Finally, a contest to reward the world’s crappiest fighting robots

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Tags:#Arduino#Hebocon#japan#Maker Faire#robotics#robots#Tokyo Since the first competition held in 2014 in Tokyo, Hebocon has spread over 25 countries and over 60 competitions has been hosted. In the latest International contest in August, participants hailed from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Iceland, France and Hungary. It’s easy to mock the Hebocon awards for comedy effect alone, but the reality is that they bring robotics (albeit in it’s most primitive form) to those who either lack technical ability or might be creatively or technically blocked. As the creators encourage:” Go into a toy store and buy one of those moving toy dogs, rip off its exterior, and stick some cardboard on there, and you’d be looking at your original robot. Get some pieces of wood, sharpen them, and give your robot some horns: your robot’s attacking ability has just sky-rocketed. You might even get more creative and install a motorized weapon onto your robot. Didn’t quite work side effects of viagra and alcohol out? That’s Okay! That is what we call Heboi. Grab that faulty robot of yours, and participate in a Hebocon competition!”With sponsors like Arduino and Maker Faire and a cult following, it brings a sort of robotics to the masses. Cate Lawrence “If one crappy robot and another crappy robot fought each other — what would happen?”In an era where robots like Nao, Pepper, Sophia and Atlas manage to amaze us with their respective abilities to walk, learn, communicate in different languages,  recognize different people and partake in heavy lifting, another suite of robots is hard at work lowering the bar of robotic achievement.Hebocon is an annual robot competition for the technically ungifted where 31 robots compete in sumo style wrestling matches where the robots try to push their competitors off a board through a combination of pushing, shoving, whirring and sheer persistence. The biggest challenge can be getting robots to move at all, let alone deliver attack moves and self-defence techniques.  The World Championship was recently held in Tokyo.See also: Will robots finally take farmers’ jobs?The word Hebocon derives from the Japanese word Heboi, used to describe something that is technically poor, or low in quality and with this spirit in mind, robots are made with a bizarre array of equipment including fast food wrappers, instant noodle containers, sex toys, wind up toys and Barbie dolls.  According to the organisers, “entrants will need compromise and surrender instead of ideas and technical skill.” Robots are actually penalised for having high tech features and assistance from the maker is not unusual in the competition, such as a helping finger to get the robot moving when a motor has failed. It a competition where failures in technical output can be thwarted by strategy and dogged persistence.The souls of robots that would be considered scrapheap fodder are respected, as winners in each round opt to attach parts of the losing robots to ‘carry on the will’ of those knocked out.Hong Kong representative Kit da Studio won the NicoTsuku award with his table-flipping robot. (The robot actually flipped itself over when it was trying to flip the desk.) Overall winner, Ricky Chan, built a robot called the “Robot-Controlled Controller Robot,” which consists of two components – a controller that looks like a tiger robot, and a robot that looks like a controller. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

What Sales Winners Do Differently with Mike Schultz – Episode 13

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:41 — 14.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere are almost as many theories about how the sales climate has changed as there are studies done about the sales process. But Mike Schultz decided to take a different approach when he wanted to know what made the biggest difference between sales winners and their closest competitors – he went to the customers. On this episode Mike shares the results of his survey of 900 customers about their experience with a winning salesperson and gives some simple, actionable things that sales professionals can and should do to become winners in sales.Those who win in sales do things differently, find out what it is on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetWhat has changed in solution selling over the years?Contrary to articles that have been published lately about the end of solution sales, solution sales is very much alive and well. But it doesn’t work like it used to. Those who still use a solution sales model effectively combine their SS approach with relationship sales that is focused around value. The point is that relationships alone are not the core of what will get you the sale, but if you don’t have an established relationship with your prospect you’re much less likely to gain the trust needed for your solution selling approach to work. You can hear the details from today’s guest, Mike Schultz, on this episode.Does your buyer believe that you get what they are trying to do?Sellers who consistently win are able to do what it takes to understand the goals of their prospects, communicate that understanding, and come alongside the prospect to help them figure out how to get what they want. That’s an approach that doesn’t contain near as many pitches, it’s a consultative approach where the salesperson is a trusted advisor rather than an adversary who’s trying to “sell” them something. If you’re in need of a fresh boost of inspiration about where to improve your sales approach, this is the episode for you!Candor is the sales conversation is how you become a trusted advisor, on this episodeClick To TweetSales winners are pros at collaborating with their prospects.In many ways the type of relationship you are able to establish with your prospect will determine how successful you are at getting the sale. If you’re seen as a collaborator, someone who is helping them achieve their goals, you have a great deal more influence not only over their buying decision (from you) but over the course of their business as well. How do you build a relationship that is one of collaboration? The main tool you can use toward that end is questions. Find out who they are, what they do, what they’re hoping to accomplish, and truly come to understand why it’s so important to them. When you do, you’ll be able to see more clearly how your service or product can help them accomplish their goals.Becoming a collaborator with your prospects helps them make better decisions.Naturally, as a salesperson you want to get the sale from your prospect. But you should never want the sale more than you want to help your prospect make the best decision for their situation and need. Building trust is key in doing that. You need to communicate to your prospect that you are committed to helping them succeed in their goals, that you are eager to lend them your expertise to help them make better decisions. It’s about your virtue of purpose, the belief that your prospect develops that you are truly FOR them. That requires candor and straight shooting even if it’s not something the prospect wants to hear. Find out more from Anthony’s guest, Mike Schultz, on this episode.If you don’t bring candor to the sales conversation you’re of no value to a C level executive at allClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to this episode! Why Mike decided to do a survey about those who win in sales. What has changed in solution selling over the years. What kind of relationship selling makes a difference? Winning sellers drive their own demand. Establishing trust and helping clients make better decisions. Using collaboration with the prospect in the sales process. What salespeople should do differently in order to win. How you can connect with Mike Schultz.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.RainGroup.comMike’s report – What Sales Winners Do DifferentlyMike on TwitterMSchultzATraingroup.comThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeHow sales is a zero sum game – you win or you don’t. Learn how to win on this episodeClick To TweetA good relationship doesn’t WIN the sale, but if you don’t have it, you’ll lose more than you winClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Disbanded anti-Maoist front regroups in Bastar

first_imgA self-proclaimed anti-Maoist group in Maoist insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, which was dissolved within hours after the removal of controversial police officer Mr.Shiv Ram Prasad Kalluri from Bastar earlier this year, has been formed again.The Action Group for National Integrity popularly known as “AGNI” came into existence for the second time during a recent meeting of “imminent citizens” of Bastar at Jagdalpur district headquarters of the region.“The former convener of the AGNI Mr.Anand Mohan Mishra and representatives from some other organizations like the Bastar chamber of commerce met at Jagdalpur on April 5. Many imminent citizens stressed on the need of the existence of AGNI during this meeting. After this meeting, Mr.Sampat Jha and Mr.Subba Rao (former members of the ANGI) have decided to announce that the AGNI has been regrouped again,” said a statement circulated by the AGNI.“With the regrouping, it has been decided to establish AGNI’s branches in other districts of Chhattisgarh and other states also. All the states, which are affected by Maoist violence, will be included in the AGNI,” the organization added.The AGNI was formed last year after the dissolution of notorious Samajik Ekta Manch, an anti-Maoist organization formed by the members of former anti-Maoist militia Salwa Judum with the support of a section of the then Bastar police top brass.Many members of the Samajik Ekta Manch were accused of an attack on the house of a freelance journalist in Bastar last year and in many other such incidents.The existence of Samajik Ekta Manch in Bastar coincided with many incidents of attacks on human rights activists and campaign against journalists covering this conflict-hit region.The new edition of the AGNI also involves many members of the Salwa Judum which was banned by Supreme Court in 2011.These anti-Maoist vigilante groups along with the then team of IPS officers in Bastar headed by Mr.Kalluri were in news for their controversial statements and their hostilities towards journalists covering the region and human rights activists.The AGNI members were disappointed with the removal of Mr.Kalluri from Bastar and had disbanded their group within hours. Other IPS officers were also removed from Bastar after a few days after Mr.Kalluri’s transfer.last_img read more

Odisha rights panel seeks report on distress labour migration

first_imgA full Bench of the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Monday took suo motu cognizance of distress labour migration from the State and directed the Labour Secretary to file a comprehensive report on the issue by October 28.The full Bench of the OHRC, comprising chairperson Justice Bimala Prasad Das and members Justice Raghubar Dash and Asim Amitabh Dash, issued the directive as the State Labour and Employees’ State Insurance (LESI) department failed to submit a satisfactory action taken report in the past five years.In 2014, while adjudicating the case of Sushant Kumbar, the 12-year-old child labourer from Bolangir district who had sustained serious injury after being mercilessly beaten up by his employer in a brick kiln in Karnataka, then OHRC chairperson Justice B. K. Mishra and member B. K. Patnaik asked the State government to inform it about the measures taken to prevent distress labour migration and rehabilitate freed bonded labourers and their children.“The distress labour migration has assumed critical proportion in the State. Government welfare programmes have failed to prevent them from going to other States for work,” said Biswapriya Kanungo, human rights activist and petitioner in the Kumbar case.About 3 to 4 lakh people, including women and minor children, go to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala to work in brick kilns for paltry remuneration. It has been widely reported that they are subjected torture to extract maximum work from them.Thousands of poverty stricken people from Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Bargarh and Subarnapur districts take wage advance from labour middlemen in August and September. Around November and December, they go to brick kilns and other construction sites.To stop the distress migration, the government had announced rations under National Food Security Act from September. It was also proposed to increase employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme from 100 to 200 days. Moreover, it was under consideration to bring wage payment under MGNREGA at par with minimum wage of the State.According to a survey conducted by Tata Trusts, a voluntary organisation, last year about 38,000 people from 30 gram panchayats of Bolangir and Nuapada migrated to neighbouring States as they could not be provided jobs.last_img read more

Hope England tour helps revive cricket series in Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq

first_imgPakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul Haq hopes the upcoming Test series in England will help spur the return of international cricket to the South Asian nation after a seven-year absence due to security fears.Pakistan has not staged Test matches since a 2009 gun attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore killed six Pakistani policemen and a van driver. Some players and a local umpire were injured.TEST CRICKET IN PAKISTAN? Improved security in Pakistan in recent years has prompted calls for international teams to return but Test playing nations have so far refused to tour a country where Islamist militants still pose a threat. (Also read: Misbah-ul-Haq likely to retire after England tour) Misbah said he hoped the four-Test series in England “would help revive cricket series in Pakistan”.Pakistan last played Test matches in England in 2012 and the 42-year-old batsman said he expected an “exciting” tour after such a long gap. (Also read: Pakistan Cricket Board fumes as Mohammad Amir appears on TV show) “It is a big tour for Pakistan,” Misbah said late on Thursday during a send-off dinner for the Pakistani team hosted by Britain’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew.CAMEROON’S MESSAGE Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron also sent a good luck message to Pakistan’s team, saying: “I hope that one day in the not too distant future I will be able to wish the England cricket team a successful tour of Pakistan.”Pakistan’s formidable pace attack, spearheaded by left-armers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, will face a resurgent and youthful England team captained by Alastair Cook, who last month became the first England cricketer to reach 10,000 test runs.advertisement”England cricket team is a strong and balanced one,” Pakistan’s experienced all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez said. “Pakistan team has plenty of talent. We will try to give a quality series to the spectators and cricket fans.”Since 2009, Pakistan’s national team has been hosting foreign teams in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan defeated England in a three-Test series in 2015, winning two matches and drawing the third.AMIR, SHAH IN FOCUS The coming Test series will see the return of Amir to Test cricket after serving a five-year ban following a spot-fixing scandal in England. It will also be the first Test series for leg-spinner Yasir Shah since he served a three-month suspension for a doping violation.Shaharyar Khan, chairman of Pakistan’s cricket board, said he was confident Misbah’s squad would hold its own against England and urged them to show their worth.”I would say, play hard, giving no quarter to England for under Alastair Cook they are too good an outfit to not make you regret it,” he said.Pakistan will play four tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International in England between July 14 and September 7.last_img read more

TNT, NorthPort cross paths; Rain or Shine battles Phoenix

first_imgTNT’s KJ McDaniels is being touted as one of the best imports here and so far, his play has justified label.Meanwhile, Rain or Shine and Phoenix Pulse, sides smarting from two-game losing streaks, battle in the 7 p.m. game as both seek victories that could hopefully trigger a streak that would allow them to get out of the doldrums.Only idle Alaska is worse than the Elasto Painters and the Fuel Masters—and the Batang Pier, of course—and there’s no better time to start winning than now.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Headlining busy UAAP schedule, Ateneo seeks 9th straight victory Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ TNT is on a four-game winning streak, and that’s not the only bad news that NorthPort would have to deal with.While the KaTropa are enjoying the longest winning streak in the PBA Governors’ Cup, the Batang Pier will have to contend with a team that was far from satisfied in winning its fourth straight game over the weekend, when it was dragged to the wire by a lowly foe.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ “We’re not playing defense the way we want to,” TNT coach Bong Ravena said after a 125-120 win over Columbian in Antipolo last Saturday. “We gave up too many points.”That was quite uncharacteristic of the KaTropa, who pride themselves in winning games on defense but fell into a shootout with a squad that is really not that loaded offensively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manCoupled with their poor form of late, the Batang Pier could really find the going rough when both squads collide in the 4:30 p.m. contest at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, with the KaTropa to clamp down on NorthPort’s scorers, led by prolific rookie Robert Bolick.NorthPort has lost its last three games after opening the season-closing conference with a win, and this is an entirely different start than what it had in finishing second after the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations before eventually bowing out in the quarterfinals. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View commentslast_img read more

Federer advises Kyrgios to improve worth ethic after another Shanghai meltdown

first_imgAustralian tennis player Nick Kyrgios made another controversial exit at the Shanghai Masters when he went down to an American qualifier on Monday.The 23-year-old Kyrgios was involved in a row with French official Damien Dumusois during his shock first round loss to world No. 104 Bradley Klahn, who won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.Dumusois told Kyrgios a point early in the second set “was really borderline”, which prompted a fiery response from the Australian who reacted by saying “I don’t care”.Kyrgios has previously courted controversy at the same event.Last year he was fined $10,000 and forfeited his first-round loser’s cheque following a decision to walk off after losing the first set against Steve Johnson.In 2016, he was banned for eight tournament weeks and fined a total of $41,500 after he was beaten 6-3 6-1 by Mischa Zverev in a second-round match in which Kyrgios put in a series of half-hearted serves and appeared to be walking off court before the unseeded German had returned the ball to him.Monday’s controversy was also the second time within the last six weeks that Kyrgios’ effort has been questioned by an official.Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by U.S. Open organisers for going “beyond protocol” when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk during his second round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Roger Federer, the top seed and the defending champion in Shanghai, advised Kyrgios to work towards realising his own potential.”I think it’s really up to him where he wants to go and what his potential really holds. We don’t really know and I don’t think he really knows exactly what his potential is.advertisement”And only through understanding work ethic and scheduling and whatever it might be, creating the right team around himself, only then can you unlock the potential really,” Federer said.The 20-time Grand Slam winner further added that Kyrgios must follow the right process in order to taste success in future.”But there is still a process in place that he needs to do like any other player needs to go through in order to be successful,” he added.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Save Lives by Drinking People Water

first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The consequences of the lack of clean water trickles down, negatively affecting everything from health to economic opportunity and access to education. Women and girls spend up to six hours a day collecting water; that’s almost a full school day. Every 90 seconds a child dies of a water-related illness, which is entirely preventable. People Water decided to help. The for-profit company created a simple but powerful business model: every time you drink a bottle of People Water, your purchase provides the same amount of water to places in need around the world. They call it the Drop For Drop initiative.They allow nature to do the work when it comes to purifying their bottled water– no lab required. It’s 100% natural spring water with a 7.2 pH or higher. The folks at People Water do everything they can to keep their carbon footprint as small as possible: their plastic bottles are entirely recyclable, they use eco-friendly materials, and all bottles are BPA-free. The bottle also has a QR code that will allow you to see, in real time, what kind of project your purchase is funding. Projects like–Repairing 22 hand pumps in Haiti, providing clean water for almost 8,000 people; digging a brand new well in Ghana, helping 250 people; training five hand pump mechanics in Bihar, India, which allows them to help sustain almost 700 wells. That job training positively impacts over 25,000 people. In Matagalpa, Nicaragua, People Water repaired eight wells and funded sustainability programs, impacting 1,300 people.Clean, working wells are incredible, providing on average 1,000 liters of water a day. If dug deeply enough and properly maintained, these wells can continue to provide water for decades. All total, so far People Water has provided 1,528,672 gallons to people around the globe and literally counting.People Water is probably the most guilt-free bottle of water you’ll ever buy, rippling through the world as it helps people live healthier lives and gives them brighter futures. And it’s definitely the easiest way to save a life. Editors’ Recommendations This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness last_img read more

As fish farm protestors wait on decision legal hurdles lie on the

first_imgLaurie Hamelin APTN News A British Columbia court is still deciding if protestors can occupy a fish farm owned by one company in the province.Marine Harvest went to court seeking an injunction against occupiers of Midsummer Island fish farm.But no matter how the case turns out, there are bigger legal battles still to come.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img

UN gives excombatants in Liberia two more months to complete disarming

With more than 71,000 ex-combatants from Liberia’s 15-year-long civil war – double the original estimates – having given up their arms so far, the United Nations mission seeking to bring peace and democracy to the strife-torn West African country has given remaining former fighters just two more months to turn in their weapons. “I encourage all combatants who are out there to disarm,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Jacques Paul Klein, head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), said yesterday. “Do not let people talk you out of it. You will be the beneficiaries of vocational training, education and other benefits that the disarmament program has built into it.”Mr. Klein said leaders of Liberia’s three warring factions would come together on 1 November to formally announce the end of the disarmament exercise in the country. Anyone found with weapons after 30 October would be prosecuted for illegal possession of weapons under Liberian law, he warned.He expressed satisfaction over the smooth progress of the disarmament programme, which got off to a somewhat rocky start last December when some ex-combatants demanding immediate payment of a stipend rioted. Liberia had come a long way during the last one year, he said, praising the peacekeepers, ex-fighters and ordinary citizens for the success of the programme.”We now have our civil affairs officers stationed throughout Liberia. We have the civilian police and the military deployed throughout the country,” he said. “In fact we are starting military rotations for people who have been here for a year now.”Mr. Klein also announced plans to accelerate preparations for national elections scheduled for October 2005. He said a six-week voter registration exercise would begin in April with the help of some 4,000 Liberian students hired for the purpose.More than 16,000 international troops and police are participating in UNMIL operations to support the peace process after last year’s ceasefire between former President Charles Taylor’s forces and two major opposition groups, Liberia United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL). They are also carrying out humanitarian and human rights missions while assisting in national security reform, including police training and military restructuring. read more

Brock University awarded United Way campaign of the year

Brock University was recognized Thursday night at a celebration event for United Way Niagara’s 2018 fundraising campaign.In a room filled with hundreds of donors, volunteers and charity representatives, Brock’s United Way committee co-chairs accepted the Campaign of the Year Award, which recognizes an organization that achieved tremendous success in their workplace campaign.“This is a University-wide accomplishment,” said committee co-chair Lynn McCleary, Associate Professor, Nursing, after the event. “Our enthusiastic committee members and generous faculty and staff are the reason we were so successful. They recognize the importance of giving to our local community and funding programs that help our friends, family and neighbours.”More than $186,000 was raised in the University’s largest employee fundraising campaign to date, far surpassing Brock’s 2018 goal of $145,000 and last year’s $160,000 accomplishment.Brock University raised more than $186,000 for the 2018 United Way campaign. Pictured from left: Brock President Gervan Fearon; Kevin Jong, Director of Development, United Way Niagara; Sandy Howe, Associate Director, Experiential Education and Brock University United Way Committee Co-Chair; Lynn McCleary, Associate Professor, Nursing and Brock University United Way Committee Co-Chair; and Frances Hallworth, Executive Director, United Way Niagara.“It’s amazing what a group of dedicated and caring individuals can achieve,” said Brock’s United Way committee co-chair Sandy Howe, Associate Director, Experiential Education. “The money raised supports programs that will strengthen and enhance the quality of life for the people who are most vulnerable in our community.”In addition to the 16 per cent growth in donations over 2017, highlights of Brock’s 2018 campaign included a Souper Star Lunch kickoff event attended by 200 employees, the University’s first move-a-thon for United Way, a raffle for Toronto Maple Leafs tickets, a Hot Chocolate for Hope pop-up awareness event and record-breaking attendance at the ninth annual Trivia Night.“We are extremely grateful to Brock’s committee for the creativity, growth and effort they contributed to the 2018 campaign,” said Frances Hallworth, Executive Director for United Way Niagara. “We are humbled by the generosity of all of the volunteers and donors at Brock who contributed to this result.”Brock University has a long history of supporting United Way as one of their Top 20 workplace campaigns. Since 2003, the University community has raised more than $1.9 million. Approximately 50 per cent of United Way Niagara’s 2018 campaign achievement of more than $5.2 million came from workplace campaigns like Brock’s.The University was also recognized Thursday night for its annual sponsorship of a Brock co-op student. Fourth-year Business Administration student Megan Truong has been working in United Way Niagara’s office as a communications and campaign assistant since January.Brock University President Gervan Fearon and Associate Vice-President, Ancillary Services Bryan Boles were acknowledged as members United Way Niagara’s Board of Directors and Campaign and Major Giving Cabinet, respectively.Brock alumna Caroline Sherk (BA ’16) was announced as United Way Niagara’s 2019 campaign chair. At 24 years old, Sherk is the youngest chair the organization has ever had.United Way Niagara funds 114 local programs and special initiatives that help more than 163,000 people annually.Employees still wishing to make a donation to Brock’s United Way campaign can donate online.More information on the University’s United Way fundraising campaign can be found on SharePoint. read more

Urban Meyer event canceled due to unscheduled surgery

While members of the Ohio State football team continue the national championship celebration, an unexpected surgery for coach Urban Meyer prompted the cancellation of at least one event.Meyer’s scheduled appearance at the University of Findlay on Wednesday evening was cancelled due to a “previously unscheduled surgery,” a team spokesman told The Lantern on Wednesday.Reports surfaced Wednesday afternoon that the surgery was an emergency appendectomy.The spokesman said that Meyer could be out of the hospital sometime Wednesday, but there is a chance he will be held overnight.Meyer is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. The spokesman said as of Wednesday morning, the plans are still intact for Meyer’s trip to New York.This is the second consecutive spring in which Meyer underwent a minor procedure. Last March, he had minor brain surgery to drain a cyst. He returned to practice the next day after that procedure.Meyer’s health problems when he was coaching at the University of Florida were well-documented as well, culminating in him resigning after the 2010 season. read more

GPs paid hundreds of millions for ghost patients who dont exist

first_imgThe NHS is wasting an estimated £400 million a year on three million “ghost patients” who are registered with a GP despite having died, moved or left the country, new figures suggest.Data from NHS Digital shows that the number of patients registered with GPs in England increased from 57.2 million in September 2015 to 57.3 million in March 2016. Many GPs patient lists appear to be out of dateCredit:Telegraph John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, criticised findings in the NHS Digital report.”We rarely see a day go by without the NHS asking for more taxpayers’ money or claiming that there are no more savings to be made,” he said.”Yet a system that allows around three million people to be left on the books who may have died or moved home is one that is deeply flawed and wasteful.”GPs should not be billing taxpayers for patients they are not treating, so it is important that changes are made to the system to avoid any further money being needlessly wasted.”Tuesday’s report on the GP workforce from NHS Digital also found that 41,985 GPs – both full and part-time – are working in general practices.This is an increase of 108 (0.3 per cent) since September 2015.Some 52.1 per cent of GPs are women, up from 51.9 per cent in September. From October 2015 to March 2016, there were 308 GP vacancies.The report, which NHS Digital stresses contains experimental figures, also found that the number of practices in England had decreased by 61 in those six months.In 2014, the Government pledged to increase the number of GPs in the workforce by 5,000 by 2020 – an aim which critics say will not be realised.The report also showed that NHS England London has the highest proportion of GPs aged 55 and over (25.5 per cent) followed by NHS England Midlands and East (23.9 per cent).Average practice list size varied between 6,103 patients in NHS England North (Greater Manchester) and 9,292 in NHS England South (Wessex) compared with the national average of 7,521. But population estimates for 2016 are just 54.3 million, based on data from the 2011 Census.The difference means GPs are being paid for potentially up to three million patients who no longer need their services.NHS Digital’s report said: “This discrepancy is known as ‘list inflation’ and may be due to patients being registered at a general practice who no longer exist due to death, emigration or moving home, or due to registered patients not completing the 2011 Census (for example, patients who are refugees or homeless).”In July, it emerged that NHS England has employed private firm Capita to carry out “list cleansing” – meaning patients who do not visit their GP for five years face being axed from the practice list.Under the initiative, those who have not seen their GP for five years will be sent two letters asking them to respond.If they cannot be contacted to say they still wish to be registered with their doctor, they will be removed from the practice list.GPs are paid for every patient on their list – in 2013/14 they received funding of £136 per registered patient.The list-cleansing drive aims to find out whether patients no longer require services or have moved house, left the country or died.Some critics have warned that “ghost patients” are being removed inappropriately and patients are being penalised for not visiting their doctor. This discrepancy is known as ‘list inflation’ and may be due to patients being registered at a general practice who no longer existNHS Digital Sign saying doctor's surgery Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The Queen celebrates her 92nd birthday with a concert at the Royal

On the day she turned 21, the then Princess Elizabeth pledged to dedicated her life to serving the Commonwealth, in what has become one of the best-known and most moving public declarations of her long reign.Surrounded by her family, at the close of a week that has cemented her Commonwealth legacy for a new generation, the Queen celebrated her 92nd birthday in some style, with a Royal Albert Hall concert designed to honour all she has done for her country.With a line-up of music from each decade of her reign, the concert marked not just, as Her Majesty put it, “another birthday”, but the culmination of a lively week which brought all corners of the Commonwealth to London.Introducing the evening the Prince of Wales led the birthday wishes with a touching written tribute to his mother.“While all birthdays are special, this year, the Queen’s birthday falls at the end of the week-long Commonwealth Summit in London, which has brought together 53 countries. The Prince of Wales attended after securing the position as the next Head of Commonwealth “Tonight we pay tribute to her devotion to duty, her steadfastness in times of uncertainty, and her vital role in uniting people from all walks of life through her enduring strength and humanity.“With my family, I join you in wishing my mother, the Queen, a very happy birthday.”The Royal Family were out in force once more, after spending the week dropping in to forums, roundtables and Buckingham Palace receptions to lend their support to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended But concert organisers were sure to be on safe ground with songs from Oklahoma and a ukulele performance from 40 members of the George Formby Society. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Addressing her from the stage, he joked she is not always “easy to buy gifts for”, saying the Trust and its work with future of the Commonwealth would be the perfect present. “Your Majesty, happy birthday,” he said. “Tonight we reflect on the pledge made by the Queen on her 21st birthday in 1947 in South Africa, to serve the Commonwealth for her whole life.“With my father, the Duke of Edinburgh, at her side, the Queen has dedicated herself, throughout her reign, to serving the United Kingdom and the other countries of the Commonwealth. the Queen celebrated her 92nd birthday in style with a Royal Albert Hall concert  Formby himself is known to have been invited to play for Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret at Buckingham Palace when they were children, with the Queen rumoured to have once triumphantly claimed: “I know all his songs and I can sing them.”The event was organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, which has the Queen as patron and is 150 years old this year, and hosted for the BBC by Zoe Ball, who described it as “what must surely be the best birthday party ever”.  the Queen celebrated her 92nd birthday in style with a Royal Albert Hall concert Credit:Andrew Parsons/PA Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attendedCredit:John Stillwell/PA The Saturday night concert saw the Queen flanked by her son and heir, the Prince of Wales, who was this week secured in the position as the next Head of Commonwealth.Her grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, joined them, with Meghan Markle, who will become the newest member of the Queen’s Family at her Windsor Castle wedding in May.Also in attendance The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.The Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting her third child any day now, stayed at home with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, able to watch the show on television along with millions of others from the comfort of her own sofa.In a speech, Prince Harry wished his grandmother a very happy birthday, announcing the official launch of her Queen’s Commonwealth Trust as a present. As the Duke of Cambridge whispered in her ear, perhaps explaining the finer points of who each performer was, the Queen clapped enthusiastically after songs from Luke Evans, singing Oklahoma, Sting and Shaggy, and Kylie, accompanied on stage by a group thrusting cowboys. The undoubted stars of the show, though, were the George Formby fan club, led by Frank Skinner, Harry Hill and Ed Balls, who played a cheery rendition of When Im Cleaning Windows.As footage of Formby from the 1930s played, the Queen was seen nodding her head in time as Prince Charles’s and Prince William beamed on either side of her and the Countess of Wessex and Princess Beatrice danced in their seats behind.Chosen to represent the full breadth of the Commonwealth, from Canadian Shawn Mendes to South African male choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo, some members of the line-up may have been more familiar to the Queen’s grandchildren than her own generation.  The Prince of Wales attended after securing the position as the next Head of CommonwealthCredit:John Stillwell/PA read more

Greek Australian architect behind Sydneys Punchbowl mosque

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new contemporary mosque, 23 years in the making, is not far away from opening its doors, and the unique design is the work of Greek Australian Angelo Candalepas.The award-winning architect behind Candalepas Associates is no stranger to religious projects, having worked alongside Belmore’s All Saints Orthodox Church on designing All Saints Grammar Primary School.But he admits when he was approached by the Australian Islamic Mission (AIM), he was initially surprised and unsure about taking the project on.“I didn’t know what to say. What do you say when someone asks you to do what could be one of the most important buildings [to their community], particularly when their aspirations are so lofty?” Mr Candalepas told the ABC.The architect revealed that praying to God, and seeking the spiritual guidance of a Greek Orthodox priest was what helped him in coming to an affirmative final decision.“He said ‘We are all the children of God, and you must do every single one of these projects and they must be the most important projects of your life’,” he recalled.Architect Angelo Candalepas. Photo: YouTubeKnown as the Punchbowl mosque, the project has been championed by non-profit organisation AIM since the mid-1990s and is being made possible with funding from the community through grants, donations and non-interest-bearing loans.The impressive place of worship, which puts a contemporary spin on what is a space where religious traditions are observed, is expected to open its doors ahead of the end of Ramadan, Muslim holy month, which falls on 14 June.The Punchbowl mosque.last_img read more

Vigil tonight for Vancouver man recovered from reservoir

first_imgA candlelight vigil will be held 8 p.m. tonight at Heritage High School for the Vancouver man whose body was recovered from the Yale Reservoir. Austin Woldford’s memorial takes place on the baseball field of the school, 7825 N.E. 130th Ave.The 19-year-old was believed to have drowned shortly after noon Sunday while swimming with friends. Wolford drifted out on an inner tube to a deep area of the reservoir, slipped off and could not get back on, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Kelly Crain, a family friend and spokesman for the Wolford family, said Wolford was a 2013 graduate of Heritage High School, where he participated in baseball, football, and wrestling.For those wishing to help the Wolford family with funeral expenses, donations cn be made to “The Austin Wolford Memorial Fund” at any Columbia Credit Union branch or through the online Austin Wolford Memorial Fund.last_img read more

Shutdown Showdown Continues

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Senate is expected to consider two separate spending bills Thursday, but they are both likely to fail.The House again on Wednesday passed a stopgap spending bill, as well as six of the spending bills House and Senate negotiators had worked out last year. Senate Republicans are unlikely to follow suit without a promise of border wall funding President Trump wants.House Democrats were contemplating an immigration counter-offer to the President.Among the federal employees working without pay during the partial government shutdown are more than 40,000 Coast Guard members.“I find it unacceptable that @USCG members must rely on food pantries & donations to get through day-to-day life,” Admiral Karl Schultz‏, the Coast Guard commandant, said in a video on Twitter.last_img read more

Nome residents continue wait for Quintillion highspeed internet

first_imgThe server room at Nome’s Trinity Sails and Repair, which is the only confirmed company to be in negotiations with Quintillion to provide residential service in Nome (Photo by Gabe Colombo, KNOM)Residents of Nome continue to wait to access high-speed internet through Quintillion’s fiber-optic cable, though a handful of business customers are now connecting to it.Listen nowThe system came online in Northwest Alaska on December 1, and Nome’s residents are the only ones waiting out of the five communities that are on the cable, including Kotzebue, Point Hope, Wainwright and Utqiaġvik.In 2012, the Anchorage-based telecommunications company Quintillion announced its plans to build a 1,200-mile undersea fiber-optic cable from Prudhoe Bay to five coastal communities in northwest Alaska, connecting them into the company’s road-system network.Quintillion said the fiber-optic technology could allow for internet speeds up to 16,000 times faster (100 gigabits per second vs. .006 gigabits per second) than current satellite or terrestrial tower-based broadband service in Nome and Kotzebue.Initially, the targeted turn-on date was 2014, but a series of delays meant the cable wasn’t completed and operational until December of last year (2017).Kristina Woolston is Quintillion’s vice president of external relations. She says there have been few problems with the system since the launch.“We’re pleased that for two winters now our system has performed flawlessly, and we don’t expect that to change,” Woolston said. “We’ve spent an awful lot of time and resources on installing and engineering a system that is both resilient and will stand the test of time, and we’re excited about where we’re at right now.”But Quintillion is only the owner of the infrastructure; it doesn’t sell cable bandwidth directly to customers. Instead, third-party providers — companies like GCI, TelAlaska and AT&T— can purchase capacity on the cable and then sell it to customers.These providers negotiate with Quintillion on price, packaging and other logistics. And until deals are finalized, non-disclosure agreements often prevent information about the negotiations from being released.Woolston would not give specifics about any talks Quintillion is having with providers.“Every community is unique, and every provider is unique, and I can’t speak to the nature of the conversations we’ve had with providers, but I think it’s worth noting that Quintillion has made wholesale capacity on a broad base, either from large capacity down to very, very small capacity offerings to multiple providers, and we’re getting close,” Woolston said.Woolston says Quintillion’s pricing is “significantly lower” than terrestrial or satellite service.One provider that has confirmed business customers in Nome is Alaska Communications System (ACS). Heather Marron, ACS manager of corporate communications, says the company has been providing business service to Kawerak, Inc. since January 15, and is also now serving one other organization in Nome; but she declined to specify that organization, saying ACS had not received permission from the entity to release its name.Besides the two organizations served by ACS, Nome Public Schools (NPS) switched in March from GCI to Quintillion fiber-optic service through Leonardo Diagnostic/Retrieval Systems (DRS), which primarily serves military clients. NPS IT Director Jacob Phillips could not be reached for further information at the time of this story’s airing.The University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus is also now online with Quintillion fiber service as of May, through AT&T.Northwest Campus Director Bob Metcalf says it’s an upgrade for administrative staff, who have to exchange a lot of information with the main campus in Fairbanks.“Whereas sometimes they’d have to wait for screens to refresh and be ready for the next entry, it was a lot quicker,” Metcalf said.Metcalf says he’s hopeful the fiber-optic internet will make it easier to connect to UAF teleconferences and events around the state. But he says video streaming still isn’t that much quicker.“It was better, I’m pretty sure, than what we would have been getting on the satellite. But it still buffered, and it would still stall. Not so much that it was what we would do in the past, and just say, ‘Agh, this is no good,’ and just disengage, but still not seamless.”And Metcalf says they’re also conscious that the campus serves a lot of people outside Nome who still don’t have great internet access.“Still, a lot of our students and a lot of our communities that do rely on the old satellite connections, or, now, it’s cell service,” Metcalf said. “(We want to make sure) that we’re still staying connected with them and provide access that they can actually use. So, we don’t want to leave anyone behind.”The City of Nome — including Nome Joint Utility System (NJUS) and the Nome Police Department — is also set to go online with Quintillion fiber service, by the end of July.NJUS Assistant Manager Ken Morton says their current provider, AT&T, is switching them onto Quintillion’s infrastructure. Morton hopes that’ll help with.“Less lag. Quicker service. Should make the billing process easier,” Morton said.Dana Handeland, the city’s payroll accounting technician, says the city still has no plans to provide direct service to Nome residents.And as of right now, none of the major providers have plans to do that, either.GCI has not signed on to provide service through Quintillion, even for businesses. Last year, GCI completed its own telecommunications project: the 300-million-dollar TERRA ring, or Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska. TERRA provides high-speed terrestrial broadband internet to 84 Western-Alaska communities, from the Northwest Arctic to Bristol Bay.In January, Quintillion’s Woolston said the two companies were in discussions, but GCI’s director of corporate communications, Heather Handyside, wouldn’t confirm whether those have continued or if anything has been decided.“We are always open to working with companies and partners to deliver service, and that depends on the reliability of the service and cost points and if it is affordable for our customers,” Woolston said. “So if it looks promising, that’s always a potential in the future.”Representatives of another telecommunications provider in Nome, TelAlaska, could not be reached for information about negotiations with Quintillion.ACS spokeswoman Heather Marron says her company doesn’t have any definite plans to expand into residential service in Nome. When pressed for more specifics about whether Quintillion’s infrastructure is being considered, she responded:“We’re always looking at ways to economically expand our network,” Marron said.Another company looking to expand its services is Trinity Sails and Repair (TSR), an automobile repair shop in Nome.Owner Rolland Trowbridge says he’s already providing unlimited residential internet plans via satellite for $299 a month, but says he’s also in negotiations with Quintillion to provide residential internet through the fiber-optic cable.“We’ve got this game-changing, impossible thing: We have fiber-optic in Nome, Alaska, where all the way down the west coast there are towns much bigger than us that don’t have any chance of getting fiber-optic,” Trowbridge said. “And we have some big players in the game that are well-established here, but they’re not accessing it.”So Trowbridge is trying to break open the market, but he says there’s a catch.“Right now, nobody wants to go first,” Trowbridge said. “Because the person that goes first is going to set the standard, the price, and then everyone else is going to cut them down by a little bit.”Another stumbling block, Trowbridge says, is that because of the location, Quintillion doesn’t have the ability to scale up the connection: They want the full subscriber money up front, money he doesn’t have.So as a workaround, Trowbridge says he’s buying business service through ACS or DRS, and planning to start offering a few residential connections to Quintillion’s fiber to people he knows personally. He wants to see how that goes for now as he continues to negotiate with Quintillion itself.But Trowbridge says for Nomeites dreaming about super-cheap and super-fast internet on Quintillion.“I’ve been in the number-crunching sessions with some pretty big players in the game, and the reality is that what you’re paying — in the $150 to $300 range for internet — probably isn’t going to change,” Trowbridge said. “What will more likely change is that speeds will go up, and your limitations, your caps, or how much data you can actually use, will go away or it will also go way up.”But Trowbridge estimates that there might not be any residential fiber-optic internet plans in Nome for 18 months.Meanwhile, Quintillion is moving forward with plans to build more undersea cables to Tokyo and London, and also says it’s looking at expanding the cable into “a handful” of additional communities in Western Alaska. Spokeswoman Kristina Woolston would not comment on which ones.“We have always said we intend to connect to other Alaska communities as we develop our international paths, and that has not changed,” Woolston said. “And we look forward to making some announcements here in the near future.”Woolston emphasizes that the company is actively working with providers to iron out agreements for residential service. But neither she nor providers would give a concrete timeline for when those deals might be announced. TSR is so far the only company to even confirm that a path to residential fiber-optic internet might be in the works.last_img read more

ASP Rajesh releases story book in Bhadrachalam

first_imgBhadrachalam: Assistant Superintendent of Police Rajesh Chandra has released a story book, The Riverside Man and Other Short Stories, written by noted writer Murthy KVVS at his chambers on Monday. The ASP appreciated the author and said that the book would be very useful to students learning the language. On the occasion, the author gave insights into the book and urged the students to read it.last_img