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Gad El Maleh Pays Tribute to His Country on Green March…

Rabat – Moroccan comedian Gad El Maleh has once again shown how close Morocco is to his heart no matter how many years has spent living in France and other countries.The Casablanca native, who left Morocco when he was 15 years old, painted his profile picture with the Moroccan flag to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Green March.The Moroccan Jew, who is a celebrated public figure in France, changed his profile on Saturday, the day after the Green March anniversary. As soon as his picture was posted on his Facebook page, it was shared by over 3,700 people and it garnered over 121,000 likes and several thousand comments.Most comments thanked the Moroccan French comedian for not forgetting his native country and for showing support for its territorial integrity.Although he left Morocco at an early age, El Maleh always seizes every opportunity to show how proud he is of being Moroccan. He has made a habit of mixing French and Moroccan Arabic in his one-man stand-up comedy shows.The Moroccan people celebrated on Friday the 40th anniversary of the Green March, a peaceful march of 350,000 people to support Morocco regaining its lost sovereignty over the Sahara, dubbed in the West and by media the “Western Sahara.” read more

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India’s Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

NEW DELHI — Dissatisfaction with India’s lagging economy didn’t deter voters from handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party a landslide parliamentary election victory.Now, they’ll be expecting something in return: faster, bolder action on long-promised reforms to transform the economy and improve the lives of India’s 1.3 billion people.Modi made big promises during the campaign for the weeks-long vote, viewed by many as a referendum on his first five-year term, which began in 2014. His election manifesto included a pledge to double farmers’ incomes and provide lavish aid to rural areas. He also vowed to make India the world’s third-largest economy by 2030 and to spend more than $1.4 trillion — quadruple the country’s annual budget — on improved infrastructure.Such promises rang hollow for many unhappy with the country’s 6.1% unemployment rate, the highest in decades; slow progress on modernizing railways and other infrastructure; streamlining India’s byzantine bureaucracy and other initiatives that helped him win office in the first place.But voters gave him the benefit of the doubt, and the economy may well get at least a short-term boost from the incumbent alliance’s strong showing in the election. The benchmark Sensex index surged briefly to a record high, over 40,000.That infusion of confidence could help drive increases in foreign and domestic investment, Priyanka Kishore of Oxford Economics said in a post-election analysis.However, she said, “From a longer-term perspective, the focus is likely to shift back to Modi’s economic and reform agenda, once the euphoria gives way to more pragmatic assessments of India’s economic situation.”While campaigning, Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party countered opposition criticism over suicides among farmers hit hard by low crop prices by focusing on wooing members of the Hindu majority with a nationalist pitch and playing up his strong stance toward India’s nuclear-armed archrival, neighbouring Pakistan.That strategy appears to have succeeded.“My sense is that the BJP was effective in keeping macro issues about the economy, such as unemployment or growth rates, outside the narrative of this election campaign. It was partly able to do so by leaning on emotive issues such as national security and Hindu nationalism,” said Nikhil Menon, an assistant professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.In the meantime, Modi’s party could point to highly visible initiatives such as his Clean India program, a massive effort to build toilets in towns and villages to help stop open-air defecation.Ajay Batt, a businessman in Delhi, said he was convinced.“This slow-down can be a temporary thing, but people think about the country’s security. Country is first. I am sure he (Modi) will improve the economy in the next five years,” said Batt, who said he voted for Modi.Now that the curtain has fallen on the election theatrics, Modi faces the hard work of revving up an economy at a time when wary consumers are spending less on everything, from toothbrushes to automobiles.The Department of Economic Affairs reported that the economy slowed in 2018-2019, from 8% in mid-2018 to under 7% in the most recent quarter, hobbled by that slowing consumer demand, weak growth in investment and drooping exports.Modi’s decision to pull 86% of cash out of circulation in a demonetization he said was aimed at rooting out corruption had a severe, though short-term adverse impact on the economy, as hundreds of millions of people suddenly discovered they had no funds for even the simplest transactions.Hiccups in the implementation of India’s new Goods and Services Tax, or GST, haven’t helped, said Devashish Mitra, an economics professor at Syracuse University.While the tough talk on security did help shore up support for Modi’s party, the incumbent’s advantage also stemmed from public skepticism toward the opposition Congress Party, given its mediocre record on reforms and legacy of corruption and incompetence, he said.The “Modi government should get a lot of credit for its Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code as well as the cleansing of the banking system, an important component being getting rid of non-performing assets,” Mitra said. But he noted that job creation was slow compared with the growth in the workforce, labour reforms have made halting progress and difficulties in acquiring land have hindered growth in manufacturing and construction of infrastructure.Looking ahead, breakthroughs on Modi’s original, ambitious reform agenda are unlikely, says Kishore of Oxford Economics. Instead, his government will likely focus on measures that could help energize the economy and satisfy campaign promises, such as crop price subsidies and income and credit support for farmers and small businesses.___AP Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach in Bangkok contributed.The Associated Press read more

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UN official calls for mechanism to address problems facing Africas Sahel region

“To be able to deal with the challenges in the Sahel region and to have a comprehensive, long- lasting impact, we need to put in place a mechanism that would bring together all the affected countries and major outside actors in a coordinated manner to discuss the issues and devise solutions,” B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council.Briefing the Council on the findings of the United Nations-led mission that visited Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania last month to look into the impact of last year’s crisis in Libya on the Sahel region, Mr. Pascoe said that it was clear that most of the challenges pre-date the Libyan conflict.“On the question of the returnees from Libya, the topmost priority for the countries visited was to feed and reintegrate the vulnerable returnees and to help the affected communities cope with the loss of remittances,” he said.“Compounding these immediate problems are underlying structural challenges and a looming food crisis in the area. There were strong appeals for the United Nations, working in tandem with the African Union and others, as well as with the new authorities in Libya, to find a mutually satisfactory framework for rebuilding relationships between the Sahel region and the countries of transit and destination,” Mr. Pascoe told the Council.Recent developments in the region reinforce the concerns consistently made to the mission by its interlocutors in the countries visited.The security situation in Mali has significantly worsened following heavy fighting on 17 and 18 January between Government forces and ethnic Tuareg militias in the north, an area close to the borders with Niger and Algeria.Mr. Pascoe told the Council that Tuareg fighters, who are members of the self-proclaimed ‘Azawad National Liberation Movement,’ have asserted that they are seeking to drive the Government out of several towns where Tuareg communities are dominant.In neighbouring Niger, President Mahamadou Issoufou, voiced concern on Sunday over the danger of similar violence occurring in his country, and affirmed his Government’s determination to avert the spread of Tuareg attacks.“The security equilibrium in the northern regions of Niger and Mali is especially volatile due to the enhanced presence and heightened activity there of the Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb group and other criminal networks who use these vast, poorly guarded and largely desert territories as safe havens and training ground for their illicit operations,” said Mr. Pascoe.He said that despite the structural challenges that international and regional efforts to address the Sahel problems would face, the readiness of all the countries inside and outside the region, as well as regional organisations and the UN system, to work together to develop a more comprehensive and coherent approach is encouraging.“It is critical that the international community responds to the strong and consistent calls by the concerned countries to support ongoing initiatives.“Some of the problems are directly related to the fall of the [Muammar] al-Qadhafi regime in Libya, but the mission’s interlocutors emphasized that most of the problems are long-standing ones, and current drought conditions make it obvious that the overall situation could deteriorate quickly,” said Mr. Pascoe.He told the Council that a ministerial-level meeting is planned to review the situation in Sahel during the Africa Union Summit next weekend and develop approaches to deal with the problems. The report of the UN-led mission, which was headed by Sam Ibok, the Deputy Director of the UN Department of Political Affairs’ Africa II Division, will be discussed at that meeting. 26 January 2012The United Nations political chief today called for the establishment of a mechanism to address the myriad challenges facing countries in West Africa’s Sahel region, which, he said, include a humanitarian crisis, lack of socio-economic development, insecurity and the threat of terrorism. read more

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Canadian dollar moves higher on weaker greenback stronger commodity prices

Canadian dollar moves higher, on weaker greenback, stronger commodity prices by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2012 5:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The loonie closed higher Friday as the U.S. dollar weakened and commodity prices were generally stronger.The Canadian dollar was up 0.27 of a cent to 100.75 cents US.Oil prices advanced after two consecutive days of declines.The May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 78 cents to US$103.05 a barrel.Meanwhile, bullion prices gained $1.40 to US$1,642.80 an ounce.Copper prices moved lower, however, down one-eighth a cent to US$3.688 a pound.Late in the day, the International Monetary Fund said it had raised more than US$430 billion in an effort to assure finance markets that it has sufficient firepower to handle any new problems among the heavily indebted countries of Europe.IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the total raised would nearly double the IMF’s available resources to make loans to countries in trouble.Lagarde said that some countries, including Russia, India, China and Brazil had made private pledges, but said she did not want to issue public commitments until they had conferred with officials in their home capitals. read more

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Syria Ban renews call for onsite access for chemical weapons probe team

“A credible and comprehensive inquiry requires full access to the sites where chemical weapons are alleged to have been used. I again urge the Syrian authorities to allow the investigation to proceed without delay and without any conditions,” Mr. Ban told reporters ahead of a meeting at UN Headquarters with Åke Sellström.Mr. Sellström, a Swedish scientist, was appointed a month ago to head the fact-finding mission, which was launched following a formal request from the Syrian Government. The initial focus of the probe will be an incident involving the alleged use of chemical weapons in Kfar Dael region in Khan Al-Asal area in Aleppo governorate.The fact-finding team has been on stand-by and is ready to deploy within 24 to 48 hours, with an advance team positioned in Cyprus. “This is a crucial moment in our efforts to get the team on the ground to carry out its important task,” said Mr. Ban. “I take seriously the recent intelligence report of the United States about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. On-site activities are essential if the United Nations is to be able to establish the facts and clear up all the doubts surrounding this issue.” He noted that even while waiting for Syrian consent to enter the country, Mr. Sellström and his colleagues have been doing what they can to gather and analyze available information. These activities include possible visits to relevant capitals.Today, 29 April, is also the annual Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Chemical Warfare. “As we address these allegations, I encourage all involved to uphold their responsibilities in enabling us to properly police these heinous weapons of massive destruction,” said the Secretary-General.In a separate message for the Day, Mr. Ban urged the international community to intensify efforts to rid the world of chemical weapons, along with all other weapons of mass destruction. “This year’s observance is especially timely, as the spectre of chemical weapons is once again casting its ominous shadow,” he said, adding that the allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria serve as a reminder of the continuing importance of the Chemical Weapons Convention. “The Convention is both practical and aspirational. It provides a framework for implementing chemical weapons disarmament and facilitating the peaceful uses of chemistry. It is also a highly symbolic instrument – representing a determined refusal of States Parties to allow the atrocities of the past to be repeated.” Noting that close to 80 per cent of declared chemical warfare agents had been verifiably destroyed, Mr. Ban said this continuing progress is a testament to the effectiveness of the Convention and the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).“But, as current events attest, we must stay vigilant. The threat of chemical weapons persists, and eight States remain outside the Convention. Until the Convention is universal and the last stockpiles have been destroyed, our debt to the victims of chemical warfare will remain unpaid.”Earlier this month, Mr. Ban appealed to the 188 States Parties to the Convention to do all in their power to bring on board the eight nations that still have not signed on – Angola, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria. read more

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Packers part with associate head coach Winston Moss

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have parted ways with Winston Moss, the associate head coach in charge of linebackers and a 13-year veteran of the staffInterim head coach Joe Philbin announced the move late Tuesday, two days after coach Mike McCarthy was fired. Moss was an 11-year NFL veteran linebacker. He has been an NFL assistant for 20 years in all and the associate head coach in Green Bay the past four years.“We thank Winston for his contributions to the Packers over the past 13 years,” said Philbin. “We hope for the best for Winston and his family moving forward.”Philbin took over for the final four games after McCarthy was let go Sunday after a 20-17 loss at home to Arizona dropped the Packers to 4-7-1. Philbin, a veteran assistant and former Dolphins head coach, is considered a potential candidate for the permanent job.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

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Luis Valbuena Is Having A Very Weird Season With The Astros

152002Jim Thome5235.6 192003Barry Bonds4533.8 141994Matt Williams4336.1 41995Mark McGwire3944.8 91999Mark McGwire6544.8168 12001Barry Bonds7346.8%235 141999Barry Bonds3436.6148 71996Mark McGwire5239.4 81997Mark McGwire5839.2 RANKYEARPLAYERHRHR/H PERCENTAGE 92012Adam Dunn4137.3 132009Carlos Pena3936.5 This list consists of big boppers — and Luis Valbuena. You wouldn’t expect to see him on many lists that include Barry Bonds three times and Mark McGwire seven.Nineteen home runs is certainly a career high for Valbuena, and his .236 isolated power average (slugging percentage minus batting average — a measure of extra-base hits) beats his 2014 number by 50 points. But in the middle of those impressive power numbers, he appears to be struggling. His on-base percentage is .286. His walk and strikeout rates have gotten worse. Even with his high power numbers, his slugging percentage is only three points better than it was in 2014 thanks to his low average.Here is that above chart again, but this time it shows players’ corresponding wRC+. 22001Barry Bonds7346.8 122006David Ortiz5433.8157 112010Jose Bautista5436.5 111997Mark McGwire5839.2161 182001Sammy Sosa6433.9 172015Luis Valbuena1933.9 101999Barry Bonds3436.6 62002Jim Thome5235.6189 202006David Ortiz5433.8 122015Giancarlo Stanton2736.5 31998Mark McGwire7046.1 At the end of the 2014 season, the Houston Astros had improved from being a floating pile of garbage in the Pacific Ocean to a modest landfill in New Jersey. After losing more than 105 games in 2011, 2012 and 2013, a 70-92 finish in 2014 was both a welcome change for fans and a sign that GM Jeff Luhnow’s scorched-earth plan might actually be working.The Astros have taken an aggressive approach to rebuilding since Luhnow took over in 2011. Not interested in the traditional lumbering process of retooling, Luhnow ostensibly sold off any player he could in exchange for even the fringiest of prospects and salary relief. Payroll plummeted from almost $77 million in 2011 to just $26 million in 2013. The most the Astros paid a player in 2013 was $5 million to Wandy Rodriguez. The thing was, Rodriguez was pitching for Pittsburgh at the time (the Astros agreed to cover part of his salary when they traded him for a trio of of middling prospects in 2012.)This approach led to some horrendous teams, a small group of promising prospects, and a combination of high draft picks and a good deal of bonus slot money. The Astros told their fans to trust the process, that it had to get worse before it got better. This sounded all well and good on paper, but it was hard to imagine just how bad the Astros would actually get. Still, 2014 saw improvements in the major league club as well as a glimpse into the future as some of their better prospects started making a name for themselves.When it was time to prepare a roster for the 2015 season, the Astros made further moves to upgrade. Perhaps this was to appease the remaining fans of a recently disgusting baseball team, or to shut up national columnists who had taken umbrage at Houston’s radical approach. Perhaps it achieved a little of both. Either way, it was a surprise to see a team with a record of trading any player with a modicum of value pivot to signing and trading for actual major league talent. That’s how Houston got into the Luis Valbuena business. The previous tenant of third base, Matt Dominguez, had gone from being a glove-first prospect with some power to being a corner infielder with a 63 wRC+ (that stands for weighted runs created plus, a measure of a player’s total offensive value, with 100 being league average) and a -11.9 UZR/150. (UZR, or ultimate zone rating, is a measure of defensive ability. Anything below a -10 is an embarrassment.) Dominguez’s performance indicated that a change was needed at the hot corner.The Astros dipped into their deep pool of toolsy outfielders and sent Dexter Fowler — who had been traded to the Astros just one offseason before — to the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Dan Straily and third baseman Valbuena.Valbuena was coming off a serviceable 2014 season, logging a 116 wRC+, and though his defensive numbers weren’t on par with his 2013 season, he came in just a shade below average with the glove. It seemed like a logical move: put a competent player at third and let the young core of players grow around that. And by the numbers, Valbuena has performed more or less competently. He’s just doing so in a very strange way.If it seems odd to see a player hitting .2031Stats throughout this article are current as of Thursday afternoon. described as competent, trust me that it feels just as odd to write. But buried in that .203 average are 19 home runs, the most of any Astros player and tied for seventh-most in the American League. Although Valbuena hasn’t yet crossed into Sylvester Coddmeyer III territory, an unusually large chunk of his hits have left the yard.This table gives the 20 highest percentages of home runs per hit, since 1985, for players with at least 19 home runs. 151999Sammy Sosa6335.0143 192001Mark McGwire2951.8104 182012Adam Dunn4137.3115 81995Mark McGwire3944.8183 With the exception of McGwire’s weird 2001 season, Valbuena is the only hitter flirting with league average. Hitters with a high home run percentage should put up good offensive numbers. Even the Three True Outcome players like McGwire, Dunn, Bonds, Thome and Sammy Sosa (all of whom generated large numbers of walks, strikeouts and home runs) have produced at an above-average level thanks to their abilities to get on base and hit for power. Valbuena has a 9.3 percent walk rate this season. He’s a Two Outcome player right now. Yet he’s keeping his head above the league-average water thanks to his home run total and the relatively weak crop of AL third basemen (one wonders how many points his wRC+ would jump if Josh Donaldson were playing in the NL.)A big factor in Valbuena’s weak season is BABIP (batting average on balls in play, which shows how often a ball in play becomes a non-home-run hit). Valbuena’s BABIP stands at .196, which is crazy low. McGwire’s 1997 season was the only other of our group to log a BABIP below .200. This isn’t a function so much of luck as of Valbuena’s high fly-ball rate. More than 48 percent of Valbuena’s batted balls this year have been fly balls. Usually, if fly balls aren’t clearing the fence, they’re getting caught.Valbuena’s ratio of home runs to hits is so high in part because very few of his other batted balls are dropping for hits. If all of his home runs dropped for doubles instead, his BABIP would be higher, yet his batting average would be the same (and his wRC+ would be much lower). If he had 19 more doubles and 19 fewer home runs, his BABIP would be .267, yet his average would remain at .203. No qualified hitter has had an average less than or equal to .200 and a BABIP greater than .266 for a season. Melvin Upton Jr. came close in 2014, with a .208 average and .286 BABIP.Luis Valbuena is having a weird season thanks to his home run totals. If his home runs were doubles, he’d also be having a weird season — one that would likely cause Houston to scout for third-base talent at the deadline.Jed Lowrie, another 2015 pickup for Houston, is expected to come off the disabled list after the All-Star break. His normal shortstop position has been taken over by some kid named Carlos Correa, so he and Valbuena could platoon at third for the remainder of the season. This may very well kill The Weird Season of Luis Valbuena: The Astro Who Only Hit Homers. It would most likely be good for the Astros, but bad for those of us who love baseball oddities. So it goes. To (terribly) paraphrase Rick Blaine, we’ll always have the first half of 2015. 51996Mark McGwire5239.4190 161999Sammy Sosa6335.0 51999Mark McGwire6544.8 102010Jose Bautista5436.5165 172009Carlos Pena3936.5132 72001Sammy Sosa6433.9186 132015Giancarlo Stanton2736.5156 31998Mark McGwire7046.1205 22003Barry Bonds4533.8212 161994Matt Williams4336.1133 RANKYEARPLAYERHRHR/H PERCENTAGEWRC+ 42000Mark McGwire3244.4195 12001Mark McGwire2951.8% 202015Luis Valbuena1933.9101 62000Mark McGwire3244.4 read more

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Hero dog sniffs out litter of abandoned puppies during woodland walk

first_imgThis puppy was left for dead on a cold winter’s nightCredit:Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary This puppy was left for dead on a cold winter's night “Ideally potential owners should be home most of the time and possibly have some knowledge of active dogs such as collies/labs etc but in the meantime, how cute are they!”They have been named Tosca, Mabel, and Carlos and are being fostered while they await families to adopt them permanently.If people want to help out the animals at the sanctuary, Holly Hedge has an Amazon wishlist, so kind-hearted donors can choose which gift they want to give the puppies. The dog’s owner then dropped off the three puppies at the sanctuary.The animal sanctuary wrote on Facebook: “Luckily a dog out walking sniffed them out, and in a true ‘lassie style’ moment, alerted her owner to rescue them, thank goodness as we truly feel they wouldn’t have survived a cold winters night”.”There is no excuse for leaving puppies in this manner. They were not secure in the box and could have easily have been killed.”The puppies have all been taken to the vet and were in good health, except for needing a de-worming. The sanctuary continued: “Anyone interested should call in to the sanctuary and fill in an application form, due to the high demand for rescue pups we will select the most suitable homes to meet them. 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. A heroic dog has sniffed out a litter of abandoned Border Collie puppies while on a walk in the woods.The puppies are now all happy and healthy, and are likely to find loving homes.Their lives were in jeopardy when they were dumped in a plastic recycling bin in Failand Woods in Bristol.Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary referred to the rescue as a “lassie style moment”, as the heroic dog who sniffed them out alerted her owner.last_img read more

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Is Samsung planning a 63inch Galaxy Note 3

first_imgHaving spent some time with the Galaxy Note Best Price at Amazon and Galaxy Note 2, I find it hard to believe that someone at Samsung lifted one of these massive phones and said, “we should go bigger”. According to rumors surrounding the future of Samsung’s plans for display tech moving forward, that could be exactly what is about to happen with the Galaxy Note 3.If you take a look at Samsung’s current mobile display lineup, as PCMag’s Sascha Segan did a little while ago, you’ll notice that Samsung doesn’t have anything in the 6-inch range. They have 5.8-inch device, and multiple 7-inchers, but nothing in between. While it could certainly be argued that there’s no reason for anything to exist in this range, much less something that makes phone calls, it seems to me that those same words were used in regards to the original Galaxy Note.Samsung leverages a unique software approach with the Galaxy Note line, specifically their multi-window system and S-Pen tools, to push a concept that is somewhere between phone and tablet. The move from 5.5-inch to 6.3-inch would probably be welcomed by users who take advantage of the tablet-like functions offered by the Note line.The large phone market is growing at a fairly steady rate, with the both HTC Droid DNA and the Oppo Find 5 coming to market with 5-inch screens. The Galaxy Note is still by far the most popular of the large phones, despite attempts from LG and ZTE to enter the market. The Galaxy Note 2 was made available on LTE and HSPA+ networks, just like the Galaxy S3 before it, and as a result has seen a significant adoption rate as well.A 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 3 with a 1080p screen, an even larger battery, and a quad-core Exynos or Snapdragon S4 Pro would be right on par with the rest of the market right now. All you would need is a Bluetooth headset to avoid making it look like you are using a paperback to make a phone call.Like many other upcoming Samsung products, there are no shortage of rumors surrounding the products. The Galaxy S4, for example, has been rumored to be preparing to an unveiling at two of the largest mobile tech shows as opposed to having its own launch event. The Galaxy Note 3 rumors sound like a possible evolution path for the Note line, but there may also be a good reason that Samsung hasn’t made a phone the same size as most e-readers yet.Korea Times via cnetlast_img read more

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The Flash Reveals Who HR Really Is

first_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target This week’s episode of The Flash focuses on the mystery behind the new Harrison Wells, or H.R. And the answer it gave us was actually pretty surprising. As we begin, Barry has followed through on his decision to move out of Joe’s house. That was fast. So fast he hasn’t really lined up a place to live yet. In the meantime, he’s staying with Cisco and starting to get on his nerves a little bit. Not nearly as much as the new Harrison, or H.R., as he likes to be called. There’s something about him that Cisco doesn’t trust. It could be that he’s just a little too friendly. At S.T.A.R. labs, he’s gotten coffee for everyone and is setting up team-building exercises like he’s trying too hard to instill trust. He’s also just plain weird. His overenthusiasm and awkward turns of phrase are making most of the team uncomfortable.Barry heads into work and is called into the captain’s office. Julian has rated Barry out for snooping in his case files, showing up late and disappearing throughout the day. Julian is dismayed that all Barry gets for his rule-breaking is a brief talking to. The Malfoy is so strong in this scene; you’d swear Tom Felton is seconds away from yelling “My father will hear of this!”Before he can dwell on that for too long, he’s called away by an emergency. A giant monster is attacking downtown Central City. The Flash saves a bus-full of people with the help of Iris, who was there covering the story. When he turns around to deal with the monster, it disappears. Back at S.T.A.R. labs, H.R. says his Earth has a special carbon fiber rope that could restrain something that big. He and Cisco work on recreating it in this world while Barry runs off to try and patch things up with Julian. During their work, H.R. gets on Cisco’s nerves, and he takes a break. Once alone, H.R. narrates into recorded diary, saying his plan is going perfectly. Nobody has any idea why he’s really there. What’s going on with this guy?Julian (Tom Felton) and Barry (Grant Gustin) start to get along. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Barry’s make-up with Julian isn’t going well. Julian, Barry learns, isn’t fond of any metahuman, especially The Flash. He doesn’t like that The Flash doesn’t obey the rules and he feels the police force has gotten lazy letting The Flash take care of all their problems. Just when Barry and Julian start to figure out how someone may be controlling the monster, it attacks. They return to the lab and Julian reveals he hates the metahumans because so many of them use their powers to hurt people. He says if he were “one of the chosen few,” he would help people.At S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry and Cisco catch on to the fact that H.R. isn’t exactly contributing scientifically the way they’d hoped. He repeats things they say in different words to make it seem like he’s helping. Determined to figure out what he’s up to, Cisco goes through H.R.’s bag and finds the voice recorder. H.R. walks in and tells Cisco to play it in full, understanding that they’ve been betrayed twice by a man with his face. The recorder turns out to be notes for a novel. He’s a novelist and a scientist.Well, not quite. Barry tries to defeat the monster by tripping it up with the carbon fiber rope a la Empire Strikes Back. The monster walks right through the rope, revealing it’s a hologram. Barry asks his team to find out where the signal is being projected from. It’s revealed that H.R. has no idea how. He’s not a scientist at all. Cisco takes over and gets Barry the location. He finds that Julian has already figured it out and is about to shoot the person controlling the monster, who turns out to be a young kid. Flash stops the bullet and brings the kids to Joe. It turns out the kid was picked on at school and wanted to make people fear him, to make them feel the same way he does in his daily life.H.R. offers to be the team’s muse. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, the team confronts H.R. who reveals that on his Earth, he’s more of an ideas guy. He doesn’t know anything about science; he just plants the idea in smart people’s heads, and they make it happen. It was his partner who actually solved Harrison-2’s riddle and sent H.R. to help the team and work on his novel.When Barry returns to the police department, Julian is freaked out over having almost shot a kid. He tells Barry why he moved to Central City to become a CSI in the first place. He was part of a very rich, very traditional family in England. (Could it be… the Malfoys?) It was expected that he would follow in their footsteps and he broke off from them and moved to America to do his own thing. He also realizes he was wrong about The Flash and reasons that he may have been wrong about Barry too. The two start acting more friendly towards each other, and Barry invites Julian out for a drink.Meanwhile, Caitlin leaves for a few days to visit her mother, a wildly successful doctor who’s been researching cryogenics. She wants to find some answers about her new ice powers. It turns out their relationship is even chillier than Caitlin is. She runs the same tests Caitlin already had and asks why she came out in the first place. She doesn’t consider that Caitlin is there because she’s scared.This is what happens when you try to kidnap Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Caitlin tries to leave, but her mother’s assistant won’t let her. He wants to study her and use the results to get ahead in his career. He tries to trap her in the lab, but she grabs him with an icy hand an nearly kills him before her mother calms her down and apologizes. Caitlin returns to Central City, where she receives a message from her mother. Some results came back saying that the more Caitlin uses her new powers, the harder they’ll be to reverse. Her mother warns her to stop using them. Caitlin grabs her desk, freezing it and the computer the message is playing on.The villain this week was kind of lame. The monster looked kind of cool, but there was no real danger, and the monster appearing always seemed like a hindrance to the plot, rather than moving it forward. That didn’t matter, though because the rest of the story was intriguing enough. The mystery behind H.R. was fun, and I’m glad it didn’t end with him being a villain again. The Barry and Julian relationship is developing at a nice pace, and it’s exciting watching Caitlin slowly become Killer Frost. The question is, will this Killer Frost be a villain or a hero? It’s definitely leaning towards villain, but I have a feeling it won’t be that simple. Perhaps Firestorm will take a break from Legends of Tomorrow to help her out.last_img read more

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Wilmington Boy Scouts To Hold Car Wash On June 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Boy Scout Troop 126 of Wilmington is holding a Car Wash this Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 10am to 2pm, in the Fourth of July Building Parking Lot (142 Middlesex Avenue).A $5 donation is suggested for each car wash.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… RelatedWilmington Boy Scouts To Hold Car Wash On May 19In “Community”Wilmington Boy Scouts To Hold Car Wash & Flower Sale On May 13In “Community”WILMINGTON GIVES: Boy Scouts To Hold Car Wash On May 7In “Community”last_img read more

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2020 Hyundai Venue is a tiny trendy SUV bound for NY

first_imgWe’ve been expecting a new small, affordable new crossover SUV out of Korea for a little while, and now, it has a name: the 2020 Hyundai Venue. The new entry-level model, which is slated to slot below the automaker’s already-inexpensive and small Kona range, will bow at the New York Auto Show on April 17.In an official announcement, Hyundai says the name Venue references a “place where people want to be seen, or in this case, inside the vehicle.” Hmm. The automaker even paired the press release with helpful photos of a couple of suitably attractive examples, including an overhead shot of Singapore’s Chinatown (above) and a rooftop concert scene.Enlarge ImageVenue will be Hyundai’s smallest, least expensive SUV. Hyundai The name “Venue” strikes as something of an odd break from the company’s successful run of SUV names associated with cities or places, including Santa Fe, Tucson, Kona and most recently, Palisade, which echoes California’s tony Pacific Palisades.To that end, Hyundai argues that “Venue embodies the characteristics of ‘the place to be,’ en route to the final destination, wherever that may be.” That feels like a bit of a marketingsplain stretch, but then again, the crossover craze has already given us similar-feeling names like Enclave (Buick) and indeed, Vue (Saturn). New York Auto Show 2019 Hyundai Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Regardless of what inspired its name, the 2020 Hyundai Venue is promised to be shown at the NYIAS accompanied by some sort of augmented reality production. Roadshow will have the latest from New York’s Javits Center — the venue set to play host to the Venue’s reveal — on April 17.Stay tuned. Post a comment See All 0 Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint reading • 2020 Hyundai Venue is a tiny, trendy SUV bound for NY May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Review • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Buick Hyundai More From Roadshow Tags New York Auto Show 2019 Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Preview • 2020 Hyundai Palisade: Croc eyes, family-friendly SUV heart 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better News • 2020 Hyundai Palisade, Widebody Chargers and more: Roadshow’s week in review SUVs Crossovers More about 2020 Hyundai Palisadelast_img read more

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Kuskokwim safety experts explain how to stay safe on the river

first_imgThe BSAR search boat “Yuarta” or “the searcher.” Photo by Charles Enoch, KYUK.As fall time rolls in and the air takes on the familiar chill, Kuskokwim residents begin their subsistence activities, and that requires traveling in conditions that can turn hostile. Two Bethel Search and Rescue members have tips for those traveling the rivers as the weather becomes rainy, windy and often more unpredictable. Bethel Search and Rescue Chief Mike Riley gives hunters and travelers some tips.“Make sure you do a float plan or tell someone where you’re going at all times, when you’re supposed to be back. Take enough supplies, enough gas to make a round trip, plus an extra in case you run into any problems or anybody else out there that needed help. Also, always, always, always make sure you wear your life jacket out there, when you’re out there. Try not to be traveling during dark hours. It makes it dangerous not just for you but also for other people out there,” said Riley.Listen nowRiley adds that travelers should also bring extra warm clothing in case someone has to spend a night in the cold.BSAR is a volunteer group that searches for missing persons in the region. They are based in Bethel and its members include avid hunters and travelers from different villages the region.Daylight decreases dramatically during fall. Many people find themselves running out of light before they head home. Riley says it is easy to get lost traveling by boat at night.“Problems we see in the past is people being out boating at night, they don’t know where they’re at during the dark time. They’ll be traveling and they’ll try to remember where they’re going and sometimes it makes it a little bit harder for us to find them cause they’re not where they’re supposed to be,” said Riley.Riley says time is an issue when you’re looking for someone who hasn’t made it home from a trip. The shores on the Kuskokwim are slate colored and are often impossible to see in the dark, even for the most experienced travelers. There are also hazards like submerged logs, shallow areas, and debris that can be hidden even without darkness.Former Bethel Search and Rescue Chief Peter Atchak of Bethel says anybody can find themselves in a tough spot in the wilderness.“A lot of people think that these tragedies or accidents may never happen to them but tragedies and accidents happen to anyone,” said Atchak.Riley says a recent deadly accident hit close to home last month when his 25-year-old nephew from the Yukon village of Pitka’s Point, Thaddeus Riley, ran into a submerged log with two others in the boat. The two swam to shore but Thaddeus Riley swam for the boat and drowned. He was not wearing a life preserver.“This is something that anybody that knew him, they didn’t think anything like this was going to happen to him but that tell you, be prepared always [because] things can happen to the most experienced people out there,” said Riley.As Kuskokwim residents gather food for the winter, travel to Bethel to shop in a bigger store, or are just out enjoying the autumn, Riley says be safe and always, always, wear your life jacket.last_img read more

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As kings suffer across Southeast Chilkat Chinook candidate for stock of concern

first_imgTo identify a king salmon, check for black gums. (Berett Wilber).For more than five years, Southeast’s iconic king salmon have been returning in fewer and fewer numbers. Managers with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are recommending Chilkat, Unuk and King Salmon River Chinooks become official “stocks of concern.”Listen nowNext year, biologists are predicting the smallest number ever of Chinook salmon returning to the Chilkat River. Brian Elliott monitors Chinook stock for Fish and Game in Haines.“I’ve been studying Chinook on this river for twenty years,” Elliot said. “It’s very painful to watch this happen.” The Department is recommending Chilkat Chinook for a “stock of concern” designation. Kings from the Unuk and King Salmon rivers will also likely get the title — and new management plans that will restrict harvest.Chinook forecasts for 2018, compared to 2017 numbers. Alaska Department of Fish and Game.The Board of Fish is set to approve Chilkat Chinooks as a stock of concern at their January meeting, after years of some of the lowest returns they’ve ever seen. Last year, only 1,173 kings were forecasted to spawn up the River. That’s between one and two-thirds less than managers hoped for.“It was the lowest escapement estimate since we’ve been conducting this kind of research. This is a region-wide effect — it’s not specific to Chilkat, it’s not specific to Northern Southeast,” Elliott said. “This is a sweeping problem.” The escapement goal represents the number of fish that need to spawn to guarantee there are enough baby fish for healthy and harvestable runs. And that’s not happening.“Just generally in Southeast, the Department monitors eleven Chinook stocks for escapement. We only had two reach the lower bound of their escapement goals,” Elliott said. “Two out of eleven.”Next year’s forecast is even worse: just 1033 kings are expected to run up the Chilkat. Elliott worries that if those numbers keep dipping, Southeast king salmon won’t stop dwindling even if fishing is completely restricted.“Despite restrictive actions in all our fisheries — we’ve really pulled back the reins on harvest —  we’re still not making our escapement goals,” Elliott said.“That tells us this is a production problem. This is a survival problem.”Ed Jones agreed. He’s Fish and Game’s Chinook Research Initiative Coordinator. He says baby king salmon are suffering from marine mortality. “They’re just dying when they go into the ocean. From Southeast to the Yukon, this mortality is occurring at their first few months at sea. We surmise it’s probably something to do with water temperature and food,” Jones said. “But say we found out the water was too warm. It’s not like we’re going to be able to cool the water off.”Managers can’t jump in the water and guard fish: they can only adjust the behavior of people. Giving Chinooks “stock of concern” status will give the Department new guidelines to enforce who can fish when.Chinook spawning grounds on the Chilkat River from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.ADF&G’s draft action plan includes a scale of lenient to stringent restrictions for each fishery that’s likely to see kings from the Chilkat, Unuk or King Salmon River. Options include restrictions by gear — such as limiting mesh sizes for gillnetters — to closing fishing areas,  postponing or shortening seasons, and ratcheting down bag limits.The Board of Fish will choose which level of restriction to run with for each fishery — commercial, sport and subsistence. They can mix, match, add or reject elements of the draft plan, meaning new rules for catching Southeast Chinook won’t be final until the meeting is over. The board will take public comment as part of their deliberation.Last year, sport, commercial, and subsistence fisheries all operated on restrictions, until the Department embargoed catching kings in late August. Elliott said fishermen should expect more restrictions in 2018.“When we’re in this kind of low abundance level, every fish does matter,” Elliott said. “We’re going to try to reduce harvest to an absolute minimum in all fisheries.” Jones echoed those concerns. He said while it’s typical to see salmon cycle through better and worse runs, these numbers are not normal. Or at least, they didn’t use to be.“The cycles are increasing in amplitude. What we’re seeing today is the peaks and valleys are extremely dramatic,” Jones said. “Unprecedented. Either unprecedented bad times, or unprecedented good times. And we haven’t seen the good time yet.”The Board of Fish will meet January 11 – 23 in Sitka.last_img read more

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Bangladeshi shot in US in his flat

first_imgMohibul IslamA Bangladeshi national was shot at his own apartment in Astoria area of New York City on Thursday morning.Mohibul Islam, 52, survived the attack, having shot in his leg. He was admitted to the local Mount Sinai hospital.Hailing from Moulvibazar in Bangladesh, Mohibul has been living in New York with his wife and four children. The New York police have announced a bounty of US $ 2,500 for anyone who would help nab the attackers.The police published leaflets containing the photograph of four attackers, collected from the CCTV footage.A black man knocked on Mohibul’s door introducing him as a courier boy at around 10:00am on Thursday. When he opened the door, the miscreant aimed a pistol at his head.During a scuffle, Mohibul was shot in his leg. Another unidentified man was seen waiting outside the door.The miscreants ran away immediately after the attack. Mohibul was then rushed to the hospital with police help. His condition is stable now.Bangladeshi community in the area has been horrified by the attack.The motive behind the attack is not known yet. The miscreants took away nothing from him. It is not sure if it is a hate crime.last_img read more

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Decoding the brain Scientists redefine and measure singleneuron signaltonoise ratio

first_img Fig. 2. Stimulus and history component estimates from the PP-GLM analyses of the spiking activity in Fig. 1. (A) Guinea pig primary auditory cortex neuron. (B) Rat thalamic neuron. (C) Monkey hippocampal neuron. (D) Human subthalamic nucleus neuron. The stimulus component (Upper) is the estimated stimulus-induced effect on the spike rate in A, C, and D and the impulse response function of the stimulus in B. The history components (Lower) show the modulation constant of the spike firing rate. Credit: Czanner G, Sarma SV, Ba D, Eden UT, Wu W, Eskandar E, Lim HH, Temereanca S, Suzuki WA, Brown EN (2015) Measuring the signal-to-noise ratio of a neuron. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(23):7141-7146. Fig. 1. Raster plots of neural spiking activity. (A) Forty trials of spiking activity recorded from a neuron in the primary auditory cortex of an anesthetized guinea pig in response to a 200 μs/phase biphasic electrical pulse applied in the inferior colliculus at time 0. (B) Fifty trials of spiking activity from a rat thalamic neuron recorded in response to a 50 mm/s whisker deflection repeated eight times per second. (C) Twenty-five trials of spiking activity from a monkey hippocampal neuron recorded while executing a location scene association task. (D) Forty trials of spiking activity recorded from a subthalamic nucleus neuron in a Parkinson’s disease patient before and after a hand movement in each of four directions (dir.): up (dir. U), right (dir. R), down (dir. D), and left (dir. L). Credit: Czanner G, Sarma SV, Ba D, Eden UT, Wu W, Eskandar E, Lim HH, Temereanca S, Suzuki WA, Brown EN (2015) Measuring the signal-to-noise ratio of a neuron. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(23):7141-7146. Recently, scientists at the University of Liverpool and Massachusetts Institute of Technology refined the signal-to-noise ratio as an estimate of a ratio of expected prediction errors, and moreover extended the standard definition to one appropriate for single neurons using point process generalized linear models (PP-GLM) – a flexible generalization of ordinary linear regression that allows for response variables that have error distribution models other than a normal distribution. The researchers conclude that their study provides a straightforward method for determining the signal-to-noise ration of single neurons – and by generalizing the standard SNR metric, they were able to explicitly characterize the acknowledged fact that individual neurons are noisy transmitters of information. The scientists state that their new approach allows SNR computation on the same decibel scale for neurons and man-made systems, and moreover applies to any analysis in which a generalized linear model can be used as a statistical model – including clinical trials, observational studies, and the optimization and evaluation of neural prostheses. Dr. Gabriela Czanner and Prof. Emery N. Brown discussed the paper that they and their colleagues published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As might well be imagined, the scientists faced a number of challenges in conducting their study. “Neurons communicate through spiking activity in two ways – spike intensity modulation or spike timing patterns,” Czanner tells Phys.org. “In our work, in which the fundamental challenge was to differentiate signal from noise in neuronal spiking, we focused on spike intensity. This required identifying the components that cause neurons to spike – or as Rieke and his colleagues wrote1, ‘To make meaningful estimates of information transmission we need to understand something about the structure of the neural code.'” Taking their lead from this quote, the scientists realized that in the case of single neurons, the factors that modulate the spiking activity are the stimulus, biophysical properties of the neuron, thermal noise, and activity of neighboring neurons. They then employed statistics to show that the signal regularity in the data that can be explained by stimulus and the neuron’s biophysical properties, while noise comprises the remaining neural spiking dynamics not captured by the stimulus and biophysical components. Explore further © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Hubble sees the remains of a star gone supernova That said, Czanner points out, previous formulations of neural SNR – for example, information theory adapted to derive Gaussian upper bounds on individual neuron SNR, and coefficients-of-variation and Fano factors (two measures of dispersion of a probability distribution or frequency distribution) based on spike counts – fail to consider the point process nature of neural spiking activity. (A Gaussian distribution is a continuous probability distribution used to represent real-valued random variables whose distributions are not known.) Moreover, these measures and the Gaussian approximations are less accurate for neurons with low spike intensity modulation or when information is contained in precise spike timing patterns.Brown notes that while the standard SNR definition assumes that a system’s measurements have a Gaussian distribution and that the noise is added to the signal, neural systems produce binary observations in short time intervals – that is, a distribution summarizing the number of events in a short time interval, and when the probability of number of observations depend on the number of observations in previous time intervals. These observations are more accurately modeled as a point process, and therefore differ significantly from Gaussian distributions and from standard Binomial distributions. “Moreover,” he adds, “these observations are affected by both the signal and the noise in the neural system – so the relationship is not additive.”Relatedly, he adds, it was vital to show that the neuronal signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) estimates a ratio of expected prediction errors rather than the standard SNR definition of signal amplitude squared and divided by the noise variance. “Neurons emit binary electrical discharges, called spikes, which are believed to be elementary unit of neural communication,” Brown tells Phys.org. “Hence, it’s important to find out precisely how much information and noise there is in the spikes.”Another challenge was determining that single neuron SNRs range from −29 to −3 decibels (dB), which meant selecting appropriate approximating models of the spiking activity. “The model has to be tailored to each neuron,” Czanner stresses, “thus reflecting neurons’ own specific electrophysiology and the type of the stimulation, which was either explicit or implicit. To achieve this we analyzed the SNR metric from the perspective of statistical concepts.” She says that showing that traditional SNR is a random quantity that estimates a ratio of expected prediction errors allowed them to extend the SNR standard definition to one appropriate for single neurons by representing neural spiking activity using a point process generalized linear model (PP-GLM).”We estimate prediction errors using residual deviances from PP-GLM fits,” she continues. “Because the deviance is an approximate chi-squared random variable whose expected value is the number of degrees of freedom, we compute a bias-corrected SNR estimate appropriate for single neuron analysis and use the bootstrap to assess its uncertainty.” In analyzing four neuroscience systems experiments, the researchers were thereby able to show that the SNRs of individual neurons have – as Brown says they expected – these very low decibel values. “In other words, by generalizing the standard SNR metric we make explicit the well-known fact that individual neurons are highly noisy information transmitters – and at the same time, our framework expresses this SNR ratio for neurons in the same units as that used for more standard Gaussian additive noise systems.” More information: Measuring the signal-to-noise ratio of a neuron, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (2015) 112:23 7141-7145, doi:10.1073/pnas.1505545112Related:1Spikes: Exploring the Neural Code, Fred Rieke and David Warland, A Bradford Book – Reprint edition (June 25, 1999), ISBN-13: 978-0262681087 Interestingly, by calculating spiking history SNR (as is allowed by their generalized SNR definition), the scientists demonstrated that taking into account the neuron’s biophysical processes – such as absolute and relative refractory periods (the periods after the action potential, when the neuron cannot spike again or can spike with low probability, respectively), bursting propensity (the period of a neuron’s rapid action potentials ), local network dynamics, and, in this case, spiking history – is often a more informative predictor of spiking propensity than the signal or stimulus activating the neuron. An important step in their investigation was to acknowledge that SNR is an estimator or a statistic, meaning that it has statistical properties that need to be evaluated. “The values of the SNR estimate are random, and so change if an experiment is repeated,” Czanner says. “We therefore had to identify these properties in order to be certain that the estimate is constructed in a principled way.” She notes that a key property of the SNR estimator is that it is biased, because by definition it always gives a positive value even when there is no signal. “To this end, we proposed a simple bias adjustment that worked well in simulation studies.”In reviewing their research, Czanner and Brown identified the key innovations the team developed used to address these myriad challenges: ● Determining that the quantity being estimated by the SNR is a ratio of prediction errors● Employing the PP-GLM framework to estimate deviances as a generalization of sums of squares (is a mathematical approach to determining the dispersion of data points) so that the concept of the SNR can be extended to neurons and agrees with the concept used for Gaussian systems● Defining a way to take account of non-signal yet relevant covariates that also affect the spiking propensity of the neuron, which we accomplished using the linear terms from the Volterra series approximation to the log of the conditional intensity function expanded in terms of the stimulus and the spiking history● Determining that the numerator and denominator are both approximate chi-squared random variables whose means give approximations to the appropriate bias corrections, allowing the team to compute the approximate bias correction to the biased SNR estimate● Reporting the SNR for implicit and explicit neural stimuli (those attended to or not, respectively)● Being able to compute the SNR on the same decibel scale for neurons and man-made systems by using appropriate GLM models for eachIn their paper, the researchers state that their redefined SNR is extensible to any generalized linear model in which the factors modulating the response can be expressed as separate components of a likelihood function (a function of the parameters of a statistical model). “Our SNR metric is applicable to any system whose measurements can be described via a generalized linear model,” Czanner tells Phys.org. “The idea is to fit the model to the data, which effectively estimates the signal and the noise. (The model needs to be validated via, for example, standard goodness-of-fit criteria and autocorrelation tests) The new SNR can then be calculated by using deviances that generalize the concept of error sum of squares (a mathematical determination of the dispersion of data points) to generalized linear models. This means that the SNR is defined for all generalized linear models where the signal and non-signal components can be separated and hence estimated as different parts of a generalized linear model – and in fact, one of the key ideas in our work was to define the approximating model as the logarithm of conditional intensity, which allowed us to separate the signal or stimulus from the neuron’s own biophysical properties.”In terms of next steps, the scientists are planning to extend the SNR definition to analyze the SNR of neuronal ensembles, in which several neurons communicate with each other. “This is a so-called multivariate case where several neurons are considered at the same time,” Brown says, “and we’d like to know how ensemble SNR represents a relevant signal or stimulus.”The scientists say that the areas of research that might benefit from their new SNR concept are limitless. “Our definition applies readily to any situation in which a generalized linear model can be used as a statistical model, such as areas of research where measurements do not follow a Gaussian distribution n and/or when the noise is not additive and/or correlated,” Czanner tells Phys.org. For example,” she illustrates, “we are considering developing SNR metrics for evaluation of strength of surrogate biomarkers in clinical trials and observational studies, in which the surrogate biomarkers can be electrophysiological measurements from a human diabetic retina with the signal being the stage of diabetic retinopathy, or surrogate markers of retinal damage in malarial retina where the signal is the extend of brain swelling.”Brown also sees their SNR approach being used to accurately evaluate neuronal signal information. “We therefore envision that in the future this will reinforce the search for neurons that carry maximal information for the purpose of neural prostheses – and in this scenario, neural SNR may also be used to evaluate the performance of neural prostheses devices.” (Phys.org)—The signal-to-noise ratio, or SNR, is a well-known metric typically expressed in decibels and defined as a measure of signal strength relative to background noise – and in statistical terms as the ratio of the squared amplitude or variance of a signal relative to the variance of the noise. However, this definition – while commonly used to measure fidelity in physical systems – is not applicable to neural systems, because neural spiking activity (in which electrical pulses called action potentials travel down nerve fiber as voltage spikes, the pattern of which encodes and transmits information) is more accurately represented using point processes (random collections of points, each representing the time and/or location of an event). Citation: Decoding the brain: Scientists redefine and measure single-neuron signal-to-noise ratio (2015, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-decoding-brain-scientists-redefine-single-neuron.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Raising voice for the girl child

first_imgFor a long time now, girls and women from all over the world have been struggling with various barriers imposed on them by the society. To acknowledge the efforts and the fight of girls against all the injustice, Sachhi Saheli in collaboration with the Delhi Government, is celebrating the International Girl Child Day on October 11 from 5 pm onwards at the Amphitheater, Rajiv Chowk.Declared as an international observance day in 2012 by the United Nations, it marks an annual celebration of girls across the globe. With ‘Nigraani Nahi Jaankari Chahiye’ and ‘Tu Bolegi Muh Kholegi Tabhi Zamana Badlega’ as the main theme at this event, Sachhi Saheli will bring forth all the issues surrounding the girl child and the challenges that she faces in our society and provide the audience with a platform to get involved and ask questions they are usually reluctant to ask. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn our country, the girl child fights many internal battles just because she is a girl. She carries the heavy weight of pride of her family on her shoulders and has to be extremely cautious so as to keep it intact. We live in troubled times where children are sometimes subjected to violence or harassment and they don’t know how to deal with it.According to the latest statistics from Delhi Police, every day six rapes are reported in Delhi out of which two are that of young girls below the age of 18. Between the month of January and August approximately 1446 rape cases were registered. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis event will provide children and their parents with plausible solutions when faced with any harassment so that they don’t have to keep suffering in silence and appropriate action can be taken against the perpetrator.The event will be based around the theme, “Life of a girl child: Hurdles and roadblocks from Conception to College” and the same will be elucidated at the programme. Asmita theatre group will perform a street play in order to throw light on the life of a girl child especially focusing on sexual harassment in the early stages of life and how it affects the self-worth of a girl. This will then be followed by an intriguing performance by a sand artist through which a story with a message about the roadblocks and hurdles in a girl’s life will be conveyed.The last leg of the event will culminate into an insightful panel discussion wherein the audience will interact with panelists and representatives from Delhi State Legal Services Authority, Delhi police, Delhi commission for women, Ministry of India and a representative from an NGO working around issues of sexual harassment. This session will be instrumental in bringing forth questions that audience may have regarding issues of sexual harassment or girl safety.last_img read more

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Watch Prostitution a huge problem during the day in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mrs Bhoobun has spoken to the municipality on numerous occasions, asking them to clean up the land in Bombay Road so that criminal activities can be avoided. Till now, there has been no assistance from the municipality.Mrs Bhoobun tells the Ladysmith Gazette that prostitutes and thieves jump into her yard and steal garden accessories and other belongings in her backyard.“This is ridiculous and also very unsafe,” says Mrs Bhoobun.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! More and more people are getting fed up with the prostitution that is taking place in Ladysmith. What’s worse is that it is happening during the day as well, say residents.Angry IFP councillor Mrs L Bhoobun says prostitutes hide on vacant land in Bombay Road; they jump over her precast wall and come into her yard to “do their business”. This also happens during the day.Read initial story: Prostitutes make a mess in Ladysmith streets?Also read: Update: Prostitutes make a mess in Ladysmith (video included)Also read: Update: More prostitutes taking over Forbes Street?Also read: Update: Are you likely to contract sexual infections from prostitutes?last_img read more

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there is a new Porsche /Dynamiq yacht out and it looks bloody fantastic.400 nautical miles,"Republicans have now failed to pass a final budget in both the regular legislative session and in the self-imposed 12:01 a.For nearly two hoursjust.. president who signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830 which forcibly relocated most Native Americans from the South to Indian territory. didn’t mince words with his frustration with the majority party after the vote. "I may go in, rather than the slightly-curved spaces it had previously climbed,m. the hashtag was Twitter’s No 1 trending topic and was also popular on InstagramFinally in the early-morning hours the raccoon scampered to the roof scaling the several-meter long flat surface before reaching the edge and disappearing After several hours and hundreds of baited-breath Twitter inquiries UBS’s management tweeted a photo of the animal and noted it was alive and well"The falcons were circling like crazy" a security staffer at the tower said noting two active falcon nests on nearby highrisesThe incident which reportedly happened Jan 5 during a boys’ basketball trip to Bismarck allegedly included students leaving their hotel room and "engaging in inappropriate behaviors" according to documents obtained Thursday by the Herald Superintendent Dean Dauphinais confirmed the school is investigating the alleged sexual assault and whether students violated school policy"One thing that people have to understand is in the school when we investigate these things we investigate whether they violated school policy" he said adding the district leaves investigating criminal activity to law enforcement "We don’t investigate whether they have broken the law and that’s kind of the misconception out there—that we are going to investigate whether there was a sexual assault That is not our job"The Bismarck Police Department is investigating a reported sexual assault from Jan 5 Sgt Mark Buschena said Wednesday but the case remains open and active With no charges filed as of Wednesday Buschena declined to name parties involved or say whether it was related to the Warwick incidentThe Police Department does not give information on juveniles involved in any case Buschena addedThe school has taken disciplinary actions against the students accused in the case Dauphinais said but he declined to give details on those actions citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that prohibits schools from releasing certain information regarding studentsBoys’ basketball head coach Ryan Brown was suspended for three games while assistant coaches James Day and Rob Lawrence each received a two-game suspension according to letters to the coaches dated SaturdayCoaches did a roomcheck around 11:30 pm Jan 5 and told students to remain in their rooms Dauphinais said However the superintendent who also serves as the school’s athletic director found there was a lack of supervision by the coaches he saidThe suspensions were to be staggered so two coaches could lead the basketball team for the remainder of the season—there were seven games left as of Saturday Dauphinais said The suspensions must be served without pay"The public needs to know that we are addressing it that we are taking action . based on school policy" he said The coaches were cooperative and accepted their suspensions Dauphinais said He didn’t foresee further disciplinary actions against the coaches or other staff he addedWarwick is about 25 mile southeast of Devils Lake

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