Walker Debate On This Years Dividend Should Be Settled

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee has proposed paying Alaskans a $1,600 check from the oil-wealth fund this year. The House recommended the same. Walker says he supports that amount and that it should no longer be an issue as lawmakers seek to finish their work with the end of the 90-day session approaching. He took issue, however, with a Senate subcommittee’s denial of some of his public safety funding requests. Senate Finance is working on its version of the budget.center_img He says a final budget, at minimum, should provide added funding tor Alaska State Troopers to travel to rural communities, pilots to fly troopers to those communities and support staff for troopers, among other things. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker says debate over this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend should be considered settled.last_img read more

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Tuesday Update Swan Lake Crews Slowly Demobilizing

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is approximately 102,027 acres in size with 72% of the planned objectives accomplished.  Fire crews continued making progress completing fire suppression objectives and no substantial growth has occurred on the fire in three days. The remaining 341 crew members on the fire are working to identify areas to stop the fire spread to the east towards Cooper Landing and secure the Sterling Highway. They are continuing to scout, monitor, and work hot spots in the area above Upper Jean Lake, where able to do so safely. The Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 25, at 6pm, at the Cooper Landing School. Mark Struble with the Incident Command Team: “On the fire we are holding steady, there has been no real forward movement on the last for the last 60-75 hours. Most of that danger is passing so they are starting to demobilize. Some helicopters and engines are being sent to other areas of the state.” Since fire growth potential remains, given the current hot and dry weather conditions, firefighters will continue to monitor hot-spots from the air and ground while mopping-up and repairing miles of fireline.center_img Incident command staff will be on hand to provide fire information and will share the strategies and tactics being used to protect critical infrastructure throughout the community of Cooper Landing. Struble: “There will be fire officials, and local agencies there to answer questions about what is next. You look out at these blackened landscapes and what is the plan to mitigate what has happened here over the last 6 weeks with this burn.”  All interested residents are welcome to attend and ask questions about this incident and the continued efforts being made to protect the community and critical infrastructure.last_img read more

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QUE DELICIOSO News On Casa Blanca Panchos Cantina

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington will soon have two Mexican restaurants as Casa Blanca is expected to open soon, following the August launch of Pancho’s Cantina. Both restaurants were recently in front of town boards with requests.Pancho’s Cantina Adds Mariachi BandPancho’s Cantina, located at 206 Ballardvale Street near Target, recently received an Entertainment License from the town. Owner and Executive Chef Fonzi Chavez came in front of the Board of Selectmen last month and explained his desire to host a mariachi band in his restaurant on its slow nights (Monday-Wednesday). The 3-4-piece group will perform as they walk around to tables and around the bar. Chavez stressed it’s nothing like a concert and there will be no ticket sales. Selectmen unanimously approved the request, contingent upon successful review of the Town’s Building Inspector, who noted that if the building’s capacity exceeds 125 during a performance, there would need to be a license crowd control management present. Chavez responded that both he and his have taken the necessary training.Casa Blanca’s Opening SoonCasa Blanca, located at the old Chili’s location in the Wilmington Crossing plaza (207 Main Street), will be opening “early next year,” according to Wilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse.  The restaurant’s floor plans were up for review at the November Board of Health meeting. The owners have already obtained an alcohol license from the Board of Selectmen back in July, when a fall opening was suggested. Since then, however, the restaurant’s Andover location was forced to close for two months (September 19-November 16) due to the Merrimack Valley gas explosions. Wilmington Apple will report on the restaurant’s opening date once it’s officially announced.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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWORTH THE WAIT: Pancho’s Cantina, New Mexican Restaurant, Opens In Wilmington, Near TargetIn “Business”New Mexican Restaurant — “Pancho’s Cantina” — Coming To WilmingtonIn “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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Where To Point The Finger As Mumps Cases In Texas Hit A

first_img Share Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said many of the people with mumps in Texas probably did get vaccinated. (That’s not to say he isn’t concerned about historically low vaccinations rates in the state. He is.)Hotez said the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, known as MMR, is about 80 percent effective.“Of the three vaccines in that MMR vaccine, mumps is kind of the weak player,” he said.The disease is spread through coughing and sneezing, as well as sharing cups and utensils. Even if you get two doses of the vaccine, Hotez said, it barely gets you to 90 percent protection if you are exposed to mumps. So, this outbreak probably can’t be pinned to people who didn’t get vaccinated. KUT’s Ashley Lopez reportsChris Van Deusen with the Texas Department of State Health Services said the outbreak actually has more to do with geography.“They have been experiencing a really bad outbreak in Arkansas,” he said. “They have had almost 3,000 cases to this point. And we know that some of our cases – quite a few – are linked to that outbreak and people who travel back and forth.”So far the worst outbreaks have been in North Texas. The state also found a cluster of cases among people who visited South Padre Island for spring break.Van Deusen said he expects the numbers to continue to rise.Even though mumps is not something people really worry about anymore, he said, the state is asking Texans to be on the lookout for symptoms like swollen salivary glands on either side of the neck.Hotez said one of the bigger questions will be whether the state and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decide to implement a third mumps vaccine in some areas.“That really depends on the circumstances, and if we are seeing an outbreak in a really defined community that can be helpful,” Van Deusen said.Copyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM.last_img read more

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Sutherland Springs Church Questioned Over Donations After Shooting

first_imgEric Gay | AP via NPRFirst Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.Donors, survivors and victims’ families are questioning how a South Texas church is spending millions of dollars of donations made since a gunman killed more than two dozen worshippers in November.Demand for more information grew after the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, near San Antonio, announced plans for a new $3 million sanctuary last month.Mike Ritch raised nearly $100,000 for victims, but has since cut ties with the church. He’s asking for more transparency about where the money is going.Church leaders say they’re distributing the thousands of donations from around the world. They insist they aren’t using victim’s relief funds to pay for the new church.The church declined to report fundraising totals and won’t have to disclose details to the IRS. Sharelast_img read more

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Cards Wrap Up Thursday Doubleheader with 52 Win Over Xavier

first_imgThe Cardinals (11-3) gained an early advantage with doubles wins at Nos. 1 and 2. Senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and freshman Fabien Salle teamed to beat Jack Dykema and Brett Winters 6-2 on court one. Seniors Brandon Lancaster and George Hedley followed quickly with a 6-3 win over Matthew Graft and Connor LaFavre at the two-spot to clinch the first point of the match. Live Stats Xavier’s Graft wrapped up the match with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win over Salle on court three. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster  Doubles competition1. C. Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Jack Dykema/Brett Winters (XU) 6-22. Brandon Lancaster/George Hedley (LOU) def. Matthew Graft/Connor LaFavre (XU) 6-33. Michael Lee/Jan Vrba (XU) vs. Sergio Ramirez/Fredrik Moe (LOU) 3-3, unfinished Coach Rex Ecarma Interview Louisville moved ahead 2-0 in singles with Morin-Kougoucheff’s 6-1, 6-2 decision against Winters at No. 1. “Xavier obviously made a push tonight,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “Some of those guys we know very well, some of those guys came here on recruiting visits, so they were really hyped up for Louisville and they did a good job. Fede Gomez and Fabien Salle, have played so many matches. I was thinking when I was out there on the court with Fabien, we’re not even halfway through the season and he’s got so many matches under his legs and Fede is the same way. I was really glad they pushed it to a third set. Gomez got his, Salle didn’t get his, but again it was a short week. It’s like football, you have a Sunday game and all of a sudden you have a Thursday night game. That’s how we felt. We were much fresher in the morning, and you could see the wear and tear by the end.”  Sergio Hernandez Ramirez Interview Next Match: NORTHWESTERN 3/3/2019 | Noon Photo Gallery The Cardinals countered on court two, where Lancaster topped Dykema 6-2, 6-1 to push Louisville’s lead to 3-1. #44 Louisville Men’s Tennis 5, Xavier 2 The match was decided at the No. 4 spot where freshman Sergio Hernandez Ramirez beat LaFavre 7-6, 6-1 to clinch the win for the Cardinals. Senior Federico Gomez increased the Cardinals’ lead to 5-1 with his 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 decision against Vrba at the five-spot. At the six-spot, Xavier’s Michael Lee posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over freshman Juan Paredes to put the Musketeers (1-8) on the scoreboard and cut the lead in half.  Singles competition1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) def. Brett Winters (XU) 6-1, 6-22. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) def. Jack Dykema (XU) 6-2, 6-13. Matthew Graft (XU) def. Fabien Salle (LOU) 7-5, 1-6, 6-34. Sergio Hernandez Ramirez (LOU) def. Connor LaFavre (XU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-15. Federico Gomez (LOU) def. Jan Vrba (XU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-36. Michael Lee (XU) def. Juan Manuel Paredes (LOU) 6-1, 6-3 The Cardinals will return to action on March 3 when they play host to Northwestern at 12 p.m. Tennis Match ResultsXavier vs Louisville Men’s Tennis2/21/2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center) Match Notes:Xavier 1-8Louisville Men’s Tennis 11-3; National ranking #44Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,2,4,5,3)T-2:15  A-168  LOUISVILLE, Ky. The University of Louisville men’s tennis team collected its fifth straight victory with a 5-2 win over Xavier Thursday evening at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The match completed a doubleheader sweep after the Cards beat Northern Kentucky 7-0 earlier in the day. Matchup History Story Links  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Applying deep learning to motion capture with DeepLabCut

first_img Citation: Applying deep learning to motion capture with DeepLabCut (2018, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-deep-motion-capture-deeplabcut.html © 2018 Tech Xplore More information: Alexander Mathis et al. DeepLabCut: markerless pose estimation of user-defined body parts with deep learning, Nature Neuroscience (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41593-018-0209-yAbstractQuantifying behavior is crucial for many applications in neuroscience. Videography provides easy methods for the observation and recording of animal behavior in diverse settings, yet extracting particular aspects of a behavior for further analysis can be highly time consuming. In motor control studies, humans or other animals are often marked with reflective markers to assist with computer-based tracking, but markers are intrusive, and the number and location of the markers must be determined a priori. Here we present an efficient method for markerless pose estimation based on transfer learning with deep neural networks that achieves excellent results with minimal training data. We demonstrate the versatility of this framework by tracking various body parts in multiple species across a broad collection of behaviors. Remarkably, even when only a small number of frames are labeled (~200), the algorithm achieves excellent tracking performance on test frames that is comparable to human accuracy. As Wei and Kording note, scientists have been trying to apply motion capture to humans and animals for well over a century—the idea is to capture the intricacies of all the tiny movements that together make up a larger, more noticeable movement, such as a single dance step. Being able to track such movements in animals offers some clues regarding their biomechanics and how their brains work. Being able to do so with humans can aid in physical therapy efforts or improvements in sports performance. The current process involves video recording the subject and carrying out a laborious process of tagging images frame by frame. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a computer automation technique to carry out the process, making it much faster and easier.To create DeepLabCut, the group trained a neural network using information from a database called Imagenet that contains a massive number of images and associated metadata. They then developed an algorithm that optimized estimations of poses. The third piece was the software that runs the algorithm, interacts with users and offers output of results. The result is a tool that can be used to perform motion capture on humans and virtually any other creature. All a user has to do is upload samples of what they are after, say, pictures of a squirrel, with its major parts labeled and some videos demonstrating how it moves in general. Then the user uploads video of a subject doing an activity of interest—say, a squirrel cracking open a nut. The software does the rest, producing motion capture of the activity. The team has made the new tool freely accessible to anyone who wishes to use it for whatever purpose they choose. Wei and Kording suggest the tool could revolutionize motion capture, making it easily available to professionals and novices alike. The hand of a mouse is automatically tracked with DeepLabCut, and the trajectories show the future (left) and past (far right) movements. Credit: Mathis et al, 2018 Explore further Making animated characters jump just got easier This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Germany and the U.S. has developed a deep learning algorithm that can be used for motion capture of animals of any kind. In their paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the group describes their tracking tool called DeepLabCut, how it works and how to use it. Kunlin Wei and Konrad Kording with the University of Peking and the University of Pennsylvania respectively offer a News & Views piece on the work done by the group in the same journal issue. Journal information: Nature Neuroscience Markerless pose estimation during behavior and across multiple species is crucial for many applications in neuroscience. Common model organisms are depicted in action, with the their past trajectories illustrated. Credit: Ella Maru Studio A fruit fly moving in a 3D chamber is automatically tracked with DeepLabCut Credit: Mathis et al, 2018last_img read more

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KMC faces difficulties to carry on beautification

first_imgKolkata: The recent central rules barring civic bodies from using MPLAD funds for renovation or beautification of waterbodies have posed difficulties for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to carry on undertaking such works.A rejuvenation work for a large pond under the Green City project at the confluence of ward 92 and 104 in the city has been stalled because of this restriction.It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress MP Jogen Chowdhury has recently allocated Rs 60 lakh from his MPLAD funds for renovation of the pond located near Sahid Nagar Bank Plot area. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We had planned to take up renovation of the pond with priority. But the central directive prevented us from doing so. These funds have been diverted to the civil department of the Roads section under the KMC for road repair and similar activities,” said Swapan Samaddar, Member Mayor-in-Council (Environment).He added that the proposal seeking funds from the state government for renovating this pond has been forwarded. “We are hopeful that as this waterbody comes under the Green City project, we will get the requisite funds soon,” Samadder said. It may be mentioned that the KMC has taken up the renovation of as many as 37 waterbodies in the city under the Jal Dharo Jal Bharo project. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWork for renovation of some of these ponds have already started, while the tender for the remaining ones has already been floated. Under the Green City project, 159 waterbodies in the state will be renovated with a budget of around Rs 45 crore in 5 years. The KMC has started encouraging people, particularly the local unemployed youth to take up fish farming in the ponds that they have already renovated. “Our aim is to rope in the local unemployed youth to take up fish farming in these ponds. We hope that this will help us to bring down the tendency to fill up waterbodies for commercial purposes. It will also help in increasing fish production and supply to the local markets will also keep the price in check,” Samaddar said. It may be mentioned that Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, a few days back at a KMC programme, had expressed his concerns over integration of MPLAD funds in various projects with the Centre directing that MPLAD funds cannot be utilised through clubs or similar organisations even in welfare projects.last_img read more

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Sexy selfies by women linked to economic inequality

first_imgWomen tend to post sexy selfies online more in environments with greater economic inequality, rather than where they might be oppressed because of their gender.The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggest that women take sexy selfies to compete with peers and climb the social ladder.”The argument is usually that when you see sexualisation, you see disempowerment,” said lead author Khandis Blake from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney in Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”What we found instead is that women are more likely to invest time and effort into posting sexy selfies online in places where economic inequality is rising, and not in places where men hold more societal power and gender inequality is rife,” Blake added. For the study, the team analysed tens of thousands of social media posts across 113 countries.They tracked posts where people had taken selfies and then noted those that they were tagged sexy, hot or similar. The researchers explained that income inequality increases competitiveness and status anxiety among people at all levels of the social hierarchy, making them sensitive to where they sit on the social ladder and wanting them to do better than others.”That income inequality is a big predictor of sexy selfies suggests that sexy selfies are a marker of social climbing among women that tracks economic incentives in the local environment,” Blake said.”Rightly or wrongly, in today’s environment, looking sexy can generate large returns, economically, socially, and personally,” she added. The researchers then found the exact same pattern in real-world.last_img read more

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