UTech Develops Software to Assist Deaf Students

first_imgRelatedTertiary Students to Benefit from Mo’Bay 10k Run Story HighlightsStudents at the Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf are benefiting from U-TOUCH, software which uses Jamaican sign language to teach English Language to deaf and hard of hearing students.The software was presented to the institution by the University of Technology (UTech).The software has the potential to be used to instruct another 35,000 students who are slow learners under the Alternative Secondary Transition Education Programme. RelatedPrincipal Calls for Discipline and Positive Values FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Students at the Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf are benefiting from U-TOUCH, software which uses Jamaican sign language to teach English Language to deaf and hard of hearing students.The software was presented to the institution by the University of Technology (UTech), during a ceremony held on the school compound, Hope Estate, Kingston, on February 26.Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who witnessed the handing over, commended the University of Technology, in particular the leadership of the College of Business and Management (COBAM), for the ground-breaking research.“This is a sign that you are fulfilling your mandate to use knowledge of science and technology to innovate useful products that can improve the quality of life for the Jamaican population,” Rev. Thwaites said.He also lauded UTech for focusing its applied research on institutions and organisations in the surrounding community to positively impact the lives of people.Rev. Thwaites noted that the software has the potential to be used to instruct another 35,000 students who are slow learners under the Alternative Secondary Transition Education Programme.“That linkage will draw many others into the field of achievement. The Ministry of Education is anxious to facilitate the widespread training of Special Education and other teachers in the use of this methodology,” he said.Chair of the Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf, Mrs. Carole Fox, said the software will make a difference in the lives of the students at the institution.“We are grateful for the interest in our school and the community at large, and applaud the team (at UTech) for development of this software. We are hopeful that this is only the start of greater things to come in the field of deaf education from UTech and we are sure that the forging of this relationship will be able to help the deaf community a lot more,” Mrs. Fox added.Associate Professor and Dean of COBAM, Dr. Paul Golding, explained that the software will focus on assisting the deaf and hearing impaired students to understand prepositions, which in turn will enhance their reading and comprehension skills.“Prepositions are not part of the deaf language, so it was so important for us to have a clear understanding of the problem and understand the socio cultural issues surrounding it. So, the significance of the development of this software is far reaching. It goes beyond just Jamaica, because what we are looking at is a framework for development,” Dr. Golding said.For his part, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, expressed his appreciation to UTech, and noted that all disabled persons must be ready for the job world and should be gainfully employed.“They can only be effectively and gainfully employed by utilizing technology to the fullest,” Mr. Paulwell said.Based on the country’s population census, there are 12,000 deaf and hard of hearing persons and 63,000 mild hard of hearing persons. The software has the potential to assist all 75,000 to learn prepositions. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (right), in discussion with President, University of Technology (UTech), Professor Errol Morrison, at the presentation of a software to assist deaf students learn the English Language, at the Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf, Hope Estate, Kingston, on February 26. At left is Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell.center_img Advertisements RelatedJamaicans Urged to Enroll in Accredited Tertiary Institutions UTech Develops Software to Assist Deaf Students EducationFebruary 27, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton UTech Develops Software to Assist Deaf StudentsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaylast_img read more

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AT&T, Verizon hungrily eye fixed 5G progress

first_img Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 29 MAY 2020 Amazon reels in MGM Tags Previous ArticleZTE, China Mobile and Migu complete the industry’s first pre-commercial trial of 8K VR service based on 5G MECNext ArticleVerizon shines light on niche brand Visible Diana Goovaerts Verizon shuffles executives Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Executives from Verizon and AT&T laid out plans to press ahead with long-awaited 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) deployments later this year, noting the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic could actually make such offerings more valuable to consumers.Ronan Dunne, Verizon consumer group CEO (pictured), explained during an investor conference “peoples’ attitude to bandwidth has probably changed more in the last 10 weeks than in the last 5 years” as a mass shift to remote work made consumers more aware they were sharing their internet capacity with neighbours.Verizon plans to capitalise on this with the expansion of its FWA 5G Home service, which he said will offer access to “uncontended capacity” for the “foreseeable future” via the operator’s mmWave-based mobile network.Rivals AT&T and T-Mobile US are also eyeing FWA 5G home broadband services, with the former already covering 880,000 consumer and enterprise customers with FWA LTE.HangupsBut both Dunne and AT&T SVP of wireless technology Igal Elbaz said operators were stuck waiting on new chipsets for high-power 5G consumer equipment, which they said will help improve deployment economics. New kit is expected to become available in Q3 or Q4 of this year, they said.The executives added FWA launches will be driven by mobile 5G deployments, as the operators aim to leverage the same infrastructure for both services.While Dunne dubbed FWA a “byproduct opportunity” of Verizon’s mobile network construction, he noted it has significant potential, particularly in light of the pandemic: “If I’d had the opportunity to sell 5G Home in the last 12 weeks I would have made out like a bandit.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Home AT&T, Verizon hungrily eye fixed 5G progress Author Related 5GAT&Tfixed wirelessVerizonlast_img read more

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2014 U.S. Open facts and figures

first_imgPINEHURST, N.C. — Facts and figures for the 114th U.S. Open golf championship:  Dates: June 12-15. Site: Pinehurst No. 2. The course: This is considered the masterpiece of Donald Ross, who completed Pinehurst No. 2 in 1907 and continued to refine it until his death in 1948. It has hosted the U.S. Open in 1999 and 2005. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw renovated No. 2 three years ago by restoring the native sandy areas that were prevalent in the 1930s and 1940s, meaning this U.S. Open effectively will have no rough. Instead, players will face lies in sandy areas covered with loose vegetation and wire brush plants. Length: 7,562 yards Par: 36-34-70 Cut: Top 60 and ties after 36 holes. Playoff (if necessary): 18 holes on June 16. Field: 156 players Purse: TBA ($8 million in 2013). Defending champion: Justin Rose. Last year: Rose won his first major championship, closing with an even-par 70 at Merion for a two-shot victory over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. He became the first Englishman in 43 years to win the U.S. Open, finishing at 1-over 281. Mickelson had the 54-hole lead and reclaimed the lead by holing out for eagle on the 10th hole. But he made bogey twice with a wedge in his hand and closed with a 74. It was his sixth runner-up finish in the U.S. Open. Last time at Pinehurst No. 2: Michael Campbell of New Zealand closed with a 1-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Tiger Woods. He finished at even-par 280 and became the first Kiwi since Bob Charles in the 1963 British Open to win a major. Woods missed an 8-foot birdie attempt on the 16th hole and three-putted from 25 feet on the 17th hole to fall back. It was only the second time he finished runner-up in a major. U.S. Open champions at Pinehurst No. 2: Payne Stewart (1999), Michael Campbell (2005). Let’s play two: The U.S. Women’s Open will be held the following week on Pinehurst No. 2, the first time the men’s and women’s Opens have been contested in consecutive weeks on the same golf course. Noteworthy: Gary Player is the only one to complete the career Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. Quoteworthy: ”Someone could put you in the perfect place off every tee and it’s still the hardest course you’ve ever played.” – Geoff Ogilvy on Pinehurst No. 2. Key statistic: Tiger Woods won 30 percent of the majors he played through the 2008 U.S. Open. Since then, he has not played in 25 percent of the majors due to injury. Woods is recovering from back surgery and is not playing the U.S. Open. Television (all times EDT): Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ESPN. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., NBC Sports; 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., ESPN2; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., ESPN. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ESPN. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., NBC Sports. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., ESPN. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports.last_img read more

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KCNC introduces shimano compatible anodized crank bolts

first_imgKCNC loves to make your bike lighter and better looking.  If your Shimano two piece crankset was feeling a big ugly, they have the fix.  Pictured above are their new Shimano compatible anodized crank bolts.  This is a nice alloy bolt that will replace the low torque plastic one that comes standard.  They will run £4.50last_img

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Metros

first_imgAustria: Wiener Lokalbahnen has ordered six three-section T2500 LRVs from BWS for Sch157m. Electrical equipment for the LRVs, due to enter service in September 2000, will be supplied by Adtranz, ELIN EBG and Siemens.Belarus: Insond of Austria is to participate in building the Rakauskaya – Kountsaushchyna section of the Minsk metro. China: Hong Kong MTR Corp has called tenders for tunnelling between Lam Tin and Ng Kwai Shan on the 10 km extension to Tseung Kwan O. Five contractors have been shortlisted for a second tunnelling package for the section of line at Pak Sing Kok. Each contract is valued at around HK$2bn, and both are due to get under way by the end of this year.Germany: Siemens has completed installation of a glass-reinforced plastic centre section in an LRV operated by Dortmund City Transport. Ireland: The government has released a consultancy report backing the original surface routing for the Dublin LUAS light rail line, around Iú100m cheaper than an underground alternative. The project was expected to receive the final go-ahead last month.Singapore: The TransitLink consortium including SMRT has retained MVA to produce a business specification for updating Singapore’s fare collection system. The report would establish a framework for introducing smartcards to replace magnetic ticketing.Spain: Central and regional government have signed an agreement for Pts44·6bn to be invested in Barcelona metro and Catalunya Railways infrastructure over the next two years. This includes Pts17bn for the Montbau – Canyelles extension of Line 3 and Pts2·8bn for Roquetes – Trinitat Nova on Line 4, as well as Pts5·6bn for doubling FGC’s Sant Boi de Llobregat – Santa Coloma de Cervelló route and Pts195m for electrifying the Igualada branch.The Basque regional government has approved the final alignment of the 10-stop San Mamés – Atxuri light rail route, to open as single-track between Pío Baroja and Atxuri. Funding for the Pts4·4bn project is currently under discussion.Ukraine: Parliament has approved the purchase by Dniepropetrovsk, Odesa, Dnieprodzerzhinsk and Kyiv of 157 Type T6B5 trams for US$44·9m. Final assembly will be undertaken by Tatra-Yug of Odesa, established by CKD Praha and Inekon of the Czech Republic with local partners. USA: Portland’s Tri-Met has commissioned a train control system for the city’s light rail network, built and installed by Union Switch & Signal. The new control centre features a real-time display of train movements, fed by a $16·5m optic fibre communications network.Bi-State Development Agency has awarded a $29·5m contract to a joint venture of Kilian Corp, Baxmeyer Construction and Illinois Excavators Inc to build the Memorial Hospital – Belleville Area College section of the St Clair County extension to the St Louis MetroLink light rail system.New York City Transit has ordered 2700 axles for subway cars from Swasap of South Africa. The firm will send them to a US machine shopto be married with wheels from a Japanese company. Swasap had previously supplied axles to Septa.last_img read more

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Russell out of World Cup

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, CMC – West Indies lost their gamble with Andre Russell’s fitness  yesterday when the injury-plagued all-rounder was forced out of their beleaguered World Cup campaign, after failing to recover from a long-standing knee injury. The injury-plagued 31-year-old managed just four games of West Indies’ six outings in somewhat of a farcical experiment and will now be replaced by batsman Sunil Ambris, who was a part of the side’s pre-tournament camp in Southampton last month.Russell’s withdrawal comes as little surprise despite West Indies’ insistence he would continue to feature in the World Cup campaign.The Jamaican has been in visible discomfort throughout the tournament, often hobbling around while fielding and repeatedly forced to leave the field for treatment during matches. He missed the Windies’ outing against New Zealand and in his last match against Bangladesh one week ago, also struggled in sending down six overs.All told, Russell managed just five wickets from 19 overs at an average of 20, and made 36 runs from three innings, including a two-ball ‘duck’ against Bangladesh.His biggest impact came in his side’s opener against Pakistan when he snatched two wickets for four runs in a hostile three-over spell that helped send the Asians crashing for a meagre 105 in Nottingham, setting up the Windies’ only win to date. Captain Jason Holder had acknowledged following the eight-wicket defeat to England that Russell was struggling with fitness issues but said they planned to do everything possible to have him available for the rest of the tournament.“It’s been difficult so far for him. We have been trying our best to keep him on the park, but it is proving difficult,” Holder told reporters then.“Going forward, we have to persist. He is here for a reason. We think he can be a match-winner for us. We have just got to cope with him. Got to do everything we possibly can with him to keep him on the park.” There had been question marks over Russell’s fitness especially after he lasted just a single One-Day International against Bangladesh last July before the same injury ruled him out of the three-match series.He was subsequently called up to for the last two fixtures of the five-match series against England last February only to sit out both through injury.However, a successful Indian Premier League where he plundered 510 runs at an average of 56 and grabbed 11 wickets, enticed selectors to give him the nod for the crucial World Cup campaign. Ambris, meanwhile, will now link up with the squad here ahead of Thursday’s clash with unbeaten India as the Caribbean side, virtually out of the running for a top four spot, seek to end their campaign strongly.The 26-year-old was a member of the squad which toured Ireland for the Tri-Series involving the hosts and Bangladesh, scoring 278 runs at an average  of 92, including a career-best 148 against Ireland.last_img read more

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Let Big Data Speak for Itself: Intel Graph Analytics Technologies

first_imgGraph analytics is no longer just for the Facebooks or Twitters of the world. Get ready—you can do this too!The more I talk to enterprise data analysts and data scientists from a wide range of industries, the more convinced I am that graph analysis is the key for unlocking insights hidden in enterprise big data. Visual-based analytics can like graph analysis can reveal unexpected and unknown relationships, patterns and connections in structured and unstructured data sets and expose valuable business advantages.Don’t take my word for it. Stop by Intel booth #101 at Strata Conference for a demo of new graph analytics technologies, and then let us know how data visualization technologies can help you unlock big data insights at your business. Watch the video Realizing Value from Big Data with Graph AnalyticsOpens in a new window with Ted Willke, Intel’s principal engineer and GM of Graph Analytics, to learn how graphic processing technologies can help you gain insights into your business relationships and connections that can make your company more competitive.Graph analytics is ground-breaking because traditional data analytics technologies are largely blind to the unique insights contained within big data. Graph processing applies algorithms to data that query and mine relationship patterns and uncover hidden connections and anomalies. Graph analytics provides a highly visible form of analysis that’s particularly effective for pulling insights out of Web content, social media, images, system and call logs, and data from the Internet of Things (#IoT).Graph analysis essentially models data as a network, which lets you intuitively visualize connections and patterns among data. The visual nature of graph analytics makes it easy to pinpoint and calculate critical attributes like the shortest paths, central influencers, and important sub-networks.For instance, take a look at this map of my LinkedIn contacts. Here you can see how graph analytics has taken data about my contacts and charted it as a network of relationships, with me as the hub. It points out a number of central influencers – handy for me to know if I need to get information dispersed quickly – and also shows unexpected links between individuals in different networks, which can point me to the quickest link between groups of people.A graph analysis from LinkedIn uncovers the hidden relationships and networks among my contacts.In real-life business scenarios, graph analytics can help provide insights into improving customer targeting, with graphs pointing the way toward clearer segmentation of social network data to foster personalized recommendations and slow customer churn. Graph analytics can also be used to detect patterns in such areas as genetic analysis and fraud detection, and provide insights into security forensics and health treatment optimization.Intel’s graph analytics technologies take tools and processes previously available only to the most technically sophisticated organizations, and from them creates a set of integrated, end-to-end analytics capabilities that address a broad range of big data business challenges. The technology unifies workflows and provides a common, simple-to-use interface to deliver big data graph analytics to a much broader audience.However, these capabilities, which will feature in future Intel products, deliver much more than pretty pictures. Intel’s graph analytics technologies make advanced analytics easier for both experts and new practitioners by unifying the tools for data cleansing, graph construction, graph query, and graph analytics into an integrated platform that runs on Intel’s Hadoop distribution. Specifically, this is the unification of Graph Builder with the Apache Titan* & Giraph* projects.It’s time for graph analytics to go mainstream.Please seek @TimIntel out at the conference as I tweet man-on-the-street impressions so we can exchange tweets, MTs & RTs. Follow Tim and the Big Data community for Intel at @TimIntel & @IntelHadoop.last_img read more

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CWG 2018: After Saina Nehwal threatens to pull out, her father gets accreditation for Games Village

first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted Saina Nehwal’s father, Harvir Singh, access to the 2018 Commonwealth Games Village in Gold Coast, Australia.Saina took to Twitter to thank IOA for resolving the issue in “such a short notice”.Thank u so much @ioaindia for the support and help sorting out my fathers accreditation card in such short notice ..Hopefully it will b great for the matches ahead ..and I m sorry for all the trouble #CommonwealthGames2018 pic.twitter.com/fWCvrLk4YVSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 3, 2018I would like to thank Rajiv Mehta and team IOA for all the support and also Rajyawardhan Rathore Sir for helping me out with this accreditation issue.Its sorted and I would like to apologise if I have given any trouble to them: Saina Nehwal #CWG2018 (file pic) pic.twitter.com/FTvf0MurNLANI (@ANI) April 3, 2018A frustrated Saina on Twitter claimed that her father was denied entry into the Games Village at Gold Coast on Monday.The Sports Ministry had earlier announced that the parents of Saina and PV Sindhu will be travelling to Gold Coast at no costs to the government and they were cleared to be part of the Indian contingent.Saina can’t blackmail. Read this. @NSaina @g_rajaraman @kaypeem @chetan0711 @panikerrohit1 @IndiaSports @iocmedia @ioaindia @Abhinav_Bindra pic.twitter.com/MsfeMlDeZsSrinivasan Kannan (@kannandelhi) April 3, 2018But in a series of tweets, the ace Indian shuttler wrote that her father’s name has been removed from the team officials’ category. As a result, he won’t be able to stay with Saina at the Commonweal Games Village or watch her matches.advertisement”Surprise to see that when we started from India for commonwealth games 2018 my father was confirmed as the team official and I paid the whole amount for that but when we came to the games village … his name was cut from team official category .. and he cant even stay with me,” Saina wrote on Twitter.Surprise to see that when we started from India for commonwealth games 2018 my father was confirmed as the team official and I paid the whole amount for that but when we came to the games village … his name was cut from team official category .. and he cant even stay with me .Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 2, 2018An upset Saina also wrote that her fathers support is important for her during her matches.”He cant c my matches and he cant enter the village nor he can meet me in anyway .. what kind of support is this [email protected]”He cant c my matches and he cant enter the village nor he can meet me in anyway .. what kind of support is this [email protected] Nehwal (@NSaina) April 2, 2018″I wanted his support as I regularly take him for my competitions …but i didn’t understand why nobody informed me all this earlier .. that he cant enter anywhere #CommonwealthGames2018.”I wanted his support as I regularly take him for my competitions …but i didnt understand why nobody informed me all this earlier .. that he cant enter anywhere #CommonwealthGames2018Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 2, 2018Saina’s father Harvir and PV Sindhu’s mother Vijaya are among the 15 individuals who, despite being cleared to be part of the Indian contingent, are not funded by the government for their travel, stay and other expenses.However, the IOA on Tuesday confirmed on Twitter that the accreditation problem has now been resolved.”Accreditation resolved! Saina is all cheers now…’All is #Gold ?? that ends well’ #AllTheBest @NSaina for #GC2018 #CommonwealthGames Make us proud!” IOA tweeted.Accreditation resolved! Saina is all cheers now…’All is #Gold that ends well’ #AllTheBest @NSaina for #GC2018 #CommonwealthGames Make us proud! pic.twitter.com/ztBNDpbyUgIOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 3, 2018IOA had earlier explained why Saina’s father did not get access to the Games Village.”Dear @NSaina , Mr. Harvir Singh is an accredited Extra Official! As stated in the CDM Manual of Gold Coast 2018 CWG and repeatedly conveyed to BAI, the payment for accreditation of Extra Official does not include bed in the Games Village,” IOA tweeted.Dear @NSaina , Mr. Harvir Singh is an accredited Extra Official! As stated in the CDM Manual of Gold Coast 2018 CWG and repeatedly conveyed to BAI, the payment for accreditation of Extra Official does not include bed in the Games Village. pic.twitter.com/cuafVeKxwrIOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 3, 2018The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are slated to begin from Wednesday, with the opening ceremony scheduled to start at 1525 hrs IST.The 12-day event will end on April 15.last_img read more

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Xiaomis Manu Jain tweets about meeting ByteDance CEO

first_imgNew Delhi: Xiaomi’s India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain on Sunday tweeted about meeting Zhang Yiming, Founder and CEO of ByteDance which owns the popular short video-sharing platform TikTok, triggering talks of the app coming pre-installed with Xiaomi phones. “Inspired meeting Zhang YiMing, Founder CEO of #ByteDance — one of the most valued startups in the world,” Jain said. “ByteDance runs #TikTok, a very popular video-sharing app. We spoke about fast evolving Indian internet industry,” he added. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “How many of you use #TikTok? Should I try it,” he asked. While many of Jain’s 2,24,000 followers on Twitter urged him not to use TikTok, some even expressed fear that TikTok may come pre-installed on Xiaomi phones. “Plz don’t and don’t even think about pre-installing tiktok in your smartphones!” said an user. “Don’t add tiktok as a bloatware in miui,” wrote another user. With over 200 million users in the country, India is the biggest market for TikTok. But the popular app has courted controversies in the past. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) last month sought response from TikTok on a set of questions, ranging from whether it is considering storing data within India and what measures they were taking to prevent users below the age of 18 from getting exposed to potentially dangerous content. ByteDance said it was planning to set up a data centre in India within 6-18 months at an estimated cost of $100 million. The investment will be a part of the company’s commitment to invest $1 billion in India over three years. In April this year, the Madras High Court had passed an interim order banning TikTok citing inappropriate and pornographic content. The ban was subsequently lifted. ByteDance, which also owns the social media platform Helo, now has a portfolio of applications available in over 150 markets and 75 languages.last_img read more

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