STRAY DOG ACTION PLAN COMING FOR PROVO

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2014 – The stray dog problem also came up in the House of Assembly, the ministerial statement of the Minister of Environment and Home Affairs explained that this month will see the launch of an emergency action plan. The plan for Provo is awaiting approval explained Minister Amanda Missick and it was confirmed that dog traps are now in country. “…we owe a debt of gratitude to the Grand Turk Cruise Center for their generous assistance toward this project. This will assist the Department of Agriculture in containing the stray dog situation.” During 2013 it was exposed that members of the public were not only being increasingly irresponsible pet owners but destroying the traps. While Grand Turk, the Cruise Port capital of the country is seeing the feral dog problem already being checked, there is an alarming increase in complaints about stray dogs from islands like South Caicos and North Caicos. Once started, the emergency action plan for Provo will run until March next year. PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution Related Items:amanda missick, grand turk cruise center, Minister of Environment and Home Affairs, stray dog Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beacheslast_img read more

CBS Viacom to reunite in merger that creates roughly 30B company

first_imgStar Trek: Discovery is one of CBS’ flagship streaming series. CBS All Access CBS and Viacom, two television programming companies that split more than a decade ago, finalized a merger deal Tuesday to recombine, creating a single entity with about $30 billion in market value. The new company, which will be called ViacomCBS, brings brands like CBS and Showtime together with the likes of Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central and Paramount. A CBS-Viacom reunion is the latest in a wave of mergers and acquisitions of traditional media companies, as they try to come to grips with the scale of their emerging competitors in the tech world. Netflix and YouTube dominate eyeballs online, and companies like Apple and Amazon, with market caps hovering around $1 trillion, are delving more deeply into video programming. In response, legacy media companies are consolidating to bulk up. Following megadeals like AT&T buying Time Warner and Disney taking over Fox, CBS and Viacom become the latest to turn to M&A as they face a changing landscape where streaming’s on the rise and traditional pay-TV is slipping. (Disclosure: CBS Corp. is the parent of CNET.)During a call with analysts, executives said they hoped to bulk up CBS All Access with kids programming from Viacom, which owns Nickelodeon. Executives added that they continue to like the idea of pricing CBS All Access under $10 a month because they remain interested in driving up subscribers. One of the key motivations for combining, they said in a joint release, was streaming video. CBS and Viacom said a merged company would be in a better position to accelerate a “direct-to-consumer” strategy — industry jargon for streaming services that don’t involve any traditional TV distributor like a cable company. The companies collectively operate CBS All Access and Showtime’s streaming option, along with Pluto TV (a free streaming TV service in the US) and newcomers such as CBSN, ET Live and niche players like Noggin. They noted that the merger could give them opportunities to expand their streaming internationally. The companies also said their merger will improve opportunities in advertising and deals with distributors and create a stronger player to license their catalog to other platforms worldwide. The companies said they expect the deal, which still needs to win regulatory approval and clear other conditions, will close by the end of this year. Viacom shares will be converted into shares of CBS, with CBS shareholders owning about 61% of the combined company, and Viacom the rest.Viacom’s head, Bob Bakish, will lead the combined company as president and CEO, while CBS’s leader, Joe Ianniello, will serve as chairman and CEO of CBS proper. “Our unique ability to produce premium and popular content for global audiences at scale — for our own platforms and for our partners around the world — will enable us to maximize our business for today, while positioning us to lead for years to come,” Bakish said in a statement. Originally published August 13, 12:23 p.m. PT.Update, 2:25 p.m. PT: With comment from executives on call. Comments Tags TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voice 7 CBS Viacomlast_img read more

Lets pimp the disco

first_imgTell us a bit about yourselves and how did you guys come together as a band?We’ve both been individual musicians for awhile now prior to this collaboration. Saba has been singing with a bunch of other bands as well as working as a professional sessions vocalist and playback singer, and Imaad is the frontman/ guitarist for The Pulp Society, as well as produces solo under the moniker Madboy. Imaad heard Saba’s voice at a late night jam with some friends and immediately knew he had to get her to sing on some of his productions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’And how did the name come about?It’s basically a combination of two solo projects. Madboy is Imaad’s project as a solo producer and Mink is Saba’s moniker as a producer and DJ. So we just thought combining the two would be simple and non-pretentious. Tell us about what drives you guys, what are your influences?Our personal influences are extremely varied and diverse but for this project we are focusing on a sound which is driven by old style Harlem swing and bringing that into context with production that’s rooted in disco and funk. It’s our own trademark sound and it’s hard to explain too much- it’s something that needs to be experienced. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTell us a bit about the songs you have planned for this chapter at Raasta?We haven’t been releasing too much of our material online, because we like each of our releases to be really special and when the EP is released, It’s going to be pretty hyped. But in spite of that, a lot of our tunes have been spreading by word of mouth and gigs that have travelled all over the place. Our songs – Pimp the Disco, Taste your kiss, Lemonade (which was our first single release and is on Soundcloud) Trouble, Soulboy etc and many more will all be on the set list. What’s next in the pipeline for you guys?We play Sunburn in Goa which is the last gig for the year for us coming at the end of our first year as ‘Madboy/Mink’ and it’s been a very busy year in terms of gigs. We’re just going to take stock, lock ourselves in the studio for a little while, and complete the final mixes for our EP which will be out most probably by the end of Feb or beginning of March – and will be followed by a comprehensive tour across the country.WHEN: 25 December, 9 pm onwardsWHERE: Raasta, Hauz Khas Villagelast_img read more

Learning physics may activate new brain areas

first_imgBrain areas that are traditionally not associated with learning science can become active when people are confronted with solving physics problems, finds a study. This shows that the brain’s activity can be modified by different forms of instruction.”The neurobiological processes that underpin learning are complex and not always directly connected to what we think it means to learn,” said lead author Eric Brewe, Associate Professor at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings, published in the journal Frontiers in ICT, showed that newer brain regions associated with attention, working memory and problem solving – the lateral prefrontal cortex and parietal cortex, sometimes called the brain’s ‘central executive network’ – showed activity when dealing with such problems.Another area that became active was the posterior cingulate cortex, which is linked to episodic memory and self-referential thought.”These changes in brain activity may be related to more complex behavioural changes in how students reason through physics questions post- relative to pre-instruction,” Brewe noted. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”These might include shifts in strategy or an increased access to physics knowledge and problem-solving resources,” he said.Using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure blood flow in the brain, the researchers looked to map what areas become active when completing a physics reasoning task, both before a course on the concepts and after. A small group of students were taught a physics course that utilised ‘Modeling Instruction’, a style of teaching which encourages students to be active participants in their learning. “This suggests that learning physics is an imaginative process, which is not typically how people think of it,” Brewe said, in reference to the study which aimed to explore how students use their own mental models to understand new concepts.”The idea of mental models is something that people who research learning love to talk about, but have no evidence of what is happening inside brains other than what people say or do,” Brewe said. “We are actually looking for evidence from inside the brain,” he added.last_img read more

Deepminds AlphaFold is successful in predicting the 3D structure of a protein

first_imgGoogle’s DeepMind is turning its attention to using AI for science and healthcare. This statement is strengthened by the fact that last month, Google made major inroads into healthcare tech by absorbing DeepMind Health. In August it’s AI was successful in spotting over 50 sight-threatening eye diseases. Now it has solved another tough science problem. At an international conference in Cancun on Sunday, Deepmind’s latest AI system AlphaFold won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (CASP) competition. The CASP is held every two years, inviting participants to submit models to predict the 3D structure of a protein from the amino acid sequence. The ability to predict a protein’s shape is useful to scientists because it is fundamental to understanding its role within the body. It is also used for diagnosing and treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and cystic fibrosis. AlphaFold’s SUMZ score was 127.9 (the previous winner SUMZ score was 80.46), achieving what CASP called “unprecedented progress in the ability of computational methods to predict protein structure.” The second team, named Zhang, scored 107.6. How does Deepmind’s AlphaFold work AlphaFold’s team trained a neural network to predict a separate distribution of distances between every pair of residues in a protein. These probabilities were then combined into a score that estimates how accurate a proposed protein structure is. They also trained a separate neural network that uses all distances in aggregate to estimate how close the proposed structure is to the right answer. The scoring functions were used to search the protein landscape to find structures that matched their predictions. They used two distinct methods to construct predictions of full protein structures. The first method repeatedly replaced pieces of a protein structure with new protein fragments. They trained a generative neural network to invent new fragments to improve the score of the proposed protein structure. The second method optimized scores through gradient descent for building highly accurate structures. This technique was applied to entire protein chains rather than to pieces that must be folded separately before being assembled, reducing the complexity of the prediction process. DeepMind Founder and CEO Demis Hassabis celebrated the victory in a tweet. Google CEO Sunder Pichai was also excited about this development on how AI can be used for scientific discovery. Read Next NeurIPS 2018 paper: DeepMind researchers explore autoregressive discrete autoencoders (ADAs) to model music in raw audio at scale. Google makes major inroads into healthcare tech by absorbing DeepMind Health A new episodic memory-based curiosity model to solve procrastination in RL agents by Google Brain, DeepMind and ETH Zurichlast_img read more