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first_imgFirst National Bank of Botswana Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about First National Bank of Botswana Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First National Bank of Botswana Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First National Bank of Botswana Limited (  2019 annual report.Company ProfileFirst National Bank of Botswana Limited is a financial services institution providing products and solutions for personal, business and private clients in Botswana. Its personal banking division offers the standard range of transaction products as well as student accounts, overdrafts and loans and online banking products. The business banking division offers additional services such as purchase order finance, premium credit facilities and commercial property loans. First National Bank of Botswana also provides agricultural solutions, farming enterprise finance, business investment solutions and farm risk insurance finance along with solutions for payments, funding, cash management services to the public sector, and treasury and trade services. The private banking division offers wealth and advisory services, and structured lending services. The banking group facilitates its banking services through the Pick n Pay franchise with a sales and service channel called FNBB Kiosk. First National Bank of Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of First National Bank Holdings (Botswana) Limited.last_img read more

first_imgTripple Gee and Company Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Tripple Gee and Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tripple Gee and Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tripple Gee and Company Plc (  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileTripple Gee & Company Plc manufactures and sells paper and packaging products in Nigeria and specialising in printing financial instruments and security documents. The company services the banking, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors as well as government regulatory bodies. Security documents include MICR encoded and personalised cheques, dividend warrants, share certificates, ballot papers and election stationary as well as licenses and permits, customs revenue collection forms and receipts, statement of accounts, utility bills and pension contributions. Tripple Gee & Company Plc also offers packaging and labeling products which includes pharmaceutical labels, anti-counterfeit labels and packaging labels such as printed nylon, BOPP, PVC and shrink packaging products. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Tripple Gee & Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Francis obrien says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 2018 at 7:43 pm I wish Amy Sowder and Episcopal News Service had provided a more balanced view of the Keys. Our four day vacation in December was delightful, lots of tourists, scads of nice bays, sunshine, blue water, good food and fun Yes we didn’t spend time with.suffering fishermen but we are eager to go back. END, please be aware of the harm a bad article can cause. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 2017 Hurricanes, The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Debris, especially large appliances, remains in some parts of the Florida Keys, which were hit by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service —Florida Keys] Four months after Hurricane Irma, refrigerators and washing machines rust roadside in the Florida Keys. Much of the debris flanking the main thoroughfare of U.S. 1 is gone, but the stench of decomposing trash is strong in some parts. Bedraggled, bent palm trees border turquoise waters near new palm plantings supported by lumber. Marinas are ghost towns with boat-less docks.Once the initial crisis was over, both long-term weariness and gratefulness set in for Episcopalians in the Keys, part of the Diocese of Southeast Florida.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and his delegation visited hurricane-torn congregations on the islands Jan. 13 with a goal to solidify unity — with God, fellow parishioners, other congregations in diocese, the Episcopal Church and the mainland. Together, more recovery is possible, Curry said.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry listens to and looks at the photos of hurricane damage that Alison “Sonny” Cook shows him. Cook lives in a church-provided trailer sitting behind St. Columba Episcopal Church in Marathon, the halfway point in the Florida Keys. Her home was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News Service“When I’m strong, you don’t have to be. When you’re strong, I don’t have to be,” Curry told members of St. James The Fisherman on Islamorada. St. James is one of the diocese’s five congregations on the Keys. There are 76 congregations in the diocese, spanning 272 miles from north to south.Irma’s long-term impactTargeting the middle and lower Keys, Irma dropped 12 inches of rain and its 130-mph winds pushed a 10-foot storm surge ashore as it damaged more than 1,300 boats, many of which were people’s primary homes. While Cudjoe Key is where the storm made landfall, Big Pine Key was one of the other islands hit the hardest.Throughout the Keys, more than 10,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. And those were primary residences of working class people, not secondary vacation homes, said Southeast Florida Bishop Peter Eaton. Many people were without power for three weeks to a month.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry comforts Episcopalians at St. Francis in the Keys, a tiny church on Big Pine Key. The island was drastically damaged by Hurricane Irma, but the church is still standing. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News ServiceFishing is the leading industry in the Keys, while tourism is second. The lobster and stone crab seasons are a bust, which means an economic hit because the harvest in the Keys supplies restaurants and companies nationwide, Eaton said. Besides the tourist mecca that is Key West at the southernmost tip, most of the islands are rural.Keys residents are leaving because landlords aren’t repairing their uninhabitable homes, Eaton said. “The chief challenge is keeping people in the Keys, and keeping them working,” he said. Loss of workforce housing exacerbates the problem.St. James The Fisherman’s Episcopal preschool on the northern key of Islamorada lost two families, took in four families and has a waiting list for enrollment at the school, which has a maximum capacity of 12 students, said administrator Michelle Lane. Across Monroe County, Irma made more than 300 children homeless, Lane said.Lane and county leaders fear that the population of the Keys could drop by as much as 20 percent. Fishing guides and commercial fishers have no work. January and February are peak tourist and snowbird (wintering residents from the north) season, but people aren’t coming down. Many resorts are closed.“Just for us to stay here, we both have to have two jobs,” said Victoria Kennedy, a 17-year member of St. James. “There aren’t a lot of middle-class people here.”Once Keys residents were allowed to return to the area, retired registered nurse Shirl McAllister, who lived in Marathon for 30 years, discovered her home gutted by Irma. The doors, windows and walls: all gone. She received a $15,000 estimate just to knock down what’s left. She has to return to work. Still, she didn’t want to leave.“People say, ‘Why don’t you pack up and go?’ But we’ve been here too long, and we’re old,” McAllister told Curry, as she teared up. She’s living in a FEMA trailer at the moment.“Despite it all, the volunteers have shown so much love and compassion. It’s just incredible. It’s amazing,” McAllister said. “I’ve donated boxes to this church for years. I never thought it would come back to me. It’s made me a believer; I’ll tell you that.”Florida Keys churchesIrma tossed St. James The Fisherman’s steeple from its parish hall and preschool onto the parking lot, across the street from a destroyed, empty mobile home park.“That neighborhood, all their debris, was in our parking lot. But they were flooded,” said church administrator Michelle Lane.On the northern key of Islamorada, Hurricane Irma tossed St. James The Fisherman’s steeple from its parish hall and preschool onto the parking lot, across the street from a destroyed, empty mobile home park. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News ServiceCurry reminded the congregation that the more turbulent life gets, the deeper people need to reach for God’s help and the wider they need to reach out to others.“When the rest of the world is spinning like crazy, that will anchor you. God’s got the strength that you don’t have,” he said.Cling to the spiritual practices of prayer, study of scripture, gathering as a community and receiving communion, he said. “It works,” Curry said.Transition is something that happens in all our lives, but especially after natural disasters, said Bishop Todd Ousley of the Episcopal Church Office of Pastoral Development, who accompanied Curry on his visit here and to the Virgin Islands earlier in the week. Practicing self-care can mean not only maintaining your religious practices, but also exercising, eating well and sometimes talking to a trained therapist. “When hurricanes come, it not only affects your landscape, it also affects your lives and your community.”The Rev. Debra Maconaughey of St. Columba Episcopal Church on Marathon, the midpoint of the Keys, procured 19 mobile homes, some with Episcopal Relief & Development’s help.Lifelong Episcopalian Alison “Sonny” Cook, 88, is living in a church-provided trailer sitting behind St. Columba. Her mobile home, about 2 miles east of the church, was destroyed. “I just got here at New Year’s. I’d been staying with friends until then,” Cook said as she gave a tour of her new home for now, which she decorated with a parrot tablecloth and on the bed a teddy bear in a “give thanks” T-shirt.Lifelong Episcopalian Alison “Sonny” Cook, 88, lives in a church-provided trailer that sits behind St. Columba Episcopal Church in Marathon, the halfway point in the Florida Keys. Her home was destroyed. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News ServiceIncluding the church buildings, Maconaughey houses about 100 people at any given time, with the city’s permission.“We’ve had Episcopalians from all over the United States helping us,” Maconaughey said. “We have really felt like we are the church.”Before the storm, Rick Kidwell lived on a sailboat with his two daughters. His family and more than a dozen friends hunkered down at St. Columba. Now, they’re living in a trailer, and he’s helping unload supplies from trucks, clear debris from yards and homes, and yank out moldy drywall as the church’s disaster project coordinator.Kidwell sees helping others as the same as helping himself. “The Keys are small, so everything is my backyard,” he said.St. Francis in the Keys is a tiny church amid a torn landscape on Big Pine Key, one of the islands that bore the brunt of Irma. The Rev. Chris Todd and his wife, Julia, are living in one room of their home. Just this past week, a crew removed the appliances and other debris lining the streets in his neighborhood, four months after the storm. “But there’s still a boat on our street. Maybe the claw wasn’t big enough,” the priest said with a laugh.Julia Todd, wife of the Rev. Chris Todd of St. Francis in the Keys, a tiny Episcopal church on Big Pine Key, bakes cookies with church children for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and diocesan Bishop Peter Eaton’s visit. Big Pine Key was one of the Florida islands that received the brunt of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News ServiceSt. Francis parishioner Judee Lyon found gratitude in the midst of the destruction. “I have the best mangoes in the Keys, and our tree is still there.”At the southernmost tip of the Keys, members of St. Paul’s and St. Peter’s churches on Key West met together to talk to Curry.St. Paul’s parishioner Sherri Hodies lived on Sugarloaf Key, 1,000 feet from the hurricane’s landfall and had eight tornadoes tear through her home. Yet, she helped coordinate the donation of quilts from an Ohio church, and gave a remaining one to Curry to help someone in Houston, Texas, which suffered from Hurricane Harvey. “I feel blessed, yet fragile,” Hodies said.Despite the mandatory evacuation order, St. Peter’s parishioner Esther Whyms rode the storm out at home and was amazed at the influx of help afterward. “We had help from people all over,” Whyms told Curry. “I’ve never seen so many people get together.”— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. 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first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Text description provided by the architects. Two basic principles guided our project for the construction of a new penthouse foor to house a single 234-square-meter apartment, located at the base of the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro’s forested Jardim Botânico neighborhood. The first was a demand for an open space with the least possible amount of internal subdivisions, with the intent to provide good cross ventilation and establish continuity between the interior areas and the surrounding landscape, particularly the Atlantic Rainforest located right in front of the four-story building. Our solution was to group together personal and service areas (bedroom, bathrooms, laundry room) in one block that runs along the east façade, thus creating an open space for the rest of the apartment that connects the front terrace all the way to the back terrace. The open space accommodates the kitchen, dining room, living room, entrance stairs, and study. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesSuch layout gave the interior space a more longitudinal reading. As a counterpoint, a geometrical volume holding the building’s large water tank was inserted across the width of the ceiling. The added volume is visually emphasized by its lower ceiling height and different surface treatment. It is further detached through a skylight, which makes the entire continuity of the volume visible from the inside. Save this picture!At the north end, which holds the living and dining rooms, a system of pivoting doors placed across the entire 8.80-meter width of the apartment allow for complete opening of the space, promoting direct contact with the Tijuca Forest and the remarkable statue of Christ the Redeemer at its mountaintop. The second principle was to use renewable resources wherever possible. The building’s old asbestos roof was replaced with a green roof, which reduces both the thermal effect of the sun’s radiation into the apartment and its refection back into the atmosphere. This solution, allied with the allowance of cross ventilation, eliminated the need for air conditioning in the penthouse apartment. Save this picture!In addition to its heat and noise reduction benefits, the green roof can be accessed directly from inside the apartment and serves as a garden to be enjoyed by its residents, including the possibility to grow a vegetable garden and an area to create compost from organic waste. Solar panels were installed at the highest point of the building for water heating. The abundant natural lighting provided by the large window openings in all four façades was intensified by the addition of skylights. These skylights were designed with a system that permits constant air circulation and keeps the environment comfortable. Save this picture!A deactivated cistern in the building’s underground floor was repaired to store rainwater collected from the roof, which can be reused both for watering the plants and cleaning the external areas of the building. The formal solution adopted meets the requirements imposed by the public authorities regarding the insertion of a new volume on an existing building, particularly since it is located in an officially protected area of cultural property (Jardim Botânico’s APAC – Área de Proteção do Ambiente Cultural). Save this picture!The ‘Magui Building’ was constructed in 1951, a time of urban occupation in the neighborhood and a period of great significance to the development of the Modern Movement in Rio de Janeiro’s urban architecture. It was during that same period and in those vicinities that great works were produced, including the Antônio Ceppas buildings (1952) by Jorge Machado Moreira and the Lagoa Hospital (former Sul América Hospital, 1952) by Oscar Niemeyer and Hélio Uchoa, with its landscape designed by Burle Marx. Save this picture!Although the building’s original design does not strictly follow Le Corbusier’s urban precepts, it presents a geometric composition that is very much in line with the modern architecture produced at the time. This new intervention is based on the idea of inserting new elements with similar geometric characteristics as the existing ones. Because the new volume is withdrawn 5 meters from the building’s main façade, the frontal view of the building has been unaffected. As for the sides of the building, the new project was designed to follow the lines of the original composition.Project gallerySee allShow lessDwelling at Maytree / ODOS architectsSelected ProjectsVillAnn / WingardhSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Rio de Janeiro, BrazilLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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first_imgExperian’s new service helps charities reduce mailings to ‘goneaways’ About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Keeping track of supporters’ current addresses is hard work. According to government statistics, more than 12% of the UK population move house each year: this is about 18,000 people every day. Where goneaway data is identified from returned mail, it can take months to receive, collate, capture and load the information before it is ready for use as a suppression list. Absolute Movers helps solve this problem by making goneaway data available much faster; the company has identified over 3.5 million new movers in the last six months alone.Sue Tomalin, Data Quality Consultant for Experian’s Marketing Services division, believes that the speed with which goneaway data can be made available is essential for charities. “On average,” she said, “an individual receives 13 pieces of direct mail per month, so if there is a four month delay in identifying a single mover, 50 wasted mail packs will have been sent to their old address. Absolute Movers has been developed by Experian to address this specific weakness in the suppression data currently available to the charitable sector.”In addition, Absolute Movers keeps up-to-date with people who temporarily move house and then return; for example, students who move away for the period of their study and work secondments.Absolute Movers is available from Experian and through Experian Intact, the online data cleansing service. Information solutions company Experian has launched ‘Absolute Movers’, a service to help charities keep track of donors who move home and changing their address.Absolute Movers is designed to help charities improve the effectiveness of their direct marketing campaigns by reducing the waste created by mailing individuals who have moved home, or ‘goneaways’ in the jargon.Experian claims that its unique data is updated and made available more quickly than other consumer suppression services currently available. Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 25 March 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

first_imgAcross the street from Gracie Mansion, New York Mayor William de Blasio’s home, were hundreds of demonstrators on Dec. 16. Led by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, speakers exposed politicians for selling out the working class and the oppressed communities in the interests of big real estate developers. This comes at a time when Assemblyperson Sheldon Silver was convicted Nov. 30 for kickbacks to real estate developers, whose main objective is to gentrify working-class and oppressed communities. Activists are mobilizing town hall meetings to decide on a rezoning plan that is best for them, based on the principle of affordable housing for all.Speakers, besides those from Chinatown, included Black and Latino/a organizers from Brooklyn and the Bronx. They encouraged plans for unity and solidarity, as all of us have the same community needs. Demands were raised in different languages, along with chants against discrimination and displacement. Class consciousness grows as forces unite and make follow-up action plans, including another protest at the mayor’s home. The final chant for the evening was “We shall not be moved!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img Receive email alerts Organisation News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en February 5, 2021 Find out more Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Help by sharing this information July 15, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist still facing up to seven years in prison for “inciting hatred” Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Newscenter_img News Follow the news on Kazakhstan to go further Reporters Without Borders is appalled by journalist and human rights activist Alexander Kharlamov’s detention on trumped up charges for the past four months for writing articles critical of the local authorities and judicial system in his hometown, the eastern city of Ridder.Aged in his 60s, he is facing a possible seven-year jail sentence on a charge of inciting hatred under article 164 of the criminal code. The prosecutor said he “spread atheist ideas” and “displayed a negative attitude towards religion.”“We strongly condemn the mendacious charges brought against Kharlamov, which constitute a violation of freedom of expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is no evidence of any incitement to hatred by this journalist in anything he wrote.“As well as calling for the withdrawal of the charges against Kharlamov, we urge the authorities to amend article 164 of the criminal code (on inciting hatred) because, as it stands, it allows anyone to be imprisoned just for expressing an opinion.”Kharlamov has been voicing atheist views in a blog with a limited readership since 2005. He has also written two books that were published online. In September 2012, the security forces “revealed” that he was posting calls for religious hatred on his blog and was promoting a new religious current.Kharlamov has said his writing is just a hobby. He heads Secret Service, a small news agency that campaigns for human rights and against corruption, and writes articles critical of the local authorities for the newspapers Flash! and Ridderskiy Vestnik.Two official expert evaluations of Kharlamov failed to find evidence of inciting hatred but judges nonetheless ruled that “these actions could provoke religious hatred and the formation of a negative attitude towards religion, which will contribute to conflicts between persons.”Last January, Kharlamov wrote an article claiming that the trial of a policeman was conducted in a dishonest manner by the judge. He said he was “warned” several times to refrain from commenting on the case. Criminal charges were brought against him on 25 January and, on 6 February, the police searched his office, confiscating documents and two computers.He was arrested without a warrant on 14 March when he went to the police to reclaim the confiscated items and, three days later, was transferred to prison, where his partner has not been allowed to bring food parcels to him. After a psychological investigation that was carried out against his will, he was sent to a psychiatric clinic in the capital, Astana, for a month before being declared mentally fit.Kazakhstan is ranked 160th out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal News January 15, 2021 Find out more KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Community News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Reading to a child is more than just teaching them to read and to bond. Studies have shown that reading to kids is the single most important thing a parent can do, and can help kids acquire language, prepare them for school, and instill a love of learning.It is also the easiest way to prevent learning problems from manifesting in the future. Yet, with all its importance, many people still have no idea how this simple act can have an enormous positive impact on a child’s life.In the US, less than half of all children are being read to everyday, and this is not acceptable.How can families make reading a part of their lifestyle? First, limit the family’s TV viewing time. By turning off the tube and using the time to read, you can start a routine that everyone can get used to.Parents should also teach by example. If kids see their parents read books or magazines all the time, the child will learn the value of reading and emulate the parents. The value of modeling should never be underestimated.You can also ask your child to read together with you. It shows the child that reading is important to you, and gives an opportunity to talk about the book. This helps the kid’s comprehension and helps you bond with your child by opening up the lines of communication between parent and child.Also, when reading books with a child, make sure to keep it relevant to a child’s life to keep them interested. If the child is set to visit a doctor, read a book about going to the doctor. If your family just had a trip to the mountains, read a book about the mountains and the animals that live on it. If your child is obsessed with fairies and dragons, find them a book about fairies and dragons.Keeping your child interested and engaged in the topic will ensure they never get bored about reading.If you need help finding the latest children’s books about almost anything, you can visit the Book Rack at 204 S. First Avenue, Arcadia, where a full range of children’s books from fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy await your child’s imagination.A good book to start with is “The Magic Spell (My Secret Unicorn)” by Linda Chapman. A story about Lauren Foster and her secret unicorn, Twilight, an ordinary pony by day, but at night becomes a unicorn with magical powers.If your child has no interest in unicorns, you can also choose other recommended books such as “Dexter’s Laboratory” by Howie Dewin, or for the older kids, “Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.Book Rack is one of the few remaining independent book stores where each customer is treated like a friend, and you can freely discuss other books and ideas with other customers, too.Much like the old bar sitcom, Book Rack is the place where everybody knows your name (or will know if you’re a first-timer).To find out more about the available books for your child, visit or call (626) 446-2525 for more details. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Thats Living! Literacy and Your Child Literacy means being able to read and write and are two of the most important skills every child should learn. It’s never too early to start, and never too late to improve. By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Monday, September 23, 2013 | 11:32 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

first_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 161 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Make a comment Community News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News center_img Science and Technology NASA’s Mars Rover Drivers Need Your Help Using an online tool to label Martian terrain types, you can train an artificial intelligence algorithm that could improve the way engineers guide the Curiosity rover. By NASA/JPL-Caltech Published on Friday, June 12, 2020 | 12:51 pm Three images from the tool called AI4Mars show different kinds of Martian terrain as seen by NASA’s Curiosity rover. By drawing borders around terrain features and assigning one of four labels to them, you can help train an algorithm that will automatically identify terrain types for Curiosity’s rover planners. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechYou may be able to help NASA’s Curiosity rover drivers better navigate Mars. Using the online tool AI4Mars to label terrain features in pictures downloaded from the Red Planet, you can train an artificial intelligence algorithm to automatically read the landscape.Is that a big rock to the left? Could it be sand? Or maybe it’s nice, flat bedrock. AI4Mars, which is hosted on the citizen science website Zooniverse, lets you draw boundaries around terrain and choose one of four labels. Those labels are key to sharpening the Martian terrain-classification algorithm called SPOC (Soil Property and Object Classification).Developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which has managed all of the agency’s Mars rover missions, SPOC labels various terrain types, creating a visual map that helps mission team members determine which paths to take. SPOC is already in use, but the system could use further training.“Typically, hundreds of thousands of examples are needed to train a deep learning algorithm,” said Hiro Ono, an AI researcher at JPL. “Algorithms for self-driving cars, for example, are trained with numerous images of roads, signs, traffic lights, pedestrians and other vehicles. Other public datasets for deep learning contain people, animals and buildings – but no Martian landscapes.”Once fully up to speed, SPOC will be able to automatically distinguish between cohesive soil, high rocks, flat bedrock and dangerous sand dunes, sending images to Earth that will make it easier to plan Curiosity’s next moves.“In the future, we hope this algorithm can become accurate enough to do other useful tasks, like predicting how likely a rover’s wheels are to slip on different surfaces,” Ono said.The Job of Rover PlannersJPL engineers called rover planners may benefit the most from a better-trained SPOC. They are responsible for Curiosity’s every move, whether it’s taking a selfie, trickling pulverized samples into the rover’s body to be analyzed or driving from one spot to the next.It can take four to five hours to work out a drive (which is now done virtually), requiring multiple people to write and review hundreds of lines of code. The task involves extensive collaboration with scientists as well: Geologists assess the terrain to predict whether Curiosity’s wheels could slip, be damaged by sharp rocks or get stuck in sand, which trapped both the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.Planners also consider which way the rover will be pointed at the end of a drive, since its high-gain antenna needs a clear line of sight to Earth to receive commands. And they try to anticipate shadows falling across the terrain during a drive, which can interfere with how Curiosity determines distance. (The rover uses a technique called visual odometry, comparing camera images to nearby landmarks.)How AI Could HelpSPOC won’t replace the complicated, time-intensive work of rover planners. But it can free them to focus on other aspects of their job, like discussing with scientists which rocks to study next.“It’s our job to figure out how to safely get the mission’s science,” said Stephanie Oij, one of the JPL rover planners involved in AI4Mars. “Automatically generating terrain labels would save us time and help us be more productive.”The benefits of a smarter algorithm would extend to planners on NASA’s next Mars mission, the Perseverance rover, which launches this summer. But first, an archive of labeled images is needed. More than 8,000 Curiosity images have been uploaded to the AI4Mars site so far, providing plenty of fodder for the algorithm. Ono hopes to add images from Spirit and Opportunity in the future. In the meantime, JPL volunteers are translating the site so that participants who speak Spanish, Hindi, Japanese and several other languages can contribute as well.For more, visit and Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more