State govt to interlink Artificial Intelligence application within 3 depts for humancentric

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is planning to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the dissemination of human-centric data by forming a linkage between three government departments that provide direct services to the common people.”We feel that it is necessary to have a framework through which departments under the state government can be interlinked so that we can share human-centric data. A high-level meeting on how AI applications can be used in various areas related to agriculture, transportation and health was held on Monday. IIT Kharagpur will guide us and research scholars from the premier institute will be in constant touch with us so that we can establish a human-centric database combining the three departments. We are hopeful that this will create new avenues in various areas,” a senior official of Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWebel Informatics Limited (WIL), the Education & Training arm of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation (WBEIDC) will take the lead in this endeavour. “We will begin with three state departments — Transport, Health and Agriculture and after getting the desired results we will proceed further,” the official said. The high-level meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary IT&E Debashis Sen along with key officials of Transport, Health and Agriculture department and IIT Kharagpur Director Dr Partha Pratim Chakrabarti. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA private company — PRM Fincon at Rajarhat is working on knowledge of actual case developments of AI in Bengal. The company uses AI to analyse the risk profile of companies and thus advise investors to invest wisely. “They are working on video analytics and their laboratory level prototype is already able to use AI to analyse CCTV feeds to flag if vehicles were crossing lanes and if a two-wheeler rider is wearing a helmet or not and whether it is a soft cap or a proper hard helmet. This would be a great case to improve road safety in accordance with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s “Safe Drive, Save Life” campaign. We have asked Prithwiraj Mukherjee, CEO of the company, to explore the possibilities of developing it further and use it in curbing accidents in New Town,” the official added. IIT Kharagpur’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence that was set up in April 2018 has been applying its research in AI for solving industrial, scientific and social problems such as retail, industry 4.0 and manufacturing.last_img read more

Latin American Caribbean nations must tackle effect of food crisis on poor

As the 32nd session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) got under way yesterday in the capital of the Dominican Republic, the body’s Executive Secretary outlined a number of issues that the region must address in light of a global situation characterized by economic deceleration, high inflation and rising oil and food prices.José Luis Machinea said the first priority was to mitigate the impact of rising food and energy prices on low-income groups through subsidies, lower taxes and similar measures.Also, more resources should be allocated – through special donations from developed countries – to agencies that can alleviate the situation in the poorest countries, he told delegates from nearly 40 countries.In addition, Mr. Machinea stressed the need for cooperation between the public and private sectors, as well as broad agreements among all social and political actors to improve social cohesion and embark on a path toward sustained growth.“The good news is that Latin America faces new opportunities. To take advantage of them, we must be capable of building a basic consensus that will enable us to develop a country perspective, and hopefully, a regional one,” the Executive Secretary stated.The current session, which ends on Friday, guides the work of the Commission – headquartered in the Chilean capital, Santiago – and sets the priorities of its work programme for the following two years. 11 June 2008Mitigating the impact of rising food and fuel prices on low-income groups must be a priority for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, a senior United Nations official has stressed at the start of a regional meeting taking place in Santo Domingo. read more

Haiti UN mission and national police hold talks on cooperation

Friday’s meeting, held at a checkpoint in the Cité Soleil neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, was focused on improving relations and on discussions about joint work involving the forces on the ground.Major-General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, the Force Commander of the UN mission, and the Commissioner of UN Police, Mamadou Mountaga Diallo, attended on behalf of the mission, which is known as MINUSTAH.The Force Commander stressed that good relations between the two institutions “are essential for the successful completion of work,” according to a press release issued by MINUSTAH.Cité Soleil has been plagued by high crime rates and gang problems for many years, and the neighbourhood has also long been wracked by poverty. 11 August 2008Senior officials with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti have met with their counterparts in the Haitian National Police (HNP) in a notorious district of the capital to discuss how to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions. read more

AP Explains A look at where the USChina tariff war stands

BEIJING — Ahead of China’s appearance at the U.N. General Assembly this week, The Associated Press explains where the U.S.-China tariff war stands:___The United States and China are making conciliatory gestures ahead of trade talks, but they are showing no signs of progress toward ending a tariff war that threatens global economic growth.Beijing is offering to narrow its trade surplus with the United States by purchasing more American exports. But Chinese leaders are resisting pressure to roll back technology plans that their trading partners say violate Beijing’s free-trade commitments and hurt foreign competitors.Ahead of the 13th round of talks in Washington in early October, President Donald Trump postponed a planned tariff hike on Chinese goods. Beijing lifted punitive duties on soybeans in a move that helps both American farmers and Chinese pig breeders who need soy as feed and are under economic pressure amid a devastating outbreak of African swine fever. Those gestures helped reassure jittery financial markets.But economists say while some temporary agreements in the sprawling dispute over technology and trade might be possible, they don’t expect a final settlement this year.Trump has accused Beijing of dragging out talks in hopes he will be defeated in his re-election bid next year and his successor might agree to more favourable terms. Private sector analysts say that is unlikely. But they say Beijing might be hoping Trump will feel pressure to compromise to reinforce his self-proclaimed status as a deal-maker.The tariffs Trump first imposed on Chinese imports last year largely spared American consumers by focusing on industrial goods. But the latest rounds — Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 — hit household goods such as smartphones and baseballs.“Being tough on China is popular as long as that doesn’t mean you pay more for stuff,” said Nathan Sheets, chief economist at PGIM Fixed and former undersecretary of the treasury for international affairs.A look at the trade war and its impact:___HOW IT STARTEDTrump slapped 25% tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports last year. Beijing retaliated with similar penalties. In a spiral of tit-for-tat increases, the United States has raised duties — or announced plans to do so — on $550 billion of Chinese goods, or almost everything Americans buy from China. Beijing has raised duties on an estimated $120 billion of American goods. China is running out of imports for retaliation due to the lopsided trade balance.___WHAT THE DISPUTE IS ABOUTThe Trump administration wants Beijing to roll back plans for government-led creation of global competitors in robotics and other technology fields. Europe, Japan and other trading partners object to Trump’s tactics, which also have been used against them, but echo American complaints that Beijing’s plans violate its market-opening commitments. They say China’s industry development is based on stealing or pressuring companies to hand over technology and violating its trade agreements by subsidizing and shielding its fledgling companies from competition. Chinese leaders are reluctant to give up development strategies they see as a path to prosperity and global influence.WHY IT MATTERSThe war has battered American and Chinese farmers and factories and sent shockwaves through global industries. Chinese data show trade with the United States fell 13.9% from a year earlier in the first eight months of 2019. That has disrupted industrial supply chains that stretch around the world, depressing demand for processor chips and other industrial components from Japan, South Korea, Europe and other suppliers. Companies and investors worry global economic growth, which already shows signs of cooling, could fall into recession.STATUS OF NEGOTIATIONSA sticking point is how to enforce any agreement. China insists Trump’s tariff increases must be lifted as soon as a deal takes effect. Washington says at least some must stay in place to guarantee Beijing carries out its promises. Talks broke down in May over that issue, and there is no indication either side has offered concessions to break that deadlock.As world leaders gather for their annual meeting at the United Nations this week, the AP takes a look at some of the issues brewing in the background that are contributing to tensions between countries.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

Annan his Middle East envoy encouraged by Quartet meeting in Washington

“I’m encouraged by what happened in Washington yesterday,” the Secretary-General said in remarks to the press after briefing the Security Council on the Quartet meeting. He also expressed hope that given the tragedy that had happened in that region and the suffering of the innocent civilians caught in the conflict, “the military option is going to be so totally discredited; that we will all turn around and focus on the political search for peace.”This sentiment was echoed by the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, who accompanied Mr. Annan at the Quartet talks and the Council briefing. “For the first time in a very long time, the conference in Washington yesterday produced a beam of hope, and we haven’t seen that for a very, very long time in the Middle East,” Mr. Roed-Larsen told reporters outside the Security Council chamber.”Within the Quartet – and, I believe, broadly in the international community – there is an agreement on how to approach the difficult and critical matters of security, terrorism and economic revival, and also the key political issues on a parallel basis and also emphasizing that all these issues are interlinked; that gives hope,” the envoy added.He also lauded the fact that the Quartet meeting had taken the practical step of deciding to convene the international conference. “The principals in the meeting instructed their envoys who were present… to immediately start hammering out the proposal on participants, where and when the meeting should be, the agenda, the format, etc.,” said Mr. Roed-Larsen. “We will shortly start working on that.”On the Jenin fact-finding mission, he noted that the Secretary-General had consulted with the Government of Israel, while a prominent member of the Security Council had put forward a resolution on the concept. “On that basis, we thought it was the right thing, we still think it’s the right thing, and we regret that it turned out not to be practically possible to carry through the fact-finding mission,” Mr. Roed-Larsen said.For his part, the Secretary-General said, in response to a question from the press, that he was obviously disappointed that the team led by former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari did not go in. “I think it would have been much better for everyone if they had gone in to clarify issues,” Mr. Annan said. “As it is, I think the long shadow which has been cast over Jenin will be with us for a while.” read more

Kenya joins global network tracking pollution to save ozone layer UN

The Nairobi Validation Station, the first of its kind in tropical and sub-tropical Africa, has been installed within the grounds of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) at Gigiri. The agency, which is involved in the work, said the station would detect ozone, emitted from the East African part of the tropics and formed from sources such as industry, transport, agriculture forest fires and charcoal burning. When the station was inaugurated today, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer called ozone a “curious chemical,” noting that in the upper atmosphere, it acts as a shield, protecting life on Earth from damaging levels of solar radiation. “In the lower atmosphere, known as the troposphere, small amounts are helpful, acting as a detergent to clean the air,” he added. “But high amounts, formed by sunlight mixing with human-made pollution from cars, factories and other sources, can be harmful, Mr. Toepfer said. “These smogs – increasingly a phenomenon in developing as well as developed countries – can prove fatal for vulnerable people such as those with heart conditions and asthma, and can also damage car tires, electricity cables and crops.” One of the key roles of the new station is to help unravel the fate of ozone damaging chemicals produced in the region from both human-made and natural sources such as vegetation. Scientists are unsure as to how much of this pollution makes its way into the upper atmosphere and how much remains closer to the ground. Understanding this is crucial to knowing how quickly the ozone layer may recover after decades of destruction by substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Once in the upper atmosphere, ozone-damaging chemicals can travel north and south towards the poles where, in the colder conditions, the layer is at highest risk. read more

Development dominates UN Economic and Social Council work as session winds down

The Council also agreed on resolutions to bolster the work of the UN Forum on Forests, and strongly urged countries to support and complete negotiations on a new convention on the rights of persons with disabilities during the next General Assembly session.Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said this year’s ECOSOC meeting was significant for the Ministerial Declaration on Employment and Decent Work that emerged from the Council’s high-level meeting held earlier this month.“The declaration identified a number of concrete steps to further implementation of the 2005 World Summit commitment to make the goal of full and proactive employment and decent work a central objective of national and international policies,” he said in concluding remarks to the meeting.Recognizing that 192 million people were out of work and almost half of the world’s workforce did not earn enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, the Ministerial Declaration called on countries and international organizations to create an environment conducive to the attainment of full and productive employment and decent work for all as a foundation for sustainable development. “The ministers recognized that employment was a critical element in the achievement of the internationally recognized development goals,” Dalius Cekuolis, Vice-President of the Council, said, adding it should help to create a UN development agenda.This year’s meeting, Mr. Ocampo noted, showed the Council was playing an increasingly effective role in addressing development issues. read more

Survey US homebuilder confidence at highest point in more than 7 years

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2013 10:02 am MDT U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their home sales prospects than they have in more than seven years, a trend that suggests home construction will accelerate in coming months.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday jumped to 57 this month from 51 in June. It was the third consecutive monthly gain.A reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor. The index hasn’t been that high since January 2006, well before the housing market crashed.Measures of customer traffic, current sales conditions and builders’ outlook for single-family home sales over the next six months vaulted to their highest levels in at least seven years.“Builders are seeing more motivated buyers coming through their doors as the inventory of existing homes for sale continues to tighten,” said David Crowe, the NAHB’s chief economist.The latest confidence index, based on responses from 281 builders, points to continued improvement for new home construction, which remains a key source of growth for the economy.Last month, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke cited housing gains as a major reason the Fed’s economic outlook has brightened.Steady hiring and low mortgage rates have encouraged more people to buy homes over the past year. But the inventory of previously occupied homes on the market has declined sharply in many markets. On a national level, it was down 10 per cent in May from prior-year levels as sales rose to an annual rate of 5.18 million.With demand up, prices rising and few homes on the market, builders have grown more optimistic about their prospects, stepping up construction. In May, builders applied for permits to build single-family homes at the fastest pace in five years.Meanwhile, sales of new homes climbed in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, the fastest pace in five years. That’s still below the 700,000 annual rate that’s considered healthy by most economists, but the pace has increased 29 per cent from a year ago.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to NAHB statistics.In the latest builder survey, a gauge of current sales conditions for single-family homes jumped five points to 60, the highest level since February 2006, while a measure of traffic by prospective buyers improved five points to 45. It hasn’t been that high since November 2005.Builders’ outlook for single-family home sales over the next six months increased seven points to 67, the highest reading since October 2005.On a regional basis, confidence grew across the board, but posted the strongest among builders in the Midwest. Survey: US homebuilder confidence at highest point in more than 7 years, sales growth seen read more

Inflation low but prices high in Ireland

first_imgINFLATION WAS LOW but prices remained high in Ireland between 2007 – 2011.That is according to the latest Central Statistics Office figures on Ireland’s progress during those years. Its findings show that Ireland was the fifth most expensive EU state in 2011, after Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Luxembourg, with prices 17 per cent above the EU average.However this represents a considerable improvement on 2008, when Irish prices were the second highest in the EU.Here are some further findings from the report:EconomyThe GDP growth rate was 1.4 per cent in 2011, while the public balance deficit was 13.1 per cent of GDP, the largest of any EU member state. In 2010, it was 31.2 per cent.Government debt increased substantially to 108.2 per cent of GDP in 2011, the third highest debt/GDP ratio in the EU.Employment The employment rate (for those aged 15-64) in Ireland rose from 65.2 per cent in 2002 to 69.2 per cent in 2007, but fell to 59.1 per cent by 2012.Social cohesion In 2010, 6.2 per cent of the population were in consistent poverty. This was an increase on 2009′s level of 5.5 per cent.Voter turnout at Dáil elections declined from over 76 per cent in the 1970s to less than 63 per cent in 2002, before increasing to nearly 70 per cent in February 2011.EducationIn 2011, 46.3 per cent of the population aged 25-34 had completed third level education, the third highest rate across the EU. The proportion of the Irish population aged 18-24 who left school with at most lower secondary education was 10.6 per cent in 2011. The EU average was 13.5 per cent.HealthCurrent public expenditure on health care in Ireland averaged €3,219 per person in 2010 (at constant 2011 prices), an increase of close to a third on 2001.Life expectancy at birth in Ireland in 2010, as calculated by Eurostat, is 78.7 years for males and 83.2 years for females, above the EU averages.Population Ireland had the highest percentage increase in population between 2001 and 2011 in the EU. The rate of natural increase of the population in Ireland was 10.4 per 1,000 in 2010 compared with an EU average of only 1.0.Ireland had the highest fertility rate in the EU in 2010 at 2.07; the EU average was 1.59.The divorce rate in Ireland was 0.7 divorces per 1,000 population in 2010, the lowest rate in the EUHousingThe number of dwelling units built increased sharply, peaking at almost 90,000 in 2006 before collapsing to 10,480 in 2011, below the level in 1970.The average value of a new housing loan in Ireland rose from €114,800 in 2001 to €270,200 in 2008, before dropping to €206,700 in 2010.CrimeThe number of kidnapping and related offences increased by over 40 per cent between 2005-2011.The number of weapons and explosives offences increased by over a third, while controlled drug offences increased by just under a third. However, the number of murders/manslaughters in Ireland decreased from its peak of 84 in 2007 to 44 in 2011.Environment Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions were at 110 per cent of 1990 levels in 2010, lower than the Kyoto 2008-2012 target.The percentage of waste recovered in Ireland rose to 38 per cent in 2010, and 53 per cent of waste was landfilled.Read: Births, deaths and marriages all decreased in Q1 of 2012 – CSO>last_img read more

Noonan Europe now owes Ireland after taking one for the team

first_imgMICHAEL NOONAN HAS told Bloomberg TV that Europe now owes Ireland as it has become the ‘A’ student in fulfilling a bailout programme.In a wide-ranging interview, the Finance Minister said Ireland has a “strong case” to get help from Europe to cut the ties between sovereign and banking debt.“Part of the intervention which put the burden of the bank debt – 40 per cent of GDP – onto the shoulder of the taxpayer, while some of it was our own fault, a lot of the action was taken at the direction of the ECB to prevent contagion spreading to the European banking system.“As Ronald Reagan used to say, ‘We took one for the team.’ And I think the team owes us now.”Noonan is still optimistic that a deal can be reached to allow for some sort of retrospective compensation in relation to the €64 billion pumped into Irish banks over the past five years. “There is a lot of goodwill on the political side in Europe to facilitate us in some way.”There is a general understanding that we will be looked after, he added.Prom NightDuring the interview, Noonan dismissed the Bundesbank’s perceived problems with Ireland’s recent promissory note swap.“The discussions have been going on for several months. It couldn’t have happened unless it was agreed in Frankfurt.”There was no dissent when it was noted unanimously by the council of the ECB. The Bundesbank subsequently commented along the lines we expected them to comment, he said.“They didn’t challenge what was done…no rules were broken.”He said he didn’t expect any legal challenge on the promissory note arrangements from “any authority or institution in Europe”. Individuals may take cases but “they don’t go very far”.“The deal is done…The ship has left the port and is sailing on under new rules. There is no suggestion that this will be unwound.”MarketsAsked about Ireland’s return to the markets, Noonan confirmed a long-term bond will be issued in the next four months. To qualify for the ECB’s bond-buying programme, two long-term issuances must be completed.However, Ireland would only use the programme as a “backstop” – to let lenders know it is there.Watch the full interview>last_img read more

UPDATE CRC work to cause I5 delays

first_imgUPDATE: An Interstate 5 slowdown for Columbia River Crossing pre-construction testing work is now delayed until this evening or to a later date, CRC spokeswoman Anne Pressentin said. The Columbian will update the story when the new timing of a slowdown is announced.ORIGINAL STORY: The Washington State Patrol is expected to slow traffic on Interstate 5 southbound from Mill Plain Boulevard to the Interstate Bridge at 11 a.m. to accommodate pre-construction work for the Columbia River Crossing.Crews have been driving piles and test shafts as part of pre-construction project to evaluate the strength of the soil and the construction techniques for the replacement Interstate 5 Bridge support structures. This morning, crews will be using a large crane to install a 150 foot metal reinforcing cage just west of I-5, requiring the slowdown, CRC spokeswoman Anne Pressentin said.The slowdown is expected to last between 30 and 45 minutes; drivers are advised to take alternate routes.Northbound I-5 will not be affected.last_img read more

Niall Murray explains MICE industry global trends in Tokyo

first_imgThere to introduce the global trends of the MICE industry was Niall Murray, founder of Murray International, a strategic business consulting firm with much IR development experience.MICE Business is attracting attention all over the world and by 2023 it is estimated that the industry will have an annual average growth rate of 7.5%.There are 62 exhibition halls worldwide that boast an area of 100,000 square meters. However, Japan is not represented at all in this list, Murray noted. The current largest, Tokyo Big Sight, has a floor space of just 95,000 square meters.According to data provided by Murray, the largest MICE facility in the world is in Hannover, Germany, measuring a vast 466,000 square meters.“The MICE market is growing in Las Vegas, China and Singapore,” he said. “Japan needs to compete with this and of course has the potential to do so. When it comes to legal frameworks, I want a flexible approach to be adopted.“For example, visas. When there is flexibility, inbound visitors will increase. Of course, I would expect the atmosphere in a facility unique to Japan to be distinct.” Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch RelatedPosts Load More A study session was held by the Japan IR Association earlier this month with the topic “What should Japan’s MICE look like?”The session was held in the Second Members’ Office Building of the House of Representatives. Parties related to local governance and Diet members who have shown interest in IR bids participated. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchaselast_img read more

Height for Hire to launch employee engagement and communication portal

first_imgAccess platform rental firm Height for Hire is to launch an employee engagement and internal communications hub for its 200 employees.The portal, provided by Reward Gateway, will enable Height for Hire’s staff to access existing benefits, as well as instant rewards and recognition schemes, through a centralised online hub using a single employee login.Height for Hire operates depot locations spread across the UK and Ireland, and a high percentage of its employees work offline. Through the implementation of the new hub, the organisation aims to address these communication challenges and enhance internal communications across its workforce.The new hub, which will be introduced in February-March 2016, also aims to build Height for Hire’s brand identity and ensure that all employees feel invested in the organisation.Dave Browe, head of HR for UK and Ireland at Height for Hire, said: “We are in a highly competitive industry, and as market leader it is our mission to ensure we retain and attract the best talent. The only way that we are able to do that is through engaging with our employees.“The creation of our new, centralised hub is the first step on that journey. It will ensure our staff share the organisation’s vision and feel part of our journey to success.”last_img read more

38 state that salary or wages play most important role in employee

first_imgMore than a third (38%) of respondents cite salary or wages as one of the top 10 factors that play an important role in their happiness at work, according to research by One4all Rewards.It’s The 2018 Happiness Survey, which surveyed 1.024 full or part-time UK employees, also found that 37% of respondents cite relationships with colleagues as a key factor impacting their happiness at work, compared to 34% who value the nature of their work in itself.The research also found:29% of respondents define flexible working as one of the top factors that influences their happiness, compared to 25% who feel that their relationship with management affects their workplace happiness and 18% who value training opportunities.21% of respondents state their physical working environment as a factor that plays a key part in their happiness at work; 20% however state their annual leave allocation as a factor that influences their happiness at work and 20% think that the level of their workload plays an important role in their happiness at work.44% of respondents believe a pay rise of 25% would improve their employee satisfaction, compared to 33% who feel they would be happier at work if they received a 10% pay increase.21% of respondents feel that receiving thanks from their boss for good work will improve their morale, compared to 20% of respondents who believe a promotion will achieve the same morale boost.20% of respondents think that receiving increased recognition for the work that they do and the contribution that they make to the organisation will increase employee morale, compared to 18% who believe their morale would improve if they were awarded benefits linked to their work, such as discounts and subsidised gym membership.Alan Smith (pictured), UK managing director at One4all Rewards, said: “It is interesting to see how happiness levels vary between the different demographics. For example, those aged 55 and over are happier than any other age group, but interestingly they are also amongst the most likely to believe that the nature of work they do plays the most key role in their morale at work, putting more emphasis on this than salary, bonuses, annual leave or anything more tangible.“This is a factor for other age groups, but it is only those aged 45 and over who prioritise this above salary. Clearly, the UK workforce recognises that money is not everything, but one size definitely doesn’t fit all. In order to maintain or significantly improve morale, it is important for employers to take note of what drives the different kinds of individuals in their workforce.”last_img read more

Elevated Water Levels Causes Minor Flooding In Southcentral

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Many rivers across southcentral continue to be at or near bankfull stages due to the warm weather and glacial melt, according to a release from the National Weather Service. The Kenai River below Skilak Lake is at minor flood stage with water in yards and in one garage, according to the release. Residents and recreationalists along the upper Kenai River should expect bankfull conditions to persist for several days. No major flooding is anticipated, but water levels will reverse their trend and begin to rise again as more rainfall is expected later on this week. Be prepared for localized minor flooding in low lying areas including Primrose Road on the south side of Kenai Lake, debris moving down river and possible erosion. Anyone with boats or other property low on the riverbanks in the area should prepare for significantly rising water levels.last_img read more

Why repeated dieting lead to weight gain

first_imgInstead of helping you slim down, repeated dieting may lead to weight gain because the brain interprets the diets as short famines and urges the person to store more fat for future shortages, a study says.The finding may explain why people who try low-calorie diets often overeat when not dieting and so do not keep the weight off.By contrast, people who do not diet would learn that food supplies are reliable and they do not need to store so much fat, the study said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Surprisingly, our model predicts that the average weight gain for dieters will actually be greater than those who never diet,” said Andrew Higginson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter in England.“This happens because non-dieters learn that the food supply is reliable so there is less need for the insurance of fat stores,” Higginson said.The study, published in the journal Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, is based on observations of animals such as birds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnimals respond to the risk of food shortage by gaining weight, which is why garden birds are fatter in the winter when seeds and insects are hard to find. The researchers studied a mathematical model of an animal that knows whether food is currently abundant or limited, but does not know when things will change, so must learn about the changeability before deciding how fat to be.The model showed that if food supply is often restricted (as it is when dieting) an optimal animal should gain excess weight between food shortages. The researchers’ model predicts that the urge to eat increases hugely as a diet goes on, and this urge would not diminish as weight is gained because the brain gets convinced that famines are likely.“Our simple model shows that weight gain does not mean that people’s physiology is malfunctioning or that they are being overwhelmed by unnaturally sweet tastes, Professor John McNamara of the University of Bristol in England said.“The brain could be functioning perfectly, but uncertainty about the food supply triggers the evolved response to gain weight,” McNamara noted.So how should people try to lose weight?“The best thing for weight loss is to take it steady. Our work suggests that eating only slightly less than you should, all the time, and doing physical exercise is much more likely to help you reach a healthy weight than going on low-calorie diets,” Higginson pointed out.last_img read more

John Elway is signaling that he doesnt like Baker Mayfield

first_imgLeBron should sit out until next year’s trade deadlineAfter the initial rave reviews of the Cavs’ trade deadline roster overhaul, Colin thinks it’s clear that Cleveland has no shot to beat the Warriors – or the Rockets – in the Finals. Colin thinks LeBron is likely done in Cleveland, but shouldn’t rush into a decision on his next destination.Instead of signing in free agency over the summer, Colin proposed the idea of LeBron sitting out until next year’s trade deadline. He can wait and see how the situations of various possible teams play out and pick the best one. John Elway is signaling that he doesn’t like Baker MayfieldThe Broncos have the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft and desperately need to address the quarterback position. Many projections have them taking Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield with their first round pick, but Colin thinks Denver President John Elway is going to pass.He thinks Elway’s willingness to open up about Broncos intention to go aggressively pursue QB’s in free agency – likely Kirk Cousins  – during a time when NFL teams are tight lipped is also a signal that they aren’t going to pull the trigger on Mayfield. Guests:Kenyon Martin – 14-year NBA Veteran is in-studio talking JR Smith’s soup throwing suspension; and if Lonzo is out of bust territory.John Lynch – 49’ers GM joins the show from the combine talking winning the coinflip for the 9th pick; the difference between the between this offseason and last for San Francisco; andTom Penn – Former NBA Executive and Owner of L.A.F.C. is in-studio talking NBA; why he thinks LeBron will end up in L.A.; and the challenges of moving into L.A. as a new franchise.Ray Lewis – FS1 Analyst and NFL Hall of Famer is in-studio to explain the importance of taking a chance on a quarterback; his favorite player in the draft.center_img Also:-Rockets can’t beat the Warriors-East will be awful if LeBron Leaveslast_img read more