Broadband Map to be Developed

first_imgThe Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining is moving forward with plans for the development, design and launch of an interactive broadband map, to assist in assessing the country’s broadband coverage.“In the same way that you have a map that shows all the roads in the country…we are going to have an interactive map that will show all the broadband connectivity in the country…so you will know which parts of the country have broadband, and which parts don’t. It will be able to guide development and strategy in relation to broadband,” State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Julian Robinson, has said.[RELATED: Number Portability by March 2014]The State Minister was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 28.He informed that funding has been secured for the project from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and a final report on a strategy and plan, will be submitted in January.The project forms part of the Vision 2030 National Development Plan to expand broadband network islandwide, and broadband infrastructure inventory and public awareness in the Caribbean.Beneficiary countries of the IDB project include: Jamaica, Belize, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana.The aim is to: assess the current state of broadband availability; analyze the current institutional, legal and regulatory framework in the region and make recommendations to improve the infrastructural eco-system in the region, so that the penetration rate and usage of broadband services is improved.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Nova Scotia

first_imgTo help remind all drivers that warmer weather leads to an increase in motorcycle traffic, the province, in partnership with Safety Services Nova Scotia, is proclaiming May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal read the proclamation to a cross-section of motorcycle users at a ceremony at Province House today. “Twelve people were killed in motorcycle collisions in 2007 and that is unacceptable,” said Mr. Scott. “We hope to one day eliminate fatalities entirely and we need the co-operation and effort of all drivers to reach this goal.” Last year’s motorcycle fatalities in Nova Scotia, were double the total of 2006. “Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury in a collision,” said Nancy White of Safety Services Nova Scotia. “Make sure you drive defensively and be sure to wear your helmet and protective gear.” While it’s up to motorcyclists to drive safely and wear helmets, Mr. Scott said all drivers need to be aware of the increased number of motorcycles on the road during the warmer months, and to take an extra look before turning into traffic. “A moment’s carelessness could cost a life,” said Mr. Scott. More information about motorcycle safety and motorcycle safety training courses is available on the Safety Services Nova Scotia website at .last_img read more

Provincial police say three dead two seriously injured in Port Perry Ont

first_imgPORT PERRY, Ont. – Three people were killed and two others were seriously injured in a collision northeast of Toronto, provincial police said Saturday.Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the crash happened in the early hours of Saturday morning, when an SUV crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a car in Port Perry, Ont.“The scene was absolutely devastating,” he said.The 59-year-old man driving the car and two female passengers, aged 55 and 44, were pronounced dead at the scene, Schmidt said, adding that a 41-year-old woman who was also in the car was in hospital in critical condition.He said the 68-year-old man driving the SUV is also in hospital with serious injuries.“This is an absolute tragedy,” said Schmidt. “In this case everyone was wearing their seatbelt, and so we’re investigating any factors that might have led to this collision.”Schmidt said no charges have been laid, but police are still investigating the cause of the crash.last_img read more

Saudi Writer Given Four Years in Prison for His Views on

Fez – Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court sentenced Zouhair Kutbi, a Saudi Arabian writer and activist, to four years in prison on Monday for calling for political reforms and for fighting “religious repression” in Saudi Arabia.During an interview with Kutbi on Rotana Khaleejia TV back on June 22, the Saudi writer said, “Regionalism and racism are part of Saudi Arabia’s identity and the identity of Saudi Arabian people.”Deploring the situation, he added, “We should not lie to ourselves and pretend that we are perfect angels.” Kutbi also claimed that he had been admitted to an insane asylum because of having sent a letter to King Fahd bin Abdelaziz in 1990, calling on him to make political reforms in the country.Police arrested Kutbi on July 15 after his statements had attracted attention, especially on YouTube.The court issued a guilty verdict on Sunday, and sentenced the writer to four years in prison, two years of which were suspended, and in addition banning him from writing for 15 years, travelling abroad for five years, and imposing a fine of $26,600.Kutbi is known for his courage in calling for changes in religious discourse based on rejecting “the other” and propagating hate in Saudi Arabia.In 2005, during the fifth National Dialogue meeting under the theme “Us and the Other” at the King Abdelaziz Center, he said” our Saudi people have a high propensity for rejecting the other both at home and abroad.”He suggested, ”if we want to live side by side, we have to be realistic. We must stop inventing theories. We must stop fooling ourselves.” read more

Chris Brown to Open Mawazine Festival

Rabat – US singer Chris Brown will hit the stage on May 20th in Rabat for the opening of Mawazine’s 15th edition, the event’s organizer Maroc Cultures Association announced on Tuesday.Grammy Award winning singer will perform on the stage of the OLM Souissi for his first performance in Morocco, the association said, adding that this illustrates once again the festival’s attractiveness among the greatest figures of world music.Chris Brown recently made his sixth #1 album entry on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart with his latest release Royalty (RCA Records), the statement added. Mawazine Music Festival will be held in Rabat on May 20-28.Born in 2001, the Mawazine Festival – Rhythms of the World is the essential rendezvous for music lovers in Morocco.With over 2 million festivalgoers for each past edition, it is ranked the second greatest cultural event in the world.With MAP read more

Chief of UN agency combating AIDS says disease has been agent for

“AIDS has been a powerful agent for change from exposing to overcoming injustices,” said Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), while attending his last UNAIDS board meeting, which wrapped up yesterday in Geneva.“Thanks to AIDS, issues around the health workforce crisis, health systems crisis, human rights issues, gay rights issues, women’s rights issues, and gender-based violence are all on the agenda,” he added.The Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting was attended by more than 300 participants and observers from UN Member States, international organizations, civil society, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).While applauding Dr. Piot’s leadership and vision, incoming Executive Director Michel Sidibé pointed to his priorities going forward, including a new era of accountability, addressing stigma and discrimination and delivering on human rights, as well as sustaining investments. “It is time to put our collective wisdom together so that we can move decisively, with a clear focus on results, on action, delivery and effectiveness,” said Mr Sidibé.At the outcome of the three-day meeting, the Board strongly encouraged all countries to eliminate HIV-specific restrictions on entry, stay and residence and to ensure that people living with HIV are no longer excluded, detained or deported on the basis of their status.Among other the issues discussed at the meeting were gender-sensitivity of AIDS responses, civil society involvement in the PCB and the UNAIDS’ budget and plan of action for the year. 18 December 2008The United Nations agency, charged with coordinating the world body’s fight against HIV/AIDS, has seen a great deal of change since it was launched in 1996, said its outgoing chief. read more

Leadership training to resume next month

The Ministry said that the leadership training will be provided in three sessions for three batches of 9,000 students each at 28 Camps of the Army and police. The Ministry of Higher Education has said that leadership training for new students entering Universities will resume on November 15, the government information department said today.It said that the Ministry plans to seek the advice of the Attorney General in this regard due to the legal judgments pertaining to the z-score issue and the number of student admissions. The program, which aims to provide leadership training and enhance a positive attitude in students, will cover subjects of Sri Lanka’s future vision and global changes, the processing of a strategic living plan and reaching the long term objectives, physical training, first aid, leadership qualities and common law. read more

Afghanistan Annan deplores assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud

“This act of terrorism has eliminated a key Afghan leader who had repeatedly expressed his readiness to take part in negotiations towards a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan,” the Secretary-General said in a statement issued by his spokesman in New York. According to the statement, both the method and the apparent involvement of non-Afghan elements in the assassination further complicate the efforts of the international community to end the conflict. Praising the slain leader, whose forces are battling the Taliban for control of the country, Mr. Annan said Commander Massoud was “an outstanding military strategist who made a crucial contribution to the preservation of the sovereignty of his country.” read more

GM 1Q profit falls 14 pct to 865 million looks to redesigned

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GM 1Q profit falls 14 pct to $865 million; looks to redesigned pickups to boost profit by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2013 7:35 am MDT DETROIT – New cars were key for General Motors’ in the first quarter. New trucks will be the key to the rest of this year.Two new Opels — the Mokka subcompact SUV and Adam small car — helped GM stanch its first-quarter losses in Europe, while the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Malibu sedans took China by storm. GM’s worldwide sales rose almost 4 per cent in the first three months.Now, GM’s fortunes rest on the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups. The trucks, which were last updated in 2007, go on sale in a few weeks. GM hopes to cut into Ford’s lead in the pickup segment, which is red-hot due to a recovery in the housing and construction markets.“They’re long overdue,” said Bill Visnic, a senior editor and analyst with the auto shopping site “They really need these trucks to get out there and defend their share.”GM said Thursday that its net income fell 14 per cent to $865 million, partly because it slowed shipments of the old pickup models so factories could prepare to make the new ones. GM also spent more on incentives to try to clear old pickups off dealer lots.The Silverado and Sierra remain huge sellers, even though the Dodge Ram and Ford F-Series have been retooled more recently. One of every 12 vehicles GM sold worldwide last year was a full-size pickup, and the Silverado is the second bestselling vehicle in the U.S. behind the F-Series. The big profits from GM’s trucks — estimated at up to $10,000 per vehicle — can be plowed into other products around the globe.Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. sales chief, said he expects GM’s North American profits to rise in the second half of the year, when it will be able to command higher prices for the new Silverado. The trucks are hitting the market at the perfect time. Rising home construction helped full-size truck sales increase 27 per cent through April in the U.S., or nearly four times faster than the industry as a whole.GM’s earnings fell to 58 cents per share from 60 cents per share in the January-March period a year ago. Excluding one-time items, including currency devaluation, GM earned 67 cents per share, topping analysts’ forecast for 54 cents, according to FactSet. Revenue also topped Wall Street’s expectations.Shareholders cheered the news. GM’s shares rose 3.2 per cent to close at $31.16. At one point Thursday, they hit $31.81, their highest level since July 2011. The shares are up 8 per cent since the beginning of this year.“GM delivered a solid beat against a backdrop of muted expectations, validating our thesis that GM, while still beset with issues, is generally executing better than investors give it credit for,” Barclays auto analyst Brian Johnson wrote in a note to investors.Worldwide sales rose 3.6 per cent to more than 2.3 million. GM had record sales in China, its biggest market. And the automaker boosted its share of the North American and European markets.GM’s earnings in North America fell 12.5 per cent from a year ago to $1.4 billion. Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann said that was due to the lower shipments of pickups, since automakers book profits on vehicles when they leave the factory.Chrysler Group also blamed lower vehicle shipments when it released weaker first-quarter results earlier this week. Chrysler’s earnings tumbled 65 per cent to $166 million after it slowed shipments of the Jeep Liberty to make way for its replacement, the new Jeep Cherokee.GM sold 816,373 vehicles in China, up 10 per cent from the first quarter a year ago. The Cadillac XTS full-size sedan went on sale there in February, and Chinese buyers snapped up more than 2,000 XTS sedans in March despite their steep starting price of $56,000.The strong showing in China, however, couldn’t offset weakness in other regions, including India. Profits in GM’s international operations division fell 5 per cent to $495 million.The XTS and smaller ATS also helped GM at home. U.S. sales rose 9 per cent to 664,964 cars and trucks in the quarter, outpacing the industry’s gain of 6 per cent. U.S. Cadillac sales jumped 38 per cent while Buick sales were up 27.5 per cent thanks to the new Verano small car and Encore small utility. Silverado sales rose 22 per cent.In Europe, where the government debt crisis and high unemployment have led to 18 straight months of declining industry sales, GM’s loss narrowed to $175 million from $294 million a year ago. It was the company’s first year-over-year improvement in Europe since the third quarter of 2011.Ammann said GM is not yet ready to say that the European auto industry has hit bottom. But the company is proceeding with its plan to invest in new products like the Mokka and close a German plant by 2014.“There are things we can control and we’re making good progress on those,” he said.GM’s results in Europe were far stronger than those at Ford, which is also restructuring its operations and introducing some new cars there. Ford’s European losses more than tripled to $462 million in the first quarter.Still, Ford earned a record $2.4 billion in North America in the first quarter, or $1 billion more than GM. And its 11-per cent profit margin in North America was nearly double GM’s 6.2 per cent. Ford last month reported first-quarter net income of $1.6 billion.GM’s quarterly revenue fell 2.3 per cent to $36.9 billion.CEO Dan Akerson pointed out that GM’s global market share now stands at 11.4 per cent, up slightly from last year.“This was a solid quarter for GM, and we are much more of a formidable competitor now than we have been in a generation,” he said.Detroit-based GM is still 16-per cent owned by the U.S. government, a legacy of the U.S. Treasury’s bailout of the automaker in 2009. So far, the government has recovered around $30.4 billion of its $49.5 billion bailout, and plans to sell its remaining shares. But those shares would have to sell for around $79 each — more than double GM’s current stock price — for taxpayers to break even. read more

And for dessert Both Sides of the Brain

Students Kylee Francirek, left, and Tiffany Priddle use the Both Sides of the Brain photo booth.If you’ve always had a hunger to spice up your alter ego, now is your chance.The Both Sides of the Brain photo booth is making its rounds to university dining halls this fall.The attraction enables users to slip behind the curtain and emerge with a print of their own well-rounded personality, in a design of their own selection.It’s free and simple to use. Besides providing a print, the photo booth lets you email your image to yourself and also gives the option of submitting your creation for possible use in future on-campus displays.Liberate your alter ego at one of these locations:Guernsey Market – through Sunday, Nov. 7Decew Residence Dining Room – Monday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 21Lowenberger Residence Dining Room – Monday, Nov. 22 through Monday, Dec. 6 read more

TT man kills lover dies after crashing car into truck

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnother bloody weekend in T&T …Six murderedDecember 5, 2016In “Crime”T&T father murdered after searching for missing daughterSeptember 13, 2016In “Crime”Mentally ill man batters pregnant T&T womanMarch 20, 2018In “latest news” Police believe a love affair gone sour led to the murder of a woman and the suicide of her lover in Bristol Village, Mayaro, on Wednesday.Police said Toolie Ramdeen’s throat was slit by Andrew Vasquez in front of two infant children in her care before Vasquez drove his car into a Mack truck along the Naparima/Mayaro Road half an hour later.Ramdeen, 47, also known as Tara, died on the spot while Vasquez, 73, of Piparo Village, succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Mayaro Hospital.Fire-fighters view the scene of yesterday’s crash between a ten-wheeler Mack truck and a car driven by Andrew Vasquez in Rio Claro. Half an hour before the crash, Vasquez, 73, was seen at Bristol Village, where he chopped to death Toolie “Tara” Ramdeen, 46. (Trinidad Express photo)The two children who witnessed the killing of their grandmother also had to be taken for medical attention and were said to be severely traumatised.The T&T Guardian was told that Ramdeen, a Forestry Division employee, and Vasquez, a pensioner, had a relationship for 17 years.Police reported that around 1.30 pm they responded to a call that a woman had been attacked by her lover at Bristol Village.At the scene they found Ramdeen on her back in a pool of blood with her throat slit and the two children screaming with blood all over their clothing.Ramdeen reportedly takes care of her two grandchildren, and at the time of her killing they were both playing with her downstairs the house. The children’s screams alerted neighbours, who rushed to their assistance.One neighbour told the T&T Guardian that they had heard the two arguing and the children’s screams later made them realise something was not right. He said they subsequently went to the house and found Ramdeen bleeding from her neck and the two children screaming. They immediately called the police.Ramdeen, a mother of five and grandmother of six who was working at a project at Mafeking Village, reportedly left work around 10 am and was picked up by Vasquez in his Silver B15 car. They both then went to Ramdeen’s Bristol home and were sitting under the house with the children.It is believed an argument started between the two and Vasquez took a sharp object and slit Ramdeen’s throat. He then got into his vehicle and drove away. About half an hour later it was reported that while Vasquez was driving his car along the Naparima/Mayaro Road, near Union Village, he drove into a truck that was travelling towards Mayaro.Vasquez, who was trapped in his vehicle, was removed by other motorists and taken to the Mayaro Hospital by EHS ambulance where he later died.Truck driver Anthony Ramdass said when he saw the car coming into his pathway he applied brakes to avoid the accident but the vehicle ran into his truck.Police are of the opinion that Vasquez committed suicide by deliberately ramming into the truck after his attack on Ramdeen. The pensioner lived at Piparo Village and has a family, but frequented Ramdeen’s home often.Ramdeen’s mother, Annie, said her daughter was very humble, hard working and loved her children and grandchildren. She said both Toolie and Vasquez died and probably “that was how it was supposed to happen.”Ramdeen’s grieving children were too inconsolable to speak to the media, but family members said they were confused about what led to the killing of their mother.Ramdeen’s co-workers, who rushed to the scene, could not believe she had been killed either, noting that a few hours before they were all having fun with each other. They said while Ramdeen was a supervisor “she was always jovial” and never made them feel uncomfortable, which motivated them to work and go the extra mile in getting projects completed.Just before she left, she reportedly told her co-worker “I am very happy to work with a nice bunch of people like you all. I am anxious to get home to play with my two little grandchildren. I will see you all tomorrow.”Both Ramdeen and Vasquez bodies are to be taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, today for autopsies.The murder toll for the year stood at 184 up to last evening. (Trinidad Guardian) read more

Escaping a warzone in a wheelchair This teen has turned her incredible

first_img SHE TACKLED THE gruelling 2,000-kilometre (1,200-mile) migrant trail in a wheelchair, translating along the way for other refugees using English she learned from a US soap opera.Syrian teen Nujeen Mustafa is not one to shy away from a challenge.Now living safely in Germany, the 17-year-old has set herself a new goal: to prove Chancellor Angela Merkel right.“We will do our best to prove to everyone that Germany was right from the beginning,” Nujeen told AFP in a Skype interview from her new home just outside Cologne.Hers is a story so remarkable that even Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has hailed her as an inspiration.“She says I’m her hero, which feels a little weird to me because she has shown that girls can change the world,” Nujeen says, almost apologetically.Arduous trekThe young Syrian, who has cerebral palsy, has chronicled her arduous trek from war-ravaged Aleppo across Europe in a moving memoir, co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb. The beginning of a new chapter in my life .— Nujeen Mustafa (@NujeenMustafa) September 22, 2016 Source: Nujeen Mustafa/Twitter Image: Twitter Image: Twitter Short URL By AFP Oct 23rd 2016, 6:30 PM I hope that it will have an effect on even one person, change even just one idea about refugees.‘Forgive me, Syria’ The book, Nujeen, starts with the early days of the Syrian war and the escalating violence, until it becomes too dangerous for the family to stay.“Forgive me Syria,” Nujeen whispers as she crosses the border into Turkey.Too old to travel, her parents stay in Turkey, leaving just Nujeen and her sisters to set off for Germany where two brothers already live.Nujeen recounts in detail the terrifying boat trip to Greece, with her uncle steering the dinghy based on what he learned from YouTube videos while Nujeen worries that the other passengers will want to throw her wheelchair overboard.Once ashore, they have to navigate cheating smugglers, crowded camps and closed borders before finally arriving at their destination.But there are also moments of levity and solidarity, like when fellow migrants help lift Nujeen’s wheelchair over obstacles and volunteers offer them lifts.Nujeen, who before had barely left her fifth-floor Aleppo apartment, sees much of the month-long journey as an adventure, and feels useful “for the first time” as the English she picked up from watching Days of Our Lives suddenly proves invaluable.She even becomes something of a celebrity when she is interviewed along the way, telling bemused reporters her dream is to be an astronaut.‘We are guests’Since arriving in Germany in September 2015, life has been good. Nujeen is going to school for the first time, she has made friends and has taken up wheelchair basketball.But the mood towards migrants has changed since her arrival, and Merkel has found herself under pressure over her open-door policy as concerns grow about how to integrate around 900,000 newcomers who arrived last year.Nujeen says the hardening tone hasn’t changed her high opinion of Germans, whom she praises as very hard-working and punctual, and she pleads for understanding on both sides.I can understand why some people would be intimidated though it hurts me that people would be afraid of our country or our region. (Refugees) should understand their position and respect German culture and lifestyle. We are guests and we should give a good impression.She said she was proud of the three Syrians who recently made headlines in Germany after they overpowered a Syrian fugitive suspected of planning a bomb attack.“I sometimes think that our society must be full of people that are frustrated and full of hatred but that’s not true. We can still recognise right from wrong.”If she could send a message to Merkel, it would be this: “We will show the whole world that the ultimate outcome of this policy will be good and then you can be totally proud and say ‘See, I was right’.”Plan BNujeen is still waiting for formal asylum approval to come through.“You have to be patient. That’s Germany, you have to follow the rules exactly and I understand that,” she says, though she is desperately hoping for a passport so she can visit her parents, whom she Skypes daily.In the meantime she is determined to make the most of her new life in the flat she shares with her two sisters and her sister’s children.“I get out a lot more now, I visited six museums over the summer holiday,” she beams, excitedly switching from English into fluent German. She adds that her next wish is to visit the fantastical castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria.She says she still want to be an astronaut but if life has taught her anything, it’s that you need a back-up plan.“That’s still Plan A, but I have a Plan B now. I will do everything to achieve my dream but if that doesn’t work then I will just keep writing and become a real author,” she says.“I have a big imagination.”- © AFP, 2016Read: Eight corridors have been opened to allow 250,000 Aleppo civilians escape the besieged city>Read: Russia has stopped bombing Aleppo – but for how long?> Escaping a warzone in a wheelchair: This teen has turned her incredible story into a book She is still waiting for her asylum approval to come through. Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 6:30 PM 22 Comments Share29 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nujeen describes the memoir as an attempt to put a human face on the wave of refugees that has swept across Europe.“People think of the Syrian crisis as something that is happening really far away and they should not, or do not, care. I know that people just turn into numbers,” she says. 9,565 Views last_img read more

Study 25 Percent of US Workers At Risk of Job Automation

first_img The robot revolution is coming.A new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institute calculates automation’s “sizable” impacts on the future of the American workforce.It won’t be an even spread, according to co-authors Mark Muro, Robert Maxim, and Jacob Whiton, who dug deep into the data to explore variations by industry, geography, and demographics.Demographic variationYoung workers, men, and underrepresented groups (particularly Hispanics and African-Americans) will face pronounced difficulties as a result of automation’s disruptions.Male employees, for instance, account for a majority of jobs in production, transportation, and construction-installation—areas with above-average projected exposure.Male workers appear noticeably more vulnerable to potential future automation than women do (via Brookings Institute)Geographic unevennessSome locations will deal better than others with the coming transitions. Las Vegas, Nev., Louisville, Ky., and Toledo, Ohio, are among the most susceptible to takeover. Coastal giants like Washington, D.C., California’s Bay Area, New York City, and Boston, meanwhile, are much safer bets.Small university towns like Charlottesville, Va., and Ithaca, N.Y., or state capitals such as Bismarck, N.D., and Santa Fe, N.M., also appear “relatively well-insulated,” according to the study.Smaller, more rural communities are significantly more exposed to automation-driven task replacement (via Brookings Institute)Varying levels of occupational susceptibilityBy 2030, 25 percent of U.S. employment will have experienced what’s known as “high exposure” to AI in the workplace. Another 36 will face “medium exposure,” and the remaining 39 “low exposure.”It’s not as bad as it sounds, though: Those with greater than 90 percent automation potential represented only 4 percent of U.S. jobs in 2016. Tasks projected to be 100 percent automatable account for a measly 0.5 percent of the workforce.Almost no occupation will be unaffected by the adoption of currently available technologies (via Brookings Institute)Education helps combat automationThose jobs that depend on predictable physical and cognitive tasks are most vulnerable. That includes office administration, production, transportation, and food preparation—fields where machine control is already taking over.Meanwhile, folks working in complex, “creative” professional and technical roles that require higher education, or personal care and domestic service that demand social and emotional intelligence can breathe easy—for now.Near-future automation potential will be highest for roles that now pay the lowest wages (via Brookings Institute)“The next phase of automation, increasingly involving AI, seems like it should be manageable in the aggregate labor market, though there are many sources of uncertainty,” study co-author Muro said in a statement.“With that said, the potential effects will vary significantly across occupations, regions, and demographic groups, which means that policymakers, industry, and society as a whole needs to focus much more than they are on ensuring the coming transitions will work for all of those affected.”More on‘Robo-Nose’ Made From Mouse Cells Could Replace K-9 OfficersRobots to Build Robots at Shanghai Factory11 Robots That Are Going to Steal Your Jobs, Man Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man convicted of assaulting local surfer at Sunset Cliffs to be sentenced

first_img KUSI Newsroom Man convicted of assaulting local surfer at Sunset Cliffs to be sentenced KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man who struck a popular local surfer in the head with a carbon fiber paddle in the water at Sunset Cliffs is slated to be sentenced to prison Thursday.Paul Taylor Konen, 34, faces a potential seven-year sentence for the June 26, 2018, assault on Kevin Eslinger, 56. A San Diego jury convicted Konen of assault last month.Eslinger sustained a gash to the back of his head that Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco said fractured his skull and caused brain damage, rendering him unable to speak until days after the injury. Greco alleged that an emergency room physician said the injury looked “like a hammer blow.”Eslinger, who testified during the trial in somewhat stilted speech, said he tried to explain his condition and the situation to hospital staff and police, but it was “as if someone had their hand over my mouth from the inside.”The prosecution contended that after Konen nearly ran into Eslinger on the water — forcing Eslinger to duck his head in order to avoid being struck by Konen’s paddle board — Eslinger objected to Konen’s flouting of proper surfing etiquette. Konen remarked, “If I can catch a wave, it’s mine,” the victim alleged.Konen then ran into Eslinger’s wife and regular surfing partner elsewhere among the waves, knocking her off her board, Eslinger testified.When Eslinger paddled out toward the defendant to ask him why he did that, he was struck in the head by an unknown object, which he later came to believe was an intentional blow from Konen’s paddle.Konen was arrested the next day when police tracked him down to his father’s van. Inside the van was the paddle used to assault Eslinger, still with a strand of hair stuck to a portion of the paddle that appeared damaged. According to Greco, efforts to match that strand of hair to Eslinger through DNA testing were unsuccessful, because there was no root attached to the stray hair.Eslinger, who has also filed a lawsuit against Konen, said his now- impaired speech has affected his teaching jobs at El Cajon Valley High School and elsewhere, where he finds it difficult to communicate with his swim students, though he said “everyone has been extremely understanding of my condition.”Defense attorney Brian McCarthy alleged that after the initial encounter with Eslinger, Konen was simply trying to get away. He argued that Eslinger took umbrage and pushed Konen’s board away at first, which Eslinger testified was only to avoid injury.After seeing his wife go into the water, McCarthy said Eslinger tried to cut Konen off, which Eslinger did not contradict, as he wanted to let Konen know “this kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated by the `tribe,”‘ according to Eslinger.McCarthy alleged that Eslinger has changed his story several times since the incident, including telling an emergency room nurse that the back of Konen’s board struck him in the head.“The question is did my client intentionally assault Mr. Eslinger or was there a situation where Mr. Eslinger got in front of my client’s path and got hurt?” McCarthy said.Greco alleged that Konen admitted striking Eslinger to another person just before he was arrested. The prosecutor said Konen stated that Eslinger “was going to kill me” and that he swung at him to defend himself.Eslinger made local headlines in 2005 when he traversed 120 miles paddling from Santa Barbara to Ocean Beach in just over a day. Posted: May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019last_img

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of May 12 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town board, committee and commission meetings scheduled for the week of Sunday, May 12, 2019.Sunday, May 12, 2019No MeetingsMonday, May 13, 2019The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm). Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, May 14, 2019NoneWednesday, May 15, 2019The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 6:15pm to interview Finance Director/Town Accountant candidates at Town Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in the Town Hall’s Auditorium. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, May 16, 2019The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, May 17, 2019No MeetingsSaturday, May 18, 2019No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

2 labourers die after inhaling toxic gas in Khardah

first_imgKolkata: Two labourers were killed while cleaning the underground reservoir inside a well-known school in Khardah in North 24-Parganas on Saturday afternoon.The police said the two workers — Pradip Bar and Samir Das — had been engaged to clean the underground reservoir which is being constructed. Preliminary investigation revealsthat both the workers died after inhaling poisonous methane gas.Bar first went inside the reservoir and as he did not come out despite repeated calls from his colleagues, Das went in to find out what had happened to him. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs both did not come out, their colleagues informed the police. Police and personnel of the Fire and Emergency Services arrived at the site and brought them out in an unconscious state.They were declared brought dead after they were rushed to hospital.The two deceased hailed from the Sunderbans and Khejuri. The police said the water inside the reservoir had not been cleaned for almost one month.Due to some reaction, methane gas had been produced that led to the death of the two workers.last_img read more

Another 80 trees illegally felled along Playa del Carmen highway

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Another 80 trees have been mysteriously felled along the Playa del Carmen highway for the second time in less than a month.Civil associations and businesses say they are outraged by the cut trees that this time, were found felled near the Iberostar hotel.A new legal complaint, which has been signed by the Mexican Association of Arboriculture and the Flora, Fauna and Culture of Mexico, says that this time, 80 trees of various species have been cut down.At a press conference, the group said, “Due to the large number of trees, the municipal authorities will be given an economic valuation based on the method known as ‘Norma Granada’ accepted internationally to quantify the situation, so that the authority has firm foundations to exercise the corresponding sanctions as outlined in the current legislation.”Orquídea Trejo Buendía, Director of Environment and Climate Change of Solidarity, said that the complaints are being followed up institutionally to find those responsible. He says that the investigations are being done with the collaboration of Profepa, the PGR, the PPA and the SCT itself.On July 12, residents work up to find more than 300 healthy trees had been felled along the highway between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. Those responsible for cutting the trees have yet to be found.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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