Advertisements RelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraint Project to Improve Business Environment Allocated $135.6 Million Office of the Prime MinisterApril 5, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A sum of $135.6 million has been allocated to a project to reduce/eliminate administrative barriers and to establish an improved business operating environment to support private sector growth. Details of the Promote, Renew, Investigate, Develop and Energise (PRIDE) Project are included in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives. Anticipated targets for 2013/2014 include: support implementation of the risk management system and develop annual debt collection and audit plans; continue project management support to implement the Tax Administration reform programme; continue public/private dialogue to encourage ongoing and new reform efforts; and produce monthly /quarterly reports on projects. Already, the project has developed a risk approach to identify and select high risk corporate income tax cases for audit; developed a prioritisation system for debt arrears collection; provided a revise operational framework for petroleum monitoring; provided technical support to implement standardised customs valuation procedure; and developed a debt management annual plan. The programme is funded jointly by the Government of Jamaica and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Implementation of the Programme started in March 2010 and is scheduled to be completed by March 2015. RelatedPrime Minister Welcomes Investments Downtown RelatedGround Broken for New Barracks at Up Park Camp
– LISTEN to the interview– READ the summary at ABC.net.auAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA group of retired farmers is calling on Western Australian’s grain growers to donate a small percentage of this year’s harvest to help feed the children and their families fleeing from Syria.“If farmers have surplus, perhaps we can get them to donate and the kids don’t need to starve.”Through their charity initiative, which targets a specific area of need every year, the farmers have helped to make a difference around the world.
On Thursday, December 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Annie L. Weaver Health Center, part of Broward Health Community Health Services network of community health centers, is hosting its first holiday meal distribution. Staff and Broward Health leadership will provide 750 donated turkeys and side item bags filled with everything a family needs to prepare a traditional holiday meal.The meals will be distributed by Gino Santorio, President/CEO, Broward Health, Andrew Ta, M.D., EVP/Chief Medical Officer, Broward Health. David Clark, Acting SVP of Operations, Broward Health, Tiana Blount, AVP, Broward Health, and Sharon Crum, Site Manager, Annie L. Weaver Health Center.The Annie L. Weaver Health Center is located at 2011 NW 3rd Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL\In the spirit of the holiday season, Broward Health Community Health Centers wants to ensure that our community is able to enjoy a traditional meal with loved ones. Broward Health Community Health Services is part of the medical safety net for Broward County residents in the northern two-thirds of the county.
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ginebra, Bolts to shoot for 3-2 lead in pivotal Game 5 ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings and Meralco Bolts will be shooting for a 3-2 lead in Game 5 of the 2016 Oppo PBA Governor’s Cup best-of-seven finals tonight at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.Game time is at 6:30 pm., with the Kings aiming to move closer to its first PBA crown since 2008, while the Bolts will be gunning for its franchise’s first championship.The Kings were able to level the series at 2-2 following a come-from-behind 88-86 win over the Bolts in Game 4 on Friday night via a game-winning turn-around shot by Joe Devance.The Kings trailed by as much as 16 points but got a huge lift from veterans Anthony Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa and Devance in the final quarter to turn things around for the victory.“It was a storybook game,” said Kings head coach Tim Cone. “We were swinging in the wind, we didn’t know what we were doing, then Jayjay and Mark played with so much energy and pretty much saved our series.”“Meralco had a good job defending us and we have to find something that will work for us. We’re the best defensive team, we’re kinda getting away from that and we need to get back to it,” he added.Bolts head coach Norman Black admitted to be a bit frustrated after losing a 16 point lead in a huge fourth period scoring run by the Kings but said he’ll instead focus on adjustments for the pivotal Game 5.“I’m just looking in the long run,” said Black, who intentionally did not use Jared Dillinger and Jimmy Alapag in Game 4 as he prepares them for the crucial stretch of the title series.Meanwhile, the PBA, in a media advisory sent to Panay News, said that there is a possibility that the Game 5 of the series will be moved to a later date in case of heavy rain brought about by Typhoon Karen.“Sunday’s game can and will be cancelled in the event typhoon Karen intensifies,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial. “Please monitor our website and social media sites for news and updates.”/PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Today, Seville is one of the most important candidates for European primacy every year. But this was far from always the case. When they succeeded in the UEFA Cup in 2006, they won their first trophy in an incredible 60 years.Since? Five wins in the European League and two triumphs in the Spanish Cup. All this in just fifteen years. “It was a great moment,” recalled Andrés Palop, a goalkeeper for The Athletic, in the English Middlesbrough’s final scalp.Seville became the winners that day. “It was like a rebirth for the whole club. It filled us with life, optimism, we became addicted to playing the finals, we wanted more and more victories. It changed the course of the whole club,” says Palop.The following years prove him one hundred percent right. The team has changed completely many times over the years, with players like Dani Alves or Rakitić moving for the better. But Seville continued to win. The DNA to go for trophies in the team simply remained.Do you want proof? All fans certainly have a sensational hat-trick in mind, when under the coach Unai Emery the people of Seville won the second most prestigious European trophy three times in a row between 2014 and 2016.However, the current team has nothing to do with the protagonists of a successful three-year-old. Nine of the eleven players who knocked Rome, Wolverhampton and eventually the famous Manchester United to the ground came to the club last summer.It is not necessary to look for the main architect of the trampled Seville mission for a long time, he is a local icon, the renowned sports director of Monchi.“He is a key figure in this project, this club. He knows best of all what football means in Seville,” says favorite goalkeeper Palop.His key to success? A player scout system that pays for one of the most sophisticated in today’s football. It judges each player according to several different criteria and its database contains hundreds of names. Besides, Monchi is also a bit of a dictator.The role of the club president or other members of the management is minimal during transfers. And surprisingly, the same goes for the coach. The final word on the transfer is always with the sports director. He finally decides on the arrival of each of the new faces. And obviously he’s doing well.A well-formed team is now thinking of another success, which is not unlikely at all. Only the last step remains. “There’s just a special aura for Seville in this competition. The connection just fits together. The UEFA Cup or the Europa League is always a great opportunity for Seville,” says the two-time Palop champion.The Slavic elimination of the Andalusians last year seems all the more valuable, because since 2011 no one else has been able to eliminate Seville in the European League. The promotion among the top eight is an excellent success, but crossing Seville was almost a miracle. This is their competition.Whether Milan Inter or Ukraine’s Shakhtar will advance to the finals from today’s second semifinal, a team that has played this match five times will be facing them on Friday. And he won every time.
Home » Featured News » Polo Team Takes Bronze in Azerbaijan The Irish Polo team claimed the Bronze medal at the first ever European Arena Polo Championships held in Azerbaijan over the past week.Ireland was one of six nations invited to contest the event based on performances at the last World Equestrian Games, and battled with teams from Azerbaijan, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.The Irish clinched their podium finish with a 4.5 goals to 4 victory over Spain in Saturday’s play-off for third and fourth places. The Gold Medal went to the hosts who defeated Germany in the Final. “This was a wonderful result from a young Irish team playing for the first time in a European Arena Championship” , said coach James Kennedy. “We had players from a number of polo clubs North and South, and the only lady in the tournament – Siobhan Herbst from Wicklow Polo Club.”The Irish squad consisted of James Connolly (captain), Siobhan Herbst, James Kennedy jnr, Patrick Ephson and Keelan McCarthy. Polo Team Takes Bronze in Azerbaijan 14 September 2015, 12:43 The Irish team took the Bronze medal at the Arena Polo Championships in Azerbaijan at the weekend. Tags: Azerbaijan, European Arena Championships
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt’s going to be a survival of the fittest for the L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers.Playing with six players after starter Adam Berg went down with a broken arm last week during training and losing another in the tournament, the Junior Bombers ran out of gas in a 47-45 loss to Mount Boucherie Bears in action Saturday at the Kelowna Secondary School Junior Boy’s Basketball Tournament in the Central Okanagan.“The team has experienced some harsh injuries this year,” said Junior Bombers Vivian Kingdon. “Isaiah Kingdon has recently returned for his first set of games this past weekend after breaking his ring finger on his left hand. “Last week at practice our 6’4″ post Adam Berg broke his arm and will not be returning to the hardwood this season.”Still LVR played the Bears tough, led by Matt Zukowski with 23 points and Isaiah Kingdon with 12.LVR opened the tournament with a sluggish performance, losing to Abbotsford 70-48. Foul trouble combined with a slow start did the Bombers in against the Fraser Valley squad.Zukowski led the Bomber attack once again with 13 points while center McLain Sandeveland and Jack Sturrup scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.LVR rebounded Saturday to knock off the Fulton Maroons 53-40. Sandeveland scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Bombers. Kingdon and Zukowski each had 10.During the contest the Bombers lost Sturrup to an ankle injury to reduce the roster to six players.The Bombers return to action January 28-29 with a mini tournament at the Hangar.The event is a preview to a huge test for LVR as the Bombers travel to Edmonton February 17-19 to compete in the Tri-Provincial Tournament host by Harry Ainley Secondary [email protected]
Watch every goal from every game over the weekend’s Scottish Premiership action.Dundee and St Johnstone kicked off the weekend’s action, with Kane Hemmings bagging a brace in a 2-0 win for the Dark Blues. Celtic established a three-point lead at the top of the table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Ross County.Meanwhile, Kilmarnock climbed out of the bottom two with a 2-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park. Hamilton and Dundee United played out a goalless draw at New Douglas Park, as Ali Crawford saw his late penalty kick saved.Hearts’ home clash against Partick Thistle was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Tynecastle.And Inverness CT will host title-chasers Aberdeen in Monday night’s fixture to complete this round of Premiership matches.
22 November 2013 Innovative technology to help leprosy patients that was developed partly at the University of Cape Town is currently being tested in India. The “tactile” or smart glove tracks pressure points on the palms and fingers and helps prevent injuries to hands and digits as a result of nerve damage and sensory loss. It is being tested at the Leprosy Mission Hospital in New Delhi, India. About 95% of people are naturally immune to leprosy, caused by mycobacterium leprae, which results in progressive damage to skin, nerves, limbs and eyes. Leprosy does not cause body parts to fall off, although they can become numb or diseased as a result of secondary infections as the disease compromises the body’s immune system. Though curable thanks to multi-drug interventions, those who develop the disease are prone to nerve damage. Patients often suffer a “secondary tier” of injury and disability because they cannot feel heat or pressure from objects they come into contact with.Simple solutions There are around 232 000 new cases of leprosy each year. Of these, India has the highest concentration at about 56% of the global burden, followed by Brazil. There are dedicated leprosy hospitals in India. In South Africa, the figures are low, about 50 to 70 new cases a year, predominantly in the Eastern Cape and from neighbouring countries such as Swaziland and Mozambique. Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, a lecturer in biomedical engineering in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), believes in developing simple biomedical solutions to problems like these. Sivarasu took an off-the-shelf fabric glove to model his own – a stretchable glove that uses a revolutionary fabric with built-in nanosensors. “We’ve created an artificial sense of touch,” he said. “The fabric picks up haptic factors like roughness, temperature, pressure, and humidity.” The glove also maps how a person uses their hand to establish where the pressure variations are during simple domestic activities, such as cutting wood or cooking. These are recorded to show where ulcers are likely to develop. This allows patients, who often live far from hospitals, to practise preventative care, especially to the fingers. “Because of wound infection, the digits are the first to go in leprosy patients and amputation usually follows,” said Sivarasu. “We want to make this glove widely available.” His invention has been covered by BBC-Health Check, which was telecast on BBC World. ‘Out of the box’ Born and educated in India, Sivarasu said he has experienced the despair of seeing a loved one die because of the prohibitive cost of medical intervention in India. In South Africa, where 90 to 95% of medical equipment is imported with up to 300% mark-up, the excessively high cost is passed on to the patient. “This in a country with world-class engineers and clinicians,” said Sivarasu, whose watchwords are “affordable” and “simple”. This has motivated him to develop indigenous technology. Sivarasu and his team of postgraduate students have come up with a number of other innovative, inexpensive solutions to common medical problems, such as locally designed drip lines for re-feeding, which are little more than a coil of thin plastic tubing with a plastic drip chamber attached. South Africa uses “thousands and thousands of these” every day, but they are currently imported from Germany. “We’re thinking out of the box,” Sivarasu said. “Too often we get stuck in a cycle of novelty and academic outcomes. We want to be able to make things easier, make it cost-effective – and get it to the masses.” For his PhD, Sivarasu developed a high-flexion artificial knee implant for Eastern cultures, where people squat or sit on low platforms. Western prostheses do not provide the 120-degree flexion extension, the range needed for comfort when semi- squatting. Edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Published here with kind permission.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This is Part Two of a two-part series. Part One: Study: Kids are the Road to Tech InnovationLatitude recently completed a multi-phase innovation study, Children’s Future Requests for Computers and the Internet, which asked kids across the world, ages 12 and under, to draw the answer to this question: “What would you like your computer or the Internet to do that it can’t do right now?” In our last post, we highlighted three themes that recurred across kids’ ideas for new technologies.The Digital vs. Physical Divide is Disappearing (Tech = World) Technology Can Improve and Empower Us (Me = World)We also pinpointed three key recommendations for creators of new content and technology experiences (for both kids and adults):Download the study summary (PDF) for Children’s Future Requests for Computers and the Internet.Kadley Gosselin is a writer for Latitude, an international research consultancy. Visit latd.com/ for other studies in Latitude’s open innovation series.“I want to travel to another place as if I was really there–like a virtual reality thing where you can move around in the environment as it exists in real life.” –Female, 10, Melbourne, AustraliaDon’t think robots are just for schools. The majority of kids (77%) imagined future technologies with human-level responsiveness, often in the form of robots or virtual companions that could assist them with real-world tasks and abilities like doing chores or troubleshooting homework issues, suggesting that humanoid robots are a promising area of opportunity, as they can teach while feeling like a mentor or friend rather than an electronic console. (Check out Latitude’s Robots @ School study here.)“My son wishes the computer was a robot he could take everywhere with him–to play chess with him or soccer outside… in other words, he wants it to be a friend he can share with his other friends.” –Male, 7, Barranquilla, ColombiaFor kids, learning systems equipped with networking functionality and real-time, natural language processing – such as a robot that can look up and recite Wikipedia entries – can create a greater sense of independence and control. Robots such as LEGO Mindstorms offer kids the thrill of creating while helping them to understand algebra, while some robots are being piloted in schools to help with language-learning. However, there’s a clear opportunity to move beyond school environments, bringing robots into the home to motivate independent learning and to foster new interests.“I would like a ballet teacher on the computer.” –Female, 5, Kankakee County, Illinois “Kids are not only learning computer programming, they are also learning how to participate in a peer-production environment where they collaborate with others by remixing and exchanging ideas.” – Andrés Monroy-Hernández, researcher and designer of the Scratch online community.For adults, robot interactions can offer encouragement, increased motivation and progress-tracking to help them achieve their personal goals. Robots can be used to practice physical therapy, play sports and even provide training and track fitness goals. For example, Autom is a humanoid health coach by MIT’s Personal Robots Group that becomes part of the user’s social support network. Over long-term evaluation, Autom was shown to be more effective at keeping people engaged than a stand-alone desktop computer running the same software and a traditional paper log.Bring “grown up” skills within reach. One-third of participants invented technologies that would empower users by fostering knowledge or “adult” skills, such as playing a musical instrument, making Web sites, or learning how to cook. Tech developers should focus on products and services that transfer knowledge or skills to users without the burdens traditionally associated with self-improvement–and which allow them to flex their mastery of these advanced skills in the context of creation and creativity.Story Patch is a smartphone app that enables users to create their own illustrated storybook–essentially, the child version of Blurb, a site that provides a quick and easy means to design and publish a book. Other current “creatitainment” games along the lines of Guitar Hero and Rock Band answer a huge demand while serving a similar need. Moreover, when building apps and other tools that enable “advanced creations,” ensure that users also have the ability to instantly show off what they’ve made.“You should be able to record a video of yourself singing a song without having a video recorder or audio recorder attached to your computer. You should be able to put different backgrounds on, and make yourself wear different things. And share the videos with your friends if you want.” –Female, 9, Canberra, AustraliaMIT’s Scratch is a programming language and online community that allows kids to produce their own interactive content and games and share their creations with others. “People often think of programming as an activity reserved for expert adults. We think programming, like reading and writing, is for everyone,” explains Andrés Monroy-Hernández, researcher and designer of the Scratch online community. “Kids are not only learning computer programming, they are also learning how to participate in a peer-production environment where they collaborate with others by remixing and exchanging ideas. In the future, I hope to see a broader range of socio-technical platforms that empower amateurs to be active participants in a world increasingly mediated by social computing environments.”Offer games and entertainment with real-world outcomes. Kids expect their online activities to have real-world impact and vice versa. Web, mobile and game developers are bridging online and offline experiences for both kids and adults through sites like Nickelodeon’s The Big Help and Recyclebank which assign real-world rewards for eco-friendly actions. Healthcare companies and Web services like Health Month have also been working to extend games into traditionally “offline” spaces–specifically, games that motivate personal wellness through tech-enabled tracking and tangible, real-world rewards like saving money, meeting personal health goals and forming new social connections.This is Part Two of a two-part series. Read Part One: Study: Kids are the Road to Tech InnovationLooking beyond basic Web and mobile apps, there are significant opportunities for networked objects (e.g., The Internet of Things) to reinvent gaming in the real world. Just last week, Angry Birds announced its integration with the physical world using NFC (near field communication) technology, which is currently built into some mobile phones. Users will be able to advance in the game and unlock virtual achievements by tapping two NFC-enabled phones together or by tapping their phones to objects bearing NFC-enabled tags. In a similar vein, GreenGoose is another “real life” game that allows user to place stickers (affixed with tiny sensors and accelerometers) on everyday objects to automatically record positive behaviors and track them online–transforming healthy and socially responsible behaviors into a tech-driven game.“I want to play a 3D game while earning real money at the same time.” –Female, 9, Sydney, AustraliaDownload the study summary (PDF) for Children’s Future Requests for Computers and the Internethere.Study lead: Jessica ReinisLatitude is proud to have partnered with ReadWriteWeb on phase 1 of Children’s Future Requests for Computers and the Internet. Latitude is an international research consultancy helping clients create engaging content, software and technology that harness the possibilities of the Web. To learn more about working with Latitude, contact Ian Schulte ([email protected]).Image credit Kai Schreiber, (cc) some rights reserved. Why Aren’t Computers More Human? 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