Bid to keep proposed Ulster University Medical School on track

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – January 6, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Twitter Pinterest Foyle MP Elisha McCallion has committed to hold a series of meetings over the coming days in a bid to ensure plans for the new Ulster University Medical School in Derry are on track.Concerns over the future of the project were raised following recent claims within the Health Department, claiming the project could be delayed.MP McCallion says her party will hold discussions with the head of Northern Ireland’s Civil Service, the head of the Health Department and Ulster University as much concern has been expressed over the future of Derry’s new proposed medical school.The Health Department made claims recently hinting that the project could be delayed.MP McCallion says; the medical school is a ground-breaking project both for the expansion of Magee and the development of the overall economy.Therefore, she says they will be seeking firm assurances from all the key stakeholders that it remains on course to take its first intake of students in September 2019. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Google+ Previous articleOutside gym to be established in Bernard McGlinchey Town ParkNext articleBody discovered near Omagh News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img WhatsApp Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Bid to keep proposed Ulster University Medical School on tracklast_img read more

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Indiana Department of Insurance provides tips for enrolling in marketplace coverage

first_img Previous articlePolice discover drugs, stolen property during search of Cass County homeNext articleBerrien County Sheriff’s Office warns residents to avoid scam calls Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Indiana Department of Insurance provides tips for enrolling in marketplace coverage Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – November 18, 2020 0 210 center_img IndianaLocalNews TAGS2021coveragehealth insurancehealthcareindiana department of insurancemarketplaceopen enrollmenttips (Public Domain) The open enrollment period for 2021 health insurance coverage is happening now, and the Indiana Department of Insurance has a few tips to help guide you through the process.Those who currently have marketplace coverage, or will need it in 2021, should make time to shop for plans through Healthcare.gov.If you already have coverage through a marketplace plan, review your information to make sure it’s accurate. You can update your application with any income and/or household changes.The NAICs Health Insurance Shopping Tool is also available to help Hoosiers understand how different policies support specific health care needs.If you’re looking for a new plan, there are three categories of health insurance plans to choose from – Bronze, Silver and Gold. They’re broken up by how costs are shared between your and your insurer. Learn more by clicking here.If you need assistance, a certified Indiana navigator can help with the process to apply for health insurance free of charge. You can find a navigator in your area by clicking here.The open enrollment period ends on December 15, 2020. Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Google+last_img read more

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Cybersecurity is top concern of entire financial services industry

first_img continue reading » Credit unions and the financial services industry at large are dedicated to protecting customer information along with working to ensure that systems used to provide financial services to Americans are robust, secure and resilient, CUNA wrote to the House Financial Services Committee this week.“CUNA members continue to highlight cybersecurity as a top concern as protecting systems from outside threats becomes ever more complicated. Credit unions of all sizes invest significant resources to protect critical systems from attack,” the letter reads. “The NCUA and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) have been good partners in assessing cyber risks and providing resources for credit unions.”The letter adds that these efforts, along with several industry-led initiatives to share information and bolster resilience for all types of financial organizations, demonstrate that the financial services industry along with financial regulators expend great efforts to ensure that the system remains robust. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Further public consultation on potential link road at Ballybofey for Ten-T Project

first_imgA further public consultation event will be held next week to consider potential link route corridors to connect Ballybofey to the proposed Donegal TEN-T Road Project.This event will be held on Thursday 14 March in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey from 2pm to 8pm and will focus specifically on potential route corridors identified in relation to the Link Road to Ballybofey, that will provide the connection between the proposed scheme and the existing road network.This is part of the Donegal TEN-T Priority Route Improvement Project which involves the improvement of three sections of the National Road or TEN-T Network including Section 1 – N15/N13 Ballybofey/Stranorlar Urban Region; Section 2 – N56/N13 Letterkenny to Manorcunningham and Section 3 – N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford / Strabane / A5 Link. Public consultation events on the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor for the entire project were held in recent weeks and next week’s event will focus on the potential route corridors identified in relation to the Link Road to Ballybofey.Work on finalising the final Preferred Route Corridors is continuing and the TEN-T Project Liaison Team in Donegal County Councils National Roads Office will continue to contact and meet affected property owners within these Route Corridors.It is expected that the final Preferred Route Corridors for each Section of the Project will be presented to the public at further events in the coming months.For more information visit www.donegal-ten-t.ie. Further public consultation on potential link road at Ballybofey for Ten-T Project was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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More Reasons to Doubt Scientific Pronouncements

first_imgIt’s unsettling to hear scientists say that long-held beliefs might be wrong, but that’s the nature of science.  Scientific “findings” are tentative, not absolute.  Some see this as a strength of science, but unless actual progress is demonstrated, that strength is called into question.  Recent news casts doubt on various beliefs that had been trusted for a long time.1.  We were wrong about Neanderthal Man:  For well nigh a century or more, Neanderthals were thought too brutish to make art.  Not any more.  Cave paintings alleged to have been created by Neanderthals have been discovered in Spain, New Scientist reported.  Dating tests are still being done on the figures, which appear to be representations of seals.  The correctives are more serious, though.  The article also pointed out that dating of other cave art is uncertain.  Paul Pettitt from the University of Sheffield let that cat out of the bag: “Even some sites we think we understand very well such as the Grotte Chauvet in France are very problematic in terms of how old they are.”2.  Rings around the tree dates:  What could be more reliable than tree ring dating?  Trees make annual rings; count them and you’ve got an absolute date.  Why, then, did PhysOrg report, “Tree rings may underestimate climate response to volcanic eruptions”?  A study re-evaluated some estimates, and found them overall quite good, with one “glaring error” – trees might not produce rings after a volcanic eruption strong enough to affect climate.  But if dates could be underestimated by factors not previously considered, could they be overestimated by other unknowns?  The article exposed some of the assumptions that go into the dating method:The potential absence of rings in the first one to three years following eruption further degrades the temperature reconstruction. Because tree-ring information is averaged across many locations to obtain a representative estimate of northern hemisphere temperature, tree-ring records with and without missing rings for a given year are merged, leading to a smearing and reduced and delayed apparent cooling.3.  Power Law, or lawless power?   One of science’s great strengths is the ability to describe nature mathematically.  But now, PhysOrg said, it’s time for a “frank discussion,”  about the use of power laws.  These are widely-used techniques to describe relationships between phenomena so as to show causation, instead of just correlation.  Causation is a vexed question in philosophy of science.  There’s nothing like a graph to give the appearance of objectivity.  Not so fast; Michael Stumpf [Imperial College London] and Mason Porter [Oxford], wrote in Science about “the inexact science of trying to apply the power law to situations in science where it’s not always easy to show a direct link between correlation and causation, a key problem they say, in much of the science that is conducted today.”  The original paper in Science began,1The ability to summarize observations using explanatory and predictive theories is the greatest strength of modern science. A theoretical framework is perceived as particularly successful if it can explain very disparate facts. The observation that some apparently complex phenomena can exhibit startling similarities to dynamics generated with simple mathematical models has led to empirical searches for fundamental laws by inspecting data for qualitative agreement with the behavior of such models. A striking feature that has attracted considerable attention is the apparent ubiquity of power-law relationships in empirical data. However, although power laws have been reported in areas ranging from finance and molecular biology to geophysics and the Internet, the data are typically insufficient and the mechanistic insights are almost always too limited for the identification of power-law behavior to be scientifically useful …. Indeed, even most statistically “successful” calculations of power laws offer little more than anecdotal value.Sure enough; Nature last month reported a rethinking about power-law extrapolation in geology.2 “Multi-scale modelling of the deformation of magnesium oxide reveals the need for a re-examination of the way in which laboratory data are used to estimate the strength of Earth’s lower mantle,” Andrew M. Walker said.  “….The results suggest that the usual power-law extrapolation is not reliable over the wide range of strain rates that must be considered, potentially changing our view of the way in which the deep mantle deforms.”  Note: “anecdotal value” is indistinguishable from “educated guesswork.”4.  Rethinking evolution:  Since the discovery of DNA’s structure and function as the carrier of genetic information in the 1950s, most evolutionary work has concerned mutations and natural selection on DNA alone.   A major new monkey wrench has come into focus in the last decade: Epigenetics – heritable information and processes that lie beyond DNA (see new book by Woodward and Gills, The Mysterious Epigenome).  One of the few papers to rewrite evolutionary history with epigenetics in mind is a paper in Current Biology,3 “Epigenetics: What News for Evolution?”   The news is that there is little news – yet.  They don’t even know the questions, let alone the answers.  The authors wrote, “Having a formal body of evolutionary theory that incorporates epigenetics, as well as developing a clearer quantification of the connection between epigenetic variation and phenotypes will allow us to more rigorously ask whether or how epigenetics plays an important role in adaptive evolution.”References:1. Stumpf and Porter, “Mathematics: Critical Truths about Power Laws.”  Science 10 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6069 pp. 665-666, doi:10.1126/science.1216142.2. Andrew M. Walker, “Earth Science: Limits of the power law,” Nature 481, (12 January 2012), pp. 153–154, doi:10.1038/481153a.3. Ben Hunter, Jesse D. Hollister, Kirsten Bomblies, “Epigenetic Inheritance: What News for Evolution?”  Current Biology, Volume 22, Issue 2, R54-R56, 24 January 2012, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.11.054.There is no question that scientists provide a wealth of knowledge in the form of data and observations of the natural world.  Whether they understand what they are looking at (particularly in questions of origins), and can explain it with rigor above that of anecdote, are entirely different questions.  Healthy skepticism is a virtue when approaching scientific claims – especially about non-reproducible phenomena, like origins.  Would that the skeptics, who are usually skeptical of creationism and naive about evolutionism, would develop some healthy skepticism about the nature and targets of their own skepticism.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Free nutrient management plans for Western Lake Erie Basin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nutrient Management Plan Writers are still working for the 2018 year in the Western Lake Erie Basin to write free plans for non-CAFO farmers. Our goal is to complete 65,000 acres for NMP’s in 2018. These plans are written free of charge to farmers and require a small amount of your time and effort. As the plan writers, we gather information that is pertinent to your farm such as your crop rotations, tillage practices, current (within three years) soil test results, yield goals, conservation goals, where water is and more. Then we take that information and work it into several computer programs to complete a NMP or CNMP for your farm. These plans may be required for many financial institutions when building new livestock structures. They may also help with your plan to apply for EQIP funding through NRCS and serve as affirmative defense through SWCD. The NMP may help you reduce your fertilizer cost and provide 4R recommendations for nutrient stewardship practices for your farm.All four NMP Writers are available to work with anyone from the WLEB and if you would like to discuss a NMP or CNMP for your farm please contact one of us at our offices:Jessie Schulze – Defiance County – 419-782-4771 – [email protected] Lauber – Fulton County – 419-337-9210 – [email protected] Campbell – Paulding County – 419-399-8225 – [email protected] Sieler – Wood County – 419-354-9050 – [email protected] can also contact any of your county Extension Ag Educators who can forward the information to us.last_img read more

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For 350 worst-affected villages, the priority is cleaning: Maharashtra minister

first_imgThe government will give priority to cleaning 350 villages worst affected by the floods in Kolhapur and Sangli. Several special teams of clean-up marshals — including from Mumbai — will be dispatched to also remove carcass and waste from these villages. A sum of ₹70 crore has been set aside for the same, said Maharashtra Water Resources and Sanitation Minister Babanrao Lonikar. Of the 353 villages, 205 are located in Kolhapur, 101 in Sangli and 47 in Satara, where work will be taken up on war footing . “We will not only dispatch special teams for clean up operations in these areas but also direct them to take up other important tasks. These would include repair of solar pumps, and motors in wells on an immediate basis. The water connection in the affected areas will be restored in less than eight days,” said the minister after a meeting on Thursday to review the damage caused by the floods. The Minister said hundreds of carcasses are being removed daily with the help of Earthmoving Contractors Ltd, a private firm. “Other preventive measures including use of chemicals to ensure no infection spreads in the areas. This work is being undertaken with the help of 30 water suction pumps, four dumpers and 15 tractors,” said an official. Mr. Lonikar said sanitation work in the affected areas will also be taken up under the Swachch Bharat Mission of the Central government. The State will divert over ₹ 5 crore from the central scheme to clean the selected villages, he said. “We will disburse ₹50,000 to villages with population of 1,000 and ₹1,00,000 for villages of population over 1,000 under the Swachch Bharat Mission-Gramin,” he said. The State government has also set aside ₹75 crore for health-related initiatives in affected areas. Another ₹70 crore has been allocated for cleaning, ₹30 crore to compensate for loss of livestock, and ₹27 crore for providing food and medicines.last_img read more

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Artificial Intelligence on the Edge

first_img Continue Reading Previous Conrad: custom cable configuration service for industrial and trade sectors across EuropeNext Infineon: connecting the real and digital world This article introduces UP AI Edge, a platform which is fully powered by Intel technology and integrates: Intel Apollo Lake-I CPU, Intel Cyclone 10 gx FPGA, and Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU (Video Processing Unit), and represents a completely new paradigm for AI in the industrial embedded market. By Fabrizio Del Maffeo, Aaeon                     Download PDF version of this articleDeep Learning, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have recently reached the hype of expectation in the consumer market. While pure AI still seems to be far away, sophisticated Machine Learning solutions have reached the plateau of productivity and are part of our everyday life. Some of these technologies are now entering the industrial and the Internet of Things market, spreading intelligence in our connected world. Hereby, the biggest constraints of the field deployment of AI on the Edge used to be as follows. 1) Cost of the solution: no optimized hardware was available and the most common solution was to use a high-performance CPU + GPU. 2) Power consumption of the solution: a CPU + GPU approach delivers high performance at high thermal dissipation power. 3 Robustness of the solution: the technologies used were designed for big data centers, where temperature range, vibration and other industrial requirements were not needed.Recent progress in Machine Learning technology, as well as new silicon chips, permits to expand AI from cloud computing to edge computing. AAEON Technology Europe and its line UP Bridge The Gap are now releasing an unique platform, which can overcome all the previous limitations: UP AI Edge. This platform is fully powered by Intel technology and it integrates: Intel Apollo Lake-I CPU, Intel Cyclone 10 gx FPGA, and Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU (Video Processing Unit). UP AI Edge delivers unmatched performance and it represents a completely new paradigm for AI in the industrial embedded market.The mainboard is UP Core Plus, a credit-card-sized board (55 mm x 90 mm) powered by Intel Apollo Lake-I family. Intel Apollo Lake-I platform is a 64-bit QuadCore architecture with extremely high performance in only 9.5W of TDP (x5 – 3940). The board supports up to 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 2.400 MHz, DP up to 4K, eDP, 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 3.0 OTG, WiFi 802.11 AC 2T2R, 2 x CSI and it has two 100-pin high speed connectors to expand it.The companion board UP AI Plus is powered by Intel Cyclone 10gx (105KLe-220KLe), has 1 GB DDRIII, and is DPin connected to the Cyclone for Video Acquisition, and USB Type-C and GPIO connected to the Cyclone for data acquisition. LVDS in connected to the Cyclone for Camera acquisition, GBit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and mini-PCIe connected to the mainboard via the 100-pin connector. Thanks to a collaboration with Basler, the worldwide leader of industrial Machine Vision camera solutions, UP AI Plus is compatible with selected Basler cameras, which can be seamlessly connected via LVDS. UP AI Plus can be used to process streams of high speed raw data – e.g. from cameras – or to run video acceleration, real time video data analysis, video acquisition and many other functions. Different applications can run just by loading the specific IP inside the FPGA.Because of the mini-PCIe, the companion board UP AI Plus can host UP AI Core, a mini-PCIe module powered by Movidius Myriad 2. Myriad 2 is the most advanced low power technology for running a neural network on the edge and for processing video images. It has been adopted by DIJ for their professional drones, as well as from Amazon and Google for different other products. UP AI Core is fully compatible with the Intel Neural Compute Stick libraries and tools. UP AI Edge will also be available as an industrial rugged AI gateway for deployment in harsh environments.For software support, UP AI Edge will be supported by the UP Community and from the Intel Network Compute Stick for all the software questions related to UP AI Core (Myriad 2).  UP AI Edge will be in mass production in June 2018, but people can start pre-ordering it to support the project from April onwards on Kickstarter, as well as from May 2018 on UP Shop and with all resellers and partners of UP and AAEON. The price will start at $399 US for the complete platform.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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TFA Internships

first_imgAre you an innovative student, looking to make a positive contribution and receive some valuable experience in a fast-paced sporting environment? Are you looking for a thrilling step ahead in your career, in what will arguably be ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the Touch Football Australia Student Internship Program in our National Office in Canberra (Deakin). The TFA Student Internship Program provides paid and unpaid placement opportunities for students undertaking tertiary studies either through University or Vocational Education Institutions. A summary of the 2014 TFA Work Experience roles available immediately and throughout next year can be found in the attachments below. Applications close Friday, 11 July 2014. Related Filestfa_eoi_application_form_03-docxtfa_internship_program_promotion_national_positions_descriptions_june_01-pdftfa_internship_program_promotion_national_positions_june14_01-pdfRelated LinksTFA Internshipslast_img read more

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8 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: Right call to offload Alexis and Lukaku

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer: Right call to offload Alexis and Lukakuby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has no regrets offloading Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.He insists sending the pair to Inter Milan was the best decision for all concerned.Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “In one-off games, you think we could’ve had a number of extra players with experience. Alexis and Rom are goalscorers and good players, but at the moment, we made those decisions and they were the right decisions.”That’s the only way you’ve got to look at it. All the players here want to give everything for the club and for the shirt – that’s a big thing.”Every day that they come in training, and every day that they put the shirt on, they’re going to give everything that they have. So you can’t really say, ‘oh I wish I didn’t do that’.”Giving a couple of the lads the chance to show themselves, maybe it was a little bit too early for a few of them. But Mason Greenwood has stepped in and scored a couple in the midweek games, so it’s a great experience for them.”We know we haven’t had the results that we wanted, but I wouldn’t have kept the players we sold. It was the right decision.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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