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Haryana govt. indifferent towards farmers: Surjewala

first_imgSenior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Monday accused the BJP government in Haryana of being indifferent towards the problems being faced by farmers in the State.He said the farmers were being forced to sell paddy and bajra crops at a lower rate than the minimum support price and yet the State government was not taking any steps to ensure that they got the assured price for their crop.“Farmers are facing exploitation at the hands of middlemen as the BJP government has become a mute spectator towards misery of the farmers,” Mr. Surjewala alleged.“The entire State, especially parts of north and south Haryana, saw unprecedented rain between September 22 and September 24 and there was another spell of rain last week, causing irreparable loss to the sugarcane, paddy, cotton and bajra crops. Yet, by not conducting a ‘special girdawari’ and by not paying compensation, the anti-farmer face of the BJP government has been exposed,” he said.Mr. Surjewala condemned the recent rise in the prices of DAP and NPK fertilizers and the continuous increase in diesel price and demanded immediate relief to farmers, who were already under severe financial distress.“The price rise of fertilizers and diesel have both hit the farming community hard. The anti-farmer face of the BJP has been exposed,” he said.last_img read more

White House Science Fair celebrates student research

first_imgSixteen-year-old Sophia Sánchez-Maes is all about algae. The slimy green stuff is an attractive candidate for biofuel production, but Sánchez-Maes wondered why the biofuel startups near her hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico, weren’t having more success. “I’d heard all these stats about how awesome algae was and the potential, but I just wasn’t seeing it in my everyday life,” she says. “I kind of wanted to fix that.” After doing some digging, Sánchez-Maes found that the algae operations near Las Cruces were putting more energy into fuel production than they got out, so she set out to pioneer a new process that produces a positive energy yield.The result earned Sánchez-Maes a coveted spot in Monday’s White House Science Fair, where more than 100 elementary, middle, and high school students shared their research with President Barack Obama and other government officials. “We’ve got to celebrate the winners of our science fairs as much as we celebrate the winners of football or basketball or other athletic competitions,” Obama said in a speech honoring the students. 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But, she says, this was “only the tip of the iceberg” for challenges that biofuel operations face. She then worked to develop a process that eliminates the most energy-intensive part of the biofuelmaking process—drying the algae and extracting its lipids. The new method involves “pressure-cooking” the algae and using catalysts to make the process more energy-efficient. But Sánchez-Maes didn’t stop there. She is now studying a type of algae that feeds on contaminants in wastewater, eliminating the need for sunlight that can hold back some biofuel plants. Thanks to a collaboration with researchers at Stanford University and New Mexico State University, among others, a wastewater treatment plant in her hometown is now demoing the technology. “She’s helping to bring the world closer to using algae as a clean, renewable, and even inexhaustible energy source,” Obama said.Sánchez-Maes wasn’t the only student to focus on biofuels. Eric Koehlmoos, 18, ran a biofuel project from the most unlikely of places—his basement. Because it was a several-hour drive from his home in rural Granville, Iowa, to the nearest lab, he labored mostly alone on his project: the production of ethanol from prairie cordgrass and switchgrass. He found that by treating the grasses with calcium hydroxide, or lime, he could boost ethanol production in certain grasses by 80%, making it a viable alternative to corn-based ethanol. The grasses can grow on land that isn’t suitable for corn or other crops, and byproducts could serve another purpose—cattle feed. To get started on his project, Koehlmoos consulted with a local ethanol plant and researchers at South Dakota State University. “Without them, I probably couldn’t have done my project,” he said.Other students focused on cybersecurity and computer technology. One of them—Nikhil Behari, 14—developed a protocol that may one day protect your Facebook page from hackers. Using a system that measures the amount of time and pressure unique users apply to their keystrokes, the Pennsylvania student created a protocol he says is more than 98% accurate in identifying individuals. Just as we all have distinct fingerprints, each person has a unique typing style, which a computer can detect to ensure your password hasn’t fallen into the wrong hands. Participating in the fair, Behari says, was inspiring. “I’ve met so many amazing people, and … they’ve given me even more motivation to do the science and work that I’ve been doing.”In his remarks, Obama emphasized the importance of continuous support for science research and education, announcing an additional $240 million in funding for the administration’s Educate to Innovate program. “It’s not enough for our country just to be proud of you,” he told the students. “We’ve also got to support you.”This year’s science fair—the fifth since it was launched in 2010—emphasized the importance of including minorities and women in science. Participants included first-generation Americans and a troop of 6-year-old Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The girls, just beginning their first adventures in science and technology, created a machine made of Legos that automatically turns book pages to assist disabled people.“Science is for all of us,” Obama said. “And we want our classrooms and labs and workplaces and media to reflect that.”last_img read more

Developing training sets for the IoT

first_img DavidHamilton says: EdwardThirlwall says: “From what I know, the advent of the internet and social media and basically all this inter-connectivity of people has given rise to immense amounts of data for the analysts to work with. I’m pretty sure that you won’t have to worry about not having data u Collect a representative sample of the target data Collecting a lot of data doesn’t mean anything if you are not collecting the right data. This is particularly true in the context of IoT.IoT devices pose a very interesting challenge when it comes to data acquisition: even though all IoT users may have the exact same device at their disposal, these devices are still unique, come with their own subtle differences, and are used in different environments and situations. For example, you and your distant cousin might have the same car, but his lane detection device could be mounted just a tiny bit higher than yours, or could have a small defect that makes colors duller. When gathering data for the development of machine learning applications for IoT devices, it is important to make sure all data is not collected from the same single device and ensure that the data constitutes a good representation of all possible scenarios. In the case of self-driving vehicles, for example, there are many different factors at play to make sure the data is diverse enough to account for all possible corner cases–in some locations, the roads will be covered in snow most of the time, or washed by constant rains, some drivers will never drive at night while others will only drive after dark, etc. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that a very large diversity of examples are collected and brought together in your training set, so that no biases are introduced.Leverage what you know One major difficulty when it comes to the development of a machine learning application comes down to the fact that it is very hard to build a model-agnostic training dataset. For instance, some algorithms, like random forests, are very sensitive to class imbalance, namely the fact that the relative number of examples from different classes is too dissimilar. This can sometimes be very desirable, typically when you need to leverage the relative rarity of one class compared to the others. However, depending on the use case or even the metric that you are using to measure success (specifically, accuracy vs. precision/recall), recalibrating the data with an over- or under-sampling method might be necessary.Because collecting data is now cheaper and easier than ever, data scientists now have an option to build customized datasets depending on their specific use case.Think of annotation quality We have now talked a lot about the collection of data and have seen that in the era of Big Data, gathering data isn’t as much of a challenge as it used to be. However, a new challenge is now facing the machine learning community: as collecting data becomes easier and easier, processing, and in particular, annotating this data is becoming the new bottleneck.Because most machine learning solutions use a supervised approach, with no labels, all this data is essentially useless. While in some cases, data comes “naturally labeled”, like in the case of eCommerce when a click or a purchase indicates the interest of the customer for a specific product, most other cases require data to be labeled separately through a process that was until now done manually. The volume of data to be annotated nowadays has now reached a point where all human labor on the planet wouldn’t be sufficient to take care of the huge demand in annotation, which is why companies like Figure Eight are taking a Human-in-the-Loop approach to providing high quality labels.Beyond the sheer volume of annotations that is required comes the constant need for quality control. Some human-in-the-loop platforms fail to provide the guarantee that data has been annotated accordingly to the customer’s requirements. And while it is the responsibility of the platform provider to ensure the contributors who generate the annotations are doing their job right, it is up to the data scientist who requests those annotations to design clear labeling instructions and think of all corner cases that the workers will face: do people on bikes count as pedestrians in the context of self-driving cars? How to handle occluded objects?Once again, as the creator of the application, the data scientist has full power to use his/her knowledge of the use case to come back with the best recommendation and iterate if necessary.Closing comment: biases Each application is different, and therefore there is no surprise that each one of the dataset you will develop will have its own set of challenges. Regardless of the goal you are trying to reach, one main constant across all IoT applications will be the problem of biases.Because of the large diversity of situations and conditions under which each unit of a given IoT device functions, building an extensive dataset covering all corner cases turns out to be an incredibly difficult task, which causes smart IoT applications to be prone to biases. Forget to add examples of hot weather when building self-driving car software, and the sun glare on the road might just be interpreted by the model as moisture, causing the windshield wipers to activate.The good news is that this type of artifact is usually easy to fix once it has been diagnosed, which is why continuously refining your dataset in parallel with the development of your model is usually good practice. Jennifer Prendki is currently the VP of Machine Learning at Figure Eight, the Human-in-the-Loop AI category leader. She has spent most of her career creating a data-driven culture wherever she went, succeeding in sometimes highly skeptical environments. She is particularly skilled at building and scaling high-performance Machine Learning teams, and is known for enjoying a good challenge. Trained as a particle physicist, she likes to use her analytical mind not only when building complex models, but also as part of her leadership philosophy. She is pragmatic yet detail-oriented. Jennifer also takes great pleasure in addressing both technical and non-technical audiences at conferences and seminars, and is passionate about attracting more women to careers in STEM. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, IoT March 20, 2019 at 7:20 am The future has never been so exciting . Thanks to tiny yet powerful hardware that can be embedded in connected devices of all types, IoT represents an unrivaled source of the massive amounts of data necessary for the development of countless new machine learning applications of all stripes. Because they are at the center of our daily lives, IoT devices allow the capture of data at a personal level. Here, a data row isn’t just a store purchase or a click on a website anymore; it is your real-time location or speed, your heartbeat rate, or your grocery list, all of which can leave data scientists with too many choices.But that doesn’t necessarily mean that building training sets is now easier than ever. In fact, with more options come more parameters to take into account to ensure those datasets are just right. So how do you navigate this tremendous amount of actionable data? Below are a few items to keep in mind as you develop a training set for your next smart IoT application.Start with the problem, not the data Just a few short years ago, collecting data was by no means the easy task that it is today. In order to have a sufficiently large historical dataset to use to train a new model, a data scientist had to forecast well ahead of time what his/her needs would be . This is still certainly true, in particular when the data shows some slow seasonal patterns that the model will have to account for. Yet, the fact that data is much cheaper to collect gives data scientists a lot more flexibility for experimentation.This has had a major impact on the way data scientists work today. They can now afford to think about data collection after the business problem has been identified and formulated. The need to capture data “just in case” someone might want the geolocation information of the customer in the future hasn’t been fully eliminated, but it is certainly becoming less critical to the success of an organization. Nowadays, a data scientist can typically afford to wait until they have more visibility not only on the application they will build, but even, to some extent, on the type of model that they are likely to use, giving them an opportunity to tailor the data to their needs.Keep iterating Similarly, the fact that data collection isn’t the bottleneck anymore gives data scientists a lot more flexibility to test the performance of their datasets on their models and potentially identify weaknesses in the data. Ultimately, they can modify their requirements, identify new opportunities to capture a new feature, or even recommend improvements to hardware. This might almost feel a little counterintuitive to data scientists who have been trained to anticipate all future needs given the additional work that changing data collection requirements would cause to the engineering team, or the direct impact on the customer.With this new order, data scientists can now collect datasets in several steps, training a first model and using a feedback loop to learn about the corner cases impacting the quality of the application the most. There is even an opportunity to use an active learning approach by allowing the algorithm to dynamically identify its pain points and weaknesses as it is being trained. For instance, if a first pass on the model shows that the driver-assistance application fails to recognize lanes in sunny weather, the data scientist can now decide to extend his/her dataset with additional examples recorded in New Mexico.Collect enough data Data scientists love to brag about how exciting it is to work in the machine learning field these days. The old days of “not having enough data” might soon be a thing of the past, if that isn’t already the case. This is excellent news for people working with highly complex models such as deep neural networks.Even though the technology at the core of deep learning was invented decades ago, its practical usage for the creation of machine learning applications only recently took off due to two factors: the development and adoption of GPUs, and the spectacular volumes of data that we are now capable of collecting. Algorithms using a deep network architecture are known to be data-greedy because of the large number of parameters they involve: the more layers, the more neurons, and the more parameters need to be adjusted on the data. If not enough data is available, a phenomenon referred to as overfitting will occur: the model will identify pseudo-patterns in noise and interpret them as a real effect when the patterns are really statistical fluctuations. Finally, more data also equates to higher accuracy, which is why data scientists are notoriously fond of using large datasets whenever possible. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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Government House Tours Summer 2016

first_imgThe Government House Summer Tour Program will begin Friday, July 1 and will run until Monday, Aug. 29. Every summer, Government House opens its doors to the public. Guided tours will be conducted from Friday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and Mrs. Joan Grant welcome all Nova Scotians and visitors to see the splendor of Government House and hear its history. “Mrs. Grant and I invite the public to tour the oldest Vice-Regal residence in North America. As the ceremonial home of all Nova Scotians, everyone is welcome to see Government House,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. More details are available at . -30-last_img

Wedding night jitters

first_imgI come from a very conservative Hindu family and my marriage is due in November. My fiance lives in Australia and we have only met twice. I’m 21 and he’s 26. I’m very nervous about our first night. Please help. Name withheld Congratulations! Hope these tips help you: Go slow: It is very important to remove the distance on your first night and you can do this by building rapport. Start by talking to each other until you are comfortable. You don’t have to act like a very conservative and uptight bride, be yourself. Converse, share laughter and have fun. Also Read – Feel what you fearLet the past be: Marriage is a new beginning. The first night is intended for you both, so don’t start any discussion about each other’s past. It could be a big turn off and add more tension to your already stretched nerves. Just enjoy each other’s company, for this is your quality time together. Keep money away: Finances are one of the most important aspects of every marriage, but your first night should not be spent calculating all the expenses, incomes, debts, estates and the like. Money matters can wait, first enjoy the night away. Also Read – HomecomingPut fantasies aside: Do not add pressure to this already awkward situation by sharing your fantasies. This will only make your partner anxious and conscious about his performance. Be patient: Even if all ceremonies have ended, you shouldn’t jump into the act. Take time to get familiar with each other. And don’t forget to remove all the pins on your hair and clothes before going to sleep! It doesn’t have to be perfect: Relax. This is just the start of a lifetime. It’s fine not to have a perfect first night; it rarely happens anyway. My husband is physically abusive. We have been married for three years and have a year old son. I’m living in hell. What can I do? T S, New Delhi To allow a man (or anyone) to be physically abusive is a form of mental destruction. Such domestic violence is the worst thing you can allow your child to witness. Unfortunately, people have the habit of repeating these sick actions if they are not stopped in the beginning. I suggest you stand up and fight it out. Take strong steps and if need be, involve your family or close friends to seek legal advice. Keeping quiet and tolerating is no sign of showing strength or love. You will lose your mental peace, confidence and gradually be depressed. Please take a decision, be strong and stand against it. Good luck. With time, our physical relationship is dying completely. I need physical intimacy but my husband who is nine years older is absolutely cold. I’m feeling depressed but don’t know what to do. Please help! Name withheld, West Bengal Have you tried consulting a doctor? That might be required. Meanwhile, try your best to ignite the flame. Keep your kids (if any) at some relatives’ for a night and go adventurous at home. Try getting close at places in your own home which haven’t been explored yet. The kitchen top/ the verandah/ the roof…you know what I mean! Start the night with your sexiest self and add some hot moves as a catalyst. Also remember, too much stress at work might be the reason for the distance. Understand your partner and help him bridge the gap. All the best! (Send your questions to read more


first_imgAdvertisement Credits: Cameron is executive producer and showrunner of Mary Kills People. Armstrong is creator and co-executive producer of Mary Kills People.2017 Contributions to Canadian TV: Veteran Cameron joined newcomer Armstrong to deliver Global’s original drama series which also aired on Lifetime in the U.S. While boasting an impressive list of women working behind the scenes, on screen the series followed Dr. Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas), a single mother and ER doc by day, who works as an underground angel of death — helping terminally ill patients end things on their own terms. The drama posed smart questions about end of life choices, while also weaving in a compelling mystery into the story..CATHERINE REITMANCredits: Creator, executive producer, director and star of CBC’s Workin’ Moms.2017 Contributions to Canadian TV: A compelling portrait of the good and bad side to parenthood, and what it’s really like trying to juggle children and a career. The comedy was an emotional reminder how we’re often our own worst critics, and that we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves all the time. Reitman also used her series as a vehicle to explore issues often considered taboo such as postpartum depression and abortion.READ MORE One of the best things to come out of Peak TV is that because more shows are being made, viewers are getting to hear the voices and stories of so many different creators. It can certainly be overwhelming at times, but if you know how to pick and choose you’ll be able to find something that speaks directly to you. More stories from a more diverse pool of voices is certainly something to celebrate, and if you’ve followed us here at The TV Junkies, then you know we especially love celebrating women in the television industry.At the end of last year, we saw an article celebrating the female creators of TV and immediately thought of all the awesome women creating stories for Canadian television. The Canadian TV industry as a whole is not nearly as large as its U.S. counterpart, but nonetheless, there’s an amazing amount of women getting it done and making series we love to watch. Since the end of the year is a time to reflect back, we thought now would be the perfect time to shine a light on these very talented women..TASSIE CAMERON / TARA ARMSTRONGCameron is executive producer and showrunner of Mary Kills People. Armstrong is creator and co-executive producer of Mary Kills People. – Global Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Information technologies vital to tackling climate change – UN SecretaryGeneral

Organized by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) every few years, Telecom World is a unique event for the information and communication technology (ICT) community which brings together the top names from across the industry and around the world. “We all know that ICTs have revolutionized our world,” Mr. Ban said as the week-long event got under way. “My main interest is how these technologies are creating new possibilities for the United Nations to achieve its goals of peace, human rights and development. “ICTs are also very vital to confronting the problems we face as a planet: the threat of climate change,” he added. “Indeed, ICTs are part of the solution. Already, these technologies are being used to cut emissions and help countries adapt to the effects of climate change.” Mr. Ban noted that earlier this year, the UN teamed up with mobile phone companies and other partners to install 5,000 new weather stations across Africa. The weather stations will monitor the impact of climate change, and when there is news, text messages will be sent immediately to farmers’ mobile phones. In addition, information technologies are being used to raise awareness about climate change. The Secretary-General noted how the UN has mobilized young people to use Internet tools such as Facebook and Twitter in support of its campaign to seal a deal on climate change in December at the global conference in Copenhagen aimed at developing a new treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions. UNEP also created a ‘Twitter for Trees’ project, in which one tree was planted for each of the more than 10,000 people who signed up. “I am sure you in this room can think of even more creative ways to use ICTs to usher in a new green economy,” said Mr. Ban. “Let us work together to find new ways to cut waste, reduce emissions, create jobs, protect against disasters and promote better standards of living.” The Secretary-General also pointed to some progress, thanks in part to information technologies, in efforts to achieve the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while stressing that much more needs to be done to improve the lives of millions of people by the target date of 2015. The ITU pointed out that while ICTs provide unprecedented opportunities to accelerate social and economic development, communities that currently lack access and know-how are being further marginalized. It is, therefore, encouraging its member States to adopt school-based community broadband plans to bring ICT access to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. The agency’s Connect a School, Connect a Community initiative aims to facilitate public-private partnerships that will help countries establish school-based ICT centres. ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré welcomed the initiative as an important milestone in improving broadband access globally. “Designed not only for students but also for the communities in which they live, smart policies and innovative public-private partnerships promoting school-based community ICT centres represent an attractive, affordable and scalable step forward in addressing the digital divide.” Mr. Ban also welcomed the initiative, noting that connected schools can become connected community ICT centres, which can provide a vital link to marginalized and vulnerable groups. “They can become an information lifeline for women, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and those living in rural, remote and underserved areas,” he stated. He also stressed the need for teamwork in turning this goal into reality, and emphasized the importance of political will. “I urge world leaders to support this effort and take the needed steps to meet the agreed targets of connecting all schools by 2015.” Meanwhile, the head of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said the explosion of mobile technology presents a great opportunity to scale up the AIDS response in poor countries. “Harnessing technology in creative ways will help us reach people in need. I want universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services to be as ubiquitous as mobile phone coverage,” said Michel Sidibé. According to UNAIDS, the millions of people in developing countries who had been left behind by the digital divide are now able to access health information and healthcare services at their fingertips through mobile technology. Mobile phones are being used as low-cost tools for HIV testing, data collection, epidemic tracking, and training of health workers, HIV prevention and treatment support. While in Geneva, the Secretary-General also introduced former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the guest speaker at a lecture series focusing on “Resetting the Nuclear Disarmament Agenda.” He noted that after many years of lying dormant, the goal of a world without nuclear weapons is “back where it belongs: at the top of the global agenda.” Mr. Ban paid tribute to the leadership of Mr. Gorbachev, describing him as a “giant in the global effort to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world. “He has made his mark through his pioneering efforts at the helm of his country… through his own nuclear disarmament proposals… through his tireless advocacy… and through the work of his foundation and with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. Mr. and Mrs. Ban are scheduled to return to New York on Tuesday, after wrapping up their three-nation tour which also took them to Sweden and Denmark. 5 October 2009Information and communication technologies are vital to tackling climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a global forum that kicked off today in Geneva, urging participants to think of creative ways to use the latest technology to usher in a green economy. read more

Election for staff representative on the Board of Trustees

The general bylaws of the Board of Trustees specify that three members from the permanent staff, elected by the permanent staff members of the University, serve staggered three-year terms on the Board. Permanent staff members who are managers reporting directly to the President or to a Vice-President are not eligible to serve.Effective July 1, 2011, there will be one permanent staff vacancy on the Board. Therefore, an election of one representative from the permanent staff for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2011, is required.Nomination forms for this election are available on the University Secretariat website at nomination form must be signed by at least three members of the permanent staff and the nominee, and submitted to the secretary to the Board of Trustees (ST1107) no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6.Ballots will be distributed to all members of the permanent staff on or before Wednesday, May 11. Completed ballots are to be returned to the secretary to the Board of Trustees, sealed in the envelope that will be provided by the close of the poll at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011.The candidate leading the poll will be declared elected to the three-year term.Please contact Mike Farrell (x3335) if you have any questions. read more

White House issues veto threat on Keystone pipeline bill

by News Staff Posted Jan 6, 2015 11:56 am MDT The White House says President Barack Obama would veto legislation approving construction of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline.A bill that would have forced Obama’s hand on the issue failed to clear Congress in its final days last year.But the Congress that convened Tuesday is Republican-controlled and new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the pipeline bill will be among the first issues voted on.White House press secretary Josh Earnest says he does not expect Obama would sign any Keystone legislation that reaches his desk.The spokesman says there is a “well-established” review process that is being run by the State Department that should not be undermined by legislation.Earnest also says the pipeline’s route through Nebraska also must be resolved.(The Associated Press) White House issues veto threat on Keystone pipeline bill AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Economics research highlighted in public speaker series

Brock University’s Department of Economics is continuing its tradition of welcoming renowned scholars for its annual Research Seminar Series.German Pupato from Ryerson University speaks on Oct. 15 as part of this year’s Research Seminar Series hosted by Brock’s Department of Economics.The series began in September with scholars from Wilfrid Laurier University, the Bank of Canada and Oberlin College and will continue throughout the 2018-19 academic year.The next instalment of the series takes place Monday, Oct. 15, when German Pupato of Ryerson University will present his co-authored paper on estimating the welfare gains of economic integration in economies with frictional local labour markets. Using the unexpected fall of the Iron Curtain in 1990 to demonstrate, Pupato considers the quantitative importance of accounting for changes in unemployment rates when computing the gains from trade in West German local labour markets.Pupato’s presentation runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MCA 241.Xue Bai, Assistant Professor of Economics and Chair of the organizing committee for this year’s series, is confident the variety of Canadian and international researchers on the calendar will appeal to people beyond her department.“This as a great opportunity to expose the wider Brock community to exciting current research in economics,” she says.The Research Seminar Series offers an opportunity to learn from renowned researchers from Canada and around the world. All talks are open to the public. Dates, times and room locations for all talks are listed on the Department of Economics website. read more

These are the reasons why KBC has decided not to leave Ireland

first_img Image: Naoise Culhane Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 1:30 PM Take me to Fora KBC BANK REVEALED this morning that it plans to stay in Ireland in a move that will come as a relief to the 1,000 staff employed by the organisation.The bank, which is Belgian-owned, had been conducting a strategic review of its operations in Ireland.As previously explained by Fora, KBC Ireland was loss-making for years after the crash and required a bailout of about €1.4 billion from its parent company.However, it has returned to profitability in the last two years, and at the start of 2016 the group said that it was planning a strategic review of the business.One of the options that was being considered was to sell off its Irish arm, in a move that cast uncertainty over the positions of the 1,000 people who work for KBC Ireland.However, announcing its full year results today the bank said Ireland is one of its “ core countries” and is a “a sound and attractive market in which we wish to play a more active role”.KBC Ireland also revealed that it made a full year net profit of €227 million after tax in 2016 compared to a profit of €75 million in 2015.TurnaroundThe Irish company’s chief executive Wim Verbraeken this morning laid out why the Belgian bank decided to stay put.Speaking to Newstalk’s Business Breakfast he said that there were three key reasons.“It is fair to say that the strong recovery of the Irish economy in the last couple of years combined with very strong fundamentals and attractive demographics have been viewed very positively by the group.“Secondly, there was the turnaround performance of the bank itself. Returning to profitability in 2015 and the confirming that in 2016. Feb 9th 2017, 1:30 PM Share6 Tweet Email2 22,523 Views center_img Short URL By Fora Staff Image: Naoise Culhane He added: “Finally, and most importantly, there is the acknowledgement by KBC that we are very well positioned and have a plan to capture the opportunities that are out there in the Irish market.”The bank has attracted a share of about 12% of all new mortgages in a market that is growing at an annual rate of about 25%.Strong pent-up demand for homes, coupled with increasing prices, has led to forecasts from Davy analysts that the total Irish mortgage market will double from €5 billion to €10 billion by 2020. KBC Ireland CEO Wim Verbraeken Source: Naoise CulhaneSmall business lendingThe bank also announced this morning that it is putting a new focus on the small business market. Before the crash, KBC had focused on corporate and real estate lending.Since then, it has repositioned itself to focus mainly on retail mortgages. The announcement that it will be taking aim at the small business lending market is likely to come as a welcome one to any SMEs.Small business loans in Ireland are some of the most expensive in Europe. This has been linked to the lack of competition for business lending in Ireland, as the market is dominated by the main pillar banks.In a research note published this morning Goodbody analysts said that KBC’s objective of at least a 10% share in the retail and micro-SME markets “is likely to add incrementally to competition for the larger banks”.The bank will also continue to offer life and non-life insurance products through collaborations.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16 Comments These are the reasons why KBC has decided not to leave Ireland The bank also announced it will have a new focus on small business lending.last_img read more

Ancelotti on PSG and Group C standings

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti shared his thoughts about the 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain and the group standings after going top of the table.Napoli secured a draw thanks to Lorenzo Insigne who converted from the spot to cancel Juan Bernat’s first-half goal.“I tried to modify the approach, which was a little too prudent in the first half and we allowed them to control the tempo too much. We put more pressure on their midfielders and things went better,” he told Football Italia.“We played at a very high level for 20 minutes, then paid for the effort later on, as we tried to control at the end rather than attack.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Napoli were held 2-2 at Parc des Princes too, but Liverpool lost 2-0 at Red Star Belgrade today.That means the Italians are ahead of Liverpool on their head-to-head record, with six points each, Paris Saint-Germain are on five and Red Star four.“The two draws with Paris Saint-Germain are positive, because we have a slight advantage if we do finish level with them. To be honest, we didn’t expect Liverpool to lose in Belgrade today, so now Red Star are getting involved too and the group cannot be more balanced.“It was really unexpected, especially for the result that saw them lose 6-1 in Paris. It’ll be tight to the end.”last_img read more

Mens Journal Ad Reps Swim with Sharks

first_imgHere’s to taking customer satisfaction to the extreme.Each year, the Men’s Journal advertising staff participates in what it calls the “Dare Your Rep” campaign, an initiative to help engage their clients and to promote the magazine’s May “Adventure” issue. So what awaited the magazine’s eager sales staff this year?Firewalking? No. Winter surfing off Montauk? Nah. Taking more than 40 percent of clients’ votes was swimming with sharks. Of course. So, last week, 15 advertising reps donned wetsuits, hopped into a tank at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, and got up-close-and personal with several varieties of sharks. Even publisher Will Schenck got in the tank.Swimming with sharks is apparently just another notch on the belt for the Men’s Journal ad staff. Last year they ate from a menu of tasty delectables such as honey-glazed spiced tarantulas, herbed cream cheese with glazed scorpion, filo dough pastry cups with prickly pear cactus jelly and roasted ants. Anything for a sale.last_img read more

State cuts could close one Sitka harbor

first_imgA summer sunset colors the waters of Sitka’s Crescent Harbor in 2014. Municipal officials want to improve three harbors using a state grant program that may be at risk. (Shaleece Haas/KCAW)Sitka will have to close one of its five boat harbors if a state matching-grant program is eliminated.The 10-year-old program funds half the cost of local harbor replacement or repair.Sitka Municipal Administrator Mark Gorman says it’s among state programs that could be reduced or eliminated as the Legislature looks for ways to balance the budget.“If that goes away, we’re going to have some very serious challenges maintaining our current infrastructure,” Gorman says. “In fact, we may have to drop one of our harbors in the next decade if we don’t have support from the state.”He says the issue came up at a recent staff meeting. No one harbor is being targeted for closure.The municipality hopes to receive up to $28 million in harbor matching funds during the next 10 or so years. Work would be done on Crescent, Eliason and Sealing Cove facilities.Gorman says harbor rates are already rising and further hikes would not cover the loss of state grants.The harbor issue came up during discussion of Sitka’s municipal priorities for the Legislature, which resumes meeting in January.They include airport upgrades, education funding, and water- and sewer-system improvements.One $6.3 million project would build a backup drinking-water source in Starrigavin Valley. Municipal Administrator Gorman says the state requires a secondary water source.“We know that we could activate a temporary filtration system for Indian River, but that’s prohibitively expensive,” he says.Sitka used that approach during construction of the Blue Lake Dam, which affected the water supply. He says that cost about $3 million over two months.“So if we can get a secondary water source for $6 million that we can use makes a lot of sense,” Gorman says.The legislative priority list was discussed Tuesday evening during a work session with school board and assembly members. It’s not finalized.Sitka officials also hope to win about $4.3 million in state funding for smaller projects, including waterline replacement, sewage lift stations and heating improvements.“We’re more optimistic about those programs being maintained because they’re tied to a lot of federal funding. And I think Gov. Walker recognizes that that’s money well-invested by the state to get the federal matching grants,” he saysMarine Service Center repairs, energy improvements and restored state-park funding are also on the list. So is funding for the ferry system, which faces deep cuts, especially in Sitka.last_img read more

State funding cuts to University of Alaska could deeply impact rural campuses

first_imgUniversity of Alaska’s community campuses, such as University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham, Alaska, could face dramatic changes as the university faces further funding cuts from the state. (Creative Commons photo by J. Stephen Conn/Flickr)University of Alaska campuses are bracing for change as the University system faces up to $22 million in cuts from the state. University administration are entertaining several different long-term options to reduce the costs, which they are calling Strategic Pathways. Some of the options would could have profound effects on higher education in rural Alaska.Listen now“The purpose of Strategic Pathways is to give the president options of how to proceed with the budget cuts that are coming,” Vivian Viar said. She’s the assistant director of the Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham. “There are six avenues that Strategic Pathways lists. The community campuses are leaning toward option six, which is just increased collaboration among the other community colleges in Alaska. However, the president is leaning toward the learning center option unfortunately.”Viar said that option would decrease education opportunities in the region dramatically. Learning centers can provide resources such as computers, internet, and tutoring. On-campus classes, however, would be outside of their scope.“It would be devastating,” Viar said. “We service so many villages, flying students in, flying instructors out, providing student service support, offering classes. All of that would pretty much go away.”In addition to decreased state funding, community campuses like Bristol Bay’s would no longer be eligible for the significant federal grant funds that they receive.“Currently we have approximately $7 million in federal funding that serves our villages and the Aleutian-Pribilof region,” Viar said. “The state funding would drop dramatically as we would not have the staff and the resources that we needed that is paid for by the state funding.”University President Jim Johnsen held a mid-April press conference after a special meeting with the Board of Regents to discuss contingency plans and preparations for Fiscal Year 2018. Johnsen discussed both e-learning and increased collaboration as possible immediate contingency options for rural campuses.“I think more e-learning, more online technology will be part of the solution there in our community campuses,” Johnsen said. “Another thing that I think is a real opportunity is sharing among the community campuses. The directors of our community campuses meet regularly. They work together on new program development.”The Board of Regents’ will meet in May for an update on how the state budget will affect the university’s budget and again in June to discuss Strategic Pathways and the school budget for the next fiscal year.last_img read more

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first_img Citation: Unmanned U.S. frigates to stalk submarines (w/ Video) (2010, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — In the U.S. the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is planning to introduce unmanned frigates for long missions shadowing diesel-electric submarines. The vessels, dubbed Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessels or ACTUVs, are designed to be unmanned, with only intermittent communication from operators on shore or on a ship, and to require no maintenance for months. They will also obey navigational rules and be able to avoid collisions at sea.The three main objectives of the program are to build an “X-ship” that operates without anyone stepping aboard at any point in its operating cycle, secondly to demonstrate the technical viability of the system under “sparse remote supervisory control”, and thirdly to demonstrate the anti-submarine capability of the vessel and its “novel suite of sensors”. The ACTUV is unlike other unmanned vessels in that it is designed for global, independent deployment for months at a time.Proponents claim crewless vessels would save the U.S. Navy money and free the expensive crewed ships from the routine work of continuously cruising the oceans shadowing submarines. The unmanned frigates would locate a submarine by “pinging’ with active sonar to detect the submarine’s echoes, which means those on the submarine would know they have been detected. While nuclear submarines may be fast enough to escape the stalking frigate, fast and quiet diesel-electric submarines would not. © 2010 Explore further More information: FBO announcement (pdf)center_img Two Boeing X-45A Unmanned Jets Continue Coordinated Flights Other unmanned vessels are already in use, with Israel deploying Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), mainly for surveillance purposes, and the U.S. Navy deploying unmanned drones from its submarines.DARPA is the research and development section of the U.S. Department of Defense, which is charged with the job of maintaining the U.S. military’s technological superiority and avoiding technological surprises that could threaten the nation’s security. It will host an unclassified “Industry Day” conference on the ACTUV program at the Liberty Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia on February 16 to discuss the program and address any questions. U.S. Navy combat ship Freedom (LCS 1). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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