United Airlines emergency at Sydney

first_imgA United Airlines 747-400, flight 840, was forced to return to Sydney today after it blew several tires on take-off for Los Angeles.Upon its return after dumping fuel it was stuck on the main north south runway causing major delays to other flights.Sydney Airport released a statement saying passengers and crew on board the plane are in the process of returning to the terminal.“This has caused delays to some international operations however all domestic flights are operating as scheduled,” the statement said.“Passengers travelling internationally are advised to contact their individual airline to confirm their flight details.”Pictures obtained by www.AirlineRatings.com show a number of tires were shredded.The pilots needed to dump fuel to reduce the aircraft’s landing weight to 295 tons. The aircraft’s maximum take-off weight is 396 tons althought it is not known if the 747-400 was at its maximum take-off weight.last_img read more

4 ways that AI is enabling today’s IoT revolution

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Redg Snodgrass Long past the buzzword stage, both AI & IoT have surged to the forefront of corporate consciousness. But what do the two acronyms have to do with one another practically?For a chance to discuss AI and IoT in person, get your IoT Revolution Symposium ticketIn a presentation tonight hosted by Western Digital in partnership with ReadWrite, Accenture Managing Director Tom Stuermer took on that exact topic.Here are 4 key highlights from his presentation:#1. Leaders believe IoT is going to be essential, but don’t have a strategyA huge percentage of executives – 95% surveyed – expect their companies to use IoT within the next 3 years, but while nearly 3 quarters of them are “exploring” the space, only 7% have a comprehensive IoT strategy.#2. The data created by connected devices creates immense opportunities, but huge complexityThe gap between perceived importance and practical strategy could come quickly to haunt the group as consumer and commercial use of connected devices surges. Analysts expect 50B devices, 212b sensors, 6.1b app users and 31 Exobytes of mobile data per month by 2020.Part of the reason for that surge in data is that, in the new era, everyday physical objects are becoming uniquely identifiable. This allows information and data from one device and one context to effortlessly move to another. If (and only if) there is the right plumbing and piping to get it there. Increasingly, this falls outside traditional human and even traditional computing capacity. Enter AI.#3. AI is the enabler of IoT that makes that data usefulArtificial intelligence is the perfect system for “sensing, comprehending and acting” to take the data from one connected device to another, opening up unique capacities.While it’s early days, there are still many examples of companies already using AI & IoT to change their operations. Uber started leveraging AI to match drivers and passengers but has continuously evolved its technology to better recognize consumer behaviors and prepare for the autonomous driving era. Siemens, meanwhile, used AI & IoT to automate production lines, giving them the capability to run unsupervised for weeks, self-organizing to improve a process.#4. To leverage AI to take advantage of IoT demands new training systemsIn this context, training means both training artificial intelligence to understand its job as well as to continuously improve its own process, as well as training humans to provide the right sorts of interventions, while still allowing AI to avoid human mistakes.One of the most important tools in the training arsenal is crowdsourcing and distributed open-source processes.Training around AI and IoT promises to be one of the most important areas of focus for corporate leaders and strategists in the years to come. For more on this topic,  join us for IoT Revolution Symposium in San Francisco, CA on July 11th. AI is one of the many topics you’ll get explore as we bring together 400+ leading corporate execs, investors, founders, analysts and dealmakers in IoT.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Follow the Puck Tags:#Accenture#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Related Posts last_img read more

Ontario government rejects federal tax changes on passive investment income

first_imgOTTAWA — The Ontario government is refusing to follow the federal Liberals’ lead with a controversial tax change related to passive investment income in personal corporations.Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office has maintained the change was about ensuring wealthy people didn’t start tiny corporations just to get a better tax rate than people in the middle class.The federal tax change was part of Morneau’s package of reforms last year, which he eventually watered down following a backlash from small-business owners and incorporated professionals, such as doctors and lawyers.In its fall economic update today, the province’s Progressive Conservative government says it will introduce new legislation to reverse a plan by its Liberal predecessors to parallel the federal changes in Ontario.Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s fall update says implementing the measure in the province would increase taxes on small businesses by about $160 million per year by 2020-21.Other provinces have also been skeptical about Ottawa’s plan. Last summer, finance ministers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan said they intended to press Morneau to find out how complicated it would be if their provinces ultimately decided against implementing Ottawa’s plan.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Five big draws at this weekends Toronto Comic Arts Festival

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: 2. Celebrate Toronto artists!The big kickoff panel on Friday night celebrates this city’s comics scene. Butcher extols the “generations of Toronto cartoonists who have either come back to graphic novels and done a new work this year or are releasing their first books after being a real integral part of the Toronto comics scene.” This includes Ho Che Anderson, known for his groundbreaking comics biography King of Martin Luther King Jr. He’s been working in film but wanted to tell a story in comics — it’s called Godhead. Fiona Smyth has a career-retrospective graphic novel debuting at the festival called Somnambulance. Smyth was an integral part of the local artistic scene in the ’90s, having done the exterior mural on Sneaky Dees and the art for the inside of its Dance Cave, and her massive new collection spans her entire career. (Toronto Comics: Past, Present, and Future, Friday, 6:30 p.m., Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library.) You won’t see crazy costumes, but you will see comics fans buzzing around the centre of the city this weekend soaking up the reflected light of the brightest stars in comics and graphic arts from Canada and around the world. On the occasion of the festival’s 15th anniversary, we spoke to co-founder and artistic director, Christopher Butcher, who told us why you need to see this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF).1. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunitiesIf you’re a fan of Japanese manga this is one you won’t want to miss. Japanese creator Inio Asano has had more than a dozen books published in English and is here to promote his newest speculative fiction series Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction. Christopher Butcher tells us that Asano doesn’t do public appearances or events in Japan, and this is only his second time outside of Japan ever. As with other TCAF guests from Japan, “travel is exceptionally difficult and limited — so we haven’t been lucky enough to have any of our Japanese guests in the history of the festival back for a second time.” So if you’re a fan of Asano’s work this is maybe your only chance to meet him in your whole life. (Spotlight: Inio Asano, Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Toronto Reference Library and Live Draw Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library.) Advertisement Posters for the 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival feature work by Ho Che Anderson, left, and Fiona Smyth, right. (TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 3. You don’t need a costume …In North America comics festivals tends to be more convention-oriented, with lots of people dressing up — with the art and the people who make it being secondary concerns, notes Butcher. But in Europe, a huge component of events is gallery shows and displays of original art. Inspired by Europe, see career retrospectives from Fiona Smyth and Michael Comeau; a Danish comics pavilion; and a German comics exhibit featuring the work Spring: an anthology of stories by eight German and eight Indian women cartoonists about the concerns of women and how they transcend borders. (Exhibits in various venues in the downtown core, including The Beguiling at 319 College St. and the Toronto Reference Library.)4. There’s a hockey opera!A comic-book, bilingual chamber opera to be exact. It’s called Hockey Noir: An Opera In 3 Periods and is being co-produced with Ensemble contemporain de Montreal and Continuum Contemporary Music. It’s set in the ’50s and is about the rivalry between the Toronto and Montreal hockey teams, organized crime, love, lust, blood and betrayal. Comics author Cecil Castellucci (The P.L.A.I.N. Janes) wrote the libretto — and comics images will be projected throughout. Says Butcher: “It’s the kind of thing that you can’t believe we’re doing, but we’re doing it.” (May 10 at 8 p.m., May 11 at 2 and 8 p.m., Jane Mallett Theatre; tickets — $40 for adults, $30 seniors/art workers, $20 students — available through Ticketmaster.)5. There’s fun for all the family — and did we say free?By the numbers: there are 23 countries represented at what Butcher calls the most international festival yet. There are two full days of kids programming. Most of the events will take place at three venues: the Toronto Reference Library; the Marriott Bloor hotel; and the Cumberland Terrace. That’s where hundreds of ‘zine makers and “ziy” folks will take over the second floor for a two-day zine fair.Best of all? Aside from the hockey opera, it’s free to see.The Toronto Comic Arts Festival runs Saturday May 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday May 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the festival and all of the events go to http://www2.torontocomics.com/By DEBORAH DUNDAS – Books Editor Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

A look at the twoperson race for the one Nunavut seat

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanada’s biggest jurisdiction by geography, and one of the smallest for population, Nunavut is about as unique as a Canadian electoral area gets.APTN’s Kent Driscoll takes a look at what is shaping up to be a two-person race for the one Nunavut seat.last_img