Metropolitan Network – Northwest Metropolitans http://northwestmetropolitans.com/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 02:06:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-5.png Metropolitan Network – Northwest Metropolitans http://northwestmetropolitans.com/ 32 32 Transit memories: GCRTA, Metra/CTA/Pace, REM, STM https://northwestmetropolitans.com/transit-memories-gcrta-metra-cta-pace-rem-stm/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 23:31:18 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/transit-memories-gcrta-metra-cta-pace-rem-stm/ Written by Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) has revised its network commissioning schedule due to the ongoing challenges associated with the work of the centennial Mont-Royal tunnel in Montreal. (Photograph courtesy of REM) The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) has joined the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Racial Equity Pledge […]]]>

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The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) has revised its network commissioning schedule due to the ongoing challenges associated with the work of the centennial Mont-Royal tunnel in Montreal. (Photograph courtesy of REM)

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) has joined the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Racial Equity Pledge Pilot Program. Additionally, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and Pace Suburban Bus have approved a new Connect Regional Pass for area riders; The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) has revised its schedule for the commissioning of the network due to the ongoing challenges related to the work of the centennial Mont-Royal tunnel in Montreal; and the C$492.3 million C$492.3 million Côte-Vertu underground train storage facility officially opened.

(Photograph courtesy of GCRTA)

APTA’s two-year Racial Equity Pledge Pilot Program provides members with “a tangible roadmap for advancing racial equity within a comprehensive diversity, equity and of inclusion, beyond legal compliance and with a view to continuous improvement”, according to the association. GCRTA signed in May, joining 81 other organizations, such as AECOM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Transdev US, and WSP USA.

The agenda’s roadmap includes: making racial equity “an explicit strategic priority”; undertake an annual diversity, equity and inclusion climate assessment; review and analyze demographic data, both internal (employees, business partners, etc.) and external (traffic, community partnerships, etc.), to develop a baseline on the impact of existing policies, practices and programs on the racial equity; implement policies, practices, programs and processes to create and maintain an inclusive and equitable environment for workers and customers; and establish dedicated programs, tools, and resources that engage board leadership and staff on the meaning and importance of racial equity.

The program is “designed to meet members where they are, whether they already have a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion program in place with a clear focus on racial equity or are doing their first steps towards that goal,” according to APTA.

“Improving diversity, equity and inclusion at the organizational level is a priority for GCRTA,” said GCRTA Managing Director and CEO India Birdsong. “This new program will establish standardized metrics, identify critical resources, and determine how to structure recognition levels to measure and reward progress in advancing racial equity.”

(Photograph courtesy of Metra, via Twitter)

The CTA, Metra and Pace Suburban Bus Regional Connect Pass is $30 and is now sold to Metra Unlimited Ride Monthly Passholders. Starting in July, it will offer unlimited rides all month on CTA and Pace with no day or time restrictions. It replaces two current passes available to Metra monthly passholders: the Link-Up Pass, which for $55 per month offered rides on CTA during weekday peak hours and on Pace at any time ; and the PlusBus Pass, which for $30 a month offered unlimited rides only on Pace.

The Connect Regional Pass went on sale June 20 alongside Metra’s new $100 “Super Saver” monthly pass. The total cost: $130 per month.

“As the transit landscape evolves in response to the recovery from the pandemic, our agencies are working together to position transit as the most affordable and convenient way to get around the region,” said the CTA President, Dorval R. Carter Jr.

The revised REM commissioning schedule was released as part of a June 20 construction report.

The REM released a construction report on June 20 for the 67-kilometre (41.6-mile) and 26-station automated light rail network that will connect downtown Montreal to the South Shore, North Shore , west of the island and at the airport (see map above).

“The major challenges posed by the Mount Royal tunnel forced our teams to rethink the sequence of tests and trials for the commissioning of the REM, in order to support the efforts to commission the network by the end 2024 and avoid significant delays,” REM wrote.

Upgrading a 5.2-kilometre (3.2-mile) section of the tunnel continued to affect operations, according to the agency, due to the “discovery of explosives left over from the construction of the tunnel some time ago more than 100 years, which disrupted all work”. methods used”; the “generally degraded conditions of the central wall of the tunnel arch where it passes under McGill College Avenue”; and the impacts of COVID-19 on the workforce and supply chain over the past two years. “Faced with these colossal challenges, it is not possible to start the required tests in the tunnel before the summer of 2024,” REM reported.

REM indicated that over the past few months, it has developed a plan to avoid the commissioning being delayed for several months. He understands:
• Reverse the dynamic test sequence. Instead of starting from the South Shore and gradually progressing north, the tests will begin from the North Shore, avoiding the Mount Royal tunnel.
• Deployment of tests and trials from the Saint-Eustache maintenance center rather than the Brossard one.
• Isolate the Mount Royal tunnel from the tests “to ensure that once the work and tests are completed, the entire network will be ready and in service by the end of 2024”.

The network was to open in five phases: the South Shore portion in the fall of 2022; the central section, which includes the tunnel, in the fall of 2023; the West Island segments in the spring of 2024; the North Shore segment in fall 2024; and the airport part at the end of 2024.

The commissioning schedule now has three phases: the South Shore branch (Brossard-Central station, excluding the Griffintown-Bernard-Landry station) is maintained for fall 2022; the Downtown, North Shore and West Island branches will open simultaneously at the end of 2024; and the opening of the YUL-Aéroport-Montréal-Trudeau branch is to be determined. “We are working with Aéroports de Montréal to align and optimize the new schedule, and to be able to confirm that this REM branch will be in service this fall,” reports the REM.

(Photograph courtesy of the STM)

On June 17, the STM announced the official opening of the Côte-Vertu underground train depot in the Montréal metro. The governments of Quebec and Canada have funded the C$492.3 million project, which adds space for 10 trains, “balancing storage capacity at both ends of the Orange line,” according to the STM. As part of the project, three above-ground structures were also constructed: two auxiliary structures (one to provide an emergency exit for employees and one to provide access to a mechanical ventilation station) and a building to provide access to underground storage and AZUR train maintenance workshop.

The project also included the installation of a switch upstream of the Côte-Vertu station. This will allow the STM to increase the frequency of trains on the orange line by 25% during peak periods, “once ridership has increased enough to justify it”, noted the agency.

“Our government is making public transit a priority for the City,” said Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister responsible for the Metropolis and the Montreal region. “It is not only a vital means of transportation, but also an important way to reduce traffic in Greater Montreal and achieve our greenhouse gas reduction goals. In addition, the Côte-Vertu garage will improve the frequency, throughput and reliability of the orange line. This is a major gain for public transport users. By investing in infrastructure like this garage and the efficiencies it brings, we will continue to give our citizens every reason to use public transit. »


Key words: American Public Transportation Association, APTA, Breaking News, Chicago Transit Authority, GCRTA, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Metra, Pace, Pace Suburban Bus, REM, Réseau express métropolitain, Société de transport de Montréal, STM

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Network of electric vehicle charging stations planned for Texas highways https://northwestmetropolitans.com/network-of-electric-vehicle-charging-stations-planned-for-texas-highways/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/network-of-electric-vehicle-charging-stations-planned-for-texas-highways/ Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to date with the most essential news from Texas. Texas plans to add enough electric vehicle charging stations statewide to support 1 million electric vehicles with dozens of new stations to enable easier long-distance travel. In a draft plan released this month, the […]]]>

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Four of the five most expensive cities on either side of the border are Canadian: study https://northwestmetropolitans.com/four-of-the-five-most-expensive-cities-on-either-side-of-the-border-are-canadian-study/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 13:46:25 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/four-of-the-five-most-expensive-cities-on-either-side-of-the-border-are-canadian-study/ By Maggie Parkhill Click here for updates on this story 2022-06-17 (CTV Network) – Four of the five most expensive cities on either side of the border in terms of cost of living relative to income are located in Canada, according to a new study. Data released by Canadian insurance provider PolicyAdvisor suggests that New […]]]>

By Maggie Parkhill

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2022-06-17 (CTV Network) – Four of the five most expensive cities on either side of the border in terms of cost of living relative to income are located in Canada, according to a new study. Data released by Canadian insurance provider PolicyAdvisor suggests that New York, Mississauga, Ont., Vancouver, Hamilton, Ont., and Toronto are the most unaffordable places to live in both countries. The study looked at the 10 most populous cities in each country and compared the average cost of eight common necessities, items and services: a movie ticket, a restaurant meal, a bottle of water, a cappuccino, a subscription a month’s worth of a gym, a public transit pass, a monthly transit pass, and one month’s rent. After comparing the costs, the study also took into account the average income of the inhabitants of each city. “These data contain some surprising results, because while some major cities in North America may be perceived to have a lower cost of living, taking into account the average wage in the region, it’s not as clear” , a spokesperson for PolicyAdvisor said in a statement. press release Thursday. CANADA’S MOST EXPENSIVE CITY Mississauga is the most unaffordable city in Canada, and the second most unaffordable major metropolitan area in Canada and the United States, according to the study. Mississauga has the third most expensive public transit of the cities surveyed, after New York. City and Toronto, with a monthly transit pass costing $131. It also has the third most expensive rent in Canada, after Vancouver and Toronto, at an average of $2,117 per month. But what makes it unaffordable, according to the study, is the average net salary of its inhabitants. Ranking 17th out of 20 cities, residents of Mississauga earn an average of $4,168.70 per month. This means that someone earning the average amount of money and paying the average amount of rent would spend nearly 51% of their take home pay on housing costs. RISE IN RENTS AND LOW WAGES HAVE AN IMPACT ON AFFORDABILITY Third on the list of most expensive cities in the United States and Canada is Vancouver, which takes bronze in affordability for many of the same reasons than Mississauga. Vancouver has only the eighth most expensive rent of the 20 cities, but is the first Canadian place to make this list, preceded by New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas. The West Coast city also ranks near the middle of the list in other metrics, including the cost of public transit and cappuccinos. But according to the study, what makes Vancouver particularly unaffordable is the percentage of take-home pay that rent represents. The average take-home pay in Vancouver is $4,952.55 according to the study, but the average rental unit in Vancouver costs $2,253.98, or nearly 46% of take-home pay. The same trend is observed in the fourth city on the list: Hamilton, Ont. While the city has relatively low average costs for things like eating a meal out ($18.09) or a cappuccino ($4.52), the average monthly rent is $1,610.25, which is more than 42% of the Hamiltonian’s average net salary, at $3,824.35. The study also notes that the average cost of a monthly transit pass in Hamilton is more than twice that of a pass in San Antonio, Texas ($112.20 and 49. $47, respectively). Toronto rounds out the top 5 most expensive cities. With high transportation costs (second highest at $156) and rent (ninth highest at $2,134.44 and second highest in Canada) exceeding his relatively low income ($5,138.57, ranking 13th in total). “Rents were already rising in many major markets across Canada,” Paul Danison, content director for Rentals.ca, told CTVNews.ca on Wednesday in a phone interview. “But now you add the interest rate hike [and] out of control inflation continues, and rents right now are just skyrocketing. THE COST OF ENTERTAINMENT While the cost of essentials may be less affordable in Canada, those with disposable income will find that on average entertainment and lifestyle costs are actually cheaper in most Canadian metropolitan cities than in the United States. According to the study, the most expensive average movie ticket in Canada costs around $16 in Vancouver – still much cheaper than in New York, where a ticket will set you back more than $23. Sophisticated java will also cost Canadians less than Americans. The most expensive average cost of a cappuccino in Canada is in Edmonton at $5.15 a cup. In the United States, the most expensive medium cup is in Phoenix at $6.69. For those returning to restaurants after two years of the pandemic, the most expensive average cost of a meal in Canada can be eaten in Ottawa at $25.12, ranking 5th. In the most expensive city in the world, New York, an average meal will set you back $32.54. And for Canadian fitness enthusiasts, the average cost of a month’s gym membership is the most expensive in Calgary, coming in at $81.70 and ranking third on the list of Canadian cities and Americans. Here is the complete list of the most expensive major cities in the United States and Canada: 1. New York 2. Mississauga 3. Vancouver 4. Hamilton 5. Toronto 6. Los Angeles 7. San Diego 8. Chicago 9. Ottawa 10. Montreal 11. Winnipeg 12. Philadelphia 13. Phoenix 14. San Jose 15. Brampton 16. Dallas 17. San Antonio 18. Houston 19. Edmonton 20. Calgary With files from Jennifer Ferreira

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Smith and Tygart secure spot on Perfect Game Freshman All-America Team https://northwestmetropolitans.com/smith-and-tygart-secure-spot-on-perfect-game-freshman-all-america-team/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 16:27:13 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/smith-and-tygart-secure-spot-on-perfect-game-freshman-all-america-team/ Olivier Grigg June 16, 2022 Fayetteville, Ark. – Arkansas pitchers Hagen Smith and Brady Tygart were named Freshman All-Americans by Perfect Game. It’s the sixth straight season the Razorbacks have had at least one freshman earn All-America honors. Smith has made 19 appearances with 14 starts on the mound this season, going 6-2 with a […]]]>


Fayetteville, Ark. – Arkansas pitchers Hagen Smith and Brady Tygart were named Freshman All-Americans by Perfect Game.

It’s the sixth straight season the Razorbacks have had at least one freshman earn All-America honors.

Smith has made 19 appearances with 14 starts on the mound this season, going 6-2 with a 4.85 ERA and two saves in 72.1 innings. The southpaw struck out 82 batters while limiting opposing batters to a .240 batting average. Smith’s six wins are tied with Jaxon Wiggins and Zack Morris for second on the team.

Smith, who was also named to the Freshman All-SEC team earlier this season, now has two Freshman All-America honors to his name. He was named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s All-America freshman team before garnering second-team accolades from Perfect Game.

Tygart, meanwhile, has been one of Arkansas’ most reliable arms this season, emerging as the Hogs’ closest principal. The right-hander has a 3.82 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings of work with a team-leading eight saves on the year.

The Hernando, Miss., native dominated SEC play during the regular season, recording a 1.91 ERA and seven saves while stoking 40 and holding opposing hitters to a tiny .160 batting average in 28 1/ 2 sleeves. Tygart, like Smith, landed on the Freshman All-SEC team.

Tygart has now earned Freshman All-America accolades from three outlets – Collegiate Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association and Perfect Game. He received praise from the NCBWA First Team and Perfect Game.

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Governor Hochul announces $3.38 million to Choose Healthy Living to address health inequities in the black community through the black church https://northwestmetropolitans.com/governor-hochul-announces-3-38-million-to-choose-healthy-living-to-address-health-inequities-in-the-black-community-through-the-black-church/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 14:30:13 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/governor-hochul-announces-3-38-million-to-choose-healthy-living-to-address-health-inequities-in-the-black-community-through-the-black-church/ Funding will support preventative wellness programs run by 20 churches across New York City Northampton, MA –News Direct– Quest Diagnostics Governor Kathy Hochul today recognized Choose Healthy Life for her work during the pandemic for offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations through her Black churches in all five New York boroughs. During an event at Choose […]]]>

Funding will support preventative wellness programs run by 20 churches across New York City

Northampton, MA –News Direct– Quest Diagnostics

Governor Kathy Hochul today recognized Choose Healthy Life for her work during the pandemic for offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations through her Black churches in all five New York boroughs. During an event at Choose Healthy Life Church First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, the Governor announced that the New York State budget for fiscal year 2023 includes an allocation of $3.38 million for Choose Healthy Life to address health inequities and administer preventative wellness programs run by 20 churches. . This Governor’s announcement kicks off a Choose Healthy Living weekend of “Hope and Healing” that includes New York City Mayor Eric Adams delivering remarks at a Sunday, June 5 church service at the CHL’s Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

“The pandemic has revealed appalling health care disparities in Black communities, and today we are taking concrete steps to close those gaps and provide care to those who need it most,” Governor Hochul said. “This funding will be essential to help address health care inequities in underserved communities. I thank Choose Healthy Life for its efforts throughout the COVID pandemic and look forward to our continued partnership to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality care.

The state’s commitment is part of a public-private collaboration that includes financial support from CHL’s founding partner, Quest Diagnostics Foundation, to hire the church-based community health workers who have been established in New York. and engage underserved communities in preventive care and wellness. A cornerstone of the wellness program will be the launch of Blueprint for Wellness® later this summer – a comprehensive health exam that provides powerful insights to highlight personal health strengths and risks that will help communities underfunded black women to take control of their health.

State Senator Cordell Cleare said“Health care inequality for the black community is not a new development for us – action to address the health care disparities facing our community is long overdue. to join the governor in announcing this initiative with the black church to take this important step in addressing racial inequities in our health care system and its impact on health care outcomes in our community.The church has always been a current resource for leadership, spiritual guidance and information in the black community. It is fitting that this initiative be in conjunction with the church, especially during this pandemic as we work to address the many challenges we face and take another step towards healing, recovery and restoration of our community.

Co-Chair of the CHL’s National Black Clergy Health Leadership Council and President of the National Action Network, Reverend Al Sharpton, said“We commend the Governor for his support of this important initiative – a proven model that has demonstrated that lives can be saved in our community through the work of our church-based community health personnel.”

Abyssinian Baptist Church pastor and CHL co-chair Rev. Calvin O. Butts III said“New York is taking a leadership role in our nation by committing resources for our Black churches through Choose Healthy Life to address the health disparities that have plagued our community for decades.”

The Reverend Jacques DeGraff, leader of the New York Choose Healthy Life Council of Clergy, said, “Today we take an important step toward health parity in our communities. Through this network of leading black churches, New York is setting a historic national model for improving health outcomes. This pioneering effort could not have been accomplished without the reinvented vision combining faith and science.

CHL initially established a network of 50 black churches in five major cities – including New York – and grew to 120 churches in 13 states. The success of the program is centered on establishing community health workers in the black church. In its first year, the CHL hosted more than 2,200 events, administering more than 90,000 COVID-19 tests and vaccinations through its churches.

Choose Healthy Life was founded by Debra Fraser-Howze and is based on the highly successful model she created while at the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, an organization she founded to fight HIV. AIDS epidemic in black communities with widespread support from community leaders, including New York State NAACP President Hazel Dukes.

CHL Founder Debra Fraser-Howze said, “People keep asking ‘When do we get back to normal?’ and I say, ‘we’re not going back to normal, we’re dead to normal.’ We are extremely grateful for the public-private partnerships that have been established to support Choose Healthy Life, which has truly become a national movement Without the support of the Governor, New York State and our corporate partners, including Quest Diagnostics, we would not be able to address health equity in our communities.

As a founding sponsor, the Quest Diagnostics Foundation provided financial support to establish the CHL Church Community Health Workforce. Additionally, Quest Diagnostics has donated diagnostic testing and other services to CHL, including COVID-19 resources and now preventative care and wellness testing to support the underserved Black community.

Quest Diagnostics CEO-elect Jim Davis said“We have seen firsthand the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community and the vast health inequities it has revealed. We are proud to strengthen our collaboration with Choose Healthy Life to help save lives. lives and improve the health of the Black community.Our goal is to expand access to health care resources to address key disparities that have plagued Black communities for far too long.

In November 2020, Choose Healthy Life created the National Black Clergy Health Leadership Council to help guide the program. Reverend Butts III and Reverend Sharpton co-chair the Council which includes Reverend DeGraff and US Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock who is leading the work in Atlanta. In addition to New York and Atlanta, the program is established in churches in Detroit (Rev. Horace Sheffield, New Destiny Christian Fellowship), Newark (Rev. David Jefferson, Metropolitan Baptist), and Washington, D.C. (Rev. Frank Tucker , First Baptist Church)

CHL has united local United Way agencies under the name United Way of New York City, which serves as the implementing partner for Choose Healthy Life. Churches and agencies work together with local health departments, hospitals and community organizations to ensure access to much needed health services.

Eric McDonnell, acting CEO of United Way of New York City, said“This funding is critical to our work to address racial inequities and disparities in health care. People of color have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the need for health resources at the community level. Together with Black churches and clergy in our city, we have established a trusted source for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations within our communities and will continue to help educate, inform and advocate for the well-being of people of color here in our community.”

Critical to Choose Healthy Life’s success has been bringing together both faith and medical science to ensure accurate and timely information and education is provided to its church-based community health workers. To that end, CHL has an established Medical Advisory Board that includes former CDC Director and NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Frieden, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and President Emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Louis Sullivan, the first female physician in the United States House of Representatives Dr. Donna Christensen (1997-2015), former Washington DC Health Commissioner Dr. Reed Tuckson, former Chairman of the group White House Health Equity Task Force Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith and Harvard Medical School-trained obesity medicine specialist Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford.

Funding for the CHL comes from public/private collaborations that include founding partners Quest Diagnostics Foundation, Resolve to Save Lives, Siemens Foundation, Novo Nordisk, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and now New York State.

About Choosing a Healthy Life

Choose Healthy Life (CHL) is a black church initiative that ensures churches – the oldest and most trusted institutions in the black community – receive the resources, training and support needed to fight COVID- 19, other health disparities and to provide preventative wellness programs. CHL initially established a network of fifty (50) black churches in five major cities – including New York – and grew to 120 churches in 13 states. The success of the program is centered on the establishment of faith-based community health workers in the church. In its first year, CHL hosted over 2,200 events, administered over 90,000 COVID-19 tests and vaccinations through its churches.

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OMAHA!!! Hogs come off heels to win 11th trip to CFS https://northwestmetropolitans.com/omaha-hogs-come-off-heels-to-win-11th-trip-to-cfs/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 00:01:40 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/omaha-hogs-come-off-heels-to-win-11th-trip-to-cfs/ CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – For the 11th time in school history, the Arkansas Razorbacks are heading to the College World Series and the Hogs did it in spectacular fashion with a 4-3 victory over North Carolina on Sunday night at the Boshamer Stadium. A pair of lightning long delays made Game 2 of the […]]]>

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – For the 11th time in school history, the Arkansas Razorbacks are heading to the College World Series and the Hogs did it in spectacular fashion with a 4-3 victory over North Carolina on Sunday night at the Boshamer Stadium.

A pair of lightning long delays made Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regional an all-day affair, but it was worth it when Brady Slavens muscled a single through a Tar Heels infield to cap a rally of two innings, ninth inning.

North Carolina – playing as the visiting team – scraped a run in the top of the ninth to take its first lead of the afternoon when Patrick Alvarez scored a single to center. Alvarez’s heroism, however, was immediately called into question when Jalen Battles started the bottom of the ninth with a single to the left side of the infield. Freshman Peyton Stovall notched his third hit of the afternoon into the right-center spread but Hogs into the corners with no outs. After a walk to pinch hitter Kendall Diggs, defenseman pick Braydon Webb chased Battles home for the equalizer and made Slavens the hero.

Stovall led the way with three hits as the Razorbacks racked up 12 in the win. Slavens, Battles and Michael Turner all had two hits with Slavens driving in two. Battles launched the Hogs in fourth with an RBI double and Webb added his 16th homer in fifth, a solo shot. Zack Morris took the victory in relief, recording the final of the ninth. Will McEntire was stellar in 5.2 scoreless innings. The big right-hander scattered three hits, walked two and fanned four.

Check back later for a full recap, highlights and interviews with Coach Van Horn and the student-athletes.

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Newsom says San Francisco DA recall was ‘predictable’, national attention on election not warranted https://northwestmetropolitans.com/newsom-says-san-francisco-da-recall-was-predictable-national-attention-on-election-not-warranted/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 08:36:52 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/newsom-says-san-francisco-da-recall-was-predictable-national-attention-on-election-not-warranted/ NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday called this week’s recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin “predictable,” adding that he believes it does not deserve national media attention. “It was so predictable, predictable, especially after the school board recall,” Newsom, who was once the mayor of […]]]>

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California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday called this week’s recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin “predictable,” adding that he believes it does not deserve national media attention.

“It was so predictable, predictable, especially after the school board recall,” Newsom, who was once the mayor of San Francisco, said in an interview with FOX 11 Los Angeles host Elex Michaelson. “Nothing about that was surprising.”

He said he didn’t think the recall warranted the national attention he received as the “arbiter of something larger. I thought the pundits were a bit overwhelming about it,” he said. he declared.

“I think the problem in San Francisco, in particular, is that people want the streets cleaned up — period. Period. Enough,” he told Michaelson on the FOX 11 political show “The Issue Is”. “They want the streets cleaned up. They want a sense of order from the mess they feel on the streets.”

SAN FRANCISCO CRIME VICTIM CELEBRATES PROGRESSIVE DA REMINDER: ‘A SENSE OF VALIDATION’

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to the media in Carson, California on May 17, 2022.
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He continued: ‘Now crime is a component of that, but there’s a lot of confusion of those issues’, including mental health, open drug use, drug dealing and ‘dirtiness in some parts. of the city. And tag, the DA was, which means there was a certain attachment to accountability and responsibility.”

He said all San Francisco elected officials are responsible for street conditions, but “especially the district attorney.”

When the host asked him if Democrats were responsible for issues like homelessness in San Francisco and other cities, he replied “absolutely”, but added that cities across the country have the same problems – Democrats and Republicans.

“It’s right to focus on areas for improvement, not necessarily unique and distinctive,” he said.

District Attorney Chesa Boudin hugs a supporter Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in San Francisco.

District Attorney Chesa Boudin hugs a supporter Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in San Francisco.
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CHESA BOUDIN SUPPORTERS REACT TO SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S RECALL OUTCOME

Michaelson was speaking to Newsom at the International Summit of the Americas held in Los Angeles this week.

In the hotly contested Los Angeles mayoral race, the governor said he didn’t get involved and was friends and worked with both billionaire Rick Caruso and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., who will face off in a runoff in November. .

The governor easily won his own primary this week, but said he didn’t host election night because “November is a lifetime.”

He said he was working on the budget and going through emails when his victory was announced.

Newsom added that the state will send gasoline checks to counter record gasoline prices over the next few weeks and said California is working to codify Roe v. Wade, who is nationally endangered.

LOS ANGELES DA GASCON BLAME RISE IN CRIME ON ‘BAD POLICIES’ THAT ‘OVER-CRIMINALIZE COMMUNITIES’

And on the gun violence epidemic, the governor said the state is still working on an infamous bill he says is based on Texas’ six-week abortion ban that allows people to prosecute private citizens.

President Biden campaigned for California Governor Gavin Newsom in the gubernatorial recall election, which he defeated, last September in Long Beach.

President Biden campaigned for California Governor Gavin Newsom in the gubernatorial recall election, which he defeated, last September in Long Beach.
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He said the initiative will have “real consequences” in getting illegal guns off the streets.

Newsom previously said he would pass a law based on the Texas abortion law, which he condemned, that would allow private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, sells or distributes assault-type weapons in the state.

The governor also told the host he was concerned about ‘what is happening with the Democratic Party’ nationally taking the lead on issues such as a woman’s right to choose and control. guns, claiming that President Biden is the president and not the leader of the party. And neither did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

He said he asked the question before out of “frustration” and was criticized by some party members.

“I don’t want to take a cheap shot,” he said, but added that he was concerned about the narrative and the leadership within the Democratic Party.

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“Where the hell are we as a party to capture the narrative, to capture the imagination of the American people?” he asked rhetorically.

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AI needs a babysitter just like the rest of us https://northwestmetropolitans.com/ai-needs-a-babysitter-just-like-the-rest-of-us/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 09:54:08 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/ai-needs-a-babysitter-just-like-the-rest-of-us/ Placeholder while loading article actions In 2018 Pete Fussey, a sociology professor at the University of Essex, was studying how London police used facial recognition systems to search the streets for suspects. Over the next two years, he accompanied Metropolitan Police officers in their vans as they surveyed different pockets of the city, using mounted […]]]>
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In 2018 Pete Fussey, a sociology professor at the University of Essex, was studying how London police used facial recognition systems to search the streets for suspects. Over the next two years, he accompanied Metropolitan Police officers in their vans as they surveyed different pockets of the city, using mounted cameras and facial recognition software.

Fussey made two important discoveries during these trips, which he laid out in a 2019 study. First, the facial recognition system was woefully inaccurate. Of the 42 computer-generated matches that occurred during the six deployments he participated in, only eight, or 19%, were found to be correct.

Second, and more troubling, is that most of the time the police assumed that the facial recognition system was probably correct. “I remember people saying, ‘If we’re not sure, we should just assume there’s a match,'” he says. Fussey called the phenomenon “deference to the algorithm”.

This deference is a problem, and it is not unique to the police.

In education, ProctorU sells software that monitors students taking exams on their personal computers and uses machine learning algorithms to look for signs of cheating, such as suspicious gestures, reading notes or detection of another face in the room. The Alabama-based company recently conducted a survey of how colleges use its AI software. He found that only 11% of test sessions marked by his AI as suspicious were rechecked by the school or testing authority.

And this despite the fact that these software could sometimes be erroneous, according to the company. For example, it might inadvertently flag a student as suspicious if they rub their eyes or there is an unusual sound in the background, such as a dog barking. In February, a teenager taking a remote exam was wrongly accused of cheating by a competing vendor because she looked down to think during her exam, according to a report by The New York Times.

Meanwhile, in recruiting, nearly every Fortune 500 company uses resume screening software to analyze the flood of applicants they receive each day. But a recent study by Harvard Business School found that millions of qualified job seekers were rejected at the first stage of the process because they did not meet the criteria set by the software.

What unites these examples is the fallibility of artificial intelligence. Such systems have ingenious mechanisms – usually a neural network loosely modeled on how the human brain works – but they also make mistakes, which often only reveal themselves in the hands of customers.

Companies selling AI systems have been known to tout accuracy rates in the 90s, not to mention that those numbers come from labs, not nature. Last year, for example, a study in Nature examining dozens of AI models that claimed to detect Covid-19 in scans could not be used in hospitals due to flaws in their methodology and models.

The answer is not to stop using AI systems, but rather to hire more humans with special expertise to keep them. In other words, shift some of the over-reliance we have placed on AI on humans and shift our focus to a hybrid between humans and automation. (In consulting lingo, this is sometimes referred to as “augmented intelligence”.)

Some companies are already hiring more domain experts – those who are comfortable with the software and who also have expertise in the industry the software is making decisions for. In the event that the police use facial recognition systems, these experts should, ideally, be people who can recognize faces, also called super recognizers, and they should probably be present alongside the police in their vans.

To its credit, Alabama-based ProctorU has made a spectacular pivot to human babysitters. After conducting its internal analysis, the company said it would stop selling AI-only products and only offer monitored services, which rely on around 1,300 contractors to double-check the software’s decisions.

“We still believe in technology,” ProctorU founder Jarrod Morgan told me, “but having the human completely removed from the process was never our intention. produced, we took quite drastic measures.

Businesses that use AI need to remember its likely mistakes. People need to hear, “Listen, this machine is unlikely to be wrong. It sure is,” said Dudley Nevill-Spencer, a British entrepreneur whose marketing agency Live & Breathe sells access to an AI system to study consumers.

Nevill-Spencer said in a recent Twitter Spaces chat with me that he has 10 people on staff as subject matter experts, most of whom are trained to play a hybrid role between coaching a AI system and understanding of the industry in which it is used. the only way to understand if the machine is actually effective or not,” he said.

Generally speaking, we can’t knock people’s deference to algorithms. There has been untold hype around the transformative qualities of AI. But the risk of believing it too much is that over time it becomes more difficult to untangle our addiction. It’s good when the stakes are low and the software is generally accurate, like when I outsource my road navigation to Google Maps. Not good for unproven AI in high-stakes circumstances like policing, catching cheats, and hiring.

Competent humans need to be in the know, otherwise the machines will continue to make mistakes and we will pay the price.

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This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Parmy Olson is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering technology. A former journalist for the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, she is the author of “We Are Anonymous”.

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Federal funding uncertainty affects transportation planning, study finds https://northwestmetropolitans.com/federal-funding-uncertainty-affects-transportation-planning-study-finds/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 17:28:53 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/federal-funding-uncertainty-affects-transportation-planning-study-finds/ Government leaders’ uncertainty about the allocation of federal funding “hasn’t had a major impact” on long-term transportation planning across the country, but the impact it is having is largely negative, according to a report published last week by the National Cooperative Roads Research Program. States, metropolitan planning organizations, and regional governments depend on federal money, […]]]>

Government leaders’ uncertainty about the allocation of federal funding “hasn’t had a major impact” on long-term transportation planning across the country, but the impact it is having is largely negative, according to a report published last week by the National Cooperative Roads Research Program. States, metropolitan planning organizations, and regional governments depend on federal money, but they don’t know from year to year when the money will come in, how much they’ll get, or what rules they’ll have to follow. Uncertainty “generates a series of deleterious outcomes,” the report says.

The question has plagued officials for at least two decades, reports the NCHRP. Officials tend to assume that the funding status quo will remain “despite declining federal fuel purchasing power tax.” Uncertainty has increased the workload of officials and the availability of contractors, the report said.

States vary in using their own funds to make up for shortfalls or delays in federal assistance. Some state and local governments have increased their own sources of transportation revenue, for example by raising their own taxes, tolls, vehicle registration fees, using general revenue, or borrowing. The report points out that “the availability of nonfederal transportation revenue, the condition of assets, and the size of the state’s road network have a fundamental influence on the extent to which states and regions are sensitive to uncertainty in the federal funding”. States with more access to nonfederal funds for transportation infrastructure, transportation assets in better condition, and less extensive public road networks were less susceptible to uncertainty.

The report also says restrictions on federal funds are not allowing states to prioritize their most pressing projects. Since states are required to maintain federal highways, for example, these highway bridges are better maintained than other bridges, which can lead to significant disparities in bridge condition. A provision in the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act restricting the transfer of federal funds from one pot to another could further hamper the ability to meet local needs, officials told NCHRP.

Various factors contribute to the lack of certainty. Governments do not know if or when their competitive applications will be approved; some programs only reimburse beneficiaries for funds they have already spent, and they do not know when the reimbursement will arrive; re-authorization is often not carried out within the regulatory deadlines; and agencies don’t know when a new law will come into effect, let alone what funding it will provide. Also, sometimes during recessions, stimulus money comes in a rush and needs to be spent quickly without a lot of planning time.

Funding uncertainty can mean projects are not built on time and highways deteriorate. The report warns that rising gasoline prices, increased fuel efficiency, as well as the rise of electric vehicles and ride-sharing options, could lead to a steady decline in fuel tax revenues, a major source of funding for surface transportation. “States may have to manage federal revenue reductions if the current fuel tax rate remains unchanged, particularly if coupled with parallel reductions in state fuel tax revenue,” he declares.

Program researchers conducted in-depth case studies in six states after speaking with staff from 17 state and regional transportation departments and planning agencies to see how states and regions are coping with uncertainty. financing. Missouri established a provident fund; the North-Central Pennsylvania Rural Planning Organization noted that it was not affected by cash flow, as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation replaced it.

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Indiana woman allegedly tracked boyfriend with AirTags and killed him after spotting him with another woman https://northwestmetropolitans.com/indiana-woman-allegedly-tracked-boyfriend-with-airtags-and-killed-him-after-spotting-him-with-another-woman/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 17:57:33 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/indiana-woman-allegedly-tracked-boyfriend-with-airtags-and-killed-him-after-spotting-him-with-another-woman/ NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! An Indiana woman has been charged with murder after she allegedly followed a man she said was her boyfriend to a bar using an Apple AirTag, accused him of cheating on her and intentionally knocked him down with his car, according to court documents. “I’m pretty sure, […]]]>

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An Indiana woman has been charged with murder after she allegedly followed a man she said was her boyfriend to a bar using an Apple AirTag, accused him of cheating on her and intentionally knocked him down with his car, according to court documents.

“I’m pretty sure, since it’s a pub and grill and it’s late at night, there are quite a few people who were here who left because they didn’t want to. not get involved,” the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said. Captain Don Weilhammer spoke about the incident, according to WISH. “That’s where we need them to get involved, call us and give us all the information they’ve seen on this.”

Gaylyn Morris, 26, was arrested early Friday after she apparently tracked Andre Smith to Tilly’s Pub in Indianapolis using an Apple AirTag and GPS.

Morris told a witness that she was Smith’s girlfriend and that he was cheating on her, according to investigators. Morris told the witness that she was going to use an empty wine bottle to beat the other woman.

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Google Maps screenshot of Tilly’s Pub in Indianapolis. Andre Smith was intentionally run over and killed outside the bar last week, police say.
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The confrontation escalated when Morris swung the bottle at the woman, but the attack was intercepted by Smith, according to an affidavit.

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Bar workers then asked the trio to leave the establishment, the Indy Star reported. A witness said that was when Morris allegedly attacked Smith with his car.

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INDIANAPOLIS – JULY 16: Indianapolis Police K9 vehicle on July 16, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
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Morris “pulled forward and cut the victim (Smith), and he fell, at which point… (Morris) then backed up on him, then pulled himself forward and punched him for the third time,” the probable cause affidavit reads.

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Morris reportedly got out of the car and then tried to chase the other woman, who was still in the pub waiting for a food order, but police soon arrived on the scene.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office determined that Smith died after being intentionally run over.

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Morris has been charged with murder, but the Marion County District Attorney’s Office will determine final charges, the Indy Star reported.

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