UAAP: Baltazar, Melecio lift La Salle over NU for 1st win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJustine Baltazar buried the go-ahead basket as La Salle came back to beat National University, 80-76, for its first win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Balztazar hit a jumper from the left baseline off an inbound pass to put the Green Archers ahead, 78-76, with 28 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I think I’ve ran that play for like a 100 times in practice. Like what I told you guys before Justine will play a big role for us this season,” said La Salle coach Louie Gonzalez, whose squad rallied from 11 points down in the second period.“I told him to shoot when he gets the ball,” Gonzalez recalled of his crucial play that left Baltazar wide open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe third-year big man notched a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Aljun Melecio led all scorers with 19 points for La Salle, which bounced back from a 68-61 loss to Far Eastern University on September 9.The Archers ended the game on a 6-0 spurt after Troy Rike gave the Bulldogs a 76-74 edge with 1:42 remaining. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Whatever the odds, the adversity they faced earlier in the game, I looked at them and saw their composure,” Gonzalez, who is in his first year at La Salle’s helm following the transfer of Aldin Ayo to University of Santo Tomas in December of last year.Rookie Dave Ildefonso led NU, which slipped to 1-1, for the second straight game with 16 points.Rike had 15 points and six rebounds but missed two free throws that would’ve put NU in the driver’s seat with 53 ticks remaining.The Bulldogs faltered when it mattered most with major lapses on both ends in the last two minutes.Up by two, 76-74, Enzo Joson fouled Melecio while taking a 3-pointer with Melecio making 2-of-3 free throws with 1:25 left.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Asia League: Bad luck hits iECO as Howell ‘doubtful’ for PH team’s next game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU also couldn’t get the ball inbounds after Baltazar’s jumper and wasted a chunk of the time left before intentionally fouling to stop the clock.Andrei Caracut sealed the game with a pair of freebies with only 11 seconds to go.last_img read more

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Govt focusing on small contractors’ role in public procurement – Harmon

first_imgGovernment has established a Cabinet Subcommittee to look into small contractors’ involvement in the public procurement system, according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.Minister of State Joseph HarmonThe subcommittee was established following many concerns raised by the contractors at a recent symposium held by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) for new entrants into the pool of prequalified companies that are awarded government contracts.The Minister of State disclosed at the post-Cabinet briefing on Wednesday last that the issue grabbed the attention of Cabinet at its weekly meeting on Tuesday.“It was agreed that every effort would be made to give legitimate support to small contractors, including their involvement in the public procurement process, and in this regard, Cabinet had mandated that a committee headed by Prime Minister (Moses Nagamootoo),” he stated.The other members of the subcommittee include the Ministers of: Legal Affairs, Basil Williams; Public Infrastructure, David Patterson; Business, Dominic Gaskin; Finance, Winston Jordan, and Communities, Ronald Bulkan.Harmon noted that the committee will look at how best small contractors can be incorporated into government’s procurement system.According to the Minister of State, the decision to establish a subcommittee was taken to create a level playing field and for small contractors to be given the opportunities they deserve.He pointed to the reference in the Small Business Act that says that at least 20 per cent of State contracts should be awarded to small contractors.“The question is how do you quantify that; what mechanisms you put in place to guarantee that that happens? So these are things the committee will look at and see how best we can give effect to what is already there in the law,” he outlined.Moreover, the Minister explained that the subcommittee will have to come up with recommendations to be handed over to the subject minister for implementation after approval by Cabinet.However, Harmon noted that Minister David Patterson has already embarked on the process with the recent procurement seminar during which the MPI meaningfully engaged contractors.The symposium provided the opportunity for small and new contractors to learn more on the National Procurement Act and prequalification for contracts as well as how to become compliant with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA); National Insurance Scheme (NIS); and local insurance.Participants were also enlightened about the bid evaluation process and were made privy to a simulation bid submission. The simulation highlighted the “dos and don’ts” of bid submissions by providing participants with realistic examples.Additionally, focus was placed on informing participants on the contract award process as well as the protest process.Government recently established the ‘Bid Protest Committee’ in an effort to ensure transparency and accountability in the procurement process. This committee allows contractors who are not satisfied with the evaluation to make an objection to the process.One company has already made an objection to the Committee. Cevon’s Waste Management Inc recently filed objections to the award of the $221 million contract to Puran Brothers Inc for the management of the Haags-Bosch Landfill site at Eccles Industris Estate, East Bank Demerara.Puran Bros Inc had emerged the most suitable contractor to maintain the disposal site from a lineup of several bidders and bagged the 12-month contract which was signed last Thursday.last_img read more

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‘Education a Basis for National Development’

first_imgThe president Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate and Senior Senator of Grand Bassa County, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, has underscored the essence of education, saying “no nation can thrive if education is not the code and a basis for its national existence.”Senator Findley made the statement recently when he served as a keynote speaker at a program marking the 25th graduation and closing exercises of the Bassa Seventh Day Adventist High School in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. He said, “Without education our people will not be able to know their rights and responsibilities to the rule of law and share their individual and collective quotas in the socio-economic and infrastructural development of post war Liberia.” The Grand Bassa Senior Senator pointed out that the basis for national development will only be a reality if citizens, especially the young people, are studious to obtain quality vocational and academic education to become responsible future leaders who will move the country forward for national recognition and admiration.He stressed on the dire need for the Liberian government to re-enforce its educational sector and provide quality education for the younger generation by building their capacities to empower them develop the country. He noted that if the government educates the younger generation to adulthood, they will know their rights and rules in the family, society, and their communities to develop principles that will make them become assets, through their achievements. He said the brutal civil crisis (1989-2003) did not only destroy the country, but turned the guns against ourselves and our people through the influence of adults who were greedy for power by then.He re-echoed the Government of Liberia’s continuous commitment to illiteracy eradication as evidenced by the launching of the free compulsory education scheme by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the younger generation in both vocational and academic disciplines. He cautioned the younger generation that while it is true that the free compulsory education scheme is expedient, they must take advantage of it for a successful future.Findley has served as a Senior Senator for Grand Bassa County since 2005 and has just crossed carpet to the Unity Party, where he was last Friday unanimously endorsed as Senatorial aspirant to re-contest the 2014 Special Senatorial election on the UP’s ticket for Grand Bassa County.Also speaking at the colorful occasion, the Principal of the Bassa SDA High School in Buchanan, Mr. Levi W. Flahnma congratulated the graduates that comprised 31 females and 34 males, and lauded teachers for their immense contributions and parents for their tireless support.For his achievements, Mr. Flahnma revealed that he has restructured and built the capacity of the teaching staff for the viability of the school system.He said his administration has also enforced on the school’s campus to avoid the infiltration of residents and passersby during school hours, opened a computer facility for internet services, among others.He named some of his challenges as the lack of an auditorium, science laboratory, and requisite textbooks among others, and called on the Ministry of Education to impart and distribute among schools in the country modern requisite textbooks rather than what he termed as out-dated textbooks from the USA, Europe and other countries.   He also appealed to the South-East Liberia SDA Mission Board, the national government and international community as well as other humanitarian groups and personalities to help solve some of the major problems in the school.   Earlier, in her valedictorian message on the topic: ‘The Power of Knowledge,’ Miss Grace Nyantee of Grand Kru County, said every Liberian must use his/her power acquired from knowledge to positively benefit the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden Fund commissions new office

first_imgPaula Walcott-Quintin cutting the ribbon, flanked by LFU members and Mayor Waneka ArrindellNon-Governmental Organisation, Linden Fund USA (LFU), and its local affiliate Linden Fund Guyana Inc on Friday commissioned its permanent office in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The organisation, which has been in existence for 20 years, has members both locally and across the diaspora, who work against the backdrop of giving back to the community through promoting and enhancing the academic, social, health and well-being of Linden and Region 10. The building, which was donated by Habitat for Humanity, was commissioned during a building dedication ceremony at the location along Washer Pond Road, Mackenzie.In her remarks, LFU Chairman Paula Walcott-Quintin noted that she is proud to represent the organisation, which, she noted, has thrived over the past 20 years. She said that the organisation is grateful to Habitat for Humanity Guyana and also expressed gratitude to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) for supplying the land for the building as she further acknowledged its late Chairman Horace James.Walcott-Quintin added that the plans for the building will evolve along with the needs of the community as she stated that these are always developed in collaboration with the community.In expressing gratitude to For the Children Sake Foundation and others, she outlined that the Regional Education Department is one of the organisation’s key collaborators in its educational endeavours. Walcott-Quintin said the organisation is evolving as she outlined plans to include a computer hub for the constabulary compound and industrial catchment areas in addition to a training room and meeting facilities.Since the construction of the building, the organisation has launched its Scholarship for Success initiative which offers scholarships to local students. The annual Spelling Bee and Parent Teachers Association Workshop will also continue, according to the LFU Chairman.Habitat for Humanity Guyana Representative Jennifer Welch in her remarks noted her organisation’s hope that the programme executed through the building will be beneficial to all as the LFU continues to give back to the Linden community.Deputy Regional Executive Officer Maylene Stephen congratulated those who played a pivotal role in the success of the organisation as she noted the significance of the services extended to the people of the region.Also delivering remarks were Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell. The occasion was marked by the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon and unveiling of the plaque.last_img read more

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Croatia take on Nigeria in Russia’s European bolthole

first_imgNigeria, long one of African football’s underachievers, boast several players with English Premier League pedigree, and will hope they can secure only their second win in their last 12 World Cup matches.The stage for Saturday’s clash is Kaliningrad, a thickly forested outpost of Russia wedged between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea — a potentially challenging location for some fans to reach.FIFA’s official site showed tickets still available 24 hours before kick-off.Saturday will also prove a crucial test for FIFA’s anti-discrimination drive, with tension running high in the build-up to the tournament over a spate of recent incidents.Racism has plagued Russian football since clubs began purchasing foreign players after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.Russia’s football federation was last month slapped with a 25,000-euro fine after racist chants from supporters during a friendly against France.FIFA has instituted a three-strikes policy against any racist abuse from fans across the tournament, threatening to abandon matches if supporters ignore a stadium speaker announcement and then a pause in play.Chelsea winger Victor Moses, on the far left, will likely lead Nigeria’s attack against Croatia © AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEINigeria’s Dutch-born defender Will Troost-Ekong told Britain’s The Guardian newspaper last month that the players would react as one to any abuse.Croatia, appearing at their fifth World Cup, boast a host of world-class talent, including Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic of Juventus.The Balkan nation lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly in the run-up to the tournament that marked Neymar’s return to international football, before a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Senegal on June 9.Nigeria lost 2-1 to England at Wembley and fell to a turgid 1-0 defeat by the Czech Republic to leave their German coach Gernot Rohr plenty of selection headaches, particularly in attack.The Super Eagles are this World Cup’s youngest squad, and several Premier League regulars, including Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, Leicester’s Wilfried Ndidi and Victor Moses of Chelsea will be crucial.Ndidi is one of three Leicester City players in the squad.Both sides will be keen to get off to a winning start in Russia to give themselves the best chance of exiting a tough Group D that includes Iceland — who topped Croatia’s qualifying group — and two-time winners Argentina.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr talks to Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi in their World Cup training camp © AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIKALINIGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Former World Cup semi-finalists Croatia take on African powerhouses Nigeria in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on Saturday in their opening Group D match that may prove a test of the organisers’ anti-racism drive.It is 20 years since Croatia surged to the final four at France ’98 with a resounding quarter-final win over favourites Germany, and fans will be buoyed by a squad brimming with attacking talent.last_img read more

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Residents get the 411 on the 818 area code crisis

first_imgFacing a dwindling number of available phone numbers for a growing number of San Fernando Valley residents, California officials began holding a series of public hearings Monday on how to introduce a new 747 area code within the 818. Officials are weighing whether the Valley should be split into two zones – one area keeping 818 and the other getting 747 – or whether to “overlay” 747 across the region by assigning the new area code only to new users. Michael Evans, a regulations analyst for the PUC, said that if a new area code is not introduced, the Valley will run out of available phone numbers by summer or fall of 2009. But some at the Glendale City Hall meeting said they were concerned about how the change could affect them. “I think an overlay code is a nightmare,” she said. “How many numbers do I need to dial to call the person right next door to you?” Jim Bottoms owns three moving companies, with a dozen trucks between them, and said he does not like the prospect of an area code change. “It would be expensive – you got to change all your paperwork, all your trucks, and I’m sure there’s a lot of things I’m not even thinking about,” he said in an interview after the meeting. Officials expect to make a decision next year on how to introduce the new 747 area code in the Valley. More information on the proposed area code change is available at www.cpuc.ca.gov. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 Area code meetings The Public Utilities Commission will hold public meetings this week on a new area code for the San Fernando Valley: 1:30 p.m. today at the Las Virgenes Water District headquarters, 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas; 7 tonight at San Fernando City Hall, 117 N. Macneil St.; and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.John Zachman, a 35-year Glendale resident, urged the PUC to let him keep his 818 by adopting the overlay option. “I belong to the 818 community, if you will,” Zachman said. “All my friends know me as the 818 community.” Because the overlay method would assign 747 to any new numbers, it could lead to a situation in which a household with multiple phone lines could have one with the 818 area code and another with the 747, officials said. The overlay method also would require callers to dial the full area code plus phone number for all calls – even within their own area code. Bridget Oberlin, an actress from North Hollywood, said the Valley should adopt an area-code split, with the east part of the Valley getting the 818. last_img read more

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TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE FINDS HAPPINESS AGAIN WITH BIRTH OF BABY BOY

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The mother of the two teenage girls who took their own lives has found happiness again after giving birth to a baby boy.Lorraine Gallagher – delighted with new arrival Lennon.Lorraine Gallagher’s life fell to pieces when daughters Erin, 13 and Shannon, 15, died by suicide within weeks of eachother last year.Now Lorraine, from Ballybofey, has taken the first steps to rebuilding her life after giving birth at Letterkenny General Hospital on Saturday last. Lorraine and fiancée Phelim Quinn, who got engaged in January, have named the baby Lennon.The couple say they are over the moon with their new arrival.Lorraine already has a son Sean James who is five.Lorraine is back at home in Ballybofey and said she is delighted that the baby is healthy. The late Erin and Shannon GallagherShe said “We are just relieved that we are home and that little Lennon arrived okay.“He is a very happy little boy and we are just asking to be left alone so we can start our lives together,” she said.Lorraine, 37, said she is trying her best to get on with her life following the devastation of losing her two daughters last year.She said she is planning to tell little Lennon all about her older sisters in time.“Nothing will ever ease the pain fully and there’s not an hour that goes by that I don’t think about Erin and Shannon. “They were my life and now they are gone forever.“I have tried by best to lead as normal a life as possible for Sean James but it’s difficult.“Now I have two lovely little boys to look after, I can try and rebuild my life.“When the time is right, I will tell Lennon what beautiful sisters he had and how much joy they brought to everyone they knew,” she said. Erin and Shannon, both pupils at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar, died within less than two months of eachother last year.Erin, 13, was found dead at her home on October 27th last amidst claims that she was being bullied.Her sister Shannon, 15, took her own life on December 14th.At the time mum Lorraine said her eldest daughter simply could not carry on without her best friend and younger sister Erin.TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE FINDS HAPPINESS AGAIN WITH BIRTH OF BABY BOY was last modified: May 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:baby LennonErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more

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Curry on Warriors Game 2 history: ‘We understand the drill’

first_imgOAKLAND – Steph Curry was at it again, basking in yet another series-opening win at home on the Warriors’ projected path to their fifth straight NBA Finals.Game 2 will be tougher, right? The Portland Trail Blazers will adjust after their 22-point defeat? The Warriors won’t be strutting into a trap game, will they?“We understand what the drill is,” Curry responded after the 116-94 win that opened the Western Conference Finals.The Warriors are 14-4 in Game 2s since 2015. All but one have been …last_img

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A geocachers journey to mental health

first_imgAnn-Kathrin (biotonne88) is a German geocacher who fell in love with the game in 2013. For her, geocaching is not only a hobby but a pillar of mental health. When she was diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder (BPD) three years ago, the game became an essential tool for her to deal with the often intense mood swings typical for BPD. She is allowing us insight into her passion for geocaching, explains the struggles when living with this mental disease, and how geocaching has helped her to find inner peace again. SharePrint RelatedGeocacher Carries Olympic Torch… AgainJuly 18, 2012In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Finding friends at Belgium Mega-EventSeptember 17, 2019In “Community” I’m sitting on my desk and turn to the right where my friend is playing computer games. I’m bored. What should I do on this beautiful autumn day? Then I remember my friend Jessica telling me about this outdoor game. Something like a treasure hunt but modern. I text Jessi and ask her about it. Geocaching. Right, that’s what it’s called. So I go on Geocaching.com and sign up for an account. I read a little bit about it and think, well that doesn’t seem hard. As my curiosity is sparked, I download the app. The map is loading and I see the first green symbol appear. A Traditional Cache which is located right on the street next to mine. I tell my friend, that I’d like to take a look, what I might find and together we go looking. We only have to walk around the block. Only 30 meters and the arrow on the map shows us we’ve arrived. We investigate the guardrail which divides the road here and I discover a magnetically attached container. There we have it: a geocache!When I found my first cache this day six years ago, I was absolutely amazed that many people walk this street without knowing about the existence of this treasure–but that I was part of a small circle of the enlightened. Even though this thought was fascinating to me, I didn’t think that this outdoor game would grow to have so much more importance in my life.Three years ago I was diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and since have learned a lot about myself and my problems. It’s now clear to me why I never had a hobby before geocaching that I pursued for an extended amount of time. Because BPD is characterized by flightiness, not only within the mood of the affected but also their actions. It is difficult for anyone affected to make decisions and we are scared to make mistakes which can lead to negative emotions. Therefore it is something really special for me that I was able to develop such a strong passion for geocaching and since I became aware of this I also realized that it is my way out of this disease.How BPD presents itself often varies. But in most cases the problem is that the affected cannot regulate their emotions appropriately. If the tension becomes too strong and emotions overflow it leads to dysfunctional behavior patterns. Those help reduce the internal tension in the moment but can hurt people with BPD and often also their relationships. Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) teaches alternative methods and skills that regulate the tension in a more functional manner. Since I started geocaching, I have automatically employed the hobby as such a skill. That means, when I feel emotional tension and the pressure threatens to become too much, I get out and geocache. It distracts me and calms me.To conquer BPD long term, everyone suffering from it has to learn to be careful in everyday life. They have to pay attention about how high the tension is, what causes it and how they can confront it. When dealing with other humans mindfulness is very important. I realized it helps my fellow human beings if I explain my affliction and that in turn helps me to deal with some emotions in a more realistic manner. Even though this disease affects (directly or indirectly) many people, many have never heard about it.With my project “biotonne88 goes Europe” I want to call attention to this disease and also confront it myself. I am planning to travel around Europe for six months to knowingly surrender myself to my painful loneliness and inform with frequent videos about my disease and my experiences. Geocaching will lead me and give me strength on this trip.You can follow Ann-Kathrin’s European travels on Instagram or YouTube to experience her exciting geocaching adventures with her.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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How retailers will use emotion AI — online and in store

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Gawain Morrison Tags:#Beacons#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#retail#top Whether customers feel good or bad about their experiences is ultimately underpinned by their emotions. This doesn’t matter what context they are in — every interaction is emotional.As consumers, our shopping experiences mean quite a lot to us. If we stand in ridiculously big queues or receive terrible customer service, we are most likely to stay far away from or never return to that store. On the other hand, however, if we are delighted with the store’s customer service, the product range or even the floor layout, we are most likely to continuously purchase and build a relationship with the brand. Thus it is how we feel about and interact with a brand that drives our consumer decisions.See also: How AI and autonomy may create a new era in car insuranceAs a business, you might be saying to yourself “we already know this – what’s the point?” but have you ever sat back and thought about whether you actually know how your customers are truly feeling while experiencing your brand in-store and online? The answer is probably no. And that’s why more and more retail experts are interested in the use of emotion AI.Emotion AI takes artificial intelligence to the next level. The SXSW 2017 festival received lots of talk about the rise of chatbots within retail and how brands like Burberry and Nike are handing their customer services over to an artificial intelligence. But how do consumers feel about this? Would you like your inquiries to be dealt with by a robot?Reaction has been positiveIn fact, the use of AI within retail has received positive reactions. Forbes research shows that 70% of millennials in the US and 62% in the UK claim they would appreciate a brand or retailer using AI technology to show more interesting products. And on top of that, Gartner predicts that, by 2020, 85% of customer interactions in retail will be managed by AI.While its use is perceived positively for efficient customer interactions, a key point has been made in various discussions; AI needs an emotional human touch if the customer service is to be consumer-friendly.Adding empathy to AI would not only improve the personalisation of digital communication between customers and retailers, but also the physical interactions. Using emotion AI technology in-store will allow brands to understand and react to the emotional engagement of consumers. Facial recognition technology and GSR sensors could be used to show:What areas of the store are most engaging,Whether and when consumers feel stressed or disengaged within the store,What products & offers are most engaging,The emotional response to store layout and customer service.The usefulness of emotion detection is enormous but retailers must primarily consider the opinions of their customers. Some may be ok with it, yet some may find it quite “creepy” and intrusive. As a brand, you have the opportunity to be a leader in this space – by being ethically responsible. You must show transparency at all times. Trust is the new currency for engagement and relationships, so demonstrate responsibility to earn it.Expect use of emotion AI to growThe use of emotion AI within the fashion industry will only grow. It will become massive in online retail, where you can understand emotions of your customers when you aren’t in front of them. It will help retailers in the physical stores understand the consumers’ emotional journeys. And while there may be concerns as to whether AI will disrupt human engagement there should be focused on the benefits it can bring to human interaction.There is value in every moment of emotional responses of consumers – whether they are angry, happy, disappointed – and you should be part of sharing that experience as a brand, business owner or staff member to capitalize on it and help them. This space is not about disrupting the high street experience but about complimenting it and enhancing the customers’ emotional engagement. Ultimately, using consumers’ emotional data alongside traditional methods of customer feedback, the retail sector can finally gain a full 360 understanding of consumers and take action to improve business services and success. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Follow the Pucklast_img read more

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