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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

We can’t save the economy unless we fix our debt addiction

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Our economy has increasingly been financialized, and the result is a sluggish economy with stagnant wages. We need to decide whether to stop the cycle and save the economy at large or to stay in thrall to our banks and bondholders. Without clearing our debt, the economy will continue to languish in debt deflation and polarization between creditors and debtors.As a statistical measure, financialization is the degree to which debt accounts for a rising proportion of income or the value of an asset, such as a company or piece of property. The ratio tends to rise until defaults lead to a crisis that wipes out the debt, converts it into equity or transfers assets from defaulting debtors to creditors.As an economic process, financialization makes money through debt leverage — taking on debt to pay for things that will increase income or the value of assets: for instance, taking out a loan for education or a mortgage on a property to open a store. But instead of using credit to finance tangible industrial investment that expands production, banks have been lending to those who want to buy property already in place — mainly real estate, stocks and bonds already issued — and to corporate raiders — those who buy companies with high-interest bonds. The effect often leaves a bankrupt shell of a company, or at least enables corporate raiders to threaten employees with bankruptcy that would wipe out their pension funds or employee stock ownership plans if they do not agree to replace defined benefit pensions with riskier contribution schemes. continue reading »last_img read more

Conde Nast Traveler: Croatia in the top 20 most popular countries in the world

first_imgEvery year, as part of the awards ceremony “Readers’ Choice Awards” its readers through an online poll vote for their favorites in the categories of the best countries, cities, islands, hotels, airlines and cruise companies. Over 1 readers took part in this year’s survey, which ran from April 30 to July 600. Thus, the readers of the renowned New York travel magazine this year ranked Croatia in 20 places among the most popular countries in the world. Apart from Croatia, Indonesia, Thailand, Portugal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Peru, Greece, the Philippines, Italy, Vietnam, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, Tanzania, Israel, Colombia and New Zealand were also awarded in the category of the world’s best countries in 2019. , Ireland and Cambodia.  “Croatia’s choice among the world’s top tourist destinations is the latest in a series of confirmations that our country enjoys the status of a very popular and fast-growing destination in the large and important American market. In addition to numerous awards and recognitions, this is confirmed by the tourist turnover realized so far in the year in which American tourists made almost 600 thousand arrivals and more than 1,6 million overnight stays, which compared to the same period last year represents a high growth of 12 percent., said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that, when it comes to distant markets, the largest turnover in Croatia is realized from the US market.center_img In addition to publishing the results in a web edition, the results of the survey will also be published in the print version of the magazine, which is published in the USA and the UK. Condé Nast Traveler is one of the world’s most widely read and recognized travel magazines. Being present in the mentioned magazine in any way, certainly contributes to the global positioning and excellent branding of a tourist destination, including Croatia. last_img read more

Lady Indians Tennis Results

first_imgAfter several hard fought battles on the courts, the Lady Indians of Milan were defeated by a solid Shawe Memorial team (0-5). However, outstanding performances were put in by Juniors Margo Taylor and Megan Berger, who have both begun to establish themselves as forces to be reckon with going into their Senior season in 2019, making several athletic shots against tough competition.Dominating Junior Varsity victories were scored by Freshman Delaney Bushhorn (8-4) and Sophomore Doubles partners Lucy Ortt/Calista Koehmstedt (8-3), showing great promise for next year as well.The Lady Indians will host Franklin County HS tomorrow for Senior Night and the last home match of the 2018 season.The Lady Indians paid a visit to Madison Consolidated HS Thursday hoping to steal a victory against the Cubs. The Senior Doubles tandems of Tori Haessig/Abby Riehle and DeLanie Weber/Tulsi Patel emerged victorious for Milan with scores of (4-6, 7-6, 10-4 tiebreak) and (7-5, 6-4), but the Lady Indians fell just short, losing the overall match (2-3) after hard fought Singles play.Junior Harley Bruns and Sophomore Jessica Starkey chalked up a Doubles victory in JV competition (7-5) to finish a night of impressive Doubles play for Milan.The Lady Indians will host Shawe Memorial HS next Monday (5-7).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Flynn.last_img read more

Cooper says Road to riches will do enough

first_imgThe Noel Meade trained treble Grade One winner from last season will compete in the feature Steeplechase at 2.25 where he will come up against the likes of Mallowney from the Thurles stable of Tim Doyle and Willie Mullins Felix Yonger.However jockey Bryan Cooper says Road To Riches class should win out.last_img

Rohit Sharma knocks out Sachin Tendulkar’s record in 2nd ODI against Australia

first_imgAdvertisement 1qyx7uNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5vpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eq4zgv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7rzhWould you ever consider trying this?😱297i5Can your students do this? 🌚2rpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Yet another feather on the ‘Hit-Man’s cap; on Friday Rohit Sharma became the fastest batsman to reach 7,000 ODI runs as an opener. In the second ODI against Australia at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, going past Sachin Tendulkar who took 160 innings to achieve this feat. Rohit meanwhile, took just 23 innings fewer to reach this milestone. South African legend Hashim Amla, sits on the second spot, taking 147 innings to reach this record. Advertisement Photo Credit: Cricket CountrySharma who was rested for the quick three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, had a poor comeback game in the first fixture at Mumbai scoring 10 runs from 15 deliveries. Today though, he looked in fine touch before leggie Adam Zampa trapped him at 42 off 44 balls.But during his short-lived innings, the 32-year-old broke a couple of records, the other being, the fourth Indian opener to complete 7,000 ODI runs. Only Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag are the three other batsmen to reach this milestone. The Mumbaikar could’ve completed another record today, as he was dismissed four runs short of reaching 9,000 runs in ODIs.Advertisement One of India’s finest batsman ever, Rohit Sharma started his ODI career as a middle-order batsman before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted him to the top-order during the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.With a century on the first day in his new role, there was no looking back for Rohit since and he himself has voiced his gratitude saying, “I believe the decision to open in ODIs changed my career and it was a decision taken by Dhoni. I became a better batsman after that. In fact it helped me understand my game better, react better according to situations.”Advertisement “He (Dhoni) just came up to me and said ‘I want you to open the innings as I am confident that you will do well. Since you can play both cut and pull shot well, you have the qualities to succeed as an opener’.”You may also like:Australia created history by smashing India in the 1st ODI. Find out how!Rohit Sharma reveals the mantra to his successful batting Advertisementlast_img read more

Sadler’s last-second game-winner sends Humboldt State to its fifth straight loss at home

first_imgArcata >> As his team slumped to a fourth consecutive loss on its home court Thursday, Steve Kinder said he wasn’t necessarily worried about the losing streak itself, but more about the Jacks’ ability to grow as a team and stay fundamental.On Saturday night, another late-game comeback attempt came up just short.Cal State Dominguez Hills senior forward Justin Sadler’s bucket in the paint with 0.2 seconds remaining was the difference as the Humboldt State men’s basketball team was its fifth …last_img read more

New 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

first_imgOur team here at Enterprise Green Communities is elated to present the 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. The Enterprise Green Communities Criteria contain detailed information that address aspects of design, development and operations. The Criteria are grouped into the following eight categories:• Integrative Design• Location and Neighborhood Fabric• Site Improvements• Water Conservation• Energy Efficiency• Materials Beneficial to the Environment• Healthy Living Environment• Operations and MaintenanceMany of you are familiar with the 2008 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and will easily notice the differences between it and the 2011 version. For those who want a cheat sheet – I am only going to give you a few small hints in this posting – you can find a more comprehensive document here.Amy’s small hints:• The energy section is tighter (Pun completely intended!)• It makes a difference if your project is rural, suburban or urban• Look for construction details, additional checklists and a super-cool new designAnd, you can find the 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria here .Lots more to come on our new criteria in subsequent blogs…last_img read more

India, Myanmar to discuss trade, security ties

first_imgIndian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna headed to Myanmar on Monday after reaffirming India’s commitment to economic and strategic cooperation with its Mayanmar’s new nominally civilian government.Krishna is the first high-level Indian official to visit Myanmar since an elected government replaced a military junta in March.India and Myanmar have developed deep economic and security ties over the past decade. India has said it believes talking quietly is a better approach than sanctions in dealing with Myanmar’s military-backed government, which has been widely criticized for human rights abuses.On Monday, Krishna did not reply directly to a question about whether he would meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his three-day visit. “I don’t know if I will get a chance to interact with other leaders during my brief stay in Yangon,” he said.India is also wary of China’s growing influence in Myanmar, and is in competition with its large regional rival for access to the country’s large natural gas resources.India and Myanmar have widened cooperation between their security forces since the mid-1990s, with both countries fighting armed insurgencies along their shared border.India says separatist rebels in its northeastern states often slip across the 1,000-mile-long border and take shelter in jungle bases inside Myanmar.Krishna, who will meet Myanmar President Thein Sein, said he will explore ways to increase trade and investment in oil and gas projects, hydroelectric power and railways.Two-way trade, which has doubled since 2006, reached $1.57 billion in 2010. The two countries will also review progress on a $110 million project to improve transport links to India’s remote northeastern states, Krishna said.advertisementThe ambitious Kaladan project includes the building of roads, a waterway on the Kaladan River and development of Sittwe port in western Myanmar, which will provide an opening to the sea for India’s landlocked northeastern states.- With AP inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Investigator found Calgary MP Darshan Kang violated harassment rules report

first_imgOTTAWA – A House of Commons investigation has concluded that Calgary MP Darshan Kang violated Parliament’s rules against harassment.The CBC says an investigator found Kang acted improperly by trying to enter the Ottawa hotel room of a young female staffer who worked in his constituency office in June 2017. The report says the staffer objected and that the MP should have known his actions were unwanted.The CBC report also says the investigator concluded that some of the staff member’s other allegations could not be substantiated, including that she had been offered money to remain silent about his behaviour.Kang, a former member of the Alberta legislature who was elected as a Liberal MP in 2015, resigned from the caucus last August after denying the allegations and vowing to clear his name.Neither Kang nor the complainant responded to requests for comment Friday.Heather Bradley, a spokeswoman for Speaker Geoff Regan, says the report cannot be released due to privacy concerns.The House of Commons followed a process adopted in December 2014, which can involve hiring an external investigator to review the facts.Both the respondent and the complainant can appeal if they are not satisfied with the final report.The multi-party board of internal economy could get involved should there be a need for remedial measures, but the report would remain confidential.Since Kang is an Independent MP, then it would be the clerk of the House of Commons who would determine any disciplinary actions.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Kang is no longer a Liberal MP and would otherwise not comment on the case.“Whether it is this process or others, the Liberal party has no interactions or responsibility over what his next steps are,” Trudeau said in Barrie, Ont.last_img read more