April 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Coaster and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner services will halt this weekend for construction work.San Diego Association of Governments workers will install second tracks along much of the corridor to improve capacity for four line operators, including the North County Transit District, Metrolink, Amtrak and freight carrier BNSF. A separate set of tracks for the Mid-Coast Trolley extending from the Old Town Transit Center to University City also will be installed.Closures begin just after midnight Saturday morning and continue until early morning Monday. Amtrak will provide limited replacement bus services.Passenger rail service is expected to resume in time for Monday morning commutes, though delays could occur.Crews laying track between the Elvira and Morena neighborhoods also will construct retaining walls, prepare subgrade and build access roads during the weekend.In Cardiff-by-the-sea, crews will install new track and begin removing a temporary work platform near the San Elijo Lagoon rail bridge. Posted: April 20, 2018 Coaster and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner services halted this weekend for construction work Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom
Kolkata: In a major stride to prevent power theft, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is installing new technology in coordination with the CESC.This technology will be implemented in a planned manner in all the markets under the KMC, where there have been numerous complaints of power pilferage by illegal hooking. The detailed plan on how to go about this venture has already been prepared by the Lighting & Electricity department of the KMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”It is impossible to track those people who indulge in power theft through hooking or other means. However, to curb such practice, we are using timers in our lights and at the same time connecting the main switches with Miniature Circuit Breaker (MCB),” said a senior official of the KMC’s lighting department. The timer will ensure that electricity could not be used beyond a specified time, while the NCB technology will result in tripping of power as soon as there is any overload in the line connected with the Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedmain switch. Elaborating on the technology, the official said if MCB is connected with a main switch that can light up 5 lamps with a capacity of 100W each in a specified area, the power will trip if somebody tries to draw power by hooking, “The technology is being integrated in a way that this power tripping can be monitored by us centrally,” the official added. The expenditure for putting the technology in place will vary depending upon the length of wiring and the coverage area. “We will gradually extend this technology to control theft in the lights of the KMC on all the roads across the city. Work has already started,” said Manzar Iqbal, Member Mayor in Council (Lighting & Electricity). The KMC is also working upon replacing all high pressure sodium vapor lamp fittings (HPSV) and Metal Halide Fittings with LED lights to bring down the level of carbon emission and at the same time reduce consumption of electricity.
Amid the celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, Khadi and Village Industries Commission decided to mark the occasion with practical display of Gandhian thoughts on village industries.With the co-operation of 150 highly-skilled potters from across the nation, the commission has finally started the project of making a 150-square-meter wall mural made of kulhad at Morbi, Gujrat. The potters have brought clay of their respective regions which have been mixed to produce the Kulhads for the mural. 3,870 kulhads (75 mm diameter and 90 mm height ) out of 5,000 will be produced on electric pottery wheels given by KVIC. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking about the project, Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC said that it was like starting a yajna (holy ritual) when 150 pandits (common surname of potters in many parts of India) gathered here to introduce the unity of Indian civilization with their individuality. Noted Gandhian philosopher and Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee believes that making the grand mural of Mahatma Gandhi is the fittest tribute to him and his philosophy on Khadi. The philosopher said, “As Bapu always advocated for empowering the village craftsmen and laid stress on adoption of swadeshi products, this grand mural – made directly from the village artisans – will definitely showcase the cultural integrity and unity of Gandhi’s India.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveExpressing his happiness on this tributary endeavour of KVIC, the Minister of State for MSME Giriraj Singh stated that it would certainly be a tribute with a difference. “It will really be a proud moment for the nation when KVIC’s grand mural will prominently be displayed in the heart of the national Capital – showcasing the combined ‘sweaty’ efforts of village potters across the nation,” he said. Present at the ceremony, 98-year-veteran Gandhian Gokul Dasji Kala, also hailed KVIC’s novel way of paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. It may be noted that the Meenakshi Lekhi, New Delhi Lok Sabha MP along with KVIC Chairman and NDMC Chairman made a vast survey for the selection of prominent site – where the 150 square meter wall mural could be mounted. Later, main building of NDMC in Connaught Place was unanimously decided to be the place for installing the mural. The artwork designed by an Ahmedabad-based designer terracotta and ceramic art studio, Clay Club Innovations, is expected to be unveiled on January 30 – the ‘Shaheed Diwas’ and Martyr day of Mahatma Gandhi. KVIC has also requested the Prime Minister to grace the function as the Chief Guest. So far, KVIC has distributed more than 5,000 Electric Potter Wheels’ sets in the country under its ambitious ‘Kumhaar Sashaktikaran Yojana’ and the distribution of another 7,000 Electric Potter Wheels is in the pipeline.
Yesterday, US senators Ron Wyden, Cory Booker, and Yvette D. Clarke proposed a bill named “Algorithmic Accountability Act”. This bill calls for large companies to assess and fix their algorithms if they show any type of unfairness, inaccuracy, or bias. While automated decision systems are being used to make some of the most important decisions for us, in some use cases they fail to give the right result because of algorithmic bias. The machine learning algorithms behind these systems are often trained using data that has an underrepresentation of a particular race or sex, which leads to their racist, sexist and non-inclusive behavior. Sen. Ron Wyden said in an interview with The Associated Press, “Computers are increasingly involved in the most important decisions affecting Americans’ lives — whether or not someone can buy a home, get a job or even go to jail. But instead of eliminating bias, too often these algorithms depend on biased assumptions or data that can actually reinforce discrimination against women and people of color.” This bill comes at a time when we are witnessing several controversies surrounding AI systems. The list of such controversies just goes on and usually includes the big tech. For instance, Facebook facing a charge of housing discrimination by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Amazon shutting down its automated recruitment tool after it was found favoring men in industries where they already dominate. Earlier, we have seen facial recognition systems misidentifying black women. Computerized money lending tools often charge higher interest rates to Latino and black borrowers. What is Algorithmic Accountability Act? This 15-page bill lists all the “impact assessments” companies are required to perform on their automated decision systems. These assessments will include evaluating the development process, system design, and training data for their accuracy, fairness, bias, discrimination, privacy, and security. Companies will be required to evaluate a broad range of algorithms, including the systems that attempt to predict and analyze customer’s behavior, involve large amounts of sensitive data, or systematically monitors a large, publicly accessible physical place. If the assessment report shows any risks of discrimination, privacy problem, or other issues, companies will need to address them within a timely manner. The act targets companies who make over $50 million per year and has access to personal information of at least 1 million customers or devices. It will also be applicable to “data brokers” who, as a major part of their business, collect, assemble, or maintain personal information of individuals. Once passed, the bill would let the Federal Trade Commission to create rules for companies to check for the concerns in their automated systems and correct them if any problems are found. It also gives FTC the authority to regularly monitor how these automated systems are performing. Many Twitter users welcomed this much-needed move to fight against tech bias: You can read the proposed bill here: Algorithmic Accountability Act. Read Next Facebook will ban white nationalism, and separatism content in addition to white supremacy content Facebook takes an initiative against discriminative ads on its platform The FTC issues orders to 7 broadband companies to analyze ISP privacy practices given they are also ad-support content platforms