For Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD – Youth ages 9-12 are invited to join a youth volleyball camp beginning April 2.This youth co-ed volleyball camp will introduce participants to volleyball basics, including serving, passing, and setting. Kat Egle, head coach of the Columbus Catholic High School volleyball team will be leading the camp. The camp runs April 2-18, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.marshfield.uwc.edu/ce or call the Continuing Education office, 715-389-6520.
Intel® HPC Developer Conference is almost here! The conference will be held November 11th and 12th in Denver, CO. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the latest from Intel experts, industry luminaries, and peers who are driving the industry towards the next era of HPC. Register today.Five years ago, someone made an off-hand comment during a roundtable for a small group of end customers and partners from our HPC ecosystem. The comment was that our industry has wonderful academic conferences and spectacular trade-shows masquerading as technical conferences, but lacked a forum where developers could learn and trade practical experiences in getting the most from their computing infrastructure.That seed conversation led to the first Intel® HPC Developer Conference, which has grown to encompass application development, systems architecture, and design. This Saturday, the fourth Intel HPC Developer Conference will take place in Denver, Colorado. It’s humbling to see how quickly and dramatically the conference has grown.In hindsight, the need for such a conference is pretty clear. In the last decade, we’ve grown from a single petaflops-capable system (1015 floating point operations per second) to nearly 140 such systems, with the top system approaching 100 petaflops. These new machines enable us to solve larger and more complex problems and solve existing problems faster.They have helped us to better understand important phenomena, from the molecular interactions of viruses with cellular membranes, to the development of global climate patterns, to the evolution of the cosmos itself. The social, economic, and academic impacts have been dramatic.In recent years, we’ve added data-driven machine learning methods to our computing toolkits. As we move from machines with thousands of computational cores to hundreds of thousands, many of the applications and practices we’ve relied on for the last several decades need to similarly evolve in order to get the most from this new class of computer. Hence, Intel HPC Developer Conference.A rich, vibrant community of talented individuals is driving scientific and technical computing forward. The Intel HPC Developer Conference is a terrific opportunity to connect with, learn from, and share best practices with the people who are developing applications, advancing science and research, building systems, and delivering the future of HPC.The 2017 conference promises to be the best ever, with a slate of 80 technical lectures, 15 hands-on tutorials, and nearly 40 posters from members of the HPC community like you. We’ve come a long way since the inaugural conference’s 23 talks and 8 labs!With an eye to the advances the HPC community is delivering to meet the challenges of today and deliver the exascale and AI future, here are some of the conference engagements about which we are most excited.Keynote: The Intertwined Futures of HPC and AI – Al Gara and Gadi Singer will discuss how Intel is working to address HPC scaling challenges and adapt artificial intelligence and machine learning workflows for HPC systems.Saturday Plenary: Gravitational waves: The Role of Computing in Opening a New Field of Astronomy – Josh Willis from The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) will detail LIGO’s highly-sensitive gravitational wave observations along with what we have learned and hope to learn in this new field, and Dan Stanzione from TACC will talk about the use of the Stampede supercomputer to generate results and how it benefits others in the scientific community.Sunday Plenary: Deep Learning for Science – Prabhat from NERSC Big Data Center will reveal early results from using AI on HPC architectures to solve some of science’s most complex problems including astronomy, cosmology, neuroscience, genomics, and high-energy physics. Scientist Michael Wehner will take us on a deep-dive into the problem of detecting extreme weather patterns in climate simulations.Closing Plenary: Leading the Evolution of Compute: Neuromorphic and Quantum Computing – Jim Held, Intel Fellow, Intel Labs, will discuss Intel Labs’ work on beyond-the-horizon technologies as well as the directions and progress in the development.If you have already registered for the conference, arrive early so you don’t miss the keynotes by Al and Gadi. If you will be in Denver with us but have put off registration – please hurry. As I put the finishing comments on this blog, the conference is approaching capacity registration. If you’re not able to attend, please follow online with hashtag #HPCDevCon and stay tuned for on-demand viewing following the conference. Look for more word on that soon here on the Intel IT Peer Network.
Greater Noida, Feb 7 (PTI) Renault India, which unveiled a slew of models from its global portfolio at the Auto Expo here today, said it is hopeful meeting its both medium and long-term targets wherein it plans to double the volume and market share.With around 5 per cent market share, the French auto major with just four models ? Kwid, Duster, Captur and the Lodgy ? is the largest European car brand and the seventh largest overall in the country. Its medium-term volume target is to sell over 1 lakh annually and also to consistently retain 5 per cent market share.”While we have been hitting 5 per cent market share often, we havent yet closed a full year with that pie. So meeting that is the immediate priority.”Over the next five years, we have set a target of doubling our volumes, from a little over 1 lakh now, as well as market share to 10 per cent,” Sumit Sawhney, managing director and chief executive at Renault India, told PTI.He said that will continue with its strategy of building on brand by brand and will add one new model to its portfolio annually, thus explaining the lack of a new launch at the Expo as its 2018 model is already on the road in the Captur, which is a premium SUV.At the ongoing Delhi Auto Expo, the company today unveiled the Trezor, which is an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car; the Zoe e-Sport concept that defined by its expressive design, with sportiness taken to the extreme and is the best-bestselling EV in Europe.advertisementIt also unveiled a racing car with a Formula 1 RS 17, which is the first car put together from scratch by the Renault Sport Formula One Team.The two-seater electric coupe Trezor has been awarded the most beautiful concept car at several global platforms, said Fabrice Cambolive, senior vice-president and chairman for India and Africa, Middle East.On the countrys EV push, Sawhney said, Renault is a leader in EVs in Europe and as and when the market is ready they will have enough models to serve them.”But infrastructure is the key concern. While the industry is looking at the government for support and policy clarity, they are looking at us for infrastructure, which is not feasible for us. We also need clarity on incentives for going into EVs in terms of R&D sops, etc,” he said.On the market response to the Captur, he said the vehicle is not yet nationally available and that its petrol version is yet to reach the dealers.Sawhney downplayed the dip in its volume, saying he will still maintain the overall target of 1 lakh units and that the reason for the dip in volume is primarily because the Kwid segment is degrowing.”The Kwid segment, which is our volume topper, had degrown 2 per cent last year and is slipping this year as well. Yet we are selling around 8,000 units a month. So I will be able to meet my target of 1 lakh units a year.”On the MPV model Lodgy, he said, the company is nowhere near its target of 1,000 units a month, and is trending at under 500 now. PTI BEN MKJ
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles will honor its first-ever CASA of LA Ambassador: actress, philanthropist, entrepreneur and designer Kathy Hilton, at the 6th Annual “Evening to Foster Dreams Gala”, April 18th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.Mrs. Hilton, the notable matriarch of the Hilton Family, will join CASA/LA at the glamorous event, which features the comedy of host Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), a silent auction and gourmet fare all to support the thousands of children in foster care served by the organization.The million-dollar fundraising event brings together volunteers and dedicated community members to honor Los Angeles leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to children, including children who have been abused or neglected and are living in foster care. Previous honorees include actor Mario Lopez, the Honorable Judge Michael Nash and Freeform Network’s “The Fosters.”This year’s event will honor Kathy Hilton with the Robert Morrison Community Service Award for her role as CASA of LA’s first official Ambassador. In the role of Ambassador, Mrs. Hilton will speak out as a voice for the organization and its children, as well as for her ongoing dedication to children in need around the world. Mrs. Hilton’s passion for philanthropy is widespread amongst many worthy causes including The Make a Wish Foundation, and The Starlight Children’s Foundation for which she received an award in 2011. Kathy is married to Rick Hilton the Chairman of Hilton & Hyland Real Estate and together they are parents to four children: Paris, Barron and Conrad Hilton, and Nicky Hilton Rothschild. Mrs. Hilton began her early career as an actress, and in the 1980’s opened an antique store on Sunset Plaza. In 2002 she debuted a line of home décor items on QVC and later a beauty line on HSN. Mrs. Hilton hosted the NBC show, I Want To Be a Hilton, and also appeared on The World According to Paris. In 2012, she designed a line of evening dresses.“I’m honored to join CASA/LA as its first Ambassador and to support the mission of this vital organization,” said Kathy Hilton. “Helping the literally tens-of-thousands of children in Los Angeles foster care is a massive task. CASA volunteers are our best hope for changing tragic outcomes, letting children know they aren’t forgotten, and delivering a voice to the voiceless.”“Kathy Hilton will act as a powerful voice for our organization and inspire others to do the same,” said CASA of Los Angeles CEO Wende Nichols-Julien. “I want to thank and commend Mrs. Hilton for taking on a mantle of leadership in helping CASA broaden its presence in the minds of Angelenos, and in the courtrooms where our volunteers change, and save, the lives of future generations every day.”CASA of LA will also fete longtime volunteer and philanthropist Judy Beckmen with the Bob Frandzel Memorial for her decades of service to CASA of Los Angeles as a CASA volunteer, Board Member, donor and Court Assistant. Judy has fiercely advocated for children in foster care and humbly led the organization with her philanthropic vision and generosity. “It is my great pleasure to be able to put the spotlight on Judy this year to thank her for her extraordinary service over many decades to CASA and the children we serve,” said Wende Nichols-Julien.The April 18th Evening to Foster Dreams Gala includes a red carpet cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit CASA’s advocacy programs that support children in Los Angeles County’s foster care system who have experienced abuse and neglect. The event’s red carpet reception begins at 5:30pm.Additional information, tickets and sponsorship packages for the Evening to Foster Dreams Gala are available through CASA of LA’s website at casala.org.
SINGAPORE — China’s premier sought Tuesday to reassure its neighbours that Beijing will push ahead with reforms needed to support growth across the region and also keep the peace in contested waters in the South China Sea.Premier Li Keqiang said his government will favour reforms in the world’s No. 2 economy over temporary boosts from economic stimulus as China copes with a gradual slowing of growth and a trade war with the United States.China can energize its slowing economy by adjusting policies, such as streamlining procedures like business registrations, taxes and fees, Li said in a lecture on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that brings together leaders from the U.S. and across the region.“Despite the downward pressure, we will not resort to massive stimulus. We will make adjustments as appropriate. We want to energize the market, in particular, market entities, and we have the conditions to do that,” Li said in the wide-ranging speech that touched on China’s role in regional development.Li said the government also will “crack down harshly” on businesses that infringe on patents and other intellectual property rights and engage in “other cheating activities.”“China will not stop in its opening up. The door will only open wider and China will continue to deepen reform. Reform and opening up have brought China to where it is today,” Li added.China and the U.S. are locked in a trade dispute over Washington’s complaints that China uses predatory tactics to acquire technologies that could undermine U.S. industrial leadership. The two countries have raised import duties on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.While they have rebuffed U.S. demands that Beijing tone down its technology ambitions, China’s leaders have sought to enhance their own market opening credentials by lowering tariffs and easing access for foreign companies operating in China for some industries.In the quarter that ended in September, China’s economic growth slowed to 6.5 per cent from a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 6.7 per cent. The deceleration reflects long-term efforts to guide the economy toward a more sustainable model of growth and away from excessive reliance on construction spending and exports. But the trade tensions with Washington are adding to the challenges for the Communist leadership, with the two countries imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods.Li expressed hopes for a compromise. U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are to meet at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina this month.“We hope that negotiations will be carried out on the basis of mutual respect, balance, mutual benefit and good faith, so that a solution can be found acceptable to both sides,” he said.The meetings in Singapore this week will be followed by an annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea.Both gatherings address similar concerns about trade, economic integration, regional security and development.Li also said China was hoping to see within three years a regional “code of conduct” governing activities in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.Over U.S. objections, Beijing has moved to cement its claim to most of the South China Sea, including by building artificial islands and military airstrips atop coral reefs. Talks on a code that would belatedly constrain such activities have made slow progress.“China and ASEAN countries will benefit in that process. It will also be conducive to free trade and go on to serve the interest of other parties,” Li said.“I want to reaffirm here that China will stay firm on the course of peaceful development,” he said. “What we hope is to have a harmonious relationship with our neighbours and together, we benefit from our good neighbourliness.”Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press
FORT NELSON, B.C. — The Fort Nelson First Nation will be getting a grant from the World Wildlife Fund Canada – which administers the Loblaw Water Fund – to help monitor water quality in the region.The grant was one of 11 announced by WWF Canada on Friday. In total, $250,000 will be going towards the 11 community projects to improve freshwater health in ecosystems across Canada. “The Loblaw Water Fund provides essential financial support to help local conservation and community groups take action to right the course of Canada’s freshwater future for people and wildlife,” said WWF Canada vice-president of freshwater conservation Elizabeth Hendriks. “The projects WWF selected will help address threats identified in WWF’s Watershed Reports and contribute to a better understanding of the health of our waters where data isn’t available. Ensuring healthy waters across Canada is an enormous task, but one we can accomplish together.”Using a mix of traditional and scientific knowledge, the Fort Nelson First Nation Lands and Resource Department will develop a community-based monitoring initiative to detect changes in the water quality of rivers downstream from major industrial sites in the Fort Nelson area watershed.“We are proud to support this year’s recipients and commend them on the important work they’re doing to preserve and protect Canada’s freshwater,” said Loblaw senior vice-president for corporate affairs, Bob Chant. “Through the Loblaw Water Fund, and our partnership with WWF, we are finding more opportunities to engage Canadians across the country in environmental protection and the Fund ensures greater support for those working to conserve our natural environment.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An informational meeting regarding the future of the North Peace Ride for the Disabled will be held at the Northern Lights College Room 144 on February 25th at 7 pmThe NPRD is at risk of closing its programs for adults and children with disabilities because they cannot find volunteers and board members. The NPRD is having difficulty finding volunteers to fill board positions and participate in the fundraising functions that are necessary to keep this organization going.The NPRD was founded in 1986 and the program is an asset to the riders that are able to participate in the 30 minutes guided riding program to help work and develop their gross-motor and sensory systems. The program operates out of the Light Horse Arena on Wednesdays between 5 pm and 7 pm.For more information about the program; email firstname.lastname@example.orgTo view the FB Page; CLICK HERE
Marrakech – The Moroccan NGO Education for All (EFA) was formed to help young girls living in rural areas have the chance to pursue their education. However, many of them have to give up their schooling to help their families in the tough working conditions in the Atlas Mountains, particularly during the winter months when roads can be impassable. Illiteracy amongst rural girls remains very high, as much as 80% according to EFA.The NGO works under the belief that if you educate women you will ultimately educate the whole family, as the girls become mothers and pass on what they have learned to their children. EFA identified a need to provide accommodation for girls close to where their schools are located. Colleges in urban areas were too expensive and too far for rural families So secure houses with dormitories were built near to schools. such as Dar Asni, Dar Asni II, Dar Ouirgane and Dar Tinmal. It used to be unheard of for rural girls to have a chance at a college education and the chance of a professional career, such as medicine. They were, and many still are, tied to the isolated rural communities where they were born. When the first project, a boarding house in Asni was undertaken by EFA in 2007, the aim was to provide 36 girls living in the High Atlas mountains with secondary education so that they had the chance to go on to college.In September 2009 EFA opened a second boarding house in a remote area of the High Atlas, 100km from Marrakech in the town of Talaat n’Yacoub. This provides the opportunity of college education for 36 more girls, who would otherwise not have had this opportunity. Last year there were five girls who, as a result of being in EFA houses for the full 5 years of secondary and lycée, are now at university. It only costs EFA 1000 Euro to fund a girl for a whole year at an EFA house near the school which, given that illiteracy rates for girls in rural Morocco is estimated to be as high as 80%, is a vital investment.Apart from a paid housemother and cook, there are no administrative expenses as the EFA committee and staff work on a voluntary basis, allowing 100% of all donations to go directly to the project.EFA was the brainchild of Mike McHugo, owner of the famed Kasbah Toubkal. Mike and his brother Chris renovated the Kasbah, with its stunning views of surrounding mountains and Jebel Toubkal, together with the local community as partners. This led them naturally to work on projects to help the local Amazigh mountain communities.In 2013 the EFA committee hit on the idea of a bicycle race from Marrakech to Oumkaimeden. Kasbah Toubkal often arranges bicycling events in Toubkal National Park. The Atlas Etape is a 40 km dash to the foot of Oumkaimeden, with a body crunching punishing 30 km climb up to Oumkaimeden at 2426 meters at the summit. Then the joy of a 70 km downward sprint all the way back to Marrakech with medals for the first frontrunners to make it back. The 2013 Atlas Etape saw a heavy fog draw in on Oumkaimeden, preventing some riders from getting back to Marrakech for safety reasons.Training on the road between Ourika and Tahanaout in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Copyright ©Alan Keohane/Sill ImagesThis year, with temperatures at a hot 35 degrees, this is unlikely to be a problem. The race is already attracting professional bicycle racers, a chance to visit Marrakech and a great opportunity to support a worthwhile cause. Three older participants are bicycling from England to Marrakech to take part in the event, and they have already raised over £80,000 for EFA. They call themselves the “fat dads on bikes” after a much-loved UK TV series, The Fat Ladies, who used to ride motorbikes to different locations to do their cooking programs on TV. They were a wonderfully irreverent pair.Marrakech Atlas Etape, April 28 2013, Photo by Alan Keohane & Terry Munson www.still-images.netHer Majesty’s Ambassador Clive Alderton will be on hand to present medals when the tired winners roll in at the Etape’s final destination. The Ambassador has recently become a patron of the EFA. Later on in the evening, there will be a fundraising dinner which is open to all, and some of the girls from EFA’s houses in Asni and the university will attend, which will be a great opportunity for friends and supporters to meet them. It should be a great evening.His Excellency Mr Clive Alderton LVO, Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco and Education For All Morocco Patron, talks about EFA© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
The Houston Astros currently sit on top of the American League West with a 2.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels, a team paying Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, and the rest of the squad a combined $146.4 million. The Astros, meanwhile, will spend less than half that figure on players in 2015. Their total payroll comes in just north of $69 million, 29th out of 30 MLB teams and a remarkable $158 million less than the Los Angeles Dodgers are spending to field a team this year.The success of the Astros and the (comparatively) minuscule payrolls of other plucky small-budget teams is often cited by people trying to advance an egalitarian narrative: that the amount a team spends does not matter. In recent years, Time called the Royals the future of baseball. The New York Times went with Smaller Markets and Smarter Thinking. Baseball America wrote an article asserting, “if you look at competitive balance as the opportunity for teams to make the playoffs and legitimate runs at titles, baseball is truly in a golden era.” Sports Illustrated argued that the average payrolls of playoff teams show that money isn’t the factor it used to be and the Providence Journal offered, “money can’t buy success.” Andrew McCutchen, 2013 National League MVP, is the poster boy for what small-budget teams can accomplish, saying, “Payroll doesn’t mean everything. If that was the case, the Yankees would win every year.”That’s all heart-warming, but evidence suggests that the relationship between money and winning is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Check out the figure below, which shows the relationship between spending and win percentage during each of the three 10-year spans since 1985.1Salary and win percentage were standardized within each season to account for the league’s financial growth and changes in league competitiveness. Data collected from baseball-reference.com. Each team season is one dot in the figure, and the red line reflects a smoothed curve fit through the points. The smoothed curves represent the general relationship between spending and performance for each team season in each decade; aggregating all the decade’s data points shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.The line gets steeper going from left to right, implying that in recent seasons, jumps in salary have been associated with larger gains in win percentage. Altogether, none of the 20 teams with the highest relative salaries since 1985 have finished below .500. GRAPHIC: Using data from the last 30 years, we created win-pay curves for every team in Major League Baseball. Click here to see how well your favorite team spent its money.J.C. Bradbury, an economics professor at Kennesaw State University, found that winning more increases revenue exponentially. “Going from 85 wins to 90 is worth more than 80 wins to 85,” he says. As a result, while it might cost more per win for a team that wins 90 games than 85, it makes financial sense because the revenue reward will be higher as well. This leads to a self-perpetuating cycle. Additionally, fans of teams that win frequently expect them to continue winning, and management pays more to do so. For a team like the New York Yankees, paying 10 percent more than anyone else for a second baseman who is only 5 percent better than his closest peer is worth the money (and they can afford it).But though the current narrative revolves around small-budget success stories as an argument against the importance of salaries, baseball has always had small-budget overachievers. “Just because you don’t spend money doesn’t mean you can’t win,” Bradbury says. As long as there has been baseball, there have been teams with low payrolls that have exceeded expectations in the win column.Perhaps one reason for the renewed focus on the success of small-budget teams is the importance of playoff success versus the regular season. Postseasons in American sports offer a smaller sample size than, say, soccer’s English Premier League, where the winner is determined by 38 games. In baseball, the better team (the one with the higher payroll) is less likely to prevail over the course of a short playoff series than they would be over an entire season. That, combined with the expansion of the playoffs, means it’s easier for a small-budget team to reach the World Series, as the Kansas City Royals did in 2014, losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7. Winning a playoff series can come down to a few factors — a couple of good pitchers and luck — that are less important during the regular season. “The formula seems to be: limp through regular season, get into playoffs, then win,” said Rodney Fort, professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.Fort, however, also thinks that the case for the relationship between payroll and wins is overstated. “When have we ever been satisfied that a simple relationship between one variable and another variable tells the whole story of the determination of winning?” he says. “What you really need to do is stop and think about what are all the other things: nothing about coaches, nothing about front office/GM acumen.” In Fort’s view, equating payroll and wins leaves out too many other variables.He has a point, as the relationship between salary and winning can be drastically different among different franchises. Some teams don’t get results when they spend more — the New York Mets frowny face is almost too perfect given their fortunes.For a few small-budget teams such as the Cleveland Indians and the Royals, though, there’s a strong relationship between spending and winning.As you can see in the chart of every team’s win-pay curves, spending usually helps, but incompetent spending gets a team nowhere. It’s a waste.Click here to see every team’s win-pay curves.
Chelsea are reportedly set to meet with Gonzalo Higuain’s agent this Wednesday as they continue with their pursuit of the Juventus forwardThe Blues’ newly-appointed head coach Maurizio Sarri is keen to add a proven goalscorer in Higuain at Stamford Bridge this summer ahead of his maiden campaign with the futures of both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud currently uncertain.Sarri enjoyed an excellent relationship with Higuain at Napoli with the Argentina international even scoring an impressive 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances in his last season at the club before making the move to Juventus in 2016.Now Italian journalist Giulia Stronati has revealed that a reunion between the Sarri and Higuain is set to take place with Chelsea set to begin negotiations with the player’s agent and brother Nicolas Higuain on Wednesday in a €60m deal.The 30-year-old’s sale from Juventus this summer is likely due to the fact that the club have just agreed to pay €112m for Cristiano Ronaldo.“On Wednesday there will be new contacts between Higuain ‘s agent and Chelsea to finalize the deal,” she wrote on Twitter.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s ready a 3-years contract (€7,5M a year add bonuses).“Blues will pay €60M to Juventus.”On Wednesday there will be new contacts between #Higuain ‘s agent and #Chelsea to finalize the deal. It’s ready a 3-years contract (€7,5M at year adds bonus). Blues will pay €60M to #Juventus. #transfers #CFC— Giulia Stronati (@GiuliaStronati) July 15, 2018