Six stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 29———B.C. ANTI-GANG UNITS TARGETING KIDS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLSA senior officer in the RCMP’s gang enforcement unit in Surrey, B.C., says he didn’t expect to find himself working in elementary schools. Sgt. Mike Sanchez says there are already signs of kids glorifying what he describes as a “gang lifestyle.” He says they wear clothes mimicking older kids who sell drugs and show no surprise when his team gives its presentation. A task force on gang violence found that while many promising programs, they often operate in silos and with limited budgets. The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says the average age of a gangster on the Lower Mainland remains in the late 20s. But the task force found teens and young adults can be attractive partners for older, more entrenched gangsters who may direct them to kill, which reduces the risk of retaliation and criminal charges.———FACTS AREN’T FAIL PROOF IN POLITICS: SURVEYA survey probing how people use facts to form beliefs suggests that even when given accurate information, many people still get the facts wrong. The Digital Democracy Project told poll participants that Canada is not on track to meet its climate-change commitments, which is true. But even when armed with that fact, barely half of those surveyed then correctly answered a question on the subject. Researchers say the results show it is possible for journalists and politicians to correct the record, but not easy. The project, led by the Public Policy Forum and the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, is exploring how people’s ideas are shaped by the information they consume and in turn how that might shape their vote this fall.———FUNERAL TODAY FOR B.C. TEEN WHO DIED OF APPARENT OVERDOSEDA celebration of life is set to be held today for a 14-year-old British Columbia boy whose apparent drug overdose death was captured on video and posted to social media. Carson Crimeni’s death on Aug. 7 in Langley, B.C., is under investigation by RCMP and B.C.’s police oversight body, the Independent Investigations Office. Crimeni was found that night in an area near the skateboard park and was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead. RCMP have set up a 24-hour tip line seeking anyone who may have seen Crimeni in the hours before he died, as well as anyone who might have seen him with any other groups of people. An obituary published by Crimeni’s family last week described the teen as a “fun-loving jokester” who had “dreams of becoming a veterinarian or chef.” The funeral is to take place this afternoon in a Langley church.———HOSPITAL TO DEVELOP THERAPY GEARED TOWARD SOUTH ASIANSCanada’s largest mental health hospital is developing a specialized form of psychotherapy that will be catered toward Canadians of South Asian origin. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto says it hopes to have a culturally adapted manual on the specialized form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, as well as a therapist training package ready by November. CAMH psychiatrist Dr. Farooq Naeem says he will be consulting with patients, caregivers, mental health professionals and community leaders on the project. He says evidence shows that CBT is as good as medications to treat depression and anxiety, as well as to prevent relapse. He says he hopes the culturally adapted C-B-T will help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health for South Asians and encourage members of the community to seek help if needed.———LIBERALS PLEDGE $1.5M TO TACKLE CAMPUS ASSAULTThe Liberal government is committing up to $1.5 million to help colleges and universities get better at dealing with sexual violence on campus. Maryam Monsef, the minister for women and gender equality, says the money is to be spent over two years to fill gaps in resources that post-secondary institutions need to tackle the problem. Student groups welcomed the effort but said those promises should be backed up by the resources and oversight needed to make them work. The Liberal government committed $5.5 million over five years toward the initiative in the 2018 federal budget, which also came with a threat. The budget said that beginning this year, the federal government would consider holding back funding from institutions that are not putting “best practices addressing sexual assaults on campus” into place.———YOUR WARD NEWS PUBLISHER SET TO BE SENTENCEDThe publisher of a free Toronto newspaper that promoted hatred against Jews and women is expected to be sentenced today. The prosecution wants 77-year-old LeRoy St. Germaine jailed for six months. St. Germaine was found guilty in January of two hate counts but sentencing has been delayed repeatedly. A week ago, the editor of Your Ward News was given a one-year term. The judge said he would have given James Sears a stiffer sentence had the law had allowed. The judge said the publication promoted hate to a large audience, both in print and online.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi makes a coal mine reclamation project announcement.— B.C. Supreme Court Justice Martha Devlin is expected to sentence James Oler, a former leader of a polygamous sect in Bountiful, B.C. Oler was convicted of removing a child from Canada to marry a member of his fundamentalist church in the United States.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan will make an announcement today at the BC Hydro Trades Training Centre.— Closing arguments take place today in the trial of David and Collet Stephan. They are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their son Ezekiel from meningitis.— Edmonton MP Randy Boissonnault to announce federal funding to help Alberta commercialize health-care products.The Canadian Press
Fifth Harmony singer and March Of Dimes Celebrity Ambassador, Ally Brooke, born prematurely, recently celebrated winning an award at Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards with her new friend and fellow preemie, 14-year-old Ismael Torres-Castrodad, the March of Dimes 2016 National Ambassador.Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke with 14-year-old Ismael Torres-Castrodad, the March of Dimes 2016 National AmbassadorAlly invited Ismael as her guest to the event, where her group Fifth Harmony won the award as Favorite Music Group. More importantly, these two powerful former preemies have joined forces to raise awareness that premature birth is the #1 killer of babies in the U.S. They’re urging others to support the March of Dimes and its research and other programs to prevent premature birth.The 2016 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.
Rabat – Morocco, aiming to enhance its defense capability, is preparing to launch its second surveillance satellite by the end of 2018.After launching its first high-resolution satellite in 2017, the North African country is reinforcing its space surveillance capabilities with another space engine.Moroccan newspaper Al Massae quoted an anonymous military source on September 4, who confirmed the news. The project will cost Morocco €500 million and will be able to monitor activities on its borders; taking pictures with a precision of 50 centimeters.Military spending dwarfs education, healthThe satellite’s cost is a significant portion of Morocco’s military spending. Morocco increased its military spending to $3.42 billion in 2017 from $3.327 billion a year earlier. The number represents an increase of 1.03 percent.In contrast, Morocco’s 2017 budget allocated MAD 3.8 billion to education and MAD 2.4 billion to health.Morocco is also the second largest buyer of military equipment in Africa after Algeria, according to a 2018 report issued by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).Although the report does not specify Morocco’s military expenditures, it featured Morocco as the second largest arms importer in Africa at the rate of 21 percent of African arms imports from 2013-2017.Al Massae reported that the satellite will be ready to be launched in November, which will make Morocco the third African country to acquire two satellites, after Egypt and South Africa.Like the first satellite, baptized Mohammed VI, the second satellite will be launched from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana.The project, according to the newspaper, is part of an agreement between France and Morocco signed in 2013 during the visit of former French President Francois Hollande to Morocco.Both satellites are for civilian and military uses.The satellite’s surveillance usesThe first high-resolution satellite, which weighs over 1,100 kilograms, was used successfully to detect illegal activities from the Polisario Front east of Morocco’s defense wall earlier this year.To prove Polisario’s illegal maneuvers, Morocco used satellite images that showed Polisario in the region.The United Nations, which is the leading political process to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict, released a statement after Morocco provided proofs to the UN of the continuous presence of the front in the region.In its statement, the UN spokesperson recognized that a MINURSO patrol unit encountered Polisario east of the berm wall, facing gunfire on April 16.Several analysts also speculated that the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation provided images to Iran as evidence of Hezbollah’s involvement with members of the Polisario Front when Morocco decided to cut ties with Iran on May 1.The Mohammed VI satellite, which is capable of capturing more than 500 images daily, updates its data every six hours. It was also launched to help Morocco’s security agencies fight smuggling and arrest potential terrorists in the Sahel region and to control undocumented migration.Morocco’s Ministry of Interior has not yet unveiled any information about the second satellite.
25 July 2009The international humanitarian community is revising downwards its appeal for aid for Madagascar but warning that the country’s population still remains highly vulnerable to the impact of cyclones, drought and continuing political tensions, the United Nations aid wing has reported. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported yesterday that the international humanitarian community is now seeking $22.3 million for a “flash appeal” for Madagascar, a reduction from the $35.7 million sought in April.So far, nearly $11.7 million has been provided and UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) say they ultimately hope to assist about 516,000 people with the funds raised in the appeal.A report on the appeal’s revision, released by OCHA, noted that the political crisis, which led to the resignation of the president in March, has had a less-than-expected impact on the provision of basic social services and development projects.“Although to date the impact has not been as devastating as feared, the situation in Madagascar remains unstable and far from resolved,” the update added, stressing the need for a peaceful resolution to the political tensions. “The ongoing uncertainty is clearly exacerbating an already fragile economy weakened by the global economic recession.”The report on the appeal’s revision noted that Madagascar remains unprepared for the next cyclone season, with inadequate stocks of emergency goods and inefficient mechanisms to coordinate any emergency response. The Indian Ocean country is often battered by cyclones in the early months of the year.But UN agencies and NGOs also said that a strong rice harvest and stable prices for many basic goods have also contributed to an easing of the humanitarian situation, leaving fewer people in need of emergency assistance.
Although the retail and wholesale merchants whose daily turnover exceed Rs.138, 000 will be brought under the threshold for the payment of VAT, in accordance with the proposed VAT amendment Bill, the VAT will really be charged only on the revenue accumulated on the sale of vatable goods, the Ministry of Finance said today.The new amendment to the VAT Act, envisages imposition of 15% VAT, instead of the current 11 %. Though it appears that there is an increase in the rate but in real term the quantum of payment to be made under the new amendment will come down due to the elimination of the hidden payment that was in the existing system. Accordingly, a merchant whose daily revenue is Rs 200,000 under the existing VAT Act had to pay altogether Rs 16,500 being the 11 percent VAT whereas the same merchant under the proposed amendment has to pay altogether Rs 7,500 only though the rate of VAT will be increased to 15 percent.The VAT should be paid for certain commodities such as cosmetics, biscuit, soap and processed food item. All other essential commodities have been exempted from VAT, therefore, VAT will not be charged for such VAT exempted goods. Under such circumstances, certain factions who had kept tight lipped when the heavy VAT ranging even up to 20% were charged during the previous government, have now started to react maliciously. It was observed in the recent past that such groups used local business community as its cat’s paw by propagating malicious and mischievous remarks on the proposed VAT. (Colombo Gazette) Value Added Tax known as VAT was introduced to the tax system in Sri Lanka in 2002. At the beginning, VAT was charged under three levels at the rates of 0%, 10% and 20%. In 2005, it was increased as 5%, 15% and 18%. Later, in 2006, VAT was increased to a single rate of 20%.The then ruling government reduced the VAT to 15% in 2007 and it was further reduced to 12% in 2009.VAT was the tax on domestic consumption of goods and services since its inception but, for the first time, it was extended to retail and wholesale sectors by the then ruling government in 2013. Accordingly, super markets and other trade outlets engaged in retail and wholesale with a daily turnover above Rs 2.8 million were brought under tax net and, a 12% VAT was imposed on such business institutions. However, this threshold was reduced to Rs 1.4 million in 2014. A limited number of VAT payable goods included in the turnover but the traders were compelled to pay VAT for the total turnover during that period. “For instance if a merchant whose daily turnover is Rs.200,000 and the revenue from the sale of goods liable for VAT is Rs 50,000 he has to pay only Rs 7500.00 being the 15 % VAT for that Rs 50,000 under the new amendment. Whereas under the existing system though the VAT payable is 11 %, the same merchant who has the turnover of Rs 200,000 will have to pay more. While paying Rs 5,500 being the 11% VAT for the revenue of Rs 50,000 he also had to pay an additional 11 % for the revenue of Rs 200,000 minus the maximum exemption of 25 percent granted on the total revenue,” the Finance Ministry said. Under the new Act, only the wholesale and retail shops which exceed their daily turnover of Rs.138, 000 will be categorized as VAT payable merchants. But the uniqueness is that the traders will be charged 15% VAT only on the goods for which VAT is payable.Under the new Act, VAT will not be charged on any essential item. Several health services provided by private hospital sector has also been exempted from VAT. Among such services are: OPD service, Laboratory service and dialysis services.The VAT is borne by the final or the ultimate consumer and not by the trader. It is an indirect tax and the Government will receive at the end, through all the intermediary suppliers and whole sale and retailers, an amount equal to the amount paid by the final consumer.
The Norfolk County Agricultural Hall of Fame has named its inductees for 2019.They are Waterford-area farmer Ken Porteous, land stewardship booster David Reid of Simcoe, and the Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association, which was organized in 1906 and runs The Apple Place processing facility and general store on the Queensway East in Simcoe.In a news release, James Christison, curator of the Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum, says the inductees were selected based on their achievements, results, benefits, and innovations accrued to agriculture and rural development.Inductees were also selected on the basis of whether they have created a lasting legacy.This is shaping up to be a banner year for Porteous, 82.Recently, Porteous was welcomed into the Ontario Agriculture Hall of Fame in Guelph. With Friday’s announcement, he can tick off the same box in Norfolk County.Porteous was nominated by the Norfolk Federation of Agriculture.Porteous been actively involved in local and provincial agriculture since the early 1970s.He began his career with Lingwood Farms on Cockshutt Road east of Bloomsburg. He continues to be part of Lingwood Farms in partnership with his son Murray and other family members.Porteous began his farming career as a dairy breeder who sold bulls around the world.In 1973, the herd was sold for the highest average price per animal ever paid in Canada.“This was a testament to the high standard and quality of Ken’s work,” Christison said.Lingwood Farms today is involved with orchard crops, tender fruit and asparagus with a total of 865 acres under tillage.Porteous has been president of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and vice chair of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers Marketing Board.In these positions, Porteous advocated for farmers and the important economic role they play.The CanadaGAP program was implemented during his tenure as president of the Canadian Horticulture Council (CHC). It is internationally recognized and used as a model in other countries.Porteous also helped develop the Self-Directed Risk Management Program to aid farmers during periods of hardship. The program continues to be an important and much valued component of the CHC.Reid was nominated by the Norfolk chapter of Alternative Land Use Services.A wildlife biologist by training, Reid was employed by the Ministry of Natural Resources for 36 years.During his career, Reid connected with farmers, advising them on soil conservation, good forestry practices, windbreaks and many other aspects related to land stewardship.Reid was the inaugural chair of the Norfolk Land Stewardship Council. He has been a long-time supporter of ALUS initiatives in Norfolk and elsewhere.NFA also nominated the Norfolk Fruit Growers’ Association.James E. Johnson, of Simcoe, established NFGA in 1906. Together with 17 charter members, Johnson set out to organize Norfolk County’s small farmers into a knowledgeable team that understood the benefits of pooling their product and employing a manager to market it.Due to NFGA’s efforts, apple acreage increased locally and apple quality improved.Today, thanks to NFGA’s state-of-the-art facility in Simcoe, members grow, store, pack and market apples for not only themselves but growers elsewhere in Ontario.Members of the selection committee include Christison, Sharon Petheram, Norfolk heritage and culture manager Melissa Collver, and Catherine Caughell.This year’s inductees will be installed at the Norfolk County Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2014 9:15 am MDT Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at the hearings into the gas plant cancellations at Queen’s Park in Toronto on December 3, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch TORONTO – With a provincial election expected this spring, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called two byelections Wednesday that will test the mood of voters in Niagara Falls and the Toronto area riding of Thornhill.As Wynne announced voters in the two ridings will go to the polls Feb. 13, the Opposition complained the government had poured over $100 million into the Niagara region in the past month to keep the seat in Liberal hands.“Oh, I think people see through this old school, cynical politics where all of a sudden there’s all kinds of money for things that weren’t even on the Liberal’s radar screen,” said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. “But I’m going to talk about jobs, about my million jobs plan to put people into good, well-paying jobs.”The Liberals announced a $75-million package for the Niagara-based wine industry in December, and on Monday confirmed a new hospital would be built in Niagara Falls, promising an initial $26 million for the planning stage.The New Democrats said they weren’t surprised to see the Liberals spending government money in advance of the byelection call.“The throwing around of a little bit of money is not unexpected,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “It’s the way Liberals do things.”Wynne said the new Niagara hospital and the assistance for the wine industry, were “in the works for a long time” and had nothing to do with the byelections. The wine sector has huge potential for growth, and providing government money is part of the Liberal’s economic strategy, she added.“It’s an example of how we are investing in a business climate, and investing in people, so we can see the economy grow,” said Wynne. “I will just go political for a moment, that is in stark contrast to what you see coming from the other leaders.”The Tories oppose grants to private business as corporate welfare, while the NDP say any government money for companies should come with “iron-clad” job guarantees.Both opposition leaders raised the estimated $1.1-billion cost of the Liberals’ decisions to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga prior to the 2011 election, which they call “an expensive Liberal seat saver program.”“People feel like they’ve been ignored by a Liberal government mired in gas plants scandals that doesn’t understand their challenges,” said Horwath.The byelections, which come less than a week before the legislature resumes sitting, will fill seats vacated by the retirements of Liberal Kim Craitor and Progressive Conservative Peter Shurman.The Liberals were the only party that was consistently behind construction of the new hospital in Niagara Falls, which will mean closing several other smaller hospitals in the region, said Wynne.“The Conservatives were not supportive and now they are,” she said. “The NDP have said they’ll build a hospital and keep all the others open, so that’s not really a plan when you just keep adding.”Horwath said it was “pretty funny” for Wynne to suggest other parties couldn’t be trusted to spend taxpayers’ money wisely.The outcomes of the byelections will not affect the minority status of the Liberal government, no matter which party wins, but they will help determine who has momentum as the province gears up for an election, which is expected after the minority government introduces its spring budget.City councillor Joyce Morocco will carry the Liberal banner in Niagara Falls, while the governing party nominated councillor Sandra Yeung Racco in Thornhill. Racco will get a high-profile boost to kick off her campaign Thursday with a visit from federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.The Tories have nominated regional councillor and former Niagara Falls MPP Bart Maves as their candidate in the border city and will pick their candidate for Thornhill Thursday night. The NDP will nominate their candidates in both ridings this weekend.Teresa Pun, a doctor who had been a Green Party candidate in the 2011 Manitoba provincial election, is the Green candidate in Thornhill. The Green candidate in Niagara Falls will be nominated Sunday. Province calls byelections in Niagara Falls and Thornhill for Feb. 13
by Paul Byrne, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2014 10:08 pm MDT Yamila Fraiman, right, and Alejandro Torrado, computer engineering students, scan the bar codes of a liter of milk in a supermarket during a demonstration of their App in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Alejandro and Yamila created a system in which customers can use their personal cell phones to scan the supermarket products to know if they are those under price controls by the national government. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) Argentine shoppers becoming citizen-cops, using free app to report price inflation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A free smartphone application has encouraged more than 70,000 Argentines to become citizen-cops as they shop.Argentina’s government blames escalating inflation on speculators and greedy businesses, and has pressured leading supermarket chains to keep selling more than 80 key products at fixed prices. President Cristina Fernandez wants citizens to report any overpriced items to the consumer protection agency.“We want you to protect what’s yours, because if not the others will win out every single day,” the president said in a national address this week.Now a free app designed by two college students is helping consumers do just that by scanning bar codes to find evidence of overpricing. The “Precios OK” software appears to be an instant hit, with downloads in Argentina surpassing that of “Candy Crush” and “Instagram” in the Android store this week.Independent economists say supermarkets are being scapegoated, and that government efforts to control the economy are making the crisis worse. A typical supermarket stocks 40,000 or more products, and price shocks are reverberating throughout the economy.But consumers are gladly signing up to do their part as news of the app spreads on social media.“You can go checking the prices,” marveled Analia Becherini, who learned of the app on Twitter. “You don’t even have to make any phone calls. If you want to file a complaint, you can do it online, in real time.”The software was designed by a pair of computer engineering students at the University of Buenos Aires, Yamila Fraiman and Alejandro Torrado, who previously won an award for a different app that helps drivers find parking spaces in the Argentine capital.“In Argentina it’s really useful with people wanting to watch their pockets right now,” said Fraiman, 24. “We are not really going through the best of times, and people really need to be attentive when they go shopping.”President Fernandez praised the tool during a national address this week after her aides learned of it. She said it takes just five minutes to download and is easy to use. “It’s time for everyone to feel empowered when they shop in their neighbourhood,” she said.Many Argentines have lost confidence in their economy, which is closely tied to dollar prices. For nearly two years, the government has used its central bank reserves to pay off foreign debts and fund a vast expansion in government spending. But with foreign currency reserves dropping by half to $27.8 billion, it is running out of manoeuvring room.Public works are being suspended, the economy is in retreat and many businesses are struggling to figure out how to price their products without selling at a loss. Then the Central Bank stopped selling dollars last month, prompting a sudden 20 per cent currency devaluation and accelerating the inflation that already topped 28 per cent last year.Economist Dante Sica of Abeceb.com said Thursday that the app is a great little tool, but it alone can’t end the turmoil, in part because the price controls cover only a tiny fraction of the economy, and because businesses quickly find ways to maintain profits by offering products in different sizes, flavours and packages.The “protected prices” campaign “has already proven to be a failing strategy,” he said.
After decommitting from the program on Dec. 4, 2020 four-star safety Lejond Cavazos announced that he would recommit to the Buckeyes. Cavazos originally committed to the Buckeyes in June 2018, but officially became the eighth member of the 2020 class on Friday. When announcing his decommittment, he said Ohio State would remain “a top choice.” A native of Bradenton, Florida, Cavazos was the No. 290 player in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was also ranked as the No. 22 safety and the No. 42 prospect from the state of Florida. With the commitment, Ohio State now has the No. 6 class in the country and the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$64M contract inked with EU, M&CC for restoration, conservation study of City HallDecember 5, 2016In “latest news”Plans for over $400M City Hall restoration underwayMay 24, 2018In “Business”City Hall will not be “bailed out” by government – BulkanNovember 22, 2016In “latest news” …Town Clerk says $64M plan won’t be shelved like others in the pastCity Hall along with the Engineer’s and Mayor’s buildings are to be restored to their former 19th-century glory to the tune of $903Million.Engineer’s design of part of the planAccording to the Department of Public Information (DPI), this was highlighted in a $64Million Comprehensive Restoration and Sustainable Conservation Management Plan for City Hall which was handed over to Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Dr George Norton, today at Pegasus. The project is a collaborative effort between the European Union (EU) and the National Trust of Guyana.Minister Norton urged that City Hall’s restoration is used as an example for the preservation of Guyana’s Heritage: “Every piece of infrastructure and every site forms part of our identity and who we are. This dear land cannot afford to lose its identity. The onus is on us as the people of Guyana to preserve and cherish all that it has to offer.”The minister noted the rich history of City Hall which was designed by architect Reverend Ignatius Scoles in 1887 and completed in June 1889. He alluded to the demolition of St. Roses High School and warned that “we salvage whatever we can from that structure and hope that the same doesn’t happen to other structures.”Head of the European Union Delegation, Ambassador Jernej Videtic presenting a copy of the plan to Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr George NortonThe assessment was conducted by overseas-based specialist conservation architects, Francis Maude and Ed Morton. Key findings indicated that the building can be restored in single or multiple phases, and that income can be generated for commercial purposes such as a gallery or museum. Its use, as the seat of the City Council, should be retained and a maintenance and repair programme must be implemented and adhered.Town Clerk Royston King was confident the plan would be implemented. “We are very sure that the plan won’t shelve like many of the plans in the past and we all just walk away. I’m sure that our international friends and the government will continue to work with us as we move to the next step.”King also expressed gratitude for the government’s assistance since its assumption to office in 2015. This he said has resulted in the council embarking on projects including minor work on the engineer’s and constabulary buildings and the renovation of the Kitty Market.Ambassador of the European Union Delegation, Jernej Videtic noted the importance of preserving cultural heritage: “Through cherishing our cultural heritage we can discover our diversity and start an intercultural conservation about what we have in common. As it is applicable to the EU so it is for Guyana.”Digital copies of the plan were presented to the Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan and Royston King.
There is one surefire way to get video watched on the internet: get something cool and then film it with a high speed camera. Play back that video at super low speeds and, my friend, you have a hit on your hands. This formula might be simple, but it works. Try as you might, you can’t not be fascinated by a cupcake cannon shooting people in the face with baked goods at 700 frame per second (fps) or a bullet being shot from a handgun at 10,000 fps. Which leads us to the above video of bubbles bursting at 18,000 fps.The video was shot with a macro lens mounted to a Phantom v1610 high speed camera from Vision Research. This, as you might recall, is the camera that is able to shoot up to one millions frame per second if you are willing to accept certain compromises. Those comprises? They are pretty significant, mainly in that the video size at that rate is a measly 128×16.The camera carries up to 96GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage to house all those frames. It shoots at resolutions up to 1280×800 if you are willing to accept a more pedestrian frame rate (16,600 to be exact). The pricing is not public, but cameras like this tend to go well into the five figure range. The price on the Phantom Flex is said to be $50,000-150,000.In the bubbles video the Slo-Mo Guys blew a bubble and then popped it with a stick. The bubble destruction went much as you might have guessed, with the bubbles bursting at the impact point and then disappearing in a wave from there back to the opposite pole. All was left at the end are water droplets at the top of the bubble, if it was broken at the bottom.This action looks cool at 2000 fps, but it’s entirely a different thing at 18,000. At this speed the bursting of the bubble takes almost exactly 30 seconds — 30 seconds for something that takes just a few milliseconds in real life.Later on in the video they test the speed of the bubble popping versus the speed of gravity, based on a (dropped, not shot) bullet piercing the top of the bubble and traveling downward. Their test is thoroughly unscientific — the bullet appears to have been thrown, not dropped, plus we don’t know that it hit the apex of the bubble. We do learn that the soap bubble burst at a considerably higher speed than the bullet’s 32 ft/s/s.Something you might be wondering about the slow motion video is why some of the shots are so dark… it’s a super expensive camera being shot by professionals outdoor, right? Assuming they had all their settings correct and it wasn’t too dark outside, the answer is likely because the higher the frame rate the more light has to be collected. When you are shooting at higher frame rates you need to compensate with more light, otherwise you end up get dark shots like some of these (not that I’m complaining). I’m not sure if this happens because of a limited ISO at higher rates, degraded imaging quality as the amount of collected data increases, or if it has something to do with the global electric shutter that is used, but it seems to be a common phenomenon.
Cypriot captain Nicos Metaxas, 35, who allegedly confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls in three years, appeared in court just as police announced that they had recovered a fifth body from the lake where he dumped his victims.They retrieved another suitcase containing the remains of a human body, the second to be found in a week.Cypriot Phileleftheros newspaper reported that the body is said to be that of a child in an ‘advanced state of composition’. The two children who were killed are believed to be the six-year-old daughter of one of his victims and an eight-year-old Romanian girls.The murders of the island nation’s ‘first-ever serial killer’ first came to light on 15 April when the body of Filipina Mary Rose Tiburcio, 38, surfaced at an abandoned mine shaft. He was arrested on 18 April.At court, Nicosia’s Criminal Investigation Department Chief Nelphytos Shailos referred to the allegations that a 19-year-old Filipina woman was raped by Metaxas after she filed a complaint against him. The accused denied the allegations. The woman brought those complaints against the army officer after she applied for a modelling photo shoot he offered in 2016.READ MORE: ‘Sexist, nationalistic, militaristic’ – the environment that led to Cyprus’ first serial killerThe accused appeared in court without a lawyer and has been remanded in custody for another eight days.Protesters held banners and candles as they demonstrated in support of victims. All the women and girls that Metaxas is believed to have killed were reported missing to the police, except one from Nepal that was reported to immigration authorities. The police are being accused as not having done enough to prevent Metaxas from continuing the killings and showing institutional racism.Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou resigned on Thursday, and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday fired his top police officer Zacharias Chrysostomou.Police are now sorting through 350 witness depositions, using robotic equipment to find further victims in the lake, and assessing data found on electronic equipment belonging to the suspect. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les glaciers du Karakoram résistent encore à la fonte des glacesSelon les travaux d’une équipe française, les glaciers de la chaîne du Karakoram, à la frontière de la Chine, de l’Inde et du Pakistan, résistent à la fonte des glaces mondiale. Les scientifiques s’empressent toutefois de préciser que ces observations “ne remettent pas du tout en cause le réchauffement climatique global”.Au niveau mondial, entre 2003 et 2010, les glaciers et calottes glaciaires (exceptés ceux du Groënland et de l’Antarctique), ont vu leur masse diminuer d’environ 150 milliards de tonnes par an, indique une étude publiée en février dernier dans la revue scientifique britannique Nature. Cette fonte aurait ainsi entraîné une élévation du niveau des mers d’environ 0,4 millimètre chaque année. Pourtant, des travaux publiés hier dans la revue en ligne de Nature Geoscience révèlent que les glaciers du Karakoram, eux, ne sont pas encore sur la pente descendante qui amènerait à leur fonte. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”On a au Karakoram une petite anomalie qui fait que les glaciers sont à l’équilibre, pour l’instant”, a déclaré à l’AFP Julie Gardelle (CNRS, université de Grenoble), une des auteurs de l’étude. La chaîne du Karakoram se situe à l’ouest de l’arc himalayen et abrite de nombreux pics qui culminent à plus de 8.000 mètres. C’est notamment là que se trouve le second sommet du monde, le K2. La surface de cette chaîne est telle que ses glaciers représentent près de 3% de la surface glaciaire terrestre (hors Groënland et Antarctique). Or, les mesures réalisées par l’équipe française à partir d’images satellites confirment l’idée selon laquelle une situation d’équilibre règne dans cette région. “On a utilisé deux modèles numériques de terrain, en gros des cartes en 3 dimensions, et on a soustrait ces topographies entre elles, ce qui nous a donné les variations d’altitude sur les glaciers”, a expliqué Julie Gardelle cité par l’AFP. Ces calculs, corrigés pour éviter certains biais, ont donné un bilan de masse proche de l’équilibre sur une zone de 5.600 kilomètres carrés (environ un quart de la zone glaciaire du Karakoram). La contribution des glaciers du Karakoram à l’élévation du niveau de la mer serait ainsi inférieure de près de 0,05 mm par an par rapport à ce que l’on pensait, indiquent les chercheurs.Selon eux, cette exceptionnelle “anomalie” pourrait s’expliquer par des “conditions climatiques locales”. En effet, l’augmentation des précipitations hivernales pourrait favoriser une accumulation accrue de neige sur les glaciers du Karakoram et avec des températures estivales ayant tendance à diminuer, la fonte se fait plus modérée.Le 16 avril 2012 à 12:44 • Maxime Lambert
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Employee Benefits Live 2015: Reward strategies need to be inclusive of all generations in the workplace so as to not discriminate against older workers, according to Caroline Bendelow (pictured), director of people and performance at Age UK.Speaking at a session at Employee Benefits Live 2015, Bendelow explained that employers need to rid workplaces of the myth that older workers do not want training or development benefits. The charity does this by offering all of its benefits to all staff, regardless of age or other restrictions.At the session ’From Gen Y to the ageing workforce: developing effective reward strategies for different generations’, Bendelow, said: “We aim to inspire, enable and support our staff, which we do with the culture and benefits we offer, and by benefiting from our older workers’ experiences.“Find out from your employees what they want, which we do with engagement surveys, and give something for everyone, including the information they need to make informed decisions.”The charity’s oldest member of staff, who is a shop floor worker, is 92 years of age.Luke Sondelski, global manager, compensation and benefits at Booking.com, who also spoke at the session, explained that the travel booking website engages its workforce, which has an average staff age of 32, with quizzes, lunches with co-workers you may not otherwise meet, and an annual global family and friends day, when employee’s loved ones can visit their place of work.Sondelski said: “A decent workplace culture needs to come from everyone rather than just those in management; the leadership team can set a direction, but employers need to make sure everyone is participating.”
Over the past 24 hours, a mix of heavy snow and rain has fallen in Valdez and the Copper River Basin resulting in very difficult and hazardous driving conditions on the Richardson, Edgerton, Glenn and Tok Cutoff highways. Temperatures have ranged in the high 20s to mid-30s. Crews will start clearing avalanche debris when the weather improves, avalanche risk decreases and it is safe to work in the area. Currently, heavy snow fall and unseasonably warm temperatures are creating prime conditions for additional avalanches. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities says the Richardson Highway is closed near Valdez, from mile 12-55, due to an avalanche at mile 39. The avalanche occurred this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m., and is an estimated 20 feet deep and 200 feet long. All available plows and sand trucks are out working to keep roads passable. For updated road conditions visit 511.Alaska.Gov or call 511. The National Weather Service forecasts that heavy snow will taper off this afternoon, however light snow will continue overnight. The heaviest accumulation will be in Thompson Pass, with up to 45 inches. Valdez has received 12 inches of snow as of 6:30 a.m. and snow continues to fall steady across the region. Another weather front is expected to move in from the gulf Thursday, possibly bringing heavy snow for Thompson Pass with snow and rain in Valdez.
Amitabh Bachchan in bell bottoms.TwitterAmitabh Bachchan has emerged as the highest tax-payer of the year from the film fraternity. The Shehenshah of Bollywood has paid Rs 70 crore as tax for the financial year 2018-19. The actor has left behind Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan in the race to pay the highest tax.Last year Salman Khan had emerged as the highest taxpayer with an advance tax payment of Rs 44.5 crore. Prior to him, Akshay Kumar had paid the highest advance tax of Rs 29.5 crore in 2017. Amitabh Bachchan’s spokesperson has confirmed the news of him paying this particular amount of tax to DNA.Recently, Amitabh Bachchan had paid off loans of 2,084 farmers in Muzaffarpur and had also donated Rs 10 lakh to the family February 14 Pulwama terror attack victims.Amitabh Bachchan was recently seen in Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla. The film, a mystery thriller, received rave reviews from the audience and critics alike. Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Tony Luke, Manav Kaul and Tanveer Ghani were the other stars in the film.Following the film’s success, Big B had taken to Twitter to ask Shah Rukh Khan to give him a bonus and a party. What had followed was friendly banter between the two asking each other to give the party. “… about time someone started talking about this silent success .. !! because neither the Producer, nor the distributor, nor the on line Producer, or any else in the Industry, in general .. has even spent a nano second to compliment the success of this film #Badla .. thk u,” Big B had tweeted.To which Shah Rukh had tweeted, “Sir hum toh wait kar rahein hain ki aap party kab de rahein hain hum sabko! We r waiting outside Jalsa every nite!”Big B is busy shooting for fantasy thriller trilogy – Brahmastra – with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, directed by Ayan Mukerji.
Two Malaysian women were caned Monday for having lesbian sex in violation of strict Islamic laws, despite an outcry from activists at the “cruel and unjust” punishment.The case has sparked widespread condemnation and focused attention on what rights groups say is a deteriorating climate for the gay community in the Muslim-majority country.Campaigners said it was the first time that women in Malaysia have been caned for violating a sharia regulation which forbids same-sex relations.The country operates a dual-track legal system and Islamic courts can handle religious and family matters for Muslim citizens, as well as cases such as adultery.The women, aged 22 and 32, were arrested in April by Islamic enforcement officers after they were found in a car in a public square in northern Terengganu state, one of the country’s most conservative areas.The pair, whose identities have not been revealed, pleaded guilty last month to breaking Islamic laws and were sentenced to six strokes of the cane each and a fine of 3,300 ringgit ($800).They were caned at the Sharia High Court in Kuala Terengganu, state capital of Terengganu, a court official confirmed to AFP.The women’s conviction sparked a storm of criticism. Before the caning was carried out, Gwen Lee, Amnesty International’s Malaysia head, slammed the punishment as “cruel and unjust”.Malaysia “must end the use of caning and repeal the laws that impose these torturous punishments completely,” she said.Thilaga Sulathireh, from transgender rights group Justice for Sisters, said the caning would “increase the impunity of perpetrators to carry out acts of violence” aimed at gay people.Concerns have been mounting in recent weeks in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic country where some 60 per cent of the population is Muslim, about a deteriorating climate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.The Islamic affairs minister has spoken out against homosexuals and ordered pictures of LGBT activists to be removed from a public exhibition, while a transgender woman was brutally attacked in the southern state of Negeri Sembilan.Malaysian Muslims have traditionally practised a tolerant brand of Islam but concerns have been growing in recent years that attitudes are becoming more conservative.
What women need and must do to deal with monsoon woes is something that everyone discusses, but what about the men? Most will be surprised that they have their own set of grooming issues to deal with and the season just adds to it.Sangeeta Velaskar, Vice President and Head, Medical Services and R&D, Kaya Limited. Here are some tips that can give men a lowdown on keeping up with monsoon:* Skin: Men could opt for a sweat-proof sunscreen with SPF 30 to ensure that the humidity and sweat doesn’t wear the sunscreen off. Also Read – Best Telugu shows to watch on ‘Viu’Skincare routine for dry skin must include regular moisturisation to avoid dehydration. Dryness strips the skin of all its essential nutrients which in turn results in flaking. Incorporate a cleanser meant for sensitive skin and a cream-based moisturiser. Use a non-comedogenic moisturiser for oily skin to prevent acne breakouts and a light lotion-based moisturiser for dry and combination skin.Acne loves the sultry season and the moist weather acts as a catalyst for bacteria build-up. Follow up your skincare regime with an alcohol-free toner to unclog the pores. Also Read – American Crime Story 3 to chronicle Clinton’s impeachmentIt is essential to bathe twice a day to maintain hygiene and definitely once post work-out to avoid infection from sweat.* Hair: Monsoon season is notorious for itchy scalps, flaking and dandruff. Include a good anti-dandruff shampoo that is mild and also provides moisturisation at the same time. Wash your hair at least thrice a week and keep the scalp dry to avoid fungal and bacterial infections. Short and regularly trimmed hair would be ideal.
(Credit: Shutterstock)Is my car hallucinating? Is the algorithm that runs the police surveillance system in my city paranoid? Marvin the android in Douglas Adams’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy had a pain in all the diodes down his left-hand side. Is that how my toaster feels?This all sounds ludicrous until we realize that our algorithms are increasingly being made in our own image. As we’ve learned more about our own brains, we’ve enlisted that knowledge to create algorithmic versions of ourselves. These algorithms control the speeds of driverless cars, identify targets for autonomous military drones, compute our susceptibility to commercial and political advertising, find our soulmates in online dating services, and evaluate our insurance and credit risks. Algorithms are becoming the near-sentient backdrop of our lives.The most popular algorithms currently being put into the workforce are deep learning algorithms. These algorithms mirror the architecture of human brains by building complex representations of information. They learn to understand environments by experiencing them, identify what seems to matter, and figure out what predicts what. Being like our brains, these algorithms are increasingly at risk of mental-health problems.Deep Blue, the algorithm that beat the world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, did so through brute force, examining millions of positions a second, up to 20 moves in the future. Anyone could understand how it worked even if they couldn’t do it themselves. AlphaGo, the deep learning algorithm that beat Lee Sedol at the game of Go in 2016, is fundamentally different. Using deep neural networks, it created its own understanding of the game, considered to be the most complex of board games. AlphaGo learned by watching others and by playing itself. Computer scientists and Go players alike are befuddled by AlphaGo’s unorthodox play. Its strategy seems at first to be awkward. Only in retrospect do we understand what AlphaGo was thinking, and even then it’s not all that clear.To give you a better understanding of what I mean by thinking, consider this. Programs such as Deep Blue can have a bug in their programming. They can crash from memory overload. They can enter a state of paralysis due to a never-ending loop or simply spit out the wrong answer on a lookup table. But all of these problems are solvable by a programmer with access to the source code, the code in which the algorithm was written.Algorithms such as AlphaGo are entirely different. Their problems are not apparent by looking at their source code. They are embedded in the way that they represent information. That representation is an ever-changing high-dimensional space, much like walking around in a dream. Solving problems there requires nothing less than a psychotherapist for algorithms.Take the case of driverless cars. A driverless car that sees its first stop sign in the real world will have already seen millions of stop signs during training, when it built up its mental representation of what a stop sign is. Under various light conditions, in good weather and bad, with and without bullet holes, the stop signs it was exposed to contain a bewildering variety of information. Under most normal conditions, the driverless car will recognize a stop sign for what it is. But not all conditions are normal. Some recent demonstrations have shown that a few black stickers on a stop sign can fool the algorithm into thinking that the stop sign is a 60 mph sign. Subjected to something frighteningly similar to the high-contrast shade of a tree, the algorithm hallucinates.How many different ways can the algorithm hallucinate? To find out, we would have to provide the algorithm with all possible combinations of input stimuli. This means that there are potentially infinite ways in which it can go wrong. Crackerjack programmers already know this, and take advantage of it by creating what are called adversarial examples. The AI research group LabSix at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has shown that, by presenting images to Google’s image-classifying algorithm and using the data it sends back, they can identify the algorithm’s weak spots. They can then do things similar to fooling Google’s image-recognition software into believing that an X-rated image is just a couple of puppies playing in the grass.Algorithms also make mistakes because they pick up on features of the environment that are correlated with outcomes, even when there is no causal relationship between them. In the algorithmic world, this is called overfitting. When this happens in a brain, we call it superstition.The biggest algorithmic failure due to superstition that we know of so far is called the parable of Google Flu. Google Flu used what people type into Google to predict the location and intensity of influenza outbreaks. Google Flu’s predictions worked fine at first, but they grew worse over time, until eventually it was predicting twice the number of cases as were submitted to the US Centers for Disease Control. Like an algorithmic witchdoctor, Google Flu was simply paying attention to the wrong things.Algorithmic pathologies might be fixable. But in practice, algorithms are often proprietary black boxes whose updating is commercially protected. Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction (2016) describes a veritable freakshow of commercial algorithms whose insidious pathologies play out collectively to ruin peoples’ lives. The algorithmic faultline that separates the wealthy from the poor is particularly compelling. Poorer people are more likely to have bad credit, to live in high-crime areas, and to be surrounded by other poor people with similar problems. Because of this, algorithms target these individuals for misleading ads that prey on their desperation, offer them subprime loans, and send more police to their neighborhoods, increasing the likelihood that they will be stopped by police for crimes committed at similar rates in wealthier neighborhoods. Algorithms used by the judicial system give these individuals longer prison sentences, reduce their chances for parole, block them from jobs, increase their mortgage rates, demand higher premiums for insurance, and so on.This algorithmic death spiral is hidden in nesting dolls of black boxes: black-box algorithms that hide their processing in high-dimensional thoughts that we can’t access are further hidden in black boxes of proprietary ownership. This has prompted some places, such as New York City, to propose laws enforcing the monitoring of fairness in algorithms used by municipal services. But if we can’t detect bias in ourselves, why would we expect to detect it in our algorithms?By training algorithms on human data, they learn our biases. One recent study led by Aylin Caliskan at Princeton University found that algorithms trained on the news learned racial and gender biases essentially overnight. As Caliskan noted: ‘Many people think machines are not biased. But machines are trained on human data. And humans are biased.’Social media is a writhing nest of human bias and hatred. Algorithms that spend time on social media sites rapidly become bigots. These algorithms are biased against male nurses and female engineers. They will view issues such as immigration and minority rights in ways that don’t stand up to investigation. Given half a chance, we should expect algorithms to treat people as unfairly as people treat each other. But algorithms are by construction overconfident, with no sense of their own infallibility. Unless they are trained to do so, they have no reason to question their incompetence (much like people).For the algorithms I’ve described above, their mental-health problems come from the quality of the data they are trained on. But algorithms can also have mental-health problems based on the way they are built. They can forget older things when they learn new information. Imagine learning a new co-worker’s name and suddenly forgetting where you live. In the extreme, algorithms can suffer from what is called catastrophic forgetting, where the entire algorithm can no longer learn or remember anything. A theory of human age-related cognitive decline is based on a similar idea: when memory becomes overpopulated, brains and desktop computers alike require more time to find what they know.When things become pathological is often a matter of opinion. As a result, mental anomalies in humans routinely go undetected. Synaesthetes such as my daughter, who perceives written letters as colours, often don’t realise that they have a perceptual gift until they’re in their teens. Evidence based on Ronald Reagan’s speech patterns now suggests that he probably had dementia while in office as US president. And The Guardian reports that the mass shootings that have occurred every nine out of 10 days for roughly the past five years in the US are often perpetrated by so-called ‘normal’ people who happen to break under feelings of persecution and depression.In many cases, it takes repeated malfunctioning to detect a problem. Diagnosis of schizophrenia requires at least one month of fairly debilitating symptoms. Antisocial personality disorder, the modern term for psychopathy and sociopathy, cannot be diagnosed in individuals until they are 18, and then only if there is a history of conduct disorders before the age of 15.There are no biomarkers for most mental-health disorders, just like there are no bugs in the code for AlphaGo. The problem is not visible in our hardware. It’s in our software. The many ways our minds go wrong make each mental-health problem unique unto itself. We sort them into broad categories such as schizophrenia and Asperger’s syndrome, but most are spectrum disorders that cover symptoms we all share to different degrees. In 2006, the psychologists Matthew Keller and Geoffrey Miller argued that this is an inevitable property of the way that brains are built.There is a lot that can go wrong in minds such as ours. Carl Jung once suggested that in every sane man hides a lunatic. As our algorithms become more like ourselves, it is getting easier to hide.This article was originally published at Aeon and has been republished under Creative Commons.