KSAMC Launches Disaster Management Poster Competition

first_img The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has launched its inaugural Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change (DRMCC) Education Programme Poster Competition. Story Highlights Parish Disaster Coordinator for Kingston and St. Andrew, Terry Forrester, said that the competition, under the theme ‘Disaster Risk Management is Everybody’s Business’, aims to unearth the artistic talents of the participants while educating them about disaster risk management and climate change.center_img The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has launched its inaugural Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change (DRMCC) Education Programme Poster Competition.Parish Disaster Coordinator for Kingston and St. Andrew, Terry Forrester, said that the competition, under the theme ‘Disaster Risk Management is Everybody’s Business’, aims to unearth the artistic talents of the participants while educating them about disaster risk management and climate change.“We are tasked with educating the populace of Kingston and St. Andrew about the risk and vulnerabilities of the city, with the ultimate goal of being a safe and resilient city for all… . With that in mind, we have conceptualised a programme which targets the young minds of our society,” she said.Ms. Forrester was speaking at the launch at The Knutsford Court Hotel, St. Andrew, on Thursday (May 2).The poster competition is open to young people up to 21 years old, and submissions are invited in eight categories/topics – hurricane safety, fire safety and prevention, earthquake safety, tsunami safety, flood safety, watershed management and protection, landslide protection;, and climate change issues.Submissions should be made to the KSAMC, ‎24 Church Street, Kingston by May 24.Acting Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Richard Thompson, commended the KSAMC “on this venture to bring young people into disaster management”.“It is good when we get youngsters involved in disaster risk reduction and disaster management because… we have to ensure that measures are in place, so that we can protect the country. I am sure that this will be a flagship project not only for the other local authorities but you might see this spreading across the Caribbean,” he added.The KSAMC poster competition is being staged in partnership with ODPEM and is being sponsored by a number of private-sector entities.last_img read more

India asks Pakistan for unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan

first_imgNew Delhi: India has asked Pakistan to provide “unimpeded” consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav in an environment free from the “fear of intimidation” and reprisal, in sync with the ruling by the International Court of Justice in his case, official sources said on Friday. Earlier this week, Pakistan sent India a proposal offering consular access to Jadhav on Friday. On Thursday, India sent a communication to Pakistan making clear its position that the consular access must be “unimpeded” and should be in the light of the judgement by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Official sources said Pakistan’s response to India’s communication is now awaited. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said it was evaluating Pakistan’s offer of granting consular access to Jadhav in the ICJ judgement in the case. There were reports that Pakistan had put some conditions to grant consular access to Jadhav. One of the conditions reportedly was the presence of a Pakistani official when the Indian prisoner is allowed to meet Indian officials as part of the consular access. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017 following which India had moved the ICJ. Following the ICJ order, India has asked Pakistan to grant full consular access to Jadhav at the earliest in “full compliance and conformity” of the world court’s verdict. In its 42-page order, the court, while rejecting Pakistan’s objection to admissibility of the Indian application in the case, held that “a continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review” of the sentence of Jadhav. The bench, however, rejected some remedies sought by India, including annulment of the military court’s decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.last_img read more

Canadian Banned musicians take the stage at SXSW

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Further driving home ContraBanned’s point about the foolishness of Donald Trump’s attempted travel ban, the evening’s scheduled closing act, Iranian-born U.K. DJ Ash Koosha, was conspicuously absent because he was denied entry into the States to attend the festival. Advertisement Login/Register With: AUSTIN, TEXAS—Music knows no borders, and all the travel bans in the world can’t do anything about it.That was the message sent the way of the Trump administration at the South by Southwest festival on Friday evening, as artists representing the six nations targeted by a United States travel ban gathered in Austin for a defiantly joyous protest concert dubbed “ContraBanned: #MusicUnites @ SXSW.”The musicians on hand — including Somali-Canadian sister act Faarrow and Toronto rapper Emmanuel Jal, representing South Sudan — came from worlds as varied as hip-hop, jazz, R&B and classical, but that was kind of the point. They could all easily come together onstage in the spirit of peace and unity, which a world separated by pointless political and religious borders would do well to emulate. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Study offers explanation for earthquakes setting off distant quakes

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Second University of Naples has developed a model that may help explain how it is that some earthquakes set off other earthquakes up to a thousand miles away. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they constructed a physical model, watched how it behaved under stress and then came up with their theory. More information: Dynamic Weakening by Acoustic Fluidization during Stick-Slip Motion, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 128001 – Published 15 September 2015. dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.128001ABSTRACTThe unexpected weakness of some faults has been attributed to the emergence of acoustic waves that promote failure by reducing the confining pressure through a mechanism known as acoustic fluidization, also proposed to explain earthquake remote triggering. Here we validate this mechanism via the numerical investigation of a granular fault model system. We find that the stick-slip dynamics is affected only by perturbations applied at a characteristic frequency corresponding to oscillations normal to the fault, leading to gradual dynamical weakening as failure is approaching. Acoustic waves at the same frequency spontaneously emerge at the onset of failure in the absence of perturbations, supporting the relevance of acoustic fluidization in earthquake triggering. © 2015 Phys.org Earthquakes, as most everyone knows, happen when compressed rock slides against other rock along a fault line—but what researchers have struggled to understand is how or why some earthquakes seem to cause other earthquakes to occur, that are too far away to be chalked up to mere ground vibrations.To better understand what happens, the researchers set up some rocks in their laboratory, with some round granules between them—then applied pressure. As the rocks finally slipped, mimicking a real earthquake, the team recorded what happened with the grains between them. They found that they emitted acoustic waves. Next, they tried a similar experiment, but this time, broadcast a variety of acoustic waves in the vicinity of the grains—doing so revealed that for certain frequencies, the acoustic waves caused what the team describes as “lathering” where fluid-like motion occurred resulting in a sudden reduction in friction, causing the rocks on either side to slide against one another earlier than they would have otherwise. And that, the researchers suggest, might be what happens when one earthquake sets off another a long distance away—the sound waves created by one earthquake travel long distances to another site, cause the grains in a fault line they encounter to lather, and that is what sets off another earthquake. The lathering occurs, the researchers suggest, due to waves bouncing back and forth inside a fault.The results beg the question: Why don’t all earthquakes set off lots of other earthquakes in distant places? The answer, the team notes lies in the frequency of the acoustics waves—lathering only occurs for any given fault line within a certain narrow frequency range, and the impact they have will depend on the state of other fault lines—they have to be near ready to slip on their own.The idea put forth by the team should not be too difficult to study in real situations, as acoustic recordings that occur in the vicinity of earthquakes could be compared with those captured at distant sites that have what appear to be, related seismic events. Explore furtherlast_img read more

NGMA showcases Prabuddha Dasguptas legacy

first_imgWhat defines longing? The yearning to return home? The wait for a tiring bus ride to end? The desperation to make love? Or the sheer thrill of being caught in a game of hide and seek? For late photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta perhaps, longing lay in all of these. 90 pictures in all, from his final series “Longing” along with photographs clicked during his short-lived life of 55 years form a part of this exhibition. It was inaugurated on Friday at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Longing,” Dasgupta’s journal of memory and experience, was based on the everyday — family, friendships, places known, spaces occupied, journeys remembered — revolving around the core of a pivotal love affair. With an oblique, non-linear narrative, the work seeks to evoke through the selective memory of personal experience, a journey of the viewer’s own.“His photographs act as a voice capable of luring our senses, instigating the viewer to put his mind, his eye and his heart on the same wavelength. What reinforces these thoughts is the sense of a strong composition and rhythm that is explicit in the images,” Rajeev Lochan, Director, NGMA said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe was in the process of publishing “Longing”, when he unexpectedly passed away in 2012. Bits and pieces from every facet of his career as a photographer, both fine-art and fashion, are on display at the show. Born into a family of artists in Kolkata (1956), Dasgupta grew up in an atmosphere of creativity in the company of painters, musicians, dancers, writers and filmmakers.He also spent several years living on the grounds of NGMA, where his father, Pradosh Dasgupta was the director. A bunch of photographs from the time he spent in Ladakh in 2000, shows the cold desert being shot in the rare monochrome light, bringing out deeper and lesser told stories of the peasant and nomadic life of the land.“There is a sense of lingering familiarity that transcends the atmosphere created by his images. The photographs facilitate a distinct connect between the viewer and the photographer,” Lochan said. He is said to have brought to photography a bold individualistic sensibility, which fetched him a place among the most distinguished photographers in the country. Pictures from “Women,” his controversial collection of portraits and nudes of urban Indian women also form a part of the retrospective.The collection was a result of his realisation that Indian women as subjects of photographic representation were never seen as anything but exotic models of attractiveness. In the collection he featured women “for their interestingness rather than their physical charms.” Dasgupta shot many Indian supermodels like Madhu Sapre, Mehr Jessia and Feroze Gujral.One of his most recollected works include the controversial ad campaign for a shoe brand, featuring Madhu Sapre and Milind Soman wearing only the shoes and a snake. A post-graduate in History, Dasgupta had began his career as a copywriter at an advertising agency, before turning to photography full-time.He had also photographed for many national and international magazines and top-notch fashion brands like Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Elle, Harper Bazaar and GQ among others, several of which can be seen at the exhibition.Lochan said the NGMA is in the process of acquiring over 100 works by the late photographer. The Gallery has brought a publication “Prabuddha Dasgupta, A Journey”. Another publication on the photographer has also been brought out by his family. The show at NGMA is scheduled to go on till November 19.last_img read more

Go minimal and rock the navy suit look

first_imgThere is a reason for the navy blue suit to be the next big thing. Already touted as one of the ‘IT’ trends for Fall-Winter 2018, Navy Blue has made its presence felt across shows for Fall-Winter 2017, as well as Spring-Summer 2018. What is so exciting about the Navy Blue suit? “It’s dark, but it’s not black. It’s a stable colour, and can be used either as a neutral or as an accent. So before you decide how to wear the navy suit, it’s important to know when to wear it,” says Rohan Khattar, Founder – Minizmo. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHere are some ways to rock the navy blue suit: Keep it smooth: Stick to 100% virgin wool fabrics, as they work well with navy. Excessive matte finishes or very smooth suits can actually make a navy suit look too shiny. Make the attire classy by adding simple black cuffs. Flaunt the formals: When in doubt, you can always pair a navy suit with a plain white stiff shirt for a formal look, but use it for specific occasions. A lighter coloured tie can add life to the entire ensemble. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveContrast: Play the contrasting game, with a lighter blue shirt. This is an ultra-conservative look, and perfect for the board room power play. Add some relief to it with a solid contrasting tie in red or maroon. Keep it casual: If you are looking for a more casual look, wear a pin-striped shirt under it, and let go of the tie. This look is perfect for a business casual dinner. One can also accessorize it with smart cuffs or a quirky brooch. Minimal is more: Day-wear suits, especially for lunch, and weddings are perfectly paired with a simple light-pastel coloured shirt, and a tie in neutral tones. This adds elegance to the entire outfit, while keeping it less formal.last_img read more

MLNET 10 RC releases with support for TensorFlow models and much more

first_imgLast week, the team behind ML.NET announced the release of ML.NET 1.0 RC (Release Candidate), an open-source and cross-platform machine learning framework for .NET developers.  ML.NET 1.0 RC is the last preview release before releasing the final ML.NET 1.0 RTM (Requirements Traceability Matrix) this year. Developers can use ML.NET in sentiment analysis, product recommendation, spam detection, image classification, and much more. What’s new in ML.NET 1.0 RC? Preview packages According to the Microsoft blog, “Heading ML.NET 1.0, most of the functionality in ML.NET (around 95%) is going to be released as stable (version 1.0).” The packages that will be available for the preview state are TensorFlow, Onnx components, TimeSeries components, and recommendation components. IDataView moved to Microsoft.ML namespace In this release, IDataView has been moved back into Microsoft. ML namespace based on feedback the team received. Support for TensorFlow models This release comes with added support for TensorFlow models, an open source machine learning framework used for deep learning projects. The issues in ML.NET version 0.11 related to TensorFlow models have been fixed in this release. Major changes in ML.NET 1.0 RC The ‘Data’ namespace has been removed in this release with the help using Microsoft.Data.DataView. The Nuget package has been added for Microsoft.ML.FastTree. Also, PoissonRegression has been changed to LbfgsPoissonRegression. To know more about this release, check out the official announcement. Read Next .NET team announces ML.NET 0.6 Qml.Net: A new C# library for cross-platform .NET GUI development ML.NET 0.4 is here with support for SymSGD, F#, and word embeddings transform!Alast_img read more