first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement readwrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Tags:#Android#HTC#now Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Smartphone manufacturer HTC is in disarray. According to a report from The Verge, the company is hemorrhaging executives from its Seattle-based office amid poor sales, internal turmoil and controversy. Within the last several months, HTC has lost its chief produdct officer Kouji Kodera, VP of global communications Jason Gordon and product strategy manager Eric Lin among several others. In a classic “the sky is falling” scenario, everybody is blaming everybody else. Many in HTC blame Facebook for the problems selling the HTC First – “The Facebook Phone” – while others blame erratic snap decisions from CEO and co-founder Peter Chou. See Also:HTC’s Financial Woes Put Pressure On Microsoft & FacebookHTC’s New Smartphones Are Great – Let’s Hope The Company SurvivesHTC’s Problems Go Way Beyond MarketingHTC Earnings Reveal New Foray Into Emerging Marketslast_img read more

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first_imgTwo of Kolkata’s oldest colonial buildings, Currency Building and Metcalfe Hall, both built in the 19th century, will soon become museums and galleries showcasing art and urban history. The three-storied Currency Building in Dalhousie Square was built in 1833. Designed in the Italian style with Venetian windows and cast iron gates, its vaults and strong room once housed some of India’s oldest banks, including Agra Bank and the Reserve Bank of India. But now the western wing is all set to become the office of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Once the NGMA moves in, the Currency Building will host an exhibition of sketches and sculptures by Ramkinkar Baij, a pioneer of modern Indian sculpture. “We are expecting that a portion of the Currency Building will be handed over to us by September. There are plans to have a large exhibition on Ramkinkar Baij,” said Adwaita Gadanayak, director general of NGMA. Archaeologists say the Currency Building was not a mint but a place where currency was kept. Till 1937, it was occupied by the RBI, after which it fell into neglect. Its central dome collapsed later. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) took over its upkeep in 2005. Barely 200 m away is Metcalfe Hall, with 30 Corinthian pillars built between 1840-1844. Located at the junction of Strand Road and Hare Street, it draws its name from Lord Metcalfe, the Governor General of India in 1835-36. It is in this structure that the city’s history will come alive as the ‘Calcutta to Kolkata’ exhibition. Renovation dilemma The ASI grappled with the question whether to rebuild the Currency Building’s dome, but decided to keep the existing structure. In Metcalfe Hall, it shifted one lakh books for repair work. “The exhibitions will bring them back to life,” said G. Maheswari, Superintend- ing Archaeologist, ASI, Kolkata circle.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday started an inquiry into the death of a youth in police custody.According to the police, Rizwan Pandit, a resident of Awantipora in south Kashmir, was in police custody and died during the night of March 18-19. Pandit was a schoolteacher by profession.”Pandit was held in pursuance of a militancy case under investigation,” said the police.A magisterial inquiry is underway in the case under Section 176 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure, the police said.The police also initiated a separate case of alleged violation of police jurisdiction. Pandit was allegedly lodged in the Cargo Camp of the police Special Operations Group in Srinagar.The authorities closed the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora on Tuesday. All the examinations were postponed due to precautionary measures.last_img read more

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first_imgIt has been a tough year for Ajay Jayaram battling recurring injuries and seeing his compatriots make their name on the world stage from the sidelines.Earlier this year, Jayaram reached his career-high ranking of world No.13 but soon after his rise and growth was hampered by a knee injury.Jayaram played in the World Championships with the injury trouble and ended up aggravating it. It has been a story of a series of injuries ever since.”I think it’s (injury) probably the biggest battle an athlete faces. I have been through a shoulder surgery before and, yes it’s been hard. This year has been exceptionally tough because it hasn’t been a black and white injury where I could decisively tell that I would be back in so much time. It was pretty hard to decide whether to play or not and it kept recurring as well, and that’s a real mental challenge,” Jayaram said in an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in.Jayaram will be playing for a new team, North Eastern Warriors, this season in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), which is scheduled to start from December 23.Welcome to #NEWarriors. #PBLAuction @PBLIndiaLive pic.twitter.com/4zbAXYl1UP- NE Warriors (@NEShuttlers) October 9, 2017Jayaram was one of the best performers in the previous edition of the tournament and he is looking forward to putting up good performances once more to get himself back on track.”Somehow I’ve done well in PBL for the past 2-3 years. It’s fun to play with so much of people supporting you and coming to watch and I’ve enjoyed that entire thing. It kind of set me up for a good year (PBL 2) but sadly, I had to step down. I probably reached my career best and then faced the injury, so yeah. PBL is different from the regular circuit to some extent, I would say. I think if I manage to do well this season again, I can take a lot going forward,” Jayaram shared.advertisementWhile badminton is essentially an individual sport, PBL’s format enables these individuals to come together as a team and perform in a unit. In PBL, two teams take on each other in different categories like men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles and the points won in each category translate to a total score.Jayaram feels that though badminton remains an individual sport even in PBL, the team factor adds a zing to the whole competition and with teams cheering and backing you, it brings a different kind of inspiration and motivation.”It’s tricky because I would say that it’s still an individual sport. At the end of the day, you’re on court alone. But yeah, certain elements come with leagues like this where there’s a certain inspiration and motivating factor that really originates from the team bonding. There are elements but yeah it’s not entirely a team sport like football, where you need to gel with your teammates but still, I’d say it has elements of both.”There’s definitely an element of team motivation that factors in and I think, it’s very important even when you’re off-court and cheering for the teammates, you need to feel the vibe and energy. I think it really translates onto the court and to the person playing,” Jayaram told.Jayaram has reached the finals of the PBL consecutively in the past two years with two different teams (Delhi Dashers and Mumbai Rockets) and will look to make it a hat-trick of finals, leading his new team to the last stage of the tournament and make their debut season a memorable one.”I feel I have been lucky to reach the finals twice in a row with two great teams but I don’t take it as an added pressure on my performance. As always, I will try to perform to the best of my abilities and look to get the desired result for the team.”At the age of 30, Jayaram has now accepted the injuries that incessantly trouble him and instead focusses all his energy into the recovery.”I think, at the end of the day it’s about accepting certain things and that your body probably has taken a toll over the years. I have been focussing a lot more on recovering in the last couple of months, with physio treatments and making sure that I am completely prepared before every session and even after the session, recovering in all possible forms.”So, yes, it’s all about doing the best you can with whatever you have. You can’t keep cribbing about how it would’ve been had I not been injured and all, it’s part of an athlete’s journey and it’s all about dealing with it,” Jayaram noted.advertisementHe conceded that his training sessions differed as he was recovering and he attempted to manage his body well. He shared that going for shots was a struggle when he began his recovery due to mental block but it eased off with time.”The intensity and duration of the training sessions have reduced a bit. I normally train for 5-6 hours in 3 sessions and now I have reduced it to two, limiting myself to one on court session and one in the gym and running. I’ve tried to manage the best I can.”Generally, in the initial part of the injury, yes, one kind of faces a certain kind of mental block. But I think it’s all about getting through it, when you practice enough and once you’re confident on court in practice, it kindly wears off. It’s just a matter of time when that thing is overcome,” Jayaram concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgWith a second-place finish each, Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers weren’t quite able to end Liverpool’s long wait for an English top-flight title during their spells in charge at Anfield.They hold the key to their old club potentially achieving that dream this season.In the next-to-last round of its thrilling title race with Manchester City, Liverpool really needs favors from two of its former managers over the coming days if the team is to become English champion for the first time since 1990.One point separates the title contenders heading into their final two games, with City in the lead and on course to retain the trophy for the first time.Liverpool can take over in first place — at least temporarily — with a win at Newcastle, the northeast team managed by Benitez. The Spanish coach has never hidden his love of Liverpool — he still owns a house on Merseyside — and has an iconic status at the club after leading it to the Champions League title in 2005.The closest he came to winning the league with Liverpool was in 2009 when it finished runner-up behind Manchester United.Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez gestures on the touchline during the match against Southampton, during their English Premier League soccer match at St James’ Park in Newcastle, England, Saturday April 20, 2019. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)Conspiracy theories are doing the rounds about whether Benitez would be happy for Liverpool to win at St. James’ Park on Saturday if that helps its title cause. After all, Newcastle has been safe from relegation for a couple of weeks.However, this is Newcastle’s last home game of the season so the team’s passionate fans will be out in force. It could yet be a final game in the home dugout for Benitez, who is out of contract in June and will sign an extension only if he gets assurances from Newcastle’s board about its ambition.If Liverpool loses, City could clinch a fourth league title in seven years with a win at home to Leicester on Monday, and this is where Rodgers comes into play.The Northern Irishman has been Leicester’s manager since the end of February and the team has won five of its eight games in that period, most recently a 3-0 victory over Arsenal. His style of play seems a good fit at Leicester, with striker Jamie Vardy scoring nine goals under Rodgers already.Leicester — with its pace and threat on the counterattack — represents a genuine danger for City, which finishes the season with a trip to out-of-form and relegation-threatened Brighton. For many Liverpool fans, this weekend is when the title will be won and lost.Rodgers doesn’t appear to have the same affinity for Liverpool as Benitez — the Spaniard was in charge at Anfield for six years, nearly double the length of time as Rodgers — but came closer to winning the league with the Reds. In 2014, Rodgers’ team finished two points behind City after being five clear with three games left.“I am employed by Leicester. My focus is on Leicester City. There’s no comparison, really,” Rodgers said when asked about doing Liverpool a favor on Monday.“It’s exciting to be involved but my thoughts are solely with Leicester and doing what we can to get a result.”Aside from City’s brilliant form, given its 12-match winning run in the league, Liverpool also is at a disadvantage because its trip to Newcastle comes in the middle of a Champions League semifinal double-header against Barcelona. Liverpool lost 3-0 at Camp Nou in the first leg on Wednesday, and the return leg is on Tuesday.Despite its great season both domestically and in Europe, the likelihood is Liverpool will wind up empty-handed for the fourth straight year under Klopp.Unless, of course, a couple of old faces help them out.By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgJLR India sales up 66% in Jan-Jun periodMumbai, Jul 10 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover India todayreported a 66 per cent increase in sales at 2,579 units in thefirst half of 2018 buoyed by a strong product portfolio.Rohit Suri, president and managing director of theTatas-run company, said, “We have seen tremendous growth onthe back of new launches like the Range Rover Velar, EvoqueConvertible and the Model Year 2018 Range Rover and RangeRover Sport.”These, coupled with dedicated retail and after salesinitiatives have helped us register a solid growth of 66 percent in the first half of 2018 at 2,579 units.”Other luxury brands also did well with the marketleader Mercedes-Benz clocking 12.4 per cent more volumes at8,061 units and the number two player BMW selling 13 per centmore units at 5,171.Swedish player Volvo reported over 30 per cent spikein volumes at 1,242 units in the first half of 2018.The third largest player Audi has not yet disclosedits half-yearly sales figures. PTI BEN SS SS SS SSRDS RDS RDSlast_img read more

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first_imgXiaomi this week announced the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite Android One phones in Spain. The Mi A2 is the direct successor to last year’s Mi A1, while the Mi A2 Lite is a cheaper model that offers a notched display. Xiaomi has confirmed already that India will only get to see the Mi A2 as of now and plans to launch it in the country on August 8. The Mi A2 has been among the most anticipated Xiaomi phones this year since it is the only series in the company’s portfolio that offers stock Android software.When the Mi A2 hits the Indian market in August, the Nokia 7 Plus will finally see a stiff competition. The Nokia 7 Plus has so far been a lone wolf in the sub Rs-30,000 segment and has largely been unchallenged. The reason the Mi A2 will pose a threat to the Nokia 7 Plus is because both the devices offer some similar features with the biggest highlight being that they both are Android One devices.Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus designThe Xiaomi Mi A2 has a new look as compared to the Mi A1. The Mi A2 looks like a 2018 phone thanks to a tall 18:9 display with slimmer bezels, dual rear camera, USB Type-C port and no headphone jack. The last part may disappoint some people who still believe the headphone jack should be part of a phone. The Mi A2 has all the design elements (minus the notch) to make it look premium in a mid-range segment.advertisementThe Mi A2 comes with a metal unibody design and a 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ full-HD+ display with a 2160x1080p resolution and 403ppi pixel density. The device measures 7.3mm in thickness and the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The Mi A2 is offered in three colours – gold, blue and black.The Nokia 7 Plus also brings a highly premium design for a mid-range phone. Not only is the phone machined out of a single block of Series 6000 aluminium, the back also gets a six-layer ceramic coating that makes it feel smooth to hold and hides the antenna lines as well. The Nokia 7 Plus is a fantastically solid phone that is built to survive rough use. The main appeal, however, is its dual-tone design that involves copper-coloured accents all around the frame, rear camera and fingerprint sensor. As far as the display is concerned, the Nokia 7 Plus bears a similar 6-inch full HD+ IPS display with an 18:9 aspect ratio like the Mi A2. The device comes with Gorilla Glass 3 on top and is thicker than the Mi A2 at 7.9mm. As far as the display and design goes, both the phones will offer a premium experience with immersive 18:9 display and an attractive build quality.Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus specsLet’s get the similarities out of the way first. Both the Mi A2 and the Nokia 7 Plus are powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset. Notably, the Nokia 7 Plus was the first device to bring that chipset to India. This is a pretty impressive processor in the mid-range segment which allowed the Nokia 7 Plus to perform exceptionally well, something that has been highlighted in our review as well.The other big similarity is that both the phone run stock Android Oreo out of the box and are part of the Android One program. This means both the Mi A2 and the Nokia 7 Plus offer not only a clean Android software, but are guaranteed to receive monthly Android security updates and Android P and Q in the future.The biggest difference between the two devices is with regards to the camera. The Nokia 7 Plus comes with a dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics. The camera system includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.75 lens and Dual Pixel autofocus, and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. On the front, the device sports a 16-megapixel selfie snapper. While the Nokia 7 Plus offers good cameras for its price, the optics aren’t really the device’s strong suit. The Mi A2, on the other hand, touts impressive 20MP cameras on the back and front. The dual camera system on the back comes with one 12-megapixel sensor and another 20-megapixel sensor, both of which have an f/1.75 aperture. On the front, the Mi A2 sports a 20-megapixel camera with soft LED flash. The cameras are heavily backed by AI and machine learning to offer good portrait shots.The other difference is with regards to battery. The Mi A2 offers a 4,000mAh battery while the Nokia 7 Plus houses a slightly smaller 3800mAh battery capacity. The difference is pretty marginal and we’re unlikely to see any drastic difference as the Nokia 7 Plus offers a pretty stellar battery life thanks to an energy efficient chip and some neat optimisations. The Mi A2 is likely to deliver a similar if not slightly better battery life.advertisementXiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus price in IndiaThe Nokia 7 Plus is priced at Rs 25,999 and is offered in a single 4GB + 64GB configuration. We will know the official India price of the Mi A2 on August 8, but its pricing outside suggests the phone may be priced starting at around Rs 20,000. The Mi A2 has been priced at 249 Euros (roughly Rs 20,071) for the base version with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage going up to 349 Euros (roughly Rs 28,131) for the top-end 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.But it will be the middle 4GB + 64GB version, which is priced at 279 Euros (roughly Rs 22,489), that will be the closest competitor to the Nokia 7 Plus.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Cyprus-based Seatankers Management Company, part of Fredriksen Group, has sold three dry bulk carriers, data from VesselsVaue dated January 17 shows.The vessels in question are 2010-built Supramaxes, Sea Dias and Sea Athena, featuring 57,000 dwt respectively.The duo was sold in an en bloc transaction to an undisclosed Chinese owner for a total of USD 22.4 million.The third ship from the batch is a Panamax bulk carrier named Sea Trellis. The 79,500 dwt ship was built in 2012 by Jinhai Intelligent Manufacturing from China.Greek owner Axis Bulk Carriers Inc is said to have bought the bulker for USD 15.5 million.Seatankers Management Company, a subsidiary of Fredriksen’s Golden Ocean Group, engages in ship chartering and ship owning operations. The company operates a fleet of owned and leased Panamax and Capesize drybulk vessels.According to VesselsValue data, the company has 19 ships in its live fleet, including 17 bulkers and two tankers, worth a total of USD 322 million.The shipowner also has two LR2 newbuildings on order at Korean shipbuilder Daehan. The 129,800 cbm tanker pair is slated for delivery in 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: In a bizarre case of kidnapping, a 91-year-old man was allegedly stuffed in a fridge and taken away by his domestic help in south Delhi’s posh Greater Kailash-II area. Kishan Dev Khosla (91) lived on the first floor of the house along with his wife Saroj Khosla (87) in GK-II’s M block area. Khosla was a central government employee and was last deputed with the United Nations.last_img

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first_imgThis last year in the film biz wasn’t pretty.The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements helped expose some of the seamier stuff that goes on in the movie business, underlining the obvious: Change is a must.Sexual harassment has to stop. Gender parity must become a reality. Advertisement Advertisement Mia Kirshner, actor, and co-founder of #AfterMeToo, will speak at Saturday’s Share Her Journey rally. (GETTY IMAGES) Advertisement Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If you want to contribute to change, hop down to King St. W. this Saturday and join the Share Her Journey rally at TIFF 2018. It’s one of the most talked about events at the film festival this year.People will be gathering outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox at King and John Sts. at 10 a.m. in a show of support for equity and justice. TIFF urges people to turn up and speak out against the systemic inequality in the film business. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Dialogflow_Intent-Entities.png In this example, the end-user customer types in a request for service and the bot is supposed to schedule an appointment. When programming this agent in Dialogflow, the developer identifies the different entities that are important to a cycling service application. In the above conversation snippet, the entities are the bike-type, the service-option, and the time. These values make the conversation specific enough so that the bot could schedule a service appointment and reply to the customer telling her when to bring the bike in. Equally important is extracting relevant information from a user’s input; this information includes dates, addresses, account numbers, times, amounts, and such. This extraction process is known as entity recognition. Entity recognition is Dialogflow’s mechanism for identifying and extracting useful data from what the user says or types. Entities add specificity to a user’s intent. Conceptually, think of entities as objects or facts that are important to a conversation. Consider the following snippet of conversation in a cycling repair shop bot. In my previous Decoding Dialogflow article, I discussed intents and provided guidance about how to create intents so that a customer service virtual agent can understand what the person using the bot wants. Understanding the user’s intent is only part of the chatbot problem, however. The purpose of the bot shown below is to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales. Note the words in the user phrases at the top identified and annotated with colors that correlate with the corresponding entities below. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI The bot developer can program multiple ways to ask the user for the required information. Dialogflow will loop through these different ways of extracting information, interacting with the customer until it’s either received the required information or sort of times out and gives up. In the latter case, the conversation becomes about a fallback intent. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Session EntitiesThe third type of entity, a session entity, ties to a customer and a session. For example, a bot application may need a customer’s name and Social Security number or perhaps a list of previous orders; these are pieces of data relevant to a particular customer during a particular bot interaction session. Entity Creation Best PracticesThe Dialogflow Agent Design documentation has excellent suggestions for creating entities. A few are listed below:Use system entities when possible to ease the effort required to program a virtual agent.When creating training phrases, review each phrase carefully to make sure Dialogflow is correctly recognizing and annotating the entities.When you tell Dialogflow which words or phrases belong to a particular entity, be consistent in how you identify them. For example, if you’re using time in training phrases, and you have phrases like “Set the alarm for 6:00 a.m.” or “Wake me up at 7:00 a.m.,” make sure you help Dialogflow annotate only “6:00 a.m.” and “7:00 a.m.” You wouldn’t identify “for 6:00 a.m.” in one case and just “7:00 a.m.” in the other. Dialogflow needs only the numbers and the a.m./p.m. designator.Make multiple training phrases for each entity.Include all possible synonyms and variations for each entity. Dialogflow has some intelligence in identifying synonyms, and you can turn on a “Define Synonyms” switch to correlate synonyms with a particular entity.Make entities as specific as possible. Entities that are too general degrade Dialogflow’s machine learning performance.Avoid putting in meaningless text as part of an entity phrase. Dialogflow already takes care of filler words and phrases such as “Hmmmm,” “let’s see,” and “please.”Use a variety of examples for how people say things. For example, when using an @sys.time entity, provide examples that include “a.m.,” “p.m.,” and “o’clock” because people will use all three ways to express time.Make composite entities only one level deep. Combining entities into multiple levels, such as @animal.genus-family-order-class, goes too deep and degrades Dialogflow’s performance. Session entities are created programmatically using Dialogflow APIs; these entities time out by default in 10 minutes. This means that if the customer hasn’t interacted with the bot for 10 minutes, the system “forgets” the values of the session entities. The above shows a temperature scale converter bot. Dialogflow automatically examines user phrases and tries to identify the entities in each phrase. It uses color-coded shading to show which words or numbers correspond with a particular entity. Using @sys entities means customers don’t need to input common information. A simple example is weather. Without the @sys.geo entities, a weather bot developer would need to program in every city and every state or province in the country where the bot is supposed to work. Because Dialogflow already know cities, towns, states, provinces, and countries, developers don’t need to program these elements into their applications. The same is true for most names, places, numbers, currencies, airport codes, phone numbers, etc.; Dialogflow can identify many of these with no programming required. Thus, if the customer said, “I live in Salt Lake City and my mountain bike needs a tune up tomorrow,” the bot would identify Salt Lake City as a @sys.geo-city entity, tune up as a @service-option entity, and mountain bike the @bike-type entity. When entering user intent phrases, Dialogflow immediately tries to identify words or strings of words, numbers, or names as entities. The system highlights entities found in the customer phrase with different colors to show which type of entity it has identified. This process is called “annotating.” Dialogflow_sys.JPG System entities include many things commonly referenced by customers: time, date, numbers, speed, length, weight, percentage, temperature, currency, volume, addresses, ZIP codes, geographies, names, URLs, color. The @ sign and the word “sys” proceeds these entities in a bot program, as follows: Dialogflow provides a mechanism that lets developers use synonyms to identify an entity. In the bike shop example, a customer might say “tune up,” “service,” “tune,” “maintenance,” or “adjustment.” Developers must enter all synonyms into Dialogflow so the system is able to correlate a word or phrase with an entity. Dialogflow_table.JPG For large applications with many different entities involved, developers might upload all the various entities by importing a CSV file or using JSON code to set up the entities. Intents or Entities First?Although bot builders will likely identify intents and entities simultaneously, they’ll need to input entities into Dialogflow before training a virtual agent with training phrases. This is so that the machine learning engine can properly identify the entities when it examines the training phrases. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Required EntitiesA bot developer can mark any of the three entity types as “required.” When required entities are in use, the customer must specify values for them. If the customer doesn’t specify values for required entities, the bot can’t fulfill the customer’s intent. For example, if a customer wants to transfer money between accounts, required entities would be the @from-account, the @to-account, and the @transfer-amount. Without these three pieces of information, transfers between an individual’s bank accounts can’t proceed. System EntitiesDialogflow has a number of built-in objects, or system entities, that it can distinguish and understand. Using these built-in system entities can significantly shorten development because they don’t require additional programming. Developer EntitiesDeveloper entities are application-specific entities created by the bot creator. In the bike example above, the developer created the @bike-type and @service-option entities. In a banking application, developer entities might include information like @account-number and @withdrawal-amount. A customer service “order status” bot application would have entities like @order-number and @ship-to-zipcode. Composite EntitiesOn occasion, combining entities may be helpful. For example, a developer building a bot for pizza ordering may want to combine toppings into a single “combined entity,” such as @toppings-list. A music playlist is another example of a combined entity. Google has also defined several combinations for system entities; for example, an @sys.date-time system entity combines the @sys.date and @sys.time entitites; @sys.place-attraction combines location and event system entities, which can hold things like the location and name of a theme park — Orlando, Florida, USA, and Disney World, for example. Three Types of EntitiesDialogflow supports three types of entities: system entities, developer entities, and user or session entities. As shown in the example above, Dialogflow uses a preceding “@” sign in the name to identify a word or short phrase as an entity. In SummaryEntities add specificity to conversations with a virtual agent.Dialogflow supports three types of entities: system, developer, and session.Enter entities into Dialogflow before intent phrases so that Dialogflow can properly identify the entities in the training phrases.Avoid making entities too complex so as not to degrade your bot’s performance.Identify all variations and synonyms on how to say things as you create your bot.What’s NextThe next article in this series will appear in mid-September and will focus on how to enable Dialogflow’s speech understanding and voice synthesis capabilities so that you can use voice as the input and output interface for your bot.Tags:News & ViewsDecoding DialogflowGoogle CCAIContact Center & Customer ExperienceAI & AutomationAnalyst InsightCCaaSDigital TransformationNews & Views Articles You Might Like Some examples of system entities in Dialogflow Dialogflow_temp-bot.png You might hear some people use the term “slot” instead of “entity.” Slots and entities are the same thing, but Google uses the term “entity” in its Dialogflow documentation. Requiring and Combining EntitiesDialogflow has mechanisms that help bot builders use entities in conversations and responses. One involves making entities required and another provides the ability to combine certain entities. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? Entities can be identified using synonyms so that conversation flows more naturally. Dialogflow_MikesBikes.png Log in or register to post comments The point is, developers rely on this type of entity to support a specific application, using any naming convention they choose. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. The above image depicts a cycling repair bot in which the user types service requests and the bot schedules them. Note the entities and the values the bot extracts from the user’s text. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. read more

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Family and friends of a young Waterloo woman are still in shock tonight over learning about her tragic death. The news has rocked that community who are rallying together to support the family.24 year old Chelsea Rebecca Alvarez had everything going for her. A recent engineering graduate from Conestoga college, she just moved to Italy with her fiancée Colin Behenna who was starting his professional hockey career with the Sterzing Broncos, they both shared a passion for hockey. According to Italian media she was out for a hike with her two younger brothers when she lost her balance and fell more than 150 meters, about 50 storeys down a slope.There has been an outpouring of support on social media, letters of condolences going out to Chelsea’s finance Colin as well as her family who are expected to arrive back in Canada in the next few days. The Waterloo community says it will rally behind them. There’s no word yet on when funeral services will be held. read more

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A statement issued today by a spokesman for the Secretary-General said the meeting, which has been agreed to by both parties, would be held in Geneva at the Palais des Nations.In its judgement delivered on 10 October, the ICJ essentially awarded sovereignty rights over the oil-rich peninsula to Cameroon. The Court cited two colonial documents – a 1913 agreement between Germany and the United Kingdom, and the Thomson-Marchland Declaration of 1929-1930 – and directed Nigeria to withdraw “expeditiously and without condition” from the area. Cameroon was asked to remove “expeditiously and without condition” its forces from the land boundary that, according to the ruling, fell within the sovereignty of Nigeria.In a position paper issued on 24 October, Nigeria said the judgement did not consider “fundamental facts” about the Nigerian inhabitants of the territory, whose “ancestral homes” the ICJ has now adjudged to be in Cameroonian territory.Friday’s meeting would be the second Mr. Annan has held with the two leaders over the border dispute. On 5 September, the Secretary-General met in Paris with the two Presidents, who both promised to respect and implement whatever decision the ICJ might give on the case, which Cameroon brought before the Court in 1994. read more

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Paulo Sergio Pinheiro has twice asked to visit Myanmar since last November, “without much success so far,” according to a statement released today in Geneva. All dates he has suggested have so far been rejected by the authorities. Concerning current developments, Mr. Pinheiro today voiced concern about plans for Myanmar’s National Convention, noting that steps had not been taken to “ensure minimum democratic conditions” for that event. “Without the participation of the National League of Democracy (NLD) and other political parties that won the majority of seats in the 1990 elections, the present National Convention has lost a unique opportunity for embracing a genuinely free, transparent and inclusive process involving all political parties, ethnic nationalities and members of civil society,” he said.The expert also reiterated his earlier assertion that if the ruling State Peace and Development Council wants to promote a genuine process of political transition, it must immediately restore basic political rights and freedoms, including the release of the NLD leaders, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo.”The NLD party offices should be reopened, all other political prisoners must be released immediately and unconditionally, and there should be no more arrests or punishment for peaceful political activities,” he stressed. read more

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council have condemned the series of terrorist attacks that occurred yesterday in the northern Lebanese town of El-Qaa, which resulted in a number of civilian deaths and injuries.“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation,” Council members said in a statement issued on Monday night. “[It] should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.” According to media reports, suicide bombers killed at least five people and wounded another 28 in the town located in the Bekaa Valley, near the border with Syria. In their statement, the Council members also stressed the need to suppress and prevent the financing of terrorism, terrorist organizations and individual terrorists, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of attack to justice. In a separate statement issued today, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said that in addition to strongly condemning the attacks, Mr. Ban also praised the important role played by the Lebanese security forces and encouraged continuous and coordinated international support to their efforts to protect and reinforce the country’s security and stability.The Secretary-General and Council members also expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. read more

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From left to right: redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland (32), freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) and sophomore defensive lineman Robert Landers (67) run onto the field during the second quarter at the at the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorHere is a position-by-position breakdown of Ohio State’s defense in 2018. The years provided by the players indicates grade in the 2017 season. Defensive tackleGraduating: Michael Hill, Tracy SprinkleReturners: Dre’Mont Jones, Robert Landers, Jashon Cornell, DaVon Hamilton, Haskell Garrett, Malik Barrow, Jerron CageAdditions: Taron Vincent, Antwuan Jackson Jr., Tommy TogiaiThe situation: Redshirt seniors Michael Hill and Tracy Sprinkle will graduate, leaving a hole in the middle of Ohio State’s defensive line. But that crack will enlarge if redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones leaves early for the NFL draft and the Buckeyes are forced to rely on less experienced linemen. Redshirt sophomores Robert Landers, Jashon Cornell and DaVon Hamilton have played substantial snaps, but none has made an impact similar to that of Jones. They will be joined by freshman Haskell Garrett, a former highly rated prospect, who could earn an increase in snaps and push for a starting position. Redshirt freshman Malik Barrow suffered a torn ACL and missed the 2017 season. Freshman Jerron Cage has not played much outside of special teams. Transfer Antwuan Jackson Jr. offers Ohio State possibly its most intriguing option, with the talented junior-college product having two years of collegiate experience. Five-star prospect Taron Vincent could push for early playing time. Projected starters: Robert Landers, Dre’Mont JonesThe Reasoning: Landers served Ohio State well as a rotation piece in 2017 and deserves a starting role next season with the departures of Sprinkle. He offers a unique blend of quickness at a defensive line position known for size and girth. Jones would retain a starting spot if he decides to return and work on improving his pass-rush skills. Jackson will push for a starting opportunity and has the talent to earn the spot.Ohio State defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) celebrates after taking down USC’s quarterback in the third quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDefensive endGraduating: Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn HolmesReturners: Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa, Chase Young, Jonathon CooperAdditions: Alex WilliamsThe situation: This season, Ohio State’s depth has been its biggest strength at defensive end. That will not be the case next year because redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis and senior Jalyn Holmes will graduate and redshirt junior Sam Hubbard is likely to declare early for the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the Buckeyes will not experience any dearth of talent at the position. Sophomore Nick Bosa will return and remain as a starter, but will play many more snaps next season due to the NFL-bound defensive ends. Freshman Chase Young, a former five-star prospect who looks more like an NFL player than a freshman, has earned first-team snaps this season and has an opportunity to win a starting spot next year. Redshirt freshman Jonathon Cooper was lost in the shuffle due to Ohio State’s loaded upper class of defensive ends and Young’s hype, but the former four-star Ohioan will be expected to rotate with the returners on the line. Earlier in the season, defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he did not like playing true freshmen in disadvantageous situations. That might not be an option in 2018, with Ohio State likely having just three nonfreshman defensive ends. Alex Williams and, potentially, another 2018 defensive end recruit will add to the minimal depth.Projected starters: Nick Bosa, Chase YoungThe Reasoning: Bosa and Young, both former five-star prospects, have lived up to their billing, but have yet to bear the workload of a full starter. Next season, they are likely to be the starters and will have an opportunity to cause havoc in opposing backfields. The potential loss of three starters will take its toll on the depth, and Cooper will be the lone defensive end available to spell Bosa and Young.Ohio State freshman linebacker Baron Browning (5) attempts to stop a Scarlet Knight in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLinebackerGraduating: Chris Worley, Zach TurnureReturners: Jerome Baker, Dante Booker, Malik Harrison, Tuf Borland, Baron Browning, Pete Werner, Justin Hilliard, Keandre Jones, Nick ConnerAdditions: Teradja Mitchell, Dallas Gant, K’Vaughan PopeThe situation: Redshirt senior Chris Worley will graduate, which means Ohio State is losing a starting linebacker and leader of the unit for the second year in a row. Junior Jerome Baker also stands a good chance to exit early for the NFL draft, meaning the Buckeyes will be left with two vacancies at linebacker. Redshirt freshman Tuf Borland started for the second half of the season and has a good shot to open the season at the starter in the middle. Redshirt junior Dante Booker started the majority of the early season, but, once again, was injured and lost his spot. Sophomore Malik Harrison has played a considerable amount of snaps and the athletic linebacker could slide into a starting position. Freshman Baron Browning, a former five-star prospect, is one of Ohio State’s most physically gifted linebackers. Freshman Pete Werner garnered praise from Meyer for his special teams plays, but the first-year player did not see many snaps on defense. Redshirt sophomore Justin Hilliard and sophomore Keandre Jones will be in the mix for increased playing time, but both mainly played special teams. Redshirt sophomore Nick Conner has dealt with a multitude of injuries and has not played this season. The Buckeyes will add a talented group of linebackers, led by Teradja Mitchell, but none are likely to earn consequential reps.Projected starters: Baron Browning, Tuf Borland, Malik HarrisonThe Reasoning: The athleticism of potential first-year starters Browning and Harrison, combined with Borland, might be too much for Ohio State to pass up. Harrison has the inside track to earn a starting position considering the important snaps he has played this year, but Browning will have to beat out a multitude of talented players. Browning earned compliments from defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and teammates for his bowl practice showings. Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down a Badger in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorCornerbackGraduating: Denzel Ward (NFL draft early entrant) Returners: Damon Arnette, Kendall Sheffield, Jeffrey Okudah, Shaun Wade, Amir Riep, Marcus WilliamsonAdditions: Sevyn Banks, Tyreke JohnsonThe situation: With junior Denzel Ward becoming an early entrant into the 2018 NFL Draft, Ohio State will likely enter next season with a similar crop of cornerbacks minus this year’s best. The Buckeyes will count on major offseason improvements from redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, both of whom had shaky 2017 seasons. A sizable group of current freshmen will push them for playing time. Former five-star Jeffrey Okudah played ample snaps and fellow former five-star Shaun Wade has a shot to earn more playing time after recovering from an abdominal injury. Amir Riep and Marcus Williamson have not played much outside of special teams, but each could enter the rotation next year. Incoming recruits Sevyn Banks and Tyreke Johnson are unlikely to play much.Projected starters: Kendall Sheffield, Jeffrey Okudah, Damon ArnetteThe Reasoning: Given the physique and athleticism of Sheffield and Okudah, Ohio State will be unable to keep them off the field. They could cover the outside while Arnette covers in the slot. Though Arnette has struggled with the responsibility, he will be in his third season as a key contributor and must play at a higher level in 2018.Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) awaits the snap during the second quarter at the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorSafetyGraduating: Erick Smith, Damon Webb (starter)Returners: Jordan Fuller, Isaiah Pryor, Wayne Davis, Jahsen Wint, Brendon WhiteAdditions: Josh Proctor, Marcus HookerThe situation: Senior Damon Webb, a two-year starter, and senior Erick Smith, who began the season as a starter but missed multiple games for undisclosed reasons and relinquished his starting position, will graduate. Sophomore Jordan Fuller will remain a starter for the second year. Freshman Isaiah Pryor was Webb’s backup since the opening week of the season. Redshirt freshman Wayne Davis was listed as Fuller’s backup while Smith was suspended, but has not played much other than on special teams. Redshirt freshman Jahsen Wint also has not seen much playing time on defense. Freshman Brendon White has played multiple positions since arriving at Ohio State in the spring, but has been with the safeties since fall camp. He is a gifted athlete and will find snaps at some point, no matter what position he ends up playing. Four-star Josh Proctor have a chance to earn early playing time, but must first make an impact on special teams. Though Marcus Hooker, younger brother of former Buckeye safety Malik Hooker, is listed as a cornerback, he will to play safety in college and might redshirt.Projected starters: Jordan Fuller, Isaiah PryorThe Reasoning: Fuller will retain his spot as a starter and Pryor will likely slide into Webb’s starting spot due to lesser competition at the position. Fuller impressed in his first season as a starter and could enter 2018 as one of Ohio State’s most talented defensive players. Opposite Fuller, Pryor has the upper hand, but that position battle could go through spring camp and into the fall without a starter named.Check out the preview of Ohio State’s offense. read more

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The scaffold clad Grenfell Tower seen from Holland Park in August 2018Credit:REUTERS/Toby Melville Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They raised questions about how the refurbishment had affected the operation of the building’s smoke venting system and the firefighter’s lift controls. Official warnings identifying multiple fire safety failings at Grenfell Tower were served on the building’s management the year before the fire but no action was taken, documents have revealed.An independent Fire Risk Assessment, a routine inspection during the refurbishment process, was carried out in June 2016 and recommended action on more than 40 “high risk” issues within two to three weeks, according to ITV News.Four months later, the fire risk assessor wrote to the the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) asking why action still hadn’t been taken on more than 20 issues he had identified in his report.A separate fire deficiency notice from the then London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), was issued in November 2016 with a deadline for action in May 2017, a month before the blaze ripped through the tower, killing 72 residents.The documents are the first to reveal that official warnings about fire safety, that the KCTMO was legally required to act upon, were issued before the fire.The two fire safety audits reportedly  identified problems with damaged or poorly fitted fire doors and fire doors that did not self-close. Grenfell Tower residents have previously revealed that they warned the KCTMO of fire safety concerns over a period of several years.The KCTMO ceased to exist following the fire but the owner of Grenfell Tower, Kensington and Chelsea council, said in a statement: “This will be a matter for the public inquiry, and to comment further could risk prejudicing the ongoing police investigation.“We do not want to do or say anything that could obstruct the course of justice, because justice is what our residents want the most.“Our first thoughts and our last thoughts will always be with those that lost their lives in the Grenfell Tragedy. We have been clear that we want the whole unvarnished truth and we will do all we can to assist, no matter what the consequences are for the council.” Barbara Lane, a fire engineer who analysed the blaze, detailed such failings in her official report to the Grenfell Inquiry.She said that refurbishment work undertaken on lifts in 2005 and between 2012-16 left them unfit for evacuating vulnerable residents and aiding the emergency response.She also found that all of the 106 flat entrance fire doors replaced in 2011 did not meet building regulation standards which required them to withstand a fire for 30 minutes. The scaffold clad Grenfell Tower seen from Holland Park in August 2018 read more

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The research team, led by Ask Tybjaerg Nordestgaard of the university’s Department of Clinical Biochemistry, reported: “A coffee-induced increase in bile acid production could reduce the risk of cholesterol gallstones.”Moreover, coffee has been shown to induce UGT1A1, the enzyme responsible for conjugation of bilirubin. Elevated levels of unconjugated bilirubin in bile is a causal risk factor for gallstone formation.” Drinking six or more cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of gallstones, according to a study of more than 100,000 adults across 13 years.The high intake of caffeine was found to reduce the painful ailment by 23 per cent compared to those who did not drink any coffee at all.Researchers analysed official health and lifestyle data among 104,500 adults over a period of up to 13 years comparing how much coffee they drank with whether or not they ever suffered from symptomatic gallstone disease (GSD).The study was conducted by a team from the Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark where coffee represents, by far, the most common source of caffeine intake.Drinking just one cup a day lowered the risk of GSD by three per cent but the protective properties of caffeine increased dramatically when gulping down several cups a day.The researchers told the Journal of Internal Medicine that several factors were likely to influence the healthy side benefits.Gallstones are formed in the bile duct when there is too much cholesterol and not enough of the bile acids that prevent them becoming stones.Caffeine is released via bile and contains chemical compounds called methylxanthines that stimulate production of acid and prevent the cholesterol forming gallstones. read more

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first_imgThe Greek Centre is to present a lecture on the Greek cotton entrepreneurs who thrived in Egypt in the early 20th century and helped modernise agriculture in the wider region.Dr Nick Dallas, GOCMV board member and convenor of the Community’s public seminar series, will elaborate on this story and the legacy of Egypt’s Hellenic community.Why did Nick choose to investigate this topic? “Well, one was an internal calling. Having been born in Karditsa, one of the largest cotton-producing regions of Greece, I always wondered what if my parents didn’t migrate to Australia, what would my life have been like if I grew up surrounded by the terminology of the cotton cycle,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“The other factor was a chance encounter of some books on the topic. Visiting the bookshop of the American University in Cairo, I encountered a book on the Cotton Plantation. This was followed by the discovery of Professor Matoula Tomara-Sideri’s book, Egyptian Hellenism: the Cotton Roads, in an Athenian bookshop. One thing then led to another. However, the main protagonist in this story is really Mohammad Ali, the ruler of Egypt and one of Kavala’s favourite sons. The modernisation pathway he attempted to follow later on laid the groundwork in attracting many Greeks to Egypt in the mid-19th century.”In any discussion on cotton in Egypt it is next to impossible to avoid mentioning the name of Sakel, an extra-long staple cotton variety introduced by Ioannis Sakellarides which dominated the Nile Delta between 1911 to 1935. “Its strong and lengthy fibres not only commanded a premium price, but European textile mills even modified their machinery to accommodate it,” Dr Dallas explains.However, Sakellarides was simply continuing the legacy of other innovators who had introduced new improved cotton varieties. Cotton entrepreneurs like Kartalis, Kanavas, Psihas, Voltos, Papaheimonas and many others had made their mark beforehand. Greeks were involved and dominated almost every aspect of the cotton trade in 19th century Ottoman Egypt. They provided loans to Egyptian peasant farmers, owned 90 per cent of cotton gins and 25 per cent of all cotton exported went through Greek brokerage houses. How did this story begin? “Well, from an accidental observation by French Swiss engineer, Alexis Jumel, in the garden of Mako Bey, a retired Ottoman officer. He was awestruck by an ornamental plant that Mako Bey had cultivated from Ethiopian seeds he had brought back. Jumel convinced the Kavala-born ruler of Egypt, Muhammad Ali, to invest in the cultivation of this long staple cotton variety. For the rest of his reign, Muhammad Ali then focused on the expanded production of cotton agriculture to raise the financial resources to modernise the Egyptian economy and realise his imperial ambitions.“It was a rollercoaster ride plagued by numerous challenges and always hostage to global price fluctuations, but his successors continued this legacy,” Dr Dallas continues.“Things really took off when the American Civil War erupted and production collapsed in the slave plantation cotton fields of the southern United States. The global price tripled, Egyptian production increased fourfold in the space of a few years. Many Greeks made fabulous fortunes, became significant benefactors and played a leading role in Egyptian commerce.”* Nick Dallas has a multi-discipline background which spans chemistry, political science and economics. His numerous academic interests include economic history, globalisation issues and climate science. Presently he is the national sales manager for professional and vocational education at McGraw-Hill Australia, a global learning science company. He has been on the GOCMV’s board of management since 2012 and takes an active interest in all of the Community’s education initiatives.When: Thursday 15 September, 7.00 pm Where: The Greek Centre, mezzanine level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC Entry: Free Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Virgin Galactic Gives First Look at Its Luxurious Lounge for Space TouristsSmithsonian Air & Space Museum Acquires VSS Unity Rocket Motor The second time is sweeter for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Two months after the inaugural spaceflight, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity has reached space again in a test flight over Mojave, California.This time, VSS Unity reached its highest speed and altitude to date and, for the first time, carried a third crew member on board along with research payloads from the NASA Flight Opportunities program, Virgin Galactic announced in a press release.This is the first time Virgin Galactic carried three human beings on its ride to the edge of space. In previous test flights, the two pilots were the only ones inside of the spacecraft.This space flight also means Chief Pilot Dave Mackay and co-pilot Michael “Sooch” Masucci become commercial astronauts and the 569th and 570th humans in space. Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s Chief Astronaut Instructor, flew as the third crew member in a first, live evaluation of cabin dynamics. She is the 571st person to fly to space and the first woman to fly on board a commercial spaceship.We have a 3rd crew member in the cabin of SpaceShipTwo today, Chief Astronaut Instructor, Beth Moses. She will provide human validation for the data we collect. Including aspects of the customer cabin and spaceflight environment from the perspective of people in the back. pic.twitter.com/WiUxhuf2zv— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) February 22, 2019WhiteKnightTwo, the craft that lifts VSS Unity high enough to fire its motor, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port launch site a few minutes after 11 a.m. EST (1400 GMT). Unity separated about an hour into the flight, then fired its hybrid rocket motor, which propelled the spaceship at Mach 3.04 to an apogee of 295,007 feet.During several minutes of weightlessness while the pilots “feathered” the spaceship in preparation for a Mach 2.7 re-entry, Moses floated free to complete a number of cabin evaluation test points.Hello, Earth . Footage from the boom of SpaceShipTwo pic.twitter.com/i6jdsjrRRB— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) February 22, 2019According to Virgin Galactic, this human validation of data previously collected via sensors, and the live testing of other physical elements of the cabin interior, are needed to provide future passengers and space tourists a safe and comfortable experience. Virgin Galactic already has more than 700 would-be space tourists signed on to launch, with tickets priced at $250,000 per flight.There were a lot of “firsts” on this particular flight. The flight was the first time that a non-pilot flew on board a commercial spaceship to space, and it was the first time that a crew member floated freely without restraints in weightlessness in space onboard a commercial spaceship; and it was the first time that three people flew to space on a commercial spaceship.Congrats to @VirginGalactic on SpaceShipTwo’s successful flight to suborbital space w/ four @NASA_Technology payloads. With access to reduced-gravity, researchers collect data needed to mature their tech for use in deep space. More about our tech onboard: https://t.co/63eypTVPcB https://t.co/3RA57Ojgyd— NASA (@NASA) February 22, 2019“I am immensely proud of everyone involved,” Virgin founder Richard Branson said. “Having Beth [Moses] fly in the cabin today, starting to ensure that our customer journey is as flawless as the spaceship itself, brings a huge sense of anticipation and excitement to all of us here who are looking forward to experiencing space for ourselves. The next few months promise to be the most thrilling yet.”Unity also carried NASA-funded payloads on this mission. Under NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, four experiments flew on board the spacecraft, including technologies that previously flew onboard SpaceShipTwo in December 2018 and, more recently, two launched on a Blue Origin rocket.More on Geek.com:Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Acquires VSS Unity Rocket MotorUnder Armour Will Design Space Suits for Virgin GalacticFirst Commercial SpaceShipTwo Flight Expected to Launch This Yearlast_img read more

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