More Funding for Early Childhood Education

first_imgRelatedMore Funding for Early Childhood Education RelatedMore Funding for Early Childhood Education FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The government will be increasing the early childhood education budget this year and providing more trained teachers, as it looks to improve outcomes at that level. Education Minister, Rev. Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says less than four per cent of the education budget is spent on basic schools and “that cannot work.” “We have to increase that. We are putting in $1 billion more this year,” he informed, while addressing opening of the new St. Margaret’s Real Success Basic School located at Wildman Street, downtown Kingston on Sept. 20. Rev. Thwaites informed that 200 trained teachers are being recruited to join the sector in October. He said less than 20 per cent of the nearly 3,000 basic schools in Jamaica have a trained teacher. “We have to change that. The best teachers must be teaching in the basic schools and that is what we are going to ensure,” he said. A further 200 special education teachers are to be brought into the primary schools and the early childhood institutions in November and December. “Plenty of our children come to school with some educational difficulty, and the ordinary trained teacher cannot handle that, and you need special teachers,” the Minister argued. St. Margaret’s Real Success Basic School was built by Food for the Poor as part of its Jamaica 50 project, aimed at constructing or upgrading 50 basic schools island-wide. The new structure, which replaced a building that has served the community for some 20 years, features two large classrooms, which can be subdivided into additional learning spaces, a sickbay, teachers’ office, kitchen, and sanitation area. The Minister said it is hoped that by December, the school would be renamed as an infant school so as to facilitate funding from the government. “This is so that you will be supported by Government and that your teachers will be upgraded. There will be food supplement and a little extra to help the children, as is our duty to do,” Rev. Thwaites said. In his remarks, Chairman for Food for the Poor, Andrew Mahfood, stated that there is no better way to celebrate the first 50 years of the country’s independence, than by creating a legacy of easier access to education. He informed that the previous school building, which was dilapidated and leaked profusely, was demolished during the summer holidays “to make way for the new structure we have today, which is a much more comfortable learning environment for young children in this community.” “Our wish is that the 40 or so students attending this school will enjoy the best possible learning experience, and this will be the springboard for their future success,” Mr. Mahfood stated. Opposition Spokesperson on Education, Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, in her remarks, encouraged private Jamaicans to invest in the early childhood sector “as we seek to build a better and brighter Jamaica.” Principal of the school, Merna Jackson, expressed her appreciation to Food for the Poor and other sponsors. “We are quite happy this morning to receive such a wonderful gift. Today, we feel as if Christmas came early. We feel blessed and privileged to have been the first of 50 schools to have been financed and built by Food for the Poor, assisted by the wider community,” Mrs. Jackson said. Within a week, Food for the Poor will open two more schools under the Jamaica 50 initiative. These are Long Hill Basic School in Whitehouse, Westmoreland, and Greenvale Basic School in Greenvale, Manchester. RelatedMore Funding for Early Childhood Educationcenter_img Advertisements More Funding for Early Childhood Education EducationSeptember 21, 2012last_img read more

Longdale Speedway partners with City of Fairview for Race FANatics Days

first_imgBy Shawn MillerLONGDALE, Okla. – Longdale Speedway is proud to announce a joint venture with the nearby town of Fairview for the Race FANatics Days event on June 17.Fairview, Okla., which is located approximately 13 miles from Longdale Speedway, will host the unique event featuring live music, a race car show, race car parade and more from 11 a.m. until it gets dark at Main Street and Broadway Street.“We are extremely pleased to be a part of the Race FANatics Days event, which will hopefully introduce racing and some of the drivers to the community,” Longdale Speedway General Manager Greg Burgess said. “There will be a lot of activities for families to enjoy and our goal is to mix the community with racing in an atmosphere different from the race track.”In addition to the music, car show and parade, race teams will be selling merchandise and will be introduced to the crowd. There will be food trucks on hand as well as games for children and bicycle races. Businesses can participate in a window decorating contest as well.“Come enjoy what Fairview has to offer on Race FANatics Days on June 17 as our many patrons and businesses look forward to hosting fans and drivers of all ages,” Fairview City Manager Paul Southwick said. “The City of Fairview is fortunate to have the opportunity to share in the hosting of Race FANatics Days with Longdale Speedway in downtown Fairview. It’s sure to be a great event for fans of all ages.”last_img read more

Fast route to successful gardening? Buy smart

first_imgGarden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by quizzing the sales people as you shop. “I like asking questions like, ‘What are you getting in next?’ ‘What is new?’ and ‘What is the most popular now?’ If it is early (in the season), you may learn a lot that puts you ahead of the masses in designs and trends.”The most important factor in plant shopping, however, is the health of the plant, McKinnon said.“As one nurseryman I trust says: ‘Don’t accept ugly plants.’ And he doesn’t give refunds.”How can you tell if a plant is diseased, pest-ridden or beyond its prime?“Look for any unusual brown, black or gray spotting on the foliage,” said Rizanino (Riz) Reyes, a landscape designer and owner of RHR Horticulture in Shoreline, Wash., a Seattle suburb.“Any dead sections that are beyond just grooming to make it look good should be avoided,” he said. Also avoid plants “that may be unusually red or sickly yellow looking.”It’s a good idea to check plant roots at the nursery. It’s risky to buy plants that are root-bound, too wet or too dry, although that may mean removing them from the pot to examine them.“If you politely ask a garden center staff member, any reputable retail center should stand by their product and allow you to do it, or they may do it for you,” Reyes said.Other plant-buying-like-a-pro tips:— Shop by price and shop the sales. Find out when new plants are usually delivered and displayed. “Try to have a relationship with the nursery owner or staff,” McKinnon said.— Bare-root, container grown, or balled and burlapped? “Bare-root plats have not had a chance to get root-bound in a pot, and you can see what you’re buying,” McKinnon said. “Both are definite advantages.”— Work from a plan. “I recommend having a general list so you avoid too many impulse buys on plants that may not end up getting planted or worse, get forgotten,” Reyes said.— Annuals vs. perennials: “Perennials come back and can look great the year-’round,” Reyes said. “Annuals provide traffic-stopping impact and remarkable color. You save and have the most incredible garden by integrating both.”— Buying tropicals and houseplants: “Take care in transporting these from the store to your vehicle as some may be very sensitive to the cold,” Reyes said. “Plant them right away or keep them cool but not frozen. Keep them watered and moist.”— Choosing bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes: “Look for plump, firm bulbs,” Reyes said. “Usually, the bigger the better. Hardy bulbs like lilies are ready to plant as soon as possible. For dahlias and other tender bulbs, wait until after frost to plant or pot them up and start indoors.”Online:For more about buying healthy plants, see suggestions from Colorado State University Cooperative Extension: https://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Garden/choosing.htmYou can contact Dean Fosdick at [email protected] 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Justin Timberlake Hooked Up With A Spice Girl

first_imgBut in a 2004 interview on British TV, EMMA BUNTON pretty much admitted it was her.  In other words, Justin delivered the goods to BABY SPICE!  (Here’s that interview.  Skip ahead to 7:22.) Four of the guys immediately said no, but JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE did enough hemming and hawing to make it obvious that he HAD.  He wasn’t asked to elaborate, and he didn’t offer any details on his own. ‘N SYNC played a game of Never Have I Ever on “Ellen” yesterday, and Ellen asked the guys if they’d ever hooked up with a SPICE GIRL.last_img

Extending Your Trip to Clearwater Beach

first_imgShare This!Let’s face it, sometimes there is so much to do on a Walt Disney World vacation that you need a vacation when it’s over. Thankfully, its central location in Florida means Walt Disney World is only a short drive from beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. There are a great many beaches and popular destinations throughout Florida’s gulf coast including St. Petersburg (“St. Pete”) Beach, Dunedin’s picturesque Honeymoon Island, Madeira Beach and John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk, Fort De Soto Park, and Sand Key Park.Located just a short drive from Walt Disney World, just outside of Tampa, also lies arguably the best among them: Clearwater Beach. Consistently voted among the top beaches in not only Florida but America as well, Clearwater Beach offers something for everyone including restaurants, beach bars, watersports, shopping, nightlife, fishing, and of course miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. With everything in both Clearwater and surrounding areas, Clearwater Beach provides the most “bang for your buck” for tourists making the trek from Walt Disney World, be it for a day, a weekend, or a few days tacked on to the end of a vacation. For those who want this “vacation from a vacation” relaxation to those who still need to “always have something to do,” Clearwater Beach could please all.GETTING THEREUnless Florida actually builds the long rumored high speed rail between Tampa and Orlando, you will need a rental car to visit Clearwater Beach. If you don’t wish to rent one for the entirety of your stay, rental cars are available from the Alamo and National Car Care Center near the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World Resort guests can contact their concierge desk or front desk for more information.Clearwater Beach lies roughly ninety minutes west of Walt Disney World, accessible by following Interstate 4 westbound to I-275 and then Florida Route 60 (signed in some spots as Gulf to Bay Blvd.) En route to the beach you will pass by Tampa International Airport, over the Courtney Campbell Causeway (flanked by palm trees and Tampa Bay on both sides of the road,) and eventually over another causeway above the bay and onto the island that makes up Clearwater Beach. A roundabout sends drivers to the north or south beach. It is important to note that with one road in and out, the beach causeway gets very congested at peak travel times, especially during the peak spring season. If you are only planning on visiting the beach as a day trip from Walt Disney World, plan to arrive in Clearwater by 10am. A shuttle called the Jolly Trolley serves the beach community as well as surrounding areas.Parking can sometimes be in short supply at popular times of year or on weekends. Nevertheless, there are many public lots and metered parking spots. The largest lots are right off Pier 60 on Coronado Drive, adjacent to Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill and Palm Pavilion between Bay Esplanade and Rockaway Street, near the city pool and public library on Bay Esplanade, and adjacent to the marina and causeway (although this latter lot is reserved for marina activities only.)Captain Memo’s headturning vesselWHAT TO DOThe big draw is, quite obviously, the roughly 2 ½ miles of sandy beaches, but there is more to do than swimming and sunbathing in Clearwater to fill a weekend. Aside from watersports, dinner cruises, and fishing that all take place on the water, Pier 60 is the central spot on the beach for various other family friendly activities including free nighttime moves, festivals, a playground, and an evening marketplace for local vendors and artisans. Pier 60 is located just off the roundabout on Coronado Drive and is accessible by walking the beach sand or the Beach Walk, a pedestrian pathway just off the sand through most of the beach area.Shopping is everywhere from traditional beach shops like Surf Style, Wings, and Ron Jon Surf Shop to Island Dog Outfitters for pet souvenirs and Hulk Hogan’s Beach Shop for pro wrestling souvenirs and Hulkster branded tchotchkes. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the home of Winter the eponymous dolphin from the film Dolphin Tale. The little pirate in your group might enjoy Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise, a two-hour cruise on an honest-to-goodness mock pirate ship with a little something for all ages (by which we mean both face painting and a full bar.) Cruises can be reserved in advance (suggested but not required) just off Causeway Blvd. on the marina. Bikes, scooters, and Segways are all available to rent adjacent to Shephard’s Beach Resort on South Gulfview Blvd.The sunsets along Clearwater Beach are legendary and it is often said that “no two are the same.” Regardless of if you view a sunset from the beach, the pier, a restaurant, or your hotel room: a Clearwater Beach sunset is a must-see while in town.WHERE TO EATFrenchy’s Clearwater Beach restaurants offer fresh seafood and family friendly dining at five locations throughout the area including Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, directly off the beach on Rockaway Avenue. Specialties include grouper sandwiches, she crab soup, ceviche, and garlic crab fries made famous by Alton Brown and cable television. Much of the fresh seafood comes from the restaurant’s own fishing boats that dock behind one of their other restaurants, Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe on Poinsettia Avenue. All locations include monthly features, daily drink specials, and most have live entertainment. Across the parking lot from Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill is The Palm Pavilion on Bay Esplanade. What began as a snack stand is now a full service restaurant and bar with sweeping views of the ocean and breathtaking sunsets. Palm Pavilion is known for relaxed island/local specialties and live entertainment during happy hour.Another beach institution is The Brown Boxer. Across the street from the beach on Mandalay Avenue, “the Boxer” is a popular nightlife spot with a full menu and large bar. Cooter’s, a block away near the bay, is also known for grouper, wings, and the Pittsburgh Steelers fans who congregate inside on Sundays in the fall. Other popular establishments in the area range from the fresh seafood, prime steaks, and fine wine at Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber, on Mandalay Avenue & Papaya Street, to authentic Detroit-style “coney dogs,” french fries and bottled beer served in a brown paper bag at Detroit Coney Island, a literal “hole in the wall” with sidewalk service just off the beach on Mandalay Avenue & Kendall Street.WHERE TO STAYRecent years have brought a boon of high-rise hotel and resort construction in the Clearwater Beach area. Among the biggest are the centrally located Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, Shephard’s Beach Resort, Hilton Clearwater Beach, and the brand new as of February 2016 Opal Sands Resort. There is no shortage of smaller motels with smaller price tags in the area as well, including Frenchy’s Oasis Motel, with bay views, Jimmy Buffett music at the pool, and kitchenettes in every room (and, yes, owned by the same people who own the restaurants.) Many condos and vacation homes are available to rent for longer stays.OTHER AREA ACTIVITIESBeyond Clearwater Beach itself, lies the rest of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan area. While there is certainly much to do in Tampa Bay, including Busch Gardens theme park, professional and college sports, and the Lowry Park Zoo, we will stick to a few other spots easily accessible on the route between Walt Disney World and Clearwater Beach.The Florida State Fairgrounds is located right off Interstate 4 and, in addition to the yearly fair in mid-February, is home to the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre that houses big-name concerts year-round and nearby Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.Dinosaur World, off Exit 17 of Interstate 4 in Plant City, features over 100 life sized dinosaur statues including a Tyrannosaurus Rex emerging from the trees off the interstate to entice/frighten drivers like a scene left on the cutting room floor of Jurassic World.The World’s first Hooter’s restaurant is located on Route 60 in Clearwater and features wings, oysters, and waitresses of – a’hem – a certain demographic.Cigar City, one of the country’s most renowned microbreweries, operates a tasting room and brewery tours on West Spruce Street in Tampa. Sample the Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, and on one special date in March, join uber-beer enthusiasts from around the country for the special ticketed Hunahpu’s Day and buy from a limited supply of this Imperial Stout. FINAL THOUGHTSAdding a few days for the beach onto the end of your trip is a great idea to get some extra relaxation out of your vacation. It’s not something I would suggest everyone do but for those families who visit Walt Disney World yearly or even more than once in a year, adding some extra sights helps fight the Disney fatigue that some members of the family might feel. Plus the drive to Clearwater is an extremely easy one. Aside from traffic concerns at rush hour, the drive is a mostly straightfoward and stress-free one. It avoids the traffic snarls of International Drive and Orlando (since both Disney World and Clearwater are south of this part of I4.) In fact, if you are planning to rent a car anyway, flying into and out of Tampa International Airport could be worth considering if you are going to end your trip in Clearwater. (Also, for those who fly the budget carriers like Allegiant into Stanford, consider flying into Clearwater/St. Pete instead.)With some of the best beaches, seafood, and sunsets in all of Florida a literal stone’s throw from Walt Disney World, checking one out should be on every Disney fan’s bucket list.last_img read more

How Twitter Led to a YouTube Series Getting Captioned and Translated into 16+ Languages

first_imgIt all started when I read the tweet from Troy Hunt (known for the Have I Been Pwned website) announcing his new video series on setting up HTTPS.Just flagged all the videos on https://t.co/vyx7XUF5tT as Creative Commons – enjoy! https://t.co/4b0kIbr7Ms— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) June 28, 2018In four short videos (around five minutes each), Hunt explains how you can add an SSL certificate to your website for free, using Cloudflare. Here’s the first video in the series:What Happened NextI watched all four of the HTTPS is Easy videos. They’re straightforward and Hunt’s explanations with screenshots makes it easy to understand what steps you need to take to add HTTPS to your site using Cloudflare.Kudos to Hunt on publishing the videos, especially since he made them Creative Commons licensed.I replied back to him on Twitter, thanking him for the helpful short videos. Excellent! Thank you for these videos, Troy. I noticed captions haven’t been added to the videos, and autocaptions, are, um, not the best. If you turn on community contributions, I’d be happy to add captions to the videos. Here’s how https://t.co/DKi9hCxy15— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) June 30, 2018Hunt was open to the idea of getting the videos captioned.He quickly enabled the option for community contributions for all the videos.Let’s Add Captions!I began work on creating the English captions for the first video. Overall, not a difficult task since it was a short video. In addition, Hunt spoke clearly and slowly, making my job easier. I submitted my captions for approval (all video owners authorize adding community contributed captions and translations).YouTube message confirming community caption contributionAfter he approved and published the captions for the first video, I started work on adding English captions to the second video in the four-part series.Big shout-out to @redcrew who has gone and made a community contribution of captions to the first video in the HTTPS Is Easy series. I’ve just published her contribution, I hope it makes HTTPS more accessible than ever! https://t.co/lrQerPx3jZ— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) July 4, 2018And that’s when the idea of community contributions for captions and translations took off. The Community Gets InvolvedPeople throughout the Twitter community jumped in to offer their help to translate the captions to other languages.I just submitted a Swedish translation for review of the first video. Will continue working on the others asap.— Ludwig Johnson (@ludwig_johnson) July 9, 2018Started working on the Dutch translations last week, had to take the weekend off but I’ll finish them (first video) today.— Tom Udding (@tomudding) July 9, 2018Do you have a Spanish Translation? I can translate to Spanish if you want.— Daniel Beato López (@dbeato) July 10, 2018I’ve just submitted Indonesian for review. I use @AmaraSubs to meet subtitle standardization, words count per line for easy reading— Dwi (@_dwirianto) July 9, 2018Adding french captions ATM 🙂— Calan (@Calan94) July 10, 2018Ludwig Johnson, who added the Swedish captions for the first and second videos I captioned in English, noticed that the third and fourth videos didn’t have English captions yet. So he added them. Finished part 2 for Swedish as well. However, as I was going for part 3, there was no English CC. So I decided to make one. And one for part 4 as well. I hope it will help to make this great series of videos available in even more languages!— Ludwig Johnson (@ludwig_johnson) July 9, 2018It was so cool to read on Twitter how Hunt appreciated everyone’s help!And how he encouraged others to contribute.So impressed with the efforts of the community, we now have closed captions on my “HTTPS Is Easy” series in English, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Finnish, Italian, Czech, Polish and Indonesian. Sensational effort! https://t.co/NEnVyhx4Yb— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) July 10, 2018You might be wondering why HTTPS on your website is important. Read on. Why You Should Care about HTTPSA secure connection using HTTPS helps protect website visitors from content spoofing and content injection. In others words, using HTTPS on your website is making the web safer for everyone.With Chrome 68 planned for release this month (July 2018), all websites that don’t use an HTTPS connection will display a warning in the browser that the connection is not secure. Website owners who haven’t already taken the steps to add and configure an SSL certificate for their site are now faced with making their site secure.And they need to do it quickly, before their site displays with the “not safe“ message in the browser address bar. Thanks for the HelpHunt’s videos on getting HTTPS set up on a website are timely and exactly what many website owners need. What fun to kick off getting captions and translations rolling on such a useful video series! Oooh, so glad to see all the other languages. And I see someone has already added captions for part 3 and 4. Glad to have been a part of this and to get it started!— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) July 12, 2018Hunt sent me a thank you for my help in getting it all started. Yep, you rock, thanks for kicking it off!— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) July 12, 2018My pleasure! I was happy to help others learn how they can make community contributions to YouTube videos.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedSeptember 28, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the user experience of personal banking websites, find a link contrast checker tool, discover reusable transferable templates in Gutenberg, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience,…In “Web design & development links”10 Ways to Improve Accessibility on Websites and Social MediaWhen I chatted about accessibility with other attendees at WordCamp Denver 2018 this weekend, I shared some of my tips and blog posts on how they could improve accessibility on their websites. After one conversation, they thanked me for the recommendations, and asked if I had a summary post that…In “Accessibility”How You Can Allow Other People to Add Captions to Your YouTube VideosIn July 2018, I wrote about how my one tweet led to Troy Hunt’s YouTube HTTPS series getting translated into 16+ languages. I kicked off getting the series captioned by asking Hunt to enable YouTube community contributions. Once he turned contributions on, I added English captions to the first two…In “Accessibility”last_img read more

Yahoo’s Livestand Looks Really Nice, But It’s No Flipboard Killer

first_imgTags:#mobile#web#Yahoo Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Yahoo is getting super-serious about the role tablets will play in its future content strategy. On Tuesday, they launched IntoNow, an impressive social TV app for the iPad that marries the check-in functionality of GetGlue with the real-time content identification of Shazam. The next day, the company pushed out LiveStand, another iPad app, this one in the tradition of personalized news reading apps like Flipboard, Zite and AOL’s Editions.The app, which comes in advance of Google’s own rumored offering, is pretty well-designed. It has less content sources than many existing players, but what it does have is formatted very nicely. One of the first things you’ll notice about Livestand is that it’s built to support multiple users. For families who share an iPad or other tablet, that feature will be appreciated. An app that displays personalized content is only really useful to its original user, and lots of families share tablets. The feature won’t be necessary for everyone, but it’s nice to know it’s there. Pretty Layouts, But Limited Content to Fill Them Rather than being a direct copy of the much beloved Flipboard, Livestand crosses that popular app with something more like AOL’s Editions. It’s a personalized content app, but it doesn’t pull content from your friends on Twitter and Facebook, nor does it let you plug in any old RSS feed your heart could ever desire. Instead, Yahoo has launched with a list of content partners, whose articles and blog posts are formatted in an attractive, magazine-style layout. From that list, which is anchored heavily by Yahoo’s own content properties, you can pick and choose sources that suit your fancy. In putting it through its paces, we noticed a few minor areas that could use improvement. In some cases, the app only loads the first image in a given post. That’s unfortunate, because additional artwork could help make the lovely article detail pages look even lovelier. It’s downright unhelpful when the post we’re trying to read contains an infographic. We hesitate to be too harsh, though. The thing did just launch yesterday, and on the whole it’s pretty solid. For users who don’t necessarily want to trick their news-reading app out with any content source imaginable, Livestand is a worthwhile product. Users who are already happily settled in to an app like Flipboard, Zite or Pulse are probably going to stay there. center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … john paul titlow The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Enabling Innovation and Discovery across the HPC and AI Communities

first_imgISC High Performance, previously known as the International Supercomputing Conference, is always a showcase for the great work being done by the high-performance computing (HPC) community in Europe and points beyond. That’s absolutely the case this week, where the ISC 2017 conference is under way in Frankfurt.In countless presentations and demos, scientists and engineers are showing how they are using HPC to solve the really big problems, from enabling precision medicine and discovering new drugs to simulating complex weather systems and designing new products. The use cases for HPC go on and on, as do the societal benefits.At Intel, we are committed to facilitating the great work being done by the legions of scientists and engineers in the HPC community. We believe that our commitment to the community is evident in the latest TOP500 rankings for supercomputers around the world, released this week at ISC. The rankings show that Intel processors were selected as the foundation for more than 90 percent of today’s TOP500 systems and that many users are also benefiting from other Intel products, such as Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA), to accelerate highly parallel HPC workloads.Our focus on helping the HPC community achieve its mission is further reflected in our newest processor platforms — the recently announced Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors and the latest Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor which accelerates artificial intelligence workloads.Intel Xeon Scalable Processors gives the HPC and Artificial Intelligence communities a significant leap forward in performance and efficiency. An innovative approach to platform design in this new processor family unlocks scalable performance for a broad range of HPC systems — from workstations and small clusters all the way up to the world’s largest supercomputers. Additionally, support for Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512)Opens in a new window enables Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to deliver up to double the amount of flops per clock cycle peak compared to the previous generation, significantly increasing performance for demanding HPC workloads[1]. These improvements are demonstrated by the latest performance benchmarks, which show that Intel Xeon Scalable Processors yield an increase of up to 8.2x more double precision GFLOPS/sec when compared to Intel® Xeon® processor E5 (formerly codenamed Sandy Bridge)[2], and 2.27x increase over the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 (formerly codenamed Broadwell)[3]. And for AI training and inference, Intel Xeon Scalable Processors deliver significantly more performance than the previous processor generation.Meanwhile, the upcoming Intel Xeon Phi processor, code-named Knights Mill, is optimized to help data scientists and other users accelerate deep learning training. This extension of the existing generation of Intel Xeon Phi processor family is designed to offer higher performance when running lower precision workloads, which is one of the keys to training models faster. We expect this product to be in production in the fourth quarter of 2017.Let’s look at the bigger picture. Around the world, software developers, engineers, and data scientists are working together to create new artificial intelligence (AI) systems that will bring us safer vehicles, smarter cities, better security systems, and much more. We all have a stake in their success. To that end, Intel is supporting the HPC community not only by offering products for AI like Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Knights Mill but also by optimizing leading AI frameworks and providing developers software libraries that make deploying AI solutions easier and higher performing. Our mission is to deliver solutions which enable discovery and innovation.If you’re at the ISC conference this week, be sure to stop by the Intel booth, to learn more about the new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and the upcoming new Intel Xeon Phi processor. Also to learn more about HPC technologies that are helping scientists and engineers fuel new insights, please visit intel.com/ssfOpens in a new window.Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Results are based on internal testing and are provided to you for informational purposes. Any differences in your system hardware, software, or configuration may affect your actual performance. [1] www.intel.com/avx512Opens in a new window [2] Baseline config: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690 based system on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 6.0 kernel version 2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 using Intel® Distribution for LINPACK Benchmark. Score: 366.0 GFLOPS/s vs. 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Scalable process on Ubuntu 17.04 using MKL 2017 Update 2. Score: 3007.8[3] Baseline config:  1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2699 v4 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux*  7.0 kernel 3.10.0-123 using Intel® Distribution for LINPACK Benchmark, score: 1446.4 GFLOPS/s vs. estimates based on Intel internal testing on 1-Node, 2x Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor (codename Skylake-SP) system. Score: 3295.57last_img read more

Don’t Gamble with Your Education – Terrelonge

first_img The Minister was speaking at the awards ceremony for RISE Life Management Services’ adolescent gambling prevention all-island jingle competition, held on February 27 at the organisation’s downtown Kingston offices. State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is imploring adolescents to refrain from participating in underage gambling, as this may negatively impact their education. The duo of Jahiem Jackson and Ackeem Johnson from Gaynstead High School in Kingston received the second-place cash prize of $30,000, while grade-nine student of Ferncourt High School in St. Ann, Vernando Bailey, received the third-place prize of $20,000. The jingles will be professionally produced for airplay.Some $176,000 in cash prizes was awarded to shortlisted participants, as well as trophies and medals.The competition was open to school-based youth at the primary and secondary levels, who were asked to make submissions under the theme ‘Underage Gambling Will Lead to Disaster; Focus on Education and Be Your Own Master’.The annual initiative seeks to eliminate underage gambling by creating greater awareness about the consequences among stakeholders. It is illegal for persons under the age of 18 to gamble.RISE Life Management Services operates the only gambling-prevention, treatment research and responsible gaming programme in the Caribbean. “Your education is the best gift that you can give to yourselves not gambling…Your education is the one thing that will last for the rest of your life. So do not gamble with your education. If you do gamble, you are gambling with your education,” he said. center_img State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is imploring adolescents to refrain from participating in underage gambling, as this may negatively impact their education.“Your education is the best gift that you can give to yourselves not gambling…Your education is the one thing that will last for the rest of your life. So do not gamble with your education. If you do gamble, you are gambling with your education,” he said.The Minister was speaking at the awards ceremony for RISE Life Management Services’ adolescent gambling prevention all-island jingle competition, held on February 27 at the organisation’s downtown Kingston offices.He noted that gambling can be a gateway to substance abuse, including alcohol and drugs, delinquency in school as well as other antisocial behaviours.Mr. Terrelonge also appealed to stakeholders in the betting and gaming industry to discourage children from gambling.“Don’t allow the young students to come into your institutions and gamble away their lunch money… . Don’t allow our children to gamble their education away,” he urged.He lauded RISE Life Management Services and its partners for staging the jingle competition, which seeks to create awareness about the dangers of indulging in underage gambling.The entity’s Executive Director, Sonita Abrahams Burrows, said that since 2017, 4,000 youth have been sensitised about the consequences of underage gambling.“This year, we have increased our target to some 16,000 students across Jamaica,” she noted.Grade-five student of Holy Family Primary School in Kingston, Malique Brown copped first place for his jingle, walking away with a cash prize of $50,000.Grade-five student of Holy Family Primary School in Kingston, Malique Brown, performs his winning entry in the RISE Life Management Services’ adolescent gambling-prevention jingle competition, at the awards ceremony held on February 27 at the entity’s downtown Kingston offices. Malique reveived a cash prize of $50,000. Story Highlightslast_img read more