Arcata >> The hugs on the Humboldt State side of the field when the clock struck triple zeroes were not in celebration of what just happened over the course of the previous three hours.The Jacks were only able to celebrate a few times on Saturday afternoon, not storm the field after winning a second Great Northwest Athletic Conference title in the last three seasons.Instead, No. 16 Humboldt State’s 42-28 loss to No. 7-ranked Central Washington saw the Jacks’ 2017 season come to a close in …
Forest preservation is necessary to safeguard Jamaica against the impact of weather-related activities. Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, says Jamaica’s ability to withstand the effects of future natural disasters depends greatly on increased efforts nationwide to preserve the environment.Speaking at the Forestry Department’s inaugural Forest Heroes Awards presentations at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on Thursday (October 17), Mr. Pickersgill stressed the need for citizens to become dedicated “stewards” of environmental preservation by, among other things, planting more trees.He noted that forest preservation is necessary to safeguard Jamaica against the impact of weather-related activities such as hurricanes, the overall effects of climate change, and land slippages, among other occurrences.“The loss of forest cover, not just here in Jamaica, but worldwide, presents a ‘clear and present danger’ to our survival,” he said. “Our forests are (also) directly related to our livelihoods as they provide medicines, wood, water, and almost every natural (provision) around us.”In this regard, Mr. Pickersgill urged that the nation act with urgency to implement measures that will preserve the island’s forests, adding that “one of the best ways is to plant more trees”.The Minister pointed to scientific predictions warning of the possible ‘climate departure’ being experienced by several cities globally, including Kingston, by 2023. This, unless action is taken to mitigate the effects of climate change.Climate departure is a scientific term referring to significant changes in average temperature levels, either in a specific location or globally, consequent on the severity of climate change-related occurrences.Meanwhile, Mr. Pickersgill commended the Forestry Department for its work over the past 75 years in promoting awareness, across the society, of the importance and relevance of forests to the nation.“(I also) commend your efforts to ensure that members of the public are empowered to see themselves as stakeholders, and are tangibly involved in preserving our forests,” he stated.Four categories of awards were presented to two persons and two organizations by the Department, in recognition of their contributions to environmental protection.Retired quantity surveyor, Dalkeith Hanna, received the Private Forestry Award, while journalist, Petre Williams Raynor, was recognised in the Media and Communication category.The Community Forestry Award was presented to the Dolphin Head Local Forest Management Committee in Hanover, while the Lion’s Club of Mona, St. Andrew, walked away with the Non-profit Organization Award.The Forest Heroes Awards were organized by the Forest Department as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations this year, being held under the theme: ‘Protecting our forests, Sustaining Lives…70 years and Beyond’.Chief Executive Officer and Conservator Forests, Forestry Department, Marilyn Headley, said the awards are agency’s gesture to acknowledge persons and groups whose work has contributed positively to forestry and general environmental preservation.She remarked that the awards aim to honour the recipients and provide them with heightened visibility that will enable them to promote and, where possible, expand their reach. This, she added, by sharing their knowledge and experience with other persons and organizations committed to carrying on the mantel of forest preservation stewardship.An agency of theMinistry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change,the Forestry Department is responsible for the management and conservation of the country’s forest resources. Climate departure is a scientific term referring to significant changes in average temperature levels. Jamaica’s ability to withstand the effects of future natural disasters depends greatly on increased efforts. Story Highlights
January 31, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (AP)- California Gov. Gavin Newsom praised San Diego County for providing a shelter for asylum seekers and said Thursday he wants the state to set up an emergency fund of $25 million to address what he has called an humanitarian crisis created by the federal government.Speaking during a visit to San Diego on Thursday, Newsom told reporters that $5 million should be made available this year – mostly to help San Diego’s shelter.He said his proposal is worded “loosely” to allow for flexibility in the spending but he believes the money is needed for a problem that will not be going away in the near future.The most immediate needs for now are in San Diego County, where humanitarian groups say they have aided more than 5,500 asylum seekers after the U.S. federal government started releasing migrants onto the streets.The humanitarian organizations have been running a shelter for asylum seekers out of churches and other locations but the groups have had to move five times.San Diego County officials on Tuesday agreed to allow an unused courthouse to be used as a shelter for asylum seekers. Most stay between 12 to 48 hours at the shelter before arranging airfare or bus tickets to their final destinations with relatives or sponsors.The U.S. started returning some asylum seekers to Tijuana, Mexico, this week after reaching an agreement with Mexico to allow them to remain there while their cases wind through the courts, which could take months or years. But Mexico so far has said no children will be allowed to be returned. The San Diego shelter has served only families.Newsom said lawmakers will discuss the proposed emergency fund Monday.Since taking office in January, Newsom has taken a more active role in border and immigration affairs than former Gov. Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, who supported limits on cooperation with federal deportation agents but joined President Donald Trump’s mission to deploy the National Guard to the border on condition that troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement.Newsom told reporters Thursday his administration would be reviewing the work the troops have done but stopped short of saying whether he would pull back the National Guard troops altogether or reduce the number on the border.“I’ve been very open and honest and transparent and my anxiety around the original agreement and my desire to as they say turn the page,” but he added “conditions on the border are changing. The Guard are working in many different capacities. Some may be appropriate, from my humble perspective, others may be less so.”Full press conference: AP, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics, Trending FacebookTwitter AP, KUSI Newsroom, Gov. Newsom in San Diego to discuss relief, aid for asylum seekers Posted: January 31, 2019
Washington, D.C. — DOD is open to new ways of doing business and community leaders should continue to reach out to officials at the installation level with ideas for partnerships or other ways of providing mission support. That was the overarching message John Gibson II, the Pentagon’s first chief management officer, delivered during a question-and-answer session Tuesday at the Defense Communities National Summit. Under the current administration, the department has shown a willingness to do things differently as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has pressed senior leaders to look for creative and innovative approaches to carrying out their responsibilities. And that receptiveness to new ideas from communities and the private sector has permeated to the local level, Gibson said. He urged communities to persist in their efforts to engage installation officials. “Keep doing what you’re doing,” he said. “You have a more fertile environment than I think we’ve ever seen.”There are tremendous opportunities for communities to support neighboring installations on functions related to facilities, Gibson said, but local leaders shouldn’t limit their engagement to such issues. The department could benefit from input regarding its core mission of national security as well.ADC Vice President Joe Driskill, who moderated the session, started by asking Gibson about some of the specific reform initiatives he is pursuing. As chief management officer, Gibson’s primary duty is reforming DOD’s business operations. He is focusing on business activities that are common throughout the department which could be carried out more efficiently, such as real property management. To streamline those activities, a team will look at excess capacity and services contracting, Gibson said. The department also will look to other federal agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration, to identify better approaches to managing its real property.DOD photo by Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
File photo: BSSThe nation has taken all out preparations to celebrate the 48th Independence and National Day today, Monday.This year the nation is celebrating the day amid much enthusiasm, fanfare and pride as the historic 7 March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman got the prestigious place in the world’s documentary heritage.In October last year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) included the speech in the Memory of the World International Register – a list of the world’s important documentary heritage. This recognition has taken the country’s status to a new stature in the global context.The country this year has also achieved a milestone progress in socio-economic development.The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the United Nations on 15 March officially declared the eligibility of Bangladesh for graduating from the Least Development Countries (LDCs).The nation is also celebrating the success in festivity, which will continue till 28 March across the country.Amid this success and festivity, tributes will be paid to the martyrs and veterans of the liberation war on the Independence and National Day today.The National Memorial at Savar will be the main venue of the celebration of the day where president Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will place wreaths early in the morning as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs.Families of Bir Shreshthas, war wounded freedom fighters, members of the diplomatic corps, leaders of different political parties, social, cultural and professional bodies and people from all walks of life will also lay wreaths at the national memorial in the morning.Every year, 26 March brings the most tragic reminiscence of the history’s blackest episode that heralded a nine-month bloody ordeal from the night following 25 March, 1971 in achieving the long-cherished independence on 16 December the same year at the cost of a sea of blood.In the wake of the military crackdown, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who became the undisputed leader of the then Pakistan following the massive victory of his party, Awami League, in the 1970 general elections, declared independence of Bangladesh through the then EPR (East Pakistan Rifles) wireless at 00-30 hours on 26 March (the night following 25 March) in 1971 at his historic Road-32 residence at Dhanmondi here.The great leader also called upon the people to build up strong resistance against the Pakistani barbaric occupation forces.The Pakistani military junta, in a bid to stop the legitimate movement of the Bangalees, arrested Bangabandhu on that night following his declaration of independence.Later, Bangabandhu was taken to the then West Pakistan where he had to spend long nine months in a dark condemned cell.Bangabandhu wrote down the declaration of independence soon after the Pakistani army cracked down on the fateful night of 25 March, 1971.The declaration of independence was soon put on air by wireless. The declaration was first broadcast by Awami League leader MA Hannan from Kalurghat Radio Station in port city Chittagong on 26 March, 1971.However, on 27 March, 1971, the then major Ziaur Rahman announced the proclamation of independence on behalf of great leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the same radio station.The Pakistani military junta in their monstrous outburst unleashed a bloody holocaust breaking the silence of the night following 25 March in 1971 when they mercilessly killed hundreds of innocent sleeping Bangalees including teachers, students, police, soldiers, pedestrians and rickshaw- pullers here.The nation soon launched the War of Liberation at the call of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the early hours of 26 March.Bangladesh emerged as an independent and sovereign country on 16 December, 1971 with the surrender of the Pakistani occupation forces, who killed three million innocent Bangalees, perpetrated atrocities on 200,000 Bangalee women and burnt down lakhs of dwelling houses across the country during the nine-month war.On the eve of the day, president Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will issue separate messages, highlighting the significance of the day in building Bangladesh a prosperous nation.The day’s programmes will be heralded with a 31-gun salute early in the morning as a mark of respect to the heroic struggle of this nation, which suffered a protracted subjugation under foreign rules from time to time till achieving their coveted Independence in 1971.The nation will also pay glowing tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and valiant sons of the soil whose supreme sacrifices freed the country from the of Pakistani bondage.The day is a public holiday.The national flag will fly atop all government and private buildings while all streets and important city intersections will be tastefully decorated with national and multi-coloured miniature flags and festoons. Important buildings and establishments as well as city streets and islands have already been illuminated with colourful lights.The government has taken a programme to sing the country’s national anthem ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ written by Rabindranath Tagore in correct form at 8:00am across the country and Bangladesh missions abroad on the Independence Day.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the nation to sing the national anthem at the main programme at ‘Jatiya Shishu Kishore Samabesh’ to be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium.National dailies will bring out special supplements while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private radio stations and television channels will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.Special prayers will be offered at all mosques, temples, churches and other places of worship across the country seeking divine blessings for the eternal peace of the departed souls of Father of the Nation, four national leaders, martyrs of the war of liberation and all other patriotic sons of the soil.Improved diets will be served to the inmates of hospitals, jails, old homes and other public institutions to mark the day.Different political parties as well as socio-cultural and professional organisations have drawn elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.
People suffering from medical conditions causing low levels of oxytocin – love hormone – perform worse on empathy tasks, reveals a new research.Oxytocin is often referred to as the ‘love hormone’ due to its role in human behaviours including sexual arousal, recognition, trust, anxiety and mother-infant bonding. It is produced by the hypothalamus – an area of the brain that controls mood and appetite – and stored in the pituitary gland, a pea-sized organ that sits at the base of the skull. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the study, researchers from the University of Cardiff, Wales, investigated empathic behaviour in people who they suspected of having reduced oxytocin levels due to one of two medical conditions caused in response to pituitary surgery.The findings revealed that CDI and HP groups performed significantly worse on empathy tasks, compared to controls. In particular, CDI participants with the lowest levels of oxytocin produced the worst performances. Researchers said this is the first study which looks at low oxytocin as a result of medical, as opposed to psychological, disorders. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“If replicated, the results from our patient groups suggest it is also important to consider medical conditions carrying a risk of low oxytocin levels,” said Katie Daughters from the University of Cardiff. Further, patients who have undergone pituitary surgery, and in particular those who have acquired CDI as a consequence, may present with lower oxytocin levels. This could impact on their emotional behaviour, and in turn affect their psychological well-being, Daughters added.
Erik Kusma Faye-Lund, a graphics programmer, introduced Zink on Wednesday. Zinc is an OpenGL implementation on top of Vulkan. It is a Mesa Gallium driver that supports OpenGL implementation in Mesa to provide hardware-accelerated OpenGL when only a Vulkan driver is available. Currently, Zink is only available as a source code, distro-packages aren’t available yet. It has only been tested on Linux. To build Zink, one needs to have Git, Vulkan headers and libraries, Meson and Ninja. Also, one needs to build dependencies to compile Mesa. Erik says, “And most importantly, we are not a conformant OpenGL implementation. I’m not saying we will never be, but as it currently stands, we do not do conformance testing, and as such we neither submit conformance results to Khronos.” What Zink may include 1. Just one API OpenGL is a big API and is well-established as a requirement for applications and desktop compositors. But since the release of Vulkan, there are two APIs for essentially the same hardware functionality but both are important. As the software-world is working hard to implement Vulkan support everywhere, this is leading to complexity. One would only require things like desktop compositors to support one API in the future. There might be a future where OpenGL’s role could purely be one of legacy application compatibility. Maybe Zink can help in making the future better! 2. Lessen the workload of GPU drivers Everyone wants less amount of code to maintain for legacy hardware but the drivers to maintain are growing rapidly. Also, new drivers have been written for old hardware. If the hardware is capable of supporting Vulkan, it could be easier to only support Vulkan “natively”, and do OpenGL through Zink. There aren’t infinite programmers that can maintain every GPU driver forever. But maybe with Zink, driver-support might get better and easier. 3. Zink comes with benefits Since Zink is implemented as a Gallium driver in Mesa, there are some side-benefits that come “for free”. For instance, projects like Gallium Nine or Clover could, in theory, may work on top of the i965 Vulkan driver through Zink in the future. In the coming years, Zink might also act as a cooperation-layer between OpenGL and Vulkan code in the same application. 4. Zink could be used as a closed-source Vulkan driver Zink might also run smoothly on top of a closed-source Vulkan driver and still get proper window system integration. What does Zink require? Currently, Zink requires a Vulkan 1.0 implementation and the following extensions: VK_KHR_maintenance1: This extension is required for the viewport flipping. VK_KHR_external_memory_fd : This extension is required for getting the rendered result on screen. Additionally, Erick has also shared a list of features that Zink doesn’t support, which include: Currently, glPointSize() is not supported. Though writing to gl_PointSize from the vertex shader does work. The texture borders are currently black due to Vulkan’s lack of arbitrary border-color support. Currently, no control-flow is supported in the shaders. There is no GL_ALPHA_TEST and glShadeModel(GL_FLAT) support yet. It would be interesting to see how Zink turns out when the features go live! Read more about this news on Kusma’s official website. Read Next Valve’s Steam Play Beta uses Proton, a modified WINE, allowing Linux gamers to play Windows games UI elements and their implementation Game Engine Wars: Unity vs Unreal Engine
MUMBAI — Jet Airways, India’s full-service international airline, is appealing to its Premiere guests with a ‘Great Premiere Sale’.The seven-day, special fare offer will be available for sale across India, effective Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 2017, with immediate travel validity. Under the offer, guests enjoy savings of up to 20% on the lowest prevailing return base fares.The offer is valid for travel only on direct flights on the airline’s international network, for both one-way and return journeys on a first-come-first-served basis. As part of the limited period promotion, JetPrivilege members can also earn JPMiles on the bookings made and can redeem them for flight tickets and other benefits.While onboard, passengers enjoy a choice of their preferred meal under the customized ‘Dine Anytime’ feature, as well as curated audio-video programming with JetScreen, the airline’s inflight entertainment system.For more information go to jetairways.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Jet Airways, Promotions Share Jet Airways’ 7-day international travel sale starts today Thursday, August 31, 2017 Posted by
October 9, 2006 Welcome to the October 1. 2006 workshop participants. Back from left: Angela Truffa, Errin Turner, Jung Ju Lee, David Hutchens and Alfonso Elia. Front from left: Stanford Mandizha and Ilaria Ferraboli. [Photo & text: sa]
Dutch telco KPN has named Joost Farwerch as managing director of its Dutch operations. KPN has also appointed Godert Vinkesteijn as chief financial officer, KPN Netherlands.KPN has set the goal of stabilising its share of the Dutch mobile and fixed-broadband maket by the end of this year and to improve its cost base.Farwerck and Vinkesteijn currently sit on the executive committee of KPN’s home consumer division.