Vroon Lays Up 12 OSVs

first_imgzoom The Netherlands-based Vroon Offshore Services has decided to pull twelve offshore-support vessels out of operation due to the ongoing slump in offshore oil and gas activities.From the fourth quarter of 2015 onwards, five platform-supply vessels and seven emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV) will enter long-term lay-up.In addition, a number of older ERRVs are being divested for recycling purposes.”The current market conditions, which have created low vessel-utilisation levels, require us to substantially reduce operational costs on unemployed vessels,” Vroon said in a statement.”Rationalisation of our operational fleet and cost structure started earlier this year and will remain a priority going forward. Vroon Offshore Services’ commitment to safe and flawless service delivery to clients is unremitting, and the company will continue expanding its market coverage.”last_img read more

Liberal government to spend 16M to showcase Canada at G7 media centre

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government will spend nearly $1.6 million to market Canada to foreign journalists coming to Quebec City for next month’s G7 summit, conjuring echoes of the political uproar the federal Conservatives triggered in 2010 with a similar sum for the same objective.This year, careful attention has been paid to ensuring the summit’s international media centre is draped in Canadiana — right down to the maple syrup on the menu.The goal is to not only use the media centre to advance Ottawa’s chosen themes for the summit, but to sell Canada — and the popular Charlevoix tourist region — to foreign media. It will focus on Canada’s technological, touristic and culinary strengths.Due to security reasons, most visiting journalists are unlikely to get anywhere near the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, where the G7 leaders will actually meet in early June. Instead, about 2,000 journalists will be stationed about a two-hour drive away at the Quebec City convention centre.A key objective of the government’s “showcase exhibit” at the media centre will be sharing highlights and flavours from Charlevoix and other parts of Canada with visiting journalists.A similar $1.9-million effort to promote Canadian tourism caused a political migraine for former prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government prior to the G8 and G20 summits in Toronto and Ontario’s Muskoka region.Most of the disapproval focused on Ottawa’s decision to pay $57,000 of that amount to build an artificial lake at the media centre, part of an effort to showcase Muskoka to those journalists who were unable to travel from Toronto to Huntsville, Ont., for the G8 meeting.Critics — including then-Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and then-NDP leader Jack Layton — seized on the so-called “fake lake” and hammered the Harper government for it. Harper defended the project as a well-planned “marketing pavilion” for Canada.“There are thousands of visitors from around the world,” Harper said at the time. “This is a classic attempt for us to try and market the country.”The Tories also faced flak for using a $50-million G8 legacy fund to build a $100,000 gazebo and to pay for streetscape upgrades and parks far from the summit site in the riding of then-Treasury Board president Tony Clement.Eight years on, the controversy still strikes a familiar chord on Parliament Hill. Last week, Treasury Board President Scott Brison used it as ammunition as he took a shot at the Tories during question period.“Those are the same Conservatives who took millions of dollars from a border infrastructure fund to build gazebos and fake lakes hundreds of kilometres away from the border,” Brison said.For this year’s G7 summit, the Liberal government awarded the $1.58-million contract to Montreal-based firm C2 International Inc. It will develop the showcase for the media centre, which will be in open to journalists around the clock from June 7-9.“It will be an incomparable opportunity to promote our country and demonstrate its expertise and know-how, in addition to positioning Canada as a must-see tourism and culinary destination, as well as an innovation hub at the regional, provincial and national levels,” said the government’s public tendering notice for the exhibit.“The International Media Centre must become a strategic summit site. It is a home base and an information centre, but it is also a showcase for Canada.”Additional costs for things like food, beverages and equipment needs for the media are not part of the contract.C2 International’s concept for the media centre will go well beyond the standard summit formats of providing coffee, donuts, a stage and video screens, president Richard St-Pierre said in an interview. Contractual and security considerations prevented him from sharing many details.St-Pierre called his concept a modern, interactive approach that will encourage dialogue among foreign journalists about the main themes of the summit and Canadian values in general.“Canada is absolutely great and we don’t know enough how great we are — it’s about time we show the world that we are.”The company’s approach to organizing events focuses on workshops and stimulating participant feedback, rather than relying on the one-way, monologue methods of conventional conferences, he said.The media centre, he added, will also seek to sell Canada to the world as an innovative country by, for example, promoting Montreal’s strength in artificial intelligence.Marketing the country will also mean that the food served at the centre will be inspired by Quebecois, Canadian and First Nations cuisine.C2 declined to share specifics about the menu, but noted it will feature maple syrup and is not expected to include poutine.“As a country, yes, we have the Rockies, we have beavers, we have great forests — but it’s also much more,” said St-Pierre, whose company will host the annual C2 Montreal business conference this month, with speeches by rapper Snoop Dogg and American whistleblower Chelsea Manning.“It’s (artificial intelligence), it’s the warmth of the Canadian people, it’s how we know food, (how) we love our wine. So, all of those things have to be reflected in the media centre.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Three dead two injured in highway crash on southern New Brunswick highway

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONCTON, N.B. — Three people have died after a car lost control and rolled over Sunday evening on a highway in southern New Brunswick.A spokesman for the RCMP says a car was travelling west on Highway 2 near exit 465 in Dieppe when the crash occurred at about 5:45 p.m.Sgt. Mario Maillet says that two people died at the scene of the crash and a third person died later in hospital.There were five people in the vehicle, and Maillet says the driver and one passenger were treated but do not have life-threatening injuries.A section of the highway was closed for over 12 hours and reopened at 5 a.m. Monday.An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash.last_img read more

UN flag now a target warns head of staff security review panel

28 February 2008Although the United Nations flag used to provide protection, it is now becoming a target, the head of an independent panel tasked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess the safety and security of the world body’s staff worldwide cautioned today. Announcing the composition of the six-member panel at UN Headquarters in New York, veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi said the new body will take a “critical look at the existing situation” to determine how the UN and its Member States can bolster the safety and security for the Organization’s people and premises globally.“We tried to assemble a number of people that have a mix of experience and expertise to see how we can understand what has happened and how we can make ‘doable’ recommendations,” he noted.Aside from Mr. Brahimi, the Independent Panel on Safety and Security of UN Personnel and Premises – which will begin its work next week – will comprise Elsayed Ibrahim Elsayed Mohamed Elhabbal of Egypt; Anil Kumar Gupta of India; Umit Pamir of Turkey; Thomas Boy Sibande of South Africa; and Margareta Wahlström of Sweden.He added that it is possible that an additional member will be added.The new body will “take a close look at what happened in Algiers and see what immediate lessons there may be for us in that extremely shocking and sad happening,” Mr. Brahimi said, referring to last December’s deadly bombing which claimed the lives of 17 UN staff members.“The Panel is also expected to take a wider view of the implications of these new problems that are facing the Organization in terms of threats and challenges.”The Secretary-General, who has characterized the Algiers attack as a “savage loss,” announced in January his decision to appoint the team, voicing hope that its findings will impact the UN system worldwide.Responding to reporters’ questions today, Mr. Brahimi pointed out that some around the world are questioning the world body’s impartiality and independence. “A lot of people are – some rightly, some not rightly – angry with the UN,” he said.Clarifying earlier reports that Algeria did not intend to cooperate with the new Panel, he said that he thought that the North African country was originally not consulted or informed about the creation of the body.“My understanding now is that they are fully on board and my understanding is that on this, Algeria and the United Nations are on the same side of the table, not on different sides,” the Panel head observed. read more

Privatesector mortgage insurer Genworth follows CMHC in raising premium

TORONTO — Genworth Canada says it will be increasing the premium for some of its mortgage insurance, starting June 1, matching a move announced last week by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.The rate will go up by 15% for buyers who have a downpayment of 10% or less.Mortgage insurance provides protection for lenders who provide money to home buyers and owners.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp takes aim at homebuyers with less than 10% downInsurers pushed away by concerns over shoddy condos in CanadaHow to get the best possible mortgage rateThe home buyer’s or owner’s premium is determined by several factors including how much is borrowed and how much the property is worth.Genworth says it believes the higher premiums for people with small down payments won’t have a major impact on home affordability but the higher pricing will support the long-term health of Canada’s system for financing housing.The new rate for a loan-to-value ratio up to 95% is 3.6%, up from 3.15%. For a loan-to-value ratio from 90.01 to 95%, but a non-traditional down payment, the premium climbs to 3.85% from 3.35%. read more

Madeleine McCann New Netflix documentary distresses parents as lawyers look for slurs

The parents of Madeleine McCann have been left distressed by the release of a Netflix documentary about her disappearance, it has emerged as their lawyers trawled the eight-hour series for slurs.Almost 12 years since the toddler vanished without a trace from a holiday apartment on the Algarve, eight hour-long episodes about the mystery were unveiled on the streaming site.  The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann pores over the high-profile search for the missing three-year-old in intricate detail, but notably lacks input from her family or their wider circle.Her parents’ long-time spokesman suggested Netflix had appeared more interested in “infotainment” to bolster their popular true-crime collection than helping the search effort.Documentary series such as Making a Murderer have been big money-spinners for the streaming giant and led to an influx of gritty factual programmes on the site to capitalise on demand. Clarence Mitchell said Kate and Gerry McCann were offered a chance to watch the series in advance as a “courtesy”, but indicated they were not likely to do so soon.Friends and lawyers are expected to carefully scour any allegations made about the couple in the series.Mr Mitchell told The Telegraph: “I’m not aware of any breakthrough evidence or breakthrough interview that is going to cause a significant shift in the Met Police investigation and this was one of our principle concerns. “Netflix are a commercial operation, they are obviously looking for hits on the platform and if it’s done within the laws of defamation then fine.“Because they have not talked to our side, it will inevitably be one-sided and I’m afraid this just gives succour to the conspiracy loons out there.”He added: “Netflix has got quite a strand with these true-crime dramas…I hate to use the word ‘entertainment’, but it’s got that potential. ” Chief among the McCann’s concerns will be any attempt to rehearse discredited accusations made by Portuguese police during a now-infamous investigation into the couple.Kate and Gerry were briefly given “arguido” – suspect – status by local detectives amid a flurry of speculation they had somehow been involved in their daughter’s disappearance.Claims made in the show have already reignited debate about whether the youngster – who would now be 15 – is still alive.Jim Gamble, a detective in the first UK police investigation, expresses confidence in one episode that the truth will eventually come out through advances in policing techniques.Netflix refused to comment.  Jim Gamble was one of the British detectives who worked on the case when Scotland Yard became involved 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. Jim Gamble was one of the British detectives who worked on the case when Scotland Yard became involved read more

Sweden upgrades Palestinian diplomatic status

first_imgSWEDEN HAS BECOME the ninth European country to upgrade the status of a Palestinian representative office to that of an embassy.Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify a June 28 agreement between Stockholm and Ramallah on upgrading the Palestinian Authority’s mission here.The agreement gives the Palestinian Authority’s representation in Sweden “the same privileges, immunities, exemptions and privileges as embassies and their representatives.”But lawmakers rejected an amendment calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state, with 179 votes against and 140 votes in favour of the proposal.In November, Sweden backed a resolution recognising the Palestinians as a non-member observer state at the UN, but members of the ruling centre-right coalition disagree on the issue of recognising Palestinian statehood.Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Cyprus are the other European countries to have given Palestinian representation the status of an embassy.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Sclérose en plaques une journée mondiale lui sera consacrée demain

first_imgSclérose en plaques : une journée mondiale lui sera consacrée demainFrance – Mercredi 26 mai se déroulera la deuxième Journée mondiale de la sclérose en plaques, une maladie qui touche 80.000 personnes en France. L’occasion de mobiliser des fonds pour aider à la recherche, mais également de faire le point sur les traitements déjà disponibles. L’évènement se déroulera en particulier à Strasbourg où le grand public sera invité à prendre connaissance de la maladie et à soutenir les associations de lutte contre la sclérose en plaques. Le but : récolter des fonds afin de soutenir la recherche médicale ainsi que les patients.De nouveaux traitements feront leur apparition courant 2011, dont des comprimés capables de diminuer de 70% la fréquence des poussées, ainsi que des anticorps monoclonaux au cours de l’année 2012. Leur mise sur le marché sera cependant accompagnée d’une surveillance sanitaire en raison des effets secondaires possibles.La sclérose en plaques est une maladie neurologique auto-immune qui entraîne une démyélinisation des fibres nerveuses du système nerveux central. Elle est la première cause de handicap chez les jeunes adultes.En France, la sclérose en plaques touche 2.000 nouveaux patients chaque année, soit une personne toutes les 4 heures, rappelle l’Association pour la recherche sur la sclérose en plaques (Arsep). Le 25 mai 2010 à 11:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 19 mars

first_imgLes 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 19 marsUne contraception pour hommes, un arc-en-ciel de huit heures et un mystérieux livre cachant des écritures invisibles, voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 19 mars.- La pilule contraceptive pour hommes pourrait bientôt devenir réalité. Des chercheurs ont dévoilé les résultats préliminaires d’un essai clinique portant sur un nouveau traitement. Reposant sur un mélange d’hormones et de progestatif, il a permis de réguler la production de spermatozoïdes de façon prometteuse. Mais les tests doivent encore être poursuivis.- A Taïwan, un arc-en-ciel a battu un record de durée. Apparu le 30 novembre 2017, il a duré pas moins de huit heures et 58 minutes. Une performance rare rendue possible grâce aux conditions météorologiques, d’après un spécialiste. Le précédent record, établi en 1994, était de six heures.- Les pénuries d’eau pourraient frapper plus de cinq milliards de personnes d’ici 2050. C’est ce qu’affirme un récent rapport dévoilé par les Nations Unies. Selon le document, cette situation alarmante pourrait favoriser les conflits et les crises humanitaires si des mesures ne sont pas prises pour réduire la pression exercée sur les sources d’eau. – En Espagne, une femme de 55 ans est morte d’une réaction allergique due à une piqûre d’abeille. La femme s’adonnait depuis deux ans à de l’acupuncture utilisant des abeilles. Ne souffrant d’aucune maladie particulière, la thérapie était censée réduire son stress et les contractures musculaires. Des chercheurs ont publié une étude sur son cas pour alerter sur les dangers de ce type de thérapie. – L’huile de palme est de nouveau sous le feu des critiques. Greenpeace a dénoncé lundi le silence de plusieurs multinationales quant à la provenance de l’huile utilisée dans leurs produits. Ces firmes avaient pourtant promis de mettre fin à la déforestation via leur approvisionnement d’ici à 2020. D’après l’ONG, seule une minorité de plantations respecte actuellement les normes locales pour l’exploitation de l’huile de palme.À lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 août- Un nouveau traitement pourrait permettre de lutter contre la malaria. Des chercheurs ont en effet découvert un anticorps humain prometteur, CIS43. Collecté chez des volontaires après l’administration d’un vaccin, il a réussi à protéger des souris contre le parasite du paludisme le plus mortel, Plasmodium falciparum. D’autres essais sont prévus pour tester les capacités de l’anticorps.- En Californie, des chercheurs sont en train d’étudier un livre très spécial. Remontant au XIe siècle, l’ouvrage réunit des textes religieux. Du moins c’est ce qu’on peut y voir au premier regard mais le livre cache en réalité des textes plus anciens qui seraient le fruit du médecin et philosophe grec Galien. Ces écrits auraient été produits au VIe siècle avant d’être effacés et recouverts par les textes religieux. Les scientifiques utilisent maintenant les rayons X pour tenter de décrypter les écrits disparus.- L’homme qui murmurait à l’oreille des serpents est mort. Abu Zarin Hussin, un pompier malaisien de 33 ans a succombé le 16 mars à une morsure de cobra. L’homme spécialisé dans la capture des serpents était devenu célèbre sur le net pour ses photos et vidéos le montrant manipuler ses trois cobras royaux. Le 19 mars 2018 à 11:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Camps galore at Youth Center in Provo

first_img Related Items:akierra misick, camps, edward gartland youth center, roxanne wake forbes Edward Gartland Youth Center Art show coming January Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jun 2015 – A dozen camps are geared up to go at the Edward Gartland Youth Center. Director Roxanne Wake Forbes said it is $25 (per camp) for youngsters to sign up for the variety of camps which includes girls, volleyball, cooking, basketball, multi-media, fitness and nutrition, acting, dance, national trust even a fencing camp (special rate). Students ought to be 11-18 years old and Youth Center members pay $10. Space is limited. Later we tell you about the government summer programs announced recently by Minister of Youth, Akiera Missick. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp South Caicos Youth call on Education & Youth Minister for books and repairs Nutrition in Demand summer camplast_img read more

TCI Statistics Department Releases Bulletins for Trade Births and Deaths for the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The Department of Statistics is pleased to release the following bulletins for the period January to September 2017:The Births BulletinThe Trade BulletinBirths Bulletin for the period January to September 2017Trade bulletin for the period January to September 2017The births bulletin shows that the Turks and Caicos Islands recorded 396 births during the first nine months of 2017.   This represents an increase of approximately 4.7 percent when compared to the same period of 2016.   Males accounted for 52 percent of live births and females accounted for 48.0 percent of live births.  Forty percent (40%) of the births recorded during the period under review were to married women.   This mostly occurred in mothers between the ages of 30-39.  The remainder of births occurred mainly between mothers that were in common law type relationships (15 percent) and mothers that were never married (13.1 percent).   The majority of babies born during the first nine months (53.0 percent) were to Haitian mothers, followed by mothers from the TCI (25.8 percent).   This has been the trend for a number of years.It is important to note that during the period under review (January to September) 100 deaths occurred within the TCI.   Which represents a significant increase of 51.5 percent, over the number of deaths recorded in 2016. Contributing to this increase in deaths is the drowning of Haitian migrants in TCI waters earlier this year.The Turks and Caicos Islands Merchandise Trade Bulletin shows that during the period January to September 2017, Merchandise imports totaled approximately $288 million, representing an increase of approximately $0.5 million or 0.2 percent when compared to the same period in 2016.    Exports from the Turks and Caicos during this period were valued at $1.5 million when compared to $3.4 million in 2016.    This resulted in an overall merchandise trade balance of approximately ($286.5) million during the first nine months of 2017 and the worsening of the overall trade balance by approximately 1 percent or $2.5 million.Given the performance of Merchandise imports during the first nine months of this year, and the increase in merchandise imports as a result of the two recent hurricanes, it is forecasted that imports will increase by more than 10 percent for the 2017 calendar year.   However, with the lack of a diversified group of exports, this will also result in the worsening of the overall trade deficit.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Knee surgery sidelines Timbers Brent Richards

first_imgBrent Richards’ second Major League Soccer season will be delayed.The Camas High School graduate suffered injuries to his left knee on Jan. 26 and underwent a procedure on Tuesday to repair tears to his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus.The injury occurred during the Timbers last training session in Portland before the team went to Tucson.Here is the announcement from the Timbers:The Portland Timbers today announced that forward Brent Richards underwent a successful arthroscopy of his left knee late Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a lateral meniscus tear. Timbers Director of Medicine Dr. Richard Edelson performed the procedure at Sports Medicine Oregon in Tigard, Ore.Richards, 22, is expected to be out approximately six months. He sustained the injury during training Jan. 26 in Portland. A native of Camas, Wash., Richards was named the Timbers’ 2012 Young Player of the Year, appearing in six regular-season matches during his rookie campaign last season. In total, he played in nine matches with the first team across all competitions and was the second-leading scorer for the Timbers Reserves with four goals in 2012. Richards signed as the club’s first Homegrown Player on Jan. 4, 2012.last_img read more

Sterling Highway Rehabilitation Project Expect Delays Through October

first_imgAll work will be conducted off road; drivers should be aware of truck traffic exiting the highway and truck turn around locations for the remainder of the project. DOT is advising drivers to expect pilot car operations from MP 67 to 70 between 8:00pm and 7:00am, Monday through Sunday. They should also expect night shift activities from MP 59 to 60, 8:00pm to 6:00am,Sunday through Thursday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will continue working on the Sterling Highway Rehabilitation project in different phases over the upcoming months. There will be large equipment and construction activities at the new bridge location at MP 71.5 (Moose River East Fork). Construction crews in that area will not be working on the roadway during the day for the remainder of July.center_img Crews will continue to work north from MP 67 and 69. Watch for pilot cars and flagging operations, with 5 to 10 minute delays. The project stretches along the Sterling Highway from Skilak Lake to Sterling, and is expected to continue through October.last_img read more

CM YS Jagan launches Grama volunteers service on IDay

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched Grama Volunteers service on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day celebrations in Vijayawada. In this context, CM has presented ID cards to newly recruited volunteers, and this event will be conducted across the state in the presences of MLAs. AP government has appointed 2.5 lakh volunteers in all 13 districts. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us The Grama Volunteers service has started from August 15 in AP. Speaking on the occasion, CM YS Jagan said he has decided to appoint volunteers system with the intention of doing good for the people during the Praja Sankalpa Yatra. He said with the thought of bringing a corruption-free system that everyone should be benefited irrespective of caste, religions, communities, political parties. Even though if they have not voted us, but by looking at the good which we have done they will vote us in next elections. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us CM YS Jagan stated that within two months after coming into power, the YSRCP government has given nearly four lakh jobs. Village secretariat is set up for every village which has 2,000 population. Where ten people will get jobs, like that 1.40 lakh people will get employment. He added that every volunteer should work with the motto of ‘I’ve heard, and I am there’. Advertise With Us The Chief Minister noted that Grama volunteers have to do three things. Every volunteer must have the YSRCP manifesto. The Navaratnalu and other schemes in the manifesto will be implemented through the volunteers. After that, they should identify the beneficiaries for the schemes. The volunteer should work towards to fulfilment of every promise and should ask everyone to vote by the next elections. CM YS Jagan has clarified that 80 per cent of the promises would be implemented in this year. The remaining 20 per cent will be completed by next year. The Village Sachivalayam will be started from October 2. Amma Vodi, Raythu Bharosa, housing for the poor and all programs are carried forward. CM said. YS Jagan said that it is Volunteers responsibility to take care of 50 houses and door delivery every welfare scheme to the beneficiaries.last_img read more

How Social Research Is Evolving in the Digital World

first_imgAdam RogersDarpa Wants to Build a BS Detector for Science Adam RogersThe Dismal Science Remains Dismal, Say Scientists More on Metascience Figuring out how human beings do human things is one of the most exciting things that science—psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology—can do. It’s also one of the hardest. Reliable, meaningful methods that distill real-world behavior into experimental variables have been, let’s say, elusive. That might be part of the reason the “reproducibility crisis,” concerns about the validity of some scientific findings because of statistical and methodological strains, hit the so-called soft sciences first and hardest.Princeton University PressMatt Salganik, a sociologist at Princeton, is trying to solve that hard problem. He wants to know how human beings behave and why, especially in a socially mediated world. To do it, Salganik has become a hardcore data nerd. The digital traces everyone now leaves on servers provide inexhaustible fuel for the science of human behavior, he says, and learning to use them wisely could also fix the various crises that science now sees in its own practices. Salganik’s new book Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, out December 13, lays down the new (and not-so-new) rules for bringing data and the social sciences together.WIRED: The book has a sort of interesting origin story.Salganik: My dissertation research was an online experiment. We created a website where people could download new music, but we could control what info people had about what other people were doing. This allowed us to create and test social fads. By doing it on a website rather than in a traditional on-campus lab, we were able to have about 100 times the number of participants you’d normally have. We got 27,000 people.The paper was published in November of 2006, and since then I’ve been doing research using digital-age techniques and teaching it to students. This book is the result of that experience. I wanted to help others get started doing this kind of research, and help others who are already doing it in one field to see connections with other fields.When the book went in for traditional peer review, it also went online for a parallel open review. I converted the book into a series of websites, and anyone could come and read them and annotate them. I was able to collect a tremendous amount of feedback that helped with the book, and I was able to collect a lot of data about how people interacted with the book in the wild. All the big data techniques that big media and tech companies use, we were using those as well. And now we’ve released an open review toolkit that other authors can use.Was the feedback you got through the open review very different from the more formal peer review?The feedback I got from the peer review was from experts who often had ideas about how they thought the book should have been written.Hah!No, some of them were good ideas. It was helpful. The feedback I got from the open review was different. It included non-experts, and I want my book to be readable and helpful to non-experts. So that was very helpful in diagnosing some of the problems in the writing. There was an annotation about me skipping a step in an argument, and I looked at it and thought, ‘Oh yeah, I did skip a step.’ To the peer reviewers and to me it was an obvious step, but to the non-experts, it wasn’t.Who do you think will be able to use the book? Who’s the audience?I hope the audience will be broad. People in the social sciences are facing this set of issues. People in data science. And then outside universities, many companies have data scientists trained in computer science, engineering, statistics, who are now working with social data. They are essentially social scientists but they have none of the training of social scientists. For those people, I hope the book introduces them to some of the ideas from social science and the ways social scientists do their work. I did a sabbatical at Microsoft Research and there were some very sophisticated engineers there who just didn’t know a lot about social scienceIn a few places you make some points about the differences between data scientists and social scientists. Where do those cultures diverge?I see these communities as having a lot to learn from each other and contribute to each other. Social scientists in the past have generally worked with data that was specifically created for the purposes of research. In the book I call this “custom-made data.” And data scientists tend to work with “ready-made data,” originally made for one purpose and being repurposed for research. So for example if social scientists wanted to study public opinion, their natural first thought would be to look at a survey like the General Social Survey, done by researchers for other researchers. A data scientist’s first stop might be to look at Twitter.Some of these differences come from what are valued in these different communities. For social scientists, it’s often being able to make an empirical statement about some bigger theory. For data scientists, it’s often more to do something neat or interesting or novel with data. Those kinds of differences in values can lead to different approaches.Also there are differences in training. Social scientists are trained in how survey data is collected and how to analyze it; data scientists often don’t have this training, but they have training in other things, like how to work with very large data sets. So social science can learn a lot of from the techniques and viewpoints of data scientists, and likewise data scientists can learn a lot from social scientists. If you want to study public opinion, it doesn’t make sense to say the general social survey is better than Twitter. You have to ask, which data source is most useful for the question that we have.One chapter that particularly grabbed me had to do with ethics. You write that social scientists mostly only think about ethics when they have to deal with the seemingly intractable bureaucracy of an Institutional Review Board’s rules for how they treat living subjects, and that data scientists basically don’t think about ethics at all.My statement was definitely sort of board and sweeping, but it’s a statement of what the world is and not of what it should be. Among the researchers I talk to, no one wants to be unethical, but the ethics of a lot of analog-era social science research—lab experiments on campus, surveys, ethnography—has more or less been settled. Generally there’s agreement on what you can and can’t do. The way that social scientists approached ethics prior to a lot of this big data research had become, I would say, somewhat routinized.And now there is a possibility for us to do very different things. Our ability to observe millions of people without consent or awareness, and our ability to enroll people in experiments without consent or awareness, these are new things we can do, and I don’t think we as academics have figured out how to use that power responsibly. Similar questions have arisen in industry and government. A big challenge for us in the digital age is to figure out how to take advantage of these opportunities in a way that’s responsible. In the book I try to lay out some principles we can follow that will help people think about and talk about that.Those are respect for persons, beneficence, justice, and respect for law and public interest.Yeah, and these ideas are not ones I created. The one reason I’m confident they’re likely to be useful in the future is they have been enduring. The Belmont Report, from which I drew some of those principles, was published more than 40 years ago. One of the reasons to go with a principles-based approach rather than a rules-based approach is that we can be confident the abilities we’re going to have are going to change. To reason about those new capabilities, we need to have somewhat abstract principles.The one most researchers who work with people talk about is informed consent, making sure the people you’re working with know what they’re signing up for.That’s a key part of the four principles I lay out. Those are more broad than just consent. Right now there’s a huge emphasis on informed consent, and it’s obviously important, but we could potentially may be putting too much emphasis on that one specific thing and not enough on the broader idea of respect for persons, which is the principle from which informed consent is derived.It’s interesting that you’re suggesting a data-driven approach to social scientists at the exact moment that the social sciences are dealing with a crisis that’s about data—reproducibility problems and statistical manipulations that call into question some of the field’s key findings.I would say the transition from the analog age to the digital age, which is what’s driving a lot of these new sources of data, is also enabling social scientists to have new work practices. It makes it easier for us to share our data and code, and it makes it easier for us to provide access to our research to everyone, not just people who are lucky enough to be at universities with subscriptions to expensive journals. The digital age has the possibility of helping us change and improve our scientific practices in ways that I think people are excited about and starting to embrace.What, specifically, has changed in that transition to the digital age?When I started graduate school the kinds of data that researchers worked with were generally data created for researchers by researchers. That had some good things about it, because the data was usually related to topics of scientific interest. It was usually available to all other researchers, which is important.Now there’s a lot of data being generated as a byproduct of everyday actions. This is “digital trace data” or “digital exhaust.” It’s often at a much bigger scale, which creates a lot of interesting research opportunities, but it also comes with some problems. The data often has the goals of the company or government baked into it. This is called “algorithmic confounding.”What does that mean?Learning about human behavior from Facebook data is like learning about human behavior by watching people in a casino. You can definitely learn from watching people in a casino, but a casino is a highly engineered environment designed to encourage some behavior and discourage other behavior. Facebook is similar. When people look at Facebook they think, “Oh, this is people’s natural behavior.” And that’s not true at all. The goals of the system designer are not the goals of the researcher in many cases.And then there’s access. Facebook and Twitter have enormous amounts of data that are not available to every researcher, and there are good reasons for that—complicated ethical, legal, and business reasons. But if there’s a situation where some researchers have access and others don’t, this can create concerns about reproducibility, the role some companies play in allowing certain projects to go forward and not others, and the role they could play in encouraging certain types of results.center_img Andrew GelmanScience Needs to Learn How to Fail So It Can Succeed The challenge for all of us is to figure out how this data that could be beneficial to scientists and society in general can be made available in ways that would be safe for the people providing the data and safe for the companiesBut this science goes way beyond just social media.My kids, who are 8 and 4, are growing up talking to Alexa. They’re going to interact with the world in a different way than I did. Those kind of psychological impacts will take a while for us to be able to observe and understand, but we’re already starting to see major changes in industry and social relations.There’s a lot of opportunity in general in any kinds of transaction records. Facebook and Twitter, a lot of this is data people are intentionally creating, but there’s a big possibility in data more implicitly created. For example, the location data created by my cell phone. Bitcoin is another good example of that. In the process of economic transactions, this ledger is created. I have a colleague making tools for researchers to understand what’s happening in the Bitcoin ledger.It’s getting easier for lots of people to interact with each other, either through a company’s platform or through distributed peer-to-peer systems. And to the extent all of these interactions are digitally mediated, they create records. Those records are all really exciting to researchers.last_img read more

WestJet makes it into Albertas top 3 places to work

first_img Monday, November 26, 2018 Tags: Alberta, Indeed, WestJet Travelweek Group Posted by WestJet makes it into Alberta’s top 3 places to workcenter_img CALGARY — WestJet has been named one of Alberta’s top three workplaces in the province by Indeed, one of the world’s leading job sites.Based on the site’s hundreds of thousands of company reviews, WestJet earned an overall star rating of 4.1 out of 5, scoring high marks in five categories: Work/Life Balance (3.7); Salary/Benefits (3.6); Job Security/Advancement (3.6); Management (3.6); and Culture (4.2).WestJet was the only aviation company in Indeed’s rankings. Only Suncor and Husky Energy beat out the carrier for the #1 and #2 spot, respectively.On what makes the WestJet team so strong, Mark Porter, WestJet Executive Vice President, People and Culture, said: “Our passionate, caring attitude for each other, our guests and our business are what binds more than 13,000 WestJet employees together as a team. We are proud to be recognized as one of the top three places to work in Alberta. As we continue to invest in Alberta as our home and international aviation hub, we look forward to growing our team both here and across the network.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerHere are just a few samples of what WestJetters are saying about the airline:“Great company and great employees. I learned how to be a great team player, how to be very organized and time management.” – Super Sales Agent, Calgary, AB“Good place to work. People here at WestJet are very friendly including leads, managers and business. There is no micro-managing here and it’s a good place to balance your work and life.” – Senior Quality Assurance Analyst/QA Lead, Calgary, AB“They really care about their employees and provide resources to do better at your job and develop you further. There is transparency and you are able to set your goals and easily achieve them.” – Command Centre Employee, Calgary, AB Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

PHOTOS The American Colonys 55th annual Fourth of July picnic

first_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times United States citizens and their Costa Rican friends and family celebrated U.S. Independence Day at the 4th of July picnic at Cervecería Costa Rica in Alajuela on Saturday.Organized by the American Colony Committee, the picnic is a cherished tradition that dates back to 1961. As in years past, Saturday’s picnic included a flag-raising ceremony and singing of the U.S. and Costa Rican national anthems as well as games, music, dancing, great food, and plentiful beer. Attendants enjoyed beautiful weather and the chance to celebrate U.S. Independence with friends old and new.The picnic fell just days after the arrival of the new U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, S. Fitzgerald Haney. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timescenter_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:US Embassy in San José celebrates Fourth of July, tips hat to Solís PHOTOS: American Colony celebrates US Independence Day at annual picnic PHOTOS: The American Colony’s 56th annual Fourth of July picnic VIDEO: Barbecuing with Lucas Withingtonlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona’s starter, though, does rank higher than some of the other quarterbacks that were on the market and switched teams last offseason. Denver’s Case Keenum (No. 28), Jets starter Josh McCown (No. 31) and Buffalo’s A.J. McCarron (No. 32) rank near the bottom of the list. The Arizona Cardinals have a proven NFL quarterback in Sam Bradford. Everyone knows this.They also have an injury-plagued quarterback in Sam Bradford. Everyone knows this.With Bradford lacking top-tier statistics when healthy and major concerns surrounding his knees, that leads to some less than optimistic rankings of the signal caller.That continued in Pro Football Focus’ starting quarterback rankings, where Bradford ranked No. 22 among the 32 starters. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford (9) throws during the first day of NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)center_img Bradford has quietly played well in his last two full seasons (2015 and 2016), however injuries have always been a concern throughout his career. He lasted only a game and a half last season, playing one spectacular game against the Saints in Week 1 before injuring his knee and hobbling through a rough half of football against the Bears. Despite being an accurate passer, Bradford lands on the conservative end of the specturm which can be maddening given his ability to make in-structure plays at a high level.Related LinksCards’ Week 1 opponent Washington loses expected starting RB GuiceCardinals get CJ2K, lose out on Campbell in The Ringer’s 2008 re-draftCardinals refresh game day reminders for home opener vs. RedskinsIn those two seasons PFF references from 2015-16, Bradford had 39 total touchdowns and 19 interceptions, throwing for an average of over 3,800 passing yards and completing over 68 percent of his passes. That included a league-leading 71.6 completion percentage in 2016.Bradford, though, lacked the firepower statistically in those seasons to be considered one of the better quarterbacks in the league. In 2016, he ranked 16th in passing yards and 19th in touchdowns despite completing the fifth-most passes.Bradford has some competition in the NFC West. While Rams starter Jared Goff is at No. 18, Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers is 11th and Seattle’s Russel Willson is fifth. 3 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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