Fort St John RCMP launching Safe Place program to support local LGBTQ

first_imgLocal businesses and organizations are able to participate by placing a decal in their window that clearly identifies the premise as a safe haven and ally for members of the LGBTQ community.In January, Prince Rupert became the first community in Canada with an RCMP-led Safe Place program, and other detachments across B.C. have followed suit.Cpl. Francoeur said that to his knowledge, Fort St. John is the first community in Northeast B.C. to launch the program.Any businesses or organizations can sign up to participate in the Safe Place program by calling Cpl. Francoeur at the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at (250) 787-8100, or by emailing steven.francoeur@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.With files from The Vancouver Sun and CBC News. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is launching a new anti-hate crime program in support of the LGBTQ+ community in the Energetic City.Cpl. Steven Francoeur said that the local RCMP detachment will be starting a Safe Place program in Fort St. John after the program was launched by the Vancouver Police Department ahead of that city’s Pride Festival two years ago.Cpl. Francoeur explained that the Safe Place program offers anyone who feels they are in an unsafe environment a place where they will be welcomed and are able to call the police and wait for officers to arrive.last_img read more

Intelligence unit of the Welikada Prison disbanded

The intelligence unit of the Welikada Prison has been disbanded with immediate effect.The unit was removed following an order issued by the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Athukorale. The Justice Ministry said the decision had to be taken following allegations of corruption and irregularities in the Prisons Department. (Colombo Gazette)

UN experts voice concern over increase in unsentenced detainees in Canada

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, headed by Leila Zerrougui, highlighted concerns over both pre-sentencing detention in the criminal justice system, as well as the detention of asylum seekers and immigrants, at a press conference in Ottawa on the conclusion of a 15-day visit to the country at the Government’s invitation. The team stressed that such detention affected marginalized persons the most.“Detention on remand disparately impacts on vulnerable social groups, such as the poor, persons living with mental health problems, Aboriginal people and racial minorities,” the team said. In addition, they said, Canada’s vast geography often made access to legal counsel difficult for such people, even though the right to counsel is enshrined in law.In regard to the detention of immigrants, the team expressed concern over several aspects of detention under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that hampered the ability of immigrants to seek release from detention, including the lack of a requirement for counsel for their first review hearings. The UN Working Group’s visit, which was mandated by the Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights, included stops at 13 detention centres throughout Canada. In addition to talking to Government officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the members interviewed approximately 150 detainees.The Group will present its final report on Canada to the Commission’s next session, which opens next March in Geneva. It has conducted previous fact-finding missions in countries as diverse as Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Iran, Mexico, Peru and the United Kingdom, it said, and last year visited China, Latvia and Belarus. read more

Automotive Academy to debut at CV Show Skills Centre

The Automotive Academy is to make its debut in the Skills Centre at the heart of this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show and Automotive Trade Show at the NEC.The Skills Centre, open from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 April, will include a host of hands-on vehicle demonstrations, computer simulators and job advice. The Academy is joining other firms and training organisations in supporting this initiative to tackle skills shortages in the automotive manufacturing and engineering, road transport, logistics and aftermarket industries.The Academy will offer a range of advice and guidance on its validated and approved courses that are available to all levels of automotive manufacturing, from shop floor to boardroom and from SMEs to vehicle manufacturers. It will aim to demonstrate in a hands-on, interactive manner, the benefits in quality, cost and delivery performance that can be achieved from its range of lean manufacturing training programmes.Academy chief executive, Dr Alan Begg, said, ‘The Skills Centre at the CV show is a great opportunity to show visitors the whole range of career development available to them, whether they are looking for their first job in the industry, or wanting to develop their own skills. The UK automotive industry has more volume car, commercial vehicle and small and niche manufacturers than any other EU country – a strong message that needs to be more widely appreciated. There are still tremendous opportunities for employment and advancement in the UK. We can only maintain our strong position if we have the very best workers who are constantly improving their skills to globally competitive levels. That is what the Academy is focussed on achieving.’Skills Centre details can be found at: www.cvshow.com/skills.htmClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Big rise in patients falling victim to NHS surgical mistakes

first_imgHealth campaigners have blamed inadequate staffing and pressure in the NHS for a rise in the number of hospital attendances caused by “mistakes” during medical care.Between 2005 and 2015, the number of attendances by patients caused by an “unintentional cut, puncture, perforation or haemorrhage during surgical and medical care” rose from 2,193 to 6,082.Peter Walsh, of the charity Action Against Medical Accidents, said that more complex procedures and better reporting of incidents could also partly explain the rise.”I suspect inadequate staffing and increased pressure at work are also factors,” he told the Daily Mail. Mr Walsh said some surgeons were concerned that their training was not as thorough as it once was.He added: “Of course it is a known risk of surgery that these things happen, but that doesn’t make it OK and much of the time they are really bad errors that are perfectly avoidable.”One of the most common mistakes we hear of during laparoscopic surgery is perforation of the bowel. This is very, very serious and can be fatal if not repaired very quickly.”He also said the the increase was worrying and called for an investigation into its cause.The figures are released annually by NHS Digital. They include patients whose unintentional cut, puncture, perforation or haemorrhage was at a private hospital and who had later been cared for by the NHS.They also include readmissions for ongoing complications related to the damage sustained.In 2014/2015 the NHS carried out 1.6 million more operations compared to 2009/2010. NHS mistakes can lead to human suffering and tragedyDepartment of Health spokesman A Department of Health spokesman said: “NHS mistakes can lead to human suffering and tragedy.”That’s why this government has focused relentlessly on driving up standards through a safer, seven-day NHS, with extra support for staff to speak out honestly when things go wrong, and a tough new watchdog to probe patient incidents – the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

RHS Wisley accuses Highways England of land grab over plan to widen

first_imgAerial view of RHS WisleCredit:Invicta Kent Media/REX/Shutterstock The Walled Garden at RHS Garden Wisley “Wisley is the UK’s centre of excellence for horticulture and horticultural science and helps millions of people to garden and grow plants.”I’m calling on the UK’s army of 27 million gardeners to make it known that a disregard for these important trees and lack of appreciation of the national importance of this garden would not be acceptable if the short-sighted and environmentally damaging option was chosen.”Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said the charity was investing £70 million at the gardens in horticulture, new laboratories and visitor facilities.”It would be criminal for this irreplaceable woodland to be lost when another viable plan would avoid cutting down these century-old trees and still meet the important need to widen the A3,” she said.The role the trees play in mitigating pollution, providing habitat for wildlife and creating a noise and visual barrier must not be underestimated, she added, warning the noise of the A3 without them could impact on visitors and the future of the garden. Five trees identified as “threatened and endangered in cultivation” and huge giant redwoods would be lost if the scheme went ahead, the charity said.The RHS is urging Government agency Highways England to choose the option on the east side, which it said would not take any woodland or fell trees at Wisley. It would also provide better road access to the gardens, which get 1.2 million visitors a year, the charity said. Aerial view of RHS Wisle Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Highways England said the RHS was presenting the “worst case scenario” as if there had been no mitigation and insisted that they took their environmental responsibilities “very seriously”.A spokesman said the current access road to Wisley was “not particularly safe” and often caused traffic to queue onto the A3.The agency has proposed to close that road and build a new access road half a mile down the road as part of improvements to junction 10 of the M25.It is expecting to announce its preferred route within the next month, which is the “starting gun on the planning process.”After that, a detailed design will be submitted to the planning inspectorate before there is another public consultation.Work is not due to start before 2020. The Royal Horticultural Society has warned that one of the UK’s most popular gardens faces losing acres of woodland in a “criminal garden grab” by Highways England.Plans to widen the A3 could result in the loss of 500 trees at RHS Wisley in Surrey, including one planted by the Queen to mark her silver jubilee, and some that are more than 100 years old, it has claimed.RHS ambassador Alan Titchmarsh has called on the UK’s army of gardeners to oppose the plans, saying: “We must stand together and protect our gardens.”The RHS said there were two options to widen the A3, one on the road’s east side, and one on the west alongside the century-old garden.The west option would take out the protective bank of trees which separates the busy road from the trials field where varieties of blooms are assessed, as well as part of the woodland garden, worsening noise and air pollution at the garden. The Walled Garden at RHS Garden Wisley Titchmarsh said: “This potential garden-grabbing plan would be another unacceptable example of this Government’s poor perception of horticulture and lack of appreciation of the vital role that plants play for the environment, for the nation’s health and well-being and for the UK economy.last_img read more

Unvaccinated university students driving rise in mumps cases experts say

Dr Mary Ramsay, PHE head of immunisation, said: “Although it is normal to see mumps outbreaks in universities every few years, we are seeing a significant number of cases, the highest quarterly figure since 2009.”Coupled with the continued measles outbreaks, these figures clearly demonstrate the need for sustained high vaccination rates.”We’re urging parents and their children, no matter how old they are, to check they’ve had two doses of MMR.”Measles is easy to catch and can kill. Vaccines are there to stop the spread of disease and save lives.”It’s never too late to protect yourself and others.”The mumps component of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is effective at protecting young children but immunity can reduce over time. Therefore, older teenagers and adults who received two doses of MMR in childhood can still get mumps although generally in a much milder form than in those who are unvaccinated.The mumps cases in the second quarter of 2019 were reported across England, while measles were confirmed in all regions except the North East.Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said: “Parents have enough to worry about without misleading anti-vaxxers sowing seeds of doubt about vaccines, which remain the best chance we have of protecting our children from potentially deadly illnesses.”These stark rises in mumps and measles cases show that complacency about vaccines is misplaced and dangerous, which is why the NHS is taking action to boost take-up rates and tackle the fake news peddled on social media and elsewhere.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Unvaccinated university students have been blamed for a surge in cases of mumps, after the highest total in a decade was recorded. Some 2,028 cases of mumps were confirmed in the second quarter this year, Public Health England (PHE) said.This is the highest quarterly figure since 2009, PHE said.Nearly half of the mumps cases this quarter were in people who were not vaccinated, and were mostly driven by outbreaks in university students.Cases of measles also increased, with 301 cases confirmed over the same period.Around 88% (266) were in unvaccinated individuals aged 15 and over, PHE said. read more

Dragana Cvijić in Budućnost Podgoricaa

One of the best young line player in the world of women’s handball,  Dragana Cvijić (21) from Krim Mercator, after this season will happiness try to find in Budućnost Podgorica. The best U19 player in the world in 2008, Cvijić is recovering after knee ligaments injury in last October. That is the reason why she missed almost whole season. She came to Ljubljana in summer 2009 from Crvena zvezda Beograd, his first professional team.After Andrea Lekić decided to left Krim and went to Hungarian Gyor, with speculations that Andrea Penezić will move to Danish Viborg, now it is clear that Krim Mercator won’t be so competitive for the EHF Champions League next season.Contract with a team from Podgorica, who achieved CL semifinal this season, will be sign in next few days. ← Previous Story Nemanja Zelenović ready for Celje PL? Next Story → Germans interested in Petar Djordjić? Dragana Cvijić read more

Top marks for students in Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The number of students taking this year’s VCE Greek exam is up from last year. This year, 268 students will sit the exam, an increase of 12 students from last year, according to provisional numbers provided by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment authority. And while the oral part of the examination has been completed, the Victorian students are currently preparing for the written examination on Monday 18 November. In past years, students studying Greek have fared quite well, and Greek is one subject in VCE where the students perform exceedingly well, with the average mark being 75-76 per cent. And most Victorian students are sitting on an A and B+ as their final year 12 results for Greek. John Milides, Principal of the Greek Afternoon Schools of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, and Vice President Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria, attributes this to their, and their parents’, ongoing commitment to learn Greek. “Greek is such a unique subject because students start from grade prep to year 12 and they dedicate four hours of their week attending Greek school on top of their studies,” Mr Milides tells Neos Kosmos. “And we know most of the kids do it in Greek afternoon schools, community schools; there aren’t many subjects that parents dedicate their time to every week for their children for 13 years as they do with Greek, and that’s the reason why the children are doing so well.” He says the number of students studying Greek – 270 – is representative of their desire and interest in the subject. However, he said even when the number of students reached the thousands in previous years, the results were always high. And, he says judging by the attendance to Greek subject seminars – organised by the Greek teachers association – the community can rest assured that interest in the Greek language is high. “This year we had 250 students attend [seminar to prepare them for their VCE Greek exam] compared to last year were only 110 students attended, so there’s a strong feeling that the subject of Greek in year 12 is worth studying and is rewarding culturally and academically with marks.” The trend shows that Greek students are performing well in the exam, and due to this, examiners made last year’s exam harder to see a spread of results, but the results still showed high performance by all 256 students. “Although the exam has gotten harder over the years, the performance of the students is still really good,” says Mr Milides. “The results show that about 80 per cent of the students are performing in the A and B+ range and that doesn’t happen in many subjects in the VCE.” Questions about culture, geography of Greece, history of Greece and questions about Greeks living in Australia – their habits and customs – are the subjects covered in the Greek exam. “The students perform very well in the oral section listening and responding, according to the examiners report,” says Mr Milides. “They also do well in reading and responding but have some trouble in the essay writing so that’s where they need to pay most of their attention to.” Mr Milides says all Greek teachers read the examiners report that is created after all the results have been analysed. By reading this, they can clearly see where the students are suffering and are having difficulties and focus on that in their studies the following years. “Every VCE teacher should be guided to read the examiners report, as they point out where the students went well, what they found hard, and their writing and spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes.”last_img read more

Photographer Creates Camera Lens Out of Ice And It Actually Works

first_img Photos: Animals Rescued From Illegal Trafficking in ColombiaEagle Steals Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air Battle This is one camera that will always take “cool” photos. A photographer has created a working camera lens made from ice taken from an iceberg — and the shots are surprisingly clear.Mathieu Stern said creating an iceberg lens has been his dream for two years. “If glass can focus light, then ice should do it, too,” he said.Stern  first 3D-printed a custom lens body designed to hold ice within as its main lens element. He also hacked an ice ball maker to be able to create optical half spheres. Stern then traveled to Jökulsárlón Beach in Iceland to find the clearest ice possible, which can then be shaped in the ice ball maker.According to the photographer, it took five hours and four attempts to create a working iceberg lens. “The four previous attempts broke in the mold, resulting in a lot of stress and frustration,” he wrote on his website.  The life span of the lens (before it melted) was one minute.“I was amazed by the images I saw on my screen,” Stern said. “Of course they are not sharp or clean like a modern lens, but they are amazing when you know it’s just a piece of ice that focused light.”More on Geek.com:Eerie Underwater Sculptures Help Reef Growth63 Incredible Images of Earth from SpaceListen to the Sounds of an Antarctic Ice Shelf Stay on targetlast_img read more

Ranieri tips Seri to shine at Fulham

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri has described midfielder Jean Michael Seri as a “very important” player for the club and has vowed to help build his confidence.Jean Michael Seri signed for Fulham from Nice for a club record of around £25million in July 2018.The Ivorian was impressive in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday but failed to make much of an impact as they lost 4-1 to United on Saturday.Ranieri believes that once his confidence is back, he can help Fulham stay in the Premier League this season.“It’s important he continues to play because I believe he can improve more,” Ranieri told Sky Sports.“In Nice he played so well two years ago, he was fantastic. In the newspapers it was that Barcelona wanted him.“Maybe he stayed there in Nice and his confidence went down a little – maybe he wanted to go, but he stayed in Nice, and the second year was so-so.The team of OGC Nice line up during the UEFA Europa League group K match between Vitesse and OGC Nice at on December 7, 2017 in Arnhem, Netherlands.Report: Nice has been sold to billionaire Ratcliffe George Patchias – August 27, 2019 French Ligue 1 club Nice has been sold to British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos chemical company.According to the BBC.co.uk, one of…“For this reason, Fulham had the chance to buy him, and for me, he’s a very, very important central midfielder.“He’s a key player because a lot of the play goes through him, and the other midfielders.“This is very, very important, because he always shows for the ball, plays with the ball, and is important for his team-mates.“I give him a lot of confidence, and him to his team-mates. It’s very important to have the confidence of the manager.“He is very, very important. If you [climb] off the bottom, confidence gets higher and we can do something more.”last_img read more

City Council committee voices support for dockless scooter regulations

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday voiced support for a suite of proposed regulations on dockless scooters and directed city staff to draft a fleshed-out version.Mayor Kevin Faulconer introduced the proposed regulations Oct. 18 after the city spent months wrestling with how to both ensure public safety and allow dockless scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor to continue operating in San Diego. Faulconer’s plan would mandate that scooter companies limit the maximum speed of scooters in high-traffic areas of the city, send monthly data reports to the city detailing things like parking and trip information, educate riders on local traffic laws, and indemnify the city for liability for riders injured within city limits. The companies would also have to obtain an annual permit and pay associated operational fees.“The rapid evolution of this industry is evidence of the popularity of dockless mobility devices as great options for folks who would like to leave their car at home,” Faulconer said when he announced the proposal. “As with many disruptive new technologies, there are issues that need to be addressed. First and foremost, public safety is our top priority and that will be reflected in these common-sense regulations.”According to a spokesman for the mayor, Faulconer’s office intends to have the full proposal back before the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee in early January. By that time, new council members could be seated in the wake of the November election. Once the committee approves the full regulatory proposal in early 2019, the full council will then consider it.Councilwomen Barbara Bry and Lorie Zapf, who voted along with fellow committee members Chris Cate and Georgette Gomez in support of the concept, expressed concern about each company’s use and sharing of data with third parties. Zapf suggested that the companies are able to keep ride fares cheap because they make large amounts of money from data sharing. Representatives from Bird and Lime flatly denied the claim.Residents voiced their opposition to the scooters at both the committee session and a meeting of the full City Council last month, when representatives from the three companies reported on ways they’re attempting to make the scooters safer to use in busy areas. One part of the proposal by both Faulconer and the scooter companies is using the GPS information on each scooter to limit speeds from 15 mph to 8 mph in areas like Balboa Park, the downtown embarcadero and various boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla. This “geofencing” technology has been available for roughly six weeks, according to a Bird spokesman, and is already being implemented on the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.Zapf proposed a ban on the use of scooters on city boardwalks last spring, but the City Council voted against the proposal, 6-3.Representatives of the public transit advocacy group Circulate San Diego and Razor USA joined Faulconer on Monday to discuss the proposal.“Razor has a proven track record of working with cities to create shared scooter programs that best address their particular needs. Since we launched in San Diego, we have collaborated with the mayor’s office, City Council and city staff to create a great last-mile solution for the city,” said Razor Government Affairs Manager Brandon Cheung. “We support regulations that will continue to encourage San Diegans to leave their car at home while enhancing rider and pedestrian safety.”Zapf and Bry suggested a similar amendment to the proposed regulations during the committee meeting but Cate nixed it, suggesting that there will be time to add amendments at a later date either during a full council meeting or when the proposal returns to committee. Zapf also expressed support for adding larger notifications on the scooters about local and state traffic laws.“I don’t want people to be surprised, we don’t want to ding our tourists,” she said. “I’m not trying to be the fun police, I’m trying to be the safety police and I think there’s definitely a place for scooters … when responsible riders are riding them and they’re going to work and they’re doing the last mile.”Bry said: “We’re already behind in getting something done. You understand the concerns that Councilmember Zapf and I have about their use in certain areas, so I think that needs to be looked at when we reconvene with a fuller framework to look at.”Gomez said a lot of backlash to the scooters is due to riders using sidewalks because of a lack of suitable infrastructure to safely park and ride them on the street.“I cannot stress that we need the infrastructure for safer mobility because it’s not going to get solved by today’s actions,” Gomez said. “I think it’s a step in the right direction, but at the end of the day, if we are not creating paths for people to take, they’re going to take what’s safe.” October 24, 2018 Posted: October 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, City Council committee voices support for dockless scooter regulationslast_img read more

Governor visits VicePresident residence

first_imgNellore: Governor of Andhra Pradesh Biswabhusan Harichandan visited the city for participating in the convocation of the Vikrama Simhapuri University (VSU) on Sunday along with the Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu and returned to Vijayawada due to the cancellation of the programme. He landed at Police Parade Grounds in Nellore at 11.50 am where Industries Minister M Goutham Reddy, IG Vineet Brijlal, Collector MV Seshagiri Babu, SP Rastogi, Vice-Chancellor of VSU Prof R Sudarsana Rao and others welcomed him. He reached R&B Guest House where Tirupati MP B Durgaprasada Rao, former Minister Dr Kamineni Srinivas, and others met him formally. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us After coming to know that former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away, varsity officials cancelled the programme as the Vice-President rushed back to Delhi for offering tributes to the departed leader. The Governor formally visited the residence of the Vice-President in city and interacted with M Usha, wife of Venkaiah and his daughter Deepa. He had lunch in Venkaiah’s residence along with the senior officials and left for Vijayawada.last_img read more

The DecadeOld HP TouchPad Is Still Getting Android Updates

first_img Google Pixel Phones Talk to 911 For YouAndroid Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit Porn Stay on target At its original retail price, the HP TouchPad never gained much traction. When the company pulled the plug and the tablet started selling for less than a hundred bucks, people went nuts.Hardware hackers in particular couldn’t get their hands on one fast enough. Shortly after they’d all been snapped up, Android ROMs started appearing for the TouchPad.The better part of a decade has passed and the updates just keep on coming. Liliputing’s Brad Linder reports that an xda-developers user recently uploaded a TouchPad-friendly version of the Android 9 Pie Evervolv ROM.Just one day later, another user uploaded a second Android 9 ROM for the TouchPad.That’s right. Hardware enthusiasts tinkering with the practically-dead-before-it-launched HP TouchPad (which you might recall actually shipped with webOS) put together a largely functional port in about ten months. Bluetooth and camera support are still being worked on, but both ROMs are reportedly pretty solid otherwise.Let’s compare that to, say, LG. LG is a multi-billion-dollar electronics OEM that created a dedicated Global Software Upgrade Center last spring to streamline the process. They finally managed to release an Android 9 update for one of their phones late last week.There are plenty of other smartphone companies in the same boat as LG, of course. And beyond taking a really, really long time to push out new versions of Android to their devices they also tend to stop offering them altogether after just a couple of releases.With the kind of hardware most phones and tablets are running these days, it’s hard to accept the collective lack of effort. It’s a frustrating reality, especially when news surfaces that a tablet that went on sale in 2011 appears to be more than capable of running Google’s latest OS.Thankfully there are legions of hard-working independent developers out there who are willing to help us squeeze a little more life out of our devices.More on Geek.com:Apple Updates iPad, iPad Mini for First Time in YearsWatch: Robots Test Samsung Galaxy Fold 200,000 TimesHP Is Making Cartridges From Trashed Pop Bottleslast_img read more

Education social networking site Edmodo to open API to third party developers

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Edmodo, the leading education centric social networking site has announced that it is opening its Application Programming Interface (API) to third party developers in a bid to entice more teachers to use the site. Edmodo is a Facebook-like site that is restricted to teachers, parents, students and school districts and is used primarily as an online tool between teachers and their students. It currently has a user base of approximately six million. By opening up their API, Edmodo is hoping to increase that number and to profit from its take on the applications that are created and sold for the platform. Citation: Education social networking site Edmodo to open API to third party developers (2012, March 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-social-networking-site-edmodo-api.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Press release Teachers admit to bullying studentscenter_img Explore further Edmodo was founded in 2008 by Nicolas Borg and Jeff O’Hara and is based in San Mateo California. It’s currently available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Greek and French and as a result is used by educators and students across the globe. To use the site, teachers create an account for themselves that includes a profile and a means for adding all of the students in a class. After that, teachers and their students can communicate back and forth, quizzes can be given, grades posted (privately) and questions can be asked and answered. The whole point is to facilitate a process outside of the normal learning environment of the classroom to allow both teachers and their students a secondary avenue for reaching goals in the educational process.By opening up their API, Edmodo will allow third party developers to create apps for the site that can be used in ways very similar to those users see on Facebook, except of course, the apps on Edmodo will all be aimed specifically at helping teachers teach, and students learn. To make sure that happens, Edmodo has created a sister site called the Teacher-Developer Exchange that provides a mechanism for teachers and developers to communicate with one another directly.To get the ball rolling, Edmodo has also announced that 35 initial apps are already available for download from its own apps store, some of which are free, while some are not. Edmodo gets a fifteen percent cut on each app sold. Apps are expected to range from learning games for the students, to addendums to textbooks, to processes that help teachers create and manage their lesson plans. What’s not clear yet is whether school districts will get in on the act and pay for the apps that teachers want to use or if Edmodo will offer discounts for school districts that do so. © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Can Big Science Be Too Big

first_img— Modern science is largely a team sport, and over the past few decades the makeup of those teams has shifted, from small groups of collaborators to ever larger consortiums, with rosters far longer than that of the New England Patriots. Answering big questions often requires scientists and institutions to pool resources and data, whether the research involves detecting gravitational waves in deep space, or sorting out the genetics of brain development. Psychologists have found that people working in larger groups tend to generate fewer ideas than when they work in smaller groups, or when working alone, and become less receptive to ideas from outside. Why that would be isn’t entirely clear, but it runs counter to intuition, said Suparna Rajaram, a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University. Read the whole story: The New York Timescenter_img But that shift has prompted scientists to examine the relative merits of small groups versus large ones. Is supersizing research projects the most efficient way to advance knowledge? What is gained and what, if anything, is lost?last_img read more

Vivaldi 16 ships with tab improvements

first_imgVivaldi 1.6 ships with tab improvements by Martin Brinkmann on December 15, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: June 27, 2017 – 12 commentsVivaldi Technologies has released Vivaldi 1.6, a new stable version of the up and coming web browser to the public earlier today.The new browser ships with a bunch of tabbed browsing improvements, fixes, and core updates.I’m keeping a close eye on Vivaldi as I like where this browser is headed. New stable versions are released regularly by the small team, and development progresses in a good pace all in all.The next year will be an exciting one for Vivaldi Technologies, as the company plans to release the first mobile Vivaldi version and the promised email client then.Vivaldi 1.6We reviewed the first new feature that Vivaldi ships with already. Title Tab Notifications improve how notifications are shown in the browser’s tab bar.Some sites, Twitter and Facebook for instance, change the title of the page by adding numbers in front of the title that indicate the number of unread notifications on the site.This may remove part of the site’s title. Vivaldi 1.6 tries to detect those title changes to move the notification to a counter attached to the tab without affecting the page title. Also, counters are supported on pinned tabs and regular tabs.The next feature that is new enables you to rename tab stacks in the browser. I tried the installed version and a new portable version of Vivaldi 1.6, and both did not show the “rename tab stack” option.I read that the feature is broken in German, but both installations used English as the interface language.I noticed that the feature is not enabled by default. You need to enable it with a click on Vivaldi > Tools > Settings > Tabs > Allow Tab Stack Renaming.What it enables you to do is rename the tab stack so that it shows text you select instead of the page title in the tab bar. This can be useful if you need better identification of the tab stack and don’t need the page title of the selected tab of the stack to be displayed.We have reviewed the third new tab related feature previously as well. Tab selection by domain enables you to quickly select all tabs of the same domain. To make use of this simply hold down the Ctrl-key on the keyboard and double-click on any open tab. All open tabs of the same domain will be selected then.This is useful as you can now drop the to a new window, bookmark them all, or create a tab stack.The new Vivaldi 1.6 ships with improvements and fixes in many areas including reader mode, extensions, bookmarks, interface, and search.You can read all about the changes over on the Vivaldi website.Now You: What’s your take on Vivaldi 1.6 and the browser in general?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 16 votes Software Name Vivaldi 1.6Software Category BrowserLanding Page https://vivaldi.net/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Earlybooking savings of up to 2000 on Crystal River and Yacht Cruises

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> LOS ANGELES — Crystal River Cruises’ and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ is offering early booking savings applicable to all itineraries within a calendar year. For bookings made by March 31, 2017, guests can save up to US$2,000 per suite on Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises and up to $1,000 per suite on Crystal River Cruises.In 2018, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ Crystal Esprit will sail a full season in the West Indies, with voyages sailing roundtrip from Marigot Bay and the Caribbean. Crystal River Cruises’ fleet will include five luxury river yachts: Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Ravel and Crystal Mozart. The 106-guest capacity sister river yachts will explore the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers with ports in the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary, plus hubs in Vienna, Frankfurt, Budapest and Basel.For 2018 voyages, all-inclusive fares start at $4,750 per guest for Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises and $2,975 per guest for Crystal River Cruises.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“The value of this savings proposition is tremendous, when you consider the breadth of luxury amenities and experiences included in the already value-packed Crystal Experience” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s chairman, CEO and president. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for travellers to relish the latest experiences within the Crystal portfolio, with savings offered for even brand new vessels and itineraries.”Guests will experience all-suite, butler-serviced accommodations, gourmet cuisine, unlimited wines and spirits with a selection of complimentary shore excursions in every port. The 62-guest Crystal Esprit offers a private yacht atmosphere with a private marina, plus the industry’s first private submarine, as well as access to exclusive ports not reachable by larger ocean vessels. Crystal River Cruises’ river ships feature spacious suites with king-sized beds that face toward the windows, walk-in closets, multiple eateries onboard and an indoor swimming pool. For more information, visit crystalcruises.com. Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Crystal Cruises, Luxury Travel, Promotions, River Cruising Early-booking savings of up to $2,000 on Crystal River and Yacht Cruises Thursday, February 2, 2017 last_img read more

Top investigative editor Giannina Segnini quits La Nación after 20 years

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican investigative reporter, data journalism pioneer Giannina Segnini wins prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Prize President Solís laments media criticism; analysts say it’s nothing new Government backpedals on media reform bill amid outcry Costa Rica’s Solís authorizes strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing Just months after Costa Rica’s leading daily La Nación fired one of its top investigative reporters, investigative editor and data journalism pioneer Giannina Segnini has resigned over a management dispute just days after the country’s presidential elections. She worked at La Nación for 20 years.Segnini, 43, a 2001-2002 Harvard Nieman Fellow and winner of the prestigious García Márquez Award for Excellence in Journalism, helped bring the practice of data journalism – which relies on scientific analysis of data she and her team collect from public agencies – to Latin American newsrooms.According to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, “Under Segnini’s leadership, La Nación’s investigative team has disclosed 10 cases of international corruption, including the Alcatel bribery scandal and a Finnish bribery case that sent two former Costa Rican presidents to jail.”Those presidents are Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier (1990-1994) and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (1998-2002), both from the once powerful, and now-weakened, Social Christian Unity Party.Rodríguez always has maintained his innocence, and the statute of limitations on the charges expired while the case was under appeal. Calderón’s case still is under appeal.Segnini also obtained scores of WikiLeaks cables from open-information advocate Julian Assange, which were the source of several La Nación stories.Her resignation adds to an ongoing controversy at the newspaper over its coverage of the recent presidential and legislative elections, and a decision by directors not to publish an election poll by the firm UNIMER.In a statement to colleagues, Segnini cited the closing of spaces for independent journalism in recent weeks and years as one of the reasons she decided to leave:“The spaces to conduct independent journalism – for which I’ve been grateful and of which I’ve taken advantage at La Nación for 20 years – have been consistently shrinking in the past two years, and especially in the past three weeks. A series of editorial decisions by this newspaper that were based on reasons I consider far from journalistic have made it impossible for me to continue working for this company.“Due to the respect I have for my colleagues in the Investigative Unit, my journalism colleagues, and the many years I worked for La Nación, I will issue no further comments about the circumstances of my departure,” Segnini wrote.Segnini is featured on the cover of January’s edition of Perfil, a variety magazine published by Grupo Nación. In that interview, Perfil asked Segnini if there are moments when a journalist should negotiate content that could affect business interests. Segnini responded:“For me there is no such balance. Whatever I discover and can prove is what is published, whomever it may affect.”Her latest project was a four-month data investigation that scrubbed the judicial records of 340 presidential and legislative candidates. On Jan. 19, Segnini’s team – which includes developers, designers, data experts, geographers and investigative journalists – produced a comprehensive interactive app, “#NoVotoACiegas,” that compiled the results of their investigation.The app allows voters to check candidates’ backgrounds, and exposed the criminal records of at least nine legislative candidates. Some of the cases involved accusations of rape, embezzlement, fraud and bribery, among others. Two legislative candidates from the Libertarian Movement Party withdrew from the campaign following the reports.Along with investigative reporter Ernesto Rivera, who was fired by La Nación last year and now works for the University of Costa Rica’s Semanario Universidad, Segnini published in 2005 stories involving former San José mayor and ruling party presidential candidate Johnny Araya and several municipal officials, who the stories linked to illicit payments for a landfill project with a Canadian firm. Araya has denied those allegations.As a young reporter, Segnini also covered the Banco Anglo scandal, which in 1994 involved one of the country’s oldest banks. As a result of mismanagement by bank directors, Banco Anglo shut its doors after losing $100 million, a debt the government was forced to assume. Top bank officials went to jail, and 20 years later, debtors still owe much of that money.Segnini often shared bylines with Rivera, who worked at La Nación for 12 years before he was fired last November. Rivera, who has received a special mention from Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Awards, and who won the Inter American Press Society’s top journalism award, El País’ Ortega y Gasset award, and Transparency International’s Latin American Investigative Journalism Award (three times), said he was surprised by his dismissal.On the same day Rivera was fired, La Nación also fired Carlos Villalobos, who served as the paper’s political editor for a decade.Rivera’s last investigative series for La Nación, along with Segnini, included 18 tax evasion stories involving President Laura Chinchilla’s former finance minister, Fernando Herrero. Those stories prompted Herrero to resign, along with the director of the Tax Administration and Herrero’s wife, Flor Isabel Rodríguez, a former adviser to Chinchilla.La Nación Corporate Director Armando González did not comment on Segnini’s resignation, referring questions to Grupo Nación spokeswoman Antonieta Chaverri. The Tico Times attempted to contact Chaverri by email and phone on Wednesday, but was unable to reach her by press time. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rican exlawmaker Justo Orozco faces another criminal complaint for alleged sexual

first_imgThe Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday confirmed that a second woman has filed a criminal complaint alleging sexual abuse by former Costa Rican Renovation Party lawmaker Justo Orozco Álvarez. The complaint was filed early Wednesday morning over an incident that allegedly occurred on Tuesday, the same day Orozcowas arrested on sexual abuse charges filed by a different victim, who met with the evangelical politician in San José for a job interview.The Prosecutors’ office reported that the case was submitted to the Sexual and Gender-based Crimes Prosecutor for investigation to evaluate if further precautionary measures should be levied against the defendant.Orozco’s lawyer, Hugo Navas, on Thursday evening said he was unaware of the second complaint against his client and that the news has taken him by surprise.The anti-gay former lawmaker, ex-presidential candidate and former head of the Legislative Assembly’s Human Rights Commission will face charges of alleged sexual abuse and deprivation of liberty against a female victim for events that occured in a motel in Pavas, west of the capital, on Tuesday. Orozco said the day of his arrest that he is innocent, calling the situation a “misunderstanding” and a “setup” by the alleged victim.Authorities released Orozco from custody at 3:20 a.m. on Wednesday morning with precautionary measures including prohibition from leaving the country pending the outcome of his case, a restraining order and mandatory registration with the court every 15 days.The Tico Times profiled Orozco in 2012. Read that story here. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica ex-lawmaker and anti-gay evangelical Justo Orozco arrested on alleged sexual abuse charges Prosecutors raid Costa Rica lawmaker Justo Orozco’s office in ongoing probe Costa Rica’s Notary Administration investigates lawmaker Justo Orozco Evangelical lawmaker Justo Orozco to preside over commission studying IVF billlast_img read more