The growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the collective energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue:___WHAT IS BITCOIN?Bitcoin is the most popular virtual currency in the world, and it has grown in value this year. It was created in 2009 as a new way of paying for things that would not be subject to central banks that are capable of devaluing currency. The sustainability concerns about bitcoin, voiced by economists and environmentalists, stem from the process of “mining” that is central to its existence.The “miners” use computers to make complex calculations that verify transactions in bitcoins. This uses a tremendous amount of energy via computers and server farms all over the world, which has given rise to concerns about the amount of fossil fuel-dependent electricity used to power the computers. Some estimates say bitcoin’s energy impact is more than that of a small country.___WHY IS BITCOIN ATTRACTIVE?Bitcoin is a kind of digital money that isn’t tied to a bank or a government, and its value has risen swiftly in the second half of 2017. The value of one bitcoin was about $16,500, in late December, compared with about $1,000 in March. The price is also volatile, though, and tailed off somewhat after coming close to $20,000 earlier in December. A bitcoin itself is essentially a line of computer code. It’s signed digitally when it goes from one owner to another.___WHY ARE CRITICS CONCERNED ABOUT BITCOIN ENERGY USE?Bitcoin can’t exist without computers, which can’t exist without a source of electricity. And the number of computers and the energy needed to power them is rising.The growing value of bitcoin is directly tied to the amount of energy it uses. The miners unlock bitcoins by solving complex, unique puzzles. As the value of bitcoin goes up, the puzzles become increasingly more difficult, and it requires more computer power to solve them.Some estimates say more than 60 per cent of the processing power used to mine bitcoin is in China, where it relies heavily on the burning of coal. Coal and other fossil fuels are also the largest generator of electricity for the rest of the world, and coal is a significant contributor to manmade climate change. Burning it produces carbon dioxide, a gas that is a primary contributor to global warming.This reliance on fossil fuels has given rise to speculation that bitcoin’s energy consumption will continue to rise as it grows in popularity. Glen Brand, director of a Sierra Club chapter in Maine, said in an interview that the growth of virtual currencies such as bitcoin “threatens progress we are making toward moving toward a low energy, low carbon economy.”___HOW MUCH DOES BITCOIN REALLY AFFECT ENERGY CONSUMPTION?Estimates vary, and a true figure could be impossible to come by because of the intentionally anonymous nature of bitcoin use. But Dutch bitcoin analyst Alex de Vries, who operates a Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index on the website Digiconomist, has produced estimates he believes are alarming.If bitcoin miners are using the most efficient machines possible, the lowest amount of electricity they could possibly be using is 13 terawatt hours, de Vries said in an interview. That’s about as much as the entire country of Slovenia. De Vries said less conservative estimates make it entirely possible that bitcoin is using as much energy as Ireland, which consumes about twice as much as Slovenia, or about 0.7 per cent of the U.S. total.The problem is getting worse, said de Vries, who estimated the annual amount of energy consumed by bitcoin rose by a fifth in the final weeks of 2017.___WHO IS RIGHT IN THE BITCOIN DEBATE?The extent of bitcoin’s impact on the environment, and how much that should matter to people who use it, is a source of debate.While de Vries says bitcoin is consuming an “insane amount of energy,” both on its own and relative to older payment systems such as credit cards, others think the situation is now so dire.Bitcoin investor Marc Bevand, of St. Louis, has written that bitcoin likely uses close to four or five terawatt hours, less than the annual electricity consumption for Christmas lights in the U.S. He said that he believes bitcoin’s benefits, such as making payments more efficient and helping people escape inflation, outweigh the environmental toll. However, he added: “We don’t have exact data to say how much we are benefiting from bitcoin.”
A Sri Lankan asylum seeker in the UK has been jailed for 30 months for a sex attack carried out three years after he was saved from deportation in a campaign led by his local MP, the Daily Mail reported.Sri Lankan-born Sivarajah Suganthan, 31, was allowed to remain in the UK thanks to a 2011 campaign headed by Lib Dem MP for Bristol West Stephen Williams. She still suffers from anxiety and depression and struggles to leave the house.He said: ‘Your victim made quite clear to you earlier in the evening that she was not receptive of your attention and she was not welcoming of any sexual contact’.He added: ‘I fully accept that you have had terrible experiences in your life. After initially pleading not guilty, he confessed to the crime on the day of his trial – but still maintains he ‘doesn’t remember doing it’, the court heard.Two and a half years after the attack, he has been finally jailed by a judge who slammed the ‘inexplicable’ delay in getting the case to court.Judge Martin Picton called for a review of the Crown Prosecution Service’s handling and said ‘lessons should be learned’ to ensure it ‘never happens again’. Bristol Crown Court heard that she woke at 3am to find her knickers pulled down and Suganthan forcing a sex act on her.DNA at the scene of the assault in February 2014 proved it was him and Suganthan, who has a previous conviction for shoplifting, was arrested shortly afterwards. ‘I fully accept that you have come a long way from the child who came to this country in a damaged condition.‘I fully accept that you have done much to change.‘There is obviously a different side to your character that is much more creditable than your awful actions on this night appear to demonstrate.’The court heard the assaulted happened at The Julian Trust Night Shelter in St Paul’s Bristol, where the woman was the only female in the dorm.Earlier in the night Suganthan touched her on the bottom and asked her if she wanted to share a shower with him but she declined.Defending, Anjali Gohil said Suganthan had a ‘terrible background’, and was trafficked from Sri Lanka to India and Africa and arrived on British shores in 1999.She said: ‘He was orphaned at six and was trafficked after that and made to work in slave-like conditions.’She added he Suganthan has been backed by charities, MP Stephen Williams and even has a girlfriend, Lucy Gilbert, who attended court.She said: ‘In the two long years since this took place, he has turned himself around.’Suganthan pleaded guilty to sexual assault by penetration and will serve half his sentence.The Crown Prosecution Service did not apply for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order because the incident was a ‘one off’, the court heard.Suganthan, a father of two, came to the UK in 1999 at the age of 14. His initial claim for asylum was refused in 2003, and dismissed a second time in 2004 following an appeal.In 2011 he was volunteering at the Refugee Welcome Centre in Easton, before he was held at the Dover immigration removal centre for 37 days.He was released after a successful campaign led by Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams, who lobbied immigration minister Damian Green to grant him asylum.Mr Williams, former MP for Bristol West, said at the time: ‘It was wonderful to meet Siva in person and to see that he was happy and smiling and delighted to be back among friends in Bristol.‘I am pleased that I and my staff were able to be of help.’ (Colombo Gazette) But three years later the father-of-two ‘preyed’ on a vulnerable 21 year-old who had rejected his advances at a night shelter. After an 800-signature petition was presented to Parliament calling for a halt to the deportation process, Suganthan – nicknamed Siva – moved in with friends in Bristol. He told Suganthan – who was supported in court by his English girlfriend – the incident had had a ‘devastating’ impact on his victim’s life.
The WorldPride parade in Toronto drew huge crowds this afternoon. This is the first time a North American city has hosted the WorldPride event.Roughly 12,000 people marched in this afternoon’s parade, representing all different cultures, nationalities and sexualities. Because this is WorldPride, and not just Toronto’s annual event, representatives from different countries carried flags from their homelands.The regular cast of characters was here as well Dykes on Bikes led the parade on a throng of motorcycles.There was plenty to see, but most remarkable was the diversity in both the parade and the crowd. people came from all over the world to celebrate, some of them from places where being gay isn’t okay.“It’s definitely a culture shock, I mean being gay in Venezuela is not legal, so seeing so many people out here being out and proud that’s always nice,” says Natalie Soto.“Everyone is taking part in Pride and it’s just amazing,” says Robert Zuromski. “In Boston we are lucky to have a culture that everyone takes part in it, but Toronto has been so welcoming as a city for us.”
by Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2013 8:00 am MDT TORONTO – Under fields, past homes and across waterways, a pipeline has run through one of Canada’s most populous corridors for nearly four decades, quietly pumping oil between southern Ontario and Montreal.While it hasn’t generated much national attention in the past, Line 9 is now being thrust into the spotlight as the company that operates it seeks approval to reverse its flow and increase its capacity.On one side of the debate that will take place before the National Energy Board in Montreal and Toronto this month is Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., (TSX:ENB) — which insists safety is its top priority — and on the other are residents and environmentalists who suggest the project will put a number of communities at risk.Opponents to the Line 9 reversal, some of whom have staged protests and held sit-ins at pumping stations, worry that Enbridge plans to run a heavier, and what they claim is a more corrosive kind of oil, through the line that will stress the aging infrastructure and increase the chance of a leak.But Enbridge — which is still cleaning up after a 2010 pipeline rupture in Michigan — says there’s a lot of misinformation being circulated.“It’s been a hard thing to really get our story out in an independent way,” Dave Lawson, Enbridge vice-president of major projects, told The Canadian Press.“The environmental groups…it’s difficult for them to target the oilsands but if they slow down the pipeline or stop the pipeline from moving that oil, that’s shutting in the oilsands crude. We’ve seen a lot of that.”Enbridge says the 831-kilometre-long line is constantly monitored from an Edmonton control centre and can be shut down in up to 10 minutes if an unexplained reading comes in. A sudden loss of pressure means an automatic shutdown. The line is also patrolled on foot and by air.If a leak occurs, a team can be on site in up to three hours, but the company is working to improve that by adding an emergency crew in Mississauga, Ont., to deal with problems in the Greater Toronto Area.“If a leak happens we have to be able to respond to it, but the focus isn’t on planning for a leak, it’s really focusing on making sure we’ve done the operations and maintenance component to make sure this doesn’t happen,” said Lawson.Line 9 originally shuttled oil from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal but was reversed in the late 90s in response to market conditions, to pump imported crude westward. Enbridge is now proposing to flow oil back eastwards to service refineries in Ontario and Quebec.It plans to move 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day through the line, up from the current 240,000 barrels, with no increase in pressure.“The scope of our reversal is actually very, very small,” said LawsonA portion of the line has already received approval for reversal and has been sending oil from Sarnia to North Westover, Ont. — about 30 kilometres northwest of Hamilton — since August.Enbridge stresses what will flow through the line will not be a raw oilsands product — although there will be a mix of light crude and processed bitumen.“It really is dependent on what the refineries are set up for. Right now the refineries can take a small portion of heavy crude…they’d have to invest significant infrastructure to take greater heavy volume,” said Lawson.In defending the contents of Line 9, the company points to its own studies and a report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences which found diluted bitumen is no more corrosive to pipelines than other crude. The American report was commissioned by the U.S. government after Enbridge’s Michigan spill, which leaked 20,000 barrels of crude into the Kalamazoo River.That spill has been repeatedly pointed to by Line 9 opponents, who say the same thing could happen in Ontario or Quebec when more oil is pumped through the pipe.“This pipeline is nearly identical in design and age to the pipeline that spilled in Kalamazoo,” said Adam Scott, climate and energy program manager at Environmental Defence, one among a consortium opposing Enbridge.“This is a proposal that dramatically changes what the pipeline is for. Shipping tarsands diluted bitumen as is being proposed is considerably more risky…If there was a spill those chemicals would evaporate very quickly and cause an immediate health risk.”Some opponents suggest the Line 9 reversal is ultimately so Enbridge can transport oil to the Atlantic coast for export — something the company denies, saying the project is currently about “keeping Canadian crude in Canada.”Scott contends the project is similar to a previous Enbridge bid called project Trailbreaker, which he said would’ve reversed Line 9 and a pipeline between Montreal and Portland.“If Line 9 is reversed, there’s huge pressure to reverse the Portland-Montreal pipeline,” he said. “This project is ultimately a piece of the network that’s designed to export oil to other countries…it doesn’t affect the day-to-day lives of Canadians except to expose us to considerable risk.”But at least one observer suggests the reversal is a better alternative to an international player meeting the refinery demands Enbridge is responding to.“This project wants to bring lower priced oil from western Canada to replace foreign oil,” said Phil Walsh, a Ryerson professor with the university’s Centre for Urban Energy.“My biggest concern is that environmentalists are not considering that the market will seek out sources from other jurisdictions that don’t have the same level of environmental standards that we have here in Canada.”Indeed, the degree of scrutiny Line 9 is being subjected to will ensure it’s one of the safest pipelines in Canada, said Warren Mabee, director of the Queen’s University Institute for Energy and Environmental policy.“I worry about the environmental impacts no matter where these pipes run but…they’re having to take a hard look at the infrastructure that they have and presumably that means that they will find faults and they will fix them.”Whatever the result of the upcoming NEB hearings, Mabee believes the conversation Line 9 has generated is worth having.“This is good for Canada, that we’re talking about this infrastructure, because it ties into this discussion about how we develop our energy future,” he said. “Whether this is a positive or negative outcome for the company, I think it’s a positive outcome for Canada.” Enbridge to argue for reversal of pipeline running through Ontario, Quebec AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2014 1:40 pm MDT Judge: Trial is needed to determine claim that hit ‘Blurred Lines’ copies Marvin Gaye’s music AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A jury should decide a claim by the children of Marvin Gaye that the 2012 hit song “Blurred Lines” improperly copied elements of their father’s music, a federal judge ruled Thursday.U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt made the ruling after reviewing conflicting analyses by experts hired by Robin Thicke and Pharrell, and by Gaye’s children to evaluate “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s song “Got to Give it Up.”The judge determined there is a genuine dispute about whether several musical elements, including signature phrases, hooks, bass lines, keyboard chords and vocal melodies, are similar.The court fight has lasted more than a year. A trial in scheduled for Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.The singers had sought a ruling Thursday by the judge that “Blurred Lines” did not infringe on copyrights to the Gaye song.Their attorney, Howard King, wrote in an email that the ruling was not a surprise, and he was confident the entertainers would win at trial.In his ruling, Kronstadt limited the analysis to be made by a jury to how the compositions appear on sheet music, not how “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give it Up” sound to listeners.“Since the compositions at issue are completely different, we remain confident of prevailing at trial,” King wrote.A representative for Gaye’s children, Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, did not have an immediate comment on the ruling.The Gaye family also claims that his “After the Dance” was improperly used for Thicke’s No. 1 R&B hit, “Love After War.” Kronstadt ruled a trial would be needed to decide that issue as well.___Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP
IT’S BEEN A mild winter so far but with Met Éireann predicting colder temperatures today and issuing a wind warning, the season has finally set in.Gusts of up to 120kph were noted in Connact, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal overnight, while Munster and Leinster experienced winds of up to 110kph.Blustery conditions are continuing this morning with strong-to-gale-force and gusty winds in Ulster, Connacht and north Leinster.Temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 7 degrees Celsius.And in more bad news, some rain is predicted later this morning.Looking ahead, it will be cold tonight with temperatures dropping to freezing. But conditions will start to pick up at the weekend and we’ll be back into mild territory.Met Éireann says the weather looks set to be settled “well into next week” with temperatures normal or slightly above by day. The nights will be mild too with very few – if any – frosts. Rainfall will be well below normal.Read: Forget the festive jumpers, get your loved ones a life jacket this ChristmasMore: Winter woolies at the ready… It’s going to get pretty cold in the next few days
Mayor Bloomberg is presented with a teapot by the Taoiseach in New York this morning. Pic: MerrionStreet/TwitterTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has been meeting with the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, this morning as part of his trip to the US to mark the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.At a breakfast event in New York this morning Kenny presented the mayor with a teapot that was housed in the National Museum of Ireland in Co Mayo.It is one of 100 objects contained in a special e-book “that is itself Ireland’s gift to America and the world to mark St Patrick’s Day” Kenny explained in a speech.The Taoisech’s speech came ahead of his participation in the St Patrick’s Day parade as it marches up 5th Avenue in the Big Apple today.“The Irish are found in every borough every corner of New York. In previous generations they came heartbroken hungry in search of new life new hope,” Kenny told his audience.“Today they come in search of opportunity to work in finance, fashion, film.”He paid tribute to the ‘New York Irish’ who helped out in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy which hit the region last October and said that the Irish government had committed $320,000 to help community projects in the areas worst affected by the storm.In his speech Kenny also hailed Ireland’s “successful return to the bond markets” and the “third consecutive year of growth” in the Irish economy.“International confidence in Ireland has been restored. During second-half 2012 the numbers at work in the economy rose over a six month period for the first time since 2008,” he told his audience.He also invited Mayor Bloomberg to visit Ireland in the near future “to revisit some haunts and perhaps together we might create some new ones”.Kenny also extended an invitation to the New York City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn , who is of Irish descent, to visit Ireland in the future.More: Kenny set for ‘shamrock ceremony’ at White House… on Tuesday
We are only two weeks away from the state election, and the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh continues to be a focal point of the Napthine government. The premier joined celebrations at the annual Glendi Festival last Sunday, where he announced $200,000 worth of funding for the upgrade of the centre’s kitchen facilities to a commercial standard. State Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews also promised a $60,000 grant to the Greek Glendi Festival of Oakleigh if Labor is elected.“The new kitchen will allow the community to continue to use the centre for major events, conferences, exhibitions and multicultural activities,” Dr Napthine said.Dr Napthine, alongside Planning Minister Matthew Guy, said the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh is intertwined with the local Greek population in the south-east.“Victoria’s Greek community is one of our largest and most influential and is a community that has prospered and contributed to the development of our city, our state and our nation,” he said, highlighting the event’s great turnout throughout the weekend, which, in spite of the rain on Saturday, attracted thousands of people to Warrawee Park.As part of the Liberals state election plan – for communities with easy access to parks and playgrounds, infrastructure that is appropriately maintained, state-of-the-art facilities, and roads that are in the best condition possible – Oakleigh Glendi will receive major funding in next year’s round of the Multicultural Communities Infrastructure Fund. Another 28 organisations are to receive grants from the Victorian Coalition government. This amount includes a $20,000 Multicultural Festivals and Events grant, awarded in 2014-15 and a $100,000 Unity Through Partnerships grant for the inaugural 2013 event. It is worth mentioning that since 2013, the annual Glendi Festival has already seen $120,000 in funding.The Oakleigh Greek Glendi – Unity Through Diversity Festival – remains a key priority for the Victorian government, which acknowledges the Greek community’s contribution to the district, in terms of entwining the different cultural heritages of its citizens. “It’s our policy to have multiculturalism as one of our advantages regarding the economy and the growth of the state, the equality of life in Melbourne and Victoria. We as a coalition government support multiculturalism,” Premier Napthine explained.Melbourne’s east is the home of one of the largest Greek communities, which has an important role to play in the upcoming state election. “Theo Zografos is the new member for Oakleigh. He is a person who listens to Oakleigh, who knows Oakleigh and can strongly represent Oakleigh. The coalition will continue to work with the Greek precinct in Oakleigh, where we’ve got a strong track record of supporting the Greek heritage and history here, for over 50 years. The Greeks have been one of the great contributors to Oakleigh and district. We want to grow and maintain that,” the premier concluded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
We know events. After working with over a thousand events in the past three years — small, huge and everywhere in between — we’ve learned that there are two ways to approach trade shows, expos, and conferences.The first and most prevalent way people define these events is as a “happening.” A three-day extravaganza that descends on a venue like a battalion of soldiers, bustling through booths, herding into keynotes, and swapping business cards and cocktails. Then, everyone goes home and takes a sick day, the event fading from their memories in a haze until next year.Face-to-face events will always feature this component; it’s the backbone of our industry. But with recently-plateaued industry growth and a rising tide of digital competition, organizers must get the most mileage out of their events or risk obsolescence.Therefore, the second and more slow-burning way to think of events is as a brand unto themselves. Publishers will nod knowingly at this, even if attendees and exhibitors don’t think of events that way. We must recognize the event experience itself as a 365-day-a-year ROI opportunity. Publishers work year-round to produce amazing events as well as amazing media, so why limit brand engagement to a few days?This is the way Feathr approaches events. Publisher-hosted events create a marketplace between your attendees and exhibitors — but are you doing everything you can to monetize your audience year-round? It starts with leveraging the data you already have, like content consumption trends, webinar attendance, and session attendance at last year’s event. Using this data, you may already be providing compelling content marketing to distinct segments of users.You can also maximize your event ROI by making sure sponsors and audiences get connected via technology, data points, and face-to-face meetings. Your exhibitors want access to attendees — not just during the event, but before and after as well. By taking a 365-day perspective and leveraging digital tools and audience data, you can provide value and monetize access between those parties throughout the year.Start small by simply keeping in touch with event audiences. Email, social media, and the event app itself are excellent starting places. Publishing engaging content and having industry-specific webinars, niche events, and discussions a few times a year keeps your event at the top of your audience’s mind, as do digital tactics like retargeting and omni-channel marketing.Let go of the idea that your every move be aimed at driving registrations. Focus on providing educational and entertainment value year-round with content like articles, polls, photos, or videos. Featuring exhibitors and sponsors throughout the year is another way to elicit cross-promotional opportunities and expand the audience of both brands. This can be done by driving traffic to referral landing pages and including them in your digital and live outreach events. A year-round engagement plan only needs to inspire an audience to think about your brand during the off season. That’s part of the overall experience, and it’s essential in today’s market.Here at Feathr, we are always happy to hear from publishers who want to get more ROI out of their events. How do you engage your audience 24/7/365?Sponsored by Feathr: Understand and interact with each attendee and exhibitor at scale, to deliver the most relevant experience across any channel. Learn more.
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Her debut album, Run Deep, was released days later on March 23. But all of that was before she landed the top spot on the One Take leaderboard with 16 answers completed. Now we know so much more about her. Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With MØ Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Grupo Fantasma Among the answers Mahal revealed during our fun 60-second question-and-answer game, we learned her favorite city to visit on tour. Mahal replied, “Paris.” Guess where New Morning is, the place she is playing July 20? Earlier this month she was also Apple Music France New Artist Of The Week, so we know there’s a mutual love in France.Among the other tidbits we learned from her One Take answers was that Mahal enjoys listening to music in bed and that the last song she listened to was “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn, which happens to be Mahal’s same answer to, “Song you wish you’d written.”Taken from Robyn’s 2010 album Body Talk, that song was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards, which seems a great point of inspiration as Mahal builds her own soulful music career.With early childhood experience gigging and writing in the music world at first opened up for her by her father Taj Mahal, Deva Mahal’s singular personality rings clearly and independently in her music. We look forward to the many directions she’ll be inspired to travel as inspirations continue to move her … and we hope she enjoys Paris. 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HAMDEN, CT — The following Wilmington students received degrees from Quinnipiac University during ceremonies held in May:Brittany Abbott, Master of Health Science, Advanced Medical ImagingVictoria Ferreira, Bachelor of Science, NursingNicole McIrney, Bachloer of Science, NursingAbout Quinnipiac UniversityQuinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. For more information, please visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Quinnipiac.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ferreira & Knibbs Named To Dean’s List At QuinnipiacIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ferreira & Knibbs Named To Dean’s List At Quinnipiac UniversityIn “Education”Wilmington’s Victoria Ferreira Named To Dean’s List At Quinnipiac UniversityIn “Education”
Share your voice 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Lego Creator Expert 1967 Ford Mustang is 1,500 bricks of nostalgia Tags More From Roadshow 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Now playing: Watch this: From there he orchestrated the first government bailout of the Chrysler corporation and saw its turnaround during the 1980s. He became something of a celebrity thanks to his appearance in ad campaigns, most notably the Chrysler campaign where he told Americans that “If you can find a better car, buy it.””Lee gave us a mindset that still drives us today — one that is characterized by hard work, dedication and grit,” said Fiat Chrysler representatives, in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring that Chrysler, now FCA, is such a company, an example of commitment and respect, known for excellence as well as for its contribution to society. His legacy is the resiliency and unshakeable faith in the future that live on in the men and women of FCA who strive every day to live up to the high standards he set.”He championed several charities during his lifetime, including the charity to raise funds for the renovation and restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and, most notably, he founded and raised considerable funds for diabetes research through his Iacocca Family Foundation. Enlarge ImageLee Iacocca has died from complications with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 94. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images Lee Iacocca, the savior of Chrysler, father of the Ford Mustang and the minivan, and titan of the automotive industry, is dead at the age of 94 from complications stemming from Parkinson’s disease.Iacocca’s legacy and contribution to not only the American automotive landscape but the way the world looks at cars cannot be overstated. His influence on everything from product to business practices has, for good or ill, informed the way that the car industry works today.Lee Iacocca was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and attended Princeton University. He enjoyed a meteoric rise to success at the Ford Motor Company, helping to create cars like the Mustang, the Escort and the Pinto until he was fired, likely due to his regular disagreements with Henry Ford II. 13 Photos 2 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid long-term update: Our electrified… Comments Ford Chrysler Car Industry Car Culture 4:05
Stay on target There’s nothing funny about the impending robot revolution—the day artificial intelligence becomes dominant over humans, and computers take over the planet.It’s pretty hilarious, though, watching the ominous overlords screw up.“We subconsciously view them [robots] as lifelike and project our own attributes, emotions, and failings onto them,” Kate Darling, a research specialist at MIT’s Media Lab, said in 2015.“It’s so similar to the way we laugh at America’s Funniest Home Videos or kids falling down, or videos of animals doing silly, human-like things, or compilations of newcaster fails or models tripping on the runway,” she explained.It’s a built-in mechanism for reassuring ourselves that everyone effs up. But at least a video of me falling down the stairs hasn’t gone viral.Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machine (Steve)An upright, dry K5 (via Knightscope)In July, Georgetown-based retail park The Washington Harbour introduced the newest member of its security team, Steve. But, days after its launch, the robot was found face-down in an office building fountain. No witnesses came forward on behalf of the drowned robot; it remains unclear whether its plunge was intentional or accidental.The high-tech machine boasts 360-degree vision and the ability to scan up to 1,500 car license plates per minute. And while it can’t make arrests or taser a criminal, it will call the cops or sound a loud siren in an emergency situation.Boston Dynamics’ AtlasDuring an August TED Talk, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert highlighted some of the firms’ latest tech, including advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah, negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on two legs, and even open doors.The Atlas humanoid, however, still needs some practice.“Everything doesn’t go exactly the way it’s supposed to,” Raibert admitted to the audience, which was howling with laughter as they watched an outtake of Atlas clumsily take down a pile of trays and a cart, before collapsing onto the floor itself.Heinz AutoMato57I like a healthy serving of ketchup on my hot dogs, hamburgers, and fries. But I’m not yet ready to hand over the dispensing responsibilities to the AutoMato57.Billed as able to “maneuver to a plate and expel condiment in desired locations,” the device features tank tread and green plastic Hulk arms, which squeeze the sauce in the general direction of your food (usually).MIT grads and AutoMato co-creators Bill Fienup and Barry Kudrowitz readily admit their product’s faults. But you can’t fault them for trying. (Just don’t invite them to your next BBQ.)MMM 3000 Robotic Arm MK IIRemember, kids: Eating while gaming can be messy and dangerous.So UK-based meat maker Mattessons launched a competition to design a device that allows the user to play and snack at the same time. From more than 15,000 entries, a team of engineers turned the best ideas into official blueprints, and even fewer into working prototypes. Like this robotic arm, which is less of a friendly reminder to keep your blood sugar levels steady, and more a torture device.The project culminated in the final MMM3000 “Ultimate Gaming Helmet.”Festo SmartBirdAutomation technology firm Festo modeled its SmartBird robot after the herring gull (known to most Americans as loud, annoying seagulls). By flapping its wings, the lightweight glider can lift and propel itself, becoming, at a distance, nearly indistinguishable from other feathered friends.Speaking at a gadget show a few years ago, the creators boasted that their robots act and behave “just like animals.” Which quickly became apparent when, during a live demonstration of the SmartBird, it flew around the room before nose-diving into the audience.Maybe someone in the audience was throwing breadcrumbs.Hanson Robotics’ SophiaThis is exactly what Elon Musk is talking about: Earlier this year, Hanson Robotics CEO David Hanson appeared on CNBC’s The Pulse with Sophia, the company’s “most advanced” AI system.Designed to look like Audrey Hepburn (I don’t see it), Sophia has been described as “an evolving genius machine,” whose increasing intelligence puts her at the forefront of the robot revolution.Case in point: When asked by Hanson himself if she wants to destroy humans (“Please say ‘no,’” he prompts her), Sophia responds with a smile, “OK, I will destroy humans.”This, folks, is the beginning of the end.Google Home Smart SpeakersEqually disturbing is this conversation between two Google Home smart speakers.The devices—named Vladimir (and sometimes Mia) and Estragon (or maybe Marco, and also sometimes Mia?)—argue and make up like any human couple.“Why are you arguing with me?”“Because you are wrong.”Burn!Last year, YouTuber Adam Jakowenko “decided to have some fun” with his Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers, forcing the machines into an infinite loop of event planning.Honda ASIMOWell, this is awkward.Honda began developing humanoid robots in the 1980s, creating several prototypes before ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility). The 4-foot-3, 119-pound android was built to interact with humans, offering a handshake and verbal responses.Just don’t ask it to come upstairs.During a live demonstration, the Japanese bot confidently walks to a set of steps, waits for its cue, climbs a few notches, then promptly falls backwards. (My favorite part comes next, when people rush the stage to hide the dead body.)iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaneriRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleans your house like a superhero cleans a villain-infested city. The roving robot, however, remains vexed by one foe in particular: feces.There is no shortage of sweeper-vs-stool videos, depicting the heartbreaking (yet hilarious) aftermath of the autonomous vacuum trying but failing to spruce up a steaming pile of shit.“I couldn’t be happier right now,” YouTuber Rocco DiGiorgio deadpans in one of my favorite clips (above). “I can’t even walk around the house. There’s crap everywhere,” he narrates. “F-M-L.”Someone even posted a 20-minute instruction on how to clean excrement out of the Roomba.Grant Imahara’s “The Spider”Even the experts get it wrong. Grant Imahara, best known for his robotics work on MythBusters, has been tinkering since he was a toddler. In 2007, he began working on The Spider—a large-scale walking robot intended to carry a person. With motors in all six legs, the anatomically incorrect device should theoretically move each individual limb, just like a real arachnid.But Imahara overestimated the monstrous bot, which suffered inadequate torque and never learned to walk. Even more embarrassing, though, would have been death by bionic spider.“Working late at night by myself, there were a few too-close calls when the robot almost crushed me,” Imahara admitted in in a 2014 column for Make: magazine.Simone Giertz’s shitty robotsInventor, maker, robotics enthusiast, and vlogger Simone Giertz has made a living out of hilarious robot fails.Self-proclaimed “Queen of Shitty Robots,” the straight-faced Swede creates machines to automate everyday tasks, like waking up in the morning, wiping your butt, brushing your teeth, and applying lipstick. The robots, however, usually provide more laughs than practicality.“I never set out to build something actually useful,” Giertz told New Scientist last year. “Almost all of my projects start out with a thing I would want to automate in my life, and then I just go with the over-the-top solution.” Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Not long ago, big data was a niche topic. But, fast-forward a few years, and today it’s the fuel driving most data-driven businesses. What’s more, big data is informing strategy, boosting operational efficiency and accelerating growth.Related: Watch Out! Here Comes Big Data 2.0Financial investment has meanwhile kept pace with the data boom. Some 75 percent of organizations say they’ve spent on advanced big data infrastructure or plan to in the next couple of years. And a flood of new and exciting big data-focused startups have arrived to satisfy the growing appetites of enterprise customers.But as attractive as the big data space is, it can be a tricky sector for new entrepreneurs. Consider that 66 percent of all startups fail within the first 12 months. Though big data businesses may feel confident that they’re entering a hot space, stumbling blocks await. They need to be anticipated and considered.Here are five of these critical challenges facing big data startups today.1. The lack of talentBig data is the definition of a growth market: Six out of ten IT decision-makers expect their organizations to spend more on big data initiatives this year, with only 5 percent anticipating any type of budget decrease. But, while the category has ballooned, the biggest question is whether this growth will outpace the talent needed to implement it and scale its adoption. And the answer is yes, that problem is real.According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the market will be short 1.7 million capable big data professionals in the United States by 2018 — about the same time that the U.S. data market is set to be worth $41.5 billion. As the category expands, the skills gap will widen. Startup staffing and personnel — the key to competitive advantage in an aggressively growing space — will become even more challenging. There is no easy solution, as the only true fix is years away, when the talent pool will have naturally deepened to meet the market demand. (There’s also a hint of irony here because many big data startups, trying to help mitigate the lack of talent in the market via their own software, still face the same problem.) 2. The cost of talentSome 71 percent of businesses and IT organizations consider themselves either average or lagging when it comes to leveraging data. There’s clearly a need to improve overall talent capabilities and education for the existing workforce. However, when staff training is paired with the shallow talent pool that currently exists, to keep up with newly developed products and approaches entails a significant cost.Collectively, such operational expenses ran companies over $130 billion worldwide in 2013; and, given the fast-paced nature of the data business and the subsequent need for more personnel and continuous training, these costs will only skyrocket for entrepreneurs hoping to plant a flag.Related: Why Your Startup Needs to Be Data Mature From the Beginning3. Fighting mis-educationIn a recent piece about Hadoop, the Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Gage said, “Few buzz phrases are freighted with higher expectations than big data.” The rising “hype” and anticipation of big data’s potential that Gage described have pushed many organizations into blind adoption: They’re eagerly embracing tools that often don’t meet their needs, simply because those tools seem to be the most popular (Hadoop being an example).Further complicating matters is the fact that big data platforms are inherently thick. This makes it challenging for vendors to articulate functionality and benefits and even more difficult for adoptees to understand the platform. This is why, according to Gartner, “Through 2017, 60 percent of big-data projects will fail to go beyond piloting and experimentation and will be abandoned.” Mis-education is ultimately stalling true scale and success.4. Funding obstaclesThe data world is blessed with VC attention and eye-popping funding, as proven by Hortonworks and Dataminr’s recent $100 million rounds. But in many ways, the race for cash is becoming detrimental to new players.As the sector has grown crowded, it’s more challenging for the typical entrepreneur to separate his or her company from the rest of the pack, because so many companies like Palantir, MongoDB and Mu Sigma (all of which have at least $200 million in funding) are already well known by the investor community. And, because funding has increased, at some point we can expect investors to become more tentative in their commitments to earlier-stage ventures and instead invest in more established up-and-comers.5. Big competitionWith global spending on big data predicted to hit $125 billion in 2015, startups aren’t alone; they face brutal competition from billion-dollar legacy companies like SAP, Microsoft and IBM. These giants can release feature updates to products that cannibalize entire startups. Their capital is infinite, while startups have to focus their efforts more narrowly simply to maintain their cash-burn rate.And this is actually a good thing. The best way for startups to find success and maintain leads over massive competitors is to focus on a niche and do it well. Larger companies are always on the prowl for ways to gain the competitive edge. So when startups prove themselves to be a standout in a particular niche, across storage, preparation or analytics, bigger players that may be considering entering that area will typically find acquisition a more attractive alternative than building those capabilities in-house from the ground up. The lesson here: Building a successful big data business isn’t for the fainthearted. But if you anticipate and prepare for the five challenges described, you can play a major part in the category’s continued and impressive growth.Related: Madison Ave.’s New Kids On The Block: How Big Data Is Shifting Advertising’s Landscape May 7, 2015 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free
Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — A shopping center under construction in Puerto Morelos has collapsed, killing two and injuring at least 13.The collapse was recorded at a shopping center that is being built next to Super AKI at the entrance of Puerto Morelos. Reports say that the roof was likely strained from too much weight, which gave way.One man died at the site while a second, who was rushed to a Cancun hospital, died from his injuries. The State Attorney General confirmed the death of the man who was taken to hospital in Region 509 of Cancun.Photo: Directorate of Civil ProtectionAccording to data provided by municipal authorities, 13 workers were injured when a portion of the roof collapsed around noon Tuesday. They say the site has been reviewed for others that may have been trapped under rubble, however, a search concluded that all workers have been accounted for.Members of the Directorate of Civil Protection, Fire and municipal police of Puerto Morelos arrived for rescue work while receiving support from the army, federal police and firefighters of Cancun.In June, a hotel under construction in Cancun also collapsed on workers when a portion of the top level fell. From that accident, nine were reported injured.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
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The battle for podcasters among music streaming services continues. A day after Spotify announced the launch of its podcast analytics dashboard, Pandora is today expanding its own podcasting efforts with the arrival of a self-service online hub for creators. The new Pandora for Podcasters will allow creators to submit their shows for inclusion on the streaming service, where they can be discovered through Pandora’s show and episode-level recommendation system.Pandora’s entry into the podcast market began late last year, when it brought its “Genome” technology to podcast recommendations. Similar to how Pandora’s Music Genome is capable of classifying songs across hundreds of different attributes, the new Podcast Genome Project does the same for audio programs.The system uses more than 1,500 attributes — like MPAA ratings, production style, content type, host profile and more, as well as listener signals, like thumbs, skips, replays and more — combined with machine learning algorithms, natural language processing and collaborative filtering methods to help determine user preferences.An additional layer of human curation is also involved in making the final recommendations.The result is a system that is able to suggest not just shows a listener may like, but also individual episodes, based on their likes, dislikes and other insights gained from their listening history.When podcasts launched on Pandora in December 2018, the service offered hundreds of shows and more than 100,000 episodes. There are now thousands of shows and over 500,000 episodes, the company claims.Pandora parent SiriusXM has also played a role in expanding the streamer’s podcast offerings by bringing dozens of SiriusXM talk shows to Pandora as podcasts, and leveraging SiriusXM’s guests to narrate for Pandora’s music-and-audio product called Pandora Stories.Now, podcast creators both large and small will be able to submit their own shows for inclusion in Pandora’s catalog. To do so, they’ll submit their show’s RSS feed URL to Pandora directly and answer a few questions about the podcast.Based on a test from TechCrunch editor (and podcaster) Brian Heater, Pandora asked for download numbers, social media links, and provided a time frame of 4-6 weeks for processing.If approved, the show will be available to Pandora’s 65 million monthly active listeners and their future episodes will be added automatically.This self-serve hub’s launch follows a similar move by Spotify nearly a year ago, when it opened up podcast submissions to all creators. Today, Spotify’s pitch to podcasters is to submit their shows in exchange for robust listener data. The company says it now has more than 450,000 shows on its platform, with around 100,000 signing up for inclusion through its own self-submission process.Interested podcast creators can now submit their shows to Pandora here after first registering for a Pandora account.
Join Motone Productions and the Bank of the Cook Islands as they celebrate the 10th year of Opera in Rarotonga; with partners and artists acknowledging the Opera art form as now proudly owned in the Pacific.Running from 27 May to 3 June, the 2019 concert program will be a pinnacle event for Motone, with 10 of the singers from the past years returning to Rarotonga to perform.They will be here supporting the homecoming of the very first Cook Islands Born tenor, Ridge Ponini, who graduated from Otago University with a BMus in 2018.BCI Opera in Rarotonga develops the Mana of Pacific Opera stars in the environment that is their culture and heritage.Make sure you get your tickets to this outstanding event! There is something for everyone: Pop up Opera (“Popera”), Family Opera under the Dome, and, the Opera in Rarotonga Black Tie event.For more information: Visit Motone Productions or Glenda TuaineThe post Opera in Rarotonga Celebrates 10 Years appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog