City audit confirms more employees opting to leave than retire

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A report from the City Auditor’s office shows San Diego does a poor job of keeping high performing employees, and is not effective in punishing poor performing employees. These, and other factors are costing taxpayers about 39 million dollars annually. The problems center around recruitment, employee development, and career advancement. 431 managers, supervisors and 40 percent of city workers were surveyed. The report found the number of retirements or other separations intersected in 2016, and now more employees are leaving than retiring. 30% of respondents felt the city was not effective in retaining workers but did a much better job in recruitment and career advancement- but it got low marks for not punishing workers who were performing poorly. KUSI’s Steve Bosh has more: Steve Bosh Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 Steve Bosh, City audit confirms, more employees opting to leave than retirelast_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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2020 Volvo V60 XC60 get the Polestar Engineered treatment

first_imgA trio of Polestar Engineered Volvos — how lovely. Volvo If you’re bummed you didn’t get one of Volvo’s superlimited-production S60 Polestar Engineered sedans before they sold out, well, buck up, little camper. Volvo announced Wednesday it’s bringing a few more high-performance treats to the US — and this time, they’ll even be wagon- and SUV-shaped.Starting this summer, you’ll be able to order Polestar Engineered versions of the V60 wagon and XC60 crossover. These cars get the same upgrades as the S60 Polestar Engineered sedan, including a nifty Öhlins suspension and bigger brakes with gold-painted calipers. On top of that, you’ll get a similar list of visual enhancements, including new wheels, black chrome tailpipes and a gloss black grille.Of course, you also get a power boost. All Polestar Engineered cars are powered by a higher-output version of Volvo’s T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, putting out 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. Compared with the standard XC60 T8, that’s an increase of 15 horsepower and 22 pound-feet. And since Volvo doesn’t offer a T8-trim V60 in the US, this is your only way to get a plug-in hybrid version of Volvo’s excellent wagon.Volvo Polestar Engineered ModelsBig wheels and gold calipers look rad on the XC60 crossover. Volvo We’ll admit, the Polestar Engineered model isn’t our favorite version of the S60 sedan. Its powertrain isn’t as smooth as the turbocharged T5 and turbocharged-and-supercharged T6 options. Plus, the transition between regenerative and mechanical braking is really harsh. We found this to be true of the not-for-US V60 T8, as well.Volvo hasn’t announced pricing for these models, but based on current XC60 T8 numbers, it’s safe to assume they’ll land somewhere north of $60,000. Unlike the 2019 model year S60 Polestar Engineered, which was limited to just 20 cars for the US, there will be “considerably more” 2020 models, a Volvo spokesperson confirmed to Roadshow. That includes a second run of S60s, and Volvo says the 2020 models “will be available via traditional channels and not through Care by Volvo” (the automaker’s subscription service).Considering the buzz the S60 Polestar Engineered sedan generated when it launched, I can’t imagine Volvo will have a hard time finding homes for its latest batch of hot hybrids. Besides, that V60 just looks hella good. Polestar Engineered parts for Volvo 60-series T8 models Tags Hybrids Luxury cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow 7 Photos Comment Polestar Volvo 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Share your voice 1 Volvo Originally published April 3, 10:22 a.m. PT.Update, 10:40 a.m.: Adds comment from Volvo. 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than everlast_img read more

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AirAsia has had 1 billion takeover offer for leasing unit Report

first_imgAsia’s largest budget airline AirAsia Bhd (AIRA.KL) has received a $1 billion offer for its aircraft leasing unit, Bloomberg News quoted Chief Executive Tony Fernandes as saying.AirAsia intends to divest the business, Asia Aviation Capital Ltd, at some point, Fernandes told Bloomberg on Monday but added that the offer needs to be discussed further with the board.He was quoted as saying that the business was a “powerful cash generator”.Reuters reported in October that AirAsia has been in talks with lessors, including cash-rich Chinese companies, to sell a stake in its leasing subsidiary.Chinese companies are seeking to grow aggressively in the leasing industry that provides about 40 percent of the planes used by airlines globally.Following the Reuters report, AirAsia said late last year that it had received approaches from investors to co-invest in the leasing unit.last_img read more

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PM urges Muslim countries to exert pressure on Myanmar

first_img.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called upon the Muslim Ummah to lead the campaign of mounting pressure on Myanmar for creating conducive environment for sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas from Bangladesh.“I urge the Muslim Ummah to lead the campaign of mounting pressure on Myanmar for creating conducive environment for sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas from Bangladesh and ensuring accountability of the atrocities committed against them,” she said.The prime minister was delivering her statement in a Meeting of OIC Contact Group on Rohingya Muslim Minority in the UN Headquarters.The permanent mission of Saudi Arabia and the OIC secretariat jointly organised the event, where OIC secretary general Yousef Al Othaimeen also spoke.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh underscores the importance of the OIC member states continuing to remain engaged in the United Nations system, including in the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council, as well as with other relevant international organizations to address the massive human rights violations against the Rohingya Muslims.“Above all, we need to solve the issue at the earliest,” she said.For homeless and hopeless Rohingyas, she said, she proposed five-point action last September for resolving the Rohingya crisis peacefully.“It is a matter of great regret that the repatriation process is yet to start,” she said.The premier thanked the OIC member states for taking some concrete steps over the year. “Our sincere appreciation goes for the formation of the OIC Adhoc Ministerial Committee for Addressing the Accountability Issue. Yet, there has not been enough tangible progress in implementing the resolution,” she said.Sheikh Hasina reiterated that the Rohingya crisis is a political one deeply rooted in Myanmar. “Thus, its solution has to be found in Myanmar,” she said.The premier said more than a year has passed since the Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine State of Myanmar started crossing the border into Bangladesh as victims of ‘Genocide’ in their centuries-old homeland.“We cannot just ignore the plight of the forcibly evicted Rohingyas in one of the largest displacements in the human history. Currently we are hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Bangladesh,” she said.The premier said this tragic fate of our Rohingya Muslim brothers and sisters is nothing new and the current exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh is the third major exodus and the biggest one.“Thus, repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland alone does not seem to be the sustainable solution to the problem, rather the aggravation of situation brings two questions before the prevention of similar incidents in future,” she said.These are the question of collective responsibility and accountability; and the question of ensuring rights and privileges of the Rohingyas by Myanmar, she added.Sheikh Hasina said it is the people of Bangladesh, who are bearing the brunt of the Rohingya crisis, time and again.“My government stood by the Rohingyas by opening the border and providing emergency support, having been guided by our morale and human principles,” she said.She, however, said Bangladesh’s resolution to humanity should not be penalised and the prolonged presence of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh poses serious challenges to its economy, environment and security.“As a responsible neighbour, my government has been engaging with Myanmar in finding peaceful solution, from the very beginning,” she said.The premier said Bangladesh has signed two instruments for repatriation of the Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar.“However, persistent international pressure can only complement the bilateral front to change the well-planned political position of Myanmar for annihilating an entire race,” she said.Sheikh Hasina urged the OIC to play more proactive role in mitigating the plights of the Muslims and said the OIC member states have to find out why the Muslims across the world are being subjected to repression, torture and eviction.“Why Muslims are fighting against each other? If there is any problem or discontent that should be resolved through dialogue bilaterally or regionally,” she said.last_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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