NEW YORK — Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst jailed for leaking government documents, has a book deal.Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced this week that Manning’s memoir, currently untitled, will come out next winter. According to the publisher, Manning, 31, will write about her childhood and military service, about why she decided to send hundreds of thousands of classified materials to WikiLeaks, and about her life as a trans woman.Manning was sentenced to 35 years, but was released in May 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted her time in prison. Recently, she was jailed for two months for refusing to answer a grand jury’s questions about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The Associated Press
21 January 2009The joint military operation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against a Hutu militia fighting in the war-ravaged region does not involve United Nations blue helmets, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the country, Alan Doss, stressed today. The offensive against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group which has been in eastern DRC since the Rwandan genocide in 1994, is a result of an agreement between the Governments of DRC and Rwanda.The FDLR has been involved in the flare-up of clashes since late August mainly in North Kivu, where the national army, the mainly Tutsi militia – known as the CNDP – and other rebel groups such as the Mai Mai have fought in shifting alliances, uprooting around 250,000 civilians on top of the 800,000 already displaced by violence in recent years. Mr. Doss urged the parties to ensure the protection of civilians and to fully adhere to international humanitarian law, adding that the UN Mission in DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, will uphold its mandate in protecting civilians. MONUC will also continue to support the Government’s efforts to integrate armed groups into its army, as well as its efforts regarding humanitarian assistance and the political process.
VANCOUVER — Malaysian national energy company Petronas announced Tuesday it was walking away from the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, a massive liquefied natural gas development that was to be built in British Columbia. While the project received federal government approval, it also faced opposition from some First Nations and an environmental group that sought to squash the go-ahead in the courts.Here is what some people had to say about it:——“NDP comes to office in B.C., Petronas immediately cancels its $30B LNG investment, 1 of the largest planned foreign investments in CDN history… NDP politicians want huge, endless increases in government spending, but oppose & drive away the industries that can help pay for it.” — Jason Kenney, who is running to be the leader of the newly formed United Conservative Party in Alberta, in a series of tweets.——“Since the beginning it has been clear that the global marketplace does not support the LNG industry that the BC Liberals promised in their 2013 election campaign. Rather than doing the hard work required to strengthen and secure the economic opportunities already available in other sectors, the BC Liberals recklessly went all in on a single industry. They let opportunities for innovation and economic development in clean technology, the resource sector and other major B.C. industries fall by the wayside.” — Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green caucus, in a statement.——“This is good news all around, because this project would have lost money while fuelling dangerous levels of climate change. The sooner we move on from fossil fuel mega-projects to building the renewable energy economy, the better positioned we’ll be to thrive in the emerging low-carbon world.” — Keith Stewart, a senior energy strategist for Greenpeace Canada, in an email.——“Today’s decision by Petronas to cancel the Pacific Northwest LNG project sends a clear signal about the impact of the closed for businesses agenda put forward by the NDP government…. John Horgan’s activist NDP agenda is making it harder to do business in British Columbia. Massive carbon tax hikes will not be revenue-neutral and higher costs on flaring in the gas sector will make it more expensive to create jobs and do business in British Columbia.” — the B.C. Liberal Caucus in a statement.——“I think we need to be clear that British Columbia remains a player in the LNG sector and that I’ll be on the phone later today … with all of our LNG stakeholders to reassure them that this new NDP government is going to be working with them.” — Michelle Mungall, B.C.’s energy, mines and petroleum resources minister, at a press conference.——“Today’s announcement concerning the Pacific Northwest LNG project was a business decision made by the proponent…. We will continue to deliver for the energy sector, laying the foundation for its long-term, sustainable development and growth, which will maintain and create jobs while ensuring a cleaner Canada for future generations.” — Alexandre Deslongchamps, a Natural Resources Canada spokesperson, in an email.——“We are deeply disappointed that PNW will not go forward, as it means thousands of construction jobs will not materialize…. This is a significant lost opportunity that would have brought many benefits. Canada has to act faster to seize the opportunities that our responsible resource development industries can deliver.” — Chris Gardner, president of the Independent Contractor and Business Association of B.C., in a statement.——
The visiting UN delegates also inquired into the contribution of the Army to the ongoing reconciliation process, release of more and more lands, conservation of coastal areas, facilities that have been made available to fishing communities, etc.Those UN delegates during the interactive meeting touched on a few other matters of interest to them including the scheduled UN deployment in Mali. (Colombo Gazette) The UN officials extended greetings on his new appointment and received an update on the projects he carried out in the Jaffna peninsula as the Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) before he took office as the Chief of Staff. Army Commander Lieutenant General Crisanthe De Silva, on a directive made by the Ministry of Defence had advised Major General Senanayake to enlighten the UN delegates on the status-quo regarding the projects that the Security Force Headquarters-Jaffna (SFHQ-J) had earlier undertaken. The Army has briefed the UN on its role in the reconciliation process and moves to release more land in the North.The Army media unit said that two Colombo-based UN delegates met Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Chief of Staff at his office in the Army Headquarters.
OECD urges Canadian government target problem of long-term unemployment by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2013 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The federal government is being urged to provide targeted assistance for Canada’s long-term unemployed, a problem the OECD says remains unacceptably high despite the improving jobs picture.And in a new forecast released Tuesday morning, it projects Canada’s labour market advantage over the United States will all but vanish by the end of 2014, when both countries will post unemployment rates of 6.7 per cent.The report on unemployment among advanced economies by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development largely gives high marks to Canada for jobs growth since the devastating 2008-09 recession.It notes the unemployment rate has dropped from a recession peak of 8.5 per cent to the current 7.1 per cent, and projects it will fall further to 6.7 per cent by the end of 2014.The U.S. currently reports a 7.6 per cent jobless rate, and it too will fall to 6.7 per cent by the end of next year, the organization predicts.But in a section dealing with Canada, the OECD points out that long-term unemployment — those who have lost and been unable to find work for at least one year — has yet to decline.Those out of work for 53 weeks or more numbered just over 40,000 prior to the 2008-09 recession, but hovered between 92,000 and 112,000 this year, according to the latest Statistics Canada data.A possible reason, the OECD said, is that employers often prefer to hire new labour market entrants and the short-term unemployed.“The (report) argues that public labour market programs need to provide targeted assistance to the long-term unemployed to help them find new jobs or access to training that will improve their employability,” the OECD states.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter says long-term unemployment is a concern, but notes that it was even higher following the recession in the early 1990s. The worry, however, is that long-term joblessness will become permanent, he said.“It’s always an issue. It’s an area that policy-makers and all of us should be concerned about,” he said.During the slump, the Harper government extended the duration under which jobless Canadians could collect worker benefits, but has since discontinued the program. Recent initiatives have moved to restrict access to employment insurance benefits, forcing the jobless to look further afield for work and to accept less pay or face being cut off.The government has said the changes were needed because of the existence of pockets where employers have difficulty finding qualified workers.The OECD notes that job losses during the recession hit young and low-skilled workers hardest, saying it was important to improve their participation in the labour market since with the coming retirement of the baby boom generation, “this demographic transition could otherwise weaken the economic outlook” of the country.The organization, which issues regular economic reports on its 34-member states, also cites Canada as offering among the least protection for both full-time workers and part-time workers in the industrialized world.“Only New Zealand and the United States provide a lower level of protection for permanent workers,” it states.For part-time workers, Canada has the least protections of any OECD country, it adds.But the OECD offers that lower levels of protection, while creating more risk for some workers, also helps ensure that labour markets are more flexible to economic change.“We’re like the United States where we have an easy come easy go job market where it’s easy to dismiss employees,” said labour economist Erin Weir of the United Steelworkers’ union.“Given their membership, the OECD would likely be looking to Europe where there are restrictions in the ability on employers to dismiss their workers. (In some countries) employers would have to go through a regulatory process to gain permission to lay off large numbers of workers.”Mainstream economists say the freer hand given to employers has resulted in better labour markets in North American, particularly in terms of generally lower jobless rates.But that is not true in all circumstances. As the OECD report notes, in Germany — which offers far greater protection to workers — the unemployment rate stood at 5.3 per cent in May and is expected to decline further next year. Scandinavian countries also tend to have low jobless rates despite strong worker protection regulations.Overall, however, Canada still fares better than most OECD countries on the level of employment.For the grouping overall, unemployment is projected to fall slightly next year to 7.8 per cent from the current eight per cent, the group forecasts.Countries in the troubled eurozone are faring worse, however, with the jobless rate projected to rise from the current 12.2 to 12.3 per cent by the end of next year. And many Southern European countries, like Greece, Spain and Portugal, have significantly higher rates of joblessness.
With little more than a month left until new Low Emission Zone is introduced, new research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has shown that of the 3.57 million vans on UK roads at the end of 2010, 31.1% were not eligible for London’s new Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that comes into effect on 3 January 2012. More surprising is the fact that London exceeded the national average with 37% of vans (almost 85,000) not meeting the emission standards.The changes to the LEZ will require larger vans, minibuses and other specialist diesel vehicles to meet ‘Euro 3’ emission standards in order to be driven within the LEZ without paying a daily charge. Typically, Euro 3 vehicles are those registered after 1 January 2002, affecting those that will be 10 years old from January next year.“It’s not only emissions that improve when owners and operators upgrade, fuel efficiency also gets better, returning real-world benefits on top of the LEZ savings,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “SMMT anticipates a slight rise in commercial vehicle registrations in this last quarter of 2011 as owners and operators buy-into more efficient, compliant vehicles. The CV market has been strong all year and is up 20% for the year-to-date. It’s clear that those businesses and individuals running vans and trucks in the capital have already begun to renew their vehicles and we’ll be watching with interest how the market performs over the next few months.”The LEZ will continue to apply to Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCVs) but from 3 January 2012, the regulations will demand an increase from Euro III to Euro IV standards. Vehicles first registered as new on or after 1 October 2006 will meet the Euro IV standard, but the 2010 Motorparc shows that 32% nationally, and 29% in Greater London, do not meet the LEZ threshold.Transport for London provides further detail and guidance on the London Low Emission Zone, the vehicles affected and options open to commercial vehicle operators at its website. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
← Previous Story Spain without Sterbik, Ugalde and Maqueda in battle for EHF EURO 2018 Next Story → Duvnjak saves Kiel against Hannover sergey samsonenkozrk vardar ZRK Vardar still searching for a successor of Indira Kastratovic, who is fired last weekend after draw with FTC at the start of the Women’s EHF Champions League campaign. The Russian boss – owner of RK, ZRK AND FC Vardar, Sergey Samsonenko announced that as interim solution three heads will lead handball girls at the next match against German HC Leipzig.Samsonenko will be on the bench, like he was three years ago, before appointment of Raul Gonzales in men’s team. With him will seat assistant coach Ace Stankovski and sports director Eduard Koksharov.
GOOGLE IS LOOKING at getting Project Loon, its initiative to bring internet access to the most remote parts of the world via balloons, operational as early as next year.The project, which just reached its one-year milestone, is working on having real people using the WiFi balloons, according to Wired. The company has recently tested its balloon-powered internet access project in a small community in Brazil, connecting up the local school to internet for the very first time.Over the past year, Google had been conducting test flights for Loon. Clocking over a million and a half kilometres already, the goal for next year is to perform routine flights of 100 days with 100 balloons in the air at once before creating a full ring of between 300 to 400 balloons circling the globe to offer continuous service to a targeted area.The hope is that the project will make enough progress to become operational, most likely in the form of a pilot programme, next year.“On Loon’s two-year birthday, I would hope, instead of running experiments, we’ll have a more or less permanent set of balloons. In one or several countries, you will turn on your phone and talk to the balloons,” said the head of Project Loon Astro Teller.While high-altitude balloons are the main focus behind Project Loon, Google has also invested in other alternatives in case it doesn’t work out.In April, it bought Titan Aerospace, a company that makes high-altitude, solar powered drones, and last week, it paid $500 million to acquire Skybox Imaging, a startup that makes low-cost satellites. While Skybox will be used to improve its maps offering, Google said that the technology used could help improve internet access. Source: Project Loon/YouTubeRead: Astronauts on the International Space Station are finally getting an espresso machine >Read: EC and South Korea team up to develop 5G technology >
Your typical air cooling setup for a processor consists of a heatsink and fan configuration. The heatsink draws the heat away from the chip, and the fan sits on top sucking the heat away from the heatsink and out of the case. It’s a setup that has been in use for decades, but has its limitations and can be very noisy depending on just how hot your chip is running.Sandia Research Laboratory believes it has come up with a much more efficient solution that simply combines the heatsink and fan components into a single unit. What you effectively get is a spinning heatsink.The new design is called the Sandia Cooler. It spins at just 2,000 RPM and sits a thousandth of an inch above the processor. Sandia claim this setup is extremely efficient at drawing heat away from the chip, in the order of 30x more efficient than your typical heatsink-fan setup. This is because it removes thermal resistance by cutting the amount of motionless air within the cooling setup due to all parts moving. As it spins quite slowly, you get the added benefit of noise reduction, too.The Sandia Cooler works by using a hydrodynamic air bearing. What that means is when it spins up the cooler actually becomes self supporting and floats above the chip (hence the thousandth of an inch clearance). Cool air is drawn down the center of the cooler and then ejected at the edges of the fins taking the heat with it. And as the whole unit spins, you aren’t going to get dust build up (ever).The good news is Sandia has already signed a licensing agreement to have the cooler offered as a CPU cooling solution. We don’t know which company licensed it, but at least that means we won’t be waiting too much longer to try it out. It also has applications for lighting and air conditioning systems. What we don’t know is if the cooler can work vertically as most desktop cases require. The floating while rotating makes me suspect it won’t.More at Sandia National Laboratory, via DVICE
San Antonio has become one of the leading health care destinations in the nation, and as the military trims the number of medical personnel in the region, local medical facilities are hoping the doctors, nurses and other trained personnel who have made the region a center for military medical expertise opt to stay in the city to treat civilians.“It is a great place to transition, because you have a center of clinical excellence at the U.T. Health Science Center, and a fantastic infrastructure, and a huge part of the local economy being focused on health care,” Bruce Jennings, who heads the Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians Group, told News Radio 1200 WOAI. He said there is no better place for retiring military medical personnel to make their civilian careers.As a result of BRAC 2005, DOD consolidated training for medics in San Antonio and created the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) on Fort Sam Houston. Other clinics, such as the Center for the Intrepid, along with the infrastructure created by the Fisher Houses and Veterans Affairs facilities have made the city a leader in all types of medicine, including trauma care.Keeping highly skilled medical professionals now working at San Antonio installations in the region would bolster the city’s economy and help ensure the city remains a leader in health care, Jennings said.“As military physicians transition out of the military, finish their commitment or retire, and are looking for opportunities in emergency medicine, we often have been very successful in recruiting those professionals from SAMMC,” said Jennings, an Iraq war veteran. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The state is continuing its mission to privatize Palmer’s Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage plant.The Department of Natural Resources’ Board of Agriculture and Conservation issued requests for proposals Friday to lease or purchase the plant.“The minimum price for purchase is $700,000,” Amanda Swanson, the loan officer for the state’s Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund, which currently supports the plant, said. “We left it pretty much open for proposed lease terms.”“And preference will be given to bidders who plan to continue to operate it as a meat plant and processing facility,” Swanson said.Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage is the only U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved slaughterhouse in Southcentral Alaska.The state has operated the plant since 1986.Past efforts to privatize the plant were unsuccessful.A number of ranchers, primarily in the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys, are concerned that if the plant closes, the area’s fledgling livestock industry will collapse.Proposals are due no later than Monday, November 28th.
RapeA 15-year-old intellectually impaired girl was allegedly raped by a young man at Kalagachhia of Bandar upazila of Narayanganj on Friday night, reports news agency UNB.Victim’s mother filed a case with Bandar police station accusing Rubel, 25, son of Nur Gazi of Ekrampur Ispahani 1st lane, on Saturday morning, said Shahin Mondal, officer-in-charge (OC) of the police station.Later, police arrested the culprit at noon, he added.When the victim came out of her house to respond to the call of nature at night, the accused violated her, the OC said quoting the victim’s mother.The victim was sent to Narayanganj general hospital for medical examination, he added.
Anu Muhammad.National Committee to Protect Oil Gas Mineral Resources Power and Ports will stage demonstrations on Monday across the country in protest against the government’s move to raise gas prices and also alleged corruption in the country’s energy sector, reports UNB.National Committee’s member secretary professor Anu Mohammad announced the programme at a press conference at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad auditorium in the city on Saturday.Other leaders of the committee including Ruhin Hossain Prince were also present on the occasion.The National Committee also placed four point demands at the press conference which include withdrawal of power and energy related immunity law, stopping import of LNG and instead taking measures for oil-gas exploration by state-owned companies, removing all anti-environment industrial units including Rampal power plant from Sundarbans area, and cancelling of setting up high-cost power plants.Anu Mohammad said the National Committee will gradually intensify their movement by observing more action programmes in the coming days to compel the government to accept their demands.He alleged that the government has been implementing wrong policies in power and energy sector only to give benefit to certain local and foreign vested groups.He, however, admitted some left leaning parties who were involved in their movement against the government’s anti-national activities have withdrawn themselves from their movement because of their political calculation ahead of national election. But he did not disclose the name of the parties.
Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump speaks to the press on the South Lawn of the White House Friday. He called for background checks amid pressure to act on gun legislation.President Trump on Friday indicated that he supported new legislation on background checks for gun purchases after recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.“On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks,” Trump told reporters at the White House.The president said the issue “isn’t a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat,” and added that he had spoken with the head of the National Rifle Association.“We will see where NRA will be, but we need meaningful background checks,” Trump said. “We don’t want people who are mentally ill, people who are sick, having guns.”Trump’s remarks come one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate would discuss various gun control measures when it returns to Washington in September.The president told reporters that McConnell is “on board.”“I will tell you I spoke to Mitch McConnell yesterday,” Trump said. “He’s totally on board. He said, ‘I’ve been waiting for your call.’ “In an interview with WHAS radio in Kentucky, McConnell said the Senate would likely debate background checks, “red flag” laws and assault weapons.“What we can’t do is fail to pass something,” McConnell said, adding, “The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.”Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are likely to disagree about what proposals to focus on, but Trump told reporters he had a “great talk” with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., about the issue.“I think that the Republicans are going to be great and lead the charge, along with the Democrats,” Trump said.The House of Representatives passed a bill in February that would strengthen background checks on gun sales, but McConnell has so far refused to take that bill up for a vote in the Senate.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Share
Via Techradar.comBy: Mary Anne Simpson This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. According to Digital World Tokyo and Techradar.com, a reliable Panasonic source said, “Previous consumer 3D display systems have encountered many different problems, including reduced vertical resolution caused by a 3D display method that divides the scanning lines between the left and the right eyes, and picture quality degradation caused by pixel skipping.” Panasonic has the distinct advantage in this area by putting all of the 3D hoopla on a single Blu-Ray disc. According to Ben Williams of Blu-Ray.com, who witnessed the Panasonic demonstration at CEATEC 2008, “As the demonstration progressed, it was clear that the crowd was witnessing a fully-realized technology and not some one-off publicity stunt.” The demonstration included footage of a team of BMX bikers performing free-style routines. Mr. Williams states, ” I was immediately floored by the depth and realism of the images.” The BMX footage was followed with the Disney movie “Meet the Robinsons” and the blockbuster demonstration of the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Mr. Williams admits prior to this demonstration he was not a big fan of 3D presentations from the old and outdated systems using colored lenses. The difference according to Mr. Williams in the Panasonic technology is the depth of the image. Some of the special effects and gimmickry are still present like placing objects in the foreground to make it appear they are floating, but the plasma screen itself appears to be “several hundred yards deep.” He states the experience was mesmerizing. After the demonstration Mr. Williams spoke with the Panasonic representative who indicated that the new technology probably would require an investment in new hardware. At the same time he did not rule out that technology that is evolving may allow existing displays and Blu-Ray players to be adapted to the technology. In an additional note, Disney has announced that all future animated film from Disney Animation and Pixar will be exhibited theatrically in 3D.The 21st century may be remembered at the beginning of total immersion in film and cinematic expression. Blu-Ray 3D 1080p may be only the beginning of something truly spectacular in visual and audio entertainment for commercial home theater audiences. Citation: Panasonic Unveils 3D 1080p Plasma HDTV On Single Blu-Ray Disc At CEATEC Japan 2008 (2008, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-panasonic-unveils-3d-1080p-plasma.html Intel, with Skylake, looks to new day of cable-free computing Panasonic unveiled the latest technology in 3D 1080p on a 100-inch plasma HDTV. According to Panasonic, the 3D innovation was demonstrated at CEATEC Japan 2008 using a Panasonic 100-inch plasma and a Blu-Ray player to deliver full 1080p HD video with separate views to each eye. The infinitesimal differences between the two video streams create the 3D effect in the brain. The Panasonic difference is the ability to create a sustained full high-definition experience. Viewers will need polarized glasses to get the full effect. The old multi-color 3D card board goggles are not necessary which is a good thing. Explore further
Citation: The thermodynamics of learning (2017, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-thermodynamics.html Explore further In this model of a neuron, the neuron learns by adjusting the weights of its connections with other neurons. Credit: Goldt et al. ©2017 American Physical Society “The greatest significance of our work is that we bring the second law of thermodynamics to the analysis of neural networks,” Sebastian Goldt at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, told Phys.org. “The second law is a very powerful statement about which transformations are possible—and learning is just a transformation of a neural network at the expense of energy. This makes our results quite general and takes us one step towards understanding the ultimate limits of the efficiency of neural networks.”Goldt and coauthor Udo Seifert have published a paper on their work in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.Since all brain activity is tied to the firing of billions of neurons, at the neuronal level, the question of “how efficiently can we learn?” becomes the question of “how efficiently can a neuron adjust its output signal in response to the patterns of input signals it receives from other neurons?” As neurons get better at firing in response to certain patterns, the corresponding thoughts are reinforced in our brains, as implied by the adage “fire together, wire together.”In the new study, the scientists showed that learning efficiency is bounded by the total entropy production of a neural network. They demonstrated that, the slower a neuron learns, the less heat and entropy it produces, increasing its efficiency. In light of this finding, the scientists introduced a new measure of learning efficiency based on energy requirements and thermodynamics.As the results are very general, they can be applied to any learning algorithm that does not use feedback, such as those used in artificial neural networks.”Having a thermodynamic perspective on neural networks gives us a new tool to think about their efficiency and gives us a new way to rate their performance,” Goldt said. “Finding the optimal artificial neural network with respect to that rating is an exciting possibility, and also quite a challenge.”In the future, the researchers plan to analyze the efficiency of learning algorithms that do employ feedback, as well as investigate the possibility of experimentally testing the new model.”On the one hand, we are currently researching what thermodynamics can teach us about other learning problems,” Goldt said. “At the same time, we are looking at ways to make our models and hence our results more general. It’s an exciting time to work on neural networks!” More information: Sebastian Goldt and Udo Seifert. “Stochastic Thermodynamics of Learning.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.010601, Also at arXiv:1611.09428 [cond-mat.stat-mech] Study suggests computational role for neurons that prevent other neurons from firing Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—While investigating how efficiently the brain can learn new information, physicists have found that, at the neuronal level, learning efficiency is ultimately limited by the laws of thermodynamics—the same principles that limit the efficiency of many other familiar processes. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
January 30, 2019 – The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) published the first issue of its new online journal Radiology: Artificial Intelligence on Jan. 30, 2019. This new journal highlights the emerging applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the field of imaging across multiple disciplines.“We are extremely pleased with the quality of articles in the journal’s first issue,” said editor Charles E. Kahn Jr., M.D., M.S., professor and vice chairman of radiology at Perelman School of Medicine and senior fellow of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at University of Pennsylvania. “These articles highlight the ways that AI can be applied to measurably improve healthcare.”Included in the first issue are: “Artificial Intelligence and Real Radiology” by Charles E. Kahn Jr., M.D., M.S. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more “Augmenting the NIH Chest Radiograph Dataset with Expert Annotations of Possible Pneumonia” by George Shih, M.D., et al. Original Research: “Combination of Active Transfer Learning and Natural Language Processing to Improve Liver Volumetry Using Surrogate Metrics with Deep Learning” by Brett Marinelli, M.D., et al. Surrogate metrics and active transfer learning can facilitate the deployment and validation of deep learning–based segmentation methods on clinical datasets. “Convolutional Neural Networks for Automated Fracture Detection and Localization on Wrist Radiographs” by Yee Liang Thian, M.B.B.S., FRCR, et al. Deep learning object detection networks can be trained to accurately detect and localize fractures on wrist radiographs. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The new journal invites high-quality manuscripts illustrating the use of AI to diagnose and manage patients, extract information, streamline radiology workflow or improve healthcare outcomes.The journal also seeks thoughtful, meaningful reviews and opinion pieces focused on AI education and AI’s role to educate radiologists, referring providers and patients, as well as other important issues in the specialty.“Our goal is to deliver the same high quality of original scientific research as our parent journal, Radiology, but focused on AI,” Kahn said. “In addition to original research, we welcome articles that explore the ethical, social, legal and economic implications of AI in radiology.”Radiology: Artificial Intelligence is published bi-monthly and available exclusively online.For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/ai FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 “Binomial Classification of Pediatric Elbow Fractures using a Deep Learning Multiview Approach Emulating Radiologist Decision Making” by Jesse C. 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All along Palmares’ main street, officially known as La Recta, the crowd was like a parted sea of cowboy hats. They flanked the empty avenue in growing anticipation, swigging beer from Pilsen cans, eating skewers of barbequed chicken, and taking selfies in front of waiting horses. So began the Palmares “tope,” or horse parade, on that sunny Thursday.While Palmares is a fairly humble coffee town in Alajuela province, the hamlet balloons with visitors every January, when the Fiestas de Palmares overrun its fairgrounds and fill every shop and bar with revelers. Organizers expected more than 60,000 people to attend over the course of the week, and if you attended the tope Jan. 16, you probably believed that prediction: The Palmares bus terminal in San José boasted lines around the block, and the highway into town was so gridlocked that hundreds of drivers resorted to urinating by the side of the road.The parade began with special riding clubs, carriages, ponies, and several queues of mounted police. Beauty queens waved from horse-drawn wagons – like country-style floats – and as the procession moved along, the marchers became more informal: True vaqueros of all varieties trotted down the avenue, riding everything from elegant mares to shaggy oxen. The parade continued for hours, as festivalgoers cheered from the sidelines.The tope included at least one celebrity: Presidential hopeful Johnny Araya, a Palmares native and former agronomy major, rode a patterned brown steed down La Recta amid a cadre of supporters wearing green bandanas.The Fiestas de Palmares continue through Jan. 27. A horse of a different color: many riders rode oxen—iconic livestock in Costa Rica. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times A gang of cowgirls struts down the asphalt. No fiesta would be complete without cutoff jeans and low necklines. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Related posts:5 things to know about Costa Rica’s gigantic Palmares Festival 23 people injured in bullfights during first day of Palmares fest 193 people arrested in less than a week at Palmares Festival 5 things to know about Costa Rica’s gigantic Palmares Festival Horsemen cavort in the street. At the tope, vaqueros are something akin to rock stars. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times A solitary villain: this desperado’s medallion reads “malo” (bad). Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Mounted police in formation joined the parade. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times While many riders dressed as generic cowboys, some donned elegant traditional outfits. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times Facebook Comments The parade commenced around 1 p.m., filling Palmares with with thousands of equestrians and fans. Robert Isenberg/The Tico Times.
President Nicos Anastasiades’s meeting with party leaders at the presidential palace on Thursday to discuss ways to tackle non-performing loans may have not produced concrete results, but it showed that politicians are beginning to realise the urgency of going after strategic defaulters, a source said.“There was no sudden change of attitude as they know that there is a problem,” a source familiar with Thursday’s talks who spoke on condition of anonymity said in an interview.Thursday’s meeting, proposed by Diko chairman and failed presidential candidate Nicholas Papadopoulos proposing loan writedowns and guarantor relief, aimed at setting out a ‘national policy on non-performing loans and this is what was achieved’, the source added.Delinquent loans in the Cypriot banking system amounted to €20 billion in December according to the central bank, and make up more than two fifths of total loans. The modernisation of the foreclosure and insolvency framework in 2014 and 2015, a requirement under Cyprus’s bailout terms, proved ineffective in helping to tackle strategic defaults – there were cases of borrowers able to repay their loans but opting not to do so. The Central Bank of Cyprus requested an overhaul of the framework repeatedly.While no decisions were taken on concrete action, there was a consensus that addressing strategic defaults was a priority, alomg with setting up a ‘technocratic committee’ to prepare proposals to establish a body that will [MISSING WORD HERE?]households willing to repay their mortgages but unable to do so, he added.“The Central Bank of Cyprus already prepared a report highlighting weaknesses in the legislative framework on foreclosures and the ministry of finance is already preparing draft laws to address them based on that,” the source said.“There was a consensus about the protection of primary home owners but with the right criteria, i.e. it will be extended to borrowers who consistently paid their loans before the crisis and cannot do this today,” he said.The meeting also discussed the need to pass these bills without engaging ‘in endless debates and that the parties pass them at the parliament without delay’, he added.“Where a foreclosure is necessary, it has to take place quickly.”Earlier, finance minister Harris Georgiades in an interview with state radio CyBC warned that Europe’s regulatory and supervisory framework was getting stricter, in an apparent reference to the European Central Bank’s (ECB) announcement of new guidance for banks related to the provisioning of non-performing loans aimed at reassuring depositors in Europe.“The addendum supplements the qualitative non-performing loans guidance, published on March 20, 2017, and specifies the ECB’s supervisory expectations for prudent levels of provisions for new non-performing loans,” the Frankfurt-based lender said.“The addendum is non-binding and will serve as the basis for the supervisory dialogue between the significant banks and ECB Banking Supervision.”The implementation of the addendum aims at avoiding banks piling up non-performing loans in the future by encouraging them to make timely provisions for loan impairments.Georgiades said that following yesterday’s meeting the pressure will increase on the ‘numerous strategic defaulters’, while proposals will aim at extending social protection to borrowers who are not responsible for the problems they are currently facing.Reaction to the meeting’s results among banks was mixed on Friday. One banker said that his bank would continue on its course applying the tools it has at its disposals, including foreclosures, restructurings and the sale of loans without having too many expectations about what politicians can produce. A colleague of his was more optimistic saying that he was expecting to see some progress in modernising legislation.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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