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first_imgLook To The Stars recently talked to composer Megan Cavallari about how to make the world a better place.Megan CavallariWell first off, congratulations on your recent FAHF (Fashion & Arts Humanity Fete) Humanitarian Honor. What does that honor mean to you?I am so honored to receive this Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete Humanitarian Honor because I love composing music for film, TV, and opera and I love helping people.What do you feel is the biggest problem with the world today?The opposite of love is not hate, it is fear. Fear and indifference are the two things that are the biggest problems in our world today.What steps should one, or you, take to correct this problem?To learn to understand, to learn to listen, to learn to be present. If there are homeless people, we need to feed them. If there are kids, teenagers, and adults with cancer, they need to be cured both body and soul. If we come at an angry person with rage, we take on their rage. But if we disarm them by listening and suggesting a different way of doing things, they may listen.Why did you first get into charity?My mother taught children with disabilities and my father taught teenagers in the inner city of Philadelphia. As a family, we always volunteered and we were activists. I always felt great after I helped someone else, so I just continued to help people.I was in lunch group at the Jewish Federation, which met once a month, and we all worked for each other’s foundations and I started my own called “The Talk Foundation”.Were they raised to think about others, or was their an event in their lives that spurred it?Yes. As Jews, we had a big dinner on Christmas Eve at night for my Italian father. We sang ” Fiddler on the Roof” and had a Star of David on the tree.On one Christmas day, my dad had us wrap gifts we bought for 25 cents with newspaper, and my mom gave us a decorated coffee can full of homemade cookies. We took the gifts and cookies to a fancy home for the mentally disabled called where rich people would put their children because they were embarrassed to have them at home. We spent the day there giving out the cheapest gifts. They were so cheap, like, a box of crayons, pencils, paper, and gave the staff my mom’s cookies. The kids would make such a fuss. They made really loud sounds, scary at first, but my dad said that is how they were saying, “Thank you and I love you”, so we didn’t’ care.At the end of the day, we hugged them, and they hugged us for a very long time. We realized we were their only hug of the year. On the way home, my dad said, “You know I am not a Catholic anymore and not religious or anything, but if there was a Jesus, he would be doing what we did today.” My dad was so proud.Does any of your recent work or charitable undertakings reflect your feelings on world issues?The Talk Foundation is about children and teenagers communicating their thoughts and feelings. It is about healing. It is about shining light in a dark place. My last film score, “Road Rebellion”, which was directed by Hernan Baragan, a Cancer survivor, is a documentary about his journey travelling to all the states and interviewing teens with Cancer.I think because of the deep work I do outside my day job (film scoring) my art has a deeper meaning, is more complex, and profound. My relationships with my directors, producers, show runners, editors, assistants, mixers, musicians, agents, are all more engaging.What would you like to say to the world?My father’s words of wisdom: Take your good time with you. Don’t expect others to provide it. And this from Meher Baba: Love is a gift from God to man.Find out more about Megan’s work at her official website.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Hundreds of Handmaid’s Tale fans in New York City are waiting to get their hands on Atwood’s novel, soon to hit Hulu as an adapted TV series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes and Alexis Bledel, according to a recent report from Patch verified by The Huffington Post. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook In February, readers placed 183 holds on 64 copies of the book at the New York Public Library alone. By March, the NYPL added 32 more copies of the book into circulation, and the number of holds jumped to 534. If you had casual plans to check out a copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale from your local library, we have some bad news: The waitlists are almost as daunting as the author’s dystopian vision for the future.last_img read more

By Sana ElouaziRabat – The Ministry of Handicrafts, Social Economy and Solidarity launched an application called “Alpha Nour” on October 16, seeking to fight illiteracy by providing online education to traditional craftsmen, reports the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).This initiative aims to broaden the scope of its functional literacy program by developing an app dedicated to artisans who, given the nature of their work, can not take literacy courses. The app, which includes texts, videos, activities and cartoons, besides exercises, can be downloaded on computers or smartphones via the Google Play service, and can be used at any time without being connected.Set up by the National Agency for the Fight against Illiteracy (ANLCA), in partnership with the European Union (EU), the app aims to develop the skills of artisans in the fields of reading, writing, and numeracy, while expanding the scope of the functional literacy program and enabling them to adapt to the digital world and technological development.“This application is dedicated to illiterate artisans who, given their working conditions, can not join training institutions,” told the Secretary of State for Crafts and Social Economy, Jamila El Moussalli to the MAP.“Moroccan craftsmen are now called upon to develop their skills and knowledge to accompany the global dynamic,” she added.More than 10 executives under the Secretary of State for Crafts and Social Economy and ANLCA were trained to manage this application.El Moussalli explained that the fight against illiteracy in the workplace will improve products, protect the consumer, and ensure a healthy working environment, adding that quality remains the fundamental criterion for promoting international competitiveness and the sale of artisanal products. read more

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) will combine their expertise to support the modernization of trade-related activities in the country, which after years of conflict and isolation suffers from severely damaged infrastructure, restrictive trade policies and a flourishing black market.According to UNCTAD, the Afghan Government “cannot depend on a predictable and reliable flow of revenue.” The country’s $1.7 billion development budget for 2003 was financed entirely by external sources. Officially, reported imports in 2002 totalled $851 million, but due to poor reporting and smuggling, UNCTAD said a more realistic estimate would be $2.4 billion.Earlier this year, the World Bank approved a $31 million interest-free credit for the development and execution of an emergency customs modernization and trade facilitation project in Afghanistan, which will be executed by UNOPS in collaboration with UNCTAD.UNCTAD said the project would help improve the framework for doing business, facilitate foreign trade and create a climate conducive to investment in Afghanistan. read more

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 8:06 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Frito-Lay is getting in on New York City’s restaurant week by opening a pop-up eatery with a menu full of Cheetos-themed cuisine.The Spotted Cheetah opens its doors in lower Manhattan for just three days next week. Some of the dishes on the three-course menu created by chef Anne Burrell include Cheetos Crusted Fried Pickles, Mac n’ Cheetos and Cheetos Sweetos Crusted Cheesecake. Prices run from $8 to $22 per dish.Frito-Lay says recipes created by fans inspired the company to “bring a full Cheetos culinary experience to life.”The Spotted Cheetah is completely booked for its brief run that begins Tuesday, but Cheetos fans can add their names to an online waitlist.Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay is a division of PepsiCo. Pop-up Cheetos-themed restaurant to open in New York City read more

OSU coach Tom Ryan congratulates freshman Myles Martin on a quarterfinals win at the NCAA championships at Madison Square Garden.Credit: Courtesy of Ben Solomon | OSU AthleticsNEW YORK CITY — The repeat title hopes for Ohio State wrestling have all but faded away after a rough second day at the NCAA tournament.After the first session of the day advanced four wrestlers to the semifinals, the Buckeyes sustained brutal loses in the 125-, 141- and 165-pound weight classes. The ability for OSU to close out matches and secure early wins like last season was nowhere to be found.Things weren’t all bad for the Scarlet and Gray, though, as two Buckeyes, freshman Myles Martin and sophomore Kyle Snyder, earned their way into the championship round.Session IIIThe Buckeyes entered Day 2 hot on the heels of Penn State and deadlocked with Oklahoma State. Midway through the second day, the story was the same for the Scarlet and Gray.OSU finished the morning session with second place all to itself. Penn State, however, stretched out its lead to 14.5 points.Both redshirt freshman Micah Jordan and redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius lost matches in the morning session. DiJulius was eliminated from the competition, while Jordan moved to the consolation bracket to fight for third place.However, four wrestlers advanced in the tournament, moving on to the semifinal round. All but one of this group reached the same round last year.Redshirt sophomore Nate Tomasello won by decision, and both redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan and Snyder earned major decision wins in the quarterfinals.As for the fourth Buckeye to earn a spot in the semifinals, the true freshman Martin, a defensive strategy paid dividends to advance the Penns Grove, New Jersey, product into the next round.Martin rode out the entire second period and picked up an escape in the third for the win. He appeared extremely confident following the match’s conclusion and not at all concerned with the pressure despite the big stage.“I wrestle guys in the room every day that are world champions, All-Americans, national champions,” Martin said. “That helps my confidence a lot when I’m competing with these guys.”Session IVMadison Square Garden erupted at the start of the semifinals, then looked on in awe as Thomas Gilman of Iowa upset Tomasello in overtime. This was the first loss for Tomasello in over 40 matches of his college career.Tomasello was driven to the mat and pinned in overtime, silencing the OSU faithful in attendance to a gasp. Last year’s national champion at 125 pounds was visibly distraught after the defeat.Things would not get better for the Buckeyes at 141 pounds. Micah Jordan lost a 6-2 decision against Randy Cruz of Lehigh. This was the second time in two matches he was the victim of an upset.Trying to get things back on track, Bo Jordan faced an opponent he had yet to beat in three attempts: his cousin, Wisconsin’s Isaac Jordan.Once again, Isaac Jordan got the better of his relative, as he took a 5-4 decision.Finally, after the Buckeyes lost their first three matches of the session, Martin turned things around. The freshman fought hard to gain an 8-2 decision, earning the right to go on to face Bo Nickal of Penn State in the finals.In the final bout of the evening, Snyder remained perfect on the year by beating Ty Walz of Virginia Tech to join Martin in Saturday’s championship round.While proud of the two wrestlers who will represent the Scarlet and Gray in the finals, OSU coach Tom Ryan seemed drained and disheartened after such an overall poor showing in the fourth session.“It’s a tough night, a real tough night,” Ryan said, his raspy voice caused by shouting out instructions seemingly reflecting the overall mood of the team.Ryan did offer praise to both wrestlers moving on to the final stage, especially Martin.“We knew early on with Myles that we had something really special,” Ryan said. “He showed that this weekend.”OSU has now dropped to fifth overall and will be looking to salvage whatever it can Saturday.The morning session is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with the evening session slated for 8 p.m. after the parade of All-Americans. read more

first_imgNGP Midstream & Resources, NGP M&R Offshore Holdings and the commodities principal investment team of Barclays Capital have committed to invest $200 million into Imagin Natural Resources (INR), a natural resource company specialising in coal and other diversified mineral investments, to finance future investments. INR will invest in mining companies, mining operations, reserve positions and other mining related interests including docks, terminals, and transportation assets associated with minerals providing them management and financial support. Although INR has a global mandate, its primary geographic focus will be in North America and Europe.The management team of INR has extensive knowledge and proven success in the industrial minerals field. Gerry Spindler, Chairman, has more than 25 years experience with both private and publicly traded minerals companies most recently as Chief Executive Officer of UK Coal, the largest coal company in the UK. Gary Rogliano, CEO, spent 14 years in The Pittston Co, including five years as CFO, in addition to numerous executive level roles in the mining and transportation industries.Rogliano said “We are extremely excited about the formation of Imagin Natural Resources. INR is fortunate to be able to partner with NGP-MR and Barclays Capital to form this new endeavour. Based upon the opportunities presented to date, we anticipate a rapid entry into the marketplace.”John Calvert, Managing Partner at NGP-MR said “The coal industry is a core and growing component of the US energy sector and we have assembled a highly qualified team to take advantage of opportunities in this important industry. I have enjoyed dealing with this management team in the past and have a great deal of respect for their outstanding track record. We are very pleased that Barclays Capital agreed to join us in this investment.”Mark Brown, Head of Commodities Principal Investments at Barclays Capital said “We are delighted to support a very talented management team at INR. Both Gerry Spindler and Gary Rogliano are well respected and well known in the natural resources and transportation industries.”NGP-MR is a private equity fund that makes investments in select areas of the energy infrastructure and natural resources sectors. NGP-MR is affiliated with NGP Energy Capital Management, one of the leading capital providers to all facets of the energy sector. The Commodities Principal Investments team at Barclays Capital focuses on investments in upstream oil & gas, upstream mining and power and renewables. Barclays Capital is the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC.last_img read more

first_imgRPMGlobal has focused on mobility for the latest release of its fast-growing asset management solution, AMT.In this release of AMT – version 8.16 – RPM has streamlined the inspection work process in the AMT mobile app making it far easier to manage in the field. With a mobile device, users can access, edit and close work orders while working remotely.Work can be created automatically from strategy tasks within AMT or an integrated ERP. This process becomes a seamless execution of inspection and checklist work for the mobile user, according to RPM, improving the useability and productivity with an easy and practical process for the user.Since AMT’s acquisition by RPMGlobal in 2016, the solution has been deployed on every continent other than Antarctica, according to the company.Michael Baldwin, Executive General Manager of Product Strategy for RPM, said “Mobility is critical to ensuring that information is in the hands of the right people as it is needed. One thing we have found in recent years is that giving people information with context amplifies their decision-making capabilities and there is no better way than to have it in their hands in the field when they need it.”AMT has the Dynamic Life Cycle Costing engine, and inbuilt intelligence that no other system contains, RPM says. The mobile app is completely integrated into this engine.“This means that reliability and life cycle costing are linked, enabling users to not just identify, or predict, maintenance issues, but understand their impact and accurately model the correct resolution.”Baldwin added: “Our aim with AMT mobile is to ensure that the end users have an easy way to perform their job. Their focus should be on completing the task at hand, not working out how they will enter it into a system at some point in the future.”There are also several improvements and enhancements to usability and budgeting in AMT 8.16, in addition to support for SQL Server 2016 platform.“Through RPMGlobal’s online support portal and forums, users are continuously providing feedback that can improve the product and features they would like added. With each release of software these key features are developed and then ready to use as software is upgraded,” the company said.Baldwin said AMT formed a critical part of the company’s business and with every release more and more integration throughout the suite was added.AMT 8.16 also provides tighter integration to products like MinVu, which is capturing real time data from operational systems such as FMS and health systems in the field.“Information like machine hours and health sensor information is critical to an asset management system, and that is completely automated within the RPM offering,” the company said.Baldwin concluded: “As mining moves towards a digital, and then intelligent world, automation of data capture, validation and transfer is crucial. Once that part is automated, your people can focus on what they need to do to improve rather than entering and manipulating data between systems.”last_img read more

first_imgI literally said, “of course you did,” when the Mattel rep told me that the toy company had created a board game version of Angry Birds. I could have just as easily said, “duh.” This one seems like a no-brainer. Really, the popular mobile app has been asking to be turned into a board game. This is the latest in what has thus far proven a pretty fruitful week for the folks at Robio, having also launched PlayStation Network and notebook adaptations of the game.Players take turn building wooden (plastic structures) based on an including 56 game cards. The other player knocks them down for points, attempting to knock the pigs from their perch. The first player who hits 1,000 points gets angry bragging rights.It’s probably too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts (just kidding, it’s never “too early”), but I can definitely imaging one of these sticking out of a stocking, come late-December.The game includes 14 building blocks, three birds, four pigs, and one launcher. Angry Birds Knock on Wood launches in May. It’ll run you $14.99.last_img read more

first_imgThe Ireland manager has spoken on this debate but believes the youngster only needs to understand the importance of playing for the national teamIreland national team coach Martin O’Neill believes at the end, youngster Declan Rice will end up playing for his country and not for England.The London-born footballer is thinking about playing for his adoptive country, Ireland, or his native nation, England.O’Neill spoke about Irish footballer James McClean’s tweet that started the whole debate.McClean tweeted last week that “representing your country should be an honor and a proud moment”, in relation to the Rice’s doubts.Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…But the Irish manager has said that “James has spoken to Declan Rice. James is very strongly in favor of him coming. Very strong.”“He sent a text message strongly in support of Declan coming here.”“Declan has made a great impression here. He has done very well at senior level, as he has done at underage level,” he explained according to RTÉ Sport.“I’ve not spoken to Declan directly. I have obviously spoken to the family, but Declan is taking a little bit of time.”“Obviously, we are very, very keen to have him,” he concluded.last_img read more

Gubernatorial candidate John Cox on California DMV issues

first_img KUSI Newsroom, September 6, 2018 Updated: 11:20 PM KUSI Newsroom Gubernatorial candidate John Cox on California DMV issuescenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018, John Cox FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsGubernatorial candidate John Cox joined us in studio for an exclusive interview to discuss the issues currently taking place at California DMV’s. Posted: September 6, 2018last_img read more

Digital Security Act made effective despite controversies

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid on Monday gave his assent to the Digital Security Bill 2018 amid criticism from different stakeholders of the country.The president’s press secretary Joynal Abedin told Prothom Alo that the president has signed the security bill into law.The parliament passed the bill on 26 September.Following parliament’s clearance to the bill, the Editors’ Council, the platform of the editors of the daily newspapers in Dhaka, in a joint statement published on 29 September presented their collective arguments why it opposed the Digital Security Act.The council expressed concern specifically over nine sections of the act — 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 43 and 53 — terming them dangerous for the media and freedom of speech and expression.last_img read more

first_imgThis week the PS4 sees the release of a system seller game in the form of From Software’s Bloodborne. It looks gorgeous, the review scores we’ve seen are very high, and for fans of the Dark Souls games this release couldn’t come soon enough. However, you may want to consider upgrading your PS4 to use an SSD before installing the game, as it could knock hours off your play time.Bloodborne is a graphically intensive game, and that’s by no means a negative. It looks great, and for the most part manages to stick to a 30fps average frame rate. But that high level of detail comes at a price: load times.Long load times even with a hard drive in your console is something gamers have grown accustom to over the past few years. The problem with Bloodborne, though, is how much you will die in the game, which triggers a load. Digital Foundry has looked at the performance of the game and found that a typical load after death takes between 40-45 seconds using the stock hard drive that ships in the PS4. That’s a long time to wait, especially if you die often.The solution is an SSD, which in tests reduced load times by an average of 25 percent using a SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD. It may not seem like much, but repeated deaths triggering a 29 second load instead of 40+ seconds soon adds up. That’s likely minutes of saved time per hour of play, and ultimately hours of saved time over an entire playthrough of the game.Of course, an SSD is not exactly a cheap upgrade, but then it won’t just be Bloodborne that benefits. Every PS4 game you own or purchase in the future will enjoy shorter load times, and it seems likely all new games will be increasing the graphically quality and therefore the load times. I bet soon there’s even going to be a case for Sony shipping a new PS4 with an SSD, albeit for a premium price.As for the frame rate, Digital Foundry complained about drops as low as 24fps which you can see in the video above. However, they are infrequent and hopefully improved/solved with a future patch by From Software. Even with those drops, Bloodborne is looking like a must-have title for Sony’s latest console.last_img read more

NBA Player Movement Creates More Parity Not Less

first_imgAlso:-USWNT celebration criticism comes from jealousy-Kawhi “taking meetings” is bad for Toronto-5 sports changes that are eventually coming NBA player movement creates more parity, not lessKawhi Leonard’s free agency decision has many terrified of the possibility of the Lakers becoming an untouchable superteam against which no one stands a chance, but Colin thinks the era of player movement has created more parity in the league, not less.While fans fear the next Big 3, the reality is that many players now – like KD and possibly Kawhi – have shown they are willing to break up title contenders to play elsewhere. In contrast, the greatest NBA dynasty ever – the 50’s and 60’s Celtics – had players that were restricted from ever leaving. People would complain about that today, too. Guests:last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 15, 2017 Advertising today is a multi-billion-dollar industry. And, according to market research company Forrester, digital marketing expenditures in the United States are on pace to reach levels near $120 billion by 2021. No wonder: Every day, companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon collect information about consumers nonstrop.Related: Just What the Heck Is Blockchain? Watch This Explainer Video.However, nearly 50 percent of all ad traffic is being generated by bots. Brands are paying huge amounts of money to reach potential customers. But this doesn’t give them any guarantee that those ads will increase sales.What’s intriguing is that this scenario could well change once businesses have the ability to target individual customers directly.Already, a number of technological advancements, like blockchain and smart contracts, are innovating the digital marketing industry to do just that.I’m bullish on blockchain as an underlying technology that’s going to spur disruption in more ways than we can think or dream. That’s partly why I’m building an augmented reality platform that integrates cryptocurrency and rewards users for viewing augmented reality (AR) experiences. But, mine is just one simple use case. What’s yours? Let’s look at how your business could utilize these innovations to more effectively market itself.Direct-to-consumer digital marketingBlockchain, the revolutionary technology that has recently taken the advertising industry by storm, allows information to be stored and distributed, but not to be changed or copied.Because blockchain is a decentralized system, data stored this way has a high level of security. This technology is going to disrupt and overhaul the online advertising industry because it will negate the need for middle men. Currently, businesses run Google or Facebook ads, and both platforms make money off these ads. But blockchain companies, like BitClave, are focusing on search-data privacy, giving users full control over their data.BitClave’s search engine uses Ethereum blockchain technology and eliminates the need for ad service people, creating a direct connection between consumers and businesses. This is the hallmark of blockchain technology: It eliminates the need for middle men in all transactions.When users perform a search, they can select the amount of data they want to be released to advertisers. Then, unlike what happens with other digital marketing services, users can be compensated for their data. So, instead of an intermediary selling your data to advertisers, you’re selling it to them directly — yourself.Cross-promotional B2B contractsSmart contracts assist in helping you exchange money, shares or anything of value in a conflict-free and transparent manner and letting you avoid additional players, like lawyers. These computer programmed contracts operate on blockchain technology that facilitates, verifies and executes the terms of an irrevocable contract that can only be replaced by a brand new contract.Related: Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain AnymoreThese contracts will make B2B cross-promotional marketing much more efficient, especially in the age of influencers and bloggers, who use platforms such as Instagram and YouTube to cultivate personal brands.Digital marketing with this group of influencers can be fruitful but has its challenges since there is no third party regulating the terms of the agreement and each individual determines his or her own costs.Smart contracts can automatically enforce obligations from all parties involved, to ensure that payments are made only after the terms are met. For example, if a blogger never publishes an article or social media post about a brand, the smart contract that’s in place won’t release the blogger’s payment. Each contractual milestone has to be met in order for the next step of the process to take place.“Digital marketing fuels the engine of global ecommerce today, and as such, it should rely on the most advanced and secure backbone, rather than the security risk-prone technologies of yesterday,” Roger Haenni, cofounder of the blockchain-based data storage company Datum,, told Forbes last month.Blockchain allows for a “new class” of services with smart-contract technology. This technology helps businesses focus on commerce and protect themselves, Haenni said.Transparency in contracts and with consumers Companies can use blockchain to show consumers whom they are selling their data to. And, since this information cannot be changed or copied, companies that use this technology to store their data can rest assured that their information will not be tampered with.Related: Where Is Social Media Headed in 2018 and Beyond?The transparent nature of blockchain data can also make consumers feel at ease because companies cannot manipulate their data. This tells consumers that the data and information they are viewing is factual and accurate. And that is something consumers want. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 4 min readlast_img read more

nuScenes The largest opensource dataset for selfdriving vehicles by Scale and nuTonomy

first_imgScale and nuTonomy, the leading players in the self-driving vehicle ecosystems, open-sourced a research dataset named nuScenes last week. According to the companies, this is the largest open source dataset for self-driving vehicles, which includes data from LIDAR, RADAR, camera, IMU, and GPS. nuTonomy with the help of Scale’s Sensor Fusion Annotation API, compiled more than 1,000 20-second clips and 1.4 million images. nuScenes comprises of 400,000 sweeps of LIDARs and 1.1 million three-dimensional boxes detected with the combination of RGB cameras, RADAR, and LIDAR. The collection of this much data was facilitated by six cameras, one LIDAR, five RADARs, GPS, and an inertial measurement sensor. They chose the driving routes in Singapore and Boston to showcase challenging locations, times, and weather conditions. This open-source dataset reportedly surpasses in terms of size and accuracy of common datasets including public KITTI dataset, Baidu ApolloScape dataset, Udacity self-driving dataset, and even the more recent Berkeley DeepDrive dataset. Making this huge dataset available to the users will facilitate training and testing different algorithms for autonomous driving, accurately and quickly. Scale CEO Alexandr Wang said: “We’re proud to provide the annotations … as the most robust open source multi-sensor self-driving dataset ever released. We believe this will be an invaluable resource for researchers developing autonomous vehicle systems, and one that will help to shape and accelerate their production for years to come.” You can read more about nuScenes in this full coverage. To know more about nuScenes check out its website and also see the official announcement by Scale on its Twitter page. Read Next Google launches a Dataset Search Engine for finding Datasets on the Internet Ethereum Blockchain dataset now available in BigQuery for smart contract analytics 25 Datasets for Deep Learning in IoTlast_img read more

Is happiness the new rich

first_imgIs happiness the new rich?Is happiness the new rich?Timed with the 2019 International Day of Happiness which takes place on Wednesday 20 March, Tourism Fiji will release its inaugural Bulanaires List; a global list of individuals who are rich in happiness.With global happiness on the decline*, the tourism board has today launched a campaign that will address what we are all ultimately seeking – happiness, as two-thirds of Australians** indicated that they feel they could be happier.The initiative ties into the brand ethos of where happiness finds you” and focuses on what sets Fiji apart from other destinations; its people – with an inaugural list of ‘Bulanaires’ celebrating people rich in happiness.Compiled under the guidance of Professor Lea Waters (PhD), a psychologist, scientist, author and TEDx speaker who specialises in positive psychology, the list includes those that follow Waters’ guiding principles for happiness, such as being selfless or giving back, injecting humour into daily life, or making time for connections through family and community.Many of Professor Waters’ principles are found among the people of Fiji, which likely explains why Fiji was deemed the Happiest Country in the World in the 2017 annual Gallup International Survey on Happiness, Hope and Economic Optimism. The same survey found that the world’s happiness had declined since the previous year, with Fiji bucking this trend.Commenting on what a ‘Bulanaire’ is, Professor Lea Waters said: “Bulanaires redefines the way we measure success. A common measure of success is often portrayed through the annual ‘rich lists’ that showcase the increased number of billionaires each year. But perhaps instead, we need to consider finding happiness and contentment as a measure for being rich.”“The inaugural Bulanaire list celebrates people from across the world who inspire us and share happiness with those around them,” continues Professor Waters.The Bulanaires List, which is aimed at celebrating those that are rich in happiness, is in stark contrast to the Billionaires lists that have also been recently released.The campaign, which has also partnered with Arianna Huffington and Thrive Global, will roll out globally this Wednesday on International Day of Happiness, with brand assets created to showcase the ‘Bula Spirit’ and why people in Fiji topped the 2017 Gallup International survey.“Happiness and well-being are not just magical traits that some are blessed with and others are not – they’re a way of living and working that we can nurture and grow,” commented Arianna Huffington, CEO of Thrive Global and an advocate for happiness and wellbeing in the workplace.The importance of adopting a lifestyle rich in happiness is highlighted by the International Day of Happiness, which takes place on 20 March each year and is spearheaded by UK charity-based organisation Action for Happiness.Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness, states that “Everyone wants to live a happy life – and the good news is that there are lots of things we can do to be happier, both as individuals and as a society. Above all, we are a social species and we’re happier when we feel connected and do things to bring happiness to others as well as ourselves.”“International Day of Happiness is a great reminder to focus on the things that really matter for a happy life. This year’s theme is ‘Happier Together’ because good relationships are the most important contributor to our overall wellbeing. And together our actions really can make a difference,” says Williamson.With family and community being of huge importance to Fijians, it is easy to feel their happiness and warmth in the destination. With 333 islands, year-round warmth, and only 3.5 hours from Australia, Fiji is the perfect place to find happiness.To find out more about the Bulanaires List and who is on this year’s list, visit www.bulanaires.com*Gallup International annual survey on Happiness, Hope and Economic Optimism 2017**9Nation national survey on consumer happiness in Australia, March 2019About Tourism FijiTourism Fiji is the destination marketing organizational arm of the Fijian government agency responsible for marketing Fiji as the ideal destination for leisure travel globally. Tourism Fiji has established a presence in eight key markets around the globe, and its activities include advertising, public relations, media initiatives, trade shows, and programs for the tourism industry and consumer promotions to better showcase Fiji. www.fiji.travelAbout Lea Waters, PhDLea is a psychologist, researcher, speaker and author, as well as TEDx speaker. She’s one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations, and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. As a University researcher, Lea turns her science into strength-based strategies to help organizations, educators and parents around the world build resilience in their employees and children, helping them to thrive. Lea is the president of the International Positive Psychology Association, and founding director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Strength Switch. Lea’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and more.Source = Tourism Fijilast_img read more

Redfin Sellers Showing More Faith in Market

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-04-26 Tory Barringer After showing some reluctance at the beginning of the first quarter, homeowners polled for “”Redfin’s””:http://www.redfin.com/ second-quarter Real-Time Seller Survey seem far more interested in entering the market.[IMAGE]According to responses collected by Redfin, 45 percent of sellers believe now is a good time to sell, up from just 22 percent in the first quarter and 15 percent in last year’s fourth quarter. At the same time, 44 percent say now is a good time buy, down from 54 percent last quarter.Fifty-two percent of respondents said they were planning to sell, up from 49 percent in the previous quarter. Out of those not planning to sell, 15 percent are renting out their homes. (Those who are planning to sell also seemed more open to the idea of renting instead, with the percentage of those willing to consider it rising to 52 percent.)Having survived the slower cold season, homeowners were also a little more optimistic about future home price increases. Seventy percent of those surveyed expect prices will rise “”a little”” in their area in the next year (flat from Q1), while 15 percent anticipate prices will rise “”a lot”” (up from 11 percent).””We are seeing more and more folks who bought before the bubble burst who are above water and listing their homes,”” said Redfin agent Chad Dierickx. “”When sellers see their neighbors’ homes selling quickly and for prices they never would have imagined a couple of years ago when foreclosed properties and short sales were dragging down home values, they can’t help but be optimistic about the market. I expect that this optimism will only continue to increase.””The “”first-quarter seller survey””:https://themreport.com/articles/survey-optimism-over-prices-has-sellers-holding-off-2013-01-25, released in January, revealed many potential sellers (34.1 percent) wanted to hold out on entering the market in the hopes that prices would continue to improve. This time around, 32.3 percent indicated that missing out on future price gains was a major concern about selling now. More than one-fifth (21 percent) of sellers believe they would not get a higher price for their home if they waited a year to sell.In terms of buyer appeal, borrowers with loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are looking less attractive to sellers, with 22 percent of respondents indicating they would take an offer for more money if it were financed with an FHA loan (down from 27 percent). When offered a choice, 43 percent of sellers would prefer an offer of 2 percent more if it were financed conventionally, while 34 percent would go for an all-cash offer that doesn’t go above the asking price. April 26, 2013 420 Views Redfin: Sellers Showing More Faith in Marketcenter_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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