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Residents angry over 'crazy' London driveway fines

BBC News

Residents in a London street have criticised the council for issuing their cars with "crazy fines" when they are parked on private drives. Vehicles parked on drives in Roll Gardens, Gants Hill, have been ticketed as they "slightly obstruct the road's pavement". The short drives, built in the 1940s, mean most modern cars overhang the pavement. Redbridge Council said some residents are "clearly obstructing the pavement". Catherine Meletiou, a resident on the street, said the fines were "crazy".


Ohio Vaccine Lottery Eligibility: How To Win $1 Million Or Full College Scholarship?

International Business Times

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday announced a lottery program that would incentivize residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The novel incentive program, which Republican Gov. DeWine announced in a series of tweets, will select five random winners every Wednesday beginning May 26 through June 23. The winners will each receive $1 million. The initiative will be paid for by the state's federal coronavirus relief funds. "I know that some may say, "DeWine, you're crazy!


OpenGrid for Smart Cities Data-Smart City Solutions

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In January of this year, officials at Chicago's Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) launched OpenGrid, a map-based application that provides residents with a way to visually understand complex municipal data. OpenGrid's mission is to improve Chicagoans' ability to meaningfully use open data beyond the capacity of current data portals. The program is easily accessible via any web browser on desktops, tablets, and phones. The application is called OpenGrid for a reason: it is open-source. Since DoIT's beginnings several years ago, open source programming has been a core principle of DoIT's data and analytics work.


Google Brain Residency Program - ADR Toolbox

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In October 2015 we launched the Google Brain Residency, a 12-month program focused on jumpstarting a career for those interested in machine learning and deep learning research. This program is an opportunity to get hands on experience using the state-of-the-art infrastructure available at Google, and offers the chance to work alongside top researchers within the Google Brain team. Our first group of residents arrived in June 2016, working with researchers on problems at the forefront of machine learning. The wide array of topics studied by residents reflects the diversity of the residents themselves -- some come to the program as new graduates with degrees ranging from BAs to Ph.Ds in computer science to physics and mathematics to biology and neuroscience, while other residents come with years of industry experience under their belts. They all have come with a passion for learning how to conduct machine learning research.


Mie city's outreach to struggling residents in public housing pays off

The Japan Times

Officials in the city of Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, are working to reduce rent delinquency among low-income residents of municipal housing, by visiting defaulters individually and compiling custom payment plans. They aim to support the public housing residents -- half of whom are aged 60 or older -- by giving advice on family finances and offering information on the social welfare services that are available. As a result of the initiative, the number of defaulters and the amount of unpaid rent have both dropped sharply, officials say. The payment rate posted a record high of 99.92 percent in fiscal 2018, up from 94.54 percent in fiscal 2013. On the morning of Aug. 30, Yokkaichi officials responsible for municipal housing were visiting a 90-year-old man who lives alone.