FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Literacy Society held its annual spelling bee on Saturday, with registration seeing a big increase over last year.Last year’s spelling bee saw just 15 students participate, but that number jumped to 78 participants from around the North Peace this year.First place contestants in each age group ended up taking home a prize of $100, along with trophies and medals. CM Finch student Roy Kim ended up placing first among Grade 1 students to open the spelling bee, while Cooper Haggstrom – who is homeschooled – placed second. In the combined Grades 2/3 group, Bert Ambrose student Maximus Willams ended up taking home the top prize, while Paige Umbach placed 2nd.After the second group of students competed, six members of the local media from Moose FM, the Alaska Highway News, and Bell Media competed to find out which of them relied the least on spell-check at work. After the judges threw several curveballs at the hapless broadcasters and journalists, it was CJDC-TV News Director Hugh Smith who ended up winning the media challenge.The two older age groups were dominated by students from Christian Life School. Literacy Society executive director Jessica Kalman said that the school held its own spelling bee before the event at the Lido Theatre over the weekend.Abigail Krafczyk placed first amongst Grades 4/5 students, followed by her classmate Irina Fendel. After a back-and-forth match-up that lasted close to 45 minutes, Dennis Fendel ended up winning the Grades 6/7 age group, beating Jaden Meyer.
5,990 Views By Garreth MacNamee http://jrnl.ie/3111452 Short URL ACT UP is calling on the government to increase spending and education on preventive HIV drugs. Source: Niall Carson/PAThey are calling on the authorities to “do more than offer words”.The Public Health Agency (PHA) in the North said the situation across the border is similar to that of the Republic.During 2015, 103 new cases were diagnosed there.In the ten years since 2005, Northern Ireland has seen an 81% increase in new cases, in contrast to the UK overall where there has been a fall of 23%.Last month, a report from the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show increases in detections of HIV had spiked in the past 12 months.Dr Derval Igoe, specialist in public health medicine, said: “We are concerned about a 50% increase in syphilis, and a 30% increase in HIV cases in 2015.“Although some of the increase in HIV can be explained by a change in the notification procedures for HIV and an outbreak in people who inject drugs, these increases have largely been seen in men who have sex with men (MSM).”Read: Number of rough sleepers on Dublin streets up 56% in last year >Read: Radio show allowed special needs children to be called ‘mongos’ > THE NUMBER OF HIV/AIDS diagnoses has increased by 30% in the last 12 months as activists urge the Government for more help to stop the spread of the disease.Today marks World AIDS Day and Irish groups have been making their voices heard, urging the Minister for Health Simon Harris to do more to help stop the spread of the disease across the country.Activist group, ACT UP, said that a “renewed effort” is required to address what they have described as “an expanding epidemic”.Yesterday, they held a protest outside the Department of Health and said the HIV/AIDS is a ticking timebomb for Irish society.Latest figures from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) showed how there were 273 HIV diagnoses in the first six months of this year, 70 more when compared to the same period last year. Figures for the past five months are not yet ready, however, if trends persist, there will be a greater number of people diagnosed this year compared to the 498 in 2015.‘Reduce transmissions’With advances in treatment and prevention, ACT UP said the government has powerful new ways to reduce new HIV transmissions. 4 Comments Image: Niall Carson/PA ‘It’s an epidemic’: Activists use World Aids Day to warn that the disease continues to spread There were 273 new HIV diagnoses in the first six months of this year. Image: Niall Carson/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share53 Tweet Email Dec 1st 2016, 6:04 AM Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 6:04 AM
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Internet Services Tech Industry Artificial intelligence (AI) Facebook Tags Comments Share your voice 3 Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer says Facebook’s AI can distinguish between images of marijuana (left) and broccoli tempura (right). Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Facebook uses both human beings and artificial intelligence to combat some of its toughest problems, including hate speech, misinformation and election meddling. Now, the social network is doubling down on AI.The tech giant has come under fire for a series of lapses, including its failure to pull down a live video of terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 people at two mosques. Content moderators who review posts shared by the social network’s 2.3 billion users say they’ve suffered trauma from repeatedly looking at gruesome and violent content. But AI has also helped Facebook flag spam, fake accounts, nudity and other offensive content before a user reports it to the social network. Overall, AI has had mixed results.Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer on Wednesday acknowledged that AI hasn’t been a cure-all for the social network’s “complex problems,” but he said the company was making progress. He made the remarks in a keynote at the company’s F8 developer conference.Schroepfer showed the audience photographs of marijuana and broccoli tempura, which look surprisingly similar. Facebook employees, he said, built a new algorithm that can detect differences in similar images, allowing a computer to distinguish which was which.Read more: CBD: What it is, how it affects the body and who it might helpSchroepfer said similar techniques can be used to help machines recognize other images that might otherwise escape the social network’s detection.”If someone reports something like this,” he said, “we can then fan out and look at billions of images in a very short period of time and find things that look similar.”Facebook, which doesn’t allow the sale of recreational drugs on its platform, discovered that people tried to work around its system by using packaging or baked goods, such as Rice Krispies treats. The social network can now flag those images by putting together signals like the text in a post, comments and the identity of the user.”This is an intensely adversarial game,” Schroepfer said. “We build a new technique, we deploy it, people work hard to try to figure out ways around this.”Identifying the right images isn’t the only AI challenge the company is facing. When the company was building a smart camera for its Portal video chat device, Facebook had to make sure the technology wasn’t biased and could recognize age, gender and skin tone.Facebook is also trying to train its computers to learn with less supervision in order to tackle hate speech in elections. But as the social network uses AI to moderate more content, it also has to balance concerns that it’s being fair to all groups. Facebook, for example, has been accused of suppressing conservative speech, but the company has denied those allegations. And people might disagree about what’s considered hate speech or misinformation. Facebook data scientist Isabel Kloumann said in an interview that when the company is determining what is hate speech the identity of the person could be an important factor along with who they’re targeting. At the same time, Facebook has to balance safety concerns with whether they’re treating groups of people equally.”We don’t have a silver bullet for this,” she said. “But the fact that we’re having this conversation is the most important thing.”Originally published May 1, 1:46 p.m. PTUpdate, 5:19 p.m.: Adds comments from Facebook data scientist and more background.