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John Cohn of IBM works with Champlain College

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. John Cohn, PhD, chief scientist of design automation in the IBM Systems and Technology Group, has been working with students and faculty in the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College this winter.Cohn, an IBM Fellow and Vice President for the Americas for the IBM Academy, and five Champlain College game development students have been creating a multimedia educational companion piece for an electronic game that IBM has developed for Engineering Week 2008. The educational product will be delivered in a multimedia way that kids relate to, and it will illuminate what makes up an electronic game and what courses of study and careers are available in game-related fields.For Cohn, this is a self-designed assignment at Champlain that will benefit IBMs OnDemand Community outreach program. One of IBM and Cohns driving goals is to break through the negative perceptions of kids who might be turned off by science and technology. I know thats a hard problem to change perceptions, he said. But technology, science or math can be so beautiful, much in the way music and art are beautiful.Working with the Champlain College students has been mind-blowingly great, Cohn said. These students really get it. Game development students Ian Bissett, Michael Fowler, Bryan Hare, Wesley Knee and Lauren Nishikawa make up Cohns team.IBM built the processors for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii. IBM doesnt currently make games, but we provide a lot the technology behind them, Cohn explained.In addition to his technical duties at IBM, Cohn has long promoted the excitement behind science and technology. Hes delivered entertaining science presentations to more than 30,000 school children over the years. In the near future, he hopes to employ new media such as online science and technology videos to create more enthusiasm for science and technology among Americas youth.last_img read more

Hicksville Fatal Small Plane Crash Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities are investigating why a small single-engine plane crashed onto Long Island Rail Road tracks in Hicksville, killing one and seriously injuring a second person on board on Sunday morning, officials said.The pilot of a Hawker Beechcraft BE35 departed from Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach when the pilot reported a problem to air traffic controllers shortly before the aircraft crashed on the tracks near the Oyster Bay Road crossing at 7:45 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).The pilot, who was reportedly heading to Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey, was trying to land at Republic Airport in Farmingdale—three miles from the crash scene—when then plane went down.The survivor was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment. No one on the ground was injured.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which sent a representative to the scene, is leading the investigation into the cause of the crash along with the FAA. MTA police and Nassau County police responded to the scene.The LIRR partially suspended train service on the Ronkonkoma Branch between Hicksville and Farmingdale while investigators were on the scene. Once the debris was cleared, LIRR crews repaired the tracks and a grade crossing stanchion. Train service was fully restored 14 hours later.last_img read more

Innovation in banking demands supportive culture from top down

first_imgOrganizations continue to support innovation efforts with everything from innovation labs to hackathons. While such efforts are well received by investment analysts, and are great fodder for senior-level strategic planning meetings and competitive chest thumping, the one thing lacking from many of these efforts is a supportive culture for actually implementing new ideas that are generated.If these efforts receive top-level support from initiation to implementation, entire organizational cultures can be transformed. An example is a hackathon I just participated in, sponsored by Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s leading banking company, in Bratislava. In its third year, the 24-hour Novathon included more than 20 teams working on 6 categories of new solutions.What stood out about the Intesa Sanpaolo event was the level and breadth of commitment to the process by the entire organization. Heading up the event was Maurice Lisi, Head of Multichannel and Customer Experience at Intesa Sanpaolo. He was one of many senior executives from Italy and across Europe who were very actively involved. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Alure Home Improvements Sheds Light On How To Install A Dimmer Switch

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsA normal light switch offers only two choices: on and off. But a dimmer switch allows you to control how bright you want the room to be. Simply turning a knob or sliding a lever lets you adjust light levels.Now if you’re ready to make the switch, so to speak, Doug Cornwell, chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, is ready to shed some light on the subject.Here, in this installment of Alure Home Improvement’s “60-Second Fix: How To Change Your Light Switch To A Dimmer,” he shows how to swap a toggle switch in the bathroom with a dimmer switch.Why would you ever want to do this? Because you might have some “high hat” lights in the ceiling that would provide better lighting more suitable to your mood at the moment if you could lower the intensity of the overall illumination.Though there is an assortment of dimmer switches to choose from, the concept is essentially the same: cutting down the AC current to reduce the total energy empowering the light bulb.Now that you understand the idea, Cornwell stresses the serious nature of what you’re about to do. You certainly want to play it safe, so don’t ignore this:“First, and foremost, the most important thing is to make sure the power is off!” he advises.To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Never start fooling around with anything electrical until you safeguard your action by defusing the situation. Go to the fuse box or circuit breaker and make sure no power is going to that bathroom switch. If it means that you end up working in the dark, then get a flashlight or do the work by daylight. Moonlight is best left for serenades.So, once your working condition is guaranteed to be safe from any unwanted shocking experiences, remove the switch plates holding the switch against the wall in order to expose the switch’s inner mechanism and allow yourself some flexible movement. In this example, two toggle switches are lined up side by side, but Cornwell intends only to remove the right one and replace it with a dimmer switch.Cornwell points out the two screws, one on the top and the other on the bottom, holding this toggle switch in place. Loosen the top one first, he recommends. Once you remove the screws, the toggle switch assembly will slightly protrude from the wall. Grab it firmly and pull it out just far enough so you can clearly see where the wires are attached in back.Now, before continuing, he demonstrates what the back of the dimmer switch looks like so you’ll understand which wire goes where. This is important advice. If you connect the wires wrongly, the switch won’t work. And even more seriously, you could risk a short circuit or even a fire.“If you look at the dimmer switch,” Cornwell explains, “you’ll see it comes with three wires: two black wires and one green wire. The green wire is the traditional ground. Always remember that: ‘the green ground.’”Next, he undoes the three wires connecting the toggle switch, which you’ll see also consist of two black and one green wires.As he shows, these wires don’t require their own terminals on the dimmer switch. As Cornwell illustrates, you can use a wire connecter nut to connect the dimmer switch’s wires with your house’s wires. Here, Cornwell is using a blue wire connector, but the connector’s color isn’t as important as the colors of the wires.Cornwell demonstrates how you grab the wires with a pair of pliers and straighten the exposed leads—the inner copper ends that are surrounded by the wire’s insulation. Carefully prepare them. Then just connect black to black; it doesn’t matter which black wire goes with which. You put both ends of the wire from the wall and the wire from the dimmer switch into each connector nut.“Twist it on,” he says.One, two, three, twist! And they’re connected.Click here to learn more about Alure Home Improvements“What I like to do once it’s done,” adds Cornwell, “is take black vinyl electrical tape and wrap it firmly around the connector nut.”Make sure you do all three wires! Then you can simply push the wires back into the wall. Take the wall plate’s attachment screws and screw the switch back into the wall box.“Put the plate back on and you’re all set to go,” says Cornwell.With the last screw in, you now have a toggle switch and a dimmer switch.The mood lighting awaits. So remember, you don’t have to curse the darkness; Alure Home Improvements teaches you how to usher in a little bit of light!last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Early antiviral treatment, flu hot line, vaccine approval in Canada, children’s vaccinations

first_imgOct 19, 2009CDC urges early antiviral use for some suspected flu patientsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today urged clinicians to start flu patients on antivirals early, without waiting for test results, particularly if they are hospitalized or have underlying conditions. In an e-mail alert the CDC said that though most people recover without treatment, clinical judgment should guide antiviral use, recommended for anyone who has lower respiratory symptoms or worsening symptoms. A negative rapid test does not exclude flu, the agency said.http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/HAN/101909.htmCDC health advisory networkMinnesota plans flu hot line to screen patients, prescribe antiviralsConcerned that H1N1 and seasonal flu will overwhelm providers this winter, the Minnesota Department of Health plans to launch a statewide hot line to triage people and prescribe medicine over the phone, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported today. Officials said the service will offer quick access to antiviral drugs for people at risk and also help people who lack health insurance. The service will be financed with $5 million in federal emergency funds. The launch date has not been set.http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/virus/64710452.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiUOct 16 Star Tribune storyCanada edges closer to pandemic vaccine approval, launchCanada may approve its pandemic H1N1 vaccine as early as this week, which could set the stage for immunizations against the virus to begin later this month, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported yesterday. An unnamed source said about 1 million doses have already been delivered to provinces and territories. Canada has ordered 50 million doses of an adjuvanted vaccine made domestically by GlaxoSmithKline.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/swine-flu-vaccine-approval-expected-soon/article1328629/Oct 18 Globe and Mail storyJapan launches pandemic vaccine campaignJapan started administering its first pandemic H1N1 doses today, starting with healthcare workers, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. So far Japan has a limited supply of a domestically produced vaccine, enough for 1.18 million people. The health ministry said in early November that the vaccination priority will shift to pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions and that by late December the campaign will include babies and small children.http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i-b_C1ams3FC1S_0B8dkjtaHlbhgOct 19 AFP storyCDC offers guidance for vaccinating children in primary care clinicsThe CDC has released a planning guide for vaccinating children against H1N1 in primary care settings. The guidance, published Oct 16, includes checklists that cover items such as staffing needs, billing and reimbursement, storage capacity, and safety monitoring, along with links to additional resources. Other CDC guidance documents released on Oct 16 cover influenza triage and antiviral treatment for children and updated general recommendations on antiviral use.http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/pediatricpatients.htmCDC planning guide for vaccinating children in primary care settingsEight more swine herds in Norway infected with H1N1Eight more swine herds in one county in Norway have been found infected with the H1N1 virus, the pork industry Web site PigProgress.net reported on Oct 16. Because of concern about farmers spreading the virus to pigs, Agriculture Minister Lars Peder Brekk has asked that pig farmers get priority for H1N1 vaccination, the report said. Norway’s first outbreak in pigs was reported in Nord Trondelag county a week ago.http://www.pigprogress.net/news/more-norwegian-pig-herds-infected-with-swine-flu-id3531.htmlOct 16 PigProgress.net reportClinic for the homeless aims to open overnight H1N1 wardA clinic for homeless people in Salt Lake City is raising money to open an overnight ward for patients with pandemic H1N1 flu, the Salt Lake Tribune reported today. To keep flu patients out of crowded homeless shelters, the clinic currently puts flu patients in motel rooms and brings them meals and medication, but clinic officials said that strategy is not cost-effective. The Salt Lake Public Health Department has pledged $20,000 for the effort. Officials hope to open the ward by Thanksgiving.http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_13591407Oct 19 Salt Lake Tribune storylast_img read more

In August, an increase in arrivals and overnight stays of foreign tourists

first_imgIn August 2017, 4,2 million tourists came to commercial accommodation facilities, which is 6% more than in August 2016, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).Tourists realized 26,8 million overnight stays, of which 6% were realized by domestic tourists and 94% by foreign tourists. Compared to August 2016, tourists realized 5% more overnight stays. Domestic tourists came 1% less while overnight stays were at the same level as in 2016. Foreign tourists came 7% more and realized 6% more overnight stays in August 2017 than in the same period last year.The highest number of overnight stays by foreign tourists in August 2017 was realized by tourists from Germany (26%), Italy (10%), Poland, Slovenia and Austria (8% each). They are followed by tourists from the Czech Republic (6%), the Netherlands (5%) and Hungary and Slovakia (4% each). In August 2017, tourists were offered 389 thousand rooms, suites and camping places with a total of 1 million permanent beds. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, a total of 79 thousand rooms and suites with a total of 164 thousand permanent beds were available to tourists. The average occupancy of rooms was 86%, and permanent beds 98%.Istria County is the leader in the number of realized overnight stays The highest number of tourist nights in August 2017 was realized by the County of Istria, 7,9 million overnight stays, which is 29% of the total number of overnight stays. Most overnight stays were realized in the group Camps and camping sites, 42%, followed by Resorts and similar facilities for short breaks, 36%.The highest number of overnight stays was realized by tourists from Germany, 36%, who realized an average of 9 overnight stays upon arrival, and tourists from Italy, 13%, with an average of 6 overnight stays per arrival. In August 2017, Rovinj recorded the highest number of tourist nights in Croatia, over 1,1 million.Source: CBSIn the first eight months, an increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays In the first eight months of 2017, in tourist accommodation establishments, tourists realized 14 million arrivals and 72 million overnight stays, which is an increase in tourist arrivals by 14% and an increase in tourist overnight stays by 12% compared to the same period in 2016.Out of the total number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays, foreign tourists realized 12,7 million arrivals and 67,7 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 15% in arrivals and a 12% increase in overnight stays. Most overnight stays of foreign tourists were realized by tourists from Germany (23%), Slovenia (10%), Austria (9%) and Poland (8%). In the period from January to August 2017, domestic tourists realized 7% more arrivals and 4% more overnight stays than in the same period last year.Most nights spent in rental rooms, apartments, studio apartments and holiday homesIn August 2017, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in rental rooms, apartments, studio apartments and holiday homes, 15 million overnight stays, which is 56% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to the same period last year, the number of arrivals in these types of accommodation increased by 11% and the number of overnight stays by 9%. This is followed by overnight stays in camps with 6 million overnight stays, which is 23% of the total overnight stays.Source: CBSCrikvenica is still the first in terms of the number of overnight stays of domestic tourists, and Rovinj foreignDomestic tourists spent the most nights in Crikvenica, Vodice, Mali Lošinj, Biograd na Moru, Zadar, Šibenik and Vir, which is 24% of the total number of nights spent by domestic tourists. Foreign tourists spent the most nights in Rovinj, Medulin, Poreč, Dubrovnik, Umag, Pula, and Mali Lošinj, which is 21% of the total number of foreign nights.  For the third month in a row, most tourists stay up to 14 years In August 2017, the highest number of overnight stays was realized by tourists in the age group up to 14 years, 6 million overnight stays, which is 22% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group of 35 to 44 with 5,4 million overnight stays, which is 20% of the total overnight stays.last_img read more

Frank Cox

first_imgFrank W. Cox, 60, of Osgood passed away at 12:30am Monday, February 8, 2016 at his home. He was born at Milan on January 16, 1956 the son of Monroe and Avis Cornett Cox. He was married to Blanche Palmer on July 19, 1975 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Frank Jr. (Carol) of Sunman and Jason (Sondra) of Osgood; one granddaughter Natalie Cox; his father-in-law Claude Palmer, Jr. of Osgood; one brother Donald (Jane) Cox of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; one sister Shirley Hamilton of Brownstown. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jesse. Mr. Cox was a 1974 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School and also attended the Southeastern Career Center where he studied building trades. He spent his entire working career as a carpenter being employed with Comer Buildings and also F. A. Wilhelm Construction in Indianapolis as well as being self-employed. In his spare time Frank was an avid mushroom hunter, loved tinkering in his garage, watching football, and playing corn hole. Frank was a member of the Osgood Sons of the Legion. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Frank’s brother-in-law Pastor Steve Palmer officiating. Visitation will begin at 5pm. Frank’s wishes were to be cremated which will follow Wednesday’s funeral services. Memorials may be given to Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Beware of another collapse, Guardiola warns Man City stars

first_img “We know it. We spoke about it many times, not this week but the last years, many times. If we want to make a step forward as a team to be close to winning this competition, we have to be better in this area.” Interestingly, if Man City progress, Guardiola will become the first manager to defeat Zinedine Zidane in a European knockout tie after the Los Blancos boss masterminded a run of three Champions League triumphs from 2015-16 to 2017-18. “When you think that you’ve got one of his tactical plans covered, he’ll hit you with another tactical plan or revert to the original one that you thought he was going to start with,” Guardiola noted. “In the dim and distant past, we played the first leg and what we can remember from the first leg we’ve put to good use. “We spoke about that game and since then we’ve watched all Madrid’s games since La Liga restarted. “We’ve spoken about how we think Madrid might approach this game. But what we’ve done more in these past two weeks is talked about what we can do – how we can hurt Madrid and areas we can cause problems for them.” Guardiola’s preparations for the game have been thrown partially into flux by the news that teenage centre-back Eric Garcia has declined a new contract at City. Garcia established himself as the first-choice partner for Aymeric Laporte over recent weeks but has been heavily linked with a return to his boyhood club Barcelona. At the other end of the field, Sergio Aguero remains sidelined having undergone meniscus surgery, but Guardiola is not ruling out having City’s all-time record scorer back for the final stages, should they survive Real Madrid test. Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City squad members they must be at their best as they prepare to tackle Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium tonight. Guardiola has claimed all domestic honours since joining City in 2016, with this season’s EFL Cup the sixth major silverware of his reign. Loading… Read Also: David Silva open talks to join Serie A club “Right now, I don’t know,” he added. “He is still in Barcelona [where Aguero had the operation]. He is getting better. I spoke with the doctors and everything is like we thought. “Hopefully he can come back and start training with us, but I don’t know.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “But most of them were goals we could have avoided. We have to avoid it. Making mistakes in this competition punishes you a lot.center_img The Spaniard has been unable to end his club’s wait for a maiden Champions League title, however, with Tottenham and Liverpool ending their compatriots’ involvement at the quarter-final stage in the past two seasons. Man City hold a 2-1 advantage over Madrid heading into the second leg of their last-16 tie today, with a place at the concluding mini-tournament in Lisbon up for grabs. However, their 3-0 bashing at Anfield in 2018, with all of Liverpool’s goals coming within the space of 19 first-half minutes, serves as a cautionary tale, as well as conceding cheap against Monaco – in 2017 – and Tottenham when departing on away goals on those occasions. “Yeah definitely,” Guardiola told a news conference when asked whether it was a concern. “More than conceding a goal is the way we concede a goal. “When they are brilliant and make a good action, we have to accept it. Promoted Content10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldlast_img read more

Professionalism will make Nigeria leagues better — Minister

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says that professionalising Nigerian football development as being promoted by current reforms in the nation’s football will make Nigerian leagues better to compete with others around the world.Dare, who made the assertion on Wednesday in Lagos, said his desire was to see the Nigerian leagues grow beyond the current state with rapid transformation through proper licensing and financial control unwavering. “The step is critical for building stakeholder’s confidence following the reclassification of sports from recreation to business as part of President Buhari’s commitment to make sports business.“Other necessary steps involve running the leagues as businesses and not as recreation,” he said in a statement by his media officer, Kola Daniel.“We have a clear plan and vision. We are dogged in working to fulfil them leveraging on public and private financing to achieve our goal. We are committed to make changes that would position our league for the best,” he said.Dare said the leagues would not resume until basic conditions on club licensing control are enforced.“As a ministry, infrastructure renewal is our ultimate goal to ensure television-friendly output that will encourage investors to put their money in a product that is quite attractive. “This boils down to professionalism of all stakeholders, administrators, coaches, players and fans of the round leather game.“This is the only way we can attract sponsors and fans returning in large crowds to the stadium when all facilities are put in better shape ahead of the new season,” he said.The minister said that he was looking up to the licensing, infrastructure, incentives and better organised leagues when the season commences.Dare expressed confidence that Nigeria will get it right and return to apex position in African football.Tags: Minister of Youth and Sports DevelopmentNigerian football developmentSunday Darelast_img read more

Cole hopes Carroll will stay

first_img “I don’t know the ins and outs of the deal but the way he’s been playing in the last couple of weeks you can understand why Liverpool paid £35m for him a couple of years ago. I think all the boys want him to stay at West Ham. He’s (his own) man, though, and he has his own agenda. “I don’t know what Liverpool are thinking and I’m sure there will be be other clubs in for him. West Ham would like to keep him, he’s our top scorer. He’s got to do what’s right for him, though.” It remains to be seen if a permanent deal can be thrashed out between the two clubs and if Carroll would be interested in a full-time switch to east London. Allardyce has been non-committal about securing Carroll’s services beyond the end of the current campaign but Hammers’ assistant manager Neil McDonald revealed the 24-year-old is happy at the club. “Andy Carroll is enjoying his time in London, is enjoying playing for West Ham and is enjoying being on the training field and trying to contribute for the team,” he told the club’s official website. “He’s scoring goals and making goals for other people.” Carroll currently sits top of the West Ham scoring charts, level on seven goals with captain Kevin Nolan, despite missing parts of the season with hamstring and knee injuries. Carroll, whose season-long loan from Liverpool is due to expire shortly, has been in good form recently and is a key part of Sam Allardyce’s side. Cole, who rejoined West Ham from Liverpool in January, is working his way back to fitness and wants England forward Carroll to sign up in the summer. “West Ham definitely want to keep Andy Carroll,” Cole told talkSport. Midfielder Joe Cole believes everyone at West Ham would like to see on-loan striker Andy Carroll extend his stay at Upton Park.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more