Technical Assistant – Lions 103 CS Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:46:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Technical Assistant – Lions 103 CS 32 32 FG, stakeholders express concern over brain drain and seek ways to curb the trend Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:46:31 +0000

By Justina Auta
Abuja, – The Federal Government on Wednesday expressed concern over the brain drain and sought ways to discourage the trend of migration of medical personnel from Nigeria to other countries.

The Minister of State for Health, Mr Joseph Ekumankama, raised the issue at the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting
Conference and General Assembly of the Nigerian Society of Anaesthesiologists (NSA) in Abuja.

Ekumankama, who was represented by Dr. David Atuwo, its director and senior technical assistant at the ministry, said
The government has taken note of some of the concerns raised and efforts are underway to address them.

He said that “the government is concerned about the rising tide of brain drain and is proposing ways to mitigate the brain drain.
health personnel, especially young anesthesiologists, are welcome.

“We see the reduced number of members of the profession who are currently in the country and I can assure you that the ministry is looking into the matter.

He added that the theme of the conference – “Technology for the Advancement of Anesthesia”, was appropriate, as it has special requirements
anesthesiologists in the post-pandemic era of COVID-19.

NSA Chairperson Professor Elizabeth Nwasor also listed some of the challenges affecting the organization, including the insufficient number of
anesthesiologists to take care of the population, brain drain, poor facilities in hospitals, among others.

She said that “our members leave the shores of the country to go where they are better paid and have better conditions of service.

“Hospitals are not well equipped with technology. Many hospitals do not have oxygen administration equipment to work with.

“Shortage of anesthetics in Nigeria, we had less than 1200 before but now with this mass exodus we have less than 1000
anesthesiologists for the entire population of 200 million people.

“This is totally inadequate and unacceptable, by WHO standard,” she said.

Nwasor added that the conference was a platform for members to discuss issues affecting them, propose solutions and call on the government and other stakeholders to address them.

Maj.-Gen. Obashina Ogunbiyi, during the presentation of Prof. Christopher Famewo’s Fourth Memorial Lecture on “The Turning Point of the Anesthesia Workforce, the Link between the Anesthesia Workforce and Research in Nigeria”, highlighted the effects of the brain drain on the country’s health sector.

Ogunbiyi listed some of the factors that contribute to the brain drain, including poor welfare and work environment, inadequate infrastructure, insecurity and persistent attacks from other professional bodies.

He said that “government at all levels should tackle insecurity, which the current government is trying to do, but it can do better. And once that’s captured, I assure you that people will want to stay in the country, in addition to labor and incentives.

“People are returning home, it’s just that the number of doctors and nurses who emigrate far exceeds those who return.”

While calling on the government to provide a conducive workplace for health workers, improve social welfare program and train medical staff, he encouraged anesthesiologists to be committed, focused and patriotic towards their services. (NOPE)

Dickson boys basketball looking to take next step with Eubank at helm – Daily Ardmoreite Fri, 18 Nov 2022 07:15:08 +0000

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Josh Eubank is no stranger to the Dickson High School boys’ basketball team, having recently spent time as an assistant.

That’s in the past now, as Eubank takes over as Comets head coach and has already set key targets for the 2022-23 campaign, which begins at 8pm on Friday November 18 with a trip to the Oklahoma Christian Academy.

“I just want to compete,” Eubank said. “I want the boys to work hard. I want the expectation and the standard to be – we’re going to compete, play hard and play the right way. We’re not going to talk to officials and get technical fouls like we did last year. If we do, there will be consequences. That’s the biggest difference. I want them to play the right way and to play hard.

Only time will tell if Dickson can live up to those expectations, but the Comets have plenty of talented athletes to help them succeed. One is a familiar face from a year ago, while the other is a newcomer.

“The move Kei’Ondrea Chenault and Jason Dodson are coming in as leaders,” Eubank said. “Something that I don’t think we’ve had in the last two years was a leader. I feel like they are growing. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but they’re sort of becoming leaders in the dressing room. I don’t have to micromanage everything.

Dickson’s Jason Dodson, left, and Jzavionn Bennett take part in a drill. (Beau Bearden/The Ardmoreite)

Chenault previously played at Plainview and another former Indian, Mason Roberts, has also joined the team.

However, there are a few other athletes to watch this season.

“We’re getting Jeron Booker back for another year,” Eubank said. “He’s sort of the heart and soul of the defence. His great energy and high motor skills. Colby Casas is a footballer who played one year and didn’t play last year. He has lost weight and he looks phenomenal. He is very coachable.

This duo and the others mentioned will provide Dickson with plenty of depth this season. Eubank plans to play with nine or 10 players, which will allow everyone to gain experience to help the Comets in the long term.

“…Once we get started, we’ll be fine,” Eubank said. “But until then, we just have to deal with attitudes, a new style of coaching and new rules.”

It’s all part of a change in management, which is the case here with Eubank with new assistant coaches Michael Roberts and Jesse Buck.

“Coach Buck has been a head coach before, so I really lean on him and his guidance,” Eubank said. “…His resume and defense outlook speaks for itself.”

Buck’s knowledge should pay dividends over time, but Eubank isn’t looking too far ahead and is maintaining a ‘one game at a time’ mentality.

It’s the usual strategy for a freshman coach, as well as keeping the vibes in practice.

“We try to keep a positive attitude,” Eubank said. “All we do is try to be positive. We cheer a lot and try to have a lot of energy. We try to focus on what we’re going to do that day.

Blockchain technology hits $39 billion in 2025 – Agency Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:12:53 +0000

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) reports that the global blockchain technology market is expected to grow by over $39 billion by 2025.
NITDA Managing Director Mallam Kashifu Inuwa recently revealed this during the Blockchain Summit Day at the agency’s Digital Nigeria Conference and Expo in Abuja.
Inuwa said the success of cryptocurrencies, stablecoins, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), metaverse and web3 are beginning to take over the industrial and financial space.
“With Blockchain technology supporting these new-age concepts, we can expect the future to belong to decentralized resources. After cryptocurrencies gained popularity, blockchain technology has become one of the most promising technologies to transform businesses.
“Today, many large and medium-sized enterprises are exploring the potential of Blockchain to gain a foothold in the competitive market. The global blockchain technology market is expected to grow by over $39 billion by 2025,” said he declared.
The DG also noted that the NFT market alone is seeing steady growth, with financial and other activities shifting from physical to digital.
Inuwa explained that Blockchain was at a point where large corporations and governments were beginning to understand its potential to improve people’s lives and build more resilient organizations.
Furthermore, he informed that the concept of metaverse has become a real phenomenon, with many popular platforms enjoying massive user bases.
The DG said, “One of the important design aspects of the Metaverse is decentralization, which would allow for transparency and transparent access to the Metaverse.
“Besides decentralization, the metaverse also relies on blockchain capabilities to ensure user governance privileges as well as verifiable provenance.”
Inuwa added that blockchain has driven the emergence of digital transparency and integrity, driving significant changes in business models and government functions.
According to him, this will facilitate the development of the Nigerian digital economy by supporting the digital transformation agenda in a way that promotes efficiency, transparency and productivity.
“Innovators from diverse fields are maximizing the benefits of this incredible technology, from medicine to agriculture, finance, governance, education, transportation and the entire global supply chain.
“Innovators are exploring ways to use blockchain technologies to disrupt and transform traditional process models. With its decentralized and trustless nature, Blockchain technology can unlock new opportunities, benefiting industries through greater transparency, enhanced security and easier traceability,” he said.
Inuwa said NITDA is keen to deploy its statutory responsibility for innovative technologies to develop strategies for a healthy IT ecosystem that encapsulates emerging technologies such as Blockchain.

Business People: Hiring and Rewards in the Fort Wayne Area | Company Sun, 13 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000

Cason Amornarthakij joined Do it Best as a Category Management Planner; David Badinasenior system administrator; James Barrettedemand forecasting agent; Dylan Browntechnical support to companies; Natalia Camacho Quirosproject manager/scrum master; John Carrierterritory sales manager; Jesse Cooksoncomputer security analyst; Andrew DavisDeputy Merchandise Manager; Makenzie EggebrechtLBM Sales Support Coordinator; Pierre Haydocksupply planner; Kelly Puentestock exchange representative; Roy Resendezinternational product development manager; Kao Sorn, software engineer trainee; and Sophie Tichenor, IT business analyst. Promoted were Cal Bada a specialist in the integration of e-commerce members; Carly Bassettemanaged marketing specialist; Hector Macias, head of the warehouse department; and Jenna Myersdivision merchandise manager.

Matt Homan was named chief legal officer of Ambassador Enterprises, a private equity firm.

Madeline M. Blaney, Jacqueline R. Caserio and Maria A. Mirande joined the law firm Barrett McNagny LLP as partners.

Dan Beechy with Lake City Bank was appointed Assistant Vice President, Cash Management Sales Officer.

Jamie Corn joined Shambaugh & Son as an AP clerk; and Abigail Zwicker as a designer.

Kristin Marcuccilichairman of STAR Financial Group, was added to the board of directors of the Don Wood Foundation.

Nick Stacker was No. 1 in purchase requests for Academy Mortgage in October.

Kim McMahonpresident of McMahon’s Best-One Tire, was selected as the recipient of the 29th Tire Business Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award.

Named Turnstone Byron Brown as the new Chief Financial Officer.

Lutheran Health Physicians join Dr. Issa Kutkut, cardiology; dr. Robert Roether and Christopher FegleyPhysician Assistant, Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgery; Jason Clay and Melissa Fishernurse practitioners and Dr. Yoko Savinodr. Brandon Baccari and dr. Rachel Huffmanfamily medicine; Terri Cordes, Physician Assistant, Infectious Diseases; dr. Lynette Smith Caillouet and dr. Haris Uzairinternal Medicine; Gretchen CramptonPhysician Assistant, PACE Clinic; Eric Godardphysician assistant and Daryl Gene Magada, Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary Critical Care; and Nicol Pricenurse practitioner and James Perryphysician assistant, emergency care.

Gordon Johnson joined Polar King International Inc. as a Technical Support Specialist.

Kim Trombley was named the first executive director of the Adams Health Network Foundation.

Sabonis scores 21 points, Kings beat Mitchell, Cavs 127-120 Thu, 10 Nov 2022 05:56:16 +0000 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points and the Sacramento Kings overcame another great performance from Donovan Mitchell to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-120 on Wednesday night.

Mitchell scored 38 points on 16 of 28 shooting as the Cavaliers lost their second in a row after an eight-game winning streak. He started the game averaging 31.2 points per game this season.

“Different nights are different things,” Mitchell said.

Harrison Barnes had a season-high 19 points for Sacramento. He had no points in the Kings’ loss to Golden State on Monday.

“I have confidence in myself,” Barnes said. “I’ve had my share of ups and downs…although some nights were good, some weren’t. I don’t think that changed my mindset.

De’Aaron Fox added 15 points and eight assists for the Kings. He was substituted with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter but returned for the final two minutes.

Trey Lyles had 16 points, including four 3-pointers, off the Sacramento bench. Malik Monk added 14 points.

Keegan Murray also had 14 points. The 22-year-old Iowa rookie hadn’t scored in double figures in the Kings’ last three games.

Mitchell also had five rebounds and four assists.

Caris LeVert had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Jarrett Allen had 20 points and seven rebounds for Cleveland.

“A lot of it is communication,” LeVert said, “Tonight was (spent) a lot of transition. Sacramento is a fast team.

The Kings never trailed and led by no less than 15 until Cleveland took its first lead with 9:13 left in the fourth on a Kevin Love field goal. He had nine points and eight rebounds.

“We ran the same play at least 15 times,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. .”

Cavaliers guard Darius Garland had six points, his second-lowest performance since scoring four points in a season-opening loss to Toronto.

“He had a tough night,” Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff said. “We all know what Darius is capable of…shots weren’t going for him. He was struggling to try to understand.


Brown worked under Bickerstaff’s father, Bernie, as a video coordinator.

“It’s great (he’s a head coach) because I’ve known Mike since I was 13,” Bickerstaff said. “He worked for my dad as a video coordinator when I was growing up. There’s no better person than Mike Brown. You don’t find people (like that) in our company.


Cavaliers: LeVert received a technical foul with 3:26 left in the second quarter. … Mitchell has scored 30 or more points in eight of 10 games. … Cleveland had 64 points in the paint. Sacramento only had 40.

Kings: Luke Walton returned to Sacramento for the first time as Cavaliers assistant coach. Walton coached the Kings for two full seasons before being fired after 17 games last season. … Sacramento ranked 29th in the NBA in free throw percentage on Wednesday. They shot 30 of 35.


Cavaliers: In San Francisco to face the Warriors on Friday.

Kings: Head to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Friday.


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LCTCS Announces Finalists for Chancellor of River Parishes Community College – The Observer Fri, 04 Nov 2022 22:09:56 +0000

LCTCS Announces Finalists for River Parishes Community College Chancellor Position

Posted 5:02 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2022

Gonzales This week, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) has announced the finalists for the position of Chancellor of the River Parishes Community College (RPCC). The announcement comes after a competitive and comprehensive nationwide search. The search process produced a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates.

Each finalist will participate in separate public forums with students, faculty, staff, and community members. The forums will be held in person on Monday, November 7 at the RPCC Gonzales Campus. The college community is strongly encouraged to participate in public forums. The full public forum program is provided below.

Finalists in alphabetical order:

Mark of Dr. Samuel “Todd” has spent more than two decades working in higher education. A native of Mendenhall, MS, Dr. Brand is currently in his fourth year as Academic Director at Ashland Community & Technical College in Ashland, Kentucky, overseeing all academic programs across three campuses. Prior to his service at ACTC, he served for more than a decade as Chairman of the Fine Arts and Communications Division and Director of the Arts and Humanities Series at Meridian Community College in Meridian, Mississippi.

Dr. William “Chandler” LeBoeuf is an educator and administrator with nearly two decades of experience in higher education and has a highly diverse background in student services, academic affairs, workforce and economic development, institutional advancement and institutional accreditation. Dr. LeBoeuf is currently Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Initiatives at Fletcher Technical Community College in Schriever, Louisiana. He is also Executive Director of the Fletcher Technical Community College Foundation and the Fletcher Falcon Enterprise Corporation.

Quintin D. Taylor is Acting Chancellor of River Parishes Community College (RPCC) and Director of Public Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). Quintin began his role as Acting Chancellor of the RPCC on June 1, 2022. During his brief time as Acting Chancellor, Quintin placed more emphasis on business operations, management and enrollment processes, empowering faculty and staff; and investing in strategic outreach and marketing.

Dr. Jerry Thomas is a US Army veteran. He is vice president of student affairs and enrollment management at National Park College in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Previously, he was assistant vice president for student affairs at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey. Employed at Southern Arkansas University (SAU), Magnolia, Arkansas, from 1993 to 2013, Dr. Thomas held various positions in student affairs and maintained a position as an adjunct instructor teaching United States history classes at the University. ‘university.

The Gonzales Campus is located at 925 West Edenborne Parkway Gonzales, LA 70737. For more information, contact The full program is provided below.


Monday, November 7, 2022

River Parishes Community College, Gonzales Campus

BASF room, first floor

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Dr. Samuel “Todd” Brand

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Dr. William “Chandler” LeBoeuf

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Mr. Quintin D. Taylor

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Dr. Jerry Thomas

Researchers show how network pruning can skew deep learning models Wed, 02 Nov 2022 11:47:40 +0000

Computer science researchers have demonstrated that a widely used technique called neural network pruning can adversely affect the performance of deep learning models, detailed the causes of these performance issues, and demonstrated a technique to overcome the challenge.

Deep learning is a type of artificial intelligence that can be used to classify things, like images, text, or sound. For example, it can be used to identify individuals based on facial images. However, deep learning models often require a lot of computational resources to run. This causes problems when a deep learning model is put into practice for some applications.

To address these challenges, some systems engage in “neural network pruning”. This effectively makes the deep learning model more compact and therefore able to operate while using less computing resources.

“However, our research shows that this network pruning can impair the ability of deep learning models to identify certain clusters,” says Jung-Eun Kim, co-author of a paper on the work and assistant professor of computer science. to the state of North Carolina. University.

“For example, if a security system uses deep learning to scan people’s faces to determine if they have access to a building, the deep learning model should be compact so that it can work effectively. This may work fine most of the time, but network pruning may also affect the ability of the deep learning model to identify certain faces.

In their new paper, the researchers explain why network pruning can negatively affect model performance when identifying certain groups – what the literature calls “minority groups” – and demonstrate a new technique to address these challenges.

Two factors explain how network pruning can affect the performance of deep learning models.

In technical terms, these two factors are: the disparity in gradient norms between groups; and the disparity of Hessian standards associated with inaccuracies in a group’s data. Concretely, this means that deep learning models can become less accurate in recognizing specific categories of images, sounds or texts. Specifically, pruning the network can amplify accuracy flaws that already existed in the model.

For example, if a deep learning model is trained to recognize faces using a dataset that includes the faces of 100 white people and 60 Asian people, it might be more accurate at recognizing white faces. , but could still achieve adequate performance in recognizing Asian faces. . After network pruning, the model is more likely to be unable to recognize some Asian faces.

“The defect may not have been noticeable in the original model, but as it is amplified by pruning the network, the defect may become noticeable,” Kim says.

“To mitigate this issue, we demonstrated an approach that uses mathematical techniques to equalize the groups that the deep learning model uses to categorize the data samples,” Kim explains. “In other words, we use algorithms to close the precision gap between groups.”

In testing, the researchers demonstrated that using their mitigation technique improved the fairness of a deep learning model that had undergone network pruning, essentially returning it to pre-device accuracy levels. ‘pruning.

“I think the most important aspect of this work is that we now have a deeper understanding of exactly how network pruning can influence the performance of deep learning models for identifying minority groups, e.g. both theoretically and empirically,” Kim says. “We are also open to working with partners to identify unknown or overlooked impacts of model reduction techniques, especially in real-world applications for deep learning models.”

The paper, “Pruning has a disparate impact on model accuracy,” will be presented at the 36th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2022), taking place November 28-December 28 . 9 in New Orleans. The first author of the article is Cuong Tran of Syracuse University. The article was co-authored by Ferdinando Fioretto of Syracuse and Rakshit Naidu of Carnegie Mellon University.

The work was done with support from the National Science Foundation, under grants SaTC-1945541, SaTC-2133169, and CAREER-2143706; as well as a Google Research Scholar Award and an Amazon Research Award.


Note to Editors: The summary of the study follows.

“Pruning has a disparate impact on model accuracy”

Authors: Cuong Tran and Ferdinando Fioretto, Syracuse University; Jung-Eun Kim, North Carolina State University; and Rakshit Naidu, Carnegie Mellon University

Present: 28 Nov.-Dec. 9, 36th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2022)

Summary: Network pruning is a widely used compression technique that is capable of significantly reducing over-parameterized models with minimal loss of accuracy. This article shows that pruning can create or exacerbate disparate impacts. The article sheds light on the factors driving these disparities, suggesting that differences in gradient norms and distance to the decision boundary between groups are responsible for this critical problem. It analyzes these factors in detail, providing both theoretical and empirical support, and proposes a simple, yet effective solution that mitigates the disparate impacts caused by pruning.

Who is Heart of Iron? The story of the new superhero of Black Panther 2 Sun, 30 Oct 2022 12:01:30 +0000

Ironman is dead! Long live Heart of Iron!

With its roster of superheroes historically dominated by white males, Marvel Comics has worked hard to add some much-needed diversity to its lineup in recent years. Among other things, Miles Morales inherited Peter Parker’s Spider-Man mantle, Jane Foster became the new Thor, and Amadeus Cho grew tall and green as the latest incarnation of the Hulk. Riri Williams, meanwhile, stepped into Tony Stark’s robotic shoes as a spiritual descendant of Iron Man.