By Brandon BargerTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—As early as Sunday, Hoosiers will be allowed to legally place a bet on their favorite professional or college game at one of five sites within the state.The Indiana Gaming Commission Wednesday unanimously approved emergency rules that will allow three casinos to offer sports betting on Sept. 1 with two others to follow within the week.Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the commission, told members that her staff has been working hard since to develop the emergency rules that will allow Indiana to join the ranks of states allowing sports wagering.“In order to capture the black market,” Tait said, “we have to have a competitive regulatory market.”The rules will be in place for 90 days with an option to extend them for another 90 days to give the commission enough time to finalize them.Hoosiers can place bets on Sunday at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville, Ameristar Casino Hotel in East Chicago, and the Hollywood Casino & Hotel in Lawrenceburg. The Horseshoe Hammond will take sports bets on Sept. 4 while the French Lick Resort and Casino will start up its operations on Sept. 6.In April, the Indiana General Assembly approved sweeping changes to the state’s gambling laws. In addition to sports betting, lawmakers passed a law allowing the move of two Gary casinos from Buffington Harbor to an inland site near Interstate 90 and a separate, new casino in Vigo County.Specific plans are subject to the approval of the Gaming Commission and on Wednesday, members voted unanimously to OK Spectacle Entertainment’s proposal for a 225,000-square-foot Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Gary. It will replace two waterfront Majestic Star riverboat casinos.John Keeler, a former Republican lawmaker from Indianapolis and representative of Spectacle, and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson told members of the commission that the project will be done in two stages. The first will include the construction of the casino with a 2,000 seat entertainment venue as well as parking. The second stage will include building a 200-room hotel that will be connected to the casino as well as a parking structure.Keeler told the commission that the proposal meets requirements that the $300 million casinos will create 1,600 jobs during phase one with an additional 200 jobs being added with phase two. They are hoping that phase one will be completed by Dec. 31, 2020, which Keeler called a “very ambitious date, but with a little bit of luck and some good weather, we think we can make that.”Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson told the members that the casino move frees up Buffington Harbor for development.“We believe that the highest and best use of that area is to be the development of a multimodal transportation system that really capitalizes on our rail and our highways that run through and adjacent to the area,” she said.Commission member Joseph Svetanoff, from northwest Indiana, voiced his support for the project.“I am extremely excited about what the future holds for this project,” Svetanoff told his fellow commissioners.Tait said the commission is now accepting proposals for the new Vigo County casino until Dec. 1 and will enlist Indiana University to help them review their potential impact on the community. Vigo County voters will be asked to approve the casino in the November election.The commission will next meet on Nov. 8 at the site of the Horseshoe Southern casino.FOOTNOTE: Brandon Barger is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Tropicana-Evansville Not Approved To Start Sportsbook At This Time
National Cupcake Week’s major charity partner Wellbeing of Women reminds bakers that Vintage Tea Week will run throughout summer and there are plenty of ways to get involved.The charity for women and babies’ health is celebrating its 50th birthday year by asking everybody to get involved with their own vintage tea parties throughout the summer.Wellbeing of Women is encouraging bakeries to get involved by designing a limited-edition collection of cakes or have staff dress up in vintage clothes for the day to attract attention.It suggests consumers could put on a coffee morning, afternoon tea or organise a bake-off, with the proceeds going to charity.“We want to raise as much awareness and money for Wellbeing of Women as possible during our birthday year,” said a spokesperson. “Without the generous support of the public and businesses alike, we wouldn’t have made such amazing progress in the many areas of women’s health.”Click here for more information.
Read Full Story The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health released a new Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit online June 2, 2016. The manual and accompanying video and other materials aim to help health care providers anywhere in the world prepare to safely manage obstetric complications when they occur. The materials were developed in partnership with Argentina’s Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy.Read MHTF blog post on carrying out the training in Ethiopia: This Is a Drill: Developing an Obstetric Emergency Drills ProgramLearn moreNew Resource for Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage and Preeclampsia/Eclampsia Now Available (MHTF)Practice Makes Perfect and Saves Lives: The Case for Obstetric Emergency Drills (MHTF)
In a recent blog posted to CIO.com, Dell EMC’s Global VP, CTO for Sales, and Distinguished Engineer, Patricia Florissi, Ph.D. talked about how the combination of blockchain technology and federated analytics enables organizations to analyze distributed data with trust, transparency and traceability. I invite you to read more from Dr. Florissi in the blog below, “Using Blockchain to Build Trust into Federated Analytics.”Using Blockchain to Build Trust into Federated AnalyticsWith the rise of the Internet of Things and the explosive growth in data, organizations are increasingly taking computing and analytics to the data, rather than moving the data to a central location for processing and analysis. To address these challenges, Dell EMC has incubated the concept of federated analytics and started developing the World Wide Herd (WWH) platform to make it feasible.So, what is federated analytics? Dell Technologies defines federated analytics as “the analysis of dispersed data in-place, as close as possible to the data source, while these local results are shared, fused and further analyzed along their path to other locations, enabling higher order learning at scale.” Federated analytics is very much the way of the future.This brings us to a challenge at the heart of federated analytics. When you decentralize data analytics, you have to take steps to ensure that you can verify the integrity of all the participants and all the data sources in the analytics process. In particular, you need to have the same assurances of trust, transparency and traceability — the “Three Ts” of data analytics — that you would have in a centralized world.How do you get there? The answer is to bring together the unique capabilities of federated analytics and blockchain technology, which adds a distributed ledger to the federated analytics solution (see sidebar). This is the approach Dell Technologies uses in our WWH.With WWH, the federated analytics network coexists with a blockchain network. Just as it does in the world of bitcoin, the blockchain provides a distributed digital ledger of transactions among entities in the federated analytics network, along with cryptography to prevent unauthorized changes to data and the transparency to enable all participants in the analytics process to see and verify everything that happens in the blockchain. This gives everyone the assurance that no unauthorized sources are participating in computations or using data in malicious ways.Let’s drill down a bit more. In the case of WWH, the blockchain acts as a distributed ledger that records all the details related to each of the computations completed in the federated analytics network. WWH hooks into the blockchain via APIs. These APIs pair up WWH nodes with blockchain nodes. Each computation becomes an entry in a blockchain ledger. The blockchain ledger captures information on things like the ID of the federated analytics node requesting the analytics, a reference to the data resources used in doing the computation, when and where the analytics were run, the results of the analytics, and a unique hash of the actual content of the data used in the analytics.In other words, the blockchain provides a parallel way of logging information and ensuring the integrity of the data and of the participants in the federated analytics network. And this brings us back to the “Three Ts” of federated analytics. Blockchain provides mechanisms for ensuring that you can trust your federated analytics peers, that you have transparency that allows you to see everything that happens to your data to achieve a particular analytics result, and that you have traceability into your sources, via the ability to replay tasks captured in the blockchain.To make this story more tangible, consider, for example, the case of autonomous driving using cloud robotics. Local computations happen in the cars as well as in private and public clouds, and a tremendous amount of these local analytics results are shared through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-cloud communications. In the unfortunate event of an accident, litigation procedures will demand full traceability of how the calculations that led to the accident were achieved. All nodes in the federated analytics, including vehicles and clouds, will need to demonstrate the source of the data, the content of the data used, the analytics performed, the local results achieved and the nodes with which they shared results. This is an ideal use case for the Dell Technologies WWH that couples federated analytics with blockchain.As I noted in an earlier series of posts on CIO.com, federated analytics overcomes some of the challenges inherent in centralized analysis of distributed data. These challenges include the need to analyze data at scale in near real-time before the raw data has time to be transmitted from its collection area to a central location, the existence of data in hard-to-reach places, government regulations that restrict the movement of data, the distribution of data over multiple endpoints and clouds, and bandwidth constraints that make it difficult to move data.With federated analytics, data can be analyzed locally, and only the local results are shared — the data itself stays put. This approach enables higher-order learning at scale while conserving bandwidth, accelerating time to insight, and preserving privacy, as the individual data points used to calculate the local results cannot be reverse-engineered from the local results themselves.At the end of the day, federated analytics solves the problem of analyzing data that can’t be moved and the demand to preserve their privacy. Blockchain solves the problem of ensuring that the data can be trusted, the analytics can be performed, and the data used can be transparent, and all distributed and parallel execution flows can be traced and repeated.By integrating federation analytics and blockchain, analytics at a worldwide scale can be achieved in a fully decentralized, peer-to-peer collaboration mode, without including a third party to coordinate the process. Everything is trusted, transparent and traceable, and it all comes together in the Dell Technologies World Wide Herd.Patricia Florissi, Ph.D., is vice president and global CTO for sales and a distinguished engineer for Dell EMC. Twitter link: @florissidelltec  Gartner IT Glossary.
By Dialogo July 08, 2013 This UAV has been widely used in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it was tested by the Colombian Air Force in 2006. The new UAV (ART in Colombia) will consist of three vehicles, three launching ramps, three earth control stations, three video systems and spare parts, as well as logistical support. The Silver Fox has a length of 1.47 meters, a tail height of 28 centimeters, a cabin width of 12.7 centimeters, autonomy up to 10 hours and a control range up to 55 kilometers, a service ceiling of 3,700 meters, with top speeds up to 93 kilometers per hour. Colombian Armed Forces will receive a Silver Fox unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), manufactured by BAE Systems, a British multinational defense, security and aerospace company. The Silver Fox will be deployed in vast regions of this country, for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. According to Marc Collins, director for Latin American of the company, “BAE Systems is pleased to support the efforts made by the Colombian Military Forces through this project.” Likewise, BAE Systems Dr. Llyr Jones, vice president for Latin American of the company, stated that “Colombia is becoming an important market for this branch, and we are looking forward to supporting other future needs of this nation.”
I’ve been hearing about the “dark web” for a few years. In the past, it had always seemed like something out of a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie—or a place where Lisbeth Salandar (of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books) would hang out. And then recently, it became very real.In March, a group of about 30 credit union folks gathered at the headquarters of $2.7 billion Apple Federal Credit Union in Fairfax, Virginia, for a discussion of cybersecurity best practices. At the event, Seth Jaffe, general counsel and VP/incident response for CUES strategic partner LEO Cyber Security, Dallas, took us on a tour of the dark web—the black market of the internet. (Jaffe started the tour by saying, “Do not try this at home unless you know what you are doing!”—a very wise disclaimer that I will echo here.)What wasn’t surprising about the dark web: The items for sale include credit card numbers, tax records and Social Security numbers.What was surprising about the dark web: Many of these items are available for purchase at extremely low prices! One seller had Social Security numbers for $1 a piece if you bought at least nine. Tax records were going for $7.99 each. ATM malware cost $5,000 and ransomware just $49. There was even a 10 pack of “low security credit union bank records” for a mere $400. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
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John and Emma Stubbs renovated their home in Annerley. Photo: JACK TRANYoung Brisbane homeowners are leading the way in renovating their properties to accommodate growing families, according to a new report.Three quarters (76 per cent) of Australian homeowners are on a home renovating journey, up 12 per cent since 2015, Westpac’s Home Ownership Report shows.Of those, almost half (47 per cent) are considering renovating their home, one in five (20 per cent) are now renovating, and 70 per cent have undertaken past renovations.The nationwide study commissioned by Westpac found renovating was now the highest priority for nearly one third (32 per cent) of homeowners considering a house-related activity in the next five years.Gen Y was found to be the generation most likely to be considering renovating in the future (46 per cent), compared with Gen X (39 per cent) and then Baby Boomers (31 per cent).Annerley’s Emma Boddington-Stubbs and architect husband John Stubbs, both 39, have been renovating their home for the past 10 years.“The previous owners wanted us to buy it over others because we planned to return its architectural character rather than a new development,” Mrs Boddington-Stubbs said.“While it is our home and John’s place of business, it is also an investment for the future.”Mrs Boddington-Stubbs said they had lived in several apartments and wanted to own a home so they could have some dogs and put items on the wall where they wanted.She said renovating the house had involved “a lot of work”. We made a rookie error and started renovating before asking the bank for a loan,” she said.“They took one look at the house and said they would give us a fraction of what we wanted to finish it.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“As a result, our renovations have been self-funded, which, while tough, will mean a far greater profit for us when we come to sell.”Ray White Indooroopilly agent Desley Arnold said many Gen Ys were wanting to get their foot in the door, and get off the rent cycle.“Inner suburbs are providing excellent opportunities to pick up an older property with the right address, school catchments etc, and then allowing them the time to be able to renovate when affordable,” Arnold said.“Units and apartments are also proving popular as a first home, with the option to renovate for themselves, or use as equity to purchase a house in the same area.“Suburbs in the inner west are ideal for these buyers as many owners are original, having been in the area for 40-plus years and the homes are solid and perfect for renovation.”She said if seeking the right address for schools and easy access was important, then buying a new house was not usually an option for the Gen Ys in these areas, due to the high end asking price, however purchasing an older home and renovating was.Westpac Group head of home ownership Chris Screen said the competitive housing market had inspired a surge in home renovations.“With rising property prices and intense competition for property in metro areas, many homeowners are looking to renovate their existing property rather than sell and risk losing their position in the market,” Screen said.
Image source: USACEThe Virginia Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project, a joint effort by the city of Virginia Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District, is slated to begin this week.According to USACE, the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD) crews will work in roughly 1,000-feet sections of the beach, closest to the water, and access to these areas will be closed off to beachgoers to ensure public and contractor safety.The remaining sections, outside the work zone, will remain open.“Getting this completed before the hurricane season greatly reduces the risk from storm damage to the oceanfront infrastructure, and continues to show our commitment to protecting this vitally important area,” said Kristin Mazur, Norfolk District project manager.The project consists of beach-berm renourishment along the Virginia Beach oceanfront to provide for a minimum elevation of 9 feet above sea level and minimum crest width of 100 feet.The district is implementing an interactive map to track progress of the replenishment project. It provides real-time updates and is color-coded; green means construction is done and red means it’s ongoing.