Global Gathering Focus on Europe

International Services invites you to participate in the Global Gathering: Focus on Europe event on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Cairns 207 and the Scotiabank Atrium. This year’s Global Gathering will be focused on Europe.The presentations begin at 11 a.m. and run until 12:15 p.m. Presentations include:• In search of the Manx sea-kings, by Dr. Andrew McDonald, Professor, Department of History• Approaching War: Childhood, Culture and the First World War project by Dr. Lissa Paul, Professor, Department of Undergraduate & Graduate Studies in Education• Student Mobility Trends in Europe, by Christina Bosilo, manager, International Learning Programs, International Services & Programs Abroad• Conservatism accounting and information environment following IFRS Adoption, by Dr. Samir Trabelsi, Associate Professor, Goodman School of Business• Music in France, by Dr. Scott Henderson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film• To Russia with Love: Brock’s Partnership with Moscow State University, by Dr. David Schimmelpenninck, Professor, Department of HistoryPosters will be displayed in the Cairns Complex Scotiabank Atrium from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A networking luncheon will be held in the Scotiabank Atrium from 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m.On Thursday, Nov. 6, John Paul Kleiner from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Centre in Toronto will deliver the Research Opportunities in Germany faculty information session from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in Plaza 600F. Earlier in the day, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., history Professor Michael Driedger and his DAAD colleagues will be giving a student information session on study opportunities in Germany.All are welcome to attend all events. read more

Haiti two UN peacekeepers killed at check point

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said that the trio was manning a check point when they came under fire.One of the peacekeepers was reportedly killed on the spot.The other two were taken to hospital, where one of them died of his wounds shortly afterwards. The third peacekeeper’s condition is said to be serious.Haiti has turned into one of the most hazardous locales for UN personnel with at least six staff members meeting violent deaths last year.Armed gangs have been a constant concern of MINUSTAH since it was set up by the Security Council to help to re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004. read more

Aston Martin invests in new apprentices

Over recent weeks Aston Martin has welcomed 14 new young people to join its expanded apprenticeship scheme.The Gaydon-based manufacturer already trains apprentices in a range of highly skilled areas, such as product development, maintenance, manufacturing systems and support, paint operations and design. However, these latest apprentices mark a new direction for Aston Martin’s manufacturing methods. Two of the scheme’s latest recruits are new clay modelling apprentices, who will learn to take designs from an initial concept to full-size models. In addition, the manufacturer appointed its first set of craft apprentices in 2014 to develop artisan trim and sewing skills within the trim shop.Having begun his own career as a technical apprentice, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is a strong advocate of the apprenticeship scheme. He said, “The future success of the business lies, in part, with our ability both to maintain and develop our traditional craftsmanship skills and to continue to explore new technologies and ways of working.“Apprenticeships are a great way to ensure we can do that, and I’m very happy to see such a vibrant programme of learning and development here.”In the UK more than 160,000 people are currently employed by automotive manufacturers. However by the end of this decade 50,000 will need to be replaced by new employees, not to mention any new jobs that might be created. To ensure that the UK is able to meet this demand, the government and the automotive industry are committed to developing the next generation of skilled workers through schemes such as apprentices. Members of the UK Automotive Council are looking to recruit 10,000 apprentices and 2,000 graduates over the next five years. For more information visit the Automotive Council website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Chester hospital baby deaths Nurse Lucy Letby arrested on suspicion of murdering

The Countess of Chester Hospital, which is under investigation Police officers at the house being searched in Westbourne Road But the review, by the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health, was unable to explain the deaths, despite the fact consultants noted similarities between the cases.The report, dated November 2016, highlights a failure to investigate the cases. Although most of the infants underwent a post-mortem, these did not include systemic tests that would have found traces of poisons, or changes in blood sugar levels. 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. The number of baby deaths under investigation could make it the largest such scandal in NHS history. A nurse has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six newborns at one NHS hospital.Lucy Letby, 28, is in custody, with police searching her home and car in connection with the deaths at Countess of Chester Hospital.Police said they are investigating the deaths of 17 babies and 15 non-fatal collapses between June 2015 and June 2016.Ms Letby has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to eight of the babies and attempted murder in relation to six of the babies.It is not known whether the police are investigating any other suspects. Officers were seen searching her home in Chester and plain-clothes officers were seen at her parents’ home in Herefordshire. A blue police tent in the front garden of the semi-detached house in ChesterCredit:Paul Cousans/Zenpix House search The nurse had worked at the hospital’s neonatal unit since graduating from University of Chester in 2011 with a degree in child nursing, and spent time at the unit during her training. In July 2016, the Countess of Chester Hospital commissioned an independent review of the unit because of concerns about a rise in “unexplained” deaths.In the same month, the trust also stopped treating the most premature babies, with all those in need of intensive care or high dependency cots sent elsewhere. The police investigation was opened in May 2017 after the trust said it continued to be concerned about the unexplained deaths.It was initially looking at the deaths of 15 babies between June 2015 and June 2016, but has now been expanded to examine 17 deaths and 15 non-fatal collapses. Police activity at the property on TuesdayCredit:Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ian Harvey, the hospital’s medical director, said he was confident the unit was currently operating safely.He said: “We are continuing to support Cheshire Police with their ongoing investigation. Asking the police to look into this was not something we did lightly, but we need to do everything we can to understand what has happened here and get the answers we and the families so desperately want.”The Countess is now equivalent to a Level 1 Special Care Baby Unit and we are confident the unit is safe to continue in its current form.” Det Insp Paul Hughes, in charge of the investigation for Cheshire Police, said: “This is a highly complex and very sensitive investigation and, as you can appreciate, we need to ensure we do everything we possibly can to try to establish in detail what has led to these deaths and collapses.”As a result of our ongoing inquiries we have today arrested a healthcare professional in connection with the investigation.”While this is a significant step forward, it is important to remember that the investigation is very much active and ongoing.” Police officers at the house being searched in connection with the investigationCredit:Paul Cousans/Zenpix A blue police tent in the front garden of the semi-detached house in Chester on Tuesday The Countess of Chester HospitalCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Toxicology tests are not routine, but are often used when a cause of death cannot be established and would show any drugs or chemicals in the system.The same report notes that “mention of installing CCTV on the unit without explanation had unsettled the nursing team further”.In December, the hospital went further issuing patients and staff with electronic tracking wristbands in a bid to monitor free beds.An NHS source said Ms Letby was moved into administrative duties in late 2016, saying: “They moved her into admin, they didn’t move her to another nursing position.”If they did think she was suspicious why didn’t they suspend her?” read more

New line of SPECTRO XEPOS spectrometers

first_imgSPECTRO Analytical Instruments has announced its new line of SPECTRO XEPOS spectrometers, representing, the company states, “a quantum leap in energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) technology and providing breakthrough advances in the multi-elemental analysis of major, minor, and trace element concentrations.“New developments in excitation and detection introduced with the new SPECTRO XEPOS ED-XRF spectrometers deliver outstanding sensitivity and detection limits and yield remarkable gains in precision and accuracy. The analysers excel at demanding applications in geological science – and more.Features include spectacular sensitivity. Innovations in adaptive excitation plus tube and detector technologies that dramatically improve sensitivity — often by ten times or more — boost precision, realise significantly lower detection levels, and deliver a fast and accurate analysis of a wide range of elements, from sodium to uranium. Enhanced with new high-count detector and tube designs, new sensitivity, and minimised backgrounds, the new analysers’ proprietary adaptive excitation technology enables exceptionally low limits of detection (LODs) for a wide range of elements.Unlike most ED-XRF elemental analysers, the X-ray tubes in SPECTRO XEPOS spectrometers remain powered on between measurements to prevent on/off variations from affecting readings. This ensures long-term stability, realises an exceptionally high degree of precision in elemental analysis — up to three times better than before, and delivers substantially improved analytical accuracy for concentrations from trace elements to major components.For operators who require speed more than utmost precision, SPECTRO XEPOS units can dramatically cut measurement times, while still maintaining precision levels comparable to traditional ED-XRF spectrometers. The system’s high speed helps to achieve analyses of most samples within a few minutes.Redesigned operating software provides proven ease and power, while the unique new TurboQuant II software quickly and accurately analyses practically any unknown liquid, powder, or solid sample. In addition, the new SPECTRO XEPOS spectrometers exhibit a significantly lower cost of ownership than wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WD-XRF) spectrometers — thus delivering WD performance at an ED price for many applications.Optional AMECARE M2M (machine-to-machine) support extends the new analysers’ self-diagnostic functions with proactive alerts, backed up by direct connection with a remote SPECTRO service expert’s PC.The new line of SPECTRO XEPOS ED-XRF spectrometers is available immediately from SPECTRO Analytical Instruments. Four advanced versions are available, enabling users to prioritise their selection according to measurement speed, ultimate precision, or groups of targeted elements in specific matrices.last_img read more

Bjerringbro Silkeborg celebrate away win in Schaffhausen

← Previous Story NO ONESTA PARTY IN PARIS: Dinart will lead France at WCh 2017! Next Story → Italian Serie A: the opening of the 2016/17 season bjerringbro-silkeborgEHF CL The best Danish team Bjerringbro Silkeborg celebrated an important win at the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group A. Danes beat Swiss Kadetten Schaffhausen 25:24 (10:12). Despite good shooting mood of Hungarian playmaker Gabor Csaszar, who netted 11 times, away team had more players on the level necessary for important success.Johan Hansen netted seven goals, Nikolaj Markussen and Sebastian Skube added five each to ruin handball party in front of 2.100 domestic fans.In two opening matches of Group C and D, there were no winners. Chehkovskie Medvedi played 28:28 with Naturhouse La Rioja, while HBC Nantes survived a long trip to Ukrainian East – Zaporozhye, where they played 26:26 against home side – Motor. read more

Trump appoints his third pick as national security advisor

first_img Feb 21st 2017, 7:17 AM Trump with HR McMaster Image: Susan Walsh/AP Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 7:17 AM Trump with HR McMaster Trump appoints his third pick as national security advisor McMaster is another name on the long list of Trump advisors who have been plucked from the military. 23 Comments Image: Susan Walsh/AP Short URLcenter_img DONALD TRUMP HAS tapped respected Army lieutenant-general H.R. McMaster as his national security advisor, hoping to course correct after his first pick resigned and his second turned down the vital post.Trump announced the counterinsurgency strategist’s appointment at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago, ending a one-week search to replace Michael Flynn, who lasted less than a month on the job.Flynn was forced to resign on February 13, after questionable contacts with the Russian government and revelations that he lied about them to the vice president and the FBI.Trump scrambled to replace Flynn after retired vice-admiral Robert Harward turned down the post, amid a wrangling over lower-level National Security Council appointments and a meandering Trump press conference.The White House said that Trump “gave full authority for McMaster to hire whatever staff he sees fit.”The 54-year-old McMaster is known for his criticism of the US military’s handling of Vietnam War and his own service as a commander in northern Iraq in 2005.A 1997 book he authored is pointedly titled “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.”House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was prompt to praise McMaster’s “history of questioning the status quo and infusing fresh thinking and new approaches into military affairs.”His experience in Iraq’s Tal Afar is likely to come in useful as US and allied forces attempt to retake nearby Mosul from the Islamic State group.McMaster, still dressed in uniform, appeared with Trump on a sofa in the glitzy living room of Mar-a-Lago as music played overhead.TalentTrump described McMaster as “man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”“He is highly respected by everyone in the military and we’re very honored to have him.”McMaster is another name on the long list of Trump advisors who have been plucked from the military.Among others, Trump has named retired officers as his defense secretary and homeland security secretary.McMaster was most recently the deputy commanding general of the Futures Center at US Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis.Trump said McMaster would work in a “very, very special” collaboration with Keith Kellogg, a retired three-star general who had served as acting national security advisor since Flynn resigned a week ago.Kellogg will act as NSC chief of staff.Former president Barack Obama’s last national security advisor, Susan Rice, congratulated McMaster on his appointment.“I wish you every success,” she said.© – AFP 2017Read: Mornings with Donald Trump: Watching TV news and Tweeting non-stop from his unsecured Android Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,471 Views http://jrnl.ie/3250130 Share39 Tweet Email By AFPlast_img read more

Des révélations sur Steve Jobs dans sa biographie

first_imgDes révélations sur Steve Jobs dans sa biographie ?La biographie de Steve Jobs est sur le point de paraître en France. Et avec elle quelques révélations concernant la concurrence féroce entre la firme de Cupertino et Google. La biographie de Steve Jobs paraîtra la semaine prochaine en France. Dans cette dernière, on pouvait notamment lire que Steve Jobs était prêt à mener une guerre totale contre Android, le système d’exploitation conçu par Google.Le succès rencontré par Google avait irrité Steve Jobs au plus haut point. En fait, Steve Jobs avait déclaré : “nous ne sommes pas allés sur le marché de la recherche. Ils sont venus sur le marché de la téléphonie. Soyez assurés qu’ils veulent tuer l’iPhone. Nous n’allons pas les laisser faire.” Des propos qui dateraient de la présentation de l’iPad.  Selon le biographe de Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, le fondateur d’Apple avait déclaré : “je consacrerai jusqu’à mon dernier souffle si nécessaire, je dépenserai chaque centime des 40 milliards de dollars qu’Apple a en banque pour corriger cette erreur. Je vais détruire Android parce que c’est un produit volé. Je vais leur faire une guerre thermonucléaire”.  Google aurait tout de même tenté de désamorcer le conflit à l’amiable, sans résultat. Le 21 octobre 2011 à 20:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fully Autonomous Car Still Not Ready for Prime Time

first_imgStay on target New Florida Law Nixes Need for Autonomous Vehicle OperatorsScania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has confirmed what many people already know: Current autonomous vehicle systems aren’t ample substitutes for human drivers.For a recent “Reality Check” study, the nonprofit tested five driver-assist systems from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Volvo.The results are, well … varied.“We have found situations where the vehicles under semi-automated control may do things that can put you and your passengers at risk, and so you really need to be on top of it to prevent that from happening,” IIHS chief research officer David Zuby said in a statement, as reported by the Associated Press.Humans have a love-hate relationship with technology. While devices like computers, smartphones, and interactive speakers have made our lives better, they’ve also opened the door to new risks. The same goes for autonomous cars.According to the Virginia-based nonprofit, when test vehicles didn’t perform as expected, the outcomes ranged from “the irksome” (too-cautious braking) to “the dangerous” (veering toward the shoulder because sensors didn’t detect lane lines).IIHS focused its evaluations on adaptive cruise control and active lane-keeping—each with consumer pros and cons.Adaptive cruise control (ACC) maintains a set speed and following distance, slowing for cars ahead, or coming to a full stop when necessary. Unfortunately, it may not react to already-stopped vehicles.During an experiment with ACC turned off and autobrake turned on, Tesla’s Model S and Model 3 vehicles (moving at 31 miles per hour) were the only two cars that failed to stop in time, embarrassingly hitting a stationary balloon.How does your favorite autonomous system stack up? (via Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)But when the same test was repeated—this time with ACC engaged—the Model S and Model 3 braked earlier and avoided the target.On the road, test engineers found that all vehicles except Tesla’s Model 3 failed to respond to stopped vehicles ahead.The five vehicles—BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Volvo S90, and two Teslas—each have automatic emergency braking systems rated “superior” by IIHS.“At IIHS we are coached to intervene without warning, but other drivers might not be as vigilant,” senior research engineer Jessica Jermakian said. “ACC systems require drivers to pay attention to what the vehicle is doing at all times and be ready to brake manually.”Manufacturers are careful to remind drivers that the shorthand “hands off” shouldn’t be taken literally. But titles like “Autopilot” (Tesla) or “Pilot Assist” (Volvo) can give people a false sense of security.“They will help you with some steering or speed control but you really better be paying attention because they don’t always get it right,” Zuby said.Especially BMW owners: In active lane-keeping challenges, the 5-series “steered toward or across the lane line regularly,” IIHS revealed, forcing drivers to override the steering support. The car failed to stay in the lane on all 14 trials.This doesn’t spell doom for autonomous vehicles, though. The Institute continues to run tests and compile its consumer rating system for advanced driver assistance systems.“We’re not ready to say yet which company has the safest implementation of Level 2 driver assistance, but it’s important to note that none of these vehicles is capable of driving safely on its own,” Zuby said.“A production autonomous vehicle that can go anywhere, anytime isn’t available at your local car dealer and won’t be for quite some time,” he added. “We aren’t there yet.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Lawmakers propose carbon fee as part of 17 billion package

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers have proposed a carbon fee as part of a transportation funding package, the third major attempt at limiting the atmosphere-warming gas through such a policy since 2018.If passed the measure would be the first of its kind in the nation, but similar proposals in the state have failed even as scientists have ratcheted up dire climate warnings.At $15 per ton, the fee would raise about $7.9 billion over the next 10 years, part of a $17.1 billion fee-and-bond package unveiled Thursday by Senate Transportation committee chairman Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens.Despite the failure of earlier versions, signs point to the idea gaining popularity nationwide: At least 10 other states have already introduced carbon fee or tax proposals, amid warnings from scientists of significant negative global warming impacts including food shortages, wildfires, and a die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040.The Washington package also includes a 6-cents-per-gallon fuel tax increase, and would fund projects including highway maintenance and the state ferry system. It would also fund federally-mandated culvert replacement projects, expected to cost $3.5 billion alone according to Hobbs’ estimate.last_img read more

FORTIS TCI SAYS DISCOUNTS MORE THAN ONE PENNY PUBLIC WANTS PROTECTION AGENCY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jan 2014 – Strong comments still coming in as residents express themselves on the cost of fuel and cost of electricity as the world continues to watch oil prices plummet to 2009 lows. One resident is calling for a consumer protection agency to be established, saying they believe the decreases on the power bills are not sufficient enough. Malike Cummings, the country’s Energy Commissioner disagrees pointing out that the fuel factor rate has steadily decreased month on month; he sent us a report where he demonstrates his tracking of the power company’s trends up to November 2014. There have been four consecutive months of decreases from August. Nonetheless, in a letter to Magnetic Media, the business owner charges that we have only seen one penny difference in electricity bill. Fortis TCI in response to our query on the matter says, that’s not accurate… “The Fuel Factor across FortisTCI service territory has fallen by an average of 14% since August 2014 … the Company’s Fuel Factor calculations are also checked and confirmed monthly by the Energy and Utilities Commissioner.” The Energy Commissioner told Magnetic Media that the fuel factor rate discounts show the per gallon decreases; and that there are 45 gallons per barrel. Well, Magnetic Media did the math and found that the difference is just slightly above one penny. For August the decreased fuel factor rate was .02447 and for November, the fuel factor rate was .02203. When you subtract the two and multiply it by 45 for the amount of gallons in each barrel; the figure is 0.1098; slighty above one cent. Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Related Items:energy and utilities commissioner, fortis tci, fuel factor, malike cummings, Oil priceslast_img read more

Man Utd to discuss Nikola Milenkovic £45million transfer this week

first_imgEnglish side Manchester United are set to negotiate a move for Nikola Milenkovic this week, according to reports.The Fiorentina defender has been on the radar of the Old Trafford side for long and a deal is expected to be signed soon.Mirror Football first reported the news last October that United’s Vice Chairman Ed Woodward was preparing a possible January purchase for the highly rated Serbian defender.The  centre-back who has been impressive for Fiorentina this season was paid a scouting visit by former United manager Jose Mourinho although club scouts had earlier recommended him.Manchester United readying January offer for Leicester star Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 English giants Manchester United are reportedly preparing to make a January bid for Leicester City’s James Maddison.According to British tabloid the Mirror, Ole Gunnar…Manchester United are reportedly heading the queue as a number of clubs line up to purchase the defender who is rated at £45 million.Tottenham and Liverpool are believed to have been interested too, while Serie A champions Juventus are also admirers.Milenkovic is versatile defender who can operate from any area of defense.last_img read more

Police seek suspect in Thanksgiving armed robbery

first_imgVancouver police have asked for the public’s help in catching a man who allegedly robbed a convenience store at gunpoint on East Fourth Plain Boulevard just before noon on Thanksgiving.The suspect allegedly entered the Speed-E Mart at 3208 E. Fourth Plain at about 11:45 a.m., according to police. The store’s owner, Quan Nguyen, said the man showed a gun to him and demanded money but softened the affront with an apology, Nguyen and police said.Nguyen said the black gun was tucked in the waist of the suspect’s jeans, and the suspect lifted up his jacket to show it to Nguyen.“He displayed a gun he had on him but didn’t touch it. (He) just showed it,” said Vancouver police Officer Carole Boswell. “He asked for money and apologized to the clerk.”Boswell said she could not disclose the amount that was stolen because of a pending investigation into the incident.Nguyen, who said he has owned the store for about seven years, said initially, he thought the robbery was a joke, because the suspect’s demeanor didn’t seem threatening.last_img read more

Police searching for hitandrun driver who struck and killed woman in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver after a woman was struck and killed on a Miami street.The 62-year-old victim was walking along Northwest Second Avenue at the intersection of 21st Street, Tuesday.City of Miami Police said they are searching for a newer-model, dark-colored Infiniti QX60 with front-end damage.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Out With the Summer Chum In With the Fall Chum on the

first_imgSummer chum salmon drying on a fish rack. Fall chum are starting to show up on the Yukon. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM.After a slow start to the fall fishing season on the Yukon, fall chum are finally making their way up river. That’s good news for subsistence fishermen, who say they’re busy along the banks of the river, both fishing and fending off unwanted visitors.“Fish camps are coming to life again. There was a break between the summer chum and the fall chum, but now the fall chum are starting to show up, so all the bears are starting to come around to the fish camp. If we’re not dealing with flies we’re dealing with bears.”That’s a fisherman named Basil in Pilot Station. The latest estimates from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game point to about 336,000 fish in the river so far—and the run should see that number more than double before the end of the season. But beyond buzzing fish camps, the healthy amount of fall chums now in the water means commercial fishermen on the lower river are also eager to fish—but many want more time.“I don’t know where they’re coming up with this 4-hour opening. I know you guys needs to let some fish pass, but with these short 4-hour openings when there’s hardly any fish … you guys should reconsider. Try giving us a 6-hour when there’s fish out there.”Others, like Marvin in Kotlik, say they just want to be able to catch more fish.“Wishing that fish and game would allow for more commercial harvest as there’s plenty of fall chum entering the river at all mouths right now.”But as lower river fishermen are a flurry of commercial and subsistence harvests, the fall chum are still tracking slightly behind schedule—leaving fishermen like Andrew in Ft. Yukon waiting.“Yeah, I just spoke to a few fishermen this week, and I don’t think there’s a whole lot of fishing activity. We’re kind of between the king run and waiting for more silvers to show up, so people could get back to fishing again.”Jeff Estensen—the fall season manager on the Yukon for the Alaska Department of Fish and Games—hopes that changes as a third pulse of fall chum entered the river in early August. He says they’re now near Grayling and Kaltag.“It does take a while for the front end of the migration to make its way upriver. I just talked to some fishermen in Kaltag yesterday, and the report that I got from them is that the fish looked really good, they were really silver, and they were big.”And Estensen says more fall chum are on the way.“For the most part fall chum entry into the Yukon River has been very steady. Somewhere in the 3,000-4,000 fish pass past sonar on a daily basis. But as of yet we have not really seen the big pulse, except for that may have changed as of yesterday. We’ve seen two drifts now at our Lower Yukon test fishery, that have had pretty good numbers being caught. Definitely an indication another pulse is coming in,” Estenen says.To take advantage of those increasing numbers, Fish and Game is liberalizing subsistence schedules to 7 days a week in the upper river.As for commercial fall chum harvests in the lower river, Estensen says as of this week about 69,000 fall chums have been harvest, alongside about roughly 11,000 coho.last_img read more

Alaska Mental Health Trust hires new CEO

first_imgThe Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has hired a new CEO almost a year after the ousting of its long-time leader.Listen nowMike Abbott will take over the Trust on November 1. He currently serves as the Municipal Manager of Anchorage and previously worked as the chief operating officer for the Anchorage School District. He will oversee both the mental health programming side of the Trust as well as the Trust Land Office, which manages the organization’s properties and land.The Trust funds programs for people with mental illnesses, substance use disorders and other cognitive disabilities. It has been roiled by major leadership changes in the past year and is currently undergoing a special legislative audit.last_img read more

Kher urges people to turn eye donors

first_imgMumbai might be called the city of dreams but Delhi has never been behind in giving the best of the artists to the country. Sunday evening experienced all-time favourite Sufi singer Kailash Kher and his band Kailasa in the jam-packed Sirifort auditorium. The evening was celebrating ‘Eyecare day’ as ‘Hope for light’, dedicated to the noble cause of providing quality medical services to the needy and poor by Mahavir International, New Delhi.As a tradition, every year the event is graced by the company of a singer who performs and entertains the audience by spreading the message and importance of donating eyes to someone who needs it. As a part of the big day, 26 families who supported the cause by donating the eyes of their deceased dear ones were honoured at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs Kailash Kher gave a sensational performance on his songs ‘Teri deewani’ and ‘Allah ke bande’, he also appealed to the audience to pledge their eyes. More than 1500 people initiated the movement and joined hands with the organization.Since the last 38 years, the organization is committed to providing quality eye care services with six hospitals spread across the capital which has as good infrastructure as any private hospital along with the best facilities of MRI, CT Scan, Path Labs, Mobile Medicare Unit to the needy and poor living in far-flung areas of Delhi. Addressing the audience, Ranjan Jain, Chairman Mahavir International, Delhi proudly announced the inauguration of two newly donated mobile units and retina set up at one of the six hospitals.last_img read more

Apple Studies SelfDriving Car Auto Industry Source Says

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read Technology giant Apple is looking beyond mobile devices to learn how to make a self-driving electric car, and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive suppliers, a senior auto industry source familiar with the discussions said on Saturday.The Cupertino, California-based maker of phones, computers and, soon, watches is exploring how to make an entire vehicle, not just designing automotive software or individual components, the auto industry source said.”They don’t appear to want a lot of help from carmakers,” said the source, who declined to be named.Apple is gathering advice on parts and production methods, focusing on electric and connected-car technologies, while studying the potential for automated driving, the source said.”Fully automated driving is an evolution. Carmakers will slowly build the market for autonomous cars by first releasing connected and partially automated cars,” the auto industry source said. “Apple is interested in all the potential ways you can evolve the car; that includes autonomous driving.”Whether it will build and release an electric car or a more evolved autonomous vehicle remains to be seen, the source said.But clearly Apple has sharply raised its ambitions in automotive technology. Car technology has become a prime area of interest for Silicon Valley companies ranging from Google Inc, which has built a prototype self-driving car, to electric car-maker Tesla Motors Inc.An Apple spokesman in London on Saturday declined to comment on “rumors or speculation”.Trying to build an actual car would mark a dramatic shift for the maker of the iPhone and iPad. Apple often researches projects which are then discarded, but has so far mainly stuck to its core expertise in mobile and electronic devices.The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Apple had set up a secret lab working on the creation of an Apple-branded electric car, citing people familiar with the matter. The lab was set up late last year, soon after Apple revealed its forthcoming smart watch and latest iPhones, the Financial Times said.The Journal said that the Apple project, code-named “Titan”, employed several hundred people working a few miles from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.Apple executives met with contract manufacturers including Magna Steyr in Austria, a unit of Magna International, the Journal said. A Magna spokeswoman declined to comment.The Path to Self-Driving CarsAutonomous driving is likely to emerge progressively as driver assistance systems become more sophisticated.Already, carmakers such as Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen’s Audi have revealed cars that can travel long distances without human intervention.Analysts at Exane BNP Paribas have said they see a $25 billion market for automated driving technology by 2020, with vehicle intelligence becoming “the key differentiating factor”. But the brokerage does not expect fully automated cars to hit the road until 2025 or 2030, in part due to regulatory hurdles.Short of building entire cars, there is money to be made from the software to run a self-driving vehicle, as well as the services associated with autonomous driving, such as mapping, car-sharing and car recharging services, the auto source said.”It’s a software game. It’s all about autonomous driving,” the industry source said.Apple may be pursuing mainly auto industry expertise rather than full-scale partnerships with established car companies.With its soon-to-be-launched Apple Watch, the company had held limited discussions with Swiss watchmakers, but no broad-based alliance emerged from the talks.Instead of partnerships, Apple pursued a go-it-alone strategy and turned to poaching talent from top watch brands.Two different sources have told Reuters that Apple has tried to recruit auto industry experts in areas such as robotics.(Additional reporting by Eric Auchard in Frankfurt; Editing by Noah Barkin/Hugh Lawson) February 16, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Pride Month comes to Singapore

first_imgThe Pink Dot Party in the park on 21 July | Photo: Calum Stuart GAYSTARNEWS- Gay Brazil: Why LGBTI tourism in this vibrant country is up 11%This Christian group that ‘loves’ LGBTI people may have ulterior motivesEXCLUSIVE: LGBTI activists send declarations to Singapore PMRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pride-month-comes-to-singapore/ IndigNation, Singapore’s annual LGBTI Pride season, kicks off on 1 August for a month of activities and festivities ‘by queers, for queers‘.Now in its 14th year, IndigNation hosts a series of LGBTI arts, culture and civil society events, in the same month the country celebrates its independence day.This year’s iteration includes a Queer Film Festival, art exhibits, talks, drag shows and comedy nights in venues throughout the city-state.An LGBTI work in progressEven with the carnival atmosphere, this is more than just a bit of fun. The visibility and success of this Pride month is vital to the LGBTI community in Singapore, and to progressing the cause of LGBTI rights. If you like Pride months, skyscrapers and tropical climates, then there’s only one place you should be in August.center_img As stated on the IndigNation website: ‘The organisers are motivated by a belief that however difficult, progress is possible.‘We are not passive victims of ignorance and prejudice in an unchanging landscape. We are active citizens playing our part in making Singapore a better place.’LGBTI rights can be a contentious issue in Singapore, as the city-state retains a law which prohibits sex between men. While the law is rarely enforced, its mere existence essentially criminalises gay men.Singapore also prohibits portrayals of LGBTI relationships in the mainstream media, which are deemed to ‘promote [LGBTI] lifestyles’.IndigNation comes hot on the high-heels of last month’s Pink Dot, Singapore’s annual LGBTI rally, where over 20,000 people converged to support the “freedom to love” in the city-centre.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Gradle 50 released with faster builds incremental java compilation and annotation processing

first_imgThe team at Gradle has now released Gradle 5.0 after Gradle 4.9 was released in July this year. Gradle 5.0 is faster, safer and more capable than the previous ones. Gradle is a build tool which accelerates developer productivity as it helps teams build, automate and deliver software faster. This tool focuses on build automation and support for multi-language development. Improvements in Gradle 5.0 Gradle 5.0 comes incremental compilation and annotation processing to enhance caching and up-to-date checking. Gradle 5.0 also brings features such as Kotlin DSL, dependency version alignment, version locking, task timeouts, Java 11 support, and more. The Kotlin DSL helps the IDE users in code completion and refactoring. Faster builds with build cache Users can experience faster builds the moment they upgrade to Gradle 5.0. Gradle 5.0 allows developers and business executives to build only what is needed by using the build cache and incremental processing features. The build cache reuses the results of previous executions and makes the process faster. It also reduces the build time by approximately 90%. Incremental Java compilation and annotation processing Gradle 5.0 features an incremental compiler. Now, there is no need for CompileJava tasks to recompile all the source files except for the the first time This compiler is default in this version and is highly optimized. It also supports incremental annotation processing which increases the effectiveness of incremental compilation in the presence of annotation processors. Users have to upgrade to the latest version (5.0) of the processors to experience the annotation processing. The new annotationProcessor configuration is used to manage the annotation processors and for putting them on the annotation processor path. Fine-grained transitive dependency management Gradle 5.0 comes with new features for customizing dependencies and features for improved POM and BOM support. Gradle 5.0 supports dependency constraints that are used to define versions or version ranges to restrict direct and transitive dependency versions. In this version, the platform definitions or Maven BOM dependencies are natively supported which allows the use of Spring Boot platform definition without using an external plugin. The dependency alignment aligns the modules in a logical group. With this release, the dynamic dependency versions can now be locked for better build reproducibility. This version can import bill of materials (BOM) files. Writing Gradle build logic Users can now write Gradle build scripts in Kotlin. The functionality of Static-typing in Kotlin allows tools to provide better IDE assistance to the users. More memory efficient Gradle execution The lower memory requirements and cache cleanup reduces Gradle’s overhead on the system. In Gradle 5.0, many caching mechanisms have been optimized for reducing the default memory for Gradle processes. New Gradle invocation options This version supports JUnit 5: JUnit Platform, JUnit Jupiter, and JUnit Vintage which helps in enabling test grouping and filtering. The tasks for non-interactive environments like continuous integration execution group the log messages. It’s now easy to identify if a test has failed with arich command-line console as it shows a colored build status. One can now work on interdependent projects with the help of composite builds in Gradle 5.0. This release of Gradle supports custom arguments which help in running Java applications faster and easier. New Gradle task and plugin APIs This version of Gradle features a new Worker API for safe parallel and asynchronous execution. Gradle 5.0’s new Configuration Avoidance APIs allow  users to configure projects together. The task timeout API helps to specify a timeout duration for a task, after which it will be interrupted. Custom CLI args in Gradle 5.0 helps the users to configure their custom tasks. To know more about Gradle 5.0. check out Gradle’s official blog. Read Next Gradle 4.9 released! Android Studio 3.2 Beta 5 out, with updated Protobuf Gradle plugin Setting Gradle properties to build a project [Tutorial]last_img read more