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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 18, 2017 – Kingston – Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) has donated $9 million to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management’s (ODPEM) ‘Help Impacted Islands Initiative’ to assist Caribbean countries affected by the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.The cheque was presented during a ceremony held on Friday (October 13) at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management headquarters in Kingston.   The distribution of the Funds will be done through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDMEA).Among the islands impacted by the passage of the hurricanes include: Anguilla, Barbuda, Dominica, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands.In his remarks, Director General of the ODPEM, Major Clive Davis thanked the AAJ for its generous donation, which he said, sets the example for other organizations to follow suit in giving generously to these islands which are in dire need of assistance.“The suffering is far from over. Reports coming out of Dominica are that the rebuilding process is going to be long and challenging. The Airports Authority has seen the need, has identified with the cause and we will ensure that those persons in need benefit from this donation,” he said.For his part, President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAJ, Audley Deidrick noted that because of the extreme damage done to the islands, “we found it necessary to make this presentation to the Government.”“I am happy to show our Caribbean brothers and sisters that the government and people of Jamaica stand with them in their time of need,” he said.The ‘Help Impacted Islands Initiative’ is aimed at providing support to the impacted states of the Caribbean.   Donations may be made in two forms, that is, monetary and in-kind.   Monetary Donations may be made at any branch of the National Commercial Bank, under the account Name: ODPEM donation account (Oxford Road Branch), account number: 212-387-304.Persons may also donate items such as: bottled water; non-perishable/canned food items; tarpaulins; diapers; sheet sets; collapsible water containers; hygiene products; flashlights/ lanterns; and batteries.The items can be delivered to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management at 2-4 Haining Road Kingston 5 on Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Release: JISlast_img read more


first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida school was placed on a temporary lockdown after an armed robber was reportedly on the loose in the area, Tuesday.According to Miami-Dade Police, officers went to a house looking for a man wanted for armed robbery at a Walgreens. However, the subject fled the area.A police perimeter was set up along Southwest 97th Avenue, between 14th and 16th streets.As a precaution, Coral Park Elementary School was locked down. It has since been lifted.The subject remains at large.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_img 2 ThisPersonDoesNotExist When you visit the website “This Person Does Not Exist” you will likely see a face smiling back at you. Seems innocent enough — until you realize the face is not actually real, but generated by a neural network algorithm.That person is not real. They don’t exist.The website’s neural network algorithm codes a “facial image from scratch from a 512 dimensional vector”, according to Phillip Wang, who created and posted about it in a Facebook group on Feb. 12. Wang suggested he created the site to “raise awareness for what a talented group of researchers made at Nvidia over the course of 2 years,” according to a post in Hacker News.The technology is based on a state of the art Nvidia-designed AI known as StyleGAN — a neural network that can separate aspects of an image to learn and generate new images. It was detailed by a team of Nvidia engineers in a pre-print paper last updated on Feb. 6 at arXiv. The neural network is versatile enough that it is not just faces that it can conjure up, but bedrooms, cars and even cats.I ran through a couple of refreshes and generated a whole range of faces that looked convincingly real. A small child even popped up and I kind of let out a weird “aww”. Then I realized I was cooing over a computer-generated nobody. Super weird.There are also occasions where strange artifacts appear on faces. I saw teeth between eyes, gaping mouths and strange swirls of red appearing on cheeks and brows.notrealpeopleNone of these people exist. Their faces were generated by an algorithm. In some faces, you can see artifacts of the generation process (such as the first image). ThisPersonDoesNotExist Amazingly, others have taken the StyleGAN architecture and run with it, creating fake anime characters, old artwork or using it to make the President of the United States smile.The software is available on GitHub, but take note: It requires immense processing power that only top-end graphics processing units (GPUs) or cloud services can deal with.It’s also kind of creepy.You can see how it works in the video below: Sci-Tech Commentscenter_img Tags Share your voicelast_img read more


first_img Car Industry 0 Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle concept drives as dynamite as it looks 2019 Honda Passport review: All the SUV you really need 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda 2019 Honda CR-V review: Still one of the best small SUVs around Enlarge ImageNo, that doesn’t mean employees get the day off when the wind isn’t blowing.  Honda Whether opening the box of a new television or just opening the refrigerator door, you’ve probably seen one of the government’s Energy Star stickers at some point, which helps buyers learn how efficient an item is. Now, the EPA has slapped that sticker on an entire building, thanks to Honda’s hard work in making it energy-efficient.Honda announced on Thursday that its Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America (HTM) facility in Russells Point, Ohio, has become the first US auto transmission facility to earn the EPA’s Energy Star certification. This means that the plant is in the highest quartile for energy efficiency in the country.HTM started this journey in 2014, when it became the first major auto manufacturing facility in the US to get a decent chunk of its energy from wind turbines — two 1.7-megawatt turbines, to be specific, which provide more than 10 percent of the plant’s power needs. HTM also scrutinizes its efficiency in other ways, monitoring utility use and scheduling everything from HVAC use to lighting. Honda’s transmission plant in Ohio is a busy bee. Every year, this 1.1-million-square-foot facility cranks out more than 850,000 transmissions for all manner of vehicles. But that’s not all it builds; it also produces transfer cases, gears and differentials. That’s a whole lot of metal.While HTM deserves commendation, it’s far from the only automotive plant working with renewables. After announcing its intentions last year, Bentley reported earlier in May that the solar panels on its Crewe factory’s car port now produce 2.7 megawatts of power, and the whole facility generates 7.7 MW from solar energy alone. Audi’s Brussels plant, which will produce the electric E-Tron SUV, will see 95 percent of its processes covered by renewable energies, with offset programs covering the final 5 percent. Post a comment Honda Share your voice 63 Photos More From Roadshow More about 2019 Honda Passport Review • 2019 Honda Passport review: All the SUV you really need Tags Preview • 2019 Honda Passport first drive: An urban warrior with off-road chopslast_img read more


first_imgShevchuk Oleg, Dennis Vitomeski, Nazari Vojnok, Valodimir Trushiniski, Valentine Sokolovski and Sergei Ukrainetz. Photo: Prothom AloA total of Tk 300,000 went missing from an automated teller machine (ATM) of Dutch-Bangla Bank booth in Dhaka’s Badda on Saturday morning but neither any transaction was recorded in the bank server nor any money was deducted from any client’s account.Scrutinising closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footage, the bank authorities found two foreign nationals wearing masks, sunglasses and caps withdrew money from the Badda booth.After that, Dutch-Bangla Bank beefed up its security measures at all its ATM booths. One of the foreign nationals was detained on Saturday night when he was trying to steal money from a DBBL ATM booth of Taltola, Khilgaon area. Police later detained five more foreigners for their involvement in the new kind of ATM fraud.According to police, all the six detainees are citizens of Ukraine. They landed together in Dhaka on Thursday.They are Dennis Vitomeski, 20, Nazari Vojnok, 19, Valentine Sokolovski, 37, Sergei Ukrainetz, 33, Shevchuk Oleg, 46, and Valodimir Trushiniski, 37. However, a certain Vitaly Klimchuk, 31, could not be caught by police.Police, however, recovered around 50 card-like objects, masks, caps, sunglasses, six mobile phones and one ipod.Additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s detective branch (east), Shahidur Rahman, told Prothom Alo that the cards they used can disconnect the ATM booth from the central server of the bank.”This is a new and unprecedented way of fraudulence and we’ve never seen such method of stealing,” he said.Dutch-Bangla Bank officials are also in the dark over the new kind of ATM fraudulence. Earlier, ATM frauds used to clone clients’ cards to withdraw cash.Managing director of Dutch-Bangla Bank, Abul Kashem Md Shirin, said to Prothom Alo, “They didn’t hack any client’s account. We don’t know yet how they managed to withdraw the money.””The clients have nothing to worry about. We’ll take steps to increase our security measures further,” he added.Alarmed by DBBL ATM fraud, other banks have also become cautious.Anis A Khan, managing director and CEO of Mutual Trust Bank, said to Prothom Alo, “International hackers stole money from ATM booths in a new method. Now, we need to think about the security of ATM services and constantly update our system.”The banks cannot cut costs when it comes to security, as security comes first in banking services, he added.*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more


first_imgA landscape architecture group wants to change the daily Houstonian commuting experience.Over a two-part video series, we follow the Houston chapter of SWA Group — some of the folks behind Buffalo Bayou Park. The first step for this endeavor: re-interpreting freeways as public space.The project was commissioned by Houston First Corporation.New videos drop every Monday for Imaginarium on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel. Sharelast_img


first_imgKolkata: Narayana Multispecialty Hospital, Barasat, in association with Barrackpore Police Commissionerate organised “Safe Drive Save Life” programme at Sodepur in North 24-Parganas.Narayana Multispecialty Hospital, Barasat, also felicitated three civic volunteers of Barrackpore Traffic Police for their outstanding performance in maintaining traffic issues and bringingdown accidents.Sibasis Ghosh, ACP,Traffic, Barrackpore Police Commissionerate, Rajesh Mondal, OC, Central Traffic Guard, Barrackpore, along with senior officers from Ghola, Khardah and New Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBarrackpore police stations and Barrackpore Police Commissionerate were present at the function.”Safe Drive Save Life” programme was aimed at creating awareness and ensuring road safety among people, especially the youngsters and children to bring down the number of accidents in the region.The hospital also organised a Health Camp for the auto-rickshaw and truck drivers followed by a seminar on Road Safety.Dr Rajiv Pathak, Facility Director, Narayana Multispeciality Hospital, Barasat, said: “Safe driving is an essential part of road safety.”Every day, so many people lose lives due to irresponsible and reckless driving. If we don’t follow the rules, our life can be in danger.”So, for this purpose of ensuring road safety by sensitising the concept of safe driving among people, especially the youngsters, we have taken-up this initiative.”last_img read more


first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — State Governor Carlos Joaquín González says those responsible for the murder of a city official last week are enemies of society, vowing to continue the fight against criminals.Joaquín González expressed his sorrow in the death of José Enrique González Rosas, Director of Inspection and Collection of Solidaridad City Council.“We work to bring order, achieve peace and security, which provokes reactions from criminals,” said the Governor on his personal social media account.“Those who committed this crime are enemies of society, so we are going to fight them. The Attorney General’s Office is committed to finding those responsible for such a regrettable act and punishing whoever committed this crime,” he warned.González Rosas was shot three times Friday night while walking to his car from his office. He died shortly after, at 9:40 p.m. at the General Hospital in Playa del Carmen.The State Attorney’s Office opened an investigation for the crime of murder of José Enrique González Rosa, who was appointed as director of Supervision and Collection of Solidarity earlier in April.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgPhase 2 of T1 transformation under waySydney Airport has commenced phase two of the T1 improvement program to deliver a world-class airport experience for passengers, visitors and staff. The improvement works follow consultation with stakeholders and address requests for more direct paths through the terminal, clearer sight lines, better wayfinding, more passenger seating closer to gates, and an overall superior customer experience.Key benefits include:Wider pathways to deliver improved passenger flows and more direct paths to aircraft gates;A new central “boulevard” providing passengers with shorter walking distances, greater lines of sight and access from security to the boarding gates and aircraft;Clear signage and wayfinding that will better assist passengers to know where they are in the terminal, and how long it will take them to reach their gate lounge;Additional casual seating located closer to boarding gates;An improved retail and food and beverage offer with commanding views of the city and airfield; andRe-organised duty free tenancies on Arrivals level to provide improved pre-passport control zones with more space for access to e-passport kiosks, orientation space and optimised access to passport control line.The works in phase two include: The roll out of automated technology for passport control by Customs; The construction of a straight path through the main duty free store from the screening area to gate lounges, ensuring airlines and passengers have a direct path to gates, with works expected to be completed by September 2015;Expansion of the inbound immigration hall to provide increased passenger passport control processing capacity in both Pier B and Pier C Arrivals; andPier C Departures duty free store being relocated and arrivals store opening.During the transition there will be a reduction in the food and beverage offering in the airside precinct, however passengers will be able to access a great range of food and beverage options in the casual dining precinct before going through passport control and security. This includes new outlets Roll’d, Nando’s, Grand Cru, Hokka Hokka, Soul Origin and Mach2, catering to all budgets and tastes.The second phase of the T1 improvement program follows the commencement of our new duty free partner Heinemann on Tuesday, 17 February 2015.Once completed, the Heinemann duty free stores will showcase 400 new brands and will offer customers the convenience of online and mobile shopping. In addition to its extensive core product range, they’ll be offering an exciting collection of premium fashion and accessories brands, a large selection of toys and games, local and international delicacies, and a dedicated Australian products section.With the combination of Heinemann and the new luxury retail precinct, Sydney Airport’s T1 International terminal will soon be one of Sydney’s premier fashion destinations, offering a world-class international retail mix delivering more choice and value to customers.Due for completion in the third quarter of 2016, the works have been staged over 20 months to minimise potential disruption to passengers.“Following the completion of works, we will deliver a world-class airport experience for passengers,” Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said.“Direct, straight paths, wider walkways, more gate lounge seating, improved terminal ambience, a brand new shopping and dining offering and improved wayfinding will help transform T1 into Australia’s premier airport terminal.“Sydney Airport is Australia’s gateway and we are working hard to deliver our passengers an enhanced customer experience and airline partners more efficient operations.” Find out more hereSource = Sydney Airportlast_img read more


first_img Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Monday that the central bank will raise the federal funds rate when economic outlook uncertainties clear the air.Yellen spoke today at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and showed that she believes that the Fed will still raise rates this year if and when the economy improves.However, the rate increase at the Fed’s June meeting, which Yellen noted would be “likely,” has been nearly ruled out due to the most recent employment data released last week.Minutes from the last meeting said, “Participants agreed that their ongoing assessments of the data and other incoming information, as well as the implications for the outlook, would determine the timing and pace of future adjustments to the stance of monetary policy. Most participants judged that if incoming data were consistent with economic growth picking up in the second quarter, labor market conditions continuing to strengthen, and inflation making progress toward the Committee’s 2 percent objective, then it likely would be appropriate for the Committee to increase the target range for the federal funds rate in June.”Janet Yellen”My colleagues and I will make our policy decisions based on what incoming information implies for the economic outlook and the risks to that outlook. What is certain is that monetary policy is not on a preset course, and that the Committee will respond to new data and reassess risks so as to best achieve our goals.” -Janet Yellen, Chair, Federal Reserve. Yellen explained in her speech today, “While the general picture of the labor market is largely positive, some people are still struggling.”She continued, “While the economy has made great strides toward the FOMC’s objective of maximum employment, somewhat less progress has been made toward our inflation objective. Inflation has run persistently below the Fed’s goal of 2 percent over the past several years even as the labor market strengthened significantly.”Yellen noted in her speech in Philadelphia that although the jobs data was “concerning,” she emphasized that “one should never attach too much significance to any single monthly report.”According to Yellen, there is “uncertainty about the economic outlook” and “we should expect to be surprised in the future just as we have been surprised in the past.” She identified four areas of uncertainty seem particularly salient at present:Trust and resilience of domestic demandEconomic situation abroadProductivity growthHow quickly inflation will move back to 2 percent.”I have explained why I expect the U.S. economy will continue to improve and why I expect that further gradual increases in the federal funds rate will probably be appropriate to best promote the FOMC’s goals of maximum employment and price stability,” Yellen said. “I have also laid out the considerable and unavoidable uncertainties that apply to both this outlook for the economy and to the appropriate path of the federal funds rate. My colleagues and I will make our policy decisions based on what incoming information implies for the economic outlook and the risks to that outlook. What is certain is that monetary policy is not on a preset course, and that the Committee will respond to new data and reassess risks so as to best achieve our goals.” Share Federal Funds Rate Federal Reserve Mortgage Rates 2016-06-06 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Fed’s Yellen Leans on Economy for Future Rate Hikes June 6, 2016 489 Views last_img read more


first_imgFiserv Aims for Faster Modification Process with CoreLogic Integration October 19, 2016 597 Views CoreLogic Fiserv Loan Modifications Servicers 2016-10-19 Seth Welborn Wisconsin-based Fiserv, Inc., a global provider of financial services technology solutions, has announced an agreement with analytics and data-enabled services provider CoreLogic to integrate CoreLogic’s IntelliMods loan modification decisioning tool with Fiserv’s comprehensive servicing platform, LoanServ. The integration is expected to reduce default risk and improve the time and cost of servicing loans.“Facing default is a truly distressing situation for a borrower,” said Joe Dombrowski, director of product management, Lending Solutions, Fiserv. “The integration of LoanServ from Fiserv with CoreLogic IntelliMods enables a servicer to quickly—in real time—and accurately evaluate borrower information and present the appropriate loan modification package, thereby reducing default risk and greatly improving borrower interaction.”The integration will mean faster processing of information necessary for a rules-based analysis of workout options for distressed borrowers to ensure compliance with all federal regulations, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac requirements. IntelliMods can deliver a decision in seconds once the user selects a modification profile that includes term extension, rate, or principal reduction. The integration of IntelliMods into LoanServ will trim days off of the process by allowing Fiserv clients to upload, qualify, process, route to borrowers, and track loan modifications at an accelerated rate. The follow-up of terms can also be automated.Once the terms of the modification are approved, IntelliMods will instantly generate the appropriate modification package. The package can then be sent to the server’s production house for printing, assembly, and shipping, or to FedEx for printing and overnight delivery to the borrower. A prepaid return envelope is included with the FedEx option, which allows servicers to track the package process using recordation using outbound and inbound tracking numbers which are incorporated into IntelliMods.“As a result of this integration with Fiserv, the CoreLogic IntelliMods platform enables servicers to take advantage of unique capabilities that provide real-time loan decisioning for Fiserv customers,” said Sapan Bafna, vice president, advanced delivery engines, CoreLogic. “IntelliMods helps reduce the workload and risk associated with the evaluation of workout options, and provides further add-on solutions for data append, property ownership reports, title reports, compliant document generation, e-delivery, e-sign and recording services.”center_img in Headlines, News, Technology Sharelast_img read more


first_imgCyprus’ competition watchdog approved Hellenic Bank’s agreement with the Cyprus Cooperative Bank on Wednesday, lifting one more obstacle for the acquisition of the latter’s operations, hours before the government agreed to offer more compensation to Co-op workers affected by the deal.The bank “has received clearance of the acquisition by the Commission for the Protection of Competition,” Hellenic Bank said in a statement. “On 24 July 2018, the commission for the protection of competition informed the company of its decision that… the acquisition is compatible with the functioning of competition in the market.”Hellenic added that it will “keep investors informed of any developments relating to the acquisition to the extent required by applicable laws and regulations”.The competition watchdog’s go ahead removes another obstacle in the completion of the deal. On July 8, the parliament passed legislation to modernise the foreclosure and insolvency framework to make it easier for banks to go after strategic defaulters and reduce their €20bn mountain of non-performing loans. This was a condition set by the European Commission’s competition watchdog for approving the deal.Another obstacle remaining to be overcome is the unions’ resistance to a voluntary retirement scheme which prompted the government to allocate more funds to it. A plan which provides for the compensation of 900 Co-op workers out of a total of just under 2,700 with a minimum of €20,000 and up to €170,000 was initially rejected. PEO, SEK and Pasydy are currently in negotiations with the Co-op to have some of its provisions improved.Following a meeting of the council of ministers on Wednesday, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that consultations between the bank and the unions were in their “final stage”.Hours later, Savvas Toulloupos, who represented PEO in the meeting with the Co-op’s management, said that the bank submitted an improved scheme after the cabinet decided to approve more funds to compensate Co-op workers.The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) described the new proposal as a take-it-or-leave-it offer.Toulloupos said that the unions will discuss the new proposal on Thursday while an extraordinary general meeting of the Co-op will have to approve the scheme on Tuesday. Staff members will then be given a deadline to decide whether to apply for it, seek to work for Hellenic Bank or work for the legacy Co-op which will manage its €7bn in non-performing loans.Bank workers’ union Etyk threatened to strike and disrupt the smooth transition to the post acquisition era unless its demands for a minimum compensation of €100,000 and up to €200,000 were met.Toulouppos declined to describe how far the offer had been was improved but said it included the amount to be paid as compensation.The Co-op’s compensation offer as it stands will allow also up to 15 former workers who had already benefited in the past from schemes offered by other banks to also take advantage of the one submitted by the state-owned bank.George Panteli, a senior finance ministry official, said on Tuesday that the scheme cannot exclude workers who have benefited from similar schemes in the past from participating in this one as it would constitute a form of discrimination.“You cannot treat these workers differently for legal and other reasons,” he said.Panteli added that like in the case of voluntary retirement schemes in the banking sector, their compensation will also be tax-free.The plan of the Co-op, which became a casualty of its failure to reduce its non-performing loans stock fast enough to avoid going out of business after receiving €1.7bn in taxpayers’ money, has meanwhile attracted criticism from Auditor-General Odysseas Michaelides.“A worker with 10 years in service will get 2.5 annual salaries while under the previous schemes of the state would receive one annual salary,” he wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.“How generous the technocrats of the finance ministry and the administration of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank are with taxpayers’ money!!!,” he added. You May LikeTopLights_Symbols9 Symbols you didn’t know meaning ofTopLights_SymbolsUndoNovelodgeHe’s One Of The Most Legendary Guitarists EverNovelodgeUndoNeck HammockThis Natural Stress Reliever Is Getting Rave ReviewsNeck HammockUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more