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NORTH ANDOVER, MA — Merrimack College officially inducted the newest members of the Merrimack Athletics Hall of Fame, as six former student-athletes, one team and a distinguished honoree were enshrined as the Class of 2018 on Friday night on campus.Friday’s induction enshrined Wilmington resident Judy O’Connell and her national championship-winning softball team for bringing distinction, honor and excellence to the College.Judy O’Connell (Class of 1995) was a three-time All-American and three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (1993, 1994, 1995), one of only two in program history. O’Connell was a key player on the 1994 National Championship Softball team, leading the team with a .482 batting average, 35 runs scored, 54 hits, 10 HR, 54 RBIs and only nine strikeouts. She ranks third in single-season batting average (.482), second in single-season RBI’s (54); seventh in career batting average (.398) and fourth in career home runs (28) and RBIs (148). A cum laude graduate, she was part of four straight NE10 regular season and tournament teams as part of the mid-1990’s softball dynasty, helping the Warriors win both titles every season while qualifying for three straight NCAA Tournaments and reaching the Division II College World Series in back-to-back years (1994, 1995). O’Connell served as team captain in her final two seasons and was named NE10 Player and Rookie of the Year over the course of her decorated career.O’Connell’s 1994 softball team set the precedent, becoming the first-ever National Champion in Northeast-10 Conference history. The team was the first to truly bring the Northeast-10 Conference name to the national stage. Merrimack was also the first team from the Northeast/East/New England region to capture a national championship. The Warriors dominated from start to finish that year, losing only four games while winning a school-record 45 on their way to the national title. They also captured the league’s regular season and tournament title that year, while three players were named All-Americans. The team was honored by the league in 2011 when it was inducted into the NE10 Hall of Fame.Other inductees included Amanda (Baldwin) Mayock, Nancy (Daly) Dwyer, April Daugherty, Jim Hrivnak, Corey Lunney, and Ken Duane.Altogether, six different sports are represented among that group, including the first-ever selections in the history of the field hockey and women’s lacrosse programs.Merrimack College President Dr. Christopher E. Hopey and Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson delivered remarks throughout the event before each new inductee had the opportunity to speak. Additionally, a number of former Hall of Fame inductees – which now boasts nearly 60 total selections dating back four decades – were recognized, as well. The event culminated with each new inductee receiving a commemorative framed photo.The event coincided with the College’s annual Homecoming Weekend, which started with the athletic department’s first-ever quadruple-header earlier in the day with women’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, field hockey and women’s volleyball all playing on campus leading up to the induction ceremony.(NOTE: The above press release is from Merrimack College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Judy O’Connell To Be Inducted Into Merrimack College’s Athletics Hall Of FameIn “Community”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Kevin Caira Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Holds Campaign Kick-Off RallyIn “Government”
In October last year, BJP MPs had shouted down a draft report prepared by Joshi recommending that the methodology used for GDP estimation should be reviewed. The BJP members averred that this would reveal wreaker growth in GDP.Activist Prashant Bhushan recently highlighted another action of Joshi that rankled the nerves of PM Modi. This was when Joshi raked up a list of bank defaulters that former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had submitted to the government. “Modi doesn’t forgive,” [this], Bhushan said, according to Deccan Herald. Narendra Modi: It is not Modi’s Strength, It is the strength of your vote, that the world is witnessing today Close Will BJP stalwart Murli Manohar Joshi take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi? The Delhi grapevine is abuzz with rumours of high-level confabulations that underline an effort to field Joshi, one of BJP’s founders, from Varanasi.The unseemly development follows BJP’s decision to deny Joshi his Kanpur Lok Sabha seat for the 2019 elections. Joshi, the third president of the BJP and one of the foremost leaders of the party, was eliminated along with veteran leader LK Advani. Joshi was also miffed over the way in which the party decision to shunt him was communicated. It was reported that neither PM Modi nor party chief Amit Shah spoke to him about the reasons for denying him the party ticket.Joshi later told the electorate in Kanpur that the party has asked him not to contest. “Shri Ramlal, General Secretary (Org.) Bharatiya Janata Party conveyed to me today that I should not contest the ensuing Parliamentary elections from Kanpur and elsewhere,” he said in a statement. BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi wave to their supporters at a public rally in Varanasi on 18 October, 2008.Reuters fileThe 85-year-old had moved to Kanpur in 2014 as Modi wanted to contest from Varanasi. Joshi won the Kanpur seat with a thumping majority. A report in the NDTV said Joshi held talks with senior Congress leaders. The report said the Congress asked the veteran leader to contest from Varanasi as the joint Opposition candidate.A thorn on Modi’s side?The report also says that Joshi is being persuaded by the leaders of Congress and other opposition parties to contest either from Varanasi or another BJP bastion. It also says that Joshi, feeling betrayed, is prepared to issue a public statement that condemns the Modi-Shah leadership of the BJP.There have been reports in the press for a long time that Joshi would be eased out in this election as he had caused considerable unease to the government and the party in his role as the chairman of the Standing Committee of Parliament on Estimates. In one of the reports of the high-powered panel, Joshi had underlined that the government’s defence spending as a percent of GDP was stuck at pre-1962 level, something that ran counter to the hyper nationalism pitch of the BJP and the government’s stated commitment to modernise the defence forces.
Road Accident logoThree motorcyclists were killed in a road accident at Meghna Bazar in Madhabdi upazila in Narsingdi early Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rafiq, 25, son of Emdad member of Puranchar in Madhabdi upazila, his two friends Sohel Mia, 25, and Ashok Saha, 24, hailing from Polash upazila.The accident took place when a motorcycle, ridden by the trio, hit the boundary wall of a roadside house in the area as its driver lost control over the steering at some time of last night, leaving all of them dead on the spot, said Madhabdi police station officer-in-charge Ilias Miah.Locals spotted the dead bodies in the morning and informed police.Later, police rushed to the spot and sent those to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital morgue.
At least two people were killed and a score hurt in clashes between rival political parties ahead of Guinea’s presidential election Sunday, the head of the gendarmerie said.The clashes near the city’s large Madina market Thursday between supporters of incumbent President Alpha Conde, and leading opposition rival Cellou Dalein Diallo, left two dead, General Ibrahima Balde, the gendarmerie chief-of-staff, told AFP. Interior Minister Mahmoud Cisse meanwhile cited hospital sources as saying one person had died and 20 had been injured, while a security source speaking on
How Success Happens 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As technology advances, so must the way we do business. In today’s digital world, that means making the move from tedious, paper-based systems to efficient, paperless solutions.Long gone are the days of paper correspondence, handbooks, manuals and checks. Whatever the paper-based system is, chances are it has a more economical, paperless cousin. Just ask Emma.BusinessWeek first called for the paperless workplace back in 1975, and it’s easy to understand why it never fully came about. In fact, the opposite happened. New technologies, such as email and the Internet, encouraged workers to print more, not less. That influx of printing is what truly sparked the idea of a paperless workforce.Related: 6 Questions to Ask About Your Printing Setup That Could Save MoneyWith today’s technological advances and ever-changing workplace, a paperless office is well within reach. Embracing a paperless workplace is about more than “going green” or cutting down on printing costs. Less paper means more productivity. Here are four ways to go paperless to boost a company’s overall productivity:1. Ditch the fax machine already.For most of us, the fax machine lived in the 1980s. However, every now and then the elusive fax number makes an untimely appearance in someone’s email signature. The first step to jumping on the paperless bandwagon is to get rid of outdated paper-based solutions — the fax machine being the first to go.As for the abundance of documents taking up office space, scan them and turn them into digital files that can be stored electronically. An office with less paper to keep track of is an office that breeds organized, productive employees.By making anything that enables paper usage — fax machines to filing cabinets to paper clips — less readily available, employees will turn to paperless alternatives. The sticky note may never die (long live the to-do list), but limiting other paper product usage is a start.2. Move business to the cloud.The cloud has redefined the way we do business. So much so, that nearly 40 percent of U.S. small businesses have fully adapted to cloud computing — a number that’s expected to double by 2020, according to a 2014 Intuit study.Moving business to the cloud not only gets rid of paper-based systems, it boosts both individual and overall productivity levels within an organization, by giving employees the ability to access work-related information from any device, anywhere, at any time. As the workplace becomes more flexible and begins to cater to a remote workforce, being able to access work materials from outside of the office isn’t just nice, it’s necessary.Related: Going Paperless Is Still in the Future at Many BusinessesCloud computing creates a more connected workforce. For starters, it eliminates the time-consuming process of sending files back and forth and up and down the corporate ladder, which creates a streamlined communication and approval process. For instance, with Google Drive, colleagues can collaborate without ever leaving their desks. Collaboration at its simplest.3. Automate time-consuming processes.Automating time-consuming processes is a great way to get rid of paper and increase productivity for managers and employees alike. Take the new hire onboarding process, for example. By moving to a paperless onboarding system, new hires can spend less time sifting through paperwork, handbooks and instruction manuals, and managers can easily assign, track and store new hire paperwork and tasks.Another equally paper-heavy process that can be automated is benefits administration and enrollment. This headache-inducing process is made easy by eliminating stacks of paperwork and benefits information in exchange for a clean, easy-to-use way to sign up for, learn about and manage benefits.4. Take advantage of time-saving apps.These days, there’s an app for everything. When it comes to enforcing a paperless workplace, mobile applications can help employers and their employees save paper, and time. From apps such as SignNow that enable people to sign electronic documents while on the go, to employee time tracking apps such as Toggl that eliminate paper timesheets, to organized to-do lists such as WorkFlowy, there’s an app designed for the job.By utilizing the latest apps for business, both employers and employees can spend less time searching for, organizing and filling out paperwork and more time on other, more crucial aspects of business.What do you think about going paperless? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!Related: Adobe’s Latest Product Lets You Turn a Photo of a Document Into a Fully Functional Digital File Listen Now June 30, 2015 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.
7 min read Today, the importance of machine learning and big data to businesses cannot be overemphasized; both are revolutionizing business operations and consistently providing lots of new opportunities.Although machine learning dates back to the 1950’s, it’s presently more subject to practical, large-scale applications than it has ever been. Big data, on the other hand, became a thing in 2013, after it was discovered that 90 percent of the world’s data was produced in the previous two years.The spate of data generation, therefore, became a challenge as well as an opportunity. As an opportunity, big data enables businesses to not grope in the dark but make wise real-time decisions by providing them with insights into various market situations and ensuring a better understanding of consumers’ behaviors and preferences.It’s however noteworthy that big data by itself is of little value. To be useful, it has to be operated on by various analytical methods, many of which don’t go beyond providing mere statistical insights.Machine learning comes in handy as it goes further to unveil the hidden potentials of big data by producing and implementing solutions to complex business problems.Here are some four ways by which combining big data with machine learning has helped improve business intelligence, and some takeaways for business owners.Related: 5 Reasons Machine Learning Is the Future of Marketing1. Facilitating Customer SegmentationIt is not uncommon to find distinct groups — each comprising individuals who share a wide range of similarities – within a business’s customer base. In fact, discovering such groups is a crucial step every business should take.Fortunately, machine learning clustering algorithms are perfect for achieving this kind of a segmentation. Many such algorithms are unsupervised in that they don’t require special human direction to operate. Rather, an unsupervised clustering algorithm requires only data for exploration, so as to discover similarities and differences (where they exist), and come up with distinct clusters based on a number of features.In 2009, Orbitz created a machine learning team to facilitate segmentation, among other reasons. Three years later, it discovered a pattern from the data at its disposal: Mac users were willing to spend as much as 30 percent more per night for hotel rooms, when compared to Windows users. This discovery made it (Orbitz) swing into action in a way I’ll touch on, shortly, as it obviously helped to lay the grounds for segmenting the business’s customer base based on the relative propensity to pay for varying hotel types.Your business can also harness the power of machine learning and big data to achieve segmentation. But, first, you need to discover whether segmentation holds any potential benefit for your organization. If you believe it does, then it will become necessary to invest heavily in data analytics, make your business machine learning ready, and then employ a machine learning team. As you’ll soon see, machine learning will not only help to accurately and efficiently make sense of the data at your disposal, but also help to implement core business strategies.Related: Want to Be More Like Amazon? Start By Making Your Startup More Data-Driven.2. Making Targeting Feasible and Effective:Merely knowing that your customer base is composed of different groups doesn’t cut it -– you have to devise means to cater to divergent needs.Orbitz responded to the earlier stated discovery by targeting customers differently: costlier hotels were displayed to Apple users. It’s quite reasonable to suggest that this move was a wise one, for such a strategic targeting must have been highly profitable.On the other hand, it’s sometimes necessary to view one’s customer base as comprising different individuals with various preferences rather than a conglomeration of different groups. This perspective will make it more pragmatic to tailor products to each individual based on his or her specific behavior and perceived preferences. Again, machine learning, under the aegis of big data, facilitates this.Google, for example, uses big data to better understand your preferences and combines it with complex (machine learning) algorithms to provide supposedly relevant results for every query you make. This is why your past choices (for example, the sites you’ve visited) end up impacting on some of the results you’re shown.Machine learning and big data are also breaking grounds in targeted advertising. Pixar, for example, targets its audience with different movie advertisements which are based on learned preferences. Netflix also estimates that its algorithms produce $1 billion a year in value from customer retention, thanks to the “Netflix addiction” which is mostly spurred by accurate recommendations fostered by both user and item-based collaborative filtering.In other words, business owners need to understand that targeting consumers differently makes a lot of sense, and that machine learning makes personalization, which is key to providing a better user experience, possible. Say you run an ecommerce business, machine learning can help you personalize your ads so that people see only products that are most likely suited to their needs. This will definitely add an unobstrusive touch to your platform and may improve your bottom line by increasing sales and engendering customer retention. Again, the “Netflix addiction” speaks volumes about the potentials of machine learning-induced targeting.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business3. Fostering Predictive Analysis:After gaining insight into consumer behavior from big data, you’ll want to use machine learning to develop generalizations and thus make predictions regarding various business issues.In other words, machine learning models can learn behavior patterns from data and determine how likely it is for a person or a set of people to take certain actions, such as subscribing for a service. This makes it possible to anticipate events and make futuristic decisions.The American Express Company used big data to analyze and predict consumer behavior by learning from historical transactions. Through this, it was able to predict 24 percent of accounts in its Australian market that were about to close within four months. T-mobile also uses big data to predict consumer fluctuations.To make these kind of predictions, you must employ machine learning expertise to help grapple with your business’s data. Classification algorithms are usually used as the foundation for such predictions.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less Lucrative4. Providing Foundations for Risk Analysis and Regulation:Big data enables machine learning models to extensively analyze and regulate risks.For fraud detection, American Express applies machine learning to analyze large historical datasets. In fact, the machine learning system is considered to differ from the previously existent fraud detection systems which included only manually created rules, and is better off because it’s likely to improve with more data inputs. It also saves the company millions of dollars, said Bernard Marr. Your business can also make use of machine learning to decrease financial irregularities. Many organizations are, in fact, developing systems to make the process easier. IBM, for example, provides financial institutions with a machine learning system on IBM z/OS in order to aid financial risk management. This system pays particular attention to credit scoring and is targeted at deducing credit worthiness which it uses to gauge risks.Employing machine learning models can go a long way in ensuring anti-money laundering compliance, detecting rouge trading and other trade anomalies, so it’s best to not starve your business of these elements of sanity.Related: A Humanoid Robot Called Sophia Mocked Elon Musk After Being Asked About the Dangers of AIMachine learning and big data are presently gaining the attention they deserve, and there’s no doubting that both depend on each other’s strength. More importantly, both have consistently made major impacts on how we undertake business operations. 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