Oxford House students still without school

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents in a northern Manitoba community will be forced to wait another two months before they can go back to their school building.The school in Oxford House, which sits approximately 950 kilometres north of Winnipeg, has been shut for a year due to mould.The current school building does not have enough classrooms to allow the 400 students to attend classes regularly.A spokeswoman for Indian Affairs said more money will be committed to fix the problem.Last September, band members staged a protest at the Indian Affairs office in Winniepg.last_img

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Sri Lanka to attend island meet in China to discuss concerns

Oceanic administrators from 13 island countries, including Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Mauritius, will gather in southeast China’s Fujian Province on September 21 to discuss cooperation in sustainable development.Participants will discuss sustainable economic development, environmental protection, climate change and disaster prevention and reduction, and sea water desalination at the round-table conference in Pingtan, an island in Fujian, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Island countries are facing great environmental challenges, including climate change, rising sea levels and ocean acidification, Gu said. Twenty-nine foreign representatives from 13 island countries including Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Mauritius and Fiji have confirmed attendance at the conference Gu Wu, head of the legal affairs and islands department under the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said. “The conference will boost pragmatic cooperation between China and island countries, and help establish a blue partnership based on marine cooperation,” said Gu. read more

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General Assembly opens highlevel dialogue on cooperation for development

In his opening remarks, General Assembly President Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea said the meeting should offer a chance for countries to think creatively. “Without the pressure of having a negotiated outcome, the dialogue format will encourage all participants to explore solutions to the most vexing challenges that this Assembly will be addressing,” he said. The President also called for the exchange to be open to input from academia, civil society and the private sector.Discussions centred on the issue of responding to globalization by facilitating the integration of developing countries into the world economy and generating new resources to help those States achieve progress. Also addressing the Assembly, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette called on participants to direct their attention to the pressing problem of poverty, which she called “one of the most urgent challenges facing the world community in the 21st century.” The Deputy Secretary-General also emphasized the need to create a level playing field for the developing world. “Developing countries must be given a fair chance to compete,” she said, calling for developed States to open their markets. Looking to the near future, she said the meeting of the World Trade Organization, to be held in Qatar in two months, should serve to launch a new “development round” of trade negotiations. “Such a new round should help to restore the momentum of open markets, while giving genuine priority to the concerns and interests of developing countries,” she said. Today’s meeting comes as part of the follow-up to the Assembly’s Agenda for Development, which was adopted in 1997. The Agenda called for holding a dialogue on emerging issues concerning international cooperation for development. At the conclusion of the dialogue, the President is expected to produce a summary which should stimulate follow-up by the international community, while enriching and advancing the policy debate on development issues. read more

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Celtics Rajon Rondo Will Miss Beginning of Regular Season

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo tore his ACL last NBA season, now many speculations linger about his return. CSNNE.com reports that Rondo may not be ready to play when the season starts:“Shortly after Rondo’s injury, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge stated that Rondo would be back for the start of the season. While there hasn’t been a delay in his recovery, Rondo’s timetable looks more and more like he will miss all of the preseason as well as some regular-season games.”With the loss of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the Celtics will definitely need Rondo to help them in the upcoming season. Even though they will need more pieces to help the guard, a healthy Rondo is the cornerstone of the franchise going forward.The Celtics organization said earlier this week that there’s no timetable for Rondo’s return. read more

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The Offer That MLB Players Always Refuse Even When They Shouldnt

Jordan Zimmermann2.8 Howie Kendrick2.4 Dexter Fowler1.7 John Lackey2.6 Zack Greinke4.0 Hisashi Iwakuma3.3 Jeff Samardzija2.7 PLAYERS WHO RECEIVED QUALIFYING OFFERSPROJECTED WAR Ian Kennedy2.1 Brett Anderson2.0 Wei-Yin Chen2.6 Justin Upton3.0 Ian Desmond1.6 The offer also serves another purpose, which is to reward the offering team with a valuable draft pick if the player should sign with another club; conversely, the signing team loses a draft pick. In practical terms, this has the effect of reducing a player’s value to any other team and making it easier for the original team to re-sign its free agent. In most cases, the draft pick is a small consolation prize for losing a superstar. But when it comes to some marginal players, the possible reward of the pick (worth about 1 WAR) is just enough incentive for a team to extend an offer to a player who might not otherwise be projected to achieve 2 WAR.The choice of whether to accept a qualifying offer is harder from the player’s perspective. The qualifying offer is a low-risk, low-reward option compared with what could be a bigger payday on the free-agent market, although there’s greater uncertainty about how much the payout will be. So far, every single player who has received a qualifying offer has refused it (not counting this year’s crop). In the case of the few players who are not likely worth an offer but still receive one, the near-pathological confidence necessary to be a professional athlete may be the factor compelling them to refuse. In some instances, that’s led to decent players remaining unemployed until mid-year the following season. Just ask Stephen Drew about that.As a result of these incentives, qualifying offer season has become somewhat predictable. The math works out so that teams tender offers to almost every remotely deserving free agent. Without fail, those free agents refuse them, only to find their eventual contract value reduced by the draft pick that their new team had to give up. Chris Davis2.4 Yovani Gallardo1.7 It’s qualifying offer season in Major League Baseball, that most anticlimactic time of year when teams offer one-year deals to a handful of players on the brink of free agency. Those “qualifying offers” are artifacts of a system that was introduced in the last collective bargaining agreement to compensate teams that lose free agents. Every qualifying offer is the same: Teams can offer $15.8 million to impending free agents who weren’t traded in the past year for one more year of service. If a player accepts, he takes the money but sacrifices the chance to see what the market thinks he’s worth. How teams and players should go about offering, accepting and denying qualifying offers are interesting questions.From a team’s perspective, the decision to tender a qualifying offer is relatively straightforward. Each offer is essentially a bet that the player will be worth more than the $15.8 million salary. Since each win above replacement (WAR) costs about $7 million to $8 million on the free-agent market, that wager is equivalent to projecting that a player will be worth 2 or more WAR in the coming year.1The math is slightly more complicated than this when you consider that wins are worth different amounts to playoff contenders versus rebuilding teams and can be afforded more easily by big-market outfits than smaller franchises. In some cases (Jason Heyward, Zack Greinke), that’s an easy bet to take, while in others (Colby Rasmus, Ian Desmond), the projection is a little shakier. Alex Gordon3.5 Jason Heyward4.7 Daniel Murphy2.1 Colby Rasmus0.8 Marco Estrada0.8 Matt Wieters2.2 read more

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Duchess of Cambridge tells students This is what you can do when

During a visit to the London school, the Duchess joined a round table meeting of staff and mental health support workers to hear about its approach to wellbeing and therapy.Told that the rapidly changing online technology was something they “battle with every day”, Duchess heard from senior teachers that as soon as they “got to grips” with one app or social network, “another one turns up”. Asked what he got out of art, Shaquille, 16, said: “Art grounds me. It makes me calm and makes me think. It makes me in the moment instead of being on social media.”Shown the drawings he does in his spare time, aside from his A Level portfolio, the Duchess said: “This is what you can do if you don’t use on social media. It’s a fantastic advert. Honestly, it’s really, really incredible.”Asked whether she had studied art at school, the Duchess said: “I did, yeah. I loved it. It’s something that I’m loving doing with the children. The papier-mâché! I forgot how messy it was. It’s so messy but it’s great.“George found a piece of charcoal in the fireplace and said ‘Mummy I’m going to draw a picture’. That’s what’s so nice, you can do it from all around you.” Meeting a group of students who were working with wax and fabric on their batik technique, she disclosed: “I’m desperate to go back to tie-dying! Do you remember tie-dying?”Speaking of the benefits of art, she added: “It expresses your creativity and can help your confidence.“I loved art when I was at school, and I did art A Level as well. The Duchess was at the school in Enfield, north London, in her role as patron of the charity Place2Be, a leading UK children’s mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. “It’s interesting how food and energy and how you feel work together,” she told children, who were working on a project connecting food and their mood. “It’s amazing the connection between physical and mental wellbeing.”She also told them them that her three-year-old daughter already enjoyed eating olives and helped with cooking the family’s favourite “cheesy pasta”.She then moved into a final room to chat to a group of parents about issues affecting them and their children. Among the issues they discussed were techniques that parents used to cope with the stresses of the day, including yoga and spending time together as a family, away from television and screens. The Duchess of Cambridge talks to pupils during a visit to Lavender Primary School  The Duchess of Cambridge visits Alperton Community School, in LondonCredit:Eddie Mulholland “This is amazing, it’s really clever how you’re using so many different mediums,” she said. “You can’t just look at the well-being of children without looking at the whole context,” she said. “The school and the home.“So many times, parents haven’t had a good experience at school themselves.”The Duchess then joined the school’s “Random Acts of Kindness” club, which sees pupils writing inspirational messages to send to staff and prefects to boost morale.”So much time and effort and energy goes into making these, it must be so appreciated by those who receive them,” she remarked.In a third session, an art class in the school’s textiles room, the Duchess met pupils working on batik, as she reminisced about her own time as an art student. The Duchess of Cambridge visits Alperton Community School, in London Duchess of Cambridge talks to art students Shaquille and Prakruti during a visit Alperton Community School in LondonCredit:Eddie Mulholland Duchess of Cambridge talks to art students Shaquille and Prakruti during a visit Alperton Community School in London “Is social media used at school?” the Duchess asked, hearing that while it was largely an out-of-school problem, teachers still update parents regularly about the online world students are using via a newsletter.Later, as she was shown the work of talented A Level art student Shaquille, 16, she exclaimed: “This is what you can do when you’re not on social media!”The Duchess also asked about mental health provision and whether young people self-refer to the school’s therapist, as well as whether teachers are helped with their own wellbeing.  The Duchess of Cambridge talks to pupils during a visit to Lavender Primary School Credit:Chris Jackson The Duchess of Cambridge visits Lavender Primary School in support of Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Week. Credit:Chris Jackson Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by a Herbie the dog as she visits Lavender Primary School Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by a Herbie the dog as she visits Lavender Primary SchoolCredit:CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images The photograph Credit:Chris Jackson/PA The Duchess of Cambridge visits Lavender Primary School in support of Place2Be Children's Mental Health Week. “I still look back on that time and still love the skills I learnt then, so I hope you’ll feel the same. It will be a skill you’ll have for life.”Speaking to star pupils Shaquille and Prakruti, both 16, she said: “It’s so amazing to hear your passion for it. You’ve got a real talent, both of you, please keep it up.The Duchess was shown around Alperton Community School by the UK’s first recipient of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, Andria Zafirakou, who won in 2018 in recognition of her contribution to the school community. “This is a photograph of my family. These are my children and this is my husband. And my family makes me feel happy. And we like playing outside together and spending lots of time together as a family.” The Duchess of Cambridge has celebrated what can be achieved when young people are not on social media, as she spoke of the benefits of art for children including her own. The Duchess told a teenage artist that he was a “fantastic advert” for what young people could achieve when they switch off from the online world and focus on their talents.Questioning teachers about the use of social media in schools, she hailed art as a means of unlocking children’s creativity and confidence.During a visit to Alperton Community School, the Duchess disclosed how she is making the most of her own arts education to take up papier-mâché with her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and harbours a desire to go back to tie-dying. Prince George, she said, had recently picked up a piece of charcoal from the fireplace and asked to draw a picture, as the family embrace art in all its mediums.  The London school is considered as at the forefront of mental health provision in schools, with trained specialist counsellors and a strategy that “we’re not an exam factory type of school”.In an earlier visit, to Lavender Primary at an event to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, the Duchess joined in a game of “show and tell” with primary school children today, as she brought along a photograph of her family as the object that “makes her happy”.Sitting down with a table full of of youngsters who had been tasked with bringing in a special object, the Duchess opened up her black clutch bag and told them: “I’ve got something. It’s not very big. Do you want to see it?  The Duchess of Cambridge shows the photofraph of her family read more

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Fez soundtrack is full of secrets

first_imgIf you’ve played Fez then you already know that the game has an excellent soundtrack– it’s a synthy, moody, set of 26 chiptune tracks from Disasterpeace. What you probably don’t know is that the soundtrack contains a number of secrets hidden right inside of it. And by “secrets” I don’t mean instructions on how to find a hidden passageway or how to shave seconds off of your speedrun, there are images, text, and even a QR code embedded right in the music.To see the hidden data you’ll have to download the soundtrack — it’s a pay-what-you-want deal with a minimum of $7 — and then open up one of the high-quality audio files (Bandcamp offers MP3 320, FLAC, MP3 VBR, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and ALAC) in any program with a spectrogram. You have a number of options here, but something like Adobe’s Soundbooth would work, if you are a Creative Suite user (View > Spectral Frequency Display), or you can use Sonic Visualiser, which is free. For Sonic the command is Pane > Add Spectrogram > All Channels Mixed.After that you need to get the timeline and zoom in so you can look at only a few seconds of the track at once, then go to the end of the track. Also, make sure you’re not in the waveform view, that’s totally different than what we need here.Once you’ve gotten the tracks and opened them up you might find something like this…Looks like a QR code… because it is. Keep in mind that this wasn’t fit right into the middle of the track — it would sound like static. All the secret information (that I’ve seen) exists at the end of the tracks.If you are curious, the QR code returns a string of dates:1955 1958 1960 1961 1967 1969 1971 1977 2003 2005 Which might mean something, or it might just be the birth dates of the development team (and their kids), I’m really not sure yet.Here are some more shots from the soundtrack, one of which I optimized in an image editor…fez-cobrafez-cobraFez – Spirit – spectrumcs5_spirit_geekAdobe Soundbooth CS5 – Disasterpeace – FEZ – 21 AgeAdobe Soundbooth CS5 – Disasterpeace – FEZ – 04 ProgressAdobe Soundbooth CS5 – Disasterpeace – FEZ – 02 PuzzleThere are other secrets in the soundtrack, but I won’t spoil them all for you. Keep in mind, it doesn’t seem like all 26 tracks have something to hide.via Gamefaqs and @brandonnnlast_img read more

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Terrafab offers 3D printed color model of Norways landscape shipped to your

first_imgThanks to the miracle of 3D printing, you can have your own little slice of Norway without ever leaving home. Simply visit Terrafab and select a section of Norwegian terrain to have 3D printed by Shapeways and mailed to you. This is arguably less fun than going to Norway and obtaining a real piece of it, but it’s quite a bit cheaper.So why Norway? Well, it does have some incredible terrain, covered in deep valleys and watery fjords. Norway’s Mapping Authority also has open data policies which enable the necessary geographic measurements to be placed online.The Terrafab site uses a slick map to select a square piece of the country. The default size of the selection is small when compared to the country as a whole, but you can resize it to cover a much greater area if you want. There is also a search box up top to find a specific place, and a drop down list of major cities.Because the size of the model is always going to be the same 10 x 10cm square, you have to decide if you want more area or more detail. A smaller section of the coastline will result in more dramatic vertical features. A very large section of Norway will have the height of everything scaled down to fit.The model comes fully painted to look like a satellite image of the Norwegian landscape, but it’s not cheap. The cost works out to about $100 for each model. If that’s too steep, you can also download the 3D mesh file for free and mess around in a 3D design program or print it on your own 3D printer.last_img read more

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Police arrest 2 refer 38 for charges at underage party

first_imgPolice arrested two teenagers and referred 38 more minors for allegations of underage intoxication after a loud party in Battle Ground early Sunday morning.Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Battle Ground police were called to a home in the 1500 block of Northwest 10th Circle after someone reported seeing minors carrying cases of beer and prevented an intoxicated minor from driving. When officers arrived at the property, they found beer bottles and smelled burning marijuana. They talked with someone outside who said no parents were home and many of the underaged people at the party had been drinking alcohol. Officers knocked on the door and asked to talk with the resident responsible for the party. After the individual refused, police obtained a search warrant based on what they had seen and heard outside. They returned to the house, again knocked on the door, and told those inside that they had a search warrant and demanded entry. While at the door, officers heard a man — later identified as 19-year-old Anatoliy Rubanenko, 19 — threatening to physically harm anyone who opened the door. They also heard screaming and people who were asking to leave being prevented from doing so. After another refusal to open the door, officers forced entry. Their investigation led to the arrest of Rubanenko on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. He was booked into the Clark County Jail. Brenden Miller, 19, of Battle Ground, was cited for being a minor with intoxicants and supplying them to other minors. Additionally, 27 people under 21 were referred to the Battle Ground prosecuting attorney for consuming/possessing intoxicants. Eleven kids were referred to Clark County Juvenile Court.Police seized marijuana and two digital scales as evidence.last_img read more

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Boy hospitalized after being pulled from Margate pool

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – A 6-year-old boy is recovering at the hospital after, officials said, he was pulled unresponsive from a pool in Margate, Saturday afternoon.Officials responded to the scene of the near drowning at the Calypso Cove Aquatic Facility at 6200 Royal Palm Blvd., at around 1:15 p.m. A teenage bystander removed the boy from the three-foot-deep section of the pool and alerted lifeguards on duty, who then performed life-saving techniques.The boy was transferred to Northwest Medical Center and is expected to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Amazons DC lobbying efforts have increased sharply says report

first_img Share your voice Jeff Bezos’ Amazon has sharply increased lobbying efforts in recent years.  Leonard Ortiz via Getty Images Jeff Bezos keeps a close eye on Washington. Amazon lobbied more government entities and attempted to influence more issues in 2018 than any other tech company except Alphabet’s Google, according to a Bloomberg report Thursday. The e-commerce giant in 2018 spent over $14 million, a company record, on a variety of issues, mostly in areas like taxes and information technology. Amazon also tried to influence issues such as defense, consumer product safety, immigration and government issues, according to federal records collected by Open Secrets, a bipartisan research organization. Google, Facebook and Amazon together spent more than $65 million last year to influence Capitol Hill. Since 2014, Amazon’s spending has nearly tripled, according to federal records. Google spent over $21 million on lobbying last year. On top of lobbying, the Seattle-based company is trying to persuade federal agencies to use its cloud computing services, according to Bloomberg. Amazon also reportedly wants to support a planned, government-wide e-commerce site for official purchases of everything from office supplies to furniture, which is said to be a $50 billion market. Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Amazon’s presence in DC will likely grow as the company moves forward with its HQ2 plans in Arlington, Virginia, a 25,000-employee site that’ll be right next door. We’ll see how that affects tensions between Bezos and President Donald Trump, who’s widely seen as targeting Amazon because the CEO also owns The Washington Post. Trump has criticized the newspaper’s coverage of him.  Politics Tech Industry 0 Amazon Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

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TRP Report Kapil Sharma Show makes majestic landing in top 5 Nach

first_imgJust like every week, this week’s TRP report has surprised and shocked us. A number of shows have taken a massive lead and jumped up in the charts and a number of shows, on the other hand, have had a crash landing this week. While shows like Nach Baliye which we were expecting to gain phenomenal TRPs last week went out of the race and certain shows like Kapil Sharma’s which were not in the race last week have made a surprising entry, once again.Mohsin Khan and Shivangi Joshi starrer Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai have bagged the first spot this week with a massive lead. The show was at the same spot last week too. Kundali Bhagya, which was at the second spot last week has retained its spot this week too. There have been no changes in Kumkum Bhagya and Taarak Mehta’s spots too. Kumkum Bhagya has taken up the third spot followed by Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah at the fourth spot.The Kapil Sharma Show has maintained its momentum and retained its fifth spot like last week. While Kapil Sharma had gone for a small getaway with pregnant wife Ginni Chatrath to Canada before the baby arrives and they got busy with their routines, his co-actors too had taken a vacation and gone abroad.Superstar Singers, reality singing show, judged by Himesh Reshammiya, Alka Yagnik and Javed; has bagged the sixth spot. The show was at par with The Kapil Sharma Show at the fifth spot last week. Shaheer Sheikh and Rhea Sharma starrer Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke have taken the seventh spot. The show has slipped by one rank as it was at the sixth spot last week.Tujhse Hai Raabta, which was at the seventh spot last week has now taken up the eighth spot. Kasautii Zindagii Kay has had a rollercoaster ride the past few weeks. Despite the introduction of Karan Singh Grover as Mr Bajaj and many twists and turns, the show hasn’t managed to remain in top five continuously.The dance reality show, Dance Deewane, judged by Madhuri Dixit is at the tenth spot in this week’s TRP list.last_img read more

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Amino acid in fruit fly intestines found to regulate sleep

first_img Researchers find oxidative stress plays a role in telling fruit flies when to sleep Scientists have known about D-serine for many years, but thought that it only existed in bacteria. Recently, however, researchers found that humans also produce the amino acid, as do fruit flies. But until now, it was not known what function it served. In this new effort, the researchers found that, at least in fruit flies, it helps regulate sleep.To learn more about the amino acid, the researchers edited the genes of fly specimens to halt its production and found that doing so resulted in the flies sleeping only half as much as normal flies. But they also found something else. Fruit flies actually produce D-serine in two places—in their intestines and their brains. Logic would suggest that the acid produced in the brain would be the one associated with sleep, but the researchers found that the opposite was true. When they turned off the genes that controlled production of the enzyme, serine racemase, which syntheses D-serine in the intestines, the flies slept less, but when they did the same for those made in the brain, they saw no change in sleep habits.The researchers report that they have no idea how an amino acid produced in the intestines can impact sleep patterns, noting that sleep regulation is probably carried out by the central nervous system. Prior research has shown that sleep is a very old evolutionary development, which suggests its control is likely similar across species. They suggest that more research is needed to find the answers to other questions surrounding D-serine—for instance, is it produced in other parts of the body? Does it play a role in regulating sleep in humans, and if so, how? A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China has found that an amino acid made in fruit fly intestines plays a key role in regulating their sleep. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes their study of D-serine in Drosophila melanogaster and what they found. More information: D-Serine made by serine racemase in Drosophila intestine plays a physiological role in sleep, Nature Communications (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09544-9 , https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09544-9 Citation: Amino acid in fruit fly intestines found to regulate sleep (2019, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-amino-acid-fruit-intestines.html © 2019 Science X Networkcenter_img Drosophila melanogaster. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.5 Explore further 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. Journal information: Nature Communicationslast_img read more

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Ten poets on a pan India literary tour

first_imgTen poets from India and Wales are taking part in an exchange organized by Literature Across Frontiers in India as part of the UK India Year of Culture. The collaborative project has brought them together to explore each other’s home location and create new work in six languages during a series of residencies in both countries. Alternating between the hustle and bustle of Indian metropolises and the peace and quiet of Welsh towns, the project literally spans across the two countries from Thiruvananthapuram in South Kerala to Shillong in the North-East, and from Bangor in North Wales to Swansea on the south coast. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn January and February 2018, the poets will tour literary festivals across India, with performances, debates and workshops at Bhubaneswar Literary Meet, the Brahmaputra Literary Festival in Guwahati, The Hindu Lit for Life Festival in Chennai, Hyderabad Literary Festival, Jaipur Literary Festival, Jaipur Book Mark, Kolkata Literary Meet, and at higher education institutions in Delhi.Poetry Connections celebrates the thriving literary relations between India and Wales as developed through Literature Across Frontiers’ work since 2009, harnessing its legacy, and establishing a deeper collaborative relationship between the five pairs of poets. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe poets address the theme of “independence” in a series of creative encounters that will have a ripple effect on the immediate environment in which the participating poets live and work.At a time of global change which sees increasing friction between identities, the project aims to open up a unique dialogue and formulate new narratives and ideas which both uncover and move beyond difficult histories. Alexandra Buchler, Director of Literature Across Frontiers, said: “We are thrilled to bring together ten talented poets from India and Wales to visit each other’s home locations and collaborate on producing new work reflecting their perspectives on historical and contemporary relations between the two countries. The project is a culmination of almost a decade of exchanges with India’s rich and varied literary scene, and will no doubt lead to further cooperation in the future, apart from leaving a legacy of publications, documented performances, and most importantly, ever stronger creative links.”last_img read more

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SXSW SelfDriving Audi to Make First CoasttoCoast US Drive

first_img Road trips just got more interesting. Today at SXSW, automotive supplier Delphi announced it will attempt the first-ever automated drive in North America. The journey will cover 3,500 miles and start March 22 in San Francisco near the Golden Gate bridge. The journey will end in Manhattan this April at the New York Auto Show.The test does more than just set records and grab headlines. It will test a variety of terrains and weather conditions allowing to Delphi to better develop safety technology for automotive clients such as Ford and GM. “Now it’s time to put our vehicles to the ultimate test,” said Jeff Owens, Delphi’s chief technology officer in a prepared statement.The trip is the latest in a string of automated road tests by companies in the space. This January, an Audi took a test drive of 550 miles to Las Vegas. Google’s self-driving cars have logged over 700,000 miles to date and while companies such as Mercedes- Benz, Uber and Apple are developing their own self-driving solutions.Related: Mercedes’ Self-Driving Car Says Hello to San FranciscoThe car, an Audi SQ5, will use a combination of sensors, radar and cameras to make human-like decisions, such as how to proceed at a four-way stop or when to make room for a bicyclist. The company says such real-world scenarios are difficult to fully test inside a lab.Unmanned, the car will take a southern route across the United States, avoiding mountains and snow, focusing mostly on highway driving. Remotely, Delphi engineers will monitor data processed by the car’s multi-domain controller, a sort of black box that acts as the car’s brain.Related: Apple Studies Self-Driving Car, Auto Industry Source SaysWhile Delphi has been developing many of these technologies for years, the company says tests like this one are necessary to keep pace with expanding needs and applications. “We have to be ready. Ford might go one way and GM another, “ says Kristen Kinley, global communications manager for Delphi. “We have to keep pace.” March 14, 2015 2 min readlast_img read more

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Windows 10 turn off ads in File Explorer

first_imgWindows 10: turn off ads in File Explorer by Martin Brinkmann on March 08, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 32 commentsMicrosoft’s Windows 10 operating system differs in several regards from previous versions. It is the last version of Windows according to Microsoft, was offered as a free upgrade to existing license holders, and its core powers not only desktop PCs but also the company’s Xbox, mobiles, and other devices.Advertisement in Windows is not an entirely new concept, but it is being pushed in Windows 10 like never before.Ads have been spotted on the lockscreen, the start menu, the share menu, and the taskbar already. Not all users see all the ads all the time, and it is quite possible that some users may have seen them in only some locations, or even none at all.Note: Microsoft calls these suggestions and not ads.Ads serve several purposes. First, to get users to use Microsoft software, for instance Edge instead of Firefox or Chrome. Second, to get users to use the Windows Store, for instance by highlighting third-party apps in the start menu. Third, to get users to sign up for other Microsoft services, e.g. OneDrive.Windows 10: turn off ads in File ExplorerThe newest location of Windows 10 where you may be exposed to advertisement is File Explorer. Yes, the renamed Windows Explorer application that most Windows users use to navigate their system.A user on Reddit, see the original thread here, noticed the ad when he opened File Explorer on a Windows 10 Home machine which he upgraded from Windows 8.1.It advertised an Office 365 subscription to the user:Get the best deal on your cloud storage with OneDriveFor $6.99 a month, an Office 365 subscription gets you 1 TB (1000 GB) of OneDrive cloud storage as well as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.Funny side note of the incident is that the user already has an Office 365 subscription.The advertisement is displayed on top of the file pane in File Explorer. You can dismiss it, but there is a chance that other ads, or even the same, may be shown again.Turning off the adsMicrosoft makes it difficult to turn off all ads in Windows 10. Ads are not controlled using a single preference, as controls are scattered around.What makes this even more difficult is that the preferences don’t necessarily reveal that they control advertisement (or suggestions) at all.To turn of the ads in File Explorer for instance, you have to do the following:Open File Explorer on the Windows 10 machine.Select File > Options at the top.Switch to the View menu when the Folder Options window opens.Scroll down until you find “show sync provider notifications”.Uncheck that box.Click ok.The name of the feature suggests that the “notifications” are limited to file sync services such as OneDrive, and not just limited to OneDrive.Using the RegistryYou may toggle the setting using the Windows Registry as well (thanks Into Windows).Tap on the Windows-key to open the Start Menu, type regedit.exe, and hit the Enter-key on the keyboard afterwards.Confirm the UAC prompt.Navigate to the following value: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AdvancedLocate the ShowSyncProviderNotifications  on the right-side.Double-click on it to change its value.If you set its value to 0, the feature is turned off. If you set it to 1, the feature is turned on.The preference should exist, but if it does not, you may create it with a right-click on the Advanced value on the left-side, and selecting New > Dword (32-bit) Value. Name it ShowSyncProviderNotifications, and set its value either to 0 (off) or 1 (on).Now you: have you seen ads on Windows 10?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10: turn off ads in File ExplorerDescriptionFind out how to turn off ads — Microsoft calls them suggestions or notifications — in File Explorer of the Windows 10 operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Innovaccer Launches MIPS Reporting and Performance Optimization Platform

first_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Radiology Business | February 07, 2017 Innovaccer Launches MIPS Reporting and Performance Optimization Platform Providers can calculate any MIPS registry quality measure using data from disparate sources to improve Composite Performance Scores Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more February 7, 2017 — Healthcare analytics company Innovaccer Inc. announced the launch of its holistic MIPS Platform designed to enable providers to deliver better clinical outcomes. The platform does this by helping providers monitor performances, understand population, efficiently manage data and easily submit it to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).The platform has the capability to ingest clinical, claims, ADT, scheduling, immunization, medication and labs data from disparate sources in one single longitudinal patient view. Through intuitive dashboards in the platform, providers can calculate any MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) registry quality measure or eCQM, track and improve group/provider’s MIPS Composite Performance Score.MIPS Platform is a part of Innovaccer’s existing platform Datashop. It has the list of all the measures that are used across the multiple performance measures, including measures required for quality, advancing care information and clinical practice improvement activities. In addition to this, description for every measure has been provided to help the users understand them easily.MIPS is a part of the Quality Payment Program rolled out by CMS. Implemented on Jan. 1, it combines the existing programs such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Meaningful Use and the Value-based Modifier into one performance payment system.Innovaccer’s MIPS Platform also educates the care teams about the program, requirements and care opportunities, reducing training requirements. With a simple point-and-click interface, the platform can help both MIPS and MIPS alternative payment models (APMs) to adapt quickly to new regulations and secure maximum reimbursements.For more information: www.innovaccer.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Activists protest Costa Rican participation in US military academy

first_imgIt’s been years since former Costa Rican police officer Gerardo Brenes put on his brown uniform, and since then a lot has changed. “I had a lot more hair a lot less stomach,” he says, rubbing his head and patting his belly with a smile.But it’s what hasn’t changed that was on Brenes’ mind Wednesday at a press conference at the Friends Peace Center in downtown San José, where he and a roomful of human rights activists gathered to discuss the continued training of Costa Rican police at the U.S. Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), in Ft. Benning, Georgia.WHINSEC, a combat training school formerly known as the School of the Americas, has trained more than 64,000 Latin American soldiers since its creation in 1946. The school has been labeled the “School of Assassins” by human rights activists, who accuse it of ties to some of the region’s most brutal past dictators and death squads.Costa Rica has sent more than 2,600 police officers to the school since its founding (TT, May, 2007), Brenes said.“In reality, I didn’t read a single thing on human rights when I was there,” the former police comandante said. “The things I learned weren’t from a police perspective, they were from a military one.”According to Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the America’s Watch (SOAW), an organization dedicated to WHINSEC’s closure, the Costa Rican police officers have no business training at the base.“Make no mistake, this is a military combat school,” he said. “So how is it possible that Costa Rica, who abolished its military in 1948 and presented itself as a peacemaker for the world, has its police at this school of assassins?”Armed with this logic, Bourgeois approached former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias in 2007 and asked him to end his country’s relationship with the school. Arias agreed and publicly announced the change that May.The issue remained dormant for four years until WikiLeaks released a confidential cable last March. The cable from December 2007 revealed an agreement by a former U.S. Embassy official and Arias’ Public Security Minister Fernando Berrocal to continue sending police to the school.Due to pressure from human rights groups and his Nobel Peace Prize Laureate status, Arias would not make the change himself, the cable revealed. So the embassy official proposed that Berrocal send him a note recommending that police be trained at WHINSEC. If Arias declined to respond to the note, it would be interpreted as positive silence and the practice could continue.Berrocal began sending police to Ft. Benning for training shortly after. Public Security Vice Minister Walter Navarro confirmed to the press following the leak that the administration of President Laura Chinchilla also has sent police to WHINSEC.SOAW estimates that Costa Rica has sent at least 70 police to WHINSEC since Arias’ agreement in 2007. According to Brenes, every police supervisor receives some kind of specialized, military training either at WHINSEC or other schools throughout the region.With his original agreement dead in the water, Bourgeois has returned to Costa Rica determined to forge a new one. The small delegation visiting Costa Rica from March 13-15 hoped to meet with members of the Chinchilla administration to discuss a new plan. Those efforts were unsuccessful.“They said that they were busy,” said Mary Anne Perrone, a member of the delegation. “They didn’t give any more of a reason.”In the meantime, the delegation has had meetings with human rights groups and the U.N.’s Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime. Bourgeois and other delegation members also gave testimony for an affidavit for litigation that aims to prevent Costa Rica from sending police to WHINSEC.The case, filed in September by Costa Rican human rights lawyer Luis Roberto Zamora, claims that sending cops to WHINSEC violates the Costa Rican Constitution. The case is making its way to Costa Rica’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, where a ruling in Zamora’s favor would give legal weight to a re-establishment of Arias’ original agreement. “We have a good case that simply shows how having police personnel with military training goes against the Constitution and laws of the country,” Bourgeois said. “It is our sincere hope that very soon Costa Rica will do what is right, what is legal, and will send a powerful message throughout Latin America and the United States.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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