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October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGot Your 6 today announced five new projects have received its 6 Certified designation, a program that recognizes film, television, theatrical, or digital content that accurately portrays veterans as leaders and civic assets.The projects range from FOX’s new drama, “The Gifted,” Amazon’s “Last Flag Flying,” and National Geographic’s historical drama, “The Long Road Home,” about the 1st Cavalry Division in Sadr City, Baghdad on “Black Sunday.”The national veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as part of its mission to change the veteran “broken/hero” stereotype held by 80 percent of U.S. civilians. The program challenges entertainment industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families.Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:“Disjointed” — Cannabis legend Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Kathy Bates) employs her newly graduated son and a team of young “budtenders” to help run her Los Angeles marijuana dispensary. The security guard, Carter, is a U.S. Army veteran focusing on successfully reintegrating into civilian society, while grappling with survivor’s guilt and PTSD. Carter is written with great humor, creativity, and care, particularly when it comes to his animated, introspective spoken-word poetry pieces. Chuck Lorre Productions, Warner Bros. Television, Netflix“The Gifted” — Set in the “X-Men” universe, family adventure series “The Gifted” tells the story of a suburban couple whose lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Writer Melinda Hsu Taylor attended Got Your 6’s Vetfronts event in 2013 and has written veteran characters into her shows ever since. In one of the series’ flashback scenes, the character “Thunderbird,” a U.S. Marine Corps veteran (and mutant), utilizes the skills he learned in the Corps to protect other mutants from a pipe bomb thrown at them while raising funds for Team Rubicon, a Got Your 6 partner and veteran-led disaster relief organization. 20th Century Fox Television, Marvel Television“Last Flag Flying” — Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, Marine Corps veterans Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. The film follows the men on their journey, realizing along the way the enormity of their shared experience in Vietnam and grappling with its consequences. These veterans are represented as diverse and human, neither heroes nor broken. Amazon Studios, Lionsgate, Big Indie Pictures, Cinetic Media, Detour Filmproduction“The Long Road Home” — Based on Martha Raddatz’s bestseller, “The Long Road Home,” is an eight-part mini-series that chronicles the events of April 4, 2004, when a platoon was ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in an attack that came to be known as “Black Sunday.” The series follows the lives of those affected by the events of that day, telling their varied and human stories with kindness and care. Phoenix Pictures, Finngate Television, Fuzzy Door, National Geographic“Returning the Favor” — Host Mike Rowe travels the country in search of remarkable people making a difference in their communities, and gives back to those who pay it forward. In the pilot episode, he visits a garage in Indiana to surprise Jason, a former Army engineer, who runs a therapeutic motorcycle-building program for veterans. The episode showcases Jason and his efforts, along with those veterans making use of the program. The veterans profiled are strong and impressive, thoughtful, and, most importantly, human. mikeroweWORKS Productions, Hudsun MediaSince the launch of the 6 Certified program, 65 projects have been certified, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully,” Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” as well as episodes and seasons of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” FX’s “Justified,” FOX’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”To become 6 Certified, a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the 6 Certified Review Committee, an independent group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant 6 Certified status.The current members of the 6 Certified Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Charlie Ebersol, Chairman and Founder, The Company; Dr. Kimberly Gilmore, senior historian and Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, HISTORY®/A+E Networks; Rory Brosius, Vice President, ScoutComms; Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, Director of Human Resources, DreamWorks Animation; Marjorie Williams, Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Endemol Shine North America; Matt Mabe, Director of Strategic Operations, TAPS Red Team; and Bill Rausch, Executive Director, Got Your 6.Additional information on certification is available at 6 Certified program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran organization that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The organization believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”last_img read more

October 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. Figure 2. Too much backhauling in enterprise networking High network latency is the number one performance problem when moving from a premises- to a cloud-based solution. Enterprises should target one-way network latencies of <25ms for each leg of the call -- first, from caller to UC/CC platform and second, from platform to second caller or agent. Distributed hosting and getting rid of network backhauling will keep the UC/CC cloud performing as desired. While keeping users within 25ms of their UC/CC cloud service is not always possible, it should be the design objective.Why less than 25ms? Here's the logic:1) For a robust communications experience, the ITU-T G.114 recommends a one-way delay of 150ms or less from the talker’s mouth to the listener’s ear, not just the network delay. Slaymaker_absolute-delay-model.png ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. cloudnetworking_774.png The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? My recommended best practices are as follows.Best Practice #1: Regionalize the UC/CC hosting platform. This may sound obvious, but many a cloud UC/CC provider requires all traffic to go through a single center with a second site available for disaster recovery. Conferencing services are terrible about doing this. Enterprises should specify the 25ms requirement in their request for proposals from cloud providers. The market challenge here is that the best-of-breed UC/CC solutions vary by region, as evidenced in that the latest Gartner Magic Quadrants for contact center providers in North America and EMEA have few of the same vendors in them.Best Practice #2: Directly connect agents to the cloud UC/CC provider. This can happen in two ways:1) For users or work-at-home (WAH) agents, put in a next-generation router (SD-WAN light) and allow a split tunnel through which they can go directly to the UC/CC cloud hosting network. The network security rules for directly accessing the Internet from home versus going back to the data center via VPN are:Whitelist -- A set of sites that the WAN agent is allowed to access directlyTLS -- Ensure all whitelist applications are TLS-encrypted and validate the certificate in the setup processDirectionality -- Ensure that only TCP/UDP sessions are originated from the WAH agent, not from the Internet.VPN -- All traffic that doesn’t meet the three rules above goes back to a data center (public or private), and if it destined for the Internet, it goes through a full security stack.2) For UC/CC users at an enterprise site, use MPLS carrier cloud interconnects to connect directly to the UC/CC provider. The number of private interconnects of UC/CC cloud providers is growing, and redundancy is already built into these. If you’re with a really large organization, you can leverage carrier-neutral co-location facilities to build your own interconnects.Personally, I find delays in communication very frustrating. Since I’m usually in a hurry, I will step on a conversation and do not let the other person finish their sentence. Get another person like me on the phone, and we both will step on one another. We both will start talking at the same time, stop at the same time, and finally one of us will have to let the other start and finish. While this maybe OK in my personal life, it is not OK in business communication.Tags:News & ViewsLatencycloud performanceEnterprise NetworkingBest PracticesCloud CommunicationsDeployment ModelsMonitoring, Management and SecurityUnified Communications Articles You Might Like Slaymaker_backhauling.png 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. 2) Using VoIP adds 60 to 80ms of delay (serialization, buffer)3) Cellular phones add additional latencies, typically from 40 to 80ms4) Security stacks add 20 to 60ms of delay (the worst part of this is that the delay can be variable -- jitter, which we at No Jitter know is evil)5) Network delays based on location of callers and the UC/CC platform they are going through, typically 10-25ms within the lower 48.Network delay of 25ms equates to roughly 2,500 miles by fiber. (Fun fact of the day: Light travels approximately 31% slower in fiber than in space.) So, a cloud UC/CC platform hosted in Omaha, Neb., can serve both U.S. lower 48 state callers and agents well. But if the platform is in Miami, Fla., and the callers and agents are in Seattle, Wash., we exceed our latency budget.This gets especially problematic when callers, UC/CC platforms, and agents are on different continents or a lot of backhauling is going on within a network. Backhauling is when a network path is the predefined logical path, not the shortest physical path. This primarily occurs in enterprise networks for private-to-public internetworking, where Internet-destined traffic must be backhauled to an enterprise data center, through a security stack, then out to the Internet. See All in Enterprise Networking » read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

OSU players sing “Carmen Ohio” following a 34-17 win against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Aug. 30.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team entered its season-opener against Navy on Saturday with a plethora of question marks throughout the team. The depth chart was filled with listings of one player “or” another set to start, and a redshirt-freshman quarterback was set to be under center for the first time as a Buckeye.While not every question was answered in the game, The Lantern’s sports editors picked five key takeaways from the Buckeyes’ 34-17 victory at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.1. There won’t be an “or” at quarterback on OSU’s next depth chartComing into the game against Navy, there was still some speculation as to whether redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones would replace Barrett for any amount of time against Navy.Before the game, OSU coach Urban Meyer said there was no set plan for that to happen, but left the door open for a possible Jones appearance despite the fact that Barrett was listed as the only starter under center.On Saturday, Barrett played the entire game and gave the coaches no glaring reason to pull him. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native completed 12 of 15 pass attempts — including at least one drop — and threw two touchdowns and one interception. The pick, which came in the red zone, was the only clear mistake Barrett made throughout the game.While he still wasn’t — and never will be ­— the runner that senior quarterback Braxton Miller is, Barrett still managed to lead the Buckeyes with 50 yards on the ground.He wasn’t asked to do a lot, but for all intents and purposes, Barrett passed his first test with flying colors.2. Offensive line partially sorted out, but still a red flagSpeaking of question marks on the depth chart, there might not be a position group with more unknowns than the offensive line.On the depth chart released by OSU before the Navy game, only three of the five offensive line positions had a set starter listed. Junior Taylor Decker, redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein and redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin were set to get the starting nod at left tackle, right guard and right tackle, respectively.All three did end up starting, although Elflein was moved over to left guard while redshirt-freshman Billy Price started at right guard. Junior Jacoby Boren started at center and played the vast majority of the game for OSU.It looks like Boren will have that spot locked down going forward, but Price and senior Joel Hale rotated during the game at the second guard position after Price struggled early. It could be argued that Hale had the better overall day, and you can look for both to continue fighting for playing time the rest of the season.Even if the line is sorted out in the coming weeks, it’ll have to improve — Meyer said he was “very disappointed” by its performance against Navy.3. Young Buckeye backs impressed in debutsReplacing a 1,000-yard rusher at running back is never easy, but a few young Buckeyes proved they can handle the football in their hands.Freshman running back Curtis Samuel showed he can handle the pressures of major college football as he recorded 45 yards on seven carries in his Buckeye debut.Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall showed why he has been pushing sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson for touches against Navy as he showed explosiveness on a few outside runs. Ultimately though, Wilson proved he is still deserving of a starting job as he led the Buckeyes in yards per carry (7.2) against Navy as he finished with 43 yards rushing to go along with another 46 yards receiving. Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliot did not have a big day, but he did account for OSU’s only rushing score as he amassed 44 yards on 12 carries in the Buckeye win.  4. OSU kickers will likely split dutiesFreshman kicker Sean Nuernberger accounted for all of OSU’s first half points against Navy as he converted on field goal attempts of 46 yards and 28 yards in his first college appearance. Redshirt-senior kicker Kyle Clinton however, assumed the kickoff duties for the Buckeyes but did not exactly impress, booting one kick out of bounds, resulting in a penalty. Despite that, it appears the two kickers will continue to split duties barring an injury or poor performances from one or the other. 5. ‘Silver Bullet’ secondary remains untested As expected, the Navy offense did not attempt the throw the ball much against the Buckeye defense, completing two of just four pass attempts in the 34-17 loss to OSU. Entering Saturday, the Buckeye defense will be up against a much more traditional offense as Virginia Tech comes to Columbus.The Hokie offense is led by Texas Tech transfer quarterback Michael Brewer who, in his first start for Virginia Tech, threw for 251 yards on 23 of 30 passing attempts. Needless to say, the OSU secondary that struggled mightily in 2013 will face its first real test Saturday. The Buckeye secondary, which returns only one starter from 2013 in senior cornerback Doran Grant, will play in front of its home fans for the first time in 2014 when it takes on Virginia Tech at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhen you’re away from your family and loved ones, one of the best ways to communicate for free is Skype. With that in mind Claire Delaunay has created Botiful, a mobile robot controlled via Skype and it makes for a much more fun way to remotely communicate with others.A new Kickstarter project, Botiful uses the Skype app on your mobile to communicate with others. Simply plug your mobile into Botiful and your contacts will be alerted you’re online using a robot. When you are in a call with a friend who’s using a robot, an on-screen interface appears, you can use this interface to control the robots movements as well as controlling the phone screen to move it up or down. So you can make Botiful nod its head, dance, or even follow your friend around.It’s not just good for adding a bit of fun and personality to your Skype calls though – Botiful can be used for almost anything you can think of. Whether it’s watching your children, teasing your pets, reaching inaccessible places (i.e under a car) or following a friend around.Botiful is avaliable in white, red, blue or a combination of these colors, the choice is yours when you make a pledge for one. Botiful isn’t a cheap investment though, you’ll have to pledge at least $199 to get your hands on one. Nevertheless, almost half of the $90,000 needed has already been secured and with 27 days to go, Claire will most likely reach her goal.Botiful reminds me of the MKII in Metal Gear Solid 4 and it’s probably the closest anyone will get to owning one. So if you’re away from your kids and want to entertain them, or even if you just want to impress your adult friends, Botiful is a worthy investment.More at Kickstarterlast_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share Tweet Email1 Mar 1st 2018, 5:08 PM The 5 at 5: Thursday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 5:08 PM Short URL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #BLIZZARD: We’re in the middle of a Status Red weather warning. The advice is to stay indoors – and since most modes of transport are down, schools, shops and businesses closed, and flights cancelled – there’s not much to do in any case.2. #BELFAST TRIAL: The investigating officer tasked to probe allegations that a woman was raped by Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding admitted today there were “significant inconsistencies” in testimonies to the police and the doctor.3. #GOVERNMENT ADS: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that he “understands” concerns around the promotion of the Project Ireland 2040 plan.4. #BONUSES: Executives and key figures at AIB are in line to receive large deferred bonuses worth up to the equivalent of their annual salaries.5. #RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin has boasted the country has developed “invincible” weapons, warning global powers they must now reckon with Russia’s military might.Comments have been closed for legal reasons No Comments 12,520 Views last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img A TOTAL OF 58 people are presumed dead after the devastating fire in a London tower block, police chief Stuart Cundy told reporters this afternoon.“We’ve worked tirelessly to establish how many people we believe were in Grenfell Tower on the night and at this point in time we are unable to say that they are safe or well,” he said.“There are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead.”Of the 58, he said the number of confirmed fatalities in Wednesday’s inferno remains at 30.Cundy said 16 bodies had so far been recovered from the tower and taken to a mortuary.Police do not expect to find any survivors inside the 24-storey concrete tower, which contained 120 apartments.On the figure of 58, he said: “I really hope it won’t, but it may increase,” while adding that “it might be that some of those are safe and well”, and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police.“Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower. However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there,” he said.“That is also an absolute priority for the investigation — to establish who they may be,” he added.Cundy said police had now managed to get to the top of the tower and had undertaken a first visual search for victims, ahead of later painstaking searches.“There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower,” he said.“We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those that have died.”The first victim to be formally identified was Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.Cundy gave Alhajali’s name at the press briefing.Alhajali, who lived on the 14th floor, was a civil engineering student at West London University.“Mohammed undertook a dangerous journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the UK, in his own home,” the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement.“His dream was to be able to go back home one day and rebuild Syria.”Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people “if there is evidence”.He said: “We investigate criminal matters. The investigation will identify any criminal offence that has been committed.“It will go to establish the answers of what happened in the fire and how it spread; it will look at the building itself; it will look at the refurbishment as well.“Our criminal investigation will identify any criminal offences that have been committed. Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence.”Read: Bill Cosby walks free from court as judge declares a mistrial in his sexual assault case >Read: Japanese monk gives ‘funerals’ for old dolls’ souls > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 23,959 Views Share218 Tweet Email Jun 17th 2017, 4:38 PM By Garreth MacNamee Image: David Mirzoeff/PA 37 Comments Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 4:38 PM Met police say 58 presumed dead in Grenfell tower fire The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 30. Image: David Mirzoeff/PAlast_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA rift has erupted between the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GCM) and the State government of Victoria, due to the delay in rezoning the area that includes the GCM’s property in Bulleen.Purchased in the mid-80s by members of the community, the future of the site and its use had been a subject of great debate for some 30 years. In 2017, the community finally revealed some well-thought out plans to build a new ‘Greek Centre on the Yarra’ featuring an array of amenities including aged care facilities, schools, community and function spaces, and sporting fields.Now this ambitious plan may fall victim to the Victorian Government’s North East Link road project, as the land in question may be subject to a compulsory acquisition as part of designs to build tunnels that will link the Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road.As detailed in a letter sent to the GCM members by the director of the Community’s Greek Centre, Jorge Menidis, the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne decided to refer the site, located at 49 Greenaway Street, to “yet another Panel hearing at a yet to be determined date with yet to be detailed terms of reference.”This, as Mr Menidis stresses in his letter, comes on top of two previous panel reports, which led to a series of meetings between the GCM and the Minister, who had “clearly dismissed” the notion of the land being referred to another panel.“At these meetings, the Minister and his team undertook to consider the site on its own merits and not refer it to a Panel subject to the receipt of specific reports and drawings,” Mr Menidis wrote. “We furnished the requested information at significant expense to the Community but always with the clear understanding that the Minister and other leading Government officials were supporting our request. Our reports and drawings were submitted and seemingly ignored.”Calling all GCM members to contact their local MPs, Mr Menidis expressed the Communiy’s “extremely bitter disappointment,” coming “on the back of the Minister and leading Government officials having promised to consider the site’s rezoning application following our community’s overwhelming 94 per cent vote in favour at the AGM in February of 2017.”“Our disappointment is compounded by the fact that we thought we had secured bi-partisan support for our plan when, at the February 2018 Lonsdale Street Festival in front of 50,000 people attending on the night, the Leader of the State Opposition Matthew Guy promised to rezone Bulleen as one of his first actions if the Coalition were elected in November,” reads the statement.“The Community needs to rezone the land to ensure its financial future with the sale of approximately 1/4 of the rezoned site for 17 million dollars. This sale could proceed tomorrow but for the Minister’s actions.”WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN GCM AND PLANNING MINISTERNeos Kosmos contacted the Victorian Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, who said that the future zoning of the land owned by the GCM “needs to be considered in accordance with the planning laws that apply to all Victorians.”“It has taken many months for the GOCMV to submit a valid application and provide the necessary information, that all other developers need to provide. Having only provided the information in July, they need to be patient and abide by the laws that apply to others,” reads the Minister’s statement.“The proposed development will now be considered by a Ministerial Advisory Committee, which enables members of the public, adjacent landowners and others with an interest to submit objections and address.“Throughout the process the GOCMV were told that their application would need to be considered by an Advisory Committee, alongside another proposal for the development of the nearby Yarra Valley Country Club.“The previous Panel referred to, was held some 15 years ago and is not relevant to the current planning. There are significant issues about flooding, access, the form of the proposed residential development and the size of the proposed community building that need to be resolved. More recently the government announcement of the North East Link may impact on the land.”This statement led to the GCM issuing another response, stating that a meeting with the Minister was held on 26 February.“We received correspondence from the Minster on 28 March detailing what was required for a submission to be made and then met again with him on 3 April.“In preparing the submission, we engaged the services of Contour Town Planners, Biosis Ecology and Heritage consultants, KUD architects and TGM consultants. Further, we sought and received referrals from Melbourne Water and Manningham City Council. The application was made on 29 June 2018.”THE OPPOSITION REAFFIRMS PLEDGE TO RE-ZONE THE SITEGiven that this turn of events has already led the relations between the GCM and the Andrews Labor Government to deteriorate, it was not too long before the Opposition seized the opportunity to reaffirm Matthew Guy’s pledge to re-zone the Bulleen property, if he is elected in November.“Consistent with what is called a Gibson report, I want to make sure that your land out there in Bulleen is subsequently properly re-zoned, so you can get that centre underway, as you’d expect it to be,” the Liberal Leader had said at the Lonsdale Street Festival.Reaffirming this pledge in his recent statement, Mr Guy accuses Daniel Andrews of turning his back on Victoria’s Greek community “by refusing to re-zone the Community’s site at Bulleen.“This raises the question: is Daniel Andrews planning to compulsorily acquire the Greek Community’s Bulleen site after the election as part of his North East Link project?” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA 16-year-old boy faces felony harassment charges after he allegedly threatened another student over Snapchat.A parent at Skyview High School sent an email to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer with a screen shot of the threat earlier this week, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.The Snapchat included a photo of at least six long guns inside a gun safe and included the text, “Don’t come to school Thursday,” at the bottom of the photo, according to the court document.The deputy worked with school administrators to find the student on Wednesday and pulled the boy from class.When interviewed by the deputy, the boy said he was “not sure what he was thinking,” and then admitted that it was “not very smart of me,” court records stated.The deputy arrested the 16-year-old boy, and he made his first appearance in Clark County Juvenile Court on Thursday to face the charge.Because the threat likely made its way around social media, school officials sent an email to parents notifying them of the incident, Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman Pat Nuzzo said.last_img read more

September 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBoca Juniors have announced Gustavo Alfaro as their new manager following Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s departureAfter Boca’s Copa Libertadores final defeat to rivals River Plate last month, Schelotto left the club less than a week later and has since been appointed the manager of MLS side LA Galaxy.Now Boca have turned to Alfaro to change their fortunes with the Primera División champions currently down in sixth-place and 12 points adrift of leaders Racing Club.Speaking during his presentation, the 56-year-old revealed his pride at taking the top job in Argentinian football.“Boca is obliged to win everything it plays in,” said Alfaro, as quoted by Sport.“We have very strong challenges ahead, we have to try to accomplish that, Boca has no purgatory, it’s either heaven or hell. It’s winning, going out a champion, that’s the goal.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“For me, it’s a mixture of pride and challenge to be here today, I feel that I am fulfilling a promise I made with my old man when I left chemical engineering a long time ago to dedicate myself to football.“I promised my old man that I would reach the pinnacle of Argentinian football.”Alfaro has spent his entire coaching career in Argentina but he’s never lasted more than three years in a job.📽 #BienvenidoAlfaro | Gustavo Alfaro firmó su contrato y se convirtió oficialmente en el nuevo entrenador de #Boca. ¡No te pierdas la intimidad de sus primeras horas en el club!— Boca Jrs. Oficial (@BocaJrsOficial) January 2, 2019last_img read more

September 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Still no official unemployment number for TCI; growth recorded at NIB for 2014 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – Over 22,000 Bahamians are unemployed and the reveal late last week on a recent labour force survey sends at least one Politician into an ‘I told you so’ mode.    The comments of PLP National Chairman, Bradley Roberts about the massive job expansion of the PLP over five years in office elicited an additional media statement from the Ministry of Labour.The Ministry quickly points out that the survey taken just before the General Elections and around the time of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, likely contributed to the less than two point drop in the unemployment rate.    The public has been told in recent weeks that there was a burst of hiring by Government under the former Perry Christie Administration just before the elections.At the Ministry of Tourism, where there were layoffs to streamline payroll the annual bill was put at $750,000 for that extra staff.    The National Health Insurance or NHI also cut back, saying people were hired but had nothing to do.Here is what the Labour Ministry had to say,  “… many of these employees, sadly, have since reverted to unemployed status and are seeking new opportunities in the labour market.”For the 9.9% who remain without work countrywide, there are two projects touted in the media statement – expansion of the National Training Agency and work with the Inter-American Development Bank to finalize a National Apprenticeship Program aimed at preparing hundreds of our young men and women to be trained to enter the job market.#Unemployment, according to the survey dropped from 11.6%, Grand Bahama Island leads with 12.4% unemployed and most of our unemployed are between the ages of 15-24. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, unemployment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp LABOUR MINISTER HON. D.SHANE GIBSON RESPONDS TO LATEST EMPLOYMENT FIGURES Higher crime, higher unemployment, Opposition expressed concern on joblessness Recommended for youlast_img read more

September 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img(WSVN) – 7-Eleven announced their break into the beauty business with the launch of their new low-cost makeup line.So if you’ve ever wanted to pick up a Slurpee and some cosmetics at the same time, now you can.The convenience superstore’s Simply Me Beauty line will feature 40 items for the face, eyes and lips.The products are aimed at millennial women on the go, and will be priced between $3 and $5 a piece.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRaai LaxmiTwitterRaai Laxmi (Lakshmi Rai) has released a picture of her hot bikini body and revealed that she has undergone a physical transformation. Her swimsuit picture has gone viral on social media.Raai Laxmi is one of the most sought-after item dancers down south. She is active on social media and often teases her followers with her glamorous photoshoots. She was at it on July 17 when she released pictures on Instagram. She is seen showing her sexy curvy body in a blue swimsuit.Raai Laxmi captioned the photo with, “Worked hard & how to achieve this bikini body! can’t remember the old me! Struggled all my life gaining and loosing! Finally I Feel like a new person!!! I love the change in me being fit is just not a physical change but changes u overall I m glad I started! So guys just wanna say believe in urself anything is achievable! what ur not changing ur choosing !!! READ THAT AGAIN #exclusive #fitnessaddict.” Raai LaxmiTwitterThis hot bikini photo of Raai Laxmi was an instant hit on the social media with many including some celebs expressing surprise over her physical transformation. Some of them even requested her to share tips to undergo a transformation. This picture has grabbed nearly 2 lakh views and thousands of comments. Here are some of her followers’ replies to her post.Actress Sonnalli Seygall: I remember this pic n also who took it! After failed attempts by @veerygoodman #yourstruly meNisha Rawal: Need tips big time! You look super super hot! Well done womanTV actor Karan V Grover: My Instagram has caught fireDorissuppiah: How did u do it… Pls share. Tq gorgeous.Karanshaik: No other actress have such a body, colour, smile…. like youSarav777s: You have undergone an amazing transformation. But i have always been your fan, regardless. Looking awesome. Great pic.Mutahir.khan.5: A raving shape of GoddessDmanalystkapil: Congratulations for this amazing transformationkeep it up!!ha.mmad5800: Wow… My all time favorite. Most stylish and stunning_joshi_rutvik_: I love you so much baby you look like a anglelast_img read more

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first_img Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens It looks like Elon Musk has good company when it comes to fearing artificial intelligence. That person is tech and science genius Stephen Hawking.In a recent interview with the BBC, Hawking said the development of full artificial intelligence “could spell the end of the human race.”Hawking added that the AI could “take off on its own,” and continually re-design and update itself, unchecked. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”Remember Skynet from the Terminator movies? Not cool.Related: Artificial Intelligence Has Elon Musk Deeply ConcernedMeanwhile, SpaceX and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk has been especially vocal about his fears, even describing artificial intelligence as human kind’s “biggest existential threat.” In an interview this summer with CNBC, he said that while he invests in AI companies like DeepMind and Vicarious, his motivation for doing so is mainly to “keep an eye” on things — though his solution for if things go south, perhaps unsurprisingly, is to head to Mars.Though, you have to wonder what Hawking — who teaches at the University of Cambridge — thinks about his alma mater’s foray into AI – as Google recently announced a partnership with Oxford University to expand its artificial intelligence initiative.    Related: This Is What Robots Will Be Doing in 2025center_img 2 min read December 2, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgJanuary 5, 2017 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant is the ultimate backseat driver.Ford and Amazon have teamed up to bring a cloud-based voice service to motorists.The integration, announced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will roll out in two phases. Starting later this month, Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap owners can remote start, lock or unlock doors and get vehicle information from the comfort of their home using voice commands.Focus Electric, Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi owners will be the first to access home-to-car capabilities; vehicles with Sync Connect are next on the list.”Ford and Amazon are aligned around a vision that your voice should be the primary way to interface with your favorite devices and services,” Don Butler, executive director of Ford Connected Vehicle and Services, said in a statement. “Customers will be able to start their vehicles from home, and manage smart home features while on the road — making life easier.”The second stage, expected this summer, allows Ford drivers with Sync 3 to tap into Alexa’s skills while driving — play and resume audiobooks, order items on Amazon or search for and transfer local destinations to the in-car navigation system.Just tap the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, then say, “Alexa, read the weather report,” or “Alexa, play Amy Winehouse.” Drivers can also ask Alexa to locate a desired location: “Alexa, find the nearest Italian restaurant.” The digital assistant will then transfer the address to the Sync 3 navigation system.”We believe voice is the future, and this is particularly true in cars,” Amazon Alexa Vice President Steve Rabuchin said. “The ability to use your voice to control your smart home, access entertainment, manage to-do lists and more makes for an extraordinary driving experience.”Ford and Toyota also announced the new SmartDeviceLink Consortium, with initial backing from automakers Mazda, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries and Suzuki. The nonprofit wants to give consumers more choices for connecting and controlling smartphone apps on the road. Amazon intends to join in an effort to expand Alexa’s reach. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

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first_img Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min read Many business leaders argue that technology is taking the “human” aspect out of human resources. However, from recruiting to hiring to connecting teams worldwide, the argument can be made that technology is greatly improving the human experience.Related: A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the MarketConsider the case of Sarah Wilson, director of talent acquisition and principal staff officer at the Toronto bookstore, Indigo: Wilson has been using AI recruiting software to help personalize the hiring process.”We started using last year, and we saw results within the first week,” Wilson told me. “I think some people dismiss AI because they think it will hurt their candidate experience. We saw it as an opportunity to further improve ours.”The HR director said she didn’t want hiring scenarios for her company that resembled those of most large retailers, where candidates hear no response. Instead, AI technology helped her team cut out many time-consuming administrative tasks. This decreased the response time for getting back to applicants and helped her team spend more time with candidates they wanted to meet in person.While Wilson was able to effectively use HR tech to improve the candidate experience, in general a balance between tech and human interaction can be hard to achieve. Here are four ways companies can use technology to improve the human experience:1. Automation leaves time for human connection.Human connection is the end goal for business leaders, and HR tech is providing them the time to grow meaningful relationships.”Both HR and recruiting professionals get caught up in the monotonous tasks associated with their jobs,” Mahe Bayireddi, CEO of Phenom People, a talent-relationship marketing platform in Horsham, Pa., explained via email. “Where many people view HR tech as a human replacement, I view it as a bridge to a very apparent gap between HR and recruiting technology and the human element the industry has lost sight of in the past.”Bayireddi said he believes HR pros get overwhelmed with mundane tasks, making it impossible for recruiters to be more personal in their communications. By using automated technology, they’re able to focus on building relationships and bringing on the best talent for their teams.Tip: Help employees be more productive and motivated in their relationships by first understanding what tasks are holding them back. Before signing up for automation software, ask team members what tasks are preventing them from honing-in on the human element of recruiting and HR. Then, research which software can take care of these tasks and free up their time to target the best job candidates.Related: Why Tech Is HR’s Friend, Not Its Enemy2. Provides more informationThere’s no doubt that things move fast in a startup. So, leaders often forget to stop and ask employees for feedback.Steffen Maier, co-founder of Impraise, a performance-management software company in New York City, said he believes that letting feedback slip out of view can be detrimental to an entire organization.”The emergence of feedback apps helped to change this by encouraging employees to ask for feedback when they need it, instead of waiting for an annual review,” Maier said via email. “Creating an environment in which it’s okay to ask for feedback, whether from your manager, reports or colleagues, means that information flows more freely throughout the organization.”Enhancing feedback, especially by offering the option of anonymity, gives managers the information they need to have a more meaningful dialogue with their employees.Tip: Use a feedback or communication platform to perform a company-wide anonymous survey on employee or organizational matters. From pay and benefits to after-work activities, Maier has improved employees’ performance and work experience by using their feedback.3. Connects employees worldwideThe immersion of video in HR tech is fast evolving how leaders do business worldwide. Gayle Wiley, chief people officer at Lifesize, a video, audio and web-conferencing company based in Austin, puts her company to the test by using video conferencing for her recruiting needs.”Externally, I use video-conferencing for interviewing candidates who are not located nearby,” Wiley explained. “Internally, it is my main communications vehicle for conducting productive meetings with our entire global workforce — for performance reviews, town hall meetings, onboarding of new employees, training and development and more.”With today’s increasingly dispersed workforce, one-click face-to-face interactions are crucial in building the human experience. Co-workers who were once able to connect only over the phone or via email are now able to see one another and interact as though they were in the same room.Tip: If possible, try the following exercise: Spend a few days communicating with people in your office via phone, email and on messaging platforms. Then, after a day or two of limited facial contact, connect with people via video.Take notice of the deeper connection with co-workers that’s restored through your return to face-to-face discussion. Now, imagine the connections being missed due to the absence of these personalized interactions.4. Improves personalizationWith evolving tools, employers are able to take what were once limited standard procedures and create improved, more expansive experiences for their teams. Such experiences are especially relevant for employee perks and benefits.Tip: With tools like Maestro Health, an employee health and benefits platform, employers are able to offer complete solutions in a personalized and simpler format. The platform allows users to be shown and to choose from a variety of health benefits to find the ones that are right for them.Related: This Tech Start-up is Helping Companies Cut HR ExpensesWhether in the health and benefits arena or as part of the overarching employee experience, employees want perks that meet their individualized needs — not everyone else’s. With HR tech, they now have the tools to do this through improved, personalized human experiences. July 6, 2017last_img read more

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first_img News | Flat Panel Displays | June 18, 2019 Double Black Imaging Announces Expanded Display Line and Ergonomic Workstation Solutions Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display… read more Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 11, 2019 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panels to Help Enhance and Streamline Workflow The flat panel display market shows signs of maturing, however many new applications are available that can help to s read more Related Content The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging Technology | November 08, 2010 Clinical LCDs Designed for Versatile Hospital Applications Technology | Flat Panel Displays | March 30, 2018 Canvys Introduces New 27- and 32-inch 4K Ultra HD Displays Canvys, a Division of Richardson Electronics Ltd., recently enhanced its 4K Ultra HD custom display series of high-… read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. 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August 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto Gallery He is specifically interested in how this information might be useful for areas like Turrialba, where agricultural plots could be reborn as tropical forest by birds simply  going about their business.The CATIE campus – one of the foremost research centers in the world for tropical botany – is an ideal spot for Jones to conduct his study. Two breeds of toucan, the keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) and collared aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus) are abundant, and they make frequent rounds from the treetops to coffee, sugar and cacao plantations. Jones chose toucans for the study because they eat fruits and vegetables whole, and are therefore an ideal conduit for distributing seeds intact. Also, he likes them.“I think toucans are amazing birds,” he says.Birdwatching at Saddam’s PalaceIn 2003, Jones had just begun to study ornithology when he found out he’d be going to Iraq. While deployed, he mostly worked a facility that processed documents written in Arabic, but he also traveled widely. He lived in Qatar for eight months and Iraq for three, and he spent time in Germany, Morocco and Kuwait. Jones brought his bird books everywhere, which initially mystified some of his fellow soldiers. “They pretty much thought I was crazy,” he remembers. “But after a while, it became sort of a game. They’d point out birds to me,” he said.Jones recalled one morning in Tikrit, when a bizarre-looking bird called a Hoopoe repeatedly banged itself against the window of Saddam Hussein’s palace, fighting its own reflection. “It looks like a zebra woodpecker thing with a super-long bill,” Jones says. “I was inches from it.”On a trip to Benin in West Africa, Jones saw a sunbird, which is a bit like a hummingbird except it doesn’t hover, he explained. As it turned out, no sunbird had ever been seen in Benin before, and Jones published a paper about it.The Army had its advantages, Jones says, but there were also things that weren’t ideal, namely: being under someone else’s command. He didn’t like being told what to do, and he “had no inkling” about the bigger picture or how decisions were made.  So, he decided to “write his own ticket.” When Jones returned to the U.S. in 2004, he focused on publishing academic papers and becoming a professor. He has especially enjoyed the freedom to design his own research. “I came up with most of this project on my own, and I was able to get it funded on my own,” he says.These days, Jones also commands a small army of his own.The toucan warrior“Mickey, pull it up four feet!” Jones yells at the forest. Mickey Pardo – hidden in the thicket – shakes a net that is suspended slightly below a small cavity in a tree.Pardo, who is from New York and preparing to start a doctorate involving elephant behavior at Columbia University, is one of nine volunteers living in a house on the CATIE campus, helping Jones complete his research. Other volunteers are from the U.S. states of Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; previous help has flown in from as far as Australia and Holland.Rachael DiSciollo, originally from the U.S. city of Philadelphia, has been around for about six months. She’s collaborating with Jones on a side project that will measure the timing of the birds’ regurgitations at the Toucan Rescue Ranch in San Isidro de Heredia, north of San José.More typically, volunteers work three of four shifts around CATIE each day, and each shift lasts about three hours. Much of the time is spent tracking birds that Jones tagged prior with transmitters, but the really exciting part, everyone says, is when a bird is netted.“When people first get here, I want them to see a bird as soon as possible,” Jones says. “Plenty of things go wrong, so you have to enjoy what goes right.”The volunteers spent the better part of this morning positioning a net in front of a tree cavity, which also happens to be the sleeping place of six or seven toucans. The group returns to the hole between 5 and 6 p.m. each night, and if the net is in good position, they’ll all fly directly into it.Jones hopes to catch at least one of two birds in this group that is already wearing a transmitter, so that he can remove it. For each group, he only needs data on one bird, but weeks ago, he mistakenly tagged two of this bunch. “Doing ecological research is a mess,” he says, smiling.Shortly after 5 p.m., several collared aracaris have started gathering in the trees surrounding the one they aim to sleep in. After hours of setup and discussions about which is the best way to capture the birds, the volunteers gaze expectantly at their work. Time seems to slow down, and finally, one small toucan leaves its perch. The bird soars toward the cavity and flies beak-first into the trap.Gleeful shouts and high fives are exchanged among the volunteers. “This is the essence of being a toucan warrior,” Jones explains. The group already knows that this juvenile won’t be helpful for the study, which only involves adult birds. But catching even the wrong toucan is undeniably satisfying.The small toucan struggles to free itself from the net, and becomes even more tangled. It flails and rests, flails and rests, and its buddies all line up on nearby branches. One by one, the birds attempt to enter their hole, and one by one, they too land in the net.Something’s wrong, though. After a second or two of struggle, the birds are able to free themselves. In some cases, they just bounce off. After multiple attempts to enter the cavity, the birds give up, and follow their enormous beaks out of the trees and over the CATIE housing. “Turn around. Turn around. Don’t do that!” Jones tells the birds.It’s useless, though. The toucans are gone.With a pulley system, the volunteers bring down the one still-ensnared juvenile toucan. Jones places his hand gingerly on the underside of the bird, and DiSciollo sticks the finger of a yellow gardening glove in its beak to prevent it from biting the volunteers.Jones works the net methodically, and soon the bird’s wings and feet are disentangled. Jones lifts the net over the bird’s head like a parent removing a T-shirt from a toddler.The jarred bird flies erratically out of Jones’s arms and lands on DiSciollo’s pants. Then the ground. Finally it makes it back into a nearby tree. Jones and the volunteers aren’t thrilled about tormenting a bird so small and helpless. But as in war, there are often unpleasant things that must be done to serve the greater mission.Wild callingPlenty of research exists on seed dispersal, but Jones’ study is the first to look at its use in fragmented habitats, or forestlands that have been partially cleared for agriculture use. Wildlife biologists are becoming increasingly interested in the potential for wildlife preservation within these mixed habitats, according to Fabrice De Clerck, a program leader with Biodiversity International in Rome.“In the past, most conservation biologists focused on protected areas, such as national parks,” he said. “Now some are also trying to understand how we can incorporate natural, forested corridors to promote both the conversation of wildlife and sustainable farming.”De Clerck has served as a mentor to Jones in his research at CATIE, and he’s optimistic about the potential for the toucan study, which he described as “sophisticated.” Not only will the study track and record the behavior of toucans in the wild, but it will also gather data on how frequently they regurgitate seeds in captivity. Jones will then return to Louisiana to create a computer model that will display the toucan’s contribution to reforestation.“[Jones’] work will provide a better picture of how the behavior of the seed dispersers influences the establishment of different plants across a landscape,” says Paul Leberg, a conservation biologist and professor at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. “Understanding this process could assist in the reforestation of disturbed habitats.”For the time being, though, Jones remains humble about his own project and realistic about the challenges of studying animals in the wild. He feels lucky to be doing his work in another place with so many interesting birds.Overhead, vultures circle and white cattle egrets dart past sprawling treetops. Parrots and parakeets chatter from clusters of branches, and Jones points at one in particular. “Crimson-fronted parakeet,” he says. On days like this, when he’s at work with his volunteers in nature, attempting to catch wild toucans, he marvels at how well things have worked out.“I’m doing exactly what I want to do,” he says. “And I live in Costa Rica.” Facebook Comments From the print editionTURRIALBA, Cartago – “Listen. This might not work,” Landon Jones disclaims even before he has introduced himself.Jones is standing in an overgrown backyard in Turrialba’s Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), east of San José, holding a net attached to a string he recently shot over a nearby tree with a crossbow. The 33-year-old Iraq War veteran – who also happens to be a Mormon and a father of four – is dressed in a college T-shirt that says “Ragin’ Cajuns.”He’s trying to catch a wild toucan. Since January, Jones has been netting the birds, equipping them with radio transmitters and tracking them in their natural habitat. It’s part of research he’s conducting as a Fulbright scholar and doctorate student at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, in the United States.By monitoring the toucans, Jones hopes to better understand the role these birds play in reforestation, specifically in areas that have been cleared for agricultural purposes. Focusing primarily on their herbivorous eating patterns and mobility, Jones seeks to map the likely locations of bird droppings and regurgitations that contain viable seeds. – See pictures by Tico Times photographer Gabe Dinsmoor No related posts.last_img read more

August 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 5 ways to recognize low testosterone But even very young children who were crime victims or witnesses have been able to provide crucial help. Lamb said among the most famous was the 1983 case of a 3-year-old kidnapped from her Denver-area neighborhood. The girl was found by birdwatchers three days later, at the bottom of a mountain outhouse pit.Her kidnapper had been detained just after she disappeared, then released. She picked him out of a photo lineup, telling police: “That one; he did it. He put me in the hole.” Police issued an arrest warrant that day for Robert Thiret, who was later convicted in the kidnapping.And in 2010, a Tennessee man named Jessie Dotson was convicted in the 2008 murders of his two young nephews, his brother, his brother’s girlfriend and two family friends, in large part on the testimony of a nephew who was 9 the day of the attack. The boy, who survived a knife blade plunged into his skull, pointed to his uncle in the courtroom and said the killer was “right there.”___John Heilprin in Annecy, France contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories center_img “When it comes to the probe we cannot base the outcome of the investigation on what a severely injured 7-year-old girl says,” the prosecutor said Wednesday.But Michael Lamb, a Cambridge University professor of psychology who specializes in child witnesses, said both girls could potentially help investigators. They could, he said, say what language was spoken, whether the car was stopped unexpectedly and whether they recognized the attacker.What is key, Lamb emphasized, is letting a child speak freely, without interrupting or leading the conversation in a particular direction.“We all think that it’s really easy to talk to a young child, and the fact is, it actually isn’t. It takes quite a lot of skill to conduct an interview in a way that simply provides a platform that encourages a child to keep talking.”Pitfalls abound. Many of the daycare sex abuse scandals of the 1980s and 1990s in the U.S. resulted in wrongful convictions and outlandish stories.Among the most notable was the McMartin Preschool case in Southern California, with its bizarre tales of underground tunnels and satanic sacrifices. The trial _ the most expensive in the U.S. _ lasted seven years and involved hundreds of children, only to end in 1990 with no convictions on unreliable and, experts say, coerced testimony. But it’s a delicate task. There are plenty of examples of investigators botching interviews with child witnesses, sometimes with devastating results.“Children that age are capable of providing tremendously accurate long-term memories,” said Stephen Ceci, a professor of developmental psychology at Cornell University who has studied child witnesses. However, he said, children’s memories are susceptible to corruption if interviews go badly at the outset of an investigation.The most important thing, he said, is to develop a rapport and ask open questions. “You resist the impulse to start providing cues.”In the case of the two British girls, Ceci said native English speakers would be vital.“There are all these really nuanced aspects of a language,” he said.Eric Maillaud, the prosecutor leading the investigation in France, told The Associated Press that the younger girl described hearing a shout that might have come from an assailant, but could not specify a language. “What can you expect from a terrorized 4-year-old girl?” he added.As for the older girl, Maillaud said she had reached “the age of reason” but was still unlikely to unravel the case. The girl will have a British interviewer and a translator when she is finally able to talk. Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Associated PressPARIS (AP) – One sister is a “key witness” still under guard in a French hospital, her health too fragile for questioning. The other escaped the gunman who killed their parents by hiding beneath her dead mother’s skirts, but can’t explain what happened during their French Alps vacation. And, experts say, both could still provide crucial help _ if handled carefully.The young British sisters, who survived the mysterious shootings a week ago, are the only known witnesses to the crime. And experts say 4-year-old Zeena and 7-year-old Zaina could be the key to solving the case. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

August 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThailand to host Optimist World Championship 2017Thailand to host Optimist World Championship 2017Thailand has been selected to host the Optimist World Championship 2017 to be organised between 11-21 July, 2017 at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) in Pattaya. Over 59 countries have already confirmed to compete in the event, and each country will send their most talented Optimist sailors to race as national representatives on this world stage.Organised by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC), the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT) in conjunction with the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) with strong support from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).The Optimist Dinghy has proven to be the ideal boat for introducing young children to the sport of sailing.The object of the class is to provide an affordable racing boat for young people. Optimist Dinghy sailing typically starts at the age of 7 or 8 and continues to 15 years of age.  More than 85% of all sailors who participated in the Rio Olympics sailed in Optimist Dinghies when they were young.Thomas Whitcraft, President of the Optimist World Championship 2017 ThailandMr Whitcraft said, “The Royal Varuna Yacht Club is proud to have been chosen as the host venue for the prestigious Optimist World Championship 2017. We relish the opportunity to host the Championship and showcase Thailand as a great venue for International sailing events.“This is the 2nd time in Thai history that Thailand has won the honour of hosting the world-class event. We held our first Optimist World Championship here at RVYC back in 1979 and it is great that the club has been selected to be the international venue once again.”He continued, “We are blessed in Thailand to have weather that is great for sailing all year round with more than our fair share of consistent winds. Moreover, the reputation of Thailand for providing exceptional hospitality comes from its wonderful people, beautiful seas and great food, so we really are a standout world sailing destination.”Admiral Kraisorn Chansuvanich, Honorary President of the Optimist World Championship 2017 and also President of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT), said, “Thailand is pleased and warmly welcomes all young optimist sailors from around the world to compete in the Optimist World Championship 2017. This event will provide an inspiration for Thai youths to take up sailing and boost the development of Optimist sailing in Thailand to international standards.”The Optimist World Championship 2017 Thailand has been supported by strategic partners including the Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT), Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). Co-Sponsors include The Pizza Company, Apollo (Thailand), Thai Airways and True Corporation.About Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC)Under Royal Patronage, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club was founded by HSH Bhisadej Rajani and Mr. Walter J. Meyer  in 1957 and other members.His Majesty the Late King Bhumibhol Adulyadej and Princess Ubolratana, both keen sailors, regularly sailed at Royal Varuna Yacht Club. Unprecedented, they both achieved first place and won Gold Medals at the 1967 South-East Asia Peninsular Games.The Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) founded in 1957 is the premier sailing club and centre of dinghy sailing in Thailand, located in a secluded cove between Pattaya and Jomtien.  It is a Not-For-Profit Association with a constitutional mandate to Promote Sailing in Thailand.With close to 500 members, it is a family oriented club for sailors of all abilities, from the uninitiated to serious racers. The club offers a year-round sailing program with cruising and racing. The club offers sailing tuition for adults, in its extensive sailing program under RYA accreditation from the UK. Source = Royal Varuna Yacht Club – Andrew J. Woodlast_img read more

August 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img With the latest bank failure tallying up numbers for 2011 at 64, lawmakers convened a field hearing in Georgia Tuesday to determine whether risk-wary authorities are to blame for folding institutions and federal rescues. Appearing as witnesses, several bank presidents complained of a stifling regulatory environment, which federal regulatory authorities, in turn, portrayed as needed and helpful in the wake of the financial crisis.[IMAGE]Signaling the subcommittee mien, “”Rep. Spencer Bachus””: (R-Alabama), chairman of the “”House Financial Services Committee””:, said in a “”statement””: that lawmakers “”cannot allow regulatory micromanagement of community banks to stifle prudent lending… Bank examiners must recognize the risks of over-regulation, and particularly avoid subjecting smaller financial institutions to undue regulatory burdens.””In step with the committee chairman, “”Rep. Lynn Westmoreland””: (R-Georgia), likewise a vocal critic of federal regulation, called attention to the collapse of 67 banks around the state since 2009. According to the “”FDIC””:, this year’s 64 failures followed 157 from last year, which built on 140 failures over 2009, totaling 380 failures since 2008. Over 325 of the institutions that failed are community banks with less than $10 billion in total assets.On the whole, bankers highlighted the distress brought about by a dented market for commercial real estate and faulted federal authorities for a heavy-handed approach to banking regulation.Chuck Copeland, CEO of the “”First National Bank of Griffin””:, colored the regulatory environment as one of “”mixed messages”” that he said included overly harsh examiners’ reports, an unwillingness on the parts of regulators to disclose information, and a climate that cast banks as excessive risk-takers.Reacting to these portrayals, he asked, “”Did we have a role setting ourselves up to become victims? No doubt. But did we recklessly pursue growth and earnings at all cost with no regard to the other elements of the mission? Never!””[COLUMN_BREAK]Copeland added that “”we have found the field examiners less willing to disclose conclusions and very guarded in acknowledging progress in those areas where we may have been performing well.””V. Michael Rossetti, president of “”Ravin Homes””:, distinguished between the message and the messenger by highlighting his relationships with examiners and “”the lack of common business sense use in the interpretation of the regulations.””In a past interview with _MReport_, Richard Eckman, a managing partner at “”Pepper Hamilton LLP””: and chair of the law firm’s financial services practice group, called federal guidance ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a subject of note at the field hearing ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô “”regulation in disguise.””Eckman said that “”banking regulatory agencies are famous for issuing guidance,”” which remains controversial as a way for federal agencies to ride around extensive rule-making requirements.””If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,”” he said.Speaking to the issue, Kevin Bertsch, associate director of banking supervision and regulation at the “”Federal Reserve””:, called bank-examination guidance “”necessary to assess capital adequacy, asset quality, management and board oversight, earnings, liquidity, and sensitivity to market risk.””Reading from a prepared statement, Bret Edwards, the FDIC’s director of resolutions and receiverships, attempted to dispel the controversy by saying that the agency remained “”keenly aware of the significant hardship of bank failures on communities in Georgia and across the country.””He attributed fewer failures on the part of problem banks to “”corrective measures”” taken by the FDIC, asserting that “”most banks across the country are in sound condition, well capitalized and profitable.””The field hearing is the latest in a series of actions taken by Congress and Rep. Westmoreland in particular to stem the collapse of banks and curb regulation along largely partisan lines. In late July the House passed a bill that would require the FDIC’s inspector general to examine what role, if any, the current regulatory infrastructure plays in undermining the credit supply for community banks.The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Westmoreland, awaits action from the Democratic Senate. in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Bank Failures Hearing Goes After Regulators August 16, 2011 433 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure FDIC Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-16 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more