ELC students showcase major projects with aim to help the community

first_imgStefiuk says that the students learn new skills, including by engaging with adults and reaching out to outside organizations in the course of completing their projects. Student Harmony Kotchea decided to make her project geared around helping her fellow peers by starting a support group for teens battling depression and anxiety. Kotchea said that to help launch the group, she created a Facebook page titled “Talk About It,” where teens can connect and share their experiences to support one another.Other students’ projects ranged from raising money for the local SPCA; to teaching students at area elementary schools about the benefits that bees provide to vegetation and to not be afraid of them. Another group did their project on looking at building mountain biking trails in the Fish Creek Community Forest in order to promote active, healthy living. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Grade 10 students at the Energetic Learning Campus in Fort St. John showed off the results of the hard work that went into their annual projects, which are geared to helping members of the community.The ELC hosted members of the community in showing off the projects that were completed by over 200 of the campus’ students last week. The students worked solo or in groups to complete the projects, which are part of the new B.C. curriculum and are designed to help students learn new skills that they’ll be able to apply in their careers.“This is a chance for kids to find ways they can give back to the community,” said ELC teacher Adam Stefiuk. “They get a chance to pick what they want to do, so hopefully its something that interests them, and they’re generally motivated to do this. It’s been quite an amazing experience just to see how rewarding it is for them to give back to the community.”last_img read more

No more smoke breaks at Encana Events Centre starting September 1st

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Encana Events Centre announced today it will no longer allow patrons the ability to use the outdoor smoking areas during events due to the City of Dawson Creek amending its Smoking Regulation Bylaw.The amendments to Bylaw No. 4240, which include areas where recreational cannabis consumption is allowed mean the City now requires smoke-free buffer zones of 7.5 metres around entrances, windows, and air intakes of buildings.The Encana Events Centre said today that venues around Canada, including the seven Canadian NHL team arenas and regional venues like the CN Centre, have adopted the no re-entry policy that has become the industry standard for arenas and venues. The Encana Events Centre’s new policy will come into effect on September 1, 2018, which means anyone leaving the building during an event will not be allowed re-entry. Those who wish to smoke or vape will need to do so before the concert and/or after the concert.The Centre has also announced new additions to its prohibited items list include e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cannabis, iPads, tablets, and oversized bags and purses that are larger than 14” x 14” x 6”.  Prohibited items must be returned to a vehicle or disposed of as the Encana Events Centre says it will not check them.The full list of prohibited items can be found at https://www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com/arena-info/a-z.last_img read more

PJD Representative Defends MPs Right to Comment on Belgian Volunteers

Rabat – Deputy secretary-general of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) Soulaimane El Amrani has commented on his colleague’s statement against a group of Belgian volunteers. The Belgian group was spending the summer paving a road in a village in the province of Taroudant, southeastern Morocco.El Amrani said that his colleague Ali El Asri’s statement does not represent the party. He argued that the party is only responsible for its official statements and positions from authorized officials. El Asri shared a post on his Facebook account, criticizing the tourists’ dress code, arguing that the Belgian girls were not appropriately dressed for building work.Read Also: Moroccans Sign a Petition in Support of Belgian Volunteers “Everybody knows how Europeans insist on preserving security measures in construction-related work sites, as a tourist is not allowed to access a worksite without wearing a suit, helmet, and gloves,” El Asri wrote.The parliamentarian explained that in the village near Taroudant, the residents would not be used to the choices of summer clothing as it is a conservative area.While Al Amrani said that El Asri’s views do not reflect those of the party, he said that the PJD respect “freedom of expression.”“Freedom of expression in the Justice and Development Party is preserved and respected to the extent of reverence,” he said.El Amrani added that  El Asri’s post does not carry any terrorist connotations. The girl’s attire quickly received criticism on social media.On Tuesday, August 5,  the National Judicial Police, in coordination with the Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) arrested a primary school teacher from Ksar El Kebir for inciting terrorism in a comment.The teacher said that the girls should be beheaded for not respecting the dress code in the region.The controversy urged the Belgian organization Bouworde to cancel its volunteering projects in Morocco, based on the advice of the Belgian Embassy in Rabat.The organization has been working in Taroudant for more than 15 years..Bouworde sent groups of young volunteers to work on infrastructure projects in the area in collaboration with a local association. read more

Faculty and staff honoured in Mathematics and Science celebration

The Faculty of Mathematics and Science held its second annual Celebration of Excellence recently, handing out 11 awards in six categories covering research, teaching and student experience.“There’s no shortage of people to win these awards,” said Ejaz Ahmed, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science in opening the Jan. 21 event. “We had a hard time in selecting these people this time, like last year.“We’re not only celebrating those amongst us, we’re not only sharing in their joy at being recognized, we are performing a service for Brock by pointing to the excellence that is here that is on par or better than what would be found at any other institution across Canada or beyond,” Brock University President Jack Lightstone told the crowd.Sharing the Distinguished Research Award was Professor of Physics David Crandles and Professor of Mathematics Stephen Anco.With his equipment grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Crandles was able to obtain a new X-ray machine that several departments use in their research.Anco holds the largest NSERC grant in the Department of Mathematics. He has published 66 refereed papers – seven being published in 2015 – with an additional seven papers under review. He also co-authored two research monographs, which have received almost 900 citations to date.The Dean’s Distinguished Scholar Award was granted to Professor of Chemistry Tomas Hudlicky, who is also Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Organic Synthesis and Biocatalysis.His many accomplishments include: Hanus Medal Recipient; 2014 R.U. Lemieux Award Recipient by the Canadian Society for Chemistry; 2013 Ontario Partnership for Innovation and Commercialization’s Innovator of the Year award; and “The Way of Synthesis” he co-authored with Josephine Reed.Three faculty won the Distinguished Teaching Award.Associate Professor of Physics Thad Harroun was noted for “exemplary teaching” in PHYS 1P23/1P93, transforming the Y1 programs in physics, developing online grading tools for paperless submissions, and designing and delivering two new courses: PHYS 2P02 (Introduction to Medical Physics) and PHYS 3P02 (Cellular Physics).Instrumental in developing the Help Centre for Brock’s mathematics program is Dorothy Levay, Instructor of Mathematics. Other accomplishments include: developing and administering the skills test to first-year students; mentoring service course instructors and ensuring quality control in courses; and being part of the team working to create an online version of MATH 1P97.Earl Foxwell, Professor of Computer Science, is noted for his “passion for teaching” in 16 unique courses, causing students to refer to “Earl’s Degree” because of the number of courses he teaches. Students reported that Foxwell enabled them to win the SC Game Software Engineering contest against students from across North America.Winning the Student Experience, Recruitment & Outreach Awards were:Thomas Wolf, Professor of Mathematics, for starting a self-funding mathematics camp in 2014, judging and supervising projects in the Niagara Regional Science Fair, organizing the Brock Weiqi (Go) Club, helping to initiate the Accelerate Mathematics Study Stream, and creating and running the Caribou Mathematics Competition in which more than 50,000 children and young people participated in.Poling Bork, Senior Laboratory Demonstrator, Computer Science, for helping to create the Scientifically Yours Scholarship that attracts high school students to Brock, mentoring students and TAs and volunteering with the Selective Mutism groupOther awards presented at the Celebration of Excellence were:Excellence in Teaching & Student Engagement Award:Lori MacNeil, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological SciencesBrock University’s Math and Science Council (BUMSC)Distinguished Staff Award:Cale Fairchild, Network Systems Administrator, Computer ScienceThe Faculty of Mathematics and Science consists of six departments, two interdisciplinary centres, 21 undergraduate programs, 16 co-op programs, 1,722 undergraduate and 167 graduate students and 129 faculty and staff, with research funding of $4,151,877 in 2014-15. read more

Brock augmented reality project to be displayed at this years CNE

Among the many attractions in this year’s Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto are the sights and sounds of… proteins.John Bonnett, an associate professor in the Departments of History and Interactive Arts and Science, will be displaying his DataScapes project as part of an augmented reality exhibit created by Brock University, York University and the University of Toronto.“In some ways we got a really lucky break with Pokemon Go coming up; augmented reality is very much on peoples’ minds now,” says Bonnett. “What this exhibit will do is to show that there are other ways of using augmented reality beyond gaming, including art.”Bonnett first unveiled his DataScapes project during Congress 2014 held at Brock.The project consists of two pieces: The Five Senses, and Emergence. The first work presents music and images derived from proteins involved with the five senses: sight; touch; taste; smell; and hearing.When viewers point their phone or tablet at the QR code, they will see a hovering floating cube and monoliths surrounding the cube, Bonnett says. In addition to seeing the images, people will hear music based on patterns derived from the protein data.Bonnett and colleagues obtained data from the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. To generate the music and visual art in The Five Senses, Bonnett and his team started with the amino acid data contained in each protein record.Each amino acid constituting a referenced letter was represented as a letter. The research team converted the letters into numbers, starting from A equaling 1 all the way to Z equaling 26.Student composers in the Department of Music aligned those numbers with a musical scale to produce raw music strings. The composers then fashioned those sounds into a musical piece.To produce the images seen in the cube, colleague Bill Ralph with the Department of Mathematics used the same numbers to create an algorithm that converted the numbers into images.For the second piece, Emergence, Bonnett and his colleagues used a text dataset as the basis for the work’s sound and images. Bonnett isolated passages in the Holy Bible and gave the text to the student composer, who turned the letters into numbers and then converted those numbers into music strings to make a music composition.Computer science student Chris Jacques worked under the direction of Michael Winter, who initiated development on the project’s app, which was then completed by Mark Anderson and Joseph Bolton from Edge Hill University in the UK.DataScapes will be one of three augmented reality projects at the CNE. It will be featured with contributions from the University of Toronto and York University.“I was invited to participate,” says Bonnett. “The invitation can be taken as an indication that Brock University is seen as one of the leading universities in the province with respect to exploring the potential of augmented reality to support a variety of applications, including art.”The CNE runs from August 19 to September 5. The project’s app is available for free downloading from both the Apple App and Google Play stores. read more

April 56 Alternative ways to make home ownership investment

by News Staff Posted Apr 5, 2014 3:00 am MDT April 5-6: Alternative ways to make home ownership investment AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email As the price for home ownership gets more expensive, Canadians are coming up with new ways to make that investment.A TD Canada Trust survey shows 40 per cent of those asked think that buying with family or friends is a good way for them to get into the market.Reported by senior business editor Mike Eppel.Audio Playerhttp://pmd.680news.com/podcasts/news_features/mike-eppel-home-ownership-investment_business-feature_2014-04-03.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. home ownership investment|TD bank survey read more

Opinion 20162017 NBA season predictions

Cavaliers’ Small Forward Lebron James (23) gathers his team members for a pep-talk before their preseason game at the Schottenstein Center on Oct. 18. The Cavs lost 96-91. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe 2016-17 NBA season tips off on Tuesday, unveiling the first chapter in several storylines around the league this year.A lot has happened in the league since the end of last season, contributing to rivalries between teams, creating new enemies for players, and causing bad blood between players and their former organizations. Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City to sign with the Golden State Warriors, and Russell Westbrook is now locked in, for at least two years, as the lone superstar on the Thunder. Veteran shooting guard Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat to sign with his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, and former Bulls players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah have joined the New York Knicks.In the midst of all of these moves, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to defend their franchise’s first championship after they defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, bringing the city of Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years.With all of this and more, here are some predictions for the upcoming season.Eastern Conference Champions: Cleveland CavaliersComing into this season, the Cavs are the favorites to make it to the Finals again, and rightfully so. This season’s Cavs team might be better than the teams of the last two seasons, with the pressure to win a championship is gone. They know what it takes to get back to the Finals and to win it all.Unlike the past two seasons, the Cavs will begin this season fully healthy and with Tyronn Lue as their head coach. After re-establishing himself as the best all-around player in the world after his MVP performance in the 2016 Finals, James will have an MVP caliber season, and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will both have their best seasons as Cavaliers. Add in key acquisitions of veteran sharpshooter Mike Dunleavy and Chris “Birdman” Anderson, and the Cavs look geared to make their third consecutive NBA Finals.However, they will be tested, as the Indiana Pacers, the Boston Celtics, the Knicks and the Bulls have improved their rosters. But in a seven-game series in the postseason, none of the Eastern Conference teams will be able to stop Cleveland.Western Conference Champions: Golden State WarriorsFor Golden State fans, the mourning of losing in the NBA Finals after having a 3-1 series lead was put to rest quickly this offseason when Durant signed with the Warriors. The Warriors, known for their deep bench and their “strength in numbers” slogan, lost several key players in the offseason, including Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut and Marreese Speights, to name a few. But replacing these players is Durant, arguably one of the top three players in the league.Not to mention, the team also still has back-to-back MVP Steph Curry, who was the league’s first unanimous MVP in history. Add in Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and offseason addition David West, and the Warriors come into the season as the odds-on favorite to not only make it to the Finals, but to win it all.While they will be challenged by the ever-present San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Thunder, the Warriors will be a handful for any team in a single game, let alone a best-of-seven series. The Warriors will not win 73 games again. But after they start to click, they may be the regular season’s most dominant team yet again. NBA Champions: Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavs and Warriors seem to be on a crash course to meet for the third straight season in the NBA Finals, potentially making one of the greatest Finals trilogies in NBA history. If everything goes according to plan and both teams come into the championship round at full force, it will be the ultimate finale to the trilogy. While both teams know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, the addition of Kevin Durant will change the dynamic of the series. But like most super teams, the Warriors will face problems in their first year together and won’t be able to close the deal. James has been Durant’s biggest weakness throughout his career, and this Cavs team has gotten over the hump and is more confident now than ever.This may be the best team James will ever play on. The series will be another great one, and might even go to seven games again. But in the end, the Cavs will win their second consecutive NBA Championship.MVP: Russell WestbrookNow that Durant is out of Oklahoma City, Westbrook will not have to worry about taking a back seat this season. He is now the No. 1 option for the Thunder. He will take the last shot in a close game, and he will have the ball in his hands at the game’s most crucial moments. Already a top-five player, Westbrook is one of the league’s most ruthless competitors and is capable of averaging almost 30 points per game this season. With his athleticism and explosiveness at the point guard position, he has the chance to average close to a triple-double. While the Thunder likely will not be as good as they were last year, Westbrook will shine in his new role and put the league on notice.Other NotablesAll-NBA First Team(G) Steph Curry – Golden State Warriors(G) Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder(F) LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers(F) Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors(C) DeAndre Jordan – Los Angeles ClippersScoring Champion: James Harden – Houston RocketsCoach of the Year: Brad Stevens – Boston CelticsRookie of the Year: Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ersDefensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio SpursMost improved player: D’Angelo Russell – Los Angeles LakersSixth Man of the Year: Jamal Crawford – Los Angeles Clippers read more

Family still dont know where Roma boy 2 was kept overnight by

first_imgHe said they have asked for information, “and it just hasn’t been forthcoming”.“We know the gardaí made arrangements though one of the foster agencies but the information as to his whereabouts overnight has not been forthcoming”, said Connellan.Apology and reportAn apology is due to the family today, as well as the publishing of a report into the incident and a second incident in which a girl in Tallaght was removed from her family.The boy’s family will continue with legal action regardless of the report or apology.“Depending on the full context of the report there may be an additional heading of defamation,” said Connellan.He added that a new protocol in relation to issues such as these is “badly needed” and that there should be a properly structured out-of-hours tackling between the agencies.“If that had been in place in Athlone last October, this problem probably wouldn’t have arisen,” said Connellan.Read: Children’s Ombudsman to release report into removal of Roma children from families> THE FAMILY OF a young boy who was removed at the age of two from his family say they don’t know where he was kept in HSE care overnight.The family have issued proceedings against the State, Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner for unlawful imprisonment, negligence, emotional suffering, abuse of process, and breach of the family’s constitutional and human rights.Making a recoveryThis morning, the family’s solicitor, Paul Connellan, told Morning Ireland that the child was at a “very tender age” when he was removed from the family, so he seems to be making a good recovery.The boy was aged two when he was taken from his parents under childcare legislation in October of last year and placed in HSE care.Inquiries were carried out to establish his identity, and he was then returned the following day to his family’s care.Their solicitor said today:He has his own medical issues which were relevant at that time as well. They continue. The mother has had another baby girl recently and they’re doing well but there’s no doubt this has had a very traumatic experience for them. They were extremely upset at the time. And even to this day they don’t know where the child was taken to that night. They have been given no information as to where the child was kept.last_img read more

Race For Liam The 4 teams bidding for AllIreland hurling glory

first_imgCORK Cork players celebrated in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in July. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Their recent semi-final history involves… three outings in the last four years. Back in 2010 they were convincingly beaten by Kilkenny but it is the last two seasons under the guidance of Jimmy Barry-Murphy that have the most relevance. In 2012 they fell short against Galway but twelve months ago they won out a thrilling encounter against Dublin.The player they cannot do without is… Patrick Horgan. He didn’t have to be chief conductor in the Munster final as other Cork forwards stepped up to the plate but Horgan still racked up 0-8. In his three previous provincial ties this season, the Glen Rovers man shot 2-33.Those are staggering scoring feats. He showed his worth in Croke Park last year – the critical goal against Dublin, the glorious point that was nearly the winner against Clare – and is crucial to Cork’s cause. Glen Rovers Patrick Horgan has shot the lights out during the Munster championship. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThey will be happy because… they have returned to Croke Park after the shattering disappointment last September. They have also added depth and strength to their panel in the shape of recruits from the footballers along with the additions of Mark Ellis, Bill Cooper and Alan Cadogan.The Munster title triumph also marked the reaching of a major milestone for this Cork squad as they finally put some silverware on the board.They will be worried because… they will have had a five-week bout of inactivity between the Munster final and All-Ireland semi-final. The fears of being undercooked were realised by Limerick last year in a similar situation. They also meet a Tipperary team with the momentum of three successive July qualifier wins behind.KILKENNY Jackie Tyrrell and Michael Rice were in a happy mood after the Leinster final win. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOTheir recent semi-final history involves… a period of consistent last four appearances between 2006 and 2012. Contesting those games was admirable but what was even more impressive was Kilkenny’s achievement in winning those seven semi-final showings.You have to go back to 2005 and Galway’s rush of goals for Kilkenny’s last semi-final defeat. Of course they had exited before the semi-final juncture in 2013 which should fuel their motivation ahead of their 2014 showdown next Sunday.The player they cannot do without is… TJ Reid. The skills and capabilities of the Ballyhale man were always undoubted but pinning down a regular berth in the Kilkenny attack was tricky for him in recent years.This season he’s been exceptional. The 2-11 haul against Tipperary in the league final set the tone. There was no let-up in the Leinster championship as he chalked up 3-35 in four games and he has relished taking on the role of chief freetaker. In a great position to land the ‘Hurler of the Year’ award at present. TJ Reid has been Kilkenny’s best forward to date in 2014. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThey will be happy because… they are back in the familiar territory of hurling in August, hurling in Croke Park and hurling in an All-Ireland semi-final. All of those aspects were missing from Kilkenny’s 2013 season.They have looked a resurgent force in 2014. New players like Joey Holden, Padraig Walsh and John Power have joined the fray. Henry is back fit and Richie Hogan is flying at midfield. Their season is falling in to shape nicely.They will be worried because… there’s going to be a step up in opposition now from what they faced in Leinster. Leave aside the madcap late spell by Galway in the drawn semi-final and the Tribesmen didn’t scale the heights in that two-game saga.Dublin had slipped down a few rungs on the hurling ladder in 2013 and Offaly were abysmal. The Munster counties will give Kilkenny a more vigorous test. How will they respond?LIMERICK Limerick got their campaign back on track with a brilliant win over Wexford. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOTheir recent semi-final history involves… the contrasting experiences of 2007 and 2013. Donal O’Grady, Seamus Hickey and Niall Moran are the only current players who were involved for that glorious win over Waterford seven years ago.The entire panel can recall last August when the giddy joy they felt at participating at such a stage was quickly soured as they crumbled against Clare. Atoning for that defeat and improving their performance are key goals now.The player they cannot do without is… Richie McCarthy. The defensive anchor of the Limerick team, the Blackrock club man claimed an Allstar for his showings in 2013.If Limerick are to reign supreme for the rest of the summer, they’ll need McCarthy to quell the potent attacking threats that they will face. A strong and abrasive full-back, he’s also becoming a hurler that stirs the terraces during the game as the Limerick fans bellow out his name. Richie McCarthy won an Allstar in 2013 Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThey will be happy because… they have the chance to exorcise the demons of last August against Clare and the hope with be that the ‘year older, year wiser’ philosophy will apply. Shane Dowling is in terrific form, David Breen has become a vital cog in their machine while the team collectively bounced back in style from the Munster final.They will be worried because… they have yet to claim a big championship victory in Croke Park, there is a question over who will score if Dowling is shut down and the might of Kilkenny in opposition on Sunday poses a considerable challenge.TIPPERARY The Tipperary team have won three games in July to get their season back on track. Source: James Crombie/INPHOTheir recent semi-final history involves… five consecutive semi-final showings between 2008 and 2012 before they bowed out in the qualifiers last July. That semi-final streak saw them fashion victories over Limerick (2009), Waterford (2010) and Dublin (2011).There had been prior disappointment at the hands of Waterford in 2008 and the fallout from the shellacking against Kilkenny in 2012 was bitter and vitriolic.The player they cannot do without is… Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher. It is no coincidence that Tipperary’s 2014 revival has gone hand in hand with a personal revival for the Lorrha man. He’s back proving his brilliance as a ball winner, a direct runner and a lynchpin in the Tipperary attack.A selfless player, it is his graft that has helped allow the likes of Seamus Callanan and John O’Dwyer dazzle this summer. Without him Tipperary struggle, with him they have a fighting chance. Patrick Maher races away from Dublin’s Conal Keaney. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOThey will be happy because… those bad vibes from early June have dissipated. There was stark pressure on Tipperary with 20 minutes to go against Galway but they roared back to end their losing run and did it in a fashion that showed they have the stomach for a battle.They have optimism and momentum now since the qualifiers with supporters starting to dream that this could be a replica of their 2010 campaign. Lar Corbett’s back fit, Shane McGrath’s back in form and Seamus Callanan is in a magnificent scoring mood.They will be worried because… their defence, particularly the inside line, is set for a far sterner examination by Cork than that which they faced in their qualifier ties.Horgan and Cadogan are both lethal operators and Tipperary still look unsure of their best options in different slots. Limerick troubled them in that area, Cork will hope to reap a similar reward.‘We’re trying to create our own history’ – TJ Ryan won’t look to the past to beat KilkennyNot looking good for Cork’s captain to be fit for All-Ireland semi-finallast_img read more

Geek deals 39 off the 3Dready Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 laptop

first_imgLenovo’s Y560 has been around over a year, but since its release it has seen some nice upgrades. The 15.6-inch computer is now available with Intel’s Core i5 processor and a 3D-ready display that’s just waiting for users to do some gaming.Right now the Y560, with 6GB RAM, that 3D display, and a Core i5-460M processor (2.53GHz), 500GB of storage, and wireless n is available for $549, down from an original price of $899. It has a DVD drive, as opposed to Blu-ray, so that’s something to keep in mind, but free shipping was thrown in to sweeten the deal.That’s a lot of bang-for-the-buck, especially considering the good reviews the Y560 scored.The deal is said to end today, February 16th, so you may want to act fast.Buy it from LogicBuy.last_img read more

RevolCam Lets You Take Beautiful Smartphone Photos Every Time

first_imgStay on target Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Smartphones are great for taking simple photos but are fairly unimpressive when it comes to producing pro-level shots. The RevolCam aims to change that.This lightweight accessory significantly expands your smartphone camera’s abilities — and you can get one now for the lowest price ever at just $29.99.The RevolCam, which normally retails for around $59, will revolutionize your smartphone. It comes equipped with fish-eye, wide angle, and macro lenses, so you’ll be able to take an array of photos. It comes with a built-in mirror so you can take better selfies, and it’s even equipped with an adjustable LED so your lighting will be just right every time. Simply clip it over your phone’s existing lens and start shooting.The Revolcam is a high-quality product that’s been showcased by some of the most trusted publications in the business including CNET, Digital Trends, and Cult of Mac. Stop settling for bland photos and start taking professional, breathtaking shots with the Revolcam, discounted to just $29 for a limited time.center_img RevolCam: The Multi-Lens Photo Revolution for Smartphones – $29.99See Deallast_img read more

Amazing Dads documentary miniseries launched in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 23, 2017 – Kingston – The Bureau of Gender Affairs in partnership with Men of God Against Violence and Abuse (MoGAVA), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), have launched a new miniseries titled ‘Amazing Dads’ which aims to promote positive stories about fathers in Jamaica and mobilise men to be productive members of society.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, who has portfolio responsibility for the Bureau, attended the launch, which was held at MIND on Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on Friday, October 20, during which she recommitted to supporting the initiative.The concept of Amazing Dads was developed by members of MoGAVA, which is a faith-based organisation that primarily seeks to empower men to become productive citizens.According to Ms. Grange, when the concept of the miniseries was introduced to her by MoGAVA earlier this year, she readily endorsed its development and implementation.“The Amazing Dads miniseries is a well-needed platform to highlight the positive roles of men, notably, our Jamaican fathers.   There are many amazing stories of fathers who have gone above the call of duty for their children and their family’s well-being, despite challenging circumstances,” she added.The Minister said she is hopeful that positive messages about Jamaican fathers will be broadcast, so that other persons who need motivation to become positive male role models will be inspired.“These stories are not always highlighted to remind us of how important fathers are, and that good fathers do exist. For this, I commend Reverend Jayson Downer and his creative team for conceptualising the idea of Amazing Dads. I wish to commend the Bureau and their continued support and partnership with men groups such as MoGAVA. I also wish to highlight the partnership of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is providing developmental support to this initiative,” she said.Ms. Grange noted that some of the goals of Amazing Dads are consistent with those of the special service desk for men that was established in the Bureau of Gender Affairs in April 2016.  This followed Cabinet’s approval for the name of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs to be changed to the Bureau of Gender Affairs.“It (the desk) serves as a central point to provide sensitisation and awareness on a range of issues affecting men and boys.   These include parenting, health, education, the role of men in the elimination of violence against women, among others.   It also focuses on policy, research, gender-sensitive training to develop leadership and promote responsible male behaviour and attitudes”.The desk also serves to forge partnerships with men’s groups and other key stakeholders to heighten awareness on specific issues faced by men and boys.In the background information on Amazing Dads, which President and Founder, MoGAVA, Reverend Jayson Downer, shared with those present, it stated, “Amazing Dads is a public education programme that seeks to highlight men and their positive role as parents in the Jamaican society.   The programme will be in the form of a televised miniseries, which aims to document the importance of fathering, dispel the cultural myth that fathers are ‘wutliss’ and, perhaps, most importantly, demonstrate how Jamaican fathers can be actively involved in the growth and development of their child/children amidst challenges”.It further stated, “Amazing Dads also aims to reiterate the positive roles that men play in society, being mentors and guiding both younger males and other fathers.   Fathers of exemplary character will be interviewed to share their role played in their child/children’s lives and the influence it has on their child/children’s behaviour.   The interviewer will take a journey in the lives of these fathers, interviewing other family members, friends, members of the community and, in some cases, their child/children, in an effort to get a wholesome view of fathering”.MoGAVA has implemented several initiatives with men and boys throughout Jamaica, with one of the programmes being ‘Fathering Behind Bars’.Fathering Behind Bars aims to assist men who have been incarcerated, through sensitisation sessions, empowerment and capacity building, to develop as better men, despite previous mistakes.    Additionally, it is intended to motivate fathers behind bars to continue playing an active role in the lives of their child/children, and help to restore hope.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pension doubledipping

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Bonnie Dumanis FacebookTwitter Pension double-dipping Steve Bosh 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who is running for county supervisor, summoned reporters to a sitdown to explain what will be a campaign issue over double dipping, that is collecting a pension while drawing a salary.Early last year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Dumanis hired a legal team to lobby county pension officials to keep her monthly pension checks and her salary, which was illegal. Dumanis said that’s not true.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has the story. Steve Bosh, February 14, 2018 Posted: February 14, 2018last_img read more

No new measles cases as incubation period ends

first_imgThe incubation period for the latest case of measles has ended without any additional diagnoses of the disease.The first confirmed case of measles was a Clark County infant diagnosed Feb. 14 after returning from a family trip to India. The second case was a Vancouver teenager who was exposed to the contagious infant at a medical clinic. He was diagnosed March 3.Measles has a seven- to 21-day incubation period, meaning people exposed to the disease may not show symptoms for up to three weeks after exposure. The incubation period for the second case ended Sunday.“I’m hoping, being that we’re at the end of the incubation period, that we won’t have any more cases,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County’s health officer.However, Melnick said he can’t rule out the possibility of another person coming down with the disease, which is highly contagious and affects the respiratory system.“There could, theoretically, be someone who got the measles in the interim and never came to a physician,” he said. “There’s always that possibility, but it’s not likely.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Dec 23 2015

first_imgFairbanks mayor prods police to investigate other suspects in Hartman murderDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks city police chief has apologized for statements made last week about the legal settlement that vacated the long contested murder convictions of the Fairbanks Four, the Native men who served 18 years in jail for the 1997 beating death of John Hartman.Fundraiser nets $32K for Juneau shelter, soup kitchenLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauFive Juneau Native dance groups organized a fundraiser Monday night, which raised about $32,000 for the capital city’s shelter and soup kitchen.Labyrinth of VA paperwork, bureaucracy leaves vets feeling lostZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe Department of Veterans Affairs in Alaska has made enormous strides the last few years connecting veterans with benefits and healthcare. But serious problems remain. Yesterday we brought you the first part of a story about Scott Harrison, a former Marine who fell into poverty while stranded between operations.Police arrest 2nd suspect in Anchorage double homicideJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageA second person has been arrested in connection to Monday’s double homicide in west Anchorage.Court employees furloughed Christmas Eve to save moneyMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauAll of the state’s 39 courthouses will be closed Christmas Eve as a cost saving measure while the state tries to chip away at a multi-billion dollar budget deficit.State pre-K slated for elimination in governor’s budget planHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamThe governor’s proposed budget calls for the elimination of a $2 million pre-kindergarten program, which serves six school districts in Anchorage, Juneau, and Western Alaska.Yukon salmon fishery numbers show strong seasonCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelThere were a total of 44 commercial fishing openers for coho and chum in the Yukon River, most of which were held in the lower river districts. Commercial fisherman harvested 191,470 chum and a record-breaking 129,700 coho salmon, raking in a total of almost $1.5 million.Christmas lights brighten Sitka after rough yearBrielle Schaffer, KCAW – SitkaMike Romine is a Sitka man with a love of Christmas lights. His home has become an attraction every December with its huge displays, coordinated to musical hits such as “Uptown Funk.” But this season, as Sitkans work to recover from a deadly natural disaster, the lights hold a special meaning. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

Fairbanks hires law firms to advise on suing over groundwatercontaminating chemicals

first_imgThe City of Fairbanks has retained two Lower 48 law firms to advise on how to sue the manufacturers of chemical compounds that have contaminated groundwater in several areas around the city. The officials hope to recover nearly $4 million the city has spent over the past three years to deal with the contamination caused by perflourinated compounds contained in a type of firefighting foam.Mayor Jim Matherly says city officials hired the two law firms to help them develop a strategy on how the city can build a case that the companies found liable for the contamination should compensate the city for the cost of dealing with it.“They’re going to take a look at our case, take a look at the foam issue, and the contamination issue,” he said. “They’ll talk to us, talk to our legal department.”Matherly says City Attorney Paul Ewers recommended hiring San Francisco-based SL Environmental Law Group and New York-based Kennedy & Madonna because they’re experienced in litigating contamination cases. A city spokesperson says the two firms took the case on a contingency-fee basis, so they’d only get paid if they win the case and recover damages.The mayor says the lawsuit would target the 3M Company, the Minnesota-based firm that manufactures the compounds known by the acronym PFAS. It’s used in among other things the fire-suppressing foam that firefighters have for years used in training.“The city was using that foam for about 20 years, between 1985 and around 2005,” he said. “Now what we use is we use a combination of some water, of course, for training and then we have another foam that we use that has been approved by the DEC.”The move toward suing the manufacturer is good news, says Dave Berrey. He lives in one of the neighborhoods where the city has found PFAS groundwater contamination. But he and others say they wonder what took the city so long to act?“This is something we asked that they join in a year and a half ago, I believe,” he said. “And they turned a cold should toward us.”Berrey says he and other affected residents think the city hasn’t focused enough attention on the problem and hasn’t adequately helped them, especially those suffering from health problems they believe are caused by the contamination. And he says they’d like to be more involved with the city’s efforts to recover damages from the manufacturer.“They really need to look at who they’ve damaged in this negligence, and work with us to go after the chemical companies,” Berrey said.The nearly $4 million the city’s paid so far was used to clean up sites and to cover the costs of connecting 44 properties in areas that rely on wells to the local water utility system. It’s also paid $2,500 stipends to those property owners to help offset their water payments.Matherly says he’s not sure but he thinks Fairbanks is the first city in Alaska to pursue litigation in response to PFAS groundwater contamination. It’s turned up here more than any other city in the state, at least so far. And the mayor says the city’s asking the state for more help.“I talked to the attorney general about this,” he said. “I told Governor Walker about this. It’s in our legislative priorities to give to the Interior delegation, that we want the state to take a good hard look at this statewide. Because, we’re not the only city using this – it’s all across the nation.”A recent study by the Environmental Working Group and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University says PFAS pollution has been reported at 94 sites in 22 states. The study says PFAS has shown up in the tap water of some 16 million people in 33 states and Puerto Rico. Other estimates say up to 110 million Americans may have it in their drinking water.The chemicals have been linked to kidney and testicular cancers, low birth weight, thyroid disease and pregnancy-induced hypertension.Editor’s note: The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has extended the public-comment period on a proposed more-stringent cleanup level for groundwater contaminated with PFAS. Comments may now be submitted to DEC through 5 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 12. More information on the proposed regs is available on this page of the DEC’s website.last_img read more

Gold prices near Rs 30000 amid global uncertainty

first_imgA woman holds gold bangles at a jewellery shop in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata October 14, 2009 (representational image).Reuters fileGold prices are on an uptrend, rising for the third straight week on global cues and buying by investors. On Saturday, the yellow metal gained Rs 30 to end at Rs 29,880 per 10 gm in the Delhi bullion market.Read: India’s gold imports fall 30% till November in FY2016-17Silver prices also firmed up to end at Rs 43,450 per kg. However, gold is selling at a discount to official prices even as the buying is largely confined to investors rather than jewellery makers. The discount of $1 per ounce is in sharp contrast to a premium of about $3 per ounce last week, according to a Reuters report.”The market is losing momentum due to the price rise. Prices need to come down below 28,500 rupees (per ounce) to boost demand,” the agency quoted a Mumbai-based dealer with a private bank as saying.India is the second-largest consumer of gold in the world, after China. However, gold imports have been declining over the past few months, as can be seen from the monthly data published by the country’s commerce and industry ministry. The demand for gold jewellery in India dropped to a record low of 662 tonnes in calendar year (CY) 2016 due to demonetisation, high prices and protests by traders in the initial months. The fall was 27 percent, while in neighbouring China, the drop in gold jewellery demand was 17 percent, according to the latest report released by the World Gold Council (WGC).Gold stocks ended with gains on the last trading day (Friday) of the week. Titan rose 1.71 percent to Rs 431, PC Jeweller gained 1.73 percent to close at Rs 380, Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) shares ended 1.62 percent higher at Rs 69.The Indian rupee closed six paise higher at 67.01 to the US dollar on Friday.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday November 16

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u National politics, including the Democratic and Republican responses to the terrorist attacks in Paris. Also, thoughts on the completion of Kendal Fenwick’s fence in Park Heights, the young brother and father of three, who was murdered allegedly by neighborhood drug dealers and the importance of community mediation in resolving conflicts in our communities.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Pokemon X and Y on course to become fastest selling 3DS games

first_imgPokemon X and Pokemon Y are already on course to set a number of firsts. The two games will be the first (core) Pokemon titles to appear exclusively for the 3DS, and they’ll also be the first Pokemon titles to see a worldwide launch. Typically in the past we’ve had to wait in the West for the games to appear after a launch in Japan.Now it looks likely that Pokemon X and Y will also be the fastest selling games on Nintendo’s 3DS based off of the pre-order numbers. Pre-orders went live in Japan on August 10, and just two days later 260,000 copies had already been reserved. To put that in a bit of context, when Pokemon Black and Pokemon White 2 were launched on DS, they had managed 1.16 million pre-orders (and then sold 2.63 million in two days). Dragon Quest VII on 3DS managed 836,654 copies in its first week on sale in Japan. Pokemon X  and Y are past a quarter million and we still have two months to go until they launch on October 12.It seems likely the one million mark will be broken long before we reach the October launch. And it’s not just because the titles themselves are proving must-have games. Nintendo is sweetening the deal in its home territory by offering a mini-Xerneas or mini-Yveltal Pokemon figure if you place a pre-order at a Pokemon Center for each of the two games. And for those new to the 3DS, Nintendo is also set to offer special editions of the handheld to support the release.This is a clear example of how a popular game can make all the difference to a platform. Nintendo needs this to happen not once, but a few times on their other gaming hardware in order to bolster sales of the Wii U. Do they have games that could do that arriving in the near future? Wind Waker HD, Super Mario 3D World, and Mario Kart 8  all have the potential, but they aren’t as big as Pokemon.last_img read more

New eruptions detected in two luminous blue variables

first_img Luminous blue variables (LBVs), also known as S Doradus variables (after S Doradus, one of the brightest stars of the Large Magellanic Cloud), are rare and unstable massive evolved stars exhibiting strong photometric and spectroscopic variability related to transient eruptions. So far, only about 40 LBVs are known in our Milky Way galaxy and in the galaxies of the Local Group.However, the cause of eruptions in LBVs is not fully understood and is still debated. Astronomers suppose that such eruptions could be caused by high rotation, radiative pressure, turbulent pressure, internal dynamic mechanisms, binarity, or they could be triggered by a combination of some of these mechanisms. Spotting new eruptions could help determine the exact cause, which could improve our understanding of stellar evolution of massive stars.Now, a group of astronomers led by Julio Campagnolo of the National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has observed new eruptions in two LVBs, designated R 40 and R 110. R 40 (also known as RMC 40), located in the Small Magellanic Cloud. They are about 280 times larger than the sun, with a mass of approximately 16 solar masses. When it comes to R 110 (or RMC 110), residing in Large Magellanic Cloud, it has a radius of more than 300 solar radii and is ten times more massive than the sun.Campagnolo’s team conducted high-resolution spectroscopic observations of R 40 and R 110 using the Fiber-fed Extended Range Optical Spectrograph (FEROS) mounted at 2.2 m ESO-MPI telecope at La Silla Observatory (Chile) and photometric observations of these two LVBs by utilizing the 0.6 m telescope Boller & Chivens at the Pico dos Dias Observatory in Brazil.”In this paper, we present the detection of new eruptions for two LBVs in the Magellanic Clouds R 40 and R 110, based on new spectroscopic and photometric data,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, both LBVs experience ongoing eruptions. In R 40, the astronomers detected a strong eruption that reached a V magnitude of 9.2 in 2016, which is around 1.3 mag brighter than the minimum registered in 1985 and also much stronger than the previous eruption recorded in 1996. As a result of the new eruption, the effective temperature of R 40 dropped to about 6,100 K, what made it one of the coolest LBVs known to date.Contrary to R 40, R 110 is now passing through a weak eruption, with a maximum V magnitude of 9.9 mag in 2011. The new eruption is weaker than the previous one in 1994 and about 0.2 mag fainter than the first such event detected in this star in 1990. Due to the new eruption, the effective temperature of R 110 dropped to about 8,500 K.In concluding remarks the astronomers noted that still more observations are necessary in order to determine the periodicity of the eruptions in R 40 and R 110. They call for more comprehensive observational campaign that could uncover more insights into such events in these two LBVs.”As for each star just two eruptions have been recorded, it is not possible to derive a periodicity for these events. Thus, an observational campaign, associated with photometry, spectropolarimetry and high-resolution spectroscopy, covering not only the V band but also other bands is definitely necessary to follow up these eruptions and better derive their characteristics, and also identify new eruptions,” the authors concluded. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further New stellar stream discovered by astronomers Citation: New eruptions detected in two luminous blue variables (2017, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-eruptions-luminous-blue-variables.html © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Spectral variation of R 40 seen in the spectra taken from 2002 (top) until 2016 (bottom). We can see the change from a late B/early A-type to a late F-type spectrum, implying a new eruption. The spectrum of HD 54605 (F8Ia) is also shown for comparison. Credit: Campagnolo et al., 2017. More information: Detection of new eruptions in the Magellanic Clouds LBVs R 40 and R 110, arXiv:1712.01972 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1712.01972 J. C. N. Neves Campagnolo et al. The detection of new eruptions in the Magellanic Clouds luminous blue variables R40 and R110, Astronomy & Astrophysics (2017). DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731785AbstractWe performed a spectroscopic and photometric analysis to study new eruptions in two luminous blue variables (LBVs) in the Magellanic Clouds. We detected a strong new eruption in the LBV R40 that reached V∼9.2 in 2016, which is around 1.3 mag brighter than the minimum registered in 1985. During this new eruption, the star changed from an A-type to a late F-type spectrum. Based on photometric and spectroscopic empirical calibrations and synthetic spectral modeling, we determine that R,40 reached Teff=5800−6300~K during this new eruption. This object is thereby probably one of the coolest identified LBVs. We could also identify an enrichment of nitrogen and r- and s-process elements. We detected a weak eruption in the LBV R 110 with a maximum of V∼9.9 mag in 2011, that is, around 1.0 mag brighter than in the quiescent phase. On the other hand, this new eruption is about 0.2 mag fainter than the first eruption detected in 1990, but the temperature did not decrease below 8500 K. Spitzer spectra show indications of cool dust in the circumstellar environment of both stars, but no hot or warm dust was present, except by the probable presence of PAHs in R,110. We also discuss a possible post-red supergiant nature for both stars. (Phys.org)—Astronomers report the detection of new eruptions in two luminous blue variables, known as R 40 and R 110, located in the Magellanic Clouds. The finding, presented December 5 in a paper published on the arXiv pre-print repository, could shed new light on the final phases of stellar evolution process. Journal information: Astronomy & Astrophysicslast_img read more