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Paper, Bricks & Cash Will Die: The Inevitable Evolution Of Local Commerce

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#e-commerce#mobile advertising#Mobile Ecosystem#Mobile Payments#online shopping#retail#retailers The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Guest author Landy Ung is CEO and co-founder of 8coupons.No matter where in the world you go, you remain tied to some latitude/longitude position in time and space. This is what makes local media and local commerce so powerful and the reason why real-time, on-demand services delivered via smartphone are becoming so important.Already, if you’re in New York City, you can Uber (on-demand car service) yourself to the airport, eBay Now laundry detergent from Target, Jetsetter Tonight yourself a quick weekend getaway and even Zeel yourself a massage at 10pm before you go to bed.What A Local-Commerce-Enabled World Would Look LikeSoon enough, location-based platforms will enable us to Uber (or Seamless) a pizza from our favorite Joe’s Pizza to enjoy while having a picnic in the park. While you’re munching your slice of Joe’s in the park, perhaps you might want to simultaneously Zeel yourself a massage too?Better yet, how about OkCupid/Match Mobile-ing yourself a date with the gal/guy sitting on the bench across from you? If that works out, you may not need that Zeel after all, and you might want to extend the date and OLO (mobile payments/ordering) “Groupon-discounted” theater tickets to a Broadway show. (If nothing else, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason did a phenomenal job making it OK to use a coupon on a first date.)There will eventually be an Uber for everything local. Consumers will be able to Uber a plumber, Uber a place to live (Airbnb or Zillow style), Uber a ZocDoc, Uber a hairdresser, the list goes on… But all that’s only the beginning. Here are four more inevitabilities brought to you by local commerce:1. Paper becomes obsolete – except maybe toilet paper. The United States Postal Service will also become obsolete – or end up as Amazon’s express delivery unit. The telephone companies, traditional print media and direct-mail companies will have no choice but to go green and stop publishing/delivering their printed directories and circulars. Without the USPS, paper checks will also become obsolete.(See also ReadWrite’s coverage of paperless technology.)2. The arrival of self-service, location-based, deals-on-demand.  In the same way food trucks now use Twitter as a mobile coupon platform, local small businesses like Joe’s Pizza will finally adopt Groupon Now’s self-service vision. Joe will be able to promote deals to sell off the rest of his pepperoni slices at 3pm when the restaurant is empty. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, etc. will launch (or acquire) self-service, location-based “Deals-on-Demand” direct marketing/couponing platforms.(See also 5 Reasons Foursquare Is Losing The Social Local Mobile Revolution.)3. Brick-and-mortar retailers become showrooms. Traditional physical retailers will jump on the local commerce bandwagon and embrace the role of showrooms for online and mobile purchases, or they will go out of business. Retail chains, together with startups like ShopRunner as well as some of the e-commerce giants will begin to make the model work for local retailers. Amazon Locker and Google’s Shopping Express and BufferBox will get real showrooms where customers can see and scan items for next day delivery. WalMart, eBay and others will follow suit.(See also Showrooming: 5 Ways Retailers Can Fight Back.)4. Cash becomes obsolete. Consumers will (finally) be able to pay for all local products and services by waving or tapping their mobile device. Cash will slowly wither and die.(For a different opinion, see also Mobile Payments’ Cashless Utopia is Not Coming Any Time Soon.)Joe’s Pizza mage courtesy of Rob Young/Flickr. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces landy unglast_img read more

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Long-lost satellite data reveal new insights to climate change

first_imgOnce stashed in warehouses in Maryland and North Carolina, images and video captured from orbit by some of NASA’s first environmental satellites in the mid-1960s are now yielding a trove of scientific data. The Nimbus satellites, originally intended to monitor Earth’s clouds in visible and infrared wavelengths, also would have captured images of sea ice, researchers at the University of Colorado’s National Snow and Ice Data Center realized when they heard about the long-lost film canisters in 2009. After acquiring the film—and then tracking down the proper equipment to read and digitize its 16-shades-of-gray images, which had been taken once every 90 seconds or so—the team set about scanning and then stitching the images together using sophisticated software. So far, more than 250,000 images have been made public, including the first image taken by Nimbus-1 (left) on 31 August 1964, of an area near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the researchers reported on 29 August. (The image at right depicts the same region as seen on 31 August, 50 years later.) Using the Nimbus-1 data gathered during its 1 month in orbit, the researchers have previously estimated that sea ice surrounding Antarctica in September 1964 covered about 19.7 million square kilometers—an area slightly larger than the United States and Canada together, and larger than that seen in satellite data from any year between 1972 and 2012. Similar data from another Nimbus satellite reveal a record low coverage of sea ice just 2 years later, the team notes. Besides yielding a wealth of sea ice data, the data recovery project, which will end early next year, could also be used to extend satellite records of deforestation and sea surface temperatures.last_img read more

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Golfer Jordan Spieth pulls out of Rio Olympics over Zika worries

first_imgWorld number three Jordan Spieth has pulled out of next month’s Olympics because of fears over the Zika virus, officials said at a news conference held at the British Open on Monday.American Spieth’s withdrawal means the Olympic golf tournament will be without the world’s top four players.Number one Jason Day, second-ranked Dustin Johnson and number four Rory McIlroy had all previously said they would not be competing in the event.”It was out of concern at health issues we have been talking about (recently),” International Golf Federation vice-president Ty Votaw told reporters at Royal Troon, referring to the reasons for Spieth’s pull-out.Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar were also announced as the four players in the U.S. team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Golf is returning to the Games in August following an absence of 112 years.Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that the World Health Organisation says is spreading rapidly in the Americas.last_img read more

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Pulwama terror attack: Suriya to Allu Arjun, South celebs mourn Kashmir tragedy

first_imgOn February 14, Jammu and Kashmir saw a deadly terrorist attack which killed 40 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF). The bus, which was blown away by the terrorists, was part of a 70-vehicle convoy that was on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.Suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar from the banned terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad rammed his SUV laden with 300 kg of explosives into the bus with the jawans on board. The attack is one of the worst tragedies in recent times in Jammu and Kashmir.Many South Indian celebrities including Allu Arjun, Suriya, Dulquer Salmaan, Rana Daggubati and Anirudh Ravichander took to Twitter to offer their condolences to the martyrs and their families.Tamil actor Suriya stated that he is extremely saddened to hear the news. He wrote, “Deeply Saddened and heartbroken to know about the cowardly attack on #CRPFJawans convoy in #Pulwama. My heartfelt condolences to their families who have lost a son, brother, husband or a father for us. (sic)”Dear all The link… https://t.co/HDbDjiSo4D Let’s show martyred #CRPFJawans families that we are there for them as they were for us.Let’s await details and give individual donation.We can reach the individuals for confirmation with the details in the link. #Bravehearts pic.twitter.com/Zt2ySdkDrgSuriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) February 15, 2019Telugu star Allu Arjun, who was shocked to hear the news, offered his condolences. He wrote, “Heart felt Condolences to all the families of 42 CRPF Men who lost their lives at Pulwama. Every soldier’s sacrifice will be remembered and honoured deep in our hearts. A very very sad day. #PulwamaAttack (sic)”advertisementCondemning the Pulwama terror attack, Dulquer Salmaan wrote, “Heartbreaking to hear about the # PulwamaTerrorAttack! Condolences and prayers to the family and friends of all the brave CRPF jawans that lost their lives to this cowardly and dastardly act. (sic)”Actor Rana Daggubati too offered his condolences. He wrote, “Shocked to hear the news of the terror attack in # Pulwama. Strength to the families of the brave CRPF soldiers we lost. #RIPBraveHearts (sic)”#RIPBraveHearts #PulwamaDeepest condolences to the families of these real life heros pic.twitter.com/ceEwMNZCeqAnirudh Ravichander (@anirudhofficial) February 15, 2019Prayers for the departed. #PakistaniTerror must be stopped. Strength to the families of the martyrs. The government must reply strongly. Enough. #PulwamaSiddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) February 15, 2019″That’s saddening to hear the news of #PulwamaTerrorAttack, may the great souls Rest in Peace and let’s wish the injured heroes and pray a speedy recovery for them and their families !Let’s take a bow for them”Jai Hind” pic.twitter.com/LfRcQnHfVuRashmika Mandanna (@iamRashmika) February 15, 2019#pulwama sacred grounds. Heartbroken. RIP all the brave soldiers. Deep condolences to their closed onesJiiva (@Actorjiiva) February 15, 2019Heart Breaks to know this #PulwamaAttackDD Neelakandan (@DhivyaDharshini) February 15, 2019Can’t comprehend the angst and deep sorrow hearing the #PulwamaTerrorAttack killing 40+CRPF jawans. My heart bleeds for the martyrs and their families. Plead Indian Govt to go all out n eliminate the terrorists with no mercy #enoughisenough @narendramodi@rajnathsingh @crpfindiaPrasanna (@Prasanna_actor) February 14, 2019Devastated to see what’s happening!! #Pulwama #PulwamaTerrorAttackRevenge.. strategically plotted revenge will only suffice this pain that’s being felt seeing the blast visuals!Heart goes out for our brothers who have lost their lives&fighting it out to sustain! #NeedAnSwers pic.twitter.com/wT3CNBT6NTVignesh Shivn (@VigneshShivN) February 15, 2019Rest in peace our brave hearted soldiers…. #CRPFJawansLet God give strength to their families… And Government give reply to the coward terrorists…. So disheartening..#Pulwama #CRPFKashmirAttackkarthik subbaraj (@karthiksubbaraj) February 15, 2019Heart felt condolences to the martyrs of pulwama attack #RIPBraveHearts #SaluteToRealHeros #Spreadpeace pic.twitter.com/yOU4MqBpmHSanthanam (@iamsanthanam) February 15, 2019Thursday’s attack in Pulwama was the biggest in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. The tragedy saw people across fields, from politics to sports to showbiz, unanimously condemning the attacks.ALSO READ | Kashmir terror attack: Jaish suicide bomber blows up bus, kills CRPF jawansALSO WATCH: CRPF jawans killed in Kashmir’s Pulwamalast_img read more

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Marcus Arroyo Talks Running Game Expectations

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The legend behind Marcus Arroyo continues to grow during his time in Stillwater. He’s been known to be an excellent closer on the recruiting trail (see: Chuba Hubbard, JD King) and he continues to impress with his knowledge of the game, even beyond the X’s and O’s.He talked with Robert Allen of gopokes.com a little last week about the progression of the running game, and also touched on some of the hot button topics like Chris Carson and the arrival of Barry J.His takes were awesome.“I think the one thing we have to be careful about,” Arroyo said, ” is building statues sometimes for something that hasn’t happened yet.”Striking right where OSU fans are most vulnerable. After the Cowboys landed highly touted running back Chris Carson last year, who flipped from Georgia to OSU, he quickly drew comparisons to Adrian Peterson (even from teammates). But Arroyo knows the jump even from junior college to D1 is a big move.“I’ll use Chris Carson as an example,” Arroyo continued. “A junior college kid coming into his first year with no summer training is not much different than a true freshman (like Jeff Carr) from a high school position.”So maybe Chris Carson had way too high of expectations placed on him going into his first year of D1 football. And Arroyo was smart to recognize that, and, just as coaches tend to do, limit the expectations in the preseason. He knows first hand the pace of Division I and seems to be an excellent fit at his coaching position to ease guys in.And of course, he talked Barry J., too.“Having experience is so monumental at the running back position, because if there’s a guy inexperienced with 65,000 people when the lights come on, you can’t put that in front of them on a Monday through Thursday practice. Fortunately Barry has been through that. He’s been through a very successful program, comes from a good background. Behaviorally and mentally are the big things he’s going to bring to the table. Not to undermine his physical abilities, it’s just knowing how important football is, not having trouble off the field, no distractions… He may not say it out loud, but I think there’s an emotional investment for him that’s really special.”Pretty cool interview with the second year running backs coach. You can listen to the entire interview here.last_img read more

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New Protection for Skilled Trades

first_imgNova Scotia tradespeople and those who use their services now have the protection of new measures that help enforce apprenticeship and qualification laws. Provincial enforcement officers can now issue summary offence tickets for offences under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and General Regulations. “Government is always working to improve the safety of Nova Scotians training in the skilled trades, and those who use the services of a skilled tradesperson,” said acting Education Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Summary offence tickets help enforce the laws around apprenticeship, and they help regulate practise in the 55 designated trades.” Examples of offences include practising, or employing someone in, a compulsory certified trade without meeting the conditions of that trade, failing to provide direct supervision for an apprentice, or failing to keep or present an identity card while practising a designated trade. Fines for these offences range from $445 to $905. Staff at the Department of Education regularly review the act and general regulations with apprentices, journeypersons and employers. If employers or employees continue an offending behaviour after receiving a summary offence ticket, they can be charged and subject to fines of up to $5,000 and/or three months in jail for a first offence, and fines of up to $10,000, and/or 12 months in jail for a second offence. “For the apprenticeship system to work properly, and to reinforce the credibility of the trades, it’s important to enforce certain rules and standards,” said Don Zwicker, chair, Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Board. “People working in the trades are providing services to the general public, and quality and safety are priorities in their daily jobs.” The apprenticeship training and skills development division joins other divisions and departments across government that use summary offence tickets as part of their enforcement system. For more information on the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and General Regulations and details about summary offence tickets, see the website at www.apprenticeship.ednet.ns.ca or call 902-424-5188.last_img read more

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Cape Breton Municipalities Form Regional Enterprise Network

first_imgMunicipalities in Cape Breton are working together to help businesses grow by forming Nova Scotia’s fourth regional enterprise network. The municipalities of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Inverness, Richmond and Victoria counties signed an inter-municipal agreement today, Oct. 24, in Dundee, Richmond Co., marking the formal establishment of the network. “This is a positive step forward in the development of a new regional enterprise network for Cape Breton,” said Bruce Morrison, warden of Victoria County. “With this new network, we’ll work together to create and promote economic development in our four counties, which will result in benefits for all of Cape Breton Island. “With this agreement in place, we’ll now start the work of creating the new organization.” A partnership between government and municipalities, the network will develop a regional approach to economic development by creating an economic strategy, co-ordinating efforts, and focusing on helping businesses in the region grow. “This is an important milestone in setting up a regional enterprise network for Cape Breton,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “By working together, communities in the region will be able to build a stronger regional economy and help local businesses grow. “I want to congratulate the municipalities for their leadership and commitment to a collaborative approach to economic development in Cape Breton.” An inter-municipal agreement gives each partner rights and authority, and outlines the governance for the network. More information on regional enterprise networks is available at http://novascotia.ca/econ/ren/ .last_img read more

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Rajnath Singh takes charge as defence minister

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajanth Singh on Saturday took charge as the defence minister and immediately held a meeting with the top military brass. Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and top officials of the ministry accorded a warm welcome to Singh. After taking charge, the former home minister held a meeting with Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and newly appointed Navy chief Karambir Singh. The defence secretary and several other senior officials of the ministry were also present at the meeting.last_img read more

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Amarnath suspended from Jammu due to separatistsponsored strike in Kashmir

first_imgJammu: Pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath was suspended for Saturday as a precautionary measure in view of a separatists-sponsored strike in the Kashmir valley on Martyrs’ Day, officials said. As many as 12 batches of pilgrims have so far left for the twin base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal in Kashmir valley from Jammu since the beginning of the pilgrimage on June 30. “Amarnath yatra has been suspended from Jammu as a precautionary measure in wake of the strike called by separatists in Kashmir valley Saturday,” an official said. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day July 13 is observed as Martyrs’ Day in Kashmir. On this day in 1931, 22 people were killed in firing by the forces of Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh. Separatists have called for a shutdown as a mark of respect to those killed in the firing. On July 8, the pilgrimage was suspended as a precautionary measure in view of the third death anniversary of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Due to the strike, normal life was severely affected in the valley as shops and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport remained off roads, the officials said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty They said some private vehicles, however, were plying in intra-city and inter-district routes of Kashmir. Over 1.50 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine in the last 12 days of the Amarnath yatra. Over 1.75 lakh pilgrims have so far registered themselves for the 46-day long pilgrimage, which is through the 36-km Pahalgam track in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district and the shorter 14-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district. The pilgrimage commenced on July 1 from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes. Multi-tier security arrangements were made for smooth and successful conduct of the yatra that concludes on August 15. As many as 2.85 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance at the cave last year, while the number of pilgrims was 3.52 lakh in 2015, 3,20 lakh in 2016 and 2.60 lakh in 2017.last_img read more

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Bruins announce fundraising plans for Humboldt Broncos ahead of NHL playoffs

first_imgBOSTON – The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation have announced two fundraising initiatives to help support those affected by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy.The Boston Bruins Foundation will host a 50/50 raffle on Thursday night in Game 1 of the team’s first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.All proceeds raised from that jackpot will be donated to support the Humboldt Broncos community. The winner is guaranteed to win at least US$25,000.Meantime, an online raffle for a private box at Game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs is underway.The team and the foundation have pledged to donate a minimum of $50,000 to the Humboldt community through these efforts.The Humboldt Broncos’ bus was heading to a Sakatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game in Nipawin, Sask. Friday night when it collided with a semi-truck. Fifteen people in the bus were killed, with 14 injured.last_img read more

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Danny Glover Why I Support The Sanders Institute

first_imgSanders Institute Founding Fellow Danny Glover has revealed why he supports the organization dedicated to transforming democracy through research, education, outreach and advancement of bold, progressive ideas and values.“The present state of our country and of our world beckons to all of us,” wrote the actor in an email to supporters of the Sanders Institute. “As we confront climate change, multiple refugee crises, the threat of global conflict, and a disturbing normalization of fascism, our collective future mandates that we unite around calls for justice with a sense of urgency – justice for women, justice for LGBTQ communities, justice for immigrants, justice for racial and ethnic minorities, justice for religious minorities, justice for the economically disenfranchised, justice for our environment. We are called to defend the self-evident truths upon which democracy is built – equality, freedom, and the ability to pursue personal fulfilment – from forces rooted in falsehood, manipulation, and demagoguery. To do so, we must inform ourselves thoroughly and organize effectively. It is in this spirit that I support the Sanders Institute in actively engaging citizens and media in the pursuit of progressive solutions to economic, environmental, racial, and social justice issues.”Glover is a Sanders Institute Fellow with Jeffrey Sachs and Harry Belafonte. The mission of the Sanders Institute is to revitalize democracy by actively engaging individuals, organizations, and the media in the pursuit of progressive solutions to economic, environmental, racial, and social justice issues.“The Sanders Institute’s focus on individuals and media speaks directly to the terrain of the digital age,” wrote Glover. “Its emphasis on progressive solutions speaks to our collective need to defend our highest ideals by effecting positive change. While mendacity can be a shortcut to power, that power is ultimately unsustainable. We must speak powerful truths to power; truths rooted in our diversity and interconnectedness. In recognizing the ways in which we all have something to contribute and the ways in which we all depend on one another, we harness the value of our differences to establish powerful coalitions; coalitions that can effectively counter the rigidity and isolation of illiberalism. As a Fellow of the Sanders Institute, I offer my experience in supporting social justice movements around the world on issues like environmental justice, labor, economic inequality, and racism, and I hope to inspire a new generation of socially engaged citizens in fighting for justice and equality for all.”To find out more about the Sanders Institute, click here.last_img read more

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Long Inuit wait for residential school apology from prime minister ends Friday

first_imgThe Canadian Press ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Jimmy Tuttauk was working on the remote coast of northern Labrador when he first heard that Ottawa was settling with former students of residential schools.It was 2007 and he was listening to a radio news report that sent his heart soaring – until he realized the awful truth.“My God, how could they have left us out?” Tuttauk recalled thinking as it became clear Aboriginal children who suffered in similar dorms and classrooms in Labrador and northern Newfoundland were excluded.“It was never about the compensation,” he said of the decade-long legal odyssey that followed. That traumatic journey, fraught with nightmares of abuse that never fully fade, culminates Friday with what Tuttauk and so many others have longed for: an official apology.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to attend a ceremony in Goose Bay, including Inuit singers and drummers, that’s expected to draw more than 300 people.Tuttauk, 57, will be there.“Mean, nasty things happened to little children under the government’s watch,” he said from his home in the Inuit community of Hopedale.“It was about the apology and finally being recognized that we weren’t lying all these years.”The previous Conservative government argued Ottawa was not responsible for schools in North West River, Cartwright, Nain and Makkovik, all in Labrador or in St. Anthony in northern Newfoundland. The International Grenfell Association ran three of the schools, while the Germany-based Moravian Missionaries ran the other two.They were left out of then-prime minister Stephen Harper’s apology in the House of Commons in 2008. Nor were they eligible for a related compensation deal that has paid out to those who attended residential schools across the rest of Canada.Lawyers for more than 800 plaintiffs countered that, after Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, Ottawa had the same legal duty to Aboriginal students in the province.The Liberal government offered a $50-million package last year to settle claims of sexual and physical abuse along with the loss of language and culture.Students who lived in school residences for less than five years were eligible for $15,000 in general compensation while those who lived there five years or more could receive $20,000.Compensation for sexual or significant physical abuse up to about $200,000 was based on sworn testimony.More than 120 members of the class action died waiting for a resolution.Plaintiffs’ lawyer Steven Cooper said 960 former students or their estates have received payments. Of those, around 120 were eligible for higher amounts for the worst abuse.“We’ve certainly asked the prime minister to be sensitive to the fact that there was a large group of people who suffered similarly before Newfoundland joined Confederation.”Cooper said the lawsuit did not seek damages prior to 1949 because modern courts lack jurisdiction before that date when Newfoundland was its own dominion.Some former students are rejecting the apology on that basis, but “the vast majority” accept it, he added.“There’s going to be a lot of tears shed,” he said of Friday’s ceremony.“I have never in my life, and I know that I never will meet a more loving, patient, understanding, forgiving group of humans.”Tuttauk received both types of compensation. He is among 29 former students who were the only ones in Canada forced to testify in open court about horrific ordeals many had never spoken of before.He was nine years old when he moved into the school in North West River. He has described how a former male staff member molested him during bath time, and how he was sexually abused for three years before hitchhiking to nearby Goose Bay to be with his mother, who was ill.“I believe my mother got convinced it was in the best interest for me and my younger sister to go there for education and probably betterment,” he said. “I don’t know, but it wasn’t for the better, I can tell you.”Tuttauk later battled addiction and worked as a heavy equipment operator. He is the father of five children and now has six grandchildren. Today, he helps young people overcome addiction.To know a prime minister will, at last, apologize “means everything,” he said.Still, Tuttauk wants to see more federal support for clean drinking water, housing and other needs in Aboriginal communities.“There’s little kids still suffering today.”last_img read more

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Sudan UN rights expert voices concern at alleged torture censorship

4 June 2009In spite of some positive steps made by the Sudanese Government, reports of arbitrary arrests, torture and press censorship, along with the situation in the war-ravaged Darfur region, are cause for concern, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today. In spite of some positive steps made by the Sudanese Government, reports of arbitrary arrests, torture and press censorship, along with the situation in the war-ravaged Darfur region, are cause for concern, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.Sima Samar, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, wrapped up an 11-day visit to the country today. She noted such positive developments as Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the passing of the Human Rights Commission Act.One of the “most notable” developments in Sudan has been the creation of Human Rights Forums for Darfur and other areas, she said. The Forums’ co-chairs include the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the hybrid UN-African Union force in Darfur (UNAMID).But despite these strides, “I remain concerned about a number of human rights issues in the country,” Ms. Samar said, such as cases of arbitrary arrests, detention, and allegations of ill-treatment and torture by security forces, including the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS).The National Security Forces Act, which gives the NISS its powers of arrest and detention, are also cause for concern, she noted, calling on the Government to improve and facilitate the access of human rights officers from both UNMIS and UNIMID to detention centres across Sudan.Reports of ill treatment and torture of human rights defenders are also extremely worrying, as is the ongoing newspaper censorship and restrictions on freedom of expression for journalists and the political opposition, the expert stressed.“In view of the upcoming elections in February 2010, it is imperative that restrictions on freedom of expression and association be removed to create a conducive environment for free and fair elections,” she said.On Darfur, Ms. Samar pointed out, the “fluid and unpredictable” security situation is having a “direct bearing” on the human rights situation in the region, which remains a “zone of conflict.”During her visit to the Kalma camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), she heard the uprooted voice concern over the expulsion of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Immediately after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir in March for alleged crimes committed in Darfur, Sudan expelled 13 aid groups, who were aiding nearly 5 million people, from the region.The Government and the UN have tried to fill the humanitarian gap left in the wake of the NGO expulsions, but the Rapporteur, who last visited Sudan last March, said that they alone do not have the required capacity.Both the humanitarian and human rights situation in Southern Sudan is also a cause for worry, she stressed, with several hundred civilians having been killed in clashes among tribes in Jonglei state.“The size and scale of inter-tribal clashes over cattle rustling has been unprecedented, with the use of sophisticated firearms and targeting of women and children in villages,” Ms. Samar said. Although UNMIS forces are trying to stem such attacks, “the sustainable solution to this problem will involve a proactive deployment of state security forces in areas of potential conflict, and a well-designed and peaceful civilian disarmament campaign.” read more

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North American stocks gain as Brexit nerves settle

TORONTO — Fears over a British exit from the European Union continued to ease, as stock markets and commodities prices advanced strongly for a second straight day.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto soared 194.05 points to 14,036.74, and now has recovered close to 80 per cent of the 440 points it lost in the two-day rout that followed last Thursday’s referendum.The Canadian dollar was also higher for a second day, up a 0.35 of a U.S. cent at 77.07 cents US.North America is not immune to Brexit effect, despite optimistic GDP figuresPeter Tertzakian: Why Brexit is actually bullish for oilIn commodities, oil prices continued to recover, with the August contract for benchmark North American crude adding $2.03 to US$49.88 a barrel.August natural gas shed three cents to US$2.86 per mmBtu, while August gold bullion rose $9 to US$1,326.90 a troy ounce and September copper rose a penny to US$2.19 a pound.New York indexes were also higher, helped by positive news on consumer spending and a big acquisition by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM). The Dow Jones industrials gained 284.96 points to 17,694.68, while the broader S&P 500 added 34.68 points to 2,070.77. The Nasdaq composite rose 87.38 points to 4,779.25. read more

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Bus operators threaten to strike

The Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) has warned that it will launch trade union action next week if the government fails to increase bus fares.LPBO President Gemunu Wijeyratne said that private bus operators expect a response from the government to their demands during the course of this week. “If there is no response then next week we will launch trade union action,” Wijeyratne said.He also accused the National Transport Commission of being corrupt and hopes to write to President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the issue. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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EHF EURO 2012 Round 2 Nis Germans survived Macedonia

Two interesting matches were played in the Nis at the Round 2 of the EHF EURO 2012. Germany survived hell of 3000 Macedonian fans and took important points in the battle for the TOP 12 and Olympic dreams – 24:23. Last attack was finished with suspicious decision of the refferes after the Lazarov’s shoot.STATISTICSIn the second match, Sweden has a little bit easier job against Czech Republic 33:29 with fantastic evenning of Niclas Ekberg, who scored 10 goals from 12 shoots.STATISTICSSTANDINGSSweden 3Czech Republic 2Germany 2Macedonia 0 ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 (Round 2): Serbs beats Denmark in the Madhouse! Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 “Star of the Day 2″ – Gabor Csaszar read more

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One patient told me she overheard a member of staff referring to

first_img Jan 29th 2017, 12:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/3207098 Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 12:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘One patient told me she overheard a member of staff referring to her as “just a psychiatric case”‘ Our health service must place a greater priority on the physical healthcare needs of people with mental illness, writes Dr Stephen McWilliams. 15 Comments By Dr Stephen McWilliamscenter_img Dr Stephen McWilliams Short URL 392 Views Share Tweet Email PATIENTS SOMETIMES TELL me that, by virtue of their existing mental illness, they must work twice as hard to have their physical illnesses taken seriously by the health service.In the waiting rooms of general hospitals, accident and emergency departments and outpatient clinics, they overhear themselves talked about primarily with reference to their anxiety, depression or psychosis, even when their reason for attending is purely physical.One such patient told me she overheard a member of staff referring to her as “just a psychiatric case”. Another recalled being informed by a general nurse (in a private medical hospital), “we don’t do mental health here.” Such examples are not unusual.These attitudes, where they exist, come at a costPsychiatric patients often feel marginalised in general medical settings. They receive less effective and often delayed care for their physical illnesses because such symptoms are frequently eclipsed by their psychiatric diagnosis.My patients are not alone in experiencing this. The phenomenon – termed “diagnostic overshadowing” – has been highlighted as a real problem in the healthcare of individuals with psychiatric illness.Diagnostic overshadowing is a major theme in a recent report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London entitled: “Whole person care: from rhetoric to reality – Achieving parity between mental and physical health.” In Ireland, the drive to reduce costs has seen funding for the treatment of psychiatric illness gradually shrink in comparison to that for physical illness.This is despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimation that 350 million people worldwide have depression, making it the world’s leading cause of disability. Mental illness and physical illness are a long way from gaining parity of esteem. They simply are not seen as equally important. It is little wonder people with mental illness sometimes feel disenfranchised.Separation of mental illness and physical illness is largely artificial Source: Shutterstock/Alexander RathsThey often occur in the same people. A recent report by the UK think-tank QualityWatch examined 100 million hospital episodes annually over five years. They found that almost half of people with mental ill health have a concurrent physical condition. They are four times more likely to die of respiratory (lung) disease and 2.5 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease.QualityWatch also reported that people with serious mental illness die 10 to 17 years younger, which echoes a WHO assertion that individuals with schizophrenia die 10 to 25 years younger.Suicide accounts for some of this, but physical illness is the main reason. For example, people with schizophrenia are six times more likely to smoke heavily, while approximately half are significantly overweight. Up to 15% have diabetes and 58% have elevated blood pressure.Meeting medical needsAs a general rule, meeting the medical needs of any patient will reduce the amount of emergency care they need relative to planned care. People with mental illness have 10% fewer planned medical admissions than the general population, according to QualityWatch.Instead they have three times more A&E attendances and almost five times more emergency admissions. Less than one in five of these emergency admissions among psychiatric patients are to address their mental health needs; most are for the potentially-preventable complications of common illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, epilepsy and various infections.Individuals with underlying mental illness are more likely to be admitted overnight and they generally remain longer in hospital.Deaths that could be avoidedIt is little wonder that the UK National Health Service has estimated that some 40,000 deaths might be avoided each year if individuals with serious mental illness were afforded the same amount of physical healthcare as the general population. The equivalent number of deaths annually based on Ireland’s population would be almost 3,000.In the words of the WHO, the reduced life expectancy of individuals with serious mental illness is due to “a society socially and functionally biased towards the population living with severe mental disorder.”They die earlier not because of their psychiatric illness per se, but “because of the discrimination and lack of access to good health services.” The WHO further asserts that stigma is the biggest barrier preventing people with severe mental illness from receiving effective care.People with mental illness already get a raw dealIt behoves our health service (our Government and, indeed, society) to place a greater priority than it currently does on the physical healthcare needs of people with mental illness.With various mental health campaigns, public and professional knowledge is improving. But perhaps influencing attitudes is the greater challenge.Dr Stephen McWilliams is a consultant psychiatrist and author. He is clinical lead of the Psychosis Programme at Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. @McWilliamsMD“We have always found ways to lock up mentally ill people”: The disturbing history of Irish asylums>Outrage as Government accused of U-turn on mental health budget commitment>last_img read more

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Four charged over attack on Thessaloniki mayor

first_imgFour men were charged on Monday over an attack on Thessaloniki’s mayor, Yiannis Boutaris.The 75-year-old was attacked on Saturday during a ceremony in the city, honouring the 353,000 victims of the genocide against Pontian Greeks by Ottoman Turkey on the territory of Asia Minor in 1915-1923, during and after World War I.Thrown to the ground, he was then attacked by some 12 people, who started to kick and punch him all over. As a result, Mr Boutaris was hospitalised.According to the director of Ippokrateio Hospital of Thessaloniki, Vana Papachristodoulou he was treated for a leg injury and bruises, and wanted to leave immediately “but we insisted and kept him overnight”, she said.After being discharged on Sunday Mr Boutaris told reporters that he had “lived a nightmare”.“They were hitting me everywhere. Kicks, punches, the lot,” he said.“It was a despicable attack but I am well.”The Greek government openly condemned Saturday’s violence, dubbing the perpetrators “extreme-right thugs”.Meanwhile the attack was praised by Ourania Michaloliakou. The daughter of the founder and leader of Greece’s Golden Dawn party Nikos Michaloliakos, she accused Mr Boutaris of being “anti-Greek”.“Bravo to each and every person individually who did their duty in Thessaloniki today. Respect and a thousand bravos to you all,” Ms Michaloliakou tweeted on Saturday.The suspects, two aged 20, one 36, and another 17, were charged by Greek authorities under accusations of causing grievous bodily harm, along with breaching peace at the event.One of the suspects openly attributed his actions to being angry with the liberal mayor, following a recent statement about pursuing friendlier relations with neighbouring Turkey.Another two told police that they were influenced by the rest of the crowd, and were apologetic for their actions.They expected to be brought to trial on Wednesday, following a request for a two-day deferral by their lawyers.Given one of the suspects is aged 17, he will be tried separately in a court for minors. No trial date has been announced for him as yet.Meanwhile prosecutors are undertaking a separate investigation to see whether charges can be brought against those who instigated the attack, and have yet to be unidentified. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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DynamoDB le service Cloud libre novateur et performant dAmazon

first_imgDynamoDB, le service Cloud libre, novateur et performant d’AmazonLes professionnels se voient proposer par Amazon un Cloud très intéressant et différent des autres, à 1 dollar (0,77 euros) par mois pour chaque gigaoctet. Il s’agit du premier réseau à fonctionner en NoSQL sur des disques SSD. Les bases de données d’entreprises sont de vrais casse-têtes, mais doivent être à la fois massives et performantes. Avec DynamoDB (lien non disponible), Amazon propose une base plus simple que les bases SQL classiques, et donc plus performante. Les clients peuvent, en quelques clics, créer, dimensionner et piloter une base de données NoSQL. Les bases NoSQL sont un outil de choix pour les développeurs web, les grands réseaux comme Google, Amazon, Facebook ou eBay, trop vastes pour des bases SQL. Bien que NoSQL signifie « Not Only SQL », il s’agit en fait d’une base qui reprend les fondamentaux d’une base SQL, mais sans toutes ses fonctions avancées. La spécificité des NoSQL est de diminuer les liens entre les données, ce qui rend les très grands volumes de données moins couteux.Mais Amazon DynamoDB ne pourrait exister sans son autre atout: un service reposant entièrement sur des disques SSD. Cette nouvelle génération de mémoires, proche des clefs USB, propose des temps d’accès bien plus réduits que les disques durs classiques. L’accélération des entrées et sorties de données dans la DynamoDB est ce qui permettra à Amazon de tirer le plein parti du NoSQL. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Amzon n’a pas oublié de proposer de puissants outils, notamment Amazon EMR (Elastic MapReduce), qui permet à la fois d’accéder aux données stockées sur les différents services (Amazon S3, RDS ou DynamoDB), mais surtout de les protéger contre une éventuelle corruption de la base DynamoDB.Le prix des SSD a beaucoup baissé récemment, mais se procurer leur vitesse pour seulement 1 dollar (0,77 euros) par mois et par gigaoctet, cela reste un gain considérable.  Le 21 janvier 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Police move to charge man for weekend traffic fatality

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Richel Baptiste, traffic accident Late night two car collision; involving taxi Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2016 – A 37 year old man of Blue Hills will face the charge of causing death by dangerous driving after the horrible death of 32 year old Richel Baptiste of Haiti on Saturday night. The accident required that the jaws-of-life be used to get victims out of the badly wrecked cars; it happened around 5pm Saturday near Automotive Arts on Leeward Highway. Amazingly, the 37 year old driver, now arrested, is said to have careened over the median, crashing into two east bound vehicles. The most damaged of the two cars had its roof caved in by the force of the collision. Baptiste died around 7:45pm that night from severe head and neck injuries. Wife away, husband and father dies in Long Bay smash up Recommended for you 37 Year old facing death by driving charge in TCIlast_img read more

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