COSCO Shipping Adds Its 2nd 20000 TEU Boxship

first_imgzoom China’s COSCO Shipping Lines has taken delivery of its second 20,000 TEU-class boxship, COSCO Shipping Taurus. The delivery and naming ceremony for the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was held in Shanghai on January 27, 2018.Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) launched the Hong Kong-flagged ship on January 16.COSCO Shipping Taurus, which features a length of 400 meters and a width of 58.6 meters, has a market value of USD 121.35 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Earlier this month, the company took delivery of COSCO Shipping Aries — described as China’s first 20,000 TEU containership — from Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS).Apart from the two recently delivered ULCVs, COSCO Shipping Lines has nine 20,000 TEU vessels on order at SWS, NACKS and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry yards.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

NS retiree cites vulgar government ads in bid to get licence plate

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia retiree who is fighting to regain a personalized licence plate after it was deemed unacceptable says governments allow many potentially offensive phrases and names, and anonymous complainers should not be able to take his good name from him.The provincial government withdrew Lorne Grabher’s licence plate — it reads simply, “Grabher” — after officials agreed with a complainant that it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.”In an affidavit filed this month in support of his constitutional challenge of the decision, Grabher cited Halifax Water transit ads headlined “Our minds are in the gutter,” “Powerful sh*t,” and “Be proud of your Dingle,” the last one a reference to a prominent waterfront tower.“In my view, it is glaringly arbitrary and hypocritical for government to engage in such vulgar expression, when I am prohibited from displaying my surname on a licence plate,” he says in the affidavit, filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.He cited “government-regulated” place names including Dildo, Red Indian Lake, and Blow Me Down Provincial Park in Newfoundland and Labrador; Crotch Lake and Swastika in Ontario; and Old Squaw Islands in Nunavut.He also cited Sandy Hook, Manitoba, saying the name has become affiliated with gun violence after the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.Grabher’s battle is supported by the Alberta-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which argues that the wording of regulations for personal licences are so vague they violate freedom of expression guarantees in the Charter of Rights.Grabher notes his family had used the plate for 27 years in Nova Scotia before the province withdrew it on Jan. 12, 2017, and a family member continues to use a similar plate in Alberta.He says he has not intended to offend anyone, and is “profoundly insulted and humiliated” that his name had been deemed offensive.“I am increasingly dismayed by the hypersensitivity of some people who are ‘offended’ by every little thing they encounter. I am further dismayed that these ‘easily offended ones’ are not content only to be personally offended. Rather, they seem uniformly inclined to try to use the power of a supposedly ‘neutral’ state to do something about their whining,” he says in the affidavit.“Canada is not a country where a person gets to be ‘offended’ at everything. Canadians who complain to the government about every little thing should be politely but firmly informed that we live in a cultural mosaic that respects individual freedoms. Such diversity and freedom are impossible if the government seeks to eliminate or limit every little thing and every little difference that could be perceived as ‘offensive’ to someone.“I am dismayed that some anonymous, misinformed, overly sensitive individual, hiding behind their anonymity, can dictate to an entire province that my good name is suddenly an ‘offensive slogan,’ when it has never before been any such thing, nor is it today.”Grabher says his last name is a point of pride for his family and its Austrian-German heritage.A spokesman for the provincial Transport Department has said while the department understands Grabher is a surname with German roots, this context isn’t available to the general public who view the plate.The personalized plate program, introduced in 1989, allows the province to refuse plates deemed offensive, socially unacceptable or in bad taste.The department has said the rejection of Grabher’s licence wasn’t related to obscene comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 and released during last fall’s U.S. presidential campaign, in which Trump said he grabbed women by the genitals.Grabher’s case will be heard next September.last_img read more

College Football Playoff Update TCU Promotion Shakes Up Odds

Sure, the college football playoff selection committee could change its mind at the last minute. Maybe it will decide Baylor deserves to rank ahead of TCU because Baylor won their head-to-head matchup. Maybe the committee will suddenly develop a fondness for Florida State, a team it has liked less than voters in the Coaches and AP polls.But hoping for a shift in attitude is reminiscent of the line often said by losing political candidates: “The only poll that matters is on Election Day.” True, that’s when the votes are counted, but the pre-election polls predict the final tally pretty well. Voters usually don’t waver at the polling place.Likewise, the voters on the committee are likely to remain steadfast. In fact, the rankings the committee published Tuesday night look like the work of a group that is doubling down rather than hedging its bets. TCU, which beat Texas badly last week, advanced to No. 3 in the rankings, overtaking Florida State, which won narrowly against Florida. That creates some further separation between TCU and No. 6 Baylor. And Florida State is now No. 4 despite being undefeated. The Seminoles will very probably make the playoff if they win the ACC championship game, but the committee seems to be making clear they won’t get in with a loss.TCU’s chances of making the playoff are now 96 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight model — up from 80 percent before the committee’s new rankings were released. Those odds might seem incredibly high, but TCU has a cupcake opponent in 2-9 Iowa State, against whom it’s a 97 percent favorite, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). TCU remains unlikely to make the playoff should it lose, but it looks safer in the event of a win. That’s bad news for the teams ranking just behind it: Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor.Arizona’s playoff chances were also helped slightly by the new rankings, rising to 10 percent from 7 percent. The committee slotted the Wildcats at No. 7 after their victory against Arizona State last week, ahead of Michigan State, which also won. Moving ahead of Michigan State is not important unto itself — MSU isn’t playing in the Big Ten championship game and is no real threat to make the playoff — but it’s a sign the committee likes Arizona enough that it could break into the top four if it defeats No. 2 Oregon for the Pac-12 title.That leaves us with six games of consequence on the college football calendar this weekend: the four major conference championship games and the Big 12 regular-season games involving TCU and Baylor. These six games represent 64 possible permutations of winners and losers. But the simple version is this:Alabama, Oregon, TCU and Florida State are very probably in the playoff with a win.No other team controls its own destiny. Ohio State is more likely than not to make the playoff with a win, but it’s in trouble if everyone else wins out.Only Alabama can really afford to lose, and even it wouldn’t be totally safe.If you want the more complicated version, read along:No. 1 Alabama Crimson TideOpponent: No. 16 Missouri, for the SEC championship, on Saturday. Alabama is a 82 percent favorite, according to FPI.Overall chance of making playoff: 94 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 100 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 68 percentChance of making playoff with a loss if the rest of the top five win: 39 percentAlabama is heavily favored against Missouri, but things could get messy if it loses.Historically in the Coaches Poll, No. 1 teams that lost their conference championships fell to either No. 3, 4 or 5. The FiveThirtyEight model agrees with that range; it has Alabama as most likely to fall to one of those spots in the committee’s rankings if it loses.There’s a huge amount of practical difference between finishing at No. 3 and No. 5, of course, but it’s hard to be more precise than that. One problem is that we don’t know whether the committee sees Alabama as a clear No. 1 or just barely ahead of the other top teams. The other complication is that Alabama isn’t playing its game in a vacuum.The dangerous case for Alabama is if it loses while the rest of the top five — Oregon, TCU, Florida State and Ohio State — win. That scenario would be a nightmare for the committee; it would either have to deny the SEC a slot in the playoff (Missouri and Mississippi State have almost no chance) or bypass a one-loss conference champion such as Ohio State for two-loss Alabama.Could Alabama wind up behind Baylor, too? Possibly, but the model has Baylor as the team that could break Alabama’s fall in the standings instead. Whereas it gives Ohio State a 60 percent chance of being ranked higher should it win while Alabama loses, it has Baylor with just a 30 percent chance of doing the same.No. 2 Oregon DucksOpponent: No. 7 Arizona for the Pac-12 championship Friday night. Oregon is a 74 percent favorite, according to FPI.Overall chance of making playoff: 81 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 100 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 26 percentChance of making playoff with a loss if the rest of the top five win: 10 percentOregon will be an underdog to make the playoff it loses. One problem is that its opponent in the Pac-12 championship game, Arizona, could jump ahead of it. The model has Arizona with a 65 percent chance of ranking ahead of Oregon should it beat it in Santa Clara, California. That seems conservative; the model makes no special consideration for head-to-head play whereas the committee might, and Arizona would then have two head-to-head wins against Oregon (the Wildcats beat the Ducks in the regular season).Still, the Pac-12 championship is not quite a winner-take-all game. The committee could have some rationale for preferring Oregon to Arizona even if Oregon loses; Arizona played a poor nonconference schedule, and it has a middling rating, according to FPI and other systems. There’s also the chance the committee won’t admit a Pac-12 team.No. 3 TCU Horned FrogsOpponent: At home against Iowa State on Saturday. TCU is a 97 percent favorite.Overall chance of making playoff: 96 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 99 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the rest of the top five win: 95 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 12 percentChance of making playoff with a loss if the rest of the top five win: 1 percentThese next two cases are the simplest. TCU is very probably in with a win — even if all the other top teams win. It’s very likely out with a loss. Everyone else will be hoping for TCU to lose because it would be a clean knockout. Unlike Alabama, TCU would be little threat to remain in the top four with a loss. Unlike Oregon, a loss wouldn’t invite another team like Arizona into the playoff conversation. Unfortunately for those other playoff suitors, TCU is a 33-point favorite in Vegas.No. 4 Florida State SeminolesOpponent: No. 11 Georgia Tech for the ACC championship Saturday night. Florida State is a 64 percent favorite.Overall chance of making playoff: 62 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 94 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the rest of the top five win: 88 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 3 percentThis is an even clearer win-and-you’re-in, lose-and-go-home case. The model has Florida State as 94 percent likely to make the playoff with a win but gives it just a 3 percent chance with a loss.You could debate either of those numbers, I suppose, but I don’t know that you’d get very far. Florida State has twice been overtaken in the playoff committee standings despite winning; is it possible that the committee could do that to the Seminoles again? Probably not; those previous demotions came after wins against middling opponents; Georgia Tech is a wholly respectable one. And the model isn’t considering the political consequences to the committee of leaving an undefeated defending national champion out of the playoff.No. 5 Ohio State BuckeyesOpponent: No. 13 Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship Saturday night. Ohio State is a 59 percent favorite.Overall chance of making playoff: 35 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 60 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the rest of the top five win: 16 percentChance of making playoff with a win if at least one higher-ranked team loses: 86 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 1 percentFirst things first. The Buckeyes need to beat Wisconsin. What then? As I’ve mentioned, the top four are in a reasonably safe position with a win. That necessarily implies the No. 5 team — Ohio State — needs someone ahead of it to lose to have much of a shot. If Ohio State wins but so does everyone ahead of it, its chances of making the playoff are just 16 percent. If it wins and someone ahead of it loses, those chances jump to 86 percent. Ohio State was hurt slightly by TCU pulling ahead of Florida State; TCU, playing a soft opponent, would have been an easier team to overtake for the No. 4 position.No. 6 Baylor BearsOpponent: At home against No. 9 Kansas State on Saturday night. Baylor is a 70 percent favorite.Overall chance of making playoff: 18 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 26 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the top five win: 1 percentChance of making playoff with a win if one higher-ranked team loses: 7 percentChance of making playoff with a win if two or more higher-ranked teams lose: 62 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 0 percentThe model is bearish on the Bears’ chances; it has them favored to make the playoff only if they win and at least two teams ranked ahead of them lose. Conference balance could also work against Baylor. If TCU gets in, the Big 12 will already have a representative in the playoff, and that could encourage the committee to prefer Ohio State or Arizona (or Alabama should it lose to Missouri) ahead of the Bears.No. 7 Arizona WildcatsOpponent: No. 2 Oregon for the Pac-12 championship Friday night. Oregon is favored; Arizona has a 26 percent chance of winning.Overall chance of making playoff: 10 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 37 percentChance of making playoff with a win if the top five apart from Oregon win: 8 percentChance of making playoff with a loss: 0 percentArizona has come a long way. Its chances of making the playoff were just 0.4 percent two weeks ago. It has since secured big wins against Utah and Arizona State, while getting some help elsewhere (UCLA’s loss to Stanford) to get into the Pac-12 championship game.The Wildcats will still need to bypass three teams to get in, but they have the advantage of playing one of them. Arizona is more likely than not to overtake Oregon in the standings should the Wildcats beat the Ducks.No team below Arizona has more than a 3 percent chance of making the playoff. Kansas State is the team with the 3 percent chance after its ranking improved from No. 12 to No. 9. An even longer shot is Georgia Tech, which climbed from No. 16 to No. 11 and has a 1 percent chance. That’s not good, but it’s better than No. 13 Wisconsin or No. 16 Missouri, both of whom are also playing for their conference championships.We’ll conclude with the model’s probabilistic take on how the top 25 might look Sunday:It’s fun to contemplate how things might change if there were eight teams in the playoff instead of four. Michigan State and Mississippi State would still be alive, and Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Kansas State would have a lot left to play for. read more

Football Will Ohio State prove recent success is for real Well see

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State team that lost to Oklahoma Week 2 does not look like the same team that strolled to easy victories against its last five opponents.Against Oklahoma, the Buckeyes appeared out of sync. Quarterback J.T. Barrett was missing his targets, the defense was biting on every play fake and nothing the Buckeyes did in the second half of the game went their way.Since the loss, both the offense and defense have clicked. Although against lesser opponents, the team cruised through its past five games.Playing against only its second real test of the season, how will Ohio State know which team will show up Saturday? Will it be the team that lost 31-16 in its home opener or is it the one that has since outscored opponents 266-56?Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said both the former and latter teams are no different, and this is still the same team with the same identity that entered the season.“It’s very clear who we are, who we’re always going to be, offensively and pretty much defensively,” Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “We didn’t execute very well, we didn’t coach very well. But identity, there’s never been a misunderstanding what that is around here. We’ve enhanced things.”Ohio State had the luxury of suffering its loss early enough in the season that it was able to address the issues the Sooners exposed.It will not have that luxury again.If the Buckeyes don’t execute well against Penn State, its hopes of a national championship will be dashed.The loss did a lot to prepare Ohio State for this upcoming matchup, however, and could play a role in avoiding another defeat. It gave Ohio State’s players an idea of flaws that needed to be addressed moving forward. It also put the Buckeyes on the brink of a lost season. With their backs to the wall, the players left Ohio Stadium that night knowing they had no more room for error and had to go all-out for everything if they hoped to have a shot at a title.“We learn a lot more from a loss than we do from a win,” redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said. “We came back that next week and we just started working. Practice became more competitive, so everybody stepped up a little more.”Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said it wasn’t that the practices became more challenging, but rather everything became more organized and better structured. “We’ve practiced better. We haven’t practiced harder, we’ve just had better structure, and I think I’ve done a better job of understanding what [Meyer] wants in our players and our staff is working the offense with a lot of enthusiasm in practice,” Wilson said.Based on the Buckeyes’ ease of victory, one could almost make the argument practices have extended into every Saturday. The disparity between Ohio State and its competition has been significant, and it has allowed the team to build up chemistry, figure out what works and what doesn’t without the consequence of making mistakes.Wilson said early in the season the offense in particular was still figuring one another out, learning the strengths of each player at its disposal.“We came into both of those games [against Oklahoma and Penn State] with really good players,” Wilson said. “I just think that first game, not by design, but we were not in the rhythm or the flow. We didn’t maybe prep. We were working hard, but maybe a little disjointed and getting things clean for offensive line and for quarterback and for a team to play with cohesion.”Now the offense is in sync. The players and coaches are all familiar with one another, and the time the team has had to not only receive additional practice from the bye week but also beat up on some weaker opponents built up confidence as well as chemistry among the players.“The offense as a whole is clicking the best it’s been in years. It’s clicking at the right moment,” redshirt senior center Billy Price said. “We’re hitting things. We’re timing things up nicely. We’re making sure we’re isolating and making sure that our players are on their players and making sure that our guys are in advantageous positions.”The offense has clicked against weaker opponents, but will it click when the clock hits 3:30 p.m. and Ohio State faces the No. 2 team in the nation with College Football Playoff hopes on the line?“Well we don’t know yet, do we?” Wilson said. “That’s why we’re playing.” read more

Marcos Alonso signs new fiveyear deal at Chelsea

first_imgMarcos Alonso has signed a new contract at Chelsea that will keep him at the club until 2023The Spanish left-back originally had another two years remaining at Stamford Bridge.However, in light of his impressive start to the season and reported interest from boyhood club Real Madrid, Chelsea have awarded Alonso a contract extension.The 27-year-old, who revealed earlier this month that he was close to agreeing on a new deal, expressed his delight after the announcement.“I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world,” Alonso told the club website.“It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.”Club director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to be extending Marcos’ contract.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“In the past two seasons, he has developed into an important player for the club, demonstrating his outstanding ability and a fantastic attitude that has helped him become a Premier League champion and Spain international.”Alonso has provided 15 goals and 11 assists in 92 appearances for Chelsea since his arrival in 2016 from Italian club Fiorentina.The Spain international has won the Premier League and FA Cup in his time at West London.Five more years. 🙌Congratulations on the new contract, @marcosalonso03! 👊 pic.twitter.com/dhtn4fRqDY— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 24, 2018last_img read more

CARPHA launches regional system for Member States to report substandard and falsified

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TrinidadandTobago, February 2, 2018 – Port of Spain – The health of the Caribbean people can be at risk if medicines are not safe, effective and of good quality.   Medicines safety and monitoring systems are often limited in the Region, and there has been a call for regional pooling of resources, sharing of information, and coordination of activities, that can lead to stronger systems.Recently, the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) launched VigiCarib, a voluntary regional system for CARICOM states to report adverse drug reactions (ADRs), suspected substandard and falsified products.   The program will help to protect patients and bolster their confidence in health care, as well as send a signal to manufacturers and distributors that their products are being monitored for safety and quality.VigiCarib, endorsed by CARICOM Ministers of Health allows health professionals, members of the public, and other stakeholders to report to the CRS for regulatory analysis and action. Through this system, CRS may share information about problematic products with CARICOM states, pool data to identify signals, and make recommendations to governments about regulatory actions.The CRS is an initiative of CARICOM and is managed as a regulatory unit by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in close partnership with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).  For more information about the CRS and VigiCarib visit http://carpha.org/What-We-Do/Laboratory-Services-and-Networks/CRSRelease: CARPHA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

SDSU West says title does not violate education code

first_imgFormer city attorney talks about @SDSUWest initiative https://t.co/95Uh1vJcYi#KUSINews pic.twitter.com/6zRgzweHDM— KUSI News (@KUSINews) March 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 27, 2018 What’s in a name? Councilman Scott Sherman shares why the title of the SDSU West initiative may violate the state education code. https://t.co/8dchSYecg0 pic.twitter.com/5NnnUsXi5X— KUSI News (@KUSINews) March 26, 2018Former city attorney Jan Goldsmith also weighed in about SDSU West. SDSU West says title does not violate education code Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/sdsu-west-response.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/sdsu-west-response.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Kim Kilkenny of the SDSU West Steering Committee explains why they used SDSU’s name in the title of their initiative and whether the initiative requires the building of a stadium.Yesterday, Councilman Scott Sherman said the title of the SDSU West initiative violated the education code because it included the university’s name.center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:35 AM March 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: kim kilkenny, sdsu stadium, SDSU West, SoccerCity, Stadium Site FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of August 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of August 5, 2018:Full-Time & Part-Time Hosts & Servers at Rocco’s Restaurant & BarFull-Time IT Associate at CuriRxFull-Time Engineering Technician at Rudolph TechnologiesPart-Time Flex Security Officer at Securitas Security ServicesFull-Time Scenic Artist at Art of the EventFull-Time Warehouse and Event Crew at Art of the EventPart-Time Preschool & Infant/Toddler Teachers at The Wonder Years Learning CenterFull-Time Warehouse Shipper/Receiver at Fusion WorldwideFull-Time Solar Outreach Representative at TSEPart-Time Solar Energy Advisor at TSEFull-Time One-Year Interim Guidance Counselor at Wilmington Public SchoolsPart-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Educational Assistant (Shared) at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time School Psychologist at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time 7th Grade Long-Term Substitute Science Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant at Boutwell Early Childhood CenterFull-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Construction Estimator at Trinity Building & Construction Management Corp.Full-Time Branch Operations Coordinator at SunRunFull-Time/Part-Time Warehouse Associates at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Internal Applications Product Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Technical Trainer at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time/Part-Time Infant Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time Dispatcher/CSR at Super Service TodayFull-Time Drain Cleaning Experts at Super Service TodayFull-Time Server at Glendale Senior DiningFull-Time Worker at Olympia SportsFull-Time Client Success Representative at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Groundsman/Laborer at Lords Tree ServiceFull-Time Receptionist at HUB InternationalPart-Time Package Hander at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Principal ERP Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Operations/Logistics Manager at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Operations Coordinator (Bilingual) at SunRunFull-Time CNC & Wire EDM Machinist at TecometFull-Time Telecommunications Cable Technician at MTS ServicesFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technicians at New England Carpet MasterPart-Time (Temporary) Carpet Cleaning Assistants at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Route Sales Representative at AramarkPart-Time Sandwich Artist at SubwayFull-Time Service Coordinator at P.J. Dionne CompanyFull-Time Assistant Project Manager at P.J. Dionne CompanyFull-Time Plumbing Coordinator at P.J. Dionne CompanyFull-Time & Part-Time Delivery Drivers at Advanced Auto PartsPart-Time Junior Buyer at Scully Signal CompanyFull-Time Drivers/Movers at Xpress MoversFull-Time General Manager at Super Service TodayFull-Time Heating & Cooling Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Laborer at Super Service TodayFull-Time Marketing & Promotions Associate at PRIMUS ManagementFull-Time National Account Marketing & Tradeshow Coordinator at UniFirstFull-Time Laborer at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Project Sales Representative (Contract) at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Driver at FedExFull-Time Night & Weekend Drivers at HELPSYFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at Response Team 1(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Trump travel ban weakened further

first_img.A US federal judge weakened the terms of the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban on visitors from six majority-Muslim countries, dealing another legal setback to the government.Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii ruled Thursday that grandparents and some other relatives of people in the United States should be exempt from the clampdown, saying the terms of the ban as enforced defied common sense.His decision was hailed as a victory by opponents of the ban, who say it singles out Muslims in violation of the US constitution.The administration of president Donald Trump insists the restrictions are necessary to keep out terrorists.The US Supreme Court had allowed part of the ban to go into effect on 29 June, putting an end, at least temporarily, to five months of politically charged skirmishes in the lower courts.Specifically, the court allowed a 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and a 120-day ban on refugees, with exceptions for people with “close family relationships” in the United States.The Trump administration defined that to be parents, spouses, children, sons- and daughters-in-law, siblings and step- and half-siblings.‘Narrowly defined list’ -But Watson found that “the government’s narrowly defined list finds no support in the careful language of the Supreme Court or even in the immigration statutes on which the Government relies.“Common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents,” he wrote.“Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members. The government’s definition excludes them. That simply cannot be.”Watson ordered Homeland Security and the State Department not to enforce the ban on “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States.”The judge also ruled that refugees who had assurances of a placement by a resettlement agency in the United States should also be exempt.Such an assurance “meets each of the Supreme Court’s touchstones: it is formal, it is a documented contract, it is binding, it triggers responsibilities and obligations, including compensation, it is issued specific to an individual refugee only when that refugee has been approved for entry by the Department of Homeland Security, and it is issued in the ordinary course, and historically has been for decades,” Watson wrote.“Bona fide does not get any more bona fide than that.”Douglas Chin, attorney general for the state of Hawaii, which filed the lawsuit against the Trump administration, welcomed the ruling.“The federal court today makes clear that the US Government may not ignore the scope of the partial travel ban as it sees fit,” said Chin.“Family members have been separated and real people have suffered enough. Courts have found that this Executive Order has no basis in stopping terrorism and is just a pretext for illegal and unconstitutional discrimination.”The Departments of Homeland Security, State and Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment early Friday.Under the version of the travel ban allowed to go forward by the Supreme Court, citizens from the six targeted countries with “bona fide” ties to the United States-such as a job or acceptance to a university-are permitted entry.The high court will review the overall case in October, after both bans on travelers and refugees have largely run their course.While the ban itself did not single out Muslims, judges in lower courts had cited Trump’s repeated statements during last year’s presidential race that he intended to ban Muslims from entering the United States.His original measure, issued by executive order in January, set off chaos and protests at airports and was almost immediately blocked by the courts.last_img read more

Longtime HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez Dies

first_imgManuel Rodriguez was first elected to the HISD board of trustees in 2003.Long-serving HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. passed away Wednesday morning from a massive heart attack, according to an announcement at City Hall.HISD Trustee Jolanda Jones expressed her condolences on social media, posting “it was a pleasure” to serve with Rodriguez.Rodriguez was first elected to the HISD board of trustees more than ten years ago in 2003. He represented HISD District Three, which covers the southeast part of the Houston and includes Chavez and Milby high schools.“He was definitely a student advocate and he definitely believed in the families, the businesses and the students of the east side. He was always advocating and making sure they had what they needed to be successful,” said Rene Sanchez, principal at Chavez High.Rodriguez attended HISD himself and graduated from Austin High school in 1970. He worked as a computer specialist in the United States Air Force in the 1970’s and later started a corporation dedicated to education, housing and community involvement.A recognized leader in Houston’s East End, Rodriguez was inducted into the National Hispanic Institute Hall of Fame in 2013.“He was a go-getter. He was somebody that actually looked out for the community and looked out for the interests of our children,” said Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos, whose area overlapped with Rodriguez’ district. “With all that’s going on with regards to issues at HISD and school reform in Austin and what have you, it’s a terrible time to lose someone like this. Again, my condolences and prayers go out to the family.”There were already five seats on the HISD board scheduled for elections this November. Rodriguez’ passing will mean a sixth seat on the nine-person board will up for a special election or a board appointment. It’s not clear when that will be scheduled.In a statement, HISD expressed “heartfelt condolences to Rodriguez’s family” and said that services are pending. Sharelast_img read more

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University of Baltimore School of Law Finding Money for College Seminar

first_imgCentral Scholarship will launch its 2016 College Cash Financial Literacy Series with the “Finding Money for College” seminar on Jan. 13 from 5:30 p.m.to 8 p.m.at the University of Baltimore School of Law, 1401 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201. These free workshops aim to educate students and their parents on how to manage college costs and increase the impact of federal, state and private aid. For more information, visit central-scholarship.org.last_img

Cardinals Fall at Boston College 6659

first_imgStory Links PDF Box Score BOSTON (AP) — Ky Bowman had 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, hitting a 3-pointer with 2:31 to play to put Boston College ahead for good and the Eagles beat recently ranked Louisville 66-59 on Wednesday night for their first win over the Cardinals since the schools joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.Nik Popovic had 16 points and nine rebounds for BC (14-13, 5-10 ACC), which had lost two in a row.Steven Enoch had a career-high 22 points for Louisville, which had been ranked as high as No. 15 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Jan. 28. The Cardinals (18-11, 9-7) have since lost six of eight games, including defeats by ranked teams North Carolina, Florida State, Duke and Virginia, but also unranked Syracuse and BC.It was 53-all when Bowman hit a 3 from the top of the key to start an 8-0 run. On Louisville’s next possession, BC forward Steffon Mitchell stripped the ball away and passed it ahead to Jared Hamilton for the layup.The Eagles led 61-53 before Christen Cunningham drove for a layup to end the Cardinals’ scoring drought. In all, Bowman scored 10 of BC’s 13 points in the last 2 1/2 minutesThe Eagles had been 0-5 against Louisville in ACC play, last winning in 1995.Jordan Nwora scored 13 points with 12 rebounds for Louisville, and Malik Williams and Dwayne Sutton had 10 rebounds apiece.BC led 22-14 before giving up the last nine points of the first half – four from Enoch and five from Sutton. Williams made a 3-pointer to open the second half and give the Cardinals a 26-22 lead.BIG PICTURELouisville: Another road loss will be damaging to the Cardinals’ hopes of making the NCAA tournament. With Notre Dame, another ACC bottom-dweller, next, Louisville has a chance to pick up a victory before finishing the season at No. 2 Virginia.Boston College: Having already beaten No. 11 Florida State, the Eagles add another good win at Conte Forum.UP NEXTLouisville: Hosts Notre Dame on Sunday.Boston College: At Georgia Tech on Sunday. Postgame Notes Listen Live Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Matchup History Next Game: NOTRE DAME 3/3/2019 | 1:30 p.m. CBS Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Theme Parks Smart Speakers and VR How Netflix Thinks About the Future

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Netflix CREDIT: Janko Roettgers / Variety Netflix testing a red camera in its Hollywood offices.Something that could come to Netflix sooner than footage captured with light field cameras are high frame rates, which are often touted as the next step to improve image quality. The streaming service is already capable of streaming video with 60 frames per second, said Fusil. However, thus far, it hasn’t really been something that filmmakers or showrunners have requested — in part because it may come with its own set of creative challenges, mused Fusil. “Somebody has to come up with a new grammar how to use this.”Theme parks and merchandise. In the early days of original content on Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings often said that his goal was to become HBO sooner than HBO would become Netflix — meaning that Netflix wanted to build out its slate of originals before HBO was ready to be a big player online. Netflix CPO Greg Peters talking to journalists during the Netflix Lab Days.Netflix on the other hand has been on the sidelines, and apparently has no plans to change that. “We’ll keep an eye on it, but we don’t have any plans to invest in significant content creation for VR,” said the company’s chief product officer Greg Peters last week. Peters reiterated a point his boss, CEO Reed Hastings, has been making for some time: VR seems like a great fit for gaming, but not so much for Netflix.Smart speakers. Netflix may not run on a device that doesn’t have a screen, but the company is still exploring how to make use of smart speakers for control and content discovery. “It’s still very early,” cautioned Netflix VP of device ecosystem Scott Mirer. “We still don’t know how consumers are going to engage with those devices.”Still, Netflix has taken some steps in this space. The company’s service is integrated with Google’s assistant as well as Amazon’s Alexa, allowing owners of a Google Home-type speaker or an Amazon Echo to launch the playback of Netflix shows on compatible TV streaming devices with a simple voice command.Mirer said that the company had great existing relationships with both Google and Amazon, but that it was still trying to figure out how to do discovery through voice interfaces. “What conversations do consumers actually want to engage in? We don’t know,” he said. But he also hinted at further plans for smart speakers and voice control. “Over time, expect more.”Sports and news. Facebook and Twitter may be spending more and more money on sports rights, but Netflix has no plans to join them. “No, we are not doing live sports,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings during a Q&A session with journalists last week. The company may add more sports documentaries to its catalog over time, but it has no plans to carry any live games, he said. CREDIT: Courtesy of Netflix Now that Netflix does own a lot of original IP, and Disney is ready to enter the streaming business, does Hastings want to be more like Disney, which has been a master at making money with its characters off the screen? Embrace merchandise, and perhaps even theme parks? Maybe a “Stranger Things” ride? Virtual reality. Most of Netflix’s key competitors have made some moves to embrace virtual reality (VR). Hulu has developed its own VR app, for which it has been licensing exclusive content from Ryot, Live Nation and others. Amazon hasn’t launched its VR efforts yet, but job offers and hires hint at a pretty significant commitment. And Disney, which is set to become a direct competitor when it launches its own streaming service in 2019, released one of the most advanced social VR experiences last year. ×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 Netflix is known to embrace cutting-edge technology. The company not only single-handedly introduced consumers to paid subscription video streaming, it was also one of the first of its size to put all of its computing resources into the cloud. But while Netflix is often ahead of its competitors, it is also remarkably conservative in other instances, taking a wait-and-see approach with virtual reality (VR) and other new technologies.That dichotomy between embracing the latest and greatest and holding off on some other new technologies and business ideas was also on display during the company’s Lab Days, a two-day event for which Netflix invited journalists from all over the world to its offices in Hollywood and Los Gatos, Calif. last week.Here are some of the things Netflix wants to do, and won’t be doing, in the next few years: CREDIT: Courtesy of Target Reed Hastings speaking to journalists during the Netflix Lab Days.The same is true for Netflix’s approach to news, despite the fact that it recently launched a weekly newsy pod-culture format with “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale.” “We don’t do news, we don’t do sports,” Hastings said.Light Field Capture and high frame rates. Netflix has a team of a dozen employees just working on keeping up with current audio and video production technologies. That team, the audio-visual group, tests the latest production cameras, displays and other equipment to understand which cameras work best for capturing HDR for Netflix’s original productions. “It’s important for us to understand how each camera sees the world,” said Netflix’s managing director for production technologies Chris Clark.Netflix has been an early adopter of 4K and HDR, and while the company is currently only testing cameras that are ready to be used for its productions, it also keeps an eye out for next-generation capture technologies. Like light field capture for instance, which offers the promise of capturing an order of magnitude more visual data, and then giving creatives the option to change the focus of a shoot and more in post-production. “That’s a very fascinating new way of capturing images,” said production technologies manager Jimmy Fusil. “Stranger Things” merchandise currently for sale at Target.“That would be amazing,” admitted Hastings about the prospects of seeing Netflix IP in theme parks. Alas, the company has no such plans. “Not in the short-term,” said Hastings. “Not in the next five or ten years.”However, the company already did its first merchandise deals last year, selling “Stranger Things” shirts, action figures and even a Eggo-themed “Stranger Things” card game at Target and Hot Topic. “That’s a big one for us,” Hastings said. “We’ll be doing more of that over time.” Popular on Variety last_img read more

Physicists take steps toward delivering quantum information to the home

first_img Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Today, fiber optics technology transports information in the form of classical data to homes and businesses. But researchers are currently working on ways to combine quantum data with the classical data in fiber optics networks in order to increase security. In a new study, scientists have shown how quantum and classical data can be interlaced in a real-world fiber optics network, taking a step toward distributing quantum information to the home, and with it a quantum internet. Explore further A tree network is often used to distribute classical data to homes via fiber optics. Researchers are working on co-propagating quantum information with the classical data to improve security. Image copyright: Iris Choi, et al. ©2011 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft The physicists, Iris Choi, Robert J. Young, and Paul D. Townsend, from the Tyndall National Institute at the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, have published their study on combining quantum and classical signals in a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics. While the feasibility of transferring qubits on modern fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks has previously been demonstrated, this is the first time that researchers have investigated how the operation would work in a real-world network.“I believe that our work constitutes the first really hard-nosed, pragmatic attempt to address the question of whether quantum key distribution (QKD) can work on a real fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network,” Townsend told PhysOrg.com. “The new scheme that we have developed and tested demonstrates that the answer is ‘yes it can.’ I say pragmatic and hard-nosed because we have taken a widely deployed classical FTTH system and have adapted QKD to interwork with it, leaving the design of the classical part of the system essentially unchanged. The alternative approach, sometimes taken in QKD research, is to leave out the classical system completely or to adapt it to work with the QKD. In our view this is not very practical for cost reasons.”The biggest challenge in transferring qubits in real-world networks is overcoming the crosstalk between the classical and quantum channels. Crosstalk is induced by spontaneous Raman scattering of photons in the optical fiber. Since the classical channels involve strong laser pulses while the quantum information is carried by single photons, the crosstalk primarily affects the quantum channel, making the error rate so high that the quantum channel is unable to operate.Previous research has shown that the Raman noise level can be reduced by optical filtering, although this technique is too expensive for practical use. So Choi, Young, and Townsend have developed and demonstrated a novel noise suppression scheme that involves creating gaps in the scattering, and sending quantum data in these gaps. More information: Iris Choi, et al. “Quantum information to the home.” New Journal of Physics 13 (2011) 063039 DOI:10.1088/1367-2630/13/6/063039center_img First, the researchers chose a configuration that used two different wavelengths for transmitting the quantum and classical channels. In this configuration, only the Raman-scattered light in the “upstream” channel (going away from a user’s house) can generate crosstalk for that user. Then, the researchers identified quiet periods between the bursts of noise generated by Raman scattering in the upstream channel. Using a time and wavelength-multiplexing scheme, the researchers demonstrated that quantum data generated by a quantum key distribution (QKD) scheme can be transmitted during these quiet periods with high fidelity.While building a purely quantum network could avoid the problem of crosstalk altogether, the researchers explain that combining quantum channels with classical channels is by far the more practical option.“I see this as an absolute requirement – a ‘must have,’ Townsend said. “That’s because optical fiber network infrastructure is enormously expensive to deploy, so it must last for a long time – perhaps 25 years or more – and be able to support a wide range of current and future, yet to be defined, systems and services. So it is extremely unlikely that an operator would ever deploy a network, or even dedicate fibers within an existing network, purely for quantum communications – it’s just too expensive to do so. Consequently, we have to develop techniques that enable classical and quantum channels to work together on the same network if we want quantum communication systems to become a practical reality.”By demonstrating that both quantum and classical information can be transmitted on a single optical fiber network in a way that satisfies real-world requirements, the researchers hope to bring quantum information technology one step closer to commercial applications.“As we have demonstrated, in principle the technology to do this is available now,” Townsend. “However, in reality further research is likely to be required to reduce the cost and improve the performance of certain key parts of the system such as the single photon detectors, before widespread applications emerge. In general, the ‘value proposition’ for QKD on FTTH and other networks is under intensive discussion today, but at the moment no clear consensus has emerged concerning if and when it might be adopted to replace classical encryption techniques. However, as demonstrated by this research, the QKD field is not standing still and systems are continuing to evolve to become more practical, improving the potential for adoption of the technology in the future.” Entanglement can help in classical communication Citation: Physicists take steps toward delivering quantum information to the home (2011, July 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-physicists-quantum-home.html 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

Venture capital firm – Quantum Wave Fund – looking to invest 100

first_img More information: qwcap.com/ In their press release, representatives for the firm, also known more commonly as Qwave, said that they believe their fund is the first of its kind to offer funds for commercializing quantum technology – in this case focusing on three specific areas: New materials, security and new kinds of measurement devices such as super accurate clocks. They won’t be offering funds for those working on early research however, they are primarily interested in academic or commercial groups who have already demonstrated some success in creating an actual product.The Russian influence is strong with the group, its initial members are venture partner Serguei Beloussov, scientific advisory board member Vladimir Shalaev and managing partner Serguei Kouzmine. The team notes that funding for highly sophisticated and capital heavy investment in the tech sector has been rather thin since the 1970’s, with most venture capital funds of late going to software and Internet related technologies. They add that they’ve also noted that many promising quantum research efforts go un-commercialized because the teams working on them don’t have the expertise to take products from the small scale to the large scale, a problem they intend to address directly.To improve their chances of choosing ventures to fund that will pay off eventually, the Qwave partners say that have put together a team of top-notch physicists, computer scientists and other science and management experts who have proven track records in taking new technologies to market. They suggest also that quantum technology is on the verge of providing the types of huge breakthroughs that previously have brought us game-changing technologies such as semiconductors and lasers. Such new technologies they add are likely to include faster and safer data transmission, optical transistors and more accurate measurement systems. Citation: Venture capital firm – Quantum Wave Fund – looking to invest $100 million in quantum physics (2012, December 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-venture-capital-firm-quantum-fund.html Explore further (Phys.org)—Venture capital firm Quantum Wave Fund has announced that they have raised $30 million of their goal of $100 million to invest in quantum research efforts. The group is based out of Boston though its members have mostly Russian backgrounds. They also have offices in Moscow and New York. The stated purpose of the firm is to seek out research teams who have made progress in developing quantum technologies and then to offer them funding to help bring the technology into the commercial sector.center_img © 2012 Phys.org 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. TechCrunch founder starts venture capital fundlast_img read more

Crowdsourcing used in Genghis Khan tomb search

first_img © 2015 Tech Xplore More information: Lin AY-M, Huynh A, Lanckriet G, Barrington L (2014) Crowdsourcing the Unknown: The Satellite Search for Genghis Khan. PLoS ONE 9(12): e114046. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114046AbstractMassively parallel collaboration and emergent knowledge generation is described through a large scale survey for archaeological anomalies within ultra-high resolution earth-sensing satellite imagery. Over 10K online volunteers contributed 30K hours (3.4 years), examined 6,000 km2, and generated 2.3 million feature categorizations. Motivated by the search for Genghis Khan’s tomb, participants were tasked with finding an archaeological enigma that lacks any historical description of its potential visual appearance. Without a pre-existing reference for validation we turn towards consensus, defined by kernel density estimation, to pool human perception for “out of the ordinary” features across a vast landscape. This consensus served as the training mechanism within a self-evolving feedback loop between a participant and the crowd, essential driving a collective reasoning engine for anomaly detection. The resulting map led a National Geographic expedition to confirm 55 archaeological sites across a vast landscape. A increased ground-truthed accuracy was observed in those participants exposed to the peer feedback loop over those whom worked in isolation, suggesting collective reasoning can emerge within networked groups to outperform the aggregate independent ability of individuals to define the unknown. Researchers from the University of California San Diego have written “Crowdsourcing the Unknown: The Satellite Search for Genghis Khan,” published last month on PLOS ONE, the peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. Briefly, they charged an online crowd of volunteer participants with the challenge of finding the tomb of Genghis Khan. Their field expedition to look for this tomb was designed to engage tens of thousands of public volunteers and generate contributions towards an archaeological satellite imagery survey. The crowdsourcing figures attributed to the study are impressive: Over 10,000 online volunteers contributed a combined total of 30,000 hours (3.4 years) of human visual analytics, calculated from user interaction time logs, and generated 2.3 million feature categorizations. Tagging Interface: (a) Example of tags being made. Tags are color coded with roads (red), rivers (blue), ancient (yellow), modern (grey), and other (green) structures; (b) Example of peer feedback after a participant completes their annotation task. Results of all previous observers of that image tile are shown. Satellite imagery provided courtesy of the GeoEye Foundation. Credit: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114046.g001 Explore further This was a virtual exploration system that launched on June 10, 2010. Participants generated inputs (tags), creating a geospatial map that highlighted regions of crowd consensus among inherently noisy data. Motivation? One can answer the obvious, to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. Location of the tomb was, after all, an archaeological enigma lacking historical descriptions of its visual appearance.The authors said that not a single burial of the Mongolian imperial family has been identified. What is more, there are largely undocumented cultural heritage sites across a sparsely populated and undeveloped landscape. So while looking for the tomb was a motivation, the effort was also to leverage the power of human perception in a search for the unexpected. This was a challenge. The authors said that without a pre-existing reference for validation they turned towards consensus, defined by kernel density estimation, to pool human perception for “out of the ordinary” features across a vast landscape, developing a collective reasoning engine for anomaly detection.Leave alone looking for a needle in a haystack, in the scenario here, the appearance of the needle was undefined. Speaking about the enigma, an article in Smithsonian.com said, “The tomb of Genghis Khan—Mongolian ruler, warrior, and ancestor to an estimated one out of every 200 humans alive today—has been a mystery for almost as long as the man has been buried. Legend has it that when he died in 1227, soldiers killed the tomb builders as well as every person the funeral procession passed. Then, it is said, the soldiers themselves were killed so that no one who knew the tomb’s location would live to share it.” Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin, co-author of the paper, said in National Geographic, “Using traditional archeological methods would be disrespectful to believers.” The goal would be to identify archaeological sites without disturbing them–in the area of Mongolia’s most sacred heritage–Genghis Khan’s homeland, where the tomb would be an extremely sacred place and not to be desecrated. In turn, he and his team chose a noninvasive way without overstepping cultural barriers. “It also allows us to empower Mongolian researchers with tools they might not have access to otherwise,” he said.Finding the tomb, however, was not the only goal. The study is important as a test of the strengths of crowdsourcing under difficult conditions. The authors said that “Turning to the crowd as the ‘partner of choice’ for scalable problem solving is becoming increasingly attractive across broad domains both in science and industry.” Their approach involved loosely guided, online volunteer participation, they said, to generate human identifications of unknown anomalies within massive volumes of geospatial remote sensing data. They utilized sub-meter resolution satellite imagery of the Mongolian steppe. They described satellite imagery (0.5 meters/pixel), tiled into 84,183 small, semi-overlapping image tiles (1236×630 pixels) and presented to the public via a National Geographic website.The research resulted in a map that confirmed 55 sites with archaeological significance. They said the 55 potential archaeological anomalies verified by the field team ranged from bronze age to Mongol period in originAs important, the authors had this to say about the power of crowdsourcing: the power “lies not only in harnessing parallel networks for scalable analytics, but in forming the collaborative frameworks necessary to cultivate collective reasoning.”center_img Journal information: PLoS ONE Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb Citation: Crowdsourcing used in Genghis Khan tomb search (2015, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-crowdsourcing-genghis-khan-tomb.html 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

JU receives first instalment of Rs 100crore central grant

first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University has received the first instalment of Rs 100-crore central grant in pursuit of its excellence, under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) a scheme that provides financial aid to select state universities to upgrade research facilities. Of the sanctioned amount of Rs 41.66 crore the central share was Rs 25 crore and state’s share Rs 16.66 crore a letter signed by Jaydip Mukhopadhyay, the additional state project director of RUSA, said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life In its address to the university, the letter, dated November 16, also said that the grant would go towards “enhancing quality and excellence of JU”. Vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, on his part, said the sanctioned money will used by the institution to set up new infrastructure and create advanced research facilities. Das also said that he would be meeting the faculty members and other officials to discuss about ways to “fully optimise” the fund within a given timeframe. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed In Bengal, JU is the first institute of higher education to have got the grant, based on its NAAC accreditation for five years, beginning September 2014. Manojit Mandal, the joint coordinator of Centre for Society and Religion at JU, took to social media on Monday to express his gratitude to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the state government for the fund. “JU is the first to receive more than 40 per cent of the Rs 100 crore grants in the 60:40 ratio… Rs 25 crore by MHRD and Rs 16.66 crore by the state government. Our sincere gratitude to MHRD and the Government of West Bengal,” Mandal posted on Facebook on Monday.last_img read more

How do I get my foot in the door as a web

first_imgAugust 6, 2007 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. min read The answer depends on what door you want to get into.If you want to create your own opportunities, build some of your own websites and experiment with driving traffic and dabble in affiliate marketing. There’s nothing like real-life experience to understand what will bring visitors and how design and navigation influences visitor behavior. If you want to work with a design firm, you can get your foot in the door with internships or by networking with existing company employees. If you don’t have any work experience, building some of your own sites as mentioned above will help to convince prospective employers that you have the skills necessary to succeed.last_img read more

Rep Johnson posts perfect voting record for first term

first_img State Rep. Steve Johnson finished his first term in the state House of Representatives with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 record roll call votes during the 2017-2018 session.“The people of Allegan and Kent counties elected me to be their voice in Lansing,” Rep. Johnson said. “I take that responsibility very seriously and believe it is important to be present and transparent with every vote. Over the next two years, I will continue working hard to represent the interests of the 72nd District.”Rep. Johnson is currently serving his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Categories: Steven Johnson News 08Jan Rep. Johnson posts perfect voting record for first termlast_img read more