Just for Laughs Seinfeld and Elmaleh are surreal — and a sure

first_imgLucinda Chodan: Editor in chief, frequent JFL attendee, Seinfeld fan since The Baby Shower in Season 2.Kevin Tierney: Gazette columnist grew up wanting to be Lenny Bruce. It didn’t work. Instead, his parents whacked him a lot for swearing.OVERALLBB: The biggest anglo comedy star in the world and the biggest franco comedy star in the world teamed up for some high schticking at the home of the Habs for JFL 35’s premier event. Surreal and at times hysterical. And Seinfeld and Elmaleh delivered again — en anglais.LC: A rollicking evening with two of the funniest men in comedy. Evidence of their double-headliner status? The roars for Seinfeld and the full-throated ululations for Elmaleh when they started the show.KT: Maybe it was the hockey fumes hanging in the Bell Centre air that invigorated Seinfeld into as much physicality as I have ever seen, but it was palpable. He is so much fun to watch because he works so hard making comedy seem so effortless. He is by nature a kvetch extraordinaire and he has turned complaining into an art form.THE STARSBB: After a little good-natured haggling, it was deemed that Jerry would open for Gad — which meant we caught all of Seinfeld and, oh my Gad, too little of Elmaleh, who did enthral with tales of going through U.S. Customs on a Moroccan passport with comedian as occupation. Seinfeld was on fire, again elevating his nothingness into an art form.LC: Couldn’t be more different. One born in Brooklyn, schooled in the comedy clubs and conquered American TV; the other born in Morocco, went to CEGEP St-Laurent and conquered Paris. Lucky for us they ended up on the same stage last night.KT: The lads were cute in their mutual opening that ended up with Seinfeld starting. He hasn’t opened for anybody in a while. Gad had his work cut out for himself, because Seinfeld owned the crowd by the time he left the stage.HIGHLIGHTSBB: Seinfeld on everything from alcoholized coffee — “so you can be alert and trashed at the same time” — to Pop Tarts that can never go stale, because they’re never fresh. Elmaleh on his U de Montréal degree in political science — which leads to a degree at Metro school.LC: Seinfeld’s riffs on marriage and living life under “the device dictatorship.” “Our job in life is to buy phones, charge phones and carry those phones around to where they need to be. We are the ‘mobile’ in mobile phones.”KT: Seinfeld’s all-ages act, he virtually says hardly any “bad” words, relies on observation with an amazing range from coffee cups to marriage, children, golf, money, boredom, the post office, voice tones. His delivery tone, in spite of what his wife tells him all the time, is perfect, pointed,  funny and never mean.AND ANOTHER THINGBB: The Bell Centre may have its virtues when it comes to hockey or hoops or rock concerts, but a comedy venue it is not and it will never be. Seinfeld and Elmaleh, more than most, benefit from the intimacy of clubs. But even if Seinfeld had to raise his voice a few octaves, they pulled it off — miraculously. All the same, don’t envy any comic having to follow Seinfeld.LC: Early Gad was hilariously topical. He explained why he travels on a Canadian passport when crossing the U.S. Border. Can you imagine turning up with a Moroccan passport and stating that your occupation is “comedian?”KT: Was really looking forward to seeing Gad. Anybody who carries a first name one vowel from the person in charge of eternal damnation has got to be sharp. Seinfeld: just for laughs? Well, there’s money, too. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement On Wednesday night, Jerry Seinfeld and Gad Elmaleh performed at the Bell Centre Wednesday as part of the Just for Laughs comedy festival.Here’s what our panel had to say:Bill Brownstein: The Gazette columnist has been covering comedy fest since Mr. Methane let it rip all those eons ago. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Consumer forum imposes Rs 10L fine on RN Tagore

first_imgKolkata: The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, South 24-Parganas, has slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on the Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Mukundapur, and its three doctors whose alleged negligence led to the death of a patient.The consumer disputes redressal forum instructed the private hospital authorities and the doctors to pay the compensation to the family members of the victim within a month from the date of issuance of the order, failing which they will have to bear an interest rate of 8 per cent till the full realisation of the fine amount. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe victim, Ranjan Sil, a resident of Regent Park area in the city had undergone an open heart surgery way back in 2010. Two years after the surgery, the patient developed a problem in his left leg and eventually he could not move his leg. His health condition deteriorated further and he started having respiratory problems coupled with chest pain in October 2013. He was then admitted to Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences and the doctors prescribed to put him in the ICU. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe doctors in the hospital told the family members of the patient that he had some infection in his chest and some fluid was traced in his chest. They also assured the family members that fluid can be removed through medicines and the patient will recover. The patient was transferred to the general ward without the fluid being removed from his chest. The doctors suggested that the fluids in the chest would be removed through medicines. In the next month, the doctors decided to conduct a surgery extract the fluid. The hospital asked the family members to pay nearly Rs 3 lakh for the surgery. The doctors conducted the surgery on November 5, 2013. A day after the operation was conducted on the patient, his condition deteriorated. On November 7, 2013, the doctors said blood had clotted in his lung and the patient needed to be operated once again. On the next day the operation was conducted for the second time. The opinion was divided between the two sets of doctors where a dialysis would be conducted on the patient as the patient was not passing adequate urine. On November 11, 2013, the hospital authorities told the family members of the victim that the he had died. On January 21, 2015, the victim’s wife lodged a complaint with the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum.last_img read more

US envoy to Lanka notes importance of religious freedom

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap noted the importance of religious freedom following a visit to a Hindu temple in Colombo.Keshap visited the Sri Ponnambalavaneswarar Temple in Colombo at the invitation of Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan, grandson of the temple’s founder, the US Embassy in Colombo said today. During the visit, Ambassador Keshap was privileged to receive sacred “prasad” offerings from the Chief Priest.  ‎”Religious freedom and diversity are cherished values of the United States that help strengthen our country,” Ambassador Keshap said later. (Colombo Gazette) read more

German business confidence down for 5th consecutive month falls more than expected

BERLIN – Business confidence in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, has dropped for the fifth consecutive month — continuing a slide that has been fueled by the persistent turmoil in Ukraine and sluggish growth in Europe and China.The Ifo institute said Wednesday that its confidence index dropped to 104.7 points for September from 106.3 last month as the mood among executives darkened regarding both the current situation and the outlook for the next six months.The fall took the index, a closely watched economic indicator, to its lowest level since April 2013. It was also bigger than anticipated — the consensus in the markets was for a more modest fall to 105.8.Ifo president Hans-Werner Sinn said “hardly any stimulus is expected from export business.” Exports are a key driver of the German economy.Though exports have stagnated, the German economy remains strong domestically, with low unemployment and rising wages. Even so, it shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.2 per cent in the second quarter. However, it is expected to return to growth in the third.Ifo’s survey is based on responses from about 7,000 companies in various sectors. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2014 2:22 am MDT German business confidence down for 5th consecutive month, falls more than expected AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Island nation Seychelles not immune to human traffickers warns UN rights expert

“The potential scale of the problem of trafficking in persons in the country, its trends and scope appears to be underestimated or unknown, and needs to be further investigated by the Government and law enforcement agencies,” Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, has warned following her first official visit to the country. Ms. Ezeilo noted that Seychelles – a sparsely populated island with a large influx of both tourists and migrant workers – is not out of reach of traffickers and their “nefarious” activities in today’s globalized world. “Trafficking in persons in Seychelles is at best insidious and remains hidden as a result of lack of awareness,” she stated in a news release. Anecdotal evidence suggests that trafficking in persons happens and that Seychelles may increasingly become a destination country for both trafficking for sexual exploitation, especially of girls from Eastern Europe, and also for labour exploitation of migrant workers from India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Kenya, Madagascar and other nations. She pointed out that the political commitment to end human trafficking clearly exists in Seychelles, noting its ratification of key international conventions and the creation of the National Anti-Trafficking Committee. She also highlighted the commitment of President James Alix Michel to fight the scourge which he conveyed to her during their meeting.“However,” she said, “the immediate concern is the absence of a legal and policy framework to prevent and combat trafficking in persons.” Ms. Ezeilo voiced regret that the Government had yet to criminalize trafficking in persons or put measures in place in critical sectors of the economy, such as tourism and fisheries, that will discourage sex tourism, child prostitution and trafficking in persons for labour exploitation. She urged the Government to fast-track the draft anti-trafficking bill to fulfil its international obligations, and establish a national action plan to combat trafficking based on a human rights and victim-centred approach.She also highlighted the need to collect data on trends, forms and manifestations of trafficking, its causes and consequences, in collaboration with research institutions and in close cooperation with international, civil society and faith-based organizations. Ms. Ezeilo, who reports to the UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity, will present a comprehensive report on her mission in June 2014. read more

Surgeon wrote love letter to patient after falling for her during colonoscopy

first_imgSachiendra Amaragiri, a surgeon who wrote a love letter to a woman he was treating for a stomach complaint Sachiendra Amaragiri, a surgeon who wrote a love letter to a woman he was treating for a stomach complaintCredit: Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd Counsel for the GMC, Robin Kitching told the Manchester hearing: “She was nervous about the procedure when she attended with her mum. She was asked to undress, leaving a bra on and hospital gown.”Apart from the hospital gown she was naked from the waist down. She was placed on a bed in a small ward and was pushed to the procedure room where she met the doctor for the second time.”Mr Amaragiri reassured her everything would be alright and said he would take good care of her. There was a nurse present at that time. Patient A didn’t feel Mr Amaragiri had acted inappropriate during that meeting. The GMC don’t suggest anything he did was in any way inappropriate.”After the procedure, Mr Amaragiri told Patient A that the procedure went well and advised her to alter her diet and not eat fibre. He also said that he had done a biopsy and the results should be available in the next couple of weeks. She received the biopsy results and fortunately they were all clear. But soon after that she received the letter.”Amaragiri’s note which read to the hearing said: “For a number of weeks now, I have been deliberating and strongly resisted writing this. However, my feelings and my emotions have taken the better of my logical rational reasoning.”When you stepped into my clinic for the first time, I was suddenly stunned and taken aback by your presence. You twanged some distant cord which had laid dormant in me for so many years.”You induced this unusually extraordinary tender feelings of weakness in my emotional setting. To this day I have been unable to fathom this power you hold on me.”On that other occasion and when you came for the investigation, I had to summon enormous mental strength to remove myself from showing any emotional feelings and perform my intended duties unemotionally and professionally. Now, I am not sure how successful I was.”Should I have digressed from my professional behaviour I sincerely request you overlook this error. By writing this letter, I strongly feel I am taking advantage of the information I have about you and I am sure you will feel that I have dipped below your expectation and belief in me as a doctor.”May I have the honour of inviting you for an afternoon coffee or tea in a place of your choice?”Mr Kitching added: “Her home address had been typed on to the envelope and she noticed it had been franked with the hospital’s franking machine. But the post mark was Tyneside so it had been sent from a different part of the country.”The envelope itself identified the doctor and she noted her surname was incorrect but it was sent to the correct address. She described her feelings on reading the letter, she described how shocked she was when she began to read the letter and started to experience a feeling of panic.”Initially she was not sure who had written the letter or which of the doctor’s she had seen but on closer reading it was clear it was from the doctor who had carried out the colonoscopy procedure on her.”She described realising he would be in possession of information as being a horrible feeling. She spoke to family members, including her brother, who suggested she contact police which she did.”After they took a copy of the letter they said they would contact the hospital and make further enquiries. The police told her no criminal offence had been committed and advised her to contact the GMC.”The patient in her statement describes being contacted by the hospital with details of a follow up appointment. She says she went – although she was somewhat reluctant. That appointment ran smoothly and she was discharged from the care of the hospital.”She was a vulnerable woman and was suffering from anxiety and depression. She says on top of the violation she suffered a relapse of her symptoms. She now feels a lack of trust to be able to place in doctors generally. “Amaragiri, who was not the MPTS hearing, insisted he had not taken advantage of Patient A and described his letter to her as a “moment of madness and an indiscreet, irrational action”.In letters to the GMC, he said: “I was never physically attracted to her, it was a moment of emotional awareness. Not only is this extremely disturbing but distasteful to read. I never had or have any intention of causing any hurt in any manner. I did invite her for a social drink and I acknowledge this was a mistake.”I reassure you I’ve not taken advantage of my position as Patient A’s surgeon. My letter can be interpreted in many ways, yes I did confess I did have feelings but these were pure from my heart. I sincerely regret this event happened and it’s sad that my letter has been interpreted so cheaply.”The hearing continues. 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. She was a vulnerable woman and was suffering from anxiety and depression. She says on top of the violation she suffered a relapse of her symptomsRobin Kitching, for the GMC A surgeon wrote a love letter to a woman he was treating for a stomach complaint in which he claimed she had “twanged some distant cord which had laid dormant” in him for many years, a tribunal heard.Dr Sachiendra Amaragiri, 59, put pen to paper claiming the patient had induced “unusually extraordinary tender feelings” in his “emotional setting” just five weeks after he performed an invasive procedure upon her at a hospital.In his letter, the infatuated consultant – who is an expert on bowel conditions – invited the woman for afternoon tea claiming she held a “power” over him and adding: “My feelings and my emotions have taken the better of my logical rational reasoning.” But police were called in after the patient – who suffers from an anxiety and depression – was shocked to receive the letter after it was posted to her.She was said to have “experienced a feeling of panic” claimed she felt “violated” and described the “horrible feeling” she had when she realised the surgeon had acquired details of her home address.The envelope had been franked with the hospital’s franking machine but it had posted near the post mark was near the doctor’s home in Consett, Co Durham. Officers investigated but said no criminal offences had been committed and the woman complained to the General Medical Council.The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was told the incident occurred after the woman known as Patient A was admitted to the Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, in the West Midlands in July 2015 with stomach related issues.She was referred to Dr Amaragiri and the following September underwent a colonoscopy, which is the passing of a camera into the patient’s bowel.last_img read more

BBE to bring mine ventilation expertise to Canada with new location

first_imgFounded in 1989 BBE Consulting, the global supplier of solutions and engineering in mine ventilation and bulk air conditioning, is now expanding its international footprint to Canada. BBE “works alongside mining clients in all sectors to find project-specific solutions by offering an integrated approach to ventilation, bulk air conditioning, refrigeration and chilled water reticulation from conceptual ventilation and heat load analysis through to detail engineering and procurement management.”The Canadian office, located in Sudbury Ontario, will be supported by over 100 engineers from established BBE offices in South Africa and Australia. BBE Canada will be headed by Dr Stephen Hardcastle, previously Senior Scientist with Natural Resources Canada and head of CanmetMINING’s Mine Ventilation Research team. Dr Hardcastle has over 30 years mining experience and has worked with the majority of Canadian mining companies over the last three decades focusing on making mines more energy efficient while maintaining or improving health and safety for mine workers.Opening in February 2016, the office will provide the full range of BBE core services including mine ventilation planning; main fan, refrigeration and air cooler design and detail engineering; together with occupational health services and training.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgA Palestinian student walks in front of a mural depicting the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Test results released today showed that Arafat was poisoned with radioactive polonium when he died in 2004. Pic: Bernat Armangue/AP Images.IRISHTaoiseach Enda Kenny insisted patient safety is an ‘absolute priority‘ when questioned about a letter sent by hospital chiefs warning about cuts to the health service.Despite rejecting a new deal, SIPTU Dublin Bus drivers have voted against industrial action.Sinn Féin revealed that the party was anonymously given new Anglo Tapes which they have passed onto gardaí.Irish viewers are to get a new TV station in 2015, ‘UTV Ireland’.Australian media have named the woman found outside the GPO as 25-year-old Samantha Azzopardi. Irish soldiers in Syria’s Golan Heights region were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle this morning.419 planned searches, 89 arrests and five European arrest warrants. Gardaí’s Operation Wireless over the past 24 hours.Secondary students miss an average of 13 days of school every year according to a report.Nine businesses were closed in October for breaches of food safety rules. All but three have had the orders lifted since.One million Irish people now have now joined recruitment social network LinkedIn. 10 per cent live abroad however.WORLD#MIDDLE-EAST: Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned with the radioactive substance polonium according to Swiss scientists who have carried out tests on his body.#WINNING: Martin Walsh, the son of Irish emigrants who left Connemara in the 1950s, has been elected mayor of Boston.#PUSSY RIOT: Jailed member of the Russian protest group Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was feared missing, is on her way to a new penal colony in Siberia according to her husband.INNOVATIONIn a landmark ruling, a French court today Google to prevent its search engine from providing links to images of a sadomasochistic orgy involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley.You may have noticed a heap of changes to Twitter over the past week, but did the redesign work?  [Buzzfeed]PARTING SHOTTom McDermott sent us in this photo of his half-lab, half-retriever Tayto at sunset. Both he and the sky look wonderful, we think so anyway.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #GAZA: The Seanad will cut its summer break short today to debate the conflict in Gaza as well as the situation in Ukraine.2. #ANGLO: Two former Anglo directors are due to be sentenced today after being convicted of giving illegal loans to ten customers.3. #INVESTIGATION: A post-mortem will take place on the body of a man found in Meath yesterday. His shooting is believed to have been a gangland killing.4. #BREACH: Sensitive medical information, including details of patients’ miscarriages, were found by children near a former health centre in Belfast that was demolished to make way for social housing, The Irish News reports.5. #PRISON: Former junior minister Ivor Callely’s transfer from Mountjoy to Wheatfield has been suspended after an examination by a psychiatrist, the Irish Daily Star reports.6. #LAW SUIT: The House of Representatives in the US is suing Barack Obama over the delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate.7. #ORPHAN: A baby delivered in Gaza from the body of her dead mother after an Israeli airstrike is said to have died.8. #KICKED OFF: There were violent scenes at a schoolboy football tournament held in Northern Ireland last night which saw one player kick another in the head.9. #REMEMBER: A Cross of Sacrifice will be unveiled at Glasnevin Cemetery today by Michael D Higgins to honour Irish people who died in World War I, RTÉ reports.last_img read more

Former Premier says 2016 too important to miss joined call for last

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Dec 2015 – The independent drives to get applicants for the voter register did much to boost momentum and drew hundreds of voters to various sites around the country. Although the Elections Supervisor, Dudley Lewis distanced his office from being directly linked to the groups, he did admit that a lack of manpower kept him and his team in their offices in Provo and Grand Turk. Among those speaking up on the push to get new voters on the electors list were former Premier Michael Misick and political pundit, Shaun Malcolm.Michael Misick, former Premier: “The next election is going to be a very important election; it is an election that is going to determine the way the future of our country goes. So if you have interest in education, development, infrastructure, youth development, health care – all of these things are important to the growth of our country and apart of nation building. Also self- determination; we’ve had the Arab Spring and now it is time to have the Turks and Caicos Summer.”Shaun Malcolm, Radio show host: “It is important that you register to vote; you cannot do anything if you are not registered!” Related Items:2016 general elections, dudley lewis, michael misick, shaun malcolm SIPT Opening Statement brings anticipation for evidence, Proceedings resume today Amendments will mean less time at polls, next TCI General Electionlast_img read more

Cabrillo National Monument remains closed amid government shutdown

first_img Posted: January 7, 2019 Cabrillo National Monument remains closed amid government shutdown , January 7, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – We’re entering the third week of the government shut down, and some of the national parks that left their gates open can feel it.They’re understaffed, so they’re finding trash on the ground and vandalism, forcing some of our most beautiful treasures to close.The National Park Service says they’re going to start using entrance fee funds to get some people back to work and to protect the parks, but here in San Diego, the doors remain closed at the Cabrillo National Monument.Dozens of cars, joggers, and bikers planned a day at the Cabrillo National Monument to take in the fresh air, the rich history and the breathtaking views. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Penton Acquires TUAutomotive

first_imgPenton has acquired TU-Automotive, a live event and digital media firm focused on the connected vehicle market, from FC Business Intelligence, the company announced today at CES 2016—the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Founded in 2002 and dedicated to one of the automotive industry’s fastest-growing segments, TU-Automotive provides in-depth analysis of new technologies like network-connected vehicles and automation on its website, as well as 13 annual live events across the globe—from Detroit and Las Vegas to London and Tokyo. A Penton spokesperson confirmed to Folio: that the company will launch a new website this spring focused on the impact of IoT in manufacturing and smart cities, as well as a live event later in the year targeting decision makers interested in implementing IoT solutions into their businesses. FC Business Intelligence was co-advised on the sale by independent investment banks JEGI and Clarity, headquartered in New York and London, respectively. Tech research firm Gartner predicts that more than 250 million vehicles will be network-connected by the year 2020, with the number of installed connectivity units jumping 67 percent over the next five years, says Penton. “IoT and connected devices are a major theme across Penton, impacting many of our industry sectors,” said Penton CEO David Keiselstein. “In 2016 we are launching a major IoT initiative to help companies break down the complexity. From sensors and platforms to data and security issues, we’ll cover best practices to help businesses grappling with this new wave of technology.” The acquisition aligns with Penton’s 2016 thematic initiative focused on the Internet of Things (IoT)—that is, everyday objects embedded with electronics allowing them to collect, communicate and react to data. The brand will join Penton’s ground transportation group, which is led by Sue Boehlke and encompasses brands such as American Trucker, Fleet Owner, and WardsAuto, among others.  “TU-Automotive offers the most respected, high profile platforms to expand Penton Ground Transportation’s reach beyond the United States into Europe, South America and Asia,” said Boehlke in an official statement. Said Gareth Ragg, TU-Automotive division director, “The acquisition is hugely exciting for the future of TU-Automotive. Penton has deep roots in the automotive industry and shares our visiion of a connected world where the vehicle plays a central role.” On the same day that Penton’s TU-Automotive acquisition was announced, WIRED launched a new vertical devoted entirely to transportation, citing “fundamental changes” in “how we move around the planet,” and referencing recent technological advances such as Audi’s self-driving car.last_img read more

OBITUARY Maria E Damasio Martins 84

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Maria E. Martins, age 84, of Tewksbury, formerly of Somerville, passed away peacefully, on December 21st, surrounded by her loving family.Maria emigrated to the United States in 1967 from Sao Miguel, Azores, where she settled in Somerville. Maria worked for several years as a housekeeper for the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston. When she retired, she helped to raise and care for her grandchildren, who were her greatest joy. Maria loved sewing, crocheting, watching Family Feud and most of all, spending time with her beautiful family. She will be remembered for her beautiful singing voice and singing “Happy Birthday” to her children and grandchildren on their birthdays.Maria was the beloved wife of the late Manuel Martins, devoted mother of Dora Figueiredo & her husband Angelo of Wilmington, Rosa Figueiredo & her husband Leo of Wilmington, Mario Martins & his wife Alicia of Wilmington, Paula Mirabella & her husband Joseph of Wilmington and Louis Martins of Ft. Worth, TX. She was the loving “Vovo” of Jason & Angela Figueiredo, Amanda & Ryan McDonald, Nicholas Figueiredo, Matthew & Gabrielle Figueiredo, Stephanie Figueiredo, Meghan Martins, Mario Martins Jr., Caitlin Martins, Keara Martins, Maeve Martins, Gabriella Mirabella, Sabrina Mirabella, Gianna Mirabella, Joseph Mirabella Jr., Jeremy Martins and Kassie Martins. “Bisavo” of Xavier, Oscar, Camille, Colton and Ronan. She was the cherished daughter of the late Luis and Lia (Costa) Damasio. Maria was the dear sister of Cecilia Pereira of Azores, Angelina Medeiros of Rhode Island, Sophia Sousa of Rhode Island, Lia Fajardo of Somerville and the late Jose Damasio. Maria is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Family and friends will gather for a funeral on Monday, December 24th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be held privately. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, December 23rd, from 2-5 p.m.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Phyllis A. (Tabor) Ulrickson, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Challenges and successes for Alaskas LGBTQ community

first_imgLast week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. But in the same week, the rainbow flag was burned outside of Identity, Anchorage’s LGBT community center. In these fast changing times, what challenges and successes are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities facing here in Alaska?Listen now:Pride Foundation – AlaskaHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Melissa Green, activist and researcherJosh Hemsath, Regional Development Organizer, Pride FoundationKSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, July 3 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 4 at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 4 at 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

Honda Activa Beats Hero Splendor to Become Indias Best Selling TwoWheeler

first_imgHonda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s (HMSI) flagship scooter Activa has once again been crowned as the best selling two-wheeler in the country for March 2014.Honda’s offering notched the top position after dethroning Hero Splendor, which has been holding the title for many years. This is the second time in the financial year 2013-14 that the Activa has managed to grab the best selling title from Splendor.The company sold 1,77,928 units of Activa in the month of March, posting a growth of 65 percent as against the 108,815 units sold in the corresponding month last year. Activa is leading  by a margin of 13,000 units over the 2nd largest selling two-wheeler model in India.Delighted by the performance of Activa ,Yadvinder S. Guleria, VP, sales & marketing, HMSI said: “We are excited that Honda Activa has once again become the highest selling two-wheeler of India in March’14 after Sept’13. This clearly indicates that Activa is exponentially getting acceptance as the most preferred choice of two-wheeler for commuting in the country. We are proud to share that Activa is now strongly making inroads in Tier-2 towns and beyond. Every month lacs of Indian families are choosing Activa over any other 2Wheeler. The success of revolutionary HET in our automatic scooters is further reaffirming Honda as the technology and mileage leader in automatic scooter segment.”Activa has been on the Indian roads since 2001 and has received cosmetic upgrades numerous times. The latest version of the scooter is tipped to debut next week. Dubbed Activa 125, the latest offering of Honda in the Activa line up will be made available in two variants – Standard (with drum brakes) and Deluxe (Disc brakes & alloys). While the Standard version is priced at ₹52,447, the Deluxe comes at a price point of ₹58,156 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The latest Activa packs a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine under the hood, which  can churn out a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm .The engine comes mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.[ED:VS]last_img read more

How to make machine learning based recommendations using Julia Tutorial

first_imgIn this article, we will look at machine learning based recommendations using Julia. We will make recommendations using a Julia package called ‘Recommendation’. This article is an excerpt from a book written by Adrian Salceanu titled Julia Programming Projects. In this book, you will learn how to build simple-to-advanced applications through examples in Julia Lang 1.x using modern tools. In order to ensure that your code will produce the same results as described in this article, it is recommended to use the same package versions. Here are the external packages used in this tutorial and their specific versions: CSV@v.0.4.3DataFrames@v0.15.2Gadfly@v1.0.1IJulia@v1.14.1Recommendation@v0.1.0+ In order to install a specific version of a package you need to run: pkg> add PackageName@vX.Y.Z For example: pkg> add IJulia@v1.14.1 Alternatively, you can install all the used packages by downloading the Project.toml file provided on GitHub. You can use pkg> instantiate as follows: julia> download(“https://raw.githubusercontent.com/PacktPublishing/Julia-Projects/master/Chapter07/Project.toml”, “Project.toml”)pkg> activate . pkg> instantiate Julia’s ecosystem provides access to Recommendation.jl, a package that implements a multitude of algorithms for both personalized and non-personalized recommendations. For model-based recommenders, it has support for SVD, MF, and content-based recommendations using TF-IDF scoring algorithms. There’s also another very good alternative—the ScikitLearn.jl package (https://github.com/cstjean/ScikitLearn.jl). This implements Python’s very popular scikit-learn interface and algorithms in Julia, supporting both models from the Julia ecosystem and those of the scikit-learn library (via PyCall.jl). The Scikit website and documentation can be found at http://scikit-learn.org/stable/. It is very powerful and definitely worth keeping in mind, especially for building highly efficient recommenders for production usage. For learning purposes, we’ll stick to Recommendation, as it provides for a simpler implementation. Making recommendations with Recommendation For our learning example, we’ll use Recommendation. It is the simplest of the available options, and it’s a good teaching device, as it will allow us to further experiment with its plug-and-play algorithms and configurable model generators. Before we can do anything interesting, though, we need to make sure that we have the package installed: pkg> add Recommendation#master julia> using Recommendation Please note that I’m using the #master version, because the tagged version, at the time of writing this book, was not yet fully updated for Julia 1.0. The workflow for setting up a recommender with Recommendation involves three steps: Setting up the training data Instantiating and training a recommender using one of the available algorithms Once the training is complete, asking for recommendations Let’s implement these steps. Setting up the training data Recommendation uses a DataAccessor object to set up the training data. This can be instantiated with a set of Event objects. A Recommendation.Event is an object that represents a user-item interaction. It is defined like this: struct Event user::Int item::Int value::Float64 end In our case, the user field will represent the UserID, the item field will map to the ISBN, and the value field will store the Rating. However, a bit more work is needed to bring our data in the format required by Recommendation: First of all, our ISBN data is stored as a string and not as an integer. Second, internally, Recommendation builds a sparse matrix of user * item and stores the corresponding values, setting up the matrix using sequential IDs. However, our actual user IDs are large numbers, and Recommendation will set up a very large, sparse matrix, going all the way from the minimum to the maximum user IDs. What this means is that, for example, we only have 69 users in our dataset (as confirmed by unique(training_data[:UserID]) |> size), with the largest ID being 277,427, while for books we have 9,055 unique ISBNs. If we go with this, Recommendation will create a 277,427 x 9,055 matrix instead of a 69 x 9,055 matrix. This matrix would be very large, sparse, and inefficient. Therefore, we’ll need to do a bit more data processing to map the original user IDs and the ISBNs to sequential integer IDs, starting from 1. We’ll use two Dict objects that will store the mappings from the UserID and ISBN columns to the recommender’s sequential user and book IDs. Each entry will be of the form dict[original_id] = sequential_id: julia> user_mappings, book_mappings = Dict{Int,Int}(), Dict{String,Int}() We’ll also need two counters to keep track of, and increment, the sequential IDs: julia> user_counter, book_counter = 0, 0 We can now prepare the Event objects for our training data: julia> events = Event[] julia> for row in eachrow(training_data) global user_counter, book_counter user_id, book_id, rating = row[:UserID], row[:ISBN], row[:Rating] haskey(user_mappings, user_id) || (user_mappings[user_id] = (user_counter += 1)) haskey(book_mappings, book_id) || (book_mappings[book_id] = (book_counter += 1)) push!(events, Event(user_mappings[user_id], book_mappings[book_id], rating)) end This will fill up the events array with instances of Recommendation.Event, which represents a unique UserID, ISBN, and Rating combination. To give you an idea, it will look like this: julia> events 10005-element Array{Event,1}: Event(1, 1, 10.0) Event(1, 2, 8.0) Event(1, 3, 9.0) Event(1, 4, 8.0) Event(1, 5, 8.0) # output omitted # Please remember this very important aspect—in Julia, the for loop defines a new scope. This means that variables defined outside the for loop are not accessible inside it. To make them visible within the loop’s body, we need to declare them as global. Now, we are ready to set up our DataAccessor: julia> da = DataAccessor(events, user_counter, book_counter) Building and training the recommender At this point, we have all that we need to instantiate our recommender. A very efficient and common implementation uses MF—unsurprisingly, this is one of the options provided by the Recommendation package, so we’ll use it. Matrix Factorization The idea behind MF is that, if we’re starting with a large sparse matrix like the one used to represent user x profile ratings, then we can represent it as the product of multiple smaller and denser matrices. The challenge is to find these smaller matrices so that their product is as close to our original matrix as possible. Once we have these, we can fill in the blanks in the original matrix so that the predicted values will be consistent with the existing ratings in the matrix: Our user x books rating matrix can be represented as the product between smaller and denser users and books matrices. To perform the matrix factorization, we can use a couple of algorithms, among which the most popular are SVD and Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD). Recommendation uses SGD to perform matrix factorization. The code for this looks as follows: julia> recommender = MF(da) julia> build(recommender) We instantiate a new MF recommender and then we build it—that is, train it. The build step might take a while (a few minutes on a high-end computer using the small dataset that’s provided on GitHub). If we want to tweak the training process, since SGD implements an iterative approach for matrix factorization, we can pass a max_iter argument to the build function, asking it for a maximum number of iterations. The more iterations we do, in theory, the better the recommendations—but the longer it will take to train the model. If you want to speed things up, you can invoke the build function with a max_iter of 30 or less—build(recommender, max_iter = 30). We can pass another optional argument for the learning rate, for example, build (recommender, learning_rate=15e-4, max_iter=100). The learning rate specifies how aggressively the optimization technique should vary between each iteration. If the learning rate is too small, the optimization will need to be run a lot of times. If it’s too big, then the optimization might fail, generating worse results than the previous iterations. Making recommendations Now that we have successfully built and trained our model, we can ask it for recommendations. These are provided by the recommend function, which takes an instance of a recommender, a user ID (from the ones available in the training matrix), the number of recommendations, and an array of books ID from which to make recommendations as its arguments: julia> recommend(recommender, 1, 20, [1:book_counter…]) With this line of code, we retrieve the recommendations for the user with the recommender ID 1, which corresponds to the UserID 277427 in the original dataset. We’re asking for up to 20 recommendations that have been picked from all the available books. We get back an array of a Pair of book IDs and recommendation scores: 20-element Array{Pair{Int64,Float64},1}: 5081 => 19.1974 5079 => 19.1948 5078 => 19.1946 5077 => 17.1253 5080 => 17.1246 # output omitted # In this article, we learned how to make recommendations with machine learning in Julia.  To learn more about machine learning recommendation in Julia and testing the model check out this book Julia Programming Projects. Read next YouTube to reduce recommendations of ‘conspiracy theory’ videos that misinform users in the US How to Build a music recommendation system with PageRank Algorithm How to build a cold-start friendly content-based recommender using Apache Spark SQLlast_img read more

SIA and SilkAir to fold surcharges into base airfares

first_imgSIA and SilkAir to fold surcharges into base airfaresSingapore Airlines and regional arm SilkAir are to fold fuel and insurance surcharges into base airfares.Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have already been showing the full price payable in their airfare advertising, inclusive of taxes and surcharges, since 2008. With the removal of the fuel and insurance surcharges as a separate component, customers will be presented with a single base airfare when purchasing tickets[1].This will not result in immediate changes to “all-in” fares, which will continue to be determined by market supply and demand, but is intended to provide a more simplified fare structure for customers.The folding in of fuel and insurance surcharges into base airfares will be implemented progressively by region, starting from 28 March 2017. It is expected to be completed by May 2017.Fuel and insurance surcharges will also no longer apply to KrisFlyer frequent-flyer programme redemption bookings[2], with effect from 23 March 2017.Other changes will be made to the KrisFlyer programme with effect from the same day, including the removal of a 15% discount for redemption bookings made online rather than via the call centre.Adjustments are also being made to redemption award charts in the Saver category for selected zones, while those for other zones remain unchanged.Full details of the new award levels are available at www.singaporeair.com/kfchangeSource = Singapore Airlineslast_img read more

Mortgage Insomnia—Homeowners Stressed With Payments

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Financial hardships are keeping Americans tossing and turning at night, and mortgages are one the top concerns causing sleeplessness, according to a new CreditCards.com poll.The national poll of 1,000 adults, commissioned by CreditCards.com, found that 62 percent of respondents still say they lose sleep to at least one financial worry, which is not as good as the 56 percent in 2007 pre-recession, but much better than the 69 percent reported in 2009.The poll asked respondents about five specific financial issues: saving for retirement, paying for education, paying health care or insurance bills, paying the monthly rent or mortgage, and paying credit card debt. Of these issues, the average person said 2.3 of the above issues were combining to keep them awakeThe report showed that 26 percent of Americans are losing sleep over their mortgage or monthly rent, up 6 percentage points from 2007.CreditCards.com found that gender also plays a role in financial worries, and women tend to stress more and sleep less compared to men. According to the data, 68 percent of women are losing sleep over at least one financial problem, while 56 percent of men reported a loss of sleep over financial problems.“There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to Americans’ financial worries,” said Matt Schulz, CreditCards.com’s Senior Industry Analyst. “Many folks have none at all, but many of us are worried about several different problems all at once.”Some improvement was noted among households making between $50,000 and $74,999 per year. This income bracket is 4 percentage points less likely to lose sleep over financial matters now than they were in 2015.Last year, more Americans were sleeping better at night knowing that the economy is recovering. Those Americans that are losing sleep over financial stress is declining in the U.S., according to CreditCards.com.The poll found that 62 percent of adult Americans are losing sleep over at least one financial problem. This is 7 percentage points lower than the amount in June 2009, the last time this poll was conducted, but higher than 56 percent in 2007.One of the top insomnia-inducing issues that worries many Americans is how they will pay their mortgage and monthly rent bills, the poll determined. Twenty-seven percent indicated that home and rent payments block sleep at night.“Many Americans are still struggling financially, even as the economy rebounds,” Schulz stated. “Twenty-seven percent of Americans are losing sleep over mortgage or rent payments—about the same number as in 2009, in the throes of the Great Recession when we last did the survey. And 1 in 3 Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 are losing sleep over paying their rent or mortgage.” April 21, 2016 484 Views CreditCards.com Financial Hardships Mortgages 2016-04-21 Staff Writercenter_img Mortgage Insomnia—Homeowners Stressed With Payments Sharelast_img read more

Regulation Hinders Appraisers in the Field

first_img Share On Tuesday, DS News reported that overall, homebuyers are not happy with the final appraisal of their homes, but interestingly, a recent study found that appraisers are often not that happy with their job. The March 2017 Appraiser Trends Study from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) included a survey of over 2,000 appraisers, and found that many appraisers feel undertrained, or just dissatisfied.Training appears to be an issue. According to the report, very few appraisers have trained newcomers, and over a third of those that do, do so for no pay. Another problem is that lenders do not want to accept the work of trainees.Respondents to the survey listed salary/compensation as the top factor preventing entry into the field. Additionally, regulation proves to be a hindrance, as 65.3 percent of respondents say regulations are a hindrance to entering the appraisal field.In the satisfaction survey, what seemed to bother appraisers the most is the increased use of data driven valuation models. 67.3 percent of those surveyed said that they were not satisfied with this practice. Additionally, 64.1 percent of responders were not satisfied with the increased use of appraiser scoring.This increased regulation is the biggest reason for appraisers leaving the field. 74.9 percent of responders listed excessive regulation as an important reason for leaving or potentially leaving. 73.9 percent listed insufficient compensation as another important reason for leaving. Though complaints about training are high, only 13 percent of respondents listed issues related to training as an important reason for leaving. In fact, 38.4 percent say issues related to trainees were “not important” in their potential decision to leave. “The work of an appraiser is indispensable to our industry. Appraisers provide the credible, outside opinion on a property value that agents, lenders, and ultimately the consumer depend on to guide them through a transaction,” said NAR President William E Brown. “If the regulatory burdens holding appraisers back go unaddressed, the challenge of providing that timely appraisal will only get worse. We have to work together as an industry to clear the way for appraisers to continue doing their good work while building an environment that encourages talented newcomers to get in the game.” in News, Origination Regulation Hinders Appraisers in the Fieldcenter_img Appraisal NAR Regulation 2017-03-16 Staff Writer March 16, 2017 682 Views last_img read more

Housing Tech Entrepreneurs To Help Home Sellers

first_imgHousing Tech Entrepreneurs To Help Home Sellers in Headlines, News, Technology Share Real estate technology entrepreneurs including founders of Ten-X, Auction.com, LendingTree, Realtor.com, Fizber, and Money360 have announced the launch of an educational resource and proprietary recommendation engine for homeowners, SOLD.com.The Irvine, California based company will allow consumers to compare dozens of home selling options so that they can decide which approach and resources enable them to sell for the highest prices in the shortest time while minimizing fees. The engine is completely free for consumers.“Selling a home is one of the biggest financial – and often, most emotional – decisions people make, and because it may only happen once or twice during a lifetime, it’s not something that becomes second nature over time,” said Matt Woods, President of SOLD.com. “SOLD.com is committed to helping homeowners understand all of the options available to them for selling their homes while protecting their valuable equity, and will serve as a trusted, unbiased resource throughout the home selling process.”The platform’s recommendation engine is powered by machine learning that considers thousands of data points for individual properties, local markets, and individual seller preferences. Users are asked a few simple questions about their home and their top objectives during the sales process.SOLD.com’s proprietary technology then evaluates the top local real estate agents, institutional buyers, discount agent models and more to match the seller with the option that will best help them achieve their goals. The platform also provides a personal concierge to assist the homeowner through their selling experience.The company’s board members include Jeff Frieden, co-founder and Chairman of Auction.com and Ten-X; Evan Gentry, founder and CEO of Money360, Inc. and Fizber; and Steve Ozonian, lead director for LendingTree and former CEO of Realtor.com, who provide the company with a wealth of expertise spanning technology, finance and marketing in the real estate arena.center_img February 7, 2019 1,126 Views Auction.com Home Sellers homeowners HOUSING Realtor.com SOLD.com Ten-X 2019-02-07 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more