Clean up area near Rotterdam bike path

first_imgI was really pleased to read in The Gazette that they are spending thousands of tax dollars to improve the bicycle path in the Rotterdam Junction area.I’m sure many people are going to really enjoy the scenic view of the once-beautiful Erie Canal.The canal was a home to beavers, muskrats, many varieties of fowl, not to mention great fishing. Unfortunately, a junkyard has ruined the entire area. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There are decaying vehicles, not to mention a trailer park has also moved in. Instead of adding more blacktop to the path, how about cleaning up the environmental nightmare that has existed for many years. I’m sure the many bikers and joggers would love to see pristine clear waters and abundant wild life instead of the eyesore that presents itself.I have complained to the state Department of Environmental Conservation many times over the years, to no avail.The funding wasn’t there. Everyone who cares about their environment, take a walk or ride on the bicycle path the Mabee Lane section and see the mess.We need to put the Erie Canal back to its original beauty.MARTY SHANTYCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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McKay announces return of £10m to shareholders

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Trump announces $19 bn relief for farmers amid COVID-19 epidemic

first_imgPresident Donald Trump on Friday announced a $19 billion financial rescue package to help the agriculture industry weather the staggering economic downturn sparked by measures to defeat the coronavirus.Trump told a press conference the government “will be implementing a $19 billion relief program for our great farmers and ranchers as they cope with the fallout of the global pandemic.”The program will include direct payments to farmers, ranchers and producers who Trump said have experienced “unprecedented losses during this pandemic.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said US farmers have been hit hard by a sharp shift in demand, as schools and restaurants close and more Americans eat at home.That has disrupted the food supply chain, forcing farmers in many places to destroy dairy output and plow under crops that no longer have buyers.”Having to dump milk and plow under vegetables ready to market is not only financially distressing, but it’s heartbreaking as well to those who produce them,” Perdue said.Perdue said some $3 billion of the money would go to buying produce and milk from such farmers, and redistribute it to community food banks.  Millions of Americans have recently turned to food pantries for meals and groceries after losing their jobs.The US farm and food industry has been hit in numerous ways by the coronavirus epidemic. Farmers are having trouble finding seasonal laborers to prepare and harvest crops; some meatpacking plants have been hit hard by COVID-19 outbreaks.But the change in the way consumers eat has had a huge impact.”Shuttered schools, universities, restaurants, bars and cafeterias are no longer buying milk, meat, fruits, vegetables and other food, causing a downward spiral in crop and livestock prices,” the American Farm Bureau said recently.Perdue praised farmers, who have enjoyed billions of dollars in support payments over the past two years due to the impact of Trump’s trade war with China, as “heroic.””Our farmers have been in the fields planting and doing what they do every spring to feed the American people, even with a pandemic, as we speak.”Topics :last_img read more

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Indonesia sets sights on artificial intelligence in new national strategy

first_imgCoordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto also said at the time that the government would employ the online single submission (OSS) system and the Single Map policy as part of its drive to use AI in government-related work.Read also: ‘Faster with AI’: Indonesia to replace ministerial aides with machinesA number of state projects already employ AI technology, including one to anticipate forest fires, while some government agencies are promoting AI development and technology-based solutions at schools and teaching faculties.However, the guidelines note that, while Indonesia’s demographic dividend and its “unique” datasets are among its strengths in developing AI, the country has neither the provisions to regulate nor an official agency to oversee AI development, among other things.The national strategy also sees as hurdles to AI development the dominance of imported technology in the Indonesian market, disruptions to the workforce and data misuse.As a possible solution, the guidebook advises the country to focus on infrastructure and data, research and industrial innovation, ethics and policies, and talent development.It also suggests forming a data ethics board to oversee its development as well as create regulations and setting national standards for AI innovation.AI providers and experts have lauded the move to establish a foundation for AI development. However, they urged the government and other stakeholders to improve on the strategy, anticipate risks and fix current flaws.Read also: AI opportunities: Made in Indonesia by Indonesians for IndonesiansAI and robotics professor Wisnu Jatmiko of the University of Indonesia sees the initiative as a statement of “good faith” but insists that the country needs to fix its internet connection issues, nurture high-quality talent and provide various types of infrastructure to bolster development.He also advised the country to have its own cloud computing system to prevent any leak of confidential information.“AI is an extraordinary challenge. It’s a race; it’s like a [sports] match, if we are not prepared for it, we will only be spectators,” said Wisnu, who is involved with the UI Computer Science Faculty’s AI Center and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).Meanwhile, Big Data and AI Association (ABDI) chairman Rudi Rusdiah said the government should prioritize trade and industrial affairs in AI development to reap the economic benefits, with a 2018 International Data Corporation (IDC) survey noting that Indonesian companies had the highest rates of AI adoption in Southeast Asia.He also called for reforms of higher education based on AI and urged the government to put in place regulations that prevent AI algorithm errors that may harm humankind.“AI has to be controlled, so that it will not replace humans and human work; AI is only meant to augment [human work],” he said.Similarly, Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) researcher Alia Yofira Karunian said the national strategy should be centered around human needs and uphold principles of fairness, accountability and transparency as pillars in AI implementation.Absence of such principles would be detrimental to human rights, she said, citing the example of the Compass project in the United States.Compass was found to have a racial bias in predicting the likelihood of recidivism, ProPublica reported, while the company remains tight-lipped about the details of the algorithm, according to the New York Times.Weighing such risks, the government had to protect personal data, Alia said. It also needed to ensure that people have the right to not be subjected to automated AI decisions and intervene whenever there are biases in AI machine learning.“We are in the beginning phase, so we must learn from the [mistakes] of other countries that have started it,” she said.Topics : The government has introduced a national strategy for developing artificial intelligence, but experts are calling for assurances that progress in this high-tech field is safe and beneficial for all.Jakarta published a blueprint that will guide Indonesia in developing artificial intelligence (AI) between 2020 and 2045, at a time when governments and businesses around the world are increasingly turning to the field for solutions in law enforcement, financing and health care, among others.Research and Technology Minister and National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) head Bambang Brodjonegoro said the country would focus its AI projects on education and research, health services, bureaucratic reform and food security as well as mobility and smart cities. “We are all determined to create an independent, advanced and prosperous Indonesia. Let us successfully reform Indonesia from being a natural resource-based country to an innovation-based country,” Bambang said during the launch earlier this week.The launch of the national guidelines, published as an e-book, marks a step forward in embracing AI technology and follows in the footsteps of many others who have already set up their own AI strategies, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) data.The development of AI is one of five sectors in the ministry’s focus, apart from the development of the internet of things, advanced robotics, augmented reality and 3D printing.In November last year, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government was looking to replace a number of civil service positions with AI to create a leaner bureaucracy.last_img read more

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Parramatta Park home like a time-warp to the 1970s

first_img410 Severin St, Parramatta ParkWALK through the doors of this Parramatta Park house and be taken back to a glorious time when ABBA was “in”, Lillee and Thommo were petrifying Poms and the bright spark who invented Facebook was not yet born.The unique Severin St house has barely changed since the 1970s. “It is just a bit different, you certainly don’t see many homes like this around Cairns anymore,” said Hannah Fuller of Belle Property Cairns.“We have people walk through and say it reminds them of their grandparents’ house.”Set on almost 680sq m – a relatively large block for Parramatta Park – the three-bedroom red brick house has been described as a “renovator’s delight”.A rear patio is ideal for entertaining while the neat backyard has been well-maintained.Ms Fuller said Parramatta Park was becoming an increasingly sought-after suburb because of its proximity to town.“Many clients have bought into the area and are running successful Airbnb operations, it’s just so close to the city,” she said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoDescribed as a “1970s gem”, the property at 410 Severin St is listed for offers in the low to mid $300,000s. The property is listed for offers in the low to mid $300,000s.According to CoreLogic, the average selling price for Parramatta Park houses was $472,500 as of May this year.The Tablelands man co-ordinating the sale, who asked to be known as Joe, said his parents had “absolutely loved” their many years living in the home.“We were actually keen for them to move years ago but they just loved it so much,” he said.“They were always playing billiards and listing to records – they were real party animals.“I remember once, about 25 years ago, a Japanese guy who was living around the corner offered them $450,000 for the place – but Dad said no.“It was when the Japanese were buying a lot in Cairns, and I guess Mum and Dad had no idea the downturn would happen – but they were very happy.”The property is open for inspection today from 10-10.30amlast_img read more

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New PLSA committee to promote, defend master trust pension model

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has established a master trust committee to promote and defend the master trust model of pension provision to government and regulators.The announcement of the committee’s creation comes shortly before a pensions bill is expected to be laid before Parliament, with the government having indicated that it will introduce stricter regulation of master trusts, something for which the UK pensions regulator has been arguing. Opening the PLSA’s annual conference in Liverpool today, Lesley Williams, chair of the association, said that, although master trusts have been around for decades, there are “new breeds” taking on millions of new auto-enrolment savers, and that master trusts had become a bigger part of the pension market than many would have imagined.Regulation will have to adapt to cope with the risks and benefits of master trusts, she said, noting that the pension providers would help shape the agenda of the 2017 review of auto-enrolment. Chris Hitchen, chief executive at RPMI Railpen, will chair the Master Trust Committee, while Emma Douglas, head of defined contribution at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), was voted vice-chair by the other members of the new committee.Comprising 13* senior executives in total, the committee will set the PLSA’s strategic direction on master trust policy, promote and support the development of the master trust market, and help savers in master trusts achieve a better income in retirement.Joanne Segars, chief executive of the PLSA, said a “top priority” for the association was to represent the entire workplace pension “community”.“Master trusts are a major force in today’s pensions landscape, counting many millions of the newly enrolled pension savers as their members,” she said.“As they grow in scale and in number, they face a growing number of complex issues – many of them unique to master trusts.“Our new Master Trust Committee will ensure there is a dedicated voice for master trusts to government and regulators.”She said the committee would advocate for master trusts “as a model of strongly governed and value-for-money schemes” and help to develop a strategic and pro-active policy framework. Hitchen said master trusts had played a key role in the success of auto-enrolment, especially among smaller businesses.“With the government’s plan to regulate master trusts within the Pensions Bill, the PLSA’s Master Trust Committee will relay the message that master trusts embrace high standards and wants to ensure the regulation and legislation governing master trusts continues to benefit savers,” he said.The Committee will meet four times a year and may on occasion hold a joint meeting with the PLSA’s defined contribution council and/or defined benefit council. Walk the talkIn other news, the PLSA is to carry out a comprehensive review of the organisation’s governance to ensure it supports the PLSA’s work on behalf of its members and all stakeholders, operates effectively and attracts the right people.Announcing the review at the association’s annual conference in Liverpool today, Williams said: “We have to make sure we walk the talk of 21st-century governance.”Last year, the association announced it was reinventing itself to capture changes in the way people save for retirement.Williams said “great progress” had been made but that “there is more to do”.The review will start immediately and run until October 2017.The board will consult with members on any potential proposals in the New Year. *The other members of the master trust committee are Ken Anderson, head of DC solutions at Xafinity; Helen Dean, chief executive of NEST; Tony Filbin, chair of BlueSky; Jamie Fiveash, chair, PLSA DC MES Forum; Patrick Heath-Lay, CEO of The People’s Pension; Bruce Kirton, CEO of Welplan; Fiona Matthews, CEO of Lifesight; Elspeth McKinnon, CEO, Cheviot Trust; Gary Smith, chair, Atlas; Michael Ramsey, CEO of The Pensions Trust; and Andy Waring, CEO of Ensign.last_img read more

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Leask Marine’s C-Fenna Completes Borssele 1&2 Works

first_imgLeask Marine’s vessel C-Fenna has completed the recovery of ten seabed frames and buoys at Ørsted’s Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands on behalf of Fugro.The vessel completed the deployment of the frames and their surface marker buoys and the collection of three grab samples at ten locations across the project in November last year.Leask Marine also completed the deployment of wavescan buoys for the wind farm on behalf of Multraship Towage & Salvage.Fugro won a joint contract with Boskalis in June 2017 for survey and identification of unexploded ordnance (UXO) at the Borssele Wind Farm Zone, as well as cable routes for the planned grid connection between TenneT’s two offshore platforms and its high-voltage substation onshore.The agreement follows several contracts Fugro undertook at the site since early 2015, where the scope of works included geophysical surveys, geotechnical site investigations, integrated geological modeling and measuring meteorological and oceanographic conditions.The 752MW Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm will comprise 94 8MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines located 22km from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland.The wind farm is scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2020.last_img read more

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People’s Pentecostal Family Church and Master Academy to provide eye care to public.

first_imgPastor Bill Daniel. Photo credit: dominicacentral.comThe People’s Pentecostal Family Church Missions Project in collaboration with Master Academy a Canadian based missionary group will provide three days of free eye care clinics to the public commencing today.The clinics will be conducted by Drs Charles Klettke and Roland Bauder.While here, the group will also build a computer Lab, install computers and a wireless network at the St. Luke’s Primary School.The team of seventeen missionaries along will also engage several community projects which include, Replacement of toilets at Operation Youth Quake Orphanage, Painting of the PPFC Children’s Ground in Stock Farm.Visits and care for the elderly and presentation of food hampers to needy families in the communities of  Stockfarm and Yam Piece.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 62 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews People’s Pentecostal Family Church and Master Academy to provide eye care to public. by: – May 23, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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Batesville Area Deanery CYO Tourney Pairings

first_imgThe 2018 Batesville Area Deanery CYO High School and 8th Grade Tourney pairings have been released.The Opening Round of games will start on Sunday, January 28th.  The 8th Grade Championship Game will be on Sunday, February 4th and The High School Championship Game will be on Sunday, February 18th.2018 Batesville CYO Tourney2018 Batesville 8th Grade CYO Tourney-1last_img

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City fans unhappy at Mancini exit

first_img The Italian had considerable support in the stands and that was evident at the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday when, amid rumours over his future, his name was chanted regularly. Mancini ended the club’s 35-year trophy drought by overseeing their 2011 FA Cup success and bettered that by winning a first top-flight title in 44 years last season. That the news of Mancini’s departure broke on the anniversary of last year’s dramatic Premier League title success added to the gloom. Kevin Parker, general secretary of the Manchester City Supporters Club, said: “After the weekend I think we were all expecting it to happen but I think we are all a bit disappointed it happened yesterday of all days – the anniversary of when we won the Premier League.” The sacking of manager Roberto Mancini has been met with widespread dismay by Manchester City fans. Parker added: “All those fantastic memories we have of May 13, 2012 – that date is a special date for City fans and that’s been a little bit tarnished. We’re definitely all disappointed.” A statement from the club said that Mancini had been relieved of his duties for failing to achieve the season’s “stated targets”. Parker said: “It is unbelievable. The club have said the targets set haven’t been met, but finishing second in the Premier League and losing finalists in the FA Cup would suggest those targets might have been unachievable. Does that mean we had to win the Premier League and win the FA Cup? I’m not sure.” The club’s statement also referred to a “need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the club”. Parker feels this could be a reference to various reports of disunity within the dressing room during Mancini’s tenure. This season alone Mancini has attracted criticism for seemingly unnecessary comments about Joe Hart, Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany while the many incidents involving the now sold Mario Balotelli were a patience-draining distraction. Parker said: “I think it seems clear – whilst they might not be happy with what’s happened on the field – there are other bits and pieces off the field that we as fans don’t get to know about. This reference to an ‘holistic approach’, there is probably a message in there somewhere. I think they are looking for peace, harmony and happiness in the camp. “That would suggest that under Roberto that isn’t the case. We all hear rumours and hear stories about it not being a particularly happy camp. But as fans our interest is a successful football team, success and trophies, and under Roberto that is what we got. Of course we are disappointed we have not won a trophy this season but in the eyes of City fans, that is not failure.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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