first_img“This is a common-sense step forward that is, frankly, long overdue. We look forward to working with school districts and communities to make sure students get the access they need with no stigma and no barriers.”The ministerial order – takes effect immediately but allows districts until the end of 2019 to comply – comes with $300,000 in provincial startup funding. Over the coming months, the ministry will continue to work with school districts, community and education partners to look at the needs of each district, identify gaps and ensure they have the funding needed to meet this new requirement.The government shares they are also providing a one-time grant of $95,000 to support the United Way Period Promise Research Project, to fund menstrual products for up to 10 non-profit agencies and research into how best to provide services and products for people who menstruate.The United Way funding builds on the work government is doing to reduce poverty in British Columbia. In March 2019, the B.C. government released TogetherBC, the Province’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy. TogetherBC brings together investments from across government that will help reduce overall poverty in the province by 25 percent and cut child poverty in half, over the next five years.“The cost and availability of menstrual products is a real concern for those who are poor and often face the choice of purchasing those products or buying other essentials, like food,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “I encourage other organizations to join our government in supporting the Period Promise campaign, to help end the stigma that causes social isolation, and begin to address that larger issue around affordability.”“Having your period is a part of life, and easy and affordable access to menstrual products should be simple,” said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “Menstrual products should be available to people when and where they need them, which is why we’re improving access in schools and in communities. These actions are going to make a big difference in the lives of people who menstruate, and I’m proud that our government is taking leadership on this issue.” BURNABY, B.C. – Friday, April 5th, 2019, under a ministerial order, all B.C. public schools will be required to provide free menstrual products for students in school washrooms by the end of 2019.Education Minister Rob Fleming said it’s time to normalize and equalize access to menstrual products in schools, helping to create a better learning environment for students.“Students should never have to miss school, extracurricular, sports or social activities because they can’t afford or don’t have access to menstrual products,” said Fleming, adding that current research indicates that one in seven students has missed school due to their periods because they cannot afford products. “This is a long-standing ‘hidden and unspoken’ problem for students who need menstrual products. There continues to be stigma surrounding this, which causes unnecessary anxiety and reduced confidence for students, including reduced attendance. We need to remove the barriers to access, eliminate the stigma and normalize the conversation for student well-being. We are encouraged by this action and fully support it. Today’s announcement is another example of the ministry listening and acting for the best interest of students.” Andrea Sinclair, president, B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory CouncilsParticipate in the United Way Period Promise campaign: CLICK HERElast_img read more

LE BOURGET, France — The world’s aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after two crashes of the popular Boeing 737 Max.The global economic slowdown and trade tensions between the U.S. and other powers are also weighing on the event that opened Monday at Le Bourget airfield.Boeing’s CEO said the company is heading into this week’s show with “humility” after the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia and Boeing’s botched communication over a cockpit warning system in the Max.Rival Airbus is expecting some big orders despite a slow sales year so far, and is likely to unveil its long-range A320 XLR at the Paris show.The event also is showcasing electric planes, pilotless air taxis and other cutting-edge technology.The Associated Press read more

Federal watchdog says retailers are being misled on credit, debit card payments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2013 3:36 pm MDT A federal consumer watchdog says some credit and debit card payment companies are breaking rules it created to protect retailers, which in turn could be costing Canadians more money.The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada issued a warning to the industry on Wednesday that it will not tolerate payment companies who mislead merchants into paying hidden fees or lock them into confusing contracts.The concerns stem from a code of conduct introduced by the federal government nearly three years ago designed to encourage further clarity in the contracts signed between retailers and credit and debit card companies.But the agency said it found some payment companies, who it did not name, have been misrepresenting the terms of contracts with merchants by advertising and promising rates that they were unable to honour.“Over the past year, we have seen certain practices by some in the industry that undermine the letter and spirit of the code,” said commissioner Ursula Menke in a release.“This guidance is meant to address these issues by providing better disclosure to merchants and eliminating inappropriate sales and business practices that result in increased costs for merchants, and consequently for consumers as well.”The agency said its investigation found that some merchants signed agreements that they later discovered were linked to additional contracts that had different cancellation clauses, penalty fees or costs associated with them.While the merchant was able to cancel the agreement without penalty, the agency said they were still locked into paying additional fees to cancel the other contracts.“In some cases, these penalties were enough to deter a merchant from invoking his or her right to cancel all contracts without penalty,” the agency said in its report.As part of the findings, the consumer agency outlined a summary form for payment companies that would disclose key information from the agreement they make with merchants.The report was met with a positive reaction from the Retail Council of Canada, which lobbies for retailers.Diane Brisebois, president of the retail council, said she was pleased that the commissioner recognized that “retailers have been dealing with unfair and unscrupulous practices from some in the payment card industry.”Payment transaction processor Interac said it would adopt the increased disclosure practices.“We continue to fully support the code of conduct and commend the FCAC commissioner for taking this step to help clarify what is expected of the market when adhering to the Code of Conduct,” said Interac president and CEO Mark O’Connel in a statement. read more

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Chase Audige scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Nathan Knight made a game-winning shot with 1.7 seconds left to help William & Mary rally for an 87-85 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Saturday.Knight got a pass at the edge of the paint, took two dribbles and banked in a left-handed hook shot. Saint Joseph’s had a shot at the buzzer, but the half-court heave didn’t hit the rim.Knight led the Tribe (2-4) with 21 points and Justin Pierce finished with 20 points — 11 in the second half — and 12 rebounds for his third double-double in four games.Sophomore Charlie Brown Jr. topped the Hawks (3-3) with a career-high 37 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. He made 11 of 14 free throws and grabbed five rebounds. Brown had 23 points in the first half to help Saint Joseph’s take a 49-35 lead.The Tribe trailed by 20 points early in the second half. The Hawks battled back and grabbed an 85-82 lead on a 3-point play by Lamarr Kimble with 1:18 remaining, but Audige nailed a 3 to tie it and Knight won it. It was William & Mary’s first win over the Hawks in three tries.The Associated Press read more

first_imgIRISH COUPLES ARE still going all out when they get married, spending an average of €19,625 on their weddings last year.In 2012, the spend was €17,690 so it looks like people went a little bigger last year. A survey by Mrs2Be.ie of almost 2,300 brides and grooms found that, including the honeymoon, people spend an average of €24,045 on their marriage.Though the spend has increased for the venue, band, dress, stationary, transport and the all important honeymoon, the survey showed a slight fall in other areas like photographers, videographers and wedding DJs.Last year, couples were in more of a hurry with the majority of engagements lasting 13 to 18 months before they got hitched, down from two years or longer in the previous survey. Almost one in four couples also live together for more than five years before getting married.The most popular month to tie the knot is December, followed by February and the typical number of guests for the wedding meal is 101 to 150.Read: ‘It’s gone crazy’: Meet the singing Meath priest behind THAT viral wedding video>Read: You can now get married at seven heritage sites in Ireland (including the Blasket Islands)>last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over 600 house auctions took place in Melbourne over the weekend of 22-23 September before vendors put their feet up for the AFL grand final. Peter Travlos, sales manager with Ray White Taylors Lakes, told Neos Kosmos that the weekend would see this year’s greatest activity to date in the auction market. “It’s going to be a busy one,” said Travlos, whose company had three properties under the hammer on the Saturday. “The peak is partly caused by some stability in terms of interest rates, and a feeling from vendors that spring is the best time to put their homes on the market.” “In recent months sales have been fairly stable in most areas we cover”, says Travlos, whose company offered three properties for auction ranging from between $350,000 to $800,000 or more. “They’re all new to the market and I’m confident two will sell at or above their reserve price, but the one at the top end might not, we’ll see.” With the issue of sales agents who underquote receiving attention once again in recent weeks, Travlos says that while some agents are well known for such practices, the majority of agents stay within the guidelines. “We try and give a variable based on comparables within ten per cent. “The hardest thing for any agent is, if on the day, a couple of people are keen to pay a figure, and it exceeds our quote range, that’s something no one can control,” says Travlos, who maintains that the issue of underquoting isn’t as straightforward as reports suggest. “We might quote a property at $400,000 to $440,000 but someone may have a budget to spend of 460,000, and when it’s sold on the day for that figure, then everyone who missed out has a go at the agent saying it has been underquoted.” Travlos says that greater numbers of vendors are choosing to auction because it’s a short campaign. “It gives people a cut off date, and the terms and conditions are more secure for vendors.” Peter’s advice to those heading out to bid for a new home is “make sure your finance is approved and that you have the ten per cent deposit on the day. Those are the basics.”The Real Estate Institute of Victoria reported a clearance rate of 64 per cent over the weekend of 22-23 September, saying that it continued the trend this spring of the clearance rate being consistently a few points higher than the same time last year. There were 624 auctions over the weekend, with 401 selling and 223 being passed in, 141 of those on a vendor bid.last_img read more

first_imgLe “métatron” validé par des papillons et des lézardsPremiers essais réussis pour le “métatron”: papillons et lézards ont prouvé l’acuité du concept. Grâce à ce dispositif, des études sur le déplacement des populations d’espèces animales et sur la biodiversité vont se mettre en place.Le principe du métatron, construit en Ariège, vient d’être validé par la communauté scientifique grâce à des papillons et des lézards. Ce concept est unique dans le monde et permettra l’étude du déplacement de populations d’individus soumises à des changements environnementaux. Les travaux ont été menés par les chercheurs de la station d’écologie expérimentale du CNRS à Moulis en Ariège, du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle de Paris et du laboratoire Evolution et Diversité Biologique de l’Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier. Concrètement, le métatron est en fait constitué de 48 cages reliées entre elles par des corridors coudés qui permettent le passage des espèces. Dans chaque cage, les conditions sont contrôlées en fonction de divers paramètres : température, humidité et luminosité principalement. Cette surveillance s’effectue à distance grâce à un système informatique. L’avantage de ce contrôle est de faire varier indépendamment les paramètres à volonté, chose impossible dans le milieu naturel. Le métatron offre ainsi la possibilité d’étudier en grandeur nature des déplacements d’organismes terrestres subissant des changements dans leur milieu de vie. Or, le déplacement des espèces, aussi appelé dispersion, est indispensable puisqu’il permet le brassage des gènes entre les populations et constitue par là-même, un processus clé de l’écologie évolutive. Les chercheurs ont ainsi construit le métatron dans le but d’identifier les facteurs influençant les déplacements de population et prédire comment les espèces s’adaptent aux changements globaux. D’où l’importance de prouver son efficacité. Des espèces en “métapopulation” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Publiée dans la revue Nature Methods, l’étude a été réalisée sur 220 papillons Pieris brassicae et 350 lézards Zootoca vivipara. Les contraintes étaient les suivantes : une fragmentation de l’habitat dû aux cages et des variations des caractéristiques du milieu de vie (paramètres changeants, tels la température, l’humidité et la luminosité). Les papillons et les lézards ont alors fonctionné selon un mode dit “en métapopulation”, c’est-à-dire que ces espèces ont essentiellement colonisé certaines cages et disparu totalement d’autres. Ainsi, les espèces ont exactement adopté le comportement prévu par les scientifiques.Membre de l’équipe de recherche, Delphine Legrand explique : “Nous tentons de comprendre les facteurs qui influencent ces migrations. On essaie de comprendre ce qui va induire le fait de changer de milieu”. Pour elle, les résultats représentent ainsi “un grand pas pour le métatron car il est officiellement validé par la communauté scientifique après deux ans de travail”. Toutefois, celle-ci tient à rester prudente : “c’est encore trop tôt pour tirer des conclusions par rapport au milieu naturel. Mais ce sera la prochaine étape”. En effet, les prochaines études au sein du métatron vont s’attacher à l’impact à long terme des déplacements de population sur l’évolution génétique des espèces. Un phénomène qu’il parait nécessaire de mieux connaitre au vu des prévisions de certains scientifiques : 50% des espèces vivantes pourraient avoir disparu d’ici l’an 2100. Le 22 juillet 2012 à 18:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgTalk about environmental controls: a team of security researchers has figured out how to infect smart thermostats with ransomware.Experts at Pen Test Partners revealed at DEF CON that they had successfully compromised a connected thermostat. Their code behaved just like the innumerable desktop ransomware strains we’ve seen evolving over the past several years: it locks down the thermostat’s screen and demands that you pay up if you want to get control back.Hackers could even exert a little extra pressure if they wanted to. Apart from just preventing you from making any changes, they could actually raise or lower the temperature. They could crank up the heat and sweat that ransom payment out of you (and your heating bill) or drop those temperatures so low that you’ll beg them to give you control back through chattering teeth.It’s a pretty frightening scenario, but thankfully there’s a big asterisk on this one. While researchers have proved that it’s possible to infect this particular thermostat (they’ve chosen not to reveal the maker or model at this time), they needed direct physical access to do it. They uploaded their malware via an SD card slot, helpfully supplied by the manufacturer to give users the ability to set a custom wallpaper.While I appreciate personalization options as much as the next guy, they’re probably best left out if they open the door for this kind of tampering. I’ve got plenty of other places I can check out my digital photos, thanks.Since PTP had to use an SD card to upload their code that means your smart thermostat isn’t in any immediate danger of being victimized by hackers — not unless you habitually let strange repairmen into your home to have a look around. If anyone’s messing with the temperature on yours, well, you can probably blame your housemates. Make sure you’re the one in control of climate change.last_img read more

first_imgThe European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Gaia spacecraft in 2013 with the aim of creating the most complete map ever of the Milky Way galaxy and other nearby objects. It began observing the sky in 2014, and now the first block of Gaia data has been released by the ESA. It includes location data on more than 1.1 billion stars in the Milky Way.Gaia carries a number of instruments that it uses to capture gigapixel images of space. More than 40GB of data is collected by the probe every day, which is used to create the galactic map. This data release includes the precise position and brightness of 1.142 billion stars. The data is accurate to within 300 microarcseconds — the apparent width of a human hair from 30 kilometers. Gaia has also collected distances and motion data on a further 2 million stars in addition to the position and brightness data. This is still only a small part of the Milky Way, which has 100-400 billion stars.All of this data is available for download, so scientists all over the world can conduct research on the structure of our galaxy. With a few more years left in the Gaia mission, there will be more data dumps from the ESA too. The next data set (planned for late 2017) will include even more precise location data for stars, in the range of 10 microarcseconds (the apparent width of a human hair from 1000 kilometers). Astronomers expect Gaia to discover hundreds of new star clusters in the Milky Way when that data is assembled. We might even be able to pin down that 100-400 billion number of total stars in the galaxy.Depending on the success of the initial five-year mission, the ESA may choose to extend Gaia’s operational life through 2024. The ESA also envisions a successor to Gaia that could launch in the mid-2020s. This spacecraft would use infrared instruments to peer through the thick dust and gas toward the center of the Milky Way.last_img read more

first_imgThere are 75 port districts scattered across the state of Washington. Though they are disparate in their goals and assets, a scrappy local tech company wants to tie them together.Ridgefield-based startup PortEngine proposes to build a new platform that would operate a bit like the real estate site Zillow.com. But it would shine a spotlight on port-owned properties rather than residences.Besides tapping into a potentially large market, it could bring the evolution that port officials say their real estate marketing needs.Founded six months ago, PortEngine has netted close to $150,000 in private investment capital and attracted a handful of clients. Its creation came about in part because Port of Ridgefield CEO Brent Grening said he was tired of spending tens of thousands of dollars on real estate brokers.“The world doesn’t see me. There are millions of properties and we’re just one, just a commodity,” he said. “When (brokers) aren’t talking to me, are they doing anything for me? Are they just sitting and waiting?”Grening had vented his thoughts to John Laine, a Vancouver entrepreneur, who took that idea and founded PortEngine. Grening is not an investor but the Port of Ridgefield was PortEngine’s first client.last_img read more

Russian official describes reactions over Saudi plane incident

first_imgA video appeared on the Internet revealing flames leaping from the right wing of the airplane, which transported the Saudi Arabian team to their 2018 FIFA World Cup match to Rostov-on-Don for their match against Uruguay and brought reactions from fans and staff.Media reports suggested that there could have been a fire in the engine. But the Saudi Arabian Football Federation denied the reports of a fire incident. However, Alexey Sorokin, the CEO of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee says  the reaction to the incident with the airplane, was rather “hasty.”ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“There were no problems with the transport, there was rather a hasty first reaction. Later we found out that the plane touched down with both engines and flew off the next day. If there had been any malfunctions, then it wouldn’t have flown back, that’s it,” Sorokin said via FourFourTwo.Saudi Arabia has been eliminated from the World Cup tournament following a defeat by Russia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Uruguay in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia will face Egypt in their final Group A match on Monday.last_img read more

Mexican fans wont need a visa for the Club World Cup

first_imgCONCACAF’s champions, Club Deportivo Guadalajara, is the country’s most popular team and the UAE is expecting thousands of Mexican visitors in DecemberThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Mexico have signed a new agreement.With it, Mexican fans can travel visa-free to the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup to support CONCACAF’s champions Club Deportivo Guadalajara.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…The team is considered the most popular in its country and with this new deal, the UAE expected thousands of Mexican supporters to travel to the nation in December, as was reported by The National.“We look forward to welcoming even more fans to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the UAE in December,” said Aref Al Awani, tournament director of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE.Mexicans were among the most numerous group to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia last summer.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGOVERNOR AND POLICE COMMISSIONER DISCUSS SECURITY ISSUES WITH DOMINICAN REPUBLIC COMMUNITY: PLEDGE POLICE’S COMMITMENT TO FIND PERPETRATORSThe Governor, Peter Beckingham, met separately on 19 July the Premier and Police Commissioner and representatives of the Dominican Republic community to discuss the recent murder of a DR citizen, and developments since then. The Governor said,“I told Edwin Hernandez, a member of the DR Consulate-General, and members of the community how saddened I was to hear in London, when I was there last week on official business, of the tragic murder of Sorineida Moreno-Arias. Following the earlier murder of another DR citizen this is a tragic loss of a young life. I told the community that we have also reported these incidents to our Ambassador in Santo Domingo.“I said to the community that I had complete confidence in the Police Commissioner and his team who I knew were doing everything in their power to bring the perpetrator of this awful crime to justice. Commissioner Smith, who joined me for the meeting, and I underlined that the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force would leave no stone unturned to arrest the individual or individuals concerned.“Commissioner Smith and I also said to the DR representatives that we had no objections to the community arranging lawful events to express their anxiety at these recent incidents.  I was grateful for the reassurances of the DR community that any gatherings should be peaceful, and that they regretted the isolated attacks on the police by a small number of their group.“The Premier, Minister of Finance, Commissioner of Police and I also had a useful discussion about wider security issues. We agreed that we should consider a number of options to strengthen security measures across the community, as well as providing our reassurance to the public at large that we believed the RTCIPF, who had our full support, were working as hard as possible to solve all outstanding murders in Grand Turk and Providenciales regardless of when they were committed. We will consider options at a further meeting of the National Security Council next week, and subsequently hold a further meeting of the Security Council Advisory Group.” Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Police investigate after woman found dead on Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a woman was found dead on Miami Beach.Police received a call about the body, found near the beach at 17th Street, at around 7:30 a.m., Monday.Detectives are investigating, but they do not believe foul play is involved.The woman’s identity has not been released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

ITS OUR TURN Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission is ready to start the conversation — it’s time to build a new senior center in town.“[A new senior center] is needed. It is our turn. It is our time,” Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello told the Commission and approximately 30 seniors in the audience at a meeting last week.The town’s new Facilities Master Plan finds that the Buzzell Senior Center — a former school house built in 1935 — is undersized for the population it serves at just 8,308 gross square feet.According to a recent population study of Wilmington conducted by the UMass Donahue Center, Wilmington’s senior population is expected to increase from 3,584 in 2015 to 6,058 in 2030, a 69% increase. As a result, the town’s Facilities Master Plan recommends the next senior center needs to (conservatively) be around 14,000 gross square feet.Marciello encouraged seniors to attend the next Facility Master Plan Committee Meeting on Monday, September 30, 2019, tentatively scheduled for 7pm at the Wildwood Early Childhood Center.“We have to speak up. Your Selectmen are ready to listen,” Marciello told the crowd. “You’ve made Wilmington what it is today. A strong, helping community. You’ve done a lot for this community. You just need to do a little more to be heard so Wilmington gets the senior center you deserve.”The Elderly Services Commissioners echoed Marciello’s sentiments.“We can’t be afraid of the Selectmen,” said Commission Chair John Wallace. “The more we ask them, the more they’re going to realize they have to do something. But we have to speak up. You’ve waited a long time for [a new center].”“I really think we’ve outgrown this building,” added Commissioner Robin Theodos. “This building no longer accommodates our needs. We really do need a new senior center.”The discussion was sparked by an impassioned plea from resident Audrey Reed, an active member of the Senior Center.“The Senior Center is running out of space,” began Reed. “More and more elders are coming to the Center. Some programs are having to be cancelled to make space for new programs. Our painting classes and Memory Cafe are now held in the Fourth of July Building.”“Terri was just honored as an unsung heroine for going above and beyond for helping seniors…,” continued Reed. “Don’t you think she deserves a larger, nicer, more functional office? She currently shares a 10 x 12 room with Laura, the Case Manager. Both are supposed to be able to have confidential talks with people, but where? And we all know about the big parking problem at the Center.”Reed noted that the need for a new senior center is acknowledged in the town’s new Facilities Master Plan. Reed argued the plan’s other two top priorities — a new Town Hall and a new Wildwood Early Childhood Center — don’t suffer from the same serious space issues that the Center does. She acknowledged a new center will raise taxes, but stresses the other two projects will as well, and argues the center should take priority.“We are the largest growing group in our town. We have outgrown the senior center. It’s our time. Let’s start the conversation,” concluded Reed.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello Named One Of Massachusetts’s Unsung HeroinesIn “Government”SENIORS KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN: Senior Center Transformed Into Casino For Annual ‘Fun Day’In “Community”last_img read more

Families Navigate Difficult Decisions Between Medical Treatment And Pursuing Comfort Care

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /12:54 center_img Alex Proimos/Flickr Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and won’t seek further medical treatment. While the nature of Mrs. Bush’s illness is unclear, family spokesperson Jim McGrath says Mrs. Bush will focus on “comfort care.” Mrs. Bush is currently resting at home.When to continue pursuing medical treatment, and when to focus instead on a patient’s comfort is one of many end-of-life decisions health care professionals help patients and their families navigate.Houston Matters discusses the concept of comfort care with Dr. Carmel Dyer. She’s the executive director of UTHealth’s Consortium on Aging. Sharelast_img read more

First Day of School

first_imgMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake surprised students at three Baltimore City Schools to kick off the first day of classes on Aug. 29.  Blake and Baltimore City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises surprised students at Lillie May Carroll Jackson Middle and Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.Students at Lillie May Carroll Jackson Middle School were caught by surprise when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stopped by to pay them a visit. (Maliik Obee)Senator Catherine Pugh and Delegate Antonio Hayes joined Santelises at John Eager Howard Elementary School at the start of the school day to speak to children and sit-in on classes. Students were greeted at the entrance by teachers in traditional African clothing.The warm greeting from the faculty and the presumptive new mayor was enough to impress parent Michael Johnson.“For the black boys and girls having someone of that stature talk to you is major, kids never forget.”At Lillie May Carroll Jackson Middle, Blake walked the halls, checking in on several classes, speaking with students about their summers and what they’ve learned. Teachers struggled to keep the disciplined young ladies focused at the appearance of the mayor, one who shares the skin color of the majority of students. Unlike the other schools visited, the all-girls school has been in session since August 1.“I’m at this school because I felt like I could learn and be a better student and I feel that Lillie May Jackson can help me do that” said Kayla Bonet, a seventh grade student.As noon approached, the mayor and her peers visited teens at Mergenthaler, better known as Mervo, observing and engaging with students there as well.last_img read more

Cyborg beetles to be the US militarys latest weapon w Video

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Play ‘Cyborg beetle.’ Image credit: UC Berkeley Three types of large beetles from Cameroon were used in the experiments, which were carried out at the University of California in Berkeley. The smallest, cotinis texana, is 2 cm long, while the largest is a massive 20 cm long (megasoma elephas). The third species was mecynorhina torquata, a 7 cm long beetle. The components of the system were implanted in the beetles when they were at the pupal stage.According to Professor Noel Sharkey, an international expert on artificial intelligence and robotics from Sheffield University in the UK, there have been attempts in the past to control insects such as cockroaches, but this is the first time the flight of insects has been controlled remotely. Sato and colleagues also said the beetles could serve as couriers to inaccessible locations. The Berkeley team is also experimenting on dragonflies, flies and moths because of their “unmatched flight capabilities”.More information: Sato H, Berry CW, Peeri Y, Baghoomian E, Casey BE, Lavella G, VandenBrooks JM, Harrison JF and Maharbiz MM (2009) Remote radio control of insect flight. Front. Integr. Neurosci. 3:24. doi:10.3389/neuro.07.024.2009 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen The ultimate military application of remotely controlled beetles is puzzling, Professor Sharkey said, since you would need to also implant a GPS transmitter/receiver to pinpoint the beetle’s location, and probably a camera too, but this would be too heavy for even the largest beetle. Potential use of the system as a means of carrying a payload of biological or chemical weapons would be completely illegal.The Berkeley researchers suggested the “cyborg” beetles — part beetle, part machine — could serve as models for micro air vehicles. DARPA, which funded the research, is also known to be developing a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) that would weigh less than 10 g, and measure under 7.5 cm, and give the military the capability of carrying out indoor and outdoor operations in urban warfare situations. (PhysOrg.com) — A team of scientists funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have implanted miniature neural and muscle stimulation systems into beetles to enable their flight to be remotely controlled. Playcenter_img Citation: Cyborg beetles to be the US military’s latest weapon (w/ Video) (2009, October 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-cyborg-beetles-military-latest-weapon.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen ‘Cyborg beetle.’ Image credit: UC Berkeley Play © 2009 PhysOrg.com Play North Carolina wine crops face beetlemania Researchers Hirotaka Sato, Michel Maharbiz, and colleagues implanted a system of nerve and muscle stimulators, a microbattery, and a microcontroller with transceiver into beetles. They were able to successfully control the beetles’ take off, flight, and landing by stimulating the brain to work the wings. They controlled turns through stimulating the basilar muscles on one side or the other to make the wings on that side flap harder. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Which would you choose: a single-platform app with a great user experience or a cross-platform app with a poor one?Entrepreneurs would be facing that choice had Facebook not agreed in September to relicense its popular React framework for third parties. React Native renders mobile user interfaces on both iOS and Android with minimal or even no native coding required.Related: User Experience Is Integral to Winning App DesignIt wouldn’t have been an easy decision to make. A tailored user experience is more important to customers than ever, yet six-figure app development costs offer a powerful incentive to inexpensively support both platforms.With React Native, however, entrepreneurs can have the best of both worlds. Whether you’re building a new app or improving an old one, use the following four tips to complete that task with React Native, which:1. Supports both platforms from the startIn the past, determining which platform to support was a question of the app’s likely user base. North America and Western Europe are dominated by iOS, while Android leads almost everywhere else. Globally, 88 percent of smartphone users run Android.Related: Sorry Windows, Android Is the World’s Most Popular OSReact Native almost entirely eliminates this choice. Rather than construct parallel codebases in Swift and Java (the respective languages of iOS and Android), developers using React Native need only to maintain a single JavaScript codebase for both platforms.At Yeti, we tried cross-platform solutions such as PhoneGap and Xamarin, but neither offered a great experience for users and developers alike. That isn’t to say that React Native eliminates all cross-platform challenges, but it substantially reduces them.2. Identifies platform-specific needs for native code.What of the remaining cross-platform challenges? They tend to come down to hardware differences between the two devices. For example, if your app will use Bluetooth technology, Apple Pay or Android’s near-field communication feature, you’ll still need to write native code.So, conduct rigorous testing to ensure that any features you build in React Native work across Android devices’ varying shapes and screen sizes. Consider designing and developing screens separately if they don’t render cleanly in Android or iOS.And know the good news: that native-code needs have been steadily decreasing as the React community has matured.Need help? Check React Native component libraries to avoid reinventing the wheel with native iOS or Android code.3. Plan ahead with web apps.”Mobile first” has become the mantra of entrepreneurs and developers. The reason is that porting from web to mobile can be a nightmare. What works on desktop rarely works on a smartphone screen.React Native doesn’t solve many desktop-to-mobile design challenges, but it does enable entrepreneurs to reuse code from web apps written in React. There’s a talent advantage there, too: Web developers using React Native can more easily cross into mobile development than they’d otherwise be able to.Walmart Labs, actually, has just made this process even easier. The company, which uses a React-based system for the front end of its website, just open-sourced a tool that allows entrepreneurs to migrate existing apps to React Native. Walmart used its own tool to convert its shopping cart web app to its mobile app.4. Don’t sweat porting between mobile platforms.Even if their interfaces look similar, an iOS app and its Android brother run on vastly different code. Until React Native, making an app fluent in both languages was no small task. Just one challenge, for example, is that Apple design elements exist within two dimensions, whereas Android design incorporates depth.But assuming that the app doesn’t make extensive use of proprietary hardware, such as the phone’s camera, React Native can drastically cut conversion times. A relatively simple React Native app initially deployed for iOS can be rolled out for Android in mere weeks. Just be sure to check for interface issues and incorporate proprietary features, such as Android’s back button, before going to market.Related: Early Days, But Apple Pay Struggles Outside U.S.Facebook itself did this in 2015. The tech giant made its Ads Manager app, originally developed for iOS, both its first React Native app and its first fully cross-platform app. Porting Ads Manager to Android took three months, but the team has since turned React Native conversions into a science.In sum, those outside the tech world may underestimate the impact React Native is having on app development. And supporting both iOS and Android is nowhere near the enormous undertaking it once was. With React Native, entrepreneurs can spend more time meeting users’ needs and less time worrying about their choice of smartphone. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 18, 2017 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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first_imgA limited number of files on Cyprus dating from 1976 are included in the latest release of Foreign Office archives in London and containa letter by then Foreign Secretary James Callaghan relating to the invasion.The letter dated January 28, 1976 to the head of the Parliament’s Select Committee on Foreign Affairs concerns the terms of reference of the Select Committee on Cyprus. The Committee had just been reappointed following its previous examination of the events that led to the 1974 Turkish invasion.Callaghan expresses his disagreement with the “ambitious programme of work” of the Select Committee and especially the intention of its members to quiz him “about events during the Cyprus crisis of 1974 including ‘what Mr Ecevit had said to the Secretary of State about giving the Turks a free run’.”He thought that “there was a general feeling that if ministers were to give evidence to such Select Committees they should not normally go further than they would be prepared to do in addressing the House as a whole.”In his view, the widened terms of reference of the Select Committee “would make even more difficult if not impossible the chances of getting some progress on the complicated Cyprus problem.”Therefore, he makes clear in no uncertain terms that he “would resist any attempt to call for papers about diplomatic business on Cyprus including our negotiations with the previous Turkish Government” and that he would not be prepared to give evidence on what passed between Ecevit and himself during the period when the former was Prime Minister of Turkey, that is during the invasion in Cyprus.Callaghan penned a similar protest letter to his Prime Minister.Previously reported files from the UK National Archives have revealed that in the end Callaghan did testify in front of the Select Committee on Cyprus, just three weeks after his letter, and although the Committee’s report did not include such details he had referred to the UK stance during the Turkish invasion.Callaghan had commented that although the UK government had a legal right to intervene, such an intervention would have no political of practical merit, since the UK could not “restore” the 1960 constitution of Cyprus, which, he said, was not functioning since the early 1960s.A separate file records the discussion that Callaghan had at the Foreign Office with his Turkish counterpart Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil on March 22, 1976.The discussion had focused on the military aid embargo by the USA against Turkey. Callaghan had told the Turkish foreign minister that “the key lay in Cyprus” and that Turkey would need to convince Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to “make a constructive reply” to written proposals that were then expected by Glafcos Clerides. It could then be demonstrated that there was movement on the Cyprus question and the US Foreign Secretary Henry Kissinger might therefore be able to get the Congress to agree to “greater flexibility” over aid to Turkey.To Callaghan’s comment that he could not really put pressure on the Greeks because he was “not very popular” after the evidence he had given to the Commons Select Committee on Cyprus, the Turkish foreign minister said that Ankara had told Denktash that “he did not need Turkish permission to say ‘Yes’… but only to say ‘No’.” He concluded by saying that Denktash would put forward a substantial reply to the proposals of Clerides, whom the Turkish government “were ready to help stay” in his position.Callaghan said he would do what he could to help with the Cypriots and Kissinger, but he did not have any influence on the US Congress.You May LikeCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more