The Eco-Technology Great Debates @ Intel Developer Forum 2008 San Francisco

first_img Attendees will learn about the pros and cons of high-density computing versus low-density computing and ready-to-use container data centers versus traditional brick and mortar data centers. There will also be a panel discussion on energy efficiency metrics, which will take a look at everything from chips to cooling systems and how they play a role in energy efficiency. Hank Lea and myself (Jason Davidson) will be covering the Eco-Technology debates at the Marriot Hotel in San Francisco on Monday, August 18th. We will also be hosting a blog talk radio show around this event at 5:15 PM. In my tenure at Intel, I have had the pleasure of walking into major companies, educational institutes, non-profits, and government agencies to talk technology with many great people. “How green is this solution” is a topic on many minds lately – no matter which topic of discussion. Being an engineer by trade and scientist by education, I will typically dive into the details of around each component’s power consumption and the discussion ends with some simple math multiplying a number of units by their thermal numbers. However, there is so much more to the overall impact, and as I walk in and out of these locations, I am always amazed at the number of larger issues with much larger impacts that are unresolved or overlooked. For more information on these items, here is a blog. The Eco-Technology Great Debates provide a unique and entertaining forum to expand your understanding of today’s most pressing data center and IT issues. Come hear industry leaders take up both sides of some of the hot topics facing the industry. The energy consumption of servers and data centers has doubled in the past five years and is expected to almost double again in the next five, costing about USD 7.4 billion annually.1 There is no single right answer on what to do about this critical situation. Take an active step in solving this challenge by attending *The Eco-Technology Great Debates* and IDF at a special money-saving price. Register for IDF now and enter promo code *CLOECOT* (admission to the Eco-Technology Great Debate and a 2-day pass to IDF) or enter promo code *CLTECOT*(admission to the Eco-Technology Great Debate and a full conference pass to IDF). The debate takes place at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel (located across the street from IDF). 1 [EPA Reports Significant Energy Efficiency Opportunities for U.S. Servers and Data Centers (August 2007).|http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0de87f2b4bcbe56e852572a000651fde/4be8c9799fbceb028525732c0053e1d5!OpenDocument]last_img read more

South Korea to Reconsider Plan to Drop Evolution Examples From Textbooks

first_img The South Korean government is poised to appoint a new committee that will revisit a controversial plan to drop two examples of evolutionary theory from high school textbooks. The committee, to be led by insect taxonomist Byoung-Hoon Lee, a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, has been asked to re-evaluate requests from a Korean creationist group to drop references to bird and horse evolution that they argue promote “atheist materialism.” At the same time, about 50 prominent Korean scientists are preparing to present government officials with a petition, organized by the Korean Association of Biological Sciences, which calls for rejecting the proposed changes. “When these things are done, I think it will turn out that after all Korean science will not surrender to religion, so to speak,” says Jae Choe, an evolutionary biologist at Ewha Womans University in Seoul who helped organize the petition. 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The Society for Textbook Revise (STR), an independent offshoot of the Korea Association for Creation Research, had proposed the revisions. According to microbiologist Bun-Sam Lim, the chief of STR’s Scholarship Committee, the organization aims to weed out “atheist materialism” that paints an “unhopeful” worldview for students. The Archaeopteryx and horse examples were targeted as “typical icons of evolutionism,” Lim said in an e-mail. Last month, the Korean media picked up the story, which was first reported by Nature on 5 June, sparking extensive public discussion. Some Korean scientists were particularly upset that the Nature story reported that “anti-evolution sentiment seems to be winning its battle with mainstream science” in Korea, says Choe, who is known as Korea’s Richard Dawkins or E. O. Wilson (Choe’s former Harvard University adviser). “The Nature article was good in one sense, but in another it was quite humiliating to Korean scientists,” says Choe. “We didn’t surrender. We’re not really that frail.” Choe says he also received more than 60 e-mails from high school and elementary school students around the country. “They ask me: ‘What’s going on and why aren’t you responding to this?’ ” he says. Soon, Choe and other researchers began organizing the petition against the textbook changes. Prior to the Nature article, many scientists did not want to “participate in that muddy debate” over the teaching of evolution, says Dayk Jang, an evolutionary scientist at Seoul National University who also helped organize the petition. Choe, for example, hadn’t wanted to debate with creationists because he worried that “responding to them somehow legitimizes their actions.” On 24 June, the controversy prompted the education ministry to announce that it would seek “expert opinions” on the issue from the Korean academy and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies before finalizing the revisions. It asked Lee to lead the effort. Now, “I think we have room to fix the situation,” Jang says. He believes that scientists may even be able to persuade officials to replace the Archaeopteryx and horse examples with more compelling examples of evolution, and rework textbooks to be more engaging for students. “We’ve been making good progress,” Choe adds. “After all this hoopla, it looks as if South Korea will not ‘surrender’ to creationist demands.” The STR’s Lim, meanwhile, says the group won’t end its efforts to remove other evolution examples from Korean textbooks “one by one.” But that could be difficult, notes Choe. Government regulations mandate that all Korean science textbooks include a section on evolutionary theory with a discussion of the fossil record. STR sidestepped those rules by targeting two examples of evolution whose exact mechanisms evolutionary biologists still puzzle over, Choe says. “Korean newspapers give the impression that the whole discussion of evolution is disappearing” from textbooks, Choe says, “which is ridiculous, but exactly what the STR was aiming at.” H. Raab/Wikimedia Evolutionary dispute. A Korean creationist group called for deleting discussion of the bird ancestor Archaeopteryx (above) and horse evolution from high school textbooks. last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Van Dijk shortlisted for FIFA Best Player award

first_imgEuro 2020 qualifiers: Portugal through after 2-0 win Van Dijk succeeded Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, who last year pipped Ronaldo, with whom he had helped the Spanish club earn its 13th UEFA Champions League title, and Egyptian Mohamed Salah, who led Liverpool to the final of the elite continental club competition. The short list for the Best FIFA Women’s Player featured Olympique Lyonnais’ Briton Lucy Bronze — who clinched the UEFA award a few days ago — and Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, who were part of the US national team which won the FIFA World Cup held this year in France. Three Premier League coaches made the short list for the best men’s manager of the season, including Manchester City’s Spaniard Pep Guardiola, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp of Germany, who led his team to Champions League triumph, and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino of Argentina, who had to settle for the runner-up spot in the Champions League final. For the best women’s coach award, those shortlisted include Jill Ellis, who led the US team to World Cup glory, England national team manager Phil Neville and Sarina Wiegman, the Dutch national team boss. Liverpool’s Alisson Becker of Brazil will compete for the FIFA Best Men’s Goalkeeper award with Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Germany and Manchester City’s Ederson of Brazil. PSG’s Christiana Endler of Chile, Sweden’s Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea/Wolfsburg) and Dutchwoman Sari van Veenendaal (Arsenal/Atletico Madrid) made the short list for the Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper award. The short list for FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal includes Messi’s third goal against Real Betis on March 17, Juan Fernando Quintero’s goal with River Plate against Racing at the Argentinian Superliga on February 10 and Daniel Zsori’s tally in the Debrecen FC-Ferencvaros clash at the Hungarian first tier league in February. The FIFA website users can now vote till September 23 for the FIFA Fan Award from among Silvia Grecco of Brazil, Uruguay’s Justo Sanchez and the Dutch national team supporters. Grecco describes Palmeiras’ matches to her blind son while Sanchez is a Cerro fan who assists all the matches of his favourite team’s rival Rampla to honuor the memory of his son who was killed in a traffic accident after a match. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Juventus’ Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Argentine talisman Lionel Messi and Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk made the short list for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, the international soccer federation announced on Monday. The announcement came days after the Dutchman prevailed over Messi and Ronaldo to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for 2018-19, Efe news reported.Related News Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Kane, Ron do the ‘trick last_img read more

Rivals rule out final league game against Chapecoense

first_imgChapecoense’s opponents in the last game of the Brazilian league season said they would not play the match out of respect for the stricken club who lost most of their players in a plane crash, the president of Atletico Mineiro said on Thursday. (Colombia and Brazil football teams join in tribute after plane crash)Daniel Nepomuceno told Atletico Mineiro’s web site (www.atletico.com.br) that he had been in touch with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), which had given its blessing.”Atletico will not play, will not let Chapecoense play the last game,” Nepomuceno said, three days after the southern Brazilian club lost all but three of their squad in the plane crash in Colombia. (Bodies of Brazilians killed in Colombia crash expected back on Friday)”This is not the time to make these demands on players.” (Colombia crash: Plane carrying Chapecoense players was running out of fuel)The Belo Horizonte club are in fourth place in the Serie A table, six points clear of the fifth-placed side with one game remaining. They have already qualified for one of the six Copa Libertadores spots. Chapecoense are in ninth place. (Also read: From Wayne Rooney to Neymar, soccer world sends condolences to Brazil’s Chapecoense after air crash)”Atletico will not play this game and the biggest punishment will probably be a loss of three points and as that will not affect the team’s position it is the minimum that we can do for the family members, for the city, for the state and the country that has suffered so much this week,” Nepomuceno said.advertisementMonday’s crash occurred as Chapecoense’s plane approached Medellin where they were to play Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana.The CBF suspended all games for seven days following the accident. The second leg of the Brazilian Cup final between Atletico Mineiro and Gremio was one of the games postponed until next week.The confederation has not yet decided whether to play the final round of games which were scheduled for Sunday. It made no immediate official comment on Nepomuceno’s statement.last_img read more

Hyde Marine Strikes BWTS Partnerships

first_imgzoom Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, has established two partnership agreements for installation of the chemical free Hyde GUARDIAN Gold™ Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) for international markets. Hyde Marine is partnering with Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) for installation of the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS, for vessels docking at the yard.The system uses filtration and ultraviolet disinfection to treat ships’ ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port.Additionally, Hyde Marine announced an installation agreement for the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS with UK-based Cardiff Craftsmen LTD, a ship repair and marine engineering company specializing in maintenance solutions to the marine & offshore industry.Cardiff Craftsmen’s recent expansion, including the launch of a service center in the U.S., as well as deploying representation in Singapore, provides Hyde Marine with an increased concentration on Far East and Australian markets.“Aligning our installation efforts with the Grand Bahama Shipyard and Cardiff Craftsmen enables Hyde Marine to further expand its commitment to shipowners, as we work with them to complete upgrades of their existing fleets to meet any future ballast water treatment regulations,” said John Platz, President, Hyde Marine, Inc.In 2004, the IMO adopted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWMC), which requires ships to conduct a ballast water exchange or to meet concentration-based ballast water discharge standards at ports with ballast tanks 99.99% free of living organisms and pathogens.Press Release, July 23, 2014last_img read more

Pakistani handlers told terrorists in Kashmir they will get bangles if they

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan has readied about 230 terrorists for infiltration into Kashmir, and some have already crossed over with orders to cause unrest, India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said on Saturday, citing the case of two militants who were told by their handlers that they would receive bangles if they didn’t do their jobs properly. Doval told a select group of journalists that there are Pakistani communications towers along a 20-km stretch of the border from where they are sending messages to terrorists. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “We heard intercepts in which they told their men ‘how come so many apple trucks are moving. Can’t you stop them? Should we send you bangles instead of guns’,” Doval said, referring to the fact that some 750 trucks carrying apples leave the valley every day for trade in other parts of the country. Officials said the militants spoke Punjabi with Pakistani accent, and are absconding. Subsequently, two militants went to a fruit market in Sopore and found out the address of Hamidullah Rather, a prominent fruit merchant in the area, and went to his house in Dangarpura, 5 km from Sopore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K However, Rather was not at home as he had probably gone out to perform namaz, so the militants attacked his family with pistols, injuring his 25-year-old son Mohammed Irshad, and Irshad’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Asma Jaan on Friday. Asma is in a critical condition and is being shifted to New Delhi for treatment in AIIMS, Doval said. He said some of the 230 terrorists have come in and some have been arrested. “That’s the only instrument available to Pakistan – to cause disruption in the streets.” But security forces are determined to protect the lives of Kashmiris from Pakistani “machinations”, Doval said, adding that “terror is the only instrument Pakistan has to create unrest in Kashmir.” Kashmir has been under severe restrictions since August 5 when provisions of Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special status, was abrogated. The restrictions included no access to telephone or Internet. Many of those restrictions have been eased, and telephone land-lines have been fully restored, Doval said. However, Internet and mobile phone access remains blocked in many areas. Doval said that’s because these two mediums allow terrorists also to communicate and spread unrest. He said normalcy can be restored in Kashmir if Pakistan starts behaving, if they do not indulge in subversive propaganda. He acknowledged that the lack of Internet is causing inconvenience, but said this is preferable to the loss of life that Kashmiris would suffer if Pakistani terrorists could carry out their operations. “We will not allow Kashmiris to become victims of Pakistani machinations and bullets sent across the border. We will do everything in our power to protect them.”last_img read more

Workathome trend stays static as daily commutes get longer across Canada

first_imgFREDERICTON – More members of the workforce are cramming the country’s buses, subways and highways each day, adding precious minutes to the daily commute, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday in its sixth and final batch of numbers from the 2016 census.The number of commuters is larger than ever, the agency said — 15.9 million in 2016, a 30 per cent increase since 1996 — with a 59.5 per cent increase in the number of transit passengers and a 28.3 per cent spike in the number of people getting to work by car.As a result, the average commute reached 26.2 minutes, up from 25.4 minutes in 2011. For transit passengers, the average was 44.8 minutes.None of which matters a whit to telecommuters like Tyler MacKay.“By removing the tedium of the commute, you get a greater sense of freedom,” the 43-year-old IT specialist said from his home in Hanwell, N.B.MacKay, who works for InteliSys Aviation Systems, its closest office 90 minutes away in Saint John, has been punching in electronically for the last four years.“I find I’m a lot more productive doing it. If I had to travel to the office there’s the preparation time and the actual commute to and from, so you lose time that way.”And yet Wednesday’s census data suggests the prospect of telecommuting, once billed as the future of work, has barely budged in the last 20 years.Indeed, Statistics Canada’s numbers show a decline in the proportion of people working from home — 7.4 per cent, down from 8.2 per cent in 1996 — but the agency attributes that drop almost entirely to a precipitous drop in farming —the original home-office job.Without farming, Statistics Canada says six per cent of Canadians worked at home in 2016 — the same as 20 years earlier.To be sure, a lot depends on the nature of the work, said MacKay, whose own work is untethered to a physical work space.“Employees at airports anywhere around the world are able to connect into a central server and run their operations. The same extends to us. We can be literally anywhere and do our jobs.”There’s also a significant difference between those working at home full-time and those opting to do so on an occasional basis.The website GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com says Fortune 1000 companies around the globe are revamping their space around the fact that employees are already mobile and not at their desk 50-60 per cent of the time.More than 1.7 million paid employees — those not self-employed — worked from home in 2008 at least once a week, up almost 23 per cent from the 1.4 million in 2000, according to the latest Statistics Canada report on the subject in 2010.Marie-Michele Rousseau-Clair has been working from home for the last three years in her job with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Her nearest office is Montreal, a 90-minute drive from her home in Trois-Rivieres, Que.“It allows me to bring a bit more balance and time for my personal life and not feeling like I’m always at work, even though my work is in my house,” she said.It’s not for everyone, though, Rousseau-Clair acknowledged — especially in the midst of untended household chores or the pull of the couch.“You need to be up and in front of your computer at a certain time,” she said. “I am able to accomplish more tasks than I would in a regular office.”at the Nature Conservancy of Canada, saidNature Conservancy employees are encouraged to work from home, which saves both the charity and its staff money, said media relations director Andrew Holland.“We are 270 employees across 10 provinces. We try to use technology when and where possible to make life a little bit easier for everybody.”Of course, some workplaces are non-negotiable. An airliner cockpit, for instance.“Barrie is so full of pilots that we call it Terminal 4,” one Toronto-based pilot wrote on Reddit about the suburban community about an hour’s drive — without traffic — north of the city.“I’ve worked with several that drive in from London or Niagara Falls. One drives from Huntsville. That’s not counting the large number that commute on flights.”last_img read more

Canadas police chiefs to study spike in gun violence over the last

first_imgHALIFAX – Canada’s police chiefs say in light of recent gun-related tragedies in Fredericton and in other cities across the country they are striking a committee to analyze data related to gun violence.The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which wrapped up its annual conference Wednesday in Halifax, says it wants to come up with evidence-based recommendations to help combat the problem.Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer, the newly elected president of the association, said while gun violence “ebbs and flows” across the country, the chiefs believe there has been a spike in illegal firearm use over the past year.“We are seeing in many cities, small and large throughout our country, an increase in gun violence whether its Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg or out here in the Maritimes, we are seeing an increase in that,” said Palmer.He said Canada’s current gun control regime is “actually very good” and the association is not calling for any wholesale legislative changes related to gun violence. It also isn’t calling for tighter restrictions for rifles and shotguns.“But we are going to be looking at that issue (violence) and we may come forward with recommendations in the future.”Palmer said the association does support measures to strengthen certain aspects of federal gun regulations in Bill C-71, including rules around obtaining a gun licence and the transportation of firearms.Last week, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said the latest rash of shootings had added to a sense of public urgency for Ottawa to do more to keep deadly firearms out of the wrong hands.Blair said the government’s work would include looking at “any measure which will be effective.”Palmer said the overall issue isn’t law-abiding people who want to possess firearms, but rather people who are involved in criminal activity who obtain guns through illegal means.Those means include getting illegal firearms from the U.S., through break-and-enters, and from legal gun owners without criminal records who purchase firearms and then sell them on the black market.He said less organized street gangs are a particular concern for police.“We are seeing a resurgence of lower level street gangs that are becoming quite violent, becoming ever more sophisticated and that are starting to connect themselves with organized crime at a higher level,” said Palmer.Still, Palmer said gun violence is a complex issue that will require many different approaches, from early education for children on the dangers of guns and gangs to better enforcement measures.“We are looking at different strategies,” he said. “We want to follow best practices in reducing violence.”On another front, the police chiefs announced a new online training program that will provide an “introduction to the cannabis legislation” for more than 65,000 police officers preparing to enforce the law when cannabis is legalized Oct. 17.Palmer said police forces will be ready to conduct enforcement in the fall and he doesn’t believe it’s going to be “mayhem overnight” once cannabis is legal.“It’s a complex issue, it’s a challenging issue … but we will be ready to deal with this issue.”Palmer said it would take about a year before police will be able to assess how the introduction of legalized cannabis is handled.He said the conference also discussed the opioid crisis, crypto-currency, use of force training, mental wellness, and proactive policing.The chiefs called on Ottawa to harmonize cybercrime training across the country to ensure police officers have the proper training and capability to combat the problem.They are also urging Public Safety Canada to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to allow the comprehensive vetting of people who import pill presses, and also to regulate their sale domestically.last_img read more

Stars Support UNICEF UKs Appeal For Unaccompanied Refugee Children

first_imgUNICEF UK ambassadors and supporters – including Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Sir Roger Moore, Ewan McGregor and Emma Bunton – are calling on the UK Government to do more to reunite unaccompanied refugee children in Europe with their families in the UK.Last week, 16-year-old Bilal joined forces with Unicef UK and Citizens UK to call on the Home Office to redouble efforts to help lone children, many of whom are stranded, following months in dangerous camps across Europe. Many of these refugee children have a legal right to be reunited with families who are waiting for them in the UK.Andy Murray, British Tennis Number One and Unicef UK Ambassador said: “Last year I supported Unicef UK’s work with refugee children just like Bilal through my ’Andy’s Aces’ appeal, and having heard Bilal’s story of being reunited with his brother I’m really happy to add my name to this appeal. For these children the chance to be reunited with their family in the UK could be life-changing and make sure they’re kept safe from violence, exploitation and abuse.”Six-time Olympic Champion and Unicef UK Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy said: “Having heard Bilal’s heartbreaking story of his journey from Syria, and his struggle to be reunited with his brother, I hope that the public will join me in backing his campaign. There are unaccompanied refugee children in Europe risking their lives to reach relatives in the UK despite having the legal right to be brought here safely. The Government must do more to reunite these children with their family here in the UK.”Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore said: “As a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador I’m very proud to be supporting Bilal’s powerful call to the home secretary and hope the UK public will add their voices to the campaign. We have a responsibility to do all we can for these children, and the sooner we can reunite them with their loved ones the better.Further support came from singers Jessie Ware and Rita Ora, actor and author David Walliams, actor and campaigner Vanessa Redgrave, actor and director Ralph Fiennes, actor Keeley Hawes, television personality Cat Deeley and model and business woman Claudia Schiffer.Bilal, from Daraa in southern Syria, said: “I left Syria when I was 14 to be with my brother in London. When I made it to France, I had to wait in the Calais Jungle for seven months and it was a living hell. I saw people die trying to escape. I saw people beaten to death in the camp. I made friends there and I lost friends there. I want people like me, who have family in the UK, to come here and be safe. It is taking too long and too many children are suffering. I’m so pleased to have the support of Unicef UK and Citizens UK, and to see so many people who want to help. Together, we’re asking Theresa May to help other refugee children who are alone and speed up the process to reunite them with their families in the UK.”Bilal was finally reunited with his older brother in the UK at the end of March, after travelling for more than a year from Syria. As the conflict in his homeland intensified, Bilal was forced to flee his home without his parents, who had to stay in Syria to care for his elderly grandparents.After crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey to Greece, Bilal eventually made it to Calais, but he spent seven months in the so-called Jungle before he was able to be reunited with his brother in the UK. He leaves behind him hundreds of other children who are still waiting.Unicef UK is calling on the UK Government to take urgent action to reunite refugee children like Bilal with their families in the UK, by speeding up existing family reunion procedures, and widening existing laws to allow children to be reunited with extended family. If the Home Office had 10 more officials working to reunite families, all of the 157 children stuck in Calais could be living safely with their families in the UK in time to start school in September.Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director Lily Caprani said: “The Government has said that unaccompanied children should be brought to the UK if they have family here, yet these children’s cases are moving far too slowly. It’s time for the Government to turn its promise into a reality now, and get these children to their families.“The children in Calais are the nearest and most visible cases of children who are fleeing conflict and making dangerous journeys in search of safety, yet have a legal right to live in safety with their families in the UK. I’ve just been to meet them in Calais and have seen the terrible conditions they are living in. By taking immediate action for these children, the Government can take a crucial first step to show it is serious about its recent commitments to refugee children.”last_img read more

RCMP raising money with Fill the Boot

first_imgOwen added that 80 percent of the money raised would go towards fighting childhood cancer while the other 20 percent going to Camp Goodtimes.“Well I think everyone has their own reasons for doing it, but for me its something I can do,” said Owen. “Any little bit helps and its all going to a good cause.”Owen went on to say that the support of the community has been fantastic into helping them with their cause.“It’s fantastic, the support is unreal in Fort St. John. We appreciate everybody, every little bit helps and we’re getting fantastic donations.”In addition to Fill the Boot, the RCMP will also be holding a Jail and Bail on September 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Members of the community who have been nominated by their friends, family, and co-workers will be “arrested” and brought to a mock jail where a short mock trial will take place. Bail will be set and the arrested person will then be given time to raise the requested amount from the mock bail hearing. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the RCMP were at Safeway Friday hosting their “Fill the Boot” which was raising money for pediatric cancer research.As of 4:30 p.m. the boot was halfway full. Watch Commander Spencer Owen and Constable Rebecca Bojczuk estimated that over $400 had been raised so far.Owen explained that Fill the Boot is a fundraiser part of the Cops for Cancer – Tour de North which is an 800-kilometre bike ride from Prince George to Prince Rupert that also raises money for cancer research. The Tour de North takes place from September 14th-20th.last_img read more

Amazon and Google end spat, bring YouTube to Amazon devices

NEW YORK — Amazon and Google are ending their nearly 2-year spat, agreeing to bring their video streaming apps to each other’s devices.Back in 2017, Google pulled its popular YouTube video app from Amazon’s Fire TV after the online shopping giant refused to sell some Google products. Amazon has since started to sell Google’s gadgets on its site.Amazon said Thursday that YouTube will appear on Amazon’s Fire TV devices and smart TVs in the coming months, but did not give an exact date. Other YouTube apps, such as YouTube Kids and YouTube TV, will be added to Fire TV devices later this year. In addition, Amazon’s Prime Video streaming app will be added to Google’s streaming devices and TV’s that use Google’s operating system.“We are excited to work with Amazon,” said Heather Rivera, YouTube’s global head of product partnerships, in a written statement.The Associated Press read more

UN more than 21 million people in Yemen need basic humanitarian aid

In its 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview, OCHA also notes that the severity of needs among vulnerable people has intensified across sectors amidst the conflict’s ongoing conflict. The overview finds that six months of violence have taken a “severe toll” on civilians’ lives and basic rights. Since 26 March, health facilities have reported more than 32,200 casualties – many of them civilians.In the same period, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has verified 8,875 reports of human rights violations – an average of 43 violations every day. Verified incidents of child death or injury from March to September are reportedly almost five times higher than 2014 totals.Since uprisings in early 2011, and the subsequent outbreak of violence in 2014, the United Nations has been engaging with the Yemeni parties, regional countries, Security Council members and other Member States with the aim of preparing the ground for a cessation of hostilities and a resumption of a political transition process towards a peaceful, stable and democratic country.OCHA’s overview finds that millions of people in Yemen need assistance to ensure their basic survival. An estimated 14.4 million are food insecure, including 7.6 million who are severely food insecure, while another 19.3 million lack adequate access to clean water or sanitation, and nearly 320,000 children are severely acutely malnourished. The overview also focuses on how the collapse of basic services in Yemen continues to accelerate. UN partners estimate that 14.1 million people lack sufficient access to healthcare, three million children and pregnant or lactating women require malnutrition treatment or preventive services, and 1.8 million children have been out of school since mid-March.OCHA further notes that solid waste removal has come to a halt in several areas, with service availability rapidly contracting due to direct impact of conflict and insufficient resources to pay salaries or maintain services.Turning to the effects of displacement, the overview says that UN relief partners estimate that 2.3 million people are currently displaced within Yemen – about half of whom are in Aden, Taiz, Hajjah and Al Dhale’e governorates – and an additional 121,000 have fled the country. OCHA estimates that about 2.7 million people now require support to secure shelter or essential household supplies, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and vulnerable host families. Finally, OCHA says IDPs are currently sheltering in 260 schools, preventing access to education for 13,000 children. read more

Man charged with stabbing murder of Jodie Chesney

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man has been charged with the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed in a park in east London.Manuel Petrovic, 20, of Highfield Road, Romford, was arrested in Leicester on Tuesday in connection with the incident.He is due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.Another man who was arrested on suspicion of murder in London on Friday remains in custody, Scotland Yard said.Jodie was in the park in Harold Hill when she was knifed from behind in a seemingly motiveless attack on March 1.She was pronounced dead just over an hour after officers were called at about 9.25pm.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of the Girl Scout’s death as trauma and haemorrhage.Her death has added to the urgency for action to be taken to tackle knife crime across the UK. read more

Vancouver teen in court in Highway 500 crash

first_imgA Vancouver teen who reportedly lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree off state Highway 500, injuring two of his passengers, allegedly had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Skyler P. Scott, 19, made a first appearance Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of vehicular assault and hit-and-run resulting in injury stemming from the early Sunday morning crash.Scott was driving a 2004 Pontiac Vibe east on the highway about 6:40 a.m. when the vehicle left the road, re-entered the highway and then veered off the road again. The Pontiac traveled through private property and struck a tree, the affidavit states.A rear passenger, Sadie Akers, 19, of Washougal, sustained minor injuries and was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment, court documents said. She was discharged later that day. Another rear passenger, 19-year-old Aaron Donald of Vancouver, suffered brain bleeding. He, too, was transported to PeaceHealth, court records state, and, as of Tuesday afternoon, had been treated and released, according to a hospital spokesperson.Scott and a front passenger, a juvenile, left the crash scene on foot, the affidavit said.Clark County sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers responded and found the two about a mile from the crash scene, court records said.last_img read more

Global reward in numbers

first_imgA round-up of some of the latest facts and figures relating to global reward:76% of expatriate respondents based in Qatar have a higher level of disposable income since moving there (Source: HSBC) 40% of Domestic and General’s 2,500 global staff in the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Italy took part in its points-based international reward and recognition scheme provided by Red Letter Days for Business70% of British expats do not understand the pension flexibilities that were introduced in April 2015 (Source: AES International)56% of multi-national employers do not yet have a global benefits database in place and see reviewing benefits in key countries as one of the top-ranking priorities for the next 12-24 months (Source: Aon Global Benefits) 33% of employers with a multi-national pool are actively keeping the structure under review (Source: Aon Global Benefits)48% of expatriate respondents in Brazil enjoy an increase in disposable income upon moving there (Source: HSBC)last_img read more

Jermaine Dupri On The Real Story Behind Turning Kris Kross Into Stars

first_imgDupri clearly has an eye for talent and how to best showcase it. While most people have likely heard some version of the story that he discovered young teens Kris Kross at the mall and turned them into rap stars with their hit debut single “Jump,” the details of how all of it happened and what it took to get there are often left out.In conversation with the museum’s Artistic Director Scott Goldman, Dupri shares how much more in-depth the story really is, and that the young boys weren’t trying to be rappers when they first met, so he really had to get to know them to shape them into the stars he knew they were. This personalized process became  how he worked with all future So So Def artists, and  played a huge part in the label’s – and each artist’s – success. Kris Kross was So So Def’s first artist and first success story, and they paved the way for Dupri’s continued excellence.”You gotta understand people out there, Kris Kross weren’t rappers. They weren’t kids walking around with demos. They weren’t trying to be rappers. They weren’t trying to be singers. When I met them I said, ‘What do y’all do?'” Dupri explains. “‘We just cool.’ I was like, ‘Damn. Get these guys a record fast.'”The conversation with Jermaine Dupri and Friends kicked off of the opening of the GRAMMY Museum’s newest exhibit, Jermaine Dupri & So So Def: 25 Years of Elevating Culture, which will be on view until Jan. 2019.Jermaine Dupri On The Most Game-Changing Song He’s Worked On & More News Facebook Jermaine Dupri On The Real Story Behind Turning Kris Kross Into Stars Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 26, 2018 – 5:26 pm Jermaine Dupri on Turning Kris Kross Into Stars Jermaine Dupri on Turning Kris Kross Into Stars jermaine-dupri-real-story-behind-turning-kris-kross-stars In an exclusive conversation at the GRAMMY Museum, the So So Def founder shares the two-year journey from meeting the teens “with swag” at the mall to developing them into breakout rap stars Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 26, 2018 – 5:27 pm Jermaine Dupri, along with a stellar crew of friends and label-mates, visited the GRAMMY Museum on Sept. 20 for an exclusive conversation looking back on and celebrating the impact of 25 years of his record label, So So Def Recordings. We learned a lot about how Dupri’s vision and focus allowed him to turn so many different artists into stars over the years, and in the case of Kris Kross, how he saw the rap stars in them before they ever did. Email last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 27 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, June 27, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 6 to 14 mph.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Fun On The Fourth: The Wilmington Fourth of July Building is open for meal tickets and merchandise from 10am to 2pm. Cash or check only; no credit or debit cards.In The Community: Wilmington Pop Warner is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 11pm. Bring the flyer HERE and 15% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington Pop Warner.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Well Read Wednesday Book Group at 10am. Storytime at Silver Lake at 10am. Pokemon Dodgeball at 10am. Quidditch at 11am. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Country Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 30, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Donlin promises economic development if mine goes through

first_imgThe company wants to build one of the biggest gold mines in the world, and it promises to employ hundreds of local people to build and operate it.The mine will bring 3,000 jobs to the region during construction, and 800 jobs annually to operate it. The total payroll is $375 million for the construction phase of the mine which, according to Donlin spokeswoman Kristina Woolston, would last roughly four years.The Kuskokwim Corporation, a village corporation, and Calista Corporation own the land and mineral rights, and leased them to Donlin Gold two decades ago. In return, Donlin promised that their shareholders will get preference for jobs.“We’ve had drilling programs at the site in the past, and we actually have a drilling program at the site this summer that will give us the opportunity to further train and hire local employees and folks at the project site that can be transferred to future operations,” Woolston said.Communities in the Y-K Delta are some of the most remote in Alaska, and among the poorest. Jobs are hard to find in the villages and usually come from government, school districts or health care. Food costs are exorbitant, and fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to find in village stores. People in the region often rely on subsistence gathering of food like berries, fish and game meat, but practicing subsistence requires money too.Andrea Gusty is the chief of staff for The Kuskokwim Corporation.“We’re hearing from some of our shareholders in the smaller communities like Red Devil, where they don’t have any economic opportunities at all right now, and they’re finding it hard to continue that subsistence way of life,” Gusty said.TKC oversees 10 villages in the Upper Kuskokwim area closest to the Donlin mine site. They own the surface rights to the proposed mine.Gusty said that jobs are not the only form of economic growth for the region to come from the proposed mine. Donlin has promised a contracting preference with Calista and TKC subsidiaries to build the mine’s infrastructure. That’s a legal agreement that says that Calista and TKC subsidiaries get preference if they meet bidding requirements.“We have a number of contracts that were negotiated in the surface mine agreement. One of the largest ever for TKC is that we will own and operate the upriver port site. And so there will, of course, be a shareholder hiring preference for that,” Gusty said.Calista says that the Red Dog mine further north is an example of one that benefited Native corporations and nearby communities.Rosie Barr is the vice president for lands and natural resources at Calista. Before that, she held a similar position at NANA Regional Corporation, which owns the mineral rights for the Red Dog mine. She grew up in Kivalina and Kotzebue, surrounded by the promise of jobs that Red Dog would bring these communities.“I didn’t go to work at Red Dog, but my older brother David did. They had a fantastic apprenticeship program, and he worked his way up through the electrical program,” Barr said.A 2015 report written by Robert Loeffler, a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, says that 57% of the mine’s employees were NANA shareholders. But less than half of those shareholders lived in the nearby villages; the rest commuted from Anchorage or elsewhere.Then there’s the revenue Donlin could bring into the region. Donlin has two separate revenue sharing agreements with Calista and TKC, which are confidential. Those agreements are in addition to the revenue-sharing requirements under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, or ANCSA. The ANCSA agreement requires Calista to share 70% of the revenue from resource development from their land with the other regional corporations that own land. Calista gets some of that money back, then it shares some of that with village corporations in the area.Donlin’s opponents say that the mine is not the best economic choice for the Y-K Delta.Peter Evon is the executive director of the Orutsararmiut Native Council in Bethel. ONC led the first march against Donlin Gold last summer. Evon said that he knows the region needs jobs, but he thinks that there are other ways to create them.“There are a lot of opportunities that haven’t been tapped into, but I think Donlin was the wake-up call for some people to start looking into different avenues. There’s a lot of different areas. We’re not robust. We’re not the North Slope,” Evon said.Initial funding for these projects can be hard to find, but Evon said that Y-K Delta communities shouldn’t give up. Some communities, like Kwigillingok, have invested in renewable energy projects that create jobs, but the question is whether more communities will prefer to try out these more localized projects over the promise of hundreds of jobs from a mine. The proposed mine could be one of the biggest in the world — if completed. (Photo by Katie Basile/KYUK)Donlin Gold says that it will bring money and jobs to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta with its proposed mine.last_img read more

Delhi Metro ride set to become costlier

first_imgCommuters using Delhi Metro would soon have to shell out about 25 percent more as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) board is set to approve recommendations of a committee that had proposed a fare hike. Once the board approves, the hike will be effective as soon as within a week.During non-peak hours, an additional discount of 10 percent would be levied on smart-card users. Further, a discount of Rs 10 would also be given on the highest and the second-highest tariff, sources were quoted as saying by the Business Standard. Some of the discounts are likely to offset the impact of fare hikes, which would roughly translate into 27 percent.Retired judge ML Mehta of the Delhi High Court had proposed increasing the minimum fare to Rs 10, which is Rs 8 at present. The maximum fare would be capped at Rs 50, from Rs 30 currently.The DMRC raised the fares last time in 2009. Then, the minimum fare was increased from Rs 6 to Rs 8 and the maximum fare was increased to Rs 30 from Rs 22.DMRC’s energy expenditure was recorded at Rs 83.2 crore during the financial year 2009-10 and increased to Rs 520.5 crore in FY2016. The fare hike can be attributed to a rise in the cost of electricity.The rail corporation consumes about 65 percent of energy with 35 percent consumed by other auxiliary services for various passenger facilities such as air conditioning, lighting, escalators and hydraulics, etc. In a bid to cut down on rising expenses, the corporation has switched over to solar power and has set up panels to generate electricity.last_img read more