South Africa marks monuments day

first_img20 April 2016South Africa’s Freedom Park joined the world in commemorating International Day of Monuments and Sites on 18 April.Endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) was enshrined in 1964. Its role is to lead the conservation and protection of cultural heritage sites.This year the theme of the day was “The Heritage of Sport” because “sports have developed from the origin of humankind onwards and have left testimonies to the diversity of installations and facilities related to their practice, many of them bearing values related to the development of architecture, art and techniques”, said Mechtild Rossler, the director of Unesco’s World Heritage Centre.Sport was also a tool that helped nation building and to unite people, noted Freedom Park.“The 18th of April is a day which finds its purpose of having a reflexive ambience of cultural heritage worldwide,” reads the Freedom Park website. “Furthermore, sport has been a strong activity which has successfully aligned itself towards nation building and gives a platform for all cultural diversity to partake in.”Freedom Park, alongside the Department of Basic Education, the City of Tshwane and Lucas Moripe Foundation got learners involved by asking 10 schools to conduct presentations through speech and prose, to demonstrate the role of cultural heritage institutions and how to conserve them.Watch this to find out more about Freedom Park:Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

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IBM Buys Real-Time Analytics Company Coremetrics

first_imgklint finley Tags:#enterprise#news#Real-Time Web#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts In what is the latest inIBM‘s series of acquisitions, the company today announced an agreement to purchase Coremetrics for an undisclosed sum. The acquisitions expands IBM’s ability to deliver real-time intelligence to enterprises. Coremetrics is a SaaS provider that gleans data from not only a company’s own website, but also social media, mobile media and other sources. Coremetrics’s existing customers include brands such as Bank of America and Holiday Inn.IBM cites Coremetrics’s insights into social network and social media behavior as a driving factor behind this acquisition. According to a survey of CEOs conducted by IBM, over 80% of them are hoping to better understand their customer’s needs and “get closer” to their customers. Social media campaigns have been a key part of many companies attempts to do just that.To this end, Coremetrics functions include “real-time personalized recommendations, email targeting, display ad targeting across leading ad networks, and search engine bid management.”As we noted last month when IBM acquired Sterling Commerce, IBM has been aggressively expanding its B2B offerings through a series of acquisitions.The acquisition rounds out IBM’s WebSphere portfolio of information management and business analytics offerings.The deal is expected to close in Q3 2010. Coremetrics’s approximately 230 employees will be integrated into IBM.last_img read more

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Does big data today keep the doctor away?

first_imgIs Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … There’s a small cadre of highly skilled big data professionals and doctors who are leveraging technology to help you live a longer, healthier life. Armed with mountains of government-funded genomic data sets along with mature and easily accessible analytics tools, these technicians and doctors are building apps, tools, and systems which can help you diagnose and treat illnesses ranging from common to catastrophic.Leading that charge is Dexter Hadley, unique in that he is both an engineer and a doctor. Dexter runs the Hadley Lab – a big data laboratory at UCSF Health which develops tech to fight disease and promote health. The Hadley Lab has a mandate to derive value from the mountains of clinical data that UCSF continually generates.  With a research background in genomics and clinical training in pathology, Dexter likes to quip that he “uses big data to practice medicine.”We got a chance to ask Dexter about the innovations that are born at the intersection of technology and medicine and tell us about how the democratization of technology is really impacting people’s lives.So first off, people are probably wondering why and how you became both a doctor AND an engineer?I have always wanted to be a doctor, but my trajectory changed dramatically when I taught myself to program computers at the age of 10 years old. Since then, I have been obsessed with how to leverage computation to better facilitate medicine. That journey took me from an undergraduate education focused on computer programming to medical school at University of Pennsylvania where I earned a master’s degree in engineering, a Ph.D. in genomics, and an MD for good measure. Through stints practicing medicine in an internship in general surgery at Penn, and then later residency in pathology at Stanford, I developed a passion as a physician/scientist to integrate medicine and software engineering in order to improve the delivery of healthcare for doctors and their patients.So, what does the Hadley Lab do and how do you contribute?The Hadley Laboratory leverages big data to improve the practice of medicine and the delivery of healthcare.  Our work generates, annotates, and ultimately reasons over large and diverse data stores to better characterize disease. We develop state-of-the-art data-driven models of clinical intelligence that drive clinical applications to more precisely screen, diagnose, and manage disease. We integrate multiple large data stores to identify novel biomarkers and potential therapeutics for disease. The end point of our work is rapid proofs of concept clinical trials in humans that translate into better patient outcomes and reduced morbidity and mortality across the disease spectrum.  “I’m an equal opportunity scientist.  I care less about the best disease I can study, but more about what disease I can study best– it’s all driven by the data.   And what would you say is the present, future, and ideal state of R&D in this area?At present, I think we are experiencing a continued renaissance of medicine that started with the initial sequencing of the human genome well over a decade ago. Now, we are finally in a position to actually quantify human health and disease in “precision medicine,” a fundamentally different approach to healthcare research and its delivery where our focus is on identifying and correcting individual patient differences rather than making broader generalizations.  While genomics allows us to quantify our molecular self, I think the future is in leveraging all the technology at our fingertips today to better quantify our physical self. As the power of genomics lies in its objective ability to correlate with physical manifestations in the patient, the ideal state of R&D must involve data collection and analysis at both the molecular genotypic level and the more clinical phenotypic level of the patient.  For instance, in the context of a health system, my research integrates large clinical data stores with state-of-the-art big data algorithms, smartphones, web and mobile applications, etc. to first discover and then deliver precision medicine to patients.Sounds like a big part of that future is genomics?Genomics is indeed the future, except it’s clearly more complicated than we initially thought.  Most doctors don’t sit around looking at their patient’s genomic data to develop treatment plans. However, some specialist doctors look at images all day long, such as radiologists and pathologists for instance. We have technology and algorithms today that allows us to build ‘apps’ that can help these specialists. For instance, we are working on a mobile medical app for doctors and their patients to use smartphones to better screen for skin cancer. However, while digital health apps on smartphones represent a convenient screen for skin cancer, the actual diagnosis and subsequent management of skin cancer remains within the genomics realm.So, diagnosis is where the need is right now?The practice of medicine involves screening a general population and diagnosis of suspected cases before intervention on a specific patient. Much of precision medicine research has focused on diagnosis and intervention phases, with less focus on screening. My focus currently is using powerful big data algorithms for population screening of healthy individuals through digital apps. While “anybody” can build an app these days, not everybody has the knowledge, data, and access to the clinical infrastructure to develop clinical-grade algorithms for doctors and their patients.How big of an impact is the “democratization of technology” having on this space?About 6 years ago, Mark Andreessen penned a WSJ editorial that lays out the case for “Why Software Is Eating The World.” How does the average person shop today? Or bank? Or trade stocks? Or find a taxi? Mainly through innovative “apps” that we have come to depend on. I think that inevitably this phenomenon will percolate to our medical world where we now have all the ingredients to do magical things with tech, meaning cheap computation, awesome algorithms, and tons of big data that we continue to generate at breakneck speeds in clinical medicine.For instance, at UCSF Health, we literally have billions of clinical records over almost a million patients that must hold the keys to practice better medicine. If you think about it, the average clinical trial to prove efficacy of an intervention is practically limited to the order of hundreds of patients because of time and monetary constraints. Therefore, our modern health systems allow for the largest clinical trials most appropriately powered for rapid discovery of novel medical interventions. I think that building clinical grade apps based on this big data allows us to immediately deliver the innovative discovery power of our health systems to the hands of physicians and their patients.What would that involve, “building a clinical-grade app”?Building the app is actually the least rigorous part of the process as the ‘clinical-grade’ performance comes from the algorithms that we develop that underlie the app interface. The magic of what we are doing lies in learning patterns from big data that we generate in healthcare. Deep learning is one such method that is a paradigm shift towards ‘cognitive computing’ where computers are essentially trained to think like humans.  Deep learning on big data represents state-of-the-art machine learning today and repeatedly outperforms other more traditional methods. Data is the key piece of this process because these deep learning algorithms are incredibly complex. While much of statistics is based on linear models whose parameters can be accurately estimated with only a few data points, some of the most sophisticated deep learning algorithms have more parameters to estimate than there are atoms in the universe. Therefore, useful deep learning requires big data to accurately estimate parameters that are most predictive. Let’s say one of our readers is interested and wants to develop this app for you, what would you share with them to help get them started?I would definitely encourage them to reach out directly to me through my website. I’m also a member of the Institute for Computational Health Sciences at UCSF, which is dedicated to advancing computational health sciences in research, practice, and education in support of Precision Medicine for all.If any readers are interested in contributing to the project, you can reach Dexter at [email protected] do you think big data today will keep the doctor away? If you liked this article, read more stories about the data impact on the world at www.datamakespossible.com.This article was produced in partnership with Western Digital. 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Going solo helped expose BJP’s ‘darker side’: Akhilesh

first_imgThe decision by the Opposition parties to go solo in the Uttar Pradesh bypolls has helped expose the BJP’s “darker side” and effectively conveyed the message of its “failure”, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said. Fresh from the SP’s victory in the bypolls, Mr. Yadav also said that he will revamp the party soon. The SP turned out to be a major gainer in the U.P. Assembly bypolls for 11 seats, wresting a seat each from the ruling BJP and the BSP, while the NDA got eight, one less than it held. Hitting out at the BJP, Mr. Yadav said the people voted against the party and the politics of hatred, casteism and corruption. “The BJP used to shield itself from its failure on issues related to the common man by making allegations whenever we formed an alliance to take on the party jointly. They used to say that all political parties have ganged up against the BJP and the message of their failure could not be properly conveyed,” Mr. Yadav told PTI in his first interview after the bypoll outcome. ‘Reality of BJP’“Now the same thing is being said by Opposition parties separately and people have got to know the darker side of the BJP as it could not counter the Opposition onslaught. The more people know the reality of the BJP, the more they will get disenchanted with it,” the SP president said.last_img read more

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Tight fight

first_imgPBA IMAGESWith six playdates left in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round, it’s not only the race for the top two berths that seems as tight as can be, but also the battle for survival at the bottom of the standings and the teams trying to stay out of the dreaded seventh and eighth spots.San Miguel Beer’s loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night dropped the Beermen into a three-way tie for the lead, with the Gin Kings also putting themselves well in the mix in the race for one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the first round of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH Masters returns Wednesday; Casas fave 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes In that scenario, the Kings would have a great advantage in the event of a three-team tie for No. 1 mainly because of a 107-99 win over the Beermen on Sunday night to weigh heavily in the tiebreak.“Now we have a chance,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after their 107-99 win over San Miguel.While there’s a spirited battle for 1-2, several teams are clinging to dear life just to make the playoffs.The powerhouse Aces are in dire need of putting things together quick to get to the next round and avoid qualifying No. 7 or No. 8.Defending champion Rain or Shine arrested a slide and stayed in the middle of the pack, and the Elasto Painters, to remain there for sure, must beat GlobalPort and then TNT KaTropa to advance to a level playing field in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Tournament format calls for Nos. 1 and 2 to clash with Nos. 8 and 7, respectively, in the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Also with 7-2 records like San Miguel are Meralco and Star, which will slug it out Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the winner putting a foot inside the top two.Ginebra returns to action on Friday and will try to act as executioner of Blackwater at Alonte Sports Center in Biñan, Laguna, before the Gin Kings play the Bolts two nights later and close out against Mahindra on June 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHaving three games left could work as an advantage for the Kings, with the trio tied at the top having just two each with Meralco and Star to cross paths and the Beermen having formidable Alaska and the Elite to contend with.A sweep by Ginebra would give the Kings a 9-2 record, which can only be matched by San Miguel and either the Bolts or the Hotshots. View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

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