LONDON — One of the Bank of England’s nine top policymakers says interest rates may have to be cut even if Britain manages to avoid a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.In a speech Friday, Michael Saunders said the British economy has “weakened markedly” as a result of “persistently high Brexit uncertainties and softer global growth.”Even assuming Britain avoids leaving the European Union without a deal, Saunders said “persistently high Brexit uncertainties seem likely to continue to depress U.K. growth below potential for some time, especially if global growth remains disappointing.”He said “it probably will be appropriate to maintain an expansionary monetary policy stance and perhaps to loosen further.”The bank’s main interest rate is 0.75%. The next policy meeting is Nov. 7, a week after the scheduled Brexit date.The Associated Press
by The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 7:49 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Twitter’s IPO could now raise more than $2 billion.Twitter Inc. says in a regulatory filing that it now plans to price its shares at between $23 and $25 each. It previously planned to sell the shares for between $17 and $20 each.Twitter still plans to sell 70 million shares. If all of those shares are sold, the offering’s underwriters can buy another 10.5 million shares.At the $25 share price, Twitter’s market value would be around $15.6 billion. Twitter’s value is based on 625.2 million outstanding shares expected after the offering, including restricted stock units and stock options.The San Francisco-based short-messaging service plans to list its stock under the ticker symbol “TWTR” on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares are expected to start trading this week. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Twitter raises price range for initial public offering, could raise more than $2B
National Music Centre June update AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marianne Jeremy Posted Jun 28, 2015 9:14 pm MDT Construction on the National Music Centre in the East Village is over sixty per cent complete, however, the organization will strum up some Stampede spirit with a float in this Friday’s parade!President and CEO Andrew Mosker tells 660News, the Centre will also host a Stampede-related event.“Our annual Stomp & Strum, which will happen right after the parade on Friday and we’ve got Gord Bamford playing as our guest artist and it’s open to the public, so you can just walk up to the National Music Centre, but that’s in our original site at 134 – 11 Ave., S.E. and not at the new site, at the original site”, he said.Mosker adds this event will continue to create buzz for the centre which is keen about Stampede and supporting and showcasing great Canadian country music artists.The National Music Centre is scheduled to open in spring of 2016 and is located on 9th Avenue and 4th Street, S.E.For more information about the Stomp & Strum log onto nmc.ca.
SEOUL, South Korea – Google’s computer program AlphaGo defeated its human opponent, South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol, on Wednesday in the first face-off of a historic five-game match.AlphaGo’s victory in the ancient Chinese board game is a breakthrough for artificial intelligence, showing the program developed by Google DeepMind has mastered one of the most creative and complex games ever devised.Commentators said the match was close, with both AlphaGo and Lee making some mistakes and a result that was unpredictable until near the end.Lee’s loss was a shock to South Koreans and Go fans. The 33-year-old initially was confident of a sweeping victory two weeks ago, but sounded less optimistic a day before the match.“I was very surprised because I did not think that I would lose the game. A mistake I made at the very beginning lasted until the very last,” said Lee, who has won 18 world championships since becoming a professional Go player at the age of 12.Lee said AlphaGo’s early strategy was “excellent” and that he was stunned by one unconventional move it made that a human never would have played.Despite his initial loss, he did not regret accepting the challenge.“I had a lot of fun playing Go and I’m looking forward to the future games,” he said, smiling calmly.The loss shook the South Korean Go community. Yoo Chang-hyuk, also a South Korean Go master, said it was a big shock.“It did not play like a human at all,” Kim Sung-ryong, another Go expert, said of the computer’s lack of emotion despite making some potentially fatal mistakes.Hundreds of thousands of people watched the game live on TV and YouTube. The remaining four matches will end on Tuesday.Computers conquered chess in 1997 in a match between IBM’s Deep Blue and chess champion Garry Kasparov, leaving Go as “the only game left above chess” Demis Hassabis, Google DeepMind’s CEO, said before the game.Top human players rely heavily on intuition and feelings to choose among a near-infinite number of board positions in Go, making the game extremely challenging for the artificial intelligence community.AI experts had forecast it would take another decade for computers to beat professional Go players. That changed when AlphaGo defeated a European Go champion last year, in a closed-door match later published in the journal Nature. Since then, AlphaGo’s performance has steadily improved.“We are very excited about this historic moment. We are very pleased about how AlphaGo performed,” Hassabis said.DeepMind team built “reinforcement learning” into AlphaGo, meaning the machine plays against itself and adjusts its own neural networks based on trial-and-error. AlphaGo can also narrow down the search space for the next best move from the near-infinite to something more manageable. It also can anticipate long-term results of each move and predict the winner.AlphaGo’s win over a human champion shows computers can mimic intuition and tackle more complex tasks, its creators say. They believe that ability could be used to help scientists solve tough real-world problems in health care and other areas. Google’s software beats human Go champion in first match by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2016 12:57 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2016 at 10:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CEO of Google DeepMind Demis Hassabis attends at a press conference after the Google DeepMind Challenge Match between South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol and Google’s artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Google’s computer program AlphaGo defeated its human opponent, South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol, on Wednesday in the first game of a historic five-game match between human and computer.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Surya P. Subedi, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, appealed to all sides to exercise “the utmost restraint and calm,” adding that tolerance and racial harmony are crucial for the future of democracy in the country. Members of the opposition have been boycotting the Cambodian National Assembly for more than five months in a reported attempt to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose win in the last election extended his 28-year rule, alleging vote-rigging and calling for a new election. They have recently been joined by thousands of garment workers pressing for higher wages.The Special Rapporteur has called for “meaningful talks to resolve the current dispute” based on concrete data that reflect the real cost of a dignified life respectful of human rights. “All parties – the Government, striking workers, trade unions, the factories and buyers – needed to reassure protesting workers that they would develop a realistic wage structure,” he said in a news release. Turning to the political dispute that sent the protestors originally to the street, Mr. Subedi urged both sides to return to the negotiation table. “Any dispute needs a credible mechanism for dispute resolution which is acceptable to both sides. Such a mechanism was missing and this is why frustrated opposition supporters have taken to the streets,” he said.The expert also expressed “cautious optimism for 2014,” saying that the recent election can “mark a turning point in the process of improving the protection of human rights” in the country.“There seems to be an emerging consensus that reform needs to take place in many sectors, including electoral management, justice, land management, labour, education and health care,” he said, adding that there was a pressing need to develop effective ways of settling disputes.“The opportunities are there. This is the moment to seize them and to translate promises of meaningful structural reform into reality,” he said, pledging support to the Government and the opposition in this regard.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes.
If you read nothing else, read this…Initiatives that demonstrate employers are putting mental wellbeing on the agenda can encourage more open dialogue about mental health in the workplace.Employers can incorporate a preventative approach within health and wellbeing strategies by utilising the aditional services offered through group risk provision.Early notification can ensure employees receive the support they need to recover and return to work as quickly as possible. Employee wellness has become an increasingly prominent item on employers’ agendas as the relationship between physical, mental and financial wellbeing on the one hand, and staff motivation and productivity on the other, has come to the fore.While a number of high-profile public campaigns such as Rethink Mental Illness and Mind’s ‘Time to change’ have helped to address the stigma around mental health, many employers are also expanding their support for staff to take mental wellbeing into account, explains John Attley, engagement manager at the National House Building Council (NHBC).“Whether it is staff or management, everyone is seeing that talking about mental health, not just mental ill-health, is important and that there are benefits on an individual level, as well as a corporate level,” he says.For example, NHBC ran a lunch-and-learn session on the topic ‘Meet your mind’, which proved to be popular with staff. The lunchtime session was particularly well attended, which Attley sees as an indication that employees’ interest in mental health has widened beyond coping techniques for stress and depression, to also encompass mental wellbeing more generally.As the area of focus has expanded, so too has its application, as a growing number of employers and employees take an interest in mechanisms that can provide support both within and outside of the workplace. “Recognising that we have mental health wherever we are is really important,” adds Attley.Mental wellbeing in the workplaceEmployees facing mental health issues can look to the group risk provision offered by their employer to access programmes and services that deliver the assistance needed. Tom Gaynor, employee benefits director at MetLife UK, urges employers to encourage staff requiring support and help getting back to work to contact their group risk benefits provider as early as possible: “One of the best ways to help promote mental wellness and help achieve better outcomes is to ensure that, if you do have insured staff, the insurer knows about [the issue] really early on because then there is an interest from the insurer to try and find ways to help this person get better as quickly as possible,” he explains.“There can be sensitivities [around mental health] but [group risk services] are independent, it is all confidential and there are medical professionals available that could help. This is an area for being proactive, and not for just hoping that [the issue] will go away, because it doesn’t.”There are a number of services offered alongside group risk products that can assist employees coping with mental health and wellbeing issues, such as helplines and counselling support. As John Matthews, partner at Mercer Marsh Benefits, explains, the independent and confidential nature of these services is of particular value to employees.“There is a raft of add-ons that come with the [group risk] products that we put in place collectively,” he says. ”They are often overlooked but they are very supportive and helpful, and often even more so because they come from outside of the organisation itself; it is an independent source that is providing this assistance.”NHBC’s Attley adds: “Independence is really important for that sort of thing in order to build trust and transparency around the process.”A supportive strategyIn addition to an increased focus on mental wellbeing in the workplace, there is a greater level of awareness and training around resilience, says Matthews. However, the term ‘resilience’ proves to be an area of contention among those participating in the roundtable discussion, which took place in September 2015. For Attley, the term is an example of the care that must be taken around the language used when discussing mental health. He explains: “We would rather focus on creating a set of conditions that work with people rather than [those] we need to make people resilient to.”While Gaynor concurs that it is important to get the language right around what is still an emotive topic, he takes an alternative view on resilience. “In my mind, resilience is more about enabling and preparing people to deal with their appropriate level [of pressure] rather than letting things get on top of them, and this might be achieved through training, lifestyle factors or it could be through line managers,” he explains. “Resilience is different for everybody, and then it is also different for everybody in every different scenario; some people might be more resilient in one role than another role or in one organisation than another organisation.”There are a number of avenues that employers can explore when developing a system to support the wellness of their staff, including around mental health and resilience. According to MetLife’s Gaynor, this could include assistance from providers, both group risk providers and otherwise, inviting mental health charities into the workplace to talk to employees, or training staff so that they can serve as mental health first aiders.He adds that, while mental health first-aider initiatives have only been implemented in a handful of organisations thus far, interest in them is growing and the impact that they have can be significant: “Just knowing that there is a mental health first aider intuitively makes sense to everyone and it debunks the view of mental health [as a taboo topic].”Enlisting senior management and line managers into strategies to support mental wellbeing can also help to establish a culture that encourages an open dialogue around mental health. As Lee Gruskin, principal consultant at Capita Employee Benefits, states, managers also play a part in establishing the working environment, which can influence employees’ wellbeing. “It is very important to get the line management aspect right,” he says. “It is not just around understanding stress or seeing the signs of onset of stress, anxiety and depression, but actually having the structure of the workplace right to allow people to flourish in their jobs.”A preventative approachWhile the spotlight on mental wellbeing is gradually strengthening, it makes up just one of many aspects of wellbeing that employers can promote to support the various and often complex requirements of an increasingly diverse workforce demographic.“Employers are starting to sit up and take notice that you really do need to manage the whole person, providing support, not just in terms of the financial and physical side of things, but in terms of structure through to career development,” says NHBC’s Attley. “We all spend plenty of time at work and employers are starting to realise that needs to be a positive experience to help with retention, recruitment and performance management.”The shift in emphasis to wellness has been accompanied by a greater focus on the preventative measures that employers can offer staff in order to ensure they remain healthy, happy and productive at work. In the group risk arena, providers have widened the portfolio of preventative services available through group risk benefits for employees. Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for industry body Group Risk Development (Grid), says: “We are now moving into the realms of prevention with some newer additions to the extra services that are provided.”For MetLife’s Gaynor, prevention should mark the first stage in the relationship between insurers and employers. “The insurance contract that pays out is the last safety net. There are a whole load of things that should be done beforehand to prevent or shorten absence,” he says.There are a number of ways in which group risk providers and advisers can help employers to develop a preventative approach that suits the requirements of their workforce. Gaynor encourages employers to ask about the measures that they would like to see implemented: “I would say to employers to ask more of advisers and insurers. Ask the question and the likelihood is that there will be something available.”Joining the dotsThese additional services can form an integral part of the support network offered by an employee benefits programme, ensuring that staff have access to assistance to help them stay fit and healthy, through to rehabilitation or claims support should they suffer from long-term sickness. According to Mercer Marsh Benefits’ Matthews, it is important to join up the dots between benefits. “This could involve making sure that an employee assistance programme [EAP] is in place and that it works to offer counselling where appropriate for mental health issues, or ensuring that there is easy and quick access to physiotherapy for musculoskeletal problems, as well as all of the other pieces that might be appropriate as an employer goes through the journey of trying to make sure that their workforce is fit,” he says.Making sure that each additional service and benefit works together throughout this journey can also help employers support staff that go on long-term sickness absence for a physical health issue who then suffer from mental health issues. Effective communication has a key role to play in this scenario, says Attley. “Having communication and dialogue with the individuals concerned is vitally important as part of that [support] piece.”For Matthews, communication between both the employer and employee, and the group risk provider and employee, is key. “The employer and the insurer working together to try and help that employee through their illness and back to work is such an important part of the whole process; it can’t just be seen to be that the insurer has responsibility for this and it is over to them because then that employee is going to feel disengaged and probably be off work longer than they would otherwise be.”Visibly putting employee wellbeing on the agenda so that staff are aware that their employer is taking steps to support them, such as through group risk provision or other wellbeing initiatives, can help employees to feel valued, boosting engagement, loyalty and productivity. Three years ago, for example, NHBC’s health and safety committee gave a health, safety and wellbeing committee a change of emphasis that has helped the organisation make strides with its wellbeing agenda. “This gave us the opportunity to report straight up to the board and sent a strong underlying message to staff that wellbeing is just as important as the statutory requirements of health and safety,” explains Attley.
Half (50%) of employers are clear on auto-enrolment requirements and which employees are eligible, according to research by maritime pension scheme provider Ensign.Its survey of 44 employers and 87 employees in the shipping and maritime sector also found that 50% of employees do not know how much they need to save into their pension to achieve a decent retirement income, with 10% not even thinking about what they should be saving.The research also found that of the employee respondents:42% know how much they are paying into their pension, although 54% do not know how much they pay in fees and charges.41% are unaware of the tax relief on their pension contributions and 22% are knowledgeable about the impact of costs and charges on their pension.29% think they are paying enough into their pension, compared to 3% who feel that are paying too much into their retirement savings.79% are members of their employer’s pension scheme, although 27% are more likely to put any spare cash into a bank or building society than top up their pension (10%).84% view the provision of a workplace pension as very important, compared to 52% of employer respondents who see pensions as a ‘not very’ or ‘moderately’ important part of their overall employee benefits package.29% know what they need to save for a decent retirement.15% review their pension performance more than once a year, compared to 34% who hardly ever do so.In addition, 40% of employers review the performance of their pension provider annually and 13% do not review the performance at all.Rory Murphy (pictured), chairman at Ensign, said: “This research reveals a potential scandal in the making. [Employees] are clearly aware that saving for retirement is a critical issue, but lack the tools to make informed decisions about how best to achieve this.“Far too many employees are unaware of the tax advantages of pension saving, or don’t know how much they need to save, or even how much they are saving. This is a toxic cocktail which could lead to poverty in retirement for thousands of [employees], and as such is a critical issue for our industry. Doing nothing is not an option.”Andrew Waring, chief executive officer at Ensign, added: “This research represents a wake-up call for employers in the shipping and maritime sector. It illustrates an alarming disparity between the industry’s employers and their [employees] in their attitudes to retirement provision, with employers worryingly slow to recognise the importance of pensions to their staff.“In a highly competitive labour market, employers are all too aware of the challenges of attracting top talent to the industry, and employees are telling us that pensions are a critical factor in their choice of employer. Yet many employers are under estimating the importance of retirement provision as part of the employee benefits package. The message from these findings is clear: employers who downplay the importance of pensions risk losing out in the battle for talent.”
Foldable Phones Tags 3 Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now “Developers don’t plan their apps … with the idea that there would be two different screens with two different aspect ratios,” said Samat. “We wanted to make that as easy as possible to code for. If you make it easy and people can start experimenting and seeing what’s possible; it can accelerate the entire category.” Google’s tools for app developers stems from its close collaboration on the Galaxy Fold. After working with Samsung and other, undisclosed phone brands, Google is opening up its code and tools to other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).Google’s interest in Android for foldable phones doesn’t stop with its partner OEMs. The company is also working on its own foldable Pixel, at least for internal testing. “We’re definitely prototyping the technology. We’ve been doing it for a long time,” Mario Queiroz, Pixel’s development lead, said in an interview last week at Google’s headquarters. “I don’t think there’s a clear use case yet.” The Oppo Reno’s camera pops up at a jaunty angle. Oppo What about pop-up selfie cameras?Phones with front-facing cameras are also getting a makeover. There are now several models that pop up or slide out of the body, and Samsung Galaxy A80 has three cameras that swivel to take photos in either direction. The One Plus 7 is rumored to have a pop-up camera, too, when it launches on May 14.Cameras that live in the phone’s body aren’t just for show. As with foldable screens, pop-up cameras exist to give you more screen space — in this case, by removing the front-facing sensors from the phone’s face. This design is a way around having to add a screen notch. The OnePlus 7 is rumored to have a front-facing pop-up camera. Slashleaks “I think there’ll be many interesting different form factors in the way people innovate with the front-facing sensors,” said Samat. “We’re starting to see this form factors come to life.Google is working with OEM partners to make sure that the different phone-makers don’t need to worry about the camera’s exact location in order to use Android’s camera software. Every phone has a slightly different camera array, which means developers have to add code to optimize their apps. To that end, Google is building out a library called CameraX , which gives developers “a layer of abstraction” so they don’t have to code for each new configuration a phone might take. The CameraX library comes shipped as a developer library on top of Android. The benefit of CameraX doesn’t stop at pop-up cameras. It has the potential to help third-party camera apps faster, more stable and more consistent, too. Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… • Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: For example, they can turn a phone into a tablet, as with the Fold and Huawei Mate X. We could also see narrow phones that open vertically, as with the throwback flip phone style of the rumored foldable Motorola Razr, and even designs that bend around your wrist like a watch.”Historically, a mobile phone and a tablet have been two devices. If you think about them being the same device … it can be quite delightful,” said Samat, who has used the Galaxy Fold. Google’s support for foldable centers on App Continuity, which helps you switch apps between foldable phones’ smaller and larger screens without skipping a beat. This software is especially critical because, while device-makers have internally prototyped foldable phones for years, most developers are brand new to the design. reading • How Google plans to make foldable phones and pop-up selfie cameras better Google I/O 2019 10:12 Google I/O 2019 Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Share your voice Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know 60 Photos 4:54 See All Google can read the writing on the wall: foldable phones and devices with selfie cameras that pop up from the body are set to pick up steam in 2019, and Android has to be ready. On Tuesday at I/O 2019, Google officially confirmed that it’s including tools in Android Q that will help keep the OS humming along on phones with moving parts. Google had already declared last November that it would support foldable designs like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Foldable phones are especially timely, promising to shake up the phone industry with new designs that can expand your screen space without making devices larger. Although early problems with the Galaxy Fold caused a delay in releasing the phone, which Samsung is scrambling to fix, other devices like the Huawei Mate X, rumored foldable Motorola Razr and designs that bend around your wrist like a watch could potentially tangle up Android apps without Google’s guidance.”We’re seeing perhaps the reinvention of the mobile form factor,” Sameer Samat, VP of product management for Android and Play, said of foldable phones during an interview. “While it’s very early, we may look back on this and understand how profound it was.” Android Q beta: What’s new? Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Comments Android 10 (Android Q) Google Originally published at 4 a.m. PT.
Get the latest updates from Rail Budget 2016 here.Indian Railways launched a micro-site ahead of presentation of the Railway Budget Thursday to let citizens watch it live. The Railways announced the launch of the website Tuesday, calling it a “one-stop shop for all Railway budget related information.” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will present the Railway Budget 2016 in Parliament Thursday, and is expected to announce an increased outlay of about Rs 1.25 lakh crore. It is not clear if passenger fares will be hiked, with contradictory reports emerging in recent days. On Wednesday, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) reportedly urged the railway minister to increase passenger fares to cut down on passenger losses. Railways’ earnings have seen a decline of 3.77 percent from April to January this fiscal. However, keeping in mind the upcoming Assembly elections in several key states where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking to make foray into, the BJP-led government is likely to refrain from any passenger fare hike, according to the Press Trust of India. You can watch the Rail Budget presentation Feb. 25 live in the DD News video feed below. International Business Times India will also run a live blog on the Railway Budget Thursday.
X 00:00 /03:27 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Florian MartinPeter Beard, senior vice president of regional workforce development at the GHP, says UpSkill Houston has helped boost enrollment in middle skill training courses.Three years ago, the Greater Houston Partnership launched UpSkill Houston, a workforce development initiative aimed at increasing the number of middle-skilled workers.So what has the program achieved at this point?To find out, we sat down with Peter Beard, senior vice president of regional workforce development at the GHP.To listen to the interview, click on the play button above.
This series was produced with the support from the Education Writers Association’s Reporting Fellowship. Things Were Different ThenPaul Castro is the superintendent of a charter school system here in Houston called A+UP. He talked about how approaches to education have changed over the years, starting with a conversation he had with his mother about her experience in school in Corpus Christi and ending with a recent encounter with one of his students. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Michael StravatoAnita Wadhwa speaks at Houston Public Media’s Story Slam in Houston, Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo by Michael Stravato)On Wednesday, Nov. 8, teachers from around Greater Houston gathered to share stories of their experiences in education during a teacher story slam event at Houston’s Furr High School.For the past year, News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee has been reporting on Furr High School, which is trying to come up with a new model for high school thanks to a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute. But – aside from Furr – plenty of educators from other schools across Greater Houston have ideas for how to improve education and how to improve their students’ lives.This event was a chance to hear from some of them and learn about their experiences both as people and with their students. Nine different educators got onstage to tell their stories.Below, you can check out a slideshow, plus videos of some of the storytellers and audio from several more who were featured on Houston Matters.– / 6 00:00 /06:47 Listen X No Such Thing As Bad KidsAlbert Wei is a former teacher who works at the education nonprofit ProUnitas. He talked about becoming a government and economics teacher at Sharpstown High School right out of college, at the age of 22. He says both his fellow teachers and students gave him a specific warning when he started his job. 00:00 /13:26 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Seeing Students As HumanWriter Leslie Contreras Schwartz talked about her experience teaching writing to some elementary school kids. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /10:00 Share
Share Eric KayneStudents experiment with rockets during Genius Time, an elective at Furr High School.Furr High School on the east side of Houston isn’t alone in its quest to build a super school fit for the new century.Nine other schools that also won $10 million grants each from the XQ Institute plus a growing number of districts and states are exploring how to remake the American high school. For example, just with the American Association of School Administrators, a network of about 80 districts are moving in this direction.News 88.7’s Laura Isensee spoke with one advocate at the forefront of that push, former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise. He’s the president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and also served as a judge for the XQ Institute’s Super School competition. He did not judge Furr’s application.In his advocacy, Wise points to statistics like the forecast that of the 11.6 million jobs created since the Great Recession, more than 90 percent of them went to people with more than a high school diploma.Below are some highlights from their conversation.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/22123732/Wise1-audiogram.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Why the current high school model isn’t enough: “The high school diploma is what gets you started. It’s a starting gun in the race. It’s no longer the finish line. And so therefore, what is it that we need to be in that high school experience that gives students the ability to persist in additional learning experiences? We know that a student is going to have to be re-educated countless times. I’ve seen estimates of as much as 10 or 12 times during their working lifetime for the jobs they’re going to fill. We know that we don’t know most of the jobs they’re going to fill. So what we have to do is to be able to prepare them to succeed, but not able to give them all the time a target — a definite job to look at.”What parts of the traditional model would he keep: “There some traditional parts of education you want to keep — the relationship between an adult in the building and a student is one of the single most important determinants of whether that student will stay in school. The teacher and how that teacher teaches is the most important determinant of the success of a student in the school. And you also want engaged school leaders. Because that teacher — the other adults in the building — the interaction with the students and the parents, that’s going to be determined by the principal. And so you need strong school leadership. At the same time you need strong district leadership.”What’s the biggest challenge in creating a new model: “I think the biggest challenge is buy-in. At some point, you’ve got to get buy- in several different places. Obviously, if you’re working in a school district, at some point that district leadership needs to be supporting you, because for most systems, the district provides the infrastructure, the resources and the policies that are necessary. But you have to get buy-in in a lot of other places, too. Teachers have to understand and appreciate and be part of this process. And that’s why any successful school initiative such as this involves working closely with teachers before you start the process. It can’t be a top-down, ‘Here’s what we’re going to start on Tuesday.’ The other place is students and parents have to understand what you’re trying to accomplish.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/22130540/Wise2-audiogram.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.How a more personalized approach can benefit under-served students: “If you’re serious about it, it does. And indeed many of these school models … focus on the historically under-served student. And indeed, if this doesn’t reach them, then we failed. Because when we talk about deeper learning and what a student needs, we’re not talking about what 25 percent of the students now need. That that was in my day, back in the ’60s. We’re talking about what almost 100 percent of students need, if they’re truly going to be successful in today’s society.”Why he’s so passionate about this: “I grew up in West Virginia and in 1965, a high school classmate of mine told me then, education is the only passport from poverty. And he was right in 1965 and he was even more right many, many years later. It is the only passport from poverty. And for the half of our students who could be — not all of them, but could be — at risk of not succeeding, for many students in our country, education is the only passport to both prosperity and from poverty.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/22132237/Wise3-audio-gram.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Kolkata: Fourteen passengers of Howrah Jan Satabdi Puri Express fell sick after consuming the food supplied to them on train.The Railways has ordered an inquiry into the incident. The passengers took the food at Bhubaneshwar station. Shortly after the train left, the victims complained of nausea and acute stomach ache. Many also complained of sweating along with diarrhoea. The fellow passengers tried to treat them and finally contacted senior railway officials. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThey felt nervous as no railway doctor was available on board. When the train reached Kharagpur, the victims were taken to the Railway Hospital where they were treated.Senior railway officials said they will try to find out whether the ailment was because of the food supplied by the railways or they had taken something that were available on the station. They assured that those guilty will be pulled up.The passengers alleged that stale food was supplied and despite being pointed out to the catering firm, those serving food refused to replace. They further alleged that the quality of food has gone down and no hygiene is maintained. However, the condition of the victims are stable after treatment.
Microsoft sheds light on Windows 10 update policy by Martin Brinkmann on May 24, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 14 commentsMicrosoft senior program manager Chris Riggs revealed information about the company’s Windows 10 update and upgrade in a presentation at the WinHEC technical conference in Taiwan.While Riggs addressed business and Enterprise customers in the Windows As A Service presentation, some of it is also interesting to Home users.Microsoft plans to release single cumulative updates each month, and so-called feature updates twice a year.These cumulative updates are already used by the company. They supersede the previous month’s update, and contain only security, reliability or bug fixes according to Microsoft.Feature updates on the other hand, with the next major one called the Anniversary Update out in July 2016, ship with new features and capabilities but are released less frequently.Windows 10 update timelinesMicrosoft attempts to use the same timeline for each Windows 10 feature build that follows the scheme evaluate, pilot and deploy/use.After six or more months of active development and testing using the Insider program, the new feature release is published to Current Branch systems.The update is distributed to most consumer editions of Windows at this point in time. Windows 10 Home users have no option but to accept the update, while Pro, Education and Enterprise customers can configure the operating system to defer upgrades.Doing so ignores feature updates during the pilot phase which will last for about four months.The update is then pushed to all audiences after the four month pilot phase.Microsoft notes that each Windows 10 release has its own lifecycle, and that they all start as Current Branch releases and proceed to Current Branch for Business afterwards.There is also a Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) but it is limited to Enterprise customers. The core difference is that Long Term Servicing Branch systems don’t require feature upgrade installations to stay supported.How to defer upgradesWindows 10 Pro, Education and Enterprise systems can be configured to defer upgrades. Note that Microsoft makes a clear distinction between updates and upgrades, with the former referring to monthly updates and the latter to the bi-annual feature releases,Tap on the Windows-key and select the Settings icon from the menu. Or, use Windows-I to open the Settings application right away.Select Update & Security on the start screen.Make sure Windows Update is selected on the next screen.Select Advanced options on the page.There you find listed the Defer upgrades option. Check it to skip feature upgrades during the pilot phase.You may also configure the defer upgrades option using the Group Policy Editor instead. It offers better customization options.Tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc and hit enter. This should open the Group Policy Editor. Note that the editor is not available on Home systems.Follow this path using the tree hierarchy on the left: Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Update.Double-click on the Defer Upgrades and Updates policy.Switch the policy to Enabled at the top.Now you can defer upgrades (the bi-annual feature upgrades) by months, and updates (monthly fixes and patches) for weeks.Feature upgrades can be postponed for up to eight months, and regular updates for up to four weeks.The same policy holds an option to pause upgrades and updates. This blocks updates and upgrades “until the next monthly update or upgrade becomes available”. The value resets automatically when that happens.Also, Windows Defender definition updates are not blocked if the policy is enabled. Defer upgrades and updates has no effect if the “allow Telemetry” policy is enabled and set to the value of 0. SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft sheds light on Windows 10 update policyDescriptionMicrosoft revealed information about the company’s Windows 10 update and upgrade policy during a presentation at the WinHEC technical conference in Taiwan.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Compare Assistant tool for Logiq S8 allows users to view a prior study while conducting current exam via a split screen. 123PreviousNext Related Content Image 1: Kidney image showing a spectral CT overlay to better differentiate between kidney stones and vessels or tissues with high contrast uptake. Feature | February 03, 2014 | Greg Freiherr RSNA Exhibit Floor Reflects New Era of Radiology What was once diagnostic imaging is on track to becoming much more. Radiology is on the verge of a new era in which its… read more Feature | February 03, 2014 | Williette Nyanue Keeping Up With Cloud Several industries have used cloud solutions for many years, but cloud computing only recently started to be used in… read more The IQon Spectral CT is pending 510(k) and is not available for sale in the United States. A system with the NanoPanel Prism detector is available for sale in the United States. for conventional scanning. Due to its accessibility, speed and accuracy, CT imaging is widely used in the diagnosis of many different diseases and injuries, totaling approximately 450 million imaging procedures globally per year. Philips has consistently driven innovation in CT, most recently with the introduction of its proprietary Iterative Model Reconstruction (IMR) technology to simultaneously reduce CT radiation dose4 and enhance image quality for a broad range of applications. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | October 17, 2014 Swissray’s ddRCruze Offers Lightweight, Wireless, Mobile DR Swissray’s ddRCruze provides increased flexibility for … read more Related Articles on Spectral Imaging (Dual-source) CT Imaging:Spectral Imaging Brings New Light to CTRSNA Technology Report 2015: Computed TomographyAdvances in CT SystemsPhilips Introduces IQon Spectral CT System at RSNA 2013Technology Improvements in Current Generation CT Systems Technology | October 13, 2014 Invivo Expands MRI Portfolio With Breast and Prostate MRI Coils Invivo has expanded its breast and prostate imaging solutions portfolio with the addition of the Sentinelle product… read more Coronary CTA on the Somatom Force produces high-resolution stent imaging with a 0.18 second scan at 70 kV exposing the patient to just 0.43 mSv. The patient’s heart rate varied between 58 to 70 bmp during the exam. Color image shows two long stents. The curved MPR image in grayscale shows the details in the LAD stent. Image provided by Siemens Healthcare, copyright Institut fur Klinische Radiologie und Nuklearmedicin, Universitatsmedizin Mannheim Medizinische Fakultat Mannheim der Univesitat Heidelberg News | January 20, 2014 Sony Highlights Display and Imaging Technologies at RSNA 2013 Sony Electronics’ Medical Systems Division demonstrated its latest developments in … read more Using a type of spectral analysis, the system can separate out materials made up of specific atomic numbers off the periodic chart of elements. The system so far has been tested for iodine and calcium. This can be used to help differentiate between areas of high blood contrast uptake and calcified areas, which can be useful in diagnosing kidney stones and better delineating various types of atherosclerotic plaque in arteries. Elements can be assigned specific color codes to make them standout on scans, even if the surrounding tissue has similar Hounsfield unit numbers. Image 2: Kidney image showing a spectral CT overlay to better differentiate between kidney stones and vessels or tissues with high contrast uptake.December 13, 2013 — Philips Healthcare introduced the IQon Spectral computed tomography (CT) system at RSNA 2013. It is the world’s first spectral-detector CT system built from the ground up for spectral imaging. It uses color to identify the composition of an image without involving time-consuming protocols. After a spectral CT examination, clinicians can interpret the conventional grey-scale anatomical images, and if necessary, access the spectral information that was acquired during the same scan. The IQon Spectral CT system’s retrospective on-demand data analysis is made possible via Philips’ iPatient platform, allowing clinicians to easily experience the benefits of spectral CT routinely within traditional radiology workflows. News | February 03, 2014 GE Advances LOGIQ S8 Ultrasound System GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, developed features on the Logiq S8 general imaging … read more Feature | December 13, 2013 Philips Introduces IQon Spectral CT System at RSNA 2013 System can identify chemical composition of materials in the body News | January 20, 2014 RamSoft Releases PowerServer 6.0 RamSoft’s PowerServer 6.0 features updated aesthetics to aid usability. Philip’s spectral CT showing how the system can identify the atomic number of iodine and calcium from photons on the scan and overlay a color map showing the chemical composition of materials in the body. This image shows a traditional grayscale Hounsfield image of a vessel and the right image showing a spectral version showing color-coded iodine and calcium. Image 2: Kidney image showing a spectral CT overlay to better differentiate between kidney stones and vessels or tissues with high contrast uptake. Image 1: Kidney image showing a spectral CT overlay to better differentiate between kidney stones and vessels or tissues with high contrast uptake. Feature | February 03, 2014 | Raissa Rocha An Update on Breast Density and Cancer Screening The practice of breast imaging and screening in women at risk for breast cancer is evolving as new imaging modalities… read more In the same way that white light is made up of a spectrum of colors, the X-ray beam photons used in CT scanners also consist of a spectrum of X-ray energies. With the development of a fundamentally new spectral detector that can discriminate between X-ray photons of multiple high and low energies simultaneously, Philips’ IQon Spectral CT adds a new dimension to CT imaging, delivering not only anatomical information but also the ability to characterize structures based on their material makeup within a single scan. Feature | February 03, 2014 | Williette Nyanue Managing Dose: Radiation Exposure on the Rise Physicians have used radiation in medicine for more than a century. The use of radiation in diagnostic imaging,… read more For more information: www.philips.com/newscenter read more Technology | January 20, 2014 Sony Demonstrates Medical Printing Technology at RSNA 2013 Sony Electronics’ Medical Systems Division unveiled at the 2013 … read more Sectra DoseTrack is a Web-based dose monitoring solution that allows for monitoring of patient radiation doses and ensures they are kept as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).
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He plays loathe him/love him lawyer, Louis Litt, in the US drama series, Suits, but actor Rick Hoffman’s next starring role is in the upcoming rugby-themed Air New Zealand safety video, launching this Thursday (1 August 2019). Hoffman first visited New Zealand in 2017 and took to Twitter praising the airline as being “by far the most accommodating” airline in the world”, and ‘insisting’ on being Air New Zealand’s next spokesperson.“Air New Zealand is renowned for its safety videos and for risk taking and creativity. People want to see something fun onboard and Air New Zealand just has so much fun,” Hoffman said.“Kiwis are the nicest, friendliest, most laid-back crew. Air New Zealand has the most human customer service I’ve ever experienced – they’re incredible.”In the airline’s latest rugby-themed video, Hoffman plays a lawyer, alongside a star-studded Kiwi cast which features several All Blacks including Head Coach Steve Hansen and Captain Kieran Read, actor Cliff Curtis, Former Black Ferns Captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili and members of the renowned 1987 All Blacks squad, along with former Wallabies Captain George Gregan.Air New Zealand General Manager Global Brand & Content Marketing Jodi Williams says when Hoffman insisted on becoming the airline’s spokesperson it became clear he was going to be a fantastic ambassador for the next safety video.“Rick’s on and offscreen personality is infectious and goes hand in hand with the character of our tongue-in-cheek safety videos. He was fantastic to have on set and we had so much fun teaching him the ‘Kiwi’ way of doing things.”Hoffman says his affinity with New Zealand is “a love affair.”“It’s incredible – the food is amazing and the people are amazing. It’s the way it should be everywhere. I eventually plan on living there – not illegally but maybe becoming a resident somehow.”IMAGE: Rick Hoffman aka Louis Litt in Suits behind the scenes for the new Air NZ Safety Video Air New ZealandAir New Zealand safety videoairlinesLouis LittRick HoffmanSuits
Go back to the enewsletterSingapore’s The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts is set to expand internationally for the first time, revealing it will take over management of The Westin Sydney and 1 Martin Place, effective 18 October 2019, re-branding the property as The Fullerton Hotel Sydney.The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts presently owns and operates two award-winning hotels in Singapore: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (opened in 2001) and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore (opened in 2010). Both hotels anchor the historic and cultural Fullerton Heritage precinct located in Marina Bay, the heart of Singapore’s city centre.The Fullerton Hotel SingaporeBuilt in 1928, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s building was previously home to the country’s General Post Office (GPO) and several other important government departments. In recognition of the building’s significance, and subsequent heritage conversion efforts, it was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument in December 2015. This is the highest form of national recognition in Singapore and the equivalent of a listing on the National Heritage List in Australia.The Fullerton Hotel Singapore GM, Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale“We are delighted to have the opportunity to present The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ award-winning style of hospitality and hotel to Australia,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.“The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will become a sister hotel to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, both of which share a similar rich history as former GPOs. We strive to deliver a luxury hotel that can further contribute to Sydney’s growth as an international tourist destination and showcase the beauty and heritage of the original building to a wider audience, both nationally and globally.”While hotel operations will remain very much ‘business as usual’, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s website is going live today.Another key project, scheduled to commence early in the new year, is remediation and repair of the hotel’s façade.“As dedicated custodians of the building, and as part of our commitment to the community, this project has been designed to restore the beauty of the façade and will be carried out in line with the Heritage Management Plan and safety regulations,” explained Cavaliere Giovanni.Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Marriott International said, “Marriott International has managed The Westin Sydney at 1 Martin Place for over 20 years and we would like to thank all of our colleagues at the hotel for their continued support, hard work and dedication to its success.”Hotel enquiries can be directed to email@example.comLead image: The arrival area of the Fullerton Hotel.Go back to the enewsletter
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