Small plane that crashed carried crew contracted by BC Wildfire Service

first_imgThe Canadian Press SMITHERS, B.C. — Three men who died in a small plane crash northeast of Smithers, B.C., on Saturday were part of a crew contracted by the BC Wildfire Service to do aerial imaging.Kevin Skrepnek, B.C.’s chief fire information officer, says in a statement that thoughts and sympathies go to the families and friends of those involved.RCMP Sgt. Darren Durnin says the crash site was located by helicopter search crews in Babine River Corridor Provincial Park and a conscious male passenger was seen outside the plane, but the landscape made it impossible to get him out.Durnin says in a statement that a rescue technician was lowered at another location and walked to the site where it was discovered a pilot and two passengers had died.The survivor was rescued by helicopter using a long line, then transported to medical care and police say he is in stable condition.The statement says the bodies of the three men who didn’t survive have been recovered and both the BC Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board are investigating.last_img read more

Arms continue to flow into Darfur Security Council expert panel finds

The Sudanese Government and rebel groups in Darfur continue to violate the Security Council arms embargo, sending heavy weapons, small arms, ammunition and other military equipment into the war-torn region over the past year, a panel of experts set up to monitor the ban says in a new report.The panel finds that the Government has shipped arms and equipment – including military airplanes and helicopters – by air into the airports of Darfur’s three provincial capitals, El Fasher, Nyala and El Geneina.This occurred even though the Government did not submit any requests for approval or exemption to the Security Council committee set up in 2005 as part of the arms embargo, the report states, covering the period from the end of September last year to the end of August this year.Government warplanes also made numerous offensive overflights in Darfur, and engaged in aerial bombardments, although the panel notes that the frequency of aerial attacks has declined since April.Several non-State armed groups have also received weapons, including assault rifles, rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns, that were bought in an unnamed country and then transported through Eritrea and later Chad to reach the rebels in Darfur, which lies on Sudan’s western flank.The panel says it is still awaiting responses from several Member States concerning that shipment, as well as other shipments to non-State armed groups.It reiterates its earlier recommendation to expand the arms embargo to cover Sudan’s entire territory and issues a fresh recommendation calling for a ban on the sale and supply of arms and related materiel to non-State armed groups located in or operating from neighbouring Chad.Turning to the targeted financial and travel-related sanctions, the panel states that the Sudanese and Chadian Governments have failed to fully implement the resolutions relating to the ban, such as by monitoring the financial accounts of individuals named by the Council.The panel also finds that both the Sudanese Government and Darfur’s major rebel groups have impeded the peace process, whether by conducting ongoing hostilities, placing lengthy pre-conditions on participating in peace talks or by failing to disarm other groups under their control.Several rebel groups, including the National Redemption Front (NRF) and the Minni Minawi faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) have also actively targeted the African Union peacekeeping mission currently operating in Darfur.For its part, the Government had used white aircraft in many of its offensive overflights in Darfur, including in at least one instance a plane with “UN” markings.All sides, including local Arab tribal militia, are not enforcing any accountability for breaches of the laws and rules of war, while the panel states that rape is being widely used as an instrument of warfare. 10 October 2007The Sudanese Government and rebel groups in Darfur continue to violate the Security Council arms embargo, sending heavy weapons, small arms, ammunition and other military equipment into the war-torn region over the past year, a panel of experts set up to monitor the ban says in a new report. read more

Ban lauds vision and achievements of UNESCO on 65th anniversary

14 December 2010Lauding the vision and achievements of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over the past 65 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today that the mandate of the agency remains as relevant as ever. “The Organization’s ability to broker new ideas… to bring the right people together… to mobilize political will… to explore thorny questions… to set standards… and to build capacity – these are vital today and for the century ahead,” he said in a video message to mark the anniversary of the Paris-based agency.Mr. Ban noted that for 65 years, UNESCO has worked to build the defenses of peace in the minds of men and women. It has also promoted education for all, safeguarded cultural expression and supported cultural diversity.In addition, the agency has worked to harness science for the greater good, and to advance freedom of information and access to knowledge, he said.“UNESCO also builds the defenses of peace in the hearts of men and women by reminding us of the dignity and human rights that we all share,” the Secretary-General added. “Hearts and minds – this is the passion that has always driven the Organization.”Mr. Ban thanked the agency for its achievements, and its staff for their dedication and hard work, as well as all Member States for their continuing commitment to the “ambitions that animate this great Organization.” The agency, which is led by Director-General Irina Bokova, has 193 member States and seven associate member States. read more

Sagala Ratnayake new Law and Order Minister

Minister Sagala Ratnayake took oaths today before President Maithripala Sirisena as the new Minister of Law and Order.Sagala Ratnayake will also continue as the Minister of Southern Development. Swaminathan is also the Minister of Rehabilitation. (Colombo Gazette) He replaces Thilak Marapana who resigned from his post as Minister of Law and Order and Prison Reforms this week.Meanwhile Minister D.M. Swaminathan took oaths as the Minister of Prison Reforms.

Corporate Christmas cards under threat from new EU data protection rules

Corporate Christmas cards are under threat because new EU data protection rules mean that companies need permission to send seasonal greetings via email. A briefing note sent to accountants… The Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has told its members that the cards can only be sent without the recipient’s consent “if you can justify that you have a legitimate reason to do so”.  MPs who send out Christmas cards to constituents are also being caught by the rules because of the fear that they qualify as unwanted marketing under the rules. The festive cards which are sent out to clients could fall victim to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force this year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Madhia miners protest Govt after equipment seizure

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFeeling frustrated and blindsided, miners question ‘sinister’ motives by Gov’t, GGMCApril 24, 2016In “Mining”Broomes to miners: Gov’t is worthy of your contributionDecember 8, 2016In “latest news”Gold miners reject ‘idiotic proposal’ by Govt to accept below-market pricesNovember 18, 2016In “Mining” Some of the miners gathered in protestScores of small miners on Wednesday took to the streets of Madhia to protest the seizure of their mining equipment by the incumbent APNU/AFC Administration.The miners who are now decrying that bread is being taken out of their mouths and that of their families are calling for total amnesty for whatever offences they may have committed.According to the miners, the consequences being meted out to them as a result of them breaching protocols are too “harsh”.Speaking to media operatives, the miners condemned the actions of government noting that a lot of factors needed to be considered before such a decision should be taken by them.One of those factors is the process of obtaining a mining permit which reportedly takes some six weeks to two months to be granted.“We have to be waiting long periods before we could get and renew the applications so all of them things does cause these people to breach orders and when they do, they does be treating us like criminal, running us with guns!” one miner decried.Another factor highlighted is the issue of bribery, where the Compliance Officers in the said area would allegedly accept bribes from the miners.One of the protesters demonstrating with a sign that read “Lets take our community back on November 12, Power to the people” in reference to the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE)“They did not say anything to us, they usually take bribes and allow people to work so now when the people feel free to work, they coming down on them harshly” it was revealed.According to the miners, following protocols is not an issue, however they disclosed that there is no proper system in place.“We are just asking that they come with good orders so that we can follow… the rules could have been fit in a systematic way so that the people could comply and continue earning” a dredge owner who had his motor engine seized explained.Further, the granting of lands to foreign nationals was also condemned by the miners who stated that “Guyanese are left with nothing”.According to the miner “the big men them are getting lands to work and the small miners are being suffocated, nothing for them, we own Guyanese people!”As such, the miners are calling for an intervention and for amnesty to be granted to them.“We are asking for total amnesty…whatever the consequences are after this breach then we will accept it”.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jadgeo spoke on the issue earlier today and called the action taken as an “unconscionable assault” on the small miners.Jagdeo further called for the David Granger led Administration to have the decision immediately reversed.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoNoting that the Madhia community is largely dependent on small mining, Jagdeo said “This sort of callous and uncaring decision will only serve to further hurt our small miners, who have families to maintain and children to send to school….we have a Government that has done nothing to improve the fortunes of small miners or the working class, for that matter. The Ministers sit in their offices and gorge themselves on privileges using taxpayers monies, while every single day they come up with new ways to launch an assault on our working class and productive sectors.”As such, he called for attention to be given to small miners given the importance of the mining sector to Guyana’s economy. (Kizzy Coleman) read more

Neos Kosmos endorses Uluru Statement from the Heart

first_imgNeos Kosmos recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as our people. In our submission we highlighted the work of a great Hellene, Alick Jackomos, the son of Greek migrant parents, who was born in Collingwood. He grew up during the Great Depression and became a soldier in the AIF during World War II. He married Merle Morgan from Cummeragunja. Jackomos was a real Hellene, in the spirit of all that is Greek, along with William Cooper, Arthur Burdeu, Doug Nicholls and Bill Onus and others who fought for Aboriginal justice.He became Victorian state secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI). Only a few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, his peers, knew that he was non-Indigenous.So, in the spirit of Alick Jackomos, and in the spirit of Hellenic democracy that we called on the government of Australia to enshrine the values of the Uluru Statement in the Constitution.Greeks and Indigenous Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, have lost countless warriors, men, women and children in wars of liberation. Neos Kosmos honours the warriors of the Indigenous Australians. And we want to herald the meaning of makarrata, “the coming together after a struggle.”We cannot be independent, free, or authentic Hellenes, if we do not enshrine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. We reminded the Australian Government as custodians of Greek democracy, that they have a responsibility to honour this ancient custom, just as Pericles did some 2,500 years ago.View our submission at aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Constitutional_Recognition_2018/ConstRecognition/Submissions Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One year after the ‘historic’ meeting in Uluru, where more than 250 leaders of Indigenous communities – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples at the First Nations National Constitutional Convention presented a ‘Statement from the Heart of the Nation’, their struggle continues.Their call for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” enshrined in the Constitution, may have been rejected by the government last October when the PM argued that it would “inevitably become seen as a third chamber of parliament” and would therefore not be “desirable or capable of winning acceptance at referendum”, but Indigenous community leaders have not given up.As a result, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have agreed on the scope of a new parliamentary committee that will seek to find “common ground” and work towards a successful referendum on Indigenous recognition in the constitution.The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has undertaken the task to seek “options for constitutional change and any potential complementary legislative measures” that will satisfy Indigenous Australians and secure the support of the Parliament and public. The 11-person committee will present an interim report by the end of this month, with its final report due to be presented on 29 November.So far, 296 submissions have been made to the committee by individuals and organisations. Neos Kosmos has joined this effort, spurred by our commitment to the Hellenic ideals of freedom and democracy.In our submission we endorsed the Referendum Council’s Uluru Statement from the Heart.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must take their rightful place in their country, as its original inhabitants. We want Indigenous Australians to have power over their destiny and know that their “children will flourish” and like Greek Australian children “will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.”Neos Kosmos called for the “establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.”Greeks disagree amongst each other, however, as we write in our submission we are all “bound by our ancient and imperfect custom of democracy.” This Hellenic custom permits argument and always seeks reconciliation. It is our Greek democracy and our love of freedom that is animated in democratic constitutions across the globe.As Hellenes and with overwhelming pride in our cultural heritage we could not see Indigenous Australians absent as First People in the Constitution of Australia.We reminded the Joint Select Committee of Pericles’ Funeral Oration of 431 BCE. Pericles, the Athenian leader in the aftermath of the bloody and futile Peloponnesian War, sought to identify that which makes Athenians unique. He identified democracy and justice for all, regardless of wealth and status.Pericles invited all who died in battle – Hellenes, foreigners, foes and friends – to become citizens of Athens, “So died these men as became Athenians.”We, the people who gave birth to democracy and citizenship, recognise the sacrifices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who died defending their nations.Greek Australians, Indigenous Australians also died shoulder to shoulder defending Australia in World War One and World War Two, we saw the horror of war in Korea, in Vietnam and we continue to put our lives on the line for that intangible, yet powerful notion of freedom.Aboriginal people fought and died for a nation that segregated them, that did not recognise them for a long time. In World War II, Aboriginal Australians died defending our Hellenic democracy from the brutality of Nazi invaders. We saved Anzacs in the Battle of Crete, and we have always fought for freedom and citizens’ rights.We, like the Indigenous people of Australia have felt the pain of racism. When many Anglo Australians in the past told us “to go back”, or called us “wog” we’d responded, “The only real Australians are the Aboriginal Australians”. In doing so, we’d reminded everyone that other than the Aboriginal people, we were all from elsewhere.Neos Kosmos’ submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.Neos Kosmos’ submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday August 13 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, August 13, 2019:#1) How To Tell Stories Through PhotographyThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a photography workshop at 7pm. A picture is worth a thousand words – are your photos speaking volumes? Join award-winning local photographer Lennie Malvone for a photography workshop to learn how to use your photos to tell a story. The class will cover composition, lighting, and tips for capturing a subject or landscape. The class will start with a short lecture inside before moving outdoors to photograph the Wilmington summer sunset, weather permitting. Smartphones, point-and-shoot, and DSLR cameras all welcome. Register HERE.#2) Traffic Advisory Please be advised that the Wilmington Department of Public Works will be grinding and resurfacing the following roadways on Monday, August 12, 2019:– Arlene Avenue (from Dorothy to Ella Avenue)– Franklin Avenue– Ella AvenuePlease be advised that the Wilmington Department of Public Works will be grinding and resurfacing the following roadways on Tuesday, August 13, 2019:– Birch Road– Burt Road– Canal Street– Corey Avenue– Grand Street (from Birch Road to #9 Grand Street)During operations, no street parking will be permitted.Partial lane closures and full road closures are anticipated. Local residents will have access to their properties, although there may be short delays.Please obey the directives of police details, detour signs, and warning signs during all construction operations, and again, please do not park on the street.If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481.#3) Wilmington Board of Assessors MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Assessors meets at 11am in the Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.#5) Tech Workshop: GPS AppsThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Tech Workshop at 10am. Hitting the road this summer? Join us for an overview of GPS apps like Google Maps and Waze that can help you get where you to want to go. Bring your smartphone for hands-on experience. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

SPMVV Ravands Plastech ink pact in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: An MoU has been signed between School of Engineering and Technology (SoET), Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (SPMVV) and Ravands Plastech on Wednesday.Ravands Plastech manufactures thermoplastic ball valves, throttle valves, non-return valves, foot valves, butterfly valves and filters. It is a leading supplier of above products for micro irrigation sector in India. The main idea of signing of MoU is to promote activities like industrial visits, internships, skill development programmes, placements for students and faculty development programmes.SPMVV In-charge Vice-Chancellor Prof V Uma, In-charge Registrar Prof S Geetha Vani, SoET Director Prof A Ramakrishna Rao, Placement Officer Prof R Usha, Ravands Plastech CEO D Damodar and Director Sashi Bindu participated in the event.last_img read more

Its a misunderstanding DB

first_imgNurullah Noor, Rashed Khan and Faruk HossainThe police have denied the allegation of blindfolding three leaders of quota reform movement.Joint commissioner of the detective branch of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Abdul Baten at a press briefing on Tuesday claimed that the three top organisers of the quota reform movement whom the law enforcers in plainclothes picked up on Monday were not blindfolded.The DB police organised the press briefing at its Minto Road office in the capital, ostensibly to defend themselves with regard to Monday’s incident of picking up of three top organisers of the quota reform movement.Asked about the reason to blindfold the students, Baten said, “The students [quota protesters] have claimed that they were blindfolded – it is a misunderstanding.“There is no specific allegation against the three students. They demanded withdrawal of cases against them, but there is no relation between their demand and the incident of taking them to the DB office. They [the trio] will be able to explain why they raised such allegation.” Claiming that the police have no position with regard to the quota movement, the police officer said, “We’re investigating the incident of attack on the residence of Dhaka University vice chancellor. As we don’t know the students personally, we are calling in some of them to DB office as part of our investigations.”Three leading organisers of the quota reform movement – Nurul Haque, Rashed Khan and Faruk Hossain – were picked up in filmy style by law enforcers in plainclothes on Monday.The trio was picked up from in front of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital gate when they reached the area after a press conference on DU campus where they demanded withdrawal of cases filed against the quota protesters within two days.Read more: Top quota protesters ‘taken to DB office blindfolded’last_img read more

Duterte declares Martial law in southern Philippines

first_imgMap showing Philippines` Mindano region, put under martial law Tuesday by President Rodrigo Duterte. AFPPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law Tuesday across the southern third of the country, after deadly clashes between security forces and Islamic State group-linked militants in a major city.The announcement, made by his spokesman at a press conference in Moscow where Duterte was on an official visit, fulfils an often-repeated warning by the president that he would enforce military rule to quell security threats.Duterte placed all of the southern region of Mindanao, which makes up roughly one third of the country and is home to 20 million people, under martial law, spokesman Ernesto Abella said in the nationally televised briefing.He said martial law would be in place for 60 days, in line with constitutional limits on the use of military rule.Martial law is particularly sensitive in the Philippines because it was used by dictator Ferdinand Marcos to remain in power during his two-decade reign, which ended in 1986 with a “People Power” revolution.Duterte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin late Tuesday at the Kremlin, prior to his return to the Philippines, and explained his abrupt departure.“Units of the Islamic State Group are occupying a province and there are clashes, a military operation is still ongoing. Unfortunately, I must go there now,” he said at the start of the meeting.The announcement of martial law came after security forces battled dozens of IS-linked gunmen in a Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people in Mindanao, on Tuesday.Marawi is about 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Manila, the nation’s capital.“Our country needs modern weapons… to fight against the Islamic State group we need weapons,” Duterte said in Moscow.Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said one policeman and two soldiers were killed in the clashes, which began when security forces raided a house where they believed Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf kidnap gang and Philippine head of IS, was hiding.Photos posted on social media by residents showed the gunmen walking through the streets of Marawi and placing black flags that looked similar to those used by IS.Lorenzana said the gunmen, who were believed to number more than 100, had occupied a hospital and a jail, and burnt down a buildings including a Catholic Church.He said many were hiding in buildings as snipers, making it difficult for security forces to combat them.The Abu Sayyaf, based on the most southern islands of Mindanao, has kidnapped hundreds of Filipinos and foreigners since the early 1990s to extract ransoms. The United States lists it as a terrorist organisation.Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded an elderly German man early this year and two Canadians last year after ransom demands for many millions of dollars were not met.It has also been blamed for the country’s worst terrorist attacks, including the 2004 bombing of a ferry in Manila Bay that claimed more than 100 lives.IS threatThe US State Department offers a $5-million bounty for Hapilon’s capture.Security analysts say Hapilon has been trying to unite Filipino militant groups that have professed allegiance to IS.These include the Maute group, which is based near Marawi.The Maute group has engaged in repeated deadly battles with the military over the past year in rural areas around Marawi.Muslim rebels have been waging a rebellion since the 1970s for an independent or autonomous homeland in Mindanao, with the conflict claiming more than 130,000 lives.The main Muslim rebel groups are involved in peace talks with the government.But the Abu Sayyaf, Maute and other hardline groups are claiming they want to set up an Islamic caliphate in the south for IS, according to security analysts.The fighting on Tuesday came six weeks after the military foiled a mass kidnapping attempt by the Abu Sayyaf on the central island of Bohol that is popular with foreign tourists.The US and other Western governments warned this month that terrorists were planning to kidnap foreigners in other tourist hotspots in the western and central Philippines, adding to longstanding advisories of abduction threats in Mindanao.Duterte, 72, known internationally for waging a war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, had said on many occasions since becoming president last year that he was prepared to declare martial law nationally as well as in Mindanao.However Abella and Lorenzana emphasised on Tuesday that martial law on this occasion remained restricted to Mindanao.last_img

Man woman given extensive life sentences for Cancun murder

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Two people have been handed extensive life sentences after being found guilty of a murder that took place in the Cancun Hotel Zone.The Attorney General of the State reported that a man and a woman have been given extensive prison sentences for their participation in the gruesome death of a woman in October of 2017 who was stabbed several dozen times.The attorney general says that the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Attention to Crimes against Women found the pair responsible for the crime of feminicide. According to a statement, prosecutors were successful in seeing Ricardo Flores sentenced to 50 years in prison, while María Calderón was given 37.The court found the accused responsible for the events that occurred in October 2017, when the body of a woman was found at Playa Langosta in the Cancun Hotel Zone. According to the autopsy, the woman had been stabbed more than 40 times.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

This selfdriving car can drive in its imagination using deep reinforcement learning

first_imgWayve, a new U.K. self-driving car startup, trained a car to drive in its imagination using a model-based deep reinforcement learning system. This system helps the prediction model to learn from real-world data collected offline. The car observes the motion of other agents in the scene, predicts their direction, thereby, making an informed driving decision. Dreaming to drive The deep reinforcement learning system was trained using data collected during sunny weather in Cambridge, UK. The training process used World Models (Ha & Schmidhuber, 2018), with monocular camera input on an autonomous vehicle. Although the system has been trained for the sunny weather, it can still successfully drive in the rain. It does not get distracted by the reflections produced by puddles or the droplets of water on the camera lens. Dreaming to drive in the rain The underlying training process Firstly, the prediction model was trained on the collected data. A variational autoencoder was used to encode the images into a low dimensional state. After this, a probabilistic recurrent neural network was trained to develop a prediction model. This helps estimate the next probabilistic state based on the current state and action. Also, an encoder and prediction model is trained using the real-world data. Once that is done, a driving policy is initialized and its performance is assessed using the prediction model in simulated experiences. Similarly, many simulated sequences can be trained, by imagining experiences. These imagined sequences can also be visualized to observe the learned policy. “Using a prediction model, we can dream to drive on a massively parallel server, independent of the robotic vehicle. Furthermore, traditional simulation approaches require people to hand-engineer individual situations to cover a wide variety of driving scenarios. Learning a prediction model from data automates the process of scenario generation, taking the human engineer out of the loop” reads the Wayve blog post. Generally, there are differences in appearance and behavior between simulator solutions and the real world, making it challenging to leverage knowledge acquired in the simulation. Wayve’s deep reinforcement learning system does not have this limitation as the system is trained directly using the real-world data. Hence, there is no major difference between the simulation and the real world. Finally, as the learned simulator is differentiable, it is easy to directly optimize a driving policy using gradient descent. “Wayve is committed to developing richer and more robust temporal prediction models and believe this is key to building intelligent and safe autonomous vehicles,” says the Wayve team. For more information, check out the official Wayve blog post. Read Next What we learned from CES 2018: Self-driving cars and AI chips are the rage! Tesla is building its own AI hardware for self-driving cars MIT’s Duckietown Kickstarter project aims to make learning how to program self-driving cars affordablelast_img read more

Adlabs Imagica to open two theme parks in India

first_imgAdlabs Entertainment’s Adlabs Imagica is planning to open two more theme parks in northern and southern regions of the country in the next three to five years. The company might lay the groundwork for the same in Delhi NCR area in North and Hyderabad or Bengaluru in South India.“We want to promote our property as a large multi-days holiday destination. In addition to Water Park and Rides Park, we will add Snow Park and adventure in this calendar year. Fiscal 2016-17 is the first year when all the elements of the theme park will be operational,” said Adlabs Entertainment CEO and Director Kapil Bagla.Adlabs Imagica will also add 171 rooms to its hotel, Novotel Imagica Khopoli in this calendar year, which at present offers 116 rooms.The company is expected to clock a turnover of `240-250 crore in the current fiscal year as against a turnover of `190 crore in the previous financial year. It currently operates a theme park and a hotel on the Mumbai-Pune expressway.last_img

Go back to the enewsletter Air New Zealand has 

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Air New Zealand has announced its 2015 annual result with normalised earnings before taxation of $496 million for the 2015 financial year, an increase of 49% on the prior year. “Our strategic initiatives over the past 3 years have positioned us well to take advantage of market dynamics which have contributed to these results,” Chairman Tony Carter says.“Our investment in new efficient aircraft, the continued development of our alliance partner relationships, world-class sales and marketing execution, great customer service and strong focus on cost management have enabled Air New Zealand to achieve revenue growth against a stable cost base.“We indicated at our interim result that lower fuel prices and current sales momentum have strengthened the company’s outlook, and this has seen the delivery of a record annual result that our shareholders and staff can be immensely proud of,” Mr Carter says.“Given the current known operating environment, along with our increased capacity and improved operating efficiencies, we expect to achieve significant earnings growth in the coming year.”Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says a continued focus on superior commercial results, enhancing the customer experience and further developing the airline’s people and culture have resulted in a terrific 2015 financial year across all 3 of these commitments.“We remain focused on the Pacific Rim as our growth strategy and will continue to provide the best connections, product and service at competitive prices, to maintain and grow our market share in these regions. Next year will see further capacity growth in international markets as we look forward to new routes starting in December 2015 to Houston and Buenos Aires. And while we are gearing up to launch these exciting new routes we have a team assessing potential new opportunities in Australia, Asia and the Americas,” Mr Luxon says.“We operate one of the most comprehensive domestic jet and regional turboprop networks in the world renowned for frequency, service and reliability.  Our domestic operation will grow eight percent in the year ahead, while at the same time maintaining our price leadership with more than two million domestic fares expected to be offered for sale for less than $100.”Mr Luxon says NZ has spent considerable time and effort enhancing the on-the-ground and inflight experience in 2015 financial year.“This has resulted in a further lift in customer satisfaction including amongst our most frequent flyers, and has seen the airline receive many awards in the past year.”NZ’s loyalty programme, Airpoints, continues to grow at pace with around 1.9 million members now, which is up almost 17% on the previous year. Australia remained the biggest overseas membership base with growth in that market exceeding 20% during the year.“This doesn’t surprise us as more Australians than ever are embracing the Air New Zealand product and service offering whether it be on the Tasman, to the Pacific Islands, North America or South America.”A cornerstone focus for NZ in 2015 financial year was knowing its customers better than ever before through the enhanced use of data and analytics.“Air New Zealand will deliver more personalised and relevant offers to its customers in the future through the use of data and analytics.  We have the systems, people and global partners in place to see the airline be more relevant than ever in our customers’ lives and in turn to deliver even more commercially through the Airpoints programme,” Mr Luxon says.While NZ’s record annual result is good news for shareholders, it is also a great outcome for the airline’s employees.“Our people are critical to the airline’s success. In the last year we have established a Company Performance Bonus to allow all Air New Zealanders to benefit when we deliver superior commercial results, and this will be paid to eligible employees next week,” Mr Luxon says.The bonus will see 8000 staff, who are not on other incentive programmes, receive payments of up to $1400.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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A Brief History Dog

A Brief History Dogs are products of their environment as well as their genetics.

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