Yeonmi Park Takes On Critics

Great literature provokes discussion. Autobiographies, for example, are bound to drawn a lot of attention to the author because people read and want to know if the things that they read are really true. In the case of Yeonmi Park, there are lots of critics that are trying to unravel the autobiography that she penned that has made the New York Times Best Sellers List.
“In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom” takes you on a journey that no thirteen year old girl should have to endure. Park depicts her travel from the chill of the frozen rivers in the middle of the night and a journey through scorching heat of the desert. By the time the book is over readers are in shock. This is the shock value that Park has hoped for. She hopes that it is strong enough to make people take action against this. Educating people on what a North Korean defector endures has opened the eyes of many, but this particular book has also brought the critics to the center stage as well. Yeonmi is now coming toe to toe with the critics on Youtube that have taken an aim at her credibility. She has stated that this is more of an attempt to silence the voice of a North Korean refugee that has made it out. She states that there is a real tragedy in North Korea, and her voice will not be silenced by the criticism. She openly admits that she may not recall every incident with astonishing accurate detail, but she has no issues with standing by this narrative journey. Her starvation was very real. The death of her father and the depths of despair are real. She has become an activist because she knows what it is like to feel suicidal, cold, hungry and afraid. Yeonmi Park knows what is like to have your virginity taken against your will. All of these things are important issues that she wants to bring attention to. She doesn’t want minor details to overshadow the huge tragedy that is taking place in North Korea.

Slyce’s Newest Improvements To AI Visual Search Technology

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This sophisticated and innovative techonology is being used by most of the major online brands and developers, but Slyce has a cutting edge version of the technology that offers something that its competitors do not have available. Amazon has tried to implement their app for consumers to make have an easier shopping experience. Google has its own version of AI visual search. Pinterest has an interesting take on the visual search technology that allows its users to click on things in pictures to buy them. This information was originally reported by MIT Technology Review, which reports a long list of competition in the visual search industry.

Slyce Makes Waves In Visual Search Industry

Slyce has its own spin on the image recognition technology that is creative and continues to change. They have made some serious changes to their platform that are to ensure that the user gets the search results that they desire. The AI technology always assists the user in their search, but Slyce has the added element of a real live customer service department to assist users in the quest for the right product.

The team at Slyce has also added a great new feature to help consumers who are searching for products that may be hard to find. When an item is out of stock, consumers are used to seeing that information on their screen. However, Slyce has a new feature called Slyce Link that is designed to help users who are in these situations find similar products. Slyce has made the shopping experience easier, simpler and less frustrating for consumers and retailers alike.

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Squaw Valley adds connection to Alpine Meadows


Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley are two major Tahoe ski resorts. The two companies combined in 2011, and a recent announcement will make them even closer. In April the two resorts announced plans to make a gondola that will carry people from one base to the other.

It is to start at the bottom of the Squaw Valley, and go over a ridge between the two mountains and then go back down to the base of Alpine Meadows, according to recent press.

“Connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is something skiers and snowboarders both who live here and who visit have dreamed of for decades,” Squaw Alpine CEO Andy Wirth said on making the announcement.

Troy Caldwell owns land between the two mountains, and the gondola will run along the western edge of his property.

Talk of connecting the two resorts has been going on for some time. Wirth said the idea goes back to the beginning of the resort, which was founded by Wayne Poulsen. Wirth said before his arrival at Sqauw Valley, most negotiation was done through lawyers. He developed a relationship with Caldwell, which was key to working out an agreement for the route of the gondola.

Wirth said 20-25 percent of people who ski there, ski both mountains the same day. Even with bus service, there is still travel on roads between the two mountains. Wirth said the gondola should reduce traffic on the roads there, but he did not know how much.

Wirth is CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, and is the grandson of former U.S. National Park Service Director Conrad Wirth. Andy Worth has worked in the resort industry for 25 years. He began his resort career at Steamboat Springs resort in 1986. In 2007 he became chief marketing officer at Intrawest, which bought Steamboat Springs in 2007. In 2010 he made the move to Squaw Velley. In October of 2013 he had his right arm nearly torn off in a skydiving accident in California. Worth landed on a steel post because of wind, and was severely injured. He was able to slow the bleeding until he was rescued. He had 23 surgeries on his arm, and had fully recovered.