NYK New Ship Propeller to Cut CO2 Emissions

first_imgzoom Japan’s NYK Line, MTI Co. Ltd., and Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) have developed a highly efficient propeller by analyzing the conditions surrounding vessel propellers in actual operation.The propeller, which will achieve a 1.2 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by improving fuel efficiency, will be installed on two newly built containerships scheduled for delivery in 2019.NYK informed that the project partners analyzed the condition of a propeller in operation on an oceangoing vessel. Afterward, they confirmed that the simulation data matched the actual conditions to a high probability. The highly reliable simulation was then used to achieve further optimization of propeller design and thus improve fuel efficiency.In collaboration with shipping companies and shipbuilders, the three companies “will continue to make use of their expertise to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through the provision and operation of vessels demonstrating excellent environmental performance,” NYK said.The analysis was conducted by observing the cavitation and measuring the flow velocity around the propeller. Cavitation is a phenomenon in which air bubbles are generated when the pressure in a liquid suddenly drops. Excessive cavitation on the propeller blade causes ship vibration and leads to erosion of the propeller.last_img read more

Spurs survive 7goal drama win on away goals

first_imgManchester: Fernando Llorente’s goal, bundled in from a corner and confirmed by VAR 17 minutes from time, gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side victory on away goals on a night of tension, attacking quality and defensive frailty that ended City and Pep Guardiola’s quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. In a game of relentless drama, City even thought they had won it in injury time only for Raheem Sterling’s goal to be ruled out for offside by VAR. Spurs were protecting a 1-0 lead from the first leg but an opening 21 minutes of chaotic brilliance saw City lead 3-2 on the night as both teams exchanged goals at will. Sterling lit the blue touchpaper on a thunderous atmosphere when he curled in a precision finish from the edge of the area after only four minutes, but Spurs responded with a double from Son Heung-min as he took advantage of errors by Aymeric Laporte. Bernardo Silva put City level on the night with a shot that deflected past Hugo Lloris, then Sterling arrived on the end of the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne’s cross to score at the far post. It left City effectively needing to win the second half and they looked on course when Sergio Aguero crashed home their fourth after De Bruyne sliced Spurs open before Llorente, on as a first-half substitute for injured Moussa Sissoko, bundled in from a corner via his hip — the goal given after a VAR check for handball. In one last extraordinary twist, City thought they had snatched victory and Sterling a hat-trick, but emotions switched instantly as VAR had the final word once again, ruling that Aguero was in an offside position as Bernardo Silva diverted the ball into his path. Spurs go on to face Ajax at the end of unforgettable encounter that left everyone involved stunned and breathless. For Spurs, this was the rollercoaster night to top them all, their players and coaching staff dragged through every possible emotion before joining their supporters in joyous celebration at the final whistle. After such a bright start, Pochettino’s side struggled to weather a City storm that culminated with Aguero putting them ahead in the tie, before Llorente’s goal renewed hope once more. They then had to deal with the gut-punch of Sterling’s stoppage-time goal, only to be hit by a wave of relief and joy at VAR’s final decisive intervention. This was all done without striker and talisman Harry Kane, but once again Son rose to the responsibility, the classy South Korean typifying their bold approach with his superb movement and those two vital early goals. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris — rightly criticised after his mistake gifted Liverpool victory at Anfield recently — also deserves huge praise after his penalty save from Aguero in the first leg and crucial stops from the Argentine and De Bruyne in the return. This was a Spurs side, it should be remembered, who needed a draw in Barcelona to reach the group stage after a damaging defeat at Inter Milan and draw at PSV Eindhoven. It is a tribute to the resilience of this squad — and Pochettino’s management of his resources — that they not only achieved that but now stand two games away from their first Champions League final. They survived an all-out assault from City to achieve it. How they deserved those celebrations.last_img read more

Haddad Morocco Needs to Develop ServiceBased Economy to Grow Further

Rabat – Morocco needs to develop a service-based economy in order to match the expansive growth the country experienced over the past twenty years, according to Lahcen Haddad, the Minister of Tourism.The minister moderated a discussion at the Sun Club (also known as the Club of Clubs in Casablanca or CCC) on Thursday named “Changes in the Global Economy and Growth Prospects.”As suggested in the title, the event held a discussion on the business environment in Morocco and where the kingdom’s economy stands internationally in terms of the diversity of its industries and the skills of its workforce. According to a release acquired by Morocco World News, Haddad said at the event that the social and economic reforms spearheaded by King Mohammed VI over the past two decades have doubled the size of the Moroccan economy and made it internationally competitive.The minister also highlighted that since 2000, the economy has grown at a fluctuating rate that averages around four percent every year. In order to stabilize and increase growth, Haddad said the country needs to focus on growing a services-based economy instead of the agricultural economy the kingdom currently has, which makes its citizens vulnerable to unpredictable weather conditions.Recently, several major international organizations, including the World Bank and Standard and Poor’s, downwardly adjusted their predictions for Morocco’s economic growth in 2016 as a result of the low agricultural output the country saw earlier this year. The weak harvests were caused by reduced rainfall in the kingdom’s farming areas.The government’s challenge is to maintain a growth rate of six percent over the next 20 years in order to grow the economy by 50 percent and eradicate poverty by the year 2030, according to the minister, who added that growth in the information technology (IT), media and social entrepreneurship sectors could help the country meet its goals.According to World Bank data, Morocco is not expected to exceed four percent economic growth in any year until and including 2018, the last year the international bank’s forecast encompassed.Statistics presented at the event show that revenues related to tourism make up seven percent of Morocco’s GDP, employ five percent of the country’s citizens and fund 25 percent of the kingdom’s foreign exchange reserves. Pointing to these numbers, Haddad said developing employment opportunities in the tourism sector could spur economic growth further as well. read more

Syria Rebels Kill 15 People in Aleppo

Damascus – At least 15 people were killed and 55 others were wounded Friday by mortar shelling on government-controlled areas in the northern city of Aleppo, media reports said.The shelling targeted several residential areas in the government-controlled parts in western Aleppo, the latest in a series of attacks the rebels in eastern Aleppo are waging to quell the momentum of the Syrian government forces, which are making notable gains in Aleppo.A military source also said that the Syrian army has captured several buildings in the rebel-held areas of Slaiman al-Halabi. The army also seized parts in the Bustan al-Basha area in the old city of Aleppo.This comes as the Syrian army succeeded to recapture the Handarat Camp for Palestinian refugees, after taking and losing it again last week.The renewed military showdown in Aleppo came just two weeks after a Russia-US brokered truce expired with no extension. read more

Recordbreaking 117 million people stand with UN against poverty

Shattering previous records, nearly 117 million people in 131 countries stood up last weekend as part of a United Nations-led campaign to demand that world leaders keep their promises to halve extreme poverty and achieve the other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015. Over 8,000 events were held around the globe, from Afghanistan and Burundi to Thailand and Uganda, as part of the “Stand Up and Take Action against Poverty” campaign held from 17 to 19 October.“We are very proud that there has been such a massive citizen response for the Millennium Development Goals and against poverty,” Salil Shetty, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, which initiated the project, told reporters in New York today.Nearly 117 million people – close to 2 per cent of the world’s population – took part in Stand Up-related events, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest social mobilization ever on a single issue. Another 5 million people took part in events that were not submitted before the Guinness deadline. This represents a huge increase over 2006, when some 23 million people stood up against poverty, and 2007, when that number grew to almost 44 million. Mr. Shetty said the biggest mobilizations happened in Asia (over 73 million people), followed by Africa (more than 24 million) and the Arab States (nearly 18 million).“It’s very appropriate that the parts of the world which are having to live with the daily reality of poverty are the ones who did the biggest mobilization,” he noted.Highlights of the campaign include the more than 35 million people, or one-third of the population, in the Philippines who stood at various events throughout the country. In addition, Rwandan President Paul Kagame exhorted 10,000 of his fellow citizens to use their hard-won peace as a foundation to fight poverty, during an event at Rubavu Stadium in Western Province.Meanwhile, 400,000 students in the West Bank and 200,000 in Gaza stood up as part of an annual programme to teach them about the MDGs.Mr. Shetty added that with the countdown to 2015 well under way, many of the events held around the world were a “wake-up call and a reminder to governments that time is running out and we expect leaders to take action.”In a message issued for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded governments of their commitments to achieving the MDGs, saying that many had pledged new resources to bolster food security, eradicate disease, ensure access to water and sanitation, and manage the financial crisis.“These commitments are not a matter of charity, but an obligation in the pursuit of human rights for all. If we fail to keep our promise on the MDGs, we create the conditions for greater human misery and global insecurity,” he warned. 22 October 2008Shattering previous records, nearly 117 million people in 131 countries stood up last weekend as part of a United Nations-led campaign to demand that world leaders keep their promises to halve extreme poverty and achieve the other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015. read more

Speakers urge action as nuclear review conference enters second day at UN

4 May 2010The review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered its second day today at United Nations Headquarters with speakers taking up issues ranging from the Middle East, Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to practical measures towards disarmament and peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Nearly 40 speakers are expected to address the five-yearly NPT review today, a day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering that the world is looking at the participants to take decisive steps to build a safer world for everyone.“We have a choice: to leave a legacy of fear and inaction… or to act with vision, courage and leadership,” he said yesterday.Many speakers during today’s session urged action on several fronts, such as making the Middle East free of nuclear weapons and finding peaceful applications for nuclear energy and technology.In a speech today in New York to the Mayors for Peace, a grouping of officials from 3,880 cities in 143 countries, Mr. Ban reiterated his calls for non-proliferation efforts and disarmament.“We reduce the risk of nuclear weapons to zero by reducing the number of nuclear weapons to zero,” the Secretary-General said, adding that the UN should be the new “ground zero” for nuclear disarmament.Mr. Ban said he is “humbled” to carry this message with him when he visits Japan in August as the first Secretary-General to personally participate in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.The trip has particular importance to the Mayors for Peace. The organization was started by Takeshi Araki, the former mayor of Hiroshima, and expanded worldwide with the help of his counterpart in Nagasaki. The Mayors for Peace group is expected to reach 5,000 members this year, representing one billion people, as Mr. Ban noted, calling the organization “the kind of solid political foundation” needed to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world.“I feel a deep duty to advance, by any practical means I can, the great cause of nuclear disarmament… so that nobody ever needs to fear another such attack,” Mr. Ban stressed.Disarmament has been one of his main priorities since taking office. In 2008, he launched his five-point plan on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, which includes legal obligations for disarmament, including the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).“As I said yesterday, we need to think very seriously about setting a time frame for ratification – and about an alternative mechanism that might get us there,” Mr. Ban said, paraphrasing his remarks yesterday to the NPT review conference.He is scheduled today to speak with many of the high-level officials in bilateral meetings.This evening, Mr. Ban will be joined by UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas and Tibor Toth, Executive Director of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) at the opening of a special exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York entitled Putting an End to Nuclear Explosions. read more

Clippers discover depth at catcher

“My job is to help out the pitchers as much as I can,” Espino said. “That’s my job on this team and that’s what I’m going to do as a backup catcher. Defense has to be my top priority and after that, I want to have good at-bats, put the ball in play and hope for the best result.”In Sunday’s loss against the Toledo Mud Hens, Espino had one hit in three at-bats, with an RBI single. He provided stability from behind the plate as he caught nine innings from Hector Rondon, Steven Wright and Frank Herrmann. Espino threw out Casper Wells in the fourth inning on the only attempted steal of the day by the Mud Hens.Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh commented on Espino’s value to the club.“He really works well with the pitching staff, and he’s had some big hits for us early in this year,” Sarbaugh said. “He’s a hard worker and a great guy to have in the clubhouse.” The catcher position is the most grueling position in baseball. Spending nine innings every game crouched in a catcher’s stance, wearing knee, shin and chest protectors, a protective helmet and a face mask in the heat and humidity of the summer can wear a player down.Occasionally, the Columbus Clippers need to give their starting catcher and top prospect Carlos Santana a day of rest. Backup Damaso Espino has shown to be a valuable asset to the Clippers in these situations.On April 21, Santana was injured when he fouled a ball off of his right knee. While the injury was not considered serious, he was taken out of the game and listed as day-to-day.Espino has provided stability at the catcher position when Santana is out of the lineup.Espino has played in eight games for the Clippers this season and has a .227 batting average. Despite his struggles at the plate, his defensive abilities have been impressive. read more

Lord Chief Justice Community service is not tough enough and needs to be

first_imgHe stressed both sides of the “controversial issue” needed debate and said there are “plenty of ways” to make workers stand out without “dressing people up” in striped uniforms.His comments come amid mounting questions over the prison population in England and Wales.This month thousands of prison officers staged a walkout after claiming the system was “in meltdown”.Around 85,000 people are currently behind bars and campaigners have repeatedly warned about overcrowding and rising levels of violence and self-harm.Speaking on Tuesday Lord Thomas said: “If you are sending someone to prison for a very short time, the ability of the prison to cope with that person is limited in the current circumstances. Prison officers staged an unofficial strike earlier this month to protest against health and safety issuesCredit:DYLAN MARTINEZ Prison officers staged an unofficial strike earlier this month to protest against health and safety issues The Lord Chief Justice said more time must be spent looking at community penalties In 2008 Labour controversially introduced vests with the words “Community Payback” written on the back The Lord Chief Justice said more time must be spent looking at community penalties “What is absolutely essential is that you have, for magistrates in particular but also for judges, really good alternatives to prison.”He added: “There are two issues: how do you balance rehabilitation and punishment and what should the punishment be. Should you have some really tough kind of work for them to do? Should you make the punishment visible? These are issues that need to be debated.”Lord Thomas also said more work needed to be done in ensuring community sentences were not viewed as a soft option for those who have broken the law.He said: “We need to look much more carefully at how we give the public confidence, and the judiciary and particularly the magistracy.“Many defendants often say, ‘Phew, I’ve got off,’ and that is a terrible, terrible indictment of the system. Earlier this month Michael Gove said criminals should not be sent to prison unless there is no alternative.But director of Voice for Victims and former probation union official, Harry Fletcher, said “toughening up” community penalties was not simple.He said: “There have been calls to harden up community service and make it more visible for the last ten years. It has proved highly impractical to do it.“First, there is a shortage of placements and second there is a risk of abuse from the public to offenders and if the offenders are highly visible there’s a tendency for them not to show up, which defeats the point of it.“Community service must not be a vehicle to replace work down by local authority councils because it would put people out of work. It’s easy for the Lord Chief Justice to call for tougher community service but how do you do that? Make offenders break up rocks? Or do hard physical labour?“The reality is most of them are addicted to drugs or alcohol or both, and many have mental or physical health issues so therefore are incapable of doing hard, physical work.”Community sentences range from unpaid work to treatment programs and group activities.Offenders doing tasks such as removing graffiti, clearing wasteland and decorating public places are required to wear a high-visibility orange vest under the current regime.In 2008 Labour controversially introduced vests with the words “Community Payback” written on the back for criminals on community service. 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. Community service is not tough enough and needs to be a more visible punishment, Britain’s most senior judge has suggested as he says offenders view non-jail sentences as “getting off” free.The Lord Chief Justice called for harsher community penalties as an alternative to imprisonment at a time when jails are “overstretched” and unable to cope with overcrowding.Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd said making offenders more “visible” while they are carrying out work could deter offenders from seeing community service as an easy way out. In 2008 Labour controversially introduced vests with the words “Community Payback” written on the backCredit:EDDIE MULHOLLANDlast_img read more

Man arrested after driving car into social welfare office

first_imgA MAN WAS arrested in Donegal on Friday night after driving his car into the front of a social welfare office.The incident occurred at 11pm on Friday in Buncrana. A garda spokesperson said the car was driven into the front door of the office, causing “extensive damage” to the doors and windows.No one was injured in the incident. A 40-year-old man was arrested for road traffic offences and taken to Buncrana Garda Station.He has since been released but will appear in court on 9 January charged in relation to the incident.Read: Gardaí exchange fire with man barricaded in parents’ house>last_img

Apple breaks CocaColas 13 year hold on Best Global Brand

first_imgEvery year Interbrand compiles its Best Global Brands list, and for the past 13 years the number one spot has been held by Coca-Cola. But for 2013, that hold on first position has been broken, and it took a technology company to do it.Last year, the top 5 read as follows:Coca-ColaAppleIBMGoogleMicrosoftHowever, the growing significance of technology in our daily lives and globally is clear, as Apple has now taken the top spot, and Google has nudged Coca-Cola down to third place. The 2013 ranking looks like this:AppleGoogleCoca-ColaIBMMicrosoftApple first appeared on the list in the year 2000 at position 36 with a brand value of $6.6 billion. 13 years later, it’s now top and that brand value has sky rocketed to $98.3 billion.If you look further down the list you’ll find other well-known technology brands not far behind. There’s Samsung (8th), Intel (9th), Cisco (13th), HP (15th), Oracle (18th), and Amazon (19th). I’m pretty sure Samsung and Amazon will be two brands that continue to move up the list, and have done so this year from their previous positions of 9th and 20th respectively.Will Apple now have a multi-year run at the top? I doubt you’d get many analysts predicting that. Such is the fast-changing nature of the tech industry, that a brand can soon lose its appeal if a few product launches aren’t well liked by consumers and the press alike. And Apple is facing more pressure than ever to deliver something new and innovative rather than the incremental gadget updates we have been seeing for a few years now.last_img read more

Scotland seeks independence vote

first_imgScotland’s government announced that it wants to hold a referendum on independence from Britain, after the government in London announced the vote could go ahead. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s government said it would give the devolved Scottish parliament temporary powers to hold the vote on whether to end the 300-year-old union with England. The government in London said the vote should be as soon as possible because uncertainty about the issue was harming Scotland’s economy. But Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond — who commentators say is keen to stall the vote in order to build support for independence — said the decisions should be left to the people of Scotland. “The date we should have for this referendum should be the autumn of 2014,” Mr Salmond told Sky News. His comments set up a possible constitutional clash with Mr Cameron’s government, though Mr Salmond does not currently have the support in polls for a break with England. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Preview for tonights 1016 WWE NXT on WWE Network

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook The following is scheduled for tonight’s 10/16 WWE NXT on WWE Network:* Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd* NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch* NXT Tag Team Champions The Lucha Dragons vs. Wesley Blake & Buddy Murphy* The Jersey Boys vs. The Legioniares* Baron Corbin in action.* The in-ring debut of Carmella.Check back later this week for a detailed recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Becky Lynch Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Charlotte Flair Videos Articleslast_img read more

Soul therapy Rehab patients to relearn entering exiting car

first_imgRehab patients at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will soon no longer need to trudge out to the parking lot to practice entering and exiting a vehicle. Instead, they’ll just head to the rehab unit’s outdoor patio and slide into the seats of the Kia Soul parked three stories up.Dick Hannah Kia donated the compact car and, with the help of a NessCampbell Crane and Rigging crew, the vehicle was raised and lowered into its new home on Wednesday afternoon. The crane crew hoisted the car from the hospital’s north parking lot, swung it over the Mother Joseph Building and lowered it into place on the third-floor patio on the south side of the building — all within about 15 minutes.The crane was on-site already as PeaceHealth Southwest undergoes an air-duct replacement project in the Mother Joseph Building. But the aerial delivery of the vehicle attracted spectators who crowded in front of windows with a view of the patio.Having the car within the rehab unit increases accessibility for patients. Many patients are dealing with limited mobility or are forced to relearn how to do everyday tasks, such as entering and exiting a vehicle, said Rachel Corey, a physical therapist at PeaceHealth Southwest.Currently, the rehab staff relies on office furniture to simulate a vehicle or they call on patient family members to bring vehicles to the hospital parking lot for patients to practice their new skills, Corey said. With the Kia donation, however, patients will be able to practice on the real thing, parked under a cover on the patio.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 48 What Does The Texas Primary Mean

first_img Allison Lee | Houston Public MediaMetropolitan Multi-Services Center on West Gray. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /15:53 Listen On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus breakdown the Texas primaries, including what does this week’s primary mean and why should you care? Don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics too, by downloading them on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get good podcasts. Tweet us your questions to #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org.Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and Todd Hulslander is the audio engineer.  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

American man leading Mexican Los Zetas drug cartel arrested

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — An American man who has been leading the Mexican Los Zetas drug cartel for years has finally been arrested.Special Forces elements of the Secretariat of the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) have arrested the American Los Zetas drug cartel leader, José María Guízar Valencia, also known as Carlos Guízar Valencia, Charly, Chema and Z-43.José María Guízar Valencia, who is from the state of California, has been on several most wanted lists since 2014. He has been on the most wanted list in the state of Chiapas as well as in the United States, when in 2014, federal officials offered a $5 million USD reward for information leading to his capture.Guízar Valencia has used the municipality of Huimanguillo, Tabasco as his center of operations for the transshipment of narcotics from South and Central America to the United States. He is also wanted for extortion and kidnapping.For several years, Guízar Valencia has been the known main ring leader for the importation of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States, as well as the supervisor of shipments of cocaine from Colombia via Guatemala.Guízar Valencia was given the name Z-43 after he rose to lead the Los Zetas after it’s previous leader, Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales or Z-40, was arrested.Officials from the Secretariat of the Mexican Navy say that José María Guízar Valencia has been the cause of the wave of violence that has rocked the Mexican southeast as well as parts of Riviera Maya and at the border between Chiapas and Guatemala.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Top AutoML libraries for building your ML pipelines

first_imgWhat is AutoML? When talking about AutoML we mostly refer to automated data preparation (namely feature preprocessing, generation, and selection) and model training (model selection and hyperparameter optimization). The number of possible options for each step of this process can vary vastly depending on the problem type. AutoML allows researchers and practitioners to automatically build ML pipelines out of the possible options for every step to find high-performing ML models for a given problem. AutoML libraries carefully set up experiments for various ML pipelines, which covers all the steps from data ingestion, data processing, modeling, and scoring. In this article we deal with understanding what AutoML is and cover popular AutoML libraries with practical examples. This article is an excerpt from a book written by Sibanjan Das, Umit Mert Cakmak titled Hands-On Automated Machine Learning. Overview of AutoML libraries There are many popular AutoML libraries, and in this section you will get an overview of commonly used ones in the data science community. Featuretools Featuretools is a good library for automatically engineering features from relational and transactional data. The library introduces the concept called Deep Feature Synthesis (DFS). If you have multiple datasets with relationships defined among them such as parent-child based on columns that you use as unique identifiers for examples, DFS will create new features based on certain calculations, such as summation, count, mean, mode, standard deviation, and so on. Let’s go through a small example where you will have two tables, one showing the database information and the other showing the database transactions for each database: import pandas as pd# First dataset contains the basic information for databases.databases_df = pd.DataFrame({“database_id”: [2234, 1765, 8796, 2237, 3398], “creation_date”: [“2018-02-01”, “2017-03-02”, “2017-05-03”, “2013-05-12”, “2012-05-09”]})databases_df.head() You get the following output: The following is the code for the database transaction: # Second dataset contains the information of transaction for each database iddb_transactions_df = pd.DataFrame({“transaction_id”: [26482746, 19384752, 48571125, 78546789, 19998765, 26482646, 12484752, 42471125, 75346789, 16498765, 65487547, 23453847, 56756771, 45645667, 23423498, 12335268, 76435357, 34534711, 45656746, 12312987], “database_id”: [2234, 1765, 2234, 2237, 1765, 8796, 2237, 8796, 3398, 2237, 3398, 2237, 2234, 8796, 1765, 2234, 2237, 1765, 8796, 2237], “transaction_size”: [10, 20, 30, 50, 100, 40, 60, 60, 10, 20, 60, 50, 40, 40, 30, 90, 130, 40, 50, 30], “transaction_date”: [“2018-02-02”, “2018-03-02”, “2018-03-02”, “2018-04-02”, “2018-04-02”, “2018-05-02”, “2018-06-02”, “2018-06-02”, “2018-07-02”, “2018-07-02”, “2018-01-03”, “2018-02-03”, “2018-03-03”, “2018-04-03”, “2018-04-03”, “2018-07-03”, “2018-07-03”, “2018-07-03”, “2018-08-03”, “2018-08-03”]}) db_transactions_df.head() You get the following output: The code for the entities is as follows: # Entities for each of datasets should be definedentities = {“databases” : (databases_df, “database_id”),”transactions” : (db_transactions_df, “transaction_id”)} # Relationships between tables should also be defined as belowrelationships = [(“databases”, “database_id”, “transactions”, “database_id”)]print(entities) You get the following output for the preceding code: The following code snippet will create feature matrix and feature definitions: # There are 2 entities called ‘databases’ and ‘transactions’ # All the pieces that are necessary to engineer features are in place, you can create your feature matrix as below import featuretools as ftfeature_matrix_db_transactions, feature_defs = ft.dfs(entities=entities,relationships=relationships,target_entity=”databases”) The following output shows some of the features that are generated: You can see all feature definitions by looking at the following features_defs: feature_defs The output is as follows: This is how you can easily generate features based on relational and transactional datasets. Auto-sklearn Scikit-learn has a great API for developing ML models and pipelines. Scikit-learn’s API is very consistent and mature; if you are used to working with it, auto-sklearn will be just as easy to use since it’s really a drop-in replacement for scikit-learn estimators. Let’s see a little example: # Necessary importsimport autosklearn.classificationimport sklearn.model_selectionimport sklearn.datasetsimport sklearn.metricsfrom sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split # Digits dataset is one of the most popular datasets in machine learning community. # Every example in this datasets represents a 8×8 image of a digit. X, y = sklearn.datasets.load_digits(return_X_y=True) # Let’s see the first image. Image is reshaped to 8×8, otherwise it’s a vector of size 64. X[0].reshape(8,8) The output is as follows: You can plot a couple of images to see how they look: import matplotlib.pyplot as pltnumber_of_images = 10images_and_labels = list(zip(X, y))for i, (image, label) in enumerate(images_and_labels[:number_of_images]):plt.subplot(2, number_of_images, i + 1)plt.axis(‘off’)plt.imshow(image.reshape(8,8), cmap=plt.cm.gray_r, interpolation=’nearest’)plt.title(‘%i’ % label)plt.show() Running the preceding snippet will give you the following plot: Splitting the dataset to train and test data: # We split our dataset to train and test dataX_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(X, y, random_state=1) # Similarly to creating an estimator in Scikit-learn, we create AutoSklearnClassifier automl = autosklearn.classification.AutoSklearnClassifier() # All you need to do is to invoke fit method to start experiment with different feature engineering methods and machine learning models automl.fit(X_train, y_train) # Generating predictions is same as Scikit-learn, you need to invoke predict method. y_hat = automl.predict(X_test) print(“Accuracy score”, sklearn.metrics.accuracy_score(y_test, y_hat))# Accuracy score 0.98 That was easy, wasn’t it? MLBox MLBox is another AutoML library that supports distributed data processing, cleaning, formatting, and state-of-the-art algorithms such as LightGBM and XGBoost. It also supports model stacking, which allows you to combine an information ensemble of models to generate a new model aiming to have better performance than the individual models. Here’s an example of its usage: # Necessary Importsfrom mlbox.preprocessing import *from mlbox.optimisation import *from mlbox.prediction import *import wget file_link = ‘https://apsportal.ibm.com/exchange-api/v1/entries/8044492073eb964f46597b4be06ff5ea/data?accessKey=9561295fa407698694b1e254d0099600’file_name = wget.download(file_link)print(file_name)# GoSales_Tx_NaiveBayes.csv The GoSales dataset contains information for customers and their product preferences: import pandas as pddf = pd.read_csv(‘GoSales_Tx_NaiveBayes.csv’)df.head() You get the following output from the preceding code: Let’s create a test set from the same dataset by dropping a target column: test_df = df.drop([‘PRODUCT_LINE’], axis = 1)# First 300 records saved as test datasettest_df[:300].to_csv(‘test_data.csv’)paths = [“GoSales_Tx_NaiveBayes.csv”, “test_data.csv”]target_name = “PRODUCT_LINE”rd = Reader(sep = ‘,’)df = rd.train_test_split(paths, target_name) The output will be similar to the following: Drift_thresholder will help you to drop IDs and drifting variables between train and test datasets: dft = Drift_thresholder()df = dft.fit_transform(df) You get the following output: Optimiser will optimize the hyperparameters: opt = Optimiser(scoring = ‘accuracy’, n_folds = 3)opt.evaluate(None, df) You get the following output by running the preceding code: The following code defines the parameters of the ML pipeline: space = { ‘ne__numerical_strategy’:{“search”:”choice”, “space”:[0]}, ‘ce__strategy’:{“search”:”choice”, “space”:[“label_encoding”,”random_projection”, “entity_embedding”]}, ‘fs__threshold’:{“search”:”uniform”, “space”:[0.01,0.3]}, ‘est__max_depth’:{“search”:”choice”, “space”:[3,4,5,6,7]} }best = opt.optimise(space, df,15) The following output shows you the selected methods that are being tested by being given the ML algorithms, which is LightGBM in this output: You can also see various measures such as accuracy, variance, and CPU time: Using Predictor, you can use the best model to make predictions: predictor = Predictor()predictor.fit_predict(best, df) You get the following output: TPOT Tree-Based Pipeline Optimization Tool (TPOT) uses genetic programming to find the best performing ML pipelines, built on top of scikit-learn. Once your dataset is cleaned and ready to be used, TPOT will help you with the following steps of your ML pipeline: Feature preprocessing Feature construction and selection Model selection Hyperparameter optimization Once TPOT is done with its experimentation, it will provide you with the best performing pipeline. TPOT is very user-friendly as it’s similar to using scikit-learn’s API: from tpot import TPOTClassifierfrom sklearn.datasets import load_digitsfrom sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split # Digits dataset that you have used in Auto-sklearn exampledigits = load_digits()X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(digits.data, digits.target,train_size=0.75, test_size=0.25) # You will create your TPOT classifier with commonly used arguments tpot = TPOTClassifier(generations=10, population_size=30, verbosity=2) # When you invoke fit method, TPOT will create generations of populations, seeking best set of parameters. Arguments you have used to create TPOTClassifier such as generations and population_size will affect the search space and resulting pipeline. tpot.fit(X_train, y_train)print(tpot.score(X_test, y_test))# 0.9834tpot.export(‘my_pipeline.py’) Once you have exported your pipeline in the Python my_pipeline.py file, you will see the selected pipeline components: import numpy as npimport pandas as pdfrom sklearn.model_selection import train_test_splitfrom sklearn.neighbors import KNeighborsClassifier# NOTE: Make sure that the class is labeled ‘target’ in the data filetpot_data = pd.read_csv(‘PATH/TO/DATA/FILE’, sep=’COLUMN_SEPARATOR’, dtype=np.float64)features = tpot_data.drop(‘target’, axis=1).valuestraining_features, testing_features, training_target, testing_target =train_test_split(features, tpot_data[‘target’].values, random_state=42)exported_pipeline = KNeighborsClassifier(n_neighbors=6, weights=”distance”)exported_pipeline.fit(training_features, training_target)results = exported_pipeline.predict(testing_features) To summarize, you learnt about Automated ML and practiced your skills using popular AutoML libraries. This is definitely not the whole list, and AutoML is an active area of research. You should check out other libraries such as Auto-WEKA, which also uses the latest innovations in Bayesian optimization, and Xcessive, which is a user-friendly tool for creating stacked ensembles. To know how AutoML can be further used to automate parts of Machine Learning, check out the book Hands-On Automated Machine Learning. Read more Anatomy of an automated machine learning algorithm (AutoML) AutoML: Developments and where is it heading to AmoebaNets: Google’s new evolutionary AutoMLlast_img read more

Collette offers free night in NYC through South African Airways

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — Collette has launched a limited time offer valid on its tours to South Africa including Spectacular South Africa and Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls, & Botswana tours.“Collette is very excited to offer a one night stay in New York City en route to South Africa,” said Doug Patterson, President, Collette Canada. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for clients to marvel in the restaurants, entertainment, and culture that this famous city has to offer before embarking on their South African adventure.”The deal ends March 31 and is good on travel until Dec. 31. The offer code is 2017SSANYCPRENTCA. The promotion is valid for new air inclusive bookings flying with South African Airways via JFK made by March 31 for travel on Spectacular South Africa or Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana tours operating by Dec. 31.For more information visit gocollette.com. Collette offers free night in NYC through South African Airways Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Collette, New York City, South African Airways Wednesday, March 8, 2017 last_img read more

Male smokers triple female ones in Costa Rica study finds

first_imgSome 9 percent of Costa Rica’s population smokes on a daily basis, meaning some 300,000 people here can be considered regular smokers.That is one of the main findings from the most recent Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) of Costa Rica, a survey conducted jointly by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Public Health Ministry officials last week released some of the main results of the global investigation, which for the first time, included Costa Rica in 2015.Nydia Amador, who coordinates the ministry’s Tobacco Control Program, said the findings will be used to improve anti-smoking policies and strategies in the country. “These results also will be vital to all campaigns and public awareness efforts against the tobacco epidemic,” she said.The research found that smoking is more common among Costa Rican men, who at 13.4 percent triple the 4.4 percent of women who admitted to smoking every day. In comparison, although more men than women smoke in most U.S. states, the percentage of smokers among each gender is much closer than among the genders in Costa Rica.The smoking habits of Ticos vary by age. The highest prevalence of smokers was found among people age 45-64, representing 10.4 percent of this age group.Among people age 25-34, 9.8 percent smoke and among those 15-24, 7.2 percent smoke.The study also found that more people smoke in urban areas compared to rural areas — 9.6 percent compared to 7.1 percent.Smoking in Costa Rica is an expensive habit: The survey found smokers here on average smoke 13 cigarettes a day and spend ₡19,370 ($35.60) every month.Aware of risksThe survey found that most Tico smokers are aware of the risks of smoking. Nearly 98 percent of respondents said they knew smoking was related to serious and chronic diseases, while nearly 96 percent said they knew smoke also affected the people around them.So why don’t they quit? The study found that smokers find it “very hard” to quit the habit.Researchers also surveyed second-hand smokers. Ninety-five percent of them said they were exposed to smoke in their homes, while a nearly equal percentage said they were exposed to smoke at their workplace.Ninety-two percent cited restaurants, and 77 percent said they were exposed to smoke in bars and nightclubs.The survey followed a standard protocol in all participating countries. In Costa Rica, researchers surveyed 8,607 people over age 15.Costa Rica in 2012 approved an anti-smoking bill known as the Control of Tobacco and its Harmful Effects on Health Bill. The regulation banned smoking in places such as bars, restaurants, public buildings, bus stops and taxi stands. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica reports lower cancer mortality rates World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016 Alcohol still the most popular drug in Costa Rica Costa Rican experts seek to curb increase in breast cancer cases, deathslast_img read more

Initial Jobless Claims Rebound to FourWeek High

first_img First-time claims for unemployment insurance rose 34,000 for the week ended July 14 to 386,000 – the highest level in four weeks – the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/ said Thursday. [IMAGE]Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected 365,000 initial claims. The prior week’s total was revised up to 352,000 from the originally reported 350,000. Continuing claims ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reported on a one-week lag ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose 1,000 to 3,314,000 from the prior week’s 3,313,000, revised from the originally reported 3,304,000.Initial claims had plunged in the week ended July 7 to a four year low as seasonal adjustments ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô used to correct for sharp changes in raw data due to recurring annual phenomena ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô offset annual furloughs of auto workers when plants re-tooled for the new model year. The increase in claims ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the largest weekly jump since the week ended April 30, 2011 – was an expected rebound, though the adjustment factors continue to play a role. In the upcoming week adjustment factors ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô already published by the Labor Department ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô should push claims up higher. Furloughed workers qualify for unemployment insurance artificially increasing claims without using a seasonal adjustment. Unadjusted claims jumped nearly 70,000 in the week ended July 7 and another 10,000 in the week ended July 14.[COLUMN_BREAK]Unadjusted initial claims totaled 452,960 in the week ending July 14, an increase of 10,768 from the previous week. There were 470,086 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.This week’s report covered the same period ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the week of the month, including the twelfth calendar day ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in deriving the monthly payroll jobs report and monthly unemployment rate. The Employment Situation report is scheduled for release August 3.The sharp increase in initial claims reflected the holiday shortened week from one week earlier. While newly unemployed individuals can file claims online even when office are closed, clerical staff is not available to process those filings and report them during holiday periods.The four week moving average of initial claims ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a statistical device used to smooth the more volatile weekly data – fell 1,500 to 375,500 from 377,000.The four-week moving average of continuing claims rose 1,000 to 3,311,750.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reported on two week lag – for the week ending June 30 was 5,752,116 a decrease of 121,985 from the previous week. According to the latest BLS report, 12.8 million people were officially counted as unemployed in June.States reported 2,524,363 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits for the week ending June 30, a decline of 81,924 from the past week, the Labor Department said. There were 3,154,001 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. According to the Labor Department, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 7 were in New York (+22,336), Michigan (+7,602), Ohio (+5,976), Pennsylvania (+4,775), and Wisconsin (+4,615), while the largest decreases were in California (-9,016), New Jersey (-5,282), Connecticut (-917), Massachusetts (-716), and Oklahoma (-671). July 20, 2012 430 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Initial Jobless Claims Rebound to Four-Week Highcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Unemployment 2012-07-20 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

Cyprus solution is up to the parties – UN Spokesman

first_imgThe solution of the Cyprus problem is up to the parties, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary General, has said, noting that the UN have provided their good offices and that the UN chief’s views are well known.Asked to clarify a response he gave yesterday regarding statements by the so-called foreign minister of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus calling for recognition, Dujarric said “the settlement in Cyprus is one that is up to the parties.”“The United Nations has put up its good offices. The Secretary General put up his good offices. His report has gone to the Security Council and will be made public later this month, and I think the Secretary General’s views on this issue are well known,” he said.Dujarric clarified that what he was answering was “on the issue of principle, on how recognition or membership is devised,” adding that “it is not a statement on the current state of the discussions in Cyprus.”To a remark that there was no reference by the Secretary General in his report to the reason that led to the Crans Montana talks failure, which was because Turkey refused to withdraw its troops and relinquish its right guarantees, Dujarric said the Secretary General “was very clear in his statement after Crans Montana.”“He used very clear and simple words. I don’t think they are up for reinterpretation. There will be a report to the Security Council and I think the report speaks for itself,” he added.Dujarric, responding to a question, said the Secretary General has put in a lot of effort to try to reach a settlement on Cyprus, and that it was “up to the parties to come to an agreement.”His remarks were in response to a view expressed by an Israeli journalist that settlements have been declared illegal under international law, and in reply to a question whether the Secretary General will distinguish the settlement of Turkish residents from Turkey in Cyprus and if he sees that as a potentially illegal settlement activity particularly with the military from Turkey.The UN is there to facilitate it and there is also a large number of issues that has to be worked through by those parties, he added.Asked by CNA about the UN’s position on the taxes imposed on the enclaved Greek Cypriots in the Turkish-occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus, Dujarric’s office attached a press release issued by the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) on the issue.“At 10:50 am on 4 October, an UNFICYP vehicle carrying humanitarian supplies departed Nicosia for Greek Cypriot communities in the Karpas, as has been regular practice for close to four decades. UNFICYP was obliged to limit today’s delivery to medical aid supplies, following the Turkish Cypriot administration’s unilateral decision to impose taxes and fees on other humanitarian goods,” the press release said.It added that “UNFICYP regrets the decision taken by the Turkish Cypriot administration, which it considers to be an unfortunate development” and that “the Mission’s role of delivering humanitarian assistance to Greek Cypriot and Maronite communities in the northern part of the island is based on a longstanding agreement between the sides known as Vienna III, and provides hundreds of elderly and other vulnerable people with basic supplies on a weekly basis.”“UNFICYP stands ready to assist the sides to reach a mutually acceptable solution, with the interests of the affected communities in mind,” it concluded.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more