21 December 2011Two key organizers of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 were today sentenced to life in prison by the United Nations tribunal dealing with war crimes in the country which resulted in the deaths of some 800,000 people in just 100 days. Édouard Karemera and Matthieu Ngirumpatse, both senior members of the ruling party in Rwanda during the genocide, were found guilty of genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, extermination as a crime against humanity, rape and sexual assault as crimes against humanity, and killings as causing violence to health and physical or mental well-being.Mr. Ngirumpatse was the chairman of Rwanda’s then-ruling National Revolutionary Movement for Development (known by its French acronym, MRND) party while Mr. Karemera was his deputy at the time.The International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR) delivered its judgment after finding that both men were members of a “joint criminal enterprise” to destroy the Tutsi population of Rwanda, and consequently liable not only for their own criminal acts and omissions, but also for those committed by others within the common purpose of the enterprise.In addition, the tribunal, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania, ruled that they bear extended liability for the widespread rapes and sexual assaults of Tutsi women and girls, which were a foreseeable consequence of their joint criminal enterprise. In a news release issued by the ICTR, the tribunal described the crimes, committed between April and July 1994, as being “of the utmost gravity” and found the accused responsible for the crimes carried out by the Interahamwe militia unit members in the cities of Kigali and Gisenyi. These include the crimes committed by Colonel Théoneste Bagosora, who has also been sentenced to life imprisonment.The tribunal also ruled that Mr. Karemera, who was also interior minister in the interim government in 1994, bears superior responsibility for the criminal activities of the civilians who participated in the civil defence programme, and local officials who were part of the territorial administration during the genocide.The trial chamber dismissed the count of complicity in genocide because it was pleaded as an alternative to the count of genocide. Although it found the accused guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide, the chamber did not convict them of this count, noting that the conviction for genocide fully accounted for their criminal responsibility.Created in December 1994, the ICTR tries those alleged responsible for crimes against humanity and other offences committed during the genocide. To facilitate the tribunal’s ongoing work, the Security Council adopted a resolution today extending the terms of office of four permanent judges and eight “ad litem” judges of the tribunal until 30 June 2012 or until the completion of the trial to which they are assigned, stressing the importance of the ICTR being “adequately staffed to complete its work expeditiously.”
”It’s a real honour to help the WFP team rid the world of hunger,” Kaká, who grew up with poor undernourished children from Sao Paulo’s urban slums told a press conference in Milan’s San Siro stadium today. “I owe a lot to soccer. Now I’d like give something back and bring hope to hungry kids less fortunate than myself.” The mid-fielder, who was also a member of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning squad in South Korea/Japan, came face-to-face with hunger when as a junior honing his skills at Sao Paolo Futebole Clube’s celebrated soccer academy he mingled with slum kids – each one dreaming of escaping poverty through soccer. “Soccer players are natural ambassadors. Their sport is the most popular in the world, crossing borders and uniting cultures. By visiting our projects and operations, Kaká can use his fame and talent to advocate a better future for the world’s 800 million chronically hungry,”said John Powell, Deputy Executive Director of WFP’s Fundraising and Communications Department. The Brazilian international has already asked WFP to organize a field visit to war-torn Angola, where the agency’s projects are helping over 1 million former soldiers, internally displaced persons and refugees rebuild their lives and their country. As the world’s biggest food aid agency, WFP is playing a leading role in meeting the UN Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people around the world by 2015. Hunger and malnutrition claim more than 10 million lives each year – more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Kaká is the youngest of several international sports stars who are donating their time and celebrity status to help WFP defeat global hunger. Others include the world’s fastest man over 26 miles, marathon record holder Paul Tergat of Kenya, cricket’s record breaking wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan from Sri Lanka and former Rugby World Cup winning captains Nick Farr-Jones and David Kirk.
by Mary Esch, The Associated Press Posted Nov 22, 2015 8:45 am MDT Last Updated Nov 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Eye in the sky: US utilities see potential in drones to inspect power lines, towers BLENHEIM, N.Y. – U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines and transmission towers but strict regulations have so far slowed adoption of the technology.The remote-controlled devices make the work of linemen safer, more efficient and less expensive, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, which last month put on a three-day workshop to help nearly a dozen utilities choose the best machines for the job. Miniature helicopter-like drones, some equipped with cameras and other sensors, conducted demonstration inspections of transmission lines at a hydroelectric plant in the Catskill Mountains.“We want to start using drones next spring when the inspection season begins,” said Alan Ettlinger, research and technology director for the New York Power Authority, who attended the workshop.Utilities spend millions of dollars inspecting power lines, which are often in hard-to-reach places. The industry has been interested in the potential use of drones for years, but has been slower than European companies to adopt the technology because of U.S. regulatory restrictions.While hobbyists can fly drones without certification, the Federal Aviation Administration requires special certification for commercial users. There are numerous conditions and limitations: The drone operator needs a pilot’s license, the aircraft must weigh less than 55 pounds, flights can go no more than 200 feet above the ground, and the drone must be operated in the pilot’s line of sight.The FAA treats the operation of drones like any other aircraft for safety reasons and commercial operators face strict rules for getting permission to use them, according to the agency.Seven U.S. utilities have been granted FAA approval for testing drone technology in 2015. Consumers Energy in Michigan conducted a series of tests over the summer using its own eight-rotor drone and unmanned aerial vehicles operated by outside vendors to inspect wind turbines, utility poles and transformers. The utility is part of a UAV task force under the Edison Electric Institute, the association representing U.S. investor-owned electric companies.“When you look at the amount of information we can gain to make accurate decisions about our systems, and look at the cost and time savings, this is a huge opportunity for us,” said Andrew Bordine, a Consumers Energy executive.The UAV system Consumers Energy uses starts at about $10,000, Bordine said. Sensor attachments range from a few thousand dollars to upward of $100,000, he said. But the cost savings are far greater than the investment.Consumers Energy spends several hundred thousand dollars a year to send people out in the field to do mapping and measuring of its electrical system, Bordine said. A UAV equipped with “lidar,” the sensor technology used to develop driverless cars, can collect the same data and more at a small fraction of the cost and time.“With wind turbines, you’ll have a couple of guys hanging off the blades by a rope a couple hundred feet in the air to do inspections visually, at a cost upwards of $10,000 per site,” Bordine said. “We can get the same results with a UAV for $300, without putting workers in danger.”The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 17 fatal work injuries among utility workers in 2014, but doesn’t specify the cause.Other industries, including oil and gas drillers, pipeline operators, construction companies, and agriculture are also investigating the use of drones to make inspection and mapping tasks faster, more accurate, safer and less costly.“The main advantage we provide in small unmanned assets is safety,” said Mark Sickling, chief pilot for Cyberhawk, a drone company based in the United Kingdom that does aerial inspections for utilities and the oil and gas industry. At the workshop, Sickling demonstrated Cyberhawk’s most popular drone, the eight-rotor G4 Eagle, which boasts “unprecedented flight and image stability.”The work done by Consumers Energy over the summer could also be done with a drone flying without direct human control using instructions entered into an onboard flight computer if the FAA allowed it, Bordine said.“The FAA is looking at how to revamp its requirements to make the technology more accessible to more companies,” Bordine said. “A goal for me would be to get FAA approval to work with a remote application and an autonomous flight.” In a Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, photo, personnel from Boulder, Colo.-based bizUAS Corp. demonstrate the use of a Cyberhawk octocopter drone for power line inspections at a New York Power Authority hydroelectric generating site in the Catskills, near Blenheim, N.Y. From routine inspections to catastrophic storm response, utilities are turning to drones to save money and improve safety in maintaining their networks of power lines and transmission towers, but remain hobbled by strict federal regulation of the aircraft. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)
Michael Chess reads Niagara Centre Stage ExperienceThose wanting the scoop on the best artists coming to Brock need look no further than 48 glossy pages.Niagara Centre Stage Experience, a new magazine from the Centre for the Arts, will keep Niagara informed about upcoming programs and appearances. Michael Chess, marketing production co-ordinator, sees it as eventually becoming a go-to publication for the regional performing arts scene, with features on singers, dancers, and local productions.Centre Stage will launch this month with a variety of stories focusing on upcoming artists performing at the Centre for the Arts, especially those who aren’t commonly known, Chess said.“Not all of our acts are household names, but all of our acts are hand-picked for their high level of quality,” he said. “The magazine will give people insight into why we’re booking these acts. A lot of people have told us that the best shows they’ve seen here are by the acts they’ve never heard of.“We encourage people to take a chance on these artists and discover something new. Not everyone knew Leahy when they first appeared here in 1997. Now they are kicking off our season with a sold out performance.”The magazine replaces a smaller, digest-sized black and white playbill that was distributed at Centre for the Arts shows.The first issue, published this month, will be distributed to all show attendees, around campus and at partnering businesses such as the Pen Centre, Critelli’s Fine Furniture and The Office Tap and Grill. The magazine will be released three times a year. Eventually, it could have wider distribution and direct home delivery, Chess said.The first issue includes a cover story with Grammy-winning hit maker Richard Marx, as well as articles on influential dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey and Legends Revisited, a series of shows paying tribute to legendary artists.As for the magazine’s future content, Chess is also open to suggestions.“It’ll be interesting to see how it evolves as we make the move downtown, and with input from members, sponsors and other arts groups,” he said.The premiere edition of Niagara Centre Stage Experience is available digitally at arts.brocku.ca. It will be available at the box office as just prior to Howie Mandel’s performance on Oct. 13.Get The Brock News delivered to your email.
Police have apologised to the family of a man who was wrongly arrested for murdering his own son, but who died just days before seeing the real killer jailed.Freddie Stacey, 66, spent 16 weeks on remand in Durham jail in 2004 after being wrongly accused of beating his son, Scott Pritchard to death.The real killer, women’s football coach, Karen Tunmore, 36, was finally brought to justice earlier this month when she admitted attacking Mr Pritchard with a baseball bat over a minor debt.Tragically Mr Stacey suffered a heart attack days before the case came to court and died before he was able to see justice done.A senior Northumbria Police officer apologised to Mr Stacey’s family for the blunders during the case, but they said it was “too little too late”.His daughters said he never recovered from the stigma of being falsely accused of killing his own son.Mr Pritchard was killed in his home in Sunderland in 2004, but it was not until the following year that police arrested his father on suspicion of murder.Mr Stacey was charged with the killing and remanded in custody, where he spent up to 23 hours a day locked in his cell. He was eventually released but his family said the trauma of his experience had stayed with him.Earlier this month Tunmore was jailed for life with a minimum of 17 and a half years.But Mr Stacey was too ill to attend the hearing having suffered a heart-attack just days earlier. Police have apologised to the family of Freddie StaceyCredit:PA A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “Our sincere condolences go to the family of Mr Stacey at this extremely difficult time.”The historic decision to arrest him was made with the information available at the time and subsequent decision to charge was made in conjunction with the independent Crown Prosecution Service.”We remain committed to working with the family to offer appropriate support and also put them in touch with partners who may be able to offer further help.” Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, of Northumbria Police, visited Freddie’s daughters, Charlie Hellens, 30, Aimee Stacey, 34 and Kimberley Pratt, 37, to issue a personal apology on behalf of the force following his death a week ago.Charlie said: “He said he was sorry. He apologised on behalf of the police. He said he had reviewed all the files personally and he said if he had been investigating at the time he would never have arrested or charged my dad.”It was little comfort and if my dad had heard it he might have got some closure. But the fact is he died never hearing the apology means it’s just too little too late.”I asked him if he had any idea what my dad had gone through in those years.”He said he could only imagine and he listened to us. But it’s an apology we just can’t accept.” 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.
ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, a global supplier of solid liquid separation equipment, automation tools and services, will be exhibiting at MINExpo and has an interesting new application report that demonstrates some of its capabilities. Compass Minerals wanted to bring its new sulphate of potash (SOP) project to full production without errors and with minimal delays. To accomplish this, the company not only relied on the power distribution and control system supply from ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, but also simulation-driven engineering and training to ramp-up quickly and reduce project risks.The SOP project near Ogden, Utah, included a new crystalliser and compaction plant. Installing and commissioning the new equipment alongside existing operations required an innovative approach to managing the aggressive schedule and integrating the contributions of several equipment vendors, explains Hardesty Grover, Senior Project Engineer.Part of the reason that ANDRITZ was chosen, according to Grover, was its extensive experience in controlling and simulating potash processing plants and its ability to integrate various automation solutions such power distribution, control system logic, and operator training into one package.“We also came to learn that ANDRITZ has some innovative approaches to engineering, such as dynamic simulation, that minimized design errors and lowered our overall project risk,” Grover says.As part of the scope for the Ogden project, ANDRITZ AUTOMATION validated the process design, designed and supplied the control system, and created the simulator-based operator training system. Power distribution (E-House), motor control equipment, and its patented BrainWave advanced controller for the SOP crystalliser were part of the delivery.Integrated with the control system was the company’s IDEAS Simulator. In addition to being used as a ‘virtual plant’ for training operators, the IDEAS Simulator was used to verify and test the crystalliser and compaction processes as well as the control logic (including advanced control of the crystalliser) before start-up. With ANDRITZ AUTOMATION combining the electrical distribution and motor control centres, the entire system was pre-tested, resulting in a single, fully integrated control system that was ready to operate from day one, according to Matt McGarry, Director of Strategy for ANDRITZ AUTOMATION.“Upon start-up, the control system was fully debugged and integrated,” McGarry notes. “There was minimal impact to existing operations. The simulator accurately predicted the crystallizer’s behaviour and was also used to model the compaction process. It also was a major tool for operator training.”Compass Minerals wanted to ramp up the production of SOP at its Ogden facility. As Grover explains, “Like every project we undertake, our goal was to ramp up to full production safely and with minimal delays.”The ANDRITZ simulator-based engineering was an innovative way to minimise start-up risks and reduce implementation costs, as well as predict and plan for any impact on existing operations. In addition to simulating the process and equipment performance, the IDEAS Simulator was used to perform P&ID validation (confirming the key process variables related to control and related to the process chemistry), and guide operator training. It also informed the development of the process controls, which included configuration of the BrainWave advanced control system that automated control of the crystalliser.“This tool helped us minimise errors and uncertainties, as well as reduce costs,” Grover says. “Simulator-based operator training helped us bring operators up-to-speed in a safe, virtual way before the project even started up.”Before selecting equipment, Compass Minerals performed many tests: both at vendors’ plants and at the Ogden site with the actual process flows. One hydrocyclone vendor came to the site and did some testing. “They presented us with curves of percent solids in overflow, percent solids in underflow, and yield,” Grover says. This same data was run through the IDEAS Simulator for validation.“Our simulator presented some discrepancies of the percent solids in the overflow,” McGarry says. “It was not major, but our validation predicted that the performance would be better than what the vendor’s model claimed.”“This turned out to be a good thing,” Grover says. “Once we were up and running, we could see which model was right, but this type of information gave us confidence that the simulator data could be trusted.”Staging the control system logic and building operator screens with the IDEAS Simulator was very helpful. “This is an established site with mature operators who know the plant very well,” Grover says. The control system has evolved over decades. If we start up a new plant in the old, established way, we miss the opportunity to take advantage of new tools and ways to perform better.”One goal of the project was to implement a culture change at the site. “With the simulator and control logic in place, our operators could interact with the process kind of like a video game before start-up,” Grover explains. “This removed the risk, because everything was virtual. Operators could see, touch, and do – not as they did before, but by making operational improvements from day one. Even before there was steel in the air, operators were learning to make step-change improvements. I have a hard time imagining that we would have even had half the success without the simulator.”
eCobalt Solutions has identified the potential to increase the production rate by 50% at its Idaho cobalt project (ICP) in the US, even before it has started mining.Following an extensive internal review, the company’s team has assessed the production rate can increase to 1,200 t/d, from 800 tpd, “creating a more resilient project economic plan”, it said.While the company did not indicate how much extra capital would be involved in such a move – it is continuing to work with Micon International to finalise the feasibility-level study – it did say the change was not expected to significantly delay achieving full production, or require additional permits.“This 1,200 t/d mine plan with improved economies of scale should create a more resilient project economic plan that can withstand the volatility of the cobalt market experienced recently,” eCobalt said. “A larger and more robust plan will furthermore elevate eCobalt’s position in the cobalt market.”Michael Callahan, eCobalt’s President and CEO, said: “One of our principal objectives over the past several months has been to build a first-class technical team that has the talent to drive this project and the company forward.“Together we took a critical look at the work that was in progress on the feasibility study, and rigorously tested all the assumptions to determine whether a larger and stronger plan could be developed.“The result of this work demonstrated that the incremental cost of retrofitting the mill to process more tonnage is supported by considerably stronger economies of scale while having no expected impact on the approved plan of operations. This plan would allow us to produce more cobalt earlier, thereby increasing cash flows at the beginning of the mine life, improving payback and overall project economics.”The company’s pilot-level testwork, along with ongoing market developments, have provided critical information needed to refine the list of potential offtake partners, eCobalt said. With the objective to produce a concentrate with the lowest processing cost to be sold at attractive terms, samples have been sent to this list of potential partners.“The company has received positive feedback from these parties demonstrating that ICP concentrate is desirable due to its clean and ethical production as well as its high cobalt and copper content.“As there is no equivalent or benchmark concentrate in the market, thorough testing by refineries is required to obtain final concentrate specifications and commercial terms. Testing and analysis of ICP cobalt concentrate samples is currently underway by these parties. As final concentrate specifications may affect downstream processing, additional guidance on the project development timeline will be provided once final indicative terms have been agreed.”Work required over the next several months to complete the feasibility study with the new targeted production rate includes:Adjusting the mining sequence, schedule and costing for 1,200 t/d;Completing the engineering to expand the mill to 1,200 t/d;Obtaining quotes to bring these cost estimates to feasibility-level, and;Defining final concentrate specifications based on competitive commercial terms for offtake.Over the course of the past 20 years, the company has spent over $135 million developing the project, which is environmentally permitted with proven mineable reserves of cobalt and secondary copper and gold.The project is located in the heart of the Idaho Cobalt Belt, a mineral-rich, prolific metallogenic district unique to North America, which historically produced around 2 Mt of cobalt from the early 1900s to the 1960s.
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HAMILTON GOULDING, THE former Chair of the CRC, has admitted that the organisation “overstepped the mark” when it appointed Brian Conlan as its CEO last July.The Central Remedial Clinic appointed Conlan on a salary of €125,000, over €40,000 above HSE guidelines.He was paid at that level until October, when he asked the CRC board to lower his pay to the approved €83,252. He stepped down in December at the request of the HSE, along with all other board members.Fine Gael TD Simon Harris said that the Clinic’s board showed “blatant disregard” for the HSE when it hired Conlan, noting they must have thought: “When we appoint the next guy, we’ll obey the rules.”Goulding told the Public Accounts Committee that the board felt it could afford to pay Conlan the higher salary as his appointment came at the time of the retirement of former CEO Paul Kiely and another executive, which led to €340,000 being freed up.“We knew we’d overstepped the mark a bit …we did try to patch things up,” Goulding said, adding: “We clearly transgressed but we got a good result” – referencing Conlan’s suitability for the role.“It’s not a perfect story,” Goulding admitted.At one point in proceedings, Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said that the Clinic had essentially told the HSE to “get lost” whenever it asked questions.‘Write the cheque and hand it off’Harris said that the financial controversy surrounding the CRC was brought about due to an attitude of “Write the cheque and hand it off to the service provider”, without following up where the money was going.When questioned about Kiely’s retirement payoff of almost €742,000, Goulding said the board members knew they were “at the boundary of things getting more expensive … we were if they didn’t agree to his terms”.He said it was unfair to say that Kiely was “pushing us around all the time” but noted that he was “a very determined individual and well aware of his rights”.Earlier today, Hamilton’s successor Kieran Timmins told the committee that the CRC board was considering asking for Kiely to repay some of the money. Source: Oireachtas TVCommittee Chair John McGuinness said that a transcript of the meeting would be sent to Conlan, who was not present. His solicitors had questioned him being called as a witness and whether or not it was under PAC’s remit to investigate how taxpayers’ money and public donations were used to top-up executive salaries at the charity.Laverne McGuinness, Deputy Director General of the HSE, informed the committee that, as of the 1 July deadline, 60 executives in voluntary hospitals and health agencies had claimed to have contractual entitlements to retain top-up payments.McGuinness said that a further 43 payments have ceased, while there are 18 cases for which the necessary documentation has not been submitted. She added that the HSE was working with a number of other agencies to achieve compliance.‘Off the hook’Harris said he hoped that other Section 38 bodies would not be let “off the hook” by the committee as it has been so focused on two particular organisations – the CRC and the Rehab Group.He said that organisations like the CRC exist because of the “holistic failure of the State” to provide for people with disabilities.Independent TD Shane Ross said that he while he was not slow to criticse Goulding, he commended him for appearing before the committee.I think it’s brave, it was difficult for you … You did have an option to take a different route, which some of your colleagues did.The Clinic’s reputation has been badly damaged by the controversy – it’s fundraising dropped from €404,000 in 2012 to €190,934 last year.Goulding praised the CRC’s “excellent” staff and said he hoped that the organisation would “bounce back quickly”.Originally published 4.35pmEarlier: The CRC hasn’t asked for Paul Kiely to repay part of his €742K pay-out… yetRead: PAC will be discussing the CRC today, but who is going to turn up?Related: Former CRC chief rejects that any fundraised money was kept secret
One of the cool things to come from the rise of Android as a platform is the abundance of things that exist as a deviation of the logo. The little green Bugdroid has been seen on shirts and hats and figurines, but one guy in particular has taken to mashing up designs to create unique pieces that look amazing on geek shelves everywhere. His latest design is a combination of Android and Dalek, and it looks fantastic.Going by the handle “Deth Becomes You,” this fairly creepy costumed character has made a name for himself over the last couple of years by taking the Android figurines and bending their shapes to his will. He’s done mutant horrors, slimy monsters, and recently has turned to sci-fi characters. His last batch of Stormtrooper Android figures were a big hit, leading the gruesome designer to try something with a little more time travel and greater accuracy with laser based weapons.Deth’s Daleks are part of a limited release that he has made available for purchase. Each Android-powered Dalek is hand-sculpted and painted, so the artist is more than willing to take custom paint job orders if he thinks he can handle it. His Stormtroopers, for example, included the ability to be battle-damaged when they showed up on your doorstep. To drive the Android aspect of this project even further, Deth is including a custom destroyed apple with each Dalek. You know, just in case you wanted to make it clear that Apple products aren’t your thing.
Short URL 18,749 Views Nov 1st 2016, 3:53 PM By Sean Murray CONSTANTLY USING OUR smartphones may have become the norm, but one of the lesser known perils of constant smart phone use is that they may actually make us blind.However, the kind of vision loss associated with “Transient Smartphone Blindness” is only temporary.The Irish News reports that a Fermanagh woman felt the experience while using her smartphone late at night. She said: “I was lying in bed on my side reading on my kindle app on my mobile phone at around 11.45pm. It was when I stopped reading and then turned out the light that I lost sight in my right eye – totally for one to two minutes and partially for up to 15 minutes.However it returned, at least partially, quite quickly. So I knew I wasn’t going blind.”While it may only be an extremely rare occurrence, researchers writing this year in the New England Journal of Medicine believe that the ubiquity of smartphone use may lead to more cases of this temporary vision loss.Detailing the experiences of two women, aged 22 and 40, who experienced up to 15 minutes of vision loss when using smartphones while lying in bed, the researchers say:Smartphones are now widely used nearly around the clock, and manufacturers are producing screens with increased brightness to offset background ambient luminence and thereby allow easy reading. Hence, presentations such as we describe are likely to become more frequent.”It seems the problem chiefly arises when we view phones with just one eye as opposed to two. The researchers observed that with one eye closed and one eye on the phone screen, it led to the former eye becoming adapted to the dark and the latter becoming accustomed to the light. This tends to be more common at night time when lying in bed on our side.When the light in the room is changed, both eyes can have problems “matching up” leading to the person experiencing a blindness that can last several minutes.While it may not be a permanent problem, the researchers point out that more awareness of the issue “can avoid unnecessary anxiety and costly investigations”.Have you ever experienced this? Tell us in the comments below. READ: A new smartphone screen will make smashed displays a rarer sightREAD: Breakthrough as ‘bionic eye’ restores sight in blind patients Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 3:53 PM 25 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3057248 Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions Using your smartphone at night could make you temporarily blind This week, a woman from Fermanagh described her experience of Transient Smartphone Blindness. Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions Share26 Tweet Email2
Back in the early 1980s, Melanie Holmes was more interested in finding a playmate for her oldest son than writing a book about a geologist whom she had never met.“We lived two blocks from each other,” Holmes said about her chance meeting with David Johnston’s sister, Pat, in a Chicago suburb. “She was pregnant when I met her, and my newborn was snuggled in a stroller.”The two women had sons who were about a month apart in age, so they struck up a friendship based largely on their children.Holmes is not sure when she learned her new friend’s brother was the U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist who perished on May 18, 1980, during the early moments of Mount St. Helens’ cataclysmic eruption.“It was outside the sphere of our friendship,” she said. “That’s not what we were talking about. We were talking about kids and husbands and jobs.”
Related Items:cavalier, fabian durant, jamaica, phillip paulwell, renee charlton-wolfe Recommended for you Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 17 (JAMAICA INFORMATION SERVICE PRESS RELEASE): The nearly 100 students of Cavaliers All-age School in West Rural St. Andrew began receiving tablet computers today (September 17), as the Government’s $1.4 billion Tablets in Schools pilot programme was rolled out at the institution.The school is the second to be equipped, following a similar exercise at Salt Savannah Primary and Infant School in Clarendon, last week.In July, the school’s staff, comprising six teachers, one guidance counsellor, and the principal, received their tablets and were trained in their use.Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, described the project’s implementation as “gratifying”, pointing out that the long-term objective is facilitating access by all persons to information and communications technology (ICT). He assured that “every single student at Cavaliers and every single teacher will get a tablet computer.”Minister Paulwell said the pilot is important, as if it goes well, then the programme will be rolled out to benefit over 600,000 students, who attend Government schools in Jamaica, and their teachers.In his remarks, West Rural St. Andrew Member of Parliament, Paul Buchanan, welcomed the project’s implementation at Cavaliers, pointing out that it will provide the basis for the children “to learn and obtain the skills that are necessary to give us… growth.”“You are one of the pioneer schools…of this programme. We are making a statement that…(you) will be availed of all the resources to ensure that our children get…the best education there can be,” he added.School Principal, Renée Charlton-Wolfe, said she is “elated” and “honoured’ that her institution is among those selected for the year-long pilot.She pointed out that the technology will “definitely” assist in advancing the students’ educational development. “It’s (an ideal) way, I think, of getting them really involved in learning, and we are really excited about the opportunities that this will create for the children,” she stated.Ms. Charlton-Wolfe also anticipates significant benefits for the teachers “because we will all be able to improve our technical skills.”Parent Fabian Durrant, whose son was among the first recipients, welcomed the undertaking.“This is historic; I am sure the children will appreciate and make use of the tablets. I see (the project advancing) the way the children will learn and the way education will be brought across. I am sure that if they find fun in learning, it will be easier for them to…grasp what they (are being) taught,” he said. Mr. Durrant noted that his nine-year old son, Jevauny, who is in grade four, has been performing well academically, having recorded 11 A’s and 14 B’s in his final report for the 2013/14 school year, and expressed confidence that the Tablets in Schools project, will further enhance his son’s performance. “I am proud, and quite sure that Jevauny will advance. I appreciate (what) the teachers (are doing for) the children; it’s a good sign of what is happening at the school,” he added. Simone James, whose daughter, 10-year old Grade Six student, Tianah Polo, was also presented with a tablet, said she is “elated…because (the tablet will) help with homework”, adding that “it will also help with preparations for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).”“The (Tablets in Schools Project is) a very good programme. I am thankful to the Ministry and the E-learning programme for implementing it. Tianah is doing exceptionally well and (the tablet she received) will (enable her to do even better),”Ms. James said.The Tablets in Schools Pilot Project, being undertaken by the Ministries of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, and Education, is being implemented in 38 educational institutions over the next 12 months. It is targeted at 24,000 students and 1,200 teachers in six pre-primary, 13 primary, five all-age and junior high, 12 high schools, one teacher’s college, and one special education institution. In addition to the distribution of tablets, the initiative also involves delivery of computers and multimedia devices, including interactive white-boards/projectors, scanners, printers to pre-primary and primary schools. This is in addition to the installation of Wi-Fi at all institutions.Following a review of the pilot, the project is expected to be rolled out in other institutions across the island, targeting an additional 600,000 students and teachers.The Tablets in Schools project is being executed by e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited.
Gilroy: A shooting at a major food festival in the US state of California caused multiple casualties on Sunday, police said.yo somebody was shooting at the gilroy garlic festival. be safe pic.twitter.com/B39ZIYe8wr— niah ㊝ (@wavyia) July 29, 2019″The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today’s shooting at the Garlic Festival,” the local police department tweeted. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today’s shooting at the Garlic Festival. The scene is still active. If you are looking for a loved one, please go to the reunification center at Gavilan College at parking lot B. #GilroyActiveshooter— Gilroy Police (@GilroyPD) July 29, 2019NBC News reported that there were at least five victims of the shooting, which took place at one of the largest food festivals in the country, which is held about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Jose. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us The channel quoted a witness named Julissa Contreras as saying a white man in his 30s carried out the shooting with a rifle. “I could see him shooting in just every direction. He wasn’t aiming at anyone specifically. It was just left to right, right to left,” Contreras said, according to NBC. Taking to Twitter US President Donald Trump condoled the incident and urged for the safety of people at the venue of the festival. Advertise With Us Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Reports are that shooter has not yet been apprehended. Be careful and safe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019″Grateful to first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy and keeping those injured by such senseless violence in my thoughts,” Senator Kamala Harris, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, wrote on Twitter.Simply horrific. I’m grateful to the first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy, and my thoughts are with that community tonight. Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate. https://t.co/WqWNxGAQnA— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 29, 2019Shootings are a frequent occurrence in the United States, but despite the scale of the gun violence problem in the country, efforts to address it legislatively have long been largely deadlocked at the federal level.
Timeline on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, arrested by the British police on 11 April. Photo: AFPUsing cryptography and virtual drop boxes, Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks created a revolutionary new model for media to lure massive digitized leaks from whistleblowers, exposing everything from US military secrets to wealthy tax-dodgers’ illicit offshore accounts.Assange’s arrest in London Thursday on a US extradition request to face charges of computer crimes could spell the end of 13-year-old WikiLeaks.But his legacy will live long in the world’s media.News outlets and journalists everywhere can now offer to potential sources encrypted apps and secure virtual mailboxes to receive secrets that were once divulged by discreet whispers, furtive phone calls and unmarked manila envelopes.Skilled at hacking and cryptography — and motivated by a deep distrust of traditional institutions — Australia-born Assange took a cypherpunk’s libertarian streak to the challenge of government secrecy.In 2006 he built an online platform that offered an anonymous, encrypted path to leak computerized files without fear of exposure.’We liberated cryptography’Leaks have forever been crucial currency in journalism. But no one had before created a convenient, relatively easy-to-use electronic drop box that could almost instantly, with absolute secrecy, take delivery of gigabytes of documents.And he did it at a ripe time, as the connected world emerged and social media took off.For Assange, it was the democratization of powers that had before belonged to governments alone. “Cryptography was then the exclusive property of states,” he wrote in 2013.”By writing our own software and disseminating it far and wide we liberated cryptography, democratized it and spread it through the frontiers of the new internet.”WikiLeaks’ first release in December 2006 was an apparent assassination order by a Somali rebel leader that may or may not have been authentic.But it drew attention. Over the next year, WikiLeaks obtained documents baring the Kenyan leader’s corruption, the secret operating rules for the US Guantanamo Bay prison camp, and offshore banking records from a Swiss bank.It began scooping mainstream media on stories from secret climate discussions to Iran’s nuclear activities and Icelandic banking fraud.The Manning filesIn 2010 US army intelligence official Chelsea Manning — a transgender woman then known as Bradley — began secretly feeding hundreds of thousands of classified files to WikiLeaks.They showed possible war crimes by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, including a never-before-seen video of a US helicopter attack in Iraq that killed 18 people, including civilians and two Reuters journalists.The stunning leak could not have been carried out in the old days of faxes and printers and it put WikiLeaks into the mainstream.Assange partnered with The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, and others to help sort through and make sense of the Manning material. WikiLeaks won awards and Assange was put on the cover of Time magazine.”What WikiLeaks demonstrated was the potential for a stateless transparency organization to get around the ability of the most powerful governments in the world to suppress information,” said Micah Sifry, author of a 2011 book on WikiLeaks.WikiLeaks copycatsAlmost as soon as he hit that peak, Assange’s star began to fade.Political pressure to counter WikiLeaks was huge. A multi-country effort got major credit card and payment firms to cut WikiLeaks’ financial lifeline of donations.And he began to fall out with collaborators, a victim of his domineering personality that made WikiLeaks a one-man show, and his insistence that leaked material be published unedited, including that information that could harm people — soldiers in the field, human rights activists and others.But by 2012 others were already adopting his model of setting up encrypted, anonymous paths for leakers to hand over documents.WikiLeaks copycat sites opened in different countries. Journalists became trained in the use of encryption and secret file transfers.”Exposing the secrets of the US government was a powerful signal that nobody could keep information under control in the internet age,” said Sifry.US whistleblower Edward Snowden did not deliver his trove of hundreds of thousands of top-secret intelligence and military documents to a media drop-box in 2013.But he used encrypted communications that Assange helped popularize to communicate with the journalists he collaborated with.In 2013 the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which had aided WikiLeaks with financing, developed a new anonymous drop box free for anyone to use: SecureDrop.The New Yorker, an early adopter, explained its value to leakers: “As it’s set up, even we won’t be able to figure out where files sent to us come from. If anyone asks us, we won’t be able to tell them.”SecureDrop is important to the most successful WikiLeaks-like operation, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.In recent years it has obtained from leakers millions of financial account files detailing money laundering and tax avoidance from offshore banking centers — the “Panama Papers” and “Paradise Papers.”The top of the ICIJ’s web page offers links to SecureDrop and other encrypted tools for sharing information.And it has one simple invitation for its users: “Leak to us.”
The incident at St Alphonsa’s church came just five days ahead of the Delhi assembly elections on Saturday.Police said the unidentified persons entered the church premises at around 1 AM by breaking open its main gate and damaged a number of sacred items. A case of theft has been registered, police said.”We are investigating the incident and scanning the footage of CCTV installed near the church to identify the accused. We are probing all the angles in the case,” said a senior police official. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe church’s priest Father Vincent Salvatore alleged that it was a “clear case of desecration” of the church.”It has been happening for the last many months. It happened in St Sebastian’s Church in Dilshad Garden, then in Vikaspuri and in Jasola. This is the fifth church,” he said.The Union Home Ministry sought a report from the Delhi Police on the incident.In a communication, the Home Ministry also told the Delhi Police to send a report as early as possible informing it what steps are being taken to ensure safety of religious places across the city. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe Delhi Police has also been asked to inform how many arrests have been made in attacks on religious places in the last six months, sources said.Strongly condemning the incident Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto said the “attack” reflected government’s failure to give protection to minorities and their religious structures.”Another act of vandalism and targeted attack on our churches in Delhi is nothing but a reflection of hate campaign and false propaganda by groups whose sole aim is to break the religious harmony and social peace of this great nation. “The attack within a week after celebration of Republic Day reflects a lot on the government and its failure to give protection to minorities and their religious structures,” Couto said.He alleged that the “growing” number of attacks on churches in different parts of the country was aimed at creating a fear psychosis among the community.This is the fifth such incident in which a city church has been targeted since November last year. Last month, a church was vandalised in West Delhi’s Vikaspuri area.In December, the St Sebastian’s Church in Dilshad Garden, was partly gutted and the Christian community had alleged foul play in the incident.
VELLORE: The Centenary Second Conference and the 101st Annual Conference of Indian Economic Association – one of the most prestigious organisations working towards the economic growth of India began at Vellore Institute of Technology.Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu, was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the conference. He also released a special souvenir on the occasion and the first copy was received by Dr G Viswanathan, Founder and Chancellor of VIT and President of the Centenary Second Conference. The three-day Conference is being organised by the Department of Commerce of School of Social Sciences and Languages, VIT. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver 1,700 noted economists, academicians, experts in the field, research scholars and young researchers and students are taking part in this conference. Dr Sekar Viswanathan, Vice President of VIT, welcomed the distinguished gathering at the inaugural function held at Anna Auditorium whereas Mahendra Dev, President of IEA, outlined the objectives of the conference.In his Presidential Address, Dr G Viswanathan, Conference President, said that he was immensely pleased that people from over 22 States of India associated with the field of the economy were taking part in this conference. The participation of this delegation of economists will pave the way for economic growth and development. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveViswanathan further added, “With a population of 136 crores, India’s share of the world population was 18 percent, occupying just 2.5 percent of the world’s area and having only four percent of the world’s total freshwater resources.” He feels that India is now at a stage when both land and water resources have to be conserved and protected.Further, if one has to identify a developed nation, it can be seen by looking at the number of financial resources allotted to education out of its total Gross Domestic Product. In India, only 4 percent of India’s GDP was spent on education and the situation had remained mostly unchanged for the past 70 years. On the occasion, Purohit also released a book Trade-Led Economic Growth which was received by Tanya Sharma and Professor Tapan Kumar Shandilya. Later, the Governor handed over the Second Kautilya award to Professor A Kanagaraj, Founder and Chairman Jaya group of Institution, Professor Brahmanand Academic Excellence award to Dr Swargesh Kumar, NSE award for best thesis in Financial Economics to Dr Pratap Chandra Pati and Lifetime Achievement award to Dr Anil Kumar Thakur, General Secretary and Treasurer, IEA.In his address, Purohit said that he was happy to be taking part in the 101st Annual Conference of IEA at VIT. He said that for the past 100 years, IEA has rendered tremendous contribution to the country. He said India had the largest and most advanced economy between the 1st and 18th centuries while being economically integrated with the world, with high levels of trade, investment, and migration. Even during the Mughal Empire, India was the world leader in manufacturing, producing 25% of the world’s industrial output.The decades after Independence witnessed the transformation of India into an economic power and the first four decades after independence saw industrialisation focused on self-sufficiency and import substitution. He said the deliberations will go a long way in guiding the formulation of economic policy for the coming years.Sankar Viswanathan, Vice President, Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr S Narayanan, Dean of School of Social Science and Languages Professor Velmurugan were among others who took part in the inaugural function. Anil Kumar Thakur, General Secretry of IEA, delivered the vote of thanks.
Coming off a rough Thanksgiving Week 12 (1-4, 33-25-2 on the year), Colin is ready to bounce back in a big way and is joined by RJ Bell from Pregame.com for his weekly sit down to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his Week 13 Blazin’ 5 picks.This week, Colin likes the Texans and Falcons as home favorites, thee Giants as home dogs against the Bears, and the Colts and Vikings getting points going into Foxboro to face the Pats.Here are Colin’s Week 13 Blazin’ 5 plays. So, what do the wiseguys say?Browns at Texans (-6)Bears at Giants (+4.5)Colts at Jags (-4)Ravens at Falcons (-1)Vikings (+5) at Patriots*Bonus Pick: Chargers (+3.5) at SteelersThe Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season. Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!Colin’s NFL Week 13 Blazin’ 5 Picks
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