Key Considerations for Building a Robust Data Strategy

first_imgMany business and IT leaders are focused on developing comprehensive data strategies that enable data-driven decision making. A 2016 IDG Enterprise survey found that 53% of companies were implementing or planning to implement data-driven projects within the next 12 months—specifically projects undertaken with the goal of generating greater value from existing data.1 With the growing importance of AI and advanced analytics today, it seems a safe assumption that this number has only increased over time.The concept of building a data strategy is such a hot topic that top-tier universities are creating executive-level courses on the subject,2 while industry observers are predicting that by 2020, 90% of Fortune 500 companies will have a chief data officer (CDO) or equivalent position.3Yet despite all of this momentum, the concept of a data strategy remains new to many organizations. They haven’t thought about it in the past, so it is uncharted territory, or maybe even an unknown-unknown. With that thought in mind, in this post, I will walk through some key considerations for building a robust data strategy.Why is a robust data strategy important? A data strategy is a business-driven initiative, and how technology is involved is an important factor. No matter what, you always start with a set of business objectives, and having the right data when you need it results in business advantages.The Big PictureA well-thought-out data strategy will have components specific to one’s own organization and application area. There are, however, important commonalities to any approach. Some of the more important ones include methods for data acquisition, data persistence, feature identification and extraction, analytics, and visualization, three of which I will discuss here.When I give talks about the data science solutions my team develops, I often reference a diagram describing how many data scientists organize the information flow through their experiments. A good data strategy needs to be informed by these concepts—your choices will either facilitate or hinder how your analysts are able to extract insights from your data!Figure 1. The standard data science workflow for experimental model creation and production solution deployment. EDA: Exploratory Data Analysis.Data Acquisition and PersistenceBefore outlining a data strategy, one needs to enumerate all the sources of data that will be important to the organization. In some businesses, these could be real-time transactions, while in others these could be free-text user feedback or log files from climate control systems. While there are countless potential sources of data, the important point is to identify all of the data that will play into the organization’s strategy at the outset. The goal is to avoid time-consuming additional steps further along in the process.In one project I worked on when I was but a wee data scientist, we needed to obtain free-text data from scientific publications and merge the documents with metadata extracted from a second source. The data extraction process was reasonably time-consuming, so we had to do this as a batch operation and store the data to disk. After we completed the process of merging together our data sources, I realized I forgot to include a data source we were going to need for annotating some of the scientific concepts in our document corpus. Because we had to do a separate merge step, our experimental workflow took a great deal more time, necessitating many avoidable late hours at the office. The big lesson here: Proactively thinking through all the data that will be important to your organization is a guaranteed way to save some headaches down the road.Once you have thought through data acquisition, it’s easier to make decisions about how (or if) these data will persist and be shared over time. To this end, there have never been more options for how one might want to keep data around. Your choices here should be informed by a few factors, including the data types in question, the speed at which new data points arrive (e.g., is it a static data set or real-time transactional data?), whether your storage needs to be optimized for reading or writing data, and which internal groups are likely to need access. In all likelihood, your organization’s solution will involve a combination of several of these data persistence options.Your choices are also likely to change in big versus small data situations. How do you know if you have big data? If it won’t fit in a standard-size grocery bag, you may have big data. In all seriousness though, my rule of thumb is, once infrastructure (i.e., the grocery bag) is a central part of your data persistence solution, one is effectively dealing with big data. There are many resources that will outline the advantages and disadvantages of your choices here. These days, many downstream feature extraction and analytical methods have libraries for transacting with the more popular choices here, so it’s best to base one’s decision on expected data types, optimizations, and data volume.Feature Identification and ExtractionIn data science, a “feature” is the information a machine learning algorithm will use during the training stage for a predictive model, as well as what it will use to make a prediction regarding a previously-unseen data point. In the case of text classification, features could be the individual words in a document; in financial analytics, a feature might be the price of a stock on a particular day.Most data strategies would do well to steer away from micromanaging how the analysts will approach this step of their work. However, there are organization-level decisions that can be made that will facilitate efficiency and creativity here. The most important approach, in my mind, is fostering an environment that encourages developers to draw from, and contribute to, the open source community. This is essential.Many of the most effective and common methods for feature extraction and data processing are well-understood, and excellent approaches have been implemented in the open source community (e.g., in Python*, R*, or Spark*). In many situations, analysts will get the most mileage out of trying one of these methods. In a research setting, they may be able to try out custom methods that are effective in a particular application domain. It will benefit both employee morale and your organization’s reputation if they are encouraged to contribute these discoveries back to the open source community.Predictive AnalyticsAgain, I think it’s key for an organization-level data strategy to avoid micromanagement of the algorithm choices analysts make in performing predictive analytics, but I would still argue that there are analytical considerations that should be included in a robust data strategy. Overseeing data governance—the management of the availability, usability, integrity, and security of your organization’s data is a central part of the CDO’s role—and analytics is where a lot of this can breakdown or reveal holes in your strategy. Even if your strategy leverages NoSQL databases, if the relationships between data points are poorly understood or not documented, it’s possible that the analysts could be missing important connections, or even prevented from accessing certain data altogether.Overarching ConsiderationsTo take a step back, a data strategy should include identification of software tools that your organization will rely upon. Intel can help here. Intel has led or contributed actively to the development of a wide range of platforms, libraries, and programming languages that provide ready-to-use resources for data analytics initiatives.To help with analytical steps and some aspects of feature identification and extraction, you can leverage the Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL), Intel® Math Kernel Library for Deep Neural Networks (Intel® MKL-DNN) and the Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel® DAAL), as well as BigDL and the Intel® Distribution for Python*.Intel® MKL arms you with highly optimized, threaded, and vectorized functions to increase performance on Intel processors.Intel® MKL-DNN provides performance enhancements for accelerating deep learning frameworks on Intel architecture.Intel® DAAL delivers highly tuned functions for deep learning, classical machine learning, and data analytics performance.BigDL simplifies the development of deep learning applications for use as standard Spark programs.The Intel® Distribution for Python adds acceleration of Python application performance on Intel platforms.Ready for a deeper dive? Our “Tame the Data Deluge” whitepaper is a great place to get started. For some real-life examples of the way organizations are using data science to make better decisions in less time, visit the Intel Advanced Analytics site. 1 IDG Enterprise Data and Analytics Survey 2016.2 For an example, see Data Strategy for Business LeadersOpens in a new window, an educational offering from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.3 DATAVERSITY, “2017 Trends in Data Strategy,” December 13, 2016.last_img read more

Update: After quick review, medical school says no evidence Monsanto ghostwrote professor’s paper

first_img By Warren CornwallMar. 23, 2017 , 7:45 AM After a quick investigation, officials at a medical school in New York State say they have found “no evidence” that a faculty member violated the school’s prohibition against authoring a paper ghostwritten by others. The statement came one day after ScienceInsider reported that New York Medical College (NYMC) in Valhalla, New York, would examine a researcher who, according to internal documents released last week by a federal court in California, put his name on a 2000 paper partially ghostwritten by employees at Monsanto, the giant agricultural chemicals company based in St. Louis, Missouri. An NYMC spokesperson declined to provide details of how it conducted its investigation, saying in a statement that NYMC “does not disclose details of its internal investigations, but the college does consider the matter in question to be closed.” (The school later amended its statement, adding: “If new information is provided to us, we will evaluate it. If not, we have no further comment.”)At issue is a 2000 paper published in the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.  It concluded that a review of studies of one of Monsanto’s most successful products, the widely-used herbicide Roundup, showed no evidence of harmful effects on people.The lead author on the paper is Gary Williams, a pathologist at NYMC. His last name appears briefly in documents unsealed last week as part of a lawsuit against Monsanto by people alleging they developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from exposure to Roundup and its primary ingredient, glyphosate.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Update: After quick review, medical school says no evidence Monsanto ghostwrote professor’s paper Mike Mozart/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) center_img Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has been the focus of a long running controversy over whether it poses a cancer risk to humans. The documents, including internal emails written in 2015, reveal Monsanto executives strategizing about ways to work with academic and independent scientists to get out the company’s message that glyphosate poses no risk of cancer. And they include suggestions that company officials “ghost write” portions of scientific papers to be submitted to peer-reviewed technical journals.NYMC learned of the court documents as a result of an inquiry by ScienceInsider, and a public affairs representative said the school would look into the matter. Claiming authorship for work done by others is considered to be a serious ethical breach in the research community, as is not disclosing potential conflicts of interest.Vigorous defenseThe documents provide a window into Monsanto’s efforts to mount a vigorous defense of Roundup’s safety after an international panel concluded in 2015 that glyphosate was a probable human carcinogen. That finding, issued by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization based in Lyon, France, helped fuel a long-running controversy surrounding glyphosate.The science around the chemical remains unsettled. Though IARC has raised concerns, a number of regulatory agencies have declared they see no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer. The European Chemicals Agency declared last week that the chemical should not be classified as a carcinogen.Monsanto officials had learned in advance of IARC’s 2015 decision, and considered responses aimed at quickly pushing back against the agency’s findings, according to emails among company executives. Several options involved seeking to publish papers in scientific journals buttressing the company’s contention that the chemical didn’t pose a health risk to people. That included sponsoring a wide-ranging paper that, according to an email from one company executive, could cost more than $250,000 to produce.In one email, William Heydens, a Monsanto executive, weighed in on that option, suggesting Monsanto could cut costs by recruiting experts in some areas, but then “ghost write” parts of the paper. “An option would be to add Greim and Kier or Kirkland to have their names on the publication, but we would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just sign their names so to speak. Recall this is how we handled Williams Kroes & Munro 2000,” Heydens wrote in an email. (See p. 203 of this PDF.)The lead author on “Williams Kroes & Munro 2000” was NYMC’s Gary Williams, an M.D. whose “research interests include mechanisms of carcinogenesis” and the “metabolic and genetic effects of chemical carcinogens,” according to a university website. Williams did not respond to an email from ScienceInsider seeking comment. His two co-authors, Robert Kroes and Ian Munro, have died, according to media reports. The journal’s editor, Gio Gori, a former National Institutes of Health researcher who drew attention in the 1980s for accepting funding from the tobacco industry and questioning the risks posed by second-hand smoke, could not be reached.Another researcher mentioned in the email, David Kirkland, a genetic toxicologist based in Tadcaster, U.K., was a co-author on a 2016 paper with Williams and several others. That paper, which appeared in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology, reviewed the IARC findings and concluded the scientific research didn’t support claims that glyphosate posed a risk of genetic toxicity. He is adamant that  the paper was not ghostwritten. “I’ve been in the field for 35 years. I’ve got a global reputation,” he told ScienceInsider. “I’m not about to try and compromise that by signing up to a paper that has been ghostwritten by someone else.”Kirkland, who works as a private consultant, has served as a consultant for Monsanto on a glyphosate task force in Europe, and Monsanto provided the funding behind the 2016 study, according to disclosures accompanying the paper. Kirkland also co-wrote a 2013 paper reviewing research around the health effects of glyphosate, under a contract with the Glyphosate Task Force, an industry-backed group, he says. But Kirkland says the money’s source didn’t influence his findings. “I make my judgements based on the science and not on any particular stakeholder,” he says.A top Monsanto executive echoes Kirkland, stating that Monsanto employees did not write any portions of either the 2000 or 2016 papers. Rather, Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of global strategy, says Monsanto scientists will work with outside scientists to help them access research data and other scientific information held by the company.  “There was nothing secret or hidden or underhanded here. What I regret is the unfortunate use of the words ‘ghostwriting.’ That’s an inappropriate way to refer to the collaborative scientific engagement that went on here,” Partridge says.Part of a pattern?But Pearl Robertson, a New York City–based attorney representing some of the plaintiffs suing Monsanto, says the cozy relationship is part of a pattern marked by Monsanto trying to shape the science around glyphosate. She points to a 1999 email in which Heydens, the Monsanto executive, refers to whether the company should continue working with Dr. James Parry, a genetic toxicologist at the Swansea University in the United Kingdom, who has since died. “Let’s step back and look at what we are really trying to achieve here,” Heydens writes. “We want to find/develop someone who is comfortable with the genetox profile of glyphosate/Roundup and who can be influential with regulators and Scientific Outreach operations when genetox. issues arise. My read is that Parry is not currently such a person, and it would take quite some time and $$$/studies to get him there.”Taken together, Robertson says, the internal documents show how Monsanto “perpetually” tries to control “the science and scientific literature that is seen by the public as a whole and by regulatory agencies such as the [Environmental Protection Agency].”Monsanto’s Partridge, however, says the discussions simply reflect the company’s interest in finding scientists who are already familiar with the full range of scientific research on glyphosate and Roundup. “We didn’t want to hire somebody who would propose doing new and additional studies that we believe weren’t necessary,” he says.Sheldon Krimsky, a professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, who has written about ghostwriting, says the practice has been an issue in other fields, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry. Hiding the real authors of a paper is forbidden at most journals, he notes, adding that transparency “is what gives science its integrity. And when you violate that, there’s deception,” says Krimsky, a former chair of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes Science). “The last thing we need in science in this day and age is deception.”last_img read more

Bill in LS to provide transgenders separate identity

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) A bill seeking to empower the transgender community by providing them a separate identity and putting in place a mechanism to punish those who exploit them was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, seeks to define a transgender person and prohibits discrimination against them.It also confers the right upon transgender persons to be recognised as such and also grants them right to “self-perceived” gender identity.N K Premchandran of RSP opposed the introduction of the bill by Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot saying a similar private members bill passed by the Rajya Sabha is pending in the lower house.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled that while the two bills may have similar provisions the one introduced by the government is different.The bill also provides for a grievance redress mechanism in each establishment to ensure the rights of transgenders are protected and they are insulated from any sort of harassment or discrimination.The measure provides for a jail term from at least six months to a maximum of two years with a fine for those found guilty of of using transgenders for bonded labour or begging.Also, those who deny them any basic right or force them out of their homes or villages will be handed down similar punishment.According to the 2011 Census, India has 6 lakh people belonging to the transgender community.The community is among the most marginalised communities in the country because they dont fit into the categories of gender of men or women.advertisementThey face problems ranging from social exclusion and discrimination to lack of education and medical facilities, and unemployment.The private members bill moved by Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva was passed by the Upper House on April 24, 2015.This was for the first time in 45 years that a private members Bill was passed by the House.The government had then assured the House it would bring its own bill in Lok Sabha after wider consultations. PTI KR NAB TIR TIRlast_img read more

Had plans to contain Rayudu, none of them worked: Kane Williamson

first_imgAmbati Rayudu remained unconquered on a 62-ball 100 that contained seven sixes and as many fours as CSK chased down SRH’s 179 for 4 with Kane Williamson conceding that the Sunrisers Hyderabad were outplayed by southern rivals Chennai Super Kings.CSK rode Rayudu’s pulsating knock and the century stand (134) he put on with Shane Watson (57 off 35 balls) to beat SRH by 8 wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.”Chennai certainly outplayed us today. There were a lot of positives to take to our next game, but it is important that we move on quickly,” said the captain of the league leaders after Sunrisers were drubbed by eight wickets by the Super Kings.(MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)Rayudu became the 13th Indian and 51st overall to score a hundred in the IPL, and that too after playing 126 matches in the tournament.”He seems to be doing it every day. The way he goes about his business hitting the ball fairly conventional areas and hitting it hard as well, it was a great knock to watch, (even) if you are in the opposition team. It was a superb knock and certainly saw his team home in chasing what should have been a tough total to chase,” he said in praise of Rayudu.”I think everybody set plans to Rayudu, none of them worked, so we might have to try and think of a few more things when we come up against Chennai again,” he said hinting that the two teams were likely to finish 1-2 and clash in the first play-off game on May 22 in Mumbai.advertisementWilliamson felt his team’s bowlers did not get the sort of movement their rivals obtained initially.”It would have been very nice if we could get it swinging, something similar to what they did. They got considerable amount of swing and movement for sort of eight or eight-and-a-half overs which made batting pretty tough on that surface initially. We perhaps would have liked a few more runs but I guess 180 is always a tough total to chase.”The wicket was a very good surface and Chennai batted beautifully. Rayudu scored a fantastic hundred. We could not get the ball moving, perhaps it was just the change in conditions but they played extremely well, so they deserved to win today,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

a month agoLopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadership

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadershipby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJulen Lopetegui urged Sevilla fans to stay calm as they sit top of the table.Sevilla lead the LaLiga Santander after a 1-0 win away at Alaves on Sunday.”Being top does not tell me anything because there’s such a long way to go,” Lopetegui said”The only thing it tells me is that the team is doing well, that we are getting stronger as a team and now we are heading into Europe.” A first-half goal from Joan Jordan was enough to give Sevilla their third win out of four matches and Lopetegui was pleased with his side’s display.”We played a good game and a very good first half against a difficult opponent who make things very challenging.”The team did very well with the aspects we had worked on.”In the second half, it was tougher. They played more direct and perhaps we needed to interpret the situation and not back down. It was a deserved and fair victory,” he added. last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspension

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspensionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes has been given a two match ban after his referee outburst. The Barca great will not be on the sidelines for the clashes against Atletico Villacarlos and Lleida Esportiu. Valdes was sent off against Girona, for insulting the assistant referee. “F*** yourself,” said Valdes to the assistant and he was dismissed for it.The former Barcelona goalkeeper took over recently and along with Patrick Kluivert, is one of the ex-pros being brought back into the club. last_img read more

Urban Meyer Could Work Michigan Games If He Takes The FOX Job

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Sporting News reported that Fox Sports is close to a deal with former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to make him its star college football analyst. According to the report, Meyer would have his choice to work either “as a color commentator in the game booth or as a studio analyst at Fox.”It’s an interesting development regarding the former Buckeyes head coach who cited health concerns as his reason to step down from coaching Ohio State. If he lands this new job, he’ll be working long hours and traveling a significant amount.Meyer still has his job working with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith in addition to teaching a class this semester.If Meyer does land the Fox Sports gig, there’s a real possibility he would call Michigan games. Fox primarily airs coverage of the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, and airs “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State.To be a fly on the wall if/when someone at Fox calls Michigan and says:”Urban Meyer’s part of the broadcast team this week, he’d like to watch practice.” https://t.co/zhdEVAOanL— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 17, 2019We’re sure Michigan fans would be thrilled with listening to Urban Meyer break down the action between his former Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines.Mark your calendars for November 30 when Michigan travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State in the final regular season game.last_img read more

MHI Eyes Alliances with Three Japanese Shipbuilders

first_imgzoom Due to the current environment surrounding the shipbuilding industry, the Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said that it plans to launch discussions toward forming new alliances with three compatriot shipbuilders, namely, Imabari Shipbuilding, Oshima Shipbuilding and Namura Shipbuilding.The move targets the integration of MHI’s strengths in shipbuilding technology and engineering with the three partners’ manufacturing capabilities and cost competitiveness, which would boost ship development capabilities, enhance negotiation response, and enable further cost reductions.MHI said that it “recognizes the need to undertake swift and progressive steps to secure the competitive strength required by Japan’s shipbuilding industry in order to compete, and mark sustained growth, in the global marketplace.”Furthermore, the company said that it would also consider the establishment of a technology center to undertake advanced technology development and education in shipbuilding technologies and skills.Going forward, MHI plans to issue a broad call for participation in the technology center by Japanese shipbuilders, marine transport companies, and others, with the aim of elevating the global presence of Japan’s shipbuilding industry through integration of the diversified knowledge possessed by partners in the industry.last_img read more

Samsung Heavy Nabs USD 366 Million Deal

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has won a deal for the construction of three special-purpose ships worth KRW 415.7 billion (USD 366.1 million).The shipbuilder said the order was received from an undisclosed North American shipowner.The delivery of the ships is set to be completed by the end of 2020, a regulatory filing reads.This is the second order for special-purpose ships in less than a month.To remind, SHI announced in June that it had received a contract to construct two special-purpose ships for a European company.According to the shipbuilder’s stock exchange filing, the deal has a value of around KRW 266.1 billion (USD 240 million).The special-purpose units are scheduled for delivery to the unnamed owner by the end of January 2021.In addition, the shipbuilder added that it has secured the go-ahead for the construction of two LNG carriers announced in April 2018.The contract for two firm 174,000 m3 LNG carriers with options for two more units was subject to board approval from the unnamed buyer.The two firm LNG carriers, which are priced at USD 184 million a piece, are scheduled for delivery by October 2020.For the second quarter of the year, SHI reported a net loss of KRW 142.7 billion (USD 126 million) compared with a net profit of KRW 22.7 billion a year earlier.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New online tool allows voters to request info political parties have on

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Not only do Canadian voters have no clue what political parties know about us, we don’t know how they are using the information.That’s a warning from the executive director of Open Media, Laura Tribe, as the advocacy group launches a new privacy tool to help shed light on the problem.My Political Data, an online tool, helps voters request all the personal information political parties have gathered on them using the parties’ own policies.RELATED: Citizenship, abortion, unions, trees: Friday on the campaign trail“So if you’ve ever interacted with a party, someone came to your door asking you to vote Conservative and you said you would never vote Conservative, then they would probably mark somewhere on your supporter record that they think that you are very unlikely to vote for them, very left wing,” Tribe says.That data can be kept, sold and used to target you in the future, she adds.“And there’s a lot of assumptions that they’re making about us, they’re buying information from lists, potentially selling or sharing information we don’t know. We don’t know what analysis they’re running on it, but we know that there’s a lot of work being done on our data to, manipulate that data.”Using the tool, voters can ask each party to disclose exactly what has been collected on them. Tribe is hoping that even if none of the requests are answered, it will send a message that political groups are not exempt from the law.last_img read more

Language and child welfare bills pass as MPs head home for the

first_imgAPTN NewsTwo pieces of legislation dealing with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples were passed by the House of Commons and Senate Thursday meaning they will become law in the coming days.Bill C-92, the law the Trudeau government says will give control of child welfare to communities, and Bill C-91, the Indigenous languages Act, were passed late in the afternoon.Both laws had critics who said they contained flaws and should not be passed.NDP-MP Romeo Saganash’s UNDRIP bill, C-262, would ensure federal laws are brought in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, announced Wednesday he did not see a path forward for the bill and the Trudeau government would campaign on fulfilling the intent of the bill.The House of Commons has risen for the summer, following a flurry of legislating that rushed numerous significant bills into law before the break. But other potential laws remained mired in the legislative process as of late Thursday, awaiting action in the Senate – or a possible special summer session centred on ratification of the new North American free trade deal.Some of the high-profile bills that reached final votes after the beginning of last week and now just await royal assent:Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, a much-debated bill that would ban oil tankers from a portion of the British Columbia coast. Its journey through parliament has been marked by a committee report that recommended it not pass, the defeat of that report and the House’s rejection of some Senate amendments. Following the adjournment of the House and much debate, the Senate chose not to pursue further changes and passed it Thursday evening.Bill C-93, which will allow expedited pardons for Canadians who were convicted of simple possession of cannabis before legalization came into effect. The bill passed in the Senate Wednesday, without amendment.Bill C-59, a bill to establish a national-security review agency, create an “intelligence commissioner” to oversee the conduct of Canada’s spy agencies, and clarify the mandate and powers of the Communications Security Establishment (the government cybersecurity agency). The bill was amended by the Senate but several of those changes were rejected by the House, and the Senate voted Tuesday not to insist on its recommendations.Bill C-75, which will “hybridize” a series of offences so that they can now be prosecuted as either indictable or less-serious summary charges, and establish peremptory challenges of jurors. The bill was passed through the Senate with amendments, the House chose not to accept several of those, and the Senate Thursday decided not to insist on the remaining changes.Bill C-84, a long-awaited bill that expands the definition of bestiality to any sexual contact with an animal. Those convicted of bestiality will now be registered as sex offenders and banned from owning animals. It also widens the definition of animal fighting so that it applies to the construction of any arena for that purpose. It passed without amendment Tuesday.At the time the House adjourned for the summer Thursday, several bills still required further consideration in the upper chamber, which continued sitting. Among them were several controversial and consequential bills:Bill C-69, also fiercely criticized by the Conservatives, is the second of the government’s two major environmental bills, and would create a new environmental-impact assessment process for major projects in Canada. The House rejected a majority of the Senate’s amendments. It was due for a vote late Thursday.Bills C-98, which gives a review commission powers to review the Canada Border Services Agency, was accelerated through the House Wednesday, when it was read a third time and passed in one swift motion.Bill C-83, which aims to eliminate the use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. The House rejected several key amendments proposed by the Senate, which some have said are needed to make the bill constitutional.Bill C-97, a sprawling budget-implementation bill which includes changes to Canada’s refugee system, support for news journalism, and introduces the Canada Training Credit.And then there’s the one bill that could affect all the others:Bill C-100, the government’s bill to ratify the new NAFTA agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico. It has only been introduced and read for the first time in the House of Commons, but might move quickly through Parliament before the election should the United States complete its own ratification of the deal in Congress. If Parliament returns for that bill, the Commons and the Senate could also take up others at the same time.news@aptn.ca@aptnnews-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former Peace River Navigators Coach passes away in Humboldt Broncos Crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, S.K. – Former Coach from Peace River, Darcy Haugan is among the 14 people that have died in a tragic bus crash in Saskatchewan.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, family has confirmed the head coach of the Humboldt Broncos, Daucy Haugan passed away.  Haugan moved to Humboldt to coach the Broncos in 2015 after spending 12 years working with the Peace River Navigators.Haugan’s sister confirmed his death on Twitter. My brother didn’t make it…— invisigirlonfire (@DebbieJayneC) April 7, 2018 Here’s a few words my brother shared… pic.twitter.com/BQEDARi1xG— Lauren Dyck (Mr.) (@LaurenJDyck) April 7, 2018The crash involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus occurred on Highway 35 near Gronlid, more than two hundred kilometres northeast of Saskatoon late Friday afternoon.The bus was T-boned by a transport truck, according to the president of the Nipawin Hawks, which was scheduled to play the Broncos in Game 5 of a semi-final Friday night. There were 28 people, including the driver, on board the bus at the time of the collision, RCMP said in a release.I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond. https://t.co/2cIn2CTy08— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 7, 2018The Humboldt Broncos released a statement late Friday night announcing the news on its website.center_img “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy. Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss,” Broncos President Kevin Garinger said in the release.A GoFundMe campaign for the team has been set up and has already raised more than $176,000 as of Saturday morning.(WITH FILES FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS)Derek Grayson and Nick bonding and healing in hospital pic.twitter.com/DzesIoT27B— R J patter (@rjpatter) April 7, 2018last_img read more

Auditor General says Province can do more to improve commercial vehicle safety

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Auditor General of B.C. says the Province can do more to ensure commercial vehicle safety.The report says over the last 10 years, 300 people have died per year in motor vehicle incidents, with almost 20% of those collisions involving a commercial vehicle.“The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and ICBC have commercial vehicle safety programs in place that prevent crashes and save lives, but much more needs to be done to ensure British Columbia’s roads are safe,” said Carol Bellringer, auditor general. Heavy commercial vehicles, such as dump trucks, container trucks and semi-trailers, represent about 3% of vehicles registered in B.C., yet they are involved in 19% of fatal collisions in the province. In the majority of fatal collisions involving a heavy commercial vehicle, the commercial driver is not at fault.Safety education and awareness programs for road users on safe driving in and around commercial vehicles can prevent crashes. However, these programs are limited in B.C. because even though multiple organizations are involved, none have the budget or authority for overall responsibility. The report recommends that government establishes clear responsibility for the promotion of commercial vehicle road safety education and awareness.Government also needs to review the standards for commercial driver licensing. In B.C., drivers are not required to take driver training to get their commercial licence. Government does not know whether commercial driving standards in B.C. are adequate but has recently started to address this issue.The report also recommends that government do more to ensure commercial vehicles are operating safely on B.C.’s roads. For example, government does not have a clear and effective system to hold licensed private inspection facilities accountable for complying with commercial vehicle safety standards. Also, commercial vehicle safety and enforcement officers have a challenging job and could be more effective with better supports.last_img read more

Russia stakes its hold on the Arctic revamps military bases

SEVERNY KLEVER MILITARY BASE, Russia — Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defence systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project power to the resource-rich polar region.The base, dubbed Severny Klever (Northern Clover) for its trefoil shape, is painted in the colours of the Russian flag and strategically located on the Arctic shipping route.Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over the Arctic as shrinking polar ice opens fresh opportunities for resource exploration and shipping lanes.The Kremlin has poured resources into modernizing Soviet-era Arctic facilities to stake its claims on the region’s riches.The Russian base on Kotelny Island permanently houses up to 250 military personnel who maintain air and sea surveillance facilities and coastal defence assets.The Associated Press read more

Nasheed freed from detention

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed was freed from detention after he was presented in court today.The Magistrate ordered Nasheed to appear again in court in 25 days to face charges raised against him. Meanwhile the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said it believes there is no chance of a fair trial in the Maldives for former President Nasheed. “The coup has not been fully completed. There is no point bringing President Nasheed down in a police mutiny if he then goes on to win presidential elections 18 months later. To ensure its survival, Mr. Waheed’s regime needs to remove President Nasheed from the political equation and that is precisely what they intend to do,” MDP spokesperson Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said.President Nasheed was arrested last morning by a heavily armed police SWAT team on the island of Fares-Maathoda, in the southern atoll of Gaaf Dhaal. President Nasheed’s legal team has already complained about the extraordinary way the trial is being conducted. Nasheed was arrested after he failed to appear in court earlier over a case filed by the family of Chief Criminal Judge Abdulla Mohamed who was arrested and detained when Nasheed was President. read more