Port Arthur Little Theatre presents “Little Women”

first_img This adaptation skillfully compresses the novel while including milestones penned by Louisa May Alcott 140 years ago.Tickets are available at palt.org or by calling 409-727-PALT.The theater is located 4701 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., near the intersection with Twin City Highway, in Port Arthur.General Admission tickets are $12, seniors/teachers/active-duty military are $10 and students are $7. Port Arthur Little Theatre’s next production, “Little Women,” takes the stage for six shows, beginning Feb. 21.Share this timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War.Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father.Together the March family learns to endure good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up. The curtain lifts at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.last_img read more

Old Jews Telling Jokes Sets Off-Broadway Closing Date

first_img Related Shows Old Jews Telling Jokes Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 15, 2013 The laughs are over for the off-Broadway production of Old Jews Telling Jokes. The long-running comedy will close on September 15 after 22 preview performances and 552 regular performances at the Westside Theatre. A regional production begins at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre on September 24. View Comments Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, Old Jews Telling Jokes is directed by Marc Bruni and showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs — brand new and satisfyingly old – as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world. The closing cast includes Dara Cameron, Chuck Rea, Marilyn Sokol, Todd Susman and Steve Vinovich.last_img read more

Indemnity insurance bill falls to three-year low

first_imgSolicitors paid less to insurers for professional indemnity insurance (PII) this year than they did in the previous two years, Solicitors Regulation Authority figures revealed today. The cost of insuring the profession on the open market this year was £214m, down from £241m in 2009/10 and £226m in 2008/09. The news comes after some solicitors reported large increases in premiums and exceptionally difficult market conditions for the third renewal period in a row. The SRA figures also show a marked difference in insurers’ participation in the market, in terms of their share of the £214m premium pool. Chartis Insurance, formerly AIG, increased its share of the market, taking slightly more than 18% of premiums this year compared with 15.2% in 2009/10. It was followed as market leader by: Inter Hannover (14.4%, up from 4.5%); XL Insurance (13.3%, up from 7.1%); Zurich (12.9%, up slightly from 12.8%); and Travelers (11%, down from 13.4%). XL and Inter Hannover entered the solicitors PII market in 2009. Before 2008/09, insurance costs fell by up to 10% each year following the abolition of the solicitors’ indemnity fund (SIF). In 2000, the last year of the SIF, the cost of insuring the profession was £255m.last_img read more

Egypt expects more Chinese visitors as tourism sector continues to improve

first_imgReuters Huge numbers of Chinese tourists give Egypt tourism some reprieve ReutersEgypt’s tourism is in constant improvement with a growing number of tourists from Western, Arab and Asian states, expecting more Chinese visitors in the coming seasons, Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat said.“We had a leap in tourism in 2017 and a large boom in 2018, when Egypt was visited by renowned foreign figures,” the minister said in an interview with Xinhua in Minya province south of the capital Cairo.Tourism brought Egypt about 13 billion U.S. dollars in revenues in 2010 alone, when some 14.7 million tourists visited the country.After that, the tourism sector has been suffering recession in Egypt over the past few years due to political turmoil and relevant security challenges that resulted from the ouster of two heads of state in 2011 and 2013.It further deteriorated after a plane crash in Sinai killing over 200 people, mostly Russians, in October 2015, and another tragic crash of an EgyptAir flight killing all 66 people on board, including 15 French nationals, in May 2016.“Tourism in Egypt started to recover and overcome the consequences of the Russian plane crash, and many countries started to resume its suspended flights to Egyptian airports,” Mashat said.Rania al-Mashat, Egypt’s Tourism MinisterMoscow has already resumed direct flights to Cairo airport in April 2018 while flights to other Egyptian cities, including the popular Red Sea resorts of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada, will be resumed “soon,” according to Russian President Vladimir Putin following talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in Russia’s Sochi in October 2018.“Many other countries increased their flights to Egyptian airports such as Serbia, which has 11 new flights to Hurghada,” the minister emphasized.On the other hand, Chinese Sichuan Airlines launched a direct flight to Cairo airport for the first time in late October 2018.Egypt’s newly opened Sphinx International AirportEgypt also opened in late January its new Sphinx International Airport, about 12 km away from the Great Pyramids of Giza, linking tourist destinations northern and southern the country via domestic flights.“In the tourism ministry, we have launched a flight promotion program in early November 2018, which urged some cities abroad to open new airlines with Egyptian airports,” the minister explained.Mashat said that her ministry holds regular discussions with tourist companies and travel agents to find out new means of attracting more tourists to the monument-rich most populous Arab country.The tourism ministry keeps an eye on the archeological discoveries announced by the antiquities ministry to add new destinations to Egypt’s tourism map.Last week, Mashat attended the announcement of the discovery of more than 40 mummies in ancient tombs in Minya.“Cultural tourism is very important and unique in Egypt,” Mashat said“Inviting foreign diplomats and media channels to such discoveries is meant to introduce and promote new attractions in Egypt to the world, such as Minya province that was not very well-known despite its attractive sites,” she said.“We have a ‘destination branding’ as part of our promotion program, introducing a variety of tourist destinations in Egypt to foreign visitors in cooperation with the ministry of antiquities,” Mashat added.Grand Egyptian Museum near Cairo is set for a partial opening in 2019The minister said that the upcoming opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which will be the biggest in the world to display the artifacts of one civilization, is a key part of the tourism ministry’s promotion plan.“I would like firstly to wish all Chinese people a happy Chinese New Year, and it was the first time in Egypt to light up Cairo’s Saladin Citadel in red in celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival and the Chinese New Year,” the minister said.She continued that the tourism ministry eyes more Chinese tourists to visit Egypt in the near future in the light of the fast-growing relations between the two countries.“We attach importance to Chinese tourists and Egypt has a comprehensive strategic partnership with China,” Mashat said, noting that China was among the first countries visited by Sisi after he came to office.Mashat stressed the fruitful cooperation between her ministry and the Chinese Cultural Center in Cairo in various areas including training and learning from the Chinese expertise.Among the joint activities is that a group of Chinese chefs will visit Egypt next month to teach their Egyptian counterparts how to cook Chinese dishes, according to the minister.She noted that the Chinese people have their own means of social media and her ministry will address through their own channels “to make sure the message will reach every Chinese citizen in different regions.”“We have many other projects of cooperation with the Chinese Cultural Center in Cairo including the promotion of Egyptian tourist destinations in Chinese language,” the minister told Xinhua. 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Historian calls for reenergizing of Community Day of Service

first_imgLocalNews Historian calls for reenergizing of Community Day of Service by: – October 8, 2013 73 Views   no discussions Great George Street after Hurricane David 1979Dominican historian Dr Lennox Honychurch has called for the “reinforcing and reenergising” of Community Day of Service activities which is observed annually on November 4.Dr Honychurch made that call when he presented a lecture on ‘Koudmen’, this year’s theme for History Week. ‘Koudmen’ a Creole word which originated from the French ‘a coupe de main’ means a helping hand.Informing those present that it was through a form of ‘koudmen’ Community Day of Service was formed on November 4, after National Day was first conceived, everyone would engage in a street jump up.“It was like Carnival on the fourth of November”.Community Day of Service he said is linked in some way to Hurricane David which struck the island in 1979.He said after the island was damaged by Hurricane David, he along with others on the Independence Committee in October 1979 decided to replace the street jump up that year with a day of community service.Dr Lennox Honychurch delivering lecture on ‘koudmen’The streets of Roseau and around the island were in ruins, members of the Royal Navy and other armed forces from other countries were working to clean up and repair the City.“So we said on the Committee how could we have jump up while these people are there in the hot sun trying to restore and repair our streets…and so it was decided in 1979 instead of a Carnival let us have a Community Day of Service to repair the damage in all of the communities”.When the Freedom Party was elected into government in 1980, he explained, they strengthened the Community Day of Service by linking it to local government and provided necessary materials.During the 1980s into the 1990s Community Day of Service was really a “big and vital thing”.“When you understand the root, the background you will see how important it is for the communities in helping us help themselves.”Community Day of Service is still recognized today following Independence Day on November 4 however is not practiced as it used to.He informed those present that koudmen was important for the foundation of the Dominica of today.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

IPL sponsorship for Rs 220 crore – NEWS 360 – SPORTS

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Premier League has acquired the sponsorship fantasy game startup Dream 11 for the year 2020. It is reported that Dream XI has been selected as the sponsor for Rs 222 crore. Vivo, a Chinese sponsor, has been stepping down as sponsor for a year. Following this, Indian companies came forward to sponsor themselves.Dream 11 is a fantasy game startup started by two Indian entrepreneurs. Dream 11 will be able to remain a sponsor of the IPL for three years. But if Vivo comes back next year, Dream 11 will have to give way. Dream 11, Baijus App, Tata Sons and Reliance Jio have been approached for sponsorship. Vivo has been left without a new sponsor for a year after India’s diplomatic relations with China were shaken.Tata already has sponsorship in the IPL. However, this is the first time she has applied for a title sponsorship. The Baijus app currently sponsors the team’s jersey. Vivo has already won sponsorship for five years at a cost of Rs 440 crore a year. Excluding Vivo this year will give them the opportunity to sponsor the title for one more year than previously stated in the contract. In addition to the loss of Vivo, the BCCI is also trying to make up for the financial loss of Kovid’s.last_img read more

GALLERY: Day 1 of 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Forrester still eager to show true worth despite another trade BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas cadets Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon and Roger Pogog. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJio Jalalon goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNCAA standouts Jonathan Grey and Paolo Pontejos at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer teammates Ed Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRussel Escoto goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEd Daquiog goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJamil Ourtouste goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPao Javellona at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJio Jalalon goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Tolomia goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoseph Eirobu goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMac Belo going through some of the drills during the first day of the PBA Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View comments More than 50 rookie aspirants were measured for their speed, agility and vertical leap among others in the first day the 2016 PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.READ: Mac Belo highest leaper among PBA draft hopefuls; Arambulo fastestADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908last_img read more

Three New Tools Bring Machine Learning Insights to the Masses

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes sam charrington Sam Charrington is the principal of CloudPulse Strategies, an analyst and consulting firm focusing exclusively on cloud computing, big data and related technologies and markets. He can be followed on Twitter at @samcharrington. Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#hack center_img Over the past few years, machine learning has quickly become the “secret sauce” of large-scale web sites. Machine learning systems have historically been hand-crafted by the small armies of computer science and mathematics Ph.D.s in employ at places like Google. With the growing popularity of machine learning and other statistical techniques, the demand for so-called “data scientists” (software developers and analysts with the skill to apply statistical techniques to large data sets) has exploded since 2010. As a result, these rarefied skills have become extremely difficult to find and expensive to retain, driving up the cost of machine learning systems and making it difficult for enterprises and smaller web firms to apply the technology. In the data scientist talent shortage is opportunity, however, and a new breed of software platform is rising to meet this need. Building upon the low-level big data infrastructure now available, these new platforms seek to democratize machine learning and advanced analytics, making their benefits available to enterprises and firms who either can’t afford or can’t find enough PhDs and data scientists. The first of this coming wave of machine learning-powered platforms is launching at this week’s O’Reilly Strata conference. Here are three companies leading the way. SkytreeSkytree Server is a software product aimed at allowing users to very quickly deploy highly accurate and very fast machine learning systems. The idea behind Skytree Server is to disrupt the typical development cycle of modeling machine learning systems in a high-level tool like R or Matlab, and then coding them up using Python or C for deployment in order to achieve an acceptable level of performance. Skytree Server is itself a back-end system designed to be put into production and called on by a number of front-end client APIs (command-line, Python, Java and R, currently). Data is passed to Skytree Server typically as CSV files. One of the strengths of the Skytree approach is that the user has direct control over which machine learning algorithms are applied. The server has built-in support for the most popular algorithms, such as support vector machines, nearest neighbor, k-means and more. The implication, however, is that the user must be pretty savvy about statistics and machine learning in order to use Skytree. (Not to mention the need for IT support.) This is not to diminish the Skytree value proposition in the least. By analogy, if the skills required to use machine learning are akin to knowing how to drive, and the skills required to build a production machine learning system are akin to knowing how to build a car, the Amazons and Ebays of the world have built their machine learning ‘vehicles’ from the tires up, while what Skytree does is allow you to drive a Ferrari (a) without knowing how to build one and (b) on a Kia budget. Skytree Server is priced on a subscription basis, starting at $2,999 per year for up to 4 cores. It is also available as a Free Edition, which has the ability to process up to 100,000 rows of data.BigMLBigML was founded a year ago with the vision of creating “ML for the rest of us.” With that in mind, they’ve created a cloud-based offering targeted at business users that dramatically lowers the barriers to performing machine learning analysis. BigML users typically begin an analysis by uploading a data set in text format. The service offers a wizard-based approach to formatting and cleaning up data, backed by some sophisticated pattern matching, aimed at making sure the system can tolerate real-world (read, “messy”) data. One or more columns in the data can be denoted as prediction targets, which the tool will use to train a predictive model. Once the model has been generated, additional data can be fed into the system and the model will be used to make predictions about the prediction targets. BigML currently only supports decision tree models for machine learning. While this may be a limitation for true aficionados, the company argues that the decision tree technique is powerful because it can handle a wide variety of data types, is particularly intuitive and lends itself to visual representation, is a great place to start if you don’t already know what kind of analysis to apply, and is easy to scale. Continuing our driving analogy, BigML offers an easy-to-drive family sedan that appears at your driveway when you need it, takes you where you want to go, and presents helpful guidance on how you got there, ensuring that you’re never lost. BigML is priced using a credit-based system at $0.05 per credit, with the number of credits required based on the size of your data, the size of your model, and the number of predictions you need to make.Precog, still in stealth at the time of this writing, aims to offer a developer-focused platform for “data-driven, insightful, intelligent applications.” Of the three companies profiled here, Precog seems to want most clearly to be a PaaS for machine learning, and takes a very interesting approach with its platform. Precog envisions a usage model in which users “Capture” data by explicitly (via a REST API) or implicitly (via an adapter) sending it to the Precog service, “Enrich” data by mashing it up with public and partner-provided datasets, “Analyze” the data using a variety of machine learning techniques, and “Act” on it in their own applications or by pushing it to third party systems. PrecogAt the heart of Precog are a scalable, custom-built analytics database coupled with a high-level analytics API that allows users to perform a variety of analyses by name (e.g. “optimize”, “cluster”, or “predict”), without getting bogged down by the details of which algorithm is best. In this way, Precog is probably most analogous to the kit cars you could order from the back of Popular Mechanics in the 80s, offering those willing to get their hands a bit dirty a way to create unique and customized high-performance vehicle without needing to engineer the engine and frame from scratch. Oh, and you can rent it, a la SaaS. Precog will become available this week to select alpha users, with a private beta expected shortly thereafter.The product is offered by ReportGrid, a year-old company initially focused on providing sexy embeddable analytics reports for SaaS companies.The three companies profiled here represent very distinct approaches to making ‘machine learning as a service’ a reality, and I expect we’ll see many more such offerings in the coming months. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Where To Watch The 2017 Philadelphia Marathon This Weekend, November 17-19

first_imgWhether you were born to run or born to watch, this weekend ushers in one of the most exciting and historic races in the nation.Philadelphia Marathon weekend is back with four races (and the Heath and Fitness Expo) from November 17 to 19. The main event (the Philadelphia Marathon) route winds 26.2 miles through the heart of Philadelphia and speeds by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks — Independence Hall, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge — on Sunday, November 19.FAST FACTSPhiladelphia Marathon weekend takes place November 17 to 19 with four different races.The Health and Fitness Expo runs on November 17 and 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.The main 26.2-mile marathon event unfolds on Sunday, November 19 at 7 a.m.The marathon route crosses neighborhoods including Old City, Queen Village, Center City and Manayunk.The city is going to be electric all weekend long, and especially on Sunday, when more than 60,000 spectators are expected to cheer on more than 30,000 participants. Check out all of the top spectator spots below along with the details about other fun events surrounding the race. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Marathon) Here’s when to watch the races…Philadelphia Marathon: Sunday, November 19, 7 a.m. kickoffPhiladelphia Half-Marathon: Saturday, November 18, 7:30 a.m. kickoffRothman Institute 8k: Saturday, November 18, 10:45 a.m. kickoffWheelchair/Handcycle race times for above three races: 3-5 minutes prior to official start timesKids Fun Run: Saturday, November 18, noon kickoff Philadelphia MarathonWhen:November 17-19 Where:Runs begin near the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and end near 22nd and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost:Free to watch www.philadelphiamarathon.com Where To WatchWhile the routes for each of the four races are a little bit different, spectators can get a good view of all of them from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between the Philadelphia Museum of Art area to LOVE Park and along parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive on the west side of the Schuylkill River.Check out the course maps for the complete routes of each race. Read on for our picks for the prime spectating spots, below. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia) One of the most historic races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon covers fast and mostly flat terrain, crossing the heart of Philadelphia and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Independence Hall (shown).22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin ParkwayAll of the races start at 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and finish nearby at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you’re trying to simplify your spectating planning, show up early and find a spot in that area.Philadelphia’s Historic DistrictFor those primarily interested in seeing the marathon and half-marathon, we recommend taking in some historic scenery at the same time. Since these two races circle the area and cross sections of Race Street before continuing south, Philadelphia’s Historic District serves as a great place to watch the action.The half-marathon runs by attractions including Independence Mall, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and then continues on, weaving its way by the National Museum of American Jewish History, Benjamin Franklin’s grave, the National Constitution Center and the United States Mint — all in the first few miles.Meanwhile, the full marathon runs by spots including Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Independence Hall before turning onto Chestnut Street and heading into the heart of Center City. (Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Marathon) Cheer on 30,000 runners taking on the Philadelphia Marathon, which winds its way throughout the city.Along the Schuylkill RiverBoth the half-marathon and the full marathon routes run along parts of the east and west sides of the Schuylkill River, making that area another great lookout spot. In fact, the full marathon runs on Kelly Drive all the way up into Manayunk, meaning any part of the Schuylkill River Trail on the east side of the river is fair game for taking in the action.Cheer ZonesWant to make sure you don’t miss the runner(s) you came out to watch?  The marathon organizers have called out official fan-friendly cheer zones in the neighborhoods surrounding the race, denoting the approximate time ranges when the majority of runners will pass through each area. Designated cheer zones include spots like Rittenhouse Square, the Smith Memorial Playground, Reading Terminal Market at 12th and Arch streets and other areas all across the city.Check out all of Cheer Zone recommendations here. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia) The 26.2-mile marathon goes all the way out to Northwest Philadelphia, including through parts of Manayunk (shown).Health and Fitness ExpoEvery year, the Philadelphia Marathon kicks off with a massive Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s two-day vendor showcase takes place on November 17 from noon to 9 p.m. and November 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.The expo is a must-stop spot for all race participants, as this is where race packets are to be retrieved. However, the free event has plenty to offer to the public, too, showcasing some of the newest running apparel, shoes, accessories and more. A plethora of product samples are also available as are health and fitness demos and onsite experts dishing out advice.Wishing a cheerful and cheer-filled weekend to all of the runners and fans out there. We’ll see you at the race!last_img read more