first_imgThe ATA would like to congratulate the following players who have been selected to represent Australia in the Youth World Cup 20 Years Mens, Womens and Mixed sides. The players listed below are those who have accepted their position in the respective teams. The Youth World Cup is being held at Kawana, on the Sunshine Coast, from January 19-23 2005. MENS 20’S: Jai Ayoub- NSW Andrew Baggio- NSW Matt Bird- NSW James Harrington- Qld Tory Hipperson- Qld Mark Kovacic- NSW Troy Malcolm- NSW Jay Miller- NSW Justin Mitchell- Qld Chris Rawlinson- NSW Sebe Rey- Qld Mitch Tope- NSW Clint Withers- Qld Mens 20 years coach: Sam Ayoub Mens 20 years Assistant Coach: Michael Lovett Mens 20 years Manager: Gary Rose WOMENS 20’S: Kate Basely- NSW Nicole Beck- NSW Kristin Boss- NSW Natalie Giles- NSW Jess Howe- NSW Melinda Ingram- ACT Kirstie Jenkins- NSW Laura Marvin- NSW Mel McCall- NSW Kelly McGennity- Qld Nicole McHugh- NSW Rachel Reid- Qld Claire Winchester- NSW Roxy Winder- Qld Womens 20 years Coach: Kathy O’Brien Womens 20 years Assistant Coach: Jackie Patrick Womens 20 years Manager: Sue Salter MIXED 20’S: Tegan Considine- NSW Jarah Jennings- Qld Lehetta Lane- NSW Tara Mako- Qld Lauren McDonald- Qld Katie Shaw- Qld Matthew Baker- Qld Daniel Brown- NSW Scott Buckley- NSW David Denning- Qld Nathan Harrison- Qld Mark Holloway- Tas Matt McDonald- Qld Shannon Miller- NSW Mixed 20 years Coach: John Singh Mixed 20 years Assistant Coach: Karley Banks Mixed 20 years Manager: Frank Curranlast_img read more

Health Literacy Funding for Nova Scotia Seniors

first_imgSeniors in Nova Scotia will have more opportunities to gain health literacy skills and raise self confidence through community-based literacy programs funded by the Seniors’ Secretariat and the Department of Education. The Seniors’ Literacy and Learning Grants Committee has awarded $20,000 to community-based literacy programs for seniors. Six community groups throughout the province will continue to work with seniors to promote literacy. “Health literacy affects everyone, especially seniors, who represent a growing group in the province,” said Minister of Seniors Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Taking action on seniors literacy is yet another government initiative supporting the Strategy for Positive Aging in Nova Scotia.” The groups will use a guide, A Health Literacy Manual for Older Adults, developed by the Seniors’ Secretariat. Health literacy is critical for maintaining a healthy lifestyle by being able to understand things like food labels, medical instructions, the importance of fitness, routine medical examinations, and proper dental care. “These programs will not only help improve the health literacy skills of seniors, but will also increase their self confidence in maintaining their health, and improve their communication with health providers,” said Marguerite McMillan, literacy co-ordinator with the Seniors’ Secretariat. The program offers practical lessons for seniors that help with needs such as talking to a doctor or understanding nutrition labels. Some groups bring in guest speakers, such as pharmacists, fitness instructors, or nutritionists, to assist with programs. Program funding will be distributed in this month and the programs are expected to run nine to 12 weeks. Funding recipients are: Antigonish Adult Learning Association/St. Andrews Oak and Owl Seniors Club Dartmouth Literacy Network/Lake Loon Cherry Brook Senior Citizens Group Preston Area Learning Skills Society/East Preston Seniors’ Group Guysborough Adult Learning Association/Seniors Along the Bay (Larry’s River) Guysborough Adult Learning Association/Shamrock Seniors Club (Canso) Valley Community Learning Association/Grandmothers’ International Storytelling Grouplast_img read more

HIDCO to run air conditioners using solar power at Nazrul Tirtha

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will soon run air conditioning machines on solar power in a portion of Nazrul Tirtha.Some of the ACs installed in the west wing of the second and third floor of the auditorium will be run using solar energy. The solar installation will be put up by Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation Co (KRT) that has recently been instrumental in setting up a solar-powered temperature-controlled warehouse at Tapasi Malik Krishak Bazaar in Singur. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn January 21, state Information Technology and Electronics minister Amit Mitra had inaugurated the facility. “We have already handed over the autoCAD drawings of the floor areas. Information on the existing central AC modules, their times of operation, roof space and balcony space available for installing the solar panels were discussed so create the designs,” a senior official of Hidco said. Keiichi Higuchi, president of Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation Co, and other officials inspected of a portion of Nazrul Tirtha and then recently held a meeting with senior Hidco officials. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Maintenance-free conventional batteries with periodic recycling would be provided. The idea is to move huge AC power requirement in the city space to renewable energy sources so as to move towards a greener earth. A project report would be prepared within a month,” the official said. It may be mentioned that Hidco chairman Debashis Sen had paid a visit to the warehouse in Singur developed by KRT in February and was impressed with its infrastructure. There are two rooms for keeping fruits and vegetables fresh and the temperature inside the two rooms hover around 19 degree Celsius, with wall-mounted digital thermometers registering the temperature. No electric power from the grid is being used. Interestingly, the facilities put up at the warehouse also include a magnetic rat-trap to ensure that rodents do not feast on the fruits and vegetables stored in the warehouse, where they remain fresh for six to seven days. The KRT facility at Singur is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency. If the proposed solar model at Nazrul Tirtha works well the state Information Technology and Electronics department may use this model to run the air-conditioning system of some community halls and offices maintained by the state government in New Town.last_img read more

Moroccan Policeman Beats Humorist Amine Radi in Casablanca

Rabat – Moroccan YouTube celebrity Amine Radi has some harsh words about a Moroccan policeman’s behavior, with the YouTuber recording a Facebook Live in a Casablanca street to decry the brutality he was subjected to.The Paris-based comedian, who rose to fame for his satirical videos on traditions and daily life in Moroccan and Maghrebi families, recently traveled to Casablanca for a show.However, from his Facebook Live, the Moroccan YouTuber’s Casablanca experience has had some chilling moments. The Facebook Live scene shows Amine Radi complaining about police violence after an encounter with a policeman who apparently beat him up. “We are in 2019 in Morocco and a policeman beats me up in traffic,” Amine Radi asks multiples times in the video. But the question is more an expression of surprise and frustration.The video footage does not show what could have caused the incident.Radi’s voice is coarse and high. Even as he tries to remain relax, the Moroccan is visibly shell-shocked. He does not seem to understand “why on earth” a policeman would beat him up in “heavy traffic” and in broad daylight for no obvious reasons other than he actually can do without fear of retribution.As Radi complained, the policeman assaulted him on camera for wanting to show his face. Showing an officer’s face in a video is illegal in Morocco.At one point in the video, however, one policeman is heard apologizing to Raidi.But the YouTuber tells him off. “I am sorry brother. I’m in the middle of a Live,” Radi tells the now insistently apologetic officer.To his thousands of followers, Radi gives a pessimistic, nearly cynical, appreciation of public behavior in Morocco. “Really, this 2019 and they still behave like this here,” Radi fumed. “I have never seen something like this before.”In reaction to Raidi’s harsh criticism, the Casablanca police opened investigations in the Raidi case to shed light on the accusations of “a citizen who is claiming to have been verbally and physically harassed.”The police department of Casablanca opened a judicial investigation under the supervision of the competent prosecutor’s office on Saturday afternoon to clarify the charges against a traffic police officer, supported by a video broadcast live on the social network Facebook, showing “a person who claims to have been physically and verbally assaulted by the police officer,” General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a communiqué.In addition to the judicial investigation, the DGSN launched a parallel administrative investigation to “determine the professional misconduct attributed to the police officer.” read more

Security Council takes steps to shore up arms embargo against Somalia

Seeking to shore up the international arms embargo against Somalia, the Security Council today requested a report on the establishment of a panel of experts to improve enforcement of the sanctions against the country.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to name two specialists to prepare the report – due in 30 days – which should include “an action plan detailing the resources and expertise that the Panel of Experts will require to be able to generate independent information on violations and for improving the enforcement of the weapon and military equipment embargo.”The Panel would be charged with pursing “any sources that might reveal information related to violations, including relevant States, intergovernmental organizations and international law enforcement cooperation bodies, non-governmental organizations, financial institutions and intermediaries, other brokering agencies, civil aviation companies and authorities, members of the Transitional National Government, local authorities, political and traditional leaders, civil society and the business community.” The resolution also called on all States, as well as the Transitional National Government and local authorities in Somalia, to cooperate fully with the Chairman of the Security Council sanctions committee and the team of experts. All other individuals and entities contacted by the Chairman or the team were urged to cooperate fully as well.The Council requested Mr. Annan to “enhance the administrative and judicial capacities throughout Somalia to contribute to the monitoring and enforcement of the arms embargo.” All aid agencies working in Somalia were invited to reinforce this objective in a coordinated manner.States were asked to report to the sanctions committee within 60 days on measures they have in place to ensure the full and effective implementation of the arms embargo, according to the resolution. All States, particularly those in the region, were called on to provide the committee with information on violations. read more

UN experts find broad Rwandan involvement in eastern DR of Congo conflict

In a report to the UN Security Council released today, the Group of Experts says shortly after the early June confrontation in the DRC town of Bukavu between the national Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) and the troops of dissident Col. Jules Mutebutsi, “the Group travelled in two teams at different times to the Rwandan border area of Cyangugu and directly witnessed and documented Rwanda’s non-compliance with the sanctions regime.”UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told journalists that the Rwandan government had rejected the report and a way of discussing it with President Paul Kagame had to be found.”For the time being, we haven’t had an opportunity to do that,” he said. “I hope that a detailed response will be forthcoming in writing so we can study exactly what happened.”The four-member Group also calls on Uganda to “consider investigating localized complicity or involvement of Ugandan authorities and agents in certain border areas and restrict the provision of armed escorts, official transportation and other advantages to Ituri armed group leaders, except in the framework of international peace negotiations.”It acknowledges that a major problem facing the arms embargo regime is that the weak border controls of the nine countries neighbouring the DRC “allow for readily available weapons to flow into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where they are recycled.”Next week, the Security Council will discuss the renewal of the mandate of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), which expires at the end of this month.Members of the Rwandan military had forced more than two dozen young men in Rwanda’s Cyangugu camp, run by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to join Colonel Mutebutsi’s troops, but, under pressure from the men’s families and the refugee agency, had returned them to the camp, the Group says.The whereabouts of other young men rounded up in and around the Cyangugu market is not known, according to the report.Still other young men testified that Rwandan officials had offered them the equivalent of $100 or mobile phones to join Colonel Mutebutsi’s forces in Kamanyola, DRC, the Group’s report says.“It may be recalled that from approximately 2 to 9 June, Mutebutsi’s and [Gen. Laurent] Nkunda’s forces systematically looted areas of Bukavu, including $1 million to $3 million from the Central Bank, giving them ample cash for further recruitment, as well as for the payment and supply of troops.”The Rwandan Government said when Colonel Mutebutsi fled to Rwanda from Kamanyola, it disarmed his troops. The Group of Experts, however, “was denied permission by the Rwandan regional commander to view Mutebutsi’s weapons,” though “it is highly likely that [his heavy weaponry] is in storage in Rwanda.”Young Rwandan men who had been through the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement process in the DRC testified that after they were repatriated they were sent back to the DRC “with the complicity of Rwandan immigration officers,” to join the Rassemblement congolais pour la démocratie (RCD) of dissident General Nkunda.In Gihembe camp in Byumba, Rwanda, in the months before the looting of Bukavu, “in the presence of Rwandan officials, Nkunda personally requested that refugees enrol and conveyed to them that the time had come to continue warfare inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo against the Kinshasa Government,” the experts say.Among its many recommendations to the Security Council, the Group calls for tightening border security by creating a joint verification mechanism, which would include representatives of the African Union (AU), MONUC and other parties.To improve MONUC’s capacity to monitor and interdict, the mission needs additional surveillance training, “a more robust deployment” at airports and border flashpoints,” as well as “lake patrol and air surveillance capabilities, including appropriate nocturnal, satellite, radar and photographic assets,” the Group says. read more

Brock sociology professor receives grant for online privacy research

A Brock University professor has received a grant to examine the online privacy risks facing Canadians.Department of Sociology adjunct professor Natasha Tusikov will research what companies do with personal information collected online.The controversy of Edward Snowden leaking highly classified files stirred up great public concern over government surveillance programs on the Internet. It shed light on how large Internet firms were facilitating government surveillance by providing their users’ personal data to the U.S. National Security Agency.Tusikov offers a different perspective in looking at privacy on the Internet by examining the regulations and policies involved with these Internet firms and the sharing of Canadians’ personal data with third parties.Tusikov recently received a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to examine the risks on Canadians’ privacy from Internet firms and the non-legally binding policies undertaken by these companies and online payment providers.Her project, “Effects of Informal Online Regulatory Regimes on Privacy,” will explore what personal data from Canadians that Internet firms such as Google, Twitter, Yahoo and Microsoft share with third parties, as well as the informal regulatory agreements that govern the sharing of information.“Canadians may reasonably assume that many of the U.S.-based Internet firms operating in Canada are working in accordance with Canadian law. The problem, however, is that non-binding regulation occurs outside these laws,” Tusikov says.She warns people need to question who makes and enforces the rules on the Internet.“What rules guide how companies collect, store, and use our personal data online? This is especially relevant when we have non-Canadian Internet companies operating in Canada. Whose rules do these companies follow?”Tusikov will be carrying out interviews with Internet companies, privacy advocates (the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Future of Privacy Forum among others), and civil-society organizations in Washington, Toronto and Ottawa during September and October.The outcome of this project will be an in-depth public research report with the ultimate goal of raising public awareness on where Canadians’ personal information goes and what it’s used for online. She will be presenting her findings at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Toronto.Her upcoming book, Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation on the Internet (University of California Press), further examines Internet regulation and online privacy concerns and will be released in November. read more

Behind the scenes of the Brock LINC project

For one of the most high-profile facelifts in Brock University’s history, the Brock LINC project is surprisingly difficult to see.Unlike the Goodman School of Business expansion, which is taking place in full view of the Brock community, much of the Brock LINC project is happening under the cover of protective hoarding and fencing.But behind those walls, contractors are hard at work transforming the space in front of Schmon Tower into a welcoming front door to the University.On Friday, July 14, The Brock News got a behind-the-scenes tour of the construction site with Project Manager Scott Roper.“The project will improve on a familiar and oft-travelled space which happens to be the centre of campus circulation and its historical physical brand, the Tower,” said Roper. “The Tower and its courtyard have been showing their age while retaining their position as the centre of gravity of the campus. This architectural centre will be preserved and enhanced by the new building. Elements of its identity will not be lost in the new structure.”With the podium staircase, overhead concrete canopy and its pillars now removed, piers were poured last week which will support the new structure’s roof beams. In the middle of those beams will be a massive 25 metre by 12 metre skylight that will illuminate the new atrium and give those inside a view of Schmon Tower above them.Inside the atrium, the massive columns of the Tower, and the supporting columns for the podium will become part of the new structure’s design, which includes a new second storey collaborative learning and innovation space.“These exterior landmarks will be recontextualized as interior forms,” Roper said. “Instead of waiting under the podium bridge for a bus, we will pass through it, walking up the stairs to the new floor. Similarly, we could find ourselves sitting under it in a learning environment.”“This building, along with the existing axis south to the willow circle which it embraces, will demonstrate memory of the institution’s history and be part of a new entrance sequence befitting the centre of a vital university,” said Roper.See below for a video and photo gallery from the tour: read more

Indias Global Mining Summit in Kolkata

first_imgLast week’s conference and the accompanying exhibition in Kolkata were summed up at the end of the conference by Rajive Kaul, Past President and Chairman CII Trade Fair Council, who said, “With nine sessions, 50 speakers, 400 delegates, 218 exhibitors, a elaborate buyer-seller meet between mining companies and equipment manufacturers and 4,000 visitors in the first two days, the event has been received with overwhelming response.” At the closing conference session, S. Narsingh Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, Coal India Ltd said that “Logistics is posing a major constraint for coal production as far as rail connectivity is concerned.” He added that the high freight cost has a significant impact on production. A dedicated freight corridor is required for the transport of coal.There is a huge deficit in coal production presently in the country which cannot be achieved by import alone. “Land acquisition, rehabilitation and environmental sustainability are some of the concern areas that need to be addressed.” said Rao. With a target of production of 680 Mt of coal in the 11th five year plan, 540 Mt has been achieved which leaves with a huge deficit to be bridged. In a country where coal dominates energy generation, focus must be given to increase the per capita power consumption.Rao felt that that it is time for India to create a new roadmap and expressed the need for a revolution in the coal sector like the digital revolution in India, to ramp up coal production.Dean R. Thompson, Consul General, Consulate General of the United States of America, Kolkata, said “Technology is a key component to India’s ambitious growth plans in the mining sector. India has the potential to draw an investment of about $30-40 billion in the next decade. ”V. K. Arora, Chairman, CII Mining and Construction Equipment Division said that the “Summit laid out the policy and regulatory imperatives to boost investment into the mining sector, improve and harness new technology and the processes and practices required to make India a global leader in mining.”He noted certain vital action points that need to be followed including areas like technology development, safety concerns of workers, and development of supporting infrastructure. He hoped that once the MMDR Bill gets properly implemented it will promote new investments in exploration and increase the availability of minerals.Sudhir L Deoras, Deputy Chairman, CII Eastern Region said the summit “had helped to evolve a roadmap for the mining sector in India” He stated that it could help create as many as 13-15 million new jobs and in terms of tax revenues and other revenues to the government, there is potential for as much as $50-70 billion worth of contribution.Madan Mohanka, Past Chairman, Mining Construction Equipment Division said that “India is aiming to move the mining sector’s share in GDP to 8%. The mineral sector contributes significantly to a country’s economic growth and this presents ample opportunities to foreign players.” He said that the mining industry is looking forward to increased investment from both domestic industries as also from foreign partners to unleash the potential.last_img read more

Some older people are being forced to choose between food fuel and

first_imgAGE ACTION SAYS older people are experiencing ‘misery and hardship’ and that the Government needs to do something about it.The group says that in recent budgets it has steered away from asking for increased funding but that older people are now struggling.It says older people are being forced to make “unacceptable” choices in the face of austerity and it’s urging the Government to provide increased social welfare payments.Age Action spokesperson Eamon Timmins said, “we have heard personal accounts of people remaining in bed for pro-longed periods because they could not afford to heat their homes to a safe level. Timmins said, “on the one hand, older people have been hit by a series of cuts in recent budgets and increased charges in recent years, ranging from the abolition of the telephone allowance, and cuts to fuel supports.”On the other hand, they have faced a five-fold increase in prescription charges, the loss of Medical Cards as income limits have come down, soaring prices and a range of new taxes and charges, all of which must be paid from their fixed incomes.The older people’s charity are also seeking clarity from Minister Joan Burton on the purpose of a review into the travel pass scheme for older people.Timmins said, “the travel pass is a vital support for older people, enabling them to live with dignity and independence in their own homes.”Read: ‘It’s not on the agenda’: The government won’t be getting rid of the Free Travel Scheme>Read: The income gap between older people is widening> And people being forced to choose between food, fuel and medication because they could not afford all three.“Knowing what we know, it would be morally wrong of us not to demand increases in key support payments. The choices some older people are being forced to make are totally unacceptable.”The older people’s charity says that certain increased supports are needed, such as:a €5 a week increase in the State Pension (which has been frozen since January, 2009)the restoration of the Christmas bonus (abolished in 2009)a €3.80 per week rise in the Living Alone Allowance (which has not increased since 1996)a reversal in the fuel payment cuts and changes made in recent budgets.last_img read more

Reality check Androids leadership shuffle does not mean Chrome OS and Android

first_imgAs Andy Rubin, the father of Android, steps down to pursue other Google-based projects, and Chrome lead Sundar Pichai will step up to handle his existing workload as well as instructions to “double down” on Android. It’s pretty natural to assume that there will be some cross communication between Android and Chrome, but how far will that really go?Imagine the world that we would live in if Android and Chrome OS played together. Android apps running in Chrome tabs, background updates for Android that happen without interrupting the user, and everything in the cloud. There’s plenty of reasons to want this merger to happen, and there’s more than enough talent at Google to make it happen. The line between these platforms has always seemed pretty thin anyway, especially since they are both made by Google. If you take a step back and look at the two platforms from the ground up, however, you’ll see that there’s more than a few necessary differences.Android grew in popularity by being something open source that any company could pick up and make their own. The Android platform focused on easy sharing and enabling location-aware devices that made your mobile tasks easier. The specific focus there was enabling the user to be able to do more on these tiny pocket computers. Along the way, this design has changed shape a bit, but the overall focus hasn’t changed.This is wildly different from Chrome OS, which aims to remove as many layers as possible between you and the web. Hassles like file systems, apps, and having to be concerned about the way your computer is behaving are seen as distractions. Chrome OS isn’t about being more productive with a more powerful machine, it’s about being more productive by removing distractions.In order to see a real merger here, Pichai would have to embark on the same journey he did with Chrome. The browser needs to be something that requires no thought from the user, and in many ways that is exactly what Chrome is. If you apply that same logic to Android you would be looking at an OS where version number is irrelevant. Everything is always up to date, and the hardware is never something you have to think about because it is always something that “just works”. Android is pretty far from that luxury right now, especially since they are part of an aggressive ecosystem whose primary focus right now is delivering the best features.The question isn’t whether or not Pichai can deliver bits from one experience and port it to another. If Google wanted Android apps to run in their browser, it would have happened already. The real magic trick here would be for Android to look at an end game of no longer behaving like an operating system, and instead behaving like a user experience.last_img read more

Lorigine de léruption solaire de février enfin dévoilée

first_imgL’origine de l’éruption solaire de février enfin dévoiléeL’analyse des images enregistrées par l’Observatoire Solar Dynamics (SDO), révèle que l’immense éruption solaire déclenchée en février serait due à la rotation simultanée de cinq taches à la surface du soleil.Les scientifiques ont levé le voile sur le mystère de l’étonnante éruption solaire observée le 24 février à travers des images capturées par le SDO. En analysant les clichés, les astronomes ont mis en évidence cinq taches solaires. Ces zones particulièrement actives résultent de la distorsion d’un champ magnétique causée par la rotation du Soleil sur lui même. Lorsque cette distorsion atteint le point de rupture, une grande quantité d’énergie est libérée sous forme de chaleur et de lumière. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe 24 février, les cinq taches tournaient simultanément à la surface du soleil. Les images rapportées par le SDO révèlent un axe de rotation évalué à 130 degrés. Selon les chercheurs, ce phénomène aurait provoqué le rejet d’énormes quantités d’énergie dans le champ magnétique de l’atmosphère solaire. Une réaction à l’origine de l’impressionnante éruption. Daniel Brown, astronome à l’Université de Central Lancashire, rapporte les résultats de l’étude faite sur les causes de cette éruption : “Avec cinq taches solaires simultanément en rotation, ils est possible de dégager assez d’énergie dans le champ magnétique atmosphérique pour produire la plus grande éruption solaire des cinq dernières années”.Ces éruptions solaires sont à la base du rejet de milliards de tonnes de particules chargées électriquement qui provoquent généralement des interférences électromagnétiques perturbant les satellites. Toutefois, en dépit de sa grande taille, l’éruption solaire de février n’aura eu aucun effet sur les réseaux de télécommunication.Un film de cette éruption solaire qui a duré 90 minutes, a été reconstitué grâce aux images du SDO, prises toutes les 24 secondes.Découvrez l’éruption solaire du 24 février en vidéo sur Maxisciences : Le 21 avril 2011 à 11:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Police Manpower Audit coming says Dames

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14, 2017 – Nassau – No more blame game when it comes to curtailing crime says the new Minister for National Security, Marvin Dames as he introduced the idea of civilians taking on jobs within the Police Force. A   week ago today, the Minister Dames met with the Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade in a session designed to hear of the short term strategies of the Police.  Minister Dames said he needed to hear from the lead Police officers, their plan for the abatement of crime.   The meeting unveiled what the nation is already seeing evidence of,  “a strategy-driven patrol initiative, where it will utilize existing and new technology to identify crime trends and shifting patterns on a sustained basis to direct its patrols.”   However, if this initiative falls short of its targets, Dames said other ideas will move in and one coming and certain move is a manpower audit.  “Our government has indicated that it will undertake a comprehensive manpower audit to determine the most effective establishment of the Royal Bahamas Police Force,” he said.  The Minister admitted that it is unclear what the Police Force needs to be fully outfitted with the team required but was more confident in his House of Assembly budget contribution when he said, “If we are going to deliver professional and uninterrupted policing services throughout our nation, we must first determine 1) whether we have the adequate numbers of officers to provide the service to our customers; and 2) if yes, then where are they and are they being utilized to perform the tasks that they have been mandated to perform.”  This consideration by the FNM Administration may mean more civilians working for the Force in areas where trained Police agents are not needed. #MagneticMediaNews#policemanpowerauditcoming Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #policemanpowerauditcoming Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Apple Unveils Three New iPhones But The Watch Sends Shares Up

first_imgJosh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesApple executive Philip Schiller presents a wireless charging system, displayed with the new iPhone X and Apple Watch alongside cordless headphones called AirPods.Early leaks of new designs had stirred anticipation for Apple’s new smartphone — and on Tuesday Apple delivered on all the predictions with a $699 iPhone 8 and a $999 special-edition iPhone X (as in “ten”). The 10th-anniversary iPhone is the biggest redesign in years, with an all-screen front that eliminates the home button and can use facial recognition to unlock the display.But it was the new Apple Watch that got Wall Street — and many tech observers — excited on launch day.Apple has yet to release any actual sales numbers for the Watch. But CEO Tim Cook claims that the Apple Watch has now become “the number one” watch in the world — beating even the traditional watch makers like Rolex.And the new series of the Apple Watch is getting a major upgrade: it can operate without an iPhone at all. The $399 version can connect to the cellular network directly, independent of the phone or Wi-Fi availability. That means a user would be able to leave the iPhone behind and still answer phone calls, check email or stream music. Share Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesApple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams describes the new version of the Apple Watchat Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.Where in the past Apple heavily touted its smartwatch as a gadget for the fitness-minded, Tuesday’s presentation made an additional pitch for more broad uses, like errands or general health monitoring. Apple said it’s working with medical researchers to test whether the watch can detect heart problems.Apple shares rose 1 percent when the new watch was revealed, later erasing the gains as the product launch continued, introducing the new 4K Apple TV and the new iPhones — and confirmed all the earlier leaks.The new-generation iPhone was pitched as the new step in the evolution of the smartphone. “No other device in our lifetimes has had the impact on the world that the iPhone has,” Cook said, noting this year’s anniversary of the 2007 launch of the original iPhone.Apple analysts touted the new iPhones’ impressive photo cameras and leaps in adapting to the display of augmented reality — digital images imposed over visuals of the real world.In some ways, Apple is also catching up to competition — it’s finally adopting wireless charging for its devices and, on the iPhone X, ditching the staple home button in favor of a sleek screen that covers the full front. Apple is also switching the display to a brighter, sharper one called OLED — ironically, manufactured and propagated by Apple’s most bitter rival Samsung.Apple is also not the first company to use facial recognition — some Windows laptops have a similar feature, for example. But Apple, with its massive devoted fanbase, adds a new level of mainstream appeal. Marcio Jose Sanchez/APApple’s Schiller presents the iPhone’s new facial-recognition feature called Face ID.The 3-D face-scanning capability, which Apple calls Face ID, will replace the fingerprint scanner that used to live in the iPhone home button.“Face ID learns your face. It learns who you are,” said Apple executive Philip Schiller, describing how the camera will be able to tell whether the user has grown a beard, started wearing glasses or put on a hat. He also said Apple engineers worked to make sure that Face ID could not be tricked by a photograph or even a mask that looks like the user, and would only unlock the phone when the user looks directly at it, eyes open.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Documentary Uncovers Student Challenges During DCs Crack Epidemic

first_imgA scene from the documentary showing two of the 67 seventh graders in the “I Have a Dream” program at Kramer Middle School.Washington, D.C. has been known over the years by several monikers, “Our Nation’s Capital,” “Chocolate City,” and for an unfortunate period of time, America’s “Murder Capital.” It was during the latter, at the height of a seemingly unending crack epidemic that an entire generation of children – primarily in the city’s Southeast quadrant – faced the debilitating effects of the epidemic’s addiction and violence. Kramer Middle School, sadly, sat in its center.Among Kramer’s students, 67 seventh graders were promised college scholarships by area businessman Stewart Bainum through the I Have a Dream program, a national movement to provide kids in underserved communities the opportunity to attend college. The documentary, “Southeast 67,” examines twelve of those students’ struggles to balance the dream of college with daily survival in a community that often mirrored a war zone. Now 20 years later, some members of the 67 attended a documentary screening about their struggles on April 29 held at Kramer Middle School.Martece (Gooden) Yates came from a professional home with middle-class standards. But between her seventh and ninth grade years, Yates’ mother became a casual user of cocaine, and eventually an addict to crack.“I didn’t want people to know that my mother was a crackhead,” Yates told the AFRO. “My world just fell apart. I went from being this kid who had this huge support group and everything, to, ‘Oh, my gosh, what is going on here? I mean, I would come home and the phone would be cut off. Or to just wonder, you know, ‘Where’s the car?’”Yates’ story was an all-too familiar lament among young people coming of age between 1988 and 1994 in D.C. And while countless stories have recounted the destruction of the crack epidemic, none have analyzed the impact it had on its youngest, most vulnerable survivors. For Dominick Washington, who attended the Kramer screening, the beauty of “Southeast 67” was witnessing the resilience of the young people.“In the middle of scenes with police breaking down doors, parents unable to kick addictions, and their friends being killed in the streets, these 12 and 13-year-olds were expected to go to school, perform well academically, and somehow ignore all of the trauma going on around them,” Washington told the AFRO. “The documentary is mind-boggling… it brings tears to your eyes, because so many of us had no compassion for them and we could not have survived it.”A few of the Southeast 67 students returned for the screening, not having been back to the school or seen each other in years. It proved an emotional experience for them, as well as two of their instructors, Phyllis Rumbarger and Steve Bumbaugh, who also attended the screening.Bumbaugh, a Black man, who entered Kramer bright-eyed and unknowing as the Dreamer’s project coordinator, understood the textbook methodology of dealing with at-risk youth; he was covered in blood his first day of school, before the first-bell rang.“A typical I Have a Dream program would hire one project coordinator, whose job was to inspire 70 kids growing up in the middle of the drug wars in the toughest neighborhoods in the United States,” Bumbaugh, who was only 23 at the time, told the audience. “That was wellintentioned at the time, but it doesn’t work. My first day of school, my pressed white shirt was covered in some kid’s blood from breaking up a fight. The kids were looking at me like my first day would definitely be my last.”Bumbaugh stayed. And alongside Rumbarger, an unassuming White woman, the Southeast 67 began to experience life along the parameters of the all-American lifestyle and utter chaos.“Part of the issue, which was really a shock to me, because I had never worked in that kind of a neighborhood before, was, why, at the age of 12 or 13, should you have a dream that you can go to college, when, in another half of your brain, you don’t really expect to live past 16? And that’s real,” Rumbarger said. “That’s because their cousin has died. Their sister has died. And some schools were violent. And so, you’re not safe. And it’s not the culture to stay in school. So, that was one of the hardest things. And almost everything ties to that.”“Southeast 67” has garnered several honors including The Rosebud Film & Video Festival 2016, and the San Diego Black Film Festival awards.last_img read more

A Quick Checklist for Building SaaS Businesses

first_img Consumers worldwide are enjoying the instant accessibility of cloud computing as well as the easy upgrades, improved mobility and low costs. Yet, as this growing business model booms, so does the competition. Trendsetters like Google, Oracle and Amazon are setting standards for experience and design, while disruptive innovators are growing quickly.Related: What Makes SaaS the Go-to Option to Build a Digital Ecosystem?And all have never had it so easy when it comes to scaling and shaking up the market.If you’re one of the many budding entrepreneurs looking to dive into the competitive SaaS market, I have put together a checklist to keep your business on track and make sure you avoid some of the common pitfalls:1. Have you educated yourself and created a lean plan?The real benefit of the tech market is its flexibility. You often won’t need a large team or even permanent office space to get started. So strip your business down to its essentials, and try to wear as few hats as possible. If you create a lean plan and spend time focusing on what truly matters to your business, you will improve your chances of success.  There are plenty of books available which discuss how to create lean startup plans. I recommend The Lean Startup by Eric Ries as a good jumping-off point.2. Are you focused on your MVP?Most SaaS businesses stem from a core idea, which can then snowball into a more complex product. Identifying this core function and developing it to the fullest is a better strategy than trying to build  a more complex product which solves a host of problems. The initial customers you acquire can give you a great motivational push to keep your business growing. Once you have some feedback from your early users, you will be in a better position to develop your business in new directions and to prioritize any upcoming features.  3. Are you gathering quantitative feedback?Once you have created a prototype product or launched a beta version of the product, getting quality feedback is crucial. If you plan on creating surveys, ask respondents to quantify their answers by using questions such as: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how easy is our app to use?” The benefit of quantification is the ability to measure the progress of your business as you gather responses over time.Related: How to Determine Your SaaS Business’ Cost of AcquisitionOne year down the line you might be getting 8’s rather than 5’s, and this data can be more easily visualized. Arming yourself with visual evidence of your business’s progress will be useful for enticing investment and improving company morale.  4. Have you put design first?User experience (UX) is one of the most important aspects of the digital world. An appealing, easy-to-use interface can be the difference between securing and losing a customer. Good designers are not cheap to hire, but as Neil Patel explains, they are worth every penny. Investing in strong design will pay for itself in the long run by helping to better define your brand while avoiding the kind of user experience that causes customer churn.Whether they come from Dribbble or UpWork, or from word of mouth, designers aren’t hard to find. Just be sure to check their references before making a hire.5. Have you hired the right developer?Translating your idea into code is perhaps the greatest challenge of building a SaaS business from scratch, and it all depends on finding the right developer. There are many questions to consider, and you can see a rundown of some of them here. In short, you need to determine when you need your developer to start work; when he is expected to deliver results; what coding language he is to work with; whether the SaaS product will be highly specialized; what your budget is; and whether your developer should have other skills, such as an eye for design.Remember to check your developer’s references to make sure he or she can produce well-written code. I have seen several businesses receive reduced valuations due to messy, undocumented code.6. Are you spending half your time on marketing?Creating a SaaS product can be hard, but most successful founders I know have one thing in common: They are also effective marketers. One doesn’t need to be a marketing professional to come up with a plausible marketing strategy. As discussed by, a solid content-marketing strategy can be the best way to market a startup without breaking the bank. By thinking about your buyer personas, and creating “content clusters,” where a core piece of content links out to a set of related articles, you will put yourself in a good position to reap the SEO benefits.7. Are you moving quickly?One of the advantages of being in a lean SaaS startup is you can move quickly.Once you’ve launched your app or site, receiving feedback and quickly implementing changes will help you retain those early customers. By building a personal relationship with your first customers, and showing the speed with which updates can be iterated, you will lower churn rates and build an early adopter network. There are also dozens of analytics products available to help monitor your traffic and subscriptions, and you should be aware of the metrics it’s important to track on a daily basis.  By looking out for issues with non-converting traffic, and by quickly responding to customer service tickets, you will develop your product quickly, with clear guidance from the people that matter.Final thoughtsThe real benefit of this growing SaaS market is that it is so accessible. None of the above tips are tricky to implement, but together they can help build a SaaS business with staying power that stands above the competition.Related: 5 Growth-Hacking Secrets for Your SaaS BusinessSo, make sure you educate yourself before putting pen to paper, and focus your development team on clean design. With some effective marketing and an easy-to-use product, you will give your core business idea the best chances of survival.   Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free July 1, 2019 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Can a Brain Scan Early in Stress Predict Eventual Memory Loss

first_img News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Brain scans early in stress show hippocampal volume shrinkage, a physical change in the brain which can predict eventual memory loss. Image courtesy of NCBS.Work pressures, money issues, exams, perhaps an illness in the family — these are common strains in every person’s life. But when such daily battles are fought over long periods of time, we become subject to chronic stress.This chronic stress could be affecting a part of our brain known as the hippocampus — the seat of factual and declarative memory. The hippocampus is a pair of curved structures at the base of our brains and encodes memories of facts and events, such as names, phone numbers, dates and daily events that we need to run our lives.New research now shows that even a brief period of stress can cause the hippocampus to start shrinking. This shrinking of the hippocampus — a change in the brain’s structure — actually precedes the onset of a change in behavior, namely, the loss of memory. “Until now, no one actually knew the evolution of these changes. Does the hippocampus shrink before or after memory loss? Or do the two happen hand-in-hand?” asked Sumantra Chattarji, one of the main investigators in this study.To address this, a collaborative project involving Chattarji’s group from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore and Shane O’Mara’s lab at Trinity College, Dublin, was begun using rats as a model system.Rats react to stress much as humans do — they develop anxiety-related behaviors and their ability to form memories are affected. Long years of research have established well-studied ways to test rats’ memories and responses to various forms of stress. This makes rats widely used models to study brain- and behavior-related questions.In the current study, rats were subjected to stress for two hours every day over 10 days. The rats’ brains were examined with MRI scans on several days over the course of the study, and their ability to form memories were assessed repeatedly using two different tests.Striking results emerged in the first set of MRI scans taken after just three days of stress — the hippocampus of every stressed rat had shrunk. “It was a totally unexpected result. Normally structural changes are seen in the brain after a long time — say 10 to 20 days. Three days doesn’t even count as chronic stress,” said Chattarji.Five days after stress exposure, the rats’ hippocampus-based ability to make memories were tested. Here again, the researchers were in for a surprise. Stressed rats performed almost as well as unstressed rats.”Volume loss and shrinkage has already happened, yet spatial memory is still holding up,” said Chattarji.At the end of the chronic stress regimen, the hippocampus of stressed rats had shrunk even more. Further, a second and different memory test performed after this scan, showed stark differences between stressed and unstressed rats. Stressed rats performed poorly in this test compared to unstressed rats.These findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, also detail other interesting aspects of how the brain changes in structure during stress. In the early days of stress, shrinkage in the left hippocampus is more pronounced, but at the end of ten days, the right hippocampus loses the most volume.”Right now, we don’t really know the functional significance of this. There is some evidence that in mice undergoing social stress, only the left hippocampus shrinks. If there is any inherent difference between the left and right hippocampus, that needs to be studied,” said Mostafizur, a Ph.D. student with Chattarji and the lead author of the study.Another discovery is that there are individual differences amongst the rats in how much the chronic stress regime affected them. The amount of shrinkage in a rat’s hippocampus on day 3 can predict the shrinkage seen at the end of the 10-day stress period. The higher the shrinkage, the worse the rats’ performance in memory tests at the end of the stress.”This makes it even stronger that volume loss is a pretty good predictor of what the behavioral consequences will be at a much later stage,” said Chattarji.Many different groups, including Chattarji’s have studied stress in rodent models for a long time. “What comes out in our study is that there are individual differences between rats,” said Mostafizur. “In today’s world, with so much talk about personalised medicine, these results could have huge implications for future studies on human disease.”  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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This release… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 29, 2016 Can a Brain Scan Early in Stress Predict Eventual Memory Loss? last_img read more

Geckos Adventures more than doubles train tours for 2018

first_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Adventure Travel, Geckos Adventures, Millennial Travel, Rail Friday, November 10, 2017 TORONTO — Geckos Adventures says it’s seen an uptick in North American millennial bookings on its By Rail trips in 2017. In response, the company has more than doubled its itineraries from seven to 17 for 2018.“This year, we saw a 10% increase in North American travellers booking our By Rail trips because they want to experience a destination and its often-unseen sights by train, but also want the guidance of a leader and a set itinerary” said Leigh Barnes, regional director of North America for Geckos Adventures. “Travelling by train has become increasingly popular because it is environmentally friendly, it allows travellers to journey long distances without traffic and the busyness of a city, and it highlights beautiful sites and unseen views from the window.”Geckos’ trips are geared to vacationers ages 18 to 29. While travelling off-the-beaten track to different cities, the 10 brand-new trips will include a leader-led visit to local markets. The trip leader will begin the visit with language instruction and then send travellers to shop for a picnic lunch using their new skills.Rome with Geckos Adventures“The By Rail trips allow travellers to cover more ground and really get under the skin of a destination,” said Barnes. “We want to offer this type of experience in more destinations, to appeal to millennial travellers who are craving this experience of visiting as many local cities in one trip.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsThe new 2018 itineraries include: St. Petersburg to Budapest by Rail , St. Petersburg to Athens by Rail, St. Petersburg to Rome by Rail, St. Petersburg to Venice by Rail, Berlin to Budapest by Rail, Budapest to Venice by Rail, Budapest to Athens by Rail, Budapest to Rome by Rail, Berlin to Venice by Rail, London to Budapest by Rail.Returning trips from 2017 include: London to Berlin by Rail, London to Athens by Rail, Italy by Rail, Berlin to Athens by Rail, Berlin to Rome by Rail, London to Rome by Rail and London to Venice by Rail.Most trips include affordable accommodations in hostels or family homestays and do not include most meals, allowing travellers to spend as much or as little as they would like on food, and to reduce the overall cost of their trips, says Barnes.center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Geckos Adventures more than doubles train tours for 2018last_img read more

Jamaica seeks heritage status for sunken port

first_imgAssociated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Archaeologists said Tuesday that they’ll ask the United Nations’ cultural agency to bestow world heritage status on Port Royal, the mostly submerged remains of a historic Jamaican port known as the “wickedest city on Earth” more than three centuries ago.Receiving the designation from UNESCO would place Port Royal in the company of global marvels such as Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex and India’s Taj Mahal. Comments   Share   The sunken 17th century city was once a bustling place where buccaneers including Henry Morgan docked in search of rum, women and boat repairs.In recent days, international consultants have conducted painstaking surveys to mark the old city’s land and sea boundaries to apply for the world heritage designation by June 2014, said Dorrick Gray, a technical director with the Jamaican National Heritage Trust, a government agency responsible for preserving and developing the island’s cultural spots.Port Royal was the main city of the British colony of Jamaica in the 17th century until an earthquake and tsunami submerged two-thirds of the settlement in 1692. It boasted a well-to-do population of roughly 7,000 at the time, and was comparable to Boston during the same period.After the quake, the remainder of the town served as a British royal navy base for two centuries, even as it was periodically ravaged by fires and hurricanes.In his sprawling book “Caribbean,” American author James Michener described Port Royal as having “no restraints of any kind, and the soldiers stationed in the fort seemed as undisciplined as the pirates who roared ashore to take over the place night after night. They were of all breeds, all with nefarious occupations.” Jamaican officials and businessmen have announced various strategies to renovate the ramshackle town over the years, including plans for modern cruise liners and a Disney-style theme park featuring actors dressed as pirates.Some area businessmen have grown exasperated with the slow pace of development.“Somebody has to act with a certain measure of dispatch,” said Marvin D. Goodman, an architect with offices in Kingston, across the bay from Port Royal.___David McFadden on Twitter: Top Stories Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Now, it’s a depressed fishing village at the tip of a spit of land near Kingston’s airport. It has little to attract visitors except some restaurants offering seafood and a few dilapidated historic buildings. The sunken, algae-covered remnants of the city are in murky waters in an archaeological preserve closed to divers without a permit.But in recent decades, underwater excavations have turned up artifacts including cannonballs, wine glasses, ornate pipes, pewter plates and ceramic plates dredged from the muck just offshore. The partial skeleton of a child was found in 1998.At a Tuesday press conference, experts said it’s among the top British archaeological sites in the Western Hemisphere and should be protected for future generations.“There is outstanding potential here. Submerged towns like this just do not exist anywhere else in the Americas,” said Robert Grenier, a Canadian underwater archaeologist who has worked closely with UNESCO. He believes the Jamaican site has a strong chance of getting on the world heritage list.Texas A&M University nautical archaeologist Donny Hamilton said the consulting team has completed the fieldwork for the world heritage assessment and is working on a management plan. He said Port Royal could become a sustainable attraction for tourists but first “there’s got to be something above the ground that people are going to want to come and see.” 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more