Good News for Data Geeks, Bad News for Everyone Else

first_imgklint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Trends Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Last week we told you that enterprises are investing more into business intelligence and analytics initiatives. This week there’s more good news for professionals in this area: according to KDNuggets, salaries are rising for analytics and data mining professionals.Based on a poll with approximately 250 respondents, KDNuggets found that salaries are up from its 2010 poll in North America, Western Europe, Asia and Latin America. (There is no mention of Eastern Europe, Africa or Antarctica.)It’s a good time to be a geek, particularly one with a background in statistics, analytics and data mining. But a bad time to be almost any other type of worker.For example, The New York Times reported on software that can process legal documents at a fraction of the cost of hiring lawyers and paralegals:That’s good news for the people who develop that software. But for people in the legal profession? Not so much.Some programs go beyond just finding documents with relevant terms at computer speeds. They can extract relevant concepts — like documents relevant to social protest in the Middle East — even in the absence of specific terms, and deduce patterns of behavior that would have eluded lawyers examining millions of documents.It’s a fascinating piece, detailing how advances in computer science and linguistics have led to breakthroughs in e-discovery, and how that’s being applied to business by companies like Autonomy, Blackstone Discovery, Cataphora and Clearwell. But it also frightening.The Times cites the falling demand for human chip designers as another example of highly skilled, educated workers being replaced by machines. The paper quotes David H. Autor, an economics professor at MIT:It might be worse than Autor things. Research by Forrester, as we recently reported, indicates that IT is slowing U.S. job growth.“There is no reason to think that technology creates unemployment,” Professor Autor said. “Over the long run we find things for people to do. The harder question is, does changing technology always lead to better jobs? The answer is no.”One tiny bit of good news is that the unemployment rate in the U.S. is at its lowest in two years. But this is tempered by the fact that there are still five unemployed people for each job opening.The moral of the story is, I suppose, learn statistics.Will we replace our human ReadWriteWeb staff with algorithms in the near future? Stay tuned. Bleep bloop blop.Image by GrapeCity Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

A Passivhaus Retrofit in Minnesota

first_imgPaul Brazelton’s introduction to Passivhaus principles was well timed. He and his wife, Desiree, were contemplating a possible expansion of their 1,400-sq.-ft. three-bedroom home in south Minneapolis when Paul paid a visit to Hudson, Wisconsin, where construction was underway on a 1,945-sq.-ft. three-bedroom that came to be known as Passive House in the Woods.The notion of building an energy efficient house to a high standard – and relying relatively little on the grid – inspired the Brazeltons to consult with the architect on the Hudson project, Tim Eian, of TE Studio in Minneapolis, about the possibility of applying Passivhaus principles to their remodel. Eian used Passive House Planning Package software to create and update a performance model of the house as the couple suggested a progression of improvements for it, including substantial increases in shell insulation and airtightness. MORE INFORMATION Blog Review: MinnePHit HouseThe MinnePHit House blog In the end, the Brazeltons calculated that they could afford to renovate the house to meet Passivhaus Institut’s EnerPHit standard, a version of the Passivhaus standard intended for older homes whose construction features and siting might not accommodate all of the Passivhaus requirements that apply to new construction.At the EnerPHit forefrontThe annual heating limit set by EnerPHit, for example, is 25 kWh per square meter (vs. 15 kWh per square meter for Passivhaus) and the maximum air infiltration rate is 1 air change per hour at 50 Pascals (vs. 0.6 ach @ 50pa for Passivhaus). Based on blogs the the Brazeltons have posted to a website that Paul, a software engineer, created to document progress on the project, it appears as if they’re on target to meet their EnerPHit performance goal and their expansion goal, which will bring the house to about 2,000 sq. ft. and more comfortably accommodate the couple, their three small children, and their dogs.Right now, the project – which will have R-44 exterior walls and an R-80 roof – is still a work in progress, so the family is essentially part of the design-and-construction team, which includes Eian and Ryan Stegora, a builder based in Apple Valley, Minnesota, who was not initially familiar with Passivhaus builds and retrofits, but, as noted in a recent Minneapolis Star-Tribune story about the renovation, has had little trouble finding his way.Eian, who trained as an architect in Germany, told the paper that EnerPHit retrofits can cost has much as $50 to $100 per square foot, given the materials and construction details involved, which in this case included insulating the slab and floors with expanded polystyrene, insulating the exterior walls with cellulose, and polyurethane spray foam in the basement.Once the retrofit is complete, it is expected to become among the first certified EnerPHit remodels in the U.S., joining a list that includes many others in other countries and, if all goes as planned, a retrofit in Harlem, in New York City.last_img read more

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says Anthony Davis won’t be traded

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, smiles as he walks past New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry didn’t mince his words Friday in declaring that star Anthony Davis won’t be traded, and he didn’t appreciate Lakers superstar LeBron James’s comments on the matter.“We’re not trading him,” Gentry told reporters at a morning shootaround before the Pelicans were due to take on the Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In response to James’s comments, Davis told ESPN he appreciated the compliment but was focused on building up the Pelicans.“It’s cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me,” said the 25-year-old big man, who is under contract with New Orleans for two more seasons. “But my job is to turn this team around. If we’re 15–17, that means I’m not doing my job.”James isn’t the only NBA player to speak publicly about Davis’s talents.NBA.com reported that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo lightheartedly urged Davis to “come to the Bucks” after Milwaukee’s Wednesday night victory over the Pelicans.ESPN reported Friday that several unnamed general managers had “expressed outrage” over what they believe is the NBA’s unwillingness to enforce rules against tampering.ADVERTISEMENT And Gentry said James’s recent comments — saying it would be “amazing” to play alongside Davis — as tampering, defined by the NBA as attempting to entice a player under contract to negotiate with another team regarding his services.“It’s tampering,” Gentry said. “Why is it not tampering if players are saying it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I thought if you talk about a player under contract, it was tampering. But that’s just me. I’ve only been in the league 31 years, what do I know?”Gentry’s ire may have ratcheted up the tension before the Friday night clash, but it wasn’t clear if either James or Davis would be playing, with both listed by their teams as ailing.center_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES ‘Old fire’ fuels Petron Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Stars Hit The Phones For BTIG Charity Day 2015

first_imgBTIG, LLC, the global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking and related brokerage services with main offices in New York and San Francisco, announced today that the firm is donating over five million dollars to charities as a result of its annual BTIG Charity Day held Tuesday, April 28, 2015.Hosting all-star athletes, actors and actresses from film and television, celebrity chefs and other cultural icons that acted as guest traders, BTIG donated the day’s revenues to a variety of well-deserving organizations, many of them supporting programs that improve the lives of children. This was a record-breaking year for BTIG in terms of total dollars donated.“BTIG Charity Day is an event that everyone at BTIG looks forward to each year. Yesterday was our most successful Charity Day since the event’s inception in 2003. We are honored by the support we receive from our clients, celebrity guests and industry partners. And, we are proud of the effort put forth by our employees,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG.This year more than 200 charities worldwide will be the beneficiaries of BTIG Charity Day. Over 50 celebrities acting as ambassadors for charities contributed to this year’s event including Allan Houston, Alex Rodriguez, Beth Ostrosky, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Brooke Shields, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chris Mullin, Damaris Lewis, Doug Ellin, Eduardo Garcia, Eli Manning, Eric LeGrand, Geoffrey Zakarian, Hannah Davis, Hannah Storm, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Girardi, Joe Namath, John Starks, John Sterling, Josh Capon, K. Lee Graham, Kelly Rutherford, Kristin Davis, Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Rivera, Mark Messier, Mark Teixeira, Mike Maccagnan, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Nia Sanchez, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Robinson, Rebecca Jarvis, Rick DiPietro, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Weatherford, Tom Coughlin, Tommy Hilfiger, Tutan Reyes and Woody Johnson in New York, Barry Bonds, Damon Bruce, Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson, Ronnie Lott and Vida Blue in San Francisco, Jason Collins, Marcus Allen, Michelle Monaghan and Tony Gonzalez in Los Angeles and Charlie Webster, Francine Lewis, Jamie Laing, Mike Gatting OBE, Miles Jupp, Pandora, Sinitta and Vogue Williams in London.“We are grateful to be able to make a difference for a wide range of important causes. By delivering over five million dollars to charities, we hope to make a positive impact in the lives of many in need,” said Scott Kovalik, CEO and Co-Founder of BTIG.last_img read more

Subrata Bakshi raises issues related to polls in letter to CEC

first_imgKolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Bakshi wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner on Wednesday, raising various issues related to the Lok Sabha elections.In his letter, Bakshi pointed out that hoardings and banners have been put up in various places across the city, congratulating the Armed Forces of the country for dismantling terrorist installations. However, he alleged that the BJP leaders in the state have placed such hoardings with political interest in mind. “They are trying to gain political leverage out of the aerial strike conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The banners that have the pictures of the armed forces also carry BJP’s party symbol and some prominent leaders of the party,” he wrote. According to Bakshi, these posters and banners have been found to be in violation of the general advisory to the political parties by the Election Commission of India (ECI). Bakshi also brought to the notice of the commission as to how BJP is misusing the incident of the airstrike with an intention of influencing voters and urged the Chief Election Commissioner to take appropriate action in this regard. It may be mentioned that Election Commission officials have so far removed many banners and hoardings carrying the photographs of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from various places. A drive has been going on to spot such banners that are still up in different parts of the state. Some CPI-M and Congress leaders on Wednesday met the senior Election Commission officials at the CEO’s office, demanding a free and fair election. They also urged the commission to identify the sensitive booths, if any, in the state. A senior ECI official is expected to visit the city later this week to supervise the situation.last_img read more

Three held with 62 passports 28 fake stamps at IGI Airport

first_imgNew Delhi: Three persons, including an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) coach and one businessman, have been nabbed with 62 passports and 28 fake stamps at Delhi’s IGI Airport, police said on Sunday.Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that the gang lured people on the pretext of arranging VISA and sending them abroad. “The gang members affix fake immigration stamps of various countries on the passports, to create a fake travel history as this assist in procuring VISA from the concerned embassy,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe city police also nabbed husband-wife duo who were trying to travel abroad on bogus documents from IGI Airport. Police identified the accused as Saurav, Sachin Kumar, Mukesh Goyal and Jatinder Singh ( herbal product businessman), all native of Haryana. “Saurav is an IELTS(International English Language Testing System) Coach. He imparts English lectures to IELTS aspirants,” police said. The city police also nabbed one Ravinder Singh and his wife Sunita Kumari. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe DCP further said that on the intervening night of March 1-2, a complaint was received about suspected fake and forged Indian immigration stamp in respect of two Indian nationals Sunita Kumari and Ravinder Singh who were seeking departure to Canada on the strength of Canadian visit Visa by Air Canada. “During scrutiny of their travel documents, it was found that there is no travel history of the passengers in the immigration pax log. There was no arrival and departure record against their passport in the system and Indian immigration stamps affixed on their passport were fake and forged,” said DCP Bhatia. Police said that husband-wife duo disclosed that they wanted to go and settle down in Canada. Hence, they approached their friend Shyam who further introduced them to an agent Vicky who runs a shop near Brahm Sarovar Kurukshetra. “Agent Vicky took Rs 6 lakhs from them on the pretext of arranging Canadian Visa and took both the pax to Chandigarh. The agent arranged fake immigration stamps to make both the pax look like frequent travellers,” police said adding that during investigations in the case they arrested all the other accused as well. Police found that Mukesh Goyal used to make fake rubber stamps through a software namely FLEXI.last_img read more

Manchester United defender set for Hertha Berlin loan move

first_imgManchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 20, is close to joining Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.The Dutchman spent the entirety of last campaign at Crystal Palace and made 21 appearances in the Premier League as the Eagles avoided relegation.Fosu-Mensah played in Manchester United’s friendlies in the United States but has once again been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho.He will look to continue his development under Hertha manager Pal Dardai and the club that finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season.Fosu-Mensah is a utility player and can comfortably slot in either as a central defender or at full-back.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.He has been on the books of Manchester United since 2014 when he joined the club’s youth setup from Ajax.Jose Mourinho has moaned about the lack of transfer activity despite signing the duo of Fred and Dalot. Reports claim the United hierarchy informed the Portuguese gaffer to raise cash from the sale of players to fund his transfer.Manchester United are in action against Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly before they commence their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.last_img read more

Helen Garlick TCI Special Prosecutor in corruption trials retires

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The role of Special Prosecutor was created in 2009, as the result of recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry and in order to ensure that the subsequent criminal investigation was conducted with the benefit of experienced and independent legal advice and that all prosecution decisions were made similarly. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos – Thursday 3rd August 2017 – Providenciales – The Special Prosecutor Mrs Garlick has given notice that, for personal reasons and having reached the retirement age of 65, she intends to retire from legal practice this year. Consequently, she will be stepping down from the post of Special Prosecutor on 3rdAugust 2017. Mrs Garlick informed the Attorney General and the then DPP of her intention at the beginning of 2016, because she wished to give those concerned as much notice as possible. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Under the Constitution the post of Special Prosecutor has always sat within the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.center_img The investigation is largely concluded and all the principal prosecuting decisions have been made.  The trial is now well underway. Leading counsel has been instructed since 2010 and is continuously supported by junior counsel, who are fully embedded in the case.  The Senior Investigating Officer (who was appointed in 2009), his Deputy and a number of investigators will remain in place.  Following the appointment of Ms Williams in November 2016 as DPP, Mrs Garlick discussed retirement with her on a number of occasions. They agreed that should the need arise Ms Garlick would be available to the DPP and to the SIPT to be consulted and to assist. Given the absence from the Island, due to ill health, of the DPP the Acting DPP will take on the supervisory role of the case, for the time being.#MagneticMediaNews#PressRelease Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Judge blocks Trumps asylum policy but delays enforcement

first_img Posted: April 9, 2019 A U.S. judge decided Monday to block the Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait for an immigration court to hear their cases, but the ruling is on hold for several days.Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco granted a request on behalf of 11 asylum seekers from Central America and legal advocacy groups to halt the practice while their lawsuit moves forward, but he held off on enforcing his decision until Friday to give the government a chance to ask an appeals court for a review.The policy lacks sufficient protections to ensure migrants don’t face “undue risk to their lives or freedom” in Mexico, the judge said. Seeborg also said a law that President Donald Trump’s administration cited as its authority to send back migrants does not apply to asylum seekers such as those who sued.It was not immediately clear whether the administration would ask an appeals court to put the ruling on hold. The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment. Trump tweeted that the ruling was “unfair to the U.S.”The launch of the policy in January at the nation’s busiest border crossing — in San Diego — marked an unprecedented change to the U.S. asylum system, government officials and asylum experts said. Families seeking asylum typically have been released in the U.S. with notices to appear in court.The Trump administration says the policy responds to a crisis at the southern border that has overwhelmed the ability of immigration officials to detain migrants. Growing numbers of families are fleeing poverty and gang violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.The ruling came a day after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned and as the administration faces repeated court setbacks on strict anti-immigration measures that were a signature campaign promise for Trump, including losses on such policies as separating families at the border and ending protections for young immigrants.The lawsuit says the Trump administration is violating U.S. law by failing to adequately evaluate the dangers that migrants face in Mexico.Under the new policy, asylum seekers are not guaranteed interpreters or lawyers and don’t get to argue to a judge that they face the potential of persecution or torture if they are sent back to Mexico, Judy Rabinovitz, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, said at a March court hearing.Seeborg said in his ruling that “further procedural protections would be required to conform to the government’s acknowledged obligation to ensure aliens are not returned to unduly dangerous circumstances.”The ACLU and other groups also argue in the lawsuit that a law allowing the return of some immigrants to Mexico does not apply to asylum seekers who cross the border illegally or arrive at a border crossing without proper documents.Seeborg agreed, saying the “plain language” of the law supported that interpretation.“Try as it may, the Trump administration cannot simply ignore our laws in order to accomplish its goal of preventing people from seeking asylum in the United States,” Rabinovitz said in a statement after the ruling.The administration hopes that making asylum seekers wait in Mexico will discourage weak claims and help reduce an immigration court backlog of more than 800,000 cases.Justice Department attorney Scott Stewart said at the March hearing that there was a process to protect immigrants who could face harm in Mexico. All 11 plaintiffs in the lawsuit are represented by attorneys, and 10 already have appeared for court proceedings, he said.Border Patrol arrests, the most widely used gauge of illegal crossings, have risen sharply over the last year but are relatively low in historical terms after hitting a 46-year low in 2017.The launch of the policy followed months of delicate talks between the U.S. and Mexico. Mexicans and children traveling alone are exempt from it.___ AP, AP Judge blocks Trump’s asylum policy but delays enforcement April 9, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitterlast_img read more