Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppResponding to the ‘A’ grades his government was given for too much ‘Travelling’ by the Opposition PDM in their recent report card of the government’s first year in office, Premier Hon Rufus Ewing, finally gave reaction. The Premier said that the opposition can say anything, while explaining that as a government and even as a person sometimes you have to branch out and make contact. The country’s leader believes travel is important to networking and building the country. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
According to the former Red Devils footballer, the Reds and Chelsea’s supporters will surely wish for a United victory at the DerbyManchester City is currently leading the English Premier League in first place with 29 points.The Citizens have won nine matches, drawing twice and losing none.They are being trailed by Chelsea and Liverpool, who have 27 points each, but one less victory.And this is why fans from both teams will surely support Manchester United in today’s Manchester Derby.“Liverpool fans will absolutely be supporting United on Sunday, no doubt,” said former Red Devils footballer Gary Neville to Sky Sports.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Not supporting, but desperate for them to take points off Man City. So will Chelsea.”“There is a danger here to what City are doing that they could run away with this again. There is a danger,” he added.” I did not think it three or four weeks ago, but in the last few weeks there have just been signs that they could pull away.”“They do not look like they are blinking, or wilting in any way, shape or form. I thought that the Wolves game was a game that could give others encouragement,” he explained.“It has not proved to be the case. They have destroyed everything in front of them and they are playing at such a high level.”
4 22 Photos 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper More From Roadshow Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Car Industry Electric Cars Diesel Cars Tags If something is directly contributing to pollution and public health problems, you’d probably want to cut it out entirely rather than simply reducing it. That’s the underlying idea behind Amsterdam’s impending vehicle and motorcycle ban.The city of Amsterdam will ban both gas and diesel variants of cars and motorcycles starting in 2030. The reason behind this is pretty simple: air quality. As Reuters notes in its report, the Netherlands’ air pollution is “worse than European rules permit,” much of which is due to the sheer quantity of cars and motorcycles in its cities. It’s not just some invisible specter, either. As air quality lessens, it can adversely affect people’s health, especially among children, the sick and the elderly. “Pollution often is a silent killer and is one of the greatest health hazards in Amsterdam,” said Sharon Dijksma, Amsterdam’s traffic councilor, when announcing the plans.Enlarge ImageClean air and water are occasionally nice things to have. ElOjoTorpe/Getty Images Like many other similar bans, it’ll happen in stages. The first is supposed to arrive next year, when Amsterdam will ban diesel cars that are more than 15 years old, preventing them from entering the area within the A10 ring road around the city center. In 2022, non-zero-emission buses will be banned, and in 2025, the ban will grow to include pleasure craft (Amsterdam has waterways, too) and mopeds. By 2030, if a vehicle emits anything from the tailpipe, it won’t be welcome.It will require a monumental effort to prepare Amsterdam on the current timeline. The Guardian notes that, in addition to encouraging city residents to buy new electric or hydrogen vehicles, Amsterdam will need to install between 13,000 and 20,000 charging stations by 2025 in order to ensure everybody has access to electricity.While it’s a noble cause, not everyone is on board with the idea. The Rai Association, lobbyists for the automotive industry, lambasted the plan in a statement to The Guardian, saying that requiring its citizens to spend money on expensive electric cars will make Amsterdam “a city of the rich.” Electric cars are slowly decreasing in price as time goes on, but they are still generally more expensive than internal-combustion counterparts.Cities and countries across Europe have flirted with the idea of certain kinds of vehicle bans in an effort to improve air quality. Back in 2017, both France and the UK said they hoped to eliminate gas and diesel vehicle sales by 2040. In 2018, a German court ruled that individual cities were allowed to implement these kinds of bans, and at least one city has signaled the intent to do exactly that. Share your voice 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel is rated for 30 mpg highway 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous
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Tagsartificial intelligence ethics Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission evangelicals homepage featured principles Russell Moore technology,You may also like News News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (RNS) — Artificial intelligence may allow technology to help people make wise decisions and work more efficiently.But it is not morally neutral, argues a group of Southern Baptist and other evangelical leaders in a new declaration about technology and ethics.“We affirm the use of AI to inform and aid human reasoning and moral decision-making because it is a tool that excels at processing data and making determinations, which often mimics or exceeds human ability,” according to the statement titled “Artificial Intelligence: An Evangelical Statement of Principles.”“While AI excels in data-based computation, technology is incapable of possessing the capacity for moral agency or responsibility.”Dozens of people gathered Thursday (April 11) at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for a discussion about the implications of artificial intelligence on topics ranging from faith to foreign policy.ERLC President Russell Moore said the technological innovation could lead to new ways of sharing translations of the Bible with people across the globe who have yet to hear the gospel, and it already allows blind believers to listen to a smart speaker recite portions of the Bible.But he said it is crucial to raise spiritual questions about the use of AI.“For many years I have grappled with the issue that many of our people in my community seem to think that the most pressing cultural issues are those items being debated on Facebook right now,” he said, “when in many cases the most pressing cultural issue is Facebook itself and how we relate to all of these emerging technologies.”Jason Thacker, ERLC’s creative director, developed the five-page statement with the assistance of experts in theology, technology, law and medicine.Jason Thacker, creative director of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, speaks in Washington, D.C., as his agency releases a statement on artificial intelligence on April 11, 2019. 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BanksThe statement aims to help evangelicals proactively navigate their use of technology like smartphones and virtual assistants such as Siri or Alexa from a scriptural perspective that focuses on the ethics of human dignity.“I believe that AI presents one of the greatest opportunities for human flourishing in our lifetime, but it also presents one of the greatest threats to human dignity that we’ll ever face,” said Thacker, author of a forthcoming book titled “Technology & the Future.”Thacker compared modern technology to the story in the biblical book of Exodus where Egyptians created and worshipped a golden calf.“If we don’t think about what we’re creating with artificial intelligence,” he said, “we’re going to fall prey to the same temptation to worship the creation rather than the creator.”RELATED: As Facebook reels, Silicon Valley dabbles in ethicsTaylor Barkley, program officer for technology and Innovation at the libertarian Charles Koch Institute, said he “couldn’t agree more” with the statement’s declaration that “human beings should develop and harness technology in ways that lead to greater flourishing and the alleviation of human suffering.”Barkley, an advocate of “permissionless innovation,” said he appreciated the statement’s aim of diminishing fears about the future of technology and said “concerns should be addressed as we arrive at them rather than throwing darts at whatever may come.”The statement urged that AI should be used to “identify and eliminate bias inherent in human decision-making.” But data should not be used to benefit the powerful or harm the weak.“We deny that human agency or moral culpability in war can be delegated to AI,” it says. “No nation or group has the right to use AI to carry out genocide, terrorism, torture, or other war crimes.”The signatories also condemned using AI for what they consider inappropriate sexual purposes, including objectifying of human beings.“AI should not intrude upon or substitute for the biblical expression of sexuality between a husband and wife according to God’s design for human marriage,” they said.RELATED: Should we live to be 500? Christians and secularists come together over transhumanismThe statement also affirmed the value of work as “part of God’s plan for human beings” and said technology should be used to enhance it rather than replace it.“Humanity should not use AI and other technological innovations as a reason to move toward lives of pure leisure even if greater social wealth creates such possibilities,” the statement says.In an interview after the event, Moore said the ERLC is planning to develop curricula and other resources for churches as parents, clergy and Sunday school teachers grapple with whether or how to use smartphones and tablets in worship.“The number one question that I get right now in terms of personal ethics is about technology,” he said. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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Tuesday, April 9, 2019Top afternoon stories:Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office via APThis photo from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office shows the fire at the KMCO plant on April 2, 2019.Harris County Sues KMCO Over Fire At Crosby FacilityHarris County is suing KMCO over the explosion and fire that occurred at their Crosby facility on April 2. The county is arguing the petrochemical company violated both state laws and county regulations.The fire occurred at the facility located at 16503 Ramsey Road and caused one fatality and injuries to several workers. Several workers have also sued. Regarding those lawsuits, KMCO said in a statement to media outlets that until the facts are known, any legal complaints against the company should be considered unverified. County Attorney Vince Ryan filed the lawsuit last Wednesday, April 3, at the 269th Civil Court. On Tuesday, the Harris County Commissioners Court ratified the litigation and authorized funding for the legal case.The lawsuit alleges KMCO violated the Texas Clean Air Act, as well as the state’s Solid Waste Disposal Act and Water Code. In addition, the county argues the company may be in violation of Harris County’s floodplain and storm water regulations.ShutterstockSanta Fe High School.Santa Fe Accused Shooter Faces 11 Federal ChargesDimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected shooter of the May 2018 Santa Fe High School mass shooting, is facing 11 federal charges after federal agents took him into custody on Monday.Pagourtzis, 18, is accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 others at the Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018. He already faces state charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.Pagourtzis’ defense attorney Nicholas Poehl said federal prosecutors have filed 11 charges against his client. Poehl said he doesn’t know specifically what federal charges were filed because that case is sealed. Federal law prohibits public hearings for juveniles. Pagourtzis was 17 when the shooting occurred.In March, federal prosecutors had said they wouldn’t pursue charges against the teenager at that time.Eric Stone/Houston Public MediaCommercial waste, including tires, buckets of oil and cans of brake fluid, line Brays Road in Magnolia Park.Long Waits For Cleanup Of Houston’s Illegal Dump Sites The city of Houston aims to respond to 3-1-1 calls about illegal dumping within 29 days. But it missed that target more often than not in 2018 — it only resolved about 35 percent of dumping complaints on time, according to data from the city’s 3-1-1 website, analyzed by News 88.7.About 65 percent of complaints went overdue – sometimes languishing for well over a month. More than 10 percent of cases took over six months to resolve. The situation is worse in poorer city council districts, especially District D and District I, which are two of Houston’s poorest districts by median household income.In District I, 82 percent of calls went overdue last year and the average claim took 117 days to resolve. That includes Hobby Airport, the East End and Downtown.In Pecan Park, the average claim took over five months to resolve — the longest response time of any of Houston’s super neighborhoods.Jacquelyn Martin/APPresident Donald Trump.Trump Will Visit Texas To Announce Boost Of Energy SectorPresident Donald Trump will visit Texas on Wednesday to announce executive orders to streamline energy projects and expand oil and natural gas production in the United States.Trump will visit the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, a union-run facility located in Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston.A White House senior official told the Houston Chronicle that the executive orders aim to speed up permitting for energy companies.Companies specialized in the pipeline sector have asked the president to use his executive power to prevent states from blocking multi-million dollar projects, according to the newspaper.Oil and gas production is setting records in the U.S. and Texas leads the sector’s growth. Share
In what some consider a progressive move towards racial equity for Black students in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Councilmember David Grosso (I-At-large) has introduced a bill to limit and, in some cases, end out-of-school suspensions and expulsions.The Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017, according to the bill, would work to “disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, increase school safety, and put every child in the best position to succeed.”D.C. Councilmember David Grosso introduced a bill that would stop out-of-school suspension practices for D.C. Public Schools. (Courtesy Photo)The bill limits out-of-school suspension for students in kindergarten through eighth grade for all but the most harmful offenses, which include physical and emotional harm to other students. For high school students there would be a ban on suspensions for minor incidents like disobedience or uniform violations.“Despite the progress made over the past years, Black students in D.C. are 7 times more likely to be suspended than White students – that should outrage us all,” Grosso wrote in his introductory statement. “When those students are suspended, they are more likely to fail academically, to drop out, and to end up involved in the criminal justice system. This bill would require schools – both DCPS and charters – to have discipline policies that avoid exclusion, address bias, and seek the root causes of misbehavior.”For former DCPS students like Anthony Mack, who said he went through a stint of fighting and being disobedient in school, Grosso’s desire to return to a student-friendly and student-centered system of discipline is necessary. “I spent a good amount of time in DCPS on suspension while in junior high, but there was a program called ‘In-School Suspension’ where I still had to show up at school,” Mack, a Ward 6 resident who attended Francis Jr. High School, told the AFRO. “I had a responsibility from which I was not absolved just because I wanted to be disobedient in class. In-school saved me from being on the street, getting into real trouble, and ensured that I turned in every single assignment that was required while I was being punished.”Mack said that since so many young Washingtonians face real-life challenges, including homelessness, abuse, hunger and depression, the Student Fair Access to School Act could spell the difference between matriculation and dropping out.There are currently five disciplinary tiers that determine whether a student receives an on‐site or off‐site suspension, according to the DCPS Student Discipline Policy.Jeff Canady, a D.C. education reformer with We Act Radio concurred, said Grosso’s efforts move in the right direction, but should also work to determine how frustrations within the educational environment sometime promote misconduct, which can lead to suspension. “Suspensions and expulsions are signs the ecosystem in a school environment is unbalanced. School administrators should not be handed impossible reforms and then held accountable for implementing them; they should have wide latitude to make good judgments on what best suits the needs of the student and the school environment,” Canady told the AFRO. “In-school suspension is one of many techniques used to encourage students to modify behavior and become successful academically. The ultimate goal is to create a healthy environment for children and school staff.”Grosso said he began researching other school districts and convened several working groups with education researchers, lawyers, and parents connected with charter, local education agencies, and public schools to draft the language. Other mandates of the legislation include: a ban on suspensions for absence/tardy instances, uniform violations, and purely behavioral incidents (i.e. willful defiance, etc.), as well as incidents that transpire off-campus. Student suspensions would be limited to 10 days or fewer consecutively, or fewer than 20 days cumulatively. Finally, schools must continue the education for students while they are suspended and have a reintegration plan for students to return successfully to school.
Tourism Kamloops pleads with locals to fly their new Air Canada flight Posted by Monday, January 8, 2018 Tags: Air Canada, British Columbia, New Routes << Previous PostNext Post >> KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Tourism Kamloops is issuing a plea to the community to get on board a new Air Canada direct flight between the river city and Toronto scheduled to start this June.CEO Beverly DeSantis says the link to Toronto presents a significant opportunity to Kamloops and tourism companies, including nearby Sun Peaks.But she says those opportunities hinge on people filling those planes.Air Canada will run the direct flight to Toronto three times a week beginning in June and ending in October unless there is enough usage to keep it going. Share The Canadian Press