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Ask a consultant at ESC Minneapolis 2016

first_imgDeveloping an embedded system can be a complicated affair. Sometimes you just want to bounce your ideas around, but you don’t know who to ask. Of course, there are always independent consultants who spend their time battling embedded system designs in the trenches, but their time and expertise is valuable and doesn’t come cheap.If only it were possible to pose one’s questions to a learned panel of experts, but where could one find such an august assemblage? At the Embedded System’s Conference (ESC) — that’s where!(Source: pixabay.com) One of the sessions at the forthcoming ESC Minneapolis, September 21-22, 2016, will be the Ask a Consultant panel discussion, which will be moderated by yours truly. In addition to the fact that I used to be a freelance consultant myself, I will be joined by a number of my engineering chums who have founded their own independent consultancies.The first half of the session will involve each member of the panel offering some sage words of advice. We’ll follow this with a question and answer period in which attendees can delve deeper into those topics that most interest them. Maybe you are interested in becoming an independent consultant yourself, or maybe you have a tortuously tricky technical question you’ve been longing to ask someone; either way, we look forward to addressing your pertinent posers.This session will be held in the ESC Engineering Theater, which means it’s open to all pass types — both the 2-Day Conference Pass and the FREE Expo-Only Pass; either way, of course, you will need to be registered to attend. Hopefully I’ll see you there. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Continue Reading Previous Learn how to start your own start-up company at ESC Minneapolis 2016Next Caveman diorama meets Huntsville modeling competitioncenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Pavón to Arsenal? Moura to Manchester United?

first_imgShare via Email Topics Share on Facebook Transfer window With that done and dusted, he’ll tell Jack Wilshere to write his name under a new contract, then allow Everton to muddy the waters in bidding for £20m Theo Walcott too.José Mourinho will stop baiting Antonio Conte for just long enough to welcome Lucas Moura to Manchester United from PSG – the winger has agreed to the move, apparently, though the clubs have yet to agree a fee. Meanwhile, one or two people have realised Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract runs out in the summer so have popped brave heads above the parapet to suggest that could very possibly mean he’ll leave the club unless he is offered another one. You heard it here third.Sevilla and West Ham are sniffing around Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, who Conte insists he is “very happy” with, which is the reason he’s parked him on the bench all season. Talking of West Ham, the club are quite happy to let Reece Oxford go to Borussia Mönchengladbach, but only if they get £15m. Stoke City are hoping to make a present of Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye for whoever their new manager turns out to be, while Istanbul Basaksehir want to take Arda Turan off Barcelona’s hands. Share on Pinterest Transfer roundup: Tottenham’s Georges-Kévin Nkoudou joins Burnley on loan features Share on Twittercenter_img Rumour mill Read more Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content In recent times, for a fee of around £20m, you could have bought either Nathan Aké, Kevin Wimmer or Marko Arnautovic. Set to join their ranks, then, is Alexis Sánchez, who may or may not have a few thoughts about the sort of company that puts him in if his proposed move from Arsenal to Manchester City goes through.Arsenal were due to spend the £55m they thought they were getting for him in the summer on Thomas Lemar but now they’re likely to get £35m less for Sánchez, and given Monaco have slapped a £90m price tag on the versatile forward’s head, Arsène Wenger is likely to fix his increasingly woeful stare on to Boca Juniors’ 21-year-old winger Cristian Pavón, available for a more modest £27m. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Lampard in, Zidane out: welcome to the madhouse, Frank

first_imgFrank Lampard Zidane is latest proof coaching Spain’s super-clubs can be intolerable From the sound of it he has had enough of Real Madrid, not necessarily of football management, though that is hardly the sort of ringing endorsement to make his eventual successor impatient to start work.While the Real Madrid position has famously proved a poisoned chalice for even the best and most established managers – Ancelotti, José Mourinho, Vicente del Bosque and Fabio Capello have all been shown the door after varying degrees of success – the job description at the moment is particularly mind-boggling.To do: catch up with Barcelona in the league; sort out the Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale situations, bringing in high-quality replacements if necessary; pursue Neymar; and reach the Champions League final as an absolute minimum, even if winning it three times in a row is not strictly necessary. Pinterest Sportblog Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share via Email Jacob Steinberg Conte would doubtless argue that the beginning of the end was actually about a year ago, just after Chelsea had won the title, though if Abramovich is suddenly being careful about spending nothing can be taken for granted. Conte might have to see out the last year of his contract, for instance, instead of picking up an expected £9m in compensation, while Abramovich must also be wondering, just like everybody else, how on earth Napoli can demand any sort of compensation for a coach they have already removed and replaced.No wonder Benítez, who has worked for both Real Madrid and Chelsea, is content to keep a low profile at Newcastle. Mike Ashley is no one’s idea of a dream owner, yet in the mad, mad world of top-level management there are plenty worse.One can only wish Lampard the best of luck at the club where a lot of the madness started. “Last of all, bottom of the heap, lowest of the low,” shouts the Derby chairman Sam Longson, giving a rundown on how a club is run just before dismissing the title-winning Brian Clough in David Peace’s The Damned United, “comes the one who in the end we can all do without. The effing manager.”Lampard knows the story, has seen the film. “It’s a high-pressure job,” he said on becoming the newest recruit to the asylum. “That’s the nature of the beast.” Topics Share on WhatsApp Sign up for The Fiver, our free daily football email. Real Madrid Frank Lampard ready to be brutal after checking in as Derby’s manager No wonder Chelsea’s unhappy Antonio Conte was instantly linked with the task. Mauricio Pochettino might be the more rational, long-sighted solution, but Real are not exactly famous for being rational and long-sighted. The Tottenham manager must think long and hard about whether it would be wise to trade his current stability for the insanely pressurised though undoubtedly alluring role at Madrid, though Conte could much more easily make the jump from one madhouse to another.For a start he seems to be in need of a new job anyway, with Chelsea going so far as haggling over the price of importing Maurizio Sarri from Naples as a replacement, and for another his angry ant persona would fit right in at the Bernabéu, whereas the steady and reliable Pochettino might end up being treated like Rafa Benítez.News that Roman Abramovich has pulled the plug on Chelsea’s proposed £1bn stadium, apparently in protest at off-handed treatment over a visa renewal, is being interpreted as the beginning of the end of the financial muscle the club has enjoyed over the last 15 years. comment Share on Pinterest First you have to reach the top, of course, and not that many managers do. Lampard was careful not to promise promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge, but it is no secret that is Derby’s fervent desire. The club’s seventh manager in three years knows perfectly well that nothing he has achieved in the game as a player will count for much if his side are off the pace three or four months into the season. Lampard has relatives with experience of management, his father, Frank, and uncle Harry Redknapp. Did they not warn him off this most insecure of careers? “Quite the opposite,” Lampard replied. “Maybe they are the ones who are mad.”All managers are a little bit mad. Even though the job these days is hugely well-rewarded, you still need the combination of drive, megalomania and obsessive attention to detail that you always did to put yourself up for it. The theory used to be that when you reach the top, where you are in charge of a big club with the very best players, things would get slightly easier.Arsène Wenger might dispute that but Zidane’s resignation five days after entering the history books with a third Champions League title in three seasons puts a whole new spotlight on the madness at the top end of the management game. To put what Zidane has just done into perspective, only two other managers have won the European Cup three times, and Bob Paisley did so towards the end of his career while Carlo Ancelotti had been a manager for 10 years by the time he completed his treble. Zidane has been in management for only three years. Each has ended in big silverware (even if this season was not quite as glittering on the domestic front) and he is now saying he has had enough. Chelsea Zinedine Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid manager a few minutes after Lampard was officially appointed at Derby. Photograph: Mortimer Peterssen/DYDPPA/Rex/Shutterstock Share on LinkedIn Zinedine Zidane Read more Share on Twitter Frank Lampard was minutes into his new job as Derby County manager when the news came through that a vacancy had just cropped up at Real Madrid. “He certainly quit at a good time,” Lampard said, thinking on his feet. “I don’t know Zinedine Zidane’s plans but he will want a holiday, I’m guessing, before he does anything else. You can’t beat that for going out at the top, though. Maybe that’s a lesson to us all.” Read more Facebook Derby County Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Board to Hear Human Rights Complaint On Mandatory Retirement

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry will consider a complaint of age discrimination filed by William Talbot against the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 759. Mr. Talbot alleges that in 2004 he was discriminated against on the basis of his age when he was required to retire from his job at age 65. The independent board will be chaired by Cynthia Chewter. It will begin hearing testimony at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Day’s Inn, 480 Kings Rd., Sydney. The hearing is scheduled to continue until Thursday, Sept. 11. A complaint is referred to an independent board of inquiry when the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case of discrimination is made after an investigation by a human rights officer. The chief judge of the provincial court selects a board chair from a roster, and the commissioners ratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then in the hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondent can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether discrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.last_img read more

Being Overweight Can Cause Hypertension Oped

first_imgDuring the week of May 17, organizations around the world are raising awareness about how being overweight can lead to high blood pressure, or hypertension. Hypertension is caused when blood pressure becomes too high and stays high, often without obvious warning signs. Hypertension causes damage to the arteries, weakens organs, and can cause blood clots. All of this significantly increases risk of strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease. Each year, seven-million people worldwide die because of high blood pressure. In Nova Scotia, almost one third of adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Women are slightly more likely to suffer from the condition than men and rates are considerably higher, close to 70 per cent, for people with diabetes. Being overweight is a growing concern for Nova Scotians. We are facing twin epidemics of unhealthy eating and physical inactivity. Almost 60 per cent of people over 18 are overweight or obese, and about half of adults are inactive. About 25 per cent of boys and 20 per cent of girls in Grade 3 are overweight and only 35 per cent of Nova Scotians meet the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Two good ways to monitor your weight are to regularly keep tabs on your waist size and body mass index (BMI). Extra weight, particularly around the waist, increases your risk of hypertension, as well as other chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. A health-care professional can measure your waist size, help you calculate your body mass index and provide the best target weight for you. A healthy weight can be achieved by eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity. Cutting down on foods such as cheese, chips, bacon and sauces, eating fewer processed and fast foods, reducing your portion size, and limiting consumption of alcohol are some ways to do this. Information to help increase fruit and vegetable intake is available on the Department of Health Promotion and Protection’s fruit and vegetable campaign website at www.freshcannedfrozen.com . Staying active is extremely important for children and adults. Taking the stairs, getting off the bus two or three stops early, and replacing a coffee break with a walk break are easy ways to increase physical activity. You should gradually build up to 30 to 60 minutes of moderate activity per day. Another major cause of high blood pressure, high sodium intake, can be prevented by reducing the amount of salt you eat. Small steps you can take are cooking without salt, not putting a salt shaker on the table, making your own sauces instead of using store bought sauces and reading food labels for sodium content. Talk with your health-care professional about how to best maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure. If you do not already have your blood pressure checked regularly, starting this simple procedure is vital. As we age, our risk for hypertension increases and, if you have diabetes, your risk is substantially higher than the general population. It is important to know where you stand before you can take the right steps. Three provincial programs — Cardiovascular Health Nova Scotia, Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Renal Program — have a shared interest in addressing hypertension to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. You can help fight hypertension by personally taking action on achieving a healthy weight and blood pressure. -30-last_img read more

CWC unanimously rejects Rahuls offer to step down as Cong president

first_imgNew Delhi: A crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday unanimously rejected Rahul Gandhi’s offer to resign as party president after the Lok Sabha poll debacle and authorised him to overhaul and restructure the party at all levels. The meeting deliberated on the reasons behind the Congress’s defeat in the elections for four long hours with various leaders urging Rahul Gandhi to continue to provide leadership to the party. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his address to the CWC offered his resignation as the party president. The CWC unanimously and with one voice rejected the same and requested the Congress President for his leadership and guidance in these challenging times,” said the resolution passed by CWC. The CWC “unanimously” called upon the Rahul Gandhi to lead the party in its ideological battle and to champion the cause of India’s youth, the farmers, the SC, ST, OBCs, the minorities, the poor and the deprived sections, it said. Top Congress leaders from across the country Saturday got together to review the Lok Sabha poll drubbing, as the party’s highest decision-making body met here. The CWC meeting, chaired by Rahul Gandhi, was attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, chief ministers of party-ruled states and other top leaders.last_img read more

Mrs Universe calls on Aboriginal people to vote out Stephen Harper

first_imgBrandi MorinAPTN National News Hot on the heels of her Mrs. Universe crown this past weekend, Ashley Burnham is using her new fame to call on Aboriginal people to vote out the Conservative party and its leader Stephen Harper in the upcoming election.“It’s so crucial that we vote a new prime minister in, because we need a new prime minister,” said Burnham, from Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta. “I believe we need to fight for our rights and we need to vote.”Burnham, 25, won Mrs. Universe 2015 on Saturday in Minsk, Belarus, becoming the first Canadian and First Nations woman to win the title for married women.Winning  has catapulted the actress and model into the national and international spotlight. She is using her voice to raise awareness of issues affecting Canada’s Indigenous people. “Now that I have this title people are actually listening to me, which is amazing because now I have a voice,” said Burnham.The top issue addressed in the Mrs. Universe competition was discussing ways to combat domestic violence. On the top of Burnham’s list is the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.  “I think that the murdered and missing subject is so crucial. It’s so sad. Say, for example, a Caucasian woman is missing in the news, it’s a big deal, but for First Nations women we are just pushed aside because there’s so many of us missing,” said Burnham.  It’s issues like this and the adversarial relationship between the Conservative government and Canada’s Aboriginal people that are compelling Burnham to urge her fans to vote in the upcoming federal election. And she plans to speak out while traveling around the world as Mrs. Universe in the next year. “Other countries need to know what’s going on in ours. It feels like the government just does not care about us (First Nations),” she said. “This government is very controlling of our people and soon enough our rights might be taken away. And if I have that voice to bring awareness, I’m going to use it.”Burnham grew up in poverty between the two reserves of Maskwacis and Enoch in Alberta. She was sexually molested as a young child and knows first-hand about the cycle of abuse. Her mother Lisa Ground, also a beauty pageant title holder as Mrs. North America Globe, said the two are on a healing journey together and that sharing their story will help bring further awareness to MMIW.“When I was in an abusive relationship, when we got out we needed police protection, we had to escape… we’ve (Ashley and I) grown together and we’re overcoming the horrific things that have happened to both of us,” said Ground. She added that she’s cried many tears of joy since her daughter’s big win and that their lives now a day are filled with hope. “We are so excited for her, we cheered and we are still cheering, said the proud mom. Burnham has come a long way from growing up facing much adversity. After establishing a successful modeling career, then starring in APTN’s successful TV drama series Blackstone she also experienced racism and discrimination during her early years competing in beauty pageants. Overcoming those challenges has proved rewarding for Burnham.Burnham said she has received an outpouring of support from fans and credits her family and husband Ryan Burnham for helping to keep her grounded amidst the whirlwind of sudden mainstream success. She encourages anyone to follow their dreams no matter where they come from.“No matter what your background is or what you’ve been through in your life you can push yourself to reach the success that you dream of,” she said. “I think that you shouldn’t let fear hold you back and I believe that even though we’re First Nations we can succeed in any aspect of our lives, we can make it big time.”Ashley’s first official public appearance as Mrs. Universe will be at a MMIW fundraiser called Fashion Speaks in Kamloops, B.C. Sept. 16 along with her mother. bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Benatiq Moroccos Family Code Coherent Law Serving Moroccan Overseas

Rabat – In recent years, the Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad has been focusing on programs designed to protect their rights and to promote their interest in Morocco’s development and integrity.This time, the ministry convened dozens of Moroccan lawyers residing abroad in Marrakech in their third forum held under the theme “Family Code in the Light of Comparative Law and International Conventions.”The symposium, which was attended by Morocco World News, aimed to address  family law challenges that Moroccan expats encounter in their host countries. The two-day conference, which took place on February 8-9, attracted Moroccan lawyers from several countries, especially European ones.During a press conference the Minister Delegate in Charge of Moroccan Expats, Abdelkrim Benatiq welcomed his guests participating in the forum, pointing out the development that Morocco has witnessed in recent years.Read Also: Search moudawana Study: Over 13% of Moroccans Are Not Aware of the Existence of MoudawanaBenatiq opened the conference, emphasizing that the meeting aims to discuss several topics of interest to all Moroccan overseas.Abdelkrim Benatiqa giving a speech at the 3rd Forum of Moroccan lawyers living abroadReferring to the Family Law, Benatiq said that the topic is “of interest to the Moroccans of the world, whether in the countries of transition or in relation to the legal system in the country of origin.” Panelists and attendees discussed two main topics: “The effects of judgments rendered and contracts concluded abroad, in the field of family law, in the light of international conventions” and “the protection of the child in the light of international conventions.”The discussions aimed to face the challenges that Moroccan families face due to the disparities in family law as a result of differences between Muslim legal systems and secular legal systems.Read Also: Morocco to Address Family Law Challenges Moroccan Expats FaceAcknowledging the challenges faced by Moroccans, Benatiq said that “we should not be afraid of the challenges and difficulties facing societies and families.”Speaking on Morocco’s family law, also known as Moudawana, Benatiq added that the effectiveness of Morocco’s family code “depends not only on its relevance to solving problems at the national level but also on its ability to be coherent and to resist the profound changes that the family institution and legal regimes in the host countries.”Minister Abdelkrim Benatiq at the 3rd forum of Moroccan lawyers living abroadMorocco introduced the family code in 1956 after gaining its independence. The text witnessed reforms in 2004 to address women’s rights and gender equality within an Islamic legal framework. It also regulates marriage, polygamy, divorce, inheritance, and child custody.MREs contribute to the development of MoroccoThe official also commended the five million Moroccans living abroad for their attachment to their motherland. Benatiq said that Morocco’s continuous development relies on its MREs. He also invited Moroccans to engage in debating and proposing solutions to Morocco’s challenges.  MREs also received special thanks from the official for instilling Moroccan spirits to preserve their identity and traditions.In July 2018, Benatiq said that Moroccans overseas always show concern for issues related to their country.Migration, which is a major topic for the Moroccan government, was also the heart of the event.Benatiq said that Morocco became a destination rather than a transit country, especially for sub-Saharan migrants.According to the official, 50,000 sub-Saharan migrants have their status regularized and now have access to several services, including health, vocational training, and education.The General Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Abdelillah Lahkim Bennani, and the public prosecution, Mohammed Abdennabaoui, commended the effective role of the Ministry in Charge of MREs in preserving the rights of expatriates to ensure their smooth integration, in addition to helping them overcome their struggles. President of the Association of Moroccan Lawyers Abroad, Hilal Tarkou Lahlimi, and several Moroccan lawyers living abroad also attended the symposium. read more

Talks carry on but no deal yet in UAW strike against GM

DETROIT — Talks continued into the night but there was no end to the strike against General Motors.The walkout by upward of 49,000 United Auto Workers members has brought to a standstill more than 50 factories and parts warehouses in the union’s first strike against the No. 1 U.S. automaker in over a decade.Workers left factories and formed picket lines shortly after midnight Monday in the dispute over a new four-year contract. The union’s top negotiator said in a letter to the company that the strike could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner.The letter dated Sunday suggests that the company and union are not as far apart as the rhetoric leading up to the strike had indicated. Negotiations continued Monday in Detroit after breaking off during the weekend.But union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said the two sides have come to terms on only 2% of the contract.“We’ve got 98% to go,” he said Monday.Asked about the possibility of federal mediation, President Donald Trump, said it’s possible if the company and union want it.“Hopefully they’ll be able to work out the GM strike quickly,” Trump said before leaving the White House for New Mexico. “Hopefully, they’re going to work it out quickly and solidly.”Wall Street did not like seeing the union picketers. GM shares closed Monday down 4.2 per cent to $37.21.On the picket line Monday at GM’s transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, workers who said they have been with the company for more than 30 years were concerned for younger colleagues who are making less money under GM’s two-tier wage scale and have fewer benefits.Paul Kane, from South Lyon, Michigan, a 42-year GM employee, said much of what the union is fighting for will not affect him.“It’s not right when you’re working next to someone, doing the same job and they’re making a lot more money,” he said. “They should be the making the same as me. They’ve got families to support.”Kane said GM workers gave up pay raises and made other concessions to keep GM afloat during its 2009 trip through bankruptcy protection.“Now it’s their turn to pay us back,” he said. “That was the promise they gave.”UAW Vice-President Terry Dittes told GM that the company’s latest offer might have made it possible to reach an agreement if it had come earlier.“We are disappointed that the company waited until just two hours before the contract expired to make what we regard as its first serious offer,” Dittes wrote in the letter to Scott Sandefur, GM’s vice-president of labour relations.There are many important items left in the talks, including wage increases, pay for new hires, job security, profit sharing and treatment of temporary workers, Dittes wrote.“We are willing to meet as frequently, and for as long as it takes, to reach an agreement that treats our members fairly,” the letter said.GM issued a statement saying it wants to reach a deal that builds a strong future for workers and the business.The automaker said Sunday that it offered pay raises and $7 billion worth of U.S. factory investments resulting in 5,400 new positions, a minority of which would be filled by existing employees. GM would not give a precise number. The company also said it offered higher profit sharing, “nationally leading” health benefits and an $8,000 payment to each worker upon ratification.Before the talks broke off, GM offered new products to replace work at two of four U.S. factories that it intends to close.The company pledged to build a new all-electric pickup truck at a factory in Detroit, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The person was not authorized to disclose details of the negotiations.The automaker also offered to open an electric vehicle battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where it has a huge factory that has already stopped making cars and will be closed. The new factory would be in addition to a proposal to make electric vehicles for a company called Workhorse, the person said.It’s unclear how many workers the two plants would employ. The closures, especially of the Ohio plant, have become issues in the 2020 presidential campaign. President Donald Trump has consistently criticized the company and demanded that Lordstown be reopened.Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of labour and industry for the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think-tank , said the letter and resumption of contract talks are encouraging signs. “It makes me think that both sides are probably closer than it might have seemed before,” she said.But both Dziczek and Art Wheaton, an auto industry expert at the Worker Institute at Cornell University, say GM left out key details when it made part of its offer public, and working out those details could make the strike last longer.“I think GM kind of sabotaged some of the negotiations by going immediately to the public,” Wheaton said. “It really distorts the offer.”The strike shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts-distribution warehouses. It’s the first national strike by the union since a two-day walkout in 2007 that had little impact on the company.Workers at Fiat Chrysler and Ford continued working under contract extensions. Any agreement reached with GM will serve as a template for talks with the other two companies.___Associated Press Writer John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio, contributed to this report.Tom Krisher And Mike Householder, The Associated Press read more

Climate change threatens Pacific Ocean mangroves – UNbacked report

Action is needed to conserve mangroves in the Pacific amid concern that rising sea levels, linked with climate change, are set to drown large areas of these precious and economically important ecosystems, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today citing new research. Some islands in the region could see over half of the mangroves steadily lost by the end of the century, with the worst hit being American Samoa, Fiji, Tuvalu, and the Federated States of Micronesia, the agency said. The study, “Pacific Island Mangroves in a Changing Climate and Rising Seas,” assessed the vulnerability of the 16 Pacific Island countries and territories that have native mangroves, finds that overall as much as 13 per cent of the mangrove area may be lost. “There are many compelling reasons for fighting climate change – the threats to mangroves in the Pacific, and by inference across other low lying parts of the tropics, underline yet another reason to act,” Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director, said. “Industrialized nations must meet their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, the international emission-reduction treaty, as a first step to the even deeper cuts needed to stabilize the atmosphere,” he added. The new report has been compiled by the Regional Seas Programme of UNEP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) based in Apia, Samoa, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council in Honolulu, United States, and well over a dozen additional agencies and organizations from the Pacific Islands region. They underline that, in common with other terrestrial and marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves provide an array of valuable goods and services upon which local people and industries like tourism depend. According to some estimates, the goods and services generated by mangroves may be worth an average of $900,000 per square kilometer, depending on their location and uses. Roughly half the world’s mangrove area has been lost since 1900 as a result of clearances for developments like shrimp farms. 35 per cent of this loss has occurred in the past two decades, according to UNEP. Hanneke Van Lavieren of UNEP’s Regional Seas Programme, who contributed to the study, recalled that the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development set an ambitious target to achieve a significant reduction in the current rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. “We hope this new report and its recommendations on mangroves and climate change can play its part towards achieving the biodiversity goal in the Pacific,” he said. read more

Europe 24600 refugee children in limbo at risk of mental distress UNICEF

VIDEO: Children, currently stranded in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Western Balkans are at risk of psychosocial distress due to living in a protracted state of limbo. “We are seeing single mothers and children stranded in Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria who have not seen their husbands and fathers for months or even years,” said Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe. “The family reunification process is slow, and its outcome uncertain and it is this uncertainty which can cause significant emotional distress and anxiety for children and families, setting them back for years to come,” she added. In many cases, adult males are the first family members to make the trip to Europe, with the rest of the family following later. Most stranded asylum seekers do not know whether or when they will be permitted to move forward. The situation is particularly acute for single mothers and children stuck in Greece or the Balkans waiting for reunification with family members in other EU countries. But with the 2016 border closures and implementation of the EU-Turkey statement, other family members are being held up in transit countries from where they must apply for family reunification with their loved ones – a process that typically takes between 10 months and two years. RELATED: Some 300 million people suffer from depression, UN warns ahead of World Health Day AUDIO: UNICEF’s Sarah Crowe tells UN Radio what teams on the ground have been seeing UNICEF and its partners in Greece are monitoring mental health and general depression among single mothers and children waiting for family reunification and providing psychosocial support. “Keeping families together is the best way to ensure that children are protected, which is why the family reunification process for refugee and migrant children is so important,” said Ms. Khan. “With the number of those stranded continuing to rise, it is incumbent on member states to alleviate procedural bottlenecks so that families can get back together as quickly as possible.” Most of the family reunification requests originate from children and separated family members stranded in Greece, but because of the caseload and involvement of destination countries, the process can be painstakingly slow. In 2016, nearly 5,000 family reunification requests, out of which 700 from unaccompanied and separated children, were made from Greece, with only 1,107 successful applicants having reached their destination country by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the number of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece, Hungary and the Western Balkans continues to grow – increasing by around 60 per cent over the past year from 47,000 in March 2016 to nearly 80,000 at the end of April. read more

Lemieux plays outstanding role for Buckeye field hockey in Ohio return

Ohio State field hockey junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux.Credit: Courtesy of OSU Athletic DepartmentSarah Lemieux never thought she would get another chance to play field hockey after having to transfer back home prior to her third year of college.Lemieux, a Columbus native, was forced to leave Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania and come back to Dublin, Ohio, to be with her family. She never expected she would be lucky enough to wear her goalkeeper gear again, let alone be part of the Ohio State field hockey team.“I had to come home for like financial, like family issues,” Lemieux said. “I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore.”However, Lemieux’s passion for the game never faltered, and when she heard OSU needed a goalkeeper, she decided to reach out to the coaches.“I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore and then I heard they needed a goalie, so I was like, ‘I guess I will email them,’ and I did, and they were like, ‘oh my God, like we really need a goalie,’” Lemieux said.The junior was a big part of the team during her time at IUP, but was not sure what her playing time would look like when she came to Columbus. She felt confident in her knowledge of the sport, but was shocked to see how much of a difference just one division made.“I was a starter. I played every game,” Lemieux said. “I had game experience, but it’s a completely different game. Like, it’s a lot quicker, like skill level’s a lot higher, so it’s different but it’s cool.”Coach Anne Wilkinson said Lemieux is a “very mature player” and has already made huge contributions this season.“She came in with some experience,” Wilkinson said. “She is confident, but she’s not over confident and I think she really plays an outstanding role on this team.”When OSU upset then-No. 20 ranked New Hampshire in its second game of the season, Lemieux claimed the Big Ten Player of the Week award in what was her first career start. The game went into double overtime, ending in a shootout. Lemieux denied UNH three times to preserve the victory.So far this season, Lemieux has tallied 28 saves, and Wilkinson said she has great talent as a goalkeeper and understands what is happening when the ball is coming her way.“She can come out so well on the ball,” Wilkinson said. “Her timing is really very good, and she reads the play. She anticipates well, she can handle a scramble, she can handle a lot of people in front of her, in front of the net, she can get down and she can stay focused on the ball. She is able to fight and if she can get to it, she will.”Wilkinson credits her goalkeeper’s strong mindset as a main proponent of her ability to keep her composure, even when things get rough.“She is just so even-keel,” Wilkinson said. “Whether she has a bad game or a good game, I just think she is mentally very strong.”Lemieux not only helps her teammates, but she has a passion for helping children as well. In the past, she has been a nanny to children and enjoys being part of their lives. She still keeps in contact with them and loves when she sees them in the stands at every home game.Lemieux said she was also a nanny for two children with autism a few years ago and babysits a child who has Down syndrome regularly. Her work with children is something she looks to continue after she finishes at OSU.“I am actually going into physical therapy to work with kids with special needs,” Lemieux said. “It was either occupational therapy or physical therapy. I don’t really know yet, but basically just working on everyday tasks in general with special needs kids is something I’ve always been interested in.”While Lemieux loves to spend her time with children, she also enjoys the time she has spent with her teammates at OSU. She said the team’s enthusiasm about the game is great and fun to be around.“Here it’s like everyone (gives) 100 percent like all the time and it’s a lot of fun to play with,” she said.Lemieux and the Buckeyes head to East Lansing, Mich., Saturday to take on Michigan State. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

RK Vardar Pro sign Milos Dragas

RK Vardar Pro announced on their site that the team has signed a new left back. That is Milos Dragas that has played until now for the team Metaloplastika Sabac. He is currently aged 22, and the team hopes that he will prove worthwhile long-term signing. dragasmetaloplastikamilos dragasVardar ← Previous Story Gurbindo enters Barcelona history – scores 10.000th goal in EuroCups for them Next Story → Madrid Arena won’t host the World Championship 2013 Group D

Thousands of Iraqis flee ISIS militants in panic as France calls urgent

first_img Source: Laurent Fabius/Twitter I met a man yesterday in al-Qosh, a Christian town, who for weeks has been working hard to provide shelter and assistance to displaced people – Christians, Yezidis and other minorities who had fled their homes in the recent days and weeks amid ISIS assaults.Today he and his family have themselves become displaced. He broke down in tears as he told me that last night he and his family fled with only the clothes on their backs – with not even time to take their documents. ISIS is now in the town. #Irak Face à la gravité de cette situation dont la population civile et les minorités religieuses sont les 1ères victimes… 1/2— Laurent Fabius (@LaurentFabius) August 7, 2014 Source: Laurent Fabius/Twitter ‘Urgent UNSC meeting’France’s foreign minister has called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting over the crisis in Iraq.“France is very deeply concerned by the latest advances of (IS militants) in the north of Iraq and the taking of Qaraqosh, the biggest Christian city in Iraq, as well as by the intolerable abuses that were committed,” Laurent Fabius said today in a statement.“Given the seriousness of the situation – the first victims of which are civilians and religious minorities – France is requesting an urgent meeting of the Security Council so the international community can mobilise to counter the terrorist threat in Iraq and support and protect the population at risk.”center_img #Irak … la France demande une réunion du #CSNU, afin que la communauté internationale se mobilise pour contrer la menace terroriste 2/2— Laurent Fabius (@LaurentFabius) August 7, 2014 TENS OF THOUSANDS of people are reportedly fleeing in panic from advancing ISIS militants in north-western Iraq.Amnesty International’s senior crisis response adviser Donatella Rovera, currently in northern Iraq, says taht while thousands have fled the Christian city of Qaraqosh in response to ISIS’s arrival overnight, others have been trapped in the town.“The situation for Iraqis in the north-west of the country, especially those from the Yezidi and Christian minority communities, is becoming increasingly dire as both residents and many of those already displaced are now fleeing their homes and places of shelter,” Rovera said today.Explainer: What’s happening with the latest attacks in Iraq? >The Amnesty adviser said thousands of Iraqis from minority religions and groups are fleeing in terror of advancing ISIS fighters: Turkish officials said today that up to 800 people from Iraq’s Yazidi community have fled across the border and into Turkey after escaping attack by jihadists from the IS group.The Yazidi are a closed community that follows an ancient faith rooted in Zoroastrianism and are scorned by jihadists as “devil worshippers”, a term the Yazidi themselves angrily contest.- Additional reporting by the AFPRead: ISIS declares a new Islamic state in Iraq >last_img read more

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In an effort to ensure On Base is best serving the needs of its readers, we are asking you to fill out a five-question, online survey. Your feedback is important to us so that we can consider possible changes to improve the newsletter’s format and content. Everyone who fills out the survey will be entered into a drawing to win $100 off of registration to Installation Innovation Forum 2019 in Miami from March 4-6.Thanks in advance for taking this survey and helping us ensure On Base continues to meet your needs.last_img read more

Pi dream Google employee sets record for most digits calculated

first_img Sprint Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $6 at Tidal Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Now playing: Watch this: Tags Ask Alexa for the value of pi (if you have time to kill) Planes write out pi over the skies of San Francisco Bay Area Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 1 Sci-Tech $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 18 Photos TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Haruka Iwao ran the calculations using the y-cruncher application running on 25 Google Cloud virtual machines. “The biggest challenge with pi is that it requires a lot of storage and memory to calculate,” Haruka Iwao said. It took 121 days for Google’s virtual machines to reach the magic number. See at Amazon Apple iPhone XS Angela Lang/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 Comment I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 How quantum computing will help us build human-level… Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Fun with pi The previous pi record held the digits title for over two years, but there will always be more digits left to go.”In terms of how long this record might stand, we can’t predict the future. But now that it’s been calculated with the cloud, the sky’s the limit,” a Google spokesperson said. If you want to peruse the fruits of the pi triumph, Google Cloud has published the digits as disk snapshots, along with technical details on the accomplishment. It’s the perfect reading material for Pi Day. Read the AirPods review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 3:40 Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Comments Boost Mobile $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo $520 at HP The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Cloud computing Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Chris Monroe/CNET Pi Day through time: From Linux to Einstein to Steph Curry Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It See It Googler Emma Haraku Iwao took her fascination with pi all the way to 31.4 trillion digits. Google When I think of pi, I think of three digits: 3.14. Google cloud developer advocate Emma Haruka Iwao thinks in terms of trillions of pi digits. Haruka Iwao set a world record by calculating pi to 31.4 trillion digits using Google cloud technology.Here’s the full mind-boggling number: 31,415,926,535,897 digits. The previous record, set by Peter Trueb in late 2016, was 22.4 trillion digits. Since she was 12, Haruka Iwao has been fascinated by pi, the enigmatic mathematical constant defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. As a kid, she even downloaded a computer program to calculate pi. Her present-day Google project put that childhood interest on steroids. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate See at Turo See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $210 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice See it $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $155 at Google Expresslast_img read more

2 hunters rescued 1 mauled near Hoonah

first_imgA brown bear mauling prompted the Coast Guard to rescue two hunters from a mountain near Hoonah and bring them to Juneau Saturday afternoon. Only one of the hunters was injured.Listen Now U.S. Coast Guard search & rescue demo at the 2016 Juneau Maritime Festival (Photo by David Purdy, KTOO – Juneau)Coast Guard Lt. Greg Isbell said the injured hunter explained they were hiking a mountain when the bear ambushed them.“He had described that he had multiple puncture wounds, and the bear had grabbed his leg and bit into his thigh,” Isbell said.Isbell said the bear was a mother with two cubs. One hunter said they had to kill the mother to save their lives. He said the cubs appeared to be about two-years-old.Isbell said after the mother was killed it was still a tense situation.“The hunters had to continue to shoot warning shots at the other two bears to keep them away because they kept trying to close in while they waited (for) transportation,” Isbell said.The Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Sitka with a corpsman and rescue swimmer aboard. They brought the hunters to Juneau and the injured hunter was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital.Isbell did not know the full extent of his injuries.last_img read more

Rohit Reddy inspects SC welfare school

first_imgTandur: MLA Rohit Reddy said the facilities in the welfare hotels would be enhanced. He visited the SC Welfare School and College for girls at Hyderabad road on Sunday. He inquired the students about the issues they are facing. He asked whether they have enough staff and food is given as per menu etc. The MLA assured them of solving drinking water problem.last_img