Eyelike spots on butterflies and caterpillars scare off songbirds and other predators, yet scientists don’t know exactly why they work. Do they startle potential attackers simply because they’re conspicuous, or do they mimic the eyes of a creature the songbirds truly fear? In a new study researchers lured great tits (Parus major) to a particular spot on the floor of their cage with a dead mealworm. When the bird swooped down upon its prey, the team flashed one of five images on a computer monitor lying directly beneath the worm: an owl (a tit predator) with open eyes, an owl with its eyes closed, a butterfly with prominent owl-like eyespots on its wings, a butterfly with eyespots whose colors had been reversed, or a butterfly whose eyespots had been digitally removed. About 68% of the birds shown the image with the eye-mimicking spots either flew away or showed signs of being startled such as chirping a warning call, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. That’s on par with the 57% showing the same reactions to the owl with open eyes, the team notes. But only 33% reacted similarly to the image that sported color—reversed eyespots—a difference that suggests it’s not the boldness of the image that’s startling the birds, it’s the mimicry of eye coloration in a predator the bird is likely familiar with. An even smaller percentage of the birds were startled by the butterfly with no eyespots. Interestingly, the image of the owl with no eyes seemed to spark more curiosity than fear among the would-be predators, triggering them to investigate the image more closely.
Wage theft is a rampant issue in Australia, a survey conducted on the working conditions among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants in the country, showed. Almost 30 per cent of international students and backpackers earn $12 per hour or less, which is about half the minimum wage for a casual employee, according to the findings of the National Temporary Migrant Work Survey released on Nov. 21.“The backpackers and international students who are temporary migrants were underpaid across many industries, but the most common was the food services, especially those who serve in the food and vegetable picking businesses. At least one out of five Americans, Indians, British, Chinese and Brazilian earned half the minimum wage. Workers from Asian countries, including China, Taiwan and Vietnam, are paid lower wage rates than those hailing from North America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The underpayment was a common factor among international students and backpackers of all major nationalities,” said the report.Temporary migrant workers represent more than 10 per cent of the Australian labor market and the survey paints a grim picture of the working conditions of the migrant workers who come to Australia in search of a better future. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney, who surveyed 4,322 temporary migrants from 107 countries, including 15 per cent from China, eight per cent from South Korea, and five per cent from India.The survey found that not only are these employees workers underpaid, the conditions that they work in also tantamount to criminal forced labor. These workers are required to pay cash back to their employers as soon as they receive their wages, their passports are confiscated by their employers, and they are sometimes required to pay a deposit for their job. As many as 44 per cent of overseas workers are paid in cash, and the proportion is two in three for waiters, kitchen-hands and food servers. Half of them never or rarely receive a payslip.“At least three quarters of the backpackers and international students were aware of the fact that they were being underpaid and their wages were even lower than the minimum wages,” the report added.The reason why most of these workers continue to do such jobs is because they usually believe that everyone else who has the same visa as them is also being underpaid or earning less than the minimum wage. They also fear a backlash if they complain about the conditions that they are forced to work in and put up with it.Some workers have even called it modern form of slavery and add that they are grossly underpaid. “I think my first job, I got $AUS10 (£5.70) for two or three hours’ work. When I went picking strawberries, I think I averaged $AUS60 (£34.30)-a-day before tax for eight hours of hard work under the sun,” Laurent Van Eesbeeck, a Belgian backpacker who worked on a farm, told the Telegraph. Related ItemsAustraliaEmploymentHuman Rights
Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Batangas-EAC stuns JRU for breakthrough win NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “I’m so happy because our [volleyball] program is really flourishing. When I started, we were seventh place,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier. “We just really wanted to win,” said Arocha, who finished with 15 points and 12 digs, in Filipino. “I believed in myself and I also got motivation from my teammates.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game was in stark contrast to the finals opener on Friday where Arellano needed five sets to hold off a game San Beda side.Arellano raced to an 8-0 start in the third set before widening the gap to 14-2 as the Lady Chiefs never looked back while the Lady Red Spikers looked resigned. “We felt like they gave the game to us and just gave up in the third set. When we scored the first five points of the third set we already felt that the title is going to be ours,” Arocha admitted.But the pivotal stretch of the duel came in the second set when Arellano rallied and saved four set points with Arocha scoring three of her team’s last four points, including back-to-back hits for a 2-0 set lead.Jovielyn Prado, who was the Finals MVP last season, also had 15 points while Andrea Marzan and Mary Anne Esguerra scored eight and seven points, respectively in their final NCAA game.Cesca Raqraquin led San Beda, which had nothing to be ashamed of after making its first-ever appearance in the championship round, with 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University retained its title after sweeping San Beda, 25-13, 29-27, 25-15, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Regine Arocha, who was deservingly named Finals MVP, led a dominating performance by the Lady Chiefs, who won their third championship in the last four years.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
AdvertisementDavid Nwaba, who played for the Chicago Bulls last season, will join the Cavs once contract terms are finalized, said the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because negotiations between the sides are ongoing.Nwaba, 25, averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 23.5 minutes over 70 games for the Bulls last season, including 21 starts. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg cited Nwaba’s intensity, defensive toughness and strong analytic measurables often last season, which proved to be a breakout season for the 6-foot-4 guard.The 25-year-old Nwaba and the Cavs are still negotiating terms of the deal. Cleveland has its full mid-level exception, worth $8.6 million, as well as the bi-annual exception, worth $3.3 million, available to round out its roster.Free agent David Nwaba has come to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo. Both sides are still working on final details of deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 1, 2018Nwaba previously played with the Los Angeles Lakers and in Cleveland will be reunited with former teammates Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. He was also said to have discussed potential deals with the Bulls and Indiana Pacers.Advertisement
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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday he had no A or B side and needed to call on every member of his squad to cope with a gruelling fixture list, as a debate about his team selections was played out in the Spanish media.The question of whether Zidane’s periphery players perform better than his first-choice starting 11 resurfaced after a Los Blancos side with nine changes blitzed Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 on Wednesday.The coach rested heavyweights Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Keylor Navas, who played in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat against Barcelona, and was without Gareth Bale through injury and Sergio Ramos through suspension.Not for the first time this season, Real’s squad players seized the opportunity, with James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata and Isco emphatically taking up the mantle to keep their team on the heels of Barcelona in the title race.Losing manager Pepe Mel said Real’s second string were harder to play against than their first-choice XI, while sports daily AS declared: “Plan B is a great plan”.Arging that some clubs’ second-string players get no time on the pitch at all, Zidane told a news conference on Friday: “I have immense respect for my players and I have to choose who plays but I’m not unfair…”Some people may think that in some games the same players always play and in other games another team plays and call that an A or B team, but it’s not like that for me.advertisementReal host Valencia on Saturday looking to temporarily go three points ahead of the Catalans, who top the table due to their superior head-to-head record against Los Blancos but have played one game more.Zidane also said players who performed well against Deportivo would hold no hard feelings against him should they find themselves on the bench against Valencia.”I don’t just drop players, I speak with them and explain my thinking and we move forward together,” he added.”…I understand this debate but now I’m the coach of Real Madrid, I have to decide, and I’m always thinking about what’s best for Real Madrid as a family.”I know I have an extraordinary squad and everyone is committed …We all want to follow the same path.”Bale is still suffering from a calf injury while Ramos returns from a one-game suspension for getting sent off against Barcelona.
In the relentless pursuit of higher performance at a system level, Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDMs) have become well versed in developing digital interfaces that are able to operate at high speeds in electrically challenging environments. Standard interfaces, such as SPI and I2C, provide a relatively simple way of interconnecting devices from different suppliers in a way that is reliable and effective. The same is true for other types of interfaces.The digital domain can be thought of as providing a safe haven for developers looking to build complex systems rapidly using ‘standard’ technologies. Indeed, the embedded industry is largely dependent on standards-based interfaces that ‘just work’, as they provide the framework for innovation. When they don’t ‘just work’, it can lead to confusion, particularly if the cause of a fault is misinterpreted. Any confusion would be understandable, given that the interfaces are developed to be robust and reliable when applied in accordance with the specification. The fact that the underlying physical interface is fixed in silicon would also provide reassurance.System noise, in all its formsAny distortion to a signal can be interpreted as noise and it is probably reasonable to assume that noise is most often apparent in a communications environment; the signal received is not the signal sent. This direct correlation is relatively simple to find, but in some cases the cause and effect are not so easily identified. The challenge is compounded when the fault becomes intermittent.Today’s microcontrollers are designed to deliver reliable operation with minimal configuration. In the case of a serial interface this may include defaulting to high drive currents on the I/O pins in order to combat the influence of long PCB tracks or high capacitive loads. In some instances, this can result in over-driving an interface which, in turn, can lead to derivative effects that are interpreted as errors or faults.As an example, serial Flash memory devices offer a number of advanced features that ensure reliable operation and allow the device to be interrogated. This can include noise filters, advanced adaptive programming, and erase algorithms that manage cell margins. Some manufacturers also include ECC in the storage elements saving additional meta data with each write operation to allow single or multi bit errors to be detected and corrected, but this ECC fix will not help when noise corrupts the basic message transaction on the communication interface bus.Noise on the SPI interface can be misinterpreted as additional clock pulses. As SPI is a clock driven interface this would have repercussions such as commands being ignored, data being misinterpreted, wrong commands being used, etc. However, noise also carries energy and in some cases this energy can itself introduce errors in the operation of a device.Charge pumps and overshootIn most cases, some overshoot or undershoot in a signal can be tolerated by digital interfaces. It should not be forgotten, however, that the energy under the curve is still present and in some circuits this can be disruptive.A case in point is the charge pump circuitry in serial Flash memory. If the SPI bus signals contain significant noise there is a chance that the energy in that signal can propagate through to the charge pump and disrupt its operation.The charge pump in Flash memory is a critical function, as it provides the power needed to change the bias of a memory cell and, effectively, store a logical 1 or 0. The write/erase process is a crucial time in the operation of Flash memory, any disruption to the charge pump during this time can cause write or erase errors and, while these errors may be detected, there is a chance that they will not be apparent.An error of this sort can easily be interpreted as a fault in the Flash memory device. The fact that Flash memory has a finite number of read and write cycles guaranteed by the manufacturer is well understood by embedded designers, but what is perhaps not so well understood is the importance of providing a clean interface devoid of too much overshoot or undershoot.As an example, consider the image in Figure 1. It shows healthy cell margins for six Flash devices. Two distinct patterns emerge between cells programmed with data representing logical 1 (2V to 5V) and 0 (>6v). By comparison, the image in Figure 2 shows memory cell margin for three Flash devices that have suffered data corruption caused by overshoot and undershoot on the control lines.Figure 1: This image shows good cell margin separation data for Flash memory that has been programmed and erased. (Source: Adesto)Figure 2: This image shows poor cell margin separation data for Flash memory where there has been significant noise present on the SPI lines. (Source: Adesto)Multiple factors can contribute to the noise level, such as frequency of operation, amplitude of the signal, MCU drive levels, and the energy contained in the noise spikes. PCB design and cross talk between signals may also be contributing factors.The data in Figure 2 shows the effects of excessive overshoot and undershoot on the serial interface. Figure 3 below shows a representation of what this overshoot would look like in a real application.click for larger imageFigure 3: This trace image clearly shows the overshot and undershoot present on the SPI lines was resulting in a peak-to-peak voltage of 5.65V, which exceeds the absolute maximum value documented in the Flash memory specification. (Source: Adesto)The result of this noise was erroneous device operation, which showed up as errors in the serial flash memory stored values. Initially, the true impact of the errors was missed, as polling the STATUS register on a less frequent basis reported fewer errors, leading the designer to make incorrect assumptions on the root cause of the failure.Identifying the true root causeAlthough this fault appeared as a memory failure, the root cause was not with the Flash devices. This was discovered by Adesto engineers by probing the SPI signals and identifying the system noise present. While the noise could be partly attributed to an impedance mismatch present on the PCB track between the MCU and Flash memory, it wasn’t the full story.The source of the noise was actually the MCU interface, which defaults to a high drive level at power-up. The excessive drive was enough to cause overshoot and undershoot on the SPI lines, which in some cases can be misinterpreted as signal transitions, leading to read or write errors. However, in this instance it was found that the overshoot held sufficient energy to disrupt the Flash charge pump, which was in turn causing the errors.In the customer’s design, the microcontroller being used provided a configurable drive current for its I/O, which defaults to HIGH at start-up. As the application code did not modify this level during initialisation it remained high in normal operation.The impact of this may not be apparent for other devices on the SPI bus, as digital interfaces are typically designed to be robust. The sensitive nature of Flash memory, the need to operate at much higher frequencies, and in particular, the operation of the charge pump, made the memory susceptible to overshoot/undershoot. This led to erroneous operation that was initially misinterpreted as a fault in the Flash memory device.Correcting the errorReducing the drive current through firmware reduced the overshoot and undershoot to effectively zero (Figure 4), and in turn resulted in error-free operation of the Flash memory.click for larger imageFigure 4: With no overshoot apparent, the serial Flash memory’s charge pump was able to operate correctly and provide reliable functionality. (Source: Adesto)The nature of the fault showed that the Flash device was making every effort to compensate for the effect of the error, which was the excessive system noise on the SPI interface.Perhaps the most significant point here is that the cause was actually a design feature of the MCU used, which defaulted to an operating mode that, in most situations, would be entirely acceptable. The combination of a high drive output and imperfect PCB inductance created a condition that resulted in intermittent failure. Reducing the drive output on the MCU, through a simple firmware change, solved the issue.This highlights the real lesson here: That what may appear as a genuine component failure may actually be an oversight in the design. Replacing the memory devices would have been a natural response to what was initially believed to be the fault, but through a strong working relationship between customer and supplier, as well as hardware and software engineering teams, the actual cause was found and the right solution applied. The result was a significantly better design, higher system performance and greater reliability.ConclusionSystem noise can easily be dismissed when there is no apparent impact. Intermittent errors are particularly difficult to locate under optimal conditions, but when the errors are misinterpreted it makes the challenge even harder.Overshoot is possibly the least apparent form of system noise, but as explained here, its impact can be significant. Flash memory is a reliable technology but one that depends on a carefully designed interface. Excessive noise on the serial interface has the potential to propagate through to the charge pump circuitry, detracting from the operation of the programming and erase circuitry. This results in unforeseen characteristics that can easily be interpreted as a fault on the device itself showing up as memory cell faults, as well as inconsistent or unreliable programming and erase operations.In this instance, replacing the Flash memory and assuming the issue was solved could have resulted in products going to market that were likely to fail at some point. Instead, the designer was able to improve programming and erase consistency by a significant factor, with effective endurance jumping from an unacceptable ~20K cycles before errors were detected to over 2.5M cycles with no errors and no requirement for supplementary error detection and correction routines.The level of configurability offered by modern microcontrollers can be seen as both a help and a hindrance; the fact that the drive current is configurable was possibly the cause for the overshoot in this example. However, being able to reduce the drive strength was also effective in solving the problem.Paul Hill is a Senior Marketing Director for Adesto, responsible for the company’s application-specific non-volatile memory product lines. He has more than 30 years of industry experience in areas including avionics systems design; semiconductor, MCU, and memory product applications; and memory product marketing. Paul is a graduate of Southampton Solent University. He holds multiple patents on memory product architectures and functionality. Gordon MacNee is an Adesto Field Applications Manager covering Northern Europe. He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow where he studied Physics. Gordon has been working in the electronics industry for over 30 years promoting, designing and supporting projects involving microcontrollers, wired comms, RF and memory products throughout a wide range of market segments. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Design Methods, Integration Continue Reading Previous Finding efficient transport as data scales massivelyNext Using multiple inference chips takes careful planning
Will focus on building right attitude in players: SamantMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Newly appointed coach of seniorMumbai cricket team Vinayak Samant is keen to develop theright attitude in players who will, in turn, decide on hissuccess as a coach.The 46-year-old former Mumbai wicket-keeper-batsmanVinayak Samant pipped ex-India off-spinner Ramesh Powar andformer Rajasthan cricketer Pradeep Sundaram, who were in therace, for the post.”It is a tough responsibility. Sometimes the approachof our players is wrong and as a coach my focus will be toensure that the approach or attitude is not wrong,” Samanttold PTI today.Mumbai have won the Ranji Trophy for a record 41times, the last being in 2016.Samant, a First Class veteran, represented Mumbai andTripura during his cricketing career.”Obviously, a coach alone can’t do anything andplayers contribute to it. My success is in their (players)hands and it is important for me to co-ordinate with them.”It is important to be in their comfort zone and thatplayers have faith in me. Many players know me, so it will beeasy for me. But still it is challenging,” he said.”For two years we (Mumbai) have not been able to win(the Ranji Trophy), so this year there will be a little bitextra pressure on me (to win),” added Samant.According to Samant, the process is important and ifthat goes well, the outcome will also be good.Under Samant’s coaching, Mumbai U-23 had won the CKNayudu Trophy.advertisementAsked how will that stint be helpful, Samant said itwas all about confidence.”In cricket or in any sports it is all aboutconfidence. If you are confident, then all roads open.”For gaining confidence, it is important to practise.And the confidence which the players will gain from practiseis important.” PTI NRB SSR RSY RSY RSYRDS RDS RDS
Priyanka Chopra along with her husband Nick Jonas made a stunning appearance at Maria Grazia Chiuri’s fall 2019 Haute Couture collection for Christian Dior at the Paris Fashion Week.At the glamorous evening, apart from showing off her breathtaking elegance in a green Dior number, the fashionista also chilled with Gal Gadot aka Wonder Woman. And we are totally crushing over this pair.The actress was spotted making her way into the event and bonding over fashion with the Wonder Woman star while sitting at the front row.The Desi girl, who was all curled up beside her hubby Nick Jonas, sat with Gal Gadot, on her other side, and their pictures from the event are breaking the internet.The two were even spotted talking during show and discussing the Autumn-Winter 2019-2020 line which was being displayed at the fashion show.For the event, Priyanka rocked a pleated scalloped sleeve dark green silk dress with a black and gold belt and stunning keyhole neckline. The Dior dress was specially designer for the Sky Is Pink star.She glammed up her look by choosing to tie her hair in a low bun while sporting minimal makeup.advertisementAs for the Wonder Woman star, she was seen flaunting her svelte figure in a pattered outfit with a plunging neckline. For glam, Gal went for a sleek braided bun and minimal make-up.ALSO SEE | Priyanka Chopra exudes elegance in keyhole neckline dress with Nick Jonas at Paris Fashion WeekALSO WATCH | Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas serve drama galore at Met Gala
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of Heinz Field during the game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game on September 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)The city of Pittsburgh endured an incredible tragedy last Saturday morning, when a gunman murdered 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue during a ceremony. Days later, a Pitt football player’s on-field celebration is causing an uproar.The Panthers scored a huge win over Virginia tonight, handing the team sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division for the time being.Unfortunately, defensive back Damarri Mathis’ celebration is overshadowing that accomplishment a bit.After a big pass break-up in the fourth quarter, Damarri Mathis appeared to celebrate by imitating a shooter with a machine gun.This is not really an appropriate suggestion in most contexts to be honest. It is especially thoughtless considering the school he plays for.@Deadspin so #16 Mathis on Pitt celebrated a big play simulating shooting a machine gun. Of all places. pic.twitter.com/m8bdMhRyO5— vjporter (@VJporter) November 3, 2018The easiest explanation here is that Mathis just wasn’t thinking. For better, or very likely, worse, guns are part of the larger culture, so you can see where a celebration like this can come from.I highly doubt he meant anything specific or threatening by it, but it is about as bad a look as you can get given the circumstances.We’ll hear an explanation soon I’m sure.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: ESPN College GameDay analyst Rece Davis discusses game day at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)Notre Dame is a couple of hours away from kickoff at the Cotton Bowl. The Fighting Irish are set to take on No. 2 Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal. A spot in the national title game is on the line.Brian Kelly’s program last played for a national title during the 2012 season. Notre Dame was, of course, blown out in epic fashion by Alabama in that game.ESPN’s College GameDay has mentioned that 2012 game quite a bit this morning.Notre Dame fans aren’t very happy with it, even though ESPN is admitting that this year’s Fighting Irish team is a lot different than the 2012 squad.“It’s very unfair to compare this Notre Dame team to the 2012 team. It’s just not right to do to those kids. That 2012 team was SIX I’ll repeat that SIX years ago! Almost the whole coaching staff from that ND team is gone, all the players are different, etc,” one fan tweeted.It’s very unfair to compare this Notre Dame team to the 2012 team. It’s just not right to do to those kids. That 2012 team was SIX I’ll repeat that SIX years ago! Almost the whole coaching staff from that ND team is gone, all the players are different, etc. #CFBPlayoff— Triple R (@RustyRages) December 29, 2018That’s not going to stop ESPN from mentioning it, though.ESPN had a big story on Notre Dame’s 2012 team and what’s changed since then.“This Notre Dame team has to pay for our sins in 2012. People are going to hold what happened six years ago against these guys, which is asinine.””This Notre Dame team has to pay for our sins in 2012. People are going to hold what happened six years ago against these guys, which is asinine.”My story on #GoIrish, battling the recent past, and what’s at stake in the return to CFB’s biggest stage. https://t.co/FV7MJ73j0c— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 28, 2018Notre Dame and Clemson are set to kick off at 4 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.
Managing Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Janet Dyer, says the draft of the amended HEART Trust Act has been completed and is almost ready to go before the Legislative Committee of the Cabinet. Story Highlights The amended Act is one of several measures being taken as part of the four-way merger to create a super training agency through the full integration of the National Youth Service (NYS), Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), and the Apprenticeship Board with the HEART Trust/NTA. She was speaking with JIS News on June 25 at the HEART Trust’s corporate offices on Oxford Road, Kingston, at a cheque presentation ceremony for $6 million donated by the Phillip & Christina Gore Family Foundation for the HOPE programme. Managing Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Janet Dyer, says the draft of the amended HEART Trust Act has been completed and is almost ready to go before the Legislative Committee of the Cabinet.She was speaking with JIS News on June 25 at the HEART Trust’s corporate offices on Oxford Road, Kingston, at a cheque presentation ceremony for $6 million donated by the Phillip & Christina Gore Family Foundation for the HOPE programme.The amended Act is one of several measures being taken as part of the four-way merger to create a super training agency through the full integration of the National Youth Service (NYS), Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), and the Apprenticeship Board with the HEART Trust/NTA.Giving an update on the progress of the merger, Dr. Dyer said: “We are operationally merged, and we are looking at the legal component of the merger now.”Other actions include repealing the NYS Act and incorporating the services of the JFLL into the new entity.The Managing Director further noted that work is under way to develop the new structure, and that the HEART Trust has hired consultants from PricewaterhouseCoopers Jamaica to plan and implement an organisational development review that is meant to identify and shore up areas of weakness while also eliminating duplications.“Once that is done and we have the requisite approval, then we will start moving persons into the positions under the new structure. We are hoping we can tie this up as quickly as possible,” she said.Dr. Dyer said the newly merged entity will seek to penetrate sections of the island where there are limited training opportunities.“We recognise that there are areas within the country that we have not been able to make as much of an impact as we would want. These are areas where we do not have brick and mortar institutions. We are now looking creatively at how we can take the training and empowerment to our young persons within these communities, instead of asking them to come to our brick and mortar institutions,” she explained.The agency’s broad mandate includes stemming the flow of students leaving the secondary school system without moving into further training; reducing the number of youth who are not educated, employed or trained; decreasing the unemployment rate for persons with disabilities; and increasing national literacy and numeracy rates.HEART Trust now has an increased focus on specialisations, including training programmes targeted at high-employment industries, such as business process outsourcing (BPO), tourism and hospitality, logistics and animation, as well as construction and agriculture.The new HEART Trust/NTA has been placed under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
New Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar jail in the INX Media corruption case, moved the Delhi High Court Wednesday seeking bail claiming that the criminal proceedings against him were “mala fide” and borne out of “political vendetta”. Chidambaram has also filed another plea in the high court challenging the trial court’s September 5 order remanding him to 14-day judicial custody in the case till September 19, saying it was a “completely unreasoned and non-speaking” order. Both the petitions of the senior Congress leader have been listed for hearing on Thursday before Justice Suresh Kait. Chidambaram, 73, who was arrested on August 21 by the CBI, did not approach the trial court and directly filed the regular bail plea in the high court.
New Delhi: A man hurled shoes at BJP leaders addressing a press conference at the party’s headquarters here on Thursday and was detained by police.The middle-aged person identified himself as Shakti Bhargava and claimed to be a doctor by profession, but he did not speak about the reason behind his action as he was being bundled out by BJP staff and security guards. The Delhi Police, which questioned him for several hours, said they were letting him off as no complaint was lodged against him. Nothing incriminating was found against him and he just wanted to grab attention, they said, adding that he hails from Kanpur and is facing legal cases related to property and Income Tax. The incident took place when a scheduled press conference of BJP leaders Bhupendra Yadav and G V L Narasimha Rao was on. The person threw a shoe and flung another after stepping close to the dais when Rao was attacking the Congress, accusing it of “defaming” the Hindu religion by linking it to terrorism during its rule at the Centre in 2004-14. It is an attempt by a “Congress-inspired” person but it will not deter the BJP, Rao said and carried on with his attack on opposition parties after being left momentarily surprised as one of the shoes brushed past him. Though it is unclear if the person involved in the incident had any political motivation, shoe-throwing has often been a show of protest, political or otherwise, by people seeking to bring attention to themselves or their issues. Jarnail Singh, then a journalist, had thrown a shoe towards the then Union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram in 2009 to protest against the party’s ticket to anti-Sikh riot case accused Sajjan Kumar, now convicted. Though he lost his job, Singh went on to become an MLA on a Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket. Political leaders cutting across party lines have been at the receiving end of show-throwers.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today congratulated the partners to the 2005 peace accord that ended the country’s north-south civil war on the formation of a new Government.In a press statement, UNMIS voiced hope that the new Sudanese Government “will persevere in its resolve for achieving a stable and durable peace.”It called for the “credible referenda” to be carried out in southern Sudan and Abyei, slated for early next year, which are meant to be the final phase of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended 20 years of fighting between the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) separatists in the south and the national Government in the north.The referenda include a vote on whether the south of the vast country should secede from Sudan.The mission today also underlined the need for “realizing the popular consultations” in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.The new Government, UNMIS said, “shoulders the historic responsibility of implementing the CPA during the final year of the Interim Period.”The mission repeated its commitment to the full implementation of the CPA and underlined its readiness to help the parties during the “coming crucial period for the people of Sudan.”The formation of the new Government comes two months after the holding of historic presidential and parliamentary elections, the first of their kind in Sudan in 24 years.On Monday, the top UN envoy to Sudan told the Security Council that the international community must take a more active role in promoting democracy after the elections, particularly ahead of next year’s referenda, and also focus on stabilizing the increasingly violent Darfur region.“Sudan needs to be encouraged and assisted to expand the democratic space opened by the recent elections and establish a broad-based system of national governance that leads to a more equitable society and durable peace,” Haile Menkerios, head of UNMIS, told the 15-member UN body.In late April, the Council extended the mandate of UNMIS for another year, stressing the need to wrap up all remaining tasks under the CPA. 16 June 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today congratulated the partners to the 2005 peace accord that ended the country’s north-south civil war on the formation of a new Government.
MANNING, Alta. — The owner an Alberta pipeline says a recent spill may have been the result of construction equipment that was in the area.Plains Midstream Canada says in a news release that early indications suggest the Kemp line in northwestern Alberta suffered “external damage” before releasing condensates from natural gas production late last week.The company has said preliminary estimates suggest approximately 950 barrels were released over an area about 1.5 hectares.It says more than 60 people are working to clean up the spill.The news release doesn’t specify what the construction equipment was doing near the pipeline or whether it was associated with the pipeline’s operation or maintenance, and no one from the company could be immediately reached to elaborate.The Plains Midstream news release says it has conducted an assessment that has found no effect to wildlife.“We regret this incident and are working around the clock to limit the impact of the release,” said Stephen Bart, the company’s vice president of crude oil operations, in an earlier news release.“Industry-leading technical experts and regulatory bodies are engaged onsite in our response efforts and to ensure an effective cleanup.”Cara Tobin, a spokesperson for Alberta’s energy regulator, said the regulator’s staff have been at the scene of the spill since the company detected and reported it on Friday.Tobin said the spill was in a remote location and was detected by electronic sensors within the pipeline itself. She said it wasn’t near any flowing water and hadn’t reached any rivers.“There’s no public impact although there are First Nations in the area. The company has attempted to contact them,” Tobin said Sunday, although she didn’t know if those efforts had been successful.The leak follows another Alberta pipeline spill in recent weeks that saw 9.5 million litres of industrial waste water flow into a wetland near the community of Zama City.Aboriginals in the area have said all vegetation in the spill area, from grass to trees, is dead but a spokesman from the pipeline’s owner, Apache Canada, said 99 per cent of the fluid was water and that wildlife doesn’t seem to have been affected.Apache is still investigating the cause of the leak.Earlier this year, Plains Midstream was charged under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act following an April 2011 pipeline breach northeast of Peace River. The breach spilled 4.5 million litres of oil and was blamed for powerful smells in the community of Little Buffalo that residents said caused headaches and stomach problems and kept schoolchildren at home for days.That case is scheduled to be in provincial court in Peace River on Monday.Another Plains Midstream breach in June 2012 leaked up to 475,000 litres of oil into the Red Deer River near Sundre in central Alberta.Greenpeace Canada said the most recent spill near Manning makes it obvious the government and its energy regulator are failing.“We need a truly independent system so that protecting industries image so the government can push more tar sands pipelines doesn’t continue to be more important than protecting the public good,” spokesman Mike Hudema said in a news release.Plains Midstream Canada says the Kemp pipeline remains shut and that sections of it are being removed and will be inspected by a third-party firm.
The Trincomnalee Harbor police had taken charge of the body, and sent it to the Trincomalee government hospital morgue. An Indian High Commission official told Express on Monday that a message has been sent to the relevant authorities in Chennai seeking further information on the matter. The body washed ashore at Nilveli near Trincomalee has been identified as a Chennai taxi driver, the New Indian Express reported.The body, discovered by local fishermen on Sunday, had an Identity Card of N.Poomi Durai, member of the Chennai Central Call Taxi Association (registration number: 161/2003). His address is given as No: 13/15 N.G.O.Colony, Kamaraj Nagar, Chooli Madu, Chennai: 96. ID No: 25, DL No: 9418, Badge No: 96731. This body was discovered after Trincomalee fishermen reported to the Harbor Police on Sunday that six bodies were floating 20 nautical miles off the coast. The Sri Lankan Navy then sent two Dvora gunboats to recover the bodies, but the mission was unsuccessful due to poor visibility and the rough sea. On Monday, three Dovras and a Y-12 aircraft of the Lankan Air Force were deployed, but they had not reported sighting any floating body, said the Lankan navy spokesman Capt.Akram Alavi. Asked if it was possible for bodies of Chennai flood victims to be washed ashore so far from India, Capt.Alavi said that such a possibility could not be ruled out given the strength of sea currents.
“Some 2,500 refugees and migrants are estimated to have died or gone missing this year while attempting the crossing to Europe – compared to 3,500 who died or went missing in the Mediterranean in 2014” said Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at a press briefing.This number, which includes almost 200,000 people landing in Greece and 110,000 in Italy, represents a substantial increase from last year.“In the last few days,” Ms. Fleming continued, “more people have lost their lives in three separate incidents.”In a statement Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he has been horrified and heartbroken at the latest loss of lives of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe.He reminded the international community that a large majority of people undertaking these arduous and dangerous journeys are refugees fleeing from places such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. International law has stipulated – and states have long recognized – the right of refugees to protection and asylum. When considering asylum requests, States cannot make distinctions based on religion or other identity – nor can they force people to return to places from which they have fled if there is a well-founded fear of persecution or attack. “This is not only a matter of international law; it is also our duty as human beings,” said the UN chief, and while he commended those leaders and communities that have “stepped,” he appealed to all governments involved to provide comprehensive responses, expand safe and legal channels of migration and act with humanity, compassion and in accordance with their international obligations. “Let us also remember: the high number of refugees and migrants are a symptom of deeper problems – endless conflict, grave violations of human rights, tangible governance failures and harsh repression. The Syrian war, for example, has just been manifested on a roadside in the heart of Europe.”Mr. Ban said that in addition to upholding responsibilities, the international community must also show greater determination in resolving conflicts and other problems that leave people little choice but to flee. Failing that, the numbers of those displaced – more than 40,000 per day – will only rise.“This is a human tragedy that requires a determined collective political response. It is a crisis of solidarity, not a crisis of numbers,” the Secretary-General declared.According to UNHCR, the Libyan Coast Guard carried out two rescue operations on Thursday morning, seven miles off the port town of Zwara. Two boats carrying approximately 500 refugees and migrants were intercepted and survivors taken to shore. With an estimated 200 people still missing – and feared dead – a still undetermined number of bodies were recovered and taken to shore. The Libyan Red Crescent has been helping with the collection of the bodies.On Wednesday, a rubber dinghy carrying some 145 refugees and migrants ran into trouble when the operator tilted the skiff dangerously to one side. Panic followed as some people fell into the sea and two men jumped into to rescue them. Amidst jostling and shoving, three women on the dinghy were crushed to death. Of those who fell into the water, 18 remain missing and believed to have drowned. According to UNHCR, the survivors were rescued and taken to Lampedusa, including the two-month old baby of one of the dead women. Most of the survivors are in critical condition, suffering from shock, cuts and bruises.That same day rescuers aiding a boat off the Libyan coast found 51 people suffocated to death in the cargo hold. According to survivors, smugglers were charging people money for allowing them to come out in order to breathe. Last week, in a similar incident, the bodies of 49 persons were found in the hold of another boat. They are thought to have died after inhaling poisonous fumes.Despite the concerted efforts of the joint European search and rescue operation under FRONTEX (Frontières extérieures), which has saved tens of thousands of lives this year, the Mediterranean Sea continues to be the deadliest route for refugees and migrants.While these numbers are overwhelming for the already overstretched capacity of single countries, such as Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia or Germany, they are manageable through collaborative and coordinated responses at the European level. All European countries and the European Union must act together in response to the growing emergency and demonstrate responsibility and solidarity.“UNHCR appeals to all governments involved to provide comprehensive responses and act with humanity and in accordance with their international obligations,” Ms. Fleming concluded.
At the San Jose mine near Copiapo in Chile all the miners have emerged, one by one, including those brave men who went underground yesterday to help with the extraction from 642 m below surface. The industry at large should view this as a great triumph. This, more than anything we have ever done over the last decades, had the general public interested in the mining industry. The incident has certainly shown mining engineers in a very positive, professional light. It also, inadvertently, contrasted the oil and mining industries, following so close after the drawn out BP oil spill fiasco. By comparison the mining industry got the job done without inordinate fuss and well ahead of the first estimates of completing the job – rescuing the men.Sadly the incident also attracted its fair share of ‘ambulance chasers’. Over the past weeks, International Mining was offered ‘expert’ comment from a number of companies not directy involved with the rescue including, yesterday, a firm of UK lawyers that apparently does not even have a South American office but was offering to comment on the miners’ employment rights. They should be disgusted in themselves.It is also a great thing for Chile. Not too many Europeans, or even North Americans, have had the pleasure of visiting that wonderful country. I have been amazed, but somewhat saddened, by the number of people who have said words to the effect of “well it’s Chile and the safety standards are probably not what they should be.” The safety standards in that mine were not what they should have been, but those not involved in the mining industry should be made aware that Chile’s mining industry is one of the most advanced in the world. Look no further than El Teniente, a few hundred kilometres to the south, which is one of the most automated, technologically advanced mines in the world.
Soy growers are working to make sure the establishment of a national, comprehensive rule for the labeling of bioengineered food products is a still on track.The American Soybean Association (ASA), along with several other ag organizations, sent a letter this week requesting a meeting with Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In the letter, the groups expressed concerns that the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Act is on the “inactives” list.“The bill was supported by over 1,100 local, state, and national groups representing U.S. producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, processors, seed makers, handlers, food and feed manufacturers, restaurants, lenders, and retailers,” the letter states. “Congress provided two years for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promulgate regulations implementing the Act.”The groups said that with the statutory deadline only a year way, every phase of the rulemaking process is critical and urged the OMB to work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move quickly through the rulemaking process.Click here to read the entire letter.