24 May 2014Young South Africans, especially those born in 1994, when the country first attained democracy, are looking forward to contributing to a more prosperous South Africa.The “born-frees”, as they are known, voted for the first time in the country’s general elections a few weeks ago, and are looking forward to taking part in running of the country and contributing to the economy.Tshifhiwa Magadzhe, 20, from Limpopo province, was among the born-frees attending Jacob Zuma’s inauguration for a second term as President of South Africa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday.The second-year information technology student at the Tshwane University of Technology told SAnews that she couldn’t wait to get her diploma and become part of the workforce.Asked what democracy means to her, she simply said it meant more opportunities for the previously disadvantaged and a better life for all. “I have voted so that people’s lives can be changed for the better and so that the country’s economy grows,” Magadzhe said.“Democracy also means equal opportunities for all,” she said, adding that the government needed to create more opportunities for young people to enable them to become part of the system.Twenty-year-old Steven Mason, a second-year administration student from North West province, echoed Magadzhe’s sentiments. “I am glad that our country offers plenty of opportunities for young people. As young people we are given opportunities to be part of the system,” he said.Other young people are looking forward to starting their own businesses and creating job opportunities for the unemployed youth.Jason Wilkins, a third-year business management student, told SAnews that he wass looking forward to starting his own business empire. “Government must take the interests of young people to heart,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.za
frederic lardinois A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Trends#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… In its current state, Twitter is a strange mix of real-time features like search and the slow polling mechanism that desktop clients use to grab new messages. As Twitter puts a limit on how many times per hour a client can check for updates, most of the conversations on Twitter are slow and arduous. When Seesmic released its new desktop and web applications last week, however, the company also mentioned that its applications would soon be able to update Twitter streams in real time, including @replies and direct messages. While the Seesmic team was tight-lipped about how exactly they are going to do this (maybe by tapping into Twitter’s Streaming API?), we can’t help but wonder how this will change the dynamics on the service.Twitter as a Chat RoomCurrently, conversations on Twitter are asynchronous and sluggish. If they happened in real-time, however, Twitter would start to look and feel more like an IM client. Even on FriendFeed, which was once seen as a possible Twitter challenger but which never quite got any mainstream traction, conversations now happen in real time. While Twitter is often mentioned as a vehicle for real-time conversations, in reality, conversations on Twitter aren’t happening in real time at all.Once Twitter turns into more of a chatroom, both Twitter’s website and third-party clients will also have to improve the way they display these conversations. Seesmic’s ‘message’ view looks like a step in the right direction. The Seesmic web app features a TweetDeck-like column-based view of your Twitter streams and searches, but it also separates ‘real’ conversations that you participate in from the rest of the application. Other desktop apps like Nambu for the Mac feature rudimentary support for displaying conversation threads, but most clients currently don’t do a very good job at highlighting conversations and mostly look at Twitter as a broadcast medium.Once our streams really start moving on Twitter, we will also need better ways to filter and manage our subscriptions (including better spam filters). Right now, scanning a list of updates is easy, and most clients support search and the ability to create groups, but maybe automatic filtering based on the kind of messages we pay attention to will also help us to manage the information stream. What Do You Think?We will have to see how all of this will play out in the next few months once Seesmic (and others, we assume) will release their updated clients, but we think that this could potentially take Twitter into a completely new direction. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos
Entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small businesspeople often have to make a choice between feast and famine.FamineIt’s not uncommon for a small business to end up with so much work that they can’t possibly take on another client. They don’t have any capacity for new work, and taking on new clients means that they may not perform as well for their existing clients, work more hours, or hire additional help.Once they have enough work, they stop their sales and marketing work. They quit prospecting. They stop spending their time and money on marketing, and they hunker down and serve their clients. They’re very happy with their income, and they’re happy with their work.But then, inevitably, they lose a client or two. Given a long enough time line, you will lose every client you now serve. The problem is that you don’t know when that will occur and why, and you will lose many clients through no fault of your own.So begins the famine. But it takes time to build a funnel, and this is where small businesses get themselves in a position where survival becomes difficult.FeastSometimes a small business can have too many clients. So begins the feast. There is an abundance of work, so much so that there is no easy way to take care of all the business.The last thing in the world a small business with too much business can imagine doing is building a funnel. But there are lots of ways to mitigate the potential problems of having more business than you can take on. You can hire contractors to do some work. You can push the start dates for projects. You can outsource some of the work. You can grow your business and hire real employees.But the last thing you can do is give up on the sales and marketing activities that bring in new opportunities. You are always one or two clients away from an existential threat to your business.You have to make a choice between feast or famine. If you believe that dealing with too much work is a problem, try dealing with the problem of not having enough business to be able to keep the lights on. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
Seven persons were booked, including four government officials, after State authorities ordered a probe into irregularities in the purchase of toor dal in Gujarat. More than 1,000 sacks of toor dal were found to have been filled with sand, twigs and substandard dal during the procurement process by the State Civil Supplies Department. The Opposition Congress has alleged “that officials and local BJP leaders were involved in the scam. Toor dal had been procured from farmers at the minimum support price of the State government.”
A top Delhi Police official on Wednesday said that militants’ threat perception to the cricket World Cup will be taken into account while providing security for the four matches to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla starting next month.Delhi Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the World Cup matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla.Karnail Singh, joint commissioner of police ( northern range) gave the assurance a day after he and other top police officers discussed the World Cup security arrangements with the Delhi and District Cricket Association ( DDCA) officials.With this second meeting between the DDCA and the Delhi police – the first one was held at the Police Headquarters on December 27 – over the security and traffic arrangements and the tickets for Delhi matches going into print on Thursday, the preparations for the World Cup have begun in the right earnest here.” The DDCA officials have told us about their requirements and we also apprised them what we would be requiring. Basically, we discussed what needs to be done during the matches. Security for matches at the Kotla has never been a problem in the past,” Karnail Singh told M AIL T ODAY . When asked about the steps that would be taken to meet the threat perception from certain militant outfits, he said: ” We will be having the threat perception in mind while providing the security.” Delhi Police have told DDCA officials that all people, who would be on official duty during the matches, will have to be verified, whatever their numbers may be. All employment and deployment will have to have the police’s permission.advertisementSpecial care will be being taken to scan all the items that will be taken inside the stadium. For this purpose, DDCA will hire big scanner machines to check items like the food, beverages, huge television equipment and cameras etc to ensure safety for all.As part of the security steps, 39 items, including plastic water bottles and coins, will be banned inside the stadium. Some of the other things that will not be allowed, include sharp- edged items, alcohol, pens, pencils, lathis , hard and long sticks for carrying flags ( only slim ones will be allowed), musical instruments, balloons, whistles, papers, binoculars, cameras and laser lights etc.” Spectators will be allowed only paper cups to drink water. We will publish advertisements in newspapers well in advance so that spectators know exactly what all they can’t take inside the stadium,” Ravinder Manchanda, a member of the DDCA security committee and joint secretary ( club), told M AIL T ODAY . ” We will also be very strict while designating people on duty during the matches. In the past, we have made many duty cards but this time we will cut down on numbers; only the minimal required people will get the cards,” he said.The Board of Control for Cricket India ( BCCI) has said that it will fully rely on the local police for security at all eight venues hosting World Cup matches.DDCA will, however, hire private security personnel for checking tickets at the turnstiles and they will also be posted at corporate boxes.However, the capacity of the stadium, which is 47,000- plus, will not be reduced. The tickets will carry detailed instructions on the ‘ dos’ and ‘ donts’ as well as the names of banned items.Only the vehicles of players and match officials – umpires and match referee – would be allowed inside the stadium.While space for only 250 VVIP cars will be allowed in the park in front of the main Kotla gate, spectators will have the parkand- ride facility.Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police ( traffic), said that two spots have been identified for spectators to park their vehicles.” Mata Sundari Marg and Shanti Van, which are in the vicinity of the Kotla, can accommodate quite a large number of vehicles. There will also be shuttle services from two Metro stations – the New Delhi railway station and Pragati Maidan,” Garg told MAIL TODAY . ” We have asked DDCA to arrange for buses and Qualis jeeps in association with the Delhi Transport Corporation to ferry spectators from the Metro stations,” he said.Kotla will host the South Africa- West Indies ( Feb 24), West Indies- Netherlands ( Feb 28), Kenya- Canada ( Mar 7) and India- Netherlands ( Mar 9) matches.
With intimations of his Roland Garros demise appearing greatly exaggerated, world number one Andy Murray played it straight by the French Open form book on Tuesday with a mostly regulation 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 first-round win over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov.After a confidence-sapping run-in to the tournament he came within one match of winning last year, the top seed would have been hoping for an easy introduction to settle the nerves.For the most part, his 73rd-ranked opponent obliged, as the rich run of form that last week took Kuznetsov to the semi-final of the Geneva Open deserted him under the gaze of a packed Philippe Chatrier crowd.Paris’ main showcourt had already played host to upsets in the day’s first two matches, with Murray’s compatriot, seventh-seeded Johanna Konta, going down in three sets to Taiwan’s unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei in the women’s draw, and Spain’s Fernando Verdasco ousting German ninth seed Alexander Zverev in four.For a while, some may have sensed the possibility of a third shock as the Scot began tentatively, his tennis underpowered and his manner subdued.Recovering from illness and injury, his love affair with clay has turned sour this year, with early-round defeats this month to Borna Coric in Madrid and Fabio Fognini in Rome – losses in which Murray said the absence of Ivan Lendl, who tends to coach him only during grand slams, had not played a role.”If things aren’t going well, people will try and find the reason for why that is,” he told a news conference.advertisement”For me, I don’t think that it’s anything to do with Ivan not being there…I do think that ideally we would have spent more time together (but)…that’s the situation that we were in, and it worked fine last year.”Murray was broken when serving for the first set at 5-4, but Kuznetsov handed the break right back in the next game. Murray then lost his bearings midway through the second set, dropping four games in a row to allow the Russian to square the match.Bolstered by the returning presence in his box of Ivan Lendl, his coach in grand slams since 2012 and credited with adding an extra edge of aggression to his game, the Scot then moved through the gears, mixing drop shots with lobs and adding more depth to his groundstrokes.He breezed through the third and fourth sets with the loss of just two games and ended the match full of smiles that hinted at his relief over a potentially tricky hurdle negotiated.”He (Kuznetsov) goes for his shots, he plays very aggressively…so he takes your time away. But it was quite windy today…and that can make things difficult,” Murray said in a courtside interview.”I started to play better as the match went on…I have very good memories of Paris and I will try to have another good run this year.”
Annie-Rose Strasser – Think ProgressWhen Giannis “G Bo” Antetokounmpo was drafted to the NBA last year, no one knew quite what to expect. Before the draft, scouts had flocked to Greece to see the 18-year-old, born to Nigerian immigrant parents and taken under the wing of a Greek basketball coach.But it was still a big surprise when the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him with the 15th overall pick. Even Giannis wasn’t expecting it.“No. No. No,” he told AOL on draft night. “Let me tell you the truth: No. I did not think I would be in the NBA, it was just a dream. How could I think this would happen? And happen now? But I am here now. So I am happy.”Giannis’s name (pronounced “YAHN-iss ahn-teh-toe-KUHN-poe”) is on the map now. But in a relatively small way. In the first four games he played, he averaged just two rebounds and 4.8 points. But Giannis’ life has changed a lot since the Bucks drafted him.Antetokounmpo grew up poor in a country that’s been one of the most tumultuous financial roller coasters since the 2008 global crash. He and his three siblings helped make his family’s ends meet by selling sunglasses and handbags on the street. The kids all slept in one room. They often had to make the choice whether to pay for food or electricity.The challenges were especially great because both of Giannis’ parents were undocumented immigrants. In Greece, that means Giannis and his siblings were too. That made it hard to find work, even in the good times, but it also meant the family faced constant danger of being exposed, Giannis told OnMilwaukee in an in-depth profile piece recently:“For 20 years they were illegal,” he continued. “It’s very hard to live for 20 years without papers. Very, very hard. You have children and you have to go out and work without papers. At any moment, the cops can stop you and say come over here and let me send you back to your country.“For me, my parents, they are heroes.” Things changed when Giannis was up for a spot the NBA. Mostly in good ways, but not all. Giannis’ notoriety brought money and, in fact, it brought him and his brother (also a basketball player) citizenship on May 9, 2013. But it’s also brought the attention of the head of the Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi nationalist party that rose from the ashes of Greece’s financial ruin.The Golden Dawn is the outlet of anti-immigrant, racist sentiment in Greece, brought on by a feeling that “non-Greeks” are responsible for the nation’s financial difficulties.The Fascist group, which holds events where it plays the anthem of Nazi Germany and hands out food to “Greeks only,” gained control of 18 seats of the country’s parliament in the last election. They call immigrants “parasites.”The danger of the fringe group reached its apex over the last two months. In September, party supporters were accused of stabbing a prominent anti-fascist Greek rapper. Country officials are now looking to ban the party.But the Golden Dawn still has a following and a leadership, and they have set their sights on Giannis’ family. In some ways he is their perfect villain: a young boy, not ethnically Greek, able to achieve success despite poverty and immigration status. He was even fast-tracked toward citizenship because “of special services to the country.”Nikolaos Michaloliakos, leader of the Golden Dawn, called for Giannis’ deportation after that expedited process. When Giannis was drafted in June and cameras captured him celebrating by waving the Greek flag, Michaloliakos asked reporters, “If you give a chimpanzee in the zoo a banana and a flag, is he Greek?”Greece’s Prime Minister jumped to Giannis’ defense, saying, “I thank you for honoring our national colors … I hope you drive them crazy with your slam dunks.”But Michaloliakos lashed out again weeks later, insisting that Giannis and his family should have been arrested when they went to meet the Prime Minister at the Maximos mansion, the equivalent to the American White House. Michaloliakos also posited that Giannis made it onto the Bucks as part of a plot by “fanatical Jew and Zionist but also a big and active antifascist activist” Herb Kohl, the former senator who owns the team.Michaloliakos is currently in jail. He was arrested last month and charged with running a crime gang. Tensions are still high, though, and on November 1st, two Golden Dawn members were shot and killed in a drive-by outside of the party headquarters.Giannis and his family are used to racially-charged bullying. They were the only black family within blocks of where they lived when the kids were growing up.An early article on Antetokounmpo and his brother reports, in a loose Google translation, that the brother was “scorned by the grandstand … in many stadiums in Greece” for being black, and that Giannis had been attacked by a group of racists. Violent anti-immigrant attacks are a signature of Golden Dawn’s members. Such beatings often go unpunished by police, and an investigation last month revealed that Golden Dawn had infiltrated Greek police forces.But Giannis isn’t discouraged by the racial hostility in which he’s found himself in the center. In a testament to the patriotism of undocumented people everywhere, he told On Milwaukee, “It’ll be nice that family can be here and be away from anything that’s happening in Greece. But I love my country. Greece is my country. I’m going to go back home.”For now, Milwaukee is Giannis’s home. He’s already got an affectionate nickname there — they call him “The Alphabet” for his mouthful of a name — and the adoration of his general manager, coach, and teammates.“As a big brother to him, he is fun to be around and it takes me back,” Bucks small forward Caron Butler told The Sporting News. “I got a daughter who is 18 years old, so I look at him more like a son. His spirit is always great, he looks at this and thinks there is nothing he can’t do or be.TweetPinShare0 Shares
March 12, 2018 at 9:58 pm “This content is written very well. Your use of formatting when making your points makes your observations very clear and easy to understand. https://www.promoocodes.com/ Thank you” Log in to Reply PaulChau says: With these features extracted, the NN is used to determine the audio sample’s similarity to a database of audio samples of words or sounds. Like image recognition, the NN delivers a likelihood of a match to a specific word in its database. For those wanting to replicate Google and Amazon’s ‘OK Google’ or ‘Alexa’ Voice Trigger (VT) functionality, KITT.AI provides one solution with Snowboy. A trigger word can be uploaded to their platform for analysis, resulting in a file which can be integrated into a Snowboy application on embedded platforms. The VT word can then be detected without an Internet connection. Audio recognition is not limited to the spoken word. TensorFlow provides an example project for iOS that can distinguish between a female and male voice.An alternative application is the detection of animals and other sounds in and around our cities and homes. This has been demonstrated with a deep-learning bat monitoring system installed in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the United Kingdom. This opens up the possibility of combining visual and audio recognition NN into a single platform. For example, audio recognition of specific sounds could be used to trigger the video recording of a security system.There are many applications where cloud-based AI support is undesirable, due to data privacy concerns, or untenable, due to poor data connectivity or bandwidth issues. In other cases, real-time performance is an area of concern. For example, industrial manufacturing systems demand an instantaneous response in order to undertake real-time actions on a production line, and the latency associated with a cloud-based service simply takes too long.As a result, there is increased interest in moving AI to the edge. That is, placing the power of AI at the point at which it is used. Various IP vendors provide solutions such as CEVA’s CEVA-X2 and NeuPro IP cores that together with software integrate easily with the existing NN frameworks. This opens up the possibility of developing embedded systems that are AI capable, whilst benefiting from the flexibility of low-power processor functionality. A voice recognition system, as an example, could make use of silicon and power optimized integrated AI to recognize a VT and a minimal subset of voice commands (VC). More complex VCs and functionality could then be handled by a cloud-based AI once the application has woken-up from its low-power, voice trigger state.Finally, Convolutional NNs (CNN) are also being used to improve the quality of text-to-speech (TTS) systems. Historically, TTS has used a concatenative process to stitch together many tiny chunks of high-quality voice recordings from a single voice actor. The results are understandable but still have the feeling of a robotic voice due to the strange intonation and inflection in the resulting output. Trying to inflect different emotions requires a completely new set of voice recordings. Google’s WaveNet improves on the current state of the art by using a CNN to generate the TTS waveforms from scratch at 16,000 samples per second. The resulting examples are seamless, of noticeably higher quality and more natural sounding than previous examples.Youval Nachum serves as CEVA’s Senior Product Marketing Manager for audio and voice product line. Youval brings over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience, spanning marketing, system architecture, ASIC, and software domains at leading technology companies. He is passionate about anticipating long term trends and leading technical programs to their successful completion. Highly proficient in combining market requirements, product definitions, industry standards and design innovations into breakthrough products, Youval holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Digital, IoT Log in to Reply 4 thoughts on “Machines can see, hear and analyze thanks to embedded neural networks” Continue reading on page two >> March 26, 2019 at 4:12 am MelBrandle says: Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems and Data I/O collaborate on modern workflowsNext Kontron: new DIN Rail industrial computer series KBox A-15x “It’s really quite amazing to think about what the human can create isn’t it. It’s scary too – were humans ever meant to create some form of artificial intelligence that mimics what the human body itself can do? Are we trying to play God? I really do think polesmith0414 says: The potential applications around artificial intelligence (AI) continue to grow on a daily basis. As the power of different neural network (NN) architectures are tested, tuned and refined to tackle different problems, diverse methods of optimally analyzing data using AI are found. Much of today’s AI applications such as Google Translate and Amazon Alexa’s speech recognition and vision recognition systems leverage the power of the cloud. By relying upon always-on Internet connections, high bandwidth links and web services, the power of AI can be integrated into Internet of Things (IoT) products and smartphone apps. To date, most attention is focused on vision-based AI, partly because it is easy to visualize in news reports and videos, and partly because it is such a human-like activity.Sound and Vision Neural Network (Image: CEVA) For image recognition, a 2D image is analysed – a square group of pixels at a time – with successive layers of the NN recognizing ever larger features. At the beginning, edges of high difference in contrast will be detected. In a face, this will occur around features such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. As the detection process progresses deeper into the network, whole facial features are detected. In the final phase, the combination of features and their position will tend toward a specific face in the available dataset being identified as a likely match.Neural Network feature extraction (Image: CEVA) The hope is that the neural network will provide the highest probability of a match with the face in its database that matches that of the subject photographed or captured by a camera. The clever element here is that the subject may not have been captured at exactly the same angle or pose as the photograph in the database, nor under the same lighting conditions.AI has become so prevalent so quickly in a large part due to open software tools, known as frameworks, that make it easy to build and train an NN for a target application in a variety of programming languages. Two such common frameworks are TensorFlow and Caffe. Where the item to be recognized is already known, an NN can be defined and trained offline. Once trained, the NN can then be easily deployed to an embedded platform. This is a clever partitioning that allows the power of a development PC or the cloud train the NN, while the power-sensitive embedded processor is simply using the training data for the purposes of recognition.The human-like ability to recognize people and objects is closely linked with trendy applications, such as industrial robots and autonomous cars. However, AI is of equal interest and capability in the field of audio. In the same way that features can be analyzed in an image, audio can be broken down into features that can be fed into an NN. One method uses the Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficient (MFCC) to break audio down into usable features. Initially, the audio sample is broken down into short time frames, e.g. 20ms, and then, using Fourier transforms of the signal, powers of the audio spectrum are mapped onto a nonlinear scale using triangular overlapping windows.Sound Neural Network Breakdown (Image: CEVA) Log in to Reply “I was reading a little bit about some of these new t technologies and how many different sensors are being created in order for automation to happen. Obviously it’s quite clear that what we’re trying to do, is recreate some of the neuro-receptors that occ July 24, 2018 at 5:10 am March 26, 2019 at 3:11 am michaelmaloney says: “We are all aware of the fact that machines function according to what we program them to. If we are able to input complex codings into them, they would be able to see, hear and analyze. This is how complicated functioning works and we can decide according Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. 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Tourism industry leaders and the Nova Scotia government remain confident in the province’s tourism plan. “We have developed a solid business plan and marketing strategy in consultation with the tourism industry in Nova Scotia,” Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage said today, Aug. 4. “It is customer-focused, research-based and built to work over time.” Despite a soft start to the tourism season this year, Mr. MacDonald said the province’s tourism efforts will continue to support products that customers want and will respond to. Like many other areas of Canada, Nova Scotia is facing a number of tourism challenges this year, including poor weather, high gas prices, and the fact that many Americans are still not travelling outside of the United States. Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick are both reporting soft starts to the season. For Prince Edward Island, the first six months of this year were in line with last year’s difficult season. June and early July were a bit softer for New Brunswick. Nova Scotia had a strong tourism season in 2004, but experienced a five per cent drop in visitation from January through May this year. One of the factors was the cancellation of the Scotia Prince ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine. “We had some unique circumstances in the early part of the tourism season which we have been working with our industry partners to address,” said Mr. MacDonald. “In an effort to offset some of these challenges, we are taking steps to further strengthen our positioning in the market.” The province will roll out an enhanced mid-summer marketing campaign this month in Atlantic Canada, a market which represents more than half of all visitors to Nova Scotia, and launch an expanded late-summer campaign for the northeastern United States earlier than planned. “In Nova Scotia, the ability of industry and government to work together and respond quickly to factors impacting tourism is a valuable strength for the business of tourism,” said Nicolas Carson, general manager of the Prince George Hotel and chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, the provincial voice for the tourism industry. Charles Clerk, president of the Island Beach Company and chair of the Tourism Partnership Council, the industry-government partnership that plans Nova Scotia’s tourism marketing, research and product development, agrees. “Our relationship with government enables us to identify and provide timely input in response to visitation statistics,” said Mr. Clerk. “By working together, we have been able to further strengthen our tourism marketing efforts.” In addition to enhancing marketing efforts, Mr. MacDonald and two other cabinet ministers led a business and industry delegation to Portland, Maine, last week to promote the restoration of the ferry service to Yarmouth. Mr. MacDonald and senior department officials will also meet with the new president and chief executive officer of the Halifax International Airport Authority to discuss remaining runway construction work and ensure contingency plans are in place. “We are committed to working with our partners to continue attracting more visitors to the province and make sure their experience in Nova Scotia is the best it can possibly be,” said Mr. MacDonald. Tourism is a major economic engine in Nova Scotia, worth close to $1.3 billion in annual revenues and more than 33,000 direct and indirect jobs. This year’s $7.7-million tourism marketing campaign is the most extensive developed by Nova Scotia’s tourism industry.