Anderson urges greater community involvement

first_img BEST EVER One new event, the 800m, is to be added to the event this year with Ray Harvey, the meet director expressing confidence that this year’s staging will be one of the best ever. Apart from the overall sponsorship package, Ockino Petrie of Nestle revealed a second instalment of the Milo Western Initiative and Coaches incentive, geared towards the development of the sport in western-based schools. The initiative is a $200,000 sum for student athletes, who end up making the national track and field team and this amount is to be shared among the schools. The best coach at the Relays will get a sum of $50,000 from Milo and this will be decided by the Meet Director and his team. This year’s patron will be Stephen Smith of Grange Hill High School in Westmoreland and chairman of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association, for his contribution to the development of the sport in the region. More than 2,000 athletes from several primary and prep schools, high schools, tertiary institutions such as UTech, GC Foster and UWI, along with club teams such as MVP, Maximum Air, Sprintec and the Santa Cruz-based Elite Performance Track Club are expected to compete. Jamaican Olympian Marvin Anderson has said that while he understands the reason why schools choose to scout and buy athletes for their respective squads, he would rather see the schools depending on the support of the community to augment sponsorship which would allow them to keep hold of their better athletes. Anderson was the motivational speaker at yesterday’s launch of the 39th staging of the Milo Western Relays, which is set for February 11, 2017 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I am urging the schools to use a community-based thrust to acquire sponsorship, as against always looking to the established organisations such as Milo and Digicel for example,” said Anderson. “While these companies continue to assist through million dollar sponsorships at various levels, schools may not be fortunate enough to be on that list. So I am asking (the schools) to attract small but effective sponsorship to assist the development of your student athletes,” he said. Anderson is a former footballer and athlete at the William Knibb High School and Duncans All-Age in Trelawny, who went on to represent Jamaica in the 100m and 200m at the Carifta Games, CAC Junior Championship, World Championship and Olympics. He said for schools to become independent and be in a better position to keep their athletes, they must be willing to change the approach in how they choose to develop the athletes they have. This entails giving them the necessary support on and off the track and that will serve as motivation for the athletes to stay the course at their school instead of taking up offers elsewhere.last_img read more

‘Hard Knocks’ finale: ‘Everyone’s got an expiration date’

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USDA launches high-speed broadband e-Connectivity resource guide

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a new toolkit to help support the deployment of high-speed broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities.“High-speed broadband e-Connectivity is becoming more and more essential to doing business, delivering health care, and, for schoolchildren, doing homework in rural communities,” Hazlett said. “This user-friendly tool will help rural customers find the many resources USDA has available to support the expansion and use of e-Connectivity in rural America.”The e-Connectivity Toolkit (PDF, 4.3 MB) features 27 USDA programs that support broadband deployment. The easy-to-use resource is a simple guide that allows customers to identify their type of e-Connectivity project and locate resources the federal government offers for planning, equipment, construction, research and other e-Connectivity projects. Resources such as grants, loans and technical assistance are available from multiple Mission Areas at USDA, including Rural Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Forest Service.The toolkit highlights examples of how e-Connectivity resources are being used to increase access to broadband services in rural communities. It is free and available to the public online, and can be easily printed for offline use.USDA’s launch of the e-Connectivity Toolkit closely follows Secretary Sonny Perdue’s unveiling of the ReConnect Program, a pilot program authorized by the Consolidated Budget Act of 2018, to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas that lack sufficient access to broadband.In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.last_img read more

Key Baidu exec leaves to create own AI startup

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Andrew Ng, a co-founder of Coursera and Baidu chief scientist for three years, has left the company to create his own AI startup, called Deeplearning.ai.Ng has been a prominent face at Baidu, helping the company’s expansion into artificial intelligence and autonomous cars. In his leaving message, Ng said that he wanted to create an “AI community” for developers to share and explore what’s new in the industry.See Also: Can machine learning secure your competitive advantage?Not much has been said about Deeplearning.ai, apart from Baidu confirming that the new startup has “no association” with the company. Ng has not detailed what the startup will try and achieve and whether it’ll be a “community” or a company.CGTN, who originally reported the news, said that the registration information matched the Sunnyvale, California address where Baidu’s AI research campus is located, hinting at a possible secret collaboration between Ng’s old employer.AI startups are becoming Silicon Valley’s latest craze, as the drop in price for cloud computing and the capabilities of computers brings AI and deep learning to life. The researchers and experts in the field are coming out from the classrooms and incubators to either join high profile tech companies, which are paying a pretty penny for their talents, or starting a new venture on their own. Follow the Puck Related Posts Tags:#AI#Andrew Ng#Baidu#Deep Learning#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving center_img David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Uddhav takes on govt. on noise laws

first_imgTowards the end of the monsoon, Maharashtra will welcome the festival season with the Gokulashtami and Ganesh celebrations. For the last few years, the police have been strictly enforcing noise pollution regulations, ensuring that loudspeakers volumes are cut, and that they are tuned off after 10 p.m. The Bombay High Court has also taken cognisance of Ganesh mandals encroaching upon the public roads, increasing traffic congestion.On Wednesday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took an adversarial stance on the issue. Speaking at the inauguration of his party’s new office, Mr. Thackeray alleged discrimination against Hindus and said that his party would celebrate the festivals with vigour and enthusiasm, and no interference from the authorities would be tolerated. Mr. Thackeray said: “Every year, when Ganesh festival, Navratri approaches, the government issues red alert or threat from terrorists. Why do only Hindu festivals face the threat?”last_img read more

Mercedes GLA-Class compact SUV to reach India this festive season

first_imgMercedes Benz GLA-ClassThis festive season, Mercedes Benz India Limited (MBIL) will launch the GLA-Class, its biggest product for this year. This compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) will be in competition against BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. Incidentally, the Indian market will be one of the fastest to get the GLA.The GLA-Class Concept was first showcased at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and the company will officially launch the vehicle in Europe by May-June this year. Based on the Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform, GLA shares many parts with the A-Class and the B-Class. India is expected to get a GLA 180 petrol and GLA 200 CDI diesel, but probably not the GLA 250 4MATIC.ExteriorsDesign of the Mercedes GLA-Class has been inspired from other MFA platform cars and here a glimpse of the A-Class can be seen. It certainly looks like the A-Class on steroids, with muscular-looking flared wheels. Interiors The interiors of the GLA are the same like other MFA platform cars and thereby come with the same instrument panel design. It is a front wheel drive vehicle. Incidentally, both GLA and BMW X1 are two-wheel drive. So far, Audi Q3 was a 4WD vehicle, until the advent of the 2WD Q3 S. TransmissionMercedes GLA-Class will be the first luxury vehicle to be sold with simple manual transmission. This compact SUV will be available in 6-speed MT.Commenting on the upcoming new products, Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, MBIL said, “In line with the Year of Excellence’ strategy, Mercedes-Benz India will launch some of the most fascinating cars for the Indian customers in 2014; some of them will be from the AMG brand as well. We began the year by launching the new S-Class, the C- Class GRAND EDITION and followed it with the M Guard special protection vehicle. Today we launched India’s most powerful luxury SUV, the GL 63 AMG. “advertisementlast_img read more