Drunken cop slams Police boat into private vessels

first_imgAn investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding a police constable being allowed to operate a service boat while under the influence of alcohol.On Sunday afternoon the constable was steering the boat along the Canje River, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), when he crashed into two private vessels, causing them to become submerged. According to information, the river exercise was in preparation for a trip that was scheduled to occur on Monday.This newspaper was told that an officer at Central Police Station, who is also in charge of issuing fuel, claimed that the actions of the constable were questionable when he went requesting fuel for Monday’s trip. The officer subsequently reported his suspicions. Guyana Times was also told that following the incident, a breathalyser test was conducted on the rank and he was found to be over the legal limit.last_img read more

Busy 2014 as Springboks look to World Cup

first_img6 MarchThe Springboks’ fixture list for 2014 was released by the South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Wednesday. It includes two tests against Wales in South Africa in June and a four-match European Tour in November.In total, the Springboks are scheduled to play 14 matches this year, 13 of which are tests. The other game, a non-test Springbok match against a World XV in Cape Town on 7 June, is still to be confirmed.Incoming SeriesThe two tests against Wales, on 14 and 21 June, will be played at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban and the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, after which the Boks will host Scotland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 28 June.The home tests in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship will take place at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria (against Argentina), DHL Newlands in Cape Town (against Australia) and Ellis Park in Johannesburg (against New Zealand), as was announced last year.The traditional November tour to the northern hemisphere will include a third clash with Wales on 29 November in Cardiff.‘Very excited’“We’re very excited about the schedule for the year, which will give Heyneke Meyer and the Springboks a proper opportunity to test themselves a little more than a year away from the 2015 Rugby World Cup,” Saru CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement.“The four tests in November, which will see us take on Ireland, England, Italy and Wales, will provide very good preparation in typical conditions they can expect at the World Cup.“It will be a tough tour, but I know the Boks will be ready to take on the best from that part of the world.”Camp timeRoux said that the decision to play the additional test against Wales in November and the planned match against a World XV had been taken to source additional income for Rugby World Cup preparations, as well as to provide extra time in camp for the Springbok squad.South Africa are currently ranked second in the world rankings behind New Zealand, with Australia, England and Ireland making up the rest of the top five.2014 SPRINGBOK FIXTURESCastle Lager Incoming Series7 June: SA v World XV (Venue TBC)14 June: SA v Wales (Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban)21 June: SA v Wales (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)28 June: SA v Scotland (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth)Castle Lager Rugby Championship16 Aug: SA v Argentina (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)23 Aug: Argentina v SA (Venue TBC)6 Sep: Australia v SA (Patersons Stadium, Perth)13 Sep: New Zealand v SA (Westpac Stadium, Wellington)27 Sep: SA v Australia (DHL Newlands, Cape Town)4 Oct: SA v New Zealand (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)Castle Lager Outgoing Tour8 Nov: Ireland v SA (AVIVA Stadium, Dublin)15 Nov: England v SA (Twickenham, London)22 Nov: Italy v SA (Venue TBC)29 Nov: Wales v SA (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

3 Predictions for Corporate Innovation in 2019

first_imgFollow the Puck AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Renee Johnson Never have enterprise firms had such a short shelf life. Innosight’s 2018 Corporate Longevity Forecast found that, if the current churn rate holds, fully half of S&P 500 companies will be replaced in the coming decade. Could half of the S&P 500 companies be replaced in the coming 10 years?While 80 percent of executives surveyed by Innosight said they “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that they need to transform, 55 percent of those same executives said they expect their competition to come from existing industry players rather than new competitors.Corporate leaders may be right on the first point, but they’re likely wrong on the second. One of the most significant threats to corporations is disruption from agile startups with a culture of experimentation and risk-taking. For example, Petsmart was forced to make the largest e-commerce acquisition to date in late 2017 when it was blindsided not by industry peer Petco, but by Chewy.com. Similarly, the entire ground transportation industry was turned upside down by ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, which have captured more than 70 percent of the U.S. business traveler market, according to a report by Certify.Petsmart and dozens of other enterprises learned the truth of corporate innovation the hard way: Companies that don’t look to the future will soon become part of the past.What’s Coming in Corporate InnovationThe news isn’t all bad for enterprise leaders, though. Three trends show corporate innovation is alive and well in 2019:Corporations will look beyond traditional R&D and toward partnerships.Over the past three decades, return on R&D spending has declined by two-thirds. As corporations see diminishing returns on internally focused innovation, they’re increasingly looking to external partners for innovation. Fortunately, one-on-one startup-corporate partnerships are no longer their only option. Although they take more effort, accelerators and semi-internal incubators are two emerging solutions. Mastercard’s Start Path program accepted 11 new startups last year, for instance, most of which were directly relevant to Mastercard’s own financial services. Others, like Google parent company Alphabet, are spinning off startups built by internal team members.The quickest, newest way to get an external perspective, however, is through corporate innovation consultants like Cie Digital. Chief operating officer Alvin Fong argues that it’s Cie’s experience with companies of multiple sizes spanning across different industries that sets it apart. “Startups and corporations come at innovation from two totally different perspectives,” explains Fong. “The best solution is often to find a partner who’s seen the subject from both sides of the fence.”Artificial intelligence will be a primary source of innovation.Although barely one-third of enterprises have adopted AI to date, according to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Survey, that’s changing rapidly. The research giant also found that the number of companies implementing one or more AI technologies has grown by 270 percent in the past four years. Chris Howard, distinguished research vice president at Gartner, suggested in a press release that corporate innovation around AI can’t wait for the right talent. “In order to stay ahead, CIOs need to be creative,” Howard explained. “If there is no AI talent available, another possibility is to invest in training programs for employees with backgrounds in statistics and data management.” What subfields of AI are the best bets for corporate innovation? Machine learning pilot programs doubled last year compared to the prior one, Deloitte data showed, and are expected to increase again by 2020. Particularly in the healthcare industry, natural language processing is a hotspot, growing to nearly $8 billion by 2022 from $667 million in 2016.Improving the customer experience will be a top priority. Even as brands invest more in technologies like AI, consumers are clamoring for more human customer experiences. A PwC report released last March showed that 75 percent of consumers want more social interaction in the future, while 64 percent think companies have lost touch with the human side of CX. What’s more, consumers say they’re willing to open their wallets for a better CX. “CMOs take note: Our research revealed that 65 percent of U.S. consumers find a positive brand experience to be more influential than great advertising,” David Clarke, PwC principle and experience consulting leader, said in a press release. “Our findings quantify the potential ROI on experience investments, upwards of 16%.”While AI has a role to play in all types of corporate innovation, many of the best CX changes brands can make are low-tech. Respondents to the PwC survey said fast and efficient service, knowledgeable and helpful employees, and convenience is their top three CX priorities. For today’s companies, corporate innovation is literally a life-or-death choice. This past decade is proof that their scale, history, and expertise aren’t enough to keep smaller peers from surpassing them. Without an eye on the customer experience, investments in AI technologies, and the right partnerships, 2019 might be a brutal year. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#agile corporations#AI#artificial intelligence#corporate innovation#Partnerships I’m a freelance writer and mother living in the Bay Area. I write about parenting, tech, gadgets, and am absolutely thrilled that my work allows me to be there raising my children. last_img read more