A Spotlight on Building Resilience: The Daily Influence of Positive Emotions

first_imgBy: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFTPixabay[Emoticons by freeGraphicToday on November 25, 2017, CC0]Stress and anxiety can sometimes make it hard to focus on the good and simple things in life. We all have bad days, where the negatives seem to outweigh the positives. How can we foster experiences of happiness, gratitude, contentment, and love during times of hardship? These positive emotions play a pivotal role in in our ability to cope through adversity.Dr. Michele Tugade, Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Vassar College, presents this two minute lecture series on how experiencing positive emotions actually increases resilience when we face adversity. But what is resilience? According to Tugade, resilience is the ability to “bounce back” after experiencing stress.She specializes in the field of Positive Psychology, which focuses on positive emotions and people’s strengths when facing difficult times. She gives insight on the role that positive emotions can play; that they can be a time for reflection where you can broaden your scope of thoughts and can lead to seeing the world in a new light. These emotions also build up important resources and a bank of accumulated positivity that people can access during difficult times.Dr. Tugade doesn’t discount the experiences of negative emotions either. In fact, she highlights their benefits as part of the human experience. When we face a challenge or a stressor, negative emotions like anger and fear prepare and motivate us to either face that challenge head on or to live to fight another day.Putting positivity into practice can be as simple as smiling at a stranger you pass on the sidewalk or holding the door open for someone. Small acts of kindness like these can go a long way with people.Want to learn more about positive emotions and resilience? MFLN Family Development has resources for you! Be sure to check out one of our past blog’s here on using positive emotions in everyday life. Also, watch our webinar, “Bending, Not Breaking: Resilience and the Role of Positive Emotions during Times of Stress,” from our 2017 Virtual Learning Conference.ReferencesDon’t Worry, Be Happy. (2009). Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ6Vv8gHq8wThis post was written  by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.last_img read more

Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

first_imgA state-of-the-art cricket stadium designed on the lines of the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in England, the SCA Stadium is home to the new IPL team Gurjarat Lions.Initially built to host Ranji Trophy matches, the stadium is part of a larger sports complex that will also host other sports such as badminton, basketball and volleyball.With a seating capacity of 28,000, the stadium has an outfield of 90 yards. It hosted its first One-day international match in January, 2013 when India played England and is known as a batting paradise.The stadium, which is home to India players Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja, has also played host to a T20I game between India and Australia in October 2013.last_img read more

Every team will have dedicated anti-corruption officer during 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgIn a first, all the 10 participating teams of the upcoming ODI World Cup will have a dedicated anti-corruption officer attached with it to deliver a corruption-free tournament, according to a report.The report in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ said the ICC will attach an anti-corruption official with each team starting from warm-up matches till the end of the tournament.”Previously, the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit had personnel deployed at each venue, meaning that teams would deal with a number of officials over the course of a tournament,” the report said.”Now, the same official will be assigned to a team from the warm-up matches to the end of the competition, staying in the same hotel as the players and travelling with them to training and matches.”It said the move was part of ICC Anti-Corruption Unit’s effort to deliver a fixing and corruption-free World Cup and also an effort to build better relations between players and the ACU.”By being with teams throughout the competition, it is also thought that anti-corruption officials will be better placed to spot any potential corruptors who lurk near players or back-room staff and so identify any behaviour that may be suspicious,” the report further stated.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar picks transformed England as favourites to win World Cuplast_img read more

Hima Das claims 3rd international gold within two weeks

first_imgMohammad Anas bettered his own national record in men’s 400m race to bag a gold while Hima Das won the women’s 200m event for her third international triumph in 11 days at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet at Kladno, Czech Republic on Saturday.The 24-year-old Anas clocked 45.21 as he won an easy race, finishing nearly one second ahead of silver winner Omelko Rafal (46.19) of Poland.Anas’ earlier national record time stood at 45.24 seconds which he recorded last year.In the women’s 200m race, Hima clocked a much improved time of 23.43 seconds to win the gold. She has a personal best of 23.10 sec in 200m. This was her third international gold inside two weeks.In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65 sec on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday with a time of 23.97 seconds.At Kladno, the Indian trio of Vipin Kasana, Abhishek Singh and Davinder Singh Kang took the top three spots in men’s javelin final with efforts of 82.51m, 77.32m and 76.58m respectively.In men’s shot put event, national record holder Tejinder Pal Singh Toor managed a creditable best throw of 20.36m to win the bronze. He holds the national record of 20.75m.In the women’s 400m race, VK Vismaya clocked her personal best of 52.54 seconds to win the ‘A’ race. Saritaben was third with 53.37.Meanwhile, in the XXII International Memorial Competition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Indians also bagged 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze, with national record holder M Sreeshankar winning the long jump event with a creditable 7.97m.advertisementThe other gold winners are: Archana in 100m (11.74 sec), Harsh Kumar in 400m (46.76 sec), Lili Das in 1500m (4:19.05), Sahil Silwal in javelin throw (78.50m), women’s 4×100 relay (45.81 sec).ALSO READ | Poznan Athletics Grand Prix: Hima Das wins 200m gold in PolandALSO READ | India’s golden girl Dutee Chand finishes fifth in 200m final in World University GamesALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Amazon under scrutiny over alleged child privacy violations

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 17:08 IST HIGHLIGHTSChild rights and privacy advocates have filed a complaint against Amazon with the FTC.The group has alleged that Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition violates children’s privacy protection law.The group has alleged that Amazon retains children’s Alexa recording even when parents delete it.A coalition of child rights and privacy protection advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the federal agency to investigate Amazon for violating children’s privacy via its smart speaker for kids – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids.In a 96-page long complaint, a coalition of 19 child’s right and privacy advocates led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), have alleged that Amazon collects sensitive personal information generated during children’s interactions with the Echo Dot Kids and stores it indefinitely violating US’ Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which places certain restrictions on websites and online services that are directed towards children below 13 years of age.The two organisations in their joint investigation also found out that the Seattle headquartered tech giant reportedly retained children’s data even after parents had deleted it. In addition to this, the coalition in its complaint to the FTC has also alleged that Amazon’s parental parental consent mechanism does not verify that the person giving consent for recording conversations with Alexa via the Echo Dot Kids is an adult or more specifically a parent of the child and that the company’s consent mechanism can be “bypassed by a kid with a disposable debit gift card”.Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition almost a year back in April 2018. The smart speaker, which is essentially a peppy variant of its old Echo Dot, aside from sporting the features of a standard Echo Dot comes with the FreeTime Unlimited service, which gives access to more than 300 kids audiobooks, kid-friendly radio stations from iHeartRadio Family and third-party Alexa skills from Disney and Nickelodeon among others, and the basic FreeTime service, which blocks certain Alexa featuresand third-party skills. It also allows parents to place a time limit on Alexa usage.advertisement”Amazon markets Echo Dot Kids as a device to educate and entertain kids, but the real purpose is to amass a treasure trove of sensitive data that it refuses to relinquish even when directed to by parents,” executive director of CCFC, Josh Golin wrote in a statement.Amazon on its part has denied that its devices – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids in this case – are violating the laws. “FreeTime on Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition are compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA),” an Amazon spokesperson told the US-based media channels.Notably, the complaint comes just weeks after an investigative report by Bloomberg detailed that Amazon’s Alexa reviewers have access to users’ exact location and that they can use the coordinates available to them to point out the exact location of an Amazon Echo user’s home. Th report noted that some Amazon employees who review Alexa recordings have access to a tool that displays device information, which includes the location of an Echo device. The report also noted that this information may not be always accurate as Echo devices ask users permission to use their location.ALSO READ: | Amazon’s Alexa team knows where you liveALSO READ: | Not just Alexa, thousands of Amazon workers too are listening to your conversationsALSO READ: | Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: Alexa gets a bigger screenGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AmazonFollow Amazon AlexaFollow Amazon Echo Dot Amazon under scrutiny over alleged child privacy violationsAmazon on its part has denied the claim that its devices violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.advertisementlast_img read more

New Music Strategy Programs Now Available

first_imgTOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–New Music Strategy Programs NowAvailable Nova Scotia musicians can get some help breaking into theindustry and getting their music heard in Nova Scotia and beyond. The provincial government is offering two new programs to supporta long-term music sector strategy developed by the Music IndustryAssociation of Nova Scotia (MIANS). The strategy is designed tomake sure resources are in place in Nova Scotia to develop,promote and export our talent, rather than having people goelsewhere to further their careers. The province is investing $3-million in the music industry overfour years. “Our province is blessed with immense natural talent. Thisinvestment contributes to our economy and quality of life,” saidRodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.”Nova Scotia’s music industry is worth about $100 million to theprovincial economy and generates more than 2,500 full- and part-time jobs.” “Our sector is delighted with this government support, and thereis no doubt these programs will have a significant positiveimpact on our members,” said Bill Appleby, president of MIANS. The Emerging Music Business Program will help people get into theindustry. It will focus on establishing up-and-coming musicians,building artist-manager relationships and enhancing musicbusiness skills. This includes helping an artist developmarketing and business plans, securing professional managerservices, creating a professional demo recording or designing awebsite. More information on this program can be obtained by visiting theTourism, Culture and Heritage website atwww.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture or by calling 902-424-4510. The Export Development Program for Music will focus on marketingand touring support for artists and business professionals. Thisincludes assisting musicians in undertaking, marketing andpromoting national or international tours. For more information on the Export Development Program for Music,visit the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia (MIANS)website at www.mians.ca or call (toll free) 1-888-343-6426. The first deadline for submitting applications for both programsis Oct. 15, 2004.last_img read more

Former Kosovo minister held on contempt granted provisional release by UN tribunal

9 April 2009The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has ordered the provisional release of Kosovo’s ex-minister for culture, youth and sport, who was convicted of contempt of court for trying to intimidate a witness in a war crimes trial. Astrit Haraqija has completed his five-month sentence imposed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which found him guilty of trying to persuade a Prosecution witness not to testify in the trial of former Kosovo Albanian military leader Ramush Haradinaj.Both the Prosecution and the Defence have appealed the Tribunal’s judgement to release Mr. Haraqija, whose freedom is now dependent on the outcome of the Appeals judgement.Bajrush Morina, part-time editor of the Kosovo newspaper Bota Sot and former political advisor to the Deputy Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport, was also accused of the same crime and received a three month sentence, having been granted provisional release in February.“The Tribunal holds the safety of its witnesses and confidentiality of its protected materials in high regard,” it said in a press release issued in The Hague. To date, dozens of people have been charged with witness intimidations, refusing to answer questions in court, leaking confidential court documents and breaching protective measures. read more

Mustering resources for development a key goal of Monterrey forum Fréchette

The International Conference on Financing for Development will be about “mobilizing resources for development,” Ms. Fréchette said on Monday as she briefed the press at UN Headquarters about the key goals of the forum, which is expected to draw at least 50 heads of State or government and thousands of other officials and non-governmental participants when it convenes from 18 to 22 March, in Monterrey, Mexico.”It will be looking at all types of resources: the internal resources that developing countries can generate themselves; and the resources that can come from trade, from foreign direct investment, from official development assistance (ODA), from debt relief,” she said.The Deputy Secretary-General noted that a consensus document adopted a few weeks ago by countries established very clear agreement on a number of points, including harmony on the general policy directions that countries have to follow to ensure that they create a receptive climate for growth and for attracting foreign direct investment.The document is also very clear on its support for continuing trade liberalization and debt reduction, as well as the possibility of developing new mechanisms to deal with situations like the recent one in Argentina, Ms. Fréchette said.There is further agreement on the need for increased ODA, she added, pointing out that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has promoted the notion that current levels of assistance must be doubled. “[While] this is not in the document at the moment, we still think that that is a reasonable level to aim for,” she said.Ms. Fréchette said there was hope that individual countries might “come up to the plate” during the conference and announce their commitments regarding follow-up. “We hope very much that Monterrey will contribute to developing a momentum and to feeding a momentum of interest and commitment around the world towards the pursuit of the development goals and, therefore, towards finding the resources to accomplish them,” she said. read more

As General Assembly wraps up highlevel debate speakers stress vital need for

President Askar AkayevLeading off the last morning of debate, the President of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayev, said that in recent months, the United Nations had become an arena for intense debate, leading some “hotheads” to claim that the organization had exhausted its potential. The disputes and discussions of the past year illustrated democracy at work, however, he said. While there was nothing reprehensible about disputes per se, he said, polarization over the past months had endangered the United Nations. “Attempts to restrain [the UN’s] role are perceived, especially by small States, as a means of undermining the world body,” he said.The United Nations faced many challenges, including political and religious extremism, territorial separatism, drug trafficking and pandemics, Mr. Akayev said. He also supported firm measures to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and believed that the use of force should be authorized by the Security Council and based on international law. VideoAmong the other speakers in the morning session were Foreign Minister Elvin Nimrod of Grenada, Foreign Minister François Lonsény Fall of Guinea, Foreign Minister Knowlson Gift of Trinidad and Tobago, Rogatieu Biaou, Benin’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Ali Said Abdella of Eritrea, and Foreign Minister Mamadou Bamba of Côte d’Ivoire.Several chairpersons of delegations also spoke, including Fernand Poukré-Kono of the Central African Republic, Klára Novotná of Slovakia and Claude Morel of Seychelles.In the afternoon, the speakers included the Foreign Ministers of Niger, Aïchatou Mindaoudou, Suriname, Maria Levens, Liberia, Lewis Brown, Georgia, Irakli Menagarishvili, Zambia, Kalombo Mwansa, Congo, Rodolphe Adada, Fiji, Keliopate Tavola, and Somalia, Ahmed Abdi Hashi.Also taking part in the afternoon session were Alfredo Cabral, Chairman of the delegation from Guinea-Bissau, Martin Belinga-Eboutou, Chairman of the delegation from Cameroon, and Ahmad Chalabi, Chairman of the delegation from Iraq. Mr. Hunte, of St. Lucia, noted in his closing statement that these opinions had come from 50 Heads of State, 27 Heads of Government and 94 Deputy Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers.”Our leaders have given direction to the work we are to do and political support for it,” Mr. Hunte said. “We must now carry forward the commitments they have made, if the hopes and aspirations expressed are to be realized.”Development and the prosperity of countries and regions received much attention from high-level representatives…The regrettable outcome of the Cancún round of (trade) negotiations gives new impetus to calls for full consideration of development issues by the General Assembly,” he added. VideoAt the World Trade Organization negotiations last month in Cancún, Mexico, developing countries abandoned the talks, saying some industrialized countries would not give up certain prohibited trade subsidies. read more

Judge rules JC Penney can sells items designed by Martha Stewart until

NEW YORK, N.Y. – J.C. Penney can sell certain home goods designed by Martha Stewart that were destined for shelves in May — for now, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled Friday.Rival department store chain Macy’s Inc. had sought to temporarily block J.C. Penney Co. from selling products designed by Martha Stewart under the name JCP Everyday. Macy’s argued that the products violate its exclusive contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia — even if they don’t carry the moniker.Friday’s ruling lets Penney sell the JCP Everyday goods, until a lawsuit that Macy’s is waging against Penney and Martha Stewart Living is fully decided. Macy’s said in a statement that it plans to appeal the ruling. The ruling offered a dose of good news, if only temporary, for Penney, which had a particularly bad week. It ousted its CEO Ron Johnson on Monday, after a turnaround plan he implemented has led to disastrous results.Judge Jeffrey Oing, however, cautioned that the ruling is preliminary and Penney could still face costly damages if Macy’s prevails in the case.“This decision has not been very easy to make,” said Oing, who heard arguments from both sides for nearly three hours before he made his ruling.The two retailers are locked in a court battle over a partnership with Martha Stewart. Macy’s, based in Cincinnati, is suing Martha Stewart for breaching a long-standing exclusive contract that it had with the New York-based merchandising and media company in certain goods like bedding and bath items when it made a deal in late 2011 with Penney to open Martha Stewart mini-shops in the stores. The Martha Stewart shops, which have now been shelved, were planned for this spring. It also sued Penney for having no regard for the contract.A temporary order made last summer still bars Penney from selling Martha Stewart-branded goods in the exclusive product categories. But Macy’s had argued that selling the JCP Everyday goods, which included items covered by the contract, would confuse customers and create harm to Macy’s. Macy’s attorneys also argued that the new JCP Everyday brand, which carries a double house logo that resembles the letter “M,” would give shoppers the idea that the merchandise was from Martha Stewart.Oing said Friday that Macy’s didn’t prove irreparable harm. Macy’s may face some financial pressure but “it’s not like a building torn down,” he said.But he warned Penney lawyers to stay away from using the Martha Stewart name in advertising or marketing when it comes to the products covered by the contract.“You are to stay away from the Martha Stewart brand and label at all costs,” he warned.The ruling provides temporary relief for Penney, which is in a cash crunch after suffering a nearly billion dollar loss and seeing a 25 per cent drop in revenue in the latest fiscal year as Johnson’s plan to get rid of most discounts and bring in hip new brands failed to resonate with shoppers. Now, Penney is scrambling to shore up its cash reserves.Penney rehired Mike Ullman as its CEO. Ullman had been at Penney’s helm for seven years until November 2011 when Johnson replaced him.In making the ruling, Oing took the opportunity to chastise Johnson, calling his conduct “less than admirable” as he pursued the deal behind Macy’s back. But Oing also said he couldn’t brush off the harm that an adverse ruling would have on Penney.Penney could face a $100 million hit if it had to liquidate the JCP Everyday inventory that it already purchased, according to Deborah Weinswig, an analyst at Citi Research.As part of his plan to reinvent Penney, Johnson pursued the Martha Stewart brand as a key element in his vision to create mini shops devoted to different brand that would replace racks of clothing. With sales in a free fall, Penney is counting even more on an overhauled home area, being rolled out this month, to help it recover from a disastrous year.Penney is going ahead and adding Martha Celebrations areas, which will feature party accessories and stationery designed by the home maven. Those items are not covered by Macy’s exclusive contract, though Macy’s attorneys argued this week that some items like plastic pitchers violate the exclusive contract. They discovered those items on Penney’s website last weekend.Both companies returned to court this week after a four week court-ordered mediation that didn’t lead anywhere.The trial started in mid-February and included three weeks of testimony from a parade of witnesses, including Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren, Penney’s Johnson and Martha Stewart herself.The two suits were consolidated for the bench trial. It’s expected to resume Tuesday. by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2013 1:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge rules J.C. Penney can sells items designed by Martha Stewart until lawsuit is decided read more

Searchers find body in twin Japan quakes raising toll to 45

MINAMIASO, Japan – Searchers digging in a mountainous area of southern Japan where twin earthquakes triggered landslides found another body Tuesday, raising the likely death toll to 45.Some 100,000 evacuees, some sleeping outdoors or in their cars, endured chilly weather and another large aftershock overnight that hit the southern island of Kyushu, near the city of Kumamoto.Several soldiers carried the body down on a plastic tray covered with an olive-green tarp. Dozens of rescue workers continued to dig through the site where a mudslide is believed to have buried several people.Two other bodies were found late Monday. At least one appeared to be among the nine reported missing near the town of Minamiaso, according to Japanese media reports. The official death toll stood at 44, awaiting confirmation of the latest death.After daybreak, Japanese broadcaster NHK showed people squatting at the curbside outside an evacuation centre to brush their teeth with water from a green garden hose. The temperature was forecast to rise to 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day, but fall to 8 degrees (46 F) Tuesday night.Food and water shortages are plaguing the recovery effort, even as the search for the missing goes on in Minamiaso.U.S. airlifts delivered water, bread, ready-to-eat food and other emergency supplies to the remote area of southern Japan stricken by the two powerful earthquakes.Limited flights also resumed to Kumamoto Airport on Tuesday, but outbound passenger flights remain suspended because the terminal building is too damaged to handle security checks.Nine people died in the first, magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Thursday night, and at least 36 in the second quake early Saturday morning, which registered 7.1. Authorities said about 1,100 were injured. An aftershock with magnitude 5.8 hit the area Monday evening but no further injuries were reported.Minamiaso, a town of 12,000, was partly cut off by landslides and road and bridge damage. Residents marked their location with chairs aligned in a giant “SOS” while awaiting the U.S. relief flights, which also delivered tents and portable toilets and waste treatment kits.The flights by two MV-22 Ospreys were a gesture of co-operation between the two allies and a chance for the U.S. military to demonstrate the utility of the tilt-rotor aircraft, whose deployment has raised controversy in Japan due to safety concerns.The U.S. has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan, and the American military played a large role in rescue and relief in 2011 after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the northeastern coast of the main island of Honshu.Tatsuyuki Aramaki, 60, was among local residents who came from a nearby evacuation centre to see the Ospreys’ arrival.It was “hugely appreciated,” Aramaki said. “We have been living on rock-hard biscuits, old rice balls and bread,” he said. “I heard Ospreys were coming to deliver supplies for us so I had to come and see. I couldn’t wait.”The tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey flies like an airplane but can take off and land like a helicopter, making it suited for mountainous areas like Minamiaso, said Lt. Yuichiro Inoue of the Japanese army.The U.S. military operates 24 Ospreys in the southernmost islands of Okinawa, where most of its Japan-based troops are stationed. The aircraft have been vehemently criticized by local residents already unhappy over the large U.S. presence there. Crashes of Ospreys have raised concerns over their safety, though the U.S. military says they are safe.Yachiyo Fuchigami, 64, suffered a broken arm when a bookshelf fell on her during the second earthquake. The first quake caused more damage in another, less remote city, Mashiki.“The second earthquake caught us by surprise,” she said. “We survived the first one and were watching the scenes in Mashiki on TV. I never thought we were going to be next.”Disruptions from damage to buildings and roads, and from outages of electricity and water supplies, were reverberating beyond Kyushu as manufacturers suspended output.Toyota Motor Corp. is shutting most of its vehicle production in Japan over the course of this week because of parts shortages stemming from the earthquakes. Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. also temporarily halted production at some facilities.With some quake evacuees complaining of having only rice balls and bread to eat, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his government’s handling of the crisis.“We are doing our best,” Abe told lawmakers when challenged by the opposition over the government’s relief efforts. “We are striving to improve living conditions for the people who have sought refuge.”___Emily Wang reported from Mashiki, Japan. Associated Press writer Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo also contributed to this report. by Mari Yamaguchi And Emily Wang, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2016 8:34 am MDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2016 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Japan’s Ground Self Defense Force and U.S. military members load relief goods onto MV-22 Osprey which arrived in their Takayubaru vice camp in earthquake-hit Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Monday, April 18, 2016. U.S. airlifts were delivering water, bread, ready-to-eat food and other emergency supplies Monday to a remote area of southern Japan stricken by two powerful earthquakes, as local rescuers searched for 10 people still reported missing. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda) Searchers find body in twin Japan quakes, raising toll to 45 read more

Iran UN atomic watchdog agree on further steps to address nuclear concerns

The five additional measures agreed yesterday by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran are to be implemented by Tehran by 25 August 2014.They include exchange of information with the Vienna-based Agency, including on allegations related to the conduct of large-scale high explosives experimentation in Iran. Among the new measures, Iran also agreed to arrange a technical visit to a centrifuge research and development centre.Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Last November, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States agreed on a Joint Plan of Action with Iran aimed at achieving “a mutually-agreed, long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful,” that would include a series of “voluntary measures” to be taken by Iran. read more

Ethiopia UN agency calls for urgent funding for farmers ahead of cropping

If seeds are not delivered in time, help will be too late to secure a decent harvest from the imminent meher season, which produces 85 per cent of the nation’s food supply, the UN agency said in a press release. “The meher season will be critical to improving families’ food security and self-sufficiency in 2016. Seed distributions allowing farmers to plant crops and produce food must be a humanitarian priority,” said FAO’s country representative, Amadou Allahoury Diallo. He noted that while the food security situation is worsening, the overall funding response to the crisis has so far been “disappointing,” with just 15 per cent of FAO’s 2016 appeal for Ethiopia covered. Some $10 million is needed by FAO within the next two weeks to distribute seeds to Ethiopian families at risk of hunger and losing their livelihoods, the representative said. About 10.2 million people in Ethiopia are food insecure following successive crop failures and widespread livestock deaths caused by the El Niño-induced drought since early 2015. With this year’s delayed and erratic spring rains, the situation may become worse in the most affected areas, particularly in the north, the representative said. FAO said it is working closely with Ethiopia’s Government, which has already dedicated considerable resources to the El Niño response. Underserved districtsThe agency underscored that nearly one third of the districts in the country – some 224 – are now severely food insecure, 20 per cent more than than just three months ago. The agency noted that recent estimates by Ethiopia’s Bureau of Agriculture indicate that some 1.7 million farming families are seed insecure, meaning they do not have the inputs required to plant in the meher season. The season starts as early as mid-June for some crops, with planting ongoing until August for others. More than 90 districts are currently not receiving any kind of emergency seed support or are insufficiently covered, according to FAO Surge Response Team Leader Pierre Vauthier. “It’s these forgotten districts that FAO is targeting – but without immediate funding support, some 150,000 households will miss their best chance of growing food to bring them through the year,” he said. Depleted seed reserves For many households, seed reserves are extremely depleted following unsuccessful planting and re-planting in 2015, while families in the most affected areas have been forced to consume their seeds as food. As a result of the poor 2015 harvest, farmers’ incomes have been reduced and purchasing power constrained, further limiting their ability to buy the seeds and inputs they need to produce staple crops like maize, sorghum, teff, wheat, and root crops. FAO said that because the spring rains were initially erratic and delayed, even those farmers who had seeds may not have planted enough to meet their household’s needs, especially in the north. A good meher season will improve food availability nationwide and enhance access to food and reduce reliance on external humanitarian assistance in the medium term, FAO said. read more

Nintendo introduces Nintendo TVii for Wii U

first_imgAs part of the Wii U preview event Nintendo has unveiled a surprising new service and feature for the Wii U. It’s called Nintendo TVii, and it can be summed up as TV made social.What Nintendo has done is allowed you to use the Wii U as your gateway device to all your TV and video services. That means Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, and YouTube are just some of the services that can be directly accessed on the Wii U using the GamePad’s touchscreen as the interface.Nintendo is treating NTVii as a “second screen service,” and with good reason. The GamePad display is where you will see all available content before choosing to play it on your TV. You’ll be able to perform searches, login to your different accounts, and control playback on your TV using the GamePad.One novel feature this content system adds to the experience is something being referred to as Moments. As you watch any content on your TV the GamePad will log key moments from what you are watching and present them as snapshots on the tablet controller. You can then go back through them and access more detail on each or share them with others.Social also seems to be a big part of the NTVii experience. Nintendo doesn’t just want you watching content on its new console, it wants you to talk about it with your friends by sharing moments, and having a chat while you watch.Nintendo tweaked the moments system for sports due to the different types and amount of information there is available to view while you are watching the game. The screenshot below gives you some idea of what you can expect to see for sports coverage, and it’s certainly going to be interesting watching and chatting about a game with friends through the Wii U.The content you watch also feeds into your profile. There won’t be recommendations made for content to watch, but the Wii U will inform you what you like to watch and what your interests are, all generated from using the NTVii system.Initially Nintendo TVii will be available to Wii U owners in the US and Canada, but hopefully that will expand to other regions and across Europe, too. A key point Nintendo made was that Nintendo TVii is a totally free service. You may pay monthly fees for your streaming services, but accessing them through NTVii comes at no extra charge.Is NTVii a killer service for the Wii U? That depends on how easy and intuitive of a system it is. But one thing is for sure, older gamers, and in particular parents, now have a reason other than games for picking up a Wii U this Christmas.last_img read more

DIY kit appears for 3Dprinted quadcopter

first_imgWill there ever be a creation made on a 3D printer that isn’t super cool? Not if Adam Polak has anything to say about it. He just designed a quadcopter made out of 3D-printed parts. Obviously, there is some assembly required, and some technical know-how to get the thing to fully operate, but the entire kit is available for purchase in case any serious DIY-er wants to try it out.As is described on Polak’s website, Polakium Engineering, a 3D printer is able to create the basic structure of the device, like the frame plates and arms. By using standard ABS plastic to make these pieces, the arms are able to bend and move yet remain steady and tough to break.Polak provides instructions on how to assemble everything together, including the required non-printable parts like the battery and flight controller. The main point, though, is that all of the aesthetic parts of the copter can be created without any hassle.This is an example of how 3D printing is becoming more and more of a universally accessible technology. It used to be something reserved only for major corporations or for high-end designers and engineers. Now, though, the middleman is slowly being cut out. Instead of ordering a customized action figure from a company, for example, you can just buy a 3D printer and make your own. Granted, the current market price of around $2,000 for a solid 3D printer is still steep for most consumers, but that price will come down and it is a huge leap forward from the machines that used to cost well over $10K.The fact that Polak, a college student, can have his own 3D printer and share his creations with the world is the perfect example of not only how 3D printing will mold the future, but how it is already molding the present.via O’Reilly Radarlast_img read more

Jamaicas Minister of Health urges regular health checks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 31, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minster of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is advising Jamaicans to get  regular health checks, whether or not they are seeing signs and symptoms of illness.“Remember now, you don’t have to be sick to go to your doctor.   That’s what a lot of Jamaicans do, but then by that time it is too late. So, you must know your health status from early so that your doctor can say to you ‘boy your blood pressure is a little bit too high, cut out the salt’, or ‘you are overweight for your body and your age so cut out the sugar and the fats’ – that sort of thing,” he said.“Once you know your health status, then you will know how to live in order to remain healthy and to have longer and better living,” he pointed out.The Minister’s words of advice came during his address to residents of Black River, who had congregated in the town square on, Friday (October 27) for the Jamaica Moves road show.   He re-emphasised the need for Jamaicans to engage in physical activity in order to prevent and combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also called lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.“A lot of Jamaicans are dying because of lifestyle diseases, meaning diseases you get from what you eat and physical inactivity – a lack of exercise.   So what the Ministry of Health has done is to develop this programme called Jamaica Moves, which is taking you around the country, that is firstly encouraging all Jamaicans to know their health status, to do their check-ups,” he explained.   Dr. Tufton said as Minister of Health, he has been trying to lead by example.“You notice that I have shed a few pounds because I have been exercising, not only for myself but hopefully to set an example for all of us,” he told the audience, which included school children and adults.The Jamaica Moves Campaign is a response by the Ministry of Health to the prevalence of NCDs among Jamaicans.   It encourages persons to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity and a balanced diet.The Black River leg was the fifth staging of the campaign’s road shows, which are to be taken to all 14 parishes.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Use cover crops Yes or no we want to know about it

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is collaborating with the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program to learn more about the use of cover crops as a conservation tool on U.S. farms.If you currently use cover crops, this is your chance to report what works and what doesn’t work.  If you do not use cover crops, you can help us understand why not and what you feel is needed to encourage adoption of this farming practice. To access the survey, click here: Cover Crops Survey. Once you complete the survey, you will have the opportunity to register for two $100 gift card drawings. Please see more information from CTIC below.CTIC is seeking farmer input on cover crops as a conservation option on U.S. farms. This survey will take 10 minutes or less and is for both farmers who use cover crops and farmers who do not use cover crops. Just a few minutes of your time will help improve cover crop programs and efforts to increase access to information and assistance.If you are a producer, please fill out the survey.  If not, feel free to forward to your contacts who either can complete the survey as a producer or further distribute the survey to producers.To access the survey, click here: Cover Crops Survey. Your answers will remain completely anonymous.For 10 minutes or less, you could receive a $100 gift cardAfter completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to register for two $100 gift card drawings. Gift card registration takes place at a separate website to ensure that your responses to this survey remain completely anonymous.Please respond by Jan. 31, 2014, to be eligible for the gift card drawing.The survey is sponsored by the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC).If you have questions, please contact:Chad Watts, Conservation Technology Information Center3495 Kent Avenue, Suite J100, West Lafayette, IN 47906Phone: (574) 242-0147    Email: watts@ctic.orglast_img read more

BusinessWeek Named ASBPE Web Site of the Year

first_imgThe American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) announced BusinessWeek winner of its Web Site of the Year at the Digital Azbee Awards Friday.One judge said BusinessWeek’s site had a strong, clean interface with consistent page elementsthat led to positive user experience, according to a release. The other three finalists—IDG’s CIO and InfoWorld, and TechRepublic—earned honorable mentions during the award luncheon at the San Francisco Hyatt. The Digital Azbees total 28 categories, with the 15 new digital categories added this year, including best podcast, slide show, video and blog. All category winners and finalists can be found at asbpe.org. The top Multi-Platform award went to Meister Media Worldwide’s Today’s Garden Center. The site’s branding, said one judge, was consistent in both print and online and that the content was complementary to each platform. The judge also said the online content is interesting and easily navigable. Honorable mentions for the Multi-Platform award went to finalists Greenhouse Grower and Realtor.last_img read more

NEWS NEXT DOOR Tewksbury Congregational Church Welcomes New Pastor

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Tewksbury Congregational Church is happy to announce the arrival of its 24th settled pastor, Reverend W. Baxter Chism.Chism is originally from Clanton, AL and is a graduate of Auburn University (Auburn, AL), where he received a B.S. in Business Administration (MIS). He was called into ministry in 2002 and completed his Masters of Divinity at Memphis Theological Seminary (Memphis, TN) in 2007. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Chism has served several United Methodist churches as Senior Pastor since 2005 and is currently transitioning his ministry to the United Church of Christ. Rev. Chism follows Rev. Dr. Norman Bendroth who served as Interim Minister for 2.5 years.Please join us and Reverend Chism for his first Sunday service at TCC, Sunday, June 24th at 9:30am.Reverend W. Baxter Chism(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Tewksbury Congregational Church.)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: Reverend Paul W. Berube, 84In “Obituaries”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”OBITUARY: O’Neal Isom, 90In “Obituaries”last_img read more

CM YS Jagan gives deadline to district Collectors

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that as never like before, the Krishna water is coming into the state. During the Collectors video conference, CM has directed the Collectors of Rayalaseema, Prakasam and Nellore districts to fill all the Krishna basin reservoirs and clarified to complete the works within next month. He suggested taking the precautionary measures in controlling the spread of diseases after the reduction of floods in the Godavari. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us CM YS Jagan said that the government is ready to give any assistance related to drought and if the relevant proposals are sent, then the government will immediately provide the required help. CM said that he would be visiting districts from September, and by the next Ugadi, there should be no one without having a house site in the state. He made clear that the village should be taken as a unit and nearest lands would be selected for the housing sites.last_img read more