Cause of Barren Mountains: Imperialism-Natural Disaster-Officers

first_img Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Cause of Barren Mountains: Imperialism-Natural Disaster-Officers News News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img By Daily NK – 2007.03.16 3:37pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]North Korean authorities released a publication on the 6th which summarized that, “We must work hard in forestry in order to make our country beautiful.” This order was made by Kim Jong Il on March 6th 2002 to authorities, the state, military and the elite. 5 years on, authorities now honor and remember the words spoken by the dear leader through a propagandist publication that is published whenever the state deems necessary. The content of this publication was also revealed on the official North Korean website “Uriminzokkiri (amongst our nation).” The document usually contains the comprehensive ideologies and theories made by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il that need to be passed on to the people. Following are a few of the decrees found in the publications. “The nation is experiencing economic difficulty due to coupling natural disasters and imperialists who are trying to isolate us. Trees are growing sporadically in the hills and mountain regions. The mountains are also becoming barren….” “For the past few years, I have been telling you to work hard afforestation and have encouraged you at every opportunity.”“However, an forestation has not met the criteria of authorities and is not going according to plan.”Kim Jong Il’s Analysis What Kim Jong Il is trying to say is that, “The reason afforestation is not working is because of the people’s reckless slash-and-burn cultivation, as well as the inefficiency of officers unable to block it.”After the food crisis in ’95, people uprooted vines and trees to suffice their underfed diets, as well as cultivating illegal farms for food. Further, to save themselves from freezing to death, people used trees as firewood.At the time, people were desolate, battling between life and death. If, however, these people were controlled and prohibited from such actions at the time, defectors say that many of those people would not be alive today. The destruction of mountains Kim Jong Il argues resulted from cunning imperialists isolating North Korea and the severe natural disasters that continued to plague the country. Yet, there is no evidence to support this claim. The international community did not enforce pressure to the extent that North Korea could not resolve its problem of firewood. Rather, after the 1994 Geneva Agreement, 50,000 tons of fuel was provided annually. Despite this, Kim Jong Il always redirects the responsibility of lack of energy on the international community and the failure of public welfare on the U.S.Even evidence to support that natural disasters caused a downfall to the economy has become obscure. It is true that North Korea was hit with drought and flood during 1995~1997, however there has not been any major natural disasters since this time and in 2002 when these decrees were first made. Instead, North Korea should have re-planted much of the mountain trees, though reality is not the case. Rather, Kim Jong Il is blaming the failure of national construction and forestation on mother nature. Without resolving the food crisis, the mountains will remain bareEvery year, for about a month during the spring (early March~April) and fall (early Nov~Dec) seasons, North Korea enters a time of national construction where the rivers and waterways are cleared and trees planted. This national construction first began in March 1996.North Korea has aimed to plant a billion trees and has been planting this number of trees every year. Following 10 years of national construction, what is the current state of North Korea?If national construction had worked as planned, North Korea’s mountains should be dense in trees. However, the cause of North Korea’s mountains being so bare is evidence that the food crisis has not yet been solved. North Korean authorities ordered citizens that they had the right to eat the tree saplings and cereals as it had been cultivated on the mountains which were illegal grounds. On the other hand, the people are continuously angry as trees are overtaking the land in which their grains should be planted. As a result, whenever a tree has grown a certain height, people uproot the trees and plant a smaller sapling in its place. In the end, though the idea of planting trees has been fulfilled, the mountains are still barren. Ultimately, it seems that North Korea’s empty mountains will continue until the food issue is resolved. News SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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SMC Board Approves Ambitious Goals to Fight Racial Inequity

first_img a non partisan racial culture must get inside the true culture …we must Have Americana culture the more cultural canons.we have then more flexible we must speak.For instance stop the train wreck…the first word to encompass all xulture is Amerixulrure.We are AmericacaucasionAfricana proles..Americafricana people’s..AmeeixAsian people..Americevreic..americoccidentalArabic..Americispanic..americlatino…AmericAsianafricanacaucasion…its not.easy to say at first its physics..its important that educated people learn to speak and recieve each other the same… Americslavonic people…Americanative people other’s may join us where there is AmericafricanikEnglicanacaucasion Prince Buford of England 1 Comment John Patrick Jewell III says: May 12, 2019 at 7:26 AM Downtown – Santa Monica Democrats to co-host presidential hopeful Rep Tulsi GabbardCouncil to hear appeal on landmarked Wilmont treesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours ago Comments are closed. HomeNewsCity CouncilSMC Board Approves Ambitious Goals to Fight Racial Inequity May. 11, 2019 at 5:20 amCity CouncilEducationFeaturedNewsPoliticsSanta Monica CollegeSMC Board Approves Ambitious Goals to Fight Racial InequityGuest Author2 years agoAB 1809barry snellInequityQuinoñes-PerezRacial Inequitysanta monica college board of trusteessmcsusan aminoff by Theo Greenly, SMC Corsair / Daily Press Staff WriterThe Santa Monica College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt goals aimed at aggressively combating racial inequities among students.A new state law, AB 1809, Chapter 33, requires all colleges to set goals for the number of students who earn degrees or certificates, transfer to four-year colleges, or find employment in their field of study. SMC voted to go beyond the minimum numbers required by the Chancellor’s Office in their plan, known as the Vision for Success Goals.The goals outlined in the proposal are heavily influenced by SMC’s Student Equity Plan, which aims to close, and ultimately eliminate equity gaps between white, Asian, African-American, and Latino students. The Student Equity Plan must be submitted to the state by June 31.The timeline was originally agreed on by a joint committee who planned implementation for the 2021-22 academic year. However, members at the school’s executive level pushed the dates back to the 2026-27 school year, an act that left some students and faculty members anxious that the school was turning their back on the fight against racial inequities. “I have worked at SMC for nearly 22 years. In those 22 years I have never made a public comment at a board meeting,” said Sherry Bradford, program leader of the Black Collegians Program. “But tonight the stakes are extremely high for our African American and Latinx students.”As word spread that the vision goals were being postponed, rumors began to spread among students that SMC was reducing some services, including eliminating the African American Collegiate Center and the Latino Center.“Unfortunately, the students got the message … that there was the possible elimination of the Black Collegian Center and the Latino Center,” said Trustee Dr. Margaret Quinoñes-Perez. “They see this stuff and their deductive reasoning says, ‘Oh that means elimination of those things.’”Those rumors were unsubstantiated and Quinoñes-Perez asserted that no plans to eliminate the centers had ever been discussed.The board eventually voted to respect the more ambitious 2021-22 timeline. A crowd of students and faculty members spilled into the overflow room and erupted into applause when the measure passed. However many board members remained skeptical.“For me there are goals, and there are reachable goals backed up with money,” said Trustee Dr. Susan Aminoff. “So can someone tell me how we are to meet these very lofty goals within the constraints of our budget?”“Do we think that we can achieve them? We understand that these are really aspirational. They’re more symbolic than anything,” said Hannah Lawler, as Vice Chair of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee which put the plan together. “By setting lofty goals without figuring out all the mechanics of how we’re going to achieve it, I think we’re using these goals to motivate us.”Trustee Rob Rader raised concerns that the vision goals were oversimplified.“When we don’t parse our data more accurately and control better for the numbers, we end up treating each group as monolithic,” Rader said. “We treat all African-American students as just the same, we treat all Latinx students just the same. And different students come from different backgrounds, they have different experiences coming in, and they may require very different strategies.”“I’m very happy to go for aspirational goals,” Rader added, “but I do think that goals without mechanisms are better characterized as wishful thinking.”Not every board member agreed. Trustee Barry Snell commended the plan.“This is the first time that I’ve sat on the dais that I really believe we can do this,” Snell said. “We can do this. This is not a dream. This is an action plan … this is something that can be achieved, and I’m all in from a trustee standpoint.”Budget and implementation plans don’t have to be submitted until next year.This story was produced as part of a partnership between the SMC Corsair Student newspaper and the Santa Monica Daily Press. Tags :AB 1809barry snellInequityQuinoñes-PerezRacial Inequitysanta monica college board of trusteessmcsusan aminoffshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 commentlast_img read more

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Tax forms help reveal extent of unemployment fraud in US

first_imgHomeNewsTax forms help reveal extent of unemployment fraud in US Feb. 06, 2021 at 5:00 amNewsTax forms help reveal extent of unemployment fraud in USeditor4 months agotaxesunemployment Unemployment agencies across the country became lucrative targets for criminals when they were bombarded with claims last year as millions lost jobs due to coronavirus shutdowns.Now, simple tax forms being sent to people who never collected unemployment benefits are revealing their identity was likely stolen months ago and used to claim bogus benefits that have totaled billions of dollars across the country.In California alone, state officials say the fraud totaled at least $11 billion and likely much more.Unemployment benefits are taxable, so government agencies send a 1099-G form to people who received them so they can report the income on their tax returns. States are mailing 1099-Gs in huge numbers this year after processing and paying a record number of claims.In Ohio, Bernie Irwin was shocked two weeks ago when she opened the mail and found a 1099-G form saying her husband had claimed $17,292 in unemployment benefits last year. The only problem: Jim Irwin, 83, hadn’t worked in 13 years.Bernie Irwin, 86, had trouble reaching state authorities but was finally able to lodge a complaint. Her daughter-in-law and a friend also received the tax forms, as did Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, his wife, Fran, and Republican Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, even though none of them had claimed unemployment benefits.Irwin said what bothered her the most was “the action that is taken against you without you being aware.”Nearly 26 million people requested unemployment aid in the initial months after states began ordering shutdowns . The unprecedented surge strained state unemployment offices that are governed by federal rules but administered in patchwork fashion by state governments, with many relying on 1960s-era software to process applications and issue payments.The federal government, as part of its $2 trillion relief package approved in March, significantly expanded jobless aid, making it a richer target for fraud. By November, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General estimated states across the country had paid as much as $36 billion in improper benefits, with a significant portion obtained through fraud. In California, the state sent at least $810 million in fraudulent payments to prison inmates.Now, overwhelmed unemployment agencies could face another onslaught — this time from people requesting corrected tax forms.“It does open a can of worms,” said Rob Seltzer, a certified public accountant in Los Angeles and a member of the California Society of CPAs. “It really depends upon how fast the (state) is able to send out a corrected form.”Ohio has set up a telephone hotline and created a website allowing residents to report identity theft. Once the state confirms fraud has been committed, taxpayers will receive a corrected 1099-G form. In the past two weeks, 62,000 people had filed a report, according to spokesman Thomas Betti.“It’s really easy for somebody to be like, ‘This isn’t my problem. They sent me the form, I’ve never been to Ohio.’ Still, you need to take care of this,” Betti said. “Every unemployment system in the country is dealing with this massive amount of fraud.”Last month, the IRS said it is likely that many victims won’t be able to get a corrected tax form in time to file their federal taxes. In those instances, the IRS says taxpayers should ignore the 1099-G and file their taxes without reporting the fraudulent income.Christina Elliott, owner of BEM Financial Services, worries that process could delay tax refunds for people who are counting on them to make it through the pandemic. She has two clients — one in California and one in Georgia — who say they received incorrect forms showing they received as much as $27,000 in unemployment benefits last year.“They are literally going to have to investigate each one,” Elliot said about the IRS. “These people already had their identity stolen that they didn’t know about, here lies another problem where they will be waiting months just to get their (tax refunds) that are owed to them.”The problem could be most acute in California, where officials mailed close to 8 million tax forms last month — more than five times the number they send in a normal year. The state Employment Development Department said it has updated its website and hired another 300 agents for its call center, training them on how to handle questions about the 1099-G forms.Rooting out fraud and identity theft has been an ongoing struggle for the agency. A state audit released last week showed that from April to October, it responded to less than 2% of fraud reports. By November, it had a backlog of more than 77,000 such reports.That likely included a report by Greg Musson, who owns a business near Fresno. State officials contacted his company in September to let him know one of his employees had filed for unemployment benefits in March. Musson was surprised to learn that person was him. He put a freeze on his credit and filed a fraud report with the state unemployment department, but so far hasn’t heard anything back.“To know that somebody has my information and has been able to get really pretty personal with it, it’s like your home being broken into,” he said.Carol Williams, chief deputy director of operations for the California Employment Development Department, said people who get incorrect tax forms should fill out a worksheet on the department website that will allow officials to determine if a fraudulent claim has been filed.But state lawmakers worry the agency might not be able to handle the workload. Republican state Sen. Scott Wilk said one of his constituents was “dumbfounded” to get a notice that he owed taxes on $11,000 in unemployment benefits.“In a time when we really need people to have confidence in their government, going through this pandemic and rolling out the vaccine, the last thing we need to do is additionally shatter their confidence in our ability to be competent,” Wilk said.Associated Press reporters John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas; Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus, Ohio; and Christopher Rugaber in Washington contributed reporting.Tags :taxesunemploymentshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCrime WatchYour Column HereYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

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Listen: Paul Nelson and Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig on Randomness in Natural Selection

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution TagsgeneticsID the FutureMax Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Researchnatural selectionPaul NelsonpodcastrandomnessRichard DawkinsWolf-Ekkehard Lönnig,Trending On a classic episode of ID the Future, the CSC’s Dr. Paul Nelson talks with Dr. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, retired geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany, about randomness in natural selection and why randomness is such a controversial topic. As Lönnig points out, Richard Dawkins and others are at great pains to deny the connection. Why would that be? Download the podcast or listen to it here.Photo: Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig in an interview for German TV on “Paleontology and Evolution” (screen shot). Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Sharecenter_img Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Life Sciences Listen: Paul Nelson and Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig on Randomness in Natural SelectionEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCApril 7, 2019, 5:18 AM A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Recommendedlast_img read more

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Bombardier targets market leadership

first_img‘The market is not ready for the standard train … we have yet to see a standard customer’Jean-Yves LeblancPresident & CEO, Bombardier Transportation Two international units will centralise control of Bombardier Transportation’s recently acquired European operations. Chris Jackson spoke to President Jean-Yves Leblanc about his strategy,IN A WHIRLWIND tour last month, Bombardier Transportation President & Chief Operating Officer Jean-Yves Leblanc visited every one of the company’s European sites, starting at Crespin on May 4 and finishing in Wien on May 12. His aim was to explain personally to every member of staff the company’s strategy to make Bombardier ‘the world’s number one passenger vehicle supplier’.It is an ambitious target, but Leblanc believes it is attainable. Bombardier’s corporate results for the year to January 31, published on April 21, show that over the past decade group turnover has risen from C$550m to C$8·6bn, a compound annual growth rate of more than 20%. By comparison, for Transportation to double turnover in the next five years requires 15%.While other major players in the rail market continue to post trading losses, Leblanc is confident that his record order book of C$11bn (of which C$7bn is in Europe) can be converted to a reasonable return. Last year saw both the Austrian and Belgian operations return to profit.Two European divisionsUnderpinning the strategy is restructuring in Europe. The autonomous units in each country will be grouped into two operating divisions, with centralised management, marketing, engineering, procurement, personnel and financial functions. ‘This structure has served us well in the free-market North American conditions, and we feel the time is right to introduce it in Europe as well,’ explains Leblanc.Atlantique Europe, to be headed by ANF President Bernard Dolphin, will combine ANF in France, BN in Belgium, Prorail of Great Britain and recently-acquired Vevey Technologies in Switzerland. Continental Europe will merge Aachen-based Talbot with the multiple plants of Deutsche Waggonbau AG, BWS in Austria, Czech-based Ceska Lipa and the October Railway works in St Petersburg. The old companies will remain as legal entities in their respective countries, but in practice everything will be channelled through the divisions.Clearly the move will reduce duplication, but Leblanc says it is not primarily about staff cuts. Whilst 150 will go at ANF and BN, this is already down from 350 following recent orders, whilst the work force at Prorail has leapt from 180 to over 700. The move is more about eliminating boundaries, developing best practice, and working together as team players. Leblanc says investing in people will be critical to the company’s success.He rejects suggestions that the company has too many plants. ‘Each has its own importance and its expertise; what is important is to resize the business to a level appropriate for the market. Today ANF occupies 50% of the space it did, whilst BN is only 35% of its size at acquisition.’Although in theory Bombardier only needs 1% growth in market share to head the world passenger vehicle business, Leblanc recognises that market leadership ‘is not about one year’s figures, but about getting there and staying there’. Each division will have clear mandates in its domestic markets, and a logically defined export area. For example Continental Europe is mandated to expand business in the Baltic states, CIS and Russia.Doubling turnover in the next five years will require a variety of growth strategies. One area with considerable potential is in servicing and maintenance, as railways come under pressure to spin off their workshops or contract work out. Bombardier has recently picked up fleet maintenance contracts from GO Transit in Toronto and the Los Angeles Metrolink. The Virgin CrossCountry order to be signed in mid-summer will see maintenance responsibility for the existing stock handed over before the end of this year.New rail networks also offer substantial prospects, and the Canadian-based Turnkey Systems division will have a global remit, working with the manufacturing divisions to harness the best combination of technology and financing. Turnkey Systems has recently completed the first heavy metro line in Ankara, and is fitting out the Putra automated metro for Kuala Lumpur. It is also talking to local civil engineering firms for other possible bids.Leblanc is also hoping to develop a ‘centre of excellence’ for freight vehicles. Ceska Lipa’s main business is wagons, and Talbot also has some expertise. On May 4 Bombardier announced a Memorandum of Understanding for a 50:50 joint venture with US builder Greenbrier to build wagons at the Concarril plant in Mexico. This is assembling SD70MAC diesel locos for the North American market under a ‘partnership’ agreement with General Motors, but Leblanc says no decision has been made on whether Bombardier will enter the loco business on its own account.Traction tie-upUnlike its rivals, Bombardier does not have close links to a major electrical group, and Leblanc says it will continue to buy-in traction equipment from a variety of sources. The recent purchase of a 26% stake in Elin will provide software resources and a better understanding of the traction market, but Leblanc highlights independent suppliers such as Kiepe and the big Japanese electrical groups.Growth is also anticipated outside Europe and North America. After three years of negotiations Bombardier has signed a deal with Loric’s Sifang works in China to build inter-city passenger coaches. The JV will initially supply 100 cars a year to Chinese Railways, with the first scheduled to roll out by the end of 1998, but may later be expanded to serve more of the Asia-Pacific market.What about further acquisitions? ‘Why not’, responds Leblanc, ‘if it makes sense at the right time.’ Noting that ‘we are not targetting anything at the moment’, he brushed off suggestions that the group might be interested in Ansaldo Trasporti as an entry to the ‘complicated’ Italian market.Ensuring profitabilityDespite past problems at BN, DWA and BWS, Leblanc says that Bombardier ‘is now the most profitable supplier in the passenger coach market’. He attributes this to a rigourous bidding procedure, and avoiding loss-making contracts. ‘We will always talk to the customers to see if they are willing to change the bidding terms and conditions, but at any point we are prepared to take a “No Go” decision’.In the recent flurry of orders from private British train operating companies, Bombardier only bid on two: the Virgin CrossCountry fleet which it won, and the Connex EMU build, which it didn’t. And every lost bid is systematically examined to determine the crucial factors for next time. Leblanc holds up the VCC bid as an example of the way European operations are likely to work in the future. ‘Prorail, BN and ANF came together with their expertise and skills to produce a package that none of them could have managed on their own.’ He sees a growing market for 200 km/h DEMUs and push-pull trains following the Virgin build, and considers the company is ‘well placed for 2003-04.’ As soon as a bid is successful, Bombardier will have its project team in place ‘within 48 h of getting notice to proceed’. This ensures that no time is lost at the design and planning stage; ‘a month lost at the beginning of a 26-month contract can prove very expensive at the end’. Thus he is confident of meeting the very tight deadlines for the Virgin order.But how far can railways still afford to buy bespoke solutions? Leblanc feels that ‘the market is not ready for the standard train … we have yet to see a standard customer … Richard Branson and SNCF have very little in common.’ Modularity is a cost-effective approach to minimising production costs, and Leblanc endorses this approach. ‘With Talent we have gone a long way towards standard modules, but the customers cannot take more at this stage.’last_img read more

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Ward takes care of IMCA Modified business at Crystal

first_imgA.J. Ward was the Saturday IMCA Modified feature winner at Crystal Motor Speedway. (Photo by Christine Hale)CRYSTAL, Mich. (Aug. 26) – A.J. Ward was taking care of business as he assumed the early lead in the Lane Automotive IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Crystal Motor Speedway and was never headed.Myron DeYoung came in second, followed by Myron DeYoung, John DeYoung Jr., and Chad Wer­nette.The IMCA Modified title fight continues until the final event of 2017. Ward holds a 21 lead over Myron DeYoung with two more point races to go.last_img read more

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JOA looking to raise profile of Youth Olympics

first_imgCEO of the Jamaica Olympic Association Ryan Foster says the association will be working with its member associations to raise the profile of the Youth Summer Olympic Games.Fosters admits that Jamaica has not bought into the concept of the Youth Games, and its modest record at the three editions is indicative of that.Jamaica has won a mere seven medals at the three editions of the event, winning two of those medals at the recently concluded games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.”The Youth Olympic Games falls beyond the track and field season and a part of the reason Jamaica has not bought into the Youth Olympics is because most of the athletes were being prepared for Champs (ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships),” Foster said. “But what we will be doing, though, is working with our member associations to get more sports qualifying for the Youth Olympics.”Expanding capacityHe said: “So, what we want to do is expand the capacity of our member associations to qualify their sports for the Youth Olympic Games, and once we get them to buy into that concept and increase their capacity to qualify for the games, then we can shift focus to the JAAA (Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association ) to get the athletes prepare specifically for the Youth Games.”Foster also said that the JOA is in discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to provide a more flexible timeline for hosting the event.”We are asking them to do this to ensure that we not only get participation, but also the best possible competitors for the Youth Olympic Games,” Foster said.last_img read more

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Koscielny boost, Sanchez uncertainty

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s French players Laurent Koscielny (4th L) and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud (4th R) applaud the fans for showing respect during the French national anthem prior to the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorn’s stadium in Birmingham, Britain, 21 November 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, December 3- Laurent Koscielny could be fit to play this weekend, but Arsenal do not know how long they will be without star attacker Alexis Sanchez, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday.Koscielny and Sanchez both limped off in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Norwich City, the former with a hip injury, the latter with a hamstring problem, while midfielder Santi Cazorla suffered a blow to his knee. Arsenal have not yet established the likely durations of Sanchez and Cazorla’s absences, but Wenger is hopeful that Koscielny will be able to line up in Saturday’s home game with Sunderland.“We will make a decision on Saturday on Koscielny and (Theo) Walcott. They could both make the squad. (Kieran) Gibbs is available again for the weekend,” Wenger said in comments published on the Arsenal website.“At the moment on Alexis, Santi and Mikel, we don’t know how long they will be out for.”Forward Walcott, left-back Gibbs and central midfielder Arteta have all recently been sidelined by calf injuries.Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League table, two points below leaders Manchester City, but Wenger finds himself in the grip of an injury glut.Midfielders Jack Wilshere (broken leg), Francis Coquelin (knee), Tomas Rosicky (knee) and striker Danny Welbeck (knee) are all currently unavailable.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Budding AR Developer? Put Your Creativity to Use and Win $5,000

first_imgRelated Posts If you’ve been following our posts about augmented reality (AR) in the last few months, you’ve noticed that we speak often about practicality and its importance for the proliferation of the technology. Sure, gimmicky applications can be fun and new, but it’s my opinion that the more practical and useful an AR application is, the better suited it is to help push AR toward mainstream acceptance. With that being said, AR developers should be aware of a contest being hosted by metaio, the makers of the junaio iPhone app and mobile AR platform, which will reward creativity and practicality in AR.The company says over 200 developers have flocked to the platform since opening up junaio’s API to the public, and to reward them, they are giving $5,000 to the developer who makes the best use of it. Developers can sign up on junaio’s website where they can follow instructions on how to get started creating a “channel” for their AR content. The company is encouraging as much creativity and practicality as possible in order to stand out against the crowd of simple POI locators.“The creative potential of junaio is vast: AR Mashups, multiplayer games or scavenger hunts, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibitions, tours with animated 3D characters, eduainment right on the spot and location independent gaming,” the company expressed in press release. “It is up to the developer to challenge his imagination and become as much creative as he wants to.”On June 16, the top five channels with the most subscribers will become finalists in the contest, and the winner will ultimately be chosen by a panel of AR and IT aficionados, including Robert Scoble, Thomas Carpenter of Games Alfresco, and Dr. Christian Geiger, professor and mixed reality researcher at Düsseldorf University. I will also be participating on the judges panel, and am very excited to see the innovative AR channels that could come from this contest.I am also thrilled that metaio and junaio are pushing the creative side of the contest. It is much easier for gimmicky AR applications to become popular, but these kinds of applications don’t benefit AR as much as actual useful implementations. The subscriber threshold will merely be used to shorten the list of applications that will be considered for the prize, but that doesn’t mean the most popular one will win. For more information on the contest and on the junaio platform, check out their website, or if you happen to be in Germany, stop by at AR DevCamp in Berlin this Friday. There will be free sessions available for developers to learn the capabilities of the API and will provide a jumping-off point for those new to the platform. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout chris cameron 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#Augmented Reality#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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For Once, The Entire Internet Isn’t Blaming The Victims Of This Nude Celebrity Photo Leak

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I obviously am not comparing women to merchandise. Just legally speaking, it shouldn’t be tolerated to repost stolen pics.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 31, 2014Whether this means anything in practical terms beyond possibly alleviating the abuse its victims get—from the famous to victims of revenge porn—remains to be seen. (After all, the Internet is so enlightened on every other controversial subject, from race to politics to gender relations.)But maybe there’s a draining-the-swamp argument that goes: By reducing the social acceptability of slut-shaming victims and trading their pictures with your bros, it’ll limit the acclaim (and money) that hackers are after. Something to hope for, anyway.Lead image by Peter Of course the hackers are 100% to blame but you can still makes jokes about it. Jokes don’t portray your true serious feelings on a subject— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014Whatevs.A Crime Is A Crime Is A CrimeIt’s not a joke when everybody’s mom and dad are tweeting the same crusty comment that’s been repeated by civilians and security experts ever since somebody stole Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s honeymoon sex tape, reportedly from their household safe. Let’s just cut to the chase. If you walk down an unlit street at midnight counting $100 bills and you get mugged, you are stupid. But the mugger is still a criminal. We all need to take precautions to protect ourselves from theft.But it doesn’t follow that we should then blame victims for being targeted by criminals. We should be able to live in a world free of muggers and 4chan photo thieves.As history shows, we put too much emphasis on victim-blaming and not enough on troll-blaming.Putting the criticism on the violated parties will likely remain the default response to what the celebrity magazines call “scandals.” But along with the Gervais’s Twitter apology, there a few bright points on the Internet indicating that some day, that won’t always be the case. We Are Bigger Than The Scandal SheetsIn a post titled “Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn’t A “Scandal.” It’s A Sex Crime,” Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson writes: The actresses and musicians involved did nothing immoral or legally wrong by choosing to take nude pictures of themselves and put them on their personal cell phones. You may argue, without any intended malice, that it may be unwise in this day-and-age to put nude pictures of yourself on a cell phone which can be hacked and/or stolen. But without discounting that statement, the issue is that these women have the absolute right and privilege to put whatever they want on their cell phones with the expectation that said contents will remain private or exclusive to whomever is permitted to see them just like their male peers. The burden of moral guilt is on the people who stole said property and on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or gratification.It’s likely not lost on self-identifying female feminists that Mendleson is a dude, or that he’s echoed by other males on Twitter who criticize the primary focus on the women whose privacy was violated. That’s not to say these guys deserve special commendations any more than men who help out with the housework.Still, for dinosaurs like yours truly who’ve observed appalling Internet behavior against women since the notorious early 1990s “cyberspace rape” in the online multi-player gathering LambdaMOO, it does offer the smallest suggestion of social change. Posting pics hacked from someone’s cell phone is really no different than selling stolen merchandise.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 31, 2014 Related Posts Tags:#account hacked#Apple#Celebrities#cloud security#iCloud#leak#nude photos#privacy#slut shaming#victim blaming center_img The latest batch of nude celebrity photos leaked on the Internet once again reminds us that the Internet is anything but friendly to women. Despite an avalanche of slut-shaming, victim-blaming headlines and social chatter, though, there are scattered signs that some people are starting to assign blame where it belongs—on the perpetrator(s) of these felony crimes and the bystanders who enable it.Oh, and comedian Ricky Gervais.“Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer,” Gervais tweeted on Monday. His post followed news that actress Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton and others has revealing photos stolen from their Apple iCloud accounts in one of the largest known celebrity-related security breaches. Blowback from the Twitterverse was swift and furious. Gervais, known for his unapologetic, take-no-prisoner tweets, deleted the offending post. Also, he apologized. Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) September 1, 2014Gervais, who is funnier than most and famous because of it, nonetheless tried to pass off the cliched criticism as comedy. “Of course the hackers are 100 percent to blame but you can still makes jokes about it. Jokes don’t portray your true serious feelings on a subject,” read a subsequent tweet.Making a joke about a thing doesn’t mean you condone that thing.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 1, 2014 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market helen popkinlast_img read more

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