Regional District lifts some evacuation alerts for Old Fort

first_imgThose properties are:7711 Old Fort Road7587 Old Fort Road9913 240 Road7131 265 Road7219 265 Road9808 240 Road9840 240 Road9860 240 Road9878 240 Road9914 240 Road9936 240 Road9940 240 RoadHere is a map of all the properties that remain under an evacuation order or an evacuation alert.A map of the current evacuation orders and alerts as of October 29, 2018Westrek Geotechnical said last week some residents of the Old Fort could return home once the road into the community is finished.  The final geotechnical report on the slide should be completed by the middle of this week.  The report was supposed to be finished last week, but a large amount of new data from the Province was given to Westrek on Wednesday.Once the PRRD receives the geotechnical report, the report will then be sent for a peer and legal reviews.  From there, the PRRD will determine the next steps for residents of the Old Fort. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has lifted the evacuation alert for twelve properties near the Old Fort and lifted the evacuation order for one property.The majority of the evacuation order remains in place, but as of 3 p.m. Monday, the PRRD has downgraded the evacuation order to an alert for the property at 9819 240 road.  The property is located above the slide.The evacuation alert for twelve properties, listed below, was also lifted Monday afternoon.last_img read more

TMC removes Congs name from its logo

first_imgNew Delhi: Twenty-one years after officially separating from the Congress, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC has removed the grand old party’s name from its logo. The new logo has Trinamool written in green with twin flowers and blue background. It has been in use for a week now, party sources said. It was way back in 1998 that present West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee broke away from the Congress and formed the TMC over differences of opinion on dealing with the then ruling CPI(M). “TMC is called Trinamool and after 21 years, it was time for change,” a party leader said. The Congress name has been dropped from party banners, posters and all communication material. However, it will remain registered with the Election Commission as Trinamool Congress, party sources said. The official Facebook and Twitter pages of the party, the CM, her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, and Trinamool’s leader in the Rajya Sabha Derek O Brien already have the new logo.last_img read more

Morocco Made a Name for Itself in Field of Aviation CNN

Washington – Morocco made a name for itself in the field of aviation as shows the number of international aeronautic and aerospace companies (no less than 100) which chose to invest in Morocco, said on Wednesday U.S. TV channel “CNN”.The Moroccan aviation sector stands for 5% of the country’s exports, it said, noting that the aviation industry is taking off in the region since it has employed over 8,000 people in 2013, a figure expected to reach 23,000 by 2020.The sector is focusing mainly on manufacturing plane components, aeronautic engineering and engine repair, it said, adding that Morocco is hoping to build entire planes in the next ten years. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 83.54 points to 15,182.09.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 3.55 points to 22,019.79.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 5.67 points to 2,471.90.The Nasdaq composite index was down 17.06 points to 6,345.59.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.57 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 79.62 cents US.

Security Council condemns attacks by rebel group against UN mission in DR

In a statement read out at a formal meeting of the Council by current its President, Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe of Syria, the 15-member body also condemned attempts by the RCD-Goma to ban Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Amos Namanga Ngongi, and to expel several MONUC personnel from areas under its control.”The Security Council stresses that these unjustifiable attacks are directly in contradiction to the process of peace and reconciliation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and to RCD-Goma’s interests,” Ambassador Wehbe said, noting that the Council reaffirmed its “full support for the Special Representative and the dedicated staff of MONUC.”The statement also demanded that RCD-Goma immediately cease harassment of UN officials and assist in MONUC’s deployment and operations. The rebel group was also asked to cooperate fully in investigating recent events in Kisangani, to demilitarize the city and to comply fully with Council resolutions. The Council called on Rwanda to exert its influence on RCD-Goma to meet those demands without delay.The Council reiterated its condemnation of the killings and attacks against civilians and soldiers following events that took place on 14 May in Kisangani, and said it looked forward to receiving the joint report and recommendations by MONUC and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the violence in that strategic area.According to a preliminary report by MONUC, about 50 people were killed during the disturbances, which began when armed men took over a radio station and urged the local population to take up arms against ethnic Rwandans. Once security troops loyal to the RCD had regained control of the station, RCD officials warned people in public broadcasts to stay at home and clearly threatened anyone who would not follow the instructions.The Council held RCD-Goma, as the de facto authority in the area, responsible for bringing to an end “all extrajudicial executions, human rights violations and arbitrary harassment of civilians in Kisangani and all other areas under RCD-Goma’s control,” the statement said.The Council also encouraged the DRC Government and the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) and RCD-Goma to hold new discussions as soon as possible in good faith, taking into account progress in the inter-Congolese Dialogue achieved at Sun City, South Africa, in order to reach an all-inclusive agreement on the political transition. read more

Ohio State leaves Happy Valley with victory

In a successful homecoming for Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State (8-2, 5-1) avenged last season’s 13-6 loss to Penn State, leaving Happy Valley with a 24-7 victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium.Brandon Saine’s six-yard touchdown reception with 9:37 remaining put the Buckeyes up by the final margin, as the whiteout crowd — the fourth largest in the stadium’s history — filed for the exits.Pryor, a native of Jeannette, Pa., had a hand in all three OSU touchdowns.“Terrelle Pryor came in here and did a heck of a job,” coach Jim Tressel said. “He was a little bit banged up, but he gutted it out and did what he had to do.”Receiver Ray Small returned a punt 41 yards to the Nittany Lions’ 9-yard line, setting the table for the Buckeyes’ first score, a seven-yard rush by Pryor.“I always go out there and do my part, and coach [Tressel] always preaches special teams,” Small said. “So every time I’m back there, I’m thinking big. The first drive, I sparked it, and it just got me going from there.”Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark spent the evening under pressure from the OSU defensive line. Junior Cameron Heyward led the Buckeye charge with 11 tackles, including three for loss and a pair of sacks. In all, OSU held Penn State to just 201 total yards.“It seemed like every time I looked around, Cam [Heyward] was back there bull-rushing over a guy, using brute strength,” senior linebacker Austin Spitler said. “It was unbelievable to see these guys. We have a great defensive line, and everybody’s aware of that. They played lights out.”The lone Penn State score came early in the second quarter. Clark punched it in from less than a yard out to tie the game 7-7.The Bucks answered with a 10-play drive, culminating in a 37-yard field goal by 26-year-old walk-on kicker Devin Barclay, who replaced starter Aaron Pettrey, out for the regular season with a knee injury.“Devin’s been good all year,” Tressel said. “He’s been good when called upon in games. He’s a veteran.”OSU had one final chance to tack on a score in the first half, but Pryor overthrew a wide-open Dane Sanzenbacher near the end zone, and the Buckeyes settled for a 10-7 lead at the break.“No one is harder on themselves than [Pryor],” Tressel said. “The fact that he had a chance to hit a home run and didn’t, you know that was eating at him.”Pryor got his opportunity to atone for the overthrow.With 1:47 left in the third quarter, Pryor connected with sophomore DeVier Posey for a 62-yard touchdown strike, nudging the OSU lead to 10.“We had been running a lot on first downs,” Tressel said. “We felt like, if we had decent field position, that it was time to try to strike.We were out near the 40, and we felt like we could get behind them.” Penn State never got in an offensive rhythm, especially in the second half, when held scoreless. Clark completed just 12 of 28 passes, and the Nittany Lions’ rushing attack averaged just 2.5 yards per carry.“Going up against a great offense like that, you don’t expect to hold them to such few yards and such few points,” Spitler said. “We always talk about how we want to outplay their defense if we want to win the game. Obviously, we did that tonight.”With the victory — and Iowa’s first loss of the season, 17-10 to Northwestern — the Buckeyes control their own destiny in the quest for a Big Ten championship. OSU hosts Iowa Saturday, and with a Buckeye victory, both the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions would have two conference losses to OSU’s one, guaranteeing OSU at least a share of a Big Ten title.“November is for contenders,” Tressel said. “That’s why it’s hard to get too ecstatic now, because we know the Hawkeyes are coming to town.”Oh read more

How were a nation of hypocrites when it comes to mobile phone

first_imgantwerp Meanwhile almost half (48 per cent) confess to talking on a phone on a train or other confined space.And 53 per cent of those surveyed acknowledged they have been guilty of writing emails or text messages largely in capital letters – seen as the internet era’s answer to sending letters in green ink.The habit of text walking has become a major source of ire around the world in the last few years since the advent of full internet enabled smartphones.A series of studies have highlighted the risk of accidents from people failing to look where they are going, in addition to the general annoyance from blocked pavements and initiatives have been introduced in several countries to curtail the practice.A bill being debated in the US state of New Jersey has even proposed making texting while walking  – or “distracted walking” – a crime punishable by a fine or even a short prison sentence.Earlier this year staff at Utah Valley University responded to the problem by the pragmatic – if tongue-in-cheek- introduction of a “texting lane” for phone-absorbed students in corridors and staircases.Similar schemes have even been tried in cities, although the first such reported case, in Philadelphia, turned out to be an April Fool.Jokes notwithstanding other cities followed suit including Antwerp in Belgium, where a network of designated text walking lanes were marked out through pedestrian areas across the city last year –partly as a publicity stunt for a local mobile phone company. Text walking lanes in AntwerpCredit:Mlab/Shutterstock/Rex mobile They are the 21st century faux pas which irritate us all but have become a fact of life in the age of the smartphone.Yet if the sight of someone blocking the pavement by plodding  along staring intently at a screen, bumping into passers-by while texting or braying loudly on a mobile phone in a confined space is enough to set your blood pressure racing, it might be time for a dose of self-examination.New research shows that, despite our indignation at the digital bad habits such as “text walking” we find most annoying in others, most of us are guilty of the same things.A survey commissioned by the technology firm Pitney Bowes found that almost two thirds of Britons (62 per cent) admit texting or typing while walking in a public place.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Credit:PA Earlier The National Geographic TV channel created a short text walking lane on a street in Washington DC as part of an experiment in crowd control and a 100ft stretch of an avenue in Chongqing, China, was also similarly designated.More seriously, officials in the German city of Augsburg installed pedestrian crossing lights at ground level earlier this year in hope of preventing distracted mobile users from wandering onto the road following the death of a teenager who had been hit by a tram.The research also gave an insight into the evolving concepts of internet etiquette.When given a choice of possible digital bugbears, seven in 10 people polled classed checking emails in a meeting as rude, compared with only half when a similar survey was conducted three years ago.Six in 10 counted sending emails while on a conference call as ill-mannered and a similar proportion (63 per cent) cited Checking texts during a business lunch as impolite, up from 45 per cent in 2013.last_img read more

Ding ding ding the Luas has taken its first trip across OConnell

first_imgDing ding ding – the Luas has taken its first trip across O’Connell Bridge Two Luas trams have made the first journeys on the new Luas Cross City route this morning. Jun 17th 2017, 1:38 PM By Cianan Brennan Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 1:38 PM 44,161 Views Source: Nicky Ryan/Twitter @Luas Gauge Run this morning passing Trinity College 🚊 pic.twitter.com/6w7384Zmuy— Transdev Ireland (@TransdevIreland) June 17, 2017 The project is expected to complete on schedule for the end of the year.“The gauge run marks a significant achievement for all the parties involved in the project,” Anne Graham, chief executive of the National Transport Authority (NTA), said meanwhile.The completion of Luas Cross City in December will play an important role in alleviating congestion and enhancing the public transport experience for commuters.Testing on the new route is expected to continue over the coming months, along with the finishing of paving, footpaths and carriageway reconstruction work.Training of drivers will commence in September, with full passenger services then on target to begin operation in December.With reporting from Nicky RyanRead: Man arrested after scaling M50 toll bridge and causing €100k damageRead: 30-year-old man seriously injured after being struck by car in Galway Two trams are making the journey both northbound and southbound with a multitude of engineers and their own Garda escort in attendance, stopping at each new station platform, and manoeuvring along the way “to allow a range of measurements and tests to be carried out” according to a Luas Cross City spokesperson.Ross himself, sporting a jaunty Bloomsday hat, seemed to be in high spirits as the test progressed. Shane Ross is having a GREAT time on the tram pic.twitter.com/4H7eNIOfM7— Nicky Ryan (@NickyRyan_) June 17, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3449734 center_img Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeSpeaking to the media on a break from the journey, he declared the whole project to be “fantastic and on budget”.He admitted that “there’ll be a little bit of difficulty (for the new route) during the interim period as testing continues from August onwards”, but stressed that “from December onwards people will adjust very, very quickly”.It’s going to be fantastic and carry millions of passengers every year.“I recognise that the past few years have been challenging for the city and for businesses and we are all looking forward to the works drawing to a close and the start of operations by the end of the year,” Ross added. 58 Comments Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeAFTER NEARLY FOUR years of development, the Luas took its first journey across O’Connell Bridge this morning in Dublin.With Minister for Transport Shane Ross in attendance, a series of trams made the walking pace journey along the new stretches of track for a ‘gauge run’ – basically a series of test journeys to make sure all is as it should be.The run itself is taking place over two days, today and tomorrow, on the 5.9 kilometre route between St Stephen’s Green and the new route’s terminus at Broombridge in Cabra. Test tram continues on Marlborough Street pic.twitter.com/2QFKrCqnod— Luas Cross City (@LuasCrossCity) June 17, 2017 Source: Luas Cross City/Twitter Source: Transdev Ireland/Twitter Share628 Tweet Email5 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A Star Trek Star Drops By for a Scary Edition of The

first_img How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC Stay on target The Orville has had its ups and downs over the course of its first season, but it seems to have its mix of comedy and sci-fi drama figured out. Though some episodes are still on the weak side, it’s consistently followed them up with something great. Something that follows through on the promise of this show. It’s a real good time to be a Star Trek fan. Not only is there an official modern Star Trek show this season, we also got a loving tribute to the Trek of old. This week, The Orville once again riffs on a classic Trek episode formula and puts a new spin on it. It led to a fun, character-driven mystery with some fantastic scares.Once again, The Orville succeeds by focusing on character. That’s the show’s biggest strength. Somewhere in the process of creating characters that mock sci-fi tropes and casual bro-y guys in space, the show ended up some interesting characters we actually care about. The sci-fi concepts the show deals with are OK, but when the story revolves around how an individual character reacts to those big concepts, that’s when The Orville really shines.Halston Sage, Adrianne Palicki, Seth MacFarlane and Peter Macon (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)This week was all about Alara, giving the incredibly strong character a chance to show some vulnerability and growth. It starts with the ship flying too close to a storm in space and taking heavy damage. Down in engineering, a beam falls on a crewmember, and Alara is needed to lift it off of him. Once she gets there, she’s scared by a sudden fire and freezes in place for a second. That hesitation causes another beam to fall, killing the crewmember. Despite the autopsy revealing fatal injuries from the first beam, and her superiors’ reassurance that she would have only gotten herself hurt by rushing in faster, she blames herself for the engineer’s death. She’s taking out her frustrations in a holodeck, sorry, simulation room version of a boxing gym. It doesn’t look like the healthiest way to deal with her emotions.Right away, it’s a much more serious episode than we’re used to from The Orville. The show handles it very well. What few jokes there are come as natural and needed bits of comic relief. They’re the kind of jokes people would actually make during a moment of loss. Even Ed’s struggle with how to write a letter to the guy’s parents, considering he didn’t really know him that well, is a nice and honest character moment. “I’m not making that up, he was a neat guy!”Robert Picardo, Molly Hagan (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Alara calls her parents to try and figure out why she froze, and we get our first Star Trek cameo of the series. With all the celebrity guests and one episode directed by a Star Trek alumnus, it’s surprising that it took this long for a Star Trek actor to show up. Maybe The Orville wanted to establish itself as its own thing before reminding us too much of its inspiration. In any case, Alara’s father is played by Robert Picardo! You know, the Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager. He only gets this one scene, but it’s cool nonetheless. Man, I really need to watch Voyager again. Anyway, Alara learns that when she was a baby, she and her mother barely escaped a fire. They might not have if Alara’s cries hadn’t woken her mother up. Alara wonders if there are any other repressed traumas her parents have kept from her, and they insist there aren’t.The rest of the episode goes off in a very strange direction, but The Orville miraculously pulls it off. Alara sees a scary clown in the hall that attacks her and runs off. When she chases it, it disappears. At first, she thinks she’s going crazy and is unfit for duty, but Isaac checks the ship’s security cameras, and sure enough, there was a clown in the hallway. From that point on, the ship experiences horror after horror. The clown comes back and it’s easily the scariest clown on TV this year. (Heavy side-eye towards American Horror Story.) Alara and Kelly almost fall to their deaths in a bottomless pit. Doctor Finn goes insane, straps Alara down and tries to dissect her. If all that wasn’t enough, there are spiders everywhere, including a giant one that eats Malloy. I can’t get over how effectively scary this all was. It’s not something you expect from this show, but they really nailed it.Penny Johnson Jerald and Halston Sage (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)Once Malloy dies, Alara finds herself alone on a suddenly empty Orville. Well, almost alone. Isaac is also there, but he’s gone rogue and is trying to kill her. By now, you’ve probably figured out that none of this is actually happening. It’s all in the Simulation Room. That’s right, The Orville gave us a holodeck episode. Normally, I’d be mad about the “it was all a dream” storytelling, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Holodeck episodes. They were always some of my favorites on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The Orville gave us a really good one. I also appreciate that bit of foreshadowing early on with the boxing gym. This was just a really well put together episode overall. Once Alara completes the simulation, forcing herself to fly an escape pod through fire and conquering her deep-seated fear, we learn exactly what happened. She collected a list of everyone’s greatest fear and had Isaac program a simulation where she’d have to face all of them. She also had Dr. Finn erase her memory so the simulation would seem real to her. That was a smart move on the show’s part. That makes it so it doesn’t matter if it was all a simulation. It was real to Alara, which made it real to us.This is the kind of episode I want from The Orville. It’s classic Star Trek fun all the way, but the show’s characters give it a unique perspective. As ridiculous as the premise is on its face, it makes complete sense because it’s all motivated by Alara. The fact that it’s a simulation even excuses some of the strange leaps of logic Ed displays in the episode. Thinking you might be insane means you’re probably not insane? I don’t think that’s how that works. But it doesn’t matter because it’s a simulation. It wasn’t really Ed saying that, it was the program convincing Alara to keep playing. Even though I wasn’t a fan of last week’s episode, this one proved that The Orville really has found its voice. It’s found what makes it unique and is capable of producing thoroughly enjoyable television. I’m actually sad there are only two episodes left in the season now.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Program Hosts Farmer Field Day Events in Pakistan

first_imgASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program recently hosted farmer field day events at seven sites throughout Pakistan. The Farmers’ Field Days are part of the outreach strategy under WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The events provided an opportunity for stakeholders to witness the harvest of tilapia fed hi-protein fish feed produced with U.S. soybean meal. More than 450 participants attended the events including progressive fish farmers, members of academia, research fellows, fish traders, feed millers, federal government officials, provincial government officials, representatives from the fisheries department and members of the media.Attendees were highly impressed with the growth of the fish that had been fed the newly-introduced feed.Field Day participants witness the harvesting of tilapia before discussing the value of soy in fish feed. (WISHH photo)last_img read more

Study Waivers leave behind atrisk students

first_imgwww.highschoolequity.org/images/WaiversReport_R8.pdfWASHINGTON — Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a study education advocates released Tuesday.The Education Department has been giving some states waivers from the education law’s requirements, including those to collect and publish data about students and then use the results to pinpoint problem schools. The resulting patchwork of rules — from Miami to Seattle — has given states more freedom to carry out plans to boost education but has allowed almost 2,300 schools to shed their label of seriously troubled, according to numbers compiled at the Campaign for High School Equity.“It appears to us that waivers could lead to fewer students of color receiving the support they need,” said Rufina Hernandez, executive director for the Campaign for High School Equity.Her coalition of education reformers, civil rights activists and policy analysts studied the 34 states and the District of Columbia that had received waivers from No Child Left Behind before April. (Another six states and a collection of individual districts in California have won waivers since then.)The results show students who are at the highest risk of dropping out — those from poor families, students whose native language is not English, those with learning disabilities and minority students — are often no longer tracked as carefully as they were before Education Secretary Arne Duncan began exempting states from some requirements if they promised to better prepare their students for college or careers.last_img read more

Average pay hike in India in 2018 will remain between 9496 Aon

first_imgPay hike in 2018: Aon India Consulting SurveyReutersSimilar to 2017, employees in India may get an average pay hike of  9.4 percent this year, according to Aon India Consulting’s Salary Increase Survey released on Tuesday.”The projections for 2018 are also expected to be similar at 9.4% highlighting increasing prudence and maturity being displayed by companies while finalizing pay budgets,” Aon India Consulting said.Aon India Consulting analyzed data across 1,000 companies from more than 20 industries for its 22nd edition of annual Salary Increase Survey in India.The survey found that priority on performance is increasing year-on-year. The lead performer is getting an average salary rise of 15.4 percent, around 1.9 times pay hike for an average performer.”Given the broad economic context in the country, business performance expectations for FY 18-19 and the trend in #attrition, pay average increases in India will remain between 9.4% – 9.6%.” – Anandorup Ghose #AonRewardsIndia— Aon India Consulting (@Aon_India) 27 February 2018″Despite an improvement in macro-economic forecasts – salary increases remain at the same level as was projected in the last fiscal. With increasing maturity, HR budgets are being realigned towards top performers as opposed to the broader population,” said Anandorup Ghose, Partner at Aon India Consulting.Zones such as life sciences, automotive and consumer products, professional services, and consumer internet companies continue to estimate a two-digit pay hike for 2018.Engineering and manufacturing industry and metal industry projected 9.2 percent salary increase for 2018. Pay hike of 9.1 percent is estimated for telecommunication services and entertainment/publication and communication sector.While professional services sector topped in projected salary with an average 10.6 percent increase, the projected salary increase of cement industry is lowest among all.The survey forecast an emerging focus on budget rationalization with increasing adaptation of base effect. For example, pay increases for the top and senior management are consistently going down.Pay increases are becoming more nuanced, said Anandorup Ghose. “We are increasingly seeing a multitude of factors impacting salary increases such as the size of the company, business dynamics within the sub-industry, nature of talent requirements and quite obviously, performance,” he added.last_img read more

Fight Intensifies Over Future Of Struggling Houston Schools District

first_imgLeaders with Journey for Justice Alliance, Black Lives Matter Houston, HISD Parent Advocates and other groups organized a town hall this weekend.As lawmakers head into the Texas legislative session this week, tensions have intensified over the future of Houston schools and the threat of a state takeover of the Houston Independent School District due to chronically low-performing schools.It’s included a bizarre press conference with the outgoing Harris County Treasurer, who called for a state takeover and got doused with water by a protestor; a scathing tweet from Gov. Greg Abbott calling HISD leadership a “joke” and a “disaster;” and a crowded town hall where advocates and parents renewed their call for a lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency.“Right now we are focused on holding off the takeover,” said Kandice Webber with Black Lives Matters and one of the town hall organizers.“We need to sue the TEA. There are no if’s, and’s or but’s about it and we need to get the school board involved in that fight. It’s what the community wants and it’s what our kids deserve, so that is our big push,” she said. The threat of a state takeover stems from a state law, known as HB 1842 and passed in 2015. It requires the state’s Education Commissioner to close schools or replace the entire elected school board if even one public school has failed state standards for five or more years. A separate law, known as SB 1882 and passed in 2017, gives a school board a two-year pause on those sanctions if they temporarily give financial and administrative control of the struggling schools to an outside group, such as a charter school network or nonprofit.Last year, HISD had 10 schools that could trigger the state takeover. This year, four are on the watch list: Highland Heights Elementary School, Henry Middle School and Kashmere and Wheatley high schools.In December, the Houston school board considered requesting proposals from outside groups to temporarily manage those schools. A nonprofit organized by Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office wanted to partner with the district and manage them, similar to a partnership model used in Los Angeles. The board decided 5-4 not to request any proposals — though it has until Feb. 4 to send any partnership proposal to the state.That timeline was already creating pressure.But Abbott’s tweet has intensified the debate. The governor said that the board’s “self-centered ineptitude has failed the children they are supposed to educate. If ever there was a school board that needs to be taken over and reformed it’s HISD. Their students & parents deserve change.”HISD board members have pushed back against that criticism.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img In response to Abbott, HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones said on social media that it’s “sad governing by tweet has become acceptable. Disappointing that opinion has replaced facts.”She pointed to the fact that 91 percent of HISD schools meet standard and the number of schools requiring improvement has dropped from dozens to just four.“I’m a getting a little tired of HISD being the piñata district in our state when in reality we have a lot of great things in our district,” said Sergio Lira after a similar call by former Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez.However, some Houston parents have said that it’s hard to disagree with Abbott’s assessment of the board’s performance. One of them, Heather Golden, posted on Twitter that trustees aren’t serving kids and something must change.At the town hall held Saturday in Kashmere Gardens, there also was a strong push for change: to promote more equity in public schools instead of school choice.Jitu Brown, a community organizer from the Chicago’s south side and with the Journey for Justice Alliance, compared what’s happening in Houston to efforts to close schools or privatize public education in cities like Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit and New Jersey.“School choice is a scam,” Brown said, urging the crowd to chant along.Over 100 people, including parents, educators and community members joined the town hall. Among them was Telicia Fogle-Simon. She grew up in the neighborhood and graduated from Kashmere High School. Fogle-Simon, a former teacher and now a nonprofit director, said that she came with questions about Kashmere’s future and left the three-hour meeting hopeful.“Working with the community organizers I believe that the fight to keep our schools open and not close them and have privatization come in is actually going to be able to be successful,” she said.What happens to the future of the schools and HISD as a whole depends on a mix of factors, including how the four struggling schools perform this academic year; what the board decides to do with them or with the TEA; and if lawmakers revise the trigger law, or make other changes in the new legislative session. 00:00 /01:03 X Listen 00:00 /00:54 Sharelast_img read more

FilMart Iflix Teams With Black Ops for Philippines Film TV

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Iflix, which is headquartered in Malaysia and now operates in some 20 developing countries in Asia and Africa, has content development operations elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Late last year it partnered with Next 10 Ventures to launch a $5 million Creators Hub in Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and the Philippines. The move is intended to deliver short-form content that appeals to the mobile-first nature of audiences in emerging markets. It also has a production deal with Wattpad Studios that is intended to deliver more than 20 pieces of feature-length content.center_img Black Ops Studios Asia has struck a deal with Asian streaming service iflix to create original content from the Philippines. The companies said that BlackOps will deliver at least one feature film and one TV series before the end of the year, but they did not specify any titles, genres or talent attachments.“As the digital space allows us to exert more creative mettle in our work, the opportunity to work with iflix means that our films and shows will reach a wider more diverse market,” said Pedring Lopez, co-founder of Black Ops. The company is an independent producer with main production and post production headquarters in Manila, Philippines, and teams in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia.The deal was announced at the Hong Kong FilMart. “This is truly a positive step,” said Ria Anne S. Rubia, project development officer at the Film Development Council of the Philippines. “We encourage more of our creators and producers to explore more platforms to release their projects, especially VOD.”last_img read more

A year in retrospect

first_imgA year passes by in a flurry, leaving memories of time and moments embedded indelibely on our minds. To celebrate the best of contemporary art in the last one year, TAD Arts presents its annual Art Show  A Celebration of art through 2012 & 2013. Conceptualized and organized by Niten Mehta, Director, TAD Arts, this group show will be on display from July 26 to July 31 at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Center and will showcase some of the best contemporary art works of present times. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”This is our annual art show where we handpick the best works/artists from our shows done in last one year and display them. This year too we have an excellent selection of masterpieces from renowned contemporary artists from all over India. These works represent the best in the contemporary art in India today,’ says Niten Mehta, from TAD Arts.In this exhibition, Suchit Sahni revisits his early learning years, where he was introduced to the view-finder. Superbly fascinated with the view-finder, he spent days and months looking through it at everything – visually replicating his visions as paintings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen one looks at his recent artworks, one clearly marks out the frame that encompasses the painting itself. Though the frame forms a part of the painting, he has very playfully and stylishly revisited a memory close to his heart with such ease.Rajiv Puri’s love for the woods and nature herself has been beautifully captured in his oeuvres d’art that are resplendent with a visual story, where each chapter transports us to a world of mysticism that forests have, where each frame bathes in lush green landscapes and a myriad other shades of nature’s bounty.  Known for his distinct portrayal of human form, artist Kamar Alam’s works revolves around spirituality and how it resides within every human being. With Silent Submission, the artist’s belief in humanity takes the foreground and has shaped in the form of his art works. Considering a triumph over biases that surrounds him, Kamar imparts the message of peace and through his works, he depicts his impartial and equal approach along with respect for all faiths.TAD Arts is a platform that showcases paintings, sculptures, arts & crafts, high-end interactive design, exhibition space design and art works of contemporary as well as ethnic nature. Some of the artists whose works will be on display in this exhibition are Kamar Alam, Suchit Sahni, Rajiv Puri, Anjana Mehra, Farhad Hussain, Hindol Brahmbhatt, Binoy Verghese, Kazi Nasir amongst others. Head over to the gallery and experience this contemporary collection adorning the walls.last_img read more

France probes Apple over iPhone planned obsolescence complaint

first_imgFrench authorities are investigating whether Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones in order to increase sales, AFP reports.The move follows a complaint by a French consumer group, HOP, that campaigns against planned obsolescence and which filed a complaint against Apple in December.Programmed obsolescence is illegal in France under a 2015 law which prohibits “the use of techniques by which the person responsible for the marketing of a product aims to deliberately reduce the duration to increase the replacement rate “.The law carries a penalty of a maximum sentence of two years in prison and up to 5 per cent of a company’s annual turnover.AFP cites a judicial source stating that the Paris prosecutor’s office of the Directorate General of Competition, Consumption and Repression of Frauds opened a preliminary investigation against Apple on January 5, for “programmed obsolescence” and “deception”.We’ve contacted Apple for comment and will update this story with any response.In December Apple responded publicly to complaints that it throttles performance on older iPhones, saying it was managing performance in order to prolong the life of devices by avoiding unexpected shutdowns caused by older batteries not being able to handle peaks of processing power.It subsequently apologized for not being more transparent about how it handles performance on iPhones with older batteries — writing in a message to customers that “we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades”, and saying its goal is to make “iPhones last as long as possible”.It also began offering a battery replacement for affected older devices for a reduced $29.In a statement, Laetitia Vasseur, HOP co-founder and general delegate, said: “Everything is orchestrated to force consumers to renew their smartphones. However, at more than €1,200 the phone, more than a SMIC [minimum monthly wage], these practices are unacceptable and can not go unpunished. It is our mission to defend consumers and the environment against this waste organized by Apple.”In its campaigning against programmed obsolescence, the HOP group also calls generally for greater transparency from companies and for software updates to be reversible, as well as urging smartphone makers to offer devices with removable batteries.last_img read more

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first_img News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | January 31, 2019 Stereotactic Radiotherapy Improves Long-Term Survival in Stage-IV Cancers The first report from a phase II, multi-center clinical trial indicates stereotactic radiation can extend long-term… read more News | Radiation Oncology | October 30, 2018 High-dose Radiotherapy Greatly Improves Survival in Patients Once Thought Incurable October 30, 2018 — In the first randomized, phase II clinical trial of its kind, researchers have shown that an aggre read more Feature | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | October 23, 2018 | By Greg Freiherr WEB EXCLUSIVE: SBRT As Safe And Effective As Conventional RT For Some Prostate Cancer Patients With its shorter course of treatment,… read more News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | November 01, 2018 SBRT Considered Safe Treatment Option for Patients With Multiple Metastases The NRG Oncology clinical trial BR001 tested the hypothesis that stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) could be used… read more Feature | ASTRO | October 30, 2018 Late-breaking Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials at ASTRO 2018 October 30, 2018 — The American Society for Radioth… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 28, 2019 Improved Imaging for Prostate Cancer Could Lead to More Effective Treatment Engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working to improve imaging methods in order to make medicine more… read more The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW. Amar U. Kishan, M.D., presents data about stereotactic body radiation therapy at ASTRO 2018. News | Lung Cancer | April 23, 2019 New Study Redefines Therapeutic Dose Guidelines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Non-small cell lung cancer is a common cancer for both men and women. Many people who are diagnosed with this type of… read more center_img News | Radiation Therapy | July 05, 2019 Aktina Medical Partners With Elekta for Global Distribution of Interlocking SRS Cones Aktina Medical announced that Elekta Instrument AB, based in Sweden, will offer and distribute the Aktina line of… read more September 23, 2008 – The number of newly-diagnosed cancer patients age 65 and older who are enrolled in Medicare’s Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans has increased by 6 percent within the past four years, and is shown to limit patients’ participation in clinical trials because they believe they cannot afford the plan’s out-of-pocket expense, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented at ASTRO 2008.While nearly two-thirds of cancer patients are age 65 and older, less than one-third of patients in this age group are enrolled in clinical trials. Health insurance coverage costs have been cited by elderly patients as reasons why they don’t enroll in clinical trials. This disparity suggests it may be related to Medicare HMO payment policy, which requires additional personal expense for clinical trial participation and may vary depending on the HMO plan. Medicare reimbursement policies differ between fee-for-service (FFS) and HMO plans.“Clinical trials are the cornerstone in finding better, more effective cancer treatments,” said Chyongchiou Lin, Ph.D., lead author of the study and an associate professor of health economics at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Department of Radiation Oncology in Pittsburgh. “The National Cancer Institute has made clinical trial participation a top, national priority, yet current Medicare reimbursement policies show it might be a barrier for participation by a large number of patients with Medicare HMO coverage and discourages cutting-edge treatment options for a very vulnerable population. The current policy should be re-examined to be consistent with NCI initiatives.”The study shows that the overall proportion of newly-diagnosed cancer patients who had consultations and were insured by Medicare HMOs increased from 21 percent in 2003 to 27 percent in 2007 in five hospitals participating in the UPMC McKeesport Radiation Oncology Community Outreach Program (ROCOG), a consortium of hospitals in Western Pennsylvania, funded by the NCI’s Radiation Research Program and the Cancer Disparities Research Partnership, that focuses on improving access and outcomes for underserved populations with cancer. The research team in the lead community hospital participating in the program found in 2007 that patients eligible for innovative clinical trials opted out of enrolling in a “Medicare Qualifying” clinical trial due to the financial burden of participating.For more information: www.astro.orgSource: American Society For Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… read more The picture shows that time series signal is extracted from a series of ultrasound frames for classification. Each patch across a number of frames inside the prostate is classified into either cancerous or normal tissue. The image at the lower right corner shows the overall result for those frames. Image courtesy of Pingkun Yan and researchers from NIH, University of British Columbia and Queens University. News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | September 22, 2008 Medicare HMO Costs Keep Cancer Patients Out of Clinical Trials Related Contentlast_img read more

Why TensorFlow always tops machine learning and artificial intelligence tool surveys

first_imgTensorFlow is an open source machine learning framework for carrying out high-performance numerical computations. It provides excellent architecture support which allows easy deployment of computations across a variety of platforms ranging from desktops to clusters of servers, mobiles, and edge devices. Have you ever thought, why TensorFlow has become so popular in such a short span of time? What made TensorFlow so special, that we seeing a huge surge of developers and researchers opting for the TensorFlow framework? Interestingly, when it comes to artificial intelligence frameworks showdown, you will find TensorFlow emerging as a clear winner most of the time. The major credit goes to the soaring popularity and contributions across various forums such as GitHub, Stack Overflow, and Quora. The fact is, TensorFlow is being used in over 6000 open source repositories showing their roots in many real-world research and applications. How TensorFlow came to be The library was developed by a group of researchers and engineers from the Google Brain team within Google AI organization. They wanted a library that provides strong support for machine learning and deep learning and advanced numerical computations across different scientific domains. Since the time Google open sourced its machine learning framework in 2015, TensorFlow has grown in popularity with more than 1500 projects mentions on GitHub. The constant updates made to the TensorFlow ecosystem is the real cherry on the cake. This has ensured all the new challenges developers and researchers face are addressed, thus easing the complex computations and providing newer features, promises, and performance improvements with the support of high-level APIs. By open sourcing the library, the Google research team have received all the benefits from a huge set of contributors outside their existing core team. Their idea was to make TensorFlow popular by open sourcing it, thus making sure all new research ideas are implemented in TensorFlow first allowing Google to productize those ideas. Read Also: 6 reasons why Google open sourced TensorFlow What makes TensorFlow different from the rest? With more and more research and real-life use cases going mainstream, we can see a big trend among programmers, and developers flocking towards the tool called TensorFlow. The popularity for TensorFlow is quite evident, with big names adopting TensorFlow for carrying out artificial intelligence tasks. Many popular companies such as NVIDIA, Twitter, Snapchat, Uber and more are using TensorFlow for all their major operations and research areas. On one hand, someone can make a case that TensorFlow’s popularity is based on its origins/legacy. TensorFlow being developed under the house of “Google” enjoys the reputation of the household name. There’s no doubt, TensorFlow has been better marketed than some of its competitors. Source: The Data Incubator However that’s not the full story. There are many other compelling reasons why small scale to large scale companies prefer using TensorFlow over other machine learning tools TensorFlow key functionalities TensorFlow provides an accessible and readable syntax which is essential for making these programming resources easier to use. The complex syntax is the last thing developers need to know given machine learning’s advanced nature. TensorFlow provides excellent functionalities and services when compared to other popular deep learning frameworks. These high-level operations are essential for carrying out complex parallel computations and for building advanced neural network models. TensorFlow is a low-level library which provides more flexibility. Thus you can define your own functionalities or services for your models. This is a very important parameter for researchers because it allows them to change the model based on changing user requirements. TensorFlow provides more network control. Thus allowing developers and researchers to understand how operations are implemented across the network. They can always keep track of new changes done over time. Distributed training The trend of distributed deep learning began in 2017, when Facebook released a paper showing a set of methods to reduce the training time of a convolutional neural network model. The test was done on RESNET-50 model on ImageNet dataset which took one hour to train instead of two weeks. 256 GPUs spread over 32 servers were used. This revolutionary test has open the gates for many research work which have massively reduced the experimentation time by running many tasks in parallel on multiple GPUs. Google’s distributed TensorFlow has allowed all the researchers and developers to scale out complex distributed training using in-built methods and operations that optimizes distributed deep learning among servers. . Google’s distributed TensorFlow engine which is part of the regular TensorFlow repo, works exceptionally well with the existing TensorFlow’s operations and functionalities. It has allowed exploring two of the most important distributed methods: Distribute the training time of a neural network model over many servers to reduce the training time. Searching for good hyperparameters by running parallel experiments over multiple servers. Google has given distributed TensorFlow engine the required power to steal the share of the market acquired by other distributed projects such as Microsoft’s CNTK, AMPLab’s SparkNet, and CaffeOnSpark. Even though the competition is tough, Google has still managed to become more popular when compared to the other alternatives in the market. From research to production Google has, in some ways, democratized deep learning., The key reason is TensorFlow’s high-level APIs making deep learning accessible to everyone. TensorFlow provides pre-built functions and advanced operations to ease the task of building different neural network models. It provides the required infrastructure and hardware which makes them one of the leading libraries used extensively by researchers and students in the deep learning domain. In addition to research tools, TensorFlow extends the services by bringing the model in production using TensorFlow Serving. It is specifically designed for production environments, which provides a flexible, high-performance serving system for machine learning models. It provides all the functionalities and operations which makes it easy to deploy new algorithms and experiments as per changing requirements and preferences. It provides an excellent feature of out-of-the-box integration with TensorFlow models which can be easily extended to serve other types of models and data. TensorFlow’s API is a complete package which is easier to use and read, plus provides helpful operators, debugging and monitoring tools, and deployment features. This has led to growing use of TensorFlow library as a complete package within the ecosystem by the emerging body of students, researchers, developers, production engineers from various fields who are gravitating towards artificial intelligence. There is a TensorFlow for web, mobile, edge, embedded and more TensorFlow provides a range of services and modules within their existing ecosystem making them as one of the ground-breaking end-to-end tools to provide state-of-the-art deep learning. TensorFlow.js for machine learning on the web JavaScript library for training and deploying machine learning models in the browser. This library provides flexible and intuitive APIs to build and train new and pre-existing models from scratch right in the browser or under Node.js. TensorFlow Lite for mobile and embedded ML It is a TensorFlow lightweight solution used for mobile and embedded devices. It is fast since it enables on-device machine learning inference with low latency. It supports hardware acceleration with the Android Neural Networks API. The future releases of TensorFlow Lite will bring more built-in operators, performance improvements, and will support more models to simplify the developer’s experience of bringing machine learning services within mobile devices. TensorFlow Hub for reusable machine learning A library which is used extensively to reuse machine learning models. Thus you can transfer learning by reusing parts of machine learning models. TensorBoard for visual debugging While training a complex neural network model, the computations you use in TensorFlow can be very confusing. TensorBoard makes it very easy to understand and debug your TensorFlow programs in the form of visualizations. It allows you to easily inspect and understand your TensorFlow runs and graphs. Sonnet Sonnet is a DeepMind library which is built on top of TensorFlow extensively used to build complex neural network models. All of this factors have made the TensorFlow library immensely appealing for building a wide spectrum of machine learning and deep learning projects. This tool has become a preferred choice for everyone from space research giant NASA and other confidential government agencies, to an impressive roster of private sector giants. Road Ahead for TensorFlow TensorFlow no doubt is better marketed compared to the other deep learning frameworks. The community appears to be moving very fast. In any given hour, there are approximately 10 people around the world contributing or improving the TensorFlow project on GitHub. TensorFlow dominates the field with the largest active community. It will be interesting to see what new advances TensorFlow and other utilities make possible for the future of our digital world. Continuing the recent trend of rapid updates, the TensorFlow team is making sure they address all the current and active challenges faced by the contributors and the developers while building machine learning and deep learning models. TensorFlow 2.0 will be a major update, we can expect the release candidate by next year early March. The preview version of this major milestone is expected to hit later this year. The major focus will be on ease of use, additional support for more platforms and languages, and eager execution will be the central feature of TensorFlow 2.0. This breakthrough version will add more functionalities and operations to handle current research areas such as reinforcement learning, GANs, building advanced neural network models more efficiently. Google will continue to invest and upgrade their existing TensorFlow ecosystem. According to Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai “artificial intelligence is more important than electricity or fire.” TensorFlow is the solution they have come up with to bring artificial intelligence into reality and provide a stepping stone to revolutionize humankind. Read more The 5 biggest announcements from TensorFlow Developer Summit 2018 The Deep Learning Framework Showdown: TensorFlow vs CNTK Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) 3.0: Google’s answer to cloud-ready Artificial Intelligencelast_img read more

Preferred Hotels Resorts to add 50 properties by 2020

first_imgPreferred Hotels & Resorts will add 50 new properties to its portfolio by 2020 in the South Asia region. India expansion is a part of the strategy of adding hotels in the South Asia region.‘I prefer’ loyalty programme and ‘Preferred Residences’, a collection of luxury residential properties are a part of the expansion strategy that Preferred Hotels & Resorts will majorly focus on to increase the footprint South East Asia, China and Africa.Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ strategy for 2018 is having the right hotels in the right markets. The company also plans to add half million members to their ‘I Prefer’ loyalty programme to the already existing 2.5 million members.Apart from these, Preferred Hotels & Resorts plans to add 30 properties to its residential space.last_img read more

Larnaca driver 17 times over the limit updated

first_imgA 44-year-old driver involved in a car crash on Saturday night in Larnaca was found to be driving 17 times over the alcohol limit, police said on Sunday.Shortly before 7pm an accident involving two cars happened on Demosthenous street in Larnaca. There were no injuries despite considerable damage to both cars.Police breathalysed the 44-year-old driver of one of the cars, which showed blood alcohol of 122 µg, where the allowed limit for new drivers is 9μg. A second test showed the amount was 156µg.He was charged and ordered to appear in court on Tuesday.On Sunday morning a second new driver was arrested for drink driving, this time with a reading of 84μg as opposed to the allowed 9μg.As part of routine traffic checks, police stopped the 19-year-old driver at around 3.30am on Sunday on Grivas Dighenis avenue. He was arrested.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more