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Understanding snorts can help horse caretakers improve animal welfare

Understanding snorts can help horse caretakers improve animal welfare

Science
July 11 (UPI) -- Horses snort more when they're comfortable and happy. The communication could help caretakers achieve more positive animal welfare outcomes. Proper care for animals involves minimizing stress. But how do caretakers know when animals are happy or bothered? Interpreting the emotions of horses can be especially difficult. Many behavioral signals displayed by horses are ambiguous, and studies of physiological signals have yielded contradictory results. Many horse owners and caretakers have noted an association between snorting and positive environments, but the connection hadn't been scientifically tested until now. Researchers in France monitored snorting frequency among 48 horses. Half were riding horses, kept in confined environs and separated in solitary stalls. The othe...
SBI, other banks using AI big time to improve efficiency, cut costs

SBI, other banks using AI big time to improve efficiency, cut costs

Finance
NEW DELHI: Indian banks, including state-owned SBI and Bank of Baroda, have started deploying artificial intelligence (AI) in a big way to improve efficiency, detect human behaviour and reduce operational costs. State Bank of India, the India's largest lender, has SBI Intelligent Assistant (SIA) -- a smart chat assistant, evolved from the "cutting edge technology of artificial intelligence, that efficiently resolves queries of NRI customers, similar to that of a bank representative. "It provides instant solutions on everyday banking queries in the chat box on the SBI portal," the state-run lender said. The bank is also in the process of instituting an 'Innovation Centre' that will explore how emerging technologies such as AI and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can help in making intern...
PNB set up centralized loan processing centre to improve quality credit

PNB set up centralized loan processing centre to improve quality credit

Finance
NEW DELHI: Fraud-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) today opened of its first centralised loan processing centre (CLPC) as part of its efforts to strengthen internal systems and processes. Under 'Mission Parivartan', a future-facing initiative to push the bank forward on its transformation journey, many steps have been taken to position the bank as a future-ready bank, PNB said in a statement. The bank has opened its first CLPC as well as launched a new initiative called Reach In Reach Out (RIRO) as part of efforts to improve credit quality and ensure faster processing of loans. This will ensure improved turn-around-time, separate Pre- and Post-sanction responsibility and enable qualitative credit assessment as well as efficient monitoring. RIRO will serve as a unique communication tool to bet...
A healthy diet can improve hearing in women, research shows

A healthy diet can improve hearing in women, research shows

Health
May 11 (UPI) -- Eating healthier than help prevent hearing loss, new research suggests. Previous studies have examined the relationship between specific nutrients and hearing, but researchers Brigham and Women's Hospital took a more holistic view, looking at the relationship between diet and hearing. Researchers examined the health data collected by the Nurses' Health Study II, which tracked the diets and health of 70,966 women over a 22-year span. Healthy eating habits were scored using three different diet-rating systems: the alternate Mediterranean diet, or aMED; the "dietary approaches to stop hypertension," or DASH diet; and the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010. Their analysis showed women who adhered most closely to a healthy diet were least likely to develop hearing loss duri...
Wizards hope to improve position vs. Celtics

Wizards hope to improve position vs. Celtics

Sports
If the Washington Wizards want to improve their playoff position in the final days of the regular season, they can start by beating one of their potential opponents when the Boston Celtics visit Capital One Arena on Tuesday night. Washington (42-38) has lost four straight to drop into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with games remaining against the Celtics and at Orlando on Wednesday. An eighth-place finish would match the Wizards with the Toronto Raptors, and seventh place gets them the injury-depleted Celtics (54-26) and sixth place either Philadelphia or Cleveland. Right now, the Wizards just need to win a game. Friday night's home loss to last-place Atlanta saw the Wizards plagued by poor defense and a selfish offense. "Not passing the ball to one another. Simple as that. Nobody...