Andreessen Horowitz just ploughed $20m into a London-based virtual worlds startup Improbable

first_img Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 24 March 2015 8:21 am Silicon Valley group Andreessen Horowitz has just ploughed $20m (£13.4m) into London-based virtual worlds creator Improbable.  Entrepreneur Chris Dixon, who is a partner of Andreessen Horowitz and was behind its investment in tech firm Oculus VR before it was bought out by Facebook for $2bn, will join Improbable’s board and advising alongside colleague Marc Andreessen. According to the FT, the investment could value the firm at $100m.  Dixon revealed the investment in a blog post published today, explaining why he is backing the company, which was founded by a group of computer scientists from the University of Cambridge:  “Improbable’s technology solves the parallelisation problem for an important class of problems: anything that can be defined as a set of entities that interact in space. “This basically means any problem where you want to build a simulated world. Developers who use Improbable can write code as if it will run on only one machine (using whatever simulation software they prefer, including popular gaming/physics engines like Unity and Unreal), without having to think about parallelization.  “Improbable automatically distributes their code across hundreds or even thousands of machines, which then work together to create a seamlessly integrated, simulated world.”  Improbable and Dixon both believe virtual reality can be used to solve problems in areas as diverse as defence, healthcare and economics, and, of course, entertainment. Dixon noted that, while the “initial application for the Improbable technology” was gaming, it could be used in “any field that models complex systems – biology, economics, defense, urban planning, transportation, disease prevention”.     Catherine Neilan Tags: Startups whatsappcenter_img Share Andreessen Horowitz just ploughed $20m into a London-based virtual worlds startup Improbable whatsapplast_img read more

News / Rotterdam ‘must adapt to a changing world’ as port sees H1 volumes decline

first_imgBy Janny Kok in Rotterdam 22/07/2016 There was good news and bad news as Europe’s largest ocean gateway reported its half-year figures this week.The upside is that the port of Rotterdam’s market share in the Hamburg-Le Havre range grew by 0.3% to 38.3%, but there was a 3% decline in goods handled.“We need to embrace the changing economic environment and anticipate further changes,” said Port of Rotterdam Authority chief executive Allard Castelein.He forecast that Rotterdam’s volumes would not decline dramatically in the remaining months of this year.Mr Castelein claimed the market share of Antwerp was 17.4%, Hamburg 11.4% and Le Havre 5.2%.Although container throughput at Rotterdam had dropped 2.3%, from 6.23m teu in the first six months of last year to 6.09m tea, this year, Mr Castelein said there would be a modest increase for the full year – despite the fact that the 2M alliance of MSC and Maersk had shifted some calls to Antwerp.“This is proof that Antwerp is performing well,” he said, but added that Rotterdam was prepared to win the lost 2M calls back.“The congestion we suffered is over now the new terminals at Maasvlate 2 are fully commercially operational. The testing phases of the fully automated Rotterdam World Gate terminal and that of APMT have been concluded, and the paperless transition of containers between terminals at Maasvlakte is satisfactory. Besides all that, our port has a different portfolio to Antwerp.”The new Maasvlakte 2 terminals handled 300,000 tea in the period and are expected to push their joint throughput up to 1.5m teu by the end of the year.Mr Castelein said trade and industry in the port needed to face up to changes in society and economy – such as the Paris climate agreement, the low oil price (although he expects prices to increase from an average of $37 per barrel to about $50), the Brexit referendum and the increasing size of container vessels.Other “black swans” he mentioned were talks to close coal power plants and automation within society at large.Rotterdam Port Authority has drawn up an annual investment budget of €150m-€200m for the next few years.last_img read more

Injury boost for Laois boss Sugrue ahead of crunch Westmeath clash

first_imgHome Sport GAA Injury boost for Laois boss Sugrue ahead of crunch Westmeath clash SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team Rugby “Looking back at the performance on video during the week, there is a good bit to be ironed out and that is what we are working at at the moment.“When you are dealing with a team, you are looking to see what way you can make guys move and play with each other. So that first half was not how we had set out ourselves.“We diverted away from what we were trying to do and that first half will never leave me. We need to be on guard from now on as far as I am concerned about that sort of stuff or we’re going to back ourselves into another corner that we probably won’t come out of.“We had opportunities and the conversion was poor, but even the way in which we were creating the chances wasn’t necessarily in keeping with what we were trying to do.”And he is certain that if Laois perform like that again in any of the rest of the games this year, they will not be able to come back and win.He said: “No, obviously not. We went down to Wexford Park to play a Wexford team who had got relegated out of Division 3 and are now a Division 4 team in essence – and we were ten points down at half time.“So that won’t get you anywhere in the Leinster championships or the All-Ireland series for that matter.”But he was pleased by the character his team showed – albeit he would rather they didn’t need it.He said: “Yeah it is good to see it, but at the same time you shouldn’t have to rely on character in this game.“But there are no two ways about it, we’d like to be a bit more measured rather than having to throw the kitchen sink at something to get back into it.“It was good to see the character though and these lads have gone through an awful lot. They have the principle understanding of how each other work and once we went back to that, we found a performance.“We got ourselves out of a hole that we created and that is basically all we can say about that game. We are now coming up against a side of higher quality who probably should have got out of Division 3.“One or two tight results went against them. So we will find out in a greater sense, football-wise, where we are at.”Looking ahead to the Westmeath game, Sugrue is under no illusions about how difficult a task his side will face.He said: “Westmeath have contested the last two Leinster finals against the All-Ireland champions and I’d say they have been in more Leinster finals in the last ten years than anyone bar Dublin.“So a lot of these guys have walked the walk and got themselves into these positions. They’ve gone up against Dublin in Croke Park on big days so they won’t be a bit phased by playing us in Tullamore.“They are a top quality side. They have top performers in Kieran Martin and John Heslin. John Egan and all these guys, Alan Stone plays a big role for them too.“The goalkeeper Carberry. So they have lots of top quality performers all over the field.“We are going to have to be at the top of our team powers – so as a team we are going to have to operate as efficiently as we can to try get a performance out of ourselves where we can compete. Maybe we will be in it with the last five or ten minutes and see where we go from there.”SEE ALSO – Twitter Twitter TAGSEvan O’CarrollLaois senior footballersLaois v WestmeathLeinster SFC 2018 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 22nd May 2018 WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Community WhatsApp Facebook Injury boost for Laois boss Sugrue ahead of crunch Westmeath clash Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Brought to you in association with Joe Mallon Motors Portlaoise Laois senior football boss John Sugrue has been handed an injury boost ahead of Saturday’s Leinster senior football quarter final tie against Westmeath.Forward Evan O’Carroll, who missed the league final win over Carlow and the first round clash against Wexford, has returned to full training.The Crettyard man has been hampered by back and hamstring injuries in recent weeks but manager Sugrue confirmed the good news at a press conference.He said: “Evan O’Carroll is back in training and Paul Kingston is back in full training.“That is pretty much it so we don’t have anything else major to report with players coming in or out.”Looking back at the Wexford game, Sugrue says he will never forget the first half performance and just how bad Laois were.He said: “It was a game of huge contrast in performance at different times. I still don’t think we got our performance – we are looking for this team to perform for 70 minutes for us to be happy. Previous articleMountmellick Family Resource Centre to receive €160,000 fundingNext articleSummer officially here as forecasters predict Laois temperatures ‘in mid-20s by weekend’ Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Community Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad last_img read more

Emergency services spring into action to rescue elderly man on Slieve Bloom Mountains

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, November 22, 2020Next articleClonaslee lead the way on the 2020 intermediate football Team of the Year LaoisToday Reporter News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role TAGSLaois County Fire and RescueLaois gardaiSlieve Bloom Mountains Emergency services spring into action to rescue elderly man on Slieve Bloom Mountains Facebook WhatsApp “Portlaoise Gardaí and Laois Roads Policing Unit went to the call. They assisted Laois County Fire & Rescue Service, Laois Civil-Defence and Paramedics.“The gentleman made it back safely to his family.”SEE ALSO – WATCH: Laois man becomes mental health advocate six months after opening up on 22-year depression battle Home News Emergency services spring into action to rescue elderly man on Slieve Bloom… News Pinterest Twitter Several members of the emergency services sprang into action yesterday to save an elderly man who got into difficulty while out walking.The man, aged in his 80s, is believed to have collapsed while out walking in Monicknew Wood in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.Gardai, fire services, civil defence and ambulance services were called on Saturday afternoon.The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association was also called in case the man needed to be airlifted to receive immediate medical treatment.But thankfully, he responded well to those who treated him on the mountain and was able to, with assistance, make his way out of the forest. Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 22nd November 2020 Facebook WhatsApp Laois Gardai thanked all members of the emergency services for their swift action to help deal with the incident.They said: “Our colleagues received a call to attend Monicknew Wood, Slieve Bloom Environmental Park today.“A gentleman had got into difficulties when out walking with his family. Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Canadian equity trading commissions decline: Greenwich

first_img Keywords Investment dealers PI Financial bought by joint venture Related news James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Ontario task force looks to boost industry competitioncenter_img Leede Jones Gable launches capital markets business RBC Capital Markets leads the industry in this category, the firm says, with a 15.7% share of both high-touch and low-touch commissions in Canadian equity trading. This share puts it well ahead of rivals, BMO Capital Markets and TD Securities, which were tied with trading shares of 11.0%–12.1%, Scotiabank at 10.2%, and CIBC at 9.1%. “While there’s always back and forth among the Big Five Canadian banks that dominate this business, RBC’s position in 2014 is as strong as we have seen any bank achieve in this market,” says Greenwich Associates consultant, Jay Bennett. “RBC’s equity capabilities are the broadest and deepest of the Big Five at the moment. In addition to its strong domestic equity research franchise, the bank also has a strong electronic trading platform, which clearly differentiates it from the other top brokers.” Greenwich reports that while high-touch trading still accounts for twice the trading value as low-touch trading, the percentage of Canadian equity trading executed via electronic trades increased significantly from 16% to 24% over the past year. It also notes that ITG is the clear leader in Canadian equity algorithmic trading, which increased from 13% to 19% of trading volume last year, and Greenwich says may rise to 21% over the next several years. It says that ITG is used by approximately three-quarters of institutional investors, outdistancing RBC, which is used by roughly 60%. Greenwich reports that RBC is also the market leader in all of its categories measuring quality in Canadian equity trading. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Equity trading commissions generated in Canada over the past year declined, and RBC’s dominance increased, according to new research from Greenwich Associates. The firm reports that for the past 12 months, Canadian equity commissions (as tracked by its universe of 96 trading desks) declined by about 12% to $605 million from an estimated $690 million in the previous year. last_img read more

‘All motorists must pay for roads they use,’ Barton’s fair stance on road user charge

first_img‘All motorists must pay for roads they use,’ Barton’s fair stance on road user charge Rod Barton MPToday, the Victorian Government’s proposed road user charge for electric vehicles (EVs) passed the upper house.Barton was one of the five crossbenchers to support the bill.In speaking to the major manufacturers in this sector, Barton has learned there is a consensus that road user charging for EVs is inevitable, whether it be introduced now or in a years’ time.However, in discussions with these stakeholders what stood out to Barton is that government investment in EV infrastructure, such as charging stations and subsidies to increase uptake are critical.That is what is being done!Barton believes that the provision of 20,000 subsidies of up to $3000 for new EVs will outweigh any disincentive this road user charge could have. These subsidies are part of a $100 million package by the Victorian government to invest in EV infrastructure and uptake.An important feature of this bill is that it does not penalize those who continue to drive internal combustion engine vehicles. Lower-socioeconomic households and regional Victorians will likely not have access to an affordable EV that meets their needs for some time. Without this road user charge, those who cannot afford an EV will foot a growing infrastructure bill for those who can.Barton believes this bill is about fairness and ensuring that all motorists will pay for the roads they use.Barton supports the introduction of this road user charge now but believes that we must also have the right investments in place to incentivize EV uptake.Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan and the Leader of the Transport Matters Party Rod Barton MP:“Electric vehicle uptake is inevitable. We know that the transition to electric is critical in our goal to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change. However, electric vehicles will still use roads and we will still need to keep paying for them.”“This road user charge is being introduced now because if we wait for much longer, it will become far harder to implement. We are at the perfect moment in the technology cycle. EVs represent only a small fraction of new car sales, but we know the future of transport is electric. We have a small window of time where it is electorally possible to introduce this road user charge.”“The government’s incentives package was introduced to outweigh any disincentive effect the EV road user charge could have in the short term. This bill is looking to solve future problems and provide a sustainable revenue to maintain our infrastructure needs.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:climate, climate change, Eastern, Effect, Electric, electric vehicle, engine, Government, infrastructure, Investment, revenue, sustainable, technology, Transport, vehicle, Victorialast_img read more

Vancouver volunteers to make a big difference on nation’s largest day of service

first_img guestLabel I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Name*Email*Website Vancouver volunteers to make a big difference on nation’s largest day of servicePosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, October 18, 2019in: Community Newsshare 0 Vancouver’s annual Make a Difference Day will be Oct. 26 VANCOUVER — Each year, volunteers across the nation gather on the fourth Saturday of October to work towards a common goal: making a difference in their community. On Sat., Oct. 26, the city of Vancouver and its community partners will offer several different volunteer opportunities appropriate for large or small groups and individuals of all ages.Vancouver’s Make a Difference Day celebration is a great way to get active in the community and meet new people while you help beautify our parks, green spaces and downtown area. Photo courtesy of city of VancouverVancouver’s Make a Difference Day celebration is a great way to get active in the community and meet new people while you help beautify our parks, green spaces and downtown area. Photo courtesy of city of VancouverVancouver’s Make a Difference Day celebration is a great way to get active in the community and meet new people while you help beautify our parks, green spaces and downtown area.Uptown Village Clean Up & Ryan Woods Grassroots Community Award Ceremony9 a.m. to noon1919 Main St. in Uptown VillageRyan Woods was a strong community builder and visionary who connected new friends and built community bonds throughout the Vancouver area. To recognize and build on Ryan’s vision, the City of Vancouver and partners will host a cleanup day in Uptown Village and present the 7th annual Ryan Woods Grassroots Community Award to this year’s recipient.Following presentation of the award by Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, volunteers will participate in an Uptown Village clean up or help spread bark dust at the Clark County Historical Museum.“The Butt Stops Here” Public Spaces Clean Up9 a.m. to noonVarious sites available at sign upThis project is a partnership between Clark County Public Works and Vancouver Parks and Recreation. Volunteers will sign up to volunteer at 12 different parks and public spaces in search of cigarette butts and other litter. Gloves and bags will be provided.Tree Planting at Leverich Park with Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington9 a.m. to noonLeverich Park, E. 39th Street and NE Leverich Park WayHelp plant of trees and shrubs along Burnt Bridge Creek to improve the water quality and with Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington. Meet at the picnic shelter at Leverich Park for registration and snacks. Orientation begins at 9 a.m. Gloves, tools, and a snack will be provided.Marine Park Beach Cleanup with the Water Resources Education Center9 a.m. to noonWater Resource Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia WayHelp remove trash left behind by visitors along the Columbia River beach at Marine Park. Training, gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided. Meet in the lobby of the City’s Water Resources Education Center.To volunteer at any of these events, please RSVP in advance at www.cityofvancouver.us/MADD.Volunteers should be prepared for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Minors will need a signed guardian consent form (available at each event or online). Volunteers should also bring gloves, reusable water bottles, hand tools and a spirit of service to the community.For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/MADD.Information provided by city of Vancouver.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : Heart of the Harvest: Joe’s Place Farms Next : Vancouver Police investigate strong-arm robberyAdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Name*Email*Website 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments guestLabellast_img read more

Earn your CU Boulder bachelor’s and master’s degrees at an accelerated pace

first_img CU Boulder is offering a newly structured program for undergraduates interested in getting a bachelor’s and master’s degree in an accelerated amount of time. Formerly known as concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degrees, this newly structured program is now called bachelor’s-accelerated master’s. The program allows admitted students to begin taking a limited amount of graduate-level coursework as undergraduates—typically during their senior year—and be awarded a bachelor’s degree once they’ve met their undergraduate degree requirements. Then, they will transition into graduate student status to continue working toward their master’s degree.Applications for these bachelor’s-accelerated master’s programs will be available online on July 1. For students already admitted to a concurrent bachelor’s/master degree program, prior to July 1, no action is needed. Students will continue to follow the concurrent bachelor’s/master’s structure and receive both degrees simultaneously when all degree requirements have been completed.Learn more about program options for the bachelor’s-accelerated master’s.Categories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: May 15, 2019 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Tips for improving focus

first_imgPublished: Sept. 12, 2019 • By Sarah Tynen Once I actually sit down at my desk, I often have a hard time getting anything done. I’ll clean my desk, browse the New York Times, skim the Twitter headlines, respond to messages on my phone, organize my email, make a to-do list, alphabetize my files, and on and on. I pretend that I’m being productive; but in reality, I’m just avoiding my work.Inspired by this Reddit post, here’s my handy guide for staying focused while working.Before You Sit Down to WorkTry these one day prior to your workday, even the night before.Write down your three most important tasks (MITs) for the day.Use an old-fashioned post-it and pen.Break everything down into manageable tasks.Again, use a post-it and pen to make a hierarchy of concrete and manageable tasks. For example: MIT #1: Write a resume.Find and read articles on best practices for resume buildingWrite down components of my resume: education, experience, skillsCreate rough draft Write an hour-by-hour task list for the day and include time for breaks or administrative tasks (e.g., checking your email or getting a flu shot).Use Freedom or other similar apps to block access to Facebook, Reddit, and YouTube and adjust according to your addiction status.When You Sit Down to WorkHave a pen and blank post-it next to you to write down any other “to-do” tasks that come to your mind.Chew on gum or suck on a cough drop or other hard candy. I heard once that there was scientific research saying that chewing on gum improves your concentration.Turn off your phone, or put it on airplane mode, or put it in another room. Don’t even let it vibrate. Make it completely silent.Close your email. Yes, close it; no one is going to die if it takes you two-plus hours to respond to their email.Shut down your chat windows. That means Skype, Facebook, iMessage and Gchat. The messages will still be there when you get back, I promise.Write down all the endless chatter happening in your brain. Keep a document on your desktop titled, “distractions.” When you find yourself thinking about your ex-boyfriend, or how much you hate your neighbor, or whatever other drama is happening in your life, open that doc and get it all down. Then, get back to work.Tell yourself, “I’m just going to work for five minutes and then I’ll take a break.” This tricks your brain, every single time, into working much longer.While You’re WorkingTurn your Toggl timer on.Break up your work into 25-minute chunks with 5-minute breaks or 50-minute chunks with 10-minute breaks (pomodoro technique).Turn on music. I listen to classical or instrumental music with no lyrics.If You Find Yourself Getting DistractedTake a few deep breaths and tell yourself something motivational like “you got this.”Focus on a motivational image or think about obtaining something you desire: imagine yourself on the day you graduate with your PhD, or the day you pass your comps— anything that will motivate you to get back to work.Close your eyes and imagine myself succeeding in what you are doing.Think of a reward when you finish your task, like watching a favorite episode of your favorite show or treating yourself to something decadent like a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.Sarah Tynen is the graduate program manager at the Graduate School. She completed her PhD at CU Boulder in geography in May 2019.last_img read more