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USF Invests Over $6.5 Billion to Expand ICT Sector


first_img The Universal Service Fund (USF) has invested more than $6.5 billion in infrastructure, devices and programmes geared towards the expansion of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector over the past 12 years. This is according to USF Chairman, Robert Lawrence, who said the investments are a reflection of the commitment of the agency to universal ICT access. Mr. Lawrence said along with the installation of public Wi-Fi at select locations in Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, the USF has also been providing grant funding for special projects geared at boosting the ICT capacity of entities. Story Highlights The Universal Service Fund (USF) has invested more than $6.5 billion in infrastructure, devices and programmes geared towards the expansion of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector over the past 12 years.This is according to USF Chairman, Robert Lawrence, who said the investments are a reflection of the commitment of the agency to universal ICT access.He was speaking at the launch of the USF’s Technology Advancement Programme (TAP), at The Knutsford Court Hotel on December 15.Mr. Lawrence said along with the installation of public Wi-Fi at select locations in Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, the USF has also been providing grant funding for special projects geared at boosting the ICT capacity of entities.These include the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the Jamaica Library Service, the University of the West Indies, and the University of Technology.“Through these initiatives, we have helped thousands of individuals, many of them young people, to unlock their hidden potential through technology,” Mr. Lawrence said.Through USF’s Tech Love programme, the agency also provides technological support to the less fortunate and seeks to build awareness regarding diseases such as breast cancer and HIV.“We at the USF genuinely care about the progress of our nation, and we are actively planning and playing our part to support this progress. We are committed to positively affect the lives of all Jamaicans, so that no one gets left behind,” the Chairman said.TAP will engage some 1,000 youngsters over a 12-month period in ICT training and employment.The initiative, being administered in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, and the CMU, is now recruiting participants, who will gain practical experience in the ICT field while receiving training.The programme, which targets unattached youth; high-school, college and university graduates; and others between 18 and 35 years old, will commence in January 2018.last_img read more


Incumbent BC mayor wins election decided by pulling a name out of


first_imgPEACHLAND, B.C. – The winner of the mayor’s race in Peachland, B.C., has been decided by a pulling a name from a box because the top two candidates remained tied after a judicial recount on Monday.Provincial court Judge Ellen Burdett oversaw the manual count of the vote, which was tied at 804 votes each for incumbent Cindy Fortin and challenger Harry Gough.In keeping with Peachland’s election procedures, Burdett drew a name out of the box and declared that Fortin was selected for a four-year term.The race in the small community drew attention because of how the tie was settled in a process similar to drawing a name from a hat.It’s not the first time a political race was decided by chance.In 2015, Liberal Alan McIsaac won a seat in the P.E.I. legislature after a tie was broken by a coin tosslast_img read more


StarStudded Glastonbury Album Dedicated To Memory Of Jo Cox


first_imgIn the first live Glastonbury album of its kind, world-famous musicians will collaborate with the world’s best-loved festival and Oxfam to Stand As One with people forced to flee con-flict, disaster and poverty.Artists including Coldplay, Muse and Foals will contribute a song recorded during their forthcoming Glastonbury sets to Oxfam Presents: Stand As One – Live at Glastonbury 2016, a special live album in support of Oxfam’s work with refugees worldwide.The album is dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, MP, a former Oxfam activist, who campaigned tirelessly for refugees.“We are making this special live album from Glastonbury this summer because the scale of the refugee crisis is so huge we simply had to do something,” said Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis. “We want people who are far from home and frightened to know we are doing whatever we can to help. To know the artists who play here are doing whatever they can. To know the people who love their music are doing whatever they can. Now it’s time for world leaders to do the same. All of us – Glastonbury, Oxfam, musicians and music-lovers everywhere must Stand As One to demand action for refugees.”Coldplay said “Right now there are more refugees in the world than at any other time in re-cent history. They could be us and we could be them. The good news is: we can all help.”
Sigur Rós, The Last Shadow Puppets, Chvrches, Wolf Alice, Laura Mvula, Jamie Lawson, John Grant, Jack Garratt, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Editors, Years & Years and Fatboy Slim are also confirmed for the album, with more expected to join.The world is in the middle of the most serious refugee crisis since the Second World War. More than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes by brutal conflict and violence, millions more by natural disaster and poverty.The crisis has prompted the biggest humanitarian response in Oxfam’s history with the international agency delivering aid to almost nine million people last year -the vast majority of whom were fleeing conflict and disaster.The album is part of Oxfam’s new campaign, to put pressure on world leaders to welcome more refugees, to prevent families from being separated and to keep people fleeing their homes safe from harm.Ahead of two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis in New York in September, Oxfam is calling on governments to do everything in their power to help and protect people on the move, and for the UK to play a lead role in making this happen.Pre-order the album Oxfam Presents: Stand as One – Live at Glastonbury 2016 here. 
Profits from the album will go to Oxfam’s Refugee Crisis Appeal.Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB Chief Executive said, “We are very grateful to Glastonbury for bringing the weight of the music world in support of people in desperate need. I urge people to stand as one with the millions forced to flee and add their voices to some of the most famous voices in the world – buy the album, sign our petition, and make world leaders meeting in New York in September listen. Given Jo’s tireless work to help refugees both at Oxfam and beyond it felt appropriate to dedicate the album to her.”Now is the time to show that we stand together #StandAsOnelast_img read more


Feds looking at how to improve urban Aboriginal plan


first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsCanada is meeting with groups to talk about how its urban aboriginal strategy can be improved.Statistics show that more than 50 percent of Canada’s Indigenous peoples live in urban centres.Many are successful, but a disproportionate number are struggling with issues like homelessness.Now the federal government is looking to make some adjustments.tfennario@aptn.calast_img


Indian Open Shiva aims for a golden homecoming


first_imgNew Delhi: Four-time Asian championship medallist Shiva Thapa is gearing up to make his homecoming special by winning gold at the second edition of the India Open boxing meet in Guwahati from May 20. Armed with a silver medal from the GeeBee Boxing Tournament and a record fourth Asian Championships medal this year, the 25-year-old once again looks sharp and agile and is hungry to prove himself. “Yes, there are a lot of expectations from me for the gold. I recently got a bronze medal from the Asian Championships and that tells me that the gold is not far off,” Thapa said the medal in Bangkok in April, when he became the first Indian male boxer to claim four consecutive Asian medals. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHe had won a gold in 2013, a bronze in 2015 followed by a silver in 2017 at the same tournament. At the Indian Open he suffered an upset loss in the semi-finals in the first edition of the in New Delhi last year. “I am hungry to change the colour of the medal which is what I think every boxer would want to. And it will be all the more sweet if it comes at home in front of my own people,” Thapa said looking forward to the meet at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati, Assam from May 20. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe Guwahati pugilist has his task cut out as he will shift to 63 kg to earn a Tokyo Olympics qualification berth from the World Championships. “Performing well here will give me a huge boost of confidence ahead of the World Championships. It will be critical to analyse the players who are coming to the India Open as I’ll have to compete with quite a few of them in the World Championships as well,” he said. Thapa is among six Assamese boxers who will vie for the title at the upcoming India Open. “I am very excited to get a chance to play in my hometown. Getting a chance to inspire youngsters is a major source of motivation for us. When we first began at the sub-junior level, we used to get inspired by watching our seniors and how they used to play. “Same way, if we too can motivate more youngsters to join our sport, it’s really a blessing for us. Definitely, the North-east is a powerhouse of talent. If such major tournaments keep happening in the North-east, there will be a lot many youths and youngsters who will come up and take up sports as a profession,” he concluded. 35 men and 37 women boxers from India are vying for glory as close to 200 pugilists from 16 boxing powerhouses will participate at the USD 70,000 prize money tournament.last_img read more


Pass It On Worklife advice from Twitter curation director


NEW YORK — Joanna Geary started off as a journalist in the U.K. and now lives in New York, where she is currently Twitter’s director of curation. In that role, she’s in charge of showing users everything from the day’s biggest news events to quirky trends.Geary, 38, spoke with The Associated Press recently about managing people in different time zones and managing a work-life balance. Questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.Q: What does your day-to-day work look like?A: I have direct reports in London, in Toronto, in New York, in San Francisco, in Tokyo and in Sydney (and indirect reports) in Mexico and Brazil. When you’re working away from people, it’s really important to have structured time to see people. So that means that my days get quite elongated.Q: What have you learned about problem-solving over the years?A: The greater the diversity of skills, background and personalities in the room, the more likely it is you’ll come up with the best solution and the best way to implement it.Q: How much do you pay attention to your competition?A: I keep pretty well informed about what’s going on in our industry, but I try not to focus too much on competitor watching. I’ve been in that position before and it can be all too easy to turn yourself into a hostage to other people’s strategies rather than doubling down on understanding your unique value and trying to enhance that.Q: What advice would you give your younger self about managing people?A: You are never, ever going to have all the answers. Most answers are going to come from your team, and your job is to try and create an environment where they are recognized and rewarded for putting them forward. Also, however hard you try, you will mess up. The most important thing is how you deal with that.Q: What advice do you have on how small business owners and others can use Twitter?A: Start small and follow people that you know or are just one or two people removed from people you know. Learn to connect and have conversations with them. A lot of value can often be obtained from expanding your network even by just a little.Q: What do you do for work-life balance?A: I enjoy the time I spend with my husband, family and close friends. Moving to another country has made me value the time I get to spend with them much, much more. I’m also a massive podcast fan, so will often use my commute home as time to listen and decompress.But you’re also talking to someone who back in the U.K. used her free time to start London’s biggest monthly meetup of technologists and journalists. Technology and journalism have always been an interest beyond a job, so I wholly admit the line can be blurred.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press read more


SecretaryGeneral mourns deaths of senior Guatemalan officials


30 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced sadness over the deaths of two senior Guatemalan officials. Interior Minister Vinicio Gómez and Vice-Minister Edgar Hernández were killed in a helicopter crash last week.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban offered his condolences to the Central American nation’s Government, people and the victims’ families, “both personally and for the important work they were doing at the head of the Ministry.”


Apartment evacuated for drug lab


(Updated)Halton police forced the partial evacuation of an Oakville apartment building Monday afternoon — for a drug investigation. The building on Marlborough Crescent — near Sheridan College — is familiar to police. But what they found inside — was definitely a surprise. It was around 1:30 when police responded to a noise complaint on Marlborough court. Someone was running a generator on a 12th floor balcony. There was no one home — but when police entered the apartment — they got a surprise.  Inspector Roger Wilkie is with the Halton Regional Police: “A non-operational meth lab was evident in one of the apartments.”Police then cleared the top four floors of the building — evacuating tenants — until they could assess the risk. It didn’t take them long to determine that there was no immediate danger — but residents were glad they made the effort.Tenants said that with lots of college students in the building — police were occasionally on hand to answer noise complaints. But a drug lab — was a bit of a shock.And so with the apartment secure and no danger to tenants, it appeared that the door had closed on this case — at least for the moment.The single male was then apprehended in the underground parking garage. Police confirmed he was a suspect — but had very little information about his connection to the meth lab upstairs.Some quick police work here — so quick in fact, that police had a suspect in custody before they even had a warrant to search the apartment containing the drug lab. read more


Annan recommends renewing mandate of UN mission in Sudan for a year


In his latest report to the Council on Sudan, Mr. Annan said the role of international partners and donors would never be more important than at the present time, given the challenges in the south and the wider need to address countrywide security sector reform and the resettling of returnees.UNMIS has been engaged in active consultations on a status-of-forces agreement for the south, but despite earlier optimism and pledges of cooperation, consultations with a joint committee of the Government and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) have not yet led to an agreement.While the discussions have addressed a number of important questions, those remaining to be resolved include the key issue of full and unrestricted freedom of movement for UNMIS, which is imperative for the fulfilment of its mandate and was previously agreed in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government and the SPLM/A, he said.As of 5 September, 2,309 military personnel were deployed in the mission area, including 153 military staff officers, 145 military observers and 2,011 troops. The factors that have delayed deployment, however, include the rainy season and the inability of some contractors to meet their deadlines for the delivery of goods and services, including construction materials and the preparation of tented camps.Meanwhile, the parties in Darfur region of western Sudan, especially the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) were to meet Government representatives for talks in Abuja, Nigeria, this week, but grave human rights violations have continued, along with threats to humanitarian operations and little progress at the political level.”Divisions within the rebel movements, particularly SLM/A, are likely to be a challenge during the talks. I strongly urge SLM/A to resolve its internal differences and to attend the sixth round of talks prepared to negotiate and reach agreement on the relevant substantive issues,” he added.Meanwhile, the progress towards holding a face-to-face meeting between the Government in Khartoum and the rebels of the Eastern Front has been slow. UNMIS has been consulting with both parties, Mr. Annan said. read more


Thailand UN rights chief warns against Governments draconian powers


According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on 1 April, the Thai military Government was granted permission to revoke martial law and replace it with extraordinary powers under article 44 of the country’s Interim Constitution. “Normally, I would welcome the lifting of martial law – and indeed strongly advocated for it to be lifted in Thailand,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a news release. “But I am alarmed at the decision to replace martial law with something even more draconian, which bestows unlimited power on the current Prime Minister without any judicial oversight at all. This clearly leaves the door wide open to serious violations of fundamental human rights.”The new powers grant military personnel down to the rank of Second Lieutenant the ability to be appointed as so-called peace and maintenance officers with sweeping law enforcement powers, including to search, arrest and detain without judicial oversight. In addition, they are empowered to conduct any other action as determined by the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO). In the news release, OHCHR explained that Article 44 effectively allows the head of the NCPO, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, to issue “any legislative, executive or judicial order.” For his part, Mr. Zeid voiced unease that the NCPO order also “annihilates freedom of expression” – a concern reiterated yesterday by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye.“It explicitly gives these military peace and order maintenance officers the authority to prohibit ‘the reporting of news’ or sale or distribution of books, publications, or any other medium that ‘may create public fear or are intended to distort news and information to cause misunderstandings which could affect national security or public order,’” the UN rights chief continued. “Freedom of assembly also remains severely curtailed, with heavy punishment earmarked for protesters who gather in groups of more than five.”“I urge the Thai Government to comply with its obligations under international human rights law and promptly restore normal civilian rule of law, as it pledged to do after the coup in May last year,” he concluded. read more


Jonathan Dwyer Arrested Accused of Breaking Wifes Nose Punching


Hard to believe, after all the news around Ray Rice’s potentially career-ending domestic violence case and Adrian Peterson’s child abuse drama, that another NFL player would be photographed in handcuffs for similar charges any time soon. And then there was Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday.Dwyer, from metro Atlanta and Georgia Tech, was was arrested Wednesday for investigation in two altercations that occurred on July 21 and 22 at his Phoenix residence, just days before the Cardinals reported to training camp. His wife left the state after the incidents but came forward a week ago after Dwyer apparently sent suicidal text messages including a photo of a knife.In the first encounter, police say Dwyer attempted to kiss and undress his wife, but she refused. Someone who heard the argument reported the assault to police, who showed up at the apartment but did not make an arrest. Dwyer hid in a bathroom and the wife denied he was in the home because the running back threatened to kill himself in front of her and their child if she told police about the assault, police said.The next day, Dwyer punched his wife with a closed fist on the left side of her face, according to police. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured, police said.As his wife tried to call police, Dwyer grabbed her cellphone and threw it down from the home’s second story. Witnesses told police that Dwyer’s wife said, “I’m calling the police,” as she held her swollen face and clutched her son.During his police interview on Wednesday, Dwyer acknowledged hiding in the bathroom when police responded to the first argument and sending a photo of a knife with suicidal threats. Dwyer denied committing an assault, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home, threw a phone and that his wife bit his lip during the disputes, according to the police report. As he was released from jail Thursday, he said he never hurt his son.The Arizona Cardinals say they first learned of the domestic abuse accusations Wednesday afternoon. Hours later, “the serious nature of these allegations” led the team to deactivate the running back from all team activities.Dwyer was released early Thursday after posting bond, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said. Police said they were carrying out a search warrant at Dwyer’s residence in pursuit of more evidence.The 25-year-old player denied committing any assault against the 27-year-old accuser, police said.Authorities depicted a stormy relationship between Dwyer and the woman that escalated into violence on July 21, four days before the Cardinals reported to training camp.Neighbors heard a fight and called police, who showed up at the residence but left without making an arrest because Dwyer hid in the bathroom, and the woman said she was the only one at the home, Sgt. Trent Crump said.“She said she was in an argument on the phone only,” Crump said.The next day, Crump said, Dwyer snatched the woman’s cellphone and threw it from the second floor of their residence to prevent her from calling police about another dispute.Crump confirmed there was an allegation that Dwyer threw a shoe at or toward the couple’s 18-month-old son. Crump said he couldn’t elaborate on it.Crump said the woman moved out of state with the child but came forward last week and provided police with information about her injuries and text messages indicating Dwyer ”was going to harm himself because of what had been going on.”The NFL has been jolted by domestic violence issues since a videotape surfaced that showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator. Peterson has been deactivated after child abuse charges were filed against him.So, a league that was reeling since the Rice news continues to spiral in a public relations mess. read more


Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 26 2017


Oh, and don’t forgetA UNC player lost a video game an broke his hand, as your Duke fan friend probably already texted to you. Things That Caught My EyeThe Most Improved Player has really improvedWith an average of 36.8 points in the first four games of the season, Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks sure as heck looks like an MVP contender this year. The kid is only 22 years old and is hot off last year’s Most Improved Player award. [FiveThirtyEight]They say there are Angelenos still sitting in post-game traffic to this very dayIt was an 11-inning absurdity Wednesday night in L.A., with a win probabilty chart that causes bona fide whiplash just looking at it. Houston notched their first-ever franchise World Series win in what will go down as an ultimate case study in both why the east coast hates extra innings and also how to perfectly mismanage a bullpen: The Dodgers used nine pitchers in Game 2 after pulling Rich Hill despite throwing just four excellent innings. [FiveThirtyEight]Irish not in control of own destiny, per usualNotre Dame is 6-1 this year, but despite that record and the strong chance that a one-loss team will make the College Football Playoff, they’re still only an 11 percent chance to make the postseason. Indeed, even if they win out — they have a 21 percent chance of doing so — their destiny is still in the hands of others since they won’t have a conference title to bring up in their bid to get in over other one-loss teams. [FiveThirtyEight]32nd time is the charmPenn State (No. 2) faces Ohio (No. 6) this weekend in what will be the biggest Big Ten game of the entire year. It’s a pretty solid rivalry: They’ve played 31 times in the AP ranking era, and 30 of those times one of the two teams was ranked. FiveThirtyEight has Ohio State as the favorite here, with a 61 percent chance to win in Columbus. An Ohio State win would decimate Penn State’s chances of winning the conference and more than halve their chances of making the playoff. A Penn State win, probabilistically speaking, basically ends Ohio State’s season and gives the Nittany Lions a 69 percent chance of making the playoffs. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Golden Knights: pretty good!The Vegas Golden Knights are off to a terrific start, sitting atop the Western Conference at 6-1. By all appearances, Vegas has some of the best talent of any expansion team in NHL history back 1991. The average expansion team since then has put up 57 points in its first season, which is awful: Only four normal teams in the past four seasons did that. [FiveThirtyEight]The return of the kingRoberto Aguayo is a kicker who was drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft by the Bucs. Read that sentence again. Kicker, second round, Bucs. Remember that insanity? Anyway, his NFL debut was not up to second-round drafted Bucs kicker standards apparently and he was cut on national television in a preseason game. Well he’s back, and with no more ridiculous expectations to live up to on the Panthers’ practice squad. I see a winner there. [NFL.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number8 home runsIn a new World Series record, there were eight home runs in Game 2. “Obviously, the balls are juiced,” said Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, and most stats nerds everywhere and also anyone with eyes. [CBS Sports, FiveThirtyEight, FiveThirtyEight, The Ringer, FiveThirtyEight, Seriously there’s a lot of evidence for this on FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: emily:women’s hockey Canada v USA is in boston tonight at BU with a great crowd 🏒 🏒 🏒daniel.levitt:you should really help me write a hockey story as I know v. little. We could maybe do one about the #goleafsgoemily:also Canada won! both teams getting in their groove for the olympics, USA took the first game of what could be 8 games between the two (if you consider 2 possible Four Nations tournament games on top of 6 The Time Is Now tour friendlys), announcers were mentioning some stats of just how many times the two have met and how often they’ve been in Worlds/Olympics finals together. Wonder where they fall on the Big Rivalry list.daniel.levittSo Emily’s writing and editing? Sounds good.emily:(also small hockey update: I did make http://isadammcquaidhealthy.com/)[Check out IsAdamMcQuaidHealthy.com for all your “Is Adam McQuaid healthy?” questions!]Predictions MLB NFL See more MLB predictions See more NFL predictions All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more


The Red Sox Are Probably Going To Be OK


Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed This week, Hot Takedown is checking in with those MLB teams that may have gotten off to a slow start but are starting to show promise. David Samson of CBS Sports thinks run differentials are the most informative data point to look at with a team. Our crew assesses whether that’s the case and what we can best expect from the reigning champions this season.Mike Goodman — managing editor of StatsBomb, co-host of the Double Pivot podcast and a FiveThirtyEight contributor — joins the show to look at the battle for the Premier League title. Manchester City looks poised to repeat as champions, but Liverpool is mere inches away. We break down the probability of each potential outcome in what BBC 5’s Kelly Cates calls “the most unforgiving title run.”Our Rabbit Hole goes deep into the world of unofficial mascots and good luck charms. Ever heard of the San Francisco Giants’ Crazy Crab? Or Hamilton the pig of the Carolina Hurricanes? We hadn’t either, but now we can’t let them go.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:Players say which stats do the best job of evaluating them in this MLB.com story.We’re consulting our MLB prediction model with regularity.And we keep double- and triple-checking our club soccer model. FiveThirtyEight read more


Nick Leeson Im not a motivational speaker THIS GUY is


first_imgI OFTEN GET asked what I do for a living. The question is usually followed by an awkward pause. How best to answer it? Do they mean what did I used to do or what am I doing now?I suppose there is no right or wrong answer. Perhaps the two are inextricably entwined as the way that I derive the majority of my income is through talking about my experiences at the bank many years ago and those since in recovering and rebuilding.Over the years, since my return, I have become a competent after dinner and keynote speaker. I hate to use the words accomplished or good as that is not for me to decide. I speak around the world and have shared the stage with some very famous people and, equally, so many ‘normal’ people who have had fascinating experiences.The words motivational and inspirational are often used when describing a speaker; I am neither. There are many business gurus who are included in this genre, I’ve spoken with and to them and to be honest I just don’t get it. Yes, they’ve had fantastic success and are business people to be admired but most have the personality of a dead fish. I just don’t get how they inspire and motivate.There was a speaker recently though that I did find truly inspirational. I may have had some difficulties in my time but nothing compared to what this man had to endure and eventually overcome.His name meant nothing to me before I met him, although it should have. Our paths would never have crossed other than both being in Gothenburg in Sweden to talk at a conference last month. We were introduced on the 50th floor restaurant of a fairly palatial hotel in the City. He was quiet, very unassuming but the first thing that you notice is that part of his right arm is missing.“The subject of the movie 127 Hours”I suppose that’s not totally unusual but the circumstances in which he lost his arm most definitely are. The gentleman’s name was Aron Ralston; author of the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place and also the subject of the movie 127 Hours. I’d seen the movie. I watched it with my wife but as she persevered I had to give up half way through. I am a complete wimp when it comes to watching movies; I think the PG certification on movies was introduced solely for me. I don’t watch anything that’s scary, has too much suspense or is overly squeamish. This movie had me beat well within the first 30 minutes. I joked with Aron that at least now I might be able to finish the story, listening to him the following day as he addressed the audience.Aron is a fantastic story teller; he graphically recounts how when he was out hiking and descending a slot canyon, a suspended boulder got dislodged, crushing his right hand and pinning him to the wall. As he hadn’t told anybody about his hiking plans he was painfully aware that nobody would be searching for him.As he tells the story, he relives every single moment of it; the pain is clearly etched on his face. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as he recalled the thought processes that he went through, wondering how he would survive on the small amount of water and food that he had on him that day.As he runs out of water on the fifth day he has to start drinking his own urine and use that same urine to soften up the last remaining morsel of burrito that was his only nourishment. He tried and failed to amputate his arm on a number of occasions. He made videos of himself saying goodbye to his family and apologising for things that he had done in the past.On the fifth day, he realised that he may succeed in breaking his radius and ulna bones and continuing the amputation from there. His description of cutting through the nerves in his arm will never leave me. This gruesome act performed, Aron still needed to rappel down a 65-foot sheer wall, one-handed and hike out of the canyon in the hot midday sun before he was truly saved.“This reminds me a lot of the Irish nation”Aron Ralston is a truly inspirational man. In my own way before I have described how we all have the power to survive. Aron is far more proof than I will ever be. As a number of people fainted in the audience I was struck at how easily he moves from the obvious pain that he remembers from those times to how his wit and humour could have people laughing in the aisles.Laughter and humour are very important coping strategies and this reminds me a lot of the Irish nation. With many difficulties to face and the situation getting tougher, I think of the oft-quoted phrase ‘It’ll be grand’.In 2009, Aron got married and his wife gave birth to their first child in February 2010. If you ever have the chance to meet Aron, you will see that the love and affection that he has for his family and especially for that young boy is completely overpowering. I don’t shed a tear often but there are times when we should, this was one of those.Read other columns by Nick Leeson>last_img read more


Forty years later Gay Switchboard Ireland is still needed


first_imgGAY SWITCHBOARD IRELAND is now in its 4oth year of operation and a new website has been launched to mark the anniversary.The phoneline, which began as Tel-A-Friend in 1974, offers support and a listening ear to members of the LGBT community.Gay Switchboard Ireland say that LGBT people regularly face stigma and isolation and point to a 2013 study by the Royal College of Surgeons which said that they are more than seven times more likely to have experienced suicidal ideation.They also say that a recent UK report showed that over 40 per cent of young gay people have considered suicide.Minister for Communications Pat Rabbittee will tomorrow visit the Outhouse LGBT Community Centre on Capel Street in Dublin to launch the new website.“The fact that Gay Switchboard has existed for 40 years demonstrates a need that clearly remains valid today,” Rabbitte said after meeting staff of the phoneline in Leinster House this afternoon.The service runs seven days a week and the volunteers who staff it answer about 2,700 calls each year.Director of Gay Switchboard Tony Cooney said that they have recently expanded their service with a weekly face-to-face drop-in service.“We will shortly commence a series of personal development courses for gay and bisexual men in partnership with the Gay Health Network,” he added.Gay Switchboard Ireland is open seven days a week on 01-872 1055 -and provides confidential listening and support service for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community as well as their friends and family. Read: ‘Legal clarity for surrogate and LGBT parents by year end’ – Shatter >Read: ‘Gay marriage caused floods’ councillor suspended in Britain >last_img read more


Mark Zuckerberg Comic Hits Shelves


first_imgIf you didn’t get enough Zuck in the The Social Network, don’t worry, there’s more Zuck where that came from. The Zuckerberg biography comic book “Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook” should be hitting shelves today.Bluewater Productions, claims the comic shows a “more balanced portrayal” of Zuckerberg than The Social Network. Jerome Maida, the author, says he tried to give context to a complex figure. Expect more Zuckerberg drama about his bad reputation, aloof public persona, and the people he left hurt on his way to stardom.This 48-page giant-sized has even been optioned for an animated film, so be on the look out for that next. Check out you local comic book stores and online for your very own Zuckerberg comic book for $6.99. By the way, Bluewater Productions also recently created the graphic novel “Fame: Justin Bieber,” but you can only get it at Walmart.AdChoices广告last_img read more


Raspberry Pi available February 20 check out the datasheet now


first_imgIf you were looking forward to getting your Raspberry Pi $25 (or $35) PC soon, it looks like you have a little bit longer to wait. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just announced that the production of their boards has hit a slight delay and that the first set of units will not be ready until February 20th. Once they are done they will be shipped (via air transit) to the UK where they will undergo the final stages before being sold and shipped out. Details about the delay were sparse, but the announcement noted that the quartz crystal package the Raspberry Pi board uses has been replaced by a different model in China — where the RasPi is produced — so inventory for that specific part is low. The good news is that while there was a delay new inventory has been found and production has resumed (or at least will resume). That wasn’t the only announcement from the Foundation today — they also have presented followers of the project with Broadcom’s datasheet for the BCM2835 SoC. This is, as you’ll recall, the heart of the Raspberry Pi board and the part that allows it to do all the great feats we’ve seen it do so far, like play CD-quality audio, run Quake III, and playback HD video. The BCM2835’s datasheet (PDF) is quite dense, so don’t expect to hop right in unless you are IEEE-certified. This abbreviated datasheet is 205 pages long, so while it probably has a lot of great information in it, it’s a bit hard to parse. (We’ll report back if we see anything notable!)via Raspberry Pilast_img read more


The Pixar Game or Hot Takes 101


first_imgStay on target The first Incredibles is far and away my favorite Pixar movie, one of my favorite superhero movies period. So suffice it to say I’m pretty bummed to hear from our own MovieBob that the sequel doesn’t live up to those high standards. But I can’t say I’m surprised. It’s not like we still live in a world in which famous ode to Nascar Cars is the only mediocre outlier (if super profitable) in a lineup of otherwise impeccable Pixar films.Remember that world, though? Remember that run from 1995 to 2010 when literally every Pixar movie besides Cars was a masterpiece? They were all so good disliking even one of them could get you labeled as some kind of monster. And in a film school full of students developing sophisticated opinions on cinema, Pixar formed the basis of our favorite way to get mad at parties. This is The Pixar Game, or, Hot Takes 101.Recent, less-than-stellar movies have complicated the rules somewhat, but the gist of The Pixar Game is this. Out of the good Pixar movies (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, and Inside Out) players explain which one is their least favorite and why. Beginners tend to hedge their bets by saying something like “Oh I still love Monsters, Inc., it’s just not my absolute favorite.” But the real goal is to elicit a needling response like “Finding Nemo is Actually Bad because I don’t care about fish.” That’s my go-to answer by the way. Revel in being a dream-crushing jerk.The beauty of The Pixar Game is that with enough players, any answer is bound to totally piss somebody off or make someone else feel like they’re not alone for having the ostracizing opinion they have. For example, I’ve learned that some of my friends are idiots who somehow don’t like The Incredibles. Meanwhile, other friends have also realized the truth that after the opening, Up is kind of eh.But more importantly, by encouraging people to develop and defend short, blunt, intense, bizarre, hardline, and contrarian opinions out of nowhere, The Pixar Game is the perfect gateway drug to the concept of “Hot Takes,” the new lingua franca online. If you can understand how somehow can explain why Toy Story 2 sucks, you can understand how someone could tweet about cats causing white genocide.Also, when the contrarian arguments are genuinely well-constructed, you could be exposed to critical opinions that you may have never considered. This is why the game appeals to me as a critic and why we liked playing it while learning how to thoroughly analyze films at college. It the same reason why reviews, reviews you agree with or especially ones you don’t, are valuable to you as one who appreciates art. Anything that gets you thinking more about why you like or dislike art can only be a good thing. Go watch Ratatouille again.Pixar movies work well for this game because they’re great, most people have seen them and have opinions on them, and the idea of randomly hating on delightful and harmless children’s cartoons is funny. But feel free to adapt The Pixar Game to whatever topics work for you and your friends. Turn it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe Game (The Avengers is Bad) or the Nintendo First Party Franchise Game (Stop whining about Metroid: Other M). From food to music to the weather to the merits of Shakespeare in school, there’s literally no topic too meaningless to have a hot take on.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Disney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify HubWatch These Movies Before ‘Toy Story 4’ last_img read more


Pedro wants a swift Chelsea reaction


first_imgChelsea midfielder Pedro Rodriguez feels the club may be in crisis if they fail to recover from their recent run of bad results.The Blues were eliminated from the FA Cup on Monday night after a 2-0 loss on their patch to rivals United, which didn’t go down well with a section of fans in the club.Swedish side Malmo is next on the line in the second leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie on Thursday, before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.And former Barca winger Pedro admits the club needs to return to winning ways.“There is an important game in the Europa League for us, and after the final against City,” Pedro told Chelsea’s official website.“The most important thing now is to stay calm, train really hard and recover our best football and our best feeling, because if not we are in trouble.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.’The most important thing now is to stay calm, train really hard and recover our best football and our best feeling.’ – @_Pedro17_ https://t.co/spshoYl2bX— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 19, 2019“It was a very bad day for us, for all the team (against United). It’s a difficult situation. In the first half we played very well, we created chances to score one goal, but they had two situations and scored two goals.“The most important thing was to do a good job creating chances with the ball in the second half, but we couldn’t do it and for this reason, it was so difficult for us to come back.”last_img read more


Rescued olive ridley sea turtle transported to SeaWorld San Diego


first_imgRescued olive ridley sea turtle transported to SeaWorld San Diego January 26, 2018 Posted: January 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A rescued, endangered olive ridley sea turtle was flown into San Diego Friday afternoon after it was found stranded on an Oregon beach last October.Coral was transported to San Diego by the U.S. Coast Guard and she’ll be receiving long-term rehabilitative care at SeaWorld. Since her rescue more than three months ago, Coral has been provided expert critical care by the Seattle Aquarium.The mature female sea turtle was flown on a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to Naval Base Coronado (Naval Air Station North Island) where she was received by the SeaWorld Rescue Team and taken to the park’s Animal Health and Rescue Center where she will continue her rehabilitation.Coral weighs about 75 pounds and is estimated to be between 18 and 25 years old. She was found stranded Oct. 20, 2017 by a member of the public on a beach near Salishan on the Oregon coast.When rescued, she was emaciated, weak and suffering from hypothermia. She was transported to the Seattle Aquarium, Washington state’s only sea turtle rehabilitation facility, arriving in critical condition.  The Aquarium’s zoological staff immediately began lifesaving medical treatment including addressing serious bacterial infections.Over the past three months, Coral has been gradually recovering and is ready to begin her next phase of rehabilitation at SeaWorld San Diego.  It is hoped that she can be returned to the ocean in late summer or early fall when the ocean temperature off the Southern California coast is stable around 70 degrees. Olive ridley turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. They are found throughout the Pacific Ocean, although they mostly occur in the tropical and subtropical areas.They generally venture no further north than Southern California on the eastern Pacific coast, but they do occasionally occur in temperate regions including the relatively cold waters of Oregon and Washington coasts. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 5:16 PM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SeaWorld San Diego FacebookTwitterlast_img read more