Library brings ’em in, but what next?

first_imgThe magazine lists some of the movies and television series filmed in Simi Valley, including “Poltergeist,” “Men in Black,” “Gunsmoke” and “Little House on the Prairie.” And for people who want to see some of the more remote areas, there is an article on hiking in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains. “We’re very proud of it,” said Leigh Nixon, chamber president, who said the magazine was produced by Journal Communications Inc. and paid for through advertising revenues, some of which are coming back as extra income for the chamber. She said Images has been produced for other communities, but the Simi Valley edition is the first in California. There were 7,500 copies printed initially, which will be distributed free at local hotels, the Reagan Library, the Simi Valley Town Center and other locations. People can also see a version of the magazine online at SIMI VALLEY – With the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum luring visitors from across the nation, local Chamber of Commerce officials saw the need a few years ago to help tourists find their way around Simi Valley. And this week, those efforts were culminated with the release of the city’s first tourism magazine – “Images of Simi Valley, California” – featuring a photo of the Reagan Library’s Air Force One Pavilion on the cover. “There are more than 800 hotel rooms in Simi Valley that are full much of the time,” said Colleen Janssen, vice chairwoman for tourism and marketing on the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce board. “We realized that we are a vacation hub that is safe and friendly and offers access to many of the attractions in Southern California.” The magazine includes articles on the library; plays, concerts and other cultural events tourists can attend locally; a piece about Grandma Tressa Prisbrey’s Bottle Village; and an article about the Cajun Creole Music Festival on May 26-27, billed as the biggest Cajun festival west of the Mississippi. “People at the hotels told us that their guests were asking where to go and what to do, so we wanted to provide a guide for our visitors,” Nixon said. “The hotels have been waiting for this magazine to come out.” Janssen said that although the chamber wants to bring more tourists to Simi Valley, the tourists are already here. “We are trying to help show them things to do,” she said, noting that many people from out of town might not realize that the area includes the Brandeis-Bardin campus of American Jewish University, Strathearn Historical Park and highly rated golf courses. The chamber is distributing the magazine along with a list of events and activities for tourists in Simi Valley monthly. The activities include this month’s Blues Festival, the Cajun Festival, the Simi Valley Street Fair Expo and the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard. The list also includes activities outside of town that are close enough for Simi Valley tourists to enjoy, including whale watching off the Ventura County coast and the Antelope Valley poppy fields. Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller, who wrote a welcome note to visitors in the magazine, said Simi Valley has a colorful past, a safe environment and a variety of attractions visitors can enjoy. “I think the magazine will do much to help promote the image of the city and provide valuable information,” Miller said when the publication was released Wednesday. Randy Green, chairman of the Cajun Festival for the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, said the image of the Air Force One Pavilion was perfect for the cover. “The magazine is great,” he said. “It’s got everything from shopping to dining to history to the arts. Hopefully it’s going to draw people to live here in the community.” [email protected] (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Before the credit score became an industry standa

first_img“Before the credit score became an industry standard, the lending market was at the discretion of a loan officer who might make a decision based on how you were dressed or talked, their own biases, or on whether or not they were having a good day,” said Tigran Sloyan, CEO of CodeSignal. “A credit score made the lending process a lot more objective, and scalable using data. This is what CodeSignal is doing for technical recruiting – making the hiring process less subjective and enabling companies to hire technical talent based on data, and not gut intuition or unconscious biases.”The company says it uses a machine learning algorithm to assess coding scores and technical interview performance. In addition, how fast a user completes a task will be a factor in determining their score.Lastly, the rebranded company announced the redesign of its user profile so developers can highlight programming skills and share their link with potential employers. According to CodeSignal, developers can think of their new profiles as their new developer resumes. CodeFights is restructuring its focus under the new branding CodeSignal. The company said CodeSignal better reflects its efforts to hone in on technical skills and provide unbiased skills data to developers and recruiters.“Our goal is to ensure that we can provide a completely objective way of signaling your level of skill to those that matter,” the CodeSignal team wrote in a blog post.As part of its rebranding, CodeSignal is also launching a coding score designed to measure a developer’s implementation and problem-solving skills as well as predict how well they will do in a technical interview. The coding score requires users to solve at least three tasks, then scores them based on the difficulty of the task. Developers can also work to increase their coding score by attempting more tasks and practicing.last_img read more

ScienceShot New Tool Could Help Airline Pilots Spot Impending Collision

Is that nearby aircraft going to hit you? The answer isn’t as simple as it seems, especially for pilots of light aircraft, who—unlike commercial pilots—typically fly without assistance from air traffic control. Modern, GPS-based cockpit displays can show the location of nearby planes, but interpreting these can be challenging. When presented with two incoming aircraft, for example, pilots are susceptible to distance bias—the assumption that the nearest aircraft poses the highest risk of collision, even if the one farthest away is traveling faster and could intercept first. To address this, researchers set up modified GPS displays in an indoor flight simulator. This was manned by real-life pilots, who were tasked with selecting which of two incoming aircraft (or “intruders”) presented the greatest risk. For some of the flights, the displays were normal, whereas during others the intruder that would cross the simulated flight path first was highlighted in yellow or made to blink. The scientists then measured the pilots’ accuracy and response times in dealing with the threat. The visual cues in the modified displays made it easier for the pilots to identify the intruder that presented the greatest risk—with accuracy increasing from 88% to 96%, the researchers will report in the June issue of Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. Furthermore, in the cases where the more distant aircraft posed the higher risk, reaction times were cut almost in half, falling from 7.2 seconds to 3.7 seconds in the displays where the priority intruder blinked. The researchers hope that the concept might be taken up by the aircraft industry, where it could save lives. read more