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first_imgVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc (VERITA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (VERITA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (VERITA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (VERITA.ng)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all classes of non-life insurance products and services. The company was formerly known as Unity Kapital Assurance Plc and incorporated in 1973 as a private liability company under the name Kano State Insurance Company. Non-life insurance products and services offered by Veritas Kapital Assurance Limited includes auto insurance which covers motor third party, fire and theft; home insurance which covers risk of fire, flooding and burglary; aviation insurance which covers hull losses as well as liability for passenger injuries, death, environmental and third-party damage caused by aircraft accidents; marine insurance which covers hull and cargo damage; engineering insurance which covers problems related to production capacity and financial losses; oil and gas insurance which covers all issues related to employees, physical assets, balance sheets and long-term viability; and bond insurance which is a financial guarantee taken out by contractors to indemnify them against any defaults. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc offers medical insurance and pension fund administration services through its subsidiaries; Health Care Security Limited and FUG Pensions Limited. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Daren Blomquist is VP of Market Economics at Auction.com. In this role, Blomquist analyzes and forecasts complex macro- and microeconomic data trends within the marketplace and greater industry to provide value to both buyers and sellers using the Auction.com platform.Blomquist’s reports and analysis have been cited by thousands of media outlets nationwide—including all the major news networks and leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA TODAY. Blomquist has been quoted in hundreds of national and local publications and has appeared on many national network broadcasts, including CBS, ABC, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, and Bloomberg. About Author: Daren Blomquist in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago A Third Wave of Post-Recession Distress? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: The Fed: No Changes to Interest Rates Next: CFPB Aims for ‘Culture of Compliance’ in Finance System Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Foreclosure auction inflow data points to a third wave of post-recession distress building in late 2019 and early 2020.A total of 43,232 residential properties nationwide were referred to Auction.com in Q3 2019 for a potential future foreclosure auction, up from the previous quarter and a year ago to the highest level since Q1 2017.The increase in inflow foreshadows an increase in completed foreclosures in the next six months, according to an analysis of historical inflow data. That analysis shows that more than half of foreclosure auction inflow eventually completes the foreclosure process—either through sale to a third-party buyer at the foreclosure auction or by reverting back to the foreclosing lender at the foreclosure auction. Of the inflow that eventually completes the foreclosure process, the vast majority (96%) does so within six months of the inflow date.Post-Recession Distress PatternsThe characteristics of the increasing foreclosure auction inflow are distinct enough to label it a third wave of distress emerging in the wake of the Great Recession.The first and largest wave comprised primarily risky loans originated during the 2004-2008 housing boom. A high percentage of these loans went bad in the subsequent housing bust. This first wave has largely subsided in the last few years, with loans originated between 2004 and 2008 accounting for 40% of all Auction.com inflow so far in 2019—the third consecutive year at less than half of all foreclosure inflow.The second post-recession wave of distress emerged in 2018 as the result of a series of devastating natural disaster events—primarily hurricane-related—in 2016 and 2017 in Florida and Texas. Foreclosure moratoriums imposed immediately following these natural disasters eventually were lifted, resulting in surging foreclosure auction inflow in mid-2018. Although these inflow spikes were regionally focused in Texas and Florida, the impact was evident at a national level given the large size of combined housing inventory in those two states.Default Undercurrents: Government-Insured and Privately OwnedThe emerging third wave of post-recession distress is showing up in parts of Florida and Texas, but it is also showing up in markets far removed from Florida and Texas (see below for some more geographic details). That’s because this wave is less characterized by geographic concentrations of distress and more characterized by concentrations of distress based on loan type and lender type.More to the point, the emerging third wave of distress is primarily driven by a rising undercurrent of defaults among government-insured loans and privately held loans.The data shows a 1% increase in the overall inflow of government-insured loans, including those insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Veterans Administration (VA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).That increase, in and of itself, is nothing to write home about, but two sub-categories within the overall government-insured space stand out: VA-backed loans with a 31% increase and FHA-backed loans serviced by mid-market lenders—many of them so-called nonbank lenders and servicers—with a 17% increase. By contrast, FHA-backed loans serviced by national lenders, mostly traditional banks, posted a 12% decrease in foreclosure inflow in Q3 2019.In its quarterly reports to Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been signaling an expected rise in defaults. In its most recent report, covering activity in the three months ending June 2019, it included the following statement:“As the portfolio serious delinquency rate has reached historic lows and FHA credit profile shifts, FHA may see increases in SDQ rates going forward.A close variation of the above statement has appeared in every quarterly FHA report starting in Q1 2017, likely prompted by record-high debt-to-income ratios, declining average credit scores, and a rising share of loans with down payment assistance in the post-recession housing recovery.Foreclosure auction inflow of private portfolio loans—those not backed by government insurers or by the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—also increased in the third quarter compared to a year ago. Inflow of private portfolio loans owned by national lenders increased 3% while inflow from private portfolio loans owned by mid-market lenders increased 139%.The inflow trends by loan type reinforce findings from the September 2019 Mortgage Monitor Report from Black Knight, Inc.The Black Knight report shows that the delinquency rate at six months after origination is trending higher for loans originated in 2018 and 2019, with a more extreme upward trend among Ginnie Mae-securitized loans—primarily comprising VA- and FHA-backed loans. The report shows that 3.3% of Ginnie Mae-securitized loans originated over the past 12 months were delinquent at six months, up from 3.1% for loans originated in 2018 to the highest level since 2009.Among all loan originations, the delinquency rate six months after origination was 1% for loans originated in the first quarter of 2019, up from 0.9% for loans originated in 2018 to the highest level since 2010. The upward trend in early stage delinquencies also showed up for GSE-backed loans, albeit at a much lower level: 0.6% for loans originated in Q1 2019, up from 0.5% for loans originated in 2018 to the highest level since 2008.Rock Star Real Estate Markets Not ImmuneAmong 2,410 counties with foreclosure auction inflow into Auction.com in Q3 2019, 870 counties (36%) posted a year-over-year increase in foreclosure auction inflow, including Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Los Angeles County, California; and Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas.Also posting year-over-year increases in foreclosure auction inflow in Q3 were all three counties in the Seattle metro area: King, Pierce, and Snohomish; and three counties in the Denver metro area: Denver, Arapahoe, and Adams.“Some of the markets with the biggest inflow increases in the third quarter may be surprising given they have been rock stars of the real estate recovery of the last seven years,” said Jesse Roth, SVP of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at Auction.com. “But those markets may now be victims of their own success, with an unsustainable run-up in home prices pushing the limits of affordability for many homebuyers in recent years. Those financially stretched borrowers now have less equity cushion to protect against foreclosure, particularly if they are in a government-insured loan that came with a low down payment and down payment assistance.”The inflow geographic trends align with recent foreclosure start data released by ATTOM Data Solutions, which shows that U.S. foreclosure starts in the first nine months of 2019 increased in 14 states and 80 of 220 metropolitan statistical areas analyzed (36%)—counter to the national trend of declining foreclosure starts.Among larger metro areas, those posting year-over-year increases in the first nine months of the year included Atlanta (up 23%), Orlando (up 24%), Jacksonville (up 7%), San Antonio (up 8%), Seattle (up 7%), and Denver (up 3%).Downturn, Recession Would Strengthen Distress WaveAn analysis of delinquency and home price trends in the last three recessions (1990, 2001, and 2008) shows that on average delinquency rates spiked 253% from the pre-recession low to the peak during the recession. That average is skewed higher by the 2008 recession, when delinquency rates skyrocketed 671%. Removing that recession from the mix, the average increase in delinquency rates in the previous two recessions was 45%: 68% in the 1990 recession and 21% in the 2001 recession.The same analysis shows that median home prices dropped 16% on average from the pre-recession high to the low during the recession. Again, the 2008 recession’s 36% drop skews the average. With that recession taken out, the average drop in median home price is 6%: home prices were down 12% in the 1990 recession and down just 1% in the 2001 recession.Given no other shocks to the economy or housing market, this emerging wave of distress will likely be the smallest of the three that have materialized in the wake of the Great Recession. However, if dangerous rip currents develop in the housing market (think widespread and sustained home price depreciation) or in the larger economy (think recession), this distressed wave could pack a bigger punch. Share 1Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / A Third Wave of Post-Recession Distress? 2019-12-11 Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago December 11, 2019 2,957 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribelast_img read more

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first_imgNews UpdatesPolice Can’t Register FIR For Offences Under Sections 172 To 188 IPC, Madras HC Quashes FIR Against Anti-CAA Protestor [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 July 2020 4:44 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court has quashed an FIR registered against a person accused of protesting in the public road against the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act,2019 without getting prior permission from the concerned authority. Shamsul Huda Bakavi was charged under Sections 143 and 188 of Indian Penal Code for protesting on a public road without permission. He moved the High…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court has quashed an FIR registered against a person accused of protesting in the public road against the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act,2019 without getting prior permission from the concerned authority. Shamsul Huda Bakavi was charged under Sections 143 and 188 of Indian Penal Code for protesting on a public road without permission. He moved the High Court seeking to quash the FIR on the ground that according to Section 195(1)(a) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, no Court can take cognizance of an offence under Section 188 of IPC, unless the public servant has written order from the authority. Perusing the files, Justice G.K. Ilanthiraiyan  noted that the First Information Report has been registered by the police for the offences under Sections 143 and 188 IPC. The court also added that in Jeevanandham and others Vs. State, it was held that a Police Officer cannot register an FIR for any of the offences falling under Section 172 to 188 of IPC. The bench, while quashing the FIR, said: “He is not a competent person to register FIR for the offences under Section 188 of IPC. As such, the First Information Report or final report is liable to be quashed for the offences under Section 188 of IPC. Further, the complaint does not even state as to how the protest formed by the petitioner and others is an unlawful protest and does not satisfy the requirements of Section 143 of IPC. Therefore, the final report cannot be sustained and it is liable to be quashed.” in Jeevanandham and others Vs. State, the following guidelines were issued regarding the registration of FIR for an offence under Section 188 of IPC: a) A Police Officer cannot register an FIR for any of the offences falling under Section 172 to 188 of IPC. b) A Police Officer by virtue of the powers conferred under Section 41 of Cr.P.C will have the authority to take action under Section 41 of Cr.P.C., when a cognizable offence under Section 188 IPC is committed in his presence or where such action is required, to prevent such person from committing an offence under Section 188 of IPC. c) The role of the Police Officer will be confined only to the preventive action as stipulated under Section 41 of Cr.P.C and immediately thereafter, he has to inform about the same to the public servant concerned/authorised, to enable such public servant to give a complaint in writing before the jurisdictional Magistrate, who shall take cognizance of such complaint on being prima facie satisfied with the requirements of Section 188 of IPC. d) In order to attract the provisions of Section 188 of IPC, the written complaint of the public servant concerned should reflect the following ingredients namely; i) that there must be an order promulgated by the public servant; ii) that such public servant is lawfully empowered to promulgate it; iii) that the person with knowledge of such order and being directed by such order to abstain from doing certain act or to take certain order with certain property in his possession and under his management, has disobeyed; and iv)that such disobedience causes or tends to cause; (a) obstruction,annoyance or risk of it to any person lawfully employed; or (b) danger to human life, health or safety; or (c) a riot or affray. e) The promulgation issued under Section 30(2) of the Police Act, 1861, must satisfy the test of reasonableness and can only be in the nature of a regulatory power and not a blanket power to trifle any democratic dissent of the citizens by the Police. f) The promulgation through which, the order is made known must be by something done openly and in public and private information will not be a promulgation. The order must be notified or published by beat of drum or in a Gazette or published in a newspaper with a wide circulation. g) No Judicial Magistrate should take cognizance of a Final Report when it reflects an offence under Section 172 to 188 of IPC. An FIR or a Final Report will not become void ab initio insofar as offences other than Section 172 to 188 of IPC and a Final Report can be taken cognizance by the Magistrate insofar as offences not covered under Section 195(1)(a)(i) of Cr.P.C. h) The Director General of Police, Chennai and Inspector General of the various Zones are directed to immediately formulate a process by specifically empowering public servants dealing with for an offence under Section 188 of IPC to ensure that there is no delay in filing a written complaint by the public servants concerned under Section 195(1)(a)(i) of Cr.P.C.  Case name: Shamsul Huda Bakavi vs. StateCase no: CRL. O.P. No. 9487 of 2020Counsel: Adv. I. Abdul Basith and APP M. 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first_img Print Article Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration He further stated that the injuries the City claims are the result of the bankruptcy of the former owner of the Brundidge Landfill and the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court that presided over that bankruptcy.Head’s order stated that Coffee County presented evidence that its actions serve a sufficient public purpose and that those actions were taken to promote economic and industrial development in Coffee County. The city did not present evidence that sufficiently rebutted the evidence presented by the defendants, Head wrote.Having found that the city’s claims are due to be dismissed as a matter of law, Head said it was unnecessary to address its claim that Brundidge Acquisitions is the alter ego of Coffee County.Thomas said Brundidge officials would meet with their attorneys to decide the next course of action. Court rules in favor of Coffee County for landfill Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Book Nook to reopen Email the author Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 13, 2015 “That’s a good portion of our sales tax and that’s money that our citizens didn’t have to pay, giving us money to spend on the needs of our community,” he said, adding that the closing of the landfill would be a great financial loss to Brundidge.In its filings, the City of Brundidge contended that it is unlawful for one county government to come into another county and do business without a host government agreement. Brundidge had not granted a host government agreement to Coffee County and fought to keep another county from doing business in its back door.In Head’s order, he stated that the City of Brundidge and the City of Brundidge Solid Waste Authority are not taxpayers of Coffee County and the “injuries” they claim are not fairly traceable to the actions of either Defendant.“For the Plaintiffs (City of Brundidge) to have standing to contest an expenditure of Coffee County, they would have to be taxpayers or have some other responsibility for replenishing money expended by Coffee County,” Head wrote. Brundidge officials have lost the latest round of their court battle over ownership of the former city landfill.The City of Brundidge and the Brundidge Solid Waste Authority received orders Monday from Circuit Judge Thomas E. Head, III Monday on the two requests for summary judgment by the City vs. Coffee County Commission and Brundidge Acquisitions, LLC.“The court found in favor of the defendants on each,” said Britt Thomas, Brundidge city manager. “While we are disappointed, we respect the court’s decision and plan to move forward.” The legal battle concerns ownership of the Brundidge Landfill, which was owned and operated by TransLoad America until that company declared bankruptcy. In settling its debt, TransLoad sold the landfill tin June 2013 to Brundidge Acquisitions, an organization formed by the with the Coffee County commission.Brundidge officials have contended that the Coffee County commissioners plan to shut down the Brundidge landfill and reroute solid waste disposal – and in turn revenues – to the Coffee County landfill.Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said over the last 10 years the Brundidge Landfill had put an average of $200,000 in the City’s general fund. This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Casey featured artist at Shelby County show Mary Ann Casey’s artwork will be featured at the Shelby County Art Council’s Fine Folk Art Show in Columbiana.SUBMITTED PHOTO… read more Latest Stories By Secrets Revealed By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

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first_imgMotivation The molecular processes regulating molluscan shell production remain relatively uncharacterised, despite the clear evolutionary and societal importance of biomineralisation. Results Here we built the first computationally predicted gene regulatory network (GRN) for molluscan biomineralisation using Antarctic clam (Laternula elliptica) mantle gene expression data produced over an age-categorised shell damage-repair time-course. We used previously published in vivo in situ hybridisation expression data to ground truth gene interactions predicted by the GRN and show that candidate biomineralisation genes from different shell layers, and hence microstructures, were connected in unique modules. We characterised two biomineralisation modules of the GRN and hypothesise that one module is responsible for translating the extracellular proteins required for growing, repairing or remodelling the nacreous shell layer, whereas the second module orchestrates the transport of both ions and proteins to the shell secretion site, which are required during normal shell growth, and repair. Our findings demonstrate that unbiased computational methods are particularly valuable for studying fundamental biological processes and gene interactions in non-model species where rich sources of gene expression data exist, but annotation rates are poor and the ability to carry out true functional tests are still lacking. Availability and Implementation The raw RNA-Seq data is freely available for download from NCBI SRA (Accession: PRJNA398984), the assembled and annotated transcriptome can be viewed and downloaded from molluscDB (ensembl.molluscdb.org) and in addition, the assembled transcripts, reconstructed GRN, modules and detailed annotations are all available as supplementary files.last_img read more

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first_imgIs this split and/or fully grant funded?No Job TypeFull-Time Open Date11/20/2020 Job TitleComputer Science, Assistant Professor in Machine Learning,Tenure Track Job CategoryUniversity Faculty FLSA StatusExempt Minimum Education and/or Work Experience The candidate will have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or closelyrelated field at the time of appointment with a strong backgroundin Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning including all relevanttechnical areas: natural language processing, AI ethics/safety andapplications to problems in healthcare, medicine, business,sociology, or criminal justice. Candidates for the position mustclearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research andteaching and have a record of (or potential for) distinguishedscholarship, grant-funded research, and student mentorship. Thecandidate should be willing to support the mission of LUC and thegoals of a Jesuit Catholic Education. Location CodeCOMPUTER SCIENCE (02132A) Open Until FilledYes Organizational LocationPROVOST The Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts andSciences at Loyola University Chicago ( LUC ) invites applicationsfor a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of AssistantProfessor for academic year 2021-22. The department seeksapplicants with expertise in Machine Learning. The successfulcandidate will be joining a department with 15 full-time facultymembers serving 420 undergraduate majors and minors, and 85 mastersstudents in the areas of computer science, cybersecurity,information technology, and software engineering.This search is part of a University-wide, multi-year hiringinitiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teacherswho are reflective of our diverse student body and committed tointerdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across differentsubfields and disciplines) and the pursuit of external grants. Ofspecial interest are candidates who can further the University’sefforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.The preferred candidate for this position will carry out teachingand research broadly concerned with the societal aspects of MachineLearning/Artificial Intelligence and in particular, the issues ofjustice, accountability, ethics, and safety in Machine Learningapplications in healthcare, medicine, business, sociology and otherareas. The successful candidate is expected to pursue a strongresearch program, including the pursuit of external grants. Working ConditionsNone Physical DemandsNone The candidate will have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or closelyrelated field at the time of appointment with a strong backgroundin Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning including all relevanttechnical areas: natural language processing, AI ethics/safety andapplications to problems in healthcare, medicine, business,sociology, or criminal justice. Candidates for the position mustclearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research andteaching and have a record of (or potential for) distinguishedscholarship, grant-funded research, and student mentorship. Thecandidate should be willing to support the mission of LUC and thegoals of a Jesuit Catholic Education. Department NameCOMPUTER SCIENCE Position Numbercenter_img Number of Vacancies Posting Details Special Instructions to Applicants Duties and Responsibilities Quick Link for Postinghttps://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/14523 Candidates should submit to www.careers.luc.edu (1) a brief letterof interest; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statementoutlining the applicant’s research agenda, (4) a statement onteaching experience; and (5) a statement addressing past and/orpotential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body throughresearch, teaching and other channels and engaging a diversecommunity through scholarship and service. They also should providethe names and email addresses of three individuals prepared tospeak to their professional qualifications for this position.Referees will not be contacted immediately but might be atsubsequent points in the review process. For further informationabout this position, please contact the Computer Science FacultySearch Committee at [email protected] or via regularmail:Chair of Search CommitteeDepartment of Computer Science1052 W. Loyola AveLoyola University ChicagoChicago, Illinois 60626Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2021 and continueuntil the position is filled.LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with astrong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying ourfaculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of itsprofessoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate studentpopulations because broad diversity – including a wide range ofindividuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – iscritical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence ineducation, research, educational access and services in anincreasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessingthe many qualifications of each applicant, we would factorfavorably an individual’s record of conduct that includesexperience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a widevariety of different educational, research or other workactivities. Among other qualifications, we would also factorfavorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriersto an academic career or degrees.As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seekcandidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver atransformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn moreabout LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/mission. For information about the university’s focuson transformative education, they should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/transformativeed. Desired Start Date08/09/2021 Job Number85TBD CampusRogers Park-Lake Shore Campus Position TitleComputer Science, Assistant Professor in Machine Learning,Tenure Track Position Details Close Date Position End Date Qualifications Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum VitaeOther DocumentTeaching StatementResearch StatementOptional Documents Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).last_img read more

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first_img Contact form https://www.hs2.org.uk… HS2 is more than a railway. We are leading the industry in vehicle emission standards by exceeding London’s construction industry standards and extending them 345 miles across the country. We are determined to use the project’s scale and duration to help cut the release of harmful combustion engine emissions by stipulating contractors building Britain’s new high speed rail network use the cleanest vehicles and machinery available. By setting new vehicle emission standards for contractors we will contribute to efforts to improve air quality; and leave a legacy of a new fleet of low-emission HGVs and construction equipment to work on future projects. We also hope our rules influence local authorities along the route to follow HS2’s lead and introduce exacting emissions standards in their area, which would benefit huge swathes of the country. The standards will help improve public health outcomes and encourage the UK construction industry to invest in cleaner technology.All diesel HGVs working the length of the HS2 project will be powered by the cleanest available Euro VI engines, going beyond current standards set here in the UK. Vehicle emission standards, denoted by the “Euro” categorisation, have been set and toughened over recent years and currently all newly-made combustion engine vehicles must comply with Euro VI, the most recent and strictest standard.By insisting that all HGVs working on the project comply with the project’s standards, HS2 Ltd hopes it will encourage its suppliers to invest in new, cleaner and more efficient vehicles. The company has already introduced the stipulation for HGVs and plans to extend the standard for cars and vans in 2020.As well as HGVs, cars and vans, a fleet of off-road machinery like diggers, cranes and diesel-powered generators is needed to build the 345 miles of the UK’s new high speed railway.Currently only London sets any emissions standards at all for off-road machines. However, HS2 is insisting equipment used along the route’s entire length meets the EU Stage 3b standard, rising to less-polluting Stage 4 in 2020.In the capital’s Congestion Charge Zone HS2 already demands its contractors comply with Stage 4, and will raise it to Stage 5 next year, staying one step ahead of the city’s own emissions standards.HS2 Ltd’s director of environment, Peter Miller, said: The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists only Press and media enquirieslast_img read more

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first_imgEnglish progressive rock icons Yes will celebrate their 50th anniversary with over 30 concerts in the United States this summer. Billed as #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes, the outing will kick off with a two-night stand at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL on June 5th and 6th.Yes’ lineup has undergone numerous changes since the band formed in 1968, though founding bassist Chris Squire was the only constant until his death in 2015. While none of the group’s original members are still part of the project, the current incarnation of Yes is led by guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White, who have been integral members of the band since 1970 and 1972, respectively. This summer’s shows will find the five-piece—Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes (keys, first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keys in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015)—performing some of their most memorable hits to mark the group’s five-decade milestone. “Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent,” says Howe. “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.”   “I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band’s rhythm section for the past 46 years, mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris’ chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris’ pre-eminent bass and vocals,” says White. “Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris’ importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of ‘Onward’ to his huge memory. I’m so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America.  It has been a great ride!”In 2016, original Yes vocalist Jon Anderson founded a new group with Yes veterans Trevor Rabin (guitar) and Rick Wakemen (keys). Dubbed Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman, that band performed the music of Yes with a lineup that included Lee Pomeroy (bass), and Lou Molino III (drums) during tours in 2016 and 2017Tickets for Yes’ upcoming American tour dates will go on sale between Friday, March 30th and Friday, April 27th. Ticketing details can be found via the band’s website.Yes 50th Anniversary Tour6/5 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre6/6 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre6/8 – New Buffalo, MI @ Four Winds Casino Ballroom6/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre6/11 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre6/13 – Boise, ID @ CenturyLink Arena6/14 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery6/16 – Bakersfield, CA @ Spectrum Amphitheater6/17 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim6/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Ford Theatre6/20 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic6/22 – Wendover, NV @ Peppermill Casino Hall6/23 – Laughlin, NV @ Edgewater Hotel & Casino6/24 – Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Resort & Casino6/28 – Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium6/29 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live6/30 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre7/2 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center7/5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall7/6 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak7/7 – Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater7/10 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre7/11 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom7/14 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Tropicana Casino7/15 – Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre7/17 – Peekskill, NY @ Paramount Hudson Valley7/18 – Westbury, NY @ Theatre at Westbury7/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore7/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore7/23 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre7/26 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre7/27 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live7/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony HallView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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first_imgBy Jim MidcapUniversity of GeorgiaFall is here, and random dogwoods and maples are hinting of thefall leaf season. But while you’re making plans to admire thecolorful foliage, plan to plant your own fall color.If you’ve lost trees to the recent storms, you have room for newones. And fall is the best time to plant trees. Our nurseries andgarden centers are stocked up with a range of trees.If you can spare the space, here are some that offer outstandingfall color. Some are readily available. Others will be harder tofind.Chinese pistache is a handsome,tough tree with an oval, roundedshape. Its leaves are pest-free, lustrous dark green with smallleaflets. The foliage changes in fall to a rich orange-red. Thebark is gray, with exfoliating flakes.These plants withstand drought and infertile soils. Chinesepistache makes a fine choice for a medium shade tree, reaching 30to 40 feet tall. It’s hardy throughout the state.Red maple is a swamp nativereaching 40 to 60 feet tall. Youngtrees are pyramidal, becoming rounded to irregular at maturity.The reddish flowers of spring are followed by bright red fruit.The smooth gray bark is very attractive.Fall leaves develop into glorious yellows and reds. Namedselections are widely available. “October Glory” and “AutumnBlaze” offer reliable color.Persian parrotia is a rather rare,small tree. The clean summerfoliage changes to a kaleidoscope of purple, orange and yellow inthe fall. The bark exfoliates, revealing dark and light patchesof color on the twisting, multiple trunks.The small, maroon flowers appear in late winter. Mature trees areoften wider than they are tall. The foliage is insect- anddisease-free. Plants do better in the upper half of Georgia onwell-drained soils.The elegant katsura tree ispyramidal in youth and becomes anupright, oval form with age. The leaves mature to blue-green andturn a rich yellow to apricot in fall. The falling leaves giveoff a spicy fragrance. The brown, shaggy bark provides year-roundinterest.It has no serious insect or disease problems. However, it has tobe watered during droughts to prevent early leaf drop. This agreat tree if you have enough space. It grows 40 to 60 feet talland is hardy statewide.American yellowwood is an uncommonnative tree that’s not widelysold. Trees are low-branching with broad, rounded crowns. Thewhite spring flowers produce a spectacular show but may bloomonly in alternate years.The butter-yellow fall color is great. The larger branches andtrunk are smooth and gray. Yellowwood makes an excellent mediumspecimen tree at 30 to 50 feet tall. The trees are hardythroughout the state.Sourwood is one of our best nativetrees for fall color. It’sdelicately pyramidal, with drooping branches. Young leaves matureto a lustrous, dark green and turn red to maroon in the fall.The white flowers come in 4- to 10-inch panicles in June andJuly. Sourwood is a great choice for naturalizing native sites insun or partial shade. The trees reach 25 to 35 feet and do bestin northern Georgia.Ginkgo is old. Its unique,fan-shaped leaves are embedded in thefossil record. It’s very slow to become established. Young plantsare gaunt and open but become full and dense with age.It becomes a beautiful, mature specimen when the bright greenleaves turn a brilliant, clear yellow in the fall. The leaveswill suddenly cascade to the ground in a single day.But buy male trees if you can. Female trees produce fruits thatdevelop a rancid odor as they mature.Fall is the perfect time to plant young trees, even as you enjoythe spectacular fall color. New plantings develop strong roots inthe cooler, moist fall soils. Be sure to select trees adapted toyour site to ensure the success of your planting project.(Jim Midcap is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr So, you’ve got a new initiative you can’t wait to roll out. You’re fired up, but many of your employees are not. To them, anything that rocks the boat could cause seasickness.How can you make change feel like a trip on a fancy cruise ship instead, one that they’ll jump aboard with anticipation and willingly help steer where it needs to go? To clear the reefs of resistance, tackle these biggest reasons that people fight change.1. Fixed Mindset: Theirs or Yours?Some people are more comfortable with change than others, and those who are comfy tend to see those who aren’t as problems. Suppose you find out Jim is against using a new app to track business expenses. You might peg him as slow, old-fashioned or anti-tech. Maybe he is. Or maybe he’s just be overwhelmed with learning new interfaces, having just got up to speed on his new phone and computer. continue reading »last_img read more