Bakery documentary wins acclaim

first_imgAn 11-minute documentary about Garvald Edinburgh Bakery, which is staffed by people with learning disabilities, including Down’s syndrome and autism, has won $75,000 (£46,000) at the Middle East International Film Festival, taking The Black Pearl for Best Documentary – Short Film.Breadmakers, directed by Yasmin Fedda, a previous emp-loyee of the bakery, looks at the intricate social relationships that operate between staff, as they make a variety of organic breads, rolls and cakes for daily delivery to 26 shops in Edinburgh.Robin Mitchell, who produced the film with Jim Hickey, told British Baker: “The team at the bakery absolutely loved being filmed and, after a few minutes, really came out of their shells.”last_img read more

Accelerate Your Deep Learning Initiatives

first_imgArtificial intelligence (AI) disciplines like deep learning have been the talk of the industry for the past several years and only continue to gain steam. The research is in: AI-enabled organizations see a 19 percent average improvement in decision speed and a 21 percent average improvement in decision accuracy. How can you best position your company to capitalize on the benefits? What server technology can differentiate your company as a top competitor?Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) considers accelerators one of the three essential compute technologies for AI pursuits. Along with the implementation of automated servers and converged/hyperconverged infrastructure, the widespread use of accelerators was seen by ESG as the key to whether an organization could be considered AI enabled.Why the emphasis on accelerators for AI initiatives like deep learning? To understand the logic behind the research firm’s criteria, it helps to comprehend the fundamentals of deep learning. Roughly, it can be broken down into two pursuits: training and inferencing. Training involves teaching your models to learn and develop accuracy. To train a model, you give your computer instructions on how to learn to do something. Inferencing requires running the model on new data in an application. You input the model into code and glean fresh insights. Training and inferencing work in partnership: As your model discovers new data, it must be retrained and refined.Diagram source: Retail Analytics with Malong RetailAI® on Dell EMC PowerEdge ServersTo complete the tasks involved in training and inferencing, you need super-charged compute power bolstered by accelerator technology. The two best-known operators in this space are graphics processing units (GPUs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Both rely on parallel processing to reduce processing time, but there are also significant differences between the two choices. GPUs work well for accelerating compute and are best suited for training. They were originally designed to handle the complex math operations needed for graphics. FPGAs have programmable logic blocks that can be optimized to run already-trained models quickly and are ideal for inferencing.Back to that ESG study: Researchers found that the most AI-enabled organizations are implementing initiatives directly tied to deep learning. Sixty-four percent of such companies are developing, deploying, and tuning AI models in production for natural language processing, while 58 percent are engaged in the same activities for image classification. These organizations accrue major business benefits from their AI pursuits. AI-enabled organizations are: 8x more likely than Stage 1 (the least AI-enabled) orgs to say AI has been very effective at driving value.2x more likely to tie 10 percent or more revenue to AI initiatives.2x more likely to experience a time to value shorter than expectations.It’s worth your while to invest in top-notch accelerator-enhanced servers for deep learning. The complex and ever-updating neural networks essential to this discipline demand immense processing power, and accelerators are a requirement to participate. To learn more about the platforms and technology that facilitate deep learning, as well as the best Dell EMC PowerEdge servers for the job, download our new eBook, The Server Technology Vital to Deep Learning.Follow us and join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCServers.last_img read more

The ever-changing role of a member service representative

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The digital banking revolution has begun, and Member Service Representatives may feel like a casualty of war. It’s tempting to think that there’s no longer a need for Member Service Representatives. After all, questions can be answered easily online or using a chat window, transactions performed with just a few clicks, and information about products is readily available. But consider this: Who is responding to your member in that chat window? Who will assist your member when a transaction goes awry (heaven forbid fraud!), or if they have specific questions about which loan product might be best for them? Answer: A much needed Member Services Representative.According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, jobs in the field of customer service, including MSRs, will grow by 10% by 2024. That growth is faster than the average for all occupations, putting an additional 252,900 jobs on the market. So the need for quality Member Services Representatives is still very much there.However, the role has expanded considerably from what it once was. Let’s take a look at the responsibilities of an MSR and their evolving descriptions: continue reading »last_img read more

Gwo-pwell leaves a Roseau man to pay hefty fine

first_img 106 Views   10 comments Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Gwo-pwell leaves a Roseau man to pay hefty fine by: – June 25, 2012 court gavelA Roseau man who breeched a protection order, claiming that he is finding it difficult to deal with the “breakup”, has been fined $3,000.00.Clifford Paul Jr. of River Side Apartments in Roseau, pleaded guilty to violation of a protection order dated 9th December, 2011 which prohibited him from harassing his ex-girlfriend via text messages or phone calls.Although the protection order does not prohibit Paul Jr. from sending text messages to his ex-girlfriend which are in relation to his daughter, on June 14th, 2012 he sent a text which contained threatening language.A report was made to the police and Paul Jr. was cautioned by an officer to whom he admitted that he had sent that text message.He was then arrested and later charged for the violation of a protection order.Magistrate Ossie Lewis was informed by the police prosecutor that the defendant did not have any previous convictions.Attorney Rene Butcher who mitigated on behalf of Paul Jr. said his client had “indicated” his remorse over the incident and had already spent a night in the cell which he believes taught him a lesson.He further stated that the defendant was finding very difficult to deal with the demise of the relationship he had with his ex girlfriend.Paul Jr. told the court that “the whole makeup of the text was around my daughter, but it had a bit of anger in it”.“When you look at the contents of the text message, especially the words, it is very serious indeed. You look like a man of sound mind who knows what he is doing and you clearly contravened the protection order,” Lewis drew to the defendant’s attention.Lewis said he had “accepted” Paul Jr’s. remorse but needed to send a clear message to persons who breeched protection orders.“I will not impose a custodial sentence but I will fine you $3000.00”.Paul Jr. was given until August 31st to pay at least $1,000.00 of that fine.A person is liable to pay a fine not exceeding $9,000.00 or 3 months imprisonment for such an offence.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more