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Moroccan Tourism Industry Resilient Despite Difficult Conjuncture: Oxford Business GroupMoroccan Tourism Industry Resilient Despite Difficult Conjuncture: Oxford Business Group

Rabat – Morocco is close to achieve its goal of receiving 20 million tourists by 2020, states Oxford Business Group (OBG) in a recent report relayed by the Maghreb Press Agency (MAP). Despite a difficult regional situation, the tourism sector in Morocco performed well in early 2017, the OBG said, recalling that the Kingdom welcomed around 3 million tourists during the first four months of the year. This represents an increase of 10 percent compared to the same period in 2016.These good results concern almost all the segments, said the British firm in its report relayed by MAP, stressing that the Moroccan tourism industry progressed in a difficult regional situation marked by troubles affecting the MENA region. Cited by the Oxford Business Group (OBG), the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid, said that “the sector is expected to grow by 5.5 percent year-on-year in 2017 with 10.9 million tourists.” Meanwhile, revenues, are expected to reach 5.8 billion euros compared to 5.7 billion in 2016.For the OBG, Morocco’s tourism industry has “begun to reap the fruits of efforts to conquer new strategic markets, helping the country to boost the number of visitors and thus to change the regional trend.”Morocco’s new strategy of capitalizing on new tourist markets, mainly asian ones, has, in fact, born fruit. The British firm foresees the arrival of 100,000 Chinese tourist to Morocco, compared to only 42,000 in 2016. The OBG lauded Morocco’s decision to abolish visas for Chinese nationals, which has allowed Morocco to take advantage of this leading market. The Moroccan National Tourist Board (ONMT) has sealed partnerships with three strategic international airlines, namely Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines and Air France. The objective is to increase the number of scheduled flights connecting Chinese cities to the most popular Moroccan tourist destinations, the report said. A Chinese delegation also visited Morocco last June to assess the tourism potential of the country. Representatives of travel agencies based in Beijing, Shanghai and Canton, as well as the media, visited several Moroccan cities, including Marrakech, Tangier, Casablanca, Rabat and Fez. read more

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Birdwatchers told to look out for irruption of waxwingsBirdwatchers told to look out for irruption of waxwings

first_imgBirdwatchers are being told to look out for an ‘irruption’ of waxwings because a lack of food in Scandinavia is driving the rare birds to Britain.Today the RSPB launched it’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch asking for members of the public to count the number of birds around their homes between January 28th and 30th.The annual survey helps experts keep track of trends and declines in species.This year, if the cold snap persists, experts predict that householders could see more unusual birds appearing in their gardens. Mammals are a less showy lot than birds, but their presence in gardens is as important a measure of the natural value of these green spaces.David Wembridge, People’s Trust for Endangered Species House sparrows were most frequently spotted in Britain's gardens last year  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Participants are asked to keep an eye out for hedgehogs and other garden visitors  This winter, there have been reports of waxwings arriving in their hundreds along the east coast, and dispersing as far west as Wales and Ireland, in search of berries.These birds with a black eye stripe and punk-like crest only visit the UK every 7-8 years, known as an ‘irruption’ when food is scarce in Scandinavia.  Other Scandinavian visitors to look out for include the redwing and fieldfare which are also making the most of Britain’s bumper berry crop.Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist, said: “With over half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with over 30 years worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are faring.“With results from so many gardens, we are able to create a ‘snapshot’ of the birds visiting at this time of year across the UK. Even if you see nothing during your Big Garden Birdwatch hour, that’s important information too, so please let us know.”center_img Last year the house sparrow retained its position at the top spot, with the starling and blue tit rounding off the top three.For the first time in eight years, the long-tailed tit flew into the top 10 most commonly-seen birds. However the song thrush, once a common garden visitor, experienced another drop, revealing a decline of 70 per cent since the Birdwatch began.As well as counting winged garden visitors, the RSPB is once again asking participants to log some of the other wildlife they have seen throughout the year, such as grass snakes, hedgehogs, stag beetles, stoats and moles.Mr Hayhow added: “Our wildlife is facing a tough time. For example it is estimated that we’ve lost more than half of our hedgehogs in the last 50 years.“We’re going to include this part of the survey every year now, enabling us to monitor the distribution of our other wildlife as well as trends in bird numbers.” Participants are asked to keep an eye out for hedgehogs and other garden visitors  David Wembridge, Mammal Surveys Co-ordinator, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, said: “Mammals are a less showy lot than birds, but their presence in gardens is as important a measure of the natural value of these green spaces.“Recording wildlife, in surveys like Big Garden Birdwatch, gives us a connection to our wild neighbours, particularly those we might overlook.”To take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2017, watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour at some point over the three days. Only count the birds that land in your garden or local park, not those flying over. Tell us the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not the total you see in the hour.Register and download your free Big Garden Birdwatch pack at: will be published in March 2017. House sparrows were most frequently spotted in Britain’s gardens last year last_img read more

Whats the most significant metallurgical innovation of recent yearsWhats the most significant metallurgical innovation of recent years

first_imgWe are now accepting nominations for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame – to be inducted in Phoenix, AZ, USA, February 22 during the SME Annual Conference ( at a gala dinner event at the Hyatt Regency. Nominees are judged on innovation and contribution made to the industry – i.e. what has this innovation achieved. Nominations are also sought for those who have facilitated the introduction of a specific technology to an operation. They can be as important as the innovators. Nominations should be for a person or team of people, who must all be named.  The 12 categories are: Outstanding innovator, Environmental management and stewardship, Safety, Exploration, Mining software, Underground development, Underground production, Surface mining, Bulk handling, Comminution, Concentration and Metallurgy  How a nomination stands out: Judges looked for well-presented nominations:  * Clear presentation of the nominee’s “above and beyond” qualities and accomplishments  * Information that demonstrates that the innovation and the nominee’s activities actively contributed to industry knowledge and advancement  Judges for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame include industry experts from academia (mining professors), CEOs and senior management of engineering and consulting companies, mining company executives, past inductees and others interested in mining technology.  Nominations are due in by the end of July and should be sent to Nominations received after July 2015 will be considered for the 2016 inductions. Contact us for sponsorship opportunities.last_img read more

Mass Effect finally making its way to the PS3Mass Effect finally making its way to the PS3

first_imgBecause the Mass Effect trilogy didn’t start being available on the PS3 until the second installment, there is an entire legion of players who came into the space saga straight in the middle of the experience. Now, however, they can finally see what started it all when the first Mass Effect is released on the PlayStation Store.Game developer BioWare previously announced that it would be launching a Mass Effect trilogy for the PS3, with the main goal of getting those who haven’t played any of the games to step in and see what everyone has been talking about. So it was already known that the company was porting the original game to Sony’s hardware.However, the question loomed about whether or not series faithful would be able to head back in time and check out the epic backstory without needing to buy the entire trilogy. BioWare has confirmed that indeed they will.The Mass Effect Trilogy will be sold in retail stores for $59.99, while the standalone version of the original Mass Effect will only be available as a download from the PlayStation Store for $14.99.The trilogy bundle is also launching for the Xbox 360 and PC, with a number of downloadable content packs (DLC) included directly on the disc. DLC details have not been confirmed for the PS3, but on the Xbox 360 the game will come with Bring Down the Sky, Pinnacle Station, The Cerberus Network, and online co-op access for Mass Effect 3.The trilogy, along with the standalone version of Mass Effect on PS3, is launching on November 6.via BioWarelast_img read more

Geekout 26 Samsung Note 3 and 101 an app called Vyclone andGeekout 26 Samsung Note 3 and 101 an app called Vyclone and

first_imgIt’s been Android toy week here at, and we’ve got no shortage of goodies to talk about live in our Geekout this week.Samsung’s trio of mobile devices crossed our collective desk earlier this week, and it’s been a lot of fun getting to know them. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition), and Galaxy Gear all bring something unique to the table, but combined (finally) create the lock-in experience Samsung has been gunning for. The Galaxy Gear only works with the Note 3 and Note 10.1 for now, through a special app that is only available on the Samsung Store instead of the Google Play Store.The Galaxy Gear smartwatch is certainly more feature packed than the current smartwatches on the market today, but with the slightly awkward watch band that can’t be replaced it is hard to see this being worth the $300 it costs right now.Meanwhile, everything about the Note 3 and Note 10.1 devices is a dramatic improvement over the previous generation. The fake leather on the back of the phone and tablet are kind of awkward, but the rest of these devices feels great. Samsung has clearly nailed the thickness of their hardware, and with the Snapdragon 800 with 3GB of RAM under the hood the Note 3 will want for nothing as you throw app after app at it.Our app of the week is Vyclone, which is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone for free. This app works with everyone around you to stitch together the ultimate party video, by splicing together footage from everyone’s phones. You take the Vyclone app and record video while at an event, and your footage gets added to everyone else who was using Vyclone at the same event. At the end, you get a much longer video that shows what it going on from many different perspectives.Finally here’s ReBoot, we talked about it for a bit and apparently some of us are more familiar with the CGI TV show than others…If you’ve got a topic you’d like us to talk about on our Geekouts, or questions for us during a live broadcast, leave us a message here or on our Google+ page.last_img read more

Une capsule de café réutilisableUne capsule de café réutilisable

first_imgUne capsule de café réutilisableAlternative écologique aux dosettes de café jetables la capsule réutilisable, fait son apparition. C’est tout simple mais encore fallait-il y penser et surtout… le faire. Ce que c’est empressé de réaliser un Suisse, ancien spécialiste de l’industrie horlogère.Le système des dosettes séduit de nombreuses personnes et est en plein développement. Problème, à l’ère de l’écocitoyenneté, l’amoncellement de déchets occasionnés par les petites capsules fait tâche. Mais ce problème vient d’être solutionné par un Suisse ingénieux qui a inventé une capsule de café en inox, à remplir soi même, et réutilisable à volonté.Comme le raconte à l’AFP Erwin Meier, 49 ans, il a “seulement eu connaissance il y a deux ans du système de dosettes après avoir été invité chez des amis qui avaient une machine Nespresso”. Devant le gaspillage observé, “je me suis mis le soir même à développer un prototype, donnant ainsi naissance à l’idée d’une capsule réutilisable”, raconte-t-il. La dosette, mise au point entièrement en inox, est seulement composée de deux pièces qui se dévissent pour pouvoir ajouter le café. “Une fois utilisée, la capsule peut être vidée et nettoyée sous le robinet. La capsule est compatible avec une grande gamme de machines Nespresso”, explique M. Meier cité par l’AFP. Un dispositif d’autant plus intéressant que rien n’a été laissé au hasard : “le pas de vis résiste à une pression de 18 bars, [ … ], l’absence de toute pièce d’usure comme un joint d’étanchéité rend la capsule réutilisable à l’infini [ … ]”. Enfin, “avec les capsules de Nespresso, le kilo de café vous coûte 105 francs suisses (87,4 euros), tandis qu’un kilo de café bon marché coûte moins de 12 francs”, souligne cet inventeur, qui met en avant l’aspect écologique de sa création.Une capsule réutilisable déjà brevetée et mise en venteÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?M. Meier a déjà lancé la production de ses capsules à Hong Kong, qui ont été brevetées en Suisse. L’objectif est qu’un maximum de personnes remettent en question la production de déchets générée par les capsules classiques. Selon l’inventeur, la dosette réutilisable ne peut être attaquée en justice, car le système est totalement différent de celles existantes sur le marché. Une précision utile quand on sait que le géant suisse Nestlé, propriétaire de Nespresso a pour habitude d’attaquer les fabricants proposant des alternatives à ses propres capsules.Vendue 39 francs suisses sur le site internet, la capsule inox rencontre un vif succès, selon M. Meier, qui dit avoir reçu de nombreuses commandes notamment d’Australie et de Hawaï. Toutefois de nombreux autres concurrents se sont positionnés sur ce juteux marché. Celui-ci devrait atteindre, selon le cabinet Euromonitor, 6,6 milliards d’euros d’ici 2014.Le 10 juin 2012 à 13:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Obafemis not guarantee to start tomorrowObafemis not guarantee to start tomorrow

first_imgThe teenage Southampton striker is still eligible for Nigeria and England but he says he’s faithful to the Republic of Ireland18-year-old Michael Obafemi is eligible to play for Ireland, England, and Nigeria.But the Southampton striker has said he wishes to be in the Irish national team and is waiting for a chance to debut.“I really don’t know why we’re going into this,” said Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to The Dublin Live.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“He has made the decision. I didn’t force him whatsoever.”“It seems to be my issue every single time. It’s the players’ decision. So I’ll clear this up,” he added.“When he first came into camp, I said to him ‘We’d love to have you but it’s your decision. You’re under no pressure to make that decision in the next 10 minutes’.”“I didn’t pursue it. I just left him to think about it,” he explained.last_img read more

Salmon Creek Farmers Market makes kids into Produce PalsSalmon Creek Farmers Market makes kids into Produce Pals

A new program at the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market gives Clark County kids tokens worth $2 to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from vendors. The program is open to kids of all ages. What: Produce Pals program gives Clark County kids of all ages $2 to buy produce.When: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 26.Where: Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market, 1309 N.E. 134th St., behind Wayside Market.Four-year-old Ava Bond didn’t waste much time deciding how to spend her money at the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market.As she walked up to a table full of fruits and veggies, her eyes locked on the plump yellow and red cherries. She pointed at the mound of cherries and smiled at her mom, Alexis Bond.After dropping a couple child-sized handfuls of cherries into a plastic bag, Ava picked out a ripe red tomato and three ears of corn.At the register, Ava handed over two wooden tokens to pay the $4 grocery bill. Thursday’s visit was the second time Ava, Alexis and 1-year-old Sawyer had visited the Salmon Creek market to take advantage of a new program just for kids, called Produce Pals.The weekly program gives each child a token worth $2. They can use the tokens to purchase fruits and vegetables from any vendor at the market. At the end of the day, the market reimburses the vendors.The free program is open to all children, toddlers to teens, regardless of income level. Each child gets a membership card, which gets stamped each week they collect a token. The kids also get their own grocery bag decorated with stickers. read more

Pakistan Minister Modi government trying to make KashmirPakistan Minister Modi government trying to make Kashmir

first_imgISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry has said that India was trying “to turn Kashmir into another Palestine” and that Islamabad “must be ready to fight if a war is imposed”.Modi Govt is trying to make Kashmir another Palestine by changing the population demography and bringing settlers into Kashmir, Parliamentarians must stop fighting on trivial issues lets respond India by blood, tears, toil and sweat, we must be ready to fight if war is imposed— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 6, 2019 Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us His made the remarks a day after the Indian government scrapped Article 370 that gave special status for Jammu and Kashmir and decided to split the state into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one. “The Modi government is trying to make Kashmir another Palestine by changing the population demography and bringing settlers into Kashmir, Parliamentarians must stop fighting on trivial issues lets respond India by blood, tears, toil and sweat, we must be ready to fight if war is imposed,” he tweeted.last_img read more

Roles Reduced Kushner And Ivanka Trumps Fate UncertainRoles Reduced Kushner And Ivanka Trumps Fate Uncertain

first_imgAP Photo/Andrew HarnikIn this photo taken Friday, March 17, 2017, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, attend a joint news conference with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington.They spent their first year in Washington as an untouchable White House power couple, commanding expansive portfolios, outlasting rivals and enjoying unmatched access to the president. But Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have undergone a swift and stunning reckoning of late, their powers restricted, their enemies emboldened and their future in the West Wing uncertain.Kushner, long the second-most powerful man in the West Wing, is under siege. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has lost influential White House allies. He remains under the shadow of the Russia probe and has seen his business dealings come under renewed scrutiny. He has been stripped of his top security clearance, raising questions how he can successfully advance his ambitious agenda — including achieving Mideast peace, a goal that has eluded presidents for generations.Kushner’s most powerful patron, the president himself, has wavered recently on whether his daughter and son-in-law belong in the White House anymore.A frustrated Trump has griped about the wave of bad headlines generated by probes into Kushner’s business dealings and the status of his security clearance, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking but not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations. The president also has wondered aloud if the couple would be better off returning home to New York.At the same time, though, Trump has said he believes many of the attacks against Kushner are unfair and has lamented that the couple is going through such a turbulent time, according to the two people close to the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about Trump’s private comments.“I think he’s been treated very unfairly,” Trump said late last month. “He’s a high-quality person.”Kushner’s woes mushroomed in the past month, when accusations of spousal abuse emerged against White House staff secretary Rob Porter. Initially, the resulting firestorm — including questions about how Porter had interim clearance for top-secret information despite red flags in his background — threatened to engulf Chief of Staff John Kelly, the retired Marine hired to bring order to Trump’s chaotic West Wing.Kelly seemed to stabilize his own standing, in part by ordering a reform of the White House security clearance process. And among senior aides, that change fell the hardest on Kushner, who had been working with interim access to top-secret information. And he was doing that as investigators worked through his family’s complicated real estate dealings and as special counsel Robert Mueller probes Russian connections to the Trump team.A week ago, Kushner’s security clearance level was downgraded, leaving White House aides to wonder just how many indignities Kushner and Ivanka Trump are willing to suffer. Even if recent events and revelations don’t trigger a departure, they have demonstrated that the West Wing clout of “Javanka,” as the couple is often referred to, is a far cry from what it once was.Since taking office last year, Kelly has prioritized creating formal lines of authority and decision-making. Kushner resisted efforts to formalize his role — which early in the administration made him something of a shadow secretary of state — and he has grown frustrated with the chief of staff’s attempts to restrict the couple’s access to the president.The couple perceives Kelly’s crackdown on security clearances as a direct shot at them, according to White House aides and outside advisers. But one White House official disputed that account, suggesting that Kushner welcomed Kelly’s efforts to organize the West Wing, allowing him to more singularly focus on his portfolio.Kelly, in turn, has been angered by what he views as the couple’s freelancing. He blames them for changing Trump’s mind at the last minute and questions what exactly they do all day, according to one White House official and an outside ally. Kushner prevailed in previous power struggles within the White House, including one against former chief strategist Steve Bannon, but allies of the president on the outside openly cheered the power couple’s weakened position.“Only a son-in-law could withstand this sort of exposure and not be fired,” said Jennifer Palmieri, former communications director for President Barack Obama. “Kushner’s vulnerable and in an accelerated fall from grace. Even though his departure would leave Trump even more isolated, a decision could be made that it’s just not worth it for him to stay.”Those close to the couple insist the duo has no plans to leave Washington. But a soft landing spot has emerged if they choose to take it.At a senior staff meeting Wednesday, Kushner spoke about the 2020 campaign at Kelly’s behest, talking up the selection of Brad Parscale to run the campaign, according to an administration official who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal discussions. Kushner has a close relationship with Parscale, whom he recruited to work on the 2016 campaign.News of Parscale’s appointment was first reported in the Drudge Report, a favored outlet of Kushner’s, in a move that was seen by some in the West Wing as an attempted reminder of Kushner’s clout just hours before his humbling security clearance downgrade became public.One veteran of the 2016 campaign suggested that there had always been a tentative plan for Kushner to resume a role on the re-election campaign but not this early in the president’s first term.In a White House populated with attention-seekers, Kushner has been an ascetic, discreet figure. Almost always standing at the periphery in dark business suits, Kushner is rarely heard in public, his impact felt but not seen. His diplomatic trips abroad have either been shrouded in secrecy or conducted with minimal media coverage.“I am not a person who has sought the spotlight. First in my business and now in public service, I have worked on achieving goals, and have left it to others to work on media and public perception,” Kushner told congressional investigators in a prepared statement last July.But it is not immediately obvious what he’s achieved. There has been little progress on Mideast peace and relations with Mexico, another top Kushner priority, remain contentious over Trump’s proposed border wall. Kushner’s much ballyhooed project to reinvent the federal government has gained little traction. And questions persist about his family business’s global hunt for cash just a year before a $1.2 billion mortgage on a Manhattan skyscraper must be paid off by the company.The Kushner Co. says it is in solid financial shape, but skeptics note that the company has been scrambling to raise funds from investors in nations with which Kushner has had government dealings and questions about potential Kushner conflicts of interest have scuttled some efforts.Ivanka Trump, meanwhile, promotes the administration’s tax overhaul, including a family-friendly tax credit she championed. She continues to talk with lawmakers about paid family leave and recently led the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.But her role has come with unique challenges and calculations. Trump has portrayed herself as an advocate for women and families within the administration, which at times puts her in an awkward position given the allegations against her father and some of his public comments about women.Trump recently said in an NBC interview that she believes her father’s denials of sexual misconduct, but argued that questions to her on the topic were “pretty inappropriate” — an answer that prompted eyerolls in some quarters of the West Wing yet again.Some West Wing observers suggested that the mercurial president, who prizes loyalty and family, could at some point move to re-establish Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s clout. But at Washington’s annual Gridiron Dinner on Saturday, he opted for a laugh line about their situation.“But before I get started, I wanted to apologize for arriving a little bit late,” Trump said. “You know, we were late tonight because Jared could not get through security.” Sharelast_img read more

Eureqa the robot scientist w VideoEureqa the robot scientist w Video

first_img Citation: Eureqa, the robot scientist (w/ Video) (2009, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Being Isaac Newton: Computer derives natural laws from raw data Eureqa screenshot. Image: Cornell Computational Synthesis Lab Play Video: Cornell Computational Synthesis Lab Dr John Wikswo of Vanderbilt University, who is using Eureqa to study the effects of cocaine on white blood cells, said that biology is far too complicated for humans to fully understand, but the Eureqa project may find solutions. Teamed with other gadgets developed by Lipson, Eureqa can adjust valves controlling the nutrients and toxins being fed to cells, and make changes faster than any human. Dr Wikswo said the program not only derives the equations, but also the experiments needed to come up with the equations. 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. ( — A new program, Eureqa, takes raw data and formulates scientific laws to suit, and it is available by free download to all scientists.center_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further When the program first appeared in April this year, it was fed information on a double pendulum and in just a few hours it inferred Newton’s second law of motion and the law of conservation of momentum from the data. Given other data, it could find laws that have so far eluded scientists.Eureqa is a successor to robots that work out how to repair themselves, which were developed at the Computational Synthesis Lab at Cornell University by Dr Hod Lipson. The same algorithms that were used in the robots have been adapted for the analysis of any kind of data. These algorithms may help scientists find complicated equations and laws.The program begins by examining the data for numbers that appear to be connected, and then suggests equations that fit the connections. Of the proposed equations most fail, but some are less wrong than others, and these are selected and modified and then repeatedly re-tested against the data and tweaked until a workable equation is identified.In some cases there is not enough data to enable Eureqa to find equations, but in these cases the latest version of the program may identify the gaps in the data and even recommend experiments to supply the missing data. Eureqa was able to calculate in hours equations that Newton took years to find, and Lipson hopes it can do the same for data such as the interactions between proteins, genomes and cell signals, which are so complicated that describing the interactions mathematically has so far been impossible. While Lipson envisaged the program as having application mainly in biological fields, it will analyze any data that can be presented in a spreadsheet. Dr Wikswo explained that scientists usually work by keeping everything constant except one variable, but that works best for linear systems and not so well for biological systems, which are more complex, and which can only be understood fully by changing many variables. Understanding which variables to change and what the results mean can be incredibly complicated, but Eureqa should be able to help.Eureqa was released in response to an overwhelming number of requests from scientists asking Lipson to analyze their data for them. The program is available for free download now, but is still being refined by Lipson and his colleague Michael Schmidt. One of the problems is its tendency to return suitable equations but with variables that are not understood. The equations work and make accurate predictions, and must be true, but no one can understand how they work. Lipson likens the situation to trying to explain the laws of energy conservation to mathematicians from medieval times, who did not have the vocabulary needed to understand the mathematics.One example of this is the use of Eureqa by University of Texas Southwestern’s Dr Gurol Suel to analyze data on cell division and growth. Eureqa developed equations, and although Dr Suel is not sure what they mean, he said the results are still useful, and can be used as a starting point for further work, and can help in the development of new hypotheses about the cells.The next step is to devise algorithms to explain what Eureka is finding, possibly by relating the unknown concepts to those with which we are familiar. Meanwhile, the program is freely available for download at Cornell University’s website. More information: Eureqa pagevia Wired© 2009 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Nassau Paradise Island proves its better in the BahamasNassau Paradise Island proves its better in the Bahamas

first_img Posted by Nassau Paradise Island proves it’s better in the Bahamas << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Sharecenter_img TORONTO — In this new video, take a look at the natural beauty of a trip to Nassau Paradise Island.Hidden among a group of islands poised between the Atlantic and Caribbean — and only a few hundred miles from the United States’ southern coast of Florida — Nassau Paradise Island has sheltered everyone from pirates and freed slaves to blockade runners, rum smugglers and runaway lovers over the centuries. And although times are peaceful now, they still cherish a tradition of people making their own rules under sunny skies.Whether you want to bask on gorgeous powdery white beaches and swim in pristine turquoise waters, shop at luxury boutiques and local markets, enjoy some of the freshest seafood right out of the ocean or try your luck at the largest casino in the Caribbean, a new adventure awaits you every day and night in Paradise.Check flight and airline information and start planning dream Bahamas getaways for your clients today.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsVisit for more details. Travelweek Group Tags: Nassau Paradise Island, tourism, Videolast_img read more

FHA Reduces Mortgage Insurance PremiumsFHA Reduces Mortgage Insurance Premiums

first_img Share January 9, 2017 1,596 Views FHA Homeownership HUD Mortgage Insurance Premiums 2017-01-09 Seth Welborn For the first time in two years, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has lowered its annual mortgage insurance premiums paid by most borrowers in an effort to expand homeownership and save money for existing borrowers, according to an announcement from FHA on Monday.FHA reduced the mortgage insurance premium by 25 basis points for most new mortgages with a closing or disbursement date on or after January 27, 2017.It has been widely speculated in the industry recently that the Obama Administration would reduce the premiums one last time as it nears its final days and the current HUD leadership’s days appear to be numbered.As the Obama Administration sought to reduce risk in the market in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the FHA raised its mortgage insurance premiums several times in an effort to stabilize its Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund. The result was higher capital reserves for the Fund but increased credit costs to qualified borrowers.The FHA last reduced its mortgage insurance premiums in January 2015. At that time, the reduction was 50 basis points. The move drew some heavy criticism because at the time, the MMI Fund’s capital ratio was at 0.41 percent, less than one-quarter of the Congressionally-mandated 2 percent threshold. Since 2012, however, the fund has gained $44 billion in value and is now at 2.32 percent, above the level required by Congress.With the MMIF at an economically healthy level and borrowers facing higher mortgage rates in the coming year, HUD Secretary Julián Castro said he believes that this was the right time to reduce mortgage insurance premiums again.“After four straight years of growth and with sufficient reserves on hand to meet future claims, it’s time for FHA to pass along some modest savings to working families,” Castro said. “This is a fiscally responsible measure to price our mortgage insurance in a way that protects our insurance fund while preserving the dream of homeownership for credit-qualified borrowers.”The reduction announced on Monday takes insurance premium levels back down to near pre-crisis levels, according to FHA. The move is expected to save homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages approximately $500 per year. FHA predicts that the reduction will lower the cost of housing for approximately 1 million borrowers who are expected to use FHA-insured financing to either buy a home or refinance a mortgage over the next year.“We’ve carefully weighed the risks associated with lower premiums with our historic mission to provide safe and sustainable mortgage financing to responsible homebuyers,” said Ed Golding, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s Office of Housing. “Homeownership is the way most middle class Americans build wealth and achieve financial security for themselves and their families. This conservative reduction in our premium rates is an appropriate measure to support them on their path to the American dream.”The National Association of Realtors (NAR) praised the FHA’s decision to lower mortgage insurance premiums.“FHA mortgage products exist to serve an important mission: providing homeownership opportunities to creditworthy borrowers who are overlooked by conventional lenders,” said NAR President William E. Brown. “The high cost of mortgage insurance has unfortunately put those opportunities out of reach for many young, first-time- and lower-income borrowers. Now, we have a real opportunity to get back on track.”Brown continued, “This is a question of simple math. Every time we cut the cost of mortgage insurance it means more borrowers meet the debt-to-income ratio required to purchase a home. It follows that dropping mortgage insurance premiums today will mean a whole lot more responsible borrowers are suddenly eligible to purchase a home through FHA. That puts more money in the fund to protect taxpayers, and it puts more families in homes so they can live out the American dream.”Click here to read FHA’s mortgagee letter, which includes a full schedule of the new mortgage insurance premium rates.center_img in Daily Dose, Government, News, Origination FHA Reduces Mortgage Insurance Premiumslast_img read more

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first_img Jacob Kaplan, center, an attorney for Keith Raniere leaves Federal Court Friday, April 20, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) NEW YORK, N.Y. – A television actress best known for playing a young Superman’s close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave “master” recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed by the federal court in Brooklyn. She entered her plea and was remanded to custody after Judge Cheryl Pollak refused a request from Mack’s lawyers to release her without bail.Mack, 35, starred in The CW network’s “Smallville.” Since that series ended in 2011, she has played only minor roles. Prosecutors said she helped recruit women for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM. She told the women they were joining what was purported to be a female mentorship group, prosecutors said.But “the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labour,” according to federal prosecutors.“Mack and other … masters recruited … slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses the NVIVM curriculum taught were common in women,” prosecutors said.Prosecutors said she required women she recruited to engage in sexual activity with Raniere, who paid Mack in return.Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Kim Penza said in court that that “under the guise of female empowerment” Mack “starved women until they fit her co-defendant’s sexual ideal”Federal authorities raided an upstate New York residence near Albany where NXIVM was headquartered in March. The organization also ran programs in Mexico.Raniere, 57, was arrested in Mexico, brought to the U.S. on March 26 and is being held without bail in Brooklyn.The FBI has filed sex trafficking charges against him, saying that with the help of mostly female assistants, he blackmailed and coerced women into unwanted sex. Prosecutors hinted in earlier papers that Mack was one of the co-conspirators; it’s not clear who else may be charged.Raniere’s attorney has said the facts would show Raniere did not compel or pressure anyone to do anything. He says everyone was acting in accordance with his or her free will at every instant.Raniere sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars and his core disciples who include actresses, wealthy heiresses and a son of the former president of Mexico.Mack’s “Smallville” co-star Kristin Kreuk says she was involved with one of the group’s self-help programs but left about five years ago. She wrote on Twitter last month that she didn’t experience any “nefarious activity” and was “horrified and disgusted” by the allegations.Founded in 1998, NXIVM promoted Raniere’s teachings as a kind of mystical, executive coaching designed to help people get the most out of life. Enrollees in its Executive Success Programs paid handsomely for his advice. The organization also drew criticism from people who likened it to a cult.Last year, the accusations took a new twist, with women who were part of a NXIVM subgroup coming forward to say that they had been physically branded with a surgical tool against their will.Prosecutors said in court papers that Raniere created a society within NXIVM called “DOS” — an acronym based on a Latin phrase that loosely translates to “Lord/Master of obedient female companions.” Women were required to provide damaging material about their friends and family, naked photos and even sign over their assets as a condition for joining, they said. Many were branded with his initials, they said.___This story has been corrected to show that “Smallville” ended in 2011, not 2015.Associated Press Writer Tom Hays contributed to this report. by Colleen Long And Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2018 1:00 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Actress arrested in sex trafficking in ‘guru to stars’ caselast_img read more

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