Flights cleared for take off

first_img Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Related Items:flights, Tciaa InterCaribbean Airways encourages ESTA registration Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Aug 2015 – STATEMENT FROM TCIAAThe Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority wishes to announce that due to the weakening of Tropical Storm Erika, and the improvement in weather conditions; Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay airports are open to flight operations.The 5 a.m. (0900 GMT) forecast shows the storm moving westnorthwest over the island of Cuba near 20 mph before turning northwest. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph with higher gusts and extend to 140 miles east of the center of the storm.Passengers are asked to contact their respective airline for flight scheduling.last_img read more

Toure Yaya thinks Paul Pogba is very similar to him

first_imgDuring an interview with Sky Sports, Toure Yaya praised Paul Pogba and explained why Jose Mourinho misused him at Manchester United.The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer effect on Paul Pogba was explained earlier on Monday by Toure Yaya, there is an undeniable improvement that the French midfielder had since Jose Mourinho left the club and it’s mostly related to the urge that Paul has to impress his manager.Some people may think that the French player didn’t deliver the results expected from him because he had a grudge against the Portuguese manager, but Toure doesn’t think that’s the case.In fact, Yaya is convinced that Pogba tried to play his best football but the problems lied in Jose Mourinho’s lack of understanding he had of the player. In a way, the Frenchman was going through a very similar problem that Toure Yaya went through with Pep Guardiola and he feels very identified with the way things developed in the last few months.It wasn’t until the Ivorian player moved from Barcelona to Manchester City when he started showing his true self as a versatile midfielder who couldn’t only defend, but also had some very impressive stats as an attacking midfielder.Paul Pogba suffered that same problem, as Jose Mourinho always regarded him as a player who was very similar to the likes of N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi or Fernandinho.Paul Pogba has more belief in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now and wants to “feel the love” from his manager, Yaya Toure has said.https://t.co/NoVYzw8XP6— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 14, 2019It’s almost as if Jose Mourinho completely forgot to watch Pogba during his time at Juventus, which was the place where he proved the world what he was capable of.With the Italian giants, Paul delivered outstanding performances every single week as an all-terrain midfielder who had the ability to be omnipresent all over the pitch and never gave up his attacking nature.During the match against Tottenham, there was actually a moment in the second half when Pogba didn’t like that the Manchester United left-back failed to go back to his position when the Red Devils lost a ball and he made an impressive 50-yard run just to cover the whole that his teammate left open.Right after that play, we could see Pogba arguing with a player who was out of frame but he never gave up on his intention to help out the squad on defense.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.During his time with Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba never gave up that defensive nature but the manager did limit him to a certain place on the pitch in the most important matches.For Toure Yaya, Pogba’s awakening has a lot more to do with that newly acquired freedom than proving a point to the Portuguese manager.Yaya Toure: “He (Pogba)can deliver like he has done in the past at Juventus. He can shoot from far, he can pass – it’s what the fans want and it’s what the club has paid for this kind of player. What he has to do now is to continue to believe in himself.” #mufc [Sky]— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 14, 2019Perhaps Yaya Toure is one of the very few players who completely understand what Paul Pogba was going through, as he was one of the most affected professionals who needed to prove themselves repeatedly in order to be fully understood by their manager.Now that life seems to be smiling back at him, Pogba is getting a new chance to give the fans what they have been demanding from him all this time.“A player like me, I just want to give more, produce more, and I like the challenge,” said Toure on Sky Sports.“Sometimes it has been very difficult because to be able to deliver your best qualities, you can’t say to Pogba to be like N’Golo Kante or Blaise Matuidi, it is impossible.”“But what he has delivered in the past at Juventus… he can shoot from far, dribble, give passes like he did this weekend against Tottenham. It’s what the fans want and what the club has paid for in this type of player.”Just make sure it continues. He has to now continue to believe in himself. Criticism is going to come in all day long, but he’s a professional man, and you have to accept it and continue to work hard,” he added.What do you think is the most striking similarity between Paul Pogba and Yaya Toure’s style of play? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Chula Vista Police Department says goodbye to K9 Griffen

first_imgChula Vista Police Department says goodbye to K-9 Griffen FacebookTwitter March 26, 2018 Posted: March 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News center_img CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — The Chula Vista Police Department Monday announced the passing of their Chula Vista Police Dog, K-9 Griffen.According to their release, Griffen suffered from a medical condition that took his life over the weekend.“Griffen … passed away peacefully Saturday, March 24 in the presence of his handler, his handler’s family, and other members of the K-9 Program. Griffen will be remembered as a valued member of the Chula Vista Police Department and a loyal and loving partner. It is hard to overstate the bond that a K-9 and his handler have when working long hours in dangerous situations. CVPD’s law enforcement family extends deepest sympathies to his partner officer.”Griffen was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, who worked with the patrol division of the Chula Vista Police Department.“Griffen not only worked to protect his handler, search for dangerous suspects, and deter criminal behavior, but was well known throughout the city as a frequent guest at community events and public demonstrations.On behalf of all the women and men at the Chula Vista Police Department, Thank You Griffen for your service, you will be missed.” KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Newsweek to Cut a Dozen Staffers

first_imgIt may seem like small potatoes compared to the massive rounds of layoffs that have rocked publishing houses like Condé Nast and Time Inc. in recent weeks, but it appears that Newsweek is bracing for another round of job cuts.According to a memo from the magazine’s top editor Jon Meacham, “about a dozen” positions will be eliminated. “As much as we would like it to be otherwise, market conditions mean that we are going to have to do our work with fewer people,” he wrote.A Newsweek spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment. Late last year, FOLIO: reported that Newsweek was considering a major overhaul, including a dramatic reduction in rate base. In May, the magazine unveiled a redesign and an editorial shift from news to news analysis.Through the first nine months of 2009, Newsweek saw ad pages fall 29.2 percent, according to PIB figures. Through the third quarter, Newsweek parent the Washington Post Co. reported a $29.7 million operating loss for its magazine publishing division (which includes Budget Travel magazine), compared to a loss of $27 million during the same quarter last year.Newsweek reduced its workforce by 44 people during the first quarter as a result of a voluntary retirement incentive the company offered in late 2008.Below is Meacham’s entire memo, via Politico:To the Staff From Jon Meacham This has been a tough day for the magazine. Because the economic climate in publishing has become ever more difficult, we have been compelled by business considerations to eliminate about a dozen positions. We are parting company with colleagues who have done much to serve the magazine and its readers. As much as we would like it to be otherwise, market conditions mean that we are going to have to do our work with fewer people. I have no spin to offer. I will say this, though: our new magazine and website have been well received by readers. The different direction we undertook earlier this year continues to appear promising in terms of building and retaining an engaged audience that we hope will be attractive to advertisers while we, like so many other organizations, seek new sources of revenue in order to fulfill our mission. Our situation is not unique. But we will keep working as hard as we can to find solutions that are. In the meantime, thanks to you all for the work you have done and will do. To those who are leaving, we will miss you, and we wish you the very best.last_img read more

Shared Research Space in Dayton Promotes Tech Transfer From Air Force Lab

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A newly created collaborative workspace in downtown Dayton, Ohio, is opening up new avenues for the civilian research community and commercial sector to interact with scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory, driving innovation and technology commercialization in the pursuit of new applications by the Air Force and regional economic growth. The initiative’s partners — AFRL, which is headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB; the Wright Brothers Institute, a nonprofit partner of the Lab whose primary aim is to promote technology transfer; and the Dayton region’s economic development community — established Project 444 within the city’s nascent innovation district to leverage the region’s research assets and take advantage of non-traditional partners.A case study about Project 444 will be featured as one of six “Innovators” at Installation Innovation 2018 in San Diego from Feb. 12-14. For more information about the Forum and to register, visit the IIF website.last_img read more

Wilmington Contractor Settles Allegations Of Illegal Asbestos Work Dumping At Muse Ave

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Contractor Tells His Side Of Story Regarding 13 Muse Ave. DemolitionIn “Letter To The Editor”Lender To Cancel $1.6 Million In Loans Made To Former ITT Tech Students At Wilmington & Norwood CampusesIn “Government”BREAKING: Board Of Health Fines Contractor $6,000 & Revokes Septic License Over Muse Ave FiascoIn “Government” BOSTON, MA — A Wilmington contractor and his two companies will pay up to $125,000 to settle allegations that employees illegally removed and disposed of asbestos and construction debris while demolishing a home in the town, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.“Construction and demolition work involving asbestos must be done in a safe and legal way to protect workers and the public,” AG Healey said. “We will take action against contractors who illegally dispose of asbestos and put the public at risk of harm.”The consent judgment, entered Friday in Suffolk Superior Court, settles a lawsuit filed by the AG’s Office that alleges Langone Development Group, Inc. (a contracting company), 3 Holly Street, LLC (the property owner), and Jonathan S. Langone (the president and manager of both companies), violated the state’s clean air law while haphazardly knocking down a single-family house in Wilmington. The lawsuit alleges the defendants failed to remove exterior asbestos shingles from the house and did not take any necessary safety precautions.The AG’s Office alleges the defendants’ actions caused a visible dust cloud of asbestos to be emitted in the air, putting the health of their workers and residents in the Wilmington neighborhood at risk.The lawsuit also alleges that the Langone and his employees violated the state’s solid waste management act by illegally dumping large pieces of construction debris in a deep pit they dug on the property, even though they reported that solid waste from their demolition activities would be disposed of at a permitted facility, as required.“Massachusetts requires protective measures whenever asbestos removal, handling and disposal are involved in order to protect the public from the health hazards associated with airborne asbestos fibers,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Persons who seek to avoid costs by violating applicable laws and regulations will be subject to enforcement including appropriate penalties.”Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants will pay up to $125,000 in penalties, with $25,000 suspended for three years pending compliance with the terms of the agreement.Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used in a wide variety of building materials, from roofing and flooring, to siding and wallboard, to caulking and insulation. If asbestos is improperly handled or maintained, fibers can be released into the air and inhaled, potentially resulting in life-threatening illnesses, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Asbestosis is a serious, progressive, and long-term disease for which there is no known effective treatment. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin membranes of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart, that may not show up until many years after exposure, and that has no known cure, although treatment methods are available to address the effects of the disease.AG Healey has made asbestos safety a priority, as part of the office’s “Healthy Buildings, Healthy Air” Initiative that was announced in March 2017 to better protect the health of children, families, and workers in Massachusetts from health risks posed by asbestos. Since September 2016, the AG’s Office, with the assistance of MassDEP, has successfully brought asbestos enforcement cases that together have resulted in more than $2.8 million in civil penalties.For more information on asbestos and asbestos-related work, visit MassDEP’s website outlining asbestos construction and demolition notification requirements.This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Meghan Davoren of AG Healey’s Environmental Protection Division, with assistance from Senior Regional Counsel Colleen McConnell, Asbestos Program Section Chief John Macauley, and Asbestos Program Environmental Analyst Grady Dante, all of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Xiaomis newest phone costs just over 100

first_img Post a comment 0 Samsung showed off its Galaxy Fold phone-tablet hybrid last February, but it was outshone even earlier than that by Xiaomi’s own foldable effort. The Chinese electronics maker is hoping to show it’s a company that can do even more: Not only compete with super-premium devices from bigger companies, but make phones for those on a budget.Xiaomi on Monday revealed its latest phone, the Redmi 7. Starting at 699 Chinese yuan, or just $105, AU$145 or £80, the slick-looking device manages to be notably inexpensive even in an increasingly crowded field of inexpensive phones.For that price you’ll get a 6.26-inch device powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 632, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s a 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual-camera combo at the back, with an 8-megapixel camera up front. For some extra cash, you can get a Redmi 7 with more memory; 3GB RAM and 32GB storage fetches 799 yuan ($120, AU$170 £89), while 4GB and 64GB will cost 999 yuan ($150, AU$190, £100). 2:51 The phone is a little brother of sorts to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro, which has a 48-megapixel rear camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 675 processor and 6GB RAM.Those looking for a bargain will, as with all Xiaomi phones, have to import one from China, India or Europe, where Xiaomi officially sells its phones. If you’re in the US and looking for a great phone that doesn’t break the bank, check out the Moto G6 or Moto G6 Play. Xiaomi Redmi Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Phones Review • Xiaomi’s ultra-budget Redmi shines for Asia Tags Xiaomi Mi 9 hands-on Xiaomi Samsunglast_img read more

Bella Thorne opens up about being a pansexual You like what you

first_imgBella Thorne with her upcoming bookInstagramAfter coming out as a bisexual, Bella Thorne has now stated that she is a pansexual. The actress, who is currently dating Italian musician Benjamin Mascolo, in an interview, spoke about how she is a pansexual and is attracted to people regardless of their sex or gender identity. “I’m actually a pansexual, and I didn’t know that,” she told on Good Morning America and further added, “You like what you like.”Thorne, who has been quite open about her sexuality, did not shy away from stating how she is rather attracted to the person and not their sexuality. “Doesn’t have to be a girl, or a guy, or … you know, a he, a she, a this, or that. It’s literally, you like personality, like you just like a being,” Bella said. “It doesn’t really matter what’s going on, over there. If I just like it, I like it!” Bella added on the ABC show. Check out the interview below.Bella Thorne in Good Morning AmericaYouTubeThe actress attended the show to promote her new book of personal poems called Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray. Apart from Bella, there have been a few celebrities who have opened up about their pansexuality in the past. This includes Panic! At The Disco frontman Brandon Urie, Miley Cyrus and Janelle Monae, to name a few. Back in 2016, Bella opened up about being a bisexual as she tweeted the same. Later in 2018, it was confirmed that the actress was involved in a throuple as she had an open relationship with rapper Mod Sun and YouTube star Tana Mongeau.Their story takes a bitter turn as Tana and Bella broke up in 2019. Two months later, Bella and Mod also split up but Tana and Bella continued to remain good ex-girlfriends. In fact, as Tana celebrated her 21st birthday in June, Bella did take up to share a picture of the two from their heydays along with a caption that read, “Through thick and thin I love you tana happy bday you beautiful beautiful special girl.” To this, Tana also responded, “i love u forever and ever. ❤️.” Later it was announced that Tana is all set to tie the knot with fellow YouTuber Jake Paul.Tana and I are no longer good. She broke girl code I’m over it.— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) July 17, 2019 Bella ThorneTwitterBella seemed to be okay with this too as she was impeccably happy with her ex-girlfriend’s relationship status. However, Tana and Mod grabbing a drink last week made things ugly between the two ladies! “Tana and I are no longer good. She broke girl code I’m over it,” tweeted Bella. Of course, Tana didn’t stay silent and replied, “”????? imagine taking every time ur mad at me to twitter but then telling ppl how much u care about me……………….. wtf is this b :/”” Later, Bella accused Tana of using her for Twitter clout, which Tana did not take for. She responded, “”dude what are you doing bella? like i have no idea why you’re mad, i’ve been texting you every minute since you tweeted, and for you to be tweeting me something as hurtful as saying I dated you for Twitter is literally f**king nuts & if you honestly think that damn i lost you.”Things might not be all that good for Tana and Bella but they both have moved on and are with other people respectively. We sure would like to know how their fight pans out!last_img read more

Stepmother sent to jail for girls rape murder

first_imgStepmother sent to jail in girl rape, murder caseA Patuakhali special court on Friday sent a victim’s stepmother to jail for her alleged involvement in the killing and ‘rape’ of school-girl, Eva, at Sirajpur village in Kalapara upazila in the city on Tuesday night.Kolapara upazila senior judicial magistrate Moniruzzaman passed the order after Salma Begum was produced before it with a seven-day remand prayer.On Tuesday night, a gang of miscreants stormed into the victim’s house around 7:00pm and reportedly raped and murdered Eva, 11, a class-VI student of Mohipur High School and daughter of carpenter Ismail Gharami of the village.Eva was taken to Mohipur 20-bed Hospital where physicians declared her dead and her body bore several injury marks.Later on Wednesday night, police detained the victim’s stepmother for interrogation.Victim’s father Ismail filed a case against three unnamed people with Mohipur police station over the tragic incident on Thursday.Police arrested Md Kawsar, 38, for his alleged involvement with the incident on the same day.last_img read more

Leave or we will kill you all

first_imgSmoke is seen on Myanmar’s side of border as Rohingya refugees collect their belongings on a shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip. Photo: ReutersThousands of Rohingya Muslims in violence-racked northwest Myanmar are pleading with authorities for safe passage from two remote villages that are cut off by hostile Buddhists and running short of food.“We’re terrified,” Maung Maung, a Rohingya official at Ah Nauk Pyin village, told Reuters by telephone. “We’ll starve soon and they’re threatening to burn down our houses.”Another Rohingya contacted by Reuters, who asked not to be named, said ethnic Rakhine Buddhists came to the same village and shouted, “Leave, or we will kill you all.”Fragile relations between Ah Nauk Pyin and its Rakhine neighbours were shattered on 25 Aug, when deadly attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine State prompted a ferocious response from Myanmar’s security forces.At least 430,000 Rohingya have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to evade what the United Nations has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.About a million Rohingya lived in Rakhine state until the recent violence. Most face draconian travel restrictions and are denied citizenship in a country where many Buddhists regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Tin Maung Swe, secretary of the Rakhine state government, told Reuters he was working closely with the Rathedaung authorities, and had received no information about the Rohingya villagers’ plea for safe passage.“There is nothing to be concerned about,” he said when asked about local tensions. “Southern Rathedaung is completely safe.”National police spokesman Myo Thu Soe said he also had no information about the Rohingya villages but that he would look into the matter.Asked to comment, a spokeswoman for the US State Department’s East Asia Bureau made no reference to the situation in the villages, but said the United States was calling “urgently” for Myanmar’s security forces “to act in accordance with the rule of law and to stop the violence and displacement suffered by individuals from all communities.”“Tens of thousands of people reportedly lack adequate food, water, and shelter in northern Rakhine state,” spokeswoman Katina Adams said. “The government should act immediately to assist them.”Adams said Patrick Murphy, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, would reiterate grave US concern about the situation in Rakhine when he meets senior officials in Myanmar this week.Britain is to host a ministerial meeting on Monday on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly in New York to discuss the situation in Rakhine.NO BOATSAh Nauk Pyin sits on a mangrove-fringed peninsula in Rathedaung, one of three townships in northern Rakhine state. The villagers say they have no boats.Until three weeks ago, there were 21 Muslim villages in Rathedaung, along with three camps for Muslims displaced by previous bouts of religious violence. Sixteen of those villages and all three camps have since been emptied and in many cases burnt, forcing an estimated 28,000 Rohingya to flee.Rathedaung’s five surviving Rohingya villages and their 8,000 or so inhabitants are encircled by Rakhine Buddhists and acutely vulnerable, say human rights monitors.The situation is particularly dire in Ah Nauk Pyin and nearby Naung Pin Gyi, where any escape route to Bangladesh is long, arduous, and sometimes blocked by hostile Rakhine neighbours.Maung Maung, the Rohingya official, said the villagers were resigned to leaving but the authorities had not responded to their requests for security. At night, he said, villagers had heard distant gunfire.“It’s better they go somewhere else,” said Thein Aung, a Rathedaung official, who dismissed Rohingya allegations that Rakhines were threatening them.Only two of the 25 Aug attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) took place in Rathedaung. But the township was already a tinderbox of religious tension, with ARSA citing the mistreatment of Rohingya there as one justification for its offensive.In late July, Rakhine residents of a large, mixed village in northern Rathedaung corralled hundreds of Rohingya inside their neighbourhood, blocking access to food and water.A similar pattern is repeating itself in southern Rathedaung, with local Rakhine citing possible ARSA infiltration as a reason for ejecting the last remaining Rohingya.‘ANOTHER PLACE’Maung Maung said he had called the police at least 30 times to report threats against his village.On 13 Sept, he said, he got a call from a Rakhine villager he knew. “Leave tomorrow or we’ll come and burn down all your houses,” said the man, according to a recording Maung Maung gave to Reuters.When Maung Maung protested that they had no means to escape, the man replied: “That’s not our problem.”On 31 Aug, the police convened a roadside meeting between two villages, attended by seven Rohingya from Ah Nauk Pyin and 14 Rakhine officials from the surrounding villages.Instead of addressing the Rohingya complaints, said Maung Maung and two other Rohingya who attended the meeting, the Rakhine officials delivered an ultimatum.“They said they didn’t want any Muslims in the region and we should leave immediately,” said the Rohingya resident of Ah Nauk Pyin who requested anonymity.The Rohingya agreed, said Maung Maung, but only if the authorities provided security.He showed Reuters a letter that the village elders had sent to the Rathedaung authorities on 7 Sept, asking to be moved to “another place”. They had yet to receive a response, he said.VIOLENT HISTORYRelations between the two communities deteriorated in 2012, when religious unrest in Rakhine state killed nearly 200 people and made 140,000 homeless, most of them Rohingya. Scores of houses in Ah Nauk Pyin were torched.Since then, said villagers, Rohingya have been too scared to leave the village or till their land, surviving mainly on monthly deliveries from the World Food Programme (WFP). The recent violence halted those deliveries.The WFP pulled out most staff and suspended operations in the region after 25 Aug.Residents in the area’s two Rohingya villages said they could no longer venture out to fish or buy food from Rakhine traders, and were running low on food and medicines.Maung Maung said the local police told the Rohingya to stay in their villages and not to worry because “nothing would happen,” he said.But the nearest police station had only half a dozen or so officers, he said, and could not do much if Ah Nauk Pyin was attacked.A few minutes’ walk away, at the Rakhine village of Shwe Long Tin, residents were also on edge, said its leader, Khin Tun Aye.They had also heard gunfire at night, he said, and were guarding the village around the clock with machetes and slingshots in case the Rohingya attacked with ARSA’s help.“We’re also terrified,” he said.He said he told his fellow Rakhine to stay calm, but the situation remained so tense that he feared for the safety of his Rohingya neighbours.“If there is violence, all of them will be killed,” he said.last_img read more

Houston Workers Are Not Worried About Artificial Intelligence Taking Their Jobs

first_imgFlorian MartinAleek Datta is the managing director of strategy energy at AccentureAutomation and artificial intelligence – AI – are often accused of replacing jobs. X 00:00 /03:20 Listen Sharecenter_img But is that really the case?If you ask Houston workers, a majority is not worried.That’s according to a survey by Accenture.Aleek Datta, managing director with the tech and consulting firm’s strategy branch, says 62 percent of workers in Houston believe the impact of intelligent technologies over the next three years will be positive.Only 4 percent think it will be negative.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img

Few genes cannot predict depression

first_imgA team of US scientists claim that no specific set of genes can predict the risk of depression, and efforts to treat the mental disorder by targeting a few ‘genetic culprits’ is bound to fail. The researchers, who assessed genetic and survey data from 620,000 individuals, found that the 18 most highly-studied candidate genes for depression are actually no more associated with it than randomly chosen genes. Over the past quarter-century, researchers have published hundreds of studies suggesting a small set of particular genes or gene-variants plays a substantial role in boosting susceptibility to depression. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSuch research fuelled hopes that clinicians could soon use genetic testing to simply identify those at risk, and drug companies could develop medications to counteract a few genetically-driven culprits, researchers said in a statement. According to the team from the University of Colorado Boulder in the US, previous studies were incorrect – or “false positives” – and the scientific community should abandon what are known as “candidate gene hypotheses”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”This study confirms that efforts to find a single gene or handful of genes which determine depression are doomed to fail,” said Richard Border, a graduate student at University of Colorado Boulder. “We are not saying that depression is not heritable at all. It is. What we are saying is that depression is influenced by many variants, and individually each of those has a miniscule effect,” said Matthew Keller, an associate professor at University of Colorado Boulder. For the study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers looked at 18 genes which have appeared at least 10 times in depression-focused studies. Among them was a gene called SLC6A4, involved in the transport of the neurochemical serotonin. Research dating back 20 years suggests that people with a certain “short” version of the gene are at significantly greater risk of depression, particularly when exposed to early life trauma. The researchers also looked at genes involved in the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) a protein involved in nerve formation, and the neurotransmitter dopamine. Using genetic and survey data gathered from individuals via the UK Biobank, 23andMe, and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, they set out to see if any of the genes, or gene variants, were associated with depression either alone or when combined with an environmental factor like childhood trauma or socioeconomic diversity. “We found that, as a set, these candidate genes are no more related to depression than any random gene out there,” said Keller. Keller said that in the field of genetics, scientists have known for years that candidate-gene hypotheses were flawed. However, hopeful researchers in other fields, including psychology, have continued to publish studies — often based on smaller sample sizes — which have kept the idea of a small set of “depression genes” alive. “It’s like in ‘The Emporer Wears No Clothes.’ There’s just nothing there. I hope this is the final nail in the coffin for those kind of studies,” said Keller.last_img read more

left photo was taken during rehearsal John Duval

first_img[left photo was taken during rehearsal: John Duval]JOHN DUVAL returned to Different Skies in 2011, having been at the 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 events. John has contributed modular synthesis textures to albums by Dweller At The Threshold and to his solo CD Hell’s Canyon; in recent years he has returned to his first love, the electric guitar, and has played space guitar at live concerts by mindSpiral. John lives in Portland, Oregon, and played guitar at this year’s show, combined with just enough rack gear to give him something to hide behind. [photo: Sue & text: differentskies.com, Sue][left photo: Russel Foster on drums and in front Allen Goodman]RUSSELL FOSTER is a Phoenix native, a solo electronic artist who creates ambient music with a tribal edge under the name Una Voce. His album Provenance was among several of his creations available for sale at the show. Rus has over twenty years’ experience as a guitarist, drummer, and keyboardist, and brings an exceptional artistic sensibility to this, his fifth Different Skies. Rus created the live video you saw during the intermission. ALLEN GOODMAN Returning for his fifth year, this time in the Captain’s Chair, Allen Goodman has been involved with music for over 25 years. As host of Ambitar Radio on StillStream Allen provides an eclectic blend from the sub-genres of ambient music. As an artist Allen releases classical/electronica/ambient under the nom de plume Desert Mystic. Allen is currently working on his first full album release. Allen’s influences range from Amadeus to Zulu tribal, and the diversity of his influence show in his music.[photo: Youngsoo Kim & text: differentskies.com, Sue] [left photo: Jonathan Mills] JONATHAN MILLS is a repeat performer at Different Skies whose idea of music changed when he heard Terry Riley’s “A Rainbow in Curved Air.” It was 20 years before he began to compose and perform minimalist music as a shamanic practitioner using Tibetan singing bowls, logs, rocks and Native American flute. In 2005 he bought a Roland Fantom-Xa and began a string of CDs that include ambient pieces in the Pompeii Trilogy, “21st Century Shaman,” “Trainspotting,” and “¿a la Frontera Sur?” among others. His most recent work, the four-disc Oncology Cycle, documents his encounter with cancer. He has played at Bloomington’s Lotus Fest, the 2007 Lilly ArtsWeek Festival, and collaborates with Janiece Jaffe to create healing music. When not composing, Jonathan is a professor of computer science whose work with Rubel’s extended analog computer is internationally recognized. He and his students are designing “Synthesizers in Speakers,” woven analog supercomputer fabrics that reproduce music holographically. Lear more about Jonathan Mills at shamaniaq.[photo: Youngsoo Kim & text: differentskies.com, Sue] [photo: Sue & text: differentskies.com, Sue] October 21, 2011This is the ninth year of the annual Different Skies festival at Arcosanti’s Colly Soleri Amphitheater and as in previous years, the strength and excellence of the performances excelled. Beautiful, heart-gripping, thoughtful, inspiring, more than words can describe about the pure vision of these musicians/magicians. Awesome! The compositions performed this year were: “A Quiet Recognition” composed by Dave Fulton,“Vision Sequence” composed by Allen Goodman,“Part-Time Gorilla” composed by Otso Pakarinen & Giles Reaves,“Bigfoot” composed by John DuVal & Lauren Dunn,“The Enemy Nest” composed by Otso Pakarinen,“Undeciphered” composed by Tim Walters,“Lifedrop composed by John Kricawa,“Kiss Your Darlings” composed by Otso Pakarinen,“A Separate Identity” composed by Russel Foster,“Halley’s Comet” composed by Jonathan Mills,“The Appointed Hour” composed by Tim Walters,“The Birdman of Arcosanti” composed by Otso Pakarinen,“Far from Home” composed by Giles Reaves,“Stardust” composed by John DuVal, “Cockroach Lipstick” composed by Tim Walters.After a brief Intermission there were the excellent hours of “Improvisation”.[photo: Youngsoo Kim & text: differentskies.com, Sue] [left photo: Tim Walters on bass and Otso Pakarinen] TIM WALTERS is a San Francisco experimental musician whose many projects are brought together under the realm of the Doubtful Palace. He has created dense processed electronic soundscapes in his solo albums The Dry Well and Lost Continents, performed electroacoustic improvisation with Circular Firing Squad, recorded unusual children’s music for adults in Slaw, and twiddled bits with Shalmaneser. Tim has based his entire music production system for Different Skies on an Apple laptop computer running the powerful SuperCollider music creation language. OTSO PAKARINEN is the owner of Visual Power, an audiovisual production company / music label in Helsinki, Finland. Otso has been releasing music in one form or another since the 1980s, as a soloist and with the Finnish electropop group Tapa Paha Tapa. His latest project is Ozone Player, in which he combines intricate electronic structure with dramatic excitement and a rare streak of broad humor. Ozone Player’s latest album is Long-range Influence, a science fiction theme album in collaboration with the American writer and graphic artist Matt Howarth. Otso creates electronic sounds entirely from software running on a laptop computer. This system allows an entire music studio to be compacted to the size of one small box, requiring only a keyboard to play the virtual instruments. He also played electric guitar through the system. Ozone Player.[photo: Youngsoo Kim & text: differentskies.com, Sue] [left photo was taken during rehearsal, from front: John Krikawa, Dave Fulton and Giles Reaves]JOHN KRIKAWA has an ear toward electronic music which was developed in the late 70’s with his introduction to the music of Wendy Carlos, Kraftwerk and Jarre and later Vangelis and Kitaro. The musical verve followed him into the 90’s when he was an active awarding-winning music composer for Video Art projects and medical documentaries. Currently, his personal ambient electronic project is Parity Flux which serves as a platform for sonic sketching. He enjoys blending characteristics of jazz, classical, rock and a Berlin-esque electronic vibe into his own brand of cinematic ambient music. 2011 marked his third consecutive year at Different Skies. DAVE FULTON returned to Different Skies this year, having also been at the 2003, 2005 and 2006 events. Dave is is best known as part of the group Dweller at the Threshold, which has released two albums: No Boundary Condition (1996) and Generation/Transmission/Illumination(1998) and their third album Ouroborus was released on Hypnos/Binary in 2001. Recently, Fulton collaborated with Hypnos founder & Viridian Sun member, Mike Griffin. Their first CD titled The Most Distant Point Known was released on Hypnos in 2000, and its follow-up Imprint came out in 2002. GILES REAVES has been producing solo albums for over two decades, starting with Wunjo in 1986. His album Sea Of Glass reached #11 on the Billboard Magazine New Age Charts when it was released in 1992. Giles lives and works between Nashville, TN, and Salt Lake City, UT, where he is a well-respected audio engineer as well as a first-call keyboardist and percussionist; most recently as part of the Fulton Reaves Project, he has appeared on several albums by the Nashville-based electronic music collective SpaceCraft (as well as countless others), and most recently he played the Alfa Centauri festival in the Netherlands with Dave Fulton and Paul Vnuk Jr. His website is at SpaceforMusic and also at recording collective.last_img read more

O2 Czech Republic is due to launch a new streaming

first_imgO2 Czech Republic is due to launch a new streaming set-top box that will make its O2 TV Air service available to customers regardless of their broadband provider.The new box will let viewers access 58 channels from the O2 TV Air service – including networks like Disney Channel, National Geographic and AMC. Six O2 Sport HD channels will also be available.O2 Czech Republic’s chief marketing officer, David Duron, said that the new box had been in development for almost a year and that the device will let viewers “enjoy all the comforts of O2 TV on your big screen at home”.The new set-top box is due to launch on December 1 and will cost CZK2,136 (€79). Users can connect the box to their TV set via SCART or HDMI cable. O2 recommends viewers use the device with a broadband connection that is at least 6Mbps.last_img read more