce is payments; therefore, it’s only fair to assume that voice payments will soon become extremely popular.Capital One has teamed up with Alexa to give its customers the chance to do their banking through voice commands, and Microsoft’s Cortana was integrated with Paytm Wallet so that consumers can make voice-activated bill payments through their smartphones. I expect this space to expand further as voice-activated chatbots become more widely adopted by brands.Increasing productivityVoice-activated chatbots aren’t limited to customer care services or helping people with their day-to-day tasks and shopping needs. These tools are being used as on-demand virtual assistants that can also make us more productive at work. Voice-activated chatbots will allow us to do all the following and more without having to change applications on our computers or other devices. With them, you’ll be able to:Have more productive conversations with colleagues by cutting out the need to type into chat-based applicationsSchedule, organize, and modify meetings with clientsRequest marketing and sales reportsWrite and send emailsSet remindersBecause voice-driven systems are now being integrated into a variety of devices and appliances other than our computers, tablets, and smartphones, we can also probably expect other basic work tasks, such as sending documents to the printer to be voice activated as well in the near future.Voice-activated conversational commerce will become a key part of every digital strategy.There is no doubt about it, chatbots are here to stay. Conversational commerce is evolving at the speed of light. While its beginnings were slow, advancements in technology are allowing it to evolve at an exponential rate, now offering voice-activated versions that are becoming more human with every interaction.Voice-activated chatbots have not yet reached their full potential, yet Gartner already expects digital assistant-driven sales to reach $2 billion this year alone. As a result, it’s essential that you implement voice-activated chatbots into your conversational commerce strategy in order to capitalize on the productivity and ROI opportunities they’re expected to offer.  7 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more