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first_imgAdvertisement CBC’s newest crime drama has a composer.Quebec’s Mario Sévigny, who has created music for TV shows like The Art of More and Mohawk Girls, and movies like Pinocchio 3000 and Human Trafficking, will score the series Bellevue.The drama, a mystery series set in a small blue-collar town, stars True Blood’s Anna Paquin, Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech and Canadian actor Shawn Doyle (House of Cards). Facebook He has also scored short films, many movie trailers and the animated sci-fi series Tripping the Rift.BY DEBRA YEO The Montreal-made show is to debut in winter 2017.Sévigny scored his first TV series at 26, the Canadian animated series Edward, which premiered on Teletoon. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is showing no apparent signs of toughening its stance on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, even after Canada’s spy chief heard a recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Speaking to reporters today in Windsor, Ont., Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated Canada’s position that no new arms-export permits will be signed for Saudi Arabia as the Khashoggi case is being reviewed. That’s no different from what Canada’s been saying for weeks.Khashoggi’s killing last month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Canada and renewed public outrage over Ottawa’s controversial $15-billion deal to sell light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.CSIS director David Vigneault recently travelled to Turkey to listen to the recording Turkish authorities have of the killing and briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as other top officials upon his return.Freeland says Canada is reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia — but her government has come under pressure to cancel the armoured-vehicles deal.She also says she spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday to press for a credible, transparent investigation into what she calls Khashoggi’s “atrocious murder.”Under intensifying pressure, Riyadh has changed its story about Khashoggi’s death, first saying he walked out of the consulate the day he disappeared but eventually acknowledging he was killed inside the building. Saudi Arabia has also recently acknowledged Turkish evidence that showed the slaying was premeditated.The killing has prompted international condemnation, including from Trudeau himself, but the prime minister has offered no clue on how the recordings may have affected his thoughts on the matter.Trudeau has said the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s newly reelected administration says its promise to slash income taxes might be delivered late but won’t be broken as the government hopes to stimulate consumer spending and revive a flagging economy.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Tuesday passing the legislation that would reduce the annual tax bill of 10 million Australians by 1,080 Australian dollars ($740) is the government’s first priority when Parliament resumes once the vote counting from Saturday’s election is finished.Prime Minister Scott Morrison chose the latest possible date to call an election that delivered his conservative coalition a surprise victory.But the timing means he probably won’t be able to recall Parliament to pass the tax cuts before July 1 — when Morrison promised during the election campaign that the lower tax rate would take effect.The Associated Press read more

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However inclement weather by last afteroon had worsened with torrential rains, covering the whole of the area with a pall of thick mist, compelling stranded picnickers to go in all directions, away from one another as darkness was enveloping the mountains. Over 200 members of the Army serving in Kandy were involved in the operation to rescue 455 students of the Sri Jayawardenapura and Jaffna universities who went missing in the Hantana mountains in Peradeniya.Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that all the students who went missing yesterday were rescued were brought to safety at daybreak today. As excitment, tension and sheer desperation began to grow every second with no assistance forthcoming in sight, one of the stranded lecturers in the group had reportedly alerted the Kandy Police on their plight over a mobile phone and pleaded for emergency assistance.Police in turn immediately contacted the Kandy 11 Division Headquarters of the Army for action since the Army has the potential for such rescue operations at short notice and in times of national disasters, etc. More than 200 officers and soldiers of 2 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR), 20 Gajaba Regiment (GR) and Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) of the Training School in Gannoruwa launched the rescue operations by last evening.Hours after the launch of the operation the army traced the whereabouts of 71 missing students at first, of whom 7 were found critically ill. They were admitted to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital.By 4.30 a.m. today the troops completed the mammoth rescue operation after saving all the 455 missing students, including four lecturers and 30 student monks who were on the expedition, organized jointly by University of Jaffna and University of Peradeniya. He said that 386 undergraduates and several lecturers of the Sri Jayawardenapura University joined by 65 undergraduates and 4 lecturers of the Vavuniya Faculty of University of Jaffna as part of their annual picnic last morning, had commenced trekking the popular Hantana mountain range after entering from the Peradeniya University side. The army spokesman said that 46 among the stranded who were in poor health were rushed to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital for medical treatment. read more

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first_imgThis was a sophisticated and an involved fraud which preyed on vulnerable and elderly victimsProsecutor Leo Seelig A wine company boss who cheated his clients out of their fine vintages is facing jail.Jonathan Piper, 30, was the sole director of Embassy Wine UK Ltd, which claimed to act as brokers for investors in fine wine.The company cold-called prospective investors and persuaded them to hand over control of their collections to Embassy, which then sold them and broke off contact.These “clients” were also made to pay fees before sales could be transacted. Victims took out bank loans, used credit cards and even cashed in pensions to pay the fees. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. At least five people lost up to £300,000 in the scam – one of whom lost £150,000 out of her life savings – which operated between June 2011 and October 2014.Piper used the cash from the con to fund a lavish lifestyle and spent almost £90,000 on a BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport.None of the income he generated between 2008 and 2014 – either legitimately or otherwise – was declared to HMRC, which was subsequently swindled out of £51,104 in income tax payments.Piper appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, where he had been due to stand trial accused of fraud by false representation, cheating the Inland Revenue, fraudulent trading and two counts of converting criminal property.Prosecutor Leo Seelig said: “The prosecution would simply say that this was a sophisticated and an involved fraud which preyed on vulnerable and elderly victims.”The court heard that Piper, now working as a scaffolder, intended to borrow money from friends in order to repay a portion of the money, which he put at closer to £200,000, following his guilty pleas.”It is his hope that he will be able to reduce the amount that is owed to the victims before sentencing,” said Thomas Day, defending.center_img She added: “These offences, just one of them alone, is likely to attract a custodial sentence and for my part I cannot see any reason why Mr Piper should not begin that sentence as of now.”It would be unfair, in fact, for him to go out and come back knowing that there is a lengthy sentence that he will face and in those circumstances I refuse bail.”It is my decision and I appreciate that he has been entrusted with bail in the past but he must begin his sentence now.”Piper, of Wanstead, east London, admitted cheating the Inland Revenue, fraudulent trading and two counts of converting criminal property. He was remanded in custody ahead of sentence on September 16. Judge Louise Kamill said: “I have listened very carefully to Mr Day, but I am afraid I am not going to grant bail.”It seems to me before reparations are proposed, first of all, they will of course be taken into account by the sentencing court.”Secondly, these reparations are not going to be personally made by Mr Piper. He never has done and nothing has been done to date.”If people are intending to make a dent in the losses on his behalf, their efforts of course will be taken into account. But it does not devolve around Mr Piper.”He is not, himself as a scaffolder, going to get a loan of about £200,000 or however he is proposing to repay those losers.”last_img read more

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← Previous Story Salford Crowned English League Champions Next Story → “War for Poland” begins next Saturday – Kielce VS Plock! Czech Republic handballHandball ClubJan SobolKarvina handballMontpellier handballTatran Presov handballVardar Skopje handball Czech Republic NT right wing, Jan Sobol (28) will play again in Slovakian champion Tatran Presov from the next season. Currently player of Macedonian Vardar Skopje was followed by his previous team, where he spent season 2010/2011, after he left France and HC Montpellier. Sobol began with proffesional career in home team – Karvina. He is one of the most effective members of Czech Republic’s squad.photo: europeancup.eurohandball.com read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 11, 2016 – Police have locked up a Provo man for attacking, in September last year, a young woman and her little brother, after he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty.Evanson Walkin was arrested and charged with carrying an imitation firearm to cause fear and aggravated burglary after a startling and sickening incident.  Drunk and disorderly is one way to describe Walkin on that day last year as the Police reports that he not only followed and harassed a 25 year old young woman on her way home in Five Cays on Saturday September 26, 2015, but for attacking her, threatening her, attacking her little brother who tried to defend her and for threatening a neighbor who tried to stop his maniacal behavior.The woman reportedly asked Evanson to leave; instead he dragged her to the floor and wrapped her head in a curtain.  That is when the little brother, only 9-years old stepped in to stop Walkin, who then did the unthinkable.The man, now jailed for the  crime, took a flare gun and pushed it into the child’s eye and threatened to shoot him…. the boy ran, shaking and screaming outside only to be followed by Evanson, according to the Police.  Evanson continued to beat up the little boy, and even when a neighbor tried to step in to stop the abuse, that neighbor was also threatened with the flare gun, Walkin reportedly told her she would be killed.Evanson Walkin is said to have fled the scene at that point; he was the next day arrested and after two days of trial this week, the man is now in Her Majesty’s Prison until October, when he will be sentenced.Though the ordeal was undoubtedly frightening for the 9 year old boy, in this Police account it is clear that the little brother is a hero – his intervention could be described as nothing short of amazingly courageous. Related Items:9 year old beaten while defending his sister in TCI, Evanson Walkin charged for attacking woman and little brother, Evanson Walkin pleads guiltylast_img read more

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first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale-based City Furniture gave a generous gift to a nonprofit organization aimed at helping children in need.The company made a $1 million donation to Covenant House Florida to help kick off the organization’s $10 million statewide fundraising campaign, Thursday.“Covenant House does wonderful work,” said City Furniture President Keith Koenig. “It helps kids that are runaway, otherwise. Tonight over 100 kids in Fort Lauderdale and 25 kids in Orlando would be sleeping on the streets if it wasn’t for Covenant House Florida.”Covenant House of Florida has been giving homeless and runaway children a place to stay since 1985.Thursday’s donation will help more than 7,000 children in the state who lack safe shelter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgCHANDIGARH: Sirsa Police is yet to give its report to the deputy commissioner on the parole application of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, with a senior police official Monday saying it will be prepared keeping in view merits and demerits of the plea. The sect head had sought parole for over a month for farming at his fields in Haryana’s Sirsa, officials had said. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us He is currently lodged at Sunaria jail in Rohtak after being convicted in two rape cases and murder of a journalist. Following his application for the parole for 42 days, the jail superintendent had written to the Sirsa district administration. In a letter dated June 18, the official had sought a report whether releasing Gurmeet on parole would be feasible or not. In the communique, the jail superintendent mentioned that Gurmeet’s conduct in the jail has been good and he has not violated any rule. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us The Sirsa district administration has been asked to submit a report to the commissioner of Rohtak division with a copy marked to the jail superintendent. Sirsa’s Superintendent of Police Dr Arun Singh said on Monday that they have not yet given their report to the Sirsa deputy commissioner as various formalities have to be completed before doing so. Advertise With Us “The report will be prepared taking into account merits and demerits of the parole, if granted. On a routine basis, we prepare reports on parole applications based on merits and demerits of each case,” he said over phone. “He has applied for parole, which he is entitled to. There is a procedure involved. The Sirsa Police will prepare its report and submit it to the deputy commissioner,” Haryana Jail Minister Krishan Lal Panwar said. On receiving the letter, the Sirsa Police had approached the Revenue Department to ascertain how much land the Dera chief owns. In August 2017, the Dera chief was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two women. A special CBI court in Panchkula had in January this year also sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago.last_img read more

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first_imgEarlier today we reported on the contents of the PS4 console retail box. It is what we expected–a console, DualShock 4 controller, and all the cables you need. On launch day you’d expect to pick one up along with a game or two. But Sony may have a second option available it has yet to officially announce.A gallery on the US PlayStation website has appeared containing 30 images of the console. However, the images are numbered 1-33. So what is hidden in those three images Sony chose not to use? You can view the telling picture above.It seems Sony has decided to bundle the PS4 with the camera and a copy of first-party launch game Knack (which Jimmy Fallon recently got to play). Whether this bundle is still set to happen is unclear, but it would make sense to maybe offer this with a $499 price tag and match the base price of the Xbox One.Although the Knack box is shown in the image, I’d imagine Sony would just include a code in the box for a download version of the game. That would save on cost while still offering a lot of value to the gamer. With a 500GB hard drive as standard it’s still going to leave you with an abundance of space for other download games.I’m guessing Sony has just decided to hold back this PS4 bundle pack to announce as a surprise closer to launch. If it is indeed a launch pack, then it’s another blow to Microsoft and the Xbox One. Not only are they competing with a cheaper console, they might actually be launching at the same price as a rival console that ships with a camera and a game included.last_img read more

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first_img Register Now » January 3, 2019 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Most people are probably never going to own a Segway, but the company is aiming to have more people interact with its products. At CES 2019, Segway-Ninebot will debut its first ever autonomous delivery robot designed to perform the final leg like of transporting packages. It’s also showing off the Model Max, its next generation of shared scooter designed to get people around the city (or be ditched on the sidewalk).The Model Max scooter is right in Segway-Ninebot’s wheelhouse, seeing as the company already makes electric scooters that are used by popular scooter-sharing services. With the Model Max, it’s promising a new “top of the line vehicle” for traveling in urban environments. The next-generation scooter will reportedly be more weather resistant than previous models, as well as more reliable and safe — a nice assurance after scooter sharing firm Lime recalled thousands of Segway scooters believed to be at risk of bursting into flames while charging. Segway didn’t offer much else by way of specs for the scooter other than to note it aims to provide a better and cheaper ride.Segway-Ninebot’s Loomo Delivery bot leaves the realm of riding entirely. The autonomous vehicle is instead designed to perform package deliveries. Built like a mailbox on wheels, Loomo Delivery uses AI to bring parcels to their final destination. Segway-Ninebot envisions the little bot doing the duty of delivery in office buildings or malls. The little bot has a built-in camera to help it see and relies upon proprietary algorithms to navigate and keep from slamming into walls. It’s almost more novelty than anything at this point so don’t expect your favorite mailman to start looking for work.Image credit: Segway-Ninebot This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min readlast_img read more

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first_imgThere are many differences between the idealized usage of ML algorithms and real-world usage. This post gives advice related to using ML in the real world, in real applications, and in production environments. Specifically, we will talk about how to build a real-time data pipeline. The article aims to answer the following questions How do you collect, store, and process gigabytes or terabytes of training data? How and where do you store and distribute serialized models to clients? How do you collect new training examples from millions of users? This post is extracted from the book Hands-on Machine Learning with JavaScript byBurak Kanber. The book is a  definitive guide to creating an intelligent web application with the best of machine learning and JavaScript. What are Data pipelines? When developing a production ML system, it’s not likely that you will have the training data handed to you in a ready-to-process format. Production ML systems are typically part of larger application systems, and the data that you use will probably originate from several different sources. The training set for an ML algorithm may be a subset of your larger database, combined with images hosted on a Content Delivery Network (CDN) and event data from an Elasticsearch server. The process of ushering data through various stages of a life cycle is called data pipelining. Data pipelining may include data selectors that run SQL or Elasticsearch queries for objects, event subscriptions which allow data to flow in from event-or log-based data, aggregations, joins, combining data with data from third-party APIs, sanitization, normalization, and storage. In an ideal implementation, the data pipeline acts as an abstraction layer between the larger application environment and the ML process. The ML algorithm should be able to read the output of the data pipeline without any knowledge of the original source of the data, similar to our examples. As there are many possible data sources and infinite ways to architect an application, there is no one-size-fits-all data pipeline. However, most data pipelines will contain these components, which we will discuss in the following sections: Data querying and event subscription Data joining or aggregation Transformation and normalization Storage and delivery This article is a two-part post. In the first part, we will talk about Data Querying and event subscription and Data joining. Data querying Imagine an application such as Disqus, which is an embeddable comment form that website owners can use to add comment functionality to blog posts or other pages. The primary functionality of Disqus is to allow users to like or leave comments on posts, however, as an additional feature and revenue stream, Disqus can make content recommendations and display them alongside sponsored content. The content recommendation system is an example of an ML system that is only one feature of a larger application. A content recommendation system in an application such as Disqus does not necessarily need to interact with the comment data, but might use the user’s likes history to generate recommendations similar to the current page. Such a system would also need to analyze the text content of the liked pages and compare that to the text content of all pages in the network in order to make recommendations. Disqus does not need the post’s content in order to provide comment functionality, but does need to store metadata about the page (like its URL and title) in its database. The post content may therefore not reside in the application’s main database, though the likes and page metadata would likely be stored there. A data pipeline built around Disqus’s recommendation system needs first to query the main database for pages the user has liked—or pages that were liked by users who liked the current page—and return their metadata. In order to find similar content, however, the system will need to use the text content of each liked post. This data might be stored in a separate system, perhaps a secondary database such as MongoDB or Elasticsearch, or in Amazon S3 or some other data warehouse. The pipeline will need to retrieve the text content based on the metadata returned by the main database, and associate the content with the metadata. This is an example of multiple data selectors or data sources in the early stages of a data pipeline. One data source is the primary application data, which stores post and likes metadata. The other data source is a secondary server which stores the post’s text content. The next step in this pipeline might involve finding a number of candidate posts similar to the ones the user has liked, perhaps through a request to Elasticsearch or some other service that can find similar content. Similar content is not necessarily the correct content to serve, however, so these candidate articles will ultimately be ranked by an (hypothetical) ANN in order to determine the best content to display. In this example, the input to the data pipeline is the current page and the output from the data pipeline is a list of, say, 200 similar pages that the ANN will then rank. If all the necessary data resides in the primary database, the entire pipeline can be achieved with an SQL statement and some JOINs. Even in this case, care should be taken to develop a degree of abstraction between the ML algorithm and the data pipeline, as you may decide to update the application’s architecture in the future. In other cases, however, the data will reside in separate locations and a more considered pipeline should be developed. There are many ways to build this data pipeline. You could develop a JavaScript module that performs all the pipeline tasks, and in some cases, you could even write a bash script using standard Unix tools to accomplish the task. On the other end of the complexity spectrum, there are purpose-built tools for data pipelining such as Apache Kafka and AWS Pipeline. These systems are designed modularly and allow you to define a specific data source, query, transformation, and aggregation modules as well as the workflows that connect them. In AWS Pipeline, for instance, you define data nodes that understand how to interact with the various data sources in your application. The earliest stage of a pipeline is typically some sort of data query operation. Training examples must be extracted from a larger database, keeping in mind that not every record in a database is necessarily a training example. In the case of a spam filter, for instance, you should only select messages that have been marked as spam or not spam by a user. Messages that were automatically marked as spam by a spam filter should probably not be used for training, as that might cause a positive feedback loop that ultimately causes an unacceptable false positive rate. Similarly, you may want to prevent users that have been blocked or banned by your system from influencing your model training. A bad actor could intentionally mislead an ML model by taking inappropriate actions on their own data, so you should disqualify these data points as training examples. Alternatively, if your application is such that recent data points should take precedence over older training points, your data query operation might set a time-based limit on the data to use for training, or select a fixed limit ordered reverse chronologically. No matter the situation, make sure you carefully consider your data queries as they are an essential first step in your data pipeline. Not all data needs to come from database queries, however. Many applications use a pub/sub or event subscription architecture to capture streaming data. This data could be activity logs aggregated from a number of servers, or live transaction data from a number of sources. In these cases, an event subscriber will be an early part of your data pipeline. Note that event subscription and data querying are not mutually exclusive operations. Events that come in through a pub/sub system can still be filtered based on various criteria; this is still a form of data querying. One potential issue with an event subscription model arises when it’s combined with a batch-training scheme. If you require 5,000 data points but receive only 100 per second, your pipeline will need to maintain a buffer of data points until the target size is reached. There are various message-queuing systems that can assist with this, such as RabbitMQ or Redis. A pipeline requiring this type of functionality might hold messages in a queue until the target of 5,000 messages is achieved, and only then release the messages for batch processing through the rest of the pipeline. In the case that data is collected from multiple sources, it most likely will need to be joined or aggregated in some manner. Let’s now take a look at a situation where data needs to be joined to data from an external API. Data joining and aggregation Let’s return to our example of the Disqus content recommendation system. Imagine that the data pipeline is able to query likes and post metadata directly from the primary database, but that no system in the applications stores the post’s text content. Instead, a microservice was developed in the form of an API that accepts a post ID or URL and returns the page’s sanitized text content. In this case, the data pipeline will need to interact with the microservice API in order to get the text content for each post. This approach is perfectly valid, though if the frequency of post content requests is high, some caching or storage should probably be implemented. The data pipeline will need to employ an approach similar to the buffering of messages in the event subscription model. The pipeline can use a message queue to queue posts that still require content, and make requests to the content microservice for each post in the queue until the queue is depleted. As each post’s content is retrieved it is added to the post metadata and stored in a separate queue for completed requests. Only when the source queue is depleted and the sink queue is full should the pipeline move on to the next step. Data joining does not necessarily need to involve a microservice API. If the pipeline collects data from two separate sources that need to be combined, a similar approach can be employed. The pipeline is the only component that needs to understand the relationship between the two data sources and formats, leaving both the data sources and the ML algorithm to operate independently of those details. The queue approach also works well when a data aggregation is required. An example of this situation is a pipeline in which the input is streaming input data and the output is token counts or value aggregations. Using a message queue is desirable in these situations as most message queues ensure that a message can be consumed only once, therefore preventing any duplication by the aggregator. This is especially valuable when the event stream is very high frequency, such that tokenizing each event as it comes in would lead to backups or server overload. Because message queues ensure that each message is consumed only once, high-frequency event data can stream directly into a queue where messages are consumed by multiple workers in parallel. Each worker might be responsible for tokenizing the event data and then pushing the token stream to a different message queue. The message queue software ensures that no two workers process the same event, and each worker can operate as an independent unit that is only concerned with tokenization. As the tokenizers push their results onto a new message queue, another worker can consume those messages and aggregate token counts, delivering its own results to the next step in the pipeline every second or minute or 1,000 events, whatever is appropriate for the application. The output of this style of pipeline might be fed into a continually updating Bayesian model, for example. One benefit of a data pipeline designed in this manner is performance. If you were to attempt to subscribe to high-frequency event data, tokenize each message, aggregate token counts, and update a model all in one system, you might be forced to use a very powerful (and expensive) single server. The server would simultaneously need a high-performance CPU, lots of RAM, and a high-throughput network connection. By breaking up the pipeline into stages, however, you can optimize each stage of the pipeline for its specific task and load condition. The message queue that receives the source event stream needs only to receive the event stream but does not need to process it. The tokenizer workers do not necessarily need to be high-performance servers, as they can be run in parallel. The aggregating queue and worker will process a large volume of data but will not need to retain data for longer than a few seconds and therefore may not need much RAM. The final model, which is a compressed version of the source data, can be stored on a more modest machine. Many components of the data pipeline can be built of commodity hardware simply because a data pipeline encourages modular design. In many cases, you will need to transform your data from format to format throughout the pipeline. That could mean converting from native data structures to JSON, transposing or interpolating values, or hashing values. We talked about two data pipelines components. 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first_imgA new advancement in haptic robots happened when four organizations, Shadow Robot Company, SynTouch, HaptX, and ANA Holdings came together. These companies have built the “world’s first haptic robot hand” that transmits touch to the operator, the details of which they shared on Friday. Credit: Shadow Robot Company Haptics is one of the growing technologies in the field of human-computer interaction that deals with sensory interaction with computers. It is basically the science of applying touch sensation and control for interaction with virtual or physical applications. How haptic robot hand works? First, the HaptX Gloves capture the motion data to control the movement of the anthropomorphic dexterous hand by Shadow Robot Company. The BioTac sensors built by SynTouch are embedded in each fingertip of the robotic hand to collect tactile data. This data is used to recreate haptic feedback by the HaptX Gloves and is transmitted to the user’s hand. The system was first demonstrated in front of all the collaborating companies. In the demo,  an operator in California used a haptic glove to control a dexterous robotic hand in London, under the guidance of a team from ANA Holdings in Tokyo. When the robot started typing on the computer keyboard, the embedded tactile sensors on the robot’s fingertips recorded the press of each key. The haptic data was shared with the human operator in California through the network in real-time. The words typed by the robot were “Hello, World!”. In the demo, the telerobot was also shown doing a bunch of other things like playing Jenga, building a pyramid of plastic cups, and moving chess pieces on a chess board. Credit: Shadow Robot Company Credit: Shadow Robot Company In an email to us, explaining the applications and importance of this advancement, Kevin Kajitani, Co-Director of ANA AVATAR within ANA Holdings, said, “This achievement by Shadow Robot, SynTouch, and HaptX marks a significant milestone towards achieving the mission of Avatar X. This prototype paves the way for industry use, including medicine, construction, travel, and space exploration.” Rich Walker, Managing Director of Shadow Robot Company, said, “This teleoperation system lets humans and robots share their sense of touch across the globe – it’s a step ahead in what can be felt and done remotely. We can now deliver remote touch and dexterity for people to build on for applications like safeguarding people from hazardous tasks, or just doing a job without having to fly there! It’s not touch-typing yet, but we can feel what we touch when we’re typing!” Dr. Jeremy Fishel, Co-Founder of SynTouch, said, “We know from psychophysical studies that the sense of touch is essential when it comes to dexterity and manipulation. This is the first time anyone has ever demonstrated a telerobot with such high-fidelity haptics and control, which is very promising and would not have been possible without the great engineers and technologies from this collaboration.” Jake Rubin, Founder and CEO of HaptX, said, “Touch is a cornerstone of the next generation of human-machine interface technologies. We’re honored to be part of a joint engineering effort that is literally extending the reach of humankind.” Read Next The new Bolt robot from Sphero wants to teach kids programming Is ROS 2.0 good enough to build real-time robotic applications? Spanish researchers find out. Shadow Robot joins Avatar X program to bring real-world avatars into spacelast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala court upholds genocide trial for ex-dictator Ríos Montt Guatemala court strikes down ex-dictator’s genocide conviction Belize urges solution to Guatemala’s long-standing territorial claims How to take kids from a Guatemala dump and turn them into photographers GUATEMALA CITY – The Guatemalan government is revamping the country’s police force in a bid to increase safety levels in the country. Over the next couple of years, it plans to recruit 10,000 more officers and spend $30 million on arming them with weapons. The increase will bring the total number of police officers in the Central American nation to 35,000 – one agent for every 400 citizens.Guatemala has one of the highest violent crime rates in Latin America. According to the United Nations, in 2011 the country’s homicide rate was 38.5 people per 100,000. Most European countries have a rate of 1.In the past, Guatemala’s police force has been described as underfunded, poorly trained and often outgunned. The recent changes mean that all officers will have access to firearms, as well as the authority to use them. Previous weapons shortages meant that officers were often unwilling to confront armed criminals.In the absence of public security by the state, Guatemala’s private security industry has grown at exponential rates. Analysts estimate that up to 150,000 private security guards operate in Guatemala, outnumbering the country’s current number of police officers – 25,000 – by at least four to one. Many earn minimum wage, carry dangerous weapons and often lack proper training – a lethal combination that at times threatens, rather than protects, the country’s citizens.  In an effort to improve policing, police uniforms have been changed, patrol cars have been equipped with new satellite tracking systems and two new police academies have been opened.The reforms are being modeled on Colombia’s police force after its government implemented various changes that are believed to have contributed to significant reduction of crime in the South American country.“The changes are taking place to improve and dignify the work of the police. It will put them at the forefront and help them do their jobs better,” said Jorge Aguilar Chinchilla, police inspector and a police spokesman.Included in the recently installed technology are strategically positioned cameras that capture license plate numbers and send signals to police to alert them of stolen vehicles.“All police officers used to be trained in Zone 6 [in Guatemala City], but now there’s an academy in Huehuetenango and another in Santa Rosa,” Aguilar said.“The same thing is happening with the police networks: Workshops were all held here in the capital, but now each regional precinct has their own workshops, their own supplies and they don’t have to travel to [the capital] to repair a unit. It’s a decentralization procedure that has sped up the process for a lot of Guatemalans,” he added.It is hoped that these changes will help install more trust in the police and strengthen justice and law enforcement in the Central American country – preventing it from becoming a haven for criminals.However, many Guatemalans believe that arming officers with more weapons could make the situation worse. A recent report by the National Economic Research Center found that Guatemala’s firearm homicide rate is almost twice the global average, with 82 percent of homicides linked to firearms. A surplus of weapons could lead to an increase in the number of illegal arms circulating in the country, which could fall into the hands of gang members, critics say. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:National Emergency Commission lifts drought warning for Pacific provinces Costa Rica experiments with aquaponics to fight drought Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions Alert: Heavy rain in Costa Rica expected along Caribbean coast, in northern regions On Tuesday, representatives for four public agencies discussed actions they will take to deal with a severe drought in the northern and central Pacific regions of the country.The National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a yellow alert for the regions this week, which allows for the implementation of specific emergency measures.In the northwestern province of Guanacaste, the lack of rainfall has caused losses of ₡10.5 billion ($19.3 million). According to Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) Minister Luis Felipe Arauz, ₡7 billion ($12.8 million) correspond to agricultural losses and ₡3,5 billion ($6.4 million) are related to livestock damage, .The drought has caused a significant reduction in pasture growth capabilities (75 percent). Losses in local production include some 5.8 million liters of milk, 2.5 million kilos of meat and 2,400 kilos of honey, Arauz added.MAG officials are still counting losses of other products including sugarcane, rice, watermelon, coffee and corn.Arauz spoke about the alert Tuesday in a joint press conference with CNE director Iván Brenes, Water and Sewers Institute (AyA) President Yamileth Astorga and National Meteorological Institute (IMN) director Juan Carlos Fallas.The yellow alert requires local emergency committees to send supplies — like salt and water — to take care of farm animals.  The local committees also will schedule town meetings with local farmers and residents to talk about drought conditions, Brenes explained.Brenes added that a red alert is possible in coming weeks if not enough is done to mitigate the effects of the drought.IMN data confirms that Guanacaste has recorded just 2 liters per square meter of rainfall during July, which is “equivalent to barely 1 percent of the historical average of 155 liters for the region,” said the agency director.“The Central Pacific currently registers a deficit of some 30 percent,” Fallas explained.AyA’s Yamileth Astorga also reported that the country is already struggling to supply potable water to the region. The government is sending water tank trucks as well as equipment to dig new wells in the region.Dry conditions in Guanacaste contrast with those in the Caribbean and the Northern Zone where heavy rains in the past weeks have caused flooding in several communities.More rain is expected in both regions through the end of the week, increasing the possibility of more flooding and landslides.Surging rivers on Tuesday morning left hundreds of people isolated in the Caribbean towns of Guácimo and Pococí, and CNE reported that 50 people remain in shelters. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union’s top official says that Serbia needs to improve its strained ties with its former province of Kosovo if it’s going to make progress in its ambition to join the EU.European Council President Herman van Rompuy says Tuesday that an improvement is the “key requirement” for Belgrade’s EU membership.He praised Serbia’s new, nationalist-leaning government for its decision to remove a key stumbling block in Kosovo’s participation in international forums. But he told Serbia’s visiting Prime Minister Ivica Dacic that a solution to the volatile situation in northern Kosovo was needed. Members of the Serbian minority there reject the authority of the ethnic Albanian-dominated government in Pristina.Belgrade has vowed to never recognize Kosovo’s 2008 secession, but the two sides have been in talks on normalizing ties.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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first_img April 24, 2012 434 Views “”Fitch Ratings””:http://www.fitchratings.com/ has released its commentary on the current rends in regional home pricing, noting that significant variability persists among each area surveyed. [IMAGE]In its recent report, Fitch also called for the nation’s housing recovery to continue at an “”irregular and anemic pace”” for the duration of 2012.According to data from Fitch, the West has been hardest hit by flagging home prices, stating that states in the region “”have undergone a radical structural shift over the last five years, diverging somewhat from other parts of the country.”” Fitch said that in the West, California is enduring the strongest impact of the general downward trend in U.S. home pricing.[COLUMN_BREAK]Citing tighter credit standards and static levels of household income, Fitch’s analysis revealed that all regions are experiencing lower prices for new home sales, as well as a broader buyer prevalency for purchasing smaller homes. In the West, both trends were especially evident across Fitch’s findings.””Census data indicate that new single-family homes priced under $200,000 now account for 22.9 percent of the total in the West, compared with 12.2 percent in 2007. Over the same period, the share of new sales driven by homes priced above $500,000 shrank from 22.7 percent to just 8.6 percent of all new sales in the region,”” Fitch stated. Despite the poor numbers seen in the West recently, Fitch did reveal that it “”may be the first region to show material improvements in pricing.”” The group pointed to the minimal yet important 0.5 percent uptick in home pricing in the area during the fourth-quarter of last year as a sign of positive change. During the same period, the Northeast, Midwest, and South regions continued to show only decreases in pricing. However, Fitch’s statistics showed that borrowers nationwide are slowly “”starting to apply for larger mortgages, probably for trade-up houses,”” indicating forward progress is imminent.Lastly, the report examined the country’s Fitch-rated homebuilders, forecasting which companies appear set to benefit from the U.S. real estate market during the year ahead. Fitch found that “”Toll Brothers””:http://www.tollbrothers.com/ and “”Standard Pacific””:http://www.standardpacifichomes.com/ could be headed for a strong 2012 based on current analysis. Fitch Releases Report on Regional Trends, Forecasts Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fitch Ratings Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-04-24 Abby Gregorycenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

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