Tens of thousands of spectators and partygoers lined the bayfront on Saturday night for Ocean City’s Night in Venice.Clear skies and relatively cool weather helped draw big crowds to the annual boat parade and house decorating contest.Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer said about 70 boats participated — with 65 registering in advance and another five arriving in time for the pre-event captains’ meeting.Last year’s lineup included 72 entries. The 2012 parade had 50 entries, and the 2011 parade saw 58 boats.This year’s theme was “A Night at the Oscars,” with owners decorating their boats to fit the theme. One highlight was a “Jaws”-themed entry — with Robert Shaw’s shark-hunting Quint narrating and a shark fin in tow.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free Ocean City newsletter“Like” us on Facebook__________The parade set out from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge at 7:30 p.m. and made the trip along Ocean City’s bayfront, in and out of lagoons along the way, to the end of the parade route at Tennessee Avenue.The home-decorating contest and private parties along the entire parade route make Night in Venice one of the highlights of the summer season in Ocean City. Crowds line the railing of the pedestrian/bike lane on the Ninth Street Bridge for the annual Night in Venice Parade in Ocean City, NJ.
On Thursday, February 1st, the music world lost another world-class talent as Dennis Edwards, longtime lead singer of Motown legends the Temptations, passed away in a Chicago hospital just two days before his 75th birthday. His death was confirmed by Rosiland Triche Roberts, one of his booking agents. She did not specify the cause. Before joining The Temptations, Edwards put his gospel singing background to work with another Motown group, the Contours, best known for their 1962 hit “Do You Love Me”, which they recorded before he joined them. The Contours opened for the Temptations in the late 1960s, and when the Temptations lead singer David Ruffin left the group in 1968, Edwards was asked to take his place. As groups like Sly and the Family Stone surged in popularity, Edwards’ voice was one of the main ingredients in The Temptations’ left turn into psychedelic soul and funk territory.Shortly after Dennis Edwards joined the group, the Temptations won their first GRAMMY Award for the upbeat “Cloud Nine” (1968). They won another GRAMMY for the funk anthem “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” in 1971. That song, as well as the other two big Temptations hits from that era—“I Can’t Get Next to You” and “Just My Imagination” (on which Kendricks sang lead)—both reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart. The Temptations received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award in 2013. In 1989, Edwards became the only group member outside the “Classic 5” lineup (Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Otis Williams, and Eddie Kendricks) to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Temptations.You can watch Edwards and The Temptations perform “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” below via YouTube user MOMOFUNKONE:Rest in peace, Dennis. Your memory lives on through your music…[h/t – Billboard][Cover photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images for Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, via Fox5]
The Dell Technologies solution at O2 is built on the following technology foundations: Dell Technologies’ approach to telco data analytics, which is a departure from traditional methods of delivering data-driven insights to customers. Rather than attempting to “own” the entire analytics stack—from data ingestion to storage, analytics, visualization, machine learning and automation—and thereby locking customers into monolithic vertical solutions, Dell Technologies gives customers choice. Do you prefer Tableau or Kibana for visualization and reporting? Zeppelin or Jupyter for computational analytics? Software-defined storage or a standalone storage system for your data lake? With Dell Technologies, customers can pick and choose the tools they are familiar with and avoid having to retrain staff and integrate unfamiliar technology into their analytics environments. By validating Dell Technologies hardware, storage and networking infrastructure with a broad ecosystem of partners and toolsets, we make it possible for customers to deploy analytics solutions in an open and disaggregated way while ensuring they get the performance and data management required to create innovative use cases, all while maintaining control and ownership of their data.The breadth of the Dell Technologies product and solution portfolio for analytics, which features a range of products that are purpose-built for a variety of analytics, machine learning and deep learning applications (such as the PowerEdge C4140, equipped with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to unlock deep learning capabilities for applications ranging from computer vision, natural language processing and autonomous driving), and delivered as part of fully integrated and optimized Dell Technologies solutions that combine hardware, software and services to eliminate guesswork and reduce risk for customers, allowing them instead to focus on deriving business value from their data.Cardinality’s telco-optimized Perception platform, engineered to stream data from network probes and other telco data sources and then perform real-time data prep, cleansing and analytics on that data, storing the results and making them available to business users in the form of reports and visualizations, and to data scientists for further analytics and training of machine learning algorithms. Perception is Kubernetes-based and can run on-prem, in the cloud, and in hybrid environments.Dell Technologies ability to deliver and support end-to-end solutions for customers globally.O2’s ability to innovate on the joint solution and provide cross-functional value to business stakeholders looking to make data-driven decisions.With award-winning solutions like NCX and a growing ecosystem of best-of-breed partners like Cardinality, Dell Technologies is excited to become the preferred IT infrastructure provider for telecom as the industry evolves toward 5G and data-centric business models built on disaggregated, cloud-based architectures. ¹ “O2 UK: Driving Customer-Centricity in Network Analytics”, STL Partners, November 2019 Last month, Dell Technologies was the recipient of the FutureNet award for Most Innovative Application of AI to enhance Customer Experience, in recognition of a solution deployed by Dell Technologies and ISV partner Cardinality at O2 (Telefonica U.K.).Network Customer Experience Solution The solution, which O2 calls Network Customer Experience (NCX), uses machine learning to evaluate patterns in massive volumes of network data and then assign an “NCX score” to every subscriber on O2’s network. The NCX score, in turn, is used by multiple departments within O2 to inform decisions around various business priorities including customer churn reduction, network quality of service improvements, device upgrades and service upsell.The most exciting aspect of the NCX solution is how it helps O2 achieve the “Holy Grail” of telecom data analytics, which is to correlate network events directly with the experience of individual subscribers. With the ability to stream over 15B real-time events per day, Dell Technologies SP Analytics with Cardinality feeds over 300 network metrics (also known as network KPIs) into its machine learning algorithm. The algorithm, in turn, evaluates the KPIs based on their relative impact on customer satisfaction to generate an individualized NCX score for each active subscriber. O2 spent many months surveying its customers to weight the relative importance of network KPIs and then used the survey results to train the algorithm. The result is that O2 can take the “temperature” of subscribers at any given point in time and take individualized actions to maintain loyalty and improve the customer experience. Among the groups within O2 that utilize NCX insights in day-to-day operations are Network Operations, Marketing, and the CTO Office.Solution BenefitsThe NCX solution offers benefits to telco carriers of all sizes and these benefits can be realized in both revenue gains and cost reductions. Some examples¹:A net present value ROI for the overall project of $2M over 2 years for an initial project investment of $4.5M.Extending that same ROI over 6 years, cashflow generated from the same project could exceed $40M, a significant payback in cost savings and revenue from the initial $4.5M investment.15% decrease in the cost of retaining subscribers. The total cost savings will vary from carrier to carrier based on number of subscribers, cost of retention and geographical market saturation.20% increase in upsell, increasing total revenues to offset the decline in average revenue per user (ARPU) seen across the industry.Customer churn can typically be reduced by 1% to 2% over a 6-year period, which can be significant for large carriers with hundreds of thousands of subscribers.Complementing churn reduction is the number of subscribers that can be added as the result of implementing a project like NCX. Operators with 150,000 or more subscribers can see net new subscriber adds of over 100,000 over that same 6-year period, directly attributable to the insights from data analytics and subsequent actions taken to build the subscriber base.
Nigerian players aiming to be part of the maiden Valuejet Para Table Tennis Open believe they will not be pushovers against the visitors.Already, eight countries including host – Nigeria have been confirmed for the three-day tournament holding Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.From Atlanta 96 Paralympic bronze medalist, Nosiru Sule, the tournament is a good opportunity for upcoming players to showcase their talents. “I am so excited that we are hosting this kind of championship for the first time in Nigeria. There is no doubt that the presence of teams from Egypt and South Africa will make the tournament competitive and I am sure Nigerian players will not want to play second fiddle to the visitors.“Having featured in three Paralympic Games, this is good development for Nigeria that our players will have the opportunity to test might with their foreign counterparts in Africa,” Sule said.Like Sule, Faith Obazuaye, a silver medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, this is another platform for her to display her talents particularly against the visiting teams.“When I won the class 10 in Egypt earlier this year, many people is still doubting my ability and now that we are hosting an international tournament, I hope I can show then what I am capable of doing. It promises to be exciting in Lagos and I am eagerly looking forward to make the podium,” the class 10 African champion said.For Tajudeen Agunbiade, who had already secured his passage to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan, the tournament would give opportunity to shake off their rustiness after the qualifiers in Egypt earlier this year.“We have not been able to compete internationally since the qualifiers in Egypt, I think having this kind of competition will surely help us to assess ourselves and shake off for Tokyo 2020. Some of the players coming from Egypt have also qualifiers for the games and this is a good way to test our might against them,” Agunbiade said.Apart from Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa, other teams coming to Lagos include Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana.From Monday December 16 to 18, the ITTF classifier will classify the players to their classes while the tournament will kick off on December 19 to 21 with the top three in each event getting prize money for their efforts. 44 titles will be competed in class 1 to 10 in singles and team events for men and women.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram