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How to take a year off from your life

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How to take a year off from your life How to take a year off from your life[/caption] While the concept of a gap year has always been popular for those that are just leaving school, more and more people are taking a year off a little later in life. Whether it’s because you’re worn out and just need a break, you’re looking to find some fresh perspective on the world and your life, or you simply feel that you need a change, a year off is increasingly common. No matter your reasons, there are ways to make sure that you can achieve the ultimate in work breaks. If you’re feeling drained by the daily toil, or you simply feel that there’s more to life than what you’re doing right now, then here are the ways to make sure that you can enjoy and benefit from a full year off. Address your reasons Everyone thinking about taking a year off has their ownreasons for doing so. For some, it will be the need to escape from the responsibilities of their career, while others are simply seeking an adventure to shake up their lives. Consider why it is that you want to take a year off. A little introspection is always therapeutic, and you might find that the problems that you want to escape with your year off might be more easily escapedwith a more practical solution like finding a new job or returning to education. Have A Plan Once you have decided to take a year off, you’re going to need to start planning. Depending on the complexities of your life and your responsibilities, this will vary for everyone. Decide exactly what you want to do and what you want your time off to achieve. Do you want to learn a new skill, go explore the world, or justrelax with friends? Once you know what you want to do, the chances are much higher that you will get what you wanted from your gap year. The People In Your Life Young people taking a year off between education have the benefit of a lack of responsibility. For older people who want to escape for a year, those responsibilities can be a burden. Make sure that you talk to those closest to you about your plans and why you are planning a year off. For couples or those with children, taking a year off means lifestyle changes. Make sure that those around you are aware of what you’re doing and why. Their support will make your time off much easier. The Money Issue Obviously, if you’re taking a year off work,then you’re going to have to address your cash situation at some point. If you have the savings to pay for the costs of your break, then make sure that you don’t overspend and cut yourself short. If savings are non-existent, then it may be worth looking at getting a short-term personal loan from https://www.crediful.com/how-to-get-a-loan-with-bad-credit/, with options available even for those with bad credit. Money is going to be a factor during your year off, so make sure that you don’t have to cut your break short due to a lack of money in the bank. Have An Exit Strategy Hopefully, your year off will give you that fresh perspective that you hoped for. The trick is knowing what to do with that. At some pointyour year off is going to be over, and if you leave it till then to know what to do next, then you’re leaving it too late. Your year off should have a goal, and every day of it should be leading you towards that goal. If you’re returning backto the same business,then make sure that your employer is aware of that, and if you’re trying something entirely new, don’t wait until your year off is over before you start making applications and networking. Be Flexible While you will need a plan, remember the value of flexibility. Don’t over plan, and remember that there’s a lot of value to simply going with the flow. If your year off involves travel, then be ready to change destinations at the drop of a hat. Don’t be too rigid. The more flexible you are, the more likely that you will experience something that will make your year off worth it. Structuring too much may end up limiting your experiences and your overall gain from your work break. Although taking a year off when you’re in your mid-20s, 30s, or 40s is increasingly common, it’s not the only way to refresh your life. It’s a challenging way to shake things up, but there are options that areless overwhelming. Short breaks, whether for a weekend or even a month, can be very beneficial as well. For those that need a year to get their heads feeling fresh, remember to plan, andyou could return home after a year with an entirely new mindset that sees you ready to take on the world.]]>

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Graduate who went viral for begging for a job with a placard says he’s received 50 offers since

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Isaac Kwame Addae, a young unemployed graduate who took to the streets with a placard, looking for a job, says he  has been offered opportunities by at least  50 different firms. (more…)

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Meta’s AI AI machine translation research helps break language barriers

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Today, Meta announced that it has built and open sourced ‘No Language Left Behind’ NLLB-200, a single AI model that is the first to translate across 200 different languages, including 55 African languages with state-of-the-art results. Meta is using the modelling techniques and learnings from the project to improve and extend translations on Facebook, Instagram, and Wikipedia.

 

In an effort to develop high-quality machine translation capabilities for most of the world’s low-resource languages, this single AI model was designed with a focus on African languages. They are challenging from a machine translation perspective. AI models require lots and lots of data to help them learn, and there’s not a lot of human translated training data for these languages. For example, there’s more than 20M people who speak and write in Luganda but examples of this written language are extremely difficult to find on the internet.

 

We worked with professional translators for each of these languages to develop a reliable benchmark which can automatically assess translation quality for many low-resource languages. We also work with professional translators to do human evaluation too, meaning people who speak the languages natively evaluate what the AI produced. The reality is that a handful of languages dominate the web, so only a fraction of the world can access content and contribute to the web in their own language. We want to change this by creating more inclusive machine translations systems – ones that unlock access to the web for the more than 4B people around the world that are currently excluded because they do not speak one of the few languages content is available in.

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“It’s impressive how much AI is improving all of our services. We just open-sourced an AI model we built that can translate across 200 different languages — many of which aren’t supported by current translation systems. We call this project No Language Left Behind, and the AI modelling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world. To give a sense of the scale, the 200-language model has over 50 billion parameters, and we trained it using our new Research SuperCluster, which is one of the world’s fastest AI supercomputers. The advances here will enable more than 25 billion translations every day across our apps. Communicating across languages is one superpower that AI provides, but as we keep advancing our AI work it’s improving everything we do — from showing the most interesting content on Facebook and Instagram, to recommending more relevant ads, to keeping our services safe for everyone,” said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook profile.

 

Language is our culture, identity, and lifeline to the world. However, as high-quality translation tools don’t exist for hundreds of languages, billions of people today can’t access digital content or participate fully in conversations and communities online in their preferred or native languages. This is especially true for hundreds of millions of people who speak the many languages of Africa.

 

“Africa is a continent with very high linguistic diversity, and language barriers exist day to day. We are pleased to announce that 55 African languages will be included in this machine translation research, making it a major breakthrough for our continent,” Balkissa Ide Siddo, Public Policy Director for Africa said while speaking about the launch of the AI model. “In the future, imagine visiting your favourite Facebook group, coming across a post in Igbo or Luganda, and being able to understand it in your own language with just a click of a button – that’s where we hope research like this leads us. Highly accurate translations in more languages could also help to spot harmful content and misinformation, protect election integrity, and curb instances of online sexual exploitation and human trafficking.”

 

While commenting on accessibility and inclusion in the pursuit of building an equitable metaverse, Ide Siddo added “At Meta, we are working today to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to access the new educational, social and economic opportunities that the next evolution of the internet will bring to future technology and an everyday living experience tomorrow.”

 

To confirm that the translations are high quality, Meta also created a new evaluation dataset, FLORES-200, and measured NLLB-200’s performance in each language. Results revealed that NLLB-200 exceeds the previous state of the art by an average of 44 percent.

 

Meta is also open-sourcing the NLLB-200 model and publishing a slew of research tools to enable other researchers to extend this work to more languages and build more inclusive technologies. Meta AI is also providing up to $200,000 of grants to non-profit organizations for real world applications for NLLB-200.

 

There are versions of Wikipedia in more than 300 languages, but most have far fewer articles than the 6+ million available in English. Following Meta’s partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, modelling  techniques and learnings from the NLLB research are now also being applied to translation systems used by Wikipedia editors. Using the Wikimedia Foundation’s Content Translation Tool, articles can now be easily translated in more than 20 low-resource languages (those that don’t have extensive datasets to train AI systems), including 10 that previously were not supported by any machine translation tools on the platform.

 

To explore a demo of NLLB-200 showing how the model can translate stories from around the world, visit here. You can also read the research paper here.

 

 

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I single-handedly popularized Shea Butter in the United States – Margaret Andega

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Ludwig Nii Jr urges information sharing in the creative space

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How are CBD Flowers and CBG Flowers Different?

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CBG flower and CBD flower are two types of flowers that are used for their respective health benefits. CBD flowers are known for their calming and relaxing effects, while CBG flowers are known for relieving pain and inflammation.  (more…)

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