WASHINGTON – Oil prices fell sharply for the second straight day Tuesday, dipping below $70 a barrel as Tropical Storm Ernesto veered away from the oil and gas region of the Gulf of Mexico. “A lot of people were banking on an active tropical (storm) season and so far it has been nonexistent in relation to platforms in the Gulf of Mexico,” said James Cordier, president of Liberty Trading in Tampa, Fla. With economic growth slowing and U.S. crude supplies plentiful, “we’re running out of reasons to buy,” Cordier added. U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in August to a nine-month low, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLight sweet crude for October delivery fell 90 cents to settle at $69.71 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The fall extended a $1.90 drop Monday, leaving oil futures roughly 10 percent below their level of just three weeks ago. The average retail price of gasoline nationwide has fallen by nearly 20 cents over the past three weeks to $2.85 a gallon. October Brent crude at London’s ICE Futures exchange dropped 86 cents, to $69.96 a barrel. Concerns about threats to supply were further eased when BP PLC said it had restored output from its Prudhoe Bay field in Alaska to about 200,000 barrels a day, half the daily production capacity. Still, traders remain anxious about Iran’s diplomatic stand-off with the West over its nuclear program. They are concerned that Iran, the world’s fourth-biggest oil producer, could block oil exports if the United Nations imposes sanctions over its nuclear program. Tehran faces a Wednesday deadline to halt uranium enrichment or face possible economic and diplomatic sanctions, but has so far refused any immediate suspension.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’A giant screen in the ballroom showed that 70 of the first tower’s 232 units – worth about $46 million – were spoken for by noon, including four of six penthouses in the 27-story building. Names were called one by one, with each person given only a few minutes to decide. The screen displayed the names of four people next in line. Trump’s daughter Ivanka was one of the first buyers, snagging a two-bedroom junior penthouse, said Roxanne Loughery of S&P Destination Properties, the sales agent. Trump’s imprimatur was just what many needed to take the plunge, said Jason Grosfeld, a co-founder of Irongate. “When The Donald is willing to put his name on the site, that means a lot,” he said. SAN DIEGO – Donald Trump’s new luxury hotel-condominiums on Mexico’s booming Baja California coast went on sale Friday, potentially heralding a resurgent development boom along the Pacific shoreline, just south of the U.S. border. The Donald did not show for the one-day sales event at a plush San Diego hotel, but his persona loomed large in the ballroom, where would-be buyers nibbled on biscotti and sipped espresso as they waited to make their bids and celebrated over sirloin tip and fish tacos after clinching the deal. “Trump is my idol when it comes to real-estate investments,” said Med Sami, 42, of Irvine, after forking over $431,000 for a one-bedroom on the fifth floor of the oceanfront property. Construction of the $200 million-plus Trump Ocean Resort Baja Mexico is expected to begin by the end of March, with the first of three towers to be completed by the end of 2008, according to Irongate, a Los Angeles real-estate investment firm and Trump’s partner on the project. Prices range from the mid-$200,000s to more than $1 million. Buyers in the predominantly Southern Californian crowd said Trump’s involvement eased concerns about owning land in a foreign country. They were undeterred by spiraling violence in the border city of Tijuana, and they paid no heed to protesters outside the hotel who said Trump’s property was on one of the most polluted beaches in North America, a charge the developer emphatically denied. “Trump’s name didn’t hurt,” said Tom Pfleider of Beaumont, who dropped $550,000 for a one-bedroom on the 11th floor. “I’m sure he wouldn’t put his name on it if he hadn’t investigated northern Baja meticulously.” Trump’s gambit in Mexico comes amid a construction boom on the Baja coast, just south of San Diego, fueled by Americans seeking second homes, an affordable retirement spot – or a lucrative investment. Gustavo Torres, a real estate broker from the Mexican town of Rosarito Beach, said Trump’s towers will be the tallest on the 50-mile oceanfront stretch from Tijuana to Ensenada and could catapult the region ahead of Cabo San Lucas, the peninsula’s other big resort area. “This puts us into completely new territory,” Torres said. “We were like 20 years behind Cabo San Lucas and, with Trump, we are ahead.” Marc Penso, a 46-year-old investor from Irvine, said he didn’t plan to keep his new two-bedroom. He is betting that Baja’s relatively low home prices – at least compared to Southern California – will continue to fuel the boom and give him a tidy profit. “Everyone in this room is doing this as an investment,” he said. “There’s no one here who’s going to own these units in five years.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Rangers are set to complete a deal to take Hearts attacker Billy King on loan until the end of the season.The 21-year-old will undergo a medical in Glasgow on Thursday ahead of the move to the Scottish Championship leaders.The wide attacker is out of contract with the Tynecastle side in 2017, making 20 appearances for the Jam Tarts this season.Robbie Neilson’s team are close to signing a new striker and also remain keen to secure the services of Dundee’s Craig Wighton, who has enjoyed a a loan spell with Raith Rovers earlier this season. Mark Warburton claimed on Thursday that progress was still being made on bringing targets to the club in the January transfer window having already signed Harry Forrester and Maciej Gostomski this month.“We are making progress, the window is coming towards a close, sometimes they take time, others move more swiftly,” he said. “A couple of them have been drawn out but hopefully we are moving forward.”
Share This!Brian went to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge today! For those suffering from FOMO (me…I’m talking about myself right now), he filmed a walkthrough of the land for us all to enjoy.Will you be going to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge soon? Let me know!
After record-breaking cold temperatures at zero degrees Farenheit late last week, it was lovely to wake up to a relatively warm Sunday morning. Temperatures were in the mid-twenties and brilliant colors streaked across the sky. Since today marks the beginning of Daylight saving time in the United States, we sprung forward and lost an hour overnight. But with the beautiful sky this morning, I didn’t mind so much. 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…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Sunrise over Lake SuperiorThank goodness the winds were calm and the temperatures were in the low-40’s to get this photo of the sun rising over Lake Superior. Despite cloudy skies, the rosy pink of the dawn made for a spectacular view to start the day.In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Hiking the Trails at Matthaei Botanical GardensAn early summer morning, with clear blue skies, and temperatures in the mid-sixties. What better time to hike the trails at Matthaei Botanical Gardens? Off I went this morning to enjoy the quiet solitude of an early morning hike to see birds and catch late summer flowers in bloom. Matthaei…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Canton Farmers MarketCanton’s Farmers Market in Canton, Michigan has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for fruits and vegetables, music, games, or a great pasta sauce.In “Michigan”
How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U… Related Posts Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Arduino has announced two new developer boards aimed at the Internet of Things (IoT) community, called the Primo and Otto. It comes just one month after the MKR1000 was announced worldwide.The Primo is Arduino’s first IoT computing board to feature all the traditional wireless standards, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low-energy, near-field communications (NFC), and infrared.See also: Happy birthday, Arduino: New boards for everyone!Built in wireless standards make it much easier for IoT developers to create systems, since they need to add fewer components. A network that measures seismic activity only requires a few components to measure vibrations and movement of buildings, and data can be send to a central server in real-time for people to analyse.Arduino CEO Federico Musto said that increased interest in development boards that could automatically communicate led to creation of the Primo board, according to IDG’s Martyn Williams.For developers that don’t want Wi-Fi capabilities or support for expansion boards, Arduino has launched the Primo Core, a cheaper alternative. The Primo Core can be attached to a carrier board called the AlicePad, which features a USB connector and NFC antenna.The Primo and Primo will be available next month (or July), Arduino has not said how much the two boards will cost.Image Credit: Magdalena PetrovaArduino’s growing familyAlongside the Primo announcement, Arduino also unveiled the Otto, a larger development board aimed at fans of the Amazon Echo or Google Home devices.The Otto comes with a built-in microphone and supports Amazon Echo API. Arduino has added numerous connectors to the Otto, which should mean easy integration with other projects.Hobbyists could fit an Otto in every room, to talk to Alexa regardless of the Echo’s location. The Amazon Echo API also allows you to control smart home devices that support Amazon’s voice assistant.No mention of the cost of the Otto either, but it should be available in the next few months. Tags:#Amazon Echo#Arduino#Internet of Things#IoT#networking#Otto#Primo#smart home#wireless David Curry
Yes! Philly Named City Of The Year By GQWhen:Tuesday, December 4 – Thursday, March 21 As if there weren’t already plenty of reasons to visit Philly, GQ just sweetened the deal.The monthly men’s magazine just announced the City of Brotherly Love is also its City of the Year!Since Philly put America on the map way back in the 18th century, the city’s been making big moves — and the 2018 award recognizes a year of huge wins.”It just feels … different in Philadelphia. Downright victorious, even.”The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off an amazing year with the team’s first-ever Super Bowl win and a massive parade, and the city’s been in a celebratory mood all year long.But, as we know, Philly is much more than a sports town.”We started winning,” GQ writer and Germantown native Zach Baron writes in the profile. “It just feels … different in Philadelphia. Downright victorious, even.” (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia) Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins, whose activism helped earn Philadelphia the City of the Year honor, tells GQ he loves Philly’s restaurant scene and the city’s sports fans.Baron also cites the intersectionality of the city’s music, political and sports scenes, as well as Philly’s growing food reputation. Philadelphia chefs, restauranteurs and restaurants earned four 2018 James Beard Awards nominations, and Bon Appétit has developed a crush on the city — for good reason. VISIT PHILADELPHIA teamed up with the magazine earlier this year to showcase three diverse city restaurants.Baron’s GQ profile features one of those chefs: Cristina Martinez of El Compadre, who told the magazine one of the things she loves best about Philly is how attentive people are to the work she does at the restaurant and its impact on the Latino community.Philadelphia might be known for its history, but there’s no better time than now to book a visit.Check out GQ magazine’s December issue to read the full City of the Year profile and start planning your next trip to Philadelphia.
When you ask a small business owner how technology is changing his or her business, you can expect a million different answers depending on products, services, and business philosophies. The conundrum for small businesses in the 21st century is that new, unproven technologies are released daily and it’s nearly impossible to keep tabs on which ones are viable and which are vapor. The flip side of that coin is that the industry is constantly churning out new tools to help small businesses grow — and these tools are available at prices that don’t hit small business budgets hard.The Center for Workforce Excellence is a perfect example of a small business with very specific tech needs. The company offers leadership and workforce development services for a range of Fortune 500 companies (including Intel), with a focus on building opportunities for women and people of color. The company’s CEO, Trudy Bourgeois, uses technology in a number of ways to grow her business and deliver for her clients. IT in the Age of Decentralized ServicesEven though the business has been operating for 14 years, Bourgeois and her husband are the only full-time employees at The Center for Workforce Excellence — the company leverages a network of contractors they can call on when they need to staff up. Though some small businesses have the luxury of a full IT team when it comes to maintaining the company’s tech infrastructure, others, like Bourgeois, outsource in order to keep overhead costs in check.“I always had IT in corporate,” Bourgeois says. “It was ‘come get it; take it; give me another one; I don’t want the headache.’ But now, if something goes wrong, I have to troubleshoot. I’m not as confident as I’d like to be in the tech area.”One of the biggest advances technology has afforded Bourgeois’ company is the ability to learn quickly and easily communicate with her busy executive clientele. Bourgeois travels more than 100,000 miles a year to coach executives and soon-to-be-leaders, and her mobile office consists of a laptop, a smartphone, and a tablet.“These are my basics,” she says. “This is all I need to do business, anywhere. I can do research in a snap. I love that. I still remember having to go hunt for data. From that perspective, it definitely has made things much, much better.”Prioritizing Digital to Accelerate GrowthBourgeois and other entrepreneurs see technology as a way to grow their businesses while keeping costs low. By creating more digital classes, Bourgeois can literally be in multiple places at once, which is a tremendous opportunity for The Center for Workforce Excellence.“Digital-based learning opportunities are going to be a priority,” she explains. “With today’s resources, you can basically reconfigure a classroom — it’s not the same thing as live, but if you’re a global organization, you can’t afford to fly people all over the globe all the time.”If your product is your consulting and therefore your physical presence, a streamlined virtualization of your services could create limitless opportunities for your bottom line. She says the efficient and effortless communication afforded by modern technologies like her smartphone and laptop is one of the most exciting things for small businesses.“You can communicate with your audience 24/7 through all kinds of platforms,” she says. “Those things are all great.”Follow Trudy Bourgeois on Twitter: @trudybourgeois. To learn more about Intel’s solutions for your small business, click here.
The artificial intelligence (AI) program that last year smacked down the best human player in the ancient board game Go has gotten even better. AlphaGo bested South Korean Go master Lee Sedol in part by learning from a vast catalog of example moves by humans. Now, the latest version of the program, AlphaGo Zero, has mastered the game entirely on its own, researchers at DeepMind, the company that developed the program, announced in a press briefing Monday in London. The novel self-teaching techniques used by the new program might also find uses in other domains, such as traffic planning or drug discovery.“The previous version of AlphaGo was also an amazing achievement, but in some ways, this now feels complete,” says Martin Mueller, a computer scientist at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada, who also studies Go programs.In Go, opponents take turns placing black and white stones on a 19-by-19 grid, trying to surround each other’s pieces and claim territory. There are more potential arrangements of the pieces than atoms in the known universe, making it impossible for a computer to play the game by exhaustively simulating all moves and outcomes. 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Second, it used neural networks, programs that can learn to detect patterns, to predict in a given situation whether a move will lead to a win. That required training one network to predict human play, based on an online database of nearly 30 million moves. To further train its move-selection network, it then played itself more than a million times. Using the results of those games, it then taught a separate game-prediction network to predict whether a given move would lead to a win. That network’s prediction was averaged with that of the rollout when evaluating moves.The new AlphaGo Zero works more simply. First, it combines the move-picking network and the game-predicting network, making the program more efficient and flexible. Second, the combined neural network uses a new architecture that allows for many more layers of tunable artificial neurons than those in the first AlphaGo. Third, during training, the network and search tree work more closely to improve each other. With these changes, the program could skip the step of learning from human games. It also skipped rollout, which had relied on hand-crafted tactical guidelines.Led by computer scientist David Silver, the DeepMind team tested AlphaGo Zero against other computer programs to establish its strength on a rating scale called Elo. The version that defeated Sedol trained for months and reached an Elo rating of 3739. AlphaGo Zero surpassed that level in just 36 hours and eventually reached a rating of 5185, the researchers report today in Nature. AlphaGo Zero also trounced the older program 100 games to zero, even when it ran on just four processors, compared with the older AI’s 48.When the researchers did train AlphaGo Zero on human games, it learned more quickly, but performed more poorly in the long run. Left on its own, they suggest, it learned differently from humans, mastering known moves in a different order and discovering a previously unknown sequence for playing in corners. “It’s a great advance,” says Tristan Cazenave, a computer scientist at Paris Dauphine University. “It shows that in a very difficult domain you can discover new knowledge that took humans thousands of years to discover.”A self-teaching algorithm could have other applications, such as searching through possible arrangements of atoms to find materials with new properties. “Maybe there is a room-temperature superconductor out there,” said Demis Hassabis, DeepMind’s co-founder and CEO, during the briefing. However, Mueller notes, whereas Go has clear rules and limited moves, the real world is messy and uncertain. So, he says, it remains to be seen how well AlphaGo Zero’s techniques can work in less structured domains. This computer program can beat humans at Go—with no human instruction By Matthew HutsonOct. 18, 2017 , 1:00 PM DeepMind Mastering the game of Go with self-teaching artificial intelligence opens a universe of possibilities.
Many nonprofits have trouble making their missions relatable and exciting to potential supporters. I often get questions like this one from Deirdre:“As an organization with a mission that is a bit more abstract than, say, feeding hungry children or saving whales, we often struggle to make our work concrete. How can organizations dedicated to civic engagement or research create an inspiring story?”Whatever your issue area, these three tips will make your cause clear and compelling.1. Describe your mission as a destination.Don’t talk about your process or philosophy. Talk about your outcomes.Let me give you an example. Dan and Chip Heath, authors of Switch and Decisive, provide a great example from a breast care clinic as envisioned by Laura Esserman. She could have described her mission in ways that focused on the building or the philosophy. For example: “We are going to revolutionize the way breast cancer is treated and create a prototype of the next-generation breast cancer clinic.” Another poor choice: “We are going to reposition radiology as an internal, rather than external, wing of the clinic, and we will reconfigure our space to make that possible.” These all fall into the customary trap of talking about HOW your approach your work rather than WHAT the end result will be. (They also make the mistake of having no people in the description of their cause, but that’s the second point below.) What would be better? The Heaths nail it: “A clinic with everything under one roof—a woman could come in for a mammogram in the morning and, if the test discovered a growth, she could leave with a treatment plan the same day.” You can see the destination clear as day. 2. Give your mission a pulse.You have to talk about what you do in a way that makes clear its effect on people or animals. If you don’t have a heartbeat to your message, no one will care about your cause. Suppose you are advocating for quality schools. Don’t get so lost in descriptions of quality education and advocacy techniques that you forget to talk about kids! This is one of the most common mistakes I see. Always answer the question, “at the end of the day, whose life is better for what we do?” I like how Jumpstart talks about their work in early childhood education. They put it this way: “Working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.” 3. Speak in story.Last, make sure you are describing what you do through story, not just facts and jargon. Stories make a cause relatable, tangible and touching. Remember, a good story has a passionate storyteller (you), clear stakes and a tale of transformation at its core. The NRDC, an organization focused largely on process and the work of lawyers and scientists, does an amazing job with storytelling all over its home page. There are heroes with a heartbeat to show every dimension of their work in stories.