Coronavirus deaths among Florida inmates are on the rise

first_imgLeonsbox/iStockBy KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Florida officials are working to stem a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak among inmates as the Sunshine State quickly becomes the nation’s ground zero for the virus.Since Friday afternoon, the number of Florida inmates testing positive for COVID-19 has jumped 20%. In total, at least 6,217 inmates had tested positive at correctional facilities across the state as of Monday afternoon, according to the most recent data released by the state’s Department of Corrections.Separately, at least 46 inmates had died from COVID-related illnesses as of Monday, with a 28% in COVID-related deaths in just the last 72 hours, according to department data.At least 22 Florida inmates have died from the virus so far this month, making July the deadliest month for inmates in the state since the pandemic began. The second-deadliest month was recorded in June, when nine inmates died.According to the Florida Department of Corrections, which operates 145 facilities statewide, including 50 correctional institutions, about 1,417 staff members have also tested positive for the virus.Staff members who test positive for COVID-19 are not allowed to return to work until a “full recovery is documented by a medical professional,” state officials said.Infected inmates are typically relocated until they recover, the department said.“These inmates are placed in medical isolation under the care of their treating clinician,” says the department’s website. “Inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 receive the appropriate level of care based on their individual treatment needs.”Once recovered, inmates are then “moved into appropriate housing based on their care and custody requirements,” the website says.However, the state’s fast-rising numbers have raised concerns among prison reform advocates and inmates’ families about whether officials are doing enough to protect inmates from the virus.States like Florida and Georgia, where officials were quick to reopen for business, have been hard-hit by the virus. Some 6,120 Florida residents have died from the virus while nearly 436,900 others have been infected, according to state data.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis faced harsh criticism after prematurely bragging in May about the state’s victory over the novel coronavirus.“We succeeded and people just don’t want to recognize it,” he said outside the White House on May 20.“You’ve got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York,” he told reporters at the time.Florida, like most states, has seen its infection rate soar since then.Overall, more 16.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.America has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 4.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 148,298 deaths. Health experts say the infection rates could actually be much higher than reported.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mini Stages Rally postponed until 2020, Donegal Motor Club confirms

first_imgThe Lagoon Donegal Mini Stages Rally that was planned for August 10th has been postponed, the Donegal Motor Club have confirmed. The decision was made as a mark of respect for the family and friend of the late Manus Kelly.The former Fianna Fáil county councillor was killed in a crash last month on the third day of the Donegal International Rally. Manus Kelly (41), one of Ireland’s leading rally drivers and a prominent businessman in the local area.The Donegal Motor Club said they hoped to have the event rescheduled for the start of 2020. Mini Stages Rally postponed until 2020, Donegal Motor Club confirms was last modified: July 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman tells how she tried desperately to save slain boyfriend

first_imgThe heartbroken girlfriend of a man who was shot dead at their Co Donegal home has told how she tried desperately to save his life.Andrew Allen died within seconds after a gunman shot three times into the bedroom of the couple’s home at Buncrana in February 2012. Mr Allen, aged 24, had been in bed around 9.30pm with partner Arelene Farrelly when the lone gunman called to the house at 26 Links View Park.Ms Farrelly told how herself and Mr Allen were tucked up in bed on the evening of February 9th, he was on his Playstation and she was on her phone while also watching television.In a statement to Donegal Coroner’s Court held at Buncrana Courthouse, Ms Farrelly, who was not present in court, told how she initially heard loud bangs at the front door of the house.She peeked out the curtains and saw a man dressed in a black baseball cap and dark clothing kicking at the door and holding what looked like a sawn-off shotgun in his hand.The scene of the murder of Andrew Allen in Buncrana in 2012.She told Mr Allen and he told her to call the Gardai as he struggled to get some clothing on.Seconds later three shots were fired through the bedroom window and Mr Allen slumped to the bedroom floor.Ms Farrelly’s statement read “He said “Arlene, I can’t feel my legs”. The blood was pumping out of him. It was coming out of his nose and his mouth. I tried to turn him in the bed but he was too heavy. He slid down, …I rang an ambulance.”Ms Farrelly ran to a neighbour’s home to get help and Mr Daniel McGonagle rushed to the scene.He said he could not do CPR but Ms Farrelly tried a number of times but Mr Allen did not respond.She eventually stopped and realised that her partner was dead.Mr McGonagle added that Mr Allen, whom he did not know personally, was turning blue and that his mouth was full of blood. He remarked to another neighbour who arrived in the house – “I think he’s as dead as a Dodo.”He revealed earlier how he had heard gunshots and came out of his house to see a grey or silver-coloured car leaving the scene.He recalled thinking he had seen the same car on the state a few days earlier and remarking that he was parked in a strange manner.In her statement Ms Farrelly revealed how her partner’s name had been on a list of six people sent in an envelope accompanied by a bullet to the Family Centre in Gobnascale in Derry a few weeks earlier.He stayed most of the time in Buncrana after that.However, she added that his family had been telephoned later to say the threat had been lifted and he was no longer on the list.She added “I know he (Andrew) was involved in drugs years ago but he had no involvement while he was with me.”Dr Stephen McNally, who was based at the Nowdoc Service in Carndonagh on the night of the killing, arrived at the scene and officially pronounced Mr Allen dead.The following day, former State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy carried out a post mortem on Mr Allen’s remains.Her report was read into the court by coroner Dr Denis McCauley.He said Mr Allen had been shot three times – in the right shoulder, the right hip and in the abdomen.The bullet which struck his right shoulder traveled down through his right lung and into his heart and this was the bullet which killed Mr Allen, Dr Cassidy’s report said.She found that Mr Allen died from a gunshot wound to the heart.Garda Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell said he was assigned as the chief investigating officer in the case.He said that hundreds of lines of enquiry have been followed and hundreds of people interviewed.He added “It is my professional opinion that Andrew Allen died as a result of an unlawful killing.”He later appealed to anybody with any information on the murder to come forward and to speak to the Gardai in confidence.The jury of five men and two men only took a short time to agree unanimously that Mr Allen died as a result fo a gunshot wound to the heart and that his death was as a result of an unlawful killing.Coroner Dr McCauley expressed his sympathy to the members of the Allen family present in court as did Garda Inspector David Durkin and members of the jury.The Allen family declined to make a comment after the inquest.Woman tells how she tried desperately to save slain boyfriend was last modified: September 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andrew Allenbuncranacoronerdeaddonegalinquestmurdershotlast_img read more

Echoes of Columbine: Belief in God Brings Bullet

first_imgGrief counselors have been dispatched to Red Lake High School in Minnesota, says Fox News, after a rampage by a neo-Nazi student left 10 dead and 14 wounded.  In a manner reminiscent of Columbine, according to MSNBC News, 17-year old killer Jeff Weise admired Hitler’s views on racial purity and was deep into goth culture and heavy metal music.  During the killing spree he reportedly asked a student named Ryan if he believed in God, then shot him.Native Americans are not typically sympathetic to Nazi ideas.  How do you think this troubled young man got his head filled with philosophies of hate?  Let’s role play what happens next (after, of course, the incident is blamed on the availability of guns, which is already underway, or on poverty, even though many from bad backgrounds turn out to be sterling citizens).  You’re a Darwin Party grief counselor assigned to explain this atrocious act to the terrified students and give them advice how to deal with it.  What do you tell them?  Click here to send in your suggestions.Predators and prey have always been part of the scheme of things; while I understand you feel sorry for your classmates, you can take comfort in the fact that you survived among the fittest (or the luckiest).Jeff was just acting out his understanding of natural selection, maybe by hastening it a little too fast.  We each need to come up with our own way of cooperating with the principles of evolution.Jeff couldn’t help himself because his frontal lobe was not fully developed.  It was the last thing to evolve in our ancestry from apes.  (See 03/08/2005 entry.)We need to understand that our prejudices may not be correct.  Violence, for instance, can be a good thing.  It’s the method nature used to produce human beings in the first place.  We need to be willing to accept the distasteful fallout of this creative natural process, because look how much good came from it.You can pray if you feel the need to.  Nobody is listening, but it appears that natural selection has produced warm feelings in the brain when we pretend.Genetic mutations have been known to cause Homo sapiens sapiens to do things that other, less-evolved Homo sapiens sapiens may perceive as evil.This is your brain; this is your brain on evolution, in a undeveloped, less culpable state.All I can say is: I’m sorry.  Tough luck. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Simple Molecules: The Building Blocks of Lie

first_imgAt a physical level, everything in the universe is made of atoms and molecules.  Life, being a subset of everything in the universe, is composed of a subset of all molecules that exist.  It could be said that any atom or molecule present in a living thing is a building block of life, but how informative is that?  Carbon, for instance, is essential to life, but is also a building block of cyanide, tailpipe soot, graphite, diamond and a host of deadly poisons.    It’s not just the presence of the simplest parts that conveys information about the whole – it’s the way that the building blocks are assembled into the complex structure.  A child’s alphabet building blocks, for instance, form gibberish when assembled by an infant who cannot read.  Life has been compared, by contrast, to an encyclopedia of highly specific information.  This information then directs a symphony of coordinated, dynamic processes using molecular machines.    Evolutionists are fond of pointing to carbon, water and other atoms and simple molecules as “building blocks of life.”  Embedded in the phrase is a subtext of progress.  If the building blocks are present, the statement suggests that they will “build” or assemble into life, given the right circumstances.  No one would say, though, that since silicon is a building block of computers, finding silicon on extrasolar planets is a sure bet computers will eventually be found.  In a similar vein, life uses a subset of “organic compounds” (carbon-based chemicals), but sometimes the word organic is used in an equivocal way to suggest the presence of life, even though many organic compounds (cyanide, gasoline, and carbon tetrachloride, for example) are poisonous or useless to biology.    At what point does the use of “prebiotic compounds” or “organic soup” or “building blocks of life” invoke the power of suggestion to support an evolutionary, naturalistic view of life’s origin?  Look at these recent examples to see if the inference to life is warranted by the observations.Oxygen:  The oxygen atom, though necessary for most living things, can also be a deadly poison – that’s why we take antioxidants.  In the cell, it is handled very delicately by complex enzymes that combine it with byproducts of respiration to form water and carbon dioxide, which can be safely removed.  Oxygen’s mere presence, however, suggested to EurekAlert that life was ready to explode in a plethora of wondrous complexity.  The title reads, “2 oxygenation events in ancient oceans sparked spread of complex life.”  Would the same thing be said of silicon sparking the spread of computers?Carbon:  Carbon is essential to most living molecules.  It is basic to fats, sugars, proteins and nucleic acids.  Raw carbon, or simple hydrocarbons, however, are useless to life unless incorporated by enzymes into structural molecules according to coded instructions.    Why, then, are the news media all using the L-word Life in their reports about the discovery of methane around a nearby star?  Methane is the simplest “organic” (carbon-based) molecule: one carbon joined to four hydrogens.  Because of its fourfold valence, carbon easily joins with other atoms – especially the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen.  Methane is abundant on Titan, the gas giants, some comets and probably Mars, though not associated with life there.  Humans use methane for their cooking but not for their biology; it is emitted as a waste product by the bacteria in cow stomachs and by the decay of biomass, but is not a nutrient for life.    Nevertheless, most reports from a paper in Nature1 emphasized the L-word when methane was detected around a star, even though the authors said nothing about life.  “Under certain circumstances, methane can play a key role in prebiotic chemistry – the chemical reactions considered necessary to form life,” said the BBC News.  Ditto for Science Daily.  A NASA scientist called this “a dress rehearsal for future searches for life on more hospitable planets,” according to Space.com.  National Geographic was slightly more tentative, but ended with a focus on methane’s potential as a biomarker for life on other planets.Amino acids:  Proteins are composed of long chains of one-handed amino acids.  These carbon-based molecules have two simple parts, an amino group and a carboxyl group, and a side chain (R-group) that can be as simple as one hydrogen (glycine) or much more complex with cyclic domains and other things.  Of the almost endless varieties of possible amino acids, life as we know it is restricted primarily to 20 kinds.  It is not just the amino acids alone that make them “lively” but their specific combinations into long chains, held together by peptide bonds.    Finding a few amino acids, however, got EurekAlert all excited with two pronouncements on the same day: Meteorites are rich in the building blocks of life and Meteorites a rich source for primordial soup.  Both articles insinuated that a steady rain of amino acids on the primitive earth would have been sufficient to kickstart life in the ocean – even though amino acids avoid joining into polypeptides in the presence of water.  Notice the confidence mixed with suggestion in a statement by a scientist from Imperial College, London: “We know that approximately 3.8 to 4.5 billion years ago the Earth underwent heavy bombardment from meteorites which brought molecules to our planet, just before life emerged on Earth.”Water:  It goes without saying that water is another simple molecule often associated with the L-word.  A press release from Jet Propulsion Lab referred to life twice in the story about dust disks around stars (see the other 03/19/2008 entry today).  The article said that the discovery of water vapor molecules in the disk “may help shed light on the origins of our own solar system and the potential for life to develop in others.”  They also quoted Carr using the “building blocks” angle, “Now that we can identify these molecules and inventory them, we will have a better understanding of the origins and evolution of the basic building blocks of life–where they come from and how they evolve.” Countless press releases rush to include the L-word whenever a discovery is made of “building blocks of life” in space.  Presumably, the claim could be made about hydrogen.  Humans have plenty of hydrogen atoms bound to carbon and oxygen.  By extension, then, the whole universe is a building block of life.1.  Swain, Vashist and Tinneti, “The presence of methane in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet,” Nature, 452, 329-331 (20 March 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06823.Your imagination is being taken for a ride when you fall for the “building blocks” line.  Assumptions, unwarranted inferences and misdirection: these are the building blocks of lie.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA property fund ups Aussie investment

first_imgIn the latest transaction, Emira has once again followed its rights in a Goz rights issue to fund the purchase of the Australian stock exchange-listed Rabinov Property Trust. The six properties being acquired are high quality properties independently valued at A$184-million. Two of the largest properties are located on the outskirts of Melbourne and are let to General Electric Australia on relatively long leases. The others are also tenanted by blue chip companies. Although the Rabinov portfolio comprises 12 properties, Goz will only be acquiring six of the properties with the remainder being sold back to the Trust’s founding family. It subsequently participated in a rights issue in September last year acquiring a further 9.175-million units valued at around R117-million when Goz announced that it was acquiring the properties of company Property Solutions and needed to raise A$101-million to cover the purchase price. 11 August 2011 “The transaction is expected to be earnings enhancing for both Goz and Emira unit holders,” Emira CEO James Templeton said in a statement this week. “At a forward yield of 9.2%, the pricing of the rights offer is attractive and offers better value that is currently obtainable on physical property investment in South Africa.” The largest securities holder in Goz is JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties, which is also South Africa’s largest listed property fund. Templeton said the transaction represented a further meaningful diversification of the assets in the Emira portfolio, adding that the properties being acquired were of high quality and would also help reduce risk within the fund. Diversifying portfolio, reducing risk Emira made its first investment in Goz in May last year when it acquired 10.25-million units, or 6.4% of the units in issue, at a cost of R116.6-million after being given regulatory permission to invest a portion of its funds abroad. Further, the additional investment will boost Goz’s market cap to around A$1.2-billion, thereby attracting further interest from institutional investors. JSE-listed Emira Property Fund is investing a further R61.1-million in Growthpoint Properties Australia (Goz), giving it an effective ownership of 8.2% of the units in the Australian-listed real estate investment trust. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New technology hub for Braamfontein

first_imgProfessor Barry Dwolatzky is excited about the new software hub. He believes our world has changed at the core, with a tsunami of technological, economic and social transformation. The old nightclub will be remodelled as the iClub, the dance floor will be a co-working space, the bar and seating areas will be set up to encourage innovation through incubating new start-ups, and the sound and light control area will become the server room. The team involved with the Tshimologong Precinct. This African technology centre is connecting budding entrepreneurs, programmers, designers and investors. (Images: Melissa Jane Cook) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Dwolatzky Director & CEO Joburg Centre for Software Engineering+27 11 717 6390 RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: city of innovation • Mobile technology for Africa • Smart cities need innovative citizens • Youth focus at innovation summit • Empowering young people in South AfricaMelissa Jane CookWith funky wallpaper, a DJ box, architecturally interesting window frames and a labyrinth of fascinating spaces, a former nightclub at 41 Juta Street in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein is being renovated, to be transformed into the city’s technological hub.Global tech hubs include Nairobi’s iHub, driving Kenyan innovation, as well as the Googleplex in California and the Cambridge Innovation Centre in Massachusetts, both in the US.Part of the ambitious the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) cluster development programme, TechinBraam is revitalising the once derelict suburb into a cutting-edge, high-tech precinct.The programme is a three-way partnership between the government, academia and industry, based at the University of the Witwatersrand.Professor Barry Dwolatzky, JCSE director, says the university has been trying to reach into its urban surroundings, and this is a perfect opportunity to do so.“This vision is what a renewed future can be, in the broader urban environment. Through partnering and a creative energy, we want to have as enormous an impact as possible. There are similarities to Maboneng, an artistic, creative hub on the east side of the city centre. Developments like these are a chance to remake this country, remake opportunities, and remake the economy of the area, and the space to remake careers.”The precinct has been dubbed Tshimologong, meaning “a place of new beginnings” in local language Sesotho.Technology changing usDwolatzky outlines how technology has affected society. “It has changed in numerous ways, how we make things (the use of robotics), how we buy things as consumers (online), how we communicate (we are all threaded together by networks of communication), how we deal with knowledge and education, how we deal with health, how we deal with government, and entertainment and leisure.“Our world has changed at the core, with a tsunami of technological, economic and social transformation.”He explains that within the three elements of digital technology – software, hardware and content – the innovative lifecycle is no longer linear.“There is now a connection: skills are no longer static, skills and ideas merge together, there is business model development and finally, commercialisation.“This new innovation will not take place in garages, or in the offices of big corporations. It will be a social activity, with people working together, people joining together, and this innovation will skyrocket in technology hubs. In these single environments people will be able to germinate ideas, learn, interact and incubate. This set of spaces will encourage innovation, learning and collaboration.“Almost all cities have hubs, some have more than one; they are popping up constantly.”Establishing the Tshimologong Precinct is now at a critical stage, with funds being raised to begin Phase 1 of building renovations.Clare Jeffrey, head of the Wits University Partnerships Office, explains; “Phase 1 will require an investment of about R10-million. We have set up a Founding Partners Pledge scheme, which provides an opportunity for corporates and individuals to support this exciting initiative. Founders will be listed in perpetuity on a board displayed prominently in Founders Square …. Companies pledging R250 000, or individuals and SMMEs pledging R50 000 before 31st December 2013, will be acknowledged in this way. We have already had pledges from Microsoft and BBD, with several others in the pipeline.”From hubs to clustersCluster development was proposed by company strategy authority and Harvard professor, Michael Porter, in the 1990s and refers to a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses. For example, London’s East End is now known as Silicon Roundabout or Tech City. It has 10 technology hubs, more than 5 000 technology companies, and some 300 start-ups per year, and it’s becoming the European Union’s new answer to the US’s Silicon Valley.Dwolatzky explains that research shows that for a high technology cluster to succeed it must be close to research institutions and technology hubs, close to customers, have sound infrastructure, and offer access to transport and housing. There should also be government support.He adds that Johannesburg is a major city, the economic hub of Africa. He believes that it is possible for the city to be the continent and country’s Silicon Valley.“Some initial hubs have started up; Jozi Hub at 44 Stanley, The Open at Maboneng, and Intellilab on the UJ (University of Johannesburg) Kingsway campus. This is not about competition; it’s about joining the dots and making this into something bigger.”A green, people-centred hubThe old nightclub will be remodelled as the iClub, the dance floor will be a co-working space, the bar and seating areas will be set up to encourage innovation through incubating new start-ups, and the sound and light control area will become the server room.The warehouse, 43 Juta, will be remodelled into classrooms and meeting areas; 47 Juta becomes the development centre, and 45 Juta houses offices. Founders Square, a public space, will sit at the heart of the centre offering a coffee bar and events area.Dwolatzky’s vision is to see new buildings, housing, big technology players’ research and development, and old buildings repurposed in Braamfontein.Finally, Wits will begin to reconnect with its neighbourhood, as some of its ICT-related Centres (such as the JCSE, the LINK Centre and parts of Digital Arts) move off campus into Tshimologong.Anna Cowen, from architectural consultancy Meshfield, said, “This hub is selling the future. It is a place of experimentation, a place of discovery. We are regenerating the inner buildings and there is huge potential for growth. Environmentally at the hub there will be renewable energy sharing, rain water harvesting, shared parking and waste recycling. This city block is a symbiotic relationship, with shared resources and risks and benefits.“We need to rapidly innovate to create smart, resilient and equitable cities that are people-centred … to seek for potential solutions that could cycle urban material … by using waste as resources.”Dwolatzky and Mteto Nyati, Microsoft South Africa managing director are the co-winners of the 2013 IT Personality of the Year award. The winners were announced during the Institute of IT Professionals South Africa President’s Awards ceremony at Montecasino, Johannesburg, on the 7 November.last_img read more

A New Commercial Ontology from Hakia

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Note the number of traces required in a conventional ontology approach compared to the sequence approach. The sequence approach requires a lot of data storage space (which is dirt cheap), whereas the conventional ontology approach requires a lot of CPU for a simple mapping task (which is expensive). But the bad news does not stop there. The trace routes in conventional ontology require manual work (impossible to automate), whereas sequence-based ontology can be easily built via automation.Perhaps not everyone will understand the second point above. Nevertheless, the scalability and performance of the end product will speak for themselves when Hakia puts the testing platform online.Usage of the Commercial OntologyThe immediate use of the CO is for search queries, or document characterizations, not tied to any advertising in conventional systems. This unrecognized domain of search queries and characterizations means loss of revenue. Hakia’s CO is designed to fill in this gap. For example, if the search query or page characterization is “beat generation,” the CO can map it to “literature” on the fly. As a result, systems using the CO will have a much deeper understanding of the incoming terms, and thus will be able to recognize the underlying intent beyond the face value of the words. The same capability can be used in a number of places other than advertising with the same effect.Stay tuned for the release of the first version of Hakia‘s commercial ontology. Tags:#Sponsors#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market rww sponsor 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.We at Hakia are proud to announce our upcoming commercial ontology, perhaps the world’s first. What is a commercial ontology? If you’re asking this question you have just touched on an important distinction: fantasy versus reality. In the context of the Web, a commercial ontology is a realistic version of an ontology, as we explain below.Realities of the WebHakia has accomplished two important innovations in building its commercial ontology (CO): first, the development of concepts and lexicons that follow strict guidelines on the realities of Web operations. What are these realities? Most search queries on the Web reflect a single dimension of intent, almost exclusively relevant to commercial topics. “Commercial topics” here must be taken in the broadest sense possible. For example, if you were looking for “the benefits of foot massage” or “the director of the movie Last Emperor,” your queries would fall into a commercial pattern. One particular distinction of the commercial pattern is that they come in short packages, including a name (onomasticon) or referring to something sold, bought, watched, heard, etc.In contrast, many (if not all) ontologies that have been built to date (or claimed to exist) are focused on the use of language in the general sense, but not in the sense of commercial patterns on the Web. Therefore, their usefulness when tackling Web search queries is greatly compromised, sometimes to the point of absolute failure. If such an ontology could disambiguate a dozen different senses of the word “kill,” it would be sad news if the last 100,000 queries in the search logs did not include a single occurrence of the word “kill.” Like drowning in two-inch-deep water, such ontologies do not use their disambiguation capacities for nearly 80% of queries because the queries include nothing but onomasticons or are too short (under-articulated).The Sequence ApproachThe second innovation used in the CO is the use of sequences instead of single words. A single word, like “kill,” is the most ambiguous state of information and is hardly used in human communication without a strong implied context. As a result, building natural-language processing (NLP) systems by taking individual words as units of computation is an invitation for disaster.In contrast, word sequences (two or more words) are inherently safe and highly descriptive. Take “road kill,” for example. This sequence describes the corpse of an animal killed on the road by a passing vehicle. If a language processing system takes the sequence of words as a unit of computation, 99% of the ambiguity problem vanishes. There is no need to process the words “kill” and “road” separately, trace their senses, and locate convergence to identify the meaning of “road kill” if you can just take the sequence “road kill” itself as your unit of computation for mapping. This is depicted below:last_img read more

Manufacturers Identify New Ways to Succeed in Narrowband IoT

first_imgPiyush Mandhare Tags:#innovation#manufacturing#Middle East#NarrowBand#NB-IoT#platfirms#Tags#Vodafone 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Rise in demand for low power consuming applications has compelled the leading market players operating in the narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) market to come up with different strategies to mark their presence. Recently, Vodafone announced launch of its narrowband internet of thing network in Sydney and Melbourne. New Investment PocketsVodafone’s network is currently live in Frankston, Victoria. Here, it has been running its NB-IoT trails with Huawei for the past few years. The company aims to expand its network and add more stations to global IoT platform. With launch of NB-IoT products in Australia, the company aims to offer a wide range of products, services, and applications. The expansion of network will lead to more carriers, vendors, utilities, and commercial organizations roll out. In addition, this would harness the benefits of a new way to connect devises.The use of Vodafone’s NB-IoT labs, such as Düsseldorf in Germany and Newbury in the United Kingdom act as a bridge with companies who are able to experience hands-on time with prototype devices. The broad array of use of the Narrowband IoT also drive its market. The governments show interest in it, owing to its usage in development of smart cities. This is another factor that motivates the leading players to either collaborate or merge with their contemporaries. Here is an instance of Huawei, which has signed an agreement with two other global companies to promote growth of the market in the Middle East.See Also: A fine Euro hello to Vodafone’s NarrowBand IoT next yearMiddle East Capitalizes its ResourcesThe collaboration among Nextek Solutions, Quectel, and Huawei will lead to building of Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) solutions to target the needs of regional organizations. The companies were able to grab the opportunity in the region owing to rise in developmental projects for smart cities. The governments have made smart city expansion a key goal in their national agendas. This is leading to the deployment of innovative projects that stand in a context of smart city development worldwide. Moreover, Huawei has developed its Hosting Center, which would serve as a secure platform for operators in the region. Its OpenLab in Dubai provides a platform to the regional partners to test and customize a variety of technologies. This helps them to target the vertical sectors which are most relevant to the Middle East, such as public safety, transportation, smart cities, oil & gas, and education.Innovative Applications Drive the DemandRecent innovations in the field of NB- IoT have enabled the customers to keep a track of their luggage, pets, and kids. This feature has been developed by Samsung by the name “Connect tag”. The tag connects with the narrowband internet of thing and is designed to clip onto pet collars, luggage, or children to help users to keep a track of them. The tag is one of many IoT devices that companies are experimenting with in the early days of NB-IoT’s availability. From the above paragraphs, a conclusion can be drawn that with rise in awareness of wireless technology, the NB IoT market would witness a tremendous growth in the future. Related Posts center_img The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

Slow start can’t stop Bolt in debut at last worlds

first_imgJamaica’s Usain Bolt greets his fans before a men’s 100m heat during the World Athletics Championships in London Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — It was classic Bolt. The World’s Fastest Man saved his best for last.Lumbering out of the starting blocks and closer to last than first for half the race, Usain Bolt sped away nonetheless to an easy victory in his opening 100-meter heat Friday at his final world championships.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In truth, it looked like almost all of his 100-meter runs have over the years. He is 6-foot-5, more than a head taller than anyone else on the track and, as usual, he looked like a baby giraffe trying to gain his footing as he clambered out of the start.“I just sat there small and tried to beat him at whatever point in the race I could beat him,” said Warren Fraser, the 5-foot-8 veteran from the Bahamas, who lined up to Bolt’s right and kept things even for the first 12 strides.At 50 meters, Bolt started pulling ahead. At 75, he was looking to his left, where he saw nobody. At 90, he was shutting things down to coast to the finish line.Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 10,000m final during the World Athletics Championships in London, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Bolt had some fun afterward, flashing the thumbs-up sign to the crowd and toying with the hedgehog mascot, who played with the Jamaican’s shoes — one gold, one purple — before the champion headed off for his lengthy round of interviews.Earlier in the week, he essentially guaranteed a win. Few could disagree, and when the man thought to be his best competition, Andre De Grasse of Canada, dropped out with an injury, the sentiment only grew. Among those who might challenge him include Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, American Christian Coleman — he of the much-discussed 4.12 second 40-yard dash that he posted to social media — and Bolt’s longtime challenger, Justin Gatlin.ADVERTISEMENT His time — 10.07 seconds — didn’t matter.Neither did the fact that the evening’s best drama — and biggest cheers — belonged not to him, but to British distance runner Mo Farah, who got tripped and nearly jostled off the track twice on the last lap but still came away with his third straight world title at 10,000 meters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhat does matter is that Bolt, as expected, made it through safely to Saturday night, where he’ll run the semifinals and, if nothing crazy happens there, will be favored to win his fourth world title at 100 meters.“The race overall was a poor start,” Bolt said. “I had to push myself a little to get back in the race. But overall, I’m glad I got to push myself, blow the cobwebs out. I’m feeling OK, but it wasn’t a great race.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Curry misses cut, still impresses golf’s best MOST READ LATEST STORIES Is he firing on all cylinders?“I didn’t get to run as smooth as I wanted, so I can’t really say,” he said. “But the fact I got back into the race real quick means I’m pretty much in decent form. Tomorrow, we’ll see how the semifinals go, and then I can really say what’s what.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Everybody wants to make that moment happen,” said Gatlin, who lost to Bolt by .01 seconds at worlds two years ago.The first medals awarded on this evening were actually for races run years ago. Before the meet began, the IAAF held ceremonies for the 2013 U.S. women’s 4×400-meter relay team and others who lost to runners — mostly from Russia — who were later found to have doped.“Awkward and bittersweet were definitely the way to describe it,” Natasha Hastings said while holding her new gold medal.But better than nothing, which is what Jenn Suhr will get.America’s top pole vaulter won the Olympic gold medal in the same stadium five years ago and was looking for an encore. She didn’t clear the bar in three attempts at 4.55 meters, and was gone before the medals round.“I don’t want to think about this,” she said. “I walked into the stadium and had tears in my eyes for good memories. I don’t want to leave disappointed.”Bolt also has great memories of London.In 2012, he completed his second of three Olympic sweeps. Before those races, he put his finger to his lips, as if to shush the doubters, many of whom saw Blake beat him twice earlier that year and thought there was a changing of the guard in store.Blake isn’t the threat he once was.And though the seven men who will line up against him Saturday night may disagree, the only person who may be able to knock off Bolt is Bolt himself.last_img read more