Bob Barker Donates 250000 To Wildlife Rescue Rehabilitation

first_imgBob Barker, best known for hosting The Price is Right for 35 years, has donated $250,000 to Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation!From the organization’s Facebook page: “The donation is funded through Barker’s Los Angeles-based DJ&T Foundation, named in fond memory of Bob’s wife, Dorothy Jo and mother, Tilly.“Following up on a funding request from WRR for $5,000 for an avian ventilator, Mr. Barker placed a personal phone call to Lynn during which he mentioned that he had done a little research and found nothing but praise for our organization and our work with animals. He then said he was sending $250,000 to support the purchase of the ventilator as well as many other things he knows we need for all the animals we rescue.”WRR serves the cities of San Antonio, Austin, and all surrounding counties, as well as the entire state of Texas. WRR also provides assistance on a national basis to wild animals in need of rescue. WRR provides a permanent home for a variety of mammals (e.g., wolves, bears, big cats, and primates) and non-indigenous birds and reptiles. Each year over 5,000 animals are brought to WRR, mostly from surrounding areas, but many from around the country; the majority of these were rehabilitated and released or given permanent sanctuary.WRR maintains a 24-hour Emergency Hotline and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is supported by a membership of over 11,000 individuals and is assisted by 150 Volunteers. The organization has a Staff of 20 and anywhere from 8 to 15 Animal Care Interns who come from the U.S. and abroad to work at the Sanctuary and gain experience and training in wildlife rehabilitation and animal care.Find out more here.last_img read more

Shell Canada to release exploratory permits off BC coast

first_img“Releasing these exploration permits can help protect spectacular and environmentally rich areas off Canada’s West Coast where we have no plans to explore for oil and gas,” said Shell Canada President and Country Chair, Michael Crothers. “We saw an opportunity to support marine protection as part of our ongoing efforts to find pragmatic ways to contribute to conservation in Canada while maintaining our robust global exploration portfolio.”The company said that drilling activities it completed in the two basins before the 1972 moratorium had resulted in many oil and gas shows, indicating the potential for hydrocarbon resources in both basins.Given the ongoing moratorium, Shell said that it plans to formally release the permits and work with the federal government on potential investments to support marine conservation efforts in consultation with Indigenous Peoples and environmental groups.The company also announced that it will seek advice from the Nature Conservancy of Canada to determine how releasing these permits might achieve the most effective conservation outcomes.“Effective protection of our coasts, oceans and wildlife requires strong partnerships and collaborative efforts on all sides,” said Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. “Our government is pleased to be working with First Nations partners, the Government of British Columbia and Shell to ensure the Scott Islands remain a thriving hub of biodiversity and marine life for generations to come.” CALGARY, A.B. – Shell Canada announced today that it will be voluntarily releasing 50,000 square kilometres of exploratory permits off the B.C. coast in order to support marine conservation efforts.The acreage covers an area more than one and a half times the size of Vancouver Island and is located in three separate locations in the Queen Charlotte and Tofino basins.Shell’s permit area, which has been under a Federal moratorium since 1972, overlaps with about one-third of the newly-designated Scott Islands National Wildlife Area off the northern tip of Vancouver Island.last_img read more

Lack of funds threatens aid to Pakistans 25 million displaced warns UN

UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York that the new figure, an increase of about 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) over last week’s estimate, was based on numbers collected by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and Pakistani authorities, which are registering people both inside and outside camps.More than two million people have been driven from their homes by clashes between the Government and militants in the past month, in addition to the 400,000 already displaced in fighting last year.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a briefing to the General Assembly today, emphasized the need for greater support to scale up the response of the international community and the Pakistani Government to the situation.“The human suffering is immense,” he said. The UN and its partners launched an appeal for $543 million on 22 May, of which just over one-fifth has been funded to date. “If we do not get the rest of the funds, we will have to start cutting services,” the Secretary-General warned, adding that there is a risk of a destabilizing secondary crisis.According to media reports, the Pakistani army has stepped up its offensive in the Swat Valley and other areas of the North West Frontier Province as part of its expanded campaign against the Taliban and Al-Qaida.Ms. Montas said that over the past week, five spontaneous camps have been closed with people moving into established camps.“The existence of numerous spontaneous camps continues to be matter of concern as they impede registration procedures for IDPs,” she said. “They also restrict their ability to receive relief supplies, services and information on long-term support.”Rising temperatures are making it more difficult for families to remain in tents, Ms. Montas added. To address the problem, UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP) are attempting to provide facilities such as shaded areas, water points and toilets for IDPs living outside camps.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), for its part, has begun psycho-social support for women in camps of four districts – Lower Dir, Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda – through individual counselling and focus group discussions. The agency is also conducting general health, hygiene awareness and reproductive health sessions, Ms. Montas said. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting 29 child-friendly spaces, engaging children in different learning, creative and recreational activities in 13 IDP camps, she said. Ms. Montas added that water and sanitation conditions in IDP camps need urgent attention to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases. 1 June 2009The United Nations said today that the number of people displaced by the conflict in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province has risen above 2.5 million, and a shortage of funds could cut relief services there. read more

Middle East Security Council renews mandate of UN Golan Heights mission

The United Nations Security Council today renewed the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) established in 1974 to monitor the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights.Today’s resolution calls on the parties concerned to implement immediately the Council’s resolution 338 of October 1973, which called on the parties to “cease all firing and terminate all military activity immediately … in the positions they now occupy,” to start implementing the ceasefire and to start negotiating for peace in the Middle East.According to the text, by the end of the renewal period on 31 May 2002, Secretary-General Kofi Annan will report to the Security Council “on the developments in the situation and the measures taken to implement resolution 338 (1973).” The Council took its action after considering a 15 November report by the Secretary-General. In it, Mr. Annan stressed that “the situation in the Middle East continues to be potentially dangerous and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached.” In a presidential statement read out in an open meeting after the adoption of the resolution, the Security Council said that Mr. Annan’s conclusion “reflects the view of the Council.” read more

Opinion Super Bowl 50 to mark passing of torch from Manning to

Broncos cornerback and former OSU player Bradley Roby sprints out of the end zone after an interception on a two-point conversion during the AFC Championship game on Jan. 24 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe 2015-16 NFL season has been every bit as exciting as the league had hoped it would be, from Deflategate, to the Carolina Panthers’ 14-game undefeated start, all the way up to the dramatic unfolding of the playoffs thus far. The culmination of the season has led us down the road to Santa Clara, California — the site for Super Bowl 50. How we arrived hereThe matchup between the 17-1 Panthers and the 14-4 Denver Broncos appears to be the golden-anniversary matchup that fans have been dreaming of. The old sheriff, Peyton Manning, has one more bullet left in the chamber as he leads his Broncos into what could possibly be his final game versus the NFL’s new superman, Carolina’s Cam Newton.This season Newton has been nothing short of spectacular — amassing 50 total touchdowns in a year in which few teams could keep up with the Atlanta native’s torrid offensive pace. The Panthers faced little opposition in the regular season, as the Atlanta Falcons dealt the Panthers their only loss in Week 15. The likely league MVP has carried Carolina through the postseason, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 31-24 and dismantling the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in the NFC Championship Game last week. Newton is now set to lead his No. 1 scoring offense up against the Broncos’ top-ranked scoring defense. Led by Von Miller and company, the “Orange Crush Defense” has been revitalized in 2015, allowing the fewest points (18.5) and the fewest yards per game (283.1) in the regular season. Miller and seasoned veteran DeMarcus Ware pushed the Broncos’ pass rush to a league-high 52 sacks, harassing opposing quarterbacks week in and week out. The Broncos made it to this point by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-16 then knocking off New England 20-18 in the AFC Championship Game. Manning had the worst statistical season of his career in 2015, dealing with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot for most of the second half of the season. The injury forced Manning to miss six games and limited his offensive output to a paltry 2,249 yards passing with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions on the season. Nevertheless, Manning has done just enough offensively to get the Broncos within one game of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the third time in franchise history. Cam Newton vs. the Broncos pass rushThis year’s Super Bowl is the first time that a No.1 overall pick (Newton) and a No. 2 overall pick (Miller) from the same draft will face each other on the game’s biggest stage. Keeping Miller out of Newton’s face is Carolina’s top priority.Carolina Panthers wide receiver and former OSU player Ted Ginn Jr. (19) during practice on Jan. 21.Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn the AFC Championship Game, Miller did it all for the Broncos, sacking Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 2.5 times and snagging an interception. Carolina’s third-year right tackle Mike Remmers will certainly have his hands full come Super Bowl Sunday. On the blind side of Newton, Michael Oher will also have a tall task in trying to stop Ware from breathing down Newton’s neck. Expect the Panthers to keep AP All-Pro fullback Mike Tolbert in the backfield in shotgun situations to assist in pass protection.Advantage: BroncosCarolina’s defense vs. ManningManning’s decline in statistics can not only be attributed to his injury in 2015, but also to his reduced arm strength. Manning is lining up for his last rodeo, but sadly for him, it’s against one of the toughest front sevens in all of football.AP All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly, who has consecutive games with interceptions returned for touchdowns, could be in line to make his presence felt once again. Kuechly will be all over the field on Super Bowl Sunday and most likely will be matched up against Denver tight end Owen Daniels in passing situations.Another All-Pro, cornerback Josh Norman, will be lined up with Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and should be able to cover the Broncos’ main outside threat, leaving Manning few options to throw to in key third-down situations. Sending pressure would benefit the Panthers, as Manning is one of the least likely quarterbacks to leave the pocket.For the regular season, Carolina registered 44 sacks, but the Panthers only blitzed 28 percent of the time to achieve that feat, according to ESPN statistics. If the Panthers can get pressure on Manning while only sending four rushers, the Broncos offense will be in for a long day.Advantage: CarolinaPredictionSuper Bowl 50 will be a defensive showdown, with both teams looking to establish the run early. Carolina’s success will depend on Newton’s ability to escape pressure, buy time for his receivers to get open and run for key first downs. Newton has all the intangibles for the big stage and will prove why he is the MVP of the NFL, while Manning falls short in his final conquest to ride off into the sunset as a two-time champion.Final score: Panthers 24, Broncos 17. read more

Urban Meyers comfort level improving along with offensive line pass defense needs

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer made his weekly appearance on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon and discussed the improved play of the offensive line, the emergence of sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and his comfort level with the team thus far.The Buckeyes are 3-1 on the season following a 50-28 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday night.        Meyer said after Saturday’s win over Cincinnati his offensive line has “crossed the barrier” and added he believes the offense has developed depth and more of an identity. He named redshirt-junior Chase Farris as someone who has improved and is earning playing time on the offensive line.        He said that with the return of senior tight end Jeff Heuerman from injury to go along with the improved line play that the Buckeyes have more of an offensive identity now.        Meyer said he believes the performance of Elliott is a product of better offensive line play.        Meyer said the running back position as a unit is the hardest working group on the team. He gave credit to running backs coach Stan Drayton and said Elliott is among the top two or three hardest workers on the team.        He said after evaluating the pass defense, he doesn’t think there is a lack of talent, rather a lack of execution. He said young corners in the secondary simply need to play better, singling out redshirt-freshmen Gareon Conley and Eli Apple as players who need to improve.        Meyer said his comfort level with his team is night and day from where it was week one against Navy.        He said the biggest challenge for the Buckeyes going into Saturday’s game against Maryland will be slowing down the Terrapin offensive skill players. Meyer added that Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown will greatly test OSU as he is the leading passer and rusher for Maryland.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday at noon at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. read more

956M local Bank fraud Fingered Manager in custody assisting investigations

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$956M local bank fraud: Accused charged, granted $3M bailApril 3, 2017In “Court”Police probing $941M fraud at local bankApril 1, 2017In “Crime”Gold Board probe: File to be sent to ‘DPP or Police legal advisor’- SOCU HeadSeptember 6, 2017In “Crime” -Natural Resources Ministry probing Guyana Gold Board linkThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Limited, Bartica Branch, Manager who was fingered in the $956 million fraud allegedly committed on the institution by Saddiqi Rasul, but was on the run, has since turned herself over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in the company of her lawyer.Saddiqi RasulInews was informed that the woman, identified as Tanzy Powell, was taken into custody and was assisting with investigations.Powell reportedly colluded with Rasul to change cheques to the sum of $956 million before clearing them with Citizens Bank – the bank from where the cheques originated. It is believed that the Manager did not follow protocol stipulated by the Bank’s policy before clearing the cheques.This concern was raised by Rasul’s legal representative on Monday, while making a successful application for bail for his client. His client was released on $3 million bail and was scheduled to return to court on April 21.Rasul, of Prashad Nagar and of First Avenue Bartica, who is the owner of SSS Minerals Trading Inc, allegedly deposited six cheques between March 21 and 24, 2017. The cheques were in the sum of $290 million, $96 million, $138 million, $89 million, $298 million and $45 million.The incident became public on Thursday last and within a few hours, Rasul turned himself in to the CID headquarters in the company of his lawyer.Following his arrest, the Police swooped down on several of the man’s properties in Bartica and Georgetown, along with his offices in Kitty, Georgetown; Bartica and Charity, Essequibo Coast, but came up empty-handed. In addition, several of his close associates were arrested and questioned, including his close ally, Hari Roopnarine.Rasul allegedly conned several gold dealers of hundreds of millions of dollars. He presently has several lawsuits pending from clients whose money he reportedly took to purchase gold, but instead fraudulently converted it to his own use.A few years ago, he collected close to $200 million from gold dealers to purchase gold, but this purchase never materialised.Rasul was also implicated in the multimillion-dollar fraud committed on Mohamed and Sons. His cousin was charged and granted $15 million bail. Rasul was reportedly the mastermind in that fraud.Probing Guyana Gold Board linkMeanwhile, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) says it has noted the media reports regarding the charges of alleged bank fraud against licenced gold dealer Saddiqi Rafeek Mohamed Rasul and the alleged linkages with personnel at the Guyana Gold Board.As a consequence of these reports, the Ministry in a statement said that it “will maintain its vigilance over the operations of the Board and will task the incoming Directors  with the immediate task of probing this and related matters as to whether anyone from the agency acted improperly or outside of their mandate in conducting business with said licenced gold dealer.”Moreover the MNR posited that in the interest of transparency and accountability within the natural resources sector they have requested the Guyana Police Force to provide additional information and clarification with a view to aiding the investigation.The MNR says it “will be fully engaged with the authorities in addressing any matter of impropriety in the sector, and in particular, to ensure that the Guyana Gold Board is a credible and reliable institution of State.” read more

Murray Roberts Cementation training academy provides training on 95 of all shaft

first_imgThe Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at Bentley Park, South Africa, has adapted its conventional shaft sinking infrastructure to accommodate the latest shaft sinking methodology introduced to the South African mining industry from Cementation Canada. “We are currently equipped to provide 95% of all shaft sinking activities, having taken a unique look into what is required in terms of unpacking the cycles and the related activities, and then actually looking at cost-effective ways of being able to simulate the practical demonstrations,” Tony Pretorius, Risk Manager, says.Murray & Roberts Cementation, in conjunction with Cementation Canada, has adopted the new shaft sinking methodology, which is safer and features reduced cycle times. The traditional approach to shaft sinking, in terms of using cactus grabs and jumbo drill rigs, has been updated, with all activities in the sinking cycle now handled sequentially.The traditional sinking methodology requires more than 20 sinkers to be in the shaft performing concurrent work whereas the latest methodology has drastically reduced this number to a third. The secret lies in the revised cycle arrangements, use of safer and more effective technology and the multi-skilling of workers.“Our program is actually an intensive three-month program, whereby learners are trained in all shaft sinking-related activities, and not just the select few that we cover traditionally in South Africa. It is very comprehensive, with learners typically having the capability to drill, charge, load and line the shaft,” Pretorius says.Prior to learners engaging with the mock-ups, they pass through a comprehensive theoretical training program on an e-learning platform, in conjunction with multimedia such as video, diagrams and picture, narration and literature. “Then they move into a visual-based training environment, where they get to understand why they need to carry out tasks in a certain manner. Once they pass through the mock-ups, they are licensed to practice. Usually within a period of 60 days, having been given workplace exposure and experience, they are assessed again in terms of their competence, whereupon they will be issued a licence to operate.”The Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at Bentley Park commenced with the updated training in mid-2014. “Our first crew, which is busy with the production shaft at the Venetia Underground Project for De Beers, graduated from the Academy towards the end of last year. Currently we are only assisting with our own needs and have not gone into the external market.” Bentley Park has a capacity for 450 learners, with accommodation for just over 400 on-site. “Our capacity in terms of shaft sinking training alone can be anything up to 80 learners at a time.”The service offering at Bentley Park includes trackless mechanised mining, mining services, conventional mining and basic engineering. The shaft sinking component encompasses the presink as well as the main sink. In terms of the physical set-up at Bentley Park, Pretorius explains that the existing shaft sinking infrastructure has been “changed over” from the conventional set-up. There are four shaft mock-ups, with an average diameter of 8 m, varying from 14 m to 18 m in depthWith the Murray & Roberts Group promoting its STOP.THINK.ACT.24/7 ‘Zero Harm through Effective Leadership’ approach, Pretorius adds that Bentley Park provides First Aid and rope rescue training for rescuing any workers who may have fallen from height. Another feather in the cap of the Academy is being approved as a training centre by the British Safety Council (BSC).“This certification allows us to offer training in the BSC’s international Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. We have also designed a Level 2 National Qualification in Occupational Health and Safety, which we want to take to the external market this year,” Pretorius says.last_img read more

Oculus Rift combines with Atlas for real space virtual reality

first_imgThere is a lot of excitement surrounding the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but for such a headset to show off its true potential the wearer needs to be able to move around.So far the best option for movement when wearing the Rift looks to be the Omni virtual reality interface. It’s basically a treadmill you walk and run around on without actually moving anywhere. The problem is, the Omni is set to cost in the region of $350 and is a rather bulky piece of kit you need to find space for. A much cheaper alternative has appeared, though, and it’s called Atlas.What Atlas does is to convert a real-world space into a virtual space. You place markers down in a room and then use an app and an iPhone (mounted on your chest) to track where you are within that environment. What this allows is for an Oculus Rift wearer to move around freely, and in so doing motion sickness is meant to be minimized. You don’t need to set aside space for it either, as it can be used pretty much anywhere.Obviously Atlas is going to be limited by the size of the environment you have to play with, but the full kit only costs $100 and it can be used anywhere just by laying down the markers and hooking up your iPhone.Atlas is currently a Kickstarter project seeking $125,000. Its creator Aaron Rasmussen has made it clear he is currently targeting developers for Atlas because it needs the support of games and simulations in order to reach its full potential. A consumer version is planned if everything goes to plan and the project gets funded.Combining Oculus Rift and Atlas certainly unlocks the potential of virtual reality. Imagine having a large warehouse full of Atlas markers and how it would feel walking around freely for hours in the reality of your choice. Add a controller (such as the Razer Hydra) and gameplay to that scenario and you Atlas could turn out to be something quite special.last_img read more

Dublin man 21 who burst his girlfriends eardrum in beating sentenced to

first_img By Aoife Nic Ardghail and Sonya McLean Share18 Tweet Email2 Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 7:26 PM Dublin man (21) who burst his girlfriend’s eardrum in beating sentenced to four-and-a-half years The court heard that Aaron Nolan committed the assault on a “baseless” idea that his girlfriend had been texting another man. Image: Sasko Lazarov/ 20,424 Views Image: Sasko Lazarov/ A YOUNG DUBLIN man who burst his girlfriend’s eardrum in a beating which left her vomiting for a whole night has been sentenced to four and half years.Garda Ronan Goggin said at an earlier hearing that Aaron Nolan (21) had punched, kicked and pulled clumps out of his then girlfriend’s hair as he dragged her over a green area and down a laneway.The garda agreed with Brian Gageby BL, defending, that Nolan committed the assault on a “baseless” idea that his girlfriend had been texting another man.The woman told gardaí that every time she denied this Nolan got angrier and would assault her further.Nolan, of The Glen, Woodpark, Ballinteer, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of assaulting the then 19-year-old woman at Ballinteer Crescent, Ballinteer, on November 5, 2017. He has no previous convictions.Judge Melanie Greally had adjourned the case last January having heard the evidence to allow for the preparation of a report from the Probation Service.Today,  she suspended the final 18 months of the four-and-a-half year sentence on strict conditions including that Nolan be under supervision of the Probation Service for two years, have no contact with his victim for that time and attend a domestic violence perpetrator programme if deemed suitable.She said the woman had returned home from the assault in “an appalling state” and was vomiting and experiencing extreme headaches.She said there was “no doubt” that his attack on her had “an extremely damaging effect on her both emotionally and psychologically”.“It came somewhat out of the blue. He had been someone on whom she had been dependant and she had no expectation that he was capable of this. No doubt it will take her some time to come back from it,” Judge Greally said.She said it was a succession of assaults over a prolonged period of time with extreme violence which was often “concentrated” on the woman’s head and face.Today, Mr Gageby read from a letter from his client to the woman in which he expressed his remorse telling her he was “so, so sorry” and “I hope you go back to your happy self”.In a letter to the judge, Nolan wrote that he was truly ashamed of what he had done.“I hope to tackle my demons head on when I get released from prison. The happiest years of my life were the seven years with her,” Nolan wrote.He said he had thrown away seven years of good times with her and he had “only myself to blame”.Comments are closed for legal reasons Apr 3rd 2019, 7:26 PM No Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ThinkGeeks Nerdy Fidget Spinners and My Own Failed Game Boy Spinner

first_img Design a Fidget Spinner in Just 5 Minutes Using Fusion 360FidgetlyCTRL is a Smart Fidget Spinner For Your Dumb Hands Stay on target I’m going to say it. Fidget spinners are fun. At least, they’re fun for people like me who have what is best described with the Yiddish word shpilkes. As a giant nerd, however, I can’t just pick up a cheap plastic triangle at Duane Reede and start spinning. I need fidgety devices with style, panache, and my own personal aesthetic of dumb geek crap.That’s why I went on a quest to build my own fidget spinner out of a Game Boy cartridge. And why, after that half-failed, I turned to ThinkGeek and its handful of really neat and far-better-made-than-my-own-homebrew fidget devices. Let’s start strong, with the things you can buy, and that actually work well.The Well-Made ThinkGeek SpinnersThis Shuriken Fidget Spinner is exactly what it looks like: a spinner shaped like a three-pointed throwing star. Yes, like Genji’s. No, it isn’t Overwatch-branded. No, that doesn’t matter. It’s a rad-looking ninja star with a black finish, red painted accents, and blue faux jewels. It’s also a zinc alloy, so it feels like sturdy metal instead of cheap plastic. At $25 it’s pretty expensive for a fidget spinner, but it’s a freaking metal ninja star fidget spinner, so it’s worth it. The ceramic bearing also lets it spin absurdly long. I’ve flicked it and kept it going for a solid minute before it even started to slow down.The Star Splatter Turbine Fidget Spinner is chunkier and less ninja-themed than the Shuriken, but it’s still pretty rad. It eschews the typical three-point fidget spinner design entirely for a buzzsaw wheel of seven points. It’s also metal and feels nice and solid, and can spin for a pretty long time with a flick. The product page on ThinkGeek says it’s black with gold splatters, and the picture has a gold-colored hub in the center, but the version I got was white splatters with no special finish for the hub. This spinner is even pricier at $30, but it’s heavy, metal, and satisfying to spin.The Fidgety Controller isn’t a fidget spinner. It also isn’t a controller, but that’s beside the point. It’s a fidget cube-like device shaped like a gamepad. For those unfamiliar, fidget cubes are dice-shaped plastic cubes with different mechanical pieces on each side. One side has buttons, another side has a switch, another side has dials, another side has a wheel, and so on.The Fidgety Controller is shaped like a SNES gamepad instead of a cube. One side has an analog stick and four buttons (two clicky and two silent). The other side has a switch and a spinning wheel. The left and right edges have dials (two clicky and one silent), and the top has a little spring-loaded lever you can flick. This one’s only $20, and is available in all-black or black with colored buttons. It doesn’t spin freely like a fidget spinner, but there are enough different things to play with that it still makes a great manual distraction.The Homebrew Game Boy SpinnerThat’s ThinkGeek’s well-designed fidget devices. Now let’s talk about my own experiment. The first time I glanced at a fidget spinner I recognized that it was just a plastic thing with a bearing inside. Naturally, I figured out that I could turn anything into a spinner by slapping a skate bearing into it and weighting it properly.The classic Game Boy cartridge seemed to be an ideal size for a spinner, so I found a few cheap ones and started to mangle them. First, I got a pack of skate bearings. You can feasibly use any bearing, but I’ve found ABEC-7, and ABEC-9 skateboard bearings offer some of the smoothest spinning. These bearings are 22mm in diameter, so you need to cut a hole just shy of 22mm for a secure press fit. A 3/4-inch washer has an inside diameter of a little less than 21mm, so I used one to draw a circle where I wanted to cut the hole.I used my Dremel and press to cut directly through the center of one to make a hole large enough for the bearing. It worked, but only after generating an unsettling amount of very fine dust. That’s when I whipped out my 3.8mm GameBit and opened up a cartridge to remove the board. That way I could use a lower speed to cut through the plastic and get more precise and less dusty results. It worked well, and after cutting the hole, I drew I used a grinding bit to carefully enlarge it until the bearing would fit.Unfortunately, the bearing is just a bit thinner than the Game Boy cartridge. That’s where careful application of epoxy comes in. A thin layer of epoxy on the inner ring of the bearing let me glue it very securely to a second bearing without hurting its spin. The two bearings had a very smooth movement after the epoxy set.The two bearings fit securely in the Game Boy cartridge casing (and a little epoxy on the outside helped keep it that way), but the empty plastic shell was too light to get a proper spin. I couldn’t find any appropriate weights that would fit, but a pack of rare earth magnets seemed like they would do the trick. I glued a disc magnet into each corner of the cartridge casing before closing it up. The magnets were a little bit thicker than the space in the casing, so it didn’t close just right, but once again epoxy was the solution.So, how was the result? See for yourself.Not great. It isn’t weighted properly, and I need to put some caps over the bearing for better spinning. I’d call it a qualified failure, but honestly, it turned out better than I thought it would considering how I’m not actually all that good at the different tools and adhesives I like to play with for my ill-conceived projects. Please, anyone who can revise this design into something that works, go ahead! And everyone else, check out the neat throwing star fidget spinner from ThinkGeek. That’s the one I’m going to be playing with, because the Game Boy one I made is pretty awkward.last_img read more

Crumbling plaster cracks exposed in new jail buildings

first_imgNewly built Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj. Photo: Prothom AloIt has hardly been a year since the construction of the new Dhaka Central Jail buildings but the plaster has already started to crumble from the walls.The walls inside become damp at the slightest of rain and several of the doors and windows are falling apart. Many of the power poles are broken, too.The prison authorities are concerned at the state of the new buildings meant for 7,000 inmates.Inspector general of prisons brigadier general Syed Iftekhar Uddin told Prothom Alo, now that the prison is in use, it is evident that the quality of construction work has been extremely poor. “Structural weaknesses are a security risk for the inmates,” he added.During a visit on 15 July, the officials took this correspondent on a tour of the jail, other than to the sensitive areas. A new layer of cement had been applied to the walls of the administration building where the plaster had crumbled off the walls. Cracks on the walls had also been filled.The inside walls become damp during the rain. Broken windows of the prison guard barracks have been repaired. Three iron gates of the three residential buildings for the officers and employees had broken about two months ago. The public works department had repaired these gates. Two buildings for the prisoners have not been used as yet due to use of poor quality construction material.The prison officials said, the doors and windows of two of the buildings for the prisoners cannot even be shut properly. Some doors have bent out of shape. The steps leading up to the platform for hanging are excessively narrow and steep.The visiting room for the prisoners is too narrow. It is impossible to hear anyone speak properly if several people talk in the room.There are 260 power poles within the prison grounds for security. At the slightly gusty wind in April, seven of these fell. Three had fallen before this. The poles which have replaced these are of poor quality and have rusted already. Some of the poles have been propped up with iron pipes.Additional inspector general of prisons colonel Iqbal Hasan sent a letter on 5 April to the home ministry and the planning ministry asking for better quality power poles. The letter stated that these present poles were a security risk and could also cause death. However, nothing has been done.According to sources in the public works ministry, it was the responsibility of the public works department to construct this building at a cost of Tk 406 crore (Tk 4.06 billion).Allegations for shoddy construction work led to the removal of the project’s executive engineer Utpal Kumar from the project. The housing and public works ministry formed a five-member committee to look into the irregularities and faults. The members of the committee visited the jail on 19 July.A senior official of the prisons directorate told Prothom Alo, during the visit the inquiry committee members tapped on one of the walls of the buildings meant for prisoners. The plaster simply crumbled off the wall. The committee suspected that low grade cement and sand had been used.Head of the inquiry committee, housing and public works additional secretary Mohammed Afzal Hossain told Prothom Alo, “We are investigating the matter. We will be able to say what irregularities took place once the investigation is over.” As to when the investigation will be complete, he said, “We have held a meeting and will carry out a visit of the site again, then we will submit a report.”The project to construct the new buildings of Dhaka central jail was taken up in 2006 in Teghria of Rajendrapur. It was to have been completed in June 2011. The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, finally inaugurated it on 10 April last year. On 29 July last year, inmates were transferred there from the old jail at Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka. There are about 7,000 inmates in the new jail at present.Officials of the prison directorate said that 20 construction firms had been appointed for the construction of 30 buildings. Nine buildings were still under construction.Managing director of construction firm Khan and Shams, Abul Kasem, told Prothom Alo, the buildings were constructed two years before the jail was inaugurated. Then the buildings were lying unused. “That is why perhaps the plaster has crumbled,” he argued.Director of the prisons project, joint secretary of the public works and housing ministry Shamsul Alam had admitted to minor faults. He told Prothom Alo, “There is no major fault in the construction. The public works department will fix any of the faults pointed out to them.” Then why did the power poles fall at the slightest gust of wind? He replied, “They were set up quite a long time back, that’s why.”* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

We Must All Play a Role in Ending Childhood Obesity

first_imgWe all want our kids and grandkids to grow up happier and healthier than we did. Instead, today’s children are the first generation of young Americans to face the prospect of living their entire lives in poorer health and dying younger than previous generations.The reason is no mystery. Too many of our children—one in three, according to studies—are overweight.The childhood obesity epidemic is having a devastating effect on too many families. Obese and overweight children are sick more often. They too often endure prejudice and bullying at school, leaving them embarrassed and depressed. They miss more school. When they grow up, they have more difficulty leading productive work lives. And they are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses directly linked to obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease.All of society pays a stiff price for childhood obesity. Twenty percent of the United States’ total expenditures on health care can be linked to conditions associated with obesity. Obesity costs our society more than smoking or drinking.But there is reason for hope.Parents, educators, business leaders, government officials, health care professionals, and nonprofits have launched remarkable initiatives to end this epidemic. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been a leader in these efforts, ever since its dramatic $500 million initiative in 2007 to reverse trends in childhood obesity. And there are signs that we are already creating a brighter future for our children.Parents are getting out and doing things with their kids—hiking, jogging, cycling, swimming, throwing a ball or Frisbee around—and both parents and kids find themselves feeling better. Schools are offering healthy lunch choices, and making good food, including breakfast, available for students who might otherwise be able to afford only junk food, or no food at all. Cities and states are requiring fast-food outlets to post nutrition information. Large retail chains are building fresh-food grocery stores that represent oases of healthy nutrition in “food deserts.” Hospitals and clinics are emphasizing preventive care programs. Foundations such as RWJF, with its efforts to build a Culture of Health, are promoting innovative pilot programs and partnerships. All these efforts, taken together, are truly making a difference.But there’s no question that we have a long way to go. That’s why RWJF is pledging another $500 million over the next 10 years to expand efforts to ensure that all children in the United States―no matter who they are or where they live―can grow up at a healthy weight.Senator Bill Frist, MDWhat can you do? Take a kid bowling, or for a hike. Suggest alternatives to fried foods at the next covered-dish supper held at your church. Write your elected representatives expressing your support for programs to fight childhood obesity. Present a petition to the school board asking that physical education be reinstated or expanded, and that unhealthy snacks and drinks be removed. Ask the city council to ensure that all kids and families have access to safe parks and playgrounds. Donate money or volunteer your time to programs fighting childhood obesity. Buy and serve healthy foods for yourself and your family, and do your best to let everyone in the food chain know—from the local grocery manager to the big brand-name food companies to the farmer at the local greenmarket—that you want healthy, fresh food.It’s been shown time and again, all across the country: If we make healthy food and exercise options easy and affordable, those are the choices that most families will make for their children. Please do your part to help America’s kids. Here at the Foundation, we’ll be supporting you all the way.Bill Frist, a heart surgeon, is a former U.S. senator (R-Tenn.) who has long been involved in promoting good health across America. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.last_img read more

Malda couple beaten up by brothers over property dispute

first_imgKolkata: An elderly couple from Malda was beaten up by their family members over property dispute.The incident took place at Kashimpur village of Chanchal in Malda on Tuesday morning. The couple has been undergoing treatment at Malda Medical College and Hospital. According to the hospital sources, both of them received head injuries in the incident. It was learnt that a quarrel broke out between three brothers over possession of a plot of 16 cottah. The victim’s younger brothers went to the spot in the morning to capture the disputed piece of land while the eldest brother and his wife opposed them. It was alleged that the two brothers with the help of some of their associates attacked the elderly couple. They were hit on head with a stick. The locals rescued the injured couple and took them to the hospital. The villagers told the police that there was an on-going family quarrel for the past few months. This time it turned ugly. A specific complaint has been lodged at Chanchal police station on the basis of which police have started a probe. Two accused have been at large since the incident took place. The family members of the victims are being interrogated in this regard.last_img read more

Hardware Deal of the Day – ASUS GTX 980 Strix Healthily Discounted

first_imgThe hardware deal news posts weren’t really working too well, being that they were extremely obnoxious and were more a collection of low prices than anything else. So now we’ll be bringing you a different hardware deal that we spot on the web every day. It might not necessarily be what you’re looking for at that very moment, but these real deals have a way of not lasting very long. There’s a new deal in town.To kick this off, it looks like Newegg is doing us all a great service with an ASUS 980 Strix for $479.99 after rebate. There’s also a rebate code, EMCAWKW25, that you can use at checkout. That’s far lower than it should be, and while it’s not free, for what you get it’s a pretty good deal.I know, those rebates used to be a pain, but they really are a lot less evil than they used to be. Remember waiting months to see if you’d literally get a check in the mail? Well, it’s a much smoother process now, and the wait is only half as long, so around 4 weeks. But seriously, rebates are not the enemy any longer.The 980 might not be big Maxwell, but it’s still plenty powerful for most all games. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. News | July 24, 2008 GE Healthcare to Acquire Vital Signs Inc. Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more Related Content News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more July 25, 2008 – GE Healthcare has entered into a merger agreement to acquire Vital Signs Inc., a provider of medical products applicable to a wide range of care areas such as anesthesia, respiratory, sleep therapy and emergency medicine. GE said Vital Signs has a broad product offering of single-patient use products which offer cost advantages and improved patient care features, including reducing the potential of transmitting infections from one patient to another. Vital Signs will become part of GE Healthcare’s Clinical Systems business, a provider of advanced technologies for patient monitoring, anesthesia delivery and acute respiratory care. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read morelast_img read more

Following Linux GNU publishes Kind Communication Guidelines to benefit members of disprivileged

first_imgThe GNU project published Kind Communication Guidelines, yesterday, to encourage contributors to be kinder in their communication to fellow contributors, especially to women and other members of disprivileged demographics. This news follows the recent changes in the Code of Conduct for the Linux community. Last month, Linux maintainers revised its Code of Conflict, moving instead to a Code of Conduct. The change was committed by Linus Torvalds, who shortly after the change took a self-imposed leave from the project to work on his behavior. By switching to a Code of Conduct, Linux placed emphasis on how contributors and maintainers work together to cultivate an open and safe community that people want to be involved in. However, Linux’s move was not received well by many of its developers. Some even threatened to pull out their blocks of code important to the project to revolt against the change. The main concern was that the new CoC could be randomly or selectively used as a tool to punish or remove anyone from the community. Read the summary of developers views on the Code of Conduct that, according to them, justifies their decision. GNU is taking an approach different from Linux in evolving its community into a more welcoming place for everyone. As opposed to a stricter code of conduct, which enforces people to follow rules or suffer punishments, the Kind communication guidelines will guide people towards kinder communication rather than ordering people to be kind. What do Stallman’s ‘Kindness’ guidelines say? In a post, Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation, said “People are sometimes discouraged from participating in GNU development because of certain patterns of communication that strike them as unfriendly, unwelcoming, rejecting, or harsh. This discouragement particularly affects members of disprivileged demographics, but it is not limited to them.” He further adds, “Therefore, we ask all contributors to make a conscious effort, in GNU Project discussions, to communicate in ways that avoid that outcome—to avoid practices that will predictably and unnecessarily risk putting some contributors off.” Stallman encourages contributors to lead by example and apply the following guidelines in their communication: Do not give heavy-handed criticism Do not criticize people for wrongs that you only speculate they may have done. Try and understand their work. Please respond to what people actually said, not to exaggerations of their views. Your criticism will not be constructive if it is aimed at a target other than their real views. It is helpful to show contributors that being imperfect is normal and politely help them in fixing their problems. Reminders on problems should be gentle and not too frequent. Avoid discrimination based on demographics Treat other participants with respect, especially when you disagree with them. He requests people to identify and acknowledge people by the names they use and their gender identity. Avoid presuming and making comments on a person’s typical desires, capabilities or actions of some demographic group. These are off-topic in GNU Project discussions. Personal attacks are a big no-no Avoid making personal attacks or adopt a harsh tone for a person. Go out of your way to show that you are criticizing a statement, not a person. Vice versa, if someone attacks or offends your personal dignity, please don’t “hit back” with another personal attack. “That tends to start a vicious circle of escalating verbal aggression. A private response, politely stating your feelings as feelings, and asking for peace, may calm things down.” Avoid arguing unceasingly for your preferred course of action when a decision for some other course has already been made. That tends to block the activity’s progress. Avoid indulging in political debates Contributors are required to not raise unrelated political issues in GNU Project discussions. The only political positions that the GNU Project endorses are that users should have control of their own computing (for instance, through free software) and supporting basic human rights in computing. Stallman hopes that these guidelines, will encourage more contribution to GNU projects, and the subsequent discussions will be friendlier and reach conclusions more easily. Read the full guidelines on GNU blog. People’s reactions to GNU’s move has been mostly positive. Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman have been the fathers of the open source movement since its inception over twenty years ago. As such, these moves underline that open source indeed has a toxic culture problem, but is evolving and sincerely working to make it more open and welcoming to all to easily contribute to projects. We’ll be watching this space closely to see which approach to inclusion works more effectively and if there are other approaches to making this transition smooth for everyone involved. Read Next Stack Overflow revamps its Code of Conduct to explain what ‘Be nice’ means – kindness, collaboration, and mutual respect. Linux drops Code of Conflict and adopts new Code of Conduct. Mozilla drops “meritocracy” from its revised governance statement and leadership structure to actively promote diversity and inclusionlast_img read more

Costa Rica issues green alert due to high winds

first_imgRelated posts:Strong winds to hit Costa Rica again Thursday UPDATE: Evacuations ordered as tropical storm Otto becomes hurricane National emergency declared; Costa Rican public agencies to close due to Hurricane Otto Sun halo dazzles in sky over Costa Rica The National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a green alert throughout Costa Rica due to high winds. The effects are expected to last throughout the weekend, with their largest impact Saturday.The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) says a high-pressure system is causing an increase in wind speed throughout the region. Friday, it recorded wind speeds of 82 kph at Volcán Orosi, 60 kph in Alajuela and 46 kph in San José.On Saturday, IMN expects gusts of up to 100 kph in parts of Guanacaste, and gusts of up to 70 kph in the mountainous areas of the Central Valley and throughout the country.The alert warns of strong wind and waves in the North Pacific, and strong winds with low temperatures in the Central Valley.The CNE is recommending caution when operating small boats in the affected regions. They also warned beachgoers that the rough seas could create strong rip currents.Strong winds can also damage roofs, posts, electrical wires, trees and road signs.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Spice up your soul roomsXML visits Mexico

first_imgWith over 10,000 km of coastline, Mexico is certain to have plenty to offer Australian tourists; amazing locations with reasonable pricing. The climate is pleasant and warm for much of the year. Known for its archaeological ruins and cultural artefacts, Mexico isn’t just for beach and resort dwellers.At number 7 on the top tourist destinations, Mexican sites such as Chicen Itza, Templo Mayor, Coba, Ek Balam,  Monte Albán (and so many more it can be difficult to list), provide some of the best cultural sites on the planet. Don’t just stick to the coasts (Cancun, Baja, Playa Del Carmen), visit the interior North of Mexico for off the beaten track authenticity.On the Baja peninsula, the climate is Mediterranean; on the other side it is arid. For tropical climate, head to Tampico, down to Cancun Spice up your soul; roomsXML visits Mexico  With over 2700 properties across Mexico, you’re bound to find the right property, and the right vibe. roomsXML has over 96,000 properties worldwide . If you are unsure about which property to book, always check for the ‘Preferred’ logo next to the hotel; that means its been recommended by other Travel Agents. Thanks for Wikitravel for the tips. roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = roomsxml.comlast_img read more

FDIC Reports 51st Bank Failure of 2012

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing December 17, 2012 515 Views FDIC Reports 51st Bank Failure of 2012 Sunset Beach, Missouri, was the site of this year’s 51st bank collapse as the “”Missouri Division of Finance””: shut down Community Bank of the Ozarks.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a release from the “”FDIC””:, Community Bank of the Ozarks had approximately $42.8 million in total assets and about $41.9 million in deposits as of September 30. The “”Bank of Sullivan””: (Sullivan, Missouri) will be picking up all of the deposits and will purchase essentially all of the assets.In addition, the FDIC and Bank of Sullivan have entered into a loss-share transaction on $37.3 million of the failed banks’ assets. Bank of Sullivan will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the agreement.The estimated cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $10.4 million. In addition to being this year’s 51st institution to fail, Community Bank of the Ozarks is the fourth to fail in Missouri.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-12-17 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more