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By Mohammed Amine BenabouBoeing announced on February 12 that it struck a deal with Royal Air Maroc (RAM), agreeing to equip the latter with cutting-edge technology tools to boost RAM’s aviation services, planning and operations.The Boeing and RAM agreement makes Morocco the first in Africa to adopt advanced optimization technology. These features were powered by Boeing AnalytX through its subsidiary Jepessen.Boeing, one of the global leaders in the aerospace industry, will provide three advanced technology solutions: crew pairing, crew rostering, and crew tracking.The crew Pairing feature helps in work duties enhancement, to improve crew efficiency and optimize performance and services geared to meeting customers’ needs while keeping costs at minimum. Crew rostering is a system that ensures seamless duty assignments to crew members, ensuring a fairly distributed workload among crew members, while crew tracking help keep monitor, resolve, and track fatigue risks.Read also: Royal Air Maroc to Launch Casablanca-Boston Direct Flight in JuneVice President of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company, Ihsane Mounir, stated that “we are quite enthusiastic about providing cutting-edge data analysis technology for our company.”He added “the range of solutions we provide have been designed to deliver optimum operational performance for our crew members to ensure to meet the preferences of our clientele across all fleet”This agreement makes Morocco the first country to adopt the Boeing advanced tools with the possibility of adding more in the future.
More than a year after it was set up, the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) still lacks critical logistical equipment, especially air power, and is only at some 60 per cent of its mandated strength, even as security in the war-torn Sudanese region worsens dramatically, the United Nations reported today.“The provision of outstanding equipment, in particular military helicopter assets, remains critical to increasing the mobility and operational impact of the mission,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report to the Security Council, calling on Member States who are in a position to provide these vital resources to do so without further delay.Reviewing UNAMID’s operations for the months of December and January in a region where more than six years of fighting between the Government, allied militia and rebel groups have led to over 300,000 deaths and uprooted over 2.7 million people, Mr. Ban puts the mission’s current deployment at some 18,300 personnel out of a mandated 31,544.Military personnel numbered 12,541 (64 per cent of the mandated 19,555) as of 31 January, police 2,639 (41 per cent of its mandated 6,432), and civilian personnel 3,129 (56 per cent of the mandated 5,557), with Government cooperation aiding a recent increase in deployment. Despite significant improvement in moving equipment with the aid of five chartered planes and a United States airlift from Rwanda, Mr. Ban repeatedly stresses the logistical shortcomings at a time when Darfur is wracked by rebel offensives and Government counter-attacks, including aerial bombardments, inter-tribal fighting, increasing violence against civilians, attacks on humanitarian workers, and crimes and carjackings against UN personnel.“The mission’s actual operational impact has been limited by logistical constraints, inadequate supply of critical equipment and the continued absence of key military enabling units such as the medium transport units, an aerial reconnaissance unit, a level-II hospital and 18 medium utility helicopters,” he writes.“One area of particular concern relates to the readiness to deploy personnel by troop- and police-contributing countries,” he adds, noting that a wide range of equipment still needs to be procured and personnel need to be adequately trained and prepared prior to deployment. “The state of maintenance of contingent-owned armoured personnel carriers is of particular concern and needs to be improved to provide robust mission force mobility.”Mr. Ban specifically calls on Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Senegal, Thailand and Tanzania to deploy quickly their infantry battalions, which “would constitute a significant increase in the mission’s troop strength and thus its protection capability and ability to implement its core mandated tasks,” and urges donor States to provide necessary support for such deployment.Summing up the overall security situation, he highlights the “dramatic deterioration” across Darfur, a region the size of France. “The escalation in the level of violence in Darfur signals an investment in conflict rather than a serious commitment to peaceful negotiations,” he says, stressing the need for a concerted effort by all involved to reach a comprehensive settlement. He notes that during the reporting period, political progress was impeded by the military action of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), resumption of Government air bombardments, and the general sense that all concerned were waiting for the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the Prosecutor’s application for an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes in Darfur. Some Sudanese officials have suggested that the Government may redefine its relationship with the mission should an arrest warrant be issued. “While recognizing the importance of both peace and justice to the search for a solution in Darfur, Member States have the responsibility to encourage the Government of the Sudan to react responsibly to the International Criminal Court decision, and to engage with the Sudan in a way that brings forward the possibility of a political solution to the conflict,” Mr. Ban writes.Beyond the conflict, he highlights the difficulties already besetting UNAMID, with carjackings increasing despite measures taken to reduce the problem, patrols being blocked by both Government and rebel forces, and restrictions on air operations preventing the free movement of life-saving assistance by the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Figures for 2008 show an almost doubling of the number of violent attacks on humanitarian aid workers, with 277 vehicles hijacked (compared with 137 in 2007), 218 personnel abducted (147 in 2007), 192 premises attacked (93 in 2007) and 36 staff wounded (24 in 2007). In 2008, 11 staff were killed, with four still missing (13 died in 2007).“These statistics are a stark reminder of the risks taken and the bravery shown by the aid community working throughout Darfur,” Mr. Ban declares, underscoring the positive role UNAMID has still managed to play.“With limited capability at its disposal, over the reporting period UNAMID has nevertheless been able to make a difference on the ground. I applaud the efforts of UNAMID and troop-contributing countries in reaching 60 per cent of military deployment on 31 December 2008 in the face of enormous difficulties, including the volatile security situation in Darfur,” he states.“The sustained cooperation of the Government of the Sudan during the past few months has been important in achieving this level of deployment.” 11 February 2009More than a year after it was set up, the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) still lacks critical logistical equipment, especially air power, and is only at some 60 per cent of its mandated strength, even as security in the war-torn Sudanese region worsens dramatically, the United Nations reported today.
Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology said that showers or thunder showers will occur at several places in the sea areas around the island.Winds will be north-easterly in direction and speed will be 30-40 kmph. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere after 2.00pm. North-East monsoon conditions are gradually establishing over the country, the Department of Meteorology said today.It said that several spells of light showers will occur in the Eastern, Uva, Northern and North-central provinces and in the Hambantota district tomorrow. Fairly heavy falls (more than 50mm) and fairly strong winds can be expected at some places (particularlyin the Westem, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces). The sea area extending from Kankasanturai to Colombo via Mannar and the sea area extending from Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota can be fairly rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to 50-55 kmph.Seas can be temporarily very rough during thundershowers due to temporary increase of wind speedup to 70-80 Kmph. (Colombo Gazette)
The president of Sharp Bus Lines Ltd is excited about a new regulation intended to keep students safe and hold to account irresponsible motorists.Under the new provincial regulation, municipalities can require school buses to be equipped with stop arm cameras to capture footage of vehicles that fail to stop for students getting on or off buses.“This is really exciting news,” Bill Sharp said. “We know that the most dangerous time for students is when they’re crossing a road to get on or after getting off a school bus.“This will help educate motorists and keep kids safe.”School bus operators have been advocating for the stop-arm cameras for several years and are pleased to see that their efforts have come to fruition, said Sharp.“This is important because the video can be used as evidence to get a conviction in court,” he said. “It (the footage) can capture the vehicle, licence plate, the stop-arm and possibly identify the (offending) driver.”At present, Sharp noted, the only evidence available if a motorist is charged with failing to stop for a school bus is the account of a witness, usually the bus driver, who, when the incident is happening, is also making sure students are getting on and off the bus safely.Sharp Bus Lines was part of a pilot project in Brantford and in Kitchener-Waterloo that saw some school buses equipped with stop-arm cameras.The pilot project, which was done a couple of years ago, also included Sudbury, North Bay and Peel Region.Sharp noted that data collected showed there is an urban-rural divide with more incidents happening in urban settings. As well, school bus operators know that this time of year – May and June – is the most dangerous for students getting on and off school buses, he said.“I think a lot of it is human nature,” he said. “The nicer weather is arriving, there’s a lot more distractions and people maybe aren’t as paying as close attention as they should.”It’s unclear how many municipalities will take advantage of the new regulation but steps already have been taken in the Ottawa area to have school buses equipped with video cameras, said Sharp.“I’m sure municipalities will have discussions about this through their associations but I think this is something that will move quickly.”The new regulation was announced last week by Ontario Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek. He also announced plans to introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow municipalities to target drivers who threaten children’s safety on school buses with new monetary penalties.Motorists who, under current law, pass a school bus when its stop-arm is out can be fined $400 to $2,000 and get six demerit points. Repeat offenders risk fines of $1,000 to $4,000 and six months in jail.More than 837,000 students travel in a school vehicle every school day in Ontario. Injuries and fatalities, which are rare, happen more often outside the school bus as students are boarding and leaving the bus or crossing the street.School bus safety received provincial attention when former Chatham-Kent MPP Pat Hoy introduced a bill allowing police to charge the driver and the owner of the vehicle following the 1997 death of 17-year-old high school student, who was struck by an oncoming car while attempting to board a school bus on Highway 3.Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, introduced a private member’s bill to get stop-arm cameras on school buses and allow video evidence to be used in court, but it was defeated in 2017.Vball@postmedia.com twitter.com/EXPVBall
“The United Nations Missions in Liberia (UNMIL) offered its condolences and sympathy today to the Government of the Republic of Guinea and the family and friends of the passengers,” the mission said in a statement released shortly after the morning crash.“UNMIL has supported the Liberian Authorities with their response and recovery efforts, and is now supporting the conduct of a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding today’s incident,” the mission added. Among other assistance, the mission is contributing heavy lifting equipment and ambulances to the Government-led response to the disaster.The military officials were travelling from Guinea to attend Liberia’s National Armed Forces Day celebrations when their plane crashed in the town of Charlesville, near the country’s main airport, approximately 45 kilometres south of Monrovia, according to UNMIL. Passengers included a number of Guinea’s high ranking military officers, including Chief of Army Staff General Kelefa Diallo, the mission said.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reportedly declared tomorrow a day of mourning for victims of the crash.
After finishing 16-16-4 last season, Ohio State’s women’s ice hockey team is scheduled to kick off its 2012-2013 campaign this Friday with a handful of veteran players in new leadership roles. The team nominated senior forward Hokey Langan to be the Buckeyes’ team captain. The Chatham, Ontario, product is seventh on OSU’s career scoring list with 105 points thanks to 46 goals and 59 assists. Buckeyes Coach Nate Handrahan said choosing Langan to be the team’s captain was a pretty simple choice. “Girls look to her for leadership and she is a very talented player, has a lot of experience, knows a lot from playing in the level she played at prior to being here with international competition,” Handrahan said. Handrahan commented on Langan’s individual strengths. “I think her hockey IQ and knowing the game, but I think she bleeds scarlet and grey and wants to win,” Handrahan said. “I think that has to be at the crux of your leadership and she is willing to do what it takes to win.” Langan said she is happy that her team chose her to be its captain and thinks the team has confidence in her. “It was an honor and one of the goals I had set freshman year,” Langan said. “I like to say I am a leader and that my teammates respect me and have faith in me to bring this team wins.” Langan attributed her strengths to her teammates and her knowledge of the game. “My teammates make me a lot better than I am myself, but I like to say that I can read the ice really well,” Langan said. “I am a good passer when I am given an opportunity.” Langan, though, won’t be the only member of the Buckeyes in a leadership role this season. Senior forwards Paige Semenza, Tina Hollowell and Minttu Tuominen will serve as the three assistant captains. Semenza, a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete from Pittson, Pa., severed as assistant captain last season and said her new role is about having experience. “It was definitely honoring being an assistant last year and it gave me experience that I was able to build on,” Semenza said. “Coming into my senior year, I wanted to be a leader and help my teammates.” Handrahan said Semenza’s attention to detail is what makes her a qualified leader. “Paige is a quiet worker who pays attention to all the little details in her life and that helps her on the ice,” Handrahan said. Hollowell, a native of Clinton Township, Mich., was named an Academic All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete last season. Handrahan said Hollowell is the core of the team and inspires each player. “Tina is our heartbeat, our emotional leader, our warrior that inspires us to play well,” Handrahan said. Tuominen, a native of Espoo, Finland, is a former member of the Finnish National team and Olympic bronze medalist. Handrahan said the senior forward is an excellent leader. “Minttu is someone that has international competition and she is an Olympic medalist, obviously a talented player,” Handrahan said. Handrahan has not set any goals for the team but said he thinks the team has a good work ethic that will take them far. “I think this team can work hard and compete,” Handrahan said. “The potential for good things is there but we won’t really know until we drop the puck on Friday.” The Buckeyes will host its season opener against Lindenwood at the Ohio State Ice Rink on Friday at 7:07 p.m.
The attorney general’s office has announced an inquiry into social media messages which may identify Jon Venables.The posts would be breaking a worldwide injunction on identifying convicted child killer Venables or his co-defendant, Robert Thompson.The pair murdered two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993.They were released in 2001 with new identities protected by a court order, preventing anyone from publishing photographs of them or information which could lead to them being identified.The order covers material which is purported to show them, even if it is not actually them. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Ms Carr was also granted a new identity after her release from prison in 2004 after giving her then-boyfriend Huntley a false alibi for the day Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman went missing.Huntley was later convicted of their murder.Only one other former prisoner has lifelong anonymity – former child killer Mary Bell.Earlier this year the attorney general, Jeremy Wright QC, said contempt of court laws were out of step with the modern world and needed to catch up with the social media age.Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he said members of the public “don’t understand what the Contempt of Court Act says, and probably don’t realise what damage their piece of social media commentary or comment might do”. We have received a complaint that the anonymity order has been breached and we are investigating itSpokesman for the Attorney General’s Office In 2013 two men received suspended sentences for contempt of court after posting photographs on Twitter said to show the two.Now new messages are said to have been posted on social media sites suggesting information which might identify Venables.A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said: “We have received a complaint that the anonymity order has been breached and we are investigating it.”Other online messages seem to show the location of Maxine Carr, former girlfriend of Soham murderer Ian Huntley, the Guardian reported.The Attorney General’s office said it had not received a complaint relating to her case but would investigate if it did.
In the first match of the Group A in Granollers, Brazil beat Argentina 24:20 STATISTICS with decisive 3:0 run in the last two minutes. After opening defeat against Germany, Brazilians got the first points. France had no problem against Montenegro 32:20 – STATISTICS ← Previous Story WCh 2013 Round 2 in Group A and B Next Story → WCh 2013: Denmark beat Russia – Macedonia close to TOP 16!
NEWS BROKE LAST night that Ronan O’Gara has been left out of the Ireland squad to take on France in Dublin this weekend.As of yet, there has been no word from Declan Kidney but, at 35, it appears that we may have seen the country’s most capped player and one of its greatest servants wear the green jersey for the last time.
Aegean Airlines will provide an additional three aircraft to distribute the Holy Fire to different parts of the country once it arrives in Athens from Jerusalem on Easter Saturday, the company said this week.A total of 11 flights have been chartered solely for the transfer of the Holy Fire.Those flights are to Ioannina, Corfu, Cephalonia, Zakynthos, Larissa, Alexandroupoli, Limnos, Lesvos, Samos, Kos and Myconos.Some scheduled commercial flights on Saturday – to Iraklio, Hania, Rhodes, Santorini and Thessaloniki – will also transfer the Holy Fire. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
California Mayors against Sanctuary State Policies Posted: April 17, 2018 , KUSI Newsroom , KUSI Newsroom, April 17, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsToday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will discuss in closed session whether to join the Federal Lawsuit against California’s Sanctuary State Laws. In studio to talk about today’s meeting and the lawsuit is El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Bill Wells FacebookTwitter
A proposal to streamline voter registration with permanent fund dividend applications has secured a spot on Alaska’s ballot this summer.Download AudioThe PFD Voter initiative is slated to appear on the August 16th primary election ballot. This will be the only measure in the primary, according to the Division of Elections.The Division verified nearly 37,000 voter signatures and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot signed certification documents this week.Supporters of the measure say it would eliminate redundancies in government and make it easier for people to vote. But, some opponents of the initiative are fearful of giving too much personal information to the government.The PFD voter initiative does includes an opt-out clause. Within a month of applying for the PFD, residents will receive a postcard in the mail that gives them the option of deregistering to vote. The Division of Elections estimates that some 70,000 more people will be registered if this initiative is passed.The initiative received support from a broad spectrum of agencies, including ANCSA Regional Association and the ACLU of Alaska.This push to get more people to the polls has roots in Sitka.Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins was party to the group that came up up with the initiative, modeled after Oregon’s Motor Voter Law, which automatically registers people to vote when they renew or apply for a driver license or state ID. Canvassers in Sitka collected hundreds of signatures to get the initiative on the ballot
PANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has called a meeting to resolve the dispute between tourist taxi operators and app-based taxi service in the state. Deputy Speaker of Assembly Michael Lobo, who has taken initiative to curb the clashes between the two groups of taxi operators, said the meeting will be held Monday. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation is supporting Goa Miles, an app-based taxi service. Lobo said Goa Miles is a private venture and hence tourist taxi operators are unwilling to join it, but they would be ready to join a similar app-based service if the state government launched it. MLAs from the coastal belt too have been invited for Monday’s meeting, he added.
-Extremists are infiltrating Khulna Awami League and some of them have even managed posts in the committees and have contested in elections on the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) ticket.Rumours have it that deputy ministers, members of parliament and local influential leaders are patronising such moves, much to the discomfit of the grassroots AL leaders and activists. To make things worse, a mudslinging game has begun too there.Prothom Alo investigations found that Shiplu Bhuiyan, the union parishad chairman of Damodar union under Phultala upazila of Khulna, was an extremist leader in the past.He, however, became a UP chairman contesting the polls under AL’s ‘boat’ symbol. A government’s intelligence agency said he was a leader of the infamous Purba Banglar Communist Party.Shiplu Bhuiyan’s name was the third on the list in the intelligence report. He reportedly had around a dozen cases against him, including murder, abduction and extortion. He was also sentenced to 32 years imprisonment in one of these cases.His elder brother Shimul Bhuiyan’s name is also on the list, at number four. There are around a dozen cases against him as well. Shimul has gone into hiding.Shiplu claimed that it was only his brother who had been involved with extremism and he did not join his brother despite repeated requests. District Awami League general secretary SM Mostafa Rashdi brought him to AL.Party sources say Shiplu joined AL on 11 November 2014 during a programme marking the founding anniversary of Juba League by presenting a bouquet to deputy minister for fisheries and livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda. Upazila Awami League president and upazila chairman Sheikh Akram Hossain played a key role to bring Shiplu to the party. Akram was also instrumental in helping Shiplu win the union parishad election.”Had Shiplu been guilty, we would not have brought him in. No one from AL could win in the Damodar union in the last 32 years. But we could do it thanks to Shiplu. However, we know that his brother is an extremist,” Sheikh Akram told Prothom Alo.Police say extremists are involved in a number of recent killings in Khulna. Shimul is behind the 27 May murder of Sardar Alauddin alias Mithu, organisational secretary of Khulna district BNP and a former chairman of Phultola upazila, police found on investigation. A number of 10-15 extremists are close associates of Shiplu, they allege.Khulna sadar thana AL president Saiful Islam admitted that extremists are entering the party. “It can be deduced that Shimul Bhuiyan is being protected by AL since his brother is a chairman backed by the party.”The name of Ajay Sarkar is number 21 in the list of extremists. A former member of New Biplobi Communist Party, he wanted to contest the zila parishad polls with an AL ticket. Although he did not get the AL nod, he contested as an independent candidate. He may contest in the next national election from either of Khulna-5 (Dumuria-Phultala) or Khulna-6 (Paikgaccha-Koyra). He is a close associate of Mostafa Rashidi.”From the years 2003-04, some people are trying to establish that I am an extremist, but I had never been involved with any such groups. It’s a conspiracy of Jamaat,” he said, adding that he was on good terms with Rashidi.However, Rashidi said quite the opposite. “I did not know Shiplu Bhuiyan has joined the party. And I have no terms with Ajay Sarkar. But yes there are some people like Badsha of Rupsha and Mashikul of Terokhada joining the party and contesting in the elections despite being extremists.The list of extremists also included Rafiq Joardar in 10th place. He is now a member of the union parishad at Rudaghara besides being the general secretary of ward AL. Shafiqul Islam, who was 12th on the list, is now the general secretary of upazila Sramik League.”I was once an extremist. I have been to jail as well. But that’s past. I have changed now,” Rafiq said.When asked, district AL president and zila parishad chairman Sheikh Harun Ar Rashid admitted that extremists are slowly getting into the party. However, he claimed that it was happening in city AL, not in the district unit. “We are also very scared,” he said.City AL general secretary Mizanur Rahman said, “I have taken no new faces in, but some may have entered the district AL. The PM has asked me not to take any unethical person into the party.”Sheikh Harun has blamed it on deputy minister Narayan Chandra, but the minister told Prothom Alo, “Whoever has got in, did it with a recommendation of the local committee. Fultala upazila president Akram got Shiplu Bhuiyan into the party.”When asked if Shiplu had joined by presenting him a bouquet, the deputy minister claimed he had been unaware of the facts.Awami League’s archrival BNP is also worried about extremists joining AL. City BNP president Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo, “Extremists are moving out of jail and then joining the Awami League. They are seen at the residences of the MPs and in their cars. We are really worried, anything may happen anytime.”When asked, Khulna police super Nizamul Huq Molla said, “Many people are changing colours. But we are keeping an eye on them.”*The article originally came up in Prothom Alo print edition and has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan
Photo courtesy of Center of Central American Resources, CRECENSupporters of the TPS for Honduras and other Latin American countries rallied in Houston on May 1, 2018.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Monday that Honduran nationals who are current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and want to maintain their status through the effective termination date of January 5th 2020, must re-register between June 5th 2018 and August 6th 2018.According to a news release distributed by USCIS, re-registration procedures –including how to renew employment authorization documents— have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps.All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status.Additionally, applicants may also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, at the time of filing Form I-821, or separately at a later date.Both forms can be downloaded for free from the section on TPS at the USCIS website.Employment authorizationThe news release added that USCIS will issue new EADs with a January 5th 2020 expiration date.However, because of the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS acknowledges that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before their current EADs expire.Therefore, USCIS has automatically extended the expiration date on EADs issued under the TPS designation of Honduras for 180 days, through January 1st 2019. This extension includes individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of January 5th 2018 and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received their new EADs.Situation in HoustonAccording to data compiled by the Immigration Legal Resource Center, as of April 2017, there were approximately 6,000 TPS beneficiaries from Honduras living in Houston, The Woodlands and Sugar Land.USCIS said in its news release that Hondurans with TPS “may wish to consult with qualified immigration attorneys or practitioners about their eligibility for another immigration status or benefit, or whether there is any other action they may want to take regarding their individual immigration circumstances.”However, as Houston Public Media reported in May, the upcoming termination of TPS has some in the local Honduran community considering to stay in the United States as undocumented immigrants. Share
Robots Reveal Insights into Evolution Explore further Researchers Laurent Keller, from the University of Lausanne, and Dario Floreano of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne studied Alice and Khepera robots controlled by input information from the robots’ sensors and neural networks. They loaded short basic instruction codes into the robots’ operating systems, with random variations that changed every generation, in “virtual mutations”. To simulate natural selection, only the code for the most successful robots was selected and passed to the next generation of robots.In one experiment they programmed robots with six sensors on one side and two on the other to navigate a maze. They then selected the robots most skilled at avoiding collisions. After fewer than 100 generations the robots could navigate through a complex maze without collisions, and had learned to keep the side with six sensors facing in the direction of travel. A) The predator robot (right) facing the prey robot (left). B) Six examples of pursuit and evasion strategies that evolved over the 100 generations of selection in one of the replicates (see main text for description). The position of the prey at the end of the trial is indicated by the empty disk and that of the predator by the black disk (the lines in the disks correspond to the frontal directions). Image credit: doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000292.g004 Play Evolution of collision-free navigation. In the initial generations, robots can hardly avoid walls (one robot even approaches objects). After 50 generations, robots can navigate around the looping maze without hitting the walls. In another experiment they programmed groups of robots to push tokens along a wall to a marked area to win points. They selected the robots that gained the most points to pass their code on to the next generation. Over time altruistic behaviors were observed, in which robots sacrificed points if the entire group would benefit, and the robots cooperated to push larger tokens together to earn more points. As in nature, the robots followed the biological principle of kin selection, in which they only helped robots having the same code lineage. Play Evolved “Khepera” robot performing exploration and homing for battery recharge. The robot enters the recharging area approximately 2 seconds before full battery discharge. In other experiments some robots with good eyesight were programmed to pursue other robots, which were faster. At first the predators found the prey and headed towards it, while the prey were programmed to move away. After 125 generations, the predators had developed the strategy of lying in wait and attacking the prey robots’ blind spots, while the successful “prey” robots learned where the predators waited and ensured their sensors were always facing the predators. Play Coevolved predator and prey robots engaged in a tournament. After locating and moving towards the prey, the predator cannot reach it because the prey can perceive it with the rear distance sensors and moves faster. The code used in the experiments was extremely short, which proves that complex behaviors can emerge from a simple set of instructions. The paper is published in the Public Library of Science — Biology journal. (PhysOrg.com) — Swiss scientists have proposed that if robots could evolve through natural selection the result would be robots that would help each other, cooperate, and be capable of hunting. Their experiments follow on from earlier studies reported by PhysOrg, which used robots to shed light on evolutionary processes. Citation: Robots shed more light on evolution (w/ Video) (2010, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-robots-evolution-video.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen A) Experimental setup with a Khepera robot moving in the direction of the nest (recharging station), located in front of the light tower. B) Trajectory of an evolved robot after 200 generations. The trajectory starts in the lower left corner and ends within the recharging nest in the top left corner. Each point corresponds to the recording of the robot’s position using an external tracking device. The arena and the recharging nest were plotted by manually positioning the robot along their contours. 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What is Odoo? Odoo is an all-in-one management software that offers a range of business applications. It forms a complete suite of enterprise management applications targeting companies of all sizes. It is versatile in the sense that it can be used across multiple categories including CRM, website, e-commerce, billing, accounting, manufacturing, warehouse, and project management, and inventory. The community version is free-of-charge and can be installed with ease. Odoo is one of the fastest growing open source, business application development software products available. With the announcement of version 11 of Odoo, there are many new features added to Odoo and the face of business application development with Odoo has changed. In Odoo 11, the online installation documentation continues to improve and there are now options for Docker installations. In addition, Odoo 11 uses Python 3 instead of Python 2.7. This will not change the steps you take in installing Odoo but will change the specific libraries that will be installed. While much of the process is the same as previous versions of Odoo, there have been some pricing changes in Odoo 11. There are only two free users now and you pay for additional users. There is one free application that you can install for an unlimited number of users, but as soon as you have more than one application, then you must pay $25 for each user, including the first user. If you have thought about developing in Odoo, now is the best time to start. Before I convince you on why Odoo is great, let’s take a step back and revisit our fundamentals. What is an ERP? ERP is an acronym often used for Enterprise Resource Planning. The ERP gives a global and real-time view of data that can enable companies to address concerns and drive improvements. It automates the core business operations such as the order to fulfillment and procures to pay processes. It also reduces risk management for companies and enhances customer services by providing a single source for billing and relationship tracking. Why Odoo? Odoo is Extensible and easy to customize Odoo’s framework was built with extensibility in mind. Extensions and modifications can be implemented as modules, to be applied over the module with the feature being changed, without actually changing it. This provides a clean and easy-to-control and customized applications. You get integrated information Instead of distributing data throughout several separate databases, Odoo maintains a single location for all the data. Moreover, the data remains consistent and up to date. Single reporting system Odoo has a unified and single reporting system to analyze and track the status. Users can also run their own reports without any help from IT. Single reporting systems, such as those provided by Odoo ERP software helps make reporting easier and customizable. Built around Python Odoo is built using the Python programming language, which is one of the most popular languages used by developers. Large community The capability to combine several modules into feature-rich applications, along with the open source nature of Odoo, is probably the important factors explaining the community that has grown around Odoo. In fact, there are thousands of community modules available for Odoo, covering virtually every topic, and the number of people getting involved has been steadily growing every year. Go through our video, Odoo 11 development essentials to learn to scaffold a new module, create new models, and use the proper functions that make Odoo 11 the best ERP out there. Read Next Top 5 free Business Intelligence tools How to build a live interactive visual dashboard in Power BI with Azure Stream Tableau 2018.1 brings new features to help organizations easily scale analytics
Facebook has removed several ads placed by 2020 presidential hopeful, Senator Elizabeth Warren, that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants. Last week, Warren announced that if elected president in 2020, her administration will make big, structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition by breaking up competition killing big mergers. The ads being deleted from Facebook was first revealed by Politico. The advertisements read, “Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google. We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.” Source: Politico The ads were taken down and a message was displayed stating, “This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook’s advertising policies.” However, later a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Politico that the company is in the process of restoring them. “We removed the ads because they violated our policies against the use of our corporate logo,” the spokesperson said. “In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.” Elizabeth Warren also tweeted about this development, stating that she wants a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor. This news sparked a massive discussion on Hacker News. People called it a win-win situation for Warren. A comment on Hacker News reads, “This is smart politics. Rather than simply telling people FB is a monopoly, she runs a limited experiment that had it been left alone, would have limited effect since the budget was so small ($100). Now, this puts FB in a bind. If they really are a middleman for content, then these ads don’t violate any laws and shouldn’t be blocked. However, FB as a company with a product should block it just like a coffee shop wouldn’t allow a banner on the wall saying “better coffee down the street“. Another user appreciated Warren for her smart move. “It’s very smart, her ad campaign people must have known misusing the Facebook logo would get them denied, but now she gets press for being the victim. You or I couldn’t run those ads, this is special treatment for her”, the comment states. A user also condemned Facebook for its dumb move. “I would say this is ordinary politics, an obviously calculated provocation we see every day. What is surprising is a such dumb FB reaction. Why such intelligent people make such dumb moves? Are they really that arrogant? Maybe that arrogance is caused by revenue increases after all these scandals. Maybe they treated politicians, in the same way, many times, but in other countries.” It looks like Warren has won the golden ticket to US presidential elections 2020 as comments like ‘Slay Queen!’ and ‘My Cherokee Princess’ dominated Twitter. Warren’s plan is by far one of the biggest tech regulation plan proposed so far in the 2020 presidential cycle. Other Democrats running for the 2020 presidential bid include senator Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, governor Jay Inslee, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Most of them are also keen on tech regulation. Andrew Yang described Warren’s anti-monopoly position as “unimaginative” and “retrograde,” yet he does believe in taxing tech. Yang says because artificial intelligence is destroying jobs, the tech industry should pay for a universal basic income. However, Klobuchar and Yang’s messages didn’t excite people as much as Warren’s bold move did. Read Next Elizabeth Warren wants to break up tech giants like Amazon, Google Facebook, and Apple and build strong antitrust laws UK lawmakers publish a report after 18-month long investigation condemning Facebook’s disinformation and fake news practices. Facebook and Google pressurized to work against ‘Anti-Vaccine’ trends after Pinterest blocks anti-vaccination content from its pinboards.
November 11, 2014 470 Views Home Value Growth Tops 2% in October Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Appraisals Home Values Quicken Loans 2014-11-11 Tory Barringer Home values in the United States continued to inch their way up in October, rising month-over-month in more than half of the country’s major metropolitan areas.Based on appraisal data from home purchase and refinance originations around the country, Quicken Loans reported Tuesday that home values were up 2.03 percent from September to October, bringing the company’s Home Value Index to 91.09 nationally.At the metro level, values were up month-to-month in 15 of the 27 largest markets, led by a 6.04 percent gain in Houston. Growth also topped 4 percent in San Jose (5.28 percent), New York (4.36 percent), and Charlotte, North Carolina (4.36 percent).At the other end, Minneapolis, Portland, and Boston all ranked highest in depreciation, with monthly declines approaching 4 percent.On an annual basis, Quicken’s HVI climbed 3.35 percent, with only Charlotte (-0.32 percent), Tampa (-0.08 percent), and Baltimore (-0.74 percent) reporting decreasing home values.”The vast majority of the country is seeing steady, single-digit, home value increases,” said Bob Walters, chief economist for Quicken Loans. “This is the healthy momentum we look for in a stable housing market.”Quicken’s report also included findings from its latest Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), which measures the difference between appraisers’ home value opinions and home value estimates from homeowners and buyers. According to the company, appraisers’ value opinions came in 1.58 percent higher than homeowners’ opinions nationally, down from a gap of 1.62 percent in September but up from a span of 0.83 percent a year ago.While some homeowners might enjoy finding out their home is worth more than they thought, Walters explained that it’s better for the housing market for homeowners and appraisers to be on the same page with their estimates.”The closer together the appraiser and homeowner opinions are, the more homeowners are understanding what is happening to their local housing market,” he said. “Whether homeowners are looking to sell soon, hoping to refinance or applying for a home equity loan—there are many benefits to understanding the current home value trends in their area.”