In this photo provided by Target.com, a faux fur ottoman stool from the fall Threshold collection with hairpin legs, creates a cozy yet chic resting spot. (Target.com via AP) In this season’s home decor offerings, faux furs are common in pillows, throws and stools. They add a touch of drama and cruelty-free coziness.Set decorator Beth Kushnick, whose chic rooms on CBS’ “The Good Wife” garnered such a following that she launched her own line of decorative accessories, called BAK Home and available at Wayfair and AllModern, likes to use faux fur throws and pillows as a textural element.“Keeping them in the same color palette as the sofa or bed works best and creates another layer,” she says.For her taste, a little fur goes far.“I use it sparingly, but specifically. Picture a crisp bed of white linens with a white faux fur throw, or a black velvet sofa with black faux fur pillows as a backdrop for some other patterned pillows,” she says.Pottery Barn has throws and pillows in a warm, caramel-hued faux fur, as well as imitation chinchilla and brown bear. (www.potterybarn.com )At Wayfair, find faux red fox, cheetah and sable patterned throws, all machine-washable. (www.wayfair.com )A white, shaggy, oversize ottoman at Urban Outfitters would be a fun addition to a family room, or a playful element in an otherwise traditional living space. (www.urbanoutfitters.com )Cute little stools are popping up like furry mushrooms all over the winter décor marketplace. World Market’s got a faux flokati one on distressed wooden legs; Target’s has a tan and black fur seat and brass hairpin legs. (www.worldmarket.com ; www.target.com )Unusual faux furs like coyote, lemur and snow leopard are found in accessories at www.fabulousfurs.com .Z Gallerie’s Ludlow slipper chair, all dressed up in ivory plush with Lucite legs, would be a cushy spot to relax in a bedroom. (www.zgallerie.com )And Restoration Hardware’s oversize ultra-faux-fur throws, in a neutral palette of fog, graphite and cream, are an indulgence best savored on a bed or chaise. An exotic collection mimics Siberian fox and Russian mink. (www.restorationhardware.com ) This photo provided by Restoration Hardwares shows oversized faux fur throws large enough to use on a bed, as well as exotic faux fur throws that mimic Siberian red and grey fox. (Restoration Hardware via AP) This photo provided by Restoration Hardware shows oversized faux fur throws large enough to use on a bed, as well as exotic faux fur throws that mimic Siberian red and grey fox. (Restoration Hardware via AP) In this photo provided by Restoration Hardware, faux fur covered water bottles would make a luxe and welcome gift. Hand warmers, earphones, slippers and scarves are also in the cozy collection. (Restoration Hardware via AP) Faux fur. For decades, the term conjured up images of obvious artificiality.Its fakeness often became a style feature — “fun fur” had colors and patterns so exaggerated there was never any doubt that the fur came from a factory, not a forest. And while the look may have been sometimes passable as real, the “hand,” or feel, gave the game away. Like early versions of the shag rug, faux fur felt rough and plastic-y.Today’s versions are remarkably realistic. Often, the acrylic pile that makes up much of faux fur is augmented with natural fibers like wool, silk and cotton rayon, with various silicones and resins used to improve the luster. Manufacturers are working with other techniques, like mixing shrinkable and non-shrinkable fibers, as well as fine and coarse fibers, to even more closely resemble complex furs like beaver, mink and river otter. In this photo provided by Target.com, Nate Berkus designed an elegant stool for the fall collection, clad in a shaggy chic striated faux fur. (Target.com via AP)
Washington Executive Magazine just released their most recent list of Top 10 Execs to Watch, and I’m finding it illuminating to see what categories they’re choosing to highlight, such as security, cyber and, most recently Artificial Intelligence (AI), and data science. I was honored to learn that I was being included with such a distinguished group of executives who are using AI to drive change and transform the country.It’s equally interesting that data science and AI are focal points of the latest Top 10 list because I believe we’re in the midst of a global race for supremacy right now, and it’s not an arms race or a space race, it’s a race for AI leadership.And the U.S. needs to move fast, and decisively, if we’re going to come out on top.What’s at stake?PWC says AI could contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030.Accenture projects the AI healthcare market will hit $6.6 billion by 2021 (a compounded annual growth rate of 40%).IDC predicts global spending on AI will reach $57.6 billion by 2021.And there’s untapped potential: only 15% of enterprises are using AI today but 31% say it’s on their agenda, according to Adobe.Data analytics, machine learning, cognitive computing, and artificial intelligence give businesses and government the opportunity to boost operational efficiency and launch new delivery models. Imagine more efficient methods of screening for fraud, accelerating response times for first responders to emergencies or natural disasters, or reallocating routine tasks to machines so public servants have the time to tackle more complex cases for citizens. Imagine a day when lining up to renew a driver’s license at the DMV or apply for government services is a thing of the past.Making AI a National PriorityOn July 31st, the government announced the 2020 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities, which include:Security of the American People—Calling on investment in emerging technologies including AI, cyber and autonomous systems.American Leadership in AI, Quantum Information Systems and Strategic Computing—To deliver on the promise of scientific breakthroughs that can transform the American way of life.American Connectivity and Autonomy including 5G networks.Manufacturing—Next-generation manufacturing enabled by machine learning, AI and the Internet of Things.Space Exploration—And the opportunity to use machine learning capabilities for applications in space and on earth.Medical Innovation—Where AI and machine learning have the potential to positively impact treatment.Agriculture—Where sensors, data analytics and machine learning can reduce inputs and improve crop yields.Of the eight areas prioritized for investment, seven leverage AI to advance or accelerate breakthroughs. That’s how important AI is becoming to our country (and the world).Accelerating AI AdoptionI talk a great deal about the need to accelerate AI adoption and with good reason: If we don’t get to the benefit of AI quickly, we may not get to the benefits at all.Realizing the benefits of AI and data science is highly dependent on our ability to do some very difficult things very quickly. One of those difficult things is finding talented, skilled people who want to work in government. With millions of open jobs in data science in the U.S., finding those skilled people is a tall order and will impact our ability to deliver on the AI promise.The next challenge revolves around the data itself. We have, and are generating, unprecedented amounts of data, but to make it meaningful, we must be able to label and classify it so that we can access and utilize the right data at the right time for the right reasons. Addressing this challenge overlaps with the skills shortage: We are going to need a workforce trained, available and willing to do the work of analytics. More data can’t equate to more work!Building a Solid AI FoundationAs a data scientist, I know the potential (and pitfalls) of AI adoption. The right ecosystem of hardware, software, and accelerators from the cloud to the edge will facilitate innovation in AI deployments and get us to the benefits we are seeking faster.In tandem, we must address a wide range of challenges from skills shortages and training to data management and the ethical questions that are inextricably linked to AI, so we can avoid some of the unintended consequences associated with outsourcing human cognition to intelligent systems.We need to start working together as a cohesive, yet flexible group of academia, industry, and the government to put the pieces of this puzzle together so we can win with AI.
PSG chief Leonardo to try again for Tottenham defender Serge Aurierby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Leonardo is ready to try again for Tottenham defender Serge Aurier.With the January market looming, Leonardo still wants to bring Aurier back to PSG, says Sportmediaset.The Ivorian was on Leonardo’s shopping list over the summer, but ran out of time to do the deal.The pair are close and talks will resume ahead of the market reopening in the New Year.PSG would favour an initial loan arrangement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom The Asia to Southern Africa market has witnessed a significant growth as spot rates reached their highest in seven years, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Instead of an earlier expected 13% decline in southbound volumes in the first quarter, Container Trade Statistics (CTS) is now reporting marginal growth of 0.4% for the same period, representing an additional 22,400 TEU on the original numbers.Southbound shipments increased by 8% in the second quarter, representing the fastest rate since the second quarter of 2013.After six months the headhaul southbound market was up by 4.3%, well on course to record the first significant annual gain since 2013.Drewry said that freight rates are expected to continue their ascent in this growing trade over the coming months, while new capacity would be supported by greater volumes.“Indicative of a strengthening market carriers are adding capacity to the southbound trade with effective southbound slots estimated to have been up by 15% year-on-year in July. Further additions that appear on schedules for August and September will raise that annual comparison yet again,” according to the shipping consultancy.The strength of the recent demand recovery has contributed to a recovery in ship utilisation and freight rates. Southbound load factors were in the high-70s in May and June and “should go higher still in the traditionally stronger second half of the year, even with the extra capacity.”
“I remember that day so clearly. I was parking to go pick (Nolen) and (his brother Sam) up at school. The phone binged, I looked, it was an email saying the Stratford Festival was doing Billy Elliot. I called Yannick immediately,” Kristin says from inside the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ont. “He answered the phone and said, ‘I know. I just read it.’”The hitch: Kristin and Yannick Dubuc, along with their three boys Sam, 14, Nolen, and Gabe, 9, had hectic lives in Vancouver. None of them had ever been to Stratford. If Nolen, who has been dancing since he was 4 years old, auditioned and got the part, it would mean a year away from home.“(Yannick) just said, ‘Let’s just see what happens,’” Kristin says.Long story short, Nolen was cast as the lead in the Olivier and Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot, the Elton John-Lee Hall musical based on the 2000 movie that starred Jamie Bell as the titular ballet hopeful growing up in the middle of the 1984/85 miners’ strike in northeastern England. READ MORENolen Dubuc, seen in a pas de deux with Colton Curtis as his older self, anchors Billy Elliot the Musical with astonishing talent and confidence, writes Karen Fricker. – Cylla Von TiedemannNOLEN DUBUC OWNS THE LEAD IN BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICALEnter Nolen Dubuc. Director/choreographer Donna Feore cast the 11-year-old Vancouverite in the title role in Billy Elliot after a nationwide search, and he anchors the show with astonishing talent and confidence.Dubuc is already an award-winning musical theatre and dance performer, and those chops serve him well in this gruelling role, fronting the 2.5-hour show and leading multiple major production numbers. Throughout this Stratford summer, as on opening night, audiences will be on their feet hooting and hollering their admiration for Dubuc’s achievement and that of the 30-plus member cast that support him.While there’s an amazing kid at the centre of this show, it should be underlined that this is not necessarily an entertainment for the whole family. One of the first words out of Billy’s mouth is an f-bomb, and the Stratford Festival website accurately describes the language throughout as “strong and at times profane.” READ MORENolen Dubuc, centre, plays Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical. (Cylla von Tiedemann)STRATFORD FESTIVAL: BALANCING LIFE AND WORK AS CHILD ACTORIt’s both a dream come true and the hardest thing they’ve ever worked on in their lives.For Nolen Dubuc, 11, and Emerson Gamble, 13, landing the roles of on-stage best friends Billy and Michael in the Stratford Festival’s production of Billy Elliot the Musical has meant a complete and abrupt change from everything they once knew.For Nolen, it meant moving with his family from Vancouver to Stratford, while Emerson, who lives and attends ballet school in London, had a little less far to travel.From January, when they both attended Billy boot camp, to their first rehearsal at the beginning of February all the way through to the first previews of the show in April, the two boys and the 15 other kids who make up a portion of the musical’s cast have basically lived and breathed Billy Elliot. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter WHEN BILLY ELLIOT CALLED, NOLEN DUBUC’S WHOLE FAMILY LEAPTIt’s tough to imagine now but, last year, 11-year-old Nolen Dubuc was burnt out.Between his dance classes, singing lessons, keeping up with school, going out for TV and film auditions, and appearing in a few theatre productions, something had to give. So Nolen and his mom Kristin told his agent that the only theatre role he would consider for the time being was Billy Elliot.It wasn’t long before Kristin and her husband Yannick got the email. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
New Delhi: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “cynically exploiting” the issue of national security to divert attention from his “colossal failures” and “persistent falsehoods”, the Congress on Tuesday asserted that it won’t allow him to befool the people again.Seeking to send out a strong message to the people from Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat, the Congress said that it will appeal with humility a mandate for change in the Lok Sabha elections for providing better governance and repair the damage caused to the economy and the country by the BJP government. The strong attack on the Prime Minister came in the resolution adopted by the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the grand old party, which was chaired by party president Rahul Gandhi and attended by all senior leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The Congress also urged all democratic and progressive forces to unite and pool their energies to relentlessly fight and expose the BJP government, and not to allow the nation’s political narrative be vitiated and focus deflected from the real issues that concern the people. Earlier, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that no sacrifice was “too great” to defeat the RSS and BJP ideology of “fascism, hatred, anger and divisiveness”. In his speech at the CWC meeting held at Sardar Patel National Memorial, he underlined the need to fight such forces together and said, “On the anniversary of Gandhi ji’s historic Dandi March, the Congress Working Committee in Ahmedabad, resolved to defeat the RSS/BJP ideology of fascism, hatred, anger and divisiveness.” “Congress party expresses its strong disappointment that the Prime Minister is cynically exploiting the issue of national security, on which we are all united, to divert attention from his colossal failures, bogus claims and persistent falsehoods,” the CWC resolution said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe CWC sends a “stern and unequivocal” message to India’s enemies that the country stands united and resolute as one to confront and defeat their nefarious agenda, it said. Briefing reporters after the CWC meeting, senior party leader Anand Sharma said the Congress is committed to restoring the health of the Indian economy which has been collapsing due to the “monumental mismanagement” under Prime Minister Modi and his government. “The working committee has met in the backdrop of terror attacks. The nation has spoken in one voice. The PM is seeking to divide the nation. The PM is questioning the commitment and patriotism of his and the BJP’s political opponents ahead of the elections,” Sharma said.
OSU was not able to get off to a good start as inconsistent third-starter pitcher Dean Wolosiansky (3-4) gave up seven earned runs in just more than three innings of work. Four two-out runs on six singles in the fourth helped the Buckeyes tie the game at 5-5. One of those runs came off the bat of steady-hitting left fielder Zach Hurley. Hurley went 3-5 Sunday and added three RBIs, bringing his totals to eight hits and four RBIs on the series. However, the teams did not remain even for long as the Spartans responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Michigan State added four runs in the fifth inning and two insurance runs in the seventh and Ohio State never threatened again. Hot hitting continued but seven runs on 14 hits weren’t enough for the Buckeyes to finish the series sweep against Michigan State Sunday in East Lansing as the Spartans won 14-7. The game marks the first time OSU has allowed double digit runs to a Big Ten foe. The 14 runs are the second-most the team has given up this season, having allowed 17 to Marshall on March 13. Despite the loss, Ohio State was able to take two of three from Michigan State in an important early season series as the teams entered the weekend in a tie for the Big Ten lead. Ohio State now boasts a 6-3 conference record and remains in first place. Friday saw Buckeye ace Alex Wimmers improve to 8-0 on the season as Ohio State took the first game of the series 10-1. The second meeting proved to be more dramatic as Ohio State needed two runs in the ninth inning to earn a come-from-behind win 4-3. The team gets a break from the conference schedule as they welcome Akron to Bill Davis Stadium Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
Senior guard Aaron Craft floats for a layup during a game against Purdue March 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 63-61.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOn Pi Day — a day where Ohio State published a video highlighting Aaron Craft’s ability to recite the many digits of the mathematical constant pi — the senior guard received yet another recognition.A testament to his play this season, Craft was named one of six finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, an honor given to the top point guard in men’s college basketball.According to a press release, the field of six finalists was whittled down from a list of 47 players by the Cousy Award screening committee.Joining Craft, the five other finalists for the award are UCLA sophomore Kyle Anderson, Syracuse freshman Tyler Ennis, Connecticut senior Shabazz Napier, North Carolina sophomore Marcus Paige and Wichita State sophomore Fred VanVleet.“It was a tough process to narrow down the list of already exceptional point guards to only six, but these six men deserve to be fighting for the award and recognized as some of the greatest point guards in college basketball,” said Ken Kaufman, chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, echoed the sentiments of his colleague, and added that the most difficult decision lies ahead.“The Cousy Award screening committee took on the tough job of choosing from many talented point guards to determine this list of six players who represent the leadership skills that Bob Cousy exhibited,” Doleva said. “Each of these candidates has consistently proven that they are worthy of this prestigious award.”While the screening committee takes plenty of time to select each finalist, Craft said that he doesn’t waste a minute to think about individual accomplishments.“There’s plenty of time to think about that when I’m old and fat and can’t run up and down anymore,” Craft said, regarding his place as a finalist. “The things that are going to be remembered are the things we do as a team. That’s the biggest focus.”Previous winners include many current NBA point guards like former Texas Longhorn D.J. Augustin, former St. Joseph’s Owl Jameer Nelson and the winner of the 2013 Cousy Award, former Michigan Wolverine Trey Burke.According to the release, the winner of the 2014 Cousy Award is scheduled be announced during the Hall of Fame festivities at the 2014 Final Four in Dallas.
The trailer of the BSL truck flipped over after leaving the roadway. Icy road conditions and low visibility contributed to the accident. Big State Logistics was the operator of the fuel truck and at this time estimates 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled during the rollover. The ADEC will continue to monitor the response actions and review plans being developed to further delineate the affected area, as well as required containment and cleanup actions. In the release from the ADEC they stated that the spill occurred on frozen ground with a large snow pack off the side of the road. The Robe River is directly west of the spill but at this time does not appear to be impacted. The spilled fuel appears to be migrating away from the river, but the investigation is ongoing. Original Story: The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has reported a diesel fuel spill at mile 2.5 of the Richardson Hwy, Dayville Road, in Valdez as the result of a fuel truck rollover.