SELECTMEN NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Last Weeks Meeting

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHOA! Apartment Complex, 7 Retail Stores & Bank Proposed At Woburn St. & Lowell St. IntersectionIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things that happened at last week’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting:#1) NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS: Selectmen authorized a regulatory agreement for three affordable units at Spruce Farm, the new 55-and-over development built on Andover Street. The units will be deed restricted and affordable in perpetuity. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development will monitor the affordable units.#2) SNOW FORT FEST: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Library Director Tina Stewart for the library to use the Swain Green for a “Snow Fort Fest” program on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 2pm to 3:30pm.#3) TRAININGS FOR TOWN BOARDS & COMMITTEES: Wilmington’s new Town Counsel – KP Law – offers the town two free trainings annually per its contract. The town has selected 3-hour trainings on the Open Meeting Law and the Public Records Law. Members of town boards and committees, as well as any town staff members who work with them, will be invited to each training once dates and times are set.#4) PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST: Wilmington resident Rob Fasulo made a formal public records request to the Town Clerk’s Office regarding the standstill agreement for the Olin site and Executive Session minutes surrounding it. Hull said the Town would respond to the request by the deadline. He did note, however, that the Executive Session minutes will not be provided until Selectmen approve them to be released.#5) WILMINGTON GROUP HOMES MAY GET UPGRADES: Vinfen Corporation owns at least two group homes in Wilmington — 6 Fairmeadow Road and 55 Houghton Road.  The company is seeking approval to issue debt through the MassDevelopment to acquire property, renovate existing property, purchase technology hardware and software, pay for soft costs for new projects and make improvements to their various properties, including those in Wilmington. Wilmington was offered the opportunity to provide input at a public hearing, but did not find out about the hearing until after the fact.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

People being charged extra for 4G services

first_img4g networkMobile phone operators were charging between Tk 100 and Tk 110 for upgrading a SIM to Fourth-Generation (4G) network services.The operators on Tuesday said they were taking Tk 100 as replacement tax imposed by the National Board of Revenue, Bangladesh.But experts said there can be no justification to charge Tk 100 as customers had already paid all types of tax when they bought the SIMs.This time a customer is not buying a new SIM, they are just upgrading the SIM instead, the experts pointed out.Prothom Alo investigations found that mobile phone operator Grameenphone was charging Tk 110 while RobiAxiata and Banglalink were taking Tk 100 for upgrading a SIM to 4G services.The mobile operators were not taking any money from their ‘special customers’ like Grameenphone Star, Robi Dhannabad and Banglalink Priyojon package holders.The operators also said they were paying the money to NBR on behalf of their ‘special customers’.The customers were provided with extra facilities as part of their business strategy, the operators added.Grameenphone’s head of corporate affairs Mahmud Hossain told ProthomAlo that the operator was taking Tk 100 on behalf of the government.And a customer is being given 1.5 gigabyte internet data and service for Tk 10, Mahmud Hossain added. Telecommunication research institute Learn Asia’s researcher Abu Sayed Khan told ProthomAlo that the variation in charges suggests discrimination.That means those who are rich are being awarded while the poor are being charged. “This is unacceptable.”“I didn’t know the special discount for certain customers. No discriminative policy is acceptable. I’ll tell the BTRC to take action in this regard.”The tax imposed by the NBR will be discussed with finance minister to revise the decision, the minister added.Bangladesh has entered a new era with launching 4G services in the country.Earlier on Tuesday, the mobile phone operators launched the 4G services across the country through several programmes in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

N Korea tests another missile putting US cities in range

first_imgA Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test. Reuters file photoNorth Korea fired a missile on Friday that experts said was capable of hitting Los Angeles and other US cities and the United States and South Korea responded by staging a joint missile exercise.North Korea confirmed the launch on Saturday, with its official news agency saying it was a “stern warning” for the United States. President Kim Jong Un said the missile showed that all of the United States was within striking distance but US authorities characterized that as an exaggeration.The administration of US President Donald Trump, which has branded North Korea the “most urgent and dangerous threat to peace,” condemned the launch as reckless.“By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.”South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said at a news conference on Saturday Seoul would prepare independent measures to curb the nuclear threat from the North.“This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is a serious provocation that not only clearly violates the UN Security Council’s numerous resolutions but also threatens the safety of the Korean peninsula and world peace,” Song said. “The joint governments of South Korea and the United States will firmly punish North Korea for its missile provocation.”He said steps would be taken to hasten the temporary deployment of THAAD anti-missile units from the United States.The unusual late-night launch added to exasperation in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo over Pyongyang’s continuing development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Friday’s test prompted US and South Korean military officials to discuss military response options.The North Korean military had already raised alarms early this month with its first ICBM launch.The top US military official, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, and Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, spoke by phone with the top South Korean military official, General Lee Sun-jin, to discuss military response options to the launch.The Trump administration has said that all options are on the table, including military ones, however it has also made clear that diplomacy and sanctions are its preferred course.Following a meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he wanted the UN Security Council to discuss new and stronger sanctions against the North, the presidential Blue House said.Later the United States and South Korea conducted a live-fire ballistic missile exercise in a display of firepower in response to the missile launch, the US military said.The two allies had staged a similar exercise after the North Korean test earlier in the month.The launch from North Korea’s northern Jangang province took place at 11:41 p.m. (1441 GMT), an official at South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew for about 45 minutes before apparently landing in the waters of Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Japanese broadcaster NHK, citing a military official, said the missile reached an altitude of more than 3,000 km (1,860 miles).US CITIES IN RANGEThe South Korean military said the missile was believed to be an ICBM-class, flying more than 1,000 km (620 miles) and reaching an altitude of 3,700 km (2,300 miles). In Washington, the Pentagon also said it had assessed that the missile was an ICBM.US officials said the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon spy agency, has determined that North Korea will be able to field a reliable nuclear-capable ICBM by next year, earlier than previously thought.Jeffrey Lewis of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies said the launch showed Los Angeles was within range of a North Korean missile, with Chicago, New York and Washington, just out of reach.“They may not have demonstrated the full range. The computer models suggest it can hit all of those targets,” he said.The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists said its calculations showed the missile could have been capable of going as far into the United States as Denver and Chicago.Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies said the window for a diplomatic solution with North Korea “is closing rapidly.”“The key here is that North Korea has a second successful test in less than one month,” he said. “If this trend holds, they could establish an acceptably reliable ICBM before year’s end.”John Schilling, an aerospace expert and a contributor to 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring website, said the improved performance over the previous test could have been the result of a lighter payload as part of an effort to demonstrate that the missile could hit the US capital.Los Angeles would be protected by the US missile defense network, which includes four ground-based interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force base, 150 miles north of the city, and a second battery of 32 missiles in Alaska.During a test on 31 May the missile defense system shot down an incoming ICBM missile aimed at the US mainland and a Pentagon spokesman said the military had “confidence in our ability to defend against the limited threat.”Other authorities say the United States may not be able to seal itself off entirely from a North Korean ICBM attack.A DAY AFTER SANCTIONSTrump spoke with Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal this month and has become frustrated that China has not reined in its ally Pyongyang.Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said Friday’s launch had been expected and took place from Mupyong-ni, an arms plant in northern North Korea. It came a day after the US Senate approved a package of sanctions on North Korea, Russia and Iran.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the launch of a “ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range,” his spokesman said.A Russian Defence Ministry official said Moscow’s data indicated the launch was only of a medium-range ballistic missile, Russian news agency Tass reported. Diplomats say China and Russia only view a long-range missile test or nuclear weapon test as a trigger for further possible UN sanctions.The data on the trajectory indicate the missile was fired at a sharply lofted angle but packed more power than the missile launched on July 4 that U.S and South Korean officials said was an ICBM, potentially capable of hitting the US mainland.US intelligence officials say that even if North Korea develops a reliable, nuclear-capable ICBM, which some say it remains several steps short of doing, the weapon would be almost useless except to deter the conventional attacks that Kim fears.“Kim is determined to secure international recognition of the North as a nuclear armed state, for the purposes of security, prestige, and political legitimacy,” the National Intelligence Council’s January Global Trends report said.last_img read more

AWS updates the face detection analysis and recognition capabilities in Amazon Rekognition

first_imgThe AWS team announced updates to the face detection, analysis, and recognition features in its deep learning-based service, Amazon Rekognition, yesterday, which makes it easy to add images and video analysis to your applications. These updates are now available in Rekognition at no extra cost. Moreover, there is no machine learning experience required. These updates will provide customers with an enhanced ability to detect more faces from the images (even the difficult ones), perform more accurate face matches, as well as obtain the improved age, gender, and emotion attributes for the faces in images. Amazon Rekognition can now detect 40% more faces, and the face recognition feature produces 30% more correct best matches. The rate of false detections has also dropped down by 50%. Additionally, face matches now have more consistent similarity scores that vary across lighting, pose, and appearance, letting the customers use higher confidence thresholds, avoid false matches and reduce human review in identity verification applications. Face detection algorithms usually suffer difficulty when it comes to detecting faces in images with challenging aspects. These challenging aspects include pose variations (caused by head movement or camera movements, difficult lighting (low contrast and shadows, washed out faces), and a blur or occlusion (faces covered by hat, hair, or hands). Pose variation issue is generally encountered in faces that have been captured from acute camera angles (shots taken from above or below a face), shots with a side-on view of a face, or when the subject is looking away. This particular issue is typically seen in social media photos, selfies, or fashion photoshoots. Lighting issue is common in stock photography and at event venues where there isn’t enough contrast between facial features and the background in low lighting. Occlusion is seen in photos with artistic effects (selfies or fashion photos, video motion blur), fashion photography or photos taken from identity documents. With the latest update, Rekognition has become very efficient at handling all the different aspects of challenging images that have been captured in unconstrained environments, announces AWS. For more information, check out the official blog post. Read Next “We can sell dangerous surveillance systems to police or we can stand up for what’s right. We can’t do both,” says a protesting Amazon employee AWS makes Amazon Rekognition, its image recognition AI, available for Asia-Pacific developers Amazon Rekognition can now ‘recognize’ faces in a crowd at real-timelast_img read more

2019 Deloitte tech trends predictions AIfueled firms NoOps DevSecOps intelligent interfaces and

first_imgDeloitte launched their tenth annual “Tech Trends 2019: Beyond the digital frontier” report earlier this month. The report covers predictions related to Artificial intelligence, digital future, cloud, networking, and cybersecurity. Let’s have a look at these key predictions made in the report. More companies to transform into AI-fueled organizations Deloitte 2019 report states that there’ll be an increase in the number of companies following the transformation to fully autonomous AI-fueled firms in the next 18 to 24 months, making AI a major part of their corporate strategy. AI, machine learning, and other cognitive technologies run at the center of business and IT operations in an AI-fueled firm to harness data driven-insights. As per the two consecutive Deloitte global surveys (2016–17 and 2018), cognitive technologies/AI were at the top in a list of emerging technologies in which CIOs plan to invest. AI ambitions of these CIOs is more about using AI to increase productivity, and strengthen regulatory compliance using automation. Companies to make the transition from traditional to serverless environments (NoOps) The report states many CIOs will be looking at creating a NoOps IT environment that is automated and abstracted from the underlying infrastructure. It requires small teams to manage it and will thereby allow the CIOs to invest larger human capacity in developing new capabilities that can improve the overall operational efficiency. In NoOps environments, traditional operations like the code deployment and patching schedules are internal responsibilities and are mainly automated. This shift from traditional to serverless computing will allow the cloud vendors to dynamically and automatically allocate the compute, storage, and memory depending on the request for a higher-order service. Traditional cloud service models required organizations to manually design and provision such allocations. Serverless computing offers limitless scalability, high availability, NoOps, along with zero idle time costs. More companies are expected to take advantage of advanced connectivity to configure and operate enterprise networks As per the Deloitte report, many companies will opt for advanced networking to drive the development of new products and to transform inefficient operating models. CIOs are going to be virtualizing parts of the connectivity stack with the help of network management techniques like Software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). SDN is primarily used in data centers but its use is now being extended for wide area networking to connect data centers. NFV replaces network functions such as routing, switching, encryption, firewalling, WAN acceleration, etc, and can scale horizontally or vertically on demand. The report states that enterprises will be able to better optimize or “spin up” the network capabilities on demand to fulfill the needs of a specific application or meet the end-user requirements. Growth in interfaces like computer vision, gesture control devices, etc, will transform how humans, machines, and data interact with each other The report states that although conversational technologies are currently dominating the intelligent interfaces arena, other new additions in interfaces such as computer vision, gesture control devices, embedded eye-tracking platforms, bioacoustic sensing, and emotion detection/recognition technology, are gaining ground. Intelligent interfaces help track customers’ offline habits, similar to how search engines and social media companies track their customers’ digital habits. These interfaces also help understand the customers at a personal, and more detailed level, making it possible to “micro-personalize” the products and services. We will see more of these new interfaces combined with leading-edge technologies in the future (such as machine learning, robotics, IoT, contextual awareness, advanced augmented reality, and virtual reality) to transform the way we engage with machines, data, and each other. CMOs and CIOs will partner up to elevate the human experience by moving beyond marketing The report states that channel-focused services such as websites, social and mobile platforms, content management tools, search engine optimization are slowly becoming a thing of the past.  Many organizations will be moving beyond marketing by adopting a new generation of Martech systems and approach to data gathering, decision-making (determining how and when to provide an experience), and delivery (consistent delivery of dynamic content across channels). This, in turn, helps companies create personalized and dynamic end-to-end experiences for users and builds deep emotional connections among users to products and brands. Also, CMOs are required to own the delivery of the entire customer experience, and they often find themselves almost playing the CIO’s traditional role. At the same time, CIOs are required to transform the legacy systems and come out with new infrastructure to support the next-generation data management and customer engagement systems. This is why CIOs and CMOs will collaborate more closely to deliver on their company’s new marketing strategies as well as on the established digital agendas. Organizations to embed DevSecOps to improve cybersecurity As per the report, many organizations have started to use a method called DevSecOps that includes embedding security culture, practices, and tools into different phases of their DevOps pipelines. DevSecOps help improves the security and maturity levels of a company’s DevOps pipeline. DevSecOps is not a security trend but it’s a new approach that offers companies a different way of thinking about security. DevSecOps has multiple benefits. It helps the security architects, developers, and operators share their metrics aligning to security and put a focus on business priorities. Organizations embedding DevSecOps into their development pipelines can use operational insights and threat intelligence. It also helps with proactive monitoring that involves automated, and continuous testing to identify problems. The report recommends that DevSecOps should tie in your broader IT strategy, which should be further driven by your business strategy. “If you can be deliberate about sensing and evaluating emerging technologies..you can make the unknown knowable..creating the confidence and construct to embrace digital while setting the stage to move beyond the digital frontier”, reads the report. For more information, check out the official Deloitte’s 2019 tech trends. Read Next IEEE Computer Society predicts top ten tech trends for 2019: assisted transportation, chatbots, and deep learning accelerators among others We discuss the key trends for web and app developers in 2019 [Podcast] We discuss the key trends for web and app developers in 2019 [Podcast]last_img read more

Saddle Skedaddle cycles into North American market

first_imgSaddle Skedaddle cycles into North American market << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK — Saddle Skedaddle is now offering its nearly 25 years of cycling adventures and expertise to the North American travel market.Operating in 36 countries (including Asia, Europe and South America) with more than 250 experiences, Saddle Skedaddle bills itself as a one-stop shop for travel advisors looking for biking adventures for their clients.From road cycling into remote Colombian villages and mountain biking through Croatia’s national parks to self-guided family getaways on Norway’s Lofoten Islands and adventure rides across the grasslands on Mongolia, the company offers experiences for both starter and serious cyclists and everything inbetween.“We’ve spent the last few decades traveling the world and blazing trails on two wheels, and we’re now eager to share our cycling expertise with North American travel advisors who care about providing specialized cycling experiences to their clients,” says Paul Snedker, Saddle Skedaddle’s co-founder and director.He says Saddle Skedaddle specializes in inclusive travel experiences designed to suit every cyclist of any skill level. A team of flexible, in-house experts works with travel advisors on customizing tour options, transportation details and in-destination logistics according to the needs of each client.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsTo learn more about Saddle Skedaddle and its latest offerings, visit skedaddle.com/us. Tags: North America, Saddle Skedaddle Monday, May 13, 2019 last_img read more