It didn’t take very much time for the Trackers to get the offensive ball rolling, as Ricky Bateman scored the team’s first goal of the regular season only 3:44 into the opening frame.Just under 4 minutes later, Kody McManus doubled the Trackers’ lead, scoring on the power-play for a 2-0 lead.The second period opened with the Trackers leading 2-1, and unfolded much like the first.- Advertisement -The Trackers outscored the Thunder 2-1, thanks to back-to-back goals off the stick of Brandon Howard, which was his second scored with the man-advantage.The B.C. & Yukon Trackers owned the third period, which began with the Trackers leading 4-2 and ended with the scoreboard reading 6-2 in favour of the visiting team.The two goals in the third came courtesy of McManus, who with his third goal, opened his season by scoring a hat-trick.Advertisement The NE B.C. & Yukon Tracker Flyers will have some time to enjoy their season opening victory, as they next play Friday, October 12 in Strathcona against the Warriors.The team will make its home debut Saturday, October 20 in Dawson Creek, then in Fort St. John the following day, for back-to-back games against the very same Slake Lake Thunder. With his three goal performance, McManus has jumped to an early lead in the league’s goal scoring race.To go along with a six goal performance, the Trackers also showed they could play tight defensively, allowing only 12 shots on net throughout the entire game.Even more impressive was their penalty kill, which was put to the test a total of nine times Sunday and allowed only one goal.With a ten save performance in net, Trackers goaltender Michael Chute earned his first victory of the season.Advertisement
The survey, carried out by Jonathan Kaplan and Peter Nilssen, showed various stone age sites and evidence of human habitation in the caves dating back thousands of years. Marean began working on the sites in 2000 and released the initial results of the SACP4 project in a paper called “Early human use of marine resources and pigment in South Africa during the Middle Pleistocene”, which he co-authored with Nilssen and 10 other people and which was published in international science journal Nature in October 2007. “We found that the people who lived in the Caves approximately 164 000 years ago were systematically harvesting shellfish from the coast; that they were using complex bladelet technology to produce complex tools; and that they regularly used ochre as pigments for symboling,” Marean said. It provided some of the earliest evidence of modern human behaviour, he said. “Much of the global climate was hostile to human habitation in that age, but the south coast of South Africa provided the conditions and vegetation that our earliest ancestors needed for their survival.”Measuring reactions to climate change The research is also expected to provide insight into how humans react to climate change by studying the local climate from 400 000 to about 30 000 years ago. “Isotopes embedded in dripstone formations and other mineral deposits in the caves – speleothems, raised beaches, fossil dunes, and other palaeontological assemblages – reveal information about the water which filtered into the caves in the past, and this in turn provides information about what kind of climate existed and what type of vegetation grew above the caves during periods of human habitation,” Marean said. “So by correlating our knowledge of the climate with what we’re learning about the habits of the people who lived in the Caves, we hope to learn how humans can be expected to adapt to climate change in the future.” The archaeological sites will also grow the local Mossel Bay economy, as Pinnacle Point is already attracting high numbers of scientists, students and volunteers and is expected to attract more in future. “With plans in place for a museum that will showcase and interpret what’s being found here, we believe that Mossel Bay will soon rank alongside places like the Cradle of Humankind and Olduvai Gorge as one of Africa’s most sought-after evo-tourism destinations,” said Mossel Bay mayor Marie Ferreira. SAinfo reporter 9 January 2013 Archaeological sites in Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay in South Africa’s Western Cape province have been declared provincial heritage sites, bringing the area a step closer to being named a World Heritage Site, scientists working in the area announced on Monday. Scientists from the South African Coastal Palaeoclimate, Palaeoenvironment, Palaeoecology, and Palaeoanthropology (SACP4) Project are studying Pinnacle Point, which has yielded some of the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour. “Pinnacle Point is significant because it’s a uniquely dense concentration of well- preserved archaeological sites which contain a record of human occupation over a period of about 170 000 years – from the time when modern human behaviour first emerged to the pre-colonial period,” head of the project, Professor Curtis Marean, said in a statement. “This is a significant step towards having Pinnacle Point declared a World Heritage Site.” Marean is associate director of the Institute of Human Origins and professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University in the United States. Pinnacle Point will be put forward for National Heritage Site status before an application can be made to have it declared a World Heritage Site, Marean said.‘Revealing archaeological remains’ An environmental impact assessment of land to be developed as the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort revealed the first archaeological remains in 1997.
2 October 2013The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged South Africa to move forward with the structural reforms outlined in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) in order to boost growth and create jobs for a growing population.In its annual country report on South Africa, released on Tuesday, the IMF said that, while a weak global economy was not helping South Africa to lift its growth to the levels where it could start making a dent on unemployment, the country had to focus on tackling domestic constraints to growth.The report notes that South Africa’s economic growth is lagging that of its peer emerging markets, averaging 3 percent since 2009 compared to 5 percent for emerging markets in general.The country’s outlook “is for continued sluggish growth and elevated current account deficits,” the IMF said in a statement, projecting a further slowing of growth from 2.5 percent in 2012 to 2 percent in 2013 “as weak consumption growth and lacklustre private investment offset robust public investment and higher export growth”.As the government’s infrastructure drive gathers pace, the country’s growth is expected to rise to about 3 percent in 2014 and 3.5 percent in the medium term – not enough to bring down South Africa’s 25 percent unemployment rate.The IMF report notes that South Africa “has posted major achievements since the transition to majority rule in 1994. Per capita GDP has increased by 40 percent in inflation-adjusted terms. The poverty rate has dropped by 10 percentage points. Schools and hospitals have been built in previously under-served areas, and government-financed houses have been made available to many in need. Social transfers now reach more than half of all households.”However, “while inequality along racial lines has decreased, income distribution in South Africa remains globally among the most unequal. At the lower end of the wage distribution, households’ purchasing power has stagnated over the last two decades”.To address the country’s vulnerabilities, create jobs and foster inclusive growth, the IMF stressed the need for firm policy action and progress on reforms.The report welcomed the government’s National Development Plan (NDP) as a “blueprint for the structural reforms that will facilitate high and inclusive private sector-led growth”.South Africa could address some of the key bottlenecks, the IMF said, by improving education outcomes in order to raise the skills level of young people entering the job market; by reducing high transport costs for workers and job seekers; and by enhancing competition in product markets in order to promote innovation and dynamism.The country should also “ensure that outsiders have a voice in collective bargaining between large established firms and labour unions, so that wage costs allow for job creation by small or new businesses”.While it would take time to implement the NDP, the IMF said that moving on individual reforms would help to address some of the major constraints.“The government’s infrastructure investment drive is an example. The introduction of a youth employment incentive – which is under preparation – would be another important signal,” the IMF said.“Lastly, a social bargain could help spur job creation by combining commitments for wage restraint from unions, commitments for job creation from firms, and commitments to strengthen public services from the government.”SAinfo reporter
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There’s a lot of talk right now about the potential value AI can bring to businesses, and the logistics business – because of its complexity and how much e-commerce depends on it – is no exception.Imagine your e-commerce business needs to ship an order from San Francisco to Seattle and you’ve promised 2-day delivery. It’s 3:34pm and USPS, UPS, FedEx, and Ontrac all have different cutoff times at their sortation facilities. It’s going to take your warehouse between 15 and 45 minutes to pick and pack the order, and there’s a 62% chance of a thunderstorm over San Francisco tonight. Do you ship it by air (express) or by ground?If you choose to ship it by air you lose all of your profit margin. If you choose ground your margin is great, but it may be late and you risk losing the customer. The only way to make this decision in real-time, thousands of times per day for your growing business is to predict the future. There’s far too many variables and factors for a human to take into account – you need AI. You need a predictive model. And if you don’t have one and your competitors do you will cede ground to them and lose the competitive advantage.Start With the DataThis is the promise of AI and Machine Learning (ML) – collect a mountain of data, feed it into a predictive model, and profit! Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. Even the best neural networks have difficulty extracting accurate predictions for very complex real-world questions.In 2016 DeepMind used a self-taught neural network to beat the 18-time world champion Go player – a game arguably more complex than chess. Training a neural network to play games (e.g. Chess or Go) isn’t easy, however it is different from the real-world in that you have perfect, accurate data at all times. You know the positions and possibilities for every piece on the board, and you know instantly when they change. This is rarely the case for difficult business questions that you want answered in order to gain a competitive advantage or reduce costs.Your data is likely coming from multiple sources of varying quality, it’s not guaranteed to be delivered to you in real-time, and there’s far too much of it – more noise than signal. Before you start dumping all of your data into Tensorflow or Google Cloud AutoML Table you need to deeply understand your domain, and hire a data scientist.Statistical processing has been around for decades, and only a trained data scientist is going to be able to work through the petabytes of data you’ve collected and clean it up so that your predictions will be accurate. A lot of the excitement around AI and ML is that we’ll get better models with much less work – no more tedious feature extraction or selecting variables! But that’s just not the case… yet. Almost none of your raw data is going to be optimally suited for a predictive model – it will all need to be massaged into multiple formats for each specific application.It’s common for people new to the field to get excited by how easy modern AI and ML tools are to use, however the devil is in the details. Even the simplest models will give you a prediction, but the accuracy of those predictions will be so bad that you won’t be able to extract business value from them. Unfortunately the difference between a naive model and a sophisticated one developed by a data scientist will be borne out in the accuracy and confidence you have in its predictions.Our ExperienceAt EasyPost we try to predict when shipments will arrive at their destinations, however even with tens of billions of data points about past shipments this is extremely difficult to do. When we began trying to make these predictions with our tracking data alone the results were abysmal. 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Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has assured that funding is in place to implement the $1.2 billion transformational development projects, which he announced in his Sectoral Debate presentation on July 2, in the House of Representatives.The Minister pointed out that the plans and activities span several agencies, with gestation periods of up to nine months.Dr. McNeill, who was speaking to journalists at a post-Sectoral Debate press briefing, hosted by Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at Jamaica House, on Wednesday, July 3, said the approach taken by the Ministry was to announce the plans when they had been completed, instead of during the planning stages.The projects, being financed by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) include: the refurbishing and upgrading of the Ocho Rios cruise ship terminal, at a cost of $400 million; lighting of the ‘Elegant Corridor’ in Montego Bay, St. James, at a cost of $400 million; the installation of bicycle tracks and pedestrian pathways along the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, at a cost of $170 million; the rehabilitation of the Naval Hospital and the creation of a museum in Port Royal, as well as the upgrading of films shown at a state-of-the-art theatre that has already been established there. Some $220 million has been earmarked for this project.A Memorandum of Understanding has already been signed for implementation of the projects, and the funds transferred to the implementing agencies.Dr. McNeill informed that other areas are being looked at for further development, in the next phase of the transformational projects. These include Falmouth, where he conducted a tour last week. Discussions have also been held regarding projects for Port Antonio, Portland, and Spanish Town, St. Catherine.“There are projects we are doing now, but in the meantime, we are developing the next wave of transformational projects…The actual planning is very detailed, and it will take us some time to roll them out, but we are going to be working on a series of these projects,” he added.Contact: Alphea Saunders