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Arrival in Nassau of the Queens of Baton for the Commonwealth Youth

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Arrival in Nassau at Lynden Pindling International Airport of the Queen’s Baton on July 18, 2017 for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 scheduled to officially open later that evening.   From left are: Wellington Miller, President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee; Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice-President for the Americas K.A. Juman-Yassin; and Commonwealth Games Federation Honourary Legal Advisor Sharon Osborne, QC.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

City approves extended contract for homeless bridge shelters

first_img Posted: September 18, 2018 Sasha Foo, September 18, 2018 Sasha Foo Updated: 7:57 AMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s City Council approved $8.4 million in new funding for the three homeless bridge shelters. Close to 700 men, women and children have been sheltered in the large industrial tents for the last nine months.Acting as the Housing Authority, the city council agreed Tuesday to terms of a 9 month contract extension with Alpha Project, Father Joe’s Villages, and Veterans Village. There are two big changes in the new contract. Spending increased by nearly $1 million in the new contract to pay for 14 additional full time positions. In recommendations from a third party evaluator called Focus Strategies, the evaluator said more case managers and housing specialists could help people make a faster transition from the tents to stable, more permanent housing.The contract also includes a revised goal for those who are in need of more permanent housing. In the previous contract, the target was to move 65% of shelter occupants into housing. The new agreement knocks that goal down to 30% which the evaluator considered more realistic. Mayor Kevin Faulconer conceded that the city does not have enough low cost housing, but he said the city has been successful in helping more than 330 people find housing since the tents opened. City approves extended contract for homeless bridge shelters Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Customer First Not Web First

first_imgI don’t think so. And too, I wonder if all this “Web first” talk is just nonsense. When print makes up 50 percent to 75 percent of a typical magazine company’s revenue, can it possibly be “Web first in a fundamental way? The answer is no. No CEO is going to walk away from that kind of revenue in the interest of being Web first. So what’s really meant when companies say they’ve gone “Web first?” I think they’re trying to say they’ve gone “customer first.” I think they mean that the Internet has attributes that are so compelling and powerful that you’d be crazy not to make them the strategic core of your business.I think they want print to play a role that online-only companies only wish they could do too: To deliver impact, thought-leadership, stature, the final result and the critical ingredient of perspective, none of which are the Web’s strongest characteristics.I think print publishers recognize that in the marketing game, no one really thinks of himself as a lead, and that without the crucial steps early in the buying process of knowledge of a supplier, awareness of its message, trust in its solution and staying power, a lead is worthless. I’ve been reading a lot lately about media companies going “Web first.” I suppose it signals a recognition of the real-time value of Internet information, plus the invaluable online network of linkable relevant information, both inbound and outbound, plus the multidirectional conversations and communities the Web enables, plus the measurability of online marketing initiatives. I suppose it means that staff needs to be redeployed to serve online initiatives and businesses, and not be solely focused on print. I suppose that being “Web first” these days is better than being “print first.” But in a larger sense, what does “Web first” really mean? Does it mean we’re bound to evolve into online-only companies? Does it really mean that our print magazines are secondary? We’re ready, then, to walk away from the impact and power of the printed page, to consign it to a siding, a dead end, a vestigial appendage? last_img read more

Google Doodle honors legendary surfer Eddie Aikau savior of hundreds of lives

first_img Share your voice Online Sports Tags Google honors legendary big-wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau. Google Eddie Aikau was an iconic Hawaiian surfer as famous for his prowess on big waves as he was as a lifeguard who saved hundreds of lives from the dangerous surf of Oahu’s north shore.But it’s for his final rescue attempt that he’s beloved in the Hawaiian community. To honor the legendary surfer and lifeguard, Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Aikau on what would have been his 73rd birthday. For almost as long as Google has been around, it’s livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, among many other things, Pac-Man’s anniversary, Copernicus’ birthday, Mother’s Day and the World Cup, as well as reminding us of lesser-known real-world heroes. Aikau was one of those real-world heroes.Born in Maui on May 4, 1946, Aikau was a descendant of the high priest to King Kamehameha I. After his family moved to Oahu, he dropped out of school at the age of 16 to take a job at the Dole pineapple cannery; his paycheck allowed him to buy his first surfboard.In 1967, Aikau was hired as the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s north shore, where waves frequently reach 30 feet or higher. He’s credited with saving more than 500 people during his brief career, never losing a soul on his watch.Aikau also made his mark as a big-wave surfer, riding every major swell to hit the north shore between 1967 and 1978. “Eddie was a pretty quiet guy, but when there was a challenge, or some risk to be taken, or a game to be played that everybody wanted to win, Eddie seemed to rise to the top,” his younger brother Clyde said in a profile published by surfboard maker Quiksilver. “He was high risk at an early age.” In pro surfing, Aikau reached a rank of 12th best in the world and won several surfing awards, including the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship.In 1978, he was chosen to join the crew of a cultural expedition between Hawaii and Tahiti on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea. During the 30-day, 2,500-mile voyage, the double-hulled canoe developed a leak and capsized about 12 miles south of the island of Molokai.In an effort to get help for the crew, Aikua paddled off on his surfboard toward the island of Lanai. The crew was eventually rescued by the US Coast Guard, but Aikau was never seen again.In 1985, a big-wave surfing tournament called Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, aka The Eddie, was established at Waimea Bay to honor Aikau’s legacy. Before the competition can be held, the tournament’s rules require open-ocean swells must be at least 20 feet high, which generally generates wave faces in the bay of about 30 feet. As a result, the tournament has been held only nine times, most recently in 2016. Comments 2 Google Doodlelast_img read more

Denying health insurance for genetic disorders violates rights of policyholder says Delhi

first_imgMedical insurance for people with genetic disordersCreative Commons.In a landmark move that will benefit insurance claimants with genetic diseases, the Delhi High Court on Monday ruled that insurance companies cannot discriminate against people with such ailments. The court also observed that such practices violate people’s rights. Excluding people with genetic disorders from obtaining health insurance or denying their claims is ”discriminatory” and contrary to public policy, Justice Pratibha M Singh observed while delivering a verdict in favor of one Jai Prakash Tayal against United India Assurance Company, reported the Times of India. United India Assurance Company had refused the insurance claim of Tayal, who was suffering from Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. The company denied the claim by saying his condition was genetic, and as per his health insurance policy, no sum is payable for genetic diseases.The high court noticed observed that the exclusionary clause of “genetic disorders” in the insurance policy was violative of Article 14 (equality before the law) of the Constitution of India. Ruling in favor of Tayal, the court observed that the right to avail the health insurance is an integral part of the Right to Healthcare and Right to Health, as recognized in Article 21 of the Constitution. It also observed that discrimination in health insurance based on a genetic disorder is unconstitutional, reported Bar and Bench.The court felt that there was a need for a framework that would prevent genetic discrimination and would dictate how genetic data is collected and preserved, and also how it is kept confidential.”Insurance companies are free to structure their contracts based on reasonable and intelligible factors which should not be arbitrary and in any case cannot be exclusionary,” the court observed. The court also asked the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to scrutinize the exclusionary clauses in insurance policies. This would be to make sure that insurance firms do not reject claims on the basis of genetic disorders, the Bar and Bench report said.last_img read more

Richardson denies being asked to leave advisory panel

first_imgBill RichardsonVeteran US diplomat Bill Richardson denied he was asked by Myanmar’s government to step down from an international advisory board on the Rohingya crisis, his spokesman said on Friday.A statement issued by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi late on Thursday had accused Richardson of pursuing “his own agenda” and said that the government decided to ask him to quit as his continued participation on the board would not be in the best interests of all concerned.”At no point was the Governor asked to step down, either in person or in writing by any member of the Government of Myanmar or the Chair of the Advisory Board,” Richardson’s spokesman Mickey Bergman told Reuters.”Quite the opposite, their National Security Advisor stopped by the night before to convince the Governor to stay as planned.”Richardson said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday that he was resigning from the board because it was conducting a “whitewash” and accused Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, of lacking “moral leadership”.The departure of Richardson, a former Clinton administration cabinet member, came as the 10-member advisory board was making its first visit to western Rakhine State, from where around 688,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled in recent months.A U.S. official, who spoke on Thursday on condition of anonymity, said the issues raised by Richardson had reinforced concerns about Myanmar’s handling of the Rohingya crisis. Still, the official said, the United States would likely stick to its ”measured” approach of applying limited pressure on Myanmar and avoiding more drastic measures that could destabilize the situation.’CHEERLEADING SQUAD’A separate statement from the nine remaining members of the advisory board on Thursday said they met this week “with open minds” and agreed “to speak with one voice”.”Therefore, any statement about the Advisory Board ‘whitewashing’ or ‘cheerleading’ for anyone lacks complete legitimacy,” the board said.Richardson said in the Reuters interview that he was worried the board would become “a cheerleading squad” for the government.Richardson’s spokesman said the reference to pursuing his own agenda would seem to refer to his addressing with Suu Kyi the issue of two imprisoned Reuters journalists.In his interview with Reuters, Richardson said he got into a furious argument with Suu Kyi at a Monday night dinner when he brought up the case of two Reuters reporters, who were arrested on Dec. 12 on suspicion of violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act.Reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had worked on Reuters coverage of the crisis in Rakhine. They were detained on Dec. 12 after they had been invited to meet police officers over dinner in Yangon.”It’s important to note that he agreed to serve on the Board a month before the Reuters journalists were arrested,” said Richardson’s spokesman Bergman.The armed forces have been accused by Rohingya witnesses and human rights activists of carrying out killings, rapes and arson in Rakhine in a campaign senior officials in the United Nations and United States have described as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar rejects that label and has denied nearly all the allegations.The former New Mexico governor’s foundation, the Richardson Center, has “invested tens of thousands of dollars of its own money” in preparing for his role on the board “and were gearing up for a full year of robust programming for 2018,” Bergman said.Richardson led the first foreign delegation allowed to visit Suu Kyi in 1994 when she was under house arrest, Bergman said, “and helped to get many Myanmar political prisoners out during military rule, some are currently serving in her government.”It is heartbreaking to see her indulging in similar practices, now that she is in power,” Bergman added.REPATRIATION CAMPSFormer South African Defence Minister Roelof Petrus Meyer, one of the four remaining international members of the board, said on Thursday Richardson’s departure was “really unfortunate”.After touring temporary repatriation camps set up by Myanmar, Meyer said he thought the country was ready to take back the Rohingya refugees under an agreement with Bangladesh, where they are currently sheltering.”The security will be provided…the subject is so internationally covered so I don’t think (Rohingya) people should be scared,” he said.The Advisory Board for the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State was set up by Myanmar last year, to advise on enacting the findings of an earlier commission headed by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.Thursday’s statement from Suu Kyi’s office said the government was committed to “implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State to the fullest extent possible and in the shortest timeframe, in accordance with the situation on the ground”.last_img read more

Graphene Takes the Heat

first_img 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. Citation: Graphene Takes the Heat (2008, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-graphene.html A schematic of a graphene sheet placed over a trench in a substrate. Explore further Left out to dry: A more efficient way to harvest algae biomass Researchers from the University of California – Riverside (UCR) discovered that a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb pattern, known as graphene, exhibits far better thermal conductivity than carbon nanotubes. Their results open a new window to graphene applications in electronics, where materials that can manage heat are vital.The group’s results are described in a paper appearing in the February 20, 2008, online edition of Nano Letters.“With the continuously decreasing size of electronic devices, materials that can conduct heat efficiently are rapidly growing in importance,” said the paper’s lead author, UCR electrical engineering professor Alexander Balandin, to PhysOrg.com. “Our work increases the range of graphene applications as the thermal management material in optoelectronics, photonics, and bioengineering.” A material’s thermal conductivity is measured in the units W/m•K, read as “watts per meter per degree Kelvin.” A watt is a unit of power equal to a joule per second and a degree Kelvin is a unit of temperature. The meter is, of course, a unit of distance, since thermal conductivity is normalized to the material’s thickness. Thermal conductivity defines how well a given material conducts heat. For example, the value of thermal conductivity of silicon, the most important electronic material, is around 145 W/m•K if measured at room temperature.Carbon nanotubes have a typical thermal conductivity range of 3000 to 3500 W/m•K. Diamond, another form of carbon, comes in between 1000 and 2200 W/m•K. The single-layer graphene studied by the UCR researchers displayed a thermal conductivity as high as 5300 W/m•K near room temperature. “Graphene is particularly promising as a thermal management material because its superior thermal conductivity is supplemented by plane geometry and good integration with silicon,” added Balandin. The interdisciplinary UCR team, which included research groups of electrical engineering professor Balandin and physics assistant professor Chun Ning Lau, measured the graphene’s thermal conductivity in an unconventional way. The usual contact-based methods for measuring thermal conduction are not appropriate for graphene because it is only a single atom thick. Instead, the group used a noncontact approach: They placed a sheet of graphene onto a substrate with a trench carved out of it, such that part of the graphene sheet was suspended over the trench. They then scattered laser light off the suspended portion and measured the graphene’s vibrational response with a technique called Raman spectroscopy (one of several light-based methods used to learn about material properties).By carefully analyzing the graphene’s Raman spectra – its unique response to the light – and the spectra’s dependence on the laser power, the group was able to extract thermal conductivity data. The entire experimental setup is tiny, with the trench just three micrometers (millionths of a meter) in width.Citation: Nano Lett. ASAP Article, 10.1021/nl0731872Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Carbon nanotubes are being touted by many scientists and engineers as the material of the future, with the potential to revolutionize electronic technologies. But a new study shows that nanotubes may not be the only form of carbon with the promise of great things to come.last_img read more

53 of women in India physically inactive

first_imgWhile men and women in India are largely physically inactive, women were found to burn less calories than their male counterparts, finds a survey of over one million Indians.The survey – “Physical activity levels of Indians” showed that 53 per cent of Indian women are “inactive” and burn less than 50 per cent of calories that a person should burn through physical activity, daily, as against 44 per cent of men. The average calorie burn budget of Indian men is 476 calories per day vs. women’s 374 calories per day, out of which men burn 55 per cent (262) while women burn just 44 per cent (165). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver 30 per cent men are “active”, burning more than 80 per cent of their calories, and only 24 per cent women are “active” and 22 per cent “mildly active”. “It is a matter of grave concern that almost half of all Indians are inactive and burn less than even 50 per cent of their calorie budget. Inactivity and unhealthy food habits can lead to several lifestyle diseases like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol,” says an expert in the field. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”From our experience, we are already witnessing an increase of such cases amongst people as early as in their 30s.” Everyday physical activity and good eating habits can play a crucial role in avoiding and even reversing such diseases. It is time that we start taking ‘working out’ more seriously.Further, the survey found that Tier 1 cities continue to be more active than Tier 2 cities, burning 407 calories in a day versus 371 in Tier 2. Bengaluru, Gurugram and Noida were found as the most fitness conscious, while Kolkata, Jaipur, Lucknow and Ahmedabad were the least active cities.last_img read more

Three NeedtoKnow Technology Trends for 2011

first_img 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. For small businesses, the new millennium has arrived about a decade late. The big year for innovation was supposed to be 2001, when things like artificial intelligence and a worldwide-networked office were said to be to coming to market. But it has taken an extra 10 years of digital toiling to make some of these tools a reality.In 2011, small-business owners will face a staggering array of new technologies and services. These won’t be for-geeks-only stuff. These are mainstream business systems from the tech giants — tools you may want to consider adopting or you could get left behind.Here are my thoughts on the top business technology trends for 2011. You’ll need to be familiar with these if you want to stay on the cutting edge of your market.1. The Web on your phone might be as fast the Web in your office. The biggest game-changing tool for 2011 is a new generation of fast wireless cellular standards known as 4G. By midyear, most mobile consumers will be able to receive service that’s similar to the robust, plugged-in Web access found in an office. All the major phone carriers will be offering it, including Verizon Communications Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA Inc. Look also for offerings from start-ups, such as Antelecom Inc., Clearwire Corp., Xanadoo Co. and Towerstream Corp., and from cable companies like Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc.However, coverage is likely to be spotty and comparing plans could be a struggle, at least in the early days. The cost may be as high as $60 a month per employee and sharing a Web connection won’t be an option. But those willing to brave the trials of moving to a technology early may not only be able to say goodbye to their existing data provider but they may never again need a hard-wired Web connection. The mobile business race really begins in 2011.2. Day planners won’t just track your schedule. Starting next year, smart Web-based business-automation tools will find their way into business software and begin offering opinions on everything from how you should manage tasks to how you arrange meetings and budget projects. Already, Google is adding a sophisticated feature to its Gmail Priority Inbox email services that is designed to help users sort emails in order of their importance. Companies such as Intuit Inc. are adding financial modeling tools to QuickBooks and Mint.com that are so sophisticated that they can guess when you will lose money.Startups are also offering tools to help firms write documents and create content. The leader now is StatSheet Inc., a Durham, N.C.-based technology company that specializes in sports content. In October, it introduced a Web-based service that automatically creates legible articles, analysis and data with nearly no direct human involvement. What does that mean to you? For better or worse, you may soon face the daunting prospect of managing memos and business correspondence that, in some ways, write themselves.3. Work life might be controlled by the touch of a finger. Call it the iPhone effect for businesses. A new generation of Apple Inc.’s iPad-inspired, touch-controlled work tools will go mainstream in 2011.A range of office standbys from printers to desktop PCs will add iPhone-like touch-pad controls. A slew of touch-enabled kiosks, displays and machine controls will be cheap and widely available.The effects are likely to be profound. Touch-enabled screens, just like on iPhones, will allow for a wide swath of new features and functions to be built into just about any business device. Printers will not only connect to the Web but will also produce custom news feeds. Touch-enabled PCs will support both traditional office software and sophisticated inventory and business-management tools that once required pricey custom hardware.Aggressive first movers are already making an impact. For example, San Francisco-based Touch Revolution is developing a line of mobile-phone savvy touch-enabled control modules that are being adapted to everything to office systems to kitchen appliances.By this time next year, your fingers may not only do the walking around the office. They may do the talking as well. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » December 29, 2010last_img read more

Oregon pot growers eye potential for tourism alongside vineyards

first_img MEDFORD – Marijuana could join vineyards and pear orchards as Rogue Valley agricultural mainstays in southwest Oregon and draw in more tourists, pot growers say.“I was a parent who said, ‘Don’t smoke this crap,’” Dewey Wilson, 61, told the Mail Tribune, noting that a decade ago he considered legalization of marijuana unimaginable. “I never thought this would happen. I’ve come full circle on the issue.”Wilson, who’s growing 1,100 cannabis plants with a potential value of more than $2 million along the Rogue River, said he and his son began smoking marijuana for medical reasons.He spent $2.5 million to buy the property last year and has spent another $500,000 on equipment, including surveillance cameras. He’s also converted an old barn that once housed cows to be used for tourism if the state allows it. He calls his farm Tomato Hill Co., or THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana.The Oregon Liquor Control Commission says Jackson and adjacent Josephine counties have about half of the 258 indoor and outdoor grow sites in the state. And Jackson County has about a third of all the large commercial outdoor marijuana operations.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthCommission Chairman Rob Patridge said it’s not clear when supply might outpace demand for marijuana in Oregon. The state estimated that about 520,000 people in Oregon use pot, with the average weekend user consuming about 2 ounces a year.The result is cattle farms being converted to grow marijuana crops.“This is the old agriculture transitioning into the new,” said Brent Kenyon, a consultant for growers, including Wilson’s farm.The owner of Green Valley Wellness, Michael Monarch, said he expects the commission will issue more licenses over the next year.“There’s about another 600 (applications) in progress right now,” he said. “It takes a long time to get it right, and it’s complicated navigating through all the steps.”Like Wilson, he expects more tourists visiting the area for the wine and pot industries.“It’s mayhem now – it’s the wild West,” Monarch says. “But the dust will settle.” Tags: Oregon Share Oregon pot growers eye potential for tourism alongside vineyards Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Monday, September 26, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more