Sports Legends Gather To Cure Paralysis

first_imgSports legends, celebrities, corporate leaders, media personalities and more attended this week’s 27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, hosted by The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis.NBC Sports Icon, Bob Costas returned as Master of Ceremonies at the event, which paid tribute to philanthropic heroes and sports legends that inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries. Held at New York’s famed Waldorf=Astoria, the star-studded dinner raised nearly $18 million.This year’s honorees included Shaquille O’Neal, Joe Torre, Marshall Faulk, Tony Perez, Mark Martin, Lorena Ochoa, Jake LaMotta and Lisa Leslie. Famed NBA Player and NBA Championship Winner, Alonzo Mourning, was presented with The Buoniconti Fund Award for his commitment to the organization. Grammy Award Winning Musician and Producer, Emilio Estefan, was honored with The Outstanding Business Leader Award.Other notables in attendance included: NBA legend Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, boxer Laila Ali, “Real Housewives of NYC” star Aviva Drescher, Wendy Williams, Comedian Jeff Dye, Olympian Gold Medalists Jordan Burroughs and Allyson Felix, Celebrity Chef Todd English and more.Founded by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti after his son, Marc, became paralyzed during a college football game, The Buoniconti Fund, is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center.Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 283 sports legends and honorees and has raised $93 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs. Contributions from previous events have funded the first ever human clinical trial, recently approved by the FDA to become the first of its kind.last_img read more

Alarming reports of major violations in southeast Turkey – UN rights chief

“More and more information has been emerging from a variety of credible sources about the actions of security forces in the town of Cizre during the extended curfew there from mid-December until early March,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a press release. He added that the picture that is emerging, although still sketchy, is “extremely alarming,” and strongly condemned violence and other unlawful acts committed by the youth groups and other non-state agents, allegedly affiliated with the PKK , in Cizre and other areas. “I regret any loss of life as a result of terrorist acts wherever they have occurred,” Mr. Zeid said. “However, while Turkey has a duty to protect its population from acts of violence, it is essential that the authorities respect human rights at all times while undertaking security or counter-terrorism operations – and international law prohibiting torture, extrajudicial killings, disproportionate use of lethal force and arbitrary detention must be observed.” The High Commissioner said he had received reports of unarmed civilians – including women and children – being deliberately shot by snipers, or by gunfire from tanks and other military vehicles. “There also appears to have been massive, and seemingly highly disproportionate, destruction of property and key communal infrastructure – including buildings hit by mortar or shellfire, and damage inflicted on the contents of individual apartments and houses taken over by security forces,” he said. “There are also allegations of arbitrary arrests, and of torture and other forms of ill-treatment, as well as reports that in some situations ambulances and medical staff were prevented from reaching the wounded.” On top of all this, he noted that there has been huge displacement triggered by the curfews and by subsequent fighting, shelling, killings and arrests in many places in the south-east. “Most disturbing of all,” the High Commissioner said, “are the reports quoting witnesses and relatives in Cizre which suggest that more than 100 people were burned to death as they sheltered in three different basements that had been surrounded by security forces.” “All these allegations, including those levelled at the groups fighting against the security forces, are extremely serious and should be thoroughly investigated, but do not appear to have been so far,” Zeid said. “The Turkish Government has not responded positively to requests by my Office and other parts of the United Nations to visit the region to collect information first-hand.” The UN Human Rights Chief noted that more information has emerged from Cizre compared to other districts, towns and villages in the south-east – including Silopi, Nusaybin and the Sur district of Diyarbakýr, the main city in the region – which were sealed off for weeks on end, and are still next to impossible to access, because of the heavy security presence. “In 2016, to have such a lack of information about what is happening in such a large and geographically accessible area is both extraordinary and deeply worrying,” Mr. Zeid said. “This black-out simply fuels suspicions about what has been going on. I therefore renew my call for access for UN staff and other impartial observers and investigators, including civil society organizations and journalists.” Noting alarm bells rung by other international human rights entities in recent weeks, Mr. Zeid called for a prompt investigation and prosecution of all those suspected of being involved in violations of the right to life, including extrajudicial killings and disproportional use of lethal force, and stressed that the judiciary should act independently from all other branches of the State, including the military and the Executive. He also called on the Turkish authorities to allow the return of all those who have been forcibly displaced, and urged them to ensure that, in future, curfews are limited to the minimum duration necessary and with due concern for human rights obligations and humanitarian considerations. The High Commissioner noted Turkey’s continued engagement with UN human rights bodies, including the recent visit of UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; the recent review of the country’s record by the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families; and the ongoing review by the UN Committee against Torture which will issue its concluding observations on 13 May. read more

In wakeup call to AsiaPacific UN report urges region to do more

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a report that outlines declining progress towards defeating hunger in Asia and the Pacific, noting that nearly one-in-three children suffer from stunting, and warning that to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger by 2030, the region must redouble its efforts. “The analysis in this report is an eye-opener and a wake-up call to all of us here in Asia and the Pacific,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, during the launch in Bangkok, Thailand, of FAO’s 2016 Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Insecurity – Investing in a Zero Hunger Generation – the first post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report of its kind. The report indicates that the Asia-Pacific region is home to more than 60 per cent of the roughly 800 million hungry people in the world, 12 per cent of whom remain undernourished – mostly in Southern Asia. Ms. Kadiresan continued: “To some, the year 2030 may still seem far away, but it’s only 14 years from now and we still have nearly half-a-billion hungry people in this region. That 12 per cent represents some of the poorest and hardest to reach people. So the clock is ticking, but with political will and collective action we can reach our goal of zero hunger.” The report acknowledges that eradicating hunger means reducing poverty and addressing economic, social and environmental challenges. This is exacerbated by a forecasted increase of two billion to the world population – culminating in more than nine billion people by 2050. According to the report, zero hunger can be achieved, provided that certain steps are followed, particularly by increasing investment in more efficient production methods and agricultural research.Sustainable Development Goal 2 on Zero Hunger also commits to universal access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food at all times of the year. “Most countries in this region are spending too little on agricultural research,” Ms. Kadiresan noted. “In order to meet both the zero hunger goal and ensure everyone is well nourished in Asia-Pacific by 2030, we will, collectively, need to put our money where our mouths are to ensure we can meet these twin challenges,” she said, adding FAO’s availability to provide technical expertise to help member countries.Changing diets: Another dimension In addition to examining the challenges of hunger and undernutrition amidst limited natural resources, the report explores other aspects of malnutrition arising from poor diets, such as in micronutrient deficiency. While figures differ by country, obesity has been increasing regionally by more than four per cent annually. The report analyzes other emerging regional issues, such as dietary diversification. As countries grow richer, diets change. This is happening rapidly in Asia, where per capita rice consumption has declined and that of fish, fruits and vegetables has grown rapidly. “The most striking example of this is the rapid take up of dairy products across the region,” explained Ms. Kadiresan, elaborating that while milk and dairy products promise improved nutrition, “policy-makers need to ensure that the region’s small-holder dairy farmers […] have fair access to, and compete in, the marketplace.” read more

Authorities recorded 48 cases of human trafficking in 2012

first_imgA TOTAL OF 48 people were reported as victims of human trafficking in 2012, according to new figures published this afternoon by the Department of Justice. The figure represents a decrease of nine on the previous year’s figures; there were 57 alleged victims  in 2011.The 2012 figure is based on information from the gardaí, NGOs and the International Organisation for Migration. It includes 19 Irish victims, all of whom were minors reported as victims of sexual exploitation. The others came from elsewhere in the EU (10), Western Africa (8) and other regions (11).In total, there were 39 reported cases of sexual exploitation, six cases of labour exploitation and three uncategorised exploitation cases. 31 of the reported victims were women or girls – the other 17 were male.Reacting to the figures, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said that combating human trafficking remained a priority for the Government. The Minister plans to publish the ‘Second National Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking in Ireland’ early in 2014.“The prevention and detection of trafficking in human beings has been a stated priority of An Garda Síochána in recent years and I commend the Gardaí, other State agencies and civil society who work together to fight this crime and support its victims,” the Minister said.Regarding the high number of the minors reported as victims of sexual exploitation, Shatter said that the the majority of cases being investigated did not involve prostitution:“With regard to the abhorrent human trafficking of children for the purposes of sexual exploitation, it is important that we recognise that the offences that are reported for 2012 arise predominantly outside of the context of prostitution.“Human Trafficking is very broadly defined in Irish legislation and offences relating to child pornography, for example, may often contain the elements of human trafficking – such as recruitment and sexual exploitation – that will bring such actions within the legal definition of human trafficking.“The reports concerning 21 of the 23 children in 2012 related to offences such as child pornography, sexual assault and sexual indecency, rather than exploitation through prostitution. That is not to say that the trafficking of children for exploitation through prostitution may not be occurring, 2 cases of that nature were reported in 2012 and remain under investigation.”Figures for the last four years show there has been a decrease in the number of people from outside the European Union being reported as victims. 42 of the 57 victims reported in 2011 were from outside the EU.The full report for 2012 can be found on the State’s dedicated Anti-Human Trafficking website Couple who ran London prostitution ring to be sentenced todayRead: Brothel-keepers guilty pleas welcomed by PSNIlast_img read more

Top readers comments of the week

first_imgCame home from work one day last year to find the two daughters giving each other rides around the house in the wheelbarrow, they are both in their 20s.Ireland’s micro-breweries have been undergoing something of a resurgence of late. Colin Toner pointed out the challenges they face: Rounding out the top five is Joe O’Shea who got 1,033 thumbs up for asking this question on the article about the 28 students suspended from secondary school for ‘liking’ a Facebook post which contained an explicit reference to some school staff members: Did those students not realise their names were identifiable from the ‘likes’ they have given? They should be given another two days suspension for stupidity.Spot any good comments? Let us know: mail with any suggestions for comments of the week. Ru Ni Digs was close behind with 1,348 thumbs up for this comment about Aslan’s lead singer Christy Dignam being diagnosed with cancer: Get well soon Christy!!!Simon got 1,126 thumbs up for this comment about Kate Middleton apparently being related to Brian Ború: I wish we’d stop claiming everyone, its getting embarrassing!A lot of commenters were unimpressed with Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s penalty points drama this week. Karen Hynes got 1,038 thumbs up for this: So he thanked the first guard who stopped him using his phone while driving and said that guard may have saved a life… Then got caught again using his phone while driving. Were they the only times he used his phone while driving?Did it ever cross his mind to get a hands free kit? Here are 15 things no-one tells you about being a parent – and here’s one more from Tina Heverin: When leaving the house to do the grocery shopping on your own is like a mini-holiday EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we like to take a look at all the best comments left on the site by you lot over the past week.This week there was a lot of talk about the new pope, Ming and his penalty points, and Ministers flying abroad for Patrick’s Day. Then there was also the issue of teachers spending time on religion in primary schools, the school in Limerick which suspended 28 students for ‘liking’ a Facebook post, and things no-one tells you about having kids.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. And the new pope is… Jorge Mario Bergoglio (331 comments)2. Ming: I want my penalty points back (236 comments)3. 16 amazing songs from the 1990s that you’ve forgotten (198 comments)4. This could ONLY happen on Irish Twitter (194 comments)5. Meath East by-election: Here are the candidates and here’s what they’re saying (185 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this weekAre there some things you’re never too old for? From kicking piles of leaves to building a fort, there were a lot of suggestions of age-inappropriate activities. Eileen McKenna and Jose had two more: Walking all round tesco without stepping on a join in the tiles! Do it with the carpet tiles in the office too.I’m 53.*sigh* (Video: NewsChamber/YouTube)5 comments which received the most thumbs upJohn Joe Kinsella had the most popular comment this week for a defence of the Gardaí who were attacked while answering a call in Dublin, which received 1,379 thumbs up:Nobody deserves this for just doing their job. It’s amazing how what you picture in your mind when you first hear a news story can be so different from what actually took place. I had visions of this muscle bound beefcake with tattoos thrashing about in the water as the shark rolled him over and over again and the guy in the midst of all the fighting and blood letting shouting in what appears to be his last words on earth….”TELL MY WIFE …..gulp.gulp…pah pah…..I LOVE HERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR……aaagggggghhhhhhhhhWas kinda disappointed. It’s great to see a small revival again with the craft beer market in Ireland, it reached a peak in the late 90′s/ early 2000′s but most of those breweries have closed such as the Dublin Brewing Company and the Biddy Early Brewing Co.There are not enough pubs around the country that support the micro brewing Industry and any micro brew that successfully gets into a pub ( on draught not bottle ) will be quickly forced out by Diageo or Heiniken by offering the publican free stock to get it out. Hopefully the recent surge in micro brew companies will change that but somehow I doubt it.If I Can recommend one new craft beer it would certainly be Creans Lager, one craft beer I would love to see back in production would be Revolution Red. Do you remember your best and worst teachers? Christina Colling definitely remembers her worst (even 30 years later): I remember in senior infants many moons ago I brought in a huge seashell to show it to my teacher mrs mcdonald…so off I toddled up to her during break time. She must have been having a bad day because she snapped it off me and threw it into her desk drawer. Never to see daylight again. She refused to give it back to me. That was 30 years ago and I will never forget it. Never forgave her for it either. I loved that seashell :’(Pun Of the Week comes from Ciaran De Bhal on this article about a nun who voted on behalf of another nun – who had died – in the US presidential election last year: That’s an awful habit she developed..The story was pretty compelling. A man who tackled a shark on a beach was later sacked from his job following a video that went viral showing the battle between man and shark. Michael Burke had high expectations:last_img read more

Google acquires PushLife in move to give Android its own iTunes

first_imgGoogle has just announced that it will be acquiring PushLife, a small company that develops software to sync media on mobile devices.Google seems to have acquired PushLife for a song: the number being floated is just $25 million. Even so, it’s pretty easy to see what Google’s going for here. They want to integrate PushLife’s technology and expertise into Android… and with cloud storage and wireless syncing at the top of everyone’s minds these days, it seems pretty likely the PushLife acquisition was made in pursuit of the launch of Google’s own music service.AdChoices广告Before it was acquired, PushLife’s products included media management applications for Android and BlackBerry supporting wired synchronization with both iTunes and Windows Media Player, as well as social network integration with services like, Facebook and Twitter.This isn’t the first company Google has acquired in pursuit of rounding out their media syncing and musical offerings on the Android platform. Last year, Google acquired Simplify Media, a company that allowed users to stream their iTunes libraries to other computers over the Internet.The fruits of that acquisition have yet to be seen, but it’s easy to see how both the acquisition of PushLife and Simplify Media could come together into Google’s own answer to iTunes: a sophisticated media syncing and buying engine that will also offer Amazon Cloud Locker style storage.It’ll be interesting to see what Google ends up putting together. The search giant sorely needs its own analog to iTunes, which is often cited as a big advantage of the iPhone over Android. For the last year or so, Google’s definitely been picking up all of the stray pieces it needs to launch its own media syncing software and buying platform. The only question is how well integrated all these pieces will be when Google unveils it… likely at next month’s IO conference.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Portland school reacting to student sex videos

first_imgPORTLAND — Grant High School in Portland is reacting to reports some students have been sharing videos of teens having sex on and off campus.Vice Principal Kristyn Westphal told parents at a Tuesday night PTA meeting that students will be required to take courses in health or gym classes.KOIN reports the courses will educate students on how to respect themselves and be healthy in the age of smart phones.Police are investigating the videos as child pornography because sharing images of minors having sex is a crime.last_img

Louises lowdown Will the Lifetime Isa encourage or distract from pension saving

first_imgOn 16 March Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget 2016 speech to Parliament. A storm of speculation around pensions tax relief had raged for months before beginning to subside in early March, when word spread that this Budget would not, as many had expected, herald in further radical reform to the pensions tax system.There had been “no consensus”, said the Chancellor, around potential changes; namely a move to a flat rate of pensions tax relief or to an individual savings account (Isa)-style system that follows a Taxed-Exempt-Exempt model rather than the existing Exempt-Exempt-Taxed model.Whatever the Chancellor’s reasoning, the pensions tax relief system is to remain in its current form, for the time being at least, providing some respite for employers, savers and industry as they continue to navigate a pensions landscape already much altered by April 2015’s freedoms.Osborne did, however, unveil a new savings mechanism in his Budget speech: the Lifetime Isa. Designed to encourage younger people to save, individuals will be able to save up to £4,000 a year into a Lifetime Isa and the government will make a 25% contribution. The Lifetime Isa can be opened by those under 40, although individual and government contributions can be made up until the age of 50. Savers will be able to put their savings and government bonus towards the purchase of a first home to a maximum value of £450,000, or withdraw these from the age of 60 for use in retirement. Although savings can be withdrawn for alternative purposes, they would be subject to a 5% charge and would forfeit the government’s 25% contribution.Some have expressed concern that the introduction of the Lifetime Isa will be to the detriment of pension saving, potentially driving employees to opt out of auto-enrolment or to contribute the bare minimum into their workplace pension scheme. Crucially, the Lifetime Isa will not see savers benefit from employer contributions as they do with workplace pension schemes. Employers may need to widen the scope of their pensions education offering to ensure staff are fully aware of this, while continuing their efforts to increase awareness about the importance of saving adequately for retirement.Yet, the Lifetime Isa does provide greater choice and a further incentive to save, particularly for those who are in a position to use it as an additional savings vehicle. According to research by Mercer, published in November 2015, a third (33%) of employee respondents are worried about getting on the property ladder and 48% are concerned about saving enough for retirement. Worryingly, the research also found that these concerns are contributing to stress levels (78%), lowering motivation (57%), negatively impacting employees’ energy levels (51%), and affecting their overall health (46%).Considering the significant impact financial worries can have on employees’ wellbeing and the knock-on effect these can have on a business, it is perhaps no surprise that employers’ financial education programmes are becoming increasingly holistic. Indeed, Nudge Global’s Financial education: the definitive guide 2016 report, published in March 2016, found that 77% of respondents would like to include employees’ personal finances in their financial education offering.So will the Lifetime Isa go some way to alleviating financial concerns, by encouraging employees to save and providing another way in which they can do so? Will it ultimately detract from pension saving or will it complement it? Or will it, as some have speculated, serve as a bridge to an Isa-style tax system for pensions? Only time (and perhaps the next Budget) will tell.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Deloitte UK enhances organisation culture to reduce gender pay gap

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2017: Deloitte UK has implemented agile working and an unpaid leave programme in order to improve its organisation culture and gender diversity.The audit, financial and tax advisory organisation focussed on introducing work-life initiatives and enhancing its overall organisation culture after focus groups with their female staff discovered they were struggling to juggle home caring responsibilities with work, and also women who held senior positions were found to be disengaged with the organisation due to its corporate culture. This was reflected in the organisation’s recruitment statistics, which show that only 36% of new graduates entering the business are women, as well as in its gender pay gap data.Speaking at Employee Benefits Live 2017, Emma Codd (pictured), managing director for talent at Deloitte UK, said: “We had to actually do something to change. And we did loads of things already, so we had women’s networks, we had some programmes, but the reality was they hadn’t made a difference, they hadn’t moved the dial at all. We knew that we had to do something very, very focused. So we spoke to our women. We spoke to a lot of our women and we analysed and we asked.”To address culture within Deloitte, the organisation implemented a series of work-life balance related initiatives. This included an agile working policy that sought to trust both men and women to complete their work in a more flexible way, with employees judged on output. The organisation also introduced its Time Out policy, which enabled employees to take a month of unpaid leave whenever they wanted.The focus groups had also revealed that in some cases, banter and everyday comments among employees made female employees feel negatively about themselves, therefore Deloitte UK introduced respect and inclusion advisors that allowed employees to speak to someone on a one-to-one basis, where they could raise issues that they perhaps did not want to speak to HR about. Also, 6,000 senior leaders within the business underwent training around diversity and inclusion.“Culture was the one thing that underpinned everything. […] Diversity is principally an output of culture. If [employers] do not have an inclusive culture underpinned by respect, [they] can forget ever achieving diversity in my personal view,” Codd continued.Deloitte UK also changed its recruitment programme in order to include more gender neutral language and introduced a return-to-work programme that included transition coaching for employees who were returning to the workplace as new working parents.Codd noted that these initiatives have produced results over the last three years, with female partner levels increasing from 13% in 2014 to 19% in 2017. More female graduates are now being recruited into the business and its most recent engagement survey also showed that women were more engaged with the organisation than men.Deloitte UK’s gender pay gap data for 2017 revealed a mean gender pay gap of 17% and a mean gender bonus gap of 52.2%. Codd attributed this gap to two positive initiatives that were having an adverse impact on gender pay data. This included the fact that more women were taking up salary sacrifice benefits in order to purchase extra leave, which skewed salary figures, and the organisation’s agile working policy also impacted the bonus pay figures as more women were engaging with this way of working. Deloitte UK’s gender pay gap data was published on its staff intranet, alongside information that detailed what the organisation was doing to tackle the gap. Deloitte UK voluntarily reported its gender pay gap in 2015 and 2016, as Codd observed that tackling gender diversity within an organisation is a long-term project that can take between seven and 10 years to address.Codd said: “Changing this will rely on every organisation focussing on its pain points, but the one thing I would say is please do not assume this can only be fixed through a programmatic approach. To me, for most organisations I’ve spent time with, in fact all of them, it’s also around making sure that culture actually supports everybody to succeed.”last_img read more

Juneau Police Reach Community One Cup of Coffee At A Time

first_img[With the recent] **After the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and other cities, police departments across the country are under a lot of scrutiny. Questions are being raised about use of force, police militarization and racial profiling.Download Audio:Against that backdrop, the Juneau Police Department this week launched a new outreach program.Downtown resident Noelle Derse talks with Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson at Coffee with a Cop. JPD started the program this week to improve outreach to the public. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.Coffee with a CopIt’s a busy Wednesday morning at the Heritage Coffee shop on 2nd Street in downtown Juneau. A mix of tourists and locals are sipping lattes and eating fresh-baked treats.Police Chief Bryce Johnson sits at a table near the front door, talking with Noelle Derse. The young mother of three lives downtown and says she loves it. But she feels like the area is kind of sketchy.“A couple of years ago it was really bad, broken windows all the time,” Derse says. “Every Saturday morning when we took our walk, just filth and vomit and feces and everything all over the streets.”Derse says she came to Coffee with a Cop to talk to police about increasing patrols in her neighborhood. Overall, she thinks the Juneau Police Department does a good job.“They work really well one-on-one with people,” she says. “I just want more. I want to see them more. I want to know they’re out here.”Larri Spengler is with the Thane Neighborhood Association, a community watch group for residents who live a few miles outside downtown. She calls JPD officers helpful and approachable, and says events like this foster good relations between the police department and the community.“Especially with recent publicity in the nation about police troubles, I mean, I don’t think we have that sense of that here,” Spengler says. “And this kind of thing would help even make it less likely that people would think of the police as other.”Not a police stateAt a recent interview in his office, Chief Johnson says he’s followed the events in Ferguson through the media. He’s thought a lot about how he would handle a similar situation, and says it’s important for people to remember that there are a lot of unknowns. But he says one lesson is “we (police) need to learn how to better communicate with the public in general and with the media.”Since coming to Juneau a little more than a year ago, Johnson has consistently talked about wanting police to be an open and trusted part of the community.“We don’t live in police states. They call it a thin blue line for a reason,” he says.Johnson brought the Coffee with a Cop idea with him from Salt Lake City Police Department, where he worked for 20 years. He says trust is important because cops are only part of the crime prevention puzzle.“When you look at what causes crime it has a lot to do with economic opportunity, it has to do with family status, it has to do with drugs and alcohol,” Johnson says. “These are all problems that the police department cannot fix. So what we have to do is we have to partner with other community agencies, other community entities, other people, and be part of a solution.”Police militarizationOne of the biggest criticisms leveled at police in Ferguson has dealt with the militarization of law enforcement. Johnson thinks that’s an unfair characterization. He says the Juneau Police Department has received some surplus military gear from the federal government. But he says it’s only used under special circumstances and always to ensure the safety of officers and the public.“I don’t think it is a bad thing the police department is getting this type of protective equipment,” Johnson says. “I think a better conversation would be when do you use it, when do you deploy it?”Coffee timeBack at the coffee shop, downtown patrol officer Jim Quinto says he doesn’t feel much negativity or hostility toward Juneau police. Quinto grew up here and has been on the force for 17 years. He says efforts like Coffee with a Cop will only improve communication between the department and residents.“Like when I walk around, I’m constantly going into stores and saying hi to people,” Quinto says. “Just so they know that we’re out there.”JPD hopes to make Coffee with a Cop an ongoing program with events every month or two in different neighborhoods. Johnson says it doesn’t cost anything, and hopefully it’ll make the department more accessible.last_img read more

Training programme for Andhra University students concludes

first_imgVisakhapatnam: About 20 students from Department of Geology, Andhra University, were selected for a week-long training programme in ‘Applications of remote sensing and GIS’ by the Geological Survey of India Training Institute, Hyderabad. Director General of GSI Training Institute Ch Venkateswara Rao organised the just-concluded programme that aimed at teaching advanced techniques in remote sensing, GSI and image processing to students. Head of Department of Geology, AU M Jagannadha Rao coordinated the training session.last_img

Nagula Panchami festival celebrated

first_imgPatancheru: The ‘Nagula Panchami’ festival was celebrated on a grand scale by women devotees in divisions 111, 112 and 113 of the industrial areas on Monday. They made a beeline to Nagulamma temple in the town at Ramachandrapuram Crossroads as also in villages and performed special pooja. Members of the Ayyappa Bhajana Mandali participated in a ‘bhajan’ programme.last_img

Eighth grader girl raped one held

first_imgProthom alo illustrationPolice on Friday arrested a young man for assisting in the rape of an eighth grader girl in Dohar upazila.The rape suspect and one of his associates are on the run. Police declined to release their names.Dohar police station’s sub-inspector Akhil Ranjan said the 22-year-old rapist had an affair with the 15-year-old victim.He lured her to a Chinese restaurant in Joypara Bazar on Wednesday and raped her with the assistance of his associates.When the girl returned home, she informed her mother about her ordeal. Her mother filed a case accusing the three on Wednesday night.The victim was sent to Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital on Thursday for medical tests.”We’re trying to arrest the rapist and his associate,” the SI said.last_img

The tech supporting the Thai cave rescue mission

first_imgNews of the Thai cave rescue in has shocked and gripped the world. The mission has required a good deal of bravery and ingenuity to bring back members of the young football team – at the time of writing 8 of the children have been brought back to safety. But technology has also played a hugely important part in enabling rescuers to not only pinpoint the location of the missing boys, but also to eventually get them out safely. With such a complex and unique there are no simple solutions. Rescuers have been creative in exploring innovations and a huge range of technologies that can help them bring the children to safety. How rescuers located the lost football team Identifying the exact location of the missing football team was perhaps the most challenging aspect of the rescue mission. This is why the team were missing, remarkably, for 9 days before they were discovered. However, there were a number of tools that were integral to their discovery. Drones To begin with, 3 drones with powerful 30x optical zoom cameras were used to build up a detailed picture of the area where the boys had gone missing. Wired reports that this allowed rescuers to create a 3d map of the area, which acted as the starting point for the search. Once this map was created, the drones were then used to identify the numerous access points to the caves. This would allow the rescue teams to focus their efforts in specific areas. They could distribute themselves and prioritize the areas the team were most likely to be. Communication The team that made first contact with the missing boys actually used a pretty old communication tool – something called HeyPhones. HeyPhones were used by cavers in the U.K. some 20 years ago. They work because they use low-frequency waves, which mean they can pass through thick rock walls. Now the team has been located, fibre optic cables have been passed down into the chambers to improve communication – something that’s going to be essential if they are all to be safely rescued. Elon Musk’s innovative ideas to support the rescue mission Elon Musk has been eager to help the rescue mission. His first solution a giant inflatable tunnel that could displace the water and provide a passage back to safety. However, Musk has now offered up a new idea: “a tiny kid-sized submarine.” Whatever you think of Musk, you can’t accuse him of resting on his laurels. The ‘submarine’ is already being tested in LA. Musk shared videos of the tests on Twitter over the weekend: Although Musk has been working hard, and a spokesperson has said there has been communication between SpaceX and the Thai government, it isn’t clear if Musk’s submarine will be sent out to south east Asia. A tale of human ingenuity and leveraging technology against the odds The incident has been remarkable – it is undoubtedly a tale of survival against all odds, but as you can see it’s also a tale of human ingenuity and how technology can be leveraged to battle the elements. During a year where it’s felt like technology is working against humanity’s interests, it’s a good reminder that when used properly, we can do stunning things with the tools at our disposal. Read next 5 DIY IoT projects you can build under $50 AI to the rescue: 5 ways machine learning can assist during emergency situationslast_img read more

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