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Minister Ferreira Says Peoples National CleanUp Day in October

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 26, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, announced in the House of Assembly, September 20, that his Ministry is fulfilling the first of the Government’s promises, quoted in its public 2017 Manifesto, “to inaugurate the People’s National Clean-Up Day,” launched through the Ministry’s National Clean-Up Plan to start off in New Providence during October 2017, then extend out to the Family Islands “in an island-specific way.”During his House address, the Minister remarked: “Mr. Speaker, I grew upon a clapboard house at the foot of Kemp Road.   We had a broom for sweeping the yard, in fact all of the neighbours did; and every Saturday we did sweep the yard.“Today we live in a Bahamas where we have become accustomed to waste.   Whether derelict vehicles, fridges, stoves, or bulk waste, there is garbage everywhere.   This problem did not happen overnight nor will the fix be overnight, but it is a journey we must all take together.”Minister Ferreira said the theme of the Clean-Up Campaign will be “Keep Our Bahamas Beautiful” and is designed to encourage everyone to “Keep The Bahamas Clean, Green, and Pristine” by appealing to Bahamian pride in our country.   The theme implores cleanliness in our communities by reminding our people to ‘Be A Hero And Put It In The Can Man.’“The campaign will be executed in a five-phase approach with the goal to fully clean New Providence and maintain its cleanliness, and improve the general aesthetics.   New Providence has been divided into five zones and each zone correlates with a phase,” said Minister Ferreira.He explained that each phase will encompasses the constituencies or zones as follows:“Phase 1: Bain Town, Grants Town, St. Barnabas, Englerston and Centerville;Phase 2: Bamboo Town, Pinewood, Nassau Village, South Beach, Sea Breeze, and Fox Hill;Phase 3: Marathon, Freetown, St. Anne’s, Fox Hill, and Elizabeth;Phase 4: Fort Charlotte, Mount Mariah and Killarney; andPhase 5: Golden Isles, Southern Shores, Tall Pines, Garden Hills, Bamboo Town, Golden Gates, Carmichael and South Beach.”Minister Ferreira added: “the Clean-Up Campaign will require the full commitment and involvement of communities and stakeholders.   It will include the removal of garbage, appliances, furniture, derelict vehicles, rodents, and vegetation from lots and lot clearances.”Additionally, the Ministry anticipates that the success of the initiative will translate into the speedy and effective removal of waste; efficient monitoring; ongoing public awareness and education; and enforcement.   The Ministry will partner with media to get the message out.   And there will also be school outreach in hopes that educating the children will mean they will educate the adults they live with at home.“To brand our messages, the project will employ the use of a mascot, which will signal to Bahamians the source of the message disseminated, and the expected environmental content.   Posters for billboards will feature everyday people and celebrities and will be strategically placed at selected roundabouts throughout New Providence,” said Minister Ferreira.“The secret of an effective clean-up campaign is a good enforcement programme.   Appreciating this fact, there will be collaboration with the Health Inspectorate Division of the Department of Environmental Health Services, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Agriculture, and Community Leaders who we expect to eventually take the lead in keeping their communities clean, green, & pristine.  We also expect to receive corporate sponsorship and buy-in.”The Clean-Up Campaign is a voluntary event and all citizens and residents alike are asked to join in the community clean-up next month.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo Caption:  Minister of The Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira.(BIS Photo) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Restaurants and distributors respond to Ecoli warning on romaine lettuce

first_img Sasha Foo 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)-From consumers to retailers, restaurants and distributors, millions of Americans have been affected by the warning from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid eating romaine lettuce because of an outbreak of E. coli.Inside the warehouse of Specialty Produce, a San Diego wholesale produce company, owner Bob Harrington said he removed romaine lettuce and any product containing the suspect lettuce from his inventory, after learning of the CDC alert. Harrington said about five to seven pallets of romaine lettuce would have to be tossed out.On Tuesday, Harrington contacted his customers, mostly restaurants, and instructed them to discard their romaine lettuce or return any unopened cases for credit. The produce wholesaler said he would be replacing his customers’ orders for romaine lettuce with other kinds of leafy greens such as baby iceberg and bibb.Harrington said making the changes will cost him a few thousand dollars, but considered the financial impact insignificant. “We’ll absorb that. It’s really not that much. Public safety is way more important,” Harrington said.At the Corner Drafthouse on Fifth Avenue, near Balboa Park, the wedge salad made with romaine is already off the menu. Chef Ruben Zamarripa wasted no time in making the necessary changes, substituting iceberg lettuce to make a wedge salad and using a more expensive blend of artisan greens on other dishes.Zamarripa said his food costs might increase but he was not willing to take the risk of endangering a customer’s health.He said he hoped that the voluntary recall would not last long, “because over the long haul, it will take a toll on our food costs, but you don’t want to risk it, right now. I’ll still wait after they say it’s officially done. I’ll still wait a few weeks before I start bringing the product in here.”The FDA is warning consumers to avoid all types and brands of romaine lettuce, Gottlieb said.Consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce product, including “whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, such as spring mix and Caesar salad.Retailers and restaurants also should not serve or sell any until more is known about the outbreak. Restaurants and distributors respond to E.coli warning on romaine lettuce Categories: Health, KUSI, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, center_img November 21, 2018 Updated: 7:34 PM Posted: November 21, 2018last_img read more

Youth shot at on Beliaghata Main Road accused at large

first_imgKolkata: A youth was shot at on Beliaghata Main Road on Thursday morning.Police said the youth, Danish, received bullet injuries and is admitted to hospital.Policemen from Narkeldanga Police Station went to the spot after receiving information in this connection.Police came to know, after speaking to locals, that three youths came on a motorbike and all of a sudden, started firing at Danish, who received bullet injuries.Hearing the sound of bullet shots, locals rushed to the spot and found Danish lying in a pool of blood. Police with the help of locals took him to NRS Medical College and Hospital where he is receiving necessary treatment.Police initiated a probe in this connection and collected samples from the spot.They have also spoken to the locals to know if anyone knew the three persons who came on motorbike.A police officer said it seems there are some locals who are involved in the entire operation and suspect that the same person had informed the trio that Danish was waiting for someone on Beliaghata Main Road. Police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the incident, but suspect that an old rivalry had led to the crime. They are speaking to Danish’s family members to know if he was involved in a dispute with anyone in the recent times.In a bid to identify the trio involved in the incident, police are going through the footages of CCTV cameras installed in the area. The incident led to panic in the area and policemen have been posted and are taking necessary steps to check repetition of such incidents.last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Machine learning isn’t new to the enterprise, but technological advances and accelerating investments have made it available to the average entrepreneur.In fact, according to a recent Forrester survey, machine-learning investments are increasing 300 percent this year compared to last year. Already, machine learning has made its mark in areas like self-driving cars, personalized-content recommendations and even face-recognition filters.Related: How Self-Learning Software Is Already a Huge Part of Your Life Clearly, though, machine learning can do much more than suggest content and steer cars. In fact, a category of it called “deep learning” promises to completely change how we market, produce and sell products.Unlike traditional models, which require specific rules and feature sets to extract meaning from data, deep learning models autonomously draw conclusions and create their own classification rules from unstructured data.That last phrase — unstructured data — is more important than it appears. In contrast to structured data, such as organized charts and tables, unstructured data includes “everyday” data, such as pictures and sounds, which is much more difficult for computers to analyze. For artificial intelligence, tackling unstructured information is a big breakthrough.Digging into deep learningIf you’re struggling to see how innovative deep learning is, you’re not alone. To understand it, imagine simultaneously teaching a baby and a computer to recognize cats in photographs.With traditional machine learning, the computer has to be told which cat features — whiskers, paws and tails — to look for in the images. These hand-engineered models then make predictions based on those features. If an image doesn’t follow the rules, the machine can’t adapt. If a cat’s tail is out of the frame, for example, the computer might not even know it’s a cat.A baby, on the other hand, needs no such guidance. After viewing enough images, the baby will build a mental framework to distinguish what is or isn’t a cat. Deep learning, like the baby, takes unstructured input without guidance and determines for itself, while considering all pixel values, which among the images contains a cat. Given enough time and data, deep learning models can make sense of virtually any unstructured data set.So, how has such an incredible tool flown under entrepreneurs’ radar? Well, deep learning has only become commercially viable in the past decade. Conceived not long after the dawn of AI in the 1950s, early neural networks could simulate just a few neurons at once. Although deep learning was revived several times throughout the ’70s and ’80s, we simply didn’t have the data or processing power to make it work until the mid-2000s.Now, thanks to the 2.5 quintillion bytes produced per day — much of it publicly available via Google and YouTube — and massive improvements in cloud computing technology, deep learning isn’t just viable — it’s inevitable, and it’s profitable.Deep learning at workWe’re sure to see more deep learning applications crop up as the technology improves, but today’s entrepreneurs can leverage it in three ways, to:1. Find and reach new customers. No matter how much they might need it, people can’t buy a product that they don’t know about. A life insurance company, for example, probably won’t make many sales if it markets to students instead of seniors.Deep learning, however, can help entrepreneurs target the right markets. Facebook, Google and Twitter all use deep-learning-infused ad platforms, which businesses use to extrapolate valuable, relevant look-alike audiences from seed audiences. In fact, B2B spending on social media advertisements has grown by 130 percent in the past two years.Of course, finding a market is only step one; the next step is actually reaching it. Again, deep learning can help. Companies such as Octane AI use it to power their chatbots, which have come a long way from annoying assistants like Microsoft Word’s Clippy. Today, they can autonomously grow audiences and engage customers with personalized experiences.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business2. Organize data and fill gaps. Missing data is a major problem for most businesses. A recent Openprise study found that 41 percent of surveyed B2B marketers considered missing contacts their data’s greatest shortcoming. Another 39 percent cited missing field values as the biggest problem.Fortunately, as they’re fed data, deep-learning models get smarter about what’s captured and what’s conspicuously missing. Then, after identifying missing data, deep learners can track it down.Node, a startup founded by a former colleague of mine, is already doing this on a grand scale. It uses a four-pronged approach, including data crawling, natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, to help business leaders optimize prospect data and sell more efficiently.3. Perform quality analysis and control. A friend at Qualcomm recently described to me the tedium of checking every chip they produce for defects. That’s a perfect problem, I reminded her, for deep learning. Everything from manufacturing to construction to consumer electronics can benefit from automated product defect analysis.At Skycatch, for example, we’ve built a deep-learning model that guides drones to inspect structures such as cell towers. When it finds a flaw, it tips off human inspectors. The data is then reingested, continuously improving the deep neural network. Thanks to deep learning, we can automatically identify job-site changes, track heavy equipment and log productivity for each worker and machine on site.Training such a model does takes enormous amounts of data and processing power, but entrepreneurs can get started with Google’s Cloud TPU Alpha program. In short, tensor processing units are high-performance cloud computers designed specially for machine learning applications.What makes machine learning so exciting, if it’s not clear already, is that it’s a foundational technology. Much like the computer and the internal combustion engine, machine learning can be applied to an enormous variety of problem domains.Related: Machine Learning Needs Bias Training to Overcome StereotypesBut that’s a double-edged sword. As it matures, machine learning will be applied in more and more contexts — some valid, some not. Only by learning the basics today and seeing past the hype can entrepreneurs make machine learning their next revenue machine. 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 18, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more