You always have something you can write. Your creativity is a bottomless well, even though you may not be used to lowering the bucket into that well and pulling out the ideas that live there.If you are blogging for business, you can write all kinds of useful content for your clients and prospects.You can write about all of the things that you recognize they should be doing that they don’t yet recognize. What are the issues that haven’t hurt their business yet but soon will? What are the opportunities they should be taking advantage of now?You can write content about how to recognize your challenges and discover what you might really need to produce a better result. What does your dream client need to do right now? What would you recommend? Or what would you do if you were in their situation now and why would that be your choice?You can write about how to think about all of the choices they might make to get a new or different result. You can write about how to weigh those decisions and all the factors they might consider. What choices could your dream clients consider? Why are some options better than other?You can write stories. All kinds of stories work. Personal stories are always engaging and interesting. Stories about your experiences helping people are always useful and interesting, too.If you think you have nothing, think of your target audience and use these prompts:10 Things Every __________ Should Do Now5 Mistake ________ Make When ______ And How to Avoid Them6 Ways to Improve Your _________The 3 Fastest Ways to __________Here’s my favorite way to come up with ideas: write down everything that grabs your attention. If you hear something interesting, write it down. If you have a good experience, write it down. If you have a bad experience, write.Every day you have experiences worth capturing. They are entertaining, educational, or inspirational–and sometimes all three. They’re all valuable, and they are all worth capturing.
Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Kevin Harvick dominates Vegas for back-to-back NASCAR wins Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He was posing with the trophy.For the first time in 102 tournaments around the world, dating to the summer of 2013 when he won the British Open at Muirfield, the 47-year-old Mickelson showed he still had the stuff to beat players who weren’t even born when he collected the first of his 43 victories on the PGA Tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a very meaningful win,” Mickelson said after beating Justin Thomas in a playoff. “I can’t really put it into words given the tough times over the last four years, and the struggle to get here, and knowing that I was able to compete at this level but not doing it.“To finally break through and to have this validation means a lot to me.” Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next The disappointment was tempered only by his start — Thomas was 11 shots back going into the weekend — and by the guy who beat him.“Man, there’s nothing for me to hang my head about,” Thomas said. “To even have a chance to win this golf tournament after where I was through 18, through 36 holes, I’m very proud of myself. Obviously, I would have loved to drum him out there in that playoff, but I’m just happy for him. … He’s playing some great golf.”Mickelson, his confidence higher than the altitude in Mexico City, believes this is just the start.“I don’t think that this is the peak,” he said. “I think I’m going to continue to get better.”This was far more than a duel between Mickelson and Thomas, who is 23 years younger. Tyrrell Hatton was right there, stride for stride, putting four straight 3s on his card with a stretch he capped off with an eagle on the 15th to tie for the lead.But on the final hole, Hatton missed the green to the right, chipped 10 feet by and missed the par putt for a 67 to fall out of a playoff.“I can’t believe that I’m not at least in the playoff,” Hatton said, still seething over a par putt on the 18th that started bouncing right after he hit it.Mickelson won his third World Golf Championships title and, just a month after being on the verge of falling out of the top 50 in the world for the first time in two decades, moves to No. 18 in the world.Shubhankar Sharma, the 21-year-old from India who started with a two-shot lead, didn’t make his first birdie until the 12th hole. He finished with consecutive bogeys for a 74, six shots behind in a three-way tie for ninth. That will leave him on the bubble at No. 66 in the world for making it back to the next World Golf Championship, the Dell Match Play, in three weeks in Texas. Sharma first flies home for the Hero Indian Open next week.“A little bit disappointed,” Sharma said. “I was leading and I think I couldn’t finish it off today. But that’s what the game is about. And what I learned today, especially playing with Phil, I’ll cherish it forever.” MOST READ Hatton tied for third with Rafa Cabrera Bello, who holed a bunker shot for eagle on the opening hole and was among six players who had at least a share of the lead during the final round.Mickelson was the first player who appeared to seize control with a birdie on No. 10 to take the lead, and he was poised to pull away with a reachable par 5 at No. 11 and a drivable par 4 at No. 12.Instead, Lefty made it as entertaining as ever.Going for the green in light rough with the ball below his feet, he hooked it deep into the bushes right of the green, and played his next one when he could barely see the golf ball. His shot hit the gallery and stayed in the trees, and his fourth shot narrowly missed another tree before settling 10 feet away. He made bogey, and just like that, it was a sprint to the finish 7,800 feet above sea level.Mickelson made good on his pledge earlier this year that more victories were in store for him. He has four consecutive top 10s for the first time since 2005.That also was the last time he had won in a playoff.It all seems so long ago — playoffs, trophies, consistent play. Now he’s just more than a month away from the Masters, and feeling invigorated.And feeling like a winner. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under 66, was at his best over the back nine with as many as six players still in the mix.Suddenly two shots behind when Thomas holed out from 119 yards for eagle on the 18th hole, Mickelson played a high-risk shot through the smallest of gaps in the trees to escape with par on the 14th hole. That’s when he saw the score, and he followed with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and a 20-foot birdie on the 16th.Thomas, who won last week in a playoff at the Honda Classic, capped off a 62-64 weekend with more clutch play, no shot bigger than his sand wedge that bounced behind the flag and spun back into the cup on his final hole for eagle .The playoff — — the sixth in the last eight weeks on the PGA Tour — lasted only one hole on the par-3 17th, where Thomas made bogey for the second time.His gap wedge was too long, his chip too weak. Mickelson’s 18-foot birdie putt rimmed around the edge of the cup, and Thomas missed his par from just inside 10 feet.ADVERTISEMENT Phil Mickelson, of the U.S., poses with his Mexico Championship trophy at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — The shot through a gap in the trees only he could see. The two birdies he had to have when time was running out.Phil Mickelson finally looked like the Lefty of old Sunday in the Mexico Championship, especially when a final round of pressure, possibilities and dramatic shots that kept the crowd buzzing finally ended at Chapultepec Golf Club.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa read more
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Details are provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives. Story Highlights Approximately $134 million has been allocated by the Government for the ‘Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools’ project for the 2019/20 fiscal year. Approximately $134 million has been allocated by the Government for the ‘Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools’ project for the 2019/20 fiscal year.Details are provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.Launched in 2017, the project, which involves collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Education Trust (NET), aims to reduce violence, antisocial behaviours and critical incidents among the youth.These objectives will be achieved by involving more parents and communities in the behaviour change process; providing co-curricular activities that will engage students and assist them in developing better social and life skills; conducting data collection and analysis, along with monitoring and evaluating activities to inform decision-making on the management of crime and violence, particularly among the youth; and building capacity in the Education Ministry and its agencies.Achievements, to date, include installation of perimeter fencing at three schools; procurement of 35 walk-through metal detectors and 630 handheld devices; installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems in five schools; and recruitment, training and placement of seven Safety and Security Support Officers in primary and high schools.The project has also facilitated the printing of 1,000 copies of the Safety and Security Guidelines; completion of a Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curriculum writing workshop and updating of the HFLE curriculum; roll-out of the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support Programme in 100 schools; commencement of media campaign consultancies; training of 20 parent mentors; reactivation of 26 school-based parent places; and the training of parent place facilitators.For the 2019/20 fiscal year, work will continue to complete fencing for five schools; implement the School-wide Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support programme in 100 schools; roll-out of the revised Health and Family Life Education curriculum; establish 12 school-based homework centres and 12 school-based parenting places; offer support for the training and capacity-building activities of the Ministry; implement behavior change and parenting media campaigns; establish three community-based homework centres; conduct behavior modification/life skills camp training; and undertake capacity building of clubs, uniformed groups and school security personnel. Launched in 2017, the project, which involves collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Education Trust (NET), aims to reduce violence, antisocial behaviours and critical incidents among the youth. read more
Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur, convicted murderer, boxing gym attendant, pimp or president, Morgan fully realized every character baring their souls and showcasing their humanity. It has been a privilege to see his genius at work.”A Life Devoted to His Art and CraftFreeman first earned recognition for his acting skills at age 12, when he won a statewide drama competition in Mississippi. As a young actor he paid his dues in small roles, pausing only to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Theater beckoned first, then film and television.As he breathed life into memorable characters, widespread critical acclaim came accompanied by enraptured audiences and commercial success. Freeman invariably ranks as one of the five worldwide top-grossing actors of all time, with his films having earned over $4.5 billion in cumulative ticket sales.An Indelible Presence in FilmFreeman has earned four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He received the SAG Awards Actor® for his performance in the Best Picture Oscar winning Million Dollar Baby, a role that also garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award and an Image Award. Two films starring Freeman are held in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry: Unforgiven, which received four Oscars, and The Shawshank Redemption, for which Freeman received Best Actor nominations for a SAG Award, Oscar and a Golden Globe.Among Freeman’s extensive list of credits – now nearing 100 films – another milestone is Invictus. His portrayal of Nelson Mandela received the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor and an Image Award along with nominations for another SAG Award, Oscar and Golden Globe. In addition, the picture was produced by Revelations Entertainment, the company Freeman and Lori McCreary co-founded in 1996 with a mission “to produce films that reveal truth” and to stay in the forefront of digital entertainment.Other credits in that still-growing list include Street Smart (Freeman’s 1987 breakthrough role), The Dark Knight, The Bucket List, Glory, Lean on Me, Se7en, Amistad, Bruce Almighty, and Along Came a Spider.Further demonstrating his astonishing versatility, Freeman most recently starred in Warner Bros.’ Going In Style, Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur, Summit Entertainment’s Now You See Me 2 and Focus Features’ London Has Fallen. Freeman’s upcoming films include Broad Green Pictures’ Villa Capri and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.Integrity and Inspiration in TelevisionFreeman first became nationally known and loved in 1971 when he starred in the seminal Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) show The Electric Company, for which he created characters including the iconic Easy Reader. Known as the most popular instructional show on television over its six-year run, the series won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series and a Grammy® for its soundtrack album. Freeman’s indelible impact on a generation was reflected when fellow cast member Rita Moreno, a life-long friend he met on the show, asked that he presented her with the 50th SAG Life Achievement Award.Most recently, Freeman is an executive producer with McCreary on the Revelations Entertainment series Madam Secretary for CBS, which will air its fourth season starting in October. Freeman hosts and is an executive producer for the Revelations Entertainment, three-time Emmy nominated series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, which recently completed its seventh season for the Science Channel. Also through Revelations, he hosted the Emmy nominated event series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on the National Geographic Channel, which completed its second season. Through Revelations, he will next host The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, which premieres October 11 on the National Geographic Channel.A Respected, Trusted VoiceFreeman’s is one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved voices. He most recently narrated The C Word, the latest in a string of prestigious documentaries that includes the IMAX film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, Science Channel’s Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking, and the informative IMAX feature We the People. Three previous narrations are the Peabody Award winning ESPN 30 For 30 documentary The 16th Man and two Academy Award-winning documentaries, The Long Way Home and The March of the Penguins.He could also be heard in the presidential campaigns for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In a lighter vein, Freeman was the overwhelming choice when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asked the millions of Facebook users what voice Zuckerman’s smart home system should have.Authenticity and Insight on StageAfter earlier roles in the off-Broadway stage productions of The Niggerlovers and the transformational all African-American production of Hello Dolly, Freeman’s 1978 role as Zeke in The Mighty Gents earned him a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award® nomination. His arresting, moving performances went on to earn three Obie Awards even before he portrayed Hoke Colburn in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy, a role for which Freeman received an Oscar nomination when he reprised it for the Best Picture Oscar winning film of the same name. Freeman most recently trod the boards in the triumphant revival of Clifford Odets’ The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols.Helping to Shape the FutureIn 1973 Freeman co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop, now in its 37th season, which supports and nurtures promising African-American playwrights to ensure those voices can be heard. He additionally supports Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education, organizations working to create hope and better lives for countless people.Freeman provides a boost for another group of artists on an immediately practical level. He co-owns the Ground Zero Blues Club, which celebrates and features performances by authentic blues musicians. It’s next-door to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in the heart of the area’s rich blues heritage that Freeman loves.In his spare time, Freeman enjoys the freedom of both sea and sky – he is a long-time sailor and has earned a private pilot’s license. read more
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is launching a social justice platform, with an emphasis on education, economic development and community and police relations.The platform is called Inspire Change and includes the funding of grass-roots organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Operation HOPE. It also will establish a digital learning curriculum for African-American history in 175 underserved high schools.FILE – In this May 19, 2015, file photo, Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, speaks at the NFL’s spring meetings in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)The league announced the initiative Friday in connection with its 32 teams and the Players Coalition, a group of players that works for social justice.Inspire Change is the latest step for the league and the players after they established a working relationship in October 2017 following player demonstrations for social justice during the national anthem — a topic that drew attention from the White House.“This launch involves new grants, new African-American history education programs in schools, grants with organizations we have not worked with before and who are doing the work on the ground, and PSAs on broadcasts beginning with this weekend’s playoff games,” says Anna Isaacson, the NFL’s senior vice president of social responsibility.“You have to really take the time to understand the topic, you can’t just dive in. We really took the time to meet with and talk to advocates and community leaders and to decide the most important aspects to focus on under the broad social justice umbrella.”The league’s financial commitment in 2018 was $8.5 million, plus an additional $2 million for NFL Foundation grants for clubs, former players and active players. For the 2019 fiscal year, that will increase to $12 million overall. But those figures don’t include the funds raised collaboratively by clubs and players as part of the social justice matching funds program each club has established.Former player and players association president Troy Vincent, now the league’s pro football operations chief, emphasizes how much work has been done and continues to be done by the players. This week, he was told by Players Coalition co-founder Anquan Boldin that the NFL is still “on point” with its initiatives.Vincent, who grew up outside Philadelphia, didn’t understand the complexities of the incarceration rate and the bail system. He notes how opening of communication between the league office and teams and communities has helped steer the social justice movement.“What we learned is that every community knew the grassroots organizations in their respective neighborhoods that were doing the work, the daily hands-on work,” Vincent said. “Working with the larger organizations gave us a national view.”Two of those larger groups, BBBSA and Operation HOPE, will receive grants. Operation HOPE will use the funds to support its nationwide work within underserved communities to equip young people and adults with financial tools and education.For Big Brothers Big Sisters, it’s all about mentoring, and many players already serve in such a capacity.“We are the ultimate grassroots organization,” says Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which has 257 agencies throughout the 50 states and has existed for 115 years. “We’re all about strengthening communities one relationship at a time.”“We serve children from age 6 until young adulthood, and most of them come from very challenged backgrounds, whether family or economically challenged or neighborhood challenged.”Adds Isaacson: “If we can come in and help them through these initiatives, that is social justice.”Vincent mentions the work done by two of last year’s grantees, the United Negro College Fund and Dream Corps.The college fund created a program aimed to alleviate the impact of mass incarceration by stressing higher education. Dream Corps performed voter registration drives.“It all falls into social justice issues,” Vincent said. “They’re all broad and deep and unique to each community, but everyone wants fairness, due process and equal justice.” read more
Imran Khan, a first-time prime minister and foreign affairs novice, faces some formidable diplomatic challenges — Photo: AFPTensions with Afghanistan, faltering relations with the US, and chronically poor ties with India. Pakistan today stands isolated, observers say, and bringing it back into the fold is a formidable task for its new premier Imran Khan.”We have a very big foreign policy challenge right now. If there is one country that needs peace and stability right now, it’s Pakistan,” the former cricket champion said in his victory speech after last month’s election.Achieving that is not likely to be easy for the first-time PM and foreign affairs novice who Saturday took the reins of a country that has been widely accused of stoking regional insecurity by backing extremists — claims Islamabad has repeatedly denied.Ties with the US cooled further in January when President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of “lies” and “duplicity” in the war on terror, suspending military assistance worth hundreds of millions of dollars.Khan has repeatedly blamed Pakistan’s participation in the US-led anti-terror campaign for the surge in terrorism on home soil over the last decade.Now as premier, in a tone noticeably softer than his earlier anti-US comments, Khan has said he wants a “balanced relationship” instead of “fighting America’s war” in exchange for aid.Khan has long advocated a negotiated settlement with Islamist insurgents, a commitment that led to criticism that he is soft on militants and earned him the nickname “Taliban Khan”.If not in Washington, he may find a sympathetic ear in Kabul.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has also been pushing for talks with the Taliban, and offered a new, conditional ceasefire on Sunday.”Imran Khan is very well positioned in building trust again with Afghanistan,” observed Huma Yusuf, an analyst at the Wilson Center in Washington. “He is seen as a fresh face with a credible voice.”But given the current freeze with Washington, said Yusuf, Pakistan’s “drift from the US camp to the China camp will continue”.- ‘All-weather friends’ -Beijing has long been Islamabad’s “all-weather friend”, and the strategic relationship was stepped up with the 2013 launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure project that is part of Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative.The alliance is widely considered Pakistan’s most important, and Khan has vowed to strengthen it further.But CPEC deals are opaque, and amid fears about Pakistan’s ability to repay Chinese loans, his party has vowed more transparency.That may be difficult in a country where any criticism that may hurt ties with Beijing is considered taboo.”The new government will try to avoid any embarrassment linked with CPEC,” said Andrew Small, an expert on China-Pakistan relations.The stakes are high as Khan’s nascent government must act quickly to avert a looming balance of payments crisis, and most analysts agree that Pakistan will need a loan from abroad.The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has bailed Pakistan out repeatedly in recent decades, is one option.But Washington, its main contributor, has voiced concerns about Fund money being used to repay Pakistan’s debt to China, and could dictate strict terms.Some in Pakistan have suggested Beijing itself could come to the rescue but Small warned there may be a limit to China’s largesse.- ‘Pakistan first’ -It is arch-rival India which remains Pakistan’s biggest foreign policy challenge, however.The nuclear-armed rivals have fought three wars since the end of British rule in 1947, including two over Kashmir, the vast Himalayan territory that is claimed by both.But reaching out to New Delhi is a path fraught with risk for civilian leaders in Pakistan, where foreign and defence policies are dominated by the powerful military.Many analysts believe former premier Nawaz Sharif’s strong advocacy for better India ties earned him the wrath of the military.It also prompted vociferous criticism from Khan, who accused Sharif of trying to please India at the expense of Pakistan’s interests.Khan’s charged anti-India statements prompted many in both countries to predict that ties could suffer under his leadership.”I was a little saddened by the way the Indian media portrayed me, as if I’m a villain in a Bollywood film,” the new PM acknowledged in his victory speech.But in an apparent about-turn after his poll victory, Khan has advocated peace as the only way forward.”Pakistan and India must dialogue and resolve their conflicts incl Kashmir… and start trading”, he tweeted on Tuesday.In the end, observers say, the extent to which Khan can influence Pakistan’s foreign policy will depend on what the military deems acceptable.His new foreign minister, the high-profile Shah Mehmood Qureshi, brushed off that idea, saying that foreign policy would be made “in the foreign office”.But analyst Pervez Hoodbhoy said that in terms of international affairs, “I don’t expect anything significant” from Khan.”This is not for him to decide.” read more
Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe final decision on the 9th wage board for journalists will be taken next month, said road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday, reports UNB.The decision was taken at a meeting of the cabinet committee formed to review the Ninth Wage Board Award for journalists and employees held at the auditorium of information ministry with Obaidul Quader in the chair.”We’ve reached a consensus on implementation of the 9th wage board at the meeting and the final decision on it will be taken as soon as possible,” he said.Before announcing the final decision, a joint meeting with stakeholders will be held on 12 June at the office of the information minister, said Quader.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, information minister Hasan Mahmud, agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque, state minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian, industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, state minister of cultural affairs KM Khalid, state minister for Information Ministry Md Murad Hasan and high official concerned were present at the meeting. read more
Stanford University researchers have devised a new type of camera powered by artificial intelligence. This camera system is powered by two computers and can classify images faster while being more energy efficient. The underlying image recognition technology in today’s autonomous vehicles teach themselves to recognize objects around them. The problem with the current system is that the computers running the artificial intelligence algorithms are too large and slow for future handheld applications. For future applications to be viable and to be in production, the computers need to be much smaller. The hybrid optical-electronic system An assistant professor, Gordon Wetzstein with Julie Chang, a graduate student and first author on the paper Hybrid optical-electronic convolutional neural networks with optimized diffractive optics for image classification published in Nature Scientific Reports, married two types of computers into one. This created an optical-electronic hybrid computer whose aim is image analysis. The prototype camera’s first layer is an optical computer, which does not require power-intensive mathematical computing. The second layer is a conventional electronic computer. The optical computer physically preprocesses the image data, filtering it in multiple ways. An electronic computer would have had to do it mathematically otherwise. This layer operates with zero input power since the filtering happens naturally by light passing through the optics. A lot of time and power is saved in this hybrid model which would have been consumed by image computation. Chang said, “We’ve outsourced some of the math of artificial intelligence into the optics,” This results in fewer calculations which in turn means fewer calls to memory and far less time to complete the process. Skipping these preprocessing steps gives the digital computer a head start for the remaining analysis. Wetzstein said, “Millions of calculations are circumvented and it all happens at the speed of light. Some future version of our system would be especially useful in rapid decision-making applications, like autonomous vehicles,” Fast decision-making The prototype rivals the existing electronic-only computing processors in speed and accuracy. But the change here is that there are substantial computational cost savings which translates to time. The current prototype is arranged on a lab bench and could not be exactly classified as hand-held small. The researchers said that the system can one day be made small enough to be handheld. Wetzstein, Chang and the researchers at the Stanford Computational Imaging Lab are now working in ways to make the optical component do even more of the preprocessing. This would result in a smaller, faster AI camera system that can replace the trunk sized computers currently used in cars and drones. It is important to note that the system was successfully able to identify objects in both simulations and real-world experiments. For more information, you can visit the official Stanford news website and the research paper. Read next Tesla is building its own AI hardware for self-driving cars AI powered Robotics : Autonomous machines in the making AutoAugment: Google’s research initiative to improve deep learning performance read more
Posted by Europe opens up for WestJet with new easyJet connections Wednesday, September 13, 2017 LONDON — European low-cost carrier easyJet has introduced its new ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ with launch partner WestJet, along with low-cost carrier Norwegian. ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is being touted as the first global airline connections service by a European low fare airline.“easyJet’s new booking platform, Worldwide, is a great fit with our London Gatwick service and we’re excited to provide Canadian travellers with connections to easyJet’s extensive European network,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial.Sims added “many of our guests already self-connect between WestJet and easyJet flights, and this new booking tool will make it easier than ever before to travel throughout Europe from Canada and back.”Seats are available starting today. Passengers using Worldwide by easyJet can connect their easyJet flight with partner airline flights with launch partners WestJet and Norwegian using GatwickConnects, billed as a world-first airport booking service that lets passengers seamlessly book connecting flights with different airlines in a single transaction. Launched in 2015, GatwickConnects allows the airport’s 1.7 million yearly self-connecting passengers to combine a range of non-interlined flights provided by 10 different airlines at Gatwick, while also insuring against any missed connections (replacement flights, hotels and meals).GatwickConnects bag drop desks are located in the airport’s baggage reclaim halls so that passengers’ luggage can be put directly on the onward flight and customers can go straight through security without checking their bag in again.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America“Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures,” says easyJet. “With Worldwide by easyJet these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.”easyJet, which flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline, says it plans to sign other airlines up to Worldwide by easyJet with talks already “far advanced” with Middle Eastern and Asian carriers. As well as adding partners at Gatwick Airport easyJet plans to expands to other key easyJet airports in Europe such as Milan Malpensa, Geneva, Amsterdam, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Barcelona.EasyJet says it is also starting to sell stand-alone tickets on behalf of partner airlines alongside the connectivity product on easyJet.com.EasyJet says it will not hold flights for connecting passengers. “Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute minimum connection time, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.”More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & Mexico“Around 70 million passengers flying through an easyJet airport each year are connecting on to other flights, mainly long haul, and it is this market segment that Worldwide by easyJet will open up for us,” says easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall. “Because of easyJet’s strong positions at Europe’s leading airports and our customer focus long haul carriers have been asking to work with easyJet for some time and the new technology platform has now allowed us to do so.“By opening this new market segment this now means that easyJet can access a greater range of passengers flying across Europe.”“We are delighted with the partners who have signed up for our launch today. We are confident it will be popular with customers and look forward to announcing more partners in the near future.While Worldwide by easyJet is launching with its largest base London Gatwick, the airline intends to broaden its focus to include its other biggest airports such as Milan Malpensa, Geneva, Amsterdam, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Barcelona. Share Travelweek Group Tags: Britain & Europe, easyJet, New Routes, WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >> read more
Posted by Richard Branson and Ryan Reynolds are the new comedy duo we never knew we needed Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Share Tags: Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Group Travelweek Group TORONTO — Who doesn’t love Ryan Reynolds? Sir Richard Branson, apparently.In a new tongue-in-cheek video, the Canadian actor and Virgin Group founder announced a new partnership between Reynolds’ Aviation American Gin company and Virgin Atlantic that will see the airline serving the award-winning gin on its flights.But in true ‘Deadpool’ fashion, Reynolds (who starred in the blockbuster ‘Deadpool’ films) goes ‘off-script’ and mistakenly refers to the partnership as a “merger” that’s “making corporate history”.Branson looks noticeably uncomfortable while trying to rein in Reynolds’ enthusiasm. He then promptly gets up and leaves after Reynolds drops the bombshell announcement that the new corporate entity will now be known as ‘AviaVirgination’.Watch the video here:To celebrate the new partnership, a few lucky passengers onboard Virgin Atlantic flights departing on Sept. 30 will enjoy a mixology experience with bartenders from world-famous bars, including the Dead Rabbit in New York and Smugglers Cove in San Francisco.In an official press release, Branson expressed his excitement over working with Reynolds and his team. “Aviation Gin was born out of a spirit of innovation, so serving it on board Virgin Atlantic flights seemed like the perfect combination,” he said.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckNever one to give anyone the last word, Reynolds also added in the press release: “We look forward to serving Virgin Atlantic guests for years to come and, on a personal note, Sir Richard has promised to teach me the difference between revenue and profit, so I am beyond excited.” << Previous PostNext Post >> read more