Council dresses down panelist for decision

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I think Mr. Humphreville made a mistake, a substantial error,” Mayor Jef Vander Borght said at the meeting. “The bottom line is, his brother worked for this entity … Now, does that reach the level of my wanting to remove him? At this point, … the answer is no.” Councilman Todd Campbell said he has strong respect for Humphreville but feels he made an error in judgment. “I don’t know if I’m at the point where I’d want to remove him,” he said. “But I certainly think that it would be important for the credibility of the Planning Board and for the people who feel there may have been an injustice done that he provide an explanation.” Humphreville, a sales instructor for a commercial real estate and advertising businesses, did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. He said he looks forward to airing his side at a council meeting to be set next month. Before the vote, he did inquire of the City Attorney’s Office about whether potential conflicts existed. Senior Assistant City Attorney Mary Riley told him that because he had no financial stake in the business, he would not be breaking state fair political practice laws. BURBANK – A city Planning Board member has come under fire from the City Council because he voted for a controversial chicken restaurant even though his brother was the owner’s business partner. Dan Humphreville voted this summer to approve a conditional-use permit for the California Chicken Cafe, a project that was eventually killed by the council after residents complained about increased traffic and raised concerns about possible conflicts by the board member. His brother, Bill Humphreville, managed Chicken Cafes in Westwood and Santa Monica and shared in the profits. Dan Humphreville had several phone conversations with the Chicken Cafe owner, one of which was just days before the Planning Board hearing, according to a memo released Wednesday by the City Attorney’s Office. Questions surrounding his actions came to a head Tuesday night at the council meeting, where officials gave him a dressing down. But Riley also told him he would have to decide whether his connection to the cafe would influence his vote. “I did not believe there was a conflict,” said Humphreville, who has served on the board for three years and was appointed by the council. “It was coincidental that the applicant that was in front of us happened to be one in which my own brother shares a business arrangement, limited to two stores on the Westside.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Confed Cup good to go

first_imgBafana Bafana supporters encourage theirteam. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For more freephotos, visit the image library.) President Jacob Zuma with the Kopanya,the official ball of the Confederations Cup,and the coveted trophy. (Image: Fifa) A sea of South African flags andfootball supporters. (Image: Fifa)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using materialSouth Africa is ready to stage the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. The Fifa 2010 World Cup precursor kicks off on 14 June at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium with a game between Asian champions Iraq and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.After a meeting held on 10 June, government’s World Cup inter-ministerial committee declared that all preparations were in readiness for the sporting spectacle, and that fans could look forward to a hugely successful event.The Confederations Cup will show off a good portion of South Africa’s massive US$98-billion (R787-billion) investment in infrastructure. Much of the money was ploughed into the renovation of eight existing stadiums and the construction of two brand-new venues.“It gives us comfort to report that all the four venues chosen to host the Confederations Cup tournament are ready,” stated the committee, “namely Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane, Free State stadium in Mangaung and Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg.”The remaining stadiums are all in advanced stages of construction and would be finished within Fifa target dates.One of them, the 48 000-seater Nelson Mandela multi-purpose stadium, was officially opened earlier this month, becoming the first of the two newly-built stadiums to reach completion.The other new stadium, the $109-million (R875-million) Mbombela stadium in Mpumalanga, is scheduled for completion in July 2009.Support from the fansAn extensive marketing campaign, run by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the government, is continuing to build support from communities for both football tournaments.Although there are still tickets available for the Confederations Cup, the committee noted that sales were brisk and that the opening clash between Bafana Bafana and Iran was almost sold out.“All signs are there that we are heading for a fully packed 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, as will the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Visitors to the country will enjoy the legendary South African hospitality in a total of 34 910 rooms, over 5 200 of which have been provided by small operators.The committee said it was pleased with the warm welcome shown to the Italian and Iraqi teams and that it hoped that teams yet to arrive would receive the same enthusiastic greeting.But the greater part of South African enthusiasm must be reserved for Bafana Bafana, said the committee, adding that all citizens had a responsibility to go out and support their team.South African president Jacob Zuma, speaking in Parliament earlier in the week, said that the national team’s growing confidence and impressive performances of late, as well as the imminent arrival of the other Confederations Cup teams, was driving the current surge of football fever in South Africa.Security under controlThe committee reported that both categories of security were under control – government is responsible for general security while the LOC is responsible for security at venues.According to the security plan submitted to and approved by Fifa, the South African Police Service will assign 41 000 officers specifically to the World Cup. This group is made up of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists.The Confederations Cup will see the deployment of 8 000 officers.Transport strategies are also ready for the Confederations Cup. A number of technical teams have moved into municipal areas to assist with the rollout of transport projects designed to ease the movement of visitors and fans between stadiums.Communicating with the worldThe International Broadcast Centre at the Nasrec exhibition centre south of Johannesburg will be ready in time for the World Cup. Other communications infrastructure, including the national digital network, is on track.During the Confederations Cup, members of the media will use a state-of-the-art broadcast centre at Ellis Park stadium.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at  [email protected] articlesSA’s Confed Cup Squad named Fifa names Confed officials “See you in June” – TorresUseful links2009 Confederations CupSouth Africa 2010Fifa 2010 World Cuplast_img read more

ENN Energy Inks Deal for LNG Bunkering Vessel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: ENN Energy ENN Energy has signed a construction contract for an 8,500 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel with compatriot Dalian Shipbuilding Industry.The vessel is slated for completion in 2020 and it is intended for the company’s Zhejiang Zhoushan LNG import and bunkering terminal.The facility, the first one to be built and operated by a Chinese private company, will have the capacity of receiving 3 million tons of LNG from international market. The facility has been earmarked as the future LNG supply hub.The first stage of the project is completed and is expected to open for business in October. The second stage of the project, for which the company secured cooperation deals, is scheduled for completion in 2021.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Dont Give the Stanley Cup to the Kings Just Yet

If you read the North American sports media — Sportsnet, CBC, THN, USA Today, CBS, ESPN — you’ve heard that Henrik Lundqvist may as well go on vacation; this year’s Stanley Cup already belongs to the Los Angeles Kings. My quick scan showed 12 of 14 hockey media types picking the Kings to beat the New York Rangers in the NHL playoffs’ final round, which begin on Wednesday, and it’s easy to see why. The Kings have a recent track record of success (a Cup in 2012 and a conference finals appearance in 2013). They come from the stronger conference — the West won 246 games and lost 202 against the East this year — and to get to the finals they had to beat teams that had 111, 116 and 107 points this season. Quite different from the Rangers’ playoff run, which included struggles to beat flawed teams and scrapping against backup goaltenders.Except it isn’t that simple, and not just because hockey is a sport disproportionately fueled by luck. The Rangers have a case to make — even on paper. The stats give them a real shot.Let’s start with shooting percentage, where the teams are evenly matched. Both New York and LA struggled this year: The Rangers’ 6.7 percent at 5-on-5 ranked 28th in the league and the Kings’ 6.6 percent was 29th. That’s not a big enough gap to make a difference, because shooting (and save percentages) in hockey are prone to large fluctuations. Given that the teams took about 2,000 shots, that 0.1 percentage point difference represents just two goals, and it’s easy to see how some random bounces could explain it.That’s not to say that shooting percentage is completely meaningless. Pulling our estimates of a team’s shooting skill two-thirds of the way towards the mean helps account for the impact of random chance. If the Rangers and Kings had huge differences that might tell us something about their differing skill. But they only had a margin of 0.1 percentage points this year and 0.8 over the last three years. Between the change in personnel and systems over time and the limitations of multiyear analysis, the Kings and Rangers are close enough that it’s hard to be confident that either team has an edge in shooting percentage.But there are differences to be found among the less top-level stats. Much of today’s advanced stat analysis begins with studying teams’ shot differential as an indicator of their ability to control play. In this regard, the Kings do have a clear edge; indeed, over the last few years they’ve been the best puck-possession team in the league.The Kings outshot their opponents 57 percent to 43 percent during 5-on-5 play this year,1In this piece, “shots” will be taken to include both shots on goal and shots that miss the net, the measure proposed by Matt Fenwick. excluding situations where the score was close enough that teams sat back to protect a lead.2Focusing on situations where the score is close was first popularized by hockey stat pioneer Tore Purdy, more commonly known as JLikens. Purdy recently died at the age of only 28, a tragic loss. He wrote the piece about estimating team shooting talent that I linked above. He’ll be missed. They led the NHL, but the Rangers weren’t too far behind, outshooting their opponents 54 percent to 46 percent. From these two figures, we might expect the Kings to get something like 51.5 percent of the shots against the Rangers; when we include the somewhat tougher opponents they faced this year, we might revise our estimate upwards a bit to something closer to 52 percent.3The Kings’ average opponent got 49.91 percent of the shots, just a little bit higher than the Rangers’ average opponent (49.77 percent). That simple 0.14 point difference probably underestimates the competition — just as the Kings’ shot differential underrates them by not factoring in the strength of the opponents they faced, this metric also underrates their opponents slightly for the same reason. Since there are lots of things we can’t account for (specific matchups, who’s currently nursing an injury, etc.), our projected matchup can never be accurate to three decimal places. I’ve been rounding these figures off in most places, which means that we don’t need to plow through the arithmetic of exactly how much of an effect it has; the Kings’ likely share of shots against the Rangers will round to 52 percent in the end.But that was the regular season, and it’s worth testing whether anything has changed in the playoffs. That means looking at a smaller sample of data — 20 games instead of 82 — which makes it important not to let any stat go to waste. So instead of outright excluding the lead-protecting situations from our analysis (the common way of doing it), let’s include them and correct for the impact of score effects.4To do that, I used a methodology I developed a couple of years ago. It’s a small but important difference, especially when dealing with a sample size this small.By this method, the Kings’ adjusted shot differential in the playoffs was about 52 percent to 48 percent, very similar to the Rangers’ 51-49. However, the Kings were dominant against much tougher competition; they held their opponents about 5 points below those teams’ season averages, whereas the Rangers held their opponents just a fraction of a point below theirs. Once we correct for that, we again end up estimating that the Kings will get about 52 percent of the shots over the series, or maybe as high as 53 percent. That represents a clear edge, if not an overwhelming one.So far, so Kings. But there’s also special teams play to take into account. The Rangers drew 32 more penalties than they took in the regular season, whereas the Kings took 12 more penalties than they drew. The Rangers had a higher power play conversion percentage and a better penalty kill percentage,5They also had better shot rates in both situations, which is an important component of predicting future performance. so we should expect the them to have more and better power plays than the Kings in the long run — even if the actual results of this short series will be dominated by random chance.Finally, it’s possible that it’s all going to come down to goaltending — this is hockey, after all — and the Rangers have a clear advantage there. This was the fifth straight year that Henrik Lundqvist posted a save percentage higher than 92 percent, and his save percentage has been higher than Jonathan Quick’s in every year of Quick’s career. Obviously, over a short series either goalie can get hot and turn the tide, but goalie streaks are almost entirely unpredictable and all we can do in advance is note which goalie is more talented. In this case, it’s clearly Lundqvist. The question is just how big of an advantage he gives the Rangers.In other words, Lundqvist is the fulcrum. If we expect the Kings to get 52 to 53 percent of the shots and expect Lundqvist and Quick to match their average save percentages over the last three years, that leads to a draw at even strength. Other components — special teams, shooting and perhaps fatigue — are all pretty small factors, but also seem to work in the Rangers’ favor.Ignore the pundits — this thing’s closer to a toss-up than a blowout. read more

Can smartphone apps diagnose illnesses No say experts

first_imgWith a barrage of smartphone health apps being launched globally — claiming to go beyond fitness or calorie checkers and spot mental illnesses or respiratory diseases — health experts stress that such digital applications can never be a replacement for a qualified, well-trained health service provider.An Australia-based digital health solution provider recently launched an app called ResApp that claims to diagnose respiratory diseases like pneumonia, croup and asthma with high accuracy through a cough into a smartphone. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Go to Apple App Store and you will find a plethora of apps claiming to diagnose depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are nearly 1,500 depression-checking apps out there but according to experts, apps can at best give information or help monitor diet and health parameters but if these claim to diagnose an illness, there are serious medico-legal issues in making such a claim.“Apps may guide a patient to consult an appropriate doctor. However, an app by itself is not adequate to make a diagnosis. Diagnosis of a medical condition is made by detailed history and examination followed by investigations. This expertise is gained after several years of training and a digital app is not a replacement at all,” emphasised Dr Vipul Gupta, head, (neurovascular intervention centre) at Medanta-The Medicity. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGupta is soon going to launch an app called “Stroke and Neurointervention” — being developed with the non-profit Stroke and Neurovascular Intervention Foundation, where he is one of the founder members.The app will provide information to people about stroke awareness, prevention and treatment options. “The app will also have an emergency number to call. It will regularly update doctors about current treatments, latest advances and protocols and provide expert opinion on medical cases,” said Dr Gupta. When it comes to health apps, experts say that trust in health care cannot be created by answering merely a set of questions and getting an instant diagnosis as the variables are too high to be included in a single app.The key questions are: Is the app accredited by an agency or has the process been standardised by any council? Have double-blind clinical trials been performed on these apps for approval and do these prepare users for emergency situations? Are the people behind the apps health care providers or mere IT geeks who wish to monetise their efforts?“There is not enough evidence that such queries have been addressed when it comes to health apps. On the contrary, there is always an agreement clause which the user is made to click prior to use, absolving the app creator of any medical mishaps,” said Dr Amitabh Parti, unit head (internal medicine) at Fortis Medical Research Institute in Gurgaon.Dr Parti has come across many such tall claiming apps and found those misleading. “The efficacy of an app need to be subjected to multi-centric clinical trials and need to be assessed in varying clinical settings including individuals with many co-morbidities (more than one disease). We must realise there is no room for a redo in healthcare when it is a human life we are interfering with,” emphasises Dr Parti.Dr Rajeev Rathi, cardiologist at Max Super Specialty Hospital in the Capital, recently devised and launched an app to help a person find if he or she is suffering from a heart disease or not.Diagnosis in the field of mental health is largely clinical and questionnaires and apps at best can help with screening to help provide suggestions but not diagnosis.“It is important that applications are used for education and screening purpose and not for more and should aid in reaching experts to a larger population and make accessibility easier,” elaborates Dr Samir Parikh, director, department of mental health and behavioural sciences, at Fortis Healthcare.In a recent report in the scientific journal Nature, psychiatrist John Torous who chairs the American Psychiatric Association’s Smartphone App Evaluation Task Force, said: “Right now, it [apps] almost feels like the Wild West of health care.”last_img read more

PostGIS extension pgRouting for calculating driving distance Tutorial

first_imgpgRouting is an extension of PostGIS and  PostgreSQL geospatial database. It adds routing and other network analysis functionality. In this tutorial we will learn to work with pgRouting tool in estimating the driving distance from all nearby nodes which can be very useful in supply chain, logistics and transportation based applications. This tutorial is an excerpt from a book written by Mayra Zurbaran,Pedro Wightman, Paolo Corti, Stephen Mather, Thomas Kraft and Bborie Park titled PostGIS Cookbook – Second Edition. Driving distance is useful when user sheds are needed that give realistic driving distance estimates, for example, for all customers with five miles driving, biking, or walking distance. These estimates can be contrasted with buffering techniques, which assume no barrier to travelling and are useful for revealing the underlying structures of our transportation networks relative to individual locations. Driving distance (pgr_drivingDistance) is a query that calculates all nodes within the specified driving distance of a starting node. This is an optional function compiled with pgRouting; so if you compile pgRouting yourself, make sure that you enable it and include the CGAL library, an optional dependency for pgr_drivingDistance. We will start by loading a test dataset. You can get some really basic sample data from In the following example, we will look at all users within a distance of three units from our starting point—that is, a proposed bike shop at node 2: SELECT * FROM pgr_drivingDistance( ‘SELECT id, source, target, cost FROM chp06.edge_table’, 2, 3); The preceding command gives the following output: As usual, we just get a list from the pgr_drivingDistance table that, in this case, comprises sequence, node, edge cost, and aggregate cost. PgRouting, like PostGIS, gives us low-level functionality; we need to reconstruct what geometries we need from that low-level functionality. We can use that node ID to extract the geometries of all of our nodes by executing the following script: WITH DD AS ( SELECT * FROM pgr_drivingDistance( ‘SELECT id, source, target, cost FROM chp06.edge_table’, 2, 3 )) SELECT ST_AsText(the_geom)FROM chp06.edge_table_vertices_pgr w, DD dWHERE = d.node; The preceding command gives the following output: But the output seen is just a cluster of points. Normally, when we think of driving distance, we visualize a polygon. Fortunately, we have the pgr_alphaShape function that provides us that functionality. This function expects id, x, and y values for input, so we will first change our previous query to convert to x and y from the geometries in edge_table_vertices_pgr: WITH DD AS ( SELECT * FROM pgr_drivingDistance( ‘SELECT id, source, target, cost FROM chp06.edge_table’, 2, 3 ))SELECT id::integer, ST_X(the_geom)::float AS x, ST_Y(the_geom)::float AS y FROM chp06.edge_table_vertices_pgr w, DD dWHERE = d.node; The output is as follows: Now we can wrap the preceding script up in the alphashape function: WITH alphashape AS ( SELECT pgr_alphaShape(‘ WITH DD AS ( SELECT * FROM pgr_drivingDistance( ”SELECT id, source, target, cost FROM chp06.edge_table”, 2, 3 ) ), dd_points AS( SELECT id::integer, ST_X(the_geom)::float AS x, ST_Y(the_geom)::float AS y FROM chp06.edge_table_vertices_pgr w, DD d WHERE = d.node ) SELECT * FROM dd_points ‘)), So first, we will get our cluster of points. As we did earlier, we will explicitly convert the text to geometric points: alphapoints AS ( SELECT ST_MakePoint((pgr_alphashape).x, (pgr_alphashape).y) FROM alphashape), Now that we have points, we can create a line by connecting them: alphaline AS ( SELECT ST_Makeline(ST_MakePoint) FROM alphapoints)SELECT ST_MakePolygon(ST_AddPoint(ST_Makeline, ST_StartPoint(ST_Makeline))) FROM alphaline; Finally, we construct the line as a polygon using ST_MakePolygon. This requires adding the start point by executing ST_StartPoint in order to properly close the polygon. The complete code is as follows: WITH alphashape AS ( SELECT pgr_alphaShape(‘ WITH DD AS ( SELECT * FROM pgr_drivingDistance( ”SELECT id, source, target, cost FROM chp06.edge_table”, 2, 3 ) ), dd_points AS( SELECT id::integer, ST_X(the_geom)::float AS x, ST_Y(the_geom)::float AS y FROM chp06.edge_table_vertices_pgr w, DD d WHERE = d.node ) SELECT * FROM dd_points ‘)),alphapoints AS ( SELECT ST_MakePoint((pgr_alphashape).x, (pgr_alphashape).y) FROM alphashape),alphaline AS ( SELECT ST_Makeline(ST_MakePoint) FROM alphapoints)SELECT ST_MakePolygon( ST_AddPoint(ST_Makeline, ST_StartPoint(ST_Makeline)))FROM alphaline; Our first driving distance calculation can be better understood in the context of the following diagram, where we can reach nodes 9, 11, 13 from node 2 with a driving distance of 3: With this,  you can calculate the most optimistic distance route across different nodes in your transportation network. Want to explore more with PostGIS, check out PostGIS Cookbook – Second Edition and get access to complete range of PostGIS techniques and related extensions for better analytics on your spatial information. 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Air Transat announces new Account Manager

first_img MONTREAL — A new Account Manager has joined the ranks at Air Transat.Laura Albrow, based in Toronto, is now responsible for managing the portfolio of specialty accounts in Ontario and Western Canada for Air Transat. Prior to her new role, Albrow spent 10 years at Etihad Airways, and 13 years at Qantas Airways as an Account Manager.At Air Transat, Albrow reports directly to Claude-Hélène Faucher, National Sales Manager.Gilles Ringwald, Vice-President Commercial, said the company is pleased to have Albrow join the team.“She is an accomplished sales professional who brings over 25 years’ experience in the airline industry. Her experience and dynamism will be strong assets for business development.”Albrow can be reached at [email protected] Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Tags: New Hires, Transat Share Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Air Transat announces new Account Manager Posted bylast_img read more