HighTech Small RingLike Device Might Change Lives for Millions of Blind

Casablanca – Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab have developed a device that is able to scan and read a text on a screen or a page, mainly to assist blind people. The so-called “FingerReader” is a device that contains a small camera and can be worn on an index finger. It reads aloud the given text through a synthesized voice.Its goal is to read print materials as well as onscreen text to the blind, but it still has certain issues with touchscreens since text is moved around and therefore cannot be as accurate. Furthermore, the main job of FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3D printer, is to read texts such as menu cards, books and so on in real time. It can also be used to learn a new language, since it offers options such as translation and pronunciation. All of these features will give blind people more access to printed materials and better learning and productivity in their daily lives.Certainly, this invention does not replace Braille, a writing system used by visually impaired people, but it would enable blind people to gain a wider access to a vast number of books, newspapers, magazines and so forth that are not yet available in Braille.But, even though the FingerReader has undergone three long years of experimentation through code software and group feedback, it still needs some fine-tuning before it will be ready for sale. read more

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30 nations pitch internet security rules amid Huawei concern

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Officials from over 30 countries have proposed a set of principles to ensure the safety of next generation mobile networks amid concerns over the use of gear made by China’s Huawei.The non-binding proposals were published Friday at the end of a two-day meeting in Prague where they were discussing security of new 5G networks.The U.S. has been lobbying allies to ban Huawei from new 5G networks over concerns China’s government could force the company to give it access to data for cyberespionage. Huawei has denied the allegations.Friday’s proposals seemed to reflect security concerns. They say that the “security and risk assessment of vendors and network technologies” should be taken into account, as well as “the overall risk of influence on a supplier by a third country.”The Associated Press read more

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Côte dIvoire UN mission deplores excessive use of force against demonstrators

22 February 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today deplored the excessive use of force against demonstrators in the city of Abidjan and surrounding areas over the past couple of days, saying the violence had left dozens of people dead or wounded. The mission (UNOCI) condemned the disproportionate use of force by security forces, who it said used heavy weapons against the demonstrators.“UNOCI calls on all parties to exercise restraint at a time when political and diplomatic efforts are under way at the highest level to find a peaceful solution to the Ivorian post-electoral crisis,” the mission said in a press release.Côte d’Ivoire descended into turmoil in early December when Mr. Laurent Gbagbo, the outgoing president, refused to leave office despite opposition leader Allasane Ouattara’s UN-certified victory in the presidential elections. Mr. Ouattara has been recognized by the international community as the duly elected president.The head of UNOCI’s police component has warned that Gbagbo loyalist militias may be preparing for civil war. “The Gbagbo clan has a long tradition of mobilizing militias and being very hostile and having armed mobs which it is at present trying to rally,” Commissioner Jean-Marie Bourry told the UN News Centre last week. “Everything leads us to believe that we are seeing preparations for a civil war.”The election was meant to be the culminating point in reunifying the country, which was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north.Mr. Gbagbo has demanded the withdrawal of the 9,000-strong UNOCI. Not only has the UN refused this but the Security Council last month, in a unanimous resolution adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for the use of force, authorized the immediate deployment of an additional 2,000 troops and three armed helicopters.Cote read more

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Top US delegation meets the army

The US delegation included Dr Alyssa Ayres, US Deputy Assistant Secretary, South and Central Asian Affairs, Mr Thomas Melia, US Deputy Assistant Secretary, Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Ms Leslie Taylor, US Special Assistant, Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour, Mr James Bednar, Director, USAID Mission, Dr Paul Carter, Political Counsellor of the U.S. Embassy. The army briefed the US delegation on various development, humanitarian, resettlement and community projects being pursued by the Army. Several senior officers serving the Security Forces Headquarters in Kilinochchi also attended the discussion. A high level delegation from the US State Department visited Kilinochchi and had talks with the army, the army media unit said.The army said that the delegation had talks with the Commander of the Security Forces Headquarters in Kilinochchi, Major General A.W.J.C. de Silva, with a view to receiving an update on various development and security roles of the troops. read more

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UNbacked bird flu meeting in Indonesia aims to avert outbreaks among humans

Experts from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and numerous countries are participating in the consultation, convened at the request of Indonesia, which has reported 33 human cases of the disease, with 27 deaths this year alone.“Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has already demonstrated a great degree of transparency and collaboration since the first case appeared last year,” said Dr. Paul Gully, a senior advisor for communicable diseases at WHO. “With this consultation, Indonesia is taking another step to assess how best to protect the health of its people. The results will certainly be of great importance to all worldwide, who are eyeing the risk of the next pandemic.”The conference aims to provide recommendations to control the virus in both humans and animals, review lessons learned for rapid response and containment, and provide a risk assessment of avian influenza in Indonesia in both humans and animals. Results from the consultation will be provided on Friday.The H5N1 virus is considered firmly entrenched in poultry throughout much of Indonesia, and this widespread presence of the virus has resulted in a significant number of human cases. Indonesia, which has recorded 49 cases, 37 of them fatal, is second only to Vietnam with 93 cases, 42 of them fatal.The largest cluster of human H5N1 cases was identified last month, in a family in Kubu Sembelang village, North Sumatra, according to WHO. Seven of the eight family members died. Unless this situation is urgently addressed, sporadic human cases are likely and human-to-human transmission – which experts fear could spark a deadly pandemic – is possible. read more

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East vs West Canadian regional differences on display at TPP trade talks

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, left, fields a question as Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna, right, and Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski look on at the closing news conference of the summer meeting of Canada’s premiers in St. John’s on July 17, 2015. From the Liberal governments of eastern Canada, it’s consternation. From a western Conservative premier, however, the prospect of Canada reaching a historic trade deal elicits celebration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan East vs. West: Canadian regional differences on display at TPP trade talks by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2015 7:01 am MDT Last Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA – From the Liberal governments of eastern Canada, it’s consternation. From a western Conservative premier, however, the prospect of Canada reaching a historic trade deal elicits celebration.A political and regional split over the Trans-Pacific Partnership appeared Thursday at the Atlanta conference centre that’s hosting the 12-country negotiations.There were duelling letters released: one from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall that was very supportive of the TPP, and one from the Ontario government sounding the alarm bell.Cabinet ministers from Liberal governments in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were in Atlanta to press federal negotiators against opening the dairy sector to foreign competition.The Harper government will have to manage the political reaction in some of those places should it reach a deal less than three weeks before election day, during a hard-fought campaign.Quebec’s economic development minister says it’s not his government’s style to tell people how they should vote federally, and he can’t see it interfering in the federal election as a result of TPP.But Jacques Daoust is among those eastern-province ministers in Atlanta pushing against any relaxation of dairy protections.“I don’t know too many jurisdictions in the world that don’t assist their agriculture sector — because the first responsibility of a government is to feed its population,” Daoust said in an interview.“To say, ‘No, we’re feeding our people from another jurisdiction’ — that would be a little surprising.”Ontario’s Liberal government has been more vocal against the federal Tories in the campaign. It’s now released a letter where two of its ministers expressed alarm over the potential impact of TPP. Brad Duguid and Jeff Leal said the province was “extremely concerned” by signals being sent about the auto industry.Across the continent and on the other end of the political spectrum, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall released an enthusiastic note about the potential deal.“Saskatchewan strongly supports Canada’s participation,” Wall wrote in a Facebook post.“The proposed TPP represents unprecedented market access for our exports in a region that holds current and great potential demand for products that Saskatchewan offers at a world leading scale.”Among the biggest winners of the deal would be the cattle and canola industries, which stand to make big gains in exports should the anticipated reduction in Japanese tariffs materialize.The federal government has also pointed to the potential positives in other parts of the country — such as robotics, aeronautics and a pork industry that touts 92,000 direct and indirect jobs and is heavily concentrated in Ontario and Quebec.But the politicians in that region are talking about dairy farmers and auto workers.Dairy’s supply-managed system is heavily shielded from foreign competition. The system provides stability for Canadian farmers, but reduces selection and raises prices at the grocery store.Canadian producers have a lock on 90 per cent of the domestic milk-and-cheese market. The rest comes from abroad, with the recent Canada-EU deal setting aside four per cent for European goods. Sources say the U.S. pushed for 10 per cent additional access, which the Canadian government refused.The dairy advocates’ position is that no new products be allowed in. It’s New Brunswick’s position too, although that province’s agriculture minister predicted that won’t happen.“I think what’s going to happen is they intend to make some sort of concessions,” Rick Doucet said.“That’s up to them.”The feds have promised to maintain the supply-management system but aren’t ruling out more imports. That was underscored this week when the outgoing agriculture minister, Gerry Ritz, hinted at possible compensation for farmers.Even that compensation suggestion prompted provincial angst.Daoust said compensation would be an admission of failure at the negotiating table. “I don’t want compensation — I want protection,” he said. Doucet put it another way: “Farmers want to work. They want to make a living. They don’t want to receive a welfare check.”The lead Canadian minister at the negotiations has met with the provincial ministers. They described a polite tone in their chats with International Trade Minister Ed Fast. They said he solicited their recommendations.“They’re supportive,” Doucet said of the federal side.But said the provinces left without hard insights into bargaining developments. The talks have been extended another day into Friday, with some countries predicting a deal could get done in Atlanta.It would have to be ratified in national parliaments later, including Canada’s after the election. read more

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Heres what youll be reading watching and listening to in 2014

first_imgIf you loved Blue Jasmine … then you’ll enjoy Inside Llewyn Davis in 2014(ENTV/YouTube)The Coen brothers are back – recognise Drive’s Oscar Isaac in the title role as a folk singer trying to make it in 1960s-era Greenwich Village? See also: The Monuments Men, The Stag, Charlie Countryman, and Her.MUSICIf you listened to Hozier… then you’ll want to hear The Gloaming in 2014(Samuel Bishop/YouTube)It’s an Irish supergroup, and might kick-start a love affair with Irish traditional music for those who have previously bypassed it. (We figure Hozier fans will love the drama that trad brings with it).If you got tired of Miley Cyrus… then you’ll love Charli XCX in 2014(officialcharlixcx/YouTube)Spunkier, songs that trounce Cyrus’s efforts, and without a twerk in sight.If you loved Villagers… then listen to James Vincent McMorrow in 2014(jamesvmcmorrow/YouTube)He’s Irish, and his second album is going to make him an international name, mark our words.BOOKSIf you read Alex Ferguson’s autobiography… then read Elk Stopped Play by Charlie Connelly in 2014Even those with only a cursory knowledge of cricket are likely to enjoy Connelly’s latest – he’s an incredibly witty writer who looks at sport from a new angle. It’s due out on Bloomsbury in March. Alternatively, try Sport in Ireland, 1600 – 1840 by Jimmy Kelly.If you couldn’t put down The Spinning Heart… then pick up From Out of the City by John Kelly in 2014The broadcaster and writer releases his latest novel, said to be about a US president who is assassinated during a visit to Dublin, in May on Dalkey Archive Press.If you re-read For Whom the Bell Tolls (or any Hemingway classic)… then grab Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood in 2014Wood looks at the married life of the famous author’s four wives in this book, released by Picador in February.What books, films, tv shows, albums or otherwise are you looking forward to in 2014? Tell us in the comments.Read: The worst-reviewed movies of 2013> WHATEVER ABOUT THE towering boxsets, the barely-thumbed-through tomes you picked up in the previous year, and the cinema releases you’ve yet to catch up with on DVD, get ready for a new onslaught of cultural experiences in 2014.To help you make your way through what’s coming down the line, we’ve handpicked some choices for you, based on your tastes last year.TVIf you watched Borgen (or The Killing)… then you’ll watch The Bridge in 2014(Nimbus Film/YouTube)It perhaps didn’t get as much attention as other Danish series did, but season one of The Bridge was fantastic detective telly. Season 2 airs on BBC 4 this month. There’s also 1864, set in the Denmark of (you guessed it) 1864, and the Swedish series Crimes of Passion.If you loved Girls… then you’ll want to watch Orange is the New Black in 2014(Netflix/YouTube)This prison dramedy will be into its second season, reportedly airing this spring, so there’s time to catch up with S1 on Netflix. Meanwhile, we eagerly await the third season of Girls – it premieres in the US on 12 January.If you miss Breaking Bad… then start watching True Detective in 2014(TVSeriesPreviews/YouTube)Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson journey onto the small screen for this HBO series about a cold-case murder investigation. There’s no meth involved (we think), sorry.If you loved Love/Hate… watch Amber in 2014(BeyondHomeEntertain/YouTube)Amber examines what happens when a teenage girl goes missing. Meanwhile, Love/Hate is back for its fourth series this year, Quirke is a thriller starring Gabriel Byrne, and Vikings looks to be a bloody good watch.CINEMAIf you loved In A World… then you’ll love The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014(FoxSearchlight/YouTube)Kooky, dreamy, and funny, it’s Wes Anderson’s latest, due out in March.If you hated Django Unchained… then you’ll prefer 12 Years A Slave in 2014(JoBlo.com/YouTube)The disturbing true story of former slave Solomon Northup is taken on by British director Steve McQueen in this searing big-budget film, starring our own Michael Fassbender.last_img read more

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High Court ruling over dual citizenship sees resignation of Senator Katy Gallagher

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Labor has come under fire over the dual citizenship saga, after Senator Katy Gallagher was found to have breached the eligibility rules under Section 44 of the Constitution by the High Court on Wednesday.Despite attempting to renounce her British citizenship, the High Court ruled that the Labor Senator missed the deadline, and was a dual citizen at the time of her election.Ms Gallagher said she was “deeply disappointed” with the outcome, making her the 11th politician to be booted out of Parliament.“I have always performed my duties to the ACT community with honesty, integrity and a desire to make Canberra and Australia a better place for all of us,” she said in a statement.“I have always acted on the best available legal advice, which at all times, indicated that I satisfied the eligibility requirements under the Constitution. However, today the High Court has made its decision, and I respect the outcome.”Despite her abrupt exit, she made it clear her time in politics is far from over.“To have my place in the Senate end like this today (Wednesday) is very deeply disappointing but I believe that I have more to contribute to public life and I will take the time to talk with Labor Party members on how I can do this over the months ahead,” she said.Ms Gallagher’s replacement is likely to be David Smith, a director of union Professionals Australia, he is second in line on Labor’s ballot paper.There are three additional Labor members of the House of Representatives who are expected to see the same fate: Susan Lamb in the seat of Longman, Queensland; Justine Keay in the Tasmanian seat of Braddon; Josh Wilson in the seat of Fremantle, WA – all of whom tried to renounce their British citizenship but missed the deadline ahead of their election – along with the Centre Alliance’s Rebekha Sharkie in the seat of Mayo, SA.Attorney-General Christian Porter has taken the hard line, stating that the decision was a “crisp and crystal clear clarification of the law”, and called for the MPs resignation today.“If a person is a dual citizen of another country after the date of close of nominations, then that person is ineligible to sit in the common Wealth parliament,” Mr Porter said.“And those four (Labor) people must resign. They must resign today. (Opposition Leader) Bill Shorten must require the resignation of those three Labor members today, and that must occur before close of business today.”In contrast to the Liberal party’s action on suspected constitutional breaches, which saw the resignation of Barnaby Joyce, John Alexander, Stephen Parry, Fiona Nash, and Matt Canavan, Defence Industries Minister Christopher Pyne said the opposition leader was dragging his feet, and that he should “do the right thing” regarding the three Labor MPs.“By contrast, on the Labor side, when Bill Shorten was faced with similar issues, he circled the wagons, behaved like a trade union leader trying to avoid accountability and transparency, and today we’ve seen the outcome of that, where three of his members have been ruled ineligible, in effect, by the decision, this unambiguous decision, of the High Court,” said Mr Pyne.“The idea that this leaves any room for manoeuvre on the Labor side is quite frankly laughable.”But the question remains: given the multicultural nature of Australia as a nation, why not change the Constitution to allow for dual citizenship?This would require a referendum, which could very well eventuate if the argument gains enough momentum.The fate of the Labor MPs’ coupled with the resignation of Perth’s Labor MP Tim Hammond will see five by-elections take place, a very costly exercise.Meanwhile it is set to be one election after another with the Victorian state election expected to take place before the end of 2018 and in NSW next March, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yet again on Wednesday that he wanted to call a general election in the first half of 2019.last_img read more

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Un sousmarin chinois plonge à 6000 mètres de profondeur

first_imgUn sous-marin chinois plonge à 6.000 mètres de profondeurUn sous-marin habité a plongé pour la première fois à 6.000 mètres de profondeur, établissant ainsi un nouveau record en Chine. Un nouveau record à 7.000 mètres serait même d’ores et déjà prévu.Le sous-marin chinois Jiaolong (du nom d’un dragon mythique) est destiné à la recherche scientifique et à l’exploration des richesses naturelles des fonds marins. Mais il a pour la première fois atteint 6.000 mètres de profondeur en plongeant dans la Fosse des Mariannes située non loin des Philippines. Etablissant un nouveau record pour l’engin, cette plongée s’inscrit dans le cadre des efforts de la Chine pour exploiter les ressources des fonds océaniques. Il s’agissait-là du premier essai sur six prévus pour tenter d’atteindre les 7.000 mètres, a précisé l’agence Chine nouvelle.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La Chine était déjà le cinquième pays à franchir la barre des 3.500 mètres pour des missions habitées dans les profondeurs marines. Mais elle accentue ses efforts de prospection ces dernières années à la recherche d’hydrocarbures et d’autres ressources naturelles, afin d’alimenter sa rapide croissance économique. Le renforcement des capacités militaires de Pékin sont aussi une source d’inquiétude au niveau international, particulièrement chez les voisins de la Chine en Asie.L’an dernier, le Jiaolong avait symboliquement planté un drapeau sur un fond marin en mer de Chine du Sud, dont la souveraineté est pourtant disputée entre plusieurs Etats. Ceux-ci avait considéré que cet acte constituait une provocation. Par ailleurs, si cette nouvelle plongée est un record pour le Jiaolong, la profondeur atteinte est encore loin des 11.000 mètres établis par le réalisateur James Cameron en mars dernier dans la même fosse des Mariannes à bord de son vaisseau baptisé Deepsea Challenge. Le 16 juin 2012 à 17:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Pivotshare Raises 1 Million Series A Round

first_imgCustomers can set up a channel, complete with social tools, and also get other publishers to contribute content to the channel. Channels can also be networked to provide greater scale within a particular vertical. The company is targeting entertainers as a customer category, but it’s also going after conference speakers and event producers themselves to upload and sell video or audio-based content back to attendees. The platform also has b-to-b applications in that industry experts can also set up a channel to hawk their expertise or consultancy content. The company does not charge a set-up fee or ongoing licensing fees, but rather takes a cut of revenues. Pivotshare, an Irvine, California-based startup that provides a turnkey platform for selling digital content direct to consumers, has raised $1 million in a series A round, led by Townsgate Media.If the Web has been the great democratizer in allowing anyone to be a publisher and disrupting, to a degree, traditional media’s dominance in audience and content, it’s services like Pivotshare that are now chipping away at the revenue side of the equation—at least for publishers of multimedia content. The service allows independent content producers to upload and stream or otherwise make their content available directly to consumers on a platform that also handles subscription or pay-per-view sales, user accounts, payment processing and analytics. last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For July 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, July 5, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 100. Light southwest wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning.In The Community: Windsor Place (92 West Street) is holding a free Chair Yoga Class at 10am. All are welcome to attend Marianne’s bi-monthly yoga class. Yoga is a study of your body, mind and breath. It is about learning how to undo unconscious repetitive patterns of movement that do not serve us well. Yoga teaches us how to open up the joints of our body and allow more supple movement of the spine, freeing ourselves of tension and stress. This class will last for 45 minutes.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, June 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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OBITUARY Jay Traynor 63

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Jay Traynor, 63 years old of Tewksbury, MA, died peacefully at home with his beloved family by his side. Throughout his short battle with cancer, he maintained a positive outlook and never lost his sense of humor.Jay was the devoted husband of Denise for 37 years, childhood sweethearts who met when they were just 14 years old in Woburn, MA. They moved to Tewksbury to start their family, bringing two sons into the world, James E. and Ryan D.His children were the love of Jay’s life. He was the coach for Jimmy and Ryan’s soccer, baseball and football teams, as well as the Cubmaster of Pack 49. He taught them about his love for fishing, hunting and camping, and passed on his passion for music, horror movies and motorcycles.There wasn’t a person Jay met who he did not call a friend, and remained close with childhood friends for over 50 years. One of Jay’s favorite activities was fishing at Plum Island with his dear friend, Mike Winn. Tony Ciampa was his first friend when he moved to Woburn from Medford. He met Sam Petricone, Jack Lynch, John Albano, John Swain, KC Hayes, Victor Minghella, Joe Ciccarelli, Bob Miguel, Bob Mearls, Jeff Holt and Brian Doyle soon after, and became lifelong friends/brothers. Through his sons, Jay also created new friends, Charlie Webber and Tim Dooley, who he loved dearly as well. Every one of Jay’s friends were alongside him every step of the way during this terrible time, and for that we are extremely grateful.Jay worked at H.B. Fuller for 20 years and devoted his spare time to community service, working on upgrading homes of the elderly in Wilmington and with the House of Hope in Lowell. He also worked at Wonder Bread, and at the Blaire House in Tewksbury. His compassion for the elderly came from the close relationship he had with his grandparents.Jay was preceded in death by his father, James (Jimmy), his mother, Janet, and his grandparents Eddie and Ann. He is survived by his wife, Denise, his son, James, his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Korinne, his sister, Marybeth, his brother, Paul, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He also had a very special bond with his nephew Jason Fogg.“At the end of your life, you will never regret not passing one more test, reaching one more verdict, closing one more deal. You will regret not spending time with your wife/husband, your children or a friend.” Barbara Bush.Calling hours are Thursday, March 21, from 4-8 p.m. at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. His funeral procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. William’s Church, 1351 Main St., Rte. 38, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made on line to Pug Rescue of New England, http://www.pugrescueofnewengland.org or mailed to P.O. Box 441667, West Somerville, MA 02644.Jay Traynor(NOTE: The above obituary is from Farmer & Dee Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Robert “Bob” Alan Coste, 59In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Former UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb Passes Away

first_imgFormer University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Steve Cobb, age 55, passed away Monday night in Florida.The cause of death is currently unavailable.Download AudioFormer UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb. (Photo courtesy UAA Athletics)UAA Sports Information Director Nate Sagan worked with Cobb during his entire 13-year tenure. He says Cobb constantly worked to improve the lives of student-athletes by striving for excellence both in athletics and in classroom.“The goal was always to get the student-athletes to a 3.2 combined GPA, and towards the end of his tenure, I think we actually, we finally did reach that goal,” Sagan said. “And I know that was one of his proudest days as a Seawolf, seeing that 3.2 on the final printout.”Cobb made several changes around the department, including moving the gymnastics program to the Division 1 level, and pushing for the creation of the Seawolf Hall of Fame.Sagan says Cobb was instrumental in the creation of the Alaska Airlines Center.“It is ironic that this week, when we’re opening this brand new, beautiful building which he has so much influence in having built,” Sagan said. “You know, it’s kind of sad that he’s not around to witness it, even from a distance.”Cobb was the athletic director at UAA from 2000 to 2013.He was fired during a tumultuous off-season when questions arose over his handling of an incident where former hockey coach Dave Shyiak was accused of hitting a player with his stick.last_img read more

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4 Ways Technology Is Changing the Events Industry

first_img Register Now » The events industry is growing all around the world. According to Meeting Professionals International, events contribute $115 billion to the United States gross domestic product (GDP), with subsequent billions funneled to both state and federal tax revenue.The event industry isn’t just growing in the U.S., though — it’s also getting bigger in nations like the U.K., India and Japan.With that growth comes a need for technology that meets the consumers’ expectations and makes event production easier, and an influx of startups, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are working together to develop solutions for the events industry.While this new technology makes a difference for eventgoers around the world, it is important to note how it changes the industry. Here are four of the most important updates:1. Tickets go mobileMobile is taking every industry by storm, and the events industry is no exception. The first wave of mobile innovation has come with ticket buying systems.“Ticketing is increasingly about establishing a higher touch point with your fans — it is about being made available to everyone, everywhere.” explains Neetu Bhatia, founder and CEO of Kyazoonga, a global online ticketing agency. Mobile ticketing also allows vendors to do a lot more. Bhatia explains, “Clients can access and manage the ticketing back-end in a much simpler fashion than the older terminal based systems – now anyone with a mobile smartphone can become a ticketing point-of-sale.”Consumers want have fully integrated mobile experiences during events, as well — research shows that usage rates for mobile apps at some events can be as high as 94 percent. As a result, venues, promoters and planners need to partner with providers who can take their experiences mobile. The good news is that customer adoption is usually quick: Research from Guidebook found that 88 percent of event professionals agreed the use of event apps improved attendee engagement.2. Cost reduction, revenue generation A study from Enterprise Event Marketing found that the use of event technology can create a 20 percent increase in event attendance while reducing related costs by up to 30 percent. Even so, numerous studies also indicate that one of the biggest reasons events professionals don’t integrate new technologies is due to costs.Companies and vendors will need to work harder to compete in an increasingly cost-sensitive industry.“We consider ourselves net revenue generators on a client’s profit and loss.” Bhatia shares, “We do that by using predictive analytics to enable and drive purchase decisions and algorithms to enhance the in-seat experience with real-time notifications to motivate future purchases.”In the past, providers have tried to be low-cost solutions, but the future of the industry may require them to be no-cost or provide additional value.3. Attendee dataBig data is king in most industries, but its potential remains unrealized in the events industry.Event tech expert Mike Piddock shares, “Event tech that gathers data, both during live events and presentations, and dipping into social media profiles to understand event communities, will be a must have rather than a nice to have.” Technologies like scannable QR codes, much like the ones used for online ticketing, can help event professionals collect data from attendees that are actively scanning different objects at a live event.Near Field Communication (NFC) and other location-based tracking used by companies like Google also serve to deepen consumer insights from live events. Google already tracks and publishes data about high-traffic times at entertainment locations, and can easily zero in on more specific data about what kind of searches originate from a live event. Similarly, NFC-enabled phones could help event organizers track where users most frequently purchased concessions or merchandise, giving rise to the potential of split testing live marketing tactics.4. Still-emerging trendsThough not yet mainstream, it’s important to note the trends that may have an impact on the industry in later years. The most likely development in the near term is cashless events. Mobile payments like Apple Pay and social payment platforms like Venmo are making the use of cash at events a thing of the past. This could significantly reduce costs for venues that have to deal with everything that comes along with cash management.Another shift may come in the use of VR technology. Virtual attendance has the potential to provide low-cost options for people who otherwise wouldn’t be willing to spend money on tickets. Additionally, those people could have a view from the best seats in the house without damaging ticket sales in those areas.The industry is rapidly investing in new technologies, but factors like cost and concerns surrounding the way tech integration may impact event experience continue to prevent some professionals from trying new solutions.Bhatia shared, “The shift to mobile, emphasis on complete experiences over transactions, and in-venue cloud-based systems rather than terminal driven access are just some of the key trends that will shape the events industry.”For businesses working to gain bids with major events providers, the focus should remain on being a cost-effective partner while providing solutions that increase attendee engagement.For event organizers, the key will be assessing what technologies have the best return on investment, both in revenue generation and attendee satisfaction. Those that capitalize on the right technologies stand to gain a significant competitive advantage in the evolving event landscape. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 24, 2017last_img read more

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The Evidence Is Strong Air Pollution Seems to Cause Dementia

first_imgAll told, Ketcham says, enforcing the EPA’s stricter air quality standard likely resulted in 140,000 fewer people living with dementia by 2014. He places the economic value of that avoided disease burden at around $163 billion.Researchers now better understand what happens in the brain when you breathe polluted air—and how that can lead to neurodegeneration years later. When you inhale pollutants, the smallest particles, emitted by cars, power plants, and other places where fuel is burned, lodge in your lungs’ sensitive tissue or else pass into your blood stream. In those places they trigger an immune response that seeks to trap, contain, and remove the invading particles. In time that response generalizes to what we call “systemic inflammation,” or an over-active, overly excited immune response across the body.Systemic inflammation appears to be the primary way that air pollution harms the brain, says Caleb Finch. In early 2017 Finch and his colleagues showed that inflammation following air pollution exposure leads to the formation of Alzheimer’s plaques in the brains of mice genetically altered to develop Alzheimer’s pathology. “That was impressive,” says George Martin, Director Emeritus of the University of Washington’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, who was not involved in the study. Because of that study, and others like it, Martin now believes that air pollution could be one potential cause of dementia, although he wants more evidence on the mechanisms, “and, ideally, on a specific component or components of air pollution.”In the coming years, these new findings could shape scientists’ understanding of neurodegenerative disease. Because of these new studies, says George Perry, Chief Scientist of the Brain Health Consortium at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, “my view of Alzheimer’s is changing, and I think the field is changing with it.” Perry now believes that air pollution is a potential risk factor for dementia, and his Alzheimer’s journal will soon run a special issue devoted to the link between the two. Motivated, in part, by the new evidence, Perry also increasingly sees dementia as a disease like cancer, where multiple factors could lead to pathology. “People develop cancer without smoking or being exposed to air pollution,” he says, “But each of those will raise your risk.”Unlike with smoking, we can’t always know when we are being exposed to dirty air, and we can’t decide when to quit. Yet Arizona State’s Kuminoff firmly believes that we could avoid more dementia by strengthening our existing air pollution standards. If there is a safe level of exposure, he says, “We haven’t gotten there yet.” More Great WIRED StoriesWhy I love my teeny-tiny knockoff NokiaDonald Glover, Adidas, Nike, and the fight for coolThe quietly lucrative business of donating human eggsAre we there yet? A reality check on self-driving carsThe Battle of Winterfell: a tactical analysis📱 Torn between the latest phones? Never fear—check out our iPhone buying guide and favorite Android phones📩 Hungry for even more deep dives on your next favorite topic? Sign up for the Backchannel newsletter Another, a 2017 study published in the Lancet, followed all adults living in Ontario (roughly 6 and a half million people) for over a decade and found that those who lived closer to major high-traffic roads were significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease across the study period regardless of their health at baseline or socioeconomic status. Both of these studies estimated that around 6 to 7 percent of all dementia cases in their samples could be attributed to air pollution exposures. This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.A few years ago I stood in a cramped trailer beside the busy 110 freeway in Los Angeles as researchers at the University of Southern California gathered soot thrown off by vehicles pounding by just a few yards from their instruments, which rattled whenever a heavy truck passed. I was there to learn about how scientists were beginning to link air pollution—from power plants, motor vehicles, forest fires, you name it—to one of the least understood and most frightening of illnesses: dementia.At that time, as I reported in Mother Jones, the research implicating air pollution as one factor that can contribute to dementia was alarming, consistent, and, ultimately, “suggestive.” Since then scientists have published a wave of studies that reveal that air pollution is much worse for us than we had previously imagined. The evidence is so compelling, in fact, that many leading researchers now believe it’s conclusive. “I have no hesitation whatsoever to say that air pollution causes dementia,” says Caleb Finch, gerontologist and the leader of USC’s Air Pollution and Brain Disease research network, which has completed many of these new studies. In terms of its effects on our health and welfare, Finch says, “air pollution is just as bad as cigarette smoke.” This evidence arrives alongside the alarming news that air quality is actually worsening for many cities in the United States, while the Trump Administration continues its effort to delay or roll back environmental safeguards.What makes Finch—and the half dozen other researchers I talked to—so sure? Of all the new research, three studies in particular paint a stark picture of the extent to which the quality of our air can determine whether we will age with our minds intact. In one from 2018, researchers followed 130,000 older adults living in London for several years. Those exposed to higher levels of air pollutants, particularly nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter released by fossil fuel combustion, were significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease—the most common kind of dementia—than their otherwise demographically matched peers. In total, Londoners exposed to the highest levels of air pollution were about one and a half times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s across the study period than their neighbors exposed to the lowest levels—a replication of previous findings from Taiwan, where air pollution levels are much higher.center_img Ultimately, Bishop, Kuminoff, and Ketcham decided to link EPA air quality data to 15 years of Medicare records for 6.9 million Americans over the age of 65. Rather than simply ask if Americans exposed to more air pollution developed dementia at higher rates, the team identified a quasi-natural experiment that arbitrarily separated Americans into higher and lower air pollution exposure groups. In 2005, the US Environmental Protection Agency targeted 132 counties in 21 states for increased regulation because they were found to be in violation of new air quality standards for fine particulate matter pollution. Residents of those counties consequently saw their air quality improve at a faster rate than their demographically matched peers living in other counties who, initially, had equal exposures but lived in counties with pollution levels that just barely fell below the new air quality standards.This quirk of different standards across the country allowed the researchers to ask if a manipulated decrease in air pollution exposure actually led to fewer cases of dementia, from Alzheimer’s or other dementing diseases, like strokes. This overcame a significant limitation of the other existing studies, which could only compare differences in exposure and disease arising “naturally” among people who lived in different places rather than by a planned intervention. “If people who have lower levels of education, who are less wealthy, and who are less healthy for reasons that we can’t observe end up living in more polluted areas,” says Ketcham, “it’s difficult to say which of those factors could have led to disease.”As they reported in the National Bureau of Economic Research last year, Bishop, Kuminoff, and Ketcham determined that air pollution could indeed cause dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s dementia. In counties that had to quickly comply with the new air quality standards, older people developed Alzheimer’s at lower rates than their peers in counties where the new rules didn’t apply. Annual exposure to an average of one more microgram of fine particle pollution per cubic meter of air (an amount well within the range of difference you could see if you moved from a clean neighborhood to a more polluted neighborhood) raised the typical US elder’s risk of dementia as if they had aged 2.7 additional years. The authors estimated that the size of this elevated risk approached that of other well-known dementia drivers, including hypertension and heart disease. Those studies from Canada and the UK are certainly intriguing. But the most compelling, and least reported on, study comes from the United States. It was also, incidentally, inspired by our previous reporting.Following our early report on the link between air pollution and dementia, three economists at Arizona State University—Kelly Bishop, Nicolai Kuminoff, and Jonathan Ketcham—decided to pursue a large-scale investigation of the issue. “We found the Mother Jones article compelling,” Ketcham says. “It was informative about the plausible pathways and the need for more rigorous studies that could test causality.”last_img read more

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Make Cleaning Easier 4th of July Sale on Xiaomis IndustryLeading Roborock S50

first_imgWe may have been a little judgemental initially about vacuum cleaners carrying “robot” in their names, but we definitely couldn’t resist falling for them once we started testing these robot vacuum cleaners. In an in-depth review, some of our readers agreed that this is probably the only “smart” product available right now that is worth your money.By having something that can clean up for you in your absence, at scheduled times, while requiring little to no monitoring, robot vacuum cleaners are essentially removing you from this mundane daily routine (beach people would understand why this has to be, unfortunately, a daily thing).Xiaomi’s second-generation Roborock S50 made robot vacuum cleaners way more affordable and reliable. The product carries a premium look that sets it apart from the usual plasticky looks and is also extremely easy to use, partially thanks to Tesla’s mapping technologies. Perhaps, one of the very very few “tech” products that require nearly zero learning curve.1- Get second-generation Xiaomi Vacuum Cleaner (Roborock S50 in White) for $348.99 with code GBSTSDJ348If you have been waiting for the right time to automate your home or office cleaning process, now is a good time with 4th of July sale going in full force. When we bought our Roborock S50, it cost us over $500. However, the second generation robot vacuum cleaner is available for only $348.99 in the 4th of July sale with code GBSTSDJ348. 2- Xiaomi Roborock S55 (Black) for $379.99 with code GBSTSDJ379While S55 may make it look like this is a newer version but it’s just a different color option. The  Roborock S55 comes in a trendy black color and features the same sweep and mop features of the white variant. “The Laser Distance Sensor (LDS) scans its surrounding 360 degree, 1800 times per second, to map out the interior of your house,” the company explains. “Three processors track its movements in real-time, and the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm calculates the most efficient route for cleaning.”You can also use the Mi Home app to remotely control the robot, change cleaning modes and set schedules. Specs list of Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaner, now on 4th of July saleBrand: roborockModel: S50 – S55Cleaner Types: Vacuum CleanerFunction: Mopping, Suction, SweepFeature: Mop, Remote Control, Self ChargingDust Box Capacity: 0.48LWater Tank Capacity: 0.14LSuction (pa): 2000paPower (W): 58WVoltage(V): 14.4VInput Voltage (V): 100 – 240VCurrent : 2.2AWorking Time: 2.5hBattery Capacity: 5200mAhDimensions and Weight: Product weight: 6.2500 kg | Package weight: 6.6380 kgPackage Contents: 1 x Robot Vacuum, 1 x EU Plug Adapter, 1 x Charging Dock, 1 x Water Tank, 1 x Mopping Pad, 1 x English User ManualAlso on discount: original Xiaomi vacuum cleaner for $279.99center_img Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Power back on in CBD

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Electricity is back on in the CBD.According to the Electricity Department, the problem is fixed and all businesses that were left without power are now connected again.It is still unclear what the problem was, but it has been resolved.Related stories:No electricity in CBDlast_img

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With child coming its off to the suburbs for Har

first_imgWith child coming, it’s off to the suburbs for Harry, Meghan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 24, 2018 2:26 am PDTcenter_img LONDON — Like many a couple before them, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are moving to the suburbs ahead of the anticipated birth of their first child.Kensington Palace said Saturday that Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will move from Kensington Palace in central London to Frogmore Cottage, a house on the grounds of Windsor Castle, early next year.The couple is expecting their first child in the spring. They married in a chapel on the Windsor Castle grounds in May.Windsor is about 20 miles (32 kilometres) west of central London.Harry and Meghan have been living at Kensington Palace since announcing their engagement last year. They will keep their office at that London palace.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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