Also killed were the pilot, Wayne Price of Richmond Hill, and his fiancee Jamie Levine of Los Angeles.An investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada determined that the pilot Price was under stress and sleep-deprived when he decided to take off in a plane that was overloaded with a number of husky men, hunting dogs and luggage and “contaminated” with ice.The plane, 576 kilograms over the maximum allowable takeoff weight, took off at 4:40 p.m. for the short flight to Windsor Airport. It crashed into the ice of Lake Erie a few minutes later.In 2014, on the crash’s 10th anniversary, Ronald Spencler’s widow, Diane Spencler, spoke with Postmedia about the tragic crash and its aftermath.“Each year on the anniversary of that sad event, I silently acknowledge my husband Ron and the tremendous loss my son and I have suffered,” Spencler said.“I have moved forward with my life since that unfortunate time, but I haven’t forgotten the impact his passing had on us as a family.” The eight passengers killed, along with the pilot and his fiancee, in a January 2004 plane crash off Pelee Island. A jury in a civil trial is expected to start hearing evidence next week about a 2004 plane crash off Pelee Island that killed 10 people in one of the worst air disasters in Southwestern Ontario history.The family of Bob Brisco, one of the victims, filed the civil lawsuit against Georgian Express Ltd.There are also multiple individuals named as defendants in the lawsuit as well as the Owen Sound Transportation Company Ltd.A six-person jury, with two alternates, was selected Tuesday at the Chatham courthouse. Jurors are expected to begin hearing evidence Monday, with the trial expected to last 2 1/2 weeks.A court official declined Tuesday to provide Postmedia News with the statement of claim filed by Brisco’s family, saying its release could potentially bias jury members before evidence is presented in the civil trial. The same official also cited pre-trial motions presently being argued as another reason for not releasing the document.Brisco, 46, was with friends on a hunting trip with four other men from the Kingsville area when the Cessna Caravan crashed Jan. 17, 2004.Ronald Spencler, 53, and Walter Sadowski, 48, both of Windsor; Fred Freitas, 38, and Larry Janik, 48, of Kingsville; Brisco, 46, and brothers Ted Reeve, 53, and Tom Reeve, 49, of Chatham; and Dr. Jim Allen, 51, of Mitchell’s Bay were also aboard Georgian Express Flight 126.
Inspired Design Decisions: Avaunt MagazineYou are here: HomeWeb DesignInspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine Inspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine Inspired Design Decisions: Avaunt Magazine Andrew Clarke 2019-06-13T12:30:16+02:00 2019-06-13T12:35:26+00:00I hate to admit it, but five or six years ago my interest in web design started to wane. Of course, owning a business meant I had to keep working, but staying motivated and offering my best thinking to clients became a daily struggle.Looking at the web didn’t improve my motivation. Web design had stagnated, predictability had replaced creativity, and ideas seemed less important than data.The reasons why I’d enjoyed working on the web no longer seemed relevant. Design had lost its joyfulness. Complex sets of build tools and processors had even supplanted the simple pleasure of writing HTML and CSS.When I began working with the legendary newspaper and magazine designer Mark Porter, I became fascinated by art direction and editorial design. As someone who hadn’t studied either at art school, everything about this area of design was exciting and new. I read all the books about influential art directors I could find and started collecting magazines from the places I visited around the world.The more inspired I became by mag- azine design, the faster my enthusiasm for web design bounced back. I wondered why many web designers think that print design is old-fashioned and irrelevant to their work. I thought about why so little of what makes print design special is being transferred to the web.My goal became to hunt for inspiring examples of editorial design, study what makes them unique, and find ways to adapt what I’d learned to create more compelling, engaging, and imaginative designs for the web.My bookcases are now chock full of magazine design inspiration, but my collection is still growing. I have limited space, so I’m picky about what I pick up. I buy a varied selection, and rarely collect more than one issue of the same title.I look for exciting page layouts, inspiring typography, and innovative ways to combine text with images. When a magazine has plenty of interesting design elements, I buy it. However, if a magazine includes only a few pieces of inspiration, I admit I’m not above photographing them before putting it back on the shelf.I buy new magazines as regularly as I can, and a week before Christmas, a few friends and I met in London. No trip to the “Smoke” is complete without a stop at Magma, and I bought several new magazines. After I explained my inspiration addition, one friend suggested I write about why I find magazine design so inspiring and how magazines influence my work. Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)That conversation sparked the idea for a series on making inspired design decisions. Every month, I’ll choose a publication, discuss what makes its design distinctive, and how we might learn lessons which will help us to do better work for the web.As an enthusiastic user of HTML and CSS, I’ll also explain how to implement new ideas using the latest technologies; CSS Grid, Flexbox, and Shapes.I’m happy to tell you that I’m inspired and motivated again to design for the web and I hope this series can inspire you too.Andy ClarkeApril 2019Avaunt Magazine: Documenting The Extraordinary What struck me most about Avaunt was the way its art director has colour, layout, and type in diverse ways while maintaining a consistent feel throughout the magazine. (Large preview)One look at me is going to tell you I’m not much of an adventurer. I don’t consider myself particularly cultured and my wife jokes regularly about what she says is my lack of style.So what drew me to Avaunt magazine and its coverage of “adventure,” “culture,” and “style” when there are so many competing and varied magazines?It often takes only a few page turns for me to decide if a magazine offers the inspiration I look for. Something needs to stand out in those first few seconds for me to look closer, be it an exciting page layout, an inspiring typographic treatment, or an innovative combination of images with text.Avaunt has all of those, but what struck me most was the way its art director has used colour, layout, and type in diverse ways while maintaining a consistent feel throughout the magazine. There are distinctive design threads which run through Avaunt’s pages. The bold uses of a stencil serif and geometric sans-serif typeface are particularly striking, as is the repetition of black, white, a red which Avaunt’s designers use in a variety of ways. Many of Avaunt’s creative choices are as adventurous as the stories it tells. © Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)Plenty of magazines devote their first few spreads to glossy advertising, and Avaunt does the same. Flipping past those ads finds Avaunt’s contents page and its fascinating four-column modular grid.This layout keeps content ordered within spacial zones but maintains energy by making each zone a different size. This layout could be adapted to many kinds of online content and should be easy to implement using CSS Grid. I’m itching to try that out.For sans-serif headlines, standfirsts, and other type elements which pack a punch, Avaunt uses MFred, designed initially for Elephant magazine by Matt Willey in 2011. Matt went on to art direct the launch of Avaunt and commissioned a stencil serif typeface for the magazine’s bold headlines and distinctive numerals.Avaunt Stencil was designed in 2014 by London based studio A2-TYPE who have since made it available to license. There are many stencil fonts available, but it can be tricky to find one which combines boldness and elegance — looking for a stencil serif hosted on Google Fonts? Stardos would be a good choice for display size type. Need something more unique, try Caslon Stencil from URW.Avaunt’s use of a modular grid doesn’t end with the contents page and is the basis for a spread on Moscow’s Polytechnic Museum of Cold War curiosities which first drew me to the magazine. This spread uses a three-column modular grid and spacial zones of various sizes.What fascinates me about this Cold War spread is how modules in the verso page combine to form a single column for text content. Even with this column, the proportions of the module grid still inform the position and size of the elements inside. © Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)While the design of many of Avaunt’s pages is devoted to a fabulous reading experience, many others push the grid and pull their foundation typography styles in different directions. White text on dark backgrounds, brightly coloured spreads where objects are cut away to blend with the background. Giant initial caps which fill the width of a column, and large stencilled drop caps which dominate the page.Avaunt’s playful designs add interest, and the arrangement of pages creates a rhythm which I very rarely see online. These variations in design are held together by the consistent use of Antwerp — also designed by A2-TYPE — as a typeface for running text, and a black, white, and red colour theme which runs throughout the magazine. © Avaunt magazine. (Large preview)Studying the design of Avaunt magazine can teach and inspire. How a modular grid can help structure content in creative ways without it feeling static. (I’ll teach you more about modular grids later.)How a well-defined set of styles can become the foundation for distinctive and diverse designs, and finally how creating a rhythm throughout a series of pages can help readers stay engaged.Next time you’re passing your nearest magazine store, pop in a pick up a copy of Avaunt Magazine. It’s about adventure, but I bet it can help inspire your designs to be more adventurous too.Say Hello To Skinny ColumnsFor what feels like an eternity, there’s been very little innovation in grid design for the web. I had hoped the challenges of responsive design would result in creative approaches to layout, but sadly the opposite seems to be true. Top: Squeezing an image into one column reduces its visual weight and upsets the balance of my composition. Middle: Making the image fill two standard columns also upsets that delicate balance. Bottom: Splitting the final column, then add- ing half its width to another, creates the perfect space for my image, and a more pleasing overall result. (Large preview)Instead of original grid designs, one, two, three, or four block arrangements of content became the norm. Framework grids, like those included with Bootstrap, remain the starting point for many designers, whether they use those frameworks or not.It’s true that there’s more to why so much of the web looks the same as web designers using the same grid. After all, there have been similar conventions for magazines and newspapers for decades, but somehow magazines haven’t lost their personality in the way many websites have.I’m always searching for layout inspiration and magazines are a rich source. Reading Avaunt reminded me of a technique I came across years ago but hadn’t tried. This technique adds one extra narrow column to an otherwise conventional column grid. In print design, this narrow column is often referred to as a “bastard column or measure” and describes a block of content which doesn’t conform to the rest of a grid. (This being a family friendly publication, I’ll call it a “skinny column.”)In these first examples, squeezing an image into one column reduces its visual weight and upsets the balance of my composition. Making the image fill two standard columns also upsets that delicate balance.Splitting the final column, then adding half its width to another, creates the perfect space for my image, and a more pleasing overall result. (Large preview)I might use a skinny column to inform the width of design elements. This Mini Cooper logo matches the width of my skinny column, and its size feels balanced with the rest of my composition. (Large preview)Sometimes, content won’t fit into a single column comfortably, but by combining the widths of standard and skinny columns, I create more space and a better measure for running text. I can place a skinny column anywhere within a layout to wherever I need my content. (Large preview)An empty skinny column adds whitespace which allows the eye to roam around a design. The asymmetry created by placing a skinny column between two standard columns also makes a structured layout feel more dynamic and energetic. (Large preview)Another empty skinny column carves a wide gutter into this design and confines my running text to a single column, so that its height reflects the image’s vertical format. I can also use a skinny column to turn typographic elements into exciting design elements.Developing With Skinny ColumnsDesigns like these are surprisingly simple to implement using today’s CSS. I need just four structural elements; a logo, header, figure, plus an article to contain my running text:
Many 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.
Banana plantations in Colombia, such as this one, are facing risks from a deadly fungus. Colombia is the fourth largest exporter of bananas in Latin America, with sales of $866.2 million in 2018. Only coffee and flowers are more valuable agricultural exports for the nation. Banana plantations cover roughly 50,000 hectares of land, whereas farms growing less valuable plantains, mostly for the domestic market, cover an additional 400,000 hectares. Colombia has declared a national state of emergency following confirmation that a dread fungus has appeared in the country’s banana plantations. The 8 August declaration marks the first time that Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4), which has devastated crops in Asia, has been confirmed in Latin America, the world’s largest exporter of bananas. Signs of the fungus were first spotted in June in northern Colombia, putting the region on high alert.The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) in Bogotá has now announced plans to expand biosecurity efforts, after eradicating plants on nearly 170 hectares of quarantined farmland. ICA plans to increase sanitary control measures at all ports, airports, and border points, although the disease has so far been reported only in the La Guajira region of the country. Government officials are considering providing funding to small and medium-size banana exporters to help them implement better biosecurity measures, such as disinfecting machinery, shipping containers, and footwear in quarantined areas. The government will continue to monitor the situation through a combination of surveillance flights and on-the-ground inspections. And on 5 August, agricultural ministers from across Latin America met in Quito to discuss plans to prevent further outbreaks.TR4, for which there is no treatment, kills plants by disrupting their vascular systems, and it can persist in soil for decades. Experts at Wageningen University and the biotech company KeyGene, both in the Netherlands, used genome sequencing and molecular diagnostics to confirm the TR4 diagnosis in infected plant samples from Colombia. 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High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans was on Saturday appointed coach of the Indian hockey team, replacing Paul van Ass, who was unceremoniously sacked after a bitter spat with Hockey India president Narinder Batra.The 61-year-old Dutchamn, who has been associated with Indian hockey for close to three years now, will be at the helm of affairs at least till next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The decision to appoint Oltmans was taken at a meeting between Sports Authority of India’s director general Injeti Srinivas and Batra.”Oltmans has agreed to be the coach till the Rio Olympics and we would want him to continue after that,” Batra told reporters after the meeting.Batra said that Van Ass’ ouster was a disappointing chapter but it was important for Indian hockey to move ahead.”We should move ahead, coaches come and go. We want to look ahead and prepare the team for the Olympics. we will talk to Oltmans about his requirements regarding the support staff and will give all possible assistance,” Batra said.Earlier on Friday, a nine-member committee headed by Olympian Harbinder Singh, formed to decide Van Ass’ future, recommended that the Dutchman should not be continued.Van Ass blamed an “autocratic” Batra for his ouster and said the recommendation to remove him did not come as a “surprise” to him.Oltmans has been associated with Indian hockey for nearly three years and to add to it, the players also gel well with him and some have even aired their views of handing the reins of the team to the Dutchman after Van Ass’ ouster.advertisementVan Ass, who was appointed at the end of January this year, was awarded a three-year contract till 2018. The World League semifinals in Antwerp, earlier this month, was the Dutchman’s second assignment with the Indian team.
A beautiful and historically-rich village on the outskirts of Delhi is being developed as a major tourist hotspot. Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC), a body under the Ministry of Urban Development, is preparing a master plan for village Jaunti, nine kilometer from Kanjhawala in the northwest. This includes erecting ‘dwars’ (ornamental gates) to the hamlet bordering Haryana, charting heritage trails to its Mughal-era fort and talab, and streetscaping. Its traditional havelis (mansions) will also be an important feature in the tourist attraction plan.Jaunti is believed to have been established in the 17th century, during the reign of emperor Shahjahan. It is known far and wide for a ‘shikargah’ (hunting lodge) with an impressive brick pattern and a large adjoining talab (water tank).These are said to have been used by Shahjahan and successive Mughal kings on gaming expeditions when the village was densely forested and frequented by tigers and antelope. The village’s old core and by-lanes retain some havelis which have architecturally-rich facades. Jaunti also played a key role in the Green Revolution of 1960s when Dr MS Swaminathan planted the ‘Jounti Seed’ in the village.In 2014, Member of Parliament Dr Udit Raj adopted it under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana or Prime Minister’s Model Village Scheme. A team of town planners, heritage conservationists and village youth, led by the MP, have since been working on enhancing its physical features as well as uplifting it socially.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Dr Raj said: “We chose Jaunti of all the villages in my (Delhi northwest) constituency as it is still a ‘rural village’, unspoilt by construction and pollution. Its small population size has also helped it remain beautiful.”advertisementDUAC Chairman Dr PSN Rao, who is now working on the ‘Mera Jaunti’ plan, said: “We have about three months at our disposal to complete the design. The aim is to finish it before November – the first anniversary of the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram scheme.”A DUAC consultant, who is part of the project, said: “The village is highly inaccessible. One has to change buses twice even from the Rithala Metro station. We plan to put up ornamental dwars on all three approach roads to Jaunti – from Haryana, Nizampur and the main Kanjhawala Road. The heritage trails encompassing shikargah, pond, havelis and temples are being drawn. Streetscaping, developing lighting, signages and parking is also part of the plan.”Kiosks and camel rides are envisaged around the pond on the lines of Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur. Management of tourism around the pond could be handed over to Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), Project Director Rekha Vohra said. “We have grand plans to empower the people of Jaunti. This area, which includes Nizampur village, has given the country an Arjuna awardee and gold medallist kabaddi player. An international sports academy will be set up. A 100-bedded hospital is coming up and agricultural education is being provided to farmers.””Embroidery training is being given to local women and they have been approached by international brands to work for them,” she added.
Follow @dfriend on Twitter.The Canadian Press Indigenous rockers Midnight Shine have added fresh glitter to Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” with new version that features a verse in Mushkegowuk Cree.The Attawapiskat band released a music video for their cover that’s filmed entirely in the northern Ontario community.The clip features lead singer Adrian Sutherland playing guitar and harmonica in a boat filled with his family and friends.The video was captured last October near Sutherland’s home as part of a marathon five-day shoot that included filming for two other songs.Midnight Shine’s “Heart of Gold” introduces new elements to one of Young’s most beloved songs, including a heavy drum beat, slide guitar, pow wow singing and the translated Cree verse.Sutherland performs the Indigenous chant and the vocals, while the Trews’ Chris Gormley appears as a guest drummer.The singer said in a press release that it proved difficult to directly translate the English into Cree words because gold is described as “money rock.” He said that wouldn’t do justice to Young’s meaning, so instead of “heart of gold” he chose to say, “good hearted.”“Heart of Gold” appears on Midnight Shine’s third album “High Road.”