Adult Learners Graduate at NSCC in the Strait Area

first_imgThis has been quite a year for April Stone. The young mother returned to school to get her high school diploma and, along the way, wrote a published short story, received a nomination for the Council of Federation Literacy award and won a Student Leadership Award. She also lost her home and belongings to an electrical fire. “It’s been a heartbreaking year, but I never gave up with my learning,” said Ms. Stone. “I am very proud of everything I’ve accomplished and for the opportunity Nova Scotia Community College gave me.” This year, more than 500 students across the province will receive the high school graduation diploma for adults through the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. Today, June 16, Ms. Stone is one of 17 students receiving their diplomas from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)in the Strait Area. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. This year marks the school’s fifth anniversary and the graduation of almost 2,000 Nova Scotians with a high school diploma for adults. “The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is meeting a significant need in our province,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Education. “In just five years, more than 20,000 students have enrolled to improve their education, and ultimately, their job skills. I’d like to congratulate them for taking steps toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning works in partnership with the NSCC, regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne and community-based learning organizations to offer programs at more than 170 sites across the province. “The beautiful thing about the Adult Learning Program is the fact that it immediately opens up a million and one doors,” said Mike Smith, dean, school of access at NSCC. “We now know a high school diploma is essential for skill development and further learning. NSCC is proud to partner with the Department of Education in this progressive initiative that continues to improve the lives of many Nova Scotians.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.last_img read more

It changed my life Samantha Morton on working with Woody Allen

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Samantha Morton has said she has no “regrets” of working with embattled filmmaker Woody Allen. Before she became famous with films such as Lynne Ramsay’s “Morvern Callar” and Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report”, Morton featured in Allen’s 1999 comedy “Sweet and Lowdown” alongside the likes of Uma Thurman and Anthony LaPaglia. The film earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 72nd Academy Awards. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 42-year-old British actor said working with Allen changed her life. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I don’t have any regrets. I’m terribly sorry for the situation that is publicly known. It’s heartbreaking. I was sexually abused. Some of the people that hurt me can’t be brought to justice for complications of time. I have full sympathy for anybody who says that happens to them, and it needs to be taken incredibly seriously,” Morton said. “But if I look back at the situation that I was in, where I was working for a director who was kind, funny, and wonderful to work with. It changed my life. And I’m forever grateful for that. I can’t now go back (and change anything)” she added. There is a renewed focus on the filmmaker in the aftermath of #MeToo movement over his daughter Dylan Farrow’s allegations of sexual abuse against him, which he has repeatedly denied.last_img read more

Not sure how captaincy will affect me as a cricketer Quinton de

first_imgMohali: Newly-appointed South African T20 captain Quinton de Kock on Tuesday said the additional responsibility could be a double-edged sword but he is not thinking too much about it. De Kock is one of the senior players in this new-look team and has been handed captaincy in the absence of Faf du Plessis as the management is looking to groom him ahead of the T20 World Cup next year. “Not too concerned to be honest. It is a new stepping stone in my career, gives me extra responsibility. Not sure if it would affect me negatively or positively,” said the wicket-keeper batsman ahead of the second T20 against India here on Wednesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh IPL regular de Kock, who won the final with Mumbai Indians earlier this year, is pretty familiar with the conditions in India. Asked if he is prepared to play the mentor’s role in the team, like du Plessis and Ab de Villiers played when he burst on to the scene, de Kock said: “I think they (Faf and ABD) gave me lots of room to play the way I wanted to. I don’t see it why that would change without them being here. “Even they in their career have had to do the same thing we are doing. So we will take it as it comes. In the leadership group in the team we have had a chat (on grooming the youngsters). It is under control so far but we are still learning as part of a young leadership group.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later De Kock said some youngsters could get a longer rope while some may not. “I not going to put a number on it. For some it could be one, for some it could be 10, so can’t really say.” It has effectively become a two-match series with the series opener in Dharamasala being washed out. “It is a bit of a negative,” said de Kock. “We would like to have played three games against the Indian team. Leading into the World Cup, to lose out on a game in different conditions, it is not ideal but it is what it is.” After the IPL final, de Kock had made an interesting comment, calling the triumph with Mumbai Indies the biggest achievement of his career. He still feels the same on the subject. “It is the biggest thing I have won so far. What can I say. If we win a World Cup that would be the biggest achievement. IPL final is a big achievement for any cricketer. As cricketers we want to be part of IPL finals and World Cup finals. Everyone has opinion. My opinion is mine. It is the biggest thing I have achieved so far.” Asked about the Virat Kohli versus Kagiso Rabada contest, he added: “They both are good players in their own way. It will be a good contest. They like being very positive in the way they play.”last_img read more

Back in black Experts say why the Trudeau deficit gambit wont fly

first_imgHALIFAX – Less than two years ago, Nova Scotia voters enthusiastically embraced Justin Trudeau’s plan to spur the economy through hefty deficit financing, handing the federal Liberals every riding in the province.The free-spending approach appears to be getting little traction, however, as Nova Scotia’s provincial election campaign draws to a close.The Liberals under Premier Stephen McNeil are seeking a second consecutive mandate by pledging four deficit-free budgets, having already tabled two consecutive balanced budgets during a term marked by a tight-fisted approach to public spending.Their main rivals, the Progressive Conservatives led by Jamie Baillie, are also promising four more balanced budgets if elected on Tuesday.Tom Urbaniak, a political science professor at Cape Breton University, said Nova Scotia voters understand the country as a whole has a greater capacity to deal with deficits than their province does.“Nova Scotians have very limited experience with economic growth,” he said, noting Nova Scotia’s growth on average has lagged virtually every province for more than 25 years.“At the federal level, a pledge for deficit spending for infrastructure is more easily understood as being a bridge between a slow period and a more robust period of economic growth. The country as a whole is used to steady economic growth, and population growth. Not so in Nova Scotia.”McNeil has repeatedly said Ottawa’s plans can’t be compared with Nova Scotia’s, because the federal government is expected to benefit from an eventual rebound in world oil prices.Trudeau’s government is forecasting a $28.5 billion federal deficit in 2017-18.Inspired by the federal Liberals, Nova Scotia’s New Democrats have committed to adding close to $1 billion in red ink over the next four years if they take power.“The answer the federal Liberals gave in their last budget and in their last platform about this was the right one,” NDP Leader Gary Burrill said when his party released its platform halfway through the campaign.Burrill, elected leader just over a year ago, was immediately condemned by the Liberals as a left-leaning “anti-capitalist,” while a Tory spokesman called the projected deficits a “reckless spending orgy.”The NDP’s commitment to deficit financing stands in contrast to the province’s recent political history. For 17 years, successive governments have promised balanced budgets. And at one point, the province had a balanced budget law.Even the province’s first NDP government, which held office under Darrell Dexter between 2009 and 2013, pledged to table three consecutive balanced budgets — a promise they eventually broke.Burrill has said times have changed, but the polls suggest otherwise. The party has consistently trailed in third place since the campaign began in early May.“The greatest enemy for Gary Burrill and the NDP is time,” said Urbaniak. “They need more time to articulate the planks of their platform … It’s not necessarily unpalatable to run a deficit in this province, but it has to be tied to a comprehensive program of economic growth and good governance.”The Tories, meanwhile, have been outflanked by the Liberals.“The (Liberals) are behaving more like traditional Progressive Conservatives,” said Don Mills, CEO of Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates. “That’s left Jaimie Baillie with very little space to go … The Liberals are actually further to the right of them.”Since 2000, Nova Scotia’s debt-to-GDP ratio — a key indicator of economic health — has been declining. The province now sits in the middle of the pack when its ratio is compared with other provinces.But the Nova Scotia government is still paying an estimated $850 million annually in debt-servicing charges on a $10.5 billion budget — and the McNeil government seems determined to reduce that cost.The problem is that the Liberals have spent a great deal of political capital on reining in spending and holding the line on wage increases for the public sector — measures that have led to charges of ruthlessness and protests at the legislature.“The back-to-balance journey has been associated with a lot of pain for many Nova Scotians — perhaps more pain than was necessary,” Urbaniak said. “That is a risk factor for the Liberals in this campaign.”To soften their image, the Liberals spent $130 million on pre-election goodies, the Conservatives say. And the Liberals followed up by tabling a feel-good budget last month that promises broad tax cuts.Mills said many voters don’t care about the province’s fiscal plan, but most know the economy has been lagging for years. According to research compiled by his firm, 60 per cent of Nova Scotians have not seen a raise in the past two years.“Most households are feeling the pinch,” he said. “They understand how difficult the economy is because they’re experiencing it.”last_img read more

New Programs And Partnerships Announced At Fifth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit

first_imgThe Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, held its Fifth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit this week.The Summit brought together 450 leaders in healthcare, public policy, business, technology, education, and professional sports in an action-oriented dialogue on what’s working and what more can be done to improve the health and well-being of communities across the United States.The Summit, sponsored by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, included plenary discussions led by President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala on the quest for longevity and our rising death rates, addressing health disparities through technology and innovation, the inclusion of girls and women in sports to improve their health, and how communities and local organizations are driving and developing scalable solutions that are also best suited to meet local needs.“If we have community-based solutions that involve all stakeholders, we can make a lot of difference,” said President Bill Clinton. “We can’t forget that the shape these challenges take are different from community to community. That is what makes Health Matters’ work to make communities the centers of health innovation so important.”“The Health Matters Summit provides an opportunity for experts and key stakeholders across sectors to see the progress that is being made in the health community, to learn from one another, and to be inspired by one another,” said Clinton Foundation President Donna E. Shalala.“There is tremendous work being done in communities around the country to improve our collective health and well-being,” said Rain Henderson, CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. “Innovation is possible. Technology can power innovation and empower people. But, at the end of the day, nothing is possible without giving people a real sense of purpose and a real sense of community.”Also this week, the Clinton Foundation hosted a Day of Action at La Quinta High School where more than 75 students, teachers, and parents came together to cultivate a community garden and prepare 150 healthy meals that were donated to the Joslyn Center’s Meals on Wheels program. La Quinta High School offers a culinary arts program that is dedicated to teaching students the culinary arts and preparing them to major in the field in their post-secondary education. The culinary students prepared a healthy lunch for the Day of Action volunteers. La Quinta High School, along with the rest of the Desert Sands Unified School District, is part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools program.Key announcements from this year’s Summit included:Adapt Pharma, Limited announced their collaboration with CHMI to offer a free carton of NARCAN (naloxone hydrochloride) Nasal Spray to all high schools in the United States through the state departments of education. This announcement builds off of a 2015 announcement with Adapt Pharma to provide school districts, college campuses, public safety agencies, and community-based organizations access to discounted pricing to Naloxone.Harvard Health Publications announced a partnership with CHMI to develop an educational platform that builds the capacity of employers and employees to improve health and wellness within the workplace. Goals of the partnership include educating employees about behavioral health risk factors, prevention, impacts on physical health, evidence-based treatment options and outcomes, self-care and methods to overcome barriers to getting care.Mayor John Pritchard of Galesburg, Illinois announced Knox County, Illinois as CHMI’s sixth focus community under its Community Health Transformationportfolio. CHMI and its partners will engage key thought leaders and community stakeholders to develop a framework for improved health to decrease preventable disease and address health inequities and disparities.U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy presented the winners of the “Fight the Ladykiller” codeathon in October 2015, organized and run by CHMI in partnership with Cal State LA and The Women’s Heart Alliance. Over three days, 40 Cal State LA students came together in six teams to learn about women’s heart health and develop educational apps geared toward increasing awareness of cardiovascular disease, the leading killer of women. The diverse collection of creative ideas and applications that were presented included mobile games, quizzes, social media integration and fitness tracking apps.Kathy Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, announced a new partnership with CHMI to support spousal employment for military families by offering workforce development training and career building opportunities to military spouses. The pilot program consists of 8 initial cohorts of 14 participants, with each participant given group and individual training, as well as coaching on CRM database administration.Participants at this year’s Summit included President Bill Clinton, Founder, Clinton Foundation; Abby Wambach, World Cup and Olympic Champion; Donna E. Shalala, President, Clinton Foundation; Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative; Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. J. Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute; Dan Buettner, Author and National Geographic Fellow; Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Medical Center; Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Executive Director, Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic; Linda Evans, Mayor, La Quinta, CA;Trevor Fetter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tenet Healthcare; Tim Finchem, Commissioner, PGA TOUR; Dr. Nate Gross, Co-founder, Rock Health; Dr. Ellen Meara, National Bureau of Economic Research Faculty Research Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor in Economics & Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Dartmouth College; Dr. Charles Modlin, Founder and Director, Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological Institute; Anya Pogharian, Inventor; Dr. Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer and Vice President of Integrated Health Services, IBM; Jeffrey D. Selberg, MHA, Executive Director, Peterson Center on Healthcare; and Dr. Donald K. Warne, Director of the Master of Public Health Program, North Dakota State University.last_img read more

YouTube suspends comments on videos of kids

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube said Thursday it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids — potentially affecting millions of posts on the site — after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on innocuous videos of children.The change comes as YouTube grapples with moderating content across its platform as concerns about hate speech, violence and conspiracy theories continue to plague it.It will take YouTube several months to disable comments on all videos featuring minors, the company said. It already started the process last week when it turned off comments from tens of millions of videos.Advertisers including Nestle, AT&T and Fortnite-maker Epic Games pulled ads from YouTube last week after the inappropriate comments about children were unearthed by a popular YouTuber and media reports. At least one company, Nestle, was satisfied with YouTube’s response and reinstated ads late last week.A small number of channels which have videos featuring kids will be allowed to keep comments turned on. But they must be known to YouTube and must actively monitor the comments beyond the standard monitoring tools YouTube provides.Turning off comments on such a large number of videos seems an “extreme reaction,” said eMarketer analyst Paul Verna. But the issue involves the safety of children, so it makes sense YouTube would want to act quickly, he said.Comments aren’t the main focus of the video-publishing site, but turning them off will likely diminish the experience for many users and video creators, he said.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki acknowledged the concerns Thursday, tweeting, “Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the safety of young people on the platform.”The company said it has also released an updated version of its automated moderating system that it expects will identify and delete two times as many inappropriate comments.YouTube, like Facebook, Twitter and other sites that allow user publishing, have faced increasing calls to monitor what appears on their sites and get rid of unsuitable content. The companies all say they have taken action to protect users. But issues keep popping up.Concerns about YouTube comments weren’t even a top priority for advertisers and viewers a couple weeks ago, Verna said.“It just makes you wonder, what’s the next thing that going to happen?”Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

The Latest China France push climatefriendly finance

PARIS — The Latest on the meeting between European leaders and China’s president (all times local):12:10 p.m.The leaders of China and France are trying to ramp up efforts against climate change and are calling for a global rethink of investments to make them more planet-friendly.Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron issued a statement that contrasted with the position of U.S. President Donald Trump, who took his country out of the Paris climate accord partly because of concerns over how it threatened American business.Xi and Macron stressed “the importance of reorienting public and private investment toward fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity,” notably in developing countries where China is a major investor.They vowed support for the 2015 Paris agreement to reduce the emissions that cause global warming, including in the energy and refrigeration sectors.Xi is paying a visit to Europe aimed at boosting co-operation, amid tensions with the U.S.___9:50 a.m.Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission, as European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its trade practices.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came to Paris to join Xi and French President Emmanuel Macron for Tuesday’s meeting. The leaders are notably preparing for a crucial EU-China summit.Tuesday’s meeting is a key moment in Xi’s European tour, which has involved huge business contracts, including one of the biggest deals ever for European plane maker Airbus.Xi also received the full honours of a formal reception in the French presidential palace Monday night.The EU is China’s biggest trade partner and wants to solidify that relationship.The Associated Press read more

UN blue helmets conduct election training for hundreds of DR Congo police

21 July 2009More than 500 Congolese police officers have received training in ensuring security for upcoming local, urban and municipal elections, the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced today. In the latest round of instruction, the UN mission (MONUC) and the Congolese National Police (PNC) trained 555 officers in the town of Kisangani last week. MONUC reported that it has now trained some 6,965 Congolese policemen in several towns across the DRC, and plans on extending the programme to over 76,000 personnel in total.There are three separate courses used for training different categories of policemen:the management of queues in front of polling stations, intervention and arrest for police in charge of voting station security; teaching personnel working in the area of information gathering; and evacuation preparedness for reserve policemen, MONUC said.Between 2005 and 2007, MONUC police trained PNC personnel who successfully ensured the security of the presidential and parliamentary elections in the DRC monitored by the UN. read more

Tamil to take the fight to Australia

He has since admitted his involvement with the vanquished Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and five others involved have been convicted in the US. He came to Australia on a short-term business visa, met and married Priya — a fellow Tamil who had been granted asylum during Sri Lanka’s civil war — and they had a son, Varun. Mr Santhirarajah sought residency but, after his arrest, ASIO gave him an adverse security assessment, meaning he would have had no right to return after his case was finalised in the US.Attorney-General Nicola Roxon approved his extradition to the US in February but Federal Court judge Tony North found the extradition order came two years too late. In a surprise move, Ms Roxon has opted not to appeal, allowing Mr Santhirarajah to leave custody for the first time in four years. An ethnic Tamil who was set to be deported to the US to face terrorism charges, until a judge ruled the commonwealth had bungled the case, is now challenging his adverse ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) assessment in a bid to remain in Australia.Thulasi Santhirarajah, the former head of the Melbourne International College, hopes to use a High Court decision last week to build on his own success in the Federal Court and finally be declared a free man. A spokesman for Ms Roxon declined to give reasons for the commonwealth opting not to appeal the Federal Court judgment, other than to say it had sought further legal advice.“Consistent with our bilateral relationship, the decision not to appeal was relayed to the US government,” Ms Roxon’s spokesman said. (The Australian) As his lawyers were last week, challenging the commonwealth’s decision to deny him a visa, the High Court provided a precedent from another case.The High Court ruled that a regulation under the Migration Act was invalid and a 36-year-old Tamil, in detention for almost three years after an adverse ASIO assessment, should have his case reconsidered.At the time, Ms Roxon said the other man would remain in custody while his case was reconsidered and all other cases would be treated on their merits. Mr Santhirarajah, 38, was arrested in 1998 and accused of trying to procure weapons from undercover FBI agents. Lawyers for Mr Santhirarajah are considering their options. read more

Thousands of ethnic Albanians continue to flee FYR of Macedonia UNHCR

On Monday alone, an estimated 5,300 people crossed the main border crossing at Blace, said Kris Janowski, a spokesman for the Geneva-based UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR workers monitoring the border 24 hours a day said the flow was continuing today. While those moving over the weekend came primarily from the village of Aracinovo, outside of Skopje, the people who arrived on Monday came mostly from Skopje itself and its outskirts.According to UNHCR, the refugees cited growing tension between the country’s ethnic groups and the threat of a military confrontation outside Skopje as the main reasons for leaving. Most of those arriving were women and children, since men were being turned back at the official border crossing.Nearly 18,000 people had crossed into Kosovo since Friday, Mr. Janowski said. After receiving food and water at the border, most were being accommodated with host families. read more

US envoy to Canada seeks to soothe Canadian concerns about fiscal cliff

U.S. envoy to Canada seeks to soothe Canadian concerns about ‘fiscal cliff’ by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2012 7:02 pm MDT MONTREAL – The U.S. envoy to Canada sought to ease concerns within the Canadian business community on Tuesday by downplaying the scale of the so-called “fiscal cliff.”In a speech to a Canadian audience, David Jacobson said the media have been focused on the dramatic imagery of a cliff-like plunge when, in reality, he predicted the potential impact would actually be far gentler, in the short term.“It’s probably more like a fiscal slide,” the U.S. ambassador told the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.“Taxes will go up, spending will go down, but it doesn’t all happen on Jan. 1.”The fiscal cliff is a combination of deep spending cuts, federally mandated in 2010, and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts which would kick in barring a deal by the end of the year.The U.S. Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the looming threat of those $7-trillion measures could reduce the country’s overall GDP by 0.5 per cent, in the latter half of this year alone. It says the impact would be even greater in 2013.Jacobson noted that even if Congress cannot reach an agreement by the New Year’s deadline, the impact of the resulting tax increases and spending cuts wouldn’t be felt immediately.He said the effect would be felt gradually over the following months, spread out over the course of the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.While Jacobson downplayed the potential scope of the economic damage if Congress can’t reach deal, he conceded that the failure would “definitely be playing with fire.”He also acknowledged that, since the election, it’s understandable that Canadians would be watching the U.S. for signs of economic hiccups. The value of Canadian exports to the U.S. is pegged at 20 per cent of this country’s total economy.“This is the thing that is the most-important implication of the election for Canada: Can we get our economic house in order? Can we do well and therefore can you do well?” Jacobson said.“It doesn’t mean you can’t do well without us, but it’s sure a lot easier when the American economy is booming for the Canadian economy.”Last month’s U.S. election produced a similar composition in Congress and the White House to the one that existed over the two previous years, as the American political system was plagued by partisan deadlock.Both President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress have now laid out some specifics of their vision for a fiscal settlement, but the plans are vastly different and leave politicians far from agreement with a deadline less than a month away.A key point of contention is whether to allow the Bush-era tax cuts expire for higher-income earners — which the Democrats are insisting on and the Republicans are refusing.Jacobson said he hopes Congress will be able to address some of its differences by the deadline, but he indicated that if it doesn’t happen there’s always a chance they can be ironed over a few days or even a week.That is, he said, as long as people aren’t screaming at each other. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Applications open for GIS scholarship competition

For the seventh consecutive year, Brock has been selected to participate in the Esri Canada $1,000 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Student Scholarship Program.The scholarship will help support a Brock undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled, dedicated and high achieving to continue their studies in GIS and consider it as a post-graduation career option. The scholarship also includes $50,000 in Esri software, books and training deliverables.Brock University is one of a select group of Canadian universities and colleges that Esri Canada recognizes for its strong, multidisciplinary focus on GIS.Students interested in applying can visit Brock’s GIS Day website for guidelines and more information. Deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 6.Students will be competing for the scholarship by presenting their proposals on GIS Day, Wednesday, Nov. 15.GIS Day, hosted by the Map, Data and GIS Library and the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MDG Library (Mackenzie Chown C-Block 306).All are welcome to attend. read more

New Brock research examines forgetfulness in preschoolers

In spite of their best intentions, three- and four-year-old kids often struggle with remembering what they were supposed to do.Prospective memory, or the memory of future intentions, is the focus of a new Brock University study by Caitlin Mahy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, and her research team, student Lydia Lavis and lab manager Amanda Krause.The researchers are exploring two possible reasons why children forget, and whether these reasons differ depending on a child’s age.“Children forget either because of memory failure, when they can’t remember what they have to do, or because they don’t detect a cue to trigger the behaviour, even though they can remember and report what they had to do,” Mahy says.“Our prediction is that three year olds fail to carry out their intentions because they forget what they had to do, whereas four year olds forget to carry out their intentions because they don’t detect the cue at the right time — but can still remember what they had to do.”In order to collect a high volume of data in a short period of time, the research team collaborated with the Ontario Science Centre (OSC) through its Research Live! program.There is a growing trend of developmental research being conducted in public learning spaces like museums, and Mahy and her team understand why. With a high volume of visitors, the team was able to collect the same amount of data in seven days as they typically would have in a year if restricted to the lab.Data collection was less controlled than in a lab, because of noise and distractions. But Mahy’s team found that the children were surprisingly focused.The OSC also provided a diverse group of subjects from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Families from Canada, the U.K., United Arab Emirates and the U.S. all agreed to participate.Mahy found it moving to see so many children from diverse backgrounds getting excited about participating in science, and enjoyed discussing the research with parents who want to better understand their children’s behaviour.“Caitlin’s approach to developing novel ways to undertake data collection is a fine example of the innovative efforts made by junior faculty in the Social Sciences,” says Diane Dupont, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty. “It not only improves their own research, but also showcases the breadth of research inquiry undertaken by Brock faculty.”Mahy’s study is ongoing. Data will be used for Lavis’s honours thesis project, and eventually published. For more information on the study, visit read more

Letter Drastic need for more lands to become accessible to farmers

Dear Editor,The 2018 Agriculture budgetary allocation saw a decrease of $1.351 billion over the 2017 allocation. This allocation was approved by the Committee of Supply without any debate hence the lack of reason for this decrease.Other things being equal, it would have been assumed that the monies saved from the Guysuco subsidy would have been used to strengthen the other agriculture sub-sectors. This would have been more urgent given the dire poverty being experienced by some sugar dependent communities such as Wales, Rose Hall and Skeldon. However, this does not seem to be the case.It will be insightful and revealing to quickly assess the allocations in the Agriculture Capital Budget and the source of funds.The Agriculture Capital Budget is $4.6 billion funded by foreign grants and loans to the tune of $2.587 billion and funding by the Central Government accounting for $2.014 billion.The foreign grants and loans came from the CDB, IDB, IFAD, IDA, CDF and the Governments of India and Japan. These loans and grants were given for specific projects in specific areas aimed at alleviating the drainage and irrigation problems, rehabilitating access dams as well as supplying technical assistance, construction and rehabilitation of agriculture centres, and funding pilot projects in meat processing and hinterland environmentally sustainable agriculture development projects in Regions 1 & 9.It is worthwhile to note that the Hinterland Project will provide investment plans, investment funds, SOFA studies and institutional strengthening which is highly laudable. Since this will definitely increase the production and productivity in Regions 1 & 9. A similar initiative by Central Government in those depressed sugar communities would have breathed some life in them. But I guess the needs of these communities are not a priority.The Central Government contribution of $2.014 billion went mostly towards drainage and irrigation while some went towards improving rice variety and seed production, refurbishing the Guyana School of Agriculture, NAREI and the New GMC, while some will be spent on improving our Hydromet services.Undoubtedly, drainage and irrigation is vitally important and should be given due emphasis and so are the research and development programs. These will definitely improve the production and productivity levels to a certain extent. But it must be pointed out here that eventually the laws of diminishing returns will take effect and no matter how many inputs we continue to administer on the fixed amount of land, the marginal output will decrease. So what happens then?While the Agriculture Sector Budget is addressing the replacement of pumps, sluices, access dams and the purchase of other machinery and equipment there is a definite need to address the amount of arable lands available for the expansion of our agriculture sub-sectors. This is a sore area for our farmers, especially our rice farmers who are forced to rent lands at exploitative rates thereby adding as much as 20% to their cost of production.Moreover, there is currently a growing market for our rice and paddy but the Ministry of Agriculture lacks the vision to take full advantage of that. Region 6 has vast acreage of land bordering on more than 200,000 acres standing idle while farmers are being held at ransom by some avaricious land owners.When will Governments learn that they need to do like the Apaches and put their ears to the ground? What is wrong with our policy makers? Are they satisfied with ‘cutting and pasting’ or just adjusting figures? I have heard about budget consultations but I am yet to determine if these are the right stakeholders who have been consulted! The supply of land for agricultural purposes needs to be increased and all the red tapes and bureaucracies removed!A good friend brought to my notice the fact that when we hear about increased production it is normally pegged against the decrease from last year’s figure resulting in the current year looking bigger and better. This type of ‘yo-yo’ effect is deceiving since the land under cultivation remains fixed.What has happened is that either more or less of the same land is cultivated at any given time. Can anyone recall how long it was that new lands were brought under cultivation in Region 6?  Definitely ages ago! Yet the Ministry of Agriculture wants increased production. It’s like Pharaoh commanding the Israelites to make bricks without straws! It is simple: more land leads to more cultivation and hence more production! Do we need the usual expensive international consultants to make this revelation?In conclusion, the Agriculture Capital Budget lacks the vision needed to transform the Agriculture Sector especially in agriculture based regional economies such as Region 6. There is a drastic need for more lands to become accessible to farmers.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRegional Councillor Region 6 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$6.2B approved for Region 4December 14, 2017In “latest news”Govt borrowing more for services, spending less on wealth generation– fmr MinisterAugust 29, 2018In “Business”Sacking of Sugar Workers : 2018 should be renamed the ‘year of retrenchment’- AnthonyDecember 5, 2017In “latest news” read more

Black cloud over Midleton after tragic death of toddler

first_imgIn the last eight weeks in Midleton we have have two children, seven and two, who are both dead. It makes me madBuckley will put an emergency motion demanding a full inquiry to the town council next Tuesday, and will also be asking the HSE to put the ambulance base back into Midleton. He also plans to lobby TDs on the issue.He said that the tragic death has “affected the whole town. It’s like there is a black cloud over Midleton and East Cork”.Read: National targets for ambulance response times to be abandoned>Read: HSE clarifies ambulance response time after death of boy (7)> THERE IS A ‘black cloud’ over Midleton in East Cork after the tragic death of a toddler, a local councillor has said.Sinn Féin councillor Pat Buckley told that he has been inundated with calls from concerned people after the boy, named locally as Vakaris Martinaitis (2), died following a fall from an upstairs window at his home.Cork All-Ireland winning hurler Kevin Hennessy saw the family moments after the fall and told Morning Ireland he rang the ambulance service but was told that there was no ambulance available in their area at that time to bring the child to hospital.He brought the child to South Doc and Martinaitis, who was conscious but had a graze over his left eye and a swollen forehead, was subsequently driven to hospital by Hennessy.Cllr Buckley said that he is angry at the way the ambulance service in East Cork has been reorganised and is calling for a full inquiry into the death of the toddler. Martinaitis’s death follows the death in March of seven-year-old James Casey Butler.HSEThe HSE said today that extends its sympathies to the family of the deceased child. It said that to establish an accurate account of this incident, it has asked the National Ambulance Service to examine the details of what occurred and to provide an account of the facts.Buckley said he is “very angry and very bitter about the situation and the HSE and ambulance service in East Cork”. He said that at a meeting last year when the HSE was changing the ambulance system, he asked if it could promise that there would be an ambulance “24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days year in Midleton” and was told there would be.He said that it doesn’t make sense not to have an ambulance service based in Midleton, given that such a service took on average 220 calls a month when it was in the area.Buckley said there is a lot of anger in Midleton following the news of the boy’s death, and the situation regarding the ambulance service.He has called for a full inquiry into the death of the young boy. People in Midleton are “terrified” because of the ambulance situation, he said.The system is diabolical – it’s not working.last_img read more

Theater Mode Could be Apples Most Courageous iPhone Feature Yet

first_img I said it when I wrote about the awful decision to remove the headphone jack, and I’ll say it again now: I like my iPhone a lot. However, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that since there are no more obvious improvements left to be made to the device beyond better specs, Apple is making its phones worse in the attempt to make them different. The latest terrible-sounding iPhone feature? A mode designed specifically for use in movie theaters.Some recently discovered 2014 Apple patents have been causing quite a controversy among film fans. The documents propose the idea of having users press a popcorn-shaped button to put their iPhone in “Theater Mode.” This would dim the screen, turn off sounds, disable certain wireless communication, and even let theater owners know who is being a respectful audience member in exchange for some reward.This sounds like a good compromise between people rudely using their phones in theaters and those who want a completely phone-free movie-watching experience. But for true movie fans, myself included, this isn’t a conflict to compromise on. Even a phone with a dim screen is still a distraction in a dark movie theater. It’s worse than 3D! Plus, the point of a movie is to watch the movie and fully immerse yourself in the art, not split your attention between watching and texting.You know who else is disappointed in Apple for potentially encouraging using phones in theaters? Tim League, the owner of the Alamo Drafthouse premium theater chain, who tweeted some not-so-nice things about Apple in response to this hypothetical feature. That’s not surprising. As I learned when I visited the Drafthouse’s recent New York expansion, the theater takes its no-talking policy very seriously. The PSAs they make with celebrities may be funny, but the message is no joke. Talk or use your phone, and you’ll get kicked. The only “Theater Mode” is turning your phone off.This is only the latest battle in the war between phones and movie theaters. Last year AMC floated the idea of ruining certain screenings by making them phone-friendly for millennials or whatever. Fortunately, the company walked back the pitch after everyone told them how stupid it was. Hopefully, the same thing happens to this iPhone Theater Mode. But whatever Apple does, please don’t use your phone in a movie theater. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 9th January 2015 – In the wake of the terrorist attack on 7th January 2015 in Paris that left twelve people dead, Prime Minister Christie spoke to the issue the following day during his address at the opening of the first China/CELAC Forum in Beijing. He told delegates that The Bahamas stands in solidarity with the other speakers in condemning the Paris attacks and reiterated that CARICOM was a peace loving region that strives for the dignity of life for all peoples.“I also join the previous speakers in soundly condemning the terrorist attack that took place in Paris, France, yesterday. We are a peace-loving region, which aspires to a dignified life for all peoples” said the Prime Minister. Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note Related Items:CARICOM, france, paris, perry christie, statement, terror UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesdaylast_img read more

Association EPublishing Trends

first_imgWhile many associations are close to or ahead of the online curve, a study called E-Publishing Trends and Metrics from the Angerosa Research Foundation shows that others are just starting to make headway. “Associations have limited resources and need to deploy them wisely,” says Anne Zender, president of the Society of National Association Publications and vice president of communications, Journal of the American Health Information Management Association. “They are not in the business of being early adopters for the sake of early adoption itself.” She points out that associations’ online activities may not be visible to the public, which can make it hard for non-members to see movement.Online Content and E-NewslettersOf the 316 associations questioned, 66 percent post all magazine and journal content online. Forty-six percent offer original content online-which means more than half are not. Meanwhile, 85 percent put out at least one e-newsletter, and 67 percent publish more than one. Twenty-four percent still offer a print newsletter. Online Ads: To Sell or Not To SellWhile e-newsletters abound, most are not selling ads to support them-only 26 percent do. Among respondents, the median annual revenue for a primary e-newsletter is $15,000, with 13 percent bringing in more than $50,000 and a high end of $1.2 million. Eighty-three percent say they follow a non-commercial model-their primary goal is not to create a self-sustaining newsletter-but Debra Stratton, president of Stratton Research and head of the Angerosa Research Foundation, is seeing expanded recognition of e-newsletters as revenue tools. On magazine/journal Web sites and pages in general, one-third of all respondents sell ads. Twenty-six percent plan to sell in the future, while 41 percent have no plans to sell ads online at all but that could change. “If advertisers start to shift money into online publishing, I think we’ll see more association publishers finding ways to accommodate them,” Zender says. Overall, study respondents reported a median of $18,000 in annual Web ad/sponsorship revenue, with a high of $2 million.Protected Versus Open AccessA more even split exists between those who offer open access to content (47 percent of respondents) versus those who require login (44 percent). Eleven percent offer pay-per-view.Trade associations seem more likely to offer open access than individual membership organizations. The debate is between a fear of “cannibalizing membership versus an interest in providing knowledge,” says Stratton. She believes, though, that the number of associations offering open access will grow, as will the amount of open content offered. Zender’s forecast is similar: “The argument that content needs to be password protected to serve as a member benefit is still out there-but the appeal of being available to Google, blogs, and other social media may serve as a tipping point.”Other Bells and Whistles Associations are tapping into other digital media as well-36 percent offer Webinars, 26 percent have streaming video, 21 percent run podcasts (the same percentage as those with RSS feeds), and 19 percent have blogs. Most blogs-70 percent-are focused on general news rather than on the associations specifically. Social networking is also picking up speed, and Stratton and Zender expect this to continue. The International Society for Technology in Education, which publishes Learning & Leading with Technology, started with a MySpace page in November 2006 (they now have 170 friends), added Facebook and Second Life in January 2007 (with 200 and 2,000 members respectively), and joined LinkedIn in March 2007 (on which they have 54 members). Jessica Medaille, senior director for membership development at ISTE, says helping educators learn about Web 2.0 is part of their mission and that while the association considers itself an early adopter, there could be social media applications for other associations. Zender expects associations to advance with Web 2.0 tools, but not all at once: “They may not adopt all, but look for some to try one or two,” she says.More on this topic Associations Adopting Digital, Social Networking E-Publishing: How Associations Stack Up ABM Adds Nine Companies to Membership Roster 2009 Association Publishing Survey Paid Content and Blog Sponsorships Generate Highest E-Profits Association Magazine SurveyJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 30 Vehicle Rollover Home Trashed Syringes Found Goose

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, May 30, 2018:A turtle was struck by a vehicle on Middlesex Avenue and still alive. A turtle rescue group was enroute to retrieve. (8:13am)Police installed 6 car seats during its weekly drop-in hours. (12:45pm)A red 2017 Subaru Forester and a blue 2004 Honda Accord were involved in a crash on Fordham Road, resulting in a vehicle rollover was entrapment. Both vehicles towed. No injuries noted. (12:27pm)Police retrieved two syringes on the side of the road on Boutwell Street. (12:30pm)Police assisted the State Police with a goose attempting to cross the highway prior to Exit 41 on 93 North. The goose was able to successfully get across. (1:29pm)A caller reported a large snapping turtle seemingly following her car in the Wildwood Cemetery. Caller instructed not to attempt to move the turtle and to continue driving. (5:09pm)A Westdale Avenue caller reported his ex-girlfriend trashed his house sometime over the last few hours when he was not home. Caller did not want a response, but wanted the incident logged. (6:51pm)A Cary Street caller reported two unfamiliar parties trying to crawl through windows of home across the street. Police responded. Parties are moving into house tomorrow. She put items in the shed and has not been inside the house. (10:25pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 25: Road Rage On Butters Row Bridge; Turtle Troubles; Car KeyedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”last_img read more

A rose gold PS4 controller is coming

first_imgThe rose gold trend continues. Sony Sony has unveiled four new PlayStation controller colors for fall: rose gold, titanium blue, electric purple and red camouflage. The new trimmings come on the Dualshock 4 controllers, which include touch pad, motion sensors and a built-in rechargeable battery.The wireless controller already comes in a variety of colors, including metallic copper, alpine green, blue camp, sunset orange, berry blue, jet black, midnight blue, crystal, silver green camp, blue crystal, gold, wave blue, magma red and the 500 Million limited edition version. Share your voice The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Post a comment Gaming Gaming Accessories Video Games Tags 28 Photoscenter_img 0 The PlayStation 4 became the fastest console to ever ship more than 100 million units, hitting the milestone at the end of June this year after launching in 2013. A demo in May of the upcoming PlayStation 5 showed it will get a performance upgrade, with more power and high-speed SSD storage. It’ll also come with backward compatibility and 8K resolution. The release date and pricing is unknown.”We will harness the power of new technology to offer completely transformative and immersive gaming experiences,” Sony said at the time. Next-gen PlayStation hardware details revealed Sony’s PlayStation 5 demo teases next-gen power More on the PS5 Sonylast_img read more